Passing the Baton Part 2

This is the article I have anticipated and dreaded for several weeks. Like when your first child leaves home for college or military service, there is so much you want to say but you know you only have a few minutes to say it. The phrase I want to leave with you, which I hope will stay with you for years to come is simply this…..THE BEST IS YET TO COME! Though I do not know what they future holds, I can say that with confidence and conviction because Jesus never fails! Things will change and people may disappoint, but Jesus will never leave us or forsake us. (Hebrews 13:5-6)   PERSONAL COMMENTS: I have mixed emotions as Kathy & I embark upon a new adventure. On the one hand it is hard to leave a church & community you love to go to a place you’ve never lived. In addition, I will be moving out of a ministry role I have occupied for 42 years into some new area of employment. On the other hand it is easy to trust in the One who has always provided beyond measure and merit. In addition, we will be living in close proximity to all of our children and grandchildren which is a blessing we never anticipated. What I have learned over the years and am experiencing again in this current move is that God is faithful in all His ways and we simply need to trust and obey. Life is not always easy and there will be some unexpected twists and turns but God’s faithfulness is more than adequate for every change, challenge, and circumstance we will ever face. (Matthew 6:33 NLT)   CORPORATE CHALLENGE: God has done some incredible things in our lives and midst over the past 2 years. He has graciously prepared us for this new season of service and influence to our community and He has providentially provided us with a young, dynamic, & visionary leader in David Mackie. It all happened much faster than I had originally expected but it happened in such a way that I have no doubt God is leading and will continue to direct. As I stated Sunday, July 22, in my final sermon, David and I have different styles and strategies due to our age, personality, life stage, skills, and gifts; but we share the same mission and message which is summarized in these three familiar passages: John 3:16-17, Matthew 22:37-40, & Matthew 28:18-20. My final challenge and heart’s desire is to see Glenview Christian Church become all that God intends and this community needs it to be. And I honestly believe this is the best opportunity for you to pursue and experience those objectives. I am extremely grateful for our time together. Though it has been relatively brief, it has been a privilege and blessing. I am excited and optimistic about the future of Glenview Christian Church. I close with the words of the Apostle Paul to the church in Corinth which he established and Apollos later lead: “Dear brothers and sisters, I close my letter with these last words; be joyful, grow to maturity, encourage each other, live in harmony and peace. Then the God of love and peace will be with you.”   Passing the baton, Greg

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