This morning I am heading over to share the love of Jesus with my friends at Fondren Church. Robert Green, the lead pastor and my close friend, is taking his first Sunday off from all duties and is enjoying himself in soCAL with his family. Pumped for him! It is such an honor to be trusted with a young church plant. It is like getting the chance to care for a newborn. Please pray that I am careful with the Word and fueled by the Spirit of Jesus.
I am jumping on a plane this afternoon and heading to Orlando for the 2012 Exponential Conference. It is known as the premier church planting conference and I am pumped to go, be sharpened and encouraged by thousands who have been crazy enough to step out and plant a church. Please pray that God continues clarifying His plan for Good Life Church in Bradenton/Sarasota. Please also pray for Beth and the kids as I am away.
On Monday I will be in Bradenton to close on our new home there. This is the home that God so clearly showed to me back in January, so clear I offered on it and Beth had and still has never seen it! (Thank you Jesus for realtor.com and digital pictures) This home will be where Good Life Church begins it’s local ministry to the community as we forged relationships, invite people into our home, launch small groups, and share the love of Jesus. Looks like all the logistics have been worked out for a 1pm local time close. My brother Roy is going to be hanging with me at closing. I love the relationship we have and am looking forward to spending some time catching up. He and his wife, Lisa, just ventured out in the last year and began their own law firm and now Beth and I are stepping out and planting a church. BIG YEAR for the Smith boys and their families for sure!
I also want to let you know that we are 55% funded for pre-launch! We only have approx. 40 days left before we move from Mississippi to Bradenton. These next 6 weeks we ask you to pray for us. Please set your alarms on your phones at 1:28pm each day to remind you- it also serves as a reminder of the verse that has defined our calling (1 Thess. 2:8). Hundreds of people have already committed to pray at 1:28pm and some even send me texts after they pray just letting me know we aren’t alone. THIS MEANS THE WORLD TO ME! We also ask that you continue to support this work. So many people have been faithful to give along the way since October. I can’t tell you how much confidence it gives us and encouragement it brings to know that God is moving people’s hearts to give financially towards this work He has called us to. Thank you for stepping out and sacrificing so that Good Life Church can have the resources to share the Gospel and our lives with the community. A second wave of support letters were prayed over and sent out last week and right now hundreds of people are praying, counting the cost for their families and deciding what to give. Please pray that whatever they are called to do by God, they would have the faith to do! If you haven’t received a letter that doesn’t mean we don’t love you, just that I didn’t have your address. You can join in this as well. Remember you can give online through the pay-pal donate button on the top right of the blog or you can give by sending a check to Good Life Church PO Box 423 Madison, MS 39130. We will keep this PO Box active until we move at the beginning of June. (1 Thess. 2:8)
Alright, that’s our update. Please remember that LOVE CHANGES EVERYTHING! Know that your most important job today is to receive the Love of God and to allow it to pour out into the lives of everyone in the world around you!