This has been a day I have been looking forward to for months. I was invited back to give a report on what has happened in the first year of thebridge and our parent church, Third Church. There were so many stories that I wanted to share about what God has been doing and how He has gone before us but at the same time I didn’t want to just be about what has been happening in Ottumwa. I chose Exodus 11:31-33 as the key verse and invited people to wrestle through the question, How have I settled? I very briefly followed that up with Mark Batterson’s six cages as possibilities on why we have settled. From there I unpacked some of the key stories and happenings of our first year.
One of the concerns about the morning was my energy level. Third Church has four morning services and I was the test driver to see if it was possible for one teacher to do all four. I ended up walking directly from one stage to the bathroom and then onto the next stage and started teaching. It went awesome though and I felt like I was able to convey the joy of the Lord in each services.
The bummer of the day for me was not being at thebridge this morning. I hate missing Sunday mornings there. It has become the highlight of my weeks and knowing that they were having a blast without me was crushing. I am so pumped to get back home and get after it again.