Last Sunday it was announced that Denise and I would be moving to Denver to work with Providence Network. Providence Network has been working in transitional housing in Denver for 30 years. They currently have 4 properties and are adding a fifth. We will be the Directors of the new transitional home that is being opened, the Silver Lining House. The home with help 18-27 year old young adults to transition from life on the streets to being able to sustain permanent housing.
This opportunity brings together several areas of past experiences and current interests for us. The hardest thing in all of this is having to leave Central. You have been and are a blessing to us. You have shown the love of God to us in numerous ways. Our friendship will continue, even with this change. Our kingdom work in both places will continue and expand. This fact is a great comfort to us.
This move will bring a great deal of change to us. Please continue in constant prayer for us as we will be in prayer for you.
If you would like to learn more about Providence Network here is the url to their website: providencenetwork.org.
I LOVE parables! I bought a book of parables in college that challenged my thought process and my expected reality. A good parable presents really BIG ideas in small, bite size, and sometimes confusing stories that you can easily visualize. Jesus is the perfect example of how to tell a good parable. We’ll be looking at some of His parables each week. I wanted to start with a short parable in Mark 4:30-32. Many of Jesus’ parables talk about the Kingdom of God. Take a look at the parable of the Mustard Seed and see how Jesus compares the humble beginnings and incredible growth to the Kingdom of God. Be encouraged that sharing the gospel may seem slow and unfruitful but today there are more than 2 Billion Christians!
by Dan Grenier
It seems like the world is in a pretty chaotic time. There’s a lot of hurt and struggle, a lot of pain, a lot of hate. It’s during times like this that we can catch ourselves asking and wondering: How long, Lord. How could you let these things happen? When will you come through and fix them? What are you doing right now? The author of Psalm 13 is obviously going through a difficult time as we hear him cry out: “How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever?”. It’s a challenging idea but as the author struggles with his thoughts and even his relationship with God he comes back to the idea that he trusts in God’s unfailing love and salvation. The Lord has been good to me. Find peace in these words.
by Dan Grenier
Dear Central Church of Christ,
Thank you so much for your gift to help the people of Houston in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. The most beautiful thing about your gift is that your gave it in the name of Jesus. Because of people like you, we are able to not only help people physically, but we are also able to reach out emotionally and spiritually. In the midst of this tragedy we are continuing to share the Light of Christ. It has been wonderful to pray in the homes of people who would have never allowed a visit before and we have even seen several people baptized into Christ. We are only able to do so because God has used you to provide the funds and prayers needed. You are appreciated more than we can express.
Because of Christ,
-Thank you for sharing your hearts!