Monday Prayer
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O Lord, How amazing is your love, A love that overcomes, endures and redeems. How astounding is your life, A life that sustains, heals and creates. How awesome is your hope, A hope that promises, restores and inspires. How absorbing is your truth, A truth that releases, changes and rebuilds.

How we worship you, as we remember the moment when your love conquered. When out of the cave of sorrow Jesus arose to release forgiveness to the world. And each time we encounter this resurrection day we are again lifted to an eternal place. Our sin, brokenness and darkness fall away and your light and peace flood our lives. How we thank you for this incredible celebration we call Easter. Amen.

Easter Prayer

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Come Alive (Dry Bones) – Story Behind The Song

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Colossians 2:2

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Connect Missions Turns 8!

It was March 2007. Michelle and I had just moved to New Orleans with our first child, baby Natalie. We had just finished serving with CMF International and I had begun working part-time at Journey Christian Church, where I had been ordained. We even lived next to the pastor, Rick Grover and his family.

We incorporated Connect Missions and were beginning to start the process of applying for 501(c)3 status. I was working with some missionaries (to the United States) at another local church, helping them with their English. I was also teaching ESL and serving administratively with a third church which served immigrants.

A year later, we began working with Cru and The Impact Movement. We spent 5 years serving with some amazing leaders on multiple university campuses in and out of New Orleans. Some of my greatest memories in New Orleans come from serving with Cru and Impact. Thank you to both for the opportunity.

In 2013, Connect Missions went from being the fiscal agent of Crescent City Cafe to bringing the program under our nonprofit. I served as the director for 1.5 years, leading with some great leaders, bringing dignity to the marginalized of New Orleans. Now we are again the fiscal agent for the Cafe, and are preparing to launch it out as its own 501(c)3 nonprofit. I am serving as the Development Director.

We also spent a few years doing House Church. Thank you to Alan and Michelle Delery, Bob and Jeanine Kuhn and Erik and Emily Thien for doing life with us and for your leadership.

Our last few years in New Orleans we worshipped at Carrollton Avenue Church of Christ. This is an amazing church! They are making a difference in New Orleans, one life at a time. Thank you to our friends there for loving on us.

Now we are in Atlanta! Over the next 1-2 years we plan to…

1. Launch Crescent City Cafe as a nonprofit and full service cafe in New Orleans.           2. Grow our Online Ministry.                                                                                                         3. Expand our work with Unreached People Groups.

Thank you to Rick Harper for mentoring me and leading me into ministry. Naomi Kouns, thank you for your patience with me. You were too good to me. Pete Kelly, thank you for believing in me. I am leaving out professors from seminary because I’ll be doing a special post(s) for them later.

Also, thank you to the members of our Board of Directors over the years. Chris, Rick, Ron and Stu, your wisdom and support has meant the world to me.

Lastly, thank you to the many supporters who join us in ministry. We appreciate the sacrifices you make to give of your finances and time. We are grateful for your prayers and encouragement. Without you, none of this would happen. Thank you!

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Monday Prayer
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We know, Lord, that throughout our lives each of us will experience problems and difficulties.

Give us courage and strength at those times and prevent us then from looking only at ourselves.

Keep our vision wide so that, even in times of difficulty, we may still be of help to others.

Help us not to be bitter towards people or situations, but empower us to take the initiative and break the cycle of hatred, bitterness, and evil actions.

Help us to transform the difficulties that come our way into opportunities for personal growth and service of others.  Amen.

Amidst difficulties; breaking the cycle of hatred and bitterness

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Christ Be Beside Me (Patrick’s Prayer)

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Set Free By Love

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Let me be set free by love. That wisdom was born with me in the womb thanks be to      you, O God.

That your ways have been written into the human body and soul there to be read and reverenced thanks be to you.

Let me be attentive to the truths of these living texts.

Let me learn of the law etched into the whole of creation that gave birth to the mystery     of life and feeds and renews it day by day.

Let me discern the law of love in my own heart and in knowing it obey it.

Let me be set free by love, O God.

Let me be set free to love.

~ Celtic Benediction, John Philip Newell, Pages 61-65

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