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It’s out there March 17, 2008

Posted by clintcarter in Church Planting.

Have you ever had a dream out there?  Something you knew you were supposed to be apart of?  I’m not talking about far out stuff like playing in the NBA, I’m talking about a vision of the realistic future.  Carey and I have had one of those for the past year.  We are becoming more and more convinced that planting a church (starting one where there isn’t) is the next thing on the table for our family.

It’s frustrating at times to see the future out there so clearly and yet not see any movement toward it.  The crazy thing is that it’s a future full of questions and uncertainty.  A future filled with difficult times and little money.  Who in the world would be excited about that?  But we are!  It’s something we feel God impressing on us and calling us toward.

So as we do, what we do everyday, not knowing the when, where, who, or how (hey, at least we know the what) – I came across a story of someone else who had a God-given vision and yet had to wait for it.  There was a man named Caleb in the Bible who went on a covert mission with 11 other guys to spy out the land that God promised to give Israel.  When they got back Caleb said “Let’s go at once and occupy it, for we are well able to overcome it.”  That’s how I feel.  It’s not an easy task, we’re talking about a lot of work and sacrifice, but God is with us and He’ll see this through.

But 10 of the other guys said “There’s no way we can do this.  The people in the land are stronger than we are.”  And those 10 guys convinced the nation not to go forward.  Because of their unbelief (that God would come through for them like He promised), God sentenced the whole nation of Israel to spend the next 40 years in the desert, waiting on that unbelieving generation to die out.

Here my thoughts turn to Caleb.  Here’s a guy who was ready to go and trust God to do the improbable.  Yet because of the unbelief and disobedience of those around him.  He’s stuck wandering around in the desert for 40 years.  Now he has God’s promise that he (Caleb) will get to enter the land, but he has to wait out the prime of his life counting down the days until the dream is fulfilled.

Talk about a tough road.



1. Dan & Leah Beckwith - March 19, 2008

Hi Guys,
We know of a church plant that might be perfect for you. Billy & Ellie Mitchell (grads of OBU — maybe you remember them) are working with the North American Mission Board to plant a church in Port Saint Lucie, FL. They had a family working with them leading worship and children’s ministries, etc who just last week decided that they wanted out. So, Billy & Ellie’s church is in desperate need of another family to come and work alongside them to plant this church. The church has a website and Billy has a blog on there. It’s http://www.whisperingpinescc.com.

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