The Last Goodbye 4-8-2016
By the grace of God I have had the privilege of pastoring Discover Church for almost 12 years. The last 12 years have been some of the most rewarding of my life. However, for over 5 and 1/2 years I have been sick with a number of ailments primarily chronic pancreatitis, diverticulitis and chronic nausea. As many of you know, everyday is a battle. Rarely an hour goes by that I don't feel like I'm going to vomit. When you add the severe pain of the pancreatitis, it becomes very debilitating. Which in turn has made it difficult for me to pastor.. Therefore, after much prayer and godly counsel, my family has decided to that we will have to close Discover Church.
Although we have an amazing core group that understands the situation and has been so supportive...so supportive that they didn't give up even when I've missed 7 weeks in a row due to illness, and was only able to preach about 50% of the time, and even when I had to cut many messages down to 5 to 10 minutes cause of pain and vomiting. You still showed up and served and loved. In spite of this undeserving support, unfortunately I simply don't have the physical strength to continue.
I want to thank all of you for your support when I stepped back in these last 18 months. It obviously has been a very painful time going thru what we had to endure, however; there has also been a lot of healing. I don't know where I would be today without your love, encouragement and unending support. You have been what the church is supposed to be...That it is never about us but it is all about Jesus. You have exemplified that over and over. Your dedication, your servants spirit, your kindness and your humility was unlike anything I have ever seen. It was such an honor to work alongside you and see the amazing things God did. In my 22 years of full time ministry, I have never been a part of services where the presence of the Lord was so strong. First of all, that is because of God's grace, secondly it is because His Spirit was welcomed because of your spirit.
Lastly I want to thank all those that made Discover Church what it was through the years. Although the enemy was able to take away what we had, he will never be able to take away what God did. The life change, the salvations, the baptisms, the marriages put back together, and much more...none of these things will the enemy ever be able to take away. Thank you!
Although I am heartbroken, I know this isn't the end but only the next stage in the journey. I don't know the future holds, all I know is how wonderful our Jesus is. I hope all of us commit to sharing His grace with as many as possible.
Remember it's not about us, it is all about Jesus!