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This past month, the fine folks at American Airlines allowed me to use frequent flier miles to do a quick trip to Southern California. I had the opportunity to connect with old friends from Pacific Hope v1.0. I was kindly invited by my brother in Christ, Ryan Reed to visit his family and church plant in Carpinteria, CA By way of our mutual friends the Wilsons, God has allowed me to reconnect with the Reeds. It was a joy to visit with them and see all that God is doing in their family as they serve the Lord together at Carpinteria Redeemer Church in Carpinteria, CA.

The Carpinteria Reedemer Church has been in existence for about two years, and God is allowing for some to come to Christ, for spiritual growth, and for important steps in the life of the church to be taken. For example, during my time there, I had a chance to observe the naming of Redeemer’s first three elders and pray for them as they endeavor to shepherd the flock. As I have become so passionate for the equipping and discipleship of men, it was really exciting. I was also graciously given the opportunity to share a bit of my personal testimony about our call to salvation, and our call to the mission field, and also testify to some of the things that Jennifer and I are learning through our Honduran church family.

I also had the chance to meet some really cool college kids (mostly from Wesmtont) that attend the college group in the Reed’s home. I shared from II Timothy. This was a really neat divine appointment, as unbeknownst to me, in the group’s last get together, Ryan had taught from the previous chapter of Paul’s second letter to Timothy. In any case, it was a joy to share a bit about the cost of discipleship as Paul explained it to Timothy in II Timothy 2:1-10.

  • You then, my child, be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus, and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.  Share in suffering as a good soldier of Christ Jesus.  No soldier gets entangled in civilian pursuits, since his aim is to please the one who enlisted him.  An athlete is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules.  It is the hard-working farmer who ought to have the first share of the crops.  Think over what I say, for the Lord will give you understanding in everything. Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, the offspring of David, as preached in my gospel,  for which I am suffering, bound with chains as a criminal. But the word of God is not bound! Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the elect, that they also may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory.
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Home group leaders praying the church’s newly appointed elders.

 

The church body also shared an offering with us that has been designated to help underwrite the cost of the next two pastoral training conferences that will cover the books of Luke and Colossians.

After my time in Carpinteria, I was able to see a handful of dear friends in San Diego. It was good to see other present and past Pacfic Hope friends. The Calleros, the Dennis clan, Mr. and MRS. Hooper, the Ohmes, and others. Praise God that out of our little church family, God has called, led, and built up some really neat families. How precious to me are these enduring friendship that are build on the common foundation of Jesus Christ.

I feel really bad that there are so many people I wanted to connect with during my time there, but the time was just too short. If you are up for some time together hearing all that God is doing in the ministry here, you’ll just have to come down and see for yourself.