In 1983, I believed God’s Spirit impressed me to step into the role of pastor at New Covenant Fellowship Church, now known as Liberty Church. My heart was overwhelmed at the idea of being the pastor since I was in business for myself as a young pharmacist and a family to raise and support. Susan, my wife, Matthew my son, Jennifer and Elizabeth my two daughters wholeheartedly supported me and so we launched out into the deep, so to speak. At that time I didn’t consider that the course of my life’s journey had just been re-routed! And never did I look down the corridor of time to see where my destination would end.
Today, I’m still enjoying the adventure of spending precious moments of time in the divine presence of our Heavenly Father, and also imparting truth to the saints of God. That year, which seems like yesterday and in other ways a lifetime ago, I was in need of a holy visitation, a vision, or a prophetic word to map out God’s plan for me as pastor of a church. But instead, I heard the voice of God as described in1 Kings 19:12. “And after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.” My days became like a treasure hunt as I read the scripures, studied, and set my heart to hear clearly what God was speaking. And it was just as the passage revealed, no loud sounding cymbals or trumpets blaring, but an inward knowing that my mission was to follow the simple words, “Set my people free."
And as I pondered, I knew freedom or liberty belonged to those who become disciples as described in John 8:31-32 “Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. At Liberty Church, we put priority on the Word of God simply because it is the key which opens the door to freedom for us. Although we will all be presented with many opportunities to alter or change our lives by exiting off the freeway of the Word, let me encourage you to be one who CONTINUES. Persist in the process of following the promises of God to the lifestyle of liberty.