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As I was thinking about resigning from a fine congregation, moving back to Memphis and starting a new church, a friend sent me this reading from Oswald Chambers (My Utmost for His Highest)

If you yourself do not cut the lines that tie you to the dock, God will have to use a storm to sever them and to send you out to sea. Put everything in your life afloat upon God, going out to sea on the great swelling tide of His purpose, and your eyes will be opened. If you believe in Jesus, you are not to spend all your time in the calm waters just inside the harbor, full of joy, but always tied to the dock. You have to get out past the harbor into the great depths of God, and begin to know things for yourself— begin to have spiritual discernment.

That did it. There comes a time when you simply have to say, “yes, Lord.”

We cut the lines that tied us to the dock. We put everything “afloat upon God” and “the great swelling tide of his purpose.”

Chambers is right. Our eyes are being opened. Our knees are staying bent. Our hearts are being softened. We are growing.

And, we are having the time of our lives.

See you Sunday night, rain or no rain. Germantown campus of St. George’s Independent School, on Poplar. Starts at 6:30, but come early and help.

If the chapel is full, be a servant, offer your seat to someone else, sit on the floor or stage –or stand outside. If the chapel is half-empty, thank the Lord for the seat you’ll have, and remember that this is the first of the summer preview services – and invite people like crazy!

Either way – determine to get out of the harbor of your comfort zone. Tether yourself to God’s purposes and not to the illusion of safety and security.

“Put everything in your life afloat upon God!”



  1. Reminds me a little of my favorite Christian cliche–“the safest place to be is in the center of God’s will”! Chasing after the dreams God places inside of us may fill us with terror at times, but we chase them nonetheless. I am so excited to see you “setting sail” in this chapter of telling His Story. Look forward to seeing you Sunday!

  2. The news of your return to pastoring in Memphis is so wonderful! This news is an answer to prayer for many in the Memphis area. Many of us have missed your spiritual leadership.

    I’ll be watching your website for more news about the launch. May God bless this mission and provide good seas to travel on.

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