The Blessing of the Lord

A few weeks ago, I resigned from my position as Associate Pastor of Worship and Students at NABC. These past two and a half years have been such a blessing to my family and me. It took a leap of faith for us to come here, and it has taken another leap of faith for us to leave. Our intention when we came to North Acres was to stay for several years as we tired of moving and were ready to settle down, get involved in the community, and make Minden our home away from home. What I can say, is that Minden has been our home for the last few years, the church family accepted our family like we were one of your own, not a transplant from the east coast. Even when I pulled for “wrong” Tigers, the church family was gracious enough to let me have my wrong opinion. The love we have experienced here has been nothing short of amazing and miraculous, and that is why it was so hard for us to say goodbye. However, we knew that obedience to the Lord must always take priority.
Jonah was a prophet in the service of Yahweh, and at one point, the Lord told Jonah to go. However, where he would have to go was a great enemy of Israel and a place that no one would like to go. Nineveh was a deadly place for anyone to go, let alone a prophet from an enemy nation. Jonah would run as far from the calling that God placed on his life as possible. This did not turn out well for Jonah. Finally, after a horrible storm, being thrown off a ship, swallowed by a great fish, and then vomited up onto the shore, Jonah reluctantly obeyed the Lord. The city of Nineveh was greatly blessed through Jonah’s obedience as they repented before the Lord and sought His forgiveness. Jonah’s obedience was what brought about a blessing for Nineveh. In the same way, it is our obedience to the Lord that will bring blessings as well. As we know, if it is the Lord’s will for us to leave, then it is God’s will for North Acres as well.
Please know that we pray for blessings upon NABC for the 2020 year. We pray that the church would be completely obedient to the Word of God and let nothing distract from being in the Lord’s will. We will always be thankful for the time we have spent and the opportunity we have had to minister at North Acres. We covet your prayers as we start this new journey and will certainly lift you up in prayer as often as we think of you.
Pastor Ben