Ronnie and I are no longer employed by Liberty Heights Church. I'm not going to give details as to why, so please don't ask. This blog is not a place for discussions like that. Suffice it to say, we are confident in our decision, though deeply saddened by leaving. Even as I've faced the challenges these recent events present for us, I am also aware of the challenges before the people of God at LHC. God is good and he cares for his flock. I pray that Jesus would be lifted up among them. As I've prayed for them, the following hymn is brought to mind. May God's grace abound.
O church, arise and put your armor on;
Hear the call of Christ our captain;
For now the weak can say that they are strong
In the strength that God has given.
With shield of faith and belt of truth
We’ll stand against the devil’s lies;
An army bold whose battle cry is “Love!”
Reaching out to those in darkness.
Our call to war, to love the captive soul,
But to rage against the captor;
And with the sword that makes the wounded whole
We will fight with faith and valor.
When faced with trials on ev’ry side,
We know the outcome is secure,
And Christ will have the prize for which He died—
An inheritance of nations.
Come, see the cross where love and mercy meet,
As the Son of God is stricken;
Then see His foes lie crushed beneath His feet,
For the Conqueror has risen!
And as the stone is rolled away,
And Christ emerges from the grave,
This vict’ry march continues till the day
Ev’ry eye and heart shall see Him.
So Spirit, come, put strength in ev’ry stride,
Give grace for ev’ry hurdle,
That we may run with faith to win the prize
Of a servant good and faithful.
As saints of old still line the way,
Retelling triumphs of His grace,
We hear their calls and hunger for the day
When, with Christ, we stand in glory.
(Words and Music by Keith Getty & Stuart Townend
Copyright © 2005 Thankyou Music)