Eight years ago we joined God in a new ministry adventure -- we moved from the Northeast to the Southeast. Georgia to be more exact. Wow! To say the least -- it has been quite a ride! We could fill page-after-page of all we have learned and experienced while in Columbus. By God's grace there was far more advance than retreat. We know God trusted us with a big assignment. We leave with absolute confidence that we were where God wanted us and we came when He called and we faithfully did what He asked.
Now life has come full circle and Sandy and I are moving back to Norton, Massachusetts. Once there, I will be the Sr. Pastor of the church I previously led for nearly 12 years. For sure such a move is not an everyday occurrence in the modern era. Though unusual -- it is not unprecedented. The apostle Paul made such returns a matter of course. Philippi was one such place and held special sway in the apostle's heart. The book of Acts gives us a glimpse of the crushing pressure and persecution that came against the apostle as he advanced the kingdom by preaching the gospel of grace. Yet, when all was said and done, it was the church in Philippi that stayed with him from start to finish -- they never flinched.
Over the years the believers in Massachusetts forged a similar place in our heart. In our early days there the gospel of grace met tremendous resistance. But God in His perfect timing showed up -- bringing revival with Him. During our 8-year absence a close friend of mine led the church by following Christ. Community and maturity in the Body has grown gloriously and deepened. It is beautiful. We are grateful. We are humbled. We can't wait to get there.