God is up to something

James Dibben —  December 31, 2012

scott and family

Yesterday my long time friend Scott Williams got baptized.

Scott’s humble words spoke volumes.

“Thirty years ago when I was ten I received Christ. Today I want to be baptized to show my family I want to be the man God has called me to be.”

Scott did this because he believes something special. He believes something many other people at New Life Assembly also believe.

Psalm 33:11

But the plans of the Lord stand firm forever,
the purposes of his heart through all generations.

God has plans and He is up to something in the world!

Yesterday morning Pastor Todd Blansit shared how God has used New Life to reach our community. Over the last twelve months we have distributed over 180 thousand pounds of food with the help of Harvesters; 1300 people a month were fed. Over 200 people either received salvation or rededicated their lives. The Wednesday evening service attendance increased four fold with the addition of Pastor Barry Young. We opened our second campus in Concordia MO.

Pastor Todd challenged us yesterday to look to 2013 with anticipation. Not just anticipation of what God will be doing. No, he challenged us to look to where we can be a part of God’s plans.

God has invited each of us to play a part in His plans. God has a multi-generational plan to reconcile this world to Himself. All He asks is that each of us join in His plan.

Nothing can stop the plans of God!

The message my friend Scott sent everyone at church yesterday is a simple one: “Our own lives are just too small of a thing to spend all of our time on.” Both of Scott’s daughters have grown into amazing women, yet Scott still realizes that his work on this earth has not come to an end. He realizes that God is up to something in the world and he wants to be a part of what God is doing.

Many men would be tempted to put life in cruise control after their children are raised. Scott’s simple act of obedience speaks volumes to the rest of the men at New Life.

Scott, thank you for being a shining example to the rest of the men at New Life. God is up to something and you aren’t afraid to join in the journey.

James Dibben

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James is absolutely passionate about men's ministry. It is his belief than every man has been ordained by God to achieve great things for the kingdom of heaven.

3 responses to God is up to something

  1. Great post! God is indeed up to something and I think we are going to become even more aware of that as 2013 comes on, as the world gets darker chasing its own solutions rather than God and the light of people dedicated to God shows brighter and brighter. We are going to be challenged as Christians in the years to come as never before, I believe, and God is going to continue to raise us up to do things small and big. And the great thing about God is the small things, in the end, turn out to be big things. Very proud of your friend and his willingness to be the man his family needs him to be.

    • You said it all brother!

      One thing I didn’t talk about is the emergence of small groups at New Life. Pastor Barry has really come through for us in this area. It takes a small booklet to list all the small groups at our church.

      It’s in these small groups where we can encourage each other deeper. We are going to need stronger community support in the years to come. Our families are under deep attack.

      • No kidding. Our pastor was talking yesterday about how many believe that the day will come when talking about hell, when speaking our opinions about homosexuality and abortion, etc. will come under attack and that those freedoms will be under attack because we are the ones practicing hate and being abusive to children and to adults by talking about this stuff. We are going to need each others support to act in love if those things occur while not denying God’s Word. Gonna be a rough time, but the great thing is that the Word is full of encouragement and promises of victory and of God being with us throughout it all.