That’s One Small Step in Faith, One Giant Leap in Belief – Part 3 of 3

CPC Sunflower ArrangementEighteen years ago, while dating Earl, one of the desires he expressed to me was that he wanted to start a new church plant.  Eighteen years ago, he was a lot younger.  Seventeen years ago, we got married and we immediately took a church in Morrow, GA.  We have spent the last 17 years together, ministering in churches as God has called us to do.  Earl has been in the ministry for 30 years.

During our discernment period of Earl’s retirement from PCUSA, over and over again Earl would read from 2 Samuel the account where David realizes that he is living in a house more grand than that which the Lord abode; a tent.  David decides he is going to build a house for the Lord.   But God gave David this message through Nathan from 2 Samuel 7:1-10  Now it came about when the king lived in his house, and the Lord had given him rest on every side from all his enemies, that the king said to Nathan the prophet, “See now, I dwell in a house of cedar, but the ark of God dwells within tent curtains.” Nathan said to the king, “Go, do all that is in your mind, for the Lord is with you.”

But in the same night the word of the Lord came to Nathan, saying,“Go and say to My servant David, ‘Thus says the Lord, “Are you the one who should build Me a house to dwell in? For I have not dwelt in a house since the day I brought up the sons of Israel from Egypt, even to this day; but I have been moving about in a tent, even in a[a]tabernacle. Wherever I have gone with all the sons of Israel, did I speak a word with one of the tribes of Israel, which I commanded to shepherd My people Israel, saying, ‘Why have you not built Me a house of cedar?’”’
“Now therefore, thus you shall say to My servant David, ‘Thus says the Lord of hosts, “I took you from the pasture, from following the sheep, to be ruler over My people Israel. I have been with you wherever you have gone and have cut off all your enemies from before you; and I will make you a great name, like the names of the great men who are on the earth. 10 I will also appoint a place for My people Israel and will plant them, that they may live in their own place and not be disturbed again, nor will the [b]wicked afflict them any more as formerly,

This message kept Earl wondering whether he should build a new house for the Lord; a new church plant.  But in the final sentence of these scriptures, Earl read this, 2 Samuel 7:11  11 even from the day that I commanded judges to be over My people Israel; and I will give you rest from all your enemies. The Lord also declares to you that the Lord will make a house for you.

Earl came to realize that God would build Himself a new home for His people and that Earl would be an instrument in that plan.  Earl was not the builder; Earl was the builder’s tool.  Earl was one of many tools the builder used in order to build the Charleston Presbyterian Church.

ECO logoCharleston Presbyterian Church, an ECO congregation, celebrated its 1-year anniversary on December 7, 2015.  What a wonderful year God has afforded us after taking a small step in faith and living our belief in Jesus Christ.  God answered Earl’s prayer from decades earlier; to build a new church plant.

Satan gave us a very difficult and trying year during 2015.  Personally, our family was attacked on every side.  We have endured the death of Kristine, our 49 year old sister-in-law on Easter Sunday Kristine & Dogs & Chickensand the death of Earl’s mother Esther, on Thanksgiving Day.  20151127_082901_resized (3)










One of our children failed at an attempted suicide. I had major surgery that year, a full-knee replacement. We traveled every Saturday from Atlanta to Charleston and every Sunday back to Atlanta, over 600 miles every weekend.  We began a new house build in Charleston that had gone many months beyond contract and appears to be a house built on sand, instead of solid rock.  We terminated that house build.  2015 is a year where I have referred to Earl as the biblical person, Job.

I took great care to remember one of my favorite Bible verses through it all, Matthew 5:11-12   “Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me. 12 Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great; for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”

Through all of 2015, with our faith and belief in Jesus Christ and all He has done for us, we were given a new beginning; a new hope and we closed on a new house in February 2016.  God gave us the blessing to rejoice and be glad in the great reward of heaven here on earth.  He gave us new purpose in ministry; a new fellowship of believers who are united in the traditional, conservative teachings of first century writers; He gave us and built according to His will, with our obedience, the Charleston Presbyterian Church, HIS HOUSE.

Take that one small step in faith and count on God to bring you through the fire, the trials, and the relentless attacks of Satan.  You will experience a giant leap in belief in God, Jesus and The Holy Spirit as you experience His blessings; His healing; His answer to prayers; His ever loving presence in your life, all because of your one small step out in faith that leads to a giant leap in how much you believe in the One and Only True God.

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Janis
    Aug 17, 2016 @ 14:17:21

    Our precious Earl and Laura, you know full well that even with plans, love, faith, and talking and praying to our God, the devil is still going to do the attacking. Ken and I think you two have done just what you should have done…”keep on keeping on” with the faith you have and you could not fail. You are God’s children and He will take care of you in whatever you choose to do and with prayers to Him, you will know just how to do it to succeed. We cherish your friendship, love you and hope to be able to see you before too long. Thanks for keeping in touch with us and we will certainly remember you in our prayers. Lots of love, Janis (and Ken)



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