Finding great joy in the midst of tremendous pain


It happened again today.

What some might call a once in a lifetime event has now happened twice.

In one week!

God moved among the broken and hurting. He calmed the heats of those who felt the tremendous weight of loss. He wiped away the tears of family, friends, neighbors and co-workers and replaced them with tears of joy.

Today was a day of tremendous loss, completing a week of tremendous loss. Just last week we said goodbye for now to Todd Hage and today we said our temporary goodbyes to Tom Hinkle as we celebrated his great but too short life.

Tom Hinkle

He will be greatly missed by all!

Honestly, I don’t know how people cope who have never known the love of Christ. But God’s love was all over that place today. And for one brief moment, the place erupted in celebration as 31 people gave their lives to Jesus Christ! As we counted them off one by one, I could sense the celebration in heaven as our brand new brothers and sisters in Christ joined the family of God!

Right now it’s 10:00 pm and I am wiped out. 10:00 is usually when I enter the zone, but the past several weeks have sapped the energy right out of me. Until just a moment ago when God spoke to me.

You see, I was remembering about how I had hoped and prayed that 200 people would come to know Christ at SCC this past weekend as Clayton King spoke. And, don’t get me wrong, it was an AWESOME weekend as 116 people were saved. But I did (I confess) wonder why I thought God had placed that other number on my heart yet it didn’t happen.

That’s when He spoke.

Out of the hurt and sadness, out of the loss and sorrow of 2 funerals, 94 people placed their trust in Jesus Christ for salvation. Combined with the 116, we’ve seen 210 people come to Christ in 1 week!

That’s something to celebrate!! God still grew His family…just not the way I  had all mapped out for Him.

That’s why He’s God and I’m not.


That’s reason 4,593,941,091,003 He’s God and I’m not!