Some things just get better with age. “The Wayback Machine” posts occur at the end of every month and reference the best posts of that month in years past. My hope is to provide a good jumping on point for readers who have never been to Pursuing Glory.
Back in 2009, my good friend Dick Speight rolled out the first of many books that the Lord has put in him. He offered me the great joy of writing a foreword for the book. So when the book hit the shelves in February, I gave a little background on Dick and shared my recommendation for the book. It’s still a great book that will help many draw away and experience Jesus’ love. I encourage you not just to read the post but to think about picking up a copy.
This post was more of a report about what was going on in our house church during its very early stages. You can tell we’ve definitely progressed beyond some of the issues listed here, but the point is that we were actually meeting God like we intended to. Check this post out for a glimpse into the good and the bad of what we were early on.
This post was a short attempt to sum up where I was feeling the Lord take us three weeks in to our house church. Four years later, much has changed but so much is still the same. It’s clear looking back, I wasn’t just trying to start a house church, I was hoping for true apostolic Christianity to emerge. We’re still contending for that to this day.
I just thought I would take a minute and plug the book of a dear friend of mine. Come Rest is a new book by Dick Speight, founder of Come Rest Ministries. I first met Dick when he cold-called me after having heard about me through his daughter. We met a short time later and discovered we had deep affection for four things: Jesus Christ, the church, the contemplatives, and Monk. Instant friendship in the making.
Dick has been an advisor to our house church network, a dear friend, and an advocate in the city for us as we journey into unexplored territory. One thing that I love about Dick is that he is constantly learning. Even though he is old enough to be my father, he is still humble enough to think that he can learn from me and my experience. He’s a rare guy.
That made it easy when he emailed me a copy of his new book and asked me to endorse it. The book was great but the reality is I wanted everyone to get a chance to see the guy I see regularly. After I finished reading his manuscript, I wrote this:
“We live in a 24/7, non-stop, always connected, relentlessly busy world that leaves us more empty and alone than when we found it. Only God has a remedy for us. God has made Richard a rich blend of a desert father, an evangelical contemplative, and a loving pastor. The result is a message that provokes you from all sides to rest in Jesus. ‘Come Rest‘ is more than a book, it’s an invitation into the life of rest you were designed to live.”
I want to encourage you if you’re looking for a good devotional or you’re just looking to draw away a little deeper in the love of God, to consider picking up a copy of this book. You can find it here or you can buy a copy at the “Apostolic Christianity Bookstore” found on the right hand column of this blog.
Several years ago, the Lord told Dick that he was to tell the earth “Come rest in My love.” Join Dick as he shares the Lord’s heart with the world.