By Bob Roberts, Jr.
In May 1998 I wrote the following in my journal – “God I want to hear and follow you. Hear my prayer; grow Northwood so it can be a base to engage Hanoi and all North Vietnam. I pray for 20% of the non-believers in North East Tarrant County that they will follow Jesus and our churches will reach them. Give the needed resources, allow my family to be a lighthouse, let Northwood be so much more than simply a worship service”.
Except for my age, the circumstances, and some of the faces – the challenges and issues are the same. Big vision, not enough resources, open doors, challenges, people issues were all present – and still are! We think that when God moves everyone is chirpy, upbeat, excited, and there are no headaches. Don’t tell that to Job, Noah, Abraham, Moses, David, Jeremiah, Paul and a lot of other people. God moves despite our circumstances and in those circumstances he’s drawing us to himself. Whatever revivals were in the Old Testament – they didn’t last long. Whatever great things God did in starting the church in Corinth, man who would want to pastor that thing with all its junk! I’m excited about where we are and where we’ve come from – we have a fantastic future. But, keep this in mind, it’s never about the perfect staff, or the perfect finances, or the perfect people, or even me or you being the perfect pastor – it’s more about faithfulness to what God has called you to over the long haul. Read more