It was like I (Jeff) was a secret shopper. I was in my hometown visiting family, and I wanted to crash a church on Sunday morning I'd never been to before.
I remembered the sign I had seen about a year earlier in the strip mall across town - GraceLife Church. I thought at the time it was a great name for a new small church in my hometown. Mind you, this little town hasn't had a happening church in the 43 years I've been connected to it - so this was exciting!
I arrived 30 minutes late because I had read their website wrong (so much for being on top of it!). I sat down in the back row of the early service, about 65 in attendance, and listened to a man who loves Jesus, loves people, and loves to share the Kingdom message of grace.
I was encouraged, inspired, and challenged! And I realized all over again THE POWER OF THE SMALL CHURCH - and the AWESOMENESS of the small church pastor! I was brought closer to Jesus through my time at GraceLife Church.
After the service, I waited to talk with the pastor, Derek Levendusky. We talked for about ten minutes, and I left with an appointment to return in two days and record an episode with him. That was yesterday morning, and tonight the episode is now live. I love my podcast life! :-)
Jonny and I LOVE sharing these small church stories with you. I hope that you find yourself somewhere in Derek's story, and that you are again reminded of GRACE. That God loves you so, so much - and has completely forgiven you through Jesus. He loves you, and you are enough in Him.
Enjoy Derek's story. I did!
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