By: Pastor Rick Brown, Tomball, TX Reprinted with permission.Read More
By: Roxanne Arcari, Admissions Director, Young Fives Teacher, and Preschool DirectorRead More
William Pilkenton was one month away from turning eight years old. His family had traveled from
Bellingham, Washington, to Tofino, British Columbia for a vacation. He and his father were walking up
from the beach when his father turned to look for him and realized he was gone.
When children go missing, fathers start looking. And so did this one. Before long, the entire community
was helping him search for this missing child. Search and rescue crews scoured the area. Search
coordinator Garth Cameron said, “I don’t think there’s a square foot in this town that doesn’t have
When children go missing, parents go looking. And that’s what God has done. There’s not a square
foot on earth that doesn’t have his footprints. He began searching for them the moment Adam and Eve
made a choice and lost their way. He sent the nation of Israel looking. He sent his Son to “seek and
save what was lost” (Luke 19:10).
Today he sends his church. In Acts 1:8 we find his search and rescue plan: “But you will receive power
when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and
Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
Jesus sent the disciples into the middle of Jerusalem and told them to wait. While they were waiting a
crowd gathered for Pentecost. Some estimate Jerusalem swelled to over one million people during this
time. The Holy Spirit came on them, Peter preached, and the church swelled from 120 to over three
It didn’t stop there. The devoted themselves to “the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking
of bread and to prayer” (Acts 2:42). That first church in Jerusalem grounded its people in the Word, in
deep community, to sharing meals and sharing Christ, and to prayer. They had to. The task at hand was
too big for them to accomplish on their own. They needed each other. Mostly they needed God.
That hasn’t changed, has it? We still have the same commission to be witnesses for Jesus in our Jerusalems
and in our world. We are still called to the Word, to love each other, to share life, and to prayer.
And we are still searching for those who have lost their way.
We are still searching because the Father still has children who are missing. So go to your Jerusalem and
wait. God will bring you power as you serve him there. Let’s not leave a square foot without our footprints. Read More
by: Pastor Rick Brown, Tomball, Texas. Reprinted with permission.Read More
By: Deana Stevens, Preschool Teacher
“You are dearly loved by the Almighty God”, I whispered into the ear of my sweet neighbor who was feeling anything but loved. A smile came to her face as she processed the truth I had just spoken over her. It was healing for her wounded heart.Read More
by: Pastor Rick Brown, Christbridge Fellowship, Tomball, TX (Reprinted with permission)Read More