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April 20th, 2014

Written by Jerry Carlisle. Posted in Pastor's Blog

Resurrection Sunday is here!  This is the Day the Lord has made—let us rejoice!

In Mark 16, the women who had participated in Jesus’ burial returned to the tomb at sunrise on Sunday morning.  Not only did they discover the stone rolled away from the entrance to the tomb, but an angel announced matter-of-factly, “He has risen!  He is not here” (v.6). 

Where was Jesus, whom they had seen crucified and buried?  The messenger from God gave them this word of instruction:  “Go, tell His disciples . . . ‘He is going ahead of you . . .; there you will see Him, just as He told you’” (v.7).

It couldn’t be more obvious:  when we choose to follow Jesus, the Resurrected Lord, “He goes ahead of us.”  When we let Him lead—and we follow step by step—we see Him at work, just as He has promised.  That is what the Christian life is all about; there simply is no substitute for obeying Jesus:  listening, following, trusting.  We are called to let Him lead!

Debbie Parker shared this letter with me earlier this week:

Dear Jerry, Staff, and FBC Plano Family,

   It has been an honor and a privilege to serve this congregation as the Children’s Minister.

   As I listened to Jerry’s sermon at the beginning of this year, I wrote down these notes.  His prayer for us as a church and as individuals was that we would experience the power and presence of God in our lives, and that we would break through all the barriers that would hinder us from following God and His plan for our lives; that we would change and choose to follow Him.

   Over the past several months, God has been working in my life—and in the life of Crosspoint Church in McKinney.  In our conversations together, it is very clear that God is calling me to go and serve at this church in my neighborhood.

   It is with a full and blessed heart that I respectfully submit my resignation effective April 28, 2014.

   God has called me and I am following Him.

Debbie Parker is one of God’s choicest servants—she has diligently and faithfully fulfilled her ministry among us throughout the years.  I am grateful to God for her friendship and the example of Christ-like servant leadership she has lived out in our presence.  God has called her—to Himself, to vocational ministry, and now, to Crosspoint Church.  The Crosspoint family will be blessed! 

We will celebrate Debbie’s ministry during a special time of reception in the Gathering Hall at 6:00 p.m., Sunday, April 27.

He is still going ahead of us—if we are following Him.  Because of that, I have no doubt:  as we follow Jesus, we can count on His presence, His provision, and His peace.