Starting this blog has been a long journey. It began with a webinar where the sponsor talked about what a powerful influence a pastor could make doing a blog. That put a calling on my heart to consider it. However, that just created more questions in my mind than answers. Like, what would my blog to address? Do I have something people want to read? Do I have the dedication to keep it going? After months of prayer and wrestling in a Jacob-like way with God. On January 15, 2016, my first blog was launched.
My personal faith journey is fascinating. I was brought up a Southern Baptist until I rebelled at the tender age of four. I didn’t understand what was happening in the church. It was loud, confusing and frightening. It drove me away, and I told my mom I was not going back. At the age of 4, I attended a Lutheran pre-school, and they had chapel services every Wednesday. I thought to myself, “Oh no here we go again.” This place was different, there was little to no emotion, at four that appealed to me. I convinced my mom this was the church for us. So at the age of six, I was baptized. I convinced my mom and cousins to join as well. My dad never really came around. I worked on him for years to no avail. The one time he attended a church member made a comment like, “Oh, look the prodigal son has returned.” They were joking, but it hurt him, so he never returned. My Father died 13 years ago this Christmas Day 2016. It is his story that drives my passion to share the Gospel.
So I pray you will sense my heart for those outside God’s grace from this blog. I do not claim to be an outreach expert. Many people have family members, friends and loved ones who have drifted away. Some have been hurt by the Church, for that I am sorry, it was not intentional, I believe we are sinners in desperate need of God’s grace and forgiveness. At times we are thoughtless. Some may have come to church hoping for all the answers and just left with more questions, don’t give up. Some have never come; I invite you because God wants all to come to the life-saving message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. This blog will hopefully encourage you to keep seeking, keeping knocking because God is searching for you.
Since I launched it, every day God opens new doors and new ideas to share. I pray that you will find the insights here some that will encourage you. Things here that will challenge you in your walk with God and more than anything else remind you that you are loved by an Awesome and merciful God. One who loves you so much he sent his one and unique Son to take your place on Calvary’s cross because you are precious in His sight. If this sounds like this will be a blessing to you sign up to follow this blog and share it with your family and friends who are far from God. God bless you, and God bless his Church.
In The Service of An Awesome God,
Rev. B. Keith Haney
How can people invoke His name when they do not believe? How can they believe in Him when they have not heard? How can they hear if there is no one proclaiming Him? How can some give voice to the truth if they are not sent by God? As Isaiah said, “Ah, how beautiful the feet of those who declare the good news of victory, of peace and liberation.” But some will hear the good news and refuse to submit to the truth they hear. Isaiah the prophet also says, “Lord, who would ever believe it? Who would possibly accept what we’ve been told?” Romans 10:14-16
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