What an amazing Easter we had at Living Hope! It was inspiring to sing of our Savior’s resurrection and to be reminded God wants us to experience the power that opened that tomb and raised Jesus from the dead. Our God is the resurrection and the life. Jesus is the One we believe in so that we can receive eternal life. It was so good to celebrate our hope in Him.

Now we turn our attention to April. April brings with it a number of changes. The weather is changing. The season is changing. And at Living Hope, we are seeing changes as well.

The main change is our debt liability. As you know, we sold the property on Lovers Lane and now being debt-free is in sight. I want to ask you to pray for God to provide the resources, through His people, to finish paying off our debt as soon as possible. God has provided so many ministries through Living Hope and there are still so many people who need to hear the Gospel in our city and around the world. Pray that we become debt-free so these gifts can be used toward ministries that introduce people to our Savior. If you would like to be the hands God uses to help free us from that debt, you can give to the building fund. All monetary gifts designated to this account go to pay off debt.

Another change is within our staff. After twenty-plus years, Pastor Jeff Carlisle is pursuing a position as senior pastor. He is in conversation with a number of churches in our area. Please ask God to guide Pastor Jeff to the church He has in store for him. Pray that God will bless Pastor Jeff’s ministry and that he and his people will see many saved who God will use to grow the Kingdom.

Also be praying for Living Hope. With Pastor Jeff leaving, we will be looking for a new leader for our Missions Ministry. Pastor Jeff recommended Pastor Clay Mullins for the job. After prayer and conversations, Pastor Clay felt led to apply for the position. The personnel team, the elders, and some of the staff have interviewed and talked with Pastor Clay, and we believe he is the man God wants to lead this ministry. Pastor Clay will be sharing his heart for the Missions Ministry and why we believe God is calling him to serve in this role on Sunday, April 17. As a congregation, we will then have the opportunity to affirm him. Please be praying for Pastor Clay and God’s guiding hand in this process.

One more thing to remember. Our mission is to lead more people to anchor their lives and hope in Jesus. Our vision is to reach 1 percent of the people in our city and to make disciples by leading them onto the Disciple’s Pathway: Worship, Connect, Serve, Equip, and Multiply. I want to encourage you who are already disciples of Jesus to consider your next step on the pathway. Maybe it is to be faithful to worship every Sunday, to get into a connect group, to serve, to take an Equip course, or to begin to multiply your faith and lead someone you know to anchor their life and hope in Jesus.

The Christian life is a journey. Make sure you are making steps forward in your faith commitment.