To Love & To Lead: Staff Discussions


Posted on Jul 18, 2017 by Max Goins, Congregational Care Pastor


“Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us,”

Ephesians 3:20

 A few weeks prior to my graduation from Ozark Bible College I was asked to choose a verse of scripture that would become the theme verse for my life and ministry.  I chose the above verse of scripture from Ephesians.  It is a salute to God, who is able to do much more that any of us could even imagine when the power of His Holy Spirit is at work in us.

 I have a great imagination.  Upon graduation I had some grand plans for my life.  During the years I worked toward my degree I also spent time studying the stronger churches in America and in some instances learning from their Pastors.  I had the privilege of spending an entire morning in the company of W.A. Criswell, pastor of First Baptist Church, Dallas, Texas.  At that time, it was the largest congregation of Christians in America.  He shared many of the methods used in growing the church.  That experience alone gave me many great and wonderful ideas for church growth.  Let me repeat, “I have a great imagination.”

 It will soon be fifty-two years since my graduation.   The words of my theme scripture have been fulfilled many times over.  I will not bore you with stories of how God has used His power in my life.  I will simply say that he has been wonderful to me.  

 I have been able to do many things that I could not have even imagined.  I have been places, done things and seen God do things that took my breath away.

 So, this article is just a tiny salute to God for what he has done in my life.  I am what I am because of his great love for me, love so great and undeserved that it goes beyond my wildest imagination.  

 What about you?  Are you allowing the great God of the universe to have his way in your life?  Are you allowing him to work out his good pleasure in your life? I highly recommend it.


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