Present & Pleased Devotional DAY THIRTYNINE
I’m certainly not Moses. But when I leave Central on May 23, I hope you have a period of mourning, lots of crying and wailing for at least 30 days, six months, maybe a year. :) But then go on. We’re not to build on one person. This church doesn’t revolve around one person.
In the book, Too Great a Temptation, Joel Gregory tells how W.A. Criswell, 80-year-old pastor at First Baptist Church in Dallas, TX, picked him to be the successor. Criswell said he’d step aside, brought Gregory on staff, but Criswell couldn’t pull the trigger; he kept hanging on. There was big conflict between the two pastors; the younger man left. Part of the problem was a great preacher wouldn’t step aside. It was “too great a temptation.”
One of the big reasons Central is a growing and alive church is because Howard Kraps prepared the way for me. I want to do the same for Jon Henninger, who will follow me. Howard laid the foundation. This church is not about me or any one person. It’s about Jesus; it’s His church.
"No one can lay any foundation other than the one we already have—Jesus Christ."
1 Corinthians 3:11
Well said Pastor Jamie. I have enjoyed your hard core, honest, and to the point sermons, and your stories, as well as, your jokes.😂 You will be missed, and I know Jon will do great leading Jesus’ church throughout the next several years. Many prayers and wishes for you and your family through this next adventure of your life.🎉