Have any of you had that person in your life that was influential to you and others around you?
Shortly after joining, I did my Faith Walk. The Faith Walk is a time where you profess your faith to the church through a series of activities and exercises. You would develop your credo (what you believe in) and share it with the congregation.
Pastor Dave continued to inspire me and pushed me to share my vision with the church. I decided to share my vision with the church when I confessed my love for Jesus. I told them how I could take Sunrise Ministries global and share our sermons with anyone who’d listen.
Thanks to recent technological advances, one week after sharing my vision, I published Sunrise’s first podcast in the iTunes Podcast store. It was extremely successful. It was one of the first podcasts that received regular, weekly updates in iTunes. It was featured on the front page of the store for a couple days!
It was because of Pastor Dave’s inspiring words that I was able to push myself to do this for Sunrise. It worked very well. Now I’m planning on helping other churches setup Podcasts and video podcasts…to promote the love of Christ to the world.
This is my passion. I feel this is what I can do for churches.
I have to give a lot of that credit to Pastor Dave. He taught me to just “go for it.” I’ll miss having lunches with him at various Mexican restaurants in the area. We would talk about life and theology. It was so much fun picking his brain. I loved his stories. He is going to be sorely missed by so many people here. I am sad he’s gone, but happy that he’s home in heaven…where he is cancer free.
I’m sure he’s had thousands of discussions with Biblical people and Bible scholars from various times. If I know Pastor Dave, I’m sure he’s still having discussions with them. I wouldn’t be surprised if he gave the sermon up there today.
Today’s church service was a humbling service in so many ways. It was helpful seeing a church mourn for their loss. He was an amazing shepherd and his flock loved him. Heaven has gained a great man that’s for sure.
The good news is…we will all be together one day…and united in Heaven. And it will be glorious. And I certainly look forward when I can hear his sermons again.
Until that time, I’m going to continue to “Just go for it,” and live my life…and try to integrate podcasts & video streaming into churches. I know that’s what Pastor Dave would want me to do.
We love you Pastor Dave and we all look forward to seeing you again…cancer free and healthy.
John 11:25-26 (NIV) “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die.”