Saturday, December 31, 2011

Farewell To FB in 2012

1 Corinthians 7:35 And this I say for your own profit, not that I may put a leash on you, but for what is proper, and that you may serve the Lord without distraction.

As I approach a new year I always tend to take stock of where I have been the previous year. I have much to be thankful for. The Lord has been so good to me and my family. Far more than I deserve. I am humbled by His grace, and thankful for His love. I also realize that there are areas in my life that I still want to grow in. I want to be a better man, husband, father, pastor, friend. 
Praying about this upcoming year I feel that in 2012 I want to limit distractions. A distraction can be that which divides the attention, or prevents concentration. Distractions do not always have to be bad things, but simply things that can divert your attention from the goal. 
I have made a decision in 2012 to go off of facebook. Although facebook has been a great tool of connecting with friends, and many ministry opportunities, its one of those things that can easily distract. Sometimes I would rather not know how far a person has drifted away from the Lord, by the pictures they post and the things they say. Honestly sometimes my heart breaks. I am not saying I want to be ignorant of needs, just not distracted in the race.
I DO NOT believe everyone should go off of facebook. And I DO NOT think it is a bad thing, nor sinful in anyway. As I said, it has been awesome to reconnect with so many friends and loved ones that I plan to stay connected with. For me, this year, I feel that I want to get a little more focused then I have been in 2011. Again I repeat, not a requirement for anyone else,  but me. 

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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

A Man Who Finished Well: Pastor Bob Hoekstra

Pastor Bob
Yesterday my heart was broken as I received word that Pastor Bob Hoekstra had passed away. I was aware of the fact that Pastor Bob had been battling an illness for some time, yet i had know idea how close he was to heaven. The Lord has used Bob powerfully in my life over the years. He was truly a Pastor's pastor, and there are not many men you can say that about. 
I was only 23 years old when I went on staff at Calvary Chapel of Vista and one of the highlights of the week was our staff meetings. What made the staff meetings so incredible was that they were led by Pastor Bob Hoekstra. Bob constantly exuded the grace and love of Jesus. The way he taught, the smile he had, the sense of humor he possessed, all of it, was a blessing. His knowledge of Gods Word and the things that he shared helped me to understand what it was to be a pastor. His teachings on the  body of Christ, and what the church is supposed to be; helped me develop a clearer vision for church life. His teaching on the Grace of God made me see a side of the Lord I had never known. His emphasis on the sufficiency of scripture as the tool that God uses to provide council, has given such confidence in the power of Gods Word. 
Pastor Bob was extremely approachable. He was always so encouraging. There were times when I went to him with questions on theological matters that I needed clarity and he provided that for me. The last time I saw Bob was at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa. My wife and I had just moved back to Southern California. At that time we were waiting on Gods direction for our next step. And Pastor Bob and his wife Dini ministered to Michelle and I there in the sanctuary. 
Pastor Bob was a faithful servant who ran his race well. He was a man who understood the Grace of God, the power of Gods Word and the Love of Jesus that can change lives. I will greatly miss him, but I know I will one day see him again. 

Pastor Bob Hoekstra is the founder and Director of Living in Christ Ministries. He has been in ministry since 1967, including fourteen years in Dallas, TX and eleven years as Pastor of Calvary Chapel of Irvine, CA. He and his wife, Dini, were married in 1966, and have three adult children and eleven grandchildren. Bob graduated from Dallas Theological Seminary in 1973 with the Master of Theology degree.