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May 19, 2008

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steve

Hi Jay! Enjoyed the post and know the Lord is continuing to do a great work in your life and your family as He continues to prepare you for His spot in Columbia! You may already be aware but we just wrapped up a 3 week series, titled Habakkuk with Craig Groeschel sharing at lifechurch.tv. In each message Craig shared using Seth Godin's book the Dip as an illustration point, helped to bring it home. If you haven't caught the messages might be worth worth your time. Have a great week!

jay hardwick

steve :: i literally just saw that you guys have been in habakkuk...and interesting that craig used the dip as an illustration. definitely going to download those messages...thanks for the tip!

Darren

Be encouraged, bro... the Lord is never slow concerning His promise! Keep being faithful, and keep up your passionate pursuit! ;-)

D PLUM

Andria Dodson

Jay~

I know how you feel. Your post reminded me of Romans 8:18-25.

"That's why I don't think there's any comparison between the present hard times and the coming good times. The created world itself can hardly wait for what's coming next. Everything in creation is being more or less held back. God reins it in until both creation and all the creatures are ready and can be released at the same moment into the glorious times ahead. Meanwhile, the joyful anticipation deepens.

All around us we observe a pregnant creation. The difficult times of pain throughout the world are simply birth pangs. But it's not only around us; it's within us. The Spirit of God is arousing us within. We're also feeling the birth pangs. These sterile and barren bodies of ours are yearning for full deliverance. That is why waiting does not diminish us, any more than waiting diminishes a pregnant mother. We are enlarged in the waiting. We, of course, don't see what is enlarging us. But the longer we wait, the larger we become, and the more joyful our expectancy." - From The Message Version

Hang in there. Hope to meet you and Lara Beth soon.

Andria Dodson

Carey Nieuwhof

jay...know this is a few days late, but i'm feeling for you and praying for you.

toni, my pretty amazing wife, received a vision for connexus before it was planted. she said it was one of intense pruning followed by great fruitfulness. I just wanted the fruit. the pruning has happened/is happening, both in terms of my character and in terms of quantity of people. what this has forced me to do is turn to God in ways I honestly wouldn't if it was straight success. i wish i wasn't so weak, but here we are.

jay hardwick

thanks to all for your great words of faith and encouragement! means more tan you know...we are very encouraged by what we see God doing around us and what we know He is doing in us!

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