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Ask, Seek, Knock

Those are the words going through my mind over the last few weeks.

This blog was started over three years ago to serve several purposes:
1. An outlet for all of those 'I get it now' moments. A casual review of my blog from time to time helps to remind me of the journey I've been on over the last several years.

2. A networking tool to meet other men and women who share similar passions and experiences. Over the last three years those same people have become friends and in some cases 'spiritual sandpaper' to help me grow in my walk.

3. A way for me to minister to others beyond our walls. Like many of you I have considered the blog to be a place where I can 'decorate the neighborhood'. By adding my home as an offramp to the superhighway I figured it would be a place where others could come and get a boost. If anything they can say "Well at least I'm not that guy."

The blog has turned into more than I expected. Honestly the blog has become all of the above and more. Through the blog world I've been able to be ministered too beyond what I've ever contributed and for that I'm grateful. I've read many of your stories and kept up with what your church is doing over the years. When you succeed I end up talking to my wife about it and sharing your story with my friends. I've found that there really isn't such a thing as a 'blog world'. There are networks of people who I would enjoy hanging out with on a regular basis who happen to be doing the same thing that I do in all parts of the world. It's been a cool experience.

I say all of that to say this. Someone in the blog world read a post about us needing to raise some funds and after hearing the details via email, decided to pitch in. When I opened my email up yesterday I was so excited to see that a commitment was made to invest in what God is doing here at Focal Point by a person who I read on a regular basis. It brings us one step closer to seeing God's plan come to fruition. To that friend I say Thank You!

I share this story because I'm not the type of guy to ask for help very much. I've had to learn in church planting that I have to get over it.

"?Of all the challenges of leadership, the one I was least prepared for is what I have come to call 'The Resource Challenge.'? I was to learn the hard way that unless I was willing to become the CRR (chief resource raiser) our new church would be short lived. It would starve to death from lack of funding." -- Bill Hybels, Courageous Leadership

So where we sit today is one step closer to God meeting our need and I figured that many of you who keep up with our story (and have for a few years) would want to know if he was doing something so that you had the opportunity to be a part of it.

Now, I'm not going into details on the blog about what is going on behind the scenes but if you are interested in PRAYING for us to meet this challenge or you are interested in PRAYING about helping to fund the challenge, shoot me an email and I'll send you the incredible story of what God is doing. I assure you that once you hear what has been going on you too will see that this is a God-thing in motion and he's getting all of the credit for it. So I look forward to hearing from you.. if you want to pray for us in particular or if you believe you'd be willing to pray about helping to fund the project... let me hear from you.

In the meantime I'd ask everyone to pray in general for the changes in our ministry as propels us forward and brings about these awesome changes at Focal Point Church!

Email: Tally@FocalPointChurch.com

posted by Tally Wilgis @ Wednesday, October 25, 2006

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