After roughly four years and, by the grace of God much personal and parachurch ministry growth, I joyfully announce that Entreating Favor and the Fire Away podcast will be abandoned. I say “joyfully” as opposed to the more expected “regretfully” simply because I am overwhelmed with joy at how God used this little website and podcast to fundamentally alter my walk with Him in every conceivable way. I use the word “abandoned” because, for a time, the content will remain as an archive on the web, but dormant.
I have always proclaimed to hold this parachurch ministry with an open hand such that if the time arose for God to remove it from me, I would be a willing participant in its dismantling knowing that it’s ultimately for my good and the good of His Church. That time has come, and I could not be more grateful. The Lord has led me to a church in which myself and my family have sought to be, as Paul espouses in Philippians, servant leaders and, by his grace, we’ve been able to fill such roles and use our specific gifts in areas of need; and to serve our local body first and foremost.
I’ve never been pithy, so rather than elaborate on the myriad of ways in which the Lord has stretched, pushed, and grown me I’ll attempt to remain brief here. If you’d like to chat in more depth about my journey, you are always welcome to send me a DM on Twitter or Facebook.
With the inundation of Christian websites and podcasts flooding onto the scene, brothers and sisters in Christ if you choose to go that route, please be smarter than I was when I began and have conversations with your pastor(s)/elders first. Not all have the gift to teach, and not all should teach. Seek to garner the approval of your leaders and, if so granted, seek to ensure they keep a watchful eye over your parachurch ministry. Pride and desire for attention (e.g. tweets, retweets, views, listens, etc.) will sneak up on you like a thief in the night and the Enemy will use those sinful desires to attempt to destroy you. Be vigilant! Set up protections.
Finally, I want to thank the men who have been a part of this endeavor throughout the years.
I want to sincerely thank each and every one of you from the bottom of my heart and pray you have been as blessed as I have through the last few years. It’s been a real honor to get to know each of them and, without equivocation, I can’t thank the Lord for bringing into my life one of my now very best friends, Pastor Nate Pickowicz. Though we live hundreds of miles away, the bond we’ve formed will carry us into eternity. So, please be certain to go check out Pastor Nate’s new endeavor with many other faithful pastors over at Reformanda and also be sure to visit Kofi’s page over at Fiery Logic.
Again, thanks to you all. Serve faithfully, gently, passionately, and with all your effort.
‘Til the shout!