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May 4, 2009 at 10:04 am 7 comments

“I’m the luckiest man in the world,” uttered Matthew, as we celebrated his 40th birthday at our Gracepoint & Waypoint church directors retreat. Cioppino Tony and Michelle cooked up a storm (Cioppino & pasta) and we enjoyed a wonderful combined 40th birthday dinner for William, Patrick, and Hope. We ate, talked, laughed, and reminisced with fondness God’s bountiful blessings upon our lives.

But Matthew was wrong! He’s NOT the luckiest man in the world. I am. The fact is, I have been the recipient of God’s grace and love longer than he has. (Because I’ll be turning 42 this year.) Actually, I often had that thought in mind — that I am so lucky. Actually, I’m wrong — I’m not lucky, I’m so blessed.

40th Celebration (Gracepoint & Waypoint Directors)These are some of the brothers and sisters with whom I’ve walked this journey of faith together with for 20+ years. The fellowship that we share reminds me of the fellowship of Frodo, Samwise, et al. (I’ll leave it to you to have fun and figure out who is whom!) Here we are, laboring and struggling with all His energy (Col. 1:29), against all hope, in hope believing that our battle against sin and labor in the Lord is not in vain (Rom. 4:18; 1 Cor. 15:58), carrying one another’s burdens (and sometimes carrying one another) as we strive to proclaim Christ in and through our lives (Gal. 6:2; Col. 1:28).

I’m so blessed to be here. I would have never guessed in my wildest of dreams that such a sinner like me would be able to serve a Holy God who’s been so merciful and gracious. You don’t know just how blessed I am, but I know and God knows…

Before I start to choke up and tear up on this blog post, I’ll end with Eph. 3:20-21 “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.”

P.S. We squeezed in a game of basketball in the midst of all the meetings and discussions.  Here is a highlight featuring Mr. Dis-Gracepoint himself, Daniel.  You might get dizzy because of the fast action (if you can call it that).  🙂

[Updated 5.22.09] By popular demand, here is another video clip.  Yes, this was in the rain but as you’ll see, Pastor Ed was reigning as scoring champ in this one.  Also, pay close attention to Patrick’s defensive strategy in the first play; it’ll grab your attention!  🙂

Entry filed under: About Life, gracepoint fellowship church berk, Leadership Lessons, Ministry Lessons, Waypoint Community Church.

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  • 1. Susan  |  May 4, 2009 at 11:44 pm

    thanks for sharing Pastor Joong. i just experienced such a wide range of emotions, from happiness to shock and then ending in laughter. thanks for sharing the video. =) I wonder if it will show up on dis-gracepoint?

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  • 2. joongwlee  |  May 8, 2009 at 8:06 am

    There were many other videos that I took during the basketball/wrestling fellowship time. I’ll post them from time to time, whenever I need a good laugh. 🙂

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  • 3. D  |  May 8, 2009 at 1:24 pm

    Hi Pastor Jonathan!

    I find that your community of directors is so amazing. Having both Waypoint Community Church and Gracepoint Fellowship Church’s leaders have bonds that go well beyond 10 years plus is such an amazing thing.

    D

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  • 4. kevin  |  May 10, 2009 at 9:07 pm

    Hi Pastor Jonathan,

    Thank you for the SWS message today on Col. 4. The message was simple yet powerful. It really painted a picture of the rich relationships God desires in our lives and I can see it concretely lived out in our midst. I feel blessed to be part of this community and to have loving leaders in my life. press on!

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  • 5. akim  |  May 11, 2009 at 9:57 am

    I think the longer you’ve lived, the more amount of blessing you received, right? In that category, can I say that I’m more blessed than you? All right, we’re ALL incredibly, undeservedly blessed…Thanks for sharing what’s in our heart.

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    • 6. joongwlee  |  May 14, 2009 at 3:20 pm

      i remember growing up in our elementary school days when you were such a good older sister to us… thank you for being a blessing to me all throughout the past 30+ years!

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  • 7. joongwlee  |  May 22, 2009 at 8:40 am

    By popular demand, here is another video clip. Yes, this was in the rain but as you’ll see, Pastor Ed was reigning as scoring champ in this one. Also, pay close attention to Patrick’s defensive strategy in the first play; it’ll grab your attention! 🙂

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