Tuesday Mind Dump (12/14/21)

December 14, 2021  |  Luke Simmons

• Welcome back to the mind dump!

• It’s been a little bit since I’ve done one… somebody said, “You must have a lot on your mind that you haven’t been able to get out.” 😆

• Not necessarily, but I think it is an indication that my weeks have been pretty full lately.

• Usually my Mondays and Wednesdays are more focused on Redemption AZ stuff and my Tuesdays and Thursdays are more focused on Redemption Gateway stuff.

• But it depends on the week.

• This week, for instance, is a little different because I went to Palm Springs on Sunday after church to be able to watch my dad play in the 75+ men’s Pickleball national championship tournament.

• He played hard and it was fun to watch him, even if he fell a bit short of his desired goal.

• It was nice to be able to cheer for him, watch him play, meet some of his friends, and enjoy a relaxing nice day.

• Was a little bit weird to leave directly from church to drive out there.

• Made me glad we installed a shower when we designed the building.

• Was a fun Sunday at Gateway, with the third part of our Advent series.

• I had preached about baptism about five years ago, but it was fun to do it again and create a new message from scratch.

• It’s been fun to have a lot of people there on Sundays the last few weeks as well.

• The first two months of 2021 we had a little bit more than 900 people on a Sunday, even though we had three services.

• The last month, we’ve averaged over 1,300 — with gobs of new people showing up every week.

• I heard we gave away 18 gift bags after one service on Sunday!

• Makes for a fun opportunity for our church to welcome people, help them meet and follow Jesus, and then be used by God to be a blessing wherever he sends us.

• Another big thing going on in my heart is processing some of the prayers that were prayed over me a month or so back in London.

• I went with a small group of pastors from Redemption to connect particularly with Holy Trinity Brompton and Saint Church, two Anglican churches that are both part of the HTB Network, a network of churches that get a lot of support from an organization they started, The Church Revitalisation Trust.  

• It was a great time of learning, networking, and considering what ministry — and especially training leaders and planting churches — looks like in a very post-Christian, secular culture.

• Here are some other highlights:

• I met a faithful man at Saint who prayed over me and his prayer was deeply insightful and meaningful (it included what some folks might call a word of knowledge or prophecy).

• It was encouraging and has invited me into more prayer and helpful conversations — particularly related to a process of discerning the core passions God has put into my heart, and how God wants to put those to work in Redemption.

• And, in case you think that all sounds super weird (which it sorta does), it might interest you that somebody came up to me at Gateway on Sunday and said, “This is not my normal thing, but I think the Spirit laid something on my heart to tell you…”

• And it was spot-on in line with some of these things the Lord has been stirring.

• So I feel loved and seen by the Lord.

• And I’m encouraged about how he’s leading me, my family, and our church as we come near to the close of 2021.

• God is exceedingly kind, generous and faithful.

• Maybe you’re reading this and thinking, “I wish God would speak to me in some way like that.”

• Maybe he will.

• And maybe he won’t.

• But I know he sees you, has spoken to you by his word, and that he loves you dearly.

• So keep clinging to him, and you’ll be OK.

• Have a great rest of your week.

• All of life is all for Jesus.