Why I didn’t go to church tonight

I had such an incredible conversation with my brother Steve today. He’s 7 years older than me (making him 26), and is he ever a cool guy. I have always looked up to him a lot. Of all my siblings, he is the closest to me in age (I’m the youngest) and so he’s the one that has been around the most in my life. However, that does not mean that I know him really well. We’ve never been really close, and over the past couple years I have had a really big desire to become better friends with him. I remember the last time we had a really intense talk: that was over a year and a half ago. Today marks another time.

If I had to sum Steve up in two words, they’d probably be: passionate, and fearless. When he believes in something, he believes in it 110%. He gets so pumped about stuff, and once he gets started, there’s no stopping him. And he will try anything. Nothing phases him. The more intense and extreme and just “out there” something is, the better.

I (and I’m sure everyone else in my family) see so much potential in this dude. I’ve known for a long time that once Steve gets really serious about God, there’ll be no stopping him. Once his passion kicks into God-gear, look out world!

Well we started off today talking about relationships (as in: the dating kind). We shared a lot of our struggles with each other (and strangely enough, they paralleled like every single time…) and then we got onto talking about God. Man, God is stirring things up in him. There is movement in his soul. Man, God is doing mighty things in Steve’s life. We talked about church (what it is and what it needs to be), what the church considers ministry (and what ministry needs to be!), and man, I am SO pumped to see God work here! If I could ask one thing of everyone reading this post, please please keep Steve in your prayers. The Holy Spirit is hard at work in Steve’s life, and Satan does not want to see that happen. Satan hates the awakening that is erupting in Steve’s heart and will go to great lengths to stifle it. Please pray that this is not a passing phase. Next week he’s planning on coming to the house church with me. I’m so pumped! Please keep that in your prayers as well: that nothing “comes up” to keep him from coming and experiencing church next Thursday.

12 Responses to “Why I didn’t go to church tonight”

  1. Clay Says:

    Steve will be in my prayers forsure.

  2. Cameron Says:

    Ok, ok… please don’t ask why I’m lurking around a blog site *shudder*, but suffice it to say, I’m glad that I read this entry. I find that so exciting that Steve’s feeling the pull. I’ve been praying for a long time that Shawn would be able to to stick to his convictions and follow through on what he knows is right. I think it’d be so great if these guys could be honest with each other about their faith and if they could support one another. Imagine the possibilities if they (and maybe Ern and Curt, who knows?) get in on the God action. It can happen, and I’m believing that it will. Hallelujah!

  3. Jer Olson Says:

    I’m not sure if Steve would want to know it or not, but I’ll be praying also. I hope I get to meet him. speaking of which, we better figure out what we’re doing on thursday or Saturday? now I’m rambling… but you’re still reading… what’s wrong with you?

  4. Kimbo Says:

    Hey Cam! Dude, I know things are gonna happen in our bros. Keep praying hardcore, because something is up methinks.

    And Jer…Thank you! And I hope you get to meet him too, he’s a rad guy. Er…we still don’t know what is up for this week? Man, what kind of church are we?? Where’s the structure??!!

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