It’s been awhile but I’m Back and I brought God with me!

It’s been a while since I wrote an blog and by a while I mean a couple of years! I’ve been in the transition stage of life where I’ve been super busy being a father, husband, pastor, and christian. But somewhere along the way I’ve forgotten who I was, and who God called me to be. I had a rough last appointment(Church) where i was told that my son shouldn’t be in church because he was just a toddler. I got cussed out in business meetings for upholding righteousness and biblical truth. For some reason the elders of the church find a young clergy person to be a threat to the way they do church! Go figure huh! So we left that appointment and went on to the next one.

I packed up my stuff, family, and knocked the dust off my shoes and went on my way to a new church hoping for a better experience. I took my past experiences with me and trying to keep the peace i bought into the idea of traditionalism. So for the year went by with no problems or any hiccups in the church. I felt like I was doing great but at the same time I felt like I was a failure. I haven’t shared my testimony with anyone in the last year, and it wasn’t because God hasn’t given me the chances to share it, but it was because I was worried about what people would think about me when I shared it with them. The more opportunities I missed to share my story the more miserable I got.

It’s funny how God will make you miserable in life until you surrender to him fully. Tired of being miserable, working on a sermon on saturday afternoon for the next morning, I’m sitting at the dinning room table just listening to worship music and the story of Brian “Head” Welch comes to my heart. I know his story I’ve seen his “I am Second” video a few times and what an amazing story it is. So I put in Brian Head Welch on iTunes and there is a whole list of songs that pulls up. So I click on “Washed by Blood”. The first line says “I know you’ve tried To satisfy Your appetite For too long You wonder why You are alive You’ve lived a lie For too long So now you’re done Life isn’t fun Anymore What’s this life for?” I was blown away, my heart begins to break and tears are now streaming out of my eyes. The Holy Spirit enters my dinning room and gently speaks out to me saying be true to me and not anyone else.

So today let me be the first to proclaim the victory of Jesus, break the trends of the church, stand bold on the Rock, tear the walls down of the church, and bring the gospel to the streets where the people are. For far to long the doors of the church has been closed and the people inside the church has kept others out! I’m no longer ashamed that when I was 21 years old I was convicted of two counts of robbery for being stupid, but it was in a jail cell where someone who loved Christ enough to bring me the gospel and I became a newborn believer in Christ! I told God if he could get me out of this mess I’ll follow him to the ends of the earth. So standing in front of a judge, facing 30 years in prison, I was sentenced to five years probation and nothing else. God held up his end of the deal. He delivered me out of prison, he delivered me out of the pits of hell! Now it’s me time to hold up my end of the deal!

So here goes, all I want is Jesus, no religion, no pulpit, no church, no stained glass windows, no pews, no hymnals, just Jesus! He loved me before I know him! I wasn’t raised in church, but he came to my rescue! I was in jail and he sat me free, I was miserable, and He broke my heart for a life that longs to be just like his! Amen! I’m Back and I Brought God with ME! What a message to tell the world, to tell satan, to the church that’s stuck in it’s ways! I’m Back and I brought God with me! If that offends you then take it up with God!

And oh yeah, I’m growing my hair out for dreadlocks so when someone says hey i like your hair or hey i don’t like your hair, i’ll answer back and say that’s cool let me tell you about my savior named Jesus!

So this is what I would like in return, if this post moves you to take the gospel to the streets, or if you simply just hate this post and you think I’m an idiot that’s cool too. leave me a comment. Tell me your story about the moment you met Jesus, and those moments where you’re still meeting Jesus in radical movements through the Holy Spirit.

Let’s take the Gospel to the streets! I’m Back and I brought GOD with me!!!


About Neal Vick

I'm a United Methodist Pastor that's sold out to Jesus, and nothing else. I hate the traditionalism of the church and long for a refreshing movement of the Holy Spirit. Let's tear the walls of the church building down and bring the Gospel of Christ to the streets!
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