Heidi and I are back in Eureka before heading to Oregon and then Washington. Our recent travels were productive, fruitful, and somewhat restful. Heidi stayed especially busy in her role as a Regional Pastor. I believe that our landing place for the next season will come into focus during the next eight weeks. Early this week, I completed some training in church consultation. The training will definitely be useful to me as a leader, wherever the Lord leads. https://malphursgroup.com/
I have been reflecting on Haggai 2, and realize that I have spent enough time saying “Before Covid…”. Don’t compare the past to the present. Instead, “do the work” and pay attention to the new thing that God is doing!
“The word of the Lord came through the prophet Haggai: 2“Speak to Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, to Joshua son of Jozadak,2:2 Hebrew Jehozadak, a variant of Jozadak; also in verse 4 the high priest, and to the remnant of the people. Ask them, 3‘Who of you is left who saw this house in its former glory? How does it look to you now? Does it not seem to you like nothing? 4But now be strong, Zerubbabel,’ declares the Lord. ‘Be strong, Joshua son of Jozadak, the high priest. Be strong, all you people of the land,’ declares the Lord, ‘and work. For I am with you,’ declares the LordAlmighty. 5‘This is what I covenanted with you when you came out of Egypt. And my Spirit remains among you. Do not fear.’
6“This is what the LordAlmighty says: ‘In a little while I will once more shake the heavens and the earth, the sea and the dry land. 7I will shake all nations, and what is desired by all nations will come, and I will fill this house with glory,’ says the Lord Almighty. 8‘The silver is mine and the gold is mine,’ declares the LordAlmighty. 9‘The glory of this present house will be greater than the glory of the former house,’ says the LordAlmighty. ‘And in this place I will grant peace,’ declares the Lord Almighty.”
Matt Messner is a pastor, teacher, coach, and an outdoors enthusiast.
For many years Matt ran at an elite level as a distance runner, competing in the Olympic Trials in the marathon in 1996 and 2000. He enjoys all types of outdoor activities, especially surfing.
Matt earned his B.A. at LIFE Pacific College, an M.A. from Fuller Theological Seminary and a D.Min. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (Leadership Skills for the 21st Century). Matt met his best friend and partner in ministry, Heidi Wilson Messner, while at LIFE Pacific College and they have been married for 33 years.
Matt has published three books (Ascend, Friendship Leadership, and Advent Encounter) and loves coaching leaders.