#81: Lessons from surgery and God’s plans.

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In this edition of the Ministry Minded Podcast, I offer some of the lessons I have learned throughout this season of surgery recovery as well as what it means to be okay with God’s plans. I confess that there isn’t some gargantuan catharsis that I’ve been afforded to come to through this process of knee replacement and recovery. The notion that I will emerge from this moment “fundamentally altered” has grown increasingly faulty from my perspective. Indeed, it isn’t so much what I’m learning about myself but what I’m learning about God that has affected me the most throughout these weeks. Ours is a God who is interminably faithful. (2 Tm 2:13) Whose faithful lovingkindness is unending and unyielding. (Ps 23:5–6) Who, in spite of me, endears himself to me by faithfully loving me through thick and thin. That might not be the most profound lesson I’ve learned but it is certainly the most affecting. Especially since it is being brought to bear in actual daily life through all the upset plans and relentless anxiety this year has afforded us to witness and experience. Through all of that, God is still faithful. He hasn’t been upset or frustrated from his plans. He hasn’t had to resort to a contingency plan because God’s plans always come together. He never fails. He is always faithful. (Lam 3:22–23)

Resources.

Stonington Baptist Church sermons

The Shepherd’s enduring presence,” sermon by yours truly 

Our living, breathing hope,” sermon by yours truly 

The menacing mirage of money,” sermon by yours truly 

A call to holy living,” sermon by yours truly 

The Epistles General of I and II Peter and I John, Alexander Maclaren 

The Epistles of St. Peter and St. Jude Preached and Explained, Martin Luther 

The historical continuance of the pentateuchal covenants,” article by yours truly 

God Has No Plan-B,” Dr. Jim Blalock 

2020 Is a Great Year for the Church,” Chad Bird 

Grace: So Much More Than You Know and So Much Better Than You Think, Brad J. Gray

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Notes.

I’m Brad Gray and I serve as the Senior Pastor of Stonington Baptist Church in Paxinos, Pennsylvania, where I live with my wife Natalie, daughter Lydia, and son Braxton. Besides pastoring, I spend most of my time writing, reading, and ministering in many more ways. I am resolved to faithfully and fervently propagate the gospel of “grace upon grace” for the weary and the worn out. It is my sincerest desire to live and minister all “for the sake of the Name.” (3 Jn 1:7) So long as Christ is exalted, that is enough.

Credits.

Intro music: “Explorers (Instrumental Version)” by The Midnight, The Midnight Music LLC, 2018.

Ad music: “Coffee Stains” by Finley, licensed under CC BY 4.0.