This past Sunday we, the leadership of Epic Life Church, had a meeting that should be told in the annals of time in the history of Epic Life. I got the opportunity to sit around the room with young men and women, mostly in their 20s, and discuss passionately the future of Epic Life Church, the church God is establishing here on Aurora Ave. in North Seattle.

I have been in many “church” meeting in my life and am continually amazed at the level of maturity in the leadership at Epic Life. We are seriously in the trenches right now because of our lack of financial bounty. We have to make some serious choices to decrease spending, none of which seem good, especially since we don’t spend.  Without going into the nitty-gritty of the choices we have to make I want to describe what’s happening.

God is taking a group of common men and women stretching and pull them, beating them up, applying pressure and strain on them in ways most would run from. But none of these leaders are running away. Because of the strength of the team we are being built up in ways many people may never allow to happen in their lives. We are in the trenches right now and its scary. But that is exactly where God wants us. He is doing his work in us, recreating each of us and setting a firm foundation for the months and years to come.  The outcome will be bright and beautiful and quite miraculously amazing.

Thank you God for counting us worthy to be stressed in this way, to be forced to depend on you, and to be strengthened.  This is the stuff from which heroes are born, from which great leaders are created and from where humble confidence becomes natural.

Thank you Father for counting us worthy.

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  1. Nick says:

    Keith, we’re in Columbus praying for you guys, confident that your “light and momentary afflictions are achieving an eternal weight of glory that far exceeds them all.” Let us know how we can help!

    • keithcarpenter says:

      Thank you so much Nick for that comment! It is so true that these are momentary and light…and I can see so much good coming out of it. We are taking joy in our trials knowing the testing of our faith develops perseverance that is working our lives so that we may be mature and complete, lacking nothing. James 1

      Thank you for your prayers! They are seriously the best thing we could ask for. Prayer strengthens us in ways we don’t even know.

  2. keithcarpenter says:

    Nick you asked what you can do to help…here are five ways,

    1.) Pray (You’re doing that!) – for wisdom, growth, influence, transformation, redemption.
    2.) Be our advocate by linking this blog and http://www.epiclifechurch.org to everything you have on the web.
    3.) Inquire at Xenos if they would support Epic Life monthly for one year.
    4.) Send addresses – we are sending our a Partners letter and want to be able to send it to as many people as we can.
    5.) Ask Xenos to pray for us.

    Thank you Nick.

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