Birthday Pondering

As I wrap up this 37th anniversary of my birth, I have contemplated many things. I don’t want to glory in past accomplishments but rather look ahead to a bright and glorious future. My life has been less than perfect, but God uses all kinds of people in His big redemption story.

Earlier this evening, I watched a message from the late John Osteen who founded Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas. When I was very hardened toward evangelical Christianity around 1996, I saw the old Lakewood telecast and saw the truth preached passionately yet lovingly. I didn’t realize until many years ago that he, like I, went through a divorce. It was even more taboo back then. He married Dodie Osteen, and they ministered beautifully together until his death in 1999. In the message I watched, he was preaching about his 75th birthday and how he would consecrate himself anew in some areas.

I am only about halfway to 75, but I want to consecrate myself afresh and anew in these areas. If you can set aside some time to watch this message, I encourage you to watch and consecrate yourself anew to the Lord and His purpose for your life.

Author: Matthew Winters (The Comeback Pastor)

Born and raised in Portsmouth, VA, I eventually landed in upstate SC because when God calls I move. I gave my life to Christ in 1987 and surrendered to the call to ministry in 1997. I am a three-time graduate from Liberty University and Theological Seminary: BS in Religion (2003), the MA in Religion (Leadership concentration - 2006), and the Master of Divinity (Pastoral Ministries - 2013). I have served as a worship leader and senior pastor in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia since 1996. After experiencing a divorce, God graciously gave me my wife, Jennifer, whom I married in September 2015. Between the two of us, we have 6 children. I am the Lead/Founding Pastor of Overcomers Church in Walhalla, SC, a brand new church plant that is helping those who have been overcome by life to become Overcomers in Christ. Jennifer and I both love people and long to see them enter into a relationship with Christ and walk in the power of His Spirit. I pray that these thoughts I share will challenge and inspire you to greater heights and deeper depths for the glory of Christ.

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