Greater Together in Christ!

Carl Higashi


Numbers 13:1-2
13 Then the Lord spoke to Moses saying, 2 “Send out for yourself men so that they may spy out the land of Canaan, which I am going to give to the sons of Israel; you shall send a man from each of their fathers’ tribes, every one a leader among them.”


The Lord spoke to Moses to send out men into the land of Canaan. This was the land that God had promised the Israelites. God promised this land to them before a person was even sent into the land! Even though this land was promised to the Israelites, God still tests their faith and obedience to follow His directions. A leader from each tribe would need to be selected and tested, but only two of twelve came back with good reports in spite of knowing God's promise to deliver them and bring them into this land.


As we move in to our first building campaign at New Hope, we are being asked to move in boldness like never before. The Lord is asking the leaders to have a boldness and confidence in the movement that God has already started at New Hope. He has provided for many miracles over the past 19 years and we as a people of His, should never forget His miracles that He has performed through this church and His people.

Our faith will be tested during this time, I must remain confident that I will continue to see God's goodness while I am alive! Like He promised Caleb and Joshua and the people of Israel that they would inhabit the Promised Land,He will deliver and has delivered abundantly in the past for those who were faithful and obedient to follow His direction and will continue to deliver on His promises today!

We are "Greater Together!" and I must do my part to be boldly proclaiming the preferred future God has planned for us as a church and as a people of God at New Hope! Sharing the vision of New Hope to our church, community, and the world.


Lord it is with a heart of gratefulness that I come into your presence today. Grateful because 18+ years ago, You brought me to a church called New Hope. A place where I would find my God given purpose, a place where my wife and me are learning and growing together as a couple, a place where my children could be raised in the ways of You, a place where we could all be a "10" and feel valued.

Lord you have blessed me over abundantly! Out of the overflow of my heart, may my family show our gratefulness, as we move forward together in the calling He has placed on us as a family. We are truly greater together in Christ!

Love you Lord with all my heart!

In Jesus' name I pray. Amen!

Devotions for February 23

Numbers 12,13
Psalms 90
Mark 2

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