Scott Hodge


Captured by His love…

Oct 14, 2008


It's hard to believe, but this past Sunday, October 12th, marked four years since my dad passed away.  And even though the pain and grief is not nearly as sharp as it has been in years past, it still seems so unreal at times.  But nonetheless, I am so thankful for God's healing in mine and my family's lives.  God has been good to us.

Of course, it's almost impossible to remember my dad and not be reminded of how The Orchard's story is not just a story about God changing a church – but also one about God changing my dad.  In fact, this past weekend at The Orchard, I shared something my dad wrote in one of his journals back in November of 2003.  God used this to touch a lot of hearts so I wanted to share it here with you.  It's a rather beautiful reflection of what God was doing deep in his heart towards the end of his life. 

November 23, 2003

I do not know how to describe what has happened to me. I only know that deep within me, I mean really deep, it seems that something, connected to an understanding of God’s love, has changed me.

I sense that this change is a forever thing. It seems that God never goes back on what He does.

I have been captured by His love.

It is something that I must admit, I never knew existed like I am now experiencing. It is like I have stepped into a new dimension where the height and depth are beyond my comprehension.

I am consumed with a passion to tell people about what I have experienced for the sole purpose of helping them to know that they can have it too.

This love relationship offered to me and everyone by the Father is beyond anything I could ever imagine. I am overwhelmed that I have been privileged to experience it.  I know that everyone else can experience it too….

Love is powerless unless it is consented to.

I must confess that I am coming to understand this, and am so grateful for the honor of being loved by the Most High God, and yet I understand that since he is love he can do nothing else but love us.

We were created to be the objects of his love.

When He is invited inside a person, and is allowed to bring their spirit to life, he will love them forever. 

    • He offers them forgiveness for all sin, past, present and future
    • He offers them leadership into the paths of righteousness
    • He gives them everything they need, and
    • He encourages them to ask Him for anything else they want 

The Father delights in answering the requests of those who belong to the Son.

I have a glimpse of what the institutional church has allowed to happen. It has presented a picture of God and Christ that is inconsistent with who they are.  As a product of that church, I desire to liberate those who are caught up in it; to save others from it. 

I have a passion to take people who are turned off by religion or to religion and turn them on to Jesus Christ and turn them in to devoted followers of Christ.

14 Responses to “Captured by His love…”

  1. Tom Pollard says:

    Scott, It was such a blessing when you came to Springbrook Community Church and spoke with Matt and our leadership team and you shared how God had changed your dad, The Orchard and you. It’s a story that I love continuing to follow as we’re on that same type of journey as The Orchard. What you and you’re team are accomplishing is fantastic and it was because you were more concerned about the people that you were not reaching than the people who were leaving. That’s one thing that has stuck in my mind from that conversation among many others.
    Losing my dad 12 years ago next month (age 56 of cancer) was the most difficult thing I had to witness. However out of God’s grace, mercy and love that night of my dad’s death I found an eternal father while losing an earthly one.
    Keep on doing what you’re doing as The Orchard and your team are making a HUGE difference in the kingdom.

  2. wow Scott, just amazing!

  3. Ben Hammond says:

    “As a product of that church, I desire to liberate those who are caught up in it; to save others from it.”
    I really wish I could’ve known your dad, he sounds like an amazing guy.
    Greater things have yet to come, great things are still to be done in this city…

  4. mike p says:

    I am so inspired by that last quote…I too want to liberate those caught up in “it” and save others from it.
    Thanks for a right on time reminder.

  5. Thanks for sharing this Scott. It means a lot. Good to see you for a few seconds on Thursday!

  6. WOW this story always amazes my every time I read it. I hate it so bad that I didn’t get to meet you in person at Catalyst. I only saw you one for like one second when you were going into the gathering with Seth Godin for lunch. Any way thanks for all you are doing for church leaders, your innovation is captivating.

  7. Scott,
    Thanks for sharing. Yeah, my dad died 11 years ago and like Dave Gibbons said at Q in NYC – we relate in our pain. I have a good handful of friends whose dads have died too young – - somehow God uses all that stuff right…Romans 8:28
    Your Church Bartender,

  8. Scott,
    My dad passed away five years ago. I missed him a great deal today. Thanks for sharing about your dad. He sounds like a man who sharpened you.
    May you chronicle his memory well for your soul’s sake…and your children’s.

  9. Hey Scott,
    Thanks for your post. Thanks for also letting us see a little deeper into who your dad was. I know you were and are still proud of him. I also believe that he was and is now up in heaven proud of you.
    I watched a show on TV last night of a father and son rebuilding a relationship that had deteriorated over years. They ended the show by giving each other a hug.
    I think that is the thing I miss the most from my dad; his unconditional love, proud of you, I believe in you, hug that I would always get when he was with me.
    Here’s a hug for you Bro!
    Stay strong!
    God Bless,

  10. Scott,
    Your dad was a good man, and such an inspiration to me. If it weren’t for your dad’s words and ministry, I probably wouldn’t be pursuing my Masters in Theology or teaching adult ed today. Jennie and I think of him often, and remember him fondly.

  11. I am sorry for the loss of your father. I pray for God’s peace, calm and healing in your life.

  12. One of the best things you’ve ever shared. Very inspiring.

  13. Abe says:

    Amazing. I think I'll want to read this again and again.

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