Scott Hodge


Taste of Heaven

Jan 22, 2006

I’m in my 15th hour of my Sunday workday.  I was in bed last night at 12:30am and then up again at 4:00am…  And right now, I feel like I could run twenty miles because of how amped I am after just finishing up an INCREDIBLE day at The Orchard! 

This morning’s worship gatherings were awesome.  So many new faces and a church full of people who LOVE and are excited about what God is doing here.  All I can say is….WOW.

And now…I just wrapped up a class that I teach every couple of months called ORCHARD 101.  And let me tell you…  We had a great, GREAT group of people who were all so jazzed about becoming a part of this church community!

Check this out…

There was a woman in the class who is in her 80′s.  Amidst a room full of young couples and singles I couldn’t help but to ask her during one of our breaks, WHY she attends our church?  I said something like this, "After all, our music is loud and I’m a young guy who really doesn’t know that much…". 

And she began telling me about her spiritual journey of being a pastor’s wife for 35+ years and how she became completly turned off to chuch and religion.  Finally, after about 10 years of being away from church, she found The Orchard and absolutely LOVES what she’s experiencing here. 

She shared with me how much she loves the fact that ANYONE can come to this church just as they are!  She loves the practical and relevant teaching.  She did, however, mention that she doesn’t always like the music (perhaps it’s the U2??)  But she also understands that it’s not all about her.  It’s about the mission!  And she is absolutely thrilled that God has brought her to our church. 

And so am I. 

So many stories…  So many people at such different places on their spiritual journey – and it’s really one of the most beautiful things I have ever witnessed in my life. 

Undoubtably, THIS is a taste of Heaven…

3 Responses to “Taste of Heaven”

  1. Scott
    That’s so great to have people with that kind of an attitude. Realizing it’s not all about the christians in the church, it’s about reaching and touching those lives who have not had a chance to experiencethis best possible life.

  2. Wow! Scott that is SO AWESOME!! Keep up the good work. As you rest in the Lord, He will keep giving you the strength to do the work He has called you to do. I am excited that your church is reaching your community so effectively for Christ!!! :-)

  3. Dave says:

    I agree whole heartedly! God is doing something absolutely amazing and I for one am enjoying the ride. It is totally awesum! And yes it is a taste of Heaven, The joy I have after a day in church just helps me to realize what an awesum God we do have.

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