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Monday, November 9, 2009

I Love Christ-Centered Weddings and Church Anniversaries

The highly favored son of Westside Bible Church, Willio Destin, marries the beloved daughter of Los Angeles Community Bible Church, the beautiful Neecole (Johnson) Destin. I know that sounds like a romantic fairy tale, but the highly anticipated wedding didn’t disappoint. Wasn’t it like “a once upon a time dream” that actually came true? And by that we shouldn’t be surprised, I wasn’t.

God, who abounds in grace and delights in spoiling His children, showered His love upon Willio and Neecole with a glorious wedding that exalted Christ and revealed how marriage is a magnificent thing. And yes, now more challenging challenges will begin for them, yet I am confident that through all the hurt and tears Willio and Neecole will cling to the grace of Christ, who clings to them. I am confident of that because God loves true love stories more than we do. So He will teach them how to use their trials and challenges to experience more of His love for them and that through them they can bring glory to His great Name. My wife Naomi and I are so grateful for the small role we played and the privilege of witnessing in Willio and Neecole the mystery of true love: “There are three things which are too wonderful for me, Four which I do not understand: The way of an eagle in the sky, The way of a serpent on a rock, The way of a ship in the middle of the sea, And the way of a man with a maid,” Proverbs 30:18-19.

And what can I say about the 10 year anniversary celebration of LACBC? (1) It was deeply encouraging. I cannot thank Pastor Kidd enough for allowing God to use Him to stir our hearts to continue to be faithful. (2) It was hysterically funny. I wondered about this before but now I am sure stand-up comedian Lynell Morgan missed her calling. (3) It was richly inspiring. Who attended and wasn’t motivated to do everything that they can to continue to enjoy the blessings that God has poured out upon this church for tens of ten more years? I sincerely thank everyone who planned, who served, and who attended. I am humbled to be an under rower galley slave (1 Cor 4:1) to a congregation so rich in talent and love.

Grace and peace,

Pastor Bobby