Sermon Recap 10.30.2011

This past Sunday I was away celebrating the 10 year anniversary of the first Aletheia Church that we started in Harrisonburg, Virginia. It was a joy to be at the original location that Jesus began this church planting movement. When we left over 2 years ago to plant the church in Tampa, we left an incredible community of believers and some of our nearest and dearest friends. We praise Jesus for the many wonderful friendships that were developed over the years there. The church is doing great and it was amazing to see how Jesus continues to change lives in that tiny community.

Being away is always hard though, and I really don’t enjoy leaving my church family in Tampa for any period of time, much less for two weeks. In fact, this was the first time since we started the church that I was away for more than one Sunday. My pops taught the first week for me but this past weekend he was teaching in Harrisonburg for the anniversary celebration so I didn’t have my usual back-up in place. I prayed about who to get and explored various options but God led me to ask my good buddy Emilio to preach for me. And let me tell you, the guy did a great job. For those of you who don’t know, Emilio has been chosen by God to start an Aletheia Church in St. Petersburg, Florida, right across the bay from where we are in Tampa (about 45 minutes away). He and his wife Hannah are cultivating relationships, forming Bible studies, and serving Jesus in a very needy area. They’ve seen people come to Christ and have even had some baptisms in the short time they’ve been on location. I am blessed to serve with my boy and love how God is using him.

And I love how God spoke through him this past Sunday. Watch the sermon here and see for yourself. And please, if you have a spare moment, pray for Emilio and Hannah (and they’re baby who is due May 28th).

Emilio Marrero: Prayer from Aletheia Tampa on Vimeo.

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