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Friends in the trenches



Usually I post each day about what I do, or special happenings but the past few days with council I hadn't kept up. One delightful thing that happened that I forgot to mention in yesterday's posts was that last night Pastors Bert & Lori Hutson (Sr. Pastors, Baldwin A/G) came to our service and visited with us for the evening. After service we gave them the "Northside tour." Then we sent our kids on home after service because we wanted to go to fellowship with them until late and we knew the kiddos needed their rest for school the next day. So while they went home and Dustin kept things in order for us, we headed to Perkins.

It was a joy sharing with the Hutson's for several hours, even weeping at times at the goodness of God in our lives. We parted ways at the end of the evening remarking that there truly is no one that understands like another pastor. Last night we shared things about our ministry over the years that we have overcome and ways God has been so good. We bore a few burdens for one another as well, and have things to pray about like any pastor does. My point here is, there is nothing like sharing with other pastors and truly I believe that in addition to being a person of prayer, the Word and fasting - you can't do this long term without real relationships with those who are with you in the trenches.

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