Posted 1/3/14 at 4:05 PM | Eddie Williams |
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.” -Lamentations 3:22-24
The rough patches that we have hit this year have hurt. The love ones lost to disagreement and death have hurt our souls so deeply. I can’t begin to describe the amount of grief and hardship I have endured over this passed year.
I have shed more tears this year than I can remember….
But our God has been more faithful this year than I can ever remember! He has provided my needs in times of despair. He has provided nourishment to the depleted souls who thought they were lost. he has given water to the thirsty and given food to the famished! He has been patient with my impatience. He has been perfect to my imperfection.
He has delivered me out of foolishness. He has filled my cup with his glory! O’ how stupid have I been only to have the Lord calmly point me into the right direction. Sometimes we think we have got it all in order. All it takes is one small storm to show us we were wrong. But if we retreat into the presence of the Most High God of the Universe all can be well again. FULL POST
Posted 10/30/13 at 2:51 PM | Eddie Williams
Everyday is Halloween for some of us. We wear a different mask everyday. We pretend to be people we aren’t to impress people we are afraid of, because we fear what they may do once they figure out who we really are.
Jesus says, "Fear not."
We having nothing to fear. We don’t have to pretend any longer. Jesus dies for us. The affection we seek in others is now found in Him.>
Posted 9/23/13 at 3:45 PM | Eddie Williams
It is puzzling to me why the church decides to go to war with itself. With Satan, the world and our own sin to battle, why do we need to fight ourselves as well?
Most of the time, church people waste their time going to war with each other over secondary issues in the scripture. I have resolved that neither I nor my ministry (If I can help it) will not waste time arguing over these issues. It is neither helpful nor productive. Paul says,
“Don’t have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels.”
-2 Timothy 2:23
Paul calls these arguments ‘stupid’ because they are almost always never resolved, because people clearly see these issues differently in the bible. They usually result in foolish quarrels.
Instead of fighting against one another over secondary issues (or open handed issues), we should go to war united over primary issues (or close handed) of scripture.
Allow me to explain the difference between open handed and close handed issues: FULL POST
Posted 9/15/13 at 12:19 PM | Eddie Williams |
For who has known the mind of the Lord? -Romans 11:34
Life is so confusing at times. So many are so worried about what life brings. Money. Relationships. Work. Wrong doing.
Why do things work the way they do?
Our Father, does not afford us the same omnipresence that He has embedded in His character. He does not afford us the foreknowledge of future loss, and of future victories. God the Father has not given us the privilege of knowing why some things happen. “What is the meaning of life? Why are we here?”
But what the word of God does tells us is, “fear not”
The Lord’s workings are understood by no one. He works in ways that are only comprehended by himself. His ways are not our ways. “For who has known the mind of the Lord?” Why does he let evil come upon us? Why do evil people prosper and the good suffer?
“For who has known the mind of the Lord?”
But God, does tell us one thing: “Fear not”…. Better yet, he says, “Fear not, for I am with you” -Isaiah 41:10 FULL POST
Posted 9/10/13 at 11:06 AM | Eddie Williams |
SEATTLE, WA - September 10, 2013 - This week, a new ministry has been announced that will help fill the growing void of younger adults in the church. The REACH Network, a ministry of Mountain Vineyard Church (MVC), has officially launched, beginning with the opening of it's website, www.The-REACH-Network.com. The website is working to become a networking hub for young adults ministries and churches, offering resources and sermon content in the hopes of serving the Kingdom of God.
Eddie J. Williams, a NFL player and pastor, is the director of the REACH Network which is based in Kent, WA. Williams began the idea launching REACH back in February, when he saw a need for it in the greater Seattle area. Along with becoming a networking hub, REACH also hosts a weekly young adults service Wednesdays at MVC. The Wednesday night features worship and Bible teaching for young people that generally haven't heard about Jesus Christ much in the past. Because of the largely unchurched population, the teachings are unfiltered and raw, so the attendees can best understand the content, and there is also an anonymous question and answer so people can have their questions answered that they might not otherwise ask if they had to ask them with their identities revealed. FULL POST
Posted 9/4/13 at 2:58 PM | Eddie Williams |
Editor's Note: This a letter that Eddie wrote to share a feeling he and most Christians have - the continual need for God's grace.
He said of this letter, "We all struggle with the things we know are true. We know we shouldn't be afraid. We know we are forgiven yet we act differently
"Teachers and preachers are especially affected in this way. They tend to spend more time in the Word and see the ways they are hypocritical."
He hopes that people will relate to this personal letter and see how much they need Christ.
You are weak. I can see it behind your hard stare and loud preaching.
I can feel it every time you hear some negative feedback or someone criticizes you.
You aren’t so tough. You aren’t so strong. You would love everyone to believe that the gossip you hear about yourself doesn’t hurt you, but it does. You speak as if you feel no pain, but I know how deep that pain goes. I know how much you long for reconciliation from your friends and family. You tell people you are used to the pain, but the truth is you are just numb to it.
And once the emotional Novocain wears off you will crumble under the immense hurt.
You always do.
You also speak to others a hard line about Jesus.
You tell them they are sinners. You say they need a savior. But are you trying to BE that savior? I know how hard you work for God, but which god are you working for? Jesus or yourself?
You preach, you write, you counsel. You want others to find glory in what you do. It bothers you when you are overlooked and under appreciated. You want to be honored. You want to be liked. And you want to be respected. FULL POST
Posted 8/30/13 at 3:38 PM | Eddie Williams
Recently at a ministry conference I had the opportunity to interview with Church Planter magazine, a new tablet magazine for Church Planters. The interviewer was Pete Mitchell, one the creators of the magazine.
In the interview, I am asked about my story of coming to Christ and my upbringing in the Bay Area in California.
I am also asked about my ministry and what God is doing in our area in Kent, WA
Eddie Williams(Twitter: @realewilliams) is a Christian, a husband and a father, and public speaker, he also leads a ministry as a pastor, called REACH, a young adults ministry at his home church. The 5 year NFL veteran (Cleveland Browns, Seattle Seahawks) speaks weekly at the ministry and has spoken across the U.S. at high schools, colleges, conferences and ministries about a vairety of topics, including leadership, health and faith. Eddie has been a part of numerous programs for youth, including NFL Play60. He has also given back to the community at organizations like the Cleveland Foodbank, Feed My Starving Children and Veterans hospitals. He has also been featured on SiriusXM radio and ESPN Outside the Lines. For more on Eddie, visit: Eddiejwilliams.me
Posted 8/15/13 at 1:51 PM | Eddie Williams
Gossip is widely believed to be one of the most harmless ‘sins’. It is grouped into the acceptable sins category along with cursing, gluttony and self-sorrow. Little did we know that the enemy would like nothing more than for gossip to be seen as acceptable.
We see it everywhere, The school grounds, the locker rooms, the bars and gyms. Even more common place is somewhere like the church. The church is riddled with gossip. Gossip groups love masquerading as community groups, youth retreats or women’s prayer groups.
The church is touchy on this issue because most people in the church feel like they’re are living a moral life. If someone is hurt, they feel that it gives them a right, not to gossip, but to “express their feelings” about someone or something. That is a nice way of saying you want to gossip, because lamenting your pain about another will help someone feel some sick, twisted pleasure inside at the expense of another.
On the show The Simpsons, The pastor’s wife, Helen Lovejoy is the town gossip. I love how they chose the pastor’s wife to be the gossip. Church is filled with it. Many people are like her in that they don’t think that their brand of gossip is all that bad. FULL POST
Posted 8/7/13 at 11:58 AM | Eddie Williams |
Many of us think that salvation is in our hands.
We get saved, and we so badly want our friends and family saved so we pour into them for days, weeks and years only to see nothing happen. Then, we get discouraged.
The answer to this is realizing that Jesus opened our eyes, and only he can open theirs. Sometimes we get caught trying to explain color to the blind. We have no power to open their eyes. Only He who is in heaven can illuminate the world for them.
Eddie Williams(Twitter: @realewilliams) is a Christian, a husband and a father, and public speaker, he also leads a ministry as a pastor, called REACH, a young adults ministry at his home church. The 5 year NFL veteran (Cleveland Browns, Seattle, Seahawks) speaks weekly at the ministry and has spoken across the U.S. at high schools, colleges, conferences and ministries about a vairety of topics, including leadership, health and faith. Eddie has been a part of numerous programs for youth, including NFL Play60. He has also given back to the community at organizations like the Cleveland Foodbank, Feed My Starving Children and Veterans hospitals.He has also been featured on SiriusXM radio and ESPN Outside the Lines. For more on Eddie, visit: Eddiejwilliams.me
Posted 8/1/13 at 2:43 PM | Eddie Williams
I’m not convinced many people really understand God’s mission for this planet. And if they do, they sure are good at hiding it.
Church goers, ministry leaders and everyday Christians aren’t living they’re lives like they fully understand God’s mission. By the looks of it, you would think the mission of God is finding a building to meet in, huddling away alone for many years in it and casually mentioning Jesus Christ to people outside…. usually if they ask.
Many think being missional is doing great social justice works for people so they know you love them, but only loosely mentioning Jesus or church because you do not want them to think you are trying to “convert” them. For some, being missional is performing outreaches in communities but avoiding the topic of God altogether, thinking that somehow this will help them find Christ. (True story).
These ideas are far from what God had in mind for his mission. If The above ideas were God’s mission, we wouldn’t have churches today. Christianity would have never spread. God’s mission is so much greater and produces so much more fruit.
Plain and simple, God wants to save the planet. He desires for all people to know him, but because of sin he knows that this will not happen organically. He needs to act. So he acts by SENDING. FULL POST