we_are_branchesName: Craig Flinn || "I graduated from Multnomah University back in '85, and I immediately got into doing ministry. I returned to Spokane right after college to volunteer with both Young Life at Mead High School and the youth ministry at Northview Bible Church. After a year of volunteering, I was offered a position as the youth pastor at Northview. I was 24 when I took that job, and over time I gradually came to realize that I wasn't free in the Spirit. After two years of being the youth pastor at Northview, I thought to myself, 'I can't justify being a minister of the gospel knowing that I'm not living freely in Christ.' And so I stepped down from my role as pastor. Looking back on that time of my life, I recognize that my lack of freedom in Christ was largely due to a longing for intimacy within me that I searched for elsewhere. In Romans 5:5, Paul says that 'God's love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.' I've found that freedom in Christ is living into this reality. It's living into the reality that God's love resides within me through the Spirit. When I ask myself, 'Where do I experience the love of God most vividly?' It's when I remember God loves us into existance and sustains us in love. I experience the love of God simply through hearing your story and by sharing my story with you. I experience His love through my job at Tomato Street and seeing how the Spirit actively works in that environment. Being free in Christ looks different for everybody, and this is what it looks like for me." #wearebranches #humansofbranches
- ethomps7We learn so much as we experience Christ. My journey has been one I never would have expected. Thank you for sharing!
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