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My Fleeting Life

This short reflection comes as I conclude 14 years of ministry on staff at Grace Fellowship Church. It also marks the completion of 40 years of pastoral ministry. Not a bad stretch for a former engineer!

Wise King Solomon described our transitory lives in Ecclesiastes three millennia ago when he wrote “…the days of your fleeting life which He has given to you under the sun.” Time, indeed, goes by faster than Usain Bolt.

Like the rest of you who are compelled to look behind you to see your 30th birthday, I marvel at how fast the current of my earth-bound time is flowing. On an August evening in 1968 I met Jesus Christ at a Billy Graham crusade. From that night the steadfast love of God became the air that I breathe. Serving Him and knowing Him has trumped all other ambitions. Because of this, my Ultimate Journey has been and continues to be filled with spiritual adventure and discoveries.

Recently as I clipped past a birthday milestone, I decided to transition off my staff role at GFC to make room for other pursuits as the sand in my hourglass slips by. Mary and I will remain in Johnson City with GFC as our home church, but I will take on a greater role with BEE World, the mission agency I’ve served with for the past 30 years. We equip churches in restricted-access nations to set up their own training systems for raising up pastors who are grounded in the scriptures and growing in godly character.

Looking back, my personal Journey is marked by two prominent themes– the local church and global ministry. Both seem to characterize Jesus’ life as well. The church is His bride, His body for which He died. The world of lost people was His mission. I will continue to pursue both of these.

To my GFC family and staff I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to serve and grow with you. Grace Fellowship Church is the healthiest church I’ve ever been a part of. I’ve benefitted immeasurably and matured in my walk with the Lord in our years together. Now the Apostle Paul’s admonition to the believers in Thessalonica rings in my ears:

Finally then, brethren, we request and exhort you in the Lord Jesus, that as you received from us instruction as to how you ought to walk and please God (just as you actually do walk), that you excel still more.

Along with you all, this is what I fully intend to do in this next chapter of my fleeting life.

Larry Nees

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