Zechariah 8:20-22 “Thus says the Lord of hosts: People shall yet come, even the inhabitants of many cities. The inhabitants of one city shall go to another, saying, ‘Let us go at once to entreat the favor of the Lord and to seek the Lord of hosts; I myself am going.’ Many people and strong nations shall come to seek the Lord of hosts in Jerusalem and to entreat the favor of the Lord.”
God wondrously continues to provide for the Cochrans by His sovereign hand as we seek His glory and speak His gospel in Chicagoland.
I can attest to the amazing power of prayer to bless those who seek Him. One prayer that I have cried to God in the morning is opportunities to share the gospel with others. He does not cease to provide those opportunities. Would you join me in this prayer?
Since my last update, I got to share the gospel with George, the most ecstatic Wal-Mart greeter you’ll ever meet. When you walk through those doors, he beams the brightest smile and booms with the loudest voice, “Welcome! It’s a great day in Wal-Mart today.” He is a retired trucker, who rides his TriRod during the Winter and his Harley Chopper in the Summer. He’s a committed biker! But if you stop to talk to him, you’ll discover that he has knowledge of the Lord but pain from the Church, pain that has kept him from church since his childhood days in West Texas at a small Baptist Church that split over scandal.
I’ve developed a friendship with Lu (short for Lucifer). I know, right. We sit next to one another in Starbucks. He’s actually Greek Orthodox and jokes that he will come to me for confession this year. He is an IT and operations efficiency consultant for executives and lawyers. Once I discovered this, I shared with him Patrick Lencioni’s book, the Advantage, which is a wonderful resource on building healthy organizations. Pray that we will have more conversations that lead to gospel conversations.
Then there is Mike that I met at Arcedium, a St. Charles local coffee roaster and coffee shop. Mike is a carpenter and is very curious about spiritual matters. We’ve talked a number of times about God, the gospel, and the Church. I am praying that he will respond to the gospel soon. Pray with me too.
I met Joe and Jose when I took responsibility for organizing our recent A29 Chicago Suburb Lunch. They are both local business owners who recently started quick service businesses. As I listened to Joe and his wife share the affliction they’ve endured this last year in the process of starting their new business, my heart ached for them. Jose owns the business next door, he’s a young guy who wants to relocate to St. Charles from Schaumburg. He may have visited the first service of Redeemer Fellowship this past week. We did not see him because our family attended second service. He told me he was searching for a church with a 9 o’clock service that he could attend, since he opens his place at 11 a.m. on Sundays.
Finally, there is Allan. Allan is British and the father-in-law to one of our worship leaders at Redeemer. At a birthday party on Saturday, Allan and I talked for an hour. We talked about Anglicanism, the four major conflicts he served in as part of Her Majesty’s Royal Air Force, Nelson Mandela, Islam, and church planting. When he discovered I was starting a church, he asked, “How does one know they are to start a church?” With a softball sized gospel invitation like that, I couldn’t help but start with, “Well, in eighth grade God saved me from my sin…”
In addition to coordinating Welcome, Offering, and Announcements and Leadership Lab for Redeemer Fellowship, I am now drafting weekly discussion sheets for Redeemer’s Community Groups. They are all sermon based. I write these discussion sheets during the sermon, and we e-mail a PDF to all our CG leaders directly after the service. I continue to facilitate discussions for our Community Group on Thursdays, though I am also trying to involve other men, as my plate is pretty full, and we have so many gifted and capable facilitators in our group.
I believe that I will be preaching this Sunday in Woodstock at Doxa Fellowship, where Steve McCoy pastors. Please pray for me. I’m preaching on Zechariah 8:20-22. This passage is inspired by my reading of Jonathan Edward’s account of the Scottish prayer revival in 1740, where Scottish churches covenanted to a two year weekly “concert in prayer”. Edwards wrote An Humble Attempt to Promote Explicit Agreement And Visible Union of God’s People in Extraordinary Prayer, for the Revival of Religion and the Advancement of Christ’s Kingdom on Earth. Yes! This book was written when there was a silent “h” in humble and book titles were 10 percent the length of books. Good stuff.
It is almost Spring here. We have only received 10 or so inches of snow in March and have seen a couple days in the 40′s. For the most part the temperature hovers around the 10′s and 20′s. Kendall and the kids are doing fantastic. We had a busy weekend celebrating St. Patrick’s day with all our friends. St. Patrick’s day is a big deal up here, so there was much Irish soda bread, corn beef and cabbage, and shamrock shakes for many all over Chicagoland this past weekend.
I have an important elder meeting on Wednesday night. I will be sharing my vision and desire to start a church in Aurora. Now we are prayerfully walking down the path of whether this church will be an independent church plant or a campus of Redeemer Fellowship. Please pray for us as we journey through this process.
I finished editing my first book for Crossway and returned it to the editorial director last week. Pray that I find favor with him and that Crossway would invite me to edit a book or two a month for them.
Meanwhile, I am reaching out to other publishers for similar opportunities. I still am finding favor with writing opportunities. Last week I had a guest post at the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, Develop a “Date Your Wife” Mindset
, and a guest post at Christianity.com
, 3 Ways to Drive Millennials Out of Your Church
.If the Lord is stirring you to partner with us, you may do so through the North American Mission Board. As of right now, we have tracked that we have raised 1%
of what we need from partners to continue on in ministry here. Our goal is $2000 per month from individual partners. God graciously provided a healthy federal refund, so we continue on faithfully for another month with His provision. I am in the process of making phone calls and writing letters to individuals. I reached out to 13 churches for partnership this past month through letters as well. Pray that the Lord will provide partners with both churches and individuals, so we may continue on in ministry.
All funding may be securely given through the North American Mission Board. Gifts may be given through Electronic Funds Transfer, or AutoPay with your Debit or Credit Card. To set up automatic giving on-line go to our NAMB Webpage, http://msc.kintera.org/cochranfamily2005.
If you wish to mail in an Electronic Funds Transfer request, you may do so. Fill out the form below and mail it to the address for NAMB below. When you fill out the form indicate my name JOEY COCHRAN and Account 10138 on the form.
EFT Request Form.
Here is a helpful document about giving online with the North American Mission Board.
Q&A Sheet for Partnering with NAMB Missionaries.
If you wish to send a monthly check, you may still do so. Please be sure to memo JOEY COCHRAN ACCT 10138 on your check.
Mail your check to:
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PO Box 116543
Atlanta, Georgia 30368-6543
The Cochran Family