His Love is Amazing!

In 2001 my picture perfect “Brady Bunch” life came to a screeching halt!

I believe in being transparent, being and keeping it real. The end result of what I’m about to share is “His Love is Amazing”. I was the Associate Pastor at my Dad’s church and he resigned abruptly during our January board meeting. I was shocked to say the least. I excused myself from the meeting and went and called my dear Mother. “Mom,” I said, “Did you know Dad was resigning the church tonight?” She had no clue. I proceeded back to the meeting and tried to stop what was taking place. Something was not right…Why? He was determined. It was over. He had 3 more Sunday Services to complete his 40 years of full-time service to the Lord.

After that last week on a day off I was in Temecula CA. at a skateboard park with my kids. I went out to the car to check my voice mail and had a message from my sister Joyce. “Alan” despair, urgency, a cry in her voice “Get up to Mom’s right away!” I grabbed the kids, picked my wife up and when I arrived at my Mom’s about an hour and a half  later my sister was there with her kids…Everyone was in tears, praying, crying out to the Lord. My Dad left my dear Mother a card saying he would do it all over again with her, that he loved her…but he was gone. Vanished. Disappeared.

Several days had passed, then after one week he returned. A families worst nightmare. He had an affair with a lady in the church and she had conceived. Forty years of ministry, Forty Four years of marriage over.

What seemed to be all over night, actually was brewing for sometime. You don’t just wake up one morning and have an affair. It starts with a look, with flattery, you know what I’m talking about. The Lord always is there for us and will always give us warning signs, and is always trying to get our attention.

My wife and I kept the church going for six months until we got a new Pastor. The Board wanted us to take it over but I wanted a break. I wanted out. I ran from the ministry, my calling. So we left the “ministry” and moved back to North County San Diego where I grew up. My jobs were always in sales which involved working on the weekends which means we didn’t  get plugged into a local church or gathering of Believers on a weekly or regular basis. Two of our kids fell away from the Lord big time. One is still not serving Him, running from Him.

Here’s the good news in all of this. My Mom stood her ground. She always said that she wasn’t going to give the devil the victory! She prayed and prayed, and stood in faith for her marriage, for the Church and for her grandchildren. After about 3 years they were re-married on a beautiful sunny afternoon over looking the beach with all the family by their side! And the other good news is that God’s  got my sons number and he will return and be healed and know and experience Him in all His Fullness!

So yeah, His Love is Amazing. He forgives. He forgets our past. He restores.

But Sin Sucks because, well I’ll quote my daughter here:

“Sin ripple affects through our lives, causing a nasty web of destruction. We need to strengthen each other through the knowledge and love that God fills us with. We all fail, we all fall into the sin that holds us back from becoming who were created to be. Be encouraged! God is pleased with you! and lets all come to the full understanding of how much sin really SUCKS.”

But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. I Cor. 15:57

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13 Responses to “His Love is Amazing!”

  1. Bridget Atmaja says:

    This shows two things: the amazing unconditional love of our Lord to forgive and restore and cleanse, but also that when we sin, we affect everyone around us. We reap what we sow – both good and bad and so does everyone else. Sin is a choice, a bad one at that, but it affects people who did not choose it. How selfish it is. We hurt the innocent.

  2. Richie and Julie says:

    Wow! Praise God for His Love and yes sin does suck!
    Thanks for sharing this story.

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