holy ground in waco, tx

City Lights at Night Worship Background

For the last 2.5 years Dr. Jim Martin has been the vice president of Harding School of Theology in Memphis, Tn. Prior to this role Jim served in congregational ministry for over 35 years, 20 of those years being with the Crestview Church in Waco.

For the final five years that he was in Waco, Jim facilitated five one-year long discipleship groups, each year composed of 8-10 ministers from near and far.

I was blessed to be a part of one of those groups. We met once a month, usually in Jim’s home. We came together to disciple. To disciple ourselves and to disciple one another. To pray and to study and to grow and to challenge and to bring healing and to speak truth and to breathe life.

Each time we came together was sacred. Sacred space. Holy ground.

I didn’t realize it at the time (I understood how transformative our time together was for me, I recognized how truly blessed I was by Jim and by those were a part) but what I did not comprehend early on was that I had become a part of something sacred. Something transcendent. An alum of a moment in time that would be so meaningful and formational to me (and to so many others) for the rest of our lives.

And so yesterday, we gathered together once again.

Jim was going to be in Waco and orchestrated a reunion of sorts at Crestview for those who had been a part of the discipleship groups during those years in Waco.

And so what did we do?

We prayed. We studied. We grew in our faith. We challenged one another. We brought healing. We spoke truth. And God breathed life.

Exodus 3:5, “Take off your shoes, for the place where you are standing, is holy.”

Glory to God!

Jason

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My beautiful grandmother, Laura Rains Hargrove, slipped quietly into eternity this morning as she slept. She was awesome! A woman of grace and humility and prayer. And the epitome of cool. She was a constant for our family. Steadfast. And she will be painfully and dearly missed. But we will see her again. Glory to God!

I love this picture of my grandparents:

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Happy birthday to our oldest son Mason!

Mason, as your father, I am so very proud of who you are.

You excel in whatever you set your mind to.

Your spirit and heart are strong and faithful.

Insight and compassion are evident in everything you are about.

Thank you for loving God and loving life.

Thank you for being you!

I hope you have a fantastic day.

Love, Dad

“A father has no greater joy than to know his children are walking in the truth” (3 John 4).

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My beautiful bride and beautiful firstborn son….

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Shelbi turns 3 today!

It’s difficult to believe.

She came into our family day two of life.

What an amazing blessing she is.

Shelbi Laine, Daddy loves you with his whole heart. I am so grateful that God has brought you into our family, and am so thankful that I will be a part of the amazing things that He will no doubt accomplish in this world through your life. God is faithful!

I love you caterpillar. 

Love, Daddy