and if you recall they didn’t do so well in the first half. Down 21-7, the
commentators couldn’t stop pontificating about how good Philip Rivers was
looking, that this could be San Diego’s year, an elite quarterback who finally
has all the right players around him. At the same time they were jumping off
the Texans’ bandwagon as fast as they could. Matt Schaub, ordinary not elite,
not enough offensive weapons, too predictable, what happened to the defense, on
paper they look good but in reality the defense doesn’t know how to stop elite
quarterbacks. Coupled with how tired I was, I went to bed thinking how nice it
would be to pull out a win in the second half, after all, we do have one of the
best defensive coordinators in the league.
Much to my enjoyment I woke up on Tuesday to
see that the Texans had won. God decided to use this to teach me a valuable
lesson. Monday night’s game is a lot like COTHA 2.0 or when Moses sent 12 spies
into the land of Canaan to see what God was giving them. Two spies, Joshua and
Caleb, came back and reported the land was good, flowing with milk and honey
and everything they would need to settle down and make a home for themselves.
Unfortunately, ten spies returned and all they focused on were the people
already living in Canaan, they were like giants and their cities were well
fortified. Just like one bad half for the Texans does not ruin a season, so too
did giants and fortified cities not ruin God’s sovereign plans.
Here at COTHA, we are waiting for the second
half of our game to begin. We are standing on the banks of the Jordan, and
despite a raging river, fortified cities, and men who look like giants, God has
given us an incredible task. Be a Biblically functioning church in Katy that
violates the status quo with Biblical truth and connects the disconnected. Just
like the Israelites and the Texans who had to make necessary changes to be victorious,
so too do we as a church need to embrace the necessary changes to move forward.
Sunday school is now COTHA U, the youth are
now called students, the youth area is now the HUB, the Kids of the King
theater is now the Playhouse, the nursery is now the LiL’ kids Crossing, Faith
quest is now City Center, and Spirit Quest is now Route 56. Names like, the
HUB, Grand Central, City Centre, DG’s, COTHA Kids, and COTHA Curriculum are now
part of our vernacular. Service times are changing, job descriptions are
changing, policies and procedures are changing. The only thing that isn’t
changing is God and our resolve to follow Him.
Join me this Sunday, September 15, at 9 a.m.,
in your favorite sports jersey for our Homecoming, the day we as a church
decide to cross our Jordan River into our promise land.