There are so many exciting things happening in my life right now, I don't have time to read.

1. God has led me into a pastoral position at River Valley Church in Mishawaka, IN (South Bend area). My family will be moving October 24th, and I will begin my new job as Associate Pastor of Worship October 26th. We are wrapping things up here in the northern suburbs of Chicago, where we have lived for the past three and a half years. We will miss our friends dearly, especially our church family at Trinity Community Church.

2. We are trying to sell our house, and we are in the process of buying a new home in Granger, IN. We haven't even begun packing, and we're moving in less than two weeks. Please pray that our house in Gurnee, IL sells quickly.

3. My Breedlove acoustic guitar and Fender electric guitar amp were stolen, so I'm dealing with my insurance company to get them replaced. That's always fun. Cool story about God's help in this:

    I initially called State Farm Claims Center the day of the theft, and the lady I was talking too was trying to label my claim as a business loss instead of a personal loss. The difference is huge, for if it is a business loss, I can only collect up to $1,000, but if it is a personal loss, my items will be entirely replaced (over $5,000 appreciated value). I told the claims lady I wanted to talk this over with my agent before proceeding with the claim.

    My agent assured me this is a personal loss and not business related for a few reasons: Even though I use my guitar as a paid worship leader, a) the guitar was originally purchased six years ago, and I was given complete ownership, b) I specifically listed the guitar on my home owner's policy two and a half years ago as my possession, while I was not in a paid position, and c) I was not getting paid for leading worship in Mishawaka, IN during the trip when the guitar was stolen.

    I tried the next couple days to contact the claims lady to give her this information, but we kept missing each other. Finally, I asked to speak with someone else about my claim. A guy named Andy picked up the phone and asked what I needed. I told him I wanted to proceed with the claim. He said, "Okay, give me a couple minutes as I review the notes." While he was reading he made frequent audible sighs and moans. When he finished he said, "Man, I feel your pain. I am a worship leader and play a Breedlove guitar." He told me that technically, by the book, it is a business related loss. "But," he said, "Let me talk with my managers and see what I can do for you." He called me a few minutes later with the good news that they will be filing it as a personal loss, so I will be getting full replacement. Praise God. Now, what kind of guitar should I get? I may be limited to State Farm's contracted vendors.

Despite all of this craziness, I did have a few moments yesterday to read Proverbs 10 and Psalms 46-50 over a delicious pumpkin spice latte. I look forward to settling down and picking up a book once again.

“Mark this, then, you who forget God,
lest I tear you apart, and there be none to deliver!
The one who offers thanksgiving as his sacrifice glorifies me;
to one who orders his way rightly
I will show the salvation of God!”
(Psalm 50:22-23)

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