by Jeff Schreve

When Opportunity Knocks
Pastor Jeff Schreve
Matthew 25:14-30

In May of 1997, I was in Wake Forest, North Carolina, going to seminary. I was pastoring a little church. I was working part-time for my old company selling chemicals. I was working part-time for another company selling chemical metering pumps. I was doing whatever I could to make money for our family, as I was a full-time student and doing all that other stuff on the side. We'd been in North Carolina, Debbie and the girls and I, almost a year, and I got a phone call in May from my old church in Houston, Champion Forest, and my old pastor, Damon Shook. And he began to talk to me about a position at Champion Forest. And he said, "I'd like for you to consider coming on staff." Well, you know, my first though was, I can't do that. I mean, I still have two more years of school left, and, and I'm working part-time, and we're established now, and I'm pastoring a thriving church of 15 people. And things were just going well. Seriously, that was the size of my church. It was in North Carolina. That church was built in the Civil War days and it used to thrive and then they just began to die and die, and so there were 15 folks that would come. And my kids hated to go there. Sometimes I'd say, "Hey, you want to come to dad's church today, listen to him preach." It was about 45 minutes away. "Please, dad, don't make us go there." I mean, the youngest person in the church was 50. My kids were little. They're like, "We don't want to go there.

There's nobody our age there. And all the old ladies come and pitch your cheeks." They didn't like that. And so I was thinking about all this stuff I had going on. And I remember I told Pastor Shook, I said, "Well, I don't think I can do that, but thanks anyway." He said, "Well, don't answer so hastily. Think about it a little bit." So, "Okay, I'll think about it." Well, I thought about it for a few hours after that phone call, and then I realized, hey, you know what? This ...

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