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The Journey of Faith

Gowesky FamilyIt has been quiet here these past few months, but it has been anything but quiet in my head and my heart.  I feel like I’ve been on a roller coaster of emotions with my brain barely getting a chance to slow down before heading into another loop or twist.  Throughtout these past months my wife Tiffany and I have come to the conclusion that we are about to start on a new adventure.  With that in mind, this past Sunday I announced to my church that I am stepping down as the campus pastor in Nutley.

One of the things I have loved most about being the campus pastor in Nutley was that I had the privilege of walking along side of men and women who were taking their next steps in their journey of faith.  We’ve said all along that faith is a journey, not a guilt trip.  And I believe that to be true!  I have loved watching people step into our church for the first time to then find their spiritual home at Liquid Nutley.  One of my favorite things to hear people say about our church has been that the Nutley campus feels like family.  Welcoming people home has been a privilege of mine for these past few years.  But I have enjoyed watching as people learn what their next step is in their journey of faith.

Crestwood RoadNine months ago, Tiffany and I began to pray and ask God to show us what the next step would be in our journey of faith.  We were waking up early every day and praying, and asking God to show us.  Through several months of praying, reading, and listening, I am excited to share with you that we are about to set out on this next leg of our journey.  God is leading our family to Florida.

It is a bittersweet transition for us here in the Gowesky household.  For Tiffany and I, we are leaving behind many great relationships here in NJ.  We are leaving a church that we love and that has loved us well.  We are leaving the taxes of NJ behind (okay, that’s more sweet than bitter).  Our kids are saying goodbye to their school and friends that they have really grown to love over these past few years.

moving podsBut we are confident of this… God has been faithful in the past, and He will be faithful in the present.  We know that we are in good hands.

So these next few weeks are going to be filled with adventure.  We will be making the 1200 mile journey over the course of several days and then we will begin the process of settling in.  Stay tuned for more info about the journey!



Is Your Life As Ridiculous As This Video?

I’m not gonna lie, this was one of those days that it was really fun to go into ‘work’.  Check out this video that the other Campus Pastor’s and I shot for our Family Ministry.


I would like to actually raise a technicality.  I don’t think that my behavior in that event was actually dishonorable.  Come on people, we are in North Jersey.  Nutley rep’s people from Newark, Patterson, and a ton of other places.  I didn’t draw blood, knock anyone out, or damage property.  I think that I played pretty fairly.

It is a good thought though…

I wonder if we played back a video of our actions from this past day if they would look as ridiculous as this video does.  Sometimes I wonder if God is watching us scratching His head saying, what in the world are you doing?  I gave you all those talents, gifts, and abilities, and this is what you do with them?  You are behaving like such a child.

And that is why I am so thankful for God’s love, grace, and forgiveness.  Because I know that there have been more than just one or two of those moments where the video feed from my life looks exactly like this video–ridiculous.

So, what about you?  How have you been?  Do you deserve the dishonorable sign?


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