025 : How Do I Follow God’s Will with Pastor Chris Weatherly

Today’s episode tackles this common question, and those that come along with it.  The short answer is to fall in love with Jesus.  Joining the discussion is Chris Weatherly.  He, his wife, and their two young children, live in Winter Haven, Florida, where he is the associate pastor of Christ Community Church.  Chris has a heart for connecting people with Jesus, the Hope we need to continually point people to.

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Perspectives of God’s Will

As a youth pastor, Chris often listened to high school students asking “What does God want me to do for the rest of my life?”  His conversation with them was the same with adults who have that same question.  There are two kinds of perspectives that we need to talk about when it comes to God’s will.  One is from the perspective of wanting to know what His hopes and dreams are for us, what are future holds.  The other perspective looks at God’s will as addressed in Scripture, which is how we are to live today.  We’ve been given the Word, a love letter from our Heavenly Father that outlines His Will.  While we tend to focus more on finding out the future, God wants us to be connected with Him today.  His Will has much more to do with our behavior today rather than “down the road”.  His Will – His purpose for each of us – is always unfolding before us as we step out in obedience.

Check Your Wants

As James reminds us, each of us is tempted and drawn away by our own desires.  As followers of Christ, we have to make certain that our wants are lining up with what Scriptures call us to do.  For example, our desires may draw us away from spending time with those with whom we are seeking to have a close relationship, such as our spouses.  Checking our wants means submitting our will to God’s.  We forego doing what we want in exchange for the blessing that inevitably comes when we submit to doing it God’s way instead.  You want to play golf, and your wife doesn’t.  You like golf, but you love your wife and want to love her with Ephesians love.  Playing golf every weekend while she takes care of the kids doesn’t really line up with how Christ loves the church.  Check your wants.

Submission is not always simple.  Jesus’ prayer in the garden shows us that even He struggled with this.  Jesus had his wants, but ultimately chose God’s Will over all.  There is beauty in getting that glimpse of God’s eternal perspective.  Even when we don’t see what He’s doing in the moment, we have to trust that God is up to something.  And the more times we allow Him to work, and let Him direct our steps (even if it leads to disappointments), the more opportunities we have to trust in His plan.

Seek the Lord

To seek the Lord means to usher in His Kingdom.  It means that the way we live and the way we treat people should give others a glimpse of Heaven.  Ushering in the Kingdom means that during the week and on Sunday morning we should be praising the Lord with all ethnicities, everyone, because that’s what the Kingdom is going to be like.  Every tribe, nation, and tongue is going to be worshipping our Lord and Savior! We should be giving people a glimpse of what that will be like.  The story of the Samaritan woman is a great example of the practical application of this.  Jesus gave her a glimpse of Heaven.  By sitting with her, He broke societal, cultural, racial barriers.  Seeking the Lord is finding ways to go and love people who are radically different from you or me.  It’s being willing to reach people no one else is reaching.  We’ll make a difference in our society when we take the love of Jesus to others.

And speaking of making a difference, a bit of advice for those in positions of leadership – be a healthy person first.  You have important decisions to make, and leadership education typically deals with how you treat others.  It doesn’t deal with what’s broken on the inside.  Leadership skills don’t necessarily equate to emotional health, so take care of your inner self first.  That’s the part Jesus cares about, after all.

For each and every one of us, God most certainly has a plan and a purpose.  You may not be able to see it, but He is working.  If you are running from Him right now, know that Jesus is so much more than anything else you’re chasing.

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Jake Enriquez: 00:00 Preston reach episode number 25 how do I follow God’s will with Pastor Chris Weatherly.

Jake Enriquez: 00:14 Good morning. Afternoon or. Whatever this may be to you. I sure hope and pray that you be found well in spirit my friend.

Jake Enriquez: 00:24 Hey my name is Jake Enriquez and it is a joy honor and a privilege to be your host today. So please let me welcome you to press and reach a podcast where we’re simply walking out our faith.

Jake Enriquez: 00:39 And encouraging others along the way to do the same. Welcome back to Press and reach my name is Jake Enriquez your host and.

Jake Enriquez: 00:49 What a beautiful and wonderful morning it is. Once

Jake Enriquez: 00:51 again this morning I got to tell you. We’re going to attempt to answer a question and actually maybe some more questions but the one we’ll start with is something I often hear is how do I follow God’s will? You know and I’ve got to tell you I can answer the question really quick but I know that a lot of people are going to say hey that’s a Sunday School answer. And but my answer to that question is this, fall in love with Jesus if you just fall in love with Jesus I’m telling you could draw closer and closer to know and understand God’s will for your life. But you know what they ask somebody to come on and hang out with us today as we answer that question along with others. Now he is out of Winter Haven Florida. His name is Chris Weatherly.

Jake Enriquez: 01:36 He’s an associate pastor at Christ Community Church there. And I’ve asked him to come hang out with us and just kind of answer these questions so we can just have a conversation that day if you will OK so please welcome today. Pastor Chris Weatherly How are you doing today Chris.

Pastor Chris: 01:52 Hey I’m doing great. I appreciate you invite me to do this with you. This is this is an honor. I appreciate it.

Jake Enriquez: 01:57 Oh absolutely. You know I’ve I’ve heard you speak I’ve actually saw some videos of you as well. I enjoyed them. I thought you were very insightful and I could tell that you loved the Lord man seriously so that’s why I’ve asked you to come here and hang out with us.

Jake Enriquez: 02:11 But for those who have not I just asked that you would introduce yourself just who you are and where you’re from.

Pastor Chris: 02:16 Yeah. Like

Pastor Chris: 02:17 you said I’m I’m an associate pastor here in Winter Haven. I have lived all over the place from multiple multiple different states to out of the country a couple of different times. But for the last I don’t know 11 or 12 years or so I’ve been in Florida. And I love it. Married been married 10 years. Next year. And I. I’ve got two kids two young kids at home and really just love serving and ministered to the Lord. And I love my heart and passion is to connect people with Jesus. I just believe he is the hope of the world. There’s a lot of growth that’s happening all over the world these days. But he’s he’s the hope and that’s what we need to continually point people to. So that’s kind of my my goal and who I am sure.

Jake Enriquez: 03:08 OK. I couldn’t agree with you more man. Man. I love the fact that you have on your Web site it says helping you choose Jesus every day. Hey it can’t get more simple than that. And we really really need to strive for that on a daily basis right. Amen OK I tell you what man we’re going to answer some of these questions or attempt to anyway. That’s OK. I

Jake Enriquez: 03:28 mean we’re not in nobody’s perfect but when I when I think about following God’s will you know I kind of spoke about just a few minutes ago. I’m talking about falling in love with Jesus. But when somebody asks you that. Pastor Chris what you know if you could just kind of give us how do you break that down for somebody. What are some of the things that you go over and take the time to explain to them. So

Pastor Chris: 03:53 I was a youth pastor for five years. And this question of God’s will if it miraculously always seemed to come up about every junior year for somebody when they had to start thinking about college and they had to start thinking about the rest of the life they start asking me the question what does God want me to do the rest of my life was God’s will and and I always had the same conversation with them and I had the same conversation with adults. There’s two kinds of perspectives that we need to talk about when it comes to God’s will. One is the perspective of like what does God want me to do with the rest of my life. What is his future hopes and dreams for me. That’s one. But the other one which is from everything that I can tell in Scripture is the one that’s addressed more is the aspect of living in God’s will today.

Pastor Chris: 04:53 And you know we’ve been given 66 books a love letter from our heavenly Father that outlines for us His will and I just think it’s interesting that that often times people are more worried about finding out future when when God wants us to be connected with him today. And I think often times his will deals deals more with what does our behavior look like today versus what does he want out there somewhere. OK. I just always want to bring people back to scriptures. Sure. Because Scriptures that they have they have these answers now obviously God wants us to use Christian leaders and God wants us to use brothers and sisters in Christ to give us wisdom. But often when we’re looking for God’s Will we’ve got to go back to the source that outlines his will for us. I

Jake Enriquez: 05:45 think about you know listening to what you’re saying and yeah I think you’re absolutely right. In other words when we look at God’s will for our lives a lot of times what we do is we sit there and look at it as if it’s down the road. And that was kind of like the question What am I going to do when I grow up.

Jake Enriquez: 06:02 Exactly. Way down the road. But the fact of the matter is we’re here today and what he has for us today and what I like to tell people is that you know our purpose that God has for us in our lives is always unfolding and it unfolds out of obedience. In other words if I’m standing firm in my faith today then by the grace of God he’s showing me more and more now there’s always things that we’re going to be challenged with. But going through it today helps me to see it for tomorrow as well. But here’s the thing I think about myself I’m a real estate investor right. Well one time I thought about me I really want to be in the ministry. Is it is God’s will for my life to go with be a pastor or or this or that.

Jake Enriquez: 06:47 But you know the one thing that God kept showing me is purpose not position. So the purpose the purpose for our lives is an everyday event. You know it gets to unfold like that. But I read an article that you wrote here recently and it was about this very subject. And one of the things that you put in there is that we would check our wants. Can you elaborate a little bit of that because I couldn’t agree with you more because we either want what he wants for us or there’s those other things. That as James says. Each one is tempted and when he’s drawn away by our own desires. So what are some of those things you said check your wants. How can you elaborate on that a little bit.

Pastor Chris: 07:28 As you obviously know us as humans we are complex creatures and we can have. We can have multiple wants at the same time. Let’s take a guy a guy in his marriage and on one level he really wants to have a good marriage. He wants to love his wife and he wants to treat her well and he wants to really kind of bring out the Ephesians you know love your wife as Christ loves the church she wants to do that. But on the other aspect he also wants to play golf every weekend and doesn’t really want to help with the kids. Right. So he she has kind of both of these wants inside of cells. And what we have to do as Christ followers is we have to make sure that that our wants are lining up with what scriptures called us to do.

Pastor Chris: 08:26 You know so. I want that example. I want to love my wife like Christ loves the church. And if if I have a want that is falling outside of that not that she can’t play golf I’m sure that I’m going to play golf later this week. But it’s you can’t do that. But I have to make sure that that wants is in check and if that want is in check if it if it lines up with Scripture then I’m following God’s will in my marriage. And that’s true all over the place. It’s not just marriage. It’s it’s your finances you know. Obviously I work in the church but I I live long before I worked in a church and all these type things. But let’s say like giving to a church. Well we know what scripture talks about that were to give the local bodies so that we can minister to others and all these type things.

Pastor Chris: 09:19 We understand that. Sure. But man we really want to buy that new phone or the new car the new whatever. So often with a checker wants at the door if that makes sense. Sure

Jake Enriquez: 09:30 . Absolutely it does. What about the submitting submitted to will and this is what it sounds like no fun actually but submitting our will to His will is a must right. When we talk about that you know if I if I set now with someone out here and I’m talking about submitting our will you know automatically that seems like it’s kind of like a punishment.

Jake Enriquez: 09:54 Do that you know i want to be able to do my own thing but here’s the thing when we submit our will there is truly a blessing that comes out of that.

Jake Enriquez: 10:02 And I just can’t even explain it at times because it’s like Mystery is taken out of the equation. In other words God starts to reveal things to us when we submit our will to him to live up to his will. These things that unfold have a lot of clarity behind it that sometimes they just can’t be explained in other words why I’m talking about is for example is Marriage me my wife. We

Jake Enriquez: 10:27 went through trial tribulation early on in our marriage and I’ve shared it with with friends and family before but you know there’s this one passage that sticks out to me and that’s in the last part of the book of John. You know Jesus asked Peter you know why do you love me. Of course he asked him three times and Jesus kept saying follow me follow me. And when me and my wife were going through it my thing was man my wife’s not trying to do what I’m trying to do. Lord

Jake Enriquez: 10:54 I’m trying to follow you and she’s not you know because we. You say that to her that get you in trouble real quick. Yeah.

Jake Enriquez: 11:03 But you know what. That’s just part of our testimony. But here’s the thing of course we always see it from our own perspective our own standpoint like we’re trying to do everything right. But you know God was it was steadily showing me follow me just follow me so that’s the submission of will that we’re talking about and things that he showed me afterwards were incredible in our marriage and come to find out she was doing the same same thing all along. So so people are just trying to do it their own way within our own way just well you can see the past results. You know it doesn’t take long all we got to do is look at the past results of doing in our own way but doing it God’s way submitting our will to His will certainly opens up a lot of other doors and it provides clarity in doing so. But if I were to ask you I mean in some ways to come to you and ask you about submitting will submitting our will. What could you share with him about that.

Pastor Chris: 11:54 Here’s what I was I’d start off with a couple of different things. First of all and it is difficult sometimes to submit our will to him like an adult. I don’t want to make it seem like this is just simple and isn’t it. You can read Jesus’s prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane. He’s wrestling with this. He’s struggling with this. I mean he knows what he has to do. He understands the gravity of the situation. Yet it’s still difficult to him in that wrestling process. Eventually on the other side gets to a place where it’s not my will but your will be done. And that wrestling match is a part of Christianity where I love that God gives us the space to wrestle with him that example for my own life.

Pastor Chris: 12:41 When my wife and I were first married and I had I had finished Bible college and couldn’t find a church job in the church that I was attending at the time. They wanted to hire youth pastor. So I applied and I had a good relationship with the pastor and still had a great relationship with Pastor great guy. But we went through the interview process and we were living about 45 minutes away from where this church was located. So

Pastor Chris: 13:12 we went to the interview process and my hopes. I mean if you can imagine you know a young guy in his 20s. My hopes are soaring through the roof that this is going to be my first job as my church home I love this place. Pastor. But the people love everything. We even started.

Pastor Chris: 13:27 My wife and I started looking at apartments in the area to move up there and we were going to we were going to settle there and and on and never forget when I went up there and to my last interview with the guy with the pastor and he said I’m I’m sorry. Right now we’re not going to hire you. Yeah. And I can not. Words cannot express how devastated I was. It was like What did you do and God. I mean we thought this was exactly what you wanted. We thought this is this is what you wanted for our future. This is I’ve been doing I’ve been working towards this moment for years. And there was weeks of wrestling where I had to get to the point where it’s like OK God you apparently have something in store. And he did.

Pastor Chris: 14:16 And the thing he had in store was was the job I’m at right now in the church I’m at right now. But at the time I couldn’t see what he was doing. I had no clue what he was up to because his perspective is so much larger than my perspective. And I I thought I was actually counseling a family that was having trouble with their teenager recently and you know the teenager or like all teenagers thinks knows all the answers has it all figured out.

Pastor Chris: 14:49 And this particular teenager they serve in the children’s ministry at her church that much. My daughter is a part of them. So I asked I asked this teenager said OK do you think you’re you’re smarter than my child to which the teenager said Of course I’m smarter than your child. I said well why do you think that because I’m older. Oh good good. What do you think your parents know more than you know. Well they do because they’re older like it’s amazing what perspective can give us. And I use that illustration to say God has this eternal timeless perspective that we are incapable of having We’re just a drop in eternity’s bucket. So when it comes to obedience to God’s will. Even when I don’t see what he’s doing in the moment. I have to trust that God is up to something. Sure he has a plan for all of this.

Jake Enriquez: 15:47 I’ve got to ask do you think that that right there Pastor can become habit you know whenever I whenever I don’t understand whenever I don’t know just do it anyway kind of thing is that a habit that we should work or developing or…..

Pastor Chris: 16:00 Absolutely. And it’s a it’s a trust issue what it boils down to the “habit becomes easier when your trust becomes greater.” And the more you at least in my own experience and maybe that’s a little limited. But I think the more I have these moments where I didn’t get the job. But then later God showed up or. I faithfully obeyed his word and didn’t say what he was doing at the moment. But he showed up later. The more I have those experience in my life. The easier it is to say OK I’m not sure what you’re up to today. God but you have something in store. Sure. No I think of like my own my own parents were.

Pastor Chris: 16:45 My mom was a believer and my dad was not. And she prayed and prayed and prayed for my dad and he miraculously came to the Lord through some just divine circumstances and it is that long term obedience that yields fruition. So I can see all of these stories and use that as like it builds the trust within me where when these moments come where I got to submit my will be like OK God I trust you.

Jake Enriquez: 17:11 Yeah. Yeah. Fact that’s you know I hear you saying that’s a fruit of the spirit or the fruit of the spirit I should say that faithfulness faithfulness to keep pressing that way and knowing and understanding and trusting God. And that’s so absolutely absolutely right. And there’s the other thing that I saw on your article which was the last step three which was to seek the Lord. Now when we say Seek the Lord in the and I was telling you earlier a lot of people they don’t like and we answer that way they say it’s a Sunday School answer. That fair. You know Jake that’s a Sunday school. It’s there. But seek the Lord. You know open that up if you will. Pastor what do you mean by seek the Lord.

Pastor Chris: 17:53 I believe that when Jesus gave the Lord’s prayer he said Thy Kingdom come Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. When I look at that prayer I think that God is through Jesus telling us we get to through our behavior and the way we live and the way we treat people we get to give others a glimpse of heaven. Yeah yeah. I. I desperately want when people interact with me that they just get this they get a joy that Jesus has given me the gift of life and energy and vitality and peace and all of these things that are a glimpse of what eternity is going to be like. Now we obviously live in a fallen broken world where we don’t get the perfect picture but seeking the Lord means and let’s usher in this kingdom. Let’s let’s bring a little bit of heaven and earth.

Pastor Chris: 18:48 So yeah I’m for it. For instance we live in a country which baffled me from Christians that behave certain ways but we live in a country that it appears like racial tension is that is at a high that it hasn’t been for a very long time and it’s probably been an undercurrent working its way through society for quite a while last 20 30 years but it’s come to a head lately. Well ushering in the kingdom means that during the week and on Sunday morning we should be absolutely praising the Lord with all ethnicities with everyone because that’s what the Kingdom is going to be like. That’s what all eternity is going to be like is that every tribe nation and tongue is going to be worshipping our Lord and Savior. So we should give people a glimpse of what that’s like.

Pastor Chris: 19:39 Sure. So seeking the Lord would be and do I have any tendencies in me that is causing me to treat my brothers and sisters in Christ of different colors in a negative way even if it is then I need to push against that submit my will and trust that we are all made in the image of God. Yes. And and reach out to those who are different than.

Jake Enriquez: 20:02 Yeah absolutely. You know for the sake of the gospel I remember that really small book just before Hebrews Filemon absolutely love that word. You know Paul was saying in essence Don’t let the culture affect the gospel allow the gospel to have the impact on the culture. You know he’s talking about his guy neshamah going back. No don’t let that thing have any impact because his concern of course was for the gospel message and those of us all of us in the fellowship of the Lord Jesus Christ and go in for that we would have that. And you know there are different culture barriers different barriers all over that try to stand in the way. But again I can not. Like I said in the very beginning it’s in Christ. If we have that relationship and that love for Christ he opens up that door that we’re able to see with spiritual eyes those different things he has for us.

Jake Enriquez: 21:02 Amen. But I say well we’re going to do we’re going to take a really quick break and we’ll be right back.

Jake Enriquez: 21:02 Hey guys welcome back. We’re sitting and hanging out with Pastor Chris Weatherly and discussing the question how to follow God’s will and as we were getting into step three which is seek the Lord. Pastor Chris was just discussing some of the Scripture passages that help us along the way and know I just mentioned one myself that I liked over and violated. But we think Pastor do you have one that you can really relate to that helps us to see it in a different light.

Pastor Chris: 22:46 I think it’s one of my favorite passages of Scripture. I know we’re probably not supposed to have favorites but I guess I’ve got my favorite my favorite is the is the woman at the well Samaritan woman that that Jesus sits with. And the reason why that is it’s one of my favorite stories is because Jesus gave that woman a glimpse of heaven and he didn’t he. He broke societal barriers he broke cultural barriers he broke racial barriers. He just broke every barrier that’s imaginable. You know who is I. I don’t even know how to quantify how many barriers he broke down.

Pastor Chris: 23:26 Being able to sit with her just doesn’t translate to our society. But yet he was willing to go where nobody else was willing to go to reach people that nobody else is reaching. Yeah and that’s seeking the Lord is it is how am I going to love people that are so radically different than me. And that’s how honestly we we make a difference in our culture and our society is why we take the love of Jesus to other people.

Jake Enriquez: 23:53 Well I mean you’re absolutely right. It takes that it requires that you know we’re to be the hands and the feet. You know we go out and do exactly that. But when you when I saw your website and that statement is helping you choose Jesus every day you know and think about that statement and that gold or that short mission statement I should say these these things come up. These

Jake Enriquez: 24:16 things come to mind. OK. I know the challenges I saw just ask you if you could just give me a quick as quick as you care what you think about this. I’ll get my 30 second answer. Whatever you get. OK. When talking with others and you share some information or you share your ministry and somebody of our you alluded to this earlier but somebody tells you that’s a Sunday School answer.

Jake Enriquez: 24:38 What do you what do you say about that.

Pastor Chris: 24:40 That that’s often coming from people who say I want sermons to be more deep which basically just means they want a couple of Greek words thrown in there as the all that means. And and here’s how I respond to that. I would say that when the Pharisees wanted to get Jesus to go deeper his response was love me and love your neighbor and. So that’s it. I don’t feel like I need to get deeper than Jesus got.

Jake Enriquez: 25:07 That’s right. You’re right. You know him. He had the best Sunday School answer ever. No

Jake Enriquez: 25:12 actually right. That’s right. What

Jake Enriquez: 25:15 about in the world that’s changing fast. We have a change. World is changing so fast that oftentimes you see people trying to have faith in other things other than the Lord.

Pastor Chris: 25:27 I would say Romans 1 talks about that we we replace the creator for the created. And as followers of Jesus we need to make sure that in every area of our life. And I’m guilty of this I will say this from a sense of I feel again you know self-righteous have it all figured out. But we need to make sure that in all the areas of our life we are we are praising the gift but we’re praising the gift giver.

Pastor Chris: 25:58 And so when I gosh when God blesses me and I love that and I’m excited about it. And I like I’m thrilled that God has blessed me in all these different ways. But but those things don’t terminate on themselves. They actually are meant to point me to the one who gave them to me. Absolutely. And so that’s what I would say is I would say even even the blessings that you have. All of those are meant to be a gift from your good good father. He’s there just to say well you just put this in your life.

Jake Enriquez: 26:30 Mind you I love you and I’m here for you. Amen amen. The last one I would have is we have such a big issue today with leadership. We see leadership fallen left and right out here. You know I mean you can’t imagine on the news and not see you know some of these things. But leadership seems to have a serious problem. And there is often a time that it’s so much leadership in you know the Christian faith. So when people look at it they love to take that say see he’s a Christian and look what he’s doing. So when people point out leadership I mean what are the ways that you answer that when people bring those things to our attention. You

Pastor Chris: 27:11 know I have even in my short time in leadership there’s this there’s this thing that I’ve noticed is that every conference every gathering is not here’s 10 steps to make your leadership better. You know there’s there’s always another article there’s always another thing to fix all of your leadership problems and those things are great stuff. I was I listened to leadership podcast all the time or read leadership books I love all of that stuff. But one of the limitations of leadership is that it only works external It works on how you how you treat you know somebody on the outside. But it doesn’t deal with what’s broken on the inside of you. And I would say that in many cases leaders in the church and outside of the church they have risen to levels of power and position. That may be and I can’t speak for everyone but for their emotional health doesn’t match their leadership skills.

Pastor Chris: 28:11 And when when there is a gap between your emotional health health and your leadership skills. Eventually eventually there’s going to be a fall. Sure. And I would say if I’m if I’m can encourage leaders there are absolute leadership steps that you need to take. But more than anything is need to be a healthy person. Sure. And that takes time and energy and effort and it might take counseling and it might take work but I just see there are so many decisions that leaders make that are just making it from a place of unhealth and they have all these various different things from the child from the past whatever and then they haven’t dealt with it. And I had great books that pastor out of New York wrote a book called emotionally healthy spirituality and it is an unbelievably powerful book I read last year that that deals with this very topic that you’ve got to work on inside because that’s what Jesus cares about in the end.

Pastor Chris: 29:14 Yeah. He’s the he’s the one who saves the who cares a lot. The platform is right. Here’s how large it is. It’s up to him What matters is our health and relationship with him.

Jake Enriquez: 29:24 Awesome. And you know that was my next question. By the way as that we believe you know readers are leaders so the book what was that book that you called emotionally healthy spirituality.

Jake Enriquez: 29:35 OK. And we’ll put that in the show notes as well so let me ask you this pastor before we kind of wrap up your testimony. You know we all have different testimonies but what about something early on I should ask you know before you became a pastor before you maybe even far back as you want to go what’s the one thing that you can look back on and say here’s my testimony in this area it really helped me grow.

Pastor Chris: 29:57 You have that I I grew up in Georgia. Yeah I grew up in Georgia and I I make the joke. I was practically born on a church pew. Dr. spank my butt and I said Jesus my first words you know that’s kind of I kind of been in church most of my life. And my dad is a pastor for a little bit. We grew up in a town about 45 minutes outside of Atlanta.

Pastor Chris: 30:20 I went to very very small private Christian school and then in between my eighth and ninth grade year. So my middle school and high school year we moved from outside of Atlanta to Miami Florida. And that was a massive culture shock to say the least.

Pastor Chris: 30:46 And I make the joke like I grew up with like you know Christian music. You know Steven Curtis Chapman or all these like the Beatles treated all of those and for Tupac when. I.

Pastor Chris: 30:58 So that was the trade I made was the trade I made sure about two years and I promise I’ll shorten this up for about two years. I ran away from God’s super hard super fast and I just didn’t want anything to do with him. But but in the end I got was using my running to remind me of how good he really is because when I came back to him he was at a Christian camp when I came back to him. He was like man I never want to leave you. I you are so much than anything else I was chasing. And my ministry has been I’m trying to talk to that kid and ask me where that adult who is me that’s chasing everything else what I’m trying to say Jesus is the best way is the best.

Jake Enriquez: 31:46 I love it. That’s good stuff right there. You know it. You know what we all do.

Jake Enriquez: 31:51 I believe you know at some point in time I know I have. I can’t speak for everybody but I know that I have absolutely run from that myself. But you know I love that you say that because it is true. He is absolutely the only way. That’s so so. I really appreciate it. Man you coming out and hanging out with us. So let me ask you this pastor Chris for your good or worst a different way or what are some ways that we can connect with the listeners that come on because you know again I’ve had the experience of listening to you and I greatly appreciate you as well as well as the videos. But what are the ways that people could connect to you. You have a Web site or Instagram What are the best ways to get to you.

Pastor Chris: 32:27 Yeah I would say the three best ways to connect with me are my web site which is just Cristi Weatherley dot com or you can follow me on Twitter which is at Cristi Weatherley. We got you there. And then you can follow me on Facebook on my Facebook is Pastor Chris Weatherley. I look that up and you’ll find me. Those are the three best ways to connect with me. I’m very active on social media. I write a blog three times a week. Monday Wednesday Friday and hopefully the content is helpful and helps people take their next steps towards Jesus. Absolutely

Jake Enriquez: 33:00 it does. You know I greatly appreciate it man and thank you so much for coming out with us and hanging out with us. I tell you like I tell anybody and everybody else that’s lifting up the name of the lower man we love you we thank God for you and appreciate what you continue to do for the kingdom.

Pastor Chris: 33:15 And I appreciate it Jake. I’m honored that you took the time to welcome me on here. This has been it’s been a pleasure.

Jake Enriquez: 33:21 Well certainly the pleasure has truly been all ours. Thank you so much once again. That’s Pastor Chris Weatherly and you have all the information in the show notes that you’d be able to connect them so I would suggest man go out connect with Chris hang out with him and yeah that blog that he writes is three times a week did you say three times a week. Yep that’s a commitment right there brother. But anyway it is. It

Pastor Chris: 33:42 is. Yeah.

Jake Enriquez: 33:44 Yeah. So so guys go out make sure you connect. Thank you so much for hanging out man..

Jake Enriquez: 33:50 My guest for the show notes for this episode. Simply go to www.pressandreach.com/pr25

Resources

Emotionally Healthy Spirituality: It’s Impossible to Be Spiritually Mature, While Remaining Emotionally Immature, by Peter Scazzero

 

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