So today is Sunday and Emery and I checked out a stellar church called 'Pathway's that Gina had heard about and recommended we check out. I also had heard about Pathways on one of the local Christian radio stations 90.1.  Wow, what a really welcoming and authentic group of people in our first visit. So many trippy things aligned today at Pathways that I knew I was in the right place at THAT moment. Check them out:  http://www.pathwayschurch.us/

If you all don't know, since I have made myself available to Our Father God by listening to what He tells me, I hear from God. 
Sometimes He talks to me at random times. Today He didn't let me down...while I was listening to the message I clearly heard "This is where you are supposed to be".  Okay God, I hear you. His words brought tears to my eyes and a reassuring sigh to my soul. So many things clicked today from Pastor Brandon. Brandon showed me and Emery around the church. And the founding pastor's story of how he himself heard while he was living in Colorado (are you reading this RobO? Do you get this weird connection? Well just wait, it get's a little more weird for you bro) he heard from God, "Move to Appleton and start a church". Wow that's freaky and specific right...room for doubting hmmm. Well a little younger colleague in charge of the youth ministry was out eating lunch with him and the Youth Minister said that he had heard that he heard that God wanted him to go to Wisconsin to start a church also. DOH!!!  DIVINE INTERVENTION! Are you reading this! GOD IS AMAZING!  So this founding Pastor was sharing how he and this other Pastor both moved FROM COLORADO to start this church which evolved in to Pathways. Their first doors open service was with 125 people and now they are at about 1,500 members. While I was listening to the founding pastor talk about living in Boulder, Colorado, I thought of my brother RobO and that's when I also heard "You are supposed to be here" meaning RobO supposed to be here also...I am only a conduit for God.

The worship, feel, even their BIG Outreach of drilling water wells is all very similar to Cincinnati Vineyard only smaller. I felt really at peace today at church. Even the Divine thing of hearing "This is where you are supposed to be" was REALLY Divinely weird in a spectacular way. Emery said that she liked it too. After service was over, I approached Brandon again and told him that we had to do coffee because I was getting a lot of stuff from God and I needed to talk. He was excited to reconnect and said we would set something up.

I am looking forward to next Sunday's service already!
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When Emery and I finally left Pathways church, we drove toward Monica's house and the route took us down College Ave which I remembered there was a Starbucks Coffee where we could stop and share a drink and snack. After we enjoyed our quick muffins we strolled down the nearly vacant College Ave to look in the darkened storefront windows that did not open until around 12:00, for another 30 minutes. As Emery and I approached a do not cross sign at the corner, I looked at the buildings and objects around me and I was struck by the ironic symbolism of a bunch of 'forgotten' wound up rusted spiked barbed wire that resembeled the crown of thorns on top of Jesus' head perched on top of a metal pole with tiebacks, like a cross (t). The placement of the white, airy and light clouds balanced the black opaque thorns and cross.

How many people walk by this amazing sight every day and do not even notice it or realize the resemblence?

Thank you Father God for helping me to share today's experience with Emery and for allowing me to post it for everyone to share.
God Bless,
DanO




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