“My wife and I have watched each week since the livestream started and we love it!”
Matt and Christina are podrishioners in Dallas, Texas. Matt first became acquainted with Woodland Hills when he heard Greg discuss American politics on a YouTube debate. Prior to COVID-19, Matt had been listening to WH podcasts and sharing them with his wife. Now they enjoy viewing the livestream together, especially the occasional Q&As.
Before finding Woodland, they struggled to find a church home, “even though they’re on every block in Dallas,” says Matt. A lot of churches they found were pushing some sort of political agenda. In the past few years, Matt has become concerned with the frequent marriage between politics and Christianity. He says that Greg’s teachings on the Kingdom of God versus the kingdoms of this world have helped him navigate this politically-charged world. He was so thankful to find likeminded people at Woodland. As he continues to learn, Matt has been sharing new insights with a number of friends and acquaintances, which has opened up genuine conversations and opportunities for him to share the Gospel. He says, “Woodland Hills Church has greatly shaped my way of thinking, and has, in turn, helped shape these friends of mine.”
It’s not a huge surprise that Matt is so vocal about his faith because he’s currently finishing his Master of Divinity and hopes to pastor a house-style church in the future. Here’s his advice to others who want to share what they’ve learned, even if it’s not the popular opinion: “Try to remain at peace and continue to love others who do not share your same views. Just pray that the Spirit would lead them. It’s almost completely an entire mindset overhaul, so this can take some time. Never act like you have it all figured out either. Remain humble and ask the Lord to show you your own blind spots (because we all have them). Just ask the Lord to give you wisdom on when to speak and when not to.”
Through this pandemic Matt is comforted knowing Jesus is with him. He says, “Jesus is never shocked by the evil in the world, yet he is near those who are. Jesus suffered as a human, so no matter what I face in this life, I know that he understands me. Thus, I can face my own daily cross with confidence.”
We are encouraged by these uplifting words and we’re so grateful Matt and Christina are part of our community of podrishioners. Our congratulations and prayers are with them as they expect their first child, a baby girl, in July!
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