We have had a VERY blessed weekend at Downtown! Rick Atchley spoke twice on Saturday, and four times this morning. He still has one gig to do...............he is speaking to the University students that come for the 8:30 communion service tonight. Whatever we are paying him, he's getting ripped off. It's been invaluable.
When I hear Rick, these five characteristics about him leave a lasting impression.
A) His humbleness. I know a lot of people with a lot less talent that he has who have a much bigger ego. In fact, I haven't seen him show ANY ego. What a model for our younger generation!
B) His passion! You don't have to wonder how Rick feels about something..........he is passionate in his faith walk. How refreshing. I know a lot of people who seem to only get passionate about sports. No, that's wrong. They get passionate about one other thing................religious traditions.
C) His boldness. God has not called us to a spirit of timidity, and you can tell he believes that........because he practices it. This one may be tied in with passion, but I really think they are two different qualities. Rick is not going to let fear control his life. I know he fears God, but I am not aware of any other fear he has.
D) His heart of grace. Jim Woodroof said "Jesus is grace with clothes on it". I see Rick trying to walk in the Savior's steps in everything, but especially in the area of grace. As much as he is attacked, heaven knows he gets more opportunities than most of us to offer grace. I've yet to see him fail to do so.
E) His love for the Lord and the church. It exudes from his heart every time I hear him speak. He loves God, he loves our Savior Jesus Christ, and he loves the bride of Christ.......the church. He loves other Christians, hence his untiring efforts for unity.
I praise God for the talented evangelists He has given to our generation. No doubt, Rick Atchley is one of those!
Thanks Rick for pouring out your heart to us this weekend. We love you for it!