Subject: West Side Update - October 6
October 6, 2014
“As many people, I have spent a great deal of my life running from God and trying to use my gifts to make things work. Unfortunately for me, early life success convinced me that I could do it on my own with works and effort,” says Bob Stec. “My life fell apart eventually like it does for so many self-absorbed people, of which I was definitely one. But it was in the darkness of business failure, marriage failure, and all that surrounds those situations that God reached out and refused to allow me to keep falling. He used so many people and situations to plant me back on solid ground, his ground. He restored my life in so many ways but at each turn it was so amazingly clear that this time it was him, not me, that was doing the restoring. It showed me that life was about loving him and through that loving others. Life was about selflessness versus selfishness.”
Bob is from North Carolina, has been in and out of NYC for most his business career, and has concentrated in NYC since 2006. He has his MBA in marketing and is currently the president of Hampshire Group, a publicly traded apparel company. His wife, Lou Anne Flanders-Stec, teaches entrepreneurship at the college level, and they have three grown daughters who live in Brooklyn, South Carolina, and Washington, DC. Bob’s passion is golf — he’s been playing since he was five years old. And he says, “My wife and I are foodies, and that is a hard addiction to have living on the West Side — too many great places to eat.”
Bob and his wife came to Redeemer when they first moved to the city. He’s attended the West Side Men’s group on Tuesday mornings for two years: “It has been such a blessing in more ways than I can describe. The diversity and openness are two things that are obvious — men from all stages of life and in every kind of situation imaginable coming together around a Bible study that continuously draws us closer to the God we all desperately need,” says Bob.
He says, “Today I have so many great relationships with my wife, my daughters, my friends and associates that clearly were gifts from God. He opened my eyes to see all that he could do if I would simply turn over control to him.”
As a church of Jesus Christ, Redeemer exists to help build a great city for all people through a movement of the gospel that brings personal conversion, community formation, social justice and cultural renewal to New York City and, through it, to the world.
One of the many benefits of living in NYC is ease of access to the many world-class cultural institutions housed here. For example, I have been to the Metropolitan Museum of Art scores of times and almost always make my way to the Impressionist Wing. Why? Because there is something healing to my soul when I stand in the presence of Van Gogh’s paintings. When Jesus taught us to pray the words “Hallowed be thy Name” (Matthew 6:9) he was underscoring that very principle. Or as John Piper put it:
“No one goes to the Grand Canyon to increase self-esteem. (We go) because there is greater healing for the soul in beholding splendor than there is in beholding self”.
Prayer draws us into the presence of the glorious God and is an opportunity to ‘hallow his name’ as we are healed by his splendor. So the next time you celebrate Mozart, or Van Gogh, or a sunset – peer behind their beauty and see the one whose glory is being revealed, and hallow his name.
May the glory of the Lord endure forever. Psalm 104:31
Rev. David Bisgrove
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Parents of Teens Round Table and Dinner
Wednesday, October 15 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., W83 rm 406
Parenting teens is a unique time. Join our Director of Family Ministries Brent Bounds and other parents for dinner and conversation about concerns, questions and ideas as we raise our teens in NYC and at Redeemer. Register here.
Faith & Work Conference: Spots filling up!
Friday and Saturday, November 7 and 8
Register now for this year's Faith & Work Conference: Making All Things New: Imagination and Innovation Required. Speakers include New York Times columnist David Brooks, author Nancy Ortberg, Tim Keller and others. Register at cfwconference.com.
Seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper. Jeremiah 29:7
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