Welcome Back

Welcome back,
Your dreams were your ticket out.

Welcome back,
To that same old place that you laughed about.

Well the names have all changed since you hung around,
But those dreams have remained and they’re turned around.

Who’d have thought they’d lead ya (Who’d have thought they’d lead ya)
Back here where we need ya (Back here where we need ya)

Yeah we tease him a lot cause we’ve got him on the spot, welcome back,
Welcome back, welcome back, welcome back.

Many great acts have called it quits only to regroup later, much to the delight of fans everywhere.  Stryper disbanded in 1992 and reunited in 1999. Sammy Hagar left Van Halen in 1996 and was later rejoined with the band in 2004. And it would seem that Harrison Ford is rejoining Steven Spielberg and George “CGI” Lucas to release a new Indiana Jones film.

A similar regrouping has taken place again as my church, Tree of Life, in Perry is merging back into Evergreen Family Fellowship out of which it first sprung. Many changes have happened for Evergreen over the last few years and not all of them good.  But at New Attitude a couple of weeks ago, we the men of TOL began to experience God speaking to us each personally about our role in the church.  You can read more about that and God inspired us with new ideas in my post about New Attititude.  Today, in this morning’s service, the members of Tree of Life who were present stood before Evergreen to be received back into Evergreen membership.  It was a blessed time. Even though we had been getting together with Evergreen and our praise team has been leading music for them twice a month over the last year, I believe this “receiving back” was a necessary part of knitting our two bodies back together. The elders have met with David, Stephen, and myself and have listened to the ideas that we have that we want to implement and they are as excited as we are. God is up to something good and I am so thankful to be a part of it.

I am not sure if all that Evergreen has gone through was meant to be profitable but nevertheless God is able to take even what is meant for ill and bring redemptive purpose out of it. And as much as it hurt Lyndsay and I (and indeed others) to part from Evergreen when we did, it was definitely for good. I would have never begun to lead worship if it were not for the opportunity afforded me at Tree of Life. And I would not have stuck with it if it were not for Herb Dean’s encouragement and his reminding me that “it’s not about you”.

This is an exciting time for our family and for Evergreen Family Fellowship and I believe that we will soon see Evergreen “back on the map” and doing great things by God’s grace.

Josh H.


3 Responses to “Welcome Back”

  1. June 13, 2007 at 1:31 pm

    Wow, Josh. That song is so appropriate. I have always loved the “Welcome Back, Kotter” song. Though the show got on my nerves a bit with the constant laugh track–or maybe it was a “live studio audience” that sounded like a laugh track, anyway… Putting Welcome Back as a theme song to our current situation makes it seem almost more sentimental and nostalgic. Thanks for adding that bit of happy to my day!

  2. June 13, 2007 at 1:31 pm

    P.S. Up your nose with a rubber hose 🙂

  3. June 13, 2007 at 4:35 pm

    Lyndsay and I used to watch reruns of Welcome Back, Kotter back when we were dating. We love those Sweathogs!

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