Meet Jake Belue

jake-bWhat is your role at Redemption Hill?
Pastor at Holton Elementary, Missions Director
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What is your prayer / hope for Redemption Hill?
That we would be more and more bold to spread the Good News of Jesus (1 Cor. 9:16); that one of our members would be the first to speak of the resurrection of Jesus in a people group that has never heard the Gospel (Romans 15:20); that our hearts would burn within us as we see Christ in the Scriptures (Luke 24:32); that we would rest completely in the sufficiency of Christ while engaging in the blood-earnest and holy industry of magnifying the name and glory of God (Hebrews 4:11).

What is the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
On how to share the gospel: “Tell people about Jesus and don’t be a jerk.” – Tim Mattson
On work: “Any job worth doing is a job worth doing right.” – my Dad
On life: “An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered.” – GK Chesterton

What are your favorite books and movies?
For the inner thoughts of a passionate missionary saint: The Shadow of the Almighty, the Life and Testament of Jim Elliot
My favorite book growing up: Maniac Magee – Jerry Spinelli
For putting Romans 7 and 8 into practice: The Mortification of Sin – John Owen
My favorite required reading in high school and one I’ve gone back to since: A Separate Peace – John Knowles
For understanding the theology behind global missions: Let the Nations Be Glad – John Piper

Rocky I, Forrest Gump, and Newsies

What are you listening to these days?
Sinatra, Harry Connick, Jr., Sara Groves (when I’m with my wife), Country music (when I’m not with my wife), Amos Lee, sermons, news briefs, and history podcasts.

What can you be caught doing on your day off?
Working in my yard, running/hiking/biking, hanging out with my wife, Rose and playing with my son, Reuben.

What is something that people would be surprised to know about you?
I worked on a farm in high school, was a shoe salesman, and played baseball in Havana, Cuba.