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Leading In the Afterglow of a Big Sunday

I was humbled by the words scribbled on the back of a communication card this past Sunday: This was my first time to church. I have struggled most of my life and just find myself in the worst situations. Listening to your sermon gave me a lot to think about and I am ready to let Jesus help me find the way. I had a follow-up conversation with this young man after the service was over and I was moved by his honesty about his past and present struggles. We make it clear at …

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Our First Easter as Grace Hills Church

Was awesome. On Saturday, we hosted a community Easter egg hunt at Grace Hill Elementary School. About 75 volunteers, a third of which were teens, came and hid 5,000 eggs and served a hot grilled lunch to about 350 people. The school was gracious enough to allow us to invite all 500 of their students which allowed us to have some great conversations with people in the community. (Watch the highlight video.) On Sunday, we broke our previous attendance record (176, set on …

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Approaching Easter Sunday As a Pastor

Easter Sunday is special. In spite of the competition from little furry bunnies who deliver colored eggs and sugar-induced hyperactive episodes among children, it's still a holiday that is fairly "religious." That is to say, Jesus still gets a fair amount of attention, possibly because it's always on Sunday and churches draw such attention to the resurrection. This is good. As a Pastor, I know that Easter Sunday excites me because I'll see new and unfamiliar faces in our …

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I Get To Be a Part of Saddleback Church

Thirteen years ago, I read The Purpose-Driven Church: Growth Without Compromising Your Message & Mission for the first time. The first chapter contains the story of how Rick and Kay Warren packed up their belongings and headed to a community to which God had called them to plant Saddleback Church. They arrived in Orange County with a moving truck and about $1,000 and started a church with seven people at the first Bible study. This past weekend, I attended four of our …

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The Easter Story, As Told by Marshmallow Peeps

You may see this as trite, or you might see it as a really tasty way (pun intended) to share the basic elements of the story of Jesus through imagery familiar to everyone who has ever experienced the awesome goodness of Marshmallow Peeps. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uK9zP_BxN5s Can't see it? Watch it on Youtube. Hat Tip to Matthew Paul Turner. …

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Easter Means Healing Now, Hope Forever

Let me focus in for a moment on Simon Peter, one of the key disciples surrounding Jesus. You may know the story by heart in which Peter asserted that He would never dessert the Lord Jesus, to which Jesus replied, “Before the cock crows, you will have denied me three times.” Sure enough, Peter forsook his allegiance to the Lord Jesus and denied Him, even cursing, to distance Himself from the cross. For Peter, the story didn’t end there. There was a time of restoration and …

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Sunday in Retrospect

Easter Sunday is always a highlight. Some of my favorite moments were... …

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20 Easter Egg Photos To Inspire You This Holiday

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Jesus’ Finest Hour

If you were given one week to live and you knew the end of your life was just days away, what would you do? How would you spend that time? Jesus did know that his hour was coming. He knew His time was nearing. How did He spend His time? Too much material is devoted to His final week to detail it all here, but this is what Jesus' calendar looked like about a week before the cross... …

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This Sunday's Message Teaser – 7 Days to Live

Download now or watch on posterous This Sunday's Message Teaser - 7 Days to Live.mov (10498 KB) What do you think you would do? …

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