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10 Ways to Raise the Spiritual Temperature of Your Church

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There is a cold, hard fact I remind myself of often as a Pastor. No one does more to determine the spiritual temperature of my church than me, the Pastor. It's part of shepherding. I'm the lid. I'm the limit. I define passion as the heated desire with us to do or to be something. Paul talked about being on …

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Why is 2013 Going to Rock at Grace Hills?

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2012 was an awesome year for Grace Hills! Angie and I arrived in northwest Arkansas with a big dream and have continued to be amazed at the great things God has done this year. We launched on January 15 with 176 people in attendance, far exceeding our goals and expectations. And in the last year, we've baptized …

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How’s the Dream Going?

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In the late spring of 2011, Angie and I spent a lot of time dreaming and talking about what Grace Hills Church would look like. I wrote our conversations out in a form that I later presented at our very first informational meeting about Grace Hills Church on July 17, 2011. Since then, I've looked back at what I …

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Think Bigger

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You know what my problem is? I think too small. Every time I expect big things from God, He surprises me with more, which is both a delight as well as a shame. I need to think bigger! In a recent ten-minute message I gave at a church planting assessment, I address this very issue of thinking past today, past …

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The Vision of Grace Hills Church

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Grace Hills exists to gather a community of people who are coming to know Jesus and serving others for God's glory. It's a grace place, where people can experience open arms, a second (or 77th) chance, and a real balance of grace and truth. In the last two months, we've hosted three Vision Meetings to share …

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Casting the Vision for a New Church Plant

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This past Sunday was an exciting day for us. We've spent months dreaming and planning for the planting of Grace Hills Church. We hauled our belongings across the country, then stayed with some friends while waiting for the closing on our home purchase. We booked a storefront meeting room at South Walton Suites, …

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Dear Church… Go and Multiply

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My friend, Stephen Gray, has recently made a comment on Twitter that has really hit home with Angie and I... Church multiplication is a spiritual decision of a church to put the needs of a desperate world before self-preservation. And that reminds me of another thought offered by my mentor, Grady …

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Leading In the New Year [Audio]

As a Pastor, I've always gotten excited about January 1. Everybody is busy at Christmas and while it's a great time for outreach, it's also a great time to get distracted from kingdom growth. January provides a month when people are calming down, seeking peace, and making fresh starts and new commitments. It's …

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Dream Bigger – Ask More

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"You do not have, because you do not ask." (James 4:2 ESV) James the Apostle had the spiritual gift of bluntness. We've received the benefit of his brutally honest thoughts, such as when he answers a common question with such a common sense answer. Why don't I have? Because I didn't ask. And he goes on to …

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If You Wait for the Perfect Wave You’ll Never Surf

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