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Invite Me In

  Photo on thexroads.org       We are about 4 weeks away from Easter. Usually for churches, Christmas and Easter are big moments in a church’s calendar. In particular, for us here at HMCC, Easter is our biggest Sunday Celebration gathering every year. Due to the fact that we are on a college campus, we don’t have as many people come out to our Christmas Sunday Celebration compared to our Easter Sunday Celebration. Therefore,...

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Drifting Away

  As a pastor, it is always hard to see one of your members “drifting” away. There is this tension of wanting to help them and just letting them go. But how can you help someone when they do not want help or see the need for help? How can you just let them go and watch them fall deeper into sin and experience the unnecessary heartache and pain of sin? Regardless of whether you...

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Lessons from Peyton Manning’s Release

  Photo on inquisitr.com       The Indianapolis Colts ended up releasing Peyton Manning as their quarterback today. To those of you who are not familiar with the story, Manning was the Colts’ franchise quarterback. He was selected as the overall number one pick in the 1998 NFL draft. He had a brilliant career with the Colts. Manning will definitely be ranked as one of the all-time best quarterbacks in the NFL. But in...

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Lent 2012

  Photo on pimeusa.wordpress.com       Another Lenten season has quickly approached us, but for some reason, this year feels a bit different. So much has happened so far in 2012 that it is hard to believe only 2 months have passed. It is truly by God’s grace that we have witnessed numerous testimonies of life transformations. We are excited about all that God is going to do for the rest of the year....

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Valentine’s Day 2012

  Photo on soulshine9productions.com       This year Christina and I decided to do something different for Valentine’s Day. In the past, we would always find a babysitter and then go out for a nice dinner. We would have a great time catching up on things and sharing with one another. It has always been a good memory for me. But for some reason, this year, we felt that we should include our kids...

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It Starts With Our Minds

  Photo by HMCC-AA Publications Team       All throughout the One Desire fast and even with the weeks following after the fast, there has been a lot of spiritual warfare. People started to struggle with sins from the past, which started to have strongholds in their lives. This is one of the reasons why we started the “Battleground” sermon series on Sundays. It is my hope and prayer that we will keep on...

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Being Child-Like

  Photo on jesuspictures.co       I don’t know if you have ever noticed, but in the Bible, whenever Jesus interacted with a child, it was always positive. What is it about children that made Jesus stop and pay attention? Those of you who are parents probably have an idea; but even if you are not a parent yet, if you would go back to your childhood years, you will get some insights to...

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Keep Growing and Learning

  Not too long ago, I realized that I have logged in more than 25,000+ hours of sermon preparation and preaching within the last 20 years. On top of that, I have probably logged in more than 15,000+ hours of counseling sessions ever since HMCC of Ann Arbor got started in 1996. As I was doing the calculations, I had to pause for a second. It is a bit striking to realize that a big...

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True Test of Brokenness

  Photo from ransomfellowship.org       As some of you know, we are doing M’Cheyne’s One Year Bible Reading Plan. But many of you might not know who he is and what impact he made in history. Robert Murray M’Cheyne was born in 1813 in Edinburgh, Scotland. He was a pastor in the Church of Scotland starting from the young age of 22 until his death in 1843. It is humbling to know that...

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Learning from Failure

  Recently a TEDS video was forwarded to me by one of my pastor friends, Jim Ost who pastors a church in Texas. David Damberger, who is the founder of Engineers Without Borders (EWB) which is stationed in Calgary was the speaker. In the video, Damberger shares the experience about his previous work in Africa. But the clincher of this video was the lesson on publicly admitting failure in the development aid sector. He believed...

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2012 HMCC Revival Meeting

  Photo by HMCC-AA Documentation Team       It was a tremendous joy to host Pastor James and Faith Cha, as they spoke at our church’s congregational revival meeting this past weekend. Normally, we would have a retreat at this time, but we felt that God was calling us to have a revival meeting instead. The whole church came together to seek after God and it was a powerful time of experiencing God’s presence...

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One Desire Fast 2012

  Photo by HMCC Publications Team       We are excited to start our One Desire Fast. All the HMCC churches are coming together in Spirit and in unity to seek God’s heart. I believe that we are going to see some incredible fruits from our time of fasting. In this fast and throughout the whole year of 2012, we are going to focus in on 3 specific goals: 1) Read through the entire...

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Blueprint Series

  Photo by HMCC-AA Publications Team     We started a new series for our Access gathering this past Friday. It will be a semester-long series where we will cover some of the basics of the Old Testament and the New Testament. As the campus ministry executive team and I prayed about what to address in this season of ministry, we felt convicted that we had to help our college students have a strong biblical...

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2012 New Year

  Photo on wikipedia.org     With each and every passing year, I am constantly reminded of two things: God’s faithfulness for the past year and the realization that I am closer to my death (I know, a bit morbid, but it is reality – one day closer to seeing Jesus face-to-face). With these two things in mind, in the new year there are two things that I always try to do. First, I spend...

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