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Remembering a Great Evangelical Leader

  Photo on crosswalk.com     Hebrews 13:7 says, “Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith.” Tim Keller did a great job of giving a tribute to John R.W. Stott during the memorial in Wheaton, IL. It is sad to see many people in this younger generation who do not know the life of John Stott and all the...

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Lessons from Two Great Coaches

      On Tuesday, November 15th 2011 history was made. Mike Krzyzewski (affectionately known as Coach K), the coach for the Duke Blue Devils became the winningest coach in the history of NCAA’s Division 1 Men’s Basketball with a win over Michigan State in New York. In the midst of all the celebration and congratulations, one scene caught my attention. The coach who held the previous record, Bobby Knight was broadcasting the game. Right...

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This is Courage

  When we are in a comfortable and familiar territory, it is easy to think that we are living radically. But the reality is that we can only measure the true level of our courage when we are in enemy territory facing hostile conditions. Sometimes we can be fooled into thinking that we are living radically for Christ, as we stay within the four walls of the church. But when we live radically in the...

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My Recent Reflections 10.2011

  Photo on fotothing.com       “Stay Humble. Stay Hungry. Stay Honorable.” Recently, as I was driving home after one of the pre-retreat prayers gatherings, I felt like God dropped this phrase in my heart. It wasn’t anything dramatic, but it was something that pierced my heart and hit me in a profound way. In fact, this phrase is something I would love to continue to live by as long as I live. The...

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Epic College Retreat 2011

  Photo from flickr.com       It is hard to believe that HMCC in Ann Arbor has had a retreat every year in the last 15 years. After several years of growth, we started to have a retreat just for the college students. As I reflect back on the various retreats we have had in our church’s history, all I can conclude is that God has been faithful in transforming lives. It is at...

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Abortion and the Holocaust

  Photo from greaterthings.com       Abortion has been a topic that many Christ-followers have remained silent on over the years. The cultural milieu has made it difficult for pro-life proponents to speak up in public against this atrocity. Also, I think one major contributing factor for the silence is that there are a lot of Christ-followers who have had an abortion. If you then add to this, a culture of shame and a...

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Celebrating 15 Years of God’s Faithfulness

  Photo by HMCC-AA Publication Team       It is hard to believe that 15 years ago Christina and I moved from Chicago to Ann Arbor, Michigan to start a church on the University of Michigan campus. In 1996, we just got married and stepped out in faith to live out the dream of being a 1st century church in the 21st century. We had a passion to see lost people experience transformation through...

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Do I Need to Grow Up?

  Photo from pixgood.com       Clayton and Charie King wrote a book called, “12 Questions to Ask Before You Marry.” In this book they give a basic list of things (i.e. attitudes, behaviors, reactions, etc) to help determine the level of maturity when it comes to emotional, spiritual, social and financial health. They encourage the reader to look at the list of questions as “road signs” or markers in order to help us...

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Think Different

  The world was never transformed by people who followed the crowd or went with the status quo. The world has been shaped (and will probably always be shaped) by people who think differently. For some reason, they listen to a different drum beat. This is the reason why the early church that we see in the Book of Acts, transformed the world. They thought differently. They acted differently. More or less, they listened not...

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The Ripple Logo

  Photo by HMCC-AA Publication Team       Over the years, people have asked me about our church logo. The genesis of this logo goes back to 1990 when I was a student at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. It was my senior year and it was a difficult year. I felt completely overwhelmed with all the responsibilities of church, as well as my responsibilities as a student, a son, brother and friend....

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A Constant Heart Check

  Photo on azzitraining.com       It is always good to do a regular check up on our spiritual health. It is easy to go weeks, months and even years without a spiritual heart check. It is not until we go through a trial or even face some difficult situation where we are jolted from our apathy and spiritual complacency. I read an article by Joe McKeever not too long ago titled, “10 Ways...

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It’s All About the Team

  Photo by nytimes.com       Bo Schembechler coached the University of Michigan football for 21 seasons from 1969 to 1989. In Michigan, he had an impressive record of 194 wins, 48 losses and 5 ties. With his coaching tenure at Miami University (1963-1968), Schembechler’s total career record was a remarkable 234-65-8. Schembechler was by far the best football coach the University of Michigan has had ever since they played their first season in...

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New Encounter 2011

  From HMCC Publication Team       We are starting another season of ministry to the college students at University of Michigan. God is doing some amazing things and we are just joining Him for the ride. With this new crop of students, we are praying that they will experience God in a powerful way. It is our hope and prayer that many students will experience the transformative power of the Gospel; and as...

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It’s All in the Mindset

  Photo from listverse.com       After my trip to Asia, I have been doing a lot of thinking. Through a series of events, I began to notice that people, who struggled in trying to live for Christ, had a mindset issue rather than a behavioral issue. This was something that I always knew, but it hit me really hard in the last three months. Therefore, I have been on a campaign. I have...

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