September 2007

HMCC of Chicago’s 1st Anniversary

        This coming weekend I will be spending some time in Chicago. It is going to be a special weekend, not only because it’s Michigan vs. NU in a Big Ten football game but because it will be the one year anniversary for HMCC of Chicago. It is hard to believe that it has been a whole year. God has truly been faithful as we have witnessed with our own eyes the...

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Family Slumber Party

Since the undergraduate students will be meeting together in their small groups, I don’t have to preach for our Friday ACCESS gathering. It is a welcomed opportunity for me to spend extra time with the family. We are in the process of planning out a big slumber party in the living room. After dinner we are going to rent out a video and pop some popcorn. Then we are going to just chill together. It...

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Global Eyes are Watching

        It is incredible how technology has allowed us to see world events in real time. I don’t know if you are keeping up with the situation in Myanmar (formerly known as Burma). It is riveting to see monks who are being shot at as they are peacefully protesting the oppression of the Myanmarese government. It brings back a lot of memories of Tiananmen Square back in 1989. Matt Frei, a BBC...

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Spontaneous Surprises

I brought in my car to the dealer to have them check out a problem that I was having with one of the valves; therefore I was without a car for most of the morning. But I had the opportunity to meet up with one of our alumni. It was awesome to hear some of the things that God was doing in their life. I am learning how to appreciate these relationships because many of...

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Teaching Moment by an Application

Last week in our Covenant small group (our married couples group), we had the men and women split up for the application in our study. With two other men, we were trying to think of ways to be a blessing to our wives. As we went around and shared, I realized that it doesn’t take much to bless someone. The issue is more of the thoughtfulness and the time that it takes to bless a...

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3:10 to Yuma

        Yesterday for our date night, Christina and I watch 3:10 to Yuma, a movie staring Russell Crowe and Christian Bale. Believe it or not, Christina loves Western movies and mobster movies. Yeah, brothers, I am a blessed man! The movie wasn’t spectacular but it was decent. I think if you are a father and you have sons, it will hit you more. But there are some key themes in this movie...

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Politics is a Deadly Calling

Last week there were reports on the news that a parliament member who belonged to the Christian party was killed by a car bomb in Beirut, Lebanon. There was steady progress towards reform in the country especially as the Syrian influence started to lose some control in the area. But 6 days before the Parliament was to elect a new president, another assassination occurred. Now this is the 8th assassination within a 2 year period....

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Starbucks and iTunes

A business venture? Why not? From October 2nd through November 7th, Starbucks is planning on giving away free downloads to song in order to promote and new partnership with iTunes. They were mentioning that they will give away close to 50 million free songs in about 10,000 Starbucks stores. They are making coffee and music go together. You can read up about here. Part of innovation is learning how to partner up with people who...

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The Start of a Movement

It is amazing to study some of the great movements throughout history. There are several common components in these movements. First of all, there is a revelation of a clear vision from God. Whether it is a vision for revival or missions, God puts a vision in the hearts of His people. Secondly, there is a response from the people of God. God is always looking for men and women who will respond in obedience...

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Ethos Series

        It has been exciting to hear about some people coming to place their trust in Christ for the first time during our Sunday Celebration in the last 2 weeks. Over the years we have had people always feeling hesitant about bringing their friends and co-workers to our Sundays because they felt that it wasn’t “seeker-sensitive” enough. But we are reminded that when the Spirit of God is in a place, He...

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Getting in the Game

People always say hindsight is 20/20. This is why we can always have a good perspective on our struggles and trials AFTER we go through it rather than during the trial. This principle holds true for situations where there are no sacrifice or risks involved. What do I mean? Who are the ones complaining the most about a football game on Sunday or Monday morning (especially when their team loses to a Division 1-AA team)?...

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Pride Before the Fall

I don’t know many of you have been keeping up with the battle for record sales between Kanye West and 50 Cent. Bottom line was that 50 Cent made a bold statement (for what reasons only he will know). He stated that if Kanye’s album that was coming out at the same time as his album sold more, then he would retire from rap. Wow! It is a pretty audacious or proud statement. What if...

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Nehemiah at Access Ministry

        Tomorrow in our student Access Ministry, we are going to start a series in the Book of Nehemiah. This is one of the best books in the Bible on the topic of leadership. The need for training and equipping is increasing as our church is trying to send out more Kingdom workers into the different spheres of society. The pastoral staff and I are excited about sharing God’s Word at Access...

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