October 2011

Austin Update – 10.2011

  In the last 3 years, I have been to Austin many times. It is always a joy to come down to Texas to 80 degree weather when it is in the 40’s in Ann Arbor. But more than the weather, it is a privilege to come to Austin and spend some time with Pastor Ben and his family, as well as with the HMCC of Austin family. This was a special retreat and as...

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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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Reflecting Back on 15 Years

  We had a wonderful time at the 15th Anniversary Celebration. It was beautiful to see how God has faithfully led us, as a church for the past 15 years. God was not only faithful, but He has been writing an incredible story of transformation. There have been so many people who came to Christ for the first time in our church. There have been numerous people who have experienced true freedom through the power...

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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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Asia Trip Update #2 – 10.2.11

  It was an incredible time in Singapore. There were times of encouragement, equipping, empowerment, and exaltation. The baptism went well and the 1st Anniversary was a display of God’s Faithfulness. Humbled. Amazed. I am now in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. My two days here will be filled with meetings with alumni, prayer walking, listening, dreaming, and discerning. Keep me in your prayers.      

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