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Eli Florence

For those of you who were at the Undergraduate Retreat, here is a follow-up on the story that I shared about Eli Florence. Don’t forget: It is not the container that is so crucial but the content! May we live our lives well for the glory of God. We are all given one life to live and when everything is all said and done, may there be more done than said.

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Men Discipling Men

This past Sunday I had some of the men that I am spending time with come over to my place for a bbq. After eating our “manly” hamburgers, I had them go around and share how their ministry to other men in the church was coming along. Too often we are focused on programs and events that we forget that Jesus’ command was to go and make “disciples.” It is always easier said than done....

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Revitalizing the City

I read an interesting article today in the Michigan Daily, which is the student newspaper for the University of Michigan. There is talk about setting up a program through the university where students can go to Detroit to take classes. The aim is to start getting some of the students to think of ways to bring positive change in a city like Detroit. They will be strategizing with other organizations to reach out to various...

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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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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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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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A Consumer Generation?

We have heard a lot about how our generation is a consumer generation more than ever before and we don’t know how to commit to something. In defense of our generation this is not always the case. I have seen many young people commit to things with their whole life… maybe it is because there is no cause or purpose that is worth giving their life to which causes the fickleness. But I will have...

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Déjà Vu a la Church’s Role

When we first started the church, we had to grapple with the issue of the church’s and the para-church’s role on campus. Since we were a fully functioning church with a focus on the campus, we ran into some problems with the para-church. Maybe I should say it was more of a conflict of interest. Why? Because in order to be a fully functioning church that is focused on the campus, we could not just...

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Kite Flying and the Holy Spirit

After dinner, the kids and I decided to go kite flying. It wasn’t as windy as we wanted it to be but it was sufficient. As we were taking turns in flying the kite, I was trying to teach the kids to wait for the wind and then let the wind take the kite up in the air. Then, I realized that this was a great opportunity to teach them a biblical principle. It dawned...

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Missions at Every Life Stage

It was a blessing to see the single adults in the FOCUS ministry and the high school students in our Latitude ministry give their missions update. It has always been a dream of ours to see every single person in our church, regardless of their life stage to get involved somehow in missions. This was the first time we sent out a whole team of high school students as well as a whole team of...

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Firstfruits Theology

After the staff and I had a discussion on the first-fruits offering, it got me thinking about the validity of it. The first-fruits offering was something that the Israelites practiced in their relationship with God. It was an offering that was to be brought to the Lord in the beginning of the harvest season to express their thankfulness and their trust in God for His Provisions. In the book of Leviticus and the book of...

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A Clean Office

It was awesome walking into a clean church office this morning, especially my office. The blessing part of this whole thing is that someone anonymously cleaned it. I am trying to dust off fingerprints on the guilty party. It is such a blessing to lead a church that has people who know how to serve and they do it anonymously. In this world of “getting ahead,” it is encouraging to know that there are some...

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Family Time 08.23.07

I enjoy coming back to family after my travels. Since this summer has been crazy, we took some time to just have fun. We headed out to a bowling alley. We cheered for one another and acted crazy since we were one of two families there. There is something about bowling in the early afternoon that brings families together – you are free to do whatever 🙂 Then we headed out to the $1 theater....

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Man of My Word

Tomorrow I will be checking out of the blogging world for about 5 days or so because my family and my extended family will be going on vacation. With all my traveling, I was able to get 9 free tickets for the family. In previous vacations, I always brought my computer because I had to work on the sermon for the following Sunday (this is when we had a smaller staff). I would also check...

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