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Get Closer to God…21 Days of Prayer

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How close are you to God right now?

This is your time to get closer to God! I want to invite you to get close to God through our 21 Days of Prayer. Each August we focus on renewing our connection to God through this special season of prayer. This year the 21 Days of Prayer go from July 31 – August 20.

The reason you can get closer to God is because of a simple promise He has given us. God tells us in James 4:8 – “Come close to God, and God will come close to you.” (NLT) So if we make any effort to draw closer to God, we will find He is already closer than we thought.

What are you waiting for? Let’s get closer to God!

How Do I Get Close To God?

We are going to help you discover how simple it is during our next message series called Closer! This series will explore some of the ways we can come closer to God. We invite you to come this Sunday! During the service you will enjoy the upbeat music and practical Bible message! And your kids will have a great time learning about God in our clean and safe children’s classes!

An Opportunity to Get Close To God!

We invite you to come Pray and Worship with us at the special prayer time listed here.

I hope to see you this Sunday and in our special prayer times as we closer to God!

– Doug

Giants!

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Are you running from the giants or with the giants?

As we journey through life, we all face giants…something that appears to keep us from where God is trying to take us! Your giant might be debt, a troubled marriage, difficulty in raising your children, job challenges or many other things. In fact, sometimes the giants are people who seem to to be trying to block us from a better future.

When we face these giants it is easy to get intimidated in our thoughts. We can think things like “I’ll never get this debt paid off”. Left unchecked, our thoughts can become more of a barrier to progress than the actual giant!

Often these thoughts become so overwhelming that we look for a way out…any way out. And so we start to run. We run away from confronting the giants in our lives. Instead of facing our fears, our lack of knowledge in some area, or any other giant…we run. We run from the giants!

God has better for you!

What if you could learn from some men and women who were giants of faith? What if instead of running from your giants you could run with these great people of faith? What if you could learn from their successes and failures? Would it make a difference and could you draw encouragement from their stories?

I think the answer is yes!

So I invite you to our message series, Running With The Giants, beginning Sunday, April 24 at 10:30 AM. During the service you will enjoy the upbeat music and practical Bible message! And your kids will have a great time learning about God in our clean and safe children’s classes!

I hope to see you this Sunday!

– Doug

From The Grave

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The resurrection of Jesus can change your life!

When we go through difficult experiences…the death of a family member, the loss of a job, financial challenges, they can drain the life out of us! The good news is that God is very familiar with our challenges and He knows the keys to turn things around!

If you are at a place in life where you would like to experience a personal resurrection in your life, I invite you to come this Sunday at 10:30 AM. During the service you will enjoy the upbeat music and practical Bible message!As you learn how God can resurrect things in your life, your kids will have a great time learning about God in our clean and safe children’s classes!

I hope to see you this Sunday!

– Doug

How To Live Through a Bad Day!

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We all know what it feels like to experience a bad day!

The question is are we responding to make our bad day worse?

Over the years there have been numerous days when things did not go as planned! My natural reaction? Unfortunately it was too often an angry outburst, an unkind word, and thoughts of self-loathing!

There must be a better way!

In our message series, How To Live Through a Bad Day, we are going to look at some statements made by Jesus on His worst day! In spite of the incredible suffering He endured, He said some things that are pertinent to our daily lives. In fact, if we make adjustments to our lives by applying His words, we can often keep the bad day from getting worse.

So we invite you to experience a life-giving service with us this Sunday at 10:30 AM. You will enjoy dynamic music, practical Bible teaching and your children will enjoy our quality children’s classes.

I hope to see you this Sunday!

– Doug

21 Days of Prayer and Fasting

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21 Days of Prayer and Fasting!

Are you ready to prepare for a stronger 2016? Then I invite you to participate in our 21 Days of Prayer and Fasting now through January 23. We can see God do amazing things in us if we will simply set aside some of the distractions of the day and focus on growing our relationship with Him!

Fasting is not penance to pay for wrongs done or a hyper-disciplined time to coerce God into answering our prayers. Rather fasting is laying aside activities so we can use that time to seek God’s direction and insight for our lives! Fasting could be as simple as skipping a meal to read your Bible and pray.

It’s really pretty simple…what get’s fed grows stronger. So during our time of prayer and fasting we limit our intake of food or media and convert that time into growing in our relationship with God. If you are looking for some resources to better understand this powerful concept, take a moment to look at some resources at on the Days of Prayer page.

You are also invited to come to our special Prayer Gatherings during these 21 days at the following times:

Weekdays – 6-7 AM

Wednesdays – 7:30 PM

Saturdays – 9-10 AM

Each gathering will feature a short (literally about 10 minutes) encouragement from the Bible, time to worship and pray personally and group prayer led by a designated leader. These gatherings are refreshing and encouraging.

I look forward to seeing you in a prayer gathering soon!

– Doug

First!

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What is First Impacts the Rest!

Happy New Year! 2015 is coming to a close and 2016 is beginning. At the beginning of the new year many of us make New Year Resolutions. We resolve to lose weight, eat right, exercise, make the family a priority, date our spouse, spend more time with our children, be kind, be generous and many other things.

Usually we give up on those resolutions within a few days or weeks. Why? The list is too long, the lifestyle changes are too difficult and we don’t seem to see the results we desire as fast as we expect.

So what are we do to?

I invite you to come this Sunday to our January message series, First. In this series we will explore the idea that how we order life makes a difference on all the rest! If we do just a few things in the right order, God will get involved and help us become who we cannot become on our own!

Why not come this Sunday at 10:30 AM?

If you will be attending for the first time, please take a moment to check out the New page. It will put you at ease as you come as a guest this Sunday! I look forward to meeting you!
– Doug

80% of You!

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A Leader’s Struggle

A struggle faced by many leaders is the art of delegation. Art because the leader must know his team, when to delegate and how to delegate to the individuals on the team. It’s one thing to delegate tasks but the goal is to delegate whole areas of responsibility as the leader determines the team member can handle it.

When can the team member be entrusted with an entire area or project? This is often the leader’s struggle! Many of us were taught to train someone to be 80% of us. When they are the implication is that they should be entrusted with the entire area or project.

But what is 80% of the leader? I have often struggled with that question. Recently as I was pondering some areas of delegation I had this thought: 80% of a leader is when the team member can be trusted to get it right 4 out of 5 times.

No leader is perfect and no team member is perfect. But when a team member’s competence, experience, judgment, decision-making, etc. gets it right in that area 4 out of 5 times, they are probably ready to be trusted with the area or project.

But how does the leader handle the instances where the emerging leader does not get it right? Coach them for success. Evaluate and learn together. As you work together the team member will usually grow in competence and experience which will result in improved performance!

 

– Doug