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Church Planting Vision '08-

Our goal as a church is to help plant 25 churches over the next 5 years as we do our part in fulfilling the great commission of Jesus Christ! The first church that we have partnered with to help plant is Epic Church in Manayunk, Pa. My good friend Kent & Tiffany Jacobs (and the team from Epic) are doing an incredible job at beginning to impact their community with the message of Jesus Christ! Recently, we were able to give $5,000 to Epic to help them continue this vital ministry in the Philadelphia region. A special thanks to the whole church family at Freedom Life for their generosity and belief in the mission of Jesus Christ! We will continue to reach people in our back yard and around the world! Continue to pray for Epic church! To learn more about them, go to www.epicwired.net.




Merry '2nd Day After' Christmas!

Here is a picture from our Christmas morning! Christmas morning has always been a favorite time for me. I'm sure it started when I was a little kid and it was based upon the expectation of tearing into new gifts. I have always loved the way the presents looked underneath the Christmas tree when you would walk into the living room. It was always & still is a magical experience! Unfortunately, like the picture above, not all of Christmas day is magical. Kid's fighting getting their picture done, kid's fighting one another and so on... You get the picture! Even in the midst of a perfect day, all is not perfect. It reminds me of my life. I love my Jesus, my family and everything that I do, but all is not perfect. I guess a great reminder for us is that we can focus on moments that go wrong in our lives or we can take a snapshot of those that go right. We can choose what memories to replay in our minds and hearts. As we head full throttle into a new year, take …

Tolerance or Intolerant?

A read this great post from my former Pastor's son, whose name is Jon Decker. Jon leads a successful band called, 'The Mint,' and has a beautiful wife and baby. I could write pages of about this topic, but I thought Jon did a great job bringing it all together. For the complete post, visit www.jonathandecker.wordpress.com.

Tolerance: a fair, objective, and permissive attitude toward opinions and practices that differ from one’s own.

Tolerance is a huge buzzword for my generation, especially used by limp wristed, politically correct young people when someone has an opinion different from their own.

For the new wave of social justice Christians tolerance is used to muddy doctrine, in the name of not offending someone with a different set of beliefs. For the generation Y liberal, tolerance is applied to a grab bag of behavior and preference choices that everyone should have to agree with. It seems right now there is a slight uproar over Rick Warren praying at the inaguratio…

First Service Is Cancelled

For everyone planning on making the trek over the hills and through the woods this morning to gather with the church family, you will need to wait. We have to cancel our 9 a.m. service and we will make the call in regards to the second service @ 8:30 a.m. so stay tuned!

How Do I Balance Work & Family?

This is a great article about an extremely important topic. My number 1 struggle is balancing family and work. Dr. Chapman offers some critical advice. Check it out!

Balancing Work and Family

Is it possible that we may be working so hard to support our families financially that we end up losing our families? Then money becomes empty compensation. This week we’ll talk about the issue of money and marriage.

What is most important in life? If we are given stark choices, the issue becomes clear. If someone offered you one million dollars for your child or your spouse, would you take it? Any sensible parent or spouse would say, “No”. But do we not sell our families for much less when we spend all of our energy working for money and have no time left to enjoy our relationships?.

Balanace
Work is a noble endeavor. In fact the Bible says that if a man will not work, neither should he eat. But can we work too much? Is vocational success worth losing a marriage? The Scriptures teach that life’s m…

The diff between Goliath & Bathsheba

I read a great blog today that I wanted to share with you. Here it is...

By Gina McClain (courtesy of www.swerve.lifechurch.tv)
The diff between Goliath and Bathsheba
Both of these stories are great examples of God’s deliverance in David’s life. But one was orchestrated by God, while the other was not.
We all have deliverance stories where Jesus got our attention, we responded and our lives were changed for eternity. But often I cringe when I listen to someone attempt to explain how God brought them to a point of desperation so they would finally say ‘Yes’ to Him. This doesn’t make sense to me.
Sometimes we can bring too much glory to the circumstances that brought about our obedience. We celebrate the trap we managed to get caught in, as opposed to the work God did to free us. You see, we were created to walk in freedom with God from the time we were young. He didn’t create us for bondage.
Listen to me, you who pursue righteousness, you who seek the Lord: look to the rock from whic…

Miracles, Part 2- Love

What a great day we had today! Tony Bilotta rocked the house with some great Christmas jazz & many of people took steps to believe God for a miracle in their lives! We ended with a song from the Hillsong album, 'This Is Our God,' called, 'You Are Stronger,' and it was absolutely incredible. We made a declaration (to ourselves and) to God that His love is stronger than whatever we may be going through. What miracle do you need today? Do you feel separated from God because of your unanswered prayer? I sure have been there myself! Don't forget that God is stronger than whatever you may be facing and that nothing can separate you from His love!

"Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? 36... 37 No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us. 38 And I am co…

Great quote, Great reminder

"There will always be more people willing to do ‘great’ things for God than there are people willing to do the little things. The race to be a leader is crowded, but the field is wide open for those willing to be servants." - Rick Warren

On A Lighter Note

Politics are always crazy, whether it is the church or the government. I'm sure all of you have heard about the Governor of Illinois & his potentially criminal behavior. Everyone is talking about his ethics & criminal activities. But I would like to talk, for a moment, about something totally different. What's up with that head (or should I say forehead) of hair? Maybe I'm jealous because I don't have any? Either way, it does appear that it is either a comb over for the forehead or he is being attacked by a beaver. Maybe I am just jealous. Pray for me!

Miracles, Part 1- Peace

Yesterday we launched into our new series called, "Miracles." We talked about how Jesus has come to bring the miracle of peace into the world. He is the Prince of Peace! (Isaiah 9:6-7) One of the areas that we often times lack peace is with ourselves. This morning I read a great devotional that talks about that very thing! If you missed the message on Sunday, it is available via download today! Go ahead & detox your mind today so that you can live at peace with yourself and in peace with others!

Detox Your Mind
Today's Scripture

“Above all else guard your heart for it affects everything you do” (Proverbs 4:23).

Today's Word from Joel and Victoria

These days, we hear a lot about detoxing our physical bodies. Bacteria can build up. Pesticides and chemicals can get into our system. Experts recommend that you go through a deep cleansing periodically and stay away from what is harmful so you can rid yourself of these toxins.

In the same way, there are all kinds of tox…

My Little Girl!

Here is a pic of my daughter (Mikayla) and 2 of her little brothers. Yesterday she had her big ballet recital and did a fantastic job. I was impressed with her ability to remember all of the necessary steps for a 30 minute program. Especially in light of the fact that she can't seem to ever remember to do the chores that I ask her to do every week... I digress, it was awesome and there is nothing like watching your child succeed. I understand why God declares over us that He has great plans for our lives (Jeremiah 29:11). Doesn't every Father want their children to succeed and be blessed? I'm thankful for a great day & an amazing daughter!

A Very Special Night!

Tonight was a very special night! We had the privilege of investing into the first of 25 church plants over the next 5 years tonight! Our church family gave $5,000 to Kent Jacobs on behalf of Epic Church in Manayunk, Pa. We had the chance to pray over Him and make a great investment. We then went on to baptize 11 people tonight! It was awesome! One of those special people happened to be my daughter. Mikayla approached me a few weeks ago about getting baptized and I joyfully agreed! She is a special little girl with a heart for God. Life doesn't get any more fulfilling then on nights like these. God is good!

Questions About the Bible, Part 1- "Is The Bible Myth?"

This is a great article by CRI's Hank Hanegraaff (equip.org) touching on the topic of taking the Bible literally. Enjoy!

If I've heard it once I've heard it a million times, You can't take the Bible literally. You often hear people say that although it may be inspirational, its also full of myths and fables. Well, is this really true?
If the Bible is really full of myths and fables, it would certainly be appropriate to read it as such. However, the simple fact is that the Bible certainly doesnt fit that category.
For one thing, the biblical writers flatly denied teaching mythology. For example, Peter said, We didnt follow cleverly devised tales when we told you about the power and coming of the Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of His Majesty (2 Pet. 1:16). In fact, the Apostle Paul urged Timothy to teach his congregation to disregard mythology (1 Tim. 1:4). He warned that a time was coming when people would turn away their ears from the truth and turn a…

Questions About the Bible, Part 1- "Is The Bible Reliable?"

The first question that I would like to hit this week is the question of reliability. We've all heard the skeptics question various aspects about the Bible and it has planted seeds of doubt in our hearts. There are lots of great questions, but don't forget that there are lots of great answers! To help unwrap the answers that we all have about the Bible, I will be linking to some great articles this week that will help establish your faith in God's word. Here is an article from the Christian Research Institute, enjoy!

Have you tried to show someone the historical reliability of the Scriptures, and not known where to start? A quick trip to your local well-stocked Christian bookstore likely will overwhelm you. Where among the dozens of impressive, comprehensive reference books should you start?

Fortunately, while there is a wealth of information available to support the reliability of Scripture, you don’t have to burn, the midnight oil to give a reasonable answer to those w…

Facebook, How to Read the Bible

Here are the raw facts that I threw at everyone this past week in my message about the Bible and a process that I use when reading the Bible.

All About The Bible
Through 66 separate books, 1,189 chapters, and hundreds of thousands of words, the Bible shares one extraordinary message: God Loves You!
The Bible was written:
• over a 1500 year span (from 1400 B.C to A.D. 100)
• over 40 generations
• over 40 authors from many walks of life (i.e. - kings, peasants, philosophers, fishermen, poets, statesmen, scholars)
• in different places (i.e. - wilderness, dungeon, palaces)
• at different times (i.e. - war, peace)
• in different moods (i.e. - heights of joy, depths of despair)
• on three continents (Asia, Africa, and Europe)
• in three languages (Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek)

Bible Facts – The Books of the Bible
The Old Testament has 17 Historical, 5 Poetical, and 17 Prophetic books in it.
• The 17 Historical Books are: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1 …