Down In My Heart

Week Three of the Treasure Principle will be interactive, unpredictable, and celebratory.I really like what we have planned.I pray these are the kinds of plans that God will then take over and do more with them than we even expect.So don't anticipate business as...

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A New Church Member

Yesterday at the 8:30 service, we received a new member into the church.She did not have to go through First Step, our membership exploration class. She didn't even have to come up on the stage to join in front of the congregation.She is in her late 80s, lives in an...

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Christian Hedonism

I love that title, I have to admit.Inspired by an unlikely source, it speaks to the motivation of the Macedonian Christians in 2 Corinthians 8.I cannot wait for this message.Ever since I came to understand the nature of Christian hedonism and how it relates to The...

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What Happens In The Corner Campus

We showed this towards the end of my sermon yesterday. It gives a glimpse of the kind of life-giving ministry happening in our Corner Campus:Take a special look at the student in the UCLA T-Shirt -- that's my son Riley.What I appreciate most about our efforts to open...

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The Treasure Principle

Every time we finish a series, I have a sense of grief. Usually, I'm not sure we can live up to what we just did with the next one.That's how I felt after Still. And after Piece Of Work. And after Rubber, Meet Road. And after The Fight Of Your Life.But each time, it...

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U DA MAN

Few things are more annoying than the phrase "U da man!"Except when some guy answers with, "No, U da man!"(Well, maybe it's more annoying when at a golf tournament someone calls out, "Get in the hole!" . . . after a tee shot. Do you think it's always the same guy...

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The Knockout Punch

This photo of Muhammed Ali's knockout of Sonny Liston in their May, 1965 rematch bout in Lewiston, Maine is one of the most iconic images in all of boxing.Liston prone. Ali flexing and snarling. I saw the photo as a kid -- and Ali fan -- and have never forgotten...

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The Best Part Of Yesterday

So what was the best part of yesterday?Was it getting to preach from the middle of a boxing ring again? That was good, but not the best.Was it being led in praise and worship by the band, choir, and brass sections of the Good Shepherd music ministry? That was good,...

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Standing Eight Count

Here's what Wikidepia says about a Standing Eight Count:A standing eight count, also known as a protection count, is a boxing judgment call made by a referee during a bout. When invoked, the referee stops the action and counts to eight. A boxer can take 3 standing...

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Class Matters

On Saturday morning, I went to a seminar that our church hosted called Class Matters.Led by Paul Hanneman of the Urban Ministry Center and Wanda Anderson of Crisis Assistance Ministry, the seminar gave a framework for understanding the vastly different mindsets of...

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