How Did that Church Begin – or – WHY ARE WE HERE?

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Our church, Central Assembly in El Sobrante, California began in 1953. It still exists today, some 60 years later. People gave a lot of money for a building, then expanded and relocated. Built more building space, started a school — and continued to move forward.

Literally THOUSANDS of people have been through the doors of our church and it’s ministries, one of which is a K-12 school.

I truly believe that we are still called to the primary purpose of “THE CHURCH” — and that is found in Matthew’s gospel.

[19] Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, [20] teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19-20 ESV)

We MUST continue to get back to the basics, right? We modify, change, and introduce our programs, approach, and styles constantly. It happened in the 50’s, too, by the way. It’s an ongoing challenge for every generation, decade, and season.

When we evaluate WHAT WE “DO” at/in our churches, the question to ask is actually pretty simple. Are we STILL IN EXISTENCE to see LOST people SAVED?

Planning for Impact

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Spiritual Impact has requirements. First, of course is prayer — and LOTS OF IT. Never leave that out.

And today we were with friends who are leaders to learn as a staff. How can we IMPACT our community. Adults, children, teens — FAMILIES — GOD loves them all. We are not exclusionaries and have no desire to forget those who are longing to be spiritually ALIVE. 

How would you like to be approached, or what kind of ideas would you have to go down a typical street in your neighborhood and reach others? If you are like me AND THEM, cliches are not desired. Authenticity is what we are after. Leave a comment for us, looking for FRESH IDEAS!

NFL: The Journey of Not Quitting

hLpCW.jpgTwo very different scenarios happened in NFL Football today. Did you watch the games?

Game ONE: San Francisco Giants vs. New Orleans Saints.

Game TWO: Denver Broncos vs. New England Patriots.

Game one was exciting — a nail-biter, and VERY FUN to watch. Neither team gave up, and it required us to watch until the end.

Game two was boring — and I didn’t want to watch very much after the first half. It was truly one-sided.

When we are going through a WALK WITH GOD, the challenge is to NOT LOOK at the SCORE along the way. We must stay in the race, stay in the “competition” lest we fall.

Don’t get bored, God MAY be developing some very strong character in you. HE is on your side — UNTIL THE END! So stand firm, and don’t forget to keep fighting for YOUR VERY LIFE!

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us . . . Hebrews 12:1 (NIV)

YouVersion’s Top 10 Bookmarked Verses of 2011

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I’m not really sure if you have used YouVersion — but if you are into apps for your Smartphone, you probably have the “Bible” app. Actually that app IS YouVersion. It is AWESOME both on the phone and online. Here is a release they put out in January. I think it SPEAKS VOLUMES about the encouragement God’s Word brings us. It would make a great 10-week study, too!

2011 was a big year for Bible engagement in the YouVersion community. One of the ways we did that was by creating tens of millions of bookmarks. A bookmark is a great way to keep track of a verse you want to return to again and again, whether it’s because you want to memorize it, you want to share it with a friend, or simply because it’s one of your favorites. Here are the top 10 bookmarks that the YouVersion community saved during 2011*:

1. Philippians 4:6 – 123,035
2. Jeremiah 29:11 – 100,044
3. Proverbs 3:5 – 97,758
4. Romans 12:2 – 95,804
5. Philippians 4:13 – 87,120
6. Philippians 4:7 – 83,193
7. Romans 8:28 – 78,491
8. Proverbs 3:6 – 74,770
9. Matthew 6:33 – 73,544
10. 1 Corinthians 13:4 – 71,923