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The Bible Epic Series

Absolutely looking forward to this series, not only on TV, but teaching right along side the subject matter at church!

The Bible is an epic five-part miniseries premiering March 3, 2013 on the History Channel. Each episode of The Bible brings Scripture to life with powerful performances and dazzling visual effects to present tales of faith and courage from Genesis through Revelation.

Church Attendance Time Off

Ran across this great illustration submitted by Tony Fox. Since we are teaching on BEING PLANTED in the local church, I thought I’d share it.

Dear Pastor:

You often stress attendance at worship as being very important for a Christian, but I think a person has a right to miss now and then. I think every person ought to be excused for the following reasons and the number of times indicated.

Christmas Holidays (the Sunday before & after) 2
New Years (the party lasted too long) 1
Easter (get away for the holidays) 2
July 4th (national holidays) 1
Labor Day (need to get away) 2
Memorial Day (visit hometown folk) 1
School closing (kids need a break) 1
School reopens (one last fling) 1
Family reunions (mine & wife’s) 3
Sleep late (stayed up too long Saturday night) 9
Deaths in family 2
Anniversary (second honeymoon) 1
Sickness (one per family member) 5
Business trip (a must) 1
Vacation (three to four weeks) 6
Bad weather (ice, snow, rain, clouds) 2
Ball games 2
Races 2
Unexpected company (can’t walk out) 2
Time changes (spring & fall) 2
Special on TV (superbowl, etc) 3

Pastor, that leaves two Sundays per year. So, you can count on us to be in church on the 4th Sunday in February and the 3rd Sunday in August unless we are providentially hindered.

Sincerely,

A Faithful Member

Happy New Year!

2013We anticipate a great year in 2013! I am totally looking forward to tonight when my wife, Ginger, ministers along with Linda Jackson at the her annual New Year’s Eve Concert.

What traditions do you have for the new year? Are you looking FORWARD or into the PAST? That’s always a nice question to ask around now. Chime in — leave a comment!

Philippians 3:13-14 (NLT)
No, dear brothers and sisters, I am still not all I should be, but I am focusing all my energies on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I strain to reach the end of the race and receive the prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us up to heaven.

Happy New Year!

2013We anticipate a great year in 2013! I am totally looking forward to tonight when my wife, Ginger, ministers along with Linda Jackson at the her annual New Year’s Eve Concert.

What traditions do you have for the new year? Are you looking FORWARD or into the PAST? That’s always a nice question to ask around now. Chime in — leave a comment!

Philippians 3:13-14 (NLT)
No, dear brothers and sisters, I am still not all I should be, but I am focusing all my energies on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I strain to reach the end of the race and receive the prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us up to heaven.

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?

Giving Challenge

Mariner’s Church made this video about giving. It is very well done and helps us to understand some very challenging things about how we think about money and giving to a church.

Tithe Challenge 2010 Into Video from mariners church on Vimeo.

Worship Teams – Dynamics – Drums

I really have to agree with Greg Atkinson when he posted that dynamics can really be a HUGE factor in leading worship. You should read his post, it’s right on. But I think the big thing for me is to watch how simple and DYNAMIC this video is that he posted by Phil Collins. I like it so much that I wanted to post it below.

uStream – uStream.tv Media Streaming

I have a couple of uStream.tv accounts that offer free live video streaming. Since they began their services I have been interested in gathering together people and interacting with a live Internet audience.

What would you be most interested in tuning in? Interviews, concerts, Bible studies, New Media training? Something else? Would you tune in on a regular basis to something like this?

Would you like to learn how to do this yourself?Perhaps you would stream your church service or a Bible study. There are lots of possibilities. You just need a web cam, computer, and high-speed internet. Start there, then improve over time. It could be fun and rewarding, right?

Facebook, MySpace, Blogs … Unifyer

I love Facebook. I have been able to connect with dozens and dozens of my current and past friends and family. It seems that not a day goes by when the name of someone I once spent a lot of time with pops up.

For me, that is AWESOME, I really love it.

What if the local church — MY church, CENTRAL ASSEMBLY — was able to connect the like-minded people groups together. Communication would increase. I think there could be a quicker adoption by ministries to connect. Hope Groups could even go to the next steps.

I have been exploring this. There are a lot of social networks out there. And recently I have discovered Unifyer. I am doing research on it right now. Ning, Unifyer, Facebook, and blogs are all ways to make connection.

Maybe you could check the link below, then come back with a few comments as you see it. I would love your input!

Unifyer Review at ChurchCrunch.