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Blog Archives: October 2018

Why Join a Group? – To Be Accountable

October 23, 2018
Tom Breeden
I’m a really gracious personal trainer. Granted, I only have one client – me. But I’m willing to give that client a pass on just about anything. Long day at work? You can skip the gym this evening. Need a little extra sleep? It’s fine to set your alarm a little bit later. Feeling a little sore from yesterday? Just take it easy today. While being so easy-going is nice for my mood, it’s not nice for producing results. In fact, I’ve never been any good at getting results when I set out on my own. It wasn’t until I started exercising with other ...

Word of the Week

October 23, 2018
Don Ward
Word of the week:  The Big Picture A common figure of speech that I love is the phrase, “The big picture.” I don’t know its exact origin, but I imagine someone looking at a huge painting in a famous art gallery. The great artists painted with such detail that it would be easy to get close to the painting and notice a minor sub theme of the work. An even closer look would show the brush strokes along with the use of color at a stroke by stroke level. I have no idea how someone does that. I assume that a master artist has a grand plan of some ...

Why Join a Group? – To Find Support

October 18, 2018
Rich Brown
We live in the age of Always-Connectedness. Growing up in Seattle, WA in the 90s, we learned to type by the age of 7. We knew that personal computers were becoming more than just a tool to play The Oregon Trail at school or pretend to be secret agents on the computers running DOS at the library. (DOS stands for Dinosaur Operating System, for those too young to have experienced this!) Personally, I love keeping up with the latest trends in technology as a hobby. Ask me about anything Apple-related, and I can probably give you at least an ...

Word of the Week

October 17, 2018
Tom Breeden
Word of the Week: Impatience “Green means go!” I’ve said that more than once this week as I sit stuck behind a line of traffic that doesn’t seem to realize the light has turned green. Red means stop, but green means it’s time to go! I have places to go. I have people to see. Can we get this show on the road already? I wouldn’t say I’m an aggressive driver (you may beg to differ), but I’m certainly an impatient one. I have a destination in mind and I have little tolerance for delay. At some point this week it struck me, “Isn’t it good ...

Why Join a Group? – To Get Connected

October 10, 2018
Don Ward
Adult life can be a lonely place. In high school we had our group of friends. For me, college was amazing. I was growing in my faith. My Christian brothers and sisters were always close by, and after a while every meal was shared with someone from our group. For two of the years I lived with other Christian men. It was nearly constant friendship and fellowship. I grew as a Christian because of my connection with other growing Christians - day and night. Adult life is very different than that. One men’s ministry expert says 90% of Christian ...

Word of the Week

October 10, 2018
Don Ward
Word of the week: Team Wouldn’t it be great if we could send a team to NC or SC to help with Hurricane Recovery? Well guess what? Several of you have expressed interest. I think we should form a team to send down there from our church. Do you agree with me? Do you have some construction experience or disaster relief experience? Do you think you could organize the effort? We want the team...we need the team leader. I think it would be beautiful if we pulled it together. If you would consider leading the team, or being on the team, will you ...

Why Join a Group? – To Be Transformed

October 03, 2018
Tom Breeden
It’s another activity to add to your already over-crowded schedule. It’s another night of the week that you’ll be out of the house. Isn’t this why you cringe at the mention of “small groups?” Many of us have the same reaction whether it’s a men’s group, a women’s group, or a small group. It’s another thing I have to do and (while we might not say this part out loud) we’re just not sure it’s worth it. We all have reasons not to join a group and those hurdles stop us from ever showing up for that first meeting. Even still, our church is ...

Word of the Week

October 03, 2018
Don Ward
Word of the Week: Wonders If I tell you the Lord is working wonders, what comes to mind? For me, sometimes it’s quieter than the big miracles of the bible, but sometimes just as important for the individuals in whose lives the wonders are worked! Just this day (Tuesday), I’ve heard a number of answers to prayer and evidences of God’s grace. Recently I received an email from a man who openly repented to me of sin in his life, and thanked me for helping him see it. Wonders! Rich Brown talked to me about the spiritual receptivity of some of ...