Monday, April 9, 2007

Easter Wow! What's Next?

I keep asking myself, "How can it get any better than this?" And God continues to amaze me. Easter was wonderful, we had 3 first time decisions where people asked Jesus to come into their life and their heart. We had several people get back on track after wandering off "the road" and asked for prayer to get back on track. And yet several others who don't want to just be a "Christian," they want to be a Christ-follower. They want to make the name "Christian" good once again. We also had several people say they wanted to get baptized. It just keeps getting better

So what's next? God is at work at Whipple. Two things are important right now. The first is this next series we are doing, "Snapshots of A Savior." This series is going to look at the person of Jesus and why He's so important. Not only is it a great opportunity for you, but probably someone else you know--who are you going to invite? I promise, this will be a life changing series of messages that could change lives forever.

The second thing is this: we will be moving into the building in less than 3 months--be praying for your role in helping with the move. It could be anything from helping get the building and the grounds ready to pitiching in to help us finish well while we are still at Alki by helping the setup and takedown crew. Another way to help is by showing up for church and connecting with others whether they are a guest or long time members of Whipple. And lastly, you could give finanically. I talked a few weeks ago during the State of the Church message (you can download that message to the right) how we need everyone who attends Whipple to give $49/week. How are you doing? I want to challenge you, if you are not giving that yet--start where you can. It may not be $49 a week, but start somewhere. And if you have been faithfully giving, I challenge you to increase your giving by 10%. That doesn't mean if you give 10% to give 20%, it means if you give 10% to increase your giving to 11%, if you give 5% of your income, increase it to 5.5%.

God has many great things in store for us and as we are faithful and step out on faith, our faith will intersect with His faithfulness and it is there we will see the Hand of God do something amazing! I can't wait to see what's next!

I look forward to this new series. Please be praying for myself and the staff as we prepare for this incredible journey.

In His Grip


P.S. Be looking for our new website very soon!

Wednesday, April 4, 2007

My Arm Hurts!

Last night I was complaining to my wife about my right arm hurting, like I pinched a nerve or had been working out (which I hadn't). I just couldn't figure out why it hurt so bad in just my one arm. She said, "well it probably hurts from the baptisms!"

She was right! What a great reminder for me this week of what happened on Sunday. If you weren't there, what an incredible experience. We had at least 4 first time decisions for Christ, 3 babies whose parents dedicated them to teach them about Christ, and if that wasn't enough, 27 baptism!

We only had 11 planned, but it was incredible to see sons come with their fathers, mothers with their daughters to be baptized. I never thought I would get to be a part of church like this one--thank you. What a great way to go into the Easter week. I believe there are more people who need to experience what we all did this last week, they need to be there this Sunday.

Easter is the perfect opportunity to invite someone who needs to hear about the hope that Jesus Christ provided for us through his life, death and resurrection. We are going to have a high-energy service that will communicate the message of Christ through incredible music, excellent childcare and a dynamic message. As you think about Easter, we encourage you to pray for the hundreds of people in our community whose names we fastened to the chair @ our Whipple Campus last Fall. We hope that you will partner with us by inviting the people in your life who need an opportunity to hear about Jesus Christ.

Easter Services:

Sunday, April 8 - 10:30am

I am looking forward to seeing you this Sunday as we celebrate the resurrection together. And if we can't be together this Sunday--we will be together in spirit thanking God for His promised fulfilled.

Arm Hurting but loving it,



Tuesday, April 3, 2007

Here is our Celebrate video. It gives a glimpse into who we are as a church. Real people living Real lives with Real Hope the way God wanted the Real Church to be! Exciting times are ahead!