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Trader Joe’s gets it.

They are a relatively small, neighborhood grocery store. They pay their employees well, treat their customers awesome, and sell food that is both healthy and unique.

Without trying to compete with the big guys, they’ve managed to create a cult like following. Their consumers are often transformed into Trader Joe’s evangelists.

There are a few things about Trader Joe’s that speak to me about the type of Church that I want to pastor.

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We enable experiences and interactions that leave our people saying, “I love my church.”

So they’ll tell their friends, “You’ve got to come check out my church!”

Their friend’s come; we worship Jesus and preach the Gospel with excellence.

Their friends leave saying, “I really like this church.”

Their experience draws them to come back again and again until they say, “I love my church.”

And they tell their friends, “You’ve got to come check out my church.”

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300 people. Community groups that meet all over the greater Spokane area and do life together. Launch our 2nd campus.

That’s what God whispered into my spirit for 2012.

Is it possible? Absolutely.

Will it require paradigms to change, processes to be fine-tuned, and the people to grab God’s purpose? Yes.

That’s why we have called a 12-day liquid only fast. We want to get hungry for revival by getting hungry in our bodies.

This time will be spent praying, changing, and pre-positioning ourselves for the greatest year in ConnectPoint’s history.

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1. Our Carnival was a win! With nearly 600 people coming through our doors, I can’t wait for next year.

2. I am very proud of Abigail Gilmore! She ran the show with supreme excellence. We are very privileged to have her on our team. Every project must have a point person: she owned that position.

3. CP’ers were everywhere doing a hundred different things. I was thrilled to see so many volunteers on site making this event a success. Thank you.

4. You stepped up with a great offering on Sunday to help purchase a bucket list of things. Thank you for sacrificing for the benefit of others.

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I was recently asked why ConnectPoint places so much emphasis on people speaking in tongues, when Paul wrote that tongues weren’t the greatest gift to have (I Corinthians 14:5). I was glad for some bible conversation, and happily answered the question.

In our services we are passionate about connecting people to the Holy Spirit. The gift of the Holy Ghost is available to everyone and is initially evidenced by speaking in other tongues (Acts 2:4; Isaiah 28:11-12; Acts 10:46; Acts 19:6). This differs from the gifts of the Spirit that Paul was talking about. The gift of the Holy Ghost is dorea in the Greek: whereas the gifts of the Spirit come from the Greek word charisma. Continue Reading…

I Thessalonians 1:1 – Paul, and Silvanus, and Timotheus, unto the church of the Thessalonians which is in God the Father and in the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.

I’ve never heard of Silvanus or Timothy getting credit for co-authoring I Thessalonians – but they did. Paul the pastor and leader of these great men is attributed with authoring this epistle. He wrote this epistle with the help of these great men. I don’t know which words they wrote: perhaps they were co-senders; either way they were vital.

There is a lesson to be learned here: kingdom ministry often doesn’t include a spotlight. However, know that even if you don’t get proper credit, you’re still a blessing to the kingdom of God; and that’s all that really matters.

I pastor a great group of people. Our leaders are excelling and growing. I believe in their gifting and ministry. I delegate like the bible teaches us to do. I believe in positioning the people and then turning them loose to use their unique gifting. Continue Reading…

Epoch Power

October 3, 2011 — Leave a comment

This is Part 27 of the A Luke 10 Moment series.

Luke 10:1-11:1

I think it’s interesting to observe how people handle their lives after a significant personal event. For instance, a family finds out that their father has cancer; now all that matters to them is spending quality time with their dad. The other priorities are pushed aside, and schedules are shifted to facilitate meaningful moments with their father. I might add, that quality and quantity are both necessary to nourish meaningful relationships. Deep conversations are awesome, but so are road trips where you don’t talk much at all but do enjoy each other’s company.

The same is true of spiritual events. When you come through a trial, you are more apt to trust God than ever before; because if He took me through that, He can take me through this. Continue Reading…

This is Part 26 of the A Luke 10 Moment series.

Luke 10:1-17

2 things in this story are important to notice. First, the mission began with the disciple’s relationship with Jesus. Secondly, the mission ended with the disciples going back to Jesus, and they further developed their relationship with Him.

Their relationship with Jesus is more important than what happened in-between these two encounters. Allowing Jesus to use you is one thing, knowing the Jesus that used you is the most important thing. Continue Reading…

Macro and Micro

October 1, 2011 — Leave a comment

This is Part 25 of the A Luke 10 Moment series.

Luke 10:1-17

Jesus proclaimed that the harvest was great. Therefore, let’s not be satisfied with good. Sometimes we can be seduced by the secondary. Sometimes good becomes the enemy of the best.

Jesus sent His disciples into cities. That is the macro vision. Ultimately, that is the great harvest that Jesus was speaking of. Macro vision must come first. See the big picture. Dare to dream that the kingdom of God will impact your city.

But then Jesus instructed the disciples to enter houses. This is the micro vision. The micro vision is the key portion of any vision. For us to have a macro revival, we must have a micro strategy. Continue Reading…

This is Part 24 of the A Luke 10 Moment series.

Luke 10:1-17

The disciples were literally walking by faith. Which is a whole message in itself. Jesus told the disciples to speak peace, and heal the sick. They were on a mission to give. Give the broken world peace. And heal the same broken world.

They embarked on this mission with their minds on the needs of others. Their selfless ministry had great results. Stories were told all over the country. Stories of healing, deliverance, and freedom from fear, etc. Really, these people were being invited to be a part of the story of grace that began all the way back at the Garden of Eden. It is an open-ended story, which you can be a part of as well. Continue Reading…