Epic Culture Quiz…the Word: Glow

27 03 2009

22Last Sunday we continued our “Lousy T-Shirt” Series with Glow. And since we were talking about glowing like Moses, we started off with some “Glow” TV Trivia…

The designer of the Glo Worm believed…

1.What’s better than an invertebrate to cuddle up with.
2.Teddy Bears. Smeddy Bears…
3. Kids needed just one more thing to freak them out at night.11
4.Why cuddle a cute teddy bear at night when you can hold a worm?

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Orange Glo Pitchman, Billy Mays truly Believes…

1. If I say “Look at this!” enough times, we’ll finally look.
2. THAT THE LOUDER HE TALKS, THE SMARTER HE SOUNDS.
3.That blue jean shirt from the 90’s will one day be back in style.
4. In an fight, He could totally destroy the dude from the ShamWow Commercial

G.L.O.W. stands for…
1. Good Luck On Women
2. Great Lunch On Wednesday
3. Greg Louganis Over Water

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4. Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling





Epic Stories

24 03 2009

Last week we shared the story of how one family came to Epic.





30/30: Hungry?

17 03 2009

mailEveryone at Epic survived no donuts and coffee last Sunday as we introduced a little hunger to nail home point of being hungry for God. We looked at the basic question, “we are all hungry for something in life, but am I hungry for God?”

Bartimaeus: A Man Hungry For God…

Then they reached Jericho, and as Jesus and his disciples left town, a large crowd followed him. A blind beggar named Bartimaeus (son of Timaeus) was sitting beside the road. When Bartimaeus heard that Jesus of Nazareth was nearby, he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”

“Be quiet!” many of the people yelled at him. But he only shouted louder, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” When Jesus heard him, he stopped and said, “Tell him to come here.” So they called the blind man. “Cheer up,” they said. “Come on, he’s calling you!” Bartimaeus threw aside his coat, jumped up, and came to Jesus.

“What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked. “My rabbi,” the blind man said, “I want to see!” And Jesus said to him, “Go, for your faith has healed you.” Instantly the man could see, and he followed Jesus down the road. Mark 10: 46-52

We can learn a lot about spiritual hunger from Bartimaeus. When your really hungry to have God in your life…

1. You don’t care what people think.

People tried to stop him from from going to Jesus, but he wouldn’t let the opinions of others stop him from getting to Jesus.

2. You will do “whatever It takes” to fill your hunger.

Bart did whatever it takes to get to Jesus. Often times we think being hungry for God is enough, but we actually have to get your folk out and start eating. Here’s four ways to begin… A.Pray: Turn off the radio on the way to work and pray. B.Read the Bible: Spend 10 minutes a day and read though Mark with one chapter a day. C. Worship: Commit to Weekly Worship. D.Community: Join a Life Group.

3. You “Live to Eat” and “Eat to Live.”

Bart didn’t just thank Jesus for healing him and then go on his way. In Jesus he found life and began to follow him. At some point all mature Christians realize, it’s not jus about desiring what God can give you, it’s about seeking and desiring Jesus with all of your life.

“Live to eatThe primary reason we are alive is get to know Christ better. If I am looking for anything in this life to satisfy the hunger that can only be filled by Christ, I will go hungry.

“Eat to liveJesus wants to satisfy your hunger. If I am not feeding on Christ, I am not really living. At best I’m surviving. At worst, I’m spiritually dead.

Jesus said, “I am the Bread of Life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry …If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever!” John 8:35, 51





30/30: Anticipate the Change

16 03 2009

t-shirt-banner02Are you following Christ with authentic spiritual passion or are you just wearing a T-Shirt?

Peter and Andrew woke up one day as fisherman and ended the day with a passion to go where Jesus would lead them. What would cause them to make that change? They weren’t invited to join a religion. They weren’t invited to obey certain rules. They were invited to follow Christ. And in following Christ, they found their true identity and the life they were created to live.

Matthew 4:18-22 One day as Jesus was walking along the shore of the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers—Simon, also called Peter, and Andrew—throwing a net into the water, for they fished for a living. Jesus called out to them, “Come, follow me, and I will show you how to fish for people!” And they left their nets at once and followed him.

In Jesus, Peter and Andrew …
1. Discovered their True ID

You are Chosen
You didn’t choose me. I chose you. I appointed you to go and produce lasting fruit. John 15:16

You are Loved

God is love. When we take up permanent residence in a life of love, we live in God and God lives in us. This way, love has the run of the house, becomes at home and mature in us, so that we’re free of worry on Judgment Day–our standing in the world is identical with Christ’s. There is no room in love for fear. Well-formed love banishes fear: I John 4:16-18

You are Accepted
So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death. Romans 8:1-2

You are Valued
And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns. Philippians 1:6

You are Significant
For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. Eph 2:10

2. Were invited to go on a Journey filled with expectation

3. Left there nets and their false identity and began a new future with new ID, their true ID.

Are you living your life off the words others have said about you or are living life based on your true ID in Christ?





How Epic and Jesus Changed My Life

12 03 2009

Last week, we asked Epic attenders to share “How Epic / Jesus Has Changed my life.” Here are responses…This is why we faithfully serve in a ministry. This is why we sacrificially give to Christ. This is the reason we exist…thank you Epic Volunteers.

  • Thankful for Epic -it is a place that my daughter feels safe.
  • Support through the good times and tough ones.
  • I  know I can wear jeans to church and not feel guilty
  • Everyone is happy. Jesus and Epic are a light of hope in this dark world.
  • Epic has helped me develop my life into one I know God is proud of.
  • After college I had no direction and a series at Epic helped me find a career path that I love..
  • It has brought my awareness in the Lord on a daily basis. I look forward to coming to Epic every Sunday.
  • Our life has been enriched beyond all prayer requests desired/wished.
  • My wife and I come from very different religious backgrounds, Epic makes both of us comfortable.
  • I know Jesus can take care of all things.  I’ve learned to enjoy every moment and trust God with the rest.
  • Brought me closer to Christ.
  • I had not been to church in a few years and I came to Epic and have gotten closer to Jesus again.
  • I’ve never felt so much hope and chance that I feel after leaving each service.
  • Epic helps me open my heart and accept Christ in my life rather then avoid Him in fear of the unknown.
  • He accepts and loves me when I sin and beat myself up.  He told me that I am his daughter.
  • Belonging to a community , supporting me in my struggles
  • We actually turned in our membership papers today! We’re so excited to be part of the Epic family.
  • It’s a place where I belong and feel accepted.
  • Epic has brought God to be a priority in my life.  I now have a craving for Him and can’t go without Him.
  • Brought me into a REAL relationship with God not just a “Sunday Christian”
  • Going to church now has meaning rather then being repetitious prayers. Epic reaches out to touch it’s members and the community
  • Epic has brought our family closer. Our hearts are lighter and happier.
  • Epic has made me look forward to going to church.  It has also brought Jesus back into my life.
  • Never used to think that God was anywhere outside the church.
  • It provides a dedicated time each week to reflect on my spirituality, and choices in my daily life.
  • A place where I feel accepted and encouraged no matter my issues or struggles.
  • Helped me to turn my worries and stress over to God.
  • Epic has made it so easy for me as a young woman to be an important part of the church.
  • It has made me realize that I want to develop my relationship with God!
  • Epic is so much more then just church on Sunday, we do life together all week long .




Quote of the Week: Warren Buffet

10 03 2009

“The people that behaved well are no doubt going to find themselves taking care of the people who didn’t behave well,” Warren Buffett

In an interview the other day, he stated the the economy has fallen off the cliff and we are in what he envisioned was the worst case scenario for the country…nothing new, except for this little quote halfway through the article.

What do you think?





New Series@Epic: I Became a Christian & All I Got was this Lousy T-Shirt

2 03 2009

Are you…
• Tired of a plastic and unengaged faith?
• Feeling empty and bored from religion?
• Looking for a real spiritual adventure?

If you’re serious about trading in your souvenir religion for authentic spiritual passion, join us for this life-changing series. We will lose the T-Shirt and discover true adventure of following Christ.

March 8 Anticipate
March 15 Hungry
March 22 Glow
March 29 Run
April 5 Alive

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