NewSeries@Epic: No Perfect People Allowed

10 08 2009

No Perfect screenIf you’ve got it all together, please don’t show up.

Are you a screw-up? A walking disaster? Do you botch, fumble, foul up, fail, and generally mess up on a near daily basis? Then you’re in good company around here. Find out why there are No Perfect People Allowed at Epic Church—and why that’s good news.

August 16 – September 13


FriThought: No Wusses!

7 08 2009

I love this verse…

When the going gets rough, take it on the chin with the rest of us, the way Jesus did. 2 Timothy 2:3

No Wusses! Be a Man! I am not a big UFC fan, but a good friend Scott shared this on Facebook. “This verse reminds me of a great T-shirt, you will see it during UFC events. Its says: ‘Jesus didn’t tap’” I LOVE THAT!

For those of you who don’t watch combat sports, “tap out” is a term for yielding to the opponent, and hence resulting in an immediate defeat. The submission is commonly performed by clearly tapping the floor or the opponent with the hand or sometimes with the foot, to signal the opponent and possibly the referee of the submission. The submission can also be verbal, during which the fighter verbally informs that he is giving up.

Jesus stayed in the ring to fight for you and me. When the going got tough, Jesus didn’t tap out.  When he was arrested, beaten and bruised,When He was nailed to the cross for our sins, He sacrificed himself for you and me. He died so we could live. He is the ultimate fighter!

God is Moving BigTime at Epic

6 08 2009

The Holy Spirit moving big time around Epic the last few weeks. Jesus has been doing some extremely cool things as we reach up, reach in and reach out! Here’s a few, if you’ve missed them…

  1. “Lake Baptism”: Ten people came forward to be baptized for the first time and begin their new life with Christ. It was an awesome experience for tons of people who came over to the house in Shelby Twp to celebrate. Thanks Nicole for hosting! Jesus is so amazing! (video coming soon…stay tuned)
  2. “Day With Jesus” at Rochester Park last Saturday. We had a great group of people to spend a morning with Christ. After a little teaching on how, we went off to be alone in solitude. We were all blown away how Jesus moved and personally spoke to everyone, both young and old. Jesus showed up bigtime and BLEW US AWAY!
  3. “Servolution” This Saturday: Tons of people are signed up share the love of Christ at “Dancing in the Streets” in downtown Rochester this Saturday. We’ll be serving people by passing out FREE water bottles from 630-8. There’s still time to be involved – meet behind Bean & Leaf, downtown Rochester at 6:30

We started 2009 at Epic with this verse and the mission to reach up, reach in and reach out. God is working in an awesome way to make his dream a reality.

God is building a home. He’s using us all—irrespective of how we got here—in what he is building. He used the apostles and prophets for the foundation. Now he’s using you, fitting you in brick by brick, stone by stone, with Christ Jesus as the cornerstone that holds all the parts together. We see it taking shape day after day—a holy temple built by God, all of us built into it, a temple in which God is quite at home. Ephesians. 2:20-22

Thanks for all you do to help build Christ’s home! Stay on your knees and keep your eyes focused on Him.

30/30: This Economy Makes a Strong Man Weak

4 08 2009

In the last eight months of ministry, I have talked to more people who are depressed, down, discouraged and defeated than the prior three years put together.

This economy makes a strong man weak.

Years ago when I would hear men say, “My primary role is to provide for my family,” I would challenge them to think again. They were missing it. More than your income, your wife and your kids need your leadership. They need you.

Never is that more true, but it was easier to say then. A few years ago, providing for the family was a given. It was normal. Now everything has changed.

I know so many men and women who are struggling just to find employment. They feel like they’ve punched in the gut. And the body blows are enough to bring us to our knees.

It’s hard to admit, but the truth is “Sometimes, we can’t make it on our own.”

It’s hard to admit, but the truth is “You don’t have to go it alone.”

I think U2 said it well…

Who do you need to depend on this week? Maybe it’s a friend. Maybe it’s your spouse. Is carrying it by yourself really getting you anywhere? It’s okay to need other people. Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. Galatians 6:2

And it’s okay to need God. Actually, Jesus extends this invitation…“Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28 Because sometimes you can’t make it on your own.