Archive for September 2007

Hopenots

With four children under ten, there’s a lot of pretending in our family. Whenever we hike or drive through the woods, we pretend to be on the lookout for “Hopenots.” Hopenots are characters in the wonderful children’s book by Max Lucado, The Song of the King. They lurk in the woods, hoping to distract and…

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Mission, Part 2

I recently was asked to write a letter to my friend, Drew, who I’ve known for 21 years. He’s going on a retreat, and the idea is that family and friends write letters that tell of his influence in their lives. Why would this matter, I wonder? I mean, really—why would he care if he’s…

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Baptisms This Sunday

Baptism is an incredible step in the life of a believer. It’s a symbolic time to identify with Jesus Christ and publicly proclaim that we place all of our hope in him alone. Some are intimidated by the idea. Maybe it’s the thought of being in front of a group of people dripping wet. Maybe…

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Mission, Part 1

What is the goal of Access Church? Well, we exist to lead people into growing relationships with Jesus Christ. But, what is a growing relationship? We believe that a person who is growing in their relationship with Jesus Christ is someone who is pursuing intimacy with God, community with insiders, and influence with outsiders.Intimacy with…

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Be The Church

A few months ago we had some tornadoes tear through Florida not too far from here. Among other structures destroyed was Lady Lake Church of God. A TV reporter asked one of the church members where he would worship on Sunday, “since your church has been demolished.” The man cocked his head sideways and gave…

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Starting Point

Growing up, I was one of those kids in church every time the doors were open. I went to Sunday School and learned about David and Goliath and Jonah and the whale, and even memorized a silly little song about Father Abraham that I still remember today! Some of you reading this are thinking, “I…

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Point of Decision

This week at Access Church, Andy Stanley will begin a challenging new three-part series called, “Verdict.” If you have ever doubted the authenticity of the Bible, or wondered if Jesus was a real person, this series is for you! If you’ve questioned how much of “real” Christianity has survived the past 2,000 years, you’ll resonate…

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Stellar Quote

I’ve been listening to the new Casting Crowns album and there’s a great quote in the song, “What This World Needs.” People aren’t confused by the gospel. They’re confused by us. Jesus is the only way to God, but we are not the only way to Jesus. That’s powerful. Sometimes we get so hung up…

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Part-time Student Ministry Opening

Because we love and are committed to teenagers and their families, Access is taking another big step by launching our student ministry this fall. To do this with excellence, we plan to hire staff dedicated just to middle school and high school students and their leaders. We are looking for someone who is passionate about…

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GroupLife Preview – September 9th at 6:00pm

Because this is our last Group Life Preview, the Beaches Group and the SouthSide group will combine forces. Both groups will meet this Sunday at Ben & Audrey Habeck’s home! For the last few months people have been getting a taste of what GroupLife is all about while meeting new people in their area of…

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