Where We’re Going

Blog

Where We’re Going

On Wednesday, April 29, I shared the first report of the church Strategic Planning Committee (SPC). Since November, we have been engaged in a process of discerning God’s vision for our church for the next 3-5 years. We are a vibrant, active downtown church with well over 200 ministries, groups, programs, and committees. We certainly […]

Read More »

2020 Vision – Part 2

If you had 5 years to make a measurable, discernible impact on a city for Christ, what would you do? Where would you begin? How would you know if you were accomplishing what God sent you there to do? In Acts 18, a group of Christians had 18 months–not 5 years. Priscilla, Aquila, and Paul arrived […]

Read More »

2020 Vision – Part 1

In 1972, Yogi Berra and his wife, Carmen, were on their way to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY. As the hours rolled on and the sites stayed unfamiliar, Yogi tried to put Carmen’s mind to rest by saying, “We’re lost; but we’re making good time.” Efficiency is a poor substitute for being […]

Read More »

Week of Awareness

Resurrection love compels us to move out into the darkness, renew the bonds of friendship, and examine our shadow side. We don’t have to look very far to find examples of strife. Since Cain and Abel, we’ve torn apart families and friendships with our sin. Some issues, however, seem to be so preventable with just […]

Read More »

A Prayer for Friends

On Sunday, we discussed the importance of resurrection friends who love Jesus. Australian poet Michael Leunig offers a prayer for friends for the week: “We give thanks for our friends Our dear friends. We anger each other We fail each other We share this sad earth, this tender life, This precious time. Such richness. Such […]

Read More »

Loving Jesus In Real Life

Each week during the “Love Jesus” series, we’re featuring examples of people in our church showing us the kind of love that 1 John describes and giving you an opportunity to respond. This kind of love moves with others into the dark places of our world. So often this love is not a warm and […]

Read More »

Why I Give

By Lindsey Panousis When I saw that our church was really focusing on generosity and giving, I felt led to give my own personal testimony of the way giving has impacted my life. I grew up in a Christian family and was raised by my Grandmother and Grandfather. All of our needs were cared for and […]

Read More »

What We’ve Learned from Life Groups

Last night, I concluded our second season of Life Groups with a huddle of eight leaders. Since last September, Josh Hall has led an initiative to reach the unreached, unchurched, and uninvolved through relationships. We trained over 40 participants to use the natural networks of their lives and invite unreached people to have spiritual conversations. […]

Read More »

Initiation

Zach baptized two students Sunday morning who participated in the Boston mission trip, dedicated their lives to following Jesus, and were commissioned two summer missions. This puts them in the category of someone like Saul. According to Acts, he was baptized and very quickly embarked on his first mission experience. For believers, the Bible treats […]

Read More »

Becca Winch

Becca was baptized at FBCTLH on Sunday, April 26 Growing up, I was raised in a traditionally Catholic family, but it wasn’t until college that I came to understand what giving everything to Christ was all about. For most of my life, I was centered on being the best, appearing the most put-together, and pleasing […]

Read More »