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Archive for January 2013

CCC Facebook Page Update {Video}

CCC’s Facebook Page recently topped 2,300 “Likes”, and we are grateful for that. Thank you so much for not only supporting the Facebook Page, but also sharing content we post on your own timeline. You help us in sharing the gospel to thousands all around the world.

Lee Strobel, Grace & “The Butterfly Circus” {Video}

If you were at the Old Mill or Online Campuses today, you heard Lee Strobel share some powerful stories about God’s grace and love. The one story about adoption reminded me of a short film called The Butterfly Circus. Here’s an official description of the film:

At the height of the Great Depression, the showman of a renowned circus discovers a man without limbs being exploited at a carnival sideshow, but after an intriguing encounter with the showman he becomes driven to hope against everything he has ever believed.

I’ve posted the video here before, but I’ll gladly do it again. Watch it below.


Technology and its Effects on Community {Video}

When it comes to relationships, technology can be a wonderful and maddening thing. It allows us to video chat with family and friends half a world away. We can stay connected with people easily. However, we can also find ourselves staring at a screen for hours on end instead of being out with people.

As the Online Campus Pastor, I’m quite aware of the tension between technology and community. In this clip from God of Second Chances, Lead Pastor Mark talks about the tension between the two.

We are continuing with God of Second Chances through the end of February. Please join us for services at one of our area campuses, or at the Online Campus, Sundays at 9 or 10:45 AM CST.

Lee Strobel Promo {Video}

We’re excited to have Lee Strobel share at Christ Community Church this Sunday, January 27. Lee is a New York Times bestselling author, journalist, and a pastor.

Lee will not only be sharing at the Old Mill Campus, but also at the Online Campus at 9 & 10:45 AM CST. Invite a friend to come hear from Lee, or share with people on social media so they can watch him online.

Beyond The Message: Project 4:4 Reflections {Video}

In the latest Beyond The Message, I sit down with my wife, Jana Murphy, to discuss her thoughts on completing Project 4:4. Jana has helped lead the MOPS ministry at CCC (Mothers of Preschoolers), and is a part of the Online Campus team.

God of Second Chances / “Mr. Average” Clip

In the latest God of Second Chances message, Lead Pastor Mark shared a funny story of how he was nicknamed Mr. Average by someone in the congregation.


Having Spiritual Conversations with seeking friends.


Hey just a quick reminder about our two-week workshop starting next Tuesday, Jan 22nd.

What:  How to engage my seeking friends in effective spiritual conversations.

Where: Student Center – East side (Jr. High side)

When:  7:00p Jan 22nd and Jan 29th

If you are interested in attending, we’d like to know that so please sign up for the sessions so we’ll have enough materials printed.  There is no cost for the workshop!  Please hit this link to sign up!

Register Here for Seeker Discussion Training

What exactly will we be covering?

  • What is a Seeker Discussion and why is it an effective tool for sharing the Gospel.
  • Why your friends would benefit from spiritual conversation like this.
  • The skills needed to make conversations like this effective.
  • Resources for leading Seeker Discussions and how to use them.


If you are looking for a great way to go further in your personal outreach.  IF you are wanting to grow in reaching seekers with the Gospel in ways that are relevant and user friendly for them.  If you want to be stretched in your faith.  IF you want a great way to follow up friends you’re inviting to hear Lee Strobel…  then sign up for Seeker Discussion Training and we’ll see you next week!

Don’t forget to invite your friends to hear Lee Strobel next week, Jan 27th.

Tim Perry

Pastor of Spiritual Discovery – Christ Community Church

Baby number 10,000 delivered at CCC hospital in Mali

The medical needs of women and children in Mali are staggering. About 1 out of 15 Malian women dies in pregnancy or childbirth, and 25 percent of the country’s children never see their fifth birthday. Yet God offers a counterpoint to these sobering stats with some heartwarming news from the Koutiala Hospital for Women and Children. CCC helped to build this hospital which opened its doors in 2006.

December 18, 2012

Safiatou arrived at the hospital in southeastern Mali after traveling from another town to deliver her baby girl. Little Mamou weighed just three and one half pounds. This isn’t unusual, since the hospital delivers a lot of preemies.

But then it occurred to the hospital staff — Safiatou’s daughter was the 10,000th baby born at the hospital since its opening in May 2006!

On Sunday the hospital staff had their annual Christmas party, so it worked out well to present Mamou to everyone who attended.

Dr. Dan Nesselroade carried her to the party, just a tiny bundle in his arms. She is so small that someone thought he had brought a rabbit wrapped in cloth!

During the party, Pastor Moise (the hospital chaplain) laid hands on Mamou and prayed for her and all of the babies who have been born through this ministry.

In the midst of the challenges and fatigue that come with a young, growing hospital, we rejoice in everything God has done to help women and children here in Mali.