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Grinches/Gifts

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In yesterday’s message about depression, Dr. James Connelly listed out some “grinches” in our lives, that can be┬ásymptoms of depression, and flipped them into gifts. A few people asked for the list, and James supplied his notes from this part of the message.┬áThis is not a comprehensive analysis by any means, but just some thoughts James came up with to share in the message. For better context, watch the message in its entirety. (more…)

This Sunday, Dr. Jerry Root

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I’m excited Christ Community Church is having Dr. Jerry Root speak again, this Sunday, at the Old Mill and Online Campuses. Dr. Root is a professor at Wheaton College and an expert on the life of C.S. Lewis.

Back in 2010, I had the blessing to host him for an afternoon and it was a treat. We spent a few hours talking and eating at Dundee Dell. I didn’t want the time to end. (more…)

What’s Next with the Online Campus {Video}

We’ve had a great 2013 so far at the Online Campus. One thing we’ve done is launch a midweek service. We’re going to kill that. Something better is in the works…

Growing Faith

It can be easy to pray for things when they are attainable by your own efforts. Or, it’s easy to pray general, positive things like, “God, bless with wisdom/protection/strength.” It’s quite something else when the thing you are praying for is necessary to your own vitality.

In 2012, I was challenged to grow in my faith. It started when praying for a minivan, and hearing my own son’s prayers exceed what I was praying. It was humbling, challenging, but inspiring as well. I stepped up my own prayers, stepping out in faith with them, and it was amazing to see God answer.

It was easy to think this growth in my faith had me even more trusting in God. Hardly. (more…)

God of Second Chances / Up and to the Right {Video}

In this God of Second Chances clip, Lead Pastor Mark discusses the process of aligning our lives with God.

Join us this Sunday as we start our newest series, Nexus.

Watch Nexus services live at the Online Campus. Sundays at 9 & 10:45 AM CST, and Wednesdays at 6:30 PM CST.

Game Changer (And Exposing some Shame as a Husker Fan)

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In the 90’s, the Nebraska Cornhuskers dominated the college football landscape. This was never more true than the 1995 season, in which they were the focal point for all things good and bad with college football. Arguably the best team in college football history, they are also known for Lawrence Phillips.

Early in the 1995 season, Phillips was establishing himself as the best college football player in the country. After his best collegiate performance, a game at Michigan State, he assaulted his ex-girlfriend, Kate McEwen.

The details of the assault were disgusting. Phillips scaled the outside of the apartment complex to get into the apartment she was. (The apartment was that of teammate Scott Frost, future starting quarterback for the Huskers.) Phillips dragged McEwen by the hair down three flights of stairs, and also slammed her head into a wall. (more…)

Game Changer

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This Saturday, we are blessed to have Derek and Kathy Redmond Brown sharing at Gathering: Game Changer. Derek is a former running back for the Nebraska Cornhuskers, and Kathy (his wife) is a graduate of the school. When Kathy was a student at Nebraska, she was raped by one of Derek’s teammates. Kathy and Derek will be sharing their stories of forgiveness and reconciliation.

For more on Derek and Kathy, click here to read this New York Times piece about them.

Gathering: Game Changer will be this Saturday, in the Student Center, starting at 7 PM. It will also be live streamed to the Online Campus.

“Who do you say I am?” {Video}

In this God of Second Chances clip, Lead Pastor Mark discusses this crucial question of Christianity, and explores Peter’s answer to it.

Watch God of Second Chances services live at the Online Campus. Sundays at 9 & 10:45 AM CST, and Wednesdays at 6:30 PM CST.

Combating Revenge {Video}

In this God of Second Chances clip, Lead Pastor Mark shares the importance of stopping the cycle of violence. He also gives an example of Martin Luther King, Jr and his response to a violent act toward his family.

Watch God of Second Chances services live at the Online Campus. Sundays at 9 & 10:45 AM CST, and Wednesdays at 6:30 PM CST.

Come and See, Come and Follow, Come and Die {Video}

In this God of Second Chances clip, Lead Pastor Mark shares the process of how Jesus invites to be “all in” with him and his work.

For more God of Second Chances media, visit the Resource Page. You can also watch the services live at the Online Campus: Sundays at 9 & 10:45 AM CST and Wednesdays at 6:30 PM CST.