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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.

2012 Top Videos

It was another banner year for Christ Community Church in 2012. Over 65,000 people visited Christ Community Church’s website, and those individuals were often watching some of the video content we published. Here’s a list of some of the top videos from 2012.

Message Videos

1. Start Me Up – It All Starts Here (Mark Ashton, January 1)

2. Finish The Work – Esther (Mark Ashton, October 7)

3. Mo-Mentum – A Prophet’s Preparation (Gavin Johnson, January 22)

4. Rock The Temple – Fearfully And Wonderfully Made (Mark Ashton, May 6)

5. A Good God In Hard Times – In The Presence Of My Enemies (Gracia Burnham, August 26)

Daily Accelerators

1. February 14 (Numbers 27, 32-35, Mark and Kelle Ashton)

2. January 22 (Exodus 1-4, 6, Mark Ashton)

3. February 27 (Deuteronomy, Exodus 22-23, Leviticus 19, Mark and Kelle Ashton)

4. January 24 (Exodus 9-11, Mark Ashton)

5. February 15 (Deuteronomy 1-4, Steve Walters)

Everything Else

1. Online Campus Welcome

2. Christ Community Church Welcome Video

3. Project 4:4

4. Project 4:4 / What You’ve Missed

5. Smart Alecks

Skeptic’s Challenge {Video}

This past Gathering was a good event. We had a great turnout in person, and online, for Skeptic’s Challenge. Tim Perry, John Holmes and myself had a fun time answering questions about the Bible, Project 4:4 and more.

If you have your own question, feel free to ask!

Questions asked were:

  1. Can you prove conclusively the Bible is inerrant?
  2. Can you be saved after your physical death?
  3. In the election (2012 Presidential elections), was that God’s perfect will or was it God’s permissive will?
  4. Can you lose your salvation?
  5. What is your best evidence against evolution?
  6. What is the role of the nation of Israel today in God’s Kingdom?
  7. Why does the religious community appear to be against the scientific community?
  8. Why is Christianity right and all of the other religions wrong?
  9. Where do people go after they die, and is Hell a real place?
  10. Was the flood totally global, or was it local?
  11. Is it possible to have a relationship with God without being a Christian?
  12. If God made man and woman, why are some born intersex?
  13. If God is real, why does He allow all the suffering in the world?
  14. Why does Hebrews 6:4 give a warning about “falling away” if it is not possible to lose your salvation?

Project 4:4 – What You Missed

Greg Nunamaker, CCC’s Web Manager and all-around creative guy, produced another animated Project 4:4 recap. An amazing job by Greg, once again. Here are both animated recaps he has created this year.


On-line Jesus Class starts tonight!

A few important details if you’re thinking about checking out the Jesus Class tonight.  Many will be showing up live for the class at the Student Center here at Old Mill tonight at 7:00pm.  But what about those who are going to check it out online.  How will that work?

Just like any class there’ll be…

  1. A teacher (that’s me).
  2. A classroom – your browser located to our online campus:
  3. Students: those who are in the Student Center with me and others who are dialed in on the web with you.
  4. Interaction!  You’ll be able to watch what’s going on in the class.  You’ll be able to chat while the class is going on.  You’ll be able to ask me questions during our time together!

I have been getting some questions about the resources we’ll be using.   Here are some FAQs….

I am watching the class on-line.  Do I need to get a book that goes along with the class?

No.  Our text is going to be the Gospel of Mark in a manuscript format.  You can download the section of text we’ll  be looking at each week by hitting on a link at the on-line campus.

When will the materials be available at the on-line site?

We already have the link posted on the on-line campus.  That link will go live sometime this afternoon.  Each week you can find the on-line campus a few minutes early, hit the link and then go to the resources we’ll be using that week.  Each week we’ll post the section of the manuscript we’ll be using that week.  We’ll also post any handouts I’ll be referring to in class. We’ll also have a home-work resource that will help you keep moving through Jesus Class on your own till the following week.

Will all a hard-copy of all the resources be available somewhere for purchase?

Absolutely!  If you are local, swing by CCC Old Mill Campus.  We’ll be selling the binder with all the materials in it along with your very own set of colored pencils for $10 (please pay with cash or check).  You can find those binders at the Resource Booth in the Atrium – along the right hand side as you face the Worship Center.


Here’s what I’d suggest if you’re planning on doing the Jesus Class on-line.

  1. Go to the online campus site today sometime just so you can find it.  While you’re there hit on the schedule link and send an invite to someone else you think would enjoy checking it out.
  2. Clear away your schedule tonight starting at 7:00.  Show up at the online campus a few minutes early so you can at least download the Manuscript for Week 1.  Print it off and have it handy along with a pen and a highlighter.
  3. The rest you can worry about later.  Jump into the on-line experience .  When it comes time to discuss an idea or a process question, don’t be shy – give us your thoughts.

Hope to see you tonight.  I’ll be the guy on stage sweating profusely as I engage a slightly more complicated class than I’m used to.  Come check it out!

Tim Perry

Pastor of Spiritual Discovery – Christ Community Church


A Piece of Broken Pottery (One Year Later)

 If you watch one episode of evening news, you know our world is broken. And its getting worse. The fixes for the ills are not easy assignments. They are not short term. They are not going to have compensation packages. They will take decades or lifetimes. God is looking for some strong shoulder leaders who will take tough assignments. People who are willing to be attacked. People who will sign up for anything.

–Bill Hybels

When you go to a conference you can be overloaded with new ideas and concepts. You’re entertained by the speakers and presentations. But what is the lasting impact? What sticks with you six months later, after the swell of the conference subsides?


Beyond The Message: Servant Songs

In the latest Beyond The Message, I sit down with Tim Perry to discuss the Servant Songs. Tim and I briefly touch on each one of the four “songs”, which are found in the Book of Isaiah.

To watch or listen to Tim’s message, click here.


The Book of Jonah

Tomorrow, at the Old Mill and Online Campuses, Lead Pastor Mark Ashton will be talking about the life of Jonah. This is one of Mark’s favorite books of the Bible to discuss. We hope to see you in person, or online, for what should be a great service. Here’s a teaser, an animation we produced in 2007 for a message series on Jonah.


What is the Meaning of Life? [VIDEO]

I really enjoyed the creative piece for “The Meaning of Life” message today, at the Old Mill and Online Campuses. It was shot in the Old Market, an area in downtown Omaha, NE. People walked by the whiteboard, and in their own expressive ways answered the question of “What is the meaning of life?”


Project 4:4 and the Book of Proverbs

In our current Solomon message series, we are covering material that isn’t ordinarily preached during a Sunday message. Last Sunday we covered Song of Solomon, and this Sunday we’ll cover Ecclesiastes.

You would think we would also have a message on Proverbs, but we chose to skip over the book with our Project 4:4 messages. One of the reasons was due to the Proverbs message series we had last year. We did a 10-part Proverbs message series in May, June and July, and then did another 4-part series in November. We thought we covered the book extensively, and it would still be relatively fresh for everyone.

If you’re looking for more resources on Proverbs, as we read through the book in our daily readings, check out the messages from last year.