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Summer is Better Together

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I love Summer. It’s a time to invest in relationships, have fun, hang out, and enjoy one another. That’s why Summer is actually a very strategic time for our spiritual growth. Experiencing life together is the heart of discipleship. Summer, therefore, is a great time to "up" our intentional time spent together.

The theme for summer at One Hope is this: "Summer is better together."  

Summer is better together because we grow when we’re connected. We need a discipleship community around us where I we are known, challenged and encouraged 365 days a year.  Spiritual community does not take a vacation.

Of course, that goes for your personal time with God as well. Following Jesus does not take a vacation either. To the contrary, Summer can be a season for spiritual reset. Ironically the slowing pace can actually accelerate our spiritual growth.   

Christian author John Ortberg once asked his spiritual mentor Dallas Willard what he needed to do to grow spiritually. Willard answered, "Ruthlessly eliminate hurry from your life."  Pace matters. When we don't slow down, stop, and be still, we cannot connect with our hearts, much less God and others.

"Ruthlessly eliminate hurry from your life." - Dallas Willard

Summer is also an opportunity for us to worship together. In June and July we will combine our Worship Gatherings on Sundays at 10:30am. It will be one time and place to connect as a family of faith together. When all of us worship together, pray together and listen to God's Word together, we are allowing God to grow the momentum of what he is doing here at One Hope.

This Summer, move towards other committed disciples, not away from them. Make eating together a priority especially after our Sunday gathering. Ask someone you don’t know to coffee. Go to the beach and invite someone new. Change up your Community Group schedule and grill out. Host a game night. Invest in "the ministry of just hanging out."

The key is making time together real. As you hang out, share what's really on your heart. Go beyond the surface. Ask the deeper questions. Encourage one another. Pray for one another.

Do you really want to do Summer alone? Let's do it together! Donna and I can't wait for our first Summer at One Hope hanging out with all of you.

Summer is better together!


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Easter is an Opportunity

It is such a blessing to be part of this family and serve you as your Lead Pastor. I am humbled and so excited to be part of what God is doing here. I love One Hope!

Donna flew down this past weekend and she can't wait to get more time with you as well. Pray for an offer on our house so we can get moved down permanently.

I am looking forward to Good Friday when we can gather at the foot of the cross the night Jesus died and then on Easter to celebrate the morning He arose. Both will be special times of worship and reflection that you will not want to miss.  

Who do you know who that you could invite them to join us for these special times of worship?

Let's all make a point to personally invest focused prayer on the Easter weekend, that God would use it to spiritually resurrect dead hearts to experience life in Christ.