How to change the world…

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How to change the world…

Dear HCC Family,

It’s a mad, mad, mad, mad, mad, mad, world!

No doubt. So how can it be changed. This Sunday I will start a new series called “How to change the world.” We will take stock of where we are, and look to Jesus for a way toward changing the world.

A real part of changing the world, is change in your world. Have you moved beyond the surface of Sunday spirituality, to deeper spiritual water? So, how does one move beyond Sunday into deeper spiritual water? Get involved in a Life Group Bible study or home group, join a ministry team, and start to do life together. It’s not going to come to you, you’re going to have to go to it.

If you’re interested, just reply to this email or text me at 443-506-9472, and I will help you get beyond Sunday.

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Obedient as a shadow…

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Obedient as a shadow…

Dear HCC Family,

Part of the HE>i idea is to become the shadow in your relationship with Jesus. Let me explain.

Go with me here…God has been shadowing you all your life. At some point, God confronts you and offers you a new life. You take Him up on the offer, and become a child of God. Ephesians 5:1 (and developmental psychology) tell us that children naturally imitate their parents or siblings – from learning to walk and talk, to our tastes and preferences. So, as a spiritual parallel the development track of a child of God is to imitate the Father, or “Brother” Jesus.

This is what I mean by becoming the shadow. Your goal as a Christian is to imitate (shadow) Jesus. What Jesus does, you do. Where He goes, you follow. What He thinks, you think. How He talks, you talk.

Over the years, if you’re intentional about this, you will incrementally decrease, and He will incrementally increase. This is the transformation we seek, to become as obedient as Christ’s shadow.

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Two critical things for the HCC family…

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Two critical things for the HCC family…

Dear HCC Family,

1. You don’t want to miss our next Equip for Life Session May 6th at 9am in Pre-K Park. One of our Elders, Bryan Hyre, will be sharing essential information about end of life issues such as wills, advance directives, powers of attorney, appointing a health care agent, etc. Bryan is an estate attorney of the highest quality. No business will be solicited. We just want to get you, your friends and family the best information possible. On that note, make this a strategic invitation. Invite an un-churched friend or family member to come. It’s a great way to connect them indirectly to God, by connecting them to God’s people at HCC.

2. I’m begging you to please attend a special called meeting I’m having for all Covenant Partners and supporters of HCC. I recently discovered that a local pastor in our denomination, of a church similar in size to HCC, just went through a freedom initiative like we are. They had property just like us and were confronted with all the same issues we are. It is a miracle story, one I’m hopeful we also will have. So, please do everything possible to come out on May 11th at 7pm in the Sanctuary to hear the story of Life Source Church, as told by Pastor Mike McDermott. It will only be an hour and a half at most. PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Breathing the Breath…

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Breathing the Breath…

Dear HCC Family,
 
You might think that the air in your lungs is what keeps you alive…you would be mistaken, according to God. God, as we learned last Sunday, understands life as breathing the Breath of Life into the lungs of our souls, and living by that Breath. The “Breath,” of course is the Holy Spirit.
 
Last Sunday I talked about the creation of the original people of God in Genesis 1 & 2. This Sunday I will cover the death of the original people of God due to getting the “Breath” knocked out of them by sin, and the recreation, or resurrection of the new people of God described in Acts 2.
 
Stoked about Sunday!!!!!
 
Hope you’re getting ready for our annual Dash for Dignity this Saturday. Check out this link if you're late to the party.
 
Next community Equip for Life Session is May 6th and the subject is end of life planning, such as wills, powers of attorney, advance directives, appointing a health care agent, etc. Bring an unchurched friend or family member to indirectly introduce them to the kingdom of God. Check out this link for more information.
 
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Bring someone to church Sunday.
 
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Don’t flinch…Do it right now…

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Don’t flinch…Do it right now…

Dear HCC Family,
 
Come on, invite an unchurched friend or family member to church this weekend. An indirect way to expose them to the Gospel is at the Easter Egg Scramble if they have elementary school age kids or grandkids. A direct way to expose them to the Gospel is at Easter Sunday service, 9 or 11am. I will be presenting the Gospel of Easter in a crystal clear way. Don’t flinch…Do it right now…Come on, invite an unchurched friend or family member to church this weekend.
 
On Good Friday the service starts at 7pm, and there will be nursery for kids 3 and under, plus the parents' room will be open with a live feed of the service.
 
On Sunday at the 9 & 11am services, our new youth pastor will be hosting a unique Easter service for middle and high school kids. Make sure your kids get exposed to the good news this Sunday at the ZU in the Z Lounge.
 
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Come on, get out there and invite someone.
 
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So, who's the Dude on the donkey?!!?

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So, who's the Dude on the donkey?!!?

Hey HCC Family,
 
Yep, if I was living in Jerusalem at the time of Christ’s triumphant entry into the city, I would have likely asked the question in the subject line. I think lots of people though, are still asking the question today – “Who is this Jesus?”
 
You’ve got the answer, but if you’re like most Christians, you can’t really explain it very well. So, don’t…let me do the explaining.
 
According to the example of Jesus Himself in John 2, the art of evangelism is simply to invite someone to “…come and see.” You don’t need to know theology, explain the Trinity, or unravel the mysteries of the end times…you just need to invite someone you care about to come and see, by coming with you to church.
 
Palm Sunday and Easter weekend are one of the best seasons of the year to invite someone to church.

See the schedule for this Easter Season below.
 
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“That makes me so angry…”

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“That makes me so angry…”

Hey HCC Family,

Has anything, or anyone ever made you angry? Dumb question, I know. The operative word is “made.” This begs more questions, like if you can be made angry, what other emotion can you be made to have? Love, compassion, hatred, joy, admiration, lust, etc? Also, who or what is in charge of your emotions? If someone or something, is in charge of your anger, are they in charge of you? And, is your anger, or are your feelings yours…do you own your emotions?

One of the first things that Jesus talked about in his Sermon on the Mount, was anger. This Sunday I will be addressing how our emotions affect living the good and beautiful life that God wants for us.

Read Matthew 5, and Ephesians 4:26.

A PERSONAL INVITATION: to attend my impact course on reconciling the physical (secular), and spiritual (sacred) realms in our life. The course is both a Bible study, and best practice experience. It will run for eight weeks at 7pm on Wednesday nights from April 19 – June 7. Contact me at frampton7482@gmail.com if interested in attending.

Palm Sunday and Easter weekend is one of the best seasons of the year to invite someone to church.

  • Palm Sunday: No 7:30am service, Pastor Bowman’s annual concert at the 9 & 11.
  • Good Friday: 7pm
  • Community Easter Egg Scramble: Saturday 11am
  • Easter Sunday Services: Sonrise 6am, Regular 9 & 11.

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Not all change is positive, and not all movement is forward…

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Not all change is positive, and not all movement is forward…

Hey HCC Family,

I’m a routine kind of person. I like to live by patterns. I think it brings me a sense of control…oh yeah, that reminds me, I’m a control freak…now the routine and patterns make sense. Other folks are always mixing it up, change just for change sake. Well, no change can be stagnation, but also, not all change is positive, and not all movement is forward. So, insight and balance are key.

This is true even in matters of the soul…too much control limits growth, often leading to stagnation, and too much change often leads to instability.

However, I’ve learned that in matters of the soul, God will even use the tension between control and change to form and shape our souls. So, attempt to avoid the extremes of control and change, in order to live in balance with the Spirit.

A PERSONAL INVITATION: to attend my impact course on reconciling the physical (secular), and spiritual (sacred) realms in our life. The course is both a Bible study, and best practice experience. It will run for eight weeks at 7pm on Wednesday nights from April 19 – June 7. Contact me at frampton7482@gmail.com if interested in attending.

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A new Executive Order…

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A new Executive Order…

Dear HCC Family,

So, I have an idea how President Trump can make America even greater. He could issue an executive order forcing people who have lived in mild, sunny, warm climates for more than 10 years, to swap compatible residences with people who have lived in cold, dark, unpredictable climates. Yeah, how about that? So, those people soaking up the sun all winter in places like FL and So. Cal. for the last 10yrs would have to swap with us, and people from places like North Dakota and such. I like it! It will be fairer this way.

On other fronts, when I’m not coming up with new EO’s for the president, you’ve gotta follow me on Instagram and FB. I'm asking you to start a campaign where you write out HE>my… on a piece of paper, sticky note, or something, and finish with whatever you want to emphasize that HE is greater than. Take a picture with something that represents the HE> theme. For instance, if you want to affirm that HE>my health problem, take a pic with the note and your medicine bottle or knee brace. I posted a bunch of them this week, so check out my Instagram and Facebook feeds and our church hashtag’s (#hegreaterthani_hcc & #itsalways330) for ideas.

To prepare for the sermon this week read Colossians 3 and Romans 13.

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The inhumanity of humanity…yeah, I’m talking to me and you…

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The inhumanity of humanity…yeah, I’m talking to me and you…

Dear HCC Family,

I am so stoked about continuing the sermon from last Sunday, this coming Sunday. To be human originally meant that the Great Commandment was the ruling order. In other words, being human was originally to love God with all one’s heart, mind, and body.

So, to be human, actually means to do God’s will on earth as it is in Heaven. Intentionally, the HE>i theme this year is intended to redeem and restore, more and more our original design. This kind of HE>i living, where we are always wondering how God can become greater and we can become less, is the only pathway away from our broken inhumanity, and toward our original humanity.

If you want to explore any HE>i clothing or accessories, please visit the http://hegreaterthani.com website. Someone told me recently that many people at their work have been asking them what company is HE>i. Which has opened up all kinds of opportunity to share. Keep it up. Invite someone to church.

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Almost Amish…

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Almost Amish…

Dear HCC Family,

Monday through Wednesday of this week LaDon and I attended a regional pastors conference in Lancaster, PA. I must admit as I toured around that beautiful Amish countryside, the quiet and simple life called to me. As I learned more about the Amish lifestyle, I really admired the family-centric due to the lack of complex technological distractions, and wonder how much healthier my family and soul would be if I went Amish.

But, as has happened before, I decided to continue living in the non-Amish world, yet more determined than ever to simplify and focus on nurturing my soul through an annual spiritual formation plan. In fact, this Sunday I will share with you some ancient practices the saints of the ages have used to nurture love for God. As I told you last week, you are not the modern “brain on a stick” version of humanity that “modernity” has told you, you are. No, we have been created to be lovers, not thinkers. Thinking is not bad, it simply should not lead. Our love for God must lead us, while our brain follows.

This Sunday we will continue to talk about how He can become greater, as we become less. I know this is counter-intuitive, but it’s the only biblical pathway to the good and beautiful life God wants for us.

This weekend:

·        Equip for Life Session on best practices for aging parents

·        Regional Men’s Ministry Inspiration Breakfast

Don't forget our 2017 memory verses: John 3:30 & Romans 14:17.

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Getting it out of the sanctuary…

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Getting it out of the sanctuary…

Dear HCC Family,
 
You may have heard that it takes about 21 days to form a new habit. Well, that commonly accepted theory is more a matter of social myth, than social science. An actual scientific article in the Journal of European Social Science states that developing an intentional habit will take anywhere from 2 to 8 months of intentional effort.
 
In part, this is what motivated me to offer you the annual Spiritual Formation Plan each year. By identifying several areas of soul transformation on a daily, monthly, and annual level, you can be reminded to stay the course for the long-range development of healthy soul habits.
 
Be sure, in this broken sinful condition, our souls won’t naturally form up in the image of Jesus. If we want to be transformed into the image of Jesus that we were originally intended for, then we will have to intentionally establish habits toward that end.
 
The Good and Beautiful Life book offers many soul training exercises that can be helpful habits of Christlike soul formation.
 
On the “fun-forming” side, please register for HCC Snow Tubing this coming Saturday. Hit this link and RSVP. Invite your unchurched friends and family for the day to indirectly connect them to the family of God.
 
Also, our next community Equip for Life Session on Aging Parents outreach is planned for March 4th at 9am in the Ministry Center. Everyone would benefit from having expert information on the topic of best practices for aging parents. Invite your unchurched friends and family for this helpful workshop, and indirectly introduce them to the family of God at HCC.

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