A Better Body
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A Better Body

“My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one – I in them and [...]

God’s Goal for You
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God’s Goal for You

A couple of weeks ago, we talked together about goals. I’ve been reading a passage from Ephesians that has struck me as something I’d like to share with you. The overall passage is Ephesians 1:3-10, but the verse that’s stuck out to me is verse 4, which reads like this in The Message:

Long before God laid down earth’s foundations, he had us in mind, had settled on us as the focus of his love, to be made whole and holy by his [...]

Vision Night Finances and Fundraising
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Vision Night Finances and Fundraising

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When we started talking about the church plant, Erik said, “All the resources in the world belong to God, and if God wants to accomplish something, God will accomplish something.” An average church plant budget is $100,000. Blackman Community Church’s budget is $81,000. What do they need money for? They need money for the facility, for sound equipment, for promotion, for signs, for a trailer to store everything. They think they can accomplish it [...]

Vision Night – Mission
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Vision Night – Mission

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One of the gifts of church planting is determining what the church is at its core and what God does with people, families, and communities through the ministry of the church and being really intentional about what we want that to look like. It’s also one of the biggest struggles of planting a church. It’s been a lot of prayer and a lot of Bible study. It’s this stripped down question of what is Blackman [...]

Vision Night – Timeline and Location
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Vision Night – Timeline and Location

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How long do you think it takes to plant a church? Many people think it takes as many as ten years to build a church. Therefore, you may be shocked to know that Blackman Community Church will be fully established before Easter 2017. That’s reality, and we’re so excited about it! We’re using a strategy that is a blitz strategy; we start large and let God open doors.

Between now and December 2016, the launch [...]

Vision Night – Online Promotion
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Vision Night – Online Promotion

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Wait
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Wait

In my former book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus began to do and to teach until the day he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles he had chosen. After his suffering, he presented himself to them and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God. On one occasion, while he was eating with them, [...]

Scars
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Scars

Have you ever thought about the emblem of our faith? It’s a cross, and we see it everywhere symbolizing Christianity. Have you ever wondered if we put too much emphasis on the cross seeing as it is not where our story ends? The cross was just the beginning, but we are resurrection people. Perhaps the question we truly should be pondering is, “Why is the cross still important in the Easter season? Why are we still cross people when we are [...]