Rose Day 2017 Messages and Wishes

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➦ You know what, nothing can replace you from my life. You are my reason to live. Happy rose day!

➦ I just want to ask my pretty pink rose to be mine red rose for life whom I will love ever and forever. Happy rose day my love!

➦ The one who is very precious to me more than my life now. I want to wish him a very happy rose day!

➦ My Love, my life, my friend, my best friend, my companion, my life partner, my everything. I am your pink rose, you are my red rose. Happy rose day.

➦ Since you came in my life, my life became so beautiful. And I think I achieved all in my life. Thanks to make my life filled with beautiful colors. Happy rose day!

➦ Love is life I heard, you made my life beautiful. It would be new story for everyone to tell. Happy rose day.

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➦ My life was very dull without you, but a rose like you who came in my life with lots of colours filled my life with true colours. Happy rose day!

➦ My first love, my partner for life. Happy rose day my pretty wife!

➦ Since you came in my life, my home become so beautiful. My life is so different with you which I enjoy every day. Yes! My wife you are my rose for life. Happy rose day!

➦ I am really lucky to have a companion and a friend like you. A rose for my love. Happy rose day!

➦ I haven't met me until I met you. My lucky charm happy rose day.

➦ My life is yours for the rest of your life. I will complete you on every step of your life. Happy rose day my love.

➦ You are my first and last love. Happy rose day my husband. :)

➦ Being with you makes me more beautiful and happy person. Happy rose day my husband.

➦ Papa, you gave me first chocolate and gave me first dress of my life. Happy rose day to my dearest papa!

➦ Dad, you are my first inspiration of my life. My first teacher. Happy rose day dad!

➦ You made me learn how to walk and see the different colours of life. Happy rose day pa!

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➦ My father, I want to have a husband who can fill my requirements like you, who can protect me and do care like you do. My first man of my life. My papa happy rose day!

➦ Papa one day I will make you proud. Happy rose day!

➦ I know papa you have lot of expectations from me. I will give all the comfort of your life. And will be your right hand forever. Happy rose day pa!

➦ My dreams start with your dreams. Pa I want to fulfill them all. Happy rose day!

➦ My papa, first inspiration of my life. I wish I could be like you a little. Happy rose day pa!

➦ I could never know what is life with fun and masti until I would not have you. My partner in crime. Happy rose day!

➦ You have stolen all the chocolates I used to hide from you. Still you are my best buddy. Happy rose day my bro!

➦ You are my reason to be in this planet cause without you I was alone. Thanks for being my friend and my family. Happy rose day!

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➦ You always protected me from Jerks, my savior my first god gifted friend. Happy rose day!

➦ My barbie doll, a friend from God as a gift. Happy rose day!

➦ My younger/elder sister, with you I am complete. Just be with me forever. Happy rose day.

➦ A pink gift from god to me. Happy rose day to my cute sister!

➦ My beautiful sister, with you my life is more beautiful. Just be with me forever. Happy rose day!

➦ Until I met you , I didn't know the definition of friendship. Thanks for being in my life. Happy rose day!

➦ You are my reason to believe that how much this life can be happening. Happy rose day!

➦ My best companion who taught me to live my life and my partner of crime. Happy rose day!

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➦ Life is set , jab we met. Happy rose day besty!

➦ I spent my whole day with you all. So wish you a very happy rose day to my second family.

➦ My life could become dull if I could not have people like you around me. Happy rose day!

➦ My people, all I m if happening because of you all. Happy rose day.

➦ My together smiling people. I love you all. Happy rose day.

Please Don’t forget to share Happy Rose Day 2017 Wishes, to your Friends and family member.

Motivational Quotes That Will Inspire You

Motivational Quotes: Great quotes can be inspirational and motivational. They can guide your life, love and career.

➦ If you are not willing to risk the usual you will have to settle for the ordinary.

➦ What you do today can improve all your tomorrows.

➦ The most effective way to do it, is to do it.

➦ Don’t watch the clock; do what it does. Keep going.

➦ I like criticism. It makes you strong.

Inspirational Quotes About life

➦ Problems are not stop signs, they are guidelines.

➦ Winners never quit…quitters never win.

➦ Don’t limit your challenges…challenges your limits.

➦ The only way to do great work is to love what you do.”

➦ If you do what you always did, you will get what you always got.”

➦ The first step to getting what you want is having the courage to get rid of what you don’t.

Motivational Thoughts

➦ Don’t Be Afraid To Start Over. It’s A Brand new Opportunity To Rebuilt What You Truly Want

➦ Some people pass through our lives in a shorter time frame than we had hoped to teach us things they never could have taught if they stayed.

➦ Go for it now. The future is promised to no one.

➦ All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.” –Walt Disney

➦ If I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning.”

Motivational Quotes for Success

➦ Do it now. Sometimes, Later, Become, ‘Never’

➦ Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough.

➦ confidence is silent. Insurgencies are loud…

➦ Happiness is a choice, not a result. Nothing will make you happy until you choose to be happy.

Best Motivational Quotes for the New Year 2017

➦ Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.

➦ Dreams don’t become reality through magic or by only dreaming. It takes courage, sweat, determination and hard work.

➦ People may give up on you but you must never give up on your self…

➦ If you can’t fly then run, you can’t run then walk if you can’t walk then crawl, but what ever you do you have to keep moving forward…

Short Motivational Quotes‎

➦ You alone are enough you have nothing to prove to anybody.

➦ Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.

➦ We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us.

➦ A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others.

➦ Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later.

➦ We become what we think about.

➦ i believe in myself, i am a strong woman!! i will reach my goals, nothing & nobody will hold me down again, this is my timeto shine!!

➦ Stealing someone else’s words frequently spares the embarrassment of eating your own

➦ Mistakes are proof that you are trying!!

➦ if you tllk all that energy you put towards hating your body into changing it, you would be amazed with the results.

Please Don’t forget to share Motivational Quotes That Will Inspire You To Succeed to your Friends and family member.

Emoji Stocking Stuffers

Who doesn't love emojis???  It seems like kids of most ages enjoy them, my own kids (Kindergarten and Middle School) both do.  So as I've been gathering items for stocking stuffers, I've found myself grabbing lots of emoji things.

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Here are 16 emoji stocking stuffer ideas for you this year:

Emoji Stationery Set (Target, $1)
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Emoji Poop Lollipops (Michael's, $2.49)
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Emoji Antibacterial Hand Wipes (Dollar Tree, $1)
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Emoji Stickers (Michael's, $3.99)
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Emoji Paperclips (Michael's, $3.99)
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Emoji Lindt Chocolate (Michael's, $?)
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Emoji Lollipops (Michael's, $2.49)
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Emoji Poop Sticky Notes (Michael's, $?)
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Emoji Zipper Pouch (Michael's, $?)

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Emoji Stress Balls ($1 each at Michael's or set of 24 from Amazon for $18)
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Emoji Cup (Walmart, $2)
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Emoji Pez Candy (Snyder's Candy, $2.49)
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Emoji glow bracelets from here 
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Emoji putty, anyone?
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This little poop guy and surfboard emoji were found in Target's dollar bins (aka the happiest place on earth).
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Finally, this emoji eraser set from Target is 3 bucks for 6 erasers.  You could give the entire set in a stocking or open it up and drop a few in each stocking if you have multiple kids---be warned though, they may fight over who gets the poop emoji!
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Need more holiday gift ideas? Check out one of these:
--55 Christmas Gifts for Tween Boys
--Stocking Stuffers (non-candy) for 2-4 yr old boys (or girls!)
--39 Gifts for Senior Citizens
--Stocking Stuffers (non-candy) for little kids (under 2 yrs old)
--Stocking Stuffers (non-candy) for 8-10yr old boys (or girls!)

3 Ways Psalms Helps Us to Combat Selfishness

O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever. —Psalm 136:1 KJV

Rather than expressing gratitude for the good gifts we have received from God, we often act as if we have a right to far more. We complain about the privileges God gives others and covet what belongs to them (compare James 4:1-3). The Psalms combat our bent toward selfishness by calling us to thank the Lord by…
  • Rehearsing what God has mercifully done for us (Ps. 107, 136).
  • Challenging us to express gratitude for what we have (Ps. 92:1)
  • Reminding us of the source of the source of our possessions (Ps. 104).
By illustrating the dangers of ingratitude, Psalm 106 urges us not to minimize the importance of offering God our heartfelt thanks. It reviews Israel’s history of faithlessness, from unbelief in Egypt to idolatry in the Promised Land. The psalm ends with a plea for God to save His people so that they will give him thanks. We can avoid great pain and loss in this life by thanking the One who gives us life and every good gift (James 1:17).

What practical ways do you combat your own selfishness?

Move Towards the Mess

Life is messy. Relationships are messy. People are messy. And God came for messy people. Jesus welcomed everyone, regardless of their mess. And as a church being the body of Jesus, we welcome everyone, regardless of how messy their lives are. At, everyone is accepted, because we believe the church is a place for messy people.

One thing that we all have in common—whether you're religious or Christian or some other religion—the thing we all have in common is life is just messy. The mess that brings us together, the thing that we have in common is actually the mess that brought God near. For God so loved the mess...

Don’t miss the point—Jesus didn’t walk away from the mess. He walked towards it. He walked away from religion and towards the mess. It seems like the messier people got in the Bible, the more Jesus embraced them—not ran away from them.

And because Jesus embraced them--made them belong--their beliefs and behaviors started to change. It is impossible to be around Jesus without changing. So everyone is welcome. Everyone is accepted. But growing people change. Hanging out with Jesus will change you from the inside out.

Life Is Better Connected

At, we believe that circles are better than rows. Why? Because just sitting in rows in a class or Sunday service is one-way communication. But when you sit in rows? You learn from other people through a conversation about God's Word. Lifechange takes place best in small groups, and we believe that people will grow further faster in community. So who are you doing life with? 
Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
Hebrews 10:23-25
All of us want to be unswerving in our morals, beliefs, and convictions. But just wanting to be consistent isn't enough. We need people to come alongside us that will spur us on. Hold us accountable. Ask us tough questions. Encourage us. So who are you doing life with?

There is Always HOPE

A little bird was flying south for the winter, but the air became so cold that it began to freeze and could not get to a warmer climate. After some time, the little bird finally collapsed in a large field where a herd of cows were grazing. Eventually, a cow came by and dropped manure on the freezing bird. At first, the bird was very upset until it felt how warm the manure was. Before too long, it began to thaw out and became so excited that it started singing with joy.

A cat happened to be passing by and heard the bird’s joyful song. He followed it to the pile of manure and started digging until he discovered the little bird and promptly ate it.

There are a number of lessons we can learn from this story. First, not everybody who drops manure on you is your enemy. Second, not everybody who digs you out is your friend. Finally, when you’re in manure, keep your mouth shut.

If we live long enough, each one of us will find ourselves in a situation that seems much worse that we can bear. To follow the story line above, we’ll feel as though we are under a pile of manure. However, if our expectations are set on Jesus and His care, we will not stumble at the thought of going through a time of trial. In fact, we’ll have His hope to comfort us even in what appears to be a hopeless situation.

I love the illustration that we read in the book of Daniel 3 where it says, 
Nebuchadnezzar commanded certain valiant warriors who were in his army to tie up Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego in order to cast them into the furnace of blazing fire.

Daniel 3:20

Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego were in a bad situation. It doesn’t get much worse than being thrown into a fiery furnace – except for being thrown in all tied up! However, these three young men put their faith in God and gained a tremendous victory. We read...

“Then Nebuchadnezzar the king was astounded and stood up in haste; he said to his high officials, ‘Was it not three men we cast bound into the midst of the fire?’ They replied to the king, ‘Certainly, O king.’ He said, ‘Look! I see four men loosed and walking about in the midst of the fire without harm, and the appearance of the fourth is like a son of the gods.  
Daniel 3:24-25

God honored these three young men’s faith by delivering them from the furnace, even while they were still in the furnace. He will do the same for you when you live as a faith-walker, rather than as a faith-talker.

Friend, the message of God’s word does not automatically and immediately change all of life’s negative realities. Christians still face the same troubles of life as anyone else (see John 16:33). What God does provide, however, is a sustaining hope. God is aware of your plight and is working on your behalf for good. No matter how dark the situation is, keep the faith because ultimately it will keep you. If you are still stuck deep in a pit, look for the lifeline that God uses to send you what you need to sustain you as you wait on your breakthrough. He is Jehovah Jireh – My God who Shall Supply All My Needs.

And when the day comes for your victory, praise Him. Praise Him because He saw you through what seemed like a hopeless situation. Scripture tells us that Abraham was in a hopeless situation – that he and his wife were past the age of bearing children but that God had promised him an heir. So we read that, “Against all hope, Abraham – in hope – believed” (Romans 4:18). Abraham saw the fruit of his belief in his son.

You, too, will see the fruit of your belief – either in this world or in the next. It is a promise from a God who says that “those who hope in me will not be disappointed” (Isaiah 49:23).

Put your hope in God today, friend. He sees you. He knows you. He loves you. And He will deliver you - He will deliver us - when we trust Him.

Are you saying your better than Jesus?

At, we believe that we don't exist for us, but we exist for the world. Saved people serve people!! That is why we encourage everyone to join a team at Why? Because Jesus modeled it. Jesus said in Mark 10:45, 
"The Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.” 
Mark 10:45 
If Jesus served everyone and He is the Son of God? When we choose NOT to serve, we are saying that we are better than Jesus. So where are you serving? The guy in the picture--CJ--he serves Jesus and others by creating a fun and safe environment for our children. So where do you serve? Click HERE to Join a Team at!!

Anything Short of Sin...

One of's core values is "We will do anything short of sin to reach people for Jesus." And we mean that--ANYTHING!! To reach people no one is reaching, we’ll do things no one is doing.

I like what Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 9:22-23...
... I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some. I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings.
Here is the same verse from one of my favorite Bible--the Living Bible.
When I am with those who are weak, I share their weakness, for I want to bring the weak to Christ. Yes, I try to find common ground with everyone, doing everything I can to save some. I do everything to spread the Good News and share in its blessings.

So we're willing to become all things to reach some. We try to find common ground with people--just like what Paul did in Acts 17. 

That's why our church does stuff like Trunk or Treat's or other things. We don't care what our culture says Halloween is--if it's an opportunity that we can serve our community and be an environment where people can be around church goers and realize that we're not THAT weird? That's a win. We want to create places where the unchurched and dechurched can come and take a second look at God at His church. Reaching people for Jesus may sometimes require doing that which is unconventional!

Anyone who has attended services at has heard secular music, seen crazy videos or even been asked to download an app on their phone to participate in the service. These methods have been questioned throughout the years, but the fact remains that these techniques are reaching those who do not know Jesus. As a church, we agree to do what it takes to reach people, even if it opens up criticism from some factions. There is simply too much at stake to not exhaust every opportunity to reach someone for Christ!

Jesus ate with sinners. He was willing to even ruin His reputation with religious people so those far from God could get to know Jesus! So what are some ways you can get more involved in the lives of people who are far from Christ?

Easy & Accessible

Recently, I was walking in downtown Nashville, and I saw a fire escape.
I have seen fire escapes like this one before in NYC, but it reminded me of the church, and here's why. For people who have never been to church, don't know the stories, don't know how to read the Bible or where to begin. The church feels a lot like a fire escape ladder that doesn't go all the way to the ground. 

Unchurched people stand on the street looking up, wishing they could relate to God and relate to other Christians, but the rungs have been removed. Sometimes intentionally. Sometimes unintentionally. 

Jesus was the master at making a relationship with God easy and accessible to everyone. We should as well.  The Gospel should be easy and accessible to everyone.
Let that sink in. Acts 15:19 hangs in my office, and it says...
“It is my judgment, therefore, that we should not make it difficult for the Gentiles who are turning to God.”
Acts 15:19 (NIV)

There’s an observation! “I got an idea—let’s don’t make it difficult for the Gentiles who are turning to God! Hey guys, let’s not make it difficult for the Gentiles who are turning to God! 
Let’s just tell them that they don’t have to keep that whole law (that we actually didn’t keep that well anyway!), and let’s make it easy and accessible so that everyone who is turning to God don’t have to have surgery!” That is what the early church wanted to require--circumcision. Don't believe me?
The Pharisees who had turned to God said, "The Gentiles must be circumcised and required to obey the law of Moses.” 
Acts 15:5 (NIV)

 Surgery? Really? That is a pretty high standard for salvation?  The new members class were all women! And when you filled out the card to join the church, “Name. address. Date of Birth. Date of Circumcision? I will just have to pray about this some more.” These Jewish guys said, “If you are going to be a Christian, you have to have an operation!” It’s in the Bible!
We laugh at that and think in our Western mindset, “How silly! To tell somebody, ‘You have to have a physical operation to become a Christian.’” They were just as serious as they could be. They tell Paul, “You need to go back and tell those Gentiles that think they’re going to heaven when they die, ‘They have to have surgery before they die or they’re not going to heaven’. It is part of Jewish tradition.” 
That is why I love Acts 15:19 so much...
“It is my judgment, therefore, that we should not make it difficult for the Gentiles who are turning to God.”
Acts 15:19 (NIV)
What could be more obvious than that? The essence of the Gospel—“I have come to seek and to save that which was lost.”
That’s Jesus’ way of saying this: “I am making it so easy and accessible to everyone that everybody­ can get on board. I want the rungs so low on the ladder that a guy like Zaccheus—who has no clue—could get on board. For a woman who not only had a reputation, but was caught in the act of adultery could get on board. That children could get on board. That the worst possible sinner like Matthew the tax collector—could not only get on board with this, but, “I am going to let him write a book in the Bible. We’re going to call it… Matthew!”
So the decide “Let’s skip the law and the circumcision thing and confirm the fact that God has accepted them just like He has accepted us.”
         James said, “Okay guys, we have to keep this easy and accessible.” You don’t have to become Jewish to become a Christian. It has to be easy and accessible. We don’t have to follow the law or offer sacrifices. Easy and accessible. We just have to put our faith in a risen Jesus! Easy and accessible. Because if we don’t make the Gospel easy and accessible, we’re testing God. If we don’t make the Gospel easy and accessible, we are working against God. If we don’t keep the Gospel easy and accessible, we’re actually working against the God that we worship and say that we love. Easy and accessible.
And then a strange thing happened. 100 years later, back to where they began. 100 years later, they made it complicated again. 300 years later, it was really, REALLY complicated—you couldn’t get on board with the local church if your life depended on it. And then in the year 1095, when the Pope says, “Hey, let’s don’t reach people—let’s just kill them! Let’s put together an army, we’re going to go back into Israel and retake Jerusalem, and let’s slaughter everybody we can along the way—including Jews!”  the church leaders decided, “Hey, let’s don’t win people—let’s just kill them!” Time out! Where was that part! It isn’t in there! This isn’t about reaching people, but about conquering people and keeping people out! We continually build walls instead of bridges. We continually put up security lights instead of search lights. 
And in the 1490’s, the Spanish Inquisition happened. They threw all of the Jews out of Spain in the name of Jesus. They said, “Let’s purify the church. Let’s don’t reach people, let’s just kill all of the people who don’t go along with the way we think you ought to do it. If you didn’t cook your food a certain way or didn’t show up to church on holidays, we’ll torture you until you tell us you had some secret cult thing going on.” And tens of thousands of people were killed—by the church in the name of Jesus! What was that? 
The church and its leaders refused to have God’s Word translated into everyday language. You know why? That would be too easy. That would be too accessible. So when people started translating the Latin Bible into an everyday language that everyone could read, do you know how the church responded? They killed the people responsible! That’s right! They strangled and burned a guy at the stake by the name of Tyndale, because he took it from the Latin and translated it into English—Tyndale made reading the Bible accessible. And he made it easy.
Martin Luther came along. He said, “Let’s make it really simple. Let’s make it really accessible. It is by faith alone!” There was almost a war over the idea of faith alone. People flocked to that message, because there were people on the outside looking into the Catholic tradition and high-church tradition who couldn’t read Latin and who couldn’t sing Gregorian Chant. Millions of people gathered around Luther’s message—by faith alone. The Protestant church was born. But 100 years later, it was complicated again. All of the Protestants split up.
Now, all of these denominations fight over who’s right and who baptizes the right way and who understands Revelation—all the while people outside of our churches scratch their head and say, “I want to know God. I want to learn about Him. But every time I show up at your church, you guys already have it figured out. But I wasn’t raised that way. I don’t understand.” For some reason, the natural tendency is for the church to complicate it and to make it difficult for people who are turning to God.
The church wants to say, “It can’t be quite that easy, because you’ve got to do, and you gotta go, and you gotta jump higher, and you can’t be involved in that.” And before long, without really meaning to—nobody does this on purpose—we’re taking out the bottom rungs again! And we make it difficult for the Gentiles who are turning to God! And we’re the church!
A few years ago when we started all of this, we had one thing in mind—we’re going to make it easy and accessible. Here at oneChurch, we’re committed to keeping it easy and accessible for everyone. Because you know what we believe? We believe that Jesus came not for religious people—we believe Jesus came for everybody! We don’t think the church is for churched people—we think the church is for everybody! Do you know why we think the church is for everybody? Because we think everybody needs to be forgiven! I do! Everybody is going to face a crisis in life and want to know, “Does God really care about me?” Most people would love to be able to pick up a Bible and for it to make sense to them.
So we made a commitment—we’re going to keep it Easy and Accessible. No matter how much it costs—easy and accessible. We’re committed to that. So when a guy or a girl who knows nothing about the Bible and Jesus shows up, they can say, “Okay… I can’t find Genesis, but boy, did I find a place where I can connect. Chris, I didn’t understand all of that stuff you said, but my children sure do like it here! I didn’t have any friends, but I got into a small group, and we started talking about marriage."
Because the church is for everybody, because everybody matters to God! 

Reaching People, Not Keeping People

Did you know that 88% of people in Clarksville don't go to church? That's 9 out of 10 people, or 125,274 people. Every Sunday in Clarksville, 125,274 people stay at home and do not attend church.
9 out of 10. Yet Jesus told a story in Luke 15 in which the Good Shepherd left the 99 found sheep to search after the 1 lost sheep. Here in Clarksville? the ratio is 12 found and 88 who are far from God.
As churches, let's stop fighting over the 12% and actually reach our community by engaging people who don't know God or go to church.
Over the past 9 years, has reached over 8,600 people come to, and we have baptized 591 people!! Clarksville is at the crossroads of the world, and churches have the potential to influence soldiers and their families who are here but for a short time and then get launched all over the world!!
So are you reaching people, or just content on keeping people?

A Starting Point for Unchurched People - Adam Johnson & Tim Cooper

People near our churches are ready to have spiritual conversations. Where can they go? In this breakout, we'll share our answer to that question.

I. Understanding how people grow will help us create their best next step.
A. There are spiritually curious people within driving distance of every church.
B. Churches are generally not perceived as the safest places to ask questions, express doubts, or share disagreements.
C. The church should be the best place to have those conversations.
D. There are 5 thresholds people go through on the path to growing faith:
1. Trusting a Christian
2. Becoming curious about faith
3. Being open to change
4. Seeking God
5. Entering a relationship with God

II. We must be intentional about creating the best environment for peel to have safe conversations about faith.

A. Creating the right environment begins with understanding who the environment is for.

We can create environments where God can cause heart change.

B. The priority is creating a safe place for the participants to explore faith at their own pace.
C. The content is driven by a conversation, not a presentation. A presentation is clean and neat; a conversation is messy.
D. During a Starting Point group, participants experience Christian communitiy, perhaps for the first time.
III. The effectiveness of the environment depends only the posture of our leaders.
A. There is not a right way to lead Starting Point, but we have found there is a right posture.
B. Leaders who embody this posture ask great questions.
1. Ask "what" and "how", not why.
2. Respond to questions with questions.
C. Remember, method trumps message every single time.

Recommended resources:
I Once Was Lost, Don Everts & Doug Schaupp

Engaging Culture - Tim Cooper, North Point Labs

From politics to sexuality, there are many topics where culture intersects with faith and opinions vary. How we think about these issues is as important as what e think about them. In this breakout, we will take you through how we gain volunteers to engage wit culture. We'll explore some root causes of existing cultural tensions and focus on how to walk alongside someone who has a viewpoint different than yours.

I. We have to decide if we really want to influence the culture we live in.

"If sincerity were the same thing as faithfulness, then all would be well..."
--James Davison Hunter, To Change The World

Churches have beliefs about what is true and right.
Culture also has beliefs about what is true and right.
When there are differences in those beliefs, gaps are created.
We navigate this tension in 3 ways:
Separate from the parts of culture we fear
Surrender to the parts of culture we enjoy
Engage with the parts of culture we want to influence

II. Our ability to influence culture is limited by our disgust toward it.

"Humans are most likely the only species that experiences disgust, and we seem to be the only one capable of loathing its own species."
--William Miller, The Anatomy of Disgust

--Richard Beck, Unclean

Disgust is a feeling of revulsion aroused by something unpleasant or offensive.
We are programmed to naturally move away from things that disgust us.
Disgust regulates a boundary between a person and the object of disgust.
Disgust becomes. Problem when we project it onto people.

III. To Over one disgust, we must intentionally move toward the messes.

Everyone has a moral circle.
We show kindness to our kind.
Try to expand your moral circle.

What is encouraging your leaders to press through their natural instinct to influence others who aren't their kind?

IV. Jesus modeled how to influence culture.

"The Pharisees seeking purity pull away from the sinners. Jesus, seeking fellowship, moves toward the sinners." --Richard Beck, Unclean

Jesus' ministry prompts us to define spirituality less in terms of religion and knowledge and more in terms of service and engagement.

Theology and knowledge are important.
Service and engagement are more important.
How well we love is of the utmost importance..

“As Jesus went on from there, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax collector╩╝s booth. “Follow me,” he told him, and Matthew got up and followed him. While Jesus was having dinner at Matthew╩╝s house, many tax collectors and sinners came and ate with him and his disciples. When the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?” On hearing this, Jesus said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.””
Matthew 9:9-13 NIV

Understanding the difference between sacrifice and mercy will help us love better.
Sacrifice is intentionally moving toward purity.
Mercy is embracing and intentionally moving toward what is difference.

V. Managing the tension between theology and ministry requires work.

Address core issues of the faith differently than peripheral ones.
Make church the safest place in the world to engage cultural issues.
Put conversations above policies.
Remember: you at the church.

Action Items:
Work to overcome disgust toward anyone.
Ask, "What does love require of me?"

How we educate volunteers to engage with and influence culture is one of the most important things we will try to do as a church. When our devotion to God is illustrated, demonstrated, and authenticated by our love for others, we make it possible to change our culture... and our world.

Table questions:
What does your church do to influence the culture around you?
What do you think is the responsibility of the church when it comes to influencing culture?

Friday Funnies

Happy Friday!  Here are 3 things I laughed at this week...enjoy!

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Raking In The Swagbucks (and giftcards)

There are 11 more Fridays before Christmas.
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I've already started shopping but still feel like I'm behind!  I got stuff for my secret pal at work, several of our grandparents, a niece and nephew, but still.  Just 11 more weekends.  Eeek!  Anyway, I've told you guys before about how I use Swagbucks (a free site where you earn points to redeem for gift cards or cash) to get gift cards.  I just cashed out my points for a $25 Amazon gift card and expect to get another one before Christmas.  Hooray for an extra $50!

Once you've joined Swagbucks, be sure to join the SWAGO game. It doesn't cost anything and is kind of like bingo.  You fill in squares by doing activities and then once you have enough squares for a "bingo" you can turn your card in and instantly get the extra points (called "swagbucks" or "SB").  You can earn between 5 and 300 extra points by doing the SWAGO game.  

Here’s what you need to know to get your 300 SB Bonus:
  • Swago will begin on Monday, October 10th at 12pm PDT/3pm EDT, make sure you hit “Join” otherwise you won’t get credit for completing the action items. Each square on your Swago Board will contain an action item to complete.
  • Once you complete the action item in a particular square the square will change color signifying the action item is complete.
  • You have a limited amount of time to mark off as many squares as possible so use your time wisely.
  • Be mindful of the patterns and their corresponding bonuses located on the right of your Swago Board. The patterns will vary in difficulty and bonus value.
  • Once you’ve achieved a pattern the corresponding “Submit” button will light up. You can have multiple patterns available for submission, however, you can only submit ONE pattern so choose wisely.
  • The game ends Monday, October 17th at 12pm PDT/3pm EDT. So make sure to hit “Submit” on the pattern you wish to submit. If you don’t hit “Submit” before the game ends you won’t receive your SB bonus.
Good luck and if you have any questions, you can ask me here or on Facebook --> here.

Catalyst 2016 - Andy Stanley - Uncommon Fellowship

-    uncommon, out of the ordinary, unusual,
-    Fellowship a relationship that is mutually beneficial and enjoyable.

Head -urning jaw-dropping never-would-have-imagined association.

Once upon a time there was a version of our faith characterized by uncommon fellowship that changed our world. If we could get this right, we could change the world. Why do we know this? Because it changed the world once 2,000 years ago.

Slaves, masters, women, Jews, gentiles, roman centurions - there could not have been a more diverse group who came together around Jesus.

Betrayed by friends
Condemned by the Temple
Persecuted by the Roman Empire
Spread like an air-borne disease

The only the 12 disciples had in common was Jesus. Jesus modeled it. People who were nothing like Jesus loved hanging around Jesus.
Jesus predicted it.
“When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” “Well,” they replied, “some say John the Baptist, some say Elijah, and others say Jeremiah or one of the other prophets.” Then he asked them, “But who do you say I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” Jesus replied, “You are blessed, Simon son of John, because my Father in heaven has revealed this to you. You did not learn this from any human being. Now I say to you that you are Peter (which means ‘rock), and upon this rock I will build my church, and all the powers of hell will not conquer it.”
Matthew 16:13-18 NLT
Jesus did not predict a place. He predicted a movement. Jesus also prayed for us.
“"I do not pray only for them. I pray also for those who will believe in me because of their message. Father, I pray that all of them will be one, just as you are in me and I am in you. I want them also to be in us. Then the world will believe that you have sent me.
John 17:20-21 NIRV
I will be in them, just as you are in me. I want them to be brought together perfectly as one. This will let the world know that you sent me. It will also show the world that you have loved those you gave me, just as you have loved me.”
John 17:23 NIRV
Our unity is mission critical. Unity is mission critical. Disunity disrupts the mission.
“"I give you a new command. Love one another. You must love one another, just as I have loved you.” “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
John 13:34-35 NIRV
Unselfish love rules uncommon fellowship. Then Paul took the golden rule and he teased it out in his letters when he said...
Forgive one another
Encourage one another
Restore one another
Care for one another
Submit to one another - mutual submission
Carry one another's burdens
Bear with one another
What if we just did the one another's?
Imagine a world where people were skeptical of what we believe but envious of how well we treat one another.
The early church had to fight for it, because uncommon is uncomfortable.
Uncommon - uncomfortable
“He said to them: “You are well aware that it is against our law for a Jew to associate with or visit a Gentile. But God has shown me that I should not call anyone impure or unclean.”
Acts 10:28 NIV
If it's not uncomfortable? It's because you have surrounded yourself with people who are just like you, and you are comfortable.
“Then Peter began to speak: “I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism but accepts from every nation the one who fears him and does what is right.”
Acts 10:34-35 NIV
God does not show favoritism.
“Then some of the believers who belonged to the party of the Pharisees stood up and said, “The Gentiles must be circumcised and required to keep the law of Moses.””
Acts 15:5 NIV
Do you know what hung in the balance of this decision? You and I hung in the balance. James and Peter made huge theological and cultural concessions so that Gentiles could come to faith. Why? Because they knew that oneness needed to win the day. They went from the entire old convene at to two things. They knew that when it comes to disrupting unity, immorality disrupts unity. Unity preempt personal preference and satisfaction.
Jesus modeled it, predicted it, prayed for it, and branded it.
The early church fought for it. The question is, "Will we?"
Will we prioritize uncommon fellowship over our particular version of faith? We have to overlook what we don't have in common. It is an invitation to embrace the One thing we have in common.
“You see, at just the right time, when we (that is us. That is what we have in common) were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly.”
Romans 5:6 NIV
if your theology separates you from sinners like you, you may have some work to do.
We can't all be right, but Jesus said that we can all be one.
Jesus did not pray for our rightness. He prayed for our oneness.
As is their custom, Catalyst opened up the conference with Andy Stanley, Senior Pastor of North Point Community Church.  He is also the author of such noted books as Deep and Wide: Creating Churches Unchurched People Love To Attend and Next Generation Leader: 5 Essentials For Those Who Will Shape The Future.  Andy spoke on the value of uncommon fellowship.
Preachers kids see church as the church really is.
Once upon a time there was a version of our faith characterized by uncommon fellowship that changed our world.
People who were nothing like Jesus liked Jesus and Jesus liked them.
Jesus did not predict a place. Jesus predicted a people.
Early Christian fellowship included all kinds of diverse people. Unity of believers is a testimony to the world that Jesus is God.
Our ability to love one another will be our megaphone to the world.
Our uncommon fellowship is critical because disunity disrupts the mission.
If there is one thing weve got to get right is unity around Jesus, the Son of God, is the Christ.
Unselfish love fuels uncommon fellowship.
Mutual submission is the most powerful relational dynamic in the world.
When you find a group of people mutually submitting to one another it is extraordinarily attractive.
Imagine a world where the people were skeptical of what we believed but were envious of how they treat one another.
Everybody wants to be one-anothered.
Uncommon is uncomfortable.
If we get this right all of us have to do uncomfortable things.
If you are not uncomfortable you have surrounded yourself with people who are just like you.
Oneness has to win the day. Unity around who is Jesus is preeminent. Everything else is details.
Immorality in the church disrupts unity.
Unity preempts personal preference and satisfaction.
Uncommon fellowship requires we look beyond the things we dont have in common. It is an invitation to embrace the one thing we have in common.
Jesus sacrificed His life so you could experience the most uncommon fellowship of all – fellowship with the Father.
If your theology separates you from sinners like you, you may have some work to do.

We cant all be right. But we can all be one. Jesus did not pray for our rightness. He prayed for our oneness.
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