The Running Back that Hated to Run

I have long been fascinated by the story of Curtis Martin. Curtis Martin retired from the NFL in 2005 as with the fourth most rushing yards in the history of the league and was inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame in 2012. While there is nothing extraordinary in that, what fascinates me is something that Martin shared in his Hall of Fame acceptance speech: he never really liked football... and ...

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A Lesson on Listening (#4 – Why it Matters)

4. LEARN WHY IT MATTERS As stated in the first of four previous posts about listening, a contingency of the relationship between sheep and shepherd is for the flock to be familiar with the voice of the one shepherding. Similarly, the shepherd must know the collective voice of the flock, and in order to know the voice, the shepherd/pastor must listen intently to each individual situation. The flock expects a shepherd to ...

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Learning to Ride

Self-preservation is a powerful motivator.  This was very apparent over the Memorial Day weekend.  My two sons had not learned to ride their bikes.  This is in part due to my poor fathering skills.  Apparently, I lack some refinement in this area, but another reason is that crashing one's bike is certainly a universal fear - that and waking up late for an important event.  Both will freeze you with ...

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Pruning Goodness

In John 15, Jesus is spending what would be his last night with the disciples on earth. Over the course of the evening, Jesus took time to teach his disciples one last time and share with them what is most important and absolutely essential. In the middle of his discourse, Jesus begins to teach about how our relationship with God works. He says in John 15:1–2, “I am the true ...

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Addicted to Being Right

You don’t need me to tell you this, but the culture we live in today is undergoing one of the biggest shifts away from Christianity in history. Often times, our response as Christians to the shift in culture is to fight fire with fire. We think, “We need more apologetics and more Christians willing to debate our values in public forums.” While there certainly is a place for apologetics, I’ve ...

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Fall Worship Schedule: Frequently Asked Questions

FALL WORSHIP SCHEDULE Over the last year, Harris Creek has continued to experience rapid growth and has more than maximized the current structure on Sundays. While it's good that we have continued to utilize the space available, the reality is we have little to no room for visitors or new people to join us if things stay the same. With that in mind, church leadership has been discussing and praying about ...

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Top 10 List

I know many of you are going to be severely disappointed—the Worship and Arts Pastor is going to post something that’s not “Worship and Arts Pastory”. Shocker right? Well, turns out I was inspired by our recent parenting conference at Harris Creek. I learned some great stuff on raising our son to love Jesus. For those of you that don’t know our son, Shep, here’s a picture of us a couple of ...

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Grieving the Growth

Over the past two years at Harris Creek, we have grown at an unbelievable pace. People always ask us what strategies we’ve used to grow so quickly; the truth is this growth is not a result of any strategic plan on our part. In fact, we have been consistently caught off guard by the rapid growth, and we’ve been far more reactive than proactive. And while from an outside perspective ...

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Stop Dreaming

I’m going to tell you something that goes against what your parents told you: Stop Dreaming. It’s not that I think having dreams and aspirations is a bad idea. Actually, I believe quite the opposite. What I do think is too many people my age have huge dreams and rarely work hard to achieve them. We have a vision for where we want to go, but don’t want to do ...

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