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Keeping the main thing the main thing

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Last Saturday was the first concert in our new worship space (it was awesome!) and our annual congregational meeting/vision night (click here for the report). Needless to say, these are unprecedented times of blessing and growth we are enjoying as a local church. We must stay hungry, humble, and holy keeping our focus on Jesus and our mission. At this gathering, I shared that our vision has to be for those outside the kingdom of God. We exist as a church to reach the least and the lost. Bad things happen when we forget our true mission and core values. (more…)

5 Things I Want You to Know This Week

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1. We are on a quest to forgive seven people this week. How are you doing with that? Our series on the Seven Last Words of Christ from the Cross has launched and these seven words have the power to change your life. Love to hear how your forgiveness journey is going. (more…)

Repentance Repositories

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Need a bigger bag? Last Sunday I taught on Jesus in the Attic and we talked about the secrets that hold us back. The Live it Out assignment/homework for this week was to pick a sin from your life attic, repent of it, and throw it away. I asked our attendees to take a brown paper bag, confess a sin each day by drawing a big ‘X’ on the bag and then (here’s the scary part) bring that same bag back this Sunday with the ‘Xs’ on the outside, but an item on the inside that you need to repent of and throw away. I will have mine. (more…)

Some Positive Tweaks

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We have enjoyed meeting in our new Worship and Children’s space for two months now – time flies, huh!? This time has helped us better evaluate everything from ‘the street to the seat’ to ensure the best possible worship experience for you and your guests. We are now fine-tuning some things as we head into spring that will make it even better. (more…)

The real story of love…

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This is the day of love, so I thought a special Direct from David was in order! Here is an article by Joe Boyd (from right here in Cincinnati!) about the origins of Valentine’s Day. Enjoy this special day with your valentine. Remember that the greatest example of love is The One who died for you. (more…)

Are You Laughing?

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Hi Friends.

How about that Super Bowl!? Did you laugh per your homework from last Sunday’s message? Atlanta fans weren’t laughing, I’m sure! (more…)

Football, Faith, and Fun this Sunday!

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Based on the feedback I am hearing and reading, my best buddy John Hampton hit a home run last Sunday with Jesus in the Kids Room. Check out the message here. Don’t forget your Live It Out assignment this week: speak into the life of a child (bless them) every day this week. How is that going? (more…)

Can one dollar or one parking spot make a difference?

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Our Dollar Difference initiative is off and rolling! Your generosity is making a difference, one dollar and one person at a time. Come back this Sunday to hear about the difference your dollars made this week! (more…)

Jesus in YOUR house…

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We launched a brand-new series last Sunday – Jesus in the HouseWe know Jesus is in the church house when we gather here, but the question I want to ask today is this: Is Jesus in your house? Are you allowing Him to move freely in all the rooms of your home and in your heart? Are you looking for opportunities this week to see others and their needs, to stop, and then to serve those in need? (more…)

Let the year of 7-day-living commence

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Hey Whitewater Family,

I believe that God has placed our church in this place, for a purpose bigger than we think.  I believe God is calling all of us to live out our faith, 7 days a week in 2017. Just like Jesus did – seeing a need, stopping, and then serving. Every time you see a 7 this year, let it be a reminder to be a fully engaged disciple 7 days a week. Watch my Year of 7 sermon from last Sunday! (more…)

A New Year and a New You!

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Hi Friends.

How’s your New Year going? Hope you plan to be here this coming Sunday (when we return to our two Sunday times of 9:30 and 11:00am) to hear our church vision for 2017 and experience all that God has planned for you. Why not make a promise to be here every Sunday you’re in town in 2017? I’ve noticed that the person who doesn’t give the first portion of his or her week to God will always struggle with time management. [Matthew 6:33] (more…)

A December to Remember!

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This has been a thrilling ending to an unprecedented year. It is a December to Remember. It began with our Harbortown Kids Grand Opening, Jingle Jam, and Toy Store. It moved on to our Soft Opening, then our Grand Opening and culminated with the largest crowd ever gathered in our 100-year history: 2,616 for Christmas Eve. A December to Remember! (more…)

God showed off in spite of the weather!

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We prayed, we fasted, and we invited. Despite the frigid weather (we heard that some couldn’t even get their car doors open because they were frozen!), God showed up and so did 2,113 others for our Grand Opening. Yea God! (more…)

Obstacle or opportunity?

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One characteristic that I see demonstrated in people who Flourish and succeed in life is the ability to see solutions to problems. They, see the opportunities and not the obstacles. This is true both in and out of the church. Two examples for you: (more…)

Donkeys and Elephants, OH MY!

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I know it’s usually called the Direct from David. But last weekend in the message I referenced the animals series I did some years ago and talked about the Donkey’s “offering.” Here are some pics of my friend. (more…)

What kind of movement might you start?

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We are currently in a series called Flourish. One of the principles that I have noticed from our journey through I Chronicles (and one I have also had affirmed in my 55 young years) is that flourishing in any area involves risking. Since we are risk-averse people, we don’t flourish as much as we could. But faith cannot grow without risk. (more…)

The difference will be worth the wait!

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Hi Church I love!

We continue to Flourish individually and collectively at Whitewater. Phase 2 does as well! You will notice quite a few changes this coming Sunday as you enter the building. Our construction crew has broken through the former café area and now is busy connecting the old with the new. (more…)

Three Things I Want You to Pray for this Week

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1. Rich Funk.Rich Funk
The elders are pleased to announce that Rich has been invited to enter the elder process. Rich grew up unchurched and lived for self but after lots of research, searching, talking, and prayer, he dedicated his life to Christ in July of 1995. His favorite verse is Isaiah 40:31 and his favorite book in the Bible is Ecclesiastes. Rich and his wife Julia have seven kids (all adopted), ranging from age 14 to 26. (more…)

You Can’t Make This Stuff Up!

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This is under the category of ‘You can’t make this up.’ Police patrolling around 1 a.m. in Canton, IL, noticed a car parked at the First Church of the Nazarene. The keys were in the ignition and the engine was warm. Then they found a door of the church was broken in and went inside to investigate. They caught a burglar red-handed as he was trying to pry open a safe in the office. Police identified the burglar as David Utt – 39 years old, who was the minister of the New Hope Community Church in the same town. “He needed money because he was behind on his church’s rent,” Police Sgt. Josh Wages said.

Thankfully, Because [We Are] generous at Whitewater, we are not behind on our rent and I am not tempted to break into another church! Ha. We are, however, providing a brand new way for you to give your offering of cash or check this Sunday.

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100 Even!

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Ever had one of those days that changes you forever? We had one this past Sunday with our 2016 All-In baptism day. Exactly 100 people went public with their faith and went All-In for Jesus. The stories shared in that water will live with me forever. Can’t wait to share them with you over the next weeks/months. (more…)