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Primal: A Quest for the Lost Soul of Christianity

I love the writings of Mark Batterson and always finish his books challenged. In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day is one of my all time favorite books and I have been encouraging everyone I know to read it. Having read his newest book, Primal, I now have another book to suggest to people.
I truly believe that the Greatest Commandment is and needs to be foundational in every church's vision and Primal really brings out a lot of great insight on that passage. Mark has a way of simplifying the seemingly complex. The way he breaks down the Great Commandment makes it very easy to use in a sermon series and I am definitely considering using this for our Sunday night service.
We are always in need of reformation and Mark hits the nail on the head with the much needed reformation for this generation and what it needs to be centered around... Love God.
I suggest Primal for all Followers of Christ to read, especially if they're wanting to be challenge to grow in their faith.
The great thi…

Make Christmas Happen!

This last week I was made aware of a family at my wife's school with 4 children that are in need this Christmas.

Here's a question for you... Have you ever not gotten a gift on Christmas day? As I asked myself that question I realized that in 32 years I have always gotten gift on Christmas Day. I have no idea what it feels like to not get a gift.

Well here's the deal, I believe that ever kid deserves a gift on Christmas Day. But if we don't do something about it as Connections, as the body of Christ, then these children won't get a gift this Christmas. I don't know how you all feel about that, but I refuse to let that happen. I believe that when we see something like this then we are being invited to show God's love in a very real way.

I want to encourage you all to help as well. Tonight we are taking up a special offering at Connections and if each of us would just give $10 each then we can make this one of then we can "Make Christmas Happen" for th…

The Dust Buster!

We are doing a series right now called "God Is..." and this week we are talking about how God is Spirit. Well I came across this verse in Job 34 that kind of slapped me in the face...If it were his intention and he withdrew his spirit and breath, all mankind would perish together and man would return to the dust. I don't always think about what I would be without the Spirit of God in me, but as I stumble across this verse I see that I am nothing more than a pile of dust without the Spirit living in me.So I'm going to stop writing my sermon right now and focus on this verse. Sometimes thats what we need to do, when scripture begins to speak, when God speaks to you, just stop what your doing and listen. Time for me to listen.YoursJustin