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Spontaneous Baptism

A week ago Lisa and I took a quick trip out to Atlanta to nail down a rental house. While we were in town we had the opportunity to attend a worship service at North Metro and were blown away by how the Lord moved. The preceding week the Staff had wrestled through the idea of doing a spontaneous baptism. That is to say, call people that have not repented and or who have never been baptized to get it done right there on the spot in the service. The Staff had prepared changing kits ahead of time for those that responded which included appropriate clothes and towels among other things (BTW there was an extra run to Target involved to pick up more towels). Between the two services over 170 people responded and drew a line in the sand to publicly be identified with Christ! The first service went almost 2 hours and the second went 3 hours! For those of you who are used to 60 minute cues for your weekend services you get what an amazing moment this was. Fathers were baptizing their children, children baptized their parents, and spouses baptized one another. Grown men (the big hulking manly kind of men) were in tears, broken in response to the grace of God in their lives. Lisa and I stood in the back and wept over the stories of life change and this tangible demonstration of the obedience of people as they responded to and followed the Lord. We are continually humbled that the Lord would allow us to partner with Himself and the leadership at North Metro to help shape this community of people into what God has dreamed up for us to become!



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big move to the atl

I can remember as a young teenager going to bed praying and weeping night after night, begging God for the opportunity to influence thousands of people for Him. From the time before those prayers were ever uttered until today, God has been shaping me, forming me through His Word, His People, His Spirit, and His Wisdom for this very moment. For this moment, this community of people, this church, this mission…this is what I was made for.

Cornerstone, I could not do what the Lord has placed in front of me to do without you. What the Lord has done in my life through you and during my time among you will be treasured. I’m honored to have served along side of you and will take with me the many friendships, memories, and incredible moments that we’ve shared together. Thank you for your kind words in this moment. They have breathed affirmation, empowerment, courage and life into me and I am grateful.

North Metro, I cannot tell you how honored, humbled and excited Lisa and I are to be a part of what God is doing among you. You have already embraced us through emails, phone messages, and direct messages and it is so good to feel your love and affirmation, even from across the country. I cannot wait to get there this summer and get into the thick of life with you, and what the Lord has in store for us together.

While there is so much that could be said about how the Lord moved each step of the way in this process of calling us to North Metro and bending our hearts towards one another; I’ll simply say out loud to the Lord thank you for Your kindness and both shaping in us and leading us to what You know is best.

In order to finish well where I currently am, my family and I won’t I won’t be making the move to North Metro until later this summer. So as a result, we decided to have a video put together to introduce ourselves to our new church family! Below is the video that was shown this weekend at North Metro, happy viewing!

BTW got to give a big shout out to Chris Loope for doing the video work, the guy is simply amazing!

 


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The Younger Brother

This past week we kicked off a new series that found its roots in a book called “The Prodigal God,” written by Timothy Keller. This talk is the first in a series of three leading us up to Easter. Together we tackled the question of why we run from the Father and wrestled with irony that we so often find ourselves running from the very thing that our souls long for. So, what is it going to take for us to come to our senses? How long and how far are we willing to run until we wake up and realize that we were made to be at home with the Father?


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Counterculture Part-2

This past weekend we jumped back up into our series Counterculture at Cornerstone, and I had the opportunity to interview 3 women about their personal experience with abortion. God’s story that He has written in their lives of grace, forgiveness, and freedom is absolutely amazing. I was so humbled to see God use this moment and watch men and women come out of hiding on this issue and walk towards freedom and forgiveness in Christ. To think that a community of people called Cornerstone decide that they were going to be a safe place for this moment to happen, and offer grace to others as freely as they have recieved it was nothing short of beautiful!


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arizona cardinal anquan boldin video promo

On Sunday, April 25th Cornerstone will be interviewing Anquan Boldin, an amazing NFL wide reciever who plays for the Arizona Cardinals, in all of our weekend services. We get that for many people telling their friends about Jesus can be difficult, so this is one way we’ve decided to come along side of our church and help them. We promise that if you invite your friends to hear this interview on April 25th, your friends will hear about how Christ has changed Anquan and they will have the opportunity to respond to the Gospel! To promote this moment, our Creative Arts Team has just finished producing a video that is going to go in the Harkins Theatres along the 202 corridor to be shown before every movie that people go and see in the weeks leading up to the 25th. Once again I find myself in awe of our Creative Arts Team. These guys are amazing. You can check out the trailer here.


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