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Fully Alive!

Fully Alive!

FULLY ALIVE Congregational Letter | February 2017 | By Rich Nathan We’re going to be engaged in an all-church campaign called “Fully Alive” during the Lenten season, from February 26 through Palm Sunday, April 9. The purpose of the campaign is to bring a laser-like focus to discipleship in our church. Last year we were thrilled with our church’s involvement in the Good ...

Vineyard Columbus New Year Report:  Looking Back and Looking Ahead

Vineyard Columbus New Year Report: Looking Back and Looking Ahead

Vineyard Columbus New Year Report: Looking Back and Looking Ahead Congregational Letter January 2017 By Rich Nathan   The Bible continually commands us to remember all that God has done in our lives. For example, we read this in Job 36:24: Remember to extol his work, which people have praised in song. And Psalm 105:5 says: Remember the wonders he has done, his miracles, and the ...

What if There Was No Christmas?

What if There Was No Christmas?

Someone once said that you can tell the size of a boat by the size of the wake it leaves behind. An ocean liner creates a tidal wave in its wake. On the other hand, a small sailboat hardly leaves a ripple.   The same thing is true of a man or a woman. You can tell the impact of a man or a woman by the size of wake they leave behind. Some people, when they are gone, leave a tidal wave in ...

The Age of Exposure

The Age of Exposure

There are lots of ways one could characterize the time in which we are living. We could call our time the Age of Anxiety as people are fearful of threats posed by terrorism and global unrest. We could call our time the Age of Loneliness, as studies tell us that more and more people have no one in their lives with whom they can completely confide. But certainly, one accurate way to characterize ...

Five Reasons We Need People Who Are Different Than Us

Five Reasons We Need People Who Are Different Than Us

The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable. 1 Corinthians 12:21-22 You’ve heard the expression “Birds of a feather flock together”. It is designed to communicate the basic truth that people who ...

The Most Neglected Spiritual Practice

The Most Neglected Spiritual Practice

What do you believe is the most neglected spiritual practice by Christians in our day?  Prayer? Bible reading? Fellowship? Worship? Fasting?   It is so easy for leaders in particular, but Christians in general, to be so busy working for God that we miss God in the work. The great temptation for Christians is to try to do something great for God, and in the process lose our ...

CONVERSATIONS THAT GET PERSONAL

CONVERSATIONS THAT GET PERSONAL

A few years ago, while riding on a rental car bus at the Dallas airport, I had a five-minute conversation with a woman. The bus was crowded, so as she climbed on the bus I got up to offer her my seat and help her stow her suitcase in the rack. As she took my seat and I stood in the aisle, I casually asked her where she was from and why she was visiting Dallas. She told me she had come from ...

What Did Our Survey Tell Us About Vineyard Columbus?

What Did Our Survey Tell Us About Vineyard Columbus?

Every two years, Vineyard Columbus takes a survey of our congregation. Our most recent survey was taken in April 2016. What did we discover about our church? We are becoming more racially diverse. I recently had a conversation with a sociologist at The Ohio State University. One of her fields of specialization is multi-racial churches. She told me that according to her study, what we are doing ...

How to Build a Multi-Generational Church

How to Build a Multi-Generational Church

I was talking to a young couple recently about the rising age of church planters in the Vineyard movement. Thirty years ago, the average Vineyard church planter was in their late 20s. Now, they are in their 40s. I made one of those off-handed Baby Boomer remarks to them: “It seems to me that lots of Millennials are afraid to push out of the nest! They just won’t strike out on their ...

God’s Timing is Perfect

I came to Christ at a Passover dinner when I was 18 years old. The Passover dinner was part of a fellowship meeting led by a man in his 50s named Don. Don had a very troubled past. He was an alcoholic.  He and his wife would frequently fight over Don’s abuse of alcohol. One night when he was severely depressed, he decided to kill himself by driving his car onto some railroad tracks in ...

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