George Barna and his team have compiled a list of Six Megathemes that emerged in their research in 2010. It’s a sobering list for every Christian leader (or Christian, for that matter) in America to read. I recommend reading the full article, but here are the six megathemes: 1. The Christian church is becoming less…

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On Tuesday & Wednesday evenings, we’ve taken Kids Klub children to see “Star of Wonder,” a Christmas production by Phoenix 1st Assembly. The first evening, we took 18 children. The second evening, we took 35 children. A big, big thanks to the interns and volunteers who went along and helped navigate the parking lot and…

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Monday evening’s Sanctum was a blend of Scripture reading and songs, a telling of the Christmas story that spanned Genesis to Revelation (in condensed form, of course). Special thanks to Bob Oxley, leader of Sanctum, for planning the service for teens and adults.

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On Thursday evening, we had a “Stocking Stuffing Party” as close to 20 volunteers gathered to fill around 75 stockings and gift boxes to be distributed to children who attend Kids Klub. Along with a variety of toys and books, we stuffed the stockings with English and Spanish Bibles, snack items, socks, toothbrushes, and toothpaste.

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On Saturday, we took 14 children to a Christmas party at Living Streams Church in Phoenix. The party is organized each year by local philanthropist Jimmy Walker, and underprivileged children from a variety of ministries and schools are invited to attend. The party is a child’s paradise, with free hot dogs, cotton candy, popcorn, sno-cones,…

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We had a smaller crowd on Friday evening for Teen Night, but you could sense that God was stirring in hearts as Darrell unpacked John 3:16 in a very simple, clear way and shared the Gospel. As I visited with two sisters afterwards, I asked if they understood the message and had ever accepted Jesus…

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This week and next, Kids Klub children are learning about a few of the names of Jesus while we study the Christmas story. Yesterday’s name was Immanuel, as depicted by the fine coloring skills of these kindergarteners and 1st graders. As I tried to get the wheels turning in the brains of the 2nd graders…

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