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By DavidWPrice on 12/28/2015 9:10 AM
As we begin 2016 we have much to be thankful for.  During this past year we have seen so many great things happen at the Great Outdoors Community Church.  Our congregation continues to grow and our ministries continue to expand.

I thank God for a strong, vibrant church that is dedicated to “Connecting people to God and to one another.”

On a personal note, January marks the beginning of my fifth year as your Lead Pastor.  Where did the first four years go?

LuAnn and I are so happy serving this great church … and we love living at The Great Outdoors. 

As many of you know, we recently purchased the parsonage on Twin Lakes Drive.  We want to thank the church board for making this a reality. Owning a home at TGO adds to our participation in the community.

As our church begins yet another year, I am thankful for promises like Jeremiah 29:11:  “For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”...
By DavidWPrice on 11/15/2015 9:06 AM
What could be more natural than Christmas and music?  It is hard to imagine what the season would be like without Christmas carols, cantatas, or even Bing Crosby singing “White Christmas”.

Music has been a big part of the Christmas season for centuries, but they didn’t originate in Medieval Europe or colonial America.  The very first Christmas carols go back much farther than that. They began as spontaneous outbursts of praise from people who had remarkable experiences connected with Christ’s birth. 

Luke the physician was the first to record the original four Christmas carols – in the first two chapters of his gospel.  All four songs were part of the narrative of Jesus’ Incarnation. 

The Early Church knew these original Christmas Carols by heart.  When the Scriptures were translated into Latin, the four songs recorded by Luke were given Latin titles:

Mary’s Song, found in Luke 1:48-55 is called “The Magnificat”.  Zechariah’s Song, from Luke 1:67-80 is called “The Benedictus”.  The...
By DavidWPrice on 3/22/2015 6:56 AM
“Christ Is Risen!” … “Christ is Risen Indeed!”  Those words are have been spoken every Resurrection Sunday across the world for nearly two thousand years.

·       During the first century, Roman Christians greeted one another with the words, "Vivit!" -- "He lives!" and responded with, "Vere Vivit!" -- "He lives indeed!"

·       The Greeks of the early Church said, "Christos anestee!" -- "Christ is risen!"  The reply was, "Aleethoos anestee!" -- "He is truly risen!"

·       In the Spanish speaking regions, Christians say, "Cristo vive!"

·       In Germany, the salutation is, “Christ ist erstanden!  

·       In Russia, Christians suffering decades of Communists brutally announced, "Christos Voskres!" Their friends responded, "Voistinu Voskres!"

Nearly twenty centuries years after that miraculous event, you and I will once again rejoice on Resurrection Morning. We continue a celebration that has endured through political upheavals, two World Wars, incredible social changes,...
By DavidWPrice on 10/13/2014 9:52 AM
Some years ago LuAnn (my wife) went to a conference put on by a mega-church from Australia. In one of the sessions the Lead Pastor of this church of many thousands said, “In my travels to many American churches I’ve discovered something: You are good at doing church, but you are not very good at doing life together”. That statement reinforced what I had known for decades; Christians always live better lives when they are connected to other believers. Simply put, we are better together than by ourselves. In this world there are two families possible for us. There is the family we were born to and there is the spiritual family God has created for us. 1 Peter 3:8 tells us God’s intention for us: “You should be like one big family full of sympathy toward each other.” -- (NLT) That’s why our church has what we call “small groups”. The name pretty much says it all. On Sunday we meet as a large group to worship and to hear God’s Word. As great as that is – you can’t form lasting relationships during...
By DavidWPrice on 4/12/2014 8:56 PM
As we approach the celebration of the Resurrection, I share with you one of my favorite true stories. It says so much about the lasting power of faith in Jesus’ death and resurrection: Most people have never heard of Nikolai Ivanovich Bukharin. Bukharin was a participant in the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution, the editor of the Soviet newspaper Pravda, and a full member of the Politburo. His works on economics and political science are still read today. In the spring of 1930, Nikolai addressed a huge assembly at Kiev. For over an hour he attacked Christianity using every argument from Russian Communism to prove atheism and discredit Christianity. When he was finished, he looked at what seemed he deemed to be the smoldering ashes of Christian faith and demanded, "Are there any questions?" Deafening silence filled the auditorium. But then another Nicolai came to the platform and stood near the communist leader. For some time he surveyed the silent crowd. Finally his voice reverberated throughout...
By DavidWPrice on 12/27/2013 9:01 AM
Dan Whitney recently wrote an article for an online publication.  In it he asks us to consider ten questions that can help shape 2014.  In this entry, you'll find an excerpt from Dan's article.  It's worth reading.

Once, when the people of God had become careless in their relationship with Him, the Lord rebuked them through the prophet Haggai. "Consider your ways!" (Haggai 1:5) he declared, urging them to reflect on some of the things happening to them, and to evaluate their slipshod spirituality in light of what God had told them.

Even those most faithful to God occasionally need to pause and think about the direction of their lives. It's so easy to bump along from one busy week to another without ever stopping to ponder where we're going and where we should be going.

The beginning of a new year is an ideal time to stop, look up, and get our bearings. To that end,...
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