Dec 272009

Well, Christmas has come and gone once again and we are about to enter a new year. 

This is such a wonderful time of the year!  It feels so refreshing and it gives us the feeling that we have a chance to start over in a way.  It is such a great time of the year and it is symbolic for those of us that follow Jesus.  Jesus is about new beginnings and it is through Jesus that we actually get a new life and a new beginning! 

I am so excited about what 2010 has in store for us at Church at the Grove.  We have transitioned from Youth Middle School to Walnut Grove High School and it is an incredible opportunity for us to continue with the mission God has given us!

I am so thankful for everything Nathan, Craig and Gabe shared this morning at CATGrove!  I should have taken extensive notes but since I did not I will share with you what I challenged us with this morning.

Key Scripture:
Philippians 1:9-11 (ESV)
9 And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment,
10 so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ,
11 filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.

LOVE – Love God–Love people.  Choose to view life through the lens of LOVE.

GROW – Seek to grow in your relationship with Jesus.  Pursue integrity!  Pursue growth!

SHARE – Share the love of Jesus with those around you.  Produce the fruit of a Christian and grow in the fruit of the spirit.

What a great weekend we have had.  The Christmas Eve service was unbelievable and off the charts.  I could not believe how full our new auditorium was!  WOW.  I am so thankful for the hard work all of our worship team put in.  Thank you so much. 

What a great Christmas weekend.  I have enjoyed so much fun with our family and friends this past weekend.  I am looking forward to this coming week.  I leave with Josiah and our teenagers with Nathan to go to YEC in Macon GA. 

Next week we begin a new series called “Crazy Love” that will challenge us regarding our worship.  God’s crazy love for us should produce a crazy love response from us with our lives. 

I am praying for a Happy New Year for all of you. 

Keep praying, keep investing, and keep inviting! 

See you next year!

 Posted by at 11:43 pm
Dec 232009

Big Idea:
God reveals himself to those that are humble and hungry.

Scripture Memory:
Philippians 2:6-8 (ESV)
6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped,
7 but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form,
8 he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.

Action Step:
Make a commitment this Christmas season to help us take the best Christmas gift (Jesus) to those in this community in 2010!

Random Thoughts:

  • What a weekend and week!  After a quiet night at the Butcher home on Friday night we awoke early Saturday morning and made our way to the Wal Mart on Rockbridge Rd. near Stone Mountain.  What an incredible experience as we ministered to a group of women from the Atlanta Union Mission homeless shelter! 
  • I estimate around 40 Church at the Grove people were serving at the shelter with the children and at the Stone Mtn. Walmart with the mothers!  Huge showing for Church at the Grove!
  • It amazes me how blessed my family is when we take part in these ministry projects!  Our small challenges shrink in light of what some of these ladies are going through.  God works in our lives as we love on others!
  • Sunday morning was another amazing morning at the Grove!  What a huge crowd! 
  • I am hoping this momentum that we have will carry over in our new location at Walnut Grove High School. 
  • I was overwhelmed by how many people were willing to stay after the service and help us load our equipment for the move!  Did I say I was overwhelmed?
  • We had another great group show up this morning to help us load in at Walnut Grove High School.  Thank you to all who helped!
  • I am so excited about our Christmas Eve celebration AND about our Sunday gathering for Dec. 27!  Don’t miss it!
  • We begin a brand new series on Jan. 3 called “Crazy Love”!  This is a great time to invite your friends and family! 
  • I hope you all have a HUGE Merry Christmas!  Blessings to you and your family!

Keep praying, Keep investing, Keep inviting!


 Posted by at 1:18 pm
Dec 162009

Big Idea:
God became man for the purpose of redeeming the world!
How we view Jesus in the manger affects our understanding of Jesus’ work on the cross!

Scripture Memory:
Galatians 4:4-5 (ESV)
4 But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law,
5 to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons.

Action Step:
Read through the biblical Christmas story a minimum of 3 times between now and Christmas.  Take advantage of the Christmas season to talk to your children/family about how God became man for the purpose of redeeming the world. 

Random Thoughts

  • What a great Sunday!  We are seeing God work in a serious and significant way!  We have seen 12 people in the last 2 Sundays turn to trust in Jesus!  God is answering our prayers. 
  • Remember to focus on Jesus this Christmas season!  Santa is fun, but he can’t change eternity!
  • I love seeing so many guests coming and so many coming back after their first visit with us! 
  • We have some great momentum right now!  Let’s leverage it for some explosive growth at Walnut Grove High School.
  • This coming Sunday is our last at Youth Middle School.  I am so thankful for the relationship we have with Youth Middle School.  It will continue even though we won’t be there on Sundays.
  • This Saturday is a huge opportunity for us to invest in homeless women and children of Atlanta.  Join us as we partner with Resurrecting Hope this Saturday at the Wal Mart next to Stone Mountain. 
  • We will be moving some equipment from the high school this Sunday after the second service.  We could use some help in breaking down and moving the equipment. 
  • Christmas Eve service at Walnut Grove High School 5pm.  You don’t want to miss it!  No childcare for Christmas Eve.  Bring the children into the service with you.
  • We will have Sunday morning service at Walnut Grove high school on Dec. 27 at 10am.  No children’s ministries that morning.  Bring your children into the service with you.
  • Things are going great with how God is moving, but our budget offerings have gone down that last 6 weeks.  Please continue to be faithful in your giving so we can continue the ministries that we have made commitments to as the end of the year approaches.  Times are tough and there are so many needs with people at this time of the year.
  • I love you guys and I am praying for God to continue working in a Big way!

Keep praying, Keep investing, keep inviting!


 Posted by at 2:20 pm
Dec 072009

Big Idea:
Good deeds form a bridge over which good news can travel.  The door to salvation is often opened through acts of service.

Scripture memory:
Matthew 5:13-14 (ESV)
13 “You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet.
14 “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.

Action Step:
In what way can you change your perspective and thinking about what makes a church a “high impact” church?  What will you do to increase your “saltiness”–to become more distinctively like Jesus in your values and actions?  This week answer these questions for yourself and decide what you will change in your life to be an active part of an externally focused church.

Random Thoughts:

  • What an incredible Sunday morning at CATGrove!  What a weekend of great ministry with “Shop With a Hero”!  I love it!
  • We were able to minister to 53 children (I think).  It is the most by far we have ever been able to influence. 
  • Check out the Shop with a Hero video here!
  • I could not believe the number of volunteers!  You guys rock!  What a turnout to demonstrate God’s love in a practical way!  Thank you to everyone who made this happen.  Thank you to all of you who sponsored a child.
  • I am so grateful for Mike McHugh and the wonderful guys at the Loganville Police Dept.  They are awesome and we could not do this without them.  Thank you to all the officers from other agencies.  Walton County Sheriffs, Dekalb, DEA, Monroe PD and maybe some other agencies were represented. 
  • Thank you to the Firefighters!  A special thanks to Chief Roberts and the Loganville FD for their help in raising the money for this year. Those guys are awesome!  Thank you to Rockdale, Gwinnett, Walton County an probably other agencies for serving. 
  • Thanks to Dave at Resurrecting Hope and Gwinnett Rental for their help with the tent and heaters.
  • Thank you to Cindy Boyd and Sandy Terrell for putting so much work into making Shop with a Hero a success.
  • I am so convinced that we must stay focused on being an “Externally Focused Church”. 
  • Good deeds form a bridge over which good news can travel.  The doors to salvation are often opened through service.
  • Our church was started with a vision to touch the community and make a difference.  We must continue with that vision!
  • Question of the Day:  Would anyone miss Church at the Grove if we were gone?
  • ACCESS prayer gathering this Tuesday night at Nathan and Katelyn Boyd’s house! 7pm.
  • Please help Resurrecting Hope and Church at the Grove on Saturday Dec 19 make a difference in the lives of Women and children at the Atlanta Union Mission.  We need lots of support to make their Christmas special.
  • The next two Sundays we will be in a series called “The Decree”.  We will take a fresh look at the Christmas Story.
  • Christmas Eve Service at Walnut Grove High School on Dec 24 at 5pm!  You will not want to miss this!
  • We will be having our last Sunday morning Gathering at Youth Middle School on Sunday Dec. 20!  Let’s make this a special day as we conclude our Sunday gatherings at YMS.  Join us for worship and let’s have a huge celebration.

Keep praying, keep investing, keep inviting! 

See you Sunday!



 Posted by at 4:11 pm