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So, I already mentioned that this last Sunday we launched at Mars Hill. It was an incredible event, and we felt very blessed by the way things turned out that day.

What’s even cooler: we’re still feeling the effects of Sunday. We’ve seen eight new communities sign up for, in the two days immediately following Sunday’s launch. And there’s no sign, as of yet, that the growth is slowing.

We’re thrilled by this, and we feel God’s hand moving in this project and in the hearts of the people who feel passionately about becoming involved with us. That’s not something we can create; it’s a measure of grace. So, this is pretty much a “thank you.”

Thank you, Lord, for being with us and blessing this journey. And thank you to all of you out there who have allowed your hearts to be open to this. You, working with the hand of God, are what make this fly…and we seriously appreciate it!

Love you all,



Here we are on the 28th day of the month of April, 2008. Yesterday was a big day for us!

Starting at about 8:30 yesterday morning, team gathered at Mars Hill, in full-force, for our full launch. It was great.

The now nationally well-known Teacher, Rob Bell, gave a compelling talk about reaching out to one another within our communities and beyond. He spoke very well, and we feel very thankful that it was for us, and what God has for us to do, that Rob was speaking so well…which does not come as difficult to Rob, if you’ve ever heard him speak.

He engaged his community and dramatically helped rally them for the cause of sharing needs and abilities with each other, within their community. He put some fire, passion, wind and color in that large group of people. And it was such a blessing for us to participate in that passion and joy.

We had teams of people manning a small army of MacBooks, MacBook Pros, MacBookAirs and iMacs. Queues formed at the front of each of these computers, and we ran upwards of 430 people through the system, for both registration and account activation. Awesome.

So, we’re growing, and coming up soon, we should have the full audio clip from the service, which we will embed in the blog, ASAP.

We’ll keep you posted on that. But, we’re really excited, and we want you to be able to feel that excitement too! So, come on. We’ve got a lot of community to build. We’re looking for needs. We’re looking for abilities. We’re looking for each to be met with the other. Let’s go!


Yes, it’s true, we’re internet-types. So we’d like to give a shout-out to Ikea for the furnishings (even though we had to pay for them). Simple, clean, minimalist lines. Rare sunny days in Michigan winters. Compressed music files. iTunes a plenty, books-a-million, downtown bustling vibe. Blackberrys, iPhones, iPods and MacBooks. (no, this isn’t a commercial for Mac). But, seriously, Mac’s are awesome. Seriously.

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It has been estimated that Winston Churchill was to have had the largest functional lexicon of English vocabulary of any person (at least publicly known) in the history of the English Language.  Quite a verbal prodigy.

Yet, with all his rhetorical prowess, it’s not for his verbosity that he is most indelibly burned in my mind.  Indeed, it is something he said, a quote, that sticks most poignantly in my mind, but not one so wordy as he could have made.

During the ‘Battle of Britain,’ while the Nazis unflaggingly barraged Great Britain with insistent bomber runs and strafes, Churchill led his country and encouraged its constituents with these simple words: “Never, never, never give up.”  Loquacity ceases.

Sometimes what most needs to be communicated is best said simply.  And, what a challenge this quote leaves us.  All of us, at some point, will encounter obstacles that seem insurmountable.  Remember, though, the circumstances under which Churchill was able to make such an admonition.

Remember even further Jesus,“… who for the joy set before him endured the CROSS, scorning its shame…”  Who of us has an obstacle comparable to that?



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