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New Online Life Groups @ Out of the Box Worship Center – Sign up NOW

April 17, 2011

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Life Groups that meet where you are………

We are trying something new, Online Life Groups. These groups will be ideal for those who are unable to meet with a group in person. You can participate in a group online, from the comfort of your own home, on your smart phone, or where ever you are.

Pastor, Ronnie Collins, will lead these Online Life Groups as a trial run for OOTBWC using Facebook. Group Members will sign up for the Online Life Group on Facebook and purchase the corresponding book for the Group. Members can purchase a hard copy of the book or download it to their Kindle, etc. Ronnie will post thoughtful quotes, questions and discussion starters on Facebook based on one chapter in the book each week. Group Members will need to check the Facebook wall for the group each day (Monday through Friday), participate in discussion, share thoughts, ideas, etc. The Online Life Groups will last as many weeks as there are chapters.

Right now, there are two groups and are limited to 12 and members are allowed in only one group at a time. The first 12 people to sign up are the ones who get into the group. The groups are private, where only members can post or see the conversation. The posts will show up on your wall, but not your friend’s. This will be a safe place where members can share openly during the study.

This is not meant to replace groups for those who are meeting and can meet in person. This is just another way for people to connect, learn and grow.

Contact Ronnie at ronnie24317@yahoo.com if you are interested in signing up for an Online Life Group.

 Group #1

“Crazy Love” 10 Weeks starting May 2nd

 

From Publishers Weekly

Chan, senior pastor of Cornerstone Church in Simi Valley, Calif., offers a radical call for evangelicals to consider and emulate in this debut guide to living crazy for God. Chan’s own life compels him to live with urgency, and with good reason. His mother died giving birth to him, his stepmother died when he was nine, and his dad when he was 12. As a pastor, Chan says that conducting weekly funerals for people younger than himself has likewise sobered him to life’s unexpectedness and frailty. Chan writes with infectious exuberance, challenging Christians to take the Bible seriously. He describes at length the sorry state of lukewarm Christians who strive for a life characterized by control, safety and an absence of suffering. In stark contrast, the book offers real-life accounts of believers who have given all—time, money, health, even their lives—in obedience to Christ’s call. Chan also recounts his own attempts to live crazy by significantly downsizing his home and giving away his resources to the poor. Earnest Christians will find valuable take-home lessons from Chan’s excellent book. (May)
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Product Description

God is love. Crazy, relentless, all-powerful love. Have you ever wondered if we’re missing it? It’s crazy, if you think about it. The God of the universe—the Creator of nitrogen and pine needles, galaxies and E-minor—loves us with a radical, unconditional, self-sacrificing love. And what is our typical response? We go to church, sing songs, and try not to cuss. Whether you’ve verbalized it yet or not…we all know something’s wrong. Does something deep inside your heart long to break free from the status quo? Are you hungry for an authentic faith that addresses the problems of our world with tangible, even radical, solutions? God is calling you to a passionate love relationship with Himself. Because the answer to religious complacency isn’t working harder at a list of do’s and don’ts—it’s falling in love with God. And once you encounter His love, as Francis describes it, you will never be the same. Because when you’re wildly in love with someone, it changes everything.

http://crazylovebook.com/

 

Group #2

Forgotten God: Reversing Our Tragic Neglect of the Holy Spirit – 8 Weeks starting May 9th

From Publishers Weekly

The author of the bestselling Crazy Love pleads passionately for the church to live by the power of the forgotten God: the Holy Spirit. Calling Christians to more than just a better life, Chan says he wants to live a life unexplainable without the Holy Spirit, so dependent on the Spirit that, he says, if he doesn’t come through, I’m screwed. He offers vivid personal stories and illustrations about how the church ought to help Christians discern the powerful gifts of the Spirit, rather than toning down radicals. Biographies of people keeping in step with the Spirit conclude each chapter. Not a comprehensive study but intended for application, it consequently lacks depth of context in most Bible references. Ultimately, though, this serves Chan’s aim to end ceaseless talk and follow God’s lead to assist the poor, the abused and anyone without hope. Chan himself has given all royalties from Crazy Love to a ministry to children trapped in sex trafficking, explaining that God said to him, I want you to love them as your own children. Chan’s voice is fresh, earthy and fiery. (Sept.)
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Product Description

A follow up to the profound message of Crazy Love, Pastor Francis Chan offers a compelling invitation to understand, embrace, and follow the Holy Spirit’s direction in our lives.

In the name of the Father, the Son, and … the Holy Spirit. We pray in the name of all three, but how often do we live with an awareness of only the first two? As Jesus ascended into heaven, He promised to send the Holy Spirit—the Helper—so that we could be true and living witnesses for Christ. Unfortunately, today’s church has admired the gift but neglected to open it.

Breakthrough author Francis Chan rips away paper and bows to get at the true source of the church’s power—the Holy Spirit. Chan contends that we’ve ignored the Spirit for far too long, and we are reaping the disastrous results. Thorough scriptural support and compelling narrative form Chan’s invitation to stop and remember the One we’ve forgotten, the Spirit of the living God.

http://www.forgottengod.com/

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