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But God Changes Everything

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Sexually abused at the age of 13, reeling from my parents’ divorce, chasing girls and fame on the football field in an effort to distract me from the brokenness and ache in my heart, I was headed down a very different road as a young man. I was living a reckless lifestyle that would have destroyed me in the end. But God had a different plan for my life. I heard the gospel at a Fellowship of Christian Athletes meeting that I wasn’t even planning to attend, gave my life to Christ, and two words changed my life forever: But God.

I believe my story is your story. We have all sinned, made mistakes we are ashamed of, had our trust broken, been betrayed, or maybe you’re at a place in your life where you just feel like things are falling apart. Perhaps you’re portraying one thing on the outside but living something else on the inside. Maybe you are simply going through the motions of a life that’s not quite what you hoped it would be.

Whatever your need, I believe God can completely revolutionize your life as He did for me. I would have been a statistic… I would be bitter… I would have quit… I would have no hope… But God Changes Everything. I hope that my new book, releasing today, will give you hope that God never gives up on you, and will always pursue, rescue, help and love you. My prayer for you is that you would know His love, and it would change everything for you. But God Changes Everything!

An Interview with Jud Wilhite

My friend, Jud Wilhite, has a new book releasing February 5 called Pursued – God’s Divine Obsession with You. Using the biblical prophet Hosea’s marriage to an unfaithful prostitute, Jud illustrates the passion, love, and relationship God desires to have with you.

I’m a huge fan of Jud and his work and recently read an interview he did about the new book. Here are some of the highlights:

So why the book of Hosea? It’s certainly not one of the more familiar books of the Bible.

No, but I really think it should be. Seriously—it’s way more than one of those obscure books you skip through in your yearly Bible reading plan. It’s a real-life soap opera, in which God tells a man named Hosea to marry a prostitute named Gomer and to stay with her despite her unfaithfulness.

God wasn’t trying to ruin Hosea’s life; He wanted to create a picture of His own love for each one of us. The entire book is a beautiful picture of God’s consistent pursuit of us, His persistent and gracious love, and His desire to fulfill our needs in profound ways.

If the most powerful example of God’s love for us is Him sending Jesus to die on a cross, I think the second most powerful is the story of Hosea.

What did you learn from studying this book? Was there a particular insight that really hit you?

The overarching message of Hosea just floored me. God is so emotionally engaged with His people and He is so passionate. Just the picture He chose of a man pursing his unfaithful wife, taking her back again and again, is enough to blow your mind when you reflect on your relationship with God. I felt like there was so much spiritual gold in Hosea that we just completely miss and I tried to mine it out.

You talk about shame and the crazy way it affects our lives, but you also show that God’s gift to us
is enough.

We think God can forgive this person or that person, but not us. I realized this is actually a prideful way of thinking, because when you say God can’t forgive you you’re really saying, “God, you’re going to have to pay a higher price for me.”

This is the insane way shame works in our lives. We feel worthless, but we don’t think God’s gift of Jesus is big enough or worth enough to save us.

If anyone should have felt shame, it was Gomer. But Hosea redeems her from sexual slavery and prostitution. He literally buys her back. And their story is a reminder to all of us that Jesus came to buy us back. His sacrifice was enough.

You’ve created a free 14 day Pursued challenge. What is it and how can we get more info?

I wanted to create a simple tool for people to go on a journey with God through Hosea and experience more of Him. Every day for 14 days I email a short devotional for the day around the themes of Pursued to encourage people in their spiritual journey. The consistency of taking just a few minutes a day to pause and reflect has a real cumulative power and I believe this challenge can reignite spiritual growth and passion. I’d love for people to join me for this journey! You can sign up for it for free at pursuedbook.com.

This story needs to be shared and I’m thankful Jud wrote it. To learn more about Pursued, check out pursuedbook.com.

 

Spring Coaching Network

I am excited to host my first coaching network for senior pastors! As many great leaders have said, “Leaders are learners”, and I am still learning a ton! I’m committed to be a lifelong learner. One of the ways that I have learned is by going to conferences. Almost every year I’ve been a senior pastor, I’ve been to a church or leadership conference. Conferences have enhanced my ministry in a wonderful way but the greatest impact on my life and ministry has come from smaller coaching and roundtable environments.  I have received so much guidance, wisdom, God moments and lifelong friends from coaching network environments. Now it’s a true joy to be able to offer other senior pastors the same kind of opportunity! If you are a senior pastor and have a desire to grow, connect and learn this could be exactly what you’re looking for. It’s a 5 month coaching network! Please click here for more details.

 

 

New Series: The Battle

People’s Church is beginning a powerful series this Sunday! We are in the fight of our life and God’s word has the answers on how we win the battles we face in life! Don’t miss one week of this series and invite and bring your family and friends with you!

The Battle from People's Church on Vimeo.

Great Things

People’s Church, if you missed Sunday’s message, I want to encourage you to watch it TODAY! You will be inspired to do great things for God!

GREAT THINGS from People's Church on Vimeo.

Confession: I Was Abused

I’VE BEEN HURT from People's Church on Vimeo.

I’m Insecure

Full-Time Graphic Design & Motion Graphics

With all of the amazing growth that People¹s Church has been experiencing, we are seeking to hire highly motivated people in our creative arts department. The position details are below. If you or someone that you know is interested in committing to the core values and becoming a member of People’s Church, please email your resume to brian@peopleschurch.tv.

1. Full-time Graphic Design & Motion Graphics – this job will consist of being a part of a team that does graphic design/branding, creates videos through motion graphics/cinematography & and aides in the creation of our weekend experiences.

Position consists of, but is not limited to:
-Someone proficient in most all adobe products (After Effects, Premiere,
Photoshop, Illustrator)
-Experience in Motion Graphics (After Effects & Cinema 4D)
-Someone that likes a fast paced environment
-Quick learner (and willing to learn)
-Team player
-Good communication skills and organization

Kids Come Meet These Superheroes & Princesses Live THIS Sunday

This Sunday Spiderman, Superman, Cinderella and Princess Tiana will be live at People’s Church. We invite you to bring your boys dressed as their favorite superhero and your girls dressed as their favorite princess, as they discover their role as God’s little princess and learn about the greatest superhero of all time…Jesus!

Spiderman

Superman

Cinderella

Princess Tiana

Church & Community Cookout & Baptisms

This Sunday at both campuses at People’s Church we are having outdoor baptisms and a huge cookout under a BIG tent after every experience! This is a great Sunday to invite some friends to come to church! Come worship and then get ready for good food and to make some new friends!

 

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