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City Community Church is a rather decentralized church community.

Intentionally.

We don’t believe solely in creating programs and systems to plug you into.  We want you to learn to hear from God and respond to what He’s saying. To you. From the inside out.  Tricky, but worth the challenge.

That said, we do believe in the power of doing things together. NKOTBSB style.  So this year we pulled out all the creative stops and launched CityCom’s 12 Days of Christmas.  I know, I know.  We don’t know where the idea came from either.  Supernatural indeed!

Every day, December 8-19, there’s a simple activity the entire church community (or anyone else for that matter) can do to bring some focus and life to the Christmas season. From reading the Christmas Story in Luke 2, to attending a Christmas party in honor of local foster parents.  From donating a toy to a local children’s shelter, to free ice skating at the Pepsi Coliseum.

Simple. Meaningful. Celebration. (yes, even the ice skating)

Today (day 2) we “travel” to Africa in support of one of our Interact Partners, Global Support Mission. Logon to their action website, KnowThinkAct.com, and make a simple donation (even as little as $1) to a specific need (the stories are there) that could change or even save a life.  Get all the Day 2 details by clicking here.

Here’s the latest video that shows a little of what Global Support Mission is all about:


Feel free to join the 12 Days of Christmas even if CityCom isn’t the church you call home (hey, even if you don’t call any church home).  You can follow each day on the CityCom Facebook or Twitter page, or by logging on to the Interact tab of the CityCom website.

Merry 12 Days of Christmas!

Spiritual Budgeting

Erik Cooper —  December 6, 2010 — Leave a comment

It’s that time for me again.  Budgeting.

Budgeting is the financial equivalent of watching Peyton Manning throw his 4th pick six.  No one throws a budget making party (at least no one with friends).  I’ve been avoiding spreadsheets like meatloaf ever since I got my accounting degree nearly 15 years ago.

But budgeting is essential. As Dave Ramsey would say, it’s telling your money where it’s going rather than waiting for circumstances to dictate it’s dispersion for you.  We do it for our personal finances.  We do it for CityCom’s finances.

So why don’t we take the same approach with our spiritual lives? If intentionality with money is good, why not be intentional with the very thing that we claim defines our entire essence?

Photographer: Arvind Balaraman

Most of us don’t need more information about God.  We just need to activate what we already know. Jesus said:

“I’ve laid down a pattern for you…If you understand what I’m telling you, act like it – and live a blessed life.”
– John 13:12-17 (MSG)

Act like it? Hmmm.

As the clock runs out on 2010, what if we spent some time crafting some spiritual goals for our next revolution around the sun? A spiritual budget so to speak.  Telling our lives where they’re going to go ahead of time.

Not action aimed at earning God’s favor (that’s impossible).  Intentional motion designed to respond to what we know He’s already told us.

Lay the First Brick

Erik Cooper —  December 3, 2010 — Leave a comment

Yesterday I spent the morning across a coffee table from a heart wrenching story. A young man who’s past is marked with substance abuse, felony charges, and broken relationships.  A lost decade.  And the reality of beginning a journey he should already be well into is simply too much for him to carry.

Alone.

Scared.

Paralyzed.

The distance between where he currently is and where he knows he should be is so great, he’s completely unable to see the other side of the chasm.  No vision means no hope means no ambition means no action.

Means despair.

Grace is free.  God makes beauty from ashes. But there is no “Extreme Makeover Home Edition” waiting to magically re-build your life in seven short days (barring inclement weather) while you vacation in Disney World.

It’s a process. One you can’t do alone.  One you don’t have to do alone.

It’s time to lay the first brick.

Lazy Faith?

Erik Cooper —  February 22, 2009 — Leave a comment

“He creates each of us by Christ Jesus, to join Him in the work He does, the good work He has gotten ready for us to do, work we had better be doing.” (Eph. 2:10 MSG)

We are not saved by work or deeds, but we are definitely called to them and expected to act.  In Evangelical circles, I fear we’ved used the truth of “saved by faith alone” as an excuse to by lazy…to just exist…and not respond.  The apostle James was right – faith expresses in good works.  Inactive, just existing faith…is it even faith at all?

It’s time for the Body of Christ to embrace more than just the role of mouth…it’s time to be His hands and feet as well.