connecting urban folk
to authentic relationships
with people and God through
an embracing community
Short North House Church
Sunday Night at 6pm
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Mt. Pleasant House Church
Thursday Night at 6pm
Just south of 2nd Ave.
Call Mike for more details (314.6350) or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org
17th Avenue House Church
Tuesday Night at 8:00pm
On E. 17th Ave
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po box 8188
columbus, ohio 43201
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A Christian prisoner in Cuba was asked to sign a statement containing charges against fellow Christians that would lead to their arrest.
He said: "The chain keeps me from signing this."
The Communist officer protested, "But you are not in chains!"
"I am" said the Christian. "I am bound by the chain of witnesses who throughout the centuries gave their lives for Jesus Christ.
I am a link in this chain.
I will not break it."
from Jesus Freaks
by dcTalk and Voice of the Martyrs (Bethany House: 1999) p. 49.
This Sunday night is gonna be awesome to be together...if you are in the area, please make every effort to be together with thequest family on Sunday night. Look down below at the ASSEMBLY details for the scoop.
One of our friends in Portland, Oregon recently sent out a letter that I wanted to pass on to you...
FREEDOM IN JESUS
In the second film of The Lord of the Rings trilogy-The Two Towers-there is a king who is reluctant to go to war. Theoden is fearful and timid. But an army is marching through his lands, an army bred for a single purpose: to destroy the world of men. Villages are falling all around him; women and children are being slain. Still Theoden balks: "I will not risk open war." "Open war is upon you, whether you would risk it or not," Aragon replies.*
When I (Rich) first heard these words, I almost exploded out of my seat. "That's it," I thought, because they perfectly describe so many of us. Believers and unbelievers alike, who unknowingly are living in the midst of a brutal and vicious battle with the world, the flesh, and the devil, and yet will not go to war. Why this deception? Because either we don't know there is a battle, or have been told we don't have to fight for our freedom in Christ. It's both sad and chilling.
Yet into the midst of this war-torn, fallen world, the Father sent His Son, our Savior Jesus declaring:
"The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the Gospel to the poor. He has sent Me to proclaim release to the captives, and recovery of sight to the blind, to set free those who are downtrodden, to proclaim the favorable year of the Lord" (Luke 4:18-20).
The Father has been graciously leading Kimberly and me into an increasingly deeper understanding of what Jesus meant by this "Good News." He wasn't just proclaiming these words to the masses. His mission was to incarnate them experientially into His needy follower's lives, as we see throughout the gospels.
To us, this Good News recognizes our need for intimacy with Jesus (discipleship), life-transformation, healing, and deliverance. We are seeking to allow Jesus to do His work in and through us, as we minister to those who so desperately need the life-changing power of the Gospel. Let us describe the fallen-world pattern we've seen unfolding among those the Father is sending to us in our church planting ministry.
Frequently, we are meeting with people who have life-dominating problems. Food, drugs, sex, alcohol, sickness, idolatry, fear and anxiety, abuse, co-dependency, perfectionism, stress, compulsivity, passivity, broken marriages and relationships, unforgiveness and bitterness, hopelessness, and despair, to name a few. At base level, these are people like you and me, broken from the battle to varying degrees.
But in the fallen-world pattern we are seeing time and again, these presenting problems are symptoms of even deeper, crippling wounds from their past. Damaging life events, sometimes chronic in nature, that have led to wounds of rejection, abandonment, betrayal, abuse, and neglect, often inflicted from their family-of-origin or other close bonds.
Left unaddressed, these wounds give rise to faulty belief systems, as people struggle with lies about themselves, other people, and God. Lies like "God doesn't care about me," "I'm no good," "No one could love someone like me," etc.
From lies like these, vows are made. For example, "/'// never trust anyone again," "I'm so dirty, that I will never be free," "I'll be so perfect on the outside, that no one can question what's on the inside." The apostle Paul calls these broken places "strongholds or footholds" (Ephesians 4:26-27), that give Satan and his demons a measure of influence, bringing oppression and affliction into our lives (Romans 6:16).
The results are damaged, broken people. And it's because of these dark, unhealed places from our past that we develop reactive sin patterns and dysfunctional coping skills to dull and medicate the pain. And it's here that the life-dominating problems we noted above come into play.
But amid all this darkness, there is hope! The Good News is that Jesus came to "heal the brokenhearted and set the prisoners free!" But to gain this freedom and life offered to all of us by Christ, we must learn to fight for it, with and through Him (Mt 11:12, 12:29; Jn 10:10; 2 Cor 10:3-5; Eph 6:11-12; James 4:7).
Along these lines, a good buddy and I recently had the privilege of ministering this freedom in Jesus to a mutual friend whose life and marriage was experiencing the fallen-world pattern we described above. Below is a portion of his email response to us, after our weekend together and a week back home with his wife and family:
"... WOW, GOD IS STILL WORKING MIRACLES! PRAISE TO HIS NAME! THIS WEEK HAS BEEN SIMILAR TO A NEW HONEYMOON. MAN, WHERE HAVE I BEEN ALL THESE YEARS?! My prayer as we start life over is that I can remain steadfast to the task of living from my heart and laying my life down for my BEAUTY. PLEASE PRAY FOR ME AS I PRAY FOR YOU BOTH. MAYBE WE SHOULD MEET EVERY WEEKEND?!"
Our Father is so good! Thank you for your prayers and partnership in mission which makes this ministry possible.
Rich and Kimberly Hagler
* Paraphrased from John Eldredge's book, Waking the Dead, which is an excellent resource on the subject of Freedom in Jesus
Thanks Rich & Kimberly for your lives and ministry. They are a part of Summit Fellowships and you can check out more at http://www.summithome.org/
Sundays at 10:30am @ the Library in 2nd Ave School, 68 E. Second Ave.
May 15 Jesus with Skin--a practical look at the Incarnation ( at Pickerington Grace Brethren Church-- at 10:45am--get directions at www.gbcpicktown.org )
May 1 What is Jesus doing Now? Part 1 // Mike Jentes
May 9 What is Jesus doing Now? Part 2 // Mike Jentes
Dinner & Celebration & Pray Around the World!
Sunday, May 15th @ 6pm
Pot-Luck...table service and drinks provided by thequest...Bring Food to share!
2nd Ave. Elementary School map
Rob & Nichole Plaster will be joining us from Paris as well!
Annie & Andy wait staff serving on Thurs May 12 from 5-8:30p Contact Mindi for more info email@example.com
Maybe you just want to come to the show...check it out online at http://www.sjms.net/ItalianVillage/articles/show.html
ORGANIC Church Planters GREENHOUSE Gathering
Friday & Saturday, May 13-14
Our fifth monthly gathering focusing on honoring, resourcing & empowering women & families in simple church life. Saturday at the Godman Guild from 9am-1pm.
Contact Mike for more info: firstname.lastname@example.org
Genesis to Jesus
Discovering the story of Jesus from the Beginning
Sundays @ 6pm starting May 22
Meeting on Third Avenue
Register at 906-6214 or
June 15-18, 2005
gathering a generation to become
catalysts for Christ within church and culture
DRIVEN is a conference for young adults designed to call and equip a generation to grab onto their God-given purpose and mission. The 19-29 years have been branded the "Lost Decade" time and time again. We know they are not spiritually disengaged, but maybe just disillusioned. DRIVEN is gathering a generation to become catalysts for Christ within church and culture.
Check out the website and register >> www.driven05.org
See the promo mailer by clicking here
Do you need rooms painted in your home? We do that.
Contact us: email@example.com
(this article was compelling and short enough to be posted here. Thanks Mike Mason :-)
"In regard to relationships, I want to ask if we are being real. My accountability partner and I have come to realize that we, on a weekly basis, have been confessing our sins through the tiny holes we dig in our walls of insecurity. I believe there is a lot of hiding going on today...hiding from our peers, hiding from faculty, hiding from those who love us, hiding from our pastors, hiding from God. We are AFRAID to expose our sins as if any one person was better than another...
I wonder how many people attempt to engage in Christian accountability in the first place, let alone striving to find the most efficient means to hold one another accountable. Derek Webb, as stated in his House Show CD, believes that the best thing that could happen to anyone would be for their deepest darkest sins to be exposed on the five o'clock news for all to see. There would be no place to hide, no where to run, no one to impress, and no walls to maintain. Christ would be all that was left fur us to cling to; not, as Webb states, our 'suit of fig leaves.'"
***A recent post from GRAINS OF SAND is an educational resource for individuals who desire to be enlightened on a weekly basis through email.http://www.liberty.edu/listmanage.
More on Ten2b>> Have you caught it? an article from John White in House2House Magazine
Also check a past email for more: 04.20.2005 email
Mike Jentes took some notes and posted them here (PDF)
A free song to download from Tim Hughes (Here I am to Worship): http://www.soulsurvivorusa.com/momentum/
Why Jesus' Disciples Were Willing to Die:
What compelled the 12 apostles to endure
DNA is necessary for every living organism to reproduce. The body of Christ, the church, is a living organism. As a living organism it also has a form of DNA that must be intact at every level