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In December, my in-laws took us to Disneyland and California Adventure. It was the first time Eli had been and we had a blast and we spent an extra day at the parks after the rest of the family left. A couple of things to note:

  1. People don’t like to be on video, so I don’t take much video of people who aren’t me or my kids. Erica doesn’t like to be on video either, thought she values that I am preserving these memories in video-form.
  2. Erica felt horrible this whole trip, but she powered through like nobody I’ve ever seen do before. I mean, she was exhausted and in pain, the whole time, and when we got home she went to the doctor and was diagnosed with “walking pneumonia.” So… that’s just a side note.
  3. When Eli was dancing, there’s a good chunk of that in the video below, Erica said, “This is the best day of my life.” Even though she was in pain, she still found a great deal of joy in watching our kids create some life-long memories.

Enjoy the recap video…

Disney and Two Cities

December 27, 2012 — 1 Comment

At Two Cities Church our mission is to lead people into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ and our vision is to create a church that unchurched people love to attend.

My family and I just returned from a mini-vacation to Disneyland. I got to experience it in a whole new way, through the fresh eyes of my own kids. Josiah, 3, was blown away, specifically at Cars Land. Brynn, 7 months, was wide-eyed the whole time. Except for when she fell asleep to “Yo-Ho Yo-Ho A Pirates Life for Me!” We had a blast. [For Disneyland Pictures check out my Instagram]

There were three things that struck me differently this time:

  • Disneyland was BOLD in their presentation of the Christmas story. It gave me an incredible sense of hope as I walked out of the park to the sound of Molly Ringwald reading a version of the Christmas story. She even spoke about his death on a cross and how much he has changed the course of human history. You can watch the entire performance on youtube here.
  • Disneyland has thousands of “cast-members” ready to make your experience delightful. If you ask a question and they can help, they will. Nobody says, “Sorry, I can’t help you.”
  • Disneyland ignites wonder in all of it’s guests. You can’t help but become a little enchanted by the collective “magic” of the whole organism working together to create moments that inspire you to believe that this really could be the “happiest place on earth.”
As a person passionate about the mission of the church, I have to stop and ask myself, “Is it possible to create a place like Disneyland that inspires unbelieving children, youth and adults into becoming followers of Jesus?” And I believe that answer is YES!
While working at New Vintage Church, a church much like the one we are creating, a woman who does not profess to be a Christian said, “We [my family] can’t wait to come every week! This is our Disneyland!” She is in progress, I don’t know if she’s put her faith in Jesus yet, but her kids have and her parents have and she keeps going.

Together, we can create a place more “magical” than Disneyland. A place where people who are skeptics and critics would attend and say, “Wow, I don’t know if I believe what they believe… but I’ve got to come back.” And they’ll be back again and again, until one day their doubts shrink to insignificance. Their criticism fades and all that is left is child-like faith in a Big God. And that Big God gave a group of people a Big Vision that took Big Sacrifice and Big Faith to create Two Cities Church.

If you haven’t already done so, I’m inviting everyone connected to Two Cities Church to participate in our Big Vision end-of-year offering. We’ll use 100% of donations of this campaign towards our $100,000 start up goal.

We will receive our Big Vision offering on-line for the rest of December.

You can also mail a check to us at 1865 Herndon Ave K304, Clovis, Ca 93611, deliver it in person at one of our events, or you can give online. It’s safe, secure and simple to use.

I don’t believe in magic, but I do believe in Jesus. Let’s devote our lives to His mission together.