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At Two Cities Church, when we say our mission is to lead people into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ, what you’ve got to understand is that’s not an easy thing. There’s often pain involved.

It’s like learning to swim. This summer we welcomed a foster-son into our home. This little 3-year-old boy, in the month and a half he’s been with us, has learned to swim! He wore floaties a handful of times, but doesn’t want them anymore. He actually never really did want them. He would get into the water and immediately want them off. So I’d take them off and he’d shove off from the step. Well, what happened?

He sank.

Thankfully, he held his breath and I was right there with him. I can always see when his eyes go from, “I’m doing it!” and transition to “Uh oh!” And that’s when I’d bring him up and he gasped for air. But he learned quick!

My point is, before we grow, we often experience some sort of pain and we might even have a panic in our yes, but God is right there and he knows when we need to be pulled out and when to push us a little so that we can grow our capacity for holding our breath.

Whatever pain your experiencing, God is growing you in some way. He’s growing your…
  • capacity for empathy
  • trust
  • skills in managing something small, so you can handle something bigger
  • parenting patience (Am I right?)
  • and many other things

And the amazing thing is, one day what you’re struggling so hard with, if you face it again, you’ll fly through it with greater ease.

I mean, when you finally learned to swim, it was amazing… it’s like flying, through water. It’s gliding, it’s smooth and easy movement… you’re no longer frantic or flailing. You understand physics, buoyancy, and the mechanics of how to move through the water with minimal effort.

Think of it this way. God gives you more than you can currently handle, contrary to popular belief, so that you will lean on Him and he’ll grow you.

givingtuesday

Today is #GivingTuesday, a National Day of Giving. Take the #Unselfie challenge by choosing to be generous today. There’s no better way than doing that by giving to Two Cities Church.

“Why should I give to Two Cities Church?”
We’re glad you asked. It’s simple really. We exist to lead people into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ because we believe it’s the most important mission in the entire world. Lives and eternities are being changed. 

Here’s a text from someone who just two Sundays ago waived the White Flag and gave their life to Christ: 

“It’s so nice because everyone is soo soo welcoming. They aren’t judging me because I am just now deciding to be a Christian. I always thought I would be judged for that. I am glad that I took a leap of faith and joined Two Cities. BEST DECISION OF MY LIFE. HANDS DOWN. :-)))”
Thank you, Two Cities, for being a place that is “soo soo welcoming” and nonjudgmental.

Will you take the #Unselfie challenge today and help us kick start our end-of-year giving goal by contributing to #GivingTuesday?

All you have to do is text “WATC” to 559.745.7009. We’ll text you back a link, you’ll have a 10 second registration and then you can text in any amount you’d like to give.

Be a part of the most important mission in the world, leading people to Jesus.

P.S. You can also give through our traditional online giving. Just click here.

Launch Group This Sunday

September 20, 2012 — Leave a comment

Launch Logo
Two Cities Church has a weekly gathering of people who are either a part of our launch team or are curious about what we’re doing. Launch Group is our pre-launch community group experience. We come together once a week to build vision, mission, values and a sense of family into our launch team. This is an open environment and anyone is welcome to attend.

Launch Groups meet on Sunday nights at 6pm unless we are hosting a NEXT event that day. [see the schedule here]

If you’d like more information about the Launch Group, you can find an invitation with the address here on Facebook.

Volunteers, Thank You

December 17, 2011 — Leave a comment

Volunteers, thanks for being a part of our mission to lead people into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ at New Vintage Church.

Brazilian Visitors

July 12, 2010 — Leave a comment

What do you get when you take 22 Brazilians and throw them into the New Vintage Church mix? Here’s a couple of shots that tell the story.

This past week Erica and I went to Kaiser for one of our anticipation appointments. You know, the appointments that never end before your first child is born! We are anticipating his arrival sometime in the next 5 weeks (realistically). Due date Sep 12 – actual date…anytime between now and when he comes.

I always like to read what businesses have on their walls. It is another issue of whether or not “what’s written on the wall, happens down the hall,” but at least you know they’re trying. I snapped this pic and thought it was a really interesting diagram of making customer service personal. What can we learn from this?IMG_1052