Friday, August 27, 2010

Church plant continues...

Back on July 14th, Community of Hope church began, with myself and Pastor Scott Blacquiere as pastors and Holly as worship leader. I've never planted a church from scratch, so I definitely feel overwhelmed at times, but I trust that God's will is going to be done. As with anything worthwhile, there are highs and lows, so I pray that God continues to encourage us as we remain faithful to Him. We desperately covet your prayers as the spiritual battle here is intense. We are confident that if God has called this church to be here in LA, then He will bring the fruit. We remain open to whatever His will is for our lives. Thanks for your support in this time!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Progress in Unity...

As many of you know, I spend quite a few hours working on bringing unity among the churches here in Los Angeles - Hollywood, Studio City, and North Hollywood specifically. There have been some amazing developments over the last couple of months which definitely encourage me to keep going strong in this area.

The "Hollywood HUB" is a team of 6 individuals representing various churches and organizations which serves the Hollywood churches as a sort of "steering committee" for the unity work that is taking place. I am on this team, serving as its coordinator. The area we have been uniting the church around is the issue of homelessness and how we can bring true life transformation through the power of Jesus Christ. Throughout this entire summer, we have been meeting as the HUB in order to form a firm structure for this committee, inviting key people on board who really have a heart for this area. It is our hope that this HUB is a vehicle that can serve the Hollywood community for many years to come. Please pray for wisdom as we continue to plan for this upcoming year....thanks!

Friday, August 6, 2010

2 Incredible Trips!

Sorry that I haven't posted in awhile, but I've been busy traveling 2 out of the last 3 weekends...and on top of that, we have now completed the first month of our new church plant in North Hollywood called "Community of Hope"!! I am just amazed at God's goodness - that He has blessed us with the privilege of sharing the good news of Jesus Christ around this country.

The Tampa Pro bodybuilding show was tremendous as it always is! I'm telling you, God has begun a revival among the local athletes in Tampa!! It has been one of the greatest blessings getting to know the believers there over the past year, seeing them step up in their faith and begin to minister to other athletes. In fact, some of them are actually coming to the Mr. Olympia in Vegas, not to compete, but to minister for Jesus! How cool!

This past weekend, Fred Krause and I ministered at the USA's (a top level amateur show). Once again, God moved in power - so much so that a woman even gave her life to Jesus! The prayer service we had the opening night was powerful as a number of athletes gathered just to hear the Word of God and pray for this industry. I could have never imagined back in 2002 when Andy Steiner and I started this ministry to the bodybuilding industry that God would be doing these amazing things in 2010!!

And last but certainly not least, the church plant is really taking root in this community. Each week, either Scott (the other pastor) or myself have been casting the vision that God has given us for this weekly gathering of believers to worship God. People have expressed alot of excitement as to what God wants to do through us in the North Hollywood/Studio City area. If you live in this area, please come join us every Wednesday evening at 7:30pm. The address is 11020 Magnolia Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601.

Thanks for your prayers and support!