Monday, October 21, 2013

Inspirational Mondays - Gilbert Hopkins

Gilbert Hopskins
1. Why did you choose Christ?
Well I chose Christ because He first chose me. I hope that doesn’t sound cliché, but as I mature I realize that is actually what happened. I grew up in a family rooted in Christ, so I see it as, I was given a knowledge of God through a relationship with Christ from an early age, but it never took residence in my heart that I was a sinner in need of a savior. So I chose Christ as I grew to understand why He had to be crucified on the cross, the love that took Him there, and the power of His resurrection. The gospel captured my heart leaving me with no excuse but to choose Christ and to live for Him.

2. How did you change?
I changed and will continue to change through the work of the Holy Spirit. In John 14:16-18, Jesus speaks of how The Holy Spirit will come to be a helper, and dwell in those who believe in Him. Sure enough, He came, and I know that it is God himself working in me to renew my mind, bear the fruit of His essence, and live for His purpose. When I decided to embrace the reality of my brokenness as a human being is when change began to take place in my life. The sad reality is that human beings are broke, we can never be good enough, we can never be whole, and we can never find ultimate fulfillment in anything on this earth. The truth is there is a cavity in the human soul that can only be filled by the God who created us. As I continue to accept Him, read His word, foster a relationship with Him, and surround myself with people who do the same, I notice the evidence of Him living in me to bring glory to Himself, as He molds me to fit His purpose.

We hope your were inspired! Enjoy your Monday! Interested in learning more about us? Click here to learn "Why We Change" and click here to read "How We Change". 


Monday, October 14, 2013

Inspirational Mondays - Ian Harper

1. Why did you choose Christ?
t's actually a pretty long story. As weird as it sounds, I don't really know when I was saved. There were three instances it could have been. Either it was when I was four and prayed a prayer and didn't know when it was. Some would probably say that's when I was saved. Then there was camp in 8th grade when I had a more spiritual/emotional experience and re-prayed that prayer "for real" but then I became really legalistic about my faith and had no real understanding of the Gospel. Some might say that it was there though. Though, my sophomore year of high school I ditched the faith and went through a year of atheism. The summer after that, I really didn't want to be a Christian but God started melting my heart and bringing me back. It's hard to explain, but I didn't really choose Him. He chose me.

In my life, by 19, I've already experienced some pretty crazy things that most people haven't and would never want to. God started showing me that he was there throughout all of that, guiding me, protecting me, molding me, putting me through tough life experiences early on for a reason. After a while, I couldn't resist Him anymore. I had to give in. C.S. Lewis said this about his conversion, "I gave in, and admitted that God was God, and knelt and prayed: perhaps, that night, the most dejected and reluctant convert in all England."  And that's kind of how I felt. I couldn't resist God anymore and I had to give in and admit that He was who He was. In the end, Jesus had his way with me.

2. How did you change?
I changed a lot actually. On a surface level, I went from a very pessimistic person to a very optimistic person. I realized that God was doing a work in the world and that was something to have joy about. I started reading the Bible like none other and watching sermons and reading other books outside the Bible about God and the Bible. I started telling everyone around me about all that I was learning. I lost a few friends but several people really caught on to it with me. In a deeper since, though I'm definitely not perfect at this, love became easier for me. Forgiveness became easier for me. Joy became easy. All of the traits of Jesus started to just become natural. The fruits of the Spirit really started to come alive to me and, though I still fail daily, I'm closer than I was to how God intended me, and us as humans, to live. Even though happiness comes and goes, Joy always remains. Jesus did a work in me, there's no doubt about that. I'm nowhere near perfect, but thankfully the Spirit isn't done with me. 

We hope your were inspired! Enjoy your Monday! Interested in learning more about us? Click here to learn "Why We Change" and click here to read "How We Change".


Friday, October 4, 2013

Upcoming Event: Mix, Mingle, and Talk Relationships

Frequently Asked Questions:
1. Who can come? 
This event is geared towards young adults (ages 21-35). This event will apply to SINGLES, IN RELATIONSHIPS, and MARRIED PEOPLE. 

2. What does the event entail?
When we gave our lives over to Christ, we realized that we didn't have anything to do on Saturday nights. There are so many restaurants and movies you can go to before you get bored. We thought was this it? Does this mean being a Follower of Christ, I can only watch movies and eat out? We soon learned of course not! God laid it on our hearts to created a monthly late night Saturday event for young adults to dress up, meet up, and eat up! You will have the chance to get dressed up, meet good people, enjoy an amazing dessert, and listen to great music while glorifying Christ! 
For this event, Joe Solomon will be talking about relationships and hosting a Q&A afterwards. We will provide a few icebreakers/questions based on relationships for you to use so you can mix and mingle with others! (We do this to eliminate the awkwardness of meeting new people! LOL)

3. Who is Joe Solomon from Chase Godtv?
Learn more about him here

To learn more about what Joe will be speaking on for the event, check out these videos:

4. Can I pay online or at the door?
We have the option to pay online or at the door. We would suggest that you pay online because our events fill up very quickly and you will be guaranteed a spot. However, we know some of us like to go with the current of life and make plans as we live so we give the option to pay at the door as well! :) 

5. If I pay online, how and where do I go upon arrival? 
If you choose to pay online, you will received a confirmation email within 24 hours. Upon arrival, you will check in with your confirmation email on your phone, iPad, or in paper. Once you are checked-in you will receive a wristband. 

6. What time can I arrive?
The doors open at 9:30pm and the event starts at 10pm. 

7. Will I be guaranteed a dessert?
We can guarantee a dessert as much as we can guarantee chicken will be leftover from BBQ if you show up late (LOL). We will try our best, however it is first come, first served. The event is at a cafe so you will also have the option to purchase drinks and pastries. 

8. Where do I park or what metro stop do I get off on? 
See the flyer. 

9. What are you planning for future events? 
We are having an Ugly Sweater Christmas Party in December with a feature and an Open Mic Night in January with Jackie Hill! To learn more about Jackie Hill's work check out these:

10. What if I have more questions?
Email us at