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  1. Amy's SC14 simulcast group

    SC 14 Stories: Amy’s Unlikely Gathering

    Posted on April 23rd, 2014 by Jonathan L.

    Over the next couple of months, we’ll be sharing some encouraging stories from this past Secret Church simulcast . The hope in this is that you will be uplifted as you are reminded of the continual work of Christ in our everyday lives. If you have a story to share, you can do so HERE . We’d love to hear from you. Like many, Amy hosted a Secret Church 14 simulcast on Good Friday. However, the group of people that gathered in her home were probably unlike most. While (I think it’d be fair to assume) the majority of (Continue reading…)

  2. Gospel Threads at the End of Their Rope

    Gospel Threads at the End of Their Rope

    Posted on April 22nd, 2014 by Jonathan L.

      Pastor David frequently refers to weaving gospel threads–different pieces of the gospel–into everyday conversation. He’s even preached a sermon series on it. If ever such language was relevant, it would be today (April 23) on the island of  Büyükada, where thousands make a pilgrimage to an ancient monastery atop a little island peak. As they go, they unravel a spool of thread, symbolic of their deepest longings–longings they hope will come true as a result of this annual religious trek. For a full picture, read the Eurasia Stories article below. Then, in light of the  SC 14 prayer focus , pray for the people (Continue reading…)

  3. Book Recommendations from Secret Church 14

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    Book Recommendations from Secret Church 14

    Posted on April 22nd, 2014 by David B.

    Here’s Pastor David’s list of recommended resources  from  Secret Church 14 . These books can be a great way to dig deeper into some of the topics discussed during our recent simulcast. Since this year’s topic, “The Cross and Everyday Life,” covers a whole host of issues, we’ve listed these resources by category. On the Gospel-Centered Life … J.I. Packer,  Knowing God John Piper,  Desiring God A.W. Tozer,  The Pursuit of God On the Gospel and Life … J.D. Greear,  Gospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary C.J. Mahaney,  Living the Cross-Centered Life John Stott,  The Cross of Christ On Sanctification … Jerry Brides,  The Pursuit of Holiness Jerry Bridges,  The Discipline of Grace Kevin DeYoung,  The Hole in our Holiness Kevin DeYoung,  Just Do Something: A Liberating Approach to Finding God’s Will J.P. Moreland,  Love God with All Your Mind David Platt,  Follow Me On Spiritual Disciplines … D.A. Carson, For the (Continue reading…)

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    I Missed Secret Church! Is There Anyway to Watch It?

    Posted on April 19th, 2014 by Secret Church

    If you missed the live simulcast of Secret Church 14 “The Cross and Everyday Life” on Good Friday we have GOOD NEWS! Full Replay Available for 30 Days The complete replay of the simulcast is available for the next 30 days.  If you registered on or before Good Friday you can go back and watch it again. You can also purchase additional study guides in our online store   starting Tuesday, April 22 (no matter what package you purchased). If you’d like to host another gathering, feel free! Just order more study guides. Didn’t register for the (Continue reading…)

  5. Waking, Working, Playing, Talking, & Resting:  Live-Blog Session 4

    In Session 4, the fourth and final session, we covered a number of topics that we don’t usually think of in relation to the gospel: the cross and waking the cross and working the cross and playing the cross and listening, watching, reading, texting, receiving, sending, posting, tweeting, instragramming, blogging, messaging, tumbling, liking, poking, following, unfollowing, emailing, snapping, chatting, vining, networking, and all sorts of othering the cross and resting   The Cross and Waking The first aspect of the cross and waking that Pastor David covered was finding God’s will. He talked about many (Continue reading…)

  6. Loving Your Neighbor As Yourself:  Live-Blog Session 3

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    Loving Your Neighbor As Yourself: Live-Blog Session 3

    Posted on April 18th, 2014 by David B.

    In Session 3 Pastor David covered the second great command–Love Your Neighbor as Yourself. Living Every Day to Love Your Neighbor as Yourself This session covers such practical issues as … a husband’s daily approach to his wife a wife’s daily approach to her husband a parent’s daily approach to children a single’s daily approach to others A Christian’s daily approach to other Christians A Christian’s daily approach to non-Christians Pastor David began by reminding us to be aware of God’s work in the lives of others around us, even as the Son of God (Continue reading…)

  7. A Gospel Approach to Everyday Life:  Live-Blog Session 2

    A Gospel Approach to Everyday Life: Live-Blog Session 2

    Posted on April 18th, 2014 by David B.

    After looking at a gospel framework for understanding everyday life, we now turn in Session 2 to how the gospel helps us in approaching everyday life. The two greatest commands in Scripture–love God and love your neighbor (Mark 12:28-31)–will serve as a framework for the rest of the night. These commands help us see how the gospel shapes our approach to the various routines and responsibilities that we’ll talk about tonight. Pastor David broke down the first great command–to love God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength (Mark 12:33)–into two larger sections. Here’s (Continue reading…)

  8. Gospel Foundations for Everyday Life:  Live-Blog Session 1

    Gospel Foundations for Everyday Life: Live-Blog Session 1

    Posted on April 18th, 2014 by David B.

    Given the theme of Secret Church 14, “The Cross and Everyday Life,” it’s only fitting that the first teaching session began by laying the gospel foundations for understanding everyday life. The quote taken from C.J. Mahaney will serve as a banner for the night, and it begins like this: “The gospel isn’t one class among many that you’ll attend during your life as a Christian–the gospel is the whole building where all the classes take place!” All the truths touched on tonight will be based on the building blocks covered in this session. Pastor David (Continue reading…)

  9. International Day of Prayer for Turkey - TODAY

    International Day of Prayer for Turkey – TODAY

    Posted on April 18th, 2014 by Jonathan L.

    As we prepare to learn more about Turkey tonight at Secret Church 14, “The Cross and Everyday Life,” make sure you consult the Hope for Turkey website in the meantime. On it, you can find information about the Kurds, the Turks, the Zaza, and all sorts of cultural/historical facts about Turkey. The hope in all this is to inform your prayers today as well as throughout the month of May, which we are encouraging people to dedicate to focused prayer for the Peoples of Turkey. CLICK HERE to learn how you can pray.

  10. Mandatory Simulcast Test

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    Mandatory Simulcast Test

    Posted on April 17th, 2014 by Jonathan L.

    Please make plans to participate in our mandatory test on April 17 (from 3-9pm Central). Try to carve out between 45 minutes and an hour sometime during our six hour window to make sure you’re good to go for the simulcast on Good Friday . If you can stream video for at least 45 minutes, you should be fine for the simulcast on the 18th. This test is your chance to make sure you know how to login, work through any potential connectivity issues, try out your home or church setup, and ask us any questions you might have. We’ll have (Continue reading…)