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Amy's Empower Testimony

June 22, 2019 | by: Amy Negron | 0 Comments

I was introduced to Empower at the women’s retreat in the Poconos. My friends Christine, Lorraine and Lisa encouraged me to go to the session that spoke about this phenomenal class. I sat through the session and knew that this is what God wanted me to do next on my Spiritual journey. Starting in September, Empower would meet once a month on S... Keep Reading

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Taking the "Empower: Proclaim" Class

June 22, 2019 | by: April Walters | 0 Comments

Have you ever felt like God has something to say through you, but you felt like you don’t have a voice? Have you ever felt like God has something to say through you, but you didn’t have the confidence and courage to surrender to it? That’s how I felt when I walked into the first class of Empower Proclaim. I knew God was leading me... Keep Reading

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Our Big 3 Goals for 2019

May 3, 2019 | by: Chris Francis | 0 Comments

OUR FIRST THREE PRAYER GOALS FOR 2019 As we strive to continue being an authentic, inclusive and sending church that serves God out of rest in Him; and as we strive to enable us to move towards being a multiplying church that: Plants campuses in Monmouth and Ocean County and, Sends out missionaries around the globe There are three ar... Keep Reading

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What is True Worship To God?

December 13, 2018 | by: Pam Hess | 2 Comments

Most times when someone uses the word “Worship”, the idea of singing comes to mind. However, worship is an extreme form of love – a reverent honor and homage to God, singing is only a part of that.  In our society, Satan has blinded many Christians to the depth of worship that our Heavenly Father deserves and has presented c... Keep Reading

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Business Meeting for September 9, 2018

September 7, 2018 | by: Chris Francis | 0 Comments

Although I am extremely grateful that we live in a country that allows the church to meet in a public school and to have some of the freedoms that a nonprofit organization has, some of the legal & business aspects to church can make things a little blurry. We want to obey the law, and we want to do it in a biblical way. Reconciling those t... Keep Reading

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Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.25 Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. - John 12:24-25 One night in September, 2007, as the sun was setting over Los Angeles, California, I sat... Keep Reading

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Inclusive Church?

May 22, 2018 | by: Bob McDonough | 0 Comments

Our vision is to be an authentic, inclusive and sending community where the grace of Jesus Christ deeply impacts every area of our ordinary lives. Inclusive - This means we accept and include people who are different from us and who have struggles that we don’t have. It means we open up our homes to people who may annoy us, who we may e... Keep Reading

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One Body, Many Parts

May 12, 2018 | by: Laurie D'Amico | 1 Comments

Read 1 Corinthians 12:12-27. The Bible describes the church as one body with many parts.  The head of the body is Christ and each member is given a different function. This portion of scripture affirms that every part is needed and of equal value. Verse 25b-27 state “All of them (the parts of the body) will take care of one another. &nbs... Keep Reading

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Empower Testimony

April 4, 2018 | by: April Walters | 0 Comments

To my Sisters, Last September I began a journey that I admit had it moments! Nancy Miszczenski and I began a journey together and enrolled in Empower. Empower is a 9 month program of classes at Nyack College. There is a class about conflict, Old Testament, New Testament, Spiritual Gifts, prayer and so many more really great subjects. I never o... Keep Reading

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Our Governing and Pastoral Teams

September 1, 2017 | by: Chris Francis | 0 Comments

As we come out from under the board of the CMA, we have a few choices to make in how we replace that board: an elder board, a majority elder board, and a two-board system where the pastoral and the governing aspects are separated.  I kept pushing this off until I had peace about which one.  Now I have peace.  We have decided to go... Keep Reading

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Five Upcoming Organizing Endeavors

August 19, 2017 | by: Chris Francis | 0 Comments

Last Sunday I did a verbal version of this, which you can listen to it here. For the last couple months we’ve talked about how we are adding some organization to some things in our church. I want to summarize five of these different organizing endeavors, but first..... Just to reiterate - the point of organization is to create more movement... Keep Reading

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Coaching

July 28, 2017 | by: Chris Francis | 0 Comments

A few weeks ago I mentioned this before the sermon, as well as in a blog at the beginning of the year...... As we head into the fall we are hoping to roll out somewhat of an organized coaching process that people can engage in. Spiritual growth happens through a variety of means: large gatherings, small groups, but also one on one relationships. ... Keep Reading

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Are We Moving Into Another Building? - Part 2

July 7, 2017 | by: Chris Francis | 0 Comments

About a year ago I wrote a blog post about this topic which you can read here: Are We Moving Into Another Building? We have now put a search for a building on "active" mode. But what are we looking for?  In many ways, we still have a lot to figure out.  About a month ago Stan & Nancy Miszczenski visited a new church plant that was ... Keep Reading

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One Less Orphan

June 12, 2017 | by: Vermon & Dennae Pierre | 0 Comments

Orphan care is far bigger than adoption. If the church is going to care for the fatherless, we eventually will find our way upstream into broken families to fight sin at the headwaters. Orphan care has been the topic of many conversations within the local church over the last decade. By God’s grace, many families and churches have stepped ... Keep Reading

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I'm Sorry for De-Valuing Sundays

May 20, 2017 | by: Chris Francis | 1 Comments

When I first got into church-planting back in 2009, there was a lot of talk, trainings, and workshops centered around how Sunday morning gatherings had been too overly-emphasized in past decades. I was taught and reminded of the other important vehicles for community and discipleshi   So when we started True Life, I talked about Sunday morni... Keep Reading

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The Three P's Of Mission

May 18, 2017 | by: Chris Francis | 0 Comments

Two weeks ago - in Easter - part 2 -- I briefly mentioned the 3 P's of Mission. 3 Aspects of Mission that we as a church and each of us individually should be engaged in. CAN be engaged in. Here they are spelled out in a bit more detail: PRESENCEThis is about simply BEING the presence of Jesus, letting the peace and joy of the Holy Spirit ooze out... Keep Reading

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For Whom Does Our Church Exist?

April 29, 2017 | by: Chris Francis | 0 Comments

The following is an excerpt from a book I'm reading called "Winning on Purpose" by John Edmund Kaiser. I thought it went along well with the thrust of our sermon from this past Sunday (Resurrection - Part 2: Power to Go).  _______ The first question for any band of believers who cares about their collective destiny is this: Why does our cong... Keep Reading

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2017 at True Life

January 4, 2017 | by: Chris Francis | 0 Comments

What will 2017 at True Life be about? What will improve? What will change? What are some goals? Below is what I believe to be some things to address, tackle, plan for. In my time as a pastor, I have often been wrong about what I thought I heard from God, so I pray God confirms some of these things through our community. In fact, many of the thing... Keep Reading

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What's the Point of Sunday Mornings?

July 2, 2016 | by: Chris Francis | 0 Comments

   There are a lot of things I could write about this, but I'll pick four things. Four things that I pray God does. Four things that each  of us have a part to play in.  Sunday Mornings are a time to:   1. Ignite or Re-ignite Our Awe of God If we are not driven by awe of God, we will be driven by awe of something else&... Keep Reading

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True Life Poem

February 23, 2016 | by: Debi Holliday | 0 Comments

TRUE LIFEThis is about True LifeNot the life you can seeBut the life that is buriedDeep inside of meIt’s a morning of freedomFor you and for meBecause today I am willingTo allow into-me-seeMy eye is on JesusMy strength and my sheildI trust His protectionSo today I can yieldIf I think of your reactionI will freeze in my tracksBut if I think of... Keep Reading

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Are We Moving Into Another Building?

January 26, 2016 | by: Chris Francis | 0 Comments

Many have been wondering - are we going to get into another facility? Are we going to move out of the school and into a more permanent building? Some of you guys are hoping we do. Some of you guys are hoping we don’t. And that’s okay. But we do want to avoid two extremes when it comes to this question. On one extreme that some people... Keep Reading

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December 2, 2014 Scripture tells us that, as shepherds were watching their flock at night, an angel of the Lord came and told them of Christ’s birth. The stillness of the desert air and the calm of the darkness was interrupted by an angel of the Lord, fierce and mighty—God’s glory shining brightly. Surprised, terrified, in awe&... Keep Reading

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