08-13 @North Heartland: Rick's return and a new series
Good morning dear friends and family of NHCC,
First of all, thank you to everyone who has expressed condolences and offered your prayers and support since my mom went to be with the Lord last Thursday. It was a long hard battle against the cancer that ultimately took her life but (to quote the Apostle Paul) she fought the good fight and she kept the faith. At the small family-only graveside service we had last Saturday, we did not "grieve as those who have no hope" (again, as Paul put it). Instead, we were able to experience the strong confidence and encouragement that even though cancer has won the battle, Jesus has already won the war in His resurrection. Because of that, we know He will one day raise her up in a renewed, restored and incorruptible physical body that will never get sick or die.
As for me personally, I've spent the past two weeks making arrangements for my mom's final days and helping my dad get a handle on finances and other things that she took care of. Many of you have been in this position and I'm sure you understand what I mean when I say it was probably the most mentally and emotionally exhausting thing I've ever done.
That said, I think I am at a point where I can return to more of a normal routine ... which means that I will be back at NHCC this Sunday to begin a brand new series: Build Something Great: six core values behind a great church, family, business or team.
If you are in the process of building any of those things, I promise - you will benefit greatly from this series. This Sunday's message (and the first key to greatness) is Redefine “Success." Most organizations and individuals define success far too narrowly which is part of the reason why they remain stuck in mediocrity. This Sunday, we'll discover the additional dimensions that are necessary for true greatness.
I hope you'll be there and furthermore, if you know someone who doesn't go to church and is building a family, business, team, etc - this is a GREAT time to invite them.
See you then!
P.S. Several have asked if they can send flowers, etc. or make a donation to a cause in my mom's name. Ironically, the final conversation of any significance she and I had in the days before her passing actually had to do with giving. She wanted to reduce what they were giving to a particular TV ministry and increase what they were giving to NHCC. (She was rarely able to attend but always live-streamed the services). So, if you want to honor her in this way, I would suggest you make a donation to the NHCC Property Fund and put her name in the memo.
*** Stats from Sunday ***
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