Cal Jernigan – Senior Pastor “Be more than you seem to be.” These brilliant words of advice were given to me by one of my most dear mentors, Dr. LeRoy Lawson. He wanted to make certain that I wouldn’t be given to the temptation to put too much emphasis on making a good first impression […]

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Monte Hunt – Associate Worship Pastor There is so much that I love about our church. I love how involved we are in the community. I love that we invest so much in our children and youth. I love that we are actively engaged in ministering as a church worldwide. But what I love most […]

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Connor Leadley | Resident Student Pastor Trust is hard. Trust is hard, especially when you seemingly have nothing left to trust in. There are seasons in our lives when things seem utterly hopeless. For the past month or so my wife and I have been in one of these seasons—and here’s why:   My eleven-month […]

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Scott Jones – Gilbert Campus Pastor “I got this!” That’s what I thought right before I threw my back out. It was Friday by my pool. Not “in” the pool. Outside of the pool while I was skimming leaves. It’s great having a pool in Arizona except I don’t have a pool guy. Actually I do; it’s my […]

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Alex Enabnit – Programming Coordinator This weekend we had a special privilege of watching Cal interview Bill Hybels from Willow Creek Community Church. In the interview Cal asked Bill various questions about leadership, also asking Bill to explain some statements that he wrote in his book Axioms. I would encourage you to check out the whole interview if […]

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  Nathan Del Turco | Associate Worship Pastor We’ve all been there. We’ve all experienced hurt. We’ve all experienced a level of betrayal or the feeling of betrayal, in our workplace, in a relationship or in our families. And when we experience these moments in life, we sometimes get hurt. We develop wounds. But what […]

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Roosevelt Woods – Lead Student LifeGroup Pastor I ruined a lot of relationships because I let my fantasy team carry over into the real world. It was superficial, pointless, and it meant nothing. At the end of the day, I was the only one who benefited. I’m referring to fantasy sports. I grew up playing […]

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I have always been someone who has tried to play through pain. So when Cal quoted Dr. Sam Chand in his message this weekend, it resonated with me. “You will only grow to the threshold of your pain.” My sophomore year in high school, I strained my oblique muscle while swinging at an outside pitch. […]

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