Pastor Steven, Elijah, Graham, and Abbey Furtick have a little jam session band they call the Pajama Bottom Band. This year for Easter they decided to make a video welcoming our first time guests. Enjoy!
This LOVE Week 2014 has been our biggest yet.
We served over 60,195 hours , with more than 100 partners in close to 1,200 events.
We built or re-built 19 homes, fought hunger, wrapped gifts, and landscaped properties. We refurbished, repainted, remodeled, and reorganized. We sorted, cooked, packed and even partied (with a purpose of course). We partnered with Rescue Missions, YMCA’s, schools, pantries, shelters, offices, housing projects and MORE.
LOVE Week was a massive outpouring of LOVE on our city. Now it’s time to organize the aftermath, deliver the backpacks, sort the tools, and clean the warehouse. If you are available to help, these events position and prepare us to serve throughout the year. Join us as we put the finishing touches on LOVE Week 2014 by signing up HERE
Last week my husband spoke at Liberty University’s convocation. He brought Elijah with him on the trip. Elijah had been working on memorizing a little something at school. I was so proud. Elijah definitely does not have a glossophobia. It’s in the genes.
When I was a teenager I loved to read. This love of reading followed me into college and the early years of my marriage. But when I had children I went through a season where I just couldn’t read. I still loved to collect books, ones that I might want to read one day, but to complete a book, even fiction, seemed like an impossible task. About 2 years ago, I made a goal to read a book a month or 12 books that year. I was so proud of myself when I realized less than a year later that I had accomplished it! This goal got me jumpstarted back into reading. I love to read all types of literature from fiction to Christian living and I especially love biographies.
For the past several weeks I have working on a list of books that have impacted my life. I am excited to finally share them today. There are parenting books, marriage books, bible studies I love and more. I hope this list will help you find some literature that you can use to help you grow in your faith, your marriage and more. I will continue to add to the list. You can click below today and you can always find the link to the books in the side bar. In the coming weeks I will also add a children’s literature and biographies column.
Recently my husband wrote this awesome piece called I Will Fight. It is so inspirational. I love it so much. It is the perfect workout motivation. I love to listen to it when I am warming up on the treadmill (and I am not a fan of the treadmill). I believe there is power in speaking the truths of God out loud and this track makes it so much fun.
I have listened to it so much that Abbey said to me the other day, “Let’s listen to the Christian life,” (that’s the first line in the recording). And my boys can quote lines from it too!
So here it is. Our creative team made a video for the people of our church and I thought you would like to see it.
We also made the mp3 available (link below) for your listening pleasure.
I’m so excited to announce that our new album “Only King Forever” releases today in stores, on iTunes, and anywhere music is sold. The songs on this album echo the heartbeat of our church over this past year. Songs like “Grace So Glorious,” “Last Word,” and “Raised To Life” have been so monumental for me this year. I’m excited that these songs, and so many other great ones are finally available for you too!
I will be giving away 5 CDs and 5 albums through iTunes. The giveaway is just like the one from Crash the Chatterbox last week. You can enter through Instagram or Twitter.
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You can purchase the album from iTunes here: http://elevat.io/n/okfitunes
Join us tonight on the Elevation Network beginning at 8:00PM ET for our Album Release Party, featuring live acoustic performances.
And one more thing, our worship team has also made available several resources for each of these songs at ElevationWorship.com, including lyrics, chord charts, loops, tutorials, and more. Make sure you check that out too!
Ok! Good luck with the giveaway! We will select the winners and post them later at the end of the week.
It’s Friday and time for another Life Change Inbox! Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 3:2-4 that our lives are living letters written so that God might be glorified. People often write in to Elevation and share the work God is doing in their lives through our church. When I read these stories, I am reminded that we serve a powerful God who still works miracles in the lives of everyday people. These stories inspire me to keep giving, keep serving and continue praying for those who are far from God. I hope they will do the same for you.
Today we have a video story of a family who came to Elevation from half way around the world. I think you will enjoy their story!
If you have a story you would like to share, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
My kids made a welcome video for our Easter worship experiences. I couldn’t not share it here.
Amanda left this comment on my blog this weekend…
Hey Holly! My husband and I are starting a church near Atlanta Ga and our grand opening Is 3.3.2013. The church is called ThreeLife… We have been seeing great things our last preview service we had 200 people and we haven’t even started yet. Our next preview service is this Sunday. We are super pumped about it. What I wanted to ask is….how do you separate church and family? I am horrible at it. I mean I have a 3 year old and realize I cannot be at the church constantly and want him to have as normal as a life as possible without being stuck at church day in and day out while I work and focus on church business. It is just so hard to separate it even when leaving the building. I see how you always post pics of you and your kids…which shows me you are mom first then Preachers wife. Anyways, I just wondered if you have any advice. We have been a part of a large church before now and very demanding, but since this is our deal it seems so much more weighty on me. I guess I will just have to MAKE myself separate it. My husband and I talk about having a day of no church talk…haha and we are like so, what do you want to talk about?? : )… Praying blessing and more to keep coming your way.
Amanda, here is my answer. DON’T SEPARATE THEM! They cannot be separated. If my husband was an NFL quarter back, my family would eat, sleep and breath football. We would wear team apparel. We would travel to away games as much as we could. We would hang out with other football families.
I do not try to separate church and family, I do everything I can to integrate them. We want our kids to see all that God is doing at our church. They are at church a lot but I try to keep it fun and special. Of course, they cannot be at church 100% of the time. Often times I will bring them to part of a special event and then let them go home with a sitter or have special activities for them to do while they are waiting on us. I want them to grow up thinking church was their life and that they love church. I want their closest relationships to be within our church and church staff.
I also do not try to separate it with my husband. I offer an encouragement for him that no one else can give. Just like we can’t not talk about our kids, we can’t not talk about our church because church is a part of who we are.
I know that there are a lot of other families in ministry who take a totally different approach to this topic. And I don’t think they are wrong. But this is what we feel is best for our family right now. And it makes me so happy when my kids want to go to church each weekend.
Amanda, I am praying for you as you get closer and closer to your launch date. I am praying protection and provision and God’s favor over your familiy and your new church.
(If anyone else would like to ask a ministry related questions, feel free to leave a comment any time, I will do my best to answer you.)
This weekend at Elevation we had eGroup sign ups. I loved when they read a letter from a girl who said even though she walked alone in the halls of her high school, she felt like she had an army behind her. I love that.
Being a part of a small group is essential to belonging to a large church. It can take a few tries to get in the right group. But when you do, you can find relationships that will push you and encourage you and stand by you at just the right time.
Check out this video our team made.