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The Think Global Challenge

Posted by Todd Cullen on 10/20/14 @ 12:13 PM

Ready to take the Think Global Challenge? Click on the title above or keep reading to find out...

Over the past five weeks at HHICC our focus has been on thinking global. My goal was to widen the lens of our view of God’s work through the advance of the gospel message. We emphasized the work of those Christ-followers in the first century, how that work continues today and where you and HHICC fit in. We did this through a combination of global partner spotlights and couple of messages surveying Acts 8-28. You can listen to them here.

Global Partners

We have three amazing global partners and I loved our personal spotlight on each of them during this past series.  I encourage you to get to know them better by visiting their websites which can be access by visiting our own Global Missions pageWe are honored to be partnering, supporting and praying for each of these global partners.

The Challenge

My challenge to you is not to let Think Global come and go without asking yourself the question: “What part do I play in the advance of the gospel?” Join in what God is doing. Allow God to leverage your circumstances for the advance of the gospel message. Be "set apart" and find out what His purpose and role is for YOU. Then be ready to be “sent out” to do the work of advancing the gospel. Most of all remember that YOU are the light of the world!

14 “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that[a] they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.

- Matthew 5:14-16 (ESV)

Key Ingredients

Posted by Todd Cullen on 10/16/14 @ 11:18 AM

MARINADE INGREDIENTS
This past Sunday, we surveyed the third portion of the book of Acts (Chapters 13-28) in our series Think Global. It's the account of the gospel message being spread into most of the known world through Paul's three missionary journeys and his journey and imprisonment in Rome. But it's what happened BEFORE this great work for the gospel message that we focused on this past week.

In Acts 13:2-3 we find that these men were "set apart" before they were "set out". They marinated themselves in the things of God AND THEN God did a great work in and through them over the next decade or so. Just like my grandmother's amazing steak marinade that she would cook during the holidays, these men used key ingredients and time to prepare themselves for what was next: they fasted, prayed, worshiped and were involved in community. 

God can do a great work for His kingdom in and through you, but just like Paul and Barnabas, you must be committed to being “set apart” BEFORE you can be “sent out” for that work. Many of you responded positively and committed yourselves to these key ingredients in order to allow God to do a great work through you for Him in the days to come. I would love to be a part of this by praying for you. Please let me know how I can do that by e-mailing me tcullen@hiltonheadislandcc.org.

Now, many of you wanted my Grandma Kay’s marinade. So, in response to this here it is:

  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil (I use olive oil)
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried whole thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

Marinate for 6 hours. Prick steaks before pouring marinade.

I’m sure that my grandma Kay, who fanned the flame of my work for God, would be so excited that she played a small part in your doing great things for God as well. I’m sure she would also be proud to know that her famous marinade was being used! I hope you enjoy it.

THIS SUNDAY
This coming Sunday we will have our final global partner spotlight as Clint and Leigh Ann Trebesh join us to hear about the great work that God is doing in at Georgia State University through The Navigators in downtown Atlanta! Be there at 9:30 or 11:00. I’ll see you on Sunday!

Coming This Weekend

Posted by Todd Cullen on 10/10/14 @ 9:47 AM

As we head into the weekend there are a few things coming up at HHICC that I’d like you to know about…

  • This Sunday at 9:30 or 11:00 I will be giving Part 2 of a message called Think Global as we continue in our series focused on global missions. Make plans to attend one of our two morning services this coming Sunday!
  • Our Think Global Partners Spotlights have been fantastic this month and I want to encourage you to go listen to the last few weeks online if you missed it. BTW…You can always use hiltonheadislandcc.org/messages to get to that page as well.
  • Tomorrow night (Saturday, October 11) from 7p-9p our Middle School Students (6th - 8th grade) are having Hang Out Night. The middle school boys will meet in Backstage on the HHICC campus and the middle school girls will meet at Todd and Sami Cooper’s house.
  • For more information about Hang Out Night visit the student page of our website or contact “Coop” (Todd Cooper), our Student Pastor. You can always use hiltonheadislandcc.org/students to get to the page as well.

Many of you have responded generously to my appeal in regard to our financial need over the past two weeks. In fact, this was the first time that we have meet our weekly budget need for two weeks in a row since before July.

 

Some of you took up the 90-Day Tithe Challenges last week. I’m praying that you experience the goodness and provision of God in your financial life in remarkable ways in this last quarter of 2014. If you are not currently tithing and haven’t taken that 90-Day Tithe Challenge let me encourage you to do that. The challenge is this: For the next 90-Days give God 10% of your income and trust Him to meet your needs. This challenges comes from Malachi 3:10. Generous giving tests our faith, but it is THE one area where the Bible says that we can test God. We test Him by trusting Him. I’m reminded of what Paul writes in his letter to the church in Philippi:

And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. - Philippians 4:19 (ESV)

I’ll see you on Sunday!

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