Pictures of "Superficial Christmas"

Attention Next Level People!  We are looking for pics of "Superficial Christmas" to add to our series next week. So, be on the l...

Breaking Bad (Part 4) Devotion

Hear are some devotional thoughts based on Part 4 of our series, Breaking Bad. "For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the...

Breaking Bad (Part 3) Devotion

Hear are some devotional thoughts based on Part 3 of our series, Breaking Bad. "I do not understand what I do. For what I want to ...

Breaking Bad (Part 2) Devotion

Hear are some devotional thoughts based on Part 2 of our series, Breaking Bad. "In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but ...

Weekend Preview: An Offer You Can’t Refuse

Let me begin by saying, if you missed last week, go here and read a recap of where we have been because starting here is sort of like wa...

Weekend Recap: What's Wrong With Me

This week we began a study of Romans chapters 5-7. These particular chapters are very deep, difficult passages of scripture and we are br...

Coffee Mornings

The mountain air in Colorado makes me stop just to breath and to listen to the new sounds of  the unfamiliar. The quiet forces me to listen ...

Weekend Preview: Breaking Bad Part 1

Have you ever felt like you are spending a lot of time trying to fix a problem you have, only to give up time after time? All of us ...

Weekend Preview: When Dreams Can’t Come True

How many of us have can identify with the statement, “Sometimes things don’t go as planned”? Yeah, we all have experienced that.  Just ...

Confess or Conceal

This week we continued with Part 2 of our series, Sticky Situations. In it, we addressed the question of why it is so difficult to come f...

Weekend Preview: Sticky Situations

Life provides us with any number of situations on a daily basis. Many have simple solutions and easy responses: Where to go for lunc...

Real-Life Story from Life Groups

by  Emily Funderburk -  Life Groups Director I saw this post on Facebook from my friend Amanda Drake about Life Groups and got her...

Coffee Mornings

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might...  Remember the strength we depend on is not our own. Fishing with Jeff in ...

Absolutely Confident that God is with Me

Weekend Message Recap: This weekend we wrapped up our series on “Transitions”. During which we have been addressing one of our biggest f...

Weekend Preview: You're Not Alone

Everything that grows, changes, and change involves transition. If you have lived long enough, you have gone through a lot of change...

Coffee Mornings

Fishing the rivers of Colorado was great last week . One afternoon we decided to kayak down the Gunnison River. Not much experience proved ...

God in a Crisis

Life is full of crisis. Even as I write that sentence, my mind flashes back to some of the crisis moments our family has gone through: m...

Why Life Groups?

The founding passage on which Next Level is based is Acts 2:42-47. We teach on it at least twice a year. It describes the amazing experien...

TRANSITIONS!

We start a new series at Next Level tomorrow. It's called Transitions: Here's the premise. The only constant in life is change ...

Of Mustard Seeds and Blood Clots

I'll spare you the full medical rundown but, for those of you who don't know, my oldest son broke his foot and ankle on his first da...

Jesus, Dr. King, And The Key to Success

"Not everyone can be famous. But everyone can be great, because greatness is defined by service" - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. ...

Why Not This Sunday?

This Sunday, we'll be baptizing kids, students and adults. Baptism is an incredibly significant spiritual step. It says "I am i...

The Nemesis of Criticism

I jokingly refer to my my two year old as "my nemesis" when he destroys, clutters, or throws something. Usually, it's picking ...

Paper Towels, Bath Towels, and Keeping It Real

A couple of weeks ago, I stayed in a Best Western motel in Boston. This was unusual, because I am a creature of habit and I hoard Marriott...

History and the Future When The Present is Tough

This past week I had the chance to go to Chicago and be with a group of church planters and leaders. A special treat was getting to go to a ...

Kid City Day!

If you have been around Next Level Church for any length of time you know how important kids are to us. Nothing's more important than ou...

Happy Birthday To My Favorite Writer, Frederick Buechner

Today is the 87th birthday of my very favorite writer, Frederick Buechner ( frederickbuechner.com ) I have loved Buechner since I w...

Twenty Important Minutes on a Most Important Issue

If you have only twenty minutes to devote to reading something this week, please devote it to reading this: http://www.thejustchurch.com/d...

Pleasure (vs. Guilt)

Some of our family - Miranda, Beckett, and I - were at the beach for the last stretch. Great time, and probably more photos to come. ...

3 Reasons

Hey all, Just a reminder that Summer at the Movies continues THIS WEEKEND at Next Level Church, and I've got three great reasons for y...

My Sacred Place

So this is where I spend much of my time: It's my desk in my home office/library. (In case you're wondering, it's Miranda&#...

Level Up Summer Camp - One Thing

Here's the view: This is where Next Level's students are right now, learning about how Jesus wants to use them to change the wor...

"We're All Ba***ds, But God Loves Us Anyway"

The Rev. Will Campbell died this past week at 88 years of age. He was a civil rights activist, prolific author, disturber of the complacen...

Celebrating New Life

This past Sunday at the Matthews Campus we celebrated Baptism - the outer demonstration of an inward reality which Jesus gave the church. ...

Where To Go When You're In Trouble

A Bible verse I find myself going back to again and again is Psalm 62: 8: "Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart b...

What I Never Saw Coming

So, this is a picture of our mailbox this afternoon: If you are a regular reader of this blog, you could be forgiven for thinking: &quo...

Thankful In The Moment

We moved in February. My wife loves the home, which is most important. And she is brilliant at finding bargains on stuff to fill the rooms...

Big, Big, Big Weekend...did I say BIG?

Are you ready for Next Level Blakeney’s biggest weekend of the year?  We have been talking about it for months, anxiously waiting, and now...

I Keep My Youngest Son In A Box

I keep my almost-two year old in a box. Here's proof: Well, not really. But those of us who are parents (and even those of us w...
 

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