Category Archives: God

Happy Birthday to The Daniel Plan! by Shellie Loughry

Yes! THE PLACE Daniel Plan was born at the end of April 2014! It is 1 year old now and started out strong, remained strong, and is now stronger than ever!

During the last year we have seen many life changes being made, some small and some HUGE! But that is the glory of The Daniel you do not have to change over night, you can start out with baby steps making simple little changes or you can take it by storm and make changes by leaps and bounds! It is all up to each individual!

The Daniel Plan was sparked at THE PLACE by one individual that wanted to make one little change in their life, and that was to become healthy. That individuals spark to change spread like wildfire to others who all wanted the same thing, to become healthy, and that my friends is how The Daniel Plan at THE PLACE was born and still sparking others from all around THE PLACE Church and in our community!

The funny thing is that is pretty much how it all started with Pastor Rick Warren and his congregation! Check out his story:

During an afternoon of baptizing over 800 people, Pastor Rick Warren realized it was time for change. He told his congregation he needed to lose weight and asked if anyone wanted to join him. He thought maybe 200 people would sign up, instead he witnessed a movement unfold as 15,000 people lost over 260,000 pounds in the first year. With assistance from medical and fitness experts, Pastor Rick and thousands of people began a journey to transform their lives.

Here’s the secret sauce: The Daniel Plan is designed to be done in a supportive community relying on God’s instruction for living.

Amazing Story by Rick Warren author of The Daniel Plan! Although THE PLACE is a much smaller church than Rick Warrens church, it is wonderful to know that we have very similar stories! Read more here!

THE PLACE Daniel Plan just wrapped up their 4th Season! Yes! What an amazing season this has been! We have several people that have lost weight, become far more healthier than they could ever imagine, and have accomplished things that they never thought possible!

The Daniel Plan is even more than all that, it is also about the friendships that are made and the happiness that is shared when one accomplishes something, or the tears that are shed when one needs love and support.

During this 4th season of The Daniel Plan there are two major accomplishments we would like to share with you and here they are!

‘Guess what I have lost over 50 lbs!’ Congratulations Craig Melfi you are an amazing inspiration to each of us!

‘Oh My Goodness I DID IT! I ran my first 5K and did it in 38:28 minutes, my goal was under 40 minutes and I  finished 82 in a pack 168, at a pace of 12:23! This was a major ceiling buster for me. As Pastor Greg has said ‘the high is the doing of it.’ Boy do I have a high! I must say I thank GOD for being there and providing friends like Craig, and Pastor Greg, and the Daniel Plan friends. WE all say it but in my case it’s true IF I CAN DO IT…. SO CAN YOU! So get off the side lines and come join us, the pain is overcome by the joy and high you WILL recieve!’ Wow Congratulations Roy Fegley! You are Amazing!

So as you can see the Daniel Plan is going strong. It did wrap up a 4th Season and will be starting Season 5 very soon! Ask yourself am I ready to make a change and am I ready to accomplish something amazing! If you are then please stop by the Information Center and we would love to get you started on your journey to great health.

Remember you can do all things through Christ who will strengthen you! Welcome to The Daniel Plan!

Modern Day Martyr part 3

Most of you know that we live stream our services every Sunday on USTREAM, which also keeps a copy of the videos for the last 3 months or so.  Well, we’ve started putting together a higher quality version, which will be featured on our YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/user/theplaceaz.  Here for your viewing pleasure is our first uploaded sermon video.

A REVOLUTION with your God

Join THE PLACE as we continue our series called REVOLUTION. We will be taking a close look at how to have a REVOLUTION with your God. You will hear the personal life path of Pastor Greg Hintz as he traveled down the road from atheism to agnosticism to Christianity. It is a must for anyone who believes that they are on a spiritual path.

http://gphintz.files.wordpress.com/2010/10/a-revolution-with-your-god-final-copy.mp3

Mud Wrestling with Jesus

I think we’ve all been there at one time or another. We find ourselves stuck in the mud. Sometimes this is the mud of monotony or routine or sin. No matter what it is, I think we all can say we’ve been there. Yesterday, me and my boys were literally there ~ Stuck in the mud.

It all started as a nice hike through the wash. There was sunshine in the sky and dirt as far as the eye could see. It was the perfect day. Everything was going fine. Just a dad and two of his sons enjoying the day together. And then we saw the puddle.

Now, this is sort of like life. You’re going along fine and then you see that one thing that looks so cool. You got to see it. You got to get closer. It’s new and neat and you can’t rest till you get a better look at it. That was my two sons, running off to the puddle (more like a lake in their minds).

Hiking the Wash

Hiking the Wash

It was in the mad dash to the puddle that my kids didn’t take into full consideration the dirt under their feet and the change that was taking place as they got closer and closer to the “lake”. The solid ground under their feet was turning to mud ~ and they couldn’t even tell. Well, at least not until they got stuck.

Me too. We are enamored by something and we run as fast as we can at it, until our feet won’t move anymore and we look down and we’re stuck.

When my kids realized their predicament, they looked to their savior. Yes – that would be me. There I was looking at my children who were stuck in the mud. They were scared. They were crying. They wanted to be free, but couldn’t move. They looked to me.

It was at that moment that I realized that I had to do something. Even though I was clean, looking at my children in the mud, I knew that there was no way that I was going to leave them there. And I knew that I wasn’t going to make them crawl out on their own. Instead, I was going to go in and get them. Step after step, I made my way into the mud. Sinking deeper with each step, I made my way into the mud. Dirty past my ankle, I made my way into the mud.

I grabbed the first one… the youngest Zion and hoisted him on my shoulder. His shoes were left in the mud. I made my way to the eldest, Dylan. It was at this moment that I decided to capture the moment.

Me and my boys in the mud

Me and my boys in the mud

Looking down, I noticed where we were.

Stuck in the Mud

Stuck in the Mud

I pulled Dylan free and we made our way out of the mud… together. Looking down, I took a glance at what I’d done to my new shoes.

Shoes after Hiking the Wash

Shoes after Hiking the Wash

Looking back, I’d do it again and again and again. And in reality, I think God would do the same thing for me. He’s not afraid of the mud… Your mud or mine. He loves us enough to come get us. He’s not worried about getting dirty. He’s not going to make us crawl out alone. He’s going to come out there and get you.

So, if you feel like you’re knee deep and stuck in the mud of life, call out to Him. I promise you that He won’t leave you stuck in the middle of the desert. Your shoes may be a little dirty when you come out, but you’ll be free! And after being stuck ~ there’s nothing better than freedom!

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