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We are happy to announce The Daniel Plan is starting up again on Saturday, March 7th at 5:30 pm at The Place 4 Kids and facilitated by Craig Melfi and Roy Fegley. If you are interested in checking out The Daniel Plan please feel free to just stop in and see what it is all about at 881 W. America St. right next door to The Place Church.

The Daniel Plan has changed many lives in one way or another. It all depends on the individual and how they wish to apply the plan to their life. Some people make instantaneous change and some take baby steps, it all depends on them! This is a 6 week program geared up to get you started on a healthier you!

Here is what few of our Daniel Plan Alumni has to say:

“When I started the Daniel Plan one year ago I was skeptical as to whether this diet would work, as for I become disinterested in things quickly, until I read the book The Daniel Plan: 40 Days to a Healthier You. Then I was hooked. It has great recipes, and basically easy to follow. If you’re hungry, you are not eating enough! I discovered this is not a diet, it is a plan, also it’s a walk with God. Making friends in the group I believe has helped my faith in a lot of things. I have lost 81 pounds to date and still am doing The Daniel Plan today! Join, Commit, and Succeed!” What an amazing testimony by James Loughry!

“I learned that it if you ask God for help with trying to be and get healthy he will show a strength you never know you had. Also that doing it with friends is easier than alone.” Thank you Craig Melfi!

Jayne Hellier says, “Knowing God is with us and sharing reasons for past struggles and how to stay focused is so helpful to success!”

Carroll Pulis has a great point here she says, “Having an accountability partner is really important to keep on track.”

I learned what God had to say about taking care of my body and by choosing a healthy lifestyle you actually honoring Him. Also that when you make healthy choices you feel better and can be more effective in every area of your life so you can be the person and live the life that God wants for you!” this is a fabulous testimony from Michal Combs!

There are many others that have lost weight, changed the way they look at food, and have taken up exercising. But the one thing they all have in common first and foremost is they found a closer relationship with God.

“Many diets and fitness plans use guilt as a motivation, but that never works in the long run. You can guilt yourself into doing anything short-term, but the change will last only as long as the guilt (or fear) does. In contrast, The Daniel Plan is built with love as the motivation: Experiencing God’s unconditional love for you, learning to love him back, learning to love whom God made you to be, and learning to give and receive love from others in a small group setting” from The Daniel Plan: 40 Days to a Healthier You.

As you can see The Daniel Plan has and is impacting people in our community! Speaking of community The Daniel Plan is open to anyone interested outside of THE PLACE Church! So why not grab a friend and see how the Daniel Plan can effectively impact your life, we hope to see you there!


"I Think the Man Upstairs is a Lover"…

Greetings! Well, I just returned from the beautiful state of Washington as I was able to see the fertile soil of a state that is probably the polar opposite of my home state of Arizona. However, even after the culture and weather shock, I can honestly say that I loved it. Not for any other reason but that I could sense the hand of God moving my every step and guiding me through encounters and discussions that were slowly affecting me in a miraculous way.

I could go through all of these encounter in great detail, but I will save that for another day. But, I will tell you about my last night in Olympia. I was at my friend Eddy’s house and he has a guy living there by the name of Jeff (who everyone called “Hef-Ay”. Why? I have no idea.) Jeff is a missionary… or a lover of Jesus… whichever is better. He reaches out at a college called ‘Evergreen’. I don’t know too much about the school, but I do know that whenever I mention Jesus and Evergreen in the same sentence, the response is normally a grin or a huff under the breath like these two words don’t belong together like ‘blow torch’ and ‘suntanning’. But, he is there and his goal is simple ~ reach out with the love of Jesus to people who may be vehemently opposed to the very message that he is sharing. However, he still continues to share it.

Well, back to the last night. Eddy and Jeff are music people. They are talented and have some great eclectic musical skills. (One night I came back there and Jeff had an accordion strapped to his chest. Eclectic for sure.) On the last night we chose to jam. Passing around guitars and bongos and a tambourine connected to a kick stand, I thought… this must have been what 1968 was like. (without the ganja smoke of course). We played and played until Eddy asked Jeff to play that one song he played the other night. I had never heard the song, but as soon as Jeff strapped on the “Bob Dylan”esque harmonica holder around his neck I couldn’t wait. He started to sing…

“Met a man who said
he had the secret to life…”

I looked back at my stay in Washington and started to think that I was tapping into something great. Maybe I was starting to get a fuller understanding of what this life was all about. The conversations that I had in the past few days… the deep rich conversations that made you think were bubbling to the surface and I was pleased. The idea of friends sharing lives and their hearts and their struggles and their desires. There was something holy about that. There was something very special about that. I was sitting in it. I was there. My mind came back to the lyrics…

“Mama had a notion
She brought it to life
A simple explanation seemed right… seemed right
She said, ‘Son, I think the man… the man upstairs
He is a lover
And He’ll love us… yes, He’ll love us
Yes, He’ll love us
Even after we die…”

The words were real to me. I was learning love and grace and friendship and what it means to truly be led by the hand of God. Even though it is hard sometimes to be led, we need to trust the loving hands of God. He is leading us where He wants us to go. He will take us places we never thought we’d go to teach us things we never thought we’d learn to pour out into the lives of people we never thought we’d meet. This is the road of God. This is the path for all of us.

And I believe the words of “Hef-Ay”. I believe that the man upstairs is a lover. His love is amazing and has transformed my life and is continually transforming my life. And it is a love that isn’t only for me, but a love that is poured into one vessel with the expressed purpose of being poured out into another. I am honored to serve… breathe… live a life that honors this God of love.

Today, remember that God loves you. I love that the song says that God loves us even after we die. Death isn’t always the absence of breath. Some of us, right now, may feel like we are dead. We may be numb and broken and far from the hope of God. We may not even want to get out of bed in the morning. But I want you to know, that God loves us even after we die. And, the best news of all is that God is committed to bringing the dead back to life. Spend some time with Him and ask Him to bring your dead bones back to life. Leave a comment if you need prayer or some words of wisdom. God is alive, and His will is for you to be alive too!

Much love to my new friend “Hef-Ay”. You can check him out on ReverbNation. The song that I reference is called “The Journey: Part Two”. You will also hear some great harmonica ~ well worth your time!

Much Love, GP

Life, Money, Hope Series: Life ~ Part One

Enjoy the first message in our new series at THE PLACE called “Life, Money, Hope”. Have you ever just felt like you were on the treadmill of life and your day to day activities made no difference to the world? Have you ever felt like your life lacked purpose or meaning? If so, this message is for you! It is the first in our Summer 2011 series and we begin to peel away the layers of life to expose its true meaning. We wrestle with thoughts from Nietzsche to Jesus and come face to face with the reality of our lives. This reality… to tap into the Living Water and allow that water to be poured out into the world.

THE PLACE has been given A BUS! (video)

We are so excited about the recent miracle at THE PLACE. We have been given a 2005 13 passenger bus. I can’t stop giving God glory for His amazing miracles. I never thought that I would see so many miracles happen in my lifetime. I am humbled and so honored to serve a risen King! If you want to hear the story and check out the bus, you can see it here…

Please continue to pray for us as we attempt to minister to the community of Wickenburg.


Mixed Emotions

I have truly felt the roller coaster ride of a church planter over the last month or so. I expected there to be some ‘ups and downs’, but never like I have experienced them. It wasn’t like one day I’d be up and another day down ~ it was like one hour I’d be up and the next hour I’d be down. I remember one day in particular when I was having a great day, feeling on top of the world, and then someone decides to share with me how angry people are at me for resigning my position at the church. This brought a low. Then, I go to watch my son’s soccer game and begin talking with a lady who declares, “I’d love to be part of something like what you’re doing. Can I help?” Another high! Up and down every day through the responses of people and the reaffirming hand of God, we continue on!

If you have these times where you’re asking yourself, ‘Why do I even do this?’ or ‘Why do I even try?’ I want to encourage you to keep it up. It’s tough sometimes to do what God wants you to do and there can often be a lot of opposition. However, you are working to make a difference. I just recently had this experience. I was teaching a group of mildly reluctant people about Jesus. During this teaching time, one left upset because she was ‘Jewish’. I wanted to tell her that Jesus was too, but just let her walk out. I had another person quite vocal about their disapproval about a video I showed. Still, I sat and taught about Jesus. It was tough. It was hard. I was wondering why God’s chosen me to reach out to those people on the fringes and those who are opposed to the message of Jesus. I finished my time expressing my love and prayers for this group of people and told them about the love of God and what it has meant in my life. They all left.

A few minutes later, one of the people walked back in. This person was moved by the time together and wanted prayer. I told her that I’d love to pray for her, but that the most important step was for her to come into a relationship with Jesus Christ. She agreed and sitting in that room she committed her life to Jesus.

I tell you all that because some of you have been asked to do some TOUGH STUFF! I know it. You know it. God knows it. Sometimes, this tough stuff gets really tough and you think about giving up. I want to encourage you to stay strong and keep doing what you’re doing. You’re going to have ups and downs. You’re going to have an emotional roller coaster. If you’re really acting out your faith, some people aren’t going to agree or even like you. Some people may attack you, but there will be the ones who do listen and do receive and they are worth all of the tough times.

The day the person committed their life to Jesus, someone else had given me a card. Part of it said, “I know it’s frustrating when the Word is not received, but just know that you are here for a purpose. You have planted lots of seeds and I believe that some will grow to be fruitful.” I want to encourage you today ~ keep planting! I also believe that some will grow to be fruitful. And those SOME are worth all of the TOUGH DAYS!!!


The Train Keeps Moving!

Today was a great day! I’ve been in the process of tying up many loose ends, preparing for my exit from my current job and transitioning into my next season of life. This includes having many conversations with people that I’m very close to and attempting to assure that all those things which I have started in the last 3 1/2 years will continue when I’m gone.

Then there was the incorporation crossroads. Do you incorporate solo or simply try to join up with a denomination that is already an incorporated entity? I wrestled with this for some time, praying and weighing the pros and cons of each. I had worked tirelessly preparing all of the paperwork for incorporation and after spending some time with a wonderful attorney by the name of Helen Dudley, we’ve decided to stick with Plan A ~ incorporating a brand new church! So, the papers are on their way to Phoenix to be filed in the state.

The road continues to clear before us and the excitement continues. God is pushing us out of our comfort zones and causing us to do things which are uncomfortable. As this road continues, please keep praying for a couple of our goals:

1. 50 families to join The Place by Feb. 1
2. A prayer team of 100 people who are lifting up The Place
3. Finances collected to help finance the first six months of the church plant

Thanks for all your prayers!


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The Place is Here!

Well, today is the official day. I went before my congregation and told them that I was ready to take a step of faith. This step takes me into the wild world of church planting. So, here I sit with a bucket full of questions and a desire to change the world.

I will be honest, God has shown up in so many different ways. This step has caused me to understand how He works. We want Him to do something before we move, but for some reason He chooses to act only AFTER we move. It was after we made the decision that comfirmations began to come… one after another they keep rolling in.

I won’t lie… it’s scary. In fact, it’s REALLY scary. I mean, here I am the father of three with a wife and responsibilities and God asks me to take my leg and put it over the edge of a perfectly good ship. I feared people being mad at me. I feared people being disappointed in me. I feared the impact on my former church. However, I’ve learned that God is still God in the midst of our changes. And He’s still the God of my family and the God of my old church and my God. He cares about me. He loves me. And He rejoices in me living a life of faith. I can only pray that these steps will bring strength to others as they strive to live out the plans of God in their own lives.

I don’t have a guaranteed tomorrow, but I know He’s with me today. And, honestly, there’s no place I’d rather be!