Blog Archives

THE DANIEL PLAN IS BACK!

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!

Church Video Announcements: Inspiration and Examples (video)

At THE PLACE Church, we always have a ton of stuff going on. I mean activity after activity after activity after… (well, you get the picture). We are always looking to take it to the next level and get the word out to our congregation. One way that we do that is through our announcements.

This week, as I was searching for some Youtube wisdom, stumbled across this great video. If you are looking to take your church announcements to the next level… check this out:

I hope that will help you STEP IT UP SON!

Much Love!

GP

Looking for something to read? Here are some books that Pastor Greg wrote. Enjoy! 

Four Services on Easter Sunday at THE PLACE: Sunrise, 8:30, 9:45 or 11:15am

THE PLACE Church has many options for our faith community in Wickenburg on Easter Sunday. Come celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord and Savior on Sunday, April 20th.

Image

We would love to have you come join us at one of our services to celebrate the Resurrection of Christ on Easter Sunday, April 20th. 

Start the day off at 6am with a Sunrise Service at beautiful Standing Stones located at 44020 W. Hwy. 60 going towards Aguila approximately 15.5 miles out of Wickenburg.

Or, if you want to sleep in,  join us for a special Easter Service at 8:30, 9:45, or 11:15 am at The Place Church at 885 America St.

We hope to see you there!

Corruption and Orphans ~ James 1:27

This morning I was sitting outside reading my Bible. I was reading a portion of scripture from James chapter 1. Coming to the final verse in the first chapter I read the words …

“Pure and lasting religion in the sight of God our Father means that we must care for orphans and widows in their troubles and refuse to let the world corrupt us.” (James 1:27)

The phone rang. It was a teacher from a public school who was asking my advice on a situation at her school. She had recently found out that a girl has been living in a car with her mother and sibling. They were homeless. I didn’t know why. I didn’t know their story. I gave some advice on the steps to take to rectify the situation and then I said, “Goodbye”. Looking down at my Bible again, I read the words:

“Pure and lasting religion in the sight of God our Father means that we must care for orphans and widows in their troubles and refuse to let the world corrupt us.” (James 1:27)

I stopped and thought. What does this verse really mean?

Why are these two things ~ caring for orphans and widows AND corruption by the world ~ put together in the same sentence?

What kind of corruption could take place?

Whenever I think of corruption in the Bible I immediately go into the wonderful world of sin. You know ~ all that bad stuff that you shouldn’t do and all that good stuff that you should do but you don’t. But I think this corruption in James wasn’t that overt.

The idea here is that we are to:

KEEP = Greek ‘tereo’; to attend carefully to. To guard. To observe
UNSPOTTED = Greek ‘aspilos’; Spotless. Free from Vice. Unsullied.
from the WORLD = Greek ‘kosmos’; Worldly things. Things of this earth.

For me, I believe that I need to be on guard against the cares of this world and the lulling away into worldly comfort. How important are the things of my life? What am I really investing my time and money in? Where is my heart really when it comes to the needs around me?

I could have the attitude of ‘let someone else fix it’ or ‘isn’t that the government’s problem’.

I could say, ‘I will pray for them’ and throw up a simple prayer of divine intervention.

Or, I could say, ‘What can I do to help?’

Unfortunately, it means that I may get dirty and I may be let down and I may be exposed to some sad stories with even sadder endings ~ but the whole of my life shouldn’t be about keeping myself comfortable… it should be about assuring that I am uncomfortable and consistently reaching out for the things of God.

Opportunity lies all around us. The choice is ours. Do we choose to close our eyes or do we commit to become involved?

“God, please help me to always choose the latter. Amen.”