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Monday Memo - September 23

Yesterday, someone reminded me of Mark Twain’s words:

The two most important days in one’s life are the day he is born and the day he understands why.

Interestingly, yesterday was my birthday, and I preached on why - especially why we have been “born again.”  The quote also serves me in my role as the Russian soldier the next few weeks. (You’ll have to watch or listen online to catch the drift!) Like I did yesterday, I am asking you today,

                                    Who are you?

                                    What are you doing here?

I know it’s Monday, not Sunday, and the questions sound different where you are at today than they did yesterday, but…

These two questions lie beneath our new series, THE ULTIMATE JOURNEY. For me, one of the most exciting things is that more than 200 new people have signed up for a six-week Ultimate Journey group! Plus, there are hundreds of others that are on board through other small groups. This is the last week you can join an Ultimate Journey group, so explore which group you want to join by visiting our groups page.

Everyone has a birthday. No big deal really. The day to really celebrate is when we figure out “why.” I am hoping and praying for a whole lot of celebrations over the next few weeks - including one for you!

See you Sunday.

P.S. Everything you see and experience on a Sunday morning, including out-going ministries like Kairos (the ministry to prisoners and their families), is facilitated by your generous and regular giving. We are all in this together! Thanks for joining God in His work. You can give online anytime.

Grace and peace, 

Tom Oyler
Lead Pastor   


Looking Back

"The Ultimate Journey: An Introduction"  

Ecclesiastes 1-2; Mark 4:3-20; Ephesians 4:13-16

“Who are you”? “What are you doing here”? Those are very valuable questions, aren’t they? The issue for us is how much we are willing to pay to find out the answers for ourselves? As we begin The Ultimate Journey, let’s pray for focus, courage and freedom for each other!


We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.                  

            ~Anais Nin

We are half-hearted creatures, fooling around with drink and sex and ambition, when infinite joy is offered to us. Like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in the slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea – we are far too easily pleased.              

            ~ C.S. Lewis

The future is that time when you’ll wish you’d done what you aren’t doing now.

            ~ Unknown


1.       What is your personal reaction to the two questions of the Russian soldier?

2.       Which biblical references in the message has the greatest impact upon you and why?

3.       If the Ultimate Journey is My life being changed by Christ and used by Christ, what kind of journey are you currently on?  Give this some significant thought.

Looking Ahead

"The Ultimate Journey: Use a GPS"    1 Corinthians 3:1-3 

A GPS is a wonderful use of technology. Metaphorically, it is essential to the Ultimate Journey of My life being changed by Christ and used by Christ. Where are you in the journey? Could it be that some of you have not even begun? Or, you started a long time ago, but where are you now? In what direction are you headed? Interestingly, Paul’s letters serve as our GPS in the Ultimate Journey. Let’s turn it on!


1.      The Corinthians were about 4-5 years into the faith when Paul wrote his first letter to them. What were some of their lingering problems according to 1:10-17?

2.      What different levels of spiritual life/maturity does Paul address in 2:14-3:3 and what are some of their characteristics?

3.      In 13:11, Paul continues the metaphor human maturity. How does this help describe the ultimate journey?

4.      What can you find in the verses below about the nature of the ultimate journey?

            John 3:3

            1 Peter 2:2

            Hebrews 5:12ff

            Galatians 4:19

            Colossians 1:28-29

            1 Thessalonians 2:7-12

5.     What is our definition of the ultimate journey and how do some of these verses relate? (see opening paragraph)


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