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I want to be the giraffe guy. // RT @Ajoey124: @Ja…

Posted by on Feb 14, 2013 in Tweets | 0 comments

I want to be the giraffe guy. // RT @Ajoey124: @JasonMaroney @RexHuppke @BillWoolsey I’m not white 🙂

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Pay the man, Shirley. // RT @ericwrobinson: @BillW…

Posted by on Feb 13, 2013 in Tweets | 0 comments

Pay the man, Shirley. // RT @ericwrobinson: @BillWoolsey I guess the ashes would be for an Islay scotch?

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When you get turned away from the bad and run smac…

Posted by on Feb 13, 2013 in Tweets | 0 comments

When you get turned away from the bad and run smack into #Jesus, will you turn again…or welcome the new view?

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#Repentance is not an option when it comes to trus…

Posted by on Feb 13, 2013 in Tweets | 0 comments

#Repentance is not an option when it comes to trusting in Jesus. It’s a core ingredient. Actually the initial part of the process.

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says the Lord God: #Repent and turn away from your…

Posted by on Feb 13, 2013 in Tweets | 0 comments

says the Lord God: #Repent and turn away from your idols, and turn away your faces from all your abominations

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Tweet: “A Double Gin & Tonic. Hold the ashes.” New b…

Posted by on Feb 12, 2013 in Tweets | 0 comments

“A Double Gin & Tonic. Hold the ashes.” New blog post for the start of Lent. billwoolsey.org

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Why our Best Volunteers & Staff Leave http://t…

Posted by on Feb 12, 2013 in Tweets | 0 comments

Why our Best Volunteers & Staff Leave tmblr.co/ZDUGVyd_VJTk

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Our nation’s religious icon embracing one of the sins most destroying our nation. #sadirony

Posted by on Jan 10, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

Famed Church

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Living Mercy

Posted by on Jan 8, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

When it comes to living mercy, there are 3 P’s of Mercy that you should put into practice:

Prayer (What should I pray?)
Provision (What can I provide?)
Presence (How can I be present?)

Everyone can pray something. Driving by the homeless man at the green light, driving by the accident on the freeway, driving by your neighbors who have a really great life (so they think). Prayer is a given when it comes to mercy.

Provision is a tad more involved but the flavors number at least 26. Try M’s: Meals from the neighbors, mouthful of compliments, memory book of photos. Or B’s: Babysitting so the folks get a break, bailing water after the busted pipe, broken-window repair (even if it wasn’t your son’s fault). This is not MIT level thinking. More like “see a need, fill a need.”

Presence, though, now there’s when mercy goes all-in. Presence means you’re present. You show up. You sit and wait and worry with the worriers. Or encourage with the courage-less. Presence doesn’t just send money or food or restaurant coupon. Presence provides a person. Presence provides you.

If you can do all 3, score. Fantastic. But you should strive for 2 out of 3 as your 2013 standard.  You and I were not originally designed to live for ourselves. Sin tricks us into thinking that’s where fulfillment is hidden. In reality, living for ourselves only leads to emptiness. Living for others, serving others, doing right by others, is fulfilling and invigorating. It rejuvenates and releases. It’s what we were made for.

When Jesus asks “I ask you, is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good or to do harm, to save life or to destroy it?” He’s teaching us there is no neutrality when it comes to living mercy. No gray area. Failing to do good is evil. Seeing a need and doing nothing about it—no prayer, no provision, no presence—is not of Jesus.  No living mercy there.

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Top 12 of ’12

Posted by on Jan 1, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

While New Year’s Day can easily fall in the cracks, overshadowed by Christmas, it’s a great time to look ahead with fresh eyes. It’s also a perfect time to look back and see what God has brought us through the past twelve months.

Before you jump full-bore into ‘13, try jotting down your Top 12 (Memories) of ‘12.  Here are mine:

#12) CrossPoint’s send off gift of over $40,000 to Matt, Lisa, and Ava Popovits as they moved to New York City. What an expression of generosity!

#11) Hiring Dr. Debbie Roesler as our Chief Operations Officer to oversee the operations side of CrossPoint. What a combination of wisdom, financial knowledge, and leadership all in one person!

#10) Our wonderful staff switching gears & adapting & rising to the occasion through a crazy year of transition. What a great group of people, excited about what God is doing here!

#09) Over 500 attendees at our 2012 FiveTwo WikiConference. What an impact, from the USA to Europe to Panama to Brazil. Wow!

#08) Helicopter Easter Egg Hunt at the Westgreen campus. What a frenzied crowd of egg-hunting kids!

#07) Every baptism Sunday, and especially watching parents being baptized with their children. What a humbling, moving experience.

#06) The Dominican Republic mission trip and the upcoming New Orleans and El Salvador mission trips. What an honor to make a difference in these locations, among God’s people!

#05) The leadership of our new preschool director, Mari Rudge, and the record enrollment of over 360 at CrossPoint Christian School. What a fantastic school and fantastic staff!

#04) The incredible generosity of God’s people, especially this past Fall. What an answer to prayer.

#03) FiveTwo’s growth and multiplying from 7 to over 30 local groups around the country. What amazing growth in our church replicating network. Wow.

#02) Watching EightTen reach the Spring Branch community, especially through movie nights and FallFest, and the upcoming community park. What an opportunity, to bless that community with the love of Jesus.

#01) YOU! Getting to meet you, talk with you, and see what God is doing in your lives. From my CrossPoint friends, to FiveTwo friends, to all my new and old friends- your large and small individual stories have been the most rewarding part of this year! What a privilege to know each and every one of you!

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