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    Thrill, a Word from Tony D'Amico of The Rock Church in Utah

    I love the thrill of roller coasters. There is just something about them — the anticipation while I am waiting in line, the grinding and clanking sounds while I slowly move to the top, and then… the drop! I get butterflies in my stomach thinking about it. I usually go through the entire ride with a huge smile on my face. As it comes to the end, I get super pumped and want to do it all over again!

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    One of my favorite roller coasters is the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad in Disneyland. One of the best experiences I ever had on that ride was with my son. He couldn’t stop laughing the whole time we were on it and it brought me so much joy to see how thrilled he was!

    It’s okay if roller coasters don’t thrill you. But, do you know what does? Is it driving a really fast car? watching sports? sky diving? When you think about what thrills you, does the Lord come to your mind?

    The Psalmist wrote…

    “You THRILL me, Lord, with all You have done for me! I sing for joy because of what You have done. O Lord, what great works You do! And how deep are Your thoughts.” — Psalm 92:4-5

    Do you get thrilled when you think of all that the Lord as done for you? You should, you know. This verse really struck me as I read it because it’s so easy to miss this. The amazing thrill I get from being on a roller coaster should pale in comparison to the thrill I experience in the Lord! It challenged me to think about all that the Lord as done in my life. And as I meditated on that, I was both excited and thrilled.

    My challenge for you this week is to think about all of the things that the Lord has done for you. Let those be the things that excite you…thrill you. When you’re feeling down, pull that list out and sing for joy because of ALL He has done for you!

    Thrilled in the Lord —

    Tony

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    Tradition, A Word by Pastor Billy Johnson of The Rock Church in Utah.

    Every year, the pastors of The Rock Church go to our National Pastor’s Conference. There’s a tradition, one night during the week of meetings, when we go to a grocery store (or a gas station), get some snacks, and head to the hotel lobby to spend time together. We’ll play games, joke around, and laugh a lot. It has become something I really look forward to each year. 

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    At our conference this past summer, I had my Funyuns and Gummy Worms ready to go; I had just cracked open a fresh Sprite and Jeromy Darling joined us. He’s a Worship Leader from The Rock Church in Minnesota (a sister church of ours) and I was looking forward to keeping up the junk food tradition while picking Jeromy’s brain about music. As we started talking, a man with a neck brace and a big garbage bag full of his belongings walked into the lobby. He wasn’t staying at the hotel. I’m not quite sure why he came in, but he stopped at our table, right next to Jeromy. He started asking a few questions.
     
    In the moment, I just wanted to answer his questions politely (and as closed-ended as possible) so he would leave. Then I could get back to my game, get back to my normal, comfortable conversation. Get back to the tradition. Jeromy, however, started asking that man questions. He wasn’t just asking him “small talk” questions, he was asking him questions with long answers. Questions about his family, questions about his hobbies, his life, his addictions. 
     
    I was so convicted by this experience. I had a hard heart and just wanted the man to go away. Jeromy had exactly the opposite reaction. He (and a few of the other pastors) sat there and asked more questions. They had a loving conversation with him until he finally picked up his bag and left —with a smile on his face. I have no idea when the last time that stranger felt important and listened to. I could tell he loved it. 
     
    I can get so caught up in my routine, my schedule, my traditions, that I miss the important things. I can miss the simple act of loving or encouraging someone by just saying a few words or asking a few questions. 
     
    Let’s change our traditions of solitude and get out of our comfort zones. Let’s be a light in this world and engage with people until they feel important. Let’s remind people of the fact that we are all made in the image and likeness of God, so we are all special, valuable and important. Let’s make our tradition be considering others better than ourselves and showing them the love of Christ. 
     
    Looking forward to the next uncomfortable conversation,
     
    Billy 

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    Full of Love, A Word from Pastor Steele McInroy from The Rock Church in Utah.

    
If we can somehow grasp the truth that God is love, then it makes sense that we would strive to be full of love ourselves. I mean really, wouldn’t the world be a better place if we were all filled with love?

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    The Ancient Greeks had four distinct words for love: agápe, éros, philía, and storgē. In his book The Four Loves, C.S. Lewis points to agape as the greatest of the four loves. He describes it as the unconditional “God” love. The word love appears in the ESV Bible 551 times. Just simply pondering that fact brings verse after verse cascading through the recesses of my mind. One that quickly rises to the top is found in 1 Corinthians 13:13 NLT, “Three things will last forever — faith, hope and love — and the greater of these is love.”

    Maybe the Beatles inadvertently approached a profound truth when they wrote the hit song “All You Need is Love”. Through the lens of my Christian perspective, however, the title should be replaced with “All You Need is God”. Look at this truth. “We love because he first loved us.” (1 John 4:19). You see, God created us and initiated this incredible love affair with us. I think John the Baptist brings a right response to God in this verse. “He must become greater, I must become less.” (John 3:30). Okay, now let’s all sing the newly titled song together — “All You Need is God!”

    When the Apostle Paul describes how God treats us (known as body of Christ), it’s what I think the world needs right now. It says in Ephesians 4:16, “He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does it’s own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing full of love.” The whole world needs to know God so that that we might become healthy and grow full of love!

    Can I hear an AMEN?!

    Mac

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    Parking Lot Closed

    An important heads-up that our Draper location parking lot will be closed off for sealing and painting of new lines from Tuesday, October 3 through Wednesday, October 4. The parking lot should be fully cured and ready to drive on Thursday morning.

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    We’re doing our best to notify anyone we know of who is planning on using the building during that time (Small Groups and band practices, etc.). Help us spread the word!

    You can park in the office building parking lot to the north of our building if you need to but you CANNOT park on 700 E.

    If you have any questions, please contact Brent Kendall at brent@trc.life.

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    Rocktoberfest, Join us for a fun night during the weekend of Halloween at The Rock Church in Utah!

    ROCKTOBERFEST

    Who wants to spend Halloween “just trick-or-treating” (and getting wet if it rains) when you can have WAY more fun joining us at Rocktoberfest! We have a super fun night planned for you that you’re going to love — so join us and bring the whole family.

    WHAT WE HAVE IN-STORE

    Walk through our indoor trick-or-treat “street” where your kids can “trick or treat” for candy and prizes along the way. In addition, we’ll have games, activities, and food trucks. The atmosphere will be festive and fun and costumes are encouraged for all!

    THE DETAILS

    This year’s Rocktoberfest will be held on Saturday, October 28 (6 — 8:00 p.m.) at the Draper location (11630 S 700 E). If you have any questions, please contact our office!

    Hope to see you there!

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    Give Thanks, A Word by Pastor Steele Croswhite from The Rock Church in Utah.

    “He who sacrifices thank offerings honors me…” — Psalm 50:23 (NIV84)

    I really love serving God. I mean it, my heart (through and through) longs to do more for Him. I love serving God’s people; I love playing music for Him, and I love knowing Him more and more. Each day I seek to bring honor to God by serving Him.

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    That being said, this verse in Psalm 50 recently really impacted me. Prior to verse 23, God had been reminding His people that though they “sacrifice” to Him, what really brings Him honor is giving thanks to Him.

    WOW! What an amazing God! In other words, though God is pleased with our “service” to Him, what honors Him, what brings a smile to His face all the more, is our heartfelt thanks to Him.

    When was the last time you really thanked God? This came as a challenge to me when I read this verse. I mean, I thank God often, but it had been a while since I really thanked Him. After reading this verse, I decided to spend my morning’s prayer time only thanking God. At first, I thanked Him for the obvious stuff like His salvation and my family. After a few minutes, however, I found myself even thanking Him for the coffee I was drinking.

    Through thanksgiving, God drew me out. Through thanksgiving, God reminded me that everything I have is truly a gift from Him. Through thanksgiving, God reminded me that He is worthy of my worship and praise (beyond the gifts that He gives). He is worthy because He is God!

    This week, spend some time thanking God — it honors Him and it will bless you!

    Thankful,

    Steele

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  7. Date Night Comedy Tour by

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    Most couples could use some “encouragement” in their marriage. People need practical (and fun) ways they can grow together. And every couple needs a date night out, don’t they? When was your last night away from the dog and kids? If you can’t remember, now is the time to make it happen!

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    Date Night (Comedy Tour) is coming Friday, October 6 (6:30 – 8:30 p.m.) at Life Church (3818 W 4700 S, WVC). Tickets are available exclusively through an on-line site, where tickets are $30 a couple until September 6, and then they increase to $40 a couple. Seating is limited, so act quickly. Churches can buy blocks of tickets together or individuals can as well.

    In addition to the evening event, there will also be a free, two-hour Marriage Seminar for all pastors and lay ministry leaders (who serve in their local church’s marriage or family ministry). That seminar will be from 2-4:00 p.m., at Life Church.

    This special date night is being sponsored by Standing Together Ministries and it should not only be very helpful for your marriage, it should also be a lot of fun. Check out this link to see the hilarious comedy of Ted Cunningham, Paul Harris and your host Tim Popadic

    We’ll look forward to seeing you there!

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    Recidivism, A Word from Pastor Josh Whitney of The Rock Church in Utah

    Recidivism is the rate at which a criminal offender returns to prison. One study found that within five years of release, 77% of released prisoners were rearrested. I recently had a conversation with a corrections officer who told me a similar statistic. He estimated the recidivism rate at the place he worked was 90%! The annual cost of incarcerating a prisoner in Utah is nearly $30,000. So, this is a big deal. This corrections officer said that the sad joke as the released prisoners left, was that they would see them again!

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    Now, it says in Proverbs 27:22, “Crush a fool in a mortar with a pestle along with crushed grain, yet his folly will not depart from him.” Do you know what a mortar and pestle is? It’s a small bowl and a blunt, club-shaped object. You would put the substance you wanted to grind into the mortar and crush and grind it with the pestle. This verse in Proverbs teaches you that you can’t remove a fool’s foolishness. You can grind and crush grain into powder and remove the various components. But, you can’t remove a fool’s foolishness. One author said, “You can separate the wheat from the chaff, but folly is too much a part of a fool to take it from him.”

    Obviously, as Christians, we believe that God’s grace is powerful enough to save and transform anybody. But, Proverbs repeats this theme over and over again. The fool is intractable or unteachable. A wise man or woman is teachable. In your own life, are you teachable?

    Proverbs repeatedly tells us you can teach a wise person. But, with a fool, you are just wasting your breath. Would your family call you teachable? Does your spouse? Do your co-workers or people at church consider you humble and open to correction? Some things to think about.

    Trying to learn from my mistakes,

    Josh

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    Sheep Herding, A Word by Pastor Bill Young of The Rock Church in Utah

    “Paul and his companions traveled throughout the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been kept by the Holy Spirit from preaching the word in the province of Asia. When they came to the border of Mysia, they tried to enter Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus would not allow them to. So they passed by Mysia and went down to Troas. During the night Paul had a vision of a man of Macedonia standing and begging him, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.” After Paul had seen the vision, we got ready at once to leave for Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to preach the gospel to them.” — Acts 16:6-10 (NIV84)

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    I’m no sheep herder, but the picture I get from these verses, is that our Chief Shepherd in heaven, was corralling Paul and his companions to get them to go to Macedonia.

    You see, Paul had concocted a plan — a good, godly plan. They were to travel back through Asia Minor to encourage all of the churches he had planted. He and Silas headed west. When they tried to then go north, God stopped them. They tried to go south. But, their plans were again thwarted by the Shepherd’s staff. Hmmm — what to do?

    After getting a vision in his sleep, Paul woke up with a brand new plan. A plan he did not even have the day before! He would head west into Macedonia and see what God was up to. It was in this way God used him to change the world!

    The simple lesson for me is that God knows how to get me where He wants me to go. No matter what my grand and godly strategy may have been, God’s way prevails. As a planner, I like to know what’s going to happen next. I have my vision and mission statement memorized. I know how to “work the plan.” Recently, however, God has changed some of my big picture dreams. He has set me (and our churches) on a different path than what I had been planning.

    So, what am I to do when God changes “my” plans? Like Paul, I need to get up and move forward into what HE has planned. Only then will I truly be a part of changing the world.

    Baaaaa!

    Bill Young

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  10. Moving Time (West Location Update) by

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    Moving Time a Word by Pastor Josh Whitney of The Rock Church

    Hello Church,

    We wanted to update you on the future plans of the West location so you can be praying for us. We have been using the Crosspoint Church building on Friday nights for the last couple of years. We’ve seen God work in many encouraging and amazing ways!

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    Back in May, the leadership of Crosspoint told us they were selling their building and moving their church to Provo. That news triggered a lot of prayer, talking, and seeking counsel. We started looking for a new place to meet. Over the last few months, we have looked at many locations. For a variety of reasons, we haven’t found a spot that is a good fit for us.

    In the midst of that building search, we have also been talking about the effectiveness of a Friday Night Church Service. One option we discussed was the possibility of moving our Friday Night Service into the Saturday Night Service in Draper. This would be a strengthening move for both locations.

    Well, after months of prayer, counsel, and conversations, we believe that God is leading us to merge our Friday Night Service with the Saturday Night Service in Draper. We are confident that re-allocating our “troops” in this way will ultimately work to our advantage. It can make us stronger for the plans God will make clear to us.

    Just so you remember, we are ALL still committed to church planting and our mission to Win the Lost, Build the Believer and Send the Sanctified. In the end, we are ALL excited about what the future holds through God’s ministry at The Rock Church!

    Starting September 23, we will be in Draper. There is a lot to do, so we would really appreciate your prayers. We talked in detail about how God led us in this decision during our church services on September 1-3 (you can watch/listen on our Message page). If you have any questions about it, please contact me.

    United in spirit and purpose,

    Josh and The Rock Pastors

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