Category Archives: Open Life


To wrap up our series at Open Life on living with “Margin” we created and showed a documentary about the financial beginnings of the church two years ago.  It’s the story of how we chose the approach of strategic generosity and how it has made an impact within the community.  After watching this you can see why it is one of our key cultures at Open Life and how it is making such a huge impact within the city and even setting an example for other cities as they take note of our story.  Here it is:

As the video wrapped up we concluded verbally with two things in our live service: Continue reading Documentary

Who has the greatest reward?

I love stories of life change.  The impact simple actions of love can make in the lives of others.  Some come out of deep relationship and trust built over months and even year’s of time, but others need hope right now.  They need a divine intersection with someone who has the simple courage to put an opportunity for hope and purpose within their path.

This morning I watched this testimony below. It’s worth all 12 minutes of your life to view it, trust me.  It is the depiction of a person at the end or their hope, ready to end their life, who by divine chance received an invitation to church.  Believe it or not she comes and it’s not the service, or the message that captures her, but a person in the lobby.  Watch…

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Living Life Open

Got an email today from someone I have never met.  Shows what can happen if we live in the community we serve.

I have always been a huge proponent of living in the city you go to church in.  Just a huge factor when it comes to doing life with people and your life having a chance to make an impact.

Maybe it’s meeting someone at Starbucks, the grocery store, or even the person who cuts your hair.  People are watching and taking notice of your life.

Here is an email I received today:

Good afternoon and Happy Monday!

I just wanted to say thank you for being an awesome light and man of God.  You’ve never met me, but my little sister cut your hair this weekend. She is not really living as a Christian and that is largely because she has been treated poorly and made to feel like crap by pastors in the past. She had great things to say about you. She said you were super nice and friendly!

Thank you for letting Christ shine through you, for loving others, and for being a great example that not all Christians are religious and legalistic.  I hope that sometime we can come check out your church.

I think God has many opportunities for us and many of them look like normal every day life!  Goes to show you never know how closely those you do life with are watching.

Make the most of your opportunities!