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3035 Valley View Lane
Dallas, TX 75234

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3601 Huffines Blvd.
Carrollton, TX 75010

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    Building Boulder

    This weekend, we’ll be strolling through Joshua 4 together and exploring what it means to become “boulder.” Yes, I’m spelling that correctly.  I’ll explain this weekend!

    We’ll also take a few moments to celebrate new life among us! We’ll be recognizing and blessing 35 babies (including triplets!) and their parents between both of our campuses!

    We’re a little more than a month away from November 12th, when we will turn in our Beyond Me commitment cards. Prayer, discernment, and conversation within our households takes time. There’s still plenty of time, but don’t let it slip away. For those of us with children at home, this is a golden opportunity to model for our kids and grandkids what it looks like to seek God and prioritize what’s important in our lives.  To learn more about Beyond Me, click here.

    Speaking of modeling, the other day I was visiting with a brother in Christ who’s walking through some difficulty in his marriage. He was at the airport and noticed a couple, most likely well into their 80s. The man was helping his wife check in. It was obvious that he wouldn’t be traveling with her. He was making sure she had everything, and escorted her all the way up to the security checkpoint. They then paused for a kiss and a prolonged hug.  My friend couldn’t take his eyes off of the couple.  He relayed to me every detail of what he observed and said, speaking of his own marriage, “I so very much want that for us.”

    That old couple had no idea another person struggling in his marriage was watching them. But they provided his heart with a renewed vision for his own marriage. What a gift they gave him. 

    Don’t sell the day-to-day honoring and loving of others short. It speaks volumes to others.

    See You Thursday night or Sunday morn!

    Grace and Peace,


    Chris

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    Las Vegas, Flood-Stage Moments, and Resisting "The Bystander Effect"

    LAS VEGAS

    In the wake of Las Vegas, let’s remember that most tragic days begin quite normally.

    So make the most of the moment. Seek God. Love. Apologize. Do the right thing. And while we’re at it, let’s continue to pray for all so terribly impacted on Sunday night.

    FLOOD-STAGE MOMENTS

    Our journey through Joshua continues this weekend. We’ll all face “flood-stage” moments in our lives. Read Joshua 3 and come ready. If you know of people who are facing “flood-stage” moments, please bring them this weekend!

    BEYOND ME

    It’s called “diffusion of responsibility” or “the bystander effect.” Generally speaking, the larger the group,  the less likely it is that a person in the group will take responsibility for acting to help someone, report a crime, or be engaged in a solution to a problem.  In large groups, many have a tendency to assume “someone else will do it.”

    There are blessings that come with being a part of a sizeable church. There are challenges as well.  One of those challenges is “the bystander effect.” We’re in an important season at The Branch in which every household is needed. We’re a little more than a month away (November 12th) from asking every household to share their particular financial commitment to making our Beyond Me initiative a reality. You can read more about the initiative here.

    Some have asked about the three-year commitment to this project. Our reason for doing it this way is to give us time to fulfill a significant financial commitment to this effort, while also enabling us to develop a three-year plan to pay for the project in full.

    Each one of us can make a difference during this 36-month walk of faith. Let’s resist “the bystander effect.”  We have a remarkable opportunity to exponentially impact this project with the commitment of the first $2.5 million given being matched dollar-for-dollar.

    People give at different paces during a capital campaign. Some give once a year and others give quite frequently. The chart below might be of some help in discerning how each of us can play a part over three years. (Keep in mind some months are four weeks and some are five weeks, which makes the monthly average seem strange.)   

    Weekly         Monthly        Three-Year Total

    $10               $43               $1,560

    $25               $108             $3,900

    $50               $217             $7,800

    $100             $433             $15,600

    $150             $650             $23,400

    $200             $867             $31,200

    $500             $2,167          $78,000

    I know there are some pretty big numbers in there. We have a big God. We have a big mission. And we’re following the One who made the biggest of sacrifices for the sake of all those beyond Him. Including us.

    Let’s continue to pray, listen, and obey.

    Grace and Peace,

    See You Thursday Night or Sunday!

    Chris

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    Joshua, Beyond Me, And 3800

    I know you’re hearing a lot from me right now – particularly with the weekday devotionals from Joshua.  I promise not to clutter your inbox forever. Just through early November. Ha!

    Our series in Joshua is underway. We’ll be in Joshua 2 this weekend! If you prefer a hardcopy of the devotionals, we have a few left over from this past weekend. You can also download a PDF

    We’re also in a season of prayer concerning our “Beyond Me” campaign. If you didn’t pick up the brochure this past weekend or missed the message in previous weeks regarding our proposed plan, please take a moment and read about it. This is an important time for us as a church, and every household’s response, due in early November, will be a critical part of this journey. 

    In the course of doing some due diligence to prepare for “Beyond Me,” one of the interesting things we discovered is that from 2012 to August of this year, more than 3800 people have given to the work of The Branch in some way.

    What’s intriguing about this is that 90% of the total money given during this span of time was given by 16% of those 3800+ people. What does this mean? On one hand, it could mean a minority of people among us are responsible for the majority of what’s given. On the other hand, what we don’t know is the level of sacrifice from person to person. 

    Consider the story of the “widow’s mite” and what Jesus had to say (Mark 12).  One can give a little amount compared to others, and it be of greater sacrifice than others.  We’re not called to equal amounts, but we are called equally to a spirit of sacrifice. Let’s embrace it together.  

    Let’s pray, listen, obey, and go “Beyond Me.”

    See You Thursday or Sunday!

    Grace and Peace,

    Chris 

     

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