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There have already been a ton of Octoberfest pictures on Facebook; here are a few more from my phone… Don’t forget, tonight is Small Group Connect Night!  I hope to see you soon.

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You don’t want to miss OctoberFest this Friday night from 6PM to 10PM at RTPCC. One of my favorite things about the event is meeting new friends. At last year’s OctoberFest, the Freeman family visited RTPCC for the very first time. Since then, they have really connected with our church. Leigh Ellen now serves in our nursery and JD helps out with our A/V department. This year, JD and Leigh will be serving at the event as staff.

JD came by the office this afternoon and I learned something new about him. In his early twenties he was in a terrible motorcycle accident. He was in a coma for almost two months and he still has pins in his leg and arm. He told me that it is a miracle that he is alive.

OctoberFest is an opportunity for you to invite a new friend to RTPCC. Maybe you know a family that is looking to get connected to a great church. A quick phone call or a short text message could be an invitation that changes a family’s destiny.

See you tomorrow night,

Pastor Jason

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RTPCC is excited to welcome Freedom’s Crossing this weekend at 11:00 AM. This week, I connected with Adam and Rebecca to talk about kids, life and ministry.

JASON: What has Freedom’s Crossing been up to since last year’s concert at RTPCC?

ADAM & BECCA: We’ve been extremely busy ministering all over the country. It’s been amazing traveling to different churches in other states. We have seen many people give their lives to Christ and God has blessed many people. Right after our concert at RTPCC we were voted as the AMG New Artist of the Year. Our single, “You Chose Me” has been climbing the charts and ministering to people all around the world.

JASON: What is new with your family?

ADAM & BECCA: Jeslynn just started kindergarten!! Due to our busy ministry schedule, our only option was to homeschool her. It’s a new adventure everyday. She is doing so well and we are the proudest parents on the planet.

JASON: What does the future look like for Freedom’s Crossing?

ADAM & BECCA: The future looks bright! God has been so faithful to our family and ministry. God is giving us a fresh vision and purpose for our ministry. We are not close to being finished and we know that greater things are in store.

JASON: Would you like to share any prayer requests with us before visiting RTPCC this weekend?

ADAM & BECCA: Please pray for us as we prepare to minister in the Bahamas in the beginning of November. We have an amazing opportunity to minister to the island’s Government officials. We are asking God to use us in a mighty way. We are humbled by the invitation and could definitely use the extra prayers.

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This weekend would be an excellent weekend to invite a new friend to RTPCC. Help me spread the word about this weekend’s concert. Also don’t forget that Octoberfest is only one week away from today.

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How do you respond when things don’t go your way? How do you act when someone at work yells at you for no good reason? When you make an F on the test? When someone criticizes your work?

Some of you become monsters. You are rude to everyone around. Hurt people hurt people and when you walk through the door you start on a rampage. No one there deserves it. You know that but it doesn’t matter. The monster is unleashed and everyone in the house has to pay the price for your hurt.

Some of you become zombies. “How was your day sweetie?”  “Just leave me alone.”  You get on your phone or computer and mindlessly look at people’s Facebook posts for hours. You lay on the couch. You mope. You moan. You don’t want to play with the kids or watch TV with the family. All you want to do is sleep or lay around thinking about how unfair life has been to you.

Some of you are normal people. You have a great concept about life. You realize that the world doesn’t exist to revolve around you. You dust off the dirt of failure or the crumbs of criticism and move on. You know that there is always tomorrow.

People who learn how to be normal get to celebrate the 50 year wedding anniversaries. The roller coasters of life do not make them sick because they don’t get too pumped about the highs or too deflated in the lows.

I like being around normal people. One day…I hope to be one.

He who has a cool spirit is a man of understanding. Proverbs 17:27

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Things I hope you will remember….

1)  Freedom’s Crossing will be at RTPCC on Sunday, October 20th.  The group was voted by AMG as the new artist of the year in 2012.

2) Octoberfest will happen at RTPCC on Friday, October 25th.

3) Click here to listen to last week’s sermon.

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