This Week at More Life Church!

pastor josh pennington | APRIL 16, 2020

Easter 2020 Update
First, thank you for sharing, liking, engaging, and watching this year’s Easter service. It was unlike anything we have ever done before, and we reached more people than ever before. For my fellow data nerds, here are some metrics from Holy Week:
  • At least, 2,455 people were in attendance! (I say “at least” because we have no idea of knowing how many people gathered around a phone, tablet, or television to view the services.)
  • Our Holy Week services had nearly 30,000 views, and the Easter service alone had over 12,000 views. Pretty awesome!!

Second, A BIG thank you to everyone who served behind the scenes to help us creatively serve our community this Easter.

New Series
This passage of scriptures forms the foundation for a new series that we will begin on April 19, 2020.
Isaiah 55:8-9 
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,”declares the Lord.  “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.

It’s time to go higher. Yup that means you! The Lord spoke to me about what we, as a people, need to focus on in this season. Our thoughts and ways are too low. It is time for us to go higher.

New Format and New Time
As this new series begins, I will take this opportunity to change formats. I will be moving from prerecorded services to live, interactive services on all our streaming platforms.

You can view and engage in our interactive services in three ways:
I am ready for all of us to worship together, but it just isn’t time yet. You have my word that we will meet as soon as it is SAFE, WISE, and POSSIBLE. This is not an easy situation for anyone. It is one that none of us have ever navigated before, so let’s keep giving each other the gift of patience and grace.

Sunday, April 19, 2020, we will be live on all platforms at 10:00 AM. These messages require your participation and a fresh wind of the Holy Spirit.
Pray for me, the families of our church, and for our community that we would ALL encounter God in a fresh way. The power of the Holy Ghost cannot and is not canceled!! I am expecting God’s people to respond to theses unprecedented times in an unprecedented way. Will you show up in this new format? I hope you do.

We all have a responsibility in the spreading of the gospel, especially now! Here are some things you can do that will make a difference:
  1. Text people and invite them to join one of our online services
  2. Share the content from all More Life Church platforms
  3. Send them an invite through our App 

Financial Security
Malachi 3:10
Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it. 11 I will prevent pests from devouring your crops, and the vines in your fields will not drop their fruit before it is ripe,” says the Lord Almighty. 12 “Then all the nations will call you blessed, for yours will be a delightful land,” says the Lord Almighty.

It is not a coincidence that the very last message I preached before all of this hit us was a message entitled “God Is My Source”. If I’ve ever heard from God to pastor and lead you well, it was for this sermon. The tithe is God’s plan for your financial security. Angie and I have tested Him in this for over 22 years. When you put God’s house first, He will take care of your house. This is a promise to you!

Here is how you can participate in the “God is my source challenge”:
  1. Recognize God as your source by bringing 10% of your income into God’s house.
  2. Realize that where your treasure is, your heart is also.
  3. Record in a tithe test journal what you observe and experience as God proves himself faithful to you.
Here are four ways to give:
  • Visit
  • Through the giving tab in our App
  • Text any amount to 84321
  • Send a check to 1718 East Main Street, Newark, Ohio 43055

Thank you for all you’re doing to make a difference through these priorities.

Please don’t keep the faith, give it away!