The Orchard Blog

field of dreams and the money pit by orchardblog
July 27, 2004, 4:40 pm
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well, it has certainly been a couple of weeks since i last posted…

this past weekend went great! sunday morning we continued our blockbuster summer with a message on our field of dreams. then, the men of the orchard topped off the evening with a fish fry, games and listening to a barbershop quartet. let me tell you, that quartet did a marvelous job…exceeded my expectations!

if you missed the men’s fish fry, we will be posting some pictures on the site sometime this week.

anyways, THIS WEEKEND, you will not want to miss a superb message by scott hodge (a.k.a. happyweeble) on the money pit.

do your best to invite some friends to the orchard!!!!!!!

VBS 2004! by orchardblog
July 27, 2004, 4:03 pm
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We are in the middle of Rickshaw Rally—Racing to the Son Vacation Bible School.

Kids, teenagers, and adults are having fun, building friendships, and learning more about Jesus.

Want to get a glimpse of the incredible week we are having?  Click here and view VBS pictures!

Wow! by orchardblog
July 21, 2004, 12:56 pm
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I am constantly amazed at what God is doing at The Orchard.  I can’t remember when a week has gone by in the last several months and one of our staff hasn’t recieved an email or phone call from someone telling a story or making a comment about how God has used this church community to positively impact their lives. 
There is nothing that fires me up more than seeing and/or hearing these stories.  Wives telling us how much their former “non-church going” husbands are enjoying attending our worship gatherings, couples sharing how their marriage has been positively impacted by better decision making since attending OVCC, spiritual seekers who feel safe and accepted every time they walk into the church doors as they drag their doubts, questions and fears behind them. 
And even beyond all of that – hearing about people who are turning control of their lives over to Christ NEVER EVER gets old.  Every time I hear someone tell me things like, “I think I’m starting to get it” or “I decided to take the plunge.”  No words can describe it. 
So to everyone who is a part of the Orchard Team (staff, volunteers, leaders, etc…) your hard work and sacrifice is paying off.  People ARE being led into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ.

Meet The Parents by orchardblog
July 15, 2004, 4:52 pm
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This weekend we continue our series, A Blockbuster Summer, with a tag-team message entitled “Meet The Parents”.  At our gathering on Sunday, my dad (Larry) and I are going to sit down and discuss the movie and pull some Biblical lessons from it.  We’ve got some great clips prepared too!  It’ll be a fun time together.  (And don’t forget the popcorn…Ha, ha…)
See you this weekend!
P.S. Oh yeah – don’t forget to invite someone!

What People Are Saying by orchardblog
July 12, 2004, 7:29 pm
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We’ve just added a new page to our website with testimonies that we’ve received over the past several weeks and months. It paints a beautiful picture of how God is using YOU (The Orchard Family!) to impact the lives of so many people.

Click here to check it out!

Also – if you have a testimony or story to share about how God has used OVCC to impact your life, click here and share it with us!

Dumb & Dumber by orchardblog
July 8, 2004, 9:37 pm
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I just put the finishing touches on what will probably be the last draft of my message for Sunday entitled, “Dumb & Dumber”. I don’t want to say too much about it, but I will say that this has to be one of the most study and research intensive messages I have ever worked on. I’ll also say that if you have a friend or loved one who has doubts about the existence of God, do your best to get them here on Sunday!

We are hoping to see a packed house @ the Orchard this weekend. Don’t forget – it’s Friends & Family Day! We are working really hard to make this a great day – not just for you but also for your unchurched friends & family who you will be bringing with you.

It’s not too late to invite someone. We have email invites – and if you didn’t receive one (if you are not on our e-list), shoot an email to: and give us your name and email address and we will email you the invite. You can also forward this link to people to use as an invite as well.

Looking forward to a great weekend! We’re going to have plenty of Starbucks Coffee and Krispy Kreme donuts on hand – so get ready for a caffeinated Sunday at the Orchard!

Friends & Family Day! by orchardblog
July 6, 2004, 12:20 pm
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Don’t forget! This coming Sunday, July 11th will be Friends & Family Day at the Orchard! We have a great weekend planned – Scott will be continuing our “Blockbuster Summer” series with a message entitled, “Dumb & Dumber”. This will be a great weekend to bring a friend or family member to who may have doubts about God or the Bible.

We’ll also have FREE (yes, FREE!) Krispy Kreme Donuts and Starbucks Coffee!

Oh yeah – help us fill our church up this Sunday – invite someone! Email them, call them, stop by their house – direct them to our website for more details!

See you Sunday!

Wow! What a day! by orchardblog
July 5, 2004, 3:04 pm
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I don’t know how your 4th of July was but mine was one of those good to great days!

First thing I did was go to church. Since it was Sunday, and as one of three teaching pastors, it was my turn to speak, and it was a great time. (If you missed it, you can download it here.)

It was so good to see so many people at our worship gatherings on Sunday too. I know that many of them, like me, were excitedly anticipating the afternoon to come and the sun to start shining so that they could celebrate the holiday with their families.

I had some of the best ribs I have ever tasted, singed my eyebrows over a really hot fire as we roasted corn and enjoyed a great swim with my grandaughter Elise. We then finished the evening off with a great display of home grown fireworks. Those 1/2 sticks of dynamite are really loud!!!!

Hope you too had a good to great 4th of July. It’s good to be free isn’t it?

Be thou in the “know”… by orchardblog
July 2, 2004, 11:37 am
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A couple of things you need to know about…


Larry Hodge will be continuing our series, “A Blockbuster Summer” with a message entitled, “The Patriot”. We’ve got some cool stuff planned so you won’t want to miss it. Share the day with your family! Bring them to church in the morning and go check out your local fireworks Sunday night!


Next weekend is Friends & Family Day. This is sort of a “kicked up” version of our Sunday gathering.

Our staff has a bunch of things planned to make this day a great one to invite your unchurched friends and family members to. So do us a favor and help us make it successful! HOW? By inviting someone! This coming weekend we’ll have some invite cards available to help you invite people. We’ll also be shooting you an “invite email” to forward to your friends as a virtual invite.

Oh yeah, Scott Hodge will be sharing a message entitled, “Dumb & Dumber”. That’s all that needs to be said about that… But seriously, the message will be a great one to invite people you know who have spiritual questions about the authenticity of God and the Bible.

It’s going to be a great July at The Orchard!

The Tight Rope of Desire, Part 2 by orchardblog
July 1, 2004, 1:49 pm
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Part 2…

Dallas Willard puts it so beautifully:
God is so big that he doesn’t demand to be the only thing that we desire. God’s goodness is so vast that it just spills out in the things that he creates.

The key is that we get our desires in the right order. “I am ready to say no to any desire that gets in the way of God.”

One distorted approach to mismanaged desires is that some think, “If I don’t want sex, money, food or success, then I would be spiritual.” Not true! These are God given legitimate needs, which sometimes are met in illegitimate ways.

Our culture says that life is about gratification of our desires. For example, our culture says, “Be like the cookie monster.” He has a thing for cookies. His philosophy is, “an appetite exists to be gratified.”

Distorted spirituality says that life is about the elimination of our desires. “Learn to be free, detached and not to desire anything!”

I know desires can easily be jumped up. I am being very careful not to say that ALL of our desires are all from God. The goal of the Christian journey cannot be the elimination of desire and passion since the Scriptures teach that God created us in His image and likeness, and part of the reflection of God is a heart designed for passionate living.