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In the midst of all of the loud music, bright lights, and excitement of yesterday’s worship service and evening concert with The City Harmonic, one testimony brought the entire day’s activities into perspective.

A young man caught me after the concert and said, “Pastor Eric, this was a breakthrough day for me.”  He then went on to describe the freedom he experienced to lift his hands and celebrate as a worshipper.

“This was a breakthrough day for me.”  Amen. Amen. Amen!

Those are the words a minister lives to hear.  All of the planning, all of the prayer, all of the work is focused toward this one beautiful goal — spiritual breakthrough and growth in the lives of the ones we love.

I believe this young man’s personal observations were an accurate assessment of what we experienced as a church body yesterday.  It was a day of breakthrough as we were stretched in many areas.  From attendance, to sound quality, to lighting effects (I didn’t know our lights could do the things they did!), to the teamwork it took to make it all come together, we were stretched to reach out to new levels of breakthrough.

As pastor of Emmanuel Fellowship Church, I am blessed and overjoyed by where God has brought us as a congregation, and days like yesterday invite me to dream of where God is taking us as we continue to follow Him in this grand adventure.

As I laid my happy/sleepy head down on my pillow last night, I found myself in agreement with the words of my friend, “This was a breakthrough day for me.”

I pray it was for you as well.

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“So, my dear Christian friends, companions in following this call to the heights, take a good hard look at Jesus. He’s the centerpiece of everything we believe, faithful in everything God gave him to do.”  Hebrews 3:1-2 (The Message)

As you take a good hard look at Jesus this week, I invite you to review these blog posts to renew the wow factor in your heart of the amazing love of our amazing King!


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Photo: Karen Carbone http://www.inbloomimages.com

Mindy and I are excited to announce the release of our first worship CD, “All Things New.”

What began with a birthday gift of recording time in a local studio has grown into something bigger than we ever imagined.  We were so happy with what we captured in the recording that we took it through the necessary production steps to make it available to others. 

“All Things New” is a collection of original worship songs and prayers through the Scripture designed to lead people into an encounter with the beauty of God and His word.

We have been working on the project for almost a year.  While we may be new to the recording process, it has been our privilege to lead people in worship together for years.  One of the things we have always loved to do most is take people on a journey to encounter the presence of God, and that’s what this CD is all about.  It begins in the Psalms and travels right through to the book of Revelation, looking to connect people’s hearts to God every step of the way.

 “All Things New” is set to release Sunday, April 11, 2010, at Emmanuel Fellowship Church and is also available for purchase online at the von Atzigen Ministries website.

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