018: All is Not Calm – Focusing on Jesus in a Busy, Commercialized Christmas Season

Christmas is supposed to be about the birth of Jesus, the Savior of the world. But it’s easy to miss that with all the parties, gifts, commercials, food, and lights. Much of it is good fun, but what happens when it distracts us from the real joy of Christmas? Ryan Lehtinen sits down with Aaron Lutz and Lance Lawson to talk about how to they try (and sometimes fail) to focus their families’ hearts on Jesus in this season.

*Spoiler Alert: Beliefs about Santa Claus are discussed. If you have any young listeners within earshot, you might want to listen to this episode at another time. If you still believe in Santa, what you’re about to hear is going to be devastating.

 

017: Celebrating Advent with Your Family, with Josh and Mandy Turner

Advent begins on the fourth Sunday before Christmas. It’s the season where churches around the world celebrate the coming (or advent) of Jesus and prepare their hearts for Christmas Day. In this episode, Yancey Arrington talks about the history of Advent and how it’s been celebrated by the Church for centuries. Then, he’s joined by Josh and Mandy Turner from the Clear Lake campus to talk about how their family celebrates Advent each year.

 

016: Launching a Church Planting Partnership in Brazil with Chris Nelson and Priscilla Hartranft

During the To The Ends of The Earth message series, Go Global Director and Campus Pastor of the Clear Lake Campus, Karl Garcia, sat down with Chris Nelson and Priscilla Hartranft who recently returned from Brazil. They discuss Clear Creek’s new church planting partnership in Brazil and how people can get involved.

 

RESOURCES:

Go Global – Clear Creek Community Church

015: Being a Part of a Church Planting Movement in Cuba with Derek Willis

During the To The Ends of The Earth message series, Go Global Director and Campus Pastor of the Clear Lake Campus, Karl Garcia, sat down with Derek Willis who recently returned from his second mission trip to the Caribbean. They discuss how God is moving there and how others can be involved in taking the gospel to the ends of the earth.

RESOURCES:

GO – Clear Creek Community Church

014: A Leap Into the Unknown – Planting a “Parachute” Church with Justin Fordinal

In October 2019, Clear Creek Community Church hosted an Acts 29 Church Planting Mini-Conference. During the event, CCCC East 96 Campus Pastor Aaron Lutz sat down with Justin Fordinal, church planter and Lead Pastor of Bridge Point Community Church in Cypress, TX. Bridge Point just celebrated five years since their launch in 2014, and they have a desire to reach the Cypress area and see more churches planted around the world.

 

 

RESOURCES:

Bridge Point Community Church (Cypress, TX)
“Why Plant Churches” by Tim Keller
Acts 29
Houston Church Planting Network (HCPN)

 

013: You Can’t Go Back So Go On, Part 2: The Adoption Story of Aric and Glenna Harding

In Part 2 of Aric and Glenna Harding’s adoption story, they share about what happened after deciding to welcome two young brothers into their home. Then later, they receive another call that would change their family forever.

 

RESOURCES:
Clear Creek Orphan Care

012: You Can’t Go Back So Go On – The Adoption Story of Aric and Glenna Harding

Ted Ryskoski hosts as Aric and Glenna Harding share their two-part story of adopting three children in addition to their four biological children. The Hardings live in Friendswood and attend Clear Creek’s West Campus. Aric serves on Clear Creek’s staff as the West Campus music leader.

 

011: Partnering With Schools to Make a Difference with Superintendents Dr. Greg Smith (CCISD) and Thad Rohr (FISD)

Chris Alston sits down with school superintendents Dr. Greg Smith from Clear Creek ISD and Thad Rohr from Friendswood ISD to discuss how their school districts are trying to address some of the challenges that students face today. They also talk about how they see partnering with other community organizations, including churches, as key to impacting the lives of students.

 

010: Porch Light On or Off: Should Christians Celebrate Halloween? with Aaron Lutz and Lance Lawson

Ryan Lehtinen talks with Aaron Lutz and Lance Lawson about the history of Halloween, whether Christians can celebrate it, and if so, how they can do it in a way to honors God.

RESOURCES:
The Origins of Halloween 

 

009: Planning a Message Series with Bruce Wesley and Yancey Arrington

Ryan Lehtinen sits down with Bruce Wesley and Yancey Arrington to discuss the process and people involved in taking an idea and developing it into a multi-week message series. They also give a sneak peak at some ideas in development for 2020.