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May 22nd, 2014

10 years of Oxygen

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Ten years ago today we were in full swing planning and preparing for what would be the first event called The O2 Experience. I was a youth pastor in Albuquerque, New Mexico and the vision was for a state-wide event geared at reaching as many people as possible with the message of sexual purity. Jennie and I had just gotten married and God had spoken to us (about as clearly as He ever has spoken to me in my life) about this while we were on our honeymoon in Hawaii. We felt burdened to warn this generation about just what is at stake when we abandon God’s designs for our sexuality.

When I say warn I don’t mean just that they might get an STD or pregnant, though those are certainly an issue and a part of what we talk about. In my experience consequence driven communication is not very effective if that is all you have to say. People aren’t looking for rules to live by, they are hungry for a reason to live for. The message burning on my heart isn’t “Don’t sin!” but rather, “Rise up and change this world for Jesus!” The warning I am referring to is that this calling on their lives to shine brightly and reach people can’t be unleashed fully without holiness. Our strength and sanctification are connected. Simply put, you cannot be powerful with out being sexually pure.

I feel not only strongly that I am supposed to give this message and put these events on, I feel that it would be sin to be silent. I feel that God will require the blood of those I am meant to reach from me if I don’t speak up. So for these past 10 years we have criss-crossed the country, from Montana to Florida, and from Colorado to California. The events have changed enormously in that time. Thinking back to the first one in 2004 that we put on it pains me to remember how ghetto it was. (Cringe.) Thankfully, in spite of our rookie status at production God moved in great ways. True to the original vision thousands drove from not only all over New Mexico to attend, we even had some youth groups bus in from surrounding states.

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We returned to Albuquerque, where it all started, and had an event in the same room where the first one took place. Very special. Thankfully we have learned a thing or two over the years and the events have become fine-tuned and fully-loaded. The biggest change was in 2007 when we expanded it from just focusing on relationships by adding an explicitly evangelistic focus to the O2 Experience. That was when we began describing and approaching it as “a fresh look at life, death, sex and romance.” From that point on things really clicked. It was as though our airplane finally had both wings and we could take off.

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Looking back over the past ten years and the events in all the cities I am blown away thinking about the thousands we have seen give their lives to Jesus and rise up in strength and honor, embracing God’s plans for their love lives. It is humbling to be a part of it and I can’t wait to see what is around the corner—starting tomorrow night when we finish this anniversary tour with an event in the mile high city, Denver, Colorado. Purity is worth fighting for!

For more information about the O2 Experience or to request an event in your city, please visit www.o2experience.com.

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Highlight reel from Easter weekend at fresh life. Incredible to look back at what God did.

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Apr 25th, 2014

It Takes an Army

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When I think back to this past weekend what comes to mind is Nehemiah 4:6 “So we built the wall. And all the wall was joined together to half its height, for the people had a mind to work.” When people are united in vision towards a common goal and energized by God’s Holy Spirit there is no limit to what can be achieved. Easter weekend 2014 at Fresh Life is living proof of that to me!

In the history of our church we have never pulled off a larger, more intense, or more complicated event than this. Since opening our 6th campus in Bozeman 6 weeks ago we now have a lot of moving pieces: musicians and manpower all over Montana, rented venues in 3 cities, more complicated than normal streaming demands and in Kalispell we are in the largest facility in town, a rodeo arena to convert into a church. And lemme tell you, it takes an army!

And that’s exactly what we have. An army. A ton of fully caffeinated, dedicated and passionate, microphone rocking fresh lifers who have a mind to work. Filled with the Spirit and in one accord. It is staggering to watch God bless our unity by causing the oil to flow as our sails and souls are filled. Best of all, as we let down our nets at skull church and fresh life Easter we saw people respond to Jesus all across the state!

For a glimpse of what we saw God do, check out this weekend’s lookbook:

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Apr 23rd, 2014

Sometimes, Always, Never

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We’re excited to kick off a brand new series at Fresh Life this weekend – “Sometimes, Always, Never” – all about the will of God. Join us at one of our locations across Montana or online at freshlifechurch.com!

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Apr 18th, 2014

Skull Church Majestic

The first skull church event of the year is tonight at 7pm MST in Kalispell and live online!

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