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Summary: In this sermon, Dino Rizzo explains and projects his vision for the ministries of Healing Place Church, showing how God’s will for the church has played itself out in their church’s history.

I’m excited about this series. I’ve been looking forward to this Sunday because we’re going to do something we have never done before. We’re gonna to look back and we’re going to give you a gift that I think is gonna bless you. But we’re going to enter into a series called iLife. And we’re gonna think and talk and discover about some questions that all of us ought to be asking ourselves from time to time. Questions like, why am I here? What does God have in mind for me? What is the life that God intended me to live? What’s my purpose? What’s my reason? You know, questions that will make us think about are we on target in our life. Are we living the way we should live to be a blessing? Are we living about mission? Are we living in a way that will complete our assignment because I believe with all of my heart that the Bible tells us clearly that each one of us has an assignment from the Lord. And it’s about the purposes of God. So we’re gonna look at that as individuals.

This morning we’re gonna kind of look at it corporately, as a church, as a community of fatih. Why does God have us here? So we’re excited. We’re gonna show you a year end video. Some things that took place this past year that will tell you a little about our heart to reach people. Because in 2005 we reach more people than we’ve ever reached. We are gonna talk about our heart to serve people. Because in 2005 through your heart and your faithfulness we were able to serve more people than we’ve ever served. We are gonna look at our heart to give. You know this is a giving church. 2005 we gave more than we’ve ever given for the cause of Christ. And then lastly, what we’re gonna talk about, and really what this whole series is about, is you and I coming together to build the kingdom of God in our own life, in our own relationships, in our families. Because in 2005 you and I were able to build into the kingdom of God all around the world. Won’t you sit back and enjoy this year end video.

(video shown) Hey, Healing Place Church, this is Pastor Dino. I’m so excited to take some time with you just to relive all that God has done through us as a church body in 2005. You know, 13 years God called us to be a healing place for a hurting world. That’s been our mission; that’s really been our purpose for existing. Our mission is to represent the heart of Christ through some core values. And there are 4 of them. It’s reaching, it’s giving, it’s serving, and then it’s building into people’s lives. What we’re about to see right now is basically just a report of what God is doing at Healing Place Church, all around our region, our state, even around the world. We’re gonna honor the past and we’re gonna look forward to the future. Now let’s take a look back at some top moments in 2005 at what God has done in our lives.

I just love how God has opened up new ways for Healing Place Church to reach more people. You know, multi-site church -- this is taking the message of salvation and bringing it to strategic places all around the world. See by responding to the heart of God, we’ve launched 4 new campuses in 2005. By launching a Spanish campus in Gonzales, LA we’ve been able to reach out every week to a large Hispanic community right here in Louisiana. We’ve been providing worship and a message of hope in their own language. It’s very relevant to their culture.


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