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Raised Fearless 2014-12-09T13:29:43.0000000

When my grandson Kyan was 15 months old, I volunteered to look after him one day. The idea of spending the day with him sounded fun at the time. I even took some time to come up with a few fun...

The Power of Faithful Giving 2014-12-02T15:27:16.0000000

When I was younger, I used to help my parents sell mattresses at their furniture store. Out of all the different types, I would always sell the Tempur-Pedic mattresses the most, because I knew they...

Gaining Ground 2014-11-25T11:26:47.0000000

In the game of football when a ball gets hiked, there are three things that can happen: I can lose ground. I can maintain ground, which ultimately means I lose ground, or I can gain ground. When...

Getting a Game Face 2014-11-18T15:30:42.0000000

“Get your game face on,” doesn’t have to belong to athletes competing on a court or field. Sometimes, we need to get our game face on when we are staring life in the face. Chances...

Being a Christian isn't always easy, but experiencing God's favor is. 2014-11-13T14:01:03.0000000

Many of us can admit that we struggle to see God’s favor during the various seasons of our lives. We often see God as the God of the Old Testament, who had a tendency to turn towards and away...

Defeating the Voice of Condemnation 2014-11-12T13:34:29.0000000

The past few weeks we have been looking at how we all deal with a common occurrence that happens in our everyday lives: the Chatterbox. It’s those thoughts of insecurity, shame, guilt, or...

Every Other Day 2014-11-07T10:30:00.0000000

I don’t know about you, but I look forward to the conclusion of service when everyone is given the opportunity to pray the prayer of salvation. As hands are raised, my heart is overwhelmed with ...

It Will Happen 2014-11-04T16:22:11.0000000

This weekend we heard from Pastor Steven Furtick, our friend and author of Crash the Chatterbox. During his message, he showed complete transparency as he shared from his personal story about the...

An Invitation to the New Team Church Network 2014-10-30T10:45:39.0000000

“Healthy churches don’t happen by default, rather they are built by design. Let’s partner together to build more effective churches.” – Kevin Gerald, Lead Pastor of ...

Defeating the Voice of Inadequacy 2014-10-28T15:31:51.0000000

Ethel Waters was born in 1896 and became a famous African American singer and dancer of a national radio program as well as a celebrated movie star. She was one of the highest paid entertainers of...

Winning the War of Words 2014-10-21T11:48:20.0000000

Everything you see began with God’s voice in creation. Genesis 1:3 says, “And God said, let there be light...and His words caused a response.” The same pattern that God used to...

Discipling Through Discipline 2014-10-14T17:44:53.0000000

Church conversations, often times, are expected to be about hope, joy, love—things that sound nice. However, sometimes what we need to talk about is another word known as discipline. The...

Now Generation 2014-10-07T12:38:00.0000000

If we take a moment to look around, we will see a glimpse of a younger generation watching our every move and waiting expectantly for an invitation from us to follow. Here at Champions Centre,...

Anchored Part 3 2014-09-30T14:45:08.0000000

Scientists who studied the suicide notes of some ancient Romans and Greeks found one thing in common—those who feel hopeless find themselves trapped in an impossible situation. When...

Anchored Part 2 2014-09-23T11:59:00.0000000

Summer is officially over, and in typical Seattle fashion, we were greeted with rain this morning. It takes a strong person to make it through the rainy season here and go days without seeing the...

Don't Mistake God's Word as a Typo 2014-09-16T10:10:00.0000000

When life gets hard, it’s hard to acknowledge the goodness of God. It's easy to think that God's grace is too good to be true when we read verses like Psalm 30:5 where the Psalmist...

Better Together 2014-09-13T19:25:00.0000000

It’s not even winter, yet Seattle is already covered in frost. You don’t have to live here long to learn about the Seattle Freeze. It welcomes you upon arrival when people don’t. ...

Living From Your Values 2014-09-09T13:15:00.0000000

September, for many of us, is a period of transition. The leaves begin to change, the weather cools and darkens, the novelty of summer wears off, and the routine of everyday life kicks in. As we ...

How He Loves Us 2014-09-04T09:30:00.0000000

God's love for us is enormous, extravagant, and endless. God doesn't love us sometimes. He loves us all the time. God doesn’t love us conditionally. He loves us unconditionally....

Seek God First: Make Life Happen Today Part 2 2014-08-28T10:05:00.0000000

If we want tomorrow to be different than today, we need to change something, otherwise it’s just a longer today. Here are four forces that I have researched and found to be ways in which we...

Seek God First: Make Life Happen Today 2014-08-26T10:16:08.0000000

Consider the day you had yesterday. Now consider the day you had today. What would you want to change? A lot of people believe that the future is completely out of our control, but I want to...

Live in the Extraordinary 2014-08-21T15:00:06.0000000

Perhaps one of the greatest dangers and threats to God’s purpose is ordinary thinking, ordinary talking, and ordinary living. It’s easy to experience the ordinary, but God lives outside...

Gone Fishin' 2014-08-14T10:28:23.0000000

Gone Fishin’...that’s the sign you’ll now see at my desk. When Jesus told Peter to come follow Him, and He would make Peter a fisher of man, Peter’s life was never the same....

48 Hours 2014-08-04T21:05:06.0000000

For those of you not in this house right now, you still have a chance to get here, and take part, and see the unfinished works of God. He who began a good work in you, will see it through to...

Your “But” Don’t Look Good In Those Jeans 2014-08-04T09:21:04.0000000

Let me just get to the point.  Why is it that every time we want something great for our lives we always throw the big “but” out there. I want to get in shape… but. I...

The Secret to Success 2014-07-31T11:38:41.0000000

The generous soul will be made rich, and he who waters will also be watered himself. Proverbs 11:25 (NKJV) We all want the secret to success. Whenever I am out teaching about what it means to be a ...

Start with Yes 2014-07-30T07:10:00.0000000

I have a friend who wants to be a “Yes” mom. In her words, she told me, “So much of my day is spent telling my kids, ‘No. No. No…’ And I’m scared that...

Phalanx: Organizational Alignment 2014-07-28T14:31:16.0000000

Have you ever driven a car with misaligned tires? I remember when we first moved to the Northwest, we drove out here from St. Louis, Missouri, and most of the drive consisted of me trying to keep the ...

D.N.A. of a Leader 2014-07-25T11:37:36.0000000

God has established a perfect purpose, a divine assignment for your life. But before God can use you for His glory, He will take you through a process of preparation that develops the D.N.A. of...

When the Future Doesn’t Look Bright 2014-07-21T19:10:00.0000000

After losing her husband, being left with no prospects, and no clear plan for her future, Ruth set out to the land of Israel with her mother-in-law, Naomi, leaving behind her family, her gods, and...

When the Final Word, Isn’t God’s Final Word 2014-07-14T16:47:16.0000000

I remember when we first received the news that Sheila and I couldn’t have children. I remember getting home, and being alone together for the first time after hearing this news, we held each...

God’s Not Finished 2014-07-14T11:19:36.0000000

After a severe famine and drought, the prophet Elijah said the rain was coming. As he got down to pray, he sent his servant to go look toward the sea. Six times he came back reporting there was...

How do we increase our leadership skills, attitude, and wisdom? 2014-07-03T07:57:38.0000000

Recently, our staff hosted a Leadership Development Night for our volunteer teams and talked about increasing our leadership skills, attitude, and wisdom. I was on an airplane at the time, so when I...

Tag You’re It 2014-06-30T15:06:38.0000000

It’s amazing to me to see so much good that was done in our community over Love Week. In just eight days, we were able to impact so many people’s lives who needed each volunteer’s...

The Pains of Progress (Part 1) 2014-06-25T14:28:37.0000000

Every leader wants progress. I’ve talked to too many pastors that feel stuck and would do anything to move forward. When those moments of new growth and new life happen, the forward momentum...

Are You Really Living? 2014-06-24T12:15:32.0000000

You woke up this morning. You opened your eyes. You breathed in and out. Your lungs filled with oxygen—that amazing life force that keeps our bodies going. You have been given a gift of being...

The Pursuit of a Healthy, Holistic Love 2014-06-17T11:15:02.0000000

There is nothing timid or reserved about God’s love for us. It’s on display verbally, sacrificially, and expressively. In fact, the first and greatest commandment of all is to love...

The Power of a Father’s Presence 2014-06-12T11:09:15.0000000

The truth is men don’t instinctively know how to be a man, especially a man of God. It’s something learned, but many men have never been taught. Because of this, there’s a...

Walking in Love 2014-06-10T10:36:40.0000000

When we show people love, we not only give others the best version of ourselves but also bring out their greatest potential. The Bible teaches that love is an action, a choice, and a decision, and ...

Serving a Dot-Drawing God 2014-06-05T15:22:58.0000000

Can you name the men above? It’s amazing to see how clear a picture of tiny dots can form when a pencil gets in the right artist’s hands. The images are called “Hedcut...

What Do You Do When You Don’t Know What To Do? 2014-06-02T14:05:00.0000000

What a great weekend at Champions Centre with guest speaker Lysa Terkeurst coming all the way from Elevation Church in North Carolina. Lysa asked us, “Have you ever been in a situation or...

The Whole Picture 2014-05-29T11:42:13.0000000

To be on set with my parents in the middle of a photoshoot is usually hilarious. They try to be really good sports even though taking pictures of themselves is not exactly on the top of their...

Achieving True Happiness 2014-05-27T17:45:37.0000000

As Americans, we have the right to the pursuit of happiness . . . but the question we must ask ourselves is does this pursuit actually produce happiness? Is it possible that in order to produce...

The Power of Words 2014-05-20T10:21:46.0000000

Matthew 12:37 says, “For by your words you will be acquitted and by your words you will be condemned.”  Your words have the power to create limits or create liberty in your life....

Opposites Attract 2014-05-13T16:24:33.0000000

As women we are life givers, whether we are mothers in the natural or not, we were created to bring life to every situation. We must wake up every morning lifting ourselves into an overcomer’s...

Staff Sabotage 2014-04-30T00:00:00.0000000

This week during our Staff Leadership meeting at Champions Centre, we heard from our Lead Pastor, Kevin Gerald (PK) about how and when ministry becomes more like a tombstone than a center for growth ...

I Just Got Water Baptized 2014-04-17T00:00:00.0000000

What do we do "next" after making a big decision to follow Jesus, and what do we do after going public with that choice by being water baptized? That's a great question, and one that many around the...

Science Is Our Way of Admiring God 2014-02-13T00:00:00.0000000

Since we have one more night of MESH Conference tonight, I wanted to share some highlights from Dr. Caroline Leaf's message last night at MESH in case you missed it and are planning to come tonight. ...

North Tacoma Update #2 2014-01-16T15:54:00.0000000

We have some exciting announcements to share with our church family in regards to our North Tacoma campus! As you hopefully saw, Pastor Kevin announced in November that we were moving this campus...

A New Year; A Blank Slate 2014-01-07T00:00:00.0000000

It’s 2014: a new year. A blank slate… the future is yours, the possibilities are endless. Isn’t that how the saying goes? Although you’re not here simply to occupy space, let’s be honest: we’ve all...

The C-25 Project 2013-12-05T00:00:00.0000000

Champions Foundation is running a 30 day C-25 Project: Change for Communities. Champions Foundation exists to bring hope, faith compassion and education. We do this by generating resources and...

Update on North Tacoma Campus 2013-11-18T00:00:00.0000000

Hello Church Family! I want to share some exciting updates with you about our North Tacoma campus. As you know, we launched an extension service in North Tacoma about ten months ago on Sunday...

Holy Shift 2013-10-17T00:00:00.0000000

The first week of our SHIFT series, we introduced a term for when God shows up in our lives and changes this on our behalf. I like to call it a Holy Shift. A Holy Shift is for those who want to...

You have more power than you think 2013-09-17T00:00:00.0000000

This week I met Nik Wallenda from the famous Wallenda family of acrobats and high wire artists. In 1978, Nik’s great grandfather had died while attempting a high wire walk; he had fallen to his...

I Have Decided 2013-08-17T00:00:00.0000000

It’s Sunday night (or maybe the early hours of Monday morning), and I’m home… mind racing… heart buzzing… excited about what Jesus just did at Champions Centre this weekend. Everyone who was at one...

Come Together in Place & Function 2013-08-03T00:00:00.0000000

In a 2007 interview with 60 Minutes, New England Patriots star quarterback Tom Brady expressed both surprise and disappointment that his unquestioned fame and success had failed to bring him the...

Look Up 2013-07-30T00:00:00.0000000

We have been in a series in the month of July we called “UP”. I’ve had a lot of fun and personal encouragement on this topic and I want to share some of it with you. We began in Colossians 3:1-3...

Chasing Opportunity 2013-06-15T00:00:00.0000000

It’s common for people to feel they have to chase opportunity. They begin with thoughts like “When am I going to get my big break? When is my talent going to get recognized?” In and of itself, those...

Being Favor Minded 2013-06-11T00:00:00.0000000

If you are trouble- minded you will see trouble around every turn… If you are anger-minded you will see reasons to be angry…if you are poverty-minded you will see yourself poor. But if you are...

Weekend Recap for Greater 2013-05-13T15:40:00.0000000

One of the enemy’s greatest strategies is to get you to focus on what you don’t have, or what you used to have or what someone else has that you wish you had. What you have is enough...

Year of Favor 2013-01-07T00:00:00.0000000

Pastor Kevin was back in action to kick off the new year with a message on the Year of the Lord’s Favor. Just like Jesus proclaimed the year of the Lord’s favor in Luke 4 by reading a...

One Day 2013-01-03T00:00:00.0000000

We all have our routines, our daily schedules, our normal. Often, it may seem like a blur of the same things day in and day out. These daily routines even begin to overlap each other; Wednesday is...

Greater Weekend Recap 2012-11-13T00:00:00.0000000

In fall we were studying "GREATER" As the idea that God wants us to live with a sense of expectation, a hope for our future, a faith and confidence about our lives. He wants us TO DREAM BIG, START...

Heart for the House Part 2 2012-09-29T00:00:00.0000000

My story begins 30 years ago, when I was approximately one year old. In the fall of 1982, my parents arrived with me at our church—what is now known as Champions Centre. From that day on,...

Honor Up, Down and All Around 2012-09-29T00:00:00.0000000

Honor Up, Down and all AroundA few years ago in Washington D.C., a man quietly took his place up against a metro wall, pulled out his violin, placed his hat on the ground, and began to play. For this ...

Have you ever had the wrong thing in mind? 2012-09-29T00:00:00.0000000

Mind MonstersHave you ever had the wrong thing in mind? Have you ever had one of those moments when i dawned on you, "I haven't been thinking right"?It’s as if a light suddenly comes on, and...

Heart for the House Part 1 2012-09-29T00:00:00.0000000

Recently, my husband took our family to visit a dear friend of his grandfather’s. I looked forward to our visit knowing he had spent much of his life as a Pastor. As we...

Someone's One Day Begins In The Parking Lot 2012-09-27T00:00:00.0000000

The parking lot is really where our weekend worship experience begins. The message may be great and the worship may be amazing, but if a guest or someone has a bad experience or they feel less...