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All throughout Scripture, God appeals to his people to remember. Why? Because when we remember God’s miracles to us in the past, it shows us what he wants to do in our future. As we often say, past grace is a promise of future grace.

That’s why I’m so thankful for the resource our Summit teams have put together to celebrate what God has done in 2015. We’re not celebrating ourselves. We’re praising God that he delights in using broken, imperfect people like us to do incredible and miraculous things.

And each glance backward makes me ask again, “What is God going to do this year? Whose lives are going to change this year because we put our ‘yes’ on the table?” 2015 was a great year. But by God’s grace, we believe that the best is yet to come.

Check out all of the encouraging stats and stories in this year’s Annual Report.


This past weekend, as I preached on Noah, I took a good-natured, below-the-belt shot at those parents who choose to use “Noah and the Ark” as their cuddly nursery theme. As I pointed out, Noah’s story isn’t very kid-friendly. Even at the end, once they’re off the ark and the flood is over, Noah is off getting stone-cold drunk and wandering around naked. Drunk Noah probably isn’t in your nursery mural.

Apparently that rebuke struck pretty close to home for one of our pastors. And he provided the photographic evidence to indict himself. These were too good not to share. For privacy reasons, I won’t tell you his initials, but his name is “Danny Franks.”

His explanation is worth including, too:

In light of yesterday’s message… 1. Yes, we were “those people,” and our son Jacob was “that baby.”

2. Yes, this was during the days of Veggie Tales on VHS and WAY-FM on the radio (the truer and better K-Love).

3. Yes, if I had it to do all over again, I would paint a little drunk & naked Precious Moments Noah in the corner.

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Most Christians are able to quote Genesis 1:1: “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” But not many know the very next verse. It’s not God’s famous declaration, “Let there be light!” No, it’s a bit of a surprise: “The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep.”

I have to admit, I’ve often found that statement odd. It looks like God intentionally begins his creation by making a dark, empty mess—and only then, in “part 2,” does the Word go to work with the famous “Let there be” lines.

This is actually incredibly significant. And I believe this was intentional. By starting with chaos and darkness, God teaches us two truths about how he works:

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