What’s Cooking…

By Corey Miller
Hot enough for you yet? Hope your summer has been a great one. This summer the elders and staff have been cooking up some Fall and Winter plans.
1. The ACC Family Life Center – We grilled some burgers for the firefighters who burned the property across the road. In the next week or so, the remaining buildings will be removed making room for our new Family Life Center. The building team has been working on plans and has begun taking bids on the project.

2. The New Scholarship Team – The elders have appointed a Scholarship Team to manage our church scholarship program. The team has developed two different types of scholarships open to all ACC members. Watch for more information soon or check out the scholarship link on our church website.

3. The ACC Internship – Connor and Natasha Barr attended worship with us last Spring. When I (Corey) met Connor and saw his heart for rural ministry I offered ACC’s help in his preparation. A few month’s later one of his professor’s at NCC suggested he approach us about an internship. The elders agree wholeheartedly that raising up leaders for rural churches is at the heart of our mission and unanimously agreed to bring Connor to serve with us for the last four months of 2017. We will be providing $100 a week for this part time position. We would also like to find a place for this young couple to live from August 20th until January 1st. If you have an empty apartment or house available, please let the office know.

4. What On Earth are We Here For – This Fall we will be going through the Purpose Driven Life material again. Over 10 years ago we went through this series from Rick Warren and it was well received. The material has been revised and expanded and we will be going through it again. We would like to see every person in our church engage in a small group during this time, whether Sunday School or a mid-week study. This Fall should be a season of accelerated spiritual growth for our entire church. Make plans to be involved this October and November.

5. Skinny Santa – Christmas in July? Who thinks about Christmas in July? Retailers and preachers. We have a very fun Christmas series planned for this Christmas season and you will want to bring your friends. We will trim the fat on an obscenely obese holiday and help families remember the great value of some very old traditions.

6. Love Auburn – What happened to our Love Auburn Campaign? We are still working away. We will pick up the pace this August in an attempt to finish our push by year’s end.

So that’s what has been cooking around here. What’s cooking in your life? We would love to hear from you! Better yet, we would love to see you. Summer really slims down our church body and we truly do miss every part when parts are missing.

I hope to see you soon!


By Corey Miller

“The local church is the hope of the world, and its future rests primarily in the hands of its leaders.” – Bill Hybels

“Everything rises and falls on leadership, but knowing how to lead is only half the battle. Understanding leadership and actually leading are two different activities.” – Dr. John Maxwell

We continue to enjoy the fruit of good leadership from years past. If I were to ask many of you who taught you the Word of God, chances are that person has long since gone to be with the Lord. For others, that person still sits beside you in church. We all have leaders who led us to the Lord. Consider these selected verses from Hebrews 13:7-18:

7 Remember your leaders who taught you the Word of God. Think of all the good that has come from their lives, and follow the example of their faith. 

8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. 9 So do not be attracted by strange, new ideas. Your strength comes from God’s grace…

15 Therefore, let us offer through Jesus a continual sacrifice of praise to God, proclaiming our allegiance to his name. 16 And don’t forget to do good and to share with those in need. These are the sacrifices that please God. 

17 Obey your spiritual leaders, and do what they say. Their work is to watch over your souls, and they are accountable to God. Give them reason to do this with joy and not with sorrow. That would certainly not be for your benefit. 

18 Pray for us, for our conscience is clear and we want to live honorably in everything we do.


How can we help our leaders at ACC enjoy ministry more?

  1. Pray. Pray like their success depends solely on your prayers. It may.
  2. Follow. Hebrews says “obey” and “do good” and you will benefit.
  3. Prepare. Prepare yourself to follow their example and lead. 
  4. Share. Share with others in need. If you can help, help. Lighten your leaders’ load.
  5. Learn. Be teachable so you may one day teach.
  6. Pray. See number 1.

For the next few weeks we will move in our teaching series from Love Auburn to Lead Auburn. This Sunday we will recognize and pray for our leaders together. If you are an Elder, Deaconess or Deacon, please make every attempt to attend this Sunday (3/5). The following week (3/12) we will provide everyone with the opportunity to sign up for our LEAD Team which will focus on Leadership Encouragement And Development. This group will encourage this generation of servant leaders and prepare the next.

Storyteller: What’s Your Story?

If I asked you to tell me your story, what would you say? Would you mention the pressures you’re facing at work? Would you tell me the story of how you lost your family farm? Would you talk about where you went to college? Would you tell me it’s none of my business?

Everyone has a story. Everyone’s life is a story. But many of us don’t know how to read our life in a way that reveals our story. We miss the deeper meaning in life and have very little sense of how God has written our story to reveal himself and his own story.

Often we discuss God’s authority when it comes to our story, but rarely do we celebrate his ongoing creative work in his story and ours. When faced with making big life decisions how often do we ask ourselves “Which choice allows me to live my life most consistently with how God has been writing my life story?”

Dan Allender in To Be Told identified four crucial core issues we each have whether we know it or not (these are adapted for brevity sake).

1) God is not merely the Creator of our life. He is also the Author writing each person’s life to reveal his divine story.

2) God shows us what he’s up to and what he wants us to be about.

3) God invites me to write as a Co-Author not merely read my future. I am to continue writing into the plot that God has woven into the sinews of my soul.

4) God the Master Storyteller calls us to tell our story and in doing so share his story.

Allender writes “God is calling us to fully explore, to fully enjoy and to fully capture the power of the Great Story, the gospel. And we are to invite others to immerse themselves in the Great Story. One way we do this is by listening to our lesser stories and then telling them to others.” This is what we call evangelism and discipleship. This is our purpose. This is also the purpose of our next Sunday morning message series. “Storyteller:  What’s Your Story? Will give us the opportunity to listen to some inspiring messages of how God has been working in the lives of the people around us to make sure we understand his Great Story, the Gospel, better.

I hope you will invite your friends and make a point to not miss a single message in this series. Come listen to a Meth-Head turned Man of God by the power of God. Come listen to a woman who could barely stand up and found her footing when she was forced to her knees. Come listen to a woman who couldn’t satisfy her cravings with food until she found her greatest craving satisfied in Jesus. Come listen to these people and many more share how God has thickened their life’s plot and is writing an adventurous and glorious future. Better yet, let us listen to your story! Do you have a story to tell the church regarding your chapter in God’s Great Story? Let us know, we will put you on the schedule. Don’t miss a week!


Owning Your Worship

By Nate Powell
Last week, I ended one of my articles talking about the importance of your own personal times of worship. I hope that as a Christian disciple, we do not simply have a Lord’s day. Our entire lives are His. (Romans 12:1-2, Colossians 3:17) There is no small portion that he can have of me. If we are surrendered to Christ, then we have said to him that he has an all-access pass to every part of our week, every part of our day, every part of our lives and hearts.
When we were at Passion conference a few weeks ago, speaker Francis Chan reminded us of this privilege that we have with God: the privilege to meet with Him. This is why our view of our worship must be so much bigger than our Sunday morning gatherings … because our God is much bigger than our Sunday morning gatherings!
Exodus 33:7-11 reminds us that Moses had this privilege that he alone enjoyed. He had set up a tent outside of the Israelite camp and he would go there to meet and talk with God directly. The text speaks of how Moses would enter the tent, and the pillar of cloud would come down, and Moses would speak face to face with the Lord as one speaks to a friend.
Wow! To imagine what that must have been like! Moses speaking with Almighty God, Creator of the Universe! We can hardly wrap our minds around it. And yet, because of Jesus, we have been purified and sanctified to stand in God’s presence, just as Moses did. Understand, this is not a Sunday morning thing; this is a God and you everyday thing. Moses met with God regularly, and so can you, because of what Jesus has done! (Hebrews 10:19-22)
This brings me back for a moment to our music as worship. How do you speak to God in this time that you have with him? Are you praying? Are you meditating on His Word? Are you silent? Are you singing? Those times with God for me tend to be a combination of all of these things. And it is then that I sing the songs that are nearest and dearest to my heart. Those are my best times of worship in song … when it is just God and me and I’m declaring my love for him. Those are the best worship services that you will ever be a part of.
But you can make it your own. Even in times that you wouldn’t consider “quiet time”. Working on the car? Drop in a worship CD that you love and sing along. Washing the dishes? Use your phone’s bible app to pull up an audio Bible and have the Bible read to you. Exercising? Pull up a podcast of your favorite preacher. In our day and age, the opportunities to have time with the Lord are more abundant than ever. Take time today to spend time with God. You’ll find that everyday can become an amazing worship service

About Next Friday…

by Nate Powell
Who is Westboro Baptist Church? First, they come from Westboro, a segment of urban Topeka, Kansas. Secondly, they claim to be Baptist. Third, they claim to be a church.
I refute the name of their organization on all 3 fronts:
  • How can they be from Westboro if they seem to be constantly all over the country protesting? And why are they taking their message to the rest of the world when it has failed to reach their own city? The reactions to their message that they have received have contributed to their self-righteousness in this.
  • How can they call themselves Baptist when the major Baptist denominations (World Baptist Alliance & Southern Baptist Convention) have disowned and disavowed them? This is called false advertising.
  • How can they be called a church when they are known for none of the actual characteristics of Biblical churches (devoted to the apostles teaching, fellowship, breaking of bread and prayer; caring for widows and orphans where they live, etc.)? Their church has 50 people within its membership, and it is not growing (even despite all of their “evangelizing” efforts). Jesus would refer to this as a fruitless tree (Matthew 7:15-20).
And now, they are coming to our town. Facebook has been buzzing in the last 24 hours as the word has spread and has everyone asking questions like: How am I going to get my kids to school without seeing this? Can school have a late start? Can’t the police do something to stop this? This list of responses could go on, but we all know that everyone is worked up on this one. So, how should we respond? Let me hit you with a few biblical ways that are sure to (figuratively) throw a bucket of cold water on their heads:
  • Don’t fight back: They are coming here (and everywhere else they go) looking to start a fight. The language they use is inflammatory to the extreme; so much so, that I would not dare to quote them in this article. They are looking for a reaction from you. So anything that we do, other than driving past and minding our own business, they see as persecution that feeds their sense of self-righteousness in this. If you do feel the need to engage any of them while they are here (or if they happen to stop by your business while here), please remember how the scripture instructs us:
    • A soft answer turns away wrath, but harsh words stir up anger. (Proverbs 15:1)
    • Never pay back evil with evil. (Romans 12:17)
    • Do your best to live at peace with everyone. (Romans 12:18)
    • Pray for them. (Mathew 5:44) This last one is really important, because they are coming here to preach a half-truth gospel, which is a false-truth gospel. They are here to tell us that the wages of sin is death (in a very over-the-top, unloving manner), but they are not communicating at all that the gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 6:23) Eternal life is for anyone who believes in Christ, repents of their sin and walks in obedience to Him. (Romans 10:9, Acts 2:38, John 14:15) Essentially, they do not believe or preach what the Bible teaches regarding our salvation, which is why ALL churches have distanced themselves from them.
  • Quit giving them the attention they want: WBC is reading this post. (And if you are with WBC, hello. I will be driving quietly past you next week.) They have computers. They can Google their name. They thrive off of posts from their website being shared. They thrive off of news media coverage (and the media loves to cover them due to the amount of web clicks they get, which results in advertising revenue). And they thrive off of the social media buzz that we give them. All of these things perpetuate their message, and this is what they want. To be honest, I have not posted about this publicly in my social media, and following this blog post, I will not comment online further. I actually hate the fact that this post will probably be our church’s most visited website post of the year. If you are a reporter or journalist, I would encourage you to forgo the money you would have made from writing about them and make the conscious decision not to report on this “protesting event”. WBC is old news. And if you have social media, I would encourage you to go silent regarding the WBC this week and all weeks. Don’t encourage or enable their message.
  • Do something good: Use this week as a week to be reminded of Paul’s words in Romans 12:21: “Don’t let evil conquer you, but conquer evil by doing good.” It is not enough that as a Christian I simply disagree with WBC. Christians should not be known by what they are against (although we are against some things); we should be known by what we are for. Jesus calls the citizens of His Kingdom a City on a Hill. We are to let the world around us see that we are different. (Matthew 5:14-16) What are we doing to love God and love others? Do those things. Serve the poor and needy around us. Let your light shine.

How We Breathe

By Nate Powell

In the Summer of 2011, my family and I moved to Auburn, and I came on staff at ACC as the Associate Minister of Youth and Worship. There were many reasons we were excited to come to this church and be a part of this ministry, one of which was having a church family that invests in its students and their growth and development. So during that first Summer, we went to Joplin with students to help with Tornado Relief, and we took some of our worship students to Kansas City for the National Worship Leaders Conference, to invest in their development as musicians and future worship leaders.
While we were in Kansas City, we got to hear from some of the best worship leaders in the world: p2011-07-19_12-32-14_844eople who are writing and recording worship songs that churches around the world sing every Sunday. One of those worship leaders who invested in us was Matt Redman (the guy in the middle in the picture above). I’ve always admired Matt as a songwriter. He’s written songs like The Heart of Worship, Blessed Be Your Name, Better is One Day, 10,000 Reasons, and many more. I also love Matt’s heart as a worship leader. He never comes across as the most talented musician in the room when he is leading; there are always much better singers than him at conferences like these. But Matt has a pastoral heart for the church, and he has a manner of coaxing the Christians gathered to focus singularly on the message they are singing and the One they are singing those lyrics to, and to do so loudly.
When we got to sit in on Matt’s seminar, he talked about his view of worship: that it is all about breathing in and breathing out.
Worship is breathing in when we read the Word. Breathing in is the preaching of the word and us hearing it. Breathing in is meditating on the truth that God is speaking to us. Breathing in is coming to a greater understanding of the love or grace God has for us. When we take time to receive and think about God’s truth, we are breathing in.
Worship is also breathing out. We breathe out when we respond to the grace and truth we have been given by the Lord. We breathe out when we sing songs to God, when we pray, and when we live, love and serve as God wants us to.
One good example of this from the Bible is Psalm 136. There we continue to see a truth preached that we should breathe in: Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good (Ps. 136:1); give thanks to Him who does mighty miracles (v. 4); He brought Israel out of Egypt (v. 11). And after each of those breathing in lines, the church is urged to breath out together “His faithful love endures forever.” This is just one example of our worship being like breathing, and it is what our times of corporate worship should do and be: Lessons in breathing praise to God.

Signing Day

By Corey Miller
Signing Day for the NCAA is February 4. I have a love-hate relationship with Signing Day. I love seeing all the new recruits who sign. I enjoy reading their backgrounds and analyzing their stats. I hate acknowledging the reality that people like Ameer and Gregory won’t take the field in Husker Red ever again. I feel uncertain about the future. Until the Spring Game I wonder if we will be able to field a team. This year with the coaching changes that uncertainty looms larger than ever. Spring can’t come fast enough.


Last Sunday served as our signing day for leaders at ACC. At our meeting Sunday we signed 2 new leaders, Scott Epler and Amanda Meyer. The congregation approved the entire list recommended by our elders based on the nominations they received from the church. Every person on the ballot was approved without exception. I love the folks who have agreed to serve and can’t wait to serve beside them. At the same time, it’s hard to see names missing from the list whom I’ve served with in the past.


This year we have a lot of movement in our eldership, some intentional, some unintentional. We lost one leader unintentionally when Jeff Josey moved to Texas. Denny Blount and Steve Epler agreed to take a break this year so that we don’t have problems a few years down the road with too many leaders needing a break at the same time. It’s our intent some of the elders enjoying their recent breaks will someday choose to sign on again. Chad Hoover agreed to become our newest elder, I hope you will help him enjoy his Rookie Season.


There’s an old saying that champions aren’t made in the ring, they are just recognized there. These leaders will continue the process of building a winning leadership at ACC. I hope you will pray and encourage each and everyone of our leaders as much as you have prayed for and encouraged me. It’s your prayers and encouragement that will determine whether we win or lose, and the stakes are too high to lose. To lose means to fail to bring people to Christ. Eternity hangs in the balance. Thanks for trusting us to lead, serve and win!


Hebrews 13:17-18, 20-21

“17 Have confidence in your leaders and submit to their authority, because they keep watch over you as those who must give an account. Do this so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no benefit to you. 18 Pray for us. We are sure that we have a clear conscience and desire to live honorably in every way. 20 Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, 21 equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.”

Preventing Influenza A in the Body of Christ

By Corey Miller
The flu seems to have been the most popular gift exchanged this Christmas in Auburn. Congrats if you had a flu-free holiday this year, your home is in an elite class. We cancelled our planned trip to see my family in South Dakota because of the flu. It gave me some extra reading time.
Did you happen to read January’s Christian Standard magazine? We buy several dozen subscriptions and have them available at the back of the church. This month the Standard addressed Church Health. If you haven’t read it, please consider going to www.christianstandard.com and reading the free articles they posted online. Below you will find a redacted article of one retired minister’s definition of a healthy church. Maybe we could use his ideas as preventative measures to protect the body of Christ in Auburn from some of the viruses infecting churches today.
Is your church healthy? Can you invite new neighbors to attend your church with total confidence they will find a healthy environment? Will involvement in your congregation promote healthy spiritual growth in children and teenagers? How about single adults of all ages? Young couples and families? People nearing the end of life’s journey? As strangers park their cars and begin to walk toward the unfamiliar territory of your place of worship, what will they feel? Joy and love? Excitement and unity? Will they be uneasy, not knowing where to go or what to do? 
A healthy church values the call to ministry (Romans 10:1, 9-18)—Have you seen any beautiful feet lately? What is your congregation’s attitude toward the ministry? Do you appreciate that your minister is called of God? Or is your minister a “hireling” paid to get things done, but never really respected or included as part of the family? Is your minister’s greatest effort directed at taking care of the flock as a pastor (paid elder), or is your minister’s concentration devoted to winning people to faith in Christ?
A healthy church relies on The Book (2 Timothy 3:14-17)—If the Bible is truly our only source of authority for faith and practice, we need to learn it and apply it.
A healthy church promotes loving relationships—God calls his people to promote strong relationships that make for a healthy home, healthy church, and a healthy life. Remember Ephesians 4:2 and Galatians 6:2.
A healthy church keeps the main thing, the main thing—God requires a healthy church to focus all energy on the supremacy of Christ.
A healthy church is united (John 17:20, 23)—When Jesus prayed for future generations…he prayed that his people would be one, united so that the world would believe in him. 
A healthy church makes every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. Disunity within a congregation…destroys the effectiveness of the gospel and renders the cross pointless. The emphasis on unity requires that each congregation be known as an “amazing grace place.” Let us receive God’s grace humbly, then extend it to others as channels of his grace.
A healthy church knows God’s plan of salvation—His plan comes in two pieces: God’s action, and our reaction to God’s action. Our reaction to the Christ event requires our decision to put faith in him, and it requires us to act upon that faith through repentance, confession of faith, and obedient baptism from which we rise to walk in a new life. 
A healthy church offers authentic worship (John 4:19-24)— The Father seeks worshippers who worship authentically, in Spirit and in truth. 
Is the worship experience a thinly veiled entertainment event? When people leave, do they leave saying, “My! What a great Savior!” 
A healthy church keeps in step with the Holy Spirit (John 14:15-21; Romans 8:9-11)—Let us not hesitate to teach the Holy Spirit and to seek his presence in all events and decisions. 
A healthy church comes to the table (1 Corinthians 11:23-34)—An unhealthy church avoids mention of the blood of Christ. 
A healthy church makes prayer a priority (Luke 11:1-13)— What is the content of public prayer? In the private, closeted prayers of your homes, how balanced is your prayer life? 
What did I learn about good health in the church? Every church wants health; yet, it’s an ongoing effort, a process for all of the people, a goal for every leader and every Christian to pursue.

The Must-go Moment

By Corey Miller
Do you remember where you were last Wednesday? I will never forget.
Williams BaptismNate and I went to Peru to visit Keith and Jackie Williams. I’ve watched the corn through their living room window harvested and now I’m watching it prepare for another harvest. When it was cold outside, their living room was plenty warm and now even in the August heat  it’s plenty comfortable. Keith’s hot coffee felt good in my cold hands last February and the bowl of homemade ice cream topped off with fresh Kimmel’s Orchard peaches left me very satisfied yesterday. I feel like family when I walk in the garage door without hardly knocking. We sit, talk, read the Bible, pray, embrace and then when I must, I go.
Wednesday I learned the joy of “Mustgoes” as the family insisted Nate and I join them for some Mustgoes. Ever eaten Mustgoes? In the South they open the fridge and pull out anything that must go, warm it up and put it on the table. Taco Soup? Must go. Stewed tomatoes? Must go. Cucumbers and onions? Pulled pork? Must go. You name it, a scoop of it went with me. Wow, it went well.
Must go. I will never forget Mustgoes. The truth is Mustgoes is what brought me to Peru that day. One day we all must go. The day draws near for all of us and we need to prepare for that moment when we must go, Keith and Jackie know that all to well. Keith has been fighting Pancreatic Cancer this past year, and he has fought hard. He also knows his fight will soon end and he must go to the place prepared for him.
While at the hospital a couple weeks ago, Keith and Jackie made the decision to prepare for their must-go-moment. Keith and his brother Danny had been reading the Bible and as they were talking Keith mentioned he really didn’t remember his baptism. They studied the Scriptures and talked some more with Jackie. Jackie called me and we made arrangements. Last Wednesday in a Kiddie Pool on their patio, Keith and Jackie were buried with Jesus in baptism and raised to live a new life with Jesus. When their must-go-moment comes, they will be ready. How about you and yours? Are you ready for when you must go?
Fun Fact: 3,954. Unless you’re an economist for the Federal Government, that’s a big number. Keith and Jackie Williams shared their faith with at least 3,954 people in the last 7 days. Someone every two minutes for the last seven days has looked at the picture you have in front of you. We posted the picture on our Facebook page and it went viral. As far as I know, Keith and Jackie don’t Facebook. Our next most popular post announced C4J Registration and was seen by 457 people. An average sermon post our announcement might hit closer to 100 people. When I asked Keith if he was ok with it he said, “I’m not ashamed of Jesus.” When you know you must go soon, you know you must go and tell now.
I hope this church soon knows the joy of Mustgoes.
We must go…now.
(Click on the videos below to watch Keith and Jackie’s Baptisms.)




New Campus Minister at Peru State College

“We hope to create a tidal wave of discipleship in Auburn and on the Peru State campus that equips young adults to impact every nation with the good news of Jesus.” -Mallory and Rachel

Reading those words for the first time last July quickened my pulse. These two college students outlined an ambitious strategy for ministry at PSC and with PSC students. One month later we started down the path they outlined. In 2013 Overflow started as an outreach to students that included an off-campus meal and Bible teaching at the Midway Building. In 2014 we begin a partnership with the One Life Church in Plattsmouth and CSF to start a ministry on campus. Overflow will continue and work to support CSF’s work.  CSF has hired Kim Haizlip to serve as a part-time campus minister at PSC, I hope you will use Kim’s note below to shape your prayers for her.

– In HIM, Corey


New Campus Minister at Peru State College 

Who am I . . . My name is Kim Haizlip and I’m in love with the thought of bringing others to Christ.  I enjoy Interior Design, organizing and being in nature.  I have been married to Jon for 22 years and in that time we have been blessed with two children.  Our daughter Mattie is 12 going into the 7th grade and Malachi our son is 9 going into 3rd grade.  Jon and I have had the pleasure of being in full-time ministry for all of those 22 years of marriage.  Jon has held the position of Children’s, Youth, Associate Minister and now Team Leader at our current church.  We had the privilege of planting a church in Plattsmouth, NE over a year ago.  I have always had a passion for students of all ages.  Several years ago I had the privilege of working at Nebraska Christian College and my desire to work with college age students has grown stronger and stronger.

When do I begin…I will officially take my position with Christian Student Fellowship on the 1st of August.  I will be working two days a week. The first 6 months I will be connecting, connecting, connecting with as many people as possible on the Peru State Campus. I will also continue raising financial support for the year. In 2015, Lord willing, I hope to start a mid-week bible study. I look forward to having several one on one bible studies with women. I would also like to create discipleship groups. My hope is that each student that becomes a part of CSF is cared for and mentored by a leader.

Ways you can help…You, Auburn family have already blessed me and this ministry by allowing it to happen. Several of you have connections with individuals who attend or work at Peru. Those connections have and will continue to bless this ministry. Would you be praying faithfully for the students of Peru? I will be updating you on needs as things get up and running.