Author Archives: Mike Willis



Mike Willis

The GCC Senior Pastor and Wife Retreat
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The GCC Senior Pastor and Wife Retreat

Here’s a snap shot of hundreds of GCC Pastors and Wives belting our praise and prayer to Jesus during this week’s annual Senior Pastor and Wife Retreat. The Great Commission Collective is our church network. Paul wrote...

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February 08, 2019
Fire Pit
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Fire Pit

Several weekends ago, we enjoyed some time around my neighbor’s epic fire pit. When it comes to fire pits, humans all over the planet do the exact same thing … drop what they were doing,...

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February 04, 2019
Captain Planet
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Captain Planet

When I was a kid, I used to love watching Captain Planet. “Earth! Fire! Wind! Water! Heart! … By your powers combined, I am Captain Planet!” As five kid heroes combined their environment-saving powers, Captain...

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January 30, 2019
Meeting with God in 2019
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Meeting with God in 2019

This week, when you have a somewhat quiet moment, invest some time planning how you will meet with God in 2019. Below is some help.  We can meet with God? YES! The God of the...

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December 27, 2018
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Look for Mercies

Over and over in God’s Word, we read of the faithfulness of God. Perhaps you aren’t feeling that right now. If you’re relating, I want to encourage you to look for mercies.  I’ve learned that...

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December 26, 2018
Legendary Men's Retreat
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Legendary Men’s Retreat

This past weekend we had our men’s retreat at The Refuge in Ayden, NC.  We ate brats with sautéed peppers, onions and garlic, country ham biscuits and a low country boil. We were on teams...

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December 06, 2018
"Predestined!"
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“Predestined!”

Sunday, I preached from an amazing passage about our identity in Christ – Ephesians 1:3-14. The passage is about God’s marvelous grace to us, our identity in Christ and it is replete with reasons to...

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November 15, 2018
Post Sabbatical
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Post Sabbatical

This picture says it all. I’m grateful for our elders at Harvest Raleigh who initiated a Sabbatical for me, Vanessa and our kids this summer. I’m grateful for our staff team who were behind it...

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October 11, 2018
Baptisms
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Baptisms

This month we had the joy of baptizing 7 people! Each of them shared how Jesus had gotten a hold of them and drastically changed their lives with forgiveness, hope and aim. Baptism is a...

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May 28, 2018
Sabbatical
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Sabbatical

“Sabbatical.” Common word, right? Not at all. Two years ago, our elders extended to me their desire that I take and enjoy a Sabbatical – extended rest. It will be happening this summer. Three months away...

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May 18, 2018