Peter Haas

The Punishment of Generosity: Why People Secretly hate Mother Teresa

We love to hate healthy people, don’t we? Whenever my wife judiciously orders a salad at a restaurant, it reminds me that my triple-patty bacon burger is a heart-attack waiting to happen. And studies show that the same is true with generosity… yet, we rarely admit it. It’s no secret that most people hate greed.…
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So How Does he Pick his Messages?

  Every month I ask my staff:  What are people dealing with the most?  What are the issues that are obstructing our church member’s abilities to experience and know God.  Of course, this is a tough question for me to ask… after all, if the sermons were up to me (& not God), I’d have…
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Haiti Relief from Substance Church

Hey there faithful men and women of Substance.  As most of you already know Haiti has been undergoing one of the worst humanitarian crisis the world has seen in a while.  On Jan.12th, a 7.0 earthquake rocked the capitol of Haiti resulting in at least 140,000 casualties.  As many of you already know, Haiti was…
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A Monday Morning Devotional For Tired Leaders

   I cry when I watch NFL films.  I know it’s a strange confession… especially for an artsy alternative boy like myself.  Both in high-school and college I was the “extreme-sports-only” guy.  But, NFL films make everything so climactic.  And, let’s be honest, NFL films aren’t necessarily about football.  They’re about normal people with huge…
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Observations on European Churches (from an American)

I’m in Switzerland right now, hanging out at a hotel in Zurich.  What a beautiful city this is.  In case you’re wondering why I’m here, I was lucky enough to be invited to help out with two different John Maxwell Equip conferences.  In addition, I got to preach at a delightful church and lecture on…
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Come see our newest Documentary: “Mourning into Dancing”

  I hope that everyone has been enjoying our teaching series:  “When Life Gives You Lemons.”  I think we’ve all had bad things happen to us; so, there’s something so cathartic about talking and laughing about it. Of course, if you weren’t here for Week Two of the series, we gave away huge boxes of…
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Can Worship Be Like A Punk Show?

Every time I walk into our Operation Center in Roseville, I’m compelled to thank God for his grace.  After all, this facility is nothing short of a financial miracle.  A church our size usually has a tithing base that 3 times as large; yet, through thriftiness and the generosity of a small number of families,…
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Brett Favre’s Daughter at Substance?

  Yes indeed, Brett Favre is coming to the Minnesota Vikings.  Who would have thought? Of course, many of you know that I grew up in Central Wisconsin where they literally worship the Packers.  As pastor Lombardi once said… I mean coach Lombardi:  “The three most important things in life are family, religion, and the…
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Jesus, Peter Haas, & Craig Groeschel

  Well, I got to live out a dream of sorts.  As many of you know, I’m a big Craig Groeschel fan.  And if you don’t know who he is, well… he’s the pastor of the amazing and innovative lifechurch.tv.  He’s a younger guy (40’s) yet they already have a bazillion campuses.  Seriously, this guy…
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Pics of Lights at OC recording!

Well we just finished doing all of our new service times this weekend… and it all rocks. Wow.  Our Saturday recording at our Operation Center was stinkin cool! In case you didn’t know, starting this last Saturday August 1st, at 5pm, we started an event called the Saturday Night Recording at our Operation Center studio…
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