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Glenn Packiam
lead pastor, new life DOWNTOWN


Glenn Packiam is a the lead pastor of new life DOWNTOWN, a parish of New Life Church in Colorado Springs, Colorado, where he also serves on the Executive Team.

He is the author of Discover the Mystery of Faith (David C. Cook, 2013), LUCKY: How the Kingdom Comes to Unlikely People (Cook, 2011), Secondhand Jesus: Trading Rumors of God for a Firsthand Faith (Cook, 2009), and Butterfly in Brazil: How Your Life Can Make a World of Difference (Tyndale, 2007).

As one of the founding leaders and songwriters for the Desperation Band, Glenn has been featured on several Desperation Band and NewLifeWorship recordings and the writer/co-writer of several well-loved worship songs, like "Your Name" and "My Savior Lives."

Glenn holds a BA in Theological/Historical Studies, a Masters in Management, and, after doing two years of graduate work at Fuller Theological Seminary, is now a Doctoral student at St. John's College at Durham University in the UK. Glenn, his wife, Holly, their four children are enjoying life in the shadow of the mighty Rocky Mountains.

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Lament, Wk 6: "Forsakenness" - Glenn Packiam
Sunday Apr 13, 2014 - 10:00 AM

In this final week of the series, Pastor Glenn helps us explore the feeling of being forsaken by God. From the rich tradition of lament in the psalms, we discover that protest can be a proof of faith. When we take our complaint to God, we affirm both his sovereignty and his love. But the psalms-even Psalm 22-comes to its completion in Christ. In Jesus-from His birth to His death to His resurrection-we see the faithfulness of God. In the end, we can trust that the forsakenness we feel is not truer than the faithfulness revealed in Christ.

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Lament, Week 5: "Failure" - Glenn Packiam
Sunday Apr 6, 2014 - 10:00 AM

In a culture obsessed with success and strength, it can be hard to know what to do with failure. Failure, when it happens, is an experience of loss, a loss of status and sometimes even a loss of meaning. Failure can be disorienting, the feeling of life 'going off script.' And yet, we have a Savior who was considered a failure by his culture and his friends. More than that, Jesus carried our deepest failure-our failure to love God with our whole heart and our neighbor as ourselves. Pastor Glenn Packiam helps us to see that because of Jesus, our failure is never final. We are the beloved of God.

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Lament, Week 4: "Loneliness" - Glenn Packiam
Sunday Mar 30, 2014 - 10:00 AM

Beyond the loneliness that can come from new situations or locations, many of us have felt a profound sense of loneliness or dislocation--wondering where we fit and if we belong. Once again, we are reminded to give voice to this ache in prayer. This week, Pastor Glenn Packiam helps us see that Jesus does more than weep and pray and suffer *with* us and *as* us; he does all this *for* us. This means that because Jesus took on the ultimate loneliness, we are never truly alone. (This sermon includes a portion for the children as part of our "Family Sunday" practice.)

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