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May 26, 2024
A Look at Love
Series: Loving
Purpose is an important thing – without it, we really have no motivation, no idea what we should do, or any idea why we should do whatever it is we think we’re supposed to be doing.  If we don’t understand our purpose as a church, then we will be unlikely to fulfill it.  Our purpose is to help people become fully devoted followers of Christ.  We seek to accomplish this by loving, growing, and serving, both God and others.  Over the next few weeks we’re going to take the opportunity to examine Scripture behind each of these 3 things that we seek to do together to fulfill God’s calling on us as a church.
 
The most natural place for us to start is with God’s greatest commandment to us!  In the Gospel of Mark, Jesus explains “what” the greatest thing we can do is, and goes on to tell us “who” we should do this toward and “how” we should do it.  We'll introduce each of the points we encounter in this passage as questions: 1) What is the Greatest Thing God Has Called Us to Do? 2) Who are We to Love? 3) How Are We to Love God & Others? 4) How Should We Respond to This?
 
We need to love without limits.
 
 
Mark 12:28-34
May 26, 2024
 
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  • May 26, 2024A Look at Love
    May 26, 2024
    A Look at Love
    Series: Loving
    Purpose is an important thing – without it, we really have no motivation, no idea what we should do, or any idea why we should do whatever it is we think we’re supposed to be doing.  If we don’t understand our purpose as a church, then we will be unlikely to fulfill it.  Our purpose is to help people become fully devoted followers of Christ.  We seek to accomplish this by loving, growing, and serving, both God and others.  Over the next few weeks we’re going to take the opportunity to examine Scripture behind each of these 3 things that we seek to do together to fulfill God’s calling on us as a church.
     
    The most natural place for us to start is with God’s greatest commandment to us!  In the Gospel of Mark, Jesus explains “what” the greatest thing we can do is, and goes on to tell us “who” we should do this toward and “how” we should do it.  We'll introduce each of the points we encounter in this passage as questions: 1) What is the Greatest Thing God Has Called Us to Do? 2) Who are We to Love? 3) How Are We to Love God & Others? 4) How Should We Respond to This?
     
    We need to love without limits.
     
     
    Mark 12:28-34
    May 26, 2024
     
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  • May 19, 2024What is Worship?
    May 19, 2024
    What is Worship?
    Series: (All)
    “Worship” is one of those words that will bring you various definitions, depending on who you ask.  Some will tell you it’s an attitude that you should have, either in church or in all of life.  Others will talk about a wonderful “worship service” they attended – pointing to worship as something that is done in groups.  Still others relegate worship to the musical portion of a church service, perhaps led by the Worship Pastor.
     
    Worship is more than the songs we sing at church, though it includes them.  Our worship is to be directed towards God, but, it is done together with others as well.  There are 3 primary texts that we’ll look at as we worship:
    • Our Worship Should Be Filled with Joyful Praise and Reverent Adoration (Ps. 95:1-7)
    • Our Worship Should Come from Our Whole Selves – Heart & Mind (John 4:23-24)
    • Our Worship Should be Combined with That of Others to Bring God a Variety of Praise (Eph. 5:19-20)
    Let’s come together with everything we have to praise the Lord – He is Worthy of Our Worship!
     
     
    Selected Scripture
    May 19, 2024
     
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  • May 12, 2024Taking a Walk with Mom
    May 12, 2024
    Taking a Walk with Mom
    Series: Mother's Day
    I think we all realize the importance of teaching small children – hopefully we see this as both an opportunity and responsibility.  It’s not just what a child may learn in school that is important, but what they learn and home and at church as well.  Moms are at the forefront of this, but every Christian can provide positive influence in the life of a child.  Jesus called us to make disciples and teach them.  That’s not just true of adults, but children as well.
     
    The Apostle Paul’s words to Timothy in 2 Tim. 3:12-17 show us 5 things which all Christians ought to know.  But, these are also things which we should be passing down to the children in our lives, whether you are mother, a father, a grandparent, a Sunday School teacher, a mentor, or just a Christian friend.
    While Paul’s words are instructive for all of us, I’m going to take what he says here and focus it on the kids this morning.  Here are the 5 things we’ll see in this passage: 1) Warn Kids that Sincere Faith Will Sometimes Be Opposed; 2) Give Kids a Solid Foundation; 3) Teach Kids to be Scripture Focused; 4) Lead Kids to Salvation Through Faith; 5) Show Kids They are Equipped to Serve Freely.
    Encourage children to be faithful to God & His Word as they walk through this life.
     
     
    2 Timothy 3:12-17
    May 12, 2024
    Mother's Day
     
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  • May 5, 2024God is Great!
    May 5, 2024
    God is Great!
    Series: Daniel
    With the final 4 verses of Daniel 6, King Darius issues another decree, this time praising the wonder-working God of Daniel.  There are 3 wonderful truths about God which Darius highlights in his decree.  These 3 things always have been true about God and always will be true about God.  They speak to the greatness of God and make Him absolutely worthy of our praise: 1) God is Alive and Active in This World; 2) God and His Kingdom Will Never Pass Away; and 3) God Rescues and Saves Those Who Seek Him.
     
    Let’s give praise to the living God.
     
     
    Daniel 6:25-28
    May 5, 2024
     
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  • Apr 28, 2024Justice & Judgment
    Apr 28, 2024
    Justice & Judgment
    Series: Daniel
    Trust is a part of life, something we do in large and small ways throughout each day.  Some people and some things we trust without question, others we find it difficult to have any trust in.  Where does God fall on that spectrum for you?  Do you trust God?  I expect that most of us would say “yes.”  And let’s be honest, it’s easy to trust God when things are going well and our prayers are being answered the way we want.  But, what about when things are hard?  Do you still trust God then?
     
    Daniel seems to have had remarkable trust in God.  As we look through the details of Daniel 6:19-24, I want us to back out the focus and ask ourselves 3 questions about trusting God: 1) Do We Trust God When He Allows Bad Things Happen to Us?  2) Do We Trust God to Discern Between the Innocent and the Guilty?  3) Do We Trust God to Show Justice in His Judgments?
     
    Trust God to work out His will for your life.
     
     
    Daniel 6:19-24
    Apr. 28, 2024
     
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  • Apr 21, 2024The Cost of Commitment
    Apr 21, 2024
    The Cost of Commitment
    Series: Daniel
    It can be challenging to live a life committed to the Lord.  Not only do we struggle to consistently choose God’s way over our way, we also find that the world around us doesn’t always affirm or encourage our obedience to the Lord.  In fact, there are many ways in which our culture stands opposed to Biblical values.  Still, God calls us to remain committed to obedience nonetheless.
     
    It is clear that Daniel had made up his mind in advance that he would serve the Lord no matter what.  In Dan. 6:10-18, we can find 3 encouragements to strive for obedience to the Lord: 1) Keep Your Commitment to the Lord, Even if it Changes Nothing; 2) Stand Firm in the Face of Slanderous Accusations; 3) Live with Courage, Even if it Costs You Everything.
     
    Dedicate yourself to obedience, even before the difficulties come.
     
     
    Daniel 6:10-18
    Apr. 21, 2024
     
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  • Apr 14, 2024Walking Through the Minefield
    Apr 14, 2024
    Walking Through the Minefield
    Series: Daniel
    Throughout his long life in Babylon Daniel faced difficult choices and the temptation to do what everyone else was doing.  In spite of this, he demonstrated remarkable consistency in living rightly before the Lord.  Daniel gives us an example worthy of imitation.
     
    In Daniel 6:1-9 there are 3 things we can glean from Daniel’s life without him even saying a word: 1) Wherever God Has You, Give it Your Best; 2) Godly Character Gives No Ground of Accusation; and 3) Right Living Can Attract a Wrong Response from the World.
     
    Be blameless as you live for the Lord.
     
     
    Daniel 6:1-9
    Apr. 14, 2024
     
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  • Apr 7, 2024Lost in Translation
    Apr 7, 2024
    Lost in Translation
    Series: Daniel
    King Belshazzar was partying like he didn’t have a care in the world, when suddenly a hand appeared and wrote a message on the wall.  No one, not the king, nor his guests, not even his wise men could understand what it meant.  Enter Daniel, who read and interpreted the message to speak of God's coming judgment on Belshazzar and his rule.
     
    There are at least three things illustrated by this passage which we would do well to understand: 1) Empty Flattery Doesn’t Fool God; 2) Pay Attention to the Warnings of God’s Judgment; 3) Daniel Proclaimed Wrath, We Are to Preach Repentance.
     
    A carefree present doesn’t guarantee a consequence free future.
     
     
    Daniel 5:13-31
    Apr. 7, 2024
     
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  • Mar 31, 2024What Are You Waiting For?
    Mar 31, 2024
    What Are You Waiting For?
    Series: Easter
    We hate to wait.  It’s just not something we typically enjoy in our fast paced western culture, particularly not in California.  Most probably feel that waiting is nothing but a waste of time.
     
    On Easter we celebrate the day the Lord Jesus Christ was raised from the dead and left the tomb empty.  And, since that glorious day, we’ve been waiting… waiting for His return… waiting for the trumpet to sound and for Christ to descend with a shout and gather God’s children to Himself. 
     
    In this message, we're going to talk about waiting: 1) Waiting for the Wrong Thing; 2) Waiting for the Wrong Reason; 3) Waiting in the Right Way.
     
    We need to actively wait as we anticipate our Lord’s return.
     
     
    Selected Scripture
    Mar. 31, 2024
    Easter Sunday
     
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  • Mar 24, 2024Hosanna!
    Mar 24, 2024
    Hosanna!
    Series: Easter
    The Sunday before Passover was a week of much activity in Jerusalem.  Thousands of people were coming into the city.  Merchants were getting ready for the influx of visitors and the religious leaders were preparing for the Passover.
     
    Into this scene came Jesus riding on a donkey.  The people were joyous and sang, "Hosanna!"  Join us in this study of Matthew 21:1-11 as we learn the Meaning and Message of Hosanna.
     
    When our hearts cry out in faith in the Gospel of Jesus Christ, our salvation is given to us as a gift of God.
     
     
    Matthew 21:1-11
    Mar. 24, 2024
     
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