Friend and Slave

In this message Pastor Brian spoke to the congregation about John 15, starting with verses 1-11 to lay some foundational groundwork before progressing on to 12-17 to discuss the relationship of friendship with Jesus, and how it is impacted by obedience to Him and also testifies to our faith.

Verses 14 and 15 sum this up. You are My friends if you do what I command you. No longer do I call you slaves, for the slave does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I have heard from My Father I have made known to you.

Here is the bulletin for this week.

Devoted to Faith Family

This week Pastor Shane Smith continued to speak to us about the devotion shown in Scripture to others to the faith family.

Ruth 1:16-17

  • But Ruth replied, “Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried. May the Lord deal with me, be it ever so severely, if even death separates you and me.”

1 Samuel 19:1-2

  • Saul told his son Jonathan and all the attendants to kill David. But Jonathan had taken a great liking to David and warned him, “My father Saul is looking for a chance to kill you. Be on your guard tomorrow morning; go into hiding and stay there.

1 Samuel 23:16

  • And Saul’s son Jonathan went to David at Horesh and helped him find strength in God.

Galatians 6:2

  • Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.

Romans 12:15

  • Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.

Hebrews 10:25

  • Do not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

Here is the bulletin for this week.

Devoted to Teaching

In this message Pastor Shane Smith, recently relocated to San Diego, introduced himself to us and then spoke to us about being devoted.

I’m afraid that far too many of the things to which we attach value and prioritize, things that have managed to capture our devotion, have little to no value in the life to come. (Shane Smith)

Acts 2:42-47

They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43 Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. 44 All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45 They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. 46 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved

1 Timothy 4:8 –

For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.

Jesus said in Mark 8:36

What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul?

Luke 12:15 –

Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.”

Verses like these, really cause us to pause and think about:

Our Time

Our Investment

Our Priorities

Our Value

Our Possessions

Our Devotion

Here is this week’s bulletin.

Advent & Love: What Are We Waiting For?

The passage for this week is 2 Samuel 7:1-11,16.

Israel stops thinking in terms of, “If I do this God will do this”, and instead thinks in terms of nevertheless God will do this.”

God’s coming reveals of those around Him.

This text reminds us that it does not matter what we come to God with, but what matters is what we receive from God.

Here is the bulletin for this week.


Advent & Joy: What Are We Waiting For?

The Scripture for this week is Isaiah 61:1-11.

God has redeemed us so that we can offer the world to God and offer God back to the world.

Remember that God loves justice.

Recognize how much we do not always like the reframing that Jesus is doing.

Realize that God is a God who proclaims redemption on the world, and we get to participate in what God is doing in the world.

Here is the bulletin for this week.

Advent & Peace: What Are We Waiting For?

The passage for this week is Isaiah 40:1-11.

What is the problem?

Sin is the problem, both ours and others.

What is the solution?

God is the solution; God wants to comfort and redeem us.

What should we do about it?

We need to have faith in Christ’s changing power. We need to allow God to work in our lives and change the lives of those around us.

Here is the bulletin for this week.

Advent & Hope: What Are We Waiting For?

The passage for today’s service is Isaiah 64:1-9.

Advent: What Are We Waiting For?

  1. Christ is present in our suffering.
  2. Hope in God’s light that can penetrate our despair.
  3. Hope in God’s goodness that can overcome the chaos of our evil.
  4. Hope in God’s grace can transform the rubble of our sin.
  5. Hope in God’s Son who can make all things new.

Thanksgiving, How and Why

In this message Brian spoke to us again, starting off with Psalm 23:6 and how that pursuit is another example of Him seeking us.

We have much to be thankful for. Psalm 100 gives us some instructions regarding how and why.

Many other Psalms also mention thanksgiving.

We have so much to be thankful for; God’s pursuit of us is just one reason among many.

We see this pursuit or divine remedy first mentioned in Genesis 3:15.



In this message Brian spoke to the congregation about Zacchaeus as seen in Luke 19:1-10.

There was mutual pursuit here; both Zacchaeus and Jesus were pursuing each other.

We also see Jesus being accused of going to have a meal with a sinner.

Are we willing to do this for the sake of greater good, or are we sometimes looking down our noses at others, not knowing what God has in mind for a certain situation or person?


We had a recording problem here so the quality is not great, apologies to all.


Which Foundation

In today’s message Pastor Jeremy Peugh preached on Matthew 7:24-27.

Looking at these verses of Matthew 7, the fundamental decision that Christians face is this; if you want to be a disciple, you have to do what Jesus says to do.

Jesus did say he who loves Me will obey my commandments.

Do we see and understand that obeying Jesus is what is best for us? Do we have that eternal perspective?

Storms will happen to all of us at one time or another.

What is the foundation of each of our lives; is it wisdom or foolishness?

What is the cost of discipleship, of obedience, putting His will before ours, of carrying our cross, of laying down our life and will for His?

Conversely, what is the cost of not being a disciple for each of us? How does this cost compare with the cost of being His disciple?

A closing question is this; are we His disciple?

Here is the bulletin for this week.

Inside Out

The passage for this week is Matt 7:15-20.

Who are we allowing to influence us, true teachers or false prophets? Consider also our non spiritual influences

A Christian is a person who encounters a new way of living and is learning to internalize a new value system.

It is sometimes easier to adopt the behaviors associated with a religion than internalizing the message and being transformed from the inside out by faith itself.

We don’t live a life of rule following; we live a life of blessing that flows from personal integration with the values that created the rules.

Here is the bulletin for this week.

Which Gate

The passage for this message is Matthew 7:13-14.

According to 2016 Barna research, most Americans indicate they think it would be difficult to have a natural and normal conversation with minority groups who are different from them.

Jesus now is inviting us to live in a kingdom, a spiritual reality, the sphere of God’s will where the primary law is love, because God is love.

The narrow gate is doing what Jesus said to do.

The broad gate is just doing anything else except seeking to obey Him in all things.

So then, a question to ask is, whose disciple will we be?


Pigs and Pearls

Looking at Matthew 7:6 specifically:

No one has ever taught or modeled the worth and dignity of every person and the universal command to love all people with the depth, clarity, and urgency of Jesus Christ.

The pig is not ready for the pearl so do not push it on them. Part of love is not just knowing what to say; it’s knowing when to say it and (maybe more importantly) knowing when not to say it.

The idea of pushing pearls on an unreceptive listener can happen in multiple ways; a common way is between or among friends where some believe and some do not.

Now the point of Jesus’ teaching here on the pearl and the pig is not, “Don’t confront.” It’s not, “Don’t set boundaries.” It’s not, “Don’t enforce consequences.” Jesus’ point is don’t force your wisdom on a non-receptive person.