Category: Spiritual Growth

A War Averted, Part 3

What is this breach of faith that you have committed against the God of Israel in turning away this day from following the Lord by building yourselves an altar this day in rebellion against the Lord?  (Joshua 22:16) And if you too rebel against the Lord today then tomorrow he will be angry with the […]

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A War Averted, Part 1

And when they came to the region of the Jordan that is in the land of Canaan, the people of Reuben and the people of Gad and the half-tribe of Manasseh built there an altar by the Jordan, an altar of imposing size.  (Joshua 22:10) And when the people of Israel heard of it, the […]

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The Gospel is a Cruise-liner

I once heard a pastor compare the extent of our sinfulness to the distance between California and Hawaii—a stretch that no person can swim on their own. Over the years, this imagery has stuck with me and evolved into a helpful illustration that showcases the uniqueness of the Christian faith and the beauty of the gospel. Imagine every […]

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Corporate Prayer Gathering

A message from Pastor Joel inviting you to corporate prayer this Wednesday night at 6:30pm in the sanctuary. I believe that a multi-cultural church is a large part of the answer to the racial and ethnic divide in our city and country. While the issues are complex and no easy fix exists, the New Testament […]

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Ambassadors of Reconciliation

Learn more about this prayer focus and find the other prayer guides by visiting our post entitled A Month of Focused Prayer: Reconciliation. Ambassadors of Reconciliation Week 4: March 22-28 Years ago, after beholding the wrath of a nation in conflict due to an unpopular verdict that found LA Police officers not guilty of the use of excessive force, […]

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Using PIES to Discover Your Spiritual Gifts

On Sunday, March 9th 2015 I preached a sermon on 1 Corinthians 12:1-31 entitled “The Spirit & The Gifts,” looking at what spiritual gifts are, who they’re for, how we should use them, and how we can discover which gifts we’ve been given. As part of that message I shared an acronym, PIES, designed to help you discover your spiritual […]

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Reconciliation in our Personal Relationships

Learn more about this prayer focus and find the other prayer guides by visiting our post entitled A Month of Focused Prayer: Reconciliation.  Reconciliation in our Personal Relationships Week 2: March 8-14 One. Hot. Mess. This is a very popular phrase in our current urban lexicon.   The idea is that even though things are a mess on the inside, […]

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Prayer for the Ministry of Reconciliation

Hear all about this prayer focus and find future prayer guides by visiting our post entitled A Month of Focused Prayer: Reconciliation. Prayer for the Ministry of Reconciliation Week 1: March 1-7 The gospel is the crowning glory of the Christian faith. The word gospel literally means “good news,” or, even better, “joyful news.” The good news […]

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A Month of Focused Prayer: Reconciliation

One of the great mysteries of life is that our prayers matter to God. As an all-knowing, all-powerful God, he sovereignly weaves our prayers into immeasurably good and eternal purposes. This is an astounding reality! Adding to the powerful nature of our communication with God is that God seeks to refresh and restore individuals and […]

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