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Clean up your room!

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If you’ve got younger kids, especially younger kids that are “messies,” you’ve told them to “clean up your room” more than once. I used to threaten my kids that I was going to come into their room with a trash bag and help them clean up. That usually got them moving!  Maybe you don’t have kids yet. But maybe you’re the one that heard a parent tell you to clean up your room growing up too! Now, I’m not saying our rooms have to be spotless 24/7, but ordered rooms tend to make for ordered lives.  Maybe we need to […]

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Coasting

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“It’s all downhill from here!” If you’ve been peddling a bicycle uphill for a long time, those are welcome words to hear. It is so much more fun to coast, isn’t it? While that’s great for bike rides, coasting can be dangerous in life. If we think we’ve “arrived,” and don’t need to grow any more we can get into this kind of coasting lifestyle. And before long, we’ll discover that if we don’t start peddling again we will come to a stop and fall over!  Our next church got tired of peddling up the hill of life. And soon they […]

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Was it worth it?

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Life is hard. Sometimes it is harder than others. Whenever we suffer setbacks or opposition, it becomes easy to question the value of our efforts. Usually if we’ll keep at it, we’ll be able to look back and see that the hard work pays off.   I remember a season of struggle when I was trying to finish seminary. I had to read about 1000 pages per week and write many papers. And since I was also working full time to try and keep our support costs down, I had to get up no later than 4:30 every morning and put […]

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Succeeding at the wrong things

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In our current sermon series, we’re studying churches in Revelation to understand how we should live and should not live while we wait for the Lord’s return. This coming Sunday we’ll look at the church in Ephesus. This church was wildly successful by all outward appearances. And yet the Lord Jesus rebuked them. Why? Because it is possible to be successful at the wrong things. Just what are those wrong things, and what are the right things we should be pursuing?  Please join us in person on Sunday at 9:30 for English or 11 for Chinese to hear more! If you can’t make […]

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Can I quote you on that?

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People are saying some pretty crazy things these days. Some of it is absolutely unbelievable! We have video and audio recordings that prove many of these outlandish statements. But when those recordings aren’t available, we have to have a way to remember what was said.  When reporters do interviews, they often ask the interviewee: “Can I quote you on that?” They want to know whether or not a statement is “on the record” or “off the record.”  Writing things down is important. Especially if we want to get the words down accurately, and do something about them later.  This Sunday we’ll see John hear a […]

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He’s a little off

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“He’s a little off.” This phrase has multiple meanings. My favorite use means that “he’s not completely sane or stable.” Maybe I like that one so much, because it has been said about me! But as we think about the phrase, it is also instructive for us. How do we know what “sane and stable” really are? We’ve got to have a standard before we can see the deviations from that standard. And when we add in history, culture, language, and science, how do we really ever come to an agreement on what standard can be? Thankfully, the God Who created our universe […]

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Now I get it!

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Sometimes life just doesn’t make sense. All the mess and injustice just doesn’t seem right.  Even when we try to live as followers of Christ, sometimes it just feels like “no good deed goes unpunished.” During these seasons in life, it is easy to want to throw up your hands and walk away. Or at least say, “I just don’t get it!” So, what do we do in these situations? Psalm 73 has the answer! Please join us in person on Sunday at 9:30 for English or 11 for Chinese to hear more! If you can’t make it in person, you can still join us online […]

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Life’s a beach

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“I know the answer isn’t at the beach, but shouldn’t we at least check?” I love the beach. I love that when you’re at the beach, time seems to slow down. It is easy to rest at the beach. But contrary to the old saying in the title, none of us get to live at the beach!  It has been a full summer in the midst of a full year. If you’re like me, you’re tired. Maybe feeling too tired to start the busyness that comes with fall. School is starting up. New projects at work are being assigned. Opportunities […]

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Jerusalem, Samaria, and the ends of the earth

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Jesus left us very clear instructions on how to live out our lives as His followers. He told us to help everyone we meet know and follow Him too. I appreciate that reminder from Pastor Abraham last week. He reminded us to “take as many people with you to Heaven as you can!” The work in India Pastor Abraham talked about last Sunday represents “the ends of the earth” to us. But what about closer to home? What about our “Jerusalem,” and our “Samaria?” Over the next two Sundays we’ll be talking more about those mission fields. This coming Sunday, Pastor Juan from Gospel Rescue Mission will be […]

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Blessed to be a blessing!

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Blessed to be a blessing! You’ve probably heard that phrase before. Maybe you’re already tired of hearing it! But the reality is, for those of us who belong to Jesus, His love was never designed to stop with our salvation. As we’ve mentioned before, everyone that belongs to Jesus is called to help others know and follow Him too! Everyone! Not just the “Super-missionaries!” We’ll be hearing more about these responsibilities and opportunities through guest speakers over the next two weeks.  I’m excited about our guest speaker for Sunday. Pastor Abraham is a good friend of Bob and Olivia’s, and someone they’ve supported […]