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January 14th, 2017 -Pastor Keith Cromie

I’ve been thinking about something Jesus said when he was under the pressure of temptation. He said, “‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” Significant is the fact that he was quoting the Hebrew Scriptures (Deut. 8:3). Two questions came to mind in response to this passage.

1. How would I do as a follower of Jesus if my life depended upon my knowledge of Deuteronomy?

2. How seriously do I search the Scriptures for spiritual truth to be applied?

That second question points me to a definition of wisdom I heard long ago. I see wisdom as the ability to skillfully apply truth to life with grace. There’s just no way I can do that without searching God’s Word.

Jesus modeled that search from an early age. When Jesus was 12 years old he was found sitting in the temple asking profound questions, seeking to grow in his appropriation of the Scriptures (Luke 2:46-47). If the Son of God prioritized that search, so must we who are his followers.

We will continue our series of messages called Simplify. We are looking at the five basic practices of the fully devoted follower of Jesus. This week we explore seven reasons to search God’s Word for wisdom.

 

P.S. Here are some Scriptures to help prepare your heart for God’s message to you.

 

Psa. 1:1-2 Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night.

 

Psa. 1:3 He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.

 

Psa. 19:7-11 The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple; the precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes; the fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; the rules of the Lord are true, and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb. Moreover, by them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward.

 

1Th. 2:13 ¶ And we also thank God constantly for this, that when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men but as what it really is, the word of God, which is at work in you believers.

 

2Tim. 3:16-17 All Scripture is breathed out by Godand profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.

 

Heb. 4:12 For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. 13 And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account.

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“Seek the Lord.”

 

January 7th,2017 -Pastor Keith Cromie

Okay, my prayer for us all is that the New Year would not be measured by happiness but fruitfulness.

The joy of walking with God through the next 12 months will be filled with opportunities to see His power displayed in and through us. The results will be what the bible refers to as “fruit”. Just as the vineyards surrounding Livermore will produce fruit, so the vineyard of God’s people is poised to bear much fruit for God’s glory. After all, Jesus said, “I am the vine, you are the branches.” Jesus reminds us (John 15) that if we will draw our life from him as his fully devoted followers, the result will be lives changed to the glory of God.

As we move into the opening weeks of 2018 I offer one word for your consideration: Simplify. Life can get so complex and busy that important priorities are crushed under the weight of urgent demands. Often the very foundational practices that Jesus taught his followers get set aside.

We can overcome such a tendency with a resolve produced by God’s own Spirit within us. That resolve is to simplify our approach to following Jesus. If we can keep it simple, we will more easily enter into the practices that bring joy, the very joy God desires for us.

We will focus our Sunday messages on the five priorities practiced by fully devoted followers of Jesus. The potential for us to produce fruit demands a simplification of our lives as it pertains to following Jesus each and every day.

 

 

 

Matt. 6:33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

Heb. 13:15 (NIV) Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that confess his name.

1John 5:14-15 And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him.

1John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Deut. 4:29 But from there you will seek the Lord your God and you will find him, if you search after him with all your heart and with all your soul.

Jeremiah 29:11-13 -- 11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. 12 Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. 13 You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.

Matt. 7:7 ¶ “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.

James 1:5-8 (NIV) If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. 6 But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. 7 That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord; 8 he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does.

1Th. 5:16-17 Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you

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 December 31st, 2017 -Pastor Tom Kirkendall

Happy New Year!

Here is a question for you. What was the best gift you gave this year? Not what did you get but what did you give? Did the person you gave it to react how you would hope? My wife tried to surprise me but I looked under the tarp in the garage. I practiced for two days how I would look surprised, shocked, pleased or even excited. What a joy it is to give something special.

We wrap up our Christmas series, “Why the Manger Matters.” We will look again at Isaiah 9:6-7 and focus on the last phrase as we consider the perfect gift from God: “The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.”

This week, we have two family services, 9:00am and 10:45am with childcare for infant through 4 years old.Regular Sunday morning classes resume January 7th. It is a great opportunity to worship together as a church family and share together in communion.

 

 

 

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December 24th, 2017 -Pastor Keith Cromie

The media makes sure that we are always informed about the birth of royalty. Prince William and Kate (The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge) have two children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, and the world was informed about their births. Recent news has announced that another birth is expected in April of next year (2018). We would expect such fan fare and world-wide communication when royalty is involved.

If anyone deserved a world-wide communication strategy regarding his birth announcement it was Jesus.

But Jesus beats every birth announcement in terms to advance notice. 700 years before Jesus was born the prophet Isaiah made an announcement.

Is. 9:6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Is. 9:7 Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.

We will look deeper into the name, “Prince of Peace”. Who doesn’t need peace in their experience? We all desire it, but sometimes don’t understand it and more often people are confused about how to get it.

 

 

O Come all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant… Let us worship the Lord together!

 

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December 17th, 2017 -Pastor Keith Cromie

Who is Jesus? Where can we go to find the answer? Why does the Manger in first-century Bethlehem really matter?

Truth be told all those questions are connected. Who Jesus is and why the manger matters are linked for eternity. As to where we can go to get the answer; we go to the Scriptures that will endure forever. Those writings will always tell the truth about our Lord and Savior.

Last Sunday we explored the title Wonderful Counselor from Isaiah’s prophecy (9:6-7). This Sunday we dive deeper into the wonderful mystery of Jesus through the portals to additional titles from Isaiah’s quill. Mighty God and Everlasting Father.

In some ways these titles can confuse. But with proper understanding, these designations of the Savior provide an avalanche of enlightenment and encouragement.

Let’s dive into God’s Word together on Sunday morning.

See below some Scriptures that will help prepare your mind and heart for our study of God’s Word.

Sincerely,

Pastor Keith

 

Is. 9:6 For to us a child is born,

to us a son is given;

and the government shall be upon his shoulder,

and his name shall be called

Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,

Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Is. 9:7 Of the increase of his government and of peace

there will be no end,

on the throne of David and over his kingdom,

to establish it and to uphold it

with justice and with righteousness

from this time forth and forevermore.

The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.

 

Is. 40:28 Have you not known? Have you not heard?

The Lord is the everlasting God,

the Creator of the ends of the earth.

He does not faint or grow weary;

his understanding is unsearchable.

29 He gives power to the faint,

and to him who has no might he increases strength.

 

Is. 41:10 fear not, for I am with you;

be not dismayed, for I am your God;

I will strengthen you, I will help you,

I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

 

Luke 1: 30 And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.”

 

Luke 1:34 And Mary said to the angel, “How will this be, since I am a virgin?”

 

Luke 1:35 And the angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy— the Son of God.

 

John 14:6 I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life…

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December 11th, 2017 -Pastor Keith Cromie

Christmas is a wonderful time of the year. Some would say, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year.” I’m not sure about that, but I admit that except for Scrooge and the Grinch, the Christmas season can be filled with joy.

Admittedly it can also be a tough time when loved ones are no longer with us to share the holidays. If Christmas really is a wonderful time of the year it is because we are reminded that there is hope, a real hope.

Isaiah the prophet spoke about this hope, a coming Messiah, who we now know to be Jesus, the Christ. 700 years before the first Christmas Isaiah declared…

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

This was good news to an ancient people who needed hope. It is still good news to you and me. For with hope comes joy, and then the awareness of God’s love.

Take time to reflect on the names (titles) that describe our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. This Sunday we will look into the words, “Wonderful Counselor”. If you are like me, we are all too aware of our need for good counsel.

 

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December 4th, 2017 - Speaker Frank Erb

If there was ever a time where politics has been a source of debate it is today. This condition is likely not unique to our time and the historian could provide proof. Can anyone really get this governing thing right? Well the answer is yes.

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this. Isaiah 9:6-7
Some of you reading these verses started singing the Hallelujah chorus or another piece of Handel’s Messiah. Others grappled with the titles given to the promised Messiah. A few wondered what it would be like to be in Jesus’ kingdom, and under his rule. 

The Government of Jesus…  We will continue with our series Why the Manger Matters. 
Our guest this Sunday is Frank Erb, who serves as a Missionary/Pastor to the California State Capitol in Sacramento. Since 2008 Frank has served in partnership with a national ministry called Capitol Commission (CapitolCom.org), which unites pastors reaching out to government leaders across the United States. Frank provides non-partisan pastoral outreach, personal discipleship, and multiple weekly expository Bible Studies inside the Capitol for State Senators, Assembly Members, Statewide Leaders, Department Heads, Staff, Lobbyists, and others. Beyond the Capitol, Frank enjoys speaking and teaching in churches and to other groups and coaching leaders of all kinds. Frank and his wife, Valerie, have two college-age children, a playful labradoodle named Levi and live in Roseville."

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Novemeber 27th, 2017 -Pastor Daniel Chapin

I hope you enjoyed a great Thanksgiving with the family. Thanksgiving is one of my favorite times of the year because it brings so much hope to what God can do in the future. I especially like Thanksgiving because of Christmas. Christmas reminds us that all the lights, trees and presents happen because of Jesus who was placed in a manger. The manger mattered then and it matters today. This Sunday we begin our new series titled “Why the Manger Matters.” I will be challenging all of us with the hope that can be found in the manger. 

 

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November 21st, 2017 -Pastor Tom Kirkendall

What is your favorite juice? I am thinking about those infomercials with a buff couple juicing just about anything they can find to increase health.
This Sunday is “Juicing Sunday.” Okay not really, it is actually what we call “Celebration Sunday.” It is one of our favorite services because it gets our “gratitude” juices flowing preparing us for family, turkey, and pumpkin pie (not to mention black Friday!).

We close out our Character of God series. It seems a bit premature because let’s face it we could never, ever exhaust that discussion of our infinite God. This is more like switching gears as we get our hearts ready for Thanksgiving and Christmas and consider our thankfulness to God.

The sermon title is “God Is…and We Are Thankful” and our scripture will focus on a scene painted by Luke where Jesus was invited to dinner and Jesus gives those gathered a lesson in gratitude, forgiveness and worship. Check out Luke 7:36-50 if you want to read ahead.

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“God is”

November 11th, 2017 -Dr. Tim Anderson

God is…

God is good, love, sovereign, holy, and just.

God is so much more than we can get our minds around. How grateful we can be that God revealed his true nature to us. What a privilege to know our Creator through the Scriptures. God’s word has been direct and clear. God is… and we see specific statements that the complete that thought throughout the Bible.

God has also chosen the medium of anthropomorphisms to reveal his character to us. God’s face, eyes, hands, arms, and ears all speak volumes to us about God’s attributes, as well as, how God desires to relate to us.

 We welcome to our services Dr. Tim Anderson, professor of Theology at Corban University in Salem, OR. Tim will open the Scriptures to us as we examine this important body (pun intended) of truth. Let the embrace of truth open your heart to our Heavenly Father’s love.

Below please find some Scriptures to prepare you

 

Num. 6:24-26 The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.

 

Psa. 67:1 May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face to shine upon us, Selah that your way may be known on earth, your saving power among all nations.

 

Psa. 27:9 Hide not your face from me.

Turn not your servant away in anger,

O you who have been my help.

Cast me not off; forsake me not,

O God of my salvation!

 

Psa. 27:8 You have said, “Seek my face.”

My heart says to you,

“Your face, Lord, do I seek.”

 

2Cor. 4:6 For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

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