What good is it if you say you have faith but don’t show it by your actions? These words, from the book of James, call us to live out our faith. That is the focus of our summer series – ‘work it out’.

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We all face various forms of temptation throughout this life and this section gives us hope in the Word of Life.

Read James 1:12-18.

Reflection Questions:

  1. Verses 12-15 show the progression of sin that takes place. Read Psalm 1 – what correlations do you see between the passages? Notice the progression of Walk, Stand & Sit that Psalm 1:1 shows. Have you seen this progression in yourself or others? What does this passage show about worldly council versus Christian community? How do we avoid accidentally falling to temptation?

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What good is it if you say you have faith but don’t show it by your actions? These words, from the book of James, call us to live out our faith. That is the focus of our summer series – ‘work it out’.

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We are excited to start our Summer series in James and hope that you will read along with us. Church history teaches us that James was most likely the brother of Jesus. James speaks in a direct manner teaching us about life: how to live, what to expect and how to react.  

Please read along with us in James 1:1-11.

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Join the team as they spend a week together serving along side our partners, Torre Fuerte Church, in Ensenada, Mexico!

Paul begins this chapter with much of the same focus on his thankfulness in the Thessalonian church.  We see that the Thessalonians are still enduring trials and persecutions, but that they are enduring (1:4).  Paul also reminds the church of Christ’s return, and the judgment to come.

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These are a reminder for us to pray for
LOVE & HOLINESS.
We’re excited about what God is doing!

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When Jason was in college he interned for a small business and by God’s grace had a Christian boss. Other non-believing co-workers, with long tenure, instantly noticed a connection between Jason and the boss. Not as a point of jealousy, but that because they were Christians, even though they knew each other a short time, they quickly had relationship. We all serve one God and fellowship comes freely between believers even when you first meet them.

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In this chapter Paul presents a defense of his ministry to the Thessalonians (v. 1-12). This section may seem a little odd at first glance, which is why we must dive into the context. As we remember from Pastor Erich’s sermon two weeks ago, Paul initially visited the Thessalonians in Acts 17 and is now writing a letter after some time. In Acts 17:5-6 we see that Paul had many accusers in the city:

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SERIES BEGINS JANUARY 15
What are you looking forward to?
What are you worried about?
 
Both have to do with the FUTURE. We are future-oriented people… and how we think about the future shapes how we live now. In this series in 1 & 2 Thessalonians, we’ll see what God says about Later and what it means for how we live Now.
 
Let’s explore Now and Later together.

This is one of our favorite passages of scripture and we certainly hope you all enjoy it as well. We think you’ll get the most out of it reading it several times. It leads to a wonderful meditation this time of year:

John sets the stage that the entire world has fundamentally changed. Jesus, God’s son, eternal in nature, has come in utter humility to take the form of a baby to be with us! He left his rightful place in heaven to live perfectly in our place on earth. In this Jesus knows our experience as humans (Heb. 2:18).

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Please read along with us in this week’s passage, Exodus 20-24.

The Law and the Covenant: We reviewed the Ten Commandments last week and this week will look to how we apply them in our lives. This passage sets forth the culture in which God’s people are to live. It lays out ways for the people to interact, live, and obey God. God is giving his design for a new society for his chosen people. These laws are still meaningful as we look at our current culture and what God desires it to be.

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Please read along with us in this week’s passage, Exodus 19. In this chapter Israel prepares for the revealing of God’s covenant through Moses. This chapter fulfills God’s promise to Moses at the burning bush (Ex. 3:12) that he would bring the people out of Egypt and they would serve him on this mountain. This is a fulfillment of prophecy from decades before and a time to prepare for the ten commandments to be delivered. Israel enters into a state of worship before the Lord.

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Please read along with us in this week’s passage, Exodus 17:8-18:27. In this passage Israel is attacked by the Amalek people who inhabit the Northern Sinai Peninsula and face their first battle. This is the first mention of Joshua. Please refer toJoshua 1-19 to learn more about him. Joshua forms and leads an army against Amalek.

As you read, please consider these questions:

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Please read along with us in this week’s passage, Exodus 15:22-17:7. In this passage the Israelites begin their journey to the Promise Land. They have just witnessed the plagues, end of captivity, and the destruction of Pharaoh and his army at the hand of God. After seeing all of these events come to fruition,the Israelites’ attitude very quickly turns from gratitude to grumbling.

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Please read along with us in this week’s passage, Exodus 14-15:21.  We hope that these emails have been an enriching part of your week as you study with your families. The church has received good feedback from many in the congregation and we hope you feel more connected with Dan’s messages.

Read Exodus 14-15:21As you read, please consider these questions:

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Historically, God’s word has been delivered out loud. We have the pleasure of reading quietly, but we feel that this passage of instruction is best read aloud.

This passage covers God’s requirements of the Passover where God “passes over” the homes of the Hebrews so that no plague befalls them. God is about to strike down

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In these chapters of Exodus, God brings about the plagues. The plagues progressively become worse, beginning with the water turning to blood and ending with the Passover. In chapter six, God the Father lays out his plan for Israel’s delivery from the bondage of the Egyptians. He says they will be his people and he will be their God (6:7). God uses imagery of a strong hand, delivery from burdens, and acts of judgment. The Hebrews, however, did not listen.

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Reading the text ahead of time can help you to have a deeper understanding of Sunday’s messages. We are so pleased that you all have been reading along with us!

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This week’s Exodus reading is a bit longer than in weeks past so we encourage you to get an early start on it! On Sunday Dan spoke about how God made himself known to Moses. In Chapters 3-5 God reveals his plans for Moses to lead the Israelites out of Egypt. We also see the first opposition to God’s plan from Moses, Pharaoh, and the Israelites.

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We’ve enjoyed reading together in the prior weeks, and hope that you have as well. Reading Scripture as a family cements your faith and deepens your relationship with God. As Dan mentioned on Sunday, Exodus 2 and the beginning of Exodus 3 cover a span of 80 years (Acts 7:23, 30)!

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Last week we encouraged the congregation to read Exodus 1 ahead of Dan’s message. We hope that reading ahead left you well prepared for the message and that you enjoyed digging into the scriptures with your families! We encourage you to read ahead again this week as well. As we head into Exodus 2, there is much about the life of Moses to cover.

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We have enjoyed reading scripture together and feel that it enriches our marriage to grow together in God’s word. It is important to move through scripture one book at a time in order to receive the full council of God. With that in mind, we invite you to read along with us as we go through Exodus. We’ll give a prompt and a section to read each week that will correlate with Sunday’s message.

We encourage you to read the passages ahead of time either individually or with your families.

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Join us as we kick off our “Be Rich” series!

Catch a glimpse of our recent trip down to visit and minister with our partners in Ensenada! Pastor Sami and Torre Fuerte (Strong Tower) Church are doing amazing work for the Lord and it’s a gift from Him to partner with them in ministry.

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