Carrie Jacobstein and Carolyn Oliveira join us on the show to talk about their journey as friends.

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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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This week we cover the fact that our life is vapor or mist compared to the eternity of God’s plan.

Please read along with us in James 4:13-17We often make plans for ourselves, but in this section James is cautioning believers about making decisions independent of God. The proper Christian response is to humbly come before the Lord to ask about His plans. What is His mission and direction for our life? It has been often quoted during our James study, but Matthew 6:26-30 really speaks to this fact:

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Tom and Kris Britting share their experiences and story of living up to God’s call to be good stewards. Email the Brittings at tkbritting@sbcglobal.net or call at (530) 409-6266.

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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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This week we are jumping ahead a little in the book of James, but we will circle back to the end of chapter four next week. Please read along with us in James 5:1-6.

This week focuses on the accumulation of wealth for only the benefit of ones self

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Jim Finch shares his testimony. Email Jim at maranathajfinch@yahoo.com or call at (209) 304-5882.

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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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Please read along with us in James 4:1-10 as we prepare for the sermon on Sunday. It’s wonderful that we have this time to prepare in advance to receive God’s word and have the Spirit work in our hearts. This passage points to the reality that our time on Earth is limited and what we do with it matters. Focusing on what truly brings peace and joy will certainly store for us treasure in Heaven. Reading ahead a little, James 4:14 reads, “…What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.”

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Matthew, Mat, and Erich sit down to tell Hume stories and share what God did at Hume Lake this year. We also get to hear from students about the ways God was working in them.

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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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Matthew and Taylor sit down to talk about worship.

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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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This week we get to talk about controlling the tongue.  Please read along with us in James 3:1-12. If you have ever had young children you quickly realize that the “little sponges” are hanging on every word that Mommy and Daddy say.  Children show you where your heart really is; they act as a mirror for our souls.  If we are quick to anger or say hurtful things, they mirror it.  At the same time we have all known Godly men and women who are slow to anger and abound in love, these wise believers set a wonderful example of bridling their tongues.

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A fun look back at Kids Camp 2017 with Jill Vogel.

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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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This is a discussion with Erich Grunder about partiality, mercy, and colors.

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Works of Grace

This week we continue in James 2:14-26 on how works play out with our faith. Please read the passage along with us. This week may seem like a simple passage, culminating in the truth that faith without works is dead. However, there is a lot of rich theology and old testament references in this passage. It is important to remember Jesus’ words in John 15:1-5:

I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing…”

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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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This is an interview/testimony with Rob and Danielle Skaggs and their own amazing story of adoption.

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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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A discussion/look-back with Pastor Dan that dives into some of the realities of living out our faith when facing temptation in this life.

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Dan has mentioned that James is a “punchy” book and this section is no exception. Here we uncover the difference between relationship and religion and at the apex we learn what true religion is.

Read James 1:19-27.

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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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This is a preview to what our Finding Joy In Jesus podcast is all about.

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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.

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  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.

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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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