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20
Aug
12

A Monday morning word for my fellow preachers…

Take heed, therefore, brethren, for the enemy hath a special eye upon you. You shall have his most subtle insinuations, and incessant solicitations, and violent assaults. As wise and learned as you are, take heed to yourselves, lest he outwit you. The devil is a greater scholar than you, and a nimbler disputant: he can transform himself into an angel of light to deceive: he will get within you, and trip up your heels before you are aware…You shall see neither hook nor line, much less the subtle angler himself, while he is offering you his bait… O what a conquest will he think he hath got, if he can make a minister lazy and unfaithful, if he can tempt a minister into covetousness or scandal!…If you will engage yourselves against principalities and powers, and spiritual wickedness in high places; if you will undertake to rescue captive sinners out of the devil’s paws; do not think that a heedless, careless course will accomplish so great a work at this.

Richard Baxter, The Reformed Pastor, pages 74-78.

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31
Oct
11

Creation, Corruption, Rescue, Restoration – Part 3

The story of Cain and Abel tells the greater four-fold story of Scripture which I call Creation, Corruption, Rescue, and Restoration as well. You can read this in Genesis 4. As part of God’s creation, Adam and Eve are having children to fill the earth as God commanded. Their two boys, Cain and Abel bring offerings to worship God. This is a good thing, but God does not accept Cain’s offering though he does accept Abel’s. At this, Cain becomes indignant, and God warn him that Sin was crouching at the door, corruption is within sight. Cain does not heed God’s warning and kills his brother Abel. Corruption brings forth death again. Cain tries to hide his is saying, “Am I my
brother’s keeper?” Abel’s blood cries out for justice, for rescue. Abel’s blood cries out foreshadowing the blood of Jesus that would be spilled in injustice to restore justice. Hebrews 12:24 tells us about this saying, “Jesus, the
mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel.” God brings judgment upon Cain and curses him to a life of wandering. But God continues to move toward rescue and restoration. In 4:25-26 we see Adam and Eve have another son, almost as if to replace Abel, and this coincides with a time when men begin to call upon the Lord again.

 

Part One

Part Two

07
Feb
11

Sunday Recap for February 6, 2011

This Sunday was our last service at the West OC site of SonRise Church. After 9 months we have decided to shut down the site and go back to the high school. Without seeing numerical growth and with our current budget constraints, we are not going to continue funding a permanent site in West OC. 

This was my first opportunity to lead a church and to preach week after week and it was an invaluable experience. I also thank God for the 40 or so people who have served and grown with me in this ministry. God is moving in our community and at SonRise, and this particular ministry has served it’s purpose and we will now move on. Thank you to all those who prayed for us over the last year. I’m excited to see what God has for my ministry in the days ahead!

19
Jul
10

Sunday Recap for July 18, 2010

We had another great Sunday at SonRise Church, West OC.  We had a couple of visitors returning again which is very encouraging. We also began setting up our worship space as a cafe, and that was well received.  We began a new sermon series this week called “Green Card”. What we hope to do in this series is look at citizenship in the Heavenly Kingdom. This week’s sermon was entitled “The Foreigner Among Us”. We took a biblical look at how we, as Christians, are to treat those in our country who are foreigners.  You can read my blog by the same title here, or listen to the podcast of the sermon in a few days here.  Have a great week and see you Sunday at 10:30! Email me if you have questions, comments, or need directions to our location.

05
Jul
10

Sunday Recap for July 4, 2010

Independence Day was a great day at SonRise Church in West OC!  We do a service we call “Open Mic Sunday” one or two times a year and this was our first for 2010.  It is really a great opportunity for people to stand and proclaim God’s goodness in their lives.  One of the coolest stories from Open Mic was from a guy named Brad. Brad has a tile business where he does kitchen and bathroom remodeling and recently his work opportunities had dwindled to nothing. He prayed with another church member a few weeks ago and they asked God to provide in such a way that it would be undeniable that the provision was from him. That Monday, the next day, Brad’s phone wouldn’t stop ringing. He had people interested in jobs being done immediately, not waiting until the off-season.  One job was from a referral by another church member. It was UNDENIABLE that this was God moving in Brad’s life to provide for him and his family. It was a great story!

I am trying something new in the area of marketing this month at SonRise. A friend of mine, uses Facebook ads as an inexpensive way to advertise events at his church.  So for the month of July, I am running an ad (for VERY LITTLE money) on Facebook for SonRise.  We’ll see if it yields any results?!! If you see our ad on Facebook, take it as a sign to pray for our church and your own!

I am also being more intentional with the SonRise Facebook Group Page. If you haven’t joined yet, you can do so here. We added 40 new people last week so we are sitting just over 200 people. It’s a great place for communication and connection for the church.

Lastly, just a reminder that both Pastor Daryl and my sermons are available on podcast here.

06
Jul
09

hiatus

It’s been a couple weeks since I’ve posted a blog. I’ve come to discover that the key to regular blogging is scheduling.  I have to schedule time to receive new ideas to mull over. Then I have to schedule time to write out my thoughts into this blog. Some weeks that is difficult and my discipline wanes and, thus, no blogposts. Also, some of the stuff I’ve been reading lately isn’t really conducive to blogging. If you care to hear about my thoughts on Greek Grammar, drop me a line and we can discuss it. Otherwise, I’ll blog about other stuff.

15
Dec
08

the week ahead

It looks to be another fun-filled week in my life.  I get to devote countless hours to some paperwork for Homeland Security for our Hispanic church plant pastor. They want copies of a dozen documents…rediculous.  At least I’m keeping about 10 government employees in their jobs.

I also will be conducting my first funeral on Saturday. The plan is to do it on the beach in Ocean City because they are going to cast his ashes in the water. I hope it doesn’t rain, I can handle the cold, but the rain wouldn’t be a good thing.  

Other than those two things, this week is as typical as it gets. Meetings, filming, studying, the usual.




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