Pastor’s Corner: The “Otel”

By Mark Hopper In golf they have a term called a “Mulligan” which allows a player to hit another shot. It is like a “do over” after you hit a really bad one. Can you remember a time in your life where you wish you could rewind the clock or calendar and do something over? […]

Pastor’s Corner: Stand in Faith

“Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong…” 1 Corinthians 16:13 By Pastor Dennis Morales This is the final encouragement to a church from the Apostle Paul.  Paul planted the Corinthian church, but the church had issues that needed addressing.  The final comments to them is a calling to “stand fast.”  This is […]

Worry Not

By Pastor Dennis Morales “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” Philippians 4:6-7 A recently licensed pilot was flying his private plane in […]

Roaring or Running?

By Pastor Tim Eaton There is an old adage about the instinct to fight or flight.  It suggests that when something challenging comes into our life we will react in one of two predetermined ways.  I believe that you are not necessarily a runner or a fighter, but different stimulus will create a different response.  […]

The Proof

By Pastor Dennis Morales “But they found the stone rolled away from the tomb.…” Luke 24:2 A man and his five-year old son were driving past a cemetery and noticed a large pile of dirt next to a freshly dug grave when the little boy said, “Look, Dad, one got out!”  Every Easter, we come […]

Easter H.O.P.E.

By Pastor Tim Eaton Hopeless.  What does that mean to you?  Does it resonate with you? Is it where you are at?  Hopeless means that we believe we are at the end of the road.  It means we believe that there is no more opportunity for positive change.  We are expecting things to get worse.  […]

A Skunk in the Church

By Pastor Mark Hopper Diamond Bar- California was a cattle ranch for many years.  It has an interesting history dating back to Mexican land grants and a variety of owners.  Our church is built on the site where the original ranch house stood.  In the 1960’s, Transamerica Corporation bought the ranch and developed it into […]

Are You Worthy of Imitating?

Pastor Rob Norris, The Crossings

His delight is in the law of the LORD, and in His law he meditates day and night. Psalm 1:2 By Pastor Rob Norris As parents, we need to think about the priorities we are teaching our children by our words and our actions. Ask yourself, If I could pass on my relationship with God […]

Pastor’s Corner: The Cross

“Then He came and touched the open coffin, and those who carried him stood still…” Luke 7:14  By Pastor Dennis Morales There is no arguing that one of the most painful occurrences in life is losing a loved one.  Jesus came upon a widow who had just lost her only son.  .  According to […]

A Unique Love

Pastor Dennis Morales

By Pastor Dennis Morales Throughout his administration, Abraham Lincoln was a president under fire, especially during the scarring years of the Civil War. And though he knew he would make errors of office, he resolved never to compromise his integrity. So strong was this resolve that he once said, “I desire so to conduct the […]

The Lost Book

By Pastor Mark Hopper Recently, my wife flew home from Arizona on Southwest Airlines. She had been in Phoenix for a few days visiting her family. Things went smoothly and her flight was on time. I picked her up and we headed home in heavy afternoon traffic. Suddenly she realized that she had left her […]

Tax Time

By Pastor Dennis Morales “Now in those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus, that a census be taken of all the inhabited earth…” Luke 2:1-5 I ran across a quote that read “IRS auditor to taxpayer, as nurse prepares a syringe: “She is going to numb the area around your wallet.”  In most […]

Joy Stealers

By Pastor Tim Eaton Joy.  Its as much a part of Christmas as trees, gifts, mangers, and mall Santas.  We see signs that say it, and hear songs that sing about it.  But do we have it? The tragedy of Christmas is that we often find a million reasons not to have joy at this […]

Pastor’s Corner: Things That Matter

Pastor Dennis Morales

By Pastor Dennis Morales “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, Ihave kept the faith.” 2 Timothy 4:7 Paul the Apostle is nearing the end of his life.  He is contemplating the things God had called him to accomplish.  This is his swansong.  I am immediately impressed with the confidence with […]

United We Stand, Divided We Fall

By Jeremy Mercer Our country is more divided than it’s been since the Civil War. With politics creeping into every facet of our lives, from sports to movies to even the church, America is a divided nation. I’m a problem-solver. I always seek to understand so I can find solutions. My thoughts go to an […]

The Overwhelming, Never Ending, TOUGH Love Of God

By Rohmon Merchant “Nobody feels sorry for you!”, that is an actual statement I say to myself almost as a daily declaration. It is a way to motivate myself to live life on a grander scale, and when I feel overwhelmed and frustrated to realize, “Hey, man of faith! Yes you, the one who made […]

Keep Going

By Rob Norris Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple. Luke 14:27 We don’t talk a lot about cross carrying. That’s more the fine print of being a follower of Christ–the part we don’t generally go around advertising to those we’re hoping to draw into Christian faith. […]

Growing Gardens

By Rob Norris Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary. Galatians 6:9 I like the way a garden looks when it’s clean and neat, when all the soil is evened out and the weeds are pulled up. But I know too […]

Growing

By Dennis Morales 1 Corinthians 3:1 “I couldn’t talk to you as…spiritual people…”   My two boys have just moved up another grade in school.  It’s really hard to assimilate sometimes in my parental cortex, but they are growing.  I couldn’t be happier that they are growing and healthy.  Paul spoke to an audience dealing […]

The Uniqueness of Christianity

By Pastor Ed Moreno Jesus said in John 14:6: “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” This claim rankles people like no other. Christians have been called arrogant, narrow-minded, and bigoted for saying Jesus is the only way to God. But the thing […]