Did God Really Say...?

Did God Really Say...?

Adam and Eve had access to everything in the garden. There were no clothes that separated them from one another and there was no sin that separated them from the Father. But, there was a tree in the garden to which God said, “No!”- the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. God said that if they were to eat this fruit, they would surely die.

The day came when Adam and Eve passed by the one tree they were not to touch and the enemy of their souls said, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden?” What unfolded out of that conversation began the cycle that we still experience today. The fruit looked good for so many reasons. The line God drew seemed silly, and the urge to have control and power took over. The fruit was picked, eaten and shared, and everything changed.

2018 in Photos

2018 in Photos

Every Fall as I watch the leaves change colors and drop, and feel the morning and evening temperatures call me to put on a jacket I start to reflect back upon the year and all that has happened. Thanks to the smart phone in my pocket and the newsfeed on Facebook I can see glimpses of experience that capture the passing of time. I find I am always shocked about how much has happened when I really see it in pictures. So often that shock contradicts the inner feelings I have about whether or not I/we are accomplishing enough.

Valley of Potential

Valley of Potential

If we can work together across Central California to cultivate the seventh most productive region in the world, we can work together to ship leaders, pastors, teachers, missionaries, and world changes from Central California to the nations. Together, we can dream new dreams, putting Central California on the map in new ways. Together, we aren’t afraid of hard work, sweat, and callouses: Our ancestors have taught us to value those traits for the harvest that’s on the other side of the toil. It’s in our blood. It’s in the air around us. If we could creatively overcome the challenges in the past, we can certainly work together to overcome the challenges of the present. That’s who we are; who we’ve always been.

Athletics & Discipleship

Athletics & Discipleship

We spent some time reflecting on how Farmers, Soldiers, and Athletes could help inform our lives as disciples. In order to do this well, we went to local 'experts' in these fields. We talked with farmers, soldiers, and athletes in our midst and captured their thoughts and ideas on video.

Listen in on those conversations that we had with Patrick Hendricks, Darin Lasky, and Brandon Baeza.

Military Life & Discipleship

Military Life & Discipleship

We spent some time reflecting on how Farmers, Soldiers, and Athletes could help inform our lives as disciples. In order to do this well, we went to local 'experts' in these fields. We talked with farmers, soldiers, and athletes in our midst and captured their thoughts and ideas on video.

Listen in on those conversations that we had with Nathan Dirdak, Jordan Berner and Bob Sperry.

Farming & Discipleship

Farming & Discipleship

We spent some time reflecting on how Farmers, Soldiers, and Athletes could help inform our lives as disciples. In order to do this well, we went to local 'experts' in these fields. We talked with farmers, soldiers, and athletes in our midst and captured their thoughts and ideas on video.

Listen in on those conversations that we had with Ron Watson, Buck Bonilla and Jeff Harmon.

A Filter for Honor

A Filter for Honor

I was a fourth grade teacher at Harvest Christian School in Riverside, California for six years before moving into pastoral ministry. Having those 9 & 10-year olds with me day in and day out for nine months of the year taught me a few things about investing in people for the long haul. Looking back seventeen years to that first classroom, I can now see that what each of those 147 students carried as a destiny was often hidden behind a variety of external circumstances, behavior issues, personality defects, and bad habits.

A Reason for Honor- Additional Thoughts

A Reason for Honor- Additional Thoughts

To dig a little deeper under the surface, I find these four limitations when living under the Honor Shortage Emergency Ordinance like Jonah:

  1. COMPLEXITY: The number of decisions I face on a daily basis is already daunting. From getting dressed, to breakfast, to conversations, to work, to play, to grocery shopping I expend a large amount of energy making decisions. Life only increases in complexity when I must additionally decide who is worthy of honor.