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Deluge

"Wow! It's really coming down!" It has been a long time since Californians have witnessed rain in the amounts that have been recorded within the past week. From the blizzard conditions and the tens of feet of snow in the Sierra to the constant pounding of the rain in the valley, we have seen record amounts of rain. First the damns were opened to allow water to flow. Then ...

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Law Enforcement Appreciation

On Monday, January 9th, 2017 our Nation will observe the 2nd annual National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day (LEAD). Throughout the past several years, our culture has thrown great disparagement on men and women in uniform - often seeking to vilify officers as an "enemy" who use their authority to advance an agenda of bigotry and abuse. Our media has ill-advisedly mainst...

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Resolved: Exposure to Scripture

"Sanctify them through the truth, Thy Word is truth" (John 17:17) Success rarely sneaks up behind you and kicks you in the seat! Normally, a successful endeavor is one that results from deliberate effort and disciplined planning. Spiritually, success is seen as conformity to Jesus Christ. This is the ultimate end of everything God has purposed for us. Scripturally we are ...

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Coming Home to the Family

I don't want to romanticize this too much - but as I sit at my kitchen table, I have such a sense of joy as I reflect on my children coming home and allowing our love for one another to be celebrated. As I write, my son, Rich and his family are driving up from LA - I just got a text saying: "On our way... on the grapevine!" My heart leaped with joy at the thought of havin...

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The Reason for the Season

During this month, all over the world we are able to see a heightened awareness of the grace of God and the glory of His love. Although in the experience of many, the celebration is diluted with commercialism, materialism and greed, there remains an awareness in many people's minds that the reason for the celebration is the gift of God that is named "Jesus." It truly is a...

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Pearl Harbor

Tomorrow marks the 75th Anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack that resulted in the American participation in WWII. Earlier this year, I fulfilled a lifelong dream: to visit Pearl Harbor on Oahu, Hawaii. My wife and I had the pleasure of spending portions of two days touring the Memorial at Pearl Harbor, the USS Bowfin Submarine, the Battleship Missouri, and the Pacific A...

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Giving Tuesday

Black Friday and Cyber Monday have placed pressure on all Americans to buy, buy, buy! What a materialistic thrust we have endured - even before Thanksgiving! And this isn't even the "worst" of it - the greatest day of them all is the Saturday before Christmas when Americans will spend more on that day than any other! In response to such crass materialism, several organiz...

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A Thankful Heart

"Every good thing bestowed and every perfect gift is from above" It is an interesting thing to experience isn't it? The more we receive, the less impressed we are with what we have. We can become accustomed to our prosperity and lose the sense of gratitude for what we receive. This is addressed in several ways in Scripture. First, Paul admonishes the Corinthian believers...

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Deacon Enthusiasm

Last night the GBC elders had the joy of meeting together with the deacons for dinner and fellowship. It was a great time of unity and blessing. I walked in with dinner for everybody almost unnoticed as men were busy talking, sharing, and laughing together. I was struck by the joy of having 19 deacons, 10 elders, and 2 pastoral staff members (31 men in all) who were of on...

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God's Vote

The theological considerations of the US Presidential election held yesterday are again proven. The "pundits" stated that President-elect Trump pulled off an unprecedented upset unlike any other in political history. From a human perspective, regardless of what political party one favors, this is true. However, that statement eliminates the power of God to do what we have...

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