The Word becomes toxic

I’ve gotten (back) into biking again.  I’ve had 3 distinct seasons in my life where I really enjoyed biking. Once when I was in 21, living in suburban New York City. I had a mountain bike that was my primary mode of transportation. On my days off, I’d hop on and ride out as far…

5 Things I Learned While Being off Social Media

Last week, without any fanfare or farewell, I took a short break from all Social Networking. This is what I found out: 1. I became aware of how much time I spend socially networking. When I wake up in the mornings, I usually grab for my phone and sort through my notifications. I’ll swipe off…

Digital Bulletin Sunday Sept 7

Welcome Order of Today’s Worship Worship    Gaius & Andrea Cameron Message    Simon Guevara “The Story of Purpose” Responding in Worship Prayer is available for everyone in the Prayer Space at the back of the Sanctuary   Sermon Notes and Discussion Questions  God’s Story reveals our: IDENTITY (Who we are) MEANING (What is our value)…

Why Serve?

Of course, I’ll never forget the night that I gave my life to Christ… It was August 21st, 1998 at 9:22pm.  Another layer of interest about that time was that it was within 24 hours that I was serving at church. This immediate immersion into the life of the church, I think was vital in…

Semi-Annual Celebration (PICS!)

On Sunday, August 24th, Restoration members and friends gathered for our Semi-Annual Celebration The Semi-Annual Celebration includes our ministry reports and budget update… and afterwards, many gathered at Avery Ranch pool for a party sponsored by our Men’s Ministry! See more of the pics here. I think it is vital that the church be a…

Lies, Lies, Lies… Yeah

How often would you say that you tell a lie? Daily? Once a week? Often. NEVER. Okay, now tell the truth. This Sunday (August 31st), we’ll share “The Truth About Lying.” Where do they come from? What draws them out of us? When are they appropriate? Guest Jayne Gaddy (who serves on Restoration’s leadership team)…

Bitterness

Our upcoming series A Summer of Second Chances is always challenging to me personally. I know that I can have a habit of cutting people out quickly when my heart or pride feels threatened in anyway. I’m reminded that letting the sun set on our anger is a way of entry for the devil (Ephesians…

Love Your Neighbor

A Big Question Today is “What is Meant By Command to “Love Your Neighbor?” More often, the call to “love” today implies some form of acceptance or even avoiding any sense of judgement. This is isn’t how loving your neighbor is thought of biblically or practically. The Good Samaritan One day an expert in religious…

Sing A New Song

Just this morning I stopped by my local convenience store for a gas. I love convenience stores because their small and I feel like I there I encounter regular people who are living regular lives. There was a pretty young guy sitting in his very nice pickup that he had just filled with gas and…