What an amazing weekend. The weather cooled off a bit, we had some rain, a super blood red wolf moon, we hosted our missionary Anita Smart and her board (Natik) for the weekend, and we had Fiesta Night at the restaurant Tequila Sunrise! Fiesta Night is a fundraiser for the ministry Natik which works with the indigenous people of Chiapas, Mexico and Guatemala. Thank you to our Mission's Committee and volunteers for organizing this weekend and also Tequila Sunrise for hosting the event as well as15th St Fisheries for donating the meal on Friday night. I will share this Sunday or sooner on how much we have raised for Natik. Thank you all who were able to support this great ministry.
This past Sunday we had 5 people decide to join their hearts with us and I look forward to introducing them to you all this Sunday. After worship this Sunday is our Annual meeting! We will be electing 3 people for our Corporate Board and 4 members for the Session. I am very excited about these men and women and the leadership and GRACE they will bring to our church. I hope you all have a blessed week and I look forward to seeing you all this Sunday in worship. God Bless.
The sermon title was "Grace Vol. 1" and the scripture was II Corinthians 12:6-10. Grace is the flow of God's power and presence in your life that enables you to do whatever it is that God wants you to do. We need to show grace and we need God's grace and forgiveness. Jessye Norman said, "the world thirsts for grace and when grace descends, the world falls silent before it." Let's all be a people and a church that shows grace.
It really has been a tremendous week! The weather has been magical, worship on Sunday was filled with energy and love, and God's spirit is moving in us and out from us. I love January! I hope you are also experiencing God moving in our midst.
This past Sunday we had a special guest, Anita Smart, with us. She is our missionary from Chiapas, Mexico. She shared some of the things that she is doing and how lives are being changed. She is having her board fly in this week to meet at our church from Friday - Sunday. We have supported Anita for many years and love the difference that God is making through her. We have a special night this coming Saturday, January 19th called "Fiesta Night" at the Tequila Sunrise restaurant. It begins at 6pm. This is a fundraiser for the Natik ministry. The cost $40 which includes food, a drink, and a great time! This coming Sunday morning in worship we will be having a special offering to support the work in Mexico and Guatemala! I hope we all contribute to this worthy ministry. Have a blessed week and I look forward to seeing you all this Sunday. God Bless.
The sermon title was "Charting the Course" and the scripture was Psalm1:1-3 and Romans 12:1-2. How do we stay on course to be what God wants us to be in a world that isn't always encouraging of that kind of life? One huge way to read God's Word and meditate on it. The Bible is amazing as is prayer!!
Here we go 2019! Our prayer is that this year we all will strive to be the church. A place where people who are weary, people who are hungry, people who are doing great, feel and experience Your love, mercy, and grace. I am so excited about all that God has done and is doing in our midst. There are times when I am amazed at how God continues to bless and how we respond. We all have a ministry and purpose. Let's be about that.
Let's all pray for God to continue to reveal Himself to us and then we share those revelations. Have a blessed week and I look forward to seeing you all this Sunday. God Bless.
The sermon title was "On a Mission from God" and the scripture was Ephesians 4:1-7, 11-16 and 1 Peter 2:4-10. Everyone of us has something that God has given for us to do. It might be small, or it might be something that changes the lives of thousands. Either way we are all needed and important.
Happy New Year's Eve. 2018 has been a great year. A year with highs and lows, where some great friends went to be with God, and a year where God's presence was experienced. As we look to 2019 my prayer is that we all experience His love and grace, so we can share that with others.
Let's all pray for His guidance as we work together at The Church By The Sea. Have a blessed week and I look forward to seeing you all this Sunday. God Bless.
The Sermon title was "The Gift of Sight" and the scripture was John 9:1-12. A man born blind was given sight by Jesus. The man wasn't blind because of sin. Jesus said, "but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him. While I am in the world, I am the light of the world." God has the power to restore.
It is Christmas Eve and the excitement of tomorrow is in the air! Yesterday we had another amazing day of worship. It felt that all throughout our time together that God was whispering His great love to us and telling us to be a people of grace and love. Thank you CBTS and friends who attend for listening and following God's call to be the church - His hands and feet in this world. Keep doing what you are doing and we can be peacemakers - we can be a people who shower our "worlds" with grace and love.
Last night we had our annual Cookies, Caroling, and Cocktails! About 100 of us met at St. Sebastian Catholic Church and went caroling throughout the neighborhood After that, we all came back to our house for dinner, a movie for the kids, some great beverages, and most importantly, spending time meeting new friends. This night would not have come together as well without the CCC committee: Kevin White, Trevor and Ashton Luk, and Cassie and Andres Carvajal. Thank you all and to the many others who stayed behind to help clean up this holy "mess"! It was such a memorable evening!
The sermon title was "Home for Christmas" and the scripture was Luke 2:1-7. Christmas is a time where the separation of us and heaven is a very thin line. The birth of Jesus is a message from God saying to that us that we have "home". We have a home where love abounds and grace is always present. God calls us all to come home to Him.
What an amazing weekend we had here at church! The Christmas Gala was a smashing success and with pretty much all the expenses paid we netted a little over $41,000 for the Corporate Board. A lot of hard work was given by so many people to make this annual event wonderful. Thank you again to all who contributed their time, presence, and their financial resources. I am already looking forward to next year's event.
We have so much to be involved in here these next few days. This Sunday evening we have our annual Cookies, Caroling, and Cocktails. It begins at 5:30pm at St. Sebastian Catholic Church's parking lot - we will then go caroling and then back to my house at 6:30pm for dinner, movie for the kids, smores, hot chocolate, and cocktails. Bring a batch of your favorite cookies. I hope you all can make it.
Christmas Eve services are 5pm - Family service and then 10pm - Traditional service! This coming week my prayer is for all of us to see the Christ-Child. I hope we all celebrate the birth of Christ and to see the love that God has for each one of us. Merry Christmas! Have a blessed week and I look forward to seeing you all this Sunday. God Bless.
The sermon title was "Is God Left-Handed" and the scripture was Matthew 2:13-18 and I Corinthians 1:25-31. Left-Handed Power is one that tries to win our heart by love and not force. It comes in perceived weakness but that is also it's strength. God sent us Jesus in the most vulnerable way possible - a baby, but this baby is Immanuel - God be with us.
What an amazing weekend we had here at church! It began on Saturday morning with a workday - thank you to all who were able to help. Some of us met up at the True Gospel Deliverance Church to help with the feeding of the homeless ministry they have, but when we arrived at the church they had a special thank-you lunch to us, for all the times we volunteer. They were so grateful. If you are interested in volunteering please speak with Margo and Fred Klein. Later in the afternoon, Jon Gardner, our co-youth pastor and current Session member, was married in a beautiful service in Miami. Congrats to Mariella and Jon! Then Sunday, we had wonderful worship service on Sunday. It felt like God's Spirit was moving all around the sanctuary. I am so grateful for this loving church. Last night we had our annual Christmas Gala and it was a tremendous success! First of all, a big thank you to Chef Peter and Cheri Schmidt for cooking some amazing food and chairing the Gala. Another thank you goes to Connie Tingle, Debbie Stokes, Marilyn Conroy, Randy Starr, Dave Finneran, Morgan Schmit, and the SIS Bible study for all their love and hard work. Another thank you to Jimmy Conway with Jimmy Jams Productions for donating the lighting for inside Eden Hall. It was a memorable evening! I will report this Sunday how much money we raised!
I hope this Christmas season you all feel and believe deep within your heart just how much love God has for you. Like it says in Ephesians 3:18-19, "And I pray that you and all God's people will have the power to understand the greatness of Christ's love-how wide, how long, how high, and how deep that love is." Have a blessed week and I look forward to seeing you all this Sunday. God bless.
The sermon title was "Whispering Hope" and the scripture was John 11:17-32 and Romans 5:1-5. We face challenges, we get discouraged, but in all the emotions we can still have hope even if it is only a whisper of hope because when Jesus shows up the impossible becomes possible.
Challenge for the Week:
To believe that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope and hope does not disappoint us. Romans 5:3-5
The season of Advent has begun. Advent is a time for us to spiritually prepare ourselves for the coming of the Christ child! I hope we all will take some time to pray and ask God for wisdom during these next four weeks.
We have a full December of ministries and activities for the whole family. Please look carefully for the things you would like to be involved in! Our first event is December 9th at the church. Our annual Christmas Gala is a memorable evening filled with delicious food, great music and dancing, and great times with friends. The Gala is a fundraiser for the Corporate Board of our church. This Board is responsible for all the buildings and grounds. I hope you all can participate in some way. If you cannot attend please purchase some raffle tickets, or make a donation for we are all called to take care of our physical properties. For all the details click here. Have a blessed week and I look forward to seeing you all this Sunday. God bless.
The sermon title was Olympic Size Faith and the scripture was Mark 9:14-29. Sometimes when we read the scripture we feel like the people in the stories are spiritual giants, they have faith that can move mountains, and definitely do not have doubts, but we do. How does God deal with our doubts? Faith is all about being real and genuine. We can admit our doubts and still be a person of deep faith.
Challenge for the Week:
Don't let your doubts keep you away from praying.
I hope you all had a fantastic Thanksgiving either with family and friends, or you had some time just by yourself. How thankful are you? Do you thank God for all the blessings that have been given to you? As we all know, some blessings come immediately, some take a long time to come to fruition, and some we may never fully understand in this life, but we are called to be thankful. So, let us all work on being thankful.
I love the season of Advent. Advent begins this Sunday, until December 24th. Advent is a time of preparation for Christ's birth as we all sing "Glory to the newborn King". I hope we all will prepare ourselves for the coming of the Christ-Child!
I challenge you all this week to participate in some way in our annual Christmas Gala to help raise funds for maintaining our church home. If you cannot attend the event, please consider purchasing some raffle tickets or a sponsorship as a contribution by clicking here.
Have a blessed week and I look forward to seeing you all this Sunday. God bless!
In the book of Daniel chapter 7 we see in Daniel’s vision from God that he saw before him one like the son of man coming with the clouds of heaven that His reign is everlasting. It will never pass away, or be destroyed. This would be Christ The King. We have received the greatest gift from God in our HOPE, PEACE, JOY, and LOVE that comes with the birth of Christ. That is Who it is all about!
Happy Thanksgiving!! I hope this week is a time for reflection, prayer, laughter, good times, and great food. Oh yea, maybe some football too. Whatever you are doing I hope you will take some time to really reflect on all that God has blessed you with. There are the obvious blessings, but like in my sermon this past Sunday; there just might be some blessings that sneak through the back door. Blessings that don't seem like they could be, but end being a huge blessing to you and to others. Have a blessed week and God bless.
The sermon title was "Thanksgiving through the Back Door" and the scriptures were John 1:43-46 and I Thessalonians 5:16-18. We all think of blessings as good things happening, but could it be that some blessings only come through hurt or heartache. Events that seem tragic just might be some of God's richest blessings. It is easy to say all these things, but God has a way of working in all circumstances.