21
May
2017

VICTORIOUS: Only God — psalm 90

Pastor Chris Garrison wraps up his sermon series, "VICTORIOUS." It is only though GOD that we can we find victory over the many circumstances in our lives.

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7
Aug
2016

The Armor of God

(Please note, that due to technical difficulties, this recording is missing the first 5 minutes)

This Sunday, Brian Glodek. our Associate Pastoral Candidate, preaches from Ephesians 6:10-17 where Paul outlines the essential truths about the believer's warfare. Brian often references his own experience wearing protective armor while deployed in Afghanistan to clarify the importance of being properly geared up for war. Our Christian life is a battle. It is serious spiritual warfare. In Ephesians 6:10-17 we see encouragement, and the command, to be strong, to be ready, to gird ourselves with the "very armor of God" as we face Satan and the spiritual battles in which he will try to engage us.
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1
May
2016

“Loyalty Days” Philippians 3:20

This weekend of Loyalty Days is traditionally celebrated here, on the Long Beach Peninsula, the first weekend in May. After a lively congregational discussion about what makes America great, and what makes being an American challenging, Pastor Chris Garrison preaches from Philippians 3:20. We are challenged to ask, What am I being loyal to as a citizen? How can I actively be loyal to a nation that is divided among itself and does not fully represent the Kingdom values that come from God? For those who believe in Jesus, we are not only citizens of a nation, we are also citizens of Heaven. Pastor Chris looks at the nature of Heavenly citizenship, the marks of that citizenship, and the effects of it on our world and lives.

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29
Nov
2015

Advent: The Gift of Expectancy

Pastor Chris Garrison begins the Advent season with the first sermon in his series, The Gifts of Christmas. This  first Sunday of Advent is the Sunday of HOPE. In Luke 2:8-16 we find the shepherds engaged in a "treasure hunt," leading them to the greatest gift anyone could ever receive. Their terror of the dark night soon turned to expectancy, and their hope ignited their search for Jesus, the perfect gift of light. You, too can have hope of finding Jesus, even if you have been lost in darkness.

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25
Oct
2015

Stronger Together

Pastor Chris Garrison continues the series on Nehemiah with Nehemiah 4:14-20. Nehemiah has started to rebuild the wall at Jerusalem even though the governor told him not to. The Jews were facing opposition physically and emotional. This portion of Nehemiah shows us that life involves spiritual battles. We are at war whether we like it or not. Know God's plan and the reasons to stand firm. When we face external and internal opposition remember that together we are stronger!

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4
Oct
2015

Gospel Imagination

Today Pastor Chris begins a new series from the Book of Nehemiah. In our world today, where trauma often defines who we are, we are missing out on the blessings that God has in store for us. In Nehemiah 1:1-11 we are introduced to a man who was not defined by life's problems, but by God's great promises. Through prayer, we can make room for God to show us opportunities to transcend our brokenness.

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13
Sep
2015

Experiencing God

Phil Yntema, NAB Interim Regional Minister, joins us today as we install Pastor Chris Garrison as our new Lead Pastor. Dr. Yntema asks the questions, Are you ready to to run the race and not get weary? Are you ready to experience God in real time and space? We have been wonderfully created to meet with Him, as Isaiah did in Isaiah 6:1. First, acknowledge God. Second, you must peruse God through His Word. Thirdly, pray in order to hear what God is saying to YOU.

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30
Aug
2015

Sabbath: Worship

Last week was our annual Church Picnic. Pastor Chris Garrison began a series untitled Sabbath.  This week he continues the series on Sabbath and speaks to us about worship. The first way to break life's troubles is through worship. In Psalm 95 we see that God calls us to worship Him with our passion, with our reason, with our intellect, and with our will.  The depth of our worship will only be as deep as the amount of worth we ascribe to God. As we worship Him, seeing Him for Who He is, our problems become small.

16
Aug
2015

7 Letters to the Churches:Luke Warm

Pastor Chris Garrison teaches from the letter to the church in Laodicea in Revelation 3:14-22. Jesus is the authority and answer to everything, and as such should be the root of all our passions. But misplaced passion is a recipe for a lukewarm faith. What's wrong with being lukewarm? Why does it rob us of joy? What is the remedy?

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9
Aug
2015

7 Letters to the Churches: Open Doors

Pastor Chris Garrison preaches from Revelation 3:7-13 which is a letter written by John to the Church at Philadelphia. Once again this church is encouraged to continue their good works, but are cautioned to examine their motives and who they are placing on the throne of their lives. We are challenged to ask, "What defines us?"  "Who or what gives us our identity?" If we know Christ as our author and answer to all things on Earth, He will call us sons, daughters, missionaries, blessed, holy, and righteous. He will open doors of opportunity to do the good works He made us for. He promises us a place in His Kingdom temple.

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