These sketches/outlines are taken from messages delivered in SVCC's Sunday morning worship services.

  • How to Live and Die Happy: True Goodness - Matthew 23.25-28

    Last week we talked about the fruit of the spirit “kindness.” This week we will explore “goodness.” The two overlap in meaning -- in fact, the Greek root word Paul uses for “kind” is often also translated as “good” in our English Bibles.  But there is a distinction here in the list of the fruits of Spirit in Galatians 5.22-23. Paul listed both kindness and goodness as separate fruits of the spirit to emphasize their unique meanings.

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  • How to Live and Die Happy: True Patience - Galatians 5.16-26

    How do you measure “spiritual success”? I once had a friend tell me that if I wanted to be successful as a minister that I had to first and foremost learn how to “ooze spirituality.” He was not a Christian, and even though he sincerely meant well, his analysis of spiritual success was both intriguing -- and disturbing. I just wanted to follow Jesus, not “ooze” anything!

  • How to Live and Die Happy: True Joy

    Part 3 in a series on the Fruit of the Spirit

    If we want to know how to live and die happy, we have to define happiness. I believe that happiness is knowing that your life matters, that you have a purpose, that your life counts for something. Does your life mean something? Do you know that you have a higher purpose than living day to day? In the end, will it make any difference whether you were here or not?

  • Photo by Alan Johnson, Camp Cedar Lake, Big Bear, California
  • How to Live and Die Happy: Spirit Walkers - Galatians 5:16-26

    Part 1 in a series on the Fruit of the Spirit


    Did you know one of the founding principles of our nation is happiness? The Declaration of Independence says loud and clear: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

  • The Invisible War - Daniel 10.10-11.1

    Behind the Curtain

    The cryptic words in Daniel 10.20 and 11.1 offer a fleeting backstage glimpse at a spiritual war. While some may scoff at the idea of angels and demons, these forces are clearly accepted and accounted for throughout the Bible. It begs the question -- is there something deeper going on behind the scenes? Is there a spiritual dimension to our day-to-day existence and, therefore, to history?

  • Seventy Sevens - Daniel 9.20-27

    Warning: Limited Visibility Ahead

    Have you ever tried to jam in a puzzle piece that just doesn’t quite fit? That is what interpreting this Scripture is like. When you turn it one way, most of the edges line up, but it won’t go in. And when you twist it another way, the part that wouldn’t fit before lines up perfectly, but now two other edges won’t fit. For some of us who like to have control (we know who we are!), this can make some Scriptures, like today’s, frustrating to study.


    Lies Ezekiel Angel True Riches Parables Greed Traffic Materialism Jairus Trials Rest in the Lord Ash Wednesday Murder Savior without Lord Happiness Judgment Giving Tired Spiritual Need Anxiety Second Coming Genealogy Not a Fan Revelation Emptiness Father's Business Desire Weary Serving Miracles Speaking Clothing Service Ancestry Empty Tomb Disappointment Christmas Walk on Water Atonement Doubt Understanding Be Prepared Hell Lent Antichrist Wonders Gender Breath Prayer Confession Knowing God Gehenna Mission Work Verdict Inconvenience Sin Santa Fruit of the Spirit Reward Love Never Fails Acceptance Easter Son of God Salvation Poverty Daniel Unclean Great Commission Rest Assumptions Holy Week Trek & Journey Purpose Satan Naughty Christmas Eve God's Timing Prophecy Palm Sunday fear Wise Men Lunatic Holy Spirit Judgement Judas Action Fire Messages Serving God relationship with God Patient control Ready Interpretation trajectory Messiah Childlike Heart Armor Security Social Justice Sheperds aim Advent Bushel Dragon Conflict wholehearted Temptation Backbiting Forgiveness Disciple Fails Witness Physical Need Restoration Fasting trouble Evangelism Obedience Damascus Road letting go Racism Friendship Perseverance Tithes The Dukes of Hazzard Restore unto me the joy denial Simple Complexity Hebrew Names of God judging others Daily Bible Reading Honesty outsiders Discipleship Liar Jim Eliot Richonomics Wealth John the Baptist Alabaster Jar Angels Nice Light unpardonable sin Guests Spiritual Warfare joyous thoughts Sanctification Moving Mountains Gentleness Treasure God the Father Spiritual Support Compassion Sexism Lord Faith Law Lamp wisdom Approval Poser Exhausted Lust tempest Signs Depression Christ God is in control Free Samples God's Word Retaliation Truth Word of God Narrow Way Seventy Sevens tribulation Spiritual Blindness Fruit fo the Spirit Adultery Son of Man Apologetics exposure Patience victim Worry Bread Injustice Purity Family of God Holiness Scripture Memory Betrayal Storms Gossip Regeneration Busy Soil Sacrifice Cross Prayer Danger Herod Men Stubborn Worship Trek and Journey Nobles OK Love Matthew Free Will Baptism Humility Expectations May Presence of God Gifts Original Sin Dependence Lost Cause Family Tree demons victor Healing Faith or Fear Desperado Provision Foundation Proverbs Christology Topheth Family Grace Women's Ministry Blog Newbigen suffering Questions Education Vision Neutrality Mary Magdalene Politics Evangelicalism Spirit Walkers Christmas Dragon Mercy Apocalypse Applause Pornography Persecution Mary Hypocrisy Watch Eye Taste and See Fornication Violence Basket living right Guilty By Reason of Humanity Goodness Parenting through Christ Cost of Discipleship Habits Apology Repentance theodicy Gentiles Part 1 Authority Bible Study Morality Pooronomics Envy unforgivable sin Money Blessings Predestination Theophany Outcast Self Worth End Times Holy Love Kindness Daily Bible Readings Shame stress Joy