Some people have no room for Jesus in their good Christian lives.
March 22, 2020 LiveStream Begins Here at 10am Pacific
Text Your "Yay God" Testimony to 619-277-2671
In-Person Services Canceled March 15 - March 25, 2020
A live stream will be offered each Sunday at 10am.
Out of an abundance of caution, and due to the difficulty of maintaining health guidelines from government agencies (6 feet of separation), our church leadership has decided to cancel regular Sunday morning services and Wednesday evening activities through March 25, 2020. At that time, we will re-evaluate public health recommendations and determine when it is appropriate to resume regular activities.
Please note, the leaders of SVCC recognize that this is a time when we should not be casual, but instead be even more proactive about interceding in prayer and deed for our world and for one another. The devil never misses an opportunity to stoke fear, loneliness, depression, and division. We are deeply troubled by the prejudicial lines of racism and poverty this disease has so quickly exposed in our society. Even though our church may not be meeting in a large group setting, we will be praying harder than ever, encouraging one another more than ever, and standing up for all of those in need - of any faith, color or social standing - more than ever.
If you are struggling with fear, loneliness, or depression at this time, our Pastor has made himself available just to talk and pray with anyone. Pastor Steve's personal cell phone is 619-277-2671. Feel free to call him anonymously.
Most of all, we pray that you will know that God is greater than any adversity the world brings our way.
"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1.9)
The Feast is for Hospitality
Christmas has become a time of unrivaled charity. Much-needed donations will be made this time of year to groups that feed the homeless, serve the poor, and provide toys for children. Charities that limp along all year may joyfully find themselves receiving a donation or two that helps put them in the black, enabling them to carry on their good work. Praise God for the work that charities do, and praise God for the givers who keep them running!
“If you think you are not conceited, it means you are very conceited indeed.”
(CS Lewis, Mere Christianity)
As we enter the season of Advent, four Sundays when we prepare for the feast of Christmas, I was struck by Luke 14 and the fact that four distinct teachings of Jesus are given, all in the context of a feast that Jesus is attending, and each lesson giving us insight into the ultimate feast that is God’s kingdom.
It seems fitting to me as we approach the feast of Christmas that we might consider these four portraits of the feast of the kingdom.
You haven’t heard of the red dragon of Christmas? He’s right there in John’s nativity account.
Flattening the Hills
Last week we read about the noble wise men. This week we read about shepherds. Wise men don’t usually hang out with shepherds. And gods don’t usually hang out with men.
God is not ashamed to make his home among us. Why should we be ashamed to spend time with one another?
Part of the meaning of Christmas is that in Christ, all barriers that we think are important – rich, poor, weak, strong, disabled, differently-abled, black, white (and every other beautiful shade of brown) – are forever erased.
The Villains of Christmas
I love Christmas time. At our home, we watch a Christmas movie nearly every night in December. Some Christmas movies are good for a few laughs, others make me cry, and others are totally ridiculous. Christmas movies make a lot of money, I’m sure, because Hollywood keeps cranking them out.
Second Sunday of Advent 2018
There is a gap between what we were meant to be in the Garden and who we are now after the fall.
First Sunday of Advent 2018
Christmas is not about having the perfect family, but inviting the perfect guest.
Fourth Sunday of Advent 2014