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Desiring God’s Heart

By Phil Matarazzo “Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God” (Matthew 5:8 KJV). In the last year I rediscovered Christian music. My wife can testify to it. I will have my head set on constantly listening to worship songs. Since I’ve been l …

Intimacy With Jesus

By Phil Matarazzo   Intimate: closely acquainted, closely personal, best friend, kindred spirit, very private, transparent, vulnerable, close union, deep relationship; relating to, or existing in the inmost depths of the soul. “In to Me See.” Abid …

A Finsta Discovery

By Traci Gales Many years ago a friend called me with a report, “I saw your son in San Clemente doing a donut in the middle of an intersection today.” Busted! I appreciated the information and was able to correct my son’s wild driving habits. In fact, …

Being Full of the Spirit

By Roger Gales The topic of the baptism of the Holy Spirit continues to be one of the most controversial topics among Christians. It’s just like the devil to take something critically important and turn it into a topic that Christians fight over. And s …

Don’t Hold Onto Offenses

By Phil Matarazzo   “Let today be the day you finally release yourself from the imprisonment of past grudges and anger.  Simplify your life.  Let go of the poisonous past and live the abundantly beautiful present… today.”  Dr. Steve Maraboli We fi …

The Powerful Love of the Father

Last week I was in Yosemite Valley, climbing with a friend. A heat wave was in full effect, so the snowmelt was making the falls flow bigger than I’ve ever seen them. The whitewater on the Merced River was huge, and much of the valley floor was underwa …

Contend For Your Faith

By Roger Gales   Jesus never promised that following Him would be easy or comfortable. Rather, He promised that His followers would be rejected by the world and suffer hardship as a result. But how appealing is that? What’s emerged in America is a set …

Life is Sacred

By Roger Gales Michelle Carter’s recent conviction of manslaughter is big news. (https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/16/us/suicide-texting-trial-michelle-carter-conrad-roy.html ) The now 20 year old girl encouraged her boyfriend in 2014 to follow through w …

Keep God In Your Summer

Dear Church Family, I personally love summers and all that comes with them – beach, sharks, bonfires, camping and time to rest. But every summer I observe some Christians doing something that bugs me – taking a break from God. It’s not intentional, min …

Do You Love God With All Of Your Heart?

By Phil Matarazzo “But if from there you seek the Lord your God, you will find him if you seek him with all your heart and with all your soul” (Deuteronomy 4:29). According to Jesus Christ loving God and our neighbors as we love ourselves with all our …

Pray for the Muslim World

Last Friday, May 26, marked the beginning of Ramadan, the month long fasting (during daylight hours) observed by Muslims as one of the 5 pillars of their faith. Last Friday also marked the beginning of an annual prayer movement FOR Muslims around the w …

A Christian Life Is One Grand Adventure After Another

Grand: magnificent, impressive, awe-inspiring, splendid, majestic, monumental. Adventure: an unusual and exciting, typically hazardous, experience or activity; exploit, escapade, feat. “A traveler is really not someone who crosses ground so much as som …