love your neighbor

Message Monday 11/20/17 – Love Your Neighbor – The Beatitudes: Blessed Are The Peacemakers

Chuck Foreman – Teaching / Missions Pastor

Blessed are the Peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.   Matthew 5:9   

We all long for peace—peace within ourselves and peace with others who matter to us. The thing we don’t usually think about is that we can’t have one without the other. Our English word “peace” doesn’t distinguish between inner, personal peace and inter-relational peace—peace with others. And there’s a difference. They are not the same! Here’s the unfortunate reality: inter-relational peace ALWAYS comes from personal, inner peace.  Sooner or later, conflict between you and me (however minor it may be), will be the catalyst that brings all the unresolved woundedness in my life or your life to the surface. And there will be war! (Not that I have any unresolved woundedness in me. I’m sure it will all be in you! 🙂 )

We cannot be at peace with others unless we are at peace within ourselves.  (more…)

Message Monday 11/13/17 – Love Your Neighbor – The Beatitudes: Blessed Are The Pure In Heart

Chuck Foreman – Teaching / Missions Pastor

When Jesus says, “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.”  (Matthew 5:8) How does it make you feel? Seriously, how many of us consider ourselves even coming close to beingpure in heart?  It’s like, “Well, none of us  will ever see God!” …

Is there hope for any of us? When we become painfully aware that our hearts are full of impure motives, selfishness and contempt toward others, what do we do? Will we ever see God?  The story of King David’s fall and his response to God and God’s response to him gives us hope.  Check out The Man After God’s Own Heart, 2 Samuel 11-12:25   (more…)

Message Monday 11/6/17 – Love Your Neighbor – The Beatitudes: Blessed Are The Merciful

Micah Foreman – Guest Speaker

“Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown Mercy.” (Matthew 5:7) We are all the main character in the story Jesus told about forgiveness. (Matthew 18:21-35)
We have all been forgiven an enormous debt by our King.
The question is : Will we be the unmerciful servant in Jesus story, or will we let him rewrite his story in our lives?
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Message Monday 10/30/17 – Love Your Neighbor – The Beatitudes: Blessed Are The Hungry & Thirsty

Edwin Sicairos – Student Pastor

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.”  (Matthew 5:6)

God promises to satisfy all those who desperately crave and long for justice and what is right to be carried out for them and for all those who have been denied it.  When we hunger and thirst for the right thing to be done, God desires to satisfy that kind of hunger and quench that kind of thirst.  (more…)

Message Monday 10/23/17 – Love Your Neighbor – The Beatitudes: Blessed Are The Meek

Chuck Foreman – Teaching / Missions Pastor

When Jesus says, “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.”  (Matthew 5:5) some of us think, “Well, there just went my blessing! Ain’t NO WAY I’m gonna be like that. I just can’t!”

But even though we don’t like the image of a wimpy, meek guy, or even a wimpy, meek gal, if we’re basically good-willed, we hope that someone would at least stick up for them, don’t we? Hopefully we would.

What we need to see, is that this is exactly what Jesus is doing here in the Beatitudes. Dallas Willard puts it like this:

The Beatitudes take those who, from the human point of view,
are regarded as most hopeless, most beyond all possibility of God’s blessing or even interest,
and exhibit them as enjoying God’s touch and abundant provision from the heavens. 

–Dallas Willard

Jesus, in the Beatitudes is giving us a glimpse of God’s Upside Down Kingdom. It’s upside down to us, only because we don’t have it right side up!  It’s a new day w/Jesus! Now thru him the most unlikely people are in on God’s blessing!  (more…)

Message Monday 10/16/17 – Love Your Neighbor – The Beatitudes: Those Who Mourn

Chuck Foreman – Teaching / Missions Pastor

In our last message, we saw how we commonly approach The 1st Four Beatitudes as if they are instructions for us to “be like this and you’ll be among the blessed.”

If this is true, we would have to rewrite this 2nd Beatitude. It would have to read, “Be mournful and you’ll be blessed.”  Somehow I don’t think that’s what Jesus had in mind at all.  Jesus did not say: “What a fine thing to be mournful! Those people are blessed!”  He said…  (more…)

Message Monday 10/2/17 – Love Your Neighbor – The Beatitudes: Poor In Spirit

Chuck Foreman – Teaching / Missions Pastor

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”   Matthew 5:3

What we need to see/admit is that this is not a virtue! Poor in Spirit does not mean “humble.”  Poor in Spirit refers to the spiritually impoverished and destitute, the spiritual losers!

We’ve attempted to translate this and the other dreadful states of existence mentioned by Jesus in his preamble to his Sermon on the Mount, into virtues because it’s inconceivable to us that God would do anything for those who don’t first become worthy or who don’t first at least seek him.  (more…)

Message Monday 9/25/17 – Love Your Neighbor Through The Church: The Mission Of Jesus

Chuck Foreman – Teaching / Missions Pastor

God has called us to join him in the battle against injustice in our world, rescuing and restoring lives in the name and power of Jesus, the Savior of the World. Part of our motivation for combating injustice in our world is learning true empathy.  According to Webster, Empathy is “the power of understanding and imaginatively entering into another’s feelings.”  Wow! How good are we at dong that?  God’s Word actually tells us, straight out, to be empathetic.  Check this out… (more…)