Children's Christmas Musical

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Today the kids of Faith Community performed our annual Christmas Musical. A link to the video will be loaded soon.

Merry Christmas!

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Every year we use the Advent/Christmas season to collect a Christmas offering to support some of our global partners. This year we celebrate 4 organizations started by women we know.

This week we are highlighting Hidden Treasures founded to provide residential therapeutic services to teenage girls who are victims of commercial sexual exploitation.

Christmas Cards Table

Each year we have a table for custom Christmas cards created by Judy Calvert. All proceeds benefits our global partners.

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Plant with purpose Table

Plant With Purpose empowers the poor to overcome the most common form of poverty, because rural poverty is about making difficult choices. Because of this, families are put into crisis, ecosystems are devastated, and relationships are strained. It doesn’t have to be this way. Poverty and deforestation are deeply connected.

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Read or listen to any good reads lately? Danny Clem and Brian Leonard are starting a new opportunity around reading and discussing books together. Stop by their table to find out more information.

Zechariah... Do Not Be Afraid

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Today’s Message

What do Zechariah, Mary, Joseph, and the Christmas Shepherds all have in common? 3 words! All 4 were visited and commanded: “Do not be afraid.” It is hard to live today and not have apprehension, concern, or alarm for what is happening in our nation and around the world. What might God have to say to you this Christmas season that would help you navigate the challenges of this time and circumstances in your life?

Today’s Scriptures

Luke 1.5-25:  aIn the days of Herod, king of Judea, there was a priest named 1Zacharias, of the bdivision of 2Abijah; and he had a wife 3from the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth. 6 They were both arighteous in the sight of God, walking bblamelessly in all the commandments and requirements of the Lord. 7 But they had no child, because Elizabeth was barren, and they were both advanced in 1years.

Luke 1:8   Now it happened that while ahe was performing his priestly service before God in the appointed order of his division, 9 according to the custom of the priestly office, he was chosen by lot ato enter the temple of the Lord and burn incense. 10 And the whole multitude of the people were in prayer aoutside at the hour of the incense offering. 11 And aan angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing to the right of the altar of incense. 12 Zacharias was troubled when he saw the angel, and afear 1gripped him. 13 But the angel said to him, “aDo not be afraid, Zacharias, for your petition has been heard, and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and byou will 1give him the name John. 14 “You will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth. 15 “For he will be great in the sight of the Lord; and he will adrink no wine or liquor, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit 1while yet in his mother’s womb. 16 “And he will aturn many of the sons of Israel back to the Lord their God. 17 “It is he who will ago as a forerunner before Him in the spirit and power of bElijah, cTO TURN THE HEARTS OF THE FATHERS BACK TO THE CHILDREN, and the disobedient to the attitude of the righteous, so as to amake ready a people prepared for the Lord.”

Luke 1:18   Zacharias said to the angel, “How will I know this for certain? For aI am an old man and my wife is advanced in 1years.” 19 The angel answered and said to him, “I am aGabriel, who 1bstands in the presence of God, and I have been sent to speak to you and to bring you this good news. 20 “And behold, you shall be silent and unable to speak until the day when these things take place, because you did not believe my words, which will be fulfilled in their proper time.”

Luke 1:21   The people were waiting for Zacharias, and were wondering at his delay in the temple. 22 But when he came out, he was unable to speak to them; and they realized that he had seen a vision in the temple; and he akept 1making signs to them, and remained mute. 23 When the days of his priestly service were ended, he went back home.

Luke 1:24   After these days Elizabeth his wife became pregnant, and she 1kept herself in seclusion for five months, saying, 25 “This is the way the Lord has dealt with me in the days when He looked with favor upon me, to atake away my disgrace among men.”

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Stop by the Welcome Table to receive your free gift, pick a charity, and to find out more information.

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Every year we use the Advent/Christmas season to collect a Christmas offering to support some of our global partners. This year we celebrate 4 organizations started by women we know.

This week we are highlighting Hidden Treasures founded to provide residential therapeutic services to teenage girls who are victims of commercial sexual exploitation.

Christmas Cards Table

Each year we have a table for custom Christmas cards created by Judy Calvert. All proceeds benefits our global partners.

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Plant with purpose Table

Plant With Purpose empowers the poor to overcome the most common form of poverty, because rural poverty is about making difficult choices. Because of this, families are put into crisis, ecosystems are devastated, and relationships are strained. It doesn’t have to be this way. Poverty and deforestation are deeply connected.

the well bookclub table

Read or listen to any good reads lately? Danny Clem and Brian Leonard are starting a new opportunity around reading and discussing books together. Stop by their table to find out more information.

Love God | Love People: Do Not Covet

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The 10 Commandments are 10 simple and concrete statements that could transform the planet. There is nothing ambiguous about them. Consider this: if everyone practiced the 10 commandments there would be justice, everlasting peace, freedom, unity, dignity, integrity, prosperity, and love. If there is a even the slightest possibility that this is true we should study and reflect deeply upon them.

Today’s Message:

The temptation that we face is to look past our neighbor and only see what they possess. The tragedy of coveting is that our neighbors become small in our eyes and their stuff becomes big in our eyes.

Today’s Scriptures

Exodus 20.17: “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male servant, or his female servant, or his ox, or his donkey, or anything that is your neighbor’s.” 

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Christmas Tree Give-A-Way

On December 1st we continue our Christmas season tradition of blessing our community with free Christmas trees!

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YOU RECEIVE A 5/6FT TREE AND YOU GIVE A TREE AWAY  

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$25 DONATION:
YOU GIVE A TREE AWAY

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Love God | Love People: No False-Witness

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The 10 Commandments are 10 simple and concrete statements that could transform the planet. There is nothing ambiguous about them. Consider this: if everyone practiced the 10 commandments there would be justice, everlasting peace, freedom, unity, dignity, integrity, prosperity, and love. If there is a even the slightest possibility that this is true we should study and reflect deeply upon them.

Today’s Message:

There is no commandment that easily illustrates the simple and profound reach of God’s commands. Imagine a nation where there is no maligning, lying, deceiving, falsifying, stretching the truth, half-truth, scapegoating, blaming, implying, fabricating, deluding, or exaggerating at another’s expense or opportunity… the fact that we can’t and that many have given up trying is a crisis and a tragedy we must endeavor to overtake…

Today’s Scriptures

Exodus 20.16: “You shall not bear false witness.”

Psalm 15: O LORD, who may abide in Your tent? Who may dwell on Your holy hill?

He who walks with integrity, and works righteousness, And speaks truth in his heart.

He does not slander with his tongue, Nor does evil to his neighbor, Nor takes up a reproach against his friend;

In whose eyes a reprobate is despised, But who honors those who fear the LORD; He swears to his own hurt and does not change;

He does not put out his money at interest, Nor does he take a bribe against the innocent. He who does these things will never be shaken.

Psalm 16: Preserve me, O God, for I take refuge in You.

I said to the LORD, “You are my Lord; I have no good besides You.”

As for the saints who are in the earth, They are the majestic ones in whom is all my delight.

The sorrows of those who have bartered for another god will be multiplied; I shall not pour out their drink offerings of blood, Nor will I take their names upon my lips.

The LORD is the portion of my inheritance and my cup; You support my lot.

The lines have fallen to me in pleasant places; Indeed, my heritage is beautiful to me.

I will bless the LORD who has counseled me; Indeed, my mind instructs me in the night.

I have set the LORD continually before me; Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.

Therefore my heart is glad and my glory rejoices; My flesh also will dwell securely.

For You will not abandon my soul to Sheol; Nor will You allow Your Holy One to undergo decay.

You will make known to me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; In Your right hand there are pleasures forever.

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Love God | Love People: No Theft

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The 10 Commandments are 10 simple and concrete statements that could transform the planet. There is nothing ambiguous about them. Consider this: if everyone practiced the 10 commandments there would be justice, everlasting peace, freedom, unity, dignity, integrity, prosperity, and love. If there is a even the slightest possibility that this is true we should study and reflect deeply upon them.

Today’s Message:

The eighth commandment God gave his people was “No Theft.” This simple statement calls God’s people individually, and communally to live with generosity and liberality in order to ensure that all people both near and far, both present and future, have the opportunity to partake in a just share of the goods of creation. 

Today’s Scriptures

Exodus 20.15: “You shall not steal.

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Christmas Tree Give-A-Way

On December 1st we continue our Christmas season tradition of blessing our community with free Christmas trees!

$45 DONATION:
YOU RECEIVE A 5/6FT TREE AND YOU GIVE A TREE AWAY  

$55 DONATION:
YOU RECEIVE TREE A 6/7FT TREE AND YOU GIVE A TREE AWAY

$25 DONATION:
YOU GIVE A TREE AWAY

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Join us for an Open House at Tiffany's place in Escondido.  See the beautiful home for human trafficked girls that the many donations of time, talent and finances from FCC members helped prepare.  With deep appreciation for the generosity of each donor I invite everyone to join us for lunch, a prayer walk and a short program presentation.

Meet in the Courtyard by Hidden Treasures Foundation table immediately following the Sunday services to RSVP and for the address.

Saturday, Nov 17, 2018 @ 8:15 am to 10:30 am, Fellowship Center
Admission is FREE!

Join us for a fun and inspirational morning of food, fellowship, worship, prayer and encouragement.   Click here to RSVP

Invite your friends, youth 12+ are welcome!

This is an opportunity for men to gather, pray, worship and enjoy a time of connection, inspiration and encouragement.

Psalm 133:1  Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell together in unity!

If you have questions, contact Rich Swanson at (858) 945-2494 or email: rich.swanson1@gmail.com.  

Love God | Love People: No Adultery

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The 10 Commandments are 10 simple and concrete statements that could transform the planet. There is nothing ambiguous about them. Consider this: if everyone practiced the 10 commandments there would be justice, everlasting peace, freedom, unity, dignity, integrity, prosperity, and love. If there is a even the slightest possibility that this is true we should study and reflect deeply upon them.

Today’s Scriptures

Exodus 20.14: “You shall not commit adultery.

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Love God | Love People: L'chaim (to life!) - No murder

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The 10 Commandments are 10 simple and concrete statements that could transform the planet. There is nothing ambiguous about them. Consider this: if everyone practiced the 10 commandments there would be justice, everlasting peace, freedom, unity, dignity, integrity, prosperity, and love. If there is a even the slightest possibility that this is true we should study and reflect deeply upon them.

Today's Message

Just imagine what the world would look like if God’s commandment, “No Murder”, was kept by humanity. But our world becomes more and more divided, polarized, and violent. Perhaps it is because we don’t understand or value the deeper and more compelling reasons behind God’s command.

Today’s Scriptures

Exodus 20.13: “You shall not murder.

Matthew 5.21-26: “You have heard that the ancients were told, ‘YOU SHALL NOT COMMIT MURDER’ and ‘Whoever commits murder shall be liable to the court.’ 22 “But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother shall be guilty before the court; and whoever says to his brother, ‘You good-for-nothing,’ shall be guilty before the supreme court; and whoever says, ‘You fool,’ shall be guilty enough to go into the fiery hell. 23 “Therefore if you are presenting your offering at the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, 24 leave your offering there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother, and then come and present your offering. 25 “Make friends quickly with your opponent at law while you are with him on the way, so that your opponent may not hand you over to the judge, and the judge to the officer, and you be thrown into prison. 26 “Truly I say to you, you will not come out of there until you have paid up the last cent.

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Love God | Love People: Honor Your Father and Mother - Really!

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The 10 Commandments are 10 simple and concrete statements that could transform the planet. There is nothing ambiguous about them. Consider this: if everyone practiced the 10 commandments there would be justice, everlasting peace, freedom, unity, dignity, integrity, prosperity, and love. If there is a even the slightest possibility that this is true we should study and reflect deeply upon them.

Today's Message

If the first 4 commandments are about loving God; the second six are about what it means to love our neighbor. At the top of the list is honoring our parents. What does this mean? Does this mean obey parents no-matter-what? What about if our parents were abusive, not trustworthy, or unstable? How can God expect us to obey our parents in these broken and brutal situations. But the question is NOT “how can God expect us to obey?” the question is “Does God expect us to obey?”

Deuteronomy 5.16

Honor your father and your mother, as the LORD your God has commanded you, that your days may be prolonged and that it may go well with you on the land which the LORD your God gives you.

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Love God | Love People: Sabbath- God's Gift to the Weak

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The 10 Commandments are 10 simple and concrete statements that could transform the planet. There is nothing ambiguous about them. Consider this: if everyone practiced the 10 commandments there would be justice, everlasting peace, freedom, unity, dignity, integrity, prosperity, and love. If there is a even the slightest possibility that this is true we should study and reflect deeply upon them.

Today's Message

Sabbath is a lesson that we cannot get things in order before coming to God.  Our work is not done and we rest in Him and are received by Him.  When life is still messy, we rest.  When things are unfinished, we rest.  When we haven’t got our life together, we rest.  It’s more than a day off, it’s a day that we we discover rest and refreshment is found in the Lord.

Exodus 20.8-11

8 “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your male servant, or your female servant, or your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates. 11 For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.

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The Spirit-Filled Life -- What is it?!

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Today's Message

This morning we take a break from the Ten Commandments to welcome guest pastor: Jim Hayford. Jim has is a highly respected pastor and leader who has trained pastors, planted churches, taught seminary, and remains active in ministry. This morning he distills years of insight on what it means to life a Spirit-filled life.

Today’s Scripture Passage

Galatians 5.18-21: And do not get drunk with wine, for that is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit, 19 speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord; 20 always giving thanks for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God, even the Father; 21 and be subject to one another in the fear of Christ.

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Love God | Love People: Lift with Caution

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The 10 Commandments are 10 simple and concrete statements that could transform the planet. There is nothing ambiguous about them. Consider this: if everyone practiced the 10 commandments there would be justice, everlasting peace, freedom, unity, dignity, integrity, prosperity, and love. If there is a even the slightest possibility that this is true we should study and reflect deeply upon them.

Today's Message

In the third commandment we see the Lord state again that He is ‘the Lord your God’.  We are in covenant with Him, we know Him and His name.  So His name, which is a declaration of His character and nature, is spoken with a deep awareness of His presence and power.  We do not treat His name as though it is empty or without weight, but our aim is to honor the Lord’s name and treat it with the honor and glory that it’s due.

Exodus 20.7

“You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain.

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Love God | Love People: Holy Cow! Idol Talk for the 21st Century

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The 10 Commandments are 10 simple and concrete statements that could transform the planet. There is nothing ambiguous about them. Consider this: if everyone practiced the 10 commandments there would be justice, everlasting peace, freedom, unity, dignity, integrity, prosperity, and love. If there is a even the slightest possibility that this is true we should study and reflect deeply upon them.

Today's Message

Do not make, serve, or bow before other gods… but we do. gods of time, wealth, relationships, security, nationalism, happiness all beckon our allegiance. The truth is that we are idol factories. We create and worship idols of creation rather than the God of creation. Idolatry is not a victimless crime. The gods we have created have reduced people to slavery… but there is an answer; there is a remedy.

Exodus 20.1-6

1 Then God spoke all these words, saying,

2 “I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.

3 “You shall have no other gods before Me.

4 “You shall not make for yourself an idol, or any likeness of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth. 5 “You shall not worship them or serve them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, on the third and the fourth generations of those who hate Me, 6 but showing lovingkindness to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.

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Love God | Love People: The God Who Loves You

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The 10 Commandments are 10 simple and concrete statements that could transform the planet. There is nothing ambiguous about them. Consider this: if everyone practiced the 10 commandments there would be justice, everlasting peace, freedom, unity, dignity, integrity, prosperity, and love. If there is a even the slightest possibility that this is true we should study and reflect deeply upon them.

Today's Message

A code of conduct does not mean you are a prude or legalistic. One’s code of conduct is birthed and sustained out of the wealth or poverty of our relationships. The more we are loved and love the more vulnerable and bound we are to honor the friends who love us and whom we love.

Exodus 19.16-20.2

16   So it came about on the third day, when it was morning, that there were thunder and lightning flashes and a thick cloud upon the mountain and a very loud trumpet sound, so that all the people who were in the camp trembled. 17 And Moses brought the people out of the camp to meet God, and they stood at the foot of the mountain. 18 Now Mount Sinai was all in smoke because the LORD descended upon it in fire; and its smoke ascended like the smoke of a furnace, and the whole mountain quaked violently. 19 When the sound of the trumpet grew louder and louder, Moses spoke and God answered him with thunder. 20 The LORD came down on Mount Sinai, to the top of the mountain; and the LORD called Moses to the top of the mountain, and Moses went up. 21 Then the LORD spoke to Moses, “Go down, warn the people, so that they do not break through to the LORD to gaze, and many of them perish. 22 “Also let the priests who come near to the LORD consecrate themselves, or else the LORD will break out against them.” 23 Moses said to the LORD, “The people cannot come up to Mount Sinai, for You warned us, saying, ‘Set bounds about the mountain and consecrate it.’” 24 Then the LORD said to him, “Go down and come up again, you and Aaron with you; but do not let the priests and the people break through to come up to the LORD, or He will break forth upon them.” 25 So Moses went down to the people and told them.

20:1   Then God spoke all these words, saying,

2   “I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.

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Marriage Works is a group for married couples of all ages and seasons.  It meets every other Friday at 7:00 pm in the Carmel Valley home of George & Olga Kenney. This fall’s meeting dates are Oct 5, 19, Nov 2, 16, 30, Dec 14.

Group gatherings begin with dessert and fellowship, are followed by a fun ice-breaker, a short teaching, a private time for each couple to discuss some topical questions and share their thoughts about the teaching with each other, and conclude with a group prayer time.  

This fall the Marriage Works group will explore the series:  You and Me Forever… Marriage in Light of Eternity by Francis and Lisa Chen.  

To sign up, please stop by the Welcome Table or contact group leaders George & Olga Kenney by clicking here

We want everyone who walks through our doors to grow in their relationship with God and others. But SPIRITUAL GROWTH ALONE IS NOT JUST DIFFICULT...IT'S IMPOSSIBLE! Stop by the table to sign up!

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If you are interested in singing in a group setting and like gospel music come join our choir. We are going to be singing in a December Christmas concert and will be starting rehearsals soon. Email pastor Khalid at Khalid@faithsandiego.org if you are interested or for more info OR stop by the Sign Up Table.

Love God | Love People: The Ten Commandments

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The 10 Commandments are 10 simple and concrete statements that could transform the planet. There is nothing ambiguous about them. Consider this: if everyone practiced the 10 commandments there would be justice, everlasting peace, freedom, unity, dignity, integrity, prosperity, and love. If there is a even the slightest possibility that this is true we should study and reflect deeply upon them.

Today's Message

Deuteronomy 4.8-14; 5.1-6

“Or what great nation is there that has statutes and judgments as righteous as this whole law which I am setting before you today?

Deut. 4:9   “Only give heed to yourself and keep your soul diligently, so that you do not forget the things which your eyes have seen and they do not depart from your heart all the days of your life; but make them known to your sons and your grandsons. 10Remember the day you stood before the LORD your God at Horeb, when the LORD said to me, ‘Assemble the people to Me, that I may let them hear My words so they may learn to fear Me all the days they live on the earth, and that they may teach their children.’ 11 “You came near and stood at the foot of the mountain, and the mountain burned with fire to the very heart of the heavens: darkness, cloud and thick gloom. 12 “Then the LORD spoke to you from the midst of the fire; you heard the sound of words, but you saw no form — only a voice. 13 “So He declared to you His covenant which He commanded you to perform, that is, the Ten Commandments; and He wrote them on two tablets of stone. 14 “The LORD commanded me at that time to teach you statutes and judgments, that you might perform them in the land where you are going over to possess it.

Then Moses summoned all Israel and said to them:

 “Hear, O Israel, the statutes and the ordinances which I am speaking today in your hearing, that you may learn them and observe them carefully. 2 “The LORD our God made a covenant with us at Horeb. 3 “The LORD did not make this covenant with our fathers, but with us, with all those of us alive here today. 4 “The LORD spoke to you face to face at the mountain from the midst of the fire, 5 while I was standing between the LORD and you at that time, to declare to you the word of the LORD; for you were afraid because of the fire and did not go up the mountain. He said,

Deut. 5:6   ‘I am the LORD your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.

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Pray for Me Campaign: Everyone Needs A Champion

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Today we are introducing the Pray for Me Campaign.  The campaign has three aims:

  • Help the emerging generation see and savor the greatness of God through the prays of God’s people.

    1. Help adult believers be empowered as Prayer Champions who intentionally pray for and invest in the next generation.

      1. Create a vast web of multi-generational relationships established by prayer, in which one generation would share the greatness of God with another.

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Campfire Stories: The Shocking Tale of the Shocking Tale

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The stories Jesus told were shocking, insulting, provocative, challenging, disrupting, unsettling, and frightening. They were anything but sweet, comforting, simple, and trite. In these short stories we  experience the creative genius of Jesus as he crafts stories and examples intended to provoke a reaction... and let me warn you, "indifference", is not an option!

TODAY'S MESSAGE

The story of the Friend at Midnight is the shocking tale of a shocking tale... for here we learn something never before taught about prayer... It is as liberating as it is outrageous...

SCRIPTURE READING: Luke 11.1-13

It happened that while Jesus was praying in a certain place, after He had finished, one of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, teach us to pray just as John also taught his disciples.”

2     And He said to them, “When you pray, say: 
    ‘Father, hallowed be Your name. 
    Your kingdom come.
3     ‘Give us each day our daily bread.
4     ‘And forgive us our sins, 
    For we ourselves also forgive everyone who is indebted to us. 
    And lead us not into temptation.’”

Luke 11.5   Then He said to them, “Suppose one of you has a friend, and goes to him at midnight and says to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves; 6 for a friend of mine has come to me from a journey, and I have nothing to set before him’; 7 and from inside he answers and says, ‘Do not bother me; the door has already been shut and my children and I are in bed; I cannot get up and give you anything.’ 8 “I tell you, even though he will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, yet because of his persistence he will get up and give him as much as he needs.

Luke 11.9   “So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 10 “For everyone who asks, receives; and he who seeks, finds; and to him who knocks, it will be opened. 11 “Now suppose one of you fathers is asked by his son for a fish; he will not give him a snake instead of a fish, will he? 12 “Or if he is asked for an egg, he will not give him a scorpion, will he? 13 “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him?”

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We want everyone who walks through our doors to grow in their relationship with God and others. But SPIRITUAL GROWTH ALONE IS NOT JUST DIFFICULT...IT'S IMPOSSIBLE! Stop by the table to sign up!

If you are interested in singing in a group setting and like gospel music come join our choir. We are going to be singing in a December Christmas concert and will be starting rehearsals soon. Email pastor Khalid at Khalid@faithsandiego.org if you are interested or for more info OR stop by the Sign Up Table.

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Are you in Middle School or High School? Do you wish summer didn't have to end? Then come join us at Faith Community Church on Sunday, August 26th from 2pm to 6pm as we end the summer the best way possible--with games, fun and friends! For more info, contact Ryan Silvia at ryan@faithsandiego.org

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Campfire Stories: The Invasion

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The stories Jesus told were shocking, insulting, provocative, challenging, disrupting, unsettling, and frightening. They were anything but sweet, comforting, simple, and trite. In these short stories we  experience the creative genius of Jesus as he crafts stories and examples intended to provoke a reaction... and let me warn you, "indifference", is not an option!

TODAY'S MESSAGE

The Parable of the Mustard Seed and the Parable of the Leaven encourages us that the movement of the Kingdom of Heaven often starts small - even unseen - and surprises us in how it comforts and provides in excessive ways. 

SCRIPTURE READING: Matthew 13:31-35

31 He put another parable before them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven is like a grain of mustard seed that a man took and sowed in his field. 32 It is the smallest of all seeds, but when it has grown it is larger than all the garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches.”

33 He told them another parable. “The kingdom of heaven is like leaven that a woman took and hid in three measures of flour, till it was all leavened.”

34 All these things Jesus said to the crowds in parables; indeed, he said nothing to them without a parable. 35 This was to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet:“I will open my mouth in parables; I will utter what has been hidden since the foundation of the world.”

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Campfire Stories: The First and The Last

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The stories Jesus told were shocking, insulting, provocative, challenging, disrupting, unsettling, and frightening. They were anything but sweet, comforting, simple, and trite. In these short stories we  experience the creative genius of Jesus as he crafts stories and examples intended to provoke a reaction... and let me warn you, "indifference", is not an option!

TODAY'S MESSAGE

The Parable of the Vineyard Workers gives a response to the disciple Peter's question, 'We've given up everything to follow you, what will we get?' We learn in Jesus' response that if you’re going to stay encouraged in the field of the Kingdom, you need to remember that it all functions on the land owners generosity and not on what we deserve. 

SCRIPTURE READING: Matthew 20:1-16

“For the kingdom of heaven is like a master of a house who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard. 2 After agreeing with the laborers for a denarius a day, he sent them into his vineyard. 3 And going out about the third hour he saw others standing idle in the marketplace, 4 and to them he said, ‘You go into the vineyard too, and whatever is right I will give you.’ 5 So they went.Going out again about the sixth hour and the ninth hour, he did the same. 6 And about the eleventh hour he went out and found others standing. And he said to them, ‘Why do you stand here idle all day?’7 They said to him, ‘Because no one has hired us.’ He said to them, ‘You go into the vineyard too.’ 8 And when evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his foreman, ‘Call the laborers and pay them their wages, beginning with the last, up to the first.’ 9 And when those hired about the eleventh hour came, each of them received a denarius. 10 Now when those hired first came, they thought they would receive more, but each of them also received a denarius.11 And on receiving it they grumbled at the master of the house,12 saying, ‘These last worked only one hour, and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the day and the scorching heat.’ 13 But he replied to one of them, ‘Friend, I am doing you no wrong. Did you not agree with me for a denarius? 14 Take what belongs to you and go. I choose to give to this last worker as I give to you. 15 Am I not allowed to do what I choose with what belongs to me? Or do you begrudge my generosity?’ 16 So the last will be first, and the first last.”

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Join us at Faith Community for Science Camp, Aug. 20-23,  9am-1pm. This camp is for kids entering 2nd-6th grades. We will explore biblical themes around God’s creation each day. This year's science theme is Ecology.  Each day the children will witness demonstrations, participate in hands-on experiments, create take-home projects, play games and enjoy lunch together. This camp will also include 2 off-campus field trips. This camp is limited to 25 students so early registration is recommended to reserve a place in the lab. The cost for the camp is $60.00.

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Campfire Stories: The Shocking Tale of the Righteous Sinner

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The stories Jesus told were shocking, insulting, provocative, challenging, disrupting, unsettling, and frightening. They were anything but sweet, comforting, simple, and trite. In these short stories we  experience the creative genius of Jesus as he crafts stories and examples intended to provoke a reaction... and let me warn you, "indifference", is not an option!

TODAY'S MESSAGE

Shocking is the warning that today's follower of Jesus could be tomorrow's hostile critic completely out of touch with God's love for sinning people. OMG! What if it is already happening?!

SCRIPTURE READING: Luke 18.9-14

Luke 18:9   And He also told this parable to some people who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and viewed others with contempt: 10 “Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11 “The Pharisee stood and was praying this to himself: ‘God, I thank You that I am not like other people: swindlers, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. 12 ‘I fast twice a week; I pay tithes of all that I get.’ 13 “But the tax collector, standing some distance away, was even unwilling to lift up his eyes to heaven, but was beating his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, the sinner!’ 14 “I tell you, this man went to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but he who humbles himself will be exalted.”

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Thursday, August 9, 5-8 PM

If you're interested in making a decision to be baptized, please let us know here and some one from our pastoral team will reach out to you soon.  

We will gather at La Jolla Shores for a BBQ and will do baptisms after.  Please bring your own meat for the grill.  

Grill will start at 5:30pm, baptisms will begin after our BBQ, will be approximately 6:45pm.  

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Join us at Faith Community for Science Camp, Aug. 20-23,  9am-1pm. This camp is for kids entering 2nd-6th grades. We will explore biblical themes around God’s creation each day. This year's science theme is Ecology.  Each day the children will witness demonstrations, participate in hands-on experiments, create take-home projects, play games and enjoy lunch together. This camp will also include 2 off-campus field trips. This camp is limited to 25 students so early registration is recommended to reserve a place in the lab. The cost for the camp is $60.00.

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Campfire Stories: The Shocking Tale of the Lost Leaders

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The stories Jesus told were shocking, insulting, provocative, challenging, disrupting, unsettling, and frightening. They were anything but sweet, comforting, simple, and trite. In these short stories we  experience the creative genius of Jesus as he crafts stories and examples intended to provoke a reaction... and let me warn you, "indifference", is not an option!

TODAY'S MESSAGE

Jesus faced constant criticism concerning who He chose to spend time with. He was called "friend of sinners" by religious leaders who considered themselves the "sin police" of their day. They were sure Jesus was out of touch with God's standards of righteousness. Jesus was sure they were out of touch with God's love and grace. To try and shock them into recognition Jesus told 3 stories...

SCRIPTURE READING: Luke 15.1-32

Luke 15.1   Now all the tax collectors and the sinners were coming near Him to listen to Him. 2 Both the Pharisees and the scribes began to grumble, saying, “This man receives sinners and eats with them.”

Luke 15.3   So He told them this parable, saying, 4 “What man among you, if he has a hundred sheep and has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open pasture and go after the one which is lost until he finds it? 5 “When he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. 6 “And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost!’ 7 “I tell you that in the same way, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.

Luke 15.8   “Or what woman, if she has ten silver coins and loses one coin, does not light a lamp and sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it? 9 “When she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin which I had lost!’ 10 “In the same way, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”

Luke 15.11   And He said, “A man had two sons. 12 “The younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the share of the estate that falls to me.’ So he divided his wealth between them. 13 “And not many days later, the younger son gathered everything together and went on a journey into a distant country, and there he squandered his estate with loose living. 14 “Now when he had spent everything, a severe famine occurred in that country, and he began to be impoverished. 15 “So he went and hired himself out to one of the citizens of that country, and he sent him into his fields to feed swine. 16 “And he would have gladly filled his stomach with the pods that the swine were eating, and no one was giving anything to him. 17 “But when he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired men have more than enough bread, but I am dying here with hunger! 18 ‘I will get up and go to my father, and will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in your sight; 19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me as one of your hired men.”’ 20 “So he got up and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion for him, and ran and embraced him and kissed him. 21 “And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight; I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ 22 “But the father said to his slaves, ‘Quickly bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet; 23 and bring the fattened calf, kill it, and let us eat and celebrate; 24 for this son of mine was dead and has come to life again; he was lost and has been found.’ And they began to celebrate.

Luke 15.25   “Now his older son was in the field, and when he came and approached the house, he heard music and dancing. 26 “And he summoned one of the servants and began inquiring what these things could be. 27 “And he said to him, ‘Your brother has come, and your father has killed the fattened calf because he has received him back safe and sound.’ 28 “But he became angry and was not willing to go in; and his father came out and began pleading with him. 29 “But he answered and said to his father, ‘Look! For so many years I have been serving you and I have never neglected a command of yours; and yet you have never given me a young goat, so that I might celebrate with my friends; 30 but when this son of yours came, who has devoured your wealth with prostitutes, you killed the fattened calf for him.’ 31 “And he said to him, ‘Son, you have always been with me, and all that is mine is yours. 32 ‘But we had to celebrate and rejoice, for this brother of yours was dead and has begun to live, and was lost and has been found.’”

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