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Demolition Day Reminder - Saturday May 12th
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In response to God's continued favor with the completion of phase 1 construction in Suite B, it is time to continue honoring and trusting in Him by starting the demolition upstairs in Suite B. We are well on our way to creating a clean and safe environment for our children while having more flexibility in general with the additional space.

We are asking for many men to assist with demolition TOMORROW (Saturday, May 12th at 7am). It is critical that we complete the demo quickly to allow other trades to commence other work without delay. It is also imperative that we have more than just a few men. We need a good turnout. If you are reading this post, that means we need you and your church needs you.

Please respond via email to Pastor Frank as soon as possible so we can honor your time commitment with proper task planning.

We look forward seeing many of you tomorrow morning.

Demolition Day - Saturday May 12th
Impact Demo Day.jpg

In response to God's continued favor with the completion of phase 1 construction in Suite B, it is time to continue honoring and trusting in Him by starting the demolition upstairs in Suite B. We are well on our way to creating a clean and safe environment for our children while having more flexibility in general with the additional space.

We are asking for many men to assist with demolition this Saturday, May 12th at 7am. It is critical that we complete the demo quickly to allow other trades to commence other work without delay. It is also imperative that we have more than just a few men. We need a good turnout. If you are reading this post, that means we need you and your church needs you.

Please respond via email to Pastor Frank as soon as possible so we can honor your time commitment with proper task planning.

Have a blessed week and we look forward to serving with you on Saturday.

Greater Action

Read: John 14:12-17

MercyMe. “Greater” Lyrics. Welcome to the New.

Cause I hear a voice and he calls me redeemed
When others say I'll never be enough
And greater is the One living inside of me
Than he who is living in the world

In September, Debbie and I attended a MercyMe concert in San Diego. It was a fantastic concert filled with incredible music and powerful lyrics that inspired and energized the crowd. Something unexpected that really blessed me were the times that Bart Millard, songwriter and lead singer for MercyMe, shared his personal faith journey and his story behind many of the songs.

His story is not so unlike mine, yours, or a vast majority of believers. We all face similar challenges and trials, have questions, and are faced with decisions that we respond to – with actions or inaction. And that is why lyrics from artists such as MercyMe resonate with so many Christians, because we can relate to them.

The reality of today is that, by and large, we live in a Christ-denying world. And that can be a strong negative influence in our daily lives. “Greater” reminds us that we have incredible assurances from God’s Word to overcome these attacks: “He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world,” (1 John 4:4 ‑ ESV). When we respond to this truth, and live and act in accordance with it, we are ‘Greater in Action.’

Bring your doubts, Bring your fears
Bring your hurt, Bring your tears
There'll be no condemnation here
You are holy, righteous and redeemed

Even when we know this truth, we can be moved to inaction by the world and our own flesh – fears, doubts, and other insecurities. When these thoughts and feelings start to creep in, we need to remember that there is no condemnation from the Lord: “You are God’s children. He sent Christ Jesus to save us and to make us wise, acceptable, and holy,” (1 Cor 1:30 ‑ CEV). When we meditate on this verse – that we are holy (set apart by Him and for Him), that we are righteousness (acceptable to God), and that we have been redeemed (ransomed by Christ from the penalty for sin) - how can we help but not be ‘Greater in Action?’

There'll be days I lose the battle
Grace says that it doesn't matter
Cause the cross already won the war

You need to know that there will be days when you’ll feel like you have been defeated. Our natural (flesh) inclination, reinforced by our enemy, is to give up because of our failure. That is a lie that we need to reject. Bart Millard shared this about “Greater”:

When you realize that you don't need to try so hard, you start to see a little more clearly that you can never do enough. There is nothing in our life that we can do to make Christ love us any more than he does. The work was finished on the Cross.

We simply need to be obedient to His leading in our lives – in spite of any discouragement we may face.

Obedience means marching right on whether we feel like it or not. Many times we go against our feelings. Faith is one thing, feeling is another.

D.L. Moody.

Obedience is how we demonstrate our love for Him (John 14:15), and it will result in our lives being ‘Greater in Action.’

I am learning to run freely
Understanding just how he sees me
And it makes me love him more and more
He's Greater, He's Greater
He who is living the world

Pray that God would reveal where He is calling you to be ‘Greater in Action.’ If we are being completely honest, this has likely already been revealed to you. Are you called to serve greater? Are you moved to love greater? Are you led to give greater?

Whatever His call on your life, pray for His strength to empower you to take action – boldly and freely! He has promised each of us that whatever we ask in His name, He will do (John 14: 13-14)!

His desire is for you to be ‘Greater in Action’ for His glory!

Be sure to watch the Official Lyric Video for “Greater” by MercyMe: 

-Pastor Jeff Meyers

Greater Treasure

Read: Matthew 13:44 

Jesus tells this parable that emphasizes the importance of investment. Not just financial investment, but complete investment of one’s life. When it comes to the kingdom of heaven and all that it holds for us, we must invest ourselves completely if we are to truly inherit it. This means investment of time, liberties, finances, and of self. 

The problem is that we waste ourselves on other things — on lesser things. We spend our time on mindless entertainment and our treasure on self-serving pleasures. We chase after success and surround ourselves with earthly comforts. None of these things will last. None of these things have eternal value. None of these things really matters.

Only God’s kingdom matters. When He sets before us the eternal things that matter the most, it is our duty to respond. As a church family, we believe God is calling us to have a Greater Impact in our city and our world. We’re determined to advance the kingdom of heaven on earth — to bring the lost into a life of purpose and relationship with their Creator. This won’t be easy. We must be willing to invest everything! Are you ready to respond?

Notice the man’s disposition as he sells all that he has. He doesn’t do it begrudgingly or reluctantly. He doesn’t even do it willingly or obediently. He does it joyfully. The only reason for this is that the man understood what it was he was purchasing. He was making the exchange of a lifetime...and beyond. This is the trade that God has allowed us to make! We give Him our sin and He gives us His righteousness. We give guilt and we get grace. We give shame and we get His honorable name.

In the end, is there really anything in this world that is more important to invest in than God’s kingdom?

Take some time to reflect on the following questions before praying today:

1.   What lesser things have you been wasting your life on?

2.   What evidence of the kingdom of heaven do you see in your life? What are the things that really matter — the eternal things?

3.   Is there a person God is asking you spend time with, to pray with, to encourage? Is there someone you need to forgive?

4.   Are you being called to serve? To give of your time, your talents, your treasure? Is He asking you to tell someone about His great love?

5.   What sacrifices might this require? What are the things you need to “sell” in your life in order to invest in the work of the Lord?

-Pastor Joe Strange

The Greatest Impact

Read: Exodus 17:8-13

I once read a story about an evangelist named Sammy Tippett who was preaching at a crusade in Romania. He preached a powerful and compelling message, but when he invited the crowd of more than 20,000 to come forward in response to the Gospel, nobody moved. Just as he was beginning to fear utter failure, an elderly lady who had been sitting in one of the most distant seats came running down onto the field, crying the entire way. She handed a flower she had been holding to Sammy, then fell on her knees before her Savior. Upon seeing this, thousands more began to make their way onto the field, crying out to Jesus Christ.

Needless to say, Sammy was relieved and shared the story with some friends of his (and intercessors) once he returned home to the States. One of them stared at him wide-eyed for a moment, then went and retrieved her prayer journal. When she came back into the room, she showed Sammy the particular entry that had left her speechless. For the past twenty years, this intercessor had been praying for the salvation of a woman in Romania - a woman she’d never met.

When the Israelites were resisting the Amalekites in Exodus 17, the Lord made it clear that the real fighting was taking place on top of the hill above the battlefield. This is where Moses stood with his arms raised and staff in hand, interceding for Joshua and the rest of God’s people who were engaged in battle. “Whenever Moses held up his hand, Israel prevailed, and whenever he lowered his hand, Amalek prevailed (vs. 11).” Now that’s a lot of weight to carry. There’s no doubt Moses’ arms got tired, and at one point, Aaron and Hur even had to come help hold them up.

Prayer isn’t just important; it’s essential. For this reason, I’m challenging you to renew your commitment to pray for your church family and for Greater Impact. Take time (because you certainly won’t find any) to spend with the Lord in prayer each day. There is so much God wants to do, so many disciples to be made. So many needs to be met and so many lives to be changed. We live in a world where people are desperate for the hope that is only found in Jesus Christ.

The prayers of God’s people move His heart and His hand. As I think about the impossible and world-changing things Jesus is going to do through Impact, I immediately look to “the top of the hill” to see those in the church who stand with hands raised to heaven in prayer and intercession. I’m confident that the many victories we get to celebrate in the years ahead will be only as frequent and numerous as the prayers we lift to the One who will accomplish them. People of God…Let’s pray! 

1.     What are the areas of defeat in your life? Do you pray for victory in these areas regularly?

2.     Do you take time to pray for your church family - that together we will accomplish our mission of “making disciples who make a difference?”

3.     Will you pray right now that:

•   We will find favor with the City and community as we seek permits and permission to expand.

•   We as a church family will rise up to meet the needs for labor and finances.

•   Our new and expanded home will be a place where more disciples will be made.

•   We will have a Greater Impact for Jesus Christ in Menifee and beyond!

-Pastor Ryan Sharp

 

Overflowing

Read: 2 Corinthians 9:10-15

Do you ever worry about not having enough, not doing enough, not saying enough? Sometimes we behave as if what God can do through me is limited to what I can provide. However God makes a clear promise in these verses that He will enrich us in every way so that we can be generous in every way.

God's grace will never run dry. He will supply us with overflowing generosity. That generosity isn't meant to be hoarded; it's meant to be given. God’s generosity to us should spill out to those around us. We will never have to worry about giving enough or being good enough because God's grace poured out to us will never run out.

In 2 Corinthians 9:13 Paul writes, “By their approval of this service, they will glorify God because of your submission that comes from your confession of the gospel of Christ, and the generosity of your contribution for them and for all others.”

What God can do through us is not limited to what we can provide. We have a Greater Impact only when we live in obedience, trusting in His provision and sharing generously all that He has given — and continues to give — to us.

As you pray today, reflect on the following:

1.   What are the biggest areas of weakness in your own life?

2.   Do you ever feel like people want more from you than you have to give?

3.   “God has given us everything we need to do all He has asked us to do.” Knowing this, is there anything you might currently be doing that God hasn’t asked you to do? Anything that is consuming your time, your finances, your energy wastefully?

4.   In what ways is Jesus asking you to be generous?

-Pastor Jeff Johnson

Your Greater Impact

Read: 1 Corinthians 12:12-20

A few months ago, a friend of mine who runs competitively was training for a race when he stubbed his little toe and broke it. It seemed unimportant because it was just his little toe, but that sore toe caused him to change the way he was distributing his weight and balance. After several weeks, this added stress on the opposite side caused him to tweak his knee, so he could not compete in the next race.

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My friend’s experience serves as an important reminder that even the smallest, seemingly insignificant of body parts is truly important. The same can be said for the smallest of people. Paul wrote to the believers in Corinth that we are all parts of one body - the body of Christ. This body is the Church, which is YOU. Just as every organ and every toe is critical to a body, so each one of us is essential to the Church. Each of us is a vital and indispensable part of the body. You have a part to play. This body, with Christ as the head, is the Hope of the World, and everything rides on it and on us.  

Every single one of us needs to discover our gifts, pursue our passions and get to work! It all starts with a vision, this is what motivates action. So start building your own vision: What Greater Impact does God want to have in and through your own life? What is a tangible example of what that could look like? What small thing can you do tomorrow to help pave the way? Start dreaming and get fired up about this vision. What we have now may be good, but how much better could it be? Don’t just settle for good things when God has great things in store for you.

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You might be wondering what part God wants you to play in Greater Impact. Search your heart, pray, and talk to your church family about what’s needed. If, after all that, you still don't know…then just start doing something. Anything! The only thing not to do is nothing. Together, let’s make a Greater Impact!

As you pray today, please consider:

1.   What unique gifts, talents and passions has God given to you? How can these be used to encourage others?

2.   What needs might God be calling you to meet as a part of your church family?

3.   What are the obstacles that have been keeping you from serving, from giving? How can these obstacles be removed from your life?

-Pastor Frank Sandoval


Greater Gratitude

Read: 1 Thessalonians 5:18

Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the New Year. This time of year always brings me a sense of love, pride, thankfulness, and humility. I always make sure to spend time remembering and thanking the Lord for all that He has done for me in the past year (1 Chronicles 16:11-12). At one time, our own government took it upon themselves to do the same.

"Whereas it becomes us humbly to approach the throne of Almighty God, with gratitude and praise for the wonders which his goodness has wrought in conducting our forefathers to this western world..." (United States Congress, 1779)

Looking back upon the previous year has always provided me a sense of gratefulness to God for all He has done for me. But this is what I must always remember: never to neglect my gratitude towards the Lord during times of difficulty and long-suffering. How often do we thank Him for what a particular trial will bring? Do we find ourselves giving thanks to God during the tough times? Do we thank Him amidst the storms of life while we’re going through them? Typically not. We tend to think only of ourselves (Matthew 8:23-27). We set aside special events or holidays and take one day to thank our Creator for His unwavering faithfulness and mercies (Lamentations 3:22-23). What are we doing the rest of the year? 

My challenge to us all is that we continually spend time in reflection on what the Lord has done for us, both personally and as a church family. As we consider what we’re called to give, let’s remember what we’ve been given. He has provided so much for us, and promises to do so, as long as we seek Him diligently (Matthew 6:33, Romans 8:31-39). May we seek to live for Him 365 days a year, not just during the holiday season. We belong to and serve an amazing, awe-inspiring God. Let’s live every day with that in mind. Let’s make a Greater Impact!

As you come to the Lord in prayer, consider:

1.   What are some specific ways you seek Jesus daily?

2.   What are you going to do to start seeking and giving to the Lord, as opposed to sitting back expecting Him to bless you?

3.   In order to develop an attitude of gratitude amidst the challenges of life, what do you need to eliminate from your line of sight that’s causing you to miss the big picture?

-Pastor Cameron Stevens