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Fresh Eyes For Your Friendships

“It’s not WHAT we have in our lives, but WHO we have in our lives that really matters most.”


This old saying is not a quote from Scripture, however, it holds a very real truth. During this month of January, like every year, we all have the opportunity to sort of re-think and alter our course as we live the rest of this year and beyond. This is a great time for a fresh look at the value and purpose of having friends. Be sure to join us this coming Sunday as we focus in on “Fresh Eyes For Your Friendships” and I promise you’ll be glad that you did.


Have a great weekend and do know… that Lisa and I are very thankful that you are a WHO that we both have in our lives!


God Bless You…


Craig

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Fresh Eyes for Your Family

This morning, as I began to collect my thoughts for this coming Sunday, I was reminded of how much of a blessing my family is to me. All too often, we take their presence for granted under the false assumption that the way things are is the way things will always be. But our family members are all very precious and should be loved and cherished in ways that make the best possible use of our time together.


So to those of us who still have living parents, I would challenge us to honor them with our hearts and with our time. 


For those of us with children of any age, I would advise us to relish each day. The days may seem long but the years pass by too quickly. 


For all of us who are married, our spouses are the “other half” of who we are and they should be held dear with the deepest affection.


For all of us with brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, cousins, in-laws and outlaws, let’s remember that all of these people are who God placed in our lives as our unique families, our people and our kindred. We share with them our roots, our history and our heritage.


Well… now that I have us thinking on this subject, please join us this Sunday at 10:45 as we go further into the topic of “Fresh Eyes for Your Family”.


God bless You and I’ll see You soon…


Craig

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FRESH EYES

Wow! Here we go into a new year! It’s a great time for a re-focused perspective, a new outlook and a new beginning. This coming Sunday we begin a New Series called “FRESH EYES” with a first clear look at Fresh Eyes for the Future. 


2020 is the new year and 20/20 is great and clear vision! So how about if we step into 2020 with 20/20??


With intention and with the help of the Lord’s Word and Power, let’s make 2020 our best year yet! This is my prayer and I sincerely hope that it is yours as well. Have a great weekend and I’ll see you this Sunday Morning!


Craig

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THE NEXT CHAPTER BEGINS

Here we are… Christmas 2019 is in the books and we’re heading for the new year. This is the time, every year, when so many people decide to make decisions or “resolutions” committing to do or to be something different in the new year.


As I try to project into 2020, I am challenged to do the same thing and I am certain that many of you are feeling the same way. As we think about these things, I want to let you know that we will have a very special group of men with us this Sunday. Men who made the decision to trade addiction for healing and are winning their battles with drug and alcohol abuse. Their stories of their “next chapters” will encourage and challenge us all as we host Herlindo & Joyce Salinas and the Men of Teen Challenge San Diego.


As always, it’s going to be a great time together and even better with you here!


Have a great weekend and I’ll see you soon!


Craig

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“The Wisemen Kneel”

I can hardly believe that we only have two more weekends left before we welcome the coming new year!


This Sunday we will learn about the Wisemen who followed the star and worshipped Jesus. “The Wisemen Kneel” is the title of the message and we’re going to be exploring the question of who is actually in charge, who gets to be God in our daily lives.


Here’s a hint for those of you who want to think ahead:


Wise men and women still kneel…


God bless you all and I’ll see you soon!


Craig

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CHRISTMAS STORY

I want to say a great big “Happy Thanksgiving” to every one of you as we get closer to this coming Thursday! I pray that your holiday time brings great gatherings, wonderful memories and a renewed sense of gratitude to the One who brings every good and perfect gift into all of our lives.


This Sunday we will hear from special guest speaker, Chaplain Reverend Edgar Cazares Diaz as he continues our “CHRISTMAS STORY” Series with a great message called, “The Angels Proclaim”. 


So be sure to leave room on your “plate” for church this Sunday and I am absolutely certain that you will be glad that you did!


Have an awesome holiday and I’ll see you soon…


Craig

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The Christmas Story

Wow! I can’t believe that we are so close to Christmas already! Some people have their Christmas lights and other decorations out already, the stores are filled with all of their Christmas displays and Christmas Songs are already playing on my car radio!

 

So this Sunday we’re going to jump right in to our Christmas Season as well. Our new Series, called “The Christmas Story”, is going to be very special as we bring out applications of Christ’s Birth each week.

 

This Sunday will be “The Shepherds Watch” and some great applications are included for us all.  

 

For now, I sign off by including what I personally consider to be one of the best “Christmas Verses” of all time which is a quote from Jesus, himself, found in the Gospel of John. This verse explains why Christmas is so meaningful to all of us…

 

John 3:16-17 (NLT)

16 “For this is how God loved the world: He gave[a] his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. 17 God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him.

 

Have a great weekend and I’ll see you in church soon!

 

 

Craig

 

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The Hiding Place

It’s Friday Night and I am so happy for both of our SCC Campuses as we have very special things planned for both locations!

 

First, we have the very special privilege of hearing from Pastor Richard Dresselhaus as he brings an amazing message to us called “The Hiding Place” at our Imperial Beach Location. You won’t want to miss this great word from “Pastor D” as he brings us the Word of God.

 

Next, please be in prayer with our SCC San Ysidro family as Lisa and I have the privilege of introducing and installing Pastor Hector Ortiz and his wife, Silvia, as our new San Ysidro campus pastors. 

 

It’s going to be a great SCC Sunday and it will be even better if you are with us!

 

Have a great weekend and we’ll see you soon…

 

Craig

 

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Forgiveness

Have you ever had someone apologize to you and it felt like the person wasn’t genuine, as if all they wanted to do was to show you how spiritual they were to forgive you? I have. I’ve also been the person who apologizes just to prove the point that I am spiritual and a good Christian. In my case, this usually happens because I’m somehow trying to protect my image and ego.


I’ve sometimes heard good Christians say, “love the sinner but hate the sin.” I’m sure there is a perfectly good explanation for this statement, but my experience has been that it’s usually said to communicate that “I’m on the bus and you are not.” This is a “spiritual” way of condemning someone and, at the same time, justifying oneself to feel guiltless, just, holier than thou, righteous, and [insert your word here].


Richard Rohr writes, “Their guilt problem was solved and that is all that matters. It is a self-serving concern to alleviate just your own guilt; it is a loving question to say, ‘How can I free others from theirs?’”*


Pastor Craig spoke this Sunday about forgiveness. He taught that forgiveness is more than just something we say. Forgiveness is something we do. He led us in a ritual of forgiveness. He labeled this ritual a “releasing” or an “unbinding” of the person who has caused you pain and suffering. Craig’s sermon reminded me about the spiritual principle taught in Step 8 of the 12 Step program. Step 8 says, “Made a list of all persons we had harmed and became willing to make amends to them all.”

It’s my understanding that God’s forgiveness is complete. He pronounces us as righteous because of what Jesus did on the cross (Rom. 4:24, 10:9). The reality remains, though, that our sins on this earth have consequences, and we need to repair the relationships/bonds/connections that we have broken. If we are not willing to make amends, then others will not be able to forgive us, will remain stuck, and we all remain wounded people. We sometimes need to make amends so that we can forgive ourselves too.


How can we practice forgiveness? I think the question that Richard Rohr asks is important. How can we move from alleviating just our guilt to freeing others from theirs?

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*Richard Rohr, Breathing under Water: Spirituality and the Twelve Steps (Cincinnati, OH: Franciscan Media, 2011), 71-73.

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FORGIVING: STARTING AGAIN (& AGAIN)

An offense…

A breach of trust…

An insult (actual or perceived)

A harm…

A neglect…

 

“How could they do that to me? I’ll never get over this! I can never let this go!”

 

If any of this strikes a nerve with you, please be sure to join us this Sunday at 10:45 as we see what God’s Word says on the subject that most of us understand intellectually… but sometimes wrestle with emotionally and spiritually. The application will be tough, but the reward is well worth it.

 

Someone once said, “Forgiveness is a gift that you give yourself.” 

 

I pray that I will see you all this Sunday as we “unwrap this gift” a bit more.

 

Have a great weekend and I’ll see you soon…

 

Craig

 

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