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Virtual Communion

June 25, 2020
This Sabbath will be a first for most of us – a virtual communion service! With our church still closed due to Covid-19, we still want to experience the joy and power of celebrating the Cross of Christ through the emblems of the bread and cup. This communion will tak...

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Adventist Education

June 18, 2020
You may not know it, but the biggest ministry of The Hill, from a financial investment, is Pleasant Hill Adventist Academy (PHAA). Every month, your church sends nearly $7,000 to help support Adventist Christian education. From Kindergarten to 12th grade, PHAA is all about educat...

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Discoveryland Preschool

June 11, 2020
Perhaps you’ve heard the news . . . due to COVID-19, Sweet Tomatoes, the all-you-can-eat buffet right down the street from our church, is closing its doors. Unfortunately, the Coronavirus pandemic continues to afflict not only human beings, but businesses, causing many to d...

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The Tipping Point

June 04, 2020
As if the world-wide pandemic were not enough, our nation has been brought to its collective knees with the continued plague of racism. All of us have been incensed by the vicious and barbaric murder of a man named George Floyd at the hands of four police officers. Because the en...

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Reopening Church

May 28, 2020
Can you believe this Sabbath will mark our 11th worship service that we’ve been closed? In some ways the time has gone by quickly, but in other ways, it’s been the longest 11 weeks of our lives. Let’s face it, we miss seeing one another at church! We miss lookin...

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His Name is Ravi

May 21, 2020
When Ravi Zacharias was a young boy on the streets of India, his mother called him in to meet the local palm reader. “Looking at your future, Ravi, you will not travel far or very much in your life,” he declared. “That’s what the lines on your hand tell me...

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Growing Hotter!

May 14, 2020
Could it be that the architect of rock ‘n roll, the originator himself, the one who inspired Elvis Presley, the Beatles, and Elton John, also considered himself a Seventh-day Adventist? Born to a devout Seventh-Day Adventist family, Richard Penniman began singing and playin...

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Connect Groups

May 07, 2020
Recent research studies show how much we crave community and friendship. A study of 3,000 women with breast cancer found that those with a large network of friends were four times more likely to survive as women with few social connections. A French study monitored nearly 17,000 ...

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Your Digital Church

April 30, 2020
By now you have accepted the reality that your church has left the building. Everything we do is now by assistance of technology. Live-streaming worship services, church app, Zoom Sabbath School classes, teleconference prayer meetings, and various digital platforms for our small ...

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Life Under Lockdown

April 23, 2020
In 1918, the Spanish flu became the most severe pandemic in recent history. In the course of a few months it infected 500 million globally, approximately one third of the world’s population at the time. It’s estimated that more than 50 million people died from the pan...

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Alumni Sabbath

April 16, 2020
This Sabbath, our virtual church service honors alumni from Pleasant Hill Adventist Academy. Guest speaker Pastor Ron Torkelsen will deliver the sermon entitled: Growing Up Adventist Pastor Ron’s sermon teaser is as follows: “I am a fourth generation Adventist. I a...

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Happy Easter!

April 09, 2020
Jesus is in the Garden of Gethsemane, having just finished the most tormenting hours of His life. He had been prayerfully anguishing over the anticipated and horrific road leading to crucifixion. But He had also come to accept that this was the path the Father would have Him g...

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Virtual Connections

April 02, 2020
As we shelter at home for at least another month, your church is doing its best to help you feel connected. We have temporarily moved from a brick and mortar church to the virtual house of worship through wireless connectivity. In an effort to ease this transition for our members...

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Staycation

March 26, 2020
Have you made the most of your forced staycation? It’s tempting to dwell on purely the negative side of the greatest pandemic to strike our earth in the past 100 years. Indeed everyone in the world is at some risk for catching COVID-19. As a result, the American population ...

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Perfect Timing

March 19, 2020
I am so thankful to have received a text that came at the perfect time earlier this week. In light of COVID-19, and the recent “shelter in place” mandate for all citizens, it appeared that our “All About Jesus” Seminar needed to be canceled this week. How ...

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All About Jesus

March 12, 2020
As you know, this Friday, March 13, at 7 PM, we are scheduled to have Pastor Lee Venden begin his “All About Jesus” seminar. This long-anticipated seminar provides the essentials for how to have an authentic, dynamic and life-changing relationship with Jesus Christ! W...

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Taking Precautions

March 05, 2020
As Christians, troubling times are opportunities to support each other as we exercise our faith. There is much nervousness around the Coronavirus right now. Some people are taking drastic steps like buying face masks and stockpiling all kinds of products. But some simple common...

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The Real Power

February 27, 2020
An almost unbelievable yet true story happened just a few weeks ago. An Adventist church in Oregon had been encouraging its members to come together and pray in preparation of their upcoming evangelistic meetings beginning January 17, 2020. It was decided that a prayer room would...

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Men's Group

February 20, 2020
Who has more friends, men or women? Typically, ladies are more able to bond and form more deep friendships than men. Guys are more likely to form friendships and bond by doing activities together. But women connect best by simply talking and sharing their feelings. As men get old...

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Screenagers

February 13, 2020
No doubt you’ve seen kids scroll through their life, with their rapid-fire thumbs and a six-second attention span. You may have observed your own child staring at their cell phone, seemingly oblivious to anything else around them. With the average kid spending 6.5 hours a d...

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Black Wall Street

February 06, 2020
Can you believe there was an event in our country where 300 people were murdered, hundreds more injured, and a population of approximately 10,000 displaced from their homes? It has since been described as the worst civil disturbance in American history.  It all began on M...

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All About Jesus

January 30, 2020
Have you ever wondered if you truly have a personal relationship with Jesus? Many of us know all about Jesus and His miracles and teachings. But do you truly have a personal connection to the Savior of the world? This March, we are privileged to host a special seminar entitled...

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Phase Two

January 23, 2020
On Monday evening, your church met for its annual business meeting. After listening to various ministry reports, the church heard a presentation about the merits of a Phase Two Renovation. Thereafter, a vote was taken. 37 voted in favor of the renovation, 3 opposed.  Spec...

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Reflecting Upon 2019!

January 16, 2020
With the new decade upon us, it is only apropos that we pause and reflect upon how the Lord has blessed and led “The Hill” this past year. From baptisms to a new baptistry; from ministry events to community engagement; from financial growth to a newly updated sanctuar...

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Church on Fire!

January 09, 2020
Welcome to 2020! As we embark on a whole new decade as a church, what better time than now to launch a new series about the first Christian church. This Sabbath we jump into the book of Acts with our series entitled: Church on Fire! Acts was written by Luke, not a disciple, bu...

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2020 Vision

January 02, 2020
As we begin a brand new decade and new year, what better time than now to recalibrate our spiritual vision! Are we looking at life with spiritual eyes, or the eyes of the flesh? Are we clearly seeing God’s will for our life, or are we simply looking at the allures and cares...

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The Night Before Christmas!

December 19, 2019
May your Christmas be wonderful as you share it with family and friends. As you celebrate Jesus’ first advent, may your thoughts also wonder to His soon second appearing. Enjoy this poem I ran across from an unknown author entitled: T’was the Night Before Christm...

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Celebrating Christmas!

December 12, 2019
I don’t want you to panic, but it’s less than two weeks before Christmas! Help! Perhaps you are ready to be done with the holiday season and all of the extra demands. Or perhaps it’s your favorite time of year. Whatever is the case for you, be sure to not let Ch...

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Merry Christmas!

December 05, 2019
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! And feels like it too! With the constant rain, lower temperatures, and shorter days, winter is upon us, and with it, the Christmas season. Have you decorated your tree yet? Finalized your Christmas holiday plans? Started your Chr...

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Happy Thanksgiving!

November 21, 2019
Thanksgiving is America’s second favorite holiday, after Christmas. What are your Thanksgiving plans? Hopefully you will find yourself with family and friends, celebrating the many blessings the Lord has granted you. But sadly, some in our church family may be alone on T...

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In Gratitude!

November 14, 2019
Thanks for your “Pastor Appreciation” gifts and cards. We are so grateful the Lord brought us to this beautiful community over three years ago. We treasure our church family and appreciate the love and support we feel. My family is blessed to be a part of a healthy, v...

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Waking Up Spiritually

November 07, 2019
Last Sabbath afternoon, Dr. Arlene Taylor blessed our church with a presentation about the importance of sleep and brain health. She indicated that adequate sleep is independently linked to greater longevity. If we sleep enough, we will live longer. But if we routinely short ours...

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Brain Guru

October 31, 2019
What has been called the first computer, only weighs 3 lbs., and is the most complex organ in the human body? That’s right, the brain. This Sabbath, November 2, we host a guest speaker, Arlene Taylor, PhD, who will captivate our attention with the topic of the brain. Con...

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Food Drive!

October 24, 2019
Have you ever wanted to make a tangible difference for the betterment of your community? This Sabbath is your opportunity! For over 20 years, the Pleasant Hill SDA church, working in conjunction with our Pathfinder Club, has collected thousands of foods items from around our comm...

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What are we celebrating?

October 17, 2019
What is the second most costly holiday in America? None other than Halloween. Over 9 billion dollars will be spent to celebrate and make light of death, sorcery, ghosts, and witchcraft. Millions of children will don costumes, knock on doors and collect treats. But why not conside...

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Precious Light

October 10, 2019
Hopefully you have not been one of the hundreds of thousands of homes affected by PG&E’s power shut off this week. The largest pre-emptive power outage ever in the history of California is affecting both northern and central California to help decrease the risk of ...

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God of Wonders!

October 03, 2019
Who among us can venture outside on a clear, dark night, without pausing for a silent reflective gaze at the stars? The Bible’s greatest poet wrote: “The heavens proclaim the glory of God. The skies display his craftsmanship.” (Psalms 19:1) Modern astronomers co...

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NCC Visit

September 26, 2019
By now, you aware that the Northern California Conference, headquartered in Pleasant Hill since 1972, has moved to Sacramento. What you may not know is the conference oversees 164 churches (with over 40,000 members), employs 125 pastors, 400 teachers, principals and other related...

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Two Options

September 19, 2019
This Sabbath you have two options to worship with your church. They are: Option 1 – Church Retreat, at Leoni Meadows, 6100 Leoni Road, Grizzly Flats For those not registered, drive up on Sabbath to worship, fellowship, and relax in God’s creation.  ...

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Reeling from Dorian

September 12, 2019
In our sunny and beautiful Bay Area, how easy is to forget about the Bahamas that were recently hit by Hurricane Dorian, a Category 5 storm with sustained winds of 185 mph with gusts of up to 220 mph. More than a week has passed since the most destructive disaster to ever stri...

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Faith Revealed

September 05, 2019
I could see him approaching the gas station out of the corner of my left eye. He and his pitbull were walking with purpose, directly toward me. As they drew closer, I made a quick judgment: This man is homeless and seeking a handout. But the problem was, I didn’t have a sin...

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Celebration Sabbath

August 29, 2019
Still basking in the glow of God’s glory from last week’s sanctuary dedication, we continue our sermon series themed: Renovate. This Sabbath, Pastor Miguel brings the message, with a special focus on the essential element needed for a successful spiritual renovation. ...

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Renovation Sabbath

August 22, 2019
What began approximately 20 months ago is about to come to a glorious end! Your church sanctuary is finally renovated and ready for the grand unveiling. Hours and hours have been spent by volunteers and paid professionals to prepare for this moment in our church history. And afte...

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2019 Camporee Oshkosh

August 15, 2019
This week over 50,000 are in Oshkosh, Wisconsin for the quinquennial international Pathfinder Camporee. More than 70 countries have sent Pathfinder clubs to camp, learn, make new friends, meet old friends, and most importantly, worship Jesus! Our own Pleasant Hill Trailblazers...

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Facing Trials

August 08, 2019
Nick Vujicic was born without arms or legs. His rare disorder, tetra-amelia syndrome, completely caught his new parents off guard. His parents had prayed for a healthy baby throughout the pregnancy, but now they were overwhelmed with what to do. As the new mother gazed upon he...

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Renovation Update

August 01, 2019
I trust your summer season has been filled with fun in the sun, vacation experiences, extra time with family and friends, as well as catching up on those “to-do’s” around your home. This summer has also been a busy time for your church as well. As you know, the ...

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One Small Step for Man

July 25, 2019
50 years ago this week, when the Eagle lunar had initially touched down on the surface of the moon, astronaut Buzz Aldrin did something rather unexpected. Before opening the hatch to the long-anticipated and hard-sought-after moon walk, Aldrin pulled out a plastic packet containi...

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A Word from Pastor John

July 18, 2019
One of the most important things we can do is to pray. Jesus gave us some of the most important teachings about prayer and also the example of how it is to be done. A few years ago I was going through Dr. George Knight's devotional on Romans and came across his wonderfu...

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A Word from Pastor John

July 11, 2019
I love gardens! My mother and grandmothers had wonderful gardens – both flowers and veggies.   I am reminded that Adam and Eve were placed in the Garden of Eden and instructed to tend/keep it. One can only imagine what wonderful vegetables and fruits the...

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A Word from Pastor John

July 04, 2019
“It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery.”  Galatians 5:1 NASB This week we celebrate our national independence from oppressive government.  Sometimes I think...

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Transition Time

June 27, 2019
Our long-anticipated sanctuary renovation shifted gears big time this week! All the pews have been disassembled and transported to Riverside, California for a complete restoration. The carpet and pad have been pulled, exposing concrete floors. The demolition of the stage and bapt...

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God is Good!

June 20, 2019
The LORD is good, a strong refuge when trouble comes. He is close to those who trust in him. Nahum 1:7 This scripture summarizes the theme of this week’s VBS – “Life is wild, but God is good!” Even though life is filled with difficulties, uncertainties,...

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Ready to Roar?

June 13, 2019
Beginning this Monday, June 17, your church launches the biggest children’s outreach event of the year. With 185 already registered (from K-6th grade), Vacation Bible School offers children a fun and interactive way to get to know Jesus. Led by Cheri Cautiverio and Pastor M...

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The Renovation Begins!

June 06, 2019
You may have been wondering, what is going on with the church sanctuary renovation? Glad you asked! Your Sanctuary Renovation Committee, chaired by Dr. Art West, has been busy these last few months. As a committee, we have seen God’s providence with vendor selection, cost c...

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Tough Questions

May 30, 2019
Earlier this month, a friend of mine, Dave Gage, stepfather of Amazing Facts evangelist David Steward, was on his riding lawn mower, trimming his backyard grass. The 78-year old was in great shape and enjoyed the sunny afternoon as he finished his weekly chore. His wife was insid...

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Milestones

May 23, 2019
Tis the season for graduations! Whether it be preschool, kindergarten, 8th grade, high school, college, or graduate school, you likely know someone who is marching down the aisle with a cap and gown. My niece Emma graduates from high school this weekend, but it seems like only ye...

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Youth Sabbath!

May 16, 2019
This Sabbath, the next generation of Christ-followers and future church leaders will be leading and participating in our Pathfinder-driven worship service. Pathfinders provides young people, ages 10-18, with skills and knowledge for life, with the added benefit of being Christ-ce...

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Celebrating Moms!

May 09, 2019
Yesterday, England’s most famous new mother introduced her infant baby to the world, with her husband at her side. Prince Harry and Meghan, known as the royal couple, Duke and Duchess of Sussex, presented their 2-day-old son as he slumbered. His name, Archie. Motherhood,...

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Refiner's Fire

May 02, 2019
Have you been going through a tough time lately? Have you been praying about it, but answers don’t appear to becoming? Are you experiencing a crisis with no easy answers? Is there something about yourself you know needs to change? If you answered yes to any of the questions...

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Paul's Letter

April 25, 2019
When we read the Scriptures, our Western, modern minds always collide with the cultural context of the Bible. We want to not just read the Bible, but accurately understand the proper setting of the instruction and story being conveyed. This can be challenging. “Whenever ...

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He's Alive

April 18, 2019
Thanks to the ravenous inferno of the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris this week, the world almost lost three relics allegedly associated with the crucifixion of Christ. Specifically, the purported crown of thorns placed on Jesus’ head, a portion of the wood from the cross of ...

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Renovation Update!

April 11, 2019
On Monday evening, your church met in business session to review the proposed sanctuary renovation plans. Dr. Art West led the way, with a devotional thought, season of prayer, and then review of the work completed by the Renovation Committee. Following that, we heard from the co...

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Relationship Weekend!

April 04, 2019
I hope you’ve had a chance to register for our upcoming relationship seminar – Mad About Marriage. Whether you are single, preparing for marriage, or married, all are invited to attend this informative and inspiring seminar. Child care is also provided. Register he...

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Financial Peace

March 21, 2019
April 15 is the infamous date all adults would rather avoid – Tax Day! But that same date happens to be when your church will offer you an opportunity to be a better manager of the money God has entrusted to you. That opportunity is a seminar called Financial Peace Uni...

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Ready to Meet!

March 14, 2019
Earlier this week, the Sanctuary Renovation Committee, led by Dr. Art West, met with Yelena Shevchenko to review her design and color recommendations for the church sanctuary. She presented the committee with her vision of taking our church decor from 1987 (last renovation) to be...

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Mad About Marriage

March 07, 2019
I remember like it was yesterday, the words of my new mother-in-law. We had just returned from our honeymoon and my new bride and I were about to travel to our new home 7 hours away. As Lena jumped into the passenger seat and I was about to take the steering wheel, my mother-in-l...

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Changing Lives

February 28, 2019
In the mid-1970s, two people gave up professional careers to sail the Pacific, wanting to find meaning for their lives. Over the course of seven years, they found islands populated with incredible people, but with real needs. During their travels, they listened to the stories of ...

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Home Groups

February 21, 2019
In the next couple of weeks, your church will be relaunching small groups. Whether you are already involved, or took a break, or have never tried before, perhaps now is the time to join a small group! A small group typically meets in a home, once a week, to do four things: fel...

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Black History Month

February 14, 2019
A Baptist pastor once wrote: I know a man—and I just want to talk about him a minute, and maybe you will discover who I’m talking about as I go down the way because he was a great one. And he just went about serving. He was born in an obscure village, the child of ...

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The Power of Gratitude

February 07, 2019
More and more researchers are finding that gratitude doesn't just make you feel like a better person, it's actually good for your health. Professor and researcher Robert A. Emmons puts it this way: "Clinical trials indicate that the practice of gratitude can have dramatic and las...

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Never Too Busy

January 31, 2019
Last year, a letter was discovered in Nancy Reagan’s personal effects – dated August 7, 1982 – handwritten by Ronald Reagan to his father-in-law. On that particular Saturday afternoon, the president of the United States was not just writing to his ailing father-...

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Brain Health

January 24, 2019
The most amazing organ in your body is the brain. Even though it is only 2 percent of your body's weight, it uses 20 to 30 percent of the calories you consume. It has 100 billion nerve cells and more connections in it than there are stars in the universe. We are as healthy as ...

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Choices

January 17, 2019
Every day we make choices. Research suggests that the average person makes an eye-popping 35,000 choices per day. Assuming that most people spend around seven hours per day sleeping and thus blissfully choice-free, that makes roughly 2,000 decisions per hour or one decision every...

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Building a Better You!

January 10, 2019
As we begin a brand-new year together, consider this startling fact: Today's children may have a shorter life span than their parents.  How could this be, in light of the incredible medical advancements and treatments of the past 50 years? The answer, a departure from hea...

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Spiritual Resolution

January 03, 2019
New Year's resolutions have begun this week, but have you already broken yours? The vast majority do, leaving most of us not taking them very seriously. But what if 2019 was the year your resolution stuck? When you think about it, a resolution is nothing more than a determined...

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A Holy Arrival

December 20, 2018
There is no more exciting event in a married couple's life than the birth of a child. Lena and I vividly remember each and every birth of our four daughters. But there is something extra special with the first baby. As we anticipated the arrival of our very own infant (with no in...

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Time to Give

December 13, 2018
Now that we are less than two weeks until Christmas Day, the shopping madness is in full swing. Perhaps some of you are just wrapping it up (excuse the pun) or some are just getting started (like me!). Make your list and check it twice because time is running out. And as we wi...

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A Holy Arrival

December 13, 2018
There is no more exciting event in a married couple's life than the birth of a child. Lena and I vividly remember each and every birth of our four daughters. But there is something extra special with the first baby. As we anticipated the arrival of our very own infant (with no in...

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Kinder and Gentler

December 06, 2018
I’ll never forget who I saw at the airport in Houston around 10 years ago. My wife and I, with our four young daughters in tow, were making our connecting flight home to Colorado. As we slowly walked the terminal to our gate, we saw an electric passenger vehicle approaching...

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Gift Love

November 29, 2018
When I was in the third grade, my father needed a new shovel. His had broken after many years of use in the backyard, but he was too busy to buy a new one. So the thought came, purchase one for him for Christmas. I saved 25 cents here, a dollar there, and after a few months, had ...

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A Word from Pastor Mitch

November 22, 2018
This Thanksgiving season is plagued with suffering and devastation rarely seen in Northern California. Thousands are homeless, nearly a thousand are still missing, the result of the Camp Fire inferno. As the smoke continues to billow from the relentless fires, our region of the c...

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Paradise Lost

November 15, 2018
As the deadliest wildfire in California history continues to burn in Butte County, many are wondering, what can be done to help? At this point, over 7,600 homes have been destroyed, leaving thousands displaced and living in temporary shelters or with family and friends. Many o...

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A Word from Pastor Mitch

November 08, 2018
This week has been an exciting one! Evangelist David Steward and I have been visiting with the various guests who have been faithfully attending our Bible Prophecy Seminar. We have seen God working many miracles in people's lives as they have gotten to know Jesus better during th...

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