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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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