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April 2, 2020

2020-04-05-Sunday School and Worship-Palm Sunday

Pastors Harvey & Denise

Pastors Harvey & Denise

Hello!

Worship with us online.  Our children (and parents) will enjoy Mrs. Denise's Palm Sunday School message below.  Watch with your kiddos...

Adult Sunday School, will be live via Zoom meetings, Pastor Harvey will send the links out to all to participate.  

Children's Sunday School by Mrs. Denise - Palm Sunday

We still do not get together physically, we CAN (and should), worship God as best we can.    

Denise and I are praying for you during this time.  

Please feel free to use the "comments" section below.
We'd love to hear from you!  

Down to the River - Virtual Choir

The Rocks Will Cry Out

Every year, Marlene, our WONDERFUL pianist, works VERY HARD at practicing "The Palms" so that we can sing it on Palm Sunday.  This year, Marlene gets a break...Please enjoy "The Palms" as sung by Nelson Eddy with beautiful pictures of nature. 

The Palms - Sung by Nelson Eddy

A short message for our church by Pastor Harvey

Sunday Message
"Meeting the Master's Need"
Palm Sunday

Again, Denise and I will be available from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm for prayer.

Call Harvey at 323-316-7131
Call Denise at 323-316-7132

So, again, join us ONLINE for church this Sunday!  You will be blessed.

In Christ,

Pastor Harvey

April 1, 2020

Giving

We have made it easy to give now and in the future. 

(Yes, we are finally moving into 2020 with our online giving opportunity).

Once you click the button below, you have the opportunity to make a one-time gift or set up a recurring monthly donation.

You do NOT need a Paypal account, gifts can be made via debit cards.

Click the Button Below to be Taken to a Secure Page

Thank you for prayerfully considering this opportunity. 

Pastor Harvey

March 27, 2020

2020-03-29-Sunday School and Worship

Pastors Harvey & Denise

Pastors Harvey & Denise

Hello!

Sorry about the live feed challenges last week.

This week we have Children's Sunday School by Mrs. Denise and the message for Sunday already recorded and ready to view.

We are going to have Adult Sunday School, live with Zoom meetings, Pastor Harvey will send the links out to all to participate.  

Check back on this page on Sunday morning for the videos for children's Sunday School and the main church message. 

Children's Sunday School - by Mrs. Denise

Hear the Word of God and Obey It!


Please scroll down and view the following videos, feel free to gather your family around and sing along.  The first video isn't a song, but it puts context to the first song.

Even though we are not together physically, we CAN (and should), worship God as best we can.     

Denise and I are praying for you during this time.  

Please feel free to use the "comments" section below.  We'd love to hear from you!  

This is the true story of the author of "It Is Well"

And NOW the song: "It is Well"  There are MANY versions online, but check out this compilation of MANY people as one!  Praise God!

And during this crazy time in the world and the USA, let us remember to NOT put our hope in any government, preacher,  or anything other than the person of Jesus Christ!

I always feel weird about finances and asking for money for our church.  
But the reality is, that our church needs money to continue to serve the community.  In these times, it is easier than ever to give.

You can make an online donation by clicking the big blue button below.

The button will open up another page and take you to our SECURE Paypal site. 

YOU DO NOT NEED A Paypal account to donate.  You may give as a guest.  

You may make a  "one" time donation, gift, or if you would like to set up recurring donations according to your budget and God's leading, you have the opportunity to do that also.  

You do NOT need a credit card, a debit card is fine.   Thank you for your support!

Casting Crowns "Voice of Truth" has GREAT lyrics about what is TRUE and how the Holy Spirit is working within us!


Sunday Message
"How to Discern Truth from Error"

Continuing in our Tough Questions
Christian Answers sermon series
Pastor Harvey


Again, Denise and I will be available from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm for prayer.

Call Harvey at 323-316-7131
Call Denise at 323-316-7132

So, again, join us ONLINE for church this Sunday!  You will be blessed.

In Christ,

Pastor Harvey

Staying Focused This Christmas; The Inconvenience of Christ-December 2

Manger with Cross

Here is day #2 of Kif Anderson's "Staying Focused at Christmas" daily devotional.  I hope you are as blessed by this as I am every year I read it.   Again, feel free to comment and add your thoughts to the comments section below.


December 2nd
The Inconvenience of Christ


I believe it was comedian Gallagher who once joked, "And Christmas...it comes right in the middle of the holidays...so we don't have anytime to enjoy it." Have you ever felt that way? One can get so wrapped up in the activities this time of the year brings that they can struggle to find time for Jesus. But lets face it...we were not the first ones to be put upon by finding time for Jesus.


Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed wife, who was with child. So it was, that while
they were there, the days were completed for her to be delivered.


"And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger,
because there was no room for them in the inn."
  (Luke 2:4-7)


Have you ever noticed what an inconvenience Baby Jesus was? If it had been me, I can only imagine the questions that I would have been asking if I had been in Mary or Joseph's shoes. "Come on God, don’t we have enough to deal with? Why does this baby need to be born here in Bethlehem? Can’t you hold things off until we get back home to Nazareth? Or at the very least secure a motel room for us?"


Let's face it, our culture has done a great job of conditioning us to expect convenience. We’ve come to believe that it’s some sort of entitlement that each of us deserves. Everything is advertised as being more convenient, and therefore anything that poses an
"inconvenience to our lives" is by default negative. Enter Jesus. As the Christmas account shows, the Lord does not make life more convenient for us. In fact, as you read through the Bible you find that those who were closest to the Lord were those who were most
inconvenienced. Jesus is many things, but He isn’t always convenient.


We struggle with this because we want life to fit in with our own plans and expectations.  This is painfully evident during this time of year as we make our plans to celebrate and enjoy the Christmas season. We strive to make our agendas precise and airtight. But
God’s agenda will often conflict with ours, and at these moments we have to make a choice. We can either fume at the fact that we’ve been inconvenienced, or we can surrender our expectations to God and ask Him to fill us with His agenda for our lives.  When we choose God’s choice, we find the joy of obedience in the midst of being inconvenienced.

Staying Focused This Christmas; Starting Point December 1

The following daily devotionals for Christmas were written by my friend, Kif Anderson, a few years ago.  Kif lost his battle with prostrate cancer and has been with Christ, his Savior for awhile now.  But his legacy lives on through these devotions and his devotion that he lived out, to Jesus.

Enjoy - And remember the TRUE reason for this season. 

Feel free to comment and/or share any of the devotional messages.



December 1
Starting Point


Decorations are being dug out of the garages, trees are getting purchased from temporary lots set up in empty fields (or perhaps just being assembled like at our house), lighted trims and inflatable decorations are starting to illuminate our neighborhoods at dusk, and therefore the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season has begun.

So for the next few days as we approach this most joyous of celebrations, it seems if we don't want to lose the “Christ” in Christmas we need to find ways to take a little time and focus on Him. So this short run devotional series is being shared with you to hopefully brighten you day, or at least keep you pointed in the right direction.


When does the Christmas story actually start?


A lot of folks might answer that it all began in the manger in the little town of Bethlehem because this is when Jesus' earthly life began. However if we see this as our starting point, we actually place a huge limitation on the significance of Christ and Christmas.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  (John 1:1)

In this verse, the Greek phrase in the beginning is more accurately rendered beyond or outside of the beginning of time. This means that Jesus, as the Word, has always been in existence. Bible scholars refer to this attribute as the eternality of Christ.  His earthly life may have begun in Bethlehem , but His divine life has always been and has no beginning.


Numerous witnesses in the New Testament point out the eternal nature of Jesus. While John the Baptist was about six months older than Jesus, he makes the amazing statement that Christ's life actually preceded his own (John 1:30). This is an obvious allusion to the eternal existence of Jesus. The apostle Paul takes this thought even further when he wrote that Christ is before all things (Colossians 1:17). As if this weren't enough, the Lord
Himself made reference to His preexistent state on multiple occasions:  


And now, O Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with  You before the world was. (John 17:5)

Father . . . You loved Me before the foundation of the world. 
(John 17:24)

Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM.” (John 8:58)

The Christmas story doesn't begin in the manger because Jesus' existence didn't start there. God's act of giving His precious Son to mankind was actually initiated before time even began, as the Bible tells us that Jesus was offered on behalf of our sins before the foundations of the world (1 Peter 1:20; Revelation 13:8).

That silent night in Bethlehem was simply a matter of time catching up with God's eternal desire to provide us with His salvation.

September 16, 2019

2019-09-20-FREE Family Movie

Free Movie Event!

Friday, September 20, 2019 - 7 p.m.

This fun, family movie was released late, last year.

It features great animation, music, singing and a heartwarming story of love and friendship.  

Come and enjoy with your family on our "Big Screen".

We provide free snacks at the movie. 

(Due to our licensing agreement, we MAY show the movie for free to the public, but cannot advertise the name of the movie, however click the button above and we will text you a reminder.)

2019-04-26-Movie-Unbroken-The-Path-To-Redemption

Free Movie Event!

Friday, April 26, 2019 - 7 p.m.

Come experience the REST of the story of "The Torrance Tornado", Louis Zamperini.  Zamperini's harrowing and true story of being lost at sea, "rescued" by the Japanese during World War II, and struggles and survival in a Japanese POW camp was vividly portrayed in "Unbroken", a major theatrical release a few years ago.

This is the second half of the Zamperini story.  In this movie, we will join Zamperini as he battles with the demons of his past from the POW camp, and learn how he was able to overcome his challenges as he returned to America and tried to resume his athletic career and live a normal life.

Due to some of the violent nature of this movie it is rated PG-13, so parents be cautioned.  

We provide free snacks at the movie.  Come join us.  
See the trailer below.

January 11, 2019

2019-01-18-Movie-Beautifully Broken

Free Movie Event!

Friday, January 18, 2019 - 7 p.m.

WARNING - We need to let you all know, that there are some scary scenes in this movie as it takes place during a civil war.  There is also an attack on a minor child (that takes place off screen).  But, both the war scenes and the attack are essential to telling the true story.  My wife, Denise, and I attended the pre-screening of this movie back in June of 2018.  

It is VERY well written and the producers (one of who is the main character in the movie) did a great job of packing several seemingly unrelated events into a great movie that tells the TRUE story of 3 families, their trials and God's providential throughout their ordeal.  I can't really tell you too much more without giving away essential plot elements.

We provide free snacks at the movie.  Come join us.  
See the trailer below.

November 14, 2018

2018-11-16-Movie-The-Star

Free Movie Event!

Friday, November 16, 2018 - 7 p.m.

This IS a family friendly movie - Rated G

We provide free snacks at the movie.  Come join us.  
See the trailer below.

If you are able to, please bring an unwrapped NEW toy for a child that we will donate to the North East Los Angeles Police Department for their annual Christmas Toy Giveaway.  

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