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The First will be Last and the Last First

This Sunday we will look at one of Jesus’ parables called the Parable of the Laborers. How would you feel if you had worked a twelve hour day harvesting and then received the same pay as someone who had only worked half a day or even just one hour? Most of us would not like it and yet Jesus tells that this kind of inverse, the first being last and the last becoming first, is what the kingdom of heaven is “like”. We will look at the implications of this on Sunday. This short and simple story has a big lesson for followers of Jesus. 

Pastor Marty Scales

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Having ears to hear

This Sunday we begin a four-part series on Parables of Jesus.  Jesus used these short stories to teach the many people who came to him. The Parable of the Sower, or the Four Soils, is a parable that has great meaning, but that meaning seems to be hidden to the listeners and even the disciples. In fact, they ask Jesus why he is using a revelation or teaching method that is so hard to understand. Jesus interprets the parable for his disciples and that is profound, but before he does that he tells them and us why he is using this method. It has to do with a spiritual heart condition: Having ears to hear.   

Pastor Marty Scales

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Filthy Rags // Zakk Uhler

How can we be confident in our salvation? That is exactly what we will be looking to this Sunday morning in God’s Word. The Apostle Paul wrote about where we need to find our security as believers but the church in America today is statistically looking to find it elsewhere. Come spend time with your church family this Sunday and be reminded by the Word where we can find our assurance.

Zakk Uhler

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Befriend Part 3

Forging Friendship

There are several places in the Bible where you can look to find a list of character qualities of a true friend. The love chapter of 1Corinthians 13 is such a list, as is Jesus' upper room teaching in John 14-17; and the fruits of the Spirit would be great indicators. But this Sunday we will end our focus on Friendship by learning and applying some of the wisdom from the Proverbs. Here's just one to think about: Proverbs 22:11 He who loves the purity of heart, and whose speech is gracious, will have the king as his friend.  

Pastor Marty Scales

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Befriend Part 2

The writer of Ecclesiastes made a good case for the benefits of friendship when he wrote: Two are better than one for they have a good return for their labor. He goes on to celebrate the companionship warmth of two as well as the safety of facing danger as two rather than one alone. The Bible repeatedly encourages the people of God to pursue a close and committed relationship with some others. Sunday we will begin a list of how the Bible depicts and instructs us to gain these valuable relationships. 

Pastor Marty Scales

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This Sunday, Pastor Richard Hong will be preaching from the story of David and Goliath in 1 Samuel 17. In this passage, God demonstrates the complexities of courage in a big bad world. He teaches that true courage comes with love, selflessness, and faithfulness. This only comes from the true champion of the world: Jesus Christ. He will also be sharing about his church plant in Hayward. Join us for church this Sunday.

 

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Befriend Part 1

"The Two-Axis of Friendship"

This Sunday begins an emphasis on Friendship at Canyon Creek Church.  Many of our Life Groups will be taking on a six-week curriculum derived from Scott Sauls book "Befriend". Three of the Sunday's of January will also be focused on this theme.  Is this topic Biblical?  Is it an appropriate subject for our Sunday Worship focus?  Is it relevant to most of us?  I think the answer is a certain YES to these questions and I hope to tell you about this on Sunday as I introduce the subject by drawing your attention to "The Two-Axis of Friendship".

Pastor Marty

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"Confidence in God's Character"

This Sunday our Family Ministries Director, Zakk Uhler, will be sharing from Matthew 6:25-34 on the confidence we can have in God’s character as our provider. Through dark and stormy seasons or sunny and peaceful seasons, we can trust the goodness of our Heavenly Father to take care of us. Come hear and learn more about this wonderful truth from the Word of God.

Zakk Uhler

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Pastor Travis Marsh leads the Christmas Eve Candlelight Service, teaching on the Breath of God.

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Zakk Uhler reads The Christmas Story to Canyon Kids and teaches about Christmas Eve.

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