October 8, 2018, 4:15 PM

Divided - United!

I lift up my eyes to the hills - from where will my help come? My help comes from the Lord ...” ~ Psalm 121:1-2

We are living in a world of deep divides (think of politics, racial and social tensions) with ramped up rhetoric, and rising disgust and anxiety. In this 21st Century where do we go for wisdom and direction? Where can we find a better way to live, deeper truth to follow, and more abundant life to share?

My suggestion is that we start by… going back to the water...


Of course, it's not really the water itself, but the promise God made to us in the waters of baptism: Joining with Jesus... our sins are drowned... we are raised to new life... and God's great power is poured out for us! ~Romans 6:3-4

Next, let's come back to the Lord’s table, where He takes two more simple elements ...


...and promises that Jesus the Christ is present in the bread and wine of a sacred sacrament… Holy Communion. It's a presence so powerful that whenever we receive this meal with faith, forgiveness is done! Life is renewed! Let’s relish on God's life-giving promises for us through these two sacraments... and for the healing and hope of our fractured world. Come, taste and see of Him who died for you and for me!


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October 8, 2018, 2:50 PM

Why go to CHURCH!

Reasons to go to church!

Hey, checkout this great video (link above) on why we should all go to church and let me know your thoughts.

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September 13, 2018, 12:00 AM

HarvestFest 2018 @ IronStone!

Have you ever experienced worshipping our awesome God at a winery? If not or even if you have, join the Emanuel community at IronStone Vineyards in Murphys, CA for a fantastic day. It all starts on September 30, at 10am, with multiple mountain churches joining us in worship. After hundrends of people spend time praising God and rejoicing in His love we gather for a luncheon hosted by the Kautz family, owners of IronStone Vineyards.

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April 22, 2018, 12:00 AM

May 13th is Mother's Day!

Mother’s Day is really more than just a day for cards, chocolate, breakfast in bed, and reservations at crowded restaurants. Mother’s Day is a celebration that finds solid support in Biblical principles and commands. You won’t see “Mother’s Day,” in the Bible but you will see text about honoring mothers, revering them, and giving them generous love and recognition for the role they play in our lives. 

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April 1, 2018, 12:00 AM

Pentecost is May 20 but what the heck is it?

What is Pentecost Sunday? Well, in the Christian church, it is a celebration of the receiving of the Holy Spirit. Did you know that Jesus spoke about the promise of the Holy Spirit to His disciples (John 14:26)?

Jesus the Christ showed Himself to these men after His death on the cross and His resurrection, giving proof that He was indeed alive. And then He told them to wait in Jerusalem for the Father’s gift of the Holy Spirit, from whom they would receive power to be His witnesses to the ends of the earth (Acts 1:3-8).

It wasn’t until after Jesus’ ascension to Heaven, the men returned to Jerusalem and joined together in prayer in an upper room. Then it happened… on the Day of Pentecost, just as promised, the sound of a violent wind filled the house and tongues of fire came to rest on each of them and all were filled with the Holy Spirit. This was the beginning of the Christian church as we know it.

The celebration of Pentecost Sunday reminds us of the reality that we all have the unifying Spirit that was poured out upon the first-century church in Acts 2:1-4. It is a reminder that we are co-heirs with Jesus the Christ, to suffer with Him that we may also be glorified with Him; that the manifestation of the Holy Spirit is given for the common good (1 Corinthians 12:7); that we are all baptized by one Spirit into one body (1 Corinthians 12:13); and that the Spirit which raised Jesus from the dead lives inside believers (Romans 8:9-11).

Know this… the gift of the Holy Spirit that was promised and given to all believers on the first Pentecost is promised for you and your children and for all who are far off whom the Lord our God will call (Acts 2:39).

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