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January 5, 2020, 10:17 AM

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

This week - you get a glimpse at the new year at FCC- but a fuller description and plan will be in next week's Word and Newsletter!  

The theme for this next year is  " FAITH..."    What this is about is how we live our every day lives as Christians and how we do mission and ministry every day at FCC!  " Faith.. ." focuses on taking action based on what we truly believe in our hearts.  So this week in worship - we start of the year FAITH!   

Another continuing aspect of our mission and ministry is to continue doing things by the Red Letters.  By the words of Jesus we will live, do mission and do ministry.  We will continue to develop 2020 based on the RED LETTERS - the words of Jesus so that we are sure we are following Him and not off on a tangent somewhere not helpful.  If your Bible isn't a red letter edition - I would even suggest that you find one so you can see them for yourselves.  

We are LEAPING into this new Faith..."  I so hope that on this first Sunday of the new year you will make a commitment to be here in worship or online with us.  And bring a friend....  It's the perfect day to invite someone!

See you Sunday! 
Pastor David

February 26, 2019, 11:15 PM

The Word is: Connections

Most of you know – I am among other things – a member of the Eugene Airport Rotary Club. In fact I will on July 1st become the President of this most exciting group of men and women who are together working for the good of the world. Over the last weekend I attended the amazing Leadership event called PETS, the mandatory training for all incoming Presidents. Besides powerful workshops and inspiring speakers we learned the first night from the incoming International President – what his theme was to be. Each President gets to develop his or her own theme for the coming year and this was the theme selected. This year’s theme is “Rotary Connects the World.” Incoming President Mike Maloney believes that the way to peace is through connections. The way to end Polio has been through connections, the way to end hunger is through connections. I love that he has chosen this theme because I too believe it is through our CONNECTIONS that we can change the world.

Beginning this Sunday and through the season of Lent we are going to explore our greatest connection first – our CONNECTION with Jesus Christ. To do this we are going to explore the I am statements of Jesus in the gospel of John- and look at how these CONNECT with who we are as his disciples. As we worship under this theme and as we study these statements at Wednesday night’s Bible Study – we will strengthen our own CONNECTIONS with Jesus, we will create more opportunities to share our CONNECTION with Jesus in fellowship with other believers and we will develop faith-filled CONNECTIONS with those who do not know Jesus in ways that will spark their interest, their questions and eventually, their own CONNECTION with Him! This week we start with the first in the series - It is WHO you Know! Let’s get CONNECTED!

See You Sunday—Pastor David!


January 8, 2019, 6:40 PM

2019 - On Purpose


We have spent the last two years figuring out who we are and what we are supposed to be doing here in Junction City and around the world. As a church – we are ON PURPOSE “A Place to Belong!” We are inviting, welcoming, inclusive. We think as a congregation – “How do new people fit in, become a part and belong.” This decision came early in 2018 and we worked at making FCC truly A Place to Belong! But what does that church do? (other than invite, welcome and include?)

That’s the MISSION PART – and it too is done ON PURPOSE! After a lot of hours of conversation, prayer, more conversation with the Elders and with congregants we have proposed to the board and to the congregation that A Place to Belong intentionally (on purpose) is

TOGETHER-Loving God, Loving Others, Making Disciples!
We Love God through our worship
We love people through our service
We make disciples through Prayer and Study and Fellowship

This statement will help us plan for the future. If what we are doing does not help us to do these three things – then we won’t do it. I also believe that the statement – although linear here – it is hierachial as well. Loving God is what we do first. Then we love others. And when we do these two things – the result is making Disciples.

Welcome to 2019 – The Year of Living on Purpose!

Pastor David

December 3, 2018, 12:54 PM

This Week's Word: ADVENT

This week’s Word is ADVENT

If you are tired of Christmas before Christmas actually gets here, then quite possibly you have never celebrated Advent.

What is Advent? Advent is not decorating, shopping, wrapping, pictures, partying, stressing or the receiving of gifts. Advent is waiting, expecting, observing, praying, hoping, preparing for the arrival of Christ - first as the Child and Savior and then as the returning King.

More than any other activity, Advent can restore Jesus to the center of the Christmas celebration. It is by focusing on Advent that we as individual Christians and as the church can “Keep the Christ in Christmas.” During this time Christians are encouraged to read about, sing about and talk about the birth of Jesus. During this time the entire family can participate. You can go all out and create or buy your own Advent Wreath. You can light candles together. You can celebrate communion as you remember why Jesus came. Advent is a tremendous time for Christians and most of us don’t even really know about it. So today I want to encourage you to read the scriptures for each Sunday every day. Ask yourself these questions: What does this tell me about Jesus? What does this tell me about me? How’s my patience level? To help you with your Advent celebration we have a devotional for you – you can find it online at and we will have copies for those of you who aren’t online in the narthex.

Make this time a truly wonderful time – by celebrating Advent – not just Christmas!

November 14, 2018, 8:00 AM

4 Truths about the Power of Praise

1.  Praise Gives us Access to God

Psalm 100:4 says, “Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise”. This verse refers to Moses’ Tabernacle in the wilderness. The Tabernacle was divided into three parts. The Outer Court, The Inner Court, and The Holy of Holies where God dwelled.

There was only one gate - one entrance - into The Outer Court. If you wanted to approach God, you had to go through the gate, into the courtyard, and finally into The Holy of Holies. 


The gate you come through to approach God is thanksgiving and the court you enter is praise. Psalm 100:4 should be so much more meaningful in light of its historical context.

It pains me to see people skip the praise and worship portion of a service. Worse yet, I’ve led worship in conferences where the Pastor or visiting speaker would skip out on worship, and show up at the very end just in time to speak.

Praise and worship is not the opening act to the Pastor's message! Praise softens the soil of your heart so the seeds of the message can be planted.

To have direct access to God, it is essential to come through praise.

2.  Praise Changes You

Leading worship, I have seen a lot from the platform. I’ve seen the hardest of hearts melt. I’ve seen repentance. I’ve seen friendship restored and marriages heal. I’ve seen children coming back to their parents, and parents return to their children.

Praise can change you if you allow it to.

Praise changes relationships. It changes hearts. It changes mindsets. In praise, our focus shifts from us to the Lord. From problems to The Solution. From pain to promise. From hurt to hope.

Proverbs 27:21 says, “As the fining pot for silver, and the furnace for gold; so is a man to his praise.” Judson Cornwall says it this way in Let Us Praise. "So often, when we have heated our Spirits in worship . . . thoughts, desires, and attitudes rise to the surface.” 

As we are broken and heated in the presence of the Lord, those negative attitudes rise to the surface of our hearts. We are then able to bring them to Jesus to be forgiven and cleansed. 

3.  Praise is About Relationship - Not Ritual

Psalm 81:10 says, “I am the Lord, YOUR God . . .”. Isn’t it wonderful to know that He is ours and we are His? Praise brings us into a closer relationship with Jesus.

I love Exodus 25:8. God tells Moses to build a sanctuary that “I may dwell among them”. He didn’t want a cathedral shining with jewels to show His awesomeness. He didn’t ask for massive monuments or statues made of gold. 

God asked for a simple tent. It wasn’t about the structure. It was about the relationship. He wanted a tabernacle just so He could be with us. That brings such tears to my eyes. The God of all of the earth could be anywhere, could have anything, could do anything, and yet He chooses to be with you, dear friend. 

I’ve been in the most beautifully structured churches. They are gorgeous to look at, but the Spirit of the Lord is no where to be found. I’ve sat in simple living rooms with a handful of saints, and the presence of God is so strong it is tangible. 

The problem comes in when ritual takes the place of pure praise. A.W. Tozer said, “Worship is no longer worship when it reflects the culture around us more than the Christ within us.” In 1962, Tozer grieved, “It is scarcely possible in most places to get anyone to attend a meeting where the only attraction was God.”

Oh Lord, forgive us.

How true are Tozer’s words fifty-five years later. On one hand, you have modern “praise and worship” movements that at a quick glance looks more like a rock concert than a worship service. We “praise” the singers of the songs more than The One we are singing about. Lasers, fog machines, and video displays have taken the place of a humble altar and even humbler hearts. 

Now understand me, there always must be balance. I love The Theatrical Arts! I own my own theater! But when churches alter their worship services to “fit in” with the culture of the day, it ceases to become worship. When our praise and worship becomes ritualistic in how it is displayed, it becomes less and less about relationship with The Father. 

On the absolute other hand, you have “religion” which has dictated why, where, and how we should worship including a list of do’s and don’ts. Most churches strictly abide by a “three fast songs, two slow songs” pattern that leaves no room for God to move. There is no relationship, just man-made religion.

Can God move in the lasers, fog machines, and electric guitars? Of course. Can God move in the rituals of our worship? Of course, He can do whatever He wants to do. He is God. I am not arguing how you should praise. I am stating that if your cultural rituals replace relationship, it no longer becomes praise.  True praise doesn’t come from modern culture or a rigid religious system. True praise comes from relationship with Jesus. 

He inhabits the praises of His people. (Psalm 22:3). He dwells in, lives in, and abides in our praise. My dear friends, He just wants a relationship with you.

Praise Defeats the Enemy

The first mention of praise in the Bible is at the birth of Jacob’s son, Judah, in Genesis 29:35. Judah means praise. No matter where you see the name Judah in the Bible, it always means praise. 

Revelation 5:5 tells us that our Lord Jesus, The Lion of the Tribe of Praise (Judah) has overcome! So many of us walk around in fear of the enemy. Whether it is “the devil” you fear, your own thoughts, or your next door neighbor, we often walk around fearing our enemy and what he/she could do to us. 

Praisers know that their Lion of the Tribe of Judah is the real thing and He has already overcome every single enemy that may come in their path.

In the historical books of the Bible, Judah is always performing. He is always moving. (Judson Cornwall, LET US PRAISE) In Judges 1:1-2 we read, “Now after the death of Joshua it came to pass, that the children of Israel asked the LORD, saying, Who shall go up for us against the Canaanites first, to fight against them? And the LORD said, Judah shall go up: behold, I have delivered the land into his hand.” God told PRAISE to go in first to the enemy. Praise entered the battle first. 

In 2 Chronicles 20:21, King Jehoshaphat “appointed singers unto the Lord, that should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army, and to say, Praise the Lord; for his mercy endureth for ever.”  The choir and the orchestra went ahead of the warriors! It worked. The enemies were defeated and Judah never even had to take out their swords!

How many battles do we needlessly fight; drawing our swords of worry, our shields of fear, and our words of war? What would happen if we simply trusted that the Lion of the Tribe of Judah has already won the battle?

What would happen in our lives if we put away our warring words, and lifted our voices in praise?

There is POWER IN OUR PRAISE!  Amen.

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