Faith, Doubt, Fear

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“For now we see through a glass, darkly…” I have spent many hours in all three categories.  Faith The first category is faith.  We all believe things. We believe things about reality; we also imagine things that we don’t really know about, but we imagine and believe. I have constructed statements of faith, I have […]

Praying for Others

The dynamic of prayer in the fellowship of the Saints is a dying art and practice.  Here are some guidelines for the art of what is known as intercession. in·ter·ces·sion /ˌintərˈseSHən/ Noun The action of intervening on behalf of another. The action of saying a prayer on behalf of another person. There are many examples […]

Olive Grove Church

I have pastored Nuevo Community Church for the past 21 years.  This year we are changing the name of the church to “Olive Grove Church.”  The reason we are changing our name is not simply to be trendy but we feel the need to start a new chapter in the life of the church based […]

Steve’s Five Points

Steve’s Five Points (originally Wally’s 5 points, but nobody* knows Wally) The following 5 points are the essential characteristics of healthy church life. Exegetical Preaching. The preaching of the church must be based upon God’s Word and the purpose of preaching is to explain a particular text of Scripture  – 2 Timothy 4:2 Genuine Expression of […]

Questions for God

Our Sunday night gathering here at NCC is called “The Well” and for the summer we have been doing a question and answer format covering apologetic, theological, social, personal and biblical categories.  Here are some of the questions from the last few weeks: What is absolutely necessary for salvation? Is saying the prayer enough? How […]

A Not So Easy, Easy Lesson

My seminary friend Dale Meador pastors a church in Medford, Oregon. Here he talks about a universal church problem which is apparently not so easy to eradicate since it seems to happen everywhere.  Thanks Dale. I bet Dale is a kinetic preacher. Read the email that accompanied this video.

Leave Your Church…

Here is a trend I am getting tired of… Glenn Beck, the political broadcaster, is urging people to leave their church if those churches are concerned about social justice. Today on the Radio Program Pastor’s Perspective (Calvary Chapel with Brian Broderson) a caller was encouraged to take his “tithe” and use it in his own […]

I Love Mexicans

For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man,from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; […]

Christians Are Mixed Up

According to recent polls cited by the USA Today, Christians are a mixed up lot.  Read the article, More U.S. Christians mix in ‘Eastern,’ New Age beliefs. Some of their observations: •26% of those who attend religious services say they do so at more than one place occasionally, and an additional 9% roam regularly from […]

Do We Need the Church?

I mean the institution, the local gathering, the building etc…. Someone asked me for a reason to go to church, and what should be looked for if answered affirmatively. This really is a legitimate question because there are so many options. In my links here on The Temple I have ample resources for people in […]