Proverbs: God’s Wisdom for Us – September 3, 2023

Proverbs 31:13-23

Pastor Enoch Chee

Today I want to talk about money. I want to talk about financial strategy. It’s one of my favorite topics. Partially because it’s about gaining an advantage by using numbers.

I believe if we’re wise with our money, with the way we earn it and spend it,
It will make the biggest difference in our lives, to the point that there’s almost nothing we can do that’s more important than getting our finances right. And our Bible passage will show us what it’s like when we get our finances right, and also how to get there.

So my big question today is: what does it mean to be wise with money?

Proverbs: God’s Wisdom for Us – August 27, 2023

Proverbs 14:30

Pastor David Cay

We all struggle with mental health on some level, but one of the great things about being a Christian is that our relationship with God gives us the resources that can help our mental health significantly.

But just to be clear, a relationship with God doesn’t magically fix every mental health problem. Some people still need medication, some people need therapy, and many times some problems can’t be fixed on this side of eternity.

But what I am saying is that a Christian way of thinking can give us the best chance at great mental health. So, my big question today is: How can we improve our mental health? Our proverb today teaches us two things:

  1. We need to value peace like life itself
  2. We need to get rid of envy

Proverbs: God’s Wisdom for Us – August 20, 2023

Proverbs 23:22

Pastor Tim Nguyen

Our relationship with our parents makes such a huge difference in our lives. And so today, I want to talk about parents. And when I say parents, I’m talking about people who are FUNCTIONALLY your parents.

So most obviously, it’s usually the mom and dad who made you, but families are complex. If you got abandoned at birth and grew up with loving adoptive parents, I’m talking about your adoptive parents. Not your biological parents. Because God has given you other people to take their place. Parent-figures. You may have both!

I have 2 biological parents that love me dearly but missed out on some key moments of my life! They never gave me the talk about girls (other than stay away from them), and they never taught me to drive. But my mentor did that for me. He is a parent figure to me. So we all have parents or parent-figures that God has placed in our lives to take care of us, believe in us, teach us and love us. Before we go on, I just want to take 10 seconds to think about the people who are functionally your parents. Moms. Dad. Parent figures. God parents. Mentors. Think of their faces.

Alright, now that we have that, I want to make an observation. Most people I know do not have a healthy relationship with their parents. Because on both sides, we simply don’t know how to make these important relationships thrive, especially in families with first generation immigrants because we’re working off such different ideas, beliefs, expectations and standards. That tension is enough to destroy families!

But what can we do about it? Who can we go to for wisdom?

I think the most qualified person to look to is the one who created this whole system of families. God’s creation included the relationship between parents and children and so it reasons that HE knows the ideal design and plan for our relationship with our parents! So let’s look through the book of proverbs to see what God’s wisdom says.

Proverbs: God’s Wisdom for Us – August 13, 2023

Proverbs 22:4

Pastor David Cay

We all have things we treasure. We have things that are important to us, things we value, things that give meaning to our lives. Some people love their home and their possessions. Some people love their freedom. Some people love their career.

Some people love their relationships and families. And some people love to have fun. And these are all good things, so we treasure them and so we base our priorities on the things we treasure. However, we get into trouble when our priorities are not set properly.

So, my question today is: how can we set the right priorities? As it turns out, there is a whole book in the Bible dedicated toward helping us find the right priorities.

Today, we are starting a new series in the book of Proverbs. The Book of Proverbs is a book of patterns, and not necessarily a book of promises. This is an important distinction. It was written to teach us how to think, how to navigate through life and how to set our priorities.

The most foundational idea in the book of Proverbs is that a good relationship with God is the key ingredient to a wise life. When we have a proper relationship with God, it makes all of our priorities fall into place. So, the first priority is to get things right with God. We’ll see this in our main verse today.

Knowing Jesus Personally – July 30, 2023

John 15:1

Pastor David Cay

A recent study found that the average iPhone user is on their phone for two and half hours over seventy-six sessions. Another study on millennials put the number at twice that!

Can you imagine how much you could get done if you had another two and a half more hours in a day? Or if you were interrupted 76 less times?

But whenever I’m away from my phone, I feel angst like I feel I’m missing out on a WhatsApp message, or I’m missing breaking news on Twitter.

For some of us it’s playing a game or checking YouTube and Tik Tok (Instagram, Snap Chat), and before you know it you look at the clock and you’ve wasted so much time. You’ve lost so much time to this black hole called our phone.

Itt’s not just the phone, but people waste time in all kinds of ways. It might be a toxic relationship, or wasting time on some achievement that in the end doesn’t fill your soul.

It happens to us even though it’s the opposite of what we want. Most of us have a good desire to make a difference in the world. We want to make a difference through our work, family, and relationships.

We don’t want to waste our lives So my question today is: How can we get the right things done so our lives are full of meaning and purpose?

Knowing Jesus Personally – July 23, 2023

John 10:9-10

Pastor Tim Nguyen

One of the biggest reasons why Christianity is so offensive is because we claim to have the exclusive, absolute truth. The ONLY way to life and we try to convince everyone that we’re right and they’re wrong. And that just does not fly in our culture. It’s so narrow, it’s so close minded. We’re taught to be progressive and accepting of everything! ANd Christianity is NOT that.

But what if Jesus was right about himself? What if he is the cure to our broken world? And the only way to an abundant life? At the very least, it’s worth taking a look at.

In our passage today, Jesus makes a claim about himself and I want you to join me in thinking about it before we blindly accept it or reject it.

Knowing Jesus Personally – July 16, 2023

John 14:1-6

Pastor David Cay

During the pandemic, I had to put down my dog Kiwi. It’s probably one of the worst experiences I’ve ever had to go through. One of the hardest things to go through was the days after her death. It was actually the simple moments where it really hit you. It really hurt.

The older I get, the more I realize that grief, times of loss and discomfort is inevitable. The Bible tells us to expect it- there are even times when God directly leads us to times of grief. But at the same time, God gives us great hope in the midst of it.

So, my question today is: What is our greatest comfort in times of loss?
As we will see, in times of loss, we have to apply our knowledge of Jesus. And as always, we’ll see our big idea in the Bible.

Knowing Jesus Personally – July 2, 2023

John 10:10-13

Pastor Tim Nguyen

Jesus offers a way of living where we can go beyond just simply surviving. He offers a life where we thrive. Something that’s better than whatever the world has to offer. An abundant life with him.

How can we have abundant life?
Our passage today shows us that we can have abundant life when:

  1. We are led by Jesus
  2. We lead like Jesus.

Knowing Jesus Personally – June 25, 2023

John 8:12

Pastor Enoch Chee

No matter how old we get, there’s always stuff that we don’t know. It’s actually normal to stumble through life not knowing what we’re doing and making terrible decisions just because we don’t know better. Probably all of us have seen people make terrible life decisions.

On the other hand, there are people who just seem to thrive in life and they seem to know what they’re doing.

How can we know what we need to know? We need to follow Jesus out of the darkness. Because, as it turns out, we all start in the darkness. But Jesus leads us out of the darkness. We’ll see this in our Bible passage today.

Knowing Jesus Personally – June 18, 2023

John 6:25-27; 35

Pastor David Cay

Today we’re starting a new series in the book of John. We’ll be covering five statements that Jesus says about himself. Radical truths about him that can change our lives for the better. Today’s story comes from a time when Jesus was really famous!

Sometimes our heavenly father will let us go through pain and hard times and people can get really bitter at God. I’ve seen close friends leave the faith because they feel God did them wrong

So, my big question today is, how can we be happy with God and less frustrated? Our Bible passage today tells us 2 things:

  1. God doesn’t fit into our plans, but instead…
  2. We need to fit into God’s plans.