Bless This Church


 

 The very first time I met this dear congregation, we were worshipping in an empty store-front sho in the little strip-mall on Taft and Tustin. BB&H Auto Parts was still doing business just a few doors down from us. There was a Scuba shop right next door. It was a Sunday morning in January 1995; we had come to worship for the very first time. Everyone who came brought a chair to make it happen. 

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Risk-Taker!


Epaphroditus. Now there's a Biblical character that doesn't get much attention. When was the last time you spent a few minutes meditating on the life and merits of Epaphroditus? 

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Spoiled Masterpieces


Down through the centuries—in fact, over five of them now—the human race has heaped up praises for what Michelangelo painted on the ceiling of that Sistine Chapel. "Magnificent" they call it; "colossal"; "unprecedented", "the only one of its kind", and...

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Missions Christmas List




“The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shone.” (Is 9:2 ESV) 

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Be An Out-of-Place Christian

Somewhere between Spring Street and HIll in the middle of L.A,'s "Chinatown", there used to be a bookstore that was completely funded and inventoried by the Beijing Press, Communist China's official government publishing agency. It was also, quite frankly, one of the propaganda arms of the Communist regime. Back in the late 1970's I was shocked to discover it of course. I don't know if the store is still there now, but what's shocking these days, anyway?—with Americans electing outright socialists and communists into Congress.  

Prior to our mission work in Taiwan, Sharilyn and I had started a little ministry up in Chinatown where we would visit the little Chinese bookstores and offer them Christian literature, to sell along with the rest of their inventory. The books were all in Chinese, very attractively published by the Chinese Christian Press, and they were free. We would buy them at bulk rate and just give them to the proprietors; we even included a nice rotating wire rack that many of the store owners couldn't resist. 

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Your Lofty 'Career'


 

Nobody really remembers Thomas Edison's job. It had not the slightest impact upon our world. And today, it is of no consequence whatsoever. But, just for your information, he was a telegraph operator; you know: "dash-dit-dash-dash  dit-dash  dash-dit-dit  dit-dash" all day long. 

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Me...Under the Lamb and Other Things




I've had so many comments on that Chinese character I mentioned a few weeks ago, that I decided to devote this issue of my article to some of the other things I've learned over the years about the ancient theism of the people of China. Yes, they were theists all right—monotheists as a matter of fact—and everything I share here will just bring glory to our awesome God —"The Most High who rules over all the kingdoms of men" (Dan 4: 17), and who "has not left Himself without witness" (Acts 14:17).

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It Takes a Storm!


 

Joseph Conrad is one of my favorite authors —I've not read a novel of his yet that I didn't like. But one of them—Typhoon—is truly unforgettable. 

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Our Children...Under Siege


I don't normally do this with my weekly article, but it can't be avoided. Our children are under siege in this State and if each and every one of us doesn't rise up as parents, grandparents, Christians, community leaders and...well...just plain human beings, we will surely be held accountable for it.  

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My 'Miss America'


 I don't normally make a big deal about it and so most folks don't realize that I am married to a 'Miss America'. For several years into our marriage, I didn't even know myself. I guess I should have: after all, she is the most beautiful person I've ever met. In fact, throughout my married life—right up to this moment—I have never even felt close to being worthy of her.   It wasn't until we got to Taiwan and moved into the little Hakka village of Hsi Hu, that she became 'Miss America'. Surprisingly, Sharilyn repeatedly asks me not to share her 'achievement' with others. I think what rubs the wrong way is the fact that it was our garbage man in Hsi Hu who gave her the title.    Mr. Lyou never did learn her real name. The first day he met her, he was standing waist-deep in the contents of the garbage truck, with clothes that looked quite like his surroundings and a pair of yellow plastic boots that were pitifully trying to keep his feet clean. The first thing he said to Sharilyn, as she handed up her pail of trash, was: "Mei-guo Syau-jye, ni hao"—"Miss America, how are you?" 

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The Man in the Black Car


 

 I once had lunch with a missionary who had lived and worked for over a decade not far from—are you ready for this?—Casablanca. 

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What Holds You Up?


 

 I love that old New York City story about the CEO and the fluorescent tube. Haven't heard that one? Well, where have you been? Not in New York City, that's for sure. 

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Preaching the Deeps


I have to admit that I'm a little nervous about starting this new series on the Gospel of John. It is definitely the deepest, most profound of all the Gospels. Just look at those opening verses! Is anyone really capable of plumbing the depths of this thing? Not I, I can assure you! So keep me in prayer as we begin, won't you? I need God's favor or I'll just end up fakin' it. 

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The Wage or the Gift?


Article was written by Pastor Rod SchorrHow staggering those words we read in Roman 6:23; one of the most frequently quoted verses in the Bible. Have you taken a serious look at it? Well, let's do so now: 

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When Things Fall Apart


Science is usually very bright and alert but, in one instance at least, science was dull and slow and very late in coming to the state of its awareness. 

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Don't Know How To Pray?


 

I heard it again just the other day and I can't count the times I've heard it before: "I don't know how to pray." 

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Dig Deeper!


...a nation of spiritual surface miners?

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Time For Hope!


 

Editor's note: CCOT generously supports the ministries of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, including Franklin Graham's Operation Christmas Child and his recent preaching tours throughout America and around the world. Here is the latest prayer letter from Mr. Graham. It is a privilege to share the burden of this important and godly work.   Blackpool, a city in Lancashire on England's northwest coast, desperately needs a message of hope. But some in Blackpool are determined to prevent that. 

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Quite a World


I never thought I'd see the day when Americans would call the Bible a "serious threat" and banish it from public view; but that day is here, dear faithful family of Christ; and by 'here', I mean 'right here' in Southern California.

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He Remembers


Pastor Rod is away this week. We include an article he published on 10-19-2014.

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