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David Johnson
17 February 2019
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Greetings from India! I am so excited to give you an update on the Himalayan Center For Missions here in India. The class started a week before we arrived and studied through the Gospel of Luke. Since we have arrived we have studied through the book of Daniel and are now studying Revelation! Th...
Pastor Rod Schorr
10 February 2019
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Christians are often accused of being 'narrow' these days: "narrow-minded", "intolerant", "inflexible" and all that stuff. But during these last few decades, living and ministering in good ol' "open-minded" California, I've done a lot of thinking on that subject. And here's what I've come up with. M...
Pastor Rod Schorr
03 February 2019
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 There's a story about something that happened at the Ford Motor Company, way back in the early years, when they had just made their first expansion and moved into the new Piquette Avenue plant. A little twelve-year-old neighbor kid came racing through the front gates on his bicycle and almost got p...
Pastor Rod Schorr
28 January 2019
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Okay: here is my apology—though not very apologetic—to any who might be wishing that we would follow the "Corporate America" model of Christian Faith and Church, so popular these days: I'm sorry, but we don't have a "Ten Year Plan",  or a "Five Year Plan". I'm sure those are all very nice, but we fo...
Pastor Rod Schorr
18 January 2019
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  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...
Pastor Rod Schorr
13 January 2019
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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? Didn't think so. Neither have I. But Epaphroditus was highly esteemed by one of the greatest Christians that ever lived: P...
Pastor Rod Schorr
09 December 2018
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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......are you ready for this? ..."dingy"!I know....
David Johnson
30 November 2018
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“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)    Have you made your Christmas list yet? I wanted to share with you our Mission Board Christmas list this year. Please pray about these ministries and proje...
Pastor Rod Schorr
26 November 2018
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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...
Pastor Rod Schorr
18 November 2018
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 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. It was Edison's car...
Pastor Rod Schorr
11 November 2018
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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...
Pastor Rod Schorr
05 November 2018
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 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. It is more about a sea captain than it is about a typhoon. Oh, the typhoon is there all right: it happens with a vengeance as a matter of fact, but Capt....
Pastor Rod Schorr
28 October 2018
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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...
Pastor Rod Schorr
21 October 2018
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 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—righ...
Pastor Rod Schorr
14 October 2018
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  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.    I know: it brought the same exotic, romantic sensation to me when I heard it. In fact, I expected him to come dressed in a white suit and grey fedora, wearing that same...
Pastor Rod Schorr
07 October 2018
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  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.    I have no idea if the story is true, but I always wish it were—does that help a little? It's just too classic to be dismissed as ...
Pastor Rod Schorr
28 September 2018
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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 i...
Pastor Rod Schorr
23 September 2018
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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: "For the wages of sin is death, but...."; and, by the way, can there be found in all the world ...
Pastor Rod Schorr
16 September 2018
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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. Forty centuries of human history would elapse before someone in the scientific fields would take notice of a phenomenon that every person on earth ...
Pastor Rod Schorr
09 September 2018
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 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." I really can't say it surprises me. Prayer is the Christian's greatest weakness. And yet nothing is more important to the Christian. After all, how can we expect to 'walk' with God and ...