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We welcome our guest speaker, Dr. Maury Jackson! He serves as an Associate Dean at the HMS Richards Divinity School at La Sierra University, associate professor of Practical Theology, chair of the Pastoral Studies Department, and Coordinator of the Philosophical Studies program. He is an ordained Seventh-day Adventist pastor with nearly two decades…
 
Every good routine begins in our minds. We think it’s in the gear we have or the space we have created or what we have around us - and that all matters. But the decision starts in our mind and the way we think about it. Spending time with God, good eating, working out, healthy relationships, and other habits that make for life abundant, all start i…
 
We continue with our new sermon series - Thrive: wholistic, wholehearted health. This is what we are here for, the heart of this calling we are a part of. For us to thrive, we give ourselves to God and join God in what matters most. On Saturday, January 21, we celebrate our 58th Anniversary as a Church, and Pastor Tara VinCross shares a message in …
 
Dr. Hans Diehl, Clinical Professor of Preventive Medicine at Loma Linda University, School of Medicine, and presenter of the You-Turn Seminar presented a messaged entitled, "MAD, SAD, GLAD: The Gospel of 2nd Chance." It's the story of the Prodigal Father--exceedingly generous, recklessly wasteful and lavishly abounding with His love.…
 
On Saturday, we launched a new sermon series to kickoff the year of 2023. Thrive: wholistic, wholehearted health. Often, our experience of rest occurs only in what follows after exhaustion. But Jesus invites all to experience the true rest in Him. As we celebrate the first Sabbath of the New Year this weekend, I invite us to glean into Luke 10:38-4…
 
Once upon a time, God called the wisest man in all the world to save His people from the Egyptians. Solomon. Wait, no…that’s not right. Once upon a time God called the strongest man in all the world to save His people from the Egyptians. Sampson. Wait...that's still not right. Surley God called the smartest or bravest, wealthiest or most well-spoke…
 
"Do not be afraid." These words show up repeatedly in the Christmas story. To Elizabeth and Zechariah: Do not be afraid of being disappointed again. To Mary: Do not be afraid of your part in the story of God’s redemption. To Joseph: Do not be afraid of other people’s judgment. To the Shepherds: Do not be afraid, you get to tell the story of salvati…
 
This Sabbath we experienced a collective journey through gratitude. We invite you to reflect on a moment where God has been faithful and a scripture that fills your heart with praise and gratitude. Our scripture focus together is found in Proverbs 18:20, "from the fruit of their mouths people's stomachs are filled; with the harvest of their lips th…
 
Dr. Haffner's sermon is entitled, Keeping Venden's Voice Alive. Here's a preview: Pastor Morris Venden as his son Lee says, “Had one string on his violin, Jesus,” and oh how beautifully he played that string. Join us this Sabbath at Azure Hills SDA Church as we listen to that song. Jesus. Only. Always. Dr. Haffner has served as senior pastor of the…
 
Every so often I get the opportunity to bowl. Earlier this year was one such opportunity, as our pastoral staff took some time to have fun together. I ended up people watching, looking to our left at the people bowling next to us. One person was very good. Another was not. I overheard the instruction that the one gave to the other. “You have to let…
 
We welcome Dr. Andrea King as our guest speaker. Dr. King has pastored for over 20 years in the Southeastern California Conference and is currently serving as Director of Communication and Media for SECC. She has worked in communications and media for over 25 years and has authored two books: Finding Christ and The Queen in Me. Her sermon entitled,…
 
Albert Schweitzer said, “There are only three ways to teach a child. The first is by example, the second is by example, the third is by example.” The Apostle Paul agrees. Follow my example as I follow Christ. But some will try to lead you away. What does this look like in our day-in, day-out life? Pastor Tara VinCross preached a sermon titled, “Exa…
 
Your focus is one of your greatest strengths. Really. This superpower of attention is the design of our Creator, who gave us the ability to press on and push through situations, seasons, and stressors that may at first feel impossible. This is where Paul finds himself as he writes this letter. He affirms that he consciously chooses to “press on to …
 
I still remember in my younger years, sitting in a friend’s kitchen and watching lemonade pour over the sides of my glass onto her table. She had asked me to say when to stop and I hadn’t said anything. It is possible to have too much of a good thing. The Bible speaks about being weighed and measured. It is easy to fixate on whether we will have to…
 
Paul emphasizes in Philippians and elsewhere that righteousness comes by faith, not by works. We’ve heard that message and we’ve taught it for a long time. But do we know what it means? Do we know what it means to live by faith, not just in theory but in real life. Pastor Mike Leno explores the meaning of Paul’s teaching on faith and righteousness …
 
We live in a world where the default motto is, "Every man for himself.” Consciously or subconsciously, it’s easy to fall into a life focused on our needs and the needs of those closest to us. What Paul says in Philippians 2:21, could be affirmed today: “For everyone looks out for their own interests, not those of Jesus Christ.” It’s a rare gift whe…
 
This section of Philippians draws on the history of the people of Israel and points the current people of God to a hope-filled future. Using metaphors of work and sports, perspective and team work, the people of God are called to lift up their eyes and see their higher calling: shine like stars! What does this look like in our lives, as we now “wor…
 
What does it mean to really live life to the full? To show up with love, free from regrets, living to our potential. The words of scripture in the letter to the Philippians talk about where we find this kind of life, and the Way might just surprise us. It’s not what we think. It all starts with having the attitude of Christ. Pastor Tara VinCross pr…
 
It’s no secret we are divided. In our politics, religion, and life experience, just to name a few lines that divide us. Many of us are aware of this. “Tell me something new,” you might say. The words of scripture in the letter to the Philippians speaks to this reality. We continue in our new sermon series with Pastor Tara VinCross with a sermon tit…
 
Have you ever made a discovery completely by accident? Liked a food you never imagined you would. Enjoyed a hobby that surprised you. Found meaning in something you never expected you could. Sometimes things that end up being the best, are not what we would have first chosen. We continue in our new sermon series with Pastor Tara VinCross in the boo…
 
We're in a new sermon series with Pastor Tara VinCross in the book of Philippians. The first sermon in this series is, “Partners in the Gospel.” We ask ourselves questions like, What do we remember and focus on in our lives, the joy or the challenges? How do we know God is at work in us? Is Christianity a solo or team endeavor? Listen in as we go d…
 
This past weekend we closed out our Summer Sermon Series with the final fruit of the Spirit, self-control. Most of us view self-control like that overdue dentist appointment - it’s necessary but dreaded. It has such a bad reputation, yet it’s a foundational character trait that other virtues like joy, gratitude, and generosity rely upon. While we t…
 
For most of us, when we think of the Fruits of the Spirit we get excited about the outcome of what we can do with that gift! Love...who doesn't love love!! Joy. Check! Peace? Yes, we need more peace! Patience? Bring it on! Kindness, generosity, faithfulness...yes, yes, and yes! But Gentleness? Isn't gentleness a weakness? In today's society with a …
 
I love cultivating fruit and vegetable plants for harvest. God’s Holy Spirit has an infinitely better gift with the fruit shared in Galatians 5:22-23. In this 5th installment of our series, we get to see the powerful difference we make when we cultivate kindness. Proper attention makes this fruit sweeter, stronger and more powerful. Pastor Steve Mc…
 
"She/He has the patience of a saint!" Have you heard this familiar saying? Chances are your heart like mine can drop into your feet just thinking about being as patient as a saint! But Godly patience may be something different than what you imagine! Join Pastor Starla in exploring the virtue of patience in our ongoing Fruit of the Spirit series thi…
 
This Sabbath we continued our summer sermon series on the "Fruit of the Spirit," with a message on the subject of peace. Based on Paul's letter addressed to the churches of Galatia, there is an enemy who wants to sabotage the peace you have through Jesus Christ. In this message, Dr. Erik Carter would like to expose this enemy and the primary means …
 
It’s been a MONUMENTAL week at Azure Hills Church as 600+ kids and youth, plus parents and volunteers experienced God’s love in BIG ways. Pastor Tara VinCross shares a sermon titled, “Joy!," the next in our Fruitful summer sermon series. Come find out how joy is like a powerful flashlight that you need in your life. Read Galatians 5:22-26 and Psalm…
 
This Sabbath we pushed pause on our summer sermon series for an Old Testament interlude. Dr. Erik Carter shared a message entitled, “A Dispatch from the Darkness." Have you ever felt discouraged, defeated, or disillusioned? Then we especially invite you to pray and reflect on 1 Sam 22:1-2, as we draw practical lessons from an unusual season in King…
 
As a church, we believe in our collective calling to love. But how do we stay in love, or what’s more, grow in love? Pastor Laia Amaya will share a message titled, “It Takes Faith To Love,” as we begin our sermon series, “Fruitful,” on the fruits of the spirit. Come join us as we go deeper together in the word of God and see what it means for our l…
 
On Sabbath, June 11, Pastor Tara VinCross shared a message entitled, “Sacred Trust,” from a section of Paul’s letter where he instructs Timothy saying, “Guard what has been entrusted to your care” (1 Tim 6:20). What do we do with what we’ve been given? How do we live in such a way that recognizes that all that we have and all that we are is only by…
 
When I compare these three verbs, they each make me feel differently: spend, share, give. I’m interested in your perspective: •. What I spend is gone - although I may receive great reward in return. I love spending time with my grandchildren. •. What I share has mutual benefit - although I may prefer that you share your pie with me rather than I sh…
 
On Sabbath, May 28, Pastor Tara VinCross shared a message entitled, "Not ‘Yours,' Not ‘Mine,' But ‘Ours.'" We continue in our sermon series Re[Build]: God's Promises, A Sure Foundation. In this final sermon in our series on the book of Ezra, we witness firsthand how the exiled people of God are not only restoring a building but a relationship with …
 
There is power in beginning again. The people of God worked hard to build the altar and lay the foundation. Then for 16 years, the work ceased. How will the people of God come back from this ‘false start’? How will the work of God begin again? We notice as we read that God does not rebuild the temple. God does not supernaturally do the work for the…
 
When we step forward on the path God has called us to, we can expect to encounter opposition and adversity. God has given the people a vision - to rebuild the temple of God. And it won’t come easily. Ezra 4:4 says, "Then the peoples around them set out to discourage the people of Judah and make them afraid to go on building.” In fact, their words n…
 
It’s not always possible to go back to the way things were. There are events in our life that change us. Sometimes you can’t restore, you must rebuild, setting out on a new path. Is it possible to move forward into new territory without fear? Certainly, the people of God faced immense challenges. This Sabbath, we continue in our new sermon series R…
 
The people of God in exile. We are probably divided on our experience of this word – exile. For some of us, we don’t really know what that word means. I mean we know what it means, but we don’t know what it really means...to be an exile. And for others of us, we know right away what it is to be on the outside. To have lost our sense of place, of be…
 
What did Jesus talk about the afternoon of his resurrection? We know he had a conversation with two depressed disciples as they walked the 7 miles from Jerusalem to Emmaus. Why is that conversation important? And what is our part in that conversation? Join us as we relive that dramatic story told in words and music.…
 
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