Dear Church Family,

Last Sunday

It was great to have Pastor Chuck back with us after his 4-week sabbatical of study, planning, and rest. Last Sunday he preached on Psalm 73, which raised the question—what does God’s goodness towards his people look like? The psalmist confesses that his “feet had almost stumbled” (v. 2) because he had begun to think God’s goodness should look like “health, wealth, and ease.” He became envious of those around him who seemed to have these things even though they rejected God. “All in vain have I kept my heart clean,” the psalmist cries (v. 13). Can you relate? Have you ever compared your own condition with someone else’s and begun to question God’s goodness? The author of Psalm 73 comes out of the fog by drawing near to God with God’s people. In God’s sanctuary his mind is reoriented to this truth: “But for me it is good to be near God” (v. 28). That is what the goodness of God looks like towards his people—nearness to him!

New Sermon Series

Get excited for a new sermon series called Jesus on Church. “Church” is a word that has all sorts of connotations and meanings for different people. But what does Jesus himself say about the church? Pastor Chuck will take us through six key passages in the gospel of Matthew to find out. This six-week series begins August 19th—invite a friend!

Your brother in Christ,

Phil Hoshiwara