Blessed are the Meek

“Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.” Matthew 5:5 We are continuing on this journey together as we try to discover how to witness to our yet to believe friends. And the question is really how do we frame the gospel to them in a way that can be impactful? We know the gospel for ourselves, and that is well and good. But how do we articulate it to those…

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Blessed are Those Who Mourn

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” Matthew 5:4 This is now week 12 meeting as Ethos Communion Church. We are still in our soft launch stage, and trying to hone in on the vision that God has for us a church. We know there is a Huge Harvest of yet to be believers out there, and we want to prepare so that we are sharpened instruments ready to be…

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Blessed are the Poor in Spirit

Matthew5.3 ““Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Well, we just concluded a series on The Harvest from Matthew 9 which began shifting our gears as a church to prepare to bring in this harvest. In the final sermon of that series, we saw that the work of harvesting is the work of teaching which corresponds to what Jesus said in the Great Commission. He said to…

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The Work of Harvesting

Now, as we move forward as a church, I’ve come to realize that it’s very important that we don’t just try to plan out our church in a conceptual, cerebral, manner where we attempt to design a theoretically perfect church. Our church needs to be born of experience because God is sovereign over our experiences. He has hand-crafted all of our lives as his stories (HIStory) where we can give testimony to the…

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Making Eye Contact with God

So there has been a lot on my heart and mind this week. Trying to figure out the direction for our church and also still lots to do after moving homes. And I don’t know, just a lot on my heart and mind; a lot of moving pieces of things to do, or things to think of, and a lot of uncertainty for the future. And I found myself wrestling with some more…

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When Loss is Gain

It’s been well over a month since the funeral for my father-in-law. This is the sermon I preached that day. “For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me. Yet which I shall choose I cannot tell. I am hard pressed between the two. My desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is…

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Heart of the Harvester

This is the sermon I preached yesterday (2024-04-28) for Ethos that follows last week’s sermon on the Huge Harvest. Praise the Lord, we are now nine weeks into soft-launching Ethos Communion Church! It is wonderful that we have made it thus far, and I am so grateful for your excitement and your faithfulness up to this point. I have to say that these last two months have been restful for me. It’s very…

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Huge Harvest

“Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few.” Matthew 9:37 Almost twenty years ago, in 2005, I received my call to ministry. I was in India, looking out at a landscape of green fields with the occasional Asian Water Buffalo grazing amidst the grass, and then I thought of the billions of people in India who did not know Christ. In that moment, I was struck…

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Children of God Without God

Well, another week has come and gone. It’s another week since we’ve planted the church. Another week since my Father-in-law died and has gone to be with the Lord. It’s another week since we have moved from Atwater Village to Glendale. And it’s another week of trying to discern where the Lord is leading us as Ethos Communion Church. There is a potential space for us to gather in Gardena. And we had…

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Ethos Communion Church Vision Matrix

If you didn’t know, baseball is one of my hobbies. To be more specific, developing my son into a baseball player is one of my hobbies. As we are on this journey of him becoming the best hitter and pitcher that he can be, we of course have an interest in Shohei Ohtani who is the generational, if not legendary player, who is hall of fame caliber at both hitting and pitching. In…

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