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Mountians and Lake

"How Has Your Day Been?"


How Has Your Day Been?

James 1:1-4 – April 18, 2021




  1.  Choose joy in our trials! (v. 2)

“pure joy” …


            a. Our joy in adversity is not to be polluted with anger, bitterness, judging, dissatisfaction, or grudges.


            b. Our joy is not a plastic mask, or an outward show, but rather springs up from within.


            c. Our joy in times of trouble is obviously a conscious decision. “Count” or “Consider”


How can we have joy in trials?

     2. Don’t cut the growth process short. (v. 4)


            A.  These tests and trials develop perseverance

            B.  Perseverance develops maturity and completeness.


Three Questions to Answer When Going Through Trials:


  • What attitudes surface during my trial?


  • Am I patient through the process of my trial? 


  • Am I growing or maturing in my living?




S M A L L   G R O U P   D I S C U S S I O N


Question #1 – Are you going through any trials right now that you’re willing to share with the group? 


Question #2 –  Why does God want us to have joy in our trial?  What other emotions can dilute our joy?  Why is it so hard to have joy?  Share times when you passed or failed at the “joy test”!


Question #3 – In our pain adverse culture “letting perseverance have its perfect work” is not a popular thing.  What practical steps can you think of to endure joyfully through our trial?  Get specific!


Question #4 – When we endure through trials, we mature.  What evidence of genuine maturity could be seen when God grows us as we endure?  List at least 5.  Do you see those in your life?  Which ones do you need to develop most?  Pray for each other … for your trials … for joy, patience, endurance and maturity!

Marble Surface


"Hope in the

Midst of Suffering"

Hope in the Midst of Suffering

PR - 3.14.2021 - 1 Peter 1:3-12

I. The way not to respond to evil and suffering:

  To turn away from God when you are suffering does not help.

II. Two ways we can face evil and suffering:

A. Look to the cross

  • God desires for suffering to strengthen your faith

  • Your expectations make all the difference

  • Scriptures tell us that if we follow Christ we should expect trials

  • The cross tells us how far God will go to be with us in our affliction (1 Peter 1:10-11)

B. Look to our inheritance (1 Pet. 1:3-5)

  • Be filled with hope

  • Our inheritance is secure

  • The promise of the New Heavens and the New Earth (1 Cor. 15:53-57)

  • Suffering makes heaven more glorious


1. Examine your life.

2. Rejoice in your suffering. 

3. Thank God for being with you.

Twinkly Lights


"Indisputable Evidence"

Indisputable Evidence

John 13:33-35 - AM Worship At East Bay Calvary

1.3.2021 - Priorities for Starting a New Year

1. The Big Command: love (v. 34)

2. Who to love: each other (v. 34)

3. How to love: as Jesus loved

"We impart what we know, but we impact by who we are."


4. The impact of love: indisputable evidence of following Jesus!

God doesn't grow the church through programs... but through people as they love (Ephesians 4:16)

  • Our giftedness doesn't make us a great church... our love does! (1 Corinthians 13)

  • Jesus said that the two most important commandments are to love God and love others!

  • There's no better picture to the world that we believe the gospel - that we believe the good news of Jesus' love for us, that He died for us to bear our punishment for sin - than to love like Him and love the people He died for. He isn't just our example, He's our motivation for loving. "Christ's love motivates me."

Twinkly Lights


"Investing for 2021"

Investing For 2021

John 6:1-14 - AM Worship At East Bay Calvary

12.27.2020 - Priorities for Starting a New Year

Turn to John 6:1-14

1. Give no matter what you have. (v. 9)

2. Give to what God is in. (v. 6, 10-13)

3. Give so that God is elevated. (v. 14)


Who gives:


Things to give:


Who to give to:

Why give:

Blue Sky


"The Man With a Fatal Flaw"

S E R M O N  N O T E S

10.11.2020 | Pastor Dallas Dix


Who is Nicodemus?

...a Pharisee.

...a Teacher.

...a Member of the Sanhedrin


His fatal flaw was this . . . he thought of himself as a good person, who could earn his way into the Kingdom of God.


Being born again is not:

...Doing religious things

...Knowing the right theology (vs. 2)

Salvation requires believing the truth about the Trinity, Christ, faith, the cross, and resurrection, but a person can know the right theology and still NOT be saved.

...Claiming to be born again (vs. 3)


Being born again is:

...Absolutely necessary. (vs. 3)

...Internal transformation (vs. 4-6)

...Spirit initiated (vs. 7-8)

Forest Stream


"The Just Wrath of a Holy God"

Wheat Field


"Truth for Troubled Hearts"

S E R M O N  N O T E S

10.4.2020 | Pastor Sheldon Reist


I. The Definition 
    A. Wrath-deep, intense anger and indignation
    B. Indignation- righteous anger aroused by injustice and wickedness

II. Is God a God of wrath?
    A. Nahum 1:2-3,6-8
    B. 2 Thessalonians 1:6-9


III. Description of God’s Wrath
    A. The Wrath of God Based on His Justice
        1. Guilt is to be convicted of breaking God’s law
        2. Justice is to be given a proper sentence based on being guilty
        3. God’s judicial wrath is always in accord to what each person has done.


    B. The Wrath of God Based on His Holiness
        1. Holiness is the quality of being set apart, being perfect in every way
        2. As a result of God’s holiness sin cannot be tolerated. Hab. 1:13
        3. We have an innate sense that wrongs need to be punished. Rom. 2:15


IV. How can a sinner be saved from God’s wrath?
    A. At the cross, God’s justice, holiness, and love collide in Christ. 
    B. Christ took the death penalty for our sin so justice was satisfied 2Cor. 5:21
    C. Christ became the atoning sacrifice for us so God’s wrath was turned aside. 1 John 2:2
    D. Jesus did all of this us out of His love for us. John 3:16-18
    E. Repent of your sin and believe in Christ.  Rom. 10:9-10


    We don’t need to apologize that God is a God of wrath- that He has an intense anger for injustice and wickedness. We all should be

    angry about such things.
    True love is never complacent when a loved one is mistreated. God is a God of love and that is why He is a God of wrath. That is why He gets angry        about sin. In His love for us He made a way through Christ for His wrath to be paid and for us to be forgiven.

D I S C U S S I O N  Q U E S T I O N S


1. Does the idea of a wrathful God bother you? If so, in what ways?
2. How does God’s wrath demonstrate to us God’s love?
3. How do you respond to Jesus being willing to take God’s wrath for you, so you don’t have to?
4. What do you need to do in response to this message?    


7.19.2020 | Pastor Jonathan Mast

1. Why was the book of John written? (John 20:31).


2. What are some reasons you see that the disciples were troubled? (John 13) 


3. Jesus gave five reasons for His disciples not to be troubled. Which one is most meaningful for you today?  

     1. There is room for you in the Father's house. (14:2a) 

     2. I am going to prepare a way. (14:2b-3a)

     3. I will be your dwelling (14:3b)

     4. The Father is with you now (14:7-11)

     5. I will always be with you because I dwell in you. (14:16-19, 25-27)


4. How does what Jesus said about himself in John 14:6 impact how early followers of Jesus were known in Acts 9:2? Are you willing to be known as someone belonging to the “WAY”?


5. Write down the command repeated twice in John 14:1 & 14:27 and place it somewhere in your home as a reminder for you to trust Jesus. 






7.12.2020 | Pastor Dallas Dix

"The Gospel Is Glorious!"


If we are ever to understand the glory of the gospel, we must understand:


We don't change the gospel, the gospel changes us.

- Why do people try to change the gospel?

- They are ashamed (Romans 1:16).


We are not the power of the gospel, the gospel is empowered by God (1:16).

- How do people think they are the power of the gospel?

- When they try manipulate outcomes.


We are not the righteousness of the gospel, the gospel gifts righteousness to us by faith (1:17).

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