Posts in the Thoughts for Growth Category
November 24th, 2018
Jesus’ command goes against our instincts.
July 24th, 2018 by Gary Bowman
One of his lines struck me, how he turned to his digital device "every time my attention span wobbled.”
June 17th, 2018 by Gary Bowman
God's enduring grace keeps us connected to the Giver, not His gifts.
June 13th, 2018
So cheer up! And be warned.
February 18th, 2018
You have never talked to a mere mortal.
February 13th, 2018
The first Moses says is we will all fail to live as we ought . . .
February 1st, 2018
I note two things that contribute to this withering
February 1st, 2018
Often we'’re acting based on misconceptions about what Scripture teaches. We need to have an accurate, comprehensive view of biblical personal finance.
November 22nd, 2017
An estimated 10-12 million Roma people are concentrated in Turkey, Romania, Bulgaria and those countries comprising the former Yugoslavia.
November 10th, 2017
Provide culture-conforming comforts and security?
August 18th, 2017 by Gary Bowman
We are offered the gift of repentance!
July 11th, 2017 by Gary Bowman
. . . until we have reached the last tribe regardless of where that tribe might be.
June 29th, 2017 by Gary Bowman
“You never listen when I talk to you.” “You always leave your socks on the floor.” “You’re never ready on time for school.” “We always have meatloaf for dinner.”
June 27th, 2017 by Gary Bowman
We encourage you to take this Sacred Pathways Quiz.
May 16th, 2017 by Gary Bowman
"I need only one thing to survive and thrive
May 2nd, 2017 by Gary Bowman
Would you like others to remember your failings as long as your remember theirs?
April 14th, 2017 by Gary Bowman
Men don’t lay down their lives for what they know is a lie.
April 4th, 2017 by Gary Bowman
"Who said anything about safe?"
December 20th, 2016 by Gary Bowman
Christianity says God has been all the places you have been
December 9th, 2016 by Gary Bowman
We all--parents and kids--need the resucing and life-shaping grace of Jesus!
November 23rd, 2016
Counting my miseries seems to shrink my soul, while counting blessings opens up my heart to God
November 22nd, 2016 by Gary Bowman
. . . every 20 seconds a child dies from a dirty water-related disease!
November 16th, 2016
As Christians, we love and care for our neighbors despite our differences. Let’s give hope to the fearful today.
November 9th, 2016 by Gary Bowman
Join our whole Paseo del Rey family . . .
November 2nd, 2016 by Gary Bowman
Many of us are gloomy and disheartened as the presidential candidates of the two major parties are the most disliked and distrusted candidates as far as any of us can remember.
October 20th, 2016 by Gary Bowman
The light shines that much brighter when there is more and more darkness.
October 3rd, 2016 by Gary Bowman
What struck me is that all three teach us not that praying helps us live right, but that living right helps us pray.
September 16th, 2016 by Gary Bowman
Keep the hard conversation brief. No one wants some long-winded lecture for an off-the-cuff remark they didn't even know would offend you.
September 16th, 2016 by Gary Bowman
I don't know anyone who looks forward to a difficult conversation. Well, I take that back.
September 16th, 2016 by Gary Bowman
Before he picked up a scalpel, he planned.
August 27th, 2016 by Gary Bowman
How does this work for the Gospel-Saturated believer?
July 29th, 2016 by Gary Bowman
July 3rd, 2016 by Gary Bowman
Gather up your family and friends and watch this whole awesome story of the YembiYembi people
July 1st, 2016 by Gary Bowman
I get concerned about the way of the world.
April 15th, 2016 by Gary Bowman
. . . our fear of losing our desired control of the people, events, season, future and world around us, feeds irrationally and freezes our faith.
February 7th, 2016 by Gary Bowman
People in our neighborhood and schools. Across the city. Beyond the borders. And to the very ends of the earth.
January 24th, 2016 by Gary Bowman
What’s your next step in being part of the fulfillment of God’s great promise?
January 5th, 2016 by Gary Bowman
I’m pretty sure there is someone in your life who may fear your disapproval
December 23rd, 2015
Looking for a brief devotion resource for your family this Christmas?
November 22nd, 2015
She has some unique, controversial and Spirit-given insights . . .
November 22nd, 2015
As fallen human beings we all tend to explain away or excuse our sin
November 7th, 2015 by Gary Bowman
Well, it depends who you ask.
November 6th, 2015 by Gary Bowman
Don’t listen to yourself; preach to yourself.
October 27th, 2015 by Gary Bowman
Sex: God’s good creation, God’s good command.
October 16th, 2015
What single people really think when you say these few common, well-meaning "encouragements" . . .
October 2nd, 2015
Over the years I have watched loving parents unwittingly teach their kids principles of this false gospel.
July 27th, 2015 by Gary Bowman
Here’s one of the best scholars in the world telling us that we may be spiritually obligated to take a nap!
July 20th, 2015 by Gary Bowman
It helps me to seek the Lord for every aspect of my responsibilities, commit the results to Him and get a good night’s sleep under His watchful care.
July 14th, 2015 by Gary Bowman
Helicopter parents. Lawn Mover parents. Child-obsessed parents.
June 19th, 2015 by Gary Bowman
Busy as He was, He was never crazy-busy!
June 5th, 2015 by Gary Bowman
And like all of God’s creation, sex is good, very good, Genesis 1.31!
June 23rd, 2014
When Christians are baptized, they fulfill the command of Jesus (Matthew 19-20) and are submerged in water to identify with the death of Jesus and rise out of the water celebrating the transforming power of His resurrection (Romans 6:1-10). This public identification with Jesus testifies to the fact that we believe by faith that Jesus died for our sins, was buried, rose three days later, now is alive, and He is transforming us.
May 28th, 2014 by Derek Olson
May 22nd, 2014
May 10th, 2014
Our Work Matters!
April 25th, 2014 by Gary Bowman
Your work matters to God!
April 16th, 2014
And yet, there is another aspect to the Easter story.
January 29th, 2014 by Gary Bowman
Godâ€™s Spirit changes everything.
January 9th, 2014
The essence of the forgiveness model is taking the hard step of trying to see things through the offender's eyes. Hard, Holy Spirit work.
December 19th, 2013
The good news is that God never asks us to wait without Him.
November 1st, 2013 by Gary Bowman
Mark tells us his â€œface fell and he went away sad . . .
October 20th, 2013 by Derek Olson
September 6th, 2013 by Derek Olson
Here's a great, brief blog post that helps us understand what the Gospel is and how we can clearly articulate it by remembering just four words:
July 20th, 2013 by Gary Bowman
Iâ€™m afraid sometimes we look more like people who think arriving is what itâ€™s all about.
July 7th, 2013 by Gary Bowman
And The Good News of Jesus is that He is transforming us from the inside out
June 27th, 2013
June 25th, 2013
If you want to make sure of keeping it intact,
June 11th, 2013 by Gary Bowman
Good motives. Painful, counter-productive execution.
June 11th, 2013 by Gary Bowman
His grace changes how we give.
May 21st, 2013 by Gary Bowman
So moms and dads, how about using music to help get God's Words into the hearts and minds of your little ones?
May 10th, 2013 by Gary Bowman
But isnâ€™t what he did wonderfully better?
April 30th, 2013 by Gary Bowman
A hopeful work for broken people
April 5th, 2013
Religion says that if we obey God He will love us. The gospel says that it is because God has loved us through Jesus that we can obey.
March 5th, 2013
On Sunday, we were sent out on a mission! Instead of our usual teaching time, we went out into our community in order to observe, listen and pray so that God could teach us to have His heart for spiritually lost people.
February 3rd, 2013 by Gary Bowman
"But I'm not worthy of such loving grace." Exactly. That's why they call it grace.
January 24th, 2013 by Gary Bowman
Grace: More Than We Deserve, Greater Than We Imagine.
December 24th, 2012 by Gary Bowman
Victor Hugo was brilliant in his blindness
December 21st, 2012 by Gary Bowman
And He stays near, always. He never leaves us to our perils alone.
December 17th, 2012
Unless youâ€™re in an exceptionally sanctified family, youâ€™re going to see failing marriages, parenting crises, and a thousand other shards of the curse.
December 15th, 2012
Pain-free relationships are assumed as a right. But God promises his people something better.
December 11th, 2012 by Gary Bowman
Genesis 3 tells the sad, sad story of the brokenness that came to all of us through the one man's sin.
December 5th, 2012 by Gary Bowman
God spoke words of encouragement and challenge to Paseo del Rey through Steve
November 21st, 2012 by Gary Bowman
Enjoy this video thanks from some of our partners, near and far.
November 15th, 2012 by Gary Bowman
You may need to join me in repenting.
November 9th, 2012 by Gary Bowman
How should Christians respond, even when we disagree with our President?
November 6th, 2012 by Gary Bowman
Pray. And give.
November 2nd, 2012 by Gary Bowman
A helpful resource for families wanting to grow in Jesus. Special sale price through Saturday, November 3!
October 25th, 2012 by Gary Bowman
There are really just three ways to approach God,
October 19th, 2012
October 14th, 2012 by Derek Olson
Here's a link to the blog post that Pastor Derek mentioned during our worship gathering this morning...
October 9th, 2012 by Derek Olson
Please be thinking, praying and asking the Holy Spirit to reveal to you WHO God wants you to be a blessing to and HOW He is calling you to demonstrate His love.
October 6th, 2012 by Gary Bowman
The Chief said to me, " Jesus has come to make this road back to God...ONLY He can help me."
October 3rd, 2012 by Gary Bowman
Listening to scriptures as you drive, walk, workout, or relax is a great way to get Godâ€™s Word into your heart.
September 26th, 2012 by Gary Bowman
I think He created such a mind-bendingly enormous universe to begin to give us a hint,
September 20th, 2012 by Derek Olson
As a church family, we want to strive together to put others first. Do we tend to think "me first?" Or should we be more like the people in the following video, letting others go first?
September 1st, 2012 by Gary Bowman
Speak more hopefully and boldly (hell really isn't better every day!) with those who havenâ€™t yet responded to Jesusâ€™ offer of rescue.
August 17th, 2012 by Gary Bowman
The vigorous, continual planting of new congregations is the single most crucial strategy for 1. the numerical growth of the Body of Christ in any city, and 2. the continual corporate renewal and revival of the existing churches in a city.
August 12th, 2012 by Gary Bowman
This is really great news. It means I donâ€™t have to worry about all the things I donâ€™t know.
August 2nd, 2012 by Gary Bowman
How about when you are on the receiving end of a difficult situation, the wounding of a friend who has been offended by you? Here are some thoughts to bear in mind to help you through.
July 11th, 2012 by Gary Bowman
I am convinced that praising your spouse in public is one of the most important investments you can make-in your family and in your leadership.
July 6th, 2012 by Gary Bowman
There's more than enough opportunities to be offended. But do we have to take offense?
June 21st, 2012 by John Dickinson
It should be noted that God did not provide his Word to us as a science book but more as a history (His story) and user guide for daily living. With that said, however, the Bible should not be thought of as inaccurate or contrary to scientific revelation.
June 13th, 2012 by Gary Bowman
Thinking about knocking the Babylonian out of each of us!
June 7th, 2012 by Derek Olson
"The Bible has errors." Have you ever heard that comment from a family member or friend?
June 6th, 2012 by Gary Bowman
It's when we unplug and pause that we have the joyful opportunity to reflect, to think creativity, and to begin to hear the gentle God whose only Son "shall not strive, nor cry; neither shall any person hear His voice above street noise." - Matthew 12.19.
May 23rd, 2012 by Gary Bowman
May 20th, 2012 by Gary Bowman
May 17th, 2012 by John Dickinson
I am reading a book called The Next Christians: Seven Ways You Can Live the Gospel and Restore the World by Gabe Lyons. I haven't finished the book yet but I want to share some provoking ideas I have found so far.
May 15th, 2012 by Gary Bowman
May 14th, 2012 by Gary Bowman
April 28th, 2012 by Gary Bowman
April 24th, 2012 by Gary Bowman
April 4th, 2012 by Gary Bowman
The only bible Jesus ever read in His days on earth was what we Christians call the "Old Testament." ...And those Scriptures pointed toward Jesus, they told about Him and His coming suffering, resurrection, and coming glory! In the Old Testament!
March 22nd, 2012 by Gin Lao
Suppose a man borrows your car and as he backs it out of your driveway, he smashes the gate and knocks down part of the garden wall.
March 8th, 2012 by Gary Bowman
Hanging out where the Holy Spirit hangs helps fill us with God's Spirit. Thinking about where He is already active and working and living and then moving ourselves into His neighborhood is the no brainer of keeping in step with the Spirit (Galatians 5.25)
March 1st, 2012 by Derek Olson
A few months ago, our church received a thoughtful and generous donation that allowed us to purchase new NIV Bibles for use in the Worship Center. You probably know that, when you come to church on Sundays, those Bibles can be found underneath the seat in front of you
February 23rd, 2012 by Matt Boldt
It is so good to worship together as a family. For me as a parent, I am always looking for ways to sing and worship our awesome God, and make it accessible and understandable for my kids too! I thought I would put the occasional "Family Worship Moment" on the blog, so that you too may have some ideas on how to lead worship in your family.
February 9th, 2012 by John Dickinson
I have been particularly convicted of my self-centeredness lately. No one huge event specifically but more of an awareness that EVERY thought of mine is completely centered on me
January 26th, 2012 by Gin Lao
America: a post-Christian culture? The Bible is no longer revered and valued. Christian faith practices are seen as narrow and uncool, yet other religions are okay!
January 13th, 2012 by John Dickinson
As we begin the New Year do you feel like your spiritual life is blasé? Is your walk with God kind of sputtering? Do you miss that new-believer closeness that you once had with the Father through Jesus? Do you feel like your faith is dull and dry or that God is distant?
January 5th, 2012 by Derek Olson
In 2012, and in our whole lives, we must not waste time or miss opportunities, but rather take advantage of time and opportunities, using them for God's glory and His purposes!
December 9th, 2011 by John Dickinson
Well, we have done it again, we have worked our way through another year and find ourselves once again in the holiday season, that time in the year that is full of celebration and happiness, right? (Isn't it the "hap, happiest time of the year?") Well, not always and not for everyone.
November 23rd, 2011 by Derek Olson
Living a worthy life and making the most of every opportunity comes as the result of being filled by, walking with, staying in tune with the Holy Spirit... As we live by the Spirit, we will frequently respond with thanksgiving.
October 27th, 2011 by Derek Olson
Now that the OUTFLOW series is over, does that mean we can go back to our self-focused lives? Of course not!
September 29th, 2011
As we begin to think about Outflow, about reaching our city with Jesus, it is imperative that we be like Jesus, living freely within the culture as missionaries who are as faithful to the Father and his gospel as Jesus was in his own time and place.
September 27th, 2011 by Derek Olson
God wants His great love to OUTFLOW from us to our family and friends! Let's ask God to help us live lives that cause our family and friends to ask questions!
September 22nd, 2011
As our church family continues through the OUTFLOW series, we asked Emily Bowman to be a "guest blogger" and she graciously agreed. Keep reading to hear how God worked in and through her this past summer...
March 11th, 2011
November 19th, 2010
About 100 times Proverbs speaks of the LORD or God. We took a look at just a handful on Sunday. Here are all the Proverbs which speak of the LORD or God.