Soar #3: Eagles are Master Fishermen

As we have been meditating on what it means to soar like an eagle, we have been learning about the traits of eagles and how they can be metaphors for our Christian walk. Last month, Robin wrote about how eagles are master fliers. This month, I am writing about how eagles are master fishermen. Eagles lock in on their prey and swoop down to catch their fish (www.bible-knowledge.com).

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Church Ministry and Technological Change

Décor and technological change is a fact of life both for our homes and churches. Sylvia and I recently had to finally do away with the 18 year old wall paper border in the upstairs hallway, and we are coming to grips with the fact that the sponge painted bathroom is past its ascetic prime. So too our tube TV has gone “the way of all flesh” and been replaced by a larger wall mounted flat screen (4K)!

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Church

Let’s be honest. By the time Sunday morning rolls around, we often feel like just sleeping in, or [fill in the blank with anything other than 'going to church']. But, as Pastor Marc reminds us, the Bible teaches us that we are to be in regular fellowship with fellow believers, and Sunday morning is a big part of that!

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Soar #2: Eagles are Master Fliers

Did you know that eagles are master fliers? If you are like me, you are probably wondering, “What is a master flier?” Eagles can fly up to an altitude of 15,000 feet at 65 mph! At that altitude, they are neither flapping their wings nor struggling to maintain that pace. They are simply “gliding through the air effortlessly, rising higher and higher without ever flapping their wings.” What a beautiful picture to behold! Isaiah 40.29-31 says:

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Choices

When it comes to choices, sometimes knowing what you'll do before you have to make that choice... whatever it is... can make all the difference in the world. Pastor Marc talks about how to be ready when decision time is staring you in the face.

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Soar #1

The Women’s Commission theme for this coming year is “SOAR.” We were so excited about the implications it had not only to our ministry, but the effect it had on us personally, that we wanted to extend the concept to the Women of Quail. Isaiah 40:31 says,

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Show Kindness

Have you noticed that the busier you get and the faster you are moving, the less you seem to remember to show kindness to others? In Galatians 5, Paul points out that kindness is part of the Fruit of the Spirit, it is not a product of the flesh.

In other words, kindness is not going to happen automatically. We have to look to the Lord and practice this habit that He wants us to develop.

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Walk by Faith

Walking by faith takes genuine trust. Pastor Marc offers some solid insight on this, through a very practical example. Watch, and grow your trust in the Lord!

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A Much Needed Upgrade to our Sanctuary Projection System

The time has come to upgrade our imaging and projection system in our Sanctuary. As you probably realize, every decade or so significant changes come to the way images and words are projected in churches. I remember back when we used an overhead projector and someone was tasked to switch the overheads from song to song. Then we progressed to slides, then to Power Point etc.

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Tapestry, Sermon Series and Sabbatical

Tapestry…
As we look into the month of June there are some exciting things that I want to tell you about. One of them is our annual “Tapestry of Quail” celebration. This year Tapestry will take place on June 2nd, and we are anticipating a wonderful day of fellowship and food from the various ethnic groups represented within our body. Plan to stay after the third service and enjoy the wonderful time that we will have together.

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2018-2019 Fiscal Year End

Dear Family of Quail,

Once again we are praising the Lord for the way that He has led the people of Quail to support the work of the Lord in finance. We have truly been blessed as a body through your generosity over the course of 2018-2019.

As you know, our fiscal year ends on June 30. As we close the books on this year I ask you to pray about an extra donation prior to that time which will enable us to finish strong!

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Trust Him

Trust. Simple, right? Not so much, though, when we can’t see the future. And yet, we operate with a certain rote faith—a blind trust—every day without even thinking about it. Today, Pastor Marc encourages us to build and strengthen this kind of trust in our Heavenly Father.

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Graduation Season

Very soon, graduation season will be upon us. A new batch of college grads will walk across the stage, and high school graduates will ready themselves for the next phase of life. Some of these newly-minted graduates will face academic situations where it is assumed that to be “smart” is to reject the idea of God and His love for us.

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Resurrection

Resurrection Sunday is almost here, and it reminds us that Jesus promised something that no other religious leader in history could, that He would return from the dead and that He would see to it that His followers would also rise from the grave.

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Good Counsel

Last time, Pastor Marc spoke about the value of operating on solid guidance instead of guessing our way through things. In this ep, he expounds on the value of good counsel for that guidance.

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Did You Think to Pray?

For those of you who did not attend this past Ladies Night you missed a real treat. The title was “Life Line” where we learned that God is our life line. Robin Gordon explained that He wants a relationship with us and the only way we have access to this life line is through prayer. Our theme verse reads as such:

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Flaws

In Matt. 7:12, Jesus says…

So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets. Matthew 7:12

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Unit 31, Session 5: Paul’s Letters to Church Leaders

Dear Parents,

As the early church expanded outside Jerusalem, new churches were planted in various cities. Each church needed godly leaders to help it grow and stay true to the gospel. Paul understood this need, which is why he wrote letters to some of the leaders in the church. Two of these leaders were Timothy and Titus. Timothy was Paul’s friend. He had traveled with Paul and helped him. Now Timothy was a leader at the church in Ephesus.

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Sing, Sing, Sing!

As I look back on the recently past Christmas season, one of the striking memories is the wonderful music of Christmas. It seems that once I start hearing those old familiar songs and hymns, I am filled with a renewed sense of joy and happiness. That got me thinking about the importance of singing as a follower of Jesus Christ.

You may not think of yourself as a singer, but let’s for a moment suspend all judgement about what makes a good singer “good” and simply notice the wonder of singing. Humans alone are invested with this ability to sing. We sing for joy, we sing the blues, we sing love songs and we sing songs of loss. But I think most importantly, we sing songs of worship and praise. Paul puts it this way in Ephesians…

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Unopened Packages

As Christmas approaches – it reminds us of the blessing of giving gifts to one another. There is great joy in picking out just the right gift and knowing that the person to whom it will be given will need and appreciate it. Therefore how would you feel if you entered your friend's home weeks after Christmas and found the gift that you had given them still unopened?

Wouldn’t it make you feel bad if you heard a friend of yours complaining about an unmet need in their life, and yet you knew that you had given them a gift to take care of that need but they had simply not yet opened it?

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A Heartfelt Thank You to All Who Supported Our Houston Mission Bake Sale

Thank you, Quail family for helping our GO Lift Houston team raise a record-smashing $3049 at last Sunday's mission bake sale. At times, it felt like the team was running out of items to sell, then the tables would suddenly be flooded by new contributions, and people eager to buy the goods! It truly was a fishes-and-loaves situation. God is so good!

To all who contributed items to sell, to those who bought items or donated so generously, and to those who simply stood with the team in prayer: Thank you and God bless you.

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Unit 31, Session 1: Paul Confronted Peter

Dear Parents,

Peter—one of Jesus’ original disciples—had grown up in a culture where the Jews believed that God only cared about them, not the Gentiles or non-Jews.
Most of the Jews looked down on the Gentiles and refused to even associate with them because Jews believed Gentiles were unclean; Gentiles didn’t live the right way to please God. Any Jew who did associate with Gentiles did so at the risk of being ridiculed by his own people.

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The Importance of Your Vote

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. --That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed…”

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Success

How do you define genuine success? Well, Paul had some things to say about that during his missionary journeys. Pastor Marc explains how Paul’s perspective on genuine success is a model for us even today.

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Coaching For Growth Comes to Quail!

One of the reasons I love the ministry here at Quail is that I see so much help being given to folks in crisis by so many. Just about every day, I observe a member of our Lay Counseling Team meeting with and assisting an individual or a couple in our counseling office.

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Spending

Debt: How much love should we spend on others? How much money should we spend on ourselves? In all of this, where is contentment found? Pastor Marc offers the answers.

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Go Project Victory in Praise

Our latest GO Project was a success! Click below to Watch the video.
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Unit 28, Session 2: Peter Healed a Beggar

Dear Parents,

With the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, Jesus’ disciples were empowered to carrying out Jesus’ mission for them—to take the gospel to all the nations. More and more people believed in Jesus. They met together at the temple to praise and worship God, and the first church began.

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The Blessing of a Good Belly Laugh

I have a theory. I do not know this to be true, but I have this feeling that the Pharisees and the Sadducees who gave Jesus so much trouble when He walked the earth did not laugh very much. They seem constantly to be burdened with their responsibility, and consistently judgmental and cranky. By contrast, however, Jesus took joy in children, loved a good party and looked for reasons to be with people of all walks of life. I can picture Him smiling and laughing and being the kind of person whom other people wanted to be with.

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August Men's Breakfast Recap

On August 11th the Men’s Ministry at Quail hosted a men’s breakfast where Carl Hultgren spoke about how God has radically changed his life. He shared about how he professed Jesus but was not walking with him and how that has now changed.

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Perspective of Life

Have you ever thought about what or who shapes your thoughts, your perspective, and your impressions? By that I mean, have you ever thought about why you believe what you believe about marriage, school, church, or God? Where did those beliefs come from? Was it your mom or dad, your friend, your grandparents or someone else?

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Young Adults 2018 Summer Retreat Reflection

By Katherine Evans

For every other Quail Young Adults Retreat, my main concern has been “do I have everything we need?” Excitement would build as we'd stuff the car (with everything I could think we could possibly want), knowing that the next morning we would wake up, not staring at the urban streets of our everyday Stockton, and instead be overwhelmed by the beautiful and extraordinary sights of God's creation.

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Unit 28, Session 1: The Holy Spirit Came

Dear Parents,

When Jesus ascended to heaven, He instructed the disciples to go to Jerusalem and wait. Jesus promised that the Holy Spirit would come upon them. So the disciples went back to Jerusalem, where they waited and prayed.

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Flaws

Each one of us possesses an incredible “superpower”: We can see through flaws and build up those around us! Pastor Marc illustrates the importance and value of doing exactly that.

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“I wanna go back” (Simpler Times)

I was driving this morning and a song came on called “I wanna go back” by David Dunn. The lyrics resonated with me as he sang, “I wanna go back to, ‘Jesus loves me, this I know, for the bible tells me so”. He refers to a simple Sunday school song, one I used to sing in Sunday school and now sing to my babies.

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Pass it on...

In Deuteronomy 4:9, we read,

 “Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them slip from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them.”

NIV

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Commit

When we demonstrate commitment, our character is defined more clearly. And we have fewer regrets when we stop one day and look back. Pastor Marc explains...

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The Power of Forgiveness

As Christians, we are to practice forgiveness on a regular basis. Here, Pastor Marc outlines some key principles that illustrate why forgiveness, regularly practiced, can be so powerful!

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This Is My Story - Grant

At Quail, everyone has a story. This is Grant’s.

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Myths about Volunteering

At Quail, we are totally dependent on our wonderful volunteers for the excellent ministry for the Lord that takes place on the campus and beyond, week after week. But I am aware that there are a few myths about volunteering that need to be dispelled, so that many more of us can participate in a way that blesses the Lord and brings us joy.

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Choosing to Spend Time with the Lord

Hey Ladies,

Have you ever noticed how many choices we have to make in a day?! Sometimes they can be easy (pickles or no pickles? Definitely no pickles!) And sometimes they are overwhelming! There is just too much to choose from, especially on things that take our time and require an investment of ourselves.

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On the Job Training

I want to talk to you about the “on the job training” that God provides. Back when God called Moses to leave the sheep he was watching and stand before Pharaoh and declare “Let my people go,” Moses was not so keen on the promotion. He responded by saying, “Please send someone else to do it.” (Ex.4)

Maybe that is how you feel today. Maybe you are pushing a calling that God has brought to you, or a job that He is giving you, back across the table of your life saying, “No thanks, that is not for me.” Or maybe you are putting something off that you know God wants you to do, saying, “I just don’t have the skills or the smarts to pull it off.”  If so, let’s remember how God replied to Moses: "Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.” (Ex. 4:12)

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The Potter's Plan

How pliable are you in God’s hands? Pastor Marc offers some pointers to guide us as we work to fully yield ourselves to the Lord and how He wishes to shape us.

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30 Days without Electricity

You might have noticed the construction going on in the area between the Activity Center and the Education Building, as well as the parking spaces occupied by materials and equipment. This was not a planned project, but an urgent response to a critical PG&E transformer failure.

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The Prodigal Son

The Prodigal Son... one of the most familiar parables in the Bible. Here, Pastor Marc brings an additional cultural dimension to it, and contrasts that with the loving, gracious welcome our Heavenly Father offers to each who come to Him.

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This Is My Story - Kathy

At Quail, everyone has a story. This is Kathy’s.

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GO Lift Every Church – Greater Christ Temple!

This month we will engage in our first 2018 “GO - Lift Every Church” project. I am sure that you know by now that these projects are designed to bless and lift up other churches in Stockton so that together we can effectively reach this city for Jesus as well as enhance our unity with other fellowships.

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Keep the Right Company

We’re all familiar with the age-old admonishment to ‘choose our friends wisely’. In this episode, Pastor Marc offers up some fresh thoughts as to just how important this is to our well-being as we go through life.

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Quail Welcomes Brandon Smith to full time Ministerial Staff

I am pleased and thrilled to announce that the Elders have voted to enlarge the staff role of Brandon Smith here at Quail to full time. For many years now, Brandon has had a part time role in which he was the primary teacher/leader in the young adult congregation called “Refresh.” Over the span of his leadership, that ministry has grown both in numbers and in quality of relationships.

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Focus

What really matters in life? In this ep, Pastor Marc riffs on why it's so important to be intentional about stripping away the trivial, and hone our ability to focus on what really matters—with His help.

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