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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This Is My Story - Tim

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

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The Growing Surge of Text Giving

It was some time ago that the staff here in the office came to me with information regarding a growing trend among churches. It was that in order to make giving as convenient as possible for the giver, many churches were enabling people to make donations via text. I must admit that at first this seemed a little farfetched to me, but we were able to initiate this process in 2015. Since then, I have been amazed when I have received the reports that come my way. Particularly in 2017, we saw a surge in giving through this process.

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New Years 2018

How will you approach the New Year? Are you ready to do so in a way that allows you to grow as a person, and closer to God? Pastor Marc offers some valuable guidance on how we can do just that.

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Make Disciples in 2018

When you consider the Great Commission that Jesus left us, the action that is called for is “make disciples. …go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit…” (Matt. 28:19)

That is the job description of the church and, in fact, of every believer in Jesus Christ. In order to accomplish that, we need to keep a few things in mind. Here is my take on the most important points:

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Look for Jesus

Christmas, again this year. Hustle, bustle, shipping madness, busyness, stress, etc. But if we pause and truly look for what’s important, it makes a world of difference!

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A Look at David

All wisdom is valuable, but not all advice is. Pastor Marc looks at the life of David to illustrate this point and offers guidance to discern true wisdom.

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Sandi Cornett Serves with Samaritan’s Purse

Recently our own Sandi Cornett traveled to Houston to serve in the relief efforts sponsored by Samaritans Purse as they responded to hurricane Harvey. Sandi is a Pediatric Physical Therapy Assistant here in Stockton and has been attending Quail for almost 10 years. She and I dialogued about this experience of self-mobilized missions and here is what she said.

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This Is My Story - Yee

We all have a story... this is Yee’s.

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Remembering What Not To Forget as You Study Your Bible

Recently I saw the piece by Professor Todd Miles of Western Seminary.  He had some good ideas about what we must remember not to forget as we study our Bibles.  These simple points will help us stay away from bad habits than can creep into our time in the Word.  Here they are…

  1. Don’t forget that the Bible is not a magic book.
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Show Kindness

One of the most basic, yet meaningful things in this life is the expression of kindness. Pastor Marc underscores this powerful truth in this month’s Moment.

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Giving is a work of the heart

Deut. 8:10, 17-18
“When you have eaten and are satisfied, praise the LORD your God for the good land He has given you…But remember the LORD your God, for it is He who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your forefathers…” NIV

In Deuteronomy 8, God warned his people not to forget that it was by His hand of blessing that they were able to enjoy their prosperity. It is an interesting paradox that people will cry out to God for help when they are having financial problems and then forget about Him when things are going well.

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This Is My Story - Andrea

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

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Self-Encouragement

Encouragement is golden! But what if we are in a situation where there is no encouragement to be found outside ourselves? Pastor Marc offers a unique perspective into how we can muster needed encouragement from within, through God's word.

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Faith Based Science

On March 4th of 2016, an article was published in the Wall Street Journal entitled, “At Its Heart, Science is Faith –Based, Too.” Written by Matt Emerson, the article detailed a February 11, 2016 experiment where scientists detected gravitational waves which emanated from a deep space collision 1.3 billion light years from Earth. The news confirmed, to their satisfaction, the 1915 theory of Albert Einstein that there was a ripple effect in space-time.

Italian physicist Carlo Rovelli, commenting on this event, stated that the scientists were pursuing a “dream based on faith in reason: that the logical deductions of Einstein and his mathematics would be reliable.”

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The Rubber Band Principle

How many times have we heard or spoken of the need to stretch so we’ll grow? In this ep, Pastor Marc uses an appropriate analogy to illustrate this point.

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The Potter's Hands

The potter working his clay on a potting wheel is a well-known Biblical metaphor for how God shapes us, and that includes—sometimes—Him "crushing our pot". But there’s a good ending to the story! Watch, and be encouraged...

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Hearing the Voice of God

Countless times through the ages, the question has been asked, “How can we recognize the voice of God?” Many times in Scripture we read of God speaking to people audibly, and often they did not recognize it as God at first. (Gideon and Samuel come to mind!) So what are we to think about this?

  1. To hear God’s voice we must be one of His children.
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Training

We all understand the concept of on-the-job training. But it also applies to the way in which God supplies us with what we need, to do the tasks He calls us to do, when we step out in faith to do them. Pastor Marc explains...

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Testing

When God takes us through times of trial and testing, it’s always for His greater purpose and our growth. Pastor Marc offers valuable insight into what this means in our lives.

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Plans

There’s an old Yiddish expression: “Man plans, God laughs!”. While humorous, the reality is this: There IS a wise, God-blessed way to go about making plans, as Pastor Marc outlines for us in this month's episode.

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This Is My Story - Jamie

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

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Memories

We’ve all heard the term, ‘making memories’—and here’s where the rubber meets the road. In this ep, Pastor Marc speaks of the enduring value of investing in the lives of those closest to us, as the Apostle Paul did. The blessings that result are timeless!

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This Is My Story - Allesandra

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Shepherds

Don’t you love how God does some of His most important work through the humblest of people? In this Christmas ep of AMwPM, Pastor Marc considers the shepherds and the lessons we gain from God using them in spreading the original “good news”. Enjoy... and Merry Christmas!

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Encourage

One of the most destructive weapons the enemy wields against us is discouragement. But let’s flip that on its head! We all possess a greater weapon: the ability to influence and nourish the outlook of others in a positive way, through simple words of encouragement. And yet, we often fail to speak this warmth and light into others’ lives. Today's ep from Pastor Marc offers insight and encouragement on doing just that.

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But God

“But...” “Yet...” Two words that mean a great deal in the context of Pastor Marc’s teaching in this ep of AMwPM. A great lesson on having faith in the plan and omniscience of God.

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This Is My Story - Tim

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

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Ask God

"Ask God." How much more simple can it get? Seems that would be our first inclination when facing decisions we are unsure about. Yet often... we simply don't. Pastor Marc addresses this with a word of encouragement and guidance.

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Embrace God's Discipline

Let’s face it - rebuke is not our favorite thing. Yet we know discipline from a loving parent is good for us. If we can learn to embrace loving rebuke, we grow and mature. It’s the same way with God, our heavenly Father, as Pastor Marc explains...

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Pray for Patience

For some, the idea of praying for patience brings to mind the old expression about “being careful what you ask for”. But praying for patience is a good thing, and Pastor Marc explains how courageous prayers like this can help mature us into better and stronger believers.

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This Is My Story - Leroy

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

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Joseph

One of the most difficult things to do is treat others well and compassionately when they have treated us poorly. Pastor Marc speaks to this stuff of grace as modeled by Joseph. What an amazing example!

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Foundation

Anything that's built to endure must start with a strong and firm foundation. Our faith walk is a powerful example of this truth, as Pastor Marc explains in this ep. Enjoy!

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Trouble

Trouble... None of us are immune from it. How do YOU deal with it? Pastor Marc outlines a Biblical three-way approach to enlist the help of our loving God, and those who love us, to help us through the tough times.

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This Is My Story - Lorraine

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

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Worryer's Prayer

Worry. Who doesn't? But God has given us some wonderful encouragement in His word, which Pastor Marc draws together in this ep. So watch, and hear God's voice in these reassuring passages—something solid to rest in next time worry overtakes you.

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This Is My Story - Jeff

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Potential

How does it feel to know that each of us, that YOU, are God’s workmanship? That amazing nugget from Ephesians 2:10 speaks to our potential, what we were made to be, what we can be... with God’s guidance and help. Pastor Marc offers some solid tips on how we can move toward realizing the God-designed potential within each of us.

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Pep Talk

OK, get ready... time for a pep talk! In this ep of AMwPM, Pastor Marc encourages us to “keep on keepin' on”. It’s a refreshing reminder that we have divine resources beyond our own energies. And, that the passion he fuels us with—coupled with the initiative of our own efforts—makes all the difference! Enjoy these words of encouragement...

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This Is My Story - Cynthia

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