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Church In The Park 2017

Church In The Park 2017

Welcome to Westside Christian Church and our very first “Church In The Park!” I’m so glad you choose to join us for this awesome worship experience in God’s creation. We designed this family friendly service to help engage with God outside of our normal four walls and encourage community and fellowship in a different setting. You will find the words for today’s worship songs on the insert in this bulletin & we will offer both communion and offering the same as at our regular service.

There are kid activity bulletins and Goldfish snacks available for children 11 and under so please don’t hesitate to ask an usher for assistance. We pray this experience helps you connect with God in a powerful, fresh new way…and don’t forget to stick around after the service for our all-church picnic. Pulled pork sandwiches, snow-cones, bounce house, games & more will be provided. So sit back, relax and enjoy “Church In The Park!”

~Nathan Cherry

What is the Church?

What is the Church?

Have you ever wondered what the Church really is? What it’s all about? And why God chose the Church as the instrument of His grace and mercy? There are a lot of ideas floating around about what the church should be. Should we focus on social justice? Should we focus on meeting the needs of others? Should we focus on evangelism? These and many more questions are on the hearts and minds of people just like you and me, for they speak to our passions and concerns. But what did God say about His church? What does He say about the Church’s purpose? Is the Church even relevant today? And can we truly know or be the church as God envisioned it?

Join us as we journey these next 5 weeks together through God’s Word to answer these questions and discover “What Is The Church?!”

~Nathan Cherry

Life Lessons From 1 Samuel

Life Lessons From 1 Samuel

1 Samuel is a book of transitions...we see Israel transitioning from a people transformed from a group of tribal families “doing what was right in their own eyes” to becoming a unified nation under an identifiable king. This is the beginning of Israel’s united kingdom. It will become a reality through the lives of the prophet Samuel, the (not so faithful) King Saul, his son Jonathan, and God’s ultimate choice of David as Israel’s King - the house of whom God’s ultimate King will come in the future. Just as Israel and her leaders were learning to know and follow God in this setting, we can learn valuable lessons from their experiences and responses to the Lord during this transition. So, prepare to take this journey through this book as we seek to discover and apply the “Life Lessons From The Book of 1 Samuel!” ~Frank Mascaro

Who Do You Say I Am?

Who Do You Say I Am?

Happy Easter everyone! We are so glad you choose to join us this Easter as we celebrate the death, burial and resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. But who is this man we call Jesus? Over the centuries there have been many claims as to who he might be and I’ll bet this morning you have some ideas as well. Some say he’s just a prophet. Others, a very good man. There were those who saw him as nothing more than a rabble-rouser. Still to some he may be no more than a swear word.

Regardless of your preconceived ideas of who Jesus is, we invite you to join us as we answer the question, “Who Do You Say I Am?” Taken from his own words, we will explore the claims of Christ and what they mean for us today. So good morning and welcome...we’re excited that you’re here!

~Nathan Cherry

Life Lessons From 1 Samuel (1-15)

Life Lessons From 1 Samuel (1-15)

1 Samuel is a book of transitions...we see Israel transitioning from a people transformed from a group of tribal families “doing what was right in their own eyes” to becoming a unified nation under an identifiable king. This is the beginning of Israel’s united kingdom. It will become a reality through the lives of the prophet Samuel, the (not so faithful) King Saul, his son Jonathan, and God’s ultimate choice of David as Israel’s King - the house of whom God’s ultimate King will come in the future. Just as Israel and her leaders were learning to know and follow God in this setting, we can learn valuable lessons from their experiences and responses to the Lord during this transition. So, prepare to take this journey through this book as we seek to discover and apply the “Life Lessons From The Book of 1 Samuel!”

~Frank Mascaro

Life’s Journey: Our Exodus

Life’s Journey: Our Exodus

It’s been 400 years since the Israelites entered Egypt to be joined with Joseph and receive the protection of Pharaoh. The hand of God is evident in the events leading up to the relocation and reunion but then there was silence. Now God begins the process of moving more than two million people back to the land promised to the patriarch Abraham.

It’s a new day, a great trek ahead yet even Moses asks, “who should I say sent me, who are you, what is your name?” The journey of Exodus is a daily discovery of the person of God Almighty and much like our journey in our life with God. Today we look at the parallels and discover keys to our journey as we walk with the one true God, our Creator and Savior.

~Jay Vincent

Celebrating the Birth of Christ

Celebrating the Birth of Christ

Merry Christmas! From all of us at Westside Christian

Church we pray the Lord’s best for you and your family. With only a few short days until that magical day, let us pause and remember why, or better yet who, we are celebrating. “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given...And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:6) But before that powerful “Christmas” statement comes the following words, “The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.” (Isa. 9:2)

For many, this time of year is full of darkness; loneliness, abandonment, abuse, regret, fear, doubt and bad memories. But a light has dawned, a ray of hope for all people who will accept this child from our Heavenly Father. We are excited that you will be “Celebrating The Birth of Christ” with us this month. May the light of Jesus Christ shine on you, and through you, this year with the hope of Jesus’ love, forgiveness and freedom.

~Pastor Frank & the WCC Staff

Courage in Troubling Times: When Standing Up Means Standing Alone!

Courage in Troubling Times: When Standing Up Means Standing Alone!

Sometimes in life, we are called to stand for what we believe to be true, or right. Usually, that means that very few other people will stand with us when the time comes. In fact, it often requires that we are the only one standing. It can be a lonely & fearful position to be placed in. It takes conviction and courage to have the multitudes oppose us & remain resolute in our beliefs. It takes a stout heart to speak out when it would be easier to keep still & just be quiet. But there are times when we just cannot do that.

Like other people before us, we are living in troubling times; an evil time, a time when wickedness is rampant in our culture & society. To be faithful as a Christian in a time such as this means that we will need to learn to stand alone & maintain the distinctiveness with which Christ has renewed us. Over the next several weeks, we will look at several folks from the Bible, people like you and I, who determined to stand alone in troubling times. And because they did, they made a tremendous difference in the lives of many others & testified to God’s greatness & grace.

May these biblical examples of everyday people encourage us to do likewise as followers of Christ in these last days that have, and are becoming, more desperate for truth & a hope that is real.

~Pastor Frank

The Book of Hebrews (12:14-13:25)

The Book of Hebrews (12:14-13:25)

I am excited that we are going to embark on a new journey mining the truths of the wonderful Epistle to the Hebrews. It is certainly the most logical book for us to consider after our study of the Old Testament book of Leviticus because it (Leviticus) is foundational to understanding and applying the message of Hebrews to our lives today.

While the central message and theme of the book is the absolute superiority of Jesus Christ over everything and everyone, it also provides us a glimpse into the issues that Jewish Christians wrestled with in the first century—specifically, to set aside Christ and revert to the traditions of the law. The author bases his appeal to press on toward maturity upon the superiority of Jesus over the entire Judaic system. Hebrews is a sparkling gem in the New Testament.

While its Jewish flavor is unmistakable, it is rich with the exaltation and superiority of Jesus in His person and work and clarifying many major doctrines of His incarnation, substitutionary death and priesthood. Thus, there is nothing more to be gained by reverting to Judaism (or religion)...instead remain steadfast to press on to maturity in Christ because Jesus is BETTER in every way!

~Frank Mascaro

Having a “God First” Focus in A “Me First” World

Having a “God First” Focus in A “Me First” World

Let’s face it. Few people are willing to admit, at least publicly, that they think the world revolves around them...but we sure do act like it sometimes. Not you and me, of course, but, you know, those “other” people. And yet, this is not a new phenomenon. Throughout history the “Me First” culture of every society and time perioud has waged war with the call of God on every person’s life. But what does it truly mean to be humble? To put others first? To consider other’s needs as important if not more important than our own? To make Jesus Christ the top priority in our lives? And what do we do when this same “Me First” mentality creeps into our homes, our schools, our work...the church?! I’m glad you asked! Today we are going to explore what the Bible says about humility and more importantly, how to truly make Christ the number one “thing” in our lives and by doing so, learning to take the lowest seat at the table. I hope that you are challenged, provoked and maybe even a little convicted as we tackle “Having a God First Focus in a Me First World.” It’s time to stop talking about God’s church and start acting like God’s church! ~Nathan Cherry

The Book of Hebrews (1-12:13)

The Book of Hebrews (1-12:13)

I am excited that we are going to embark on a new journey mining the truths of the wonderful Epistle to the Hebrews. It is certainly the most logical book for us to consider after our study of the Old Testament book of Leviticus because it (Leviticus) is foundational to understanding and applying the message of Hebrews to our lives today.

While the central message and theme of the book is the absolute superiority of Jesus Christ over everything and everyone, it also provides us a glimpse into the issues that Jewish Christians wrestled with in the first century—specifically, to set aside Christ and revert to the traditions of the law. The author bases his appeal to press on toward maturity upon the superiority of Jesus over the entire Judaic system. Hebrews is a sparkling gem in the New Testament.

While its Jewish flavor is unmistakable, it is rich with the exaltation and superiority of Jesus in His person and work and clarifying many major doctrines of His incarnation, substitutionary death and priesthood. Thus, there is nothing more to be gained by reverting to Judaism (or religion)...instead remain steadfast to press on to maturity in Christ because Jesus is BETTER in every way!

~Frank Mascaro

New Life...according to Peter

New Life...according to Peter

Many have made fun, criticized, opined and simply misrepresented the person of the Apostle Peter. For the next four weeks, we will endeavor to look at Peter’s powerful exhortations found in the first epistle that bears his name. As a follower of Jesus Christ Peter’s life reveals his failings and transition into the “one who held the Keys.” This too was so often misrepresented by “church historians” and so called scholars. This study will take a quick look at the man, his call and then research out his exhortation to the 1st century believers and therefore to all who will follow after, including the Church today. Come walk with Peter on this journey. ~Jay Vincent

Leviticus: Holy God, Holy People (27)

Leviticus: Holy God, Holy People (27)

Quick! Name your favorite book in the Bible! One of the Gospels? Maybe John...or Mark. Or the majestic treatise of Romans. Or the freedom message of Galatians. Maybe it’s the action packed book of Exodus...or maybe the way everything began in Genesis. Or David’s life in 1 Samuel...or the sweet Psalms.
But what about the third book of the Bible? I have never met anyone who offered Leviticus as their favorite book of the Bible. It is the book that every “read through the Bible in a year” attempt goes to die...the graveyard...the place where people give up. No question about it—a cursory reading of the book can be confusing with all of the rituals, laws, regulations and sacrifices. Yet, this book is the key to unlocking the wealth of the New Testament and our relationship and manner of life toward God and one another.
It is my hope that our study of this wonderful book will help all of us to better understand and apply vital concepts that are central to living the Christian life. May the Holy Spirit guide us and give us eyes to see and ears to hear as we travel through this amazing book. Blessings!
~Pastor Frank

Easter Sermon 2016

Easter Sermon 2016

It seems like the bodily resurrection of Jesus from the dead is always under attack from one quarter or another. While I know that a vast majority of us believe in the resurrection, there are others with alternate explanations for the “apparently” empty tomb on that first Sunday. Because the resurrection is the central and fundamental fact upon which Christianity rests, it is always open to attack. As author Michael Green has said, “Christianity does not hold the resurrection to be one of the many tenants of belief. Without belief in the resurrection there would be no Christianity at all. The Christian Church would never have begun; the Jesus movement would have fizzled out like a damp squib with His execution. Christianity stands or falls with the truth of the resurrection. Once disprove it, and you have disposed of Christianity.” It would appear that the apostle Paul would agree with that statement...would you? Let’s take a look at this issue this morning as we consider, “Why Easter Matters!” ~Pastor Frank

Leviticus: Holy God, Holy People (16-26)

Leviticus: Holy God, Holy People (16-26)

Quick! Name your favorite book in the Bible! One of the Gospels? Maybe John...or Mark. Or the majestic treatise of Romans. Or the freedom message of Galatians. Maybe it’s the action packed book of Exodus...or maybe the way everything began in Genesis. Or David’s life in 1 Samuel...or the sweet Psalms.
But what about the third book of the Bible? I have never met anyone who offered Leviticus as their favorite book of the Bible. It is the book that every “read through the Bible in a year” attempt goes to die...the graveyard...the place where people give up. No question about it—a cursory reading of the book can be confusing with all of the rituals, laws, regulations and sacrifices. Yet, this book is the key to unlocking the wealth of the New Testament and our relationship and manner of life toward God and one another.
It is my hope that our study of this wonderful book will help all of us to better understand and apply vital concepts that are central to living the Christian life. May the Holy Spirit guide us and give us eyes to see and ears to hear as we travel through this amazing book. Blessings!
~Pastor Frank

The Wonder and Majesty of God

The Wonder and Majesty of God

As 2015 winds down to its end and we begin to look to a new year, it is a good time to stop for a moment and reflect on some things that will serve us well as we launch out into 2016. Over these next two Sundays, (Dec. 27th & Jan. 3rd) we are going to stop and take stock of truths that we sometimes know are true but don’t really stop to think about in much depth. The first will set our eyes on the loftiness and glory of God as we consider the “Wonder and Majesty of God.” God must always be the starting point for any understanding of spiritual truth because He is the only true source of that reality. As we seek His face and consider His greatness and transcendence, it will humble us and prepare us to respond to His greatness and glory. That leads to the second Sunday, where we will consider the “Absolute of Scripture in our Daily Lives.” When we see God’s glory and majestic character we will be moved to hear and respond in faithful obedience to His Word - the Bible. As Jay Vincent takes us on this journey, may our response be the response of the disciples to Jesus, “Where else could we go? You have the words of eternal life!” May this provide us a sound foundation to grow in our faith in the new year ahead. Blessings! ~Pastor Frank

Celebrating the Birth of Christ 2015

Celebrating the Birth of Christ 2015

Christmas is a really big deal around the world. It is estimated that at least 2 billion people celebrate Christmas every year. About 40 million Americans have a Christmas tree in their home with presents packed underneath. Billions are spent in dollars in retail and on-line sales during the holiday. The average family spends between $800-$900 on presents. Every year more Christmas songs are written and recorded, more Christmas movies are made and more Christmas books are written and published. Arguably, Christmas is the largest and most popular holiday celebrated in the world. The question is...Why? What makes Christmas so popular? What makes Christmas so important and why do we as a culture enjoy it so much? I think it is because Christmas points to our reason to have joy. Songs, movies, books, trees, presents, Rudolph and Frosty all hint at greater joy than anyone can imagine. But the true joy of Christmas is not found in the books, presents, the candy canes or the moves. The joy of Christmas is found in a hollowed out cave in Bethlehem. In a rough-hewn manger used to feed animals, in the dim light and chill and stench of that stable, a baby is found wrapped in cloths. The joy of Christmas is found in the Lord Jesus Christ, the Light of the world. It is in Him that our joy is found and our hope fulfilled. Merry Christmas! ~Pastor Frank

Leviticus: Holy God, Holy People (1-14)

Leviticus: Holy God, Holy People (1-14)

Quick! Name your favorite book in the Bible! One of the Gospels? Maybe John...or Mark. Or the majestic treatise of Romans. Or the freedom message of Galatians. Maybe it’s the action packed book of Exodus...or maybe the way everything began in Genesis. Or David’s life in 1 Samuel...or the sweet Psalms.
But what about the third book of the Bible? I have never met anyone who offered Leviticus as their favorite book of the Bible. It is the book that every “read through the Bible in a year” attempt goes to die...the graveyard...the place where people give up. No question about it—a cursory reading of the book can be confusing with all of the rituals, laws, regulations and sacrifices. Yet, this book is the key to unlocking the wealth of the New Testament and our relationship and manner of life toward God and one another.
It is my hope that our study of this wonderful book will help all of us to better understand and apply vital concepts that are central to living the Christian life. May the Holy Spirit guide us and give us eyes to see and ears to hear as we travel through this amazing book. Blessings!
~Pastor Frank

Peter's Passion

Peter

In the Gospels we see Peter, a passionate follower, yet failing in so many ways. We are many times harsh in judging him and fail to look in the mirror. Peter knows he is soon going to be with the Lord, 2 Peter 1:14. In this book, Peter reveals his passion for the Church and the Word of God, the Scriptures. Can Peter’s Passion rub off on us? Thanks for joining us this morning as we look at “Peter’s Passion” in 2 Peter chapter 1.
~Guest Pastor Jay Vincent

The Quandary of Ministry and the Church Today

The Quandary of Ministry and the Church Today

America can be proud about many things; our innovations, generosity, freedoms, opportunities and entrepreneurial spirit are unsurpassed. Yet when it comes to our nation embracing and understanding perhaps the greatest gift ever given humanity, The Bible, we could be categorized as moving from dumb to dumber and it is no laughing matter. The problem exists both inside and outside the church. Non-Christians no longer possess the general truths of the Bible that they once had in past decades.
Unfortunately, Christians are so distracted by culture that they do not see the life transformation that personal engagement with the Bible can bring. The result is that we are a nation in free fall heading down a dangerous path. It is the Church and its ministry that can bring reformation and renewal to this unfortunate trend...but that will require change in ourselves and our misplaced priorities and worship of God. It has always been a challenge for fallen humanity, but God has given us all we need to experience His transforming power—if we will heed His Word and emulate the examples He has provided.
~Pastor Frank Mascaro

The Book Of James “Grow Up: Moving On To Maturity”

The Book Of James “Grow Up: Moving On To Maturity”

The book of James is a powerful little book full of challenge and expectation. It’s not a book of suggestions or good ideas but rather a confrontational exhortation to live what we say we believe. So, what does it mean to be a Christian? Is it simply church attendance? Bible Study? Giving of tithes and offerings? Those are all well and good...but do not sum up the total of what it means to be a Christ follower. Simply going to church a few times a month and calling oneself a Christian is like a man who makes a peanut butter sandwich and calls himself a chef. Or the lady who plants a flower and announces to the world she is now a gardener. These folks have missed the point completely and their lives suffer as a result. As we dive into the book of James, we will be encouraged and challenged; pushed and prodded to be more and do more in the name of Christ. For as James 1:22 tells us, “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.”
~Pastor Nathan Cherry

Spiritual Gifts: Unity in Diversity

Spiritual Gifts: Unity in Diversity

The apostle Paul wrote this letter to the Corinthians as a corrective response to reports of problems and disorder among the church there, as well as, to answer specific questions that they had apparently sent to Paul for clarification. His response was this corrective letter to address the specific improper attitudes and conduct of the Corinthian church and instead promote UNITY among the believers concerning their relationships and their worship. In these chapters, (12-14) Paul specifically attempts to correct an abuse of one of the spiritual gifts – namely that of tongues - which will become clear in chapter 14. Paul did not want the Corinthians to have misunderstandings about the Holy Spirit and the spiritual gifts, but that they would have a right understanding and use these gifts for the glory of God and the building up of the church. It seems to be a lesson that is still in need for us today. May the Holy Spirit give us ears to hear and hearts to understand and obey. ~Pastor Frank Mascaro

"By Faith"

"By Faith"

Hebrews 11, the famous "faith" chapter, gives us a who's who of faithful people. But what is faith anyway and why do some people seem to exhibit it more than others? How does one grow in his or her faith and... does it really matter?! Today, we're going to talk about faith; what it looks like and how it should play out in our lives. Why, you ask? Because, "without faith, it is impossible to please God" (v 6) - a pretty bold statement! So, if faith is that important to God... perhaps it should play a more prominent role in your life and mine. I'm glad you joined us today as we take a look at the "By Faith" claims of scripture and discover some practical applications for our lives today. ~Nathan Cherry

Equipped For Every Good Work

Equipped For Every Good Work

If ever there was a need for clarity it is now! The source for clarity is the Word of God, and it is essential for living godly lives. It follows then that it is also essential that we have biblical teachers that can deliver to us the Word; to clarify, teach and train up the person of God. Praise God for His supply to you in Pastor Frank. He has been charged to “guard the trust,” to “be an unashamed worker” and to “preach the Word.” What should your response be? Hebrews 13:17, obey with joy! Westside Church, this is your chance to walk in faith to honor your leadership and to trust the Lord, we are his church. ~Guest Pastor, Jeff Axtell New Hope Christian Fellowship

The Gospel of John...that you may believe..

The Gospel of John...that you may believe..

As we near the end of John's Gospel, we see examples of grace the world has never imagined. First with Judas and the guards as they came to arrest Him in the garden, He asks that the others not be taken. Then, He meets with the High Priests, offering them one more chance to recognize Him as their Messiah. He meets with Pilate, offering him the Voice of Truth he had given up seeking. From the cross, He asks His Father to forgive them, because they do not understand what they are doing. This grace continued three days later, as Jesus comforted His disciples and assured Thomas that it was really Him, and in Galilee, He restores Peter's confidence, once for each of his three denials. Join us now as we conclude our journey together through the Gospel of John: “…That You May Believe.”

Easter Sunday 2015

Easter Sunday 2015

This morning, in celebration of our Risen Savior, we skip ahead in John's gospel to imagine what the disciples must have felt that fearful and wonderful morning some 2,000 years ago as they came to realize what He had been trying to explain to them all along. Appearing to His disciples in the upper room, He brought them peace. Not as the world gives, but instead, the kind of peace that comes from realizing that even death had no power over Him. He also gave them the Holy Spirit who would remain with them and give them indomitable courage to boldly share their experience with others. It is this same Spirit that He freely gives each of us so that we might also share what we have seen and believed so that others may also believe.

The Gospel of John...that you may believe.

The Gospel of John...that you may believe.

As we continue the Gospel of John, let me take you to the end of the book, because it is there that John tells us WHY he wrote this book: “But these (events) are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in His name.” (John 20:31) John wrote his gospel with a very specific purpose in mind - to show that Jesus Christ is God in the flesh. It is not so much a biography as it is a theological argument. It is by believing that Jesus Christ is indeed the Son of the Living God that we find life….real life, eternal life, a transformed life! Every event and every word from Jesus is designed to show us that Jesus is God, from His miraculous signs to His astounding words and claims. I hope you will join us for the entire study of this amazing book and bring your friends! Let’s continue our journey together with the Gospel of John: “…That You May Believe.”

This Is My Story

This Is My Story

As the new year approaches our thoughts begin to reflect on what the past year has been like as we anticipate the coming of a fresh new year. As 2015 quickly approaches, let us put aside the empty promises or “resolutions” that we honestly have no intention of following through on and rather consider our story. The story of Jesus as He called us out of a faithless past and into an eternal future. The story of how Jesus saved us from our sin and set our feet upon a firm foundation of faith. The story of God redeeming what had been lost and renewing our true identity in Him. Join me today as we explore “This Is My Story,” a journey of recognizing our past but not being defined by it. Of celebrating the day Jesus took hold of our lives...for we were never the same again. And finally, of identifying the change that Jesus has brought in each of our lives. May His story be seen in ours every day! ~Pastor Nathan Cherry

The Light of Christmas

The Light of Christmas

Merry Christmas! From all of us at Westside Christian Church we pray the Lord’s best for you and your family. With only a few short days until that magical day, let us pause and remember why, or better yet who, we are celebrating. “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given...And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:6) But before that powerful “Christmas” statement comes the following words, “The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.” (Isa. 9:2) For many, this time of year is full of darkness; loneliness, abandonment, abuse, regret, fear, doubt and bad memories. But a light has dawned, a ray of hope for all people who will accept this child from our Heavenly Father as “The Light Of Christmas.” May that light shine on you, and through you, this year with the hope of Jesus’ love, forgiveness and freedom. ~Pastor Nathan Cherry

The Gospel of John...that you may believe

The Gospel of John...that you may believe

As we begin the Gospel of John, let me take you to the end of the book, because it is there that John tells us WHY he wrote this book: “But these (events) are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in His name.” (John 20:31) John wrote his gospel with a very specific purpose in mind - to show that Jesus Christ is God in the flesh. It is not so much a biography as it is a theological argument. It is by believing that Jesus Christ is indeed the Son of the Living God that we find life….real life, eternal life, a transformed life! Every event and every word from Jesus is designed to show us that Jesus is God, from His miraculous signs to His astounding words and claims. I hope you will join us for the entire study of this amazing book and bring your friends! Let’s continue our journey together with the Gospel of John: “…That You May Believe.” ~Frank Mascaro

What’s On Your Mind?

What’s On Your Mind?

In this series, Pastor Frank will be addressing common questions people have regarding Christianity and the Bible. What's on Your Mind??

Overcomer!

Overcomer!

Welcome to Westside Christian Church. Hopefully today you are enjoying the blessings of our Lord Jesus Christ. But perhaps you joined us this morning with some heavy burdens; a heart full of pain for a loss, disappointment or struggle. We want you to know it’s ok. You are not expected to have it all together here. In fact, if you are living the perfect life with no worries, stress or problems...than we are probably not the church for you. You see Jesus tells us that in this world we will have trouble, but we are to take heart for our God has overcome the world. (John 16:33) Isn’t that great news? Whether you feel it or not; whether you believe it or not...it’s true. And that’s what we will be discussing this morning as we dive into “Overcomer: Living A Life Of Victory!” I do hope you will be inspired and challenged through God’s Word this morning, for victory is ours through Jesus Christ! ~Pastor Nathan Cherry

The Kingdom Parables

The Kingdom Parables

The Old Testament ends with an expectant note—the return of Elijah the prophet to precede the coming of the Messiah and His kingdom. After 400 years of silence, John the Baptist arrives on the scene in fulfillment of the voice of Elijah as he announced, “Repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Matt. 3:2). God was about to do something new! The King was coming and with the King comes the kingdom! The Gospel of Matthew presents Jesus as this King and part of His mission was to proclaim the arrival of this kingdom—but upon Israel’s rejection of Jesus and His message, there is a turning point. The kingdom will not come through power as the Jewish people looked for and anticipated, but it would come from the work of God within the hearts of people—in a way unexpected by the world. Join us as we journey through the Kingdom Parables in chapter 13 of Matthew’s Gospel and gain a new understanding of God at work to redeem the world through His Son, Jesus Christ! ~Pastor Frank Mascaro

Easter 2014

Easter 2014

Back To The Future

Back To The Future

As we begin a New Year, it is a good time to stop and take stock of ourselves and see where we are in our lives regarding our relationship with Christ. One of the things that comes with that kind of examination is to look back. It’s hard to know where you are and where you are going if you don’t know where you have been. It is the lessons from the past—positive and negative—that help us to forge a better present and future, especially if we learn from those experiences. So, that is what we will be doing for the next few weeks. We are going “Back to the Future” to learn the Old Testament lessons from the nation of Israel that relate to our own, individual spiritual lives and how we can benefit from their experiences, whether positive or negative. I hope that it will encourage us to be more focused on Jesus and our relationship to Him in 2014. ~Pastor Frank Mascaro

The God Who Is

The God Who Is

Happy New Year! The Pastoral Staff at Westside Christian Church would like to wish you and your family the very best in 2014 and are excited about all God will be doing in us and through us in this new year. Speaking of which, What are your new year resolutions? Many people have many different ideas of what they would like to accomplish in the new year and perhaps you are one of them. But like some many good intentioned folk, perhaps your new year resolutions end up just being empty promises that bring us down rather than lift us up...and perhaps you’ve already broken your new year resolutions. But this year, I would like to encourage you to do something different. Instead of making empty promises, perhaps we should simply resolve in our hearts to seek God. This in itself may be a huge challenge but I would encourage you to seek God in a whole new way. Instead of forming God into our image, perhaps we should seek the true God who is and what He has in store for us in this new year. Join me this morning as we seek God. Not the God we want but rather the God who is. It will radically shake up our world...and that’s a good thing! ~Pastor Nathan Cherry

Behind the scenes of Christmas!

Behind the scenes of Christmas!

It’s Christmas! For many, it is a time to be awestruck at the incarnation of the Savior—God becomes flesh—and rejoice at the birth of the One who has come to bring deliverance and set free from sin those who will put their faith in Christ. Christmas is a time of giving and gifts and family and joy and reflection...and yet, Christmas is one of the links that comprise God’s grand redemptive plan. Over the next couple of weeks, I want to pull back the curtain, to look Behind The Scenes of Christmas, and consider more riches of God’s power, grace, mercy and love that are often overlooked when we celebrate this holiday. I hope that it will serve to expand our insight and understanding of the wonder and wisdom of God, not only at what Christmas means, but how Christmas is a promise that has been fulfilled on the way to you and I living by faith for His glory and praise. Merry Christmas! ~Pastor Frank

1 Timothy

1 Timothy

Sometime around 64-65AD, the church plant at Ephesus was struggling. There were false teachers leading people astray with legalism; relationships were a mess at every level of life; the wealthy disregarded generosity, holding tight their possessions; idolatry was still a big draw with the goddess Diana/Artemis—sin was everywhere threatening to ruin the church. Into this caldron of disarray, the Apostle Paul sends this letter to his young disciple Timothy. Paul had left Timothy in Ephesus to repair the damage, restore the focus and direct the church as to how those in Ephesus should respond and conduct themselves if they were going to be a healthy and worshipping church. Thus, 1 Timothy contains wisdom that leaders and every church, in every generation and in every location, can benefit from. So as we learn about the church of Ephesus from so long ago, we can also hear and learn what Jesus has to say to us at Westside Church for today as we, like the Ephesians, face “The Challenge Of Being The Church.” ~Pastor Frank

Elijah: Learning to follow God!

Elijah: Learning to follow God!

Our Bibles are filled with accounts of people that seem larger than life sometimes. People like Moses, David, Daniel, Esther, Paul and others. They all seem to be people who accomplished things for God that are so far above our own experiences that we feel like we could never be like them. That they are just biblical SUPERPEOPLE! But our study of Elijah will reveal a secret to us - all of these people were just that - PEOPLE! The Bible reminds us that Elijah "was a man just like us" (James 5:17). He was just a man, who, as we shall see over the next weeks, had to learn about God and learn how to hear and follow God just like you and I. My hope is that we will see that God can take a "nobody" that will totally yield their life to Him and use that life to accomplish great things for the glory of His name. As we study Elijah, we will be able to learn some of the lessons that he learned to know God, trust God, and follow God in obedient faith so that we may be better equipped to live a radical life of faith that points others to God and brings Him honor. Could we desire anything better than that? ~Pastor Frank

Planting the Gospel

Planting the Gospel

Jesus builds his church, and no one and nothing else. No amount of money, ministries, relationships, or reputation give life. God is the only source of life for people. God planted the gospel of Jesus for people to believe and live with him. Christians are people who embody the truth of God and plant the gospel where they live - honestly, authentically, and humbly. This takes belief, repentance, and conviction, which makes us increasingly unafraid of the world and failure, and awe (fear) God. Belief without repentance will always be a confusing way to live, and will hinder decision making and discipleship. But when we are ready to abandon ourselves, God brings life to our souls and includes us in his movement to make his name known, believed, and followed! God is the movement we follow. What are we afraid to lose? ~Pastor Nathan Gunter

Commitment or Surrender?

Commitment or Surrender?

Commitment or surrender? Is there a difference?! These two powerful words are similar but have two distinct and different meanings. But in these ever changing times, the lines between them have been blurred and often Christians use them interchangeably when talking about their walk with Jesus Christ. So which is it? Are we called to a commitment to Christ or is it surrender. While a case could be made for both/and, I believe because of cultural laziness we have taken what was once a serious surrender to the lordship of Jesus Christ and made it a casual commitment to a religious ideal. Today we will explore the differences between a cultural commitment and a radical surrender; what the Bible says about it, why it’s important, what we should do about it and what difference it will make in our lives and for generations to come. So thanks for joining us at Westside Christian Church this morning... I hope and pray that you are challenged as we discover together “Commitment OR Surrender!” ~Pastor Nathan Cherry

Radical Gospel... Radical Faith!

Radical Gospel... Radical Faith!

There is no greater message in the entire earth than the message that we refer to as "the Gospel". Yet, even so, it is often times, especially among Christians, distorted and oversimplified and made confusing because we don't know what it essentially is ourselves. That should lead us to ask, "What is the gospel?" Just what is the essence of this "good news" that we have received and are to proclaim to the world. The message that we were commanded by Jesus Himself to take to the ends of the earth? If anyone should know the answer to this question, it should be those who call themselves Christians shouldn't it? Yet it causes many to become tongue tied and stumble to answer the question. It should not be so for us. It is a glorious message, it is a wondrous truth….and it has radical implications. I hope you will join us over the next few weeks as we explore the facets and implications of this Radical Gospel. ~Pastor Frank Mascaro

Radical Savior, Radical Mission!

Radical Savior, Radical Mission!

Is Christianity a product or belief? Is the church to be relevant or repentant? Is the gospel to be sold or satisfaction to our life? Is our life a journey for our success or part of a historical movement? Are Christians called to make disciples of church or disciples of Christ? Are churches to be radical non-profit organizations with great visions of social change and expansion, or are they communities of people with deep convictions centered on truthful love? What grows healthier people, steroids or nutrients? What do we want to grow churches, spiritual steroids or spiritual nutrients? What if their were spiritual nutrients that create and reproduce healthy churches over time and in different places? What if Christianity was radically simple with deep, historical truths rooted in God, the Bible, and Jesus' life, death, resurrection? What if that simplicity spread across Sacramento and Northern California? Would we want that? ~Pastor Nathan Gunter

Radical Grace

Radical Grace

Grace. It’s one of those “churchy” words that gets thrown around a lot but is seldom fully understood. What is grace? Is it just being patient with an annoying person? Is it the kindness of strangers? Is it receiving what we don’t deserve? Often times we confuse grace and mercy...is there a difference?! So that is grace? And when we hear about the grace of God through Jesus Christ what’s really being talked about? I welcome you this morning as we take a look at “Radical Grace: It’s Not About Me...It’s All About HIM!” Discover the radical grace offered to you and how you can offer that same radical grace to others! ~Pastor Nathan Cherry

Radical Resurrection!

Radical Resurrection!

First of all, let me wish each of you a Blessed Resurrection Day, or if you prefer, Happy Easter! For those who have come to believe that Jesus is the Savior and Lord of their lives, today is the most wonderful celebration of the year. For without the resurrection of Jesus Christ, Christmas would have no meaning, it would be an empty day. But because Jesus has conquered sin at the Cross and death by the empty tomb, we have a Living Lord who promises us that we will live forever too by our faith in Him! I hope that today will be an encouraging day for you, whether you have believed on Jesus for your future or if you haven't - I trust that God has brought you here this morning to hear of the wonder of His love for you and the power He has displayed to make Jesus real to you and give you a new future by the power of the resurrection of His Son! ~Pastor Frank Mascaro

A Radical Savior - A Radical Faith

A Radical Savior - A Radical Faith

When you see or hear the words “radical faith”, what do you think of? Perhaps you think about passion, a faith that means so much that you want it to be seen in your life. Maybe your concept of “radical” is more negative, describing something “extreme” or “off the wall”. Maybe you think of it in terms of contemporary language, like “that was so radical, dude”. As you may, or may not, know, “radical” comes from the Latin radix which means “root”. Thus, the main meaning has to do with getting to the root. For the next few weeks, or months, we will be doing just that as we examine our faith and consider what our Savior has called us to be and to do. Plan to be here each week as we consider what RADICAL faith looks like and we determine to step across the line and take Jesus seriously. What would that look like in our lives? How would it change everything - us, our homes, our church, our community and even the world if we took that step? Are you ready? Are you willing to be challenged to live radically with Jesus? Join us as we study together - A RADICAL SAVIOR: A RADICAL FAITH. ~Pastor Frank Mascaro

Immanuel - God With Us

Immanuel - God With Us

We have celebrated yet another Christmas, the season to remember the birth of Christ Jesus. Christmas can be a delightful time of the year for many, and for some, the season can pose a heavy sense of grief or loneliness. Typically, the season goes just as quickly as it came. The gift planning, Christmas parties, and relaxed conversations leads right into a new season of life, the New Year. This short window of time allows us to look into the future year and plan new life goals such as eating different, meeting someone new, budgeting different, etc. Instead of focusing so much on the New Year, let us focus on the life of Christ Jesus and how he renews us to new life. Join me this morning as we consider “Immanuel, God With Us!” ~Pastor Nathan Gunter

Christmas With the Prophets

Christmas With the Prophets

It's coming....yes, Christmas is just around the corner. But just when did Christmas begin? Was it at the announcement to Zechariah the priest that he and his barren wife Elizabeth would have a son and name him "John" as he would be the forerunner of the Messiah? Was it when Gabriel announced to a young virgin named Mary that she would conceive of the Holy Spirit and bear the Savior of the world? Was it at the end of a long and difficult trip to Bethlehem to register for Caesar at the birth of Jesus? Christmas started well before that...it has always been in the mind of God and the Bible progressively unravels that fact from Genesis to Revelation. Because of this, I thought it might be a beneficial endeavor for us to spend "Christmas with the Prophets", those who spoke of this day centuries before there was a Christmas event. They may not have known all the details that we know after the fact, but they sure had some amazing insights that only affirm the truth and inspiration of the Bible concerning the first coming of the Son of God to that Bethlehem stable. Merry Christmas!!! ~Pastor Frank Mascaro

The Book of Galatians: Faith and Freedom

The Book of Galatians: Faith and Freedom

Gospel or Law...Faith or Works... Freedom or Slavery. These are opposing doctrines that confront us all in our life of faith. Freedom is a precious gift that brings great joy. I am sure we would get a hearty confirmation from anyone released from the confines of prison, the enslavement of addiction, or any kind of oppression that hindered and inhibited one's freedom. It is true also of being delivered from the bondage of legalism. Even today, many people surrender themselves to the bondage of rules and regulations and rituals – which is exactly what Christ came to free us from. The letter of Galatians was written to remind us of that freedom. It points us away from the “gospel” of works and toward the wondrous grace of Jesus Christ. It is a book that reminds us that it is by faith alone, in Jesus alone that makes us right with God and that Jesus has set us free – from condemnation, from sin, from obligations to religion, to now worship God and live in a whole new way because of God's love and grace. May the truths of this book be used by the Holy Spirit to cause us to rejoice in God's salvation and in the freedom he has brought to us in Christ Jesus. ~Pastor Frank Mascaro

Faith That Risks!

Faith That Risks!

Faith…Is it just something we assent to or something that we live by? The book of Hebrews in Chapter 11 tells us that faith is “being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” It involves the idea of belief, the idea of confidence in God, and the idea of faithfulness to follow where God leads. Many times we’ll come to the edge of faith in our own lives. We’re not sure where things are headed. Maybe it is a decision to start a relationship with Jesus for the first time. Maybe you need to trust him with a business decision or something related to a relationship. There is risk in stepping out in faith. Who will you trust? Will you trust in the Lord with all your heart? What if you’re wrong? Is it really God telling you to take the step of faith? And yet, it is in that confidence that we have in God to lead us that allows us to take that step. And it's not until we move in that direction that we will ever experience the power and glory of God in our lives, because Faith That Risks will take us to new levels of relationship and understanding of God. There is no fresh revelation of God when we remain stagnant in our life with God. How about you? Are you ready to have a Faith That Risks it all on God? Individually? As a church? I hope so. ~Pastor Frank Mascaro

Living the Larger Story!

Living the Larger Story!

Ever wonder if there was more to this life than you’re living?! I have, and I’d bet I’m not alone in these thoughts. What if I told you that there was, in fact, more to this life? What if I told you there was a larger story going on...and you are invited to be part of it? In fact, what would you say if I told you that YOU play a pivotal part in that larger story? How would that make you feel? What would you do? Would it change anything? Would it make a difference in your life? I welcome you this morning and encourage you to join with me as we look at Matthew 8 and discus “Living The Larger Story!” Discover that there is more to this life when we partner with God in His larger story! ~Pastor Nathan Cherry

To Timothy, Trust the Gospel

To Timothy, Trust the Gospel

What do we trust? What we trust determines what we love, and what we love determines what we teach. So what are we teaching people? If we love our life, then we apparently trust our life and become the center of teaching. But how are we truly able to trust ourselves? Are we able to control our birth or even death? Did we sit down with our parents before coming into this world commanding them to birth us? Do we then trust someone else, another person? If so, that person must be able to control their birth, life and death. Is there anyone like that in the world to trust? He would be someone to love and be the center of our teaching. Join me this morning as we look at 1 Timothy 1:1-11 for “Trusting The Gospel” and discover what is worthy of our trust! ~Pastor Nathan Gunter

Church: It's a Team Sport!

Church: It

So what is church anyway?! Is it the building where we meet? Is it the programs we have? Is it the designated time for gathering on Sunday mornings? The answer to these questions is an emphatic “NO!” The church is not an organization or a meeting. It’s not the facility we use nor is it the events we plan. The Church is us...you and me & the many people God calls to himself with the purpose of encouraging one another towards deeper intimacy & faith in Jesus. But often times the local church doesn’t look like that. In fact, many times the “church” is defined more by what it’s against rather than what it’s for; and we’ve lost the God-centered connectedness between each other and our community. But fear not, all is not lost! We can still be the body of Christ & learn to change our thinking from church being an organization to the living, breathing organism God designed us to be. Join me today for “Church: It’s A Team Sport!” and discover your place in “church”! ~Pastor Nathan Cherry

The Book of Job

The Book of Job

"Why did this happen to me?" Over the centuries people have cried out that question in the midst of personal adversity and tragedy. Considered both a theological and a literary masterpiece, the Book of Job opens the discussion of why God allows the righteous to suffer. While that question may never be fully answered before we enter eternity, it should cause us to see that even in his trials, Job does not abandon his worship of God. With everything in his life pulled out from under him, Job chose to believe that God was good and worthy of worship despite the apparent evidence to the contrary. In his agony, he could still proclaim, "I know that my Redeemer lives!" (19:25) In the end, God vindicated Job's trust in Him. As we move through this amazing story of this man, may we learn from his experiences and faith how to patiently trust God and continue to worship God in the face of troubles and trials that come our way. ~Pastor Frank Mascaro

Sojourner Ministries

Sojourner Ministries

Steven Ger grew up in a Jewish family in Brooklyn, New York and Aberdeen, New Jersey, where he was educated in both church and synagogue due to his distinctive heritage as a Jewish Christian. He is the founder and director of Sojourner Ministries, an organization dedicated to exploring the Jewish heart of Christianity. The name of the ministry is derived from the Hebrew meaning of Mr. Ger's surname. In Hebrew, the word "ger" means sojourner or wanderer. This particular "wandering" Jew's faith journey has led him to the conviction that Jesus is the Messiah who was foretold in the Hebrew Scriptures. We are so pleased and blessed to have Steven share his message with us and we encourage you to visit his website for more information at sojournerministries.com.

Jesus In His Own Words

Jesus In His Own Words

Who is Jesus? Some say he is a prophet, a king, the Messiah, the Lord, Master. There are some who believe He was simply a good man, a good teacher, or possibly an angel or a revolutionary. Others say He is an imposter, pretender, fake, charlatan, deceiver, liar, or lunatic. So often people make their decisions based upon improper information. They think they know because they have heard about him at a church or read about him in a magazine or have been told by someone else. The real issue, however, is whether or not each of us has personally taken the time and made the effort to discover what Jesus has to say about Himself. Over the next weeks we will endeavor to do just that in our series, “Jesus in His Own Words”. I hope it will help us better understand and appreciate the wonder of His identity and His mission and will increase our ability to answer His question, “Who do you say I am?” (Matthew 16:15). Let’s begin our journey! ~Pastor Frank Mascaro

The Danger of Compromise

The Danger of Compromise

Compromise...it is an interesting word that evokes both positive and negative connotations. On one hand, it can refer to "a settlement of differences by mutual concessions; a reciprocal modification of demands" so that there can be some level of mutual agreement or benefit. However, it can also mean "an endangering; or exposure to danger" as in compromising one's integrity or beliefs. Compromise is therefore not always wrong, but there are those things which cannot, must not, be compromised. In today's world where relativism seems to rule, nothing is considered to be absolutely true, so everything can be compromised. As followers of Jesus, there are things that we cannot and should not compromise, or attempt to negotiate. As we begin the new year, we will look at several areas where we may be tempted to compromise or acquiesce in our faith as we consider several examples from the Scripture in our series “The Danger of Compromise". May it encourage us as we pursue our Savior in 2012. ~Pastor Frank Mascaro

The Miracle of Christmas

The Miracle of Christmas

As we make the turn into the homestretch and set our sights on Christmas, we start looking for those familiar stories and sights that usually surround us at this time of the year. You know what I mean, the angel Gabriel, Mary and Joseph, Zechariah and Elizabeth, the shepherds and the wise men, all of which are part of the Miracle of Christmas. However, if you will allow me, I would like us to travel down some of the "backroads" of the story and perhaps gain an understanding of the Miracle of Christmas from a little different perspective. Oh, don’t worry, we will still touch on many of those familiar figures to some degree, but our consideration of some less familiar passages will perhaps bring us greater insight concerning Christ’s coming and how amazingly astounding this event really is for the whole world. It is my hope that it will stir your heart and bring the Miracle of Christmas alive in such a way that it may awaken a new joy and appreciation of God’s great love and mercy for us all. Merry Christmas! ~Pastor Frank

God Will Be Faithful

God Will Be Faithful

The Westside Christian Church pastoral staff would like to wish you and your family the very best this Thanksgiving and beyond. We know and understand the craziness of “The Holiday Season” but pray that you will take some time to stop and reflect on all God has done in and through your life; and will continue to do moving on into the new year. Make this year different by remembering God’s goodness, by taking some time to be still before the Lord and by remembering why we celebrate Thanksgiving and Christmas. Getting our priorities straight will go a long way in bringing some sanity back to a chaotic world and you might just discover true “peace on earth” through Jesus himself. May God richly bless you and keep you! ~Pastors Frank Mascaro, Nathan Cherry & Tom Hartung

Thanksgiving With Jesus - What's It Really Mean Anyway!

Thanksgiving With Jesus - What

So, what is Thanksgiving? I mean what does it truly mean and why do we celebrate it? For some people its all about friends and family. For others its about the food they enjoy eating. Still others focus on the day off from work watching football or preparing for the next day’s shopping extravaganza. And where does Jesus fit into all the holiday hysteria?! But when you stop and think about “Thanksgiving,” what are we really trying to convey? I’m glad you could join us today as we take a biblical approach to the idea of Thanksgiving and discover what it truly means to be thankful. It’s about more than pilgrims, Indians and turkey my friends! So prepare your hearts, get settled in and join me as we take a look at “Thanksgiving With Jesus: What’s It Really Means Anyway!” ~Pastor Nathan Cherry

Living Like God Matters

Living Like God Matters

Our worldview -- that is, how we really think about life -- determines how we live and the choices we make. If we believe that the God of the Bible exists and is trustworthy, then why is it that in most cases, we do not live and act consistently with what we claim to believe about God and ourselves? As followers of Christ, shouldn't we, more than those around us, have the confidence to live "riskier" lives by trusting the hand of God each day? Isn't that what growing in our faith is really all about? I mean, what would our lives look like if we lived every day as if God really matters in our lives? As we begin our sermon series, "Living Like God Matters", I hope we will be inspired and gain a new confidence in God, to trust in His faithful guidance, grace, and goodness, and see Him do amazing things in and through our lives. ~Pastor Frank

God's Blueprint for the Church, Part 2

God

As we discovered in our study of the first part of the Book of Acts, the church had its beginning in the city of Jerusalem. It began to grow even amid opposition from Jewish leaders - but it soon became comfortable. God allowed persecution to come so that the church would move out and obey Christ’s command to be His witnesses in all the world, even to the ends of the earth (Acts 1:8) That command from our Lord has not been rescinded nor revoked. In the second part of God's Blueprint For The Church, we will see the expansion of the message of Jesus spreading from Israel to Asia Minor to Europe as the apostle Paul and his companions boldly exemplify God’s mission for His church. May we hear, understand and willingly follow the examples we will glean from their passion for and engagement with God’s design for the Church as we look at God's Blueprint for the Church, Part 2. ~Pastor Frank

Easter 2011

Easter 2011

HE IS RISEN! I’m so glad that you chose to worship with us on this wonderful day of the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is the most significant and life changing event in all of human history and I hope your life will be impacted in some way by this wondrous truth as we spend this time together. This morning we will look at a song, listen to a pointed story and move on to hear a powerful Apostle as we learn how the Bible takes the story of Easter “From Rejected Stone...To Living LORD.” ~Pastor Frank

Nehemiah: Building a Life of Faith

Nehemiah: Building a Life of Faith

In its most basic content, the book of Nehemiah is an account of the rebuilding of the walls of Jerusalem, the dwelling place of God in the Old Testament and the center of life for Israel (and really, the whole world. It is from the life and times of Nehemiah that we will glean some wonderful truths that will benefit our spiritual development and growth. For here is a man who desired to know the plans of the Lord and act upon them; proving himself faithful even during the most trying of times. He teaches us that as individual followers of Christ and as the church collectively, if we keep our hearts and minds fixed on God and yielded to His will, we will experience success with God and will develop a strong and steady faith even amid constant opposition. Join us as we study Nehemiah: Building A Life Of Faith. ~Pastor Frank Mascaro

Setting The Course For A New Year

Setting The Course For A New Year

The hustle and bustle of the end of the year has come to be another memory and we find ourselves staring down the corridor of a new year. It is a time for getting things in order to move forward, to make changes, to venture into new territories and start out with new resolve to be and do things that will bring success and benefit to ourselves and others. It is like setting out to sail into the unknown – we first need to chart a course to follow that will help us to be prepared for every wind and wave and challenge that may come our way. The apostle Paul provided some sound advice that may serve us well as we set out on our 2011 life adventure. Join us as we study together “Setting the Course for a New Year”. May it be a blessed journey for you and yours this year!!! ~Pastor Frank Mascaro

Twas The Day After Christmas…

Twas The Day After Christmas…

Christmas: Heaven's Divine Interruption

Christmas: Heaven

I don’t know about you but I just hate interruptions. It seems that just when you sit down to read a good book or watch a movie or have a good conversation with a friend the doorbell rings, the baby cries, the boss needs something or your phone rings. Ever experience that when trying to have some quiet time with God? Interruptions are apart of everyday life and we learn to deal with them. But there was one interruption that changed the course of eternity and that was when God came to earth in the form of a little baby. My heart’s prayer for you and I this Christmas is that we embrace the interruption of Christ into our busy lives. Join me as we take a look at “CHRISTMAS: Heaven’s Divine Interruption”...and may we allow the interruption of Christ back into Christmas! ~Pastor Nathan Cherry

Cloud Control

Cloud Control

Sometimes it is not easy to know what to do or when to do something, is it? God knows that life is filled with decisions and opportunities that we wrestle over. What does God want me to do? How can I know what His will is? It is not just a problem we face as people today, but one that has challenged people since the beginning. God wants to lead us, He wants us to seek His leading and direction because He wants the best for us, even when the best may not be what we think is best or practical at that moment. It is not an easy answer, but God gave us an example of how He will lead and how we are to follow through a people in the desert wilderness. Put on your sandals, grab your bible and join us as we attempt to gain some insight for our own lives today from their example. ~Pastor Frank Mascaro

Why Am I Here?

Why Am I Here?

Why am I here? Have you ever woke up and asked yourself that question? If you haven’t, you need to, because there is a reason that God has placed you and I here, in this time and in this place. It is an important question because it is a question of “purpose”, a reason for being. If we want to know what a device is made for, we need to consult the creator of the device and see what the owner’s manual has to say. That is also true for us. We were created for a purpose, there is a reason for our existence. God made us to fulfill a part of His plan and fashioned us for a distinct purpose. Living with purpose is the only way to REALLY live…when we realize and embrace the truth that we are on mission for the God of the universe, it will change everything about us. Does that excite you? Then join us for this series as we explore “Why Am I Here?” ~Pastor Frank Mascaro

Coexist – Can Everybody Be Right?

Coexist – Can Everybody Be Right?

A recent Barna poll revealed that four out of ten American adults agreed with this statement: “When Christians, Jews, Buddhists and others pray to their god, all of those individuals are actually praying to the same god, but simply using different names for that deity”. Do all religions lead to God? Does it matter what we believe about God and ourselves? Can’t we just agree that whether you follow Jesus or Mohammed, if you are into Zen or Hinduism or Islam that ultimately we are on the same path to God just taking different routes? We will all end up at the same destination, won’t we? Well, that is a pretty important question isn’t it? That’s what our October sermon series will address – join us as we explore “Coexist - Can Everyone Be Right?” ~Pastor Frank Mascaro

Grasping The Heart of God – "Who Loves Ya Baby"

Grasping The Heart of God – "Who Loves Ya Baby"

As Christians, we are often overwhelmed by all that the Bible has to teach us and it can sometimes become more than overwhelming to grab hold of it all. Yet the story of the Bible from Genesis to Revelation really is a pretty basic message – one that involves God’s pursuit of humanity that has turned away from Him to their own destruction. It tells of the God who loves people, even a people that have rejected Him, in order to bring them back to a renewed relationship with Him. It is a message that starts with God Himself and reveals His heart – His passion – in order that we might come to embrace His desires ourselves. That’s what we are looking at in this series – Grasping the Heart of God – because we are to become like our Father in heaven. May we turn our eyes to Him and lay our hearts before Him; allowing Him to transform our lives and produce His passion for people in us that He might be praised. ~Pastor Frank

Your Life In CHRIST

Your Life In CHRIST

Seeing Jesus Through The Old Testament

Seeing Jesus Through The Old Testament

To many Christians, the Old Testament is “foreign” territory. By that I mean that if they read the Bible, most of the time it is limited to the New Testament because it is about Jesus. But guess what, so is the Old Testament! How do I know? Because Jesus, Himself, said so. He said,” Everything must be fulfilled that was written about Me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms”. That was the Hebrew division of the Scriptures, which we call the Old Testament. Over the next several weeks, we will take a look at a few of the examples of God giving glimpses of Jesus in the Old Testament. Heaven knows of nothing more glorious or wonderful to reveal to man than the Savior…all Scripture converges with Jesus, the Cross and an Empty Tomb. I hope these next few weeks open up a whole new awareness and hunger to dig deeper into the Old Testament and find there the wonders of Jesus! ~Pastor Frank Mascaro

Fitting Acts into the BIG Picture

Fitting Acts into the BIG Picture

Every book of the Bible has its place in the overall message and plan of God that is revealed throughout the entirety of the Scriptures. The Book of Acts, and specifically chapters 1-10 which we just studied, is no exception. I thought it would be beneficial for us to tie what we have just learned into the “BIGGER PICTURE” of God’s intent and redemptive purposes for people. God has so beautifully weaved His message in the Bible and through the centuries has patiently worked out His plan on His way to fulfilling His eternal purposes for our salvation and His glory. With that in mind, I hope these messages will bring great joy and a new awareness of God’s faithful love to each of our hearts. ~Pastor Frank Mascaro

Acts 1-10: God’s Blueprint for Ministry in the Church

Acts 1-10: God’s Blueprint for Ministry in the Church

The Book of Acts is foundational to understanding God’s plan and purpose for the church. Can you imagine finishing the Gospel of John and then reading the Epistle to the Romans and wondering…how did the church get to Rome? Not only do we have the birth, growth and history of this new entity of God’s design, the church, but we see what the church was to be about doing and how it went about doing it. It has many things that we can learn and apply to our lives as the church today, some 2,000 years beyond the first century. That’s why we are calling this series, “God’s Blueprint of Ministry for the Church” – how can we do better than learn from the apostles and those who showed the way from its very inception? So open your Bible to the Book of Acts and let’s start our journey! ~Pastor Frank Mascaro

Easter – How Can You Resist It?

Easter – How Can You Resist It?

HE IS RISEN! Happy Easter everyone and thank you for joining Westside Christian Church this morning as we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Easter is such an amazing time...but it can easily be diminished by the many distractions and commercial trappings of the holiday. Today we invite you to push aside those distractions, release your anxieties and stand in wonder at the empty tomb as we consider “Easter...how can you resist it?” Jesus comes to you in a real and living way calling you by name and inviting you to you know Him. Today we invite you to encounter the real Jesus who desires to have a real and powerful relationship with you. The question you must ask yourself is...how can you resist HIM?! ~Pastor Frank Mascaro

Living in Light of Christ's Return

Living in Light of Christ

The chronology of end time events is debatable but one thing remains clear and that is that Jesus WILL return physically to the earth as the Scriptures declare. Another clear teaching of the Bible is that followers of Jesus will encounter trouble in this worldly existence (John 16:33) but that we can be confident that we will overcome these troubles one day. In the meantime, how are we to live in light of Christ’s return and yet be faithful in troubled times? The Apostle Paul reminds us, as he did the believers in Thessalonica, that we are to live with expectation of Christ’s return, knowing that God’s judgment will settle all accounts. We are to be steadfast and diligent in the meantime, engaging in God’s kingdom rather than just biding our time. How are you Living In Light Of Christ’s Return? Join us as we take a look at the book of 2 Thessalonians. ~Pastor Frank Mascaro

The Story That Never Grows Old

The Story That Never Grows Old

Everyone likes a good story. We are captivated by various components as the story unfolds - drama, suspense, comedy, courage, faith, strength in adversity – the circumstances and responses of the characters capture our emotions as the story unfolds. The Bible contains the greatest story ever told and is revealed through various literary genres in the Old and New Testaments. It is the story of God’s unrelenting love and His passion to redeem and restore His creation – and specifically people – to His intended place and relationship with Himself. It is the story that we are part of and the story He has placed in our hearts to tell to others and to live out in this world. It is the “Good News” that is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes (Rom 1:16)... and it will never grow old or obsolete, because it is rooted in God’s love. Join us for “The Story That Never Grows Old!” ~Pastor Frank Mascaro

Christmas Eve 2009

Christmas Eve 2009

Christmas Gossip

Christmas Gossip

Christmas means different things to different people. For some it is just another holiday and time off work…to others, it is a time for parties and festivities…for others, it is Santa, toys and Christmas trees. But for Christians, it is the realization that God came down from heaven and became human in the form of Jesus for our deliverance. Many consider the events surrounding His birth a myth, just some religious story, and there is a lot of misinformation, as well as, misconceptions about Jesus and what Christmas is all about. How do you view Christmas? What is its significance for you? More importantly, what do you tell others who may be confused about this amazing event? God gives us the opportunity to clear up the misconceptions of Christmas every year – do we keep the truth to ourselves or share it? ~Pastor Frank Mascaro

Developing Habits That Will Change Our Church

Developing Habits That Will Change Our Church

Most of life is habitual. We do the same things today that we did yesterday, the day before and every day for the last month. Personal habits are things that make or break us. They help define us individually - and as a church. Some habits are useful and some are of no real benefit to us or others. When we become Christians, God has some new habits that are to be built into our lifestyle. With new life in Christ comes the challenge to develop new habits which require stepping out of our old patterns or our “comfort zone.” The more we put these new habits into practice, the easier they become part of our lifestyle as Christ’s disciples and they not only serve to change us individually, but will change us as a church! Are you willing to take the risk? I hope so, because if you do, we will never be the same! ~Pastor Frank Mascaro

Witnesses Not Lawyers

Witnesses Not Lawyers

Today’s world has changed, our country has changed, and especially our culture. Your neighbor, your friend isn’t the same person anymore. And chances are, if they aren’t your age, they speak a different language and dance to a different beat. Their values, their beliefs, and even their world view isn’t yours. The changes over the past few decades have been dramatic and because of that we must change. It is not that our message must change, not the gospel, but how we communicate to reach people with THE story when they are often only interested in THEIR story must adapt. All of us have to become cross-cultural missionaries, learn a new language, and relate to a new culture. We must return to being witnesses and not think we all have to be lawyers. ~Andy La Breche

The Missing Factors of Genuine Friendship

The Missing Factors of Genuine Friendship

All of us want and need friends. Friends share life with us. Friends help us gain insight and skills needed for other relationships, teach us about loyalty and trust, and become places of refuge for us in times of distress. Friendships require a certain investment from both parties – friendship requires time, commitment, giving of oneself, and sacrifice. In other words, friendship means being real, being involved, being sacrificial and loving the other person over time and through the circumstances of life. Come with us as we explore examples of friendship in the Bible and see the Missing Factors of Friendship and how we can develop deeper friendships and be a real friend to others. ~Pastor Frank Mascaro

Hope and Joy in the Midst of Adversity

Hope and Joy in the Midst of Adversity

What do you think about when you think of the word “joy”? Picture this…a little, curly haired boy playing with his daddy on the living room carpet. They are rolling all over the place “wrestling” with each other until Dad’s wrestling morphs into tickles and the little boy begins to giggle which grows and grows until both of them end up laughing hysterically. That is joy…security, contentment, and love. But joy can also be found in the adversities that we face in life…in pain and in struggles. Perhaps it is at a funeral, or an illness, or in the unemployment office, or the exhaustion of a rebellious child, or a broken marriage, or unfair treatment at work or school, or….well, you fill in the blank. God intended that Christians not be overcome by adversity, but that they learn to trust Him through their hardships and find true joy and an expectant hope that flows from a confident assurance of God’s loving control. The Book of Philippians instructs us that regardless of life’s circumstances, you and I can find joy and hope in the faithful Savior of our souls. He is the Great Shepherd who leads us through the dark shadows of this life. Join us as we learn how to have “Hope and Joy in the Midst of Adversity” in the Letter to the Philippians. ~Pastor Frank Mascaro

Lessons in Leadership

Lessons in Leadership

The New Testament emphasizes the importance of the local church and that includes the leadership of the church. Appropriately, God has not been silent concerning the leadership structure of his household, but has given us instruction and examples about these things in the Bible. As WCC moves through our infancy and continues growing up as a church, it is becoming evident that we are approaching a time where we begin to phase into a biblical form of church leadership. With that in mind, I hope you will plan to join us each week through the remainder of the summer as we explore and consider the biblical model of church leadership from God’s Word. ~Frank Mascaro

What's My Identity

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If some stranger off the street asked you to identify yourself, what would you say or do? Some people might open their wallets and show a state issued driver’s license. Others might describe their job or hobbies. Still others might simply state their name. In today’s American culture, our identity is wrapped up in so many things that we’ve lost who we truly are...and the struggle to maintain position, possessions and status is more than we can bear. Today we’ll look at 2 Corinthians 5:15-18 and ask the question, “What’s My IDENTITY?!” Discover with me that what I do, own and accomplish does not define who I am. ~Nathan Cherry

That’s What A Brother Is For...

That’s What A Brother Is For...

In these trying times, it is more evident than ever before that we need more in this life than what we’ve experienced. Not only do we need to reconnect with our Creator, but we need to reconnect with each other; to rediscover community. We are not alone in our struggles and trials for we were and are created for relationship; not an acquaintance or associates but real, biblical relationship. Join with me this morning as we look into the relationship of David and Jonathan in 1 Samuel and discover “That’s What A BROTHER Is For!” ~Nathan Cherry

God's Top 10 List

God

David Letterman has made “Top Ten Lists” popular in our culture, but God had the original “Top Ten List” well before the entertainment industry ever thought of them. If you want to start a commotion in a social setting, bring up the Ten Commandments in your discussion. You will find that everyone has an opinion – whether social, ethical, political or spiritual – and a definite response to the relevancy or application of them in today’s society. Virtually everyone will weigh in with their opinions and beliefs on the subject. Even Christians have differing views about whether they need the Ten Commandments any longer. What do you think? Where would you weigh in on the subject? Join us as we explore “God’s Top 10 List!” and how it applies to us. ~Pastor Frank Mascaro

Snapshots of the Passion

Snapshots of the Passion

The hours leading to the crucifixion did not find Jesus paralyzed with fear, wringing His hands, sitting and waiting with fearful resignation for what was before Him. Those hours were instead filled with activity, action and His last words to His disciples, who were pretty much oblivious to the realities that would very shortly come. The empty tomb of Easter would bring triumph and victory, but not before the Cross. Let’s follow Jesus and the disciples in the last hours before the crucifixion and discover some lessons that may be of benefit to us as we move toward the empty tomb on Easter with Snapshots of the Passion. ~Pastor Frank Mascaro

From Worry to Worship

From Worry to Worship

Have you ever finished watching the evening news with all of the violence, injustice and suffering and asked, "Why doesn't God do something?" Or maybe you are the recipient of an unjust decision or action, or you are suffering from some illness or tragedy in your life and wonder, "Why isn't God answering my prayers?" Well, you are in good company, because one of God's prophets felt the same way and wrote a book about it. The small, but relevant, book of Habakkuk has much to teach us about moving "From WORRY to WORSHIP" in our lives. Let's journey with God's prophet! ~Pastor Frank

The Anchor of Our Souls!

The Anchor of Our Souls!

In the midst of the storms and challenges that life throws at us, or the trials and doubts that catch us unaware, God has provided an anchor for us, which is sure and steadfast, and that will never fail. We can confidently trust God, because this anchor was forged on the anvil of God's unchanging character. God encourages us to hold securely to this anchor – the promises He has made to us. Join me this morning as we take a look at “The Anchor Of Our Souls.” ~Jim Davis

Establishing a Firm Foundation

Establishing a Firm Foundation

God has a very personal plan on developing eternal, spiritual attributes that we uncover, hidden within his truth. It is the same for us today as it was for Timothy in the Ephesian Church. It takes time, discipline and desire. He has chosen to walk us through step by step in revealing to us the very essence of His heart through his Word. Join me this morning as we discover God’s plan for “Establishing A Firm Foundation.” ~Dennis Shippy

A New Year...A Steadfast Hope!

A New Year...A Steadfast Hope!

As we start this New Year, it seems we are faced with many challenging circumstances that can cause us to become fearful and uncertain of our futures. There is concern over the economy and its affect on us; fear of keeping a job–or finding one; there is the uncertainty of a new administration and leadership; there is the continuation of a moral decline and on and on. But what does the Bible say? Is it even relevant for the Christian during adversity, or is it only true when things are favorable? These next few weeks we will look at A New Year…A Steadfast Hope! I believe it will radically affect our viewpoint to live with a new and bold perspective if we will hear and believe God’s Word! ~Pastor Frank

An Attitude Worth Following

An Attitude Worth Following

The three words that the Lord used as He called the disciples to a life changing experience are the words, “Come Follow Me!” These are still the words every devoted follower of Jesus Christ must respond to. What will we do with our own personal call and commission from the Lord? Join me as we explore what these three words can mean for us today. They truly are “An Attitude Worth Following! ~Dennis Shippy

The Manger and the Cross

The Manger and the Cross

Sometimes in the rush of Christmas activity, we forget that the most wondrous part of Christmas is the fact that, in the Person of Jesus Christ, God became flesh in order to save us from our sins. That is the crux of the Christian message…that is the answer to those who ask, “Why did God become human?” It is because the shadow of the Cross is present at the Manger in Bethlehem. They are intertwined…His human birth, His humanity is necessary for the purpose of the Cross. It is GOD WITH US – Immanuel! ~Pastor Frank

All iWant for Christmas!

All iWant for Christmas!

We live in a fast paced, self-absorbed time and culture. Even our technology and “toys” reflect that attitude, don’t they? Apple has certainly tapped into that mindset with their “i” products...the iPod, the iPhone, the iBook, there is even iTunes. At some point, many people begin to wonder if there is more to think about than “me”, more to life than “i”. Christmas is the perfect opportunity to find the answer to that question and to find a richer and more abundant way to fulfill the deepest desires of our hearts. Join us as we consider “All iWant for Christmas!” during this wonderful time of year. ~Pastor Frank

Following Jesus in a Confused Culture

Following Jesus in a Confused Culture

I don’t know if you have noticed, but we are living in a culture that offers a smorgasbord of religious opinions and beliefs. People are picking and choosing what they want to put on their personal, spiritual plate. Like the Colossian church that was dealing with the blended views of Gnosticism, we live in a culture dominated by religious pluralism – that is, the view that any belief is the right one as long as it is right for you. Because of this reality, I think you and I will find Colossians to be a very timely book that will help us think through the importance of personally Following Jesus In A Confused Culture. ~Pastor Frank

Family Values: Don’t Leave Home Without ‘Em

Family Values: Don’t Leave Home Without ‘Em

Values… what are they and why are they important? With a presidential election on the horizon, FAMILY VALUES are in the news again, but what do these words mean? In our American culture, many families don’t stop to think about their values and how they affect the way we live in today’s world. Yet our values affect every area of our lives, give meaning and direction to our lives, and define who we are and how we live. Join us for the next six weeks as together we discover the importance of building essential values into our own lives and the lives of our children. They are an indispensible foundation as families develop character and assure a solid future. ~Pastor Frank

Living Mary in a Martha World

Living Mary in a Martha World

It’s so easy to get distracted with all that goes on in life. Let’s face it, life is busy and it doesn’t look like it’s going to slow down. But what does God want? Is he pleased with an over extended schedule? Is he glorified when we are stressed with all that has to get done? And how does ministry fit into all this? While I can’t promise that all your stress and worry will go away, I can help you recognize what God has in store for you. Join me this morning as we discover that what is best is not necessarily what we do but who we are. So take a deep breath and relax as we look at “Living MARY in a MARTHA World!” ~Pastor Nathan Cherry

Where Were You, Jesus?

Where Were You, Jesus?

Sometimes we worship God as we "create" Him in our minds rather than as the Almighty Creator. We pray to Him and make requests based on a very limited view of who He really is. I mean, God is more than just "Jehovah-Jireh" – God, my Provider. His character and attributes are multi—faceted and not subject to the limitations we place upon Him. So where is God when He seems to be "sitting on His hands" when we need Him? This morning, I hope we might see beyond ourselves to something bigger that God may be up to in our lives when those troubling life situations occur. ~ Pastor Frank Mascaro

The Way of Wisdom

The Way of Wisdom

Proverbs is a little read and often neglected book of the Bible, yet it is packed with practical, common sense counsel for everyone. The purpose of the book is that we might acquire wisdom to live a life that is honoring and pleasing to God; which results in our ultimate benefit and joy. Today, there are many intelligent people who are very knowledgeable about a variety of things, but it seems to me that wisdom is sadly lacking in much of our society. Come with us as we take a brief journey through this collection of proverbs and see if there are some things that you can discover about the Way of Wisdom and how you can be Living Practically Before God. After all, it couldn’t hurt, right? Let’s go!

Ministry at the Next Level

Ministry at the Next Level

Sometimes, as Christians, we can become too comfortable; we can slide into complacency in our relationships � our relationship with God and our relationships with others. Jesus never left His church here to languish in its own self-indulgence, but to flourish in His command to be His witnesses, penetrating the world with the �Good News� of His grace and love. Ministry At The Next Level is a reminder of the mission of the church and a call to renewed commitment to engage in the ministry that God has set before His church. As followers of Christ, we really have no other option, do we? Blessings.

The Jonah Syndrome: Being a “Fishy” Follower of Jesus

The Jonah Syndrome: Being a “Fishy” Follower of Jesus

In this new series, The Jonah Syndrome: Being a “Fishy” Follower of Jesus, we will examine the small, but powerful book of Jonah and see how easy it is to miss God’s purposes because of our own self-centeredness and desires. Through this prophet, I believe we will see ourselves and hopefully, make the adjustments in our own thinking so that we will begin to develop a vision for what God desires and is doing, rather than what we desire. That is what I want and I hope you do too!

Reasonable Doubt: Real People... Real Questions.

Reasonable Doubt: Real People... Real Questions.

If you have questions about God and the Bible, let me encourage you. God understands that. After all, God is the One who wired us to seek truth. Many questions trouble our hearts and leave us wondering “where is God in this?” As we embark on our journey through our current series— Reasonable Doubt: Real People...Real Questions!,let me challenge you to keep seeking the answers to your questions and assure you that God is not threatened by our desire to find the truth, but rather delights to reveal Himself to those who honestly look for Him. (Matthew 7:7-8)

The Week That Changed EVERYTHING!

The Week That Changed EVERYTHING!

Over the next few weeks leading up to Easter, we will look at “The Week That Changed EVERYTHING!” Each week, we will examine specific events in the last week of Jesus’ life and how this remarkable time frame affected not only individuals at that time, but the entire world from that week onward! The ramifications of the last week of Jesus’ life reverberate through all of human history and carry profound implications for every person in every place. May God lead us and guide us as we step back to Jerusalem and the events that lead to an empty tomb!

I'll Drink To That

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John 4:1-42

Jesus was able to meet people where they were and address the issues that made them realize their need for something more than this life could provide. We can learn a valuable lesson from our Savior as we study His approach with a woman who got more than water at this well and then showed others where they could find that same water.

Five Reasons People Like Jesus ... But Not Christians

Five Reasons People Like Jesus ... But Not Christians

Have you noticed that people are responsive to discussing Jesus, but not very receptive toward Christians? What has happened that makes people think there is a disconnect between Jesus and those who follow Him? Join us as we consider this critical issue through the teachings of Jesus, and see that it is possible to follow Jesus and dispel the misunderstandings that have become barriers to faith.

What's In Your iPod This Christmas?

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Christmas – it invokes memories of family, friends, traditions and of course, music. Sometimes Christmas Carols become so familiar to us that we don’t really think about the message. So this December, we are looking at “What’s in Your iPod This Christmas?” Join us for a fresh look at the songs of Christmas and the message of hope that spring from this 2,000 year old story.

Life's Greatest Purpose

Life

At one time or another in each of our lives we ask ourselves, “What Is Life’s Purpose?” At Westside Christian Church, we are no different. Join us as we begin a series that will help us discover God’s insights to this question as we consider what is “Life’s Greatest Purpose.”

No Perfect People

No Perfect People

Sure, everyone’s perfect till you get to know them, so why fake it? At Westside Christian Church we love unique, unfinished, fabulously flawed and perfectly imperfect people – and so does God. Join us as we begin a series celebrating our “real” families, relationships and lives, and discover God’s insights and strength to make them better each day

Reflections on the Road of Faith

Reflections on the Road of Faith

Psalms 120-134 are known as the “Psalms of Ascent” because they were sung as Israelites climbed toward Jerusalem in celebration of their feast days. As they walked and sang together, they would reflect on their faith. In these four Psalms, we can reflect and discover wonderful truths to enrich our relationship with God and one another as we Connect with God…Connect with Others and Serve All.