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The mission of Westside Christian Church is to reach people with the life-changing message of Jesus Christ and to lead, teach and equip them to become life-long followers of Him.

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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

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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