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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