As we are squeezed by life's pressures, it is so important to be intentional about staying connected with God (the Vine) and with other people. This page will be updated every Friday to resource and equip you to bring your faith into your homes, neighborhoods, schools, and workplaces.

What comes out when you get squeezed by life's circumstances?

A series on the Fruit of the Spirit

Content for the week of June 7-12: FAITHFULNESS

Each WEEK, we encourage you to:

  1. Connect About the Sermon

Choose a time during the week to use our discussion guide to connect with your spouse, other members of your household,  or virtually with a group through Zoom   about Sunday's livestream message.

(You can also go through the questions on your own.)

For Jesus, faithfulness didn't start publicly in the garden, it started privately in the desert.

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Each DAY, we encourage you to:

1. Read Scripture. 

For daily Scripture reading, download Hope Publishing's 5-day Reading Plan "Great is Thy Faithfulness (Beginning to End)."

2. Spend Time in Worship. 

Listen to some of the worship songs that we sing on Sundays from our Spotify playlist.

If you don't have a Spotify account, 

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Bonus Resources:

Watch this music video by Big Daddy Weave, featuring new lyrics added to the popular hymn, and worship God for His faithfulness:

"Great is Thy Faithfulness (Beginning to End)"

FINDING FAITHFULNESS - EDDIE'S STORY

Faithfulness. It seems to be such a rare quality in today’s world. Compromise abounds, resulting in broken promises, broken commitments, and broken relationships. But amazingly, God produces the fruit of faithfulness in the lives of those who consistently abide in Him.

 

Ventura Missionary’s Business Administrator, Eddie Eberhard, has lived in close connection with his Savior for decades, and his life yields the evidence of that abiding relationship with God. 

 

Read Eddie's story HERE.

"For He Himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility." Ephesians 2:10

Below are some great resources for this current climate of racial tension.

Latasha Morrison talks about positive ways to address the issue of racial justice in our society in this video by the Barna Group.  

"Be a Bridge Builder"

Racial reconciliation starts with us, in our relationship with God and others. Download this 5-day reading plan on pursuing God's heart for racial reconciliation by Latasha Morrison.

"Be the Bridge"

PASTOR DOUG'S BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS

The  following are great supplemental good reads for our series on the fruit of the Spirit:

Forgotten God by Francis Chan

Divine Conspiracy by Dallas Willard

RESOURCES FOR KIDS AND STUDENTS

We have also curated content for kids and students during this season to help them connect and pass the time in fun and meaningful ways while they are sheltering at home. There are also resources for parents.