Love, One Neighbor at a Time

I have a number of people in history I admire, one is Mother Teresa or now Saint Teresa. She was an incredible woman, recognized the world over for her charitable works and her care for the poorest of the poor. Her quotes both encourage and challenge:
Let us always meet each other with a smile, for the smile is the beginning of love.

Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.

Do not think that love in order to be genuine has to be extraordinary. What we need is to love without getting tired. Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.

Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God’s kindness: kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile.

I remember hearing an interview of a reporter who shadowed her for a day as she encouraged the Sisters of Charity (the order of nuns who care for the poorest of the poor), corresponded with individuals, made appointments with kings and world leaders, and showed great kindness, care, compassion, and love to the impoverished, many who were on their death beds. The reporter commented that the needs were so great, and questioned her if she felt like she was making much of a difference. Holding a malnourished child in her arms, she commented that, yes, she was making a difference, to this one.

See, we may not be able to love everyone, but we can love those around us. Sometimes it gets overwhelming as there are so many needs; our spouse, our friends, our family, people we live around, people at work, people at school. We listen to the news and are overwhelmed at struggles, tragedies, accidents, natural disasters, and wars. We hear of people facing cancer, experiencing a job loss, dealing with a death in the family, and we are not sure what to do, how to help, where to start. It can be so overwhelming that we get stalled and though we have feelings of compassion on the inside, we hold back the natural flow of expressing that love.

Jesus gave us some help and encouragement to move us on to active love/care when He said, “Love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22:39). Jesus called this the second of the greatest commandments (See Matthew 22:35-40 to see the first of the greatest commandments). Part of the duty of man is show some compassion and active love/care to those who we live around. Sure some of us may amass global movements to care for segments of our world, yet all of us are called to actively love/care for those with whom we connect.
Love is a choice to act in a loving way towards another.
1 Corinthians 13:4-8 4 Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant 5 or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; 6 it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. 7 Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 8 Love never ends.
Love learns names and discovers who people are; their history, their talents, their insights, their hurts. Love shares life and helps lift heavy loads.

Galatians 6:2 Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.

Love meets practical needs like the so named “Good Samaritan” in Luke 10:29-37 who showed mercy to someone in great need. It is loving others like we like to be loved.

It does not have to be a big grandiose plan that reaches thousands and gets noticed by the media, but it will made a difference to the one you love. So love, one neighbor at a time!

Church can be a great place to be encouraged to love your neighbors and love like Jesus. If you are not already connected to a church, we would like to invite you to Cypress Church or one of our branch churches in either Los Alamitos or Garden Grove as we are in a new teaching series called, “There’s Room: Life in God’s Family.” We are learning from the Bible book of Ephesians talking about the inclusive, loving, caring reality of God’s family. Our website has all the information you would need. www.cypresschurch.net . It would be great to have you join us.

Seeking to be more neighborly along with you,

Mike

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Empathy Makes Good Neighbors

My wife is amazing! Not only is she beautiful and talented and fun and a great teacher, but God has used her to help me be a better man and a better pastor. When we were first married, we moved into a little apartment in a huge apartment complex. We were so young and so into setting up our home and experiencing married life. We both were also super busy. Kristi was in her first year of teaching and I was finishing college with a load of 22 units, working at a pool supply store, and interning at our church. Needless to say, we did not have a whole lot of time to do much of anything, but we managed. Yet one, not-so-exemplary byproduct of my busyness, and my youth, was I spent a great deal of my time focused on myself. Some was out of insecurity, but much of it was well intended: I wanted to be a good husband, I wanted to do well in school, I wanted to learn and do well as an intern, but there was too much emphasis in “I,” on me. I spent way too much time thinking about me, and not a whole lot of time thinking about others, how they felt, or what they were going through. Sad to say, I was not very compassionate or empathetic. There were even times I was insensitive and did not want to be bothered by other people’s problems. I know, not very becoming of a pastor-in-training, but God did yank me out of that through watching and learning from my incredible wife.

Next door to us lived Rhoda and Ralph (not their real names). We would hear Rhoda crying through the walls and in frustration yelling at Ralph. I was annoyed. Kristi was concerned and prayed for them. One day, Kristi told me Ralph was out wandering the complex all dressed up, but forgot his pants! He asked Kristi if she could help him find his apartment. Kristi in her sweet kindness said, “Oh yes Ralph (we knew his name because his wife’s yelling), you live next door to us, come with me.” Rhoda came to the door very apologetic and quickly shared that Ralph was suffering from Alzheimer’s and was sorry we were inconvenienced. Just as Rhoda was about to close the door, Kristi introduced herself and expressed how difficult this must be. Rhoda began share her frustration and cried, so did Kristi. Rhoda apologized about her yelling and started to share how much she loved Ralph, but this was so hard. We began to look out more for Ralph, but one incident threw my underdeveloped empathy in my face and moved me on to be more compassionate.

Ralph was out again, and again without his pants. The streets in our complex were being resurfaced and Ralph was walking down street making footprints in the still-wet slurry. The workers were yelling at him, calling him names, throwing things at him. Ralph got even more confused and walked ever deeper into the middle of the street. Finally Ralph made it home, you could see his tar footprints on the grass and sidewalk as they led to his door. What hit me was these workers had no idea what Ralph was dealing with, nor did they care, nor did they want to know. So wrapped up in their job and themselves, they had nothing but disdain. The reality was, I was just like those workers. I asked God to help me be more empathetic, more like Kristi, more like Jesus.

The Bible is very clear.
Galatians 6:2-3 2 Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. 3 For if anyone thinks he is something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself.
Romans 15:1-2 We who are strong have an obligation to bear with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves. 2 Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to build him up.
Philippians 2:3-4 3 Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. 4 Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.
1 Corinthians 10:24 Let no one seek his own good, but the good of his neighbor.
Romans 12:15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.
Jesus said it this way in Matthew 22:39 “…You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Extending a bit of empathy goes a long way; it pulls others out of isolation, it relieves tension and stress, it brings comfort, it soothes the turbulent, unsettled, deep waters, deep feelings of our souls… empathy really helps. Not only all this, empathy helps us be the kind of people God created us to be and pulls us out of the self-focused, ‘me-centered,’ immature people we can be. So why not extend some empathy to those around you, even today. Will you?

Church can be a wonderful place to learn how to love and be empathetic like Jesus. If you are not already connected to a church, we would like to invite you to Cypress Church or one of our branch churches in either Los Alamitos or Garden Grove as we are in the beginnings of a new teaching series called, “There’s Room: Life in God’s Family.” We are learning from the Bible book of Ephesians talking about the inclusive, loving, caring reality of God’s family. Our website has all the information you would need. www.cypresschurch.net . It would be great to have you join us.

Seeking to continue to be more empathetic alongside you,

Mike

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Good Neighbors Connect

It happened a few years back. We were cleaning up after dinner, the sun was setting, and that quiet of early evening had settled on our little neighborhood. Not much was going on outside, just an occasional person out walking their dog, maybe someone coming home after a long day. When all of a sudden a flash, a big pop, then a bang, followed by a loud buzz and a fizzle, then nothing. Some of the lights went out across the street. Like it was planned, people began to emerge cautiously from their houses, some looking up in the sky, some looking in the direction of the noise, most looking at each other as they gravitated towards one another. “Did you hear that?” “Yeah, I saw a flash.” One neighbor who lived closer to the sound said he thought we blew a transformer and said another neighbor had already called the power company emergency line. Some of us walked closer to the area, and sure enough, a power pole transformer was smoking and a power line was down. Well, some fire trucks arrived and the power company came as we all looked on. No one was hurt and no real damage except for a little scorching of a few plants, but all was well.

The neighbors wandered back to their homes, but something was different. They were introducing themselves to each other, remarking that though they saw each other occasionally, they had not known each other’s names. I met a few neighbors as well. It seems we all, in the business of life, had not been afforded the opportunity to make a connection with those we lived by. One neighbor commented to me that it was interesting that it took a little occurrence like this to get better connected to the people around us.

The reality is we as a society have become more and more isolated. The stress of life, the individualization of entertainment, the captivation with social media, and the way we pack our schedules with very little home time, we don’t have much opportunity to connect. Yet we were created to connect and be in relationship, in community, with others. We are social beings.

One of the wisest men that ever lived, King Solomon wrote this in the Bible book of Ecclesiastes:
Ecclesiastes 4:7-8 7 Again, I saw vanity under the sun: 8 one person who has no other, either son or brother, yet there is no end to all his toil, and his eyes are never satisfied with riches, so that he never asks, “For whom am I toiling and depriving myself of pleasure?” This also is vanity and an unhappy business.

Yes, isolation and loneliness tends to bring on unhappiness. Now sure, some people like less interaction than others, but like Legos we were designed to connect to each other. Some Legos have many places to connect, others just a few, but all are designed to be attached. What fun is a lone Lego?
Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 9 Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. 10 For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! 11 Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone? 12 And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him – a threefold cord is not quickly broken.

All over the Bible we are encouraged to connect.
John 13:34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.
Romans 12:10 Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.
Galatians 6:2 Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.
Ephesians 4:32 Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.

One of the best ways to do that is learn each other’s names. Why not try this… make a hashtag, “#” place your home in the middle square. Now go around and get to know the names of each of the neighbors that touch your property or apartment. See if you can fill in the names surrounding the middle square of the hashtag where your house lies. If you know their name, get to know a bit of their story, their history, their likes and dislikes, and such. As you do this, you will be living out Jesus’ command to love our neighbors (Matthew 22:39).

Don’t wait for some incident to connect. Be the good neighbor and initiate that connection. You may discover a wonderful new friend!

Church is a great place to connect and learn how to be that good neighbor. If you are not already connected to a church, we would like to invite you to Cypress Church or one of our branch churches in either Los Alamitos or Garden Grove as we are in the beginnings of a new teaching series called, “There’s Room: Life in God’s Family.” We are learning from the Bible book of Ephesians talking about creating that inclusive, loving, biblical family sense into our lives. We will also be talking about practical ways to be that loving neighbor Jesus asks us to be. Our website has all the information you would need. www.cypresschurch.net . It would be great to have you join us.

Seeking to connect with my neighbors alongside you,

Mike

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Make a Difference, Love a Neighbor

I really like our neighborhood and the people we live around. We may not be like one of those super close communities that have grown up together (though I did hear that was case along our street many years ago), but we know people’s names, have had a few gatherings, and help each other out. Like the time Patty rescued me from getting a ticket on street sweeping day. I was studying at home and forgot to move my car in the driveway. Patty noticed and knocked on my door and saved me $45! Tammi has brought us fun desserts. John gives us firewood, and we have had fun conversations and returned the favors. But there are some neighbors we don’t know. They keep to themselves and we have either not had the time or opportunity to connect with them or we really have never seen them. We know someone lives there, but it’s like they are invisible. We have never seen them in their yard or taking out the trash (though the trash containers appear on trash day) or putting up their Christmas lights (yet again, they just appear!), but here we are living in the same area.

Now this connection and interaction among neighbors may not seem like that big of a deal. Yet more and more studies are being done, books written, and experts agreeing, that being good a neighbor matters. Social scientist Robert Putman from Harvard University, in his various books and articles, reveals that studies show the more social cohesion (the more societies work towards the well-being of its members, defends its downcast, and seeking to create belonging and trust) the better life is for each individual and for the community or city they live in. Basically, being a good neighbor makes a difference.

The Bible has been speaking this same truth for centuries. Jesus, when asked what was of utmost importance in life, said this…
Matthew 22:37-40 37 And He (Jesus) said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38 This is the great and first commandment. 39 And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. 40 On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”

These greatest commandments bring life into alignment and they are what biblical law (like the Ten Commandments and the precepts and teaching of God and the whole Bible) and what the prophets of the Bible were communicating.

To love our neighbor as ourselves is to love people how we want to be loved.
Luke 6:31 And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them.
Matthew 7:12 So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.

Treating others like we want to be treated is not referring to people who are so burnt and hurt by others, that though they push away and act like they want to be ignored, they, like all of humanity want to be loved and treated with kindness, which means we are to be sensitive and not obnoxious, for that is loving.
Romans 12:14-18 14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. 16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be conceited. 17 Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. 18 If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.

We are better, life is better, our societies are better when we take the time to love our neighbors. Will you? Sometimes we don’t speak their language or have the same interests nor are we in the same stage of life or enjoy the same things, and our only affinity is our proximity. Yet here we are… neighbors, sharing the same street, the same weather, the same zip code and we may even be sharing the same fence or property line. Sure, we could keep to ourselves like the trend of seclusion and exclusion pulls or that the stress of life tends to influence, but there is an opportunity to make difference in loving our neighbors. Will you? Don’t be invisible in your neighborhood. There is someone around you that needs your care as much as you need to care for them.

Church is a great place to grow and learn how to better love our neighbor. If you are not already connected to a church, we would like to invite you to Cypress Church or one of our branch churches in either Los Alamitos or Garden Grove, for in a few weeks we are starting a new series, “There’s Room: Life in God’s Family.” This is a series from the Bible book of Ephesians talking about creating that inclusive, loving, biblical family sense into our lives. We will also be talking about practical ways to put that into practice in our neighborhoods, to be better at loving our neighbors. Our website has all the information you would need. www.cypresschurch.net . We would love for you to join us.

Seeking to be a better, loving neighbor, along with you,

Mike

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A Blessed Mess!?!

This usually happens to me between 4:00pm to 5:00pm when my last toddler-age grandson is just about to be picked up from a day of adventure, play, laughing, lunch, a nap and more. The house is in a bit of disarray. A few of the kitchen cabinets are open (the safe ones) where the plastic and metal measuring cups are scattered over the kitchen floor from the joy of fitting them together and using them as drums over a plastic mixing bowl. The glass in the doors to the back yard are smeared with little finger and mouth prints as the boys are trying to get the dog’s attention. The baskets and little books in the living room have been dropped far from their original decorative place, discarded for something more interesting. There is a TV/DVD player remote and Wii controller in the hallway, one in the couch, another on the floor of the office, all from one particular grandson who just has to have something in his hands at all times. He starts with the remotes/controller and exchanges them, on the spot, for something else he enjoys in his precious little hand. Oh yes, and the toy basket, well, it looks like it erupted in the family room with the toy flow pushing throughout the house. If you were to look at it you might say, ‘wow, what a mess!’

Now sure, we start singing the clean-up song and get much of the ‘mess’ back in order before they head home, but the mess was not a wasteful or destructive mess, but more of a blessed mess of two little boys having some crazy fun with their Papa. It’s not that the only fun is messy fun or that fun can’t be neat or orderly. The truth is there are unpleasant realities to all that we do; fun, recreation, relationship, or productive work. Play requires clean up, relationships experience conflict (that’s how we grow), work has with it tasks that are difficult and hard.

In thinking of the mess and the good things that naturally come with it, a proverb from the Bible came to mind…
Proverbs 14:4 Where there are no oxen, the manger is clean, but abundant crops come by the strength of the ox.

Another translation put it this way…
NLT Proverbs 14:4 Without oxen a stable stays clean, but you need a strong ox for a large harvest.

In other words, the mess of using ox to till and work the fields will mean there will an unpleasant (and smelly) mess to deal with. Sure the stable are clean if there are no oxen, but that also means little or no work is happening. It’s the same with relationships; friends fight, couples argue, team mates clash, siblings squabble. But as another Bible proverb says…
Proverbs 27:17 Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.
Like the friction of two knives used to sharpen each other, two people through the mess of a conflict can actually sharpen each other. Now that takes a lot of humility and love and more than we can talk about now, but relationships are, at times, messy and that mess is a blessing because it means growth and sharpening are happening.

It’s not that we need to be a mess or live with a messy stable, but at times a little mess is ok and actually a blessing. A blessing that even makes the mess a bit of a joy to clean up. How sad if a toy never gets worn or a house never gets used or a relationship never goes deep or a job never gets challenging or schedules never get interrupted. Maybe the mess you are experiencing is really a blessing of a life well lived, an abundance that has with it the normal natural mess, like ox in the barn.

Another messy place is the church. Yep, an imperfect group of people seeking to know God and live for God, and it’s messy. Some feel you need to be better or mess-less to attend. It’s just not true. Church is a just the kind of place where we can get encouraged, challenged, inspired to deal with not only life’s messes but also life’s difficulties. If you are not already connected to a church, we would like to invite you to Cypress Church or one of our branch churches in either Los Alamitos or Garden Grove this week. Our website has all the information you would need. www.cypresschurch.net . We would love for you to join us. You might even find a few blessed messes as we have a lot of fun in and around our building.

Enjoying taking care of the blessed messes of life along with you,

Mike

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Be Brave

I imagine you know someone who you would say is brave. As I have been taking in the Olympic Games, there have been a number of stories of bravery, stories of athletes overcoming tremendous obstacles, facing their fears and bravely putting forth the effort to train and compete. One brave gymnast, Samir Ait Said from France who, in the preliminaries, was ready to stick his landing from his vault but instead hit the mat at just the wrong angle and snapped his left leg. Some of you might have seen the painful photos that flooded the internet of his leg, now bent where it should not be bent! All that training, all that sacrifice, gone in a moment. And if that’s not all, they dropped the stretcher on the way to the ambulance! You would think Ait Said would have been so depressed and dejected that he would just fade into the disappointment and move on with life. However, with a smile and a thumbs up, he has vowed to return to the sport. Now that’s bravery; the grit and will to push through the pain, the emotions, the impediments, and press on in life.

Now there is more to this story as reported on August 6th by USA Today. USA Today found that at the European championships, just a few months before the 2012 Games, Ait Said broke his right leg, his tibia, in three places, again on the vault! Yet, even after these two setbacks, he is vowing to come back. That’s being brave.

Bravery comes in many forms; the new kid at a new school with no friends reaching out to get to know others, the single mom balancing work – parenting – finances – life all on her own stepping up to have joy regardless of the circumstance, the small business owner overcoming discouragement by sharpening their skills and being good at their craft, the cancer patient facing another round of chemo or those difficult words, “its back” and pressing on through the fatigue, the retiree pushing aside the temptation to just exist to take on new adventures, the person in financial ruin, grieving the loss, yet getting back up and getting back to making a living. See, bravery is overcoming fear and pressing on.

The Bible challenge us with bravery, but bravery that comes not from mustering it up from within ourselves, but from a faith in a loving and caring God.
Deuteronomy 31:6 Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the LORD your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.
Joshua 1:9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.

God is with you and wants each of us to trust in Him.
Proverbs 3:5-8 5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. 6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your paths. 7 Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD, and turn away from evil. 8 It will be healing to your flesh and refreshment to your bones.

The truth is there is much to fear in life; relationships don’t always blossom as we hoped, finances are fleeting, some people are mean or hurtful or unkind, accidents happen, risk is risky, persecution is real, sometimes evil/wrong/dishonesty seems to win, growing old is a bit scary, and life is not certain nor pain free. Yet, despite the fears of life we can be brave knowing God will be with us.

Not only can we be brave because of God, but as we grow in faith towards Him, we are given a brave heart.
2 Timothy 1:7 for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.

It is that brave heart that has a steadfast trust in God that, regardless of the circumstance, He will work it for His glory and our good. That good may be different than what we expected, but a good that is in line with God’s purposes and character.

So be brave. I’m sure you face fears, obstacles, and difficulties, so turn to God, trust in Him and be brave as you face the trials of the day.

One place to be encouraged and inspired on to brave living is a church. If you are not already connected to a church, we would like to invite you to Cypress Church or one of our branch churches in either Los Alamitos or Garden Grove this week. Our website has all the information you would need. www.cypresschurch.net .

Seeking to be brave alongside you,

Mike

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What We Behold Matters.

The Olympics Games provide for us the thrill of watching human beings achieve great accomplishments, the notoriety of experiencing history-making events, the captivating-intensity of competition, the exhilaration and national pride of our country winning the gold, and the inspiration of people who sought a goal and achieved much. It is those inspiring stories that enthrall us and rivet us to the details of what made that athlete into the kind of person that could extend themselves to be the best in the world. We want to know what made them into an Olympian, and what kept them on their path despite the obstacles and defeats.

One story caught my attention out of this first week of the 2016 Summer Games. It was a story, yes of achieving an Olympic medal, but for me it was more of where these athletes chose to set their focus. They undoubtedly were on a path to be the best they could be at their sport, but they had a deeper value they beheld that shaped their outlook on life, formed their character, and infused their self-esteem with a grounded and humble outlook. That is rare among those who achieve such accomplishments, be it in sport, in business, financially, or in fame. Many let what they achieve define them, and as they behold their own greatness they become prideful, arrogant, demanding, and some even get belligerent.

What we behold matters because what we place as majorly important in our lives influences us, for we become what we behold. We are shaped by what we set our heart, our core attention on. The Bible says this about our heart:
Proverbs 4:23 Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life.
Proverbs 27:19 As in water face reflects face, so the heart of man reflects the man.

What influences our heart is what we behold, what we value, what we set as those deep truths of life. The athletes I am speaking of are David Baudia and Steel Johnson, silver medalists in the Men’s synchronized 10meter platform diving event. They both had worked hard to rise to the precision of an Olympic medal, but they had chosen to behold something deeper.

In an interview with an NBC reporter asking what it all means for this team to win the silver, Baudia said, “Yeah, I just think the past week, there’s just been an enormous amount of pressure, and I’ve felt it. You know, it’s just an identity crisis. When my mind is on this, thinking I’m defined by this, then my mind goes crazy, but we both know our identity is in Christ.” Steel Johnson responded as well, “I think the way David just described it was flawless. The fact that I was going into this event knowing that my identity is rooted in Christ and not what the result of this competition is just gave me peace.” These two have beheld Jesus and it had an incredible impact on their lives. Beholding Jesus does influence us.
2 Corinthians 3:18 And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.
To behold Jesus is to learn of Him and set our hearts on who He is and what He has done. I know it has made an amazing difference in my life and I know it can in yours. Regardless if you have great knowledge of the biblical Jesus or know little, to seek Jesus and behold Him matters.
Matthew 6:33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
Why not give it a try. Investigate Jesus. Pick up a Bible and read the accounts of Jesus’ life in the Bible books of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Beholding Jesus matters.

Church is also a great place to behold Jesus. If you are not already connected to a church, we would like to invite you to Cypress Church or one of our branch churches in either Los Alamitos or Garden Grove this week. Our website has all the information you would need. www.cypresschurch.net .

This could be just what you are looking for in life.

Beholding what matters along with you,

Mike

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