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Servanthood: A Setup or Setback?


“And He sat down, called the twelve, and said to them, “If anyone desires to be first, he shall be last of all and servant of all” (Mark 9:35, NKJV). We live in a very self-centered society.  Sadly, it seems, often tragedy must strike before people realize what is truly important, or of value.  In a society like ours, faith […]

The True Nature of God, Pt.1


A recent Gallup poll shows that 89% of Americans say they believe in God.  Another poll indicates that 79% Americans believe in God.  What is striking is that the number of believers is down by approximately 25% since WWII (gallup.com). Could it be that Christianity in America is in decline because we are busier, have many more distractions, our values […]

Church to hold holiday craft fair Oct. 6

The Artisans of the First United Methodist Church will be holding its 21st Annual Holiday Craft Fair on Friday, October 6, (1:30 –8 p.m.), Saturday, October 7, (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.), and Sunday, October 8,  (8:30 a.m. to noon), at 341 S. Kalmia St., Escondido. The fair will have handcrafted gift items for Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and every day, […]

Love God, Love Your Neighbor

Words of Faith

Last week I received a call informing me that my Uncle Bo had passed away. Of course, something like this is never welcome news. By the next morning, I was asked if I would fly to Oklahoma to officiate the funeral. Like many families, there have been dynamics in play which have kept my family disconnected for as long as […]

Wow Jam Escondido Is Coming!


Before Jesus ascended to Heaven, to take His seat at the right hand of the Father (see Acts 5:31; Ephesians 1:20), He told His followers that upon receiving power, they were to then go into all the world (see Mark 16:15), but even before going into “all the world,” He told them to start with their own hometown. I believe […]

From Dream To Destiny, Part 2


“Now when they saw him afar off, even before he came near them, they conspired against him to kill him. Then they said to one another, “Look, this dreamer is coming! Come therefore, let us now kill him and cast him into some pit; and we shall say, ‘Some wild beast has devoured him.’ We shall see what will become […]

From Dream To Destiny, Part 1


“Now Joseph had a dream, and he told it to his brothers; and they hated him even more. So, he said to them, “Please hear this dream which I have dreamed: There we were, binding sheaves in the field. Then behold, my sheaf arose and also stood upright; and indeed, your sheaves stood all around and bowed down to my […]

God Uses Weak People Just Like Me!


“But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God” (1 […]

The True Nature of God, Pt.4

By PASTOR ROB GRANGER  Many Christians today; that is, people who have confessed that Jesus Christ is Lord and are trying to live to please Him, know who God is, but may not really know Him.  God desires that we know Him, that He may have an open door to work in our lives.  The Bible tells us plainly, “For […]

The True Nature of God, Pt.3


This week, I wanted to present some specific Scriptures, which speak for themselves; describing the true nature of God. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that […]