Orchard Community Church
Confidence in Difficult Days
As believers, we have faith in a God who gives us the confidence to continue to live counterculturally as we face the difficult days that life inevitably brings.
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  • Orchard Community Church
    8180 Telephone Rd, Ventura, CA 93004, USA
    Sunday 10:30 AM
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    Sunday 10:00 AM
Counterculture (Part 2)
The Book of Daniel

We live in a culture that is often foreign and hostile to our faith. The book of Daniel is a collection of stories and prophecies written about Jewish believers living in the hostile foreign land of Babylon during the Exile. Therefore, the book of Daniel can teach us a lot about standing firm and living faithfully counter to the culture in which we find ourselves.

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♪ Impossible Things
You heal the broken-hearted
You set the captive free
You lift the heavy burden
And even now You are lifting me
There is no healer like the Lord our Maker
There is no equal to the King of kings oh
Our God is with us we will fear no evil
'Cause You do impossible things
(Yeah You do impossible things)
Though I walk through the valley
Darkness surrounding me
There You prepare a table mmm
In the presence of my enemies yeah
One word and the walls start falling
One word and the blind will see
One word and the sinner's forgiven
'Cause You do impossible things

CCLI Song # 7070288

♪ Whom Shall I Fear
You hear me when I call
You are my morning song
Though darkness fills the night
It cannot hide the light
Whom shall I fear
You crush the enemy underneath my feet
You are my sword and shield
Though troubles linger still
Whom shall I fear
I know Who goes before me
I know Who stands behind
The God of angel armies is always by my side
The One who reigns forever
He is a friend of mine
The God of angel armies is always by my side
My strength is in Your name
For You alone can save
You will deliver me
Yours is the victory
Whom shall I fear
Whom shall I fear
(And) nothing formed against me shall stand
You hold the whole world in Your hands
I'm holding on to Your promises
You are faithful, You are faithful

CCLI Song # 6440288

♪ Death Was Arrested
Alone in my sorrow and dead in my sin
Lost without hope with no place to begin
Your love made a way to let mercy come in
When death was arrested and my life began
Ash was redeemed only beauty remains
My orphan heart was given a name
My mourning grew quiet my feet rose to dance
When death was arrested and my life began
Oh Your grace so free washes over me
You have made me new now life begins with You
It's Your endless love pouring down on us
You have made us new now life begins with You
Released from my chains I'm a pris'ner no more
My shame was a ransom He faithfully bore
He cancelled my debt and He called me His friend
When death was arrested and my life began
Our Savior displayed on a criminal's cross
Darkness rejoiced as though Heaven had lost
But then Jesus arose with our freedom in hand
That's when death was arrested and my life began
Oh we're free free forever we're free
Come join the song of all the redeemed
Yes we're free free forever amen
When death was arrested and my life began

CCLI Song # 7046448

♪ What A Beautiful Name
You were the Word at the beginning
One with God the Lord Most High
Your hidden glory in creation
Now revealed in You our Christ
What a beautiful Name it is
What a beautiful Name it is
The Name of Jesus Christ my King
What a beautiful Name it is
Nothing compares to this
What a beautiful Name it is
The Name of Jesus
You didn't want heaven without us
So Jesus You brought heaven down
My sin was great Your love was greater
What could separate us now
What a wonderful Name it is
What a wonderful Name it is
The Name of Jesus Christ my King
What a wonderful Name it is
Nothing compares to this
What a wonderful Name it is
The Name of Jesus
What a wonderful Name it is
The Name of Jesus
Death could not hold You
The veil tore before You
You silence the boast of sin and grave
The heavens are roaring
The praise of Your glory
For You are raised to life again
You have no rival
You have no equal
Now and forever God You reign
Yours is the kingdom
Yours is the glory
Yours is the Name above all names
What a powerful Name it is
What a powerful Name it is
The Name of Jesus Christ my King
What a powerful Name it is
Nothing can stand against
What a powerful Name it is
The Name of Jesus
What a wonderful Name it is
The Name of Jesus
What a beautiful Name it is
The Name of Jesus

CCLI Song # 7068424

Confidence is important. We all need it. And yet it can be hard to find and to hold onto even in the good times, and it can be a real challenge to find and hold on to when life gets hard.

This morning we’ll look at an apocalyptic vision and focus on how as believers we have faith in a God who gives us the confidence to live in a counterculture way as we face the difficult days life inevitably brings.
Daniel’s previous vision was a large-scale overview from the present to the end of time, this vision focuses more on the next period of history that will unfold.
With v. 3 Daniel says he looked up and saw a ram by the canal with two horns, one longer than the other. This is the Medio-Persian empire led by king Cyrus. Some good happened to the Jews under the Medio-Persians. Cyrus allowed the captives to go home and the Jews to rebuild the temple and restore their nation.
V. 5 says Daniel was thinking about the ram when suddenly a goat appeared with a large horn between its eyes. The goat is Greece and the horn is Alexander the Great.
In v. 9 Daniel says that out of one of the four horns, came another horn. It started small but grew in power. This is Antiochus IV Epiphanies of the Seleucid Greek Empire.

Antiochus Epiphanies was ruthless, arrogant, and known as one of the cruelest tyrants in history. Antiochus had a fanatical desire to turn the Jews into Greeks. He plundered the Temple, replaced the altar with an altar to Zeus, and sacrificed a pig on it! An act of sacrilege and desecration.
The reason for all this is revealed in v. 12, it was because of the rebellion of God’s people. The Jews had been unfaithful; they’d walked away from God. And when we do that God lets us go, to fend for ourselves without his provision or protection. That’s what happened and it didn’t go well. This sounds like the Antichrist of the last days that we talked about last week, but Antiochus is actually a foreshadowing of the Antichrist and the things he will one day do.
v. 14 - 2,300 mornings and evenings equals 1,150 days, or about 3 years, which corresponds to the time from when Antiochus set up the altar to Zeus in the temple in 168 to when Judas Maccabeus defeated the Greeks and reconsecrated the temple in 165.
v. 16 God speaks from the river telling Gabriel to explain the vision to Daniel. The vision is about Antiochus and the end of that period, but Antiochus is a foreshadow of the Antichrist, so it also about him.
Like the Antichrist, he foreshadows he’ll be gripped and empowered by evil, by Satan. He will even take a stand against the “prince of princes” meaning God himself.
But then, at the end of v. 25, the passage takes its biggest turn yet, but in a nonchalant way. After describing all the terrible things Antiochus will do, it simply says, “yet he will be destroyed.” We’re not told how or when or anything except that it won’t happen “by human power.” The angel says something like “by the way, in the end, Antiochus loses and God wins.”
With these passages, God prepares his people for some dark points in history. Knowing what we will face can help us to live counter to our culture and continue to be confident and faithful.
Yet, as I mentioned, it’s not always easy to have confidence, especially when life is hard. So, as people of faith, counter to our culture, we look not to ourselves, but to God for confidence.
We can avoid or rebound from the spiritual yips by practicing our faith, spending time with God, and growing our relationship with Him
♪ Well Done
What will it be like when my pain is gone
And all the worries of this world just fade away
What will it be like when You call my name
In that moment when I see You face to face
I'm waiting my whole life to hear You say
Well done well done
My good and faithful one
Welcome to the place where you belong
Well done well done
My beloved child
You have run the race and now you're home
Welcome to the place where you belong
What will it be like when tears are washed away
And every broken thing will finally be made whole
What will it be like when I come into Your glory
Standing in the presence of a love so beautiful
I'm waiting my whole life for that day
I will live my life to hear you say
What will it be like when I hear that sound
All of heaven's angels crying out
Singing holy holy, Holy are You Lord
Singing holy holy, Holy are You Lord
Singing holy holy, Holy are You Lord
I'm waiting my whole life for that day
Until then I'll live to hear You say
Welcome to the place where you belong

CCLI Song # 7119916
Today's Music
Orchard's Streaming and Song Select CCLI# 160190

Body Building 101

Body-building 101: We as a church are made to be a community, but establishing those relationships can be difficult. We experience the difficulty of life on our own, especially recently, but don't know where to turn.  Small groups are an ideal way to safely build relationships, study the Bible, and help each other. Join our Zoom meeting either Monday, May 10th, or Saturday, May 15th from 6:30-7:30 to learn more about what a 6-week small group can offer you.  Meeting ID: 860 3277 6320 Passcode: 987641  


Parents Life Group (Meeting via Zoom!) Come join other parents on Sunday mornings at 9 am for a time of connecting & study. Parent Life digs into the Bible as our guide for raising children, building strong families, & living life. We support each other by sharing experiences and prayer, as we lower the facades that hinder God’s work in us. You’ll be excited to see how the Bible relates to life, see how other parents go through the same struggles you do, and experience the hope we have in Christ. Contact Rich Smith (r_smith122@hotmail.com) for the ZOOM meeting information!

Did you know that there's a community group specifically for moms? Join Mom's Life as we chat about life and kids, and then study God's Word together and apply it to our lives. We meet Sundays from 4-5:30 pm in the lower parking lot of Orchard Community Church (perfect if you have middle or high school students to drop off at Youth Group!). We are currently walking through 1 Thesalonians together. For more information, contact Melinda at melinda@orchardventura.org.

Women’s ministries is opening up a new Bible study this summer for women who are new to small group Bible studies or a little rusty. Perhaps the thought of a Bible study or a small group or both is intimidating. Or maybe you haven’t looked at the Bible with others since Sunday school days. Possibly you’ve seen the women’s Bible studies offered every year, but weren’t sure how you would fit in. This could be a perfect fit for you. Facilitated by LuAnn Smith, we’ll meet weekly this summer to get a flavor of various books of the Bible. There will be no homework. Since kids will be home, we will plan a time and place to make this work for all who are interested. Email LuAnn at luannksmith@gmail.com with questions or interest.

May Issue of the Orchard Life

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Worship Options

We are excited to be able to worship under the Tent together. If you are not wanting to be under the Tent, feel free to sit in the front row of parking spots of the Orchard Parking Lot in your car and tune your radio to 100.1 FM to listen to the service.

1. Masks must be worn while on the Orchard Campus (both inside and out)
2. Please maintain the Social Distance
3. Sunday Morning Children's program. Children are always welcome in the service and we do not mind the noises that come with children. Children are a healthy sign of a healthy congregation.

Orchard Kids Sunday School (For preschool through 5th grade)
Children will worship with their families and be dismissed following the kids’ message, escorted by our Orchard Kids’ Leaders to our beautiful outdoor classroom space in the children’s play yard. We will have our Bible story, activities, crafts, and games in a specially designed format following current health and safety guidelines. Parents, please come to the Children’s Center immediately following the worship service and find all of your children in one place. Each family will receive a “My Church Bag” to be brought each week with basic supplies already included plus items from home: a water bottle, mask, and a jacket/hat for each child. Our team is so excited to see your family! See you Sunday!

If you have been at home distancing or are new to Orchard and would like to acquaint/reacquaint your child with our nursery, playground, and Orchard Kids' spaces, please contact Melinda Hoyt at melinda@orchardventura.org. for a "come and play" time.

Nursery care for children birth to 3 years old is available by RSVP only to Melinda Hoyt at melinda@orchardventura.org.

Interested in being a Volunteer? Middle school through adult, please contact Melinda Hoyt at melinda@orchardventura.org.

While we understand that some may not feel comfortable coming back in person or having to wear masks while on the Orchard campus, we encourage you to stay home and join us online with our Live Stream.

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Monday – Thursdays from 10 am to noon.
Masks and social distancing are required.
If you are unable to make it in during our office hours, please send an email to info@orchardventura.org and or leave a message at (805) 647-3757.

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