StoneBridge Community Church
Ancient Wisdom For A New Year: Never A Wasted Moment
Associate Pastor Jonathan Lusche
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  • StoneBridge Community Church
    4832 Cochran St, Simi Valley, CA 93063, USA
    Saturday 5:30 PM, Sunday 9:00 AM, Sunday 10:30 AM
  • StoneBridge
    4814 Cochran St, Simi Valley, CA 93063, USA
    Saturday 11:59 PM

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Making strides and accomplishing more, your friends and colleagues appear to be moving ahead while you feel overlooked. And your growing envy isn't helping much either. This weekend's message uncovers ancient wisdom and hope for those who are feeling, or have ever felt, sidelined
1. Haste...
... makes waste.

A Nation Impatient

An Associated Press poll has found an impatient nation. To get to the point without further ado,...

Beer Grabbing Flight Attendant Grabs Spotlight

A flight attendant whose... tirade has turned him into a folk hero of sorts...
1) Haste makes waste. Have you (or someone you know) ever lost your patience & said something you later regretted? Share your story. What were the consequences?
2) Haste makes waste. Have you (or someone you know) ever lost your patience so badly that your words or actions caused life changing consequences - a la Steven Slater?
3) Have you ever experienced guilt, shame &/or depression over the consequences of your actions to the extent that you punished yourself with a "40 year detour" / a self-imposed isolation & exile? Share only as much as you are comfortable. What was it like?
2. Patience...
... is a virtue.

Memorized Scripture at the Hanoi Hilton

Testimony from In the Presence of Mine Enemies by Howard Rutledge.

The Virtue of Patience

Starting with the basic definition of patience..., we will address some key questions. Why is patience a virtue? What are the different varieties of patience? Why is patience so difficult...? And how is patience developed?
1) In light of self-imposed exile and isolation, how does Psalm 23:4-5 speak to you?
2) Like sweet & sour pork or bittersweet chocolate, is there any logic that the light & goodness of God can be present with us in our darkest hours?
3) There's never a wasted moment with God. How has God used a dark valley in your past is such a way as to prepare you for a life victory?Celebrate your story by sharing it. How might this give you hope in the present, for the future?
3. Divine...
... alignment.

Bike Chain and Derailleur Hanger Alignment

Park Tool's Calvin, diagnoses two issues of a bicycle's chain and derailleur misalignment and demonstrates how to set it straight.
1) Generally speaking, do you presently feel your life is well aligned with God? If not, why not? What would alignment look/feel like?
2) What has misalignment with God looked and felt like in your past?
3) What has alignment with God looked and felt like in the past?
4) Can alignment and misalignment be discussed in terms of specific areas of our lives? For example, "I feel I'm aligned with God in my home life but misaligned in terms of my career." Or is it an all or nothing proposition?
1) This week, I will daily pray, "God, show me where my impatience has led to folly and waste."
2) Inspired by the resilient prisoners of the Hanoi Hilton, I will memorize Proverbs 14:29 and/or Ephesians 2:10.
3) By faith, I will accept that God's light is with me in the dark places of my life.
4) Feeling misaligned in my relationship with God and other believers, I will sign up for a 6 week, Nehemiah growth group, today.

Join us in the Sanctuary for this family friendly, all-church service that marks the beginning of the holy season of Lent.

Saturday, March 7th; check-in starts @ 8am. With your help, StoneBridge is building a loft house in Ensenada, Mexico. And you don’t have to travel further than the church parking lot. If you can hammer a nail or manage a paintbrush, you’re qualified! We’re also collecting gift items for the recipient family. Visit the Ministry Table on the patio after service to sign up and learn more.

The final results of the Ultimate Huddle financial request are in. When asked to increase giving by an additional $10 a week for a duration of six months following the arrival of our new pastor, 44% of the congregation responded. This 44% response bridges $4800 of the monthly deficit of $10,000. In January, an increase in giving reflected follow through on this commitment. Additionally, some generous, one-time financial gifts were given. These commitments and gifts inspire confidence and allow time for the Elder Board to work on a thoroughly thought through and sustainable 2020/21 budget. However, with a deficit still remaining, challenging budgetary adjustments will be necessary.

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