Revive resources

The REVIVE webpage is the place for you to access more exhaustive information and practical resources from our Sunday services. 


Every sermon series at Neighborhood Church consists of multiple weeks of additional content, ranging from Blogs and Podcasts, to Scripture meditations and book recommendations, all of which you can access below. 

Thou Shalt Celebrate

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  • Revive Podcast Episode 98: Thou Shalt Celebrate Sabbath and Passover

    Cypress Sunday Service from January 1, 2023

    Los Alamitos Sunday Service from January 1, 2023

    Pastor Mike's Blog - Learn Something New in 2023

    https://messagefrommike.wordpress.com...

    Holy Convocation - sense of connection with God in these celebrations

    https://www.blueletterbible.org/searc...

    We are built for work, but we also need rest, that’s why God commands it to be so.

    https://www.openbible.info/topics/work

    Forest like a cathedral

    https://www.anseladams.com/

    We must connection creation with God

    "The command is to rest, and you cannot enter joy until you pass through rest." – Pastor Mike McKay

    Leviticus 23

    https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/...

    Mike’s Article - Christ is our Sabbath rest

    https://www.gotquestions.org/Jesus-Sa...

    When rest is not rest - what are things that restore, rejuvenate and reconnect you with God?

    https://www.gotquestions.org/Sabbath-...

    Mike’s study - Where do you feel most restful?

    Cross-cultural survey says #1 thing to create rest is reading

    Pastor Mike's “New Year’s Resolution” plan: Planning, Prepare, Participate

  • Revive Podcast Episode 99: Thou Shalt Celebrate Pssover & Sabbath


    Neighborhood Church Cypress Service, Sunday, January 8th, 2023


    Neighborhood Church Los Alimitos Service, Sunday, January 8th, 2023


    Pastor Mike's Blog - Test Assumptions

    Justin’s 4-R’s
    Leviticus 23:3 - only one verse one sabbath - Rest, Replenish, Restore, Relax

    book by Kelly Kapic - You’re only human

    Bible Reading Plan with multi-year focus - Nav Press

    Options to consider when reading through the Bible in a Year

  • Revive Podcast Episode 100: The Feast of Unleavened Bread and Passover


    Neighborhood Church Cypress Service, Sunday, January 15th, 2023



    Neighborhood Church Los Alimitos Service, Sunday, January 15th, 2023



    Pastor Mike's Blog - Being Thankful Holds Back Want


    book by Robert Vroon – Life Beyond Life


    "Feast of Unleavened bread is about Sanctification"


    Definition of "Sanctification" - Renewing our whole nature


    Matthew 12:43-45 - One can’t just remove sin, you must replace it with something else


    Life’s Healing Choices - 8 weeks Tuesday nights

    Celebrate Recovery classes at Neighborhood Church of Cypress, Tuesday nights, January 24, 2023 through March 14, 2023.

  • Revive Podcast Episode 101: The Feast of the First Fruits



    Neighborhood Church Los Alimitos Service, Sunday, January 15th, 2023



    Pastor Mike's Blog - Being Thankful Holds Back Want



    Lev 23:9-14 – Festival of the First Fruits



    The Feasts that we've covered so far in our series all point to Jesus! 

    Sabbath

    Passover

    Unleavened Bread - Jesus says, "I am the bread of life." 

    #First Fruits - Paul speaks to this 1 Corinthians 15:20-23

    #Weeks (Pentecost)



    Sheaf - bound stalks of grain



    2 tenths of an Ephah = 5 lbs of flour


    1/4 of a Hin of wine = about a liter of wine


    First fruits - it is about the “first” of what we have or attain


    Giving out of the "first" of what you have is an act of faith but also recognition of God’s gifts and promises


    Giving your first fruits helps you to define your

    Resources

    Time

    Allegiance  


    Matt 6:33 - Seek Fist Kingdom of God



    The principle to giving out of your "first fruits" isn't necessarily to fulfill the Law, but it's more about helping a person build character


Past sermon series in 2022

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Wait, it's Christmas!

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  • Revive Podcast Episode 94: Wait, God is at work


    Patience - “trustful waiting, trustworthy waiting”


    Galatians 5 - fruit of Spirit


    “waiting doesn’t mean being passive”


    Galatians - In the Fulness of time, God came


    Mike’s Blog Post - Wait, It's A God Thing?


    “It’s the Most Wonderful time of the Year” - song


    Isaiah 9:6 - unto us a child is born


    Titles of God



    Pondering the names of God


    Be willing to spend time


    The importance of Community


    Jeremiah 31:15 - prophesy


    Home Alone 1 church scene


    Matthew 6:33 - seek first the Kingdom of God, then everything falls into place

  • Revive Podcast Episode 95: Wait Constructs Perseverance


    Pastor Mike's Blog - Something Amazing In The Wait


    The meaning of Immanuel


    The implications of what Saint Augustine meant by “oh blessed vice.”


    Book by Henry Nguyễn - With Open Hands

         - “Can my hope in God go deeper and stronger even when my wishes go unfulfilled?”

  • Revive Podcast Episode 95: Wait Constructs Perseverance


    Pastor Mike's Blog - Something Amazing In The Wait


    The meaning of Immanuel


    The implications of what Saint Augustine meant by “oh blessed vice.”


    Book by Henry Nguyễn - With Open Hands

         - “Can my hope in God go deeper and stronger even when my wishes go unfulfilled?”

  • Revive Podcast Episode 96: Christmas Song Showcase


    Pastor Mike's Blog - The Fun in Giving Gifts


    O come o come Emmanuel - For King & Country



    Amy Grant first Christmas Album




    Amy Grant - Breath of Heaven





    Michael W Smith - Chrsitmas Time 2nd song on Album - Jingle Bells





    Chipmunks Christmas album





    Casting Crowns - Christmas Offering





    O Holy Night - Josh Groban





    Mariah Carry - All I want for Christmas





    Rocking Around the Christmas Tree





    Paul McCartney - Christmas song



    Disney Christmas Album



    Alabama Christmas Album - 





    Charlie Brown Christmas





    Reliant K - Christmas Let is reign deer





    Frank Sinatra - White Christmas




  • Revive Podcast Episode 97: The Wise Men and a New Year

    How many kings were there?


    These were “King Makers”


    OT Examples are Daniel, Shadrach, Meshack, Abendigo


    Herod Contrasted with Wisemen - Herod anxious worried, Wisemen following signs


    Wait is not passive, it’s active


    Knowledge is not wisdom , Wisdom is applied


    Where did the Jerusalem star come from?


    Quote about scientists meeting theologians halfway up the mountain of knowledge


    Numbers 24:17


    Balaam’s prophecies


    Aladin’s entourage scene “prince Ali”


    Matthew 2:11 - Fell on their faces - “Oh Holy Night”


    Considering who Christ is - Isaiah description

Planted: Cultivating our relationship with god and others

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psalms: god is bigger than you think

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EASTER 2022


  • Revive Podcast Episode 65: The Passion Week


    Book of Zechariah - Out line of Book - YouTube The Bible Project


    Pastor Mike's Blog: Easter, It's More than Chocolate

    Holy Week Series of Events:

    • Palm Sunday - Matthew 21:1-11, Mark 11:1-10, Luke 19:28-44, John 12:12-18

    • Holy Monday - Matthew 21:12-13, Mark 11:15-17, Luke 19:45-46

    • Holy Tuesday - Mark 11:27-12:44, Luke 20:1-21:4

    • Holy Wednesday - Matthew 26:3-5

    • Maundy Thursday - John 13:1-34

    • Good Friday - Matthew 26:36-46, 26:57-27:14, Matthew 27:15-26, Matthew 27:27-31, Matthew 27:32-44, Matthew 27:45-55, Matthew 27:56-66

    • Easter Sunday - Matthew 28:1-20, Mark 16:1-20, Luke 24:1-53, John 20:1-21:25


    “Hosanna blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” - taken from Psalm 118:26


    Gospel of John 13 - Last super, most intimate description of Jesus spending time ministering to his disciples before his death and resurrection.


    Book - The Case For Christ by Lee Strobel

    Film version can be found on the Pure Flix website.

    Book - Case For Resurrection by Lee Strobel


    2 Corinthians 5:17 - "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!"




  • Homiletic Hangout Episode 3: Easter


    Pastor Mike’s Blog - Let's Celebrate, It's Important - Highlighting Ecclesiastes 3:1-8


    Explanation of Passover and how it fits into Jewish history, and the Exodus:


    Meaning of Maundy Thursday - Etymology comes from the Latin word for "mandate," and Jesus' mandate to "love one another" from John 13:34.


    Neighborhood Church Khmer ministry for our Cambodian community, Pastor May presiding


    Neighborhood Church IGLESIA BÍBLICA COMUNIDAD for our Spanish speaking community with pastor Gonzales presiding


    Book 5 of Psalms preview - Bible Project Video


    Philippians 4:4Hebrews 10:24-25 - encouraging each other in joy


    Psalm 145:3 - “unsearchable” means that there is no end to searching who God is and getting to know Him, learning about who God is inexhaustible


    2 Peter 1:3 - “knowledge of Him”


    Quote: “...the end of discipline is not discipline, it’s delight!” - Pastor Justin McElderry

Mark: Following Jesus together



    • Revive Podcast Episode 55 - Mark 4:21-34


    • Why does Jesus speak in parables? Read Mark 4:1-20 to get the proper context!

    • Wisdom to live by: 1 Peter 3:15

    •  "But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect"

    • Connect to a Life Group at Neighborhood Church here
    • Revive Podcast Episode 56 - Mark 5:1-20
    • Pastor Mike's Blog - Don't Be So Mean

    • John Ch. 9 testimony of the blind man who Jesus heals

    • Exodus 3 where Moses is making is excuses to God

    • “Possession” speaks of “ownership” - when you ask Jesus into your heart, he Owns you now. 

    • Last Sunday's service at Neighborhood Church of Cypress

    • Pastor Mike provides on online resources explaining the possibilities of why Jesus cast the demons out into pigs

    • The book Screwtape Letters by CS Lewis - the extremes people delve into when referencing demons “two errors: either totally dismiss them, or see them everywhere.” 

    • 1 Peter - Satan is like roaring lion, using fear and intimidation, yet Jesus is greater... 

    • 1 John 4:4 - Jesus quotes scripture to battle devil… “he who is in you is greater than he…” 

    • Replacing lies with Truth! - 1 Pete 5:1-11 “Battle for believing the truth” 

    • Resources on Neil Anderson's website - "Battle in your mind" 
    • Revive Podcast Episode 57 - Mark 6:7-13


    • Pastor Mike's Blog - Defining Moments

    • Link to Moody Bible College - https://www.moody.edu/

    • Link to The Master’s Seminary - https://tms.edu/

    • Mark 3:14-15 - Jesus says “Be with me… then I’ll send you out” 

    • GK Chesterton “anything worth doing is worth doing badly” 

    • Good training aspect for missions: - Where is the local church going? Talk to church leaders.” 

    • Orange county rescue mission: link to homepage - https://www.rescuemission.org/

    • Read Biographies of various Missions - online or films  

    • William Kerry helped end the System of Sati - husband who dies, the live wife is cremated, too

    • Let the Nations Be Glad - John Piper

    • Talk to Neighborhood Church Missionaries when they are in town - Missions Week March 6th

    • Tony Rodriguez - India Mission
    • Revive Podcast Episode 58 - Growing in our Belief in Jesus - Mark 8:1-21


    • Pastor Mike's Blog - Let Love Happen

    • Mark 8: 19-20

    • Feeding of the 4,000 and the 5.000 - Jesus talks about the two instances separately

    • Mark 6:5

    • Jesus in his home town, 

    • Isaiah 35:5-6 Poem about Messiah (Jesus later quotes this=) 

    • If we believe Does our life show that believe? 

    • Hebrews 11:1 “Faith is…” “impossible to please God without faith …” 

    • Stories of Missionaries “Hudson Taylor” - Missionary to China

    • Biographies of other missionaries: William Kerry Albert Schwitzer

    • To build your faith - Learn more about who Jesus is? Read the gospels. 

    • Practicing stepping out in faith - is it a mission opportunity? Cuba, Greece

    • Our faith should always be based on the PERSON of JESUS, not based on a Miracle Confidence and trust in Jesus, while still processing emotions

    • Proverbs 3:5-6
    • Revive Podcast Episode 59 - Who do you say He is? - Mark 8:22-9:13


    • Pastor Mike's Blog - Engaging the Superpower of Empathy

    • Severe Mercy - book by CS Lewis

    • Join a Life Group and “lean into community.” 

    • Question to ask yourself: What is your most recent expectation that you want Jesus to address, but he hasn’t yet. Talk it out with God, pray regularly, let him know. 

    • It is important to attend a church that actively reads the Bible, and invites you to do so.

    •  Praying the Bible - book Donald Whitney

    • The Good and Beautiful God - book by James Bryan Smith  

    • iPhone App - Five Psalms - companion to book Praying the Bible
  • Revive Episode 60: Who Is The Greatest? - Mark 9:30-37


    Pastor Mike's Blog - The Power of Recognition


    Serving Opportunities at Neighborhood Church


    To keep a proper perspective, meditate on Matt 6:33


    Help at Trunk & Tweet at Cypress Church, the afternoon of Sunday April 10th

  • Homiletic Hangout Episode 1: What's your experience with Mission Trips?



    Pastor Mike's Blog - Seeking Peace in Christ


    For more information about missions at Neighborhood Church contact Lance Peterson at lance@funplaces.com


    Serving Opportunities at Neighborhood Church


    Help at Trunk & Tweet at Cypress Church, the afternoon of Sunday April 10th

  • Revive Podcast 61: Missions at Neighborhood Church


    Pastor Mike's Blog - Responsibility is a Good Thing


    To contact Lance Peterson regarding mission opportunities at Neighborhood Church you can email him at lance@funplaces.com


    Watch our March 6th church service to hear directly from our missionaries, specifically the Williams and Shook family who appeared in person


    Youthworld is a short term missions organization that Neighborhood Church associated missionaries, The Williams family, have worked with in Ecuador.


    The Shook family have worked with Mongolia, North Korea

    now heart for Refugees coming into Europe, partnering with Calvary Church of Santa Ana.


    Jesus calls his follows to some sort of mission, as explained in the Great Commission - Matt. 28:16-20


    Upcoming Neighborhood church missions opportunities:

    Cypress, Greece - fact finding

    Cuba

    Ecuador - 2023

    India - 2023?


    Mission trips most everywhere require an application, a valid passport, and vaccine shots.


    Faith Promise is a way to donate to Neighborhood Church that goes to support missions and missionaries, and short term trips with our church. 


  • Revive Podcast 62: Render Unto Caesar



    For more conversations about finances, we refer you to Dave Ramsey's website: https://www.ramseysolutions.com



  • Revive Podcast Episode 63: The Basics of Following Jesus


    Pastor Mike's Blog - The Beauty of Brokenness


    How do we define or understand love? Pastor Justin points us to 1 John 3:16-20 and 1 John 4:19-20. Be clear on what a Biblical Love is. Its purpose is not permissiveness, but must be rooted in the Word. Be guided by what the Bible says


    Book - Kingdom Race Theology - by Tony Evans


    For service and Missions opportunities contact Pastor Justin at justin@neighborhoodchurch.com

  • Revive Podcast Episode 64: The Value of Worship



    Pastor Mike's Blog - Let's Make Harmony Happen


    Coming Soon: Bob Vroon's book - Life beyond Life: Scriptures and Meditations About the Afterlife


    Good reminder in finding peace in life: “Life is Hard but God is Good," and "every sermon, at its core is about what God has done for us."


    Hebrews 4:14-16 - Jesus is our sympathetic high priest


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