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. 

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  • Revive Podcast Episode 66: Psalm 119 and the Glory of God


    Pastor Mike's Blog - Beauty of Connection  


    Pastor Mike's sermon on Psalms 119 for unpacking of the keywords from Psalms 119:1-16


    Psalms, Christ and the Christian Scripture: EFCA Session on Psalms with Dr. James Hamilton



    Pastor Justin's Write-Up on how to interact with Scripture using the S.O.A.P. method

    Scripture, Observation, Application and Prayer



  • Pastor Mike's Blog - Grace Seasoned Words


    Hebrews 10:24-25 - Don’t forsake the assembling of the flock


    Ephesians 6:10 - be strong with armor of God, 10-20 - details the pieces of armor, then 18-20 highlights the importance of Prayer! 


    2 Samuel 6:14-22 - David dances before the Lord


    “Worship is not spectating” - Pastor Mike


    Worshipping with different cultural sounds and instruments for example Japanese Taiko Drums




  • Check out Pastor Mike’s Blog


    Activity: List out or write down your favorite memories with your mom


    Psalm 139:1-6 - God truly knows us and sees us

    (139:4 - before a word is on my tongue …)


    Justin’s Psalm commentary recommendations:

    OT Commentary that includes the Psalms by Derek Kinder 

    NIVAC Commentaries that includes the Psalms by Tucker & Grant


    Book Praying the Bible by Donald Whitney

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  • 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


    Support Ukraine through the EFCA

Revive Archive

"Revive" ...to keep or make alive, to give/promise life, to nourish, to preserve, to recover, repair, and restore. 

Click on any week below for great resources to help you grow in God and be refreshed each week!   

"Though I walk in the midst of trouble, You will revive me..." Psalm 138:7

  • Oct 21 - 27

    "Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time." (Colossians 4:5)

  • Oct 14 - 20

    "Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men," (Colossians 3:23)

  • Oct 7 - 13

    "...whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him" (Colossians 3:17)

  • Sept 30 - Oct 6

    "See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ" (Colossians 2:8)

  • Sept 23 - 29

    "Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ."  (Colossians 1:28)

  • Sept 16 - 22

    "...He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent." (Colossians 1:18)

  • Sept 9 - 15

    "...we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding..." (Colossians 1:9)

  • Aug 26 - Sept 1

    "It is good to give thanks to the LORD, to sing praises to your name, O Most High" (Psalms 92:1)

  • Aug 19 - 23

    "Save us, O Lord our God,  and gather us from among the nations, that we may give thanks to your holy name and glory in your praise" (Psalm 106:47)

  • Aug 12 - 18

    "Remember the wondrous works that he has done, his miracles, and the judgments he uttered," (Psalm 105:5)

  • Aug 5 - 11

    "O Lord, how manifold are your works! In wisdom have you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures." (Psalm 104:24)

  • July 29 - Aug 4

    "Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name!" Psalm 103:1

  • July 22 - 28

    "Do not hide your face from me in the day of my distress! Incline your ear to me; answer me speedily in the day when I call!" Psalm 102:2

  • July 15 - 21

    "I will sing of steadfast love and justice; to you, O Lord, I will make music..." Psalm 101:1

  • July 8 - 14

    "Know that the Lord, he is God! It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture" Psalm 100:3

  • July 1 - 7

    "Exalt the Lord our God; worship at his footstool! Holy is he!" Psalm 99:5

  • june 24 - 30

    "Oh sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvelous things!..." Psalm 98:1

  • June 17 - 23

    "For you, O Lord, are most high over all the earth;

        you are exalted far above all gods." Psalm 97:9

  • June 10 - 16

    "And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles." Acts 2:43

  • June 3 - 9

    "Declare his glory among the nations,

        his marvelous works among all the peoples!" Psalm 96:3

  • May 27 - June 2

    "Oh come, let us sing to the Lord;  let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!" (Psalm 95:1)

  • May 20 - 26

    "And when Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, 'Son, your sins are forgiven.'” (Mark 2:4)

  • "For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." (Matthew 6:21)

  • May 6 - 12

    "...she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord's feet and listened to his teaching" (Luke 10:39)

  • April 29 - May 5

    "His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’" Matthew 25:23

  • April 22 - 28

    "...as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive" Colossians 3:13

  • April 15 - 21

    "'It was fitting to celebrate and be glad, for this your brother was dead, and is alive; he was lost, and is found.’" (Luke 15:32)

  • April 8 - 14

    "He who has ears to hear, let him hear." Mark 4:9

  • April 1 - 7

    "...Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen..." Luke 24:5-6

  • march 25 - 31

    "When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd." Matthew 7:36

  • March 18 - 24

    "Come and hear, all you who fear God, and I will tell what he has done for my soul." Psalm 66:16

  • March 11 - 17

    "But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare." Jeremiah 29:7

  • March 4 - 10

    "...the satraps sought to find a ground for complaint against Daniel with regard to the kingdom, but they could find no ground for complaint or any fault, because he was faithful..." Daniel 6:4

  • Feb 25 - Mar 3

    "Then the Lord said to him, “Who has made man's mouth? Who makes him mute, or deaf, or seeing, or blind? Is it not I, the Lord? Now therefore go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you shall speak” (Exodus 4:11-12)

  • February 4 - 10

    "...Who knows if perhaps you were made queen for just such a time as this?” (Esther 4:14b)

  • Jan 28 - Feb 3

    "Mightier than the thunders of many waters, mightier than the waves of the sea, the Lord on high is mighty!” (Psalm 93:4)

  • January 21-27

    "It is good to give thanks to the Lord, to sing praises to your name, O Most High” (Psalm 92:1)

  • January 14-20

    "I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress,

        my God, in whom I trust.” (Psalm 91:2)

  • January 7-13

    "So teach us to number our days, that we may get a heart of wisdom." (Psalm 90:12)

  • January 1 - 6

    "...but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. 3 He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers." (Psalm 1:2-3)

  • "...For nothing will be impossible with God" (Luke 1:37

  • "“Do not be afraid, Zechariah, for your prayer has been heard, and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall call his name John. And you will have joy and gladness..." (Luke 1:13-14)

  • "...Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel." (Isaiah 7:14)

  • "...to the only wise God be glory forevermore through Jesus Christ!" (Romans 16:27)

  • "For your obedience is known to all, so that I rejoice over you, but I want you to be wise as to what is good and innocent as to what is evil" (Romans 16:19)

  • "I appeal to you, brothers, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to strive together with me in your prayers to God on my behalf..." (Romans 15:30)

  • “Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God." Romans 15:7

  • "May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ." Romans 15:5-6

  • “For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain." Philippians 1:21

  • “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end. " - Jesus (Revelation 22:13)

  • I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep" - Jesus (John 10:11)

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