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Insight

 

Proverbs 2:6 For the Lord gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding.

 

Proverbs 16:16 How much better to get wisdom than gold! To get understanding is to be chosen rather than silver.

 

Proverbs 17:24 The discerning sets his face toward wisdom, but the eyes of a fool are on the ends of the earth.

  • Ends of the earth meaning chasing after fruitless endeavors 

 

James 1:5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.

 

If there was ever a time to make wise choices and decisions, it is now. So much is thrown at us and all kinds of intense voices are seeking to influence us. Even our own feelings are swaying us, or leading us, or confusing us. Emotions do serve us well, but they can’t always be trusted. 

Jeremiah 17:9 The heart (the seat of emotions) is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?

 

It would seem wise to base our decisions in life on good reasoning, knowledge, and facts. I know, for me, there are times when emotions and feelings seem to outplay reason; like my decision regarding what stores I will and will not go to. For some reason, I feel ok going to Stater Bros., but I get anxious when I think about going to our local Target. It makes no sense, but I have let my feelings take the lead. I know others who have no problem going to a crowded Costco or community rally, but feel uneasy about going to a church or family gathering. So how much weight should feelings have in our decisions? Do they override facts? Do they determine the viability of God’s instructions?

 

The Bible encourages us be wise, not in our own eyes (see Proverbs 3:7-8), but count the costs (see Luke 14:28) and seek the Lord (see James 1:5 above).

 

News

 

We are resuming in-person Sunday Gatherings!

Our Los Alamitos campus is opening this weekend, June 14, and our Cypress campus is opening up June 21st. Things will look a little different as we comply with government suggestions. Los Al seating will be limited to 65 and Cypress to 100 per gathering. Los Al will begin at 9am. Cypress will be having the usual 9am and 11am gatherings. Please also be aware of the informational signs posted in and around our buildings. In addition:

 

Masks - We suggest everyone over 2 years old wear a mask while on campus, either bringing their own or requesting one from our volunteers before entering the building.

 

Social Distancing - People are asked to maintain 6 feet of “social distance” from anyone not belonging to your immediate household whenever possible. Please avoid hugging, handshaking, and other forms of physical contact. If possible, make efforts to avoid touching commonly used surfaces.

 

Cleanliness and Disinfecting - It is encouraged that people use the hand-sanitizer stations and/or wash their handswith soap & water frequently. Commonly used surfaces will be cleaned and disinfected after each gathering.

 

Current Sunday Gathering Restrictions

o No food or beverage refreshments will be provided

o No separate Children’s and Students’ ministries programs will be provided

o No group singing is strongly recommended

 

It is also important we all know Coronavirus/COVID-19 (COronaVIrus Disease discovered in 2019) is a very aggressive and contagious virus that is primarily transmitted person-to-person through respiratory droplets when an infected

person coughs, sneezes, or talks. People assume the risks when they are out among others.

 

It is also important you know that people with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19 and should stay home:

 

Temperature of 100.4 or above, Cough, Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, Fatigue, Muscle or body aches, Headache, New loss of taste or smell, Sore throat, Congestion or runny nose, Nausea or vomiting, Diarrhea, or been exposed (unmasked, closer than 6ft for 15 consecutive minutes) to a known person diagnosed with COVID-19

 

In addition, individuals and families should stay home if they, or anyone in their household is sick.

 

I know that some feel safer knowing we are taking precautions, and for others, it makes them feel uncomfortable. We get that and want you to feel the freedom to stay home or attend in-person. As usual, we will broadcast live the 9am gathering and rebroadcast that same gathering at 11am, however still holding an 11am live, in-person gathering. 

 

Here again are the times and links for our gatherings:

  • Neighborhood Church Cypress Campus at 9am or 11am click this link: Live Stream or click here for the YouTube channel to watch anytime.

 

  • Neighborhood Church Los Alamitos Campus click here for the Sunday 9am gathering or click here for YouTube viewing.

 

  • Neighborhood Church Khmer/Cambodian Gathering, click here for Facebook Live and click here for the Khmer YouTube.

 

  • Iglesia Bíblica de la Comunidad / Neighborhood Spanish Gathering, please contact Pastor Manuel Gonzalez at mgonzalez7570@yahoo.com

 

We do celebrate whatever wise decision you make as to how you choose to participate in our Sunday gatherings. We love you and miss you tremendously. Thank you for staying connected, and please do visit our Revive section of our webpage to give a boost to your faith.  

 

These are trying times, but times to make good, wise, godly decisions. 

 

Seeking wisdom in decisions along with you,

 

Pastor Mike