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Quiet | Spirit

becoming still...
engaging The Presence of God

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Thoughtful | Word

discovering The Way of Truth

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Beauty | Sacrament

seeing the glittering sacredness of life

Vision and Mission

We are on twin, synergistic journeys—the journey inward and the journey outward.

We pursue biblically based, grace-enabled spiritual transformation in order to be the cooperative friends of Jesus who, for the sake of others, live constant lives of creative goodness through the power of the Holy Spirit.
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SUMMER 2014

JULY

Newcommers’ & Social BBQ
Friday, July 25 | 6pm
RSVP Required

AUGUST

Tales of Horror: What the Undead Have to Teach Us About Jesus
Friday, August 1 | 7pm

The Divine Conspiracy – Men’s Reading Group
Saturday, August 16 | 8:30am

Annual Church Picnic
Sunday, August 17 | Immediately following morning worship service

Community & Confession | August Monthly Gathering
Friday, August 22 | 7-9pm
RSVP Required

Young Marrieds’ BBQ
Sunday, August 24 | 1:30pm

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9:00 am – Coffee & Community
9:15 am – Worship Service

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Livingstone Church
2987 Mesa Verde Drive East
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

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Miracles and the Expansion of the Church

July 17, 2014
There are conversations floating around the cyber world about how the more developed theologies of the north and west (mostly Europe and North America) might help inform and shape the church as it emerges in the south and east (Africa, Latin America, Asia). As the historian Mark Noll points out, while the church of the southern hemisphere might have all sorts of denominational affiliations, beneath it all is an underlying Pentecostalism—that is, a belief…
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Repentance Is Not An Emotion

July 11, 2014
Repentance is not an emotion. It is not feeling sorry for your sins. It is a decision. It is deciding that you have been wrong in supposing that you could manage your own life and be your own god; it is deciding that you were wrong in thinking that you had, or could get, the strength, education and training to make it on your own; it is deciding that you have been told a pack of lies about yourself and your neighbors and your world. And it is deciding that…
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Rest – Is It Possible?

July 3, 2014
In a recent sermon by Pastor Todd [listen], he held up a cell phone and referred to it as a modern Tower of Babel. Then following Sunday, Mike McNichols [listen]  spoke about the fear and freedom that we have when confronted with not having access to our smartphones – resulting in no time to rest. I was directly confronted with this battle while traveling home to Sweden for a wedding.  Immersed in this beautiful country, surrounded by family and friends,…
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'Do' versus 'Live'

June 24, 2014
"There is a huge difference between Christianity viewed as something to do versus something to live. The word “do” implies rules, regulations, and sheer obedience. “Live,” on the other hand, calls to mind holism, groundedness, and thoughtfulness – it implies organic rhythms and routines." - Todd Hunter (Giving Church Another Chance, Chapter 1) For instance we do our quiet times of prayer or Bible study thinking that "now I've got to get back to…
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A Poem for Pentecost

June 5, 2014
Unless the eye catch fire, The God will not be seen. Unless the ear catch fire The God will not be heard. Unless the tongue catch fire The God will not be named. Unless the heart catch fire, The God will not be loved. Unless the mind catch fire, The God will not be known. William Blake (1757-1827) from Pentecost On the day of Pentecost the disciples found themselves to be in a highly flammable condition. They had been obedient to Jesus' command…
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Being Present and Closing the Distance

May 27, 2014
I read a great article yesterday in TIME by Joel Stein about the Millennial generation. I’ve done some study about generational cohorts and I find all of this stuff very interesting. However, I also find the ongoing micro-cohorting to be somewhat distressing. The more strictly we define generational cohorts (Builders, Silent Generation, Boomers, Gen X, Millennials, etc.) the more we separate from one another. We already find it natural to separate through…
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Be Still | Ps.46:10

May 22, 2014
Last week’s blog entry, Spiritual Formation and Extroverts by Mike McNichols, got me thinking. Mike wrote: "One thing that I’ve noticed is that much of what is being practiced (solitude, silence, Scripture meditation, journaling, prayer practices, etc.)—all good things, mind you—seem to be best suited for people who are introverts." Alright, I’m an introvert – so why am I having issues with these spiritual formation practices? Aren’t I…
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Spiritual Formation and Extroverts

May 14, 2014
Over the last few years I’ve been involved in a lot of discussions about spiritual formation and how it happens in an educational environment. It’s a fascinating conversation, and in the process I’ve had the opportunity to look at what a number of other churches and institutions do in that area. One thing that I’ve noticed is that much of what is being practiced (solitude, silence, Scripture meditation, journaling, prayer practices, etc.)—all good…
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