Strong Foundation

By Karen Polich

We can choose to set our life on the foundation of Christ’s sacrifice for us and approach each day with the full confidence that comes when we truly live by faith. Great season? Faith. Crushing season? Faith. Serving Him in all things? Faith.

This is what sets us apart. Living by faith is what opens doors for others to see the glory of God.

His light shines through us when we focus on Him. Paul did not refer to “jars of clay” because of their strength. He referred to them because though fragile, they served a great purpose for what filled them.

For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made His light shine in our hearts to give us the light of knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ. But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down but not destroyed. 2 Corinthians 6-9

This isn’t shaky ground. We can walk through life with the confidence that comes from God.

Yet, we often sit in worry and fear. It’s easier to live with confidence when the path is smooth, but God has called us to be used in His kingdom regardless of circumstances. God chose to fill us with His mighty power. We are “jars of clay”, fragile and sometimes broken, the perfect place for Him to shine.

How has God worked in your life? Write down what He is doing and has done. How has He shown His strength and faithfulness? Share His goodness with others. You might be the encouragement someone else needs today.

Have faith and choose to live a life filled with confidence. It is God who works through us in all things. What better foundation could we ask for?


A Firm Foundation

By Karen Polich

Guest Pastor Dennis Garcia shared Sunday’s message, A Firm Foundation, from Matthew 7:24-29. “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.  The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.” When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching, because he taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law.

Life will always have difficulties, challenges and transitions. The foundation we build upon is what matters. One is eternal and one is temporary. Which foundation are you building life on?

“Jesus is the only foundation on which to build a solid life and a solid church. Every other foundation will fail you.” – Pastor Dennis Garcia

Pastor Garcia shared five steps for building a firm foundation.

  1. The Bible is our guide. (Psalm 199:105)
  2. Prayer is our life line. (Philippians 4:6-7)
  3. The Holy Spirit is our power for Christian living. (Galatians 5:16)
  4. The church body is our support system. (1 Thessalonians 5:11, John 13:34)
  5. The world is our mission field. God can use us to reach others.

Keep your eyes focused on Jesus and life’s challenges will not overtake you. A strong foundation will prepare us for anything.