“The Samaritan woman said to him, ‘You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?’ (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.)” John 4:9
Ancient Israel was divided into three regions. In the north, there was Galilee, where Jesus spent a lot of his time in ministry, and to the south there was Judea, which is where Jerusalem and the temple resided. In the middle was Samaria, whose name literally means “watch-mountain” or “watch-tower.” Although Samaria was a natural bridge between Galilee and Judea, Orthodox Jews avoided the region since to them, it was pagan and unholy...
This week, Pastor Bobby teaches that if you want a big life, you need to change the little decisions you make with today’s message: “The Key to do the Big Things." Our special guest is Annabelle Chinchen, the project design manager for African Bible Colleges, which was founded by her grandparents, Dr. and Mrs. John Chinchen in 1976. Since then, three campuses have opened with the hope of providing quality education and ministering to those in Africa. Inspiring music is provided by Anna Crumley, a native of Sacramento who attended CSU Long Beach and graduated with degrees in Jazz Studies and Choral Music Education. She sings with the social justice choral group Tonality, as well as Kronos Quartet and the Hour of Power Choir. Today, she performs “Help Us to Love” In addition, The Beloved, Hour of Power’s premier worship team, which includes Preston Parker, Dr. Philip Hoch, Connor Smith, Joslyn Sarshad, Anna Crumley, and Sarah Grandpre, performs “My Shepherd." Then, the Hour of Power choir sings "We're Blessed."
In the Bible, God uses the commonness of the sparrow to demonstrate the magnitude of the unique worth, value, and significance we have in His Kingdom — and in the world. While they are small compared to most other creatures, when they join forces and form a flock, their voice gets louder and their influence is multiplied. And so it is in the Body of Christ. This multiplied impact is the essence of Sparrow Partnership. Sparrow Partners help us proclaim God's love song to the world! For your monthly gift of just $20 or one-time gift of $240, we’ll welcome you to our Sparrow Partner family by sending you our Sparrow Chime Bell. In honor of our 2023 Sparrow Partners, this specially designed and hand-painted bell chime plays a gentle sound when met with soft breezes. Made of elegant and sturdy ceramic, it's embossed with a floral design and a peaceful sparrow perched on top — complete with a rope hanger for easy placement. We hope this gift reminds you of God’s love and the unique song you bring to the world every time it chimes!
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