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In 1911, decades before California's coast Highway 1 was built, an Englishman rode 2000 miles on horseback the length of California, from Mexico to Oregon. On the way he is courteously received at isolated ranches, has many quiet adventures, and is generally amazed by the beauty of our coast. A classic early California travelog. Chase was born in Islington (London) and but lived most of this life in the California desert.Here are Chase's major landmarks, first going south and then turning no ...
 
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The type of culture much of the Bible was written in was one that focused upon honor and shame. American culture is what is known as an individualistic culture. An individualistic culture tends to be a right/wrong culture (innocence versus guilt). An honor/shame culture is not focused on an individual, but the community. Right and wrong in both cul…
 
Last week it may have felt like we came to the end of the book of Job as we rounded out the last chapter and saw the change in Job. We saw all that God was doing, at least as far as we could understand it. It led to asking how we would begin to live if we truly understood who God is in His person. How would our suffering change when we trusted God …
 
If you are following along in time with Element in this journey, the message today comes on what we call Palm Sunday. Palm Sunday is when Jesus rides into Jerusalem on Sunday, the first day of the week, in order to reveal Himself. Some think it was to claim the title of Messiah at this time. Others think that as Passover sacrifices were usually cho…
 
Questions Discussed: - Kelly shares about her struggles of miscarriages and how she wants God to show up in difficult times. - Aaron shares about their similar struggles. More info about our Lent Journey through Job: www.ourelement.org/lent WATCH FULL SERVICE ON YOUTUBE WATCH This Episode of Talking Element…
 
At the beginning of the book of Job, God points to Job as a godly man, instead of Job’s three friends; it is something that is supposed to stay in our minds as the story unfolds. Job’s three friends are not a picture of our enemies’, they are a picture of believers who misunderstand God and criticize others without relying on God’s guidance. Elihu …
 
As we have gone through each week looking at Job’s life and the responses of his wife and friends, we have seen the idea that suffering does not simply lead to negativity in our lives, but that suffering can lead us into a deeper relationship with God. We can grow in our faith and our trust of who God is by walking through hardship. We must be will…
 
Questions Discussed: - Marianne’s favorite Element Memory - How has pain and tragedy caused you wonder about God and made you more dependent on Him? - Where do you find silence in your life? - What bad advice have you given? - What do you say when someone feels they deserve the pain and calamity in their life? More info about our Lent Journey throu…
 
In speaking of our goals during this Lent journey, the ideas of prayer, self-denial, repentance, and giving to the poor and needy can become legalistic extremes if we don’t understand the Gospel. Many Americans love the ideals of hard work and self-determination. While hard work and taking responsibility are not bad things, if they become all we fo…
 
Questions Discussed: - In what ways has culture influenced our Theology? - Christie shares trials and calamity in her life and what God has shown her about His nature. More info about our Lent Journey through Job: www.ourelement.org/lent WATCH FULL SERVICE ON YOUTUBE WATCH This Episode of Talking Element…
 
Today, Job’s three friends show up. The do an amazing thing as they silently mourn with Job for 7 days. But then they speak. Today we look at Eliphaz and the empty platitudes he delivers. More info about our Lent Journey through Job: www.ourelement.org/lent DOWNLOAD PDF SERMON NOTES HERE WATCH FULL SERVICE ON YOUTUBE WATCH RELATED TALKING ELEMENT E…
 
Questions Discussed: - Job…Blameless and upright? - I know there are many times throughout the Bible when we clearly see God's wrath like in Sodom and Gomorrah or on the whole Earth when He flooded the earth. In those instances, the Bible says there were no righteous people. It was just. But, most of the time, it seems like God plays more of a pass…
 
Today we look at how Job’s wife responds to all the calamity that has befallen them. We can learn 3 truths: 1) Our enemy will try to belittle God by destroying your joy. 2) God works for our joy in Him 3) God Limits Satan’s Power And 3 applications: 1) Believe that God is God even when we suffer 2) Be OK with weeping and mourning when suffering doe…
 
Week one of our Lent. Life. Job. series. Where we look at the Accuser, who says, "He only worships you because he has the perfect life.” More info about our Lent Journey through Job: www.ourelement.org/lent DOWNLOAD PDF SERMON NOTES HERE WATCH FULL SERVICE ON YOUTUBE WATCH RELATED TALKING ELEMENT EPISODE…
 
Questions Discussed: - What has God done and or is doing in your life? - What questions have you had for God over the past year? - What in your life have you lost, and how did you respond? - What has strengthened your faith in who God is? More info about our Lent Journey through Job: www.ourelement.org/lent WATCH FULL SERVICE ON YOUTUBE WATCH This …
 
Has God ever done something that doesn’t make sense to you? The truth is that God rarely takes His people on the most direct route. More important than many of our destinations, is who we become along the way. A true relationship with God must start in a place of trust that God knows what He is doing. More info about our Lent Journey through Job: w…
 
This week, both Joy and Michael share about the ways God has brought them the long way around in life, and what they have learned and how God has grown them. More info about our Lent Journey through Job: www.ourelement.org/lent WATCH FULL SERVICE ON YOUTUBE WATCH This Episode of Talking ElementBy Aaron
 
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