The Gospel Exhibit

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Open to the Public: Thurs. April 2 (5-9pm) & Fri. April 3 (1-5pm & 8-9pm)
2700 Rancho Pancho, Carlsbad, CA 92009
 
The Gospel Exhibit ArtifactsThe Gospel Exhibit is a FREE 96-foot long walk-thru showcase that contains 33 displays.
 
The tour takes you through the major events surrounding the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
 
The various steps of His suffering are brought to light with recreated artifacts, anatomically correct models, and historical quotes.
 
Old Testament Messianic prophecies and fulfilled New Testament Scriptures are presented for each historical event.
 
The Gospel Exhibit features a powerful soundtrack, large screen video, and realistic sound effects complete the multi-sensory experience!
 

Comments on The Gospel Exhibit:
  • “Transforming!”
  • “Simply powerful!”
  • “It touched my heart and restored my faith.”
  • “An incredible intellectual and spiritual experience.”
  • “Beyond words…I have never experienced an exhibit such as this.”
  • “It was amazing…it will have a powerful impact on my life forever.”
  • “Beautiful. Precise. So heart moving. Thank you for that amazing journey.”
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Sure Deliverance in Times of Despair

by Chad Porter, Pastor of Student Discipleship

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he inclined to me and heard my cry.
He drew me up from the pit of destruction,
out of the miry bog,
and set my feet upon a rock,
making my steps secure…

You have multiplied, O LORD my God,
your wondrous deeds and your thoughts toward us;
none can compare with you!
I will proclaim and tell of them,
yet they are more than can be told…

As for you, O LORD, you will not restrain
your mercy from me;
your steadfast love and your faithfulness will
ever preserve me!
For evils have encompassed me
beyond number;
my iniquities have overtaken me,
and I cannot see;
they are more than the hairs of my head;
my heart fails me.
Be pleased, O LORD, to deliver me!
O LORD, make haste to help me!
As for me, I am poor and needy,
but the Lord takes thought for me.
You are my help and my deliverer;
do not delay, O my God!
 
— Psalm 40:1-2, 5, 11-13

 

Have you ever felt like this? I have. I wish I could say that the feeling of being in a “pit of destruction” or a “miry bog” was totally foreign to me—but I’d be lying. More often than I’d like to admit I’m stuck in the muck and despair of a given situation, circumstance, conflict, or struggle that weighs me down like a truckload of bricks. Do you know what I’m talking about?
 
How about you? Maybe you and your spouse are constantly arguing and you find yourself at your wits end. Maybe you’re walking through a tough season when your children are being particularly difficult, disobedient, or disrespectful. Maybe things in your life are changing and you have no idea what God wants from you or where He’s leading you.
 
Maybe you feel empty and without purpose, uncertain as to whether or not there’s more to this life. Well, whatever “pit” you’re in now or may stumble into in the future, Psalm 40 is a powerful and precious salve for the wounded and discouraged heart.
 
For example, in it we find companionship with our brother King David (certainly no stranger to situations of despair). He cries out to his God in distress and waits patiently for the Lord to deliver him from the pervasive darkness (v. 1). But have you ever wondered how long he waited? An hour? Day? Week? Month? Year? Longer? It doesn’t say.
 
His cries went up to a God who, for whatever reason and for however long, chose to delay His deliverance. It’s odd how comforting this is in some ways, isn’t it? To know that you and I are not the only ones who’ve experienced crying out to God with no immediate, palpable, circumstance-altering answer can, in many ways, makes us feel less alone; like we may not be the only ones who’ve ever felt as if God was silent in our suffering. God will surely deliver his people, but rarely at the speed we’d like.
 
Next, we also find in this meditation the encouragement to remember. “You have multiplied, O LORD my God, your wondrous deeds and your thoughts toward us; none can compare with you!” (v. 5). The God who shows Himself to be living and active and almighty and faithful in His dealings with His people throughout the pages of Scripture is the very same God who works in our lives today.
 
The one who delivered Israel from slavery in Egypt through the parted waters of the Red Sea is the same one who says to us “I will never leave you nor forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5). He will finish the work He’s started in us (Philippians 1:6). He is always with us (Matthew 28:20). He never fails to hear the cries of his people (Psalm 34:17).
 
Lastly, Psalm 40 tells us, in no uncertain terms, that our God will deliver us. He will not hold back His mercy (v. 11). His steadfast love and faithfulness will sustain us in our waiting (v. 11). Though we be weak and poor and needy, our God will take thought of us and rescue His children (v. 13). There’s no question here as to whether or not our God will act on behalf of His people in the end.
 
His merciful hand, steadfast love, and unshakable faithfulness are sure and steadfast anchors for our souls in times of waiting. He is our refuge and deliverer and He will come through—in the wisdom of His providential timing.
So, when we’re in despair, let us all look together with one mind to our great God and Father—who hears the groanings of His children and surely does not take them lightly.
 
Though we be stuck waiting in the pit, let us not think our God has left us. He has acted before and He will act again. When we are faithless, He remains faithful. Though we are poor and needy, the Lord takes thought for us. He alone is our help and our deliverer; do not delay, O Lord our God!


Can You Handle Criticism?

by Chad Porter, Pastor of Student Discipleship

Can You Handle Criticism? imageDo you enjoy receiving rebuke or correction from others? The answer for most of us is a resounding “No!”
 
But why? Why is it so grating and difficult for us to hear the refining words of critique?
 
Pastor and counselor Alfred Poirier seeks to answer this very question in a great article. Here’s a short excerpt:
 

“In counseling, I see it [the inability to receive criticism] in the humorous way a couple will be diverted from the issue at hand to debate who said what, when, and where. Or in how people debate back and forth as to whether it was a Tuesday or a Wednesday when they did something. Why do we expend so much time and energy swatting at these flies with sledgehammers? Why are our hearts and minds so instantly engaged and our emotions surging with great vigor in our defense? The answer is simple. These issues are not minor or insignificant. We defend that which we deem of great value. We think it is our life we are saving. We believe something much larger will be lost if we do not use every means to rescue it. Our name, our reputation, our honor, our glory.”

So if you have 10 minutes today please take a break and read the whole thing, I beg you. You’ll be glad you did.le Criticism? “



Bonfire at the Beach (8/23)

Bon Voyage Beach Bonfire

As summer comes to a close and families are gearing up for a new school year, we couldn’t think of a better way to make sad news less sad than by soaking up the beach with friends and family of all ages for one last summer event.

bon fireWe’ll be gathering at Moonlight Beach in Encinitas on Friday, August 23 for food, music, and fun (look for us near a fire pit!). Everyone is welcome, so please invite others. You don’t have to be a part of Faith Community Church to join us–in fact, we love meeting new people!

While the “official” time frame is 5:00pm – 9:00pm, we’ll be hanging out at the beach all day, so join us anytime.

We will provide s’mores and beverages in the evening, but please plan to bring your own meals. The Moonlight Beach Snack Bar is typically open until dusk. Wendy’s, Subway, and Little Caesars (Hot ‘N Ready pizzas) are other nearby spots to grab something on your way to Moonlight.

Bring your favorite beach activity equipment to enjoy with others (boogie boards, frisbees, footballs, etc.)

Contact Justin for more details.



IGNITE: Radical

David Platt invites you to encounter what Jesus actually said about being his disciple, and then obey what you have heard.

He challenges you to consider with an open heart how we have manipulated a God-centered gospel to fit our human-centered preferences.

Join us on Sundays at 9:00am (beginning June 23) as we reflect on and discuss:

Session 1: Radical Abandonment
Session 2: Radical Grace
Session 3: Radical Focus
Session 4: Radical Strategy
Session 5: Radical Vision
Session 6: Radical God

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