Thriving in the Process

From Chapter 2 of “Rooted: The Hidden Places Where God Develops You” If you choose to embrace God‘s process and time line for building your root system, I believe it‘s possible not only to survive but to thrive in the midst of it. By thriving I mean growing in wisdom, character, faith, endurance, strength, and more. Growing isn‘t always comfortable, but it‘s exhilarating and rewarding. The apostle Paul is an example of someone who thrived and grew through every circumstance. We all k...

The Only Explanation

“I have always believed that every life event has a reason and a lesson. We may not understand it right away, but if we pay attention, we can see all the miracles unfold right before our eyes. Approximately a year ago I was having a series of test performed by my doctors and some tests came back with the diagnosis, “Malignant Neo Plasm of the Lungs, Esophagus and Thyroid”. The saddened and disparaging look on my doctors face as he breathed the words, “Stage 4 Cancer” didn't seem to ha...

Creating Community

Here at JC Sacramento we talk a lot about community. I wanted to take a moment to briefly look at the first step to building community and share some practical ways you can be a part of creating community around you. Community is something that is created, it doesn't just happen by chance. It takes Intentionality. Intentionality |noun|: the fact of being deliberate or purposive. If you think about it, the things that mean the most to us and have the greatest value in our lives cost us somethin...

The Power of Breakthrough

I never used to think of hope as something powerful, until I got sick. Really sick. When you're in a seemingly impossible situation, the power hope brings can be the difference between life and death; breakthrough or defeat. Are you in a seemingly impossible situation? Are you contending for someone who is? Then you need to understand the power of hope. Suddenly, illness struck. I had been going through a lot of stress and knew my health was declining, but I had no idea what lay ahead. One day, ...

From Shortage to Abundance

“I started attending JC Sacramento nearly 7 months ago, just 3 weeks after my husband was called home, to dwell in the presence of the Lord. After going through something like this, I knew I needed God's embrace more than ever. I needed a special encounter with Him. I heard about this church through a friend which led me to look up the JC Sacramento website and there, smack dab in the middle, were the words “Encountering God.” Needless to say, I began attending. It didn't take long before...

More Than a Name

“We anticipated the day of being able to connect with a local body of believers since our move to California from the east coast in 2012. The decision to attend Jesus Culture Sacramento has far exceeded our hopes and dreams. From the opening day in September, our hearts have been deeply touched and cared for tremendously. Every time we come, there has been someone who greets us and asks us how we are doing. The love is real here. It's the simple things that have impacted us. When Pastor Bannin...

There's No One Like You

So often in our society we are encouraged to conform; to bow to the all-consuming trend. Not in the Kingdom of God. We bow to Him but not at the expense of who we are because He created who we are so strategically and necessary to the Kingdom of God. Think about it! No one on this earth of over seven billion people is exactly like you. God made you perfectly unique and that was on purpose. Even identical twins will not have the same life experiences or exact same path. When I first started work...

In Pursuit of the Normal Christian Life

Imagine a simplified church with the purpose of equipping people to see the Kingdom multiplied among us. In a culture that caters to the consumer we have decided in our hearts to go against the grain and opt for creating a culture for the committed. A culture that exalts God's presence over performance, emphasizes living life from community instead of doing life alone, and gathering together to become the church instead of just going to church. At Jesus Culture Sacramento we are in pursuit of w...

Believing in Generosity

Generosity changed my life. One gives freely, yet grows all the richer; another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want. Whoever brings blessing will be enriched, and one who waters will himself be watered. - Proverbs 11:24-25 I did not grow up in a wealthy home. I was raised by a single mother who had three kids to take care of. She worked two jobs and there was still lack. Because of this, I was not raised with a “generosity” mindset. We had a poverty mindset. There was a l...

Led with Thankfulness

Over this past summer during our “Summer of Prayer” gatherings our Jesus Culture Sacramento community has been praying through Philippians 4:4-7. Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Chr...