The new Bothell/Woodinville Campus has launched!
As of this writing we are nine weeks into the launch of our newest Timberlake Church campus in the Bothell/Woodinville area. It has been an exciting number of months leading to our first Sunday, which was January 31st 2016. If you were there you felt the energy I am not sure about you but excitement is contagious. It has been very exciting to see people check out this new campus whether they have previously been to a different Timberlake campus or whether this is the first time to experience a Timberlake service. You see Timberlake Church is one church in multiple locations. A question that comes to mind for some is “why do multiple campuses?” That’s a great question! Here are 5 reasons why…
1. Greater Mission outreach (more resources gathered for our mission partners)
2. Big Church quality in the neighborhood (live worship & central messaging)
3. Increased friendship evangelism (it’s easy to invite friends who don’t know Jesus)
4. Increased opportunity for ministry (maybe serving is your next right step?)
5. Good stewardship through economies of scale (no need to reinvent the wheel)
So whatever your reason is for coming to Timberlake Church at one of our four locations, we are glad you are here. We are a Christ-centered church committed to making more and better disciples of Jesus Christ. As the newest campus pastor I have been blessed to join a like-minded team of people dedicated to serious faith, casual atmosphere and no weird stuff.
Starting a new church campus is pretty exciting but nothing tops starting a new life with Jesus. No matter where you have come from, whatever your background is or how difficult life has been, there is new life available in Jesus. No special background is needed; no test of trivia, just an open heart to what Jesus has done for you. Hope to see you soon!
My wife and I recently had our third child 10 weeks ago; so currently our family consists of 3 children under the age of 3. I would not recommend this plan to anyone thinking about having kids. Now don't get me wrong, I love my children, I just didn't want them all at once. The other night as I was coming home from work I opened the garage door and all could hear were 3 very distinct voices crying out, not in beautiful harmony but with a nails-on-a chalkboard kind of quality to it. I literally closed the door, stood in the garage, and thought “do I really want to go in there?” I could literally feel my blood pressure rising, and all I could say was, “Jesus help me to make it until 7pm.” That's, of course, bedtime for our kiddos.
Have you ever felt this way before? It could be your children, job, in-laws, or life in general that has become overwhelming. One of my favorite scriptures gives us some help for facing these kinds of overwhelming situations.
“Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” (I Peter 5:6-7 NIV)
In the passage above we can observe two very distinct character qualities of God. First he is sovereign, which is a fancy theological word for all powerful and above all. Secondly, He deeply cares for us and knows we can’t handle the difficulties of life on our own.
In the original Greek language the word cast means “to throw something upon someone or something else.” This word suggests a deliberate decision to trust. This decision means we willfully place our concerns, worry, and anxiety on God never to be picked up again. One of the greatest ways we can “cast our cares” on God is through prayer.
When it comes to prayer I John 5:14 says, “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.” This passage means that when we are facing overwhelming circumstances all we can do as finite beings is cast our cares on our all powerful, deeply caring, infinite God and in doing so we allow him to work it out so we can move forward.
Whatever you may be facing today, remember God is all-powerful, and deeply cares for you. Often when I feel overwhelmed I use this simple prayer to help me cast my cares on God:
“Jesus help me today to trust in you more than I worry about my future. I know your plans for my life are good, which means regardless of what I’m facing you are with me and for me. Thank you for deeply caring about the things that concern me.”
Issaquah Campus Pastor
Daily Bible Reading: Acts 9
“Looking away from all that will distract us and] focusing our eyes on Jesus, who is the Author and Perfecter of faith [the first incentive for our belief and the One who brings our faith to maturity].” Hebrews 12:2a AMP
As we watched the Seahawks game against Minnesota, holding our breath, waiting for the kicked football to pass through the uprights and for the referees to call the game in the Vikings favor, we were surprised when the unexpected happened; Walsh missed the field goal and with that, the Vikings were out of the playoffs and the Seahawks won! It was what most would call a defining moment and unfortunately, for Walsh, I am sure it is a moment in his life and career that he will have to come to recon with, forgive himself, and not allow it to define him as a Kicker, Player, and man.
Have you ever had a time in your life where you feel as if you have made choices where people have told you they expected something different from you? Have you made mistakes which impacted yourself and others in such a way that there was deep disappointment? Or have you ever made poor decisions that resulted in leaving you wondering if you would be able to recover?
There have been times in my life where I felt like I knew better, should’ve been able to handle something better, perform better or make a different decision, but didn’t. I have been through things where I began to doubt if it was possible for God to forgive me or for my life to ever be “OK” again. However, I have found that it was in those times (yes, plural) where I learned the most about God’s grace, love, and forgiveness and that although obedience is what God requires of us, His love and faithfulness is not driven or dependent by our performance.
We were challenged in this week’s Message at church to ‘Commit to Growth’. What that looks like, the tools we choose (Growth Groups, Financial Commitments, Re Engage, Serving, etc.), and how it is played out in our lives is different for everyone. However, we know that God is patient. (The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. II Peter 2:9)
In the midst of the “Wide Lefts” in our lives, God remains committed to helping us grow in Him and in His grace. It is in those moments of questioning our self-worth, who we are, and even who God is, that we are encouraged to trust in Him and lean on and into Him because God promised us that He would be faithful to finish the good work He started. “Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”
Wednesday night we had the privilege to host over 150 people at our Marriage Ministry Preview and Meet and Greet. Our entire team is so excited for our upcoming re|engage Marriage Ministry!
For my family, helping marriages is very personal. When we began attending Timberlake just over five years ago, we had a court date scheduled the following Thursday to end our marriage. That first Sunday day we heard a message with hope grace and unconditional love! We joined a group, and connected with some other couples that were willing to jump into our mess with us. There was no judgement and we found a safe place to work through our stuff. Over the next several months our lives and our relationship were transformed. We are still married as a result of God’s love, amazing grace, and a few people who loved us along the way!
re|engage is a marriage enrichment program. Any marriage can benefit from re|engage. The program is designed to meet your marriage wherever it is. If you’re marriage is at an 8 and you want it to go to a 9, a 5 and you want it to go to a 6, or even a 1 and you want to go to a 2. re|engage is for you.
“But at the beginning of creation God made them male and female. For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh. So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate.”
Join us beginning on January 20th at 7:00pm. To get on the interest list go to www.timberlakechurch.com/marriage. We are so excited to help build strong marriages!
The other night I had the privilege of attending the Acres of Diamonds fall event. Acres is a local Christian non-profit organization located in Duvall, WA. They give hope to homeless women and their children through providing transitional housing for up to two years. They have an amazing ministry and program that not only gives these women and kids a place to live, but more importantly, provides the relationships and support they need to get their life back on track. A couple years ago, Timberlake Church decided to enter into partnership with Acres and it has been incredible to see the results!
The theme of the event was “Beautiful Things,” which is a popular Christian song about how God takes our past mistakes, failures and sins and somehow still turns our life into something beautiful. One of my favorite lines in the song is this: “Out of chaos life is being found in You.”
I don’t know about you, but my life can feel extremely chaotic. It’s reassuring to know that God brings order out of chaos, and it is often in the moments we least expect it that God shows up in our life. I walked away from the Acres event inspired by the stories of these women who have made poor decisions in the past and found themselves in a place of desperation, but with the help of Jesus, Acres of Diamonds, and the church, many of them are now on the road to recovery and restoration. If you would like to find out more about Acres of Diamonds, I encourage you to check out www.acresofdiamonds.org
Whether someone reads the teachings of Jesus in the gospels for the very first time, or a person has spent years becoming familiar with what Jesus said and did, it is immediately apparent that Jesus repeatedly extended grace to those who were far from God and he was hardest on the religious leaders of his day. For this reason, the Pharisees have a terrible reputation as opponents of Jesus who were worse than all types of sinners.
In Matthew 23:1-2 we read: “Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples: “The teachers of the law and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat. So you must be careful to do everything they tell you. But do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach.”
It’s interesting to me that Jesus instructed his followers to obey the teachings of the Pharisees. Apparently Jesus didn’t have an issue with their beliefs. He had a major problem with their actions. Their words and theirs deeds didn’t line up. On the other hand, Jesus found that the beliefs and actions of sinners were consistent. Although they were living apart from God, they didn’t pretend to be perfect or have it all together. They realized their need for grace, and that’s why he offered it.
What God desires from us is that we are honest with Him, and with ourselves, about how our beliefs and behavior line up and where we fall short. Unlike the Pharisees, God doesn’t want us to pretend that life is perfect or that we have it all together. The goal of Christianity is not our performance and how we measure up. The goal is to live in authentic relationship with Jesus through all the ups and downs, the peaks and valleys of life. Did you catch that? The goal is a dynamic and growing relationship with a person, namely Jesus.
In the Greek language, the word hypocrite was used to describe someone who put on a mask or another persona, like an actor on stage. Jesus used this word to describe the Pharisees since they pretended they didn’t need God’s grace. Unfortunately, church can be a place where people pretend they are someone they are not. Let’s stop pretending. Let’s be honest with ourselves and with God. I will start. I fail often. I need grace often. I need Jesus. How about you?
This past weekend more than 5,000 people came together across 9 services at our 3 campuses to celebrate Easter! If you weren't able to make it, here's the video our creative team put together that kicked off all of our services.
Pastor Lance and Peter are here with a video update from Student Ministries as we head into this holiday season!
Miss Student Takeover weekend? Click here for a video of the service. Here's links to the songs they played for worship:
Freedom is Here (Hillsong)
Shores (Bryan and Katie Torwalt Music)
Beautiful Things (Gungor)
God Who Saves (Hillsong)