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The Future of a Historic Church

[fa icon="calendar'] Tue, Nov 12, 2013 @ 11:11 AM / by Timberlake Church posted in following God, faith, Duvall, fellowship, Friends, Acres of Diamonds, Church

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DuvallChurchIn the past year, we've been blown away by God's faithfulness in opening door after door and the generosity of those who committed to give above and beyond their normal tithes and offerings to support Timberlake Church.

We are driven by our mission to make more and better disciples of Jesus Christ, and we believe that launching a new campus in Duvall is our next right step to accomplish that mission. 

Duvall is located in the Snoqualmie Valley along highway 203, just north of Redmond. It is one of the fastest growing communities on the greater Eastside. The town of 12,000+ estimates a growth of 76% in the next ten years. Our hope is to share Christ’s love and his message of hope and grace to everyone in the Snoqualmie Valley. Currently there are 200 Timberlake families who reside in the area and our Duvall campus will enable them to invite their friends and further reach the community.

The next steps of our new campus will be critical as we raise funds and form teams of volunteers to help renovate this 97-year-old church building.

Additionally, we're thrilled to become the parent organization for Acres of Diamonds, which is also located in Duvall. Acres of Diamonds is a transitional Christian home that provides a loving, safe and nurturing environment for homeless women and their children. Residents learn how to break the cycle of addiction, poverty and homelessness. 

God is doing great things inside and outside the walls of Timberlake. And we’re excited for the opportunity to continue to reach the greater Eastside.

For more information on how you can get involved, visit TimberlakeChurch.com/Duvall.

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I Never Had The Feeling That God Was Looking Out For Me...

[fa icon="calendar'] Fri, Nov 01, 2013 @ 12:10 PM / by Timberlake Church posted in faith, Perspective, Family, Encouragement, baptism

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PerrinBaptismAt Timberlake Church, nothing excites us more than watching people take their next right step in Jesus. And when Perrin, a Timberlake attender, took her faith public by getting baptized a few weeks ago, we celebrated with her.

Please take a few moments and read her story:

Growing up, Jesus wasn't a part of my life. I had no real knowledge of who He was. My father was an atheist and my mother didn't seem interested. I heard about Jesus from some friends in high school, but truly, nothing really sank in.

Without any sort of faith structure in my life, anxiety played a big part of how I functioned. And, although I felt that everything happened for a reason, I never had the feeling that God was looking out for me.

But it when I met my husband, things started to change. Something just seemed to click in my heart and my previous “everything happens for a reason” theory started to make sense. And that’s when I made the decision to follow Jesus.

My faith journey has been a long one but after more than ten years and several moves, we found ourselves at Timberlake Church. And it was at Timberlake where everything in my life really came full circle. For the first time, I actually felt one hundred percent connected with Jesus.

Everything finally made sense.

Life just seems easier now. Days are not perfect and life still presents it's challenges but it all feels manageable, especially knowing that Jesus is always there. I can always count on him, and that's a pretty awesome feeling.
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What Matters Most

[fa icon="calendar'] Fri, Sep 13, 2013 @ 10:55 AM / by Timberlake Church posted in faith, Timberlake, jesus, Loving others, relationships, what matters, trust

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The world we live in values money, power, and success.  Many people spend each day striving to get a better job, a better house, or a better car.  Yet, none of this stuff matters from an eternal perspective.  They are just things we may have for a while but can’t take with us after death.

Perhaps this is why Jesus said, “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.  But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.  For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” 

What really matters in life?  People matter.  Relationships matter.  From God’s perspective, relationships are what matters most of all.  Why?  People are eternal beings.  Death is not the end.  When Jesus was asked what the most important commandment is, he said to love God and love people (Matthew 22:36-40).  That is what we were designed for.  That is the purpose of life – to be in relationship with Jesus and to be in authentic and meaningful relationships with other people.

Of course this is easy to say, but hard to live out.  People can be difficult to deal with.  We all have people in our life that push our buttons and make us crazy.  And we are the person that drives someone else crazy too!  People are imperfect.  Relationships are messy.  Everyone – you and me – could use a little help as we navigate the many relationships in our lives.  Starting this weekend, and in the coming weeks ahead, Timberlake will be doing a message series about relationships and the people that “make us crazy.”  We would love for you to join us.  You will be challenged, encouraged, and there will be a few laughs.  We look forward to seeing you at church!

 

Jordan Lee
Senior Associate Pastor – Redmond Campus  

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More Food Please!

[fa icon="calendar'] Wed, Jul 31, 2013 @ 03:29 PM / by Timberlake Church posted in faith, Timberlake, fellowship, Friends, kindness, Leadership, Everyone, People, Food, Heart

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I love to eat.  So does my wife.  Maybe that’s why our favorite type of vacation is a cruise.  All the meals are included!  Our perfect date night would be an extended meal at a restaurant in Seattle.  Our favorite family gatherings also include food.  Come to think of it – pretty much any event with people and food sounds like a good time.

I picked up a book the other day called A Meal With Jesus by Tim Chester.  My love of food attracted me to the title.  Throughout the book Chester explains the role meals played in the ministry of Jesus.  He points out that in the New Testament, the phrase “The Son of Man came…” is completed in three different ways. 

Mark 10:45 says, “The Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”  Luke 19:10 says, “The Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”  Both of these verses have to do with WHY Jesus came.  The third way the phrase is completed has to do with HOW Jesus came.  Luke 7:34 says, “The Son of Man has come eating and drinking, and you say, ‘Look at him! A glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.’”

Apparently, Jesus ate and drank a lot – enough to be called a drunk and a glutton!  The Gospel of Luke is filled with stories of Jesus eating with people.  These stories can be found in chapters 5, 7, 9, 10, 11, 14, 19, 22 and 24.  Robert Karris, author of the book Eating Your Way Through Luke’s Gospel, concludes that in the Gospel of Luke, “Jesus is either going to a meal, at a meal, or coming from a meal.”

Food played a big part in the ministry of Jesus.  He viewed meals as an opportunity to connect with people and to talk about God and life.  There are many ways for Christians today to get involved in ministry and impact people for Jesus.  At times, however, it can be confusing to figure out what it means and looks like to live out our faith in the 21st Century.  But as Jesus shows us, ministry isn’t rocket science.  We don’t have to know all the right answers.  Ministry can be as simple as inviting someone to dinner and sharing a meal with them.  Food and people.  Sounds like a good time to me.

Jordan Lee
Senior Associate Pastor – Redmond Campus

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Community and Connection

[fa icon="calendar'] Sat, Jun 15, 2013 @ 12:40 PM / by Timberlake Church posted in faith, Timberlake, summer, Service, Father's Day, community, People

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When I examine Scripture it become apparent that biblical community has a number of characteristics.  Some of them are love for one another (John 13:34-35), peace between each other (Mark 9:50), hospitality (1 Peter 4:9), care (Galatians 6:2), encouragement (1 Thess 4:18), and service (1 Peter 4:10).  
This summer at Timberlake we’re going to focus on connection and community.  We have some great ways for all of us to get better connected and to continue to thrive as a church body.  Here are just a few…  
  • Father's Day "Mansome" weekend - this weekend June 15 & 16
  • Vacation Bible School, Sports and Arts Camps:
     - July 15-19 (Redmond)
     - July 30-August 2 (Issaquah)
  • Summer Growth Groups starting the week of July 21
  • GO Tacoma Mission Project, August 12-15
 I would encourage you to be part of at least a couple of these – make some new friends, connect a little better with Jesus and with other people.  It’s a great season as summer unfolds and we get the chance to be together.

Thank you for being a part of Timberlake Church – may God bless you beyond what you can imagine!  
In Christ,
Pastor Ben 
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More Than We Can Imagine...

[fa icon="calendar'] Wed, May 08, 2013 @ 02:45 PM / by Timberlake Church posted in Timberlake Church, following God, faith, Generosity

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Late spring and summer can be a busy time juggling every area of life including work, travel, and kids.  My prayer is that this season would be a time for you to experience God’s presence and power in your own life.  A scripture that has come to my mind lately is from Ephesians 3:

 For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name.  I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.   Ephesians 3:14-21 (NIV)

It’s amazing how this continues to be true in the life of Timberlake Church. My prayer is that it is also true for you. 

Pastor Ben 

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Just Walk Across the Room

[fa icon="calendar'] Wed, Mar 13, 2013 @ 12:19 PM / by Timberlake Church posted in Timberlake Church, faith, Great Commission, truth, Easter, Everyone, Church

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Several years ago, when I was in Bible College, we read a book by Bill Hybels called Just Walk Across the Room. You may be familiar with it; it provides some really good, practical strategies for evangelism. Being the overly idealistic, arrogant college sophomore I was, I remember thinking, "Who needs a book to tell people about Jesus? Shouldn't everyone do this naturally on their own; how hard can it be?" Not too long after that, I got a part time job at an upscale restaurant and I discovered something: evangelism is challenging. Plain and simple. 

I remember walking in on my first day thinking, "I'm going to be a spiritual sage to all these poor pagans, and I'm sure after a couple weeks - at most a month, all of them will be passionate Jesus followers, selling possessions to move to Central America." I also remember leaving my first day discouraged, embarrassed and feeling more like a crazy religious nut than I ever had before in my life. Now, through this process, I did discover some really helpful things about evangelism, like: don't be pushy, make sure I know a little more than the basic tenets of faith, and don't make any assumptions about people. I also noticed something I really didn't expect: I'm not that great of a personal evangelist. 

Now, when it comes to telling people about Jesus, maybe you're a natural, and are able to tell anyone at any time, the good news about Jesus Christ. Maybe for you, meeting a stranger at a coffee shop, getting to know them a little bit, and having a chance to share your faith with them is the epitome of a great day. And maybe even for you, it always ends with the person outside the coffee shop, weeping & repenting of their sins and accepting Jesus into their heart. But, my guess is, if you're like me, that doesn't describe evangelism for you at all. See, the Bible describes evangelism (or telling other people about Jesus) as a spiritual gift. 

And He [Christ] Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ Eph 4:9-11 NKJV 

In this verse, the work of an evangelist is described as something designated by Christ. Implicitly with that idea, is the notion that not everyone has been given this gift. For me, that was a liberating concept. Through all my failed attempts to convincingly articulate reasons to follow Jesus to my friends, co-workers, and family members, I was starting to feel like a failure. What this verse actually describes, though, is the idea that not everyone will be good at this, that its ok to not be a great or even decent personal evangelist. Now, on the other side of this conversation lies a pretty important question: "What am I supposed to do about sharing my faith then, if I'm not that good at it?"

In what the Bible describes as "The Great Commission," Jesus' parting words to His disciples before ascending into heaven are to "go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit" (Matt 28:19 NKJV). I think this principle holds true for us today as followers of Jesus as well; that part of being a believer and follower of Jesus, is to share our faith, and here's how I think most of us can practically have a part in this: inviting our friends to church. 

I discovered a few years ago, that there are a lot of places around the city and region where people are really good at telling people about Jesus, often times in a way they can understand. I also discovered that these places had systems and processes in place exactly for people like the friends I was inviting, people who didn't know Jesus. Timberlake Church, I can confidently say, is a great place for people who are undecided about a faith in Jesus Christ. At Timberlake (and at a bunch of churches throughout the area), people who are undecided can ask questions, meet some normal people, and have the Christian faith explained to them in a logical yet non-threatening way, which I think is awesome! 

So, for the next few weeks, as Easter approaches, I've been thinking a lot of who I can invite to church. I still have a lot of friends that I spend time with regularly who don't have a relationship with Christ and I know how much Jesus loves them and how badly He wants their hope to be in Him. At the same time, I know that I'm not the world's best evangelist but I can probably get them to come church long before I can walk them through what believing in Jesus looks like - maybe you're in the same place. 

My hope and prayer is that you'll consider bringing someone with you to church this Easter season, so they can hear the good news about Jesus Christ.  

Nick Wallsteadt
Student Ministries Pastor 

 

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New Year, New Goals, New Perspective

[fa icon="calendar'] Sat, Jan 05, 2013 @ 02:48 PM / by Timberlake Church posted in faith, Making Changes, Everyone, God's Will, Church, taking control

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This week, I sat down to write out my goals for 2013 (something that I do every year around this time). Over the years, my goals have become a little more specific and less vague, with the hope that I will actually accomplish some of them. Let me give you an example: for fitness, in years prior, I would have written "have beach photos on Facebook that I’m not ashamed of", where this year I wrote "go to the gym 4 times a week and don't eat Jack-In-The-Box after 9pm"... I probably still won't have the desired outcome, but you get the idea.  

Anyway, in this process, I spent some time evaluating how I did with last year's goals and how I hope to realize some of the ones I failed to meet. In this process, though, I took a moment to stop and think about everything God had done in my life in the past year-- and it was awesome! As I thought through my hopes and dreams in 2012, there were so many areas where I didn't hit the mark I'd hoped to, but there were also many areas that I noticed God had worked in my life in the way that only He could. As I was reflecting on this, I thought of a story in the Bible:


Joshua 4:4-7 says: “So Joshua called together the twelve men he had chosen—one from each of the tribes of Israel. He told them, “Go into the middle of the Jordan, in front of the Ark of the Lord your God. Each of you must pick up one stone and carry it out on your shoulder—twelve stones in all, one for each of the twelve tribes of Israel. We will use these stones to build a memorial. In the future your children will ask you, ‘What do these stones mean?’ Then you can tell them, ‘They remind us that the Jordan River stopped flowing when the Ark of the Lord’s Covenant went across.’ These stones will stand as a memorial among the people of Israel forever.”  

It’s a story where God tells his people to take some rocks from a river and place them on the shore. At face value, it’s interesting at best, really confusing if we're honest but, what's great about this story (especially at times like the turn of the year) is that God not only suggests, He commands us to remember! To remember the good things He's done. Maybe this year that's true for you. Maybe this year it will be important for you to, not only set resolutions, hopes and dreams, but to say, "God, thanks for what you've done this past year." I know they may only be rocks to some people, but to me, they represent a change and a fresh start. Maybe they represent forgiving someone you never thought you could, or taking a spiritual step that seemed really intimidating, or perhaps getting involved in leading in an area that has proved incredibly rewarding.  

So this year, in addition to a list of hopes, goals, and achievements, I encourage you to spend some time remembering the good things the Lord's done this past year. I know it was very beneficial for me, and I hope it will be for you too.  

~ Nick
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Building Hope...

[fa icon="calendar'] Wed, Oct 10, 2012 @ 06:01 PM / by Timberlake Church posted in Disciples, faith, Everyone, Church, community, Building Hope, message series, evangelism

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describe the imageJoin us beginning October 20th/21st for our new message series 'Building Hope." You won't want to miss a weekend...
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