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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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No Perfect People Allowed

[fa icon="calendar'] Thu, Aug 29, 2013 @ 12:25 PM / by Timberlake Church posted in following God, Timberlake, worship, life, grace, Bible, peopl, Church, Heart

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Here are a couple of facts about me: I am a worship leader and I am on staff at Timberlake Church. Here are a few other facts about me: I’m not a pastor, I didn’t go to Bible college, I’m not the best at memorizing scripture and sometimes I forget to read my Bible, I’ve made plenty of mistakes in my life, and I will continue to. I am NOT perfect; I often fail as a friend, wife, sister, daughter or employee. Thankfully, I am forgiven, I am blessed and I am saved all by the GRACE of Jesus Christ.

My favorite thing about being a part of Timberlake Church is the environment of grace. There are no expectations for me or anyone else to be perfect, just a hope and desire that we will learn about Jesus and long to become more like Him. Jesus sought out the sinners; in Mark 2:15-17 Jesus says, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” This is not an excuse or reason to sin, but simply a message stating that Jesus loves us just the way we are. He longs to see us apply His word to our lives and model His example of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.

Everyone has a different expression of worship that brings them joy – mine is through music. For those of you who have seen me lead worship in a service, I get lost in it. Even though I have led worship at Timberlake nearly every weekend for 10 years and I’m standing in front of hundreds of people with a microphone in my hand and cameras and lights in my face, it is still my time of worship and my time to honor and glorify the God that loves me just as I am. The God that longs to see me grow closer to Him. I have stood on that stage on weekends when I’m an emotional wreck, or on days when my husband and I have been “disagreeing”; I have stood there broken and the only thing I know how to do is sing to the God who comforts me. I’ve also stood there in times of joy and celebration and the only thing I know how to do is sing out in thanksgiving to the God who provides. My encouragement to you is to come to Him where you are today, exactly as you are, in your hurt or in your joy. His GRACE is enough and His love is unfailing.

Jillian Allan
Worship & Communications 

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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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Glory Days

[fa icon="calendar'] Wed, Jun 27, 2012 @ 01:51 PM / by Timberlake Church posted in Timberlake Church, following God, hope, Everyone, community, daily devotional, direction, honoring God

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This past weekend my wife and I and a bunch of our friends from college went to a wedding. Events like these are often so fun-- old friends, acquaintances you haven't seen in a while, and leaning over and asking your wife the name of a person you can't remember as they walk up to you. This wedding was especially great, since a group of awesome guys I lived with for two years were all coming into town for the wedding. I was reminded seeing them all again how important it is to surround yourself with people who challenge you, encourage, and make you laugh (Prov 13:20). But, that's not what this post is about.  

The wedding was in Spokane, and so on the four hour drive over, we had nothing but time to reminisce as we drove over the pass, through the metropolis of Ellensburg, and through Adams County (in case you didn't know, the nations' leading potato producing county). 

It was amazing how for almost the entire car ride there, our full car was filled with conversations about what life was like when we didn't have much responsibility, and the possibilities were limitless. And as we were laughing til we couldn't breathe and munching gas station snacks, I couldn't help but reflect on how often my spirituality and faith in Jesus Christ leans this way. How so often, I look back on a few years ago, and think, "Those were the days!" 

Something Krissa (my awesome wife) and I have always talked about, is the idea that we never want our best days spiritually to be in the past, how we always want to look toward to future and ask, "What is the Lord challenging us to do?" For those of you reading this post, whatever stage of life you're at, I would encourage you to ask the same question. Maybe you're reading this and you're a young family, and you think there's absolutely no way we have time for God to use us. I'm confident God can. Or maybe you're retired, enjoying life, and figuring out where you're going to have dinner over breakfast-- I'm confident your best days aren't in the past. And maybe you're somewhere in the middle, caught somewhere between "things could not be any better" and "things didn't work out quite like I planned". I hope you'd be open to the idea that God wants to use you, that you can be closer to Jesus than you've ever been, and that God might be challenging you to do something great for His Kingdom in this season. 

Nick

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More and Better Disciples...continued

[fa icon="calendar'] Thu, Jun 21, 2012 @ 04:04 PM / by Timberlake Church posted in Timberlake Church, Disciples, following God, Timberlake, Everyone, God's Will

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In my last blog post I talked about how we would be looking at the Book of Revelations, and how instead of being intimidated or even fearful, that there were actually a number of different learning’s that we can glean, especially as it related to the first 3 chapters.  Hopefully you were able to read through it, and see How God was working through the Apostle John, who wrote the book, to encourage and correct the early church. 

The first letter that was written in Revelation was to a church in the city of Ephesus.  Now the Ephesian church was a great church that had some tremendous leadership; stemming from the founding pastor (the Apostle Paul), all the way to other great leaders in the Bible, like Apollos and Paul’s apprentice Timothy.

What we find in the book of Revelation is that every time Jesus had something to say to these churches he always started out with this phrase  “I know your deeds.”   There’s this reality, even for us, that Jesus is actually witnessing what his church is doing - what we’re doing. 

As you read, you’ll see that Jesus often will give them praise, like: 

  • I know there have been false teachers that have tried to sneak into the church and preach false doctrine…but you didn’t let it happen, so “way to go.” 
  • I know that you’ve been facing some persecution…but you’ve still stayed strong
  • I know that you’ve been really active and involved…and so you’re doing some great things… BUT

As you continue to read, you’ll notice that Jesus gives them this really BIG…”BUT”  ;-) where it comes across almost like a job performance review: “You’re doing a great job / a real team player, and we love having you; BUT….You’re still forgetting to put the cover sheet on your TPS reports”.

What Jesus is saying is: “you’re doing great, BUT….you’re really not hitting the mark in this particular area.”  Look at his statement in Revelation 2:4-5 “Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken your first love. Remember the height from which you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first”.

What Jesus is trying to convey to us is that, although you’ve done some really great things, you’ve forgotten why you’re doing it, you’ve forsaken your first love, and quite frankly, “your hearts not in it.”

The reality is that Jesus not only wants a life of service, and effectiveness for his kingdom, but more importantly he wants a life that seeks him, that loves him, and that knows him. Where out of that love & knowledge, lives a life of service to him as a way of putting our faith into action.  God cares far more about our character and our relationship with him, than he does our endeavors; where focusing on WHO we are in Christ means much more than WHAT we do for him.

Rusty

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