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LET’S STOP PRETENDING

[fa icon="calendar'] Thu, May 21, 2015 @ 04:11 PM / by Timberlake Support posted in Timberlake Church, Timberlake, Jordan, Christianity, Greek, Authentic relationship, Pretending, Let's Stop Pretending, Lee, Jordan Lee, hypocrite, Let's, Stop, Matthew, Matthew 23

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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?

 

Jordan Lee

Executive Pastor

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25 years and counting at Timberlake Church

[fa icon="calendar'] Wed, Nov 05, 2014 @ 09:31 AM / by Heather Perry posted in Timberlake Church, anniversary, Ben Sigman, Nehemiah, Church

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God has done so many great things in the 25-year history of Timberlake and He’s not done yet! We can’t wait to see what God has in store for us as a church in the future. This weekend we celebrated our 25th anniversary and we just wanted to say thank you to the people who have made Timberlake the church it is today — Pastors throughout the years, volunteers and those who have made Timberlake their church home!

Timberlake Church started with seven families whose dream was to build a church that would be relevant to the current culture and encourage people who weren't yet Christ followers to investigate Christianity in a safe atmosphere, where anyone could bring his or her doubts or questions. The church would also be a place where followers of Christ could grow spiritually, be challenged to become more and more like Jesus and be encouraged to live out faith in day-to-day life. To this day, we hold this mission near and dear to our hearts.

You can watch the video of this week's service below, which included special in-service elements such as a 6-minute video recap of Timberlake through the years. As we take this point to pause at the 25-year mark, it's important to see where we're going in the future too. Every story you see is because someone invested in Timberlake Church and the work God is doing through us.

Our theme verse for our yearly special offering is Acts 1:8, which says: “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth” (NIV).

Jesus’ disciples were empowered to do ministry that began in their hometown of Jerusalem, then extended to nearby regions, and finally to the entire world. Similarly, the three initiatives of the Next Generation Special Offering are Here, Near, and Far. Click here for more information or click here to login in to your secure account to give to Timberlake Church.

 

 

This Week's Music:

Nothing Is Impossible — Planetshakers

Filled With Your Glory — Starfield

Because He Lives — David Crowder Band

We Believe — Newsboys

Holding Nothing Back — Tim Hughes

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Creating a New Normal

[fa icon="calendar'] Fri, Sep 27, 2013 @ 02:52 PM / by Timberlake Church posted in Timberlake Church, Friends, grace, community, Encouragement, Groups

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Yesterday I arrived at church at 8am to check on how things were going with an event set-up. I left at 4:15pm to grab one of my kids from volleyball, arrived home to cook up some chicken legs and potatoes, answered a couple of homework questions, listened to the family debrief over dinner, and went back to work for an evening event. I pulled into our driveway just in time to laugh with my family over the day’s stories before bedtime. The winning vignette involved baby carrots, braces and the Heimlich maneuver. My husband calls this the “new normal" - the balancing of priorities we do, now that we both have full time jobs.

I’ve just passed my one year anniversary in ministry at Timberlake. There have been some amazing moments in which I've seen God’s handiwork. There have been hard times which I can thankfully see God overcoming. This past week has been difficult emotionally and I haven’t slept much.

My friend Cindy and I tried out a new exercise class on Monday followed by coffee that grew cold as we shared our spiritual challenges over the past week. As we talked, she astutely reminded me: the Enemy wants to highlight my failures. I left restored and focused on Jesus. And that night I slept long and deeply.

I am hugely grateful for a handful of girlfriends, my prayer partners, whom I’ve acquired over the years. Most are bible study gals who’ve stuck long after the study ended, and I’ve formed friendships with a few new ladies since joining the team at Timberlake. These are the people I can be real with, people who listen confidentially, offer biblical advice, pray for me (and I for them), and recognize my habit of not giving myself grace. Yet, it would be sad to think that God has nothing more for me. I still need to actively seeking out new relationships. If I’m not moving outward, well … I’m not moving. God has more designed for all of us; we just need to not hold back. Whatever the excuse, it keeps us from the connections that make life better. 

It’s time for me to commit to a new Growth Group for fall. I'm signing up today. I need it too much, not to do it. I want this to be my “new normal."

Madelyn Jansma
Director of Groups & Care 

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More Than Just Music

[fa icon="calendar'] Fri, May 24, 2013 @ 11:13 AM / by Timberlake Church posted in Timberlake Church, worship, singing, praise, music

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Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation.  Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song.  For the Lord is the great God, the great King above all gods.  (Psalm 95:1-3)

Since I lead worship at Timberlake Redmond on the weekends, I get to have regular conversations with people about the music.  Most people have great things to say like, “that really spoke to me” or  “thank you for leading that song.  It’s exactly what I needed”.  I also hear the occasional, “it’s too loud.”  One of the more popular questions I get asked is “why do we sing songs every week”?  That is a question I love to hear and I’m going to answer right now.

Have you ever found yourself driving to work, listening to the radio singing out loud because the song has something about it that makes you lose yourself?  Have you ever wondered why music has the tendency to put you in a certain mood?  Music is one of the most influential ways to express yourself and how you feel.  It’s a great avenue to have fun with friends or just sit back, listen and enjoy the lyrics.  It has the power to convey feelings and declarations that you may not know how to express.  Music is powerful!

We sing songs as a church because it is our opportunity to give thanks to the one who created us.  Worship is the believer’s response with all that they are – mind, emotions, will and body – to what God is, says and does.  Although I love so many old and new songs it’s truly not about the song we sing but the reasons we sing.  Don’t sing because it’s just what we do on a weekly basis.  Sing because you want to give thanks and adoration to the God who created you, who gave you breath and who has a purpose for you.  Let it be your opportunity to declare His promises over your life. 

I hope to hear you all singing a little louder this weekend…

 

Julian Garcia
Worship Pastor

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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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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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Mission: More and Better Disciples

[fa icon="calendar'] Thu, May 31, 2012 @ 03:21 PM / by Timberlake Church posted in Timberlake Church, Disciples, blog, ministry, Redmond, commitment

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At Timberlake Church, as with any growing and healthy church, we have a very specific mission, which is to: “Create More and Better Disciples of Jesus Christ.” 

The reality is, every church or organization has begun with a mission or vision to accomplish a great goal, but unfortunately hasn’t always been able to stay on track. This could be due to “scope creep,” conflicting visions, or even “well intentioned” programs that can dilute the primary mission that God has called us to. So over the next few weeks I want to look at how we, as a church, can ensure that we’re fulfilling God’s mission for Timberlake.

To begin I want to look at God’s word to locate any precedence or foundation for our discussion. I believe that as you read through the Bible, what you’re going to discover (especially in the book of Acts) is that the EARLY CHURCH was definitely “ON MISSION.” They were dangerous!  You’ll read about how they took risks, how thousands of lives were being changed, how miracles were taking place, and how relationships we’re being restored. It’s an amazing picture of what the church is supposed to look like today!

Unfortunately, (like many churches today) the Early Church, VERY QUICKLY got derailed.  So the question is “WHY?” 

Let’s start figuring out the answer to that question by looking at the book of Revelation.  Now, I know that some people get a little “weirded out” when they look at the “Blackhawk helicopter…barcode on your forehead….antichrist” book of the Bible, right?  Somehow we’ve been led to believe that Revelation is all about stocking up on canned goods and trying to move off the grid to someplace where no one will ever find you; like Sequim. But that’s not at all what it’s about!!  In fact, if you look at the very first verse in the book of Revelation it says: “A revelation of Jesus Christ.”  It’s a book that’s all about Jesus!  And in the first 3 chapters of Revelation, you’ll find a section of scripture where Jesus is speaking specifically to 7 different churches, giving them very specific instructions, encouragement and correction. 

My hope is that, this week, you’ll open your Bibles to the book of Revelation and start reading the first 3 chapters to see what Jesus is instructing us to do as the body of Christ. Starting next week, I’ll start outlining some of what Jesus was saying. 


Happy Reading!!!

Rusty
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We're Kicking-off "Summer of Service!"

[fa icon="calendar'] Wed, May 23, 2012 @ 04:46 PM / by Timberlake Church posted in Timberlake Church, Timberlake, Serve, Issaquah, Foster Kids, Backpacks, kids, Church, Redmond

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This past Friday over 80 Timberlaker’s kicked off our Summer of Service by filling 170 backpacks for King County Foster Care children.  The night was full of food, fun, and service as we stuffed backpack after backpack with thousands of donated items.  Way to go ALL!!  (click here to check out pictures from the event)

Over the next 3 months we’re going to be continuing our effort, and our Summer of Service to make a difference in our community and around the world.  Here’s a few of the events coming up:

June: 

  • Issaquah Highlands Garage Sale
  • Issaquah Highlands Days

July:

  • Sammamish 4th of July Event
  • Missions Trip to Mexico
  • Seattle Missions Night

August: 

  • Issaquah Sports Camp
  • Advance Team trip to Haiti
  • Timberlake Church annual clean-up

 

We can’t wait to see what God does through us here at Timberlake Church.  To sign up to be apart of the team click here.

Pastor Rusty 

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