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About pastorjeffsneighborhood

Born and raised in Minnesota, I have served in churches in Minnesota, Ohio, Oregon and California. I am a graduate of Crown College (MN) and George Fox Evangelical Seminary (OR). I have also done additional graduate studies in New Testament Studies at the Center for Advanced Theological Studies at Fuller Theological Seminary (CA). I am also a graduate of the College of Prayer. Having served as the Academic Dean and Program Director at Horizon Institute of Los Angeles for several years, I have returned to the pastorate and serve as Pastor of Big Trees Community Bible Church in Arnold, CA.

Holy Love (Sept 10)

To see and worship God in holiness brings to light our true condition. We become painfully aware of our weakness and sin. It leads us to confession and repentance that brings us to the joy of forgiveness and cleansing. Continue reading

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Boasting in Weakness (Sept 9)

September 9 Boasting in Weakness  Today’s Scripture Readings: Psalms 102:18-28 | Isaiah 3:1-5:30 | 2 Corinthians 11:1-15 | Proverbs 22:28-29 Today’s Scripture Focus: 2 Corinthians 11 “If I must boast, I will boast of the things that show my weakness” … Continue reading

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Demolishing Strongholds

September 8 Demolishing Strongholds Today’s Scripture Readings: Psalms 102:12-17 | Isaiah 1:1-2:22 | 2 Corinthians 10:1-18 | Proverbs 22:26-27 Today’s Scripture Focus: 2 Corinthians 10:1-18 The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, … Continue reading

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Tired of Waiting (Sept 7)

Can you relate to the Psalmist? Have you ever had a time when you grew tired of waiting for the answer to your prayer? Maybe you are like me and you feel that way most every day. Continue reading

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Oh Be Careful Little Eyes (Sept 6)

Images are powerful. One ancient tradition says that a picture is worth a thousand words. Indeed, we know it is true. Television is a powerful medium. So are movies. So is the Internet. Each is powerful for good or for evil. Continue reading

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Shout for Joy (Sept 5)

Worship is not a time to mumble. It’s a time for joyful shouting—a time for joyful singing. We serve a great and awesome God and he is so worthy of our praise. Let us come with thanksgiving and praise in our hearts and let’s celebrate the greatness of our God! Continue reading

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The Right Response (Sept 4)

As scripture is read and explained and applied through preaching, God speaks to us. His word to us requires a response. That response is an important part of our worship. Continue reading

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Good Friends (Sept 3)

It’s a dangerous thing to try to live the Christian life on your own. You really do need some friends for the journey; Friends who will be there to encourage you when you get down; Friends who will keep you accountable and speak the truth in love when you are tempted to fall; Friends who will be faithful even when you do fall; Friends who will accept you and love you through it all. Continue reading

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I’m Bored (Sept 2)

The Teacher is bored. “Everything is meaningless” “All things are wearisome.” He has tried stimulating every one of his senses with the best life could offer. Where did it take him?Nowhere. He was bored. Continue reading

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When God Asks the Questions (Sept 1)

Job has asked his questions. He has finally said all that he could think of to say. Now he is waiting for the answers. Then something surprising happens. God shows up not to answer the questions, but to ask His own. Continue reading

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