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Now Is the Time, Part 9: Search | Give Up
July 3, 2022
Grant Fishbook, Lead Teaching Pastor

Grant Fishbook, Lead Teaching Pastor A time to search and a time to give up. Ecclesiastes 3:6a Now is the time to search for: Wisdom, knowledge and understanding (Proverbs 2:1-6) God’s strength and presence (1 Chronicles 16:11, Isaiah 55:6 and Jeremiah 29:13) God’s answers (Matthew 7:7-8) God’s hear …

Now Is the Time, Part 8: Embrace | Refrain from Embracing
June 26, 2022
Lem Usita, Executive Director of The Firs

Lem Usita, Executive Director of the Firs Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 1 There is a time for everything,           and a season for every activity under the sun: 2 a time to be born and a time to die,           a time to plant and a time to uproot, 3 a time to kill and a time to heal,           a time to tear …

Now Is The Time, Part 7: Gather Stones | Scatter Stones
June 19, 2022
Grant Fishbook, Lead Teaching Pastor

Grant Fishbook, Lead Teaching Pastor There is a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them. Ecclesiastes 3:5 A time to gather stones Building (1 Kings 5:17) Punishment (Joshua 7) Sacrifice (Deuteronomy 27:5–6 and Hebrews 9:12) To remember (Joshua 4:4–8) The right kind of memorial – to honor Go …

Now is the Time, Part 6: Mourn | Dance
June 12, 2022
Steve Osborne, Guest Pastor from North County CTK

Steve Osborne, Guest Pastor from North County CTK We can’t control the season we’re in or how long it will last. What do we do with the season we’re in? Ecclesiastes 3 There is a time for everything,        and a season for every activity under the heavens: 2 a time to be born and a time to die,     …

Now is the Time, Part 5: Weep | Laugh
June 5, 2022
Brian Behrends, Creative Pastor

Brian Behrends, Creative Pastor Ecclesiastes 3:1–8 1 There is a time for everything,           and a season for every activity under the sun: 2 a time to be born and a time to die,           a time to plant and a time to uproot, 3 a time to kill and a time to heal,           a time to tear down and …

Now is the Time, Part 4: Tear Down | Build
May 29, 2022
Grant Fishbook, Lead Teaching Pastor

GRANT FISHBOOK, LEAD TEACHING PASTOR Ecclesiastes 3:1-11 1 There is a time for everything,         and a season for every activity under the sun: 2 a time to be born and a time to die,         a time to plant and a time to uproot, 3 a time to kill and a time to heal,         a time to tear down and …

Now is the Time, Part 3: Kill | Heal
May 22, 2022
Grant Fishbook, Lead Teaching Pastor

GRANT FISHBOOK, LEAD TEACHING PASTOR ctk.church/day2pray   Scripture teaches there is a time to kill and a time to heal.  A Time to Kill Hebrew definition of kill: to cut down, to stab, cause to die, to put to death intentionally or knowingly The tough question: Is Solomon contradicting God? So …

Now is the Time, Part 2: Plant | Uproot
May 15, 2022
Grant Fishbook, Lead Teaching Pastor

Grant Fishbook, Lead Teaching Pastor When it comes to the seasons of life, it’s not a question of if, it’s a question of when. Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 1 There is a time for everything,         and a season for every activity under the sun: 2 a time to be born and a time to die,        a time to plant and …

Now is the Time, Part 1: Birth | Death
May 8, 2022
Brian Behrends, Creative Pastor

Brian Behrends, Creative Pastor   “Our greatest fear should not be of failure… but of succeeding at things in life that don’t really matter.” – Francis Chan Ecclesiastes 1:2-3 “Meaningless! Meaningless!” ”        says the Teacher. “Utterly meaningless!        Everything is meaningless.” What do …

There is One, Part 9: One Spirit
May 1, 2022
Wendy Powell, Community Outreach Pastor

Wendy Powell, Community Outreach Pastor John 3:1-8        Now there was a Pharisee, a man named Nicodemus who was a member of the Jewish ruling council. 2 He came to Jesus at night and said, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the signs you are doin …

There is One, Part 8: One Baptism
April 24, 2022
Grant Fishbook, Lead Teaching Pastor

Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. – Ephesians 4:3-6 A script …

There is One, Part 7: One Victory
April 17, 2022
Grant Fishbook, Lead Teaching Pastor

1 Corinthians 15:3-10 3 For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, 5 and that he appeared to Cephas, and then to the Twelve. 6 After t …

There is One, Part 6: One Power
April 10, 2022
Brian Behrends, Creative Pastor

Ephesians 3:20 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… Colossians 1:15–18  15 The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For in him all things were created: things in heaven and o …

There is One, Part 5: One Lord
April 3, 2022
Grant Fishbook, Lead Teaching Pastor

1 Samuel 14:1–14 1 One day Jonathan, son of Saul said to the young man bearing his armor, “Come, let’s go over to the Philistine outpost on the other side.” But he did not tell his father.        2 Saul was staying on the outskirts of Gibeah under a pomegranate tree in Migron. With him were about si …

There is One, Part 4: One Decision
March 27, 2022
Grant Fishbook, Lead Teaching Pastor

1 Samuel 23:1-14        When David was told, “Look, the Philistines are fighting against Keilah and are looting the threshing floors,” 2 he inquired of the LORD, saying, “Shall I go and attack these Philistines?”        The LORD answered him, “Go, attack the Philistines and save Keilah.        3 But …

There is One, Part 3: One Direction
March 20, 2022
Grant Fishbook, Lead Teaching Pastor

The Two-fold Great Commission Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have com …

There is One, Part 2: One Mission
March 13, 2022
Grant Fishbook, Lead Teaching Pastor

The Two-fold Great Commission Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have comm …

There Is One, Part 1: One Love
March 6, 2022
Brian Behrends, Creative Pastor

“God loves you. He’s on your side. He’s coming after you. And He’s relentless.” – Eugene Peterson Ephesians 4:1-6 1 As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. 2 Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. 3 …

The High Cost of Living, Part 2: Trust Me…
February 27, 2022
Grant Fishbook, Lead Teaching Pastor

And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus. – Philippians 4:19 2 Kings 4:1–7       4 The wife of a man from the company of the prophets cried out to Elisha, “Your servant my husband is dead, and you know that he revered the Lord. But now his creditor is …

The High Cost of Living, Part 1: The High Cost of Trust
February 20, 2022
Grant Fishbook, Lead Teaching Pastor

The High Cost of Living (1 Kings 17:7-12)        7 Some time later, the brook dried up because there had been no rain in the land. 8 Then the word of the Lord came to him: 9 “Go at once to Zarephath of Sidon and stay there. I have commanded a widow in that place to supply you with food.” 10 So he we …

Mindset, Part 5: Finding Joy in Offense
February 13, 2022
Emily Jamieson, Guest Speaker

Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires. John 4:4-42 – Jesus and the Woman at the Well Confession — homologeō  to say the same thi …

Mindset, Part 4: Finding Joy in Surrender
February 6, 2022
Brian Behrends, Creative Pastor

Minsdset Finding Joy in the Middle of God Knows What Romans 12:1 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Surrender your preferences Philippians 1:21–25 21 For to me …

Mindset, Part 3: Finding Joy in Forgiveness
January 30, 2022
Wendy Powell, Community Outreach Pastor

Minsdset Finding Joy in the Middle of God Knows What Colossians 3:7-13.              7 You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. 8 But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. 9 Do not lie to eac …

Mindset, Part 2: Finding Joy in the Middle
January 23, 2022
Brian Behrends, Creative Pastor

Minsdset Finding Joy in the Middle of God Knows What Joshua 6:1-5        1 Now the gates of Jericho were securely barred because of the Israelites. No one went out and no one came in.         2 Then the Lord said to Joshua, “See, I have delivered Jericho into your hands, along with its king and its …

Mindset, Part 1: Finding Joy in Your Relationship With God
January 16, 2022
Brian Behrends, Creative Pastor

Philippians 2:1-5 1 Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, 2 then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. …

One Thing
January 9, 2022
Grant Fishbook, Lead Teaching Pastor

What does the Apostle Paul mean when he says "…One thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus"? Find out in this week's message.

With, Part 5: 2022 With God
January 2, 2022
Grant Fishbook, Lead Teaching Pastor

Our series comes to an end, but God's promise to be with us carries on.

With, Part 3: With Us Through His Spirit
December 19, 2021
Grant Fishbook, Lead Teaching Pastor

Jesus himself came to earth to be with us for a sliver of time in history. But when he left, he sent one who would be God's presence with us forever and always — the Holy Spirit.

With, Part 2: With Us Through His People
December 12, 2021
Brian Behrends, Creative Pastor

Even when God seems far away, we can be sure that he's with us through his people, the Church.

With, Part 1: The Promise of With
December 5, 2021
Grant Fishbook, Lead Teaching Pastor

We’re all born with a deep need and longing for connection. It’s hardwired into our souls. God knows this, and he speaks to it in scripture. In fact, God’s most frequent promise in the Bible is, “I will be with you.”

Named, Part 9: Friend of God
November 28, 2021
Ryan Ervin, Adult Ministries Pastor

In the conclusion of the Named series, Pastor Ryan Ervin gives insight to the benefits and responsibilities that come with being named Friend of God.

Named, Part 8: Witness
November 21, 2021
Grant Fishbook, Lead Teaching Pastor

Not only has God given us amazing new names that affirm his love for us, he's entrusted us to tell the world about his love through another name — witness.

Named, Part 7: Child of God
November 14, 2021
Brian Behrends, Creative Pastor

The Bible is persistent in teaching us that we are children of God. But based on some of our human experiences as children, that name can be hard to receive. Discover the full scope of what God means when he calls you his son or his daughter!

Named, Part 6: Instruments
November 7, 2021
Grant Fishbook, Lead Teaching Pastor

If you ever feel worthless or useless to God, he wants you to know that you're not! As a new creation, you are God's instrument for sounding his truth and accomplishing his purposes on earth.

Named, Part 5: The Unknown Name
October 31, 2021
Grant Fishbook, Lead Teaching Pastor

God has a name for you — a name for you alone — and it comes from his intimate knowledge of your whole life.

Named, Part 4: Ambassadors of Reconciliation
October 24, 2021
Grant Fishbook, Lead Teaching Pastor

Reconciliation seems harder to come by in today's polarized world. And that's not just in politics, race, religions, or culture — it's in person-to-person relationships. So how do we live up to our God-given name, Ambassadors of Reconciliation?

Named, Part 3: Beloved
October 17, 2021
Grant Fishbook, Lead Teaching Pastor

The name "beloved" can feel a little soft, squishy, and affectionate for some of us. Why are some of us prone to deflect that name when it's given by God?

Named, Part 2: Overcomer
October 10, 2021
Grant Fishbook, Lead Teaching Pastor

Isaiah 43:1-3a But now, this is what the Lord says—        he who created you, Jacob, he who formed you, Israel:        “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;        I have summoned you by name; you are mine. 2 When you pass through the waters,        I will be with you; and when you pass through th …

Named, Part 1: A New Creation
October 3, 2021
Brian Behrends, Creative Pastor

Isaiah 43:1–3 NEW LIVING TRANSLATION 1 But now, O Jacob, listen to the Lord who created you.         O Israel, the one who formed you says, “Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you.         I have called you by name; and you are mine. 2 When you go through deep waters,         I will be with you. …

Back to Center
September 26, 2021
Derek Archer, Network Expansion Pastor

Revelation 4:6 Also in front of the throne there was what looked like a sea of glass, clear as crystal. In the center, around the throne, were four living creatures, and they were covered with eyes, in front and in back.   Revelation 5:6 Then I saw a Lamb, looking as if it had been slain, stand …

Life Questions – Live Podcast Recording
September 19, 2021
Grant & Laurel Fishbook, Larry Eide, Detrick Grimes, Molly Martin, and Drew Young

Pastor Grant & Laurel invite four friends to discuss the questions that are on people's hearts and minds when it comes to living for God, living in relationship with others, and living with our own struggles.

Let’s Grab Coffee
September 12, 2021
Grant Fishbook, Lead Teaching Pastor

If he had the opportunity to sit down for coffee with each person at CTK, here's what Pastor Grant would want to talk about.

Look Closer, Part 14: Unless a Seed Dies…
September 5, 2021
Wendy Powell, Community Outreach Pastor

Though not technically a parable, these words of Jesus contain a powerful word picture of what it takes to follow Jesus and bear spiritual fruit for him.

Look Closer, Part 13: The Parable of the Lost Sheep
August 29, 2021
Grant Fishbook, Lead Teaching Pastor

Discover the heart of a finding God as Jesus tells the Parable of the Lost Sheep.

Look Closer, Part 12: The Parable of the Ten Bridesmaids
August 22, 2021
Grant Fishbook, Lead Teaching Pastor

Look closer at this parable that gives a glimpse into the end times.

Look Closer, Part 11: The Sheep and the Goats
August 15, 2021
Grant Fishbook, Lead Teaching Pastor

Take a closer look as Jesus speaks about sheep and goats.

Look Closer, Part 10: The Parable of the Talents
August 8, 2021
Grant Fishbook, Lead Teaching Pastor

What has God put in your hand? What are you doing with it?

Look Closer, Part 9: The Parable of the Great Banquet
August 1, 2021
Julie Burleson, Adult Ministries Pastor

What's is Jesus saying in the Parable of the Great Banquet? And what does that mean for us today?

Look Closer, Part 8: The Parable of the Two Sons
July 25, 2021
Wendy Powell, Community Outreach Pastor

The Parable of the Two Sons MATTHEW 21:28–32        28 “What do you think? There was a man who had two sons. He went to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work today in the vineyard.’        29 “‘I will not,’ he answered, but later he changed his mind and went.        30 “Then the father went to the o …

Look Closer, Part 7: The Parable of the Weeds
July 18, 2021
Grant Fishbook, Lead Teaching Pastor

The Backdrop  MATTHEW 13:1-3 Later that same day Jesus left the house and sat beside the lake. 2 A large crowd soon gathered around him, so he got into a boat. Then he sat there and taught as the people stood on the shore. 3 He told many stories in the form of parables… The Parable of the Weeds  M …

Look Closer, Part 6: The Parable of the Wedding Feast
July 11, 2021
Grant Fishbook, Lead Teaching Pastor

Central Kingdom Truth You have been invited to an eternal celebration!   Matthew 22:1–14 The Parable of the Wedding Banquet Jesus spoke to them again in parables, saying: 2 “The kingdom of heaven is like a king who prepared a wedding banquet for his son.  King = God the Father Groom = Jesus Bri …

Look Closer, Part 5: The Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard
July 4, 2021
Brian Behrends, Creative Pastor

Matthew 20:1-16 The Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard 1 “For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire workers for his vineyard. 2 He agreed to pay them a denarius for the day and sent them into his vineyard. 3 “About nine in the morning he went out and …

Friend of Sinners, Part 9: That’s Him!
November 17, 2019
Grant Fishbook, Lead Teaching Pastor

Matthew 16:13-16      13 When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?”      14 They replied, “Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”      15 “But what about you?” he asked, …