March 18, 2018
Pastor Martin Cachero | Journey to Easter: Beatitudes| Matthew 5:1-12 | mp3
We all desire a blessed life. The Beatitudes describe a profile of those who are in God’s kingdom where everyone in that kingdom is “blessed”. However, the pronouncement of blessings in the beatitudes are nothing like that of which our culture defines as a blessed life. Jesus in his beatitudes inverts everything and turns it upside down.
March 11, 2018
Pastor Martin Cachero | Journey to Easter: Jesus is Baptized| Matthew 3:13-17 | mp3
Matthew’s purpose in his Gospel is to establish Jesus as the awaited Messiah (The Anointed King) and his coming kingdom. Jesus is unlike any king this world has ever seen and his rule and his kingdom is very unexpected. Matthew gives an account of the uniqueness and unlikeliness of Jesus’s reign and kingdom that ultimately leads to his death and resurrection.
March 4, 2018
Pastor Martin Cachero | Meaningless: Making Sense of God| Ecclesiastes 12:1-9 |
The conclusion in Ecclesiastes that the “Qoheleth” aka King Solomon leads his listeners to over an over again is that all of life apart from God is meaningless. If we want to find a life filled with meaning, it comes from making sense of God. Life will make sense when we make sense of God.
February 25, 2018
Guest: Pastor John Darrow | Worship As Remembrance | Psalm 146 | mp3
This psalm is designed to focus the reader’s attention upon the redemptive character of God and the necessity to trust in him alone.The Psalmist does this by creating a hymn of remembrance. Why do we find “help” and “hope” in Yahweh? Because he is a promise-maker and a covenant-keeper. Righteousness is not merely a spiritual activity, but intertwined with God’s redemptive activity in the lives of his people. Yahweh, as reflected through the cross of Christ, is our King!
February 18, 2018
Pastor Martin Cachero | Meaningless: Making Sense of Suffering| Ecclesiastes 3:1-14 | mp3
“Christianity does not provide the reason for each experience of pain, but it does provide deep resources for actually facing suffering with hope and courage rather than bitterness and despair.” -Tim Keller
February 11, 2018
Pastor Martin Cachero | Meaningless: Making Sense of Time| Ecclesiastes 3:1-14 | mp3
“Each season has its beauty. And yet each season’s beauty has a bait and switch operation at work within it: it draws us in only to draw us out, to take us elsewhere, to get our hopes up only to set our hopes on something else, something better and something bigger. That something else and bigger and better is heaven. Miss this and you’ll waste your life chasing that which no season can create but only hint at.” – Mark Buchannon
February 4, 2018
Pastor Martin Cachero | Meaningless: Making Sense of Pleasure| Ecclesiastes 2:1-11 | mp3
“All seek happiness. This is without exception. Whatever different means they employ, they all tend to this end. The cause of some going to war, and of others avoiding it, is the same desire in both, attended with different views. The will never take the least step but to this object. This is the motive of every action of every man.” – Blaise Pascal
January 28, 2018
Pastor Martin Cachero | Meaningless: Making Sense of Life | Ecclesiastes 1:1-11 | mp3
The book of Ecclesiastes is one of the most difficult books to interpret because of it’s depressing and pessimistic outlook on life, where the “Teacher” concludes, “all of life is meaningless.” The word meaningless appears 38 times in the book and it is the Hebrew word “Hevel” and sometimes translated as “vanity”, “futile” and even “vapor”. The main point of Ecclesiastes is to expose our illusions about ourselves and life, to enable us to receives God’s gifts of joy and simplicity now. It is to entice us to look beyond this world to look for substantial meaning and joy.
January 21, 2018
Pastor Martin Cachero | #NEW: New Self | Ephesians 4:25-32
January 14, 2018
Pastor Martin Cachero | #NEW: Cultural Renewal | Isaiah 60:4-11 | mp3
What is culture? The totality of socially transmitted behavior patterns, arts, beliefs, institutions, and all other products of human work and thought. Culture is what we make of the world & how we make sense of the world (Andy Crouch in his great book Culture Making). Culture is meant to reflect God and it brings him glory (Genesis 1:3, Isiah 60, Rev. 21).
January 7, 2018
Pastor Martin Cachero | #NEW: Starting Point | Colossians 1:15-22 | mp3
In the new year, we are naturally thinking about new things in our lives. It’s the season of resolutions. The Gospel message promises us something new. The fresh start and renewal that we desire are available in the Creator of the universe, the one who “started” everything.
December 31, 2017
Guest: Joel Fitzpatrick | Christ Our Wisdom | 1 Corinthians 1:18-31 |
December 24, 2017
Pastor Martin Cachero | Christmas Eve | Mark 10:46-52 |
December 3, 2017
Pastor Martin Cachero | All In: Generous Mercy | Acts 3:1-14 | mp3
The book of Acts reveal God’s Gospel movement through the early Church. It’s about the Gospel reaching out beyond the walls of Jerusalem and into world in both “word” and “deed” ministry. The proclamation of the Gospel is called word ministry and acts of mercy is an example of deed ministry. Mercy is an important theme throughout Acts. Whenever the Apostles proclaimed the Gospel, they also gave mercy. Mercy is showing compassion to the poor and the marginalized. This shows us that, God’s concern for the world is not just a spiritual one but also a physical and social one. This is because the Gospel is about, God redeeming and restoring all things. Acts 3 is a vivid example of mercy and the proclamation of his Good News!
November 26, 2017
Pastor Martin Cachero | All In: Generous Justice | Isaiah 58:1-14 | mp3
God calls the prophet Isaiah to speak out against the artificial worship of the Israelites. The people seek God, pray and fast, appearing to be doing all the “right” things but God sees right through their false piety. While the people fulfilled their worship observances, they neglected social concerns. They failed to do justice. Isaiah 58 is significant for us to truly know God’s heart and what true worship looks like. True worship is doing justice because God’s heart is concerning justice. What is revealed by the Prophet Isaiah is God’s desire for people to be freed from oppression, protected when vulnerable, and provided for when in need. As Christians, we have experienced the freedom that God provides by reconciling us to himself through the sacrifice of his Son on the cross, the ultimate picture of justice. This is the spiritual meaning of Isaiah 58. In the gospel, God provided a way for us to be free from the punishment for sin that we deserve and experience God’s mercy in Christ bearing that punishment for us. God’s generous justice for us has incredible implications for us in how we live in our world. We are called to engage this world and actively work towards cultural and social renewal. Our motivation is the Gospel and the hope of the world for justice is Christ in and through the Church.
August 6, 2017
Pastor Martin Cachero | #BLESSED: Marriage | Ephesians 5:21-33 | mp3
July 23, 2017
Pastor Martin Cachero | #BLESSED: Life As Saints | Ephesians 5:1-14 | mp3
May 14, 2017
Pastor Martin Cachero | #BLESSED: Blessed Prayer Pt. 1 | Ephesians 1:15-23 |
April 16, 2017
Pastor Martin Cachero | Easter Sunday: Truth. Purpose. Power. | Luke 24:36-49