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In the Bible, Jesus told a story about two men who built two homes. They may have been built at the same time and close together. They might have even had the same floor plan. One of the builders built his home on shifting sand, while the other built his on a stable rock foundation.
Have you ever used the phrase, "too good to be true?" It's common enough, so the chances are high. Maybe you married the man or woman of your dreams, landed your dream job, or have the best kids in the world. Too good to be true.
What is the key to a better 2013? This New Year's Resolution reflection will change the way you think about every resolution, every year, for the better.
Gratitude and Halloween Under the Big Top
Sometimes we get so caught up in the day-to-day worries - work, relationships, children, finances - that it's easy to get discouraged and lose sight of the bigger picture.
Life is a series of firsts. The history books note and celebrate individuals who achieved an event first. Many may have duplicated their achievements, but the record belongs to the person who did it first.
When faced with adversity, it is easy to become discouraged and think that all hope is lost. Several years ago, when the Santa Clarita Valley was ravaged by wildfires, hope and expectations were at their lowest. As longtime residents of Santa Clarita viewed the devastation, it was easy to become discouraged and ask ourselves if our community would ever rebound to its former beauty. We have seen in these two years that it has.
With social media and hundreds of matchmaking organizations available today, falling in love is easier than ever. But what about a love that last's a lifetime? Is it possible to fall in love and stay that way? Absolutely!
Take a new approach to your New Year's resolutions this year! For many of us, the lack of success in fulfilling our resolutions is created by a "faulty focus." Countless resolutions in 2011 will focus on changing outward behavior without changing the core values of the inner person.
Four local pastors tell us about thier ministry - what they believe, what they teach, and what special ministries they offer to the community...
Easter is a time of celebration and rebirth... Inside SCV has compiled a few faithful messages from local church leaders and a calendar of events Easter events. Read on and let the celebration begin!
A look at some local events and some practical ways to renew and revitalize your faith.
An in-depth look at two local churches, what scripture says about holiday spending and a living pageant exploring the life of Jesus.
Serve Others
"We live in such a 'me'-focused society; our children don't see beyond themselves. This summer can be about putting our faith into action. The best way to live out the Bible is to serve others. Become aware of what others need. Social justice is very important to God.
Local Pastors share some of their favorite verses for inspiration...
Sometimes it's a struggle to get kids excited about going to church. And how do we know that they're really "taking the message in" once we get them there? The answer is all at once easy and difficult. Like so many other parenting matters, it comes down to "us."
A Gift from God
Over 2,000 years ago on a hill called Calvary, a man named Jesus was crucified. He had committed no crime. His was a life driven by love and compassion for all.
Measuring Commitment
The most important questions should begin with the issue of a potential mate's commitment to God. What is his or her life founded on? What philosophy do they live by? Is Christ really the Lord of their life, or is it someone or something else? Will they follow God's word completely, or make allowances when times get tight? Remember - wherever they are headed, you will be, too. Getting the answers to these questions should involve more than merely asking.
Many seek to grow closer to God. While the roads traveled may be different, it's the final destination that matters most. Some of Santa Clarita's most respected pastors weigh in on the topic...
Does your list of New Year's resolutions include a preponderance of material changes? While losing weight, saving money and recycling more are all valuable efforts, let's not forget the more philosophical, transformative resolutions. Consider the following suggestions, courtesy of Santa Clarita's well-respected local pastors.
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