Episode 16 of 'Talking Element' – 3rd Wheel Week 6: Jesus and the Spirit With Guest: Mike Harman

by Element Christian Church

This week Michael and Aaron sits down with Mike Harman to discuss 3rd Wheel Week 6: Jesus and the Spirit

Questions Discussed: 

- Mike’s journey of growing and understanding the Spirit
- Abiding presence and expecting the Holy Spirit to work
- What would help us to be more expectant?
- What personal areas could we be more expectant with?
- What types of sources of power do we as people rely on, other than the Holy Spirit?
- What does a life dependent on the Holy Spirit’s power look like?

Watch 3rd Wheel Week 6's Livestream Here

Episode 17 of 'Talking Element' – 3rd Wheel Week 7: Walk in the Spirit With Jeff and Steve Pruett

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This week Michael sits down with Jeff and Steve to 3rd Wheel Week 7: Walk in the Spirit, Part 1

Questions Discussed: 

- Have you ever found yourself begging or bargaining with God for some spiritual change in your life?
- Have you ever worked hard in order to please God so that He’d give in to your request?
- Discussion on “my best doesn’t work.”
- Discussion on freedom of slavery.
- Are conflicts a good indication of we are walking in the Spirit.

Watch 3rd Wheel Week 7's Livestream Here

Christmas Eve Invite 2020

by Element Christian Church

You are invited to our outdoor Christmas Eve Service from 6-8pm at Element Property. We will be gathering on campus for socially distanced Traditional Christmas Carol Sing-a-long, a light display walk around the property, photo station with gift, and Crave Food Truck (subject to change). We are planning a safe environment. Kids are welcome. Please dress warm and bring your own lawn chairs/blankets as needed.

Join us Christmas Eve, 6pm

Even with all of the shut down orders for Southern California in place now, Churches are still allowed to gather outside for services with all appropriate social distancing and preparations.

We hope to see you there!
- Element

Episode 14 of 'Talking Element' – 3rd Wheel Week 4: Filled with the Spirit Pt. 2 With guest: Sarah McCool

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This week Michael and Aaron sits down with Sarah McCool to discuss 3rd Wheel Week 4: Filled with the Spirit Part 2

Questions Discussed: 

- Sarah shares her experience with a more charismatic church growing up.
- Describe in more detail the “means” of the Spirit.
- How have you seen others search for that “spiritual connection’ knowing that they were made for ‘more?’
- How do we discern between valid and invalid spiritual experiences?
- What advice do you give to someone who wants to read the Scriptures but doesn’t know where to begin and or is overwhelmed by it?

Watch 3rd Wheel Week 4's Livestream Here

Episode 15 of 'Talking Element' – 3rd Wheel Week 5: Mission of the Spirit With Special Guest

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This week Michael and Aaron sits down with Hillary to discuss 3rd Wheel Week 5: Mission of the Spirit

Questions Discussed: 

- Introduction to Hillary
- How has the Spirit of God dealt with you in conviction?
- Conviction of sin, Christ’s Provision and Judgment
- Reshaping of our Identity: how can we trust Jesus’ in our new identity?
- Does the thought of Jesus dying on the cross so thrill you…?
- How has the Holy Spirit invited you join His mission?

Watch 3rd Wheel Week 5's Livestream Here

Episode 12 of 'Talking Element' – 3rd Wheel Week 2: Who is the Spirit? With guest: Kelly Borjas

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This week Michael and Aaron sits down with Kelly Borjas to discuss 3rd Wheel Week 2: Who is the Spirit?

Questions Discussed: 

- Why is a series on The Spirit so important?
- Do you see the Holy Spirit present and active in the middle of your life?
- What has changed in your life knowing He is present all the time?
- Was there a time your heart fought the Holy Spirit’s conviction?
- How do discern if it the Spirit prompting/speaking or yourself?
- Clarification of the Holy Spirit being an advocate here on earth for us.
- Advice for those who don’t hear/feel the Holy Spirit’s prompting.

Watch 3rd Wheel Week 2's Livestream Here

Episode 13 of 'Talking Element' – 3rd Wheel Week 3: Week Three: Filled with the Spirit Pt. 1 With guests: Mike & Carrie Foster

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This week Michael and Aaron sits down with Mike and Carrie Foster to discuss 3rd Wheel Week 3: Filled with the Spirit Part 1

Questions Discussed: 

- What has your understanding of the Spirit been, and how has it changed over the years?
- What comes to mind when you hear, “Being filled with the Holy Spirit?”
- Thoughts on the 3 points: Life of Excess, Life of Stimulation, Life filled with Joy.

Watch 3rd Wheel Week 3's Livestream Here

Help us put together 100 Delta Christmas Baskets

by Element Christian Church

Delta Basket Drive

Last year we did the holiday Christmas store for the students of Delta High School. With Covid that is something we cannot do this year...BUT…we have an alternative! We are working to provide gift baskets filled with the most popular items from the store last year. The students loved the basics like blankets, towels, and toiletries. We are asking Element to jump in and help us provide 100 gift baskets!  You can put a gift basket together (or more than one…I know one family who made 20!) and drop it off at Element by Sunday, December 6th. 

Please provide a bin of some kind and put these items inside:  a blanket, a towel, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, deodorant, a toothbrush, and toothpaste.  Please also include an encouraging Christmas note.  You are also welcome to donate money for us to put more baskets together. Please let us know if you are able to help so we can get a count.  Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Episode 10 of 'Talking Element' - Acts wk 43: Where Did Paul Go From Here with guest: Sandy Stewart

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This week Michael and Aaron sits down with Sandy Stewart to discuss Acts week 43.

Questions Discussed: 

- How does Sandy view raising a family align with living sent-ly?
- Ending Acts2, did it go where you thought it would?
- What things in our life are we heralds of (other than Christ?)
- Why is it easier to share our excitement about these things than the Gospel?
- How do you explain the Gospel vs the implications of the Gospel?
- What do you hope for your ‘Acts 29’ life to look like?

Watch Acts Week 43's Livestream Here.

Episode 11 of 'Talking Element' – 3rd Wheel Week 1: Spirit. With guest: Jon Gee

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This week Michael and Aaron sits down with Jon Gee to discuss 3rd Wheel Week 1: Spirit .

Questions Discussed: 

- Aaron’s hopes for this new series for Element
- How do you explain spirit and Holy Spirit?
- What are some teachings that the conservative side focus on or don’t focus on when discussing the Holy Spirit?
- What if we don’t see evidence of the indwelling Holy Spirit?
- How can we grow in worship of/to the Holy Spirit?
- Homework in growing in understanding and worship of the Holy Spirit

Watch 3rd Wheel Week 1's Livestream Here

Episode 8 of 'Talking Element' - Acts wk 41: Encouraging One Another with guest: Michelle Gee

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This week Michael and Aaron sits down with Jeff to discuss Acts week 41.

Questions Discussed: 

- What practices do you do individual, daily lives to have proper knowledge of God?
- What were the words that were spoken to you when you first believed in Jesus? What was explained to you?
- How, and in what ways do we reframe things?
- How do we re-narrate things in our lives?

Watch Acts Week 41's Livestream Here.

Episode 9 of 'Talking Element' - Acts wk 42: Where Ever We Are with guests: Jennifer & Jonathan W.

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This week Michael and Aaron sits down with Jennifer and Jonathan Whitaker to discuss Acts week 42.

Questions Discussed: 

- When was the last time someone asked you what was different in your life? Has anyone?
- How can we be bolder in careers that prohibit sharing faith.
- Life on display doesn’t mean it’s perfect, but how do we respond.
- How do we live “with all boldness and without hindrance?” - Thoughts on being live sent on mission.

Watch Acts Week 42's Livestream Here.

Episode 7 of 'Talking Element' - Acts wk 40: Encouraging One Another with guest: Michelle Gee

by Element Christian Church

This week Michael and Aaron sits down with Michelle to discuss Acts week 40.

Questions Discussed: 

- Michelle’s song selection for services
- Where are we headed after Acts2 is over in a few weeks
- When was the last time you came alongside someone else and encouraged them by walking with them through troubled times, and vice versa? How did that make you feel?
- Michelle, Aaron and Michael spend a few minutes encouraging/building each other up.

Watch Acts Week 40's Livestream Here.

Episode 6 of 'Talking Element' - Acts wk 39: Snake Charmer Gospel with guest: Steve Pruett

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This week Michael and Aaron sits down with Steve to discuss Acts week 39.

Questions Discussed: 

- Steve’s adventures overseas as missionaries
- When was the last time you misjudged someone, or they misjudged you?
- How can we better understand God’s true redemptive grace?
- As Pastors, how do you respond to someone struggling with the silence of God?

Watch Acts Week 39's Livestream Here.

Episode 4 of 'Talking Element' - Acts wk 37: Knowing Who to Listen to with Aaron and Brandon

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This week Michael sits down with Aaron and Brandon McCool to discuss Acts week 37. Paul’s continuing journey now leads to a shipwreck…for the Glory of God. The waters that rage and the storms of life are no match for the creator God who has full dominion over all things. The Old Testament is full of reminders how God works to preserve the world by keeping the forces of evil at bay. This comes to complete fulfillment with Jesus: the incarnate God – the perfect revelation. Questions Discussed: 

- Brandon, What's it like bring married to an Element staffer?
- What things in your life do you allow to hold power over you, when in reality they don’t (of what are you still superstitious)?
- How do we trust Jesus, no matter what our fears say?
- How can we grow in proper knowledge of Jesus?

Watch Acts Week 37's Livestream Here.

TOUGHSKINS (TM)

by Aaron

When I was a kid, there was one thing you had to have in order to be accepted by all the other kids…the right clothes. I don’t know whoever thought up the stupid ritual where kids gravitate toward fashion (while having no fashion sense) and then judge others based on some arbitrary standard. Case in point, when I was in elementary school and junior high, my mom swore by the jeans, made by the Sears Roebuck Company, called Toughskins (you can look at an ad for them here - if you are so inclined). They were the poor man’s Levis…and we were poor so they were my Levis. 

Granted, Toughskins had an ambitious marketing campaign--there is even one ad featuring the unstoppable Chuck Norris doing a high karate kick. If Chuck Norris can’t sell Toughskins to the masses, then no one can. Toughskins had large X’s sewn on the back pockets to proudly display the cancellation of dirt, grime, and holes that young boys so often got into. Unfortunately, the X’s also signaled the cancellation of “cool” status when other kids saw them. As a matter of fact, the X actually signaled an invitation to be made fun of…which happened to me on occasion. 

This phenomenon is an odd thing, the need to mock and belittle someone who you deem as less fortunate than you are. Why is it that we naturally pick on the most vulnerable instead of defending the most vulnerable? I was talking to a schoolteacher friend of mine this week, and she spoke about this young boy (3rd grade) who was living in the homeless shelter with his family. If you don’t already know this, the homeless shelter doesn’t have the best internet. As a result, this young man’s internet feed was glitching while trying to do class work with other children…and instantly, he started to be made fun of for having slow internet. “What’s wrong, your parents can’t get better internet?” The answer to that is “NO, I LIVE IN THE HOMELESS SHELTER.” These are nine and ten year-old kids we’re talking about, and they are able to hone in on a difference and exploit it. 

When Jesus speaks to people who think they are very religious, but really live very self-centered lives, He calls them out on it. We see Jesus say in Matthew 25:44-45 Then they also will answer, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?’ Then he will answer them, saying, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me. We tend to think the ‘least of these’ are people we have never encountered; they certainly are not those we would make fun of--and yet we all have. 

There is a hypocrisy, deep within our bones, that stems from unrealized and unacknowledged sin. No one is exempt--no one. Today if you watch the riots that break out over racial and societal injustice, oftentimes the crowd’s rage will turn against the vulnerable and not their oppressors. There are videos of singled-out shopkeepers, lone people walking down the street, and random people in cars who are attacked for no reason other than they are vulnerable and can’t stand against the mob. A protest that came together for justice can easily become a force for injustice, because human hearts are in the mix.

Yet on the other side, there are many who watch this hypocrisy and do not see it in themselves when they ignore the cry of the why behind the protests in the first place. Too many look at the incongruous actions of the protestors and use that as an excuse to write off everything that the movement is proclaiming. Our deep-rooted sin that makes us seek our own comfort, naturally wants to turn down the volume of what we perceive as Toughskins and not Levis, so to speak. Our sin nature makes us want to see people who either don’t agree with us, or don’t look like us, as the “other.”

And quite honestly, left to our own devices, this would never end. 

Some people have seen many of the problems in an honest way--not using the division for power or politics--and have come to a place of despair. Vox had a recent article detailing the 12 things most likely to destroy humanity, and most of them were brought about by humanity. Harvard scientist Abraham Avi’ Loeb believes that humanity will destroy itself long before the sun burns out. Dan Wells writes, “Humanity will destroy itself, body and soul, before it will learn a simple lesson.” If I could be so bold, I would say humanity already has destroyed itself in what we refer to in the Scriptures as “the Fall.” The greater question becomes then, “Why are we still here?”

And the answer is grace.  

Too often we think the answer to the human dilemma is our Levis (or our faster internet)--some sort of homogenous mass where everyone looks and likes the same thing. We are told that if we all just agreed that the problem is privilege, climate change, or something else, we would all get along, but that is untrue. Humanity, in its fallen state, will always find ways to make some people less than others. This is why we should stop solely advocating our favorite authors or causes without speaking the truth of the Gospel. So many dismiss our human condition while sitting in a pool of it, and that just makes no sense to me. The bad news is that humanity is destroying itself; the good news is that God has come to rescue us. 

In 2 Corinthians 5:21 the Apostle Paul (who once killed those who disagreed with him before coming to trust Jesus with his life) says, “For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” Paul doesn’t say, “God made Jesus sinful,” he says, “God made him sin…” What that means is on the cross, God laid all of humanity’s sin on Jesus, and Jesus willingly took that upon Himself to rescue us. For us, the beauty of God’s good news is that all of the evil within us was poured onto Jesus…and that becomes the beginning of our story. Paul says that message of grace was what changed him; it is this same message that offers us any possibility of meaningful, lasting change. 

The only way we will ever be able to look at others through a lens that sets our own Levi’s aside is to see the world as God does…and that only comes through a life surrendered to Jesus Himself. The answer is not humanity; humanity is the problem, but by the grace of God, we can truly become one people. The process is mysterious in that it is both instantaneous and slow. In trusting Jesus, we are immediately saved from ourselves and the wrath we deserve. At the same time, God also does His long work of molding and changing us to better reflect Him to the world. There’s a Greek proverb that says, “A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.” It’s a beautiful image that speaks to a love that can only come from God, a love compassionate enough to care for those whom we would never meet—and some we would surely disagree with. We must plant trees of the Gospel that grow beyond ourselves, slowly but surely, if we are to live the diversity that is Toughskins and Levis…noticeably different, but cut from the same cloth.

 

Episode 3 of 'Talking Element' - Acts wk 36: Hasty Words with Aaron and Judy

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This week Michael sits down with Aaron and Judy Lees to discuss Acts week 36: Hast Words, where Paul bears witness to Jesus in all aspects of his life, including his trials. Paul both listens to others and speaks of God’s redemption with a simple message through the detours of life. What we learn, is that we can be honest about ourselves because the Good News is that God Himself is the one who cleans us up and uses all our weakness for His Glory.

Questions Discussed:
- In regards to our youversion reading plan on prayer, what/when are times you have grown through prayer?
- How are you in your life testifying/bearing witness to the Gospel?
- How can we have a clear conscience, resting in God's grace and not our works

Watch Acts Week 36's Livestream Here.

Episode 2 of 'Talking Element' - Acts wk 35: Except For These Chains with Aaron , Nic and Michael

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This week Michael sits down with Aaron and Nicholas Slocum to discuss Acts week 35: Except For These Chains, where Paul reveals he wants everyone to have faith as he does - except for the chains he finds himself in that have helped to build his faith.

Questions Discussed:
- Aaron's hope and prayer for series of Acts.
- In our world today, what are the things that people find most hard to accept about the call of Christianity?
- What personal chains have you experienced in life that helped grow your faith that you wish other's didn't have to endure?
- If someone is feeling weighed down by chains of life, what can they do to experience the freedom Paul talks about?

Watch Acts Week 35's Livestream Here.