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Aug 08 2017
Praise Overflowing Posted By Ken Alvis, Pastor of Community Groups & Assimilation

Life can be tough, right?  As followers of Christ we are not immune to hardships and difficulties which can affect our outlook on life and cause us to have an ongoing negative attitude.  How do you combat the problem of pessimism and negative thinking?

Aug 03 2017
Never Say Never Posted By RCC Staff

It’s been said that if the Lord showed us everything that was to come into our lives, we probably wouldn’t take the next step. Instead, God leads us one step of faith at a time. For Dana and Ryan Kroeker, it has been these steps of faith that have led the

Aug 01 2017
The Gospel Illustrated Posted By Matt Vorhees, Senior Pastor

​I thought I’d take a moment and share a simple way of understanding and sharing the Gospel from a book by Randy Pope entitled The Answer. It’s an exploded version of Bill Hybels’ “Do versus Done” approach.

Jul 26 2017
Leadership Christ Desires Posted By Brent Van Elswyk, Pastor of Families & Counseling / Teaching Pastor

In Matthew 23 Jesus gives his last public sermon. Of all the things Jesus could have publically talked about before going to the cross he chose to speak about leadership – spiritual leadership!  Jesus, being the masterful teacher that he was, uses a high

Jul 20 2017
Aging Out or Just Aging In? Posted By RCC Staff

How does one gain the confidence to say, “Yes” when the Lord presents an opportunity? How does one know when an outreach ministry is for them?  “You have to go and try to know,” Cheryl Levey says. Her response to the question about walking through doors o

Jul 13 2017
Hope For Troubled Times Posted By Steve Downs, Executive Pastor

In the midst of the overwhelming troubles of life, where can we find hope?  Our hope is in Jesus.  Jesus told us in John 16:33, “In this world you will have trouble.  But, take heart because I have overcome the world.”  Our hope is in Jesus and the promis

Jul 06 2017
Never Too Far Gone Posted By RCC Staff

​“We were so done with each other and checked out.  It was over,” said Lynnsey Stallings regarding her 11 year marriage to husband Kevin.  What followed was an eight month separation, filing for divorce, bitterness, anger, lack of communication, and three

Jun 28 2017
​The Wisdom of Discernment Posted By Angelo Frazier, Pastor of Outreach & Care

We’ve all heard the phrase: Hindsight is always 20/20. And most, if not all of us, have made decisions we would love to take back if we could. Well, of the many gifts that God bestows, wisdom and discernment are the two which are designed for daily use by

Jun 20 2017
Speaking the Truth Posted By RCC Staff

As a peer counselor at the Bakersfield Pregnancy Center, Krista Ader’s first task when she meets a new client is to determine whether she is “abortion-minded” or “abortion-vulnerable.” It’s a weighty subject for even the most seasoned counselor.  But reg

Jun 13 2017
You Go Where You Look Posted By Todd Farnsworth, Pastor of Men & Students

It was a regular day in Bakersfield in the month of August, great air quality and a “dry heat” kind of a day. I was in day two of a motor school, learning to ride a motorcycle so that I could patrol the streets of Bakersfield in a much more efficient and