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Written by OC Disciples on . Posted in Family Devotionals

Family Devotionals 2

Family devotionals are a very important part of building faith in our family.  They help parents and children alike!

Today’s Family Devotional Video features Ernie Basulto, a member of our church in Irvine, sharing ideas about what has helped his family in doing their devotionals. As our children go through different chapters in their lives they face new and different issues and challenges.  This video will help you ground your family in the word of God instead of just letting life happen as it comes.  We hope that you will find this episode encouraging, motivating and inspiring!

To view all of the family devotional videos you can visit our Family Devotionals Page. Enjoy!

– Mitch Gonzalez

Ernie Basulto

Family Devotionals

Written by OC Disciples on . Posted in Announcements, Family Devotionals

Family Devotionals

Family devotionals can become a very important part of building faith in our family.  They help parents and children alike!

Today we are excited to  introduce to you a new series of Family Devotional Videos.  Each of these short videos features someone different sharing ideas about what has helped them in doing their family devotionals. As our children go through different chapters in their lives they face new and different issues and challenges.  These videos will help you ground your family in the word of God instead of just letting life happen as it comes.  We hope that you will find these videos encouraging, motivating and inspiring!

Each week there will be a new one posted.  Dan Roditi shares in the first video.  Future videos will be posted here. Enjoy!

– Mitch Gonzalez

Dan Roditi

Seoul Update

Written by OC Disciples on . Posted in Announcements, Church Update

South Korea – Our New Mission Partner

Seoul Map

by Jaeho Park

The Seoul Church of Christ in Korea was planted in June 1989, right before the Los Angeles Church was started. The Korean mission team was comprised of 15 disciples who were sent out by the San Francisco Church of Christ, as well as churches in Cincinnati, Chicago, New York, Boston and Providence. I, too, was one of the mission team members sent out from Providence Church of Christ and truly honored to have been a part of this team.

Currently, there are about 460 disciples in Seoul, the capital city of South Korea, and five other churches in the major cities of Busan (60 disciples), Daegu (40 disciples), Bundang (170 disciples), Ilsan (110 disciples) and Daejeon (4 disciples). Altogether, there are about 840 disciples in Korea.
In January 2014, the churches in Korea expressed their desire to have a deeper fellowship as partners in the mission, as well as requesting for spiritual guidance and help from the Orange County Church of Christ
As the only church in the US that has a Korean Ministry, we believe that this partnership will not only be beneficial to the churches in Korea, but also serve as a stepping-stone in reaching out to many more Koreans who are spread out all over the world.

Please pray for the churches in Korea, our new mission partner, as well as their mission work. It is our hope that Orange County’s good news will overflow and spread to our partner churches in Korea, and that we would also hear of all the great things God is doing in Korea.

HOPE Nicaragua

Written by OC Disciples on . Posted in Church Update, Missions

Our Family’s HOPE Trip to Nicaragua

4.19.14 PhotoHola Hermanos y Hermanas!

For several years I have been dreaming of going to Latin America to serve on a CSB (medical brigade). I finally got the opportunity last week to serve in Managua, Nicaragua. It is so hard to express in just a few words what it was like. Not only did God bless me with this dream come true but he gave me a bonus by sending my husband and two teens as well. The people of Nicaragua are the most loving, kind, and generous I have ever met in my life. From the moment we arrived till the moment we left they poured out there hearts to us all. I really did not want to leave and my kids were really sad when they woke up after the brigade was over and wished there was another day to go out and be with the people (despite the 3 large earthquakes and hot conditions)….It just goes to show love conquers all. Jesus was present every corner we turned. Thank you Nicaragua for your out pouring of love… The Gasparians will be back!

– Jen Gasparian

2014 Catalyst Retreat

Written by Jamie Deno on . Posted in Church Update, Events

2014 Catalyst Retreat

Singles2014The 2014 Catalyst Singles retreat was an overwhelming success! Over 640 singles from the Greater Los Angeles area, Orange County, San Diego, Las Vegas, Arizona and many other churches came together in San Diego from March 7-9. The retreat’s theme “Catching Fire” focused on helping singles to catch a fire for God and catch a fire for the church.

The event started off on Friday night with a Hunger Games improv activity coordinated by the Turning Point ministry and ended with an inspiring message from our guest speakers, Elias and Rachel Deleault from Ashland, Oregon. Saturday started off with a morning quiet time, then men/women separate lessons, and then breakout classes taught by singles and some by ministry staff. There was a long fellowship break for lunch and dinner and activities in and around beautiful San Diego. Saturday night kicked off with a spirit-led worship night featuring many meaningful songs, spoken word performances, videos, and a testimony. The night was not complete without some speed-dating and a dance with DJ Joe Villasenor. The Sunday service was overflowing with retreat goers, more disciples from the San Diego church, and friends we had met along the way. Chairs were set up in the foyer because we exceeded the capacity of the facility!

“This was my first time attending and I can’t wait for next year. It was so inspiring, encouraging and spiritually uplifting!” – Catalyst Survey result

God definitely moved mountains to make this retreat a success (and for some…they are thankful we were not actually “in” the mountains this year!). Four weeks before the retreat, less than 100 people were signed up to attend. The committee prayed for God to move in the hearts of the singles and for the registration to exceed 300. By the time online registration ended, over 470 people had registered. And then another 170 people walked in and signed up on-site!

The Catalyst retreat started 6 years ago as an informal get-away for the Coastal and Orange County ministries in the LAICC. Over the last few years, other ministries were invited and eventually the retreat outgrew the original location. Who knows how we are going to top that for 2015? God always finds a way!

Easter Service in Irvine

Written by Kevin Mains on . Posted in Announcements, Events

Alive

Easter 2014On April 20th we will be celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ. A strong case can be made that this is the pinnacle event of all human history. The resurrection of Christ is the hope of all mankind. By Jesus resurrecting from the dead he conquered satan and all of his plans to render mankind doomed. The resurrection gives us victory in every aspect of our lives.

When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. Then he placed his right hand on me and said: “Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last. I am the Living One; I was dead, and behold I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades. Revelation 1:17-18 (NIV84)

When Jesus rose from the dead he forever conquered death and the power of death in our lives ( Heb 2:14). To see the figure of a dead Jesus and three days later to see Him alive again by the plan and the power of God gives us hope for our own lives. Jesus’ death and resurrection was a fore runner of the victory that every disciple of Christ will share on judgment day. God proved that He was more powerful than satan and sin. Our victory is over the sin that had once conquered us. Each of us has experienced the emptiness and hopelessness of a life lived outside of Christ.

When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your sinful nature, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins – Colossians 2:13 (NIV84)

When we are baptized into Christ we are forgiven of our sins (Acts 2:36-41 , Acts 22:6-16) and at that moment satan lost his grip on us. At that moment we took full advantage of Jesus’ death , burial and resurrection and became one with Him in all of His victories. We have won the victory over sin, death, and our old selves to be the person God has always designed us to become (2 Corinth 5:17).

We will be having a regional devotional on April 11 and 5 worship services on April 20 entitled “ALIVE” to celebrate the victories we share as disciples of Christ. Please join us.

April 11

7:30pm , 10 Goodyear Ave, Irvine , Ca, 92618

April 20

7:00am , Salt Creek Beach, 3333 S PCH, Dana Point, Ca, 92629

10:00am , 10 Goodyear Ave, Irvine, Ca, 92618:  Services in English, Spanish and Korean

5:00pm – North Orange County- 900 S Sunkist Street, Anaheim, Ca, 92806