The Weight of Hope
A Christmas Message from Bert Alcorn • December 23, 2018 • Bert Alcorn
On Sunday, December 23, Bert preached the Christmas message for Camarillo Community Church. This media is made available by Camarillo Community Church. -- The call of Christmas is for us to look back on God’s faithfulness in sending Jesus, and to look forward to our hope of glory where God will liberate humanity, and the entire universe, from evil. Romans 5:3-5; Isaiah 8:17; Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:18-25; John 1:14; 1 Peter 1:3; Romans 8:18; Revelation 21:1-5; Hebrews 10:23; Romans 15:13
Lament: How to respond in time of tragedy
Psalm 42 • November 11, 2018 • Bert Alcorn
As a church, we responded to the tragedies of this past week with lament. A lament is an implicit act of faith in which the community of faith turns to God as its only source of hope and comfort. The biblical psalms feature several remarkable expressions of lament. In these laments, the worshiping community expresses grief and frustration at the brokenness of the world. Biblical laments are a witness to God’s desire for honesty in worship. No experience in life is too difficult to be brought before God. Throughout Scripture, we see a common pattern of lament. Laments: 1. Are Address to God 2. Involve an affliction, complaint, and recognition that all is not right in the world 3. Contain a request for God to do something about the injustice 4 End with confidence and praise
Christmas Eve 2017 • December 24, 2017 • Bert Alcorn & Brent Hisayasu
God chose to reveal the good news of Jesus’ birth to lowly outcasts, demonstrating his pursuit and grace for all! Our response is to rejoice because we have been pursued, we have been shown grace, in Jesus we have life and salvation and we are brought into God’ redemptive plan for all creation, and that’s the best possible news. Luke 2v8-21; Micah 5v2-5a, 4v8; John 1v4-5; Psalm 9v14, 13v5, 9, 51v12
December 17, 2017 • Bert Alcorn
Bert shared about the unshakeable hope we have in Jesus, and 6 practicals to lean into as we respond to the tragic events of the past weeks. Key texts: Romans 15:31; Romans 12:9-21; Psalm 62:5-8 “Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary journey.” — C.S. Lewis
Cultivating a Theology & Practice of Lament
October 8, 2017 • Bert Alcorn
Biblical laments are a witness to God’s desire for honesty in worship. No experience in life is too difficult to be brought before God. A lament is an implicit act of faith in which the community of faith turns to God as its only source of hope and comfort.
A Pastoral Comment On Refugees And Immigrants
January 29, 2017 • Bert Alcorn
Today, we want to pause take time to reflect and pray for refugees in and outside our country who are experiencing great fear. We know that throughout scripture, God invites his people to care for the immigrant, the alien and the sojourners, and we want to continue to that tradition. While that problem may seem far from the steps of Ventura, we must remember three vital things: 1. That praying is the most crucial and powerful thing we can do to fight the powers of darkness and evil and aligning our hearts to God's. 2. We all came from somewhere else, and we all know what it feels like to be in hostile and unfamiliar territory. 3. This is an issue at our very doorsteps. There people all around us in Southern California dealing with the realities of this weeks events. We're reminded of Moses' mother, from our bible reading plan, who, out of desperation, sent her son up the river to give him at a chance at life, when staying at home would mean certain death. We're also reminded of Jesus, Mary and Joseph fleeing to Egypt to escape Herod and infanticide in their homeland. The story of refugees fleeing violence in their homeland is engrained in our story, narrative, heritage and our faith. It was part of the journey of our savior Jesus Christ. Jesus, we pray today that you would be present with refugees and immigrants. You know what's it's like to migrate, leave everything, and cross a border. Jesus, teach us what it means to be a church in this season. Teach us how to resist fear and trust in your power, sovereignty and care. And teach us what it means to respond in hospitality, compassion and love. In Jesus' name, Amen.