In chapter 16 of the gospel of Luke, Jesus shares a story of a very shrewd business manager as a way to communicate to his disciples that being faithful in how we use “little things” will determine our faithfulness in bigger things. Jesus then goes on to define the “little things” as money. His message is that if you cannot handle money properly, how can you be trusted with something of real value. That parable came to life this Easter Continue reading “Bobservations: Second Quarter Update with a message from Pastor Britt” »
A few weeks ago, I was stopped in the hallway between services by someone I know. He shared with me that he was convicted by my email. I’ll be honest, I send a lot of emails and was not sure I knew which email he meant at first. He went on to say that when he printed his annual donation statement, it only had one gift – for the entire year. It was clear he Continue reading “Bobservations: A Story on Stewardship” »
Right before the holidays, an email came to me from someone who does not attend our church that read, “Living in my car, out of money and food, where is God?” My heart ached for this person; they sounded so desperate, so hopeless. I was not sure how my response would be received, but I wanted to share Continue reading “Bobservations: When (not if) Trials Happen” »
January marks the end of the first quarter of the new fiscal year at Sunridge, and I cannot think of a better way to start this year’s blog than sharing Pastor Britt’s email reflecting on all that God is doing through you!
As I write to you, I’m looking out of my office window on a sparklingly clear morning, and what I see makes me think of Sunridge. You see, this is one of those rare mornings in our valley. We’ve had some rain over the past couple days, but today the sun came out. The air smells clean and fresh. The hills adjacent to our campus where I mountain bike are popping with fresh green growth. Even the bunnies I see on the trail seem happy! That’s how Sunridge feels to me. Continue reading “Bobservations: First Quarter Update with a message from Pastor Britt” »
I remember with crystal clarity the period in my marriage when Diane and I struggled the most with money. Oddly, it had nothing to do with raising our daughters, even though their needs were seemingly endless, like food, clothes, braces, school supplies, gas, doctor visits, etc. No, the worst financial period we experienced was prior to having children. At the time, I was convinced that in order to get out of apartment living and be able to purchase a home, we needed to make some drastic changes. I took an extra job working weekends and evenings, but knew it wasn’t going to be enough. Continue reading “Bobservations: When I Robbed God” »
Of all of the incredible things God allows me to do at Sunridge, leading FPU (Financial Peace University) with my wife Diane is at the top of that list. We just finished the fall 2018 9-week session as part of “Thursdays at Sunridge,” and it was so much fun! My favorite part is seeing those aha moments happen. Continue reading “Bobservations: An Aha Moment” »
At the conclusion of the final quarter of our fiscal year, our Lead Pastor, Britt Sipe, reflected on some of the wonderful things that God is doing in and through our church over the last three months. Below is the fourth-quarter budget update email that Pastor Britt sends to those who financially invest in and support Sunridge.
As I write to you, one of Sunridge’s 528 financial partners over this past fiscal year, I am so grateful for the positive report I have for you. It’s so obvious that God has been prompting you and others to support the mission of helping people find and follow Jesus as never before. Here’s a few financial facts that are encouraging me, and I’m pretty sure will encourage you as well: Continue reading “Bobservation – Fourth Quarter Update” »
A LOOK BACK
Last year during Vision Sunday we presented the budget for the 2017-18 fiscal year. It was an important budget in the history of our church. Not because it increased the overall budget by 21% compared to the prior year’s budget, but because it was designed to move us forward. Within that budget we were able to add much needed staff to carry us into this season of momentum Continue reading “Bobservation – Looking Back and Looking Ahead” »
For many people Fall means back-to-school, cooler weather, football, and knowing the holidays are just around the corner. This year, I’m particularly pumped for the return of Fall because my wife and I are leading another 9-week session of FPU (Financial Peace University) starting on Thursday, September 13, 2018. I know I can get a bit passionate about FPU, not just because this program actually works or because it changes lives (it changed mine!) but because there is a huge problem with how people are handling their money. Check out these alarming stats on debt from Dave Ramsey’s blog: Continue reading “Bobservation – Gearing Up for Fall” »
Each quarter, Pastor Britt sends a quarterly budget update email to share all of the amazing things that God is doing in and through our church. In case you missed it, here’s the update from July 3, 2018.
Each time I sit down to write a quarterly budget update, I always begin by thanking God for the faithful people who make daily sacrifices so that Sunridge can be a church that is truly helping people find and follow Jesus. So, before I begin to tell you just a few of the ways your financial partnership is making a difference, can I just simply say a very heartfelt “thank you” for the tangible way you’ve joined us in sharing and living out the gospel here in the Temecula Valley? Thank you!
Now, here are just a few ways God has been showing up for Sunridge recently: Continue reading “Bobservation: Third Quarter Update” »