Podcast from April 30th 2019 – Building off of our message on Sunday – to be full in Christ so we can end emptied out offerings at the end of our lives – and in light of other current events in the life of our church, we offer this podcast. We hope you will be encouraged and built up in your faith as we spend time in God’s Word and sharing what God is doing! Here is to more and more hope!

We recently added ministry opportunities to our Wednesday evening gathering. Please listen to this short encouragement and explanation for the changes.

Do you know Christ as being in you in such a way that there is no room for worry or any of a number of other “things” that keep you bound to yourself or the things of this world? If we are honest, there are not too many believers in Christ who can say they never worry, and yet we are commanded to not worry at all! Phil. 4:6

I imagine we all will be working out this command until we find ourselves in heaven! But, the Scriptures are not meant to lead us into failure on this account or any other or to cause us to be living a frustrated and bound up life. Jesus said, “I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” John 10:10

So what is the secret? It is finding Christ to be our sufficiency. Come and listen as we share today from a very familiar verse from a closer perspective and see what the Lord can show us as we strive to live for him, to fight the good fight of faith!

“Prayer and the Natural Man” This is a second podcast on prayer — the Lord has really put it on my heart to seek Him in this part of the ministry we all share in as believers. It is so easy to live a distracted life and miss out on the the joys and deep satisfaction that we can experience when we discipline ourselves to pray as the Lord has clearly taught us in Scripture. I hope this short devotional podcast will build you up in your prayer life. The church needs mighty men and women of prayer in order to stand in this evil day. Will you join in… in this glorious, spiritual enterprise?

The Distinctives of Dynamic Prayer: In this first episode on prayer – the real hallmark of a servant of the Lord is to have God’s perspective and a good conscience before the Lord.

The Scriptures shared are in Jeremiah 3:3, 1 John 3:21-24, Matthew 6:10, John 14:21-23 and Hebrews 4:12-16.

The Reality & Process of Experiencing “a man after God’s own heart”
some devotional thoughts from Psalm 18

Politics, Disappointments, and the Gospel Cause: An Interview with Sunny
December 23, 2017
Please think seriously for a moment about what “frames” your thinking in regards to the gospel. If Satan is truly a scheming devil, doesn’t it make sense that he would even – and maybe especially – try to fool Christians into thinking that worldly ways and ideas are still consistent with the gospel of Jesus Christ? Think about whether or not you have adopted particular views that are more in line with non-believers, and their “worldly” wisdom than with the truths of Scripture.

Listen to the thoughts and the frustrations of this fine, young, Christian college student, and think about how we can continue to communicate with Christians of different ages and differing views on some of our current issues and yet come to actually hear and understand each other. You might not agree now with her on the social issues that she brings up but, who knows – we might just change our mind on some things if we examine them in the light of Scripture; things that we have had long entrenched in our minds that we have just taken for granted.

Being consistent in our approach to the gospel means we have a godly and reasoned approach to every issue and that we are not just going with the flow, no matter where that flow comes from; unless it is truly based on the Word of God and is based on love with knowledge and discernment. See Philippians 1:9 for more on that!

God bless you and I look forward to hearing from you. Please remember, if you want to comment on this podcast please email me directly. My email address is on the homepage at http://reasonedhopeministries.org

In Christ and for the cause of His glorious gospel,

P.S. I apologize for the poor quality on the mic I was using for this – I gave Sunny my good mike and borrowed one for me. If you feel led to help out this ministry we are looking to add a full setup for interviews like this in the future. We need to raise about $350.00 for a like quality mic and stand and headphones. Thanks to all who have given this past year to get us on the air! The Lord be praised for His marvelous provision through His generous people!

A great gospel testimony.

If you want prayer, please call at (530) 778-3148 or email love@lewistoncommunitychurch.org

Some great gospel verses to go along with this testimony:

Jeremiah 29:13 You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.

John 1:12 But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God,

Romans 10:9-11 Because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. 11 For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.”

How to grow:

John 14:21 “He who has My commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves Me; and he who loves Me shall be loved by My Father, and I will love him, and will disclose Myself to him.”

1 Peter 2:5  So put away all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander. Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation— if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good.As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious, you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ

Also, you need a good church that teaches the Bible, loves to pray, and is filled with the Holy Spirit.

Please call or write if you have comments or questions or want prayer!

November 15,2017
Some Christians believe that a really full life in Jesus is only for the “super saint.” It must be for those in full-time work like missionaries or pastors or leaders. That is not true at all. It is for everyone! That is what the Apostle Paul teaches in Ephesians. (see especially Ephesians 1:23 “…the fullness of him who fills all in all.”)

That fullness leads to maturity – being complete in Christ, which leads to fruitfulness. If you are a parent would you ask your young people to listen to this podcast with you (thinking of teenagers here when I say “young people”) They and we – “all” need to stand in the evil day. I hope this will encourage you in this fight!



October 23,  2017

October 12, 2017

Hopefully, today’s podcast will simply stir you up to love and good works, and thereby help you as you obey the command the Scripture, to “examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you are disqualified. But I trust that you will know that we are not disqualified.” 2 Corinthians 13:5

This podcast is not any kind of a full examination of James’ letter, but hopfully an encapsulation of the main point – “to show our faith by our works” as James exhorts us to do. If faith without works is truly “dead” then we want the opposite – to show the life of Jesus in us by our good works.

All glory to God!

Pastor Rod

Some commentary on Psalm 4:2-8 in light of the tragedy in Las Vegas – October 1st 2017

This podcast above is from Colossians 1:9-11. It was shared originally on Sunday 9-24-17 at Lewiston Community Church.

Do you ever see verses in the Bible like in Colossians 1:10 that talk about “fully pleasing the Lord” and you gulp and think, “do I ever fully please Him?” It says we are to be fully pleasing Him. Truthfully we want to do that if we really belong to Jesus. Thankfull the context of this verse gives us the help and relief we need in order to grow into being pleasing to Christ. Secondly we are to pray for each other in this regard. We need others to pray for us and we need to pray for others especially in the context of being in the same fellowship. This podcast has thoughts on these lines…

The Scripture in this podcast is from Colossians 1:9-14 though I am mainly sharing from vss. 9-11. I am including it here but encourage you to open your Bible and dig in yourself. I hope these few comments help!

Colossians 1:9-14

9 For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; 10 that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; 11 strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy; 12 giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light. 13 He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, 14 in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.
(Author’s note: I recently got to share a message at the Berean Call conference in Bend Oregon. My talk was a hard one to deliver as it deals with a large movement/ministry that is centered in Redding near where we live. It was hard because it brought back a lot of difficult memories from a church experience our family went through many years ago that was related to the problems in Redding. If you are not into discerning “all things” as we are told to do in Scripture then this podcast is not for you. As disciples of the Lord Jesus we are told to be like the Bereans in Acts 17:11 and check teaching out by the Scriptures. It is in this spirit that this heavy message that the Lord put on my heart was given. I pray you will receive it.)

Here is a link to the talk from the Berean Call Conference:


Click to access the article I wrote on the same subject.

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