Horizon Hosts Donnie Moore for a Youth Summer Camp

Donnie MooreIf you are middle school, high school or college age, this camp is for you! Horizon’s Summer Camp 2015 begins this Sunday, August 16. It will be an unbelievable time of worship, praise, and powerful preaching from Donnie Moore and his Radical Reality team and I believe a great move of the Spirit is going to happen. The Bible says in Acts 2:17: “In the last days,” God says, “I will pour out my Spirit upon all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy. Your young men will see visions, and your old men will dream dreams.” (NLT)

We still have room from more campers and would love to have you there. Camp begins this Sunday, August 16 and ends on August 20, and will be held at the Washington Family Ranch. This week long camp will be filled with all kinds of activities; basketball, volleyball, skateboarding, rock climbing, disc golf,  hiking, swimming, zip lining across the lake, and driving go carts, just to name a few. Parents, sign up your youth! Click here to register.

Also, Donnie Moore will be preaching this coming Sunday in our morning services. Bring a friend and they could find the Lord in an amazing way!

Don’t Miss Dick Foth and Donnie Moore

Foth, DickHorizon Community Church, have I told you lately how much I love you? Well, I love you!!! What a tremendous group of people at HCC who love God, love people and love the world.

Donnie Moore

This Sunday, August 9, in our services, one of our favorite speakers, Dick Foth, will be with us. You won’t want to miss Pop Foth bringing the word. His style is relational, humorous, warm and powerful too. Don’t miss it and bring a friend.

Next Sunday, August 16, Donnie Moore is with us, bring another friend. :)  It’s so exciting to see God moving in our midst these days. See ya soon!

Pastor Stan

Horizon Has Added a New High School/College Age Youth Pastor

Otteson, Elliot and SarahI am thrilled to let the Horizon Community Church family know that we have added a new youth pastor to the current team at our Tualatin campus. Elliot Otteson has great experience, having worked as an intern with Solid Rock Church and most recently at Sonrise Church in Hillsboro where he led a dynamic youth group. He is a graduate of Southeastern University, which is a great ministry school. Elliot’s wife Sarah is a graduate of our own Horizon Christian High School and attended Hillsong’s College of Ministry (Australia). Sarah is also the daughter of Brad and Ann Brucker, our Sherwood campus pastors. I feel so blessed to have this great couple join us here at Horizon. The youth of our communities are going to be amazingly blessed!

Please take note that Pastor David Conlee, our former high school and middle school pastor, will continue to work with our middle schoolers, but has had his portfolio revised, as he is being promoted to also be the Director of Media Ministries for Horizon Community Church.

Our new high school/college (18+) pastor, Elliot will be introduced in all three services on our Tualatin campus on Sunday, August 30, and he and Sarah will begin ministry with us in September. I am so excited for the young people of Horizon. This couple will be an incredible blessing to our families.

Great days ahead for the new and improved, epic Horizon Youth team!!! Think Orange!!!!  www.horizonfamilies.org

Blessings,

Pastor Stan

Horizon to Launch a New Campus in 2016 in Lake Oswego

Last year as part of Kingdom Builder’s at Horizon we launched a multi-site plan. We currently have three campus locations in our “One Church in Many Locations” strategy. In March of 2016, we will launch a new Horizon Community Church in Lake Oswego, Oregon. We have already employed a new campus pastor, Steve Minton. Steve has been an evangelist and, more recently, a senior pastor in Corvallis, Oregon. He also has a positive history and relationship with us at Horizon Community Church and Horizon Christian High School. Steve has a great heart and a wonderful touch of God on his life. We are thrilled to have Steve and his wife, Sue, joining the team in September of 2015.

Why are we doing all this? Because we want people to know that they are loved by God and that Jesus Christ will bring blessing to their lives and give them eternal life in heaven.

For years I have had a burden for the people of Lake Oswego. We at Horizon have decided that we want to lift high the name of Jesus Christ in this wonderful city. He has said in the Bible:

John 12:32  “And when I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw everyone to myself.” (NLT)

Jesus loves all people and says:

Matthew 11:28-30 28 “Come to me, all of you who are tired and have heavy loads, and I will give you rest. 29 Accept my teachings and learn from me, because I am gentle and humble in spirit, and you will find rest for your lives. 30 The teaching that I ask you to accept is easy; the load I give you to carry is light.” (NCV)

We want to bring the peace of God and the blessings He gives to whosoever will come in Lake Oswego.

We are currently prayerfully and actively seeking a site for the location of our new campus in this city. Will you please pray with us for an incredible impact of the love and power of God in Lake Oswego?

And most importantly, will you pray, and ask God if you are supposed to join those who will be attending this new Horizon Community Church campus in Lake Oswego? God is up to something amazing and you can be part of it.

Blessings,

Pastor Stan

Horizon Receives a Three Million Dollar Pledge

2015 - Fine Arts, Gym, Youth Ministry Building Drawing

What a great journey we are on here at Horizon Community Church! This year the people of Horizon pledged $1 million to Kingdom Builders, or missions! That means that we will build another house in Cambodia to rescue young children from sex-trafficking, that we will help build a warehouse for food for the hungry in Ethiopia, that we will significantly increase our monthly support of over fifty missionaries whom we partner with around the world and much, much more.

We have such a big vision. It includes significant facilities for our high school and church, as well as a heart to transfer the DNA of reaching to the world and caring about the needs of our community and sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ with all who are associated with Horizon. We all know that we can’t accomplish what the Lord has given us to do unless He shows up in great ways.

 

Recently God has moved upon the heart of one of his servants to generously pledge $3 million toward a new building on the Tualatin site. I believe that our Kingdom Builders pledges are one of the main reasons that the Lord is blessing us with this incredible gift.

 

The new building will have a gym and a fine arts center and will serve the youth of our high school, church and community well. It will be a facility that God will use to transfer the vision to student’s hearts to reach the world with Christ’s love. We still have much to do to see this building come into existence, as more than twice this amount is needed to erect the structure. However, we are extremely excited and grateful to see that God is using a catalyst giver to motivate us to start raising funds toward the completion of this facility. We are hopeful and prayerful that the building could be completed in the next two to three years.

 

I want to thank God for his wonderful provision. The Bible says this in 1 Chronicles 29 after great gifts were given toward God’s house:

 

1 Chronicles 29:10-14:  10 “Praise be to you, O Lord, God of our father Israel, from everlasting to everlasting.11 Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and earth is yours. Yours, O Lord, is the kingdom; you are exalted as head over all. 12 Wealth and honor come from you; you are the ruler of all things. In your hands are strength and power to exalt and give strength to all. 13 Now, our God, we give you thanks, and praise your glorious name. 14 ”But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to give as generously as this? Everything comes from you, and we have given you only what comes from your hand. (NIV)

 

We give God the praise and glory for this wonderful pledge and I ask that you will pray with us for the completion of the facilities that God has given us the vision to build for His children, His purposes and His glory.

 

Blessings,

 

Pastor Stan

 

In Times Like These

How are we to respond in days like these when morality is being shifted and reshaped by the courts and public opinion? The scripture below is directed primarily to preachers and speaks to such times and what our approach should be:

2 Timothy 4:1-5 (NLT) 1 “I solemnly urge you in the presence of God and Christ Jesus, who will someday judge the living and the dead when he comes to set up his Kingdom: 2 Preach the word of God. Be prepared, whether the time is favorable or not. Patiently correct, rebuke, and encourage your people with good teaching. 3 For a time is coming when people will no longer listen to sound and wholesome teaching. They will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever their itching ears want to hear. 4 They will reject the truth and chase after myths. 5 But you should keep a clear mind in every situation. Don’t be afraid of suffering for the Lord. Work at telling others the Good News, and fully carry out the ministry God has given you.” 2 Timothy 4:1-5 (NLT)

I plan to continue to preach the truth of the bible in love, come what may, because God’s word is the truth and the greatest source of blessing for now and for eternity.

Pastor Stan

Click here to check out a great article by the General Superintendent of the Assemblies of God, George O. Wood.

Fast and Furious 7

It has been an incredible seven weeks. We started two new Horizon Community Church campus locations; one in Sherwood and another in Tualatin that is Spanish speaking. We reached our million dollar missions giving goal for the year. Over $1 million has been pledged for missions globally and locally. As a result, Horizon Community Church will build another Remember Nhu home in Cambodia to rescue young ladies from sex-trafficking. We’ve increased our giving to over fifty missionaries across the world and we are going to reach to help the poor in our own area with our hands, hearts and funds in an even greater way this year as well.

And finally, this week at Easter, we had a total attendance of 1748 on Sunday (highest ever) and, even more importantly, 85 people made a decision to follow Jesus Christ. Wow! Thank you Father God for all You have done!

Yes, it has been a Fast and Furious seven weeks, but all the hard work of ministry has paid off. Thank you people of Horizon Community Church for caring and giving, you are making a difference in this world!

Oh, and by the way, Paul Walker was a believer and I am sure he is smiling up in heaven and enjoying all of these results.

New church building in Cambodia built by the generous people of Horizon Community Church.

New church building in Cambodia built by the generous people of Horizon Community Church.

Exponential Advances at Horizon

One Church Many Locations Church Photos

What a great season we are in at Horizon Community Church. We have two new locations becoming Horizon campuses starting this Sunday, February 22, a Sherwood location and a Spanish speaking location, Esperanza of Horizon, in Tualatin. The multi-site era for Horizon Community Church has begun. This ministry strategy increases our impact for Jesus both here and around the world exponentially. We are now one church in many locations.

We also took what we call our Kingdom Builders pledges last Sunday. Kingdom Builders is giving to the mission of God both locally and globally. We were hoping and praying for $1,000,000 to do the following: build a house for Remember Nhu in Cambodia to rescue young girls from sex-trafficking, build a church and support a pastor for a year in Africa, help build a warehouse for Embrace Compassion to serve the poor in Ethiopia, support the Palau Festival in New York City and many more things including preparation and improvements to our two new Horizon Community Church locations.

I have great news for you, as of now, the gifts and pledges for Kingdom Builders 2015 total $964,000, meaning we are close to our goal of $1 million to build the Kingdom of God both here and across the earth. If past years are an accurate indicator, the remaining Kingdom Builders pledges and Remember Nhu offerings that trail in in the next few Sundays should put us very close to reaching that goal. What this means, of course, is more of the love of God and the gospel of Jesus Christ being shared in a greater way both locally and globally.

I don’t know if I have ever been more excited to be the pastor at Horizon. Join me in praying for all of these new endeavors and pray that God will help us reach that goal to do even more for Him. After all, in Luke 11:2, Jesus asked us to pray, “Thy kingdom come thy will be done…in earth,” and the bible also says, “faith…if it does not have works, is dead” (James 2:17). So we are praying and working to see Jesus lifted up and glorified in our day.

Let Jesus In!

knocking-on-door

Imagine, for a moment, that your friends decided to throw you a big birthday party. You knew who would be coming to your party and where it would be. But when you arrive, you find the music so loud and your friends having such a good time that they can’t hear you knock or see you outside. As you press your face up against the glass, you see pictures of yourself on the tables. You overhear people telling stories about you. Everyone is having a great time while you’re standing outside, pounding on the door. But, astonishingly, you can’t get into your own birthday party!

We are sometimes unaware that we have ignored the honored guest. This story is an analogy of Christmas today: Jesus is outside, trying to get in.

We set up our nativity sets, sing a few Christmas carols, do a little shopping and decorate the tree. We get involved in all kinds of activities and in the busyness of the celebration. Jesus is altogether forgotten. Yet His birth is so historically important that we divide human history by it: B.C. and A.D.  His birth changed the world. Not only did His birth change the world; so did His death. God the Father sent Jesus his Son as the ultimate gift for us. How was Jesus wrapped?

Luke 2:12-14 12 “And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.” 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: 14 “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men!” (NKJ)

He was wrapped humbly in swaddling cloths. But the question is, why did God the Father send Jesus?

 John 3:16-17 16 ”For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. 17 God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him.” (NLT)

That little baby grew into a man who went to a cross. Spikes were driven through His hands and feet. He shed His blood for the sin of all humanity. Then three days later, Jesus Christ, the Son of God, rose again from the dead. He is alive, and He is here, wanting to come into our lives. But we can miss Him. Today, Jesus is standing at the door of your heart and He is knocking.

Revelation 3:20 “Look! I have been standing at the door, and I am constantly knocking. If anyone hears me calling him and opens the door, I will come in and fellowship with him and he with me.” (TLB)

Jesus is knocking. Will you let Him in? He offers you the gift of eternal life, but you must reach out, take that gift, say “thank you,” and enjoy it. Please don’t miss Jesus this year. Make time for Him. Open the door and let Him in.

How to Deal with Criticism

When criticized, carefully evaluate the criticism to see if it is true.

a.    Go to God and ask Him if it is true.

2 Corinthians 13:5a Look closely at yourselves. Test yourselves to see if you are living in the faith… (NCV)

b.    Go to friends, family and people who you love and trust and ask them if it is true.

Proverbs 27:6a Faithful are the wounds of a friend… (NKJV)

c.    If God and your loved ones confirm that you need to change, then get on the road to overcoming.

Psalm 51:10a Create in me a clean heart, O God. (NLT)

Remember that God is a loving God who has your best interest in mind. He will only take you through a process to heal you and bless others around you. He will not condemn you. His purpose is to bless you. You are safe in His hands.

If it is true:

a.    Have the humility and courage to admit that you need to change and grow.

James 4:10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up. (NIV)

b.    Decide to get on the road to change and reconciliation now.

c.    Ask God and people for forgiveness where necessary.

d.    Make yourself accountable to key people around the issue.

e.    Continually ask God to help you grow.

If it is not true: Deal with unfair criticism in the following ways:

a.    Know that it happens to everyone.

Yes, even a good person like you will receive criticism in life that is not fair. Someone somewhere will eventually speak evil of you. Look at David, Moses, Joseph, and Jesus. No one escapes this life without receiving unfair criticism, so don’t get caught up in the unjustness of it all. Don’t feel overly sorry for yourself. One of the most dangerous places in life for each of us is when we start to say out loud, “No one appreciates me.” It is fertile soil for the enemy of our souls to plant bitterness and we all know that bitterness will defile all those around us. We must keep our heads, know that these things happen and not throw a personal pity party. It one of the absolute worst things we could do to ourselves and those around us.

b.    Decide to be at peace as far as it depends on you, even if others don’t do the right thing.

We want to keep the blessing of God on our own lives and live in such a way that we create an opportunity for the best-case scenario for all involved down the road.

Romans 12:18-19 Do your best to live in peace with everyone. My friends, do not try to punish others when they wrong you, but wait for God to punish them with his anger. It is written: “I will punish those who do wrong; I will repay them,” says the Lord. (NCV)

c.    Decide now to speak the truth in love.

This means it is okay to tell someone what you feel is the truth in the situation. Speak in a measured and composed way. Sometimes we must put a couple of days between ourselves and the needed talk with others just to make sure we are thinking right. Pray through it and approach the conversation with the fruit of the spirit and a heart that has the best interest of all involved, even the one criticizing you.

d.    Decide that you will do your best to work things out in a Godly way.

e.    Decide that even if people do the wrong thing, you will do the right thing.

f.     Always leave the door open for future reconciliation.

Important: When you can’t get resolve after you are unfairly criticized, keep your focus on the job that you have to do.

a.    Don’t get distracted.

When Sanballat and Tobiah were criticizing Nehemiah and the Jews as they built the wall. Nehemiah recognized that they just wanted to stop the work.

Nehemiah 4:3 Tobiah the Ammonite, who was at his side, said, “What they are building-if even a fox climbed up on it, he would break down their wall of stones!” (NIV)

Nehemiah 6:2-3 But they were scheming to harm me; so I sent messengers to them with this reply: “I am carrying on a great project and cannot go down. Why should the work stop while I leave it and go down to you?” (NIV)

When Sanballat and Tobiah accused Nehemiah and the Jews of coming against the King, this is how they responded:

Nehemiah 6:8 I sent him this reply: “Nothing like what you are saying is happening; you are just making it up out of your head.” (NIV)

Then they circled the wagons to protect the work and each other, which is sometimes necessary in extreme situations.

Nehemiah 4:15-17When our enemies heard that we knew of their plans and that God had frustrated them, we all returned to our work on the wall. But from then on, only half my men worked while the other half stood guard with spears, shields, bows, and coats of mail. The leaders stationed themselves behind the people of Judah  who were building the wall. The laborers carried on their work with one hand supporting their load and one hand holding a weapon. (NLT)

Now this is metaphorically speaking here, we don’t need physical weapons today. Our weapons are spiritual weapons like bible wisdom and prayer. We do however, at times need to circle up and inform everyone so we can protect the work of the ministry and the sheep in the local church or, for some reading this, protect our work in business and the people we are associated with.

Be careful not to be sucked into a continual argument with those trying to cause trouble. Jesus spoke once and spoke well when accused. I think this is a good idea for us as well. After that discussion, get to work and finish the job. Like when you are a player in sports and angry people in the stands are booing you and your team, remember they can only be a factor if you let them. Don’t let it get to you. Don’t get distracted. Get the work done and do it well. Unfair criticism will go by the wayside and be discredited in time. Stay focused on what God has given you to do and finish the task at hand.

b. Know that your credibility will be restored over time.

The Lord is your protection. He is your defender. The honest truth is that when things are very difficult, it sometimes takes more than days or weeks for people to see your integrity and faithfulness. Sometimes it takes months or years, but walk it out and you will see improvement incrementally. The important thing for you to remember when you are unfairly criticized is that when you do right, the Lord’s blessing remains on you and He will bless you, your family and the work of your hands.

Proverbs 26:2 Like a fluttering sparrow or a darting swallow, an undeserved curse will not land on its intended victim. (NLT)

A time came when the wall was built and Nehemiah had a great place in history, but for a couple of months there were some nasty things said about him out there. You, too, will eventually be honored by God and others if you don’t get distracted. Keep the right spirit and finish the work.

c. Take all your hurt to God and let Him heal you. The truth is, it hurts when people criticize you.  

1 Peter 5:7 Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you. (NLT)

Ouch, ouch, ouch! How can people believe the ugly things they say about you? It hurts so badly sometimes. In these times, remember that Jesus is the faithful high priest who was tempted in every manner. The word of God says “He was despised and rejected by men.” Go to the faithful high priest, Jesus, in prayer. He knows what you are going through and He is the one who will heal your heart.

d. Pray for those who have criticized and hurt you.

Matthew 5:44But I say to you, love your enemies. Pray for those who hurt you.” (NCV)

When we pray for those who have hurt us, we protect our hearts from fear and bitterness and we unleash the greatest possibility for the healing of those who are unfairly critical. This would be the best case scenario.

So trust God and follow the path that the word of God clearly gives you and you will see that God will be faithful to complete the good work that He has begun in you!

I hope this is helpful to those of you who are facing difficulties.

Grace and Truth,

Pastor Stan Russell

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