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About Ariane

Ariane Herwig is the Director of Art & Communications at La Jolla Community Church.
An Unexpected Summer Adventure

An Unexpected Summer Adventure

Take an Adventure toward Personal Growth

It’s time to go on an adventure

You’ve turned on your autoresponder; it’s officially time to kick back. After all, summer vacation is one of the best times to be refreshed and renewed. It’s no surprise that we want an adventure on our summer break and that often comes in the form of reading a good book. Here are some intriguing book titles for summer 2018: “A Long Way from Home” by Peter Carey, “How to Stop Time” by Matt Haig, and “Less” by Andrew Sean Greer. While it’s pretty clear that a lot of us want to disconnect from work (and who could blame us), summer is also a great time to better ourselves.

Getting more out of ‘Out of Office’

When we feel that we need a break the most, that’s a cue that we’re missing something important in our lives. Romans 8:28 says, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.” Perhaps loving God means being more wise and discerning like Him. Those who will likely be more prepared to tackle life’s challenges are those who choose to grow (Proverbs 9:9). Here are some books we are reading that can take you on an adventure toward your growth as God intended this summer:

“Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t” by Simon Sinek
“Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion” by Gregory Boyle
“The Road Back to You: An Enneagram Journey to Self-Discovery” by Cron and Stabile
“Thanks for the Feedback: The Science and Art of Receiving Feedback Well” by Douglas Stone and Sheila Heen
“Everybody, Always: Becoming Love in a World Full of Setbacks and Difficult People” by Bob Goff
“Paul: A Biography” by N.T. Wright
“How People Grow: What the Bible Reveals About Personal Growth” by Cloud & Townsend
“Sacred Marriage: What If God Designed Marriage to Make Us Holy More Than to Make Us Happy?”
by Gary Thomas
“Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption” by Bryan Stevenson
“Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead”
by Brené Brown
“The Words and Works of Jesus Christ: A Study of the Life of Christ” 
by J. Dwight Pentecost
“Thinking About Christian Apologetics: What It Is and Why We Do It” 
by James K. Beilby
“The Wounded Healer: Ministry in Contemporary Society” by Henri Nouwen

Similarly, there are other books we would love to read, so let us know what you’re reading this summer!

Keep growing well after you’ve finished your book

Did you know you can stay connected to us when you’re traveling? We live stream our services every Sunday at 10:45 am and you can also listen or watch the service replays weekly on Mondays or Tuesdays.

A Fresh Look for LJCC

A Fresh Look for LJCC

Transformation Starts in Community

a beveled sign of the new logo

We’re at a crossroads – both literally and figuratively! The new LJCC logo is symbolic of where we’ve been and also marks the beginning of a new chapter at LJCC. LJCC is an intergenerational family of families. The lines woven together in unity represent our commitment to the body of believers here at LJCC and those who have yet to walk in our door. Because at LJCC, we believe we’re better together. We’re committed to meeting everyday people wherever they’re at on their faith journey. Join us in spreading the news by using #LJCommunityChurch

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Life is an Adventure to live

Life is an Adventure to live

Psalm 91 – Focusing on God’s presence Who He is and what He is able to do

The focus is on where we dwell vs. where we hide (and we are all tempted to hide)
We hide because we have believed a lie, we live in shame. We hide thru achievements, sorrows, victimhood, from grief and loss, wealth, problems and other life issues. The solution is to seek God above all else. Hiding will not satisfy and you will trust in no one but yourself and your ability to protect yourself. But God says “seek me, I will give you My grace, My righteousness, I will put a new heart in you and a new song to sing. God will be our refuge and fortress.”

The Church is meant to be a refuge. It is like a hospital, a gym, a lab, a workshop, a spiritual spa treatment–everyone seeking to encourage one another in their personal growth through prayer and reassurance. God is calling us into a place of refreshment. He also calls us to a place called a fortress-a picture of strength, organization, and preparedness, a place where we can get our “act” together. There He will build you up and make you strong.

·  God is calling you into His presence among His people which is a refuge and a fortress to dwell and not hide from the world and become a new person in His name.
·  The Lord is actively protecting you from evil
·  The Lord delivers us from a variety of threats – real and imagined
·  You can be assured God’s Hand is on you. It is not luck, fate or skill
·  We know that harm does overtake us and disasters engulf God’s people but He will always be our refuge
·  The psalmist emphasizes God’s greatness over the enemy of your soul

The bottom line – the punch line to this riddle-like psalm:
God is bigger, God is better than we can even imagine. He IS with you and He IS for you in spite of any signs to the contrary.