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Monday Memo - September 16

I have noticed that next week, most primetime TV shows begin their new seasons. Got a favorite?  What if the network decided to show reruns at primetime and the entire year?  You would give it up, forget it and move on to something “fresh.”

The gospel is timeless, and the Bible and its application to our lives is “fresh” at all times. Yet when it comes to our lives, we seem content with reruns. Years can go by without any movement of our story line, or progress to new or fresh pastures. It doesn’t seem like anyone one is watching our lives. Same ole’, same ole.’

That could begin to change this Sunday! We begin a new six-week series entitled…


If you wonder where your life is going, where you are now, and how to become a part of God’s Ultimate Journey, this series is for you. This has been in the preparation phase for six months or longer and I am certain that if you will give yourself to it, you will likely begin a journey that can last your entire life—and that without regrets!

You could invest in this journey now by joining a small group so you can study alongside a few other new friends. To find out more, visit our website.

What a joy it is for me to be a part of the Ultimate Journey with you all!  By the way, our three services are working out well with a good balance of attendance at 9:15 and 11:00. The 12:30 has a way to go. If you are looking for a more personal and informal environment with the same elements of the other services, give it a try!

P.S. There is a very practical way you can support Mountain View this fall. We collect Labels & Boxtops for Education throughout the year, but we currently have an opportunity to secure extra bonus points, resulting in even more resources for Mountain View School. Please bring in product labels from the following brands:  Pepperidge Farm, Pop-Secret, Emerald and Post. You may drop them in the Labels for Education collection bin in Connecting Point. They must be received by Sunday, October 6th.

If you would like to help sort and count the labels, contact my wife Leslie via email.

Grace and peace, 

Tom Oyler
Lead Pastor   


Looking Back

"Stalled? get moving again: Anger"   James 1:19-21

Anger is often called a secondary emotion because it frequently masks more vulnerable feelings such as loss, insecurity, or guilt. James 1 contrasts “human anger” with “God’s righteousness,” indicating that if we want to get unstuck in our spiritual growth we must wrestle honestly with our anger. Fortunately, the message of the Gospel is able to speak deeply into the areas of our lives that trigger angry emotions.


“Human beings have always employed an enormous variety of clever devices for running away from themselves. . . . We can keep ourselves so busy, fill our lives with so many diversions, stuff our heads with so much knowledge, involve ourselves with so many people and cover so much ground that we never have time to probe the fearful and wonderful world within. . . By middle life most of us are accomplished fugitives from ourselves."             

            ~John W. Gardner

“Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured.”                

            ~ Mark Twain

“A void in my chest was beginning to fill with anger. Quiet, defeated anger that guaranteed me the right to my hurt, that believed no one could possibly understand that hurt.”

            ~ Rachel Sontag, House Rules

“How often it is that the angry man rages denial of what his inner self is telling him.”

            ~Frank Herbert


1.       Do you think of yourself as an angry person? Why or why not?

2.       The next time you experience anger, ask God to help you identify what is at the root of your emotions. What is one thing you will do this week to put James 1:21 into practice in your life?

Looking Ahead

"The Ultimate Journey"   Ecclesiastes 1-2; Mark 4:3-20; Ephesians 4:13-16

Are you tired of church hype that promises you something that is unattainable or obviously irrelevant?  Have you secretly given up any hope that your life is going somewhere that will be meaningful to you and to those around you? The Ultimate Journey. No hype. No hoopla or religious jargon. Just the straight stuff. Find out for yourself.


1.      Solomon - rich, powerful, wise, pampered, accomplished. He wrote of his journey in Ecclesiastes.

         How would you describe it according to 1:12-2:17?

         In what ways can you identify with his journey or see the relevance to our culture today?

2.      Jesus told a story (parable) that traces the ultimate journey. He has it in mind for us in Mark 4:3-20.

         What is the goal of the journey in the mind of Jesus?

         What are the potential obstacles to the journey?

         Where do you see yourself in the story?

3.      Paul also illustrates the journey, but with a real life metaphor or illustration.

         How does it show up in…

         1 Corinthians 13:11-12?

         Ephesians 4:13-16?

         Colossians 1:28-29?


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