Keith's Weekly Update


Pastor Keith's Update - April 22nd, 2019


My daughter brought some donuts home from a place called Sidecar Donuts. She bought a half-dozen of different toppings for the family to check out. We put the donuts out with a knife and I would cut a small sliver of each and give my critique. After the first go around I couldn't decide which I liked the best. I took another go at it. And then another, and then another. Before you knew it I had probably eaten the equivalent of 3 whole donuts. I mean what is there to critique? They are donuts. They are fried, have lots of sugar, are 100% bad carbs, and then add in bacon and maple frosting and what you have is the perfect treat. I don't know what I was thinking when I thought I could get away with just a small taste of each. It was an "all or nothing" proposition. After eating 3 donuts I thought there would be a little "eating remorse," but I seem to be above that. No guilty pleasure here or so I thought. I went about my usual day, but at night before bed when I went to brush my teeth I got a quick glance at my face. I usually try to avoid looking at my face in the mirror because the image hasn't improved over the years and it can be quite scary. But for some reason this time was different. When I looked I saw that my chin had grown. It wasn't because of an allergic reaction. I think it was because of those 3 donuts I ate. I thought to myself does gaining weight actually work that fast? In my case I guess it does. I went to bed hoping the next morning I would be back to my original thickness, but so far it looks like a few extra miles on the treadmill. 


It seems amazing when small things can have a large impact on the overall health of things. Whether it is a person's well-being, the success of an organization, or who we believe in can be dependent upon the details or fine print of what we choose to trust. Making a decision to follow Jesus is a big deal, but growing, and falling deeper in love with Jesus is the finer print of our relationship with Him. Acknowledging Jesus as Lord is awesome, but caring for the widows and orphans is the follow though. Committing too and building the church is part of our calling, but unity and caring is it's "glue." There is a phrase that says, "there is the devil in the details." Meaning it usually takes more time, effort and money than you would expect or want in a project. But did you know that phrase actually got its origin from the phrase, "God is in the details." The idea behind that phrase is that everything we do should be done thoroughly and with importance. The more we pay attention to the small things of our walk in Christ the "bigger" our God will seem to us.  


update: 

  • Mother’s Day United Worship Service on Sunday, May 12th@10:35. Curry potluck (cooked by the dad’s) to follow after the service. 
  • Men’s Fellowship Breakfast, Saturday, April 27th, 8:30am at the Anchor. Breakfast and a good “manly” discussion provided. 
  • Dinner for 8 is a time for each of us to share a meal and get to know someone outside of church. We are looking for hosts and those who just want to share a meals. Please sign up for one or the other and we will set you up. See Roni Okubo for more info.
  • Anchor House of Prayer is the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month 6:30 to 8:30pm at the Anchor. Next AHOP is April 22.  
  • Family Camp registration is open. Dates: July 28 – Aug. 2nd. Register at PCJCFM.ORG. Scholarships are available. See Pastor Keith for more info. 

keith


Pastor Keith's Update - April 16th, 2019


I was talking outside with neighbor and we were commenting on what a nice day it was. Especially after all of the rain and most recently the wind. However, as fate would have it as soon as we said that I felt a sprinkle coming on. It was super light and the sun was shining, but I definitely felt a drop. My friend kept talking like there wasn't anything happening so I brushed off the drop off my head. When I looked at the drop I unfortunately discovered that it wasn't starting to sprinkle, it was a bird who decided to target my head as a latrine. The bird was a good shot as well. My neighbor didn't say a thing even though what landed on my forehead was not a natural color. If I were to guess I think the bird ate some worms infected with e coli. I wiped my off my forehead and was going to just wipe it off on my pants since I thought at first it was a raindrop, but now I had no strategy. I didn't know what to do and my neighbor wasn't done telling me his story so I just stood there with the bird dropping in my hand. Finally, after what seemed like an hour my friend gave me the "punchline" of his story and after our see ya, I couldn't wait to wash my hand off. I don't think I will ever trust the weather report again especially if they leave out the fowl in the air. 


Of all the open space on land and in the sky how could a bird randomly hit my forehead while it is flying. I mean I didn't look up and see the bird helicoptering over me and taunting me. I don't have any vendetta against birds. And so how could this happen? Nobody knows except of course me....and now all of you. I guess the bigger question is could I prevent this from happening again. Probably not and why would I put in the effort to do so. The answer of course is I wouldn't and even if I wanted to, I couldn't. It is too random and the odds just aren't worth the effort. But did you know that with God nothing is random. Even though there are billions and billions of people who are living or will be born to this world God loves each person like they are the only person on this earth. In the midst of everything going on in and around us God sees us and knows us. And not only that, when God went to the cross to take away our sins and separation from Him He did so because He loved each one of us like we were his only child. It wasn't by chance that He went to the cross to take away our sins. It was by His choice to give up His life so that you and I could live. Easter isn't a random act of kindness in which we hope God's love will fall on us. Easter is a the celebration of God's love for each of us. His love is available to all and it is designed just with you in mind. 


update:

  • Mother’s Day United Worship Service on Sunday, May 12th@10:35. Curry potluck (cooked by the dad’s) to follow after the service. 
  • Men’s Fellowship Breakfast, Saturday, April 27th, 8:30am at the Anchor. Breakfast and a good “manly” discussion provided. 
  • Dinner for 8 is a time for each of us to share a meal and get to know someone outside of church. We are looking for hosts and those who just want to share a meals. Please sign up for one or the other and we will set you up. See Roni Okubo for more info.
  • Anchor House of Prayer is the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month 6:30 t0 8:30pm at the Anchor. Next AHOP is April 22.  

  Keith


Pastor Keith's Update - April 8th, 2019


I am stuck in a sleep cycle that I can't seem to bust out of. I go to sleep at my usual time, and I fall asleep ok, but I can't stay asleep for very long. Around 3 or 4 a.m. I wake up and I can't go back to sleep. It is like waking up from a long nap. Although I am not eager to jump out of bed ready to get my day started, I am pretty awake. The killer is if I pick up my phone. Once I get online and start checking emails, or catching the news cycle I will be up for the rest of the morning. If, however, I am able to resist the phone it is still hard to go back to sleep. It is amazing how many sounds you can hear in the middle of the night when it is quiet. Creaks, taps, wind, bats, birds, and everything in between sound closer and bigger than they are. If that isn't enough of a distraction just when I think I am about to fall back asleep, I always have to go to the bathroom. And so I am struck in the middle of a debate. Do I just try to sleep the urge off or do I just get up and go? I always end up waking up and going which probably wasted an hour of restful sleep. Since I don't get my beauty rest or should I say ugly rest I am sleepy all the time. I am trying to break this sleep cycle so I can go back to my normal 7 or 8 hours of sleep. But it has been tough to figure out why I am not sleeping through the night. I don't seemed worried about anything and I am usually not bothered by caffeine. The only thing I can think of that has changed is Lisa's position at school. She has gone from a classroom teacher to a resource teacher in the district. Why would that make a difference? When Lisa was in the classroom and I was having a hard time falling asleep I would ask her about her day. As soon as she would start telling me about her kids (good and bad) and about their parents (good and bad) it was like eating a turkey. I would fall asleep mid-kid story and would be able to stay asleep for the night. Now all I get is she had a very productive day. That only gets me to 4 hours of sleep. So now I am experimenting with other relaxing techniques to help me get my 8 hours of ugly sleep. I think I need to get a counting sheep app on my phone.


It is surprising what you can hear and think in the middle of the night when it is quiet. Even when you don't want to hear things or have things pop into your mind everything seems more vivid, closer and clearer in the silence of the night. I think that is why God encourages us to be silent to hear his voice. But quietness is a hard thing to carve out each day in the middle of our busyness. I only discovered it when I couldn't sleep. Which means as soon as I woke up it felt like I didn't have that time. For me to hear God's quiet whisper I had to sort through the "ambient" noise of busyness, work, family, internet, sports and relationships. And so I have had to be way more intentional to not only find a few minutes of quietness, but to also set aside everything that can distract me. Which is everything but my Bible and me. When I have been able to get quiet, get rid of the distractions (I am batting around .600 with a goal of 15 minutes a day) it is amazing how much clearer and closer God is. My discernment sees more, the confidence of my decisions goes up, and the peace I experience is restful. I still need my 8 hours of sleep so I won't be tired during the day, but my spiritual rest is deep and refreshing even at 15 minutes a day.


update:

  • Online Giving: You can give to the Anchor by text. Text any amount to 84321. You will receive your receipt from the Planning Center for your taxes.
  • Artsy: Come join us for our next Artsy craft project on Saturday, April 13th from 9am to 11:30ish. The craft will be Japanese tie-dye. To sign up or for more details contact Lisa Tanita at ltanita4@gmail.com. On a side note....I need to make a correction from an announcement I made at church. With apologies, there is no child care at the Artsy craft event this Saturday.  
  • Men’s Fellowship Breakfast, Saturday, April 27th, 8:30am at the Anchor. Breakfast and a good “manly” discussion provided.
  • Easter Potluck: Sunday, April 21st. Come bring your special dish to celebrate the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. Anchor will provide the main dish and the rest of us can share our favorite Easter dish.
  • Dinner of 8 is a time for each of us to share a meal and get to know someone outside of church. We are looking for hosts and those who just want to share a meals. Please sign up for one or the other and we will set you up. See Roni Okubo for more info.

keith

Pastor Keith's Update - April 2nd, 2019


I have "fallen" for so many April Fools jokes I decided not do an update yesterday because my stories probably aren't that believable as it is.... let alone on a special day of lying. Not that my stories are lies, but they are pretty far fetched. Ok, I confess. I have lied before. Years ago when I used to write updates for my former church one of the Mondays fell on April 1st. I decided to make up a story about one of my single friends. I wrote how he had met a significant other and had secretly asked her to marry him. And now he was engaged. Of course this sent a shock wave through the church. I mean how could my friend who is not very good looking and has no personality meet someone that would agree to marry him and no one knew about it. But there it was in print. And my friend who didn't know I was going to make him the subject of my fabrication read the update but instead of squelching the rumor he went along with it. For a couple of weeks we had the church abuzz trying to figure out who this person could be. There were also close friends of his who were angry because they had no clue and he never shared that he was even dating anyone. For 2 or 3 Sundays I don't think my church heard a word of my messages. Although that is nothing new it was especially true of those Sundays. Everyone was focused on trying to figure out who this mystery women was. Then it got to a point where it was getting a little out of hand as all rumors do. Even though my friend wanted to keep it going I (the pastor) had to confess that it was all made up in fun on April Fool's Day. The funny thing about confessing the lie is after you let everyone know....everyone says they figured it was a lie. Which is a lie. So there you have it. That is why I am writing this on a Tuesday. 


Even on a day when we can expect something to be made up and not true, it is hard not to believe it. It is because for 364 days a year we trust that what we read or hear is true. Even if the information is a rumor our tendency is to believe it even if it doesn't seem right. Even when it comes to the Bible, how do we know what is in it is true. I mean some of the things written in it is pretty crazy. I read the other day about a man named Samson who killed a 1000 men with the jawbone of a donkey. How can that be? And now as we get closer to Easter there is story about a miraculous event where this man named Jesus is killed and 3 days later is resurrected. Is that really true? Well, without going into all of the historical, archeological, and prophetic evidence I believe it is true. I believe it is true because it is consistent with who God is. What ever He has promised He has never failed. But more importantly what He said He would do with and through those who follow Him has never failed. Lies eventually come to light but truth is eternal. That is why He can offer eternal life for those who believe in Him because His words and promises last an eternity. His promise in John 3:16-18 tells us, "This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. God didn’t go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again. Anyone who trusts in him is acquitted; anyone who refuses to trust him has long since been under the death sentence without knowing it. And why? Because of that person’s failure to believe in the one-of-a-kind Son of God when introduced to him."..... And that is no joke.


update:

  • Online Giving: You can give to the Anchor by text. Text any amount to 84321. You will receive your receipt from the Planning Center for your taxes.
  • Artsy: Come join us for our next Artsy craft project on Saturday, April 13th from 9am to 11:30ish. The craft will be Japanese tie-dye. To sign up or for more details contact Lisa Tanita at ltanita4@gmail.com
  • Change of Mailing Address: We have changed our mailing address. The new address is P.O. Box 6770, Torrance, CA 90504
  • Men’s Fellowship Breakfast, Saturday, April 27th, 8:30am at the Anchor. Breakfast and a good “manly” discussion provided.
  • Easter Potluck: Sunday, April 21st. Come bring your special dish to celebrate the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. Anchor will provide the main dish and the rest of us can share our favorite Easter dish.  

 * Next Anchor House of Prayer, Monday, April 8th, 6:30 to 8:30pm at the Anchor. Come join Pastor Wayne as he leads a time to pray, pray for others, or sit in God's presence.


keith


Pastor Keith's Update - March 25th, 2019


I was in a panic the other day. I couldn't find the remote control for the tv in my bedroom. That meant I would have to get up and travel 2 or 3 feet to change the channel or turn the tv off. Lisa ended up getting up and turning off the tv because she is closest and I already had my side of the bed warmed up. That worked for one night and I wasn't too worried that I would find the remote since there are not too many places to hide in such a small space. The next day I woke up and went to search for the lost remote. I looked under the covers, in the night stands, between the headboard and mattress and nothing. I expanded the search and started to look under the bed, around the dressers, and in the closet. Still no where to be found. I then began looking behind the dressers, and pulling the bed out to get a different angle. I still couldn't find the remote but I did find about 10lbs of black dust, a dozen empty water bottles, all sorts of miscellaneous brushes, one side of a bunch of socks, and Lisa's hair. Since that isn't what I was looking for I chose to ignore the mess and just put everything back into place. I mean it didn't bother me when I didn't know it was there so I am guessing I will get over it soon. With all of that, I couldn't find the remote and got tired of looking for it. Instead I just decided to order a new one from Amazon. Since I gave up looking I went about my normal day. When I went to put a load of clothes in the dryer that Lisa had put in the washer I figured out where the remote was. It was on a chair in the garage next to where the laundry basket was. My lovely, beautiful wife must have stuck the remote in the basket and forgot that she had put it to the side when she did the laundry. I was glad we found the remote but it wasn't before a few face scrunches in between. I texted Lisa and told her of my discovery and all she replied was with a "ha ha." I wasn't looking for an apology, but it did seamed like a very callous response to my pain and frustration. I guess she didn't know how important a remote control is to a guy.


Some things feel more lost to some people than others. Whether it is keys, remotes, or more important things like relationships not all people feel the same when they are lost. Others can't rest until what is lost is either found or replaced. But with God....He is never been ok with those who are "lost." He will not rest and will continually pursue that which is lost. It is at the very heart of who He is and how much love, grace and mercy He has for us. No matter how much junk we have surrounding our lives He never gives up. That is what Easter is all about. Easter is about God's relentless pursuit of those who are lost. I am not just talking about those who are having a rough time of it, I am also talking about those who don't wake up with a purpose to their lives. We all have "lostness." For some it is what drives us. Problem is we often look to be found in the wrong places. But God is the only one who can fill the God shaped holes we have. The Bible tells us that God loved the world so much that He gave up His son Jesus so we could be found. But it is up to us to believe and recognize our lostness and desire to be found.


update:

  • Online Giving: You can give to the Anchor by text. Text any amount to 84321. You will receive your receipt from the Planning Center for your taxes.
  • Artsy: Come join us for our next Artsy craft project on Saturday, April 13th from 9am to 11:30ish. The craft will be Japanese tie-dye. To sign up or for more details contact Lisa Tanita at ltanita4@gmail.com
  • Change of Mailing Address: We have changed our mailing address. The new address is P.O. Box 6770, Torrance, CA 90504
  • Men’s Fellowship Breakfast, Saturday, April 27th, 8:30am at the Anchor. Breakfast and a good “manly” discussion provided.
  • Easter Potluck: Sunday, April 21st. Come bring your special dish to celebrate the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. Anchor will provide the main dish and the rest of us can share our favorite Easter dish.

keith


Pastor Keith's Update - March 18th, 2019


We had an odor coming from our fridge that we just couldn't figure out where it was coming from. When ever we would open the door it would fill up the kitchen. Both Lisa and I kept looking to see if we could find what was stinking the house up but we just couldn't sniff it out. We would ask our two daughter's if they smelled anything and they said they didn't. Which is there way of saying they didn't want to be bothered. We both decided to clean out the fridge and threw away anything that was expired or that looked like me (old and moldy). It is amazing how many items were expired or shriveled up (me). After we filled up the trash bin, we threw some baking soda in the fridge and hoped for the best. It didn't help at all. We went through it again and threw away anything that might even be close to expired or opened. Still funky. Now it was Lisa and I who tried to ignore the smell, but we just couldn't ignore it. Frustrated we just couldn't figure out what was causing the stank. We would do our sniff test of every shelf like we were a bear trying to find honey. Only to come up with nothing. Finally, my daughter Lindsey went to the fridge and right away she figured it out. It was an old bag of kale. I looked at that bag of kale every time I opened the fridge but it didn't ever occur to me that kale would cause our fridge to smell so bad. I thought produce wilted and dried up. But not kale it had other intentions. Thankfully, we found the stank in our fridge and can rest peacefully. I know kale is good for roughage, but what I didn't know is it can also be rough smelling.


With perishables there is a short timeline between fresh, not so fresh, and old and tired. The same can be said of our approach to life, career, ministry, relationships, and spirituality. When we don't use things before the expiration, open things up without follow up, leave relationships hanging, or just hope things will get better all on their own what ever we have been sitting on will eventually deteriorate and spoil. I think that is especially true in our relationship with God and others. We need to constantly be refreshing our relationships and finding creative ways to make "every day" new. It starts with the heart. God creates newness of our heart and of each day. His mercy's are new every day even in the middle of our routines and schedules. We don't have to change our schedules to have God vaccinate our life with hope, purpose, light, and newness. But we do have to open the door to our heart for God to look inside and to find the areas that have expired or spoiled. Revelation 3:20 says, " Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in and eat with you. And you will eat with me." God promises to come into our lives and dine with us with fresh produce if we are willing to open the fridge for Him. That is nothing to sniff at.

update:

  • Online Giving: You can give to the Anchor by text. Text any amount to 84321. You will receive your receipt from the Planning Center for your taxes. 
  • Artsy: Come join us for our next Artsy craft project on Saturday, April 13th from 9am to 11:30ish. The craft will be Japanese tie-dye. To sign up or for more details contact Lisa Tanita at ltanita4@gmail.com
  • Change of Mailing Address: We have changed our mailing address. The new address is P.O. Box 6770, Torrance, CA 90504
  • Men’s Fellowship Breakfast, Saturday, April 28th, 8:30am at the Anchor. Breakfast and a good “manly” discussion provided.

Don't forget to invite your friends and family to the Anchor for Easter. We will have an Easter Egg hunt for the kids and of course a great "Tailgate" lunch for the rest of us.   

keith


Pastor Keith's Update - March 11th, 2019


I don't know what it is with me and animals. I must smell like a rodent or furry mammal because they love to visit with me in my garage. The latest chapter is my neighborhood squirrel. I have a big tree in front of my house and the squirrels seemed to want to make it their home base. Every once in a while you can see them hunting around for something to eat or build their nest. I usually don't pay much attention until they catch my attention. So about two weeks ago my "friend" caught my attention. I was sitting in my garage/office with the sliding door I made in the front of the garage closed. In the bottom corner there is a small gap about inch wide. As I was sitting there I heard a scratching sound and then I saw a small little nose sniffing through the hole. I couldn't tell by the nose if it was a cat or something else until I saw the bushy tail brush against the gap. I yelled at the top of my lungs to scare it away, but that didn't seem to do anything. I could still hear it outside the door. Finally I waited until it stuck it's nose through the hole and when it did I kicked the door as hard as I could. I don't know if squirrels make noises but if they do that probably would have been the time it would. I didn't hear anything so I ran outside to see if I had chased it away. I did, but only up the tree. Not knowing what to do I took the garden hose with the high powered nozzle and was going to try and knock it off the tree and out of the neighborhood. I turned on the hose on high and fired away. The squirrel saw it coming the whole way. It just ducked behind a branch and waited me out. I guess they are used to living outside with the elements. I finally gave up and was hoping I scared it enough to go bother my other neighbors instead of me. But for a week straight every time I sat in my garage the varmint would try to get in. I finally had enough and thought of another idea. I would wait until I saw it's nose and when I did I would spray it with an insecticide. Something that wouldn't kill it, but just put a burn in it's nostrils. I waited with my hand on the trigger and when I saw that little black nose I blasted away. That seemed to do the trick. I haven't had to fight my friend for a few days now. I see it, but so far it seems to have given up his visitations. And then the other day I parked my car on the street under the tree. When I got out it had droppings all over it. I think it might have been the crows but it did seem like the squirrel had a sheepish grin on it's face when I saw it looking at me today.

I sometimes feel like that squirrel when it comes to my relationship with God. Wanting to get a small glimpse of Him only to have my nose bruised a bit when I stick it the hole. I know God isn't like that or doesn't do that but for whatever reason that is how I feel sometimes. My guess is I probably feel like that when I have messed up somehow, or there is regret, or discouragement from something. My tendency would be to say forget it and not stick my nose where it doesn't belong. But I don't. I don't because I know what is behind the small openings is a Big, Big God. Just a small glimpse of a Big God is worth a lifetime of ups and downs. Ephesians 3 says, "I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. 20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us." If you give up on God because your nose gets bruised at the end of your life all you will end up with is a flat nose. God promises more than this life can offer but it often comes in small glimpses of a Big God. Psalms 84 reminds us, "Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere; I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked.11 For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless."

Update:

  • Online Giving: You can give to the Anchor by text. Text any amount to 84321. You will receive your receipt from the Planning Center for your taxes. 
  • NO Anchor House of Prayer for March. Pastor Wayne will pick things back up on April 8th. If you are need of prayer please contact P. Wayne.
  • Artsy: Come join us for our next Artsy craft project on Saturday, April 13th from 9am to 11:30ish. The craft will be Japanese tie-dye. To sign up or for more details contact Lisa Tanita at ltanita4@gmail.com
  • Change of Mailing Address: We have changed our mailing address. The new address is P.O. Box 6770, Torrance, CA 90504
  • Men's Fellowship Breakfast: Saturday, April 28th at the Anchor, 8:30am.

keith


Pastor Keith's Update - March 4th, 2019


I went to bed late and woke up even later than I should have. Which meant I had to get ready in a rush. It obviously doesn't take much for me to get ready since I don't have to do anything up top (I meant hair not brains). So really it is just brushing my teeth, taking my meds, and finding my keys, and I am off. As I brushed my teeth the grogginess of the night wore off and I discovered that I used Lisa's toothbrush instead of my own. There is no mistaking who's is who's since her toothbrush is red and mine is gray, but I took the most available at the time. Now I was in a dilemma. Do I rinse it off really well and pretend like nothing happened? Or do I fess up and let her know. What would you do? I choose the combo. I didn't fess up until later after she had used her toothbrush a couple of times. I just though being married supersedes germs and personal items. I just couldn't decide if it was gross enough to tell or not. I know I didn't think it was anything when I thought it was my toothbrush I was using. But when I discovered it wasn't, I did have that weird in between feeling about it. When I told Lisa about it she didn't react like it was disgusting, but she did switch right away to a new toothbrush. Now I am trying to decide if I want to use her old one since it is in better shape than mine. Life is hard to live in my shoes isn't it?


Sometimes we all need a fresh start even if there isn't anything wrong or broken with how we are living now. Living with a routine isn't the same at being stuck in a rut unless of course that is where your "heart" lies. That is where God can intervene. God can change your heart and make even the most routine life into a curious wonder of possibilities. The Bible tells us in Lamentations 3, "Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.” The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him..." God can bring newness to your life each and every morning no matter where you are or what you are facing. His faithfulness becomes as routine as brushing your teeth. And if you don't brush every morning lets talk.

update:

  • Online Giving: You can give to the Anchor by text.   Text any amount to 84321. You will receive your receipt from the Planning Center for your taxes. 
  • Anchor House of Prayer: If you would like to be prayed for or you would like to pray for others you can join Pastor Wayne and the prayer team on the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month. They meet at the Anchor from 6:30 to 8:30pm. Next March 11th
  • Artsy: Come join us for our next Artsy craft project on Saturday, April 13th from 9am to 11:30ish. The craft will be Japanese tie-dye. To sign up or for more details contact Lisa Tanita at ltanita4@gmail.com
  • All church clean-up Saturday, March 9th at 9am.
  • Change of Mailing Address: We have changed our mailing address. The new address is P.O. Box 6770, Torrance, CA 90504
  • Check out our new website: anchorsouthbaychurch.org

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Pastor Keith's Update - February 12th, 2019


I went to go watch Lindsey's club basketball team at UCLA this past weekend. If you have ever been to the campus you know for one it is expensive to park, and it is hard to find a lot to park in. Instead, since I am chubby I decided to park down the street off campus and then try to get my 10,000 steps in. There is hardly any street parking since I am not the only one to discover that it is cheaper and healthier to walk to campus, but I managed to find a spot about a mile away. Lisa and I finally made our way onto campus. I found it amazing how many crosswalks you have to cross within the campus itself. But there we stood standing on every corner waiting for the walk signal with no cars in sight on a Saturday morning. As rule followers we stood just staring at the walk signal as it counted down from "forever" to the go signal. We weren't the only rule followers to stand with us though. There were quite a few people running. As I was people watching I noticed something about the runners. One of the runners was like me. Big headphones, carried his wallet/phone in his hand, tight short shorts, and he wore a smedium t-shirt that showed his curves. Since he was just a jogger, Lisa and I would catch up to him at every crosswalk even though we were just walking. As we waited he would check his phone and I could tell he was swiping through his playlist trying to find a song he could run to, or should I say slow job too. And then there was another student who was on a weekend run who also had stopped at the crosswalk. Only this guy you could tell had been running for sometime. You could tell because he had really short shorts,and he didn't have any headphones or earbuds. But the telltale sign he was a runner is he kept looking at his watch. Not because he kept forgetting what time it was, it was because he was timing how fast he was running. I hate those people's. Needless to say, our relationship with him was only one light and he was gone. It became perfectly clear the difference in fitness between the jogger with the headphones and the stopwatch guy. It was also apparent the jogger needed a distraction to take his mind off of running while the stopwatcher had a goal in mind. As for me and the jogger, I think I could see myself rolling together for the next few crosswalks, but I would love to catch the stopwatcher someday.  


There is such a big difference between waking up in the morning and needing distractions to get you through the day and waking up wanting to get somewhere fast. That is why it is so important to find something in our life worth pursuing. Realizing there isn't anything we do which comes with parts we don't like to do, but at the end of the day we have added value to ourselves, an organization, a neighbor, and the world we live in. The great thing is we don't have to change what we do (unless you want to), instead we can change the purpose of the things we do. When we live and serve with the purpose of pleasing God and helping others it is a game changer. The Bible tells us in Matthew 6:30-33 (msg) “If God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowers—most of which are never even seen—don’t you think he’ll attend to you, take pride in you, do his best for you? What I’m trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God’s giving. People who don’t know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works. Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met." God is ready and waiting for each of us to stop living a life full of distractions and to live a life on the stopwatch. 


update: 

  • Online Giving: You can give to the Anchor by text.   Text any amount to 84321. You will receive your receipt from the Planning Center for your taxes. 
  • Anchor House of Prayer: If you would like to be prayed for or you would like to pray for others you can join Pastor Wayne and the prayer team on the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month. They meet at the Anchor from 6:30 to 8:30pm. Next February 25th. 
  • Artsy: Come join us for our next Artsy craft project on Saturday, April 13th from 9am to 11:30ish. The craft will be Japanese tie-dye. To sign up or for more details contact Lisa Tanita at ltanita4@gmail.com
  • All church clean-up Saturday, March 9th at 9am.  
  • Change of Mailing Address: We have changed our mailing address. The new address is P.O. Box 6770, Torrance, CA 90504
  • Check out our new website: anchorsouthbaychurch.org

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Pastor Keith's Update - February 12th, 2019


I was pulling some old cables down from the eaves on the house when I thought I had a good idea. Since I was already up on the ladder I decided to clean out the gutter. There is only one small section and I didn't think it would be that much work to clean it out. I reached up to the gutter and found it full of mud, leaves, and sand from the tile shingles. I knew then it was going to be a messy job. As I scooped a handful out it was as black and gross as you can imagine. Not only that but I had no where to throw the sludge. I decided to try and throw it in the bushes about 3 feet or so from where the gutter starts. The first handful was a mess. I had to use my left hand which isn't very coordinated and when I threw the sludge it missed the planter box and went straight on to the house. I eventually figured out where to aim but not before making the house look like a mud house. It was so messy even the plants looked bad. I finally removed as much as I could but there was still a lot to go. My fingers were already getting raw from scooping the sand when I had another brilliant idea. My idea was to take the hose with a power nozzle and to blast the rest of the mud out of the gutter and to wash out the down spout. I got the hose turned it up full blast and climbed up the ladder. As soon as I put the nozzle inside the gutter mud shot up into the air and all over me. I was now covered in sludge. Since I was already dirty I just decided to finish the job. After climbing down the ladder I spent the next few minutes cleaning the house, driveway, and plants. I felt stupid washing off the driveway right after it rained, but what could I do? There was already a small creek of mud flowing from the house, my head, and planter towards the street. It felt good to have a clean gutter, but not sure it was worth the mess. Unless you have an update to write I guess. 


We all have gutter clutter in our lives. Issues which impede the flow of "life" we want to experience. Emotional hurts, relationship problems, trust issues, loneliness, anger, and every other kind of emotional, relational, spiritual, and personal sludge issues in between. Sometimes we know exactly what is bothering us. Other times there are hidden issues which we may not even know about but pop their head up when things don't go our way. So what are you supposed to do with all of the junk in our lives? I am no psychologist, psychiatrist, or counselor, but I do know a good one who can help. God sent his Holy Spirit to help walk us through those hard to reach spaces in our lives. 1 Corinthians 2:10-11 tells us,“But God has revealed it to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the man’s spirit within him? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God.” As God, the Holy Spirit works as the Comforter and Counselor that Jesus promised He would be. As God, the Holy Spirit doesn't care how messy our lives are or how much work it will take He is willing and able to help us clean out our gutter. But it is up to us to take the first step and to let him into our lives to do the work. Living according to the plans and purposes of God always leads to a better life. It is not an easier life, but it is a life which you will not regret. 


Update:


  • Anchor House of Prayer meets the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month at the Anchor. If you need prayer or feel the heart and burden to pray for others please join Pastor Wayne as he leads this time in prayer. Next AHOP 2/25
  • Artsy is coming to the Anchor. Join our craft fellowship for the next craft on Saturday, April 13th at 9am. They will be making a Japanese tie dye craft called Shibori. Please contact Lisa Tanita at ltanita4@gmail.com for more info and to sign up. 
  • All church cleaning day scheduled for Saturday, March 9th at 9am. Come on out and bring your elbow grease to clean, scrub, and mop the Lemonade Stand. Afterwards you will be able to drop your food on the ground without any hesitancy to eat it off of the floor.  
  • All church picture on Sunday, February 24th between services. Please come with a smile and join the Nichigo and English together for a photo op. The picture will probably be taken around 10:15ish. 
  • Please make note of our new mailing address: P.O. Box 6770, Torrance, CA 90504


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Pastor Keith's Update - February 4th, 2019


I hate shaving, but it is a necessary evil for me. I need to shave because I can become pretty scruffy if I don't, but I don't have enough face coverage to grow a beard or even a mustache. My face would look more like a pin cushion than a Viking. Now I have tried all kinds of ways to get a clean shave. I have tried the traditional blade and shaving cream thing. That works until the blades get dull and you have to go to the store and get more blades. Instead, I would use the blades until they would scratch my face from applying so much pressure trying to get them to cut through the stubble. I have also used a couple of different kinds of electric shavers. I started out with a shaver which used a foil. A foil is a thin piece of metal with tiny holes in it. That worked ok, but only if I let my stubble grow long enough to be cut. I was never able to get a clean cut with a foil. So I switched to a rotary blade which I currently use. The problem with the rotary blade is it pulls my hair if the blades are dull or the shaver isn't charged enough. Either way it feels like shaving with a tweezer. I also can't get the blades to all the parts of my face and I am left with all kinds of patches here and there. I have tried everything, but it is either inconvenient, time consuming, or it doesn't give me a clean shave. If I try to let it grow out so I don't have to shave my beard it turns out to be patchy, itchy, different colors, and in bunches. For someone who needs all the help they can get in the face department I am not left with any options. I have decided to just work with what I was dealt with and do it as well as I can.


Circumstances, seasons, and life constantly changes. There isn't anything we can do to stop time from moving forward. The Bible tells us "To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven" For us to fight time is a losing battle. Instead, the Bible tells us to use the time for a purpose. In other words don't waste it. We can wish all we want for the "good ol' days," but those days will never come back. God wants us to add value to the time he gives us here on earth to make a difference, not to wish for things to be different. That is why time is the greatest currency and most important investment that we can make. It might be time to decide how valuable your investment might be.


Update:

  • Anchor House of Prayer: 2nd and 4th Monday, 6:30 to 8:30 at the Anchor. Join Pastor Wayne as he leads this time of prayer. Next Ahop, February 11th.
  • Artsy is coming. Come join in our on next Artsy Craft on Saturday, April 13 from 9 to 11:30ish for a fun time of crafting and hanging out. To sign up or for more info please contact Lisa Tanita a ltanita4@gmail.com.
  • We have changed our mailing address. We will still have our old P.O. Box for a few months but will be changing over slowly over the next couple of months. Please make note of our new address:

P.O. Box 6770

Torrance, CA 90504

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Pastor Keith's Update - January 28th, 2019


I am not following the Marie Kondo thing of organizing and tidying, but I did want to go through my garage and get rid of some of the stuff laying around. Especially in the back of the garage where I store some lumber and other garage stuff. I knew it was dirty but I did not realize how much stuff I had collected. Somethings were years old and for some reason I thought I would someday find some use for it. As I was throwing things away I finally got to the place where I could sweep and clean. I picked up the larger things by hand and then was going to use the broom for the dust. I reached to pick up some old dusty cardboard when I discovered it wasn't a cardboard at all. It was a dust covered mummified rat. I am no CSI but the rat has probably been dead for a long, long time. By the time I got to it the only way you could tell it was a rat was it's tail. Still, I kind of freaked out and my knees sort of wobbled a bit. It still had rat power over me even though it was dead. But after a few minutes of self talk and self assurances I convinced myself that the rat couldn't hurt me. I scooped it up with a dustpan and threw it away in my neighbors trash bin just in case it somehow came back to life and jumped out at me when I was throwing the trash. Just kidding. The bigger of the mystery in this however, is how did the rat die in the first place. It was free to roam around, and it wasn't caught in a trap, so you would think that it would have just left the garage when it got hungry. But then I noticed there was one of those Duraflame logs which was chewed in half. The chemicals in the log must have poisoned the rat and killed it. I will probably not shed any tears from the fallen rat, but it does make me hyper sensitive to all of the little creaks and sounds I hear in the garage. Fortunately, we have a critter specialist who is on our side and equipped to deal with the rodents, but nevertheless it does make you aware that there are animals who live amongst us.


I don't know if this counts as a "skeleton" in the closet, but I do believe there are things in our past which can shake our confidence in moving forward. Hurts, failures, mistakes, and bad experiences can sometimes wobble your knees when those feelings come up. That is the way I imagine Moses felt when God told him he was going to use him to confront Pharaoh to set the captives free. Although God said he would do all of the heavy lifting Moses still didn't have the confidence to do what God had asked him. Moses even tried to make excuses to the God of the universe to get out of this assignment. God showed a little compassion and allowed Moses to share some of the responsibility with a man named Joshua. But God still used Moses even though he wasn't completely confident he could pull this off. And to Moses' credit he didn't bail out and gave it his best effort. Before David fought Goliath there was a whole line of defense which was afraid to go out and fight the giant. Their confidence in their fighting abilities, strength and size made them seize up with fear. It wasn't until a little of a man named David, who relied not on his own abilities, but on the strength of God that there was a movement pass the paralysis of fear. Our lack of confidence should not be a barrier to hold us back on anything God has placed on our heart. In fact our humility and teach-ability is the platform which God uses to do some pretty amazing stuff in our life. What God sees in the lack of confidence in ourselves is an opportunity for Him to use us in a way that He has planned and purposed. The only confidence we need to have is to know God's ability and his faithfulness to us.


Update:

  • Anchor House of Prayer: 2nd and 4th Monday, 6:30 to 8:30 at the Anchor. Join Pastor Wayne as he leads this time of prayer. Next Ahop tonight. 
  • Artsy is coming. Come join in our on next Artsy Craft Saturday. Come join the craft team on Saturday, April 13 from 9 to 11:30ish for a fun time of crafting and hanging out. To sign up or for more info please contact Lisa Tanita a ltanita4@gmail.com. 

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