Entries Categorized as 'Multi-ethnic / Urban'

Episode 125 – Spiritual First Responders Tackle Obstacles as a Team!

Date September 16, 2012

    Welcome to another edition of the Transformed podcast. We wrap up our series entitled, Where Is God Taking Us? today. God is launching the men and women of Pacific Baptist Church into their neighborhoods as care givers – Spiritual First Responders who actually care for the well being of the people who live […]

Episode 111 – Decade of Destiny!

Date April 11, 2012

Welcome to a very special edition of the Transformed podcast. Solomon tells us that, “Where there is no vision, the people perish!” In our episode today, Dr. Matthew Smith, lead pastor in El Segundo, California, shares from his heart the vision he believes God is calling the people of Pacific Baptist Church to embrace. In […]

Do Not Fear! Complete the Mission!

Date March 26, 2012

Photo Credit: baptisttwentyone.com   So many times we fail to tell others about the amazing lovingkindness of the Lord for fear! This week, as we have been reading through the Bible, we came across Gideon in Judges 6. He was commissioned by the Lord to remove the oppression tyranny of the Midianites from Israel. But […]

Jesus Isn’t An App!

Date March 5, 2012

As I downloaded yet another app this week, I thought of the fun and convenience technology has brought to our lives. You know what I mean – apps for finding a great place to eat, mapping your route to your destination, saving at local businesses, reading books and magazines, watching TV shows … not to […]

Praying for Church Finances

Date February 13, 2012

by Pastor Mark Haines We welcome Pastor Mark Haines to Eagles In Leadership this week. He is a happy husband, father, grandfather and pastor living in the Great Lakes Bay Region of Michigan. You can learn more about him at his website. Our church has been struggling financially.  Many of our members lost their jobs as […]

Episode 103: We Are Called to Care!

Date February 8, 2012

Welcome back to the Transformed podcast. Thank you for joining us! Have you ever wondered what God thinks of your next-door neighbors? In our new series, “Walking with the Wounded,” Dr. Matthew Smith, lead pastor at Pacific Baptist Church of El Segundo, will explore that very thought. In this series we will focus our attention […]

Praying For Our City Leaders

Date February 5, 2012

By Dr. Matthew Lee Smith My phone rang yesterday afternoon. It was one of our city council members in El Segundo, California, where I recently accepted a lead pastor position. His kind words of welcome and thanks for my recent note touched my heart. He also offered to go to lunch or coffee soon and […]

Why Can’t We See Them?

Date January 30, 2012

As we walked the streets of our community this weekend giving away small bags of Valentine’s candy, my heart almost broke as I thought about all the people near our worship facility. Who are they? What’s their story? Do they know Christ? What aches and pains do they carry? “Hi, we’re your neighbor and wanted […]

Reframing Commitment

Date January 23, 2012

By Dr. Matthew Lee Smith Over the course of the past 2 years I have been thinking about the alarming statistics concerning the American Church. My friend, Len Sweet, says that 75% of the churches in America are dying, 23% of them are plateaued (often taking those from dying churches) and the remaining 2% are […]

Serve Us or Service?

Date January 9, 2012

By Dr. Matthew Lee Smith   As the Christmas season came to a close, I can remember how the focus for many was on themselves. They were interested in what THEY were going to get, what parties THEY were going to and what things THEY were going to be doing. In contrast to this was […]