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Friday, March 29, 2019

The Greatest Battle Has Been Won

"Faithfulness springs up from the ground and righteousness looks down from the sky" [Ps85:11].

I remember cherishing the times when we went out to the movies. With popcorn in hand, and the silver screen surrounding us, I would intently watch how the plot would unfold. It was always the battle that intrigued me. The greatest example is Sylvester Stallone in "Rocky". With the most unorthodox fighting tactics, Rocky would deliberately take on every punch in order to exhaust his opponent. Clubber Lang, Hulk Hogan, Apollo Creed, Tommy Gunn were the very opponents that caused great havoc in the ring. Yet the ultimate test was the dominate Ivan Drago. Clearly, Rocky was undersized, undermanned, and under-everything. The odds were stacked against the humble boxer from Philadelphia. But yet, Rocky never gave up. He trained, with a blender and egg yolks in hand, running through the city, all the way up to the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

This is the quintessential picture of what it takes to partake in any battle. With his Arms raised and stretched out, Rocky was ready to face his greatest nemesis, Ivan Drago. The bell rung, the fight started, and the battle had begun! Round after round, bloodied and bruised, tired and weary, it seemed defeat was to be the end result. Yet through all odds, Rocky is victorious!

This movie serves as a metaphor to the battles in life. At times overwhelming and impossible, we continue to endure in faith. We run the race, [1Cor9:24-26] in the midst of every anxiety, pain, stress, sadness, chaos and dysfunction. And though we may become disenchanted by the spiritual battle [Eph6:12], we remember, "take heart, it is I do not be afraid"[Mt14:27]. The battle is not yours to win. But it is the Lord's battle to be won. For not only does "righteousness look down from the sky" but it is our Lord who comes down to be our righteousness by way of the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world[Jn1:29]

With His arms raised and stretched out, Jesus fought the battle for you. Dying the biggest battle at Calvary. A battle that involved the hardest and most faithful work. Facing the greatest nemesis of sin death and the power of the devil, Jesus endured, grueling through the excruciating pain of the Cross for you. Round after round, Jesus fought, Jesus endured, Jesus was faithful as He took upon Himself the sins of the World. Bloodied, bruised, tired and weary, it seemed defeat was to be the end result. But when the final bell was rung, Jesus bowed His head, and says, "it is finished". And indeed it has! The resurrection proves all things! [Jn11:25-26;Jn2:19, Rom4:25, 1Cor15:17] And thus, The battle has been won! The devil quelled, death destroyed and the forgiveness of sins delivered for you by the victorious death and resurrection of our Lord. And as one of the criminals on the cross had said, "Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom. And He said to him, Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise"[Lk23:42-43]. And so this goes for you. As "Faithfulness springs up from the ground" we receive the most comforting victory that in the name of the Father and of the Son and the of the Holy Spirit, the greatest battle has been won!


Have a blessed Easter!

✝️ Pastor Jeong

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Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Meet the Elders - March 2019

The elders of Faith Lutheran Church work together as a group to assist the pastor in planning worship services and other activities and programs which strengthen the spiritual life of the congregation as a whole as well as its individual members.

In order to get to know the men serving on the Board of Elders, read a little background on each one below! If you have any questions or concerns about the church, service, or the Pastor, feel free to contact your elder via a Slack message, phone, or email. You can sign up for a Slack account at

Dave Anderson - Maureen and I met in college, we were married in 1979 and will have been married 40 years this July 2019. We moved to Moorpark in 1987 with our two children Ryan and Kristen. Ryan and his wife Shawna live in Simi Valley with our two grandsons; Kylar (8) and Declan (5). Kristen and her husband Dan live nearby in Oxnard with our granddaughter Gracie, (10 months old). I have a Bachelor’s degree in City Planning and a Master’s degree in Public Administration. Although I am now retired my career in City Planning extended over a period of 36 years serving a number of Southern California Cities. Maureen and I take great joy in our family and being so close to our grandchildren. I volunteer in a number of capacities both at church and in the community. I enjoy a number of artistic outlets and also look forward to boating, hiking, and fly fishing.
You can contact me on Slack, cell phone (in directory), or email.

Dave Bovey - I have been married to Joyce for almost 51 years and we are still married! We have two daughters: Michele is in Vancouver WA and Nichole lives with us. I retired from Raytheon Goleta in 2010 after 25 years as a Software Engineer and 16 years with Federal civil service at Pt. Mugu CA and Patuxent River MD as an Electrical Engineer. I have served as Congregational President and Elder at Faith and have taught numerous Bible study classes. I enjoy woodworking, woodturning, and especially photography. I can often be found wandering the back roads of Ventura County with my little dog Stitch photographing wildlife.
You can contact me on Slack, cell phone (in directory), or email.

Jeff Mark - Melinda and I were married on May 6, 2006. We moved to Moorpark and started attending Faith in June 2006. We have two wonderfully energetic girls - Emily (9) and Avery (6). I work as a Software Engineer for LogMeIn designing and implementing features for the GoToWebinar product line. I use my talents to maintain the church website, produce sermon videos, and more! I also enjoy racing go karts, skiing, swimming, and biking.
You can contact me on Slack, cell phone (in directory), or email.

Anthony Payne - I have been married to Tara for 8 years after meeting her at Cal Lutheran University. We have two daughters, Ramona and Valerie. We have attended Faith since 2008. I currently work in investment management as a Director at Prudential. I enjoy hanging out with my family, watching the Miami Dolphins, playing golf and hiking.
You can contact me on Slack, cell phone (in directory), or email.

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