Second Issue of Stories Journal Released

The second issue of Stories Journal, a free magazine produced by Walnut Creek, is now available. Grab a copy at any of our weekend services!

Jesus rising changes everything. As the Apostle Paul declares in 1 Corinthians 15:17, “If Christ has not been raised, your faith is worthless; you are still in your sins.” God refused to abandon us, sending Jesus to be the remedy for our sin. As He was crucified, Jesus inhabited suffering. If His story ended on the cross, we would have no reason to hope. Death would have won.

But in the three days Jesus lay in the tomb, the entire future of the world changed. Jesus rose, and as He did, so do we. Jesus is alive. The power of His resurrection is enough to remake us, redeem us from sin, and deliver us from ourselves. The resurrection gives us eternal hope.

God is in the business of resurrection in all of our lives. That’s why He entrusted the Gospel to us (2 Corinthians 5). To messed up, selfish people like us. People who get confused and afraid and intimidated. God promises to redeem our mistakes. Promises to use us to help redeem others’ lives. Promises to be with us. Promises to change us until all the threads of our lives are surrendered for Him.

That’s our hope. The beauty in His resurrection is that we can stop living for ourselves and instead give up our lives. We need to learn who the story is about. Our stories are ultimately about God. Each thread is a glimpse of how our stories fit within His story. He wrote each of us in, and all of our threads are working together for His glory.

"Let the redeemed of the Lord tell their story" (Psalm 107:2). This is why we made Stories Journal–to tell the stories of lives made new. Stories Journal is a free magazine produced by Walnut Creek Church. Grab your copy this weekend at any of our services. Check out to start reading today!

By Jackie Wallentin 
Walnut Creek Windsor Heights 

"Crazy Things Jesus Said" Series Launch

Walnut Creek launches a new message series – "Crazy Things Jesus Said" – church-wide this weekend. The series through the Book of Mark is the third installment of the "Crazy Things Jesus Said" series which was first launched in the summer of 2013.

Over the course of the summer, we will study Mark 11-16, taking a close look at Jesus' final days on earth–emphasizing His actions, deeds, and commands. Join us as we look at who Jesus is and how we are to respond to Him.

Free "Crazy Things Jesus Said" study guides are available at each location. You can also follow the message series through our mobile app and online. Share your thoughts and what you're learning during the series on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram with the #CrazyThings hashtag.

And each week during the series, we'll be posting wallpapers to correspond with the current passage we're studying. ‪Grab this week's wallpaper for your device!