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  • Surviving life's storms

    Dr. Rick Koole, LifePointe Church|Updated Sep 23, 2022

    I remember as a child reading the “Song of Hiawatha” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Young Hiawatha lived on the shores of Gitche Gumee, which I later learned was the Chippewa word for what is now known as Lake Superior, a lake notorious for its powerful storms. It was 47 years ago that a massive 730-foot-long ocean oar carrier named the Edmund Fitzgerald broke in half and sank during one of Superior’s ferocious storms, taking all of its crew members to a watery death. Speaking...

  • Restoring a friendship

    Dr. Rick Koole, LifePointe Church|Updated Aug 24, 2022

    Dr. Rick Koole LifePointe Church In every church I’ve been a part of, there are people carrying hurts that they have suffered from someone else in their own congregation. In many cases, a bitterness developed that has taken the joy out of their life and may have had a negative impact on the whole congregation. This is not something new. In fact, Matthew 18 not only states the problem, but then addresses how to deal with the situation. It’s my opinion that if Matthew 18 is fol...

  • Reasons may be multifold for prayers not being answered

    Updated Jul 14, 2022

    Dr. Rick Koole LifePointe Church You just keep praying, but never seem to get an answer, and you ask yourself “Why?” Is it because God doesn’t hear your prayers; or is it because God hears but doesn’t care about them? As a pastor, I get asked this question often, so let me share with you from the book of James six reasons why it may seem like God isn’t answering your prayers. Because we fail to ask. James 4:2 states it bluntly, “You do not have, because you do not ask.” By far the most common reason prayers are not answered,...

  • Protecting free speech

    Updated Jun 22, 2022

    FALLBROOK – While Jehovah's Witnesses have chosen to temporarily suspend their door-to-door ministry due to the pandemic, their activity was almost permanently banned by one U.S. village in the late 1990s – that is until the United States Supreme Court stepped in with a historic 8-1 decision on June 17, 2002, declaring the local ordinance unconstitutional. As it is the 20th anniversary of that precedent-setting decision, some Fallbrook residents wonder what their lives wou...

  • Gold, glory, and girls

    Dr. Rick Koole, LifePointe Church|Updated Jan 13, 2022

    Years ago, I spoke at a men’s conference where my speech was titled “Gold, Glory, and Girls.” I shared how those three temptations – also known as greed, pride, and lust – have brought down many men in positions of leadership in local churches across the nation. I then went on to share how men can guard themselves from these vulnerabilities, which the Bible refers to as the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life. With that in mind, let me share som...

  • Palomar celebrates inaugural class of Marine Corps leaders

    Updated Sep 16, 2021

    SAN MARCOS – The first graduates of Palomar College's new Military Leadership Apprenticeship program at Camp Pendleton were honored during a ceremony on the main campus in San Marcos on Friday, Sept. 10. A total of eight active-duty Marines were awarded program certificates, four of whom attended the intimate ceremony that was held on the lawn beside the campus veterans' memorial. "We can't wait to see what's next in your future," said Superintendent/President Dr. Star R...

  • Black Catholics' history: Will US Catholic schools teach it?

    Updated Jul 25, 2020

    DAVID CRARY AP National Writer NEW YORK (AP) - The history of Black Catholics in the U.S. is a dramatic mix of struggles and breakthroughs, but it has been largely ignored in the curriculum of Catholic schools. That may soon change. Amid the national tumult over racial injustice, there are high-level calls for the schools to teach more about the church's past links to slavery and segregation, and how Black Catholics persevered nonetheless. In the archdioceses of Chicago and...

  • There's no time to waste

    Dr. Rick Koole, LifePointe Church|Updated Jan 2, 2020

    Well, here we go again…another new year. The start of each new year brings a sense of excitement as people ponder both the new challenges and new opportunities the next 12 months will bring. And, it also reminds them of how precious time is. It is especially pertinent as a person approaches the end of their days. As Queen Elizabeth I famously offered while lying on her deathbed, “All of my possessions for a moment of time.” Each person will begin 2020 with exactly the same...

  • Does God hear your prayers?

    Dr. Rick Koole, LifePointe Church|Updated Oct 30, 2019

    Do you ever wonder whether or not God really hears your prayers? Are you wasting your time praying or does God actually hear every prayer you whisper? Let me share five brief comments I believe to be true regarding prayer. God hears every cry from his children. A lifeguard was asked whether or not amidst all of the noise on the beach, he could hear the desperate cry of a child in the surf. He answered, “No matter how great the noise and confusion, I have never had an o...

  • Jewish New Year starts at sundown

    City News Service|Updated Sep 29, 2019

    LOS ANGELES (CNS) - Rosh Hashana, the two-day holiday marking the Jewish New Year and ushering in a 10-day period of repentance and contemplation, begins at sundown today amid concerns about safety by some Southland Jews. "Certainly in the past couple of years, people have become more anxious,'' Rabbi Jonathan Kupetz of Temple Beth Israel, a Reform congregation in Pomona, told CBS2. American Jews experienced near-record levels of attacks in 2018, including the deadliest attack against the Jewish community on U.S. soil,...

  • Classrooms come roaring to life in new school year

    Updated Aug 30, 2019

    FALLBROOK – With the first week of school finally upon Fallbrook Union Elementary School District, what were once silent classrooms and playgrounds across Fallbrook and U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton are now roaring to life with the arrival of new students for the start of the 2019-2020 school year. The official start of the new school year may have come, but teachers, staff and administrators were busy all summer, training and preparing for the students that would b...

  • Zion Lutheran Church welcomes back the Rev. Pingel

    Updated Nov 1, 2017

    FALLBROOK – The Rev. Aaron Pingel has returned to Zion Lutheran Church in Fallbrook after 15 years serving the Lord in the Midwest. Pingel served in Fallbrook in 2001-2002, during his training year of vicarage under Zion’s previous pastor, the Rev. Mark Demel. Pingel will be serving to equip Zion’s members to meet the challenges of life through weekly messages and his passion “for teaching Bible class and digging into the text,” aided by his adept understanding of Greek and He...

  • Cornerstone Baptist Church to offer free summer bible school July 25-29

    Updated Jul 15, 2016

    FALLBROOK − Cornerstone Baptist Church will offer free vacation Bible School from July 25-29 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. for children ages 5 to 12. Fallbrook children won’t want to miss a minute at Ocean Commotion, the most welcoming place around. At Ocean Commotion, kids will learn about how Noah stood for God during the time of the Great Flood as they enjoy songs, crafts, games, goodies, and dramas. Vacation Bible School at Ocean Commotion will be an ocean of fun, so parents who want to enroll their children should con...

  • Zion introduces new pastor

    Updated Jun 3, 2016

    FALLBROOK – Zion Lutheran Church and School would like to introduce their new pastor to the Fallbrook community. Pastor Augie Ristow is an interim pastor filling a specialized role between former Pastor Mark Demel and a new pastor sometime in the future. Pastor Ristow has found Fallbrook to be a beautiful community of faith and has been amazed at how Zion is integrated into the community through 62 years of church ministry and 32 years of ministry to families and children a...

  • Walking with the risen Christ

    Updated Mar 24, 2016

    Pastor Steve Slater Living Waters Christian Fellowship Special to the Village News One of the many perks of living in Fallbrook is the availability of great hiking trails. Can you recall a walk you took that will always be a great memory? I remember the time our family went to the Grand Canyon (I also remember the time we drove by a sign that said, "20 miles from the Grand Canyon!" I told my family "we don’t have time to stop right now"... that is a story for another day). A...

  • St. Vincent de Paul donations help the community

    Updated Mar 24, 2016

    FALLBROOK – St. Vincent de Paul, a local nonprofit organization, recently presented donations to two other nonprofits in Fallbrook. Proceeds from the St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store were donated to the Fallbrook A Leer/Reading program, a community-supported service project, and the Foundation for Senior Care, which provides programs and resources that enable seniors to lead a more active and meaningful life. The thrift store is located at 520 S. Main Ave. and is open 10 a...

  • God's love comes with humor and music

    Updated Mar 10, 2016

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  • Getting rid of weight

    Updated Dec 18, 2015

    Pastor Zac Elliot Fusion Church I was trout fishing trip in the Sierras with some men from my church and we decided to fish a stream at the top of the mountain. On the drive up I couldn't figure out why my truck was driving so sluggishly. It wasn’t until we got to the top that I figured it out. The smell of burning brakes was intense, and it was clear – I had forgotten to take the emergency brake off for the entire drive. Needless to say, I wasn't happy but the only per...

  • Hurt to Healed

    Updated Dec 18, 2015

    Pastor Zac Elliot Fusion Church Have you ever noticed how luggage crazy we are? If you walk through the airport you can see the vast hordes of luggage-crazed people walking from terminal to terminal. We are constantly on a mission to find trendier luggage with an easier way to carry, push or pull our bags. The stuff in the suitcase is the same, the only thing that's different is the bag that we carry it in. It actually sounds a lot like our lives and the hurt we carry. If you...

  • Visit Christ The King Lutheran this Christmas season to be renewed and restored!

    Updated Dec 10, 2015

    "Christmas is a time of renewal and regeneration for all of us. We reconnect to our Heavenly Father as well as to one another. There is no better way to invest in Christmas than to be in God's house in worship and fellowship." – Pastor Mark Johnson Captivating, spiritually uplifting, and a place for renewal and restoration. Those are just a few words that describe Christ The King Lutheran Church of Fallbrook. Amid the ever-increasing turmoil and uncertainty of the world t...

  • Church family honors Stetson, McHenry with wedding

    Updated Aug 27, 2015

    FALLBROOK – The church wedding that Chelsea Stetson dreamed about having became a reality at the Fallbrook United Methodist Church on July 26. Just two weeks before that, Stetson and her fiance, Corporal Jeremy McHenry, were planning to get married by a justice of the peace, but the generosity, love, and support from Stetson's church family made their church wedding dream come true. Fallbrook United Methodist Church Pastor Melissa Rusler officiated at the inspirational and h...

  • The 'worst seat' is a state of mind  

    Updated Aug 27, 2015

    Several years ago, my family and I, along with a large group of people, were invited to a friend’s house for dinner. At the time we were young, broke, and very excited to eat food. When we arrived at the house, there were some tables sitting nicely on the patio that were clearly set for children. When we walked inside we were more than excited to find a beautifully decorated table with individual place settings. It looked amazing! Just about the time we were supposed to f...

  • Fallbrook United Methodist Church welcomes new pastor

    Updated Jul 29, 2015

    FALLBROOK – The Fallbrook United Methodist Church (FUMC) held a welcome luncheon for it's new pastor, Melissa Rusler, on Sunday, July 12. Church members enjoyed a Italian feast catered by Vince’s Italian Restaurant, topped off by dessert cake provided by FUMC Hispanic Ministries, and summer fruits and petite fours donated by friends of FUMC. Pastor Rusler is originally from Columbus, Ohio but moved to Southern California at the age of 11 where she later graduated from Cos...

  • Less is the new more

    Updated Dec 26, 2013

    Can you remember what people gave you for Christmas last year? I don’t! I can’t even remember what gifts I gave my kids or wife last year. It’s not that I have a bad memory; I just don’t find my year-old stuff to be as exciting as the new stuff. I’m sure you can relate. Don’t you find it funny that we spend so much time thinking about, planning for and even losing sleep over “things” that a year from now we won’t even care about? I know that’s how all our favorite department stores want it. But it does become a vicious, tirin...

  • Less is the new more

    Updated Dec 17, 2013

    Can you remember what people gave you for Christmas last year? I don’t! I can’t even remember what gifts I gave my kids or wife last year. It’s not that I have a bad memory; I just don’t find my year-old stuff to be as exciting as the new stuff. I’m sure you can relate. Don’t you find it funny that we spend so much time thinking about, planning for and even losing sleep over "things" that a year from now we won’t even care about? I know that’s how all our favorite department s...

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