Managing Trauma with Resilience [Free Workshop]

October 24, 2019

I met a woman recently who described her escape from the Camp Fire on the Ridge a year ago and within just thirty seconds she was weeping. 

She described trying to get her two 100 pound dogs in the car and losing her husband just prior to the fire as well.  The trauma that this new friend of mine has experienced continues to wash over her almost a year later. 

When I asked her if I could bring her to a workshop on trauma, she immediately said yes. 

I didn’t even get a chance to fully describe what will be happening at the event.  She knows she needs to work through more of this excruciating pain.  It is so healthy that this woman is acknowledging her grief, pain and how overwhelmed she is with even the smallest of tasks. 

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Answers to Pray

October 17, 2019


Stories that are told in the Burchett house usually start with the phrase, “When Daddy was a little boy…” 

Forty years ago, as a family attending Neighborhood Church, we were encouraged to host international students from Chico State for dinner.  A handful of times I remember sitting with my little sister and parents around the table for a meal with these students, and even though it was  hard to understand them at times, I was very curious about the world, other nations and cultures that I would listen intently as they talked. 

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October 10, 2019

As I was praying on the way to work this morning bringing all my questions, doubts, and need for direction to Jesus. The Lord gave me what I will call a “little daydream” while behind the wheel.

In my mind’s eye, Jesus was stacking up all of my prayer items like someone who works at the return’s desk on  December 26th.  I didn’t imagine Jesus being put out by this truckload of problems and questions I was bringing him.  When I looked at his face, he seemed to be grinning at me from ear to ear, clearly he was reminding me that where I might see things as hopeless,  he carries hope in every situation.

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Strong Women

October 3, 2019

I am so proud to be a part of a movement with strong women who have taken faith-filled risks. 

As we strive to empower women in leadership positions, sometimes it’s helpful to look back at where our movement has set a good example for us to follow. 

One of the people who made a profound impact in the early days of the Christian and Missionary Alliance is Carrie Judd Montgomery. 

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Finishing Well

September 19, 2019

I met with my friend Dante today at my office, during our visit the Lord was showing me what it looks like to finish well. 

“Dante” is not the writer of the 14th century, but the lead singer of the Evergreens a group from the late 1950’s. 

Dante and the Evergreens released Herb Alpert’s first #1 hit song “Alley Oop.”  This music group of four young white guys was the first of its kind to perform for high profile African American venues like New York’s Apollo Theater and Philadelphia Uptown Theater.  While the band only lasted a few years, it’s lead singer went onto to sing with The Isley Brothers, The McCoys and Herb Alpert. 

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Happiest Place on Earth

September 12, 2019

This past week we went to Disneyland to celebrate our daughter’s 21st birthday. 

While we were waiting to meet her at the main gate to enter the park, it was fascinating to watch the many people’s faces as whole families dressed alike in matching outfits, some running toward the gate in excitement, children laughing and people smiling.  The mood of anticipation and expectation of a day at the “happiest place on earth” made this a curiously pleasant environment. 

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Who Was Timothy?

September 6, 2019

Have you ever wondered who this Timothy chap really was (to whom 1st and 2nd Timothy were written)? 

Last Sunday we started our walk through the books of 1st and 2nd Timothy, if you missed the message you can listen to audio or podcast here.

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Reaching those in need with Hope

August 29, 2019

The Christian and Missionary Alliance is strong and growing in Napa, California. 

Osvaldo Mata is my friend who pastors Hope Christian Center in the Napa Valley.  He is a passionate young pastor with a heart to reach his city with the Gospel of hope that Jesus came to give us.  Os, as his friends call him, is not afraid to be himself as he reaches out to his community.  Some Hispanic pastors have misunderstood his casual dress for taking his calling lightly, but if you have spent 30 seconds with this brother, you can see that he is willing to give everything to see Jesus lifted up. 

Hope Christian Center has done an event called “Hopefest” for the past four years. 

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August 22, 2019

I have to admit that am a pioneer. 

pi·o·neer  /ˌpīəˈnir/

A pioneer is a person who is among the first to explore or settle a new country or area.  They could also be one who is the first to use or apply a new method, area of knowledge or activity. 

John Bidwell, pictured above, is the first one who comes to mind who embodies the true spirit of being a pioneer.  As the founder of our city and the man who led the first immigrant wagon train over the Sierra Nevada mountains, he was a man who was willing to take a risk to go places that were uncharted. 

Bidwell was far from perfect, but along the way he decided to give his life to Jesus Christ and some of his rough “burly pioneer man” edges began being smoothed over as the Holy Spirit began shaping him to be a husband, a business man and a protector of the Native American people of this region. 

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Symbols & Reminders

August 15, 2019

I love it when clothing, art or jewelry tells a story of what’s happening in your heart.

I’ve never been one who wears jewelry, but when the signet ring I wear on my right hand was made for me that all changed. 

This gold ring has a trinity knot on it that symbolizes the eternal nature of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit who shape my life.  Since receiving it some years ago, It has not left my hand.  It is a reminder that I belong to this God who exists in three persons. 

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