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February 4, 2013
A Costa Mesa church is hosting a job fair this weekend featuring three themes. The Crossing Church, 2115 Newport Blvd., will have its tables themed after business opportunities, career development and educational resources. The job fairs follow the Saturday service at 5:30 p.m. and Sunday's services at 9:15 and 11:15 a.m. The church is also looking for exhibitors who may want to advertise their business, promote jobs or be willing to help attendees with résumé development, job interviewing skills and other resources.
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By Cal Thomas, Tribune Media Services | February 8, 2013
Under pressure from religious and conservative groups, the Obama administration has offered another compromise on the issue of birth control coverage within the Affordable Care Act. While exempting churches and some religiously affiliated institutions such as hospitals and universities from supplying the coverage, the new proposal calls for their employees to receive stand-alone private insurance policies providing birth control coverage at no cost....
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By Jon Haber, Special to the Daily Pilot | July 10, 2010
Scott McGinnis, a former counselor at Vanguard University in Costa Mesa, found himself back at his old stomping grounds in Glendale this spring, nearly 30 years after attending the Grandview Presbyterian Church's Children's Center Preschool. Standing inside the sanctuary in front of an assembly of people, including friends and family, McGinnis was ordained and installed as the newest pastor of the church, with which he had established a connection when he was a child. It was the proud culmination of a process that began eight months prior, he said, when he first preached during a service at Grandview in October.
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By Billy Graham | March 7, 2014
Q: How can I know whether or not a group is a cult? A woman in my office keeps trying to get me to go with her to her religious assembly, but I don't know anything about it. I didn't come from a religious family, but I know I need God. — Mrs. L.F.H. A: I'm thankful you know you need to have God in your life, and I hope you won't let anything take away that desire. Jesus' promise is for you: "Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you" (Matthew 7:7)
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By Billy Graham | September 13, 2013
Q: You're always telling people to go to church, but all the churches I've been to are so boring I can't stand it. You'll probably tell me just to keep looking, but why should I? Besides that, I enjoy having a day to myself. — K.W.W. A: Let me ask you a question: What exactly are you seeking in a church? In other words, what would a "good" church be like, in your opinion? What do you hope to get out of it? I don't know how you'd answer, but let me suggest how you should answer.
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By Billy Graham | July 26, 2013
Q: Aren't Christians supposed to love each other? We joined a church after moving to a new city, and all the people seem to do is bicker (often about the smallest things). I'm a newcomer to the Christian faith, but I'm getting discouraged. — Mrs. C.P. A: You're right; Christians certainly are supposed to love others, especially their fellow believers. Jesus' words couldn't be clearer: "My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you" (John 15:12). When we don't love, however, it's because we haven't allowed Christ to take control of our lives and fill us with His Spirit.
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From the Los Angeles Times | June 12, 2012
An Irvine church has rescinded its offer to purchase the Santora building in downtown Santa Ana, an architecturally ornate structure that for years has served as the center of the city's artistic community. Tom Greer, the chief financial officer for Newsong, said that the church could not come to an agreement with seller Mike Harrah and decided to pull out of escrow. He declined to discuss specifics. Greer said if another property becomes available in Santa Ana, the church would be open to purchasing it. "Its been a very positive experience for us," he said.
NEWS
December 11, 2004
Deirdre Newman A glum Planning Commission endorsed St. Andrew's expansion project Thursday night despite the vehement objections of neighbors. After five hours of testimony and discussion, the commission recommended the City Council approve a change to the general plan to allow the church to expand by 22,000 square feet to accommodate a Youth and Family Center. The recommendation, which passed on a 6 to 1 vote, is contingent on 23 operating conditions the church has to abide by. Opposition to the growth is based on repercussions from the church's last expansion more than two decades ago. That enlargement resulted in problems like increased traffic and lack of parking that frayed the nerves of neighbors and eroded their quality of life.
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By Billy Graham | December 28, 2012
Q: My wife insists on bringing our two children to church, but I'm not sure I agree. They don't get anything out of it, and sometimes they're just a distraction to the people around us. Why bother? — R.C.J. A: You don't say how old your children are; many churches, of course, provide nursery facilities for very young children. Some pastors, I've noticed, include a brief children's sermon in the service, after which the younger children are dismissed to a special class. In other words, you and your wife may want to see what alternatives are available for your children.
NEWS
By Alan Blank | December 12, 2008
Hundreds filled St. Joachim Roman Catholic church in Costa Mesa on Friday night to celebrate one of the most important holidays of the year for Mexican Catholics: the storied apparition of the Virgin Mary (La Virgen de Guadalupe) centuries ago on a mountain in Mexico to give hope to the recently vanquished indigenous people. Every inch of space in the church was filled as people standing in the aisles squished together, and the crowd overflowed out of every door. Many wore street clothes, but some women and girls were dressed in white gowns embroidered with red and green designs.
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By Jeremiah Dobruck | April 19, 2014
A thin line of green tape and some self control was the only thing holding back the stampede. The racers were primed, leaning as far forward as they could without falling or bracing their feet to get the best start. Candy was on the line. After a five-second countdown blared through the loudspeakers, the furious footrace started. Parents chased behind as a blur of elbows, baskets and little feet that stormed a football filed-sized lawn at Mariners Church in Irvine the Saturday afternoon before Easter.
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By Emily Foxhall and By Emily Foxhall | April 5, 2014
The old Newport Beach council chambers, which have sat largely vacant for more than a year, came to life once again on a recent Sunday. Mayor Rush Hill was not present to call the meeting to order. The voting buttons on the dais - "yes", "no" and "abs" - went unused. About 5 p.m., two hours earlier than a City Council meeting usually starts, attendees began filing into the rows of auditorium-style chairs. But they didn't pick up copies of council agendas as they entered, nor did they come prepared with notes for public comment.
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By Billy Graham | March 7, 2014
Q: How can I know whether or not a group is a cult? A woman in my office keeps trying to get me to go with her to her religious assembly, but I don't know anything about it. I didn't come from a religious family, but I know I need God. — Mrs. L.F.H. A: I'm thankful you know you need to have God in your life, and I hope you won't let anything take away that desire. Jesus' promise is for you: "Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you" (Matthew 7:7)
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By Billy Graham | February 21, 2014
Q: I can't get around very easily because of some physical disabilities. They've gotten worse recently, and now I've had to stop going to my church because it isn't handicapped accessible. Will God understand why I don't go anymore? — Mrs. A.B. A: I want to assure you that God understands your situation, and he doesn't look down on you because you can't do everything you once did. The Bible says, "For we do not have a high priest (Jesus) who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses" (Hebrews 4:15)
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By Jeremiah Dobruck | February 10, 2014
A 12-foot-tall piece of brown paper covered in blue writing was taped to a wall in The Lighthouse Church's auditorium Saturday morning. "How are we doing on that list?" asked Tim Zimmerman, who was working with his two sons sweeping up the last bits of debris from their work pulling up carpet from the auditorium's stage. They were part of a group of about 60 boys and their parents who were working through 14 items on the paper, such as removing the carpet from the chapel floor, painting fences, and installing shelves for a wardrobe room that holds donations for families in need.
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By Billy Graham | January 31, 2014
Q: Last weekend, my husband started getting his tax records together, and like every other year, he's figuring out ways to cheat on his taxes. He says the government would only waste the money anyway, but I've told him that doesn't make it right. Am I being too picky? — Mrs. N.N. A: No, you aren't being too picky, and as tax season approaches, I hope your letter will encourage others to be honest and resist the temptation to cheat on their taxes. The Roman Empire of Jesus' day had its problems with inefficiency and corruption, and it often didn't meet the needs of its citizens and subjects.
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By Billy Graham | January 17, 2014
Q: I've never admitted this to anyone, but I'm beginning to wonder if I'm drinking too much. It's not like I'm drunk very often (I'm not), but I need a few drinks to get through the day and a few more to calm down at night. Do you think I'm in danger of becoming an alcoholic? — D.F. A: Yes I do, because alcohol seems to have become an essential part of your life. In my understanding, alcoholism isn't just a question of quantity (how much you consume), but also of quality (how much you depend on it to keep you going)
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By Mike Decker | December 27, 2013
What do the following four influences have in common: a self-absorbed, inward focus, city ignorance, competing values and prejudice? Let me get you started. One will recognize that these influences are nonpartisan. They are readily found in both nonprofit and for-profit businesses. One can find evidence of their existence on school campuses, within community sports teams and even among various social and special interest groups. They are equally not a respecter of race, gender, age or faith.
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By Paloma Esquivel | October 31, 2013
You have 10 minutes to sell someone on Catholicism, no more than that to distill the teachings of the Koran or the foundations of Mormonism. It's speed-dating for religion , and in a burst of faith-driven curiosity, dozens of students at  UC Irvine  raced from room to room Wednesday to listen to religious students (and two atheists) break down the core tenets of their belief system while on the clock. "Is it required to wear wraps on your head?" "What exactly do you do on a mission?"
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By Michael Miller | October 3, 2013
It took fingers from a considerable portion of the globe to make the modest vegetarian grape leaves that will sell three for $2 at this weekend's Armenian Festival. Wednesday morning, one man and about a dozen women gathered around the food preparation table at St. Mary Armenian Church in Costa Mesa, stuffing marinated leaves with fillings of rice, onions and parsley. Asked whether many members of the group came from Armenia, Ladies Society chairwoman Claudette Mekalian asked those present to state their countries of origin.
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