Welcome to MacArthur Christian!

We are MacArthur Boulevard Christian Church, a group of people who come together each week because we want to follow Jesus. We strive to serve Him, one another, our community and around the world. Please take a moment to browse through our website.

If you have any questions please fill out our contact form, or call us at 360-694-2527.We are located at 7300 MacArthur Blvd, Vancouver, Washington 98685 (on the corner of Morrison & MacArthur). Our office hours are Tuesday - Friday, 9 AM - 4 PM PST.

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Who are Your Heroes?

When I was a young girl, I wanted to be a movie star. It looked like such a fun and wonderful lifestyle. The only problem is I couldn’t sing well, and I didn’t have a dramatic bone in my body. However, I dreamt of being one anyhow. Women like June Alyson, Maureen O’Hara and Doris Day were the stars in my eyes.

I know those names date me but change the names for some of your favorites and you understand what I’m talking about.

As I grew older, my heroes became educators and those in the academic fields. And of course there were the authors who wrote the stories that filled my head with adventures and mysteries here and abroad.

The only problem with each and every one I looked up to was the fact that there was some flaw in their lives. They weren’t perfect and I struggled with disillusionment.
Even the people in my own life, who I looked up to often failed at some point.
Reading the Bible showed me great men and women of God, but they too, fell short. All but one. 


He is the only one who never failed to do the right thing at the right moment. He was and is, full of love, mercy and integrity. He could have had everything this earth could give him, but instead He chose to spend 30 plus years living among the general public as nondescript as possible. That is, until He began preaching. People followed Him, amazed at what He said and the miracles He performed. But in the end, He died a gruesome death. Most denounced Him, turned their backs on Him at one time or another during those last three years, but He continued because He was doing His Father’s biding. He fulfilled His purpose on earth and returned to where He belongs.

He’s my Hero. I worship Him and only Him. Who is your hero?  Who do you worship?

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Living to the Fullest

The life of the Church here at MacArthur has been full these last few weeks. We held our annual Vacation Bible Camp the first week of August, worked on sprucing up the buildings and just gave away a lot of school supplies. Add to that a new pastor who is passionately in love with the Lord and desires to help us all become more passionate in our lives with the Lord.

Blood and adreneline. The faster the adreneline flows the faster the blood moves throughout the body, bringing sustaining oxygen and revitalization by removing the tired and toxic organisms which suck the life out.

God, through the blood of His son Jesus Christ gives us new life. Life eternal. No longer are we sucked dry, left to wander aimlessly through life. He renews us every day as we feed upon His Word and follow in His footsteps. It's that easy. Surrender all that holds you down and you will run and not be weary. It's a daily thing for the rest of your life. It's not always easy but the rewards will be great.  Are you walking in New Life? Would you like to find out how? Join us any Sunday morning around 10:45 AM. You'll be glad you did!

Friday, August 1, 2014

This week has run by like a locomotive. So much going on in the life of the church here at MacArthur!

1. We have a guest speaker on Sunday. His name is Tim Shields and he is the Director Elect for a mission group that our church helps support, Hisportic Christian Mission.

2.Vacation Bible Camp begins Monday and runs through Friday, from 9:30 AM-2:15 PM. Of course that means that some of us will be there long before and after the children. (By the way, if you live in Vancouver, WA and have kiddos between the ages of 4 and those going into 8th grade, bring them on Monday and register them for VBC)!

3. The following Sunday, the 10th, begins a new chapter in our church's life; a interim pastor who joins us and helps us transition from one pastor to another. Lots of changes are coming our way. Good ones I'm sure, not that there was bad stuff before, but every person who serves God and the body does things differently.

4. Family stuff happens and a momentous birthday for our youngest grandson happens in August. He'll be turning one. How fast this first year of his life has gone. A newborn who is now eating some regular food, walking, and generally a wonderful little fella to be around.

So you see, life is flying by. I'm trying to savor every moment of every day, but whew, what a great time to be alive! See ya!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

A Morning Walk

The early morning dew glistened on the field as the woman and her puppy strolled along the road. Birds twittered. An occasional dove sang to its mate. Peace and harmony reigned supreme. The woman glanced to her left. In the recently mowed field two black cats sat patiently in wait for their prey. Neither looked at the other. Distance and posture allowed them to focus on their specific area. The puppy stopped to sniff the ground. The woman watched the cats, bemused by their intent focus. 

When the puppy decided to move on, the woman was startled to find a white cat sitting on the fence watching her. The woman had been so focused beyond the fence to the cats in the field that she’d missed the cat who only sat a few feet from her.

Sometimes we are like that in our lives. We look to the future so far ahead of where we are, that we don’t see what is going on around us at this very moment. We’re taught from childhood to think about what we will do when we grow up. When we grow up, we must set goals and work towards them. We’re always focused on the next turn in the road, never in the here and now. So often I’ve heard older folks say how they regretted what they had taken for granted and missed out because they were focused on the future.

Do you walk in the moment? Would you like to walk in the moment? Do you allow God to be in each moment? If not, why not? I’d love to chat with you about that or anything else yo
u might have on your mind.

Friday, July 18, 2014

“Don’t let yesterday use up too much of today.” ~ Will Rogers

Who was Will Rogers? The following quote was taken from a review of the book, Never Met a Man I Didn't Like: The Life and Writings of Will Rogers.

       Will Rogers was America. Part Cherokee Indian and former cowboy, he captivated audiences around  the world with sparkling gems of wisdom cloaked in gentle and uproarious country wit and astonishing rope tricks.
      A simple, plain-spoken man, he was the voice of a nation during the '20s and '30s. Movie star, vaudeville headliner, radio commentator, his views and observations were syndicated daily and weekly in  over 600 newspapers across the country.

Will Rogers was born in the late 1800’s. He became known as the Cowboy Philosopher as he gained fame traveling the world in different Wild West shows and then to Vaudeville where his homilies became more famous than his rope tricks. People identified with him during the depression where nothing but doom and gloom permeated their lives.

Today, is no different than then. Everywhere we look, there is gloom; and a sense of fear grips the world. But if we take what Mr. Rogers said to heart and look forward and not backwards, life can be enjoyed.

The Bible states in Psalms 46:1 “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear…”

A truth about God is stated. The word ‘therefore’ is used to tell what our course of action will be. You noticed I didn’t say ‘should be’. ‘Will’ is an act of doing; we’ve made up our mind to do something. In this case; we will not fear.

We can decide to worry about yesterday and the past events. We can worry about what will be coming in the next few days, months, years…or we can put our trust in God for today and keep our eyes, heart and mind on Him.

Who do you put your trust in?

Friday, July 11, 2014

Regaining our Strength

“But those who trust in the Eternal One will regain their strength. They will soar on wings as eagles. They will run—never winded, never weary. They will walk—never tired, never faint.”   Isaiah 40:31   The Voice

This is one of my favorite verses to meditate on when I’m feeling burned out. “The Voice” words this a little different from the NIV or NAS. The meaning isn’t changed but it’s the use of a certain word that help me to understand the verse better. That word is ‘regain’. Those who ‘trust’ God can regain their strength. But how do we do that? We do it by trusting God. The NAS says ‘those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength. Trusting and waiting on God are similar. One must have confidence in order to trust. Waiting means there is an expectation that something will happen.

Trusting and waiting is never easy. However, it’s an important aspect of our journey with God.

The few verses before verse 30 says this about God:

Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth does not become weary or tired. His understanding is inscrutable. He gives strength to the weary and to him who lacks might He increases power.  Isaiah 40: 28-29 NAS

God’s Word gives us the assurance that we need to continue with Him. Do you need reassurance in your life? We all do at times. Search God’s Word and seek out those who can help you in your quest. 

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Vacations take us away from our daily routine. This is a good thing. It allows us to recharge our batteries. You may have noticed I have not written a blog for the last few weeks. That’s because I was on vacation. We had a family member graduate from medical school and then marry his fiancĂ©e the next day. This brought family together from all over the United States to Des Moines, IA and was a fantastic time of celebrating both achievement and moving into a new phase of life.

I’m on a mission board which meets once a year and it just so happened that the following weekend my meeting would occur in Ft. Myers, FL, so rather than travel back and forth, we chose to drive from Des Moines, IA to Ft. Myers, FL. This way we were able to see some of the countryside as well. Our first night on the road had us in Hannibal, MO. Now if you are a fan of Mark Twain, you will know that this was his home town and his stories of Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn are set in that area. The next night found us in Nashville, TN. We visited the Ryman Auditorium where the Grand Ole Opry began. As a child, our family watched it on our black and white TV. I’m not sure my sister or I were very impressed with the musicians back in the day but now it’s a nostalgia kind of thing. My husband and I spent a lot of time remembering some of the famous people who performed on the stage behind us.

We finally arrived in Ft. Myers where I met up with our board members and had our meeting. Once we were finished there, we traveled to the east side of Florida to visit with another family member for a few more days before flying home.

The sights and sounds of this trip will linger with us for a long time and the memories made will last a lifetime.

Have you gone on a vacation that exceeded your expectations? Are you going on a vacation this summer? I’d love to hear what you experienced.