Monthly Archives: January 2018

Few Thoughts 1-26-2018

Greetings on another SoCal Day where the breeze is cool and the daylight is bright!  The view outside of my office window right now is blue skies with fluffy white clouds.  The temperatures may not be very high… at least for Southern California, yet, compared to many parts of the country… we are experiencing a heat wave.  We could still use some more rain!

I’ve just returned from a Pastors’ Breakfast gathering with those of our leaders pastoring the churches who have been most affected by the fires and rains these recent months.  We met in Ventura and had some time to reflect, listen to one another, share about our needs and concerns and pray for each other.  I am most grateful for these selfless pastors who are so quick to minister and serve.  May the Lord bless these leaders on the Central Coast and along Hwy 126.

ENCOURAGEMENT But do not forget this one thing, dear friends:  With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.  The Lord is not slow in keeping His promise, as some understand slowness.  Instead He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.  (II Peter 3:8-9)  It is quite evident that for years, during the time of Peter’s ministry, many people were asking him, “Brother Peter, how much longer?  When is Jesus returning for His church?”  And, of course… for nearly 2,000 years the church has been asking these very questions.  “When… when… when…?” 

 As I read, and re-read the scripture, I have found that all of God’s promises are true.  Every prophecy in the Old Testament was fulfilled at one time or another.  The statements made in the New Testament have all been fulfilled.  EVERYTHING, except for one.  His return for His church!  And I know that He is coming again.  I don’t know when… but I believe it to be very soon. 

 Right here Peter reminds us that He is “slow” or “patient” with us because He doesn’t want anyone to perish.  Earlier in this chapter he spoke on scoffers who would speak evil schemes… and that many would “forget” the ways of God and lead people astray.  In other writings we find that the end of times would show itself in fires, earthquakes, floods, and Jesus Himself said that the Gospel will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.”

 We are all fascinated with the things we don’t know nor understand.   It’s just the way we are.  We’d all like to know how much longer.  When will it be?  Remember, it was hundreds of years that passed when Isaiah prophesied saying, ”A virgin will give birth to a Son and she will call His name Immanuel,”… then, Jesus was born.  The Lord is slow in His return because He doesn’t want anyone to miss out. 

 As I look around, it is our reminder.  Church, it is our calling.  We must take seriously the message of salvation everywhere we go.  Jesus may be about ready to come.  Have you been reading the news… following the activities of the world?  And we already know that the Word of God is now in every country of the world.  Peter has challenged the church, you and me, to “make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with Him.”  What a great challenge and reminder we need to hear today.  “Come Holy Spirit, we need you!”

DISTRICT MATTERS:  Tonight the SDMI are sponsoring the INSPIRE weekend with all youth workers under the leadership of our SDMI Chair: Pastor Kathy Cannon and her team of leaders.  I look forward to spending a few moments with them.  Hope to see some of you there tonight. 

  •  L.A. First Spanish:  Last weekend I was privileged to be part of the Campaña de Santidad (Holiness Campaign) led by Pastor Juan Fajardo and our guest missionary and preacher Leonel De Leon.  It was great to see a number of our Spanish speaking churches take part in these revival services.  May the Lord be praised in and through us!

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  • Newhall:  Pastor Josh Johnson invited one of the JNI (NYI) youth workers leadership band from across the district to come and lead in their Revive Weekend where he had also invited Pastor Mark Bernhardt to be the special preacher.  On the night that I was able to attend, they baptized three young men.  God is on the move!

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  • Oxnard Spanish:  This past Sunday I was honored to preach in the Oxnard Spanish Church where Pastor Vicente and Veronica Maldonado are serving.  What a special time I enjoyed in worship and sharing in God’s Word there with them.  May the Lord bless this group as they continue ministering for Jesus!

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  • Prime Timers Retreat:  Pastors and Leaders… please pass along the information to your Prime Time Leaders that the next Three District Retreat is April 23-26, 2018 at Murrieta Hot Springs.  We will have material on this retreat coming your way very soon.  Leslie and I have been part of this retreat for the past two years and we look forward to it once again.  
  • District Women’s Retreat:  This Friday through Sunday, February 2-4 is the District Women’s Retreat at The Oaks.  I believe there are a few spots open if any of you ladies are interested in coming.  You can contact Leslie at for more information.                                                                                                                    
  • NTS Offering:  This Sunday has been designated as the day our churches receive an offering for our Nazarene Theological Seminary.  Can you give us a hand?


I love you and I look forward to our next encounter.  May Jesus bless you today and this coming weekend.


In prayer,

Greg A. Garman

Los Angeles District Superintendent

Church of the Nazarene



Few Thoughts 1-19-2018

Greetings on a much Cooler Winter’s Day!  Following that one rain storm a little over a week ago we’ve encountered some great and warm sunshine until now.  But… no rain I am told.  Looks like we will need to wait for another day to get more rain.

ENCOURAGEMENTAgain He asked, “What shall I compare the Kingdom of God to?  It is like yeast that a woman took and mixed it into about sixty pounds of flour until it worked all through the dough.”  (Luke 13:20-21)  In the Gospel according to John we find that one of the titles he uses to describe Jesus is The Bread of Life.  Luke, the physician, even mentions the place where Jesus was born… Bethlehem, or “House of Bread.  Both Matthew and Mark include the stories of Jesus feeding the 5,000 with loaves of bread.  So… I take it, that bread, and the preparation for making bread, was very well known in the day of Jesus.  And who doesn’t like bread!  I love to eat bread… all kinds of bread.  Toast goes with everything!  Dinner rolls… French Bread… Pita Bread… Sourdough… all pastries… Donuts… Fruitcake… and my favorite, PANETÓN.


My mom and dad just gave me this photograph of where I was raised in the Amazon Jungle.  This is a picture of our home and the clinic that was next to our house on the corner of the two rivers, Kusú and the Marañón.  What a place to grow up… it was truly a boy’s paradise!  Fishing anywhere out front of our house… any time and all the time.  Water skiing… canoeing… messing around on the jungle trails.  The jungle was a perfect place to grow up.  No television… no phones… no stores… no restaurants… but mom could sure cook and bake!  And Saturdays were always her baking days, especially hot cinnamon rolls and bread rolls.  Oh my word! 

 For us kids in the jungle, Monday was just like any other day… but when Saturday rolled around, we always knew what was coming.  The sun would rise in the east… coming up over the Marañón River, shining down upon us.  I’d take off with my native friends to our favorite mud pit to dig up large earthworms as we’d head off for the river to do some fishing.  Hooks… sinkers… lines… and worms… we were ready.  Searching for the best spots in the river where the back current was strong, we’d throw out our lines into the deep waters, tie the fishing line to a tree… and take off to play minawai (mee-NAH-way).  Periodically, we’d check on the lines… pull in a fish or two… and head back for the waters. 

 All at the same time… mom would be in the house… baking.  She’d go up the stairs to the barrel containing the flour, sugar and other ingredients… and return to the kitchen, where she’d begin the process of baking bread.  I can remember, at times, stepping into the house when the hot water was boiling and the yeast was added.  It smelled!  And it always had a smell that made me think, “How in the world does bread taste so good coming from that odor?” 

 Then the mixing of the flour and yeast… and the kneading of the dough.  Mom would rub her fists into that dough… and rub… and knead… back and forth.  She would let it sit on the countertop for a while with a cloth over the bowl, as the dough would rise… only to return to the lump of dough, and knead it all over again.  But this time, mom would cut off a large portion of dough, roll it out, rub butter and place sugar and raisins all through it… slice it up and place them all in a large cake pan to make cinnamon rolls.  With the left over dough, she’d cut off small pieces and place on cookie sheets for dinner rolls.  

There were times I’d come running into the house… the screen door would slam behind me as I darted to my room, and mom would yell out, “Greg, don’t bump the table… the dough is rising!”   Okay, mom… and I’d stop to take a look at the expanding dough.  And it was cool! 

And Jesus says that the Kingdom of Heaven is just like the working that take place inside the dough once the yeast is added.  And boy, as a jungle boy… I saw that very thing at work.  I would watch that dough rise and get bigger, and bigger, and bigger as I’d come in from fishing or swimming.  The odor changed from yeast in hot water to warm fresh baked bread and cinnamon rolls aroma sifting its way across the room.  I am convinced that when we catch the power of the Holy Spirit of God working in us… we begin to change… and the environment around us changes as well… and it changes for the good!  What difference is the Holy Spirit making in you to impact the world around you?  How much yeast do you have inside of you?



  • Board of Ministry:  Last week the BOM spent two lengthy days together interviewing candidate after candidate for District Ministerial Licenses.   I am grateful for these ministers of the district who took their time all day on Friday and Saturday to come and spend these hours interviewing.  May the Lord bless you for your work and love for the Kingdom!

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  • Lone Pine:  We are still in the process of searching for the next Lead Pastor in this church, but I sure enjoy each trip I make to Lone Pine.  What a beautiful place!  This past Sunday we were privileged to have as our special speakers, a couple who had been serving in Swaziland for several years, Rev. Matt and Sarah Marshall.  What a joy it was to be with the people of Lone Pine once again! 

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  • Holiness Summit:  Attention all pastors and leaders… you are invited to participate in this great day of teaching provided by the SoCal District.  This upcoming February 17thRiverside Arlington Ave. Church of the Nazarene will be hosting a “Holiness Summit” specifically designed for pastoral staff* in the greater Southern California area, regardless of district. Beginning at 8:30 AM to 2:00 PM, we will hear from General Superintendent Emeritus J.K. Warrick and Dr. Roger Hahn, Professor of New Testament at Nazarene Theological Seminary on preaching holiness and the centrality of holiness in the New Testament, respectively. PLNU’s concert choir will also be joining us, providing times of music and worship. Mark your calendars and plan to be with us for this formative event.  Please visit for more information.
  • PazNaz:  One of my favorite things to do is catch a glimpse of some of the materials and books that our pastors are putting out.  And here we have, once again, another author from one of our churches… PazNaz.  Pastor Tara Beth Leach has recently written a book entitled Emboldened… a vision for empowering women in ministry.  I’ve just picked up the book and I am looking forward to reading it. 


  • LA First Spanish:  From Friday night through Sunday January 19-21, La Primera is hosting a Holiness Campaign.  Friday at 7:00PM.  Saturday and Sunday at 6:00PM  Special evangelist is Rev. Leonel De Leon, Missionary to Mesoamerica.  Pastores… hermanos… todos son invitados a la Campaña de Santidad! 



LADTCLADTC Announces New Testament Gospels (BIB-2033)

January 19 – 20  (Fri.-Sat.)

February  16 – 17  (Fri.-Sat.)

Deadline for registration: Friday, January 5.

Please visit for all forms and information. There you will also find our annual academic calendar.
All LADTC courses are required for ordination, and they are all accredited by Nazarene Bible College for B.A. degrees.
Peter Lundell


Hello Youth and Children’s Pastors/Directors! 

If you’re looking for a weekend of fun and adventure….Please RSVP now to this FREE event for Youth and Children’s Pastors/Directors and Spouses!!  Event begins Friday, January 26th at 6:00 pm (dinner will be provided) and ends Saturday, January 27th at noon.  There will also be an “Escape Room Adventure” taking place on Friday night.  We need RSVPs immediately, so please don’t hesitate!

 Pastors – please make sure to pass this information along to your youth pastors and directors! 

For questions or more information, contact Kathy Cannon at or 818.807.2928

Inspire 2018

I love you and trust that you are off to a great start for 2018. 

 Greg A. Garman

Los Angeles District Superintendent

Church of the Nazarene