Mountain Views News, Sierra Madre Edition [Pasadena] Saturday, December 31, 2016

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Mountain View News Saturday, December 31, 2016

A Question For You:

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What is the gospel? The 
“gospel” (ev-angelion) is the 
good news of God’s invasion 
into human history. In other 
words, it is God bumping into 
us—and this is no small thing. 

This message is unique in that 
only in the Christian gospel 
is there good news for all 
humanity, and in which God 
Himself pursues us in our 
brokenness. In other religions, 
man is searching for God, 
however, in the Christian 
gospel, God goes after man. 
But many today doubt this 

I recently ran into someone 
at Starbucks who argued 
that the gospel was no longer 
relevant, but was in his words, 
“A tired and ancient message 
from long time ago, which no 
longer appeals to enlightened 
people.” He is not alone. 
Many believe the gospel is old 
news. However, we don’t need 
anyone to tell us that the world 
is full of bad news; things are 
messed up. Global disaster and 
potential disaster loom large in 
addition to our own personal 
tragedies and battles. 

And according to the Bible, the 
ancient gospel of Jesus Christ is 
still the greatest and best news 
for humanity. It’s a message 
that gets better with age, like a 
good wine. The longer we live, 
the better the gospel should 
become to us, for it addresses 
every stage of life, every 
struggle we face and it fills our 
every need. According to the 
gospel, Jesus’ death not only 
makes us acceptable to God; 
it also changes us through the 
Holy Spirit and infuses us with 
God’s own life—that same 
life that raised Jesus from the 
dead. It is for this reason Paul 
writes (Romans 1:16) “I am 
not ashamed of the gospel for 
it is the power of God unto 
salvation for all who believe.” 

So, the gospel is God’s 
invitation to experience His 
abundant life, which changes 
everything. The gospel is not 
a get-out-of-jail card. In the 
gospel, God collides with us 
and invites us to a radical new 
life in the present and not just 
in the afterlife. 

Have you tried living in the 
power of the gospel? In other 
words, are you inviting God 
into your daily grind? If God 
is still alive today, the best 
test of His aliveness will be 
experienced in the good news 
of Jesus Himself as He collides 
with your daily life. So is the 
gospel an ancient and tired 
message, or is it still, as Paul 
argued, the power of God?

 For the next thirteen weeks, I 
will be exploring the relevance 
of the Christian gospel in a 
new series of messages. I invite 
you to join us each Sunday at 
Bethany Christian Church 
in Sierra Madre at 9:30 am 
to discover how the ancient 
gospel of Jesus can still be the 
most relevant message and 
power you will ever experience.

 If you have questions or 
would like to know more, 
you can email me at Briant@ or drop 
by my office on 93 N. Baldwin 
Avenue in Sierra Madre. 


 Pastor Briant 

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Unless otherwise noted, all meetings listed below are held at City 
Hall 232 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. Sierra Madre, Ca. 



6:30 pm


Free on-air publicity for local events

 Sierra Madre’s EMERGENCY radio station is now accepting scripts for 
Public Service Announcements (PSAs) about community events. PSAs 
will be broadcast on the air at no charge. The station operates 24/7 and 
can be heard at 1630 on the AM dial.

 Any local non-profit or non-commercial organization can have their 
event information broadcast to the public on Sierra Madre Community 
Information Radio. The station covers the city of Sierra Madre, plus 
surrounding areas of Pasadena, Arcadia, and Monrovia. 

Your event must:

• Benefit a non-commercial or non-profit entity
• Be open to the public
• Be of general interest to local citizens

write a Public Service Announcement that describes your event and 
e-mail it to 


Regular City Council Meeting

Tuesday, JANUARY 10, 2017, 

6:30 pm

 Can’t make it to the meeting, but still want to share your thoughts? 
You can mail or drop off a written statement to City Hall or email city@ before 5:30 the night of the meeting and your 
statement will be delivered to all the Council Members.Sierra Madre 
City Hall 232 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. Sierra Madre, CA 91024 (626) 

Upcoming Public Meetings


Monday, December 19 – Community Services Commission – 

Wednesday, December 21 – Energy, Environment, & Natural 
Resources Commission MEETING CANCELLED

Tuesday, December 27 – City Council - MEETING 


Athens Services will once again collect Christmas trees after the 
holidays for recycling. Trees 
will be collected on your 
normal pickup day beginning 
on December 26th and until 
the end of the second week in 

Please remove stands, 
ornaments, lights and tinsel. 
Place trees next to your regular 
trash containers. Trees over 
6 feet in length must be cut in 
half. Trees with flocking or fire 
retardants are acceptable. 

If you miss the regular tree collection period, please make 
arrangements to have Athens collect your tree as part of their bulky 
item pickup program by calling 888-336-6100.

Residents should also be aware that holiday collection days this year 
will not be delayed by the usual single day due to the Christmas 
Holiday and New Year’s Day Holiday landing on Sundays. 



December 18, to December 25, 2016

 During this time period, the Sierra Madre Police Department 
responded to approximately 247 day and night time calls for 

Monday, December 19

 At about 7:16 p.m. officers arrived to take a report of a non-injury 
traffic accident in the 100 block of W. Montecito Ave. Victim’s 
vehicle was struck by a driver traveling east on Montecito Ave. 
causing damage to both vehicles.

Case closed

8:30 a.m.

 A resident reported that he parked his vehicle on the street at 
about 3:00 p.m. on 12/18, when he returned to his vehicle on 12/19 
he noticed that his left rear tire was deflated apparently caused by 
nail(s) in the tire. It appears that an unknown suspect(s) placed 
nails around the victim’s vehicle in an attempt to puncture the 
tires. The suspect(s) were successful in making the victim drive 
over the nails and puncture the tire. Later that afternoon another 
nail was placed under the tire, the victim this time noticed the nail 
before driving over it. The unknown suspect(s) also placed a liquid 
based oil on the windshield of the vehicle to obstruct the drivers 
view once the windshield wipers were activated. The suspect(s) are 
in violation of tampering with a vehicle.

Case to Detectives

Friday, December 23

 A case of vandalism was reported in the 100 block of W. 
Highland Ave. at the Elementary school. The principal reported 
that sometime between 12/22 at about 4:45 p.m. and 12/23 at 6:00 
p.m. unknown suspect(s) broke a window pane in the door of the 
main entrance.

Case to Detectives

45 N. Baldwin Ave. 
Sierra Madre, CA 

Just Call (626) 

We’ll have it ready 
to pick up

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