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“More Than a Carpenter” by Josh McDowell free at the Chapel

Get a free copy of Josh McDowell’s book “More Than a Carpenter” at Mission Valley Community Chapel. This is a good introductory or giveaway book on apologetics (reasons to believe). There are over 10 million in print, and it has been used to lead many to the Lord Jesus Christ.

This updated version Josh cowrote with his son Sean McDowell, who is also a Christian apologist.

This book includes evidences from history, prophecy, science, creation, and covers topics like the existence of God, the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, the reliability of the Bible, is Jesus the only way, and the gospel.

Josh also gives personal details and stories, including his struggles growing up with an alcoholic father and being sexually molested as a child by a man who worked his parents farm. He describes how God helped him through these terrible problems when he became a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ.

I’ve given this “More Than a Carpenter” away to Uber drivers, a box to a homeschooling group, at booths in Balboa Park, to work man who come to the house, and friends. It is also a popular giveaway on our free resource table.

Come to the Chapel and get a free copy for yourself and one to give to a friend. “His story might change yours…”

More Than a Carpenter by Josh McDowell book cover
More Than a Carpenter by Josh McDowell

This is a book of evidentialist apologetics. This is an approach that focuses on the Lord Jesus Christ in both history and prophecy. This is a good approach, as many people already believe that God exists. Classical apologetics is good for those who do not believe that God exists. This is a two-step approach that first argues for the existence of God and then for the Lord Jesus Christ. As noted above, this book also has arguments for the existence of God.

You can watch Josh’s testimony on YouTube Part 1 and Part 2


Child Evangelism – Free Tracts for Halloween at the Chapel

We now have the free Halloween tracts in at the Chapel. Get them and give them out with candy for Halloween!

The above business size card tracts all have moving pictures on the front and Gospel presentations on the back.  Also, we have regular sized “Christ Is Risen” tracts, too.

This is a great opportunity to share the Gospel.

Child Evangelism – Share The Gospel This Halloween!

Share The Gospel This Halloween!

Halloween is coming up at the end of this month, and it’s a great way to share the gospel!

People come to your door. You can share gospel tracts with the candy. (Parents check their children’s candy, so you won’t be going behind parents’ backs when doing this.) 

Stock up now with tracts in time, and get good candy to give out with them! And pray that the Lord would bless your outreach.

This year we are giving out several of these – business card size motion tracts these business card size motion tracts at MWTB

They are more expensive and not as detailed as the bigger tracts, but they are more likely to be kept. I’ll put up a post when we have them out on the Chapel’s resource table.

Here is a regular Halloween track we’ve given out that cost less and is good A SPECIAL TREAT FOR EVERYONE!

Note: the above cards and tracts are available in the King James Version and the New King James Version. (Though we have the King James Version as our pew Bible, I ordered the New King James Version of the cards/tracts, as that would be easier to understand by children.)

But if there are other tracts you like, get those!



Sunday Hymns – Sunlight, Sunlight

Here is an upbeat song we sang last Sunday. It tells the story of someone being saved, living through the hard times with the Lord, the good times with God, journeying in this life, and looking forward to being with the Lord.

“For God, who commanded the light to shine out of the darkness, hath shined in our hearts.” II Corinthians 4:6

Sunlight, Sunlight
Words by Judson W. Van DeVenter & music by Winfred S. Weeden

1. I wandered in the shades of night,
Till Jesus came to me,
And with the sunlight of His love
Bid all my darkness flee.

Sunlight, sunlight in my soul today,
Sunlight, sunlight all along the way;
Since the Savior found me
Took away my sin,
I have had the sunlight of his love within.

2. Though clouds may gather in the sky,
And billows round me roll,
However dark the world may be,
I’ve sunlight in my soul.


3. While walking in the light of God,
I sweet communion find;
O press with holy vigor on,
And leave the world behind.


4. I cross the wide-extended fields,
I journey o’er the plain,
And in the sunlight of His love
I reap the golden grain.


5. Soon I shall see Him as He is,
The light that came to me,
Behold the brightness of his face,
Throughout eternity.


Sunday Hymns – When Morning Gilds the Skies

“When Morning Gilds the Skies” is the hymn we started last week’s worship service.

This is a translated hymn, and there are different versions that have different numbers of verses and in different orders. Below is the one we sang. I think “Friendship with God Hymnal” that we use picked good verses and order as it goes from (one) day, (two) night, (three) day again, (four) in sadness, (five) in heaven, six) all nature, and (seven) self. Each of these verses is twice punctuated with “May Jesus Christ be praised!”

When Morning Gilds the Skies
text translated by Edward Caswell & music by Joseph Barnby

  1. When morning gilds the skies,
    My heart awaking cries:
    May Jesus Christ be praised!
    Alike at work and prayer,
    To Jesus I repair;
    May Jesus Christ be praised!
  2. When sleep her balm denies,
    My silent spirit sighs,
    May Jesus Christ be praised!
    When evil thoughts molest,
    With this I shield my breast:
    May Jesus Christ be praised!
  3. The night becomes as day
    When from the heart we say:
    May Jesus Christ be praised!
    The pow’rs of darkness fear
    When this sweet chant they hear:
    May Jesus Christ be praised!
  4. Does sadness fill my mind?
    A solace here I find,
    May Jesus Christ be praised!
    Or fades my earthly bliss?
    My comfort still is this,
    May Jesus Christ be praised!
  5. In Heav’n’s eternal bliss
    The loveliest strain is this,
    May Jesus Christ be praised!
    Let earth, and sea, and sky
    From depth to height reply,
    May Jesus Christ be praised!
  6. Sing, sun and stars of space,
    Sing, all that see His face;
    May Jesus Christ be praised!
    God’s whole creation o’er,
    Today and evermore,
    May Jesus Christ be praised!
  7. Be this, while life is mine,
    My song of love divine:
    May Jesus Christ be praised!
    Sing this eternal song
    Through all the ages long:
    May Jesus Christ be praised!


What are Open Plymouth Brethren (Christian Brethren) – Part 2: A Brief Introduction

Here is a brief introduction to the Plymouth Brethren using the 5W’s  and 1H.

Who? Of the original founders, John Nelson Darby is the best known.

Other Plymouth Brehtren include “Praying” George Mueller (founder of the Bristol Orphanage), Sir Robert Anderson (apologist and evangelist, and head of the criminal investigation division of Scotland Yard during the later the Jack the Ripper murders), missionary Jim Elliot (1 of 5 missionaries who died in Operation Acura and husband to Elizabeth Elliot), missionary Hudson Taylor (founder of the Chinese Inland Mission), Harry Ironsides (preacher and teacher), Ada R. Habershon (hymn writer “Will the Circle be Unbroken” and writer on biblical typology and symbolism), bible commentator F. F. Bruce, and Watchmen Nee (pastor in Communist China).

There are different types of Plymouth Brethren, such as Open and Closed Brethren. We are Open Plymouth Brethren (Christian Brethren).

What? There is a focus on the Bible, the Lord’ Supper (Breaking of Bread), and the  Christian life. There is also an interest in the second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. (This makes sense to me, as this is a focus of the New Testament that is often overlooked.)

Where? They first started meeting in Dublin, Ireland. The first meeting in England was in Plymouth. This is where they got their name. This movement has spread around the world.

When? The Plymouth Brethren started in the late 1820s.

Why? They originally met for a place for Christians to get together from different denominations who were serious believers. From the beginning, they had a focus on biblical prophecy.

How? They believe in the “priesthood of all believers”. Usually there is no pastor, and there is an emphasis on the congregation participating in the Breaking of Bread and in ministry.


For more details about of our beliefs, see our Statement of Faith

If you have any questions, please email us on our Website Contact Form or directly at mvcccontact@gmail.com

Get the latest “Our Daily Bread September/October/November 2021”

Get the latest Our Daily Bread (September/October/November 2021) free at Mission Valley Community Chapel. Our Daily Bread is a popular daily devotional. For each day, it has a Bible verse, a short devotional, an application, a prayer, and references for reading though the Bible in a year.

What are Open Plymouth Brethren (Christian Brethren) – Part 1: practical notes for newcomers

Would a worship service at Mission Valley Community Chapel be that different than going to non-Open Plymouth Brethren worship services? The short answer – No, we are a conservative Evangelical Christian church with a worship service of prayers, hymn singing, a musical special, and a sermon from the Bible. People wear everything from shorts and slippers to business suits. We have a communion service after the worship service on the first Sunday of the month. We also have communion services before Sunday school on other Sundays that is unique, but if you went, you could follow along easily, see below.

As someone who has been a member of a few Baptist churches, when I started going to the chapel there were no significant bumps in the road. All churches do their services a little differently, and the Chapel’s worship service is not significantly different from other conservative Evangelical churches with a traditional worship service. A minor difference may be that a man from the congregation is asked to give the first prayer.

On the first Sunday of the month, we have our communion service. In our first Sunday communion service, we do things a little differently. It’s slower paced with hymns spontaneously announced for singing. When the bread and cup are given in individual servings, we eat and drink as soon as we receive them. Most churches wait until everyone has received them. (I believe we do this from when originally there was one loaf and one cup and people ate or drank when it came to them.) This is the most significant difference you will run into in a worship service.

Our half hour Breaking of Bread service/Communion service are on the other Sundays of the month at 9:30 a.m. before Sunday school. This is something that is unique to the Plymouth Brethren, something I’ve come to appreciate. We may write about this more in another post, but if you were to just go, it’s easy to follow along. Briefly, it’s an informal service with men standing up with prayers, Bible readings, and hymns to sing before the taking of the Lord’s Supper.

If you were to ask, you’d find out that none of the leadership is paid, and the majority of our giving goes to missionaries and evangelists worldwide. As I’ve said before, I first went to the Chapel because I agreed with their statement of faith, and I stayed because of the kind people and the focus on missions and evangelism.

We do call ourselves a chapel instead of a church; when I find out why, maybe I’ll write a post about that, too!

Lord willing, future posts on this topic will discuss the history of the Plymouth Brethren movement, beliefs common to it, why we do things the way we do, and well-known authors, theologians, free books online, and evangelists and missionaries associated with the Plymouth Brethren movement, and why we identify with the particular strand of this history called Open Plymouth Brethren (Christian Brethren).

If you have any questions, feel free to email us on our or Website Contact Form or directly at mvcccontact@gmail.com

Watch our August 27, 2021 Friday Family Night

Watch our August 27, 2021 Friday Family Night service, the last one for this year, including prayers, hymn singing, and the testimony of Jose. We started our online videos of Friday family night testimonies with one by one Jose, and we’re ending with one by another Jose! The verse he chose was Revelation 3:20.

We have Friday family nights for the summer months of July and August.