Dayspring Fellowship Podcasts



Weekend messages from Dayspring Fellowship in Keizer, Oregon.


  • Essentials: Scripture

    14/04/2021 Duración: 33min

    Essentials: Scripture April 11, 2021 A spokesman for Ripley’s Believe It or Not once said: “If you’re told something enough times, you’re sure to start believing it." So, how many of these things do you believe? Camels store water in their humps. Nope. There is zero gravity in space. Also, not true. Coffee stunts your growth and dehydrates your body. Incorrect. People have only five senses. Actually, scientists say there are at least seven. Maybe more! Tryptophan makes you tired. It’s the overeating that makes you sleepy, not the Thanksgiving turkey. Toilet seats are full of germs. Actually, cell phones are 10 times more germ-y than most toilets. Ewww. Or, consider these conspiracy theories that real people actually buy into… 77% of Americans believe there are signs that aliens have visited the earth at some time in the past. 10% of Americans don’t believe Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin really walked on the moon. And in a recent national survey of Millennials and Gen Z-ers about the Holocaust, 7 percent we

  • The Day No One Believed

    06/04/2021 Duración: 27min

    The Day No One Believed April 4, 2021 I must admit. I am a sci-fi guy. I love science fiction…from space to superheroes. Just the thought of either sparks my imagination about the possibilities.  OK, I’m not looking to start a fight here, but hands-down, the best superhero is Superman. If you’ve ever watched some of the more out-there episodes of any of the more modern Superman stories, DC Comics has done a good job of building a multiverse…or multiple parallel universes, where almost everything is the same, but not quite. So, in our universe, Superman is the ultimate hero. In another, the same Superman might be evil, or just Clark Kent, or a chef...imagine a world without our Superman. It’s a darker place, no matter how it plays out. Now imagine a world without the resurrection of Jesus. You don’t really have to think hard about how much darker our world would be. Sure, those who call themselves Christ-followers haven’t always represented Him well and have done some terrible things throughout history. But

  • Good Friday 2021

    03/04/2021 Duración: 21min

    T.G.I.F. Everyone knows what those four letters stand for. Whether you’re young or old, Friday seems to be everyone’s favorite day. And for good reason…there are a lot of good things to love about Fridays. Maybe it’s “casual Friday” at the office, or date night, or family game night, or the anticipation of sleeping in on Saturday, or that a whole weekend of fun – or at least the option to have some – stretches out in front of you. We get approximately 52 Fridays each year. That’s a lot of goodness to look forward to! In the midst of all those Fridays, and all those “good” reasons we love them, there’s only one Friday each year that is officially called “good.” It comes around every spring just before Easter. It’s the day that Christians remember the crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ. So…why would a day that is set aside to remember a death, especially one as horrific as His was…why would we call that day “good?” Perhaps you’ve never quite understood why this day of remembrance is called “good.” If that

  • For the World

    01/04/2021 Duración: 40min

    For the World March 28, 2021 They say that ignorance is bliss. But is it, really? According to an article on Forbes website, artificial intelligence experts are now teaching computers to come up with better questions, because humans aren’t as good at identifying the gaps in our knowledge as we think we are. In other words, you don’t know what you don’t know. In fact, you will never know what you don’t know. There will always be gaps in your knowledge; places where you are absolutely clueless as to your ignorance. And in a culture such as ours where being “in the know” matters so much and admitting “I don’t know” can be seen as some sort of fault or failure, sometimes we forget we don’t know what we don’t know, and act like we know it all. Because who wants to actually admit that they don’t know anything about something? Over the last three weeks, we’ve been discovering some of the things we didn’t know that we didn’t know about where we got the Bible. We’ve realized that we know a good bit about what’s i

  • The Old Testament

    23/03/2021 Duración: 43min

    The Old Testament March 21, 2021 In the English language, certain words can have multiple meanings. It’s part of what makes English such a difficult language to learn! Take, for example, the word “old.” It can mean ancient, obsolete, old-fashioned, or stale. It can also mean durable, enduring, or timeless. When we think about the Old Testament, which meaning is appropriate? Of course it’s ancient, but not obsolete. It’s enduring, but not stale. This Sunday, we’ll be taking a look at the old part of The Bible. Join us as we discover why and how this part of the Bible is called “old” and why it’s valuable and important for those who follow Christ today. We’re in week three of a four-week series called The Bible for Grown-Ups. Many of us know the stories IN the Bible, but do you know the story OF the Bible? Where did the Bible come from? Understanding how we got the Bible strengthens our confidence in the Bible. If you’ve ever doubted whether or not you could trust what the Bible says, or struggled with some

  • In the Beginning

    16/03/2021 Duración: 40min

    In the Beginning March 14, 2021 All the best stories begin with great opening lines. Let’s see if you can identify where these famous lines came from… Here is Edward Bear, coming downstairs now, bump, bump, bump, on the back of his head, behind Christopher Robin. -Winnie the Pooh Congratulations! Today is your day. You're off to Great Places! You're off and away. -Oh the Places You’ll Go Once there were four children whose names were Peter, Susan, Edmond, and Lucy. -The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe   Buttercup was raised on a small farm in the country of Florin. -The Princess Bride   A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.... -Star Wars   So, how did you do? Great opening lines capture our attention from the very start. This weekend, as we continue in our series, The Bible for Grown-ups, we’re going to look at another captivating opening line. But there’s one significant difference…this is no fairy tale. Every word of this story is true. It starts out, “In the beginning...”. We’re on the second wee

  • Last Things First

    09/03/2021 Duración: 39min

    Last Things First March 7, 2021 I was talking to the mom of a young adult a couple of weeks ago. She told me her son decided to take a Bible class in his secular college. Mom expressed her concern but was told, “Don’t worry, Mom, I know what I believe.” Sure enough, after the class there is nothing but doubt and skepticism. How do you know you can trust the Bible? Lots of people are asking this question right now as we see values shifting around us in our culture. Most of us know some Bible stories – even if we’ve never been to church or don’t own a Bible. But knowing stories from the Bible isn’t the same as knowing the story of the Bible. And most of us don’t know the story of the Bible. If someone asked you where the Bible came from, what would you say? Mom and Dad? Church? Amazon? Perhaps you received your first Bible when you were a kid. A thick leather-bound book with your name stamped in gold on the cover; full of long words and difficult names you couldn’t pronounce. Or maybe it was a gift from a gr

  • Principle 7: Go the Next Step to Develop a "Rule of Life"

    03/03/2021 Duración: 54min

    Go the Next Step to Develop a "Rule of Life" February 28, 2021 There are a lot of crazy rules out there. In the state of Connecticut: Pickles must bounce. You are not allowed to sell a pickle unless it bounces. I guess it’s good they also have a 5-second rule there. In Juneau, Alaska, flamingo owners are prohibited from bringing their pet into a barber shop. I didn’t know flamingos needed haircuts. And really, how many flamingos are there in Juneau, Alaska, anyway? In South Dakota, it is illegal to fall asleep in a cheese factory. Now, I can see a rule about not cutting the cheese in a cheese factory. But who falls asleep in a cheese factory? In New Hampshire it is forbidden to collect seaweed from the beach at night. If you want sushi for a midnight snack, well…you shoulda thought about that before the sun went down. I’m sure there are stories behind each of these odd ordinances, but still…it begs the question, why do we need rules? Think back to your days in grade school. When the teacher asked a ques

  • Principle 6: Grow into an Emotionally Mature Adult

    26/02/2021 Duración: 44min

    Grow into an Emotionally Mature Adult February 21, 2021 Well…it feels a little bit like Groundhog Day to me. Well, it feels a little bit like Groundhog Day to me. Well, it feels a little bit like Groundhog Day to me. …feels a little bit…bit like Groundhog Day, like Groundhog Day, Groundhog Day to me. Not the holiday; the movie. If you aren’t familiar with the 1993 comedy, it’s about a cynical TV weatherman, played by Bill Murray, who inexplicably finds himself reliving the same day – Groundhog Day – over and over again. Last week we recorded a video about how humanity is pre-disposed to thinking that we are the center of the universe. And how violently people have responded when they come face to face with the fact that it’s not true! We are all inherently self-centered. It’s part of the sin nature we are born with. But over the past few weeks, we’ve been looking at what it means for us as followers of Jesus to grow toward greater emotional health – not just taking care of the everyday basics, but tending to

  • Principle 5: Discover the Rhythms of the Daily Office and Sabbath

    12/02/2021 Duración: 54min

    Discover the Rhythms of the Daily Office and Sabbath February 7, 2021 Shaniko, Golden, Sumpter, Galena, and Millican. These are just a few of the more than 200 ghost towns that are scattered across our state. There are some who believe that Oregon has more ghost towns than any other state. And while it’s nearly impossible to prove a statement like that is true, it’s a fact that a myriad of once lively and now abandoned communities are scattered across the landscape of Oregon.   “Shifting economics and transportation patterns are what create ghost towns,” says Ian Johnson, who works at the State Historic Preservation Office. “If you’re the town that gets bypassed when a railroad goes in, you’re out of luck.”   In other words, loss of connection results in the death of relationship and community. Developing and maintaining any relationship requires intentionality. In my own life, I’ve established a pattern of connecting by phone, on a regular basis, with people who matter to me, but that I don’t get to see ver

  • Principle 4: Enlarge Your Soul through Grief & Loss

    02/02/2021 Duración: 42min

    Enlarge Your Soul Through Grief and Loss January 31, 2021 In a culture that is hyper-focused on acceptance, achievement, and success, there is precious little room for loss and grief. No one puts their failures on a resume. We put our best foot forward and slap a smile on our faces, regardless of what’s going on beneath the surface. And yet, without loss, brokenness, and struggle, all that holds meaning for us would be worthless. It is the cost that makes something…anything…worthwhile. Author J.K. Rowling was once on the verge of homelessness as an unemployed single mother. Michael Jordan missed more than 9,000 shots in his basketball career. Steven Spielberg was rejected from the college of his choice three times.The truth is that our world is broken, loss touches all of us in a myriad of ways, and struggle is a constant part of life on our planet. So why do we resist dealing honestly with our pain, when doing so would only help us grow? Why do we sweep it all under the rug and pretend like the hard things

  • Principle 3: Journey Through the Wall

    27/01/2021 Duración: 38min

    Journey Through the Wall January 24, 2021 Will all the control freaks in the room raise their hands? Don’t worry…I can’t see you. But I know you’re out there! If the worldwide pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that control is an illusion; and though we want it, we don’t have it! Of course, there are some things you can control; but the reality is that life is unpredictable and perfection is impossible. This week, as we continue in our Emotionally Healthy Spirituality series, we’re looking at the issues of power and control and how we are impacted by our desire for them. Sooner or later, in one area or another, you will come face to face with your own limitations, your own inability, and you will be stuck. What happens then? Ever been there? Perhaps you’re there now. And if not, then just wait…your turn is coming. We believe there is nothing more important than your spiritual growth. We also believe that you can’t be spiritually healthy without being emotionally healthy. I invite you to join us as we jou

  • Principle 2: Going Back in Order to Go Forward

    22/01/2021 Duración: 30min

    Going Back in Order to Go Forward January 17, 2021 A quick online search for the meaning of the word “inheritance” provides us with these definitions:   something that is or may be inherited; the act of inheriting property; the reception    of genetic qualities by transmission from parent to offspring; and the acquisition      of a possession, condition, or trait from past generations. Looking back at my own history, one trait I inherited from the Voigt family is a strong work ethic. My dad and my grandfather both taught and modeled for me the value of being diligent, industrious, and productive. They communicated the value and importance of hard work, and they showed me what it looked like to be a hard worker. Many of us, when we think of inheritance, think in positive terms. But not all that is passed from one generation to the next is necessarily beneficial!  It requires no intentionality on our part to pass on our deficiencies, shortcomings, and defects. In fact, without intentionality, we will most cer

  • Principle 1: Know Yourself that You May Know God

    12/01/2021 Duración: 40min

    Know Yourself that You May Know God January 10, 2021 It’s an important question, and one that everyone, sooner or later, will need to answer: Who are you?  In countries and cultures all around the world, people are searching for an identity. So where do we find it? How do we know who we are? Far too many settle for allowing feelings, community, or life experiences to provide an answer. Where can we find the truth? In Hebrews 11: 24 we find a short, but important statement about one of the heroes of the Old Testament, “By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter.” It was certainly true that Moses had grown up in the palace of Pharaoh after being rescued as an infant by Pharaoh’s daughter. And though he probably felt both love and gratitude toward his adoptive mom, as he grew in his relationship with God, he understood that temporary circumstances did not provide him with a permanent identity. Moses looked to Yahweh, the God who created him, for the answer to that

  • I'm Not OK, You're Not OK

    06/01/2021 Duración: 39min

    I'm Not OK, You're Not OK Emotionally Healthy Spirituality January 3, 2021 Happy New Year! I don’t think I have ever been so glad to see one year end and another begin. I imagine many of you are feeling the same way although there’s nothing about starting a new year that will make anything magically better or different! I think most of us have made enough New Year’s resolutions – and then broken them – to know that. Making anything better or different takes commitment, intentionality, and discipline. If we want 2021 to be any different than 2020, it’s up to us to do something about it. Obviously, there are some things we can’t control. But what about the choices you can make? What will you do with the brand-spanking new year that stretches out in front of you? How will you choose to grow? We’re kicking off a new sermon series this Sunday called Emotionally Healthy Spirituality. We believe that for too long The Church (capital C) has neglected to disciple Christ-followers in the area of emotional health.

  • 2020 Year in Review

    30/12/2020 Duración: 37min

    2020 Year in Review December 27, 2020 It is deeply etched in my memory. And even though it no longer has any practical purpose for me, I still remember it…963.7710. It’s the first phone number I ever memorized as a kid (before area codes were necessary for reaching the intended person). Today, technology does much of our remembering for us. Instead of recalling and dialing a number, we tap a name on our phones, or ask Siri to dial for us! Which means that though I have a pretty good memory, and am better than average when it comes to numbers, I can’t recall some of the phone numbers I use regularly. They haven’t been hardwired into my brain like the ones I learned as a child. They’re stored in my phone’s memory instead. There’s certainly much about this past year that many of us would like to forget. But, as we come to the end of this year and look forward to a new one, (as if somehow turning the page will make all the difference), perhaps, we should slow down and take a few minutes to remember. Maybe there

  • The Rest of the Story

    30/12/2020 Duración: 19min

    The Rest of the Story Faithful December 24, 2020 It’s a very COVID Christmas. No matter where you are, or what your traditions might be, all of us have had to adjust our plans, and our expectations this year. I’m sure there are many who ‘ve wrestled through the angst of how/when/ or even IF to celebrate this year. Perhaps you are finding it difficult to navigate this holiday season with joy. Over the last few weeks, we’ve been taking a look at the Christmas story from the perspective of Joseph, Jesus’ earthly father. From what we’ve learned about Joseph, we know he was most likely a simple, humble man. A man who worked with his hands, building things with wood. We know he was a man of deep faith and deep compassion. But even simple men have plans, hopes, and expectations. But in one miraculous moment, everything changed. And Joseph had a choice to make. Would he surrender his plan for God’s? Would he walk out his love for the Lord, regardless of the cost, with faithfulness? This Christmas, regardless of our

  • The Journey to Bethlehem

    23/12/2020 Duración: 34min

    The Journey to Bethlehem Faithful December 20, 2020 It’s the whine you hear coming from the back seat. Whether it’s over the hills and thru the woods to Grandma’s house, or just a quick trip to the store, it seems you’re barely 10 minutes down the road before it begins... “Are we there yet?” With no real understanding of timeframes or distance, and no choice about whether or not to make the trip, kids can be unhappy campers when it comes to traveling. Over the last few weeks, we’ve been taking a look at the story of Christmas from the perspective of Joseph, the man God chose to be the earthly father for His Son, Jesus. This week, we’re considering the journey that Joseph and Mary made to Bethlehem. I can’t imagine that making the long trek from Nazareth to Bethlehem with your due-any-day-now wife was what Joseph really wanted to be doing. There was a baby on the way. Being a carpenter, perhaps he had a crib to finish making. But they had no choice. Though the timing wasn’t great, not making the trip wasn’t a

  • Raising a Child Not Your Own

    15/12/2020 Duración: 26min

    Raising a Child Not Your Own Faithful December 13, 2020 “Let every heart prepare Him room…” “O come, o come, Emmanuel…” “O come to my heart, Lord Jesus, there is room in my heart for thee…” The songs of Christmas are filled with phrases that welcome or invite Christ into our lives. The words remind us of the truth that there was no room available for Joseph and Mary as they sought shelter in Bethlehem. Though their need was temporary, the only option offered was one which was more suitable for livestock than people. I imagine this wasn’t exactly what Joseph had in mind when he set out with his very pregnant wife. Over the past nine months, we’ve come to expect the unexpected in terms of how life unfolds. We’ve learned to adjust on the fly. “Pivoting” has become a new life skill. I think Joseph gets an ‘A’ in pivoting! I mean, imagine a door-to-door angel showing up at your house, informing you that a baby delivery is headed your way, and you get to be his parent! Talk about an adjustment! And it wasn’t just

  • Whose Child is This?

    08/12/2020 Duración: 30min

    Whose Child Is This? Faithful December 6, 2020 It’s one of the most exuberant, popular, and beloved of traditional Christmas carols. And yet, it’s not actually a carol at all. In fact, though we sing and treat it this way, it’s not even a song about Christmas; at least, not as its author intended.   Isaac Watts was born in 1674, in South Hampton, England. If the father of medicine was Hippocrates and the father of the telephone was Alexander Graham Bell, then the father of English hymns was Isaac Watts. He composed a huge collection of more than 750 hymns, which are still being sung by Christians around the world.   The opening line of Joy to the World is sometimes incorrectly sung as, “Joy to the world! The Lord has come.” That is not what Isaac wrote. He wrote, “The Lord is come.” He wasn’t describing a past event (the birth of Jesus) but looking forward to a future event (the return of Jesus). He based this carol on Psalm 98, which is about Christ’s triumphant second coming, not his birth in Bethlehem! And

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