Pleasanton Evangelical Free Church​

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Genesis 50 and Review of the Entire Book

October 23, 2016

The Life of Joseph, Part 12

This Sunday we conclude the series in Joseph as well as the entire book of Genesis by looking back through some highlights. It is amazing to see God single out a person and then build a nation into His own special possession. We also see how God provided for his people and preserved them in the midst of challenges. We also learned how to overcome temptation and move toward forgiveness. Too often we attempt to make life work on our own instead trusting in God to fulfill promises He made.  What a Mighty God we serve!

Genesis 49

October 16, 2016

The Life of Joseph, Part 11

With the death of Jacob in chapter 49, the great patriarchal period comes to an end. On his deathbed, Jacob adopted Ephraim and Manasseh (chap. 48) and then blessed each of his sons with the blessing that was appropriate for him. There is much for us to learn as each one of Israel's boy's are judged for how they lived and responded to God. "And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment" (Heb 9:27, ESV) 

Genesis 47-48

October 9, 2016

The Life of Joseph, Part 10

Though we are approaching the end of the Genesis series, God is still speaking. In chapter 47, Joseph introduces his family to Pharaoh and Jacob blesses Pharaoh.  Through Joseph’s wise leadership, God provides both for his people as well as those around his people. The end of chapter 47 through chapter 49 Jacob is on his deathbed blessing his sons.  The events in chapter 48 are singled out by the writer of Hebrews as Jacob's great act of faith--the blessing and adoption of Ephraim and Manasseh.  The main point of these chapters is:

You don’t know what lap you are running in the race of life,

so always run as if you are approaching the finish line.

Genesis 46

October 2, 2016

The Life of Joseph, Part 9

In Genesis 46 we learn the incredible power of a personal relationship with God. In this chapter, Jacob is unsure whether to God to Egypt. Many times we make decision based upon wisdom principles that we find in Scripture. Of course this is a good thing, but not to the neglect of our personal relationship with God. In other words, life is about seeking God not just seeking answers with God. At the end of this sermon the recording is cut short. I am close with story written by Max Lucado titled You are special. The story is about the Wemmicks. You can find the story on YouTube here. is story beautifully illustrates the value and importance of a personal relationship with our Maker.

Genesis 45

September 24, 2016

The Life of Joseph, Part 8

I am Joseph

In Genesis 45 Joseph finally reveals himself and the long awaited reconciliation of the sons of Jacob happens. It reminds us that God is in the business of reconciliation and we have been given the ministry of reconciliation. Joseph reveals himself as well as the incredible power of forgiveness.  We also see the tension between God's Sovereignty and God's responsibility. 

Genesis 44

September 18, 2016

The Life of Joseph, Part 7

Joseph's Brothers Past the Test

In Genesis 44 we learn that God works in the life of the "villians" as well as the " heroes."  One of the challenges we face is to correct our stinking thinking. Below are a few suggestions.villains

The Antidote to Negative Thinking

1. Recognize and admit your negative mentality.

2. Rehearse a vertical focus until it begins to flow freely.

3. Remain open to a new idea for at least five minutes.

5. Respond to the input of trusted friends

Pastoral Point to Ponder:

What do you need God to do in your heart for you to be ready to forgive? To be ready to take on the suffering of another?

Genesis 43

September 11, 2016

The Life of Joseph, Part 6

Further Testing, Further Growth

In Genesis 43, we see that Jacob has a way to go in his spiritual growth. We learn from his negative example that we should:

1. Deal with our issues head on and not stick our head in the sand.

2. Take responsibility ​​​​​​​ when we fail.

3. Deal with our Stinking Thinking by:​​​​​​​

     a .Recognize and admit your negative mentality.

     b. Rehearse a vertical focus until it begins to flow freely.

     c. Remain open to a new idea for at least five minutes.

     d. Respond to the input of trusted friends

Overall We Need to Engage in Intentional Intimacy (Real Relationships with one another) 

Listen to this amazing chapter

Genesis 42

August 28, 2016

The Life of Joseph, Part 5

The Journey Toward Forgiveness: Looking at Life With Spiritual Eyes

Our natural eyes often deceive us. We think we can rely upon our natural eyes. Take a look at the picture below. Are the lines straight or crooked?

There are many optical illusions. Our natural eyes fool us all the time. However, by God's grace we can look at life with 20/20 spiritual eyes. So are the lines straight or crooked...they are straight. Listen as we walk through Genesis 42 and learn how to look a life with spiritual eyes. 

Genesis 41

August 21, 2016

The Life of Joseph, Part 4

Joseph, Remembered and Promoted

Speaker: Pastor Chris Boucher

Joseph has been in jail for two whole years since the release of the cupbearer who was supposed to remember Joseph so that Joseph would gain his freedom…but he didn’t. One major theme in Genesis is God’s people taking matters into their own hands and refusing to wait on the promise(s) of God. Joseph waits on God and God rewards him 100 fold.

Which causes us to ask two questions from the life of Joseph to this point:

  1. Do you want relief  from you pain/circumstance more than we want God?
  2. Which would you rather God do, remove the circumstance or use the circumstance to conform your more to the image of Christ?

Genesis 40

August 14, 2017

The Life of Joseph, Part 3

Joseph, The Forgotten Slave

Speaker: Pastor Chris Boucher

There are times in our lives where tragedy strikes and we wonder where is God? How can He let this happen to me? Be encouraged, this sermon is for you. Listen, as we see Joseph respond to being forsaken and forgotten.

Genesis 38-39

Aug 7th, 2017

The Life of Joseph, Part 2

Overcoming Sin and Temptation

Speaker: Pastor Chris Boucher

The Main Points are:

So What?

1. Joseph was able to overcome temptation because the LORD (YHWH) was with him.

2. Temptation is not about will power alone, it’s mastered by being with the LORD

3. Do Not Give Into Temptation Because of Your Situation

4. Do Not Be Deceived By Persuasion

5. Do Not Be Gentle With Your Emotions

6. Do Not Always Go For Immediate Results

Genesis 37

July 24, 2016

The Life fo Joseph, Part 1

Hated Brother, Beloved Son

Speaker: Pastor Chris Boucher

The main parts are:

1. Passivity Does Not Lead to Peace
2. Accept God’s Will
3. Don’t Boast In Your Role, Boast in the God Who Gave the Role
4. There Will Always Be Dream Crushers and Dream Builders
5. Keep Wise Company
6. Keep Your Heart Tender

Genesis 32-33

July 10, 2016

Jacob's Dark Night of the Soul--Wrestling Alone

Speaker: Pastor Chris Boucher

The main point are:

Embrace Your Dark of the Soul because

1. The Blessings of God are released through prayers.
2. Sometimes those blessings are released through persistent prayer.
3. The Blessings of God are not obtained through our scheming.
4. God, most often, is the blessing we seek.
5. Allow the work of grace in your life and in the life of others…be patient

Genesis 31

July, 3, 2016

Differences Lead to Division

Speaker: Pastor Chris Boucher

Here are the two main points:

I. God, who abundantly provides for his people, calls us to forsake our own  advancement 

 and to vigorously pursue the advancement of His program (1-21)

II.    God, who calls His people to wholeheartedly follow Him, protects them from hostile relationships in their obedience (22–55).


Genesis 30

June, 19, 2016

Jacob, Rachel and Leah

​​​​​​​Speaker: Pastor Chris Boucher

Here are the two main points:

1. Your Recognition of God’s Work in Your Life Motivates You Toward Passionate Service of Others. 

2. We Want to Just Move On Forgetting Our Unresolved Sin, But God Is Interested In Our Holiness as much as Our Happiness.

Conclusion: Our Ultimate Happiness Is Dependent On Our Holiness

Genesis 28

June 12, 2016

Two Ways of Living Life

​​​​​​​Speaker: Pastor Chris Boucher

Here are the main points:

1. What God Promises God ALWAYS Fulfills

2.Don’t Resist the Lord

3. Don’t Drink from the waters of the world

4. Believe in the Supernatural

5. When God speaks, Respond Immediately

6. Give to God Joyfully

Genesis 27

May 22, 2016

Deceit and Deception

​​​​​​​Speaker: Pastor Chris Boucher

Here are the main points:

1. Become Gospel Chameleons

2. Deploy Your Resources Shrewdly

3. Don’t Create Unnecessary Drama

4. Don’t Use Deceptive Means

5. Submit to the Lord

6. Doing things our leaves us with the painful outcome of our choices.

Genesis 26

May 15, 2016

The Sins of the Father, The Lessons of the Father

​​​​​​​Speaker: Pastor Chris Boucher

Here are the main points:

1. Our Children will follow our example more than our Advise
2. Not Only Is God Good, He is Good Enough
3. A Blessed Life Does Not Mean A Conflict Free Life
4. The Blessings of God Flow from Faith in Jesus
5. Those Around You Should See The Light of the Gospel in your Life

Genesis 25:1-28 

May 8, 2016

Passing the Baton of Our Faith to the Next Generation

​​​​​​​Speaker: Pastor Chris Boucher

Here are the main points:

1. We Must Assure That Our Faith and Blessings Pass to the Next Generation.

2. Even Though Believer Die, God’s Program Continues

3. If they don’t see us doing it, they are less likely to do it themselves

4. Be a Godly Parent But, Leave the Results in God’s Hang

Genesis 24:10-66

​​​​​​​Speaker: Pastor Chris Boucher

The story of Isaac meeting Rebekah continues. In this section we see five solid principles for choosing a marriage partner. These are also principles that are just good advise when making a decision in your life. 

Genesis 24:1-9

Speaker: Pastor Chris Boucher
Have you ever wanted to know what God's will is for you life? Should you marry this person or that person? Should you buy this house or the house down the street? As followers of Jesus we really want to know His specific will for our lives. In Genesis 24:1-9, we find a helpful pattern for discerning God's will. 

Genesis 23

As we mourn the loss of our dear friend Connie Beer, we also remember to celebrate her life. By God's sovereign goodness the loss of Connie and the death of Sarah in Genesis 23, fell on the same week. It is not unhealthy to think of one's own death and dying. Jonathan Edwards, the 18th century American thinker, pastor, theologian, father and husband wrote 70 resolutions in his early twenties. Here are few related to death and living well in preparation for dying:

17. Resolved, that I will live so as I shall wish I had done when I come to die.

19. Resolved, never to do anything, which I should be afraid to do, if I expected it would not be above an hour, before I should hear the last trump.

52. I frequently hear persons in old age say how they would live, if they were to live their lives over again: Resolved, that I will live just so as I can think I shall wish I had done, supposing I live to old age.

Listen to the full sermon here:

Genesis 22

In this well know passage of Scripture, Abraham is asked to offer to God as a burnt offering his one and only son Isaac. Does he follow through or not? What is Sarah's response to the news that Isaac her only son is being offered as a sacrifice to God? One thing is clear, the path of sacrifice and the path of blessing are the same path. Let's discover this together by listening.

Genesis 21

If you think the Bible has nothing to say about single parents, then you haven't read Gen 21. If you think the Bible has nothing to say about stepfamilies and trying to blend two families together, then you haven't read Gen 21. There is an illustration at the end of the sermon that you can’t see. However, the illustration communicates that if we try to solve life’s problems on our own strength we will constantly run on empty. Contrarily, if we connect people to Jesus as the source of life’s challenges then you will run on full and those you’re trying to help will also run on full.

Genesis 20

1. Fear of men and faith in God don’t go together

2. Never Presume Upon your Weakness

3. Never Rely upon Your Own Devices

4. Never Lean upon your own understanding

Genesis 19:15-33​

1. Mercies offer has an expiration date.

2. This is not home. You are not home yet.

3. God is a Friend to Sinners

4. Model your life after Abraham and not Lot

5. Take Sin seriously, Take God’s offer for Mercy seriously

6. Your Saved by Grace AND Your Sanctified by Grace

Genesis 19:1-15

1. Stay As Far Away From Sin As Possible
2. Take All Sin Seriously
3. The Message of Salvation is Urgent ..Share It Often, Regularly and Consistently
4: Above All Else, Guard Your Heart

Genesis 18:16-33

Is God just in destroying the wicked?

Is God just in destroying any?

Is God merciful when God is just?

Is God able to be just and righteous at the exact same time?

Lilsten to ponder these question and perhaps find an answer in God's Word

Genesis 18:1-15

Genesis 18:1-15 is the visitation of the Angel of the Lord and two other angels who deliver the news to Sarah that she would have a son. What do we learn from this story?

1. Be Available and Ready

2. Serve with Humility

3. Serve without delay (Don’t wait for the circumstances to get “just right”)

4. Give yourself

5. Give Generously

6. Trust the Lord to do the IMPOSSIBLE

Genesis 17

God is the ultimate Promise Keeper. In this chapter God changes the name of Abram to Abraham and Sarai to Sarah. Find out why and what might in it for you.​

1. God Is Almighty (El Shaddai- Omnipotent)

2. God Wants to Change Your Name Because He Wants to Transform Your Character

3. Our Character and God’s Character IS revealed in the Waiting.

4. God Always Delivers on His Promises

5. God takes Care of All the People Involved​​

Genesis 16

Genesis 16 Sarah and Abraham try to take care of what God already said He would take care on their own. Hagar got caught in the middle of Sarah's "divine" plan. What can we learn from their story?

1. Don’t seek to counter divine action with human initiative.

2. Don’t be a passive participant in life, especially when you know what occurring in front of you is wrong.

3. God may ask you to return to very difficult situations

4. Jesus See You as a Person, a child of God

4. God always hears your cries!

5. God always sees your affliction!

6. God always has a plan

Genesis 15

In Genesis 15 God is the ultimate covenant keeper. He makes a unilateral covenant with Abraham. What does that have to do with us?

  1. Jesus is a god of promise
  2. God promises to protect you
  3. God promises to provide for you
  3. Cry out to god for your desires
  4. Be Justified by faith, don’t count on yourself
  5. I am the God of Your Present and Your Future.
  6. We aren’t promised a smooth road, but we are promised to make it home.


​Genesis 14 is the story of Abram rescuing his nephew Lot. You wouldn't think there would be much for our lives in this section of names and places. However, there is a great deal for us in this section. Here are the "So What's" for this chapter. Listen to see how they are developed.

1. Don’t Walk Next to the Line of Sin.

2. We Must Be Involved In Our Community and Engage Our World.

3. Give Glory to God for the Great Things He Has Done!

4. Give Generously.

5. Trust the Lord for Your Provision.


Happy New Year! This is the first Sunday of 2016
Temptation leads Lot to choose the greener land near Sodom and Gomrah. This turns out to be a terrible mistake. Abraham's faith has grown. He trusts God to provide for him wherever the Lord leads.

1. God defends the defenseless

2. Do what you did at first when you first trusted Jesus.

3.Don’t Be Consumed By Greed

4. The grass may be greener, but you are playing with fire and you could very easily get burned.

5. You may sin in secret, but you never sin alone. 

6. Trust God that wherever he plants you, it is there that He will provide for you.

Genesis 12:1-9

The Call of Abraham and Pastor Chris Boucher's Installation Service

The Big Idea:

We Not Called To Place Our Faith In Plan, But In A Person, The Person of Jesus Christ.

Genesis 12:10-12

  • Abraham goes down to Egypt because of a famine in the new land. He throws his wife under the bus to save himself. What can we learn from this?

  1. God will never leave you nor forsake you

  2. Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.  (1 Jn 4:4, ESV)

  3. “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you, and l learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light." (Mt 11:28–30, ESV)

  4. Overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us. (Romans 8:37-39)

Genesis 11

Genesis 11 describes the building of the Tower of Babel. Humanity believes that they do not need God and that they can build something to reach up to heavens. Their efforts are so minuscule that God has to "come down" to see this "great work" because it's too small to be seen from Heaven. What we learn from Genesis 11 is this:

1. Christian Are Protected

2. Pride is Destroyed

3. Every Group Claimed

4. The Gospel Glorified

5. Jesus is Praised

Genesis 6-10

This sermon deals with the Global Flood.

The Reason for the Flood: Corruption and Violence on the Earth (6:5-13, 17)
The Command to Build the Ark (6:14-22)
The Command to Enter the Ark and the Reason Noah is Spared (7:1-10)
The Start of the Flood (7:11-16)
Cresting of the Waters (7:17-24)
The Floodwaters Recede (8:1-5)
The Emergence of Dry Land (8:6-14)
Noah Leaves the Ark (8:15-22)
God’s Covenant With Noah (6:18; 9:1-17)
Noah Sins (9:18-29)

Genesis 4

We learn the sad effects of the fall in Genesis 5 with the repeated refrain "and he died." The effects of the fall have the full effect. Genesis 4: is the story of Caine and Abel. Cain did not want to master sin. We also see that:

  1. We can’t Separate our relationship with God from our relationship with one another 
  2. Those who hurt us also deserve God’s Mercy
  3. Anger Can Be Deadly Poison
  4. Accept God’s Judgment and Accept God’s Mercy

Genesis 3

The fall of mankind happens in chapter 3 of Genesis. 

We learn the identity of the enemy of Christianity, the great accuser of the brethren, Satan. We learn that is real and powerful but that he also has limitations. We also learn that Jesus is Greater in every way. We also learn to handle temptation.

Two main big ideas were revealed in this chapter:

Savoring Sin or Savoring the Savior is the Ultimate Beauty Pageant

The Greatest Battle In the Universe Is the Battle for Your Affections

Genesis 1:26-2:25

In this chapter we learn what is means to be created in the Image of God. We saw the importance of treating everyone as an image bearer.

Genesis 1:2-1:25

In this chapter we evaluated the validity of the Gap Theory. 

We also look at the views concerning the 6 days of creation.

We look at these four views:

(1) The literal solar-day view in which the days of Creation are understood as a literal 24-hour period

(2) The day-age view that understands the days to be long ages to accommodates geological ages

(3) Solar days with long gaps between. 

(4) The revelatory-day

In all of this we realized we can have:

1) Confidence in God’s word

2) Confidence in God’s Power

3) Confidence in God’s Goodness

4) Confidence that God’s Word is understandable for the student who will study

Genesis 1:1

We begin our series in the book of Genesis. 

2016 River Service and Baptism

July 31, 2016

This service was not recorded; however, here is the statement on baptism from that service.

​Baptism is an ordinance of the Lord by which those who have repented and come to faith express their union with Christ in His death and resurrection, by being immersed in water in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. It is a sign of belonging to the new people of God and an emblem of burial and cleansing, signifying death to the old life of unbelief, and purification from the pollution of sin.


Easter Sermon Series 2016

The Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem

Matt 21:1-11

Who is Jesus? What do you want Jesus to do for you?

Speaker: Pastor Chris Boucher

John 11:1-27

I am the Resurrection and the Life

Speaker: Pastor Chris Boucher

Somehow the Glory of God, Love, Death and Faith colide in John chapter 11. Find out how.

​Here are the four ponits:

1. God Seeks His Glory, While Seeking Your Good

2. As a believer there is no reason to fear the future if you have secured your future in Jesus

3. The safest place for me in the center of god’s will

4. Your Faith in God is Increased at Seek and Savor Jesus