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Spiritual Journey

Reflexion is a spiritual community that formed spontaneously around a shared desire to experience ongoing progress in our life in God. We do not have a “strategic plan” for the future, because God’s Spirit is in charge of the direction we are moving and the dimensions in which we are growing. We seek to remain sensitive to what the Spirit is doing in each present moment. It is important to us that we are traveling together.

The Scriptures

We expect the Scriptures to shape our understanding of Jesus Christ, give us a clear picture of his teaching, and connect our spirit to his Spirit, giving God a really good grip on our lives so he can turn us toward what he wants us to be doing in the world for his sake.

Contemplative Prayer

We listen to God in the Scriptures and also in the stillness and silence of contemplative prayer. We make time to set aside every other thought and feeling, to concentrate all our heart, mind, and spirit on God and the quiet whisper of his voice. We realize that the development of ongoing awareness of God’s presence is the project of a lifetime and that our progress is step by step. But the Spirit of God guides this process, so whether we grow rapidly or slowly depends on him and what he desires to accomplish in each of us.

Spiritual Community

We enjoy spending time together, sharing our experiences and what we have learned from God, without passing judgment on anyone, clubbing each other with Bible verses, or acting as if any of us have attained to sainthood. We are human. We present ourselves to God and each other as we are. God always meets us where we are and we move forward from there.

Why “Reflexion”

Reflexion has a number of different meanings for us, including the following:

  • A reflex is an automatic response to any form of stimulation. We desire to develop spiritual reflexes so that we automatically respond to life’s events and God’s works with prayer and worship. Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus (1 Thes. 5:16-18).
  • Reflection is a way of thinking about something that involves focused attention, ¬†awareness, and careful consideration. We want to bring this kind of meditative thought to the Scriptures, our walk with God, our inner life, and to God’s nearness in the present moment. Let my meditation be pleasing to Him; As for me, I shall be glad in the LORD (Ps. 104:34).
  • Reflection also occurs when an image is preserved by light bouncing off a surface such as water or mirror. We seek to draw close to God in such a way that the love and goodness of Jesus Christ is visible in our words and actions. But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit (2 Cor. 3:18).

Currently, we are meeting at the Community Clubhouse in Dana Point, 24622 San Juan Ave. at 10:00 am on Sundays.

To contact Reflexion, our email address is reflexion.a.s.c@gmail.com

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  1. Dan Jesolva / Feb 4 2012

    Hi Chuck,

    In 1995 I was just arrested on my second drug posession charge and was at my lowest point. I was released and living with my mom in Diamond Bar and my brother invited me to Capo Beach Calvary. Having nothing better to do, I went and the only thing I remember was that Jesus spoke to my heart through your transperancy and humbleness and Chris Folsom sang a song where the chorus was “Jesus in the morning Jesus in the night, Jesus wathching over me, everyghing is alright.” I would later see him at one of the men’s retreat and I shared the story and he said at worship that he would sing this song first and he did. Me and my now wife of 12 years went to CBC for many years on both Thursday and Saturday nights all the way from Chino Hills. We loved it and would talk all the way home about the message. People thought we were crazy for driving that far for Church, but we thought that people drove a lot farther for jobs they hate why not a Church we love. To make a long story short, we had children and the long drive was not as much fun, plus we wanted to have a Church family closer to home. It was hard, but we always knew that it wasn’t your goal to build a large mega Church but to make diciples through the Holy Spririt and affect people in our own community. In a way I had to separate from CBC to grow. ( I hope that make sense) Anyway, we have found a great Church home and are in service to our God in anyway he desires and I have also been sober and clean for 16 years. Thank you for giving me the base that has allowed me to grow and do things in Christ that I thought were impossible.
    Dan Jesolva and Family.

  2. jamie brown / Feb 28 2013

    LOVE what you guys are doing! Just wanted to share with you that in June The Community of Francis and Clare will be opening Lothlorien House here in Panama City, FL. Our particular mission is teaching spiritual practices including contemplative prayer. We are into transcending dogma and practicing the Presence! Check out our website and feel free to contact us. We consider Reflexion to be a part of our communion. Love, Sister Jamie

  3. Linda / Apr 21 2013

    chuck, God has used you in my life since 93, I used to listen to you on the radio. I used to say ahhh that is the cool surfer pastor. 93 was an extremely difficult year for me. thank you God has given you a “voice” not just any voice a comforting soothing voice. You encourage people with your words, you pray, you inspire people to seek God. In 98 I met you and wow, all I can say first time I went to salt creek God is in that place. After that I went on thurs nights only, driving 40 miles one way seemed like a blink of an eye. you care about people and the you also affected my son’s life, in a positive way too. as a single mom at the time I thank you. I also went through an unpleasant divorce. (most are not pleasant right?)
    every thurs I was so blessed the holy spirit was so present, and also the worship was so filled with the spirit you could not help but sing every word.
    I am so glad that you are teaching others, praying encouraging, lifting up others, and being there as God has called you to do.
    you have a gift and I am blessed in being able to listen from home with my doggie on Sundays
    thank you (my dog likes your voice too)
    please remember phil1:3 I thank my God on every remembrance of you. we remember you and your family in our prayers always.
    today was what I need to hear :) perfect timing

  4. Micki Sheets / May 11 2013

    Due to time constraints I’m not able to attend Chuck’s Sunday services at 10am. Are there any podcasts available? God Bless.

  5. Chuck Smith, Jr. / May 14 2013

    Micki, we are in the process of giving more attention to this site, to improve and enhance what we are able to offer others through it. At present, we only have archived videos of previous Bible studies. We hope to have other ways of making these messages available to people soon.

    And thank you for asking!

  6. Barbara Murphy / May 14 2013

    Hi Chuck! I just now found out about this through Matt Whitlock. I am so overjoyed that you are back. My kids and I attended CBC for years until we moved to Brea in 1999 so my disabled daughter wouldn’t have to ride a bus 6 hours a day because the only school that would accept her is in Buena Park. I drove down a few times, but it was just too much because of my daughter. We moved back to SC after my daughter graduated 2 years ago. In all those years, I never did find a home church in North OC – nothing could even come close to the acceptance and direction I found at CBC and that is unreservedly of what you brought to the church. I am so disheartened that just 2 weeks ago I accepted a Sunday assignment at work. If I had only known sooner : ( One way or another I will get coverage some week and come to Refexion – meantime, I’ll pray that a Saturday evening service eventually comes together. I feel so joyful knowing you are back – so many need you :D

  7. Barbara Murphy / May 14 2013

    Scratch that! I just begged my boss to let me change my hours on Sunday and he agreed. Looking forward to Sunday :D

  8. laura nelson / May 20 2013

    We finally have email:) I’m thrilled to get the dailys, now I might have a clue…or not so much. At least I can check in now and then.

  9. Chuck Smith, Jr. / May 21 2013

    That’s terrific, Laura. I’m pleased that we now have this additional way to keep in touch.

  10. Chuck Smith, Jr. / May 21 2013

    We’ll see you soon, Barbara.

  11. Doug Spohn / Jun 14 2013

    Chuck – It was nice to discover that you are still a seeker; don’t ever stop! Last I remember, you were the pastor at CC in Capistrano Beach when I happened to drive by on vacation one summer and eye-spied a flyer promoting the Lonnie Frisbee film. Stopped at Calvary that night and watched it – thoroughly enjoyed it and the commentary/discussion afterwards. I had lived in SJC until 1987 and then moved to WA for a job opportunity, am still here. In 1971, my girlfriend at the time had dated your brother Jeff a bit before me. I’ve always wondered what happened to all those Calvary people from back in the day. Seems like you are doing well and that’s certainly good news. Take care! Doug

  12. Cindy Brown / Jul 2 2013

    I am thankful for our community of believers.
    I need prayer for my grandson Sawyer, his friends and entire Siciliani family who lost their son and husband in a car wreck this past week.
    The prayer request is for the Holy Spirit to give comfort and to work in a mighty way at the memorial and that the perfect words will come to mind as the speakers prepare to talk about their buddy and his dad.
    Thank you,
    Cindy

  13. Robert Thompson / Jul 14 2013

    Hi Chuck

    We missed the last trip you did to Israel but we are still yearning to go for the first time. Would love it to be with you. Any plans for you to do another trip soon?

    Thanks

    Robert

  14. Chuck Smith, Jr. / Jul 15 2013

    Nothing on the calendar yet, Robert, but planning for every tour we’ve done has always begun with the first request. :-)

    chuck

  15. Robert Thompson / Jul 15 2013

    Great! My sister said she would bring her family so if you count everyone I Think were upto about 6 to 8 requests! I’ll spread the word…..so to speak ; )

  16. karen ybarra / Oct 3 2013

    Dear Chuck,

    You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers today.. . . On my heart and in my thoughts+
    I know the great joy your dad , now , has in heaven but feel the loss here today.
    Please know that we are thinking of you. God’s love and comfort be with you . +
    Take Care. . .

    Karen Ybarra

  17. Deborah Ann Sutton / Oct 5 2013

    I have never seen so many quotes of yours, so taken out of context, so many times, and then last year, I saw that happen to your dad, our beloved Papa Chuck, someone said …oh well it doesn’t matter now…so many things do not matter…and yet now he knows…
    We love you so! such peace in knowing: when we are with the LORD (Father, Son and Holy Ghost+) that we know all things finally ! that God knew all along, and now he knows all the things that were so misinterpreted for so long…
    HE is with you! always has and always will be…and you! are a great vessel of him…as you once said of my husband…a trophy on GOD’s Mantel.
    love deborah and Rick Sutton
    +

  18. JoAnna Tupman / Oct 13 2013

    I truly enjoyed your video streaming this morning, Chuck. I have shared some of your teaching with friends “across the pond”! I know you know… you are loved by God and appreciated (as well as loved) by so many of us:)

  19. Pam Houseknecht / Oct 15 2013

    You have been in my thoughts often these past two weeks. Having lost my own father about 20 months ago, I empathize with your loss. I’ve been remembering all of the kindness and love you showed me, often at times that I was not able to express my heartfelt thanks to you. May you now be surrounded by love, peace, and comfort.

  20. ed friel / Nov 22 2013

    I pray for you often Jr. So sorry about Sr. 76 was a long time ago..You had great hair…
    We threw mine off the pier at San Clemente. He wanted the Pacific and He got it. Its a felony though but for my brother and me toatlly KOOL -at the time. He deserved better kids and a better funeral. 20 years later I still miss mine more with each passing day-as I will now miss yours too..

  21. valentina Karpenko / Dec 29 2013

    I use to always believe that you don’t have anything if you don’t have your health. After todays Reflexion service, I’ve changed my perspective. Now I believe that you don’t have anything if you don’t have the nearness of GOD in your life. HE is all I need!!! Thank you Chuck for purifying the eyes of my heart :) May our New Year be blessed with GOD’s continual presence. :)

  22. Heather Bengis / Mar 3 2014

    Dear Pastor Chuck, Jr.,

    My brother-in-law, Roland, and I are still looking forward to joining you and your group (the Lord willing), in early Spring of 2015, on your possible trip to Israel. Keep us posted! Thanks again for your great teaching!

    xoxo in Jesus, Heather Bengis, Dana Point

  23. Chuck Smith, Jr. / Mar 4 2014

    Heather, we should have information (perhaps even brochures) by the middle of this month. We’ll keep you posted.
    chuck

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