Thankfulness and Peace

Thankfulness and Peace

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7

I am sure many of us have heard this verse before. It is a great promise that has been given to us, but I think often times we become frustrated when we are not experiencing the peace spoken of in this verse. We begin to wonder “why?” Are we doing something wrong? Did we misunderstand the verse? Anxiety sets in and begins to consume our attention. We think of all that is wrong in our lives, all the problems we have, all the things we feel we deserve, and our minds wander far from the truths and promises given to us from the Lord.

But, what about thankfulness? What about all the Lord has done for you? What about the life He has given to you? God has done so much for us, He has given us more than this world could ever give. He has died for us, He has given us a place in His family. He has given us an inheritance from His riches and eternal life with Him.

It is so easy to focus on the bad in our lives, but it can often be a challenge to see the good instead. I want to encourage you to practice an attitude of thanksgiving towards God. Thankfulness gets our eyes off of our circumstance and on to God. In Him is where we will find peace.

Pastor Jace Amperse

Go Jesus!

Go Jesus!

And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force.” Matthew 11:12

Every year at this time, you can feel the excitement in the air. This is the time of year to hear the hopes and expectations of football fans everywhere. Fans everywhere don their sports attire, paint their faces, put on wigs, and even decorate their vehicles and homes according to their respective teams. It is like an army full of intensity, making ready for the battle as prayers are lifted to the football gods; statistics are then given for why each group believes their team will carry the day as they also try and convince others. When the day comes, there are screams of disappointment and shouts of celebration while football fans go through agony and ecstasy depending on how their team is doing until the battle is finally over. I am amazed at all this dedication, energy and intense emotion over a sports game.

Perhaps the church can take a lesson from these football fans. What does it look like to declare our passion, intensity, and dedication to the One whom we are devoted? Football fans give us a clue. As a matter of fact, Jesus declared in Matthew 11:12 that those who have chosen to take part in advancing the kingdom of God need intense dedication as they give their whole energy to battle with the darkness in our world. A good interpretation of what Jesus said in this verse is, “The kingdom has come with holy power and glorious energy that has been pushing back the frontiers of darkness. The kingdom is making great strides; now is the time for courageous souls, forceful people, to take hold of it.”

We should be the most intense and passionate promoters of the One to whom we are devoted. We should put on all the spiritual attire that lets people know we are on team Jesus. May our excitement and the things we talk about convince others that Jesus has already won so that they then desire to be on the winning team.

And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness.” Acts 4:31

Go Jesus!

Serving Him together,
Pastor Hector Gonzales

Transformation

Transformation

In scripture, we’re told that Jacob wrestled with his brother from the womb, and that he was born holding onto his brother’s heel. His parents rightfully named him “Jacob,” meaning “heel catcher” or “supplanter.”

Later, Jacob even wrestled with God, but this time he lost. Yet afterwards, God blessed him by changing his name to “Israel,” which means “God prevails.” This name change was an identity change for Jacob.

Jacob lived most of his life under the reputation and character of “Jacob,” the heel catcher. He encountered many trials, often resulting from his own conniving ways. Jacob’s own words to Pharaoh were that his 130 years of life had been “few and evil.” Yet at the end of his life, when he calls his sons to hear his final words, he says in Genesis 49:2: “Gather together and hear, you sons of Jacob, and listen to Israel your father.” In referring to himself as Israel, he acknowledges the new identity God has given him. He is no longer the man he was but is now a new man who trusts in God, not his own strength.

God wants (and is able) to transform us, giving us a new nature that trusts Him to rule and reign. We most likely don’t see the full result of that transformation yet, but God is not done with us yet. As He does this work in us, may we boldly proclaim how God has prevailed in our lives. Like Jacob/Israel, may we learn to say, “God, come wrestle me and win!”

In Christ,

Pastor Dustin Linenberger

WHO AM I?

WHO AM I?

“Then King David went in and sat before the LORD and prayed, “Who am I, O LORD God, and what is my family, that you have brought me this far?” 1 Chronicles 17:16

Have you ever taken a moment where you stopped and just thought of everything that God has blessed you with? Have you ever considered everything He has got you through or just thought about His grace in your life? Have you ever really considered the promises God has specifically given to you? Have you ever been blown away at the fact that as you are reading the Word, the Creator of time and space is speaking directly to you? If you have, then you would totally have the same response as king David had in this passage of scripture, “who am I?”

Honestly, in a time where the world is more interested in complaining about what we don’t have, I encourage the body of Christ to consider everything God has given us and be thankful. If we all took time to just thank our Lord daily for what He has done, we truly would be a happy people.

Something practical to do in your prayer life, instead of filling the time with petitions and requests, thank the Lord for 5 minutes. Thank Him for all He has done, all He is doing and all He is going to do before we even ask of anything. You will see that 5 minutes isn’t long enough to thank Him for all that He has done. We are His sons and daughters and He loves and cares for us. His grace is sufficient today and His mercy is new. Today He will be the lifter of your head and renew your soul. He is for you and He does not condemn you.

God bless you and may we be ever grateful to our amazing Jesus. Amen.
Pastor Chris Lopez

When Someone Gets in the Way

When Someone Gets in the Way

“When they had gone through the whole island as far as Paphos, they found a magician, a Jewish false prophet whose name was Bar-Jesus, who was with the proconsul, Sergius Paulus, a man of intelligence. This man summoned Barnabas and Saul and sought to hear the word of God. But Elymas the magician (for so his name is translated) was opposing them, seeking to turn the proconsul away from the faith. But Saul, who was also known as Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit, fixed his gaze on him, and said, “You who are full of all deceit and fraud, you son of the devil, you enemy of all righteousness, will you not cease to make crooked the straight ways of the Lord? ” Acts 13:6-10

Have you ever noticed how some non-Christians will go out of their way to prevent, discourage or oppose any form of evangelism? Here, Sergius Paulus was not only open to hearing, but desiring to hear God’s Word from Paul and Barnabas. Then another man, a magician, stood in the way to stop the conversation. Let us see how Paul, under the influence of the Holy Spirit, addressed this situation and dealt with this individual:

1) He “fixed his gaze on him” – Paul did not let the magician intimidate him. Neither did he pretend he was not there by talking over him and by looking away. In a similar situation, most of us would probably think: “let’s not give this heckler the attention he seeks” and “let’s stay focused on the person who wants to hear the gospel,” but Paul did the exact opposite and confronted the heckler head on.

2) He said, “You who are full of all deceit and fraud, you son of the devil, you enemy of all righteousness, will you not cease to make crooked the straight ways of the Lord? ” Paul did not gently ask him to move along. The Holy Spirit spoke very harsh words through the apostle. Paul was not “losing it,” he was not shouting at the magician out of frustration, but rather speaking with God’s authority and with righteous indignation. An important point was also made for Sergius Paulus to hear.

3) Last but not least, observe the apostle did not get into a debate with the magician, as to whether or not the gospel he preaches is the truth. Instead, Paul implied that the magician knew better, but chose to deceive others and pervert the truth. Everyone knows God exists (Romans 1:20), the question is “Do you love Him?”

There is a place and a time for confrontation. Let us imitate Paul, as he himself imitated Christ.

Pastor Will Hoc

This Side of Eternity

This Side of Eternity

For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.” Romans 8:18

Have you ever been told by someone “you’ll understand once you get older, once you get married, or once you have a child?” This can actually be said of any life event you desire that another person has experienced. I have been told this so many times and in most of those instances the people were absolutely right, I do understand better now that I have experienced it. Well, there is one experience that we are all going to have that no one here on earth can say that about and that’s death. Why? Because they are dead. This makes this issue very difficult for some to deal with. We have no human reference to what our existence will be like after death. But, we do have the God-given scriptures to hold onto in regard to our eternity.

In Romans 8:18, the Lord speaks through Paul to reveal this God given truth that once we as Christians pass from this life into eternity, there is nothing on this earth that can compare. Eternity is incomprehensible to every one of us that are on this side of it, waiting to one day feel this glorious serenity within. But, just as it is true in life, we will understand once we get there.

In 1 Corinthians 13:12 we are told regarding death; “For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known.” I hold onto this promise that one day I will know Jesus just as much as He knows me. One day we will see our maker face to face and draw into this special relationship, the completion of our righteousness into a physical perfection free from every bit of pain or sorrow we have endured this side of eternity. Hold on brothers and sisters, the best is yet to come on the other side of eternity.

1 Corinthians 2:9 But as it is written: “EYE HAS NOT SEEN, NOR EAR HEARD, NOR HAVE ENTERED INTO THE HEART OF MAN THE THINGS WHICH GOD HAS PREPARED FOR THOSE WHO LOVE HIM.

In His Armor,
Pastor Chad Naaktgeboren

How to be More Blessed Next Year:

How to be More Blessed Next Year:

If you woke up this morning with more health than illness, you are more blessed than the million who won’t survive the week.

If you have never experienced the danger of battle, the loneliness of imprisonment, the agony of torture or the pangs of starvation, you are ahead of 20 million people around the world.

If you attend a church meeting without the fear of harassment, arrest, torture or death, you are more blessed than almost three billion people in the world.

If you have food in your refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof over your head and a place to sleep, you are richer than 75% of this world.

If you have money in the bank, in your wallet, and spare change in a dish someplace, you are among the top 80% of the world’s wealthy. If your parents are still married and alive you are very rare, especially in the United States.

If you hold up your head with a smile on your face and are truly thankful, you are blessed because the majority can, but most do not.

If you can hold someone’s hand, hug them or even touch them on the shoulder, you are blessed because you can offer God’s healing touch.

If you can read this message, you are more blessed than over two billion people in the world that cannot read anything at all.

You are so blessed in ways you may never even know! Author Unknown

Dear Brothers & Sisters, we want to wish you a blessed New Year!

Agape Pastor Jeff and Karyn

“Therefore, we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So, we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” (2 Corinthians 4:16-18)

‘TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE JESUS CAME

‘TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE JESUS CAME

‘Twas the night before Jesus came and all through the house, not a creature was praying, not one in the house. Their Bibles were laid on the shelf without care, in hopes that Jesus would not come there. The children were dressing to crawl into bed, not once ever kneeling or bowing a head. And mom in her rocker with baby on her lap was watching the late show while I took a nap. When out of the East there arose such a clatter, I sprang to my feet to see what’s the matter. Away to the window I flew like a flash, tore open the shutters and threw up the sash! When what to my wondering eyes should appear, but angels proclaiming that Jesus was here. With a light like the sun sending forth a bright ray, I knew in a moment this must be the Day! The light of His face made me cover my head, it was Jesus returning just like he had said! And though I possessed worldly wisdom and wealth, I cried when I saw Him in spite of myself. In the Book of Life, which He held in His hand, was written the name of every saved man. He spoke not a word as He searched for my name, when He said, “It’s not here” my head hung in shame. The people whose names had been written with love, He gathered to take to His father above. With those who were ready He rose without a sound, while all the rest were left standing ‘round. I fell to my knees, but it was too late, I had sealed my own fate. I stood, and I cried as they rose out of sight. Oh, if only I had been ready tonight!

In the words of this poem the meaning is clear, the coming of Jesus is drawing so near. There’s only one life and when comes the last call, we’ll find that the Bible was true after all!

Have a Great Christ-Centered Christmas.
In Calvary Love,

Pastor Jeff & Karyn

 Fan the Flame

 Fan the Flame

Therefore, I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:6-7

Paul loved Timothy like a son and he had a great desire to see him again. But, imprisoned and on death row, that reunion seemed unlikely to take place. So, Paul wrote one more letter to Timothy to encourage him to be strong, courageous, and to be faithful to the calling God had given him, to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

The phrase “stir up,” brings to our mind a picture of fanning a fire that has gone out, that was growing cold, fanning it to bring back those flames to burn once again. I think we’ve all experienced starting a fire at home in the fireplace or outside camping. What happens when you leave it alone? It goes out! You can’t leave it alone… every few minutes you have to fan it, you have to move some wood around, you gotta throw more wood into the fire. If you stop, the fire starts to go down. The same is true with our zeal for Jesus Christ.

Paul is basically saying, “Timothy, stir up your zeal, your gift to God, your love for God, your devotion for God.” Timothy hadn’t turned to sin, he hadn’t turned away from God. He hadn’t rejected Christ. For his flame to die down, he just had to leave it alone. I believe it’s the same thing with our spiritual life. You don’t necessarily have to go right back into sin and a life of corruption or rebellion against God for your spiritual zeal to grow cold. You know what you have to do? Just put your spiritual life in cruise mode, just put it in neutral. Just go through life, don’t really pray, don’t really seek the Lord, don’t get into the word, don’t serve… and guess what? The flame of devotion will just begin to grow cold.

God’s word is charging His church us to get the fire burning again! God has gifted you, so fan the flame of fire that’s already there, and may it burn bright for the Lord. The world tries to dampen our flame, it tries to quench it. Christian, keep it burning, keep it fanned. Three simple ways to keep the fire burning: pray, read the Word of God and fellowship. This is a good time to do a fire check. How’s your flame burning for the Lord? Hot or cold? My prayer is that we would all burn brighter than ever and be used mightily by the Lord.

Pastor Danny Gamez 

Foolishness 

Foolishness 

While reading Galatians in your devotional life, have you wondered why the Apostle Paul would address the churches in Galatia: “O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you that you should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed among you as crucified? This only I want to learn from you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law or by the hearing of faith? Are you so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are you now being made perfect by the flesh?” Galatians 3:1-3 

Paul wanted to address the Christians as they listened to this letter to take heed as to what they were doing. He wanted them to examine themselves and go back to the where they began. When Paul visited this area, those who heard the simple gospel of grace received salvation by faith. Through this liberty, the Galatians were “set free.” “Therefore, if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.” John 8:36 

A change took place. Judaizers came with a different gospel of perversion to reinstitute the law in order to be saved, not only that, but a works-based perfection of the flesh (external works of religion) was initiated. What happened when it all began in the Spirit, walking in the Spirit, being led by the Spirit? Well, man enters in to attempt to help God out through religion of works of the flesh. Paul gave the Galatians his personal testimony in Galatians 2:19-20. “For I through the law died to the law that I might live to God. I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God who loved me and gave Himself for me.” Paul has a personal relationship with Jesus. As believers we have a personal relationship with the Lord. Jesus in us is the hope of glory and we are in Christ. It is this union that makes us children of God. 

Finally, Paul wrote to the Ephesians in chapter 2:8-10, “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and not of yourselves; it is a gift of God, not works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship created in Christ Jesus for good works which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” Dietrich Bonhoeffer learned one thing: to be spontaneous in obedience to God’s will. We do not want to be foolish. May you enjoy the many blessings living for Christ. 

Jesus loves you - Pastor Roger Stahlhut 

 The Utter Holiness of God

 The Utter Holiness of God

I had heard of you by the hearing of the ear, but now my eye sees you; therefore, I despise myself and repent in dust and ashes.” Job 42:5-6

Job’s righteousness was unparalleled in his day, God himself declaring that Job was “a blameless and upright man.” (Job1:8). We often view such spiritual exemplars as having transcended the depravity that is common to us all. In fact, such an attitude is present today when believers who have been in the faith for many years forget that their lives are saturated with sinful depravity, a condition that needs to be brought before the Lord daily for forgiveness and renewal. To illustrate this, the LORD took the most righteous man on earth and exposed him to the utter and complete holiness of God. The trial that Job endured makes clear to us that God is sovereign and beyond our meager attempts to contain in human understanding. But, it also shows us the complete bankruptcy of human goodness as Job is stripped of his self-declared righteousness before a holy and awesome God. Coming face to face with his own fallenness and finitude, Job declares “I despise myself” since the only proper response to the unfiltered glory of God is to “repent in dust and ashes.” 

Friends, I am concerned that some of us have lost serving God in fear and wonder. The evidence is not in the overt and especially “bad” sins we commit such as drugs or sexual immortality, although these certainly would indicate it. Rather, I am concerned with how easy it seems for some to make space for “acceptable” sins: greed, jealousy, divisions, unforgiveness, selfish desire, and pride. Let us reacquaint ourselves with the majesty of the God we serve and bask in His love and mercy, knowing that we could never be worthy except for the blood of Jesus, and carry in our hearts the constant refrain of repenting in dust and ashes. 

Pastor John Woolard

Listen To His Voice


 “My sheep hear My voice and I know them and they follow Me. And I give them eternal life and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father’s hand.” John 10:27-29

I ask you today, my fellow brothers and sisters, how lost were you before Jesus rescued you? The answer, just in case you’ve forgotten, is absolutely lost!

You and I were dead in our sins until the Holy Spirit awakened us. We were completely separated from God and heaven. But, listen carefully to what Jesus says, “My sheep hear My voice and I know them and they follow Me.” Jesus, by His grace, has called us and we, being His sheep, are to follow Him. 

I rejoice that He is our Shepherd and we are His sheep, for sheep are completely dependent upon the protection and security of the shepherd from birth until death.

Christians, don’t let anyone trouble you with words like, “Now that you are saved, you must do all that you can to keep yourself saved.” Such thinking doesn’t even make sense according to the gospel of grace and the work of Christ. Those who are in Christ know it. They grow under His care and blossom with confidence, becoming more eager to share His love with others.

Rejoice my brothers and sisters! It’s called eternal life and it’s what He gives to all those who call upon Him in faith.

Now, Go Serve Your King,

Pastor Joe Mendez

Give Thanks To The Lord!

Give Thanks To The Lord!

Daniel, during a time of testing, prayed and gave thanks to the Lord. (Daniel 6:10) David gave thanks. (Psalm 100:4) “Enter into His gates with thanksgiving…be thankful unto Him.” (Psalm 136) “Give thanks unto the Lord; for He is good: for His mercy endureth forever!” Jesus at the first communion – “He took the cup and gave thanks.” (Matthew 26:27) Paul in (1 Corinthians 15:57) “Thanks be to God who gives us the victory!” Again in (II Corinthians 9:15) “Thanks be to God for His unspeakable gift.” (Ephesians 5:20) Giving thanks always for all things! 

One of man’s greatest sins is in Romans 1:21… “Because that, when they knew God, they glorified Him not as God, neither were thankful!” 

This thanksgiving is a reminder to us all to put on the mind of Christ and in everything to give thanks… for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you! (I Thessalonians 5:18) Thank God there is much to be thankful for! Have a great thanksgiving! 

Thanks Lord, 

Jeff and Karyn 

A Call to Worship and Obedience

A Call to Worship and Obedience

Oh come, let us sing to the Lord! Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving and let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms. For the Lord is the great God, the great King above all gods. In His hand are the deep places of the earth and the heights of the hills are His also. The sea is His, for He made it, and His hands formed the dry land. Oh come, let us worship and bow down, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker; for He is our God and we are the people of His pasture and the sheep of His hand. Today, if you will hear His voice, do not harden your hearts, as in the rebellion, as in the day of trial in the wilderness, when your fathers tested Me; they tried Me, though they saw My work. For forty years I was grieved with that generation and said, it is a people who go astray in their hearts, and they do not know My ways. So, I swore in My wrath, they shall not enter My rest.” Psalms 95:1-11

Psalms 95 is a picture of the annual Feast of Tabernacles, a joyful event as the people looked back on their wilderness wandering and the bountiful harvest. For us, we need to come and worship, bow down before Him, fully surrendered in obedience, listening to this call. Do not allow unbelief to be the thief of our hearts as in the past.

Let’s have this mindset as we celebrate Thanksgiving, looking back at all God has done for us. Remembering the little things and large things that He has accomplished in our lives.

Thankful for His goodness,

Pastor Rudy Cardenas 

Will All Christians Experience Heaven The Same Way?

Will All Christians Experience Heaven The Same Way?


For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.” 2 Corinthians 5:10

I think most Christians believe that when they die they will all go to heaven with other believers and experience the same heaven in the same way. However, that doesn’t seem to be what the Bible teaches. In 2 Corinthians 5 we are told that every believer will appear before the judgment seat of Christ and Christ will examine our lives. This is not to determine entrance into heaven, that is taken care of when we place our faith in Christ. This judgment seems to be one that evaluates what we have done after we place our faith in Christ, whether what we did was good or bad (worthless). From the many places this event is mentioned in Scripture, such as Matthew 25 and Luke 19, it would appear that what we do and our motives for doing those things will determine how we experience eternity. It seems that all believers are going to the same heaven, but we will all experience it differently. The more we do for God’s glory, out of love for Him in this life, deepens our capacity to experience and enjoy heaven for eternity! Think of that for a moment. How you choose to spend the next few years of your life, will determine how you experience the next trillion years of your existence! 

Pastor Jason Norton 

Men, Be A Man!

Men, Be A Man!

“Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong. Let all that you do be done with love.” 1 Corinthians 16:13-14

Throughout this book of 1 Corinthians, Paul the Apostle reveals the problems and the struggles of a pagan church such as lawsuits, immorality, questionable practices, abusing the Lord’s supper & spiritual gifts just to name a few. But here at the end of the book Paul is exhorting every Christian man in Corinth to “be watchful” regarding danger from the inside as well as the outside. “Be on the alert” is what Paul is telling them, also with the anticipation of the Lord’s coming again. Then Paul says, “stand fast in the faith men.” In other words, stand firm in their trusting God for all things, to stand on their commitment to His word and will, not a half-hearted commitment, but a whole-hearted commitment!

Rather than acting like immature children, the Christian man should be strong in the Lord, rather than weak in the faith. A wobbling believer is a Christian not giving much time to prayer, to the Word of God or the effort of doing it.

Paul says, “be brave” (andrizomai) in the Greek, and it literally means “to act like a man.” Also, Paul says Christian men are to “be strong” just as he said in Ephesians 6:10 – “be strong in the Lord & the power of His might!” Finally, Paul writes to do all that we do with a loving attitude and motive, this will keep us “others centered” not self-centered.

Men, we live in an age where we need to step it up in the Word of God and praying with our wives and children, but most of all setting that example of standing fast, being brave, being strong, doing all that we do in love and pleasing our great God in the process - I’m praying for you men!

Lord bless,
Pastor Jack Jimenez

Fear Not

Fear Not

Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.” Isaiah 41:10

When we look back at the various seasons of our lives, we sometimes overlook something very crucial to our faith. At first glance we might see the problems we’ve had, the difficult times, the trials and sorrowful moments. The memory or scars left behind by such significant events have the tendency to take precedence in our minds. These thoughts often dictate how we conduct ourselves in the present or possibly in our future. But, if we take a closer look we will see Isaiah 41:10.

Yes, in this world we have tribulation... but when you look closely, past the difficulties, you will find God. You will see that you did have strength, the simple fact that you’re still standing today is proof that you were given a strength beyond your own. You will see that you did have help. Although it might have been a difficult year, you kept going and are still going. And lastly, you were carried through it, held by the righteous hand of God. How do you know this? Because today your able to smile, love, experience joy and peace.

So, God says to you and me, “Fear not!” Because when you look back and see Him in the midst of your most difficult season, you can find confidence that He will continue to be there in your future. The record of His testimony was, is, and will continue to remain in our lives... Fear not about today or tomorrow and when you feel as if you fear, remember what He has done already, even when you didn’t know it at the time.

Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” John 14:27

Does our doubt change who God is? Absolutely NOT!

Pastor Phil Moreno

Do Not Become Complacent

Do Not Become Complacent

“As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving.” Colossians 2:6-7

Salvation is not the completion of our walk with Jesus, but rather the beginning of it. Walking in Christ is a daily endeavor. We must root ourselves in the knowledge of the Lord so that we might be built up in our walk with Him. Get into your Bible and allow the Word to influence your life; seek God in prayer, that our roots might grow deep in our relationship with Him. Persistently seek Christ in your life, for it is by Him that we have received the riches of God’s grace. Do not forsake your walk for contentment or false ideologies but be diligent to press on for a fuller understanding of God.

As we seek a deeper knowledge of Christ, we ourselves will be established in Him, and when we are established, we can be used for His glorious will.

Pastor Jace Amperse

Validation

Validation

“And when Saul had come to Jerusalem, he tried to join the disciples; but they were all afraid of him and did not believe that he was a disciple. But Barnabas took him and brought him to the apostles. And he declared to them how he had seen the Lord on the road, and that He had spoken to him, and how he had preached boldly at Damascus in the name of Jesus. So, he was with them at Jerusalem, coming in and going out. And he spoke boldly in the name of the Lord Jesus and disputed against the Hellenists,[f] but they attempted to kill him. When the brethren found out, they brought him down to Caesarea and sent him out to Tarsus.” Acts 9:26-30

Saul, the terrible, had persecuted the church beyond measure. The name Saul struck fear in many hearts. However, earlier in Acts 9, we read that Saul had been transformed by the grace of God. God then directs Saul to Jerusalem for validation to the saints.

In verse 26 we see that he was rejected by many because of who he used to be. Many had the right not to receive his testimony, however God was working behind the scenes to establish Saul as not only a true Christian, but to prepare and establish his apostleship to the church.

God’s method of validating Saul to the church was through him being threatened, persecuted, and even let down in a basket for his life’s sake (Acts 9:25). God’s method of trials, tribulations and persecutions are not popular from the human perspective, but it is a sure way of validation in God’s eyes and to the believers.

So, beloved saints, remember that persecution, tribulation, hardship and trials always establishes who we are in and to the body of Christ. So, continue to be all that God has called you to be, no matter what circumstances may come because it is God who is and will establish you through His grace.

Pastor Isaac Moscoso

Nature Change

Nature Change

“For if, after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and overcome, the latter end is worse for them than the beginning.” 2Peter 2: 20

Have you ever read Aesop’s fable about the frog and the scorpion? A scorpion and a frog met on the bank of a stream and the scorpion asked the frog to carry him across the stream on its back. The frog asked, “How do I know you won’t sting me?” The scorpion replied, “Because if I do, I will die too.” The frog, being satisfied, set out with the scorpion across the stream. But, midstream the scorpion stung the frog. As the frog felt the onset of paralysis and started to sink, knowing they both will drown, had just enough time to gasp, “why!?” The scorpion replied: “It is my nature….”

Peter gives us a warning with a simple declaration: there are some in the church who have never had a change of nature. These people received, understood, and applied the truth of God’s Word to their lives; they found out that living according to biblical principles helped them overcome their sinful habits for a time. But, this was only mere religion. It was merely religion because their Christian walk was only outward, and they never surrendered their lives to Jesus. Thus, as time goes by they are eventually drawn back to their old sins and are worse than before. Just like the scorpion in Aesop’s fable, they want to do good, but eventually their fallen nature takes control, bringing destruction. It says in 2 Peter 2:22 “But it has happened to them according to the true proverb: ‘A dog returns to his own vomit,’ and, ‘a sow, having washed, to her wallowing in the mire.’”

God doesn’t want to just change your behavior; He wants to transform your nature by the power of the Holy Spirit. As a matter of fact, those who have put their faith in Christ not only receive a new nature, but also become partakers of the very nature of God. It is God the Holy Spirit in us who gives us the power to continue to live God’s word out in our life. Are you trying to live the Christian life in your old nature to no avail? Surrender your life completely to Jesus and He will give you His nature to live in victory!

“His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.” 2 Peter 1:3-4

Serving Him together

Pastor Hector Gonzales