These words can strike up all kinds of emotions and feelings and even get our defenses up! In Joshua 24, Joshua shares some final words with his fellow Israelites as he recounts how God brought them from bondage into the Promised Land. He challenges them in verse 15: “choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve … But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.” The people respond in verse 18: “We also will serve the LORD, for He is our God.” I believe Joshua then shocks them with his response in verse 19: “You cannot serve the LORD.” However, as you read the full passage, you get a glimpse into Joshua’s heart, which is to steer them to the LORD and away from hypocrisy. Verse 23: “Now therefore,” he said, “put away the foreign gods which are among you, and incline your heart to the LORD God of Israel.” He is calling them to integrity and action. This also applies for us today. It may be easy in church to echo, “As for me and my house we will serve the Lord.” Yet in our day-to-day, are we still choosing to hold onto something (an idol) we know God has spoken to us about? Jesus says in Matthew 6:24, “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.” Are you trying to serve two masters, knowing that you can’t? Correction is not always the easiest thing to hear, but Proverbs has much to say about the wisdom of accepting it. (See Proverbs 9:8, 10:17, 13:1, 13:18, 15:5, 15:31-32) May we make Psalms 139:23-24 our prayer, allowing God to correct us so that we CAN serve Him in Spirit and in truth: “Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me, and know my anxieties; and see if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.“

In Christ, Pastor Dustin Linenberger


Your Resolution

“My son, give attention to my words; incline your ear to my sayings. Do not let them depart from your eyes; keep them in the midst of your heart; for they are life to those who find them, and health to all their flesh.” Proverbs 4:20-22

Around this time of year some of us make resolutions and we all have different ones. Some want to get fit, travel, save money, spend more time with family. These are all good things, but the Lord has a challenging resolution I believe for us all. The challenge is to be more like Him. In order to be more like our Lord, we must be in His Word allowing it to refine and define us. The Word of God cleanses and causes us to grow spiritually. However, our growth and wellness does not stop there. As we get into His word and allow it to do its work in our life it brings wellness to our flesh! We all want to be healthier. My encouragement to you is to get into the Word and get healthy. This will benefit us physically for today and spiritually for an eternity.

If you don’t already have a time set aside to get a word from the Lord every day, make this your resolution. Not only for 2018, but for life. You want life in abundance? Well, it’s found in His Word. God’s Word gives life.

My last encouragement is not to let anything get in the way of your goal to be like Jesus. Don’t get sidetracked.

“Let your eyes look straight ahead, and your eyelids look right before you. Ponder the path of your feet, and let all your ways be established. Do not turn to the right or the left; remove your foot from evil.” Proverbs 4:25-27

Pastor Chris Lopez



Have you ever been confronted with “Do you have enough faith?” I am not sure if any of us really have enough faith, but the Bible says, “without faith it is impossible to please God.” (Hebrews 11:6) Years ago, I was diagnosed with prostate cancer. A woman in the church came to me and said, “You don’t have enough faith or God would heal you.” I put off getting surgery for quite a while to see if God would heal me. However, when healing did not come, I had surgery. I share this because sometime people can throw a guilt trip on those who have physical issues. But, God chooses various ways to heal us. It is important for us to have faith and realize that God’s ways are not our ways! They are higher! In my case, both the doctor and the nurse got to hear the Gospel.

Here are a few thoughts that may be helpful for you this day:
1. We are never ready or have enough faith to do all that the Lord directs us to do. We can always find an excuse for not being ready to exercise faith and miss the blessing.
2. The definition of faith comes from Hebrews 11:1, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evident of things not seen.” Things hoped for; if we are not sure of what we hope for, it certainly becomes the opposite of faith.
3. To increase in faith is like the exercising of a muscle – Romans 8:17, “So then faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God.”
4. Each one of us has been given a certain “measure of faith,” Romans 12:3.
5. Faith is also “the gift of God,” Ephesians 2:8b.
6. Lastly, “the just shall live by faith,” Romans 1:17, Galatians 2:20, Galatians 3:11, Hebrews 10:38.

So, the conclusion is this – please the Lord by walking by faith, trusting in Him and being blessed in your journey.

Jesus loves you, Pastor Roger Stahlhut

"Nevertheless, I have this against you" Revelation 2:4

These were the words of Jesus to the church at Ephesus. Verses 2-4 describe a very healthy church. They worked hard in the name of Jesus. They were patient and did not tolerate evil people or false doctrine. However, somewhere along the line they lost focus of Jesus. They were busy about things in Jesus’ name, but they were done without Jesus in mind. When they first got saved they started doing all these things out of love and gratitude, now they did them out of routine and religion. They did them because it just became who they were. We can fall into the same rut. We can come to church, read our bibles and even serve in ministry in the name of Jesus, but without Jesus in mind. The good news is, the solution is simple. Jesus, in verse 5, tells them to remember and repent. Remember how they used to forget about life, just sit with Jesus and spend time together. After they remembered they were to repent and do these things again.

At the beginning of the year, this is a good time to allow the Lord to examine us. Why do we do what we do? Is it out of routine and religion? Have I just become a “good person” or am I still close and passionate about Jesus? Spending time together every day and doing everything out of love and gratitude for the Lord

Pastor Jason Norton

A New Heart for Jesus

Here we are, the beginning of 2018. We can enter the new year with greater passion for Jesus and a deeper walk with Him or stay the same. We all need to examine ourselves in where we stand with Jesus. If we are to make a difference in this world let us seek to heed what Joel 2:12-13 says: “Now therefore,” says the Lord “Turn to Me with all your heart, With fasting, with weeping and with mourning.” So, rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the Lord your God, For He is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and of great kindness; and He relents from doing harm.”

Heart-rending is divinely worked and solemnly felt. It’s a soul-moving work of the Holy Spirit upon the heart of each believer. The text commands us to rend our hearts, but how can this be done? We must take them to Calvary where our Savior paid the price for our sin. As we hear the death cries of our Savior Jesus, our hearts will be rent and sin will be purged by the blood of the Lamb.

Let’s start with a new heart for a new work and directions and adventures in these crucial days. Focus on Jesus! It’s all about Him.

“For You, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive, and abundant in mercy to all who call upon You.” Psalm 86:5

Pastor Rudy Cardenas

Happy New Year!

As we prepare for a new year, God’s Word of encouragement to us is found in Jeremiah 29:11; “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, sayeth the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”

Tonight, we’ll bring in the new year of 2018 and reflect on all that God has done this year!  God has used our continued desire to reach out and share the Gospel.  Through various Bible studies, church ministries, our Regional Leadership and Missions Conferences and outreaches such as Toasty Christmas, Back Pack Outreach and Alternative Night, we have seen many come to know Him.  Lives have been transformed and hearts have been healed.

We experienced an awesome water baptism this summer, and then to see many come to the prayer room to receive the Baptism of the Holy Spirit - what a year of victory! Our cup runneth over!  I believe this next year in 2018 we need to put on our seat belts. It’s going to be another great ride as we see many come to the Lord right before His return!

My wife and I would like to thank all of you for your faithfulness this past year in your ministries, in your    giving, in your love, in your prayers for Calvary Chapel Downey, and your prayers for me and my family. This has truly been a year of salvation, restoration, and rebuilding!

Looking forward to what He’s going to do in the days ahead! “Look up for our redemption draws near!”

In anticipation, Maranatha!


Jeff and Karyn                 

Taming The Tongue

For every kind of beast and bird, of the sea, is tamed and has been tamed by mankind. But no man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.” James 3:7-8

This passage reminds us that lions, elephants, monkeys, reptiles and sea life can be tamed and subdued by man, but our tongue cannot! All of us can call to mind, the irreversible harm done by someone’s tongue, an unkind mean-spirited word whether in person, social media, or gossip.

Solomon wrote: “A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver.” Proverbs 25:11
With the tongue, relationships can be strengthened or destroyed. With the tongue, a child can be made

to feel loved and wanted or he can be made to feel rejected and worthless. With the tongue, we can bless and worship our God, and with it, we can curse men who have been made in the likeness of God.

There may be times when you spoke without thinking or confronted without praying or posted without considering, and the words you said ended up being the words you regretted. “Let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath; for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God.James 1:19-20

The tongue can be used for the highest calling and it can be used for the lowest evil. As believers, it should not be said that out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing.

James is talking about subduing our sinful speech by our own power. Human beings on their own, don’t have the ability to keep their tongues in check. But, if you know Christ personally, God’s power through the Holy Spirit’s presence can transform your heart and take control of your tongue. Jesus said; “With people this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.Matthew 19:26

Lord bless,
Pastor Jack Jimenez

BUT GOD.....

David was now afraid of the Lord, and he asked, “How can I ever bring the Ark of the Lord back into my care?” So, David decided not to move the Ark of the Lord into the City of David. Instead, he took it to the house of Obed-edom of Gath. The Ark of the Lord remained there in Obed-edom’s house for three months, and the Lord blessed Obed-edom and his entire household.
2 Samuel 6:9-11

Have you ever made a mistake that hurt someone and discouraged you? One time I asked a friend if she was pregnant? Well, she wasn’t. Needless to say I felt very dumb and I’m sure she didn’t feel good either. I will never ask that question again. Lol..

Here in 2 Samuel 6 David has a desire to bring the Ark of God out from Abinidab’s house to Jerusalem where it belongs. He decided to build a cart and place the ark on it which was being pulled by a stinky animal. The Ark was supposed to be carried by the priest and not pulled on a cart behind an animal. Along the way, Uzzah who was Abinidab’s son, tried to keep the Ark from falling off the cart and as a result died. You can only imagine how David must have felt?

BUT GOD.... I love that phrase! When we make a mistake God can redeem it, no matter how bad you think it is. You see, David had the Ark placed in Obed-Edom’s house for three months and he stopped the process of bringing it to Jerusalem because he was discouraged. Listen, in life we will make mistakes BUT GOD.. will always redeem them somehow for His glory.

Obed-Edom’s house was blessed because the presence of God was in his home for three months. Today, if you’re discouraged, bring the very presence of God into your life, your home and your circumstances through the Word, worship, prayer and fellowship. Then watch Him restore your joy. David’s joy was restored and his desire to bring the Ark back was renewed, yours will be too.

Grace & Peace, Pastor Fish ><))>

The Storm of Letting Go

I was very encouraged recently through a Bible study by Pastor Damian Kyle. He was addressing Paul the apostle and his shipwreck experience mentioned in Acts chapter 27. His focus was on verse 20, “And when neither sun nor stars in many days appeared, and no small tempest lay on us, all hope that we should be saved was then taken away.”

All hope was then taken away...

What does it mean, all hope was taken away? Paul was the man who had incredible faith. He had been in a couple shipwrecks prior to this one. How was this any different? Paul was given direct promises by God that he would make it to Rome, but for some reason, in this storm he had lost all hope like the rest of the men on the boat.

For me, it is encouraging to know that there are some storms we will face that can have this effect on us. Even when we have experienced trials and victories and have God’s Word and His promises. There will be storms that cause us to lose all hope. These storms are brought and controlled by God. They are severe life changing storms. They can impact us mentally, physically, and spiritually. The purpose of these storms is to cause us to learn one very important lesson. It will not be by our means, resources, ideas, or attempts that we will find salvation from the storm. Our deliverance is solely because of God and God alone. His saving grip on you and me is because of His hand, not ours. It is not because of our faith in the promises of God that will deliver us, but because of His faithfulness to His promise. It is only through a storm that causes us to lose all hope, that we see His power and faithfulness.

Remember the poem, “ footprints in the sand?” During the most tempest trials of life there is only one set of footprints, because it was at those times we think He abandoned and left us that we discover He was in fact carrying us.

Letting go...

Pastor Phil Moreno

Spirit and Life

It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.” John 6:63

Jesus shared this with His disciples after He laid down some heavy spiritual truth. Many of them had a hard time receiving what was said and they were offended. Those who took offense were more than likely following Him for carnal reasons rather than spiritual. John 6:26 says, “Jesus answered them, most assuredly, I say to you, you seek Me, not because you saw the signs, but because you ate of the loaves and were filled.”

Many here followed for the wrong reasons. Their concern was focused on their earthly, temporal need rather than the spiritual and eternal need for God and salvation. Jesus knew this, so after He shared John 6:41-51 they became annoyed and uneasy. Those who truly sought something more than just their fleshly need would be drawn deeper to Him.

Our Lord says, “It is the Spirit who gives life,” meaning the most important thing that gives life and eternity are given by the Spirit. It is the Spiritual things that one should seek after, not the temporal fleshly things which have no spiritual value whatsoever.

Take note of what Jesus said, that the words that come from His mouth are Spirit and they are Life. So now I say to you, are you desiring more? If you are, just read and listen to the words of our Savior and He will speak Spirit and Life into you.

Pastor Isaac Moscoso 


“Beware, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief in departing from the living God; but exhort one another daily, while it is called “Today,” lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.” Hebrews 3:12-13

The nation of Israel had the faith to be set free from the bondage of Egypt and walk through the waters of the Red Sea, but did not have the faith to enter the promised land. The writer of the book of Hebrews will set them before us as a warning.

Instead of entering into and living in the blessing of God, their continuous unbelief caused their hearts to be hardened against the Lord. The consequence of this was that they spent the rest of their lives meandering through the wilderness, never experiencing the fullness of life God had for them. This example was given to the first century Jewish believers who, because of persecution, were turning away from Christ and turning back to their old religious system. Like the Israelites who perished in the wilderness, their hardship caused them to take their eyes off the Lord and allow unbelief to keep them from entering into the fullness of God’s promises.

There are many Christians today who have the faith for salvation, but have allowed the hardships of life to cause them to take their eyes off the Lord. Like the Israelites, the trials and fear of what the future may hold causes them to desire to go back to how they used to live prior to following the Lord. This produces unbelief in their hearts and opens them up to the deceitfulness of sin. If we allow unbelief to harden our hearts, it will keep us from all the victory, power, and blessing that God has for us as we continue to walk with Him.

The weapon against unbelief is to continue to exhort one another in the reality of who Jesus is and to remind ourselves that we are partakers with Him. We share in all the benefits and responsibilities of who He is because we are one with Him as we continue in our foundational faith until the end. It is in Christ that we have everything that pertains to life and godliness which opens us to receive every spiritual blessing that heaven has to offer. So, what mountainous trial is trying to cause fear and unbelief in your heart today? Remember that we are one with the All-Powerful Creator and Sustainer of all existence, who loves us so much that He was willing to come and die for our sin. If God is for us than who or what can stand against us. Believe!!! (Hebrews 3:14)

Serving Him together, Pastor Hector Gonzales


Rejoice When the Lost Are Found and Embrace Them!

In Luke 15, Jesus addresses the Pharisees’ complaint of Jesus receiving and eating with sinners. He responds with three parables. First, Jesus shares the parable of a man leaving his ninety-nine sheep to find the one that is lost, and who rejoices greatly when it is found (Luke 15:1-7). His second parable tells of a woman who invites her friends and neighbors to rejoice with her when she finds her lost coin (Luke 15:8-10). Lastly, Jesus shares the parable frequently called, “The Prodigal or lost son”, where we see the heart of the Father revealed. He runs to re-embrace his son, clothes him with his own clothes, and invites everyone to be merry with him, for his son was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found. Then comes the older son, who had always been with the Father; all that the Father had was his. Yet, this older son does not even acknowledge the younger son as his own brother, but instead calls him “your son” (to his Father).

Are we ever guilty of acting like this older son or the Pharisees? Let’s examine ourselves: when is the last time we truly rejoiced with someone who was lost when they come home to the Father, even someone who has personally hurt us? Are we working in God’s business without God’s heart?
The Father kept looking on the horizon for his son.

Brothers and sisters, we must not get so busy working in the fields that we forget God’s heart for His family. Let’s be looking and praying for the lost to be found!

In Christ, 

Pastor Dustin Linenberger

Love is the Goal

Let love be your highest goal! 1 Corinthians 14:1

When I was a kid I had goals. I wanted to play baseball professionally, I wanted to have a wife and two kids, I wanted to live in Baltimore and I wanted to own a farm with lots of animals. Through the years my goals often changed. I am now 31 and I have different goals, aspirations and dreams. Now they all involve my wife and my two beautiful kids. It’s good to have goals and dreams and to pursue them, but our highest goal as believers should be the goal to love. This goal should never change, it should always be our priority to love. We need to try and achieve this goal at all costs with everything that we are. May we be immovable in the pursuit of love.

Jesus would say in the gospel of Matthew 22:37-40, “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.” The passion of Jesus was not only to love, it was also His purpose, His goal, His reason.

In the world where it seems that hatred and selfishness abound, may love be the ultimate aim in our hearts, in our lives and in our homes. Love the Lord and love thy neighbor. Make Love your highest goal.

Pastor Chris Lopez

Trusting God Over Our Circumstances (A CCCS Testimony)

I recently received a letter from a family who attends our church. They always had the desire for their children to attend our school, however they were not able to afford the tuition.

One of their children started experiencing peer pressure at his school that continued to get worse. So, the parents decided to sell their house and move to another town where they thought the schools were better.

As they were preparing to put their house up for sale, they started questioning what they were doing. They were taking matters into their own hands and realized they hadn’t asked God for wisdom about this situation. They began to pray and seek Him. While they were praying, CCCS made an announcement asking parents to consider enrolling their children in our school and if finances were the only thing preventing them from bringing their kids, we would work with them. CCCS helped this family with financial aid and the tuition was reduced to an amount they could now afford.

This family learned a valuable lesson that many Christians never do. They chose to not rely on their human understanding and strive to make some things happen in their own ability. Instead they went to the Lord in prayer, surrendered to Him what seemed to be an impossible situation and put their trust in a God that’s bigger than anything we are confronted with in our lives!

Today their children are attending our school all because their parents made the decision to trust a BIG GOD!

Pastor Jeff

Inexpressible and Glorious Joy

Though you have not seen Him, you love Him; though not seeing Him now, you believe in Him, and you rejoice with inexpressible and glorious joy.” 1 Peter 1:8

Recently a wonderful sister in Christ went home to be with the Lord. She was a lovely woman who loved to worship her Savior. She would always have a smile on her face despite how she was feeling inside. She suffered from cancer for a long time, yet she would still encourage everyone around. She would get up in the morning and lead worship at the Tuesday morning Bible study. She would come up to me with her big smile and say, “What Word do you have for me today Pastor Frank!” Despite suffering from her cancer, and knowing she would soon be leaving behind everyone she loved, this dear sister still had an inexpressible joy.

What is joy? Well, if you have been in church long enough you have heard pastors say it is something the world doesn’t have, nor can they take it away. But why? The Bible tells us why. It says, “In His presence is fullness of joy” Psalm 16:11. You see this godly woman, though she hadn’t physically seen Christ, she would be in His presence spending time with Him daily in His Word. Although she hadn’t seen Him, she trusted in Him. She rejoiced over Him in song. When you have a relationship with Jesus like our dear sister had, you will experience inexpressible joy. Joy is a wonderful satisfaction. It simply means that you are no longer looking for anything else to fulfill you. She had this! This is why the world doesn’t have joy, because the world is not in His presence. It’s completely void of Him in darkness. Ephesians 5

If you find yourself today lacking inexpressible and glorious joy, I want to ask you, when was the last time you spent quality (not quantity) time with your Savior? When was the last time you sat in His presence and took in His Word? If you want to have joy, get in His presence today! Allow Him to speak to your heart. Let His Word permeate your spirit and you will find satisfaction in Him. I will greatly miss my dear sister as many will, but I am so blessed knowing that she is finally with Jesus. She is face to face with her Redeemer, worshiping Him this very moment! “I have told you these things so that My joy may be in you and your joy may be complete.” John 15:11

In Him,
Pastor Frank Mayorga

Hope Found in the Lord

Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but when the desire comes, it is a tree of life.”
roverbs 13:12

In troubled times of discouragement have you ever found yourself with the question, “what is happening?” David was experiencing a time of chastening by the Lord and was tempted to complain about his situation. In Psalm 39:1 David responded by saying, “I will guard my way, lest I sin with my tongue; I will restrain my mouth with a muzzle, while the wicked are before me.”

Sinning with our tongue is a cancer to our spirit and to our character as it destroys our integrity. James 3:8 says, “but no man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison, with it we bless our God and Father and with it we curse men.” Instead of dumping emotional and spiritual poison on those who listen to us, why not purpose in our hearts not to succumb to the temptation of venting our discouragement. We are best to remember Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your path.”

Life is too short – it is just a vapor. May God help us to realize this truth and may the Lord Jesus Christ continue to fight our battles for us.

Jesus loves you,

Pastor Roger Stahlhut


Come to Me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take up My yoke and learn from Me, because I am lowly and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” Matthew 11:28-29

There has never been a more humble person to walk this planet than Jesus Christ. The full power of God confined into human flesh, yet He was the perfect example of a lowly and humble heart. Oh man, God is awesome!

When it comes to walking with the Lord it is important to read His Word and to accept what it says in faith. When Jesus says to take His yoke upon you and learn from Him, you really should do it. This means to look to Him, to analyze how He would pray in submission to His Father’s will and how He loved and treated the humble and broken.

Learn from the master of humility and lowliness and then follow His lead. Is there pride in your heart? Is there striving? You are being asked by the Lord today to lay those things down in lowliness and humility so you can find rest for your soul. He loves you so dearly and rest is just one of the many blessings of having Jesus as the Lord of your life.

Trust Jesus today. Trust Him with everything that makes you anxious. Trust Him with every ounce of heaviness that you carry. He has something better for you as a replacement.

Pastor Jake Rowley

Wait Patiently

“And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.” Galatians 6:9

There was a farmer who owned a field. All of his family inheritance was invested in this plot of land. While normally it yielded a plentiful harvest, lately it had been giving less than optimal returns. Last year his land had been hit by a storm and half the crop was lost. What’s more, he found out that his neighbor had been sowing weeds in his field, causing the farmer to lose valuable time getting rid of the weeds and helping the neighbor cut him out of the market.

He was low on money, low on motivation, and was growing impatient to see this year’s harvest. Then he had an idea. Rising early in the morning he set out for his field. His sons asked him what he was doing and he said he would tell them about it this evening. He came home later that night covered in dirt and exhausted. He then explained to his children that he had been out in the field all day pulling on the crops to help them grow faster. Pulling weeds, keeping away the birds, and watering simply was not enough. What they needed was help growing.

His sons were horrified and ran out to the field to discover that their father, in his lack of patience and acting on impulse, had completely destroyed the field.

I (Pastor John) have been brought back to this verse again and again. The LORD reminds me that He is the one who brings the harvest. He is the one that makes the crop grow. I have been called to labor in His fields and it is not for me to try and speed up the Lord’s timing. Let me remind you of the last clause of this promise, “We shall reap if we do not lose heart.” Another way of saying this is, “if we do not give up.” If you quit before the LORD brings the harvest, then you will not share in the blessings.

Serving Him,

Pastor John Woolard

Be ready for His return

Summer is over and vacations have ended, kids are back to school. Do we just go on as usual with our routines or continue to hold to the fact that Jesus is coming? One thing is true, we need to Watch and Pray. In Matthew 24:27 it says, “For just as the lightning comes from the east and flashes even to the west so will the coming of the Son of Man be.”

It’s interesting, lightning is fast pace and swift, a good example of the Lord’s return. There will be no time to get things right with Him or make things right with others. Lightning is incredibly swift, a spark from cloud to cloud can be twenty to one hundred miles long. The Lord Jesus is coming at the speed of a lightning flash. It will be in a moment or twinkling of an eye. It will be a happy moment for His own and a horrendous moment for His foes.

Lightning can be deadly, as with sheet lightning. It has no particular form; it is just a bright flash in the sky. But the forked lightning comes charged with millions of volts of electrical power. Jesus is coming like that, swiftly and in power. Knowing these things then how should we be living?

Matthew 24:42-44 says, “Therefore be on alert for you do not know which day your Lord is coming. But be sure of this; that if the head of the house had known at what time of the night the thief was coming, he would have been on the alert and would not have allowed his house to be broken into. For this reason, you also must be ready, for the Son of man is coming at an hour when you do not think He will.”

So, get ready, keep praying and stay in the Word, for one of these days He will come and we’ll be gone! What a glorious day that will be.

Pastor Rudy Cardenas


“Endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” Ephesians 4:3

We are called by God to KEEP the unity in the body. God created unity in chapter 2 of Ephesians, we are called to keep His unity, His way. Many times, people try to keep their unity, their way. They just want peace with others and not to fight. They will turn a blind eye and compromise truth or conduct to achieve it. The Bible calls this a false peace or unity.

So how do we keep God’s unity, His way? The verse before this tells us, “with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love.” These are all character qualities that produce unity with others. Lowliness is humility and the opposite of pride. Gentleness is giving preference to others and serving them, the opposite is imposing my way and will on others. Longsuffering is to be patient with difficult people not harsh and impatient. These are to be done in Love and is the way we keep God’s unity, God’s way.

How do I get these character qualities? They are a result of the first three chapters of Ephesians, spending intimate time with the Lord and understanding all He has done and who I am without Christ. When I am in His presence I am humbled, made to be gentle and patient with others as I realize He is all those to me. When I am not in His presence I focus on myself and become prideful, harsh, demanding and impatient.

Who have you been focusing on this week, yourself or God? It will show in your character. If you have been impatient, harsh, prideful and demanding you probably need to get with the Lord and spend some time focusing on Him. As you do, it will help create unity with God and others.

Pastor Jason Norton