Am I still Growing in Christ?
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Am I still Growing in Christ?

As I look around and ponder all that God is doing in my life personally and then meditate on all that Christ has done for me, all that He is, and all that He personally has sacrificed for me. I find myself taking inventory on my life, my actions, my thoughts, my words, my motives, and my heart. Am I  still growing in Christ? Am I allowing God to change those areas of my life that are opposite of Him? Am I growing in grace towards others? Am I growing in love? Am I allowing forgiveness of others in my life? Being less judgmental of others? Am I allowing the Holy Spirit to have His way in my Life? Or do I have the attitude that I have arrived and living at the top of my spiritual game! Boy if thats the case we have failed Jesus miserably, we have failed the body of Christ, and we have fooled ourselves.

WISDOM FROM OSWALD CHAMBERS

“Am I getting nobler, better, more helpful, more humble, as I get older? Am I exhibiting the life that men take knowledge of as having been with Jesus, or am I getting more self-assertive, more deliberately determined to have my own way? It is a great thing to tell yourself the truth.”

Our actions, our words, and our attitudes will always tell others just how close to Jesus you really are.

Jesus said “By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:35

Allowing The Lord to grow my life

Pastor Joe


God is always in the Midst.

Have you ever wondered where is God as Jesus was on the cross:

(Mark 15: 33-34) Now when the sixth hour had come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour.And at the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?” which is translated, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?”
Sometimes we cry out the same thing God where are you? why have you left me? I have personal experience with that emotion, many years ago my mother was suffering with diabetes she had had several stints in the hospital, she lost a leg, was loosing her eye sight,  suffered two strokes and her kidneys were failing,  I remember driving to Los Angeles to see her in the hospital. The hardest part was seeing her deteriorate and she would try to act like all was ok,  I left the hospital one day praying “God why is my mother going through this PLEASE HEAL HER,  GIVE US MORE TIME WITH HER. A couple of days later I was at work and my dad called to tell me that my mom had passed. I drove home to get ready to go to my dads house to meet up with the rest of my family, I had thought God had forsaken me,  I was thinking prayer does not work and there is no GOD.
I spent several years feeling that way, falling into abusing alcohol, drugs and not caring for anyone, it was all about what I wanted,  Until July 19th 1998 God got ahold of my heart,  my wife and I accepted Jesus that day. He freed us from bondage of alcohol and we poured it all down the drain that same day, our lives were changed,  it was a couple of months later I felt God speak to me in my heart saying “I healed your mother, just not the way you wanted, she is with Me in Glory!” So prayer does work, there IS a God who loves and cares for us. He sees the beginning to the end and we just need to listen and trust that His ways are above what we can imagine our understand. And ultimately He will NEVER LEAVE OR FORSAKE YOU!
BlessingsJim 


Everything is New

It’s amazing to me how God makes everything new throughout the Bible, a new heaven and a new earth, new moons, and a new Jerusalem. Isaiah 43:19 says “Behold, I will do a new thing, Now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.” God is always doing something new in our lives. It is springing forth! Wether your in a season of wandering trying to figure out whats going on or drinking out of a river in The wilderness and life is abundantly incredible – Can you sense it? Do you recognize it? Jesus said in the book of Revelation 22:5 “ Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” And He said to me, “Write, for these words are true and faithful.”

         We have so much to live for, so much to hope in. A faithful – true, and honest God working in and through our life’s to make things work out according to His perfect will – how great is that? 2 Corinthians 5:17 says “ Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.

        It all starts with Christ and ends with Christ – He make all things new – surrender all to Him and let the new work begin. 

“ Letting Him have it all ”

Pastor Joe


Everything Has its Time

Selah

August 20, 2017

Everything Has Its Time
Ecclesiastes 3: 1-8
To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven:
A time to be born, And a time to die;A time to plant, And a time to pluck what is planted;
A time to kill, And a time to heal; A time to break down, And a time to build up;
A time to weep, And a time to laugh; A time to mourn, And a time to dance;
A time to cast away stones, And a time to gather stones; A time to embrace, And a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to gain, And a time to lose; A time to keep,And a time to throw away;
A time to tear, And a time to sew; A time to keep silence, And a time to speak;
A time to love, And a time to hate; A time of war, And a time of peace.

 

Solomon wrote this poetic book in his old age reflecting on his life. In this chapter v. 1-8 tells us
to everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven:
We all will go through seasons in our lives, times of trouble, sadness, worry, gladness, joy,
what ever the season you are going through, look toward Jesus, if you have financial troubles look toward Jesus, if you have illness look toward Jesus, issues at work or home look toward Jesus, if you have joy and gladness, and everything is going great Praise Jesus.
The times we live in now more than ever we need to look toward Jesus, the uproars going on throughout our country, the attacks around the world, look toward JESUS, we need to be praying for those who are leading our country and yes even if we don’t agree with them, also pray for the church.
Verse 8 starts a time to Love, this is a time we need to be people who love, because Jesus loves everyone.

 

Blessing
Jim Hernandez


Answer The Call

Selah

August 13, 2017 

“ And Jesus, when He came out, saw a great multitude and was moved with compassion for them, because they were like sheep not having a shepherd. So He began to teach them many things.
When the day was now far spent, His disciples came to Him and said, “this is a deserted place, and already the hour is late. Send them away, that they may go into the surrounding country and villages and buy themselves bread; for they have nothing to eat.”
But He answered and said to them, “You give them something to eat.”
Mark 6:34-37

This is likely a familiar story to most of us. Jesus was moved with compassion seeing the needs of the people. He met their spiritual needs, and the story ends with Him providing for their physical needs also. God is the great provider, and He is always faithful!
But as I read this story this time something else stood out to me.
It was Jesus’ response to the disciples: “You give them something to eat.”
He gave them a calling, an instruction. To provide for these people was completely outside of their ability, but completely within Jesus’ abilities.When God calls and leads us in life, He is the power and the provision that backs up what He calls us to do. He will never give us a call that He is not going to fulfill His portion of! Because He is faithful, and as we obey Him and walk in His Spirit, we will see His provision and partake of it, and help bring it to others!

Pastor Stephen


The Process

Selah 

July 30, 2017

PROCESS OF SALVATION – PROCESS OF DESTRUCTION
For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
1 Corinthians 1:18
Each one of us is either in the process of salvation or the process of destruction. Which process you choose is your own choice. The response to the knowledge of the cross of Christ determines which process you have chosen. Those who choose to reject the cross are in the process of eternal destruction and they are already perishing. To these the message of the cross is nonsense and foolishness.
But to those who have responded to the message of the cross they know God’s divine plan and provision for the redemption of sinners. The gospel focuses on the incarnation and crucifixion of Christ. This is the theme for the message of the cross and it is powerful wisdom to those who are saved.
What is the message of the cross to you? Is it foolishness?
Or, is it the power of God.
We need to continually pray for our unsaved family, friends and co-workers for they are currently perishing. But the power of our God can bring them to the saving knowledge of Christ.
Be Blessed,
Alan


Selah

Selah

July 16, 2017
Selah from what I have read and learned is thought to come from two Hebrew words. S_lah, “to praise” and S_Lal, “to lift up”. Others believe it comes from Salah” to pause”.
I am certainly not well enough versed, nor am I qualified enough to know. So perhaps Selah is all three: “To Praise,” “To Lift Up” and “To Pause”. We praise God, we are here to lift up God and we come here to pause and love our God.
As I read Romans 4, it is clear that God’s promise to count Abraham as righteous and to give the whole earth to him and his descendants was based on a right relationship with God that comes by faith, not just his and our obedience to God’s Law. So the promise is received by faith. It is given as a free gift. Romans 4:16.
Wow! Faith in The Lord our God and we, through faith, as Abraham’s spiritual descendants, are counted as righteous and will inherit the Earth. Are you kidding? How can we not praise, lift up and pause today and every day to love God.
Blessings to all of you, go out in our world and let everyone know God’s promise to us to make us righteous through faith and inherit the Earth.
David


Battle Ready

Selah 07/09/17

Battle Ready

It seems lately I feel God has been putting on my heart the importance of prayer, I have been reading about prayer in my devotion time, the leadership of the church have been getting together for prayer and it has been very powerful.
There is a battle going on, and the enemy wants to destroy your marriages, your family, relationship with friends, especially your children but we have a powerful weapon to battle him, that is prayer.

From Chuck Smith’s Effective prayer life:

The Battle
There’s a conflict taking place around us continually, a spiritual conflict. Invisible to our physical eyes is the spirit world which is divided into two categories: the forces of good and the forces of evil. These are in constant combat with one another and diametrically opposed to each other. When I enter into intercessory prayer I step right into the battle and begin to fight in this spiritual warfare.
Paul the apostle said that “we wrestle not against Flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places” (Ephesians 6:12). Therefore, we’re to put on the whole armor of God. Paul then goes on to list the armor of God that should clothe a Christian for battle.

My brothers and sisters in Christ now is the time we need to to be on our knees, in our prayer closets be clothed in the armor of God.

Are you ready for battle?

Blessing,
Jim Hernandez


The Church

Selah

July 1, 2017

The Church

Today it is with heavy heart I write this Selah as I watch and pray for those who are suffering in the body of Christ. Brocken relationships, marriages hanging on by a thread, children caught up with the lust of this world, people suffering with cancer as it effects everyone they know. Our country is a mess, the Christian church for the most part does not even know what sin is let alone forgiveness. We are living and ministering in extraordinary times! But as I look at the early church so were they. As I read in The Book of Acts they were persecuted, shunned, and cursed at, yet they stayed true to the gospel and to the call of ministry. Peter in Acts chapter 12 it says verses 1 thru 5.
“ Now about that time Herod the king stretched out his hand to harass some from the church. Then he killed James the brother of John with the sword. And because he saw that it pleased the Jews, he proceeded further to seize Peter also. Now it was during the Days of Unleavened Bread. So when he had arrested him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four squads of soldiers to keep him, intending to bring him before the people after Passover. Peter was therefore kept in prison, but constant prayer was offered to God for him by the church.”
What fueled the early church to endure all the opposition? 1. They were a praying church individually as well as corporately. 2. They were empowered by the spirit through prayer. I truly and firmly believe if we are going to endure and see miraculous changes it is going to happen through prayer. Prayer wasn’t just a spiritual discipline that they practiced when things weren’t going well or when someone was sick. It wasn’t a matter of enjoining some formal ritual. Rather, prayer was part of them, an underpinning of their faith in expression and devotion. They prayed consistently let that be us as we endure, and grow as Christians, may prayer be what we are made of, a residing Christ within our hearts fueled by the Holy Spirit of God.

Praying earnestly and consistently

Pastor Joe


Fulfilled In Him

Selah 

June 25, 2017

In the book of Revelation 3:14-22, the Laodiceans thought they were in need of nothing because they had everything. But, as Christ so graphically told them, though they thought they were rich, they were really “wretched, pitiful, poor, blind, and naked.”

Christ had invited them to abandon their preoccupation with their riches and their gifts and turn their hearts to the Giver of life, to seek from Him what they really needed. What we really need, only He and He alone can really give. People are desperately seeking satisfaction, peace, happiness, contentment, and fulfillment from all kinds of things in this world that ultimately can’t provide any of those things.

Solomon, the richest and wisest man who ever lived may have said it best. At the end of his life he looked back on his life, He saw the vast and amazing things he had learned, things he built, and all that he had acquired (he had it all), he said this- “Then I looked on all the works that my hands had done and on the labor on which I toiled; and indeed all was vanity and grasping for the wind.” (Ecclesiastes 2:11)

I know that I am not a good man, I don’t have any real talent or worldly treasure, and this life has definitely not been easy for me. But this is what I do know- my greatest blessing has been to know Jesus Christ, He is the center of my life, He is all that I ever hoped for, He is my most precious gift, in Him and Him alone I find deep and amazing peace as often as I want it. He makes me happy to be alive. He gives my life purpose.

Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us. Ephesians 3:20

Keep your eyes and your heart fixed on Jesus, one day at a time. May He bless you deeply.

Pastor Mike


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