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Isaiah 43:19 Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.

John 4:11 The woman saith unto Him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whence then hast Thou that living water?

John 4:10-11 Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, give me a drink, thou wouldest have asked of Him, and He would have given thee living water. The woman saith unto Him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep, from whence then hast Thou that living water?

Jeremiah 17:13 O Lord, the hope of Israel, all that forsake thee shall be ashamed, and they that depart from me shall be written in the earth, because they have forsaken the Lord, the fountain of living water.

The Hebrew word for a dried up river bed is “Nachal”. Israel has many of these. In Israel it rains in the winter, but not in summer. In the summer, these places stand as a testament of the rains that once fell and of the rains yet to come. Then, when they do come, the Nechalim (nachal plural) almost instantly fill with water. This is what the Scripture means when it says, “I will give you rivers in the desert.” There is a promise in that for us.

We, like the Nachal, were made to flow with the water and the life of the Spirit of God. When we are not connected to God, to His flowing waters, we feel dry and empty — without purpose. But we were meant to be overflowing! Maybe you are feeling dry and empty in your life and walk? Praise the Lord! What an opportunity to allow God to fill you with His river’s of Living Water!

 If you are dry and thirsty, turn to the Lord today and the waters will flood in again! This is a new year and our Lord is looking for people to become true inspirations, this comes from a heart fully yielded to God. Being filled with the Holy Spirit continually and overflowing with the Living Water, sharing in His love with others. Do you have it? If not come today to receive the Living Water. Praise God!


GOD STILL BREAKS CHAINS TODAY

No matter how strong the shackles of lust, drugs, alcohol, deceit, our flesh , or sin, the Holy Spirit is still in the business of breaking these chains and setting men and women free from the bondage that ensnares them.

Acts 12:5-7 says- Peter was therefore kept in prison, but constant prayer was offered to God for him by the church. And when Herod was about to bring him out, that night Peter was sleeping, bound with two chains between two soldiers; and the guards before the door were keeping the prison. Now behold, an angel of the Lord stood by him, and a light shone in the prison; and he struck Peter on the side and raised him up, saying, “Arise quickly!” And his chains fell off his hands.

Matthew 7:7-8 says- ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 8For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.

The most important fact of my existence to remember is this– God is always with me, and He will always take care of me. Live within the confines of today, do not focus on tomorrows worries, or past regrets. God is committed to caring for me, and He is completely capable to do just that. He says come to me all you who are weary, and I will give you rest. God will orchestrate your life my friend, let Him do it!

Pastor Mike


A Great Light Shines

In this season of hope, peace and love we can be eternally grateful for all that we have. In this year of 2020 how fortunate are we to have Jesus Christ in our lives?  Our congregation has so much love and able to bring fellowship to so many.  Please reach out to others in our congregation who you haven’t seen or been able to speak to.  We all need a voice if we are not able to reach out and touch them.

In Isaiah 9:2 it reads: “The people who walk in darkness will see a great light.  For those who live in a land of deep darkness a light will shine.”

On the very first Christmas night, so many years ago, a light so piercing, so pure and so bright came down from the heavens.  This majestic completely perfect light brings hope to the weary, peace to the anguished and hurting and love to the broken.  Our world is attempting to be strangled in the darkness and the shadows, but the one who is the true light, who gives light to everyone, has come into the world and his name is Jesus.

Our fellowship with each other and our ability to reach out to so many who are not part of our congregation is so very important. We believe that the only true basis of Christian fellowship is His love.  We believe that the worship of God is fruitful.  Praise, lift up and pause today and everyday for the great light that God brought to us.

Merry Christmas

David


Where is your Trust?

A word today of encouragement for all my friends from Streams in the Desert, by L.B. Cowan-

We live in a world that is filled with uncertainty. There are days when it seems like our nation is about to crumble under the weight of despair, division, immorality, lawlessness, and fear. Truth, justice, and righteousness no longer seem to matter, our society is largely focused on satisfying ourselves, taking care of number one, and how much pleasure can we fit into a 24 hour day.

Psalm 46:5 says- “God is in the midst of her, she will not be moved; God will help her when the morning dawns.” Will not be moved- what an inspiring declaration! Is it possible for us who are so easily moved by earthly things to come to a point where nothing can upset us or disturb our peace? The answer is yes, and the Apostle Paul knew it. When he was on his way to Jerusalem, the Holy Spirit warned him that “prison and hardships” (Acts 20:23) awaited him. Yet he could triumphantly say, “But none of these things move me” (Acts 20:24).

Everything in Paul’s life and experience that could be disturbed had already been shaken, and he no longer considered his life or any of his possessions as having any earthly value. And if we will only let God have His way with us, we to can come to the same conclusion. Then, like Paul, neither the stress or strain of little things, or the great and heavy trials of life will have enough power to move us from “the peace of God, which transcends all understanding (Philippians 4:7).” God declares this peace to be the inheritance of those who have learned to rest only on Him. The world can neither give nor take away this kind of peace.

“Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion, which cannot be shaken but endures forever (Psalm 125:1).” There is an old Scottish version of this Psalm that strengthens our blood like iron: “Who clings to God in constant trust, as Zion’s mount he stands full just, and who moves not, nor yet does reel, but stands forever strong as steel.”

Be strong in the Lord, Heaven is near, and eternity is forever.

Pastor Mike


The Lord is our Rock

The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; My God, my strength, in whom I will trust;

We all say we trust in the Lord but do we really? Earlier this week a co-worker put a message out to our team that he was told he has cancer, he asked for prayer, he said that he is scared of needles and not very fond of doctor’s. Rather than just saying I would pray for him I messaged him to see if he was available to talk, he was.  He then shared with me some details of the cancer he has and his fears, that the tumor is the size of a grapefruit and the doctor told him it has progressed quite a bit. I asked him how his relationship with the Lord is, he said he is a believer (praise the Lord). I was then able to share words of encouragement with him and remind him that God is in control and no matter what the outcome is, it is for His Glory. He agreed. I was also able to pray with him, he then had tears running down his cheek but I could also see some relief in his face.

I shared Psalm 18:30 As for God, His way is perfect; The word of the LORD is proven; He is a shield to all who trust in Him.

I believe he is trusting Him, sometimes we say we trust in the Lord but sometimes it is very difficult to admit that it is hard especially when you are told some devastating news. I pray for my co-worker everyday now that 1: God would heal him 2: God would comfort him 3: whatever the outcome of this is, God would be glorified.

Please pray for my co-worker his name is Jake

Blessings 

Jim 


Matthew 7:24-27

“Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock. But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was it’s fall.”

When the storms of life come our way, when our world is turned upside down, when the world literally begins to shut down all around us, when everything that could go wrong does go wrong, The Word of God says- the wise man’s house stood and the fools house fell. The wise man’s house survived the storm, and the fool’s house was destroyed, because their homes and their lives rested on different foundations. One house rested on the rock of God’s Word, the other foundation rested on the sand of human wisdom. 

 The storm always reveals what foundation you are resting on. The rock foundation I am speaking about is THE WORD OF GOD APPLIED TO OUR DAILY LIVES. Our survival depends on what foundation what we rest our lives on, and our foundation most definitely determines our future. Trust God one day at a time, He will never leave you nor will He forsake you, He will always provide a way for His children.

 May God richly bless you as you spend time with Him daily.

 Pastor Mike


Jeremiah 33:3

‘Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.’

I find it very comforting that God speaks to us. He speaks to us through His word, He speaks to us through prayer, He speaks to us as we meet corporately as a church. But what I find comforting as well is that God always meets us right were we are at. God spoke to Jeremiah here in verse 3 chapter 33 in a prison, in the mist of a horrible circumstance. Jeremiah was in prison because he was being obedient to what God wanted him to do not because he was in the wrong or did something to deserve it. I am sure this was a difficult situation for Jeremiah on so many levels. But I am personally encouraged by this verse because so often I find my self in prisoned per say in many situations that life throws at myself. And when I call to God and seek Him with my whole heart He is found, and He answers in due time and I am ok with however He handles things. And the great and mighty things that He pulls off in our lives are just so incredible when you truly look back at things, and like God told Jeremiah “I am going to show you great and mighty things which you don’t know.” I love that because the reality is if He showed us what He was going to do we wouldn’t belief it anyway. Let us trust God more often, let us walk by faith and not by sight. His plans for us are good and not evil.

Trusting in my Savior Daily

Pastor Joe


All in one accord.

In Jim Cymbala’s book Storm there is a passage that says

“We often forget that serving Christ is a team sport. If we want to win against the powers of darkness in this world, we have to be united and work together”
Romans 15:5 tells us:Now may the God of patience and comfort grant you to be like-minded toward one another, according to Christ Jesus,
Phil 2:2 fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.As in football, baseball or basketball, the team must know the plays, work together, be like-minded to accomplish their goal to win!We as believers must acquaint ourselves with scripture and work together to be like-minded and accomplish Gods goals for our lives, the church and our community. To love people, tell them about Jesus and give God all the glory.
Jim Hernandez


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 


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