Monday, August 25, 2014

Clarity on the Calvary San Clemente Campus

If you were not at church this weekend we made an announcement about our upcoming launch of another location in the city of San Clemente. I want to give you some clarity if anyone has confusion. 

1. We are faced with continuing challenges in the area of limited parking which are soon to become an even greater challenge with more limited parking.

2. We have actively look for facilities to lease, or purchase, or build, that would enable us to continue to minister affectively. Although still actively praying and looking the Lord hasn't opened any doors.

3. Our freeway off ramp coming from the South is once again under major construction which hinders our congregation coming to church. 

4. 52% of our congregation travels from the South and 48% travels from the North. 

These details and more led us to take a step of faith and begin another campus in San Clemente where over half of our congregation lives. I will say that this was not my first choice, but it was the Lords choice. We have one church in two locations. All of our midweek services will remain the same. Its only on the weekends that we will make this adjustment to accommodate our needs. 
I am pleased to share that our congregation is excited about this new opportunity. At the same time there are some who maybe confused. 

CLARITY: 
There is a church meeting in the Talega Area in San Clemente. The church is led by Holland Davis. The church for quite some time was called Worship Life. Then later on the word Calvary was added to make it, Worship Life Calvary. And now, fairly recent it has been changed again to Calvary Chapel San Clemente. The last thing we want is for their to be any confusion within the body of Christ especially since we are ministering in the same city.  
There are over 65,000 people in the San Clemente area which presents a great need, and a great opportuinty. Having lived in the city for over 7 years I have seen this personally. I am thankful that Calvary Chapel San Clemente, led by Holland Davis is here in town and pray that the LORD continues to bless the work of their hands within the community. 
After 20 years of pastoral  ministry I am well aware of the fact that God uses all different churches and different pastors with different gifts. If you live in the area and the Lord leads you, I encourage you to check out his fellowship meeting at the Vista Del Mar School in Talega the service is at 10am. 

At the same time Calvary San Juan is excited to minister to over half of our fellowship that also lives in the city as we begin our (overflow, extension,) campus in South San Clemente. 

Friday, August 22, 2014

Stirring it Up

And let us stir one another up to love and good works. Hebrews 10:24

The writer or Hebrews exhorted the church to "stir" each other up. The word for stir is the greek word (paroxusmos) and it literally means to sharpen. Figuratively the word speaks of the sharpening of the mind with incitement to action. The last thing that the church wanted to do was to become stagnate. No one debates today that the physical body needs to have a solid diet. However if you are only well fed without exercise, you become lethargic, apathetic,and unhealthy. What you have taken in, is for the purpose of working it out. I can see this happening in the church. 
Sometimes we can simply sit and receive a solid diet of the Word of God without ever having to apply it. But the Lord wants us to receive, in order that we can give. He doesn't want us to be idle but active. I found in my life that there are times when the Lord will stir things up so I don't get stagnate. The Lord may present new challenges and new opportunities in order to help you grow. 


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The Exact Opposite

On the day the enemies of the Jews had hoped to overpower them, the opposite occurred in that the Jews themselves overpowered those who hated them. Esther 9:1 

Queen Esther had risked her life on behalf of her people. She went before the king and entreated his favor and informed him of an evil plan to annihilate the Jews. When the king heard the news he had the instigator executed. But there was still a viable threat from the enemy for a decree for the Jews destruction had been signed and put in motion. To counteract the coming attack the king wrote a new decree which gave the Jews the freedom to fight the enemy. On the day the decrees were to be fulfilled the enemy came anticipating victory. Nevertheless the OPPOSITE occurred and the enemy was overpowered and  defeated.
The Christian has a real enemy his name is satan. He has written his decrees with a desire to destroy the faith of the believer. He seeks to discourage and oppress the child of God in hope of their ultimate destruction. But thankfully today another decree has been written in the blood of a Jesus. And this decree gives freedom and power to overcome the enemy and be victorious in battle. Perhaps today you are anticipating a real struggle, and it would seem that you are outnumbered and about to be defeated. Yet The Lord will be your strength, He will defend you so that the OPPOSITE may occur.

Dear Lord may the opposite occur. Let what the enemy intends for evil be turned to good in our lives. Let the curse be changed into a blessing, let potential defeat be turned into desicive victory. In Jesus name..Amen

Friday, July 25, 2014

Overwhelmed?

2 Chronicles 14:11 And Asa cried out to the Lord His God and said, "Lord it is nothing for you to help either with many, or those who have no power, help us, O Lord our God for we rest on You, and in Your name we go against this multitude. O Lord You are our God, do not let man prevail against You

Asa was a good and godly king, however he was not except from attack. An Ethiopian Army mounted an assault and came against Asa. The King turned to the Lord in prayer and he acknowledge the greatness of God. Asa realized that the Lord did not need a large army to defeat the enemy. Nor did He depend upon the power of man. The Lord was able to deliver His people. The Lord was looking for someone to trust Him and take Him at His Word. Asa looked to the Lord and placed all His faith and trust in Him. The Lord delivered Asa and the Kingdom from the enemy. 

Perhaps this day you are under spiritual attack. The thoughts on your mind are like an oppressive cloud that seems to hover and block the sunlight of Gods precious promises. You cannot seem to get yourself out of it. Like Asa, turn to God in prayer, acknowledge His power, turn Your thoughts toward the Lord, and then rest in Him. He will come through, He always does. 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The Times We Are Living In

A number of things have been brought to my attention in the last several days that have reminded me once again of the times in which we are living. 

ISRAEL AT WAR: The State of Israel has launched a counter attack against Hamas, calling up thousands of reserves to put an end to the bombing of its citizens. "Operation Protective Edge" continues to move forward as innocent people are affected on both sides and the world looks on praying for peace to come to that land. 

EXECUTIVE ORDER SIGNED: The President of the United States signs an executive order that will bar federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. The President ignored requests from faith leaders asking for an exemption for religious organizations. Will this be a launching pad for lawsuits against Christian organizations that disagree with the Presidents order? 



RUSSIA: As Russia continues to flex its global muscles as the news reported an airplane being shot down by separatists who are supported by Russia and killing 298 civilians. How will the world respond? 



FAITH AND VALUES: Last week in the Orange County Register the article in the "Faith and Values" section read in bold print, "Some Evangelical Christians, Are Rethinking The Bible". The article went on to sight growing numbers of people calling for a less literal interpretation of Scripture.  Saying that there isn't a literal place called hell. 


As I consider all of these things and more going on in the world I believe that the LORD is still in control. In churches around the world Gods people are praying for revival. There is a unified cry for the Lord to pour out His Holy Spirit. The things that are unfolding at the present time, may be the very things that the LORD will use to bring us to a place of desperation. The Lord said, "if my people will humble themselves and pray and turn from their wicked ways…" 
In the History of the Nation of Israel the Bible records how the Lord used difficult times to bring the people back to Himself. As all of these things unfold we begin to recognize our need for God. The Lord has a purpose for us at this time in church history. I am encouraged and excited about what the Lord may do in the future. But we must be empty before we can be filled, humbled for we can be exalted, broken before we can be whole, and weak so that we might experience Gods strength. 

Do your work Lord in these days! Lord fulfill with Your hand what you have spoken through Your word! 


Monday, July 21, 2014

The Power of Prayer

In recent days at Calvary San Juan we have seen the Lord do a deeper work in our fellowship through prayer. You always here it said that, "there is power in prayer", and "prayer changes things". We are finding that it is true. It has been such a boost to our faith to see lives being changed, people being saved, and even some being healed. Another blessing we have been discovering through prayer is the atmosphere in our church is changing. There is a greater desire for more of Jesus and an expectation of a work of His Holy Spirit in our lives. As we observe what is going on in the world, and even in some places in the church it can be discouraging. Yet we have a ongoing and growing desire to see The Lord work in these last days. People in this world are looking for hope, and we have the hope and that is Jesus.
Another thing we are seeing is an increase in spiritual attack. It has come in many different forms. The enemy is greatly bothered when Gods people begin to pray. He begins to use different tactics to try and undermine the work of The Lord. We can feel tired and suddenly find all kinds of reasons why we don't need to gather for prayer. Also the enemy tries to cause division or confusion amidst Gods people. Nevertheless this causes us to pray more earnestly to our Lord. With all the bad things you hear about every day I wanted to testify that God still works through prayer. And if revival is gonna come in these last days it's gonna start with Gods people on their knees. Church don't stop praying!!!!!