The King of Israel had died. This was a very difficult time for everyone, including the prophet Isaiah. Nevertheless, in the midst of this national tragedy Isaiah looked up, and when He did he saw the Lord. The Lord was seated upon His throne. The Lord was still in control. How important it is to keep our eyes upon Jesus. To stay focused on Him in every situation. Once Isaiah got a clear picture of the Lord he was prepared to go wherever the Lord would send him. Isaiah was available. I read a quote that said, "I try to avoid looking forward or backward, and try to keep looking upward."
Monday, September 8, 2014
The Bible says that the Lord is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we could ask or think, and last night was no exception. We had our meeting for the upcoming San Clemente Campus that will begin in October. We were overwhelmed by the response. Not only by the number of people that attended the service, but also by those who signed up to serve.
When the Lord calls you to take a step of faith you are not always sure what will follow. But what a blessing it is when the Lord confirms the step that you are taking. There is a sense of excitement and anticipation for what the Lord is going to do. Thanks to everyone who attended. And if for some reason you were not able to make it you can still be apart of the work, by picking up an application at the church office.
Also I would encourage you to check out the 4 minute Vision Video that we recently showed at church, or you can watch the recent teaching "Crossing the Jordan" to understand that heart behind what we are doing as a fellowship.
Monday, August 25, 2014
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.
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
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
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
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.