Saturday, March 30, 2013

Great Friday


Last night we gathered for our first evening of celebration this weekend at Saddleback College with our Alive 2013 event. What a blessing to have the opportunity to take the message of Jesus Christ and His love outside of the walls of the church to a more public forum. The staff at Saddleback College have been amazing. The staff and volunteers of CCSJC have been unbelievable. It is a team effort.  
The Scott Cunningham Band along with the School of Worship led us in the throne room of Grace as we worshipped our King. I had a chance to share from God's Word considering the evening of Good Friday, and all that Jesus accomplished through His death on Calvary's Cross.As we looked back at the cross and considered the work of Jesus Christ I am thankful for what my Savior has done for me. To think back on the grace of my LORD and what He has saved me from and what He has promised to do in the future is more wonderful than I can even comprehend. 

I am excited to see what the Lord will do tonight at our evangelistic outreach. I pray that there will be some in attendance who need to hear the gospel and will respond to the invitation to come and receive Christ.


Thursday, March 28, 2013

The Wonderful Cross

I was reading through a book by Martyn Lloyd-Jones this week entitled, "The Cross". In it Jones made a comment that grabbed hold of my heart, he said "however many times a man may preach about the cross, he has never finished preaching about it. There is always something fresh to say, always something new." The wonder of the cross is inexhaustible. I suppose it will take all of eternity to fathom the depths of it. Yet as we come to another year commemorating the week of the Passion of Christ I long to have an even greater understanding of what Jesus has done for me. It appears that the Apostle Paul also shared that desire when he said, "I want to know the fellowship of His sufferings being conformed to His death." In another place Paul said, "he was carrying about the dying of the Lord Jesus." Paul knew Jesus in a way that most of us have never experienced. 
This year as we examine the finished work of Jesus on the cross, may we have a greater appreciation for our Lords physical suffering. Have a deeper understanding of the theological implications. Recognizing like never before the eternal benefits of the Lamb that was slain. And may all of this cause us to live a life that is worthy of the gospel. 

The great missionary C.T. Studd said, "If Jesus Christ be God and gave Himself for me, than no sacrifice can be too great for me to make for Him." 

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Generation 242 Experience

Robert and Anthony of "Generation 242"
I had a great time last night getting to be apart of the KWVE 1hr broadcast called Generation 242. Gen 242 is a call in show for ages 18-35. Sometimes they talk about specific topics and other times they have an open forum.The program is hosted by two great guys named Robert and Anthony. These men have a heart for this generation and are doing there part to be available to reach them. 
I had a chance to talk a little bit about my recent trip to India and some of the exciting things that are going on in the ministry here at Calvary San Juan. Some of the questions that came in were about raising teens. Others were about facing temptation and how to overcome. One other topic that came up was that of depression. You come to realize that there are whole lot of needs out there in this generation. Many are struggling to find meaning and purpose in life. Praise the Lord that we can point them to the answer which is found in the Person of Jesus. 

It was C.S. Lewis that said when he got saved, "I thought I was coming to a place, but I found out i was coming to a person." 

God bless you and if you had the chance to listen in thanks so much!

Prayerfully I will get to join the guys again in the future, it was an awesome blessing. 

PJ

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Pottersfield

I am excited to have our friends Mike and Pam Rozell at our church this Wednesday night at 7pm.  This amazing couple has been a blessing to me and my family so many ways. When I was 25 years old, my wife and I headed out to plant a church in the South East of Florida. During the formative times of the ministry things were financially challenging. There were many times when we didn't know how we would pay for rent or food. Before we moved to FL we had never sent out any letters for financial support. We figured that if God wanted us there, He would provide for us. Either by me working a job, or the ministry itself. Yet without any request for sponsors of the work, Mike and Pam Rozell supported us. We never expected it, and yet the Lord moved upon their hearts to invest in our lives. As a result of their faithfulness to support us, a church was born. Not only was a church born, but it grew, became strong; and continues to serve the community there in Florida to this day. I am so thankful for this couple. The fruit of their ministry and generosity reaches far around this world.   God has blessed them and they continue to be a blessing to others. 

Thursday, March 14, 2013

7 principles for a pastor to finish well.

One of my final messages in India last week was on the pastor finishing well in his ministry. The message was taken from Paul's final address to the Ephesian Elders in Acts 20. this is by no means the extensive list, but certainly some good reminders.

The Pastor will Finish Well if.....

1. He is obedient to the Call of God upon His life: 
Acts 20:18 "you know from the first day I came to you in Asia"
Paul had been called by the Lord and he was obediant to go where the Lord sent him.

2. He will endure hardship: 
Acts 20:19 "with many tears and trials which happened to me"
Paul had his share of hardship. Ministry at times can break your heart and you have to endure.

3. He will not compromise the message: 
"Acts 20:20 i kept nothing back that was helpful. Acts 20:27 I have not shunned to declare the whole council."
Regardless of the audience Paul never watered down his message.

4. He is empowered by the Holy Spirit: 
Acts 20:23 "Accept the Holy Spirit testifies."
Pauls ministry was led by the Spirit, and empowered by the Holy Spirit. Ministry without the Spirit can never produce lasting fruit that remains.

5. His life isn't dear to himself:
Acts 20:24" none of these things move me, nor do I count my life dear to myself."
Paul's life was wrapped up in the life of Christ. He had been crucified, buried and raised with Christ. His life was not his own, for it had been purchased.

6. He cares for the flock: 
Acts 20:28 shepherd the flock of God which is among you."
Paul fed, warned, served the flock. His love for them was evident

7. He trusts the results of his ministry to the Lord: 
Acts 20:32 "i commend you to God and to the word of His grace"
Paul did all that he could with what he had. He knew who he believed and that He alone was able to keep that which he had entrusted to Him.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Dogging on the Blogging

Hey guys! It has been a while since I have blogged about anything. My life has been pretty busy as of late. As many of you are aware I just returned from India. If you didn't hear about the trip, you can go to CCSJC website and its archived from last Sunday morning. Suffice it to say it was an amazing time. At the same time, I am so glad to be back. I have been kind of debriefing from the trip, but I have basically hit the ground running with not a lot of time to process. There are many things on the horizon for CCSJC and so we are pushing hard through the month of March. 
 In addition to the praise report of the trip, I am thankful for some specific things the Lord has been doing at the fellowship. The most important is seeing people come to Jesus. To see a person go from darkness to light is what its all about. People need the gospel and when someone gets saved my heart rejoices. Prayer request would be there has been a lot of spiritual attack in the form of physical sickness on our staff. I believe the LORD is truly working in South County and we are in the thick of the battle. I truly want to see the victory and I believe the battle will be won on our knees. 

Well I will be attempting to get more consistent once again as we spring forward in my blogging. If you have taken the time to read this let me say thanks. God bless you all and talk again soon. 

PJ