Monday, August 26, 2013

Repeat or Delete?


He who covers a transgression seeks love, But he who repeats a matter separates friends. (Proverbs 17:9 NKJV)

It is so easy to want to publicize a matter and repeat the offense rather then cover it and forgive. When this occurs potential reconciliation is greatly hindered. Jesus told His disciples to love one another as He had loved them. That is quite a convicting command, especially when you consider the way Jesus loves us. When we sin He doesn't stop loving us. When we offend He doesn't stop talking to us. If we have grieved His Spirit and then we repent He forgives and He forgets. Jesus was love and demonstrated it over and over again. The apostle Peter at one point asked Jesus how many times he should forgive someone if they had wronged him. Peter even made a suggestion, "how about seven times?" Jesus responded by saying not seven times, but seventy times seven. In other words you wouldn't be able to remember how many times you had forgiven.
 If someone has offended you, or sinned against you, seek to cover them in the love of Jesus. One way to do this is through prayer. Rather then repeat the matter to as many people that will side with you, give that hurt and sorrow over to Jesus and choose not to speak of the matter accept in His presence. What so often can happen is we may begin by informing someone of our grievance, but by the time the conversation is over we are angry and reliving the experience all over again. Learn to cover others in love. Rather than repeat the matter, delete the matter. PJ

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Review of last nights Harvest Crusade

What an amazing blessing it was to be a part of the Harvest Crusade last night. To see so many people in attendance, many of which were there for the first time. To sing with the worship band, to listen to the artists who were clearly there to lift up the name of Jesus was refreshing. But probably one of the greatest things, next to the response of those who went onto the field, was Pastor Greg's presentation of the gospel message. 
As far back as I can remember, I have been listening to Pastor Greg preach. I remember sitting on the floor as a young boy at Calvary Costa Mesa during the days of the Saturday night concerts. Then later in life, my wife and I being follow up counselors after the Monday night Bible studies. A few things have stood out over the years. 
For one thing consistency.  In a day and age when many are dumbing down the message of the gospel, Pastor Greg doesn't pull any punches. Last nights message was straight up about heaven, hell and death.  It was no joke, seriously legit. I was blown away, it was so clear and so right on. He wasn't holding anything back, he told the truth from Gods Word. 
Another thing that blesses me is how relatable the messages are. Its preaching that draws you in and calls for a desicion. Also the guy is seriously funny. One minute your laughing, and the next minute your moved to tears. God has given him a great ability to communicate in a way that young and old can receive. I was sitting with my 9 year old daughter and she understood much of what Greg was saying. 
In the last 24 years over 300,000 have made commitments to Christ at Angels Stadium one of which was one of my sons, a few years ago. Prayerfully you can make it out the next couple of nights. Bring someone who needs Jesus... thanks Harvest for all the work you guys have put in.. 

What Are You Going to Wear?


  1. Of the blue, purple, and scarlet thread they made garments of ministry, for ministering in the holy place, and made the holy garments for Aaron, as the Lord had commanded Moses. (Exodus 39:1 NKJV)

The clothing of the priest who served the Lord were called garments of ministry. The Bible uses garments in other parts of scripture as examples of things we put on. We read of the "garments of praise" in Isaiah 61.  The apostle Peter exhorted the believers when he said "let all of you be clothed with humility." The apostle Paul knew that we are engaged in a spiritual war and thus he wrote that we need to,"put on the whole armor of God" Ephesians 6. In Revelation 19 we get a glimpse of the glorified church coming back with Christ in His second coming and they are clothed in, "fine linen white and clean". We are encouraged to "put on The Lord Jesus Christ and make no provision for the flesh." Romans 13. 
As you enter into your day and you go out into this world, what are you going to wear? There is a proper ensemble for the child of God. May The Lord clothe us today in those garments of ministry, and spiritual armor for the battle. May we choose to lay aside the filthy rags of our own righteousness and being clothed in the righteousness of Christ. 

Friday, August 23, 2013

A Gaze at Glory


We beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father. John 1:14

How important it is to take time to behold Jesus. To think about what He has done. To consider who He is. To be amazed at His grace, and be in awe of His love. In considering Jesus, I see that He is all that I need. I find my worth in Him. I find my strength in Him. Peace is found in spending time with the Prince of Peace. I can comprehend my purpose in following after my Lord.  Take time to behold His glory today. 

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

What's Happening?


Then He came to Simon Peter. And Peter said to Him, “Lord, are You washing my feet?” Jesus answered and said to him, “What I am doing you do not understand now, but you will know after this.” (John 13:6, 7 NKJV)

Have you ever questioned what God is doing in your life? Have you ever wondered what is the purpose of this? Or perhaps like the apostle Peter you resisted the work The Lord was wanting to do. At the last supper Jesus got up from the table and began to wash the disciples feet. When He came to Peter, Peter immediately resisted. He did not understand what The Lord was doing, and so He questioned it. Yet even when Jesus spoke to him about what He was doing, Peter then resisted it. 
We often do the same thing. The Lord begins to do something in our lives that has not happened before. Perhaps it is something unfamiliar, or even uncomfortable. Or He allows a trial to come our way that is painful.  We then begin to lean on our own understanding, even though we don't understand and then we begin to resist. I love the words that Jesus spoke to Peter. " what I am doing NOW you do not understand, but you WILL know after this. In other words, even though you don't understand your going to have to trust me. There maybe things The Lord is doing in your life in this season that you cannot comprehend. It's okay, The Lord is teaching you to trust. Do not lean on your own understanding lean on Him. It will make sense later on. 

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Beautiful

Well its finally here, the South Orange County Women's Conference. We are completely filled for this year. However we have a number of churches putting on their own conference at their church for their women's ministry. We will be streaming it live so even if you are unable to come you can still watch it online. 
The Lord gave my wife the theme for the conference taken out of the book of Romans. The Apostle Paul wrote of how beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel. It is the intention of this years conference to encourage, equip, and empower todays women to be a light for Jesus is this dark world. Please keep us in prayer this Saturday and tune in live if you cannot make it. 
PJ