Filling Up on Good Things (March 27, 2020)

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Hello again, I wanted to encourage you in finding some quality perspective in all that is happening around you.Know that as we go through this, WE go through this together.  You are not alone. 

The recent release of the latest Star Wars installment The Rise of Skywalker promotes the philosophy that ‘the enemy wants us to think that we are alone and isolated, but there are more of us when we band together.’

VIDEO: The Rise of Skywalker-Lando's Fleet Arrives 

So it is within the body of Christ, we are a vast army who are called by God to pray for His intervention in this crisis, to help others, and to serve with gladness as the Lord prompts us.  This crisis did not catch God by surprise and its recovery, our nation’s recovery, and the world’s recovery, will only happen by His doing.  

As I look at all the information out there and see the creative things the people of God are doing to help and encourage each other in the Lord, I am impressed and thankful that our brothers and sisters in the Lord are showing their faith in this season of adversity.  I am so proud of how you all are stepping up in your service to the Lord and to His people, both the saved and the lost.  We are God’s ‘clean hands’ extended.

I received a short video clip of the transformation of Yellowstone Park in the mid 90’s by one of our own ladies in the church.  While the video was not religious or Coronavirus focused, it was a simple reminder that God is working, doing, and performing miracles behind the scenes.  You can view this video here.

VIDEO: 14 Wolves 

As I watched this video, I was reminded of the words of the Apostle Paul,

“because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. 20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse,”   – Romans 1:19,20

While the producers of this short video may have credited ‘mother nature’ for Yellowstone’s unique recovery; we all know that it is the Lord who wills and does according to His good purpose.  It is important that we give credit where credit is due; we do this in our worship of the One True and Living God; Jesus Christ.

One of the things that I am ever so grateful for in these lockdown protocols is that we are still allowed to go outside and enjoy nature; taking a walk, riding a bike, or just going into our yards and enjoying the weather that God has given to us.  This is the Lord’s doing and it’s marvelous in our eyes.  I encourage you to get out and enjoy the day, God made it for you, rejoice in it.

As we continue down this path together, I want to encourage you to look for ways to honor the Lord by honoring others within the community.  Listen to the voice of the Spirit when it comes to talking with people or just saying hello to a police officer or other first responder; including those who are serving you in the grocery store.  Who would have thought that such people would be so important to us?  They always were, we just didn’t recognize them.  May we improve how we represent God’s kingdom in this season.  

Here is a creative way to help seniors in your church or community and yourself too.  As you know we have a lot of seniors around us.  We need to look out for these precious people who represent the Greatest Generation.  I encourage you in offering to take them to the store and shop with or for them; helping them get what they need.  You can also benefit when you take them during ‘senior only’ times. 

Some of the stores that are offering these special hours are:

-Target 7-8am (Wednesdays)

-Ralphs 7-7:30am (Thursdays)

-Vons/Albertsons/Safeway/Pavilions 7-9am (Tuesdays/Thursdays)

-Costco 8-9am (Tuesdays/Thursdays)

-Smart & Final 7:30-8am

-Walmart 6-7am

-Whole Foods 8-9am

-Stater Bros 7:45-8am

This can work for everyone if we work together.  You can avoid a line by taking a senior with you and helping them during senior hours and buy a few things that you need as well, with your own money of course.   

As some of you know, before this crisis morphed into what it is now, a small group from our church went out to 412 Church in San Jacinto a couple of times on a Sunday night and took in some informative training on the Coronavirus.  I had the opportunity to meet Pastor Hughes on the second trip and found him to be a sound individual.  This coming Sunday night, Pastor Hughes will have James Kaddis back for another informative session on the Coronavirus and other relevant things.  It begins at 5:00pm and you can join in with other believers and enjoy the live-stream of this service at Hope for Our Times.org. 

We are looking forward to another wonderful worship service and bringing God’s Word to you this Sunday.  We will be wrapping up our Orphan Spirit sermon series by contrasting the differences between an orphan spirit and a spirit of sonship.  Just to let you know, as sons and daughters of the living God, we know that our heavenly Father loves us, and He will see us through this crisis.  I encourage you to look for the unique and special ways that God is revealing Himself to you and providing for you; look for what the Lord is doing in your life and be sure to encourage others with these truths along the way.  

As part of our overall GVAG Coronavirus tactical support initiative we have connected with our National Office (ag.org) for extra support, articles, and relevant information.  Feel free to go there for more information.  I copied a very interesting article about how Pentecostal Christians responded to the 1918 pandemic.  I was both encouraged and challenged by what I read.  The attitude they had, the things that they did, and the faith they displayed was stellar.  I am confident that we will do justice to their example and continue in our faithful service to the Lord during these uncertain times.  I think you might enjoy this article too.  

ARTICLE: How Pentecostals Responded to the 1918 “Spanish Influenza” Pandemic

As always, your financial support to the church at this time is critically important.  Please do not neglect the house of the Lord.  Justin and Matthew Enriquez did a fantastic job producing an online giving tutorial to better assist you in your giving.  God is faithful and He will continue to bless and provide for you; we just need to be faithful stewards of what the Lord has given to us.  Be faithful and know that we are doing our best to provide relevant support to you and you families during this crisis.

Some of you were asking, ‘Will we be celebrating the Spring Feasts this year?’  The answer is ‘yes.’  Like with everything else, we will be doing it online (unless we receive authorization to reconvene).  The cycle of the Seven Feasts of the Lord is about to begin. Passover is the first feast and will begin at sundown on Wednesday April 8th. We will be doing a Live Stream service from the church sanctuary right in your home so that we can fulfill the Master’s perpetual command to keep these feasts as holy celebrations. Several times in the book of Leviticus we read that we are to partake in the feasts; that ‘they shall be a statute forever throughout your generations.’ Even in this unique situation that we find ourselves in, the Apostle Paul reminds us to ‘press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.’  This is what we are going to do.

The Passover traditionally has several food elements that people partake together. I encourage you to prepare yourself, as best you can, for this special Passover service by having the following food elements ready, in your home, for Wednesday April 8th at 7:00pm so you can join in as Wendy Riley leads our church in the celebration of the Spring Feasts.

Please have at the ready:

1. A cup of grape juice.                                             5. A small dish of salt water.

2. A piece of Matzoh bread or crackers (3 pieces).  6. A hard-boiled egg.

3. A candle.                                                               7. Some horseradish.

4. Some parsley, lettuce, or a leafy green.                8. A chopped apple with nuts (optional) soaked in grape

                                                                                      juice, sprinkled with cinnamon.

                                                                                 9. A Napkin

While this looks like a preview to a Betty Crocker baking show, I assure you, it only looks that way.  We want you to be able to recognize Passover with your brothers and sisters in the Lord.  Celebrating Passover right now is amazingly relevant! Three thousand years ago, the Jews hid indoors behind the blood of a lamb to protect them from a plague of death. Today, we are relegated to be in our homes to protect us from this COVID-19 plague; and we are COVERED BY THE BLOOD OF THE LAMB! 

Please join us as we celebrate this most holy Feast of the Lord as Wendy leads us in this sacred time of worship and recognition of and to the Lord.  

One more thing, last Sunday morning we had a ‘rough’ start with our online worship service launch, but we worked it out. If that happens again, please be patient, it’s a technical issue.  There are ‘demons in the machine’ that we are exorcising.  If there is a delay, just know we are working diligently to sort it out.  Until then, be safe, be creative, be bold, and we’ll see you in church online this Sunday at 10:30am

Blessings,  

Hello again, I wanted to encourage you in finding some quality perspective in all that is happening around you. Know that as we go through this, WE go through this together.  You are not alone. 

The recent release of the latest Star Wars installment The Rise of Skywalker promotes the philosophy that ‘the enemy wants us to think that we are alone and isolated, but there are more of us when we band together.’ 

VIDEO: The Rise of Skywalker-Lando's Fleet Arrives 

So it is within the body of Christ, we are a vast army who are called by God to pray for His intervention in this crisis, to help others, and to serve with gladness as the Lord prompts us.  This crisis did not catch God by surprise and its recovery, our nation’s recovery, and the world’s recovery, will only happen by His doing.   

As I look at all the information out there and see the creative things the people of God are doing to help and encourage each other in the Lord, I am impressed and thankful that our brothers and sisters in the Lord are showing their faith in this season of adversity.  I am so proud of how you all are stepping up in your service to the Lord and to His people, both the saved and the lost.  We are God’s ‘clean hands’ extended. 

I received a short video clip of the transformation of Yellowstone Park in the mid 90’s by one of our own ladies in the church.  While the video was not religious or Coronavirus focused, it was a simple reminder that God is working, doing, and performing miracles behind the scenes.  You can view this video here. 

VIDEO: 14 Wolves 

As I watched this video, I was reminded of the words of the Apostle Paul, 

“because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. 20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse,”   – Romans 1:19,20 

While the producers of this short video may have credited ‘mother nature’ for Yellowstone’s unique recovery; we all know that it is the Lord who wills and does according to His good purpose.  It is important that we give credit where credit is due; we do this in our worship of the One True and Living God; Jesus Christ. 

One of the things that I am ever so grateful for in these lockdown protocols is that we are still allowed to go outside and enjoy nature; taking a walk, riding a bike, or just going into our yards and enjoying the weather that God has given to us.  This is the Lord’s doing and it’s marvelous in our eyes.  I encourage you to get out and enjoy the day, God made it for you, rejoice in it. 

As we continue down this path together, I want to encourage you to look for ways to honor the Lord by honoring others within the community.  Listen to the voice of the Spirit when it comes to talking with people or just saying hello to a police officer or other first responder; including those who are serving you in the grocery store.  Who would have thought that such people would be so important to us?  They always were, we just didn’t recognize them.  May we improve how we represent God’s kingdom in this season.   

Here is a creative way to help seniors in your church or community and yourself too.  As you know we have a lot of seniors around us.  We need to look out for these precious people who represent the Greatest Generation.  I encourage you in offering to take them to the store and shop with or for them; helping them get what they need.  You can also benefit when you take them during ‘senior only’ times.   

Some of the stores that are offering these special hours are:  

-Target 7-8am (Wednesdays) 

-Ralphs 7-7:30am (Thursdays) 

-Vons/Albertsons/Safeway/Pavilions 7-9am (Tuesdays/Thursdays) 

-Costco 8-9am (Tuesdays/Thursdays) 

-Smart & Final 7:30-8am 

-Walmart 6-7am 

-Whole Foods 8-9am 

-Stater Bros 7:45-8am 

This can work for everyone if we work together.  You can avoid a line by taking a senior with you and helping them during senior hours and buy a few things that you need as well, with your own money of course.    

As some of you know, before this crisis morphed into what it is now, a small group from our church went out to 412 Church in San Jacinto a couple of times on a Sunday night and took in some informative training on the Coronavirus.  I had the opportunity to meet Pastor Hughes on the second trip and found him to be a sound individual.  This coming Sunday night, Pastor Hughes will have James Kaddis back for another informative session on the Coronavirus and other relevant things.  It begins at 5:00pm and you can join in with other believers and enjoy the live-stream of this service at Hope for Our Times.org.  

We are looking forward to another wonderful worship service and bringing God’s Word to you this Sunday.  We will be wrapping up our Orphan Spirit sermon series by contrasting the differences between an orphan spirit and a spirit of sonship.  Just to let you know, as sons and daughters of the living God, we know that our heavenly Father loves us, and He will see us through this crisis.  I encourage you to look for the unique and special ways that God is revealing Himself to you and providing for you; look for what the Lord is doing in your life and be sure to encourage others with these truths along the way.   

As part of our overall GVAG Coronavirus tactical support initiative we have connected with our National Office (ag.org) for extra support, articles, and relevant information.  Feel free to go there for more information.  I copied a very interesting article about how Pentecostal Christians responded to the 1918 pandemic.  I was both encouraged and challenged by what I read.  The attitude they had, the things that they did, and the faith they displayed was stellar.  I am confident that we will do justice to their example and continue in our faithful service to the Lord during these uncertain times.  I think you might enjoy this article too.   

ARTICLE: How Pentecostals Responded to the 1918 “Spanish Influenza” Pandemic 

As always, your financial support to the church at this time is critically important.  Please do not neglect the house of the Lord.  Justin and Matthew Enriquez did a fantastic job producing an online giving tutorial to better assist you in your giving.  God is faithful and He will continue to bless and provide for you; we just need to be faithful stewards of what the Lord has given to us.  Be faithful and know that we are doing our best to provide relevant support to you and you families during this crisis. 

Some of you were asking, ‘Will we be celebrating the Spring Feasts this year?’  The answer is ‘yes.’  Like with everything else, we will be doing it online (unless we receive authorization to reconvene).  The cycle of the Seven Feasts of the Lord is about to begin. Passover is the first feast and will begin at sundown on Wednesday April 8th. We will be doing a Live Stream service from the church sanctuary right in your home so that we can fulfill the Master’s perpetual command to keep these feasts as holy celebrations. Several times in the book of Leviticus we read that we are to partake in the feasts; that ‘they shall be a statute forever throughout your generations.’ Even in this unique situation that we find ourselves in, the Apostle Paul reminds us to ‘press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.’  This is what we are going to do. 

The Passover traditionally has several food elements that people partake together. I encourage you to prepare yourself, as best you can, for this special Passover service by having the following food elements ready, in your home, for Wednesday April 8th at 7:00pm so you can join in as Wendy Riley leads our church in the celebration of the Spring Feasts. 

Please have at the ready: 

1. A cup of grape juice.                                             5. A small dish of salt water. 

2. A piece of Matzoh bread or crackers (3 pieces).  6. A hard-boiled egg. 

3. A candle.                                                               7. Some horseradish. 

4. Some parsley, lettuce, or a leafy green.                8. A chopped apple with nuts (optional) soaked in grape 

                                                                                      juice, sprinkled with cinnamon. 

          9. A Napkin 

While this looks like a preview to a Betty Crocker baking show, I assure you, it only looks that way.  We want you to be able to recognize Passover with your brothers and sisters in the Lord.  Celebrating Passover right now is amazingly relevant! Three thousand years ago, the Jews hid indoors behind the blood of a lamb to protect them from a plague of death. Today, we are relegated to be in our homes to protect us from this COVID-19 plague; and we are COVERED BY THE BLOOD OF THE LAMB!  

Please join us as we celebrate this most holy Feast of the Lord as Wendy leads us in this sacred time of worship and recognition of and to the Lord.   

One more thing, last Sunday morning we had a ‘rough’ start with our online worship service launch, but we worked it out. If that happens again, please be patient, it’s a technical issue.  There are ‘demons in the machine’ that we are exorcising.  If there is a delay, just know we are working diligently to sort it out.  Until then, be safe, be creative, be bold, and we’ll see you in church online this Sunday at 10:30am 

Blessings,   

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