We have all been there. We have all struggled. We have all been tempted, and at one point or another, we have given in. Every person alive has purchased something, seen something, said something, heard something, touched something, or even ate something they shouldn’t have. We have all been tempted.
Of course, just like last year, a new year is upon us. It is a new year: A new year to grow in Christ, a new year to write on checks, and a new year for changes. Many people make New Year resolutions and while they are sometimes very good, healthy and beneficial, they often do not last more than a week or two.
During the season that leads up to Christmas, you may have heard of the term Advent or the Season of Advent in various church settings, songs or publications. While the Advent season is celebrated specifically in traditional churches and denominations of a liturgical background, all Christians can heartily celebrate the Principle of Advent.
You may have heard about the recent hot air balloon crash in Texas that killed all 16 aboard. Their lives were tragically ended when tragedy struck and the unexpected happened. One couple on the early morning balloon ride were newlyweds and another person was a preschool teacher. All of the victims had relationships, friends, coworkers and family members who will miss them greatly.
Dan and Ana Jones are missionaries our church supports, and they work and minister in Sonora Mexico. After reading Dan’s newsletter, I thought you would be blessed to read it as well. He issues a very poignant challenge at the end. ~ PD
How safe is the world we are living in today and how does it compare to the way the world has been in the past? Where is safety found and how much should we avoid danger? What is danger?
I just returned from a mission trip to Sonora Mexico and thought I’d share some quick thoughts on missions.
The Great Commission is a command not an option. I heard a long time ago that when it comes to the Great Commission we go, support, or are disobedient. When a person leaves for other nations to share the good and saving news of Jesus, or when a person supports a missionary with finances and prayer, it is fulfilling the great commission. These roles can be for the short or long term. The important thing is that we don’t just have what some have called a “heart for missions” but a “heart of obedience”.
This is a guest author Louie Monteith who is the Pastor of Calvary Chapel Norco in California. I hope you are blessed! PD
Many of us have emergency phone numbers to call in case of an emergency. Beyond 911 there is the doctor, lawyer, plumber, computer tech, etc. But what about when you are in need and you don’t know where to turn in God’s Word?
Jacob was the grandson of the Jewish patriarch Abraham and the younger of Isaac’s two sons. Growing up with his twin brother Esau, Jacob lived up to the meaning of his name “heel catcher” or “conniver”, tricking Esau out of his inheritance in exchange for stew. Later, as their father was old and ready to bestow the family blessing upon the older brother Esau, Jacob once again lived up to his name tricking his dad into giving him the blessing. This did not sit well with Esau who decided to kill Jacob after the death of his father.
The word “repent” means more than just turning around; it means to change your mind. It means that we change our mind and agree with God when He states we are sinners in need of a Savior. It means that we change our mind from thinking that disobeying God is ok, to the understanding that obeying God is right. It means that we think about sin like God thinks about sin.
The Bible declares that God is omniscient which simply means that God is all knowing. This is an important aspect of His character and differentiates Him from His creation. How many times have we said, “I just don’t know about ___________? When we draw a blank, He knowseverything! With God being all knowing, I wonder if you have ever considered there are certain things God does not know?