In this world there are a vast amount of shepherds wanting to herd us. As Christ believers we need to constantly live in the life source provided by the Lord Shepherd.
Spiritual discernment is developed after an intimate encounter with Jesus. Our physical but mostly spiritual blindness will be part of our past through a conversion and accepting Jesus as our Savior.
Jesus Christ gave power to the Church to forgive all sinners who truly believe and repent. For some reason, we're not carrying that out as much as we should. Why? Are we afraid of John 20:23? Pastor Joe looks to break it down so we can get back to our great commission: Announcing the forgiveness of sins to those who make Christ their sin-bearer.
By Acts 10, Peter preached nothing but amazing sermons. But in Cornelius’ house, his usual sermon notes were not going to do. He would need yet another conversion to deliver him from his spiritual racism because his resurrected Savior is no respecter of persons.
In celebration of Holy Week, we’re happy to release this message spoken in 1994 by founder, Rev. Aimee Garcia Cortese, entitled "The Triumphal Entry.”
He came riding on a borrowed ass. His rule rests on gentleness & peace, not on force or wealth. His ghetto fabulous procession was attended, not by marching soldiers or political dignitaries, but by poor men, unarmed. He was saluted, not with the blaring of trumpets, but with the shouts of joyful, fickle hearts.
Millenial reflections on Philippians 3
What happens to the believer that has forgotten the call to be “minsters of reconciliation”? Paul writes a letter to correct and clear confusion. Lorraine describes some of the pitfalls to the modern day church.
The parable of the barren fig tree is nothing but a load of crap and a shovel that Jesus, the gardener, uses with the intention and promise to apply the most energetic measures to stimulate the barren soul into fruitfulness. Jesus is working, making openings through loss, grief and even trials, whereby the elements of spiritual life, by the word and the Spirit, may reach their destination.
Abram and Sarai were the walking dead. But Jehovah is the God of resurrection and their dead bodies were the perfect thing for Him to act upon. This is the story of the "Quickener of the Dead."
Red and yellow, black and white, short and tall, skinny and chubby, straight and gay, Jew and Gentile. There is no difference between these groups because they all need Jesus. Any one of them who call upon the Lord will be saved…God’s way…through faith in Jesus.
Jesus’ transformation was for us to behold so that we may also be transformed into the same image. This is called change. But if you are someone who doesn’t like change, you probably don’t like transformation either and that’s not gonna work. Pastor Joe would like to talk to you about this? Do have a few minutes?
The song, its origins, and the people who knew something about the need to get mortality ready for immortality.
At the beginning of Peter’s journey, he wanted Jesus to "go away" from him and his sin. By the end of his journey, Peter was jumping out of boats in his underwear to get him and his sin sick self into the arms of Jesus. This is the story of where a sinner belongs.
We’ve heard this classic, poetic passage at weddings and funerals. But listen to our beloved Pastor Sam Meza come at 'the love chapter' in a way that…well…just listen.
It’s what they called me as a kid. It’s short for spastic. But it's really what the body of Christ becomes if it's not being controlled by the head. Real unity is not one part getting along with another. It’s each part under the control of Jesus Christ.
Jesus reveals his glory in the most unexpected places: Inside a home, a bedroom, out in a front yard, down by the riverside or in the midst of a wedding. It’s in the everyday context that he invites unbelievers to believe, at least enough to begin following him.
The historical event of Jesus’ Baptism served as the kick off God’s plan of redemption. John the Baptist ushers in His cousin's ministry through the simple act of Baptism. The hour had come for Jesus to take center stage.
The Virgin Mary “hid all these things in her heart.” Thank God because who else could dictate the account of the Visitors from the East to the gospel writer? John Merlo retells the story (and the untold story) of the visit of the Magi, signifying the divine revelation of the Jewish Messiah to the Gentiles.