A very powerful message from Pastor Alex Sagot titled, “Don’t Call It a Comeback”.
Many times life gets us down and we think it’s over; and just when we believe we are getting back on our feet, we go back down again, and we think that God forgot about us. In this life, we are all going to face many trials and tribulations, but God promises that HE will be with us. He has a plan and purpose in our lives.
The passage in Samuel: 30 1-8, shows us that David had a good life. He was going to be the next king of Israel, but life got tougher for David. As he was running for his life, his 600 men were worn out,down, and turned against David.
Three things we have to learned from this passage are:
The path to a promise is not always fast and easy but God is always faithful and true.
David ran eight years for his life because King Saul was after him. When he came back to Ziklag everything was gone. As we see how the enemy comes to steal, kill, and destroy, God can turn a horrible time around. David wept until he had no more tears.
When everything and everyone is gone, encourage yourself in God.
David was alone, his 600 men were going to stone him as they faced the reality that they have lost everything (families, houses etc.)
What do you do when you feel alone? Encourage yourself and remember how the Lord has been faithful to you in the past.
Greatest moments of pain can be your greatest moments of breakthrough.
We never know what God is working on the other side, and many times the most painful moments of our lives can turn to be the best ones.
Joy comes in the morning, and after the storm, the sun will rise again in our lives.
Wed., Oct. 15, 2014, 6:30pm
Ps. Alex Sagot read from John 2:1-11 and preached a sermon titled, THE BEST FOR LAST.
When things run out, like the gas in your car, food in the fridge, money in the bank- it’s never any fun but God does not want us to live on empty. God wants to fill us up.
In this reading from the Book of John, Jesus is attending a wedding when the wine runs out. He asks His disciples to fill jugs with water and then He turns the water into wine.
How many times does Jesus try to do something in our lives but the “wine” has run out of our lives? We need to be constantly filled with the Spirit. We are nothing without the Holy Spirit. God does not want you just merely getting by. He wants us to have a God-encounter and for us to see His plan for our lives.
Jesus is the only One that can fill the void. The only way to know Him is by trusting Him.
A message from Pastor Pedro Garcia titled “Much More God”, reminded us how much we need GOD and how much HE wants to do in our lives.
Ephesians 3:20 “Now to HIM who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us.”
In order for us to experience more of God:
We need to see what God sees. Greater are those who are able to see spiritually and be in alignment with GOD. When we are hurting, broken, disappointed, or failed, we tend to think everything is over; but GOD sees beyond the problem and sees the restoration in our lives. When we feel empty, we need to ask God to allow us to see what HE sees. We need to stop focusing on the mess, because God will look for the opportunity to move in our lives as HE does not see obstacles in it.
Experience more God. The enemy wants to convince us that we need to live our life broken, or in defeat, as we seen in Luke: 5 verse 5. The verse talks about an empty net that could easily translate to empty marriages, empty lives, dreams, deeper than that, empty souls. But God is willing to step in where everyone else steps out and give you a future and hope.
We need to see that the spectacular is found in the unspectacular. We need to be faithful with what GOD has given us at this moment of our lives, and HE will open doors for us. We need to trust HIM, don’t live by the voice of the crowd but the voice of GOD, even if it does not make sense. Sometimes it takes an empty net to stop making excuses. GOD gives us a vision and we need to be ready for a road of preparation.
Wed., October 8, 2014, 6:30pm
Pastor Chip Lusko read from Isaiah 6:8 and titled his teaching: CASTING CALL.
Most of us have a favorite movie and we always think of it and the main actor in it when we recall the movie. But not every one of those main actors was the first choice. For the most part, they had to go to a casting call.
God is looking at you and He has cast you in a role that is unique and individual. You are something special in God’s economy. You don’t want to miss your role! If you miss your opportunity, you will miss out!
Prepare for your role. Be going about your Father’s business. Being called into God’s service is the best thing you can do! God’s got it wrapped up for us! He’s got our back!
Watch for your cue. Seek it. Be willing to wait and watch. Be willing to be an understudy. Be ready to go! Your role may be small or it may be large; it doesn’t matter. You don’t know if it’s your only part or if He is preparing you for something else. Be patient. David waited for 15 years from his anointing to his appointing. He insisted on waiting for the Lord.
Pastor Chip Lusko gave us three clues on how to know your calling:
What do you love? Use discernment
What do you hate? Maybe it’s a cause.
Where are you at? Bloom where you are. Plant where you are planted.
What’s in your hand? Use your resources and opportunities.
You will know if you are fulfilling your role when you have:
Peace in your life;
Endorsement from other players;
Passion for what you do;
Power- he will empower you to do it;
Produce- there will be fruit.
When you find it, don’t let go!
At Christ’s crucifixion, one of the thieves on the cross believed and now he is in heaven with Jesus. Don’t be like the other thief on the cross!
When we give our best to GOD, HE will do amazing things in our lives. Many times it will involve sacrifices that in the end will be good to HIS glory and help set up our next generation to success.
1st Chronicles: 29 guide us with the reasons why we should be part of the Heart of House.
1- It connects us to the work that GOD is doing.
GOD is always on the move, in order to spread the word, HIS word, it involves financial resources. Why making a new building in our premises? Because in the long term it will help to inspire other people to reach out, to create platforms, and support other people in need.
If our church has impacted and changed your life, it is important that we continue helping it grow.
2- When we are generous it opens doors to opportunities.
Proverbs 11: 25. The generous soul will be made rich.
When we sacrifice what we have, God will open doors of opportunities in our lives. The Lord sees when we obey and share the things that matter to HIM.
3- It releases the blessings of God upon our lives.
God’s love is unconditional. We need to have the right perspective and realize that this life is connected to our eternity and it depends on how we live it here. Let’s always apply the Biblical principles to our finances, honoring God with what we have.
4- When we are generous it frees us from an unhealthy grip.
1 Timothy 6: 10. “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.”
Money is a tool and can be used for incredible things. A bank account does not define a person. GOD does not need our finances. HE just wants us to be obedient, to trust HIM, and HE will bless our lives. HE wants us to be people that are willing to risk everything to follow after HIM.
We encourage you to bring your best gift to God’s House and help us make a way for many more to experience the love of Jesus Christ.
Wed., October 1, 2014, 6:30pm
Pastor Alex Sagot read the story of the adulterous woman from the Book of John 8:1-11 and reflected on how our picture of God can be distorted in a teaching titled, DROP THE STONES.
In this story, the Pharisees had brought a woman caught in “the act” to Jesus and accused her of adultery and asked if she should not be stoned as written in the law. They were trying to trap Jesus with the law that He Himself wrote. The Pharisees had a distorted picture of Jesus.
We may have a broken picture of God. We may think that we can’t approach Him because He is mad at us. Nothing can be further from the truth.
Reading from this passage, Ps. Alex described 3 ways we can know God:
1. If we want a better understanding of God, look no further than Jesus because Jesus is God. God wants to be known. But it’s easy to see how we can be confused. Even the disciples did not know Jesus was God. If we want to know what God is like, we need to look to Jesus and His earthly life. He is the image of the invisible God.
2. If our God perspective is unfocused then our lives are unhealthy. The way we treat others may be wrong if we don’t know God. We are all sinners and none of us is better than the other. We need to have a clear focused picture of God and love people like God loves people. We shouldn’t be known for what we are against- we should be known for what we are for! The Pharisees did not understand that Jesus came to offer forgiveness and salvation to all.
3. If we can see Jesus more clearly then we can be Jesus more effectively. God came to earth and became man for us. He left a message on the cross. It is written in blood and the message says, “NOT GUILTY”. Jesus does not condemn us and we should not condemn ourselves or others.
What is your understanding of God? He is waiting with arms open wide to love us and forgive us. If He can forgive us, we need to forgive ourselves and others. Drop the stones!
Many times we face situations that could be broken in many pieces and cannot be put back together; for instance, an addiction, health issues, our children or marriage problems…..
In Ezekiel 37: 1-14 we see the passage of broken bones referring to the ones that have no hope, and are facing a dry valley.
Can these bones be brought back to life? We cannot tell God what to do, but nothing is over until God says is over. Deep inside us we have to hear the voice that tell us that HE will turn things around and will take away the messes of our lives so we can be a testimony for others.
We can learn from this passage that:
IN THE MIDDLE OF THE VALLEY, WE ARE NOT GOING TO BELIEVE IN WHAT OUR EYES SEE, WE ARE GOING TO BELIEVE IN WHAT OUR GOD SAYS.
The LORD will take us into a period of our lives that will slow us down. The purpose of this is to see HIS power in our lives. The situation we are facing may be very ugly but GOD is good and HE is with us not against us. 2 Corinthians 5: 7 “For we walk by faith not by sight”.
WE NEED TO STOP TALKING ABOUT OUR FAILURES AND WHAT WE DON’T HAVE, AND START SPEAKING GOD’S WORDS OF LIFE AND WHAT HE CAN DO.
We have to believe that GOD is able no matter what situation we are facing, and is not our cross for the rest of our lives. Don’t let the reality of our lives become our master and never give up. Let’s stand and believe in GOD’s word by prophesizing our bones just like Ezekiel did. If we stand back, we will see what GOD can do with that situation we are facing.
EVEN IN THE HARDEST SITUATION ALWAYS BELIEVE GOD AND LIVE IN EXPECTATION.
Don’t let the insecurities of our lives dictate us. GOD is for us, let’s listen to HIS spirit and let HIM breath in every situation of our lives. There is a call for our lives, have faith because GOD delivers!