Friday, February 16

MVotW .. JAMES 2:18


James 2:18 (NKJV) But someone will say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.

Hey everyone! Within all memory verse of the week (MVotW) blog posts, you will find another image w/scripture. Feel free to download the image to your phone and set as your wallpaper.


The current image is made for Android so it may look a bit distorted on the iPhone (not sure, didn't test). If this is the case, please let me know so I can fix the issue or create one specially for the beloved iPhone.

Tip: During the process of setting the image to wallpaper you may have to pinch the image to size it up with your screen.















God bless you everyone! Stay strong, don't waiver!

-Ruben
 Isaiah 40:31

"But someone will say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works." -James 2:18 (NKJV)

Thursday, February 15

TCH Bible Study on 2/15/2018: FAVORITISM



Have you ever favored one person over another based on their outward appearance? For example, let's say there are two people and one appears filthy and the other appears nicely dressed.


The filthy person you put off to the side while you address, with a smile, the nicely dressed person, well, because the nicely dressed person doesn't look bad.

How about favoring someone based on their race or their status amongst the people? You might say 'That guy's more popular with the people so I'll talk to him.' Have you ever done that?

The aforementioned examples are few of many ways that one can express favoritism towards a person. The point is that we've probably all done it at one time or another.

The Bible says that favoritism is a total NO GO and not only that, it is a sin and it's evil.

James 2:2-4 says:
"For if there should come into your assembly a man with gold rings, in fine apparel, and there should also come in a poor man in filthy clothes, and you pay attention to the one wearing the fine clothes and say to him, “You sit here in a good place,” and say to the poor man, “You stand there,” or, “Sit here at my footstool,” have you not shown partiality among yourselves, and become judges with evil thoughts?"  (NKJV)
As Christians, we should be kind and fair to everyone regardless of status, appearance, nationality, race and you name it.

You may ask, why?

Well, not only did we read why in the verse above, but it also says in Proverbs 24:23 that to show partiality in judging is not good.1

Further, our Heavenly Father doesn't show favoritism so why would His people show favoritism?

It says in 1 Peter 1:17 that He judges without partiality (favoritism).2

Favoritism has always been a bad thing. The Old Testament provides insight on favoritism. Leviticus 19:15 says the following:
"You shall do no injustice in judgment. You shall not be partial to the poor, nor honor the person of the mighty. In righteousness you shall judge your neighbor."
Our Heavenly Father's righteous unbiased judgement is a great example for us to follow.

Let's take His Word and apply it.

We will be reading and discussing James 2:1-13 which speaks of favoritism and other topics at Bible study this evening.

I encourage you to come by and be part of the Bible study so that you can get into the Word of God with other believers. Of course, don't forget to bring a friend - saved or unsaved. Everyone is welcomed.

If you are unable to attend due to distance or whatever the case, I encourage you to look for a good Bible teaching fellowship near you and get plugged in.

God bless you and Stay Strong in the Lord!

-Ruben
 Isaiah 40:31

1 "These also are sayings of the wise: To show partiality in judging is not good"
-Proverbs 24:23 (NIV)

2 "And if you call on the Father, who without partiality judges according to each one’s work, conduct yourselves throughout the time of your stay here in fear"
-1 peter 1:16-17 (NKJV)

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Friday, February 9

TCH Memory Verse / Week of 2/9/2018



There is a correlation between Psalm 128:1-2 and Matthew 5:3-12 (the beatitudes).


Psalm 128:1-2 summarizes the beatitudes. It simply states that everyone who fears the Lord is blessed.

Matthew 5:3-12 provides details of the above. It states who the blessed are and the outcome of the blessed.

Since the summary version is shorter, the memory verse of the week is Psalm 128:1-2.

But, because it is shorter doesn't mean that we are limited to only that version. If you are able, memorize the longer version, Matthew 5:3-12 also.

Feel free to download the image provided below and use as a wallpaper on your phone.

Psalm 128:1-2 (NKJV) 1 Blessed is every one who fears the Lord, Who walks in His ways. 2 When you eat the labor of your hands, You shall be happy, and it shall be well with you.

Matthew 5:3-12 (NKJV) 3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit,
For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4 Blessed are those who mourn,
For they shall be comforted.
5 Blessed are the meek,
For they shall inherit the earth.
6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
For they shall be filled.
7 Blessed are the merciful,
For they shall obtain mercy.
8 Blessed are the pure in heart,
For they shall see God.
9 Blessed are the peacemakers,
For they shall be called sons of God.
10 Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake,
For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11 Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. 12 Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

Pray, Read, Apply. No Compromise!

-Ruben
 Isaiah 40:31

Thursday, February 8

The Man in the Mirror!



“For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was.” -James 1:23-24


The passage above almost seems like a no-brainer. It is almost too simple, surely it is more complicated than that. Hear and do. However, we can be quite gullible and deceive ourselves into only hearing instead of doing, and that is what James is talking about here.

Let us start with the most important thing first. 

Being a doer of the word starts with faith in Jesus. This means that when we have heard that Jesus Christ has made our salvation possible by faith in Him then we are to respond with that faith. 

Scripture shines light into the darkness of our own hearts, reveals the depths of our depravity, and gives us the solution for our predicament in Jesus. It is a, “yes, I believe” or “no, I do not.” There isn’t any middle ground. No fence riding here. 

If you respond to the reality of this dilemma with faith in Jesus, then you have become a doer of the word and a life of following Jesus is underway.

We only have to be a believer for a few moments to realize that we don’t know a lot of things about God or even ourselves as it turns out. 

We still have a lot of the wrong kind of ideas about God still bouncing around in our noggins that will inevitably be confronted when we get into God’s word. 

When we begin to read our Bibles and grow in knowledge of Jesus Christ we will be challenged and corrected.

I can be the first to attest of the conviction that I have felt from the Holy Spirit when listening to one of His servants preach or when quietly reading His word alone. 

Unfortunately, I haven’t always responded with a changed heart. At first I may have intended to but by the time a couple of hours have passed I just didn’t feel the same way about it. I squirmed out from under it and became a hearer only.

That is what James is talking about here. In God’s word we are instructed, corrected, and even rebuked. 

What are we going to do with it? Are we going to walk away and forget what we looked like? 

Let us not get up from reading our Bibles only to forget what we were so convicted about moments earlier. 

If Scripture is the mirror in this analogy, then let us go to it with the intention of being groomed and righted up to the glory God.

-Dustin



Friday, February 2

TCH Memory Verse of the Week / 2 Feb 2018



This week's memory verse comes to you from the book of James 1:22. It's a call to action and applies to all who are in Christ Jesus.


Following Jesus is a call to action and the Bible is our guide. 

As Christians, we are called to do many things. Amongst these things we are to apply what we've read into our daily living. 

We are not to simply read the Bible and walk away. We are to read and apply.

James 1:22 informs us "But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves."

We are to live "by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God." (-Jesus, Matthew 4:4).

As Jesus was being tempted by satan in the wilderness, Jesus quoted the above passage to him. 

Jesus could have easily demolished satan, but He instead provided us with an example for us to live by. (The passage he quoted is from Deuteronomy 8:3 in the Old Testament.)

When the going got tough in that dry land, no food, no water, temptation... Jesus turned straight to His Word without compromise and applied it.

That is exactly what we should do. 

We put scripture into the "tablet of our hearts" so that in time of need, when we have nothing, we can recall and apply His Words. 

BTW, we can also recall them in times of rejoicing, and we should always. ...thanking Him for His great promises to us.

I've placed a couple of images below so that you can download to your phone and place as your wallpaper for easy viewing of the memory verse throughout the day.

Feel free to use them and share with others.















God bless you brothers and sisters. Stay strong in the Lord. Pray, Read, Apply: No Compromise!

-Ruben
 Isaiah 40:31

Wednesday, January 31

TCH Bible Study



What is the difference between the testing of our faith and temptation?


It’s clear that the testing of our faith produces patience (James 1:3) as we fully place full trust in our Heavenly Father. It also gauges where we're at in our faith in God, but what about when we experience temptation? 

Does God tempt us? Why do we experience temptation? What happens when we give in to temptation? Should we give into temptation?

Temptation is a process that starts as a root. It then continues to develop slowly and so subtle that one can barely tell it’s there. The end result is compromise and giving in to our own desires that lead to sin.

The Cobbler House upcoming Bible study will be in James 1:13-18. As we read through the scripture and lesson, we will be taking a look at what the Bible says about temptation and much more.

We hope you can join us for worship, study of His Word and fellowship!

If you need prayer or have any questions about the study there are various ways you can connect with us:

Between 11am - 5pm, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday
-Text: 909 494 2414
-Call: 909 887 6400
-Visit Us (see map below)
-Post a prayer request or question below

Thursday's 7pm
-Bible Study (see map below)

If you call and we answer "thank you for calling RPM Brakes", you've called the right place. RPM Brakes hosts the Cobbler House.

Stay Strong!

-Ruben
 Isaiah 40:31



Saturday, January 27

SKATE JAM - SATURDAY, MARCH 3, 2018


Skate Church Skate Jam and Competition at the Packinghouse Church in Redlands. Saturday, March 3, 2018 from 4 to 8 pm


Hey everyone! Wondering how to share the gospel with the upcoming skate generation and others??? Wonder no more...


SK8 Church is having a skate jam and comp at the Packinghouse Church in Redlands on Saturday, March 3, 2018 from 4-8pm.

There will be free prizes, food, D.J., band and much more... newly paved asphalt... super clean!

Stop by and also invite all your friends, family, neighbors and even your church youth group!!! (There's nothing wrong with visiting another church!)

Note: Parent waiver signed in person (for under 18's) & helmet required. Loaner helmets available.

-Ruben

But those who wait on the Lord
Shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint.
-Isaiah 40:31

Friday, January 26

TCH Memory Verse of the Week


Memory verse extravaganza week! We have four verses to put to memory this week. No worries if you are unable to. At minimum, put at least one to memory. The following memory verses relate to temptation.


We all battle or will battle temptation at one time or another. Memorizing scripture will help you in this time of need.

As you call on the Lord, during trials, He will help you to recall the verses you've memorized. At that point, simply stir them up in your mind and in your heart and then give it all to the Lord. Totally let Him guide you through it.

Since many of us use a cellphone, I've created images with scripture so that you can download to your phone and set it as your phone wallpaper.

They worked on my phone. Only one thing. I had to pinch the image to make it the size of the phone background. This is a test run so let me know if it works for you in the comments section below.

1 Corinthians 10:13 (NKJV) "No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it."

There is no temptation that is extraordinary, that man hasn't experienced. God knows your heart and does not want you to fall. 100% of times when we fall is because of our doing. Our Heavenly Father has provided a way of escape from temptation. One basic way to get away from temptation is to flee from it just like Joseph did. He fled and did not look back.

Hebrews 4:15-16 (NKJV) "For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need."

There is nothing new under the sun. Our Heavenly Father knows everything to include our weaknesses. Jesus was tempted in all areas as we are but He did not sin. Because of that we can fully rely on His grace and mercy as we experience temptations and at times stumble. Call on Jesus in time of need.

Matthew 26:41 (NKJV) "Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”"

Our faith in Jesus is a call to action. As believers we need to watch, keep our eyes open, so that we don't get ensnared in the enemy's trap. As believers we also need to pray to God for daily and sometimes minute by minute guidance. Although our spirit seeks to serve the Lord well, our mortal body desires pretty much everything that is contrary to the Lord. Watch and pray!!!

Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me.
Psalms 51:10 (NKJV) "Create in me a clean heart, O God,
And renew a steadfast spirit within me."

Have you stumbled and fallen but you kinda want to stay down because you feel to weak? GET UP! DO NOT STAY DOWN! That is what the enemy of our souls wants. He wants you to stay down. Rather, call on our Heavenly Father and ask Him for forgiveness with a true heart. Then, ask Him to create in you a clean heart and to renew your spirit so that you can push forward again. Remember, DO NOT STAY DOWN!

God bless you! Stay Strong!!

-Ruben
 Isaiah 40:31

Wednesday, January 24

Thursday Evening Bible Study



This week at the Cobbler House we are beginning our study through the book of James. James was a leader of the Jerusalem church, who writes a powerful message to a persecuted people for purposes of instruction and encouragement in difficult times.


In between James 1:1 and 1:2, James tells us that he is writing to the twelve tribes that are scattered abroad and facing trials.

What trials were these people facing exactly?

Well, Acts 8:1-3 tells us that the death of Stephen marked the beginning of a great persecution against the church with Saul and others like him “dragging off men and women, committing them to prison (v3).”

Certainly the dire circumstances that these early believers found themselves in were not of their own choosing, but they were nonetheless the reality of following Jesus.

James takes the opportunity in his letter to challenge his readers to view their trials from a heavenly perspective and recognize that good will come from their very difficult circumstances.

What ever happened to those early persecuted Jewish believers that were in Jerusalem? Acts 8:4 informs us: “Therefore those who were scattered went everywhere preaching the word.”

Have you ever considered that the reason that you and I have heard of the wonderful name of Jesus is because our early Jewish brothers and sisters were violently uprooted from their homes and were still faithful to preach the good news? Praise God for His faithfulness to us!

I hope you will join us in encountering God through His perfect word and growing in knowledge and wisdom that we may be prepared to face our own trials as we live out our faith in Jesus Christ by His grace and mercy.
"For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin." -Hebrews 4:15 (NKJV)
Hope to see you Thursday!

-Dustin

Friday, January 19

TCH Memory Verse of the Week



Join us as we venture into memorizing scripture once a week, one passage at a time. The Bible says to "write them on the tablet of your heart."


Part of our weekly Bible study at the Cobbler House, is to take a passage of scripture that pertains to the lesson and put it to memory.

As believers, putting scripture to memory helps us in many ways such as:

-It builds up our personal relationship with our Heavenly Father.

-It prepares us to recall scripture when we don't have our Bible with us.
-It helps us when we are witnessing to an unbeliever about Jesus and much more.

Hope you can join us in this!

Ok, so this week's memory verse is James 1:2-4:
"2 My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. 4 But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing."
God bless you. Stay Strong in Christ!

-Ruben

1 My son, do not forget my law, But let your heart keep my commands; 2 For length of days and long life And peace they will add to you. 3 Let not mercy and truth forsake you; Bind them around your neck, Write them on the tablet of your heart, 4 And so find favor and high esteem In the sight of God and man.
Proverbs 3:1-4 (NKJV)

5 Get wisdom, get understanding; do not forget my words or turn away from them.
Proverbs 4:5 (NIV)

2 Keep my commands and live, And my law as the apple of your eye. 3 Bind them on your fingers; Write them on the tablet of your heart.
Proverbs 7:2-3 (NKJV)