Sunday, January 14

Testing of Your Faith

So it’s almost time to take the big test, and you feel confident that you are going to do well because you have studied and prepared for it.

It took hours upon hours, but you took the time to read the entire textbook.

Even though you knew it would take a vast amount of time, you created flashcards to help you memorize the information you read within the textbook.

For days upon days, you labored to bring all things you thought would be on the test to memory, and finally the day of the big test arrives.

You strolled to the test location with great confidence. No stress. No fear. ‘I’ve got this’ you said.

You then take a seat and the big test begins.

Although there were a few questions that stumped you, and one that brought you a little bit of stress, you whiz through the test with great confidence in your heart.

Once completed, you picked up your test, and took it over to the proctor, and handed it over to be checked.

As you wait for the results, you think about all the studying and effort you put in to memorize key information... 

Finally, the proctor comes over to you and with a smile says ‘congratulations, you received 100% on the test.’

You, in turn, with a bigger smile and overwhelming joy, thank the proctor and leave the room already thinking about the next big test...

Throughout our lifetime, we are going to experience many trials. Some will be minor, and some will be major.

These trials are tests that are going to test our faith in Jesus. These trials are going to make us or break us.

At the start of the book of James, the author encourages the believer to count it all joy whenever we fall into various trials.

James tells the believer this because even as a believer trials are going to happen and he is encouraging us to prepare for them.

As stated earlier, the trials you and I will experience are ones that are going to test our faith in Jesus. If the test is passed, then patience will come. Ultimately, this will prepare you for the next trial.

The way to prepare for upcoming trials is to build a strong relationship with Jesus through fellowship with Him. This should be done on a daily basis.

The following are some Biblical ways to build a strong relationship with Jesus:
By praying1 (calling on Him) and reading His Word2 (the Bible). The aforementioned is having fellowship with God - you speak to Him (pray) and He speaks to you (reading the Bible). Spending time daily and throughout the day with the Lord will build up your relationship with Him. 
By applying3 what God has shown you into your daily life. Don’t simply obtain knowledge of what you’ve read in the Bible, apply what you’ve learned. For example, if you read “And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.” (Ephesians 4:32 NKJV), then do what His word says - be kind, tenderhearted and forgiving to others. 
By placing scripture to memory4. Create a flashcard set with scripture on one side and the location of that scripture on the other side and begin to memorize it. (Hey why not, right? We want to pass the test.) This will prepare you to be able to recall scripture when you are caught without a Bible and facing a trial (test).
By way of an established, solid, daily dose of fellowship with Jesus, you will not only have a great relationship with Him, but you will also have prepared for the trial that is to come.

Then, with great confidence, you will be able to face that trial with joy and walk out of it in peace5 and a big smile giving praise to Jesus.

If you have an encouraging scripture, please post it below!

Stay Strong!

 Isaiah 40:31

1 "Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus." -Philippians 4:6-7 (NKJV)

2 "All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work." -2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NKJV)

3 "What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him?" -James 2:14 (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." -James 2:18 (NKJV)

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

5 "So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it. “For you shall go out with joy, And be led out with peace; The mountains and the hills Shall break forth into singing before you, And all the trees of the field shall clap their hands." -Isaiah 55:11-12 (NKJV)

Saturday, January 13

Do You Remember When You Became Born Again?

Do you remember back in the day when you finally turned your life over to Jesus and became born again?

The affects of that great event in my life were awesome! Not only was I forgiven for all my previous foolishness (sin), but I also began to view my surroundings in a different way.

I viewed them with amazing sharpness and clarity, wonder and awe.

Things that I once took for granted and never really stood out to me, became awesome, amazing things to me.

The sky looked different. The rain looked different. The mountains looked different and so did the trees and even the leaves and the grass on the ground. (Twenty-two years later, I'm still amazed.)

I'd be driving staring at the sky and mountains with great amazement at God's creation. 

The Word stands true - I certainly went (at that time) and still go out in joy and [am] led forth in peace every day. The more I focus on Jesus the more joy and peace He provides.

If you have not turned your life over to Jesus, I would say do it today for today is the day of salvation.1

If you'd like to share some encouragement, please do so below.

Stay Strong! Don't Compromise!

  Isaiah 40:31

1 2 Corinthians 6:2

Wednesday, January 10


Bible study thru the book of James begins on Thursday, January 18, 2018 at 7pm!

Join us at the Cobbler House for the 2018 season of Bible study and fellowship. 

When: Thursday Evenings
Time: 7pm
Location: RPM Brakes and Auto Repair
4370 Hallmark Pkwy, Suite 104, San Bernardino, CA 92407
Text: 909-499-9116


Tuesday, October 17

Pray For All Leaders

"Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. 

For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth." -1 Timothy 2:1-4 NKJV

The Cobbler House: Refresh Your Soul and Heal

Monday, October 16

From Gang Life to Life in Christ

Image: Pastor David Zamora Interview (Video Below)

A few questions I have asked people that I've shared Jesus with is 'if there is no God, can you tell me what has happened to all these millions of people all over the world who preach Jesus? 

Why are they preaching Jesus? Are they/we all crazy? Do we have some type of weird virus that all of a sudden makes us like minded and makes us want to share the good news of Jesus?'

This video contains a testimony of a gentleman, Pastor David Zamora, who was once into the gang life and was later radically transformed by Jesus.

Pastor David Zamora is interviewed by Pastor Brian Brodersen of Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa. This interview brings to light God's affect in someone's life who questioned Jesus and soon received an answer that transformed his life. Wow! How did that happen? 

Check out the video and be encouraged.

BTW. If you don't know Jesus today, from your heart, ask Him to reveal Himself to you. To show Himself as He has shown himself and transformed the lives of millions of people who have openly received Him as Lord and Saviour of their life.

Pray, Read, Apply: No Compromise!

 The Cobbler House: Refresh Your Soul and Heal

Saturday, October 14

Get Grounded Again! Final Lesson

Get Grounded Again! Saturday, October 14, 2017

Ok, so I say this every time - what a super great time I had at Bible study this morning. At this last meeting of our eight week series on getting grounded again with the basics, it was only my youngest son and I who reviewed the lesson.

Although we plan, Jesus has the master plan!1 It was super nice studying the Word together with my son.

Today's lesson explained the Trinity - God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit as one. Amazing stuff, but the scriptures explain it well.

Nathan and I also discussed how each one of us has to develop our individual relationship that we have with our Heavenly Father.

The more fellowship we have with our Heavenly Father the stronger our relationship becomes with Him. For example, no longer do we feel distant from Him and how it is much easier to come to Him in prayer and reading. Similar to a father and son relationship. (Ah, His master plan! How awesome it is.)

The Lord got a hold of me many, many, many years ago, but I'm still learning so much from Him.

If you get the opportunity, I encourage you to do a study on the foundations of faith either with a group, another person or your self. Open your heart to the "basics" and you will be super blessed.

Pray, Read, Apply: No Compromise!

 The Cobbler House: Refresh Your Soul and Heal

1 A man's heart plans his way, But the Lord directs his steps. -Proverbs 16:9 NKJV

Sunday, October 8

About The Cobbler House

Inside the Cobbler House

A while back, a group of us got together to brainstorm names for our Thursday night Bible study at RPM Brakes and Auto Repair.

Many names were placed on the table and many were tossed out of the table, but one remained - Cobbler House.

People I've had a conversation with about the name have told me that it reminds them of a peach cobbler or some kind of pie. I can understand that. Many do associate the word cobbler with some type of pie.

The word cobbler also has another meaning though. It is a title given to a person who repairs shoes. The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines a cobbler as such:

"a mender or maker of shoes and often of other leather goods"
The slogan that follows the Cobbler House name reads 'Refresh Your Soul and Heal.' This matches up with what a shoe repair person does - they repair soles and heels of shoes.

On the Cobbler House side of things, the word 'Soul' is used in place of 'sole' to depict the inner side of one's person that the Bible refers to as the soul.

The word 'Heal' is used in place of 'heel' to depict the effects of receiving care from a physician to become healthy once again.

The 'Cobbler' depicts Jesus who is the healer of souls, hence when you read, pray and study His Word - the Bible - your soul receives healing and is refreshed once again.

At the Cobbler House, we read, teach, pray and study through the Bible together, book by book and verse by verse. And, we teach it in a way that is simple to understand.

As the late Pastor Chuck Smith would say simply teach the Word simply. That's what we do.

That's the story of The Cobbler House: Refresh Your Soul and Heal.

If you would like to join us on Thursday evenings or Saturday mornings or both, pick up your Bible and come on down. Don't forget to bring a friend.

God Bless you and Stay Strong!

 The Cobbler House: Refresh Your Soul and Heal

DATE AND TIME: Thursdays and Saturdays
LOCATION: RPM Brakes and Auto Repair, 4370 Hallmark Parkway, Suite 104, San Bernardino, CA 92407
CALL OR TEXT: 909-499-9116 (if no answer, leave a voice message)
OTHER STUFF: Coffee and tea are available

Saturday, October 7

Get Grounded Again: God's Will In Your Life

Get Grounded Again was super great! Nothing compares to receiving the Word of God early in the morning.

Everyone received a good dose of the Word, as we read and discussed the scriptures within our lesson. The end result - a group of SUPER ENCOURAGED believers!

We took a look at scriptures pertaining to knowing and doing God's will from the Start to Follow Manual. Some scriptures that we took a look at and discussed were:

Titus 2:11-13
1 Thessalonians 4:3
Colossians 3:8-9
Colossians 3:12-14
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
If you would like to join the discussion and fellowship, you are totally welcome to stop by. Make sure to bring a friend.

 The Cobbler House: Refresh Your Soul and Heal

DATE AND TIME: Saturdays at 7am
LOCATION: RPM Brakes and Auto Repair, 4370 Hallmark Parkway, San Bernardino, CA 92407
TEXT: 909-499-9116 with any questions
OTHER STUFF: Coffee and tea are available