2016

Sunday, December 25

Merry Christmas!


On that day, in the town of David a Saviour was born to us; He is Jesus our Lord! Because of this and what happened later anyone can call on Him.

Procrastinate no longer. Call on Him today (right now, this second) and enjoy His peace. A peace that only He can bring to you. A peace that you won't be able to explain as you experience His forgiveness and overflowing love within.

"Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; He is the Messiah, the Lord."
-Luke 2:11 (NIV)
"For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved." -John 3:16-17 (NKJV)
"Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus." -Philippians 4:7 (NLT)
If you have given yourself up to Jesus today, please let us know or begin attending a good Bible teaching church in your area. Leave all behind, get plugged in and begin serving Jesus!

Peace and blessings to all and Merry Christmas!

-Ruben and Estella

Friday, December 23

Path to Salvation: Four


Because God loves you and I so much (no matter what foolishness we've done) He sent His Son Jesus to die for us. This He did for us so that we can call on Him directly and ask for forgiveness that we may live.

"But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us." -Romans 5:8 (NKJV)
LOVE
[1] g0026. ἀγάπη agapē; from 25; love, i.e. affection or benevolence; specially (plural) a love-feast: — (feast of) charity(-ably), dear, love.
I. brotherly love, affection, good will, love, benevolence
II. love feasts

[2] Benevolence: an act of kindness. a generous gift.

Related passage: "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life." -John 3:16 (NKJV)

Please share the Good News.


<< Path to Salvation: Three     |     Path to Salvation: Five >>
-Ruben

[1] (Olive Tree Enhanced Strong's Dictionary)
[2] Merriam-Webster Dictionary


Wednesday, December 21

A Prayer Request...


Believers in Christ. A call to action! 

"Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God" -Philippians 4:6 (NKJV)
Need ongoing prayer for...

- Roman. cancer.
- Dakota. seizures.
- Mike. heart.
- Rob. health and family.
(The Lord knows all the details.)

Heavenly Father. We ask for complete healing and all according to Your will...

Please share...

-The Cobbler House. Refresh Your Soul and Heal.

Now Work it Out


“Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.”

-Philippians 2:12-13

Just before writing these words, Paul had just given instruction to the church at Philippi to be of “one mind” (Philippians 2:2) and to “let each esteem others better than himself” (Philippians 2:3) in order that he might encourage them to be in loving unity with one another. Paul then gives them extra encouragement in the example that they have in Jesus. The example of how Jesus humbled Himself. The Creator entering His creation and coming to serve not to be served.

When Jesus came to serve He came to die. Jesus came to pay a debt to God that we couldn’t pay and with His blood He purchased freedom and salvation for all who believe on Him. If Jesus brought salvation, how then can we work out our own salvation?

It is important to remember that Paul is writing to a body of believers in Christ who are already saved. When he writes “work out your own salvation” he is not writing about saving oneself, instead he is talking about living out a life that has been saved. Living. As in the verb “to live.”

Living in action and being active in daily life because they have been saved. 
That living is to be done in loving humility. Once we understand that we are being called to live out our salvation and what that looks like (think of Jesus and Philippians 2:7 here) the rest of these verses come easily.

“Fear and trembling” is calling us to evaluate our lives with the proper sobriety and reverence of what we Christians have been called to. Loving each other and serving one another in a world around us that doesn’t know Christ. It is a serious task make no mistake about it. Thankfully for us God didn’t leave us to do it on our own. He gives both the desire and the ability. After all “it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.”

-Dustin


Wednesday, December 14

Path to Salvation: Three


Failure to turn away from sin leads to death, but God has an awesome gift for anyone who repents and acknowledges Him as Lord and Saviour...

"For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." -Romans 6:23 (NKJV)

DEATH [1]

I. death bringing, deadly

g2288. θάνατος thanatos; from 2348; (properly, an adjective used as a noun) death (literally or figuratively): — x deadly, (be...) death.

I. the death of the body

A. that separation (whether natural or violent) of the soul and the body by which the life on earth is ended
B. with the implied idea of future misery in hell
1. the power of death
C. since the nether world, the abode of the dead, was conceived as being very dark, it is equivalent to the region of thickest darkness i.e. figuratively, a region enveloped in the darkness of ignorance and sin

II. metaph., the loss of that life which alone is worthy of the name,

A. the misery of the soul arising from sin, which begins on earth but lasts and increases after the death of the body in hell

III. the miserable state of the wicked dead in hell

IV. in the widest sense, death comprising all the miseries arising from sin, as well physical death as the loss of a life consecrated to God and blessed in him on earth, to be followed by wretchedness in hell 

<< Path to Salvation: Two     |     Path to Salvation: Four >> 
-Ruben

[1] Olive Tree Enhanced Strong's Dictionary

Sunday, December 11

Path to Salvation: Two


Acknowledge that everyone falls short. No one is righteous. Not even you. Not even me.

"As it is written: “There is none righteous, no, not one;" -Romans 3:10

NONE [1]

1: not any
2: not one : nobody
3: not any such thing or person
4: no part : nothing

RIGHTEOUS [2]

g1342. δίκαιος dikaios; from 1349; equitable (in character or act); by implication, innocent, holy (absolutely or relatively): — just, meet, right(-eous).

I. righteous, observing divine law

A. sin a wide sense, upright, righteous, virtuous, keeping the commands of God
1. of those who seem to themselves to be righteous, who pride themselves to be righteous, who pride themselves in their virtues, whether real or imagined
2. innocent, faultless, guiltless
3. used of him whose way of thinking, feeling, and acting is wholly conformed to the will of God, and who therefore needs no rectification in the heart or life
a. only Christ truly
4. approved of or acceptable of God

B. in a narrower sense, rendering to each his due and that in a judicial sense, passing just judgment on others, whether expressed in words or shown by the manner of dealing with them

<< Path to Salvation: One     |     Path to Salvation: Three >>
-Ruben

[1] Merriam-Webster online dictionary
[2] Olive Tree Enhanced Strong's Dictionary

Friday, December 9

Path to Salvation: One


Admit that you are a sinner...

"for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God" -Romans 3:23

SINNED*

g0264. ἁμαρτάνω hamartanō; perhaps from 1 (as a negative particle) and the base of 3313; properly, to miss the mark (and so not share in the prize), i.e. (figuratively) to err, especially (morally) to sin: — for your faults, offend, sin, trespass.


  • to be without a share in 
  • to miss the mark 
  • to err, be mistaken 
  • to miss or wander from the path of uprightness and honour, to do or go wrong 
  • to wander from the law of God, violate God's law, sin

    *Definition taken from Olive Tree Enhanced Strong's Dictionary

    Sunday, November 13

    Have You Ever Been Wronged?


    In the book of beginnings, Genesis, there is a story of some brothers who, in a very evil way, wronged their younger brother Joseph.

    They did this because of jealousy and hate that they had toward him. The initial plan was to kill him, but that plan shifted and Joseph ended up being sold to passers by. Joseph then ended up in Egypt under Pharaoh as a servant to him.

    Joseph's brothers told their father that he was killed by an animal out in the field and that he had died. This was to cover up their sin.

    (Note: If you would like to read the story of Joseph in its entirety, you can find it in the book of Genesis chapters thirty-seven through fifty.)

    Joseph experienced a lot of hardship from the day he was sold into slavery to the day he became second in command to Pharaoh. 

    Joseph suffered through many things:
    1. Extreme hardship due to peoples' jealousy and lies
    2. A wrongful conviction which lead him to be imprisoned for quite a while
    3. Emotional trauma as he went through the nonsense
    4. And much more...
    One thing stands out though, and that is that he kept his faith in God through all the mess. He didn't waiver but instead kept his sights on the Lord. 
    Not only that, Joseph forgave those who wronged him and his story tells of the compassion he had toward them. (AMAZING!)
    Have you ever been wronged, experienced emotional and physical hardship due to lies and jealousy and anything else that has come upon you because of the world's nonsense?

    Place your full faith and trust in Jesus with all your heart, soul and mind and God will get you through it just like Joseph.

    It may be a long haul, but God's promises are true to His children - He will never leave us nor forsake us.

    At the end of it (and even through it) you will rejoice in the Lord and speak the words that Joseph voiced to his brothers:
    "But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day" -Genesis 50:20 NKJV
    God bless you brothers and sisters in-Christ!

    Stay Strong! Stay Focused!

    -Ruben

    Wednesday, October 26

    JEWLS Bible Study Rolling Along...


    Trials. We all have experienced them and it is certain we will continue to face various trials in our lifetime.

    Psalm 25 provided us encouragement and showed us that life is a difficult journey and that in order for us to walk through the storms and pitfalls that are sure to come our way, we need God.

    We need His wisdom to make the right decisions as to which way to go (Psalm 25:4).

    When we do go astray, He shows us the way back (Psalm 25:8).

    We learned that we need to trust Him; to trust Him we need to know Him!

    How do we get to know Him? We must read our bible, pray and ask for understanding.
    He is faithful and keeps all His promises (Psalm 25:10). 
    On this journey we must keep our eyes “forever on the Lord” (Psalm 25:15).
    Next week we will be starting our journey into the book of James which will equip us with practical wisdom for everyday living.

    God will reveal to us godly wisdom in trials, temptations, in our friendships and in our speech.

    We will see why we must be a doer of the Word and we will learn about humility, patience and prayer. So much in 5 chapters!

    We will continue taking this walk through the book of James verse by verse, asking the Lord Jesus Christ to guide us and teach us His ways so that we will be equipped to love and serve Him.

    In His love,

    -Estella

    Tuesday, October 18

    Sunday, October 9

    Let's Go Encourage One Another!


    Good morning everyone! I hope everyone is doing well this day.

    Time to put on the armour and pick up the sword (the Bible) and get to the assembly of believers so that we can listen to the Word, fellowship with other believers, encourage and be encouraged.

    In His strength, let's try to outdo one another in encouraging one another! (Imagine that!)

    Sunday is the day when most believers in Jesus Christ can gather together.

    Let's take advantage of this opportunity that God our Father has provided for us.

    Let us ask the Holy Spirit to fill us to overflowing and give us strength to get up!

    I know, I know! Sometimes the armour is heavy and hard to put on but we can do it through His strength! Just call on Him!
    Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
    -Ephesians 6:10-11 (KJV)
    BTW, if you are not doing well today, post your prayer request, and we will lift you up in prayer.

    In Jesus' Name!

    -Ruben


    Saturday, October 8

    J.O.R.G.E.


    Sup everyone! Just want to report that Warrior Generation is going super great despite our meeting time - 5:30am.

    One would think that doing anything at 5:30am, on a Saturday, when we should all be sleeping in from a long week of work that we'd be falling asleep.

    Not so!

    On the contrary, the Word of God is keeping us awake and on fire!

    This morning Jorge shared from 2 Timothy 4.

    (Although Jorge denies it, me thinks that Jorge has been preaching the Word for years. He's probably a Pastor somewhere and he's just not telling us, lol!)

    In all seriousness, the message was great! Thank you Jorge for the encouragement to all of us present. To God be the Glory!

    Brothers and sisters in the Lord, pray for these young gents and all of our next generation that's focused in Christ that they would continue to be strong and get stronger in the Lord. Pray, pray, pray!

    Brothers and sisters in the Lord, if the Lord is leading you to start up a 'Warrior' group, start one and begin building up our next generation!

    Prayer Request Super Spotlight: Pray for Jorge and Monique's son Roman for complete healing from cancer.
    Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. -Ephesians 6:10 NIV
    In Jesus' Name!

    -Ruben


    Monday, October 3

    How to Access Unshackled: A Quick Tutorial


    Hello everyone. I hope you are all doing well. 

    I created a quick tutorial that will guide you on how to access the online radio program Unshackled.

    Since a previous post Pacific Garden Mission has updated their website so now it is much easier to access the radio programs.

    The tutorial is based on cell phone access but you can also access the program via your laptop, desktop or whatever.

    Take a listen to one of these programs and be blessed! Enjoy!

    In Jesus' Name!

    -Ruben

    Saturday, October 1

    J is for Joseph. that's it...


    Warrior Generation: Dustin Under Arm Ur!
    Warrior Generation: Zaira and Estella Missing in Action

    Sup everyone! I am super excited at what the Lord is doing with these youngsters! I've been walking in Christ for a long, long time and I feel super on fire for Jesus now just as I did the night He saved me.

    When you are obedient to God our Father and allow Him to use you, He will ignite a fire in you like you've never felt before.

    This morning Joseph encouraged us with a message that he gave from 2 Timothy 3. (This guy is going to be a preacher of the Word some day!) Glory be to God!

    A passage that stood out to me was 2 Timothy 3:7 "always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth."

    Joseph said of this that our prayer should always be that the Lord would bring a fascination to us of Him.

    A fascination of awe that the Lord has even allowed us to read about what Jesus said and did; That we can read His Words first hand from the Bible; That we would remember that always, as we read His Word, and not make it a head knowledge thing but a Jesus thing.

    Man oh man! That is so true.

    Brothers and sisters in the Lord! If you are not already in a small group Bible study, I encourage you to join one. Whether it is discipleship, fellowship, or whatever just do it. If you can't find one in your area, start one!

    We all need encouragement from the Lord and He uses these times to build us up. Don't be that lone ranger.

    [Side note: Ribael paid us a visit this morning. Good to see you bro!]

    Stay strong everyone! In Jesus' name!

    -Ruben

    Friday, September 30

    The Cobbler House Bible Study Update


    Great Bible study this evening.

    Dustin provided great insight on Matthew twenty-seven. He emphasized the importance of the Old Testament in current times by comparing Psalm twenty-two with Matthew twenty-seven. Thank you Dustin and great job. All glory to God!

    Indeed how important it is to keep all scripture together that is the Old and New Testaments. Each compliments the other without any doubt.

    Next week we will be getting into the last part of chapter twenty-seven and into twenty-eight.

    Stay Strong! In Jesus' name!

    -Ruben

    Thursday, September 29

    Saturday, September 24

    Z for Zombie. NOPE. Z for Zaira!


    Warrior Generation is rolling strong...

    This morning Zaira provided us with a really cool blessing of encouragement and insight from 2 Timothy 2. Thank you Zaira for the blessing! All glory to God!

    Her method of expounding the chapter was to use other passages of scripture to explain every single verse in chapter two. 

    Using the Bible as its own commentary is awesome and the best commentary to use. There is no better place to obtain understanding from the Word than from the Word itself.

    Stay Strong. In Jesus' Name!

    -Ruben

    Wednesday, September 21

    Saturday, September 17

    Learning the Way of our Lord!


    Hello everyone! Just want to report another awesome morning of fellowship and discipleship Bible study.


    This morning our bro Justin taught from the book of 2 Timothy chapter 1. Thanks for all the encouragement bro and great job.

    It is always super cool to listen to another brother or sister share the Word of God. Each week's message is unique as the Lord speaks to each one of us so differently, yet it is always inline with the Word of God.

    Thank you JESUS! and may Your name be glorified.

    -Ruben

    With the Word: The Chapter-by-Chapter Bible Handbook


    With the Word by Warren W. Wiersbe is an excellent Bible study resource. 

    Wiersbe covers the entire Bible with short snippets of information that will encourage and provide you with insight regarding the text you are reading.

    With the Word is perfect for those who are reading through the Bible; at the beginning of each Bible book, Wiersbe provides information in regards to what was happening at that particular point in time.

    You can purchase the paperback or Kindle version.

    -Ruben

    No Compromise: The Life Story of Keith Green


    The story of Keith Green is a true story about a brother in Christ who just wanted to serve the Lord with all his heart. 

    Melody Green (his wife) writes about the ups and downs, the goods and the bads that they experienced, but at the end for the Glory of God.

    This book will encourage you to move toward Christ without compromise.

    -Ruben

    Chuck Smith Autobiography: A Memoir of Grace


    I just completed reading Chuck Smith's autobiography last night. 

    The story as told by his son Chuck Smith Jr. is very encouraging. It travels through Pastor Chuck's ministry through the years and how Calvary Chapel finally came to fruition.

    It is so amazing to read how the Lord used this one man to affect so many thousands upon thousands of people in the United States and beyond.

    I recommend this book as it encourages the believer to not trust in him or herself, but to fully trust in the Lord.

    -Ruben

    Thursday, September 15

    The Cobbler House - Refresh Your Soul and Heal



    Hey everyone. Hope you are all doing well and blessings to all.

    We are excited to announce that our Thursday evening Bible study now has a new name attached to it.

    The new name is:
    The Cobbler House :: Refresh Your Soul and Heal
    Prayer people, please pray for this ministry. Pray that we do all according to the Lord's Word and leading and never our own.

    If you have any unsaved friends, neighbors or anyone, please send them our way. Also, if you would like to join us, go for it. We are here and ready to encourage. (And, you can encourage us.)

    Details regarding location, time and all that good stuff can be found HERE.

    In Jesus' Name!

    -Ruben

    Tuesday, September 13

    Sunday, September 11

    Crazy Call to Action


    As we begin our journey to church today, let's recall what the Bible says in 
    Hebrews 3:13 (NIV) "But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness."
    Let's go wherever we go to gather with other believers today and encourage one another.

    Also, as believers, we know we are called to action so we must lead the charge if needed. Let's not wait for someone to encourage us. Let us go in and begin encouraging.

    Wow! Imagine the argument amongst believers being 'she got to encourage that sister before I did. I'd better go find someone to encourage, quick.' 'What? I didn't get to encourage my bro because my other bro got to him first.' (Side note: Double encouragement never hurt anyone.)

    If we believers argue, that would be something to argue about-how to get to another believer to encourage him or her.

    Yes, I know it sounds crazy, but that's ok. Get crazy in Christ! It's better to be crazy in Christ than to be crazy in sin's deceitfulness.

    The mission if you decide to accept: Encourage at least two believers today, but if you feel so inclined encourage as many as you come in contact with.

    In Jesus' Name!

    -Ruben

    Saturday, September 10

    Warrior Generation Today!


    "Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth" -2 Timothy 2:15 KJV
    Warrior Generation still going strong.

    Saturday morning Bible study was, once again, awesome and super encouraging.

    This morning bro Jorge (not boy George ;) and Dustin expounded 1 Timothy chapter 6. The message was very encouraging.

    Employer/employee relationships, money, fleeing foolishness and keeping the "commandment" was reviewed in detail and discussed. We all received some great insight and learned new things.

    The Bible has so much to say about life, it's amazing!

    If you aren't reading your Bible, I encourage you to read it. You'll be blessed and super amazed at the clarity in which it speaks about our/your walk here on earth.

    In Jesus' Name!

    -Ruben

    Monday, August 29

    Sunday, August 28

    Let Your Heart Be Glad


    Seek the Lord and Rejoice
    "Glory in His holy name; Let the hearts of those rejoice who seek the LORD! Seek the LORD and His strength; Seek His face evermore!" -Psalm 105:3-4
    Have no doubt at all that when you seek the Lord with all your heart you are going to enter the path of peace and comfort that'll cause you to rejoice in Him. No other emotion will you experience. 

    The key is to come before our God with a true heart and zero doubt. Totally allowing Him to overtake you.

    Yes, seek His strength with all your heart and He will provide you with strength to overcome the battles in life.

    Yes, Seek His strength with all your heart so that you can rejoice and praise Him when things go well.
    15 Blessed are the people who know the joyful sound!
    They walk, O Lord, in the light of Your countenance.
    16 In Your name they rejoice all day long,
    And in Your righteousness they are exalted.
    17 For You are the glory of their strength,
    And in Your favor our horn is exalted. -Psalm 89:15-17 NKJV
    In Jesus' Name!

    Have a great day!

    -Ruben

    Sunday, August 21

    Wednesday, August 17

    Your Sleep Will Be Sweet!


    Sleep Peacefully

    What peace you have when you trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding, and in all your ways acknowledge Him.

    You will receive the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, and it will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

    This is super cool because then at night you will lie down and you will not be afraid;
    Yes, you will lie down and your sleep will be sweet.

    Blessings sis's and bro's. Sleep well and be at peace with Jesus on your mind!

    -Ruben
    "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths." -Proverbs 3:5-6 NKJV
    "and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus." -Philippians 4:7 NKJV
    "When you lie down, you will not be afraid; Yes, you will lie down and your sleep will be sweet. -Proverbs 3:24

    Sunday, August 14

    Church Up


    Church Up

    Good morning family! It's Sunday and I'm sitting out here in my front yard checking out the beauty of the morning. The beauty of our Lord! What a great day to live and celebrate our Lord with other believers at church.

    Bros and siss. Let's get up and go encourage someone at our fellowship. Let's be a blessing and totally allow God to use us to bless someone today.
    "Therefore encourage one another and build each other up..."
    -1 Thessalonians 5:11 NIV
    Stay Strong!

    -Ruben

    Saturday, August 13

    Are You Going to Sleep Well Tonight?


    Are You Going to Sleep Well Tonight-

    I read a Bible verse last week which spoke to me so powerfully that I knew I had to write it on the tablet of my heart (i.e. memorize it). I even sent it out to my family that morning and asked them to memorize it with me.

    That morning the Lord was already speaking to my heart about what would happen that evening and the evening after that (and after that, ongoing) if I simply abide in Him.
    The passage He showed me is Psalms 4:8 which reads
    "I will both lie down in peace, and sleep;
    For You alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety."
    The Lord spoke to me as He does many times that if I simply abide in Him and seek Him first above anything else, He will provide me with peace and comfort within.
    You can tie the Psalms 4:8 passage with Matthew 6:33. Guess what that one says? You're right. It says to
    "seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you."
    Do you ever experience nights where you just can't sleep because you are worried about something? Or, you're stressed out over the day's events or what's about to happen the next day?

    I have good news for you. Something that will help you sleep well tonight.

    1) First and foremost, seek the Lord and His righteousness [1]

    2) Do not worry at all [2]

    And, the outcome will be a peaceful sleep, guaranteed [3]

    Stay Strong. Pray, Read, Apply. No Compromise!

    -Rubén

    [1] But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Matthew 6:33

    [2] Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. Matthew 6:34

    [3] I will both lie down in peace, and sleep;For You alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety. Psalm 4:8
    -all passages taken from NKJV version-

    Friday, August 5

    Communication with God


    Change of Attitude
    I was having a conversation with someone about fellowship with the Lord on a daily basis.
    The person I was speaking with told me "Yes, I pray once a day in the evening."

    I thought that was cool, but the Lord actually wants us to be in fellowship with Him all the day long.

    He is not saying stop everything and sit or kneel and close your eyes and start praying non-stop. He is saying that we constantly keep Him in mind and converse with Him as we go about.

    Two solid things happen when we do this:

    1) Our relationship with the Lord becomes stronger and we are kept in check as we consider our actions based on Him

    and

    2) His Word is being applied into our daily life.

    Begin doing what God wants you to do then you will notice a great change in your attitude and daily venture in life.
    "It is good to give thanks to the Lord,
    And to sing praises to Your name, O Most High; To declare Your lovingkindness in the morning, And Your faithfulness every night"
    -Psalm 92:1-2 NKJV 
    "Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
    -1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NKJV
    In Jesus' Name!
    Have a great day bro's and sis's and stay strong.

    -Ruben

    Saturday, July 23

    UNSHACKLED!


    Unshackled

    Hey everyone. There's a really cool encouraging resource out there called Unshackled.

    It's a dramatized radio program that has a bunch of audio stories of people who have become born again in Christ. It provides their story before and after they came to know Jesus as their Lord and Saviour.

    A short snippet that I took from the Unshackled website, Unshackled.org, says the following:
    "Real people...real life stories...stirring, dramatic accounts of hopelessness, and the hope that changes everything. "UNSHACKLED!" the award-winning radio drama from Pacific Garden Mission in Chicago, grips the heart with compelling and relevant stories of transformed lives. 
    Without Jesus Christ, we are all shackled by sin — by our wrong choices, disobedience and selfish motives. But God is at work, and the power of Christ sets us free of our bondage. We are... "UNSHACKLED!""
    The website is a little out of date, actually it's beyond out of date, and so are the downloads on the site, but you can still access them via the VLC app on Android.
    A super convenient way to access the recordings is by way of an app called tunein. The app can be downloaded onto iPhone and Android devices. You can also access the Unshackled episodes on a browser at tunein.com. Simply type "unshackled", hit enter then the episodes will pop up.

    This program was one of the first programs I used to (and still do) listen to when I first became born again. It brings back great memories.

    When I was in Chicago a few months back, my son and I went to visit the Pacific Garden Mission where they record the program. We had such a great time.
    Whether you have a relationship with Jesus or not, I encourage you to listen to these audio testimonies. You will be highly encouraged and if you don't have a relationship with Jesus, they will make you think and wonder why you don't.

    Resource locations are:
    Be blessed!
    -Ruben

    Tuesday, May 10

    The Truth!


    truthbetold
    This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.
    -1 John 1:5 KJV
    God is light. He is truth and there is no darkness whatsoever in His character.
    To His children He says I know the thoughts that I think toward you. Thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope (Jeremiah 29:11). That's the truth.

    Wanna be His son or daughter?

    To those who do not believe He says I love you so much that I gave my only begotten Son, Jesus, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life (John 3:16). That's the truth.

    Wanna take this opportunity?
    To those who stand in the middle He says “I know all the things you do, that you are neither hot nor cold. I wish that you were one or the other! But since you are like lukewarm water, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth (Revelation 3:15-16 NLTse). That's the truth.

    You don't wanna be that person.
    The above information is pretty straight forward. It's not politically correct and does not cut corners. It speaks the truth.

    God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.

    If you would like to come out of the darkness and into the light, then do so today, this very minute. This decision of turning to God through Jesus' sacrifice will be the best decision you've ever made.
    If you've given your life to Jesus, shoot me an email via this blog.

    In Jesus' name!
    -Ruben

    Saturday, May 7

    Getting Together with other Believers: RISK Night


    Risk Night All
    Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near
    -Hebrews 10:24-25 NLTse
    God's Word, the Bible, encourages believers to get together so that we can encourage and motivate one another. It further says to not neglect meeting together.
    What does this mean exactly?

    It means exactly what the scripture says, but many may think that we can only meet at the church.

    Believers can meet anywhere to fellowship and encourage one another. At church, at a home, a designated location or wherever the Lord places on the heart. The main thing is that we get together to encourage one another. We need that on a consistent basis.
    You might ask the question 'what do we do when we meet?' 'Do we just sit and read our Bibles and pray?'
    That's actually not a bad idea and actually our getting together to encourage one another should start with prayer and reading of the Word and then fellowship.

    Gathering together with focus on Jesus is always an encouragement.

    Last evening a few of us believers gathered together in the evening to eat some hot dogs and chili beans and play an all night game of Risk with movies playing in another area.

    We had two game tables going to accommodate all who were partaking in the game. One game lasted from 9pm - 2am and the other continued until 4:10am.

    Pretty crazy stuff, but everyone had a great time (from my assessment ;) BTW, congrats to Jared and James the winners of the Risk competition.
    Game Table 1
    Risk Game Table 1 Late into the night.
    Risk Game Table 2 Strategizing
    Risk Game Table 2 Strategizing
    This time of gathering together not only fulfilled application of the Bible (Hebrews 10:24-25) but it also instilled on those present that God is totally ok with us having a great time together.
    Have an awesome day, stay strong and if you haven't already done it, encourage someone today!
    -Ruben

    Tuesday, May 3

    He Stands at the Door and Knocks


    food for the soul
    Wow! The Lord is so good. Yes, He is a good, good Father. Beyond any goodness that any earthly father can bring. And, He is always there for us. Day or night, 24/7 and everything else. He is always there.
    Jesus said...
    Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me
    (Revelation 3:20 NKJV)
    Jesus is always there for His children. You and I who have given our life to Him. Even when we stray He stands at the door of our heart knocking and ready to provide us with His spiritual nourishment.
    The Lord even goes beyond that. He will give us a full meal of His word then He provides us with dessert. This is the after nourishment delight to our soul after we commit ourselves to Him.
    The Psalmist loved this dessert. He put it this way...
    How sweet are Your words to my taste,
    Sweeter than honey to my mouth
    (Psalms 119:103 NKJV)
    If you've gone astray or have done anything that has caused you to be distant from our good, good Father then come back to Him today. He is there waiting for you to open the door.
    Come back! Get Strong!

    -Ruben

    Saturday, April 23

    Trust in God. Not the World.



    Some trust in chariots, and some in horses; But we will remember the name of the Lord our God.
    -Psalm 20:7 NKJV


    If you are finding yourself trusting more and more in the things of this world, then re-adjust your thoughts.

    Many believers get caught down (Jesus is up) in this. Don't be that believer. Don't stay dwelling in the things of the world for those will one day be no more, but the name of the Lord our God will always be.

    Stay Strong!


    The Bible. Pray. Read. Apply. No Compromise!

    Saturday, April 16

    Thru the Bible with J. Vernon McGee



    Hello everyone.

    Just wanted to inform that the Thru the Bible series is beginning its 5 year journey from Genesis through Revelation again this coming Monday, 18 Apr 2016.


    For those who don't know about Thru the Bible, it is a radio program, now online, that is led by J. Vernon McGee who provides commentary on the entire word of God.

    McGee is a really cool and knowledgable Bible teacher. He provides a lot of great insight about the Word of God. The Lord greatly used this man.

    How to connect...

    If you are a smart phone or tablet person, Thru the Bible has an app that you can download. The app has all of his teachings, notes and outlines and a bunch of other stuff.

    (What's cool is that daily the app refreshes to the most current teaching so you don't even have to think about it.)

    If you use an Android device, go to the Play Store and search for Thru the Bible Radio Network. 

    I couldn't find an app via the Mac App Store, but I'm sure they have a podcast version in iTunes. If someone finds it post it here as a comment so others can view.

    Online go here to obtain more information regarding the program. 

    BTW, it is also known as the Bible Bus so in case you see that don't get confused.

    BTW part 2, I encourage you to through the guidelines that McGee provides. They've already gone through these in the past few weeks, but you can find them in the Archives section on the App or online. You will be greatly encouraged.

    Enjoy the Journey!

    Blessings everyone,

    -Ruben

    Thursday, April 14

    Thursday Night Bible Study Update & Verse of the Week


    This evening we reviewed and discussed Matthew chapter fourteen.

    First we called on the Lord for guidance in His Word. Then Worship.

    Joseph provided the weekly memory verse:

    "Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him." -James 1:12


    If you would like to join us in memorizing the memory verse, please do so. We want you too ;)

    Then we read, reviewed then discussed:
    • John the Baptist’s Beheading by Herod in vv 1-12
    • Jesus Feeding of the 5,000 Peeps in vv 13-21
    • Jesus’ Disciples See Him Walking on Water and their reaction in vv 22-33
    • Jesus Healing a Bunch of Peeps vv 34-36
    It was another great night. If you'd like to join us feel free to do so. You can find directions, time and place here

    BTW, the Bible Study is for everyone, believers and unbelievers alike.

    God bless you and stay strong!

    -Ruben

    Tuesday, April 12

    Seek Him First!



    How awesome it would be to have no troubles. Imagine a life without any issues to contend with. Wow! Too cool! But, it's not gonna happen.


    That's ok though. Why? Because if you have Jesus, you can go through your troubles with Him. He'll protect you and guide you through it. Believe me. I know first hand.

    Yes, we can use the excuse that says "it's easier said than done" but that is a cop out. If we truly believe the Word of God, then we truly have to apply it. No ifs, ands or buts.

    Ok. So what does the Bible say about this? Jesus speaking, He says...

    But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. -Matthew 6:33.


    Yes. Let's do that first. Let us seek the kingdom of God and all the goodness that it brings so we can begin to live a blessed peaceful life rather than a life full of self imposed stress.

    We seek Him first then everything else will fall into place.

    Get Strong! Stay Strong!

    -Ruben

    Thursday, March 31

    Thursday Night Bible Study Verse of the Week



    Join us in memorizing the verse of the week.

    "Where is the wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the disputer of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?"
    -1 Corinthians 1:20 NKJV


    Write the verse on a index card or type it in your phone. Take a peek at it a few times a day. Before you know it you'll have it etched within the "tablet of your heart".

    Stay Strong!

    -Ruben

    Wednesday, March 23

    satan: ready to trash us up




    "We must be arrayed in the whole armor of God...." "Satan today works by cunning craftiness (Eph. 4:14), or, as it might be rendered, “wily error,” to deceive those who do not know their Bibles and are not subject to the Word."


    -Ironside, H.A (2014-07-28). Praying in the Holy Spirit: Meditations on Prayer (Kindle Locations 257-260). Kindle Edition.

    Sunday, March 20

    WARRIOR Generation in Action!



    Warrior Gen's mission is to prepare this gen to lead the next gen in becoming motivated and strong in our Lord Jesus. This means teaching our next generation the Word of God in its entirety and simplicity and then the application of it.


    As part of teaching the application of His Word, we must apply it ourselves so each person in the group will be leading a mission trip.

    This past Saturday (March 19, 2016), Gabriel led the group on a mission trip to Santa Monica. He planned the entire trip from beginning to end. Great job Gabriel!

    He called the mission a prayer walk such that we would go out and walk the streets of Santa Monica and pray for people in the name of Jesus.

    We wore shirts that say Need Prayer? This drew people's attention. Many were very receptive, and surprisingly only one person mocked, but that's ok. The Lord has a plan even for that person.

    The trip was a day long event and very successful. Thank you Jesus and all Glory be to Him.

    We met at 0500 for Bible study. Joseph led and taught the study. Great job Joseph. After that, we took off. We arrived at Santa Monica around 1030, prayed, prepared and went into action.

    There were a lot of great moments, but there was one that really touched me. It happened when we had called it a day and began walking off the pier.

    Joseph, Jorge and I started our walk off the pier and about a minute in I noticed that Jorge was not with us so we began walking back to see where he was at. When we saw him, he was in conversation with a family so Joseph and I stayed back and waited.

    When the family left Jorge and he came over to us he told us that the mother of the young girl came over to him and said the young girl had been worried about going up to him to ask for prayer.

    She wanted to ask Jorge if he would pray for her because she was going off to college soon. That was really cool, BUT! They said that seeing what Jorge was doing encouraged them to get back into reading their Bible again. Super awesome! 


    Brothers and sisters in Christ! That's what its all about. In serving Jesus, you never know what your actions in Christ are going to bring forth. 

    Get into action! Don't wait. Remember that Jesus equals action.

    Get Strong! Stay Strong! To God be the Glory!

    -Ruben



    JESUS = ACTION!


    “And it shall come to pass afterward That I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, Your old men shall dream dreams, Your young men shall see visions."

    -Joel 2:28 NKJV


    Jesus people! It is our time, today. We can call on the Holy Spirit to lead and guide us as we travel through this land. 

    The location He has placed you and me is also the place He has set us to be a light unto those who don't know Him.

    Let us take advantage of this great opportunity to be led by the Holy Spirit that we may shine in this dark place.

    In Jesus' Name!

    -Ruben

    Sunday, March 13

    Saturday, March 12

    Know Your Bible, Know Your Saviour


    “The better I know my Bible, the more intelligently I can pray. I certainly need to learn all I can of the Book by careful, diligent study. 


    But I must not stop there. I must know my Bible practically. 

    I am to “know the truth,” but I must also “walk in the truth.” 

    In fact, I do not really know any truth unless I walk in it. 

    If ignorant of the Word of God, I am likely to pray for many things that are not in harmony with the Lord’s mind-things that are not suited to the dispensation (time period) in which we live, or that would not be helpful to my spiritual progress, or honoring to God. 

    The better I know my Bible, and the more careful I am to obey its precepts, the better I shall be able to pray.” 

    -Ironside, H.A, Praying in the Holy Spirit: Meditations on Prayer (Kindle Locations 72-78). Kindle Edition.