December 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.


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-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 

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-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

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-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