2018

Friday, March 30

STAY STRONG!



"Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain." -1 Corinthians 15:58 (ESV)


Brothers and sisters in Christ. Be encouraged in any and all work you do that is good and pleasing to our Heavenly Father even though you may think it is not producing any results.

Remember, it is our Heavenly Father who is going to do according to His will and timing, not ours.

Remember, that all is done for His glory (not ours) and thus our labor is not in vain. Again, something is going to happen according to His will and timing. (See Isaiah 55:10-11.)

So stand firm in Christ and don't waver. Keep pushing forward in the work of the Lord, our Heavenly Father.
"So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth." -1 Corinthians 3:7 (ESV)
Stay Strong!

-Ruben
 Isaiah 40:31

Monday, March 12

Willing Hearts. Not Robots.


Robot Image

Do you have the desire to be of service to our Heavenly Father?


If you do, I would encourage you to act upon that desire as the Holy Spirit is prompting you to action. 

As Christians, we are called to action and together we form the one body of Christ unto service to our LORD.

In Exodus thirty-five, we read about the details of the construction of the tabernacle, and how the people were called to provide offerings and service to complete this divinely inspired task. A task that would bring forth a representation of God to those chosen by Him and to everyone else.

Although the LORD commands us to do certain things for our own safety and well being, for this task He allowed the people to choose (to make a decision from their own heart) to serve or not. It was not a command.

Below are just a few examples that the LORD did not/does not desire robots to carry out His plan, but rather, willing hearts.
All whose hearts were stirred and whose spirits were moved* came and brought their sacred offerings to the LORD.... -Exodus 35:21 (NLT) 
Both men and women came, all whose hearts were willing*. They brought to the LORD their offerings... -v22
All those who owned the following items willingly brought them...* -v23
All the women who were willing* used their skills... -v26
...every man and woman who was eager to help in the work the Lord had given them through Moses—brought their gifts and gave them freely to the Lord*. -v29
*Emphasis mine

Call on the LORD and find out what He would have you do at the church you attend or what He would have you do in your local community.

Tip:

1) Pray about it. Ask our Heavenly Father what He would have you to do. He will guide you.

2) Don't over think it. Simply act on it and volunteer. Believe me, if the LORD doesn't want you in a certain position He will guide you to another.

3) Once you are in the position that the LORD has placed you in, serve Him with all your heart and do all that you do for His glory.

Remember. We Christians are a representation of our Heavenly Father here on this earth. Let's serve Him well, with willing hearts that many would come to know Him and be saved.

Pray. Read. Apply. No Compromise!

-Ruben
 Isaiah 40:31


Saturday, March 10

MVotW James 3:17



Hey everyone! I hope everyone is doing well. This week's memory verse speaks of the wisdom sent forth to us from our Heavenly Father.


His Word cleanses us (pure).

His Word brings us peace (peaceable).

His Word is kind to us (gentle).

His Word makes us think and ask questions (willing to yield).

His Word is full of mercy and brings forth goodness (mercy and good fruits).

His Word is real and true. Not fake. (without hypocrisy).

His Word relays to us our Heavenly Father's wisdom. 

As we read the His Word daily, His wisdom fills our heart. 

Then, our heart (full of His wisdom) brings forth a person who is ready to live out the gospel.

Heavenly Father, show us Your way and help us to apply Your way into our daily life that we may be a light, of You, to all whom we come in contact with.

Stay Strong!

-Ruben
  Isaiah 40:31

Friday, March 9

Rest In The Midst Of...



And He said, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” -Exodus 33:14 (NKJV) 


Moses was already experiencing a close walk with God, yet he still needed reassurance from Him.

Take a look at Moses' prayer to God:
"You have said, I know you by name, and you have also found grace in My sight.’ Now therefore, I pray, if I have found grace in Your sight, show me now Your way, that I may know You and that I may find grace in Your sight." -Exodus 12b-13 (NKJV)
Moses starts off by stating what God had already promised him then he goes on to say if that is true then show me now Your way, that I may know you...

Moses was a mere human being who was used by God.

He made mistakes, was disobedient at times, and sometimes wanted to do things his own way, yet he always came back to God for guidance; Moses knew there was no other way but God's way.

In the midst of our daily activities, it is good to stop like Moses did and ask our Heavenly Father to show us His way that we may know His way.

As we do this, our crooked path will be made straight and thus will fall into accordance with His will1 rather than our own.

Furthermore and most great, we can be at peace because He is with us, and will provide us with much needed rest2 from our own striving.

Take time today from your busy schedule to re-connect with our Heavenly Father and experience His peace and His rest.

Thank you Heavenly Father that we can turn to you at any time for guidance, protection and rest. In Jesus' name!

1 "In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths." -Proverbs 3:6 (NKJV)

2 "And He said, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”" -Exodus 33:12-14 (NKJV)

Stay Strong!

-Ruben

Friday, February 23

MVotW IMAGES in English y Español



This week's memory verse is awesome! The book of James pulls no punches and is straight forward. I love that! Check out the next memory verse of the week - James 3:9-10. It says that out of our mouths come both blessings and trash talking. Of the latter, it says stop doing that, period.


Christians are not supposed to trash talk about others with their mouths. Christians are supposed to encourage, build up, edify... their fellow brothers and sisters in Christ and win over unbelievers by their speech.

Which one are you? The builder or the trash talker?

For the context of this passage read James 3:1-12.


"With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the similitude of God. Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so." -James 3:9-10 (NKJV)






El verso de memoria de esta semana es asombroso. El libro de Santiago es directo. ¡Me encanta eso! Echa un vistazo al siguiente verso de memoria de la semana - Santiago 3: 9-10. Dice que de nuestras bocas vienen tanto las bendiciones como el hablar basura. De este último dice, dejar de hacer eso, punto.


Cristianos no deben hablar mal de los demás con la boca. Cristianos deben alentar y edificar... a sus hermanos y hermanas en Cristo y ganarse a los incrédulos con su discurso.

¿Cual eres tu? ¿El alentar o el hablador de basura?

Para el contexto de este pasaje, lee Santiago 3: 1-12.

"Con la lengua bendecimos a nuestro Señor y Padre, y con ella maldecimos a las personas, creadas a imagen de Dios. 10 De una misma boca salen bendición y maldición. Hermanos míos, esto no debe ser así." -James 3:9-10 (NVI)








Pray, Read, Apply. No Compromise!

-Ruben
 Isaiah 40:31

Thursday, February 22

Is Faith An Abstract Word?


Book of James Bible Study

“What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him?” -James 2:14 ESV


I have heard it said many times that we are saved by faith alone but a saving faith is never alone. We can trust this is a good and true saying as it lines up with what can be read in the verse above.

To believe in God is to act in accordance with His stated will. James goes on to give us two examples of true faith from the Old Testament.

The first example that is given is Abraham. Genesis fifteen records that Abraham has faith in God and God credits Abraham with righteousness for that faith. 

Some years later, Genesis twenty-two records that God calls Abraham to a very difficult task. A task to sacrifice his very own son! Abraham was ready and willing to obey God even in this because of his faith.

Abraham had received direct instruction from the LORD and responded with obedience to God’s revealed will. It should be known that he wasn’t obedient because he did not believe God, instead, he was obedient because of his faith in God. 

The application seems pretty straight forward because, like Abraham, we have received direct instruction from God in the Bible. 

Would not a professed faith in God bring our actions in line with His word? Of course it should. That is unless we are merely giving God lip service and our faith is really not faith at all.

The second example of a living faith is given in the Old Testament example of Rahab found in Joshua chapter 2. 

Unlike Abraham, there is no record of God giving her direct instruction to follow. Instead, Rahab recounts the testimony she has heard of the great and mighty deeds the living God has done for Israel. 

By faith Rahab believed that the God of the Israelites is the “God in the heavens above and on the earth beneath,” (Joshua 2:11b).

James then tells us that Rahab’s faith was justified in work “when she received the messengers and sent them out by another way,” (James 2:25b). 

Could Rahab have said that she believed God and then found herself in opposition to His plans? She could have certainly said it but that would not make it true would it? 

Rahab’s faith was true and as a result she was quick to get on board with what God was doing.

Now let me give you a little testimony. 

Jesus Christ came to save sinners. He is the only way. Do you believe that? I pray that you do because it is true. Jesus says to His disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me,” (Matthew 16:24). Come let us follow Jesus and worship Him with our lives.
-Dustin

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Wednesday, February 21

Fill Your Mind With HIS Goodness!



Question: How do you fill your mind with the good things of God? Answer: The Bible.


To Danny (Nathan's buddy) and All Those Who Desire a Great Relationship with our Heavenly Father!


Without reservation, the Word of God i.e. the Bible is the number one way to fill your mind with the good things of God.

The number two way is to memorize scripture so that the Word of God becomes implanted into your heart and mind.

Below are a few scriptures that you can begin with. 

I highly recommend that you not only read the scriptures below, but also look them up in your Bible and read them within their context. It's best to understand what is happening around each verse so that you get a clear picture of the passage.

Before you read, pray/ask our Heavenly Father for understanding. As you read, pause every now and then to ask for the Lord's direction and to ponder what you have read. After you read, apply. Ask our Heavenly Father to use you as His "vessel of honor."



John 14:6 (NLT) 6 Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.

Philippians 4:8 (NLT) "And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise."

John 14:15 (NLT) 15 “If you love me, obey my commandments."

Matthew 22:37-40 (NLT) 37 Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.”

Romans 12:9-12 (NLT) 9 Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. 10 Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other. 11 Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically. 12 Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying.

Romans 12:21 (NLT) 21 Don’t let evil conquer you, but conquer evil by doing good.

Galatians 5:22-23 (NLT) 22 But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control.

James 3:17-18 (NLT) 17 But the wisdom from above is first of all pure. It is also peace loving, gentle at all times, and willing to yield to others. It is full of mercy and the fruit of good deeds. It shows no favoritism and is always sincere. 18 And those who are peacemakers will plant seeds of peace and reap a harvest of righteousness.

1 Timothy 4:12 (NLT) 12 Don’t let anyone think less of you because you are young. Be an example to all believers in what you say, in the way you live, in your love, your faith, and your purity.

1 John 3:2-3 (NLT) 2 Dear friends, we are already God’s children, but he has not yet shown us what we will be like when Christ appears. But we do know that we will be like him, for we will see him as he really is. 3 And all who have this eager expectation will keep themselves pure, just as he is pure.

1 Thessalonians 5:21-23 (NLT) 21 but test everything that is said. Hold on to what is good. 22 Stay away from every kind of evil. 23 Now may the God of peace make you holy in every way, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless until our Lord Jesus Christ comes again.

Pray, Read, Apply: No Compromise!

-Ruben
 Isaiah 40:31

Smith, Chuck. Biblical Counseling: A Topical Index for Christian Living (Kindle Location 372). The Word For Today. Kindle Edition.

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)

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!

-Ruben
 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!

-Ruben
  Isaiah 40:31

1 2 Corinthians 6:2


Wednesday, January 10

BIBLE STUDY 2018



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


-Ruben