January 2018

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