Tuesday Connection – June 16, 2020

Silence: 2 minutes /Spend time in prayer and silence with God, asking Him to meet with you and speak to you.

BIBLE READING:

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16 NIV

 

 

Sitting quietly, relaxing comfortably. Release your neck and shoulders, relax and take a deep soothing breath. Close your eyes.  And, as you continue breathing slowly and deeply, repeat these words of scripture and welcome them into your heart.

 

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. 

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good. 

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every.

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for.

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped.

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly.

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be.

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may.

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God.

 

Breathing. Focusing on the words.

 

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of.

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant.

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the.

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that.

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in 

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training 

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and 

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting 

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, 

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, 

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for 

All Scripture is God-breathed and is 

All Scripture is God-breathed and 

All Scripture is God-breathed 

All Scripture is God

All Scripture is 

All Scripture 

All.

[Pause One more minute of silence] Amen.

 

 

Monday Connection – June 15, 2020

 

Silence: 2 minutes /Spend time in prayer and silence with God, asking Him to meet with you and speak to you.

BIBLE READING:

Genesis 18:1-15, 21:1-7

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Genesis+18%3A1-15%2CGenesis+21%3A1-7&version=NIV

Confession: 

Father God, we affirm that the Biblical Gospel, the good news of Your salvation, is Your enduring message to our world. This good news must be boldly proclaimed, wherever possible…because it is God’s power for salvation and we are under obligation to make it known. Yet, we confess that we ourselves have sometimes trivialized the Gospel. We repent that the narrowness of our concerns and vision has often kept us from proclaiming the lordship of Jesus Christ over all of life. We repent of all self-confident attempts to either evangelize in our own strength or to dictate to the Holy Spirit. We rejoice that You, the living God, did not abandon us to our lostness and despair but came after us in Jesus Christ to rescue and remake us. To those who repent and believe in Christ, You grant a share in the new creation. You give us new life, which includes the forgiveness of our sins and the indwelling, transforming power of His Spirit. Father, thank You for forgiving us and transforming us. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

A29: The Second Sunday after Pentecost, Year A (2020) from A Sermon for Every Sunday on Vimeo.

 

The Our Father (slowly pray this)

Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For yours is the kingdom, the power, and the glory forever, Amen.

Daily Devotional – May 30th 2020

Silence: 2 minutes /Spend time in prayer and silence with God, asking Him to meet with you and speak to you.

BIBLE READING:

Remember, it is sin to know what you ought to do and then not do it.  James 4:17NLT.

Question: Would you hire a contractor to build a house for you who comes up with the cheapest bid, though you have read about his being sued for cheating on materials he has used for others, substituting inferior products for the more expensive ones called for in the specifications?

Would you allow a doctor to operate on you who has cheated his way through med school?  Or how would you feel about flying on a plane if you knew that the safety inspector had been given a bribe to sign off on safety regulations, certifying that the plane was safe to fly when, in fact, he knew there were major mechanical problems that could bring the plane down?

Foolish questions?  Not really. C. S. Lewis once said that you have to know what a straight line is before you can know what a crooked one is.  Contractors who cheat, doctors who aren’t competent, and safety inspectors who take bribes lack something that for centuries has been called integrity, and no matter how modern theorists camouflage and whitewash the matter, you quickly get very uncomfortable when you think you might become the victim of someone’s lack of integrity.

P.B. Fitzwater defined integrity as “the sum and total of a person’s choices.” Your daily choices and decisions, right or wrong, define your integrity, and integrity is the backbone of your character.

Time allows a few observations and reflections that may help you bring the whole issue into clearer focus in your personal life.

First, may I point out that you are not born with integrity or expedience. It is something that you learn. Character is formed during the early years of your life as you learn that certain things are wrong and others are right. But when integrity is lacking it can be developed just as any skill or ability. That’s what conversion is about; and an understanding of right and wrong, of that which is moral and immoral, contributes to character development.

Observation #2: Your character is the sum total of your choices and decisions in life. Your daily choices come with consequences attached to them, and when you come down on one side or the other, the sum of those consequences determines who you are. The aggregate total of what you decide to do—right or wrong—is the material that constitutes your personality and who you are.

Observation #3: Your reputation is what others think you to be, while character is what you really are. Remember that integrity is not measured in percentages like a batting average. Either you have it or you don’t.

Observation #4: Doing right is its own reward. In an airport bookstore I made a purchase with a charge card, and the clerk inadvertently put both slips—the customers and the merchant’s in the binding of the book, which meant his boss wouldn’t get paid for the book. “Excuse me, I said, “if you don’t have the charge slip, your boss doesn’t get paid for the book.” Did he thank me? No. Instead he looked at me with a “You’re kind of stupid” look which for a moment made me feel like a sucker. But I’m not. Long ago William Shakespeare said, “To thine own self be true and it shall follow as the day the night, thou cans’t not then be false to any man.” Regardless of what others may do, integrity is a choice I made long ago. It’s part of who I am and chose to be.

Finally, God blesses those who choose the somewhat less traveled path of integrity. Read Psalm 1. While those who take the path of expedience may gain temporary advantages, who you are when you lie down to sleep is important. God knows. You know. And eventually even your enemies will know. Integrity makes the difference.

Sitting quietly, relaxing comfortably. Release your neck and shoulders, relax and take a deep soothing breath. Close your eyes.  And, as you continue breathing slowly and deeply, listen to these words of scripture and welcome them into your heart.

Remember, it is sin to know what you ought to do and then not do it.  James 4:17NLT.

Breathing. Deeply, slowly.

Remember, it is sin to know what you ought to do and then not do.

Breathing. Deeply, slowly.

Remember, it is sin to know what you ought to do and then not.

Breathing. Deeply, slowly.

Remember, it is sin to know what you ought to do and then.

Breathing. Focusing on the words.

Remember, it is sin to know what you ought to do and.

Breathing. Focusing on the words.

Remember, it is sin to know what you ought to do.

Breathing. Focusing on the words.

Remember, it is sin to know what you ought to.

Breathing. Focusing on the words.

Remember, it is sin to know what you ought.

Breathing. Focusing on the words.

Remember, it is sin to know what you.

Allowing them to sink deep within.

Remember, it is sin to know what.

Allowing them to sink deep within.

Remember, it is sin to know.

Allowing them to sink deep within.

Remember, it is sin to.

Allowing them to sink deep within.

Remember, it is sin.

Breathing. Focusing on the words.

Remember, it is.

Breathing. Focusing on the words.

Remember, it .

Breathing. Focusing on the words.

Remember.

[Pause One more minute of silence] Amen.

 

 

Daily Devotional – May 29th 2020

Silence: 2 minutes /Spend time in prayer and silence with God, asking Him to meet with you and speak to you.

BIBLE READING:

So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall! 1 Corinthians 10:12

Your greatest enemy, in all probability, is within.  It’s the nagging doubt, the belief that you just don’t have what it takes to live the Christian life.  Most of the time, we can keep the voices quiet but, especially when we are tired or discouraged or afraid, they invade our minds.  Writer and speaker Elisabeth Elliott used to say, “Our enemy delights in disquieting us.  Our Savior, our Helper, delights in quieting us.”  The Bible says that our enemy “…the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour” (1 Peter 5:8).  Maybe you don’t have to be convinced that He is the enemy of your soul, yet quite often we don’t fully understand how he often defeats us by influencing our thinking.

When the Apostle Paul wrote to the Ephesians he talked about Satan’s schemes.  He used a word from which we get the English word methods.  Simply put, Paul is striving to put us on guard, letting us know that Satan has had a lot of experience, and we are comparative beginners, lacking a lot of spiritual savvy and wisdom.

How does this happen?  Let’s get specific and consider several dangerous thoughts that he might plant in your mind to defeat you.

Dangerous thought #1: “I’m not good enough, so there is no need to try!”  If you believe that, you are seriously wounded.  The Christian life is not about your goodness, but about Christ’s!  When you believe in Him, God takes the righteousness of His Son and puts it in your spiritual bank account.  You were spiritually broke—absolutely without a dollar of redemption before you met Christ. God knew that, and that was why He sent His Son on the mission of redemption.

Dangerous Thought #2: “How can I thrive spiritually when others stronger than I couldn’t make it?  This is the idea of someone who stands looking at Mt. Everest, thinking, “If climbers who have trained and climbed for years can’t make it to the top, what makes me think I can?”  Maybe you think about the moral failures of some pretty high-profile people, and then feel that it just isn’t worth trying.  There are times when Christian leaders, even spiritual giants, do fail.  Why?  Perhaps they became confident in themselves.  Perhaps they were burned out.  Perhaps the image they projected in public wasn’t the same as that observed in private, but someone else’s failure has nothing to do with your living the kind of a life that glorifies God.

Here’s another spiritual torpedo that often causes discouragement.  Dangerous Thought #3 says God expects more than I can deliver.  What you have forgotten is the spiritual enabling that comes through the Holy Spirit in response to your cry, “Lord, help me.  Give me the strength I need today to do what You want me to do.”  Faith takes you above what you can do and connects you with His power, His enabling.

Dangerous Thought #4: This one time won’t matter.  Vast numbers of people have been brought down by this one, thinking just one time won’t matter, whether a flirtatious conversation or “just one” of any number of things.

But here is perhaps the deadliest of them all.  It’s this: It couldn’t happen to me.  The area in which you think you are most impervious to temptation is your area of greatest danger.  No one can presume on God’s mercy, His protection, or His grace.  That’s why you need to stay close to Him, communicate with Him daily, and allow His Word to penetrate your life and thoughts.  You, believer in Jesus, “are not controlled by your sinful nature.  You are controlled by the Spirit if you have the Spirit of God living in you” (Romans 8:9 NLT).

Sitting quietly, relaxing comfortably. Release your neck and shoulders, relax and take a deep soothing breath. Close your eyes.  And, as you continue breathing slowly and deeply, listen to these words of scripture and welcome them into your heart.

So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall! 

Breathing. Deeply, slowly.

So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t! 

Breathing. Deeply.

So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you!

Breathing. Focusing on the words.

So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that!

Allowing them to sink deep within.

So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful!

Breathing. Focusing on the words.

So, if you think you are standing firm, be!

Allowing them to sink deep within.

So, if you think you are standing firm, 

Breathing. Deeply

So, if you think you are standing 

Breathing. Focusing on the words.

So, if you think you are 

Breathing. Focusing on the words.

So, if you think you 

Breathing. Focusing on the words.

So, if you think 

Allowing them to sink deep within.

So, if you 

Allowing them to sink deep within.

So, if 

Breathing. Focusing on the words.

So, 

[Pause One more minute of silence] Amen.

 

Daily Devotional – May 28th 2020

Silence: 2 minutes /Spend time in prayer and silence with God, asking Him to meet with you and speak to you.

BIBLE READING:

When my heart is overwhelmed, lead me to the rock that is higher than I.  Psalm 61:2

For 88 years, the Royal Bank of Canada produced a monthly letter that had a huge readership.  “It has become almost habitual in these grim days,” the letter opened with in 2003, “for political and economic commentators to speak of a ‘crisis of confidence.’  Looking back, if we thought we were in a crisis of confidence then, today, we can apply that phrase to governments, global health, the economy and personal relationships.  Belief and trust have given way to doubt and skepticism.  The confidence that we once may have had in an institution, or a person, or even the future, has eroded and what we have left is a crisis marked by uncertainty and conjecture.

Yes, even before pandemic struck our world, watching the news, or surfing the internet would have left you with the impression that a “crisis of confidence” is the chronic condition of life on earth today—the status quo.  In reality, a crisis is like a turn in the road which demands decision.  It is actually a turning point at which a situation will either get better or worse.  In medicine, it is said that a person is facing a crisis when his condition has reached the point at which either death or recovery is expected.

The Chinese word for “crisis” is written with two characters.  One is the character or symbol for danger; the other, opportunity.  The Chinese view crisis as a fork in the road–one branch of which leads to danger, the other to opportunity; and the turning point is the crisis.  The very nature of the situation demands decision.  Though we usually avoid a crisis, if at all possible, it gives us the opportunity to make new discoveries and realize new possibilities.

For example, if there is a crisis in your marriage, your relationship is threatened by something‑‑another person, an illness or perhaps financial disaster.  It is a crisis for certain, and it can destroy you or it can cause you to seek help, and then to communicate on a deeper level with each other.  It can cause you to drop to your knees and cry out like the king of the Bible, Jehoshaphat did when he said, “Whenever we are faced with any calamity such as war, plague or famine, we come to stand in your presence before this Temple where your name is honored.  We can cry out to you to save us, and you will rescue us…. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are upon you” (2 Chronicles 20:12).  It is the very cry of a person whose life, relationship or livelihood are threatened, and they pray, “God, I don’t know what the answer is, but I still have confidence in

You, and I believe You can help me.”

The good news of the Gospel is that in times of crises and upheaval, there is an unchanging God in heaven who will respond to your cries and meet your deepest need.  When we are faced with crisis, there is but one thing to do, and that is to cry out as did David did in the Psalms:  “When my heart is overwhelmed, lead me to the rock that is higher than I,” (Psalm 61:2).

Pastor Rick Warren is known for saying that you are either in a trial right now, have just come through one or are about to go into one.  Are you in a crisis?  What is the opportunity that presents itself to you through this crisis?  One opportunity is available to all:  you can decide to cry out to God for help, for the kind of courage that only comes from Him.  “Fear not for I am with you,” He says, “I will strengthen you.  I will help you.  I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” (Isaiah 41:10)

Sitting quietly, relaxing comfortably. Release your neck and shoulders, relax and take a deep soothing breath. Close your eyes.  And, as you continue breathing slowly and deeply, listen to these words of scripture and welcome them into your heart.

Sitting quietly, relaxing comfortably. Release your neck and shoulders, relax and take a deep soothing breath. Close your eyes.  And, as you continue breathing slowly and deeply, listen to these words of scripture and welcome them into your heart.

When my heart is overwhelmed, lead me to the rock that is higher than I.  Psalm 61:2

Breathing. Deeply, slowly.

When my heart is overwhelmed, lead me to the rock that is higher.  Psalm 61:2

Breathing. Deeply.

When my heart is overwhelmed, lead me to the rock that is.  Psalm 61:2

Breathing. Focusing on the words.

When my heart is overwhelmed, lead me to the rock.  Psalm 61:2

Allowing them to sink deep within.

When my heart is overwhelmed, lead me to.  Psalm 61:2

Breathing. Focusing on the words.

When my heart is overwhelmed, lead me.

Allowing them to sink deep within.

When my heart is overwhelmed, lead.

Breathing. Deeply.

When my heart is overwhelmed.

Breathing. Focusing on the words.

When my heart is.

Allowing them to sink deep within.

When my heart.

Breathing. Focusing on the words.

When my.

Breathing. Deeply, slowly.

When.

[Pause One more minute of silence] Amen.

 

Wednesday Night Bible Study – MAY 27, 2020/Estudio bíblico del miércoles por la noche – 27 de mayo de 2020

 

Scripture Reading/Lectura bíblica:

Titus 1:1-4 (NIV)

Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ to further the faith of God’s elect and their knowledge of the truth that leads to godliness— in the hope of eternal life, which God, who does not lie, promised before the beginning of time, and which now at his appointed season he has brought to light through the preaching entrusted to me by the command of God our Savior, To Titus, my true son in our common faith: Grace and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior.

Tito 1:1-4 (NVI)

Pablo, siervo de Dios y apóstol de Jesucristo, llamado para que, mediante la fe, los elegidos de Dios lleguen a conocer la verdadera religión.[a] Nuestra esperanza es la vida eterna, la cual Dios, que no miente, ya había prometido antes de la creación. Ahora, a su debido tiempo, él ha cumplido esta promesa mediante la predicación que se me ha confiado por orden de Dios nuestro Salvador. A Tito, mi verdadero hijo en esta fe que compartimos: Que Dios el Padre y Cristo Jesús nuestro Salvador te concedan gracia y paz.

 

PRAYER/ORACIÓN

Lord our God, Almighty Father in heaven, we stand before you as your children, whom you want to protect through the need of our time, through all sin and death. We praise you for giving us so much peace in an age full of trouble, and for granting us the assurance of your help. Even when we suffer, we do not want to remain in the darkness of suffering but want to rise up to praise and glorify you. For your kingdom is coming; it is already at hand. Your kingdom comforts and helps us and points the way for the whole world, that your will may be done on earth as in heaven. Amen.

Señor nuestro Dios, Padre Todopoderoso en el cielo, estamos ante ti como tus hijos, a quienes quieres proteger a través de la necesidad de nuestro tiempo, a través de todo pecado y muerte. Te alabamos por darnos tanta paz en una época llena de problemas, y por garantizarnos tu ayuda. Incluso cuando sufrimos, no queremos permanecer en la oscuridad del sufrimiento, sino que queremos levantarnos para alabarte y glorificarte. Porque viene tu reino; Ya está a la mano. Su reino nos consuela y nos ayuda y señala el camino para todo el mundo, para que su voluntad se haga en la tierra como en el cielo. Amén.

 

HOLA HERMANOS Y HERMANAS EN CRISTO. AHORA PUEDES VER NUESTROS SERMONES CON SUBTÍTULOS EN ESPAÑOL. AQUÍ ESTÁ CÓMO HACERLO.

1- Haga clic en Configuración

2- HAZ CLIC EN SUBTÍTULOS

3- Haga clic en Traducción automática

4- Desplácese hacia abajo para español

5- Disfruta el mensaje

The Our Father (slowly pray this)

Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For yours is the kingdom, the power, and the glory forever, Amen.

El Padre Nuestro (lentamente reza esto)

Padre nuestro que estás en los cielos, santificado sea tu nombre. Venga tu reino, Hágase tu voluntad en la tierra, como en el cielo. Danos hoy nuestro pan de cada día. Y perdona nuestras ofensas, como perdonamos a los que nos ofenden. Y no nos dejes caer en la tentación, sino líbranos del maligno. Para ti es el reino, el poder y la gloria para siempre, Amén.

Weekend Worship- May 23-24th

Scripture Reading: John 17:6-11

“I have revealed you[a] to those whom you gave me out of the world. They were yours; you gave them to me and they have obeyed your word. Now they know that everything you have given me comes from you. For I gave them the words you gave me and they accepted them. They knew with certainty that I came from you, and they believed that you sent me. I pray for them. I am not praying for the world, but for those you have given me, for they are yours. 10 All I have is yours, and all you have is mine. And glory has come to me through them. 11 I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them by the power of[b] your name, the name you gave me, so that they may be one as we are one.

Confession:

Father, thank You that we have been declared righteous through faith in Christ. Because of the completed work of Jesus, we have peace with You and access to Your amazing grace. Yet, in spite of this, we take our eyes off of You. At times, we are prone to despair. Forgive us, Lord. Help us to remember that Jesus is our strength. Help us to mature and rejoice in Him even in our trials and tribulations. Give us grace that will produce a patient and godly character that is honoring to You. We pray this in Christ’s name.  Amen.

Silence: 2 minutes

 

 

 

The Our Father (slowly pray this)

Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For yours is the kingdom, the power, and the glory forever, Amen.