Giving Thanks For Your Cup of Life - Pastor Rudy 11/23/14

24Nov

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Giving thanks for your Cup of Life!
KEY TEXT –  Lu 22:14-24  
Lu 22:17 And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and said, Take this, and divide it among yourselves: 
Lu 22:19 And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me.

The challenge of giving thanks, in this text we see it all, giving, thankfulness, selfish ambition of greatness and breaking of bread, drinking of the wine of covenant and command to share what you have!

3 AREAS OF THOUGHT IN BEING THANKFUL!

I. Give thanks with gratitude for the realization of His blessings in your life!   WE FIND MORE ON GRATITUDE AND Thankfulness IN PSALMS
Sometimes I don’t realize the blessing of God right in front of my face till after it’s gone! When a realization of God hand in your life, give thanks!

Ps 50:14 Offer unto God thanksgiving; and pay thy vows unto the most High:
 Ps 69:30 ¶ I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify him with thanksgiving.
 Ps 95:2 Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms.
 Ps 100:4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, [and] into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, [and] bless his name.
 Ps 107:22 And let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving, and declare his works with rejoicing.
 Ps 116:17 I will offer to thee the sacrifice of thanksgiving, and will call upon the name of the LORD.  Ps 147:7 Sing unto the LORD with thanksgiving; sing praise upon the harp unto our God:

II. GRATI-TUDE – THE RIGHT ATTITUDE IN LIFE – You’ve heard it said attitude determines your altitude. Attitude changes the dynamics of your spirit, your mind and your life! I believe it opens up new opportunities!
BE THANKFUL FOR WHAT YOU HAVE AND DONE FOSCUS ON HAVE NOT!
Ps 100:4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, [and] into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, [and] bless his name. 
Col 3:15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.
Col 2:7 Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.
Col 4:2 ¶ Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving;
Php 4:6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

III. CULTIVATE and MAINTAIN A THANKFUL SPIRIT
(Develop, farm, fertilize, harvest, seed, till the garden of, labor) In everything give thanks!
1 Thessalonians 5:18  In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
Le 22:29 And when ye will offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving unto the LORD, offer [it] at your own will.
Isa 51:3 For the LORD shall comfort Zion: he will comfort all her waste places; and he will make her wilderness like Eden, and her desert like the garden of the LORD; joy and gladness shall be found therein, thanksgiving, and the voice of melody.

GO FROM HERE A LITTLE MORE THANKFUL BELOVED OF THE LORD!

The Grace of God - Pastor Rudy 11/16/2014

18Nov

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Amazing Grace Music played by Ayako Ishikawa

Grace looms large as the single most important doctrine in the Christian faith.

Grace Defined - Grace picked me up, cleaned me up and put me on the path of life!
A professor in college defined grace as, “Getting something you don’t deserve.” This simple and pure definition illuminates perfectly the core of grace. When God transfers an unbeliever from the domain of darkness into His kingdom, that unbeliever becomes a believer, and in so doing, receives something he does not deserve.

Charis: grace, kindness Original Word: χάρις, ιτος, ἡ Part of Speech: Noun, Feminine
Short Definition: grace, favor, kindness  Definition: (a) grace, as a gift or blessing brought to man by Jesus Christ, (b) favor, (c) gratitude, thanks, (d) a favor, kindness.
"favor, disposed to, inclined, favorable towards, leaning towards to share benefit") – properly, grace. 5485 (xáris) is preeminently used of the Lord's favor – freely extended to give Himself away to people (because He is "always leaning toward them").

5485 /xáris ("grace") answers directly to the Hebrew (OT) term 2580 /Kaná ("grace, extension-toward"). Both refer to God freely extending Himself (His favor, grace), reaching (inclining) to people because He is disposed to bless (be near) them.

◄ 1 Timothy 1:12 ► 12 I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has strengthened me, because He considered me faithful, putting me into service, 13 even though I was formerly a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent aggressor. Yet I was shown mercy because I acted ignorantly in unbelief; 14 and the grace of our Lord was more than abundant, with the faith and love which are found in Christ Jesus. 15 It is a trustworthy statement, deserving full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, among whom I am foremost of all. 16 Yet for this reason I found mercy, so that in me as the foremost, Jesus Christ might demonstrate His perfect patience as an example for those who would believe in Him for eternal life. 17 Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.

Ephesians 2.4-9 4 But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, 5 even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— 6 and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast. (ESV)

THE POWER OF GRACE
God’s rich mercy,
God’s great love,
Deliverance from being dead in our trespasses,
Making us alive together with Christ,
Raising us up with Jesus,
Seating us with Jesus in the heavenly places,
Making us the object of immeasurable riches and kindness.

John 1:14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

Luke 2 39 So when they had performed all things according to the law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee, to their own city, Nazareth. 40 And the Child grew and became strong in spirit,[k] filled with wisdom; and the grace of God was upon Him.

Titus 2:11 For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men.

Hebrews 4:16 Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

Acts 6:8 Now Stephen, a man full of God's grace and power, did great wonders and miraculous signs among the people.

Hebrews 13:9 Do not be carried away by all kinds of strange teachings. It is good for our hearts to be strengthened by grace, not by ceremonial foods, which are of no value to those who eat them.

Ephesians 4:7 But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it.

Following Jesus Christ, The Five “C” Pastor Rudy

3Nov

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THE 5C's OF FOLLOWING JESUS CHRIST

  1. Conversion - New Life in Christ, He Impacts, My Thoughts, My Habits, My Choices  
  2. Conviction - I live what I believe, everyday my conviction is the driver of my life
  3. Commitment - I commit on every level, time,  gifting- personal resources Time Talent Treasure 
  4. Commission - I am on a mission, vision, live life on purpose with purpose
  5. Compassion - I love, I give

See the value to your personal growth and development which will come as YOU SEE IT, UNDERSTAND it and embrace it!   

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Louie Rosado - Founder Medical Mission Adventures - Message on The Walk of Faith

29Oct

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Louie Rosado brings a message on developing your walk with God through a life of faith and obedience!

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Are You In Series? Commitment part 2 Pastor Rudy

20Oct

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Luke 14:25-33

1. The Problem with Large Crowds does it equal Commitment?
Some just like the ideal of a large crowd, the power of crowds, persuasion, coaxing - (14:25)
2. Hating One's Life and Family, order of commitment, loving less in comparison to (14:25-26)
3. Carrying the Disciple's Cross and Following – Not my own way, will, do as I which but rather Lord what wilt thou have me do?      (14:27)
4. Estimating Construction Costs – Do you really know the cost of following Jesus (14:28-30)
5. Estimating the Success of a Military Action – do you really know the battles involved in following Jesus (14:31-33)
6. Giving Up Everything, are you willing to put everything at His disposal (14:33)
7. Restoring Salt's Lost Tan, Keep it fresh, commitment to daily seeking, daily living (14:34-35)

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