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March 29, 2019
¿No sabíais que en los negocios que son de mi Padre me conviene estar?
By Pastor Rolando Delgado
(The second half of this post is the English version.)
Mi pastor comenzó una nueva serie de estudios dirigidos hacia experimentando Dios. Estaba leyendo esta mañana el Evangelio según Juan el Apóstol y mientras leía, Dios a través de sus Palabras me habló de esto y va mucho con lo que el pastor Tony está trayendo para este Miércoles "Experiencing GOD”.
En Juan 5:15-21. Encontramos al Señor debatiendo con los líderes religiosos judíos. Porque ellos estaban tras Jesús para matarlo, por haber sanado a un hombre enfermo, en el día de reposo (Sabbath). Este hombre dice que estuvo enfermo por 38 años. Nuestro Señor le dijo al hombre simplemente "Levántate, toma tu camilla y anda." v.12 ¡El Creador mismo mandó que se levantara y caminara, wow!
Así que los judíos le preguntan a Jesús por qué lo ha hecho en el día del reposo. La Escritura dice que nuestro Señor les contesta; "Mi Padre hasta ahora obra, y yo obro." V.17 Entonces versículo 19 Jesús respondió y les dijo, “En verdad les digo que el Hijo no puede hacer nada por su cuenta, sino lo que ve hacer al Padre; porque todo lo que hace el Padre, eso también hace el Hijo de igual manera". En otra palabra lo que Jesús estaba haciendo, lo que había observado al Padre hacer, porque dónde Jesús veía al Padre obrando Jesús se unía a Él. Pero el siguiente versículo es significativo "Pues el Padre ama al Hijo, y Le muestra todo lo que El mismo hace...". V.20a.
Ahora vamos a tomar esto personalmente, si Dios va a conformarnos a la imagen de su Hijo y ha colocado a su Hijo en nosotros, escuchar esto, el Padre quiere que sepamos dónde está Él está obrando y cuando yo y ustedes sepamos esto lo que tenemos que hacer es unirnos a Él. Escucha esto, Dios está en su obra alrededor de todo. La verdad básica es que la voluntad de Dios no es tuya, ni mía, ni nuestra voluntad es para Dios. Así que ahora la pregunta que debemos estar pidiendo a sí mismo, porque esto es lo que estoy pidiendo de yo, “¿Qué estás haciendo Dios?” o tal vez algunos de nosotros le preguntamos a Dios, “Qué es lo que quieres que haga por ti Señor?”
Sabes lo que Dios probablemente nos va a decir, ¡Nada! pero sabes lo que realmente lo que Dios nos diría y nos va a decir; “Quiero hacer algo a través de ti" ¡Wow! Es tan importante que constantemente miremos a Dios, escuchemos a Dios y importantísimo mirar para ver lo que sus directivas están haciendo y unirnos a Él en su obra. Amen
Do you not know that I must be about My Father's business?
Earlier this year, Pastor Tony started a new sermon series focused on “Experiencing God.” Recently, I was reading the gospel according to John the Apostle, and as I was reading, God spoke to me through His Word. What I learned parallels with the messages Pastor Tony has shared about experiencing God.
In John chapter 5 we find the Lord debating with the Jewish religious leaders. They were after Jesus to kill Him for healing a sick man on the day of rest (Sabbath). This man had been ill for 38 years. Our Lord told the man, “Get up, take up your bed, and walk” (John 5:8b, ESV). The Creator Himself commanded this man to rise and walk - wow!
But the Jewish leaders ask Jesus why he has done on the day of rest. The Scripture shares that our Lord answered them, “My Father is working until now, and I am working” (John 5:17b, ESV). And Jesus continued, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of his own accord, but only what he sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father does, that the Son does likewise” (John 5:19a, ESV). Jesus watched to see where the Father was working and joined Him.
The next verse is significant, “For the Father loves the Son and shows him all that he himself is doing” (John 5:20a, ESV). Now let’s take this personally: If God is going to conform us to the image of His Son and Has placed His Son in us, then - listen to this - the Father wants us to know where He’s working. And when you and I know where he is working, we need to join Him.
God is at work all around us. God’s will is not yours or mine or even our will for God. So now the question we must ask ourselves is “What are you doing, God?” Or maybe some of us would said to God, “What is that you want me to do for you?”
You might think that God’s answer would be, “Nothing.” But what He really says is, “I want to do something through you.” Wow! It is so important that we constantly look to God, listen to Him, and watch to see what His directives are going to be so we can join Him in His work.
March 13, 2019
Here is a challenge for you for the next seven days. The goal of this challenge is to create space in your life for you to open your heart to hear God speak to you through His Word.
Having a Heart Ready to Hear God Speak
I want to seek God’s Word for my life. And I want to see God’s Word come alive in my life.
“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him! Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.”
Matthew 7:7-12 (NKJV)
I want to secure God’s Word in my heart through memorization and meditation.
“This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.”
Joshua 1:8 (NKJV)
I want to shout out to God through prayer and praise.
“Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all the earth: make a loud noise, and rejoice, and sing praise.”
Psalm 98:4 (NKJV)
I want to serve God by living out God’s will and purpose for my life.
“Just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”
Matthew 20:28 (NKJV)
So practically, here’s what you can do each of the seven days. Start by finding a quiet place, a place with no distractions for you.
Pray and ask God to speak to you through His Word.
Read God’s Word
Choose one of the passages of Scripture from the list above to study today: Matthew 7:7-12, Joshua 1:8, Psalm 98:4, or Matthew 20:28. Read the Scripture passage you have chosen. It is helpful to read the context around the verse(s) you have chosen to study. It can be easy to take verses out of context, so make sure to read what’s around the verse(s) in the chapter and not just the verse(s) itself.
What does God want you to hear Him say about these verses? Listen carefully but don’t get upset with yourself if you don’t feel like you’re hearing anything right away. Listening to God is like using a muscle - if you haven’t used it much before or recently, it may take a while to get in shape. Listening to God is definitely a muscle worth exercising, though, so don’t give up!
Meditate on and memorize the verse(s) you have chosen for the day. Many people are scared off by the word “meditate” but it just means “think deeply or focus one's mind for a period of time.” By taking the time to think deeply and focus our mind on God’s Word, we give him space to speak to us.
When memorizing Bible verses, some people find it helpful to write out the verses themselves, say them outloud, create motions to go with the words, or find a song version of that verse to help them remember the words.
Share the verse(s) you have chosen for the day with someone else at some point during the day.
- In a conversation
- In a text
- On a post-it note
- Whatever other creative way you can think of!
Respond to what you believe God is saying, according to His Word. If we don’t choose to act on what God is telling us, then why take the time to listen? Don’t ignore God’s gift of himself to you today - put into action what you’re learning.
Journal what you believe God is speaking to you each day. Human brains aren’t great at remembering things. Just a few notes will help you remember this special time with God.
March 02, 2019
It’s a new month - happy March! The Kid Central team hopes all the kids enjoyed their chance to be in with the adults during February (all the kids did a great job listening!), but we’re excited to announce that Kids Church will be starting up again this month, with just a little change from what we used to do.
Instead of the K-5 kids starting over in the Kid Central building at the beginning of the service, they are invited to join everyone over in the sanctuary for the singing time at the beginning of the worship service. When that time is over, they will be dismissed to join the Kid Central volunteers at the back of the sanctuary and then head over to their building for a time of learning and Bible stories together. (Preschool and nursery will still start over in the Kid Central building before the service.)
So kids, when you hear the announcement in the service that it’s time for you to join us, we hope you will!
March does have 5 Sundays so you will be back in the whole worship service with your families on Sunday, March 31, for Family Sunday.
Our Bible point this month is: Faith. Kids, show your parents what awesome listeners you are and make sure to point your index finger up in the air and shout “Ah ha!” when you hear people talking about faith this month!
Our memory verse this month is: Matthew 17:20b
“Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” [NLT]
If there are any words you don’t understand in this verse, make sure to ask an adult to help you learn what they mean. We’ll learn motions together this month to help us remember this verse!
February 23, 2019
By Pastor Tony McQueer
A while ago, as I prepared for a sermon on faith, I found myself reflecting on my personal faith.
I like to believe I live a life of faith. A faith that God has given me. A faith that began many years ago, the day He revealed to me my need to turn from living life my way and put my trust in Jesus as my Savior.
Since that day, I have studied the Word of God and have prayerfully grown in my relationship with God. His Word, His promises, His presence in my life have grown my faith much deeper over the years.
But it doesn’t end there. Daily, and even this moment as I write, I pray, “God strengthen my faith.” I am reminded what Romans 1:17 says, “For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, the just shall live by faith” (NKJV).
I seek today, knowing by faith, the God of the universe, who dwells within me, will never leave me or forsake me. God’s righteousness has been revealed to me through His Son and He will continue to reveal Himself to me as I walk with Him. He will reveal to me, day by day, (faith to faith) as I open my heart and walk through the tough times in life.
God’s answers for our problems don’t normally come from a direct revelation from God, although they could. God’s answers will usually be found deep, deep, deep down in our hearts; where God has whispered through His Word and His Spirit “I am here” and “I am God.”
His Word and His Spirit are alive in me! By the faith He places within me, I must follow.
My prayer today for you and for me:
Father, God, I know that life will put before me things that will challenge me, try to hurt me, try to steal my joy, try to make me feel defeated, but you God, by your grace have imparted to me a measure of faith. Forgive me when I fade and begin to feel so overwhelmed; when I feel like my faith is fading. I do believe you are in my every step. I believe Your righteousness is revealed from faith to faith. May that revelation infiltrate my heart today, for your glory. Amen
February 07, 2019
By Pastor Rolando Delgado
(The second half of this post is the English version.)
El corazón del verdadero adorador no es circunstancial porque sabe que Dios está presente siempre y que independientemente de lo que pueda estar sucediendo a su alrededor, cada experiencia lo acercará a Dios. Y si cada experiencia lo acerca a Dios, él sabe que hay crecimiento y aprendizaje. Anoche hablando con mi pastor, Tony en toda la conversación Dios me dejó ver su corazón, el corazón de un verdadero Pastor, un verdadero adorador.
Una persona que posee las características de un verdadero adorador se separa de sus bienes más preciados y los ofrece a los pies de Jesús con humildad y reverencia. Algo difícil de hacer, pero esto requiere una obediencia completa.
Un verdadero adorador ama y sirve a Jesús, sin importar dónde esté. Este ejemplo se puede tomar de David que él mismo sirvió al Señor mientras cuidaba y pastoreaba sus ovejas, sirviendo como soldado en el ejército y antes del trono del Palacio cuando era el rey. Reconoció sus errores y esperó la respuesta de Dios.
El verdadero adorador tiene un corazón sincero y acepta la llamada de Dios con responsabilidad y determinación. Está celoso de que el nombre del Señor sea venerado. Podemos apreciar ese toque especial que hizo a David cautivar el corazón de Dios cuando lo adoraba tocando el arpa, en la guerra y defendiendo el nombre del Señor ante los enemigos. Pero también escapando desesperados, a través de los desiertos personales de su vida. Todavía huyendo porque querían matarlo. Su culto era tal que sin importar el momento en que atravesó, escribió sus hermosos Salmos incluso cuando no tenía respuesta o no entendía todo lo que estaba sucediendo en su vida.
Cuando adoraba a Dios, comprendió todo lo que impidió su comunión con el Creador. David había descubierto un gran secreto a través de su adoración a Dios, porque era un deleite estar en Su presencia, vivir en la presencia de Dios. Le encantaba estar en su casa, prefirió estar en sus atrios un día que mil de ellos en otro lugar. Porque el verdadero adorador no está reservado o esconde cualquier cosa de Dios, él lo da todo, él lo entrega todo, porque en la presencia de Dios tiene todo.
Concluyó diciendo que hay muchas más cualidades que envuelven a un auténtico adorador, pero me parece que uno de los más importantes es que los verdaderos adoradores son persistentes e insistentes cuando quieren adorar y ofrecer su presente al Señor. Que esta sea mi vida mi amado Señor, al igual que el ciervo sediento te buscaré todos los días de mi vida. Que mis palabras sean santas y verdaderas ante tu semblante. Amén
¿Y tú qué clase de adoración le presentará al Señor? ¿Será tan agradable como Abel le presentó? ¿Serás capaz de agitarlo como cuando Moisés habló con El? Deja que esa adoración le diga que eres genuino.
The heart of the true worshipper
Recently while speaking with Pastor Tony, God let me see his heart, the heart of a true worshipper.
The heart of the true worshipper does not rely on circumstances because he knows that God is present always and that regardless of what may be going on around him, each experience will bring him closer to God. And if every experience brings him closer to God, he knows each experience also brings growth and learning.
A person who possesses the characteristics of a true worshipper holds loosely to his most precious goods and offers them at the feet of Jesus with humility and reverence. This requires complete obedience and is not easy.
A real worshipper loves and serves Jesus, no matter where he is. For example, David had the same heart as he served the Lord shepherding sheep, serving as a soldier in the army and ruling as king. He recognized his mistakes and waited for God's answer.
The true worshipper has a sincere heart and accepts God's call with responsibility and determination. He is jealous that the name of the Lord is revered. We can appreciate the special touch that made David captivate God's heart when he worshipped him by playing the harp, at war and defending the name of the Lord before Israel’s enemies. But David also worshipped God while desperately trying to escape through the personal deserts of his life, fleeing because his enemies wanted to kill him. His worship was such that no matter the moments he went through, he wrote his beautiful Psalms even when he had no answer for what was going on in his life.
When David worshipped God, he understood everything that prevented his communion with the creator. David had discovered a great secret through his worship of God: he delighted to live in the presence of God. He loved to be in His house. He preferred to be in His atriums one day more than a thousand out of them (Psalm 84:10). Because the true worshipper holds nothing back from God, he delivers everything he has to God because in the presence of God he has everything.
There are many more qualities that envelop an authentic worshipper, but it seems to me one of the most important is for true worshippers to be persistent and insistent when they want to worship and offer themselves to the Lord. May this be my life, my beloved Lord. Just like the thirsty deer I will seek you every day of my life. May my words be holy and true before your countenance. Amen
And what kind of worship will you present to the Lord? Will it be as pleasing to him as David’s? Will it be as pleasant as Abel introduced to Him? Will you be able to stir Him as when Moses spoke to Him? Let your worship show Him you are genuine.
January 31, 2019
Since Pastor Tony is doing an overview vision casting sermon series for all of 4CBC as we start 2019, he asked the volunteers in K-5 to take the month of February off from being over in Kid Central during the service so that they can be in the worship service for the whole month. During this time the volunteers will have a chance to join together with the whole church body to build a cohesive church vision as we move forward into 2019.
This means that we will not have K-5 Kids’ Church during the 11 a.m. worship service on Sunday mornings during February.
All kids are invited to join their families in the worship service this month. Kindergarteners are welcome to join the preschoolers during this time if sitting through the service would be too much for them.
We will still have K-5 Sunday School at 9:30 a.m. each Sunday and hope you will come join us then! Each Sunday we will learn about a different character trait we want God to grow in us as his children.
Our Bible point this month is: Love. Kids, show your parents what awesome listeners you are and make sure to point your index finger up in the air and shout “Ah ha!” when you hear people talking about love this month!
Our memory verse this month is: John 3:16 “For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.” (NLT) What motions can you use to help you remember this verse? If there are any words you don’t understand in this verse, make sure to ask an adult to help you learn what they mean.
January 25, 2019
We will be having an information meeting on Sunday, February 3, right after our worship service for our Spiritual and Physical Health small group which will be starting soon.
We believe it is God’s desire that we prosper in both our spiritual health and in our physical health. We all know how hard this can be, especially if we try to do it alone. This group is forming so we can encourage one another and pray for each other as we seek to become spiritually and physically healthier together.
Join us this Sunday after our worship service (about 12:30 pm) as we cast the vision for this new small group. This will be an informal meeting to share with you what this group is all about. There is no obligation to sign up during this meeting.
Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers. For I rejoiced greatly when brethren came and testified of the truth that is in you, just as you walk in the truth. I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth. 3 John 1:2-4 (NKJV)