- 2019 (4)
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)
January 24, 2019
By Pastor Tony McQueer
I recently wrote a Facebook post that reflected on the New Year. I just finished reading that post and had to ask myself if I really meant what I wrote.
In my post I wrote:
I enter into this New Year with no false hope but a hope everlasting, for God is good.
I will praise Him in the good times and in the bad times. I don’t know what lies ahead for 2019, but I believe that God’s best lies ahead for me and my household (Joshua 24:15).
About 6 hours later, the main water line to our house broke and flooded our home. What a great way to start the New Year! We are still living in total chaos.
So, I stop and reflect: Did I mean what I wrote? Will I praise God in the good times and the bad times? Well, the answer is: I must. I have no other choice. I don’t consider our house flooding a good thing, of course, but I found myself laughing. Really, I thought, as we were using the shop vac to suck up all the water at midnight. What a great way to start the New Year. Will I praise God? Not for the flood, of course, but for the many opportunities that will now take place because of the flood.
And yes, the “many opportunities” have been pouring in! With them come reminders of God’s grace. We were so consumed with cleaning things up, tearing things out, and putting things into tubs that I lost all track of time. Life does go on, even when bad things happen. The night of the flood I got very little sleep. I still had to get up early the next morning to go to work. I still had everything my busy life required of me and now had to somehow deal with the flood. Then it happened. The very first opportunity but this opportunity was not mine.
A call from a friend: “Hey I heard you’re having problems, how can I help?” I never thought the flood that happened to my family might actually be someone else’s opportunity!
A couple more days go by and there seems to be no end in sight. I’m very tired. My entire family has been working hard to get things into some kind of order. Frankly, I was pretty burned out. I came home that night knowing I have to continue to do more stuff and my wife Trish says, “Hey, look what Darla dropped off.”
Laid before me was a full course meal. I mean chicken, meatloaf, potatoes and gravy, the list goes on. Seriously, things were so messed up we really had not eaten a real meal in several days. Our flood gave an opportunity for someone else to praise God and minister to my family.
Now I am not saying we all need to have floods in our life just to give opportunities for others to praise God. What I am saying is floods will happen in our life whether we want them to or not.
I’ve shared two seemingly small things that have happened as a result of a flood in my family’s life (there are now dozens of things as of today). In reality these things are not small at all but opportunities to praise God together, not for the floods in our life but for the love of God others express and we can express to each other when bad things happen.
I continue to pray that God will bless you and minister to you as you and your family seek to give Him praise!
“As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. If anyone speaks, let him speak as the oracles of God. If anyone ministers, let him do it as with the ability which God supplies, that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belong the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.” 1 Peter 4:10-11 (NKJV)