Pastor’s Corner: Stand in Faith

“Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong…” 1 Corinthians 16:13 By Pastor Dennis Morales This is the final encouragement to a church from the Apostle Paul.  Paul planted the Corinthian church, but the church had issues that needed addressing.  The final comments to them is a calling to “stand fast.”  This is […]

Worry Not

By Pastor Dennis Morales “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 A recently licensed pilot was flying his private plane in […]

The Proof

By Pastor Dennis Morales “But they found the stone rolled away from the tomb.…” Luke 24:2 A man and his five-year old son were driving past a cemetery and noticed a large pile of dirt next to a freshly dug grave when the little boy said, “Look, Dad, one got out!”  Every Easter, we come […]

Pastor’s Corner: The Cross

“Then He came and touched the open coffin, and those who carried him stood still…” Luke 7:14  By Pastor Dennis Morales There is no arguing that one of the most painful occurrences in life is losing a loved one.  Jesus came upon a widow who had just lost her only son.  .  According to […]

Tax Time

By Pastor Dennis Morales “Now in those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus, that a census be taken of all the inhabited earth…” Luke 2:1-5 I ran across a quote that read “IRS auditor to taxpayer, as nurse prepares a syringe: “She is going to numb the area around your wallet.”  In most […]

Pastor’s Corner: Things That Matter

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By Pastor Dennis Morales “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, Ihave kept the faith.” 2 Timothy 4:7 Paul the Apostle is nearing the end of his life.  He is contemplating the things God had called him to accomplish.  This is his swansong.  I am immediately impressed with the confidence with […]

Growing

By Dennis Morales 1 Corinthians 3:1 “I couldn’t talk to you as…spiritual people…”   My two boys have just moved up another grade in school.  It’s really hard to assimilate sometimes in my parental cortex, but they are growing.  I couldn’t be happier that they are growing and healthy.  Paul spoke to an audience dealing […]

Where He Leads

By Pastor Dennis Morales Be strong and of good courage…for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”  – Joshua 1:9 The children of Israel were ready to cross the Jordan into the Promise Land, but there was one thing in their way, the Jordan.  It was Harvest and it was a torrent […]

Empty Is Good

By Pastor Dennis Morales “And certain of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said; but Him they did not see.”  Luke 24:24 There was a city where a building wall collapsed because the foundation caved into an empty tomb-it was unknown and hidden when they built it. Now if the […]

“His Way”

By Pastor Dennis Morales ““For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the LORD.” Isaiah 55:8 My sons are 5yrs and 7yrs old.  They are the best of friends.  But even the best of friends can have disagreements sometimes.  I was watching my boys play a board game then all of sudden they […]

“The Finish”

By Pastor Dennis Morales “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” 2 Timothy 4:7 Paul the Apostle is nearing the end of his life. He is contemplating the things God had called him to accomplish. This is his swan song. I am immediately impressed with the […]

“Our Everything”

By Pastor Dennis Morales “The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; My God, my strength, in whom I will trust; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.”Psalm 18:2 David, the author of this Psalm, writes eight titles referencing God and His reliability.  He experienced God’s hand of protection and […]

Where He Leads

By Pastor Dennis Morales Be strong and of good courage…for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”  – Joshua 1:9 The children of Israel were ready to cross the Jordan into the Promise Land, but there was one thing in their way, the Jordan.  It was Harvest and it was a torrent […]

God Listens

By Pastor Dennis Morales Psalm 54:2  “Hear my prayer, O God; Give ear to the words of my mouth…” A young boy was saying his prayers before bed with his mom and dad one night.  He began to pray in a loud voice  “Lord, thank you for my family, thank you for my teachers, and bless […]

His Voice

By Pastor Dennis Morales John 10:3  “The gatekeeper opens the gate for Him, and the sheep recognize His voice and come to Him. He calls His own sheep by name and leads them out.…” We lost one of our sons at a crowded amusement park once.  Absolutely, not a good feeling.  Our family began shouting […]

Burn Out

By Pastor Dennis Morales Leviticus 6:12  “And the fire on the altar shall be kept burning on it; it shall not be put out.  And the priest shall burn wood on it every morning…” A first-grader wondered why her father brought home a briefcase full of work every evening. Her mother explained, “Daddy has so […]

Your Platform

By Pastor Dennis Morales “And I told them of the hand of my God which had been good upon me…” Nehemiah 2:18. You have a platform.  It’s essentially something that enables you to be heard.  Speakers often stand upon a “soapbox” or a “stage” to be heard and make plain their message to their hearers.  […]

Magnitude

By Pastor Dennis Morales 1 John 4:9  “In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him.” No doubt we live in earthquake territory.  Some people react differently to such a seismic event.   I have lived in California […]

Quality Time

By Pastor Dennis Morales “And these words … You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house…” Deuteronomy 6:6–7 Dad is on his phone checking the scores and Mom is cuddled up with her tablet reading her favorite blogs or updating her status.   The children […]

“Heavenly Interruptions”

By Pastor Dennis Morales “We can make our plans, but the LORD determines our steps.” – Proverbs 16:9 (NLT) “Sticky notes” are my friend.  I have lists of “things to do” for almost everything.  Sometimes I can get a little carried away, but I consider myself a planner. I once planned out our whole vacation […]