“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 […]

Don’t Give Up

By Pastor Dennis Morales Galatians 6:9 “And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.” Thomas A. Edison was the most prolific inventor in modern times—perhaps ever. He made scores of attempts to invent the light bulb. After an unsuccessful effort, one […]

“His Cross”

18Colossians 1:20 “…having made peace through the blood of His cross.” By Pastor Dennis Morales Why a cross?  When we see a cross today we may think of it as a symbol of Christian faith.  Some wear it as a piece of fine jewelry and some hang it on a wall as an element of […]

Forgive

By Pastor Dennis Morales Psalm 86:5 “…For You, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive, and abundant in mercy to all those who call upon You.” A man was having a discussion with a friend about his relationship with his wife.  The man said “Every time we have an argument she gets historical.” The friend corrected him and […]

Opposition

“… submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” James 4:7 By Pastor Dennis Morales It’s awesome to be able to turn the page and start fresh in a new year.  For some, 2015 may have been a contentious year.  I have realized that the closer we draw to the Lord and His […]

“God’s Timing”

By Pastor Dennis Morales “… But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son born of a woman…” Luke 2:20 December can drag on for most kids. Waiting for Christmas can be grueling for most kids as the day draws near to open their gifts. I overheard a group of […]

Gratitude

By Pastor Dennis Morales “… in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you….”  -1 Thessalonians 5:18 Gratitude is defined as the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation. In other words, gratitude is the attitude of thankfulness. It goes deeper than just saying “thank you” or being […]

“Reflectors”

By Pastor Dennis Morales   “Let your light so shine…” – Matthew 5:16 The Moon at night can offer beautiful displays of light, but its source of light comes directly from the Sun.  Realistically, if there was no Sun, it would be nothing but a dirty rock.  In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus shares […]

“Well Done”

By Pastor Dennis Morales “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith…” (2 Timothy 4:7). Paul the Apostle penned these words as he saw his approaching death.  He was able to say that he finished the course of faith God set him on.  His faith in God remained strong in both tribulation and as the end drew […]

He Knows

By Pastor Dennis Morales Matthew 14:14 “…He was moved with compassion for them.” I was walking through a hospital today and I became moved.  As I saw many people in their rooms suffering from sickness and disease, I was moved to pray for their healing and comfort.   I thought about how Jesus saw the people […]

“Legacy”

By Pastor Dennis Morales “As for you, my son Solomon, know the God of your father, and serve Him with a loyal heart and with a willing mind; for the LORD searches all hearts and understands all the intent of the thoughts. If you seek Him, He will be found by you; but if you […]

An Empty Foundation

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 […]