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“Heavenly Interruptions”

Pastor Dennis Morales

Pastor Dennis Morales

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 and took my lists of things to do for everyday. Let’s say it was short lived. There was a time when no one could get between me and my schedule. When it was interfered with, I felt like the wheels fell off my day.

How do you go about your plans? How do you handle interruptions?  We have vacation plans, weekend plans, a retirement plan, plans for school, and the list goes on.  There’s nothing wrong with making plans but Proverbs says no matter what plans you may make, God decides where those plans will lead us.  We can plan the day as usual, but expect some Heavenly interruption. These interruptions come in all shapes and sizes.  They can come in the form of a son or daughter seeking direction, a spouse seeking your attention, a neighbor in need, or need I say (parents) “urgent care.”  We can make all the plans we want to make, but we better figure God in there somewhere.

God has a way of editing our schedule at times. Without God in your plans, you’re going to feel real lost; your life is going to feel empty and meaningless. God has a plan for you.  It involves a bright future and a hope (Jeremiah 29:11). Trust the Lord in your planning and you’ll find He gives meaning, purpose, and life to your plans (Proverbs 3:5-6).

Calvary Chapel Eastvale meets Sundays at 10:30 a.m.; and Wednesdays at 7 p.m., at Clara Barton Elementary (7437 Corona Valley Ave., Eastvale).  Visit their website at http://www.CalvaryEastvale.org.

 

 

Don’t Give Up

Dennis Morales X-ORIGBy 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 of his associates said, “Well, you have failed again.
“No,” replied Edison, “I have succeeded again. I now know another way how not to invent a light bulb.”
After 10,000 attempts, Edison had every reason to be discouraged. However, he had the ability to turn what many saw as failure into fuel for success. God’s desire for you is to succeed and be fruitful in life. The Devil would have you to focus on the failure and measure success by world standards. This can be exhausting. Whether it is a ministry, a business, a college plan, being a teacher, or being a parent, be faithful in what you do. God reminds us that success will come, if we don’t lose heart. Sometimes to appreciate success, we may experience pressure or failure. Dwell on the blessing to come. In nature, as well as in our lives, there are different seasons. We have seasons to plow and seasons to reap blessing.
Remember it was “Jesus, for the joy that was set before Him, endured the Cross” (Hebrews 12:2). The joy Jesus had was in knowing He would soon be seeing victory over death and the blessing of lasting relationship with you. It’s a great privilege to do Gods work. Don’t grow weary. “You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you.” (Philippians 4:13)
Calvary Chapel Eastvale meets Sundays, 10:30am, and Wednesdays, 7:00pm at Clara Barton Elementary School (7437 Corona Valley Ave, Eastvale). Visit their website at http://www.calvaryeastvale.org.

“His Cross”

Dennis Morales X-ORIG18Colossians 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 décor.  In reality, the cross was the cruelest form of punishment known to man during Rome’s rule.  It was known to the people of the day as a bloody symbol of cruelty and torture.  It was designed to humiliate a person.  The cross was a brittle piece of wood and it was meant to bring the most excruciating pain allowing for the slowest possible way of death.  Truthfully, if there was any other means of forgiveness, I don’t think God would have allowed His Son to suffer in such a way.  If we could access Heaven through good deeds and a moral life, the Bible says then Jesus would have “died in vain” (Galatians 2:21).  But the fact is that Jesus did die because there was no other way and He paid the price of sin at the Cross.  In Jesus, salvation is made available to the whole world.  The “good news” is that death could not hold Him and that He rose!  (1 Peter 1:3).  Death died at the Cross (Hebrews 2:14).  It has no more power!  Have you doubted God’s love for you?  Jesus willingly stretched out His arms on that Cross for you and me.  Remember, it was love that held Jesus to the Cross.  Easter Services at Calvary: Good Friday at 7 p.m./Easter Sunday at 8 a.m./10:30 a.m.

Calvary Chapel Eastvale meets Sundays, 10:30 a.m., and Wednesdays, 7:00 p.m. at Clara Barton Elementary School (7437 Corona Valley Ave, Eastvale).  Visit their website at http://www.calvaryeastvale.org.

Forgive

Dennis Morales X-ORIGBy 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 said, “Do you mean hysterical?” “No, I mean historical.  When we argue, she brings up stuff from the past and holds it against me!”

The devil would love to have you to hold grudges, because a grudge can move to bitterness.  If there isn’t forgiveness, what the Bible calls “a root of bitterness” will take place. (Hebrews 12:15)  The devil aims to divide marriages, families, and friends through un-forgiveness.  Un-forgiveness can kill any relationship.  Because we live in an imperfect world, we are bound to mess up sometime.

Has someone wronged you or betrayed you?   You may not be able to fix everything, but one thing you do have the power to do, it is to forgive.  Joseph was betrayed by his brothers and sold into slavery.   At the end of Joseph’s story, he forgives his brothers.  He had complete trust in God and what He can do through forgiveness.   Joseph brought his two sons, Manasseh and Ephraim, to Jacob for his blessing. Jacob asked “who are these boys?”  Joseph said “These are my sons.  God has given them to me in Egypt.”   “Manasseh” means “forgetful” and “Ephraim” means “successful.”   (Genesis 48)  Joseph knew the power and success of forgiveness.   He simply forgave and forgot.   God has essentially done the same with us! (Psalm 103:12)

Calvary Chapel Eastvale meets Sundays, 10:30am, and Wednesdays, 7:00pm at Clara Barton Elementary School (7437 Corona Valley Ave, Eastvale).  Visit their website at www.calvaryeastvale.org.

 

Opposition

Dennis Morales X-ORIG“… 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 will for our lives, the more the Devil will be there to oppose.  The Apostle Peter also points out that some afflictions may come from both disobedience and obedience (1 Peter 3:17).  I’m reminded of Nehemiah, who is described as a man of character and prayer.  He had been in Babylonian captivity.  He asked the king if he could go rebuild the walls of his home town, Jerusalem, which had been destroyed.  With God in the driver’s seat, Nehemiah was able to begin rebuilding the walls.    Almost immediately, a man name Saballat opposed Nehemiah.   Accusation was made about Nehemiah and his motives for rebuilding the walls of the city.  In the face of opposition, he didn’t back down or hide.  Nehemiah prayed and laid out the situation before God (Nehemiah 4:4-5).  We find Nehemiah praying 11 times through the book that bears his name.   Nehemiah is given encouragement and wisdom to complete the work of God.  In times of opposition we come to realize that our “knees” and “hearts” are brought to the rightful position.  We are more prone to lean upon God, than to rest upon our own strength (2 Corinthians 12:9).  In this new year, we may meet resistance, but remember that victory is around the corner.  “For whatever is born of God overcomes the world.  And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith..” (1 John 5:4)

Calvary Chapel Eastvale meets Sundays at 10:30am, and Wednesdays at 7:00pm at Clara Barton Elementary School, 7437 Corona Valley Ave, Eastvale.  Visit their website at http://www.calvaryeastvale.org.

“God’s Timing”

Dennis Morales X-ORIGBy 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 kids saying they have mastered the art of “present peeking.” They can shake a gift or touch the box and they instantly have an idea of what it is. A boy in the same group said “what’s the use, you still have to wait until Christmas to enjoy it!”

God’s people had been waiting for the Promised Messiah for centuries. It had been a promise passed on for generations. But God was working out the details. He wanted the Gospel to be taken to the world. Just three centuries before Christ, Alexander the Great, unknown to him, established the language and roadways that assisted first century missionaries in making the Gospel a reality to the known world.
The “Fullness of time,” which in the original Greek language means “at the perfect time” the Gospel was born. When the timing was perfect, God sent His Son born of a Virgin to bring hope to a broken world. We will all have waiting seasons in life. Sometimes the waiting seasons of my life are when God seems so silent and so slow to move. But I have come to realize that God’s delays are not necessarily God’s denials. God is working out the details. When the time is perfect, God will move. There is nothing God can’t do and nothing beyond His knowledge. God works in ways that are beyond my knowledge and understanding (Romans 11:33; Isaiah 55:9).

Calvary Chapel Eastvale meets Sundays, 10:30 a.m., and Wednesdays, 7 p.m. at Clara Barton Elementary School (7437 Corona Valley Ave, Eastvale).  Visit their website at www.calvaryeastvale.org.

Gratitude

Dennis Morales X-ORIGBy 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 “cheerful.”  Gratitude is living fulfilled.  Two men, Paul and Silas, had been falsely accused, beaten, and thrown into prison over the healing of a demon possessed girl (Acts 16).   Their first reaction wasn’t to call their lawyers or to complain to God. Instead they sang hymns and prayed. It was then an earthquake suddenly shook the prison, their chains were loosened, the cell doors then opened, and they were free.  Paul and Silas didn’t see their false imprisonment as a curse.  Their situation didn’t change the way they looked at God.
They knew the hope they had in Christ.  They saw this as an opportunity to worship God.
Why?  It’s because God is in control of all the circumstances surrounding our lives (Romans 8:28).
We also know that God loves us and is always looking out for our eternal benefit (2 Corinthians 4:17–18).  No doubt for some, this year has held much difficulty.  Know that God has given us a hope that does not disappoint (Romans 5:5).  He has assured us that there is future life with Him.  We know a different sustaining through difficulty.  It’s God, our “Strong Tower” (Proverbs 18:10) who sustains us.  We are assured that He and His favor is with us (Deuteronomy 31:6).  The thought of this truth brings fulfillment and gratitude that is lasting.  Thank you Lord.
Calvary Chapel Eastvale meets Sundays, 10:30 a.m., and Wednesdays, 7:00 p.m. at Clara Barton Elementary School (7437 Corona Valley Ave, Eastvale).  Visit their website at www.calvaryeastvale.org.

Calvary Chapel Eastvale meets Sundays, 10:30 a.m., and Wednesdays, 7:00 p.m. at Clara Barton Elementary School (7437 Corona Valley Ave, Eastvale).  Visit their website at www.calvaryeastvale.org.

“Reflectors”

Dennis Morales X-ORIGBy 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 the very well known “Be”-atitudes.” What Jesus teaches, certainly isn’t about “world peace,” it’s directed toward our character. The religious leaders in Jesus’ day were so concerned with the minute details of conduct, that they missed the major issue of character. Character goes much deeper than the surface. The way we live our lives flows from our character.  A great preacher once said “Character is who you are when no one is looking.” How is your behavior when no one is around?  If your character is weak, then you will fall to destructive behavior.  If your character is strong, then you will be able to withstand difficult pressures and temptation. What is good character?  The Bible identifies godly character as one that reflects love, joy, peace, kindness, patience, gentleness, goodness, and self control (Galatians 5:22,23).  Do we perfectly reflect this at all times?  Not realistically, but the influences in your life will be reflected by you.  The closer you draw to Jesus, the more His life will be reflected in you.   Our children need good influence in their lives. We are called to influence character in our children’s lives as parents and teachers. Draw close to the source and let your light shine!

Calvary Chapel Eastvale meets Sundays, 10:30 a.m., and Wednesdays, 7:00 p.m. at Clara Barton Elementary School (7437 Corona Valley Ave, Eastvale).  Visit their website at www.calvaryeastvale.org.

“Well Done”

Dennis Morales X-ORIGBy 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 near (2 Corinthians 11:23-28).

The Greeks had a race in their Olympic games that was unique.  The winner was not the runner who finished first. It was the runner who finished with his torch still lit.

You are born in this specific generation to fulfill God’s specific plan.  The first step in God’s plan is to trust your life to Christ.  As you trust Him, He will direct you (Proverbs 3:5-6). You have a purpose in this generation, and through “living” that purpose, a message to send to the next generation.   What will your message be?

On July 31, my dad graduated to Heaven. There is no doubt in our hearts that he is in Heaven, because he left a legacy of great faith.  He and his smile were bigger than life, but his faith was even bigger.  His testimony of faith in Jesus Christ will forever resonate with all who knew him.

In his last days, I saw his light burning brighter than ever.  I miss him dearly, but I am grateful for my dad showing me the way of finishing well and accomplishing His purpose.  There is no doubt he heard the Lord say, “Well done good and faithful servant… enter into the joy of the Lord,” (Matthew 25:23).

Let’s finish well.

Calvary Chapel Eastvale meets Sundays, 10:30 a.m., at Clara Barton Elementary (7437 Corona Valley Ave., Eastvale). Visit their website athttp://www.CalvaryEastvale.org.

He Knows

Dennis Morales X-ORIGBy 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 and had compassion on them.

Compassion is a word which means “to suffer with.”  The Bible also uses the word “sympathize,” which means to “be touched with feeling.”   It’s a sense of feeling what the other person is feeling, and going through it with them.

My dad is currently fighting the battle of his life with cancer.  As with any disease, it hit our family hard and without notice.  But without fail, the Lord seems to put people in my dad’s path who have survived cancer to encourage him.  A survivor once told me that they can immediately recognize anyone who is battling the disease, because they know what it means to have been in the fight.  There is a special encouragement that comes from people who have traveled the road you’re on.

When Jesus passed through the crowds of people, He had compassion on them.  He is able to see past the surface.  He knows what many may try to hide.  The Bible says we have a High Priest who can sympathize with us (Hebrews 4:15).

Whatever the situation, Jesus wants to go through it with you.  But you have to allow Him into your life first.  He endured rejection, pain, and even death so that He may sympathize with you.

Calvary Chapel Eastvale meets Sundays, 10:30 a.m., at Clara Barton Elementary (7437 Corona Valley Ave., Eastvale). Visit their website athttp://www.CalvaryEastvale.org.

“Legacy”

Pastor Dennis Morales

Pastor Dennis Morales

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 forsake Him, He will cast you off forever,” (1 Chronicles 28:9).

David instructs Solomon to “serve God with a loyal heart.”  These are instructions of a father on his death bed to his son.

On a personal level, I have been given the greatest gift in my dad, which is a legacy of faith and loyalty to the Lord.   He has not ceased to reflect Christ in his every action.  He never misses a morning to pray with my mom or to make her favorite toast with honey and peanut butter.  He often shows Jesus in the little things he does.  It’s an honor to see my dad serve faithfully in my church.

Some fathers think that fatherhood means that they should be waited on all the time, but the Bible indicates a father should be quick to serve.  “The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many,” (Matthew 20:28).

God has placed parents as the authorities in the life of the child.  In many ways, as fathers, we represent God to our children.  Often as men, we think about the mark we will make in this world.  I believe the greatest mark we can leave is the legacy we pass on as fathers, not an inheritance or a good name.  It is the spiritual heritage that we give to our children.  So pass it on, Dads!

Calvary Chapel Eastvale meets Sundays, 10:30 a.m., at Clara Barton Elementary (7437 Corona Valley Ave., Eastvale). Visit their website at http://www.CalvaryEastvale.org.

“Our Everything”

Pastor Dennis Morales

Pastor Dennis Morales

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.  David experienced God’s hand of protection and deliverance from his enemies and now he is worshipping God for His faithfulness during battle.

I’m sure David sang often in battle.  I heard it said of a young boy who was trying to pull a large weed from his front yard.  Suddenly, the weed came out, root and all, and the boy was thrown back and fell in the process.  A man happened to be passing by and said to the young boy, “That sure was a hard pull!”

The boy replied, “It sure is tough when you have the whole world pulling against you.”

We can all feel what this boy said at times.   But the cares and concerns of the “pulling world” have a way of fading away in God’s presence.  Pressures, demands, deadlines, and failures are no match for the reliability of God.   He strengthens you when you are at your weakest point (2 Corinthians 12:9).

David rejoiced that God was everything he needed to get through the most difficult of situations.   When the battle rages or the world pulls, it takes strong faith to worship.  But as you worship, you will find the One supplying the strength to worship is your “stronghold.”  God is closer than you think and He is “able to supply all your needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”  (Philippians 4:19).

Calvary Chapel Eastvale meets Sundays, 10:30 a.m., at Clara Barton Elementary (7437 Corona Valley Ave., Eastvale). Visit their website at http://www.CalvaryEastvale.org.

 

 

An Empty Foundation

By Pastor Dennis Morales

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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 men intentionally built a building with a hole as a foundation they would be fools.  When we look at God and His ability to “hang the earth upon nothing,” we think differently.

The church, as we know it, has a foundation that is, in fact, the empty tomb.  If His tomb hadn’t been emptied, there wouldn’t have been any hope.  The empty tomb gives us assurance that Jesus is who He said He is.

Jesus “was declared the Son of God with power by the resurrection from the dead,” (Romans 1:4).  The empty tomb is proof of acceptance of Jesus’ sacrifice for all mankind (Romans 5:18).

The empty tomb means death is defeated.  There is now no death for those who are in Christ Jesus!

“Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ,” (1 Corinthians 15:51-57).

Because of the empty tomb, you and I, by faith in Him, have life today and life forever.  He is Risen!

Calvary Chapel Eastvale meets Sundays, 10:30 a.m., and Wednesdays at 7 p.m., at Clara Barton Elementary (7437 Corona Valley Ave, Eastvale). Visit their website at http://www.CalvaryEastvale.org.

Death Halted

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By Pastor Dennis Morales

“Then He came and touched the open coffin, and those who carried him stood still…” – Luke 7:14

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 old Jewish custom, the women would precede a funeral procession because women were believed to have brought death into the world in the line of Eve.  This widow would be the first person He would see, and He looked at her with compassion (Luke 7:13).

It was custom for family members and friends to come and touch the coffin, which would halt the procession, and say a few words of comfort to the survived. Then the procession would continue.

According to custom, Jesus stood at the procession and touched the coffin.  Jesus tells the woman, “Do not weep.”  He then tells the young man in the coffin to get up, “So that he who was dead sat up and began to speak,” (Luke 7:15).

What Jesus did was unprecedented.   Under normal circumstances the funeral procession would have continued.  But when Jesus stopped the funeral procession it never continued!  Jesus essentially stopped death in its tracks.

This is what Jesus has done for all mankind.  He has halted the effect of sin and eternal death upon all those who believe in Him (John 3:16).  Jesus’ death on the Cross defeated sin and He further punctuates this by His Rising from the dead.  In this is the Easter message (1 Corinthians 15:21-22, 55-57).

Calvary Chapel Eastvale meets Sundays at 10:30 a.m.; and Wednesdays at 7 p.m., at Clara Barton Elementary (7437 Corona Valley Ave., Eastvale).  Visit their website at www.CalvaryEastvale.org.

“True Comfort”

By Pastor Dennis Morales

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Pastor Dennis Morales

“But the Comforter, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things,” (John 14:26).

“Comforter” describes the Holy Spirit of God, which means in the original New Testament language “to come to the side of another.” There is something cool about the word “comfort.”  We get the word comfort from two Latin words meaning “con” (in company with) and “fortis” (to strengthen).

We just signed my son, Noah, up for his first organized baseball team.  Along with that comes my responsibility to provide as much encouragement as possible for Noah in his development as a player.  We were practicing batting the other day and he got a little discouraged and just sat down.  I was moved and came along side of him and gave him a few words of encouragement.  He then sprang to his feet, and to both of our joy, he a hit the ball squarely all the way to the outfield grass.  It would have done him no good for me to take the bat out of his hand and hit the ball for him.

We usually think of “comfort” as soothing someone, consoling someone; and to some extent this is true.  But true comfort strengthens us to face life bravely and keep on going. It does not rob us of responsibility or make it easy for us to give up.

God comes along side of us not to remove the difficulty or hardship, but to strengthen us along the way (Isaiah 41:10, Philippians 4:13).

Calvary Chapel Eastvale meets Sundays, 10:30 a.m., at Clara Barton Elementary (7437 Corona Valley Ave, Eastvale). Visit their website athttp://www.CalvaryEastvale.org.

Reset the Course

By Pastor Dennis Morales

 

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Pastor Dennis Morales

“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing!” (Isaiah 43:18-19a NIV).

New phone luster, new clothes, new car smell, new resolutions.  These all seem to fade pretty quickly.

Given the New Year, it is still a great time to reset the course to change. God sets the first course in change, which is to “forget the former things.”  God doesn’t concentrate on your problems or failures.  He says, I am going to do something “new.”

Isaiah was speaking to God’s people who were in captivity.  They had failed miserably, and it seemed they had no way out.  As long as they dwelled on the past, God could not do something new.

The devil would always have you look back, too.  Because when we dwell upon our failures, often fear, shame, and isolation are not too far away.  And that’s the devil’s intention, to get you isolated from God.  Because when we come to God, we find forgiveness and peace.

The Bible says, “Gods mercies are new every morning,” (Lamentations 3:23).  The Apostle Paul practiced, “… forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead,” (Philippians 3:13).  Paul’s life had a strong focus on God that helped him prioritize everything else.

God always fixes our eyes on the things that are ahead because He wants to do something new.  He wants you to have not just a better physique or a better relationship; God wants to give you something deeper.  He wants to free you from sin and set you on the course of peace (Philippians 4:7).

Happy New Year!

Calvary Chapel Eastvale meets Sundays, 10:30 a.m., at Clara Barton Elementary (7437 Corona Valley Ave, Eastvale). Visit their website athttp://www.CalvaryEastvale.org.

They Saw A Star

By Pastor Dennis Morales

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Pastor Dennis Morales

Matthew 2:10 – “When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy.”

How do you respond to Christmas? For some, Christmas sparks fond memory, some exuberance, and for others it’s shopping.

Unfortunately, Christmas has lost its meaning in our modern culture. More are mindful of a tree than the manger. I am all about the festivities and family traditions. I love opening gifts and sharing stories with family. But the true message of Christmas doesn’t lie in gift wrap.

The heart of Christmas is that God gave us the best gift ever in His Son Jesus Christ. We see several responses in the Bible to the birth of our Savior. Creation’s response was a star to tell the world a King had been born (Numbers 24:17). The angels responded with worship (Luke 2:13-14). Magi (wise men) responded with gifts of worship, whom were also guided by the Star (Matthew 2:2). The Shepherds responded by running to see Jesus, then telling everyone about what they saw (Luke 2:17). The Bethlehem Star signified God’s response to the world’s greatest need. That was to be saved from sin and be given hope of Heaven (John 3:16).

The wonder and beauty of Christmas is that Jesus took His place in a manger so that we might have a home in Heaven. Our Savior was wrapped in nothing more than common rags. The Star rested over an ordinary manger, which held the greatest gift in the simplest of wrapping (Luke 2:7).

Calvary Chapel Eastvale meets Sundays, 10:30 a.m., at Clara Barton Elementary (7437 Corona Valley Ave, Eastvale). Visit their website at http://www.CalvaryEastvale.org.

Know His Peace

BY PASTOR DENNIS MORALES

After a long day, it’s always my joy to hear my sons yell, “Papa!” when I walk through the door. It’s music to my ears.

One day, their greeting was a bit serious. They jumped up on my lap and said, “Papa, we were playing in our room and we crashed the lamp and it exploded to pieces. But we said sorry.”

I couldn’t help but pick them up in my arms and give them the biggest hugs and kisses.

I believe God teaches us through our children in many ways. It pleases God when His children pray and seek forgiveness. If you have failed God, confess to Him in prayer and move forward in the promises that He has for you. Don’t allow condemnation to keep you from moving forward.

The Bible says, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness,” (1 John 1:9). Know that God is eager to forgive.

I can’t help but think that God looks at me the same way I look at my two young boys when I pray and seek forgiveness. There was peace in my little boys’ hearts when they realized that I forgave them and hugged them. Soon after they were laughing, playing, and enjoying time with their father.

God desires that you know His peace. The Bible says God’s peace “surpasses understanding,” (Philippians 4:7). God’s peace goes beyond any type of peace that anything or anyone else can offer you.

“God gives strength to His people and blesses them with peace,” (Psalm 29:11).

Calvary Chapel Eastvale meets Sundays, 10:30 a.m., at Clara Barton Elementary (7437 Corona Valley Ave, Eastvale). Visit their website at http://www.CalvaryEastvale.org.

 

 

 

 

Florescent Faith

By Pastor Dennis Morales

 

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Pastor Dennis Morales

“Be on guard. Stand firm in the faith. Be courageous. Be strong,” (1 Corinthians 16:13).

My 3-year old gave us a huge scare one day when he got lost in Downtown Disney. So we quickly scrambled into action going in his last direction, which was toward a stuffed bear workshop. My wife called out his name, looked around the store, and instinctively ran upstairs to where a birthday party was in progress.

To our surprise, and relief, there was our 3-year old engaged in the party. Within minutes he was wearing a birthday hat, had supplies in hand to build his own bear, had a piece of cake, and was mingling. Our little party crasher innocently blended right in with the little partygoers.

It’s no doubt we live in an “everything but Jesus” culture. I have seen faith-filled friends compromise and buckle to ungodly trends. Trends are enticing, but short-lived. The devil’s tactic is to get you to compromise your personal borders, blend in, and lead you down a path of obscurity and destruction.

It takes courage to faithfully “persevere” in today’s culture. Your strength to stand out in faith in the midst of pressure and difficulty is found in Christ (Philippians 4:13). God is calling you to set the standard and allow people see that Jesus reigns in your life. A spiritual battle ensues, but be courageous and stand firm in faith. The Lord is your shield (Proverbs 30:5).

Calvary Chapel Eastvale meets Sundays, 10:30 a.m., at Clara Barton Elementary (7437 Corona Valley Ave, Eastvale). Visit their website at http://www.CalvaryEastvale.org.

 

 

Your Platform

BY PASTOR DENNIS MORALES

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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. Whether it is adversity, struggle, or triumph, it is a platform for faith.

Nehemiah was in captivity and was the king’s cupbearer. He used his seemingly ill position as a platform for faith and to bring awareness of God’s plan. As a result, Nehemiah was given favor with the king and necessary resources to fulfill God’s plan and rebuild the walls of Jerusalem. Nehemiah’s opposition was ever present and men sought to discourage his faithful plan, but Nehemiah had faith and trusted in God. Nehemiah knew God was for him and God turned the enemy’s plot to nothing (Nehemiah 4:14-16). The people rallied and completed the walls in record time. God is faithful in adversity.

I am reminded of Bethany Hamilton, who entrusted herself to her faithful Creator. She didn’t quit living when she lost her arm. She gave her life to God. She deposited her life for safekeeping into His hands; and now, God has given her an international platform from which to share her story and bring Him glory.

What is your platform today? Trust God to give you strength and lead you today (Proverbs 3:5-6).

Calvary Chapel Eastvale meets Sundays at 10:30 a.m., at Clara Barton Elementary. Visit calvaryeastvale.org for more information.