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Communicating Love

By Pastor Robert Jewett 

Pastor Robert Jewett

Pastor Robert Jewett

You know Valentine’s Day is around the corner because everywhere you look you see Sweethearts® candies. Did you know that every year the New England Confectionary Company (NECCO) sells a little over 8 billion Sweethearts® weighing in at roughly 13 million pounds?  No wonder we see those little conversation hearts everywhere we look.  Since 1866, NECCO has been using candy to communicate a message of love.

You may be amazed at the longevity of NECCO to communicate love for over a century and a half. While this is impressive for a candy company, it does not even remotely compare to the message of love that God has communicated to us through his Son for over two millennia: “For God so loved the world,[a] that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him” (John 3:16-17).

Some people mistakenly perceive themselves to be a good person.  While they may think they are not as “bad” as some others they know, God rightly declares that there are none that are righteous, none that do good, and that all have sinned and fallen short of his glory (Romans 3:10, 12, 23). Yet, “God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). There has never been, nor will there ever be, a better communication of love. Perhaps the messages on those candy hearts this Valentine’s Day should say “Repent” and “Believe”.

 

Lakeshore City Church meets Sundays at 10:00 a.m. at Circle City Center (formerly Fender Museum), 365 N. Main St. in Corona. For more information, visit lakeshorecitychurch.com.

 

 

 

 

The Paradox of Giving

Pastor Robert Jewett

Pastor Robert Jewett

By Pastor Robert Jewett

Have you ever noticed that the most generous people are often the most content people?  How is it that when given the opportunity, to give or to keep their resources for themselves, those who give are the most blessed?  The same questions hold true for the exact opposite.  How is that the people who are not generous are often the ones in constant want?  How is it that they never seem to have enough to get by?

For the believer, the answer is simple.  Jesus said that our entire lives, everything that we are, should be in whole-hearted devotion to God.  He said that our primary focus is to love God with everything that is in us.  Jesus continued and said that we are also to love our neighbor as ourselves. By satisfying these two commandments, all of God’s Law is fulfilled (Matt. 22:37-40).

So what does this have to do with giving or not giving?  When we love God whole-heartedly, we put him above everything else…including material gain.   We willingly use our resources in areas that matter to God.  We invest in things that have eternal value.

The amazing thing is that when we obey God and give freely, we are blessed in return.  Whereas, when we are greedy and do not give freely, we are constantly in want (Prov. 11:24). The apostle Paul puts it this way: “Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully” (2 Cor. 9:6).  You see, in God’s economy, you can never out-give him (Prov. 3:9-10).

Lakeshore City Church meets Sundays at 10:00 a.m. at Circle City Center (formerly Fender Museum), 365 N. Main St. in Corona. For more information, visit lakeshorecitychurch.com.

 

Blind Religion Warning

Pastor Robert Jewett Word of Truth Community ChurchBy Pastor Robert Jewett

 

Adam and Eve’s two eldest boys had dramatically different responses to God (Gen. 4:3-8).  Cain, a farmer, brought the Lord an offering “of the fruit” of the ground.  There was no need to trust God with sharing from his abundance.  On the other hand, Abel, a shepherd, brought the firstborn of his flock.  Abel trusted God to provide for him and offered up his firstborn.

The danger of blind religion is that it is faithless.  We know that it is impossible to please God without faith (Heb. 11:6).  Faithless religion is ritualistic and impersonal.  It is powerless to free a person from the bondage of sin.  Scripture informs us that Cain’s life was full of evil deeds (1 Jn. 3:12).   His blind religion deceived him to believe that his sin was okay as long as he made offerings to the Lord.  The Lord desires obedience more than sacrifices (1 Sam. 15:22).

Even in his sinful state, God gave Cain an opportunity to repent, “If you do well, will you not be accepted?”  God warned that if Cain chose not to do well, sin was crouching at the door desiring him.  Sadly, Cain chose to disregard God’s warning and killed his brother.

Just as Cain came to the crossroads of a decision, you too may have a decision to make.  Has faithless blind religion crept into your life?  If you have found yourself trying to do good deeds to make up for your habitual bad deeds, it is time to repent.  Confess your sins to God and turn from them. We would be honored to assist you as you begin to walk in obedience to Christ.

 

Lakeshore City Church meets Sundays at 10:00 a.m. at Circle City Center (formerly Fender Museum), 365 N. Main St. in Corona. For more information, visit lakeshorecitychurch.com.

Frenemy or Follower?

Pastor Robert Jewett Word of Truth Community ChurchBy Pastor Robert Jewett

Is it possible for someone to claim to believe in Jesus yet still be an enemy of his?  Jesus said that on the day of judgment, many will call him Lord but he will declare to them that he never knew them (Matt. 7:21-23).  How could this be?  Why would someone profess to know God, yet be told otherwise by Jesus?  Simply put, “They profess to know God, but they deny him by their works” (Titus 1:16).

Many want to be a friend of Jesus because he offers eternal hope but they do not want to do what he commanded.  Thus, although they profess to know him, they justify living in opposition to his commands and “walk as enemies of the cross of Christ” (Phil. 3:18).  By definition they are a frenemy of Jesus.  Friend, if this describes you, please take heed to God’s word…frenemies of Christ will not inherit eternal life (1 Cor. 6:9-10).

If God has revealed to you that you are a frenemy, your first course of action is to repent.  Stop rationalizing your sinful behavior and instead confess it in prayer to Jesus.  Be sure to let him know that you are willing to turn away from your sin and to live life according to his commands.  At the moment you truly repent and believe, you will go from frenemy of Jesus to follower of Jesus.  You will begin to live according to his ways and not your old ways.  Jesus said, “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me” (John 10:27).

If you are now a follower of Jesus, read the Bible daily and do what it says.  Also, make it a priority to start attending a Bible teaching church. You are always welcome to join us!

Lakeshore City Church meets Sundays at 10:00 a.m. at Circle City Center (formerly Fender Museum), 365 N. Main St. in Corona. For more information, visit lakeshorecitychurch.com.

Choose Love

Pastor Robert Jewett

Pastor Robert Jewett

By Pastor Robert Jewett

Take a moment and consider the topic of love.  What thoughts or memories stir in your mind? Many of our “experiences” with love have to do with emotions.  We even use the saying, “in love,” when we describe an emotion we feel towards an individual.  When this emotion fades, one might say that they “fell out of love.”   So what is love? Is it something that exists one day and then fades another day?  Is it dependent on emotions?

The Bible says that God is love (1 John 4:8).  Since God is love, we can learn the truth about love by looking at His example.  Rather than love being based on emotion, God demonstrates love based upon a choice: “But God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us,” (Rom. 5:8).  There is no emotional high in demonstrating sacrificial love to undeserving people.  As a matter of fact, it is absolutely sacrificial to demonstrate true love.

True love always has a cost.  True love demands that we lay down our pride… our rights.  True love requires forgiving others just as Christ has forgiven us (Col. 3:13).  True love necessitates esteeming others higher than ourselves (Phil. 2:3-4).  True love is not an emotional reaction… it is a choice.  It is a choice to obey God and fulfill His law of love: “Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. For the commandments, ‘You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,’ and any other commandment, are summed up in this word: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’  Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law” (Rom. 13:8-10).

Choose love!

Lakeshore City Church meets Sundays at 10:00 a.m. at Circle City Center (formerly Fender Museum), 365 N. Main St. in Corona. For more information, visit lakeshorecitychurch.com.

Give Thanks

Pastor Robert Jewett

Pastor Robert Jewett

By Pastor Robert Jewett

 

“I give thanks to you, O Lord my God, with my whole heart, and I will glorify your name forever.” Psalm 86:12

David proclaimed “I will give to the LORD the thanks due to his righteousness, and I will sing praise to the name of the LORD, the Most High.” (Psalm 7:17)  David endured many difficult situations that weighed heavy on his emotions.  In spite of his feelings, and his circumstances, he brought thanksgiving to the Lord. You see, whether or not David understood God’s purpose for his circumstances, he knew that God was righteous and good.  He would remind himself of God’s wonderful deeds and give him thanks with his whole heart. (Psalm 9:1)

It is God’s will for his children to give him thanks in all circumstances. (1 Thess. 5:16-18)  It does not matter if you do not understand why certain trials are in your life.  You can still thank God because he has promised to work all things together in your life to make you more like Jesus. (Romans 8:28-29)  He has also promised that he will not allow anything in your life beyond which you are able to bear and He will give you the resources to endure the trial. (1 Corinthians 10:13)  Therefore, you can thank him at all times…regardless of your circumstances.  If times are good…thank him!  If times are difficult…thank him!  Praise him in the calm and in the storm for he is good!  In doing so, you will glorify his name!

Word of Truth Community Church meets Sundays at 10:30 a.m. at 850 E. Parkridge Ave., #110, in Corona. For more information, visit WordOfTruthCC.com.

 

Priceless Gift

Pastor Robert Jewett

Pastor Robert Jewett

By Pastor Robert Jewett

According to all the religions of the world, biblical Christianity is the only one that claims you are not able to save yourself by being good enough to inherit Heaven. In fact, it teaches that salvation is a gift from God. This gift was given to us by God’s grace through faith in Christ.  By simple definition, a gift is something that is given voluntarily without payment in return.

The reason why salvation has to be a gift from God is because even in man’s best attempt to be righteous, his good works are still like filthy rags to God (Isaiah 64:6). The Bible says that we have ALL sinned and have fallen short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). Since we have all sinned against God, the only way to inherit eternal life is to be “justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus” (Romans 3:24).

So how is being justified a gift? Although wonderfully profound, the simplicity is that although I have sinned, Christ paid the penalty for my sins so that God can look upon me “just if I’d” never sinned.  The gift therefore is complete and permanent forgiveness.

As you celebrate Christmas, remember that there is no gift that comes even remotely close to the priceless gift we have in Jesus!  May you have a very blessed CHRISTmas!

 

Word of Truth Community Church meets Sundays at 10:30 a.m. at 850 E. Parkridge Ave., #110, in Corona. For more information, visit WordOfTruthCC.com.

Multiple Ways To Heaven?

Pastor Robert Jewett

Pastor Robert Jewett

By Pastor Robert Jewett

 

There are people who hold to a belief that all roads lead to heaven. They believe that as long as one is sincere in his or her beliefs, then they will go to heaven – regardless of what they believe.

The standard for them is not truth, but rather sincerity. No matter how sincere someone is about not succumbing to the force of gravity prior to jumping off a building, they will soon plummet to the ground at 9.8 meters per second.  Although they may have been sincere, the truth prevailed.

The apostle Peter boldly proclaimed that “there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved,” (Acts 4:12).

Those who wish to push aside the claims of Christ are quick to judge Christians as arrogant and narrow-minded. Jesus was not concerned about those who would make such claims about him.  He unashamedly declared, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me,” (John 14:6).

Jesus made it very clear that sincerity in anything other than him would not save anyone.  He alone came to die so that the sinner may live.  He alone rose from the grave to conquer sin and death.  He alone is the way to heaven.

Word of Truth Community Church meets Sundays at 10:30 a.m. and Wednesdays at 7 p.m., at 850 E. Parkridge Ave., #110, in Corona. For more information, visit WordOfTruthCC.com.

Number Your Days

Pastor Robert Jewett

Pastor Robert Jewett

By Pastor Robert Jewett

“So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom,” Psalm 90:12.

 

What does it mean to number our days?  The reality is that life is short and no man can boast in seeing tomorrow (Psalms 103:15-16; 1 Peter 1:24).

So, to number our days means to live rightly before the Lord today because we do not know if it is our last day.

Jesus gave a great example of this when he told a parable about a rich man.  The rich man’s crops produced plentifully, but he had nowhere to store all the crops, so he decided to tear down his barns and build bigger ones.  He then said to his soul, “Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry” (Luke 12:19).

Then God said to him, “Fool! This night your soul is required of you, and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?” (Luke 12:20).

This man could have used his surplus to bless others, but instead he hoarded it for himself.  He boasted that he had plenty stored up for many years…but he did not live through the night.  This man did not learn to number his days.

May you choose to live today in a manner that pleases the Lord and blesses others!

Word of Truth Community Church meets Sundays at 10:30 a.m. and Wednesdays at 7 p.m., at 850 E. Parkridge Ave., #110, in Corona. For more information, visit WordOfTruthCC.com.

Children of God

By Pastor Robert Jewett

Pastor Robert Jewett Word of Truth Community Church“But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God,” (John 1:12–13).

In the opening chapter of his gospel, the apostle John testifies to a truth that is both mysterious and marvelous:  mankind can become children of God.

Not only is it possible for mankind to become children of God, it is a work of God himself (John1:13, 6:65).   Mankind’s only responsibility is to receive and believe. The one who receives Christ and believes in his name is the one who repents from his sin and follows Christ at any cost (Mark 1:15, Luke 14:25-33).

As children of God, we have peace with our Maker (Romans 5:1).  Our sins are forgiven and we can now live victoriously through our Lord.  Christ not only took the penalty of our sins upon himself, he rose from the dead and conquered sin and death.

He has risen…he has risen indeed (1 Corinthians 15:20)!

Word of Truth Community Church meets Sundays at 10:30 a.m. and Wednesdays at 7 p.m., at 850 E. Parkridge Ave., #110, in Corona.  For more information, visit WordOfTruthCC.com.

What Is Man?

Pastor Robert Jewett Word of Truth Community ChurchBy Pastor Robert Jewett

“O LORD, what is man that you regard him, or the son of man that you think of him? Man is like a breath; his days are like a passing shadow,” (Psalm 144:3-4)

Have you ever stopped to ponder how many stars God created? Just within our galaxy, the Milky Way, there are an estimated 300,000,000,000 stars. Yes, 300 billion! But that is only our galaxy.

Scientists have conservatively estimated that there are 200 billion galaxies. So go ahead and do the math.  300 billion, times 200 billion, equals an estimated 60,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 stars that God has created. That’s 60 sextillion stars!

If that is not mind-boggling enough, the sun is an average-sized star and 1 million earths can fit inside the sun.

Stop and meditate on these numbers.  Now consider how big man is when compared to the universe.

It is absolutely humbling to conclude that in size comparison to the universe, man is like a grain of sand. It is even more humbling to know that much like God has named every one of his stars (Isaiah 40:26; Psalm 147:4), he has known us before we were ever formed. His thoughts toward us are more abundant than the sand (Psalm 139:15-18). He has even numbered the hairs on our heads (Matthew 10:30).

May we walk humbly before our God (Micah 6:8)!

Word of Truth Community Church meets Sundays at 10:30 a.m. and Wednesdays at 7 p.m., at 850 E. Parkridge Ave., #110, in Corona.  For more information, visit WordOfTruthCC.com.

Amazing Love

By Pastor Robert Jewett

Pastor Robert Jewett Word of Truth Community Church“How precious is your steadfast love, O God!” (Psalm 36:7).

God’s love is truly amazing! His love is poured out on us through his grace, mercy, and patience (Psalm 145:8). Although we are deserving of death, God’s love offers us eternal life (Romans 6:23).

My friend, there is no greater love than this! How will you respond to His wonderful love? David responded this way, “Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you. So I will bless you as long as I live; in your name I will lift up my hands,” (Psalm 63:3-4).

When we stand in awe of God’s amazing love for us, we will seek for Him to refine us. In response to God’s great love, David prayed, “Prove me, O LORD, and try me; test my heart and my mind. For your steadfast love is before my eyes, and I walk in your faithfulness,” (Psalm 26:2-3).

Respond to God’s love! It is God’s love that will drive you to bring him glory. It is his love that will keep you fixed on him and able to endure until the end (Matthew 24:13).

Word of Truth Community Church meets Sundays at 10:30 a.m. and Wednesdays at 7 p.m., at 850 E. Parkridge Ave., #110, in Corona.  For more information, visit WordOfTruthCC.com.

Be Exalted, O God

BY PASTOR ROBERT JEWETT

Pastor Robert Jewett Word of Truth Community ChurchOne of the most common ways that man is deceived is through self-exaltation. We are taught at a very young age to believe that we are somebody special. The enemy is very crafty in getting the world to believe that they are the center of the universe and that there is no need for God. Satan’s cunning tactics deceive us to believe that everything is all about us.

In reality, we are nothing when compared to God. God is all-knowing (omniscient); we are not. God is almighty (omnipotent); we are not. God is present everywhere at the same time (omnipresent); we are not. When we understand the magnitude of how great God is, we will agree with David, “Be exalted, O God, above the heavens! Let your glory be over all the earth,” (Psalm 57:5).

We must acknowledge that the Lord is the only one worthy to be exalted over all the earth. If we focus on the splendor of the Lord, we will be humbled to see how we do not even come close to comparing to him. Instead of exalting ourselves, we will be humbled by his majesty and will exalt him above the heavens!

Word of Truth Community Church meets Sundays at 10:30 a.m. and Wednesdays at 7 p.m., at 850 E. Parkridge Ave., #110, in Corona. For more information, visit WordOfTruthCC.com.

 

Is It I?

BY PASTOR ROBERT JEWETT

 

Pastor Robert Jewett Word of Truth Community ChurchWhen it was evening, [Jesus] reclined at a table with the twelve. And as they were eating, he said, “Truly, I say to you, one of you will betray me.” And they were very sorrowful and began to say to him one after another, “Is it I, Lord?” (Matthew 26:20–22).

This is possibly one of the most intriguing interactions in the Bible. How is that none of the disciples knew that Judas was going to be the betrayer? One would assume that they must have seen something different in him. Not only did they not see any outward evidence indicting Judas, but they all asked, “Is it I, Lord?”

Think about Judas’ life. He followed Jesus; he witnessed the miracles of Jesus; he performed miracles in Jesus’ ministry; he was included in The Twelve. As far as anyone could tell, Judas was sold out for Jesus. The reality, however, is that Judas did not follow the requirements of being a disciple according to Jesus. “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me,” (Luke 9:23). Instead of living for Me, Myself, and I, the child of God lives for Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

For more information about Word of Truth Community Church, visit http://www.wordoftruthcc.com.

 

 

 

Just Do It

By PASTOR ROBERT JEWETT

Pastor Robert Jewett Word of Truth Community Church

Pastor Robert Jewett Word of Truth Community Church

People have a natural tendency to do things their own way. Thus, God instructs us to not lean on our own understanding, nor be wise in our own eyes (Proverbs 3:5, 7). God graciously reminds us that his thoughts and ways are far higher than ours (Isaiah 55:8-9). Since God knows everything, we would do well to heed His every word (Psalms 139:4; 1 John 3:19-20).

Sadly, many still choose to live according to their own way. Much like a person going through the cafeteria line, many people pick and choose things they like about Jesus and pass over the things they do not like. They pick the things that make them feel good (2 Timothy 4:3), and avoid the things that expose their sin and make them feel convicted (John 3:20).

Since God is good, loving, and faithful (Psalm 100:5), we can trust His word to be for our good and his glory. You will find great peace and victory in just doing what God says without questioning it. Begin today to focus your attention on pleasing God through complete obedience, knowing that God desires obedience more than sacrifice (1 Samuel 15:22).

For  information about Word of Truth Community Church, visit http://www.wordoftruthcc.com.

 

Pastor’s Corner: That You May Live

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By Pastor Robert Jewett

“And they stripped [Jesus] and put a scarlet robe on him, and twisting together a crown of thorns, they put it on his head and put a reed in his right hand. And kneeling before him, they mocked him, saying, ‘Hail, King of the Jews!’ And they spit on him and took the reed and struck him on the head. And when they had mocked him, they stripped him of the robe and put his own clothes on him and led him away to crucify him,” (Matthew 27:28–31).

 

Were you able to read these verses without any troubles? If so, read these verses again…but this time, slow down and consider the magnitude of what is happening. We should never become calloused to the things Christ endured out of obedience to the Father and compassion for the lost. Just because eternal life is a free gift, we must never think that it was cheap. For our sake, Jesus was mocked, ridiculed, disrespected, humiliated, and murdered.

 

Dear friend, it is time once again to be reminded of all that Christ endured on your behalf. He not only endured brutal and humiliating treatment for you, He gave his very life so that you may live.

 

For more information about Word of Truth Community Church, visit http://www.wordoftruthcc.com.