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God Owns It All

By Sean Ortiz

Have you ever wondered who is responsible for your fiscal management?  Does the idea of a budget make you cringe?  Well we have been going through a lesson called Impact here at New Beginnings.  It is based on Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University training.  One of the foundations of the class is to understand that God own’s it all.  PSALM 24:1 saysThe earth is the Lord’s, and all its fullness, the world and those who dwell therein”.  In HAGGAI 2:8 it states, ‘The silver is Mine, and the gold is Mine,’ says the Lord of hosts”.  Also in GENESIS 1:1 it begins with “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth”.  As soon as we understand the concept, that we do not own anything, but that we are God’s management team.  We can then realize we have a huge responsibility to manage our resources with the understanding we are accountable to the creator of Heaven and Earth.  What a responsibility we have.  The idea is the we would always think twice if we understood that we don’t own anything.  So, what would life be like debt free and living on 80% of your income?  What could you accomplish if you saved 10% and had 10% to give to charity.  Who could you help?  Who could be blessed by your abundance because you are managing your resources wisely.  We have 3 powerful resources, our TIME, TALENT AND TREASURE.  So, the question is, are you ready to live life and live it MORE abundantly? Let’s trust God with our resources so we can make an IMPACT in the world around us.  Remember to always LET GO AND LET GOD……

Pastor Sean Ortiz

New Beginnings Community Church Jurupa Valley

9010 Limonite Ave

Jurupa Valley, CA 92509

http://www.nbccjv.org

 

 

 

How Do We Stop Sinning?

By Sean Ortiz

How do we stop sinning?  This is a challenge we all think about in our walk as Christians.  So, what is the answer?  Well, sometimes we make it more difficult than we need too.  Here, let me give you something to think about.  There is a Scripture in 1 Peter 4:8 which says Most important of all, continue to show deep love for each other, for love covers a multitude of sins.”  The passage is Peter quoting a truth that is not new.  It is found in Proverbs 10:12 which states, “Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all sins”.  What is Peter saying?  Well here is something to think about.  In Ephesians 5:1-2 “Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma”. What if we as imitators of Christ were to love like Him? Meaning our love for people is so great that it covers or even prevents us from thinking or doing things like lying, committing adultery, gossiping or doing anything else the Lord considers a sin. When we love others truly like Christ loved the church, we could then understand, we would never want to hurt or do something unimaginable to the people we love that would damage or cause us to sin.  People would mean ALL people.  Also, if we love ourselves, we would never want to violate ourselves either.  You see love is a powerful thing.  It is easily powerful enough to prevent us from sinning.  So, let go and let God show you love so great, it can and will cover a multitude of sins.  Not others…………. but yours.

Pastor Sean Ortiz

Sundays at 10am

http://www.nbccjv.org

New Beginnings Community Church Jurupa Valley

9010 Limonite Ave

Jurupa Valley, CA 92509

951-734-9574

 

The Manger Was A Cave?

By Sean Ortiz

Every year we see the Manger as a wooden stable. If we look deeper at the Judean culture and what things could have been like in Bethlehem we can see that there were two ways people kept their livestock. The first type was that the animals were kept in a setting in their homes. Most people were not rich and did not own much livestock so the family would actually set up a place to keep livestock in their homes with a wooden trough, hay and a fence.  Ewww, that must have been a stinky situation, the Paschal Lamb used for the Passover meal was actually a pet that was raised inside the home.                                                                                            The other type of stable was generally a cave on the edge of town. This is possibly where those who came to see the baby Jesus on that first Christmas ended up. It is possible when Joseph and Mary went to see the innkeeper they ended up in a cave behind the inn or at the edge of town because it was so crowded in Bethlehem. There were probably goats, sheep, pigs and chickens, but the couple made due. Jesus possibly being born in a cave is a foreshadowing of what was to come 33 years later when he was put into a tomb (cave) after His crucifixion on the cross. It was there that He rose again on the third day to open Heaven to all people so that whosoever BELIEVES in Him (Jesus) would not perish, but have everlasting life.

Jesus came into the world born in cave, was laid to rest in a cave, to overcome darkness and the stench of sin, death, the grave and hell. Now we have complete access to a real relationship with God through His son Jesus. This is why we rejoice on Christmas day and all year long. The world around celebrates the birth of Jesus, because over 2000 years later HIS impact is still going strong. A humble beginning changed the world for eternity.

The angels proclaimed in LUKE 2:14 “GLORY TO GOD IN THE HIGHEST, AND ON EARTH PEACE, GOOD WILL TOWARD MEN.” Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from all of us at New Beginnings Community Church Jurupa Valley. Join us this Christmas Eve Sunday December 24th at 10:00 am with our Live Illustrated Sermon, Live Music and a Living Nativity.

Pastor Sean Ortiz

Lead Pastor

New Beginnings Community Church Jurupa Valley

9010 Limonite Ave

Jurupa Valley, CA 92509

http://www.nbccjv.org