Pastor Sam's Weekly Blog

October 19, 2017

Hi Church,

Philippians 4:6 (NLT)

6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.

This verse is on a plaque on my desk. I see it every time I walk in the office. Joyce stopped by one day when I was concerned about something. As we were talking, she asked if I ever read this verse and pointed to the plague. What a great reminder. How often do we try to handle situations that are really left up to God? How often do we say, I got this. When really, we don’t. Then the next thing you know, we worry.

Our world is in a scary place. And I’m not talking about Halloween. There’s this crazy guy in North Korea, devastating storms, earthquakes, and crazy people with guns. We, who want our children to be followers of Christ, are concerned about the increase of atheism in our schools. With that teaching we see a lack of morality. Our values are turned upside down. Then we take the advice of Philippians 4:6 and God says, I got this!

Pray about everything

Pastor Sam


October 11, 2017

Isaiah 9:6 (NIV)

6 … And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Luke 2:14 (NIV) 14 "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests."

John 14:27 (NIV) 27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

In uncertain times, only Jesus can bring peace to the troubled soul. Since Christ is the head of the church, those who follow Him will bring His peace to a fearful world. Therefore church, be peacemakers in your neighborhood, your place of employment, in your family.  

Pastor Sam  

October 5, 2017

Hi Church,

All they wanted to do was go to a concert and enjoy some music. Little did they know, when they were having their coffee and eating breakfast, how the day would end. Then in the middle of a Las Vegas night shots from an evil gunman rang out and with it, brought death and pain. In seconds, life was changed forever, for families, friends, neighbors and a nation. A tragedy is never planned unless you are the one perpetrating it. Even then it goes unannounced.

Every life is precious. Live today for God, the giver of life, for who knows what tomorrow will bring.

In His Loving Care,

Pastor Sam

PS Pray for the families that lost loved ones in Las Vegas this week; pray for the ones in the hospital hanging on to life. Pray for your own families and loved ones and give them an extra hug today. We never know what a day will bring.


September 27, 2017

Thank you church for your generosity. This week we are sending $3,129 dollars to the North American Mission Board, Disaster Relief. The funds will go wherever needed for relief to those impacted by the latest three Hurricanes located in Texas, Florida and Puerta Rico.

This is very much like the New Testament church. There was a prediction that a famine would hit the Roman empire. The church in Antioch realized a great need for the church in Jerusalem therefore they sent help. Acts 11:29-30 (NIV) 29 The disciples, each according to his ability, decided to provide help for the brothers living in Judea. 30 This they did, sending their gift to the elders by Barnabas and Saul.

Speaking of being on mission; Pastor Jimmy will begin the book of Titus this Sunday. This writing by Paul inspired by the Holy Spirit of God is perfect for our church during a time such as this.

C U Sunday at 10:00 AM sharp

Pastor Sam

September 20, 2017

Every Easter we have marketing people giving us ideas on how to get people into our churches. One big idea, which we used last Easter, is, Easter brings hope. I know that the resurrection of Jesus changes everything. Now we know for sure he was not any ordinary man He surely is the Messiah the Savior of the world. But how does that bring me hope. When Pastor Jimmy was preaching Sunday from John 3:16 the thought came to me, that’s it. Because Jesus rose from the dead, He lives, and therefore gives me new life as well. He loved, He gave, we believe we live.

In this world where leaders threaten to blow each other up that doesn’t sound like hope to me. But in a world where Jesus can give me new life, everlasting life, that is real hope.

Hope comes from the generosity of God who gave it all for us to live. That inspires me to live generously so others may have this same hope.

C U Sunday 10:00 AM sharp as we look at the generosity of God’s people.

Pastor Sam


September 14, 2017

Maybe you have heard the term OIKOS and maybe not. It is not a yogurt, it is a Greek term. It means those in your household or your sphere of influence. We all have 8-15 people God has significantly and supernaturally put in our path. Jesus commanded, not suggested, us to go and make disciples in all the world. Those 8-15 are your world. Saturday evening, we are having an opportunity for you to introduce your OIKOS to Jesus. The barbeque, sponsored by the men of the church, has not only a roasted pig to consume but a very entertaining speaker. Bob Hamer was an undercover agent for the FBI for 26 years. A highly decorated and successful agent receiving the coveted FBI Director’s Award for Distinguished Service. Dinner begins at 5:30 followed by Bob’s story of God’s protection in the sordid parts of our cities.

Men if you would like to bring your wives, feel welcome to do so. We have decided to make this an all church affair to kick off our “Back to Church” weekend.

This Sunday Pastor Jimmy will be preaching on “The Generosity of God”. 

Pastor Sam


September 6, 2017

Thank you church for the awesome love offering for the need in Houston. $1,109 dollars was collected. For a last-minute announcement that was unbelievable. We will take one more this weekend and then send the total amount to the Southern Baptist Relief Fund. As you know every dollar will go towards the need in Houston and not to administrative cost. Over 2,000 years ago the church took an offering for the needy and we are still doing it. 

I am looking forward to Saturday the 16th. The men’s BBQ will not only be good pork but the women of the church will be providing side dishes. For you vegetarians there should be plenty of salads. Best of all we will hear an exciting true story of one the most decorated FBI undercover agents. Bob Hamer through his career has received the coveted FBI Director’s Award for Distinguished Service and five United States Attorney Awards for Distinguished Service. I might add he is also a Marine Corps veteran. Men if you have teens this would be very informative for them too. They are welcomed.

We will start dinner at 5:30 PM, have some time of worship and then Bob will tell his story of God’s protection in the seediest part of our world.

C U Sunday 10:00 AM sharp

Pastor Sam 


August 30, 2017

Matthew 10:2-4 (NKJV)

2 Now the names of the twelve apostles are these: first, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother; 3 Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James the son of Alphaeus, and Lebbaeus, whose surname was Thaddaeus; 4 Simon the Cananite, and Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed Him.

What stands out to you in glaring reality in the above-mentioned verse. They are all men. I am aware of the need for women in ministry and the important role they play in advancing the Kingdom. But when Jesus was choosing the 12 that were going to launch a new world-wide movement of God, He chose 12 men. I believe that is telling the church something significant. We cannot survive without the support of men. Men that are dedicated to Christ and His purpose of changing the world.

Men of Windsor Hills Community Church you have an opportunity to begin the process of changing a person’s life. Invite someone to the men’s barbeque Saturday the 16th of September at 5:30 PM.

Be safe this weekend. If you do not want to fight the crowds and traffic, I will C U Sunday at 10:00 AM. It is cool inside. This Labor Day weekend I will share with you how we can restore what is known as “the protestant work ethic” in America.

Pastor Sam  

August 22, 2017

Ephesians 2:14&16 (NIV)

14 For he himself is our peace, who has made the two one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, 16 and in this one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility. 

The church is people of all nations coming together as one new society. A nation of people ruled by the grace of God. A people who know the peace that God gives through Christ. The walls of hostility have been knocked down. We now live together as one. Church be that example to a world that is falling apart.

CU Sunday as Pastor Jimmy Steele shares what God has laid on his heart for our good.

Pastor Sam


August 17, 2017

I don’t understand where all this racial tension comes from, or maybe I do. From the very beginning of humanity there has been tension. Brother against brother, family against family and nation against nation. When man decided he could be his own god and reject the One true God who created him, there has been murder and hatred.

If we as a nation would follow the teaching of Jesus much of this violence and hatred would be non-existent. Here is what He said; Mark 12:30-31 (NIV) 30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.' 31 The second is this: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no commandment greater than these." That is the answer.

Words mean something. They can be used to bring peace or be divisive and bring hated. Your choice. Church, live out the good news!!

CU Sunday at 10:00 AM

Pastor Sam


August 10, 2017

During his inauguration, Franklin D Roosevelt made that famous quote; “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” Those words could be repeated today as the rhetoric goes back and forth between the U.S. and North Korea. The book that God wrote to us speaks of fear as well. It also says we are not to fear. Down through the centuries the church, God’s called out ones, have suffered by the laws and hands of man. Yet we survived because we did not fear what man can do. The reason man could not destroy us is because we are souls saved and kept by the power of God. Take courage my fellow believers and remember you are a child of the living God, fear only Him. Luke 12:6-7 (NLT) “What is the price of five sparrows—two copper coins? Yet God does not forget a single one of them. 7 And the very hairs on your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are more valuable to God than a whole flock of sparrows.

Pastor Sam

P.S. C U Sunday, Pastor Jimmy Steele is sharing his heart


August 2, 2017

Growing up in my small farm town in the mid-west I had the privilege of playing high school basketball. The coach taught us more than just the art of the game. He taught us to give it all we had. He wanted 100% all the time. In other words, he needed to know if we were all in.

I get the idea that is what God is saying in the book of James. Faith is not just a simple nod of the head. It is a life to be lived. Lives that are examples to the community around us, our 8 to 15, if you will. Faith that is not lived out in our everyday lives is no faith at all. Reading and studying the Bible is not enough. The Bible is God’s game plan. Let me ask, “are you all in?”

James 1:22 (NIV) Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.

Pastor Sam  


July 27, 2017

When Jesus was on earth He was very honest about the commitment one would make to follow Him. He said; John 16:33 (NLT) I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” There are 2 promises in that verse. There will be tough times, that’s a promise. Jesus has seen it all and will never leave you on your own, that’s a promise. Every situation God has allowed to happen in your life is for a reason. Rejoice, you will get through this and for good reason.

See you Sunday as we begin the book of James written to a church with lots of trouble.

Pastor Sam  


July 19, 1017

I wish you could travel in my shoes this week. The joy of watching the church working together to reach the children in our community is something to behold. Boy do the children have energy. I am aware we are mostly the senior citizens doing the serving but this year God has sent us some special help. Mark Salazar and his team from Fellowship of Christian Athletes are doing a stellar job. The truth be known we could not have had sports camp this year without them.

Pray for us as we close out the camp Friday evening with a BBQ put on by the Samoan church and the kitchen crew from Windsor Hills. Then we will have a final meeting after the 5:30 meal to honor each of the campers and share the gospel with the parents.

Colossians 3:14 (NIV)  And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. 

C U Sunday 10:00 AM sharp

In His Grip;

Pastor Sam  


July 5, 2017

Whenever I visit my sister and brother-in-law in Kalamazoo, they lend me one of their cars. That really comes in handy, because I can take that car anywhere I want. I can go downtown to a coffee shop; run out and get some ice-cream; maybe run down to the church to visit Norm at the food pantry, (a food distribution for those in need). That car is mine and I can go anywhere I please. However, it is only temporary. I will only be there a short time. Then I return the car and go home.

Life is a little like that. We are on loan to this earth for just a few short years. Since we belong to God, He is the one that directs us. Go here and present the good news to these few people; show up there and minister on His behalf. Then the end is here and we leave this body that was on loan to this world and go home.

We are not home yet, so keep on serving the Master because you are on loan to a lost and fearful world.

C U Sunday 10:00 AM sharp

Pastor Sam


June 29, 2017

Greetings fellow citizens;

What a great way to start a 4th of July week end; JAZZ AND ICE CREAM-because they are both cool. Saturday 2-5PM

This Sunday we will have one of La Mesa’s finest as our guest to honor our local police department.

Did you ever wonder why we must have a police department in our city? Why do we have to have a government anyway? Does God approve of our government structure. Believe it or not, God address the need for government and its purpose in the Bible. So, I will see you Sunday at 10:00 am and we’ll see what the Bible says how we are to act towards our ruling party.

Pastor Sam  

June 21, 2017

Greetings Peacemakers;

Romans 12:18 (NLT)

18 Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone.

Paul sounds like Jesus when He said "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God." -Matthew 5:9 (NIV)

It is easy to cause trouble. We have enough of that in the world without even looking for it. I have noticed lately we, as a country, are divided and so angry. We cannot disagree without being disagreeable. What a great opportunity for us who are Jesus followers, to show the world around us how to live at peace with everyone. It is not easy to always live at peace with all men. However, we should do everything in our power to be peace-makers, peace-lovers and peace livers. We should especially demonstrate this in our church and homes. Go in Peace my Christian friends; the world around you needs to see that. 

Pastor Sam  


June 14, 2017

Romans 8:38-39 (NIV)

38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

The reason Paul can write that to the church of Rome is because God is immutable. God never changes in His nature or His attributes. The Bible teaches God is love and He is a just God also. My mother used to always say, “remember God is just as just as He is loving”. Our faith is based on the mercy and grace of God and because God can never change it will always be that way. Hebrews 13:8 (NIV) Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.

Man may come up with different ideas about religion or even God’s redemptive plan. But God never changes and that gives me peace and security. He loves us, always has, always will, and that will never change.

That’s good news; C U Sunday for some more good news as we continue our “roaming through the book of Romans”.

Pastor Sam  


June 7, 2017

What do you have planned for the Summer? Many of us have made vacation plans. A trip to visit relatives or to state parks. Maybe camping along the ocean or in the mountains are in your plans. We all need our times to get away and have a little time of relaxing and recreation. It is important for us mentally and physically. I would also say it is good for you spiritually. I enjoy visiting with other places of worship when on vacation and meeting new believers. It is encouraging to see what God is doing in other communities. So just a reminder on your vacation Satan never takes a day off. 

1 Peter 5:8 (NIV)

8 Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.

Make sure your vacation is an advancement in your relation to the One who loves and desires the best for your life.  By the way, summer is a great time to reach your OIKOS.  Jazz & Ice Cream and sports camp is coming to Windsor Hills Community Church in July. 

Pastor Sam  


May 31, 2017

George Barna research says 64% of the Christians are born again prior to their 18th birthday. Many of our pastors and missionaries give their lives for fulltime service in the early teens.

Maybe those are 2 good reasons for Windsor Hills Community Church to have sports camp. It’s not about playing games, though they will. It is not about having a barbeque, though we will. It is about reaching the children for Christ. Touching the lives of their parents with the good news.

However, we will not be able to accomplish this great endeavor without you. We need volunteers. Pray that the Lord of the harvest will send workers. If you can help then contact the church office at 619-463-1201 or Teresa. She would do double back flips to hear from you. Well maybe not double, not even one back flip. However, she would really be glad to hear from you.

Remember the words of Jesus: Mark 10:14 (NLT) …. He said to them, “Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of God belongs to those who are like these children.

Pastor Sam  


May 24, 2017

As once again I think about Memorial Day weekend, I am reminded of the ultimate sacrifice of so many young men and women. According to the PBS News site on the web, 1.1 million U.S. military people have lost their lives in all the wars we have fought to stay a free nation. They also pointed out that this holiday weekend was started during the civil war when they began decorating the graves. May 30, 1868 was the first Decoration Day observed at Arlington National Cemetery. It was later changed to Memorial Day and became a national holiday in 1971.

Let us be grateful for the freedoms we have as Americans. For freedom is not free. Many paid a very high price.

Sunday, I will share with you 3 significant memorials we find in the Bible.

C U 10:00 AM sharp
Pastor Sam  


May 3, 2017

Matthew 22:37-39 (NIV)

37 Jesus replied: "'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'

Sometimes I think the church gets a bad rap. It has been that way ever since the church began 2000 years ago. Nero burned Rome down and blamed the Christians, the church. We are accused of spreading diseases on all the islands of the pacific, every time war breaks out they blame us. Today in America we are called bigots and any kind of phobia you can imagine. What I don’t understand is where does this come from, we are simply God fearing, peace loving people. Sure, we have a standard of ethics and sometimes our values may differ from someone else but that doesn’t mean we hate those who disagree with us. We simply believe Gods way is a better way. What is there about “love your neighbor as yourself,” they don’t like.

Maybe we need to remember that our savior loved the world He created so much that He died for every human being in every generation. So, let us love the same way and one person at a time we can change our world.

Pray for your OIKOS

Pastor Sam


April 26, 2017

Romans 5:8 (NIV) 8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

 

The highest manifestation of love is to die for someone else. Men die for love of country or trying to save another person’s life. When Christ died, He was expressing the highest manifestation of God’s love for us. While we were rebellious against Him and despicable in our character, Christ died for us. Because of His act of love, we now have a person to person relationship with God. In this way, we found peace with God and heirs of His Kingdom forever. Christ did not die to make us lovable, Christ died because God already loved us.

Join the family at Windsor Hills Community Church, after all we are not perfect, so you might just fit right in with the rest of us. God loves you, always has, always will.

C U Sunday 10:00 AM

Pastor Sam  


April 19, 2017

Romans 1:17 (NKJV)

17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, "The just shall live by faith."

Luther had it right, “The just shall live by faith”. A proclamation Paul had made to the church in Rome fifteen hundred years earlier. Luther saw the church drifting from the truth of the good news. His desire was to bring the church back to teaching of the Bible.

The gospel is quite simple, Christ died, was buried and rose again. It is the reason we can be assured of a future and a hope. What we don’t understand is why God chose this way to redeem His depraved creation. Maybe this Sunday we will see the reason our salvation has to be by faith and faith alone. 

Sunday begins a new study in Romans simply called The Good News. In our world we sure could use some good news today.

C U Sunday 10:00 sharp

Pastor Sam


April 12, 2017

John 11:25 (NIV)

25 Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies;

Can you believe such an outlandish statement as that, “ I am the resurrection and the life…” If I heard that statement from a religious leader my reaction would be, prove it. That was the reaction of Martha and Mary. They believed that if Jesus had come earlier He would’ve healed their sick brother. Now it is too late Lazarus is dead. However, Jesus, to prove He is who He said He is, went to the tomb and commanded Lazarus to come out alive. The reason Jesus could do this miraculous event is because He is God, the creator of life.

That is Easter’s hope. Jesus has the power to give me new life. New life now and new life throughout all eternity. I have this hope because Jesus has never lied and never broken a promise. I trust Him because He proven to be trustworthy.

Celebrate with me this Sunday the resurrection from death to life Jesus our Savior.

 

Pastor Sam

PS: Parking is always at a premium on Easter, so if you are not a senior citizen and are able bodied, Park at Helix High, thank you.


April 5, 2017

Greetings World Changer;

I wonder what the world was like 2000 years ago, during Easter week. For the people living in Jerusalem, it was time to celebrate Passover week. For many people, it was another religious ceremony they have been doing for centuries. For others, it was a time of reflection. For still others they were looking for someone to help them get rid of their oppressive government. For Jesus, the Son of God, it was a time to spend with His followers. Last minute instructions before He turned the job of world change over to them. So, He says to one of His men, get me a donkey and lets head into town. The donkey stops at the city limits. Jesus surveys the community and weeps.

I wonder, does Jesus still weep over the city; does His heart break for our community? I think it does and I think we should be weeping with Him.

Psalm 126:5 (NIV) Those who sow in tears will reap with songs of joy.  

C U Sunday as we reach our world for Christ.

Pastor Sam


March 29, 2017

Luke 6:12 (NIV)

12 One of those days Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God. If the Son of God required a night of prayer in order to determine the Father’s mind, how long might it take us in prayer to clearly determine our Father’s will?”- Henry and Richard Blackaby

Very good question. For me a simple answer would be, as long as it will take. We should never think that we have prayed and the answer has come so we don’t need to pray anymore. While we are on this earth we will always be facing impossible situations that will require wisdom from an all wise God.

So we must always be praying and never, never give up. God is always able to make the impossible possible. That is why He receives all the glory and that is why we should pray.

Can’t wait to see you Sunday at 10:00 AM SHARP

Pastor Sam


March 23, 2017

Greetings Prayer Partners;

2 Samuel 7:22 (NLT)

22 “How great you are, O Sovereign LORD! There is no one like you. We have never even heard of another God like you!

If God is sovereign, then why should we pray? Matthew 26:41 (NIV) "Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak."

Not only did Jesus tell us to pray but he was teaching us to be alert about our circumstances. To do the Creator’s will we must be dependent on His sovereignty in His world. Prayer is not an exercise in futility, it is a work with the Almighty God that is required for this world to change. Change brings hope and the hope God gives us, brings peace.

Pray with me for our church, and all God’s called out ones who gather on Easter, for a great awakening this Easter. We need the hope that only can come from a sovereign God.

Pastor Sam

PS Join us as a church for our prayer retreat Saturday April 1.


March 16, 2017

Luke 5:16 (NIV)

16 But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.

If we have learned nothing else from the book of Nehemiah, we have learned the importance of prayer. Faced with opposition from all directions Nehemiah continually prayed.

We also learn the same lesson from our master teacher, Jesus. Many times, throughout His life He took the time to get alone and pray. He knew the power, wisdom, and love of the One He prayed to, God the Father. He also knew there was a personal enemy trying to discourage and harass His followers. Again, He prayed. Luke 22:31-32 (NIV)

31 "Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift you as wheat. 32 But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers."

As followers of Jesus we must keep praying for each other and for God to work. Our families our community need to see the hand of a life-giving God. Keep up the good work of prayer.

Your Prayer Partner,

Pastor Sam


March 8, 2017

Greetings Fellow World Changers;

Matthew 16:18 Jesus tells Peter that He, Jesus, is going to build His church and the gates of Hell will not stop Him. When I reflect on that promise, 2 thoughts come to my mind. One, Jesus is going to build His church, not me. Whenever I think it is my job I stress out. That is a huge responsibility. That means changing my world is all up to me. I know He said, “go and make disciples,” but I can’t do that. Sometimes I have trouble defining what a disciple looks like let alone trying to make one. Two, I realize it is not up to me. It is up to Jesus. All He asked me to do is join Him in that task to build His church. So, this Sunday I will meet with a few other “called out ones”, the church, and offer praise to the King of Kings. We will learn from the Book He has written and join Him in the greatest endeavor in the history of mankind, change our world for Christ. See you Sunday; we are called to make a world of difference in someone’s life.

Pastor Sam


March 1, 2017

Dear Winners;

Matthew 16:18 (NLT)

18 Now I say to you that you are Peter (which means ‘rock’), and upon this rock I will build my church, and all the powers of hell will not conquer it.

To help us understand that the rock is Jesus Paul wrote: 1 Corinthians 3:11 (NLT)

11 For no one can lay any foundation other than the one we already have—Jesus Christ.

I share those 2 verses with you because they are the key to returning the glory back to the church. In the Old Testament, Nehemiah is burdened for the glory to return to his beloved town Jerusalem and the Temple. To do that he needed protection from his enemies who will do anything to distract him. He also needed supplies and people willing to work. In the church today, we face a similar predicament. Like Nehemiah we need help and through prayer we will complete the task Jesus has asked us to do in Matthew 28:19-20. The big difference, we cannot fail. The above-mentioned Bible verses informs us we are doing Christ work. His promise to us states, He is the solid foundation and nothing will stop Him from building His church. So, don’t be discouraged, the back of the book says we win. (Revelation 21 see for yourself}

On the winning team with you;

Pastor Sam


February 24, 2017

When Sarah, Abraham’s wife, was informed she was going to have a child, she struggled to believe it because she was too old to give birth. When Mary was notified she was going to give birth to the Christ child and remain a virgin, she didn’t understand how this could be possible. In both cases these women were instructed that,” with God all things are possible”. Nehemiah lets us know why the impossible was possible. He prayed to God who has a covenant relationship with us; God who is sovereign, He rules and overrules; and God who is all-powerful. He is the only one and true God who does the impossible. So, when we are faced with life’s tough times or find ourselves in situations we have no way out, we simply turn to the same God Nehemiah turned to and pray. Always remember God is able.

Join us this Sunday as we begin the book of Nehemiah and find out what it will take to “Reclaim the Glory”.

Nehemiah 1:5-6a (NLT)

5 Then I said, “O LORD, God of heaven, the great and awesome God who keeps his covenant of unfailing love with those who love him and obey his commands, 6 listen to my prayer!...

Pastor Sam

PS Wednesday we begin 40 Days of Hope; From March 1 to April 9 as a church we, along 100's of other churches, will fast and pray and ask God to begin a great awakening in our church and in our city this Easter season.


February 15, 2017

Greetings Agents of Mercy;

Acts 1:8 (NLT) But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 4:20 (NLT) We cannot stop telling about everything we have seen and heard.”

Spreading the good news that God loves us and everyone we meet is not as easy as it seems. We get nervous, what will others think? How will I approach the subject? What am I going to say? All these thoughts go through our head. However, God says He will provide the power and put the desire in our hearts. Maybe the problem is we are trying too hard to be so perfect. Instead we should be relying on His spirit to direct us as to where and what. If we simply ask for His wisdom and opportunities, don’t you think He will give us the courage to speak in His behalf?

This Sunday we are on our last sermon in our series, “The Miracle of Mercy”. We will learn how to be a more effective witness for Christ. It is all about walking across the room and building relationships.

C U Sunday at 10:00 AM

Pastor Sam


February 8, 2017

Next Tuesday the 14th of February is Saint Valentine’s day. As kids, I remember handing out little pieces of candy hearts with all kinds of friendly statements like, be mine, or be my valentine. Legend has it, Saint Valentine was martyred for disobeying the Roman King by marrying young men against the King’s orders. The king thought young men, without wives, were better soldiers because there were less distractions. Today we have carried the day into a semi-holiday. We buy valentine cards. boxes of candy, especially chocolates, for that special one in our lives. The reason we do this, we want to express our love and devotion for that person.

The God of creation, the originator of the universe, The One who brought into existence mankind, has expressed His love and devotion too. He wrote us a 66 book valentine card to let us know how much He loves us. He wanted us to realize the great extent of His devotion by giving His life as one of us. By doing this He made a way for us to genuinely love Him back. Let us not forget His love on the 14th of February because He made it possible for us to genuinely love that special one in our lives.

Ephesians 5:25 (NLT) 25 For husbands, this means love your wives, just as Christ loved the church. He gave up his life for her 5:33 (NLT) 33 So again I say, each man must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.

 

Pastor Sam


February 1, 2017

Matthew 5:7 (NLT)

7 God blesses those who are merciful, for they will be shown mercy.


Have you ever noticed that Jesus, during his life here on earth, showed a great amount of compassion? Every day as he walked on this earth he was genuinely concerned about the needs of those around Him. He would stop whatever He was doing and heal the sick or touch a blind man’s eyes. It seems He wasn’t bothered by the interruptions.

That’s what bothers me about being compassionate, it always interrupts my schedule. Now I know you feel the same way. So, I want to discuss this act of mercy concept of being concerned about others this Sunday. For all around us there are people with needs just waiting for some act of kindness. Sometimes all people want is for you to take the time to just listen to them with a empathetic ear. James 1:22 (NIV) 22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.

Practicing a random act of kindness can go a long way to encourage a discouraged world.

Pastor Sam


January 26, 2017

Everyday my granddaughter sends me a Bible verse of the day. Today I just received the following; Lamentations 3:22-24 (NLT)

22 The faithful love of the LORD never ends! His mercies never cease.

23 Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning.

24 I say to myself, “The LORD is my inheritance; therefore, I will hope in him!”

The Lord not only shows us mercy, daily, but because of His mercy gives us hope. Join us this Sunday as we discover how valuable you are to God. Your worth to God is so great it is hard to measure; so, don’t ever, ever, think you are a worthless good for nothing. God, who created you, never says that about you and He knows you better than you know yourself.

Come Sunday and you will see what I mean as we discuss further, The Miracle of Mercy.

My Hope is in God;

Pastor Sam


January 19, 2017

Greetings to Those Whom Christ Has Pardoned;

Forgive, the toughest word in the dictionary for man to understand, let alone practice. Wars are fought, countries are destroyed over that word. Could you imagine what would happen in the middle east if each side forgave the other over their past aggressions. Peace, that’s what would happen. Even if one side learned the power of forgiveness, I think that would lead to a better outcome.

What about my own life, my own relationships? Would they not be better if I learned to forgive? My neighbor would probably speak to me again. I would speak to him any a different tone of voice. Kindness comes from the heart of forgiveness. Relationships are rebuilt through the attitude of forgiveness.

Let’s talk about this some more, say Sunday, around 10:00 AM in a building on the corner of Lowell and Orien in La Mesa.

C U There

Pastor Sam

Colossians 3:13 (NLT)

13 Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.


January 11, 2017

Ever feel like a failure? Maybe I should put the question this way, have you ever really failed? No, I am not talking about the time you failed your chemistry class. I mean, in life, have you failed in your relationship with God. You had a great opportunity to be a real influence in someone’s life and you failed to present the gospel. Maybe there was an office party and you compromised your integrity, drank too much, told off color stories; you get the idea. Peter, in the New Testament, pulled the biggest failed moment of his life. When recognized at the trial of Jesus as one of His disciples He fearfully replied, “I don't know what you're talking about," he said. Matthew 26:70 (NIV) Let’s be honest we would’ve done the same thing. Yet later on, it was Peter that preached and 3,000 were added to the church; when asked by the courts to not speak about this same Jesus he earlier denied, he replied, I can’t help it, I must speak.

You see mercy says God will forgive our failures. Let’s talk more about this, Sunday. We need to put those failed moments behind us and move on with serving God.

C U Sunday 10:00 AM sharp

 

Not Perfect but Forgiven

Pastor Sam


January 4, 2017

Nehemiah 9:31 (NIV)

31 But in your great mercy you did not put an end to them or abandon them, for you are a gracious and merciful God.

I am excited about our new sermon series that is starting this Sunday, The Miracle of Mercy. The world accuses us of believing in a God that is angry, bigoted, and judgmental. However, the Bible tells us our God is quite the opposite. His very nature is love; 1 John 4:16 (NIV) And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him.

We not only believe that God is love but that God also wants to produce in us the same characteristic. When God’s love becomes part of our spiritual DNA then we can learn to forgive, help those who are hurting, be patient with those that are difficult and care for the broken and lost around us.

Join me and your church family as we continue to develop the mercy side of life.

C U Sunday 10:00 AM Sharp

Pastor Sam



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