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You shall be called

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People view the things around them in different ways, some people see treasures, where others don’t see anything at all. Michelangelo, for example, used the stones that were rejected by others, and he found a way to use them to bring beauty and glory. The same could be said about Jesus. He saw value in people, beyond themselves. Jesus said to Peter. “You are Simon … you shall be called Cephas” (John 1:42). These two simple statements are the beginning of one man's journey from being a fisherman to being one of the apostles of Jesus.

Peter is one of the more interesting characters among the apostles. He was not known for being a calm and thoughtful person. I wonder if he was already aware of his limitations and weaknesses? In any case, the gospels illustrate the clear elements of Peter. He was impulsive, impetuous and strong-minded. Curiously, he is listening to Jesus in the first chapter of the gospel of John, when the Lord declared the previous comments mentioned. When we read t…

Looking Back, Looking Forward

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Have you ever been confused by Isaiah 40:31? “But they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.” The confusion comes from waiting on the Lord and yet experiencing weariness. Doesn’t this passage promise that waiting upon the Lord will be easy?

Unfortunately, it doesn’t. Waiting on the Lord is active, not passive. We must seek the Lord for wisdom and direction day by day and work hard at what He has given us to do, even while we wait for Him to reveal His will. This passage is a promise that God will provide the strength that we need to do what He has called us to do. What a wonderful promise it is.

When I look back over this past year, I am refreshed by the many ways we have seen the Lord provide for our church family. You were without a Senior Minister for over two years, and yet the Lord sustained Christ Church during that season. There are many reasons to rejoice …

Life gets busy, but grace wins

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Good morning, have you realised that another week has gone by? I wonder sometimes what I do with our times. It feels I am so busy all the time. And, then, I ask myself so busy with what. This always brings me back to the story of Martha and Mary.

“But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she approached Him and said, ‘Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her to help me!’ Jesus answered and said, ‘Martha, Martha, you are worried and about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part which will not be taken away from her.’” (Luke 10:40-42)

In Luke 10:38-42, Jesus teaches about the priority of grace. Martha was troubled over her inability to pull off a perfect dinner. Jesus wanted her to discover grace in all. Do not attempt to serve God until you have first been served by Him. Mary was experiencing the grace, presence and her relationship with Jesus before she attempted to “perform.” Through the years, I have see…

Christian friendship - Creating an Evangelical Worldview

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Friendship is a treasure. I think having friends is one of the things that make life worth living, as we share life together. It is not always easy to make or to have friends. Life is too often eclectic. Christ Church should be a place to meet other believers and build fellowship, start new friendships, and share life together. As new people come to our Sunday Service, I want to invite you to consider making time and talk with them.

As I am writing about friendship, let us consider the role of Christian friendship. We must recognize the influence people have on us. Let’s see what Scripture says.

Scripture tells us what a friend should and should not be. In other words, a friend should be one that helps us to grow into godly perspective on life (Prov. 13:20); build up each other (Prov. 27:17) and be there to help and support (Ecc. 4:9-12). On the other hand, he should not be an influence to do sinful things (I Cor. 15:33); draw us away from God (James 4:4); or hinder our walk with th…

Moving Forward - My Newsletter - Issue 3

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It has been already a couple of months since our last newsletter. The Lord has been so gracious to our family in the last year. Here, we are closer to Christmas and to the end of another year.

It has been such a joy to serve Christ Church, Exmouth. The Lord has encouraged us to believe in this new chapter of our lives in England. I felt the Lord has been saying that it is also a new chapter; even more, a new book in Christ Church life. In fact, we have seen an increase in outreach and training opportunities.

Sunday Services has seen an increase in attendance. The Romans series has been welcomed positively by the congregation. If you want to hear the sermons, you are able to access here.

At the same time, I have been able to encourage others to think about church-planting and church growth. This is possible through your constant support to the Nehemiah Fund. These are some of the things that I have been doing in this front.
I have been in conversation through phone and Skype with a you…

What is Right and what is Wrong? - Creating an Evangelical Worldview

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As we continue our consideration of looking and thinking through a Christian worldview, there is a subject that makes a difference from the postmodern worldview. This is the fact that the Bible teaches absolutes; in other words, right and wrong. Let’s see how Scripture directs us to this interesting question.

What is Right and what is Wrong? Can this the question really be answered?

Some people would say “no.” They would say that the answer must be based on someone’s personal opinion; that truth is subjective to our own thinking and emotions. Since people have different opinions and, since opinions often change with time, some do not believe a set rule of right and wrong can exist. If this is correct, then how can we trust our own thinking? And if it is not right and wrong, how can governments dictate by laws what it is right and wrong?

However, in recognition of who God is, and who we are as His creation, we can understand a lot about this issue:

➢ God is the Source of all truth (Ps…

Marriage and Family - Creating an Evangelical Worldview

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Two of the most important issues facing today's world are marriage and family. Specifically, the role played by them on the construction of society. Scripture has a lot to say about this, but sadly the world does not have the time to hear any of it. Thus, the moral decay that started back in the 60s and 70s has continued, taking control of our minds and worldviews. This decay needs to be stopped. I am not talking about going back to the past, but we must learn from the past to move forward to a better future.

Jeremiah 6:16 says “Stand by the roads, and look, and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way is; and walk in it, and find rest for your souls. But they said, ‘We will not walk in it’." Israel neglected the advice they were given and abandoned God's way. Let us not be a generation that forgets the path, but make sure that we walk on it.

We must consider the importance of following God's ways. One of the primary goals for Christian parents must be to teac…