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The Helmet of Salvation
The Helmet of Salvation

Craig Kruse • October 12, 2019

This Sunday we continue our FIGHT OF YOUR LIFE SERIES with The Helmet of Salvation and I am looking forward to sharing with you some thoughts from God’s Word on this subject!

 

I remember something that a good friend of mine once said with regard to the question of wearing a helmet while riding what was then called “ATC’s” or Off-Road-Vehicles out in the desert to the East of San Diego.

 

Bobby said this:

 

“If you have nothing to protect, then don’t wear a helmet! If you got a $5.00 brain then get yourself a $5.00 helmet. I’m going to get the best helmet I can get… because I think I have something to protect!”

 

Jesus paid the price for an extremely expensive helmet for all of us who know Him as Savior! It’s called the Helmet of Salvation and Jesus purchased it with His own blood.

 

This Helmet of Salvation declares that we all are New Creations! We now belong to the Lord and our old lives are dead and gone! This helmet protects our heads from the cares, habits and temptations of our old lives.

 

We wear this Helmet of Salvation because we all have something very precious to protect. Is this Helmet on your head? I pray that it is…

 

I’ll see you Sunday!

 

Craig

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Shoes of Peace
Shoes of Peace

Edgar Cazares Diaz • October 04, 2019

On Sunday Pastor Mike shared about the armor of God. The image provided in Ephesians 6:10-20 is of a soldier. Without a doubt, Paul had in mind a powerful and soldier-like God when he wrote this passage. Mike taught that the armor is not just what God gives us, but it’s the armor that he wears when he is attacked by his enemies. Isaiah 59:17 says, “He put on righteousness as his breastplate, and the helmet of salvation on his head; he put on the garments of vengeance and wrapped himself in zeal as in a cloak.”


Mike based his message on verse 15. He said that a Christian must stand “ready.” To stand firm requires intention and it takes work. An effort must be made to put on these attributes for our protection. We can’t take this position without the proper shoes. The shoes are the gospel of peace, another idea that Paul borrows from Isaiah (See Isaiah 52:7).


Proper knowledge of the gospel is what we need to withstand the attack. Knowledge of the gospel isn’t just about knowing and understanding the message. It means living out the gospel in all areas of our lives. It makes us alert and ready to live life for God and to resist the powers of darkness. We resist the powers of darkness by the proclamation of the gospel. We must be agents of peace and love that are ready to do the will of God.

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Shield of Faith
Shield of Faith

Craig Kruse • October 04, 2019

Is it just me or does 2019 seem to be passing by extremely quickly? I can’t believe we’ve come to the Month of October already, but I will be very happy to see cooler weather very soon!

 

This Sunday morning we’ll continue our “FIGHT OF YOUR LIFE” Series dealing with the “Shield of Faith”. Interestingly, God’s Word tells us to “take up (hold up)” this Shield of Faith. Doing so requires both intention and effort on our parts. It doesn’t come automatically.

 

We’ll deal with this subject in greater detail this Sunday and I am praying that you’ll be with us.

 

Have a great weekend, keep your shield up and we’ll see each other this Sunday…

 

Blessings,

 

Craig

 

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Gifts
Gifts

Edgar Cazares Diaz • September 27, 2019

On Wednesday of this week, Pastor Craig led a group discussion on spiritual gifts. The central idea of the discussion was that we are all gifted. Our giftedness, elaborated Craig, exists to benefit the body of Christ. Our gifts are offered to others in ministry.


All followers of Jesus are called to ministry. This is the whole idea of the Christian church: it is the body of Christ. You and I are members of this body and we possess our unique giftedness. Jesus’ ministry on this earth included gathering a community of faith to empower them for service on this earth. Jesus said that he would empower his followers to do as he did (John 14:12-14).


Ministry is not something you do, even though it requires you to do a lot. Ministry is something that you offer. When you are in fellowship with God, and you are available for service to others, you can’t help but to minister.


Ministry isn’t something we do alone, but it’s something that’s offered in community. It is experienced in community. If the opposite where true, then our giftedness would become our own destruction. Richard Rohr writes the following: “We are destroyed by our gifts because we identify too closely with what we can do well . . . We cling too much to what comes our way naturally. We enjoy them and take credit for them whenever possible. We all ‘do our own thing’ whether we admit it or not.”1


Individualism robs us of the mutual vulnerability we experience in ministry. Individualism says, “I can do this all on my own. Look at the success I am having.” My experience in ministry has been that I need my brothers and sisters to pray with me, to encourage me, and to challenge me to remain faithful in action and intention.


*Craig concluded our discussion by having us take a spiritual gifts assessment. If you wish to take the assessment, please follow this link: https://www.sdrock.com/files/docs/spiritual-gifts-test/spiritual_gifts_test.pdf

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1 Richard Rohr, Andreas Ebert, and Peter Heinegg, The Enneagram: a Christian Perspective (New York: Crossroad Publishing, 2001), 25-26.


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Shoes of Peace
Shoes of Peace

Craig Kruse • September 27, 2019

Good Thursday Evening to You All!

 

I have been so pleased with the way our “Fight of Your Life” Series has been going so far and I pray that you feel the same.

 

This Sunday we’re going to be learning about the “Shoes of Peace” as the next piece of the Armor of God that we all need to wear. 

 

This idea of living in PEACE is so important in all of our lives but, often times, seems to be either unrealistic and unattainable.

 

This is why the Apostle Paul tells us to intentionally and purposefully put the shoes of peace on our feet; the peace that comes from the Good News.

 

So now you know, in advance, where we’re headed this Sunday. Please come on this journey with us and I am sure that you’ll be glad that you did!

 

Good Night, for now.

 

I have to go find my shoes…

 

Craig

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The Armor (Breastplate) of Righteousness
The Armor (Breastplate) of Righteousness

Craig Kruse • September 21, 2019

Good and Happy Friday Night to All of You!

 

I am already getting pumped and ready for this coming Sunday Morning as we come together to be changed by the Presence and the Word of God! Our THE FIGHT OF YOUR LIFE Series is in week two and on this second week… we have what I’m calling a “double-header.”

 

Dirk and Bobbie Currier will be with us giving a report on what God is doing with and through them in Thailand and then Dirk will be speaking on our Series Topic on “The Armor (Breastplate) of Righteousness”. 

 

We always do our best to make every Sunday a special and unique experience together and I am quite certain that this Sunday is going to be awesome!

 

See You Later…

 

Craig

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Love
Love

Edgar Cazares Diaz • September 21, 2019

On Wednesday of this week, Pastor Craig led a group discussion on love. The consensus was that love is a form of communication and that not everyone communicates or receives love in the same way. Craig borrowed from Dr. Garry Chapman’s “The 5 Love Languages” to expand on this idea.

 

Some people’s love language is “Words of Affirmation.” This type of person responds well to encouraging words. They like to be affirmed and told that they are appreciated. Other people’s love language is “Gifts.” For this type of person, a gift says, “He/She loves me. Look at the gift they got me.”


We also learned about “Acts of Service.” Helping someone with their chores, running errands, creating space for self-care, are all ways in which we can communicate to someone that they are loved. “Quality Time” is another love language that we covered. This might look like undivided attention that is given to the one we love. It means spending time in meaningful ways with the person that we are attempting to communicate our love to. Lastly, we learned about the love language of “Physical Touch.” Sometimes an embrace from a loved one communicates how much they love you.

 

The point Craig communicated was that loving someone requires us to learn how they like to be loved.

 

*To learn more about the languages of love, please follow the link:  https://www.5lovelanguages.com/

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THE FIGHT OF YOUR LIFE
THE FIGHT OF YOUR LIFE

Craig Kruse • September 14, 2019

Happy Friday Afternoon, once again, to all you awesome Men and Women of God! I trust that you all are having a great week as we move into our weekend!

 

This Sunday (just two days from today) we begin a new series called “THE FIGHT OF YOUR LIFE” and I am certain that this series will bring some insight and direction into our daily living. As they say, “The struggle is REAL.”

 

This new series will help us to be the victorious believers that God is calling us to be. God has given us the tools for battle and we need to know what those tools are and how to use them. 

 

So be sure to join us at 10:45 this coming Sunday. If you want to “read ahead” and get a great start to this series, take a look at Ephesians 6:10-17. 

 

Have a great weekend and I’ll see you soon…

 

Craig

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"FOR WHERE YOUR TREASURE IS, THERE YOUR HEART WILL BE ALSO."

Edgar Cazares Diaz • September 14, 2019

There are plenty of priorities in life that compete for our attention. We are well accustomed in our society to juggle many commitments at once, but sooner or later we are faced with the decision to make as to which commitments will earn our valued time and effort. There are only so many hours in a day and we can’t accomplish everything that we want to. What will we say when we reflect on our lives 10, 20 or 30 years from now? Which priorities or commitments will ultimately capture our time and effort? 


Last week’s sermon finished the series with a message that drove the above point home. The message was about priorities, and the central priority is God himself. Jesus asked his followers to “lay up” for themselves a heavenly treasure right now, a treasure that is not corrupted by the problems that affect earthly treasures, a treasure that can be enjoyed on earth and in heaven. How can we achieve this? The wider text provides us with the answers. Learn to live for God. Learn to live in God’s presence. Learn to make God your priority.

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Treasures: Embracing Generosity
Treasures: Embracing Generosity

Craig Kruse • September 07, 2019

Well, this Friday afternoon is winding down and the weekend is almost here once again! This coming Sunday we will conclude our OUTER LIMITS Series with a talk about “Treasures” and I am certain it will meaningful and memorable for us all.

 

I remember, several months back, coming up to a stop on the road behind a really nice motorhome pulling a trailer full of all sorts of desert-exploring vehicles.  On the rear window of the motorhome was a “bumper sticker” that made a very clear indication as to the heart of the owner of all this stuff. 

 

The bumper sticker read, “He who dies with the most toys wins.”

 

The sad fact of the matter is… that nothing could be farther from the truth. In our harried quest to acquire things, way too often we come to a place, before we realize it, that instead of our having stuff, our stuff has us!

 

In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus challenges us with this statement of truth:

 

“Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:21 NLT)

 

So “chew on this” for a little while and I’ll see you Sunday Morning at 10:45. Pastor Mike has some great Worship planned and I am confident that being our together will be the best part of your Sunday!

 

I’m going to end this email for now. I have to go clean out the garage…

 

God Bless You All,

 

Craig

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