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Friday, January 27, 2012

New Birth


Jesus told Nicodemus in the gospel of John (the 3rd chapter) that he "must be born again". Nothing so depicts that new birth than when someone is baptized into the name of Jesus Christ. I hear so many people today explaining away the importance or necessity of being baptized, while you see just the opposite in scripture. Scriptures are full of accounts of church leaders trying to explain the importance of baptism. I don't see Peter trying to explain away the importance of it in Acts 2:38. I don't see Philip trying to explain how it's not very important in Acts 8:35-39. I don't hear Paul saying anything contrary in Romans 6:3-5. We have become so afraid that someone is going to teach that the 'water' itself is what saves. I don't know anyone who teaches that water saves. We are all in agreement that JESUS SAVES. But even Jesus in Matthew 28:18-20 commanded the disciples to baptize EVERYONE in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Let's read what the church leaders in the New Testament taught about baptism and then shout a HEARTY AMEN! Don't explain it away... Explain it EXACTLY how the Bible explains!

The picture above was painted by Christina Ramos and is available at our church bookstore. It's her son baptizing her daughter! It's beautiful and I have a copy in my office. May every believer in Jesus Christ be baptized in HIS PRECIOUS NAME!

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Does Tim Tebow Walk on Water?

So I am in a spinning class at the LA Fitness in Universal City when I get called out of class by a lady who says there is a phone call for me. She said that it wasn't an emergency, but it was important. Whew, well at least I knew no one died and ran downstairs to take the call. It was one of my assistants, Shalena, who says, "Fred Roggin of NBC Sports wants to interview you about Tim Tebow."

She then explained I had to be back at the church by 8:00 PM, where they would tape the segment. I raced home, changed my clothes, and got back to the church promptly at 8:00 PM. I did NOT know the questions he would ask, but I did have an idea about the direction of the interview.

I had NO idea what the final question would be and was surprised when Fred Roggin asked the following question. He asked me, "If New England and Denver were playing a football game in a river..." Right there, I was thinking, "WHAT?!?!?! In a RIVER?!?!?!" He continued, "If they were playing in a river, WOULD TIM TEBOW WALK ON WATER?"

Watch the video to see my response!!!

Friday, January 13, 2012

Funny God Has An App For That Photos



I had two people send in these photos via Facebook. The first picture was someone named Valerie who said this was her husband's idea of Facebook, and the second photo was of a cat who definitely needs to find Jesus!


Will add more later! Enjoy and go to www.GodHasAnApp.com to read more!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

God Has An App For That!


For those who are wondering what they would glean from reading the book, God Has An App For That!, which was released this month, I wanted to explain WHY this book was written.

There are millions of people living in America with no moral absolute. We have bought in completely to the idea that we can live our lives as we please... that we need not worry about anything except what makes us feel good. We have taken God out of the equation of humanity, and we have walked down alleys and roads that lead to depression and unfulfilled lives, not realizing that God's Word has the answers to some of our most difficult issues.

Once we find ourselves burdened by the cares of this world--which often is a result of a life lived in vain--we turn to everything BUT God to help soothe our broken hearts. We will try masking our pain with drugs or alcohol. We will use sex in hopes that momentary pleasure will bring lasting peace. We will spend enormous amounts of time involved in hobbies and recreation to busy ourselves in an attempt to distract ourselves from our problems. We might turn to counseling or search online for a solution to life's dilemmas, all the while NOT RECOGNIZING that God's Word has the solution to all of life's complex issues.

The question at hand then is HOW DO WE GET PEOPLE TO REALIZE THEY NEED TO SEARCH GOD'S WORD to find their help, comfort, wisdom and direction?

So I had this idea to write a book called, God Has An App For That!, in hopes that the title alone would pique their interest, that a little light would come on, so to speak, and that they would then want to pick up a copy and read, God Has An App For That! After reading this book, my hope is that people would reach a couple of monumental conclusions: 1.) That there IS a vast amount of wisdom and help inside the Word of God, and 2.) That they, indeed, NEED to read the Bible--and actually begin reading God's precious word on a daily basis. We are so optimistic about that this that we've placed a Bible Reading Guide at the end of the book.

When a person reads God Has An App For That!, YES they will find unforgettable illustrations; YES they will find steps to upload to help them overcome some of life's great struggles; YES they will find that the book is easy to read; YES they will laugh and be challenged; but hopefully and prayerfully they will sit down at the end of the day and say, "I need to read the Bible because there is some great wisdom and counsel that God wants to share with me."

So, I would encourage a strong believer to read God Has an App for That! to remind them of the importance of the Word of God, and I would encourage someone who had never read the Bible to read this book in hopes that it would lead them down a more intentional spiritual path that can only be gleaned from spending time in the Bible. Hopefully, this book will lead people to that assessment and discipline.
Remember, no matter what problem or struggle you are facing, God not only loves you, but he has provided the answers to all of life's most difficult issues. God Has An App For That! will lead you to those answers. Check out the website: http://www.godhasanapp.com/ to order your copy today and spread the word concerning this exciting new book.