Encountering the life changing power of Jesus Christ

Screen Shot 2017-03-16 at 3.27.10 PMIt has been a lot of fun studying through the Gospel of Mark. I have been studying this Gospel with my preschool teachers on a biweekly basis. So far, we have covered 8 chapters. It is amazing to see how Jesus transforms people through the power of His Word. His message is for the entire world. In case you have not been studying along with us, here is a list of the previous lessons.

  1. Jesus: Experiencing His Life and Ministry
  2. Jesus the Rescuing Teacher
  3. The unpardonable sin
  4. The parable of the sower and the seed
  5. Failing Faith needs a Faithful Friend
  6. Jesus serves individuals
  7. Discipleship according to Jesus
  8. Genuine faith honors Scripture over Religious Traditions
  9. The teachings of Pharisees vs. The teachings of Jesus Christ

In Mark chapter 9, we are going to discover the transforming power of an encounter with Jesus Christ. Just meeting Jesus is not enough. Continue reading

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A letter from God and Gratitude

This past week was a good week for me and for the pastors of Hoffmantown Church. We had our annual pastors’ retreat in beautiful Pagosa Springs, Colorado. While there, we reflected on the love that the Lord has for us and the high calling that we have all answered, to shepherd the Lord’s flock in His local church. I was privileged to be with my brothers in Christ and hear their stories of how the Lord called them. I was able to share my story as well. It was a blessed time. One of our personal assignments was to write a letter to ourselves, from God. It was a neat assignment. We had to spend some time alone with the Lord and then write, from a Biblical perspective, a letter that we thought He would write to us. After that assignment, we were to list all of the things that we were grateful for that the Lord has given to us or done for us. Here is what I wrote: Continue reading

The birth of Christ

Today during children’s church, we are going to cover the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Over the past 2 weeks, we covered the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Last week, we covered the ascension of Christ. Christ is our example of serving others, connecting with them and then teaching them how to connect with God. He did it during His life and after His resurrection, up until the moment that He ascended into heaven. After His ascension, He sent the Holy Spirit to empower His followers to be living testimonies for Him, connecting with others and discipling them, teaching them how to connect with God.

This week, we are taking a step back and looking at the birth of Christ, specifically focusing on the characters involved, namely, Joseph and Mary, and of course, their Son, Jesus Christ. Continue reading

Sickness is not to end in death, but for the glory of God “Jesus Christ”

It has been two full days since Dad stepped off this earth and in to heaven. We have been very blessed with all of the phone calls, visits, food, and condolences. It has been a real blessing to be together with family and friends, to celebrate the life that my Dad lived and the impact that he made. The hardest time for me is in the early hours of the morning. I find myself awake while everyone else sleeps (that is not uncommon). While awake and alone in the quiet hours, my mind begins to kick in high gear. I was thinking about Dad and what he battled over the past 3 years. He was a fighter and he fought hard until the moment that he slipped into eternity. Continue reading

What happens to a true Christian once he dies?

People seem to be getting more and more spiritual these days, placing heavy emphasis on spirituality yet in a vague sense. In the midst of this spiritual age, many have run overboard in the opposite direction, claiming that there is no such thing as a spiritual world and in the area of life after death, they categorically claim that there is nothing after death; we just cease to exist. As a Christian, I want to present what the Bible, the Word of God, has to say about life after death, specifically, what happens to a Christian upon death. Where do Christians go? Here is God’s answer from the Holy Scriptures: Continue reading

Resurrection from the dead

I want to share yesterday’s sermon from church with you in this article. I was asked by our senior pastor Vasile, to preach on the resurrection of the dead. He has been preaching through the Gospel of Mark for the past 2 years (if you know his traveling schedule then you know why it has been over 2 years). He was supposed to preach the message this past Sunday. He prepared everything and posted invitations to hear the sermon on all the social networks. Continue reading