Heb 5:13-14 "For everyone who lives on milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, since he is a child. But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil."
Dear CBC Family,
This morning as I was driving to the office, to tie up a couple of things left unfinished from yesterday, I was reminded of how much I have to be thankful for. I am grateful for so much and today especially blessed to be a part of such a fantastic church. I do not say this because I am a pastor here. That would just be vanity. I say this because there is a group of Christ-exalting followers who love Him here. The Lord is doing a great work among us and I hope you can see it. It is not something you would readily observe by looking for crowds. It is something you have to look for in order to appreciate it. I have been watching God work here for 7 years now and I am greatly humbled by what is taking place.
A prime example is I was called by a gentleman yesterday who expressed to me how his experience in churches in San Diego was so discouraging. He stated how he simply wanted to be taught the Bible and how he wanted to come to CBC with his family because he knows we hold the word of God with reverence. To have the church be thought of that way now, instead of a place where wolves led the flock, is the only kind of reputation that matters in this world. I am so proud that the Lord has raised up a group of saints that does that very thing.
Another nice surprise is that we have received 15 new requests to join our weekly email list in the last two days. I’m attributing that to the radio program on KPRZ (1210 AM and 106.1 FM, Sunday mornings at 9:00). It’s nice to know it is something others outside the church are finding useful.
While the things above are nice things what really excites me is the spiritual growth right here in the body. I spoke with a member at Vons the other day who stated that her eyes were opened to the truth of election through the studies at church and how that has completely changed her relationship with Christ for the better. This is why I teach the way I do. I know it is difficult at times but I care about your soul more than your comfort (if that makes any sense). As I’ve said on many occasions, the one who loves you most is the one who speaks the most truth to you! God is glorified when His people think rightly about Him and that two-fold purpose is a major driving force for me. It is the careful teaching of the word of God that will change the life, not the Bible twisted to manipulate or please people. I desire your growth and maturity, more than my popularity. I think of that Great Day often and want us all to be ready to meet Him with no surprises. Thank you for bearing with me and joining in the mission of “presenting everyone mature in Christ” (Col 1:28).