Friday, October 11, 2019

Enote From Pastor Eva

Hello dear family of Eastridge!
This week I was meditating on the beautiful book of Ephesians and although I had already read it before, this time I experienced something different. Every word, every verse, every chapter has captivated me in a very special way. Today I am sharing a part of chapter 1 that has touched my heart:
Ephesians 1:3-8 “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and understanding,”
Ephesian 1:11-14 “In Him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of Him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of His will, in order that we, who were the first to put our hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory. And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the Gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in Him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession- to the praise of His glory.”
I have bolded the words that give praise to God and those that stated that we have been rescued, redeemed to praise the glory of God. Hallelujah! Paul refers three times that our purpose for which we were predestined, chosen and saved is to praise the glory of God. What a privilege that you and I by the grace, mercy and incomparable love of God have been chosen to praise Him!
Generally, every time we think of praise, we relate it to singing songs only. And of course, we praise God by singing praises, hymns or Psalms, but that is one of many ways we can praise Him. The Bible teaches us that He chose us before the creation of the world to be holy and spotless before Him… to praise His glory! When I decide to live in obedience and holiness, my life is a praise for His glory because I reflect His love and His compassion, therefore people believe in God. As a result, I accomplish God’s mission that he has entrusted me with: “go and make disciples...”
I invite you to meditate on the following questions: Am I living my life to praise God? Does everything I do daily with my family, in my work/business, in my school or college, praise God? If you don’t have an answer, I invite you to pray and read the Bible in a humble and sincere attitude before God and listen to Him teaching you how to live in a praise of Him.
I make Paul’s first sentences in chapter 3 of Ephesians verse 14 my prayer; “For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named. I asked that, through the Spirit and with the power that comes from his glorious riches” : Help us to live with the sole purpose of living every second of our life praising God in everything we do with our life, gifts, family, money- everything we think, everything we say and everything we want. Amen!
With the love of Christ, pastor Eva!

*Fall Cleaning: Tomorrow Saturday October 12th from 9am to 12 pm. Come and enjoy the blessing of taking part in the privilege of cleaning the house of God.   We hope to see you!
*Financial Training: Yes, brother Todd is teaching free classes of how to manage the money you receive from God and how you can praise Him with the way you use it. The training consists of four classes on Saturdays at 7pm to 8:30pm at the fellowship hall. He started the first session last Saturday, but if you, like me, couldn’t attended, we have good news: Brother Todd is willing to make-up the session of the first class tomorrow at 6pm.
*Another way to praise God is by helping to bring cleaning items to clean the temple. You could also help by bringing paper plates, cups and cutlery, trash bags, toilet paper, etc. As we know our church’s finances are not in good condition, so we will greatly help if you can donate some things that are needed for the work of God’s work here at Eastridge. The stewards have worked on an inventory of cleaning and disposable items to know exactly what is needed at this time. This Sunday at the entrance of the church on a table will be some examples of some cleaning supplies and other needed materials to help us know exactly what to donate and there will be a sign-up sheet as well. In addition, next to the table will be a box where you can place your donation.  Thank you very much for your cheerful contribution! 

Friday, October 4, 2019

Enote 10-4-19 Spanish

4 de Octubre del 2019

Hace unos anios atras Stephanie y yo leimos un libro "Cautivo en Iran" Es un poderoso relato de dos Cristianos Iranis que fueron arrestados por compartir su Cristianidad con otros. Otro libro fue escrito recientemente del rapido crecimiento de la Cristianidad en Iran, se titula, "Demasiados para encarcelar". Hace una semana mire un reporte que decia que la Iglesia con un crecimiento mas rapido fue fundada en Iran y es liderada por mujeres. 

Esto me causo curiosidad y comenze a investigar. Dado que la propagacion de la Cristianidad en Iran es un movimiento clandestino es dificil de encontrar estadisticas definitivas. Recientemente se estreno un documental titulado "Ovejas dentro de Lobos" Pudieron entrevistar lideres de las iglesias y sus historias son poderosas.

Un creyente comento en el video que entiende los peligros de participar en este renacer de Iran, pero es un riesgo que se tiene que tomar. "Sabemos que si nos encuentran, lo primero que nos harian como mujeres es violarnos y despues nos golpearian hasta que nos maten. Este es un sacrificio que hemos hecho, queremos ofrecer nuestros cuerpos como sacrificios. Porque tengo ese pensamiento cuando me levanto, una vez que salga de esta puerta, no se si voy a volver"

No hay duda  de porque esa iglesia esta creciendo. Cuando los discipulos de Jesus tienen esa pasion de compartir las Buenas Nuevas no importa el costo, no es sopresa que Dios es bendicion. La iglesia no tiene edificios, propiedades o un liderazgo central, pero aun asi, sigue creciendo. El objetivo de este movimiento no es plantar iglesias, si no crecer en discipulado. 

Que gran contraste entre los discipulos de Jesus en Iran y los discipulos de Jesus en Wichita. Que Dios nos perdone, y que Dios nos ayude a semejarnos a Jesus y los Cristianos Iranis.

Pastor Andy

El Domingo pasado les comente un poco acerca de nuestra situacion financial como iglesia. La junta directiva y el equipo de liderazgo tiene que tomar decisiones dificiles. Este es el registro de las dadivas en las ultimas 9 semanas...El monto total necesario para alcanzar nuestro presupuesto para esas 9 semanas es de $33,300...el monto total recaudado fue de $27,406 lo cual nos deja con un deficit de $5,894. Porfavor oren por nuestros lideres mientras buscan la sabiduria de Dios y la direccion para nuestra iglesia.

Enote 10-4-19

October 4, 2019
A couple of years ago Stephanie and I read a book “Captive in Iran.”  It was a powerful account of two Iranian Christians who were arrested for sharing Christianity with others.  Another book recently was written describing the rapid growth of Christianity in Iran, it is entitled, “Too Many to Jail.”  Last week I saw a report saying the fastest growing church in the world is found in Iran and it is led mostly by women.
I was intrigued and began to do a little research.  Since the spread of Christianity in Iran is an underground movement it is hard to find definitive  statistics.  Recently a documentary was released entitled “Sheep Among Wolves.”  They were able to interview some of these church leaders and their stories were powerful.
One believer said in the video that they understand the danger of participating in the Iranian Awakening, but it is a risk they must take.  “We know that if they get us, the first thing they will do to us as a woman is rape us and then they will beat us and ultimately they will kill us.  This is the decision we have made that we want to offer our bodies as sacrifices.  Because I have this thought when I wake up, that when I leave, that door I might not come back."
It is no wonder the church is growing.  When the disciples of Jesus have this passion to share the Good News no matter the cost, it is not a surprise God is blessing.   The church is without buildings, property or central leadership, but still, it is steadily growing.  The movement's aim is not to plant churches, but to grow discipleship.
What a contrast between the Disciples of Jesus in Iran and the Disciples of Jesus in Wichita.  May God forgive us, and may God help us to become more like Jesus and these Iranian Christians.
Pastor Andy

I mentioned last Sunday a little about our financial situation as a church.  Our church board and leadership team has some difficult decisions to make.  Here is the giving record for the past 9 weeks…the total amount needed to meet budget for those 9 weeks is $33,300…the total amount we raised is $27,406 which leaves us with a shortfall of $5,894.  Please pray for our leaders as they seek God’s wisdom and direction for our church.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Enote 9-25-19

Tonight we are meeting at the church at 6:30pm to distribute flyers in the neighborhood advertising our outreach event on Saturday.  We will then gather in the sanctuary for a time of prayer as soon as we finish with the flyers. 

Each year we try to have 3 or 4 church wide events to connect with the neighborhood and the unchurched.  We need all the help we can get for the event on Saturday.  Currently we are trying to scale back our activities based upon the number of people who have committed to help on Saturday.  Be sure to invite your friends...and please join us in prayer for this event.

Here are a couple quotes I recently read and I wanted to share with you:
God has apparently given Himself a self-imposed restriction - to act in the affairs of man in response to prayer. God has chosen to work through us. We are his delegated authority on earth and prayer is the vehicle that gives occasion for His invasion - Bill Johnson

What the Church needs is not more machinery or better, not new organizations or more and novel methods, but men whom the Holy Ghost can use—men of prayer. [He] does not flow thru methods but thru men, not on machinery but on men, not anoint plans but men of prayer. - E. M. Bounds

Enote - Spanish 9-25-19

Esta tarde nos estaremos reuniendo a las 6:30 pm para distribuir los panfletos en nuestro vecindario para anunciar nuestro evento de alcance que tendremos este sábado 28 de septiembre. Después de distribuir los panfletos nos reuniremos en el santuario para tener un tiempo de oración.

Cada ano tratamos de tener tres eventos de alcance evangelístico a nivel de iglesia para conectarnos con el vecindario y las personas que no atienden a ninguna iglesia. Actualmente estamos tratando de reducir actividades en función de la cantidad de personas que se han comprometido a ayudar el sábado. Si usted aun no se ha anotado para ayudarnos a trabajar en alguna área de actividades para este sábado, le animamos a que se anote, y que venga a ayudarnos a realizar la obra de Dios. Además, asegúrese de invitar sus amistades y únase a nosotros a orar para este evento.

Aquí hay algunas citas que recientemente leí y quiero compartirlas con usted:
Aparentemente, Dios se ha dado una restricción autoimpuesta: actuar en los asuntos del hombre en respuesta a la oración. Dios ha elegido trabajar a través de nosotros. Somos su autoridad delegada en la tierra y la oración es el vehículo que da ocasión a Su invasión. - Bill Johnson

Lo que la iglesia necesita no es mejor o mas maquinarias, tampoco mas o nuevas organizaciones o métodos novedosos; sino hombres a quienes el Espíritu Santo puede usar: hombres de oración. [El] no fluye a través de métodos sino a través de hombres, no por medio de máquinas, sino de hombres, no por medio de planes ungidos sino de hombres de oración. - E. M. Bounds 

Friday, August 30, 2019

Enote From Pastor Andy 8-29-19

August 29, 2019

Dear Eastridge Family,

Have you ever considered how you would answer the question, “What is the purpose and mission of Eastridge?”  We talk about making disciples.  We talk about the privilege and power of prayer.  We talk about worship.  What do we do that no other church can or will do?  Is there anything unique to Eastridge Church of the Nazarene?
Recently came across a letter in John Wesley’s journal that caused me to stop and pause and think about his words.  On February 8, 1766 John Wesley, the key founder of the Wesleyan/Methodist/Nazarene tradition, wrote a letter to one of the early Methodist preachers.  After the brief greeting of “My Dear Brother” he got straight to the point.

Where Christian perfection is not strongly and explicitly preached, there is seldom any remarkable blessing from God; and, consequently, little addition to the society, and little life in the members of it.  Therefore, if Jacob Rowell is grown faint, and says but little about it, do you supply his lack of service.  Speak and spare not.  Let not regard for any man induce you to betray the truth of God.  Till you press the believers to expect full salvation now, you must not look for any revival.

In a time when the need for the revival in the church in America seems as obvious as ever, what would John Wesley say about the prospects of revival?  Based on the above letter, he would say we have no right to expect revival because we have not been pressing Christians to expect full salvation now.

As Wesley looked back over the more than fifty years of Methodism and thought about the work that he had seen God do during these years, he zeroed in on one particular doctrine as the key explanation for why God had done this surprising thing in his lifetime.  The belief in entire sanctification, or full sanctification, was the reason for Methodism.

Methodism exists because God gave us a particular corporate calling – to preach and teach that through faith in Jesus Christ it is possible experience full salvation from sin’s power in your life.  The Church of the Nazarene was started in 1908 when church leaders felt like the Methodist church had lost it way and failed to preach full salvation.

How are we doing today?  Has the Church of the Nazarene lost its way?  Has Eastridge Church failed to preach and teach full salvation from the guilt and power of sin? 
May we never stop preaching and teaching Christian Perfection.  God’s grace is greater than all of our sin, not just in the future but right here and right now.

  • This Saturday we will have some special training in Spanish for teachers and leaders starting at noon and lasting until 5pm.  Please contact Pastor Eva for more information.

  •  New membership class will begin this Sunday, September 1st during Sunday School. If you are interested, you can talk to Pastor Andy or Pastor Eva.

  • On Saturday September 7th starting at 10am we will have van driver’s training and teacher training that will last until noon

  • ALPHA small group study will start Sunday, September 8th at 5pm at the fellowship.  Tim Bertrand will lead the class.

  • We are having Evangelist David Martinez come September 13th-15th  for some special services designed to encourage spiritual renewal.  Reverend Martinez is a young evangelist who currently lives in Southern California but is originally from New York City.  Reverend Martinez does most of his ministry in Hispanic churches in the US but also, he travels frequently to Mexico, Cuba, and several countries in Central America.  Our first service with Rev. Martinez will be on Friday evening September 13th @7pm.  He will speak again on Saturday the 14th at 6pm and again on Sunday morning during our worship time and that evening at 6pm.

Make these special services a matter of prayer that we might draw closer to God and that we might see a revival begin here at Eastridge.

  • Sunday School and Missions invite each Eastridge member to be part of the big outreach church wide: MISSION POSSIBLE. It will be on Saturday, September 28th from 11 am to 3pm at our church. We will have inflatable games, cotton candy, snow cones, and Bible stories. This will give us the great opportunity to carry out the great mission of sharing the Good News.  How?  Praying, inviting, being part of the work before the event, during the event and after the event.  More details will be given this Sunday at church.

Nota Electronica Pastor Andy 8-29-19

Querida familia de Eastridge,
Usted a considerado como contestara a la pregunta: ¿Cuál es el propósito y la misión de Eastridge? Hablamos acerca de hacer discípulos. Hablamos acerca del privilegio y el poder de la oración. Hablamos acerca de alabanza.  ¿Qué es lo que hacemos que ninguna otra iglesia hace o hará?  ¿Hay algo único de la Iglesia del Nazareno Eastridge?
Recientemente encontré una carta en el diario de Juan Wesley que causo que me detuviera, hiciera una pausa y pensara acerca de sus palabras. El 8 de febrero de 1766 Juan Wesley quien fue fundador clave de la tradición Wesleyana/Metodista/Nazarena, escribió una carta a uno de los primeros predicadores metodistas. Después de un breve saludo: “Mi querido hermano” el fue directo al punto.
            En donde la perfección cristiana no es fuerte y explícitamente predicada, casi no hay señales de bendición de Dios; y, por consecuente, poca adición a la sociedad, y poca vida en los miembros de la misma. Por lo tanto, si Jacob Rawell está desfalleciendo, y dice poco acerca de su condición, ¿Tu alimentas su falta de servicio? Habla y no retengas. No permitas que ningún hombre te induzca a traicionar la verdad de Dios. Sigue presionando hasta que los creyentes tengan la expectativa de una salvación completa. No debes buscar ningún avivamiento.
En el tiempo en donde un avivamiento en la iglesia en América parecía tan obvio que nunca, ¿Qué Juan Wesley diría acerca del prospecto del avivamiento? Basado en la carta, el diría que no tenemos el derecho de esperar un avivamiento porque no hemos presionado a que los cristianos tengan la expectativa de una salvación completa.
Al Wesley mirar hacia tras sobre más de cincuenta años de Metodismo y pensar acerca del trabajo que ha mirado que Dios ha hecho durante esos años, el se concentro en una doctrina en particular que es la clave que explica porque Dios ha hecho cosas sorprendentemente en su vida. La creencia de la entera santificación, o santificación completa fue la razón del Metodismo.
El metodismo existe porque Dios nos ha dado un llamado corporativo particular- de predicar y ensenar que por medio de la fe en Jesucristo es posible experimentar completa salvación del poder de pecado en nuestras vidas. La Iglesia del Nazareno empezó en 1908 cuando los lideres sintieron que la iglesia Metodista había perdido y fallado en predicar la salvación completa. 
¿Cómo estamos haciendo hoy?  ¿La Iglesia del Nazareno ha perdido su camino? ¿La Iglesia Eastridge ha fallado en predicar y ensenar la salvación completa de la culpa y el poder del pecado?
Que nunca paremos de ensenar y predicar la Perfección Cristiana. La gracia de Dios es más grande que todos nuestros pecados, no solo para el futuro, sino, para hoy y ahora mismo.

  • Este sábado tendremos entrenamiento especial en español para maestros y lideres de 12 a 5. Por favor contacte a pastora Eva para mas información.

  • Una nueva clase de membresia da inicio este domingo 1ro de septiembre durante la escuela dominical. Si esta interesado puede comunicarse con pastor Andy o pastora Eva.

  • El sábado septiembre 7. Vamos a tener entrenamiento para los choferes que manejan nuestra van de la iglesia y los maestros de 10 a 12.

  • El estudio de ALFA va a dar inicio el domingo 8 de septiembre a las 5pm y será impartido por Tim Bertrand.

  • Vamos a tener al Evangelista David Martinez visitándonos del 13 al 15 para unos servicios designados específicamente animar un avivamiento espiritual. El Reverendo Martinez es un evangelista joven que hoy en día vive en el Sur de California pero es originalmente de la Ciudad de Nueva York. El Reverendo Martinez hace la mayoría de su ministerio en iglesias hispanas en Estados Unidos, pero también viaja frecuentemente a Mexico, Cuba, y muchos otros países en Centro America. Nuestro primer servicio con Rev. Martinez sera el viernes 13 a las 7pm. Y nuevamente estará con nosotros el sábado 14 a las 6pm. Y nuevamente el domingo durante el servicio de adoración y el domingo por la noche a las 6pm.
Ponga estos servicios en su lista de oración que podamos acercarnos mas a Dios y podamos ver un avivamiento comenzar en Eastridge.
  • Escuela Dominical y Misiones invita a cada miembro de Eastridge a que sea parte del gran evento de alcance de nuestra iglesia: MISION IMPOSIBLE. Sera el sábado el septiembre 28 de 11 a 3. En nuestra iglesia. Tendremos brinca-brinca, juegos, dulce de algodón, raspados, e historias bíblicas. Esto nos dará la gran oportunidad de llevar la gran misión de compartir las Buenas Nuevas. Como? Orando, invitando, siendo parte del trabajo antes del evento, durante el evento y después del evento. Mas detalles serán dados este domingo.