This is the graveside funeral service for our beloved Deacon Bruce Raglin, member of PRPC for more than 50 years, and husband of Debbie Raglin and father of Becky Cervantes. He was buried at Miramar National Cemetery in San Diego with lovely military honors.
Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.
A pilgrimage of:
1/ Laying aside what would hinder us .
2/ Running as in a race .
3/ Looking unto Jesus and considering him .
2023 FIRE South Central Regional Fellowship - The Glory and Greatness of God - Isaiah 40 - Session 4: The Everlasting God - Isaiah 40:27-31.
For the other sessions follow the links:
Session 1 – Isaiah 40:1-5 – Job Dunklin https://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=10423114916694
Session 2 – Isaiah 40:6-11 – Jeff Moore https://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=10423121255538
Session 3 – Isaiah 40:13-26 – Jeff Gregory
The younger and older brothers both needed to repent and come home. Discover how the sinful and religious persons both need forgiveness, and both can be accepted by the Father! Don't let religion get in the way of your relationship with God.
That the Tree Might Grow!I Corinthians 9:19-23This message was inspired by the real-life story of NASA flight engineer José Hernández, "A Million Miles Away", follows him on a decades-long journey, from a rural village in Michoacán, Mexico, to more than 200 miles above the Earth in the International Space Station. The schoolteacher had come by to tell the father of mother that you keep moving around too much and you need to stay in one place so that "the Tree might grow." With the support of his family, José's drive & determination culminates in the opportunity to achieve his seemingly impossible goal. Paul was saying we need to have a "Whatever It Takes" attitude about reaching the unchurched. José Hernández was turned down as a astronaut until the twelfth time. Paul had a desire to break down barriers and to build bridges to reach the unbeliever for the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Both success and defeat tempt you to stop paying the price. When an athlete stops paying the price, he not only stops winning, he stops competing. He ends up on the bench. It's the same for a believer. That's why Paul said that he didn't want to be disqualified.
We've known many believers who disqualified themselves. Some of them do it by headline-making sinful behavior. But most people disqualify themselves by way of apathy. By way of laziness. By way of selfishness.If you want to thrive, put this character check in place. Decide today that you will continue to take the road less traveled, the road of self-discipline, and you will continue pay the price as long as there is a race to be run.
Video Includes Missionary's Video. Basic outline:
Disobedience Drove Him From God
a. Personal Deception
b. Pungent Disgrace
c. Prideful Decision
Desertion Drives Others From God
a. Testimony Was Feckless
b. Truth Was Figured Out
Discontentment Drives God From You
a. His Blessings Will Cease
b. His Peace Will Cease
c. His Power Will Cease
The apostle Paul uses the athletic metaphors of a race and a battle to describe the Christian life. The runners and fighters are the new Israel, the Israel of God, and the last three verses of 1 Corinthians 9 introduce us to the old Israel described in the first thirteen verses in 10. The correlation between the two, Christians and Israelites, helps to define the race as the Christian life moving toward Jesus Christ who has the victory and is sharing the prize with all of his brethren and it helps us to define the battle throughout the Christian life against sin, both the internal and external. Because Christians have victory, they are equipped for the race and the battle. God, who is faithful, makes a way to overcome sin and achieve the incorruptible crown through Jesus Christ by the Holy Spirit.
Christians are in a race and a battle. They are the new Israel, the Israel of God, and are the runners and fighters described by Paul in the last 3 verses of Corinthians chapter 9. Using the first 4 verses of chapter 10 about old Israel for an explanation of Paul's athletic metaphor, it is discovered that runners and fighters are brethren (related one to another) who: hear the word of God, do God's will, submit to God, form local assemblies with others, are baptized in water and the Holy Spirit, eat the body (bread) and drink the blood (wine) of Jesus Christ in the Lord's Supper, and drink of the living water from Jesus Christ as they run and fight.
An evangelistic message buidling on Labor Day. What't he most important of all work? And WHY is this work critically important - even eternally important. This message calls a world with upside down views of work to repentance and faith in Jesus Christ.
No More Slumps on The Battlefield Eph. 2:6,10;6:11 Paul uses three words to remind us the get out of the slumps on the field of Life.Sometimes we get in a slump because like athletes, we can get too focused on the numbers and results. We can get consumed by our following on social media. When we take our eyes off of our purpose to glorify God we are going to stumble.It's easy to fall into a pit when we get discouraged by a lack of fruit or reward for our labor. I know it's frustrating to spend time and effort into ministering to someone else just to watch them turn their back on the Lord. It feels like such a waste. But God wants us to invest in others as an act of worship, in obedience to His word, because we love Him, not for fruit to our account.
Isaiah 40 v 26-31 -- From Weakness to Strength
Isaiah draws our attention to three great truths about God - truths which, if taken to heart, will replace our discouragement with hope, and replace our weakness with His Strength.
We have talked about the things that God instructs us to flee from: fornication, idolatry, and youthful lusts. However, God also tells us when we are supposed to stand and not flee. We either flee out of wisdom, as in the case of fornication, idolatry, or youthful lusts, or we flee out of fear, which involves an attack of the devil. It seems that many times we flee when we should stand, and stand when we should flee. We need to listen and obey the counsel of God in this matter, and learn to discern before we stand or flee.