Monthly Archives: March 2016

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Our boast

“For our boast is this, the testimony of our conscience, that we behaved in the world with simplicity and godly sincerity, not by earthly wisdom but by the grace of God, and supremely so toward you. For we are not writing to you anything other than what you read and understand and I hope you will fully understand— just as you did partially understand us—that on the day of our Lord Jesus you will boast of us as we will boast of you.” ‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭1:12-14‬ ‭ESV‬‬

worker and laborer

“Let all that you do be done in love. Now I urge you, brothers—you know that the household of Stephanas were the first converts in Achaia, and that they have devoted themselves to the service of the saints— be subject to such as these, and to every fellow worker and laborer. I rejoice at the coming of Stephanas and Fortunatus and Achaicus, because they have made up for your absence, for they refreshed my spirit as well as yours. Give recognition to such people. The churches of Asia send you greetings. Aquila and Prisca, together with the church in their […]

the second man is from heaven

“Thus it is written, “The first man Adam became a living being”; the last Adam became a life-giving spirit. But it is not the spiritual that is first but the natural, and then the spiritual. The first man was from the earth, a man of dust; the second man is from heaven. As was the man of dust, so also are those who are of the dust, and as is the man of heaven, so also are those who are of heaven. Just as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image […]

so also the Son gives life

“So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of his own accord, but only what he sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father does, that the Son does likewise. For the Father loves the Son and shows him all that he himself is doing. And greater works than these will he show him, so that you may marvel. For as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, so also the Son gives life to whom he will. The Father judges no one, but has given all judgment to the […]

The Resurrection of Jesus -by William Lane Craig

By William Lane Craig I spoke recently at a major Canadian university on the existence of God. After my talk, one slightly irate co-ed wrote on her comment card, “I was with you until you got to the stuff about Jesus. God is not the Christian God!” This attitude is all too typical today. Most people are happy to agree that God exists; but in our pluralistic society it has become politically incorrect to claim that God has revealed Himself decisively in Jesus. What justification can Christians offer, in contrast to Hindus, Jews, and Muslims, for thinking that the Christian […]

Happy Resurrection Sunday

“But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared. And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men stood by them in dazzling apparel. And as they were frightened and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, “Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen. Remember how he told you, […]

not offended

“And when the men had come to him, they said, “John the Baptist has sent us to you, saying, ‘Are you the one who is to come, or shall we look for another?’” In that hour he healed many people of diseases and plagues and evil spirits, and on many who were blind he bestowed sight. And he answered them, “Go and tell John what you have seen and heard: the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, the poor have good news preached to them. And blessed […]

earnestly desire the higher gifts

“Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it. And God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, helping, administrating, and various kinds of tongues. Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? Do all possess gifts of healing? Do all speak with tongues? Do all interpret? But earnestly desire the higher gifts. And I will show you a still more excellent way.” ‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭12:27-31‬ ‭ESV‬‬

we are disciplined

“For anyone who eats and drinks without discerning the body eats and drinks judgment on himself. That is why many of you are weak and ill, and some have died. But if we judged ourselves truly, we would not be judged. But when we are judged by the Lord, we are disciplined so that we may not be condemned along with the world.” ‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭11:29-32‬ ‭ESV‬‬

John Piercy joins the Team

It is a joy to announce John Piercy has joined the teaching ministry of New Church Whittier. With over thirty years experience in ministry, we are excited to see him expand his influence and platform for discipleship with us. Stop by Polly’s Pies in La Mirada on Wednesdays (7:00pm), to “get a taste” of God’s Word and maybe a piece of pie too.

Under the cloud

“For I do not want you to be unaware, brothers, that our fathers were all under the cloud, and all passed through the sea, and all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea, and all ate the same spiritual food, and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank from the spiritual Rock that followed them, and the Rock was Christ.” ‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭10:1-4‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Mark from

Mark from I. Introduction (1:1–15) II. Demonstration of Jesus’ Authority (1:16–8:26) A. Jesus’ early Galilean ministry (1:16–3:12) B. Jesus’ later Galilean ministry (3:13–6:6) 1. Calling of the Twelve (3:13–35) 2. Parables (4:1–34) 3. Nature miracle, exorcism, and healing (4:35–5:43) 4. Rejection at Nazareth (6:1–6) C. Work beyond Galilee (6:7–8:26) 1. Sending of the Twelve (6:7–13) 2. Death of John the Baptist (6:14–56) 3. Teachings on moral defilement (7:1–23) 4. Opening to Gentiles (7:24–30) 5. Additional miracles in Decapolis and Bethsaida (7:31–8:26) III. Testing Jesus’ Authority in Suffering (8:27–16:8) A. Journey to Jerusalem (8:27–10:52) 1. Peter’s confession (8:27–33) 2. Call […]

from death to life

Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life. – John 5:24 (ESV)

We get a report…you bless us.

It is such a blessing when we see the number of “opens,” that is, responses to the email we send out. Thanks for the support and interest in – God’s Word, Church planting and ministry. We pray for you, when we see your name or email address on the list. You are such a blessing.

servant to all

“For though I am free from all, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win more of them. To the Jews I became as a Jew, in order to win Jews. To those under the law I became as one under the law (though not being myself under the law) that I might win those under the law. To those outside the law I became as one outside the law (not being outside the law of God but under the law of Christ) that I might win those outside the law. To the weak I became […]

The Father loves the Son

“He who comes from above is above all. He who is of the earth belongs to the earth and speaks in an earthly way. He who comes from heaven is above all. He bears witness to what he has seen and heard, yet no one receives his testimony. Whoever receives his testimony sets his seal to this, that God is true. For he whom God has sent utters the words of God, for he gives the Spirit without measure. The Father loves the Son and has given all things into his hand. Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; […]

rising very early

“And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed.” ‭‭Mark‬ ‭1:35‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Joshua from

Joshua from The book of Joshua divides logically in the middle, with the first half focusing on Israel’s conquest of the land of Canaan and the second half on the distribution of the conquered territories among the Israelite tribes. Better, however, is an analysis of the book as four sections, each characterized by a key Hebrew word. The sound similarities between the Hebrew words yield the following pattern: ‘abar Cross the Jordan into the land (chapters 1-5) laqakh Take the land (chapters 6-12) khalaq Divide the land (chapters 13-21) ‘abad Serve the Lord in the land (chapters 22-24) I. […]

How is it

“Now while the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them a question, saying, “What do you think about the Christ? Whose son is he?” They said to him, “The son of David.” He said to them, “How is it then that David, in the Spirit, calls him Lord, saying, “‘The Lord said to my Lord, “Sit at my right hand, until I put your enemies under your feet”’? If then David calls him Lord, how is he his son?” And no one was able to answer him a word, nor from that day did anyone dare to ask him any […]

longed to see

The Purpose of the Parables 10Then the disciples came and said to him, “Why do you speak to them in parables?” 11And he answered them, “To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given. 12For to the one who has, more will be given, and he will have an abundance, but from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. 13This is why I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, […]

let him go free

““If your brother, a Hebrew man or a Hebrew woman, is sold to you, he shall serve you six years, and in the seventh year you shall let him go free from you. And when you let him go free from you, you shall not let him go empty-handed. You shall furnish him liberally out of your flock, out of your threshing floor, and out of your winepress. As the Lord your God has blessed you, you shall give to him. You shall remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt, and the Lord your God redeemed […]

Why parables Jesus?

“Then the disciples came and said to him, “Why do you speak to them in parables?” And he answered them, “To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given. For to the one who has, more will be given, and he will have an abundance, but from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. This is why I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand. Indeed, […]

Matthew from

I. The Arrival in History of Jesus the Messiah (1:1–2:23) A. The genealogy of Jesus the Messiah (1:1–17) B. The angelic announcement of the conception of Jesus the Messiah (1:18–25) C. Magi report the star-sign of the birth of “the King of the Jews” (2:1–12) D. OT prophecies are fulfilled in Jesus the Messiah (2:13–23) II. John the Baptist Prepares for the Appearance of the Messianic Kingdom (3:1–17) III. Jesus the Messiah Begins to Advance the Messianic Kingdom (4:1–25) A. Temptations of the Messiah (4:1–11) B. Jesus the Messiah begins his Galilean ministry (4:12–25) IV. The Authoritative Message of the […]

not with the old leaven

“Your boasting is not good. Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump? Cleanse out the old leaven that you may be a new lump, as you really are unleavened. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed. Let us therefore celebrate the festival, not with the old leaven, the leaven of malice and evil, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.” ‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭5:6-8‬ ‭ESV‬‬