Second Annual Regional RCUS Picnic

Let's Picnic!Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!” (Psalm 133:1).

We are looking forward to July 27th when many like-minded believers from across the southland will gather at Silverwood Lake State Recreation Area to celebrate our great God and King and to share the blessing that He has bestowed up His beloved church.

We hope that many of you will join us for a time of fellowship, worship, family, and the enjoyment of the Lord’s creation. Click here for more information.

Looking forward to sharing with you the joy of the Lord.

Jonah and the Many Facets of Salvation

Ship in Storm 2aJonah had to learn the hard way that “Salvation is of the Lord” (Jonah 2:9) and quite often, so do we.

As we follow the misadventures of this rebellious prophet of God each Sunday at 12:30 p.m. on 99.5 FM KKLA and rebroadcast here, we will encounter the manifold grace of God as he deals with Jonah, the sailors, the  people of Nineveh,  and ultimately us.

God’s grace includes the small blessings in life and the great–the greatest of which is our salvation.

What exactly is salvation?

Salvation as revealed in Scripture has so many wonderful aspects that we can liken it to a skillfully cut, multicolored diamond. Each time you turn it, you discover another beautiful revelation of God’s love, mercy, and grace.

Furthermore, the more we consider it in relations to the dark backdrop of our sinful rebellion and total inability to do anything to right the wrong that we have done (Romans 1:18-3:20; Ephesians 2:1-3), the more wonderful the salvation from God appears to us.

Consider the following facets:

  • Peace with God – the turning away of God’s anger and wrath from a sinner through the substitutionary death of Jesus Christ on the cross.
  • Blessing and Comfort – the revelation of the eternal love of our heavenly Father toward His adopted children–believers (Ephesians 1:3f).
  • Supernatural intervention – the believer is changed from dead (Ephesians 2:1f) to alive. He or she is now a new creation in Christ, old things have passed away, behold, all things have become new (2 Corinthians 5:17).
  • Acceptance yet transformation – salvation is by grace, therefore we can do nothing to earn it. We are accepted just as we are, and yet we are being changed by the Holy Spirit from glory to glory into the image of Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 3:18).
  • Belonging – both to God and to those he loves, His beloved people the church (1 Peter 2:4-10).
  • A Future and a Hope (Jeremiah 29:11).

The list goes on and on. 

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The most important question that you must ask yourself is “Has God saved me?”

If the answer is no, then do not delay to call upon the name of the Lord. You can call or write us, for we are here to help you in this extremely important matter.

If the answer is yes, then join with us as we rejoice in the salvation that our Lord has wrought for us (Isaiah 12). 

 

How Is Scripture Powered?

The greatest source of energy we know of is our sun. It rises and sets above Mount Sinai every day. Yet, even the sun is less powerful today than when God wrote the Ten Commandments with His own finger 3,500 years ago on this mountain.

sunrise from Mount Sinai, EgyptSunrise over Mount Sinai

While the energy of the sun has decreased over the millennia, the words of Scripture are as powerful as ever.

Why?

Because the words of Scripture are the revelation of the all-powerful Creator of the universe. God spoken everything into existence. His very breath gave life to Adam.

Furthermore, He declares that  His Word is living and powerful, able to divide the indivisible, able to discern our thoughts and the intents of our hearts (Hebrews 4:12). The Holy Spirit works through the Word to bring us to life (James 1:18; 1 Peter 1:22-25), and thus our minds are renewed and our lives are transformed (Ephesians 4:23; Romans 12:2).

In sum, we can know things past and yet to come; we can relate directly with our Father in Heaven; we can tap into the power source of the Creator of the universe by plugging ourselves into the Word of God Himself—the Scriptures.

Cross PowerGet Plugged in to the power of Scripture

This Bible short is part of a larger study on the profitability of Scripture. Listen and learn more here:

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What Is Our Communication Device with God?

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Words are powerful, especially when they come from God.

Through God’s word everything came into being (Genesis 1, John 1).

Through God’s word everything is sustained (Hebrews 1:3).

Through God’s word both  justice and mercy, blessing and curse are revealed (Deut. 28).

Through God’s word we have a future and a hope (through the gospel).

Sometimes God spoke directly to the prophets who recorded these things as a memorial for every generation. He even wrote them down with His own finger (Exodus 31:18). What did God write? He wrote of redemption and the foundation of our moral laws—the Ten Commandments.

God’s word through His servants reveal His sovereign relationship with His beloved people (historical narrative), His requirements on how to maintain that relationship (laws), and ways to understand and express that relationship (through song, wisdom saying, and other poetic means). Furthermore, He communicated a multitude of promises, the greatest of which is the provision of a Saviour in the person of Jesus Christ. Today, we call it all Scripture and every word of it is profitable for teaching us how God wants us to relate to Him as well as to each other.