Summer is in full swing! Kids are out of school, vacations are on the brain, and the watermelon is ripe and ready to be carved up at barbecue gatherings. So many of us look forward to vacation because of the freedom it brings. Leaving behind the cares and concerns of everyday life looks so attractive! And it is! God hasn’t created us to fire on all cylinders all the time. But trust me when I say that God is not just interested in giving you a care-free vacation only. He wants to give you a “whole man” tune up –spirit, mind and body– and strengthen you for the road ahead.
Isaiah 30:15 says, “This is what the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel, says, ‘In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength…’ “ When you rest, God is still at work. What a great arrangement! He aligns outside circumstances and things you have no control over while you rest. Even when you think you can’t get away, God has designed rest to strengthen you in trusting His influence in your affairs.
Rest also gives us an outside-looking-in perspective on what is important. Jeremiah 6:16 says, “Thus says the Lord: ‘Stand at the crossroads and look; and ask for the ancient paths where the good way lies; and walk in it, and find rest for your souls.’ ” God assures us that if we will rest physically (stand apart) from our own busyness, He’ll give us new perspective and desire for a better way–His good way. Then when we begin working (walking) in God’s good way, we’ll have greater rest even when we’re working–even rest for our souls.
So while you vacation this summer, I pray you release your burdens to Christ (Matthew 11:27-30). All that has weighed you down is now His to carry. In finding His way, you will find rest for your souls!
Dear Family of God,
Greetings in the Name of our Great God and Savior Jesus Christ!
What an exciting month June is!
Graduations—from primary, middle, high school and college; we are so proud of our graduates and their accomplishments. God has amazing plans for your life and is willing to bless your steps forward as you put your faith in Him.
Now we have completed our move and this Sunday we will worship the Lord at the Corona Civic Center. The book of Numbers describes how God led the Children of Israel for forty years across the wilderness to the Promised Land; the Bible teaches us to become like them…..Cloud Followers!
I believe we are doing just that…following the Holy Spirit as He leads The Gathering forward; our faith is growing, our trust in the Lord is increasing with each move we take!
The Lord loves those who trust in Him!
Be encouraged, brothers and sisters; our time of victory is upon us!
Favor from God is waiting for our activation! Forward progression into ALL the Lord has for us is now full steam ahead!
Look for God’s very best to overcome you.
A super big thank you to ALL those who blessed us by moving The Gathering. Your hard work and joyous spirit in the labor has brought great honor to the Lord!
Thanks so very much!
Dear Family of God,
God’s grace be upon you! I am writing to announce to you the birth of a new move of God in the Corona Valley. Just as Jesus’ birth was hailed by the shepherds after the heavenly announcement was made to them, so, too, the shepherds of Corona will hail the coming of God’s special grace upon His people in this region.
A heavenly announcement was made to us declaring, “…there’s a sound that is coming forth even from heaven in this hour. And many leaders are hearing this sound. It’s a sound of My voice. And I say to you that unique sound will come together as the leaders in this region come together… for there is a glory and there is an outpouring that is yet to be released in this region, but it’s always been My great desire.”
For years the Church in Corona has been fragmented and divided. Even though we rightly say we have been reconciled to God through Christ Jesus and He remembers our sins no more, it is difficult to reconcile ourselves one to another— even among leaders. Pastor Dave Tanner exclaimed, “This does not happen,” except the Lord be in the midst. And He is. We are witnessing a reconciliation movement taking place among church leaders that for us is ten years in the making. When leaders begin to defer to one another in the love of God and wash each others’ feet as a sign of humility and forgiveness, God is on the move!
Hear this shepherd; hail the Word of the Lord. This move will touch the whole valley and beyond! Church leaders are becoming one and soon the Church will follow. This is God’s great desire, the results of which will be truly astounding. Get ready to see the book of Acts continue in our day as we’ve never seen before!
Family of God, contend for more church leaders in this region to hear the sound of God’s voice calling them to reconcile one to another and for the body of Christ to be one. Then joy will overflow to us as it says in John 16:24, “Ask and you will receive, that your joy may be full.”
Dear Family of God,
Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ!
I pray that each of you are growing in the grace of God and experiencing the sweet fellowship of the Holy Spirit. This past weekend, we concluded our 2nd annual worship conference. It was attended very well and several groups blessed us with their teams: Colorado, Santa Maria, Los Angeles, Washington, Guatemala, Indiana, to name a few.
I must say that after 37 years of following Jesus and certainly attending many different types of conferences, I have never experienced the Lord’s Presence in the way He revealed Himself to those attending the conference. “Magnificent, powerful, intense and very deep, overwhelming, over the top” were some of the comments made to me!
During these last days we will continue to experience Heaven’s Kingdom here on earth! “Thy Kingdom come” means earth’s kingdom must go!
For those of you who made time to attend, thank you!
For those of you who did not attend, I want to challenge you to consider your priorities:
Are they more earthly connected? Or heavenly connected?
As I stated, I just experienced the Lord in a way I have never experienced before!
I pray that when more opportunities come to “connect” with God and His purposes, we will all do so!
Blessings and peace,
Where do you sit? Do you know the authority you have….in Jesus? That as a captain or a mover of the mountains? It has come to me that we should not get comfortable in praying and seeking God’s favor for just the healing of this land. But for this nation and this world, He says that we should GO throughout the whole world and preach the gospel. (Mark 16:15)
It is true that God has given us His favor. Not just because of a little rain, or the choice of president has been elected, then we should get comfortable. I believe we, more than ever before, should shoot the arrows of God that He has given us, and it should not be just seven. Those that came before us knew what we would need to possess this land. Now we need to know and increase in that for what it will take for our children to possess their land. Caleb understood this for him and his family. (Joshua 15:13-19)
In Jeremiah 29: 11, it clearly states that He has a plan for us – not that we would have a plan for Him. I believe that our God is about a legacy and an inheritance. This is not to attack your decision, but to challenge your vision. For without a vision, we perish. I will go a little further with that: For without His vision, God’s vision, we perish. Write the vision down and make it plain for those that would see and run with it.
If you are looking for the vision that God has given us, then just avail yourself to the continued prophetic words that God keeps giving to us. Is this your vision? Or is your vision different? If the latter is the one you ascribe to, then you should to take it up with God.
Now it is time to line up……
Greetings, Gathering Family!
February is the month we celebrate Valentine’s Day, and with all the emphasis on LOVE during this time, it might be more appropriately titled National Love Awareness Month.
Now it’s not a bad thing to be reminded to express your love to others by sending them a card or giving them a gift. But I think it would be even better if we tried to cultivate an “attitude of love” on a daily basis throughout the year. So, how do we do that?
Well, first let’s see what God’s Word says about love. John 15:13 (NKJV) says, “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.” So, giving someone a gift is good, but it shouldn’t stop there. We should be living our lives in such a way that we are developing that Christ-like nature within ourselves, so that when a situation arises where someone has a need, we don’t stop to think about whether or not we should help them, we just do it! The apostle Paul stated it pretty clearly when he wrote in Philippians 2:3-5 (NLT), “Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too. You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.”
Now, I’m not saying that’s an easy thing. But even soldiers learn the importance of being ready to lay down their lives for their fellow soldiers. The Marine Corps motto is “Semper Fidelis” or Semper Fi,” which is Latin for “always faithful.” It’s a concept that embodies the guiding principles and values of honor, courage and commitment.
Since we are soldiers in God’s army and Jesus Christ is our Commander-in-Chief, we should be emulating Him in all that we do.
Finally, 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 & 13 (NLT) says, “Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith (semper fi), is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. . . .Three things will last forever–faith, hope, and love–and the greatest of these is love.”
It is my prayer that each of us will endeavor to become more like Christ in everything we do, and every month will become Love Awareness Month.
In His Love,
Happy New Year!!
As we enter into 2017, I pray that each of us can enter into the mercy of the Lord with newness of life- the life that only Jesus brings– looking into this new season with the joy of the Lord, and expectation of what is to come! As we embrace the plans that God has for each of us this next year, I pray that you will position yourself with expectation.
We have been given precious promises in the Word of God. I want to encourage each one of you to a new journey this year to mine out the riches of God’s Word for you personally. Set a course to study everyday and find God’s plan for you. Some of you may feel the inspiration to read through your Bible again; starting in Genesis. Some of you may want to study the prophets. Wherever you feel inclined to begin, I want to encourage you to do so and to hold on to the promises that God has given us in His Word!
So often we let circumstances dictate to how we are to walk, instead of choosing our heavenly Father’s faithfulness. He says, “I AM FAITHFUL AND TRUE! I will never leave you nor forsake you, and though the trials of life press in against you, I will be with you through life’s circumstances, and the trials of life that come against you. Choose Me, says the Lord! Choose Life, and I will cause every circumstance that the enemy throws against you to be turned around and used for your good. Even though the pains of life would try to press in against your heart, I say to you, breathe Me in and you will see that My breath brings freedom! My life brings newness, even in places of death and darkness. No longer look back to what was, but press forward to what is coming, and you will see that I AM doing a new thing, I AM moving in this hour. Even though you may not see with your natural eyes, if you close your eyes to what you see naturally, I will cause you to see by My Spirit. I will cause you to see with My heart, the things that move heaven and earth and they are yours to access. My people miss their times of visitation by looking to this world. Don’t be those who will miss My visitation. I AM coming. I AM coming soon. Will you be ready for My visitation? Will you be ready for My timing to go? Will you be ready? Will you be willing? Will you go? Will you?”
What a blessing it is to be able to access the Voice and Presence of God every day! His mercies are new every morning! Jesus said, “My sheep hear My voice, and another voice they would not follow.” Let’s be those who choose following our Shepherd’s voice, going where He says to go, saying what He desires us to say, being obedient to the desires of His heart. Let’s embrace tomorrow by holding on to the precious promises that have been given to us in His precious Word!
May this new season be all that our Father desires for you!
Greetings Family and Friends,
During this holiday season there is going to be a word that will resonate in the hearts of many people. That word is Hope.
People hope for many different things like, “I hope I get what I want for Christmas,” or, “I hope that we don’t hit any traffic on the way to the airport.”
This season I would like to venture into another place of hope that is found in Jeremiah 29:11: “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.”
The Lord is making a declaration over His people that He has already made plans to prosper us, not to do harm, and hope for the future. This is so very important to remember when we encounter hardships in our lives that don’t seem to have an answer.
Before the beginning of time, God knew what you were going to encounter in your life, from the good times to the trials and tribulations. Nothing has caught Him by surprise. You see, even in the tough times, God has intended us to be victorious through His Son Jesus.
He has given us true hope: a hope that has no expiration date and was made redeemable at the cross. When Jesus said, “It is finished,” He meant it. So during this Christmas Season when we are celebrating the birth of our Savior, remember this: On the night when our Savior was born, the hope of all mankind laid in a manger, wrapped in swaddling clothes, and brought the gift of hope for you and me.
May you and your family be blessed and filled with the hope of our Savior Jesus.
I had the opportunity to reconnect this week with my friend Nathan who moved to Texas a number of years ago. He and his wife Alisa have adopted 3 beautiful children from China after having two of their own. It is a calling, they would say! Their youngest daughter Noel, age 2, recently had a procedure to separate several fused fingers on her right hand—a condition she was born with. After three weeks recuperating, they posted a short video on social media showing Noel playing in the sink, letting the water run between her fingers for the first time. I watched the video several times moved to tears, but it was Alisa’s caption that had me shouting “YES!!!” to heaven: “Lord, plant the seeds now. This is just a glimpse, a fraction of the restoring work Your love has for her. For us. Amen.”
You see, for another parent, this procedure may have been focused on the child’s need to succeed in life. For another it might have been about sparing the child from ridicule. But Nathan and Alisa’s focus was not on the procedure itself as the change agent, but on God as the change agent through this act of love. I can’t tell you enough how earthshakingly different these motivations are to God! One trusts in man’s wisdom to bring outward success or avoid pain. The other trusts in God to mold identity through restoration. One glories in self-reliance. The other gives glory to God. One is a trap. The other is freedom.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths (Prov 3:5-6). May the seeds of God’s word richly bless you and your family and may you experience God’s restorative work in every dimension.
Pastor Marcus Cram
Season of change: Some of us prefer one season to another, but I like the changes that take place between as we progress from one to another.
As we shift from one season to another, we cannot stop it or “reverse it.” Once God moves into motion, change erupts all around us. Every living thing is affected and must make preparations for the change to come. Every living thing is suddenly aware that we are in for dramatic change.
Ecclesiastes 3:1 – “To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.”
The church has witnessed change of all kinds happening around us; economic, social, technological, political, and religious changes are happening at an accelerating rate. In some of these areas, it’s not just accelerating but exploding. More changes than our grandparents experienced in decades.
Big Question!! Are you ready today for the change that will soon be upon you?
Jesus Christ, living in us, is changing us from season to season and getting us ready for what we cannot see. With God’s perfect love and forgiveness, we can clean up the things we struggle in.
FREEDOM AWAITS US THROUGH FORGIVING AND CHANGE. We are cleaning up our spiritual lives and our spiritual house. We can put on the new garments of change and the righteousness and salvation that Jesus asks us to change into. A new season, a new day. (Isaiah 43:19)
Join us this month for a powerful encounter of fasting and prayer as we are being changed to do what the power of God can do through us. Come out and experience our corporate Wednesday night prayer and worship times as we continue to pray for the changes around us and in our nation.
Romans 12:2 – “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”
Love and Blessings,
Pastors Isaac and Isabel Ramirez