Category Archives: Leadership

True Courage

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Good word on this side of time by Winston Churchill, “Success is never final, failure is never fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts.”

Paul the Apostle summed this up in Philippians 3:12-14.

Even though Paul had done so much in the ministry and he loved the Lord passionately, he didn’t allow his success to slow him down – he kept going and growing.

Not only did Paul refuse to look back in order to see how many hurdles he cleared, he also refused to look back to see how many hurdles he knocked down, and I’m sure he did – we all do. We all fail and fall short from time to time – but our failures do not have to define us. There are countless characters in the Bible (like Peter), and throughout church history who exemplify the fact that we serve the God of the second-chance.

It takes courage, but my prayer is that none of us would ever give up.

Get up, keep going, put one foot in front of the other while keeping both eyes on Jesus Christ. Get back to church, to consistent prayer and Bible study, and watch what God does.

Winston Churchill was used mightily to lead the allied forces to victory in WWII. God wants to use your life to win an even greater war – so I pray we’d yield to His awesome love.

Your brother in Christ, Manny

Pastor’s Conference/Pastor Chuck

Pastor's Conference/Pastor Chuck

What an awesome time we had this past week at the Senior Pastor's Conference in Murrieta! The messages by the various pastors (through the book of Acts) were right on target – challenging me to be the man I need to be, and to do the work I need to do; to remember the great and awesome God that I belong to, and to realize, in a fresh way, the importance of that absolute surrender to -and dependance on – the Holy Spirit. God told me: to sin less, to pray more, to work much harder, to step out, and to be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might!  May I now do what He's called me to do…there are so many to reach!  Of course it's always a blessing to hang out with the guys, to have that fellowship, that counsel, and that encouragement (not to mention the food :-). God is using Calvary Chapels in such a tremendous way – (I talked to guys that are literally ministering all around the world), and I cannot be more excited about missions than I am now (please pray that God would lead us – and that we would follow).

I was blessed to be able to talk with Pastor Chuck – a bit. I told him how I thanked God for him, how I pray for him every day, and what a total blessing the conference was. I told him how I want to come back to El Monte and be a better pastor. I think he was blessed by the latter statement (he really does want us to work hard for the glory of God and the good of His people).

Watching Pastor Chuck with his big smile, his huge heart, his love for the Lord and his untiring labor…has been an absolutely amazing example to me!

Thank You Lord, for the work that You've done, and that You want to do, through human vessels.

Just in case you didn't know who this is, this is a picture of me and Pastor Chuck.

May God bless you and keep you in His amazing love!

The Holy Bible!


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In tonight's study we will be covering a very vital verse out of the book of Deuteronomy, the 4th chapter, verse 2 – "You shall not add to the Word which I command you, nor take from it, that you may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you."

It is with great sorrow, that I ponder this passage…for many, many misguided people, Christians, teachers, pastors alike, have violated this very vital verse.  

There are different ways to add to the Scriptures; it can be a book which is wickedly elevated (the book of Mormon, the Koran, the New World Translation).  It can also be our own human rules and regulations, our behavioral burdens, that we place on the brethren.  The Jews of Jesus' day had taken the 10 commandments, and in their attempt to bring "practical application," they added 612 more commandments of their own; they were severely rebuked by Jesus (see Matthew 23).  

There are different ways to take-away from the Scriptures.  The "Jesus Seminar" is a group of 150 people, who went through the gospels, and of their own volition, decided what were genuinely the words of Jesus and what wasn't.  In the end, they erased 78% of Jesus' words! Others omit the full counsel of God, when forming doctrine (health, wealth and prosperity teachers are an example of this); When satan quoted Scripture to Jesus, He omitted 4 very important words from Psalm 91:11-12, and when Eve was deceived by the serpent, she left out 1 vital word (freely). 

Yes, every word, and every verse is vital…this is why Moses said what he said, in Deuteronomy 4:2 (c.r. Proverbs 30:6).  God issues a heavy warning, which I believe is applicable to the entirety of God's Word (Revelation 22:18-19) to those who tamper with His Truth…and so, – may God graciously strike fear into our hearts, to never, ever, ever play foot-lose and fancy-free, with the Holy Word of God!

Pastors/Leaders Conference

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We're getting super blessed at the Conference here in Tuscon, Arizona. Covering the life of David. Today's teachers include Damian Kyle, Alistair Begg, James MacDonald, Pedro Garcia and Levi Lusko. Please pray that God would speak, that we would listen and as a result – we would be men after God's own heart.        

Love you ~ Manny 

"Therefore take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God, which He purchased with His own blood." – Acts 20:18

The Responsibility of Leaders

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This evening I continue the study of the book of Leviticus.  One of the truths that really hits home is the 4th chapter…the sin offering, and especially the fact that when those in "prominent positions" (High Priest, Leader) sinned, God saw it differently then He did the rest of the congregation.  As a matter of fact, when the High Priest sinned, there was a different offering (a young bull), and the blood was taken to a different place, into the Holy Place, sprinkled 7 times before the veil, and placed on the horns of the altar of incense (symbolic of restored prayer).  


I think we all as "leaders" need to take heed…to see how God sees sin, especially from those to whom He has given so much!  We have the honor and privilege of serving God.  We are leading His people…where are we leading them?  Billy Sunday said, "One reason sin flourishes is that it is treated like a cream puff instead of a rattlesnake."  I'm afraid we far too frequently see sin as trivial, rather than deadly.  Don't get me wrong…I am sooo grateful for the Lord Jesus who was my sin offering, but God help us to have a heart to hate sin, and to love our Savior!