Mark Twain HS

Kaleo Church has moved!

For three years Kaleo has been meeting at Mission Valley AMC theater. The theater met our needs, but it was time to move on. We had been praying for a new building where we could have proper classrooms for the children as well as a place where people could congregate before and after service.

Mark Twain HS in Linda Vista is a diamond in the rough. It’s a continuation school and is one of the least funded schools. Kaleo has the opportunity to serve the school and the community surrounding it. Our first project was to paint and clean the auditorium as well as buy new chairs that are being donated to the school. The principle, vp, students and teachers are excited about the work we are doing and have helped in the design process.

John 1

I started attending a women’s bible study and we are going through the book of John. We have only met twice and am already excited to study and learn.

John 1:1-18

The Deity of Jesus Christ
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men. The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.

The Witness John
There came a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness, to testify about the Light, so that all might believe through him. He was not the Light, but he came to testify about the Light. There was the true Light which, coming into the world, enlightens every man. He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him.He came to His own, and those who were His own did not receive Him. But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. The Word Made Flesh and the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth. John testified about Him and cried out, saying, “This was He of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me has a higher rank than I, for He existed before me.'” For of His fullness we have all received, and grace upon grace. For the Law was given through Moses; grace and truth were realized through Jesus Christ. No one has seen God at any time; the only begotten God who is in the bosom of the Father, He has explained Him.

Who is Jesus? Jesus is God, the Word, life, creator, light, the messenger of good news, a prophet, king, priest, all powerful, selfless, loving, gracious, honest, eternal, omniscient, omnipresent, couragious, our Saviour…just to name a few.

The 5 Love Languages

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The New Year is all about making new resolutions. Mine is to make sure my priorities are in order. One thing I’ve learned is that it’s always a good idea to evaluate the past year and then see what changes need to be made so that your life continues to run on the right path. Sometimes you need to let things go so that you can enjoy something new.

I’m still working on my list, but it goes something like this.

1. God
2. Husband
3. Corbin
4. Family/Friends
5. Church/Service
6. Extracurricular activities (photography, computer, tv, creative things)

Going through my list in my mind and now on paper has made me realize that my marriage needs work. All marriages need work from time to time, even if you’ve only been married for 1 year or 50 years. My idea was to read “The Five Love Languages” by Gary Chapman. I was surprised at how small the book was (74 pages) and excited because I never finish a book and I knew I could get through this one. It was an easy read, but challenging in many ways. The book is teaching you to find your love language as well as your spouse. The author asked the reader to venture out of your comfort zone and find out what makes your spouse happy…and do the things that speak to their language even if it does not come easy and comfortable to you.

Discovering the primary love language of your spouse is essential if you are to keep his/her emotional love tank full. But first, let’s make sure you know your own love language. Having heard the five love languages, some individuals will know instantaneously their own primary love language and that of their spouse. For others, it will not be that easy.

1. Words of Affirmation
2. Quality Time
3. Receiving Gifts
4. Acts of Service
5. Physical Touch

What is your primary love language? What makes you feel most loved by your spouse? What do you desire above all else?

I have suggested three ways to discover your own primary love language.

1. What does your spouse do or fail to do that hurts you most deeply? The opposite of what hurts you most is probably your love language.
2. What have you most often requested of your spouse? The thing you have most often requested is likely the thing that would make you feel most loved.
3. In what way do you regularly express love to your spouse? Your method of expressing love may be an indication that that would also make you feel loved.

My hope for 2009 is that I fall into a deeper love and appreciation for both my Lord and Savior as well as my husband.

Extreme Evangelism

Please watch this amazing video. It is a beautiful example of God’s greatness and even when we don’t see the fruit of our labor, God is at work and His plan is much bigger than we could ever imagine.

Frank Jenner: The Man from George Street

“Sir, are you saved? “If you would die tonight would you go to heaven. For years Mr. Jenner, an ordinary man as you and I witnessed to people on George Street, Sydney, Australia never seeing anyone co… more >>

“Sir, are you saved? “If you would die tonight would you go to heaven. For years Mr. Jenner, an ordinary man as you and I witnessed to people on George Street, Sydney, Australia never seeing anyone coming to Christ but through his witnessing the lifes of thousands of people were changed and transformed for ever. If you are frustrated because no one seems to respond to the gospel then watch this amazing video and receive fresh fire for evangelism and don’t forget YOU ARE a history maker. God is using You to influence persons and change their lifes and destinies. Video is by Dave Smethurst, no copyright and is taken from http://www.spiritlessons.com/Man_from_george-street.htm, Used by permission

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“Don’t be afraid, for I am with you”

Our missional community was asked this past week by Brandon who leads our discussions, “what scripture brings you comfort?” For me, I’d say Isaiah 41:8-20 is one of many that brings me comfort because it demonstrates how powerful and mighty our God is.

Isaiah 41:8-20
8 “But as for you, Israel my servant, Jacob my chosen one, descended from Abraham my friend, 9 I have called you back from the ends of the earth, saying, ‘You are my servant.’ For I have chosen you and will not throw you away. 10 Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.

11 “See, all your angry enemies lie there, confused and humiliated. Anyone who opposes you will die and come to nothing. 12 You will look in vain for those who tried to conquer you. Those who attack you will come to nothing. 13 For I hold you by your right hand— I, the Lord your God. And I say to you, ‘Don’t be afraid. I am here to help you. 14 Though you are a lowly worm, O Jacob, don’t be afraid, people of Israel, for I will help you. I am the Lord, your Redeemer. I am the Holy One of Israel.’ 15 You will be a new threshing instrument with many sharp teeth. You will tear your enemies apart,making chaff of mountains. 16 You will toss them into the air, and the wind will blow them all away; a whirlwind will scatter them. Then you will rejoice in the Lord. You will glory in the Holy One of Israel.

17 “When the poor and needy search for water and there is none, and their tongues are parched from thirst, then I, the Lord, will answer them. I, the God of Israel, will never abandon them. 18 I will open up rivers for them on the high plateaus. I will give them fountains of water in the valleys. I will fill the desert with pools of water. Rivers fed by springs will flow across the parched ground. 19 I will plant trees in the barren desert— cedar, acacia, myrtle, olive, cypress, fir, and pine. 20 I am doing this so all who see this miracle will understand what it means— that it is the Lord who has done this, the Holy One of Israel who created it.

Preaching the Gospel to Yourself

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Preaching the gospel to yourself and to others is an art that all of us must grow in if we seek to see real and lasting change in our lives. It is often assumed the gospel is only for those who have not yet trusted Christ. As we know, this is a faulty view of the gospel and limits its work to a personal salvation experience rather than the explosive power and catalytic dynamic for renewal in our hearts on a continuous basis. To sum up, the life of the Christian is one of continual repentance and belief, without which we slip into a boss/employee, earn/wage, work/rights relationship with our God.

It then becomes the loving responsibility for each of us to run gospel diagnostics to determine whether or not what motivates our actions is “in step” with the gospel (Gal. 2:14).

Here are some gospel questions to ask ourselves:

1) What is my greatest nightmare? What do I worry about most?
2) What, if I failed or lost it, would cause me to feel that I did not even want to live? What keeps me going?
3) What do I rely on or comfort myself with when things go bad or get difficult?
4) What do I think most easily about? Where does my mind go to when I am free? What pre-occupies me?
5) What prayer, unanswered, would make me seriously think about turning away from God?
6) What makes me feel most self-worth? What am I the proudest of?
7) What do I really want and expect out of life? What would really make me happy?

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Psalm 25

Psalm 25:1-22

1To You, O LORD, I lift up my soul.
2O my God, in You I trust,
Do not let me be ashamed;
Do not let my enemies exult over me.
3Indeed, none of those who wait for You will be ashamed;
Those who deal treacherously without cause will be ashamed.
4 Make me know Your ways, O LORD;
Teach me Your paths.
5Lead me in Your truth and teach me,
For You are the God of my salvation;
For You I wait all the day.
6Remember, O LORD, Your compassion and Your lovingkindnesses,
For they have been from of old.
7Do not remember the sins of my youth or my transgressions;
According to Your lovingkindness remember me,
For Your goodness’ sake, O LORD.
8Good and upright is the LORD;
Therefore He instructs sinners in the way.
9He leads the humble in justice,
And He teaches the humble His way.
10All the paths of the LORD are lovingkindness and truth
To those who keep His covenant and His testimonies.
11For Your name’s sake, O LORD,
Pardon my iniquity, for it is great.
12Who is the man who fears the LORD?
He will instruct him in the way he should choose.
13His soul will abide in prosperity,
And his descendants will inherit the land.
14The secret of the LORD is for those who fear Him,
And He will make them know His covenant.
15My eyes are continually toward the LORD,
For He will pluck my feet out of the net.
16Turn to me and be gracious to me,
For I am lonely and afflicted.
17The troubles of my heart are enlarged;
Bring me out of my distresses.
18Look upon my affliction and my trouble,
And forgive all my sins.
19Look upon my enemies, for they are many,
And they hate me with violent hatred.
20Guard my soul and deliver me;
Do not let me be ashamed, for I take refuge in You.
21Let integrity and uprightness preserve me,
For I wait for You.
22Redeem Israel, O God,
Out of all his troubles.