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2017 is quickly coming to an end. Let us take time to look back and ask ourselves, ‘are we content with where God has placed us?’ 
 
So where is your mind in light of the year’s end, are we learning to be content where He has placed us over the last year? 
Are you happy with what you have and where you’re at?
 
James the Apostle writes in the third chapter of his epistle;
 
13 Who is wise and understanding among you? By his good conduct let him show his works in the meekness of wisdom. 14 But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast and be false to the truth. 15 This is not the wisdom that comes down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. 16 For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice. 17 But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere. 18 And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace. (James 3.13-18 ESV)
 
Wherever it may be that God has placed you over this last year I pray that you have learned to be content with His leading and that you are learning to trust in His direction for your life. 
 
Remember that the Lord is always leading and we as His children need to to be patient where He has placed us.  No matter where He leads us in the coming year know that He is already there waiting on us. 
Pastor J
 
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Julian Ortega
Assistant Pastor 
Calvary Chapel New Harvest

Pout or Praise

Pout or Praise?

Psalm 34:1 Reads

“I will bless the Lord at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth.” (KJV)                                                                                                                 This verse is a brilliant declaration of praise ascribing worth to our God who is most worthy of our adoration and thanks.                          This psalm was written while David was hiding in the Cave of Adullam. He had been fleeing for his life from King Saul, and had an unpleasant run in with Abimelech in which he had to act like a mad man in order to escape death, or being sold out to Saul. (1 Samuel 21)                                                                                                                                             It was here while taking refuge in this natural stone structure that David does the unnatural. He declared the refuge he has found in the Lord.                                                                                                                               In the midst of trial and tribulation when the natural tendency is to question why, pout, cry, and whine David pens a profound opening line to this hymn of triumph.                                                                             There are three key words we should focus on here that the sweet Psalmist of Israel wrote here.                                                                                                                           1. Will                                                                                                                                     2. All                                                                                                                                         3. Continually                                                                                                                     I WILL bless the Lord…”  Blessing the Lord is a chose we make. We can choose to pout or we can choose to praise.                                       David had every right to feel sour towards his circumstances yet he chose to do the opposite and worshiped the Lord. He focused on the Lord rather than the trial. How? By grace. He realized That the Lord would deliver him as he declares throughout this psalm. He knew that the Lord is filtering every event through his fingertips and works everything out for his sake

2 corinthians 4:15 says “For all things are for your sakes, that grace, having spread through the many, may cause thanksgiving to abound to the glory of God.” (NKJV)

Because we know The Lord works everything out for our sakes by His grace we can bless Him “at all times”  good or bad, 24/7 He works all things out for our good (Romans 8:28) and since our circumstances are ever changing, but the Worth of God, and the Grace of God never change, His Praise will “continually” be in our mouth!

Mike Miller -CCNH

 

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