Posts Tagged ‘Matthew 11’

A Glorious Sunday of Worship
Dave preaching at LMT Plan Libertador in Rosarito

Dave preaching at LMT Plan Libertador in Rosarito

Today (Sunday) was an invigorating day! It’s so good to see God’s church in action. The church growing, and reaching out to the glory of God!

In the morning I was able to visit and preach at Lo Mejor del Trigo (LMT) Plan Libertador in Rosarito. Victor Bravo pastors this young church, which we helped him and his wife, Sol launch this past March.

Victor and Sol are some of my favorite people. They have so much energy and enthusiasm and it’s plan to see that they love their people and the people love them.

Dave & Pastor Victor Bravo in front of the church

Dave & Pastor Victor Bravo in front of the church

I preached on Christ’s tender invitation to come learn from him, and rest in him from Matthew 11:25-30. I’ve been camped out on that passage for a while now. It was hot in the church today, so I feared the congregation might take my exhortation to rest literally. Fortunately, they stayed awake and I sensed the Lord used His Word to lift up the spirit of the people.

Even though this church is only a few months old they already have about 40 people in their service. Victor and Sol are doing an outstanding job in showing the love of Christ in the community of Plan Libertador. I wish all our church plants would start off like this one is.

That’s our continued prayer. Lord, build your church.

7 Year Milestone at LMT La Morita
Jaime & Valentina on the far right receiving a plaque of recognition for their 7 years of ministry at the church

Jaime & Valentina on the far right receiving a plaque of recognition for their 7 years of ministry at the church

In the afternoon I was able to go to LMT La Morita in Tijuana to celebrate their seventh anniversary. My good friend, pastor Jaime Rodriguez is leading this church. He planted the church with his wife, Valentina in 2008.

Jaime also ministers as the Hispanic pastor of Bridge church in San Diego. I really enjoy working with him. As I’ve said before it’s a real privilege for me to minister with the men and women like Jaime & Valentina and Victor and Sol.

So encouraging to visit these two churches, and see how God’s Spirit is working in each church.

God’s Amazing Work – What a Joy!

When I pray and think about the future and what God wants to do on the border and throughout the Baja I keep being reminded of Ephesians 3:20.

Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen. (Ephesians 3:20, 21 ESV)

I love  the idea of Christ doing far more abundantly than all that we ask or think. It doesn’t only say abundantly, but the passage says far more abundantly. God can and will do more than we can even ask or think of. I don’t know about you, but that gives me hope.

Sometimes I get frustrated when I try to do the ministry in my own strength, or even when I lean on my own understanding too much.

So many wonderful promises in the Bible to keep me going in the right direction, and to remind me who’s in charge.

“Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain.”
‭‭Psalm‬ ‭127:1‬ ‭ESV‬‬
Thanks for praying and standing with us as we minister here, and see God fulfilling his promise to build his church.
In His Grip, Dave
Dave Preaching at Lo Mejor del Trigo - Terrazas

Dave Preaching at Lo Mejor del Trigo – Terrazas

Come to Me

One lesson the Lord keeps bringing to my attention is his invitation to come to him for rest. Too often I find myself anxious or weighed down with the difficulties of life, but Christ says come.

Since Jesus put this on my heart I decided to share this message at one of the churches we partner with in Tijuana. I find that many followers of Christ are worn out, and need the rest that only the Savior can give.

Jesus invites us to come to him for rest,

“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.””
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭11:28-30‬ ‭ESV‬‬

This passage gives me hope. I love the invitation here. I love who is giving the invitation. I love the description of the one who is giving the invitation.

Dave & Dawn with Pastor Mario Perez and his wife, Mara

Dave & Dawn with Pastor Mario Perez and his wife, Mara

What is Your View of Christ?

Christ is gentle and lowly in heart. Do you see him in that way? That’s not always the image I have of Jesus. I need to adjust my thinking. What a wonderful savior we serve!

Our Lord cares for us. He cares for you when you are down, and when you feel defeated. He is gentle and humble.

God Breaks Through in a Powerful Way
Dawn ministering to two women through prayer

Dawn ministering to two women through prayer

After the service Dawn and I asked the people at the church if they wanted us to pray for them. Some came up and we shared an awesome time of prayer.

At the end of the day after enjoying some good fellowship, Dawn felt led to pray for two women. We saw God minister to them in a powerful way! It was such a faith building experience to see the Lord reach down and touch these women at their point of need.

God showed us in a tangible way how he ministers to his children. How he gives rest to the weary. How he loves to give us good gifts.

Rejoice with us, and I invite you to look to Jesus for rest. If you are looking to other things the rest will be fleeting. Only Christ can break through and lead the way for us. Only he offers an easy yoke and a light burden. I urge you dear friend to take him up on his offer!

In His Grip, Dave

DiasoLifeOnTheBorder.org

Thank You Jesus for Your Good Work
The Zocalo - Mexico City's center with the National Palace in the background

The Zocalo – Mexico City’s center with the National Palace in the background

I give thanks to the Lord for giving me the chance to come back to Mexico City after 12 years. I didn’t realize how much I missed this mammoth city and it’s people until I returned.

It’s been so good to reconnect with many of my friends. I wish I could have seen even more of them. I guess, I’ll have to make another trip soon.

While I’ve been in this city, it’s made me wonder if the Lord may have people here who he might call to serve with us on the border. It may take some time to find them, but I know this is not a difficult task for the Lord. After all, there are over 25 million people here.

Join Us In Prayer

Join us in prayer as we ask the Lord for workers to join us. O Lord, expand your kingdom on the border and in the Baja!

In His Grip, Dave

DiasoLifeOnTheBorder.org

P.S. I’m getting ready to get on a plane to fly back home from Mexico City. It’s been hard to get online today, so I will try to post more about my trip tomorrow.

Lessons Learned from my Travels
Dave & Dawn at Covenant College

Dave & Dawn at Covenant College

Last Wednesday I returned from a two-week trip. Dawn accompanied me on the second week of the trip.

The Lord lifted our spirits as we connected with old and new friends, and had an opportunity to promote the ministry on the San Diego-Tijuana border.

You can get a glimpse of some what we did on the trip on these posts: The Call to Missions, The Spirit Moves in Missions and The Spirit Moves on the Mountain.

The Busyness of Life

Some people tell me that it seems like we are very busy, and they don’t know how we do it all. Well, I thought I’d write something about the fact that at times we do get worn out. Even though we got back from the trip last Wednesday night, I still feel like I’m in a fog and I have travel hangover (if there is such a thing) ;).

I was going to write about something else today. The next exciting thing that God is doing here, but as I was writing in my journal I felt impressed by the Lord that I should share about the need for rest and restoration. In other words, yes, I do get tired.

Sometimes when I get tired, then it seems like the world isn’t quite as an exciting place to live in. Everything appears grey or maybe even black for a few days. I lose my focus.

Look to Jesus

When this happens I have to remind myself to look to Jesus. It’s important to remember all the good things that the Lord is doing.

The Lord keeps bringing to mind, Matthew 11:28-30. It’s as if he’s saying, Dave,

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.

God’s Comfort and Care
Beach at Border State Park; San Diego is on th...

Beach at Border State Park; San Diego is on the right while Tijuana is on the left. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Wow! What a wonderful and outstanding passage of comfort and care. We serve an awesome God and a loving Savior. I love that phrase, “you will find rest for your souls.” The Good Shepherd cares for his sheep, and leads them besides quiet waters.

A couple of years ago when I was feeling worn out, and wondering if I had the energy to launch into the new year, a friend reminded me of Galatians 6:9.

And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.

The Lord Strengthens Us

As I’m on this journey I realize that I’m not alone. Jesus and His Spirit strengthen me along the way. When I feel weak it’s a reminder of how much I need the strength of Christ. That’s one of the reasons Paul said, “when I am weak then I am strong,” (2 Cor. 12:10b).

If you are feeling down today, look to Jesus. He is the one who restores your soul. David encourages us to hope in God in Psalm 42:11,

Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God.

Thanks for joining us on this journey, and for letting me bare part of my soul today!

In His Grip, Dave

DiasoLifeOnTheBorder.org