Sermons by Ruben Ortega

The Gift of Peace

“I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart.  And the peace I give isn’t like the peace the world gives.  So don’t be troubled or afraid.” (John 14:27) [NLT] Jesus’ gift of peace gives us … “Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord…

The Gift of Hope

“Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a desire fulfilled is a tree of life.” (Proverbs 13:12) The World’s “Common” Substitutes For Hope: Wishful thinkingBlind optimismAmbitious dreams For most people, hope is something they do, but the Bible talks about hope as something we can have. “I pray that God, who gives hope, will bless you…

The Therapy Of Thankfulness

“14 And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all. 15 See that no one repays anyone evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to everyone. 16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this…

Counterculture Presence

“41 Every year His parents traveled to Jerusalem for the Passover Festival. 42 When He (Jesus) was 12 years old, they went up according to the custom of the festival. 43 After those days were over, as they were returning, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but His parents did not know it. 44…

Counterculture Community

“8 But now you must also put away all the following: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and filthy language from your mouth. 9 Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old self with its practices 10 and have put on the new self. You are being renewed in knowledge according to…

Counterculture Kindness

“Go into all the world, make disciples of all nations …” (Matthew 28:19) “Make sure you never pay back one wrong with another wrong. Instead, always try to be kind to each other and to everyone else.” (1 Thessalonians 5:15) [NIV] “Therefore, God’s chosen ones, holy and loved, put on heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience…