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Please Join Us Here On Beautiful Catalina Island This Sunday As We Study The Word of God Together!                                                

 

Our Church Home is Avalon, Catalina Island with The Hilltop Wrigley Mansion In The Background

 

 

We are a non-denominational family of believers with a passion for our Lord Jesus Christ and have a commission to lead others to Him through:

  • Reaching our Catalina Island community with the Good News of a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

  • Sunday Celebration as we worship our Lord and Savior in music and praise.

  • Sunday Fellowship, as we are fed from the Living Water of God, His Holy Word.

  • Weekly in-depth teachings from the Bible for  those who thirst for a deeper understanding of God's Word.

Our Pastor, Jason Gant, teaches through the Bible each week, chapter-by-chapter, verse-by-verse, so that you may have a clear understanding of what God has to say to you about His love and the relationship He wishes to have with you.

 

We offer you an invitation to come and join us soon!

 

SUMMER TIME WEATHER ADVISORY > Because Pastor Jason travels by boat to the Island each Sunday morning, it is advisable to CALL 310-510-3003  to insure that our church service will proceed as scheduled.  Occasionally, high winds or unstable sea conditions may prevent the Catalina Express ferry from running to the Island.

 

P.S. Run your mouse pointer over the Bible links in blue below and read the actual verse from the New King James translation, powered by Blueletter Bible.  Try it here!  John 3:16

 

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Communion Sunday, May 31, 2015  •  10:00 AM

U.S. Bank Building Lobby

& Jesus: The Promised Messiah When Jesus came into the region of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, saying, “Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?” So they said, “Some say John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter answered and said, “You are the Christ (Messiah), the Son of the living God." Jesus answered and said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. (Matthew 16:13-17)

 

Please join us this Sunday, May 31st at 10:00 AM as Calvary Bible Church hosts its weekly Bible Teaching and Communion Fellowship Service in the front lobby of the U.S. Bank Building, 303 Crescent Avenue (near the corner of Crescent & Metropole), offering a Biblical study entitled Jesus: The Promised Messiah revealing the strength and faithfulness of the one, true living God, the Messiah Jesus Christ. All are welcome to join us and hear this message of love and truth from the Gospel of Matthew in God's Life-Changing Word! Please join us!

 

The Gospel of Matthew is unique among the four Gospels of the New Testament in that it was written specifically to the Jews of Israel. It was originally written in the Jews common language at the time, Aramaic, and later translated into Hebrew, and subsequently Greek. Biblical historian Henry H. Halley tell us that “the special emphasis of Matthew is that Jesus is the Messiah, as foretold by the Old Testament prophets. He quotes from and refers to the Old Testament more often than any other New Testament author and seems to have had particularly Jewish readers in mind.

 

The term "kingdom" or "kingdom of heaven," for instance, occurs so often (43 times) that this Gospel is often called the “Gospel of the Kingdom.” Matthew presents his material overall in chronological order, but within that order he often groups his material by subject matter. He gives Jesus' discourses quite fully, especially the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5:7) and Jesus' discourse about the coming end of the world (Chapters 24-25)

 

This Gospel does not name its author, but it has been accepted as the work of Matthew ever since the early church fathers, beginning with Papias, who was a student of the Apostle John. We know almost nothing of Matthew, who is also called Levi. He is mentioned in the other three gospels as one of the twelve closest followers of Jesus. The only thing Matthew says about himself is that he was a tax collector for the Romans. These tax collectors had to be rather well off, since they had to prepay each year's taxes and then were allowed to recover the amount, with interest, from the people. Although the interest charges were in theory limited to a fair amount, the reality was that often the tax collectors charged more than they should.

 

But the real problem was that the Law of Moses strictly prohibited charging fellow Jews any interest at all. Thus, the tax collectors ordinarily were viewed as people who did not care about the Law of Moses and were generally despised for their “unreligious” beliefs. Although he was about as crooked as they come, when Matthew met Jesus and choose to follow Him, everything certainly changed in his life! Wouldn’t you like a change for the better, too? You can! Like Matthew, when you admit you are a sinner, turning away from that sinful lifestyle, and accept Jesus into your life, you become “born again,” a child of God and an inheritor of eternal life – a promise made by Jesus Himself in John 3:16!!

 

His Tomb Is Our Guarantee of Our Own Resurrection to Life!

 

When Jesus appeared to His disciples after His resurrection in His new, glorified body, He told them, "Thus it is written, and thus it was necessary for the Christ (the Messiah King) to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day, and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations." (Luke 24:46-47)  This is the true "gospel," the "good news" that ministers of our Lord are commanded to preach: repentance of your sins with the promise of everlasting life with Him in heaven.  Your faith in this promise "comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God." (Romans 10:17There is no other way to eternal life after you die.  Join us this Sunday and learn what God has to say about your future, as written in His inspired Holy Word... the Bible.  Become a REAL Christian... a true follower of Jesus Christ.  He gave up His life that we – each and every one of us -- might have eternal life!

 

Paul, in his letters to the early Church, tells us that it is Jesus Christ who saves us from sin and gives us eternal life -- we do not save ourselves.  Trying to be "a good person" or doing good deeds does not lead to salvation.  To both Jews and pagans, Paul preached "repentance [of sin] toward God and faith [commitment] toward our Lord Jesus Christ."  (Acts 20:21)  It is only by our repentance of sin (turning away from it) and direct commitment to Jesus Christ -- not belonging to a particular religion, following a church denomination, or doing "good works" -- that changes in our life and our eternal salvation are assured.  Peter  tells us how easy it is to find salvation: "Repent and  be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit." (Acts 2:38)   Are you ready to receive the free gift of eternal life with Jesus Christ?

 

& John 14:6

I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except by me.

& John 14:9

He who has seen Me, has seen the Father.

& John 10:30

I and the Father are one.

& John 14:15

You are My friends, if you do what I command you

& John 14:23

If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word.

& John 15:12

This is My commandment: love one another.

 

Each week's study is taught by Pastor Jason Gant, bringing you the loving and living Word of God from the Bible, chapter-by-chapter, verse-by-verse. Everyone is welcomed, and transportation is happily provided. Attendees at this Sunday's service will have the opportunity to ask their Bible questions and take part in a brief discussion period after the teaching.  The celebration of our Lord's Supper for believers follows, with our "Coffee & Carbs Fellowship" immediately afterwards. Please, come and join us!!

 

Calvary Bible Church meets each week in the front lobby of the U.S. Bank Building, 303 Crescent Avenue (at the corner of Crescent & Metropole). For more information, please call 310-510-3003. Can't join us this Sunday? Visit Pastor Jason’s new blog for answers to your questions regarding the Christian Life at www.onepastorsperspective.com. In the meantime, if you need prayer. please call our toll-free 24-Hour Prayer Line 1-866-Holy-Word (465-9967)  And remember... Read the Book, Learn the Truth!

 

 

Signs of The End Times

 

End Times Signs Which Have Been Fulfilled Are Not Highlighted.

The End Signs Yet To Come Appear In Yellow At End of List.

Signs To Come AFTER Rapture of the Church Appear in Pink.

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&  Jer 32:37-41

Exiled Jews Would Return to Israel

&  Ezekiel 36:24

Nation of Israel Restored (1948)

&  Ezekiel 36:10-11

Israel Will Prosper and Grow Great

&  Ezekiel 36:33-35

Israel's Land & Cities Will Be Rebuilt

&  Zephaniah 3:9

Return of the Hebrew Language

&  Isaiah 27:6

Israel Fills The World With Fruit

&  Luke 21:29-31

When Israel Blooms, Jesus Returns!

&  Matthew 24:14

Gospel Preached to All Nations

&  Daniel 12:4

Travel & Knowledge Will Increase

&  Matthew 24:6

Wars & Rumors of Wars

&  Matthew 24:7

Earthquakes & Famines Worldwide

&  Matthew 24:7

Pestilence & Disease Worldwide Like HIV, Bird Flu, Flesh-Eating Bacteria, Diseases with No Cure

&  Matthew 24:8

Signs Appear As Birth (Labor) Pains: Earthquakes Are Bigger & Occur With Greater Frequency

&  Matthew 24:9

Tribulations & Persecutions

&  Matthew 24:11

False Prophets Will Deceive Many, e.g. Harold Camping's May 21, 2011 "Judgment Day"

&  2 Timothy 3:1

Godlessness Throughout The World

&  1 Timothy 4:1

Apostasy (Falling Away) of Church

&  2 Thess 2:3,6-7

Apostasy Before Rapture of Church

&  2 Peter 3:3-4

Scoffers Question Jesus 2nd Coming

&  Ezekiel 38:3-5

Russian & Iranian Alliance (Occurred Nov 2009)

&  Luke 21:11

Fearful Sights & Signs From Heaven

&  Ezekiel 38:15-16

Russia & Iran Invade Israel from The North

&  Ezekiel 38:11

Attack of Israel's "Unwalled Villages"

&  Ezekiel 39:12

Nuclear Weapons Used Against & Inside Israel

&  Isaiah 17:1

The City of Damascus, Capital of Syria, Will Be Destroyed in a Single Day

&  1 Thess 4:14-18

Rapture of The Church: The Dead & The Living Snatched Up To Heaven by Jesus Himself

&  Daniel 9:27

Popular World Leader Confirms A 7-Year Peace Treaty Between Israel & The Arab Nations

&  Rev 13:3/12

Popular World Leader Survives A Fatal Sword Assassination Attempt

&  Zechariah 11:17

Popular World Leader Has Withered Right Arm & Blinded Right Eye From The Assassination Attack

&  Rev 13:2-3

World Leader Becomes So Popular, The Whole World Follows Him!

&  Daniel 9:27

Popular World Leader Becomes Anti-Christ, Goes Into The Temple, Declaring Himself Messiah

&  2 Thess 2:3-4

Anti-Christ Exalts Himself Above All, Declaring That He Is God & Is To Be Worshipped As Such!

&  Daniel 11:36

Anti-Christ Speaks Blasphemies Against God; Rules Until Jesus' Second Coming

&  Daniel 12:11

Anti-Christ Reigns For 3.5 Years (1290 Days)

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Quick Take:  The Centurion

 

 

The Roman "Centurion" was an army commander in charge off 100 Roman foot soldiers ( a "century") or a similar number of support personnel.  His rank was equivalent to today's U.S. Army Lieutenant or Master Sergeant.  He rode a fine, Arabian horse and wore light-weight bronze armor.  His weapons included a double-edged "Gladius" short sword (seen above) and a "Pugio" dagger for personal protection as well as a long sword for fighting from horseback.  His enlistment in the Roman Army was for life.

 

If a Centurion's unit of 100 were mounted cavalry, they were called a "Cohort."  The Cohort was used to protect Roman officials (like Pontius Pilate) and visiting dignitaries as they traveled from city to city.  Road travelers were in constant danger from robbers and "Zealots," Jewish freedom fighters who attempted to drive the Romans from Israel by random acts of murder and terrorism.  The Cohort could move swiftly and pursue attackers fiercely.  In Acts 23:23-24, two such units of soldiers where used to protect Paul, as he traveled secretly by night to appear before Governor Felix, protecting him from roving bands of Zealots.

 

The Zealots were a small sect of Jews which originated with Judas the Gaulonite. Act 5:37  They refused to pay tribute (taxes) to the Romans, on the grounds that this was a violation of the principle that God was the only king of Israel. They rebelled against the Romans, but were soon scattered, and became a lawless band of mere brigands. They were afterwards called Sicarii, from their use of the Sica, i.e., the Roman dagger.  The sect included some very famous names at the time, including Barabbas (who was exchanged for Jesus to be crucified), and oddly, Simon the Canaanite, who was a Zealot and one of Jesus' original 12 apostles!  Matt 10:2-4  Their actions finally led to open revolt against the Romans from 66 to 70 AD, ending in the destruction of the Temple and Jerusalem by General Titus, son of Vespasian, and the scattering of the Jews all over the world.  The last remnant of the Zealots were destroyed at Massada in 73 AD.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Pastor Greg Laurie of Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside, California has launched a series of short videos reading the parables of Jesus from the Bible, which our Lord gave to His disciples on the beach along the shore of the Sea of Galilee.  These brief teachings (2 to 8 minutes in length) will give you an idea just how Jesus taught and the simplicity of His messages.  Updated Parables From The Beach will be posted here each week.  Click on PLAY below to watch Part 1 of these very interesting videos!

 

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Learning how to love and respect your mate can be challenging, to say the least!  In his wonderful book of the same name, Dr. Emerson Eggerichs teaches all of us (using God's own principles from the Bible) how to love and respect your spouse.  This new audio book is a "must listen" for singles trying to develop a Godly relationship with a future mate, couples who have a troubled marriage, or anyone who wishes to strengthen his or her relationship.

 

 

This fascinating teaching tool for men and women alike is now available online as an audio book, read by the author, Dr. Emerson Eggerichs, himself. Just click on the image of the audio book above or copy and paste the following link into your favorite browser:  www.calvarybiblechurch.com/marriage.

 

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Do you have a question for our pastor?  Is there something in the Bible that you are confused about? Email Pastor Jason directly by clicking on "Send Email" below. Got Twitter? Follow Pastor Jason to receive daily inspirational messages at twitter.com/PastorJasonGant.

 

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