In Christ, God’s judgement will bring you joy

Scripture Notes on Psalm 96 He will judge the world in righteousness, and the peoples in His faithfulness.  (Psalm 96:13b) Most people don’t think of God’s judgement as a happy thing.  We get images in our minds of the great throne of God, of all the people of the earth being brought before Him for […]

God will never abandon you

Scripture Notes on Psalm 94 For the Lord will not forsake His people; He will not abandon His heritage.  (Psalm 94:14) Have you sinned and felt the sting of consequences and the weight of guilt?  Be at peace, God will never abandon you. Have you failed to live up to expectations, yours or God’s or […]

RADIO – 03 If They Only Knew [My Name Is…]

Almost all of us have something in our past (or present) that we’re not proud of.  Whatever it is, we wonder and worry about how the people around us would react if they only knew. If you know what that feels like (or even if you don’t) join Pastor Phillip Gonzales for a word of encouragement […]

Don’t Let Go of Wonder

The sky was ablaze with a spray of orange and gold, like heaven itself was breaking through to earth. The air was thick and still, filled with the wet-blanket silence of a humid Florida evening; that special kind of silence that settles when a rainstorm is just gearing up to go all out. And there […]

God is stronger than your struggle

Scripture Notes on Psalm 93 The floods have lifted up, O Lord, the floods have lifted up their voice; the floods lift up their roaring. Mightier than the thunders of many waters, mightier than the waves of the sea, the Lord on high is mighty. (Psalm 93:3-4) Think of the storm surge of a hurricane. […]

Jesus is your shelter and your rest

Scripture Notes on Psalm 91 Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty. (Psalm 91:1, NLT) The storm is raging outside, wild, loud, full chaos and danger, but you will be safe in here. The battle is fierce outside, brutal, ceaseless, without respite or […]

RADIO – 02 Family Matters [My Name Is…]

Do you ever have “issues” with your family?  Join Pastor Phillip Gonzales for a message of hope about what family can look like in the Kingdom. — NOTE: This teaching was broadcast on “The Heritage Hour,” the weekly radio program of Dr. Mark P. Gonzales.  It airs in Fort Myers, FL at 8:00am on Saturday […]

The Vine Does Not Define You

The dry, withered vine hung like tentacles from the branches of the aging pine. Once the vine had tried to seize control of the tree.  It had threatened to overtake the pine and strip it of life until only the vine remained.  Left unchecked, the vine would have grown so much that it would have […]

God has the best view of your life

Scripture Notes on Psalm 90 For a thousand years in Your sight are but as yesterday when it is past, or as a watch in the night.  (Psalm 90:4) God has the greatest perspective of all. Think about it.  The long slow sequence of events that happened in your life to bring you to this […]

God still loves you when you sin

Scripture Notes on Psalm 89 If his children forsake my law and do not walk according to my rules, if they violate my statutes and do not keep my commandments, then I will punish their transgression with the rod and their iniquity with stripes, but I will not remove from him my steadfast love or […]