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Imperial Valley Christian Center
El Centro California
Imperial Valley Christian Center is a Charismatic/Word of Faith Church
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Faith Isn’t Optimistic #2 (Here's part 1) So Admiral Stockdale was a prisoner of war in the Hanoi Hilton from 1965 to 1973. During that time he was tortured over twenty times. As the senior officer he established systems to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2017 at Imperial Valley Christian Center
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Here's a nice testimony of answered prayer, from Ms. Martha, recorded in real time. Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2016 at Imperial Valley Christian Center
Since we imagine that God’s “Yes,” is the only obstacle to our prayer being answered, our entire prayer effort is focused on getting God’s Yes. We dream up all manner of schemes for getting God to Yes. We try begging, or crying, or bargaining, or asking a million people to pray with us. We try asking over and over and over and over and over again, in hopes of getting God to Yes… Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2016 at Imperial Valley Christian Center
Sometime after I saw that Jesus really meant what he was saying in Matthew 7:7-8, I was again meditating on it, trying to figure it out, trying to understand it, trying to understand how it worked: “Ask and it will be given to you… For everyone who asks receives…” Just going over it again, and again, repeating it to myself, thinking about it. As I was doing this, I think I might have been upset by an unanswered prayer, I thought, ‘But this, obviously, isn’t true.’ I talked to Jesus about it, “Jesus what you’re saying here is obviously not true. Lots of people ask and as far as they can tell it’s not given to them. Most people ask and don’t receive… Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2016 at Imperial Valley Christian Center
Jesus was saying that God would give me what I asked for when I prayed, that God would do that for everyone, God would give everyone, what they asked for when they prayed. Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2016 at Imperial Valley Christian Center
Here’s how I like to think about it. I imagine going before God to make a request, to submit my prayer. I'm waiting for my turn in an antechamber outside God’s throne room, there’s a tall, wide, doorway open to God’s throne room. As I look through the doorway I see God's throne a ways off. Then I see, carved into the stone above the doorway, these words, “Ask and it shall be given you… for everyone that asketh receiveth.” Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2016 at Imperial Valley Christian Center
"God always answers my prayers," that's what Pastor Price said and he didn't mean it in that trite, evangelical, I'm so special, "God answers all prayers sometimes he says yes, sometimes he says no, sometimes he says wait a while," way, he meant God always gave him what he asked for. Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2016 at Imperial Valley Christian Center
Another verse from the Christian scriptures where it's clear righteousness doesn't mean righteousness. Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2016 at Imperial Valley Christian Center
I didn’t know what to make of Jesus’s statement. I didn’t know how to reconcile, “for everyone who asks receives,” with reality. It seemed obvious that it wasn’t true. Was Jesus lying, was he mistaken, were these not really his words, was the Bible not really God’s Word, did these words not mean what they appeared to mean? So I put it on the shelf. From time to time I’d come back to it and try and understand. Then one day I saw it. Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2016 at Imperial Valley Christian Center
But Jesus and the Bible talk about answered prayer like it’s a sure thing, a certainty, something that is extremely reliable. Here’s Jesus: Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2016 at Imperial Valley Christian Center
This is the first chapter in a little book I'm trying to write, about how I learned what faith is. Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2016 at Imperial Valley Christian Center
Here’s how I like to think about it. I imagine myself going before the throne of God to make a request, to submit my prayer. I’m in an antechamber outside the throne room, and there’s a doorway leading in to God’s throne room. As I look Continue reading
Posted Feb 29, 2016 at Imperial Valley Christian Center
I love this quote about prayer from Charles Finney, American Evangelist of the mid 1800s. Maybe I love because he too was a lawyer before he was a preacher. I love it so much I'm sure I must have posted it before, but here it goes again. Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2016 at Imperial Valley Christian Center
When I first started studying the Jewish background of the New Testament, (Jesus was Jewish, attended synagogue, taught from the Hebrew Bible, was called rabbi by his disciples, spoke Hebrew.), the most surprising thing was the importance of charity in Judaism. Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2016 at Imperial Valley Christian Center
This is part four of, God Wants To Answer Your Prayers. Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2015 at Imperial Valley Christian Center
Ms. Connie always experienced extreme pain in her ear when flying. When the plane would begin its descent she'd feel like she was being stabbed in the ear with an ice pick. Now, because her husband had changed jobs, she was going to be doing a lot more flying . Every couple of weeks she'd be flying back and forth, from home to San Francisco. Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2015 at Imperial Valley Christian Center
Here's a little blurb I liked from a little booklet I'm working on right now about, How I learned What Faith Is. Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2015 at Imperial Valley Christian Center
God can say "Yes" to your prayer and you still fail to receive the answer, because we have a part to play. Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2015 at Imperial Valley Christian Center
It's not God who's holding up the answer, "For everyone that asketh receiveth." We have a part to play. Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2015 at Imperial Valley Christian Center
Liked this definition of faith from Nigel Turner, a Greek Scholar Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2015 at Imperial Valley Christian Center
Of the 70 or so prosperity scriptures I regularly meditate on, one of my favorites is… Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2015 at Imperial Valley Christian Center
Most of us have no confidence in prayer, but Jesus taught that God wants to answer our prayers. Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2015 at Imperial Valley Christian Center
George Foot Moore's master work on Judaism in the time of Jesus is available for download on the internet archive. Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2015 at Imperial Valley Christian Center
How we've learned to pray at our church. Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2015 at Imperial Valley Christian Center
there is no other name under heaven given to mankind that irresistibly compels the deliverance, healing, rescue of the oppressed. Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2015 at Imperial Valley Christian Center