I hope this email finds you trusting in our Savior during this crisis.
The recent COVID19 event has placed restrictions on us meeting together as a fellowship but we will continue to reach out to you via our website: gracecalvarychapel.org and our Facebook page. As you may well know by now- city officials have stated that churches are to stream services until at least April 9. Depending on how the virus spreads that order may be extended. Hence- our next two Sunday services will be online. You can catch them of Facebook or through the website or Youtube.
In addition we will be using Zoom for our Saturday Morning Men’s Prayer and will offer corporate prayer Sunday @7:00pm. Instructions for those will be on the website and Facebook page.
We will be having daily devotions on Facebook live beginning Monday morning at 7:30AM.
We hope to have a round table discussion this Monday Evening with myself, Michael Petit, Joel Hernandez and Jimmy Rosas to discuss current events and church.
We hope to have Sheila, Jennifer Velarde and Mindy Walsh discuss current events on Saturday, April 4th. Details will be forthcoming.
Please go to our website for further information.
Also- please continue to pray, especially for those who may not know the Lord. Many are wondering what this is all about and seeking answers. We have the answer. His name is Jesus and as Jesus has said, in John 16:33, "I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” (ESV)
Please also stay in contact with those in your immediate circle. Check up on them and see how they are doing!
Blessings to you and your family! Fear not for greater is He who is in us then he who is in the world!
Due to the recent statement by Governor Abbot I have decided to move to online service only for the next couple of weeks. Our leadership had recently met and wanted to continue to meet as a congregation but Gov. Abbot’s order changes things. We will comply.
We will therefore not meet as a congregation until April 5th for Palm Sunday!
School of Ministry has been suspended until April 9th and the next two Wednesdays will be online only.
We encourage you to join in us in worship online and also to continue your act of worship through giving by giving online @ gracecalvarychapel.org or by mail. Our mailing address is 9107 Marbach Rd. #225, San Antonio, TX 78245.
I believe that this is temporal and trust that the Lord has allowed this virus to test us, to purify us, to strengthen us, and to help us to grow! We remember and trust in Romans 8:28, “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose!”
I love you and will continue to pray for you!
Trusting In Him-
The Word of Grace Devotion for March 16, 2020
Psalm 59:16-17, “But I will sing of your strength, in the morning I will sing of your love; for you are my fortress, my refuge in times of trouble. 17You are my strength, I sing praise to you; you, God, are my fortress, my God on whom I can rely.”
Beloved, Kind David was in dire straights. King Saul had sent men to watch David’s house in order to kill him. David was afraid and cried out to the Lord. He knew that he had not done anything wrong and yet they were waiting to pounce on Him. Where was David to turn? …
Like King David we find ourselves in similar circumstances. Through no fault of our own, our lives are being turned upside down. Schools are closing, stores are swamped and the Coronavirus is waiting to pounce on us. Fear, worry and illogical activity are rampant. What are we to do?
One, please do not stay glued to the TV or your phone. We are so prone to pounce on every news story and react like a chicken with our head cut off. Instead, glue yourself to God’s Word. It will do wonders for your state of mind. Remember what Isaiah 26:3 says, “You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You. Because he trusts in You.”
Two, like King David, we choose to praise the Lord. It would have been easy for David to hide under the covers until it all went away but David choose to turn his attention toward the Lord and away from his worry singing, “But I will sing of your strength, in the morning I will sing of your love; for you are my fortress, my refuge in times of trouble. 17You are my strength, I sing praise to you; you, God, are my fortress, my God on whom I can rely.”
We also need to praise the Lord in the midst of our current trial. Sing of His strength and His love and His care for each of us! Praise the Lord in both good times and difficult times, praise the Lord!
I pray that you will have a blessed week praising God for His goodness. I love you and I will be praying for you!
As a fellowship we will continue to gather together and praise Him in the midst of this storm. It is a great time for His light to shine in us and through us!
Praising The Lord-
Beloved, in recent days the Coronavirus has created great concern across the world. In many locations, lives have been lost and others have gotten seriously ill. We pray for those affected by this virus. The result is that many are living in fear and because of this I believe that it is a great time to live out our faith before the Lord.
I am reminded of Psalm 56:3 which says, “Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You!” Certainly, now is the time to trust in the Lord. Hence, as a church, we will continue to have corporate worship service. This is a wonderful opportunity to invite friends and family members living in fear. Jesus is always the answer to those fears.
That said, we do not take this virus lightly and will continue to maintain a safe and sanitary church environment. In addition hand sanitizer will be available throughout the church. Also, please do all those things that the CDC is asking of you like hand washing, avoiding contact with your face, eyes, nose and mouth and limiting shaking hands.
Beloved, we refuse to allow fear to rule over us. Instead, we will trust in the Lord. Persecution has always brought growth in the church and I am praying that this virus brings many to come to Christ and continues to increase our prayer lives!
I love you and I hope to see you at church!
Pastor Joe Marquez
Grace Calvary Chapel
The Word of Grace Devotion for March 9, 2020
Numbers 11:26-30, “However, two men, whose names were Eldad and Medad, had remained in the camp. They were listed among the elders, but did not go out to the tent. Yet the Spirit also rested on them, and they prophesied in the camp. 27A young man ran and told Moses, “Eldad and Medad are prophesying in the camp.” 28Joshua son of Nun, who had been Moses’ aide since youth, spoke up and said, “Moses, my lord, stop them!” 29But Moses replied, “Are you jealous for my sake? I wish that all the Lord’s people were prophets and that the Lord would put his Spirit on them!” 30Then Moses and the elders of Israel returned to the camp.”
Beloved, let me paint the picture for you. Moses was leading the Israelites out of Egypt and toward the Promised Land when they began to complain about their food. They were tired of manna and wanted some meat. So Moses, complaining like the people, told the Lord the situation. Moses doubted that Lord could provide and the Lord responded in Numbers 11:23, “Is the Lord’s arm too short? Now you will see whether or not what I say will come true for you.”
Numbers 11:25 tells us what happened next, “Then the Lord came down in the cloud and spoke with him, and he took some of the power of the Spirit that was on him and put it on the seventy elders. When the Spirit rested on them, they prophesied—but did not do so again.” Hence we arrive at our place in the text. Two other elders, not near the tent began to prophesy and others believed that those two were out of line.
Jealousy is a common theme throughout ministry. Whether it is planting churches or ordaining elders, jealousy can and often does rear its ugly head. This is what happened to some of Moses’ men and even to Joshua, the future leader of the Israelites. What was Moses’ response to this: “I wish that all the Lord’s people were prophets and that the Lord would put his Spirit on them!”
The truth of the matter is that ministry is heartbreaking work. When I see men, full of the Spirit and desiring to serve God to the fullest, I am encouraged. I also began to pray for them because I know that their hearts will be broken again and again. Pain is part of the process. So like Moses I say, “I wish that all the Lord’s people were prophets and that the Lord would put his Spirit on them!” And then I pray. Lord, help then not to give up!
Beloved, jealousy has no place in our lives. We have already been given so much more than we deserve. Let us rejoice that God is using us for His glory and count the tremendous blessings He has bestowed on us!
I pray that you will have a blessed week! I love you and I will be praying for you!
The Word of Grace Devotion for March 2, 2020
His Promise Leviticus 26:9, “I will look on you with favor and make you fruitful and increase your numbers, and I will keep my covenant with you." NIV
Beloved, throughout Scripture we find promises made by God to His people. Here in Leviticus 26:9 we have one such conditional promise made to the Israelites, “I will look on you with favor and make you fruitful and increase your numbers, and I will keep my covenant with you.” The condition is found in Leviticus 26:3a, “If you walk in my statues and keep my commandments, and perform them…” Hence, if Israel followed the Lord, the Lord would bestow His blessings upon them.
Beloved, the Lord loves to bless His people. While we are not the Israelites, we are His people and His desire is still to bless us! He desires to look on us with favor (grace) and He has done that through our Savior Jesus Christ. Ephesians 2:8 says, “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God.”
The Lord has also made us fruitful and increased our numbers as Acts 2:47 says, “Praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.” And, may I add, the Lord continues to add to His church!
Finally, He will keep His covenant to us as Philippians 1:6 says, “And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.” In other words, what He has started, He will finish!
Beloved may the Lord look on you with favor and make you fruitful and increase your numbers, and keep His covenant with you!
I pray that you will have a blessed week! I love you and I will be praying for you!