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March2016DHBCNewsletter

Drexel Heights Church
March 2015

Are you surprised that many claim to be Christ Followers? Political candidates, athletes, actors and even the guy down the street. It is as if it was cool to be a believer. But as we read in the Bible, following Christ brought much suffering and no coolness. American Christianity doesn’t suffer like our brothers and sisters living outside our borders, those in third world countries. Many claim to know Jesus even though there was never any transformation, or a changed life or any fruit. But, because someone told them they were a Christian, they were convinced and satisfied what someone else told them. This is not not what is stated in the scriptures. True believers remain. True believers abide in Christ. True believers are obedient to the scriptures. True believers in Christ stay true to God, they don’t walk away! In John chapter 15 there are two types of branches:

1. The Jesus branch that bears fruit
2. The Judas branch that does not.

The branches that bear fruit are genuine believers. In this context, the focus is upon the 11 faithful disciples, and those who have believed since the first disciples began their ministry. The branches that do not bear fruit are those who profess to believe, but their lack of fruit shows genuine salvation has never taken place and they have no life from the vine. Jesus, no doubt, had Judas in mind. The idea extends from him to all those who make a profession of faith in Christ but do not actually obtain salvation. When the resurrection power is inside of you, you are remaining in Him and bearing much fruit as you touch lives and build relationships to the glory of God!
Dan Gutierrez
pastor-teacher

2802 West Mossman Road Tucson, AZ 85746
www.dhbctucson.org

DHBCFeb2016Newsletter

Drexel Heights Church

February 2016

~pastor’s pen

In the book of Genesis, where we all begin our new year reading program, Chapter Five, verse 21 states, “Enoch walked with God, and he was not, and God took him.” The Hebrew verb for “walked” is a distinctive form that conveys the sense of an ongoing intimacy with God. Because of this unique relationship, Enoch does not die. Someone asked me; “How is your walk with God?” I know what he was asking, he wanted to know how intimate I was with God. If we’re truly honest with those who are asking questions about our spiritual life/our walk, we should thank them for asking. Then, we should answer the question. The walk with God, through Christ, is not always an easy walk of obedience. When the intimacy is interrupted, it’s not because of Him, it’s because of me/us. He is always willing and ready to continue in our relationship. We’re the ones with the non-intimate excuses. Pastor John MacArthur stated in a sermon, “Wherever the direction that your feet are located is probably where you’re walking/headed.” We’re all walking toward something/someone. As long as we have breath in our God-given lungs, we should keep walking with and towards Him as we’re intimate with Him daily. Walking with Him, because the resurrection has empowered us and robed us in His righteousness, enabling us to touch lives and build meaningful relationships, to the glory of God!
Dan Gutierrez
pastor-teacher

2802 West Mossman Road Tucson, AZ 85746
520.883.7710 www.dhbctucson.org

DHBCJan2016Newsletter

DHBC/Jan 2016 Newsletter

~pastor’s pen

The Prince of Preachers, Charles Haddon Surgeon, would write his sermons on an envelope and he’d carry that theological manuscript in his hand as he went to the pulpit. As he walked he would prayer to himself, “I believe in the Holy Spirit, I believe in the Holy Spirit.” Then he would preach his sermon. He surmised that his dependency must be from God’s Holy Spirit reminding him what the Holy Spirit had told him to speak about, as he studied the days before Sunday arrived. Since reading this story, I’ve thought about this over and over again. I’m glad the Holy Spirit is there for us on a daily basis, but need to be reminded that God’s Holy Spirit helps us more often than we give Him credit for. R.C. Sproul said that the Holy Spirit waits to be invited. It is as if the Holy Spirit is behind a door and waits patiently.

The purpose of the Holy Spirit in the world, according to John 16:13-15, is to point men, women, boys and girls to Jesus Christ. The truth, into which the Holy Spirit guides us, is the truth about Jesus. God the Holy Spirit, God the Son and God the Father are all working in unison with each Person of the God Head. They are the same in substance, equal in power and glory.

The Life Application Bible states that, in the book of Acts, believers received the Holy Spirit in a variety of ways. Usually the Holy Spirit would fill a person as soon as he or she professed faith in Christ. In Acts 19, that filling happened later because these disciples’ knowledge was incomplete. God was confirming to these believers, who did not initially know about the Holy Spirit, that they were a part of the church. The Holy Spirit’s filling endorsed them as believers. Pentecost was the formal out pouring of the Holy Spirit on the church. The mark of the true church is not only right doctrine, but right actions, which would be evidence of the Holy Spirit’s work.
In 2016 listen to the tender Holy Spirit. If you’re not reading the Bible or good doctrinal books, how can the Holy Spirit remind you of what you don’t know? When the Holy Spirit lives inside of us, our doctrine and actions will be evident of His presence.

Believing in the tender Holy Spirit helps us to touch lives and building meaningful relationships to the Glory of God!!

Dan Gutierrez
pastor-teacher

Drexel Heights Church
2802 Mossman Road Tucson, AZ 85746
520.883.7710
www.dhbctucson.org

DHBC Nov 2015

DHBC
Newsletter
October 2015

~pastor’s pen

Mark 4:41 states, “Who then is this, that even the wind and sea obey Him?”

In 1998, Hurricane Mitch took 10,000 lives in Honduras, but that was small compared to the cyclone that killed 131,000 in Bangladesh on April 30, 1991, whose path of destruction left 9 million homeless. After that devastation, you can stand in awe of God or curse God.

A great wind came across the wilderness and struck the four corners of the house and it fell upon the young people, and they died (Job 1:19). When boils came into Job’s life, Job’s wife said, “Curse God and die.” (Job 2:9). After that statement, Job said to his wife, “Shall we indeed receive good from God and not receive adversity?”

Jesus demonstrates His unlimited power over the natural world in Mark’s Gospel, Chapter 4, verses 35-41. Jesus and His disciples were on the western shore of the Sea of Galilee, trying to get away from the crowds so they could rest for a while. Jesus wanted to go to the eastern shore, which had fewer people and small cities. Leaving the crowd, they took Jesus with them in a boat. A great windstorm appeared, which is a common occurrence on that lake that is about 690 feet below sea level and surrounded by hills. The storm was so severe that it took on the characteristics of a hurricane. The disciples, who were familiar with what can happen on this lake, thought that this storm would drown them. Jesus was so exhausted from a full day of healing and preaching that even the storm could not wake Him up. You’ve had those days when not even your alarm clock coupled with a caffeine laden cup of coffee from Starbucks could get you to open your eyes, haven’t you? “Peace! Be still!” or translated directly from the Greek, “Be silent, be muzzled.” Storms gradually weaken and eventually disperse, but when the Creator gave the order, this storm stopped immediately. The Disciples were filled with great fear. The fear was not one of being harmed by the storm, but a reverence for the supernatural power Jesus had just displayed. Can you imagine that the only thing more terrifying than having a raging storm outside your boat was having God in the boat! When you touch lives and build meaningful relationships with those in the midst of storms, the supernatural power of Jesus is on display and God gets the Glory!
Dan Gutierrez
Pastor-Teacher

2802 West Mossman Road
Tucson, AZ 85746
5 2 0 . 8 8 3 . 7 7 1 0
www.dhbctucson.org

NewsletterOct2015

DHBC
newsletter

Oct 2015

~pastor’ pen

Years ago before becoming a Christ Follower, attending church was a good moral decision for me . God drawing me to Himself never entered my mind. However, I knew God was everywhere, but I just didn’t think He was interested in my whole life, just a part of it. The details of my insignificant life didn’t interest Him. He was there for those who really needed His help, the weak people. As long as I was good and not too bad, like my brothers and sisters, things would be all right. I thought as long as my behavior was in check, then I was ok. After all, I was not as bad as the people on television, who appeared on the nightly news. I lived up to the standard of the home I was raised in. But God knew what was best for me. How could I know at the age of nineteen that I had every thing in control? Danny and Linda Verdugo drove me, on Sundays, to hear the Word of God, but actually it was God doing the driving. It was God who did the rescuing and at the right time He saved me from myself – from Him. He called me to Himself. The religion I was raised in was similar to the Baptist Church I started to attend. Their doctrines stated that, 1) Jesus Christ was God’s son and he died for me. 2) God the Holy Ghost/Spirit was there – I’m not sure if I ever heard that the tender Holy Spirit lived inside of anyone 3) The Bible was reserved for certain individuals who could know and understand what it said. The need that I had to know God was created by God. When the calling of God was on me I knew it was Him, because, even in my flesh, I only wanted to please me.
I surrendered my life to Him. The problem that I didn’t understand was that I was God’s enemy. That issue stemmed from the fact that in my flesh I didn’t nor would I ever choose God. I was bent on fulfilling my own agenda, since after all, this was my life. One lesson I learned was that God made us for Himself to honor and Glorify Him. God desiring to be very much part of my life was foreign to me. When we touch lives and build meaningful relationships, God uses us to bring people to Himself.
Dan Gutierrez
Pastor-Teacher

2802 West Mossman Road Tucson, AZ 85746
5 2 0 . 8 8 3 . 7 7 1 0
www.dhbctucson.org

DHBCNewsletterSept2015

DHBC Newsletter Sept 2015:

~pastors’ pen

First Peter 2:1-10 is addressed to believers. Peter is using an analogy of a baby that desires its favorite food-milk! When our babies came home from the hospital, they couldn’t stop drinking milk. God designed mom’s milk to have nourishment and nutrients. Nursing moms’ know how healthy their supply is. If Kim wasn’t fast enough they would scream and scream until their need was met. When was the most recent time you screamed for God’s Word? I happened to be at the marketplace one afternoon and noticed a mom with two boys. One was holding on to his potato chip bag and the other was sucking on his milk bottle. The younger boy, with the bottle, was drinking milk. The other boy had to wait until the bag of chips were paid for before he could eat them. My thought at that time was that eating those chips will not be healthy for that older boy and that he could not grow on those chips. What a picture for us. We snack on chips with no nutritional value. Why do we snack on the word of God? Peter states that a baby “longs” for the pure milk of the word. In a world that’s contaminated and polluted, a baby desires the pure solidness of the Word of God. Augustine, the Catholic Theologian and Philosopher, said, “To Fall in love with God is the greatest romance, to see Him the greatest adventure; to find Him the greatest human achievement.” Those who know Christ want the Word, they want the teaching, preaching, and hearing of the Word. The desire is there to fall in love with God and His word! A Christ-Follower never has to ask, “Do I want to hear the Word, today?” “Should I read my bible?” “Maybe I should schedule my doctor’s appointment so I have an excuse not to hear God’s word?” If you’re struggling with desiring God’s Word, perhaps you need to go back to where you thought you first believed? In verse 3 of First Peter Chapter 2 it reminds us of that first belief- “now you have tasted that the Lord is good.” Christ Followers will continue to long for the Word if they have tasted that the Lord is good, which they did at the time of their conversion. Peter could have been meditating on the book of Psalm when he wrote this explanation of the goodness of God. “Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him.” Peter is stating that God’s word is vital and God’s Word is good for us. Small groups keeps us accountable because wherever the Word is read and explained, it feeds our hungry souls. The true believer can’t get enough. Once we see our need for God’s Word and begin to find nourishment in Christ, our spiritual appetite will increase and we will start to mature. How strong is your desire for God’s Word this very moment? My spiritual needs are met in Christ and His Word. I like what John Piper said: “Christ is most Glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him.” Lives are touched and meaningful relationships are built, when we long for His Word.
Dan Gutierrez
pastor-teacher

DHBCNewsletterAug2015

Drexel Heights Church

~pastor’s pen / August 2015

In Chapter 8, verses 1-2 of Romans, the Apostle Paul writes; “…there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. And because you belong to Him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death.”

A friend told me once, when he sat in a court room waiting to plea his case before the judge, that he thought the only words he wanted to hear from the judge was, “Not guilty. You can leave, sir.” Those words are so meaningful to any person who is contesting any accusation. What if you were on death row? Would the words “Not Guilty” have a greater impact? I’ve been in several courts (ministry related, of course) and it is intimidating, humbling and scary. Let’s imagine that You and I were on death row, justly condemned for repeatedly breaking God’s Holy law. Jesus is our defense-attorney and judge! Jesus stands ready to be our hope! He has declared us not guilty and He offers us freedom from sin and the power to His will. Remember in Romans 5:1; “…we have peace with God.” The Apostle Paul explains that there is no condemnation for the believer because God has condemned sin in the flesh by sending his own Son to pay the penalty for sin through his death on the cross. The Apostle Paul seems to be recalling his whole argument about salvation in Christ. In verse 2 of Romans chapter 8, it mentions that we mustn’t be over looked, the Spirit of life is the tender Holy Spirit. He was present at the creation of the World. He is the power behind the new-birth of every Christ-Follower. He gives us the power/TNT we need to live as a Believer. On this subject, I can’t help but think of another text found in John’s Gospel- the story about the woman caught in adultery is brought before Jesus in John 8. The Religious Guys, the Scribes and Pharisees, want Jesus to condemn her. The Jewish Law interestingly states the both parties must be present when this process takes place. You’ve probably read this story before but the Religious Guys in this story want her stoned to death! Jesus bends down and begins to write something in the dirt. Was he listing their sins? Was he writing down their names? Biblical scholars don’t know. The story continues and one by one, the spiritual leaders of that day begin to exit their man-made court room, leaving the woman and Jesus standing there alone. Jesus asks her, “Who is here to condemn you?” This is a beautiful picture depicting that there is no condemnation in Christ. How many individuals do you know who condemn others because they’re different? We all like to judge and condemn people, but may the Lord help us to refrain from those actions and those often hurtful words of condemnation that we utter. As we touch lives and build meaningful relationships, let us leave the condemning of others out of our lives.
Dan Gutierrez,
pastor-teacher

NewsletterJune2015

June 2015 Newsletter

Drexel Heights Church

~the pastor pen

One of the books on prayer in my library was written by a man named Andrew Murray (1828-1917). Rev Murray was a South African writer, teacher and pastor. Murray thought that missions should be one of the most important priorities of the church. He was a champion for the South African Revival of 1860. Two hundred and forty books were authored by him. In his book, “The Prayer-Life / The Inner Chamber and the Deepest Secret of Pentecost.” Rev Andrew Murray, D.D., D.Litt., writes the following in the book’s forward, second paragraph, “It was the outcome of a Conference of ministers at Stellenbosch, South Africa, April 11-14, 1912.” Professor de Vos, of our Theological Seminary, had written a letter to the ministers of our church (the Dutch Reformed Church), concerning the low state of spiritual life which marked the Church generally, which ought to lead the inquiry into how far that statement included our Church, too. What had been said in the book, “The State of Church,” called for a deep searching of heart. He thought there could be no doubt about the truth of the statement in regard to the lack of spiritual power. He writes that sin and unbelief is the cause of the lack of spiritual power, that this condition is one of sin and guilt before God, and that it is nothing less than a direct grieving of God’s tender Holy Spirit. The church then and the church of today struggles in it’s Prayer-Life. In the first five chapters pastor Murray pens, “The Sin, The Cause, The Fight Against, How to be Delivered from and How Deliverance from Powerlessness may continue. In chapter five he says; “If I bow before Him in my Inner Chamber, then I am in contact with the eternal, unchanging power of God.” The problem with most Christ-Followers is we don’t bow, we seldom go into our inner chamber (a place to be alone with God) and have a meeting with the God that is eternal and desires for us to meet with Him. It’s in the Inner Chamber where we talk to Him, where we trust Him and where we wait upon Him. “He has everything… and we have nothing…” The God of Scriptures wants to meet with us on a regular basis. He has the time. We don’t seem to have the time. I confess my sin to you the reader. I lack the urgency and desire for prayer, can you relate? When Christ’s love is under control, then my prayer-life will improve. Murray’s writings are very simple. His language is very easy to understand. Writers with a pastor’s heart, like Murray’s, tend to know their audience. The passion for God’s Word comes through loud and convicting. When you’re touching lives and building meaningful relationships to the glory of God you’re not making time to pray, you’re taking time to pray.
Dan Gutierrez
pastor-teacher

2802 West Mossman Road Tucson, AZ 85746
520.883.7710 www.dhbctucson.org

MayNewsletter2015

Drexel Heights Church
Newsletter
May 2015

~pastor’s pen

I have known both men and women who have been incarcerated for crimes they have committed. They were guilty, as they admitted to their guilt. Caught by authorities and arrested for taking advantage of others’ generosity, goodness, and kindness. They knew what they had done and most were sorry for getting caught, not necessarily for the folly of their offense. Each of the men and women are called to a human jail and a human courtroom where they will be issued penalties for their crime(s). Often, I’m still reminded that I’m no better than my criminal acquaintances. According to the Bible, apart from Christ, I’m a criminal. I knew a couple of individuals who have had their files sealed. That means that it would take a court order to open and read/see the history of their crimes. Most criminals want to be justified and would hope that someone could take their place, to declare themselves innocent. I have been told more than once, “I wish all my crimes would be erased!” Imagine the main actor in the film “Dead Man Walking”, who we see as a bad criminal/sinner that is about to die for the consequences of the heinous evil that he has done, being declared innocent of his crimes! The image of a judge in the courtroom helps us to visualize this concept. Your Bible and mine speaks loud and clear of the justification of a Christ Follower. The Christ follower is being justified and this speaks to us that we are justified immediately! Dr. Gerry Williams is the Director of the John Owen Center at London Theological seminary and a visiting professor of Historical at Westminster Theological Seminary, said: “Before we come to the day of judgment and the courtroom where Christ sits as judge, our justification has been accomplished.” How do I get right with God? Remember the scripture in Romans 8:1? “There is therefore no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” No condemnation for those who are in Jesus? God is the only one who can justify, Romans 8:33-34 reveals. You and I have read about people who have turned from God and wanted nothing to do with Him or His people. They have committed evil. Believe it or not, they have been acquitted. That is every criminal’s dream! They have been declared innocent in the court of the Holy God, even before they get to the throne. Only God can do that! This is what it means to be justified by faith. Do you know the God who justifies? Do you trust in Him alone? Is your faith in Him? Dr. Gerry Williams further states, “Faith therefore is like a bridge, a bridge which my sin crosses to Christ and across which His righteousness comes to me.” The apostle Paul, writing to the Corinthians, said, “We are united to Christ in His life, death, and resurrection, and clothed in Him, we become what He is- the son of God and through Him we become sons of God in Him. Faith unites us to Christ so that all that He is becomes ours, and all that we are becomes His. Reformers call it, “The Great Exchange.” Christ the judge can declare guilty sinners righteous. Only God can do that, as we touch lives and build meaningful relationships, to the Glory of God.
Dan Gutierrez,
pastor-teacher
2802 West Mossman Road Tucson , AZ 85746
www.dhbctucson.org

DHBCAprilNewsLetter2015

April 2015 Newsletter

Drexel Heights Church

~pastor’s pen

Jesus said, “It is finished”! Not almost finished, but it is finished! These are the words that He uttered from the cross. His assignment was complete. What He came to accomplish was over! How many projects have you started and not completed? How many tasks have you left undone? Have you even started your bucket list yet? Jesus was different because, from the beginning, His aim was to please His father. He was on a mission. Nothing distracted him from where the spirit lead. His purpose on earth was to die for you and me. “It is finished” is actually one word in the Greek version of the New Testament. The great nineteenth-century preacher Charles Haddon Surgeon observed that “it would need all the other words that ever were spoken, or ever can be spoken, to explain this one word. It is altogether immeasurable. It is high; I cannot attain to it. It is deep; I cannot fathom it.” Phillip Graham Ryken writes, “Jesus was through with his earthly suffering. From beginning to end, Jesus Christ lived a life of suffering. From the moment he left the heavenly palaces of light to the moment darkness descended upon him on the cross, he suffered.” How many times have you read the scriptures this time of the year regarding His suffering? He was verbally mocked and ridiculed by soldiers and criminals, he physically endured the painful Crown of thorns and His Crucifixion. His admission of thirst on the cross always communicates to me how human He was, yet at the same time he was also fully divine. He died in agony to fulfill the plan of His Father. He was forsaken by His Father on the cross. It is over! But all that is finished now, forever behind us. No more thorny crowns or rugged crosses ever again, for He has finished His suffering. Before the Tomb, there was plenty of suffering. That was then, this is now – Jesus conquered suffering and death, and then arose for us! When we touch lives and build meaningful relationships to the Glory of God, we know Jesus finished for us!
Dan Gutierrez
pastor-teacher

2802 West Mossman Rd Tucson, AZ 85746