Gerry & Julie Gutierrez' Update


Just a note to let you know my vital signs while I pray and
wait the Lord's unfolding of his will for our lives in my own Patmos.
Remember Julie Please!

Next week I will have a bunch of Peruvians visiting me for ten days. I will be the cook the chauffeur the translator the marriage counselor, mentor, the tour guide and the rest I leave it up to your imagination. Pray for a profitable time that will bring glory to God.


First Thought Series
Luke 16: 1-15
Aug. 12, 2015

Our Witness Is Before Men, But We Testify Before God.

13 “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.” 14 The Pharisees, who loved money, heard all this and were sneering at Jesus. 15 He said to them, “You are the ones who justify yourselves in the eyes of others, but God knows your hearts. What people value highly is detestable in God’s sight.

OUR FIRST SPEECH AS FOLLOWER OF JESUS WAS ABOUT. CAN YOU GIVE US YOUR TESTIMONY?

“What is highly valued among men is detestable in God’s sight&rdquo

Seeking to justify yourself before men may make you a good witness before them  but your testimony is for God’s consumption, and he alone knows your heart.

-A witness can give a false testimony. A true testimony comes from a good heart.

-A man is not what he said to believe, a man is what he really believes in his heart.

-What we said to believe and what we believe should be one and the same thing

-Only in Jesus, what he said to be and what he was, were one and the same thing -Jesus’ secret was that he had only one God as master and Lord to love and serve.

-Integrity, Honesty and trustworthiness come from singleness of mind in the affections and allegiances of a heart devoted to God.

By common grace a bad witness may testify to the truth as he sees fit. But only by especial grace a witness testifies a valid testimony that is good for salvation. Jesus said be my witnesses. Witness is what you are. Testimony is what you do.

-No one can love two masters. “No one can love God and money”

“He will either love the one and hate the other. Or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other”. You cannot love the husband and the Lover at the same time. Nor can you love the wife and the mistress at the same time. If you think you can, that is anything but love.

Your love is your testimony.  God is love.  Your testimony is either the presence or absence of God in your heart. Your testimony reflects your account with God. Your debt with God should be dealt at this side of Heaven. Later may be too late.

If you are still in debt with God then know that you cannot pay on your own. Go to Jesus and sit down to reason together with him who can cancel your debt to the Father. Do it now. We live in a barrowed time.  Quick go to sit down at the table!!  

Gerry Gutierrez

The Parable of the Shrewd Manager - Luke 16: 1-15

Jesus told his disciples: “There was a rich man whose manager was accused of wasting his possessions. 2 So he called him in and asked him, ‘What is this I hear about you? Give an account of your management, because you cannot be manager any longer.’
3 “The manager said to himself, ‘What shall I do now? My master is taking away my job. I’m not strong enough to dig, and I’m ashamed to beg— 4 I know what I’ll do so that, when I lose my job here, people will welcome me into their houses.’ 5 “So he called in each one of his master’s debtors. He asked the first, ‘How much do you owe my master?’
6 “‘Nine hundred gallons  of olive oil,’ he replied. “The manager told him, ‘Take your bill, sit down quickly, and make it four hundred and fifty.’
7 “Then he asked the second, ‘And how much do you owe?’
“‘A thousand bushels  of wheat,’ he replied.
“He told him, ‘Take your bill and make it eight hundred.’
8 “The master commended the dishonest manager because he had acted shrewdly. For the people of this world are more shrewd in dealing with their own kind than are the people of the light. 9 I tell you, use worldly wealth to gain friends for yourselves, so that when it is gone, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings.
10 “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much. 11 So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches? 12 And if you have not been trustworthy with someone else’s property, who will give you property of your own?
13 “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.”
14 The Pharisees, who loved money, heard all this and were sneering at Jesus. 15 He said to them, “You are the ones who justify yourselves in the eyes of others, but God knows your hearts. What people value highly is detestable in God’s sight.