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In Loving Memory of Pastor Chuck Smith

Thank you Pastor Chuck Smith for your ministry and faithfulness in serving Christ. We came to Jesus and accepted Him as our Lord and Savior because of your legacy through the wonderful and Godly pastors and teachers at Calvary Chapel. God has used you in a might way for His Kingdom and His Righteousness. We love you and are eternally grateful.

 

MATTHEW 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

ACTS 20:24 But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.

PSALM 118:8 It is better to trust in the Lord, than to put confidence in man.

 


PASTOR RAUL RIES | CALVARY CHAPEL GOLDEN SPRINGS | DIAMOND BAR

PASTOR RAUL RIES | CALVARY CHAPEL GOLDEN SPRINGS | DIAMOND BAR

Statement of Faith

OUR VENTURE OF FAITH

In 1998, God led us to Calvary Chapel Golden Springs (CCGS) in Diamond Bar, California. There, we were diligently taught the Word of God under the leadership of Pastor Raul Ries and Somebody Loves You ministry. It was such a blessing to have a pastor with boldness and passion for the Lord. He laid the foundation for us by faithfully teaching the Bible through the book of Romans, and in those early years, seeds were planted and watered. On August 20, 2000, we accepted Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior at the Harvest Crusade with Pastor Greg Laurie at Anaheim Stadium. We committed our marriage and our lives to God and came into a personal relationship with our Maker. Spiritually we have grown tremendously and continue to grow daily. We thank God for His mercy, His grace and His love in saving a wretch like me.

At Calvary Chapel Golden Springs, we served in the marriage ministry and were so blessed by the fellowship of the servanthood and the married couples there. Also, the Lord led to us a group of youth that we took to weekly Bible studies and various church events and crusades. Watching their spiritual growth in the Lord and dedicating their lives to Christ was truly a blessing, especially at such a crucial time in their lives.

In 2003, the Lord led us in our move to Orange County, California - to Costa Mesa to begin our clinic. We saw firsthand how God opens doors that no man can close, and He closes doors no man can open. As His children, we seek first His Kingdom and His righteousness daily and abide in Him. We want Jesus to guide and direct our steps for His ways are perfect. Our medical clinic is currently at South Coast Metro in Orange County, across the street from Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa. Every day, we take care of the patients that the Lord has entrusted us with to the best of our ability. Whenever the opportunity opens, we share the gospel with the patients and staff because this is our mission field. We have been blessed to serve many brothers and sisters from church and also many Calvary Chapel pastors and their families with natural medicine.

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Since 2006, we attended Calvary Chapel Chino Hills (CCCH) with Pastor Jack Hibbs and continued our growth in the Lord. At CCCH, we served and continue to serve in the Calvary Chapel School of Evangelism. The Call Ministry is an evangelism and discipleship ministry at the church. We go out on Tuesday evenings to street witness, disciple other believers, and share the good news of the gospel with our divine appointments. This ministry has stretched us and grown us tremendously. It took us out of our comfort zone and gave us boldness and passion for the lost.

In 2009, while still attending CCCH, we simultaneously began attending Harvest Orange County with Pastor Greg Laurie when Harvest OC first began as a mid-week Bible study in Irvine. Harvest OC is now our home church and we are plugged into the decision follow-up ministry and the Virtue and Valor ministries. It is great to be “home” because we first gave our lives to Jesus at the Harvest Crusade 16 years ago. It is truly a blessing to serve Jesus and to “finish the course with joy, and the ministry, which we have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God”. We have been amazed by all that the Lord has done in our lives and excited for all that He is going to do. Our prayer is that we remain faithful, available and teachable because in Christ, the best is yet to come!

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OUR STATEMENT OF FAITH

We are grateful to Jesus for His amazing grace that saved a wretch like me. He gave us the gift of eternal life and we are so thankful for it daily. We do not deserve it and we have never earned it. God's agape love endures forever and we are blessed by the wonderful relationship that we have with Him. Oftentimes we do not realize that Jesus is all we need until Jesus is all we have. SINNER SAVED BY GRACE!

NATURAL MEDICINE IS SAFE, GENTLE AND EFFECTIVE

The popularity of natural medicine is due to the safe, gentle and effective treatments. Harsh methods, such as drugs are not used, and irreversible procedures, such as caustic surgeries are not involved. The key to natural medicine is that it unleashes the body's own healing power to strengthen and balance the body. Since the illness occurred due to a weak and defenseless body, increasing the body's strength and balancing its functions will naturally eliminate the ailment. Natural medicine is gentle, yet possesses the ability to treat a wide variety of chronic and acute ailments.

HERBAL MEDICINE

God created herbs, plants, shrubs and roots for our consumption. These are living cells that can enhance our own body's healing abilities and is both powerful and natural. Natural medicine is God's medicine!

GENESIS 1:29-30 Then God said, "I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds of the air and all the creatures that move on the ground - everything that has the breath of life in it - I give every green plant for food. And it was so."

WHOLISTIC NATURAL MEDICINE

Wholistic medicine means that the body works together as a whole. One of the most common misconceptions about natural medicine is that it is "holistic" medicine, associated with Eastern religion and new-age medicine. This viewpoint is not correct and needs to be clarified. The used of the word "holistic" is misleading and is incorrectly spelled. The practitioner, whether in natural medicine or modern medicine, chooses whom they will worship. There are Christian doctors and atheist doctors in modern medicine as there are Christian doctors and atheist doctors in natural medicine. A great example of a Christian natural medicine doctor is found in the Bible. It records a doctor by the name of Luke, who wrote the book of Luke in the New Testament. Modern drug medicine was not around back then - it developed only within the past 200 years. Dr. Luke in the Bible was a doctor of natural medicine. Natural medicine values every aspect of the human body because the body is created perfect in its entirely. Each organ works together to maintain homeostasis and balance within the body. Natural medicine views surgery only as the last option, and thus the term wholistic medicine was developed.