FIVE CHRISTIAN MOVIE SCRIPTS

LEDESMA, RAUL

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SYNOPSIS OF 5 MOVIE SCRIPTS

 

The Little Black Angel

The story starts in 1900 in a hospital in the deep segregated South, where Melinda, a white prejudiced woman who had seen the black people living and working as slaves all her life, gives birth to a black baby girl. She is completely surprised and mad at the same time because she cannot understand why this happened to her.  Immediately because of her hatred for black people, she rejects the child and makes life miserable for her husband, the child and everybody around her. The child turns out to be very sweet and talented, but suffers tremendously because of her mother’s complete indifference and rejection toward her. The only reason the marriage survives is because the husband is extremely benevolent and suffers in silence, not only because his wife rejects the child, but because she also rejects him blaming him for the child’s skin color.  Not being able to keep the secret any longer, Melinda’s mother on her death bed tells Melinda that years ago she had an affair with a black man and that Melinda is the product of that love affair. It takes Melinda completely by surprise knowing that her daughter is black because of her genes and not because of her husband’s.  She cries uncontrollably knowing that instead of being the innocent victim, as she presumed to be for so many years, she had been the guilty one.  As difficult as it is for her because of her character, she makes an attempt to sincerely repent.  She apologizes to her husband and daughter for being so mean to them all those years.  The husband and the daughter, who is now almost an adult, forgive her because all they have been seeking all along is for her to receive their love and to acknowledge them as her family.

 

Love Prevails

The story starts in Hollister, California in 1945 when Mary, a Christian woman, who has been trying to get pregnant for many years, has a dream and in that dream Jesus appears to her and tells her that she is going to have twin boys.  She does not know if it’s only a wishful-thinking dream or if it’s a real one from God. Within the next few months she has more dreams and God tells her to name the children Elijah and Elisha after the two prophets. The children are born and the couple is extremely happy. Then in 1947 many bikers come to town disrupting the peace and quiet of a sleepy town and putting the family in danger.  The movie, “The Wild One,” starring Marlon Brando was based on that. The story stays in Northern California going up to the 1970’s.  It focuses on the Christian upbringing the family gives their twin boys in which they teach them to live entirely by faith.  The first test to challenge their faith comes when the family doctor tells Jack, the father, that he has terminal cancer and that he has only a few months to live. The news is totally unexpected and Jack receives it almost in total disbelief.  He asks himself and God the usual question:  “Why is this happening to me just when everything was going so well?”  Doubts begin to crowd every other thought out of his mind.  Because of unconfessed sin, the demon of cancer has entered his body.

The twins, who are now attending the university, come home for the summer.  As they find out that the father has cancer, they begin to fast and pray with their parents.  One day, Elijah – one of the twins prays over his father.  He rebukes the spirit of cancer, who talks back to him, but has no choice but to come out in the name of Jesus.  Jack, the father, is completely healed leaving the doctor confused as to how he was healed from terminal cancer.

As the boys are returning back to the university ORU the plane crashes, but just before it does the boys pray for God to protect them.  Many passengers die, but as a miracle from God the boys are completely unharmed.   The story ends as both of the boys return home and establish their professional lives.  Good prevails over evil and love prevails over everything else.

 

 

From Spain To Israel

The story starts in 1492 when, because of racial hatred for the Jews because of their refusal to convert to Catholicism,  they are expelled from Spain. They are given three choices; convert to Catholicism, leave the country or be incarcerated. Some of them for not complying are killed or injured by the knights. Then the story continues in the 1920’s when a Jewish family, looking for a place to practice their religion and for better financial opportunities, leaves Spain and moves to Mexico.  In Ensenada, Baja California they succeed for a while as sheep ranchers, but then they encounter violence because the Mexicans have not forgotten that the Spaniards plundered their land.  On top of that, at that time, there are still many wealthy Spaniards raising sheep and paying the Mexican peasants very low wages for taking care of the sheep. The Mexican peasants resent that, but they have no choice since they are extremely poor.  Their child Aviel is taunted and beaten up by Mexican children because they consider him to be a Spaniard who does not belong to the Catholic religion.  The hatred against them grows to the point where the locals burn their house down and want to kill them.  As they see the locals approaching their house at night with torches, they flee for their lives. The family goes to Tijuana where the father is killed by a drunk. Eventually the wife, Chava, remarries.  A Mexican-American pastor, whom she met when they prayed for a dead Mexican child who had been run over by a car and as a result of their faith and prayer God revived him, asked her to marry him. She does and they move to the United States.  Aviel grows up in the United States and having seen hatred against his people most of his life and having seen God perform miracles, becomes a pastor in the US, gets married to a Jewish girl and by God’s will they relocate to Israel in 1948 where they see the birth of a new nation.  Together they start the first Christian church in the new nation of Israel.

The story is very realistic because it does follow history.  It has love, hatred, friendships, family relationships and miracles because of their faith in God.

 

The Unwanted Ones

In 13th century England, a wealthy childless and unbelieving couple who has never heard from God hears from Him through dreams. At first they don’t know what to make of it, but as the dreams keep reoccurring they not only begin to believe and have faith in God, but they take action.   They are told to leave everything behind, to build a cabin in Sherwood Forest, to rescue twelve urchins from the streets of Nottingham and raise them in the woods as if they were their own, teaching them how to become productive Christian citizens by learning to be responsible, by loving themselves, loving others and loving God.  Each individual child as well as each adult goes through the growing process of learning how to live in a primitive environment,  how to work as a team,  who they really are, how to establish a relationship with God, how to grow in faith and how to depend on God for everything. In the process they encounter many challenges that brings out the best or the worst in each one of them. Some of the dangers they overcome are poisonous snakes, dangerous bears and bobcats. Other obstacles are:  Robin Hood and his men, who threaten them, but then become their friends,  hard work and a strong discipline.  Because some of the children are in danger and have not yet fully believed in God, Jesus appears to them to protect them and to let them know that He is real. This not only affirms the faith of the children, but it also reaffirms the faith of the adults, who are also going through the process of learning to live God’s way.

This story has everything:  Doubt, faith, lack of discipline, discipline, love, fear, grit, compassion, danger and much more.

 

God Has No Boundaries

God’s love, protection, forgiveness and authority have no boundaries as it is demonstrated in this story, which deals with a current situation that many families are facing today.  It starts in Tecate, Baja California, Mexico where an American pastor and his wife have made intimate connections with the local Mexican people. Because of the dire situation in Mexico, the pastor and his wife illegally and successfully smuggled a young Mexican family into the US.  If they had been caught they would be facing jail or prison time.  They would be considered “coyotes,” people who smuggle illegal aliens into our country. The young couple comes with two small children.  By borrowing birth certificates from parents of American children who had died, the parents are able to enroll the children in school with fake names. The children adjust quite well, but the parents are forced to live in the shadows, as if they were criminals.  Pastor Bill takes Memo, the Mexican man, to Utah where they are giving driver’s licenses to illegal aliens. On their way to Utah they find a man who has died in an automobile accident and has gone to hell.  They pray for him, his soul comes back to his body and his injuries are completely healed.  Once Memo has his license, he is able to use a pickup to do yard maintenance work. However, Memo and the family still live in constant fear of being deported. Tito, Memo’s oldest son, asks an American girl to a high school dance.  She goes with him because she likes him, but her grandfather is opposed to the whole thing because he is totally prejudiced against Mexican people, but since her grandmother likes the boy everything turns out OK.  After quite a few years of living in this country, Memo and his wife are caught by immigration officers and are sent to an immigration detention camp near San Diego.  Their two sons, who are now teenagers, with help from the pastor, his congregation and from God manage to get their parents released.

Many Hispanic families are facing similar problems right now.  Families are separated, children are left without their parents, wives are left without husbands and husbands are left without wives.  As long as Mexico, the Central American and the South American countries remain third-world countries the problem will remain.  There are no protagonists or antagonists, but there are many victims on both sides of the border.

ARTICLES TWO

THE DEATH OF THE TRUTH

If the truth were to really be known, the truth has been dying for quite a few years in the United States. Just like a slow torturing cancer, it had been experiencing a slow painful death up to recently, but now we can compare it to stage 4 cancer delivering a fast agonizing death.

The truth is dying because it has no value anymore. Most people lie as if it were the natural thing to do.  Politicians make many lying promises to get into office. Once they are in office they forget all about the promises that got them elected.

The movies lie, supposedly to make them more interesting to the public.  The spectators go to see actors and actresses do feats in the movies that are humanly impossible. They call those characters super heroes.  Not only do people admire the characters in the movies, but they also admire the actors who portray them.

The teachers and the professors lie to the students because it is politically correct to do so.  Many of them cannot tell the truth, because if they do, they may even lose their jobs. They may be compelled to teach evolution even though personally they may believe in God and creation.  Other may teach that marrying people of the same sex is perfectly okay, although it goes totally against God’s principles and even against common sense.  Still others may teach that “Black lives matter,” instead of teaching that “all lives matter.”

The death of the absolute truth seems to be imminent. Short of a miracle nothing can save it. The lies are rampant in the movies, the radio, the internet and in most of the news channels on television. They do not give the news, instead they give their version of them.

The so-called experts give their opinion on every issue.  It does not matter what the event, the issues or the catastrophe may be, every person on the panel of the so-called experts gives his/her opinion.  They seem to establish what is right and what is wrong.  The public just hears their point of view and consequently it accepts it as if it were the gospel truth.

Unfortunately the people in the news media have the ability to destroy a person’s credibility and even his life if they so choose.  To many times they choose to do exactly that.  On the other hand, they seem to overlook a person’s weaknesses, failures and even wrongdoings if they want to lift him/her up for whatever the reason.

However, regardless of what may happen in the world, there is a truth that will never change and that, of course, is God’s truth.  In John 14:6, Jesus said:  “I am the way, the truth, and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through Me.” Although men may try to ignore it, circumvent it or discard it completely, God’s truth was, it is, and it will be what it is – the absolute, unchangeable, undenying truth.

In John 8:31-32, Jesus said:  “ Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed.  And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”  Although the truth is dying, as we know it, if you read the Bible – the word of God – you will be set free.  Free from what?  Free from ignorance, sin, despair, loneliness, frustration, hopelessness, worries, anxiety, fear, drugs, drinking and anything else that may have you under bondage.

Do not believe or accept the world’s lies.  Live your life with gospel truths and values, not bending, but doing what you know to be right in every situation.  Good luck!  7/20/17

D      I      S      C      O      V      E      R

According to the dictionary one of the definitions for discover is to be the first to find something,  to be the first person to find out something or to be the first one to become aware of it.  That means that the first humans who discovered this world were Adam and Eve.  The first ones who discovered America were the people who first got here and made it their home. Nobody knows for sure who they were.

The scientists are continually finding or discovering something that they did not know before.  It may be a discovery to them, but not to God, or maybe even to people who knew about it centuries ago.  The scientists are always finding new planets,  stars or other heavenly bodies. They probably have always existed, but the scientists were not aware of them.

Necessity is the mother of inventions and for that reason Inventors are always inventing something.  The potential is always there, but if there is no need for that invention or nobody has thought of the possibility there is no invention.   For example; the sun has always been there, but nobody had thought about harnessing that energy and putting it to work as solar energy until somebody thought of the possibility and did it.

Some inventions and vocations become obsolete with time.  Times are constantly changing and today there is no more need for what we needed yesterday.  We no longer need the wheels nor people to repair them for the buggies that were drawn by horses.  Now we need mechanics who can fix automobiles and even those are constantly changing.

One of the best discoveries is when people discover their potential in any given area.  Many people don’t know what they can really do, until the need arises. When they start doing what they thought they could not do or what they had not even thought of doing, they may even find out that they really enjoy it.  Doing what one enjoys and doing it well can really bring satisfaction and happiness to a person.  If you are working in an area that displeases you, change job, vocation or profession and do what really gives you pleasure.  No matter how much you are getting paid it is not worth it if you are miserable doing it.

Some people are looking for something, but they don’t know what it is.  Somehow they can’t put their finger on it.  They jump from one place to another, from one situation to another and even from one relationship to another, but happiness is like an elusive butterfly to them.  They can never seem to find it, let alone catch it.

If you are one of those people, I have some good news for you.  You can find true happiness, but it’s only in one place.  It’s actually not a place, but a person and that person is Jesus Christ. He is God, but at the same time He is a person.  Being God He lived on this earth as a person to experience what we humans go through.  He lived, suffered, shed His blood, died and resurrected from the grave, so that if we believe in Him we would have eternal life.

That void or emptiness that you may feel can only be filled by Jesus Christ.  Once you discover Him and allow Him to come into your heart, you won’t need drugs, alcoholic beverages, possessions, fame nor thousands of friends to make you happy.  Many people have become aware of the love He has for them and have accepted Him as their Lord and  Savior.  Not only have they found joy and happiness, but they will spend eternity with Him.

If you want to discover God’s love for you and find true happiness, receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior.  If you don’t know how to do it, read and pray the following prayer to Him and He will receive you as His child.  Your life will change for the better.  Don’t spend another day lost in the wilderness, in the darkness, in doubt, in anguish nor in despair.

“Father God, I repent of all my sins.  Please forgive me as I believe and confess that Your Son Jesus Christ shed His blood on the cross, died and resurrected to pay for my sins. I ask Him now to be my Lord and Savior and for the Holy Spirit to live in me.  Thank You, Father God.  Amen.”

IF you prayed that prayer and meant it, God has forgiven all your sins.  You are as clean as can possibly be.  Find a good born-again Christian church where they teach directly from the Bible.  Read my whole page on a weekly basis and tell your friends about it.  If you are sincere, I will see you on the other side of this life.  Blessings!

WE SHOULDN’T LIVE IN A WORLD WITHOUT LOVE

In the sixties Peter and Gordon used to sing a beautiful song called “A World Without Love.” The lyrics said:  “I don’t care what they say, I won’t stay in a world without love.” Their singing was good, the music was good and the message was excellent.  If you haven’t heard it, you can hear it on the internet.

In the sixties Jackie DeShannon also had a hit song talking about love.  The song was – “Put A Little Love In Your Heart.”  The first stanza went something like this:  “Think of your fellow men, lend him a helping hand.  Put a little love in your heart.  See how it’s getting late, so please don’t hesitate, put a little love in your heart…”

All of us need to put more love in our hearts.  Most of the problems of this world would disappear if we were to do that.

The sixties, of course,  was the flower generation in San Francisco.  Scott McKenzie used to sing the song “San Francisco.”  The beginning lyrics were:  “If you’re going to San Francisco, be sure to wear some flowers in your hair. If you’re going to San Francisco, you’re gonna meet some gentle people there.”  Because of the Vietnam war, young people were putting an emphasis on love and not on hate.  Today we should be doing the same thing.

If we watch the news, the only conclusion we can come to is that “we live in a world without love.”  One of the reasons is that the news media only reports the bad news.  They overlook the good things that are happening around us.  It is sad, but unfortunately very true.  Many people’s perspective would change if the news media were to place a lot more emphasis on  positive events and acts of kindness that people do on a daily basis.

The politicians in our country – the USA – are the worst offenders.  The Democrats blame the Republicans and the Republicans blame the Democrats.  Consequently very little actually gets done in Washington D.C. and instead of demonstrating love and cooperation, they are demonstrating hatred and division.  The political parties spend most of their time fighting each other.  They are setting a very poor example for the young people.

We don’t need to wear some flowers in our hair,  put them on somebody else’s hair, or go to San Francisco,  but we do need to be kinder to one another.  If the adults were to do that, what a lesson that would be for the younger generation and for the little children. They in turn would do the same when they became adults.  Children are like a sponge – they absorb everything they hear and see.  We need to be and set good examples for them.

Many children and even adults admire and emulate famous people, such as movie stars, singers, athletes and politicians.  Unfortunately many of those famous people don’t have any morals or scruples whatsoever.  They live as they please, without regards as to who they may be hurting along the way.  The ones they hurt include their spouses, children, relatives, friends and the public in general.

Let us take the lyrics of the songs that Peter and Gordon, Jackie DeShannon and Scott McKenzie sang and take them to heart by living by love, in love and for love’s sake, which is what God is (1 John 4:8).  Yes, God is love and that’s how He wants us to live.  If we do not live in love and by love, we will have a miserable life and we will wind up in the lake of fire burning and suffering forever.  Love covers a multitude of sins (1 Peter 4:8) and most of our faults.

Do not let your world be one without love.  Be transparent by Loving God, loving yourself and loving others.  Yes, sometimes you will get hurt, but that’s part of life.  overall you will be much happier.  Good luck and may you find true happiness!

 

ACCEPT REALITY

The first step in solving any problem is to realize and recognize that you have a problem.  Once you do that you can come up with several solutions.  After that you choose the most practical one.  The next step, of course, is to come up with a plan and set it in motion.

Regardless of what the problem is you have to accept reality.  The reality can be harsh, but if you do not accept it, the problem will never be solved and the consequences could be extremely severe.  A real problem will not be less real and it will not go away simply because you do not accept it. Actually if you do nothing and just ignore it, it will more likely than not become much more serious.

Accepting reality comes with maturity, but since some people never mature they do not accept reality.  Regardless of their physical age, they act like children and because they do, either they suffer the consequences or the people close to them do.  If they do not accept the responsibility, it falls on their spouse, parents, children or somebody else.

Reality is reality and there are some absolutes that will never ever change.  If a person mistreats his body, sooner or later, it’s time to pay the piper.  If a person does not plan financially for the future, it will get here and he will be up the creek without a paddle.  If a person drops out of high school, the chances are he will never have a job that pays him well enough to support his family the way he should.

I will just give you a few examples, as a few of them will suffice for the wise.  If you are diagnosed with cancer you have a few options; 1. You can accept it and start looking at your options.  2. You can have a positive attitude and do all you can to help yourself.  3. You can do nothing and hope it will work itself out.  4. You can give up all hope and get ready to die.  5. You can feel sorry for yourself and blame others, even God.  6. You can and should get a second or third opinion.  6.  You can work up your faith and ask God to heal you.

Let’s say your spouse is definitely leaving you and there’s nothing to be done.  1.  You can accept reality.  2.  You can beg him/her to reconcile.  3.  You can try to put that experience behind you and move on with your life. 4.  You can feel sorry for yourself and be a basket case. 5. You can learn from that experience.  6.  You can use that situation to get closer to God.  7. You can help others who are going through similar situations.

You have been working for fifteen years for a company and have been an excellent employee, but the owner’s grandson graduates from college, takes over your job and you are dismissed. 1. You can be mad at the world. 2. You can hate that company.  3. You can lash out at the person who took over your job.  4. You could feel sorry for yourself.  5.  You could accept reality, put yourself in God’s hands and move on with a positive attitude.  6. Leaving that job could possibly take you to a better position – either one that would pay more or one that you would truly enjoy.

In case you have not seen it by now, the main point of this article is for you to accept reality no matter what it may be.  All of us go through a crises, sooner or later, but the important thing is that we should come out stronger.  We accept it for what it is, keep a positive attitude, analyze it, come up with a plan and put it into action.  When the going gets tough, the weak break, but the tough get going.    6/29/17

WE HAVE FORGOTTEN WHO WE ARE

It is extremely sad when a person, a family or a group of people forgets who he, it or they are. It is even worse if they never knew who they really were in the first place. As bad as that may seem, it is much worse when a country forgets who it really is.  Unfortunately, that is the case in the United States of America.  We have forgotten how we started, who we were, what we stood for and what we should stand for now in the 21st century.

The absolutes have been thrown out the window, which means that godly values, morals and righteousness no longer play a part in our decision-making process.  Everyone forms his own values as he sees fit because there are no parameters and he can even change those values to accommodate his current situation according to his whims and according to an ever-changing society.

One of the main reasons why our country has turned away from God is because by doing so we can do whatever pleases us and we do not have to justify it to anyone.  By not accepting any spiritual responsibility we can disobey any of God’s commandments and principles without suffering any earthly punishment or repercussions.  While that may be true here on earth, it is definitely not true in eternity.  People who disobey God willingly will be judged at the white throne judgment, be found guilty and will be thrown into the lake of fire to suffer eternally. I have a feeling those people will not have the last laugh.

Our forefathers came from Holland by way of England because they were Englishmen.  They were seeking religious freedom – not freedom from not believing in God – but freedom to attend the church of their choice.  Prior to that they were being forced to attend The Church of England.  As a result of that, they wanted to have separation between church and state. That was their intent, but it was not written into the Constitution as some people may think.

Thomas Jefferson, our third President (1801-1809) was a strong supporter of people choosing their own religion as well as what church they would attend.  To make his feelings clear in 1802 he wrote a letter to the Danbury Baptist Association in which he carefully explained that believing in God was a personal and sacred thing and that the government had no business  telling us how we should believe or not believe.  In essence, he was saying that there should be separation between church and state.  Although he was one of the framers of our Constitution that phrase does not appear in it.         

Separation between church and state was never intended to mean that we could not believe in God or that we could not mention His name in public places, which of course, is today’s interpretation, which is totally wrong.  It only meant that the government could not force us to attend a certain church or to attend church at all.  Believing or not believing in God is an individual choice.  We should not disrespect the believers or the unbelievers.  Currently our government is respecting the wishes of the unbelievers, but not the ones of the believers.  Consequently believers cannot mentions the word  G O D  in public places, but unbelievers can say whatever they want to.

According to the Bible, our first love should be God (Revelation 2:4-7).  Our country became a republic loving God, but we have moved away from our first love and consequently we are spiraling down at a tremendous speed.  Former and not-now President Obama went as far as saying that we were no longer a Christian nation.  More likely than not, he belongs to the religion whose members have caused most of the terrorist attacks.  They keep saying it’s a religion of love, but their acts speak louder than words.

Our country has moved so far away from God that no sin is out of the realm of possibility.  Some examples are:  1. Marrying people of the same sex as if it were normal and natural.  It’s an abomination to God. 2. Abortions and selling fetus’ parts.  3.  Legalizing marihuana.  4. Giving millions of dollars to terrorist nations.  5. Depriving Christian children in public schools of their God-given rights.  6. Legalized gambling and prostitution in some states.  7.  Corruption in our government.  8.  Scams on the internet and by telephone.  9. Racial hatred. 10 Idolatry.

Our country has become an idolatrous nation.  We idolize anything and everything.  Yet God tells us not to have any other gods before Him (Exodus 20:2). Anything we idolize becomes our God.  It could be a person, an automobile, a motorcycle, a sport, possessions, our job, movies, video games or anything else that takes first place in our lives.  God hates idolatry and our people have become infatuated with idols.

We know that Catholics adore so-called saints and virgins.  Yet God tells us not to make or worship any carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; that we shall not bow down to them nor serve them…(Exodus 20:4).  Other religions worship Buddha, Krishna, Allah, the Great Spirit in the sky, Mohammed and who knows what else.

Before it is too late, it is time for us as a nation to remember who we are.  We were born as a Christian republic and as such God blessed us.  Because we have abandoned God, we find ourselves floundering and meandering without knowing where we are going.  It is time to come back to Him and get on the right track again.  thelivinglights.com    6/22/17

 

UNLEARN YOUR NEGATIVE HABITS

Due to your environment, background, acquaintances, educational level, low self-esteem, thought process or past experiences you may have developed bad habits. Because of these bad habits you may speak negatively most of the time. The way you think of yourself and speak influence your life.  The Bible tells us that the way a person thinks that’s what he is (Proverbs 23:7). How do you see yourself?

If you think negatively you have to unlearn that way of thinking and learn how to think in a positive manner.  When you change your way of thinking, you will change your way of talking and when you change your way of talking you will change your life.  In Romans 12:2, the apostle Paul tells us:  “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”

Learn to use positive terminology.  You should never say, “I can’t do that,” because if you do you are already confessing that it is beyond your capabilities.  That means you will not even try to do it, but even if you do you will do it half-heartedly, and, of course, you will fail.  One thing is for sure; you are capable of more than you think you can do.

In Mark 9:23, the Bible tells us:  “Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.” Then in Mark 10:27, the Bible tells us:  “But Jesus looked at them and said, “With men it is impossible, but not with God; for with God all things are possible.” Instead of saying, “I can’t do it,” say, “With God’s help I can do anything.”

Don’t even say, “I am going to try.”  If you say that what you are really saying is, “I am going to give it a try, but if it seems difficult, I’ll quit.”  What you should say is, “I am going to do it!” It does not matter how long it takes you or how many times you try, if you have that attitude you will succeed.  Thomas Edison tried two thousand times to invent the light bulb.  He did not give up.  Basically he said:  “I just found two thousand ways how not to do it.”  But you know what? – the next time he succeeded. 

Don’t look at a setback in a negative way.  Look at it as a learning experience.  By the same token, don’t look at an obstacle as a defeat; look at it as a challenge to overcome.  Think of the many possibilities to solve it, choose the best option, and then put a plan into action. The words, “give up,” should not be in your vocabulary.  If you are a born-again Christian, ask God to help you.  He will hear you and before you know it you will have the problem solved.

Don’t be afraid of change.  It is through it that you will grow.  The more changes you see, the faster you grow.  The people who see very little change, crack the first time they see a major change in their lives. The people who embrace change are more successful than the ones who do not.    

Be a person of true grit, resolve, moral ethics, perseverance and of great character.   Don’t run away from problems or obstacles.  Don’t meet them necessarily head-on, but tackle them with intelligence. When you overcome obstacles, trials and problems, you are building your character, which makes you a better and stronger person. 

The only thing that has been stopping you is your way of thinking. From now on, speak positively of yourself. Remember; if you believe and confess you can’t, you can’t, but if you believe and confess you can, you can.   (thelivinglights.com)  6/15/17

IT’S GOOD TO BE AWARE

A person cannot grow mentally, emotionally, spiritually or even financially unless he comes face to face with reality.  In other words, he has to see where he needs improvement.  If he does not see it or does not admit it to himself, he will stay in the same situation because he is set on his ways and is unwilling to change. 

Stubborn people who don’t see themselves as they really are will be a stumbling block to others and to themselves.  They will always blame other people for their troubles.  Some of them will even blame God.  They think they are right and that everyone else is wrong.  They criticize everything and everyone. 

It’s always good to be aware of our surroundings, weaknesses, fears, shortcomings, faults, dangers and needs.  If we do not recognize our fears, needs, shortcomings or weaknesses, there is no way we can overcome them.  Once we know what they are we can take steps to remedy them. 

A person who recognizes his fears, weaknesses, shortcomings or faults is half-way to solving them. Then and only then is he able to reach out to others and others can reach out to him.  If he recognizes that he needs help, then he can get professional help if necessary.  Knowing that he knows the problem, his friends can give him some advice without fearing that he is going to get mad at them.  

The only way to solve any problem is to know what the real problem is, to come up with different solutions, to discard the ones that are not feasible – for whatever the reason – and to field test the most logical one first. If that one does not work, then it’s time to field test the second best solution and so on.

Many people see the symptoms of a problem, but fail to see the real problem or what is causing it.  It’s like being in the forest and not being aware that you are in a forest because you are just seeing the trees.  Sometimes you just have to step back, detach yourself from the situation, so you can see objectively.   

The one who can help us the most, of course, is God, but He will not do it unless we call out to Him.  Subsequently, if we do not recognize that we have a problem or if we don’t admit it, He won’t help us. On the other hand, if we humbly and sincerely confess to Father God that we need help, invoking the name of Jesus, He will be attentive to our prayers. 

In conclusion I would like to ask you to look at yourself objectively.  Try to look at yourself and at your circumstances through somebody else’s eyes. You will have a truer and different perspective as to why you are where you are.  Instead of feeling sorry for yourself or blaming others, you will take definite steps to be a better person.  It will not only be a win-win situation for you, but also for the people in your sphere of influence.  Good luck!  (6/8/17)

DECISIONS, DECISIONS, ALWAYS DECISIONS

According to some recent research and studies the average person makes about 35,000 decisions every single day.  Many of those decisions are trivial, insignificant, of minor concern and inconsequential. In most cases the brain takes care of each one of them automatically as it has done thousands or millions of times before.

However there are decisions that are important, impactful and may have serious consequences.  We cannot take them lightly.  If we make the wrong decision we could wind up paying for it the rest of our lives. In some cases it could be a matter of life and death.  Surely we would not want to be at the wrong end of that decision.

Because of the possible consequences, whether positive or negative, we should give every decision the importance it requires. Even what may seem like an insignificant decision could turn out to be of major importance.  As examples, we may decide not to answer a certain phone call, not to answer a certain email, not to talk to someone or not to meet a certain person, yet that person could make a tremendous difference in our lives.  Many people have missed many opportunities by making the wrong decision. 

Some of the opportunities we may lose are not meeting our perfect spouse, not going into business with the right person, not buying property at the right time or place, not making a positive difference in somebody’s life, not taking advantage of bargains, not being at the right place at the right time, not believing who we should believe, believing who we should not believe and, of course, not ceasing the opportunity when it presents itself. 

Something that can get us in hot water fast is going into dangerous situations without really thinking of the consequences.  That includes being a distracted driver, smoking, drinking alcoholic beverages, using drugs, selling drugs, abusing prescribed medication, being what they call “a daredevil,” and in essence putting ourselves in harm’s way. 

There are some decisions that will affect us throughout our lifetimes.  If you do not believe that, you can talk to some of the inmates who will be imprisoned for life, some of the wives or husbands who are miserable being married to the wrong person, some of the people who are taking any job just to make a living because they did not prepare for a profession, career or job, some of the people who did not take care of their bodies and now are extremely ill, some of the people who never got married and are now old, alone and lonely and so on. 

Of all the decisions a person has to make, which will probably be billions in his lifetime, the most important one is choosing where he will spend eternity.  Yes, a person gets to choose.  It’s not a random decision by God or anyone else, but a choice every individual can make.  You have that choice before you right now.

There are two choices as to where a person will spend eternity; the lake of fire or with God. It is not a complicated issue.  If you do not choose God, you automatically choose the lake of fire. It is entirely up to you.  If you want to spend eternity burning and suffering in the lake of fire, don’t do anything and you will get there.  If, on the other hand, you want to spend eternity with God in heaven, then repent of your sins, ask God to forgive you, receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior by faith and try to live a decent life. 

If you have decided you want to spend eternity with God, then in faith, in sincerity, in humility and in a loud voice pray the following prayer to God:  “Father God, I repent of all my sins.  I ask You to forgive me.  As I receive Your Son Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior, I believe and confess that He died for my sins on the cross, that He resurrected on the third day, and that He is at Your right hand in heaven interceding for me now. In the name of Jesus, I also ask the Holy Spirit to live in me so He can guide me and protect me.  Thank Father God for accepting me as your child. Amen.” 

Find a good born-again Christian church where you can learn the word of God and where you can grow in faith,  knowledge and in wisdom.  Keep reading my entire page on a weekly basis.  God bless you!

IS YOUR LIFE A DASH?

Is your life a dash?  In other words, your life is a dash if you have not done anything to make the difference.  Many people go through life just getting by, just doing enough to survive, and not letting anyone or anything affect them.  They don’t get involved because if they do, it will cost them money, time or effort.

Jesus was not a dash.  He came, taught us His word, taught us how to live and gave up His life for us. Because of what He taught and how He lived He made such an impact that two thousand years later people are still following Him. I am one of His followers.  If He had been a dash no one would follow Him.

In Matthew 22:37-40, Jesus tells us:  “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment.  And the second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”

Jesus makes it extremely clear that He does not want us to be a dash.  If we truly love God and love people, we will make a difference by touching people’s lives.  The person who does not touch people’s lives in a positive way is not making the difference.

Abraham had been a dash at seventy-five years old, but then God called him into His service and he became the father of a great nation (Israel) and his name is revered by many people even of different religions.  Genesis 12:1-2 – “Now the Lord had said to Abram: “Get out of your country, from your family and from your father’s house, to a land that I will show you. I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing.” Abraham was anything but a dash. He is a patriarch and the father of the Christian faith.

Moses just like Abraham had been a dash until God spoke to Him from the burning bush.  His life completely turned around.  He went from leading sheep to leading the Hebrew nation.  Exodus 3:1-4 – “ Now Moses was tending the flock (sheep) of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian. And he led the flock to the back of the desert, and came to Horeb, the mountain of God.   And the Angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire from the midst of a bush. So he looked, and behold, the bush was burning with fire, but the bush was not consumed.  Then Moses said, “I will now turn aside and see this great sight, why the bush does not burn.”  So when the Lord saw that he turned aside to look, God called to him from the midst of the bush and said, “Moses, Moses!” And he said, “Here I am.” Exodus 3:9-10 – “ Now therefore, behold, the cry of the children of Israel has come to Me (God), and I have also seen the oppression with which the Egyptians oppress them.  Come now, therefore, and I will send you (Moses) to Pharaoh that you may bring My people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt.”

Moses quit being a dash and become a man of purpose with a definite mission.  God wants you to become a man of purpose.

It does not matter where you live, what your job is, how old you are, what your educational level is, what sex you are, what religion you are, nor your social status, you can make a difference.  You can make a difference by touching lives.  Sooner or later everyone needs a favor, a friend, a helping hand, some advice, some attention or financial help and you can be the one who meets their specific need whatever it may be.

If you have been a dash, quit being one and find ways to give back to society, so people will be glad when they see you coming, instead of thanking God when you are leaving.  Leave a legacy so people will remember you because your life made a difference.

ENJOY, ENJOY, ENJOY!

Being happy is a state of mind.  Enjoying certain activities depends totally on you.  Getting the most out of every situation requires your effort.  Seeing the glass half-full instead of half-empty should be your way of looking at things.  You should have a positive attitude regardless of the circumstances.

Since being a happy person is a state of mind,  you should be happy regardless of the weather, your economic situation, your job status, your marital status, the weather conditions, your living arrangements, your friendships and any other circumstances that may be favorable or unfavorable to you.  Happiness comes from within, not from outside sources.  Do not expect other people or material things to make you happy.

Enjoying certain activities depends totally on you.  It does not really matter what the activity is. The more activities you learn to enjoy, the happier you will be.  What would be a dreaded chore to somebody else could be pure enjoyment to you.  Instead of hating doing it, you would learn to enjoy doing it.  Remember…happiness is a state of mind.

To get the most out of every situation requires you to have an open mind and to put forth some effort.  You can think of different ways, meditate on your options, and then choose the best one that will give you the desired optimum results.  There is a silver lining in almost every situation.  All you have to do is find it.  Once you find it, put it into action.  Not only will you be satisfied with the results, but you will be happy with yourself.

You should definitely learn to look at the glass half full and not half empty.  It makes a world of difference.  Look at the positive and not the negative.  See the bright side and not the dark one. There are always two ways of looking at things. Something that may seem negative can become a positive learning experience.  Learning from your experiences will help you tremendously in the future.

You should always have a positive attitude regardless of the situation.  The situation may not only seem bleak, but it may be just that, but if you approach it with a positive attitude, you may come out of it smelling like a rose.  Attitude is 99% of the battle.  Very few people – if any – have found success with a negative attitude.  If you have negative friends, start distancing yourself from them.  You will not bring them up, but they will drag you down.

Some advice; don’t dwell on yesterday’s misfortunes, mistakes or failures. Leave the past in the past.  If you dwell on them, you’ve got nothing to gain and everything to lose.  Don’t worry about the future.  What’s going to happen will happen in spite of your worrying.  Worrying will just give you ulcers and other illnesses, which will take you to an early grave.  Besides you don’t even know if you will make it to the future. You do not have a lease on life.  Besides many times the things we worry about never happen and if they do they are not as bad as we thought they would be.  Everything comes, but it passes.

In conclusion I would like to tell you: “Enjoy the moment!”  It does not matter where you are, who you are with, what you are doing, or what is happening. Learn to enjoy the now because that’s the only thing you have for sure. Everything else can leave you or be taken away from you at any moment, but the present will always be with you no matter where you are.   (5/18/17)

LET US NOT ABUSE OUR FREEDOM

In the United States of America we have a democratic republic with a constitution that protects our God-given rights.  That constitution and those rights have withstood the test of time until now.  Those rights were written in the document so we could live in an orderly fashion helping each other and respecting each other’s rights.

Lately, however, as some groups are demanding more rights than they should have, they are infringing on the rights of others.  This, of course, is bringing violence and chaos to our society. If it is not kept in check it may bring anarchy to our country and if that were to happen it would bring negative consequences to all of us. Yes, there would be repercussions affecting all of us in one way or another.

One of the factors that is always present in a defeat or destruction is division.  An enemy can be defeated a lot easier if there is division within its ranks.  As the saying goes, “Divide and you will conquer.”  Even if you don’t conquer, you have a much better chance of causing substantial damage if you can bring division to the enemy.  That is a strategy that has worked ever since the Devil tried it in heaven.  He did not beat God, but he was able to bring one-third of the angels with him.  Those are the ones that are called “the fallen angels.”

In the garden of Eden the Devil did it again.  There was perfect union between God, Adam and Eve, but the Devil was able to disrupt that harmony.  We lost that relationship we had with God, and that’s why Jesus had to come down to earth to reconcile us back to the Father.  The Devil divided and he caused a lot of harm to the human race.  All the souls who are in hell and the ones who will be there soon are there because of that division.

About the middle of the 19th century our country was divided on the issue of slavery.  That led to the Civil War and thousands of people being killed.  In the South the blacks were treated as possessions, which, of course, was cruel and inhumane.  The blacks suffered a lot through no fault of their own.  That is a chapter in our history that many people would like to forget or to sweep it under the carpet.

Now days the pendulum has swung maybe too far the other way.  If any person, other than a black one, says the word “black” he or she is called a racist and may lose his/her job.  One cannot speak anymore for being afraid of not being politically correct.  Political correctness has  brought an end to free speech.  People are afraid to speak for fear of losing their job, being incarcerated, harassed or ostracized.

People are abusing our court system.  Not only do they sue for political incorrectness, but for anything whatsoever just to get money.  Because the courts award compensation for millions of dollars the insurance companies have increased their premiums tremendously. The pharmaceutical companies are charging an arm and a leg for any medicine that the doctors prescribe.  As with everything else, the consumer is the one who winds up footing the bill.  Of course it’s all done in the name of democracy, but supply and demand is the real factor.

The news media has ceased being a medium of information.  It has become “the source.” Whatever they give us, which is their opinion, not necessarily the news or the truth, is what we have to accept.  It seems as if they have no watchdog to keep an eye on what they are feeding the public, which in most cases is strictly their agenda. No doubt in anybody’s mind, they are abusing the freedom of the press.

One of the best examples of abusing our freedom is exemplified by the Republicans and Democrats.  One party is as bad as the other.  Instead of working for the benefit of our citizens, they work for their individual party.  President Trump would get a lot more done and might even become a good President if the Democrats, instead of fighting him, would cooperate with him and help him protect our interests all around the world.

In essence, I would conclude that if the Republicans and Democrats would work together, if the blacks and the whites would live in harmony, if the wealthy would help the poor, if the states and the federal government would agree and if the scientists believing in evolution would share their findings with the ones believing in creation our country and world would be much better off.

I would like to close by asking you not to abuse your freedom and not to infringe on someone else’s rights.  Yes, you have rights, but so do the others.  When you start demanding, you are stepping on somebody else’s toes.  Instead of demanding, be understanding.  Don’t be part of the problem, be part of the solution! thelivinglights.com  5/11/17

DO NOT FOLLOW THE CROWD

The easiest thing in the world is to follow the crowd.  Many wild animals run in herds and unfortunately many people do exactly the same thing.  They cannot think for themselves and they are afraid to be different.  We should enjoy our differences because that’s what makes us unique.

If all of us were males or females the human race would become extinct in one generation.  If all of us looked exactly alike, this world would be as boring as could be.  Thank God for the differences!  If all of us were followers nothing would get done because we need leaders, and if all of us were leaders there would be no one to do the real work that needed to be done. By now you are probably getting the picture.

Dare to be different, but develop your strong gifts, so you can contribute to this society.  Whatever it is you like or you are good at, get even better at it and help others do the same. If everybody were to do that, this world would be so much better.  We need to work together and share our ideas, interests, passions, abilities and resources.

By working with other people, we begin to understand them and, at the same time, we become more productive. As the saying goes:  “Two heads are better than one.” It would be great if the Republicans and the Democrats would understand this principle, not to mention the different countries.  Even though the countries have different ideologies, they could learn to share, inventions, ideas and even resources.  It would be a win-win situation.

No matter where you may find yourself in the future, dare to be unique and to contribute to society in whichever way you can.  It could be with knowledge, wisdom, intelligence, skills, strength, advice, experience, lending an ear and even with money.  Money is not, by far, everything, but it sure comes in handy many, many times.

If all you do is follow the crowd, you will be mediocre all your life.  Don’t settle for being a member of the herd, be a leader in your own right.  All of us can be a leader in one field or another.  That’s because all of us have skills, abilities, gifts and talents that others don’t have.  If we don’t use our abilities, we are shortchanging ourselves and others as well.  In one group we can be a leader and in another we can be a follower.

By following the crowd, many people fall into using drugs, smoking, drinking, putting on tattoos, joining street gangs, dropping out of school and so on.  Let’s hope you are not one of them, but if you are, start changing.  You do that by renewing your mind – changing your way of thinking.  That’s what this article is all about.  If you are in a herd, you will always be there, unless you change your way of thinking.

Look at your potential, not at your obstacles.  Every athlete that has become rich and famous did it by overcoming many obstacles.  Some of them were told:  “You will never make it.”  Guess what?  They did not listen to the naysayers.  You will always find people who will try to discourage you.  They are part of the herd and will remain there.  They always live insignificant lives, but you can make a difference.

People who follow the herd will never leave a good legacy.  Their lives can be represented by a dash.  A life began ——it ended.  There’s a dash in the middle because nothing of significance happened.  You, on the other hand, can make a difference in somebody’s life or in society in general.

You don’t have to be a famous singer, a well-known movie star, an inventor, a wealthy businessman or anything like that.  Just be the best person you can be wherever you work, wherever you live, with whoever you are and at whatever you do.  Be honest, sincere, polite, friendly, compassionate, merciful, caring, forgiving and loving.

Nobody in the whole wide world can be better at being you than you yourself.  Just be yourself at all times.  Think for yourself and don’t let anybody else think for you.  Good luck! (5/4/17)

 

CHASING AFTER THE WIND

Some people spend their lifetimes chasing the wind.  They think when they catch it, everything will fall into place, but that premise is faulty on two counts; first, they will never catch the wind, and second even if they did, they would still not be completely satisfied.  True happiness and the wind are extremely elusive.  Are you a wind-chaser person?

It’s okay to chase realistic dreams, but not unrealistic or elusive ones. The wind, of course, represents elusive or unrealistic dreams.  Most children have those dreams, but when they grow up, they realize they are foolish or unattainable.  However there are many adults who, for one reason or another, never grow up mentally and keep on chasing the wind.

A person who keeps on chasing the wind will wind up perplexed, disillusioned, disappointed, disgusted and  even frustrated.   Some of those people wind up being a total failure or, at best, mediocre.  Unfortunately some of them become disgruntled and commit heinous crimes against innocent people.  They blame everybody else, except themselves, for their troubles.  Are you one of those people?

What do I mean by chasing after the wind?  I mean that some people are never happy.  They are always looking for something else to make them happy.  They do not understand that happiness has to come from within.  It’s not external, but internal.  If you are not happy with yourself, you will not be happy with anybody else or with anything more. Not only that, but you will never make anybody else happy, either.

People become lovers of themselves.  Almost everything they do is to please themselves.  Very seldom do they think about making others happy.  Their attitude is “if it feels good, do it.” They live for the moment.  That is why they turn to drinking, smoking, using drugs, sex, and whatever else may bring them temporary happiness.  Yes, they do achieve temporary happiness, but in the long run they are really sad people.

Some people think that money and material possessions will make them happy.  Sometimes the man becomes a workaholic, neglects his wife, children and other important aspects of his life.  His wife divorces him and he does not understand why.  He loses the most important people in his life and many times he also loses most of his treasured possessions.

Other men think that being with as many women as possible makes them more “macho.” They wind up hurting many people along the way.  Many of their children grow up without a father image.  Children coming from dysfunctional families turn out to be dysfunctional themselves.  They in turn hurt more people.  The cycle does not seem to end.

In order to have a successful life, we need to have a plan with goals and objectives.  Within that plan we need to set well-thought and realistic priorities.  Although we need to adhere to the priorities of the plan as much as possible, those priorities need to be flexible enough, so we can make changes to them when it becomes necessary. Inflexibility should never ever be part of our lives.

The number one priority in our lives should be our relationship with God.  Be careful here – I am not talking about religion.  No religion will take us to heaven.  On the contrary, many religions lead us into destruction.  God is THE GREAT I AM (Exodus 3:14). He is telling us:  I AM your Savior, Lord, healer, protector, provider, refuge, peace, hope, and anything else we may need.

Quit chasing frivolous things and your life will change for the better. If you must chase something, let it be God.  In Matthew 6:33, God tells us:  “Seek you first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and everything else will be added unto you.” You will never catch the wind, but you can find true happiness if you seek God.  He will let you find Him.  (4/27/17)  thelivinglights.com

THE KEY IS EDUCATION

Learning encompasses everything we need to know to live a successful life. When most people think of learning they think of a formal education, which is, of course, attending school. A formal education is necessary because that’s not only where we learn to read, write, but also many other essential things we need in order to navigate successfully through the oceans of life.

The key to being successful in life is to have an excellent formal education, because that is the key to learn other things we need to learn. If we don’t know how to read, write, express ourselves adequately or do simple math, life becomes extremely complicated. No, it’s not impossible to succeed without a formal education, but the odds would be completely against us. We would constantly be fighting an uphill battle.

However other than a formal education there are many other ways of learning.  The most important one is probably through experience.  That’s how we learn to walk, talk, think, use the five senses and to recognize feelings and emotions.  Everything we learn to do comes through experience.  Not only do we learn from our experiences, but we learn from somebody else’s experiences.  We learn what to do and what not to do through experiences.

A good solid education comes from contact.  The most important one here is contact with other people.  Prejudice would be greatly reduced if there were more personal contact between people of different races, cultures, religions, ages, social groups and so on.  Instead of dwelling on their differences they would enjoy their similarities.

Contact between people and animals is also good.  Many people enjoy being with their pets just as much as they enjoy being with people.  Many people not only protect domesticated animals, but they even protect the wild ones.  Some species of wild life would become extinct if it weren’t for people protecting them and that only comes through education and understanding, which leads to caring for them.

Contact with modern technology gives us an invaluable education.  Where would we be if we did not know how to drive, how to use modern appliances, smart phones or how to use computers? We would be in the stone age. Thank God for people who go beyond a formal education to come up with new inventions.  Those new inventions challenge us to keep up with the latest technology.

Traveling is a wonderful way of receiving an international education.  Traveling allows us to have first-hand knowledge of where and how other people live.  Once we do that,  we can relate to them so much better and they can relate to us.  People who don’t travel, for whatever the reason, are doing themselves a tremendous disfavor because they are not learning from other people.  Every culture has something positive to offer.

Communication is a wonderful tool to enhance our education.  Through communication with other people and the news media we can receive good advice on just about any given subject.  We have to be willing to listen, to think and to meditate on certain ideas, principles or philosophies.  People with a closed mind are missing out by not living the best life they could possibly live by not maximizing their God-given potential.

Reading was and is a good way to improve our education.  Of course we have to be selective of what we read.  We cannot believe everything we read just because it’s printed on a page.  There tons of encyclopedias full of knowledge.  There are also many books that teach us how to do just about everything under the sun. There is a perfect magazine just about for every single person on this planet.

The internet is the current most popular source of information and education.  Since much of what is found there is somebody’s biased or prejudiced opinion, we have to sift the information found there through the strainer of common sense and veracity.  If it doesn’t pass the test, we should not receive it. However, if it does pass the test, it can be very helpful.

The best educational tool without question is the Bible. There are several reasons for that and they are:  1. It is the word of God.  2. It does not change. It was the same yesterday, it is the same today and it will be the same throughout the many tomorrows.  3. It gives us solid and true principles to live by.  4. If we live according to it, we will receive blessings from God.  5. Through its teachings we can achieve eternal life.

Regardless of your age, sex or where you live, if you are lacking education in some important area of your life, and it is within your reach, go and get it.  You will be glad you did.  God bless you!  (4/20/17)

THERE ARE ALWAYS TWO ROADS

There are always two roads; the correct one and the wrong one.  Which one you take is entirely up to you.  You will come to that fork on the road several times every day and you will have to decide whether to go left or to go right.  Most of the time the wrong one will be much easier, but in the end it will bring you negative results.

It started even before you were born.  Your mother had to decide whether to abort you or to let you be born.  If you are reading this, she made the right decision.  She could have taken the easy way out and aborted you.  She would have saved a lot of money, a lot of hard work and a lot of worries.

During all your childhood years you had to decide whether to obey or disobey your parents, your teachers and any authority figure.  If you chose to obey, you are much better off than you would be if you had chosen to disobey. Of course, it would have been much easier for you to disobey because then you would have done exactly what you wanted to do.

When you graduated from high school if you chose to attend college and received your degree in a specific field, you are much better off than the ones who decided not to go to college. While you were in class and later studying they were probably having fun doing what they wanted to do, but now you have the career that you enjoy and are earning much more than they are.

Maybe you got married and decided to be faithful to your wife and to be a good father to your children.  Another person could have decided to take the easy way out; he could have divorced his wife as soon as the going got rough or maybe he was chasing other women and then his wife left him.  If he had children, they suffered because he took the wrong fork on the road. That happens frequently in our society.

Maybe you came from a Christian home, but you thought your parents were too strict, too old-fashioned and out of touch with reality, so you decided to use drugs to spice your life a little. Then you became hooked on them, dropped out of school and now you are homeless or living in a rehab home.  You took what seemed to you the most exciting fork on the road, but in the end it led to your destruction.

It could be that you think that people who go to church are nerds, weak or not too intelligent, so you don’t want to spend your precious time and money getting involved.  After all, you are smarter than that.  Let’s say you die and you get to the pearly gates and God tells you:  “I never knew you.  You are going to hell.”  You would have definitely taken the wrong fork on the road.  You would regret it, but there would be nothing you could do.

You are a fork on the road now.  Let’s hope you choose the correct direction.  If you have never received Jesus Christ before as your Lord and Savior, you have that opportunity now. You don’t need any special training or have been a model citizen, but you do need to repent and ask God to forgive you.  If you do not want to spend eternity burning and suffering in the lake of fire, in all honesty, sincerity and humility pray the following prayer to God.  He will hear you, forgive you and give you eternal life with Him.

“Father God, I repent of all my sins.  Please forgive me.  I believe and confess that Jesus Christ suffered on the cross, died to pay for my sins, resurrected on the third day and is at your right hand praying for me now.  I ask Him to be my Lord and Savior and for the Holy Spirit to live in me, so He can guide me and protect me.  Thank You, Father.  Amen.”   April 13, 2017

BE UNPREJUDICED AND UNBIASED

Before you give your opinion on any subject, topic, event, situation, government, religion or person do your homework.  In other words, get all the facts, look at the pros and cons, understand the circumstances and investigate the reason or reasons behind it.  Be aware that not everything is as clear as black and white.  Many times we will encounter shades of gray.

Do not prejudge a person or a situation.  If you had done that, many of your friends would not be your friends and many of the endeavors you have undertaken with much success would have stayed undone.  It’s much better to simply let life take its course, but do not misunderstand me you still have to be a responsible person by thinking, analyzing , meditating, asking for advice and praying to God before making any major decision.

When you go into any situation go into it with an open mind.  Be willing to change your perspective or way of thinking if the situation calls for it.  Don’t go into any situation with a biased, prejudiced or predisposed mind.  If you were to do that, you would only see, hear and understand what you wanted to see, hear or understand.  Unfortunately many people are doing exactly that.

Do not let past failures stagnate your future.  In other words, just because you failed before does not mean you are going to fail again.  Learn from your failures and don’t repeat the same mistakes over and over again because if you do, you will keep on failing.  However if you do your homework and take a different approach the chances are you will succeed. Thomas Edison tried many times unsuccessfully to invent the electric light bulb, but he never gave up until he actually did it.

Don’t be gullible and believe everything you hear, whether it be from a friend, a so-called expert or the news media.  Unfortunately many of the members of the news media are prejudiced and biased.  Instead of reporting the news, which is really their job, they give their personal opinions.  It is very difficult to find a news media that reports the facts just as they happen without adding or subtracting from them.  Every radio or TV stations seems to have its own agenda.

Be extremely careful when receiving information.  Make sure it’s not gossip, slander, defamation or propaganda to justify someone’s agenda.  Anything can be justified, but that doesn’t mean it’s the right thing to do.  All the dictators justify their dictatorial rule, but the people are still suffering.  A poor person can justify selling drugs to earn money, but it’s illegal, immoral and it hurts people.

Although we talked about approaching everything with an open mind there are absolute truths that you have to adhere to.  If you don’t you may have to pay dire consequences.  For example; if you jump from a ten-story building, you will die.  If you drive inebriated the chances are you will crash.  I can give you thousands of examples, but I truly believe these two will suffice.  Since absolute truths will always be absolute do not try to bend the rules or you will find yourself on the losing end. (March 5, 2017)

YOU CAN BE SOMEBODY’S MIRACLE

When you saw the title probably the first thing that popped into your mind was that you could not possibly be somebody’s miracle.  Your immediate reasoning would probably be that you are not wealthy, that you are not especially gifted in any area, that you don’t practice the gift of healing, that you don’t have much faith, that God does not even hear your prayers and maybe that you don’t even feel comfortable talking to people.

All those points could be valid, of course, under certain circumstances, but there are always exceptions to the rules.  The answer is not always an iron clad “yes,” or “no” to any of our questions.  In most cases there is always a way out no matter how bleak the situation may seem at the time.  All we have to do is stop, think, pray to God and look at our options.

The question is…How can you be somebody’s answer to prayer or somebody’s miracle?  People have many needs and most of them are not financial or miracle healings.  All a person may need at a certain time is a smile and you definitely can give him or her one.  A simple smile could make somebody’s day.  Clint Eastwood would probably agree with that.

Some people could need a hug to be assured of their self-worth and you could give it to them.  It wouldn’t cost you any money, but it would have a great impact on their lives.  All of us need to feel needed, wanted and that somebody cares about us. We may have fame, fortune and thousands of acquaintances, but if we don’t feel loved, we are just as bad as an empty shell.  An embrace or a word of encouragement could make the whole difference in the world to us.

Your words can destroy or edify people.   Use them to build up people.  Many parents destroy the lives of their children by telling them things, such as:  “You’ll never amount to anything,” “You will not be able to accomplish that,” or “You’re not smart enough to go into that.”  Instead we should be telling our children, “The sky is the limit for you,” “You can achieve whatever you set your mind to,” or “I’m behind you 100%.”

Let’s suppose the automobile of a young couple with a three-month-old baby and a two-year-old child breaks down on the freeway and the temperature is at 115 degrees.  You happen to have jumper cables, tools and you know a little about cars.  You stop and in about ten minutes you help them get on their way. You would have been their miracle. You may have even saved the baby’s life.

Maybe you have first or second-hand knowledge of someone being scammed on one of those schemes being perpetrated through the internet, the mail or via the telephone and you hear of an elderly couple that is about to fall into that trap and you warn them.  You may have saved them thousands of dollars.  You would be their guardian angel.

By now hopefully you have realized that you don’t have to be Superman, Batman, the Spiderman, Indiana Jones, a superstar or an angel to be somebody’s miracle. You already have all the tools you need, which are:  a smile, a handshake, a pat on somebody’s back, a hug, your friendship and a willingness to help others in their time of need, whatever that need may be.

I left this miracle to be the last one I would discuss because it is the most important one bar none and that, of course, is the miracle of salvation.  Anybody who has not accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior is going to spend eternity burning and suffering in the lake of fire. You can be somebody’s hero and miracle by bringing them into the saving knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

No religion or quantity of good works can bring you to heaven.  The saying goes:  “The road to hell is paved with good works and good intentions.”  In John 14:6, Jesus said:  “I am the way, the truth, and the life.  No one comes to the Father, except through Me.”

Regardless of your sex, age, culture, religion, social status or anything else, you can spend eternity with God if you repent, ask God to forgive you and receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior.  If you don’t know how to proceed, read the prayer below and when you understand it, pray it to God aloud in all sincerity and humility.  He will hear you and you will become his son or daughter.

“Father God, I repent of all my sins.  I ask You to forgive me.  I believe and confess that Jesus Christ is Your Son, that He suffered, died on the cross to pay for my sins and that he resurrected on the third day.  I ask Him to be my Lord and Savior and for the Holy Spirit to be my companion,  guide and counselor. Thank You, Father.  Amen.”

You will learn a lot if you keep coming back to my page.  Find yourself a good Bible-teaching church, so you can get closer to God.  He is still in the miracle-performing business.  If you need a miracle ask God in faith and He may just surprise you.  God bless you!

thelivinglights.com March 30, 2017

THE NEWS MEDIA

With the explosion of technology the news media can report information as it is happening in any part of the world.  Of course, that is a tremendous asset to the reporters all over the globe.  It is also a blessing to any person in the world because we are always aware of what is happening at any given moment.  Consequently the resources that are needed to ameliorate the situation get there much faster than before.

Because the reporting is done live sometimes the facts are not yet fully known.  Therefore they give an incomplete report or even an erroneous one.  For that reason many times the viewer does not receive accurate information.  As a reviewer we should process it, taking various factors into consideration.

Some of the factors we should take into consideration are:  1. Are the facts complete?  2. Is the person being interviewed biased or prejudiced?  3.  Is the reporter asking the proper questions? 4. Is the reporter biased or prejudiced?  5.  Is that channel reliable for giving the news correctly

without altering them?  6.  If it is a controversial subject, are they giving equal coverage to both sides? 7. Are the facts up to date?

Unfortunately the owners of some of the TV channels or radio stations have their own agenda and consequently the reporting only covers one side of an issue.  They only interview people who agree with their way of thinking.  If they interview people who oppose their ideas, they give them less time or ask them pointed questions. As a viewer each one of us should know the integrity of the reporting of that particular station or reporter.

One of the most popular ways of getting the news is through the internet.  The only thing wrong with that is that it does not seem to have any controls on it. Just about anybody can write something there.  Many times what is said on it has no veracity and cannot be substantiated by any facts whatsoever.  Nevertheless because the people see it in writing they take as the gospel truth.

Probably the worst thing about the internet is that there is much false information on it.  We cannot and should not take it at face value because it could cause somebody harm.  It could even harm ourselves. We have to sift its information through the strainers of practicality, truthfulness, intelligence and wisdom.

On a positive side the internet is helping tremendously because it does provide a lot of information that we have available to us at our fingertips.  We don’t need to go to the library, read volumes of encyclopedias, read books on the subject or seek an expert in the field. We can find the information needed right at home in our computer.  We just have to learn how to use it intelligently.

The essence of this article is for you to learn to use the news media properly.  Use it intelligently with practical wisdom.  Don’t just believe what they say for the sake of believing.  Do not let it shape your opinion nor change your godly principles.  Just use it to receive information – nothing more, nothing less.

THE MAN WHO HAS NO WILL OF HIS OWN

A pilot flying an airplane without any instruments will never get to his destination because he has nothing to direct him.  He may fly in circles or he may land somewhere, but he has no idea where he is, much less have any control over the situation.  We could say that he is at the mercy of chance.

A rider riding a horse bareback without reins, a bridle or a rope will go wherever the horse will take him.  He has no way of controlling the horse or of knowing where the horse will take him. He is at the mercy of the circumstances and the horse.  Not a very good idea to do that.  It’s much better to be in control of the horse at all times.

A man who has no character gets pushed around by people and by the circumstances of life. He is forced to meander through life because he does not have the character or the guts to oppose whatever comes against him.  About the only thing he knows how to do well is to bend.  The only problem with that is that after he bends so many times comes the breaking.  The only question is…How many times does he have to bend before he breaks?

A man who does not plan his life has no idea how he will live, where he will live or with whom he will be living.  He goes through life drifting from place to place many times being a burden to others.  Since he has no skills, trade or profession he has to take any job where he is accepted.  Does not sound like an exciting way to live.

A man who has no will of his own will wind up doing somebody else’s will.  Believe me there are plenty of people out there who want to impose their will on you.  If you don’t have a will of your own yet, develop one because if you don’t, you will be a sitting target.  All it takes is for you to change your way of thinking.  Think of yourself as someone who has great value in the eyes of God and even to other people.  Nobody is more important than you, regardless of their position or social status.

God wants you to have a will that coincides with His.  If your will does not coincide with God’s will then it coincides with the devil’s.  That, my dear friend, is the worst thing you can do. If you do the devil’s will, you will wind up in the lake of fire suffering and burning forever and ever. That is not a very pleasant thought.

Don’t enticed by the carnal things nor be swayed easily by persuasive rhetoric, but rather remember who you are, where you’ve been, what you’ve learned and where you are going.  If you do that you will get there sooner or later.  You may deviate a little or it may take you a little longer than expected, but if you persevere you will get there.  (March 15, 2017)

 

WHY DID DONALD TRUMP BECOME PRESIDENT? (March 9, 2017)

Why did God allow Donald Trump to become President of the United States? That is the question that many people, and especially unbelievers and Democrats, are asking.  Yes, it is a logical and valid question, but one that is not that difficult to answer if one knows the Bible and American history. We need to go back to our roots.

If you read the Bible you will find out that every single time that Israel had a king that did wrong in the eyes of the Lord, God would punish Israel, and, by the same token, every time that Israel had a king that did what was correct in God’s eyes, Israel would be blessed.  The Jews are God’s chosen people, whether we like it or not, and that is why God deals with them the way a father would deal with his children.

I will give you just one of many examples in the Bible when a king did what was wrong in God’s eyes: 2 Kings 13:1-3  – “In the three and twentieth year of Joash the son of Ahaziah king of Judah Jehoahaz the son of Jehu began to reign over Israel in Samaria, and reigned seventeen years.  And he did that which was evil in the sight of the Lord, and followed the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, which made Israel to sin; he departed not therefrom. And the anger of the Lord was kindled against Israel, and he delivered them into the hand of Hazael king of Syria, and into the hand of Benhadad the son of Hazael, all their days.”

The anger of the Lord has been kindled against the United States because of abortion, gay marriages, legalizing marijuana, pornography, violence and nudity in movies, corruption in the government, lack of morals, idolatry (immigrants bringing foreign idols into our country), Obama disdaining Israel and much more. God has been removing His covering from us little by little.  Hopefully now that Donald Trump is President God will protect us again.

God brought Donald Trump into the Presidency because he wants to restore America to what it once was – a Christian nation.  Obama said that we were no longer a Christian nation and did not allow Franklin Graham to pray for our nation on “The National Day of Prayer.” On the other hand, Donald Trump has had many Christian leaders pray for him and for our nation. Many of us are continuing to pray for him, our nation and for the world on a daily basis and that will make a huge difference.

Way back in 1620 we started as a Christian group of people and God wants us to come back to our first love (Revelation 2:4).  In the Old Testament Israel was “The Promised Land.”  Too many immigrants the United States has become “The Promised Land.” We became that because God prospered us for being a Christian nation.  People from other lands want to live in our country because of our freedom and prosperity. I don’t blame them one bit.  However they should come in legally and not illegally.

We were losing our prosperity, our freedom and the respect we had throughout the world because we were moving away from God.  President Trump is bringing back our freedom, our prosperity and our respect by bringing us back to God.  In the Old Testament every time the Jews had a godly king God would bless them. God will bless us once again because we are praying and because we elected a President who has Christian values.

Mr. Donald Trump did not only become President because of his principles and values, but also because he is a very strong person. With all the attacks he is getting from the Democrats, the news media, the so-called famous people, world leaders and even some Republicans he remains strong and sticks to his convictions.  Some other person would have thrown in the towel by now.

Our country and the world need a strong leader and Donald Trump fits the bill.  He can deal with Iran, North Korea, Russia and anything else that comes his way.  There was such a man as him in the Bible.  His name was king David – a man after God’s own heart (Acts 13:22).  It is quite possible that Donald Trump may be a man after God’s own heart.

When the Jews were about to be exterminated in the Old Testament, Mordecai, Esther’s uncle, told her that she was raised…”for such a time as this.” Esther 4:14.  I sincerely think that Donald Trump became President of the United States for such a time as this.  The chances are that nobody else could handle the job.

Do not misunderstand me, I am not saying that he is a saint or that he has salvation. He may or may not be a saint and he may or may not be saved, but I, for one, don’t know.  Only God knows that for sure, but what I am clearly saying is that God chose him to be our President (Romans 13:1-2).  If the Republicans and the Democrats work together with the President it will help all of us.  The bickering and the backstabbing that is going on is hurting all of us.

YOU HAVE TO RELEASE

Many people, including some Christians, are not receiving God’s blessings because they haven’t learned to release.  They expect blessings, but keep on making the same mistakes over and over.  They find themselves in a vicious cycle that can never change, unless they change.

God is love (1 John 4:8) and if you have hatred bottled up inside you, He cannot bless you.  You may justify your anger to yourself and even to other people, but the bottom line is that it’s wrong and it will continue to eat you inside as long as you hang on to it. You have to release that anger by sending it to oblivion.

Somebody may have done you wrong and you cannot seem to forgive them.  Not necessarily for their sake, but for yours you have to forgive them.  Release that feeling and replace it with forgiveness.  It does not mean that person has to be your best friend, but it does mean you do not carry any animosity toward him or her.

Supposing you have a deep-rooted fear or phobia because of what happened to you a long time ago, you have to get over it.  If you don’t, it will possess you and will rob you of the happiness you could have.  The fear may not even be real only exist in your mind.  The Bible tells us that as a man thinks in his heart, so is he (Proverbs 23:7).  If you have any phobias it is time for you to say good-bye to them.  Release them into the wind.

When enter any type of competition or contest you have to believe that you are going to win. If you believe that, you will give it your best effort and the outcome will be so much better than if you went in with the attitude that you were going to lose – that you didn’t have a chance of winning. Your attitude plays a major role in whether you will experience success or defeat in anything you do.

If you pray, but don’t really believe God will answer your prayer, He won’t.  If that is your case, don’t even pray because you will be wasting your time. When you pray you have to release your faith.  God does answer prayers, but He does it through your faith.  The Bible tells us that without faith it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6).  Many times when Jesus found somebody who needed a miracle, He would tell them something like this:  “Let it be done according to your faith.”

If you feel frustrated, guess what?  You have to release your frustrations.  If you don’t those frustrations will only bring more frustrations.  Learn to put on a happy face.  Everybody enjoys winning, but we have to learn how to lose gracefully.  After all, life is not always a picnic.  Just because we lose a battle does not mean we are going to lose the war.  It takes courage to persevere, but that’s exactly what winners do.  My advice to you is release your frustrations and keep on trucking.

All of us have troubles of one kind or another.  The chances are you have some too.  Don’t let them bother you.  Release them to God.  He can handle, you can’t.  God tells us to bring all our troubles to Him in prayer and supplication (Philippians 4:6).  Have you ever heard of some problem being solved because somebody worried? Do the best you can to solve them, but don’t worry about them.  In many cases what will happen will happen.

So far we’ve been talking about negative things.  Let’s change to the positive ones.  If you are afraid of releasing your love because you have been hurt before, you have to release it again.  If you don’t you will be miserable.  Yes, some people will disappoint you, but God made you to love not to hate or to be indifferent.  True happiness comes with loving people and being loved.  If love is not present in your life, I sincerely feel sorry for you.

Don’t squander your money or possessions, but learn to release them when necessary.  Don’t be a hoarder.  You heard the expression:  “You can’t take it with you.”  Have you ever seen a hearse being followed by two semi-trucks carrying the belongings of the deceased person? Use your money and possessions to help the less fortunate.

Don’t be afraid to be yourself. Don’t try to imitate others. Be the best you, you can be because you don’t necessarily have to please everyone.  No matter how hard you try, some people will not be satisfied.  It’s their problem, not yours.  Release your true personality without being rude, unkind or insulting people. After all, nobody can be you, but you.

thelivinglights.com  rlsalvation@sbcglobal.net  3/3/17

HOW TO LIVE A FULFILLED LIFE

It is very unfortunate but most people do not live a fulfilled life for several reasons.  They fall short in several areas as you are going to see as you read this article.  We know almost for a fact that you fall short in some of the areas, but since it is never too late to make adjustments hopefully you will make the necessary ones.

I like to call the different areas the Ls.  The first “L” is learning.  Regardless of your age you should never stop learning.  When you stop learning you have no reason to look forward to tomorrow.  Life becomes boring to you.  Death comes quicker.

The second “L” is living.  You should live life to the fullest.  It does not really matter what you do, but it does matter that you enjoy it.  If you enjoy it, life will be much sweeter to you.  You will look forward to the next activity no matter what it might be.

The third “L” is loving.  Love yourself, love people, love God and love doing things. Without love you are an empty shell.  An empty shell is worthless.  You have value, other people have value and God definitely has value.  Love, love and love.  Never quit loving.

The fourth “L” is longing.  Always be longing for something and looking forward to getting it.  It could be a spouse, a new-born child, a new house, a new car, a new job, retirement, a vacation and so on.  When you quit dreaming, you quit living.

The fifth “L” is leaving the past in the past.  Sure you probably have had some unpleasant experiences.  Don’t dwell on them.  They can only drag you down.  Forget about them and look forward to a brighter future.  The Bible says:  “As a man thinks, so is he.” –  Proverbs 23:7.

The sixth “L” is letting God into your life.  You can do that by accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior.  If you do not accept Him in your life you will spend eternity burning and suffering in the lake of fire.  If you have never done it, you should do that now.

The seventh “L” is look at yourself the way God looks at you. Don’t look at yourself the way some people may look at you.  Romans 8:37 – “Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.” Philippians 4:13 – “I can do all things through Christwho strengthens me.” God loves you and you are very important to Him.

The eighth “L” is leaning on God.  God says to bring all your problems to Him in prayer and supplication – Philippians 4:6.  Guess what?  He can handle them, and in many cases you cannot handle them because they are bigger than you are.

The ninth “L” is let the Holy Spirit guide you in making decisions.  He knows the past, the now and the future.  He knows what’s best for you.  Pray for Him to guide you in everything you do, and He will.

The tenth “L” is learn not to worry.  Have you ever seen a problem solved by worrying? I am sure you have not because it does not happen.  Worrying is just a waste of time, energy and it makes you get older.  Worrywarts die sooner than the people who refuse to worry.

The eleventh “L” is look forward to spending eternity with God.  In John 14:1-3, Jesus told His disciples the same thing He would tell us:  “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.”

The twelfth “L” is look up because your redemption draws near – Luke 21:28.  Yes, Jesus Christ is coming back for us in what is known as “the rapture.”

thelivinglights.com  rlsalvation@sbcglobal.net  2/23/17

S   U   P   E   R   S   T   I   T   I   O   N

According to the dictionary one of the definitions of superstition is:  “A widely held but unjustified idea of the effects or nature of a thing.” Superstitious people do certain things or do not do others because they think certain consequences will follow. Although there may be no scientific proof at all they believe it with all their heart, soul and body.

If you are a superstitious person, I hope this article will set you free.  You need to be set free from unfounded ideas, old people’s tales, illogical superstitions and just plain nonsense.  Jesus Christ Himself said in John 8:36 – “Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.” That freedom is free from guilt, shame, lies, fear, sin, superstitions, the second death and from everything else.

Some people do not do business on Friday the 13th because they think it brings bad luck.  Everything else being equal, the 13th is just like any other day.  Do business on that day as in any other day, but examine the pros and cons before signing the contract or doing business.  That, of course, also holds true for any business you may do on any given day.

Some people never walk under a ladder.  Unless there is something on top of it that could fall on your head, there is no problem whatsoever with walking under it.  Of course if there is a gallon of paint on top of it, a hammer, a drill or something else, it would be a wise thing to walk around it.

Some people hate to see a black cat cross their path.  Black just happens to be his color.  Let as many black cars as possibly cross in front of you and nothing will happen to you out of the ordinary.  The same principle holds true for any black animal that may cross your path.  Don’t fear them, unless they are wild and could cause you harm.

People believe that if they have itchy palms they are going to receive money.  Of course it is not necessarily true.  In some cases it may happen, but it is just by coincidence.  I hate to burst your bubble in case you have itchy palms.  However if you do receive money, more power to you.

If you break a mirror on purpose or by accident, don’t worry about it.  No bad luck will come to you because of that.  It could come for other reasons, but not because you broke a mirror.  Things do have a tendency to go wrong sometimes.

There are those who think crossing their fingers or knocking on wood will bring good luck to them.  Those are just myths.  But if it makes you feel good, by all means do it.  Many times if we have a good attitude it does change things for the better. Positive thinking is a tool that all of us should learn to use.  The Bible says:  “As a man thinks, so is he.” – Proverbs 23:7.

Some people actually carry a rabbit’s foot for supposedly good luck.  They would probably also carry a horseshoe if it weren’t so darn heavy.  Neither one of those will help you, so if you have them, get rid of them.  Be free! There is nothing better than feeling relaxed, comfortable and free.

If you have seen Walt Disney movies you may be wishing upon a star or carrying a four-leaf clover.  Sorry to disappoint you, but no star can grant your wish and no clover, regardless of how many leaves it may have, can bring you good luck.  Instead of wishing upon a star, set goals, make plans and carry them out.

You may think you have beginner’s luck in the casinos because they may let you win a few hundred dollars, but then they take you for thousands. Yes, they take you to the cleaners.  Some people lose all their money and then they pawn their wedding rings or whatever else they may have of value.  Don’t be one of them!

Many people refuse to take the number 666 on anything.  The reason being is that the Bible says that’s the number of the antichrist.  According to the Bible the people who agree to take that number, either written on their hand or on their forehead, will lose their salvation and will wind up suffering eternally in the lake of fire. Therefore refusing to take the number 666 in any way, shape or form may be justified.

To some people believing in God is a superstition, but to me it is not.  The reason is very simple; Jesus appeared to me in a vision in 1978.  He has also allowed me to hear His voice audibly.  To me it is a fact that God exists and that He is who the Bible says He is.  It is not a superstition; it is knowledge.

Prayer can change things.  That is not a superstition; it is a fact.  Some people who were terminally ill have been prayed for and have been completely healed.  People who have been declared clinically dead have been brought back to life when people prayed for them. If you don’t believe in God, pray this way:  “God, if you are real, make Yourself known to me.”  If you are sincere in asking, one way or another He will let you know He is real.

I sincerely hope this article helps you get rid of some of your superstitions.  They are not doing you any good, but they may be blocking you from living life to the fullest.

rlsalvation@sbcglobal.net  2/16/17

WHO IS BRAVE?

The world has an erroneous concept as to who is brave.  Some of the reasons are what we see in the movies, who is good in sports, who looks forward to getting into fights, and who fights to the bitter end.  Some of those involved in those activities may be brave, but not necessarily all of them.  Some of the people who are involved in those activities do it for different reasons, which may have nothing to do with being brave.

By human standards some of those people may appear to be brave, but not necessarily according to the way God sees them.   In Isaiah 55:8-9, God Himself puts it this way:  “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.” A person who we consider brave God may consider a coward and a person who we consider weak or a coward God may consider strong. That’s because God does not look at the results, but at the motive and at the heart of the person.

Being brave is not necessarily never being afraid.  A brave person is one who, in spite of being afraid, confronts danger and overcomes.  If he is not afraid that is just being confident because he knows he has the upper hand for one reason or another.  Unfortunately many people are bullies because they know the other person is physically, psychologically or emotionally weaker than they are.  The brave persons are the ones who, in spite of danger to themselves, defend the victims from being bullied.

A brave person is not one who has been divorced one, two, three or four times, but one who perseveres in the marriage come rain or come sunshine.  Many children grow up without a father image or a mother because his or her parents called it quits.  The parents took the easy way out.  A mother who gives up her children for adoption or a father who leaves a wife with children are not heroes, but cowards.

A lady with children who becomes a single mother because the husband abandons her or because she becomes a widow and raises the children by herself is a real heroine.  The man who leaves her is a scoundrel.  We have too many cases where that happens. The ones who really suffer the consequences are the children.

An adolescent who does not finish high school because supposedly it’s boring or he is too lazy to study is not brave, but an irresponsible human being.  Many of them wind up working at fast-food restaurants complaining because the minimum wage is too low.  No, they are not brave. They take the path of least resistance and become a burden to society.

A person who becomes what is known as “a daredevil” is not brave, but irresponsible.  He or she is constantly defying the odds and sooner or later, the inevitable will happen.  People like that do not really value human life. If they were to love their immediate family, they would not make it go through what the family goes through every time they put themselves in harm’s way.  No, they are not brave; they are without feelings.  What they do is not bravery, but plain stupidity.

Being brave is being consistent, having perseverance, keeping one’s word, doing what is correct in any given situation, not evading obstacles, accepting responsibility, maintaining true and godly values and overcoming any challenges that may present themselves. Lack of character forbids many people to live by the already mentioned principles.

There are different types of bravery and brave persons.  A brave person could be one who finds himself or herself in a compromising situation and, in spite of the danger, fear or circumstances, acts quickly to solve the problem whatever it may be.  As mentioned in the previous paragraph the majority of brave people are the ones who live life being consistent, doing what is right for them and others, and persevering regardless of what life may throw at them. Those are the real heroes.  Are you one of them?

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THE FOOLISH THINGS TO PEOPLE

As society keep changing some things become foolish in the eyes of men, but not in the eyes of God.  The main reason being is that absolute values seem to be going into oblivion, not become they have become obsolete, but because society continues to become more and more permissive and tolerant as time goes on.

Since God does have absolute values that never change, in many cases, people’s values are foolish to Him.  In Hebrews 13:8, the Bible says:  “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” He does not change.  What was true six thousand years ago is true today and it will be true throughout eternity.

It was in the Garden of Eden – Genesis 3:6-7 – where  the human race through Adam and Eve first disobeyed God. It sounded foolish to them to obey God and not their own desires.  It still sounds foolish to the majority of people to do God’s will and not their own. That is why sin abounds.  Consequently because of Adam and Eve’s disobedience they became separated from God. Unfortunately it affected the whole human race, not just them.

It sounds foolish to most people that we can come back to God and live with Him forever by accepting Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior.  In John 14:6 Jesus tells us:  “I am the way, the truth, and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through Me.” Those who think it’s foolishness to believe and call on Jesus Christ will spend eternity burning and suffering in the lake of fire.  Don’t be one of them!

To God it’s not foolishness for us to believe in Him.  That is exactly why He sent His only begotten Son Jesus Christ (John 3:15-17) not only to offer salvation to us, but to let us know what God the Father is like.  In John 14:9, Jesus told Philip, one of His disciples, the following: “Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?”

There is only one God, but He has three different manifestations.  He is a triune God.  The manifestations are:  Father God, who is on His throne in heaven, Jesus Christ who is at the right hand of the Father, and the Holy Spirit who lives in every believer.  Yes, He lives in us. That is the little voice that sometimes tells you not to do something or to help someone. However if you don’t pray, don’t read the Bible and have never received Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, the Holy Spirit is completely dormant in you.

People who do not believe in God think this life is all there is.  That’s why they live it according to what pleases them at the time.  They participate in living together, prostitution, adultery, pornography, fornication and same sex marriage – an abomination to God (Romans, chapter 1).  It may be extremely popular and legal, but they are going to wind up suffering eternally in the lake of fire. Right now it’s foolish for them not to participate in those activities, but the real foolishness is suffering eternally for the sake of having immoral sex.

It’s foolish to people not to lie, not to steal and not to connive because by doing those things they may get ahead in this wicked world.  However participating in them is foolishness to God because they go totally against His principles and His commands. Even in this world, by doing those things many times you win the battle, but you lose the war.  A few examples will suffice: You cheat on your wife and she divorces you.  You cheat at work and you get laid off. You cheat on your income tax and you wind up in prison.  Need I say more?

It may sound foolish to you to go to church on Sunday.  After all, you can watch football games, go to the park, jog and exercise, spend time with your friends, go watch a movie or do ten thousand other things.  Not only that but at church you may be asked to donate some money and you may think I can use that money for something else.  All those things have temporary value, but the word of God is eternal.  It will assure that you and your family have eternal life in heaven with God.  That’s right!  You can spend eternity with them.  So what is more foolish – to go to church or to do something else?

It may sound foolish for you to believe in God, but you believe in evolution.  Even if there was a big bang – guess what?  Someone had to cause it, and that one would be God.  Nothing can come from nothing.  Nothing gives life to itself. The universe is well planned and so is this world. It really is foolish to believe it happened by itself or by chance.

If it’s foolish for you to believe in God now, I guarantee that you will feel more foolish when you meet Him face to face and He tells you, “I never knew you.  Your destination is hell.”  Then if it’s foolishness for you to believe that the devil exists when you meet him face to face it will be a lot more than foolish.

I hope this article helps you not just to live for today, or enjoy the sinful pleasures of this world, but to plan for eternity.

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CEASE THE MOMENT

Every single one of us has twenty four hours in a day, seven days in a week,  an average of thirty days in a month and a lifespan of maybe seventy years or more.  What we do with that time is entirely up to us.  We can use it wisely or we can waste it completely.  If we use it unwisely there will be consequences to pay and when they appear we have nobody to blame, but ourselves.

Not necessarily all the time, but some of the time an opportunity presents itself only once. If we are wise we take advantage of it at the proper time.  If we let it go, it may never come back again.  Many people have found this out the hard way.  Some even spend their whole lifetime regretting the missed opportunity or opportunities. Don’t be one of them!

There are many good examples of squandered opportunities, but one of the most important ones is failing to get an education.  With a good education the sky is the limit, while without it

many doors are completely closed.  Yet many students say:  “School is boring.”  They don’t pay attention in class, don’t do their homework and don’t study or if they do they don’t give it enough time.

Another good example would be growing with the job.  In other words, working for a company and working your way up the corporate ladder, as the saying goes.  It could be any type of business where you start at the bottom and work your way up to being the boss or even the owner of the business.  All you have to do is give your best, learn as much as you can about that specific business and be constant.  People who persevere will always succeed because the word quit is not in their repertoire.

Another important area is that of choosing your spouse.  Many people let the opportunity go by for several reasons.  It could be because you are immature, don’t appreciate the qualities the other person has, or you want to play the field.  Later on you realize you should have married that person, but you let the opportunity go by.  I have known several cases where after one or two divorces a person marries the one he should have married in the first place.

So far I have talked about missed opportunities and I could give you many more examples.  The chances are you have squandered some of them, but now I am going to tell you how to cease the moment.  The past is in the past and you cannot change it, but you can avoid making the same mistakes in the future and that’s what it’s all about.

If you are unhappy with your job or you are not earning enough to support yourself or your family, start looking for a better one.  If you need some preparation start doing it because nobody else is going to do it for you.  One way of ceasing the moment is to be ready when it appears.  It does not do you any good if an opportunity presents itself and you are not qualified or ready.  If that happens somebody else will grab it.

If you are single, regardless of your age, and you would love to have a spouse keep your eyes peeled and when the right one comes along, don’t hesitate.  If you do somebody else might beat you to the punch. If you are a Christian pray to God to bring the right one into your life. Guess what?  He will.  A word of caution:  Don’t be too hasty either.

Now let’s talk about being a good consumer.  It does not matter what you are going to buy, there are four factors to keep in mind –  Do you really need it? Is the price right? Is the quality good?  Can you afford it? If the answer is “yes” to those four questions, buy it.

When a good opportunity arises, in season or out of season, jump on it.  Don’t regret it the rest of your life. Speaking of opportunities…if you have never received Jesus Christ in your heart as your Lord and Savior, do it now.  You don’t know when you are going to die and if you die without receiving Him, hell is waiting for you.  However, if you truly receive Him, you will be heaven bound.  If you don’t know how to do it, read the following prayer and when you understand it, pray it to God aloud in all sincerity and humility.  No matter what you may have done, God will forgive you and receive you as his son or daughter.

“Father God, I repent of all my sins.  Please forgive me.  I believe and confess that Jesus Christ is your son, that He died on the cross to pay for my sins, and that He resurrected from the dead on the third day. I ask Him to be my Lord and Savior and for the Holy Spirit to live in me.  I ask all this in the name of Your Son Jesus.  Amen.”

I hope you did not miss the opportunity, but if you did, you can only blame yourself as you suffer eternally in the lake of fire.  On the other hand, if you took advantage of it you will be with God rejoicing throughout eternity.

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A HOUSE DIVIDED CANNOT STAND

Apparently the members of the Democratic Party have not read the Bible or if they have they have not understood it.  In Mark 3:24-26, Jesus said:  “ If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.  And if a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand. And if Satan has risen up against himself, and is divided, he cannot stand, but has an end.”  In other words, in order for any family, business, country or kingdom to succeed it has to be united, not divided.

On June 16, 1858 as a Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate, Abraham Lincoln delivered the speech in which he said:  “A house divided against itself cannot stand.  I believe the government cannot endure, permanently half slave and half free. I do not expect the Union to be dissolved – I do not expect the house to fall – but I do expect it will cease to be divided.” Of course he borrowed that principle from the Bible – from Jesus Himself.

Just as our country could not stand being divided in the 1860s, it cannot stand being divided now.  If the Democrats really love our country, they would accept Donald Trump as our and their President.  After all, we live in a democracy and because of that when a new President is elected some people are very pleased and some are not too happy about it, but even those  accept  the fact and our government keeps on functioning.  That has happened from generation to generation and we have never had any trouble because of it.

For selfish reasons King Barack thought that he or his political party would reign indefinitely.  Maybe they could do that in Africa, Cuba, China, Iran, Venezuela, North Korea or some other country, but in the United States we have a democracy.  It is not a perfect system, but we have learned to follow the rules. Chaos only comes when people refuse to follow the established rules.  Apparently that’s what the Democratic Party, the Hollywood stars, and the other followers want.  There’s a Spanish saying that says: “Divide and you will rule.”

Obama was not the ideal candidate, but when he was elected President the Republicans and some of us independent thinkers did not demonstrate, did not badmouthed the President, nor did we make him out to be demonic.  Even some of the  whites  from the Southern states, who might be racially prejudiced, did not try to attack him in any way, shape or form.  Even though most of his policies actually hurt the country we did not set out to make him a villain in the eyes of the world.

If we do not come together under President Trump as a nation, we are going to spiral downward at supersonic  speed.  When we look in the mirror we will see the enemy and that enemy is going to be us. We won’t have to worry about Russia, China, Iran or North Korea.  They won’t have to fire one missile. We will destroy ourselves.

Let’s hope we come to our senses before it’s too late.  The Republicans and Democrats should learn to work together for the benefit of our country.  It’s not Obama, Hillary, Trump or the party they should be loyal to, but to God and to our country.  Hopefully they’ll get their priorities straight because if they don’t, all of us are going to suffer.

Don’t get mad at me for writing this article.  If you have any doubts read our Constitution.  The Bible will also help you in understanding what’s wrong and what’s right.  Romans, Chapter 1, will help you understand how God feels about gay marriages.  Hopefully you will understand it because Hillary,  Obama, many Democrats and some Republicans do not.

If you believe in God, in His power and in His sovereignty, pray for Him to bring peace and love to this country.  We owe it to ourselves, to our children and to our grandchildren.  God bless you!

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ALWAYS ACT WISELY

When talking to other people, it is always better to think before we talk, to analyze the topic before we give our opinion, to be sensitive to the other person’s feelings and point of view, and to foresee the possible consequences of our words before we act.

We should approach any discussion with an open mind, unprejudiced, unbiased and ready to actually listen to the other person.  We should try to understand where the other person is coming from.  The more we know of his background, the more understanding we will be.  That does not mean we have to agree with him or tolerate something that goes totally against our moral fiber.

We should try to avoid at all costs discussions that are unproductive.  If we know the other person quite well, we know in which subjects we should not participate.  If we allow them to engage us in arguing a specific point in which they have very strong feelings, it will wind up being a lose-lose situation.  We would have nothing to gain and everything to lose.

The fact that we should be understanding does not mean that we should be tolerant of something that goes totally against God’s will and godly values.  Tolerant people are the ones who are politically-correct, but godly-incorrect. They are not part of the solution, but rather part of the problem, and we cannot turn a blind eye to that.

It’s quite okay to be permissive to a certain point, but there has to be a limit. Most parents know that we have to keep our children on a short rope.  If we fail to discipline them when they step out of bounds, the problem will go from bad to worse rather fast.  They need guidelines and the parents (not the schools, the police, the courts, the Welfare Department, the TV shows nor the Internet) are the ones who should set them.

If we see something wrong and we do nothing, we are enablers.  If your son is on drugs and you

give him a hefty allowance every week, you are enabling his habit.  You are part of the problem, and not part of the solution.  You should not be that permissive and should not condone that type of behavior in your home.

Some things are popular because most people always take the path of least resistance.  They follow the herd or the flock as the case may be, and because of the influence of those herds, tolerance, political-correctness and social-correctness are thriving.  Our society is moving away at record speeds from our established moral and social values. As a matter of fact, they are almost non-existent.

If you have been brought up with good moral values, be sensitive and understanding to people, but don’t be tolerant of what should not be tolerated, do not be too permissive when you should not be, and do not condone what should not be condoned.

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SIEMPRE ACTÚA SABIAMENTE

Cuando uno habla con otra persona, siempre es mejor pensar antes de hablar, analizar el tema antes de opinar, ser sensible a los sentimientos de la otra persona y a su punto de vista, y anticipar las consecuencias de lo que se dirá antes de actuar.

Se debe entrar a cada discusión con la mente abierta, sin prejuicio previo, con imparcialidad, y dispuesto a escuchar atentamente a la otra persona.  Se debe tratar de entender el punto de vista de la otra persona.  Entre más se sepa de la otra persona, se le puede entender mejor.  Eso no significa que uno tiene que estar completamente de acuerdo ni tolerar algo que va totalmente contra la moralidad de uno.

Se debe tratar a todo costo no entrar en discusiones que no sean productivas.  Si conocemos a la otra persona bastante bien sabemos en cuales temas no debemos participar.  Si uno permite ser entablado en una conversación en la cual la otra persona tiene sentimientos muy arraigados

el resultado será negativo.  Uno no tendría nada que ganar y todo que perder.  Es mejor evadir o esquivar esa clase de conversación.

El hecho que uno debe ser comprensivo no significa que debe tolerar lo que va contra la voluntad de Dios o contra los valores de uno.  Las personas tolerantes son las que están social y políticamente correctas, pero divinamente incorrectas.  No son parte de la solución, sino parte del problema, y eso no se puede ignorar.

Es bueno ser permisivo hasta cierto punto, pero tiene que haber límites.  La mayoría de los padres saben eso, y por eso les dan rienda corta a sus hijos.  Si uno no disciplina a sus hijos las primeras veces que desobedecen después es mucho más difícil.  Los hijos necesitan perímetros, y los padres (no las escuelas, el gobierno, la policía, los programa de televisión, ni el internet) son los que deben establecer esas reglas.

Si uno ve que algo no marcha bien y no hace nada, uno es parte del problema.  Si tu hijo anda en las drogas, y tú le proporcionas dinero semanalmente, tú eres el facilitador.  Eso te convierte en parte del problema y no de la solución.  No seas permisivo, tolerante ni condones esa clase de comportamiento en tu hogar.

Muchas actividades son populares, porque la mayoría de la gente toma el sendero de menos resistencia.  Sigue la manada, porque es lo más fácil y es muy aceptable.  Por la influencia de esas manadas, las personas tolerantes están social y políticamente correctas, pero totalmente incorrectas según la voluntad de nuestro Dios.  La sociedad va a velocidad rayo alejándose de Dios y de los valores morales y sociales del pasado.  De hecho, esos valores ya casi no existen.  Ya son dinosaurios para la juventud.

Si tus padres te han enseñado buenos modales, buenos valores morales, y buenas costumbres, es bueno que seas sensible y comprensivo con la gente, pero no seas tolerante de lo que no debes ser tolerado, no seas permisivo de lo que no se debe permitir, y no condones lo que no debes condonar.

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Scriptures 2

REVELATION 21:8 (July 20, 2017)

 But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.”

The word of God makes it very clears what awaits those kinds of people.  Their lifestyle may be politically and socially correct, but it’s spiritually incorrect and they will pay the consequences. As Abraham Lincoln would probably say:  “You can fool most of the people some of the time,  and you can fool some of the people most of the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.”  Even if you were to fool all the people all the time, you could not fool God even once.

APOCALIPSIS 21:8 (20 de Julio 2017)

 Pero los cobardes e incrédulos, los abominables y homicidas, los fornicarios y hechiceros, los idólatras y todos los mentirosos tendrán su parte en el lago que arde con fuego y azufre, que es la muerte segunda.”

La palabra de Dios está bien clara de lo que les espera a esas clases de personas.  Su estilo de vida puede ser política y socialmente correcto, pero es incorrecto espiritualmente y por lo consiguiente pagarán las consecuencias.  Abraham Lincoln diría:  “Se puede engañar a la mayoría de la gente algunas veces, a otros todas las veces, pero no podemos engañar a toda la gente todo el tiempo.”  Y si pudieras engañar a toda la gente todo el tiempo, no podrías engañar a Dios ni siquiera una vez.

JONAH 2:8 (July 13, 2017)

“Those who regard worthless idols forsake their own Mercy.” Through God’s mercy we have salvation.  In other words, people who are worshiping idols do not have salvation, which means they will wind up eternally in the lake of fire burning and suffering.  An idol is anything  or anyone you may be worshiping other than Jesus.  Are you worshiping idols?

JONÁS 2:8 (13 de Julio 2017)

“Los que siguen ídolos vanos abandonan el amor de Dios.” Por el amor de Dios y su misericordia tenemos salvación.  En otras palabras, los que siguen ídolos no tendrán salvación, y eso significa que pasarán la eternidad quemándose sufriendo en el lago de fuego.  Un ídolo es cualquier persona  a quien le estés orando o cualquier cosa que pongas delante de Dios.  ¿Estás adorando ídolos?

PSALM 19:7-9 (July 6, 2017)

“The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul; The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple; The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; The commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes; The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; The judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.”

I believe this is self-explanatory.  There is really nothing I should add to it.

SALMO 19:7-9 (6 de Julio 2017)

La ley de Jehová es perfecta, que convierte el alma; El testimonio de Jehová es fiel, que hace sabio al sencillo.  Los mandamientos de Jehová son rectos, que alegran el corazón; El precepto de Jehová es puro, que alumbra los ojos.  El temor de Jehová es limpio, que permanece para siempre; Los juicios de Jehová son verdad, todos justos.”

Esta escritura se explica por sí misma.  No necesito agregarle nada.

JOHN 14:12 (June 29, 2017)

“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me (Jesus Christ), the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father.”

Jesus did every kind of miracle imaginable.  He even resurrected the dead and yet He says we can do what He did and even greater works.  So what do we need to be able to do those miracles?  We need faith and lots of it.  Without faith it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6).  Work up your faith in God and you too will be able to accomplish what seems to be impossible for others.

JUAN 14:12 (29 de Junio 2017)

“De cierto, de cierto les digo: El que en mí cree, las obras que yo hago, él las hará también; y aun mayores hará, porque yo voy al Padre.”

Jesucristo hizo toda clase de milagro imaginable.  Hasta resucitó muertos, y sin embargo dice que podemos hacer lo mismo que él hizo y aun que haremos mayores obras. ¿Qué necesitamos para poder hacer esos milagros?  Necesitamos fe y fe en abundancia, porque sin fe es imposible agradar a Dios (Hebreos 11:6).  Alimenta tu fe en Dios para que crezca y tú también podrás hacer lo que sea imposible para otros.

ACTS 28:26-27 (June 22, 2017)

God told the prophet Isaiah: “Go to this people (the Jewish nation) and say:  Hearing you will hear, and shall not understand; And seeing you will see, and not perceive;  For the hearts of this people have grown dull. Their ears are hard of hearing,  And their eyes they have closed, lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, lest they should understand with their hearts and turn, so that I should heal them.”

The people had moved so far away from God that He was completely disappointed with them.  Unfortunately, the same thing has happened with the USA.  We can only hope that God has mercy on us.  We do not deserve it, but because of His grace let’s hope He has compassion on us.

HECHOS 28:26-27 (22 de Junio 2017)

Dios le dijo al profeta Isaías: “Ve a este pueblo, y diles:  De oído oirán, y no entenderán; Y viendo verán, y no percibirán; Porque el corazón de este pueblo se ha engrosado, y con los oídos oyeron pesadamente, y sus ojos han cerrado, Para que no vean con los ojos, y oigan con los oídos, y entiendan de corazón, Y se conviertan, y yo los sane.”

La gente se había alejado tanto de Dios que él estaba completamente desilusionado con ellos. Desafortunadamente, lo mismo ha ocurrido aquí en los Estados Unidos de América. Lo único que podemos esperar es que Dios por medio de su gracia tenga misericordia y compasión con nosotros.

EZEKIEL 18:4 - “…The soul who sins shall die.” 18:20 – “The soul who sins shall die…” 18:26 – “When a righteous man turns away from his righteousness, commits iniquity,  and dies in it, it is because of the iniquity which he has done that he dies.”

ROMANS 10:9-10

The apostle Paul told the Romans: “That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”

The steps to salvation are:  1. Repent.  2. Ask God to forgive you.  3. Confess with your mouth that Jesus is your Lord and Savior.  4.  Believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead on the third day.  5. Try to live a righteous life. 6.  Attend a good Bible-teaching, born-again Christian church. 

ROMANOS 10:9-10

El apóstol Pablo les dijo a los romanos:  “Que si confiesas con la boca que Jesús es el Señor, y crees en el corazón que Dios lo levantó de los muertos, serás salvo.  Porque con el corazón se cree para justicia, pero con la boca se confiesa para la salvación. “  Los pasos para tu salvación son:  1. Arrepentirte.  2. Pedirle perdón a Dios.  3. Confesar con la boca que Jesús es tu Salvador.  4. Creer en tu corazón que Dios lo levantó de entre los muertos al tercer día.  5. Tratar de vivir una vida sana y justa.  6. Asistir a una iglesia cristiana donde enseñen directamente de la biblia. 

MATTHEW 16:24-26

“Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.  For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.  For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?” 1. To follow Jesus we have to leave the sinful acts behind. 2. We have to live by His principles.  3. We will lose our sinful lifestyle and gain a pious one.  4. Our god will not be money, possessions or fame.  5. There is nothing more important than salvation – spending eternity with God and not with the devil in the lake of fire. Do you know where you are going when you die?  

MATEO 16:24-26

Entonces Jesús les dijo a sus discípulos: Si alguno quiere venir en pos de mí, niéguese a sí mismo, y tome su cruz, y sígame.  Porque todo el que quiera salvar su vida, la perderá; y todo el que pierda su vida por causa de mí, la hallará. Porque ¿qué aprovechará al hombre, si ganare todo el mundo, y perdiere su alma? ¿O qué recompensa dará el hombre por su alma?” 1. Para seguir a Jesucristo tenemos que dejar de pecar.  2. Tenemos que vivir por sus principios.  3.  Perdemos nuestro estilo de vida pecaminoso y adquirimos el divino de Dios.  4. Nuestro dios ya no son las posesiones, el dinero ni la fama.  5. Nada es más importante que la salvación – pasar la eternidad con Dios y no con el diablo en el lago de fuego.  ¿Sabes adónde irás cuando mueras?

JOHN14:6 (May 25, 2017)

“I am the way, the truth, and the life.  No one comes to the Father, except by Me.”

Jesus explains it very well.  The only way you can come into salvation – eternal life with God – is to receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior.  Religion will not do it. Good works will not do it. Being a nice person will not do it. Apart from Jesus there is no way to get to heaven.  If you think you will have eternal life with God for any other reason other than Jesus, you are dead wrong.  If that is your case, you will wind up in the lake of fire.  However if you want to go to heaven, ask Father God to forgive you, ask Jesus to be your Lord and Savior, and ask the Holy Spirit to live in you. God bless you!

JUAN 14:6  (25 de Mayo 2017)

“Yo soy el camino, la verdad y la vida.  Nadie viene al Padre, sino por Mí.”

Jesucristo lo explica perfectamente bien.  La única manera de llegar a la salvación – tener vida eterna con Dios – es si recibes a Jesucristo como tu Señor y Salvador.  No puedes llegar al cielo por tu religión, tus buenas obras, ni porque seas buena persona.  Aparte de recibir a Jesucristo no hay otra manera.  Si piensas que llegarás al cielo aparte de Jesucristo estás bien equivocado.  Si ese es tu caso, terminarás en el lago de fuego sufriendo eternamente. Sin embargo, si quieres ir al cielo, pídele perdón a Dios Padre, pídele a Jesucristo que sea tu Señor y Salvador, y al Espíritu Santo que viva en ti. ¡Dios te bendiga!

LUKE 17:6 (5/18/17)

 So the Lord said, “If you have faith as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be pulled up by the roots and be planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.”

This is what Jesus told His disciples, but He is telling us the same thing.  If we have faith our prayers will be answered, but if we don’t have it, nothing will happen.  Without faith it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6).  If we don’t really have faith, it’s a waste of time for us to pray.

LUCAS 17:6 (18 de Mayo 17)

 Entonces el Señor les dijo: Si tuvieran fe como un grano de mostaza, podrían decirle a este sicómoro: Desarráigate, y plántate en el mar; y los obedecería.”

Esto es lo que Jesucristo les dijo a sus discípulos, pero nos dice lo mismo a nosotros.   Si tenemos fe, nuestras oraciones reciben respuestas, pero si no la tenemos, nada pasa.  Sin fe es imposible agradar a Dios (Hebreos 11:6).  Si oramos sin fe estamos perdiendo nuestro tiempo y aburriendo a Dios.

COLOSSIANS 1:15-18 (May 11, 2017)

“ He (Jesus) is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.  For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him (Jesus) and for Him.  And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist.  And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence.”

Jesus is the image, the exact likeness, of the invisible God. 2. Everything was created by Him.  3. All things were created for Him.  4. Before anything existed, He existed.  5. Everything is held together by Him.  6. He is the head of the born-again Christian church.  7. He resurrected from the dead.

COLOSENSES 1:15-18 (11 de Mayo 2017)

“El (Jesucristo) es la imagen del Dios invisible, el primogénito de toda creación. Porque en él fueron creadas todas las cosas, las que hay en los cielos y las que hay en la tierra, visibles e invisibles; sean tronos, sean dominios, sean principados, sean potestades; todo fue creado por medio de él y para él. Y él es antes de todas las cosas, y todas las cosas en él subsisten; y él es la cabeza del cuerpo que es la iglesia, él que es el principio, el primogénito de entre los muertos, para que en todo tenga la preeminencia.”  1. Jesucristo es la imagen del Dios invisible.  2. Todo fue creado por él.  3. Todo fue creado para él.  4. Antes que algo existiera, él existía.  5. Todo subsiste en él y por él.  6. Él es la cabeza de la iglesia cristiana.  7. Él resucitó de entre los muertos.

ROMANS 10:9-10 (May 4, 2017)

Through the apostle Paul God tells you: “That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.  For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”

Now you know what you have to do in order to be saved – to spend eternity with God and not in the lake of fire with the devil and his demons.

ROMANOS 10:9-10 (4 de Mayo 2017)

Por medio del apóstol Pablo Dios te dice:  “ Que si confiesas con tu boca que Jesús es el Señor, y crees en tu corazón que Dios lo levantó de los muertos, serás salvo. Porque con el corazón se cree para justicia, pero con la boca se confiesa para salvación.”

Ahora ya sabes que debes hacer para tener salvación – ir al cielo, en vez de pasar la eternidad sufriendo con el diablo  y sus demonios en el lago de fuego.

1 TIMOTHY 2:4 (April 27, 2017)

 (Jesus) who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.”

You read this scripture correctly.  Jesus wants you to spend eternity with Him.  He does not want you to spend it suffering in the lake of fire with the devil and his demons.  All you have

to do is repent, ask God to forgive you and receive Jesus Christ in your heart as your Lord and Savior.  Will you do that?

1 TIMOTEO 2:4 (27 de Abril 2017)

(Jesucristo) el cual quiere que todos los hombres sean salvos y vengan al conocimiento de la verdad.” Leíste esta escritura correctamente.  Jesucristo desea que pases la eternidad con él. No quiere que la pases con el diablo y sus demonios sufriendo en el lago de fuego.  Todo lo que tienes que hacer es arrepentirte, pedirle perdón a Dios, y recibir a Jesucristo en tu corazón como tu Señor y Salvador.  ¿Lo harás?

ISAIAH 5:20-21 (April 20, 2017)

“Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!”

It sounds to me as if God were talking to the news media, politicians in general, movie stars, the pro-abortion people, the pro-gay people, the pro-drug people and quite a few others.  Is He talking to you?

ISAÍAS 5:20-21 (20 de Abril 2017)

 !!Ay de los que a lo malo dicen bueno, y a lo bueno malo; que hacen de la luz tinieblas, y de las tinieblas luz; que ponen lo amargo por dulce, y lo dulce por amargo!  !!Ay de los sabios en sus propios ojos, y de los que son prudentes delante de sí mismos!!”

Me parece que Dios les está hablando a los medios de comunicación, a los políticos en general, a los estrellas de cine, a los que apoyan al aborto, a los que apoyan a los homosexuales, a los que trafican en drogas y a muchos más. ¿Te está hablando a ti?

PROVERB 16:25 (April 13, 2017)

“There is a way that seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death.” Proverb: 21:2 –“Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs the hearts.”

These two scriptures make it very clear that what is right in men’s way of thinking is not necessarily right with God.  In men’s point of view it may be correct for men to marry men, for women to marry women, for ladies to have abortions, for the government to sell drugs with certain regulations, and for the bigger fish to swallow the smaller ones, but what does God think?

PROVERBIO 16:25 (13 de Abril 2017)

“Hay camino que parece derecho al hombre, pero su fin es camino de muerte.” Proverbio 21:2-

“Todo camino del hombre es recto en su propia opinión; pero Jehová pesa los corazones.”

Estas dos escrituras esclarecen el punto de que lo que está bien en los ojos del hombre no es necesariamente correcto en los ojos de Dios.  En el punto de vista del hombre puede ser correcto que hombres se casen con hombres, que mujeres se casen con mujeres, que las mujeres aborten niños, que el gobierno autorice la venta de drogas, y que el pez grande se coma al más pequeño, pero, ¿cómo lo ve Dios?

PSALM 135:15-18 (April 6, 2017)

“The idols of the nations are silver and gold, the work of men’s hands. They have mouths, but they do not speak; Eyes they have, but they do not see; They have ears, but they do not hear; Nor is there any breath in their mouths. Those who make them are like them; So is everyone who trusts in them.”

Are you worshiping an idol that has hands, but cannot touch, feet, but cannot walk, a mouth, but cannot speak, ears, but cannot hear, a head that is made of plastic, plaster, wood or some kind of metal, but cannot think?  If that describes you, you are missing the boat completely.  Jesus Christ, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, is the Creator of everything that exists.  You need to come to Him, repented and asking for forgiveness.  Every other so-called god is a lie from the devil.  If you are praying to anything else or anybody else other than Father God, in the name of Jesus, you will wind up suffering eternally in the lake of fire. If, for whatever reason, you don’t believe me, go to the Bible and you will find out for yourself.

SALMO 135:15-18  (6 de Abril 2017)

“Los ídolos de las naciones son plata y oro, obra de manos de hombres. Tienen boca, y no hablan; Tienen ojos, y no ven; Tienen orejas, y no oyen; Tampoco hay aliento en sus bocas. Semejantes a ellos son los que los hacen, y todos los que en ellos confían.”

Estás adorando ídolos que tienen manos, pero no pueden tocar, que tienen pies, pero no pueden caminar, que tienen ojos, pero no pueden ver, que tienen oídos, pero no pueden oír, que tienen boca, pero no pueden hablar, y que tienen cabeza de plástico, madera, yeso o metal, pero no pueden pensar? Si eso te describe a ti, estás completamente fuera de la realidad. Jesucristo, el Dios de los judíos, es el Creador de los cielos, la tierra y todo lo que existe. Necesitas arrepentirte, llegar a él en humildad y pedirle perdón.  Cualquier otro llamado dios, santo, virgen o entidad divina es mentira del diablo.  Si le estás orando a cualquier otra cosa o entidad que no sea Dios Padre, Jesucristo o el Espíritu Santo te llevará al lago de fuego para que pases la eternidad sufriendo. Si, por la razón que sea, no me crees, ve directamente a la biblia y te desengañarás por ti mismo.

HOSEA 9:15 (March 30, 2017)

“All their wickedness is in Gilgal, for there I hated them. Because of the evil of their deeds. I will drive them from My house; I will love them no more.  All their princes are rebellious.”

Through the prophet Hosea, God was speaking to the Israelites, but in essence He could be speaking to the USA.  Why?  Abortion, gay people, drug usage, crookedness in our government, blasphemy against God, violence in our country, pornography, adultery, prostitution, idolatry, getting God out of all our public buildings, pastors/evangelists watering down the word of God to get more donations and so on.

Do you suppose God is a little aggravated with us?  In Isaiah 55:6, God tells us through the prophet Isaiah to look for Him while He can be found and to call upon Him while He is near.  Maybe the time is coming soon when He no longer can be found by us and when He is not near anymore.  It is time for us to repent as a nation before it is too late

NUMBERS 24:9 (March 23, 2017)

“He bows down, he lies down as a lion; And as a lion, who shall rouse him? Blessed is he who blesses you, And cursed is he who curses you.”

God is talking to Israel through a man. Those who bless Israel will be blessed by God, and those who curse Israel will be cursed by God.  Let’s hope that unlike Obama who cursed Israel, Trump will bless Israel and God will bless our nation – the United States of America.  Only time will tell.

NÚMEROS 24:9 (23 de Marzo 2017)

“Se encorvará para echarse como león, Y como leona; ¿quién lo despertará? Benditos los que te bendigan, Y malditos los que te maldigan.”

Dios le está hablando a Israel por medio de un hombre.  Los que bendigan a Israel serán bendecidos, y los que maldigan a Israel serán maldecidos. Obama fue maldición para Israel y nos fue mal.  Si Trump es bendición para Israel nos irá bien.  El tiempo nos dirá

DEUTERONOMY 11:26-28 (March 16, 2017)

“Behold, I set before you today a blessing and a curse:  the blessing, if you obey the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you today; and the curse, if you do not obey the commandments of the Lord your God, but turn aside from the way which I command you today, to go after other gods which you have not known.”

God makes it clear to our nation and to us individually to choose one or the other.  If we don’t choose God, we are choosing His curse, and if we do that, then we should be ready to pay the consequences.  Hopefully this scripture will speak to you and to our nation.

DEUTERONOMIO 11:26-28 (16 de Marzo 2017)

“He aquí yo (Dios) pongo hoy delante de ustedes la bendición y la maldición: la bendición, si obedecen los mandamientos de Jehová su Dios, que yo les prescribo hoy, y la maldición, si no obedecen los mandamientos de Jehová su Dios, y se apartan del camino que yo les ordeno hoy, para ir en pos de dioses ajenos que no han conocido.”

Dios lo esclarece perfectamente para nuestro país y para nosotros que debemos escoger. Si no escogemos los principios de Dios, automáticamente estamos escogiendo sus maldiciones, y si eso es lo que hacemos debemos prepararnos para recibir las consecuencias.  Espero que esta escritura les haya hablado.

PROVERB 23:7 (March 9, 2017)

“For as he thinks in his heart, so is he…” If you are failing, having troubles, everything is going wrong for you, the world seems to be against you, you are frustrated or maybe depressed, change your way of thinking.  The Bible tells us in Romans 12:2 not to be conformed to this world, but to be transformed by the renewing of our minds.  Renew your mind and change your way of thinking and things will get better for you.

PROVERBIO 23:7 (9 de Marzo 2017)

“Porque cual es su pensamiento en su corazón, tal es él…” Si estás fracasando, tienes problemas, todo te sale mal, parece que el mundo está contra ti, y si estás frustrado y deprimido cambia tu modo de pensar. La biblia nos dice en Romanos 12:2 que no nos conformemos a este mundo y que seamos transformados al renovar nuestras mentes. Renueva tu mente y cambia tu modo de pensar y todo te cambiará.

GENESIS 1:26-27 (March 2, 2017)

“Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”  So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.”

There are five points here that you should think about:  1. God is triune – Father God, the Lord Jesus and the Holy Spirit. 2. God is the Creator.  3. We are created in God’s image.  4. We should have dominion over this earth.  5. We are male and female; not transgender, not lesbians and not homosexuals.

PROVERB 12:15 (February 23, 2017)

“The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but he who heeds counsel is wise.” Unfortunately there are many such fools. Proverb 1:7 – “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge,
But fools despise wisdom and instruction.”  Complete foolishness is not believing in God and many people are complete fools. Don’t be one of them!  Psalm 14:1 – “The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none who does good.” If you fit into that category of those who do not believe in God, you are a fool.  The good thing is that as long as you are alive you have the option to believe.  If you repent and believe in God, He will forgive you and give you eternal life with Him.

PROVERB 16:3 (February 16, 2017)

“Commit your works to the Lord, and your thoughts will be established.” We should commit everything we do to the Lord.  If we do, He will bless it no matter how insignificant it may be.  If God blesses it, no matter what it is it will be a success.

PSALM 92:7 (February 9, 2017)

“When the wicked spring up like grass, and when all the workers of iniquity flourish, It is that they may be destroyed forever.”

Those people that are causing trouble in our nation (The United States of America) are not Christian and they will be destroyed by God.  In other words they will wind up burning eternally in the lake of fire.

SALMO 92:7 (9 de Febrero 2017)

“Cuando brotan los impíos como la hierba, Y florecen todos los que hacen iniquidad, es para ser destruidos eternamente.”

Se refiere a esa gente que está causando problemas en nuestro país (Los Estados Unidos de América).  No son cristianos y van a ser destruidos por nuestro Dios.  En otras palabras van a pasar la eternidad quemándose en el lago de fuego.

LUKE 17:6 (February 2, 2017)

Jesus said:  “If you have faith as a mustard seed. you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be pulled up by the roots and be planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.”

What this means is that a little faith goes a long way.  If claim whatever we need in faith, God will do the rest, but He will not necessarily provide what we wish we had. I know many pastors and evangelists are preaching the prosperity message and some people love to hear it, but it’s not necessarily true.  Some people who are not even Christians will prosper financially and some Christians who pray all the time will not.  That’s life.

LUCAS 17:6  (2 de Febrero 2017)

Jesucristo nos dice a todos:  “Si tuvieras fe como un grano de mostaza, podrías decirle a este sicómoro: Desarráigate, y plántate en el mar; y te obedecería.”

Lo que significa es que poca fe nos lleva lejos.  Si clamamos nuestras necesidades en fe, Dios hace lo demás, pero no necesariamente nos complace con nuestros deseos.  Necesidades sí, deseos no necesariamente.  Yo sé que es muy popular para los pastores y evangelistas predicar el evangelio de prosperidad, y a la gente le encanta escucharlo, pero no es necesariamente correcto.  Algunas personas que ni siquiera son cristianas van a prosperar económicamente y algunas que son cristianas quienes oran bastante jamás van a ser ricas.  Así es la vida.

JOHN 1:9-12 (January 26, 2016)

“That (Jesus) was the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world.  He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him.  He came to His own (the Jewish people),  and His own did not receive Him.  But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God (anyone who repents and asks Jesus to be his Lord and Savior), to those who believe in His name.”

If you have not received Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, you will not make it to heaven, but you will make it to the lake of fire.  However if you want to spend eternity with God, all you have to do is repent, ask God to forgive you, and receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior.  It doesn’t matter what you may have done.  He doesn’t reject anybody.

JUAN 1:9-12 (26 de Enero 2017)

“Aquella luz verdadera (Jesucristo), que alumbra a todo hombre, venía a este mundo.  En el mundo estaba, y el mundo por él fue hecho; pero el mundo no le conoció.  A lo suyo vino, y los suyos (los judíos) no le recibieron.  Mas a todos los que le recibieron, a los que creen en su nombre (a los que reciben a Jesucristo como su Señor y Salvador), les dio potestad de ser hechos hijos de Dios.”

Si no has recibido a Jesucristo como tu Señor y Salvador, no entrarás al cielo, pero sí pasarás la eternidad en el lago de fuego.  Sin embargo, si quieres pasar la eternidad con Dios, todo lo que tienes que hacer es arrepentirte, pedirle perdón a Dios, y recibir a Jesucristo como tu Señor y Salvador.  No importa lo que hayas hecho.  Él no rechaza a nadie.

ROMANS 3:23-24 (January 19, 2017)

 For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.”

If you think you are going to spend eternity with God because you are a nice person, you are totally mistaken.  All of us have sinned and cannot enter the gates of heaven, unless we receive Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior.  You may be the nicest person in the entire world, you may have done ten thousand good works and you may be the most religious person that ever existed, but unless you receive Jesus Christ in your heart, you will spend eternity in the lake of fire.

ROMANOS 3:23-24 (19 de Enero 2017)

“Por cuanto todos pecaron, y están destituidos de la gloria de Dios, siendo justificados gratuitamente por su gracia, mediante la redención que es en Cristo Jesús.”

Si piensas que pasarás la eternidad con Dios, porque eres buena persona, estás bien equivocado.  Todos hemos pecado y no podremos entrar a los portales del cielo, a menos que hayamos recibido a Jesucristo como nuestro Señor y Salvador.  Puedes ser la persona más buena de todo el mundo, haber hecho miles de buenas obras, y puedes ser la persona más religiosa que haya existido, pero a menos que recibas a Jesucristo en tu corazón, pasarás la eternidad sufriendo en el lago de fuego.

PSALM 27:1 (January 12, 2017)

“The Lord is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life;
Of whom shall I be afraid.”

If you have accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, you should not even fear death because that only means  you will spend eternity with God. If you are not a Christian, you may be fearing many things.

SALMO 27:1 (12 de Enero 2017)

Jehová es mi luz y mi salvación; ¿de quién temeré? Jehová es la fortaleza de mi vida; ¿de quién he de atemorizarme?”

Si has aceptado a Jesucristo como tu Señor y Salvador, ni siquiera debes temerle a la muerte, porque al morir irás al cielo para pasar la eternidad con Dios.  Si no eres cristiano, es posible que te atemoricen muchas cosas. 

JOSHUA 1:8 (January 5, 2017)

“This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.”

That is what God told Joshua, but it also applies to us.  We don’t just have “The Book of the Law,” but we have the entire Bible – The Old and The New Testament.  If we receive Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior and follow the principles set by God in the Bible, we will receive God’s blessings.  The opposite is also true, and that’s why the world finds itself in such a terrible state.  How is your life?

JOSUÉ 1:8 (5 de Enero 2017)

“Nunca se apartará de tu boca este libro de la ley, sino que de día y de noche meditarás en él, para que guardes y hagas conforme a todo lo que en él está escrito; porque entonces harás prosperar tu camino, y todo te saldrá bien.”

Eso es lo que Dios le dijo a Josué, pero también es para nosotros.  No solamente tenemos “El Libro de la Ley,” sino que tenemos la biblia entera – El Viejo y El Nuevo Testamento.  Si recibimos a Jesucristo como nuestro Señor y Salvador y vivimos por los principios bíblicos de Dios, recibiremos las bendiciones de Dios.  Lo opuesto también se cumple, y por eso el mundo

está en un estado terrible.  ¿Cómo va tu vida?

MATTHEW 16:24 (December 29, 2016)

“If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up the cross, and follow Me.”

These are the words of Jesus Himself.  “Deny himself” means that when a person becomes a true Christian, he or she ought to give up certain things, such as; drinking, smoking,  corruption, using drugs, adultery, pornography, prostitution, lying, stealing, giving false witness, judging others and anything else that goes against God’s will.

A word to the wise:  Are you a real Christian or do you think you are one, but are not living a Christian life?  God cannot be mocked and He cannot be deceived.

MATEO 16:24 (29 de Diciembre 2016)

“Si alguno quiere venir en pos de mí, niéguese a sí mismo, y tome su cruz, y sígame.”

Esto es lo que nos dice Jesucristo.  “Niéguese a sí mismo” significa que cuando una persona se convierte al cristianismo debe dejar de tomar, fumar, usar drogas, mentir, dar falso testimonio, robar, defraudar, juzgar al prójimo, participar en la prostitución, el adulterio, la pornografía o cualquier otra cosa que vaya contra la voluntad de Dios.

Una palabra de sabiduría:  ¿Eres cristiano de verdad o simplemente piensas que eres uno, pero no vives una vida conforme la voluntad de Dios?

1 PETER 4:7-8 (December 22, 2016)

“But the end of all things is at hand; therefore be serious and watchful in your prayers, and above all things have fervent love for one another, for ‘love covers a multitude of sins.’”

Some points to ponder:  1. The world as we know it will change because Jesus is coming back for the Christians.  The ones who have never received Him as their Lord and Savior will stay behind to suffer the consequences of the tribulation.  2.  We should get right with God because Jesus could come back at any moment.  3. We should love one another.  Instead of fighting and bickering we should try to help one another.

1 PEDRO 4:7-8 (22 de Diciembre 2016)

“Mas el fin de todas las cosas se acerca; sean, pues, sobrios, y velen en oración. Y ante todo, tengan entre ustedes ferviente amor; porque el amor cubrirá multitud de pecados.”

Algunos puntos en que pensar:  1. El mundo como lo conocemos va a cambiar, porque Jesucristo va a venir por sus seguidores.  Los que nunca lo han recibido como su Señor y Salvador se quedarán para sufrir las consecuencias de la tribulación.  2. Debemos arreglar cuentas con Dios, porque Jesucristo puede volver a cualquier momento.  3. Debemos amarnos los unos a los otros. En vez de estar en desacuerdo, peleando y haciéndonos daño, debemos ayudarnos.

1 CORINTHIANS 1:18

 For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.”

Going to church, reading the Bible and praying to God, may sound like foolishness to you now, but when you die, God judges you and sends you to hell, then you will wish you had listened

to the people who have invited you to church.  If you are reading this, it is not too late for you.

Find a good Christian friend and go with him or her to a good born-again Christian church.  Let God and heaven be waiting for you, instead of the devil and hell.

1 CORINTIOS 1:18

“Porque la palabra de la cruz es locura a los que se pierden; pero a los que se salvan, esto es, a nosotros, es poder de Dios.”

El asistir a la iglesia, leer la biblia y orarle a Dios, puede sonar como una locura o tontería para ti ahora, pero cuando te mueras, te juzgue Dios y te mande al infierno, entonces te arrepentirás de no haber escuchado a la gente que te invitó a la iglesia.  Si estás leyendo esto,  todavía hay tiempo para ti.  Procura a un amigo cristiano y ve con él o con ella a una iglesia cristiana donde enseñen directamente de la biblia.  Permite que Dios y el cielo te reciban y no el diablo y el infierno.

PSALM 33:12 (December 8, 2016)

“Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people He has chosen as His own inheritance.”

It seems that God has chosen two countries for His own.  Those countries are Israel and the United States.  For whatever the reason, both countries at one time or another have rejected God.  As a result God removes His protection from them for a season.  That season is over

when the people return back to God.

While Israel seems to be returning to God, the United States seems to be moving away.  As a

result God is removing His protection from us.  Let’s hope with the new President – Donald Trump – that we will come back to God.

SALMO 33:12 (8 de Diciembre 2016)

“Bienaventurada la nación cuyo Dios es Jehová, el pueblo que él escogió como heredad para sí.”

Parece que Dios ha escogido dos naciones para sí.  Esas naciones son Israel y los Estados Unidos de América.  Por la razón que sea ambos países se han alejado de Dios.  Como resultado de eso, Dios les ha removido su protección por cierta temporada.  Esa temporada llegará a su fin cuando la gente se acerque a Dios de nuevo.

Parece que Israel está acercándose a Dios, pero la nación americana va alejándose.  Esperamos que con el nuevo Presidente – Donald Trump – nuestra gente regrese

DEUTERONOMY 12:28  (December 1, 2016)

“Observe and obey all these words which I (God) command you, that it may go well with you and your children after you forever, when you do what is good and right in the sight of the Lord your God.” Deuteronomy 13:4 – “You shall walk after the Lord your God and fear Him, and keep His commandments and obey His voice; you shall serve Him and hold fast to Him.”

Which God should we follow?  There is only one true God and that is the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.  It will go well with us if we follow Him – that means keeping His commandments and obeying His principles.  Unfortunately that is not the way the majority of the American people is living.

DEUTERONOMIO 12:28 (Primero de Diciembre 2016)

“Guarda y escucha todas estas palabras que yo (Dios) te mando, para que haciendo lo bueno y lo recto ante los ojos de Jehová tu Dios, te vaya bien a ti y a tus hijos después de ti para siempre.”  Deuteronomio 13:4 – “En pos de Jehová tu Dios andarás; a él temerás, guardarás sus mandamientos y escucharás su voz, a él servirás, y a él seguirás.”

¿A cuál Dios debes seguir?  Solamente hay un Dios verdadero, y él es el Dios de Abraham, Isaac e Israel.  Te irá bien si lo sigues – cumpliendo con sus mandamientos, y siguiendo sus principios. Desafortunadamente eso no es como está viviendo la mayoría de los estadounidenses.

PSALM 107:8-9 (November 24, 2016)

“Oh, that men would give thanks to the Lord for His goodness, And for His wonderful works to the children of men! For He satisfies the longing soul, and fills the hungry soul with goodness.”

Thanksgiving Day comes once a year ( the 4th Thursday in November) to us in the United States, but we should gives thanks to God every single day of our lives.

SALMO 107:8-9 (24 de Noviembre 2016)

“Alaben la misericordia de Jehová, y sus maravillas para con los hijos de los hombres.  Porque sacia al alma menesterosa, y  llena de bien al alma hambrienta.”

EL Día de Acción de Gracias nos llega una vez al año (el cuarto jueves de Noviembre) en los Estados Unidos, pero debemos darle gracias a Dios cada día de nuestras vidas.

NUMBERS 24:9 (November 17, 2016)

“‘He bows down, he lies down as a lion; and as a lion, who shall rouse him?’ “Blessed is he who blesses you, and cursed is he who curses you.”

The scripture is talking about Israel.  Barack Obama, even if he read this scripture, never understood it.  During his eight years in office he never blessed Israel.  Actually he was against Israel from day one.  That may be one of the reasons why God has removed His blessings from us.  Let us hope that Donald Trump blesses Israel.  If he does, the blessings of God will come to us once again.

NÚMEROS 24:9 (17 de Noviembre 2016)

“Se encorvará para echarse como león, y como leona; ¿quién lo despertará? Benditos los que te bendijeren, y malditos los que te maldijeren.”

Esta escritura se refiere a Israel.  Barack Obama, aunque haya leído esta escritura, jamás la entendió.  Durante sus ocho años en la Casa Blanca nunca bendijo a Israel.  En realidad estuvo contra Israel desde el primer día.  Esa puede ser una de las razones por qué Dios nos alejó sus bendiciones.  Esperemos que Donald Trump sea una bendición para Israel. Si lo hace, nos llegarán de nuevo las bendiciones de Dios.

MATTHEW 13:14 (November 10, 2016)

 And in them the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled, which says: ‘Hearing you will hear and shall not understand, and seeing you will see and not perceive.’”

Are you one of those persons?  Have you heard about Jesus, but discarded it as not having any importance?  Your soul hangs in the balance.  You definitely have the right to believe or not to believe, and God definitely has the right to judge you on Judgment Day.  Good luck!

MATEO 13:14 (10 de Noviembre 2016)

“De manera que se cumple en ellos la profecía de Isaías, que dijo:  De oído oirás, y no entenderás;  Y viendo verás, y no percibirás.”

¿Eres una de esas personas? ¿Has oído hablar de Jesucristo, pero lo has descartado como si no tuviera importancia? Tu alma está a la víspera de la eternidad. Tienes el derecho de creer o de no creer, y Dios tiene el derecho de juzgarte en el Día del Juicio.  ¡Buena Suerte!

1 CORINTHIANS 2:9 (November 3, 2016)

“Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.”[

Since the lifespan is so short people have no idea of eternity.  Nevertheless, all of us who are God’s children will live with Him eternally.  We don’t really have the slightest idea as to what God has prepared for us.  All we know is that it is going to be something wonderful, majestic, grand and truly out of this world.  Knowing that we should do everything possible to gain salvation and to maintain it.  Do you know where you will be going when you die?

1 CORINTIOS 2:9 (3 de Noviembre 2016)

“Antes bien, como está escrito:  Cosas que ojo no vio, ni oído oyó, ni han subido en corazón de hombre, son las que Dios ha preparado para los que le aman.”

Siendo que la vida es tan corta la gente no tiene la menor idea de la eternidad.  Sin embargo, todos los que somos hijos de Dios viviremos con él eternamente.  Ni siquiera nos imaginamos lo que él ha preparado para nosotros.  Todo lo que sabemos es que será maravilloso, majestuoso, magnífico y muy superior a lo de este mundo. Al saber eso deberíamos hacer todo lo que esté a nuestro alcance para obtener y mantener nuestra salvación.  ¿Sabes adónde irás cuando mueras?

PSALM 147:11 (October 27, 2016)

“The Lord takes pleasure in those who fear Him, in those who hope in His mercy.”

Do you believe in God?  Do you trust in Him? Do you hope in His mercy? Let’s hope you do, because it is only through His grace and mercy and your faith in Him that you may have salvation.  There is no other way.

SALMO 147:11 (27 de Octubre 2016)

“Jehová se complace en los que le temen, y en los que esperan en su misericordia.”

¿Crees en Dios? ¿Confías en él? ¿Esperas su misericordia?  Ojalá que sí, porque solamente por su gracia, su misericordia y tu fe en él puedes recibir la salvación

EZEKIEL 18:26-28 (October 20, 2016)

“When a righteous man turns away from his righteousness, commits iniquity, and dies in it, it is because of the iniquity which he has done that he dies. Again, when a wicked man turns away from the wickedness which he committed, and does what is lawful and right, he preserves himself alive.  Because he considers and turns away from all the transgressions which he committed, he shall surely live; he shall not die.”

God makes it quite clear that unless we remain faithful until the end, we will not receive salvation.  By the same token, if we repent just before we die and accept the Lord Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, then we will enter into heaven through the pearly gates.  Being that we do not know when we are going to breathe for the last time, it is important for us to receive Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior as soon as possible. Have you already done that?  If you have not, it would be wise for you to start thinking about it.

EZEQUIEL 18:26-28 (20 de Octubre 2016)

“Cuando el justo se aparta de la justicia, cae en la maldad y muere, ¡pero muere por su maldad! Por otra parte, si el malvado se aleja de su maldad y practica el derecho y la justicia, salvará su vida.  Si recapacita y se aparta de todas sus maldades, no morirá sino que vivirá.”

Dios lo hace muy claro que a menos que permanezcamos fieles hasta el fin, no recibiremos la salvación.  Igualmente, si nos arrepentimos y recibimos a Jesucristo como nuestro Señor y Salvador o Redentor poquito antes de morir, entonces entraremos al cielo por los portales de perla.  Siendo que ninguno de nosotros sabe cuándo va a respirar por su ultima vez,  es importantísimo que recibamos a Jesucristo en nuestro corazón como nuestro Señor y Salvador

lo más pronto posible.  ¿Ya lo has hecho?  Si no lo has hecho, es muy conveniente que lo hagas sin pensarlo dos veces.

JOSHUA 1:9 (October 13, 2016)

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

God told this to Joshua, but it applies to us if we are His children.  To be His children we have to accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior.  He is the way, the truth and the life (John 14:6), and no one comes to the Father or to salvation in any other way, other than through Him.

JOSUÉ 1:9 (13 de Octubre 2013)

“Mira que te mando que te esfuerces y seas valiente; no temas ni desmayes, porque Jehová tu Dios estará contigo en dondequiera que vayas.”

Dios le dijo eso a Josué, pero es válido para nosotros también si somos sus hijos.  Para ser parte de su familia tenemos que recibir a Jesucristo como nuestro Señor y Salvador.  Él es el camino, la verdad, y la vida (Juan 14:6), y nadie viene al Padre o recibe salvación en ninguna otra manera, sino por él.

EZEKIEL 33:20 (September 6, 2016)

“Yet you say, ‘The way of the Lord is not fair.’ O house of Israel, I will judge every one of you according to his own ways.”

On Judgment Day God will judge every single sinner for his sinful ways.  Catholics, guess what? There is no Purgatory, so you will go straight to hell if you haven’t received Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior.  That also goes for any person who has a religion, but does not have a relationship with Jesus Christ.  Other than Jesus Christ nobody can save you.

EZEQUIEL 33:20 (6 de Septiembre 2016)

“Y dijeron: No es recto el camino del Señor. Yo los juzgaré, oh casa de Israel, a cada uno conforme a sus caminos.”

En el Día del Juicio Dios juzgará a cada pecador por sus caminos pecaminosos.  ¿Católicos, saben qué? No existe el Purgatorio.  Así es que irán directamente al infierno a menos que hayan recibido a Jesucristo como su Señor y Salvador.  Eso también le aplica a todo religioso que no tenga una relación personal con Jesucristo.  Aparte de Jesucristo nadie ni nada te puede dar salvación

1 PETER 2:15 (September 29, 2016)

“For this is the will of God, that by doing good you may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men.” Our duty as Christians is to do good wherever we may be.  For us to do good is not contingent on what the others may be doing. We obey God, not society.

1PEDRO 2:15 (29 de Septiembre 2016)

“Porque esta  es la voluntad de Dios: que haciendo bien, hagan callar la ignorancia de los hombres vanos.” Nuestro deber como cristianos es de hacer el bien dondequiera que estemos.  Que hagamos el bien no depende en lo que estén haciendo

JEREMIAH 30:22 (September 22, 2016)

“You shall be My people, and I will be your God.” This is what God was telling the Israelites, but in essence He is telling us the same thing.  We can be His people by receiving Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior.  There is no other way to get to heaven, but through Jesus Christ (John 14:6).

JEREMÍAS 30:22 (22 de Septiembre 2016)

“Me serán por pueblo, y yo seré su Dios.” Dios le estaba hablando al pueblo israelita, pero en esencia es para nosotros también.  Podemos ser sus hijos si recibimos a Jesucristo como nuestro Señor y Salvador.  No existe otra manera de llegar al cielo (Juan 14:6).

DON’T LOOK AT YOUR CIRCUMSTANCES (September 22, 2016)

Your circumstances may be bad or even horrible.  Do not be frightened by them. As with everything else, they too will pass.  Do not live in the past; instead make plans for a brighter future.  Don’t dwell on what you’ve lost, but rather on what you are gaining. If you are down, don’t feel sorry for yourself – get up! Do not yearn for what you don’t have – enjoy what you do have! Don’t compare yourself to others, t Escribe al ángel de la iglesia en Filadelfia: Esto dice el Santo, el Verdadero, el que tiene la llave de David, el que abre y ninguno cierra, y cierra y ninguno abre: o something and not even to yourself.  You are unique and if you draw close to God, He in turn will draw close to you.

 NO MIRES TUS CIRCUNSTANCIAS (22 de Septiembre 2016)

Tus circunstancias pueden ser malas o hasta horribles. No permitas que te asusten. Como con todo lo demás, éstas también pasarán. No vivas en el pasado; en vez de eso haz buenos planes para tu futuro. No pienses en lo que perdiste, sino en lo que estás ganando. Si estás caído, no te tengas lástima – ¡Levántate! No anheles lo que no tengas – ¡Disfruta lo que tienes! No te compares con otros, con otras cosas ni contigo mismo. Eres único, y si te acercas a Dios, él se acercará a ti.

JEREMIAH 29:13-14 (September 8, 2016)

“And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.  I will be found by you, says the Lord, and I will bring you back from your captivity; I will gather you from all the nations and from all the places where I have driven you, says the Lord, and I will bring you to the place from which I cause you to be carried away captive.”

God was talking to “His chosen people,” which of course are the Israelites – the Jews.  However, since He is the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8) and since He does not discriminate or believes in favoritism (Romans 2:11), that applies to us.  All we have to do search for Him with all our heart (Jeremiah 29:13 and Matthew 6:33). If you draw closer to God, He will draw closer to you.

JEREMÍAS 29:13-14 (8 de Septiembre 2016)

 “y me buscarán y me hallarán, porque me buscarán de todo su corazón.  Y seré hallado por ustedes, dice Jehová, y haré volver su cautividad, y los reuniré de todas las naciones y de todos los lugares adonde los arrojé, dice Jehová; y los haré volver al lugar de donde los hice llevar.”

Dios le hablaba a su pueblo escogido – los israelitas.  Siendo que él es igual ayer, hoy y por siempre (Hebreos 13:8), y porque no discrimina ni enseña favoritismo (Romanos 2:11), eso nos aplica a nosotros también.  Todo lo que tenemos que hacer es buscarlo de todo corazón (Jeremías 29:13 y Mateo 6:33).  Si te acercas a Dios, él se acercará a ti.

MATTHEW 6:33 (September 1, 2016)

“But seek you first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”

These are the words of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Maybe not to pastors, but to me it is the most important scripture in the Bible.  If you do not seek first the kingdom of God, three things will happen, you do not have salvation, which means you will spend eternity in the lake of fire, God will not answer your prayers and you will not receive any of God’s blessings.

MATEO 6:33 (Primero de Septiembre 2016)

 Mas busquen primeramente el reino de Dios y su justicia, y todas estas cosas se les serán añadidas.”

Estas palabras son de nuestro Señor Jesucristo.  Tal vez no sea para los pastores, pero para mí esta escritura es la más importante en toda la biblia.  Si no buscas primeramente el reino de Dios, tres cosas te sucederán:  No tendrás salvación lo que significa que pasarás la eternidad en el lago de fuego, Dios no oirá tus oraciones, y no recibirás las bendiciones de Dios.

ISAIAH 41:10 (August 25, 2016)

“Fear not, for I am with you;  be not dismayed, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you.  Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.”

If you are going through difficult times, draw near to God and He will draw near to you (James 4:8). He can definitely help you, but you must do the following:  1. Receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. 2. Believe with blind faith.  3. Pray to God in the name of Jesus.  4.  Expect the miracle.  5. Thank God even before He answers your prayer.

ISAÍAS 41:10 (25 de Agosto 2016)

“No temas, que yo soy contigo; no desmayes,  que yo soy tu Dios que te esfuerzo: siempre te ayudaré, siempre te sustentaré con la diestra de mi justicia.”

Si estás atravesando por tiempos difíciles, acércate a Dios y él se acercará a ti (Santiago 4:8).  Él puede ayudarte a solucionar tus problemas, pero tienes que hacer lo siguiente:  1. Recibir a Jesucristo como tu Señor y Salvador. 2. Creer con una fe ciega. 3. Orarle a Dios Padre en el nombre de Jesucristo. 4. Esperar el milagro.  5.  Darle gracias a Dios antes que te responda tu petición.

EZEKIEL 18:32 (August 18, 2016)

“For I have no pleasure in the death of one who dies,” says the Lord, “Therefore turn and live!”

God is not talking about a physical death, but rather about a spiritual death.  He is referring to people who have no salvation.  That is anybody who has not received Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior.  God’s will and His wish is for every unbeliever to repent, come to Him, and receive Jesus Christ as his Lord and Redeemer, so he can be saved. Could that be you?

EZEQUIEL 18:32 (18 de Agosto 2016)

Porque no me da placer en la muerte del que muere, dice Jehová el Señor; conviértase, pues, y vivirá.” Dios no habla de una muerte física, sino de la muerte espiritual.  Se refiere a la gente que está alejada de Dios y no tiene salvación.  Esa es cualquier persona que jamás haya recibido a Jesucristo como su Señor y Salvador.  La voluntad y el deseo de Dios es que todo incrédulo se arrepienta, venga a él, y que reciba a Jesucristo como su Señor y Redentor para que tenga salvación.  ¿Esa persona, serás tú?

LUKE 12:34  (August 11, 2016)

“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

Where is your treasure? Is it in possessions? Is it in money?   Is it in playing or watching sports? Is it in partying?  Is it in being popular?  Is it in philosophy or religion?  Is it in your family? On what do you spend your money and most of your time?  Whatever that may be that’s where your heart is.

If you have taken a detour, turn to Jesus.  Make Him your treasure.  If you do that, you will make treasures in heaven, and He will save your soul.  Your soul is the real you, the eternal you, the one that will live forever.  Will you spend eternity with God or with the devil in the lake of fire?  You have the solution in your hands.

LUCAS 12:34  (11 de Agosto 2016)

“Porque donde está tu tesoro, allí también estará tu corazón.”

¿Dónde está tu tesoro? ¿Está en tu dinero? ¿Está en tus posesiones? ¿Está en los deportes? ¿Son las fiestas? ¿Es buscando la popularidad? ¿Está en tu filosofía o religión? ¿Está en tu familia? ¿En qué gastas tu dinero y la mayoría de tu tiempo? Sea en lo que sea, ese es tu Dios y allí está tu corazón y tu tesoro.

Si te has desviado, dobla hacia Jesucristo. Que él sea tu tesoro.  Si haces eso, harás tesoros en el cielo, y Dios salvará tu alma. Tu alma es el verdadero tú, el eterno tú, el que vivirá eternamente.

¿Pasarás la eternidad con Dios o con el diablo en el lago de fuego? La solución está en tus manos.

MATTHEW 6:19-21 (August 4, 2016)

“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal;  but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.  For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

People lose their health, their families, their friends and sometimes other things in order to earn more money. Yet, when everything is said and done, they can’t take anything with them.  The only treasures that are lasting are the ones we lay up for ourselves in heaven.  That is when we bring people to the Lord and when we do God’s will here on this earth.

Are you making treasures in heaven?  If you are not, you may not even get there.  The only way to heaven is through Jesus (John 14:6).

MATEO 6:19-21 (4 de Agosto 2016)

 No se hagan tesoros en la tierra, donde la polilla y el orín corrompen, y donde ladrones minan y hurtan;  sino hagan tesoros en el cielo, donde ni la polilla ni el orín corrompen, y donde ladrones no minan ni hurtan. Porque donde esté su tesoro, allí estará también su corazón.”

Mucha gente pierde su salud, su familia, sus amigos, y hasta otras cosas para ganar más dinero. Sin embargo, cuando todo se haya dicho y cuando todo se haya hecho, no se pueden llevar nada al otro mundo.  Los únicos tesoros que permanecen son los que nos hacemos en el cielo. Eso es cuando traemos gente a la salvación o cuando hacemos la voluntad de Dios, no la nuestra.

¿Dónde estás haciendo tus tesoros? Si no los estás haciendo en el cielo, tal vez ni llegues ahí. La única manera de arribar al cielo es por medio de Jesucristo (Juan 14:6).

COLOSSIANS 1:15-19 (July 28, 2016)

“He (Jesus) is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.  For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him.  And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist.  And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence.”

In case you have not read the Bible, have not been to a born-again Christian church, belong to a false religion, are an atheist or an agnostic this scripture makes it very clear to you that Jesus Christ is the Creator, the Living God and the only one who can give you salvation.

COLOSENSES 1:15-19 (28 de Julio 2016)

 El (Jesucristo) es la imagen del Dios invisible, el primogénito de toda creación. Porque en él fueron creadas todas las cosas, las que hay en los cielos y las que hay en la tierra, visibles e invisibles; sean tronos, sean dominios, sean principados, sean potestades; todo fue creado por medio de él y para él. Y él es antes de todas las cosas, y todas las cosas en él subsisten;  y él es la cabeza del cuerpo que es la iglesia, él que es el principio, el primogénito de entre los muertos, para que en todo tenga la preeminencia; por cuanto agradó al Padre que en él habitase toda plenitud.”

En caso que no hayas leído la biblia, no hayas asistido a una iglesia cristiana, que pertenezcas a una religión falsa, o que seas ateo esta escritura te lo hace bastante claro que Jesucristo es el Creador, Dios Viviente, y el único bajo quien puedas tener salvación.

JAMES 1:19-21 (July 21, 2016)

“So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath; for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God. Therefore lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.”

We should definitely take this advice from James, the half-brother of Jesus.  He was a son of the virgin Mary and Joseph.  Basically, he tells us to listen carefully before speaking, to think before we speak, not to get mad without knowing all the facts, and to live by the word of God.  Wouldn’t this world be so much better off if all of us were to do that?

SANTIAGO 1:19-21 (21 de Julio 2016)

“Por esto, mis amados hermanos, todo hombre sea pronto para oír, tardo para hablar, tardo para airarse; porque la ira del hombre no obra la justicia de Dios. Por lo cual, desechando toda inmundicia y abundancia de malicia, reciban con mansedumbre la palabra implantada, la cual puede salvar sus almas.”

Debemos seguir el consejo de Santiago, el medio hermano de Jesucristo.  Él era hijo de la virgen María y de San José. Básicamente, nos dice que escuchemos cuidadosamente antes de hablar, que pensemos antes de hablar, que no nos enojemos antes de saber todos los datos, y que vivamos conforme la palabra de Dios.  ¿No piensas que este mundo estaría mucho mejor si todos hiciéramos eso?

2 TIMOTHY 3:1-5 (July 14, 2016)

“But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good,  traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God,  having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!”

Unfortunately we are living in those days mentioned by the apostle Paul.  He described the American society down to the last detail.  Because we have forsaken God, we have suffered, we are suffering, and will continue to suffer the consequences from now on.  Our only way of escape is to turn back to God, but I just don’t think that is going to happen.  We have gone too far to turn back!

2 TIMOTEO 3:1-5 (14 de Julio 2016)

“También debes saber esto: que en los postreros días vendrán tiempos peligrosos. Porque habrá hombres amadores de sí mismos, avaros, vanagloriosos, soberbios, blasfemos, desobedientes a los padres, ingratos, impíos, sin afecto natural, implacables, calumniadores, intemperantes, crueles, aborrecedores de lo bueno, traidores, impetuosos, infatuados, amadores de los deleites más que de Dios, que tendrán apariencia de piedad, pero negarán la eficacia de ella; a éstos evita.”

Desafortunadamente estamos viviendo en esos tiempos que menciona el apóstol Pablo.  Describió la sociedad estadounidense perfectamente hasta el último detalle. Porque nos hemos alejado de Dios, hemos sufrido, estamos sufriendo, y continuaremos sufriendo las malas consecuencias de esa decisión.  Nuestro único escape es regresar a Dios, pero yo no pienso que eso sucederá. Vamos alejándonos de él más y más dando pasos gigantescos.

LUKE 12:4-5 (July 7, 2016)

“And I say to you, my friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do.  But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear Him who, after He has killed, has power to cast into hell; yes, I say to you, fear Him!”

These words would not really affect us if they were spoken in vain, or if they had been spoken by a regular human being.  However they were spoken by Jesus Christ Himself.  There is truth and power behind them.  Fear God because He not only has the power to kill you physically, but also to condemn you to spend eternity in the lake of fire.

LUCAS 12:4-5 (7 de Julio 2016)

 Mas les digo, amigos míos: No teman a los que matan el cuerpo, y después nada más pueden hacer. Pero les enseñaré a quién deben temer: Teman a aquel que después de haber quitado la vida, tiene poder de echar en el infierno; sí, les digo, a éste teman.”

Estas palabras no nos afectarían si hubieran sido habladas en vano, o si las hubiera dicho un hombre cualquiera.  Sin embargo el que las dijo fue nuestro Señor y Salvador Jesucristo.  Son respaldadas por  verdad y poder.  Teme a Dios, porque él tiene poder para quitarte la vida física, y para condenarte al infierno y al lago de fuego por siempre.

1 CORINTHIANS 15:33

“Do not be deceived: “Evil company corrupts good habits.”

In other words, bad people and the ones in sin will bring you down to their level.  You should not even associate with them.  There is a saying that says:  “You are judged by the company you keep.” Be very careful as to who you bring into your inner circle of friends.

1 CORINTIOS 15:33

 No se dejen engañar:  Las malas compañías corrompen  las buenas costumbres.”

En otras palabras, la gente mala y los pecadores te bajan a su nivel.  Ni siquiera debes asociarte con ellos.  Hay un dicho que dice:  “Dime con quién andas, y te diré quién eres.” Ten mucho cuidado con quien haces amistades.

1 CORINTHIANS 10:12-13 (June 23, 2016)

“Wherefore let him that thinks he stands take heed lest he fall. There has no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that you are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that you may be able to bear it.”

God does not give us more than we can handle.  People use their problems as an excuse to  turn to violence, drinking, drugs or something else that may be illicit, immoral or illegal.  No, the devil did not make them do it.  They did it of their own free will. In the seventies there used to be a comedian – Flip Wilson – who used to say, “The devil made me do it.”  It was funny, but it wasn’t true.

1 CORINTIOS 10:12-13 (23 de Junio 2016)

“Así que, el que piensa estar firme, mire que no caiga.  No le ha sobrevenido ninguna tentación que no sea humana; pero fiel es Dios, que no los dejará ser tentados más de lo que pueden resistir, sino que dará también juntamente con la tentación la salida, para que puedan soportar.”

Dios no nos da más de lo que podemos soportar. La gente usa sus problemas de excusa para ser violenta, beber bebidas alcohólicas, consumir drogas, o participar en algo que sea ilícito, ilegal o inmoral. No, el diablo no los forzó que lo hicieran.  Lo hicieron por su propia voluntad.  En los setentas había un comediante – Flip Wilson – quien decía, “El diablo me forzó hacerlo.” Era chistoso, pero no era la verdad.

ROMANS 2:5-6 (June 16, 2016)

“But in accordance with your hardness and your impenitent heart you are treasuring up for yourself wrath in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God, who “will render to each one according to his deeds”

All of us sin and therefore every one of us deserves to be punished in the lake of fire eternally. Jesus with His suffering, blood and death paid for our sins making a way for us to escape that horrible fate. However that escape is not an automatic one.  If we want to escape that punishment, we have to accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior.  Will you do that?

ROMANOS 2:5-6 (16 de Junio 2016)

 Pero por tu dureza y por tu corazón no arrepentido, atesoras para ti mismo ira para el día de la ira y de la revelación del justo juicio de Dios,  el cual pagará a cada uno conforme a sus obras.”

Todos pecamos y por eso cada uno de nosotros merece ser castigado eternamente en el lago de fuego.  Para que no tengamos que ser condenados eternamente, Jesucristo sufrió, vertió su sangre y dio su vida.  Sin embargo, nuestro escape del lago de fuego no es automático. Sólo se cumple si recibimos a Jesucristo como nuestro Señor y Salvador.  ¿Lo harás?

JEREMIAH 30:22 (June 9, 2016)

“You shall be My people, And I will be your God.”

Of course God was telling this to the Jewish people, but since He is the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8) and since He does not show favoritism (Romans 2:11 and Acts 10:34), that applies to you as well. If you are not a Christian, your first step is to receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior.  Once you do that, you will be His son or daughter.

JEREMÍAS 30:22 (9 de Junio 2016)

“Ustedes serán mi pueblo, y yo seré su Dios.”

Claro que Dios les dijo eso a los judíos, pero como él es igual ayer, hoy, y por siempre (Hebreos 13:8) y siendo que no demuestra favoritismo (Romanos 2:11 y Hechos 10:34), eso también es para ti.  Solamente puedes clamarlo si eres cristiano, pero si no lo eres,  puedes hacerlo si recibes a Jesucristo como tu Señor y Salvador.  Ya que hayas hecho eso, te conviertes en hijo o hija de Dios.

AMOS 4:13 (June 2, 2016)

“For behold, He who forms mountains, and creates the wind, Who declares to man what his thought is, and makes the morning darkness, Who treads the high places of the earth—the Lord God of hosts is His name.”

God informed His people through prophets in the Old Testament, and since He is the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8), He still uses prophets and normal people to let them know what is coming.

Since God sees and knows everything,  knows the end from the beginning, and knows what will happen before it happens, it would be wise for you to consult Him through prayer before making any major decisions.

AMÓS 4:13 (2 de Junio 2016)

“Porque he aquí,  el que forma los montes, y crea el viento, y denuncia al hombre su pensamiento; el que hace a las tinieblas mañana,  y pasa sobre las alturas de la tierra; Jehová, Dios de los ejércitos, es su nombre.”

En el Viejo Testamento, Dios informaba a la gente por medio de profetas, y siendo que él es igual ayer, hoy, y por siempre (Hebreos 13:8), todavía nos dice lo que está por venir por medio de profetas y de gente común y corriente.

Siendo que Dios ve y sabe todo, sabe el final desde el comienzo, y sabe lo que sucederá antes de que ocurra, nos conviene que por medio de oración nos comuniquemos con él antes de tomar cualquier decisión de importancia.

EZEKIEL 22:30 (May 26, 2016)

“So I sought for a man among them who would make a wall, and stand in the gap before Me on behalf of the land, that I should not destroy it; but I found no one.”

When sin becomes rampant, God judges a people or a land.  Since He does not really want to destroy men or a land, He is looking for people to pray against His judgment, and He will relent.  God wants you to pray for yourself, your family,  friends,  city, county, state, country, Israel and even the world.  He is asking you to stand in the gap for them.  Will you do it?

EZEQUIEL 22:30 (26 de Mayo 2016)

“Y (Yo Dios) busqué entre ellos hombre que hiciera un muro y que se pusiera en la brecha delante de mí, a favor de la tierra, para que yo no la destruyera; y no lo hallé.”

Cuando el pecado llega a tal punto, Dios juzga a la gente y a su territorio.  Siendo que él es amor, no desea destruir al hombre ni a su tierra, y por eso busca personas que oren para que no imponga su juicio. Dios quiere que tú ores por ti, tu familia, amigos, ciudad, condado, estado, país, Israel y hasta por el mundo.  Desea que te pongas en la brecha para que le pidas que tenga misericordia con los pecadores.  ¿Lo harás?

EZEKIEL 18:4 and 18:20 respectively – May 19, 2016

“Behold, all souls are Mine (says God);The soul of the father as well as the soul of the son is Mine; The soul who sins shall die.” “The soul who sins shall die. The son shall not bear the guilt of the father, nor the father bear the guilt of the son. The righteousness of the righteous shall be upon himself, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon himself.”

The points are: 1. All souls belong to God. 2. Every person is judged separately. 3. The soul who sins shall die, unless he repents, asks God to forgive him and receives Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior.

When God says, “The soul who sins shall die,” He means that the person will spend eternity cut off from Him suffering in the lake of fire.

EZEQUIEL 18:4 Y 18:20 respectivamente – 19 de Mayo 2016

“He aquí que todas las almas son mías (dice Dios); como el alma del padre, así el alma del hijo es mía; el alma que pecare, esa morirá.” “ El alma que pecare, esa morirá; el hijo no llevará el pecado del padre, ni el padre llevará el pecado del hijo; la justicia del justo será sobre él, y la impiedad del impío será sobre él.”

Los puntos son: 1. Todas las almas le pertenecen a Dios. 2. Dios nos va a juzgar separadamente.

3. El alma que peque morirá, a menos que se arrepienta, le pida perdón a Dios, y reciba a Jesucristo como su Señor y Salvador.

Cuando Dios dice, “El alma que peque morirá,” significa que esa persona pasará la eternidad separada de Dios sufriendo en el lago de fuego.

JEREMIAH 29:11 (May 12, 2016)

For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope.”

If you are going through tough times, know that the Lord Jesus is there with you and wants to help you.  If you have not received Him as your Lord and Savior, do so.  If you are a Christian, but have not prayed to Him, pray to Him and ask Him to help you.  If you are a lukewarm Christian and don’t really believe that He can or that He will help you, change that mentality.

JEREMíAS 29:11 (12 de Mayo 2016)

“Porque yo sé los pensamientos que tengo acerca de ustedes, dice Jehová, pensamientos de paz, y no de mal, para darles el fin que esperan.”

Si estás pasando por tiempos difíciles, debes saber que Jesucristo está contigo y que desea ayudarte.  Si no lo has recibido como tu Señor y Salvador, hazlo lo más pronto posible.  Si eres cristiano, pero no le haz orado a Dios, hazlo y pídele ayuda.  Si eres cristiano, pero has estado tibio, cambia tu mentalidad.

DEUTERONOMY 22:5 (May 5, 2016)

“The woman shall not wear that which pertains unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman’s garment: for all that do so are abomination unto the Lord thy God.”

This scripture seems to be extremely clear; yet there are many people in our country – the United States of America – and in many others in the world who, for one reason or another, either do not comprehend it, or simply choose to ignore it.

There will be no confusion when they pass from this world to the next one.  God will hold them accountable not only for every word that they speak (Matthew 12:36), but also for everything they do. They may be politically and socially-correct here, but they will be divinely-incorrect with God.

Something to think about:  It is better to be divinely-correct and politically-incorrect on this life than to be politically-correct and divinely-incorrect because in hell and in the lake of fire there is no social or political-correctness.

ROMANS 8:31 (April 28, 2016)

“What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?”

What it really means is that if God is on our side, no matter who or what comes against us, we will come up on top. However if you are not a born-again Christian – John 3:3 – God will not help you, because you are not His child. Solution:  become His child by receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior.

MALACHI 3:10 – April 21, 2016

“Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house, and try Me now in this,” says the Lord of hosts, “If I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you such blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it.”

God is telling us here that if we tithe – give 10% to the church – He will pour out His blessings on us.  Many people are not blessed simply because they don’t read the Bible, don’t go to a born-again Christian church and do not tithe.  Other blessings come to us when we pray for the peace, the safety and the wellbeing of Jerusalem, Israel and the Jewish people – His chosen people.

ISAIAH 60:12 (April 14, 2016)

For the nation and kingdom which will not serve you (Israel) shall perish, and those nations shall be utterly ruined.”

This is God’s word to Israel, but it also affects every country in the world – including the United States of America.  Many nations who have come against Israel have lost their prominence.  Some of them are England, Spain, Rome, Germany and quite a few others.  President Obama seems to be the first American President who does not like Israel.  Consequently our country has gone through a series of misfortunes, which will continue and even get worse as we shun Israel. 

Whether the world likes it or not, the Jewish people have been chosen by God.  God has a covenant with them, and they have a covenant with God. 

PROVERB 23:7 (April 8, 2016)

“For as he thinks in his heart, so is he…” This should be extremely meaningful to you.  You are what you think you are; nothing more, nothing less.  If you think you are a loser, guess what? You are one.  If you think you can do something, no matter how difficult it may be, guess what?

You will be able to do it.  It’s all in your mind.  What your mind can conceive you can do. 

Don’t sell yourself short.  Make your dreams become a reality.  In the Bible Jesus says that everything is possible for him who believes (Mark 9:23). If you become the one who believes, you will succeed.  Good luck!

JEREMIAH 1:12 (March 31, 2016)

In Jeremiah 1:12, God says:  “Then the Lord said to me (the prophet Jeremiah), “You have seen well, for I am ready to perform My word.” Then in Isaiah 55:11, God says:  “So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth;  It shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish  what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.” In John 14:13-14, Jesus said:  “And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name (Jesus Christ), I will do it.”

You can clearly see through these scriptures that God Himself makes sure that His word is fulfilled. What does this mean to us?  That whatever we ask the Father, in the name of Jesus, if it is according to His will, He will do it for us. 

MATTHEW 21:22 (March 24, 2016)

 And all things, whatsoever you shall ask in prayer, believing, you shall receive.”

There are a few factors that are not mentioned that I will mention, so that you will be clear as to how it really works.  1.  You must be a Christian – have received Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior.  2. You must ask Father God in the name of Jesus.  3. Whatever it is you are asking God to do for you must be in His will.  4.  You must have faith – you must truly believe that God is going to do it. 5. You should thank God for the miracle even before He does it. 

JEREMIAH 1:5 (March 17, 2016)

“Before I (God) formed you in the womb I knew you; before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.”

This is what God said to the prophet Jeremiah, but since God is the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8), and since He does not play favorites (Romans 2:11 and Acts 10:34), He is telling you the same thing.  If you have not embraced Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, do it now. 

ISAIAH 59:2 (February 25, 2016)

“But your iniquities have separated you from your God; and your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He will not hear.”

Things are going bad for our country – the United States of America – and now hopefully you know why.  Things may be going bad for you, and, if you want to change them, the solution is –  get close to God.

 

DIVINE THOUGHTS 3

TURN TO GOD

When it seems that God is not present and does not hear you

remember when He helped you before.

When it actually seems that the whole world is against you

remember how you succeeded before.

When there seems to  be no glimmer of hope whatsoever

there’s a light at the end of the tunnel.

When you have absolutely  reached the end of your rope

God’s extending a helping hand to you.

When  all  the doors seem  to  be tightly  closed  to you

our God  can make a  brand new door.

When  everybody is enjoying  stepping all over  you

God will  pick  you  up and  bless  you.

When  you  will not  see  any  reason  to  go   on

God will be the only reason you need.

ACÉRCATE A DIOS

Cuando parezca que Dios se haya alejado y no te oiga

recuerda  las veces que te  ha ayudado.

Cuando parezca que todo el mundo está en tu contra

recuerda todos tus éxitos ya cumplidos.

Cuando no tengas  ni siquiera un rayito de esperanza

busca esa luz que está al final del túnel.

Cuando parezca que la cuerda ya no puede resistirte

Dios extiende su brazo para sostenerte.

Cuando creas que todas  las puertas estén cerradas

Dios  puede  construirte  una nuevecita.

Cuando  todos  disfruten  atropellarte  y   pisotearte

Dios mismo te levantará y te bendecirá.

Cuando  tú  no  veas o tengas una razón  por  existir

Dios será  y te

THAT’S WHO I AM

I am a believer

in the Creator of heavens and earth.

I am a follower

of the Son of God the Lord Jesus Christ.

I am a servant

of the Kingdom of the Most High God.

I am a soldier

in  the  Army  of  my  Lord Jesus.

I am a citizen

of  the kingdom of  heaven.

I am an heir

to the  throne of God.

I am a son

of the Living God.

That is

who I am.

ESE ES QUIEN SOY

Soy creyente

del Creador de los cielos y la tierra.

Soy seguidor

del Hijo de Dios- Jesucristo.

Soy servidor

del reino del Santísimo.

Soy soldado

del ejercito de Dios.

Soy heredero

con mi Señor Jesús.

Soy ciudadano

del reino de los cielos.

Soy hijo

del único Dios verdadero.

Ese es

quien verdaderamente soy yo.

JUST BELIEVE

If you repent

you will bring happiness to God.

His forgiveness

is what can certainly set you free.

Talk to Him

and He will definitely listen to you.

Pray to Him

and He  will  answer  your  prayers.

Invoke His name

and the Lord Jesus will be with you.

SIMPLEMENTE CREE

Si te arrepientes

le dará mucha alegría a Dios.

Si le pides perdón

todo pecado él te perdonará.

Si le hablas a Dios

él siempre te va a escuchar.

Si  le  oras  en  fe

te responderá tus oraciones.

Si invocas a Jesús

el Señor Dios estará contigo.

GOD WANTS A RELATIONSHIP WITH YOU

God wants to have an intimate relationship with you

Will you accept His friendship?

God would definitely love to hear your voice.

Will you start talking to Him?

God is willing and longing to forgive you.

Will you  receive it  in  faith?

God desires for  you to be His child.

Will you love Him as Father?

God really wants to sanctify you.

Claim   that   sanctification.

God  can  heal  you if  you are ill.

Will you pray for a healing?

God  has  many  blessings  for  you.

Will   you  seek  them  out?

God  has  an  anointing  ready for you.

Will you activate your faith?

God’s  will is  to  cleanse  and  purify  you.

Will you allow  Him to do it?

Jesus Christ suffered, died and paid for your sins.

Will you accept Him as Lord?

DIOS DESEA TENER UNA RELACIÓN CONTIGO

Dios  desea  tener  una  relación  íntima  contigo.

¿Aceptarás  su  invitación?

Dios desea santificarte para que estés en su reino.

¿Clamarás esa santificación?

Dios puede sanarte de cualquier mal que padezcas.

¿Le  pedirás  que  te  ayude?

La voluntad de Dios  es de limpiarte y  purificarte.

¿Le permitirás que lo haga?

Jesucristo sufrió, murió y pago por tus pecados.

¿Aceptarás lo que hizo por ti?

Dios tiene tu unción preparada de antemano.

¿Tratarás  de  activar  tu  fe?

Dios tiene innumerables bendiciones para ti.

¿Irás  tú  en  pos  de  ellas?

Dios desea que lo aceptes como tu Padre.

¿Lo amarás como su  hijo?

Dios definitivamente quisiera oír tu voz.

¿Comenzarás  a  hablarle?

Dios quiere, desea y espera perdonarte.

¿Recibirás su perdón en fe?

HAPPINESS COMES

Happiness begins when

you  know  who you  are  as  a  person.

Harmony is yours when

you  are  at  peace  with  everyone.

You can do well when

you have confidence in yourself.

You are satisfied when

you have everything you need.

 God  is  happy  when

you love Him and love others.

You are at your best

when you are in good health.

You feel  good when

you are doing what you enjoy.

You  are lucky  when

everything is going right for you.

You are blessed when

others are pouring blessings on you.

You are pleasing God when

you are obeying Him in what you are doing.

You will have salvation when

you receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior.

LA FELICIDAD LLEGA

La felicidad te llegará cuando

entiendas de verdad quien eres como persona.

La armonía será tuya cuando

 estés en paz con todo y todos en el mundo.

Estarás bien satisfecho cuando

tengas todo lo que tú  puedas necesitar.

Harás a Dios muy feliz cuando

lo  ames a  él  y  ames  a  los  demás.

Eres  afortunado  cuando

todo,  y digo  todo,  te sale bien.

Estarás bendecido cuando

otros te cubran  con sus bendiciones.

Darás lo máximo de ti cuando

tengas la máxima confianza en ti mismo.

Das  lo  mejo r de  ti  cuando

estás  en  buena  y  completa  buena  salud.

Complaces a Dios cuando

lo obedeces en lo que sea que estés haciendo.

Te has de sentir bien cuando

estás  haciendo  lo  que en  realidad te da felicidad.

Tendrás salvación cuando

recibas a Jesucristo como tu Señor, Redentor y Salvador.

BLESSED IS HE

Seeing is he

who  believes  in  God.

Wise is he

who repents of all his sins.

Lucky is he

whose life is in  God’s  hands.

Blessed is he

who God chooses  for salvation.

Fortunate is he

whose sins are completely forgiven.

Sanctified is he

who  will  not  see  the  second  death.

Salvation has he

who receives Christ as his Lord and Savior.

Glorified will be he

who  will  receive  the  crown  of  salvation.

BENDECIDO ES

Vidente es

el que  cree en Dios.

Sabio  lo es

el que  está  arrepentido.

Tendrá suerte

el que  le  dé su  vida  a Dios.

Bendecido es

el que Dios  escoge para salvarlo.

Afortunado es

al  que Dios le  perdona  sus  pecados.

Santificado es

el que no  pasará  por la segunda  muerte.

Salvación tiene

el que recibe a Jesús como su Señor y Salvador.

Glorificado será

el  que  reciba  la  corona  de salvación  en  el  cielo.

FEEL SORRY FOR A MAN

Feel sorry for a man

who  refuses to  believe  in  God.

Understand a man

who has not heard about God.

Have mercy for a man

who does  not yet  know God.

Rescue  any  man

who has been  blinded by  sin.

Have pity on a man

who falls into the hands of God.

Be a light to a man

who has been deceived by religion.

 Feel joy for a man

who makes Jesus His Lord and Savior.

 

QUE TE DÉ LÁSTIMA

Ten lástima con el hombre

quien  se  niega  creer  en Dios.

Trata de entender al hombre

quien no ha oído hablar de Dios.

Ten misericordia con el hombre

quien jamás  ha conocido a Dios.

Rescata a cualquier hombre

quien ha sido cegado por pecado.

Ten compasión con el hombre

quien  cae  en  las  manos  de  Dios.

Debes  ser  luz para el  hombre

quien ha sido engañado por religión.

Regocíjate por cualquier hombre

que  reciba  a  Cristo  en   su  corazón.

JESUS IS GREATER

The  love of Jesus

is greater than your disobedience.

The ways of  Christ

are much higher than your ways.

The  wisdom  of God

is greater than your intelligence.

The truth of God’s Son

is  greater  than  your  doubts.

The Redeemer’s power

is greater  than  your  illness.

 What Jesus can provide

is greater than your needs.

The grace of our God

is greater than your sins.

Life in Jesus

is greater than death.

JESUCRISTO ES MÁS GRANDE

Lo  que  Dios  provee

es mucho más grande que tus necesidades.

El amor de Jesucristo

es más  grande que  tu  desobediencia.

Los  caminos  de Dios

son mucho más altos que los tuyos.

La sabiduría  del  Señor

es más grande que tu inteligencia.

Las  verdades  de  Jesús

son más grandes que tus dudas.

El poder sanador de Dios

es más grande que tu enfermedad.

La gracia de nuestro Dios

es más grande que todos tus pecados.

La  vida  en  Cristo  Jesús

es más grande que  el sepulcro y la muerte

LORD, HAVE MERCY

When  sin  overtakes  me

Lord, have mercy.

When the devil  attacks me

Lord, have mercy.

When  everything looks bleak

Lord, have mercy.

When I forget  I am a Christian

Lord, have mercy.

When I don’t feel your presence

Lord, have mercy.

When  I  pass  on  from  this world

Lord, have mercy.

When I come before your judgment

Lord, have mercy.

SEÑOR, TEN MISERICORDIA

Cuando el diablo me ataque como león rugiente

Señor, ten misericordia.

Cuando,  por la razón que sea,  el pecado me domine

Señor, ten misericordia.

Cuando a  mí  todo  me  parezca  deprimente  en  mi  vida

Señor, ten misericordia.

Cuando se me olvide, por la razón que sea,  que soy cristiano

Señor, ten misericordia.

Cuando no sienta  tu presencia por  alguna razón u otra

Señor, ten misericordia.

Cuando  abandone  este mundo y me vaya  al  otro

Señor, ten misericordia.

Cuando yo esté frente a ti en el juicio final

Señor, ten misericordia.

GOD’S GRACE IS ENOUGH FOR YOU

If you  feel your  enemy is  too strong  for you

God’s grace is enough.

If you think all your sins cannot be forgiven

God’s grace is enough.

If you believe that no one really loves you

God’s grace is enough.

If you are down  and you  feel defeated

God’s grace is enough.

If everyone  has  turned his  back on you

God’s grace is enough.

If all the doors are closed without a way out

God’s grace is enough.

If you have given up on the world and on yourself

God’s grace is enough.

LA GRACIA DE DIOS ES SUFICIENTE PARA TI

Si te sientes como que no le importas a nadie

la gracia de Dios es suficiente.

Si piensas que tu enemigo es más  fuerte que tú

la gracia de Dios es suficiente.

Si estás  caído y  te sientes  totalmente  derrotado

la gracia de Dios es suficiente.

Si crees que tus pecados no pueden ser perdonados

la gracia de Dios es suficiente.

Si todos se te  han volteado  y te han  dado  la espalda

la gracia de Dios es suficiente.

Si todas las puertas se  te han cerrado y no tienes salida

la gracia de Dios es suficiente.

Si te has dado por vencido y has perdido la confianza en ti

la gracia de Dios es suficiente.

IT’S BY GOD

It’s by God’s will that I repented

from  being  a sinner.

It’s by God’s love that He called me

while I was  still in  sin.

It’s by God’s grace that I won’t go to hell

for the wrong I’ve done.

It’s by God’s mercy that He forgave  my sins

so I  can go  to heaven.

It’s by God’s compassion that I am not punished

but have everlasting life.

ES POR DIOS

Por la voluntad de Dios me arrepentí

de todos mis pecados.

Es por  el amor  de Dios  que él me llamó

estando yo en el pecado.

Es por la gracia de Dios que no iré al infierno

por los males que he hecho.

Es por la misericordia de Dios  que me  perdonó

para que  yo  pueda  ir  al  cielo.

Es por la compasión de Dios  que no seré castigado

sino  que tendré vida eterna con él.

GOD IS THERE TOO

If I go into the deepest part of the earth

God is there.

If I go into  the farthest   place  in outer space

God is there.

If I go to East  Antartica  the coldest place on earth

God is there.

If I go to the hottest and loneliest desert on our planet

God is there.

If I go  to  the  brightest  spot  in  our  solar  system

God is there.

If  I hide  in  the darkest  cave in  our  universe

God is there.

If I  go  to  the  holiest  place  in  heaven

God is there.

If I go to the darkest place in hell

God is not there.

If I look inside my being

God is there.

DIOS ESTA ALLÍ TAMBIÉ

Si voy al lugar más lejano del espacio

Dios está allí.

Si voy a Antártica el lugar más frío del planeta

Dios está allí.

Si voy al lugar más iluminado de nuestro sistema solar

Dios está allí.

Si me escondo en la caverna más oscura de nuestro universo

Dios está allí.

Si voy al desierto más cálido, inhospitable e inhabitable

Dios está allí.

Si  voy  al  lugar  más  caliente del  lago de fuego

Dios no está allí.

Si  voy  a  lo  más  profundo  de  la   tierra

Dios está allí.

Si voy al sitio más sagrado del cielo

Dios está allí.

Si miro dentro de mi ser

Dios está allí.

I AM A CHILD OF GOD

I am a child of God

because He called me.

I am a child of God

because He created  me.

I am a child of God

because  He adopted  me.

I am a child of God

because  Jesus died for  me.

I am a child of God

because He sincerely loves me.

I am a child of God

because  Jesus paid  for all my  sins.

I am a child of God

because Jesus resurrected from the dead.

I am a child of God

because I received Jesus as my Lord and Savior.

SOY HIJO DE DIOS

Soy hijo de Dios

porque  me  creó.

Soy hijo de Dios

porque él me llamó.

Soy hijo de Dios

porque  él me adoptó.

Soy hijo de Dios

porque Jesús murió por mí.

Soy hijo de Dios

porque me ama con eterno amor.

Soy hijo de Dios

Porque Jesucristo pagó por mis pecados.

Soy hijo de Dios

porque Jesucristo resucitó de entre los muertos.

Soy hijo de Dios

porque acepté a Jesucristo como mi Señor y Salvador.

LORD, HAVE MERCY ON ME

Lord,  every  time  that  I  fail  you

have compassion on me.

Lord, because sometimes I am blind

please have mercy on me.

Lord,  because I fall  short  quite often

have  pious  pity on  me.

Lord, because I cannot live a sinless life

let your grace fall on me.

Lord, because I transgress even  unaware

be very patient with me.

Lord, when I begin to move away from You

bring  me  back  to  You.

Lord, when I take the wrong fork on the road

get  me back  on course.

Lord, when I leave this  world for the next one

let your favor be on me.

Lord,  when I fall into sin through my  ignorance

be  extremely kind to me.

Lord,  I will  be under  Your complete  indulgence

on  Your  Judgment  Day.

SEÑOR, TEN MISERICORDIA CONMIGO

Señor Dios,  cada vez que yo le falle

tenga compasión conmigo.

Señor, porque a veces tengo ceguera

tenga misericordia conmigo.

Señor, porque transgredo contra usted

practique su paciencia en mí.

Señor, porque siempre me quedo corto

tenga mucha  piedad  de  mí.

Señor,  cuando  yo  comience a  alejarme

regréseme prontito a su lado.

Señor, cuando tome el camino equivocado

recuerde  que yo soy su  hijo.

Señor,  si caigo  en el pecado  por ignorancia

perdóneme  por  su  bondad.

Señor, cuando deje yo este mundo por el otro

que  halle  favor  en  sus  ojos.

Señor, porque no puedo vivir una vida sin pecar

que su  gracia caiga sobre  mí.

Señor, cuando nos llegue el Día del Juicio a todos

su indulgencia estará conmigo.

BECAUSE OF WHO HE IS

I am righteous

not because of who I am

but because of who my God is.

I love  people

not because of who I am

but  because my  God  is love.

I  have  light

but I am not the source

my Lord Jesus  is  the source.

I forgive men

not  because I am nice

but because God forgave me.

I live by faith –

that faith is not in me

but it’s in the only living God.

I decide correctly

not by my intelligence

but by  the wisdom of  God.

I have salvation

not by worldly deeds

but by the blood of my Lord

POR QUIEN ES EL

Soy muy justo

no por quién soy yo

sino por quien es mi Dios.

Amo a la gente

no por quién soy yo

sino porque  Dios es amor.

Decido bien –

no por inteligencia

sino por sabiduría de Dios.

Reflejo la  luz

pero no soy su fuente.

La fuente es Dios mi Señor.

Yo perdono

no porque soy bueno

sino porque Dios me perdonó.

Vivo por fe

pero no es fe en mí

sino fe en mi Señor y Salvador.

Sé que soy salvo

no por obras mundanas

sino por la sangre del Cordero.

HOW NEAR IS GOD TO YOU?

How near is God to you?

Near enough to be your companion.

How  far can  God hear?

Far enough  to  hear  your  prayers.

How  kind  can  God  be?

Kind enough to forgive all your sins.

How long is God’s arm?

Long enough to pick you up in need.

How strong is God’s light?

Strong enough to light up your path.

How  far  can  God  see?

Far enough to see everything you do.

How deep is God’s love?

Deep enough to let His Son die for you.

How  wise  is  our  God?

Wise  enough  not to fall  into human sin.

How  intelligent is  God?

Intelligent  enough  to  create  the  universe.

How much does God know?

He knows everything that has, is and will happen.

¿QUÉ TAN CERCA ESTÁ DIOS DE TI?

¿Qué tan cerca está Dios de ti?

Lo suficiente para ser tu compañero.

¿Qué tan lejos puede oír Dios?

Lo suficiente para  oír tus  oraciones.

¿Qué tan amable es el Señor?

Bastante para perdonar tus pecados.

¿Cuánto alumbra la luz de Dios?

Lo suficiente para alumbrar tu sendero.

¿Es  larga  la  mano  de   Dios?

Lo suficiente para  ayudarte a levantarte.

¿Qué tan lejos puede ver Dios?

Lo suficiente  para  ver todo lo  que  haces.

¿Qué tan profundo es su amor?

Lo suficiente para  que su Hijo muriera por ti.

¿Qué tan sabio es nuestro Dios?

Lo suficiente para  no pecar  como  los hombres.

¿Qué  tan  inteligente es  Dios?

Lo suficiente para crear todo el universo de la nada.

¿En realidad, cuánto sabe Dios?

Sabe todo lo que hay que saber sobre todo lo que existe.

CANNOT OCCUPY SAME SPACE

Darkness and light

cannot occupy the same space.

One has to leave.

Hatred and love

cannot be in the same person.

One dominates.

Sadness and joy

have no  compatibility at all.

One has  to flee.

Right and wrong

cannot be found together.

Cannot happen.

Lies  and  truth

have nothing in common.

A lie is just that.

Night  and  day

will never ever be together.

Different shifts.

Satan and God

will never be of one accord.

Satan is just evil

and God is holy.

NO OCUPAN EL MISMO ESPACIO

La oscuridad y la luz

no  pueden ocupar  el  mismo espacio.

Una tiene que irse.

El  odio  y  el  amor

no pueden estar en la misma persona.

Uno expulsa al otro.

La tristeza y el regocijo

no  pueden  existir  simultáneamente.

Uno tiene que huir.

La maldad y el bien

no  se  encuentran  de  compañeros.

Eso  jamás  sucede.

La mentira y la verdad

no se pueden decir al mismo tiempo.

Es  una  o  la  otra.

La  noche  y  el  día

jamás se han reunido y ni lo harán.

Diferentes funciones.

Satanás y Dios Padre

jamás estarán de común acuerdo.

El diablo es sólo malo

y Dios es todo bueno.

GOD’S LOVE ENDURES FOREVER

I love  God  for his ever unfailing  compassion

for his love endures forever.

I always praise God for his righteousness –

his justice endures forever.

I will always call on the name of my  Lord

for no other name suffices.

I obey God for his righteous judgment –

his  wisdom  is  everlasting.

I worship God for his sacred holiness –

his divinity lasts forever.

I trust God for his eternal faithfulness;

 his word lives eternally.

I exalt God for his sincere meekness

and for his true humility.

I will always live by Bible principles.

God  gave  them  to  us.

EL AMOR DE DIOS ES ETERNO

Amo a Dios por su compasión

y porque su amor permanece eternamente.

Alabo a mi Señor por su  justicia

y porque esa justicia  permanece para  siempre.

Obedezco a Dios en su juicio justo

porque  él todo lo  juzga  con  su excelente  sabiduría.

Exalto a mi Dios  por su  humildad

y por su verdadera mansedumbre que demostró en la cruz.

Siempre viviré por principios bíblicos

que Dios nos dejó en sus escrituras y que Jesucristo los vivió.

Confío en Dios por su eterna fidelidad

 y porque su  palabra  se cumplirá  por  toda la  eternidad.

Siempre invoco el nombre de mi Señor

porque su nombre está sobre cualquier otro nombre.

Adoro  a  Dios  por  su  sagrada  santidad

porque su divinidad permanecerá eternamente.

THAT’S THE WAY GOD IS

To the Sinners

God is forgiveness and eternal life.

To  the  lost

He is the way,  the truth and the life.

To the weak

He  is strength,  power  and  assistance.

To the poor

He  is  relief,  a refuge  and  their  provision.

To the sick

He  is the medicine,  the doctor and  the healer.

To the lonely

He  is a shoulder to cry on,  a  companion  and  a friend.

To an unbeliever

Jesus is a stumbling block, his only chance and his final judge.

To a godly parent

He is his spouse,  his children, his employment and God.

To the single mother

He is the  sustainer,  the advisor  and  her  husband.

To the pastor

He is the Bible, his church and the congregation.

To the farmer

He  is  the seed , the  rain  and the  harvest.

To the oppressed

He is safety, deliverance and freedom.

ASÍ ES DIOS

Para los pecadores

Dios es el perdón y la vida eterna.

Para los perdidos

él es  el camino,  la verdad  y la vida.

Para los débiles

él es la fuerza, el poder  y su asistencia.

Para el pastor

es la biblia,  su iglesia  y su  congregación.

Para los oprimidos

él es su seguridad,  su rescate  y su  libertad.

Para el incrédulo

es piedra de tropiezo,  única oportunidad y juez.

Para los padres creyentes

él es su pareja, sus hijos, su empleo y su único Dios.

Para los pobres

nuestro  Dios es descanso,  refugio  y  provisión.

A los abandonados

él  los oye  como  amigo y,  los  acompaña.

Para la madre soltera

es su sustento, su consejero y su esposo.

Para el granjero

él es la semilla, la lluvia y la cosecha.

Para los enfermos

es medicina,  médico  y  sanación.

I BELIEVE IN HIM

I always obey the Lord my God

and   He   sustains   me.

I believe in the Lord Jesus Christ

for my eternal salvation.

I put all my trust on the Lord Jesus

and He  never fails  me.

My eternal hope is  in the Lord Jesus

and  I  will live eternally.

My faith  is  entirely  on  the Lord God.

Therefore He blesses me.

My life is in the hands of my Lord Jesus

and  He  handles  it  well.

YO CREO EN ÉL

Siempre obedezco a mi Señor

y él  me  sostiene.

Creo  en  el  Señor  Jesucristo

para mi salvación.

Pongo  mi confianza en Dios

y él  no  me  falla.

M i esperanza está  en Jesús

para mi salvación.

Toda mi fe está en Jesucristo

y  soy  bendecido.

En  sus  manos  mi vida  está

y él la maneja bien.

GOD’S WORD

Father God,

Your word lights up my path

as it shoves away the darkness.

It shows me  the right way

as it goes with me everywhere.

It dispels all the blindness

that  the  world  hurls  at   me.

I  simply do  not  stumble

because your word guides me.

The  narrow  road  I  find

because  your  word leads me.

Heaven bound I will be

through Jesus the word of God.

LA PALABRA DE DIOS

Dios Padre,

tu palabra ilumina mi sendero

al remover la oscuridad de mi camino.

Me enseña la correcta dirección

ya  que ella me  acompaña  fielmente.

Ella dispersa todas  las mentiras

que  este  mundo  me está arrojando.

Simplemente  no  me   tropiezo

porque  tu  palabra  es  guía  para mí.

El camino angosto yo encontré

porque tu palabra fue la que me guió.

Algún  día  al  cielo  yo  arribaré

por  Jesucristo – tu  palabra  viviente.

DON’T QUIT DREAMING

If  life has given  you the pits  and not  the cherries

enjoy the pits.

Although  life may seem like a  nightmare to you

don’t quit dreaming.

If the pitcher of life has  thrown a curve at you

learn  to  hit  it.

If  you are not  enjoying  this life like a party

don’t quit dancing.

If  life has given  you nothing but  lemons,

sell  lemonade.

If all your plans have gone down South

you  go  North.

If  all  you  have  are  sour  grapes

make good wine.

NO DEJES DE SOÑAR

Si  la vida te da las semillas y  no la naranja

disfruta las semillas.

Si el lanzador de la vida te  tira una  curva

aprende  a  pegarle.

Si todos tus planes se  han despedazado

junta  los  pedazos.

Si la vida te ha dado solamente limones

haz buena limonada.

Aunque  la vida parezca una  pesadilla

no  dejes  de  soñar.

Si la vida no es una gran fiesta para ti

no dejes de bailar.

Si solamente te quedan uvas agrias

haz un buen vino.

IT WILL PASS

You may be feeling extremely sad

but that will pass.

You may be  experiencing difficulties

but they will pass.

You can be hurting  extremely bad now

but  it  will  pass.

You  may  be  going  through  an  injustice

but  it  will  pass.

You may be lamenting a loss of a dear one.

but that will pass.

Maybe you are  suffering a lot physically

that too will pass.

It may be a  time of  sorrow  for  you

but  it  will  pass.

Maybe it’s  your time for crying

but  it  will  pass.

No matter how old you are

this life will pass.

 

 ESO TAMBIÉN PASARÁ

Tal  vez  te  sientas  muy  triste

pero  eso  pasará.

Es posible que pases por dificultades

pero  ya  pasarán.

Posiblemente  te  sientas muy lastimado

pero  eso  pasará.

Puedes estar presenciando injusticias severas

pero esas pasarán.

Si estás  de luto por  la muerte de un ser querido

ese luto te pasará.

Es probable que estés  sufriendo  mucho físicamente

pero pronto pasará.

El destino te puede haber traído un tiempo muy amargo

y ya está  por pasar.

Tal vez sea el tiempo para que te desahogues de todo  y llores

pero también pasará.

No importa tu edad,  que tan saludable  estés  o que tan rico seas

esta vida se te acabará.

THAT’S NOT IT

You can be very religious

 and wind up in hell.

You can know many people

and  be  lonesome.

You can be extremely wealthy

 but spiritually broke.

You can participate in lots of sex

and  not  know  love.

You can be more than intelligent

and   be  very  unwise.

You can be the strongest one physically

and be emotionally weak.

ESO NO ES

Puedes conocer miles de personas

pero te sientes muy solo.

Puedes ser la persona más inteligente

pero vacío de sabiduría.

Puedes  ser  extremadamente  religioso

y descender al infierno.

Puedes tener sexo con miles de personas

y no  conocer el  amor.

Puedes  ser el más  rico  de  todo  el  mundo

y espiritualmente vacío.

Físicamente puedes ser la persona más fuerte

pero débil emocionante.

GOD DIDN’T GIVE ME THAT

God did  not give  me a spirit of  fear

but one of courage.

God did not instill in me a spirit of unbelief

but one of believing.

God did not provide  me  with a spirit of  hatred

but  a  spirit  of  love.

God did not make available to me a spirit of sadness

but  rather  one  of  joy.

God did not empower me with the spirit of hopelessness

but  with  the  one of  hope.

God did not come for me to be lacking the basic necessities

but for me to live in abundance.

God did not  furnish me with  the  spirit of  inconsistency

but with the one of consistency.

God   did  not  anoint  me  with  the  spirit  of  quitting

but  with one  of  persevering

God  did  not  equip  me  with  the  spirit  of  doubt

but with one of confidence.

God did not  envision me with a  spirit of  losing

but with one of winning.

God did not give His Son for me to go to hell

but  to go  to  heaven

IF EVOLUTION IS TRUE

If evolution is true

were your ancestors worms or apes?

If evolution is true

were you completely ignorant at one point?

If evolution is true

will the human race evolve into something else?

If evolution is true

will the animals keep on evolving into human beings?

If evolution is true

will there be no animals once all  of  them have evolved?

SI LA EVOLUCIÓN ES VERDADERA

Si la evolución es verdadera

¿tus antepasados fueron lombrices o gorilas?

Si la evolución es verdadera

¿fuiste completamente ignorante en un tiempo?

Si la evolución es verdadera

¿la raza humana evolucionará  a ser algo diferente?

Si la evolución es verdadera

¿los animales evolucionarán hasta ser gente humana?

Si la evolución es verdadera

¿existirán  animales  ya  que  todos  hayan evolucionado?

I LOOKED IN THE MIRROR

I looked in my mirror

and what did I actually see?

I saw a sinner looking back at me.

I looked in God’s mirror

and what did I actually see?

I saw a saint looking back at me.

Then I looked at myself

and what did I really see?

I saw God’s  grace all  over me.

MIRÉ EN EL ESPEJO

Miré en mi espejo

¿y qué creen que yo miré?

I LOOKED IN THE MIRROR

I looked in my mirror

and what did I actually see?

I saw a sinner looking back at me.

I looked in God’s mirror

and what did I actually see?

I saw a saint looking back at me.

Then I looked at myself

and what did I really see?

I saw God’s  grace all  over me.

MIRÉ EN EL ESPEJO

Miré en mi espejo

¿y qué creen que yo miré?

Vi un pecador mirándome a mí.

En el espejo de Dios

¿Qué creen que yo miré?

Vi a un santo mirándome a mí.

Me vi  a mi  mismo

¿y de verdad qué miré?

Miré  la gracia de Dios en mí.

YOU CANNOT DO IT

You cannot clean yourself from sin

only Jesus can do that.

You cannot forgive your own sins

only Jesus can do that.

You cannot even change yourself

but  Jesus  can  do  it.

You cannot  save your  own  soul

only Jesus can do that.

You cannot  be saved  by works

but you can by grace.

NO PUEDES HACERLO

No  puedes limpiarte del  pecado

sólo Jesús puedo hacerlo.

No puedes perdonar tus pecados

sólo Jesús puede hacerlo.

No  puedes cambiar lo que  eres

sólo Jesús puede hacerlo.

No puedes  salvarte a ti  mismo

sólo Jesús puede hacerlo.

No puedes  ser  salvo por obras

 sino por la gracia de dios.

I LOVE GOD FOR 100,000 REASONS

I love Gove because He created the world

but also because He created me.

I love God because He  shed His blood for me

and because  He covers all  my sins.

I love my Lord   because He  gave His  life for me

and  also  for  giving  me  eternal  life.

I love  God because He left  the Bible with  His word

and because that word lives inside of me.

I love my Lord because He is  preparing  a  home for me

but also  because the Holy Spirit  lives in  me.

I love God  because  He  became a  human just  to  save  us

but  also because soon He is coming back for  us.

I  love  God  for  more  than  one  hundred  thousand  reasons

but  most  of  all  I  love  Him  for  being  who  He  is.

AMO A DIOS POR CIEN MIL RAZONES

Yo amo a Dios porque él creó el mundo

y también porque me creó a mí.

Amo a Dios porque derramó su sangre

y por la misma me limpió a mí.

Amo  al  Señor  por dar su vida  por mí

y por  proveerme  vida  eterna.

Amo  a  Dios  por  dejarnos  su palabra

y porque la palabra vive en mí.

Amo a Dios  por  prepararme  morada

para que  algún día  viva con él.

Amo a Dios por convertirse en humano

para   enseñarnos   cómo   vivir.

Amo a dios por más de cien mil razones

pero sobre todo lo amo por ser él.

MY FAITH IS IN JESUS ONLY

I put my trust in Jesus

not on temporary things.

I believe in my Lord

not on Darwin’s  evolution.

My faith is  in Jesus

not on  earthly sinking sand.

I only pray to Jesus

not  to some  worthless  idols.

I  cling  on  to Jesus

not to money or material things.

TENGO FE EN JESUCRISTO

Me  aferro a  mi Jesús

no  al  dinero ni  a  las  cosas materiales.

Creo  en  el  Creador

no en la tonta evolución de Darwin.

Confío  en Jesucristo

no  en  las  cosas  temporáneas.

Tengo la fe en Jesús

no  en  la  arena  movediza.

Yo le ora a mi Dios

no a ídolos inservibles.

FAITH WILL PREVAIL

Where there is  much fear

if you let confidence in

it will prevail.

Where  there is  real hate

if you let love come in

it will prevail.

Where there is  darkness

if you let the light in

it will prevail.

Where   the   devil   rules

if  you  let  Jesus  in

He will prevail.

Where there is confusion

if you seek the truth

it will prevail.

When you are not certain

if you pray in faith

it will prevail.

LA FE PREVALECERÁ

Donde hay temor

si permites que entre la confianza

ella prevalecerá.

Donde hay odio

si permites que entre el amor

éste prevalecerá.

En la oscuridad

si permites que llegue la luz

ella prevalecerá

Si el diablo está

ábrele la puerta a Jesús y

él prevalecerá.

Si estás confuso

busca la verdad en Dios

y prevalecerás.

Si estás inseguro

órale a Dios con mucha fe

y prevalecerás

LOOK FOR JESUS

If the seeds of evolution have been planted in you,

stop watering them.

If the darkness of sin is obscuring your  godly vision,

start to read the Bible.

If  you have placed Jesus in the valley of  indifference,

get Him out of there.

If the long tentacles of the devil have a tight grip on you,

repent and seek Jesus.

If you can’t see  Jesus because of  the forest of busyness,

chop down the trees.

 If the trails of confusion are  leading you in the wrong  path,

find the way in Jesus.

Because you really don’t know when death may come to you,

turn to the Lord Jesus.

If you have lost Jesus somewhere in the shadows of your mind,

seek Him in the sunlight.

BUSCA A JESUCRISTO

Si  la  semilla  de  la  evolución  te  ha  sido  sembrada,

no la riegues.

Si la oscuridad del  pecado te  ha quitado  la visión,

ve  a la  biblia.

Si has puesto a Jesús en el valle de la indiferencia,

sácalo  de  allí.

Si no puedes ver a Jesús por el bosque de trabajo,

corta los árboles.

Si en las veredas de confusión te encuentras perdido,

busca la de Jesús.

Si has perdido  a  Jesucristo  en  las  tinieblas de  tu  mente,

lo hallará s en la luz.

Si los lacayos del mismo diablo te tienen atrapado fuertemente,

arrepiéntete  este día.

Porque no sabes  cuándo te llegue el día de  rendirle  cuentas  a Dios,

acércate a él hoy mismo.

GOD WANT ME TO BE HAPPY

God wants me to be happy

because when I  am truly happy

I make others happy.

God wants me to have faith

because when I have real  faith

He can work through me.

God   wants   me   to  pray

because  when I  pray in faith

He will do His  miracles.

God wants me to prosper

so when  prosperity  comes

I can help the needy.

DIOS DESEA QUE ESTÉ CONTENTO

Dios desea que yo esté contento

porque  cuando  soy  feliz

hago a otros felices.

Dios desea que tenga mucha fe

porque cuando tengo esa fe

puede obrar en mí.

Dios desea que ore  bastante

porque  cuando  oro así

hace sus Milagros.

Dios desea que yo  prospere

porque  si  yo prospero

ayudo al necesitado.

I DON’T WANT TO BE SO INTELLIGENT

I do not want  to be learned  and educated

that  I don’t  believe  in God.

I don’t want to be so intelligent and think

that  I only believe in myself.

I don’t want to be so educated and wise

that  I cannot  live  by  faith.

I do not want to be so good and pious

to think I don’t need God.

I do not  want to b e so successful

to think I did it by myself.

NO QUIERO SER TAN INTELIGENTE

Jamás quiero ser tan erudito y educado

que no crea en Dios.

No quiero ser  tan inteligente ni pensar

que solo crea en mí.

No quiero pensar que yo sea tan sabio

para no vivir por fe.

No quiero ser tan bueno tan piadoso

y no necesitar a Dios.

No quiero tener tanto éxito ni fama

que crea que lo hice yo.

LET IT BE IN ME

Let there be light around me

and let it come from me.

Let there be joy where I may be

and let it be spread by me.

Let there be lots of love in the world

and let some be found in me.

Let there be peace on this earth

and let it begin in me.

Let there be humility in men

and let it be in me.

QUE ESTÉ EN MÍ

Que haya luz donde yo esté

y que salga de mí.

Que haya regocijo alrededor de mí

y  que lo lleve  yo.

Que haya mucho amor en este mundo

y que lo sienta yo.

Que haya abundancia de humildad

primeramente en mí.

 Que haya paz en esta tierra

empezando en mí.

SIMPLY HONOR GOD

Honor God

if you are intelligent or not so intelligent.

Praise God

if you are in good  health or  if you are not.

Exalt God

if everything is working out  or  going wrong.

Worship God

if you are in a church or wherever you may be.

Thank God

for the good experiences  and for the  bad ones.

Serve God

when  you feel like it  and even when  you  do not.

Glorify God

by simply doing your very best in everything you do.

Pray to God

when you  need something  and also  when you don’t.

Mention God

when you’re with Christians but also when you are not.

SIMPLEMENTE HONRA A DIOS

Honra a Dios

 si eres inteligente o no.

Exalta a Dios

si todo va  bien o si va mal.

Alaba a Dios

si  tienes  buena  o  mala  salud.

Adora a Dios

si estás  en la iglesia o  en otro  lugar.

Glorifica a Dios

al dar lo mejor de ti en todo lo que hagas.

Dale gracias a Dios

por las buenas experiencias y  por las  malas.

Sirve a Dios

cuando   tengas  ganas  y  cuando no  las  tengas.

Órale a Dios

cuando necesites  algo  y cuando no  necesites nada.

Menciona a Dios

cuando estés con cristianos cuando estés con incredulous.

WHERE SHOULD WE BE?

Where should we be?

Where God is.

Where should we be?

In God’s will.

Where should we be?

Serving God.

Where should we be?

It’s in prayer.

Where should we be?

In repentance.

Where should we be?

In a church.

Where should we be?

In the Bible

Where should we be?

In God’s light.

Where should we be?

In God’s love.

Where should we be?

In heaven.

¿DÓNDE DEBEMOS ESTAR?

¿Dónde debemos estar?

Donde Dios esté.

¿Dónde debemos estar?

En la voluntad de Dios.

¿Dónde debemos estar?

Sirviendo  a  Dios.

¿Dónde debemos estar?

En plena oración.

¿Dónde debemos estar?

arrepintiéndonos.

¿Dónde debemos estar?

En  una  iglesia.

¿Dónde debemos estar?

Leyendo la biblia.

¿Dónde debemos estar?

En la luz de Dios.

¿Dónde debemos estar?

En el amor de Dios.

¿Dónde debemos estar?

En el cielo con Dios

THE GOD OF GRACE

God is a God who extends grace.

That’s why

He forgives all my sins.

God wanted  to reconcile us  to Him.

That’s why

He sent Jesus for our salvation.

I made my personal confession of faith.

That’s why

my   God  received me  as  His  son.

He was, is and will always be a merciful God.

That’s why

when I confess my sins He forgives me.

We  worship  a  God  who  is righteous and just.

That’s why

He does not judge us by our many faults.

EL DIOS DE GRACIA

Nuestro Dios extiende su gracia.

Por eso

me perdona los pecados.

Dios  quiere  reconciliarnos  con   él.

Por eso

vino  a Jesús  al  mundo.

Yo hice una  confesión  personal de  fe.

Por eso

ahora soy hijo de Dios.

Dios era,  es y siempre será  misericordioso.

Por eso

por su gracia soy salvo.

Los cristianos adoramos a Dios porque es justo.

Por eso

nos  juzga  con  amor

HOLY  FATHER

Holy Father,

shower me with  wisdom  that I may  just follow You.

Create a new heart in me that I may be a new creation.

Open my  eyes and my heart that I may leave sin behind.

Cleanse me of all my sins that I may start a brand new life.

Purify my  life, mind and soul that I may always do your will.

Let there be a  transformation of  my  mind that I may change.

Holy One, sanctify me for your service that I may serve You well.

Bless me in every area of my life that I may be a blessing to others.

Fill  me with  the Holy  Spirit  that people may feel  your Spirit in me.

Father,  give my  soul eternal  life that I  may spend eternity  with  You.

Anoint me so much  that when I pray  for sick people they  will be healed.

I receive  that peace  that surpasses all  understanding  coming  from  You.

SANTO PADRE

Santo Padre,

báñame con tu sabiduría para que pueda seguirte.

Ábreme los ojos y el corazón para que deje el pecado.

Crea nuevo corazón en mí  para que sea nueva creación.

Límpiame de  todo pecado para comenzar una nueva vida.

Purifícame la vida, la mente y el alma para hacer tu voluntad.

Transfórmame la mente y  el modo de pensar  para que cambie.

Bendíceme en cada área de  mi vida para que  yo bendiga a otros.

Santidad, santifícame para tu servicio para que pueda servirte bien.

Lléname del Espíritu Santo para que sientan la presencia de Dios en mí.

Dale a mi alma vida eterna para que yo pueda pasar la eternidad contigo.

Úngeme para que al orar  se  sanen los  enfermos de  cualquier enfermedad.

Recibo esa paz, armonía y tranquilidad de ti que sobrepasa todo entendimiento.

GOD IS EVERYWHERE

The God that was  with you when you were  born

will be with you when you die.

The God that is with you when you are in the city

is with you also in the village.

The  God that is with  you  on the mountain tops

accompanies you in the valleys.

The God that  is with you when you are  planting

is with you during harvest time.

The God who hears  every one of  your  prayers

is the one who  answers  them.

The God who is with you during your good times

comforts  you in  the  bad ones.

The God who never leaves you nor forsakes you

will also be with you in heaven.

DIOS ESTÁ DONDEQUIERA

El Dios quien estaba contigo cuando naciste

estará contigo cuando mueras.

El  Dios quien está  contigo en  las ciudades

está  contigo en los pueblitos.

El Dios quien está  contigo en las montañas

es tu compañero en los valles.

El Dios que está  contigo  cuando  siembras

te  acompaña  en  la cosecha.

El Dios  quien recibe  todas  tus  oraciones

es el mismo que las responde.

El Dios quien  celebra tus buenos tiempos

se  entristece  en  los   malos.

El Dios que jamás  te abandona o  te deja

estará  contigo  en  el   cielo.

I WISH I WERE IN HEAVEN

I wish I were in heaven so…

I could enjoy more peace and love

than I could imagine.

I would  smell  sweeter  fragrances

than  any   perfume.

I would see more shades of colors

than here on earth.

I would hear such divine melodies

that don’t exist here.

I would think of wonderful things

that I don’t think now.

I would  feel wonderful feelings

that I have never felt.

It’d  be a beautiful experience

as I never ever had.

The most wonderful thing is

that I’d be with God.

SI YO ESTUVIERA EN EL CIELO

Si yo estuviera en el cielo…

disfrutaría de la paz y amor

que aquí  no es imaginable.

Olería  mejores  fragancias

que   cualquier   perfume.

Miraría matices de colores

que no existen en el mundo.

Escucharía hermosas melodías

que no se producen en el planeta.

Pensaría   en   cosas  tan   maravillosas

que me alegrarían simplemente por pensarlas.

Sentiría   sentimientos tan divinos  y tan profundos

que ellos  mismos me  llevarían a  la presencia de  Dios.

Pero lo más hermoso y maravilloso de todo lo mencionado

es que, en realidad,  pasaría  toda la eternidad con  mi Creador.

HE IS A GOD FOR ALL OF US

God’s love is not limited

so  there is  enough  for  me.

His  light  is  not so dim

that  it  cannot  shine  on  me.

His hand is not so short

and that’s why it reaches me.

His forgiveness is true

for anybody who truly repents.

His compassion is for

anyone of His sons who is hurting.

His  blessings are  for

the  children who are serving Him.

There’s no one perfect

so He saves the ones who come to Him.

ÉL ES DIOS PARA TODOS

El amor de Dios no tiene límite;

por eso él  tiene bastante para  mí

Como  su  luz  no es  tan  opaca

llega su iluminación donde yo esté.

Su mano no es demasiado corta

que me toca dondequiera que sea.

Su   perdón  es  tan  verdadero

que perdona al  que se  arrepienta.

Su compasión es tan genuina

que  se  compadece  del que  sufre.

Sus  bendiciones  les  llegan

a sus hijos quienes están sirviéndole.

Ya  que nadie  es  perfecto

salva a los que lo aceptan como su Dios.

JESUS DID IT FOR US

Jesus came down from heaven

to  be with us.

He shed His divine blood

to save us.

He died for our sins

at Calvary.

He left us His Word

in the Bible.

He intercedes for us

to the Father.

He gave us His name –

Christians.

He prepared a place for us

in heaven.

He  is patiently waiting  for us

to come to Him.

JESÚS LO HIZO POR NOSOTROS

Cristo  descendió del  cielo

para enseñarnos

sus caminos.

Él derramó su sangre divina

para salvarnos

del pecado.

Murió por nuestros pecados

en  el  Calvario

en una cruz.

Nos   dejó  su  palabra  escrita

para  nosotros

en la biblia.

Está intercediendo por nosotros

allá  en  el  cielo

con su Padre.

Por su nombre que nos dio somos

sus amados hijos

y cristianos.

Preparó una vivienda para nosotros

para que vivamos

en el cielo.

Pacientemente él  está  esperando  que

cada persona venga a él

para salvarla

INSTEAD OF THAT

Instead of believing in evolution

believe in creation.

Instead of you trusting in men

trust in Jesus Christ.

Instead of fearing real change

embrace it totally.

Instead  of  handling  worries

give them to God.

Instead of you blaming others

be  responsible.

Instead of always complaining

do  something.

Instead of being afraid of death

rejoice in Jesus.

EN VEZ DE ESO

En vez de creer en evolución

cree en la creación.

En vez de confiar en los hombres

confía en Jesucristo.

En vez de temerle al cambio

espéralo con júbilo.

En vez de preocuparte por todo

entrégaselo a Dios.

En vez de culpar al prójimo

remedia la situación.

En  vez  de  seguir  quejándote

toma acción positiva.

No tengas  temor de morir

sino acércate a Dios.

HOW CAN I BE SAVED?

Can I go to heaven by my religion?

No!

Can I be  saved  by doing  good  works?

No!

Can I be with  God  by  helping  the  poor?

No!

Can I have salvation by being a good person?

No!

Can I have eternal life by believing in Buddha?

No!

Can I enter the pearly gates by praying to Allah?

No!

Can I be taken up by the prophet Mohammad?

No!

Can I dwell in heaven through Jesus Christ?

Yes, yes, yes!

¿CÓMO PUEDO SER SALVO?

¿Puedo ir al cielo por mi religión?

¡No!

¿Puedo ser salvo  por  mis buenas obras?

¡No!

¿Puedo estar con  Dios  si ayudo a los pobres?

¡No!

¿Puedo recibir  salvación  siendo  buena  persona?

¡No!

¿Puedo tener vida eterna si tengo mucha fe en Buda?

¡No!

¿Se me abren  los portales del cielo si  le oro a Alá?

¡No!

¿Me puede  llevar al cielo  el profeta Mohamed?

¡No!

¿Puedo vivir en el cielo si acepto a Jesucristo?

¡Sí, sí, sí!

WHICH VOICES ARE SPEAKING TO YOU?

To which  one do you subscribe…

the truths of God or the devil’s lies?

Do you listen carefully to

 the voice of faith or the voice of doubt?

Do you actually hearken to

the voice of  love or  the voice of  hatred?

Do you  pay  attention to

the voice of confidence  or  the voice of fear?

Do you lend your  ears to

the voice of edifying  or  the  one of  destroying?

Which  voice do  you  hear,,,

the voice of  godly joy or the one of worldly sadness?

Do  your  truths  come from…

the word of God or from the news on your television set?

¿CUÁLES VOCES TE HABLAN?

¿A qué escuchas mucho más

a la voz de confianza o a la voz de temor?

¿A  qué  le prestas  atención

a la voz de amor divino  o a la voz del odio?

¿Escuchas  cuidadosamente

la voz  de la fe  o la voz  que  siembra  dudas?

¿Por cuáles principios vives…

las verdades de  Dios o las mentiras  del diablo?

¿A qué le prestas ambos oídos

a la  voz de  edificar o  a la  voz de destruir gente?

¿Cuál voz te habla más fuerte

la de regocijarte y ser feliz  o la de estar amargado?

¿De dónde vienen tus verdades,

de la palabra de Dios o de las noticias por la televisión?

THAT’S NOT HOW WE MEASURE SUCCESS

We don’t measure success

by how tough we are.

We measure it by how gentle we are.

We don’t measure success

by the money we keep.

We measure it by the money we give.

We don’t measure success

by the people we beat.

We measure it  by the  ones we lift up.

We don’t measure success

by what we accomplish.

We measure it by what God does in us.

We don’t measure success

by our own intelligence.

We measure it by the wisdom of God.

ASÍ NO MEDIMOS EL ÉXITO

No medimos  el  éxito

por nuestra fuerza.

Lo medimos  por nuestro  amor.

No medimos el éxito

por ser muy ricos.

Lo medimos por lo que damos.

No medimos el  éxito

por derrotar gente.

Lo medimos por exaltar a unos.

No medimos el  éxito

por nuestros logros.

Lo medimos por lo que Dios hace.

No medimos el  éxito

por  la inteligencia.

Lo medimos por la sabiduría de Dios.

HE IS THE SOLUTION

Jesus does not only have the truth;

He is the truth.

He does not simply give out love;

He is pure love.

He does  not  only  create life;

He is life itself.

He is not  just another way;

He is the way.

He is not  just  any light;

He is the light.

He is not  a solution;

He is the solution.

ÉL ES LA SOLUCIÓN

Jesús no sólo  tiene la solución;

Él es la solución.

Él no simplemente  da  amor;

Él es puro amor.

Él no solamente  crea  vida;

 Él es  todo  vida.

No es solamente otra luz;

Es la luz divina.

No es  sólo un  camino;

Él es el camino.

No es una solución;

Es la solución.

LOVE YOURSELF!

If you do not love  yourself,

start looking at yourself through God’s eyes

because if you don’t do that,

you will not be able to love someone else.

Help yourself as much as you possibly can

in every area of your life

because if you fail  completely  to do that,

you will not help others.

Start an intimate relationship with God –

He will answer your prayers,

but if you actually fail to reach out to Him

you will  not  touch  others.

Exercise your faith every change you get,

so that it will grow and grow

because  if you  do not  try  to exercise it,

it will fail you in time of need.

Ask God to bless every area of your life,

and He will send HIs blessings.

but if you don’t take the trouble to do it,

you will be the one who loses.

¡ÁMATE A TI MISMO!

Mírate por los ojos de Dios

si es que no te amas,

porque  si  tú no  lo  haces

jamás  podrás amar.

Ayúdate en lo que puedas

en todas las áreas,

porque  si  tú  no  lo haces,

 a nadie le ayudarás.

Inicia una relación con Dios

y órale lleno de fe

para que te haga milagros

y te ilumine su luz.

Ejerce tu fe con devoción

para que crezcas,

porque  si  fallas  en  eso

estancado estarás

Pídele a Dios bendiciones

cada día de tu vida

para que puedas bendecir

al prójimo en tu vida.

PEOPLE WILL KNOW

People will know who we are…

by  our  love  not  by  our  hatred,

by  our  light,  not   by  our  darkness,

by our tolerance,  not by our intolerance,

by our love for the sinner, while hating the sin,

not by defeating others, but by helping them succeed,

not by going to church, but by helping people in time of need,

and not by the Christian stickers on our car, but by the way we drive.

LA GENTE SABRÁ

La gente sabrá quienes somos…

por nuestro amor,  no por el odio,

por nuestra luz,  no por la oscuridad,

por nuestra tolerancia,  no la intolerancia,

por  amar al  pecador  y por odiar el  pecado,

no por vencer al prójimo, sino por verlo triunfar,

no por asistir a la iglesia,  sino por  ayudar al vecino,

 y no por calcamonías en el coche – sí por conducir bien.

THE COAT OF MANY COLORS

I have a coat of many colors.

Blue stands for

the color of heaven where my God lives.

Red represents

the blood that my Lord Jesus shed for me.

The color green

is  there to represent  the planet’s  fertility.

Purple is because

God  has  made me part of His royal family.

Brown reminds me

that God created the earth for us to live in it.

White is there

to represent  cleanliness  and  righteousness.

Black is only there

to remind me that  I should always  avoid  sin.

LA CHAQUETA DE DIVERSOS COLORES

Tengo una chaqueta de muchos colores.

EL azul representa

el  color del  cielo  donde  vive  mi  Padre.

El rojo lo tiene por

la sangre que  Jesucristo derramó  por mí.

Lo verde significa

la fertilidad de este planeta y la de mi vida.

La parte púrpura

es la que me recuerda de mi realeza divina.

El  color  café  es

el color de la tierra  que  Dios  nos  proveyó.

El retazo blanco

representa la pureza y la justicia de mi Dios.

El negro se puso

para recordarme siempre que no debo pecar.

BEGIN YOUR DAY

Begin your day by deciding to…

be happy  and not  sad,

give  whatever is  needed,

live by faith and not by fear,

live by love and not by hate,

forgive and not hold grudges,

be grateful and not complain,

do your part, not be a burden,

get started, no procrastinating,

bless others as much as possible,

admit your faults and not blame others.

COMIENZA TU DÍA

Comienza tu día decidiendo que…

estarás contento y no triste,

vas a dar lo que sea necesario,

vivirás por tu fe y no por miedo,

vas a vivir por amor y no por odio,

perdonarás  toda  ofensa  contra  ti,

 estarás  bien agradecido sin  quejarte,

vas  a  comenzar  todo sin procrastinar,

bendecir  a otros según  tus capacidades,

y que admitirás tus faltas sin culpar a nadie.

GOD IS SOVEREIGN

God will always love His people

but  hates  their  sin.

God will provide for your needs

not for your desires.

God  will  hear  your  prayers –

only if you’re sincere.

God sometimes will bless you

but only if it’s His will.

God will forgive all  your  sins

but only if you repent.

God offers  to  you  salvation

if you receive His Son.

DIOS ES SOBERANO

Dios siempre amará a sus hijos

pero odio sus pecados.

Dios proveerá tus necesidades

pero no por tus deseos.

Dios te  oye  cuando tú  le oras

si de verdad eres sincero.

Dios a veces va a bendecirte –

si  está  en  su  voluntad.

Dios perdonará tus pecados –

tienes que  arrepentirte.

Dios te ofrece a ti vida eterna

si recibes a su Hijo Jesús.

GOD, USE ME

Lord, allow me to love

the ones who need Your love.

Jesus, permit me to bless

the ones who You want to bless.

Jehovah, use me to help

those who really need Your help.

Lord, guide me to touch

the ones You truly  want to touch.

Savior, send Your word

to  the ones  who  You want  saved.

Messiah, help me pray

for Your chosen children the Israelites.

God,have me give hope

to the ones who are truly yearning for it.

Son  of  the  Living  God,

let me bring Your joy to the joyless children.

Jesus Christ, my Savior,

please  prepare   my home with You in heaven.

DIOS, UTILÍZAME 

Amo, utilízame a mí

para que  sea luz a  los perdidos.

 Hijo del Dios  Viviente,

 llevaré regocijo a tus seguidores.

Jesús, que yo bendiga

a los que deseas que bendiga.

Señor, déjame amar

a los  que  necesitan tu  amor.

Padre mío, ayudaré

a los que necesitan tu ayuda.

Dios, siempre tocaré

a los que quieres que toque.

Les daré tu palabra

a los que quieres tú salvar.

Mesías,  voy a  orar

por tus hijos – los judíos.

Jesús,  prepárame

mi morada allá contigo.

HOW SHOULD YOU BE?

Our  Father  is  compassionate.

Try to imitate Him.

Be merciful.

If your Lord Jesus is pure love,

treat other people

with love.

God is  the light of the world.

What should you do?

Be a light .

Father God is all righteous.

How should you live?

Righteously.

God is patient with you.

Follow His example.

Be patient!

¿CÓMO DEBES SER?

Nuestro Padre es compasivo.

Trata de imitarlo

con amor.

Tu Señor Jesús es todo amor.

Trata al prójimo

con amor.

Jesucristo es la luz del mundo.

¿Qué debes ser?

una lucecita.

Dios es la verdadera justicia.

¿Cómo debes vivir?

En su justicia.

Dios tiene paciencia contigo.

Sigue  su  ejemplo.

Ten paciencia.

I BELONG TO HIM

I was created in my mother’s womb by

the Great Creator.

I am very  proud to  be a subject  of

the King of kings.

I try  to be  a humble servant  of

the Most High God.

I am a  faithful  follower  of

my Lord Jesus.

I am a definite believer in

Jesus  Christ.

I  was  adopted  by

Father God.

I  belong  to

my Lord.

YO LE PERTENEZCO

Fui creado en el vientre de mi madre por

el Gran Creador.

Trato de ser un humilde servidor del

Altísimo  Dios.

Me enorgullezco al ser vasallo del

 Rey  de  reyes.

Soy un seguidor muy fiel de

mi Señor Jesús.

Definitivamente creo en

mi fiel Redentor.

Fui  adoptado  por

Padre Dios.

Le pertenezco a

mi Señor.

S  U  F  F  E  R  I  N  G

Suffering is not because

God is punishing you.

Suffering does  not mean

you have failed God.

Suffering is not because of

you have lack of faith.

Suffering is not as a result of

God not trusting you.

Suffering  is  a consequence  of

Adam’s original sin.

EL SUFRIMIENTO

El sufrimiento no es porque

Dios te quiere castigar.

El sufrimiento no significa que

le has fallado a tu Dios.

El  sufrimiento no  es  a causa de

tu falta de fe en Cristo.

El sufrimiento  no es  resultado que

Dios ya no confía en ti.

El sufrimiento  es la  consecuencia  del

pecado original de Adán.

YOU’LL FIND IT IN JESUS

Do you feel  empty without meaning?

You  will  find  meaning

in Jesus.

Do you  feel  fatigued  all  the  time?

You’ll find needed rest

in Jesus.

Do you find all  the  doors  closed?

Find  a  door  opened

in Jesus.

Are you in a hopeless situation?

You will find hope

in Jesus.

Are  you  are  discouraged?

Be encouraged

in Jesus.

LO ENCONTRARÁS EN CRISTO

¿Te sientes vacío y  la vida sin  sentido?

Tiene muchísimo sentido

en Cristo.

¿Estás en una situación sin esperanza?

Encontrarás esperanza

en Cristo.

¿Te sientes  fatigado  todo  el  tiempo?

Encontrarás descanso

en Cristo.

¿Encuentras  todas puertas  cerradas?

Hay una bien abierta

en Cristo.

¿Estás  completamente  sin  alientos?

Puedes recibir aliento

en Cristo.

IT’S NOT BECAUSE OF YOU

You were not created because of who you are.

You were created because of who Jesus is –

The Creator.

You don’t have wisdom because of who you are.

You have wisdom because of who Jesus is –

Omniscient.

You are not serving  God because of  who you are.

You are serving because of God’s servant –

Jesus Christ.

You  are not a light  because  of who  you really  are.

You are a light because you are a son of –

the Father of lights.

You don’t  love simply because of  who you really are.

You love because you were loved first by –

Father God.

You are not  saved  because of  who  you happen to  be.

You are saved because someone died for you –

the Son of God – Jesus.

NO ES POR QUIEN TÚ ERES

No fuiste creado por quien eres tú.

Fuiste creado por lo que es Jesucristo –

el  Creador.

No tienes sabiduría por quien eres tú.

Tienes sabiduría  por que  Jesucristo es –

omnisciente.

No sirves a Dios por quien  eres  tú.

Le  sirves  por  el  ejemplo de  su Hijo –

Jesucristo.

No alumbra tu luz por quien eres tú.

Tu  luz  viene  del  Padre  de  las  luces –

Dios Padre.

No amas a  otros por quien  tú eres.

Los amas  porque  recibiste  amor  de –

Padre Dios.

No  fuiste  salvo  por  quien  eres tú.

Fuiste salvo porque alguien murió por ti –

el hijo de Dios.

SHOULD WE DO THAT?

Why did God create everything?

He did because

He is the Creator – Isaiah 40:28

What really  makes God love us?

He does because

He is pure  love – 1 John 4:8

Can we pray for God to heal us?

We can because

He is a healing God  – Acts 9:34

Can we pray for God to provide?

We can because

He is the provider – Genesis 22:8

Should we ask God to protect us?

We should because

He is our protector – Psalm 91:1-13

Should we come to God for advice?

We should because

He is our heavenly Father – Isaiah 9:6

Should we ask God for our salvation?

We should because

His Son Jesus is our Savior – John 14:6

Should we pray for peace in our lives?

We should because

He is the God of peace – Hebrews 13:20

Should we ask God for an abundant life?

We should because

Jesus provides it abundantly – John 10:10

Should we be always worshiping our God?

We should because

our  God  lives  in  our  praises – Psalm  22:3

Should we  look  forward  to  an eternal  life?

We should because

Jesus has prepared a place for us – John 14

¿DEBERÍAMOS HACER ESO?

¿Por qué creó Dios lo que existe?

Lo hizo porque

él es el Creador – Isaías 40:28

¿Por qué nos ama tanto Dios?

Nos ama porque

él es puro amor – 1 Juan 4:8

¿Debemos pedir sanidad?

Sí, claro, porque

él es sanador – Hechos 9:34

¿Le podemos pedir que provea?

Podemos porque

él  es el  proveedor – Génesis 22:8

¿Le debemos pedir que nos proteja?

Sí,  desde  luego.

Es nuestro  protector – Salmo 91:1-13

¿Podemos   pedirle   consejos  a  Dios?

Hagámoslo porque

es nuestro Padre celestial – Isaías 9:6

¿Debemos  alabar y  adorar a  Dios?

Debemos hacerlo porque

vive en la adoración – Salmo 22:3

¿Debemos pedir salvación?

Desde luego porque

es nuestro Salvador – Juan 14:6

¿Le pedimos a Dios que nos dé  paz?

De seguro, porque

él  es  el  Dios  de  paz – Hebreos  13:20

¿Le  pedimos  a  Dios una vida abundante?

Hagámoslo porque

Jesús desea que la tengamos – Juan 10:10

¿Debemos ansiar estar en la vida eterna?

Claro que sí porque

Dios nos ha preparado una morada –

lo  dice  en  San  Juan  14:3

I WILL JOIN GOD’S ARMY

You have a very dangerous foe.

Fight him with the sword of the Spirit,

which  happens  to  be  the word  of God.

You need to put on your armor,

which is in reality the armor of God.

You can only  access it through prayer.

Don’t be a loner and fight alone.

Join the biggest and powerful army,

which is  composed of God’s  children.

If you actually join God’s Army,

you  will  never  regret  it   because

you will spend eternity with our God.

ME ALISTARÉ EN EL EJÉRCITO DE DIOS

Tienes un adversario muy peligroso.

Pelea  con la espada  del  Espíritu Santo,

la cual es la palabra bíblica de nuestro Dios.

Necesitas ponerte toda tu armadura,

que, en realidad, es la armadura de Dios.

Solamente  puedes  ponértela  en   oración.

No pelees como un lobo solitario.

Alístate en el  ejército más poderoso,

que  se  compone  de  los  hijos de Dios.

Si te alistas en  el ejército de Dios,

jamás te arrepentirás o tendrás pena,

porque  pasarás  la  eternidad  con  Dios.

FATHER GOD, JESUS CHRIST AND THE HOLY SPIRIT

Creator God,

I offer to You as a sacrifice my spirit, my soul and my body.

Eternal  God,

open my ears  and my eyes,  not forgetting my understanding.

Most Holy God,

I receive all three of  You:  Father, Son  Jesus  and the  Holy Spirit.

God of Abraham,

I am asking for Your anointing, sanctification and Your consecration.

Holy Blessed God,

I need Your protection at home,  in my going out  and in my  coming in.

 Most  Loving  God,

I need to be  touched  by  You physically,  psychologically  and  emotionally.

Father of wisdom,

please give me  much more light,  much  more  wisdom and much  more  faith.

My Provider God,

I thank You for  breakfast,  lunch,  dinner and for everything  else you do for me.

Redeeming  Lord,

I am asking  You to bless my family,  my friends,  my enemies and me as well.

Omniscient  God,

guide me  when I start  a project,  in the middle of it,  and when I finish it.

Omnipresent God,

hear my prayers at church,  at home and  anywhere  else I may  pray.

Father  of  lights,

let me walk out of the darkness into Your light and into Your love.

Everlasting  God,

help  me  enjoy  weekdays,  weekends  and  holidays.

Heavenly Father,

prepare a place for me in heaven.

DIOS PADRE, JESUCRISTO Y EL ESPÍRITU SANTO

Padre de las Luces,

permíteme salir de la oscuridad a tu luz y a tu amor.

Dios de Sabiduría,

abre mis oídos y mis ojos, sin olvidar mi entendimiento.

Jehová Redentor,

te ofrezco como sacrificio mi cuerpo, mi espíritu y el alma.

Santa  Trinidad,

recibo la Trinidad: a Dios Padre, Dios Hijo, y al Espíritu Santo.

Dios  Protector,

necesito que me protejas en casa,  al salir,  afuera y al  regresar.

Dios  Celestial,

oye mis oraciones en la iglesia, en casa, y dondequiera que te ore.

Misericordioso,

deseo que me toques física, sicológica, emocional y espiritualmente.

Dios de Abraham,

te pido de todo corazón que me unjas, me santifiques y me consagres.

Padre de la Sabiduría,

por favor, dame mucha más luz,  mucha más  sabiduría  y mucha más fe.

Dios Proveedor,

te doy gracias por el desayuno,  el almuerzo,  la cena,  y por  todo lo demás.

Dios Redentor,

te pido que redimas a:  mi familia,  mis amigos, mis enemigos y  a mí  también.

Eterno Dios,

ayúdame  a  disfrutar  los días  laborales,  los fines de semana  y los días  festivos.

Dios Omnisciente,

guíame cuando comience un proyecto,  cuando lo esté  haciendo y  cuando termine.

Señor de los Cielos,

prepáreme una morada especial para mí en el cielo, según lo que dice en San Juan 14:2.

AT 3:00 PM

At 2:59 Jesus seemed beaten.

At 3:00 He died on an old cross.

At 3:01 He had His heavenly body.

At 2:59  His  flesh  had  all  our  sins.

At 3:00 He released the flesh and sins.

At 3:01 He was washed completely clean.

At  2:59  He  was  a  man  of many  sorrows.

At  3:00  He  was  set  free  from  all   of  them.

At 3:01 He was joyful as when He was in heaven.

For  two days  plus, Jesus  was buried in the grave,

but  early  on  the  third  day He  rose from the dead.

He died as a man,  but  resurrected  as  the Living  God.

A LAS 3:00 PM

A las 2:59 Jesús parecía derrotado.

A las 3:00 murió en una cruz romana.

A las 3:01 recuperó su cuerpo celestial.

A las 2:59 cargaba nuestros pecados.

A las 3:00 se había  deshecho  de ellos.

A  las  3:01  su  Padre  lo había limpiado.

A las 2:59 tenía muchos  problemas.

A las 3:00 se estaba liberando de todos.

A las 3:01 se  regocijaba  como  en  el cielo.

Por casi tres días lo detuvo la tumba,

pero muy  tempranito  en  el  tercer  día

resucitó como Dios  al derrotar  la muerte.

THAT IS WHAT GOD IS

God  is  love

and in Him there is no hatred.

God  is  light

and in Him there is no darkness.

God is wisdom

and in Him  there is no ignorance.

God is strength

and  in  Him  there  is  no  weakness.

God is merciful

and since He is He cannot be merciless.

God is humble.

Therefore  in  Him  there  is  no  arrogance.

God is a forgiver

and  in  Him  there  is  no  lack  of forgiveness.

God  is omnipresent

so He cannot be restricted or limited to one place.

God was always eternal

and for that  reason  He cannot  be a temporal entity.

God   created   everything.

and that is why the theory of evolution is pure nonsense.

ESO ES LO QUE ES DIOS

Dios es amor

y en él no existe el odio.

Dios es la luz

y en él no  hay oscuridad.

Dios es sabio

y en él no se ve ignorancia.

Dios es  poder

y en  él no existe la debilidad.

Es misericordia

y por eso  siempre  nos la dará.

Dios es humilde –

jamás  ha conocido la arrogancia.

Dios  nos  perdona

y su misericordia  no tiene barreras.

Dios es omnipresente

por eso  puede  estar en  todas  partes.

Dios  siempre  es  eterno

y por es no tuvo comienzo y no tendrá fin.

Dios es el Creador de todo –

esa es la razón por qué la evolución es fraude.

WHO ARE YOU?

Who are you?

You are a created being.

Genesis 2:7

Who is your father?

The God of Abraham is your Father.

Matthew 2:10

What can you actually do?

With  God’s  help   you  can  do  everything.

Philippians 4:13

What kind  of person are you?

Through Jesus Christ you are more than a conqueror.

Romans 8:37

What  kind  of  life  can  you  have?

You  can have an  extremely  successful  and  abundant  life.

John 10:10

What is your position according to God?

His  word  tells  us  that  you  actually  belong to a royal priesthood.

1 Peter 2:9

¿QUIÉN ERES?

¿Quién eres?

Eres una creación de Dios.

Génesis 2:7

¿Quién es tu Padre?

El  Dios de Abraham  es  tu  padre.

Mateo 2:10

¿Qué  puedes  hacer  tú?

Con Dios  a  tu lado  puedes  hacer  todo.

Filipenses 4:13

¿Qué clase de persona eres?

En Cristo Jesús eres mucho más que vencedor.

Romanos 8:37

¿Qué clase de vida puedes vivir?

Puedes tener una vida muy  exitosa en abundancia.

Juan 10:10

¿Cuál  es  tu  posición  según  Dios?

Eres linaje escogido, real sacerdocio, santo, hijo de Dios.

1 Pedro 2:9

ONE BLESSING AT A TIME

One blessing at a time

Lord Jesus

that’s all I’m asking for now.

One healing at a time

Lord Jesus

that’s  all I need  right  now.

One  grace at  a time

Lord Jesus

that’s  all I’m  believing for.

One anointing at a time

Lord Jesus

that’s all I need to serve you.

A sanctification in time

Lord Jesus

that’s what I want for my life.

One kind word from You

Lord Jesus

that’s all I need to have hope 

UNA BENDICIÓN A LA VEZ

Una bendición  a la vez

Señor Jesús

es lo que te pido yo.

Una  curación  a  la vez

Señor Jesús

es lo que quiero hoy.

Una gracia de ti a la vez

 Señor Jesús

es lo que me ayuda a mí.

Una unción a la vez

Señor Jesús

con eso te puedo servir.

Con tu santificación

Señor Jesús

puedo hacer tu voluntad.

Tu palabra de aliento

Señor Jesús

HOLY AND BLESSED GOD

Savior God

save me through Your Son.

Lord Jesus

purify me with your blood.

Righteous God

Guide me with  your truth.

Loving God

bathe me  with  your love.

Holy Jesus

sanctify me for your glory.

Son of God

anoint me for your service.

Blessed Lord

bless me  to  bless  others.

SAGRADO Y BENDITO DIOS

Dios Redentor

dame salvación por medio de tu Hijo.

Bendito Señor

bendíceme  para  que yo bendiga.

Santo Jesús

santifícame pero para tu gloria.

Hijo de Dios

úngeme  para que  yo  te sirva

Señor Jesús

purifícame  con  tu  sangre.

Dios Justo

guíame  con  tu   verdad.

Amoroso Dios

báñame con tu amor.

WE WILL LIVE BY FAITH

The righteous will  live by faith

because without it

it is impossible to  please  God.

We must live in God’s light

because out of it

we are in the world’s  darkness.

We need to live by God’s love

for if we don’t

we will be living by our own will.

The truth can set all of us free

and that truth

can only be our Lord Jesus Christ.

VIVIREMOS POR FE

Los justos vivirán por fe

porque sin ella

es imposible agradar a Dios.

Debes vivir en la luz de Dios.

Afuera de ella

estarías  en  la  oscuridad.

Vive  por  el amor  de  Dios

porque si no

sólo  harías  tu  voluntad.

La verdad puede liberarte

y esa verdad

solamente la tiene Jesucristo.

NOW I ACTUALLY SEE

I was lost, but now am found.

My Lord Jesus came to me.

I was blind, but now I see.

The Lord opened my eyes.

I was deaf, but now I hear.

The Lord unplugged my ears.

I was enslaved, but now I’m free.

My Lord Jesus released my chains.

I was spiritually ill, but now am healed.

The  healing  God  healed  me  completely.

YA PUEDO VER BIEN

Perdido estaba, pero ya no.

Mi  Señor  su  luz  me  dio.

Ciego estaba, pero veo ya.

Los ojos me abrió mi Dios.

Estaba sordo,  y  oigo bien.

Los oídos Dios me destapó.

La  esclavitud  me  atrapaba,

pero el Señor me desencadenó.

Espiritualmente enfermo estaba,

pero mi Señor y  Salvador me sanó.

THE GRACE OF OUR GOD

What can disarm any lie?

The  truth.

What name is above any other?

Jesus Christ.

Who is the way, the truth, the life?

Our Redeemer.

What can restore a broken relationship?

Reconciliation.

What is stronger than the hate of the world?

Only God’s love.

What is more powerful than seeking vengeance?

True forgiveness.

What can set you free from evil deeds you have done?

Sincere repentance.

What is much stronger than any sin you may have committed?

The grace of our God.

Who is the only one who is Omnipotent, Omniscient and Omnipresent?

Our  Lord Jesus  Christ.

LA GRACIA DE NUESTRO DIOS

¿Qué   puede desarmar una  mentira?

Sólo la verdad.

¿Cuál nombre está sobre todo nombre?

El de  Jesucristo.

¿Quién es el camino, la verdad y la vida?

Nuestro Redentor.

¿Qué  puede restaurar una relación rota?

La  reconciliación.

¿Qué es más fuerte que el odio del mundo?

El  amor  de  Dios.

¿Qué  es más eficaz que  buscar la venganza?

el saber perdonar.

¿Qué  te  puede  liberar  de  todos  tus  pecados?

La gracia de Dios.

¿Quién es el único que todo lo puede y todo lo sabe?

Nuestro Redentor.

IN GOD’S TIME

You need a job.

God will bless you with one

in His time.

You want a spouse.

God  will  bring  one to you

in His time.

You want children,

and yes, you will have them

in His time.

You  want  a  house.

Our God will bless you with it

in His time.

You  need  a healing,

and  God is going to heal you

in His time.

A SU TIEMPO

Necesitas buen empleo.

Dios te lo dará

a su tiempo.

Quieres  tener tu  pareja.

Dios te la traerá

a su tiempo.

Deseas tener varios hijos.

Claro, los tendrás

a su tiempo.

Quisieras  tu  propia casa.

Y sí te llegará

a su tiempo.

Estás  bastante  enfermo.

Dios te sanará

a su tiempo.

TAKE ME UP THERE

Holy  and  heavenly father,

bring me up to Your presence,

so I can  feel  the love of  heaven,

so I can  smell the  heavenly  smells,

so I can I can taste the delicacies there,

so I can  experience  the  beautiful  colors,

so I can  touch  what  is  there to  be touched,

so I can actually praise You in all your splendor.

LLÉVAME A TU REINO

Padre Todopoderoso,

tráeme a  tu  presencia

para  que  sienta  tu  amor,

para  oler  lo  que  Tú  hueles,

para poder probar las delicias allá,

para disfrutar los  colores  celestiales,

para que toque lo que es perfecto y divino,

y para que  pueda  adorarte  en tu esplendor.

JESUS IS ALL THAT AND MORE

Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life.

He is our Father, our Lord and our God.

He  was,  is,  and  forever  will  be  God.

He is our Counselor, Judge and Redeemer.

He is our Provider, Healer and our Protector.

He is our companion, our guide and our friend.

He forgives our sins and reconciles us to our Father.

He blesses us, anoints us and sanctifies us as His children.

He is always loyal,  faithful,  true to His  word and to  His Father.

He is Omnipotent, Omniscient and Omnipresent, but humble and meek.

JESÚS ES ESO Y MUCHO MÁS

Jesús es el Camino, la Verdad y la Vida.

Él es nuestro Padre, Señor y nuestro Dios.

Él era,  todavía es, y siempre será lo que es.

Es nuestro Consejero, Juez, y también Redentor.

Es nuestro Proveedor, Sanador, y nuestro Protector.

Es nuestro fiel compañero, guía, y nuestro buen amigo.

Perdona nuestros pecados y nos reconcilia a nuestro Padre.

Jesucristo nos bendice, no unge, y nos santifica como sus hijos.

Él siempre  es  leal y  fiel al  cumplir su  palabra y  la de  su Padre.

Es Omnipotente, Omnipresente y Omnisciente, pero manso y humilde.

JESUS GAVE UP EVERYTHING FOR US

Our Lord descended from heaven

so we  could  ascend  to it.

He became a mere mortal like us

so we could  be immortal.

He became sin by  taking  our sins

so we could become saints.

He suffered  horribly on  the  cross

so we would not go to hell.

He  resurrected  on  the  third  day

so we could  live  eternally.

JESUCRISTO LO DIO TODO POR NOSOTROS

Jesucristo descendió del cielo

para  que  pudiéramos  ascender  allá.

Se convirtió en un simple mortal

para  que pudiéramos  ser  inmortales.

Tomo  todos   nuestros  pecados

para que nos convirtiéramos en santos.

Sufrió  a  lo  máximo  en  la  cruz

para que no sufriéramos  en el infierno.

Resucitó  de  entre  los   muertos

para que pudiéramos vivir eternamente.

GOD WAS NOT THERE

I looked  for God in our President,

but  the President  had rejected Him.

I sought Him in our court system –

He had been declared  unconstitutional.

I  searched  for  Him  in  Congress,

but Congress  had  already excluded Him.

I tried to find  Him  in  our schools,

but  I  only  found  the  theory  of  evolution.

I went  to  see Him in our churches

but there I only found the prosperity message.

I  probed  into  the  humble  hearts

and  I  found   Him  there  happy  and   satisfied.

DIOS NO ESTABA ALLÍ

Busqué a Dios en el Presidente,

pero el Presidente lo había rechazado.

Inquirí  en  nuestro   Congreso,

pero ya  lo  habían  excluido  totalmente.

Pregunté en la Corte Suprema,

pero lo habían  declarado  inconstitucional.

Fui a nuestro  sistema  escolar,

y solamente  encontré  la teoría de evolución.

Me dirigí  a la iglesia cristiana,

y solamente escuché el mensaje de prosperidad.

Examiné los corazones humildes

Y  afortunadamente  allí  fue  donde  lo   encontré.

LET THE LIGHT OF GOD COME IN

If you are living in darkness

Let the light of Jesus  come in and  the darkness  will flee.

If  you  are  living  in hatred

Let the love of Jesus come in  and that hatred will leave.

If  you  have  not  repented

Repent and send that lack of repentance into oblivion.

If you have low self-esteem

Find out who you really are through the word of God.

If  you only  think of yourself

Leave that selfishness behind and love your brother.

If  you  are  not  a  Christian

Receive Jesus Christ and He will give you salvation.

PERMITE QUE ENTRE LA LUZ DE DIOS

Si estás viviendo en la oscuridad

permítele entrar a la luz de Dios y la oscuridad huirá.

Si vives con  odio  hacia alguien

deja que entre  el amor de Dios  y el odio  terminará.

Si todavía no te has arrepentido

arrepiéntete  y  manda  ese  resentimiento  al  olvido.

Si  tienes  muy  bajo autoestima

estudia la palabra de Dios  para que sepas quien eres.

Si solamente piensas en ti mismo

abandona el egoísmo y piensa en el prójimo también.

Si no has llegado a la luz de Dios

recibe al Señor  y él te saca de la horrible oscuridad.

YOUR WALL IS BROKEN

God is telling you…

Your wall  is  weak

because you are lukewarm.

Your wall is in peril

and your soul  is  in  jeopardy.

Your  wall  is  broken

because you are far from God.

Your wall will fall now

because  you  are deep into  sin.

Your  wall  is destroyed

because you  have rejected  Jesus.

TU MURO ESTÁ ROTO

Dios te dice…

Tu muro está muy débil

porque tú  estás  muy tibio.

Tu muro está en peligro

y tu alma se puede perder.

Tu  muro  ya  está  roto

porque estás lejos de Dios.

Tu  muro  se  desploma

porque estás en el pecado.

Tu muro se destruirá

porque  rechazaste  a Dios.

LEAVE THE WORLD BEHIND

We are to leave the things of the world behind

and think only of heavenly things.

We ought  to live  by  the  word of  the  living God

and  reject  the  lies  of  the  devil.

We must walk away from the darkness of this world

and walk into the light of the Lord.

We should take the temporary things with a grain of salt

and concentrate on what is eternal.

We must discard the hateful and unfruitful ways of the world

and change them for God’s loving ones.

It  would  behoove  us  to  trade  the uncertainties  all  around  us

for the certainties that God provides.

As  Christians  one  of  our  goals is to discard  the fears of  this world

and trade them for confidence in God.

The Bible instructs us  not to let the hopelessness of  this world  affect us

and wait for the blessed hope in Jesus.

Our biggest  mistake  is that we  try  to live  by our wisdom and  intelligence

instead  of  just  doing the will of  God.

DEJA EL MUNDO ATRÁS

Debemos dejar lo del mundo atrás

y pensar en  cosas  divinas.

Hay  que  vivir  por   la  palabra  de  Dios

y  rechazar  lo   del  diablo.

Debemos  alejarnos de la oscuridad mundana

y acercarnos a la luz de Dios.

Es necesario que descartemos las veredas del mundo

y sigamos los caminos de Dios.

No debemos  prestarles  atención a  las cosas temporarias

y concentrarnos  en  lo  eterno.

Bueno  sería que  cambiáramos  las incertidumbres  del  mundo

por  las  certidumbres  de Dios.

Siendo cristianos una de nuestras metas debe ser descartar todo temor

y  confiar  totalmente  en  Dios.

La palabra de Dios nos dice que  no caigamos en  la desesperanza del mundo

sino poner nuestros ojos en Dios.

Nuestro error más  grande es  tratar de vivir  por nuestra  inteligencia y  voluntad

en vez de en la voluntad de Dios.

WHAT IS IT ABOUT?

It’s not about me or what my will is.

It’s all about a living God – Creator of all things.

It’s not about what I can do or not do.

It’s about what God can do working through me.

It’s not about seeing people my way.

It’s about seeing people the way God sees them.

It’s not about amassing wealth here.

It’s about making  treasures  in heavenly places.

It’s not about working for salvation.

It’s about receiving Jesus as my Lord and Savior.

¿DE QUÉ SE TRATA?

No se trata de mí  ni de mi voluntad.

Se trata de un Dios viviente omnipotente.

No se trata de lo que yo puedo hacer.

Se trata de lo que  Dios hace obrando en mí.

No se trata de cómo yo veo a la gente.

Se trata de  que yo la  vea con los  ojos  de Dios.

No se trata de acumular mucha riqueza.

Se trata de servir a Dios y hacer tesoros en el cielo.

No se  trata de  trabajar para  ser  salvos.

Se trata de recibir a Jesucristo como nuestro Salvador.

DO IT GOD’S WAY

Do not do things Frank Sinatra’s way

but do them God’s way.

Do not live your life the world’s way

but  live  it  God’s  way.

Do not make  decisions  your  way –

make them God’s way.

Do not treat others  just  your way –

treat them God’s way.

Don’t go to eternity the devil’s way.

Go into  it  God’s  way.

HAZLO A LA MANERA DE DIOS

No hagas las cosas a la manera de Frank Sinatra

sino a la manera de Dios.

No vivas tu vida a la manera de este mundo

sino a la manera de Dios.

No  hagas  las  decisiones  a  tu  manera

sino a la manera de Dios.

No  trates  al  prójimo  a  tu  manera

sino a la voluntad de Dios.

No vayas perdido a la eternidad

sino al cielo  con  tu  Dios.

IF GOD WERE NOT GOD

If God were not God

we would  have no  hope at all.

If God were not God

we would not even be alive.

If God were not God

there  would be no life at all.

If God were not God

 planet earth would not even exist.

If God were not God

nothing, but nothing that exists would exist.

SI DIOS NO FUERA DIOS

Si Dios no fuera Dios

no tuviéramos  esperanzas.

Si Dios no fuera Dios

ni  siquiera  tuviéramos  vida.

Si Dios no fuera Dios

este planeta ni siquiera existiera.

Si Dios no fuera Dios

ninguna clase  de vida se conociera.

Si Dios no fuera Dios

nada pero nada de lo que existe existiría.

THE BLOOD OF THE LAMB

The blood of the Lamb

is calling us out of the darkness.

The blood of Jesus Christ

is waiting to cleanse us of all sin.

The blood that Jesus shed

paid for all the sins of all mankind.

The precious blood of God

can open the gates of heaven to us.

The blood of our Lord Jesus

wants to reconcile us with our Father.

The pure blood of the Lamb

can give us eternal life with our Savior.

LA SANGRE DEL CORDERO

La  sangre  del  cordero

Nos pide que salgamos de la oscuridad.

La  sangre  de  Jesucristo

Esta esperando para limpiarnos del pecado.

La sangre que Jesús vertió

Pagó por todos los pecados de toda la humanidad.

La preciosa sangre de Dios

Es la que les abre  los portales del cielo a los hijos de Dios.

La sangre de nuestro Señor

Es por la cual podemos  reconciliarnos con  nuestro Padre celestial.

La sangre pura del cordero

Nos puede dar vida eterna con nuestro Padre y con nuestro Señor y Salvador.

THE GOD OF SALVATION

Everlasting God,

You had no beginning and you will have no end.

God of creation,

You  created  me  and  I  will  always  worship  You.

God of Abraham,

spiritually I am Your son and  by faith  I am Abraham’s.

God of the cross,

You gave up your life, but You resurrected for all believers.

God of Israel,

You have chosen Israel as  your people and  the believers too.

Forgiving God,

You have forgiven all my sins because I asked You to forgive me.

God   of  love,

You  give  us  unconditional  love  although  we  do not  deserve  it.

God  of  light,

You   have  brought your light to us in order to get us out of darkness.

God of wisdom,

You have taught us that fear of the Lord is the real beginning of wisdom.

God of power,

Although You are  powerful You  have  taught  us  humility  and  meekness.

God of  grace,

Although  we  don’t  deserve  forgiveness  nor  salvation  You give them to us.

Healing  God,

Regardless  of  what  illness  we may have,  You are willing and  able to heal us.

Redeemer God,

You  redeem  us of  any and  all wrongdoings  because You love us unconditionally.

EL DIOS DE LA SALVACIÓN

Dios de la eternidad,

no tuviste  comienzo  y jamás  tendrás  fin.

Dios de la creación,

porque  me creaste a mí,  siempre te adoraré.

Dios de Abraham,

en  espíritu  soy  tu   hijo  y  por  fe  de   Abraham.

Dios  de  la  cruz,

diste  tu  vida  por  nuestros  pecados  y    resucitaste.

Dios  de   Israel,

escogiste  a  los  israelitas  y  a  los  creyentes   también.

Dios perdonador,

te pedí perdón  por todos mis  pecados y me has perdonado .

Dios   de   amor,

nos has  brindado  amor incondicional  sin  que lo merezcamos.

Dios de luz divina,

nos has traído  tu luz para  que salgamos  de la horrible  oscuridad.

Dios de sabiduría,

nos has enseñado que el temor a Dios es el comienzo de la sabiduría.

Dios  del   poder,

aunque eres todopoderoso requieres  que seamos  humildes  y mansos.

Dios de la gracia,

aunque no  merecemos ni  la  salvación  ni el  perdón  nos  ofreces ambos.

Dios  Sanador,

sin importar la gravedad de la enfermedad  que tengamos nos puedes sanar.

Dios  redentor,

nos redimes con  tu sangre  de todo pecado  y maldad que  hagamos cometido.

WE HAVE NO CLUE

No mind has imagined

what God has for us in eternity.

No  eye  has   seen

the  colors it will enjoy  in heaven.

No  ear  has  heard

The choir of  angels  worshiping God .

No hand has touched

The softness it will feel in God’s presence.

No feet have walked

on the streets of gold as they will in heaven.

No man really knows

what God has prepared  for him after  this life.

NO TENEMOS LA MENOR IDEA

Nadie se imagina

lo que le espera en la eternidad.

Ningún  ojo  ha   visto

la variedad de colores que verá en el cielo.

Ningún oído ha escuchado

las  melodías de  los  ángeles  adorando  a  Dios.

Ninguna mano ha sentido

la suavidad de todo lo que sentirá en el cielo.

Ningún pie han andado

en calles de puro oro como las del cielo.

Ningún hombre sabe

todo lo  que Dios le ha preparado.

IT’S ONLY THROUGH JESUS

Abandon the devil’s lies and come to the truth.

You will find it in Jesus.

Leave the darkness and come to the light.

That  light  is  in Jesus.

If you are lost you may  find the way,

if you  come to  Jesus.

Enter heaven  through  the door,

and the door is Jesus.

Come to the presence of God.

Do it through Jesus.

If  you  need  a  miracle,

just call on Jesus.

Do you need peace?

It’s in Jesus.

SOLAMENTE EN CRISTO

Abandona las mentiras del diablo y ven a la verdad.

La encuentras en Jesús.

Sal de la oscuridad y ven a la verdadera luz.

Esa  luz  es  Jesucristo.

Si  estás  perdido,  busca  el  camino.

El  camino  es  Jesús.

Entra  al  cielo  por  la  puerta.

La  puerta  es  Jesús.

Ven a la presencia de Dios

por medio de Cristo.

¿Necesitas  milagro?

Clámale  a Dios.

¿Te falta paz?

Está en Jesús.

IT’S BECAUSE OF WHO HE IS

God does  not love you just  because of  who you  are.

He loves  you  because  of  who  He  is.

He is the essence of love.

God does not save you because of what you have done.

He saves  you because of what Jesus did.

He gave up His life for you.

God does  not really  listen to  you because  you  speak.

He listens to you because of your prayers.

Prayer can changes things.

God does not simply help you because you have a need.

He  helps  you  because  you  pray in faith.

Faith can move mountains.

ES POR QUIEN ES EL

Dios  no  te  ama  por  quien eres  tú.

Te ama por quien es él.

Él es puro amor.

Dios no te salva por lo que has hecho,

sino por lo que hizo Jesús.

Dio su vida por ti.

Dios no te escucha solo porque hablas.

Te oye porque tú le oras.

La oración es útil.

Dios no te ayuda por tus necesidades.

Te ayuda por tu fe en él –

mueve montañas.

BLESSED IS THE MAN

Blessed is the man

whose eyes are opened

for he shall see God’s light.

Blessed is the man

who sincerely repents

for  he  shall  be  forgiven.

Blessed is the man

 who makes Jesus  Lord

for he shall have salvation.

Blessed is the man

who lives just by faith

for God  will  be with  him.

Blessed is a Christian

when he leaves  this world

for his home will be in heaven.

BENDECIDO ES EL HOMBRE

Bendecido es el hombre

a  quien  se  le  abren  los  ojos

porque va a encontrar la luz de Dios.

Bendecido es el hombre

quien se  arrepiente  de  corazón

Porque sus pecados son  perdonados.

Bendecido es el hombre

cuyo Señor y Salvador es Jesús

porque jamás  perderá  su salvación.

Bendecido es el hombre

quien vive solamente por fe

porque Jehová siempre le  proveerá.

Bendecido es el cristiano

quien  abandona  este mundo

porque su nuevo hogar es el cielo

IF YOU RUN OUT OF ANSWERS

If you run out of answers before a problem in front of you

it  would be wise for you to turn to God.

If you  run  out of  money  before running out  of  month

find a better-paying job and plan better.

If you run  out of  patience before running out of  time

renew  your mind  and think  differently.

If you run out of time before you finish your projects

it is time to start  planning much better.

If you run out of options before you start a  project

forget all about it and don’t get involved.

If you run out of life before becoming a Christian

you  will  wind  up  suffering  in the  fire.

SI SE TE ACABAN LAS RESPUESTAS

Si se te acaban las respuestas ante un problema

sería mejor que se lo dieras a Dios.

Si se  te acaba el dinero  antes  que  se acabe el mes

busca  mejor  empleo  y  planea mejor.

Si se te acaba el tiempo antes que termines tus proyectos

es tiempo que comiences a planear mejor.

Si  se te  acaban  las opciones  antes de comenzar un proyecto

olvídalo y no  te  involucres  porque  fracasará.

Si  se  te  acaba  la  paciencia  antes  que  se  te  acabe  el  tiempo

cambia y transforma  tu mente  y modo  de pensar.

Si se  te acaba  la  vida antes de recibir a  Jesucristo  como tu Salvador

pasarás  la  eternidad  sufriendo  en el  lago de  fuego.

IT COMES FROM GOD

The true strength of a man

is  in his humility.

The real  justice of  a man

is his compassion.

The actual Sanctity of man

is obedience to God

The agape love a man has

comes  from  God.

How a man keeps his word

that  is  his  truth.

How a man treats people

that is  his worth.

The faith a man has in God

that sustains him.

How much God is in man

only God  knows.

VIENE DE DIOS

La fuerza del hombre

es  su  humildad.

La justicia de un hombre

es su compasión.

La santidad de un hombre –

 obedecer  a  Dios.

El  amor  que  tiene  el  hombre

viene de su Dios.

Como el hombre cumple su palabra

esa es su verdad.

El tratamiento que el hombre da a otros

es lo que él vale.

La fe que tiene un hombre en su Dios –

eso lo sostiene.

Cuánto hay de Dios en una persona

sólo Dios lo sabe.

IT’S ALL AROUND YOU

Light is all around you

but you must come out of darkness.

Faith is looking at you

but you have to let go of your unbelief.

Hope is next to you

but  you  should discard  all hopelessness.

Confidence is waiting

for you  to  face and  overcome  your  fears.

Love   is   within  you

but you must  forgive and say good-bye to hate.

The Holy Spirit is near

but so far you have  kept  Him  totally  unemployed.

God  is very   patient.

That’s why He waits for you to repent and come to Him.

Heaven is there for you

but only if you receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior.

ESTÁ A TU ALREDEDOR

Hay luz todo alrededor de ti

pero tienes que salir de la oscuridad.

La fe te está  persiguiendo

pero tienes que soltar la incredulidad.

La esperanza está a tu lado

pero sólo si abandonas la inseguridad.

La confianza está esperando

que  triunfes  sobre  todos  tus  miedos

El amor ya fue plantado en ti

pero sólo florece  si descartas el  odio.

El Espíritu Santo ya vive en ti

pero solamente obra si le das permiso.

Dios ha sido paciente contigo.

Espera que  te arrepientas  de corazón.

El cielo será verdadero para ti

pero  sólo si  Jesucristo  es tu  Redentor.

HELP ME BE LIKE YOU

Father, help me hear You

the way You want me to hear You.

God, allow me to feel You

the  way You want me to feel You.

Jesus, permit me to see You

the way  You want me to see You.

 Spirit  let  me  befriend   You

the way You want to be befriended.

Master, I want to  obey  You

the way You want be to obey You.

Savior, guide me to live now

just the way You want me to live.

Jesus, give me love for others

the  way  they  need  to  be loved.

Father, receive me in heaven

according  to Your  righteousness.

AYÚDAME A SER COMO TÚ

Padre, ayúdame a oírte

como deseas que yo te oiga.

Dios, permíteme sentirte

como quieres  que  te sienta.

Jesucristo, déjame verte

como  deseas  que  yo te vea.

Espíritu, soy tu amigo,

¿cómo  quieres  que  lo  sea?

Amo, deseo obedecerte

como  sé  que  debo  hacerlo.

Señor Jesús, quiero vivir

como tú  quieras que yo viva.

Dios, ayúdame a amar

como  tú  quieres  que  ame.

Jesucristo, recíbeme tú

cuando yo llegue a los cielos.

DON’T BE A FOOL

Don’t spend time chasing the wind .

It’s pure  foolishness.

Don’t look for the elusive butterfly.

You will never find  it.

Don’t be  a perennial  daydreamer.

You’ll be wasting time.

Don’t go to the end of the rainbow.

There is no pot of gold.

Don’t try to make castles in the air.

They are just fantasies.

Don’t just hope  for a better future.

Prepare yourself for it.

NO SEAS TONTO

No pierdas tiempo persiguiendo al viento.

Es  pura  tontería.

Ni siquiera intentes  buscar  la mariposa  falaz.

No la encontrarás.

No te permitas el lujo de ser un perenne soñador.

Perderás tu tiempo.

No vayas  en  busca  del  final de un  arco iris.

No hay olla de oro.

No trates  de hacer castillos  en el aire.

Sólo son fantasías.

No esperes tener mejor futuro.

Prepárate y llegará.

DECIDE TO BELIEVE

You’ve been questioning God’s truths -

question  the devil’s  lies.

You have been doing nothing but your will –

start doing the will of God.

You have been walking in  the darkness of  sin –

start walking in God’s  light.

You have been making all your treasures on earth –

start making  them in heaven.

You have  been  running away  from God  all your  life –

It’s time to start running to Him.

DECIDE CREER

Has cuestionado las verdades de Dios –

cuestiona las  mentiras  del diablo.

Todo lo que has hecho es sólo tu voluntad –

ahora comienza a hacer la de Dios.

Sólo has caminado en la oscuridad  del pecado –

empieza a caminar en la luz de Dios.

Has hecho  todos  tu s tesoros  aquí  en  esta  tierra –

comienza  a  hacer  unos  en  el cielo.

Has pasado tu vida entera  huyéndole a Dios  tu Salvador –

se te llegó el tiempo de correr hacia él.

GUIDE ME, LORD

Father God

have me see through your eyes.

Lord Jesus

let me hear through your ears.

Holy Spirit

help   me  think  as  you  think.

Mighty God

use  my  hands  as  your hands.

Precious God

have  me  forgive  as  you  do.

Loving Lord

I  want  to  love  a s you  love.

Blessing God

bless many others  using  me.

Savior  Lord

save many others through me.

GUíAME, SEÑOR

Dios   Eterno

déjame que vea por tus ojos.

Poderoso Dios

permíteme  oír por tus oídos

Espíritu Santo

ayúdame a pensar como  tú.

Dios de amor

usa mis manos  como  tuyas.

 Precioso Dios

 yo quiero  perdonar como tú.

Señor  Jesús

deseo  amar  como  amas   tú.

Padre  Dios

bendice  a  muchos  usándome.

Señor Salvador

salva a muchos utilizándome a mí.

IT WAS DONE AT THE CROSS

If you rebelled against God

bury  that  rebellion  in  the  past.

If you have been indifferent

leave  that indifference to others.

If you have been  lukewarm

it’s time that you became red-hot.

If you have been a bystander

be transformed into a participant.

If you have been a selfish one

think of others and help them too.

If you are having evil thoughts

take those thought  into  captivity.

If you cannot forgive someone

God can  help  your unforgiveness.

If you have unfounded fears

much greater is God who is in you.

If you are afraid of dying

know  that  you  have  eternal life.

 

SE CUMPLIÓ EN LA CRUZ

Si te rebelaste contra Dios

entierra esa rebeldía en el pasado.

Si tú  has sido indiferente

deja  esa  indiferencia  para  otros.

Si estás en un estadio tibio

debes cambiar y  ponerte caliente.

Si la has hecho de mirón

es tiempo de iniciar participación.

Si has sido muy egoísta

piensa primero en otros y ayúdales.

A tus malos pensamientos

tómalos en cautiverio y descártalos.

Si no has podido perdonar

llévaselo a Dios en súplica y oración.

Si tienes temor sin razón

más grande es Dios quien vive en ti.

Si tienes miedo de morir

debes saber que con Dios tú vivirás.

GOD SURPASSES ALL UNDERSTANDING

If you are searching for truth

that  surpasses  all  understanding

read the Bible.

If  you   need  understanding

that  surpasses  all  understanding

come to God.

If  you  want  a   special  love

that  surpasses  all  understanding

befriend  God.

If  you   need   a  real   peace

that  surpasses  all  understanding

embrace  God.

If  you are looking for a light

that  surpasses  all  understanding

find it in Jesus.

If  you  cannot  find  the  joy

that  surpasses  all  understanding

it’s only in God.

If you don’t  have  salvation

that  surpasses  all  understanding

come to Christ.

If  you want to live that  life

that  surpasses  all  understanding

live it  for God.

NO ONE TAUGHT GOD

Who taught God to create?

No one.

He creates by His own will.

Who  taught  God  to love?

No one.

He is the  essence  of   love.

Who  taught God  to shine?

No one.

He is the light of  the world.

Who taught power to God?

No one.

All power comes from Him.

Who taught God to forgive?

No one.

Forgiveness is in His nature.

Who taught God  to  judge?

No one.

He judges by righteousness.

Who taught Jesus to suffer?

No one.

He did it obeying His Father.

Why did Jesus Christ suffer?

He did

so we could have salvation.

 

GOD GIVES, THE DEVIL TAKES AWAY

God gives us life

the devil tries to take it away.

God gives us confidence

the devil replaces it with fear.

God gives  us the truth

the devil distorts  it with  lies.

God  gives us His light

the devil  brings his darkness.

God  is  edifying  us

the devil trying to destroy us.

God gives  us  love

the  devil  only offers  hatred.

God is forgiving us

but the  devil  is accusing  us.

You choose who?

Choose God and you will live.

THE IMPOSSIBLE IS POSSIBLE WITH GOD

Are you so deep in sin that you think you have no hope?

With God all things are possible.

He wants to help you.

Call on Him now!

Are  you so ill  that  the  doctors  cannot give  you  hope?

Jesus Christ is the master healer.

Only  He  can  heal  you.

Ask Him in faith.

Is your marriage in such a  state that you’ve given up hope?

It may be  saved  if you  believe.

Put  it  in God’s  hands.

God will help you.

Is your  situation  in  such  a  state  that you  see no  way  out?

The impossible is  possible in God.

Claim it in  the  Bible –

Mark 10:27.

Do you feel that no one listens to you because you don’t matter?

God hears you  and He loves you.

You matter to Him.

Seek  Him!

REBUKING ALL NEGATIVITY

I move away from the spirit of indifference

and  move toward the  one of  belief.

I remove all worldly darkness from  my life

 and open the door to the light of God.

I  just canceled the spirit of unbelief in me

to  live  by  faith  in  my  Lord  Jesus..

I have  bound  the  spirit  of  disobedience

 and from here on I will obey my God.

I purposely diffused the spirit of confusion

 In order to live in the certainty of God.

I rebuke the  spirit of  fear which is in  me

and I release  the spirit of  confidence.

I have dismantled the spirit of frustration

In order to install the spirit of  elation

I  will  abandon  the  spirit  of  selfishness

 and replace it with the spirit of giving.

I have disassociated myself  from turmoil.

Now I embrace the spirit  of serenity.

I got rid of all the negative spirits in my life

bringing  positivity  into  my   world.

YOU CAME TO SEE ME

Lord,

I was in turmoil

and you gave me peace.

I  was  a prisoner

and you freed me from sin.

I was in the dark

and you brought  me light.

I  had  no  hope

and you  gave me  some.

I was way down

and you picked me up.

I was  in  jail

and you visited me.

I was hungry

and  you  fed   me.

I  was  sick

and  you  were  there.

I  was  sad

and you brought me joy.

I was  blind

and  you  opened my eyes.

 I was so deaf

and  you unplugged my  ears.

I was thirsty

and  you  gave  me living water

IN THE TWINKLING OF AN EYE

You are alive now

but you could be dead in the twinkling of an eye.

You are here now

but you could  be in  hell  faster than a  speeding  bullet.

You feel safe now

but in a heartbeat you could be with the devil and his demons.

Life  seems  long

but faster than you can count one, two, three you could lose your life.

You don’t  worry

but in an instant you could leave this  world behind and go to the next one.

You don’t think so

but swifter than an eagle’s  flight  you  could  find  yourself  burning  in  torment.

You don’t realize it

but if you receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior you could live with Him forever.

IT’S NOT AS BAD

Being  confused  about  something  physical

is not as bad

as being confused about something that is spiritual. 

Spending time in jail for a crime we committed

is not as bad

as spending eternity in the lake of fire for not repenting. 

Being blind physically and not being able to see

is not as bad

as someone who is  blind spiritually and  just refuses to  see.

Being guilty of an earthly crime and repenting

is not as bad

as being guilty of  sinning  without repenting or  being  forgiven. 

Being mute physically not being able to speak

is not as bad

as not being able or  not  wanting  to talk to God on a regular  basis.

Being deaf physically and not being able to hear

is not as bad

as being deaf  spiritually  and  not  being able  to hear the  voice  of  God. 

For a Christian going through a physical death

is not as bad

as for an unbeliever who goes  through the second death and straight to hell.

CHRIST THE SOLID ROCK

On Christ the Rock

my feet do stand

for everything else is sinking sand.

On the love Rock

my hope is placed

for everything else  is foolishness.

The Rock of light

gives light to me;

Everything  else  in darkness lies.

My   hope  is   in

 Jesus    my  Lord;

Everything else  is hopelessness.

My destiny is in

my Lord’s hands

for He is the way, truth and life.

THERE IS NO OTHER NAME UNDER THE SUN

Other than Jesus

there is no other name

under which God will hear us.

Other than Jesus

there is no other name

under which we can be blessed.

Other than Jesus

there is no other name

under which we can be anointed.

Other than Jesus

there is no other name

under which  we  can  be  justified.

Other than Jesus

there is no other name

under  which  we  can  be  sanctified.

Other than Jesus

there is no other name

under  which  we can  be  truly  healed.

Other than Jesus

there is no other name

 in which we can conquer the second death.

Other than Jesus

there is no other name

under which  our souls can  actually be  saved.

Other than Jesus

there is no other name

through  which  we  can enter  the  pearly gates.

Other than Jesus

there is no other name

under which we can spend eternity with Father God.

WHAT IS JESUS?

Is Jesus Christ a man or a god?

He  is  really  both.

Does He act  in love or  in hatred?

He is  perfect  love.

Does  He  live  in  light or  in darkness?

He is a shining light

Does  He act out of  strength or  weakness?

He   is  very   meek

Does He represent truthfulness or deceitfulness?

He is the real truth.

Is  Jesus  Christ  a  righteous  or  an  unrighteous god?

He is just righteous.

BECAUSE GOD IS WHO HE IS

Because God is love

He loves me just the way I am.

Because He is light

He doesn’t see the darkness in me.

 He  is  omnipotent

and does not see the  weakness  in me.

He is omnipresent

and because of  that I never ever feel alone.

He  is  omniscient

and therefore knows exactly what is in my heart.

Because He is merciful

He  blots  out  all  my  sins  and  gives  me  salvation.

FROM ABOVE

When you don’t know what to do

look for God up above.

When you find yourself in darkness

 the   light   from  above.

When  it seems  that all  hope is  gone

seek  hope from  above.

When fear has crippled and paralyzed you

get courage from above.

When you have  lost  all  faith and  confidence

renew  them  from above.

When you are ill  and the  doctors  cannot heal  you

your healing is from above.

When you are being attacked senselessly and mercilessly

help will  come  from  above.

When  you  have  sinned  and  want  undeserved  forgiveness

Jesus will save you from above.

I CANNOT UNDERSTAND

I cannot understand how God created everything that exists.

It  must  be because  He is  omnipotent.

I do not envision  the  Creator shaping us  in His own  image.

It must be  because He wanted children.

I will never conceive what Jesus endured to pay for our sins.

It must be because He loves us so much.

I fail to understand how God knows and sees everything I do.

It must  be because  He  is  omnipresent.

It’s beyond my understanding why God is giving us eternal life.

It  must  be  so  we  can  live  with  Him.

 

GOD IS PERFECT

God created all the galaxies that exist

because He is the Creator.

He brought life into  existence out of nothing

simply  because He is life.

He spoke light  into  the  darkness  of  this  planet

because  He  is  the  light.

He created the garden of Eden as perfect as could be

because He is perfection.

The   Devil  brought  darkness  into  this  world

because  he  is  darkness.

Jesus  brought  salvation  back to us

because He is the Savior.

THROUGH THE BLOOD OF JESUS

From my darkness I came out

and it was through the blood of Jesus.

Now in freedom of mind I live

and it’s because of the blood of Jesus.

I am cleansed of all my sins

and it is  through  the  blood of Jesus.

I was made as white as snow

being washed with the blood of Jesus.

Some day in heaven I will be

and it’s because of the blood of Jesus.

The  devil  is  under  my  feet

and  it’s  due  to  the  blood  of  Jesus.

WITH GOD IT’S POSSIBLE

God can bring you real hope

when you have none.

God can make a way for you

when there is no way.

God can open the door for you

when  it  seems  shut.

God  can  bring light  to your life

to erase the darkness.

God  can  heal  you  o f any   illness

when  doctors  can’t.

God can  heal any  broken  relationship

that is dead to  you.

God  wants  to forgive  you  of  all  your  sins

If  you just  ask Him.

With His Son’s blood God has paved a road to heaven

for  you to follow it

A CHRISTIAN SHOULD…

A Christian should…

live by faith, not by sight.

A believer should…

walk in love, not in hate.

A son of God should…

emit light,  not darkness.

A redeemed should…

do  God’s  will,  not  his.

A  real saint should…

serve God, not the devil.

WHO AM I REALLY?

Who am I really?

You are a son of the Living God.

John 1:12-13

What am I now?

You are much more than a conqueror.

Romans 8:37

What can I do?

You can do  all  things  through  Jesus  Christ.

Philippians 4:13

What protects me?

Every  morning  just  put  on  the full armor of  God.

Ephesians 6:11

Should  I  fear?

Fear nothing because even the devil has to flee from  you.

James  4:7

What worries me?

Nothing –  in  prayer  you  can  turn  your  worries  over to God.

Philippians 4:6

What defeats me?

Nothing  can  because  no  weapon  forged against  you shall  prosper.

Isaiah 54:17

Will I live long?

Being a Christian you will live eternally with your Father and the Lord Jesus.

Revelation 22:5

ETERNALLY GOD.

God is holy and His holiness

will never diminish.

He is  good  and  His goodness

shall   never   end

He  Is  love  and  His  agape  love

is  there  for you.

He  is   merciful   and   His  mercies

endure  forever.

He is righteous and His righteousness

is  without  limits.

Because He is eternal He is the one that

created eternity

YOU ARE LIMITED

Your love is conditional

but God’s love is unconditional

for  He  is love.

Your  wisdom is  limited

but God’s wisdom is unlimited.

He is omniscient.

Your strength is temporal

but God’s strength  is  eternal.

He is omnipotent.

You  cannot  forgive  sins

but  Jesus  can  forgive  them.

He is the Redeemer

You can  be at one  place

but God  can  be  everywhere.

He is omnipresent.

MY TRUST IS IN GOD

Some only trust in themselves

while others  trust  in their  religion.

There are those who trust in their position

while others  simply put  their  trust in  money.

Then there are those whose trust  is in their power

but as  for me and  my house, we  put our trust  in God.

WITHOUT LOVE YOU GAIN NOTHING

If your faith is not in our Lord Jesus Christ

you eternity  is not  too good.

If your hopes are not based on solid principles

you  will never achieve  them.

If you say you have faith in God but have no works

that faith is as dead as can be.

If you are  doing  works  but doing  them without  love

it’s as if you hadn’t done them.

If you  have a  vision  but don’t  have  the courage to do  it,

It is as if  you did  not  have  it.

If you don’t  understand  the destiny God has  prepared for you

you will never ever be fulfilled.

If you know that God exists  but don’t  have a relationship with Him

your home won’t be in heaven.

WHEN I AM WEAK, GOD IS STRONG

When I am weak

my  God  is strong,

and  when I am down

He always picks me up.

If I should stumble and sin

His blood  would  cover  me.

When all  the doors  are  closed

He reaches down and opens them.

When  I  feel  alone  and   afraid

He provides  courage for me.

When I walk in the darkness

He brings me to His light.

When I leave this body

I will be with Him.

THIS IS THE PERFECT TIME

This  is  the  right  time

for you to start thinking about your eternity.

This is  the perfect time

for  you to repent  of  the sins  you have committed.

This is the exact moment

 you should be on your knees asking God to forgive your sins.

This  is  the  time  God  set

for you to receive Jesus Christ in your heart as your Lord and Savior.

Proverbs (Sayings)

WE REAP WHAT WE SOW (July 20, 2017)

We reap what we sow is a saying that comes directly from the Bible. Galatians 6:7 says: “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.” If you want to reap love, sow love.  If you sow hatred that’s what you will reap.  The seed is within you.  According to the seed you plant that’s what you will reap.

LO QUE SEMBRAMOS COSECHAMOS (20 de Julio 2017)

El refrán, “Lo que siembra se cosecha,” viene directamente de la biblia.  Gálatas 6:7 dice:  “No te engañes:  Dios no puede ser burlado; que todo lo que el hombre siembra, eso también cosecha.” Si quieres cosechar amor, siembra amor.  Si siembras odio, eso cosecharás.  La semilla ya está en ti.  Según la semilla que siembres, eso cosecharás.

CURIOSITY KILLED THE CAT (July 13, 2017)

We have a proverb that says:  “Curiosity killed the cat.”  It means that we should not meddle in something that is not our business.  We should not try to straighten somebody else’s life.  Their life is their own.  That, of course, does not mean that we should not give sound advice to our children, grandchildren, parents, spouses and help them when they need help.  We should help them when it is necessary and to the best of our ability.

LA CURIOSIDAD MATÓ AL GATO (13 de Julio 2017)

Hay un refrán que dice:  “La curiosidad mató al gato.”  Significa que no debemos meternos en lo que no tiene nada que ver con nosotros.  No debemos meternos en las vidas ni problemas de otras personas.  Pero claro, eso no significa que cuando necesiten ayuda no debemos darles buenos consejos a nuestros hijos, nietos, padres o a nuestras parejas.  Debemos ayudarles siempre y cuando podamos y sea necesario.

THE DOG THAT BARKS (July 6, 2017)

There’s a Mexican proverb that says:  “Perro que ladra no muerde,” which means:  “The dog that barks doesn’t bite.”

It’s not necessarily referring to dogs, but rather to people.  People who talk a lot normally don’t execute.  They are good talkers, but that’s about all.  They can convince people who don’t know them, but they cannot fool the ones who already know them well.  Hopefully you are a doer and not just a talker.

EL PERRO QUE LADRA (6 de Julio 2017)

Hay un refrán mexicano que dice:  “Perro que ladra no muerde.”  No se refiere a los perros necesariamente, sino a la gente.  Normalmente la gente que habla mucho no ejecuta.  Es puro bla, bla, bla.  Mucho palabrerío sin acción.  Engañan a las personas quienes no los conocen, pero no a la gente que ya los conoce bien

THE WEAKEST LINK (June 29, 2017)

There’s a saying that says:  “A chain will break at its weakest link.”

This saying has several applications, but I will only touch on a few.  1. If a metal chain has a link that is weaker than the rest, when it breaks it will be there.  2. If a group is competing against another and one member is weaker than the rest, that’s where the opposing team will attack.  3. If a business is strong in many areas, but is weak in one area, such as advertising, quality control, management, distribution or something else, because of that it may fail.  4. If every member of a family is strong, but they don’t work together as a unit, it may disintegrate. 5. If a person is intelligent, strong and wealthy, but falls into drugs, he may lose everything.

In 1 Peter 5:8, the Bible says:  “ Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.” The devil will attack you at your weakest point, and if you are not vigilant, you will fall.

EL ESLABÓN MÁS DÉBIL (29 de Junio 2017)

Hay un dicho que dice:  “La cadena se rompe en el eslabón más débil.”

Este refrán tiene muchas aplicaciones, pero solamente mencionaré algunas.  1. Si una cadena metálica tiene un eslabón que es más débil que los otros, cuando se rompa será de allí.  2. Si un grupo compite contra otro y un miembro es más débil que los demás, allí atacará el otro grupo. 3. Si un negocio es fuerte en muchas áreas, pero es débil en una, tal como publicidad, control sobre la calidad, manejo, distribución o cualquier otra cosa, por esa razón  puede irse a la bancarrota. 4. Si todos los miembros de una familia son fuertes, pero no funcionan juntos como una unidad,  la familia puede desintegrarse. 5. Si una persona es inteligente, fuerte y rica, pero cae víctima a las drogas, puede perder todo.

En 1 Pedro 5:8, la biblia nos dice:  “Sean sobrios, y velen; porque su adversario el diablo, como león rugiente, anda alrededor buscando a quien devorar.” El diablo te atacará en tu punto más débil, y si no lo vigilas te hará caer.”

WITHOUT LOVE (June 22, 2017)

A prominent Lithuanian proverb says:  “A life without love is like a year without summer.”

A life without love is as empty as can be.  Yet many people don’t love because they are selfish, because they are afraid to love, because they are incapable of doing so or because they don’t believe in God.  In Matthew 22:37-40, God tells us to love Him and to love people.  If we don’t love Him or people, we are being disobedient and will wind up suffering eternally in the lake of fire.  Don’t let that happen to you!

SIN AMOR (22 de Junio 2017)

Un proverbio lituano prominente dice:  “Una vida sin amor es como un año sin verano.”

Una vida sin amor está lo más vacía de lo que pueda ser posible. Sin embargo, muchas personas no aman, porque son egoístas, tienen miedo amar, son incapaces de hacerlo o porque no creen en Dios. En Mateo 22:37-40, Dios nos dice que lo amemos a él y que amemos al prójimo.  Si no lo amamos a él o a la gente, lo estamos desobedeciendo, y terminaremos sufriendo eternamente en el lago de fuego.  ¡No permita que eso le pase

DON’T OVERDO IT! (June 15, 2017)

My stepfather used to say:  “It’s good to be a pig, but not to have such a big snout.” What he meant was that it’s good to make the most of a good situation, but not to overdo it by taking advantage of other people.   It’s similar to not looking at a gift horse in the mouth or beggars can’t be choosers.  

NO TE APROVECHES (15 de Junio 2017)

Mi padrastro decía:  “Es bueno ser marrano, pero no tan trompudo.” Lo que decía, en realidad, era que es bueno disfrutar las oportunidades a lo máximo, pero no tomar ventaja de los demás.  El principio es muy parecido a: “A caballo regalado no se le miran los dientes,” y a: “Limosnero y con garrote.”

DOES IT APPLY TO YOU?

We have an English a saying and expression that says:  “If the shoe fits, wear it.”

It is normally used in a derogatory way.  In other words, if somebody is describing you in a negative way, accept it only if it applies to you because it describes you accurately, but if it does not apply to you, do not accept it at all. 

¿TE APLICA A TI?

Tenemos un refrán en inglés que dice:  “If the shoe fits, wear it,” que significa:  “Si el zapato te queda, póntelo.”

Normalmente se utiliza de una manera derogatoria.  En otras palabras, si alguien te describe de una manera negativa, acéptalo solamente si, en realidad eres así y te describe bien, pero si no eres así no te aplica a ti,  no lo aceptes.

TWO HEADS

There’s a proverb that says:  “Two heads are better than one.”

In other words, the more people we have working on a problem, the faster it will get solved. That’s also one of the reasons we should seek advice from experts in the field.  Many mistakes are made by not seeking advice or by trying to do it alone.  The days of “The Lone Ranger” are over. 

CUATRO OJOS

Hay un refrán que dice:  “Cuatro ojos ven más que dos.”

En otras palabras, entre más gente tengamos tratando de resolver un problema, lo más pronto se resolverá.  Esa también es una de las razones para pedir consejos de expertos en ese ramo.  Ocurren muchos errores, porque la gente no pide consejos o trata de hacerlo sin ayuda.  Los días del “Llanero Solitario” ya no existen. 

WHERE THE SUN SHINES THE MOST (May 25, 2017)

There is a saying in Spanish that says:  “Van adónde más calienta el sol,” which means, “They go where the sun shines the brightest.”  The saying means that some people go to where it’s more convenient for them.  In other words, they jump from place to place just thinking of themselves and not about the others.  They only have one agenda and that is to satisfy their needs.

DONDE EL SOL BRILLE MÁS (25 de Mayo 2017)

Un refrán hispano dice:  “Van adónde más calienta el sol.”  El refrán significa que algunos solamente van adonde les convenga.  En otras palabras, van de lugar en lugar pensando solamente en ellos y no en los demás.  Solamente tienen una agenda, y esa es de satisfacer sus necesidades a como dé lugar.   Espero que no seas uno

JUDGMENT DAY IS COMING (5/18/17)

There is a saying in the Netherlands that says:  “God does not pay weekly, but He pays at the end.”

Whether we believe in God or not, there will be a judgment day for all of us. The ones who have believed in God and have lived a g

y no odly life will go to heaven and the ones who have not will go to the lake of fire.  This I know…if you don’t receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, hell is waiting for you and it is not very pleasant.

EL DIA DEL JUICIO SE APROXIMA (18 de Mayo 2017)

Hay un dicho holandés que dice:  “Dios no paga semanalmente, pero sí paga al final.”

Ya seamos creyentes o no, el día del juicio nos va a llegar a todos.  Los que hayan creído en Dios y hayan vivido una vida sana irán al cielo, y los que no, irán al lago de fuego,  Esto yo sé…si no recibes a Jesucristo como tu Señor y Salvador, el infierno te espera es un lugar placentero.

WHERE THERE’S A WILL, THERE’S A WAY (May 11, 2017)

A German proverb says:  “Whoever cares to learn will always find a teacher.”

This goes hand in hand with our proverb:  “Where there’s a will, there’s a way.”  There’s one in Spanish that says:  “Querer es poder,” which means, “To be willing is to be able.”  A person who wants to get ahead will always find a way to do it.  He or she may go through some difficulties, but they will not deter him or her from the real mission.

QUERER ES PODER (11 de Mayo 2017)

Un proverbio alemán dice:  “El que desea aprender siempre encontrará profesor.”

Este proverbio significa lo mismo que el que en español dice:  “Querer es poder.”  En inglés otro dice:  “Where there’s a will, there’s a way,” que significa.   “Donde hay voluntad, hay modo.” La persona quien desea salir adelante encuentra la manera de hacerlo.  Es posible que encuentre muchas dificultades y obstáculos, pero al final cumplirá su meta.

DON’T BLAME OTHERS (May 4, 2017)

There’s a Mexican proverb that says, “Cuando el arriero el malo le echa la culpa a las mulas,” which means, “When the driver is bad he blames the mules.”  We could say when the carpenter is bad he blames the tools or when the baseball hitter is bad he blames the bat. That saying applies to anybody who is always making excuses for his or her performance or behavior.  Let’s hope you are not one of them.

NO CULPES A LOS DEMÁS (4 de Mayo 2017)

Hay un proverbio mexicano que dice, “Cuando el arriero es malo le echa la culpa a las mulas.” Esto le aplica a cualquier persona que siempre da excusas por su mal rendimiento o de su mal comportamiento.  Por ejemplo el carpintero que es malo le puede echar la culpa a la herramienta o el conductor de coches que tiene muchos accidentes les puede echar la culpa a los otros conductores.  Ojalá no seas una de esas personas.

ACCORDING TO YOUR WORKS (April 27, 2017)

A well-known Irish proverb says:  “The work praises the man.”  This could also be said:  “A man is known by his works.”  People do not necessarily judge us by what we say, but rather by what we do.  We can also say, “Walk the walk, don’t just talk the talk.”  The question is…Are you walking the walk, or are you just simply talking the talk?

SEGÚN TUS OBRAS (27 de Abril 2017)

Un refrán irlandés bien conocido dice:  “El trabajo alaba al hombre.”  También se puede decir:  “El hombre se conoce por sus obras.”  La gente no nos juzga necesariamente por lo que decimos, sino por lo que hacemos.  Si hacemos lo que decimos ganamos el respeto de la gente, pero si simplemente hablamos por hablar perdemos ese respeto

IT’S BETTER TO WAIT (April 20, 2017)

There’s a French saying that states:  “Don’t imitate the fly before you have wings.”

In other words, we should not try to do something until we are ready.  This is excellent advice for teenagers who try to do what adults do.  Of course I’m referring to drinking, smoking, using drugs, having sex and even driving.  Many young people ruin their lives completely because they are in a hurry to do all those things I already mentioned.

ES MEJOR ESPERAR (20 de Abril 2017)

Hay un dicho francés que dice:  “No imites las moscas antes de tener alas.”

En otras palabras, no debemos tratar de hacer algo antes que estemos capacitados.  Es un consejo excelente para los adolescentes quienes tratan de hacer todo lo que hacen los adultos. Claro, me refiero al uso de drogas, tomar bebidas alcohólicas, fumar, participar en el sexo, y hasta conducir autos, porque los conducen peligrosamente.  Muchos jovencitos arruinan sus vidas completamente, porque tratan de hacer esas cosas que ya mencioné.

FACTS ARE FACTS (4/13/17)

An Austrian proverb says:  “A light is still a light even though the blind man cannot see it.”

In other words, facts are facts.  People do twist them, but they cannot change them.  A few examples:  God exists and is still God although the atheists may not believe in His existence.  Men marrying men and women marrying women is still a sin and they will wind up in hell although society might embrace them.  Smoking cigarettes, drinking alcoholic beverages and using drug is bad for your body although you may deny it.  Jumping from a ten-story building will get you killed although you may think you’re Superman.  Facts are facts.

LOS DATOS SON DATOS Y LOS HECHOS SON HECHOS  (13 de Abril 2017)

Hay un proverbio austriaco que dice:  “Una luz es una luz aunque el invidente no pueda verla.”

En otras palabras los datos y los hechos no dejan de serlo simplemente porque alguien niega que existen o que hayan sucedido. Dios existe y sigue siendo Dios, aunque los ateos nieguen su existencia.  Que los hombres se casen con hombres y las mujeres con mujeres continúa siendo pecado en los ojos de Dios, y aunque la sociedad lo condone los participantes terminarán en el lago de fuego.  Si fumas cigarrillos, bebes bebidas alcohólicas y usas drogas te están dañando el cuerpo aunque tú lo niegues.  Si saltas de un edificio de diez pisos morirás aunque creas que eres Superman.

THE DANCE IS THE HUNT (April 6, 2017)

An Austrian proverb says:  “The hunt is like a dance for men, for the women the dance is the hunt.”

In other words, the main aim of the men is to enjoy the hunt, but the main aim of the women is to catch the prey, which of course are the men.  It is very simply stated, but in most cases it is the truth.

EL BAILE ES LA CAZA  (6 de Abril 2017)

Un proverbio austriaco dice:  “La caza es como un baile para los hombres, para las mujeres el baile es la caza.”

En otras palabras, el objetivo principal de los hombres es de disfrutar la caza, pero para las mujeres el objetivo principal es atrapar la presa, y esa presa son

BEGIN SLOWLY (March 30, 2017)

a German proverb says:  “He who begins too fast accomplishes little.”

In many cases this is true, but not in all of them.  Another way of saying it is, “Haste makes waste.” What it means, of course, is for us to study the situation, plan well, have the necessary resources and then go ahead with the project, whatever it may be.  I am well aware that sometimes it is better to act as fast as possible or somebody else will beat us to the punch.

SE COMIENZA DESPACIOSAMENTE (30 de Marzo 2017)

Un refrán alemán dice:  “El que comienza rápidamente logra muy poco.”

En muchos casos es verídico, pero no en todos.  Otra manera de decir lo mismo es, “El que mucho abarca poco aprieta.”  El sentido del refrán es que estudiemos la situación, hagamos un plan, juntemos los recursos necesarios, y luego ponerle manos a la obra, sea la que sea.  Muy bien sé que a veces entre más rápido comience uno mejor, porque otro nos puede ganar la partida.

DO GOOD  (March 23, 2017)

There’s an Arabian proverb that says:  “Do good and throw it into the sea.”

This goes along with what Jesus said: “But when you do a charitable deed, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing.” – Matthew 6:3

HAZ EL BIEN (23 de Marzo 2017)

Un proverbio Árabe dice:  “Haz el bien y arrójalo al mar.”

Ese dicho va con lo que dijo Jesucristo:  “ Mas cuando tú des limosna, no sepa tu mano izquierda lo que hace tu mano derecha.” – Mateo 6:3

OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS ONCE (March 16, 2017)

An English proverb says:  “Opportunity seldom knocks twice.”

Many times an opportunity only comes once and if we don’t take advantage of it at the right time we don’t get a second chance.  The main thing is to keep our eyes open, keep our ears listening and seize the opportunity when it’s available.

LA OPORTUNIDAD NO VUELVE (16 de Marzo 2017)

Un refrán ingles dice:  “La oportunidad raramente llega dos veces.”

Muchas veces la oportunidad se presenta una vez, y si no la aprovechamos al tiempo correcto no  volveremos a tenerla.  Lo principal es que mantengamos los ojos y los oídos abiertos para aprovechar la oportunidad al tiempo oportuno

IF REPEATED IT BECOMES ACCEPTED (March 9, 2017)

There is a Jewish proverb that says:  “Commit a sin twice and it will not seem a crime.”

If a person or society does something several times, first it becomes accepted and then it becomes the norm.  That is exactly what has happened in the USA with abortion, transgender, gay marriages and so on.  People don’t watch movies anymore unless they have violence, vulgar language, lying, cheating and nudity.  It has become the norm.  Society fails to remember that God is watching, hearing and that sooner or later His judgment will fall on this nation.

SI SE REPITE BASTANTE, SE ACEPTA (9 de Marzo 2017)

Un refrán judío dice:  “Comete un pecado dos veces, y no parecerá pecado.”

Si una persona o la sociedad hace algo bastantes veces, primeramente es aceptado y luego se convierte en lo normal.  Eso es exactamente lo que está sucediendo en los Estados Unidos con el aborto, los matrimonios de los homosexuales, los baños públicos para los que se consideran “transgénero,” y la venta legal de la mariguana.  La gente ya no ve películas a menos que tengan violencia, disparates, mentiras, chantaje, odio, desnudez o algo peor.

A la gente se le olvida que Dios está viendo, escuchando y que, tarde o temprano, nos va a juzgar.

THE CORRECT WAY (March 2, 2017)

A Polish saying says:  “There are a thousand paths to every wrong.”

There could be thousands of ways of doing something, but only one could be the correct way.  Throughout history and around the world there have been thousands of so-called gods worshiped, but there is only one God and He is the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.  If you are worshiping and believing in any other entity, you will not make it to heaven.

ENJOY LIFE WHILE YOU CAN (February 23, 2017)

A Japanese proverb says:  “Be happy while you are still living, for you will be a long time dead.”

Enjoy every minute of your life.  You don’t know what tomorrow may bring.  Enjoy your spouse, family,  friends, good health, your home, your job and whatever else may be in your life.  Enjoy whatever is in your life, because you don’t know when it will no longer be available to you. It could be gone over night

THE UNIVERSAL LANGUAGE (February 16, 2016)

There’s an African proverb that says:  “Kindness is a language which the blind can see and the deaf can hear.”

We can probably add to that:  “That the not so smart people can understand and that the mute can speak.”  If more people were kind there would be very few unhappy people in the world and we would accomplish a lot more as a human race

THERE’S ALWAYS HOPE (February 9, 2017)

There’s a Spanish proverb that says:  “Mientras hay vida hay esperanza,” which means “As long as there is life there is hope.”

In other words, we should never lose hope.  As long as we are breathing there is hope.  This does not only apply to physical life, but also to other things, such as a marriage that seems to be headed for divorce, a relationship that seems to be ending, a business that’s headed for bankruptcy, or a breakthrough in anything else. It even applies to salvation.  A person could have sinned millions of times, but if he truly repents before dying, he will spend eternity with Jesus. There are plenty of scriptures to back that up.

SIEMPRE HAY ESPERANZA (9 de Febrero 2017)

Hay un proverbio hispano muy verdadero que dice:  “Mientras hay vida hay esperanza.”

Mientras estemos respirando y tengamos vida hay esperanza.  Esto no solamente se le aplica a la vida física, sino también a todo lo demás.  Se le puede aplicar a un matrimonio que está por deshacerse, a un negocio que va rumbo a la bancarrota, a una relación entre personas que parezca no tener remedio, y a cualquier otra cosa que parezca no tener solución favorable. Este principio se le puede aplicar hasta a la salvación de una persona.  Una persona que haya pecado millones de veces, pero si se arrepiente de corazón antes de morir pasa la eternidad con Dios y no con el diablo.  Hay muchísimas escrituras que respaldan esta declaración.

BE PATIENT! (February 2, 2017)

There’s a Spanish saying that says:  “When you were a hammer you did not show clemency, now that you are an anvil, be patient.”

In other words, if you know how to dish it out, learn to receive when others insult you or come at you.  It’s not about always winning, but we also have to learn to lose gracefully.  Many people know and enjoy winning, but they are poor losers.  The person who loses and does not know how to lose is frustrated, disgusted, mad and bitter.  Let’s hope that person is not you!

DEBES SER PACIENTE (2 de Febrero 2017)

Un refrán dice:  “Cuando fuiste martillo no tuviste clemencia, ahora que eres yunque, ten paciencia.”

En otras palabras, si te gusta insultar y siempre ganar tienes que aprender a recibir insultos y a perder.  No se gana todo el tiempo.  Lo importante es aprender a perder con gracia.  Hay que saber ganar, pero también hay que saber perder.  En muchos concursos y aún en la vida misma hay un ganador y muchos perdedores.  El que pierde y no sabe perder queda frustrado, enojado, disgustado y amargado.  Ojalá esa persona no seas

DON’T PLANT THORNS (January 26, 2017)

An English proverb says:  “He who plants thorns must never expect to gather roses.”

It is a wise saying.  Example:  If you insult people, don’t expect to have friends.  Your harvest will depend on what you sow with your words and actions.

NO PLANTES ESPINAS (26 de Enero 2017)

Un refrán inglés dice:  “El que planta espinas no debe esperar recoger rosas.”

Hay sabiduría en eso.  Ejemplo:  Si insultas a los demás, no esperes tener amigos.  Tu cosecha depende de tus palabras y tus acciones.

DON’T BELIEVE EVERYTHING (January 19, 2017)

A Japanese proverb says:  “If you believe everything you read,  you better not read.”

It is very appropriate.  If you believe everything you see on the Internet, it would be wise for you not to use it.  If you believe everything the politicians say, you better not listen to them.  If you believe all the gossip that is going around, you better not participate.

NO CREAS TODO (19 de Enero 2017)

Un proverbio japonés dice:  “Si crees todo lo que lees, es mejor que no leas.”

Es muy apropiado.  Si crees todo lo que ves en el Internet, sería mejor que no lo vieras.  Si crees todo lo que dicen los políticos, sería mejor que no los escucharas. Si crees todo el chisme que oyes, sería mejor que no lo repitieras.

GENTLY (January 12, 2017)

A Chinese proverb says:  “Deal with the faults of others as gently as with your own.”

First of all, we should give everybody the benefit of the doubt and then we should not be too harsh on them, unless it is something very serious.

 

SUAVEMENTE (12 de Enero 2017)

Un proverbio chino dice:  “Trata las faltas de otros tan suavemente como las tuyas.”

Primeramente debes darle el beneficio de la duda a todo el mundo, y después no debes tratar a nadie muy duro, a menos que haya cometido una ofensa muy grave

BE PRUDENT (January 5, 2017)

A Spanish proverb says:  “It is better to conceal one’s knowledge than to reveal one’s ignorance.”

This is a very wise saying.  Our knowledge should only be revealed when it is needed and when it is going to help the situation whatever it may be.  It should be used when it is part of the solution and not part of the problem. We should not use it to exalt ourselves, but rather to exalt God because He is the one who gave us the intelligence, the wisdom and the opportunity to use them.

DEBES SER PRUDENTE (5 de Enero 2017)

Un proverbio español dice:  “Es mejor ocultar nuestro conocimiento que revelar nuestra ignorancia.”

Es un dicho muy sabio.  Nuestro conocimiento debe ser revelado solamente cuando se necesita y cuando va a remediar una situación sea la que sea.  Debe utilizarse cuando es parte de la solución, no del problema.  No debemos usarla para exaltarnos, pero sí para exaltar a Dios, porque él es el que nos dio la inteligencia, la sabiduría y la oportunidad de usarlas

RUMORS (December 29, 2016)

A Chinese proverb says:  “A rumor goes in one ear and comes out of many mouths.”  People are ready to spread gossip.  They may not know whether it’s true or not, but they

pass it on as if it were the gospel truth.  Gossip, criticizing and judging go totally against God’s principles.  Let’s hope you don’t participate in either one of those.

RUMORES (29 de Diciembre 2016)

Un proverbio chino dice:  “Un rumor entra en un oído y sale de muchas bocas.”  La gente está lista para participar en el chisme.  Tal vez no sepan si es verdad o no, pero

lo dicen como si fuera la absoluta verdad.  El chismear, el criticar y el juzgar a otros van totalmente contra los principios de

IF ON THE WRONG ROAD, TURN BACK (December 22, 2016)

There is a Turkish proverb that says:  “No matter how far you have gone on a wrong road, turn back.”

As soon as you know you are mistaken, you should correct it.  Otherwise, it will just get worse and worse.  Stubborn people many times get in trouble because they don’t want to admit they made a mistake.

No matter how long you have been smoking, drinking or using drugs, you can quit.  If you do, you will live longer and enjoy life a lot more.  That goes for anything else you may be doing wrong.

 

SI ESTÁS EN EL CAMINO EQUIVOCADO, DA VUELTA (22  de Diciembre 2016)

Un proverbio turco dice:  “No importa que tan lejos hayas ido en un camino erróneo, da vuelta.”

Tan pronto sepas que estás equivocado, corrígelo.  Si no lo haces, se empeorará la situación más y más.  Muchas veces la gente terca se mete en problemas porque no quiere admitir que está equivocada.

No importa cuánto tiempo tengas fumando, tomando o usando drogas, puedes dejar ese vicio.  Si lo haces, vivirás una vida más larga, tranquila y feliz.  Ese consejo te sirve para cualquier otra cosa que estés haciendo que no es beneficial para ti.

LOVE IS ACTIVE (12/15/2016)

a Swahili proverb says:  “Love has to be shown by deeds not words.”

Love without action is not love.  The Bible says in James 2:17 that faith without works is dead.  By the same token, love that is only shown by words and not by deeds is not love.   It may be anything else, but it is not love.

EL AMOR ES ACTIVO

Un proverbio suajili dice:  “El amor se tiene que enseñar por obras no por palabras.”

El amor sin acción no es amor.  La biblia dice en Santiago 2:17 que la fe sin obras está muerta.Igualmente el amor que solamente se dice por palabras y no se enseña por obras no es amor.  Puede ser cualquier otra cosa, pero no es amor

IT’S GOOD TO TRAVEL (December 8, 2016)

A Moorish proverb says:  “He who does not travel does not know the value of men.”

When a person travels he learns a lot from the different cultures.  At the same time he learns that most of us are very much alike, regardless of where we may live.  As odd as it may sound, he also learns a lot about himself.

If you have not traveled or have traveled very little, start taking advantage of every opportunity to travel that may present itself to you.  The best education a person can have is acquired by raveling and meeting different kinds of people around the world.

ES BUENO VIAJAR (8 de Diciembre 2016)

Hay un proverbio morisco que dice: “El que no viaja no conoce el valor de los hombres.”

Cuando una persona viaja aprende muchas cosas de las diferentes culturas.  Al mismo tiempo aprende que la gente por todo el mundo es muy parecida.  Y tan raro como se oiga o parezca,  el hombre que viaja aprende mucho de sí mismo.

Si no has viajado, o si has viajado muy poco, aprovecha toda oportunidad de viajar que se te presente. La mejor educación que puedas tener la adquirirás al viajar y al conocer diferentes personas alrededor del mundo.

NO MORE, NO LESS (December 1, 2016)

There is a Brazilian saying that says:  “You can only take out of the bag what was already in it.”  If we apply it to us it means that we can only give what we have, whether it be money, talent, wisdom, intelligence, kindness, encouragement, strength and so on.  We cannot give what we do not have.

NI MÁS, NI MENOS (Primero de Diciembre 2016)

Hay un dicho brasileño que dice: “Solamente puedes sacar de la bolsa lo que ya tiene.”

Si nos lo aplicamos significa que solamente podemos dar de lo que tenemos, ya sea dinero, talento, sabiduría, inteligencia, amabilidad, fuerza,  aliento, ánimo o lo que sea. No podemos dar lo que no tenemos.

MAKE IT PERFECT (November 24, 2016)

There is an anonymous proverb that says:  “Don’t wait for the perfect moment.  Take the moment and make it perfect.”

I don’t know who said it first, but it is excellent advice.  More of us should start doing exactly that.  There would be much more happiness in this world.

PERFECCIONA EL MOMENTO (24 de Noviembre 2016)

Hay un proverbio anónimo que dice: “No esperes por el momento perfecto.  Toma el momento y hazlo perfecto.”

No sé quien fue el primero que lo dijo, pero es un consejo excelente.  Todos deberíamos hacer eso.  Si lo hiciéramos habría mucha más felicidad en el mundo.

 

DON’T TOUCH THE SORE SPOT (November 17, 2016)

There is a Jamaican proverb that says:  “If you go to a donkey’s house, don’t talk about ears.”

It actually means that we should not bring up in a discussion a subject that is extremely sensitive to the other person.  If we do, we may hurt him or he could even get mad.  We have nothing to gain, and plenty  to lose if we do it.

NO PONGAS EL DEDO EN LA LLAGA (17 de Noviembre 2016)

Hay un refrán jamaiquino que dice:  “Si vas a la casa de un burro, no hables de orejas.”

Lo que nos dice es que en una discusión no toquemos un tema que sea muy sensible para la otra persona.  Si lo hacemos, podemos lastimarle los sentimientos o hasta se puede enojar. No tenemos nada que ganar y mucho que perder.

En español tenemos, más o menos, un refrán que significa lo mismo.  Nosotros decimos:  “No pongas el dedo en la llaga.”

TIME KEEPS ON MOVING  (November 10, 2016)

A wise saying that comes from Great Britain that says:  “Time waits for no one.”

Regardless of what we do or do not do, time keeps moving on.  We should learn to use the time wisely and make the most of it every single day.  If we fail to plan for the future, then we plan to fail.  It is that simple.

Regardless of who we may be all of us have twenty-four hours in a day.  What we do with that time is entirely up to us.  Therefore we should take advantage of every opportunity, because unlike some of the Hollywood movies we cannot go back in time.  Once it’s over, it’s over.

EL TIEMPO SIGUE ADELANTE  (10 de Noviembre 2016)

Nos llega un proverbio sabio de Inglaterra que dice:  “El tiempo no espera a nadie.”

No importa lo que hagamos o no hagamos, el tiempo sigue su marcha.  Debemos aprender a usarlo sabiamente y aprovecharlo diariamente.  Si no planeamos, planeamos fracasar. Esa es la realidad.

Sin importar quienes seamos, todos tenemos veinticuatro horas en un día.  Lo que hacemos con ese tiempo depende totalmente de cada uno de nosotros.  Debemos aprovechar todas las oportunidades que se nos presenten porque,  diferente al pensamiento de las películas en Hollywood, no podemos regresar al pasado.  Cuando el tiempo ha pasado, ha pasado.

LOVE MAKES IT POSSIBLE (November 3, 2016)

A proverb from India says:  “It is love that makes the impossible, possible.”

They are correct in saying that.  The Bible tells us that love covers a multitude of sins (1 Peter 4:8).  Only through the love of God are we able to forgive others.  After all, all of us are sinners, and yet God forgives us if we repent, ask Him to forgive us and receive Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior.  If we do that, not only does He forgive us, but He gives us eternal life with Him.

 

EL AMOR LO HACE POSIBLE ( 3 de Noviembre 2016)

Un proverbio de la India dice:  “Es el amor el que hace lo imposible, posible.”

Tienen toda la razón en decir eso.  La biblia nos dice que el amor cubre una multitud de pecados (1 Pedro 4:8).  Solamente en el amor de Dios podemos perdonar al prójimo.  Después de todo, todos nosotros somos pecadores, y sin embargo Dios nos perdona si nos arrepentimos, le pedimos perdón, y aceptamos a Jesucristo como nuestro Señor y Salvador.  Si hacemos eso, no tan solo nos perdona, sino que también nos da vida eterna con él.

LOVE LIVES IN THE LIGHT

A Burundian proverb says:  “Where there is love there is no darkness.”

That darkness is the darkness of sin, hatred, depression, low self-esteem and everything that is negative.  It could very well say:  “Where there is love there is no hatred, racial prejudice and so on.”

 

EL AMOR VIVE EN LA LUZ

Un proverbio burundés dice:  “Donde hay amor no hay oscuridad.”

Esa oscuridad es la oscuridad del pecado, odio, depresión, bajo autoestima, y todo lo demás que sea negativo.  Pudiera decir:  “Donde hay amor no hay odio, perjuicio racial, etcétera.”

DON’T CRITICIZE (October 20, 2016)

There is a saying in English that says:  “People who live in glass houses should not cast stones.”

It simply means that a person who has a specific weakness should not criticize others who have the same weakness.  In other words, a drunk should not criticize another drunk because he drinks.  Do you live in a glass house?  If you do, don’t cast stones.

NO CRITIQUES (20 de Octubre 2016)

Hay un dicho en ingles que dice:  “La gente que vive en casas de cristal no debe arrojar piedras.”

Simplemente significa que las personas quienes tienen una específica debilidad no deben criticar a los que tienen la misma.  En otras palabras, una persona con el vicio del alcoholismo no debe criticar a los que toman licor.  ¿Vives en una casa de cristal?  Si tu respuesta es sí, no arrojes piedras.

CHANGE YOURSELF (October 13, 2016)

A Portuguese proverb says:  “Change yourself and fortune will change.”

The proverb is right on target.  In most cases, unless a person changes from within, there will be no changes from without. There are persons who never change, and yet they expect their circumstances to change.  Sometimes they switch jobs, they change spouses or they move to another town, but since they don’t change themselves, their situations don’t change.

CAMBIA TU MODO DE SER (13 de Octubre 2016)

Un proverbio portugués dice: “Cambia tu modo de ser, y tu suerte cambiará.”

Ese proverbio le pega al clavo.  En la mayoría de los casos, a menos que la persona cambie su modo de ser o de pensar, no le cambiará la vida.  Hay personas quienes jamás cambian, y sin embargo esperan que las circunstancias les cambien.  A veces cambian de empleo, de pareja o se mudan a otro pueblo, pero como ellos no cambian, su situación no cambia tampoco.

EVIL GROWS RAPIDLY

An Ethiopian proverb says:  “Evil enters like a needle and spreads like an oak tree.”

A good example is when a young person tastes drugs for the first time.  It seems innocent enough and it does not harm him at first, but then it becomes a horrible habit. It is the same with any other sin or bad habit, such as stealing, cheating, lying, running away from problems, blaming others, procrastinating, arguing, fighting and so on.

LA MALDAD CRECE RÁPIDAMENTE

Un proverbio de Etiopía dice:  “La maldad entra como una aguja y se desparrama como un árbol roble.” Un buen ejemplo es cuando un jovencito prueba la droga por la primera vez. No lo lastima y hasta parece ser buena, pero más tarde se convierte en un hábito malísimo. Funciona igual con otros vicios o hábitos como robar, engañar, mentir, culpar a otros, discutir, pelear, evadir las responsabilidades, procrastinar y con muchos otros hábitos.

ALLOW LOVE TO REIGN

They have a proverb in India that says:  “Where love reigns the impossible may be attained.”

The reason that much may be attained is because people will agree and even if they do not, they will agree to disagree.  Either way, they will accomplish their goals.  Where there is hatred, envy or division very little get accomplished.

PERMITE QUE REINE EL AMOR

En la India tienen un proverbio que dice:  “Donde reina el amor lo imposible se puede lograr.”

La razón que mucho se puede lograr es que las personas están de acuerdo, y si no lo están han decidido obrar juntos en armonía.  Sea como sea logran sus metas.  Cuando hay odio, envidia o división muy poco se puede lograr

DISCIPLINE YOUR CHILD (September 22, 2016)

A Hebrew saying says:  “Hosech shivto sono bno,” which means, “He who spares the whip hates his son.”  There is also Bible scripture – Proverb 13:24 – that says:  “He who spares his rod hates his son, but he who loves him disciplines him promptly.”

God commands us to love our children just as He loves us, but sometimes we have to discipline them because they are misbehaving.  If we don’t do it while they are children, when they grow up they will continue in the path of unrighteousness.

Of course the discipline has to be adequate to their age and the offence committed.  Unfortunately many parents go overboard and punish them severely.  That goes against God because He is a Father who is compassionate, merciful, forgiving and loving.

DISCIPLINE A SUS NIÑOS (22 de Septiembre 2016)

Un refrán hebreo dice:  “Hosech shivto sono bno,” que significa, “El que no utiliza mucho su látigo odia a su hijo.” Hay una escritura bíblica – Proverbio 13:24 – que dice:  “El que utiliza muy poco su vara odia a su hijo, pero si lo ama lo disciplina prontamente.”

Dios nos manda que amemos a nuestros hijos igualmente como él nos ama, pero a veces tenemos que disciplinarlos, porque se han portado mal.  Si no los disciplinamos cuando son niños crecen en el camino de la maldad.

Pero claro, la disciplina tiene que ser adecuada para la edad del niño y la ofensa que se haya cometido.  Desafortunadamente muchos padres castigan a sus hijos cruel y severamente.  Eso va totalmente contra Dios, porque él es compasivo, misericordioso, amable, perdonador, y lleno de amor.

NOBODY IS UGLY IN HIS OWN EYES (September 15, 2016)

A Haitian proverb says:  “A Monkey never thinks his baby is ugly.”

Nobody is ugly in his own eyes and neither are his or her children.  It all depends on how we look at things.  To God everything is beautiful because He created it.  If we were to learn to find the beauty and what is good in everything we see, this world would be a much better place.

NADIE ES FEO EN SUS PROPIOS OJOS (15 de Septiembre 2016)

Un proverbio Haitiano dice:  “Una mona jamás piensa que su bebé es feo.”

Nadie es feo en sus propios ojos ni lo son sus hijos.  Todo depende del color del cristal con que se miran las cosas.  Para Dios todo es hermoso porque él lo creó.  Si aprendiéramos a buscar lo bello y lo bueno en todo lo que vemos, este mundo sería mucho mejor de lo que es

MAKE YOUR OWN DECISIONS (September 8, 2016)

A Chinese proverb says:  “A wise man makes his own decisions, an ignorant man follows the public opinion.”

This proverb hits the nail right on the head.  Unfortunately today people follow the crowd.  Everything has to be politically-correct.  People don’t think for themselves anymore. The ones who do are criticized, ostracized and even insulted.  Be your own person and make your own decisions.

HAZ TUS PROPIAS DECISIONES (8 de Septiembre 2016)

Un proverbio chino dice:  “Un hombre sabio hace sus propias decisiones, un hombre ignorante sigue la opinión pública.”

Este proverbio le pega al clavo.  Desgraciadamente actualmente la gente sigue la opinión pública.  Todo tiene que ser políticamente correcto.  La gente no piensa por sí misma.  Los que sí piensan por sí mismos son criticados, excluidos, desterrados e insultados.  Tienes que ser tu propia persona y hacer tus propias decisiones.

DON’T STIR IT UP (August 1, 2016)

There’s a Dutch proverb that says:  “Do not wake up sleeping dogs.”

What it really means is that we should not stir up or provoke trouble, but just leave things as they are. An example:  Russia or China could stir up trouble, which would cause a war with the United States and millions upon millions of people would die on both sides.  It’s much better to let the dog sleep.

Of course, this also applies to you.  Keep peace in your family, with your friends, with your coworkers, with your neighbors and with everybody else.

NO SE LE BUSCA RUIDO AL CHICHARRÓN (Primero de Agosto 2016)

Hay un proverbio holandés que dice: “No despiertes a los perros dormidos.”

Lo que significa es que no debemos provocar a otros o empeorar la situación.  A veces es mejor que dejemos la situación en paz. Ejemplo:  Rusia o China provocan a los Estados Unidos de América, hay guerra, y mueren millones de millones de personas en ambos lados.  Es mucho mejor dejar que el perro duerma.

Esto también te aplica a ti.  Debes mantener la paz en tu familia, con tus amigos, con tus vecinos, con tus compañeros de trabajo, y con todos los demás.

THE SUN RISES FOR EVERYONE (August 25, 2016)

A Cuban proverb, which comes from the Bible says:  “Cuando el sol sale, sale para todos,” which of course means: “When the sun rises, it rises for everyone.” In Matthew 5:45, Jesus tells us:  “…that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes the sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.”  In other words, all of us go through good times and bad times, trials and tribulations, sickness and good health, encouragement and discouragement, wins and losses, happiness and sadness, frustrations and jubilations and so on.  The only difference is how we react to our circumstances.  Are you a positive person or a negative one?

EL SOL SALE PARA TODOS (25 de Agosto 2016)

Un proverbio cubano que sin duda viene de la biblia dice:  “Cuando el sol sale, sale para todos.”

En Mateo 5:45, Jesucristo nos dice:  “…para que sean hijos de su Padre que está en los cielos: que hace que su sol salga sobre los malos y sobre los buenos, y que llueva sobre los justos y los injustos.” En otras palabras, todos pasamos por buenos tiempos y malos tiempos, pruebas y tribulaciones, enfermedades y buena salud,  aliento y desaliento, victorias y derrotas, alegría y tristeza, frustraciones y júbilo, etcétera.  La única diferencia es como reaccionamos a las circunstancias.  ¿Eres una persona positiva o negativa?

IT’S NOT HOW MUCH YOU START, IT’S HOW MUCH YOU FINISH

From Germany comes a proverb that says:  “Who begins too much accomplishes little.”

This is very true.  In English we say:  “Don’t bite more than you can chew.”  In Spanish we say:
“El que mucho abarca poco aprieta,” which means:  “He who embraces too much, tightens very little.”

It’s not about how many projects you undertake or how fast you start, it’s about finishing what you start and doing a good job at it. 

NO SE TRATA DE CUANTO PROYECTOS COMIENZAS

En Alemania hay un refrán que dice:  “El que comienza mucho, logra muy poco.”

Es muy verdadero.  En español tenemos un refrán parecido que dice:  “El que mucho abarca poco aprieta.”  En inglés hay uno que dice:  “Don’t bite more than you can chew” que significa: “No muerdas más de lo que puedas masticar.”

No se trata de cuantos proyectos comiences o que tan rápido los  empieces, se trata de terminar lo que comienzas y de hacerlo bien.  

HOW DO YOU SEE IT? (August 11, 2016)

There is an English proverb that says:  “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.”

Yes, that is very true.  If it were not for that some of those painting would not sell for millions of dollars.  Some people would never find a spouse if beauty were not in the eyes of the beholder. Without that principle consumerism would not be as effective and as important as it really is.  What one person considers junk another can consider it a treasure.  It depends entirely on how you look at things.

¿CÓMO VES LAS COSAS?  (11 de Agosto 2016)

Hay un proverbio en Inglaterra que dice: “La belleza está en el ojo del espectador.”

En español tenemos un refrán que significa lo mismo.  El nuestro dice:  “Todo depende del color del cristal con que se miren las cosas.”  Si no fuera por eso muchas de las pinturas que se venden por millones de dólares no se venderían por esa cantidad.  Algunas de las personas quienes algunos de nosotros consideramos feas no encontrarían pareja.  Sin ese principio el consumismo no sería tan efectivo ni tan importante como lo es. Lo que una persona considera basura es tesoro para otra. Todo depende como uno ve o vea las cosas

EVERY DAY IS IMPORTANT (August 4, 2016)

An Arabian proverb says:  “Every day of your life is a page of your history.”

That is really the way it is.  Therefore, make every single day of your life a historical one.  Leave an imprint on this world, so your descendants and other people will know and appreciate the legacy that you left.

CADA DÍA ES IMPORTANTE (4 de Agosto 2016)

Un refrán árabe dice:  “Cada día de tu vida es una página de tu historia.”

Así es.  Que cada día de tu vida sea histórico.  Deja tu huella en la humanidad para que tus descendientes y otras personas sepan y aprecien el legado que dejaste.

DROP BY DROP (July 28, 2016)

There is an Italian proverb that says:  “Drop by drop you break the rock.”

This saying is based on absolute truth.  Water that is dripping drop by drop can make a hole in a boulder.  By the same token little by little we can accomplish much.  Normally in order to accomplish anything worthwhile it takes lots of perseverance. As the Chinese would say, “The journey of a thousand miles starts with the first step.”

GOTA POR GOTA (28 de Julio 2016)

Hay un refrán italiano que dice:  “Gota por gota se rompe una roca.”

Este dicho es absolutamente verdadero.  Una gotera cayendo sobre una roca gota por gota puede hacer un hueco en un peñasco. Igualmente si uno persevera poco a poco puede lograr mucho.  El autor Quevedo diría:  “Piano piano se va lontano.” Un refrán chino dice:  “La jornada de mil millas comienza con el primer paso.”

BETTER ALONE (July 21, 2016)

There is a proverb in Spanish that says:  “Mejor solo que mal acompañado,” which of course means, “Better alone than in bad company.” Bad company does corrupt.  We have to be very careful who we hang around with.  After all, we are judged and influenced by the company we keep.

MEJOR SOLO (21 de Julio 2016)

Hay un proverbio en español que dice: “Mejor solo que mal acompañado.”  Hay mucha sabiduría en este refrán.  Hay otro refrán que dice:  “Dime con quién andas y te diré quién eres.” Tenemos que tener mucho cuidado a quien dejamos entrar a nuestras vidas.

READ AND LEARN (July 14, 2016)

There’s a Belgian proverb that says:  “Books fertilize the gardens of the mind.”

There is much to be learned by reading good books, and, of course, the best book of all for learning is the Bible. Using the same reasoning, the Bible can fertilize your soul.  Let it teach you how to live, how to do God’s will, and how to receive eternal life with Him.

LEE Y APRENDE (14 de Julio 2016)

Hay un proverbio belga que dice:  “Los libros fertilizan los jardines de la mente.”

Uno puede aprender muchísimo al leer libros, y, claro, el mejor libro para aprender es la biblia. Utilizando el mismo razonamiento del proverbio – la biblia puede fertilizarte el alma. Permítele que te enseñe como vivir, como cumplir con la voluntad de Dios, y como clamar tu vida eterna con Dios.

THE GREEDY ARE NEVER HAPPY (July 7, 2016)
There is a saying in Spanish that says:  “El avariento, ni pobre ni rico está contento,” which means, “The greedy is not happy being poor or being rich.”

Unfortunately there are many people who never seem to be happy.  Instead of looking at the positive sides of things, they always look at the negative ones. If you are one of those, learn to be happy.

EL AVARIENTO NUNCA ESTÁ CONTENTO (7 de Julio 2016)

Hay un dicho que dice:  “El avariento, ni pobre ni rico está contento.”

Desgraciadamente ese dicho es una realidad para mucha gente.  En vez de ver el lado positivo en las cosas,  siempre miran lo negativo.  Si eres una de esas personas, aprende a estar contento.

LEARN FROM YOUR MISTAKES

There is a Spanish proverb that says:  “Errando se aprende,” which means: “Your learn from your mistakes.”

A not too bright person is one who does not learn from his or her mistakes.  The person who keeps on doing the same things and expects different results cannot be too sharp.  It’s OK to make mistakes, but it’s not OK to keep on repeating them.

APRENDE DE TUS ERRORES

Uno de nuestros proverbios dice:  “Errando se aprende.”  Está cien por ciento correcto, porque todo se aprende por experiencia.  Desde niños comenzamos a aprender.  Hacemos muchos errores, pero poco a poco vamos aprendiendo.  Es tonto el que no aprende de sus errores.  El colmo de ser tonto es cuando una persona continúa haciendo lo mismo y espera diferentes resultados.  ¡Ojalá no seas uno de ellos!

GOD HELPS THE EARLY RISER (June 23, 2016)

There is a Spanish proverb that says: “A quien madruga, Dios le ayuda,” which means, “God helps the early riser.” It is very similar to our saying:  “The early bird gets the worm.”

What it really means is that if we do our part, God will help us.  Unfortunately many people expect God or other people to do everything for them.  Life does not work that way.  Let’s hope you’re an early bird or an early riser.

DIOS LE AYUDA AL MADRUGADOR (23 de Junio 2016)

Hay un proverbio en inglés que dice:  “The early bird gets the worm,” que significa en español, “El pájaro madrugador coge el gusano.” En español tenemos un proverbio muy parecido, el que dice:  “A quien madruga, Dios le ayuda.”

Lo que significa, en realidad, es que si nosotros hacemos nuestra parte, Dios nos ayuda.  Desgraciadamente, mucha gente espera que Dios o que otra gente le haga todo.  La vida no funciona así.  ¡Ojalá seas un pájaro madrugador!

PAY NO ATTENTION TO IT (June 16, 2016)

There’s a Spanish proverb that says:  “A palabras locas, orejas sordas,” which basically means, “Deaf ears to crazy words.” In other words, we should not pay attention or argue  with people who speak for the sake of speaking.  There are many know-it-all people who like to argue about anything.  Ignore them!

NO LES PRESTES ATENCIÓN (16 de Junio 2016)

Hay un refrán que dice:  “A palabras locas, orejas sordas.” Hay mucha gente que habla por hablar o que discute por discutir.  Muchos de ellos son a lo que le llamamos “un sabelotodo.” Creen  que saben todo, pero,  en realidad, saben muy poco. Lo mejor que podemos hacer es ignorarlos. Es mejor que haya un loco y no dos.

DON’T ACT HASTILY (June 9, 2016)

An English proverb says:  “Do not be in a hurry to tie what you cannot untie.”

There’s a lot of truth to that.  We should never act without thinking.  There may be severe consequences later. If you act hastily, you may put your foot in your mouth.  Donald Trump is an expert at that.

NO ACTÚES PRECIPITADAMENTE (9 de Junio 2016)

Un proverbio inglés dice:  “No te precipites en atar lo que no puedas desatar.”

Hay mucha verdad en eso.  No debemos actuar sin pensar.  Las consecuencias que resulten pueden ser severas. Si actúas precipitadamente puedes meterte la pata en la boca. El Señor Donald Trump hace eso muy bien.

IT’S LATER THAN YOU THINK (June 2, 2016)

There’s a Chinese proverb that says:  “Enjoy yourself.  It’s later than you think.”

Many people waste their entire lifetimes in mediocre living. They don’t leave a good legacy, let alone do God’s will.  Not only do they fail in this life, but they also fail in the next one going up in hell and later on winding up in the lake of fire.

It’s much later than you think.  Enjoy the now, plan for tomorrow, and if you are not reading the Bible and attending a born-again Christian church, start this week.  God will provide salvation for you and bless you, but only if you do your part.

ES MÁS TARDE DE LO QUE PIENSAS (2 de Junio 2016)

Un proverbio chino dice:  “Disfruta tu vida. Es más tarde de lo que piensas.”

Muchas personas viven vidas mediocres, y dejan un legado negativo.  No hacen la voluntad de Dios, sino las suyas totalmente opuestas a lo que requiere Nuestro Señor.  No solamente fracasan en esta vida, sino también en la otra.  Primeramente ingresan al infierno, y más tarde son trasladadas al lago de fuego para que sufran eternamente.

Es mucho más tarde de lo que piensas.  Disfruta este día, haz planes para mañana, y si no lees la biblia y no asistes a una iglesia cristiana, comienza esta semana.  Dios te proveerá salvación, y te mandará bendiciones, pero tú tienes que contribuir.

WHEN YOU ARE DOWN (May 26, 2016)

There is a Spanish proverb that says, “Del árbol caído, todos hacen leña,” which means, “From a fallen tree, everyone makes kindling.” Of course the real meaning is:  When somebody is down, everyone jumps on him and nobody wants to be his friend.  When somebody is on top of the world, everyone wants to uplift him and be his friend.

When you are down, when you have no money, when you have problems, when nobody wants to associate with you, and when nobody wants to be your friend, that’s when you know who your real friends are.

CUANDO ESTÁS EN EL SUELO (26 de Mayo 2016)

Hay un proverbio en español que dice, “Del árbol caído, todos hacen leña.” El verdadero significado es que cuando uno tiene problemas, todos nos atacan, nadie quiere estar con nosotros, y mucho menos ayudarnos.  Sin embargo, cuando alguien está en la cima, todos quieren ser sus amigos.

Cuando estés caído, cuando no tengas dinero, cuando tengas problemas, cuando nadie quiera asociarse contigo, y cuando nadie quiera ser tu amigo, entonces sabrás quiénes son tus verdaderos amigos.

HELP YOURSELF (May 19, 2016)

There is an Italian proverb that says: “Aiutati che Dio t’aiuta,” which is equivalent to the Spanish proverb that says:  “Ayúdate que yo te ayudaré,” or to the English one: “God helps those who help themselves.” This quote is really not found in the Bible, but it is implied. Unfortunately many people want God to help them, but they don’t do anything to help themselves.

AYÚDATE A TI MISMO (19 de Mayo 2016)

Hay un proverbio italiano que dice:  “Aiutati che Dio t’aiuta,” que equivale al proverbio inglés que dice: “God helps those who help themselves,” que más o menos significa lo mismo que el refrán en español que dice:  “Ayúdate que yo te ayudaré.” Esas palabras exactas, en realidad, no se encuentran en la biblia, pero sí se halla el concepto.  Desafortunadamente sí hay muchas personas que le piden a Dios que les ayude, pero ellas no hacen nada por ayudarse.

SEEK WISDOM (May 12, 2016)

“How much better to get wisdom than gold!  And to get understanding is to be chosen rather than silver.”

Many wealthy people lack wisdom.  You can clearly see it with the movie stars, singers and even with many athletes.  They have money, fame and many admirers, but they lack common sense, wisdom and in many cases salvation.

Some people have what is known as “street smarts,” but what they need is wisdom from God. If you want to reach your highest potential, ask God to give you wisdom how to live your life.  You may not become super wealthy, but you will have peace of mind, you will bless others, others will bless you, and you will live eternally with God. There is nothing more important than salvation.

PERSIGUE SABIDURÍA (12 de Mayo 2016)

“Mejor es adquirir sabiduría que oro preciado; Y adquirir inteligencia vale más que la plata.”

A muchos ricos les falta sabiduría.  Se puede ver fácilmente en los actores, cantantes y en los atletas famosos.  Tienen dinero, fama, y muchos admiradores, pero no tienen sentido común, sabiduría y, en muchos casos, ni la salvación.

Muchos viven por su picardía, pero no tienen sabiduría de Dios.  Si quieres alcanzar tu potencial, pídele a Dios que te dé la sabiduría necesaria para vivir tu vida según las expectativas que él tiene para ti.  Tal vez  jamás seas rico financieramente, pero tendrás paz mental, bendecirás a otros, otros te bendecirán, y vivirás eternamente con Dios.  No hay nada más importante que la salvación.

LOVE IS DECEITFUL (May 5, 2016)

There is an Italian saying that says: “L’amore è cieco,” which means, “Love is blind.” What it really means is that when a person falls in love with another one, he or she does not see the faults, the shortcomings or the flaws that the other one has.  Many times everybody else sees them, except the one in love.

Even when the person in love sees the other’s faults, he or she always thinks that because of how much the other one is loved that he or she will change.  That normally does not happen. That person normally continues drinking, taking drugs, or doing whatever he or she was doing before. The saying, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks,” normally applies.

IT TAKES SOME TIME (April 28, 2016)

There’s a popular Italian saying that says:  “Between saying and doing, many a pair of shoes is worn out.”

In English we say, “It’s easier said than done.”  Sometimes we also say, “Talk is cheap.” One thing is to say we can or are going to do something, and quite another to actually do it.  Many times there is a big time gap between saying and doing.

DON’T TEMPT FATE (April 21, 2016)

There is an Arab proverb that says:  “Do not stand in a place of danger trusting in miracles.”

It’s telling us not to purposely seek dangerous situations, and then expect God to protect us. In Matthew 4:7, Jesus tells the devil: “It is written again, you shall not tempt the Lord your God.” In Deuteronomy 6:16, God tells the Israelites:  “You shall not tempt the Lord your God as you tempted Him in Massah.”

Not tempting God also applies to us.  Some people have and they have lost their lives.  Don’t be one of them.  God says what He means, and He means what He says. 

DON’T JUST TALK, DO (April 14, 2016)

There’s a Jewish proverb that says:  “Do not be wise in words – be wise in deeds.”

In other words, don’t just talk about something as if you were an expert on the subject, but do something to solve the situation.  There are way too many experts before and after the fact, but too few who actually do something to remedy or ameliorate the situation.   

GOD KNOWS OUR LIMITS (April 7, 2016)

There’s a saying in Spain that says:  “God tightens the grip, but He does not choke us.”

This saying probably comes from the word of God – 1 Corinthians 10:13 – “No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.”

God does test us, but He does not give us any more than we can handle.  The reason He does that is because we need to go through certain experiences in order to grow.  It goes along with the saying, “No pain, no gain.”    April 8, 2016

WHEN IN DOUBT, ASK (March 31, 2016)

There’s a Chinese proverb that says:  “He who asks is a fool for five minutes, but he who does not ask remains a fool forever.”

When you do not know how to do something or what something means, it is much better to seek advice or to ask for help than to make a serious mistake.  There is always help available if you seek it. If you are too proud to seek advice or to ask for help, you will remain in ignorance and in darkness.

LET’S DO OUR PART (March 24,2016)

There is a proverb from India that says:  “Call on God, but row away from the rocks.”

There are three points that we ought to learn from this saying: 1. In time of need we ought to call on God.  He can help us.  2. We ought to stay away from sin.  3.  We ought to do our part.  We cannot expect God to find us a job while we stay in bed loafing. 

IT IS WHAT IT IS (March 17, 2016)

There is a Romanian proverb that says:  “An ass is but an ass, though laden with gold.”

This refers to persons who become wealthy overnight becoming asses loaded with gold.  They continue being what they always were – uneducated, ignorant, without morals and with bad manners.  Of course this does not apply to all of those who become wealthy overnight.  Fortunately some of them are wise enough to make the most of it.

Some athletes, singers or movie stars come from poor families, and once they start earning millions of dollars they become asses laden with gold. They don’t know how to handle the fame nor the wealth.  They get in trouble with the law, start using drugs, and many times they die young. 

WE CANNOT FORCE PEOPLE (March 10, 2016)

There’s a proverb that says:  “You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink.”

What it means is that we cannot force people to do what they don’t want to do.  Dictators and Communist leaders do force people, but as soon as the people can get out from under that yoke they do.  A good leader is one who people obey gladly because they like or love him or her. 

USE YOUR TALENTS PROPERLY (March 3, 2016)

There is a Welsh proverb that says:  “Without perseverance talent is a barren bed.”

Of course it means that if we do not develop our talents by working, working and working to improve them, they will be of no use to us or to anyone else.  If you have talent in any given area, don’t let it go to waste.  God gave it to you for a purpose. 

KNOW THE CAUSE (February 25, 2016)

There is a proverb from Spain that says:  “The beginning of health is to know the disease.”

That is absolutely true for almost everything.  In order to solve any situation, first we have to identify the real problem.  In trying to settle a dispute between two parties, we have to get to the bottom of the disagreement.  Everything is cause and effect.  There is no way to change the effect without knowing the cause and without taking the necessary steps to change the outcome.  

INTELLIGENCE WITHOUT WISDOM (February 18, 2016)

There is a Welsh proverb that says:  “A spoon does not know the taste of soup, nor a learned fool the taste of wisdom.”

The reason is that many people are very intelligent in a certain field, but they are far removed from being pragmatic.  They have no idea how to use a hammer to nail something, nor do they have any inkling how to do other practical things.  Intelligence is good, but it has to be used with wisdom.  Without wisdom it can be used erroneously and even be dangerous.  

ONLY ONE PATH IS CORRECT (February 11, 2016)

There is a Polish proverb that says, “There are a thousand paths to every wrong.”

This saying goes very well with Matthew 7:13, which says:  “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.”

Just as normally there is only one way to do something correctly, there is only one way to get to heaven – Jesus Christ (John 14:6).

Jokes

AM I ADOPTED?

A teen-age girl comes up to her mother and says:  “Mother, since I don’t look like you or my father,  I have always been curious if I am adopted or not.  Am I adopted?” The mother tells her:  “No, you’re not adopted.”  “How can I be sure?” the girl asks her mom.  The mother tells her:  “If we had adopted we would have chosen someone prettier, smarter and more obedient than you.”

¿SOY ADOPTADA?

Una adolescente se arrima y le dice a su mamá:  “Mamá, siendo que no me parezco a ti ni a mi papá, siempre he tenido la curiosidad de saber si soy adoptada o no.  ¿Soy adoptada?”  La mamá le dice:  “No eres adoptada.”  “¿Pero cómo puedo estar segura?” le pregunta la chica.  La mamá le responde:  “Si hubiéramos adoptado a alguien hubiéramos escogido una más bonita, más inteligente y más obediente que tú.”

I AM GOING DOWNHILL

In a PE class the coach tells the students:  “Lie down on your back, raise your legs and move  them as if you were pedaling a bicycle.  All the students lie down and start pedaling, except for Mike.  The coach asks him:  “Mike, why aren’t you pedaling?”  Mike tells him:  “Coach, I don’t need to pedal, I’m going downhill.”

VOY DE BAJADA

En el salón de clases dice la maestra a los niños: -Niños, hagamos ejercicio dentro del salón, acuéstense de espalda al piso, levanten las piernas y muévanlas como si fueran en bicicleta. Se acostaron los niños y empezaron a mover sus piernas imaginando que iban en bicicleta. Solo Pepito tenía las piernas sin moverlas. -¡Pepito, porqué no mueves tus piernas! -¡Porque voy de bajada maestra!

HE WANTED TO BE CREMATED

A missionary died deep in the jungle.  His friend heard about in the US and went to his funeral. During the wake he noticed that the natives had a big jar of cream next to the body.  The natives kept coming up to the body and smearing it with cream.  When it was the friend’s turn, he came up and smeared the body with cream.  He didn’t know why they were doing that,  so he asked the chief.  The chief explained to him that his friend had asked to be cremated.

EL CREMATORIO

Un misionero se murió en una selva densa.  Su amigo en los Estados Unidos recibió el mensaje y fue al funeral.  Durante el velorio se dio cuenta que los nativos de un recipiente grande sacaban crema y se la untaban al cuerpo.  Cuando se le llegó el turno, él hizo lo mismo.  De pura curiosidad le preguntó al jefe de la tribu que porqué le untaban crema al cuerpo.  El jefe le informó que antes de morir el misionero les había pedido que lo llevaran al crematorio para la cremación, y como ellos no tenían ni conocían un crematorio, decidieron cremarlo ellos mismos.

HIDE AND SEEK (June 29, 2017)

A hippie couple in the sixties had twins.  They didn’t like common names, so they named one Trouble and the other one Mind Your Own Business.  When the twins were ten years old they decided to play hide and seek.  Trouble hid while the other twin counted to forty.  Mind Your Own Business started looking behind cars, behind bushes and everywhere he could.  A policeman saw him, thought he looked suspicious, so he stopped his car and asked the boy:  “What’s your name?”  The boy answered:  “Mind Your Own Business.”  The policeman got mad and asked him:  “Are you looking for trouble?” The boy replied:  “Yes, I’m looking for Trouble.”

JUGANDO A LAS ESCONDIDAS (29 de Junio 2017)

Una pareja hippie de los sesentas tuvo gemelos.  No les gustaban los nombres normales, y por eso a un niño le llamaron Problemas y al otro Que Le Importa.  Cuando los niños tenían diez años decidieron jugar a las escondidas.  Mientras Que Le Importa contaba hasta cuarenta Problemas se escondió.  El gemelo comenzó a buscar detrás de los carros, bajo los arbustos y por toda parte. Un policía lo vio, y pensando que se veía sospechoso, paró su coche y le preguntó:  “¿Cómo te llamas?” El chico le respondió:  “Que Le Importa.”  Enojado el policía le dijo:  “Estás buscando problemas?”  El gemelo le contestó:  “Si, estoy buscando a Problemas.”

MAN DOES NOT LIVE BY BREAD ALONE

A man who was caught stealing went before the judge.  The judge asked him:  “Why did you steal the bread?”  The man answered him:  “Because I was hungry, your honor.”  “And why did you steal the money from the cash register?” the judge asked him.  “Because man does not live by bread alone,” the man told him.

NO SÓLO DEL PAN VIVE EL HOMBRE

Un ladrón se encuentra enfrente de un juez.  El juez le pregunta:  “¿Por qué se robó el pan?” “Por que tenía hambre,” le contesta el ladrón.  “?Y por qué se robó el dinero de la caja?” le pregunta el juez.  “Porque no sólo del pan vive el hombre,” le contesta el hombre.

THE FROG PRINCESS

A circus owner went walking in the woods when a frog started talking to him.  The frog said:  “I am really human and if you kiss me I can turn into a beautiful and wealthy young princess.” The man picked up the frog and put it in a bag.  The frog told him:  “If you kiss me you will become a prince and be my husband.”  The man didn’t say anything.  Then the frog said:  “My father the king is about to die, if you kiss me, you will become the king.”  The circus owner told her:  “Since I don’t want to be a king, I would rather have a talking frog in my circus.”

LA RANA PRINCESA

Un señor dueño de un circo salió a caminar en el bosque.  De repente una rana comenzó a hablarle.  Le dijo:  “En realidad, soy mujer, y si me besa me volveré en lo que soy – una princesa hermosa y rica.”  El caballero recogió la rana y la puso en un costal. La rana le dijo:  “Si me besa se convertirá en príncipe y será mi esposo.”  El hombre no dijo nada.  Entonces la rana le dijo:  “Mi padre es rey y está por morir.  Si me besa será rey casi inmediatamente.”  El dueño del circo le contestó:  “Siendo que no deseo ser rey, me gustaría mucho más tener una rana parlante en el circo.”

I HAVE TENURE

A high school principal is telling jokes and all the new teachers are laughing heartily.  One teacher is not laughing, so the principal asks him:  “Why aren’t you laughing?  Don’t you find my jokes funny?  Don’t you like my jokes anymore? You were laughing at them last year.”  The teacher tells him:  “This year I have tenure.”

ME RENOVARON EL CONTRATO

Una supervisora estaba contando chistes y todos los empleados nuevos se reían con muchas ganas, pero había una empleada que no se reía.  Por fin la supervisora le pregunta:  “¿Por qué no te ríes?  ¿Ya no te gustan mis chistes? ¿No los encuentras chistosos? El mes pasado te estabas riendo de ellos.”  La empleada le contesta:  “El mes pasado no me habían renovado el contrato todavía.”

WHAT ARE YOU DOING?

“John, what are you doing,” asks Bob.  “I am killing flies with the flyswatter,” answers John.  “How many have you killed so far,” asks Bob.  “I’ve killed five male flies and seven female ones,” John tells him.  Very curious Bob asks, “How do you know they were male or female?”  “Five flies were on the beer can and seven were on the phone,” John replies.

¿QUÉ ESTÁS HACIENDO?

“¿Juan, que estás haciendo?” le pregunta Beto.  “Estoy matando moscas con el matamoscas,” le responde Juan.  “¿Cuántas has matado?” le pregunta Beto.  Juan le dice, “He matado cinco machos y siete hembras.”  De pura curiosidad Beto le pregunta, “¿Cómo sabes si eran machos o hembras?” Juan le contesta, “Cinco moscas estaban en la lata de cerveza, y siete estaban en el teléfono.”

A CATHOLIC GETS TO HEAVEN (May 25, 2017)

A Catholic man gets to heaven and St. Peter stops him at the gate and tells him:  “You need one-thousand points to get in.”  The man said:  “I prayed to the Virgin Mary for over seventy years.”  “You get 5 points for that,” Peter told him.  “I was married to a nagging woman for fifty years,” the man said. “You get 50 points for that,” he was told.  “I paid for hundreds of masses,” the man added.  “You get fifteen points for that,” Peter advised him.  The man said:  “At this rate, I can only get to heaven by God’s grace and mercy.”  “You get a thousand points for that,” peter told him as he opened the gate.

UN CATÓLICO LLEGA AL CIELO (25 de Mayo 2017)

Un señor católico llega a los portales del cielo.  San Pedro lo detiene y le dice:  “Necesita mil puntos para entrar.”  El hombre le dice:  “Le oré a la virgen María por más de setenta años.” “Le damos 5 puntos por eso,” le dijo Pedro.  “Estuve casado con una mujer regañona y fastidiosa por 50 años,” le dijo el hombre.  “Le damos 50 puntos,” le explicó Pedro.  El hombre añadió, “Pagué por centenares de misas.”  “Eso le da 15 puntos,” le avisó Pedro.  El hombre dijo:  “A ese paso solamente puedo entrar al cielo por la misericordia y gracia de Dios.”  “Le damos mil puntos por eso,” le declaró San Pedro al abrir los portales.

THE DIRTY LAUNDRY (May 18, 2017)

A little after the dinosaurs and before electric washers and dryers a lady was having breakfast with her husband when she looked out the window and saw her neighbor hanging clothes on the line.  She told her husband:  “Our neighbor does not know how to wash.  Her clothes look dirty.”  The following weeks the same conversation took place.  Finally one week, the lady told her husband: “I guess our neighbor learned how to wash because her clothes look clean this morning. I wonder what she’s doing differently?”  The husband told her:  “Early this morning I got up and washed that window.”

LA ROPA SUCIA (18 de Mayo 2017)

Poquito después de los dinosaurios y antes de las lavadoras y secadoras eléctricas una dama desayunaba con su esposo cuando vio que la vecina colgaba ropa en el tendedero.  La ropa se veía sucia y la dama le dijo a su esposo:  “Nuestra vecina no sabe lavar.  Su ropa se ve sucia.”  Pasaron varias semanas y la misma conversación ocurría.  Por fin un día la dama vio por la ventana que la vecina estaba colgando ropa muy limpia y le dijo a su esposo:  “Me parece que la vecina aprendió a lavar ropa.  ¿Qué estará haciendo diferente?”  El esposo le dijo:  “Esta mañana me levanté tempranito y lavé esa ventana

GLORY TO GOD

An unbelieving undocumented man was deported back to his village in Mexico.  When he got there the whole village had become born again Christian.  As he wanted to visit his old friends his father lent him the family mule. The father told him:  “When you want the mule to go forward, say, “Glory to God,” and when you want her to stop, say:  “Hallelujah.”  Everything was going fine, but then the mule got spooked and it started to run.  As it got close to a ravine, the man had forgotten what to say.  He finally remembered and said:  “Hallelujah.” The mule stopped 2 feet from the ravine. The man was so relieved that he said:  “Glory to God.”  You know the rest.

GLORIA A DIOS

Un muchacho mexicano e incrédulo fue deportado y volvió a su aldea.  Cuando llegó toda la aldea se había convertido al cristianismo.  Como quería visitar a sus amigos, su papá le prestó la mula de la familia.  El papá le dijo:  “Cuando quieres que la mula camine le dices:  “Gloria a Dios,” y cuando quieres que se detenga le dices, “Aleluya.”  Todo iba bien, pero de repente la mula se espantó y comenzó a correr desbocada.  Al muchacho se le había olvidado que decir, pero al estar cerca de un barranco se acordó y dijo:  “Aleluya.”  La mula se detuvo menos de un metro de la orilla.  El muchacho estaba tan contento que dijo:  “Gloria a Dios.”  Ya sabes lo que sucedió.

GO AND SIN NO MORE

In a much traveled highway, a highway patrol officer stopped a pastor who was speeding.  He tells the driver:  “According to the radar, you were doing about 110 mph.” As the officer began to write the ticket, the pastor said:  “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall attain mercy.” The officer finished writing the ticket and told him:  “Go and sin no more!”

VÁYASE Y NO PEQUE MÁS

En una carretera muy transitada un policía patrullero detuvo a un pastor.  El policía le dijo: “Según el radar, usted iba como a 160 kmh.”  Cuando el oficial comenzó a escribir la infracción, el pastor le dijo:  “Bienaventurados los misericordiosos, porque ellos alcanzarán misericordia.”   El policía le dio el papel de la multa y le dijo:  “¡Váyase, y no peque más!”

WE USED TO HAVE

Twenty years ago we had Steve Jobs, Johnny Paycheck, Johnny Cash, and Bob Hope.  Now days we have no job, no paycheck, no cash, but fortunately we have a trump card, which gives us some hope.

A 911 CALL

A young man calls 911 – the emergency number. “Sir, what is the emergency,” the lady attending the call asks him. He tells her:  “Two young ladies are fighting over me.”  “You should be happy.  I don’t understand why you are calling us” the lady tells him.  He answers:  “You don’t know the situation I am in. The ugly one is winning.”

UNA LLAMADA AL NÚMERO DE EMERGENCIA

Un hombre joven llama al número 911- el número de emergencia. “Caballero, ¿Por qué nos llama? ¿Cuál es la emergencia? le pregunta la dama del servicio público.  “Dos mujeres jóvenes están peleándose por mí,” le contesta el joven.  “No entiendo.  Debería estar contento.  ¿Por qué nos está llamando a nosotros?” le pregunta la dama.  “Es que usted no entiende,” le contesta el hombre, “la fea está ganando.”

WILL I HAVE LOTS OF MONEY? (April 13, 2017)

Trying to learn about life, a baby crocodile was talking to his father.  The baby asks the father:  “Daddy, will I have lots of money someday?” Without hesitation the father crocodile tells him:  “Yes, you will when you become a wallet for a wealthy man.”

¿TENDRÉ MUCHO DINERO? (13 de Abril 2017)

Un cocodrilo adolescente que quería saber de la vida le pregunta a su papá:  “¿Papá, algún día tendré mucho dinero?”  Sin pensarlo dos veces, el papá cocodrilo le dice:  “Sí, lo tendrás cuando seas billetera de hombre rico.”

THE MANGY DOG

A wife had an ugly mangy dog she loved, but her husband hated it.  One night the man took the dog to the other side of town and dropped it.  When he got back home the dog was waiting for him.  The next night he blindfolded the dog and drop it off farther than the first night.  When he got home the dog was waiting for him.  The following night the man blindfolded the dog again and just started driving zigzagging and doing everything possible to confuse the dog.  He dropped the dog of, but then he realized he was lost.  He did the obvious;  he called his wife and told her:  “Put the dog on the phone, so he can tell me how to get back home. (April 6, 2017)

EL PERRO SARNOSO

Una señora adoraba un perro sarnoso que tenía, pero su esposo lo odiaba.  Ocurrió una noche que el esposo se llevó el perro al otro lado del pueblo y lo soltó. Cuando volvió  a la casa el perro estaba esperándolo.  La siguiente noche le vendó los ojos al perro, lo llevó al monte y lo soltó.  Al volver a casa, encontró al perro moviendo la cola como dándole la bienvenida.  La tercera noche el señor le vendó los ojos al perro y se fue zigzagueando en el coche hasta llegar a la próxima ciudad grande y lo soltó.  El hombre zigzagueó tanto y como no conocía la ciudad se perdió.  hizo lo obvio; llamó a su esposa y le dijo:  “Pon el perro en el teléfono para que me diga cómo volver.”    (6 de Abril 2017)

MY BEST FRIEND

Sam went to visit his best friend Mark and found him in a festive mood drinking and celebrating.  Sam finally asked him:  “Mark, what are you celebrating?”  Mark responded:  “My nagging and complaining wife of 25 year ran away with my best friend.”  “I thought I was your best friend,” Sam told him.  Mark answered:  “You were until today.  Now he is.”

MI MEJOR AMIGO

Samuel fue a visitar a su mejor amigo Marcos y lo encontró feliz y celebrando con licores finos.  Por fin le preguntó:  “¿Marcos, qué estás celebrando?” Marcos le respondió:  “Mi esposa quejona y regañona de 25 años se huyó con mi mejor amigo.”  “Yo creía ser tu mejor amigo,” le dijo Samuel.  “Lo eras hasta hoy.  Ahora ese señor es mi mejor amigo,” le declaró Marcos.

I’M JESUS CHRIST (March 23, 2017)

Two pastor friends are taking a leisurely walk in the park.  A drunk comes up to the first one and tells him:  “I am Jesus Christ.”  The pastor tells him:  “Son, when you sober up you will know you’re not Jesus Christ.”  The drunk goes up to the second pastor and tells him:  “You know, I’m Jesus Christ.”  The pastor tells him:  “May God forgive you, but you are not Jesus Christ.”  The drunk tells them:  “Follow me and I will prove it to you.”  They follow him and he enters into a bar.  As soon as he comes in, the bartender says:  “Jesus Christ!  You’re here again.”

YO SOY DIOS (23 de Marzo 2017)

Dos pastores buenos amigos caminan por el parque.  Un borracho le dice al primero:  “Yo soy Dios.”  El pastor le dice:  “Hermano, cuando se te pase la borrachera sabrás que no eres Dios.” Entonces el borracho le dice al segundo:  “Sepa que yo soy Dios.”  El pastor le dice:  “Que Dios te perdone, pero no eres Dios.”  El borracho les dice:  “Síganme y se lo compruebo.”  Lo siguen y el borracho entra a una cantina.  Tan pronto entra, el cantinero dice:  “¡Dios mío!  Es usted otra vez.”

THE FUNERAL  (March 16, 2017)

At a multimillionaire’s funeral a lady kept on crying uncontrollably. She was crying so much and so loud that she was disrupting the proceedings. Finally the pastor went over to her and asked her:  “Are you a close relative of the deceased?”  She answered:  “I don’t even know him and that’s why I’m not on his will.

EL FUNERAL  (16 de Marzo 2017)

En el funeral de un señor multimillonaria una señora lloraba y lloraba a grito abierto inconsolablemente. Lloraba tan fuerte que estaba  interrumpiendo con el procedimiento.  Por fin el pastor se arrimó a ella y le preguntó:  “¿Es usted pariente cercana del difunto?”  Ella le contestó:  “Ni siquiera lo conozco y por eso no recibiré parte de su herencia.”

THE BICYCLE

A ten-year-old boy was seating on a bench outside a store.  A man parked in front of him and seeing a beautiful bicycle next to him told him:  “I’ll give you one hundred dollars for the bicycle.”  The boy said:  “You’ve got a deal.” The man gave him a one-hundred-dollar bill and the boy left immediately whistling happily. As the man was going to put the bicycle in his pickup a man and his son came out of the store and the father asked him: “What are you doing with my son’s bicycle?”

LA BICICLETA

Un niño de diez años estaba sentado en una banca fuera de una tienda.  Un hombre estacionó su camión al lado, vio una bicicleta cerca del niño y le dijo:  “Te doy cien dólares por la bicicleta.” El niño le contestó: “Tenemos trato.”  El señor le dio un billete de cien dólares y el niño se fue rápidamente silbando de felicidad.  Cuando el hombre estaba por subir la bicicleta a su camión, salió un señor con su niño y le dijo:  “¿Por qué tiene usted la bicicleta de mi hijo?”

HE LEFT A CHECK (March 2, 2017)

At the funeral of a man 3 of his closest friends are there.  The Chinese friend tells the others:  “It is a Chinese custom to give a departed friend some money for the journey.”  He places two hundred dollars in the coffin.  The native-American friend says:  “We have that custom too.” He puts three hundred dollars in the coffin.  The Mexican friend says:  “We don’t have that custom, but I do want him to have a good trip.”  He writes a check for a thousand dollars, puts it in the coffin and takes out the five hundred dollars.

THE DECOY (February 23, 2017)

The city policemen were alerted that there was going to be a lot of drinking at a party close to the police station.  They sent a police wagon with many policemen to keep an eye, so they could arrest as many of the drunk drivers as possible. When the party was over the people started coming out.  They kept their eyes on a man who came out staggering and fell down by the door.  He got up trying to find his keys, but had trouble finding them.  When he found them, he tried his car key on many car doors but they wouldn’t open.  Finally when most of the cars had gone he found his car, opened the door, and tried to start his car many, many times before it actually started. As he was driving off the police stopped him immediately.  They made him get out of the car and take a breathalyzer test.  He had zero alcohol in his blood and he showed no signs of being intoxicated. The policeman told him:  “I don’t understand why you have no alcohol in your blood and you look so normal now.” The man replied:  “I didn’t drink at all.  We knew the police were coming, so I was appointed to be the decoy.”

THE TWENTY-YEAR CELEBRATION (February 16, 2017)

A couple who had been unhappily married for fifteen years went to the wife’s twenty-year high school reunion.  She kept looking at a drunk who kept on drinking and drinking.  Finally the husband asked her:  “Do you know that man?”  She answered: “He was my high school sweetheart.” He told her:  “This is remarkable.  I never knew somebody could celebrate for twenty years.”

SHOTS AT THE UNIVERSITY (February 9, 2017)

Many years ago a peasant couple, who did not know how to read or write, had been waiting for years to have a child and finally had one.  They decided to name him Shots. The child grew up and since there was no future for him with his parents he moved to the city.  A few months later a neighbor who knew how to barely read told his parents” “I have good news for you. The newspaper says that shots have been heard at the university.  That means he’s working at the university.”  They celebrated.  A few months later the neighbor comes and says:  “I have some bad news for you.  The newspaper says that shots were fired at the university.  That means your son lost his job.” They were sad and drank a couple of six packs of beer.  About a year later the neighbor comes again and tells the father:  “I have some bad news for you.  The newspaper says that shots killed a man.  That means the police is looking for your son.” The next morning Shots comes to visit his parents and the father tells him:  “Son, go hide in the barn.  The police is looking for you.”

TIROS EN LA UNIVERSIDAD (9 de Febrero 2017)

Hace muchos años una pareja de campesinos, quienes no sabían ni leer ni escribir, habían tratado de tener hijos, pero no habían podido finalmente tuvieron un hijo.  Le llamaron Tiros.  El niño creció y como no veía futuro quedándose en el campo se fue a la ciudad.  Pasaron algunos meses, y un vecino quien casi no sabía leer vino y les dijo:  “Les tengo buenas noticias.  El periódico dice que se oyeron tiros en la universidad.  Eso significa que a su hijo le está yendo muy bien.”  Los dos hombres celebraron.  Unas pocas semanas después el vecino volvió y les dijo:  “Les traigo malas noticias. Su hijo hizo muy mal, porque el periódico dice que por tiros la universidad tuvo muchos daños.” De pura tristeza los dos campesinos se embriagaron.  Un mes más tarde vuelve el vecino y les dice:  “Esta vez sí les tengo malísimas noticias.  El periódico dice que por tiros fue asesinado un doctor.”  El día siguiente llega el hijo a visitar, y el papá le dice: “Escóndete en la caballeriza que te anda buscando la policía.”

THE MATH BOOK (February 2, 2017)

A man and his wife who had been married for a long time were talking.  The wife asked him:  “Now that we have been married for ten years can you describe what I am to you?”  The man thought for a few moments and then he said:  “You remind me of my math book.”  She didn’t know what he meant, so she asked him:  “Why is that?”  He replied:  “Well, my math book gives me many problems and so do you.”

 

EL LIBRO DE MATEMÁTICAS (2 de Febrero 2017)

Un hombre y su mujer quienes habían estado casados por mucho tiempo estaban hablando.  La esposa le preguntó:  “¿Ya que hemos estado casados por diez años puedes describir lo que significo para ti.” El hombre pensó por un momento y luego le dijo:  “Eres como mi libro de matemáticas.”  Ella no sabía lo que eso significaba, y por eso le preguntó:  “¿Por qué?”  El esposo se lo explicó:  “El libro de matemáticas me da muchos problemas y tú también.”

WHO ARE YOU? (January 26, 2017)

A young boy, who was not a very good student, told his father:  “Dad, tomorrow I have a test.” The father told him:  “If you fail that test, I don’t even know you.”  The next day the boy comes home from school and the father asks him:  “Son, how did you do on your test?”  The boy replied:  “I don’t know you. Who are you?”

¿QUIÉN ES USTED? (26 de Enero 2017)

Un chico, que no era buen estudiante, le dijo a su padre:  “Papá, mañana voy a tener un examen.”  El papá le dijo:  “Si no lo pasas ni te conozco.”  El día siguiente el chico regresa de la escuela y el padre le pregunta:  “¿Cómo te fue en el examen?” El hijo le responde: “No lo conozco. ¿Quién es usted?”

YOU CAUSED IT (January 19, 2016)

A fat man and a skinny one started working together on the same day.  From day one the fat man would tell the skinny one:  “There must be a famine in the land.” The skinny man, being a prudent person, would never answer anything.  One morning after the skinny man was fed up hearing the same thing over and over, he decided to answer back.  When the fat man told him:  “There must be a famine in the land,” he answered, “Yes, and you caused it.”

USTED LA CAUSÓ (19 Enero 2017)

Un hombre gordo y uno flaco comenzaron a trabajar juntos el mismo día.  Desde el primer día el gordo le decía al flaco:  “Ha de haber hambruna en el mundo.”  El flaco, siendo una persona prudente, no le decía  nada.  Después de varios días el hombre flaco estaba cansado y aburrido de oír lo mismo, y por eso cuando el gordo le dijo:  “Ha de haber hambruna en el mundo,” él le contestó:  “Sí, la hay, y usted la causó.”

WILL I BE ABLE TO PLAY THE GUITAR?

A patient asks his doctor:  “Doctor, after the operation will I be able to play the guitar?” The doctor answers him:  “Yes, of course, you will.”  The patient tells him:  “That’s great because I don’t know how to play it.”

¿PODRÉ TOCAR LA GUITARRA?

Un paciente le pregunta a su doctor: “¿Doctor, después de la operación, podré tocar la guitarra?” El doctor le responde: “Claro que podrás tocarla.”  El paciente le dice: “Eso es magnífico, porque no sé tocarla.”

I KILLED SEVEN FLIES

Two maids were talking and one told the other:  “Mary, you know, I killed 7 flies this morning. Four were male and three were female.” Mary asked the other maid:  “Jane, how do you know they were male and female?” “Three were on the mirror and the other four were on an opened can of beer,” answered Jane.

MATÉ SIETE MOSCAS

Dos criadas estaban hablando y una le dijo a la otra:  “María, sabes que maté siete moscas esta mañana – cuatro machos y tres hembras.”  María le preguntó a la otra criada:  “¿Juanita, cómo sabías que eran machos y hembras?” “Tres estaban en el espejo, y las otras cuatro estaban en una lata de cerveza que estaba abierta,” le contestó Juanita.

ONCE FED ALWAYS FED (December 29, 2017)

A pastor who taught once saved by grace always saved was driving his car in Montana when a terrible snow storm closed all the roads for days.  He found shelter with an older couple who had seen him on television. The first day the lady gave him a very good meal.  The next two days went by and he was not given anything to eat.  He asked the lady why and she told him:  “Once fed always fed.”

UNA VEZ ALIMENTADO SIEMPRE ALIMENTADO (29 de Diciembre 2016)

Un pastor quien enseñaba una vez salvo por gracia siempre salvo conducía su coche por el estado de Montana cuando llegó una nevada horrible y se cerraron todos los caminos por muchos días.  Encontró refugio con una pareja anciana quienes lo habían visto por la televisión.  El primer día la señora le dio una buena comida, pero luego por los próximos dos días no le dio nada.  El pastor le preguntó por qué no le daba de comer y la señora le contestó:  “Una vez alimentado siempre alimentado.”

DOES THE FISH COME BY ITSELF? (December 22, 2016)

A man went to a restaurant and ordered fish.  A few minutes later the waitress brought him a plate with a fish on it and nothing else.  The customer asks:  “Does the fish come alone?” The waitress answered him:  “No.  I came with it.  I brought it.”

¿EL PESCADO VIENE SOLO? (22 de Diciembre 2016)

Un señor fue a un restaurante y ordenó pescado.  Unos minutos más tarde la mesera le trae un plato con un pescado y nada más.  El cliente le pregunta:  “El pescado viene solo?”  La mesera le contesta:  “No.  Yo vine con el pescado.  Yo lo traje.”

USE BETTER SOAP

A man takes his dirty clothes to be washed at a laundry.  He writes a note that says:  “Please, use better soap on my underwear.”  When he picks up his clothes there’s a note that reads:  “Please use better toilet paper.”

USEN MEJOR JABÓN

Un señor lleva su ropa sucia a la lavandería para que se la laven.  Le pone una nota que dice:  “Por favor, usen mejor jabón en mi ropa interior.” Cuando va por su ropa encuentra una nota que dice:  “Por favor, use mejor papel higiénico.”

HE SWAM FAST (December 8, 2016)

A very wealthy man who had a gigantic swimming pool full of sharks and crocodiles told his guests:  “I will give one million dollars to the person who swims across this 60-foot pool.”  Suddenly they saw an obese man swimming as fast as he could dodging crocodiles and sharks.  He came at the other side with his clothes ripped to shreds.  The wealthy man wrote a check for a million dollars, gave it to the man and told him:  “Please tell me why you were so courageous and how you swam so fast.” The man answered: “Don’t mind that.  I just want to know who pushed me into the pool.”

NADÓ MUY RÁPIDO (8 de Diciembre 2016)

Un hombre riquísimo quien tenía una piscina gigantesca llena de tiburones y cocodrilos les dijo a sus invitados:  “Le doy un millón de dólares a la persona que nade de punta a punta esta piscina de veinte metros.”  De repente vieron que un hombre obeso nadaba rapidísimo esquivando cocodrilos y tiburones. Salió en el otro lado con la ropa hecha pedazos. El hombre rico inmediatamente le dio un cheque por un millón de dólares, y le dijo:  “Por favor, dígame por qué tuvo tanto valor, y cómo nadó tan rápido.” El hombre le contestó:  “Yo solamente quiero saber, ¿quién fue el que me empujó?

GIRLFRIEND AT A FOOTBALL GAME  (December 1, 2016)

A football player took his new girlfriend to her first football game.  After the game the young man asked her:  “How did you like the game?” She told him:  “I enjoyed it, but I couldn’t figure out why they were trying to kill each other for a quarter.”  Dumbfounded he asked her: “What do you mean?”  She replied:  “At the beginning of the game they flipped a quarter.  One team got it and then for the rest of the game they kept on shouting:  ‘Get the quarterback.’ I couldn’t understand why they were fighting for twenty-five cents.”

THE CHRISTIAN PUPPIES

Johnny, a Christian boy, has three newborn puppies in a box with a blanket.  His atheist uncle comes over and asks him:  “Can they see yet?”  Johnny tells him:  “No, they cannot see.”  Three days later the uncle comes to visit again and asks his nephew:  “Can the puppies see now?”  “Yes, they can see,” the boy informs him.  The uncle asks:  “Why couldn’t they see before?” The boy replies:  “Before they were atheists.  Now they are Christians.”

LOS PERRITOS CRISTIANOS

Juanito, un niño cristiano, tenía tres perritos recién nacidos en una caja con una cobija.  Su tío ateo llegó y le preguntó:  “¿Ya pueden ver?”  El niño le contestó:  “No pueden ver.”  Tres días después volvió el tío y le preguntó:  “Ahora sí pueden ver?”  Juanito le respondió:  “Sí, ya pueden ver.”  El tío le preguntó:  “¿Por qué no podían ver antes?”  El sobrino le informó:  “Es que antes eran ateos, pero ahora son cristianos.”

ADDITION

Teacher: “If I give you 2 puppies, 2 more puppies and another 2, how many puppies will you have? “Bobby: “Eight.” Teacher: “Maybe you did not understand the question.  If I give you two puppies,  two more puppies and another two, how many puppies will you have? “Bobby: “Eight.” Teacher: “Let me explain it to you in another way. If I give you two oranges,  two more oranges and another two, how many oranges will you have? “Bobby: “Six, of course.” Teacher: “Good. Now if I were to give you two puppies, two more puppies and another two, how many puppies would you have?” Bobby: “Eight!” Teacher: “Bobby, how on earth do you get eight? “Bobby: “Because I already have two puppies at home!”

LA SUMA

La Profesora:  “Betito, si te doy 2 perritos, dos perritos más y otros dos, ¿cuántos perritos tendrás?” “Ocho,” contesta Betito. Profesora:  “Escucha muy bien. Si te doy dos perritos, dos  perritos más, y otros dos, ¿cuántos perritos tendrás?  “Ocho,” responde Betito.  Profesora:  “Permíteme explicártelo de otra manera.  Si te doy dos naranjas, dos naranjas más y otras dos, ¿cuántas naranjas tendrás?”  “Seis, desde luego,” le dice Betito. Profesora: “Te haré la primera pregunta de nuevo. ¿Si te doy dos perritos, dos perritos más y otros dos, ¿cuántos perritos tendras?” “Ocho,” le contesta el alumno. “¿Betido, cómo puedes sumar así?”  “Es que ya tengo dos perritos en casa,” le contesta el niño.

THE SMART BLONDE

A college professor and a blonde were in an elevator when the door malfunctioned and it would not open. After thirty minutes the professor told the blonde:  “Let’s play a game to pass the time away.”  She agreed.  He said: “I’ll ask you a question and if you cannot answer it, you give me one dollar. You ask me a question and if I cannot answer it, I’ll give you one hundred dollars.”  He asked her:  “What’s the distance between the sun and the moon?”  She did not say a word and gave him one dollar.  Then she asked him:  “What animal has three eyes and cannot see?” He thought for five minutes and then gave her one hundred dollars.  Out of curiosity he asked her: “What animal has three eyes and cannot see?”  She gave him one dollar.  He didn’t want to play anymore.

LA RUBIA INTELIGENTE

Un profesor universitario y una rubia estaban en un ascensor cuando la puerta tuvo una falla electrónica – no se abría. Después de treinta minutos el profesor le dijo a la rubia:  “Juguemos un juego para pasar el tiempo.” Ella consintió. Él le dijo:  “Le hago una pregunta y si no sabe la respuesta me da un dólar.  Usted me hace una pregunta y si no sé la respuesta le doy cien dólares.”  Entonces él le preguntó:  “¿Cuál es la distancia entre el sol y la luna?”  La rubia no dijo nada, y le dio un dólar.  Entonces ella le preguntó:  “¿Qué animal tiene tres ojos y no puede ver?” Él pensó por cinco minutos y luego le dio cien dólares.  De curiosidad el profesor le preguntó:  “¿Qué animal tiene tres ojos y no puede ver?”  Ella le dio un dólar.  El profesor ya no quiso jugar.

JESUS COULD NOT PAY

A man wants to cross the Jordan River, and so he asks the captain of the ferry:  “How much will you charge me to take me across the river?”  “Fifty dollars,” the captain told him.  “That’s way too expensive,” the man told him and then he asked, “Why so much?”  The captain declared, “This is where Jesus walked on water.”  The man told him, “He walked across because He probably couldn’t afford the fifty dollars.”

JESUCRISTO NO PUDO PAGAR

Un hombre quería cruzar el Río Jordán, y le preguntó al capitán de la barca de pasaje:  “¿Cuánto me cobra por cruzarme el río?” “Cincuenta dólares,” le respondió el capitán.  “Eso es demasiado caro,” le dijo el hombre, y luego le preguntó:  “¿Por qué tanto?”  El capitán le declaró:  “ Aquí es donde Jesús anduvo sobre el agua.” El hombre le dijo:  “Tuvo que andar sobre el agua, porque no tenía los cincuenta dólares.”

SHE HONORED HER HUSBAND’S REQUEST

A wealthy old man, who had been married several times, married a thirty-year-old model.  He knew he would probably die before her and since money was the most important thing to him,  he told her:  “When my time comes, please bury me with a million dollars.” He also told his lawyer about his request. When the man did die, he was buried and next to him was a small box with a lock on it.  The lawyer commented and asked the widow:  “I am glad you honored his request.  Did you put gold, silver, diamonds or money in that small box?”  She replied:  “I put a check for a million dollars.  If it’s not cashed within three months, it will become null and void.”

ELLA HONRÓ LA PETICIÓN DE SU ESPOSO

Un hombre riquísimo, quien había sido casado varias veces, se casó con una modelo de treinta años.  Sabiendo que lo más probable era que él se moriría antes que ella, y siendo que el dinero era lo más importante para él, le dijo:  “Cuando se llegue mi tiempo, por favor entiérrame con un millón de dólares.”  Para asegurarse que se cumpliera se lo dijo a su abogado también. Cuando se murió el señor, lo enterraron y junto a su cuerpo estaba una cajita cerrada con candado.  El abogado le comentó y le preguntó a la viuda:  “Me alegro que haya honrado su petición.  ¿Le puso oro, plata, diamantes o dinero en la cajita?”  Ella le contestó:  “Le puse un cheque por un millón de dólares.  Si no lo reclama en tres meses, caducará.”

THE WIDOW FULFILLS HER HUSBAND’S PROMISES

A man died who had made his wife many promises, but had never kept them.  She had him cremated and as she was dumping his ashes on the living room rug, she was talking to him.  She said: “That brand new car in the garage that’s the one you promised me and never bought.  I paid for it with your life’s insurance money.  I also bought this ring that you promised me when we were married.  And that new fur coat in the closet is the one you promised me ten years ago. I bought it yesterday.  By the way, you never bought me the vacuum cleaner you promised me two years ago, but I bought this nice one this morning, and I am going to use on the rug right now.”

LA VIUDA CUMPLE LAS PROMESAS DE SU ESPOSO

Un hombre quien le había hecho muchas promesas a su esposa y jamás las había cumplido se murió.  Ella trajo las cenizas del crematorio, y al desparramarlas sobre la alfombra de la sala le hablaba al difunto.  Le decía:  “Ese carro nuevo que me prometiste y nunca lo compraste está afuera. Lo pagué con el dinero de tu seguro de vida. También compré este anillo que me prometiste cuando nos casamos. El chaquetón de piel que está en el ropero es el que me prometiste vez tras vez, pero nunca me lo diste.  A propósito, esta aspiradora nueva es la que me prometiste hace dos años. La compré esta mañana, y la voy a utilizar para aspirar la alfombra.”

THE DEMONS SAID:  “THANK YOU.”

A famous evangelist, who was famous for healing the sick and casting out demons, came to a small town.  A lady and her son-in-law came to the service.  The evangelist cast out two demons out of the son-in-law.  The man got down on his knees and thanked the evangelist for setting him free.  Next the evangelist cast three demons out of the mother-in-law.  The demons got on their knees and thanked the evangelist for freeing them.

LOS DEMONIOS DIJERON:  “GRACIAS.”

Un evangelista, quien era famoso por sanar a los enfermos y expulsar demonios de las personas, vino a un pueblo pequeño.  Una señora y su yerno fueron al servicio.  El evangelista expulsó dos demonios del yerno.  El hombre se arrodilló, le daba y le daba gracias al evangelista por haberle hecho el milagro.  Luego el evangelista echó fuera tres demonios de la suegra. Los demonios se arrodillaron y no terminaban de darle gracias al evangelista por

GIVE ME BACK MY MONEY

Barack Obama was on Pennsylvania Avenue admiring the rainbow of lights he had shining on the White House when a black homosexual who had lost all his money to the Obamacare put a gun on his back and told him:  “This is a holdup.  Give me all your money.”  Obama responded: “You can’t do that.  I am a Democrat and your President.” The robber told him:  “In that case, give me back my money.”

DEME SU DINERO

Barack Obama estaba en la calle frente a la Casa Blanca admirando el arco iris de luces que brillaban en las paredes.  Un negro homosexual quien le había pagado todo su dinero al programa de salud “Obamacare,” le puso la pistola en la espalda y le dijo:  “Es un atraco. Deme todo su dinero.”  Obama respondió:  “Señor, no puede hacer eso.  Soy demócrata y soy su Presidente.” El ladrón le dijo:  “En ese caso, devuélvame mi dinero.”

I TOOK THE WRONG BUS

A drunk gets on a bus cursing God.  He sits next to a Mormon because that’s the only sit available.  Quickly the Mormon tells him:  “You are going straight to hell.” The drunk says:  “Let me get off.  I must have gotten on the wrong bus.”

ME EQUIVOQUÉ DE AUTOBÚS

Un borracho se sube a un autobús renegando contra Dios.  Se sienta junto a un mormón porque es el único asiento disponible.  El mormón le dice:  “Usted va derechito al infierno.” El borracho le grita al chofer: “Pare.  Me subí al autobús equivocado.”

GO AND SEE

At a funeral a pastor was praying over the deceased. He was saying:  “God, John was a wonderful Christian.  He was a good father, an excellent husband and a good community leader.  Open the gates of heaven for him.”  The widow told her son:  “That can’t be your father.  Go look in the casket and see who’s there.”

VE A MIRAR

En un funeral un pastor oraba por el muerto.  Decía: “Padre Dios, Juan fue un gran cristiano. Fue buen padre y excelente esposo.  Era un líder de nuestra comunidad. Por favor, ábrele los portales del cielo.” La viuda le dijo a su hijo: “Ese no puede ser tu padre.  Ve a ver quien está en ese ataúd.”

THREE ON A MOTORCYCLE

Two nuns on a motorcycle have just crossed a very dangerous curve, where they had to dodge many dangers and obstacles due to a mudslide. When they made it safely across, a policeman stops them and asks them:  “How did you manage to cross?”  The nuns respond:  “Jesus is with us!” The policeman, who is an unbeliever, informs them:  “The fine is three hundred dollars for having three people on a motorcycle.”

TRES EN UNA MOTOCICLETA

Dos monjas van en una motocicleta y acaban de pasar una curva muy peligrosa donde tuvieron que esquivar muchos peligros y obstáculos a causa de un derrumbe.  Al terminar de cruzar lo peligroso las detiene un policía y les pregunta: “¿Cómo lograron cruzar?” Las monjas le contestan:  “¡Jesús está con nosotras!” El policía, quien es un incrédulo, les informa:  “La multa es de trescientos dólares por tener tres personas en la moto.”

YOU GOT AN F

A seven-year-old boy was very inquisitive and was always asking his mother personal questions. She would never answer them.  One day the little boy saw his mother’s driver’s license and when they were at the dinner table, the son told his mother:  “I know how old you are.” The mother asked him, “How old am I?”  The little boy said: “Twenty-nine.”  “And I know how tall you are,” her son told her.  “How tall am I,” the mother asked him.  “Five feet, five inches,” he replied.  The mother was somewhat perplexed, but then the boy told her: “I know why you and daddy got a divorce?”  She did not know what to do, but out of curiosity she asked him, “Why did we get a divorce?”  The little boy sad:  “Because you got an F in Sex.”

NO IMPORTA QUIEN TE LA HAYA DEJADO

Un joven quien estaba por casarse comenzó a tener dudas de su futura esposa.  Le preguntó a su prometida: “¿Te vas a casar conmigo porque mis padres murieron y me dejaron una fortuna?” La prometida le contestó:  “Me casaría contigo sin importar quién te hubiera dejado la fortuna.”

DO YOU KNOW WHERE YOU WOULD GO?

A few years ago an atheist barber went to a Billy Graham crusade. He received Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior and became spirit filled.  He promised God that he would bring many people to salvation.  The next day while the barber was in the backroom praying the first customer came in. The barber came out with the Bible in one hand and a big razor blade in the other.  He asked the client:  “Do you know where you would go if you were to die now?” As he took off running as fast as he could, the man shouted: “I know I’m getting out of here as fast as I can.”

¿SABE USTED ADÓNDE IRÍA?

Hace poco tiempo un barbero ateo asistió a un culto del evangelista Cash Luna. Recibió a Jesucristo como su Señor y Salvador, y se llenó del Espíritu Santo. Le prometió a Dios traerle tantas almas como fuera posible. El día siguiente mientras el barbero estaba orando en un cuarto trasero, entró el primer cliente. El barbero salió con la biblia en una mano y una navaja grande de afeitar en la otra.  Le preguntó al cliente: “¿Sabe adónde iría si muriera en este momento?” Al salir corriendo de la barbería, el hombre le gritó: “Sé que me alejaré de aquí lo más pronto que pueda.”

AT THE SHOE STORE (August 25, 2016)

A well-dressed lady walks into a very expensive shoe store in New York City  and asks the clerk:  “Do you have any crocodile shoes?” The clerk answer:  “Yes,  Madame. We have all kinds of shoes in stock.”  She tells him:  “Would you be so kind as to show me some.”  He tells her:  “First you need to tell me what size shoe your crocodile wears.”

EN LA ZAPATERÍA (25 de Agosto 2016)

Una señora vestida elegantemente entra a una zapatería exclusiva de Nueva York, y le pregunta al dependiente:  “¿Tienen zapatos de cocodrilo?” el dependiente le contesta:  “Claro que sí, señora. Surtimos de todas clases.”  Ella le dice:  “Enséñeme algunos, por favor.”  Él le dice:  “Primeramente dígame qué talla de zapato calza su cocodrilo?”

I LOVE YOU – August 18, 2016

A wife and her husband had a romantic dinner at home and continued celebrating enjoying some very expensive wine. After the fourth glass of wine, out of the blue the wife said:  “I love you, I love you, I love you!”  The husband all excited asked her:  “Sweetie, are you talking to me?” “I am talking to the wine,” she replied. 

ME ENCANTAS – 18 de Agosto 2016

Un señor de unos cuarenta años y su esposa al terminar de disfrutar una cena romántica en casa continuaron celebrando tomando un vino muy exquisito. De repente sin ninguna razón la señora dijo:  “¡Me encantas, me encantas, me encantas!” El esposo todo emocionado le preguntó:  “¿Amor, te refieres a mí?” Ella le contestó:  “Le estaba hablando al vino.”

HE MINDED HIS OWN BUSINESS (August 11, 2016)

A young body builder was sitting on a park bench eating a hamburger and he had three more next to him.  A sixty-year-old man stopped and told him:  “Hamburgers are really bad for your health.”  The young man told him:  “You’re only in your sixties, but my grandfather lived to be 110 years old.” The old man asked him:  “Did he eat a lot of hamburgers?”  The young man told him:  “He never ate them, but he minded his own business.”

NO SE METÍA EN LO QUE NO LE IMPORTABA (11 de Agosto 2016)

Un joven culturista estaba sentado en una banca en el parque comiendo una hamburguesa y tenía tres más a su lado.  Un anciano de unos sesenta años se detuvo y le dijo: “Las hamburguesas son malísimas para su salud.” El joven le contestó:  “Usted anda en los sesentas, pero mi abuelo murió de 110 años.”  El anciano le preguntó: “¿Comía muchas hamburguesas?”

El joven culturista le dijo: “Nunca las comía, pero no se metía en lo que no le importaba.”

THE ANTIQUE COLLECTOR

An antique collector is walking through a rundown neighborhood and he sees an old dog eating his food from an old antique dog dish that is worth a lot of money.  He knocks on the door of the house and tells the owner:  “I live out on the country.  I need a dog like yours to protect me. I’ll give you three hundred dollars for your dog.” The man gladly sells him the dog.  Then the collector says:  “By the way since the dog is used to eating from that old dish, can you throw that in for free?”  The owner tells him:  “The dish is not for sale.  I just use it to sell old dogs.”

EL COLECCIONISTA DE ANTIGÜEDADES

Un coleccionista de antigüedades se paseaba por una aldea muy pobre de México. De repente vio un perro viejo comiendo de cacerola antigua y muy valiosa.  Tocó a la puerta y le dijo al dueño:  “Tengo una hacienda y necesito un perro como el suyo para que me proteja.  Le doy trescientos dólares por el perro.”  El señor se lo vendió inmediatamente.  Luego el coleccionista le dijo:  “Yo sé que el perro está acostumbrado a comer de esa cacerola.  ¿Me la puede regalar siendo que le compré el perro?”  El dueño le contestó:  “La cacerola no está de venta.  Solamente la uso para vender perros viejos.”

I WILL GUESS YOUR NAMES (July 28, 2016)

An Italian, a German and a Mexican-American had been friends for years.  One night they went out drinking and all three of them get killed in an automobile accident.  They get to hell and the devil meets them at the gate.  He tells them:  “We are very overcrowded, so if you tell me the first letter of your name, and if I don’t guess your name, you get to go to heaven, but if I guess your name, you stay here.” The Italian told him: “My first letter is an F.” The devil said: “your name is Francesco.”  The Italian agreed, so he stayed there.  The German said:  “My first letter is a W.”  The devil said:  “Your name is Wolf.”  The German had to agree, so he stayed there.  The Mexican-American told the devil:  “My name starts with an A.”  “Your name is Antonio,” the devil told him.  “No,” said the man, “my name is Anthony.” So he went to heaven.

ADIVINARÉ SUS NOMBRES (28 de Julio 2016)

Un italiano, un alemán y un méxico-americano habían sido amigos por años. Una noche salieron a tomar, y desgraciadamente murieron en un accidente automovilístico.  Llegaron al infierno, y el diablo los recibió en la puerta, y les dijo:  “Casi no tenemos espacio.  Si me dicen la primera letra de su nombre, y si yo no adivino su nombre, se pueden ir al cielo.”  El italiano le dijo:  “Mi primera letra es una F.”  El diablo le dijo:  “Te llamas Francesco.” El italiano consintió y se quedó.  El alemán dijo mi letra es la W.”  El diablo le dijo:  “Te llamas Wolf.”  El señor consintió y también se quedó.  El méxico-americano le dijo:  “Mi primera letra es una M.”  “Te llamas Miguel,” le dijo el diablo.  “No,” contestó el hombre, “ me llamo Mike.”  Tomó el ascensor y se fue al cielo.

THE PROTESTANT

For some strange reason a born-again Christian man lived for years in a completely Catholic neighborhood.  Every year during Lent all the Catholics would only eat fish, but he would barbecue some steaks in his backyard.  The wind would carry the odor and all his neighbors would smell it.  They hated it.  After about twenty years, they convinced him to be baptized as a Catholic.  As a few drops of holy water were sprinkled on his head, the priest said:  “Before you were Protestant, now you are Catholic.” The following year during lent, the neighbors smelled the steaks again.  The neighbors went over and asked him: “Why are you eating beef? You should be eating fish.”  The man responded:  “I sprinkled holy water over it.  Before it was beef, now it’s fish.”

EL PROTESTANTE

Por alguna extraña razón un protestante cristiano vivía en una vecindad donde todos los demás eran católicos.  Cada año durante la cuaresma todos solamente comían pescado, pero el señor cocinaba su carne de res en el patio trasero.  El olor les llegaba a todos los vecinos, porque el viento se los llevaba.  Eso les disgustaba mucho.  Por fin, después de veinte años, lo convencieron que se bautizara en la religión católica.  Al bautizarlo el cura le roció unas gotitas de agua bendita en la cabeza y dijo: “Antes eras protestante, ahora eres católico.”  El año siguiente durante la cuaresma, los vecinos volvieron a oler carne asada.  Los vecinos fueron y le preguntaron:  “¿Por qué estás comiendo carne de res? Debes comer pescado.”  El señor les contestó: “Le rocié agua bendita y le dije, ‘Antes eras res, ahora eres pescado.’ “

THE TWENTY-DOLLAR BILL AND THE OLD QUARTER (July 7, 2016)

A worn out twenty-dollar bill and an old quarter arrived together at the Federal Reserve Bank to be put out of circulation.  As they traveled together to be destroyed, the twenty-dollar bill told the quarter:  “I had a wonderful life.  I have been in the best restaurants, the most luxurious homes, the best resorts, synagogues and with the wealthiest people.”  “Where have you been?” the bill asked the quarter.  The old quarter responded:  “I’ve been to the Catholic church, the Lutheran Church, the Anglican Church and to many hot dog stands.”

EL BILLETE DE MIL PESOS Y LA MONEDA DE CINCUENTA CENTAVOS

Para ser retirados del servicio público, un billete de mil pesos viejo y desteñido y una moneda de cincuenta centavos a la cual ya no se le podían leer ni las letras ni los números llegaron a la casa donde fabrican billetes y acuñan monedas.  Al estar juntos, el billete de mil pesos le dijo a la moneda:  “Yo tuve una vida estupenda y maravillosa.  Estuve en los mejores restaurantes,  los hogares más lujosos, las áreas de recreación más hermosas, en las sinagogas más ricas, y con la gente más pudiente del planeta.” Luego preguntó: “¿Dónde has estado tú?” La moneda le contestó: “Yo he estado en la iglesia católica, la iglesia luterana, la iglesia adventista, y en los puestos en las calles.”

LIFETIME FRIENDS (July 7, 2016)

Two elderly men had been friends since childhood. Now in their eighties they got together once a week in a coffee shop to share a cup of coffee and a couple of doughnuts.  One day, one of them told the other one, “I know we’ve been friends for years, but I can’t remember your name or mine.  Can you tell me our names?” The other one answered him: “I know I’ve seen you before and I’ve seen myself in the mirror, but I don’t know our names.  Maybe the waitress can tell us.”

AMIGOS DE POR VIDA (7 de Julio 2016)

Dos ancianos habían sido amigos todas sus vidas.  Ya estaban en los ochentas, y se reunían una vez por semana en una cafetería para tomar una taza de café y comerse algunas golosinas. Un día unos de ellos le dijo al otro:  “Yo sé que hemos sido amigos por muchos años, pero no recuerdo tu nombre, y ni sé el mío.  ¿Puedes decirme nuestros nombres?” El otro le contestó:  “Sé que te he visto antes, y que he visto mi cara en el espejo, pero no sé cómo nos llamamos. ¿Crees que la mesera sepa?”

WE LOST FAITH (June 30, 2016)

One Sunday morning a drunk came into church and sat on the back.  The pastor was giving a sermon on faith, so he said: “We have a big problem in this community because all of us have lost faith and hope.” The drunk stood up and said: “Don’t worry!  If you give me a drink, I’ll go  find both of those girls –  Faith and Hope.”

PERDIMOS LA ESPERANZA (30 de Junio 2016)

Un domingo de mañanita entró un borracho a la iglesia y se sentó atrás.  El pastor estaba dando un sermón sobre la fe y la esperanza.  De repente el pastor dijo:  “Tenemos grandes problemas en esta comunidad, porque todos hemos perdido la esperanza.”  El borracho se levantó y dijo:  “Si me dan un trago yo voy y les encuentro a esa muchacha Esperanza.”

HER SIDE OF THE FAMILY

A child asked his Christian grandmother:  “Grandma, how did people began?”  “God made Adam and Eve and they had children. Then their children had children and those children had more children.  In a few years the world was full of people,” she told him.  Then he went over and asked his atheist grandfather the same question.  The grandfather told him:  “First we were in the ocean, but we kept changing.  We came out of the ocean and became small animals. Then we became monkeys and later became people.”  The boy went to his grandma and told her:  “Grandma, you lied to me.  We came from monkeys. My grandpa told me.”  The grandmother told him:  “Your grandpa’s side of the family came from monkeys.  My side came from God and people.”

SU LADO DE LA FAMILIA

Un niño le preguntó a su abuela cristiana:  “Abuelita, cómo comenzó la gente?”  Ella le dijo, “Dios creó a Adán y a Eva.  Ellos tuvieron hijos, sus hijos tuvieron hijos, y así continuó hasta que el mundo se llenó de gente.” Luego el niño buscó a su abuelo y le preguntó la misma pregunta. El abuelo, quien era ateo, le dijo:  “Primeramente estábamos en el océano, pero comenzamos a cambiar.  Nos salimos y nos convertimos en pequeños animales.  Luego fuimos monos y por fin nos convertimos en gente.” El niño poco enfadado corrió hacia su abuela y le dijo:  “Abuelita, tú me mentiste. Nosotros venimos de los monos.  Mi abuelito me dijo.” La abuela le dijo:  “Los parientes de tu abuelo vinieron de los monos, los míos vinieron de Dios y de gente.”

LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT

The husband asks his wife:  “Do you believe in love at first sight?” “Of course I do,” she answers him.  “How do you know you believe in it?” he asks her.  “If I had given you a second look, I wouldn’t have married you,” she tells him.      June 23, 2016

AMOR A PRIMERA VISTA

El esposo le pregunta a su esposa:  “¿Crees en amor a primera vista?”  “Claro que sí,” le contesta ella. “¿Cómo estás tan segura que lo crees?” le pregunta él. “Si te hubiera visto la segunda vez no me hubiera casado contigo,” le contesta ella.      23 de Junio 2016

THE DAM FISH (June 9, 2016)

A young boy was selling fish on the street.  He was yelling, “Three dam fish for twenty dollars.” A pastor, upon hearing it got upset,  stopped and told him, “You cannot say that. Fish cannot be damned.” The boy said, “Yes, I can. I caught them by the dam.” The pastor understood,  paid him twenty dollars for three of them and even gave him a five-dollar tip.”  The pastor got home and told his wife, “Honey, cook these dam fish.” The wife said: “Honey, you’re a pastor.  You can’t talk that way.” The pastor explained to her about the dam, so she cooked them.  At dinner time the wife told their dinner guests, an atheist couple who they were trying to convert: “Let’s enjoy the dam fish.” The man said:  “They are not damned to us because we don’t believe in your damnator.”

LOS PESCADOS CONDENADOS (9 de Junio 2016)

Un chico estaba vendiendo pescados en la calle.  Gritaba, “Tres pescados condenados por veinte dólares.” Un pastor quien iba pasando, oyó, se fastidió y le dijo al chico: “No puedes decir eso.  Los pescados no pueden ser condenados.” El chico le contestó:  “Sí, puedo.  Los condenados me dieron mucha lata para pescarlos.”  El pastor comprendió, le pagó veinte dólares por tres, y hasta le dio una propina de cinco dólares.  El pastor llego a su casa y le dijo a su esposa:  “Cocina estos tres condenados pescados, por favor.”  La señora le dijo:  “Eres pastor, pero no puedes condenar peces ni pescados.” El pastor le explicó por qué les llamaba “condenados,” y ella los cocinó.  Al comenzar la cena, la señora les dijo a sus invitados – una pareja de ateos a quienes querían convertir – “Disfrutemos los condenados pescados.” El invitado le dijo: “Para nosotros no son condenados, porque no creemos en su condenador.”

THE CAR IS LOCKED (June 2, 2016)

Two blondes came out of the shopping center and find out that the doors of their car are locked and the keys are inside.  One of them has tried to open the door for twenty minutes, but hasn’t had any luck.  Finally the other one tells her, “Let’s hope you open it in the next five minutes because it’s going to rain, and the top of the convertible is down.”

LAS LLAVES ESTÁN ADENTRO (2 de Junio 2016)

Dos gallegas salen de un centro de compras y se dan cuento que cerraron las puertas del coche con llave y que se les quedaron las llaves adentro.  Por veinte minutos una de ellas trata de abrir la puerta, pero no se abre.  Por fin, la otra le dice:  “Ojalá que la abras en los próximos cinco minutos porque va a llover y dejamos la tapa del coche abajo.”

KISSING IN THE PARK (May 26, 2016)

A man and his wife, who have been married for forty  years, decide to go and feed the ducks at a nearby park. When they get there, they seat down on a bench.  Nearby on another bench are two young lovers kissing and kissing. The wife asks her husband: “Why aren’t you doing the same?” He tells her:  “Why should I kiss her?  I don’t even know her.”

BESÁNDOSE EN EL PARQUE (26 de Mayo 2016)

Un señor y su esposa, quienes habían estado casados por más de cuarenta años, decidieron ir al parque para darles de comer a los patos.  Cuando llegaron se sentaron en una banca.  En otra banca estaban un jovencito y una jovencita quienes se besaban y se besaban.  La esposa le dijo al señor:  “¿ Por qué no haces lo mismo?” El esposo le contestó:  “Ni siquiera la conozco.”

TAKING THE PENGUINS FOR A RIDE

“A man is driving down the road with a bunch of penguins in the back seat of his car. The police stop him and tell the man that he cannot drive down the road with that many penguins in his car, it’s illegal. They inform him that he needs to take the penguins to the zoo right away. He is pulled over again the following day by the same police officer when the officer notices all the penguins still in the man’s car. He says to the man, “I thought I told you to take those penguins to the zoo!” to which the man replies, “I did. Today I’m taking them to the movies.”

LLEVAR A LOS PINGÜINOS DE PASEO

“Un hombre va en su coche y lleva muchos pingüinos en el asiento trasero. Un patrullero lo detiene y le dice que es contra la ley llevar tantos pingüinos en el coche. Le dice que los lleve al parque zoológico. El día siguiente el mismo policía lo ve con los pingüinos y lo detiene nuevamente, y le dice:  “Le dije ayer que llevara esos pingüinos al parque zoológico.”  El hombre le contestó:  “Sí, lo hice y se divirtieron. Hoy los llevo al cine a mirar una película de Walt Disney.”

THE UGLY MIRROR

Three centuries ago when our country was young, a native American man, who had low self-esteem, found a mirror.  He looked at it and said:  “That man is so ugly that every time I see him from now on, I will feel better about myself.” He took the mirror home and put it in his hunting bag where his wife found it.  The wife, who had good self-esteem, looked at it and said: “That lady is so ugly that every time I look at it, it’s going to make me feel bad about myself because my husband is cheating on me with such an ugly woman.”   She threw the mirror in the fire.

EL ESPEJO FEO

Hace cuatro siglos un indígena nativo de México, quien tenía bajo autoestima, se encontró un espejo. Lo miró y dijo:  “Ese hombre es tan feo que cada vez que lo mire me voy a sentir mejor de mí mismo.” Se lo llevó a su casa y lo puso en el saco de sus flechas. Su esposa, quien tenía buen autoestima lo encontró, lo vio y dijo:  “Esa señora es tan fea que cada vez que la vea me hará sentir mal simplemente al pensar que mi esposo me está engañando con una mujer tan fea.”  Echó el espejo al fuego y allí terminó todo.

HE IS THE FIRST ONE TO GET HERE

The pastor of the biggest church and a lawyer died at the same instant, so consequently they arrived at the pearly gates together.  Saint Peter met them there. He took both of them to their permanent lodging.  First, he took the lawyer to his new residence.  It was a two-story mansion with a gigantic swimming pool, a spacious Jacuzzi, a sauna for several people, a beautiful garden with beautiful bright-colored flowers that both men had never ever seen before and with a beautiful view of the snow-covered mountains. Then he took the pastor to a one-room shack with holes on the walls and weeds all around it.  The pastor asked Saint Peter:  “Why did you give the lawyer such a luxurious place and gave me this dilapidated shack?”  Saint Peter told him: “We have thousands of Christian pastors here, but this is the first lawyer that has come through those gates.”  May 5, 2016

BY HIS LAST NAME (April 28, 2016)

A lady from Oklahoma went to get a passport.  The official behind the desk asked her:  Madam, how many children do you have? “Ten from different fathers,” she told him. “What are their names,” he asked.  “John, John, John, John, John, John, John, John, John and John,” she answered. The man asked her, “If all of them are named John, how do you call them to dinner?” “I just yell, ‘John’, and all of them come,” she told him.  The official inquired, “What about when you want them to go to bed?”  “I just say, ‘John’, go to bed,’ and all of them go to bed,” she informed him. The man asked, “But what do you do when you only want to see one of them?” “That’s simple. I call him by his last name,” she answered.

 

DO YOU HAVE ANY DUCT TAPE? (April 21, 2016)

A duck walks into McDonald’s and tells the attendant:  “Do you have a duck meal?” The attendant tells him:  “we don’t have any duck meals.” The duck asks the same question again. The attendant tells him: “If you ask me one more time I am going to seal your beak with duct tape.”  The duck asks him:  “Do you have any duct tape?”  The employee tell him: “No.” Then the duck tells him:  “In that case,  serve me a hamburger for ducks.”

YOU SENT A PROFESSIONAL

An eighty-three-year-old widow locked herself out of the house. She tried opening the door and the windows, but nothing would work.  She prayed to God to help her.  A man was walking by, saw her and found a way to open the door.  The lady prayed:  “God, thank You for sending an angel to help me.” The man said:  “Lady, I am not an angel.  I’ve just spent five years in prison for breaking into houses.” The widow prayed:  “God, thank You for sending a professional to open my door.”

COFFEE BREAK IS OVER (April 8, 2016)

A man gets to hell and the devil tells him: “You must choose one of the three rooms that I am going to show you where you will spend eternity.”  The first room was filled with people with fire up to their waist.  In the second room the fire was up to their neck, but in the third room the flames only went up to their knees.  The man said:  “I prefer the third room.” At that time the devil said:  “Coffee break is over in the third room.  All of you stand on your head again.”

WATCH OUT FOR THE WALL!

A funeral service is being held in a church for a woman who has just passed away. At the end of the service, the pallbearers carrying the casket accidentally bump into a wall jarring the casket. They hear a faint moan. They open the casket and find that the women is actually alive. She lives for 10 more years and then dies. A ceremony is again held at the same church and at the end the pallbearers are again carrying the casket out. As they are walking, the husband calls out, “Watch out for the wall!”           March 31, 2016

I’VE NEVER BEEN THERE

A homeless man who had accepted Jesus Christ at his campsite by the river went to church for the first time.  It was a church in the wealthy section of the city.  Several people complained to the pastor, so the latter asked the man to pray to God and ask Him how he should dress to come to church.  The next Sunday the man came dressed exactly the same.  The pastor asked him:  “Did you ask God how you should dress to come to this church?”  The man responded:  “I did, but He told me He did not know because He has never been here.”               March 27, 2016

THE CHICKEN OR THE EGG

One day a farmer went to feed the chickens and he saw that one of them was reading two books; the Bible and Darwin’s “Theory of Evolution.”  He asked her: “Why are you reading those two books?”  The chicken answered:  “I want to know if I came first, or if the egg came first.”      March 17, 2016

THE FROG(March 10, 2016)

A frog telephones the Psychic Hotline and his Personal Psychic Advisor tells him: “You are going to meet a very beautiful young girl who will want to know everything about you.” The frog is thrilled, “This is great! Will I meet her at a party? Will she kiss me and I will become a charming prince?”  “No,” says his Advisor, “You will meet her in her biology class.”

SO SHE WOULD LOVE YOU (March 3, 2016)

Upon waking up from a deep slumber and seeing Eve so beautiful, Adam asked:  “God, why did you make Eve so beautiful?”  “As a gift for you, my son,” God answered.  “Why did you give her such beautiful blue eyes, and such beautiful blonde hair?” he asked God.  “As a gift for you, my son,” God repeated.  “And why did you give her such a seductive body,” Adam asked.  “So you would enjoy it, my son,” God told him.  “But why did you make her so dumb?” Adam asked.  “So she would love you, my son,” God declared to him. 

SO SHE WOULD LOVE YOU (February 25, 2016)

Upon waking up from a deep slumber and seeing Eve so beautiful, Adam asked:  “God, why did you make Eve so beautiful?”  “As a gift for you, my son,” God answered.  “Why did you give her such beautiful blue eyes, and such beautiful blonde hair?” he asked God.  “As a gift for you, my son,” God repeated.  “And why did you give her such a seductive body,” Adam asked.  “So you would enjoy it, my son,” God told him.  “But why did you make her so dumb?” Adam asked.  “So she would love you, my son,” God declared to him. 

TWO DIFFERENT POINTS OF VIEW (February 18, 2016)

A university professor wrote on the board:  “a woman without her man is nothing.” He asked his students to punctuate the sentence.  The male students punctuated it like this:  “A woman, without her man, is nothing.”  But the female students wrote it like this:  “A woman – without her, man is nothing.”

THE CAT WAS  CATHOLIC

A wealthy lady came in to the Catholic church and asked the priest to come to her home and say the last rights for her cat.  The priest told her, “Lady, don’t bother me with that nonsense.” The lady told him, “That’s too bad!  I was going to donate $10,000 to the church.”  The priest reacted and said, “I didn’t know the cat was Catholic. I am coming right over.”

WAKE THEM UP

A pastor saw three people asleep and snoring in the front row, so he called an usher and told him to wake them up.  The usher told him, “Since you were the one who put them to sleep you should be the one to wake them up.”

Weekly Message 3

ALWAYS BE READY

We should always be ready for any situation that may come up.  There is no substitute for good planning and for being prepared at all times.  The persons who are ready will take advantage of the opportunities when they come up and will not have too many setbacks.  Being ready apply to every area of our lives.  Since all of us are going to die sooner or later, are we ready to meet our Maker – Jesus Christ)

Proverb 28:19-20

“He who tills his land will have plenty of bread, but he who follows frivolity will have poverty enough! A faithful man will abound with blessings, but he who hastens to be rich will not go unpunished.”

We have to work and prepare for the future because it’s going to get here, whether we prepare for it or not. If we get caught unprepared, we will suffer the consequences.

Proverb 6:6-8

“Go to the ant, you sluggard! Consider her ways and be wise,  which, having no captain, overseer or ruler,  provides her supplies in the summer, and gathers her food in the harvest.”

The aunt plans ahead, so we should plan ahead.  If we plan ahead, we will have the resources available when they are needed.  That not only applies to physical resources, but also to skills, wisdom, education, knowledge and whatever else might be necessary.

Proverb 27:1

“Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring forth.”

Not only should you not boast about tomorrow or your future, but you should prepare for whatever may come.

Titus 3:1

“Remind them to be subject to rulers and authorities, to obey, to be ready for every good work,  to speak evil of no one, to be peaceable, gentle, showing all humility to all men.  For we ourselves were also once foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving various lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful and hating one another.”

We should be good citizens always ready to serve and help others in their time of need.  God expects us to do good works.  James, the Lord’s brother, tells us (James 2:26) that faith without works is dead.

2 Timothy 4:2-5

“Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching.  For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers;  and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.  But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.”

We should learn the word of God well enough that whenever there is an opportunity, we should use it to help people and to bring them into the knowledge of salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.  This is more important now than ever because many pastors and evangelists are teaching false doctrine to bring more people to their congregations.  The more people in their congregation, the bigger are the offerings.

1 Peter 3:15

“But sanctify the Lord Godin your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear.”

Always be ready to tell the people why you believe in God, what He has done for you, how He has changed you and why they should come to Him.

Revelation 3:3

“Remember therefore how you have received and heard; hold fast and repent. Therefore if you will not watch, I will come upon you as a thief, and you will not know what hour I will come upon you.”

We should always stay close to God and be ready for the rapture because Jesus is coming as a thief in the night in a time when we least expect Him.

1 Corinthians 15:50-54

“Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does corruption inherit incorruption.  Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep (die), but we shall all be changed—in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.  For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.  So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.”

The apostle Paul is talking about the rapture.  This is when Jesus is coming back for His children – the Christians.  The ones who have died will come back to life, will be given glorified bodies coming out of the graves and will meet Jesus up in the air.  We, who are still alive, will also be given glorified bodies and we will also meet Jesus Christ up in the air and will go to heaven with Him.  The rapture can happen at any given moment.  The question is…Are you ready?

Not only make yourself ready to meet your future physical needs and those of your family, but also make yourself ready to go home with the Lord Jesus when He comes back for us in what is known as the rapture.  The first step in getting ready is by receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior.  If you have already done it, good for you!  If you have never done it, you may do it now.  Read the following prayer several times and when you truly understand it, pray it to God aloud in all humility and sincerity.  He will hear you and will accept you as His child.

“Father God, I repent of all my sins.  I ask You to forgive me and to make me clean.  I believe and confess that Jesus Christ is Your Son, that He died and resurrected on the third day to pay for my sins.  I receive Him as my Lord and Savior and I also ask the Holy Spirit to live in me.  Thank You, Father!  Amen.”  7/20/17

ALL OF US SIN

A sin is anything that goes against the will and the word of God and it is disobedience against Him no matter how we look at it.  We may try to disguise it, dismiss it, not give it any importance or deny it, but it is what it is nevertheless.  God considers our sins as lawlessness   (1 John 3:4) and as a rebellion against Him.

1 John 1:8

“If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.”

The person who thinks or says he does not sin is only deceiving himself and some  gullible people.  History has proven that there were, are and will be gullible people who will believe just about anything.

Romans 3:23-24

 For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,  being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.”

All of us have sinned, are sinning and as long as we are alive we will continue to sin. There are no exceptions.  Don’t think for one instance that you do not sin, you do, but because Jesus died and resurrected to pay for our sins, you can have salvation.

Romans 3:9

“What then? Are we better than they? – the people under condemnation – the ones who are not Christians.  Not at all.  For we have previously charged both Jews and Greeks that they are all under sin.”

Every single human being is under sin because of the sin Adam and Eve committed at the garden of Even (Genesis 3:6-7Romans 5:12).  Because of their disobedience sin entered the world, but because Jesus paid for our sins if we repent,  pray to God and receive Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, our sins are forgiven and blotted out.  If you have never received Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, your sins are still with you and punishment awaits you in the hereafter.  However if you become a born-again Christian, God will forgive you and you will spend eternity with Him.

Galatians 3:22

 But the Scripture has confined all under sin, that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe.”

According to the word of God all of us are under sin, but if we believe and confess (Romans 10:9-10) that Jesus is the Son of God, the Creator, the Living God and that He resurrected from the dead on the third day to give us the opportunity to be saved, we will have salvation.

1 John 1:9

“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

It does not matter what sins you may have committed, God will forgive you if you repent, ask Him to forgive you and ask Jesus Christ to be your Lord and Savior.  This is the acceptable day of the Lord for you to have salvation (2 Corinthians 6:2).  After the one more scripture, you have the opportunity to get rid of your sins and become a child of God, which means you will not spend eternity in the lake of fire, but in the presence of God.

Romans 5:8

“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

A sinner is a person who has not accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior.  Once we become followers of Jesus Christ, we are no longer sinners, but saints who sometimes sin.  Christ died for every single human being  who has ever lived.  That means Jesus Christ has already paid for your sins. All you have to do is receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior and you will become His child.  That means you will escape the lake of fire and will spend eternity with God rejoicing and enjoying every single minute.

Read the following prayer and when you truly understand it and believe it, pray it to God aloud in humility and sincerity.  He will hear you, see you, forgive you and give you eternal life. “Father God, I repent of all my sins.  Please forgive me and give me eternal life with You.  I believe and confess that Jesus Christ is Your Son, that He suffered, died and resurrected to pay for my sins. I ask Him to be my Lord and Savior and I ask You to activate the Holy Spirit within me to guide me and protect me.  Thank You, Father.  Amen.”

You are now a child of God.  No, you are not perfect and sometimes you will fall, but God will pick you up if you pray to Him.  Start attending a born-again Christian church where they teach directly from the Bible and where you can feel the presence of God.  Read the Bible and start learning God’s word, so you can put it into practice.

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YOU ARE NEVER ALONE

Although we may think we are alone that is not the case.  The reason being is that there is an unseen world full of spiritual beings.  Father God, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit and God’s angels are on the good side.  On the bad side are the devil and his demons.

Hebrews 13:5

 Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He (God) Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

If we are Christians we are never alone, because God promises to be with us.  We may not see Him, but He is constantly watching us.

Deuteronomy 31:6

 Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them  (the enemy – whoever it may be); for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.”

God is telling us not to be afraid of anything or anyone because He is always with us and will protect us.  He will not leave us nor forsake us.

Psalm 34:17-19

The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears, and delivers them out of all their troubles.  The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart,  and saves such as have a contrite spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all.”

The Lord is always near to His children. When we are in trouble He is there and if we cry out to Him, He will deliver us.

Psalm 145:18-19

“The Lord is near to all who call upon Him, to all who call upon Him in truth.  He will fulfill the desires of those who fear Him; He also will hear their cry and save them.”

God’s promises always have a condition.  For Him to be close to us is for us to call upon His name in faith.  If we draw close to Him, He will draw close to us.

John 14:15-18

“If you love Me, keep My commandments.  And I (Jesus Christ) will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper (The Holy Spirit), that He may abide with you forever—  the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.  I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.”

A Christian can never be alone because the Holy Spirit lives in Him.  The condition is for us to love God and keep His commandments.

John 14:22-23

 Judas (not Iscariot) said to Him (Jesus Christ), “Lord, how is it that You will manifest Yourself to us, and not to the world?” Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him.”

The condition here is for us to love Jesus and keep His word.  If we do, Father God and Jesus Christ will live in us through the Holy Spirit.  Nobody is ever completely alone in this world because there are always spiritual beings around.  Some of them are good and some are bad.

 

ARE YOU FREE?

God wants us to be free indeed, yet many of us are slaves to sin, addictions, adultery, fear, ignorance, witchcraft, selfishness, anger, low self-esteem, possessions, jobs, religion, sickness, poverty, bad habits, peer pressure, the cares of this world and  to many other things.  Which ones of  the things mentioned have enslaved you?

JOHN 8:34-36

“Jesus answered them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin.  And a slave does not abide in the house forever, but a son abides forever.  Therefore if the Son (Jesus Christ) makes you free, you shall be free indeed.”

Jesus meant that we would be free from sin, as well as from the cares of the world.  Christians are free from sin, not because we don’t sin, but because we repent and God forgives us.

ROMANS 8:1-2

“ There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.  For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.”

The blood that Jesus shed on the cross blots out all our sins if we repent, ask God to forgive us and receive Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior.  We are not slaves to sin or to our past because we become new creatures in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17).  Our past sins have been erased.

PHILIPPIANS 4:6-7

 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;  and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

The best way to be free from everything is to immediately take any concerns we may have to God in prayer and supplication.  We have to release our problems to Him.  He can handle them when we cannot.  Yes, we may go through storms, but we can have that peace that surpasses all understanding because we know God is with us – we are not fighting it alone.

2 TIMOTHY 1:7

“For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”

The spirit of fear, which comes from the devil not from God, enslaves us and paralyzes us to the point where we cannot fulfill our God-given potential.  What can we do?  We should replace the spirit of fear with the spirit of confidence.  After all, God tells us in Philippians 4:13 – “I can do all things through Christ Jesus who strengthens me.”  Are you free from fear?

HEBREWS 13:5-6

 Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He (God) Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”  So we may boldly say: “The Lord is my helper;  I will not fear. What can man do to me?”

We should feel totally free knowing that God will never leave us nor forsake us.  He is always with us if we are His children – Christ followers.

Do not be a slave to anxiety, frustration, worries, your problems, somebody else’s problems or anything else. Release them to God in prayer and supplication.  Learn to be truly free.  Once you start doing that, you will enjoy life so much more.  Jesus wants you to enjoy life and to enjoy it to the fullest (John 10:10).  Don’t disappoint Him. 

 

WE BATTLE NOT AGAINST FLESH AND BLOOD

The real battle is not here on earth, but in heavenly places between the angels of God and the devil and his demons. It is a battle for the souls of the people.  Since we are God’s soldiers we can help the angels win the war by praying without ceasing.  Our prayers keep the enemy away from us and help empower the angels so they can win the battles.

Ephesians 6:12-13

 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.”

Our real enemy is the devil and his demons.  We put on the whole armor of God by receiving Jesus as our Lord and Savior, repenting of our sins, asking God to forgive us, praying without ceasing, tithing, congregating with other believers, reading and learning the word of God, staying away from sin, living by faith and not by sight and living by godly principles.

1 Peter 5:8-9

“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.  Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world.”

We have to be on the lookout because the devil is everywhere, even where we least expect him, trying to make us fall into sin.  When we fall into sin, we are pleasing the devil and displeasing God.  If we go deep into it, we may even lose our salvation.

LUKE 9:1

“Then He (Jesus) called His twelve disciples together and gave them power and authority over all demons, and to cure diseases.  He sent them to preach the kingdom of God and to heal the sick. “

Every believer has power over the devil and his demons, but that power only comes through the Lord Jesus and the blood He shed on the cross.

Luke 10:17-20

“Then the seventy returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in Your name.” And He said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.  Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.  Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rather rejoice because your names are written in heaven.”

We have power over many things if we believe and act in faith, but the most important thing is that we will spend eternity with God.

Revelation 12:7-12

“And war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought,  but they did not prevail, nor was a place found for them in heaven any longer.  So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, “Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down.  And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.  Therefore rejoice, O heavens, and you who dwell in them! Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and the sea! For the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has a short time.”

The best thing we can do is not to give the devil any grounds to accuse us.  We can do that by trying not to sin, but in case we do, we should repent immediately and ask God to forgive us.  As soon as we get a sinful thought we should rebuke.  The devil only has the power over us that we give him.  If we don’t give him any power over us, he is defeated. Jesus has already given us the victory by His suffering, death and resurrection.

Salvation is not automatic and neither are the answers to our problems.  To have salvation we have to receive Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, and to receive answers to our problems we have pray to God in faith.

 

UNLEARN YOUR NEGATIVE HABITS

Due to your environment, background, acquaintances, educational level, low self-esteem, thought process or past experiences you may have developed bad habits. Because of these bad habits you may speak negatively most of the time. The way you think of yourself and speak influence your life.  The Bible tells us that the way a person thinks that’s what he is (Proverbs 23:7). How do you see yourself?

If you think negatively you have to unlearn that way of thinking and learn how to think in a positive manner.  When you change your way of thinking, you will change your way of talking and when you change your way of talking you will change your life.  In Romans 12:2, the apostle Paul tells us:  “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”

Learn to use positive terminology.  You should never say, “I can’t do that,” because if you do you are already confessing that it is beyond your capabilities.  That means you will not even try to do it, but even if you do you will do it half-heartedly, and, of course, you will fail.  One thing is for sure; you are capable of more than you think you can do.

In Mark 9:23, the Bible tells us:  “Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.” Then in Mark 10:27, the Bible tells us:  “But Jesus looked at them and said, “With men it is impossible, but not with God; for with God all things are possible.” Instead of saying, “I can’t do it,” say, “With God’s help I can do anything.”

Don’t even say, “I am going to try.”  If you say that what you are really saying is, “I am going to give it a try, but if it seems difficult, I’ll quit.”  What you should say is, “I am going to do it!” It does not matter how long it takes you or how many times you try, if you have that attitude you will succeed.  Thomas Edison tried two thousand times to invent the light bulb.  He did not give up.  Basically he said:  “I just found two thousand ways how not to do it.”  But you know what? – the next time he succeeded. 

Don’t look at a setback in a negative way.  Look at it as a learning experience.  By the same token, don’t look at an obstacle as a defeat; look at it as a challenge to overcome.  Think of the many possibilities to solve it, choose the best option, and then put a plan into action. The words, “give up,” should not be in your vocabulary.  If you are a born-again Christian, ask God to help you.  He will hear you and before you know it you will have the problem solved.

Don’t be afraid of change.  It is through it that you will grow.  The more changes you see, the faster you grow.  The people who see very little change, crack the first time they see a major change in their lives. The people who embrace change are more successful than the ones who do not.    

Be a person of true grit, resolve, moral ethics, perseverance and of great character.   Don’t run away from problems or obstacles.  Don’t meet them necessarily head-on, but tackle them with intelligence. When you overcome obstacles, trials and problems, you are building your character, which makes you a better and stronger person. 

The only thing that has been stopping you is your way of thinking. From now on, speak positively of yourself. Remember; if you believe and confess you can’t, you can’t, but if you believe and confess you can, you can.   (thelivinglights.com)  6/15/17 

RELATIONSHIP PRIORITIES

God has set priorities for our relationships with other people.  There are different types of relationships and some, of course, are more important than others.  Without doubt the most important one is the one we should have with our Creator because that one will determine where we will spend eternity. 

EXODUS 20:2-3

“I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. You shall have no other gods before Me.” God said that to the Jewish people, but He is telling us the same thing because He wants to take us out of a sinful life to a righteous one.  Our first and primary relationship should be with Him.  In Exodus 20:5, He tells us that He is a jealous God.  We should give Him first place in our lives.

1 PETER 1:13-16

“Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; as obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, as in your ignorance;  but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy.”

We should try to stay away from sin as much as possible – Since Jesus is holy, we should try our best to imitate Him trying to be holy.  If we don’t even try, we are not giving Him first place in our lives.

GENESIS 2:24

“Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.”

Our first relationship and most important one should be with God and the second one in importance should be the one with our spouse and, of course, he or she should be of the opposite sex (Matthew 19:4-6).

1 PETER 3-1-7

The word of God tells husbands and wives to submit to one another in love.  They should honor and respect one another and be of one accord in everything they do. They should raise the children on godly principles with love, discipline and understanding.  

GENESIS 18:18-19

 Since Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him?  For I (God) have known him, in order that he may command his children and his household after him, that they keep the way of the Lord, to do righteousness and justice, that the Lord may bring to Abraham what He has spoken to him.”

The third most important relationship we should have is the one with our family.  We should set the example for our children and others of how to live a godly life. 

EPHESIANS 6:4

In Ephesians 6:4, the apostle Paul tells us:  “And you, fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord.”

In other words, the parents working together should bring up their children in the training and admonition of the Lord Jesus.  

MATTHEW 22:37-40

“Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’this is the first and great commandment.  And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’   On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”

The correct priorities for us should be to love God, love our spouse, love our family and love the rest of the people.  The rest of the people could be relatives, friends, neighbors, coworkers, team members, people who attend the same activities, people living in foreign countries and anybody else you can think of. 

 Some advice:  Do not make the mistake of placing your job,  your hobbies, your possessions or anything else before God, your spouse or your family.  If you do you will experience failure somewhere down the line.   (6/8/17)

THERE IS AN APPOINTED TIME

Being at the right place, with the right people at the right time makes all the difference in the world.  God has an appointed time for us to do certain things, but many times we do not adhere to that appointed time.  We get impatient and we do it our way without inquiring of the Lord, which many times leads to failure.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

“To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven: A time to be born and a time to die; A time to plant and a time to pluck what is planted, a time to kill, and a time to heal; A time to break down, and a time to build up;  A time to weep, and a time to laugh; A time to mourn, and a time to dance; A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones; A time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; A time to gain, and a time to lose, a time to keep, and a time to throw away; A time to tear, and a time to sew; A time to keep silence, and a time to speak;  A time to love, and a time to hate; A time of war, and a time of peace.”

King Solomon tells us very clearly that there is a time for everything. As he puts it:  “To everything there is a season.” Our assignment is to find out when is the right season for whatever we want to do.

Psalm 139:14-16

I will praise You (God), for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well.  My frame was not hidden from You, when I was made in secret, and skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed.  And in Your book they all were written, the days fashioned for me, when as yet there were none of them.”

Even when we were initially conceived God saw us and knew us. The seed had been planted, but our bodies were not yet formed.  That was our appointed time to come into this world as people.  Abortions, suicides, homicides and accidents are not in God’s plans, but the Bible says that it rains on the just and the unjust (Matthew 5:45). Since all of us have free will, people many times not only hurt themselves, but they hurt others. 

Hebrews 9:27-28

 And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment, so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many. To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation.”

God has appointed for each one of us to die once, but not necessarily twice.  The first death is the physical death that every human being goes through; The second death is when unbelievers are thrown into the lake of fire to suffer eternally.  You can avoid that by receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. 

John 14:1-3

Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me.  In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.”

There is an appointed time for Jesus to come back for His followers – the Christians.  That time is known as “the rapture.”  To know when that time will be, read Matthew 24:5-15, Daniel 12:1-4,  1 Thessalonians 5:2-3 and Revelation 11:15.

In conclusion I would like to say, “There is an appointed time for being born, growing up,  learning the word of God,  being a light for Jesus, living with your parents, preparing for a career, a profession or a skill, getting married, being a parent, being a grandparent, retiring from work and even for dying. Do those activities at the proper time, at the designated place with the right people.  Since we humans are limited by time, space, intelligence, knowledge and wisdom, pray to God for wisdom before making any decision that may have major consequences to you.   

BE A SERVANT

Jesus was a servant and He wants us to have a servant’s attitude.  It does not matter who we are, where we are or what is going on, we can be a servant.  The world has too many bosses and not enough servants – too many chiefs and not enough Indians.

John 6:38

“For I (Jesus Christ) have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him (God the Father) who sent Me.”

The Father’s will was for Jesus to serve Him here on earth by giving up His life, so that we could have the opportunity of having salvation.

Matthew 20:26-28

 Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servant.  And whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your slave—  just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”

Jesus, being God, did not come to be served, but to serve.  We ought to follow in His example.

Mark 10:45

“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”

Jesus Christ Himself is telling us that He came to give up His life for anyone who would receive Him as His Lord and Savior. He paid for our sins, so we would not have to spend eternity suffering in the lake of fire.  Unfortunately many souls will spend time in hell and later on will be transferred to the lake of fire to spend eternity there because they don’t believe that the only way to heaven is through Jesus Christ (John 14:6).

Galatians 5:13-14

 For you, brethren, have been called to liberty; only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.  For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

We can only show true love for one another by serving one another. If we do not serve one another the word “love” is just an empty word.

Deuteronomy 6:12-14

Then beware, lest you forget the Lord who brought you out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage.  You shall fear the Lord your God and serve Him, and shall take oaths in His name. You shall not go after other gods, the gods of the peoples who are all around you.”

God was talking to the Jewish people, but He could just as well be talking to us.  He brought us out of the bondage of sin, which represents Egypt. He is also telling us not to worship anything or anybody else other than Him.  If we do we will be eternally separated from God.

Matthew 25:21

“His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’”

This is a parable that Jesus told His followers, but, in essence, He is telling us that when we get to heaven if we have served Him well, He is going to tell us, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”  Every Christian should be anxiously waiting to hear those words.  I am!

In Matthew 22:37-40, God tells us to love Him and to love our fellow men.  The only way we can truly show our love to God and to people is by serving them.  There are as many ways of serving people as your imagination will allow. When you are serving people you are serving God and pleasing Him, at the same time. (May 25, 2017).  thelivinglights.com

THE BLESSINGS COME

Many times the blessings from God come to us not because we have earned them or deserve them, but rather because of who God is.  He is loving,  righteous, just and on top of that He is sovereign.  He does not have to give account of His actions to anybody.  He is the ultimate authority over everything.

1 John 4:4

 He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.” God is love and because that is His essence, He can bestow blessings on us that we may not even deserve.  I am sure you have asked yourself:  “Why is that person receiving blessings when he/she is not even a Christian?” God,  because of His sovereignty and love,  may have decided to bless him/her.

Romans 5:8

“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Without question the biggest blessing that any person can have is to spend eternity with God.  When Jesus died and resurrected, He made it possible for every human being, regardless of what he or she may have done, to have salvation.  There is no greater love than that (John 15:13).

Romans 9:15

“I will have mercy on whomever I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whomever I will have compassion.” This is what God told Moses.  He could have added:  “I will bless whomever I will bless.” That is His prerogative.

Deuteronomy 11:26-28

““Behold, I set before you today a blessing and a curse:  the blessing, if you obey the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you today; and the curse, if you do not obey the commandments of the Lord your God, but turn aside from the way which I command you today, to go after other gods which you have not known.”

The blessings will come if we obey God’s commands and if we: 1. Repent, 2. Ask God to forgive us. 3. Believe and confess that Jesus paid for our sins when he died and resurrected. 4. Ask Jesus to be our Lord and Savior. 5. In faith ask in prayer for God’s blessings.  6. Try to live a Christian life.

Matthew 22:37-40

What are God’s commandments? Jesus, our Lord and Savior, sums them up in Matthew 22:37-40 like this:  “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’  This is the first and great commandment.  And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’  On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”

If we love God and love other people we are fulfilling God’s commandments and we will receive His blessings.

Genesis 39:20-23

“Then Joseph’s master took him and put him into the prison, a place where the king’s prisoners were confined. And he was there in the prison.  But the Lord was with Joseph and showed him mercy, and He gave him favor in the sight of the keeper of the prison.  And the keeper of the prison committed to Joseph’s hand all the prisoners who were in the prison; whatever they did there, it was his doing.  The keeper of the prison did not look into anything that was under Joseph’s authority, because the Lord was with him; and whatever he did, the Lord made it prosper.” 1. Joseph was imprisoned unjustly.  2. God was with him even there.  3. It was in God’s plan to save the Jewish people from the famine. 4. Because of Joseph finding favor with God, so did the keeper of the prison.  5. Sometimes unbelievers find favor with God because of their relationship with a believer.  6. Sometimes God blesses unbelievers because they are doing good deeds.  They will not go to heaven, but they will be blesses here on earth.

God’s blessings to us come in many ways and many times we are not even aware of them.  They come in the air we breathe, the sunshine, the moon, the rain, the snow, the wind, good friends, good neighbors,  good health, opportunities of several kinds, favors people do for us, God-given talents and abilities, protection from dangers, leisure time, living in a democracy, and so much more.

If you are a griper, instead of doing that, count your blessings every morning and every night before you go to sleep.  No matter how bad you may think you have it, it could be so much worse. If you are not a believer become one; otherwise you will wind up suffering eternally in the lake of fire.  (5/18/17)

WE WERE BORN TO BE FREE

It was God’s intent, even before He created Adam and Eve, for us to be free.  It was the Devil’s agenda, beginning at the garden of Eden, for us to be his slaves.  When Adam and Eve fell, the human race became a slave to sin and to the Devil.  Jesus came to set us free from sin.

Genesis 1:26

“Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”

God’s will was for us to have dominion over everything on earth.  It was not His intent for us to be slaves to sin, to other people, to anything else or to the Devil. We lost that freedom when Adam and Eve sinned.

John 10:10

“The thief (the Devil) does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I (Jesus Christ) have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”

Jesus Himself is telling us that He came for us to have life in abundance and we cannot have life in abundance if we are slaves to sin, such as drugs, alcohol, cheating, lying, stealing, having low self-esteem, being ill, adultery, idolatry and so on.

Romans 6:14-18

“For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace.  What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? Certainly not! Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness?  But God be thanked that though you were slaves of sin, yet you obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine to which you were delivered.  And having been set free from sin, you became slaves of righteousness.” 1. Sin should not have dominion over us if we are Christians. 2. The Christians are under grace – unmerited favor, which means the blood of Jesus cleanses our sins. 3. Just because the blood of Jesus covers our sins does not mean that we should sin intentionally. 4. If we have accepted Jesus as our Lord and Savior and are serving Him, we are now His children and our sins have been blotted out.

Romans 8:1-2

“There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.  For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.”

The sins we have committed have no hold on us.  They have been forgiven by God and do not affect us in a negative way.

Galatians 5:13

“For you, brethren, have been called to liberty; only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.”

In other words, God forgives us if we repent, but just because He does that does not mean that we should sin on purpose.

John 8:36

“Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.”

We can only be free when we except Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior.  We should be free from what?  The second death – going to hell, worries, anxieties, doubt, insecurities, fear, frustrations, low self-esteem, sin and so much more.

Galatians 5:1

“Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.”

Before we were Christians we were prisoners of sin and the Devil, but when Jesus suffered, died and resurrected, He paid for our sins and made us free.  We should accept and embrace that freedom and not fall back into sin.

I have news for you…you are not free if you are a slave to your job, possessions, smoking, drinking, drugs, sex, sports, worries, anxieties, doubts, fear, anger, hatred, quick temper, pride, lack of forgiveness, food, low self-esteem, timidity, religion, idolatry and so much more.  Only you know what has enslaved you. If you are in bondage of some type, allow the Lord Jesus to set you free.

 

WHAT IS MY PURPOSE IN LIFE?

Everyone, at one time or another, has asked the question; What is my purpose in life?  It is a valid question and one that deserves an answer.  The answer is really easy if you read the Bible. The answer comes from God because He created you for a specific purpose.

John 6:38

 For I (Jesus) have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me.”

The purpose of Jesus was to do the will of His Father and so is yours.

 Luke 19:10

 For the Son of Man (Jesus Christ) has come to seek and to save that which was lost.”

The will of Father God for Jesus was for Him to bring salvation to the people who were lost, the ones who had no relationship with God, the ones who did not know about Him. That is also your purpose.  How, where and when you do it depends on many circumstances.

Matthew 22:37-40

“Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”

Your purpose is spelled out here very clearly; Love God and love people.  If you do not do those two things, you are failing.

Jeremiah 29:11

“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.”

God wants you to always have faith and hope in Him, so that your future may be bright.  He wants you to succeed, but you have to do your part.

Jeremiah 1:5

Before I formed you in the womb I  (God) knew you; Before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.”

This is what God told the prophet Jeremiah, but He could be telling you that He created you to be a mechanic, a teacher, a salesman, an athlete, a truck driver, a lawyer or  in whatever profession, career or skill you may be participating.

What Is My Purpose?

By now you should know that your purpose is to do God’s will by believing Him, having faith in Him, serving Him, loving Him, loving people and by telling others about salvation.  God does not want anyone to perish (2 Peter 3:9).

How Do I Know Where To Serve?

You develop the skills God has already given you and then you will answer God’s calling by serving where your passion is and if there is a problem in that area, you can furnish the solution.  If you have a passion for wherever you are serving God, you will serve Him well, but if you do not have a passion for it, you will not represent Him well.

How Do I Choose a Vocation?

Choosing a skill, a vocation, a career or a profession is almost the same as the previous question.  If you have a passion for something,  learn all you can about it, takes classes if need be, develop your skills in that area, work as an apprentice or volunteer and then go into it full speed with a positive attitude.  (5/4/17)

UNEQUALLY YOKED

God does not want us to be unequally yoked.  What does that mean to you and me? It means that we should not marry a person who is not Christian, that we should not go into business with a person who is not a believer and that our closest friends should not be unbelievers.  Under special circumstances, there are exceptions to all of the above

Amos 3:3

“Can two walk together, unless they are agreed?”  Two people cannot work, study, discuss things peacefully, live or be in business together successfully unless they agree on what they are doing. They cannot be unequally yoked.  Look at the Republicans and Democrats!

Ephesians 5:6-8

 Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience.  Therefore do not be partakers with them.  For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light.”

If you are a true Christian do not associate with blatant sinners or God’s wrath may not only come upon them, but also upon you.

1 Corinthians 6:16-17

“Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ himself? Shall I then take the members of Christ and unite them with a prostitute? Never! Do you not know that he who unites himself with a prostitute is one with her in body? For it is said, “The two will become one flesh.” But whoever is united with the Lord is one with him in Spirit.”

People judge us by the company we keep and God does not want us to be unequally yoked, because he knows that, sooner or later, we would fall into temptation.

2 Corinthians 6:14-17

Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?  What harmony is there between Christ and Belial (a demon or the devil himself)? Or what does a believer have in common with an unbeliever?  What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said: “I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be my people.” Therefore, “Come out from them and be separate, says the Lord. Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you.”

We, the believers, should walk in the light of God and not in the devil’s darkness, which is sin and complete disobedience to God.  If we keep sinning and walking in darkness, we are not God’s children and we will not go to heaven.  There has to be a definite difference between believers and unbelievers.

1 Corinthians 7:12-15

“To the rest I say this (I – the Apostle Paul not the Lord): If any brother has a wife who is not a believer and if she is willing to live with him, he must not divorce her.  And if a woman has a husband who is not a believer and he is willing to live with her, she must not divorce him.  For the unbelieving husband has been sanctified through his wife, and the unbelieving wife has been sanctified through her believing husband. Otherwise your children would be unclean, but as it is, they are holy. But if the unbeliever leaves, let it be so. The brother or the sister is not bound in such circumstances; God has called us to live in peace.”

If you are a believer and are already connected to an unbeliever through marriage, business, friendship or because he or she is your relative, be a light to them.  Do not break up the relationship, but do your best to bring them into the kingdom of God.  Remember that God wants every single human being saved.  (4/27/17)  thelivinglights.com       

  WHICH ROAD WILL YOU TAKE?

In every relationship and in every situation, there are always two roads one can take, the correct one and the incorrect one.  During each day you come upon a fork on the road many times and you have to decide which way you will go.  The real question is…Will you take the correct or the incorrect way?  Will you make the correct or the incorrect decision?

Acts 17:29-30

“Therefore, since we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Divine Nature is like gold or silver or stone, something shaped by art and man’s devising. Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent.”

God does not want us to be worshiping idols made by men, regardless of what material or materials they are made of.  If, at one time or another we have worshiped them, God wants us to repent.  A word to the wise.  Worshiping idols or false gods is definitely the wrong road, and it will lead you to hell.

Matthew 7:13-14

“Enter by the narrow gate (Jesus Christ); for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.”

This refers to salvation.  The narrow gate is Jesus Christ (John 14:6).  Some of us will receive Him as our Lord and Savior and will spend eternity with God.  The majority of people will reject Him and will spend eternity suffering in the lake of fire with the devil and his demons.

Deuteronomy 30:19-20

 I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live; that you may love the Lord your God, that you may obey His voice, and that you may cling to Him, for He is your life and the length of your days; and that you may dwell in the land which the Lord swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give them.”

God sets before us life (spending eternity with Him) and death (spending eternity suffering in the lake of fire).  He gives us the privilege of choosing which one we want.

Deuteronomy 30:15-16

“See, I have set before you today life and good, death and evil,  in that I command you today to love the Lord your God, to walk in His ways, and to keep His commandments, His statutes, and His judgments, that you may live and multiply; and the Lord your God will bless you in the land which you go to possess.”

One road leads to life and good, and the other one leads to death and evil.  Which one will you choose?

Deuteronomy 11:26-27

“Behold, I (God) set before you today a blessing and a curse:  the blessing, if you obey the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you today.”

If you want the curse, don’t obey God’s commandments, but if you actually want His blessings, then obey His commandments.

Jeremiah 21:8

“Now you shall say to these people, ‘Thus says the Lord: “Behold, I set before you the way of life and the way of death.”

This is what God told the Jewish people through His prophet Jeremiah. Since God is the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8), He is telling us the same thing.  The way of life is following Jesus Christ (Mark 2:13/Matthew 4:19), the way of death is following the ways of the world.  You are at a fork on the road, which way will you go?

Some advice; pray for God to give you wisdom before making important decisions that may have real consequences, but don’t pray for the routine ones that are inconsequential.  You already know the answer to those.  (4/20/17)

 

WHAT IS LOVE?

The dictionary has many definitions for the word “love,” but the main one is this:  “Love is an intense feeling of deep affection or fondness for a person or thing; great liking.” It includes pet animals.  We know from experience that some people love animals more than people.

1 John 4:8

He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.”

Since God is love, He is the very essence of it.  Since He is the Creator, any love we have for His creation comes from Him.  If there is hatred in us instead of love, it comes from the devil for he is the essence of hatred and the father of those who hate.

1 Corinthians 13:4-6

“Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth.”

The person who loves does not seek his own glory.  He loves the other person unconditionally without restrictions.  If it had conditions it would not be true love; agape love.  That would be a relationship of convenience.

1 John 4:17-19

“Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world.  There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.  We love Himbecause He first loved us.”

We cannot come into love with fear.  We cannot be apprehensive, doubtful, fearful or expecting some type of monetary or physical gain out of the relationship. Those things may happen if the other person loves us with sincere love.

1 Peter 4:7-9

 But the end of all things is at hand; therefore be serious and watchful in your prayers.  And above all things have fervent love for one another, for “love will cover a multitude of sins.”Be hospitable to one another without grumbling.”

When we help somebody we love, we should not do it with a poor attitude – we should do it in love. Sometimes because we love somebody so much, we do things for them we shouldn’t do.  God forgives us because He knows we did it in love

Galatians 5:22-24

 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.”

The third member of the Holy Trinity is the Holy Spirit.  If we are truly born-again Christians the Holy Spirit lives in us.  He is the one who helps us live our lives in a loving way, according to God’s will.

Matthew 22:37-40

“Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’This is the first and great commandment.  And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”

Love then is thinking of God and of other people as much as we do of ourselves.  That means having positive relationships with them and serving them whenever they need it.  It’s not dog eat dog or the bigger fish eat the smaller ones.

Some people don’t know how to love because they did not see it their families while they were growing up.  If you are one of those people, make an effort to learn to love.  It is easy to love the lovable, the lovely, the friendly, the intelligent, the talented, the strong, the ones who are like you and the wealthy ones.  Learn to love the weak, the poor, the ones with problems, the ones who have no talents, the unattractive and the ones who are not like you.  If you do that, you will be displaying real love; agape love.  God bless you!

FEAR OF THE LORD

The Bible tells us that fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.  That does not mean that all of us should be trembling when we hear the name of the Lord, but it does mean that we should receive Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior and that we should try to live a righteous life.

Proverb 1:7

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.”

Wisdom is the perfect use of knowledge, but a fool does not seek knowledge and does not accept instruction and because of that he cannot have wisdom.

Proverb 9:10

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of (Jesus Christ) the Holy One is understanding.”

If we don’t know who Father God is and have no knowledge of Jesus Christ, then we will not fear what could happen to us if we don’t receive Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior.  The results are catastrophic.

Psalm 111:10

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; A good understanding have all those who do His commandments. His praise endures forever.”

If we don’t believe in God, we have no fear of Him, we have no understanding and we do not obey His commandments.  That sends us to hell and eventually to the lake of fire.

Proverb 8:13

Just what is the fear of the Lord?  “The fear of the Lord is to hate evil; Pride and arrogance and the evil way and the perverse mouth I hate.”

To fear the Lord is to hate evil, to hate everything God hates and to do God’s will wherever and whenever possible.

Psalm 19:9

“The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; The judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.”

If we fear the Lord and live a clean and righteous life, we will not be judged and be found guilty by God.  Instead we will go straight to heaven.

Proverb 14:27

The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, to turn one away from the snares of death.”

The fear of the Lord brings us to eternal life, but also to live a longer and healthier physical life.

Proverb 10:27

“The fear of the Lord prolongs days, but the years of the wicked will be shortened.”

If we fear the Lord, we will not be smoking, using drugs, drinking alcoholic beverages, neglecting our bodies or our minds, and in general we will be living a safer and cleaner life. In most cases our lives will be prolonged, while the ones of the purposeful sinners will be shortened.

Deuteronomy 6:2

“Now this is the commandment, and these are the statutes and judgments which the Lord your God has commanded to teach you, that you may observe them in the land which you are crossing over to possess (Israel), that you may fear the Lord your God, to keep all His statutes and His commandments which I command you, you and your son and your grandson, all the days of your life, and that your days may be prolonged.”

God was speaking to the Jewish people, but He could just as well be speaking to us. The reason we should fear the Lord is so we may keep His commandments.  If we do our days will be prolonged here on earth and we will spend eternity with God and not in the lake of fire.

Fearing the Lord does not mean to be trembling and afraid; it means to respect and obey Him.  If we do that, He has prepared a place in heaven for us (John 14:1-3).   (April 6, 2017)

 

DO NOT JUDGE AND DO NOT CRITICIZE

People love to judge and criticize because it is the easiest thing to do.  Getting involved takes time, commitment, hard work and at times it even costs money.  It is also much easier to see the correct solution after the fact. One thing to keep in mind is that if you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem.

During his ministry here on earth Jesus made it very clear that we should not judge, but if we did, we would be judged.  Not only would we be judged by people, but we would be judged by God for that sin.  Yes, judging others is a sin.  That, by the way, does not apply to judges or law enforcers.

Matthew 7:1-5

“Judge not, that you be not judged.  For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you.  And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye?  Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove the speck from your eye’; and look, a plank is in your own eye?  Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.”

These are the direct teachings of Jesus.  Let’s see the main points:  1. If we judge we will be judged.  2. The same way we judge we will be judged.  3. We are not perfect, so why should we judge?  4. Correction starts at home.  We should clean up our act first.  5. Once we clean up our own act we can help others, instead of criticizing or judging.

JAMES 4:12

“There is one Lawgiver (God), who is able to save and to destroy. Who are you to judge another.”  God did not give us the right to judge one another.  That is his prerogative and his alone.  He can judge fairly because He sees, hears and knows everything.  We only have limited knowledge and may not have all the facts in any given situation.

ROMANS 14:13

Therefore let us not judge one another anymore, but rather resolve this, not to put a stumbling block or a cause to fall in our brother’s way.”

Instead of judging or criticizing one another we ought to help one another.  When we judge we put ourselves a step or two higher than the other person.  In God’s eyes we are all the same.

Matthew 6:14-15

“For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.  But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”

Jesus is telling us very clearly that if we don’t judge others and forgive them, God will not judge us and will forgive us.  If we judge others and don’t forgive them, God will judge us and won’t forgive us.  That means spending eternity in the lake of fire.”  I, for one, do not want to hold on to that thought.

Now don’t confuse the spirit of discernment with criticizing and judging.  God has given you a spirit of discernment; use it.  In other words, don’t be a victim of connivers, scam artists, false prophets, crooked politicians, smooth talkers, or mean people.  Keep in mind that using common sense or wisdom is not judging or criticizing – it is protecting yourself and others around you.  Don’t be gullible and don’t bury your head in the sand.  You are not an ostrich. Keep your eyes open for the devil walks about like a roaring lion seeking victims to devour  (1 Peter 5:8).

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GOD HAS NOT CHANGED

Just because society keeps changing, people think that God has changed too, but God, being God, does not change.  The commandments He gave us in the Bible still hold true today.  We should be living by the principles Jesus left us about two thousand years ago.

Hebrews 13:8-9

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Do not be carried about with various and strange doctrines. For it is good that the heart be established by grace, not with foods which have not profited those who have been occupied with them.”

The commands and the principles that God gave us thousands of years ago are just as valid now as they were then.  We cannot change them to coincide with our will.

Galatians 1:6

“I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel.”

This was just a few years after Jesus had ascended to heaven.  The so-called Christians were already turning away from the truth to a different gospel – to a different way of thinking – to a different way of living and to a different god.

GALATIANS 1:8

“But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed.”

What had they preached:  God the Father, God the Son and the Holy Spirit, that the only way to heaven was through Jesus Christ (John 14:6) and that if we confessed that He had shed His blood, suffered, died, paid for our sins and resurrected we would be saved.

REVELATION 22:18-19

“ForI testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book; and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the Book of Life, from the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.”

In other words we cannot change the word of God, because it totally represents Him.  Jesus is the Word and the Word is Jesus (John 1:1-2).  You cannot separate them and you cannot change either one of them.

2 TIMOTHY 4:3-4

“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.”

That time that the apostle Paul was warning Timothy about has come.  We are living in those days.  People want to hear a doctrine that allows them to live according to their will, not God’s.

MATTHEW 7:15

“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves.”

Who are these ravenous wolves?  Some of those are the pastors and evangelists who tell you that if you donate so much money to their ministry God is going to make you rich, that all your troubles are over, that you will have a wonderful future and that God will forgive any and all the sins you may commit, because, after all, He is a God of love.  It’s called “the gospel of grace.” The truth is…they are getting richer and richer and you are still poor.  Other ravenous wolves may tell you that there are several ways to get to heaven, that Jesus is not the only way or that as long as you do some good deeds you will wind up in heaven.  Still others will tell you that all religions are the same and that all of them will give you salvation.

THE TRUTH:  No religion will take you to heaven or give you salvation and no man can forgive your sins, except God.  God cannot be mocked (Galatians 6:7), so if you die in your sins (claiming the gospel of grace) you will wind up in an extremely hot place.

Regardless of your religion, race, nationality, social status, sex, age, educational level or anything else, if you want to spend eternity with God and not in the lake of fire with the devil, his demons and the unbelievers, receive Jesus Christ in your heart as your Lord and Savior. Read the following prayer, and when you truly understand it, pray it to God orally in humility, honesty and faith, and He will hear you.

“Father God, in the name of Your Son Jesus, I repent and I ask You to forgive me of all my sins. I believe that Jesus Christ suffered, died on the cross and resurrected on the third day to pay for my sins.  I accept His sacrifice and I accept Him in my heart as my Lord and Savior.  I also ask the Holy Spirit to live in me and to guide me and protect me on a daily basis.  Thank You, Father God, for accepting me as your child.  Amen.”

Don’t let anybody lie to you.  If you prayed that prayer in all sincerity, God heard you and you are now his child.  Find a good Bible-teaching church, read the Bible starting in the Book of John and invoking the name of Jesus Christ, pray to God on a daily basis.  In your prayers thank Him and lift up your needs to Him so He can help you.  God bless you!

THE PRICE OF A SLAVE

Throughout history men have enslaved others.  Slavery can be traced back as far as 1860 BC and maybe even farther back. It is even mentioned in the Bible when the Egyptians enslaved the Israelites and Moses was commissioned by God to bring them out of bondage.

Leviticus 25:43-45

‘You shall not rule over him (A Jewish person) with rigor, but you shall fear your God. And as for your male and female slaves whom you may have – from the nations that are around you, from them you may buy male and female slaves. Moreover you may buy the children of the strangers who dwell among you, and their families who are with you, which they beget in your land; and they shall become your property.”

God was telling the Israelites that they could not own another Israelite, but they could have slaves who were foreigners.  Slavery was around even then.

Exodus 21:32

If the ox gores a male or female servant, he shall give to their master thirty shekels of silver, and the ox shall be stoned.”

If an ox belonging to a person gored the slave of some other person and the slave died the owner of the ox had to pay the slave’s owner thirty pieces of silver, which was the price of a slave.  That, by the way, was very little money.

Matthew 26:14-16

“Then one of the twelve (disciples of Jesus), called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and said, “What are you willing to give me if I deliver Him (Jesus) to you?” And they counted out to him thirty pieces of silver. So from that time he sought opportunity to betray Him.”

Judas agreed to betray Jesus for thirty pieces of silver, which was the going rate for the price of a slave in those days.

Matthew 27:3-6

“Then Judas, His betrayer, seeing that He had been condemned, was remorseful and brought back the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders, saying, “I have sinned by betraying innocent blood.”And they said, “What is that to us? You see to it!” Then he threw down the pieces of silver in the temple and departed, and went and hanged himself.  But the chief priests took the silver pieces and said, “It is not lawful to put them into the treasury, because they are the price of blood.”

Judas received his thirty pieces of silver for betraying Jesus to the Pharisees – the religious leaders of that time.  The religious leaders paid for Jesus’ life as if He were a slave.

You may be a slave whether you realize it or not.  What is your price? What have you sold yourself to?  Could it be to your employment,  your car,  house, sports, drugs, drinking or something else?  Most people have sold their souls to something. What have you given up?  Could it be your integrity, your character, personality or even your soul.

The good news is that it is never too late to change.  In John 8:36, the Bible tells us:  “Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.”  No matter what type of bondage you may be under, just as God brought the Jewish people out of slavery from Egypt, He can bring you out of anything that is not allowing you to live the life God intended for you to have.   When Jesus suffered and died on the cross, He paid for your ransom. Don’t be a slave anymore. All you have to do is claim that freedom.  Life is too short for you to live it as a slave.  Enjoy it to the fullest!

GOD WILL SUPPLY ALL YOUR NEEDS

Many people who are not Christian are entirely on their own when it comes to meeting their needs.  Of course, some of them have families or friends who help them to some extent, but they cannot supply all their needs.  That’s because people have many different kinds of needs and some of them only God can meet.

Philippians 4:19

 And my God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”

This is what the apostle Paul told the Philippians, but if he were alive today, he would be telling us the same thing.  That, of course, does not mean that we do nothing and expect God to do everything.  God may help us find a job, but we still have to go to work.  He may give a barren woman children, but the parents still have to raise them and support them.

Philippians 4:6

 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.”

Although God knows our needs, we have to ask Him in faith in prayer and supplication. He does not provide for our needs automatically.  He wants us to depend on Him and for us to grow in faith.  He tells us in Hebrews 11:6 that without faith it is impossible to please Him

Hebrews 4:16

 Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”

The Bible tells us to come to God in time of need. That need could be just about anything.  It could be an incurable illness, a financial need, restoring a relationship, finding a spouse, finding employment, being able to buy a house, opening a business and any other need that needs divine intervention.

Matthew 6:6

 But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.

Don’t pray to be seen by people, pray to communicate with God. Pray in sincerity and humiliation and God will hear you.

John 16:16

“You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you.” John 14:14 – “If you ask anything in My name (Jesus Christ), I will do it.”  Jesus was the speaker in that scripture. John 16:23-24- “And in that day you will ask Me (Jesus Christ) nothing. Most assuredly, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you.  Until now you have asked nothing in My name (Jesus Christ). Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.”

Hopefully you have understood that whenever you pray to God you should invoke the name of Jesus because He is the way, the truth, and the life.  Nobody can come to the Father except through Him (John 14:6).

People who have psychological, emotional, spiritual and even physical problems should come to God.  He can and wants to handle them.  They cannot handle them and wind up suffering and in some cases they even commit suicide.  They have to learn to release everything to God. If they don’t, they only have themselves to blame.

God will supply all your needs, but only if you put your trust and your faith in Him.  But don’t expect Him to do everything.   God will only do what you cannot do.  You have to take the first step whatever that may be.

By the way, God will not answer your prayers, even if you pray in the name of Jesus, if you have not received Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior.  The reason is simple; you don’t belong to His family.  If you want to belong to God’s family, to have your prayers answered and to spend eternity with God and not with the devil in the lake of fire, then repent of your sins, ask God to forgive you and receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior.  If you don’t know how to do that, read the following prayers, and when you fully understand it, pray it to God aloud in all sincerity and humility.  He will hear you and will welcome you into HisAnd in that day you will ask Me nothing. Most assuredly, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you. 24 Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full. family.

“Father God, I repent of all my sins.  I ask You to forgive me as I receive Jesus Christ in my life as my Lord and Savior. I believe and confess that he died for my sins, and that He resurrected from the dead on the third day.  I also ask the Holy Spirit to live in me to guide me and protect me on a daily basis. Thank You Father!  Amen.”

ON THE OTHER SIDE OF LIFE

Many people think that this life is all there is.  They think when they die they cease to exist completely. For that reason many of them live as if there were no tomorrow. They live a reckless life because they think that’s going to bring them happiness; yet many of them are actually miserable.

Regardless of what some people may think, there is an afterlife and there is plenty of evidence to prove it.  Many people have died, gone to hell or to heaven and have come back describing what they experienced.  Other people have seen angels, Jesus Christ, demons or loved ones who have died. Being that I am not into the occult, I am going to concentrate on what the Bible, which is the absolute truth of God, tells us about the afterlife.

2 Corinthians 5:7-8

“For we walk by faith, not by sight. We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord.”

What the apostle Paul is saying is that as soon as we die we are with Jesus.  Of course that only applies to born-again Christians.  If you have never received Jesus Christ by faith as your Lord and Savior when you die you will be in hell almost immediately. There is a viable solution; repent, ask God to forgive you and receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior.

John 14:1-3

“Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me.  In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.”

This is what Jesus told His disciples and He is saying the same thing to us.  If we have accepted Him as our Lord and Savior He has prepared a place for us in heaven, so we can spend eternity with Him.

Philippians 3:20-21

 For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ,  who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body, according to the working by which He is able even to subdue all things to Himself.”

When a Christian dies, he/she goes to heaven immediately.  Our Lord Jesus Christ gives us a new glorified body because this sinful body cannot enter heaven, but our soul does because it has been redeemed by the blood of Jesus. This earthly body is temporary because we are just passing through this life to go into eternity.

Revelation 21:3-4

 And I (The Apostle John) heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God.  And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”

What will heaven be like? Joy, laughter, happiness, peace, harmony, love, friendships, wisdom and so on.  What will be missing from heaven? Hate, envy, violence, fear, worries, depression, tiredness, sorrow, death, crying, frustration, poverty, sickness, pain, low self-esteem, prejudice, temptations, aging, addictions and everything that Is negative.

1 Corinthians 2:9

“But as it is written:“Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.”

Because God’s ways are so much higher than ours – Isaiah 55:9 – and because God is pure love – 1 John 4:8 – we really cannot fathom the magnitude of the blessings we will receive when we get to heaven.

Whether you believe or not is irrelevant.  Some day you will be on the other side of life.  The only question that remains is…will you be in heaven or in hell? If you want to burn suffering  eternally in the lake of fire, don’t do anything – just keep on living the way you are.  However if you want to spend eternity with God enjoying the best of the best simply repent, ask God to forgive you, receive Jesus Christ in your heart as your Lord and Savior, find a good born-again Christian church, start attending it and make friends there.  You will take a 180-degree turn and your destiny will change.

thelivinglights.com  rlsalvation@sbcglobal.net  3/2/17

SINNERS WILL BE SEPARATED FROM BELIEVERS

At the end of time as we know it there will be a white throne judgment for unbelievers. They will be found guilty and will be cast into the lake of fire to spend eternity suffering. An unbeliever is any person who has not received Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior.  You may be the nicest person in the whole world and be extremely religious, but if you have never acknowledged that Jesus Christ, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, is your Lord and Redeemer you are headed for hell and the lake of fire.  If you are in that group it would behoove you to read this message in its entirety.

Matthew 13:27-30

 So the servants of the owner came and said to him, ‘Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have tares?’  He said to them, ‘An enemy has done this.’ The servants said to him, ‘Do you want us then to go and gather them up?’  But he said, ‘No, lest while you gather up the tares you also uproot the wheat with them.  Let both grow together until the harvest, and at the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, “First gather together the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my barn.”’”

The wheat represents the Christians, the people who have received Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, and the tares represent the ones who have not and therefore will spend eternity burning in the lake of fire.  In which group are you?

Matthew 3:10-12

“And even now the ax is laid to the root of the trees. Therefore every tree which does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.  I (John the Baptist) indeed baptize you with water unto repentance, but He (Jesus Christ) who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.  His winnowing fan is in His hand, and He will thoroughly clean out His threshing floor, and gather His wheat into the barn; but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.”

The trees represent every single human being. The wheat represents the believers who will go to heaven and the chaff represents the unbelievers who will be burning in the lake of fire eternally.

Matthew 5:29

 If your right eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell.”

Jesus does not want us to be cast into hell and to wind up in the lake of fire, but rather for us to cut off unhealthy relationships, quit sinning, and come to Him.  No, you don’t have to pluck out your eye or cut off your ear, but you can quit looking at pornography and listening to gossip.

2 Peter 3:9-10

“The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up.

God is not only going to purge the unbelievers with fire, but He will also purge the earth.

Revelation 20:14-15

“Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.  And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.”

This is after “the white throne judgment.”  The Book of Life is where your name is written when you receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior.  If you want your name to be written in the book all you have to do is repent, ask God to forgive you and receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior.  If you don’t find it too comforting to spend eternity burning in the lake of fire, pray the following prayer to God aloud in all honesty and in all sincerity.  He will hear you, forgive you and write your name in that special book.

“Father God, I confess that I have sinned, but I repent of all my sins and ask You to forgive me.  I ask Your Son Jesus Christ, who died on the cross to pay for my sins,  to be my Lord and Savior and ask the Holy Spirit to live in me. Thank You, Father God. Amen.”

Now that you know you will be going to heaven, find yourself a good born-again Christian church where they teach directly from the Bible, where they accept you and where the Spirit of God is moving.  God bless you!

thelivinglights.com  rlsalvation@sbcglobal.net  2/23/17

WHAT IF THERE WERE NO GOD?

How would life be if there were no God?  Perish the thought! It would be total chaos.  If you think it’s bad now, think how it would be without any guidelines, rules, laws, ethics, scruples, or boundaries of any type.  I can tell you how it would be…people would act like animals and that would not have anything to do with evolution in any way, shape or form.

There is no such thing as evolution.  We did not evolve from a cell, a worm, a monkey or anything else.  We were always human from day one.  If you think you evolved from an animal, tell me, what evolved in you first…the brain or the heart.  If the brain evolved first, then you would die because there would be no heart to pump the blood.  If the heart evolved first, then you would have to brain to think, so how would you function?

Let’s continue the same reasoning.  What evolved first, the male or the female?  If the male evolved first, how did he procreate?  Without a female companion it would have been impossible.  If the female evolved first, how did she become pregnant?  The male and the female bodies are very complex.  It would take somebody to be more than intelligent to create them. I happen to know that God is that entity.

I don’t just believe in God because it makes a lot more sense than evolution, but also because Jesus Christ actually appeared to me in 1978.  Because I know Him and believe in Him He has done miracles for me.  He can do them for you if you truly believe and put your faith in Him. That means you have to move away from evolution and from worshiping worthless idols or gods who are a figment of somebody’s imagination.

There is only one God, so which one is the real one?  The true God is the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.  You can read about Him in any Christian Bible, such as “The King James Bible.”  Any other so-called god is a fake, an impostor, a made-up one, or a demon in disguise. Make no mistake, the devil is real and so are the demons.

Let’s get back to the original question, which is…What if there were no God?  If that were the case, people would have no conscience, no values and no sense of self-worth.  People could kill you and think nothing of it, because after all you would be no better than a rock, a tree or an animal.  It would be survival of the fittest as it is in the animal world.

Love comes from God because He is love (1 John 4:8).  But if there were no God, you would not have to love your parents, siblings, wife, children, grandchildren or people.  You would actually be free of relationships and of everything else. Because you would not have to assume any responsibilities whatsoever, you would be able to do as you pleased.  You would have no sentimental ties nor would you owe favors to anybody.  Every person would be entirely on his own.

If there were no God, you could rob, steal, lie, hurt people and even kill because, after all, it would be survival of the fittest.  But, on the other hand, you would be in a world of hurt if you were small, fragile or ill. People would trample you and you would probably have a very short life span.  The bigger fish would eat you up.

If you are thinking evolution you think that this highly efficient universe created itself by the big bang explosion.  Have you ever thought that any time there is an explosion someone or something causes it?  So, who caused the big bang if indeed it happened? Could it have been a higher power?  And could that power be God?

The sun is stationary.  That means it does not move.  It does not have an orbit. So, why doesn’t it fall?  The planets have an orbit.  Where do they get the energy to keep on moving? Don’t despair!  I have the answer for you.  The word of God in Hebrews 1:3 tells us:  “ (Jesus) who being the brightness of His (God’s) glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high.”  Then in Colossians 1:15-17, it says: “He (Jesus) is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him.  And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist.”

A president can alter things by the stroke of a pen, but Jesus can create or destroy by the power of His word.  Without Him this universe would be destroyed immediately.  It is my sincere hope that this article made you ponder, think and conclude that there is a God who created everything that exists including you.

thelivinglights.com  rlsalvation@sbcglobal.net  2/16/17

GOD LOVES A CLEAN HEART

Our God loves humble people who live in harmony with everyone else.  Those are people who are not suspicious of others, do not criticize, do not judge and do not have evil intent in their hearts.  In essence they have a clean heart.

1 Samuel 16:7

“But the Lord (God) said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

God sent Samuel, a prophet of Israel, to select a king for Israel from the sons of Jesse.  Samuel was looking at the strong ones, the handsome ones, the ones who looked distinguished and the ones who seemed intelligent, but God was looking at the heart.  That’s why He chose David, the youngest one and probably the shortest one, but his heart was clean and he was humble.

Psalm 51:10-12

 Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from your presence; and take not your Holy Spirit from me.  Restore unto me the joy of your salvation; and uphold me with your free spirit.”

King David, who was a man after God’s own heart (1 Samuel 13:14), wrote this psalm to God.  Since all of us sin, including King David, He was asking God to purify his heart. everyone of us should ask God the same thing.  Only God can forgive us, purify us and give us a clean heart.  We cannot do it ourselves.

Acts 13:22

 And when He (God) had removed him (King Saul), He raised up for them David as king, to whom also He gave testimony and said, ‘I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after My own heart, who will do all My will.”

We can be a person after God’s own heart by doing His will, not ours.  God removed Saul as king because he was going against God’s will and was doing whatever pleased him. If you want God’s blessings start doing His will and not necessarily yours.

Psalm 24:3-5

“Who may ascend into the hill of the Lord? Or who may stand in His holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who has not lifted up his soul to an idol, nor sworn deceitfully.  He shall receive blessing from the Lord, and righteousness from the God of his salvation.”

Salvation comes to those who have clean hands, a pure heart, who are not worshiping idols and who have received Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.  Are you one of those?

Matthew 8:2

“And behold, a leper came and worshiped Him (Jesus Christ), saying, “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.”

Jesus healed him from his leprosy and cleansed him from all sins.  Jesus made him clean.  He can do that with you if you allow Him.

1John 1:9

 If we confess our sins, He (Jesus) is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

If you want to have a clean heart, repent, confess your sins to God, ask Him to forgive you and He will, and receive Jesus Christ in your heart as your Lord and Savior.  He can wash you cleaner than clean and make you whiter than snow.

If you want to have a clean heart, you can do that right now.  Read the following prayer and when you understand it, and believe it, pray it aloud to God in all sincerity, He is going to clean you of all past sins. It does not matter how much you may have sinned – God will forgive you and clean you.  “Father God, I repent of all my sins.  I know I don’t deserve it, but please forgive me. I receive Jesus Christ in my heart as my Lord and Savior because He died on the cross to pay for my sins and He resurrected, so I could have life in abundance. I also ask the Holy Spirit to live in me and to guide me from now on.  Thank You God for accepting me.  Amen.”

If you prayed and meant it, you will go to heaven.  Find yourself a good Bible-teaching Christian church and start attending it.  Look for one where miracles are happening.  Unfortunately some pastors are not anointed and some churches are spiritually dead.  Find one that is vibrant, full of life, where they teach directly from the Bible and where you will feel at home.  I update this page once a week – normally on Thursdays.  God bless you!

rlsalvation@sbcglobal.net  thelivinglights.com  2/9/17

GOD IS THE SOURCE

Most of us do not realize that the real source and answer for everything is Jesus Christ.  We think that the source and answer is money, the President, our parents, our education, our resourcefulness, our contacts or even ourselves.

Genesis 1:1- 6

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. So the evening and the morning were the first day. Then God said, “Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.”

1. God had no beginning. Everything else had a beginning through Him. 2. God created the light. 3. God created days and nights. 4. God created the waters. 5. He created terra firma as well as the oceans. 6. He created all types of life and that includes physical and spiritual.

John 1:1-4

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.”

1. Jesus was there in the beginning because He had no beginning. 2. He was with God because He is God. 3. All things were made through Him. 4. He created life both spiritual and physical.

1        John 4:7-8

“Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.”

1. Love comes from God because He is the source. 2. God is the source because He is love.

Colossians 1:17

“And He (Jesus Christ) is before all things, and in Him all things consist.”

1. Jesus is the source of all good things that exists. 2. The devil is the source of all bad things that exist.  3. Believe it or not, even the devil was created by Jesus Christ.  He was a beautiful angel, but unfortunately the beauty and the power went to his head and he turned against the Creator.

Psalm 119:142 etc.

(God) Your righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and Your law is truth. Psalm 97:2 – “Clouds and darkness surround Him; Righteousness and justice are the foundation of His throne.” John 17:25 -26 –  “O righteous Father! The world has not known You, but I (Jesus) have known You; and these have known that You sent Me.  And I have declared to them Your name, and will declare it, that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them.” Isaiah 5:16 – “But the Lord of hosts shall be exalted in judgment, and God who is holy shall be hallowed in righteousness.”

1.God is divinely righteous. 2. Our righteousness comes from God.

Philippians 4:13 etc.

 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Psalm 138:3 – “In the day when I cried out, You answered me and made me bold with strength in my soul.” Psalm 27:1 – “The Lord is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid? Psalm 37:39 – “But the salvation of the righteous is from the Lord; He is their strength in the time of trouble.”

1.God is strength – all powerful. 2. He gives me strength. 3. In time of trouble I can call on the all-powerful God.

Ecclesiastes 2:26 etc.

“For God gives wisdom and knowledge and joy to a man who is good in His sight; but to the sinner He gives the work of gathering and collecting, that he may give to him who is good before God. This also is vanity and grasping for the wind.” I Corinthians 1:25 – “Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.” Colossians 3:16 – “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.”

1. God is wisdom.  2. Wisdom comes to us from God. 3. Wisdom is for us to do God’s will, not ours.

My hope is that you understood that God is the source of everything that is good and that He can provide for your needs whatever they may be.  Proverbs 3:5-6 tell us:  “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.”

thelivinglights.com   rlsalvation@sbcglobal.net  2/2/17

JONAH AND THE WHALE

Most of you heard of Jonah and the whale, or the big fish, and you probably think that it is a fairytale for children. However it has many good points for us adults.

 Jonah 1:1-3

“Now the word of the Lord came to Jonah the son of Amittai, saying, “Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry out against it; for their wickedness has come up before Me.”  But Jonah arose to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord. He went down to Joppa, and found a ship going to Tarshish; so he paid the fare, and went down into it, to go with them to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord.”

One: God gave him specific instructions.  We have ours in the Bible. Two: Jonah disobeyed.  When we sin we are disobeying God.  Three: Jonah went the opposite direction of God’s will. Some of us do that too.

Jonah 1:4-6

“But the Lord sent out a great wind on the sea, and there was a mighty tempest on the sea, so that the ship was about to be broken up. Then the mariners were afraid; and every man cried out to his god, and threw the cargo that was in the ship into the sea, to lighten the load. a But Jonah had gone down into the lowest parts of the ship, had lain down, and was fast asleep. So the captain came to him, “What do you mean, sleeper?  Arise, call on your God; perhaps Your God will consider us, that we may not perish.”

One:  God sends the storms of life to bring us closer to Him. Two: Unfortunately most believers come to God when they are deeply in trouble, not before.  Three: There are many religions and people worship different gods or idols.  However, there is only one God and that is the one of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.  Four:  If we call on God, He does answer.

Jonah 1:9-10

“So he (Jonah) said to them, “I am a Hebrew; and I fear the Lord, the God of heaven, who made the sea and the dry land.” Then the men were exceedingly afraid, and said to him, “Why have you done this?” For the men knew that he fled from the presence of the Lord, because he had told them.”

One:  He knew he had disobeyed God.  We do too, but we enjoy the temporary pleasures of sin. Two: He knew who God was, but still he decided to tempt Him.  We do the same.

Jonah 1:15-17

“So they picked up Jonah and threw him into the sea, and the sea ceased from its raging. Then the men feared the Lord exceedingly, and offered a sacrifice to the Lord and made vows. Now the Lord had prepared a great fish to swallow Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.”

One: God has control over the sea, the earth, the universe and over everything that exists.

Two:  God blesses the humble, the ones who believe in Him and the ones who praise Him. Three: If we believe in God, when we go through difficult times, He prepares a way out.

Jonah 2:8-10

“Those who regard worthless idols Forsake their own Mercy. But I will sacrifice to You With the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay what I have vowed. Salvation is of the Lord.” So the Lord spoke to the fish, and it vomited Jonah onto dry land.”

One:  Those who pray to idols are actually insulting God.  Two:  Salvation only comes through Jesus Christ.  Three:  God can rebuke your negative circumstances.  Four:  God can turn a negative situation into a positive one for you.

thelivinglights.com  rlsalvation@sbcglobal.net  1/26/17

GOD DID NOT PROMISE US A ROSE GARDEN

For several reasons many people think that God promised us a rose garden. However when one reads the Bible one has to come to the inevitable conclusion that Jesus Himself suffered and He said that we would too.

The mentality of the unbelievers in the United States is that the government ought to take care of us.  Yes, we are nearing socialism. The mentality of some Christians is not much better; they

think that God ought to do everything for us – that all we have to do is pray.

Matthew 16:24-25

“Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.  For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.”

By denying ourselves we have to give up some of the comforts of life.  Some of us would consider that suffering.  By taking up our cross we have to suffer just as Jesus did when He carried His cross and died on it.  We don’t have to die physically, but we do have to die to our selfish desires.

1 Peter 2:20-22

 But how is it to your credit if you receive a beating for doing wrong and endure it? But if you suffer for doing good and you endure it, this is commendable before God. To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.”

Jesus did not live his life in a rose garden and, in most cases, neither will we.  If we expect not to go through troubles and tribulations we are just kidding ourselves and we will wind up extremely disappointed.

Philippians 1:29-30

 For it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe in him, but also to suffer for him, since you are going through the same struggle you saw I had, and now hear that I still have.”

If you believe some of those televangelists that everything will be rosy for you, that you will be surrounded by humming birds, rainbows and butterflies, you will be thoroughly disappointed.

2 Timothy 3:12-14

Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived. But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them.”

If we follow Christ as our God, we will suffer persecution.  If we are evil we may not necessarily suffer persecution because the world is evil.

John 16:33

“These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”

This is what Jesus told His disciples and He is telling us the same thing; that as long as we live in this world we will have tribulation.  Some of us will not have tribulation, but that will not happen until we are in heaven with Jesus.  If you have received Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior you will be there with us.

Don’t fall prey to the evangelists or preachers who tell you that the best days are ahead of you, that God will make you rich and that you will not go through rough times.  If those good things happen to you, G R E A T, but don’t bet your bottom dollar on them.  God bless you!

thelivinglights.com  rlsalvation@sbcglobal.net  1/19/17

GOD TREATS A NATION ACCORDING TO ITS LEADERS

God has always treated a nation according to the behavior of its leaders.  When a leader is close to God, God blesses that nation.  When a leader disdains God, God’s wrath comes against that nation.  This principle does not only apply to political leaders, but also to religious leaders.

Genesis 3:17-19

“Then to Adam He (God) said, “Because you have heeded the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree of which I commanded you, saying, ‘You shall not eat of it’:  “Cursed is the ground for your sake; In toil you shall eat of it all the days of your life.  Both thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you, and you shall eat the herb of the field In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; For dust you are, and to dust you shall return.”

Adam was the first of the human race.  He could be considered a leader.  Because He disobeyed all of us are born in sin, and that’s why there is so much trouble in the world.

2 Corinthians 5:21

“For He (Father God) made Him (Jesus Christ) who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”

Just as we became sinners through Adam we became righteous through Jesus Christ, but only if we accept Him as our Lord and Savior.  Not only was Jesus a religious leader, but He is the Son of God.

Genesis 6:5-8

“Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And the Lord was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart. So the Lord said, “I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth, both man and beast, creeping thing and birds of the air, for I am sorry that I have made them.” But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.”

Because of one righteous man and his family, God did not destroy the earth with everything that was in it.

2 Chronicles 1:10-12

“Now (God) give me wisdom and knowledge, that I may go out and come in before this people; for who can judge this great people of Yours?” Then God said to Solomon: “Because this was in your heart, and you have not asked riches or wealth or honor or the life of your enemies, nor have you asked long life—but have asked wisdom and knowledge for yourself, that you may judge My people over whom I have made you king—  wisdom and knowledge are granted to you; and I will give you riches and wealth and honor, such as none of the kings have had who were before you, nor shall any after you have the like.”                                                                                                                                                                                                       God gave Solomon and the Israelites peace and prosperity as long as he was king.

1 Kings 14:9-10

“but you (King Jeroboam – King of Israel) have done more evil than all who were before you, for you have gone and made for yourself other gods and molded images to provoke Me to anger, and have cast Me behind your back—  therefore behold! I will bring disaster on the house of Jeroboam, and will cut off from Jeroboam every male in Israel, bond and free; I will take away the remnant of the house of Jeroboam, as one takes away refuse until it is all gone.”

Because King Jeroboam was unfaithful to God, not only was he punished, but so was all of Israel. God judges a country according to its leaders.

1 Kings 16:1-3

“Then the word of the Lord came to Jehu the son of Hanani, against Baasha, saying:  “Inasmuch as I lifted you out of the dust and made you ruler over My people Israel, and you have walked in the way of Jeroboam, and have made My people Israel sin, to provoke Me to anger with their sins,  surely I will take away the posterity of Baasha and the posterity of his house, and I will make your house like the house of Jeroboam the son of Nebat.”

Because of the king’s disobedience, God’s punishment came against King Baasha and the kingdom of Israel.

2 Kings 22:1-2

“Josiah was eight years old when he became king, and he reigned thirty-one years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Jedidah the daughter of Adaiah of Bozkath.  And he did what was right in the sight of the Lord, and walked in all the ways of his father David; he did not turn aside to the right hand or to the left.” Because of King Josiah’s obedience, God not only blessed him, but He blessed the Jewish people.

Points to Ponder:  How has it been for the US during the last eight years? 1. More racial violence.  2. Horrible trade deficit.  3. National debt close to 20 trillion dollars.  4. Iran and North Korea close to having nuclear weapons – a threat to the world.  5. Russia doing whatever it feels like doing.  6.  More Hispanics deported than ever. God tells us to treat foreigners well.  7. We have no respect around the world.  8. No respect for the police.  9. No respect for our flag.  10. Politicians lie.  11. Gay marriages legalized.  12.  Marijuana legalized.  13. Nudity and bad language on movies.  14.  Violence in general – terrorist attacks.  15.  So-called “acts of mother nature.” 16. The worst Presidential Campaign in history.

Do you begin to think that maybe, just maybe, God is not protecting us any longer? It is time to leave the past in the past.  Let’s pray for Donald Trump because whatever he does will affect all of us.  Let’s pray for him to get close to God.  Regardless of what you may think of him, if he gets close to God, God is going to bless this nation.

thelivinglights.com   rlsalvation@sbcglobal.net  1/12/17

DIOS TRATA A LAS NACIONES SEGÚN SUS LÍDERES

Dios siempre ha tratado a las naciones según el comportamiento de sus líderes. Si el líder se acerca a él, Dios bendice esa nación, pero si el líder se aleja de él, Dios no solamente lo castiga, sino que también castiga a la nación.  Dios les aplica ese principio a los líderes políticos y a los religiosos.

Génesis 3:17-19

“Y al hombre (Dios le) dijo: Por cuanto obedeciste a la voz de tu mujer, y comiste del árbol de que te mandé diciendo: No comerás de él; maldita será la tierra por tu causa; con dolor comerás de ella todos los días de tu vida. Espinos y cardos te producirá, y comerás plantas del campo. Con el sudor de tu rostro comerás el pan hasta que vuelvas a la tierra, porque de ella fuiste tomado; pues polvo eres, y al polvo volverás.”

Adán fue la primera persona de la raza humana.  Puede considerarse como el primer líder.  Porque él desobedeció a Dios ahora todos nacemos en el pecado, y por eso hay tantos problemas en el mundo.

2 Corintios 5:21

“Al que no conoció pecado (Jesucristo), por nosotros lo hizo pecado, para que nosotros fuésemos hechos justicia de Dios en él.”

Nos convertimos en pecadores por causa de Adán, y podemos convertirnos en justos por medio de Jesucristo, pero solamente si lo recibimos como nuestro Señor y Salvador. Él debe ser nuestro líder.

Génesis 6:5-8

“Y vio Jehová que la maldad de los hombres era mucha en la tierra, y que todo designio de los pensamientos del corazón de ellos era de continuo solamente el mal. Y se arrepintió Jehová de haber hecho hombre en la tierra, y le dolió en su corazón. Y dijo Jehová: Raeré de sobre la faz de la tierra a los hombres que he creado, desde el hombre hasta la bestia, y hasta el reptil y las aves del cielo; pues me arrepiento de haberlos hecho. Pero Noé halló gracia ante los ojos de Jehová.”

Porque un hombre y su familia eran justos, Dios no destruyó toda la humanidad y todo lo demás que había creado.

2 Crónicas 1:10-12

(El Rey Salomón hablándole a Dios) “Dame ahora sabiduría y ciencia, para presentarme delante de este pueblo; porque ¿quién podrá gobernar a este tu pueblo tan grande? Y dijo Dios a Salomón: Por cuanto hubo esto en tu corazón, y no pediste riquezas, bienes o gloria, ni la vida de los que te quieren mal, ni pediste muchos días, sino que has pedido para ti sabiduría y ciencia para gobernar a mi pueblo, sobre el cual te he puesto por rey, sabiduría y ciencia te son dadas; y también te daré riquezas, bienes y gloria, como nunca tuvieron los reyes que han sido antes de ti, ni tendrán los que vengan después de ti.”Dios les dio al Rey Salomón y a los israelitas paz y prosperidad todos los días de su reinado.

1 Reyes 14:9-10

(Dios le está hablando a Jeroboam, rey de Israel) “Sino que hiciste lo malo sobre todos los que han sido antes de ti, pues fuiste y te hiciste dioses ajenos e imágenes de fundición para enojarme, y a mí me echaste tras tus espaldas;  por tanto, he aquí que yo traigo mal sobre la casa de Jeroboam, y destruiré de Jeroboam todo varón, así el siervo como el libre en Israel; y barreré la posteridad de la casa de Jeroboam como se barre el estiércol, hasta que sea acabada.”

Porque el Rey Jeroboam le fue infiel a Dios, no solamente él fue castigado, sino que todo su pueblo. Dios juzga a un pueblo según sus líderes.

1 Reyes 16:1-3

“Y vino palabra de Jehová a Jehú hijo de Hanani contra Baasa, diciendo: Por cuanto yo te levanté del polvo y te puse por príncipe sobre mi pueblo Israel, y has andado en el camino de Jeroboam, y has hecho pecar a mi pueblo Israel, provocándome a ira con tus pecados;  he aquí yo barreré la posteridad de Baasa, y la posteridad de su casa; y pondré su casa como la casa de Jeroboam hijo de Nabat.”

Por la desobediencia del rey, el castigo de Dios vino sobre él y sobre toda la gente que gobernaba.

2 Reyes 22:1-2

“Cuando Josías comenzó a reinar era de ocho años, y reinó en Jerusalén treinta y un años. El nombre de su madre fue Jedida hija de Adaía, de Boscat. E hizo lo recto ante los ojos de Jehová, y anduvo en todo el camino de David su padre, sin apartarse a derecha ni a izquierda.”

Por la obediencia de Josías, Dios no solamente lo bendijo a él, sino que bendijo al pueblo de  Israel.

Puntos para pensar:  ¿Cómo le ha ido a Los Estados Unidos en los últimos ocho años?  1. Más violencia racial que antes.  2. La deuda nacional – 20 trillones.  3. Irán y Corea del Norte con armas nucleares.  4. Rusia hace lo que le da la gana.  5. Más hispanos fueron deportados que con otras administraciones.  6. No nos respetan los otros países. 7. No se respeta la policía. 8. No hay respeto para nuestra bandera.  9. Los políticos mienten.  10. Mucho odio en la política.   11. Se legalizaron matrimonios entre el mismo sexo.  12. Se legalizó la marihuana.  13. Violencia y nudismo en casi todas las películas.  14. Violencia por todo el país.  15. Catástrofes  de diferentes clases en diferentes partes del país.  16. La peor campaña presidencial que se haya visto en nuestro país.

¿Piensas que tal vez Dios ya no nos esté protegiendo? Es tiempo de dejar el pasado en el pasado. La biblia nos dice que oremos por nuestros líderes para que todo nos salga bien. En vez de criticar a Donald Trump hay que orar por él, porque las decisiones que haga nos van a afectar a todos.  No importa lo que pienses de él, ora para que se acerque a Dios, y para que Dios nos bendiga a todos los norteamericanos.

thelivinglights.com  rlsalvation@sbcglobal.net  12/1/17

YOU CANNOT CLEAN YOURSELF

Many people think they can clean themselves from sin, drugs, drinking, smoking, adultery, lying, stealing, bad habits and so on.  The fact is once you have done some of those things you cannot change them.  You cannot go back into the past and do things differently.  What’s done is done.

You cannot do enough good works to redeem the wrong you’ve done.  Many people think, “I’ll go to heaven because I’ve done more good works than the bad ones.”  Others say, “I am much better than John Jones, so I know I will go to heaven.”  You may even think, “It’s been years since I stole.”  God has not forgotten about it.  Don’t die in your sins, because if you do, hell is waiting for you.

Galatians 2:16

“knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law but by faith in Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, that we might be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law; for by the works of the law no flesh shall be justified.”

No matter how many good works you do, you cannot justify yourself for salvation.  You have sinned and that sin would send you to hell, but if you receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, He blots out the sin.  It is as if you had never done it.

Ephesians 2:8-9

“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.”

Only the grace of God can save you, not works.  Grace means unmerited favor.  In other words, you do not deserve salvation – nobody does –  but because God loves you so much, He forgives you if you receive His Son as your Lord and Savior.

John 14:6

“Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”

Jesus made it extremely clear that the only way to have salvation is to come through Him.  You are supposed to do good works not to have salvation, but because God is love, you are supposed to imitate Him.  If you do not love, you cannot be a Christian.  If that is your case, you are only fooling yourself.  God cannot be fooled nor mocked (Galatians 6:7).

Isaiah 64:6

“But we are all like an unclean thing, and all our righteousness are like filthy rags; We all fade as a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.”

The prophet Isaiah explains it accurately.  You are unclean before God and although you can live a pious life from now on you will still carry your filth.  You can get rid of sin by confessing it to God (1 John 1:9), repenting (2 Peter 3:9) and by living a righteous life in love (1 John 1:7). God will wash you and will remove your sins forever (Psalm 51:2).

John 1:12-13

“But as many as received Him (Jesus Christ), to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name (Jesus Christ):  who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.”

You cannot clean yourself, nor can you undo the past, but if you want your sins to be forgiven, there are some steps you can take and you will be made clean. Your first step is to realize you have sinned.  The second one is to realize you cannot undo the past.  The third one is to truly repent.  The fourth one is to ask God to forgive you and He will.  The fifth one is to receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior.  The sixth one is to change – not to keep on sinning. The seventh one is to find a good Bible-teaching church where you feel at home.  You may have to attend several born-again Christian churches until you find the one where you feel comfortable.

If for whatever reason you have never accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, do it now before it’s too late.  You don’t know when you will meet your Maker and you should do it on a positive note, not on a negative one.  In other words, you want to hear Him say:  “Well done my good and faithful servant.”  You do not want to hear:  “Your name is not in the Lamb’s Book of Life, so you are going to hell.”

If you want to make sure of going to heaven, pray the following prayer to God aloud in all honesty and sincerity.  “Father God, I repent of all my sins.  Please forgive me.  I believe and declare that Jesus Christ died on the cross to pay for my sins and that He resurrected on the third day.  I accept Him as my Lord and Savior and I also ask the Holy Spirit to live in me and to guide me on a daily basis.  Amen.”  If you prayed that prayer, God received it. Find yourself a good Christian church.

Maybe you have been trying to clean yourself, but you haven’t been able to succeed.  You are not alone.  That has happened to millions of people.  Ask God to help you.  Let’s say you are abusing drugs and have been serious about quitting, but somehow it hasn’t worked out.  Pray something like this:  “Father God, in the precious name of Your Son Jesus, please help me not depend on drugs anymore.” When you pray, God will hear you because now you are his son or daughter and He loves you, in spite of what you may have done before.

I update my blog every Thursday.  Come back to it as every week God gives me a new message, a new article and a few other things.  God bless you!

thelivinglights.com   rlsalvation@sbcglobal.net  1/5/17

NO PUEDES LIMPIARTE

Mucha gente piensa que puede limpiarse del pecado, las drogas, la bebida, fumar, el adulterio, mentir, robar, malos hábitos, y de otras cosas. El hecho es que ya cuando hayas hecho algo no se puede cambiar.  No puedes volver al pasado y cambiar lo que ya está hecho.  Lo que se ha hecho, hecho está.

No puedes hacer bastantes obras buenas para redimir el mal que has hecho.  Mucha gente piensa: “Iré al cielo, porque he hecho más obras buenas que obras malas.”  Otros dicen:  “Peco mucho menos que mi vecino, por eso sé que iré al cielo.”  Tú puedes pensar, “Hace tantos años que estuve en adulterio.”  A Dios no se le ha olvidado.  No mueras en tus pecados, porque si lo haces, irás al infierno.

Gálatas 2:16

“Sabiendo que el hombre no es justificado por las obras de la ley, sino por la fe de Jesucristo, nosotros también hemos creído en Jesucristo, para ser justificados por la fe de Cristo y no por las obras de la ley, por cuanto por las obras de la ley nadie será justificado.”

No importa cuántas buenas obras hagas, no puedes justificarte para ser salvo.  Has pecado, y ese pecado te manda al infierno, pero si recibes a Jesucristo como tu Señor y Salvador, él mismo borra tus pecados, y quedas limpio como si jamás hubieras pecado.

Efesios 2:8-9

“Porque por gracia son salvos por medio de la fe; y esto no de ustedes, pues es don de Dios; no por obras, para que nadie se gloríe.”

Solamente la gracia de Dios puede salvarte, no por obras.  Gracia significa favor inmerecido. En otras palabras, no mereces la salvación – nadie la merece – pero porque Dios te ama tanto, él te perdona si recibes a su hijo Jesucristo como tu Señor y Salvador.

Juan 14:6

“Jesús le dijo: Yo soy el camino, y la verdad, y la vida; nadie viene al Padre, sino por mí.”

Jesucristo lo hizo bastante claro que la única forma de obtener salvación es por medio de él. Debes hacer buenas obras no para ser salvo, sino porque Dios es amor, y tú debes imitarlo.  Si no amas no puedes ser cristiano.  Si ese es tu caso, solamente te estás engañando a ti mismo. Dios no puede ser engañado ni burlado (Gálatas 6:7).

Isaías 64:6

“Si bien todos nosotros somos como suciedad, y todas nuestras justicias como trapo de inmundicia; y caímos todos nosotros como la hoja, y nuestras maldades nos llevaron como viento.”

El profeta Isaías lo explica claramente.  Estás sucio delante la presencia de Dios, y aunque vivas una vida piadosa y ejemplar de aquí en adelante, tus pecados del pasado todavía están contigo.

Te puedes deshacer de ellos al confesárselos a Dios (1 Juan 1:9), arrepintiéndote (2 Pedro 3:9) y

al vivir una vida justa en amar al prójimo (1 Juan 1:7).  Si haces lo mencionado,  Dios te limpia con la sangre de Jesucristo para que esos pecados dejen de existir (Salmo 51:2).

Juan 1:12-13

“Mas a todos los que le recibieron (a Jesucristo), a los que creen en su nombre (Jesucristo), les dio potestad de ser hechos hijos de Dios; los cuales no son engendrados de sangre, ni de voluntad de carne, ni de voluntad de varón, sino de Dios.”

No puedes limpiarte tú mismo, ni puedes deshacer el pasado, pero si quieres que Dios perdone tus pecados, puedes seguir los siguientes pasos.  Tu primer paso es de comprender que sí has pecado.  El segundo es de percatarte que no puedes cambiar el pasado.  El tercero es de sinceramente arrepentirte.  El cuarto es de pedirle a Dios que te perdone, y él te perdonará. El quinto es de recibir a Jesucristo como tu Señor y Salvador.  El sexto es de cambiar – no seguir en los mismos pecados.  El séptimo es de buscar una buena iglesia cristiana donde enseñen la palabra de Dios directamente de la biblia.  Es posible que tengas que visitar varias iglesias cristianas hasta que encuentres una donde te sientas bien.

Si, por la razón que sea, nunca has recibido a Jesucristo como tu Señor y Salvador, hazlo ahorita antes que sea demasiado tarde.  No sabes cuándo pasarás de esta vida a la otra, y lo quieres hacer de una manera positiva y no negativa.  Es bueno que Dios te diga:  “Bien hecho mi buen y fiel servidor,” en vez de, “Vete al infierno, porque tu nombre no está escrito en el Libro de la Vida.”

Si quieres asegurarte de ir al cielo, órale la siguiente oración a Dios en humildad y sinceridad. “Dios Padre, me arrepiento de mis pecados.  Por favor, perdóname.  Yo creo y declaro que Jesucristo es tu hijo y que murió en la cruz y que resucitó al tercer día para pagar por mis pecados.  Le pido a él que sea mi Señor y Salvador y al Espíritu Santo que viva en mí para que me guíe diariamente.  Amén.”  Si oraste esa oración, Dios la recibió.  Encuentra una buena iglesia y congrégate con los otros hijos de Dios.

Tal vez hayas estado tratando de limpiarte, pero no has podido.  No eres el único.  Eso le ha pasado a millones de personas.  Pídele a Dios que te ayude.  Digamos que has abusado de las drogas, el licor, el cigarrillo, o lo que sea, y quieres cambiar.  Ora algo así:  “Dios Padre, en el nombre precioso de tu hijo Jesucristo, te pido que me ayudes a dejar el vicio de las drogas.” Cuando ores, Dios te oirá, porque ahora eres su hijo o hija.  Dios te ama a pesar de lo que hayas hecho en el pasado.  No lo dudes.

Yo actualizo mi página todos los jueves.  Dios me da un mensaje cada semana, un artículo, y otras cositas.  Sígueme y eso te ayudará a mejorar tu vida.

thelivinglights.com   rlsalvation@abcglobal.net  5/1/17

LOVE THY NEIGHBOR

God definitely wants you to love your neighbor.  That is one of His primary wishes and desires for this world and for you.  The question you may have is…Who is my neighbor?  Your neighbor is any human being who is alive on this planet.  That includes people who you will never meet.  Some of them live on the other side of the world, they speak different languages, have different cultures and may belong to a religion you may not even began to understand.

Luke 10:25-37

“And behold, a certain lawyer stood up and tested Him (Jesus), saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” He (Jesus) said to him, “What is written in the law? What is your reading of it?” So he answered and said, “ ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind,’ and ‘your neighbor as yourself.’ ”And He said to him, “You have answered rightly; do this and you will live.” But he, wanting to justify himself, said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” Then Jesus answered and said: “A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, who stripped him of his clothing, wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead.  Now by chance a certain priest came down that road. And when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. Likewise a Levite, when he arrived at the place, came and looked, and passed by on the other side. But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was. And when he saw him, he had compassion. So he went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine; and he set him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. On the next day, when he departed, he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said to him, ‘Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I come again, I will repay you.’ So which of these three do you think was neighbor to him who fell among the thieves?” And he said, “He who showed mercy on him.”Then Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.”

Jesus made it very clear that any human being in the world is your neighbor.  In other words you should help him or her if you know of the need and if you have a way to help.

Matthew 7:12

“So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.”

This has become known as “the golden rule.”  You would want to be treated fairly and with love, therefore do the same for others.  If you do that, you will be doing God’s will.

Matthew 22:37-40

“Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”

Jesus wants you to love your neighbors as you love yourself.  He gave you an example of that by dying for you.  That means He loves you just as much as He loves Himself.  The fact that you had sin in your life did not affect His love for you.  That is something to really think about.

Leviticus 19:18

“You shall not take vengeance, nor bear any grudge against the children of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the Lord.”

Of course God is referring to the Jewish people, but it also applies to you.  Love your neighbor and that means every single human being on this planet.  Yes, I know that there are people who are very, very, very difficult to love.  Nevertheless you should love them.  If they hate you, that’s their problem.  If they do, God will judge them.

Matthew 5:43-44

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ but I (Jesus) say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you.”

This is what Jesus said when He was teaching the multitudes.  So guess what?  That applies to you.

Hopefully this message touched you.  If you are a Christian, instead of hating some people, pray for them.  God loves them too, although some of them are as far from Him as could be.  If you pray for them they may come to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.  God bless you!

rlsalvation@sbcglobal.net     thelivinglights.com  12/29/16

AMA A TU VECINO

Es la voluntad de Dios que ames a tu vecino.  Ese es uno de sus deseos para este mundo y para ti.  La pregunta que tal vez tengas es…¿Quién es mi vecino?  Tu vecino es cualquier persona que actualmente esté viviendo en este planeta.  Eso incluye a personas que jamás conocerás. Unos de ellos viven en el otro lado del mundo, hablan diferentes lenguas, tienen diferentes culturas, y tal vez pertenezcan a religiones que jamás comprenderás.

Lucas 10:25-37

“Y he aquí un intérprete de la ley se levantó y dijo, para probarle: Maestro (Jesucristo), ¿haciendo qué cosa heredaré la vida eterna? Él (Jesucristo) le dijo: ¿Qué está escrito en la ley? ¿Cómo lees? Aquél, respondiendo, dijo: Amarás al Señor tu Dios con todo tu corazón, y con toda tu alma, y con todas tus fuerzas, y con toda tu mente; y a tu prójimo como a ti mismo. Y le dijo: Bien has respondido; haz esto, y vivirás. Pero él, queriendo justificarse a sí mismo, dijo a Jesús: ¿Y quién es mi prójimo? Respondiendo Jesús, dijo: Un hombre descendía de Jerusalén a Jericó, y cayó en manos de ladrones, los cuales le despojaron; e hiriéndole, se fueron, dejándole medio muerto. Aconteció que descendió un sacerdote por aquel camino, y viéndole, pasó de largo. Asimismo un levita, llegando cerca de aquel lugar, y viéndole, pasó de largo. Pero un samaritano, que iba de camino, vino cerca de él, y viéndole, fue movido a misericordia; y acercándose, vendó sus heridas, echándoles aceite y vino; y poniéndole en su cabalgadura, lo llevó al mesón, y cuidó de él. Otro día al partir, sacó dos denarios, y los dio al mesonero, y le dijo: Cuídamele; y todo lo que gastes de más, yo te lo pagaré cuando regrese. ¿Quién, pues, de estos tres te parece que fue el prójimo (vecino) del que cayó en manos de los ladrones? Él dijo: El que usó de misericordia con él. Entonces Jesús le dijo: Ve, y haz tú lo mismo.”

Jesucristo lo declaró claramente que cualquier persona en el mundo es tu vecino.  En otras palabras, debes ayudarle si conoces su necesidad, y tienes la manera de hacerlo.

Mateo 7:12

“Así que, todas las cosas que quieres que los hombres hagan por ti, así también haz tú por ellos; porque esto es la ley y los profetas.”

Este principio se conoce como “la regla de oro.”  Ya que deseas que te traten justamente con amor, trata al prójimo igualmente.  Si haces eso, estarás haciendo la voluntad de Dios.

Mateo 22:37-40

“Jesús le dijo: Amarás al Señor tu Dios con todo tu corazón, y con toda tu alma, y con toda tu mente. Éste es el primero y grande mandamiento. Y el segundo es semejante: Amarás a tu prójimo como a ti mismo. De estos dos mandamientos depende toda la ley y los profetas.”

Jesucristo desea que ames a tus vecinos igualmente como te amas a ti mismo.  Te dio un buen ejemplo al morir por ti en la cruz.  Eso significa que él te ama así como se ama a sí mismo.  El hecho que has pecado no cambia el amor que él siente por ti.  Eso es algo en que meditar.

Levítico 19:18

“No te vengarás, ni guardarás rencor a los hijos de tu pueblo, sino amarás a tu prójimo como a ti mismo. Yo Jehová.”

Desde luego que Dios se refiere a los judíos, pero también te aplica a ti.  Ama a tu vecino significa que ames a todo ser humano en este planeta.  Sí, yo sé que hay personas quienes son dificilísimas y casi imposibles de amar.  Sin embargo debes amarlas.  Si ellos te odian, eso es su problema – no es el tuyo.  Si te odian, Dios va a juzgarlos.

Mateo 5:43-44

“Oyeron que fue dicho: Amarás a tu prójimo, y aborrecerás a tu enemigo. Pero yo (Jesucristo) les digo: Amen a sus enemigos, bendigan a los que los maldicen, hagan bien a los que los aborrecen, y oren por los que los ultrajan y los persiguen.”

Esto es lo que Jesucristo les dijo a las multitudes cuando estaba enseñando.  ¿Sabes qué? En realidad te lo dice a ti también.

Espero que este mensaje te haya tocado.  Si eres cristiano de verdad, en vez de odiar gente, ora por ellos.  Dios los ama a ellos también, aunque algunos de ellos estén bien alejados de él.  Si tú oras por ellos es posible que se arrepientan y reciban a Jesucristo como su Señor y Salvador.  ¡Dios te bendiga!

rlsalvation@sbcglobal.net    thelivinglights.com   29/12/16

THE GOD OF MORE THAN ENOUGH

Because many pastors and evangelists are preaching the prosperity and the grace messages to tickle the ears of their followers, intelligent people become skeptic and don’t really know what to believe anymore. They know that miracles can’t be bought, that not everyone is going to become wealthy overnight, and that not everyone is going to have a wonderful future.  Facts will always be facts and the truth will always be the truth.

However because  God really loves us, He does provide what we need and many times even more than enough. Unlike what the pastors and evangelists are preaching, He does not promise us that we will be rich or that we will never have problems.  Problems are part of life.  I will give you some examples from the Bible of how God provides and you can judge for yourself.

Genesis 1:27-28

“So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”

God gave Adam more than he deserved. 1. He did not deserve anything. 2. He was created in the image of God.  He could have been created as an animal.  3. God blessed him.  He had not done anything to deserve God’s blessings. 4. God gave him the whole earth and everything in it.

5. God put him in the Garden of Eden.  Everything he needed and more was there.  6. God gave him a companion comparable to him (Genesis 2:18).

Genesis 6:12-14

“So God looked upon the earth, and indeed it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted their way on the earth. And God said to Noah, “The end of all flesh has come before Me, for the earth is filled with violence through them; and behold, I will destroy them with the earth.  Make yourself an ark of gopher wood; make rooms in the ark, and cover it inside and outside with pitch.”

1.The human race was corrupt.  It deserved to be eliminated, but God allowed it to continue through Noah and his family. 2. God also saved all animal life.  3. The planet could have been destroyed, but God’s love and grace were more than enough.

John 3:15-17

“That whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.  For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.  For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.”

1.We deserve to perish, but instead God allows us to believe in His Son and if we do, not only do we have eternal life, but we can have it with Him.  That’s more than enough.  2. Jesus could have come to condemn the world, which is what we deserve, but instead He came to offer us salvation, which we really do not deserve and only because He is a God of more than enough.

God does not punish us, which is what we deserve, but rewards us with salvation, which is what we do not deserve.

Luke 9:14-17

 For there were about five thousand men. Then He (Jesus) said to His disciples, “Make them sit down in groups of fifty.” And they did so, and made them all sit down. Then He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, He blessed and broke them, and gave them to the disciples to set before the multitude.  So they all ate and were filled, and twelve baskets of the leftover fragments were taken up by them.”

1.There were 5,000 men not counting women and children.  There could have been 15,000 people. They were fed with five loaves of bread and two fish. 2. Food was left over.  Jesus is the God of more than enough.

1 Kings 17:10-16

“So he (The prophet Elijah) arose and went to Zarephath. And when he came to the gate of the city, indeed a widow was there gathering sticks. And he called to her and said, “Please bring me a little water in a cup, that I may drink.”  And as she was going to get it, he called to her and said, “Please bring me a morsel of bread in your hand.” So she said, “As the Lord your God lives, I do not have bread, only a handful of flour in a bin, and a little oil in a jar; and see, I am gathering a couple of sticks that I may go in and prepare it for myself and my son, that we may eat it, and die.” And Elijah said to her, “Do not fear; go and do as you have said, but make me a small cake from it first, and bring it to me; and afterward make some for yourself and your son.  For thus says the Lord God of Israel: ‘The bin of flour shall not be used up, nor shall the jar of oil run dry, until the day the Lord sends rain on the earth.’” So she went away and did according to the word of Elijah; and she and he and her household ate for many days.  The bin of flour was not used up, nor did the jar of oil run dry, according to the word of the Lord which He spoke by Elijah.”

1.God told Elijah that He would provide and He did.  2. The widow believed Elijah and God and God provided for her.  3. God gave her more than enough.  Before she did not have enough for herself, but now she even had enough for her household and for the prophet.

If for whatever reason you are in need, cry out to the God of more than enough. No, you may never be rich, but God can definitely provide for your needs if you put your life in His hands.  He is more than capable of providing for you.

thelivinglights.com   rlsalvation@sbcglobal.net  December 22, 2016

EL DIOS DE MÁS QUE LO SUFICIENTE

Porque muchos pastores y evangelistas predican los mensajes de gracia y de prosperidad para atraer más seguidores, las personas inteligentes se convierten en escépticos y ya no saben en qué o en quién creer.  Saben que los milagros no se pueden comprar, que no todos van a enriquecerse de la noche a la mañana, y que no todos van a tener un futuro maravilloso. Esa es la verdad y nunca cambiará.

Sin embargo, porque en realidad Dios nos ama, sí provee lo que necesitamos y muchas veces más de lo suficiente.  Muy distinto a lo que los pastores y evangelistas predican, Dios no nos promete que seremos ricos ni que no tendremos problemas.  Los problemas son parte de la vida.  Te daré algunos ejemplos de la biblia de cómo Dios provee y tú formas tu propia opinión.

Génesis 1:27-28

“Y creó Dios al hombre a su imagen, a imagen de Dios lo creó; varón y hembra los creó. Y los bendijo Dios, y les dijo: Fructifiquen y multiplíquense; llenen la tierra, y sojúzguenla, y señoreen en los peces del mar, en las aves de los cielos, y en todas las bestias que se mueven sobre la tierra.”

Dios le dio a Adán más de lo que merecía.  1.  No merecía nada.  2. Fue creado a la imagen de Dios, no de un animal.  3. Dios lo bendijo.  No había hecho nada para merecer la bendición. 4. Dios le dio la tierra y todo lo que estaba en ella – mucho más de lo suficiente.  5. Lo puso en el jardín del Edén.  Tenía todo lo necesario y más.  6. Dios le dio una compañera semejante a él

(Génesis 2:18).

Génesis 6:12-14

 Y miró Dios la tierra, y he aquí que estaba corrompida; porque toda carne había corrompido su camino sobre la tierra. Dijo, pues, Dios a Noé: He decidido el fin de todo ser, porque la tierra está llena de violencia a causa de ellos; y he aquí que yo los destruiré con la tierra. Hazte un arca de madera de gofer; harás aposentos en el arca, y la calafatearás con brea por dentro y por fuera.”

1.La raza humana estaba corrompida.  Dios podría haberla erradicado por completo, pero porque es un Dios de más de suficiente amor, dejó que continuara.  2. Permitió que los animales también existieran.  3. Dios podría haber destruido el planeta, pero por su misericordia no lo hizo. Él es más compasivo de lo suficiente.

Juan 3:15-17

“Para que todo aquel que en él cree, no se pierda, mas tenga vida eterna. Porque de tal manera amó Dios al mundo, que ha dado a su Hijo unigénito, para que todo aquel que en él cree, no se pierda, mas tenga vida eterna.  Porque no envió Dios a su Hijo al mundo para condenar al mundo, sino para que el mundo sea salvo por él.”

1.Merecemos perecer, pero en vez de eso Dios nos permite que creamos en su hijo, y si lo hacemos no solamente nos da vida eterna, sino que podemos pasarla con él. Eso es más que suficiente.  2. Jesús podría haber venido para condenar el mundo, y eso es lo que merecemos, pero en vez de eso, vino a ofrecernos vida eterna la cual no la merecemos.  Pero él es un Dios de más de suficiente.  En vez de darnos el castigo que merecemos nos premia con la salvación.

Lucas 9:14-17

“Eran como cinco mil hombres. Entonces (Jesús) dijo a sus discípulos: Háganlos sentar en grupos, de cincuenta en cincuenta. Así lo hicieron, haciéndolos sentar a todos. Y tomando los cinco panes y los dos pescados, levantando los ojos al cielo, los bendijo, y los partió, y dio a sus discípulos para que los pusiesen delante de la gente. Y comieron todos, y se saciaron; y recogieron lo que les sobró, doce cestas de pedazos.”

1.Eran cinco mil hombres sin contar a las mujeres y a los niños.  Tal vez quince mil en total. Con cinco panes y dos pescados comieron todos.  2.  Sobró comida.  Jesucristo es un Dios de más de suficiente.

1 Reyes 17:10-16

“Entonces él (el profeta Elías) se levantó y se fue a Sarepta. Y cuando llegó a la puerta de la ciudad, he aquí una mujer viuda que estaba allí recogiendo leña; y él la llamó, y le dijo: Te ruego que me traigas un poco de agua en un vaso, para que beba.  Y yendo ella para traérsela, él la volvió a llamar, y le dijo: Te ruego que me traigas también un bocado de pan en tu mano. Y ella respondió: Vive Jehová tu Dios, que no tengo pan cocido; solamente un puñado de harina tengo en la tinaja, y un poco de aceite en una vasija; y ahora recogía dos leños, para entrar y prepararlo para mí y para mi hijo, para que lo comamos, y nos dejemos morir. Elías le dijo: No tengas temor; ve, haz como has dicho; pero hazme a mí primero de ello una pequeña torta cocida debajo de la ceniza, y tráemela; y después harás para ti y para tu hijo.  Porque Jehová Dios de Israel ha dicho así: La harina de la tinaja no escaseará, ni el aceite de la vasija disminuirá, hasta el día en que Jehová haga llover sobre la faz de la tierra.  Entonces ella fue e hizo como le dijo Elías; y comió él, y ella, y su casa, muchos días. Y la harina de la tinaja no escaseó, ni el aceite de la vasija menguó, conforme a la palabra que Jehová había dicho por Elías.”

1.Dios le dijo a Elías que proveería y lo hizo.  2.  La viuda le creó a Elías y no le faltó lo necesario.  3. Dios le dio a la viuda más de lo necesario.  Primero no tenía bastante para ella, y después Dios le dio suficiente para ella, para su hijo, y para el profeta.

Si,  por la razón que sea,  estás en necesidad, clámale al Dios de más de suficiente.  Tal vez no te lleguen riquezas, pero Dios puede proveer lo necesario si pones tu vida en sus manos.  Él es más de capaz de proveer lo que necesitas.

thelivinglights.com    rlsalvation@sbcglobal.net   22 de Diciembre 2016

GOD HAS NO LIMITS

Because we live with limitations all around us we don’t realize that there is a world without any limitations.  That world, of course, is where God, His angels and the souls who are in heaven exist.  All the negative things that exist on earth do not exist there.  Just think how everything would change for you if all the negative elements were not present in your life.

Being that God has no limits whatsoever not only does it benefit all of us, but it also benefits everything that exists.  It only benefits us because He is extremely wise, good and righteous.  If He were not that our lives would not be worth living.  We would be at the mercy of a celestial tyrant.  Thank God that is not the case at all.

God’s creative power has no limits and because of that He was able to create not only the earth, but all the planets, the sun, the moon, the Milky Way, the galaxies and the universe. In other words He created everything that exists out of nothing.  Nobody, but nobody else can do that.

Because of His unlimited power, love and wisdom, He created us out of the dust He had created.  Yes, He created the dust out of nothing, and then He created Adam out of that dust. If that were not enough He created Eve out of Adam and then He created children out of them.

That is amazing!

God’s love has no limits.  That’s why He sent His only begotten Son Jesus Christ to die on the cross for people who do not deserve salvation.  That’s right!  You and I do not deserve salvation because we have sinned, yet Jesus died so that we could be reconciled with Father God.  In Romans 5:8, the apostle Paul states it this way:  “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Jesus did not wait for us to be righteous. That’s because He came for the unrighteous.

God’s forgiving power has no limitations whatsoever and because of that, regardless of what you may have done, God will forgive you if you repent.  All you have to do is repent and ask Him to forgive you and He will.  He forgives you, makes you clean, and regards you as if you had never sinned.  That’s how great His forgiving power is.

God’s truths are absolute.  That’s why Jesus said in John 14:6 – “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life.  No one comes to the Father, except by Me.”  His truths are from everlasting to everlasting.  They will never change.  They cannot be twisted, bent or destroyed.  They are not flexible or bendable.  Since we humans are not perfect, we disobey His truths and that’s when we have to repent and ask God to forgive us.  If we don’t repent and ask God to forgive us, He will not forgive us, and we will carry that sin with us all the way to the grave, to hell and later on to the lake of fire to suffer eternally.

God’s blessing power has to limits at all.  The chances are you have seen people blessed by God. It may be financially, with good health, with an excellent family, with ministry, in sports or in any other way.  The main reason that He is blessing them is that He is a sovereign God. He may bless whom He chooses to bless.  In Romans 9:15-16, the Bible says:  “For He (God) says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whomever I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whomever I will have compassion.”  So then it is not of him who wills, nor of him who runs, but of God who shows mercy.” Following God’s line of reasoning we can conclude that He will bless whomever He wants to bless.

A miracle is something that we may desperately need, but have no idea if it can actually happen for whatever the reason or reasons.  With God all things are possible (Mark 10:27), so He may intervene and our miracle may come to pass.  He may heal us from cancer when the doctors cannot, or He may send us to a special doctor or make the medication available to us that will heal us.  As the saying goes:  “God works in mysterious ways.”  We cannot limit Him because He has no limitations.

If you need a miracle, whatever it may be, pray to God in faith.  It has to be in faith or there will be no miracle no matter how long you pray.  The Bible tells us in Hebrews 11:6 that without faith it is impossible to please God.  What is faith? The Bible defines it in Hebrews 11:1 like this: “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen”

Some examples of how Jesus views faith:  A woman had had an issue of blood for twelve years. She came to Jesus expecting to be healed and in Mark 5:34, He told her:  Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace, and be healed of your affliction.” Guess what?  She was healed immediately.  Then in Mark 10:51-52 Jesus told a blind man: “What do you want Me to do for you?” The blind man said to Him, “Rabboni, that I may receive my sight.” Then Jesus said to him, “Go your way; your faith has made you well.” And immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus on the road.”

If you were extremely poor, but you knew of a very wealthy person who was kindhearted and always helped the poor,  you would make every effort to become acquainted with him.  Now that you know that there are no limits to God’s love, it would behoove you to get to know Him and to get as close to Him as possible. Especially when there is nothing that can keep you from doing it.  If you come to Him, He will accept you with open arms.

If you find yourself in a dire situation, and if you are a Christ follower let your faith grow and ask God expectantly for a miracle.  If you have never believed in God before, or if you have never accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, do it now, so He may bless you.  You will become God’s son or daughter if in all sincerity aloud you pray the following prayer to Him:

“Father God, I repent of all my sins.  I ask You to forgive me and to cleanse me of all sin.  I confess that Jesus Christ is Your Son, that He suffered, died and resurrected on the third day to

pay for my sins.  I ask for Him to be my Lord and Savior and for the Holy to live in me.  Holy Father from this day forward I belong to You.  Do with me according to Your will.  Amen.”

Find a good born-again Christian church where you can learn more about God.  Read my blog at least once a week.  I update it every Thursday.  May the blessings of God follow you the rest of your life.

DIOS NO TIENE LÍMITES

Porque vivimos con limitaciones todo alrededor no nos percatamos que existe un mundo sin limitaciones.  Ese mundo, desde luego, es donde Dios, sus ángeles, y las almas salvas que ya han dejado esta vida existen.  Todo lo negativo que existe en este mundo no se encuentra en el cielo.  Simplemente piensa como te cambiaría todo si los elementos negativos en tu vida no existieran.

Siendo que Dios no tiene limitaciones de ninguna clase no solamente nos beneficia a nosotros, sino a todo lo que existe también.  Nos beneficia porque Dios es sabio, bueno, justo, y fuerte.  Si él no fuera así no valdría la pena vivir.  Estaríamos a la misericordia de un tirano celestial.  Gracias a Dios que ese no es nuestro caso.

El poder creativo de Dios no tiene límites, y por esa razón pudo crear la tierra, los planetas, el sol, la luna, la Vía Láctea, las galaxias, y el universo.  En otras palabras creó todo lo que existe de la nada. Nada ni nadie puede hacer lo mismo.  El hombre puede fabricar y cambiar algo, pero no puede crear de la nada.

Por su poder, amor y sabiduría ilimitada Dios nos creó del mismo polvo que él había creado. Sí, creó el polvo de la nada, y luego creó a Adán de ese polvo.  Y si eso no fuera suficiente, creó a Eva de Adán, y luego les permitió procrear hijos.  ¡Eso es algo asombrador!  Y todo lo que se hizo salió de la imaginación y voluntad de Dios.

El amor de Dios no tiene límites.  Por eso mandó a su Hijo a morir en la cruz por gente que no merecía la salvación.  ¡Así es!  Tú y yo no merecemos ser salvos, porque hemos pecado vez tras ves.  Sin embargo, Jesucristo murió para que pudiéramos reconciliarnos con Dios Padre.  En Romanos 5:8, el apóstol Pablo lo explica así:  “Mas Dios muestra su amor para con nosotros, en que siendo aún pecadores, Cristo murió por nosotros.” Jesucristo no esperó hasta que nos limpiáramos del pecado.  Él vino por los pecadores para limpiarnos.

El poder que tiene Dios para perdonar no tiene límites de ninguna clase, y por eso no importa lo que hayas hecho, ni cuanto hayas pecado, Dios te perdona si te arrepientes y le pides perdón.  Él te perdona, te limpia, y te estima como si jamás hubieras pecado.  Tal vez los hombres no te perdonen, pero Dios sí si se lo pides de corazón.

Las verdades de Dios son absolutas.  Por eso Jesucristo dijo en Juan 14:6 – “Yo soy el camino, la verdad, y la vida.  Nadie llega al Padre, sino por mí.”  Sus verdades son eternas.  Siempre han existido, y siempre existirán.  Nunca cambiarán.  No pueden ser torcidas, quebradas ni destruidas.  No son flexibles ni se pueden doblar.  Siendo que los humanos no somos perfectos, quebrantamos las verdades, y eso es cuando debemos arrepentirnos y pedirle perdón a Dios. Si no le pedimos que nos perdone, no nos perdona, y llevamos el pecado a la sepultura, al infierno y al lago de fuego para sufrir eternamente.

El poder de bendecir que tiene Dios no tiene barreras.  Es muy probable que has conocido personas a quienes Dios ha bendecido financieramente, con buena salud, con una familia excelente, en su ministerio, en los deportes o en muchas otras maneras.  La razón primordial por hacerlo es que Dios es soberano.  Él puede bendecir a quien quiera.  En Romanos 9:15-16, la biblia dice:  “Pues a Moisés (Dios le) dice: Tendré misericordia del que yo tenga misericordia, y me compadeceré del que yo me compadezca. Así que no depende del que quiere, ni del que corre, sino de Dios que tiene misericordia.” Siguiendo ese mismo razonamiento de Dios, podemos concluir que él bendecirá a quien quiera.

Un milagro es algo que podamos necesitar desesperadamente, pero que está fuera de nuestro alcance, por la razón que sea.  Para Dios todo es posible (Marcos 10:27), así es que él puede intervenir para que se cumpla nuestro milagro.  Nos puede sanar de una enfermedad incurable cuando los doctores no pueden, o puede darle la sabiduría o los recursos a los doctores para que nos sanemos.  El dicho dice que: “Dios obra de maneras misteriosas.” No podemos limitarlo, porque él no tiene límites.

Si necesitas un milagro, sea lo que sea, órale a Dios en fe.  Tiene que ser en fe, o no te llega el milagro sin importar cuantas veces ores.  La biblia nos dice en Hebreos 11:6 que sin fe es imposible agradar a Dios.  ¿Qué es la fe?  Según la palabra de Dios en Hebreos 11:1 la fe es:  “Es, pues, la fe la certeza de lo que se espera, la convicción de lo que no se ve.”

He aquí dos ejemplos de cómo Jesucristo ve la fe:  Una mujer quien tenía un flujo de sangre por doce años tocó a Jesucristo esperando ser sana, y Jesucristo le dijo en Marcos 5:34 – “Hija, tu fe te ha hecho salva; ve en paz, y queda sana de tu azote.”  ¿Sabes qué?  Dios la sanó inmediatamente.  Luego en Marcos 10:51-52, Jesús le dijo a un ciego:  “¿Qué quieres que te haga? Y el ciego le dijo: Maestro, que recobre la vista. Y Jesús le dijo: Vete, tu fe te ha salvado. Y en seguida recobró la vista, y seguía a Jesús en el camino.”

Si fueras extremadamente pobre, y supieras de un hombre riquísimo quien fuera piadoso y bondadoso con los pobres, harías todo lo posible para conocerlo. Ahora que ya sabes que no existen barreras ni límites para el amor de Dios, sería bueno que hicieras todo lo posible para conocerlo mejor.  Nada te impide que lo hagas.  Si vienes a él te aceptará con los brazos abiertos.  Te está esperando.

Si te encuentras en una situación muy precaria, y si eres seguidor de Jesucristo, permite que te crezca la fe, y pídele tu milagro.  Si jamás has creído en Dios, o si no has aceptado a Jesucristo como tu Señor y Salvador, hazlo ahorita para que pueda bendecirte.  Te convertirás en su hijo o hija si en toda sinceridad en voz alta le oras la siguiente oración:

“Dios Padre, me arrepiento de todos mis pecados.  Te pido que me perdones, y que me limpies de todo pecado.  Confieso que Jesucristo es tu hijo, que sufrió, murió, y resucitó al tercer día para pagar por mis pecados.  Le pido que sea mi Señor y Salvador y al Espíritu Santo que viva en mí.  Dios Padre, de hoy en adelante soy tuyo.  Haz conmigo según tu voluntad.  Amén.”

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THE LIVING WORD

Although most of us know the power words can have, many times we speak them without really thinking what effect they will have on others.  As a result we hurt other people’s feelings without realizing it.  Before speaking we should know exactly what we want to say,  how we want to say it, what the circumstances are,  in what state of mind the other person is, and how he/she is going to react.  If we were to do that many misunderstandings would be avoided. Never forget that words have the power to edify or to destroy

The written word and the spoken one are the best vehicle of communication that we human beings have to communicate with each other. We should also use it to communicate with our Creator Jesus Christ.  If we don’t do it, we are missing a big opportunity.  God wants us to have an intimate relationship with Him.

Whether we have thought about it or not, God was the one who invented the word because He is the word.  Through the word He created everything that has existed, that exists now and that will ever exist.  The Bible is the written word and Jesus is the living one.  He wants to communicate with us through His written word and through the spiritual one.

John 1:1-3

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.”

The Word as it is used here refers to Jesus Christ.  He is the Creator and the Living God in person.  He came to the world as a human being to give us salvation, and so that we would know Him.  When Jesus wants to create something all he has to do is speak the word.

Genesis 1:1-11

“In the beginning God (Jesus) created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. So the evening and the morning were the first day. Then God said, “Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.” Thus God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament; and it was so. And God called the firmament Heaven. So the evening and the morning were the second day. Then God said, “Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear”; and it was so. And God called the dry land Earth, and the gathering together of the waters He called Seas. And God saw that it was good. Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb that yields seed, and the fruit tree that yields fruit according to its kind, whose seed is in itself, on the earth”; and it was so.”

This scripture should allow you to understand that all God has to do is command something to happen through His word and it comes to pass.  Since Jesus is the Living Word of God whatever He says happens.

Matthew 8:28-32

“When He (Jesus) had come to the other side, to the country of the Gergesenes, there met Him two demon-possessed men, coming out of the tombs, exceedingly fierce, so that no one could pass that way. And suddenly they cried out, saying, “What have we to do with You, Jesus, You Son of God? Have You come here to torment us before the time?” Now a good way off from them there was a herd of many swine feeding. So the demons begged Him, saying, “If You cast us out, permit us to go away into the herd of swine.” And He said to them, “Go.” So when they had come out, they went into the herd of swine. And suddenly the whole herd of swine ran violently down the steep place into the sea, and perished in the water.”

The demons, the devil, the wind, the waters and everything else  obey Jesus when He tells them to do something.  It is not a suggestion, but an order that has to be obeyed.

Colossians 1:16-18

“For by Him (Jesus) all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence.”

Jesus holds everything in place by His word.  His word is supreme above everything else.

John 14:12-14

“Most assuredly, I (Jesus) say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father. And whatever you ask in My name, that I w

ill do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.”

Since Jesus is the Living Word whatever we ask God in the name of Jesus God will do for us. We know, of course, that whatever we ask has to be in God’s will.  We cannot ask for something absurd or contrary to God’s will. That’s why James, Jesus’ half brother, says in James 4:3 – “You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures.”

Now that you know the power of words, the power of prayer and that you ought to pray in the name of Jesus, pray something like this:  “Father God, in the name of Your Son Jesus, please heal me from this infirmity (mention the illness whatever it may be).”  It does not have to be an illness.  It can be any other problem that is too big for you to handle.

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LA PALABRA VIVIENTE

Aunque la mayoría de nosotros sabemos el poder que pueden tener las palabras, a veces las hablamos sin pensar que efecto tendrán en los otros.  Como resultado los lastimamos sin darnos cuenta que lo hemos hecho.  Antes de hablar debemos saber exactamente lo que queremos decir, cómo debemos decirlo, cuáles son las circunstancias, en qué estado mental está la otra persona,  y cómo va a recibirlo.  Si hiciéramos eso, evitaríamos muchos de nuestros problemas.  Que nunca se te olvide el poder que tienen las palabras.

La palabra hablada y la palabra escrita es el vehículo de comunicación que tenemos nosotros los humanos. Deberíamos utilizarlo también para comunicarnos con Dios.  Si no lo hacemos estamos perdiendo una grandísima oportunidad.  Dios desea que tengamos comunicación constantemente con él. Él no nos pide que tengamos ritos ni religión, sino una relación íntima con él.  Esa relación solamente se puede establecer por medio de la comunicación.

Lo hayamos pensado o no, Dios fue el que inventó la comunicación por medio de la palabra, porque él es la palabra.  Por medio de la palabra creó todo lo que ha existido, todo lo que existe, y todo lo que existirá.  La biblia es la palabra escrita y Jesucristo es la palabra viviente. Dios desea comunicarse con nosotros por medio de su palabra escrita, pero también por medio del Espíritu Santo.

Juan 1:1-3

“En el principio era el Verbo, y el Verbo era con Dios, y el Verbo era Dios. Este era en el principio con Dios. Todas las cosas por él fueron hechas, y sin él nada de lo que ha sido hecho, fue hecho. “

El Verbo como se usa en esta escritura se refiere a Jesucristo.  Él es el Creador y la Palabra Viviente.  Vino al mundo como humano para traernos la salvación, y para que lo conociéramos. Cuando Jesucristo quiere crear algo todo lo que tiene que hacer es hablar la palabra.  Su palabra tiene poder creative.

Génesis 1:1-11

“En el principio creó Dios los cielos y la tierra.  Y la tierra estaba desordenada y vacía, y las tinieblas estaban sobre la faz del abismo, y el Espíritu de Dios se movía sobre la faz de las aguas.  Y dijo Dios: Sea la luz; y fue la luz. Y vio Dios que la luz era buena; y separó Dios la luz de las tinieblas. Y llamó Dios a la luz Día, y a las tinieblas llamó Noche. Y fue la tarde y la mañana un día. Luego dijo Dios: Haya expansión en medio de las aguas, y separe las aguas de las aguas.  E hizo Dios la expansión, y separó las aguas que estaban debajo de la expansión, de las aguas que estaban sobre la expansión. Y fue así. Y llamó Dios a la expansión Cielos. Y fue la tarde y la mañana el día segundo.  Dijo también Dios: Júntense las aguas que están debajo de los cielos en un lugar, y descúbrase lo seco. Y fue así. Y llamó Dios a lo seco Tierra, y a la reunión de las aguas llamó Mares. Y vio Dios que era bueno.  Después dijo Dios: Produzca la tierra hierba verde, hierba que dé semilla; árbol de fruto que dé fruto según su género, que su semilla esté en él, sobre la tierra. Y fue así.”

Esta escritura puede permitir que entiendas que todo lo que Dios tiene que hacer es dar la palabra y lo que él quiere que suceda se lleva a cabo.  Siendo que Jesucristo es la Palabra Viviente lo que él habla se cumple.

Mateo 8:28-32

“Cuando (Jesús) llegó a la otra orilla, a la tierra de los gadarenos, vinieron a su encuentro dos endemoniados que salían de los sepulcros, feroces en gran manera, tanto que nadie podía pasar por aquel camino. Y clamaron diciendo: ¿Qué tienes con nosotros, Jesús, Hijo de Dios? ¿Has venido acá para atormentarnos antes de tiempo?  Estaba paciendo lejos de ellos un hato de muchos cerdos. Y los demonios le rogaron diciendo: Si nos echas fuera, permítenos ir a aquel hato de cerdos.  El les dijo: Vayan. Y ellos salieron, y se fueron a aquel hato de cerdos; y he aquí, todo el hato de cerdos se precipitó en el mar por un despeñadero, y perecieron en las aguas.”

El viento, las aguas, y todo lo que existe incluyendo al diablo y a los demonios tienen que obedecer a Dios cuando él lo pide.  No les da una sugerencia, sino una orden.

Colosenses 1:16-18

“Porque en él (Jesucristo) fueron creadas todas las cosas, las que hay en los cielos y las que hay en la tierra, visibles e invisibles; sean tronos, sean dominios, sean principados, sean potestades; todo fue creado por medio de él y para él. Y él es antes de todas las cosas, y todas las cosas en él subsisten;  y él es la cabeza del cuerpo que es la iglesia, él que es el principio, el primogénito de entre los muertos, para que en todo tenga la preeminencia;”

Por Dios y su palabra subsiste todo lo que existe. Su palabra reina sobre todo, porque es su fiel representante.

Juan 14:12-14

“De cierto, de cierto les digo: El que en mí (Jesucristo) cree, las obras que yo hago, él las hará también; y aun mayores hará, porque yo voy al Padre. Y todo lo que le pidan al Padre en mi nombre, lo haré, para que el Padre sea glorificado en el Hijo. Si algo piden en mi nombre, yo lo haré.”

Siendo que Jesucristo es la Palabra Viviente lo que le pidamos a Dios en el nombre de Jesucristo,  Dios lo hará.  Sabemos, desde luego, que lo que pidamos tiene que estar en la voluntad de Dios.  No podemos pedir algo que sea contrario a su voluntad.  En Santiago 4:3, Santiago, el medio hermano de Jesucristo, dice así:  “Piden, y no reciben, porque piden mal, para gastar en sus placeres.”

Ahora que ya sabes el poder de las palabras, el poder de la oración, y que debes pedir en el nombre de Jesucristo, ora algo así:  “Dios Padre, en el nombre de tu hijo Jesucristo, por favor sáname de esta enfermedad (menciona la enfermedad sea la que sea).” No tiene que ser una enfermedad.  Puede ser cualquier problema grande que no puedas manejar o controlar.  Dios sí puede.  Para él nada es imposible (Marcos 10:27).

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T H E   G R E A T   F L O O D

Many people (especially unbelievers) think that the flood did not really happen. They say that it just happens to be a biblical fable.  However there is much evidence that it did happen.  Fossils of sea animals have been found on high mountains all over the world.  Also many cultures totally unrelated to each other have stories of a universal flood.

Genesis 6:5-7

“Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And the Lord was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart. So the Lord said, “I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth, both man and beast, creeping thing and birds of the air, for I am sorry that I have made them.”

The points here are:  1. Men became wicked.  2. Men had evil intentions. 3.  God was sorry He had created men.  4.  God was grieved.  5.  God wanted to destroy all forms of life.

Genesis 6:8-10

“But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord. This is the genealogy of Noah. Noah was a just man, perfect in his generations. Noah walked with God. And Noah begot three sons: Shem, Ham, and Japheth.”

God was going to destroy human life, but because Noah, his wife, his three sons and their wives had not been tainted by the sin and wickedness of all the people around them, God decided to give us a second chance.  If it had not been for Noah we would not exist today.

Genesis 6:13-16

“And God said to Noah, “The end of all flesh has come before Me, for the earth is filled with violence through them; and behold, I will destroy them with the earth. Make yourself an ark (boat) of gopher wood; make rooms in the ark, and cover it inside and outside with pitch. And this is how you shall make it: The length of the ark shall be three hundred cubits (350 feet), its width fifty cubits (75 feet), and its height thirty cubits (45 feet). You shall make a window for the ark, and you shall finish it to a cubit from above; and set the door of the ark in its side. You shall make it with lower, second, and third decks.”

The end of all flesh had come, except for Noah, his family and the animals that he would be instructed to put in the ark.

Genesis 6:17-19

“And behold, I Myself (God) am bringing floodwaters on the earth, to destroy from under heaven all flesh in which is the breath of life; everything that is on the earth shall die. But I will establish My covenant with you (Noah); and you shall go into the ark—you, your sons, your wife, and your sons’ wives with you. And of every living thing of all flesh you shall bring two of every sort into the ark, to keep them alive with you; they shall be male and female.”

God was making provisions so that the human race could continue.  He also made sure that the animals did not become extinct.  God said He would bring flood waters on the earth.  That means everywhere.  He did not say that He was only going to bring flood waters to some parts of the earth.

Genesis 7:9-10

“Two by two they (the animals) went into the ark to Noah, male and female, as God had commanded Noah. And it came to pass after seven days that the waters of the flood were on the earth.”

The animals came in by themselves as they had been commanded by God.  Noah and his sons did not have to go out looking for them nor did they force them to come in.  Then after seven days the downpour started.

Genesis 7:11-12

“In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, on that day all the fountains of the great deep were broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened. And the rain was on the earth forty days and forty nights.”

Water was gushing up from under the earth all over the world and rain was pouring down. That’s why the earth was completely flooded in forty days and nights. One thing we have to remember is that with God all things are possible (Mark 10:27).

God sent the flood as a judgment on mankind.  The people who experienced God’s wrath and died in the flood were unbelievers and sinned purposely.  Isn’t that what is happening in our world today?  God promised not to send us another flood, but Armageddon is coming sooner than you may think.  If you do not know what Armageddon is, look it up in the internet or ask a Christian friend.

I hope this message has helped you understand why the great flood happened and that indeed it did happen. If we live by biblical principles the wrath of God will not come on us, but if we don’t…who knows?

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E L  G R A N  D I L U V I O

Mucha gente, y especialmente los incrédulos, cree que el diluvio no ocurrió.  Dicen que es un cuento bíblico.  Sin embargo hay mucha evidencia que sí  fue una realidad.  Se han encontrado fósiles de animales marinos en las montañas por todo el mundo.  Además muchas culturas alrededor del mundo tienen historias de un diluvio universal.

Génesis 6:5-7

“Y vio Jehová que la maldad de los hombres era mucha en la tierra, y que todo designio de los pensamientos del corazón de ellos era de continuo solamente el mal. Y se arrepintió Jehová de haber hecho hombre en la tierra, y le dolió en su corazón.  Y dijo Jehová: Raeré de sobre la faz de la tierra a los hombres que he creado, desde el hombre hasta la bestia, y hasta el reptil y las aves del cielo; pues me arrepiento de haberlos hecho.”

Los puntos principales son:  1. Los hombres eran malos.  2.  Los hombres tenían sólo malas intenciones.  3. Dios estaba arrepentido de haber creado al hombre.  4. A Dios le dolía el corazón.  5. Dios quería destruir toda forma de vida.

Génesis 6:8-10

“Pero Noé halló gracia ante los ojos de Jehová.  Estas son las generaciones de Noé: Noé, varón justo, era perfecto en sus generaciones; con Dios caminó Noé.  Y engendró Noé tres hijos: a Sem, a Cam y a Jafet.”

Dios iba a destruir toda vida humana, pero porque Noé, su esposa, sus tres hijos, y sus nueras no habían sido corrompidos por la maldad de los habitantes de la tierra, Dios decidió darle una segunda oportunidad a la humanidad.  Si no fuera por Noé no estuviéramos aquí.

Génesis 6:13-16

“Dijo, pues, Dios a Noé: He decidido el fin de todo ser, porque la tierra está llena de violencia a causa de ellos; y he aquí que yo los destruiré con la tierra.  Hazte un arca (un barco) de madera de gofer; harás aposentos en el arca, y la calafatearás con brea por dentro y por fuera.  Y de esta manera la harás: de trescientos codos (350 pies) la longitud del arca, de cincuenta codos su anchura (75 pies), y de treinta codos su altura (45 pies).  Una ventana harás al arca, y la acabarás a un codo de elevación por la parte de arriba; y pondrás la puerta del arca a su lado; y le harás piso bajo, segundo y tercero.”

Moriría todo ser viviente con la excepción de Noé, su familia, y los animales que Dios había escogido para que continuaran las especies. El arca era su refugio.

Génesis 6:17-19

“Y he aquí que yo (Dios) traigo un diluvio de aguas sobre la tierra, para destruir toda carne en que haya espíritu de vida debajo del cielo; todo lo que hay en la tierra morirá.  Mas estableceré mi pacto contigo (Noé), y entrarás en el arca tú, tus hijos, tu mujer, y las mujeres de tus hijos contigo. Y de todo lo que vive, de toda carne, dos de cada especie meterás en el arca, para que tengan vida contigo; macho y hembra serán.”

Dios abrió la oportunidad para que la raza humana continuara.  También se aseguró que cada especie de animal sobreviviera.  Dios dijo que traería un diluvio sobre la tierra.  Eso significa que iba a ser sobre toda la tierra – todo el mundo.  No dijo que el diluvio solamente ocurriría en ciertas partes de la tierra.

Génesis 7:9-10

 De dos en dos entraron (los animales) con Noé en el arca; macho y hembra, como mandó Dios a Noé. Y sucedió que al séptimo día las aguas del diluvio vinieron sobre la tierra.”

Los animales entraron solos como les había dicho Dios.  Noé y sus hijos no tuvieron que ir a buscarlos ni forzarlos que entraran al arca.  Después de siete días comenzó la tormenta.

Génesis 7:11-12

“El año seiscientos de la vida de Noé, en el mes segundo a diecisiete días del mes, aquel día fueron rotas todas las fuentes del grande abismo, y las cataratas de los cielos fueron abiertas;  Y hubo lluvia sobre la tierra cuarenta días y cuarenta noches.”

Por todo el mundo el agua salía de abajo hacia arriba y caía de arriba hacia abajo. Por eso el mundo fue inundado en cuarenta días y cuarenta noches.  Lo que tenemos que saber y recordar es que para Dios todo es posible (Marcos 10:27).

Dios mandó el diluvio para juzgar al mundo.  Los que pasaron por esa experiencia y murieron eran incrédulos quienes pecaban a propósito.  ¿No es lo mismo que está sucediendo actualmente? Dios prometió no causar otro diluvio, pero Armagedón nos va a llegar más pronto de lo que pensamos.  Si no sabes lo que es Armagedón, búscalo en el internet o pregúntale a un amigo cristiano.  Es importante que lo sepas.

Ojalá este mensaje te haya ayudado a comprender por qué sucedió el gran diluvio, y que en realidad sí ocurrió.  Si seguimos los principios bíblicos, la ira de Dios no caerá sobre nosotros, pero si no lo hacemos…¿quién sabe?

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YOU MAY BE DEAD TO GOD

This may sound crazy to you, but it is very possible that you may be dead to God.  That means you have nothing to do with Him, and He has nothing to do with you.  If you are anything other than a Christian God does not know you.  He only knows you if you are His child.

Matthew 22:32

“’I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’ God is not the God of the dead, but of the living.”

Jesus Himself was explaining who He is.  He is not the God of the dead – the ones who are in sin who have never accepted Him as their Lord and Savior.  Those people are dead to Him.

Romans 8:13-14

“For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.  For  as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.”

Living by the flesh means living by your emotions, feelings, desires, doing what makes you feel good, doing whatever you want at any given time and not paying any attention to what God would have you do.

In 1 Timothy 5:6, referring to a widow who is engaged in adulterous activities the Bible says:  “But she who lives in pleasure is dead while she lives.” She is physically alive, but dead to God spiritually.

Matthew 8:21-22

“Then another of His disciples said to Him (Jesus), “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.” But Jesus said to him, “Follow Me, and let the dead bury their own dead.”

The dead cannot bury the dead, so what did Jesus mean?  He meant that somebody else who was not following Jesus or believing in Him should bury the man.  Since the man who would bury the disciple’s father was not following Jesus, he was as good as dead to God.  Are you dead to God?  You are if Jesus is not your Lord and Savior.

Ephesians 2:1-5

“And you He (God) made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to  the prince of the power of the air (the devil), the spirit who now works in  the sons of disobedience,  among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and  were by nature children of wrath, just as the others.  But God,  who is rich in mercy, because of His  great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses,  made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved).”

When we are living in sin and in disobedience God considers us as being dead to Him.  All those people who are socially and politically-correct who are advocating abortions, homosexuality, legalizing marijuana and who are tolerant of every imaginable sin are dead to God and unless they change they will wind up in the lake of fire suffering throughout eternity.  Let’s hope you are not one of those walking dead.

Luke 15:28-32

But he (The Prodigal Son’s Brother) was angry and would not go in. Therefore his father came out and pleaded with him. So he answered and said to his father, ‘Lo, these many years I have been serving you; I never transgressed your commandment at any time; and yet you never gave me a young goat, that I might make merry with my friends.  But as soon as this son of yours came, who has devoured your livelihood with harlots, you killed the fatted calf for him.’  “And he said to him, ‘Son, you are always with me, and all that I have is yours.  It was right that we should make merry and be glad, for your brother was dead and is alive again, and was lost and is found.’”

The parable of the prodigal son is really about us when we are far away from God.  All we have to do is repent and come back to Him.  He is waiting with open arms ready to receive us.  If you are a prodigal son and are dead to Him it is time for you to come back to Him before it is too late.  You don’t know when you are going to die or when you have moved away too far from God and cannot come back.

Regardless of your situation, as the prodigal son did you can come back to God right now.  Just read the following prayer several times and when you truly understand it and feel that Father God is calling you, pray it to Him aloud.  He will forgive whatever you may have done and will cleanse you as if you had never sinned.  You cannot ask for a better deal.  God bless you!

“Father God, I repent of all my sins.  I ask You to please forgive me.  I believe and confess that Jesus Christ is Your Son, that He suffered and died on the cross to pay for my sins, that He resurrected on the third day and that He is in heaven at your right hand interceding for me. I ask Him to be my Lord and Savior and for the Holy Spirit to live in me.  Thank You, Father! Amen.”

If you prayed that prayer, you are now a child of God and will spend eternity with Him.  Start reading the Bible – start with the Book of John.  Start attending a good born-again Christian church where they teach directly from the Bible.  Befriend Christian people, so you may learn from them.  Keep coming back to my blog and you will learn a lot.  God bless you!

rlsalvation@sbcglobal.net    rlsalvation@gmail.com  11/24/16

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PUEDES ESTAR MUERTO PARA DIOS

Esto te puede sonar un poco raro, pero es muy posible que estés muerto para Dios.  Eso significa que no tienes nada que ver con él, y él no tiene nada que ver contigo.  No importa lo que seas si no eres cristiano – si nunca has recibido a Jesucristo como tu Señor y Salvador, no eres hijo de Dios.  Él solamente reconoce a sus hijos.

Mateo 22:32

“Yo soy el Dios de Abraham, el Dios de Isaac y el Dios de Jacob? Dios no es Dios de muertos, sino de vivos.”

Jesucristo nos explica quien es él. No es el Dios de los muertos – los que están en pecado y que nunca lo han aceptado como su Señor y Salvador.  Esas personas están muertas para él. ¿Eres una de ellas?

Romanos 8:13-14

 Porque si vives conforme a la carne, morirás; mas si por el Espíritu haces morir las obras de la carne, vivirás. Porque todos los que son guiados por el Espíritu de Dios, éstos son hijos de Dios.”

El vivir por la carne significa vivir por tus emociones, sentimientos, deseos, hacer lo que te haga sentir bien, hacer lo que te dé la gana cuando y donde quieras, y no prestarle atención a lo que Dios quisiera que hicieras.

En 1 Timoteo 5:6, refiriéndose a las viudas quienes se involucran en actividades adúlteras la biblia dice: “Pero la que se entrega a los placeres, viviendo está muerta.” Físicamente está viva, pero espiritualmente está muerta para Dios.

Mateo 8:21-22

“Otro de sus discípulos le dijo (a Jesús): Señor, permíteme que vaya primero y entierre a mi padre.  Jesús le dijo: Sígueme; deja que los muertos entierren a sus muertos.”

Los muertos no pueden enterrar a los muertos.  Jesucristo insinuaba que otra persona que no tenía salvación enterrara al muerto.  Uno estaba muerto físicamente y el otro espiritualmente.

Efesios 2:1-5

“Y él (Dios) les dio vida a ustedes, cuando estaban muertos en sus delitos y pecados,  en los cuales anduvieron en otro tiempo, siguiendo la corriente de este mundo, conforme al príncipe de la potestad del aire (el diablo), el espíritu que ahora opera en los hijos de desobediencia,  entre los cuales también todos nosotros vivimos en otro tiempo en los deseos de nuestra carne, haciendo la voluntad de la carne y de los pensamientos, y éramos por naturaleza hijos de ira, lo mismo que los demás.  Pero Dios, que es rico en misericordia, por su gran amor con que nos amó,  aun estando nosotros muertos en pecados, nos dio vida juntamente con Cristo (por gracia son salvos)…”

Cuando estamos viviendo en el pecado y desobediencia Dios nos considera muertos para él.  Todas esas personas quienes están social y políticamente correctas advocando el aborto, el matrimonio homosexual, legalizar la marihuana, y tolerar toda clase de pecado imaginable están muertos para Dios, y a menos que cambien pasarán la eternidad sufriendo en el lago de fuego.  Esperamos que no seas una de esas personas.

Lucas 15:29-32

“Entonces se enojó (el hermano del hijo pródigo), y no quería entrar. Salió por tanto su padre, y le rogaba que entrara. Mas él, respondiendo, dijo al padre: He aquí, tantos años te sirvo, no habiéndote desobedecido jamás, y nunca me has dado ni un cabrito para gozarme con mis amigos.  Pero cuando vino este tu hijo, que ha consumido tus bienes con rameras, has hecho matar para él el becerro gordo.  Él entonces le dijo: Hijo, tú siempre estás conmigo, y todas mis cosas son tuyas.  Mas era necesario hacer fiesta y regocijarnos, porque este tu hermano era muerto, y ha revivido; se había perdido, y es hallado.

La parábola del hijo prodigo se refiere a nosotros cuando nos hemos alejado de Dios. Todo lo que tenemos que hacer es arrepentirnos y volver a él.  Está esperando con los brazos abiertos para recibirnos.  Si tú eres hijo pródigo y estás muerto para Dios, es tiempo que vuelvas antes que sea demasiado tarde. No sabes cuándo vas a morir ni cuando te hayas alejado tanto de Dios que ya no puedas volver.

Sin importar tu situación, como lo hizo el hijo pródigo tú puedes volver en este instante.  Lee la siguiente oración varias veces, y cuando la entiendas, y sientas que Dios te ama, órasela en voz alta.  Sin importar lo que hayas hecho, él te perdonará y te limpiará completamente de todo pecado.  No puedes pedir nada mejor.  ¡Dios te bendiga!

“Dios Padre, me arrepiento de todos mis pecados.  Te pido que me perdones.  Creo y confieso que Jesucristo es tu Hijo, que sufrió y murió en la cruz para pagar por mis pecados, que resucitó al tercer día y que está a tu diestra haciendo intercesión por mí.  Le pido que sea mi Señor y Salvador y que el Espíritu Santo viva en mí.  Gracias, Padre.  Amén.”

Si oraste esa oración, te has convertido en hijo de Dios, y pasarás la eternidad con él.  Comienza a leer la biblia – empieza en El Libro de Juan.  Busca una buena iglesia cristiana donde enseñen directamente de la biblia. Haste amigo de personas cristianas para que te ayuden a aprender más y a vivir una vida conforme la voluntad de Dios.  Vuelve a mi página.  La actualizo cada semana. ¡Dios te bendiga!

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IF YOU LOVE ME (GOD) KEEP MY COMMANDMENTS

Many people who say they are Christians, in reality, are not.  It does not suffice to know the word of God, to read the Bible, go to church, to look pious, to carry a Bible around or to do good works.  It is much more than that.

Being a Christian is about being a Christ follower, which means being obedient to His commandments.  We should live by His commandments because they are the guidelines for our lives.  If we are not obedient to Him (John 14:24), we are rebels without a cause.  Unfortunately many of us are exactly that.

Follow Me

In Matthew 16:24, Jesus told His disciples:  “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.” Then in Matthew 4:18-19, He told two fishermen:  “And Jesus, walking by the Sea of Galilee, saw two brothers, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. Then He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.”

Jesus did not tell them to follow a certain religion.  He told them to follow Him, which meant being with Him, learning His teachings and obeying His commandments.  He is basically telling us exactly the same thing.

If We Love Him…

Jesus knows we love Him if we keep His commandments. In John 14:15, He Himself states it this way:  “If you love Me, keep My commandments.” He reiterates it in John 14:21: “ He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.”

If we keep His commandments not only will He know we love Him, but He will manifest Himself to us.  In other words, we will have a personal relationship with Him.  Hopefully that is what every Christian wants. If you are not there yet, you should be striving to get there; otherwise you are a second-class Christian.

His Commandments Are Not Difficult

God does not expect you to be a super saint or to do the impossible, but He does expect you to try your best.  If you do that, He will do the rest.  In 1 John 5:3, He tells us:  “ For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome.”

If we keep His commandments life will be so much easier for us.  Sometimes we keep batting our heads against the wall and accomplish nothing because we are going against His will.  Even Jesus, being God in the flesh, would only do the will of the Father. In John 6:38, Jesus stated it this way: “ For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me (Father God).” If Jesus did the Father’s will, what do you think we ought to do?

The Will of God

Many people say, “I don’t know God’s will for my life.”  If they read the Bible they will find it as sure as we live on this planet.  In Matthew 22:37-40, Jesus said:  “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.  On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”

If we truly love God and our fellow men we will be fulfilling Jesus’ commandments. Of course we can show our love for God and for our fellow men in many different ways.  We are not restricted as to how and in the many ways in which we can demonstrate that love.

No Substitute For Love

Jesus and the word of God make it very clear that without love we cannot do the will of God.  God is love (1 John 4:8), and if we are not acting in love, we are not doing His will.  This is what the Bible says about love in 1 Corinthians 13:13 – “And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.”

When you are acting in love, regardless of the results God is happy with you.  I say that because sometimes our thoughts, intentions and actions are in love, but the visible results are not what we expect.  When that happens, don’t feel disappointed.  If you did your best in love, that’s what counts.  Even if nobody here on earth recognizes the efforts you make in love, God recognizes them.

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SI ME AMAS GUARDA MIS MANDAMIENTOS

Mucha gente que dice ser cristiana, en realidad, no lo es.  No es suficiente saber la palabra de Dios, leer la biblia, asistir a la iglesia, lucir piadoso, cargar una biblia ni hacer buenas obras.  Es mucho más que eso.

El ser cristiano es ser seguidor de Jesucristo lo que significa ser obediente a sus enseñanzas y a sus mandamientos. Debemos vivir según sus mandamientos porque son las guías para nuestras vidas.  Si no le somos obedientes a Jesucristo (Juan 14:24), somos rebeldes sin causa.  Desafortunadamente muchos de nosotros somos exactamente eso.

Síganme

En Mateo 16:24, Jesucristo les dijo a sus discípulos:  “Si alguno quiere venir en pos de mí, niéguese a sí mismo, y tome su cruz, y sígame.”  Luego en Mateo 4:18-19, les dijo a dos pescadores:  “ Andando Jesús junto al mar de Galilea, vio a dos hermanos, Simón, llamado Pedro, y Andrés su hermano, que echaban la red en el mar; porque eran pescadores. Y les dijo: Vengan en pos de mí, y los haré pescadores de hombres.”

Jesucristo no les dijo que siguieran ninguna religión.  Les dijo que lo siguieran a él, lo que significaba que estuvieran con él, que aprendieran sus enseñanzas, y que obedecieran sus mandamientos.  Básicamente está diciéndonos lo mismo a nosotros.

Si Lo Amamos…

Jesús sabe que lo amamos si guardamos sus mandamientos.  En Juan 14:15, él mismo lo explica así: “Si me aman, guarden mis mandamientos.”  Lo reitera en Juan 14:21 – “El que tiene mis mandamientos, y los guarda, ése es el que me ama; y el que me ama, será amado por mi Padre, y yo le amaré, y me manifestaré a él.”

Si guardamos sus mandamientos no tan sólo sabrá que lo amamos, sino que se nos manifestará. En otras palabras, tendremos una relación personal con él.  Esperamos que eso sea lo que desea todo cristiano.  Si todavía no has llegado a ese punto, debes estar aspirando llegar a esa relación para que no te sientas como si fueras un cristiano de segundo nivel o un participante sentado en la banca.

Sus Mandamientos No Son Difíciles

Dios no espera que seas un súper santo ni que hagas lo imposible, pero sí espera que le des lo mejor de ti.  Si tú haces eso, él hará el resto.  En 1 Juan 5:3, Jesucristo lo declara de esta manera: “Pues este es el amor a Dios, que guardemos sus mandamientos; y sus mandamientos no son gravosos.”

Si guardamos sus mandamientos la vida es mucho más fácil para nosotros.  A veces continuamos dándonos golpes en la cabeza contra la pared, y no logramos nada, porque vamos contra la voluntad de Dios.  Aún Cristo, siendo el Hijo de Dios, solamente hacía la voluntad del Padre.  En Juan 6:38, Jesús lo declaró así:  “ Porque he descendido del cielo, no para hacer mi voluntad, sino la voluntad del que me envió (Dios Padre).” Si Jesucristo hacía la voluntad del Padre, ¿qué piensas que debemos hacer nosotros?

La Voluntad de Dios

Mucha gente dice, “No sé la voluntad de Dios para mi vida.”  Si leen la biblia la encontrarán.  En Mateo 22:37-40, Jesús dijo: “Amarás al Señor tu Dios con todo tu corazón, y con toda tu alma, y con toda tu mente.  Este es el primero y grande mandamiento.  Y el segundo es semejante: Amarás a tu prójimo como a ti mismo. De estos dos mandamientos depende toda la ley y los profetas.”

Si, en realidad, amamos a Dios y al prójimo, estamos cumpliendo con los mandamientos de Jesucristo.  Claro, podemos demostrar el amor hacia Dios y hacia el prójimo en diversas maneras.  No existen restricciones.  Hay tantas maneras de servir hasta donde nos lleve la imaginación.

El Amor No Tiene Substituto

Jesucristo y la palabra de Dios claramente nos dicen que sin amor no podemos cumplir con la voluntad de Dios. Dios es amor (1 Juan 4:8), y si no actuamos en amor, no estamos haciendo su voluntad.  En 1 Corintios 13:13, la biblia lo explica así:  “Y ahora permanecen la fe, la esperanza y el amor, estos tres; pero el mayor de ellos es el amor.”

Cuando actúas en amor, sin importar los resultados, Dios está contento contigo.  Digo eso, porque a veces nuestros pensamientos, intenciones y acciones son en amor, pero los resultados visibles no son los que esperábamos.  Cuando eso suceda no te sientas desilusionado.  Lo que cuenta es que des lo mejor de ti.  Aunque nadie en el mundo reconozca tus esfuerzos que hiciste en amor, Dios sí los reconocerá.

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DO NOT JUDGE

Many of us judge others erroneously, not knowing that God absolutely hates it.  The only thing we should judge is our performance in any given area, so we can improve.  We should not even put God to the test.  In other words, we should not ask God to do something for us and then we will believe. If we do that, we are judging Him.  We should believe without seeing (John 20:24-31).  If we have to see to believe, we have no faith.

Matthew 6:14-15

“ For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.  But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.”

Those are the words that Jesus spoke to teach us.  The reason we may not forgive others is because we are judging them, and we find them guilty.  If we do that, God will judge us and find us guilty because all of us sin.  That, of course, will send us to the lake of fire to suffer eternally.

Luke 6:37

 Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.  Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.”

God tells us not to judge, not to condemn and to forgive.  If we do those three things, we will be doing His will and He will bless us.

James 4:11-12

“ Do not speak evil of one another, brethren. He who speaks evil of a brother and judges his brother, speaks evil of the law and judges the law. But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge. There is one Lawgiver (God), who is able to save and to destroy. Who are you to judge another?”

Yes, who are we to judge other people?  Legally the judges should do that and spiritually God will do it. The guilty should not judge the guilty.  We have never been appointed or elected to do

that.

Matthew 7:1-2

“Judge not, that you be not judged. For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you.”

We should not judge and we will not be judged by God.  “The Golden Rule” applies to all of us. Whatever proceeds from us will come back to us.  Whatever we sow, we will reap.  What are you sowing?

Matthew 7:3-5

 And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove the speck from your eye’; and look, a plank is in your own eye?  Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.”

We are not perfect ourselves.  We should not expect others to be perfect either.  Being human we make mistakes.

2 Corinthians 5:10

“For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.”

On Judgment Day all of us will appear before Christ to be judged.  How we will have judged and treated others will definitely be taken into account by God.

1 Corinthians 11:31

 For if we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged.”  If we judge ourselves we will correct our own faults with no need for somebody else to do it and even God will not judge that aspect of our lives because we will have done it ourselves to make it right.

Romans 2:1-3

“Therefore you are inexcusable, O man, whoever you are who judge, for in whatever you judge another you condemn yourself; for you who judge practice the same things. But we know that the judgment of God is according to truth against those who practice such things.  And do you think this, O man, you who judge those practicing such things, and doing the same, that you will escape the judgment of God?”

If we judge others, in essence, we are judging ourselves.  Let’s pay heed, so we will not do it.

John 8:4-7

 they said to Him (Jesus), “Teacher, this woman was caught in adultery, in the very act.  Now Moses, in the law, commanded us that such should be stoned. But what do You say?”  This they said, testing Him, that they might have something of which to accuse Him. But Jesus stooped down and wrote on the ground with His finger, as though He did not hear.  So when they continued asking Him, He raised Himself up and said to them, “He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first.”

Three points:  1.  We are not to judge.  2.  All of us are sinners.  3. We should forgive others.

Instead of judging or criticizing we should do whatever we can to remedy the situation.  That includes giving advice to others and helping them become stronger in their weak areas.  After all, if we are not part of the solution, we are part of the problem.

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NO JUZGUES

Muchos de nosotros juzgamos erróneamente sin percatarnos que Dios lo odia.  Lo único que debemos de juzgar son nuestras acciones en cualquier área de nuestras vidas para poder mejorarlas.  Ni debemos poner a Dios a prueba.  En otras palabras, no debemos pedirle a Dios que nos haga un milagro y luego sí creemos en él.  Si hacemos eso lo estamos juzgando.  Debemos creer sin ver (Juan 20:24-31).  Si tenemos que ver para creer, no tenemos fe.

Mateo 6:14-15

“Porque si les perdonan a los hombres sus ofensas, los perdonará también a ustedes su Padre celestial; mas si no perdonan  a los hombres sus ofensas, tampoco su Padre les perdonará  sus ofensas.”

Esas son las palabras que Jesucristo dijo para darnos enseñanza.  La razón que no perdonamos al prójimo es porque lo estamos juzgando, y ya lo hemos encontrado culpable.  Si hacemos eso, Dios nos juzgará y nos declarará culpables, porque todos pecamos. Eso, desde luego, nos mandará a pasar la eternidad sufriendo en el lago de fuego.

Lucas 6:37

“No juzguen, y no serán juzgados; no condenen, y no serán condenados; perdonen, y serán perdonados.”

Dios nos pide que no juzguemos, que no condenemos y que perdonemos.  Si hacemos esas tres cosas estaremos haciendo su voluntad, y recibiremos sus bendiciones.

Santiago 4:11-12

 Hermanos, no murmuren los unos de los otros. El que murmura del hermano y juzga a su hermano, murmura de la ley y juzga a la ley; pero si tú juzgas a la ley, no eres hacedor de la ley, sino juez.  Uno solo (Dios) es el dador de la ley, que puede salvar y perder; pero tú, ¿quién eres para que juzgues a otro?”

¿Quiénes somos para juzgar?  Legalmente los jueces son los que deben juzgar a la gente, y espiritualmente Dios es el único que nos puede juzgar.  El culpable no debe juzgar a otro culpable.

Mateo 7:1-2

“No juzguen, para que no sean juzgados.  Porque con el juicio con que juzguen, serán  juzgados, y con la medida con que midan, ustedes serán medidos.”

No debemos juzgar para que Dios no nos encuentre culpables. Debemos vivir por “la regla de oro.”  Según tratemos al prójimo así vamos a ser tratados.  Lo que sembremos eso vamos a cosechar.  ¿Qué estás sembrando?

MATEO 7:3-5

¿Y por qué miras la paja que está en el ojo de tu hermano, y no echas de ver la viga que está en tu propio ojo? ¿O cómo dirás a tu hermano: Déjame sacar la paja de tu ojo, y he aquí la viga en el ojo tuyo?  !!Hipócrita! saca primero la viga de tu propio ojo, y entonces verás bien para sacar la paja del ojo de tu hermano.”

Siendo que nosotros no somos perfectos, no debemos esperar que la otra gente sea perfecta. Todo humano comete errores y peca, y nosotros no somos la excepción.

2 Corintios 5:10

“ Porque es necesario que todos nosotros comparezcamos ante el tribunal de Cristo, para que cada uno reciba según lo que haya hecho mientras estaba en el cuerpo, sea bueno o sea malo.”

Se llegará “El Día del Juicio” para cada uno de nosotros.  Vamos a ser juzgados según hayamos tratado al prójimo.

1 Corintios 11:31

 Si, pues, nos examinásemos a nosotros mismos, no seríamos juzgados.” Si nos juzgamos nosotros mismos y corregimos nuestras faltas, no hay necesidad que otros nos juzguen y nos corrijan, y Dios no nos juzgará severamente.

Romanos 2:1-3

Por lo cual eres inexcusable, oh hombre, quienquiera que seas tú que juzgas; pues en lo que juzgas a otro, te condenas a ti mismo; porque tú que juzgas haces lo mismo. Mas sabemos que el juicio de Dios contra los que practican tales cosas es según verdad.  ¿Y piensas esto, oh hombre, tú que juzgas a los que tal hacen, y haces lo mismo, que tú escaparás del juicio de Dios?

Si juzgamos a otros, en realidad, nos estamos juzgando nosotros mismos. Prestemos atención de no hacerlo, porque eso lo odia Dios.

Juan 8:4-7

“le dijeron: Maestro (Jesucristo), esta mujer ha sido sorprendida en el acto mismo de adulterio.  Y en la ley nos mandó Moisés apedrear a tales mujeres. Tú, pues, ¿qué dices?  Mas esto decían tentándole, para poder acusarle. Pero Jesús, inclinado hacia el suelo, escribía en tierra con el dedo. Y como insistieron en preguntarle, se enderezó y les dijo: El que de ustedes esté sin pecado sea el primero en arrojar la piedra contra ella.”

Tres puntos:  1.  No debemos juzgar.  2.  Todos somos pecadores.  3.  Debemos perdonar al prójimo.  En vez de criticar y juzgar debemos hacer todo lo que sea posible para remediar la situación.  Eso incluye darles consejos a los que los necesitan, y ayudarles en sus áreas de debilidad. Es que si no somos parte de la solución, somos parte del problema.

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WHY DID JESUS LEAVE THIS EARTH?

The Lord Jesus lived on this earth for 33 ½ years.  The question, of course, should be, why did He leave?  He could have stayed here for many more years and have gone to many other parts of the then known world. If He had done that, many of our problems would probably have been solved.  So why didn’t he do it?

Jesus, being God, never had a beginning and will never have an end (Psalm 94:1-4, Revelation 1:8, Isaiah 57:15, Deuteronomy 33:27 and 1 Timothy 1:17).  He was on His throne in heaven, where everything was perfect and where He was, is and always will be very much loved by the Father, two-thirds of the angels and the other entities who live in heaven. Why did He come to earth?

No human being in his right mind would leave what Jesus left in heaven to come to earth.  What motivated Him to come?  Nothing is more important to Him than obeying His Father.  When He was twelve years old in the temple of God and His parents were looking for Him, He told them in Luke 2:49 – “And He said to them, “Why did you seek Me? Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business?” His mission was to do the Father’s will, not His own.  Then in John 5:30, He said:  “I can of Myself do nothing. As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is righteous, because I do not seek My own will but the will of the Father who sent Me.”  This scripture tells us five things:  1. The Father sent Him to earth.  2. He can only do the Father’s will.  3.  He is the one who will judge us on Judgment Day.  4.  His judgment is righteous. 5. He was and is obedient to His Father.

Now we know that He came in obedience to Father God.  How did He come?  He came in humility as a normal Jewish baby born, not in a palace, not in a beautiful house, not in an expensive inn, but in a manger where animals had lived.  Luke 2:5-7 explains it this way:  “(Joseph came to Bethlehem) to be registered with Mary, his betrothed wife,who was with child.  So it was, that while they were there, the days were completed for her to be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn Son (Jesus), and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.”

A manger is not a barn, but a trough – a hollow log – where animals drank water or ate their food from it. That was baby Jesus’ cradle.  Can you imagine Jesus, being God, King of kings and Lord of lords leaving all the splendor of heaven to be placed in a smelly manger? He did it to teach us humility.  If you are too proud, learn to be humble.  In James 4:6, the Bible says:  “But He (God) gives more grace. Therefore He says:  “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”

Jesus also came to teach us to love one another because God is love (1 John 4:8). Jesus Himself explains this to us in Matthew 22:37-39 – “Jesus said to him (A lawyer member of the religious leaders – the Pharisees), “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment.  And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’” We are to love God and our fellow men.

Jesus came to show us the light of Father God, so we could come out of the darkness of sin. God is light and in Him there is no darkness (no sin) whatsoever.  The Bible in 1 John 1:5-6 explains it this way:  “ This is the message which we have heard from Him (Jesus Christ) and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all.  If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness (sin), we lie and do not practice the truth.”  If you are in sin, depart from it!

Jesus came to dispel the lies of the devil, the father of lies (John 8:44), and to bring us into His truth.  In John 14:6, He Himself declares it this way:  “I am the way, the truth, and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through Me.”  There is no other name under which we can be saved (Acts 4:12).  Jesus is the only way to heaven.  His gospel is the absolute truth.  Any other religion or doctrine has been invented by mere men.  Through Jesus we gain eternal life with Him.  There is no other way!

Another reason Jesus came to earth was to give us an example of how to live our lives.  He lived the perfect life, and although we cannot do the same, at least, we can try our best to do the very best we can.  Yes, we will make mistakes, but that is why He provided grace for us.  Grace means receiving unmerited favor.  We should be punished for sinning, but if we repent and ask God to forgive us, He does.  He does not punish us.  We do not deserve to spend eternity with Him, but because of His grace, we can.

The main reason Jesus came was to reconcile us back to the Father. The human race had a direct connection with God, but when Adam and Eve sinned that connection was broken; we became alienated from God.  Jesus came to reconcile us back to Father God.  The two following scriptures explain it quite well – Colossians 1:19-21 – “ For it pleased the Father that in Him (Jesus Christ) all the fullness should dwell,  and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross.  And you (that includes every single human being who receives Jesus Christ as His Lord and Savior), who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled.”  Ephesians 2:11-13 – “Therefore remember that you, once Gentiles (a Gentile is any human being who is not Jewish) in the flesh—who are called Uncircumcision by what is called the Circumcision made in the flesh by hands— that at that time you were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world.  But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.”

However, a human being is not reconciled with God, unless he receives Jesus Christ as His Lord and Savior.  A Jewish person receives Him as his Messiah.  Yes, my Jewish brothers and sisters, Jesus is your awaited Messiah.  Do not be waiting for Him.  He already came the first time, and He is about to come the second time in what is known as the rapture.”  You missed Him the first time – don’t miss Him the second time.

Although Jesus is not here physically, He is here spiritually through the Holy Spirit who lives in you, if you are a son or daughter of God.  If you want to spend eternity with God and not burning in the lake of fire, ask Jesus to come into your life – He will.  Aloud pray the following prayer to Him:  “Father God, I repent of my sins.  Please forgive me. I confess and believe that Jesus Christ suffered, died and resurrected to pay for my sins.  I receive Him as my Lord and Savior. I also ask the Holy Spirit to live in me to guide me into all truths and to protect me at all times. I ask You all this in the name of Your Son Jesus Christ.  Amen.”

Read my blog or my page on a regular basis.  Start reading the Bible.  The Book of John is a good place to start and then the Book of Matthew.  Find a good born-again Christian church where they teach the whole word of God directly from the Bible. If you do that, I will see you in heaven some day. 

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¿POR QUÉ SE FUE JESUCRISTO DE LA TIERRA?

Jesucristo, Nuestro Señor, vivió aquí en la tierra por 33 ½.  La pregunta debería ser…¿Por qué se fue?  Pudiera haberse quedado muchos años más, y llevado su palabra a muchos otros lugares del mundo conocido en esos tiempos.  Si hubiera hecho eso, muchos de nuestros problemas, tal vez, no existieran.  ¿Por qué no lo hizo?

Jesucristo, siendo Dios, no tuvo comienzo y no tendrá fin (Salmo 94:1-4, Apocalipsis 1:8, Isaías 57:15, Deuteronomio 33:27 y 1 Timoteo 1:17).  Reinaba de su trono en el cielo, donde todo era perfecto, y donde el Padre, dos terceras partes de los ángeles y los otros huéspedes del cielo lo amaban y siempre lo amarán.  ¿Por qué dejó todo eso para venir a este mundo?

Ninguna persona en sus cinco sentidos dejaría lo que Jesucristo dejó en el cielo para venir a sufrir.  ¿Qué lo motivó? Nada es más importante para él que obedecer a su Padre.  Cuando tenía doce años en el templo de Dios, y sus padres lo buscaban, les dijo en Lucas 2:49 – “ Entonces él (Jesucristo) les dijo: ¿Por qué me buscaban? ¿No sabían que en los negocios de mi Padre me es necesario estar?”  Su misión era de hacer la voluntad del Padre, no la suya.  Luego en Juan 5:30, dijo:  “ No puedo yo hacer nada por mí mismo; según oigo, así juzgo; y mi juicio es justo, porque no busco mi voluntad, sino la voluntad del que me envió, la del Padre.”  Esta escritura nos dice cinco cosas:  1. El Padre lo envió.  2. Solamente puede hacer la voluntad del Padre.  3. Él es el que nos juzgará en “El Día del Juicio.”  4. Su juicio es justo.  5. Él era y es obediente a su Padre.

Entonces ya sabemos que vino en obediencia a su Padre. ¿Cómo vino?  Vino en humildad como un bebecito judío.  No nació ni en un palacio, casa hermosa ni en una posada lujosa.  Nació en un pesebre donde vivían animales.  Lucas 2:5-7 lo explica así:  “(José fue a Belén) para ser registrado con María su mujer, desposada con él, la cual estaba encinta. Y aconteció que estando ellos allí, se cumplieron los días de su alumbramiento. Y dio a luz a su hijo primogénito (Jesucristo), y lo envolvió en pañales, y lo acostó en un pesebre, porque no había lugar para ellos en el mesón.”

Un pesebre no era una caballeriza, sino un tronco largo con un hueco en medio para darle de tomar o de comer a los animales.  Eso fue la cuna de Jesús.  ¿Te puedes imaginar que el Rey de reyes, el Señor de señores, y el Dios de dioses dejara su trono en el cielo para dormir en un pesebre y morir una muerte horrible?  Lo hizo para enseñarnos humildad. Si eres demasiado orgulloso, aprende a ser humilde.  En Santiago 4:6, la biblia nos dice:  “ Pero él (Dios) da mayor gracia. Por esto dice: Dios resiste a los soberbios, y da gracia a los humildes.”

Jesús también vino para enseñarnos que nos amáramos los unos a los otros, porque Dios es amor (1 Juan 4:8).  Jesucristo mismo nos lo explica en Mateo 22:37-39 – “Jesús le dijo: Amarás al Señor tu Dios con todo tu corazón, y con toda tu alma, y con toda tu mente.  Este es el primero y grande mandamiento. Y el segundo es semejante: Amarás a tu prójimo como a ti mismo.” Debemos amar a Dios y al prójimo.

Jesús vino a sacarnos de la oscuridad del pecado para que viviéramos en la luz y en la pureza  de su Padre.  Dios es luz, y en él no hay oscuridad (pecado).  En 1 Juan 1:5-6, la biblia lo explica así:  “Este es el mensaje que hemos oído de él (Jesucristo), y les anunciamos: Dios es luz, y no hay ningunas tinieblas en él.  Si decimos que tenemos comunión con él, y andamos en tinieblas, mentimos, y no practicamos la verdad.”  Si estás en la oscuridad, ¡apártate del pecado!

 

Jesús vino para desmentir las mentiras del diablo, el padre de la mentira (Juan 8:44), y para traernos a la verdad.  En Juan 14:6, Jesucristo lo declara así:  “Jesús le dijo: Yo soy el camino, y la verdad, y la vida; nadie viene al Padre, sino por mí.”  No hay otro nombre por el cual podamos ser salvos (Hechos 4:12). Jesús es el único camino al cielo.  El evangelio es la verdad absoluta.  Cualquier otra religión o doctrina ha sido inventada por el hombre.  Sólo por medio de Jesucristo podemos recibir vida eterna.

Otra razón por la cual Jesús vino al mundo fue para demostrarnos como vivir.  Él vivió una vida perfecta, y aunque nosotros no podemos hacer exactamente lo mismo, sí podemos tratar de vivir lo mejor que podamos.  Sí, cometemos errores y caemos, pero por su gracia y misericordia nos perdona.  Merecemos ser castigados por nuestros pecados, pero si nos arrepentimos y le pedimos perdón a Dios, él nos perdona y no nos castiga.  No merecemos pasar la eternidad con él, pero por su bondad y su amor, nos lo permite.

¿Qué es la gracia de Dios?  La gracia significa “favor inmerecido.”  Es decir, merecemos ser castigados, pero por ese favor inmerecido, Dios nos perdona.  No merecemos ir al cielo, pero por esa misma gracia, Dios nos abre los portales del cielo.  Cuando lleguemos al cielo, si hemos recibido a Jesucristo como nuestro Señor y Salvador, entraremos limpios como si jamás hubiéramos pecado.  Esa es la gracia de Dios.

La razón más importante que trajo a Jesús al mundo fue para reconciliarnos con Dios Padre. La raza humana tenía una conexión directa con Dios, pero cuando Adán y Eva pecaron se rompió – nos separamos de Dios.  La reconciliación que hizo posible Jesucristo se explica muy bien en las siguientes escrituras:  Colosenses 1:19-21 – “ Por cuanto agradó al Padre que en él (Jesús) habitara toda plenitud, y por medio de él reconciliar consigo todas las cosas, así las que están en la tierra como las que están en los cielos, haciendo la paz mediante la sangre de su cruz. Y a ustedes también, que eran en otro tiempo extraños y enemigos en su mente, haciendo malas obras, ahora los ha reconciliado.” Efesios 2:11-13 – “Por tanto, acuérdense de que en otro tiempo ustedes, los gentiles (un gentil es cualquier persona que no es judía) en cuanto a la carne, eran llamados incircuncisión por la llamada circuncisión hecha con mano en la carne.  En aquel tiempo estaban sin Cristo, alejados de la ciudadanía de Israel y ajenos a los pactos de la promesa, sin esperanza y sin Dios en el mundo.  Pero ahora en Cristo Jesús, ustedes que en otro tiempo estaban lejos, han sido hechos cercanos por la sangre de Cristo.”

Sin embargo,  una persona  no está reconciliada con Dios a menos que reciba a Jesucristo como su Señor y Salvador.  Los judíos lo reciben como el Mesías.  Sí, mis queridos hermanos judíos, Jesucristo es su esperado Mesías. No lo sigan esperando.  Ya vino, y está por venir la segunda vez en lo que le llamamos “el rapto.”  No lo aceptaron la primera vez, acéptenlo esta vez para que puedan ir al cielo.

Aunque físicamente Jesucristo no esté aquí con nosotros, él vive en nosotros por medio del Espíritu Santo, pero solamente si somos hijos de Dios.  Si deseas pasar la eternidad con Dios y no quemándote en el lago de fuego, pídele a Jesucristo que entre a tu vida.  No te rechazará. En voz alta y en fe órale la siguiente oración a Dios:  “Dios Padre, me arrepiento de mis pecados.  Por favor, perdóname.  Creo y confieso que Jesucristo sufrió, murió en la cruz y  resucitó al tercer día para que yo tuviera salvación. Le pido a Jesucristo que sea mi Señor y Salvador, y al Espíritu Santo que viva en mí.  Todo esto te lo pido en el nombre de Jesucristo.  Amén.”

Semanalmente continúa leyendo mi página y mi blog.  Lee la biblia.  Puedes empezar en el Libro de Juan  y luego continuar con el Libro de Mateo.  Asiste a una buena iglesia cristiana donde enseñen directamente de la biblia.  Si haces eso, algún día platicaremos en el cielo. ¡Dios te bendiga!

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WHY DOES MAN NEED GOD?

As all of us well know, there are millions or maybe billions of people who do not believe in God. One of the main reasons is because they feel they are self-sufficient and therefore they do not see a need for God.  They feel they can live by their wits, intelligence and wisdom.  They are correct to a certain point, but what they fail to realize is that to a certain degree God gave every human being a certain amount of intelligence and wits. However many people do not have wisdom and if they have it, it must be in a dormant state.  In James 1:17 the Bible says:  “ Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.”

The question that does arise, however, is why does man need God? It is a valid question and one that many atheists may ask of us.  If we have been a Christian for a long time, the chances are that we have not even thought about it because to us it is an absolute truth, whereas evolution has been debunked many times for obvious reasons. Nevertheless, we should have a response for them.

We need God because He is our creator, Who has the power to give or take away life at any given moment (Genesis 2:7, Job 10:12 and 12:10, John 5:21 & 11:25, Romans 4:17 and 1 John 5:12). God is the only one who has the power to open or close a womb (1 Samuel 1:5, Genesis 17:16 and 18:10 and 21:1).  No human being can do that if it is not God’s will. That is why abortion goes totally against the will of God.  Being what they call “pro choice” is being against God.

Another reason to believe is that all of us are sinners and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23) and because of that we would spend eternity in the lake of fire, but because God is benevolent, merciful and has the power to forgive our sins (Matthew 6:12-14, Mark 27:1, 1 John 2:12 and Psalm 103:3), we can enter heaven as if we had never sinned.  Yes, we deserve punishment, but because God is love (1 John 4:21) He has compassion on us (James 5:11 and Ephesians 2:4).

Every sin is a crime against God and normally we would have to pay for it, but because Jesus Christ shed His blood on the cross for us, He paid for our sins (1 Corinthians 6:20, 2 Peter 2:1, Revelation 5:9 and Acts 20:28).  Our debt has been paid in full by God Himself, but we do not have salvation, unless we receive Jesus Christ in our hearts as our Lord and Savior.  If you have not done it, do it because you do not know when you are going to die.

We should believe in God because through our prayers God can give us victory over any adversary (Matthew 17:21, James 5:15-16 and Philippians 4:6).  He has the power to bring an end to corruption, destruction and anything else that may cause harm to the world or to us.  The course of history can be changed through our prayers.  In a few weeks we (the American voters) are going to elect a new president.  Whoever we elect will have a big influence on the future of our nation – the United States of America.

All of us can contribute to society and leave some type of legacy, but if we really want to leave an eternal one, we have to be good Christians and produce good works.  Jesus tells us that unless we remain attached to the vine, we cannot bear fruit (John 15:1-5).  Jesus is the vine and we are the branches.  No religion is the vine and no religion will get you to heaven, but Jesus will (John 14:6).  The best thing for us to do is to have a personal relationship with Father God, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit.

Sooner or later in our lives we come into a situation where we need a miracle or miracles.  The only one who can perform them is God.  Many atheists turn to God when they are about to die and need a miracle.  If they repent in all sincerity God will probably forgive them.  Whoever you may be, do not wait to the last minute to repent because you may not have that opportunity. You may die in an accident or have a spontaneous massive heart attack.

There are many more reasons to believe in God, but I have given you eight of the most obvious ones.  Share them with others, or if you are an unbeliever, consider them carefully.  You have nothing to lose, but a lot to gain – the salvation of your soul – eternal life with God.

The eight reasons for believing in God are:  1. God is the Creator.  He has the power to give or take away life.  2. All of us are sinners and fall short of the glory of God.  3. God is the only one who can forgive our sins.  4. Sin is a crime against God, but Jesus has already paid for it.  5. God can give us victory over any enemy if we pray.  6. The course of history can change through our prayers.  7. We can only give good fruit if we stay close to God.  8. God is the only one who can perform a miracle for us.

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¿EL HOMBRE NECESITA A DIOS?

Todos nosotros bien sabemos que hay millones o miles de millones de personas quienes no creen en Dios.  Una de las razones primordiales es que piensan que son autosuficientes y que no necesitan a nadie ni a Dios.  Creen que pueden vivir por su astucia, inteligencia y sabiduría. Hasta cierto punto tienen razón, pero lo que no saben o entienden es que hasta cierto punto Dios le dio a cada ser humano cierta inteligencia, astucia y sabiduría.  Sin embargo, esas personas no tienen sabiduría y si la tienen está en un estado durmiente.   En Santiago 1:17 la biblia dice: “Toda buena dádiva y todo don perfecto desciende de lo alto, del Padre de las luces, en el cual no hay mudanza, ni sombra de variación”

La pregunta que se debe contestar es…¿Por qué el hombre necesita a Dios?  La pregunta es muy válida, y una que los ateos nos pueden preguntar.  Si hemos sido cristianos por largo tiempo, la realidad es que tal vez ni hayamos pensado en eso.  Eso es porque para nosotros la existencia de Dios es una verdad absoluta, y se ha comprobado miles de veces que la evolución es pura fantasía.  Sin embargo debemos tener una respuesta para los ateos.

Necesitamos a Dios porque es nuestro Creador que tiene poder sobre la vida y la muerte (Génesis 2:7, Job 10:12, Juan 12:10, 5:21, 11:25, Romanos 4:17 y 1 Juan 5:12).  Dios es el único quien tiene el poder de abrir o cerrar la matriz (1 Samuel 1:5, Génesis 17:16, 18:10 y 21:1). Ningún ser humano puede hacer eso si no es la voluntad de Dios.  Por eso el aborto va totalmente contra la voluntad de Dios. Si uno está a favor de que la mujer pueda escoger si debe abortar o no, es estar en contra de Dios.

Otra razón por creer es que todos somos pecadores y estamos destituidos de la gloria de Dios (Romanos 3:23), y por esa razón deberíamos pasar la eternidad en el lago de fuego.  Siendo que Dios es benevolente, misericordioso y por ser el Creador,  él tiene el poder de perdonar nuestros pecados (Mateo 6:12-14, Marcos 27:1, 1 Juan 2:12 y Salmo 103:3).  En realidad merecemos ser castigados y pasar la eternidad sufriendo, pero porque Dios es amor (1 Juan 4:21), y tiene compasión con nosotros (Santiago 5:11 y Efesios 2:4) nos perdona, nos limpia del pecado, y nos da la salvación para que podamos entrar al cielo como si jamás  hubiéramos pecado.

Todo pecado es un crimen contra Dios y tendríamos que pagar por él, pero porque Jesucristo vertió su sangre en la cruz, él pagó por nuestros pecados (1 Corintios 6:20, 2 Pedro 2:1, Apocalipsis 5:9 y Hechos 20:28).  Nuestra deuda ha sido pagada en su totalidad por nuestro Señor y Salvador Jesucristo, pero no podemos clamarla a menos que recibamos a Jesucristo en nuestros corazones como nuestro Señor y Salvador.  Si no lo has hecho, hazlo, porque no sabes cuándo morirás.

Debemos creer en Dios, porque por medio de nuestras oraciones Dios puede darnos victoria sobre cualquier adversario (Mateo 17:21, Santiago 5:15-16 y Filipenses 4:6).  Él tiene el poder de terminar la corrupción, la destrucción, y cualquier otra cosa que le pueda causar daño al mundo o a nosotros.  El curso de la historia puede cambiar por medio de nuestras oraciones. Dentro de pocas semanas nosotros los estadounidenses vamos a elegir otro presidente.  La persona a quien elijamos tendrá una influencia grandísima en el futuro de nuestro país – los Estados Unidos de América.

Todos nosotros los cristianos podemos arrimar nuestro granito de arena para mejorar nuestra sociedad y para dejar un buen legado, pero si en realidad deseamos tocar la eternidad debemos producir buenas obras según la voluntad de Dios.  Jesucristo nos dice que a menos que permanezcamos en la vid no podemos producir buen fruto (Juan 15:1-5). Jesucristo es la vid y nosotros somos las ramas.  Ninguna religión es la vid, y ninguna te llevará al cielo, pero Jesucristo, sí (Juan 14:6).  Lo que más te favorecería seria tener una relación personal con Dios Padre, Jesucristo y el Espíritu Santo.

Tarde o temprano necesitamos un milagro o milagros.  El único quien tiene el poder de hacerlos es Dios.   Muchos ateos se arrepienten en la víspera de morir, Dios los perdona y les da salvación.  No importa quién seas, no esperes hasta el último momento antes de arrepentirte, porque no sabes cuándo morirás.  Puedes morir en un accidente o sufrir un infarto mortal.  Sólo Dios sabe.

Hay muchas más razones por creer en Dios, pero ya te he dado ocho de las más obvias.  Compártelas con otros o si eres incrédulo, considéralas cuidadosamente.  No tienes nada que perder y mucho que ganar – la salvación de tu alma – vida eterna con Dios.

Las ocho razones por creer en Dios son:  1.  Dios es el Creador.  Tiene el poder de dar o quitar la vida.  2.  Todos somos pecadores y estamos destituidos de la gloria de Dios.  3.  Dios es el único quien puede perdonar nuestros pecados.  4.  El pecado es un crimen contra Dios, pero Jesús ya ha pagado por él.  5.  Dios nos puede dar victoria sobre cualquier enemigo.  6.  El curso de la historia puede cambiar por medio de nuestras oraciones.  7.  Solamente podemos dar buen fruto si permanecemos en Cristo Jesús.  8.  Dios es el único quien puede hacernos milagros.

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WAIT ON THE LORD

Many times we make the wrong move or the wrong decision because we don’t consult the Lord.  Then there are those other times that we go wrong because we get impatient and do not wait on the Lord.  In other words, the action was correct, but the timing was off.  God has a time and a place for everything that we should do, and we have to be aware of that.

Hosea 12:6

“So you, by the help of your God, return, hold fast to love and justice, and wait continually for your God (the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob).” If you have moved away from God, come back to Him.  If you have never made Jesus Christ your Lord and Savior, do it now.”

Psalm 25:5

“Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation;  for you I wait all the day long.” Since He is the God of our salvation, He knows what is good for us.  We need to wait until He reveals His will to us.

Psalm 37:7

Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way, over the man who carries out evil devices” If others are prospering and you are not, do not worry – your time will come.  Just wait on the Lord!

Psalm 27:14

“ Wait on the Lord; Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the Lord!”The key, of course, is to wait on the Lord.  Do not get ahead of Him.

James 5:7-8

Be patient, then, brothers, until the Lord’s coming. See how the farmer anticipates the precious fruit of the soil as he patiently awaits the fall and spring rains. You too, be patient and strengthen your hearts, because the Lord’s coming is near.…” This scripture is talking about the Rapture  and  the Second Coming of the Lord.  All the signs that the Bible says would happen before Jesus’ coming back for us have happened.  He could come at any moment, but the real question is not when He is coming, but rather…are you ready? hhhhhhh

Hebrews 9:28

“So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.”  Yes, Jesus is coming back for His children – the Christians.  Have you accepted Him as your Lord and Savior?  If you have, wait patiently for His return. If you have not, it would behoove you to do so.

Psalm 33:20-21

“Our soul waits for the Lord; He is our help and our shield. For our heart is glad in him, because we trust in his holy name.” We should be waiting for His return every single day of our lives. We do not want to stay behind.  We want to go to heaven with Him.

There are many divorces because instead of waiting on the Lord the person married the first one who came along.  Many people are miserable at their jobs because they took the first job that was offered to them instead of waiting for the one God had for them.  Others moved from one place to another and now are paying the consequences.  They never live at the right place because they don’t wait on the Lord.

Before making any decision that will have consequences either positive or negative, it is wise to ask for advice from knowledgeable people, foresee the consequences, weigh the pros and cons and pray to God earnestly.  You can ask Him to open all the doors for you if it is the correct thing to do, or to close all the doors if it is not His will or if it is not in your best interest.  Don’t make hasty or rash decisions.  Wait on the Lord!

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E S P E R A    E N   D I O S

Muchas veces damos el paso erróneo o tomamos la decisión equivocada, porque no consultamos a Dios.  También ocurren las ocasiones cuando nos impacientamos y no esperamos en el Señor.  En otras palabras, la acción podía haber sido correcta, pero no fue hecha a su debido tiempo.  Dios tiene su tiempo y lugar para todo.  No debemos adelantarnos ni retrasarnos de su voluntad.

Oseas 12:6

“Tú, pues, vuélvete a tu Dios; guarda misericordia y juicio, y en tu Dios confía siempre.” Confía en Dios y espera que te responda la oración.  Si te has alejado de Dios, acércate a él de nuevo. Si no le has pedido que sea tu Señor y Salvador, hazlo para que tengas salvación.

Salmo 25:5

“Encamíname en tu verdad, y enséñame, porque tú eres el Dios de mi salvación; En ti he esperado todo el día.” Siendo que él es el Dios de nuestra salvación, él sabe lo que es bueno para nosotros.  Debemos esperar para que nos lo revele.

Salmo 37:7

“Guarda silencio ante Jehová, y espera en él.  No te alteres con motivo del que prospera en su camino,
por el hombre que hace maldades.”  Si otros están prosperando y tú no, no te mortifiques – ya llegará tu día.  Simplemente espera en el Señor.

Salmo 27:14

“Aguarda a Jehová;  Esfuérzate, y aliéntese tu corazón;  Sí, espera a Jehová.”  La clave para triunfar es esperar en el Señor. ¡No te le adelantes!

Santiago 5:7-8

 Por tanto, hermanos, tengan paciencia hasta la venida del Señor. Miren cómo el labrador espera el precioso fruto de la tierra, aguardando con paciencia hasta que reciba la lluvia temprana y la tardía. Tengan también ustedes paciencia, y afirmen sus corazones; porque la venida del Señor se acerca.”  La escritura habla del rapto y de la segunda venida de Jesucristo. Todas las señales que la biblia dice que sucederán antes de su venida ya han ocurrido.  Puede regresar a cualquier momento, pero la pregunta es…¿Estás listo?

Hebreos 9:28

“Así también Cristo fue ofrecido una sola vez para llevar los pecados de muchos; y aparecerá por segunda vez, sin relación con el pecado, para salvar a los que le esperan.” Sí, Jesucristo va a volver por sus hijos – los cristianos.  ¿Lo has aceptado como tu Señor y Salvador?  Si lo has hecho, espéralo pacientemente, pero si no lo has hecho, sería bueno que lo hicieras en este momento, porque no sabes cuándo vas a morir e irás al infierno si no estás en él.

Salmo 33:20-21

“Nuestra alma espera a Jehová; Nuestra ayuda y nuestro escudo es él.  Por tanto, en él se alegrará nuestro corazón, porque en su santo nombre hemos confiado.”  Debemos estar esperando su segunda venida día tras día.  No queremos quedarnos para sufrir.  Deseamos irnos con él al cielo.

Hay muchos divorcios, porque en vez de esperar por la pareja que Dios les tiene, se casan con la primera persona que conocen.  Muchos están descontentos en su trabajo, porque aceptan el primer empleo que les ofrecen.  No esperan por uno que sea de su agrado y que Dios tiene especialmente para ellos.  Otros se mudan de lugar en lugar y nunca están contentos.

Antes de que hagas cualquier decisión de importancia, es bueno que pidas consejos de gente que tenga buen conocimiento sobre ese asunto, que pienses en las consecuencias, que midas los pros y los contras, y que le ores a Dios.  Le puedes pedir que si es la decisión correcta que te abra todas las puertas, pero que si es la decisión incorrecta que te cierre todas las puertas.  No hagas decisiones espontáneas.  Siempre… ¡espera en el Señor!

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SOWING AND REAPING

Probably the very first principle that man learned was “the principle of sowing and reaping.” The ones who learned it first were Adam and Eve.  They sowed disobedience and God cast them out of the garden of Eden.  We harvest what we plant.  It can be good or it can be bad.  It is entirely up to us.

Genesis 3:23-24

“Therefore the Lord God sent him (Adam and Eve) out of the garden of Eden to till the ground from which he was taken. So He drove out the man; and He placed cherubim at the east of the garden of Eden, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to guard the way to the tree of life.” God was so displeased with Adam and Eve for sowing disobedience that not only did He drive them out of the garden of Eden, but He placed an angel with a sword to make sure they could not come back in.

Genesis 8:22

“While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, winter and summer, and day and night shall not cease.” By God’s own words the principle of seedtime and harvest time was firmly  established.  What we sow we will reap. If we sow love, we will reap love, but if we sow hate, we will reap hate.  What are you sowing? 

2 Corinthians 9:6-7

“But this I (the apostle Paul) say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver.” Just as a farmer only harvests what he plants and how much of it, we harvest what we plant and how much of it. What and how much of it are you sowing?

Luke 6:38

“Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.” The emphasis is on two things: depending on how much we give, that’s how much we will receive. If we give a little bit, we will receive a little bit, and if we give a lot, we will receive a lot.  It all depends on us.

Matthew 7:12

“Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.” All of us know this scripture as “the golden rule.”  In other words, we should do unto others as we would want them to do unto us.” We will reap whatever we sow.

Matthew 13:3-9

“Behold, a sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seed fell by the wayside; and the birds came and devoured them. Some fell on stony places, where they did not have much earth; and they immediately sprang up because they had no depth of earth. But when the sun was up they were scorched, and because they had no root they withered away. And some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up and choked them. But others fell on good ground and yielded a crop: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. He who has ears to hear, let him hear!” The seed, of course, is the word of God, and the soil is our heart.  In what condition is your spiritual heart?

Just about everything you do can become a seed to plant.  It can be a smile, a shake of somebody’s hand, doing a favor, giving advice, helping in time of need, evangelizing, giving somebody an opportunity, forgiving someone, giving somebody hope, letting someone lean on your shoulder, being a good listener, letting people know you care for them and so on.  Of course all of the above are positive actions.  I will not  mention the negative ones.

We have to be very careful where we sow.  This applies to everything in life.  A few examples:  We have to be careful how, where  and with whom we invest our time, our money, our talents and so on.  We have to give it careful consideration as to what to invest, how much of it to invest, where to invest it and when is the right time to invest it.

If you were not aware of the principle of sowing and reaping, you are now.  Put it to work in a positive manner and this world will be a better place because of it.

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SIEMBRA Y COSECHA

Lo más probable es que el primer principio que el hombre aprendió fue el de “sembrar y cosechar.” Los que lo aprendieron primero fueron Adán y Eva.  Sembraron desobediencia y cosecharon la expulsión del jardín del Edén.  Cosechamos lo que sembramos. Puede ser bueno o malo.  Todo depende totalmente de nosotros.

Génesis 3:23-24

“Y lo sacó Jehová (a Adán) del huerto del Edén, para que labrara la tierra de que fue tomado. Echó, pues, fuera al hombre, y puso al oriente del huerto de Edén querubines, y una espada encendida que se revolvía por todos lados, para guardar el camino del árbol de la vida.” Dios estaba tan enojado con Adán y Eva por su desobediencia que no solamente los echó fuera del jardín del Edén, sino que también puso ángeles para asegurarse que no pudieran volver.  Plantaron desobediencia y cosecharon las consecuencias.

Génesis 8:22

“Mientras la tierra permanezca, no cesarán la siembra y la cosecha, el frío y el calor, el verano y el invierno, y el día y la noche.” Por las propias palabras de Dios el principio de “la siembra y la cosecha” fue establecido.  Lo que sembremos eso cosechemos.  Si sembramos amor, cosechamos amor, pero si sembramos odio, cosechamos odio.  ¿Qué estás sembrando?

2 Corintios 9:6-7

 Pero esto digo: El que siembra escasamente, también cosechará escasamente; y el que siembra generosamente, generosamente también segará.  Cada uno dé como propuso en su corazón: no con tristeza, ni por necesidad, porque Dios ama al dador alegre.”  Igualmente como el granjero cosecha solamente lo que siembra y la cantidad depende de cuanta semilla haya sembrado, nosotros cosechamos proporcionalmente a la semilla que sembramos.  ¿Qué estás sembrando y cuanta semilla estás utilizando?

Lucas 6:38

“Da, y se te dará; medida buena, apretada, remecida y rebosando darán en tu regazo; porque con la misma medida con que mides, te volverán a medir.” El énfasis está en dos cosas: Depende en cuanto des así recibirás.  Si das poquito recibirás poquito, y si das bastante recibirás bastante.  Con la misma medida que tú des se te dará.  Según siembres recibirás.

Mateo 7:12

Así que, todas las cosas que quieras que los hombres hagan contigo, así también hazlas tú con ellos; porque esto es la ley y los profetas.”  Todos conocemos esa escritura como “la regla dorada.”  En otras palabras debemos tratar al prójimo como queremos ser tratados.  Siempre se cosecha lo que se siembra.

Mateo 13:3-9

“Y (Jesucristo) les habló muchas cosas por parábolas, diciendo: He aquí, el sembrador salió a sembrar. Y mientras sembraba, parte de la semilla cayó junto al camino; y vinieron las aves y la comieron.  Parte cayó en pedregales, donde no había mucha tierra; y brotó pronto, porque no tenía profundidad de tierra; pero salido el sol, se quemó; y porque no tenía raíz, se secó.  Y parte cayó entre espinos; y los espinos crecieron, y la ahogaron.  Pero parte cayó en buena tierra, y dio fruto, cuál a ciento, cuál a sesenta, y cuál a treinta por uno. El que tiene oídos para oír, oiga.” La semilla es la palabra de Dios, y la tierra es nuestros corazones.  ¿En qué condición se encuentra tu corazón?

Casi todo lo que hagas puede convertirse en semilla para sembrar.  Puede ser una sonrisa, darle a alguien la mano, hacer un favor, dar consejos, ayudarle a alguien cuando necesita ayuda, evangelizar, darle a alguien una oportunidad, perdonar, darle a alguien esperanzas, escuchar al que lo necesita, decirle a la gente que uno la estima, y de muchas más maneras.  Todo lo mencionado son cosas positivas, y no voy a mencionar las negativas.

Tenemos que tener mucho cuidado donde sembramos. Esto le aplica a todo en la vida. Algunos ejemplos:  Tenemos que cuidarnos en que, con quien, para que, donde y cuando invertimos nuestro tiempo, dinero, talentos y recursos.  Debemos darle mucha consideración a que invertimos, cuanto invertir, donde invertirlo, y cuando es el tiempo correcto para hacerlo.

Si no te habías percatado del principio de sembrar y cosechar, ahora ya sabes.  Ponlo a funcionar en una manera positiva, y arrimarás tu granito de arena para mejorar el mundo.

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DO NOT LEAN ON YOUR OWN UNDERSTANDING

Many of us fail or go through difficult times because we lean on our own understanding.  Some of us fail to seek advice from professionals in the field or from experienced people who have gone through those experiences before and have come out better for it.

For whatever the reason sometimes the last two sources, which actually should be the first ones,  are our parents and the word of God.  Both of those can make a tremendous difference in how we deal with difficult situations.  Our parents have years of experience and the word of God is infallible.

Isaiah 55:8-9

For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord.  For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts”

The main reason why we should not lean on our own understanding, but on God’s is because His understanding is much higher than ours.  He is everywhere at once (Omnipresent),  He sees and hears everything that happens, He knows everything there is to know (Omniscient) about everything, and He has power over everything that exists (Omnipotent).  It would behoove us to consult Him before making any decision.

Proverbs 2:1-7

“My son, if you receive my words, and treasure my commands within you, so that you incline your ear to wisdom, And apply your heart to understanding; Yes, if you cry out for discernment, and lift up your voice for understanding, if you seek her (wisdom) as silver, and search for her as for hidden treasures; Then you will understand the fear of the Lord, and find the knowledge of God. For the Lord gives wisdom; From His mouth come knowledge and understanding; He stores up sound wisdom for the upright; He is a shield to those who walk uprightly.”

The way we can live our lives to the fullest is by seeking wisdom from God.  If we live by His wisdom we will be doing His will every single day of our lives and His blessings will come to us.

Psalm 111:10

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow his precepts have good understanding.  To him belongs eternal praise.”

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom because without it we don’t acknowledge that we need Him and without that we don’t have salvation. A person cannot be wise if he winds up spending eternity suffering in the lake of fire.  If we lean on our own understanding, not acknowledging God’s existence or His importance, God and Christians can actually say that  denying God’s existence is our beginning of ignorance.

Proverb 3:5-6

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”

This scripture puts the last nail on the coffin.  You should have no doubts or questions after reading it.  It has four points: 1. Trust in the Lord Jesus with undoubting faith.  Without faith, it is impossible to please Him (Hebrews 11:6).  2. Lean not on your own understanding. You are limited, but God is not.  3. Submit to God. Live a holy life according to the Bible.  4. God will make your paths straight. If you have failed before, God will forgive you and help you do a lot better.

You probably have trusted people and they have let you down.  So now you may be afraid to trust.  Trust God!  He will not disillusion you as people have.  He is at the door knocking at your heart (Revelation 3:20).  All you have to do is let Him in.  Pray the following prayer to Him and He will come in:  “Father God, I repent of all my sins.  Please forgive me.  I believe and confess that Jesus, Your Son, suffered, died on the cross and resurrected on the third day to give me salvation.  I receive Him in my heart as my Lord and Savior.  I also ask You to activate the Holy Spirit within me, so He can accompany me, bless me, protect me and guide me.  Thank You, Father. Amen.”

Lean not on your own understanding and God will begin to work in your life in various ways. With Him everything is possible (Mark 10:27).  If you believe everything will be possible for you (Mark 9:23).  God bless you!

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NO CONFÍES EN TU PROPIO ENTENDIMIENTO

Muchos de nosotros pasamos por tiempos difíciles porque confiamos en nuestro propio entendimiento. Algunos no recibimos consejos de consejeros profesionales ni de personas quienes han pasado por esas experiencias y aprendido de ellas.

Por la razón que sea, a veces los últimos dos recursos a los que acudimos, que en realidad deberían ser los primeros, son nuestros padres y la palabra de Dios. Ambos recursos pueden hacer una gran diferencia en como solucionamos nuestros problemas.  Nuestros padres tienen años de experiencia y la palabra de Dios es infalible.

Isaías 55:8-9

“Porque mis pensamientos no son sus pensamientos, ni sus caminos mis caminos, dijo Jehová. Como son más altos los cielos que la tierra, así son mis caminos más altos que sus caminos, y mis pensamientos son más altos que sus pensamientos.”

La razón principal por la cual no debemos confiar en nuestro entendimiento, sino en el de Dios, es porque su entendimiento es mucho más alto que el nuestro.  Él está dondequiera al mismo tiempo (Omnipresente), ve y oye todo lo que está ocurriendo,  sabe todo sobre todo (Omnisciente), y tiene el poder sobre todo lo que existe (Omnipotente). Nos ayudaría muchísimo si lo consultáramos antes de hacer cualquier decisión.

Proverbio 2:1-7

“Hijo mío, si recibes mis palabras, y mis mandamientos guardados dentro de ti, haciendo estar atento tu oído a la sabiduría; si inclinas tu corazón a la prudencia, si clamas a la inteligencia, y a la prudencia le das tu voz; si como a la plata la buscas, y la escudriñas como a tesoros, entonces entenderás el temor de Jehová y hallarás el conocimiento de Dios. Porque Jehová da la sabiduría, y de su boca viene el conocimiento y la inteligencia. Él provee de sana sabiduría a los rectos; es escudo a los que caminan rectamente.”

De la manera que podemos vivir nuestras vidas a lo máximo es buscando la sabiduría de Dios.  Si vivimos por medio de su sabiduría, automáticamente vamos a hacer su voluntad, y sus bendiciones nos llegarán.

Salmo 111:10

“El principio de la sabiduría es el temor de Jehová; Buen entendimiento tienen todos los que practican sus mandamientos; Su loor permanece para siempre.”

El temor de Dios es el comienzo de la sabiduría, porque sin ese temor no reconocemos que lo necesitamos a él, y eso nos lleva a la destrucción. Una persona no tiene sabiduría si pasa la eternidad sufriendo en el lago de fuego.  Si confiamos en nuestro entendimiento sin admitir la existencia de Dios ni su importancia, Dios y los cristianos pueden decir que el comienzo de nuestra ignorancia es negar la supremacía de Dios.

Proverbio 3:5-6

“Fíate de Jehová de todo tu corazón, y no te apoyes en tu propia prudencia. Reconócelo en todos tus caminos, y él enderezará tus veredas.” Otra manera de decir lo mismo sería:  “Confía en el Señor con todo tu corazón, y no confíes en tu propio entendimiento; sométete a él en todos tus caminos, y él enderezará tus veredas.”

Después de leer esta escritura no debes  tener dudas.  Tiene cuatro puntos:  1. Confía en Jesucristo sin tener dudas, porque sin fe es imposible agradar a Dios (Hebreos 11:6).  2. No confíes en tu propio entendimiento. Tú tienes límites, pero Dios no.  3. Sométete a Dios.  Vive una vida pura según la biblia.  4. Dios enderezará tus caminos.  Si has fracasado antes, Dios te perdonará, y te ayudará para que te vaya mejor.

Lo más probable es que has confiado en personas y te han defraudado, y ahora tienes miedo confiar.  ¡Confía en Dios! Él no te desilusionará como lo han hecho los otros.  Está llamando en la puerta de tu corazón (Apocalipsis 3:20). Todo lo que tienes que hacer es abrirle.  Ora la siguiente oración, y él entrará para estar contigo.  “Dios Padre, me arrepiento de todos mis pecados.  Por favor, perdóname.  Creo y confieso que Jesucristo es tu hijo, que sufrió, murió en la cruz, y resucitó al tercer día para darme salvación.  Lo recibo a él y al Espíritu Santo para que vivan en mí, que me acompañen, me guíen, y me protejan.  ¡Gracias, Padre!  Amén.”

No confíes en tu entendimiento, tu inteligencia ni en tu sabiduría.  Confía en Dios, y él va a comenzar a obrar en tu vida fuertemente.  Con él todo es posible (Marcos 10:27). Y para ti también todo es posible (Marcos 9:23) si tienes fe.  ¡Dios te bendiga!

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JESUS IS COMING WHEN NO ONE EXPECTS HIM

If you read the Bible, you will come to the conclusion that Jesus is coming back to this earth.  There are many scriptures that corroborate that.  He already came once. The next time is called “The Rapture.” He is going to snatch us and take us home with Him. We know He is coming, but nobody really knows when. Ever since He ascended back to heaven, people have been waiting anxiously for His return.

John 14:1-3

 Jesus told His disciples in John 14:1-3 that He would be coming back for them, and of course also for us. “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me.  In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.” There is no question that He is coming back for us in what people have called “The Rapture,” but the question remains as to when that will happen.

Mark 13:31-33

In Mark 13:31-33, Jesus said: “ Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away. But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.  Take heed, watch and pray; for you do not know when the time is.” That day and hour refers to when Jesus is coming back for His children – His followers. Jesus made it clear that neither the angels nor He knew when the rapture would take place. Now that He is back in heaven, I am quite sure that He knows when He is coming for us. 

 

Matthew 24:3-14

“Now as He (Jesus) sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?” And Jesus answered and said to them: “Take heed that no one deceives you. For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many. And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for allthese things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.  For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences,and earthquakes in various places.  All these are the beginning of sorrows. “Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake.  And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another. Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many.  And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. But he who endures to the end shall be saved.  And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.”

There will be many signs before Jesus’ second coming, but one of the very last ones is that His word will be preached throughout the world.  Because of television, satellites, the Internet and missionaries His gospel is being taught and preached even in the remotest areas. Yes, dear friend, we are the generation that will see Jesus come back.

 

 

 

1 Thessalonians 5:1-4

“But concerning the times and the seasons, brethren, you have no need that I should write to you.  For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night.  For when they say, “Peace and safety!” then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape. But you, brethren, are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief.”

The apostle Paul told his followers – the Christians – and he is telling us that no one really knows when Jesus is coming back, but that we should be vigilant and ready.

 

Matthew 24:42-44

“Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming.  But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into.  Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.”

Those are the words of our Lord Jesus.  He is telling us to be ready at all times because we do not know when He is coming for us.  It is written that Jesus is coming back and that will be fulfilled soon.  All the signs are all around us.  However the main point is not when He is coming back, but rather…will we be ready?

The only people who will go with Jesus into eternal life are the ones who have received Him as their Lord and Savior.  If the rapture were to happen this very instant, are you ready?  Have you made Him your Lord and Savior?  If you haven’t, you will stay behind to suffer tremendously on this earth and then when you die or get killed because of the violence that is coming, you will wind up suffering in the lake of fire forever and ever.

If the rapture happens and you don’t want to stay behind or if you don’t want to spend eternity in the lake of fire, repent, ask God to forgive you, and receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior.  I you want to do that, read the following prayer several times to yourself.  When you understand it, pray it to God aloud in all sincerity, humility and truthfulness. God will hear you, forgive you and accept you as His son/daughter.  The decision is in your hands. God bless you!

“Father God, I repent of all my sins.  Please forgive me.  I believe and declare that Jesus is Your Son that He suffered, died and resurrected from the dead to pay for my sins. I ask Him to be my Lord and Savior and ask You to allow the Holy Spirit to live in me, so He can accompany me, guide me and protect me. Amen.” If you prayed that prayer rejoice because you will spend eternity with God and not with the devil in the lake of fire.  

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JESUS IS COMING WHEN NO ONE EXPECTS HIM

If you read the Bible, you will come to the conclusion that Jesus is coming back to this earth.  There are many scriptures that corroborate that.  He already came once. The next time is called “The Rapture.” He is going to snatch us and take us home with Him. We know He is coming, but nobody really knows when. Ever since He ascended back to heaven, people have been waiting anxiously for His return.

John 14:1-3

 Jesus told His disciples in John 14:1-3 that He would be coming back for them, and of course also for us. “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me.  In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.” There is no question that He is coming back for us in what people have called “The Rapture,” but the question remains as to when that will happen.

Mark 13:31-33

In Mark 13:31-33, Jesus said: “ Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away. But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.  Take heed, watch and pray; for you do not know when the time is.” That day and hour refers to when Jesus is coming back for His children – His followers. Jesus made it clear that neither the angels nor He knew when the rapture would take place. Now that He is back in heaven, I am quite sure that He knows when He is coming for us. 

Matthew 24:3-14

“Now as He (Jesus) sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?” And Jesus answered and said to them: “Take heed that no one deceives you. For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many. And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for allthese things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.  For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences,and earthquakes in various places.  All these are the beginning of sorrows. “Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake.  And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another. Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many.  And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. But he who endures to the end shall be saved.  And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.”

There will be many signs before Jesus’ second coming, but one of the very last ones is that His word will be preached throughout the world.  Because of television, satellites, the Internet and missionaries His gospel is being taught and preached even in the remotest areas. Yes, dear friend, we are the generation that will see Jesus come back.

1 Thessalonians 5:1-4

“But concerning the times and the seasons, brethren, you have no need that I should write to you.  For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night.  For when they say, “Peace and safety!” then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape. But you, brethren, are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief.”

The apostle Paul told his followers – the Christians – and he is telling us that no one really knows when Jesus is coming back, but that we should be vigilant and ready.

Matthew 24:42-44

“Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming.  But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into.  Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.”

Those are the words of our Lord Jesus.  He is telling us to be ready at all times because we do not know when He is coming for us.  It is written that Jesus is coming back and that will be fulfilled soon.  All the signs are all around us.  However the main point is not when He is coming back, but rather…will we be ready?

The only people who will go with Jesus into eternal life are the ones who have received Him as their Lord and Savior.  If the rapture were to happen this very instant, are you ready?  Have you made Him your Lord and Savior?  If you haven’t, you will stay behind to suffer tremendously on this earth and then when you die or get killed because of the violence that is coming, you will wind up suffering in the lake of fire forever and ever.

If the rapture happens and you don’t want to stay behind or if you don’t want to spend eternity in the lake of fire, repent, ask God to forgive you, and receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior.  I you want to do that, read the following prayer several times to yourself.  When you understand it, pray it to God aloud in all sincerity, humility and truthfulness. God will hear you, forgive you and accept you as His son/daughter.  The decision is in your hands. God bless you!

“Father God, I repent of all my sins.  Please forgive me.  I believe and declare that Jesus is Your Son that He suffered, died and resurrected from the dead to pay for my sins. I ask Him to be my Lord and Savior and ask You to allow the Holy Spirit to live in me, so He can accompany me, guide me and protect me. Amen.” If you prayed that prayer rejoice because you will spend eternity with God and not with the devil in the lake of fire.  

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JESUCRISTO VIENE CUANDO NADIE LO ESPERA

Si lees la biblia, llegarás a la conclusión que Jesucristo ya volverá muy pronto.  Hay muchas escrituras que confirman eso. Ya vino la primera vez. A su próxima vez le llamamos “El Rapto.” nos arrebatará de la tierra y nos llevará con él.  Sabemos que viene, pero nadie sabe cuándo.  Desde que ascendió al cielo la gente ha estado esperándolo ansiosamente.

Juan 14:1-3

Jesús les dijo a sus discípulos en San Juan 14:1-3 que él vendría por ellos, y claro también por nosotros. “No se turbe su corazón; crean en Dios, crean también en mí. En la casa de mi Padre muchas moradas hay; si así no fuera, yo se lo hubiera dicho; voy, pues, a preparar lugar para ustedes. Y si me voy y les preparo lugar, vendré otra vez, y los tomaré a mí mismo, para que donde yo estoy, ustedes también estén.” No queda la menor duda que Jesucristo volverá por nosotros en lo que le llaman “el rapto,” pero la pregunta es… ¿cuándo será eso?

Marcos 13:31-33

En Marcos 13:31-33, Jesús dijo: “El cielo y la tierra pasarán, pero mis palabras no pasarán. Pero de aquel día y de la hora nadie sabe, ni aun los ángeles que están en el cielo, ni el Hijo, sino el Padre. Miren, velen y oren; porque no saben cuándo será el tiempo.” De aquel día y de la hora se refiere a cuando Jesucristo vendrá por sus seguidores – los cristianos.  Él nos afirmó claramente que nadie sabe cuando eso sucederá.  Ahora que él ha regresado a su trono celestial, estoy seguro que él sí sabe cuándo es su próxima venida.

Mateo 24:3-14

“Y estando él (Jesucristo) sentado en el monte de los Olivos, los discípulos se le acercaron aparte, diciendo: Dinos, ¿cuándo serán estas cosas, y qué señal habrá de tu venida, y del fin del siglo? Respondiendo Jesús, les dijo: Miren que nadie los engañe. Porque vendrán muchos en mi nombre, diciendo: Yo soy el Cristo; y a muchos engañarán. Y oirán de guerras y rumores de guerras; miren que no los turben, porque es necesario que todo esto acontezca; pero aún no es el fin. Porque se levantará nación contra nación, y reino contra reino; y habrá pestes, y hambres, y terremotos en diferentes lugares. Y todo esto será principio de dolores. Entonces los entregarán a tribulación, y los matarán, y serán aborrecidos de todas las gentes por causa de mi nombre. Muchos tropezarán entonces, y se entregarán unos a otros, y unos a otros se aborrecerán. Y muchos falsos profetas se levantarán, y engañarán a muchos; y por haberse multiplicado la maldad, el amor de muchos se enfriará. Mas el que persevere hasta el fin, éste será salvo. Y será predicado este evangelio del reino en todo el mundo, para testimonio a todas las naciones; y entonces vendrá el fin.”

Habrá muchas señales antes que vuelva Jesucristo, pero una de las últimas es que su palabra se enseñará y se predicará por todo el mundo.  Por medio de la televisión, los satélites, el internet

y los misioneros el evangelio se está promulgando hasta en las áreas más remotas del mundo. Créelo o no, somos la generación que va a presenciar la segunda venida de Jesucristo.

1 Tesalonicenses 5:1-4

“Pero acerca de los tiempos y de las ocasiones, no tienen necesidad, hermanos, de que yo les escriba. Porque ustedes saben perfectamente que el día del Señor vendrá así como ladrón en la noche;  que cuando digan: Paz y seguridad, entonces vendrá sobre ellos destrucción repentina, como los dolores a la mujer encinta, y no escaparán.  Mas ustedes, hermanos, no estén en tinieblas, para que aquel día los sorprenda como ladrón.”

El apóstol Pablo les dijo a sus seguidores – los cristianos – y nos dice a nosotros también que nadie sabe de seguro cuando será la segunda venida de Jesucristo, pero debemos vigilar y estar preparados porque puede suceder en cualquier momento.

Mateo 24:42-44

“Velen, pues, porque no saben a qué hora ha de venir su Señor.  Pero sepan esto, que si el padre de familia supiera a qué hora el ladrón habría de venir, velaría, y no dejaría minar su casa. Por tanto, también ustedes estén preparados; porque el Hijo del Hombre vendrá a la hora que no piensan.”

Esas son las palabras de Jesucristo.  Nos dice que estemos preparados a todo momento, porque no sabemos a qué hora vendrá.  Está escrito que Cristo volverá, y eso se cumplirá muy pronto. Todas las señales lo indican.  Sin embargo, lo más importante no es cuando sea ese momento, sino …¿estaremos preparados?

Las únicas personas que se irán con Jesucristo en el rapto son las que lo han recibido como su Señor y Salvador.  Si el rapto ocurriera en este instante, ¿estarías listo?  ¿Le has pedido que sea tu Señor y Salvador? Si no lo has hecho te quedarás para sufrir la violencia venidera aquí en la tierra, y pasarás la eternidad sufriendo en el lago de fuego con el diablo, sus demonios y con todos los incrédulos.

Si no quieres quedarte cuando ocurra el rapto, o si no deseas pasar la eternidad en el lago de fuego, arrepiéntete, pídele a Dios que te perdone, y recibe a Jesucristo como tu Señor y Salvador. Si quieres hacerlo, lee la siguiente oración varias veces.  Cuando la entiendas y la creas, órasela a Dios en voz alta en humildad y sinceridad. Te oirá y te convertirás en su hijo/a. La decisión está en tus manos.  “Dios Padre, me arrepiento de mis pecados.  Perdóname y cúbreme con la sangre de Jesucristo.  Creo y confieso que él es tu hijo, que sufrió, murió y resucitó al tercer día para pagar por mis pecados. Lo acepto como mi Señor y Salvador, y te pido que permitas que el Espíritu Santo viva en mí para que me acompañe, me guíe y me proteja. Amén.” Si oraste esa oración y permaneces en Dios, regocíjate porque pasarás la eternidad con Dios.

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GOD NEVER CHANGES

Sometimes it seems that the only thing we can count on for sure is change. Change is constantly changing all around us. However there is one entity that does not change and that, of course, is God.  If, for whatever reason, He were to change, He would not be God.  The devil changed and as a result He was cast out of heaven.  Adam and Eve changed and they were cast out of the garden of Eden.

Genesis 1:1-3

God did not have a beginning and He will have no end.  We live in time, but He is in His own dimension where time does not exist. In Genesis 1:1-3, the Bible says: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light.”

When God created the earth and everything in it, time begin to exist for this planet and for everything and everyone in it.

John 1:1-3

“In the beginning was the Word (Jesus Christ), and the Word (Jesus) was with God, and the Word (Jesus) was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.”

The phrase “In the beginning” refers to the beginning of time as we know it.  God is a spirit and He lives in a spiritual world, but “in the beginning” He created the physical world as we know it from out of nothing. After the world became inhabitable He created all sorts of life.  That, of course, includes you and me.

Hebrews 13:8

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.”

Temporal things can change, but God cannot change because He is an eternal being living by His own set of divine rules, which He Himself cannot break or change. Because He is love (1 John 4:8), He does not condemn us, but He does judge us. We condemn ourselves because we don’t follow His rules. The same thing happens here on earth.  If we are driving recklessly and we have to go to court for it, the judge does not condemn us, but he upholds the law by judging us and we wind up paying a fine or, in some cases, going to jail. It’s not the judges fault; it is ours.

Genesis 6:5-8

“Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And the Lord was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart. So the Lord said, “I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth, both man and beast, creeping thing and birds of the air, for I am sorry that I have made them.” But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.”

God told Noah to make the ark, so He could save the human race and also the animals He had created. Because God does not change and because men were completely disobeying His principles, He judged them by flooding the world.  They brought it upon themselves.

God Provides Salvation

Because God never changes, His principles will never ever change and because all of us sin, we are constantly condemning ourselves.  The logical thing would be for us to pay for our sins by spending eternity in the lake of fire, but because God is love, compassionate and merciful, He made a way for us to be redeemed.  The Redeemer came in the person of Jesus Christ. He suffered and died on the cross to pay for our sins.  We have to do our part and that is to repent, confess our sins to God (not necessarily to men), ask God to forgive us, and receive Jesus Christ in our hearts as our Lord and Savior.  1 John 1:9 – “ If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” I believe this scripture explains it quite well.

If you have no idea how to become a son/daughter of God, read the prayer below several times, and when you truly understand it, pray it to God aloud in all sincerity.  God will receive it and, of course, He will also receive you.

“Father God, I repent of all my sins.  I confess them to You now.  I ask You to forgive me. I believe and confess that Jesus Christ suffered, died and resurrected on the third day, so I could be saved.  I receive Him into my heart as my Lord and Savior and I also ask the Holy Spirit to live in me, so He can guide and protect me. Amen.”

You are now a son/daughter of God.  Find a good born-again Christian church where the pastor teaches directly from the Bible.  Make some friends there and enjoy life.  God bless you!

rlsalvation@sbcglobal.net  rlsalvation@gmail.com  9/22/16

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DIOS NUNCA CAMBIA

A veces parece que lo único en que podemos contar es el cambio. Hay cambio constantemente todo alrededor de nosotros.  Sin embargo hay una entidad que jamás cambia, y esa entidad, desde luego, es Dios. Si, por la razón que fuera, él cambiara dejaría de ser Dios.  El diablo dejó de ser un ángel de luz, y Dios lo expulsó del cielo.  Adán y Eva cambiaron lo divino por lo terrenal, y Dios los desterró del jardín del Edén.

Génesis 1:1-3

Dios no tuvo comienzo, y no tendrá fin. Nosotros vivimos limitados por el tiempo y el espacio, pero Dios vive en su propia dimensión sin límites.  En Génesis 1:1-3, la biblia dice: “En el principio creó Dios los cielos y la tierra. Y la tierra estaba desordenada y vacía, y las tinieblas estaban sobre la faz del abismo, y el Espíritu de Dios se movía sobre la faz de las aguas. Y dijo Dios: Sea la luz; y fue la luz.”

Cuando Dios creó el planeta tierra y todo lo que existe en él, el tiempo comenzó a existir para la tierra y para todo y todos los que existen en ella.

Juan 1:1-3

“En el principio era el Verbo (Jesucristo), y el Verbo (Jesús) era con Dios, y el Verbo (Jesús) era Dios. Éste era en el principio con Dios. Todas las cosas por él fueron hechas, y sin él nada de lo que ha sido hecho, fue hecho.”

La frase “En el principio” se refiere al principio del tiempo como lo conocemos.  Dios es espíritu, y él vive en un mundo espiritual fuera del tiempo, pero “en el principio” él creó de la nada todo lo que físicamente existe. Cuando el mundo pudo ser habitable, él creó toda clase de vida. Eso nos incluye a ti y a mí.

Hebrews 13:8

“Jesucristo es el mismo ayer, y hoy, y por los siglos.”

Lo temporal cambia, pero Dios no puede cambiar, porque es un ser eterno quien vive por sus propios principios los cuales él mismo no puede cambiar ni romper.  Porque él es amor (1 Juan 4:8), no nos condena, pero sí nos juzga.  Nos condenamos nosotros mismos, porque no obedecemos sus principios.  Lo mismo nos ocurre aquí en la tierra a todos. Si conducimos imprudentemente, tenemos que ir a la corte. El juez no nos condena, pero sí nos juzga, y tenemos que pagar la multa, y en algunos casos hasta podemos ser encarcelados. No es la culpa del juez – es la nuestra por desobedecer la ley.

Génesis 6:5-8

“Y vio Jehová que la maldad de los hombres era mucha en la tierra, y que todo designio de los pensamientos del corazón de ellos era de continuo solamente el mal. Y se arrepintió Jehová de haber hecho hombre en la tierra, y le dolió en su corazón. Y dijo Jehová: Raeré de sobre la faz de la tierra a los hombres que he creado, desde el hombre hasta la bestia, y hasta el reptil y las aves del cielo; pues me arrepiento de haberlos hecho.  Pero Noé halló gracia ante los ojos de Jehová.”

Dios le dijo a Noé que construyera el arca para poder salvar la raza humana y todos los animales que él había creado.  Dios no cambia, y porque la humanidad estaba completamente desobedeciendo sus principios, los juzgó  con el diluvio. Ellos mismos se lo buscaron.

Dios Provee Salvación Para Todos

Porque Dios nunca cambia, sus principios jamás cambiarán, y porque pecamos continuamente nos condenamos nosotros mismos.  Lo más lógico sería que tuviéramos que pagar por nuestros pecados sufriendo en el lago de fuego eternamente.  Siendo que Dios es amor, compasivo y misericordioso, él nos da la oportunidad de ser redimidos.  El Redentor vino en la persona de Jesucristo.  Él sufrió, murió para pagar por nuestros pecados en la cruz.  Resucitó al tercer día para darnos salvación, la cual es gratuita, pero no es automática.  Nosotros tenemos que hacer nuestra parte la cual incluye arrepentirnos, pedirle perdón a Dios, dejar de participar en ese pecado, y recibir a Jesucristo como nuestro Señor y Salvador.  1 Juan 1:9 – “Si confesamos nuestros pecados, él (Dios) es fiel y justo para perdonar nuestros pecados, y limpiarnos de toda maldad.” Esta escritura lo explica bastante bien.

Si no tienes la menor idea como convertirte en hijo/a de Dios, lee la siguiente oración varias veces, y cuando, en realidad, la entiendas, órasela a Dios en voz alta en sinceridad y humildad. Dios te oirá; la aceptará y te aceptará a ti como su hijo/a.

“Dios Padre, me arrepiento y confieso mis pecados. Te pido que me perdones. Yo creo y confieso que Jesucristo es tu Hijo, que sufrió y murió en la cruz para pagar por mis pecados.  Resucitó al tercer día y está a tu lado derecho haciendo intercesión por mí. Le pido también al Espíritu Santo que viva en mí para que me acompañe, me cuide, me aconseje, me guíe y me proteja. Amén.”

Ahora eres hijo/a de Dios. Encuentra una buena iglesia cristiana donde enseñen la palabra de Dios directamente de la biblia.  Hazte amigo y hermano en Cristo de algunos de los miembros para que te ayuden a gozar de la vida cristiana.  ¡Dios te bendiga!

rlsalvation@sbcglobal.net   rlsalvation@gmail.com  22/09/16

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DO NOT LOSE YOUR FAITH

It is easy to stay in faith when everything is going well, but many times it is a different story when the roof caves in on us.  When that happens many people turn away from God.  They do not understand God’s principle that He makes it rain on the unjust as well as on the just (Matthew 5:45). Besides when we go through difficult situations that’s when we grow spiritually and character wise.

Daniel 3:16-18

Nebuchadnezzar who was the king of Babylon had a gigantic statue of himself erected and everyone had to bow down to it and worship it.  Meshach, Shadrach and Abed-Nego, three Jewish young men who had been brought against their will from Israel, refused to bow down to the statue.  Nebuchadnezzar was infuriated, so he had them brought to him and gave them an ultimatum.  If they would not bow down, they would be thrown into a fiery furnace. Daniel 3:16-18 – “Now if you are ready at the time you hear the sound of the horn, flute, harp, lyre, and psaltery, in symphony with all kinds of music, and you fall down and worship the image which I have made, good! But if you do not worship, you shall be cast immediately into the midst of a burning fiery furnace. And who is the god who will deliver you from my hands?”  Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego answered and said to the king, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter.  If that is the case, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us from your hand, O king. But if not, let it be known to you, O king, that we do not serve your gods, nor will we worship the gold image which you have set up.”

The three young men did not lose faith.  They were ready to give up their lives, instead of bowing down to an image.  God hates idolatry (Exodus 20:3-5). Hopefully you are not worshiping anyone or anything other than Jesus Christ (John 14:6).

Daniel 6:16-22

Daniel prayed three times a day to his God, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, which is of course the Creator of heavens and the earth.  King Darius was tricked and coerced into signing a royal statute that for thirty days whoever was found petitioning any god for anything, instead of petitioning him would be thrown into the lions’ den. Daniel did not lose faith nor courage, so he kept praying as usual, and for that reason he was thrown into the lions’ den. Daniel 6:16-22 – “So the king gave the command, and they brought Daniel and cast him into the den of lions. But the king spoke, saying to Daniel, “Your God, whom you serve continually, He will deliver you.” Then a stone was brought and laid on the mouth of the den, and the king sealed it with his own signet ring and with the signets of his lords, that the purpose concerning Daniel might not be changed.” Now the king went to his palace and spent the night fasting; and no musicians were brought before him. Also his sleep went from him. Then the king arose very early in the morning and went in haste to the den of lions.  And when he came to the den, he cried out with a lamenting voice to Daniel. The king spoke, saying to Daniel, “Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God, whom you serve continually, been able to deliver you from the lions?” Then Daniel said to the king, “O king, live forever! My God sent His angel and shut the lions’ mouths, so that they have not hurt me, because I was found innocent before Him; and also, O king, I have done no wrong before you.”

Daniel did not lose faith even when it looked as if he were going to be devoured by the lions.  Do you remain strong when the going gets tough or do you fold like a noodle?

Numbers 14:6-10

When the Israelites were wandering in the desert, God told Moses to choose one man from each tribe to spy out Canaan – the Promised Land – so they could enter it and take it over.  Ten of the spies faltered in faith and told the people that it would be impossible to take control of the land because of the giants who lived there.  Two of the spies, Joshua and Caleb, wanted to go in because they had faith in God.  They knew God would help them.  Instead of taking over the land the Israelites wandered in the desert for forty years. Numbers 14:6-10 – “But Joshua the son of Nun and Caleb the son of Jephunneh, who were among those who had spied out the land, tore their clothes; and they spoke to all the congregation of the children of Israel, saying: “The land we passed through to spy out is an exceedingly good land. If the Lord delights in us, then He will bring us into this land and give it to us, ‘a land which flows with milk and honey.’ Only do not rebel against the Lord, nor fear the people of the land, for they are our bread; their protection has departed from them, and the Lord is with us. Do not fear them.” And all the congregation said to stone them with stones. Now the glory of the Lord appeared in the tabernacle of meeting before all the children of Israel.”

Two spies out of twelve did not lose their faith; the other ones did.  Have you lost your faith because life has been somewhat rough to you?

1 Samuel 17:44-50

The Philistines were at war with the Israelites.  The former had a giant named Goliath who used to challenge and taunt the Israelites every day. Their men of war were afraid of the giant, so no one would fight him.  They had no faith, but David, probably a teenager at the time, heard the insults and agreed to fight the giant because he had faith in the Living God.  1 Samuel 17:44-50 – “ And the Philistine said to David, “Come to me, and I will give your flesh to the birds of the air and the beasts of the field!” Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword, with a spear, and with a javelin. But I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.  This day the Lord will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you and take your head from you. And this day I will give the carcasses of the camp of the Philistines to the birds of the air and the wild beasts of the earth, that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel. Then all this assembly shall know that the Lord does not save with sword and spear; for the battle is the Lord’s, and He will give you into our hands.” So it was, when the Philistine arose and came and drew near to meet David, that David hurried and ran toward the army to meet the Philistine. Then David put his hand in his bag and took out a stone; and he slung it and struck the Philistine in his forehead, so that the stone sank into his forehead, and he fell on his face to the earth.  So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone, and struck the Philistine and killed him. But there was no sword in the hand of David.”

Experienced soldiers were afraid and had no faith, but a very young boy full of faith defeated the giant. Maybe there is a giant attacking you.  It could be an illness, a divorce, losing your employment or any other problem that seems too hard for you to handle.  There is hope and that hope is in Jesus Christ. You don’t have a big problem and a little god, but rather a little problem and a big God.  In all sincerity tell God something like this:  “Father God, I’m asking You, in the name of Jesus, to help me because this problem seems too big for me, and I know You can handle it easily.”

Remember:  Don’t give up the ship, don’t throw in the towel and don’t quit.  If you are with God, you are on the winning team.  God bless you!

rlsalvation@sbcglobal.net   rlsalvation@gmail.com  9/15/16

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NO PIERDAS LA FE

Es fácil mantener la fe cuando todo va bien, pero es muy diferente cuando se nos han cerrado todas las puertas.  Cuando eso sucede mucha gente se aleja de Dios. Debería hacer lo opuesto – acercarse más a Dios.  No comprenden el principio de Dios que les llueve a los injustos, pero también a los justos (Mateo 5:45). Además cuando pasamos por tiempos difíciles es cuando crecemos espiritualmente y cuando forjamos nuestro carácter.

Daniel 3:16-18

“Nabucodonosor, quien era el rey de Babilonia, mandó erigir una estatua gigantesca de sí mismo para que la gente se postrara delante de ella y la adorara.  Sadrac, Mesac y Abed-nego, tres judíos jóvenes quienes habían sido traídos de Israel en contra de su voluntad, se negaron adorar la estatua, porque eso insultaría a su Dios (el Dios de Abraham, Isaac e Israel).  El rey se enfureció, y por eso los mandó traer para darles un ultimátum.  Les dijo: “Si no se inclinan delante de la estatua serán echados al horno de fuego ardiente.  Daniel 3:16-18 – “Sadrac, Mesac y Abed-nego le respondieron al rey Nabucodonosor, diciendo: “No es necesario que te respondamos sobre este asunto. He aquí nuestro Dios a quien servimos puede librarnos del horno de fuego ardiendo; y de tu mano, oh rey, nos librará. Y si no, sepas, oh rey, que no serviremos a tus dioses, ni tampoco adoraremos la estatua que has levantado.”

Los tres jóvenes jamás perdieron la fe.  Estaban dispuestos a morir si fuera necesario, pero no adorarían una estatua en lugar de al verdadero Dios.  Dios odia la idolatría (Éxodo 20:3-5). Esperamos que no estés adorando a nadie o a nada aparte de Jesucristo (Juan 14:6), porque si lo estás haciendo, estás insultando a Dios.

Daniel 6:16-22

Daniel le oraba a su Dios, el Creador de los cielos, de la tierra y de todo lo que existe, tres veces al día. Los envidiosos engañaron y coaccionaron al Rey Darío para que firmara un estatuto real que por treinta días nadie pudiera orarle o pedirle a ningún dios, solamente al rey.  Si alguien lo hacía, lo echarían en el foso de los leones. Daniel no perdió la fe ni el valor, continuó orando como de costumbre, y por esa razón lo echaron en el foso de los leones para que lo devoraran.  Daniel 6:16-22 – “Entonces el rey mandó, y trajeron a Daniel, y le echaron en el foso de los leones. Y el rey dijo a Daniel: El Dios tuyo, a quien tú continuamente sirves, él te libre. Y fue traída una piedra y puesta sobre la puerta del foso, la cual selló el rey con su anillo y con el anillo de sus príncipes, para que el acuerdo acerca de Daniel no se alterase. Luego el rey se fue a su palacio, y se acostó ayuno; ni instrumentos de música fueron traídos delante de él, y se le fue el sueño. El rey, pues, se levantó muy de mañana, y fue apresuradamente al foso de los leones. Y acercándose al foso llamó a voces a Daniel con voz triste, y le dijo: Daniel, siervo del Dios viviente, el Dios tuyo, a quien tú continuamente sirves, ¿te ha podido librar de los leones? Entonces Daniel respondió al rey: Oh rey, vive para siempre.  Mi Dios envió su ángel, el cual cerró la boca de los leones, para que no me hiciesen daño, porque ante él fui hallado inocente; y aun delante de ti, oh rey, yo no he hecho nada malo.”

Daniel no perdió la fe aun cuando parecía que lo iban a devorar los leones.  ¿Te mantienes fuerte cuando estás pasando por situaciones difíciles, o te doblas como un fideo? En esos momentos es cuando se sabe si tienes fe o no la tienes.

Números 14:6-10

Cuando los israelitas vagaban por el desierto, Dios le dijo a Moisés que escogiera un hombre de cada de las doce tribus para que fueran a espiar la tierra prometida. A diez de los doce les falló la fe y le dijeron a la gente que sería imposible tomar control de la tierra prometida, porque había gigantes y no los podrían derrotar.  Solamente dos de los espías – Josué y Caleb -  querían entrar inmediatamente, porque tenían fe en Dios, y sabían que Dios les ayudaría derrotar a los gigantes. Por falta de fe, los israelitas vagaron cuarenta años por el desierto. Números 14:6-10 –  “Y Josué hijo de Nun y Caleb hijo de Jefone, que eran de los que habían reconocido la tierra, rompieron sus vestidos,  y hablaron a toda la congregación de los hijos de Israel, diciendo: La tierra por donde pasamos para reconocerla, es tierra en gran manera buena.  Si Jehová se agradare de nosotros, él nos llevará a esta tierra, y nos la entregará; tierra que fluye leche y miel. Por tanto, no sean rebeldes contra Jehová, ni teman al pueblo de esta tierra; porque nosotros los comeremos como pan; su amparo se ha apartado de ellos, y con nosotros está Jehová; no los teman.  Entonces toda la multitud habló de apedrearlos. Pero la gloria de Jehová se mostró en el tabernáculo de reunión a todos los hijos de Israel.”

Solamente dos espías de entre doce no perdieron la fe; los otros sí. ¿Has perdido la fe, porque la vida te ha maltratado? ¡Esperamos que no!

1 Samuel 17:44-50

“Los filisteos les hacían guerra constantemente a los israelitas. Aquellos tenían un gigante llamado Goliat quien retaba y se burlaba de los israelitas todos los días.  Los guerreros de Israel le tenían temor al gigante y nadie le contestaba. No tenían fe, pero David, probablemente todavía adolescente, escuchó los insultos, no los pudo tolerar y como tenía mucha fe en Dios decidió pelear con el gigante. 1 Samuel 17:44-50 – “Dijo luego el filisteo (Goliat) a David: Ven a mí, y daré tu carne a las aves del cielo y a las bestias del campo. Entonces dijo David al filisteo (al gigante): Tú vienes a mí con espada y lanza y jabalina; mas yo vengo a ti en el nombre de Jehová de los ejércitos, el Dios de los escuadrones de Israel, a quien tú has provocado. Jehová te entregará hoy en mi mano, y yo te venceré, y te cortaré la cabeza, y daré hoy los cuerpos de los filisteos a las aves del cielo y a las bestias de la tierra; y toda la tierra sabrá que hay Dios en Israel. Y sabrá toda esta congregación que Jehová no salva con espada y con lanza; porque de Jehová es la batalla, y él te entregará en nuestras manos. Y aconteció que cuando el filisteo se levantó y echó a andar para ir al encuentro de David, David se dio prisa, y corrió a la línea de batalla contra el filisteo. Y metiendo David su mano en la bolsa, tomó de allí una piedra, y la tiró con la honda, e hirió al filisteo en la frente; y la piedra quedó clavada en la frente, y cayó sobre su rostro en tierra. Así venció David al filisteo con honda y piedra; e hirió al filisteo y lo mató, sin tener David espada en su mano.”

Los soldados de experiencia no tenían fe y le temían al gigante, pero un jovencito lleno de fe derrotó al gigante fácilmente.  Tal vez un gigante te esté atacando. Ese gigante puede ser una enfermedad, el divorcio, una pérdida de empleo o cualquier otro problema. Hay esperanza, y esa esperanza es Jesucristo.

No tienes un problema grandísimo y un dios pequeñito, sino tienes un Dios grandísimo y un problemita. En toda sinceridad órale a Dios algo así: “Dios Padre, te pido en el nombre de Jesucristo que me ayudes, porque no puedo con este problema, pero yo sé que tú sí puedes.”

Recuerda:  No abandones el barco, no tires la toalla, y no te des por vencido.  Si estás con Dios, estás en el equipo ganador.  ¡Dios te bendiga!

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WHAT GOD HATES

Most of us know that God is love (1 John 4:8) and because of that we don’t think that He hates certain people or certain things, but He does.  He hated what the devil did and for that reason He had him cast out of heaven (Revelation 12:7-12).  Anything that goes against God’s principles and  will cannot remain in heaven.  Heaven is a perfect place and God will not allow that harmony to be disrupted.

Genesis 3:6-24

The very first sin committed by the devil and by human beings was disobedience.  Because of it God drove the devil out of heaven and for the same reason He drove Adam and Eve out of the garden of Eden.  Genesis 3:24 says:  “So He (God) drove out the man (Adam); and He placed cherubim at the east of the garden of Eden, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to guard the way to the tree of life.” Conclusion:  God hates disobedience.

Exodus 20:3-17

The commandments relating to God tell us what God dislikes and hates.  He hates for us to have other Gods before Him. He hates idolatry or for us to use His name in vain. He is not happy with people who do not keep the Sabbath.  He hates people who dishonor their parents and people who commit murder.  He is offended by us committing adultery, being involved in fornication, prostitution, homosexuality, lesbianism as well as coveting anything our neighbor may have. It is contrary to His principles for us to steal or to give false witness.

Proverb 6:16-19

“These six things the Lord hates, yes, seven are an abomination to Him:  A proud look (false pride), a lying tongue (a liar), hands that shed innocent blood (violent people), a heart that devises wicked plans (a deceiver), feet that are swift in running to evil (trouble makers), a false witness who speaks lies (corrupt people), and one who sows discord among brethren (an instigator).” Do not be involved in any of these seven activities.  If you do, you become an enemy to a loving God.

Ezekiel 18:32

“For I have no pleasure in the death of one who dies,” says the Lord God. “Therefore turn and live.” God is not talking about a physical death, but rather about a spiritual one.  He hates for people to die physically without repenting, because that means they will spend eternity suffering  in the lake of fire.  God’s will is for every single human being to repent and to spend eternity with Him (1 Timothy 2:4).  Have you repented?  Have you asked the Lord Jesus Christ to be your Lord and Savior?

Matthew 18:5-6

“Whoever receives one little child like this in My name receives Me. Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to sin, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were drowned in the depth of the sea.”  Jesus made it very clear that He and the Father hate child molesters.

Now that you know what God hates, don’t continue doing things that might offend Him. After all, this life is like the wink of an eye.  It will be over before you know it.  I am not an alarmist, but you could be dead within seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, months or even a few years. When you will die only God knows.

If you want to spend eternity with God, all you have to do is repent, ask God to forgive you and ask Jesus to be you Lord and Savior.  If you do not know how to do that, read the prayer below several times and when you fully understand it, pray it to God.  He will hear you and will allow you to become one of His chosen ones.  In other words, you will have salvation.

“Father God, I repent of all my sins, and I ask You to forgive me.  I believe and confess aloud that Jesus Christ is Your Son, that He suffered, died and resurrected to pay for my sins.  I claim and receive that sacrifice as I receive Him in my heart as my Lord and Savior.  I ask You to permit the Holy Spirit to live in me, so He can guide and protect me.  Thank You, Father. Amen.”

You are now a child of God.  Find a good born-again Christian church, so you can fellowship with other believers and learn the word of God, which has many good promises for you.

rlsalvation@sbcglobal.net  rlsalvation@gmail.com  September 9, 2016

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LO QUE ODIA DIOS

Muchos de nosotros sabemos que Dios es amor (1 Juan 4:8) y por eso mismo no pensamos que él odia a ciertas personas o a ciertas cosas, pero sí las odia.  Él odiaba lo que hizo el diablo en el cielo, y por eso lo sacó de su presencia (Apocalipsis 12:7-12). Cualquier cosa que vaya contra los principios de Dios y su voluntad no puede permanecer en el cielo.  EL cielo es un lugar perfecto, y Dios jamás permitirá que se rompa esa armonía.

Génesis 3:6-24

EL primer pecado que se cometió por el diablo y por los humanos fue el de la desobediencia. Por eso Dios desterró al diablo del cielo, y por la misma razón desalojó a Adán y Eva del jardín del Edén.  Génesis 3:24 dice: “ Echó (Dios), pues, fuera al hombre (a Adán y Eva), y puso al oriente del huerto de Edén querubines, y una espada encendida que se revolvía por todos lados, para guardar el camino del árbol de la vida.” Conclusión:  Dios odia la desobediencia.

Éxodo 20:3-17

Los mandamientos que conciernen a Dios nos dicen lo que él odia y lo que le disgusta.  Odia que tengamos otros dioses ajenos delante de él.  Odia la idolatría o que usemos su nombre en vano. Le irrita la gente que no mantiene o santifica el día de reposo. Odia a las personas quienes no honran a sus padres y a los que cometen homicidios.  Se ofende cuando participamos en adulterio, fornicación, prostitución, homosexualismo, lesbianismo o codiciamos lo del prójimo. Es contrario a sus principios que robemos o que demos testimonio falso.

Proverbio 6:16-19

“Seis cosas aborrece Jehová, y aun siete abomina su alma: Los ojos altivos (los orgullosos), la lengua mentirosa (los mentirosos), las manos derramadoras de sangre inocente (los violentos),  el corazón que maquina pensamientos inicuos (gente corrupta), los pies presurosos para correr al mal (los revoltosos), el testigo falso que habla mentiras (un engañador), y el que siembra discordia entre hermanos (un instigador).” No te involucres en ninguna de estas siete actividades.  Si lo haces, te haces enemigo de Dios.

Ezequiel 18:32

“Porque no quiero la muerte del que muere, dice Jehová el Señor; conviértete, pues, y vivirás.”

Dios no habla de la muerte física, sino de la muerte espiritual.  Odia que la gente muera físicamente sin haberse arrepentido, porque terminarán sufriendo eternamente en el lago de fuego. La voluntad de Dios es que todos nos arrepintamos y que pasemos toda la eternidad con él (1 Timoteo 2:4).  ¿Te has arrepentido? ¿Le has pedido a Jesucristo que sea tu Señor y Salvador? Si no lo has hecho, puedes hacerlo hoy.

Mateo 18:5-6

 Y cualquiera que reciba en mi nombre a un niño como éste, a mí me recibe. Y cualquiera que haga tropezar a alguno de estos pequeños que creen en mí, mejor le fuera que se le colgara al cuello una piedra de molino de asno, y que se le hundiera en lo profundo del mar.” Jesucristo lo dijo bien claro que él y su Padre odian a los pederastas.

Ahora que ya sabes lo que odia Dios, no continúes haciendo lo que le ofende.  Esta vida se pasa como un abrir y cerrar de ojos.  Cuando menos pienses se llegará tu día. No soy alarmista, pero se te pudiera terminar la vida en un segundo, un minuto, una hora, un día, una semana, un mes, o en unos pocos años.  No tienes la vida garantizada.  Sólo Dios sabe cuándo.

Si quieres pasar la eternidad con dios, lo que tienes que hacer es arrepentirte, pedirle perdón a Dios, y pedirle a Jesucristo que sea tu Señor y Redentor.  Si no sabes cómo hacerlo, lee la siguiente oración varias veces, y cuando la entiendas, órasela a Dios en voz alta. Dios te oirá y te convertirá en su hijo/a.

“Dios Padre, me arrepiento de todos mis pecados, y te pido que me perdones.  Creo y confieso que Jesucristo es tu hijo, que sufrió, murió, y resucitó al tercer día para pagar por mis pecados. Yo recibo su sacrificio y lo acepto como mi Señor y Salvador.  Te pido que permitas que el Espíritu Santo viva en mí para que me guíe y me proteja.  Gracias, Padre.  Amén.”

Ahora eres hijo/a de Dios.  Busca una iglesia cristiana donde enseñen la palabra directamente de la biblia.  Reúnete con otros cristianos para que aprendas más, y para que tengas buenos amigos. Dios tiene muchas excelentes promesas para ti. ¡Dios te bendiga!

rlsalvation@sbcglobal.net   rlsalvation@gmail.com  9 de Septiembre 2016

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THIS LIFE IS A PROCESS

Life Is a Process

No matter how we look at it, this life is a continuous process. The process began in the garden of Eden when God created Adam and Eve in perfection (Genesis 1:26-27).  When Adam and Eve sinned (Genesis 3:6-7), the human race became separated from God. His blessings were no longer on us.

We Are Born Into Sin

Being that sin entered the world through Adam and Eve, all of us are born into sin through no fault of our own.  That is why in Psalm 51:1, the psalmist (King David) wrote:  “Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin my mother conceived me.”  Then in Galatians 3:22, the apostle Paul says:  “But the scripture has confined all under sin, that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe.”

All of Us Sin

Because we are born into sin, all of us sin. There is not one person who does not sin.  For that reason in Romans 3:23, the apostle Paul states:  “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” By the way, that includes you.  Because we sin, we need a Savior, and that’s why Father God sent Jesus to this world to pay for our sins.

We Have To Change Our Thinking

Since we are sinners separated from God, we need to come to Him, but that won’t happen unless we realize that we need to change our way of thinking, which in turn will change our way of living.  The Bible tells us in Romans 12:2 – “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” In other words, we have to think differently than before. We cannot keep on doing the same things as before and expect different results.

We Have To Repent and Forgive

Once we have changed our way of thinking, we realize that we have done many things wrong.  If we repent, God will forgive us.  He is a forgiving God.  If we don’t forgive others, God will not forgive us.  In Matthew 6:14-15, Jesus Himself tells us:  “For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.  But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” Jesus could not have made it any clearer.

You Must Be Born Again

If you have a new way of thinking according to the word of God, have repented, have asked God to forgive you and have forgiven others, then it is time for you to receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior.  That process is known as “Born Again.” In John 3:3, Jesus told Nicodemus, one of the religious leaders, the following:  “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

How Do You Become Born Again?

In order to become “born again” you have to confess certain truths.  In Romans 10:9, the apostle Paul explains it this way:  “that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” God does not turn anybody away who repents, asks Him for forgiveness and humbly in all sincerity in a loud voice asks Jesus to be his Lord and Savior.

 

There Is Only One Way To Heaven

Many people think that if they are a nice person that will get them to heaven.  Others think that doing good works will open the pearly gates for them. Then there are those who think that all religions are basically the same and that belonging to one of them will give you salvation.  All of them are wrong.  There is only one way to heaven and His name is Jesus Christ.  In John 14:6, Jesus tells us:  “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” Guess what?  There are no exceptions.

A New Creature/A New Creation

Once we have changed our way of thinking, have repented, have forgiven others, have asked God to forgive us and have asked Jesus to be our Lord and Savior, we are no longer who we were, because we are now a new creation.  In 2 Corinthians 5:17, the Bible tells us: “ Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” On the outside we may look the same, but we have changed on the inside. We become a new us.

We Are Now Children of God

Now that we are children of God, He has completely forgiven us, our sins have been blotted out, and we are now heirs with Jesus Christ to the kingdom of our Father. In Romans 8:16-17, Paul says it this way: “The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together.”

We Are To Bear Fruit

As children of God, our job is to bear fruit.  We bear fruit when we bring others into the kingdom of God.  In Matthew 28:19-20, Jesus gives us the following command: “ Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age. Amen.”  In John 15:16, Jesus tells us:  “You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you.”  The only fruit that remains is whatever we do for the kingdom of God.

Make Treasures In Heaven

God tells us to make treasures in heaven (Matthew 6:19-20).  How can we make treasures there, while we are here? We can by telling people about the plan of salvation, by helping others and by doing the will of God as much as possible.  If we do that, when we get to heaven, we will have treasures there.

rlsalvation@sbcglobal.net   rlsalvation@gmail.com  September 1, 2016

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ESTA VIDA ES UN PROCESO

La Vida Es Un Proceso

No importa como la veamos, esta vida es un proceso continuo.  El proceso se inició en el jardín del Edén cuando Dios creó en perfección a Adán y a Eva (Génesis 1:26-27).  Cuando Adán y Eva pecaron (Génesis 3:6-7), la raza humana se separó de Dios.  Eso fue cuando perdimos sus bendiciones.

Nacemos en Pecado

Siendo que el pecado entró al mundo por medio de Adán y Eva, todos nacemos en pecado sin culpa nuestra.  Por eso en el Salmo 51:1, el salmista (el Rey David) escribió:  “He aquí, en maldad he sido formado, y en pecado me concibió mi madre.” Luego en Gálatas 3:22, el apóstol Pablo nos dice:  “ Mas la Escritura lo encerró todo bajo pecado, para que la promesa que es por la fe en Jesucristo fuese dada a los creyentes.” Todos estamos encerrados bajo el pecado.

Todos Pecamos

Porque nacemos bajo el pecado, todos pecamos.  No existe la persona que no peque.  Por esa razón en Romanos 3:23, el apóstol Pablo declara: “por cuanto todos pecaron, y están destituidos de la gloria de Dios.” A propósito, eso te incluye a ti. Porque pecamos, necesitamos un salvador, y por eso Dios Padre mandó a Jesucristo a pagar por nuestros pecados.

Tenemos Que Cambiar Nuestro Modo de Pensar

Ya que somos pecadores separados de Dios, es menester que vengamos a él, pero no sucederá a menos que nos percatemos que tenemos que cambiar nuestra manera de pensar, que a su vez nos cambia la manera de vivir.  La biblia nos dice en Romanos 12:2 – “No se conformen a este siglo, sino transfórmense por medio de la renovación de su entendimiento, para que comprueben cuál sea la buena voluntad de Dios, agradable y perfecta.” En otras palabras, tenemos que pensar diferente que antes.  No podemos continuar haciendo siempre lo mismo y esperar diferentes resultados.

Tenemos Que Arrepentirnos y Perdonar

Ya que hayamos cambiado nuestra manera de pensar, nos damos cuenta que hemos fallado muchísimo.  Si nos arrepentimos, Dios nos perdona, porque así es él.  Si no perdonamos al prójimo, Dios no nos perdona a nosotros.  En Mateo 6:14-15, Jesucristo nos dice:  “Porque si perdonan a los hombres sus ofensas, los perdonará también a ustedes su Padre celestial;  mas si no perdonan a los hombres sus ofensas, tampoco su Padre les perdonará sus ofensas.” Jesús no dejó ninguna duda sobre el perdón.

Tenemos Que Nacer de Nuevo

Si tenemos una nueva manera de pensar según la palabra de Dios, nos hemos arrepentido, le hemos pedido perdón a Dios, hemos perdonado al prójimo, pues es tiempo que recibamos a Jesucristo como nuestro Señor y Salvador. Este proceso se llama, “nacer de nuevo.” En Juan 3:3,

Jesucristo le dijo a Nicodemo, uno de los líderes religiosos, lo siguiente:  “De cierto, de cierto te digo, que el que no nace de nuevo, no puede ver el reino de Dios.”

¿Cómo Nace Uno de Nuevo?

Para nacer de nuevo tenemos que creer y confesar unas verdades.  En Romanos 10:9, el apóstol Pablo lo explica así: “…que si confiesas con tu boca que Jesús es el Señor, y crees en tu corazón que Dios le levantó de los muertos, serás salvo.” Dios no rechaza a nadie que se haya arrepentido de verdad, que le pida perdón humildemente, y que haya recibido a Jesucristo como su Señor y Redentor.

Solamente Hay Un Camino Al Cielo

Muchas personas creen que si son buenas personas llegarán al cielo.  Otras piensan que sus buenas obras les abrirán los portales del cielo.  También existen las que creen que todas las religiones son buenas y que siendo miembro de una les dará la salvación.  Todas esas personas están equivocadas.  Solamente hay un camino al cielo, y su nombre es Jesucristo.  En Juan 14:6, Jesús nos dice:  “Yo soy el camino, y la verdad, y la vida; nadie viene al Padre, sino por mí.”  ¿Sabes qué? No hay excepciones.

Una Nueva Criatura/Una Nueva Creación

Ya que hayamos cambiado nuestra manera de pensar, nos hayamos arrepentido, hayamos perdonado al prójimo, le hayamos pedido a Dios que nos perdone, y le hayamos pedido a Jesucristo que sea nuestro Señor y Salvador, ya no somos los que éramos, porque ahora somos nuevas creaciones.  En 2 Corintios 5:17, la biblia nos dice: “ De modo que si alguno está en Cristo, nueva criatura es; las cosas viejas pasaron; he aquí todas son hechas nuevas.” Por afuera tal vez nos miremos igual que antes, pero adentro hemos cambiado.  Nos hemos renovado.

Ahora Somos Hijos de Dios

Ahora que somos hijos de Dios, nos ha perdonado completamente, nuestros pecados se han borrado, y somos herederos con Jesucristo al reino de Dios. En Romanos 8:16-17, Pablo lo dice así: “ El Espíritu mismo da testimonio a nuestro espíritu, de que somos hijos de Dios. Y si hijos, también herederos; herederos de Dios y coherederos con Cristo, si es que padecemos juntamente con él, para que juntamente con él seamos glorificados.”

Debemos Dar Fruto

Como hijos de Dios que somos debemos dar fruto.  Damos fruto cuando traemos a otros al reino de Dios. En Mateo 28:19-20, Jesucristo nos da el siguiente mandato: “ Por tanto, vayan, y hagan discípulos a todas las naciones, bautizándolos en el nombre del Padre, y del Hijo, y del Espíritu Santo; enseñándoles que guarden todas las cosas que les he mandado; y he aquí yo estoy con ustedes todos los días, hasta el fin del mundo. Amén.” En Juan 15:16, Jesucristo nos dice:  “No me eligieron ustedes a mí, sino que yo los elegí a ustedes, y los he puesto para que vayan y lleven fruto, y su fruto permanezca; para que todo lo que pidan al Padre en mi nombre, él se lo dé.” El único fruto que permanece es lo que hacemos para el reino de Dios.

Hagamos Tesoros en el Cielo

Dios nos dice que hagamos tesoros en el cielo (Mateo 6:19-20).  ¿Cómo podemos hacer tesoros allá si vivimos aquí? Podemos hacerlo al enseñarle a la gente el camino al cielo, al ayudarles a los necesitados, y al hacer la voluntad de Dios siempre y cuando sea posible.  Si hacemos eso, cuando lleguemos al cielo, tendremos tesoros allá.

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GOD LOVES THE SINNER, BUT HE HATES THE SIN

You have probably heard pastors say:  “God loves the sinner, but He hates the sin.” It happens to be true and there is plenty of evidence in the Bible to back that up.  If God did not love the sinner, He would not love any of us.  All of us are sinners (Romans 3:23).  If God hated sinners, He would hate every single person on this planet.

We know that God loves us because while we were still sinning, He sent His Son to die for us.  In Romans 5:8 the apostle Paul states it this way:  “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Jesus Christ died for us.” Jesus did not suffered, died and resurrected just to save the holy, the perfect and the spotless people. He gave up His life and took it up again to make salvation available to the whole human race. In case you don’t know it, that includes you.

Jesus Himself explains to the religious leaders, His disciples and to other people why He came to earth.  You will find this in Mark 2:15-17 – “Now it happened, as He was dining in Levi’s house (Levi was Matthew’s Jewish name.  He became one of Jesus’ disciples and he wrote the Book of Matthew), that many tax collectors and sinners also sat together with Jesus and His disciples; for there were many, and they followed Him.  And when the scribes and Pharisees saw Him eating with the tax collectors and sinners, they said to His disciples, “How is it that He eats and drinks with tax collectors and sinners?” When Jesus heard it, He said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.”

Since all of us sin, we should automatically wind up in hell and later on in the lake of fire.  Sadly enough that will be the case for billions of people.  It is not because they have sinned, because God does not love them or because they are inferior to the ones who will spend eternity with God, but rather because they did not repent of their sins, they refused to leave the sin behind and because they did not receive Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.

Since none of us are worthy to enter the gates of heaven because of our sin, Jesus suffered, shed His blood and died to pay for our sins.  However as with any other promise that God has for us in the Bible, there is a condition for us to fulfill.  The condition is that we accept Jesus Christ in our hearts as our Lord and Savior.  If we do not do that, for whatever the reason, we cannot enter the kingdom of God.

In John 14:6, Jesus told Thomas – one of His disciples: “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” There is no other way to have eternal life with God.  Then in John 3:3, Jesus told Nicodemus, one of the religious leaders, the following:  “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”  One is born again when one receives Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior.

One becomes a true born-again Christian when one repents,  believes and confesses Jesus Christ as His God.  In Romans 10:9, the Bible tells us:  “That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”

One has to confess it with his own mouth.

If you repent and confess it aloud with your mouth, God is not going to reject you.  He will accept you as His son or daughter.  In John 3:15-17, Jesus Himself tells us:  “That whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.  For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.  For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” God wants you to be saved!

God loves you, but He hates sin.  If you are sinning and keep on doing it without repenting and without receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, you will spend eternity burning in the lake of fire. Society may encourage you to be a homosexual, a lesbian, a drug addict, an adulterer, a prostitute, a cheater, a liar and so on, but if you die in that sin, you will keep the devil and his demons company in the lake of fire.

Regardless of how many times you may have sinned or how awful your sin is or was God can and will forgive you if you repent, ask Him to forgive you, ask Jesus to be your Lord and Savior and quit sinning.  You have to leave that lifestyle because you have become a new person, a new creation, a different you, a son or daughter of God.

In 2 Chronicles 7:14, the Bible tells us:  “if My people who are called by My name (Christians) will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” God will heal your life if you will humble yourself, will pray to God in the name of Jesus, will seek God with all your heart and will turn away from your wicked ways.

Don’t let anybody fool you.  Although God loves you if you don’t leave the sin behind, you will wind up in the lake of fire eternally.  On the other hand if you seek God, He will give you eternal life with Him.  If you don’t know how to receive Jesus Christ in your heart as your Lord and Savior, read the prayer below several times, and when you truly understand it, pray it to God aloud in all sincerity and He will receive it and will also receive you.  He is actually anxiously waiting for you to do it. Don’t disappoint Him!

“Father God, I repent of all my sins.  Please forgive me. Receive me as your son/daughter. I believe that Jesus shed His blood, died and resurrected to pay for my sins. I ask Him to be my Lord and Savior and I ask the Holy Spirit to live in me to guide me and protect me.  I praise You Father God.  Amen.”

rlsalvation@abcglobal.net   rlsalvation@gmail.com  August 26, 2016

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DIOS AMA AL PECADOR, PERO ODIA EL PECADO

Es muy probable que has oído a pastores decir:  “Dios ama al pecador, pero odia el pecado.” Es verdad y hay mucha evidencia en la biblia que lo corrobora.  Si Dios no amara al pecador, no amaría a ninguno.  Todos somos pecadores (Romanos 3:23). Si Dios odiara a los pecadores, odiaría a todo ser humano en este planeta.

Sabemos que Dios ama a los pecadores, porque cuando todavía estábamos hundidos en el pecado, él mandó a su hijo que muriera por nosotros. En Romanos 5:8, el apóstol Pablo lo dice así: “Mas Dios muestra su amor para con nosotros, en que siendo aún pecadores, Cristo murió por nosotros.” Jesucristo no sufrió, murió y resucitó solamente para salvar a los justos, buenos, perfectos y a los santos.  Él dio su vida voluntariamente y se levantó de entre los muertos para que todo aquel que quisiera pudiera tener salvación.  En caso que no hayas entendido, eso te incluye a ti también.

Jesucristo mismo les explicó a los líderes religiosos, a sus discípulos y a otra gente por qué vino a este mundo. Lo encuentras en Marcos 2:15-17 – “ Aconteció que estando Jesús a la mesa en casa de él (Mateo – pecador que se convirtió en discípulo de Jesucristo y que escribió el libro bíblico de “San Mateo”), muchos publicanos y pecadores estaban también a la mesa juntamente con Jesús y sus discípulos; porque había muchos que le habían seguido. Y los escribas y los fariseos, viéndole comer con los publicanos y con los pecadores, dijeron a los discípulos: ¿Qué es esto, que él come y bebe con los publicanos y pecadores? Al oír esto Jesús, les dijo: Los sanos no tienen necesidad de médico, sino los enfermos. No he venido a llamar a justos, sino a pecadores.”

Siendo que todos pecamos todos merecemos ir al infierno y pasar la eternidad en el lago de fuego. Desgraciadamente ese ha sido, es, y será el destino para miles de millones de personas.

No es porque hayan pecado, porque Dios no los ama, ni porque sean inferiores a los que pasarán la eternidad con Dios, sino porque no se arrepintieron de sus pecados, no le pidieron perdón a Dios, no quisieron apartarse del pecado y no recibieron a Jesucristo como su Señor y Salvador.

Siendo que ninguno de nosotros merece entrar al cielo a causa de nuestros pecados, Jesucristo sufrió, murió y resucitó para pagar por nuestros pecados. Sin embargo igualmente que las otras promesas de Dios, esa salvación no es automática tiene sus condiciones.  Las condiciones son que nos arrepintamos, le pidamos perdón a Dios, que dejemos de pecar y que recibamos a Jesucristo como nuestro Señor y Redentor. Si no lo hacemos, por la razón que sea, no podemos entrar al cielo a vivir en el reino de Dios.

En Juan 14:6, Jesucristo le dijo a Tomás – uno de sus doce discípulos: “Yo soy el camino, y la verdad, y la vida; nadie viene al Padre, sino por mí.”  No existe otra manera, ni otro Dios por el cual podamos recibir salvación.  Luego en Juan 3:3, Jesucristo le dijo a Nicodemo, uno de los líderes religiosos: “De cierto, de cierto te digo, que el que no naciere de nuevo, no puede ver el reino de Dios.”  Uno nace de nuevo cuando recibe a Jesucristo como su Señor y Salvador.

Uno se convierte en verdadero cristiano cuando uno se arrepiente, le pide perdón a Dios, deja el pecado y recibe a Jesucristo en su corazón.  En Romanos 10:9, la biblia nos dice: “Que si confiesas con tu boca que Jesús es el Señor, y crees en tu corazón que Dios le levantó de los muertos, serás salvo.”  Uno lo tiene que confesar en voz alta con su propia boca.

Si te arrepientes y lo confiesas con tu propia boca, Dios no te rechazará.  Te aceptará como su hijo o hija.  En Juan 3:15-17, Jesucristo nos dice: “Para que todo aquel que en él cree, no se pierda, mas tenga vida eterna. Porque de tal manera amó Dios al mundo, que ha dado a su Hijo unigénito, para que todo aquel que en él cree, no se pierda, mas tenga vida eterna.  Porque no envió Dios a su Hijo (Jesucristo) al mundo para condenar al mundo, sino para que el mundo sea salvo por él.” Dios desea que seas salvo.

Dios te ama, pero odio el pecado.  Si estás pecando y continúas haciéndolo sin arrepentiré, y sin Jesucristo en tu vida, terminarás sufriendo eternamente en el lago de fuego.  La sociedad te puede exaltar porque eres homosexual, lesbiana, prostituta, adúltero, fornicador o porque usas drogas, te embriagas, eres mentiroso, golpeas a tu pareja, robas o pecas de otras maneras, pero al final Dios te va a juzgar y terminarás acompañando al diablo y a sus demonios en el lago de fuego.

No importa cuántas veces hayas pecado, que tan grande y horrible sea tu pecado, si te arrepientes, le pides perdón a Dios, dejas de pecar y recibes a Jesucristo como tu Señor y Redentor, Dios te perdona.  Tienes que abandonar tu viejo estilo de vida, porque ahora eres una nueva creación, una nueva creatura, una nueva persona, un muy diferente tú, un hijo o hija de Dios.

En 2 Crónicas 7:14 Dios nos dice:  “si se humillara mi pueblo, sobre el cual mi nombre (Jesús) es invocado, y orara, y buscara mi rostro, y se convirtiera de sus malos caminos; entonces yo oiré desde los cielos, y perdonaré sus pecados, y sanaré su tierra.“ Dios te sana si te humillas frente a él, te arrepientes, abandonas el pecado y si le oras en el nombre de Jesucristo.

No permitas que nadie te engañe.  Si no te acercas a Dios, terminarás sufriendo con el diablo, pero si te arrepientes puedes pasar toda una eternidad con Dios. ¡No hay comparación!  Si no sabes como recibir a Jesucristo como tu Señor y Salvador, lee la oración varias veces que está en el próximo párrafo, y cuando, en realidad, la entiendas, órasela a Dios en voz alta con toda sinceridad.  Él te oirá, te aceptará y te dará salvación, porque está ansiosamente esperando que lo hagas.  ¡No lo desilusiones!

“Dios Padre, me arrepiento de todos mis pecados.  Por tu misericordia, perdóname.  Yo creo y confieso que Jesucristo es tu hijo, que sufrió, vertió su sangre, murió y resucitó para pagar por mis pecados. Le pido a él que sea mi Señor y Salvador y al Espíritu Santo que viva en mí para que me guíe y me proteja.  ¡Te alabo y te adoro!  Amén.”

rlsalvation@sbcglobal.net   rlsalvation@gmail.com  26 de Agosto 2016

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T  H  E     W  O  R  D

We know that words are powerful.  They have the power to uplift a person or to destroy him or her.  That is why the tongue is extremely important.  For that reason the Bible tells us in Psalm 34:13 to keep our tongue from evil.  Then in James 3:8 -9, James (son of  Mary –  the mother of Jesus – and Joseph) tells us: “But no man can tame the tongue.  It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the similitude of God.” Out of the same mouth comes kind words, blessings and anointing as well as bad words, insults and curses.

However this article is not really about a word or words, but rather about THE LIVING WORD, which is Jesus Christ.  The apostle John does an excellent job of explaining it.  In John 1:1-3 he states:  “In the beginning was theWord, and the Word was with God, and the Wordwas God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.” No, the universe, the galaxies and the milky way were not created by evolution and your ancestors were not amphibians or monkeys.

I am going to explain the previous paragraph.  The word WORD is capitalized because it refers to Jesus. He was with God because He is God.  He had no beginning and He will have no end.  He was born from the Virgin Mary as a human being, but not as God.  That’s why the Catholics are wrong when they say that she is the mother of God.  God has no mother.

God made Himself a man in the form of Jesus to suffer and pay for our sins.  As God there was no way for Him to suffer, be killed or to pay for our sins.  As Jesus Christ He was all man, but atthe same time He was all God.  That is difficult for us to understand with our finite minds.  How can we understand it when God’s ways are much higher than ours (Isaiah 55:8-9)?

Jesus was born, lived, suffered and died as a man, not as God.  It had to be that way, so He could pay for our sins.  He came to reconcile us with the Father and that’s exactly what He did. If He had remained God, He would not have been able to provide salvation for us, because He would not have been able to suffer or to die. 

Since the word of God is the Bible and being that Jesus is THE LIVING WORD, then the Bible isJesus in a written form.  What does that mean to us?  If we want to know God, all we have to do is read the Bible.  The will of God is completely explained in the Bible.  Of course, we cannot pick and choose.  We have to read the entire Bible in order to fully understand God’s principles. We should not take one scripture out of context and claim that as God’s will.  Much to my dismay many people do that.

As with everything else, the word of God can be manipulated.  Unfortunately too manypastors and evangelists are doing exactly that.  Using “the prosperity message” as their main attraction they sell books, CDs,  DVDs and other materials by the millions. Some of them possess over one hundred million dollars.  The ones who are not as popular may only havefive or ten million. I feel sorry for them (sarcastically). 

If you want to come to the throne of Father God, you have to do so through THE LIVING WORD – JESUS CHRIST.  In John 14:6, Jesus tells us:  “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No onecomes to the Father except through Me.” Nobody else is the WORD nor did they suffer or die for us.  That’s why you (Catholics) cannot pray in the name of anybody else or to a saint or a virgin.  They did not shed their blood for you

Hebrews 9:22 tells us:  “And according to the law almost all things are purified with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no remission (of sins).” That is the reason why Jesus died for us. We were full of sin, but His blood purified us.That purification is available to every singlehuman being in existence, but we can only receive it believing and confessing that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, that he suffered and died for us, that He resurrected on the third day (Romans 10:9) and that He is at the right hand of the Father in heaven interceding for us.

Neither your own blood, the blood of another human being nor the blood of an animal can make atonement for your sins.  The reason being that any other blood other than the blood of the Lamb of God – Jesus Christ is tarnished, impure and not acceptable by our heavenly Father. Any other blood is an insult to God. 

If you want to know THE WORD read the written word, study it and put it into practice.  Your life will change for the better, because His word and THE WORD will be in you.  In order for HIS WORDto be in you, you have to accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior.  If you have never done it before, do it now.  In case you don’t know how to do it, just read the prayer below and when you truly understand it, pray it to God aloud in all sincerity.  Have no doubts or misgivings, in spite of the way you may have lived, He will hear you and will accept you as his son or daughter. He is a loving Father.

“Holy Father, I repent of all my sins.  Please forgive me. As I make Jesus Christ my Lord andSavior,  I believe and confess that He is Your son, that He suffered, died and resurrected on the third day and that He is at Your right hand interceding for me even now.  I ask the Holy Spirit to live in me, so He can guide me and protect me.  I pray all this in the name of my Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.”

Now that THE WORD – JESUS is in you, start reading the Bible, praying to God and attending a born-again Christian church where the pastor teaches directly from the Bible.  Make friends with other Christians and start fellowshipping with them.  God bless you!

rlsalvation@sbcglobal.net   rlsalvation@gmail.com   August 18, 2016

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L  A    P  A  L  A B  R  A

Sabemos que las palabras son poderosas.  Tienen el poder de exaltar a una persona o de destruirla.  Por eso la lengua es de extremada importancia.  Por esa razón la biblia nos dice en el Salmo 34:13 lo siguiente:  Guarda tu lengua del mal,Y tus labios de hablar engaño.” Luego en Santiago 3:8-9, Santiago – el hermano de Jesucristo/hijo de María y de José –  nos dice:  “pero ningún hombre puede domar la lengua, que es un mal que no puede ser refrenado, llena de veneno mortal. Con ella bendecimos a Dios y Padre, y con ella maldecimos a los hombres, que están hechos a la semejanza de Dios.” De la misma boca salen palabras tiernas, benéficas, y otras que bendicen, pero de allí mismo salen otras que hieren, insultan, y hasta maldicen. 

Sin embargo este artículo no es de una palabra o palabras, sino de LAPALABRA VIVIENTE – JESUCRISTO.  El apóstol Juan lo explica excelentemente.  En Juan 1:1-3 lo explica de esta manera:  “En el principio era el Verbo, y el Verbo era con Dios, y el Verbo era Dios. Este era en el principio con Dios. Todas las cosas por él fueron hechas, y sin él nada de lo que ha sido hecho, fue hecho.” No, este planeta, el universo y las galaxias no fueron creados por laevolución y tú no eres descendiente de los gorilas ni de un animal anfibio.

Voy a explicar el párrafo anterior.  La palabra PALABRA está escrita en letra mayúscula porque se refiere a Jesucristo.  Él estaba con Dios, porque él es Dios.  Él no tuvo comienzo y no tendrá fin. Nació de la virgen María como hombre, pero no como Dios.  Por eso los católicos están bien equivocados cuando dicen que ella es la madre de Dios.  Dios no tuvo, no tiene, ni tendrá Madre.

Dios se convirtió en hombre por medio de Jesucristo para sufrir, morir y pagar por nuestros pecados.  Siendo Dios no había manera que él sufriera, muriera y resucitara para pagar por nuestros pecados.  Como Jesucristo era todo hombre, pero también era todo Dios.  Eso es muy difícil para que lo entendamos con nuestras mentes limitadas. ¿Cómo podamos entenderlo cuando los caminos de Dios son mucho más altos que los nuestros (Isaías 55:8-9)?

Jesucristo nació, vivió, sufrió y murió como hombre, no como Dios, pero sí resucitó como Dios. Tenía que pasar por todo eso para poder pagar por nuestras fallas, faltas y pecados.  Vinopara reconciliarnos con Dios Padre, y eso es exactamente lo que hizo.  Si hubiera permanecido solamente Dios, no hubiera podido ofrecernos la salvación, porque no hubiera podido sufrir ni morir.

Siendo que la biblia es la palabra de Dios, y ya que Jesucristo es LA PALABRA VIVIENTE, entonces la biblia es Jesucristo en forma escrita.  ¿Qué significa eso para ti?   Si deseas conocer a Dios todo lo que tienes que hacer es leer la biblia. La voluntad de Dios está perfectamenteexplicada en la biblia por todos sus autores.  Claro no podemos escoger solamente lo que nos gusta.  Tenemos que leer toda la biblia para que podamos entender los principios de Dios. No podemos sacar una escritura fuera de su contexto y declarar que esa es la voluntad de Dios. Desgraciadamente mucha gente hace eso.

Como con todo la palabra de Dios puede ser manipulada. Desafortunadamente muchospastores y evangelistas están predicando solamente lo que la gente quiere oír. Predican el mensaje de prosperidad para que los feligreses donen más dinero.  Algunos evangelistas tienenmás de cien millones de dólares.  Los menos famosos tienen entre cinco y diez millones. Les tengo mucha lástima (hablo sarcásticamente desde luego).

Si deseas llegar al trono de Dios tienes que hacerlo por medio de LA PALABRA VIVIENTE – Jesucristo.  En Juan 14:6, Jesucristo nos dice:  “Yo soy el camino, la verdad, y la vida.  Nadieviene al Padre, sino por mí.”  Nadie más es LA PALABRA ni ninguna otra persona vertió su sangre por nosotros.  Por eso ustedes los católicos no deben orarle a ninguna llamada virgen ni a ningún llamado santo.  Al hacerlo están insultando a Dios.  En vez de hacerles milagros puede hasta castigarlos. ¡Abran los ojos!

En Hebreos 9:22 la palabra de Dios nos dice:  “Y casi todo es purificado, según la ley, con sangre; y sin derramamiento de sangre no se hace remisión(de pecados).”  Esa fue la razón por la cual murió Jesucristo por nosotros.  Estábamos muertos espiritualmente en el pecado sin esperanzas de obtener la salvación, pero Jesús nos purificó.  Esa misma purificación estádisponible para todo ser humano, pero tenemos que recibirla creyendo y confesando que Jesucristo es el Hijo de Dios, que sufrió y murió en la cruz para pagar por nuestros pecados, que resucitó al tercer día (Romanos 10:9) y que está a la derecha del Padre en el cielo haciendo intercesión por nosotros.

Ni tu sangre, la de otra persona, ni la de un animal puede pagar por tus pecados.  La razón es que cualquier otra sangre que no sea la DEL CORDERO DE DIOS – JESUCRISTO es impura, está sucia, y no es aceptable para Dios.  Antes es un insulto para un Dios eterno, santo, divino, perfecto y justiciero.   

Si quieres conocer LA PALABRA, lee la palabra escrita, estúdiala y ponla en práctica.  Habrá un buen mejoramiento en tu vida, porque la palabra escrita y LA PALABRA VIVIENTE  vivirán en ti. Para que su palabra viva en ti tienes que recibir a Jesucristo como tu Señor y Salvador.  Si nunca lo has hecho, no hay mejor tiempo que ahorita.  En caso que no sepas como hacerlo, leela oración en el siguiente párrafo, y cuando en realidad la entiendas, órasela aDios en voz alta con toda sinceridad.  No tengas ninguna duda.  A pesar de cómo hayas vivido, Dios te ama, quiere perdonarte y bendecirte.  Te aceptará con los brazos abiertos para que seas su hijo o hija.

“Dios Padre, me arrepiento de todos mis pecados.  Por tu misericordia perdóname.  Le pido a Jesucristo que sea mi Señor y Salvador, porque creo y confieso que él es tu hijo, que sufrió/murió en la cruz para pagar por mis pecados.  Resucitó al tercer día y ahora está a tu derecha en el cielo haciendo intercesión por mí.  Le pido al Espíritu Santo que viva en mí para que me guíe y me proteja. Padre Dios, te pido todo esto en el nombre de tu hijo Jesucristo. Amén.”

Ya que LA PALABRA VIVIENTE DE DIOS vive en ti, lee la biblia, estúdiala, asiste a una iglesia cristiana (no católica), y trata de hacerte amigo de otras personas cristianas.  ¡Dios te bendiga!

rlsalvation@sbcglobal.net  rlsalvation@gmail.com  El 18 de Agosto 2016

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WITHOUT LOVE YOU ARE AN EMPTY SHELL

It does not matter how famous, wealthy or intelligent you may be, without love you are an empty shell.  Nothing really matters if you don’t have love and if you don’t have God in your life. On the other hand, you are very fortunate if you have both in your life.

1 John 4:8

“Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.”

The very essence of God is love. If we claim to be Christ followers, but do not love, we cannot be Christians and we do not know God. The other side of the coin is that, in that case, He does not know us either.  We are just fooling ourselves.  God and people know a true Christian by his actions and by his love (John 13:35). 

1 John 4:10-13

“Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another. No man has seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwells in us, and his love is perfected in us. Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit.”

Since God is love, He loved us first (1 John 4:19) and He proved it in, at least, two ways: He created us and He sent His Son to die for our sins.  His love is perfected in us if we love Him and love other people.

John 15:10-13

If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love.  I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.  My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.  Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”

The Lord Jesus made 5 points here; 1. We are to keep His commandments. 2. We ought to remain in His love. 3. When we love Jesus’ joy is in us. 4. We are to love one another. 5. He loves us so much that He gave up His life for us.

1 Corinthians 13:13

 And now abide (in) faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.”

The apostle Paul very clearly tells us that these three are the cornerstones of a Christian’s life, but that love is the greatest one.

Galatians 5:22

 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness.”

If we truly are children of God the Holy Spirit lives in us and we are to produce the fruit mentioned above.  But of all those the main one is love.

1 Corinthians 13:1-3

“Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal.  And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.  And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing.”

The apostle Paul is clearly stating that we may have everything, but if we don’t love or are loved we have nothing.  We should love God and people and we should allow ourselves the privilege of receiving love from God and from other people.  If we do those two things we are blessed, but if we don’t we should be pitied. 

Proverb 10:12

“Hatred stirs up conflict, but love covers over all wrongs.” This is from the NIV.  The NKJV puts it this way:  “Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all sins.”

What it really means is that even if you sin, but you sin because of love, God forgives you.  God does not necessarily look at your physical appearance or at the results you get, but rather He looks at your motives, intentions and at your heart (1 Samuel 16:7). 

The bottom line is that we should live life loving God and loving people.  Jesus made it very clear in Matthew 22:37-40 – “Jesus said to him (a lawyer – one of the religious leaders), “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment.  And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”

If you don’t love, learn to love.  If you don’t accept love from others, learn to accept it. If you don’t know Jesus Christ, get to know Him.  If you are not doing those things, you are missing out on life. 

rlsalvation@sbcglobal.net    rlsalvation@gmail.com   August 11, 2016

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SIN AMOR ERES UN CASCARÓN VACÍO

No importa que tan famoso, rico o inteligente seas, sin amor eres un cascarón vacío.  En realidad, nada importa si no tienes amor y a Dios en tu vida. El otro lado de la moneda es que si tienes amor y a Dios en tu vida eres muy afortunado.

1 Juan 4:8

 El que no ama, no ha conocido a Dios; porque Dios es amor.”

La verdadera esencia de Dios es el amor.  Si pretendemos ser seguidores de Jesucristo, pero no amamos, no podemos ser cristianos y no conocemos a Dios.  Desde luego que Dios no nos conoce tampoco.  Solamente nos estamos engañando a nosotros mismos.  Dios y la gente conocen a un cristiano por su comportamiento y su amor (Juan 13:35).

1 Juan 4:10-13

 En esto consiste el amor: no en que nosotros hayamos amado a Dios, sino en que él nos amó a nosotros, y envió a su Hijo en propiciación por nuestros pecados. Amados, si Dios nos ha amado así, debemos también nosotros amarnos unos a otros. Nadie ha visto jamás a Dios. Si nos amamos unos a otros, Dios permanece en nosotros, y su amor se ha perfeccionado en nosotros. En esto conocemos que permanecemos en él, y él en nosotros, en que nos ha dado de su Espíritu.”

Siendo que Dios es amor, él nos amó primero (1 Juan 4:19) y lo comprobó en más de las dos maneras siguientes; nos creó y le pidió a su hijo que muriera por nuestros pecados.  Su amor se perfecciona en nosotros si lo amamos a él y si amamos al prójimo. 

Juan 15:10-13

“Si guardan mis mandamientos, permanecerán en mi amor; así como yo he guardado los mandamientos de mi Padre, y permanezco en su amor. Estas cosas les he hablado, para que mi gozo esté en ustedes, y su gozo sea cumplido.  Este es mi mandamiento: Que se amen unos a otros, como yo los he amado.  Nadie tiene mayor amor que este, que uno ponga su vida por sus amigos.”

El Señor Jesucristo hizo cinco puntos: 1. Debemos guardar sus mandamientos. 2. Debemos permanecer en su amor.  3. Cuando amamos su gozo está en nosotros. 4. Debemos amarnos los unos a los otros. 5. Él nos ama tanto que dio su vida por nosotros.

1 Corintios 13:13

“Y ahora permanecen la fe, la esperanza y el amor, estos tres; pero el mayor de ellos es el amor.”

El apóstol Pablo claramente nos dice que las tres bases principales del cristianismo son la fe, la esperanza y el amor, pero que el amor es el más necesario y más importante.

Gálatas 5:22

“Mas el fruto del Espíritu es amor, gozo, paz, paciencia, benignidad, bondad, fe.”

Si, en realidad, somos hijos de Dios el Espíritu Santo vive en nosotros, y debemos producir el fruto mencionado en la escritura.  De todos esos frutos el principal es el amor.

1 Corintios 13:1-3

“Si yo hablara lenguas humanas y angélicas, y no tengo amor, vengo a ser como metal que resuena, o címbalo que retiñe. Y si tuviera profecía, y entendiera todos los misterios y toda ciencia, y si tuviera toda la fe, de tal manera que trasladara los montes, y no tengo amor, nada soy. Y si repartiera todos mis bienes para dar de comer a los pobres, y si entregara mi cuerpo para ser quemado, y no tengo amor, de nada me sirve.”

El apóstol Pablo declara claramente que si tenemos todo, pero si no amamos y no somos amados, en realidad, no tenemos nada. Debemos amar a Dios y al prójimo, y permitir que Dios y que otras personas nos amen. Si hacemos esas dos cosas somos bendecidos, pero si no estamos perdidos.

Proverbio 10:12

“El odio despierta rencillas; Pero el amor cubrirá todas las faltas.” Otras biblias o traducciones dicen que el amor cubre una multitud de pecados.

Lo que significa es que si pecas, pero lo haces por amor, Dios te perdona.  Dios no ve tu apariencia física o los resultados que recibas, sino que se enfoca en tus motivos, intenciones y en el estado de tu corazón (1 Samuel 16:7).

Nuestra prioridad debe ser de amar a Dios y amar al prójimo.  Jesucristo lo esclarece en Mateo 22:37-40 – “Jesús le dijo (a un abogado – uno de los líderes religiosos): Amarás al Señor tu Dios con todo tu corazón, y con toda tu alma, y con toda tu mente.  Este es el primero y grande mandamiento.  Y el segundo es semejante: Amarás a tu prójimo como a ti mismo.  De estos dos mandamientos depende toda la ley y los profetas.”

Si no amas, aprende a amar.  Si no aceptas amor de otras personas, aprende a aceptarlo.  Si no conoces a Jesucristo, haz el esfuerzo para conocerlo. Si no estás haciendo esas cosas, estás desperdiciando tu vida.

rlsalvation@sbcglobal.net    rlsalvation@gmail.com   11 de Agosto 2016

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GOD WORKS WITH WHAT YOU HAVE

Many of us think that we have to be wealthy or that we have to be multitalented in order for God to use us effectively.  Although those two things can be of help, they are not the most important things we need.  What we need is a love for God, a love for people, faith in God and dedication.  If we have real love, we will serve God. 

1 Samuel 16:7

“But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him.  For the LORD does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”

God sent the prophet Samuel to go to the house of Jesse to anoint one of his sons to be the future king of Israel.  Some of Jesse’s sons were tall, strong and had a good appearance.  The prophet was impressed by them and wanted to pick one of them to be the king, but God told him that He had not chosen any one of them.  God had chosen their youngest brother David who was tending the sheep.  Physically his brothers looked a lot more impressive than David, but God, who looks at a man’s heart,  knew that David was a man after His own heart (Acts 13:22).

Luke 9:13-17

“But He (Jesus) said to them, “You give them something to eat.”And they said, “We have no more than five loaves and two fish, unless we go and buy food for all these people.” For there were about five thousand men (plus the women and children). Then He said to His disciples, “Make them sit down in groups of fifty.” And they did so, and made them all sit down. Then He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, He blessed and broke them, and gave them to the disciples to set before the multitude. So they all ate and were filled, and twelve baskets of the leftover fragments were taken up by them.”

God works with what we have.  The disciples only had five loaves of bread and two fish and with that they fed probably around fifteen thousand people or more.  When God uses us He blesses and multiplies what we have.

Exodus 4:1-4

“Then Moses answered (God) and said, “But suppose they will not believe me or listen to my voice; suppose they say, ‘The Lord has not appeared to you.’ ”So the Lord said to him, “What is that in your hand?” He said, “A rod.”And He said, “Cast it on the ground.” So he cast it on the ground, and it became a serpent; and Moses fled from it. Then the Lord said to Moses, “Reach out your hand and take it by the tail” (and he reached out his hand and caught it, and it became a rod in his hand), “that they may believe that the Lord God of their fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has appeared to you.”

God was sending Moses to deliver His people – the Israelites – from bondage in Egypt, but Moses was afraid the people would not believe him.  He had a rod (a wooden stick), so God used that to prove to him that He was and would be with him.  God is good at using what we already have.  You may be very mistaken in thinking that God cannot use you.  All you have to do is have a willing heart to serve Him and let Him know that you are available.  God will have you use what you already have to do His will.

Acts 14:8-10

“And in Lystra a certain man without strength in his feet was sitting, a cripple from his mother’s womb, who had never walked.  This man heard Paul speaking. Paul, observing him intently and seeing that he had faith to be healed,  said with a loud voice, “Stand up straight on your feet!” And he leaped and walked.”

God worked with what the man had – faith.  Because of his faith the man was healed.  God can do the same thing with you. If you are wondering whether you can serve God, you can.  You don’t need special talents, money, connections or anything else.  What you do need is a willing heart.  God will meet you where you are and will help you.  However you do have to take the first step.

1 Kings 17:12-16

“So she (a very poor widow) said (to Elijah – a prophet of God), “As the Lord your God lives, I do not have bread, only a handful of flour in a bin, and a little oil in a jar; and see, I am gathering a couple of sticks that I may go in and prepare it for myself and my son, that we may eat it, and die.” And Elijah said to her, “Do not fear; go and do as you have said, but make me a small cake from it first, and bring it to me; and afterward make some for yourself and your son. For thus says the Lord God of Israel: ‘The bin of flour shall not be used up, nor shall the jar of oil run dry, until the day the Lord sends rain on the earth.’” So she went away and did according to the word of Elijah; and she and he and her household ate for many days.  The bin of flour was not used up, nor did the jar of oil run dry, according to the word of the Lord which He spoke by Elijah.”

The poor widow only had a handful of flour and very little oil.  She was going to cook her last meal before dying of hunger, but because she obeyed the prophet Elijah, God kept supplying for all her needs. God worked with what she had.  He can do the same thing with you.  It’s not about how much you may have, but it is about offering it to God. 

rlsalvation@sbcglobal.net    rlsalvation@gmail.com   August 4, 2016

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DIOS OBRA CON LO QUE TÚ TIENES

Muchos de nosotros pensamos que tenemos que ser ricos o tener varios talentos para poder servir a Dios eficazmente.  Aunque esas dos cosas pueden ayudar, no son las más importantes.  Lo que necesitamos es amar a Dios, amar al prójimo, tener fe en Dios, y enfocarnos con dedicación en ser luz de Dios dondequiera que estemos. 

1 Samuel 16:7

“Y Jehová respondió a Samuel: No mires a su parecer, ni a lo grande de su estatura, porque yo lo desecho; porque Jehová no mira lo que mira el hombre; pues el hombre mira lo que está delante de sus ojos, pero Jehová mira el corazón.”

Dios mandó al profeta Samuel a la casa de Isaí para que escogiera uno de sus hijos rey sobre Israel. Algunos de los hijos de Isaí eran altos, fuertes y bien parecidos.  El profeta estaba impresionado con ellos e iba a escoger uno para que fuera el rey, pero Dios no había escogido a ninguno de ellos. Dios había escogido a David, el hijo menor que estaba cuidando las ovejas. Físicamente los hermanos impresionaban mucho más que David, pero Dios quien ve el corazón sabía que David era un hombre conforme su corazón (Hechos 13:22).

Lucas 9:13-17

“Él (Jesucristo) les dijo: Denles ustedes de comer. Y dijeron ellos: No tenemos más que cinco panes y dos pescados, a no ser que vayamos nosotros a comprar alimentos para toda esta multitud.  Y eran como cinco mil hombres (más sus esposas y sus hijos). Entonces (Jesús) dijo a sus discípulos: Háganlos sentar en grupos, de cincuenta en cincuenta.  Así lo hicieron, haciéndolos sentar a todos. Y tomando los cinco panes y los dos pescados, levantando los ojos al cielo, los bendijo, y los partió, y dio a sus discípulos para que los pusieran delante de la gente. Y comieron todos, y se saciaron; y recogieron lo que les sobró, doce cestas de pedazos.”

Dios obra con lo que tenemos.  Los discípulos solamente tenían cinco panes y dos pescados y con eso les dieron de comer como a quince mil personas.  Cuando Dios nos usa bendice lo que tenemos y lo multiplica.

Éxodo 4:1-5

“Entonces Moisés respondió diciendo (a Dios): He aquí que ellos no me creerán, ni oirán mi voz; porque dirán: No te ha aparecido Jehová. Y Jehová dijo: ¿Qué es eso que tienes en tu mano? Y él respondió: Una vara. El le dijo: Échala en tierra. Y él la echó en tierra, y se hizo una culebra; y Moisés huía de ella.  Entonces dijo Jehová a Moisés: Extiende tu mano, y tómala por la cola. Y él extendió su mano, y la tomó, y se volvió vara en su mano.  Por esto creerán que se te ha aparecido Jehová, el Dios de tus padres, el Dios de Abraham, Dios de Isaac y Dios de Jacob”

Dios iba a mandar a Moisés a Egipto para que sacara de la esclavitud a los israelitas.  Moisés temía que la gente no le iba a creer que Dios lo había enviado.  Moisés tenía una vara en la mano y Dios la utilizó para comprobarle que siempre estaría con él.  Es muy probable que estés pensando que no puedes servirle a Dios.  Todo lo que Dios te pide es que estés disponible, dispuesto y listo para obedecerlo. Si, en realidad, deseas servirle a Dios, simplemente dile:  “Dios Padre, yo deseo que me utilices.  Yo no sé lo que tenga o pueda hacer, pero sea lo que sea úsalo para tu reino.”

Hechos 14:8-10

“Y cierto hombre de Listra estaba sentado, imposibilitado de los pies, cojo de nacimiento, que jamás había andado.  Este oyó hablar a Pablo, el cual, fijando en él sus ojos, y viendo que tenía fe para ser sanado, dijo a gran voz: Levántate derecho sobre tus pies. Y él saltó, y anduvo.”

Dios obró con lo que tenía el hombre – fe. Por su fe fue sanado.  Dios puede hacer lo mismo contigo. No necesitas talentos especiales, dinero, ni conexiones para servir a Dios. 

1 Reyes 17:12-16

 Y ella (una viuda muy pobre) respondió (al profeta Elías): Vive Jehová tu Dios, que no tengo pan cocido; solamente un puñado de harina tengo en la tinaja, y un poco de aceite en una vasija; y ahora recogía dos leños, para entrar y prepararlo para mí y para mi hijo, para que lo comamos, y nos dejemos morir.  Elías le dijo: No tengas temor; ve, haz como has dicho; pero hazme a mí primero de ello una pequeña torta cocida debajo de la ceniza, y tráemela; y después harás para ti y para tu hijo. Porque Jehová Dios de Israel ha dicho así: La harina de la tinaja no escaseará, ni el aceite de la vasija disminuirá, hasta el día en que Jehová haga llover sobre la faz de la tierra. Entonces ella fue e hizo como le dijo Elías; y comió él, y ella, y su casa, muchos días. Y la harina de la tinaja no escaseó, ni el aceite de la vasija menguó, conforme a la palabra que Jehová había dicho por Elías.”

La viuda solamente tenía un puñado de harina y poquito aceite. Iba a cocinar su última comida para morir, pero al darle de comer al profeta Elías primero, Dios continuó supliendo todas sus necesidades.  Dios obró con lo poquito que la viuda tenía.  Dios puede hacer lo mismo contigo. No se trata de cuanto tengas, sino que se lo ofrezcas a Dios.

rlsalvation@sbcglobal.net   rlsalvation@gmail.com  el 4 de Agosto 2016

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IT’S FOOLISHNESS

In most religions people suffer and even die for their gods.  However our God – Jesus Christ – suffered and died for us on the cross.  That was one of the worst deaths imaginable in those days – around two-thousand years ago.  He knew what was in store for Him, but nevertheless He went through with it to do the Father’s will and to assure us that we could live eternally with God if we so desired.  Thank You, Jesus!

Romans 3:23-24

“All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.” The apostle Paul couldn’t have made it any clearer that all of us sin, that all of us need to pay for our sins, but that Jesus took our place and paid the price for us.  That being the case, we don’t have to pay for our sins if we receive Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior.

This, of course, does not make any sense whatsoever to an atheist or to somebody from another religion.  They sacrifice themselves for their so-called gods, kill for them and they even give up their meaningless lives for them.

Romans 6:23

“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” We deserve death, which is eternal separation from our God to spend eternity in the lake of fire with the devil, but since our God is love and righteousness, He sent Jesus to die on the cross in our place.  He suffered the death that we deserve.  By grace, which is unmerited favor, God forgives us of all sins if we repent and receive Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior.

Romans 5:6-8

“For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Jesus did not even wait for us to leave sin behind.  While we were still deep into sin, He died for us.  That is something that most people will not understand – a perfect, sinless, holy God dying for sinners.

1 Corinthians 1:18-21

“For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.  For it is written: “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.  Where is the wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the disputer of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? For since, in the wisdom of God, the world through wisdom did not know God, it pleased God through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe.” That God would suffer and die for us is complete foolishness to the unbelievers.  They don’t understand God’s ways, because His ways are much higher than ours (Isaiah 55:8-9).

1 Corinthians 1:23

“But we (Paul and the apostles) preach Christ crucified, to the Jews a stumbling block and to the Greeks foolishness.”  The Jews did not accept the fact that Jesus was the awaited Messiah because they expected Him to come in power and destroy the Romans, and the Gentiles (the Greeks and the other ones who were not Jewish) did not accept Jesus because He was humble, meek and did not even defend Himself.  What about you?  Do you accept Jesus as the Son of God – as God Himself?

2 Corinthians 14

“But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” The natural man cannot understand God’s love, His wisdom, His ways, His motives or His goals.  That is why many scientists will never ever become Christians.  Of course some of them have in the past, are becoming now, and many more will become Christians in the future.  That is because God loves them too.

The scientists who are actually intelligent know that even if this world began with something like  “The Big Bang Theory” somebody had to initiate the whole process because nothing from nothing leaves nothing.  We call that somebody “GOD.”

Foolishness is actually thinking that we came from nothing or that we evolved from animals.  If that were true life would still be being formed from nothing, the evolution process would still be working today.  However no new forms of life are being born, the animals are not changing (evolving), they are not disappearing – they still exist, the humans have not changed, are not changing (evolving) and they are not disappearing – they continue to exist.

If you believe in eternal life and that once you die, you will not completely cease to exist, then receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, so that you may spend eternity with God and will not simply become food for the worms or that it will not be as if you had never existed.

rlsalvation@sbcglobal.net   rlsalvation@gmail.com  July 29, 2016

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ES LOCURA PARA EL MUNDO

En muchas religiones las personas sufren y mueren por complacer a sus llamados dioses.  Sin embargo nuestro Dios – Jesucristo – sufrió y murió por nosotros en la cruz.  Esa era una de la peores muertes imaginables en esos tiempos – más o menos dos mil años pasados.  Jesús sabía lo que le esperaba, pero lo hizo para cumplir la voluntad de su Padre, y para asegurarnos la salvación, si es que la recibimos.  ¡Gracias, nuestro Señor!

Romanos 3:23-24

“Por cuanto todos pecaron, y están destituidos de la gloria de Dios, siendo justificados gratuitamente por su gracia, mediante la redención que es en Cristo Jesús.” El apóstol Pablo claramente nos declara que todos pecamos, que necesitamos pagar por nuestros pecados, pero que Jesucristo ya pagó nuestra deuda si aceptamos su sacrificio.  Ese siendo el caso, no tenemos que pagar por nuestros pecados, pero sí tenemos que recibir a Jesucristo como nuestro Señor y Salvador.

Eso, claro, no les hace nada de sentido a los ateos o a los que pertenecen a otra religión.  Ellos se sacrifican por sus ídolos, matan por sus llamados dioses, y hasta pierden sus inútiles almas por servir a unos ídolos que ni vida tienen.

Romanos 6:23

“Porque la paga del pecado es muerte, mas la dádiva de Dios es vida eterna en Cristo Jesús Señor nuestro.” Merecemos la muerte eterna quemándonos en el lago de fuego y pasar la eternidad separados de Dios, pero siendo que nuestro Dios es amor y justicia, envió a su Hijo para que muriera en nuestro lugar.  Su Hijo sufrió la muerte que merecemos nosotros.  Por gracia, favor inmerecido, Dios nos perdona de todo pecado si aceptamos a su Hijo como nuestro Señor y Salvador.

Romanos 5:6-8

“Porque Cristo, cuando aún éramos débiles (pecadores), a su tiempo murió por los impíos.  Ciertamente, apenas morirá alguno por un justo; con todo, pudiera ser que alguno osara morir por el bueno. Mas Dios muestra su amor para con nosotros, en que siendo aún pecadores, Cristo murió por nosotros.” Jesucristo ni siquiera esperó que nos arrepintiéramos o que dejáramos de pecar antes de proveernos la salvación.  La gente no pudo, no puede y no podrá entender que un Dios perfecto, santo, sagrado y divino diera su vida por nosotros los pecadores.  ¡Es inimaginable!

1 Corintios 1:18-21

“Porque la palabra de la cruz es locura a los que se pierden; pero a los que se salvan, esto es, a nosotros, es poder de Dios.  Pues está escrito: Destruiré la sabiduría de los sabios, y desecharé el entendimiento de los entendidos.  ¿Dónde está el sabio? ¿Dónde está el escriba? ¿Dónde está el disputador de este siglo? ¿No ha enloquecido Dios la sabiduría del mundo?  Pues ya que en la sabiduría de Dios, el mundo no conoció a Dios mediante la sabiduría, agradó a Dios salvar a los creyentes por la locura de la predicación. “ Que nuestro Dios sufriera y muriera por nosotros es una locura incomprensible para los incrédulos.  No entienden los caminos del Señor, porque sus caminos son mucho más altos que los nuestros (Isaías 55:8-9).

1 Corintios 1:23

“Pero nosotros (el apóstol Pablo y los discípulos) predicamos a Cristo crucificado, para los judíos ciertamente tropezadero, y para los gentiles locura.” Los judíos no aceptaron a Jesucristo como el Mesías, porque esperaban que llegara en poder y destruyera a los romanos.  Los gentiles (los griegos y toda persona que no fuera judía) no lo aceptaron, porque era humilde, manso, simpático, y ni siquiera se defendió.  ¿Lo aceptas tú? ¿Lo aceptas como el Hijo de Dios – como Dios en persona?

1 Corintios 2:14

“Pero el hombre natural no percibe las cosas que son del Espíritu de Dios, porque para él son locura, y no las puede entender, porque se han de di