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The word “socialism” is being thrown around today in our country mostly by the politicians. In reality many people do not really know what it is. Some people think it is good, while others think it is bad, but nobody really knows what effect it would have in our country. In the hopes that it may help some of you, I will try to explain what it is as best I know how.

According to the dictionary socialism is: “A political and economic theory of social organization which advocates that the community as a whole should own and control the means of production, distribution and exchange.” To me that means that people would give up their individual rights. It sounds like communism more than anything else.

The community, as I understand it, would be the government. In other words the government would be the one that would make most of the decisions affecting our lives. We would have no say as to what would be taught in our schools and universities, what health program we would have, what retirement packages we should choose, where the funding would be spent or anything else. Everything would be taken care by the government.

A socialist country is where the government provides for most of the needs of the people. It is a welfare system. It can be ideal if each person contributes to the best of his/her ability, and if the people running the government were elected for a certain term. If people shared their money, possessions, time, talents and everything else socialism would truly work. During the first days of the Christian church the people did exactly that, and all the needs of the people were met.

Fortunately in just about every society there are those who contribute as much as they possibly can, but unfortunately there are also those who just go along for a free ride, and contribute as little as possible or nothing at all. They become a burden to society. In any society we will always have those two types of people. If the second group were nonexistent we could have a utopia the way God intended it.

Because many of the so-called “millennials” belong to the second group mentioned in the previous paragraph, having the government do everything for them sounds like the perfect solution to them. They do not stop to think that, in essence, it is unrealistic. They do not realize that they would be giving up their individualism, sovereignty and self-determination. They would become puppets of the government. Just as puppets are manipulated, they would be too.

Something they do not realize is that if everything would be given to them for free, and they did not have to work for it, someone would have to work extra hard to pay for them. There are no free lunches. When one part of the population does not work or pay for what it is receiving, another group has to pay for it. That puts an extra burden on the latter group. Facts are facts, and there is no getting around them.

Do not take my word for what I have stated in this article, look at the countries where the people depend on the government to meet their needs. Some of those countries are China, Cuba, North Korea, Venezuela and a few others. How are the people living in those countries? How much freedom do they really have? Do they have freedom of choice? Can they travel freely within their country and can they travel to other parts of the world? Is everybody really treated equally?

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Jewish worshippers wrapped in prayer shawls, participate in the special “Blessing of the Sun” prayer at sunrise on the Eitam Hilltop near the West Bank Jewish settlement of Efrata, Wednesday, April 8, 2009. Devout Jews around the world on Wednesday observed a ritual performed only once every 28-years, saying their morning prayers under the open sky in the “blessing of the sun”, called the Birkat Hachamah in Hebrew. (AP Photo/ Kevin Frayer)

THE CHOSEN PEOPLE

Of all the nations in the world, whether we want to acknowledge it or not, the Jews are the people God chose to be His people. They are God’s chosen people. They were chosen from their inception. God Himself started the Jewish race and kept them separated from other people.

Abraham is not only the father of our faith in God, but he is also the father of the Jewish nation. It was through him that God started the Jewish race. Abraham was living with his father and wife in Ur of the Chaldeans (Genesis 11:31). It has not been clearly established if that was in Syria or Turkey, or some other place, but wherever it was, it was not in Israel. The Jewish nation and the Jewish race did not exist yet. Of course that means that Abraham and Sarah were not Jewish.

The Lord told Abram, whose name He changed to Abraham, to leave his father’s house and to go to Canaan. Genesis 12:1-5 – “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. I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” So Abram departed as the Lord had spoken to him, and Lot went with him. And Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran. Then Abram took Sarai (Later on God changed her name to Sarah) his wife and Lot his brother’s son, and all their possessions that they had gathered, and the people whom they had acquired in Haran, and they departed to go to the land of Canaan. So they came to the land of Canaan.”

In the previous paragraph you can clearly see that God took Abraham out of the land of Ur of the Chaldeans because they worshiped other gods. They were not believers in the true God who created heavens and earth. It is very possible that Abraham had no religion and no relationship with God, but God looks at the heart of man (1 Samuel 16:7). He chose Abraham because he was a man of integrity.

Genesis 17:1-9 – “ When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to Abram and said to him, “I am Almighty God; walk before Me and be blameless.  And I will make My covenant between Me and you, and will multiply you exceedingly.”  Then Abram fell on his face, and God talked with him, saying: “As for Me, behold, My covenant is with you, and you shall be a father of many nations.  No longer shall your name be called Abram, but your name shall be Abraham; for I have made you a father of many nations. I will make you exceedingly fruitful; and I will make nations of you, and kings shall come from you. And I will establish My covenant between Me and you and your descendants after you in their generations, for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and your descendants after you. Also I give to you and your descendants after you the land in which you are a stranger, all the land of Canaan, as an everlasting possession; and I will be their God.” And God said to Abraham: “As for you, you shall keep My covenant, you and your descendants after you throughout their generations.”

God made an everlasting covenant with Abraham and with his descendants – the Jewish people. God does not break His covenants. If He were to do so, He would not be God. He would be no different than any human being.

The Lord and two angels appeared to Abraham, Genesis 18:9-14 – “ Then they said to him, “Where is Sarah your wife?” So he said, “Here, in the tent.” And He (The Lord) said, “I will certainly return to you according to the time of life, and behold, Sarah your wife shall have a son.” (Sarah was listening in the tent door which was behind him). Now Abraham and Sarah were old, well advanced in age; and Sarah had passed the age of childbearing. Therefore Sarah laughed within herself, saying, “After I have grown old, shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also?” And the Lord said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh, saying, ‘Shall I surely bear a child, since I am old?’ Is anything too hard for the Lord? At the appointed time I will return to you, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son.” Sarah did not know that with God all things are possible (Mark 10:27).

Abraham and Sarah did have a son as the Lord had promised. She was around ninety years old, and Abraham was one hundred when their son Isaac was born. Genesis 21:1-3 – “ And the Lord visited Sarah as He had said, and the Lord did for Sarah as He had spoken.  For Sarah conceived and bore Abraham a son in his old age, at the set time of which God had spoken to him. And Abraham called the name of his son who was born to him—whom Sarah bore to him—Isaac.”

In essence Isaac was the first Jewish person, because as we have read Abraham and Sarah were not Jewish.

In Deuteronomy 7:6-9, God said this to the people:  “For you are a holy people to the Lord your God; the Lord your God has chosen you to be a people for Himself, a special treasure above all the peoples on the face of the earth. The Lord did not set His love on you nor choose you because you were more in number than any other people, for you were the least of all peoples; but because the Lord loves you, and because He would keep the oath which He swore to your fathers, the Lord has brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you from the house of bondage, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt. “Therefore know that the Lord your God, He is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and mercy for a thousand generations with those who love Him and keep His commandments.”

Yes, God chose the Jewish people, but do not dismay if you are not Jewish. Since in Jesus’ time the Jews rejected Him – the Messiah – now anybody who accepts Jesus Christ as His Lord and Savior or Redeemer will spend eternity with God. If you need convincing, read John 3:3, 3:15-17, 14:6, Romans 10:9 and 1 John 1:9. Whether you are Jewish, brown, black, white or any other color you can be one of the chosen ones by accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. Being of the Jewish race, belonging to a certain religion or doing good deeds will not get you to heaven.  

If you want to be “a chosen one,” read the following prayer, and when you understand it, pray it to God aloud, in truth and humility. He will hear you, and will accept you as His child.

“Father God, I repent of all my sins. Please forgive me. I believe, confess and declare that Jesus Christ is Your Son, that He suffered, shed His blood and died on the cross to pay for my sins. I accept His sacrifice, and I accept Him in my life as my Lord and Savior. I also ask the Holy Spirit to live in me, so He can guide me and protect me at all times. Thank You Father. Amen.” Come back to my blog on a weekly basis, so you can learn more and more. God bless you!

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PEOPLE HAVE FORGOTTEN THERE’S A DIFFERENCE

Most societies around the world are spiraling down into sin at a record pace. There is no sense of right or wrong anymore. What is wrong they call right, and what is right they call wrong. There is no longer any criteria for what is right and for what is wrong. Whatever people want to do they justify it in their own eyes. If enough people start to do it, at first it becomes a fad, and then it becomes a norm. After it becomes a norm the government makes it legal. It has happened time after time that way.

For the most part “democracy” is good, but it has at least one bad part. The bad part is that what the majority wants, the majority gets. It does not matter if its immoral, indecent or illegal somewhere else. All they have to do is get the majority to vote on a bill favoring it, and if it passes it becomes a law. Look at alcoholic beverages, marihuana, gambling, prostitution, same-sex marriages, and even euthanasia. In some states some of those or all of those are legal. The people voted saying they wanted it, and they got it. Unfortunately, right or wrong had no say in the matter whatsoever.

The sinful people justify their actions by criticizing the people who still have a sense of right and wrong. The people who are doing what is right and correct in the eyes of God have become the scapegoats and the bad people in the eyes of the sinful ones. They are called intolerant, close-minded, ignorant, and even evil. People have totally discarded morals, scruples, and most of the laws that are actually based on biblical principles.

The news media used to be very reliable. Even when they made a mistake they would rectify as soon as possible. Now days what they report in many cases is “fake news.” Everything is distorted, biased, and in many instances completely false. Normally there are always two sides to every story – sometimes more, but the so-called news media only presents one side, and it is totally biased according to their views. They do not report news, they tell the public what they want it to believe.

Although we are a democratic republic there is a radical political party in the United States that actually wants to take us into socialism and maybe even communism. They want the government to provide everything free for its citizens as well as for illegal aliens who have never ever paid a cent into our governmental system. In theory it sounds like an excellent idea, and of course the millennial generation embraces it. In practice however it is a completely different story altogether.  If a group of people get something for free without doing one ounce of work for it, somebody else has to work extra hard and pay more than his/her share of taxes. In the USA the two groups that would have to be taxed heavily would be the working class and the extreme wealthy people. Even if the latter paid ninety per cent of their income, which is what that political party wants, they could afford it, but the working class cannot pay more taxes. They are already having a difficult time making ends meet.

If that socialist-bound political party were to have its way, and I hope it does not, then the wealthy entrepreneurs would leave our country in droves, and would invest their money in other countries. We would lose jobs, which means that many working families would lose their employment. The middle-class workers would get taxed even harder. They would be the ones that would carry the burden for this country. Eventually our country would become like Russia, China, North Korea, Cuba, and Venezuela. That should give you a very good idea as to why we should not head toward socialism.

Instead of calling abortion murder what it really is, the new generation calls it women’s choice. In other words, women lawfully have the right of ending a fetus’s life at any given point. A fetus is a human being, whether people admit it or not. Denying that a fetus is a life does not change the fact that it is. God is the only entity that has the right to give life or to take it away. Anybody else who takes away a life is going completely against God’s will and will have to give an account to Him on “Judgment Day.” Yes, all of us will be judged by a righteous God who shows no partiality.

I do not know about other societies, but here in the United States a child or his/her parents can decide what sex that child wants to be. That, of course, is utterly ridiculous. A person is either male or female. There is nothing in between. All the child has to do is look at his/her organs. That will tell him/her immediately what sex he or she is. There is no such a thing as a transgender. Does a newborn horse decide whether it wants to be a colt or a mare? They accept what they are. Other animals do the same. Too bad some humans cannot learn from the animals.

I know homosexuals, lesbians and transgender are going to disagree with my previous paragraph. Let us see what God has to say in His word. Romans 1:24-27 – “ Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due.” Leviticus 20:13 – “ If a man lies with a male as he lies with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination. They shall surely be put to death. Their blood shall be upon them.” 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 –   “Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God.” If you do not like this paragraph, do not argue with me, argue with God, but before you do, read the next two paragraphs.

People have forgotten that it does make a difference whether we spend eternity with God in heaven or with the devil in the lake of fire. I know I have brought to the light quite a few cold hard facts, but unfortunately it is a sign of the times. Those signs are stated in the Bible quite clearly. I will not give you any scriptures for the sake of time and space, but nevertheless they are there.

I will end this article by stating that God is a loving God. He hates sin, but loves the sinner. If a sinner, regardless of his sin or sins, repents, asks God to forgive him/her, receives Jesus Christ as his/her Lord and Savior, and leaves that life style (2 Chronicles 7:14), whatever it may be, God will forgive, and make that person His child to live with Him forever. That is great news!!!

You can be that person!!!!!!!

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RECIPE FOR SUCCESS

If you sincerely want to succeed, you can, but you have to have a passion for whatever it is you want to do. If you have a passion for it, nothing will stop you from achieving it. Yes, you may have a setback here or there, but that will only delay you momentarily. It will not stop you from reaching your goal. True passion will not allow you to quit. The word “quit” should not even be in your repertoire.  

You need to have a dream, but that dream will only be that, unless you have a vision, and you put action to it. Not only do you have to envision the future, but you have to know how you will get there. That means you need something to guide you, and that something should be a plan well-thought out. Trying to do it without a plan would be like trying to go to a certain place without directions and without a map. Guess what? You would never get there.

In order to carry out the plan you need to educate yourself. It could be a university education, but it could also be educating yourself through the internet, by reading up on it, by being an apprentice to an expert in the field, or by recognizing a need in society and thinking of how to meet it and earn a good living while doing it.

Businesses succeed or fail according to supply and demand. A business can have the best product on the market, but if there is no demand for it, it will stay on the shelves, and that business will have to close its doors. Therefore before opening up any business or going into any profession, you have to know if there is a demand for that product or for that service. Failure not to take that into consideration could spell disaster for you.

Of course, it is good to have a passion for a career or a business, but it is always an excellent idea go get advice from professionals in that area. There is no substitute for experience, and you can gain from theirs. You may have a passion for it, but if there is no market for it, no demand for it, or if it is obsolete, you will fail. A good example would be going into the typewriter business after the computers came out. It would be a disaster.

To prepare for any career or to open up any new business will cost you a lot of money, and you may have to spend long hours at the beginning, because if you do not do that, it will not give you positive results. That is when you need passion, patience, dedication and perseverance. Without them you will not succeed. Very seldom is there what they would call “an overnight sensation.”

Sometimes people will say so and so is an overnight sensation. What they do not realize is that

the person has been preparing for years, and that finally he succeeded. The success may have come fast, but he had been preparing, working hard, and waiting for a very long time. In most cases the success is well deserved.

Before going into any profession or business, do your homework. Do some research, talk to experts in the field, look at the supply and demand now and in the future, and look at the resources at your disposal now, and the ones you may have later on. Take into consideration your resolve, dedication, perseverance, and passion

The four attributes mentioned in the previous paragraph can make the biggest difference. Examples: Dolly Parton was told by experts she would not make it as a singer. She is one of the most successful country artists. Michael Jordan was not considered good enough to play on his high school basketball team. He became an excellent players in the NBA.

You know yourself better than anybody else. Before undertaking any endeavor you should know if you have the passion, resolve, dedication, perseverance, resources, and expertise to succeed. If one or two of those are missing, do not even attempt to do whatever it is you want to do.

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ESTABLISH YOUR PRIORITIES IN THE PROPER ORDER

Most people have troubles in life because either they do not have any priorities whatsoever, or they have them in the wrong order. It is extremely important and essential for a person to have his top three or four priorities in the correct and proper order. Not doing it correctly can only bring chaos into a person’s life, and to the ones around him.

Whether you believe in God or not is irrelevant – He does exist. If you are an unbeliever look at the universe, every form of life, and look at yourself. Because it has been planned, everything is in the right place and in the right order. Who was the planner? God, of course! Things don’t just pop up by themselves in perfect arrangement.

To give you a better idea as to how life began as we know it, I will quote the Bible, Genesis 1:1-5 – “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.

Your first priority should be God because without Him nothing that exists would exist (John 1:3). Without God even you would not exist. He is your heavenly Father. You should respect, honor and worship Him. He should be above you, your friends, relatives, parents, wife and children. Not only that, but you should not have any idols that you worship. There is only one God, and that God is the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

You can make God a priority by reading the Bible, going to church regularly, praying to Him, and serving Him wherever and whenever possible. The Bible tells us that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom (Proverbs 9:10 and Psalm 110:11). The scriptures do not really refer to “a trembling fear,” but rather to a respect, admiration, worship, adoration, and exaltation of God.

After all, He is the Creator of life (John 1:2-5).

Establish an intimate relationship with God. Whenever you need to make a decision big or small pray to God to give you guidance. What seems wrong to you at the time could be the perfect thing to do, and what seems perfect to you could be totally erroneous. God can help you make better decisions than you have ever made. That is because He sees the now plus thousands of tomorrows. You see your immediate surroundings, but God sees the entire world all at once.

Your second priority should be your spouse because a marriage should be sacred. Many couples put their children before their spouse, and when the children grow up they divorce. Both husband and wife should honor God first, and then they should honor, respect and love each other. Other than God, you should put nothing or no one above your spouse. You should never ever put your job, hobby, friends, your parents or even your children above your spouse. This holds true even for blended families.

Let your spouse not only be your lover, but let him/her be your best friend, your faithful companion, and your confidant. Do not have any secrets between you two, and do not let anyone or anything come between you two. Secrets have a way of coming out of darkness to the light of day, and can bring destruction to any marriage. Do not let that happen to your marriage. Protect your marriage at all costs.

Following God and your spouse, your children should be your third priority. Children need to feel safe, be appreciated, be provided for, and loved. Both your spouse and you should work together to provide a safe and loving environment for your children. That means spending as much quality time with them as possible. Many parents work long hours and spend very little time with their children. That is a recipe for failure.

The three top priorities are vital and should be taken in that specific order. The fourth priority in most cases should probably be a person’s job. Unfortunately most of us have to work to earn a living. Therefore, it is of the utmost importance for us to do well on our jobs. In many cases we cannot afford to lose our job because we are living from paycheck to paycheck. While it is important for us to do well on our jobs, we cannot be slaves to them. Men, more than women, have a tendency to do exactly that.  

In conclusion let me reiterate the main priorities in their respective order of importance and efficiency. One, God. Two, your spouse. Three, your children. Four, your job. Of course, there will be other factors in your life. Without affecting the first three or four priorities, arrange the other factors or issues in whatever order makes sense to you at the time.

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HOW TO LIVE A CAREFREE LIFE

Problems, worries and stress take many people to an early grave. If the former three have constantly been a pain for you, read this article. You have nothing to lose, and a lot to gain. It will help you live a longer life, a more productive one, and a much more peaceful one too. Enjoy life because you will only live once on this earth. You will not have a second chance. There is no such a thing as reincarnation.

You are unique. There is not another person like you in the whole world. Ponder on that for a moment. Consider yourself special because you are. Not only think of yourself as being special, but treat yourself in that manner. People will start seeing you and treating you the way you see yourself and treat yourself. People are always watching to see how you treat others as well as how you treat yourself.

Remember “the golden rule” – treat others as you want to be treated. If you start treating others politely with kindness, love, respect they will start treating you the same way, and because God made you unique and special, you do deserve to be treated well. If you run into people who are rude, unkind, and just plain mean, do not lower yourself to their level. Consider the source, and do not let it affect you. No one has the right to ruin your day. They can only ruin it if you allow them.

Be happy with who you are. God created you like that for a reason. Do not try to be somebody else, they are who they are, and you are you. Take inventory of your positive traits, abilities, talents and resources available to you. Work on developing any skills you may already have, and strengthen your weak points. All of us are weak in some areas, but that does not mean we are less important than the ones who are strong in them.

Almost anything you learn will be beneficial to you, and an asset later on. The more versatile you are, the better you will feel about yourself. Some examples: learn how to swim, ride a bicycle, ride a horse, drive and fix cars, type, cut somebody’s hair, play sports, fix computers,

use power tools, and so on. Just about anything you learn can help you fit in this society by participating in it. If, for one reason or another, you are physically or mentally challenged and cannot do what others do easily, do not feel inferior.

Do not, and again I repeat, do not dwell on anything negative. Be positive at all times. Even in what may seem like a negative situation, look for the silver lining. Something good can always come out of something bad. Even if you make a bad mistake, use it as a learning experience, so it won’t happen to you again. You may even be able to teach others not to make that same mistake.

Care for people, love them, and help them whenever possible, but do not make the mistake of carrying their problems. Do not worry for them or about them. You have your own life to live.

If you are worrying about someone you know, or stressing over their problems, release that as fast as possible. If your help is needed, and you are able to do that, do the best you can, but sleep soundly, and do not let that person’s problem affect you or your family if you have one. Worrying will only bring you problems.

Do not worry about your own problems. Do not best you can under the circumstances, and have a free mind. Do not let the problems, worries or stress rob you of your joy, happiness and contentment. No problem has ever been solved by worrying or stressing out. The opposite is true – some times by doing that, they get worse. Do not let it happen to you!

Being happy, sad, angry, melancholy or having any other feeling is a state of mind and can be controlled.   Never go to bed angry, worried or stressed out. Release sadness, anger, anxiety, stress, lack of forgiveness and anything else at night and you will be able to sleep like a baby.   When you wake up in the morning decide that you will have a happy day, and that nothing that happens out of the ordinary will trouble you.

THE POINTS: 1. You are special and unique. 2. The golden rule. 3. Be happy with who you are. 4. Develop your skills. 5. Work on your weak points. 6. Learn to do several things. 7. Always be positive. 8 Look for the silver lining. 9. Do carry other people’s problems. 10. Do not worry or stress out. 11. Release your cares before going to sleep. 12. Do not let anyone or anything ruin your day. 13. When you wake up decide you will have a good and happy day.

In closing I would like to tell you this: “Don’t let anyone or anything rock your boat. You are the captain of your life, and you can control it.” If you are not a born-again Christian, receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. He will help you cope with this life.

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WHO OR WHAT IS YOUR GOD?

Whether you realize it or not you have a god. The only question is…who or what is your god? Let’s hope you do not have a false god, but if you do, hopefully this article will allow you not only to understand that, but also to praise, worship and serve the real God, which, of course, is the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

Your god is a false one if he was a normal human being who died and did not resurrect. Many religions worship such idols. They are idols, but they are not gods of any type. As a matter of fact, they may not even be in heaven, because they were human just as we are, and they sinned. If they did not repent and asked God to forgive them, they are not in heaven, but in the place of torment.

Heaven is reserved for the people who repent, ask God to forgive them, and receive Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. Those people are called “Christians,” or “Christ followers.” No religion will take anyone to heaven, but an intimate relationship with Father God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit will. If you have religion, have never accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, and do not have a relationship with the God of the Bible, you will not make it to heaven. If that is your case, seriously investigate “Christianity.”

What makes Jesus Christ different than other so-called gods is that He came down from heaven with the express purpose of reconciling us with God His Father. That is because when Adam and Eve sinned the human race became totally separated from God our Creator. It was necessary for Jesus to shed His blood to pay for our sins. The Bible tells us that without the shedding of blood there is no remission or forgiveness of sin (Hebrews 9:22).

Jesus came as all human, and all God at the same time. The blood He shed on the cross at Calvary around two thousand years ago paid for every single one of our sins. All we have to do receive it in faith. It has to be in faith, because without it, it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6). If you want all your sins to be forgiven and forgotten by God, ask Father God in the name of Jesus to cover them with the blood of His Son Jesus Christ.

There is a religion that claims to believe in God, but at the same time its members worship so-called virgins as well as so-called saints. Those are their idols, and God tells us that He is a jealous God (Exodus 20:5, 34:14, Deuteronomy 4:24, 5:9, 6:15, 32:16). God will not share His glory with anybody or anything else. He is holy, righteous, sovereign, all powerful, all seeing and all knowing. If you are worshiping or believing in a so-called god, a so-called saint, or a so-called virgin you are insulting God.

God hates idolatry, and an idol is not just a person, but it can be anything you put in front of or before God. It can be your family, nation, race, job, car, sports, money, possessions, church, religion, animals, celestial bodies, yourself, or anything else. Anything that is more important to you than God is an idol to you, and God abhors that.

If you truly want to please God, and spend eternity with Him, then read the following prayer. When you, more or less, understand it, pray it to Him aloud in all sincerity, honesty and humility. He will hear you, and will accept you as His child. That means He will be with you on this life, as well as throughout eternity.

“Father God, please forgive me and forgive all my sins and mistake I have ever made. I believe and confess that Jesus Christ is Your Son, that He died on the cross, and that He resurrected on the third day to pay for my sins. I receive Him as my Lord and Savior, as well as receiving the Holy Spirit to live in me, so He can accompany me, guide me and protect me continually. Let me feel Your presence and allow me to hear your voice. I praise You and I thank You, Father God. Amen.” God heard you! All your sins have been totally forgiven. I update this page every Wednesday. Come back to it, so you can learn more. God bless you!

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THE PASTOR HAD A DREAM

A pastor of a small church, who had not felt the presence of God in a few months, had a dream in which Jesus told him that he would see Him the very next day. The next morning the pastor thought about staying home, so he could record the meeting with Jesus on his excellent camcorder. Just then the church secretary called him and told him that an elderly lady was in the office needing counseling.

As much as the pastor did not want to leave his house, he knew he had to fulfill his pastor’s duties, so he got in his car and started to drive toward the church. On his way he saw an older car on the side of the road with a flat tire. It was raining quite hard, and a young lady with four children in the car was getting soaking wet trying to change the tire that was giving her quite a bit of trouble. He knew the elderly lady was waiting for him at church, but he could not allow that poor family to fend for themselves.

He stopped, asked the young lady to get in her car with the children while he changed the tire. When he finished, he was soaking wet, full of mud, and did not look like a pastor at all. The woman and the children thanked him and he was on his way. There was nothing much he could do about his clothes being dirty, but he did stop at a service station, and cleaned himself as much as he could.

When he arrived at the church parking lot there was an old homeless man soaking wet, dirty, and begging for food. The pastor gave him twenty dollars, and told him to go across the street to a restaurant and buy himself some food. The man thanked him, and told him that God would reward him for being so kind. The pastor thought nothing of it, shrugged his shoulders, and walked into the church.

When he entered the church he asked the secretary to prepare a cup of coffee for him and one for the senior lady who was waiting for him. As he started to talk to the lady, she told him that, for one reason or another, she had not received her social security check that month, and had not been able to pay the rent. She said that the landlord wanted the rent money within a week, or that she would have to move out of the apartment.

Also because she had not received her check, she had not been able to buy her medication. Since she had not taken it for the last two weeks, her body was reacting constantly to the lack of it. She was suffering the consequences, and had no place to turn other than the church. The pastor listened intensely while thinking what could be done to alleviate her situation.

The pastor feeling a deep compassion for the elderly lady, took out his wallet, and gave her sixty dollars out of his own money. He told her to come back in a day or two, and that the church would help her pay the rent. Crying almost uncontrollably, the lady told him that she had no way of repaying his kindness, but that God would.

When the pastor got back home he felt that his dream had just been a dream, and that there was nothing to it. He had not seen Jesus nor had he really felt the presence of God all day long. As he was falling asleep that night he told God, “God, don’t let me have any deceiving dreams tonight. I don’t want to be disappointed.” That night he had another dream. In it he saw Jesus. In his dream he asked Him, “You told me I was going to see You yesterday, and I just saw hurting people.” Jesus replied: “You saw me three times. I was the young lady with the flat tire, the homeless man in the parking lot, and the elderly lady at the church.”

The pastor woke up crying knowing that he had seen Jesus, but had been totally unaware of it. That happens to most of us, and yet we are still asking, “Where is God?” He is everywhere. All we have to do is look for Him in our everyday life.

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THE END TIMES

For centuries people have been talking about the end of the world, because nothing has really happened, and because people have heard it for so long, it has become something that we dismiss as a farce, a myth or just something that foolish people believe. When somebody mentions it, most of us judge them as being naive, deceived, not being too bright, and even as being a little bit crazy.

Let us actually look at some of the facts from the Bible and from what is actually happening now days. It is very clear in the Bible that this world will never end, but that does not mean that nothing is going to happen. It is going to be changed and transformed into what God wants it to be. If you or someone you know believe that this world will end, read the following scriptures: Isaiah 9:7, 45:17, 60:19-21, 61:7, 65:17-19, 65:24-25, Jeremiah 5:5, 7:7, 31:40, Joel 3:20, and Luke 1:33. I could give you more, but I believe those will suffice.

One thing that the Bible makes very clear is that Jesus Christ is coming back for His followers – the born-again Christians. That event is known as “The Rapture.” That word itself is not really mentioned in the Bible. That is just the name that people have given to the experience of Jesus coming back and for us without dying to meet Him up in the clouds to go with Him to the home He has prepared for us in heaven.

Some Christians believe in “The Rapture,” and others do not. I will just give some scriptures for you to ponder on them. John 14:1-3 – “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me (Jesus Christ).  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.” Jesus is telling His disciples that He is going to heaven, but that He will come back for them. That, by the way, also applies to us.

1 Thessalonians 4:13-17 -“ But I (the apostle Paul) do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen]asleep (people who have died), lest you sorrow as others who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep (people who are dead) in Jesus. For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep (dead).  For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first.  Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.” Although the word “Rapture” is not mentioned here, this is where most people get that idea.

If there is such a thing as “The Rapture,” when will it happen? The Bible gives us some clear indications as to when that will come to pass. I will just give you the last signs that the Bible tells us will happen before Jesus Christ returns for His followers. Matthew 24:10-14 –“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.” These signs are happening right now: Many are offended, people are betraying each other, Democrats and Republicans hate each other, there are many false prophets, lawlessness is abounds, the love of people has grown cold, and through satellite dishes the gospel is being preached throughout the world. The world will not end, but Jesus will established His kingdom and will rule this world from Jerusalem.

Daniel 12:4 – “But you, Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book until the time of the end; many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase.” Two important points that God told the prophet Daniel are: Many shall run to and fro. Take a look at the freeways and check out the airports. People are definitely traveling a lot more than before. Is knowledge increasing? Look at your smart phone and your computer. Knowledge is exploding at a rate never seen before.

If you take a look at the world today, you have to agree that we are destroying ourselves and destroying the planet. This society and world cannot last much longer the way they are headed. The United States does not need any enemies to destroy it, the Republicans and Democrats are doing an excellent job of doing exactly that.

All the signs that the Bible tells us would happen before Jesus Christ comes back for His people have already happened. Nothing else has to happen. He can come at any moment from now on. I am not going to set a date for His return as some people do, and then they have egg on their face when it does not happen. I do know, however, that it is soon. If you want to make sure that you will go to heaven, and do not want to stay here during the extremely difficult time known as “The Tribulation,” and then spend eternity burning in the lake of fire, then simply repent of your sins, pray to God, and ask Jesus to be your Lord and Savior. If you pray the following prayer aloud with all sincerity and humility God will hear you:

“Father God, I repent of all my sins. Please forgive me, as I believe and confess that Jesus Christ is Your Son, that He suffered, died, and resurrected on the third day to reconcile me back to You. I ask Him to be my Lord and Savior, as well as asking the Holy Spirit to live in me, and to guide me in everything I do. Thank You, Father! Amen.”

If you sincerely prayed that prayer, you are now a child of God. If you die, or “The Rapture” happens you will go to heaven. Find yourself a good born-again Christian church where they teach the word of God directly from the Bible. Keep coming back to my blog, as I update it every Wednesday. God bless you!

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Prayer

VENEZUELA IS A POWDER KEG

Pray for the welfare and safety of the Venezuelan people. Maduro and his soldiers could kill hundreds and even thousands of people at any given moment. They are at his mercy without any food, medication or weapons.

VENEZUELA ES UN BARRIL DE PÓLVORA

Oren por el bienestar y la seguridad de la gente venezolana. Maduro y sus soldados pueden matar centenares y hasta miles de personas en cualquier momento. La gente no tiene comestibles, medicamento ni armas con que defenderse.

PRAY SERIOUSLY FOR VENEZUELA (2-21-2019)

This Saturday, February 23,2019, many people will try to take in humanitarian aid to Venezuela. It is quite possible that Nicolas Maduro may use his soldiers to try to stop the aid from coming in. That could mean bloodshed. Please pray that there won’t be any bloodshed.

OREN SERIAMENTE POR VENEZUELA (21 de Febrero 2019)

Este sábado, el 23 de febrero, mucha gente intentará entrar ayuda humanitaria a Venezuela. Es muy posible que Nicolás Maduro se oponga con su ejército. Puede haber derramamiento de sangre, y mucha gente puede morir. Por favor oren que no haya derramamiento de sangre, y que no muera gente inocente.

PRAY FOR VENEZUELA

Pray that there won’t be any bloodshed in Venezuela on the 23rd of this month (February 2019). That is the day that the humanitarian aid is supposed to be delivered to Venezuela. People are dying for lack of food and medication.

OREN POR VENEZUELA

Oren que no haya derramamiento de sangre en Venezuela el 23 de este mes (Febrero del 2019). Ese es el día cuando se va a tratar de entregar la ayuda humanitaria a los venezolanos. Gente se está muriendo por falta de comestibles y falta de medicamentos.

PRAY FOR CONGRESS, THE SUPREME COURT AND THE PRESIDENT TO WORK TOGETHER TO DO GOD’S WILL IN OUR COUNTRY. IT IS RIDICULOUS TO BE DIVIDED! http://thelivinglights.com

PRAY FOR VENEZUELA (1/14/2019)

There could be much bloodshed in Venezuela. Pray that there will be a peaceful change of government. Needless to say, it is an extremely dangerous situation. Most dictators do not give up their reign peacefully and Nicolas Maduro is no exception. Pray, pray and pray!

OREN POR VENEZUELA (14 de Enero 2019)

Mucha sangre puede ser derramada en Venezuela. Oren para que sea una transición de gobierno pacífica. Sabemos que es una situación peligrosa y delicadísima. La mayoría de los dictadores no dejan el mando pacíficamente, y Nicolás Maduro no es la excepción. ¡Oren, oren, y oren!

                                                              CALIFORNIA (November 22, 2018)
Pray for the people of California to get close to God. They need salvation, and also to pray, so that God may not allow all those disasters to happen there. If they continue to move away from God, more disasters will come on them. God cannot be mocked (Galatians 6:7-8).

                                                           CALIFORNIA (22 de Noviembre 2018)
Oren para que la gente de California se acerque a Dios. Necesitan salvación, y también orar para que Dios no permita que tengan más desastres. Si continúan alejándose de Dios, les llegarán más desastres. Uno no puede engañar a Dios.

WE NEED YOU TO PRAY
A few caravans of people are coming from Central America with the intention of entering our country illegally. It could be as many as 10,000 people or even more. If we allow them to come in, then another wave of twenty or thirty thousand will follow them, and it will continue. Pray for God to give President Trump wisdom what to do.
While we sympathize with those people and feel sorry for them, we cannot allow them to break our laws and to come in illegally by force. By not knowing our language and by not being professionally prepared they would be a burden to our society. We already have a homeless problem and some of us cannot afford to buy medical insurance, let alone provide benefits for thousands and thousands of people simply because somebody told them to come here.

                                                               NECESITAMOS QUE ORES
Algunas caravanas de gente de Centroamérica vienen de camino hacia los Estados Unidos con la intención de ingresar a nuestro país ilegalmente. Esos grupos pueden contener hasta 10.000 personas o más. Si les permitimos la entrada, vendría otra onda de veinte o treinta mil más casi inmediatamente, y eso continuaría. Oren para que Dios le dé sabiduría al Presidente Trump qué hacer.
Simpatizamos con los caravaneros y les tenemos lástima, pero no podemos permitir que desobedezcan nuestras leyes y que ingresen ilegalmente por fuerza. Ya que no hablan el inglés ni están preparados profesionalmente serían una carga extra para nuestra sociedad. Ya que tenemos el problema grave con los indigentes, y a algunos de nosotros los trabajadores no nos alcanza el dinero para pagar un seguro médico, sería una injusticia que nuestro gobierno pagara millones de dólares por los beneficios de los indocumentados que vendrían en esas caravanas.

HURRICANE MICHAEL (October 18, 2018)

Pray for the people of the state of Florida as Hurricane Michael caused a lot of destruction. Some people lost all they had. They need to put their lives back together again. They definitely need our prayers.

HURACÁN MICHAEL (18 de Octubre 2018)

Oren por la gente del estado de la Florida, porque el Huracán Michael les ha causado un tremendo daño. Muchas personas perdieron todo lo que tenían. Necesitan comenzar completamente de nuevo. Necesitan nuestras oraciones.

HURRICANE MICHAEL (October 10, 2018)

Pray for the people of the state of Florida to be safe from category-four Hurricane Michael. Pray that no human lives will be lost. The physical damage can be repaired and restored, but human lives cannot.

HURACÁN MICHAEL (10 de Octubre 2018)

Oren por la gente del estado de la Florida, porque les llega un huracán categoría 4 con el nombre de Michael. Oren que nadie pierda su vida a causa del huracán. El daño físico se puede reparar y restaurar, pero una vida humana no.

JUST PRAY FOR THE TRUTH

If you are a Christian, whether you believe Dr. Christine Blassey Ford or Judge Brett Kavanaugh is really irrelevant. Just pray that the truth will come out, and that the peace and harmony in those two families will be restored. Regardless of who is right and who is wrong, both of their families are suffering tremendously because of what Congress is subjecting them to. That does not seem like the American way to me, much less the Christian way.

SIMPLEMENTE OREN POR LA VERDAD

Si eres cristiano, si le crees a la doctora Christine Blassey Ford o al juez Brett Kavanaugh es irrelevante. Simplemente ora que se sepa la verdad, y que la paz de ambas familias sea restaurada. No importa quien tenga la razón de los dos, sus familias están sufriendo tremendamente por causa del Congreso. A mi parecer ese no es ni el modo estadounidense ni la manera cristiana de actuar.

WE ARE STILL IN THE FIRE SEASON (August 8, 2018)

There are still several fires going on in California. Pray that no more lives will be lost. Also pray that no more houses, cars o other property will be destroyed. Some people have already lost everything they had. Pray for them too.

TODAVÍA ESTAMOS EN LA TEMPORADA DE INCENDIOS

Todavía hay varios incendios muy activos en California. Oren para que no se pierdan más vidas. También oren para que no se destruyan más viviendas, coches u otras pertinencias. Algunas personas ya lo han perdido todo. Orean por ellas

THE FIRES (August 2, 2018)

Please pray for the people affected by the fires in California. A few of them have lost their lives, and many have lost their homes. Pray for the firefighters to be able to extinguish the fires, for not one more person to die, and for not one more home to be destroyed. Remember; God hears the prayers of His people.

LOS INCENDIOS (2 de Agosto 2018)

Ore por las personas en California quienes están afectadas por los incendios. Algunos de ellos han perdido sus vidas, y muchos has perdido sus hogares. Ore por los bomberos para que puedan apagar los incendios, par que no muera una persona más, y para que no se destruya una casa más. Recuerde; Dios oye las oraciones de sus

JULY 26, 2018 – PRAY FOR THE HATRED TO SUBSIDE

Pray for the hatred in the United States to completely subside, and for the love of God to prevail. We need that now more than ever. Instead of putting any political party first, we need to put America in front of any of them, and even before that we need to put God. We need to return being one nation under God, and to trust in God once again.

26 DE JULIO 2018 – ORE PARA QUE SE TERMINE EL ODIO

Ore para que el odio en los Estados Unidos se opaque y se termine, y para que el amor de Dios sea el que prevalezca. Actualmente eso se necesita más que nunca. En vez de darle prioridad a los partidos políticos en nuestras vidas debemos darle prioridad a nuestro país y sobre el país a nuestro Dios. Es menester que volvamos a ser una nación Dios mediante, y confiar en él de nuevo.


PRAY FOR THE USA (July 11, 2018)

At this particular time our county is not “The United States of America,” but rather “The Divided States of America.” Not only is this harmful to our citizens, but in certain ways it is hurting people in other countries as well. Please pray to Father God, in the name of His Son Jesus, that this country not only will become united again, but that it will be “One Nation Under God.”

ORE POR LOS ESTADOS UNIDOS DE AMÉRICA (12 de Julio 2018)

Actualmente nuestro país, Los Estados Unidos de América, no es eso, sino es “Los Estados Divididos de América.” Esto, desde luego, les causa daño a nuestros ciudadanos, pero también afecta a personas en otros países. Por favor, órele a Dios Padre, en el nombre de su amado hijo Jesucristo, para que nuestro país vuelva a ser “Una nación Dios mediante y una nación que confía en Dios.”

Thought of the Week

WITH GOD IT’S POSSIBLE

Whatever may be impossible for man, it’s possible for God (Mark 10:27), and whatever may be impossible for an unbeliever, it may be possible for a believer, because everything is possible for the person who has faith and believes in God (Mark 9:23). Are you the ones who believes?

PARA DIOS ES POSIBLE

Lo que sea imposible para el hombre, es posible para Dios (Marcos 10:27), y lo que sea imposible para un incrédulo puede ser posible para la persona que cree en Dios y tiene fe en él (Marcos 9:23). ¿Eres tú la persona quien tiene fe?

FALSE REFUGE

If your refuge is in drugs, liquor, sex, possessions, money, job, hobbies or in anything else other than God, you are sadly mistaken. Your refuge should be Jesus Christ. He is the only one who can give you that peace that surpasses all understanding

GOD LOVES YOU VERY MUCH

The question is not whether God loves you or not. He loves you very, very much. The real question is whether you love God. If you do not feel His presence it’s only because you don’t pray to Him, and don’t talk to Him. In order to feel His presence and receive miracles you have to establish an intimate relationship with Him.

DIOS TE AMA MUCHO

La pregunta no es si Dios te ama o no te ama. Él te ama muchísimo. La pregunta verdadera es si tú lo amas a él. Si no sientes su presencia es porque no le oras, no le hablas, y no tienes comunicación con él. Para sentir su presencia y recibir milagros tienes que establecer una relación personal e íntima con él.

ASK GOD

If you think the white race is superior to the black race, ask God why He made black people. If you feel the black race is superior to the white race, ask God why He brought white people into existence. If you believe the white race or the black race is superior to the brown one, ask God why He created the Hispanics and other brown people.

PREGÚNTALE A DIOS

Si piensas que la raza blanca es superior a la negra, pregúntale a Dios por qué hizo a la gante negra. Si sientes que la raza negra es superior a la blanca, pregúntale a Dios por qué les dio existencia a los blancos. Si crees que la raza blanca o la negra es superior a la morena, pregúntale a Dios por qué creó a los hispanos y a otras razas morenas.  

THE WEALTHIEST PERSON

The wealthiest person is not the one who has billions of dollars, but the one whose sins have been forgiven. The poorest person is not a homeless one, but the one who does not know Jesus as his or her personal Savior. The luckiest person is not the one who has won millions of dollars in the lottery, but the one who has accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior.

LA PERSONA MÁS RICA

La persona más rica no es la que tiene billones de dólares, sino a la que se le han perdonado todos sus pecados. La persona más pobre no es un indigente, sino la que no tiene a Jesucristo como su Señor y Salvador. La persona más afortunada no es la que acaba de ganarse millones de dólares en la lotería, sino la que ha aceptado a Jesucristo como su Señor y Redentor

ANY TYPE OF PREJUDICE

Basically the dictionary tells us that prejudice is a preconceived opinion, biased toward a person or group of people, discrimination against a person or a group of people, and, of course, racial intolerance. Allow me to explain it further. A person who practices prejudice thinks that he is better than the other person or that the people who belong to the same group he does are better than the people who belong to another group.

Yes, that same person discussed in the previous paragraph thinks a person or a group of people belonging to a different racial group are inferior to him and to his group.   Nothing could be further from the truth. In the eyes of God all of us are created equal. All of us have different talents, abilities and opportunities, but none of those make us superior or inferior to another human being.

Prejudice comes from a judgmental attitude. The people who practice prejudice judge by outer appearances. In other words, they judge by what they think they see. Many studies have shown that well-dressed people get better treatment than poorly- dressed ones. It could very well be that the poorly-dressed person is better educated, has a better position, and is more stable than the well-dressed one, but people just look at the outside. God, however, looks at the heart of the people (1 Samuel 16:7).

If you are deceiving yourself thinking that you are better or inferior to somebody else, do yourself a favor, as well as to those in your sphere of influence, and change your way of thinking. You are a human being just as everybody else is, and you are no better and no worse. Treat all people with respect, respect yourself, and allow others to respect you. Be humble and meek, but do not be a doormat. You are not to be stepped on.

The apostle Paul in the Bible, Romans 12:2 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.” In other words, discard your preconceived discriminatory ideas, your biases, and, of course, any prejudices you may have. Approach life in a new way

considering carefully the pros and cons before making any decisions or judging anything or anyone.

ASK GOD TO FORGIVE YOU

Every single human being sins. If you say you do not, you are lying. One single sin, whether you think it is just “an innocent white lie” it will send you to hell. However, if you repent, and ask God to forgive you, He will. Think of what you have don’t wrong, and ask God to forgive you. It goes something like this: “Father God, in the name of Your Son Jesus, I ask You to forgive me because this morning I wrongly judged my boss, and judgment belong to You.”

PÍDELE A DIOS QUE TE PERDONE

Todo ser humano peca. Si dices que tú no pecas, mientes. Un pecado aunque creas que es “una mentirita blanca” es suficiente para mandarte al infierno. Sin embargo, si te arrepientes, y le pides a Dios que te perdone, él lo hará. Piensa en lo que hayas hecho mal, y pídele a Dios que te perdone. Se dice algo así: “Dios Padre, en el nombre de tu hijo Jesucristo, te pido que me perdones, porque esta mañana juzgué mal a mi patrón, y el juzgar te pertenece a ti.”

Y O U R   E X P E R I E N C E S

You are a product of your experiences. You cannot change your past experiences, but you can focus on your current ones. Make sure they are positive ones, so your future may be bright, and the legacy you leave behind may be an uplifting one.

T U S   E X P E R I E N C I A S

Eres producto de tus experiencias. No puedes cambiar las experiencias de tu pasado, pero sí puedes enfocarte en las del presente. Asegúrate que sean positivas, para que tu futuro sea bueno, y para que dejes un legado excelente.

FORM YOUR OWN OPINION

Do not be like the animals and follow the herd nor be a monkey see, monkey do. Do not watch or listen to the so-called “News Media” to form your opinion. They are faked, biased, prejudiced and poorly informed. Investigate the facts, find out the real truth, then and only then form your own opinion.

FORMA TU PROPIA OPINIÓN

No seas como los animales que siguen la manada ni seas como los monos que simplemente hacen lo que ven. No escuches ni veas las llamadas noticias las cuales simplemente te dan sus opiniones. Son falsas, discriminatorias, vendidas, y mal informadas. Investiga los hechos, busca la verdadera verdad, entonces y solamente entonces forma tu opinión

LIFE IS EXTREMELY SHORT

Life is a lot shorter than you may think. Enjoy life and make every day count because you do not know which day will be your last here on earth. Be kind, righteous and enjoyable, so that people will enjoy being with you and you will enjoy being with them.

LA VIDA ES EXTREMADAMENTE CORTA

La vida es mucho más corta de lo que piensas. Disfrútala y haz que cada día cuente, porque no sabes cual día será tu último aquí en la tierra. Debes ser amable, justo y divertido, para que las personas disfruten estar contigo y tú con ellas

YOU HAVE NOTHING TO LOSE

If you have never read the Bible or attended a Born-again Christian church, you have nothing to lose by reading the Bible and by attending a church, at least, a couple of times. That way you will find out if it’s for you or not. Approach the Bible and the church with an open mind. Ask God if He is real to make Himself known to you. If He is real, He will let you know, but if He is not, you will know. You’ve got nothing to lose. Give it a shot!

NO TIENES NADA QUE PERDER

Si jamás has leído la biblia, y si nunca has asistido a una iglesia cristiana, no tienes nada que perder si lees la biblia, y si asistes a una iglesia, aunque solamente sean dos veces. Así puedes saber si creer en Dios es para ti o no. Hazlo con la mente abierta, y no lo hagas con ideas fijas ya decidido que Dios no existe. Pídele a Dios que si es verdadero que se haga real para ti. Si es verdadero, él te lo hará saber, y si no es, tú lo sabrás. No tienes nada que perder. ¡Haz la prueba!

helping hand giving to drowning man in sea

ARE YOU DROWNING?

If you are drowning in the sea of troubles and the seaweed of worries is wrapped around your head, then you need a lifeline. I am throwing you one that it is not an it, but a He – His name is Jesus (John 3:3-7, John 3:15-17, John 14:6, and Romans 10:9).

¿ESTÁS AHOGÁNDOTE?

Si te estás ahogando en el mar de problemas y si las algas marinas están completamente envueltas en tu cuello, necesitas una cuerda de salvamento. Te voy a lanzar una que no es objeto, sino una persona – se llama Jesucristo (Juan 3:3-7, Juan 3:15-17, Juan 14:6 y Romanos 10:9).

READ THE BIBLE

The best way to learn the word of God is by reading the Bible. I highly recommend that you start doing exactly that. If you have never read it before, start with the Book of John. It tells you exactly and precisely who Jesus Christ is. He is the way, the truth, and the life – nobody comes to the Father, except through Him (John 14:6).

LEA LA BIBLIA

Si, por la razón que sea, nunca ha leído la biblia, comience a hacerlo. Se lo recomiendo de todo corazón. Comience con el Libro de San Juan, porque ahí se explica detalladamente quien es Jesucristo. Él es el camino, la verdad, y la vida. Nadie llega al Padre, sino por medio de él (San Juan 14:6).

DO NOT WORRY ABOUT TOMORROW

Many people worry about the future, and that future may never arrive for them. Even if it does, it may be totally different than what they were expecting. Each day has its own problems, so don’t worry about tomorrow. In Matthew 6:34, the word of God says: “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”

NO SE PREOCUPEN DEL MAÑANA

Mucha gente se preocupa del futuro, y ese futuro tal vez ni les llegará. Y si les llega, puede ser totalmente diferente de lo que esperaban. Cada día viene con sus propios problemas. Por eso ni se preocupe del mañana. En Mateo 6:34, la biblia nos dice, “Así que, no te afanes por el día de mañana, porque el día de mañana traerá su propio afán. Basta a cada día su propio mal.”

IT’S SPRINGTIME

It’s springtime, time to start a new garden, do some spring cleaning, throw out the old and bring in the new, and a time to transform our way of thinking. Do something different that will make your life more enjoyable, that will make you a better person, and that will make others want to be with you.

ES LA PRIMAVERA

Es la primavera, tiempo para plantar un jardín, limpiar la casa, sacar lo viejo y reemplazarlo con algo nuevo, y para que transformes tu modo de pensar. Haz algo diferente que haga tu vida más divertida, que te haga una mejor persona, y que haga que otros deseen pasar más tiempo contigo.

YOUR FULLEST POTENTIAL

Your fullest potential is not achieved when you try your hardest or when you extend yourself to the limit, but rather when you allow God to work through you.

LO MÁXIMO DE TU POTENCIAL

No lograrás lo último de tu potencial cuando te esfuerces a lo máximo en tu sabiduría, inteligencia o tus fuerzas, sino cuando permitas

NOTHING ELSE WILL GET YOU TO HEAVEN

You may think that there are many ways to heaven, but in reality there is only one way. The reason you may think that is because many pastors and so-called religious leaders are teaching that. When they teach that, their churches grow in attendance, which means they give more money. Nothing and no one will get you to heaven except Jesus Christ. In John 14:6, Jesus Himself tells us: “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father, except by Me.”

NADA MÁS TE LLEVARÁ AL CIELO

Puedes pensar que hay muchos caminos para llegar al cielo, pero en realidad solamente hay uno. La razón que puedes pensar eso es porque muchos pastores y líderes religiosos enseñan eso. Enseñan eso para que crezcan sus iglesias. Entre más gente asista, más dinero les entra, y eso es lo que ellos quieren. Nada ni nadie te puede dar la salvación aparte de Jesucristo. En Juan 14:6, Jesucristo mismo nos dice: “Yo soy el camino, la verdad, y la vida. Nadie viene al Padre sino por Mí.”

DON’T MAKE IDOLS OUT OF PEOPLE. JUST BECAUSE THEY EARN MILLIONS OF DOLLARS FOR SINGING, PLAYING A SPORT OR LIVING A HIGH PROFILE LIFE DOES NOT MAKE THEM BETTER THAN YOU. THEY ARE PEOPLE THE SAME AS YOU.

NO HAGAS IDOLOS DE GENTE QUE GANA MILLONES DE DOLARES CANTANDO, JUGANDO UN DEPORTE O PORQUE VIVEN UNA VIDA DE EXTRAVAGANCIA. NO SON MEJORES QUE TU – SON GENTE COMO TU

S O C I A L I S M

There is a political party in our country that is trying to take us toward socialism. It seems great to the younger generation because the government promises to take care of all their needs, but they don’t tell them that the government would have complete control over their lives. Not only that, but soon the government’s purse would be depleted, and we would become a third-world country just like Cuba, Venezuela, North Korea and a few others.

SMALL LIGHT

Even the smallest light shines in the darkness. Even the smallest acts of kindness you may do will make a difference in somebody’s life. You don’t have to be Clint Eastwood to make somebody’s day. Just a simple smile, a pad on the back or a handshake can do it. Don’t hold back! Let your little light shine in the darkness of this world!

UNA LUZ PEQUEÑITA

Hasta la luz mas pequeñita alumbra en la oscuridad. Hasta tus obras más pequeñitas de amabilidad pueden significar mucho para otra persona. No tienes que ser Clint Eastwood para hacerle el día a otra persona. Una simple sonrisa, una palmada en la espalda o un apretón de la mano puede hacerlo. ¡No te abstengas! ¡Permítele a tu lucecita que dé luz en la oscuridad de este mundo!

I AM NOT A DIAMOND YET. I AM STILL A PIECE OF CARBON BEING REFINED BY GOD’S FIRE. I AM A WORK IN PROGRESS THAT SOME DAY WILL BE A BEAUTIFUL DIAMOND.

TODAVÍA NO SOY DIAMANTE. SOY UN PEDAZO DE CARBÓN QUE ESTÁ SIENDO REFINADO POR EL FUEGO DE DIOS. SOY UNA OBRA EN PROCESO, PERO ALGÚN DÍA SERÉ UN BELLO DIAMANTE.

Some pastors on TV are promising that you will be rich, that you will be healed, that you will be completely in charge of your life, and that you will have a life completely free of stress. I cannot lie to you, because those things may never be part of your life. What I can promise you is that if you come close to God, you will spend eternity with Him, and not suffering in the lake of fire.
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APPRECIATE WHAT YOU HAVE

Enjoy and appreciate what you have, because you may lose it in an instant. That includes your health, life, family, spouse, job, money, house, car, a special relationship, reputation, the opportunity to receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, and so on.

APRECIA LO QUE TIENES

Disfruta y aprecia lo que tienes, porque lo puedes perder en un instante. Eso incluye tu salud, vida, familia, pareja, trabajo, dinero, casa, coche, una relación especial, reputación, la oportunidad de recibir a Jesucristo como tu Señor y Salvador, y muchas otras cosas

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DON’T BE POSSESSIVE

If you truly love someone, don’t be possessive. Let them have the freedom to be themselves. By being possessive you only show that you love yourself, and not that you love the other person. http://thelivinglights.com

NO SEAS POSESIVO

Si, en realidad, amas a alguien, no seas posesivo. Dales la oportunidad de ser quienes son. Si eres posesivo, eso simplemente demuestra que te amas a ti mismo, pero no que amas a la otra persona. http://thelivinglights.com

The sin you have committed has become a tremendous debt that can only be paid in one of two ways; you can pay it by spending eternity suffering in the lake of fire, or by the shedding of blood, and not just any blood but the blood of Jesus Christ. If you accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, He has already paid the debt for you when He shed His blood on the cross, and you will spend eternity with Him. If, for whatever reason, you don’t accept Him, you have a reservation in the lake of fire.

BUY YOUR TICKETS

The beginning of a new year is the perfect time to buy your one-way ticket for the 2019 twelve-month flight to eternity. You will not need to take any luggage, because at your final destination everything that you need will be provided for you. You may buy your ticket at Romans 10:9. Once you have your tickets you need to go to gate John 3:16.

You will have to wait in waiting area Romans 10:17. It will not seem long (James 4:14). Before you are allowed to board the airplane they are going to check to see if your name is written on the passenger list (Revelation 20:15). Before you know it you will be boarding your flight (Hebrews 9:27).

The flight will be exceedingly fast, and when you get to your final destination, you will be received in a very special way by the King of kings (Matthew 25:21).

GOD SEES YOU

In this life we can hide or deny some of our bad moments. Even if people know about them, in time they are forgotten. However, it is a completely different story with God. There are books in heaven, and everything that we do is written in them. Besides God has a better memory than any computer that man can invent.

During Judgment Day we will not be able to deny anything we did, nor will we be able to refute it. If we have not accepted Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, no heavenly lawyer will be able to defend us, and no heavenly judge will be able to absolve us. We will be found guilty and will be cast into the lake of fire with the devil, his demons and all the other unbelievers who refused to believe in God.

With God not everything is doom and gloom. If you receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior all you sins, regardless of how bad they were, will be forgiven. If you do that, you will enter heaven with thanksgiving in your heart. I am not going to leave you hanging. I will tell you how to receive salvation. Read the following prayer, and when you, more or less, understand it, pray it to God aloud, and He will hear you, will forgive you, and will accept you as His child.

“Father God, I repent of all my sins. Please forgive me, as I believe and confess that Jesus Christ is Your Son, that He suffered, died and resurrected on the third day, so that I could be set free from all my sins. I ask Him to cover me with His atoning blood and to be my Lord and Savior from now on. Amen.”

YOU DO NEED GOD

If you can actually give a positive response to all the following statements, you don’t need God. You can handle all your problems easily. You have never committed a sin and you will never sin. You have never wronged a single person. You know you will be going to a better place than this one when you die. You have forgiven all those who have hurt you. You are as perfect as can be. However, even if you cannot say “yes” to just one of those statements, then you need God.

DO NOT QUIT

If you have a dream, and your first attempts are unsuccessful, do not quit but try again. You will not fail if you do not quit.

If you consider yourself a Christian and think you are one, do not play by the edge of the cliff of sin because, sooner or later, you will slip, fall, and be completely separated from God. You will be dead to Him.

Si piensas ser y te consideras cristiano, no juegues en la orilla del barranco del pecado, porque, tarde o temprano, te resbalarás, te caerás, y te apartarás completamente de Dios.

IF YOU WORRY…

If you worry you don’t have any faith, and if you don’t have any faith, you can’t please God, and if you don’t please God, then you will spend eternity in a very uncomfortable place. Conclusion: Do your best, but don’t worry!

SI TE MORTIFICAS…

Si te mortificas no tienes fe, y si no tienes fe no puedes agradar a Dios, y si no agradas a Dios, vas a pasar la eternidad en un lugar muy incómodo. La conclusión es: ¡Haz lo mejor que puedas, pero no te mortifiques!


                                                                                                                                                                                             DOES GOD KNOW YOU?
Most people say, “I believe in God.” It sounds good, but even the Devil believes in Him. In other words, he knows that God truly exists because he was with Him in heaven before he was thrown out. Therefore he may even say, “I know God.” You may also say, “I know God,” but the question is…Does God know you? Jesus said: “I am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep, and am known by My own.” – (John 10:14). “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.” – (John 10:27).
Basically Jesus said that He knew His sheep, His sheep knew Him, that they could hear His voice, and that they follow Him. If you are not a Christ follower, you do not belong to Him, you don’t hear His voice and He does not know you. That means you cannot spend eternity with Him, but don’t despair. Maybe He does not know you now, but He desperately wants you to come to Him, so He can give you eternal life. If you repent, ask God to forgive you, receive Jesus Christ as Your Lord and Savior, and leave blatant sin behind, He will make you His child. Don’t become frightened, you don’t have to be perfect – nobody is.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  ¿DIOS TE CONOCE?
La mayoría de la gente dice, “Yo creo en Dios.” Suena bien, pero el diablo también cree en él. En otras palabras, él sabe que Dios en realidad existe, porque habitó en el cielo con Dios antes de ser expulsado. Por eso hasta puede decir, “Conozco a Dios.” Tú también puedes decir, “Conozco a Dios,” pero la pregunta verdadera es…¿Te conoce Dios a ti? Jesucristo dijo: “Yo soy el buen pastor; y conozco mis ovejas, y las mías me conocen.” – (Juan 10:14). “ Mis ovejas oyen mi voz, y yo las conozco, y me siguen.” – (Juan 10:27).
Básicamente Jesús dijo que conocía a sus ovejas, que sus ovejas lo conocían, que podían oír su voz, y que lo seguían. Si no eres seguidor de Jesucristo, no le perteneces, no oyes su voz, y él no te conoce. Eso significa que no puedes pasar la eternidad con él, pero no desmayes. Tal vez no te conozca ahorita, pero él ansiosamente desea que vengas a él, porque quiere darte vida eterna. Si te arrepientes, le pides perdón a Dios, recibes a Jesucristo como tu Señor y Salvador, y abandonas el pecado mortífero, él te recibirá como su hijo. No te asustes, no tienes que ser perfecto – nadie lo es.

                                                                                                                                                                                    YOU CANNOT COMPLAIN

If you did not vote, later on, no matter what happens you cannot complain. If you think President Donald Trump is too harsh on the Central American people coming in those caravans, then let some of them live in your house, so you can provide for all their needs. Later on if our government is spending too much money on the refugees, for lack of a better name, and there is not enough for our elderly citizens, our veterans, our schools, our police force, and other first responders do not complain.

When the wages come down because the refugees are willing to work for less money than our citizens, do not complain. If we allows this wave of refugees to come in easily, then there will be many more caravans, but don’t complain if you are disagreement with the President on that subject.

                                                                                                                                                                                     NO PUEDE QUEJARSE

Si no votó, sin importar lo que pase después, no puede quejarse. Si cree que el Presidente Trump es muy duro con las personas quienes vienen en las caravanas de Centroamérica, entonces puede permitir que algunos de ellos vivan en su casa para que usted pueda proveerles lo necesario. Más tarde si nuestro gobierno gasta demasiado en los refugiados, y no hay suficiente dinero para ayudarles a nuestros ancianos, niños, veteranos discapacitados, para pagarles a nuestros policías y a los socorristas, y para haces los gastos gubernamentales no se queje.

Cuando bajen los salarios porque los refugiados trabajan por menos sueldo que nuestros ciudadanos, no se queje. Si permitimos que esta ola de refugiados ingresen fácilmente a nuestro país, después seguirán más caravanas, pero no se queje si está criticando al Presidente

BEING A CHRISTIAN

Being a Christian means being a person of values, conviction, resolve, action and intestinal fortitude. The world may be against you, but God is with you, and He is much greater than anything or anybody else.

EL SER CRISTIANO

El ser cristiano significa ser una persona de valores, convicción, determinación, y de fortaleza interior. El mundo puede estar contra uno, pero Dios está con uno, y él es más grande y poderoso que todo lo demás y los demás.

THE REFUGEE PROBLEM

THE ANSWER TO THE REFUGEE PROBLEM IS NOT FOR THEM TO FLEE THEIR COUNTRIES AND BECOME A BURDEN TO OTHER COUNTRIES, BUT RATHER TO TOPPLE THE GOVERNMENTS THAT ARE OPPRESSING THEM

WHY DOES GOD ALLOW US TO GO THROUGH HARDSHIPS?

Many unbelievers and even some believers ask, “Why does a good God allow us to go through hardships and difficult times?” It is simply because hardships bring on desperation, which in turn makes us dependant on God, and that dependence brings us to an intimate relationship with God because we communicate with Him a lot more often in humility and in sincerity.

¿POR QUÉ PERMITE DIOS QUE PASEMOS POR TIEMPOS DIFÍCILES?

Muchos incrédulos y hasta algunos creyentes preguntan, “¿Si Dios es tan bueno, por qué permite que pasemos por tiempos extremadamente difíciles?” La razón es simplemente que por los tiempos difíciles nos llega la desesperación, la cual a su turno nos hace depender en Dios, y esa dependencia nos lleva a tener una relación intima con él, porque nos comunicamos con él con mucha más frecuencia de una manera más real, humilde y sincera.

BEING HAPPY

Being happy does not necessarily come by acquiring what one desires, but rather by appreciating what one has. Are you happy with what you have, or are you looking for a pie in the sky? Are you chasing the elusive butterfly or trying to find a pot at the end of the rainbow? Learn to appreciate what you have, and that includes your health, living in the USA, your family, your friends and anything else that you might be taking for granted. Don’t take anything for granted because you can lose it in the twinkling of an eye.

SER FELIZ

Ser feliz no necesariamente significa adquirir lo que uno desea, sino apreciar lo que uno tiene. ¿Eres feliz con lo que tienes, o buscas un quinto patio en el jardín del Edén? ¿Persigues la mariposa falaz o andas persiguiendo al arco iris para ver si encuentras una olla llena de oro en su extremo?

Aprende a apreciar lo que tienes, y eso incluye tu salud, tu familia, tu vida, tus amigos, y cualquier otra cosa que la tomes por hecho. No tomes nada por hecho, porque lo puedes perder de la noche a la mañana.

YOU MAY LOSE THE WAR

Most people want to win every battle, and they try their best to win every one of them. What they fail to realize is that by winning a battle sometimes one can lose the war. I am referring to one of the most important things in life, which is of course our relationship with one another. Yes, you may win an argument, but if you lose the love and friendship of a friend or a family member, in essence you have lost the war.

Value and cherish your relationships with other people. When everything is said and done, other than having salvation – spending eternity with God – nothing is more important. Nothing can replace a good friendship or a good relationship with another human being. You may have money, possessions, fame and power, but if you do not have God in your life and good friends, in reality you have nothing.  http://thelivinglights.com   Raul Ledesma

PUEDES PERDER LA GUERRA

Casi todas las personas quieren ganar todas las batallas, y hacen todo lo que sea posible para ganarlas. La verdad es que no se percatan que al ganar la batalla se puede perder la guerra. Me refiero a una de las cosas más importantes en esta vida que, desde luego, es la relación que tengamos con otras personas. Sí, puedes ganar la batalla, pero si pierdes el cariño y la amistad de un amigo o de un miembro de tu familia, en esencia has perdido la guerra.

Valora y aprecia tus buenas relaciones con otras personas. Cuando todo se haya dicho y hecho, aparte de la salvación – pasar la eternidad con Dios – nada es más importante. Nada puede reemplazar a una buena amistad o buena relación con otro ser humano. Puedes tener dinero, posesiones, fama y poder, pero si no tienes a Dios y buenos amigos en tu vida, en realidad, no tienes nada. http://thelivinglights.com Raúl Ledesma

YOU CAN LOSE IT

If your feeling happy, joyful, free, safe and peaceful depends on your youth, good health, money, possessions, relationships or anything of that nature, keep in mind that those things can change at any moment – You can lose them. First of all happiness has to come from within, and second, the only way to truly be happy and feel free is to have God in your life. The word of God in the Bible tells us in John 8:36: “So if the Son (Jesus Christ) sets you free, you will be free indeed.”

The apostle Paul in Philippians 4:11-13 stated: “ Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content:  I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.  I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

Let God be in you and let your happiness come from within, not from external temporary sources. The latter is here today and gone tomorrow, but God and His word are eternal (Hebrews 13:8).

PUEDES PERDERLO TODO

Si el sentirte contento, regocijante, libre, seguro, y en paz depende de tu juventud, buena salud, dinero, posesiones, relaciones con otras personas, o cualquier otra cosa semejante a esas, recuerda que esas cosas pueden cambiar en un instante – las puedes perder. La felicidad tiene que salir de adentro, y la verdadera libertad viene por medio de Dios. La palabra de Dios en San Juan 8:36 nos dice: “Así que, si el Hijo (Jesucristo) te libera, serás verdaderamente libre.”

El apóstol Pablo en Filipenses 4:11-13 declaró: “No lo digo en corazón de indigencia, pues he aprendido a contentarme con lo que tengo. Sé estar humillado, y sé tener abundancia; en todo y por todo estoy enseñado, así para hartura como para hambre, así para tener abundancia como para padecer necesidad. Todo lo puedo en Cristo que me fortalece.”

Permite que Dios viva en ti, y que la felicidad te salga de ti mismo, no de afuera de recursos temporáneos. A éstos los tendrás hoy, pero no mañana. Dios, sin embargo, es eterno (Hebreos 13:8).

DON’T TRY TO KEEP UP WITH ANYONE

Don’t try to keep up with the Joneses because they are trying to keep up with the Browns, and the Browns are trying to keep up with the Baileys and so on. It becomes a rat race, and when that happens nobody is happy. It’s a lose-lose situation. Just be happy with who you are, with what you have, with who is with you, and with who you are connected. That is true happiness.

NO TRATES DE VIVIR AL MISMO NIVEL DE LOS DEMÁS

No trates de vivir al mismo nivel de los López, porque ellos tratan de tener lo mismo que los Pérez, y éstos tratan de vivir como los Serrano, y eso es un cuento de nunca acabar. El resultado es que todos se sienten insuficientes. Todos salen perdiendo. Simplemente trata de ser feliz cómo eres, dónde vives, con quién vives, con lo que tienes, y con las personas con quienes estás conectado. Esa es la verdadera felicidad.

                                                                                                                                                                      GOOD INTENTIONS
It is not good enough for you to have good intentions. You must take action and do something about the problem, whatever it may be. There is a saying that states: “The road to hell is paved with good intentions.” By the way, belonging to a certain religion, having good intentions, and living a peaceful life do not assure your entrance to heaven. The only way to heaven is by receiving the Lord Jesus Christ into your heart as your Lord and Savior (John 14:6).
You may think of it this way; “The road to heaven is paved with the blood of Jesus Christ.”

                                                                                                                                                                    BUENAS INTENCIONES
Tener buenas intenciones es bueno, pero no es suficiente. Tienes que tomar acción para solucionar el problema sea lo que sea. Hay un refrán que dice: “El camino al infierno está pavimentado con buenas intenciones.” A propósito, pertenecer a cierta religión, tener buenas intenciones, y el vivir una vida pacífica no te asegura la entrada al cielo. El único camino al cielo es si recibes a Jesucristo en tu corazón como tu Señor y Salvador (Juan 14:6). Puedes pensar así:
“El camino al cielo está pavimentado con la sangre de Jesucristo.”

                                                                                                                                                                     SIN SEPARATES US FROM GOD
The unbeliever is proud of his sins and flaunts them, while the believer is ashamed of them and tries to hide them. Hopefully you do not fall in one of those two categories.

                                                                                                                                                           EL PECADO NOS SEPARA DE DIOS
El incrédulo se enorgullece de sus pecados y los pavonea, mientras que el creyente se avergüenza de ellos y trata de esconderlos.

YOU LIVE YOUR BELIEFS (September 6, 2018)

A person normally lives his beliefs. Don’t believe for believing. Don’t believe because of tradition, or because you have been taught to believe that. Investigate, find out the truth and then believe it. Do not be afraid to change beliefs. You are not wrong for leaving old traditions or beliefs, but you are wrong if you do not investigate the real truth.

VIVES TUS CREENCIAS (6 de Septiembre 2018)

Las personas normalmente viven sus creencias. No creas por creer. No creas a causa de la tradición, o porque te han enseñado que creas eso. Investiga, llega a la verdad, y luego acéptala. No temas cambiar de creencias. No te equivocas si dejas antiguas tradiciones o creencias, pero sí te equivocas si no investigas la verdad.

SEE YOUR PROBLEMS FOR WHAT THEY ARE

All of us have problems of one type or another. Nobody is completely free of them. The main thing is to see them for what they are and then come up with a solution. What we should not do is look for a scapegoat and blame him or her for our troubles.

It’s easy to blame President Trump, but he is not the root of the problem. It’s just as easy to blame the American flag, but the flag has nothing to do with our problems. We should respect it and salute it because it represents freedom and the American way of life. Previous generations not only respected and saluted it, but shed their blood and gave their lives for it. Lately wealthy athletes, who have never suffered, as other Americans have, refuse to salute our flag. Maybe they should move to another country.

Most of our problems are caused by ourselves or by other people, and not by President Trump, the flag or our nation. Blaming others is a sign of immaturity, irresponsibility, weakness, and lack of understanding. If we are truly mature, we face the real facts and deal with the real problem accordingly.

VE TUS PROBLEMAS POR LO QUE SON

Todos tenemos problemas de un tipo u otro. Nadie es exento de ellos. Lo más importante es que los veamos por lo que son, y formemos una solución. Lo que no debemos hacer es buscar un chivo expiatorio para culparlo por nuestros problemas.

Es fácil culpar al Presidente Trump, pero él no es el verdadero problema. Es igual de fácil culpar la bandera estadounidense, pero ésta no tiene nada que ver con nuestros problemas. Debemos respetarla y saludarla, porque representa nuestra libertad y nuestra manera de vivir. Por generaciones nuestros antepasados no solamente han respetado y saludado nuestra bandera, sino han derramado su sangre y dado sus vidas por ella. Últimamente atletas ricos y famosas, que ni siquiera han sufrido como muchos de nosotros, se niegan a saludarla. Deberían mudarse a otro país.

Nosotros causamos la mayoría de nuestros problemas, y otras personas nos causan los demás.

No son causados por el Presidente Trump, por la bandera ni por el país. El culpar a otros significa que somos inmaduros, irresponsables, débiles, y que nos falta entendimiento. Si, en realidad, somos maduros, nos enfrentamos a la realidad, y resolvemos el problema sea lo que sea.

NOT EVERYTHING THAT GLITTERS IS GOLD

Do not be fooled by some of the so-called modern ideas, fashions or trends. Remember…not everything that glitters is gold. It may look good at the beginning, but you have to see how it works out in the long run. Most of the products they announce on television look good, but very few of them are actually worth the money they charge for them. Many of them do not even do what they say they do.

Some people may look good to you at first glance, but look at their track record. Sometimes their track record is not that great. Elizabeth Taylor definite looked great, but she had seven different husbands. Either she was an awful wife, or she was a failure at picking husbands. Yes, not everything that glitters is gold.

In many places in the world they sell junk jewelry as if it were real gold or real silver. We have to be very careful when buying jewelry anywhere in the world. I mentioned jewelry, but the same goes for anything you may buy. The Latin saying, “Caveat emptor,” means buyer beware. So you see, even in Roman days there were dishonest sellers.

Before you buy something, go into any business, or go into a relationship of any type, remember that not everything that glitters is gold.

NO TODO LO QUE BRILLA ES ORO

No se deje engañar por las llamadas ideas modernas, modas o lo del momento. Recuerde…no todo lo que brilla es oro. Puede verse bien al comienzo, pero tiene que esperar a ver cuáles son los resultados a largo plazo. La mayoría de los productos que anuncian por la televisión parecen ser espectáculos, pero muy pocos de ellos valen lo que cuestan. Desafortunadamente la mayoría de ellos ni siquiera son eficaces.

Algunas personas se ven bien a primera vista, pero investigue su vida. A veces sus vidas son un desastre. Elizabeth Taylor lucía fantásticamente, pero tuvo siete esposos. O no era buena esposa, o no sabía escoger marido. María Feliz era igual. Para que vea que no todo lo que brilla es oro.

En muchos lugares del mundo venden joyería de fantasía como si fuera de oro o de plata. Uno tiene que tener mucho cuidado cuando se trata de comprar joyas. Mencioné las joyas, pero es igual con cualquier prenda que se compre. En latín de dice, “caveat emptor,” que significa, advertencia al comprador. Ya ve usted, hasta en tiempos romanos ya había vendedores deshonestos.

Antes que compre algo, que asocie a cualquier negocio, que entre a cualquier relación personal, recuerde que no todo lo que brilla es oro.

DO NOT JUST DO WHAT IS RIGHT IN YOUR OWN EYES

You cannot just do what is right in your own eyes, because if you do, you either will be breaking the law or you will be displeasing God by going against His will. Do not forget that you come under men’s authority and God’s commands. In most cases it is very possible to satisfy both. However if there is a time when men’s laws are contrary to God’s commands, you are to follow God’s commands. They should take priority in your life.

NO HAGAS SOLAMENTE LO QUE ES CORRECTO EN TUS OJOS

No puedes hacer simplemente lo que es correcto en tus ojos, porque si lo haces, vas a desobedecer la ley o desobedecer a Dios por ir contra su voluntad. No se te olvide que estás bajo la autoridad del hombre, y bajo los mandamientos de Dios. En la mayoría de los casos es posible satisfacer a ambos. Sin embargo si ocurre la ocasión cuando la ley del hombre es contraria con los mandamientos de Dios, debes obedecer a Dios. Sus mandamientos deben tener prioridad en tu vida.

DO NOT BE DIVIDED

One of the best strategies to defeat any enemy is to implement division within its own people. We, the American people, have divided ourselves. We do not need any enemy to defeat us, we are doing an excellent job of that ourselves. Our only solution is to come together as one people, to become one nation under God, and to trust in God as our forefathers did. Instead of attacking our president and putting roadblocks in front of him, we should be praying for him and helping him in any way possible. It’s not about Republicans and Democrats nor about immigrants being able to come in without any restrictions, and not even about Muslims being able to establish shira law here. It’s about Americans being united, helping each other, and turning back to following godly principles.

NO ESTÉN DIVIDIDOS

Una de las mejores estrategias para vencer a cualquier enemigo es de causar división entre su propia gente. Nosotros los estadounidenses nos hemos dividido por nuestra propia cuenta. No necesitamos que nos venza un enemigo, lo estamos haciendo nosotros mismos. Nuestra única solución es de unirnos como americanos, someternos bajo los principios de Dios, y confiar en él como lo hacían nuestros antepasados. En vez de atacar al presidente y poner obstáculos en su camino, debemos orar por él y ayudarle en todo lo que sea posible. No se trata de los republicanos y de los demócratas, ni de permitir que entren los inmigrantes sin ningunas restricciones, y ni siquiera de dejar que los musulmanes establezcan la ley shira en nuestro país. Se trata de unirnos como estadounidenses, de ayudarnos los unos a los otros, y de volver a los principios cristianos.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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CHARLES DE GAULLE (1890-1970) – French Army Officer and President of French Republic.

“I have come to the conclusion that politics are too serious a matter to be left to the politicians.” Looking at the Congress of our nation, the United States of America, I believe he was one hundred percent correct.

CHARLES DE GAULLE (1890-1970) – Oficial en el Ejército Francés y Presidente de la República Francesa.

“He llegado a la conclusión que la política es un asunto demasiado serio para dejárselo a los políticos.” Al ver el congreso de los Estados Unidos de América tenemos que concluir que estaba cien por ciento correcto.

SEAN CONNERY (1930 – Present) – Scottish Actor and Producer

“Nothing is impossible, only mathematically improbable.” He almost agrees with the Bible. In Mark 10:27 Jesus said: “With men it is impossible, but not with God; for with God all things are possible.” In Mark 9:23, Jesus said: “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.” The key, of course, is to have faith and truly believe.

SEAN CONNERY (1930 – Presente) – Actor y Productor Escocés

“Nada es imposible, simplemente matemáticamente improbable.” Él casi concuerda con la biblia. En Marcos 10:27, Jesucristo dijo: “Para los hombres es imposible; mas para Dios, no; porque todas las cosas son posibles para Dios.” En Marcos 9:23, Jesucristo dijo: “Si puedes creer, al que cree todo es posible.” La clave, desde luego, es tener fe y realmente creer en Dios.

BENJAMIN NETANYAHU (1949 – Present) – Israeli Politician, Current Prime Minister of Israel.

“The truth is that if Israel were to put down its arms there would be no more Israel. If the Arabs were to put down their arms there would be no more war.”

The Arab world wants to destroy the Jewish state and race forever. They have nothing but hatred for the Jewish people, who just happen to be God’s chosen people. God will always protect them because of the covenant He made with them.

BENJAMÍN NETANYAHU (1949 – Presente) – Político Israelita y Primer Ministro de Israel.

“La verdad es que si Israel dejara las armas no habría más Israel. Si los árabes dejaran las armas no habría más guerra.”

El mundo árabe quiere destruir al estado israelita y a la raza judía para siempre. Tienen puro odio hacia la gente judía, quienes han sido escogidos por Dios. Dios siempre los protegerá por el convenio que él hizo con ellos.

RABBI A.Y. KOOK (1865-1935) – Orthodox Rabbi, Jewish Thinker and Torah Scholar
“I don’t speak because I have the power to speak; I speak because I don’t have the power to be silent.”
His statement and philosophy are very a propos for our time. The way the American government is right now, we should not keep quiet. One political party is doing its best to take us into “socialism.” Socialism has not worked anywhere else in the world, so why would it work here?

RABÍ A. Y. KOOK (1865-1935) – Rabí Ortodoxo, Pensador Judío y Erudito en la Torá
“No hablo porque tengo el poder de hablar; hablo porque no tengo el poder de mantener el silencio.”
Su declaración y filosofía son perfectas para estos tiempos. Cómo está nuestro gobierno estadounidense, no deberíamos mantener el silencio. Un partido político está haciendo todo lo posible para llevarnos al socialismo. Éste no ha dado buenos resultados en ninguna parte del mundo, ¿Qué nos hace creer que funcionaria bien en nuestro país?

RICARDO MONTALBAN (1920 -2009) – Mexican Actor

“Politics is too partisan, and sometimes patriotism is cast aside. Patriotism is honor and love of your country and your brothers and sisters. With politics I get the impression that it’s all about what’s good for the party and not necessarily what’s good for the country.”

Although he wrote this quite a few years ago, it hits the nail right on the head. Right now we are living almost completely under partisan politics, and love of our country and patriotism have been cast aside and maybe even completely discarded. It is sad, but true.

RICARDO MONTALBÁN (1920-2009) – Actor Mexicano

“La política es muy partidaria, y a veces el patriotismo se echa al lado. El patriotismo es el honor y amor a nuestro país y a nuestros hermanos. Con la política me da la impresión que todo se trata de lo que es bueno para el partido y no necesariamente lo que es bueno para el país.”

Aunque lo escribió hace muchos años pasados, le da al clavo en la pura cabeza. Actualmente estamos viviendo completamente bajo una política partidaria, y el amor hacia nuestro país y el patriotismo se han echado al lado, y tal vez hasta se hayan descartado. Es triste, pero muy verdadero.

MARIO MORENO CANTINFLAS (1911-1993) – Mexican Actor and Comedian

“I don’t suspect anybody, but I distrust everyone.”

Basically what he was trying to say is that we should be careful and not trust everyone because many people have wrong intentions. An ounce of preventions can go a long way, and it is better to be safe than sorry.

 

MARIO MORENO CANTINFLAS (1911-1993) – Actor y Comediante Mexicano

“No sospecho de nadie, pero desconfío de todos.”

Básicamente lo que quería ensenarnos es que debemos tener cuidado en quien confiamos, porque mucha gente tiene malas intenciones. Prevenir es mucho mejor que lamentar. Una onza de prevención puede librarnos de un fracaso grandísimo.

MARIO MORENO CANTINFLAS (1911-1993) – Mexican Actor and Comedian

“We are in an era, in which man, scientifically and technologically …is a giant, but morally…is a pigmy.”

Truer words have not been spoken. Although he said this quite a few years ago, it is even more true today than then. Technologically we are making tremendous strides, but morally we are moving farther and farther away from God.

MARIO MORENO CANTINFLAS (1911-1993) – Actor y Comediante Mexicano

“Estamos en una era, en la que el hombre, científica y tecnológicamente …es un gigante, pero moralmente…es un pigmeo.”

Palabras más verdaderas no se han hablado. Aunque hace muchos años que lo dijo, es más verdadero hoy que entonces. Tecnológicamente vamos haciendo tremendo progreso, pero moralmente nos vamos alejando más y más de Dios.

 

ALBERT EINSTEIN (1879-1955) – German-born Theoretical Physicist

“Giving an example is not the main way to influence others, it is the only way.”

He was correct in saying that. People may listen to what one says, but they actually do what they see one do. Actions speak a lot louder than words.

ALBERT EINSTEIN (1879-1955) – Científico Judío Alemán

“Dar el ejemplo no es la única manera de influir sobre los demás, es la única manera.”

Tenia toda la razón cuando dijo eso. La gente puede escuchar lo que uno dice, pero hace lo que uno hace. Las acciones hablan mucho más fuerte que las palabras.

ARISTOTLE (384 BC – 322 BC) – Classical Greek Philosopher

“The wise man never says everything he thinks, but he always thinks everything he says.”

We should always think before we talk or act, but we should not always say everything we think. That is the wisest way to act because all of us have bad, harming, and unproductive thoughts that can get us in trouble.

ARISTÓTELES (384 AC – 322 AC) – Filósofo Clásico Griego

“El sabio no dice nunca todo lo que piensa, pero siempre piensa todo lo que dice.”

Siempre debemos pensar bien antes de hablar o actuar, y no debemos decir siempre lo que pensamos. Esa es la manera más sabia de actuar, porque todos tenemos pensamientos malos, dañinos que no son productivos. Esos pensamientos pudieran causarnos problemas.

ARTHUR SCHNITZLER (1862-1931) – Austrian Author and Dramatist
“To be prepared is important, to know how to wait for it is yet more, but to take advantage of the proper moment is the key to life.”
If we do not take advantage of an excellent opportunity when it arises, we may never see it again. That could be the difference between success and failure in our life.

ARTHUR SCHNITZLER (1862-1931) – Autor y Dramaturgo Austriaco
“Estar preparado es importante, saber esperarlo es aún más, pero aprovechar el momento adecuado es la clave de la vida.”
Si no aprovechamos una excelente oportunidad cuando se nos presenta, es posible que jamás volvamos a tenerla. Eso puede ser la diferencia entre nuestro éxito o fracaso

GABRIEL GARCIA MARQUEZ (1927-2014 – Colombian Novelist

“I have learned that a man only has the right to look down at another man when he has to help him get up.”
We should not look down on people because of their job, car, house, religion, sex, age, race, nationality, educational level, financial status, physical appearance, political affiliation, or for any other reason. God looks at the heart (1 Samuel 16:7) of people and we should do the same.
GABRIEL GARCÍA MÁRQUEZ (1927-2014) – Escritor Colombiano
“He aprendido que un hombre sólo tiene derecho a mirar a otro hacia abajo cuando ha de ayudarle a levantarse.”
No debemos mirar hacia abajo a las personas por su trabajo, coche, casa, religión, sexo, edad, raza, nacionalidad, nivel de educación, estado financiero, apariencia física, afiliación política, ni por ninguna otra razón. Dios ve el corazón (1 Samuel 16:7) de la persona, y nosotros debemos hacer lo mismo.

MARY LOU COOK (1908-1944) – American Actress, Singer and Dancer

“Seek not outside yourself, heaven is within.”

She was correct, because the Holy Spirit lives in us if we are born-again Christian people. Many people look everywhere for God, except within themselves.

MARY LOU COOK (1908-1944) – Actriz, Cantante y Bailarina Norteamericana

“No busques fuera de ti, el cielo está en ti.”

Tenía razón porque el Espíritu Santo vive en las personas quienes han recibido a Jesucristo como su Señor y Salvador. Mucha gente busca a Dios por dondequiera, menos en su propia vida.

ALBERT CAMUS (1913-1960) – French Philosopher, Author and Journalist

Albert Camus said: “La vie est la somme de tous vos choix,” which of course means, “Life is the sum of all your choices.” It simply means that the choices we make today are the ones that dictate how our future will be. We have to be careful with the decisions we make, as all of them have consequences – those consequences may be positive or negative.

ALBERT CAMUS (1913-1960) – Filósofo, Autor y Periodista Francés

Albert Camus dijo: “La vie est la Somme de tous vos choix,” lo que significa, “La vida es la suma de todas sus elecciones.” Simplemente significa que las elecciones que hacemos hoy son las que deciden nuestro futuro. Tenemos que tener mucho cuidado con las decisiones que hacemos, porque todas ellas tienen consecuencias – ya sean positivas o negativas

ANAXAGORAS (500 B.C. – 428 B.C.) – Pre-Socratic Greek Philosopher.

“If you deceive me once, it is your fault; if you deceive me twice, it’s mine.”

He hit the nail right on the head. We should learn from our mistakes and not keep on making the same mistake over and over.

ANAXÁGORAS (500 A.C. – 428 A.C.) – Filósofo Griego

“Si me engañas una vez, tuya es la culpa; si me engañas dos, es mía.”

Le dio al clavo en la pura cabeza. Debemos aprender de nuestros errores y no volver a cometer el mismo error.

CONCEPCION ARENAL (1820-1893) – Spanish Writer and Activist
“Love is to the child as the sun is to the flowers; bread is not enough: he needs to be caressed, so he can be good and strong.”
She is correct! A child needs attention, love, caresses and assurance, so he can grow up to be a well-rounded person. Unfortunately many children do not receive that from their parents or adults who are around them.

CONCEPCIÓN ARENAL (1820-1893) – Escritora y Activista Española
“El amor es para el niño como el sol para las flores; no le basta pan: necesita caricias para ser bueno y fuerte.”
¡Tiene toda la razón! El niño necesita recibir atención, amor, caricias y seguridad para que pueda crecer a ser una persona bien equilibrada. Desafortunadamente muchos niños no reciben eso de sus padres ni de las personas quienes los rodean.

C.S. LEWIS (1898-1963) – British Writer and Theologian

“The Christian does not think God will love us because we are good, but that God will make us good because He loves us.”

We are not righteous because of our own efforts, but rather because God is righteous and He bestows that righteousness on us. By the same token, we do not receive salvation because of our goodness, holiness or righteousness, but rather because of God’s grace to us.

C.S. LEWIS (1898-1963) – Escritor y Teólogo Británico

“El cristiano no piensa que Dios nos amará, porque somos buenos, sino que Dios nos hará buenos porque nos ama.”

No somos justos o buenos por nuestros propios esfuerzos, sino porque Dios es justo, bueno, y él nos bendice con su justicia y amor. Igualmente, no recibimos la salvación porque la merezcamos, sino que la recibimos por la bondad, el amor, la dignidad, la santidad y la gracia de Dios.

SUNDAY ADELAJA (1967 – Present) – Christian Pastor in Kiev, Ukraine

“The misconception that foreigners are impoverished and under privileged give rise to arrogance and feeling of superiority.”

Unfortunately, many Americans are totally ignorant of how other people are in other countries and how they actually live. To speak a foreign language in public in our country is frowned upon by many people, while in Europe many people speak several languages and are proud of it. We definitely need to correct our misconceptions about foreign people.

 

SUNDAY ADELAJA (1967 – Presente) – Pastor Cristiano en Kiev, Ucrania.

“El concepto equivocado que los extranjeros son empobrecidos y están muy necesitados le da permiso a la arrogancia y a un sentido de superioridad.”

Desafortunadamente muchos norteamericanos ignoran totalmente cómo viven las personas en otros países y cómo son. Hablar una lengua extranjera en nuestro país no es bien visto, mientras que en Europa muchas personas orgullosamente hablan tres, cuatro o cinco lenguas. Definitivamente tenemos que remediar ese concepto erróneo que tenemos sobre los extranjeros.

TONY EVANS – American Pastor y Autor

“God will meet you where you are in order to take you where He wants you to go.”

Many people think they have to clean themselves and make big changes before they can come to God. That is not true. God will meet you where you are, and then He will help you change to make you the person He wants you to be.

TONY EVANS – Pastor Estadounidense y Autor

“Dios te encuentra donde estás para llevarte adonde él quiere que vayas.”

Muchas personas piensan que tienen que limpiarse y cambiar antes de venir a Dios. Eso no es verdad. Dios te encontrará donde estés, y luego él te ayudará a cambiar para que seas la persona que él desea que seas.

ALISTAIR BEGG (1952-Present) – American Pastor, Born in Glasgow, Scotland

“There is no one who is insignificant in the purpose of God.”
God has a purpose for each and every one of us. We are important to Him, and we should help Him accomplish His mission. His mission is that every person should come to repentance and accept Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior. The apostle Peter explains it this way in 2 Peter 3:9 – “ 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.” Do not belittle yourself because you are very important to God.

ALISTAIR BEGG (1952 – Presente – Pastor Estadounidense, Nacido en Glasgow, Escocia
“No hay nadie quien sea insignificante en el propósito de Dios.”
Dios tiene un propósito para cada uno de nosotros. Somos importantes para él, y debemos ayudarle a cumplir su misión. Su misión es que cada uno se arrepienta y acepte a Jesucristo como su Señor y Salvador. El apóstol Pedro lo explica así en 2 Pedro 3:9 – “El Señor no retarda su promesa, según algunos la tienen por tardanza, sino que es paciente para con nosotros, no queriendo que ninguno perezca, sino que todos procedan al arrepentimiento.” No te menosprecies eres muy importante para Dios.

ARISTOTLE

“It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.”
In other words, an educated person should be able to look at different philosophies, religions, dogmas, fads and ideas without accepting them if they do not meet a sound criteria already established.

ARISTÓTOLES

“Es la marca de una mente educada de poder entretener un pensamiento sin aceptarlo.”
En otras palabras, una persona educada debe poder mirar, escuchar, y pensar en diferentes filosofías, religiones, dogmas, e ideas sin aceptarlas si no cumplen con un sano criterio ya establecido.

ALBERT EINSTEIN

“Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.”
When one has a vivid imagination, one seeks the needed knowledge to accomplish what one has imagined. Most, if not all, inventions come from a vivid imagination. Dreams, before becoming realities, are products of the imagination. If you cannot imagine your dreams becoming realities they never will.

ALBERT EINSTEIN

“La imaginación es más importante que el conocimiento. El conocimiento está limitado. La imaginación rodea todo el mundo.”
Si uno tiene una imaginación viva, uno busca el conocimiento necesario para lograr lo que uno ha imaginado. La mayoría, o tal vez todas, las invenciones vienen de una imaginación viva. Los sueños, antes de hacerse realidades, son productos de la imaginación. Si no puedes imaginar que tus sueños se conviertan en realidades jamás se realizarán.

ARISTOTLE


“Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.”
Although this is extremely important, it is not the beginning of wisdom. The Bible tells us that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom – Proverb 9:10 and 1:7, Psalm 111:10. Knowing God, and knowing who we are in Him that is the best wisdom we can have.

ARISTÓTELES

“El conocerse a uno mismo es el comienzo de la sabiduría.”
Aunque esa declaración es de suma importancia, no es el comienzo de la sabiduría. La biblia nos dice que el temor de Dios es el comienzo de la sabiduría – Proverbios 9:10 y 1:7, también el Salmo 111:10. El conocer a Dios, y saber quiénes somos en él, esa es la verdadera sabiduría.

MARK CAINE – Author

“The first step of success is taken when you refuse to be a captive of the environment in which you first find yourself.”
Unfortunately many people stay trapped in their original environment. Then they blame the environment for their lack of success. We should rise above our environment and our circumstances if we want to succeed. Success belongs to those of us who have a vision, seek it, prepare for it, and work hard to achieve it.

MARK CAINE – Autor

“El primer paso hacia el éxito se toma cuando uno se niega a ser cautivo del ambiente en el cual uno se encuentra inicialmente.”
Desafortunadamente mucha gente se queda atrapada en su ambiente original. Luego culpan al ambiente por su falta de no tener éxito. Debemos exaltarnos sobre el ambiente y las circunstancias si queremos tener éxito. El éxito nos pertenece a los que tenemos visión, la buscamos, nos preparamos, y trabajamos duro para cumplirla.

MARK ZUCKERBERG (1984-Present) – American Technology Entrepreneur and Philanthropist

“The biggest risk is not taking any risk…In a world that’s changing really quickly, the only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks.”
If a person wants to succeed, he has to embrace change, and cannot be afraid of taking risks. If you want to fail, do not accept change, and do not take any risks.

MARK ZUCKERBERG (1984-Presente) – Empresario en Tecnología y Filántropo Americano

“El mayor riesgo es no tomar ningún riesgo…En un mundo que va cambiando rápidamente, la única estrategia garantizada a fracasar es no tomar riesgos.”
Si una persona quiere tener éxito, tiene que abrazar el cambio, y no puede temer tomar riesgos. Si quieres fracasar, no aceptes cambios, y no tomes riesgos

OSCAR WILDE (1854-1900) – Irish Poet and Playwright

“What seems to us as bitter trials are often blessings in disguise.”

This life is a learning process, and the best way to learn is when we go through trials and tribulations. There is no better school than the school of hard knocks. Bitter struggles make us stronger, wiser and more practical.

OSCAR WILDE (1854-1900) – Poeta y Dramaturgo Irlandés

“Lo que nos parece ser pruebas amargas frecuentemente son bendiciones disfrazadas.”

Esta vida es un proceso de aprendizaje, y la mejor manera de aprender es cuando pasamos por pruebas y tribulaciones. No hay mejor escuela que las experiencias duras de la vida, porque nos hacen más fuertes, sabios y prácticos.

CHARLES DARWIN (1809-1882) – English Naturalist, Geologist and Biologist

“It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.”
Of course, he was referring to evolution. I don’t believe in evolution because I believe in creation. However if we apply his statement to human beings, it is true. The people who are most responsive to change will succeed, and the ones who are not will encounter difficulties along the road of life.

CHARLES DARWIN (1809-1882) – Naturalista, Geólogo y Biólogo Inglés

“No son los más fuertes de las especies los que sobreviven, ni los más inteligentes, sino los respondientes al cambio.”
Desde luego que él se refería a la evolución. Yo no creo en la evolución, sino en la creación. Sin embargo, si le aplicamos su declaración a la humanidad es verdadera. Las personas quienes son más respondientes al cambio llegan al éxito, mientras que las que no lo son encuentran dificultades en los caminos de la vida.

LEONARD COHEN (1934-2016) – Canadian Poet, Song Writer, Singer and Novelist

“Love has no cure, but it is the only medicine for all ills.”

A life without love is a worthless one. All of us need to love and to be loved. The Bible tells us that love covers a multitude of sins (1 Peter 4:8).

LEONARD COHEN (1934-2016) – Poeta, Compositor, Cantante y Novelista Canadiense

“El amor no tiene cura, pero es la única medicina para todos los males.”

Una vida sin amor no vale nada. Todos necesitamos amar y ser amados. La biblia nos dice que el amor cubre una multitud de pecados (1 Pedro 4:8

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COCO CHANEL (1883-1971) – French Fashion Designer and Business Woman.

Coco Chanel said: “Combien de soucis on perd quand on décide de ne pas être quelque chose mais d’être quelqu’un,” which of course means, “ How many cares one loses when one decides not to be something but to be someone.”

Everyone is trying to be something, but it is much better just to be someone, and for that someone to be ourselves. Just try to be you, not something, and definitely not someone else.

coco chanel (1883-1971) – Diseñadora Francesa y Mujer Negociante.

Coco Chanel dijo: “Combien de soucis on perd quand on décide de ne pas être quelque chose mais d’être quelqu’un,” que desde luego significa, “¡De cuántas preocupaciones nos desprendemos cuando decidimos dejar de ser algo para ser alguien!”

Todos tratamos de ser algo, pero es mucho mejor simplemente de ser alguien, y que ese alguien sea uno mismo. Trata de ser tú, no algo, y definitivamente no otra persona.

HELEN KELLER (1880-1968) – American Author, Political Activist and Lecturer

“When one door closes, another opens. But we often look so regretfully upon the closed door that we don’t see the one that has opened for us.”

We focus so much on the past and on situations that have come to their conclusion that we fail to see the opportunities staring us in the face.

HELEN KELLER (1880-1968) – Autora, Activista Política y Lectora Estadounidense

“Cuando una puerta se cierra, otra se abre. Pero solemos quedarnos mirando a la puerta cerrada por tanto tiempo, que no vemos a la otra que se nos ha abierto.”

Nos enfocamos tanto en el pasado, y en situaciones que ya han llegado a su conclusión que no vemos las oportunidades en frente de nosotros.

FRIDA KAHLO (1907-1954) – Mexican Artist

“Feet, what do I want them for if I have wings to fly.”

In other words, she was confident in her abilities to succeed. We too should have confidence in ourselves and in our God. We faith, confidence, abilities, and perseverance everything is possible for us. The Bible tells us in Mark 9:3 that everything is possible for us if we believe. The question for you is…Do you really believe in yourself?

FRIDA KAHLO (1907-1954) – Artista Mexicana

“Pies, para qué los quiero si tengo alas para volar.”

En otras palabras, ella tenía confianza en su habilidad de sobresalir. Nosotros también debemos de tener esa confianza y seguridad en nosotros mismos y en Dios. Con fe, confianza, habilidad, y perseverancia todo es posible. En Marcos 9:23, la biblia nos dice que todo es posible para nosotros si podemos creer. La pregunta para ti es…¿En realidad, crees en ti mismo?

ALLAN BLOOM (1930-1992) – American Philosopher

“Education is the movement from darkness to light.”

A person who has no education is living in the dark. He or she needs a quality education to learn many, many things that are extremely useful for him or for her to succeed in this society and to reach his or her God-given potential. Learning should be a never-ending experience for every single one of us.

ALLAN BLOOM (1930-1992) – Filósofo Estadounidense

“La educación es el movimiento de la oscuridad a la luz.”

La persona sin educación vive en la oscuridad. La educación es muy necesaria para aprender muchas cosas que se necesitan no solamente para vivir, sino que también para tener éxito en esta vida. Una persona no puede lograr su potencial sin la educación necesaria. El aprendizaje debe ser un proceso continuo en nuestras vidas.

FRIEDRICH HEGEL (1770-18310 – German Philosopher

“Being independent from public opinion is the first formal condition to achieve something great.”

If we have a great idea or an invention, we cannot worry as to what other people may think or say. By the same token, if we have a special given talent in any given area we should develop it without worrying as to what other people may or may not think. For a variety of reasons people may try to dissuade us from fulfilling and achieving our true potential.

FRIEDRICH HEGEL (1770-1831) – filósofo Alemán

“Ser independiente de la opinión pública es la primera condición formal para lograr algo grande.”

Si tenemos una idea o invención excelente no podemos mortificarnos por lo que piensen o no piensen otras personas. Igualmente, si tenemos un talento especial en cualquier área, debemos desarrollarlo sin preocuparnos de lo que piensen o no piensen los demás. Por una variedad de razones otras personas pueden tratar de desanimarnos de lograr nuestro verdadero potencial.

MICHELANGELO (1475-1564) – Italian Sculptor, Painter, Architect and Poet

“The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aims too high, but on setting our aims too low, and achieving our mark.”

Most of us do not reach our full potential because for lack of vision we simply set our goals too low. We even make excuses to justify why we do not accomplish more, and that makes us feel good about ourselves.

MIGUEL ANGEL BUONARROTI (1475-1564) – Escultor, Pintor, Arquitecto y Poeta Italiano

“El mayor peligro para la mayoría de nosotros no es que nuestra meta sea demasiado alta y que no la alcancemos, sino que sea demasiado baja y la consigamos.”

La mayoría de nosotros no logramos alcanzar nuestro verdadero potencial, porque por falta de visión fijamos nuestra meta muy baja. Luego, para sentirnos bien, hacemos excusas para justificar por qué no pudimos lograr más.

                                                                   ÉMILE ZOLA (1840-1902) – French Novelist, Playwright and Journalist
“L’artiste n’est rien sans le don, mais le don n’est rien sans le travail.” That, of course, means: “The artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without work.” In other words, if we have a special gift we have to work hard at it to become a master at it. Without using it our gift goes to waste.

ÉMILE ZOLA (1840-1902) – Novelista, Dramaturgo y Periodista Francés
“L’artise n’est rien sans le don, mais le don n’est rien sans le travail.” Desde luego que eso significa, “El artista no es nada sin el don, pero el don no es nada sin el trabajo.” En otras palabras, si tenemos un don especial tenemos que trabajar para mejorarlo. Sin trabajarlo el don es inservible.

MALCOLM X (1925-1965) – Black American Muslim Minister

“Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.”

Although I do not believe in how he lived or what he espoused, I sincerely believe in this statement. Education is the key to success. Education is the great equalizer, violence is a deterrence to equality and to stability.

MALCOLM X (1925-1965) –Afro-Americano Ministro Musulmán

“La educación es el pasaporte hacia el futuro, el mañana les pertenece a aquellos que se preparan para él en el día de hoy.”

Aunque yo no estoy de acuerdo como vivió ni en su modo de pensar, concuerdo cien por ciento con su declaración. La educación nos lleva a la igualdad, la violencia es una amenaza a la estabilidad y a la igualdad

ALBERTO MORAVIA (1907-1990) – Italian Novelist & Journalist

“Ignorance is the mother of fear.” Many, many times men fear what they are not acquainted with, what is unknown to them, what they do not understand, and change. Fear of the unknown is always present with most human beings. Yet to conquer new horizons, to get out of the rut, and to succeed we have to embrace change.

ALBERTO MORAVIA (1907-1990) – Novelista y Periodista Italiano

“La ignorancia es madre del miedo.” Muchas veces los hombres temen a lo que no están familiarizados, a lo que desconocen, a lo que no entienden, y al cambio. El miedo de lo desconocido siempre está presente con los humanos. Sin embargo para conquistar nuevos horizontes, dejar de estar estancado, y para tener éxito es menester abrazar al cambio.

LUCIUS ANNAEUS SENECA (4 B.C. – 65 A.D.) – Roman Stoic Philosopher, Statesman & Dramatist

“Homines dum docent discunt,” which means, “Men learn while they are teaching.”

A teacher learns much more than his students. One becomes a master of any subject by teaching it. I taught several subjects to high school students for over thirty years, and I know Seneca’s statement is right on target.

LUCIO ANNEO SÉNECA (4 A.C. – 65 D.C.) – Escritor y Filósofo Romano

“Homines dum docent dicunt,” que desde luego significa, “Los hombres aprenden mientras enseñan.”

El profesor aprende mucho más que sus alumnos. Uno se convierte en maestro en cualquier materia al enseñarla. Yo hablo de experiencia siendo que enseñé varias materias en la escuela secundaria por más de treinta años. Séneca estaba en lo cierto

JEAN-JACQUES ROUSSEAU (1712-1778) – Genevan Philosopher, Writer and Composer

“A good father is worth one hundred teachers.”

The first and foremost teachers of the children should be their parents. There is no substitute for good parenting.   Good manners and good principles are taught by the parents, not by the schools.

JEAN-JACQUES ROUSSEAU (1712-1778) – Filósofo, Escritor y Compositor ginebrino

“Un buen padre vale por cien maestros.”

Los primeros y los maestros más importantes de los niños son sus padres. No hay substitutos por la buena crianza que los padres le pueden dar a sus hijos. Los buenos modales y los buenos principios se enseñan en casa, y no en los colegios.

LEONARDO DA VINCI

“As a well-spent day brings happy sleep, so a life well-spent brings happy death.”

If we know we have been a blessing to others and have done well with our life, when the time comes for us to leave this world, we leave it with a satisfied mind, with no regrets, and with a peaceful heart. What type of legacy will you leave?

LEONARDO DA VINCI

“Así como una jornada bien empleada produce un dulce sueño, así una vida bien usada causa una dulce muerte.”

Si sabemos que hemos sido bendición para otros, y hemos hecho el bien en nuestras vidas, cuando se nos llegue el tiempo de partir de este mundo, lo dejaremos satisfechos, sin reproches, y con un corazón lleno de paz y de armonía. ¿Qué legado

SIR ISAAC NEWTON (1643-1727) – British Mathematician, Astrologer, Theologian, Physicist

“What I know is a drop of water, what we don’t know is an ocean.”

There is a lot more that we do not know compared to what we do know. That is the way it has been, that is the way it is, and that is the way it will be. The only one who knows everything is God, that is because He created everything, and because He is omniscient.

SIR ISAAC NEWTON (1643-1727) – Matemático, Astrólogo, Teólogo, y Físico Británico

“Lo que sé es una gota de agua, lo que no sabemos es un océano.”

Hay mucha más que no sabemos comparado con lo que en realidad sabemos. Así ha sido, así es, y así será. El único quien sabe todo es Dios, y eso es porque él es el Creador y es omnisciente.

MARILYN VON SAVANT (1946-Present) American Magazine Columnist, Author, Lecturer and Playwright

“To acquire knowledge one must study, but to acquire wisdom, one must observe.”

One cannot acquire wisdom without thinking, meditating, investigating, observing, reading the Bible and asking questions. There is much wisdom in the word of God found in the Psalms and in the Proverbs.

MARILYN VON SAVANT (1946-Presente) Columnista de Revistas, Autora, Conferencista y Dramaturga Estadounidense.

‘’Para adquirir conocimiento uno debe estudiar, pero para adquirir sabiduría, uno debe observar.”

Uno no puede adquirir sabiduría sin pensar, meditar, investigar, observar, leer la biblia, y hacer preguntas. Hay mucha sabiduría en la palabra de Dios, y especialmente en los salmos y en los proverbios.

AYN RAND (1905-1982) – Russian – American Novelist, Philosopher, Playwright, Screenwriter

“You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality.”

Yes, she knows what she is talking about. Many people think and say that drugs are addictive, but they get hooked on them and cannot quit. One can deny the reality and the facts, but the consequences will come sooner or later. Not only is that true for drug use, but the same goes for other vices, such as drinking, smoking, gambling and so on. People who get engaged in those activities wind up paying the consequences.

AYN RAND (1905-1982) – Novelista y Filosofa Ruso-Americana.

“Puedes evitar la realidad, pero no puedes evitar las consecuencias de evitar la realidad.”

Desde luego que tiene mucha razón. Muchas personas piensan y declaran que el uso de drogas no es adictivo, pero no pueden dejar de tomarlas. Uno puede negar la realidad, pero no se puede escapar de sus consecuencias. Los mismo que ocurre con el abuso de las drogas ocurre con otros vicios tal como tomar licor, fumar cigarrillos, participar en la jugada, y muchas otras deficiencias que pueda tener la persona. Cuando todo se haya dicho y hecho la persona paga las consecuencias.

                                                                               LEONARDO DA VINCI
I am combining two Leonardo da Vinci’s quotes because they go together well. “He who loves practice without theory is like the sailor who boards ship without a rudder and compass and never knows where he may cast.” In other words, you must have a plan before doing any worthwhile project. “I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough, we must do.” It is not good enough for you to have an idea or a plan, you must put it in practice.

                                                                              LEONARDO DA VINCI
A propósito estoy combinando dos citas de Leonardo da Vinci, porque van bien juntas. “El que ama la práctica sin la teoría es como el marinero que embarca la nave sin timón ni brújula y nunca sabe adónde llegará.” En otras palabras, necesitas un plan antes de embarcarte en cualquier plan que valga la pena. “He sido impresionado con la urgencia de hacer. El saber no es suficiente; debemos aplicar. Estar dispuesto no es suficiente; debemos hacer.” No es suficiente que tengas una idea o un plan, tienes que ponerlos en práctica.

                                                                                 VAIBHAV SHAH
Whenever you see a successful person, you only see the public glories, never the private sacrifices to reach them.”
He is one-hundred percent correct. Most successful people have worked hard for years and made many sacrifices to get to where they are. Many others want the success, but they are not willing to sacrifice or to put in all that hard work.
If you want to succeed, you must have a plan, work hard, make some sacrifices and persevere. The word “quit” should not be in your vocabulary or repertoire.

                                                                                 VAIBHAV SHAH
“Cuando ves una persona exitosa, solamente ves las glorias públicas, jamás los sacrificios hechos en privado para llegar al éxito.”
Está cien por ciento correcto. La mayoría de las personas quienes han llegado a tener éxito han trabajado duro por años, y se han sacrificado para llegar a la cima. Muchos desean tener éxito, pero no están dispuestos a sacrificarse o a trabajar duro.
Si deseas tener éxito, tienes que hacer un plan, trabajar duro, sacrificarte y perseverar. Abandonar la meta no puede ser una de tus

OCTAVIO PAZ ( 1914-1998) – Mexican Poet and Diplomat.

“A flower without a stem, is beauty waiting to die. A heart without love, is a tear waiting to cry.”

A flower without a stem has no life and it will soon wilt and die. A person without love is a very sad one. All of us need love, and when we do not have it, we are not living, but simply existing. A life without love is a pathetic one. Let’s hope that is not your case, but if it is, do everything within your ability to change it.

OCTAVIO PAZ (1914-1998) – Poeta y Diplomático Mexicano

“Una flor sin tallo es belleza para morir. Un corazón sin amor es lágrima para llorar.”

Una flor sin tallo no tiene vida y pronto se marchitará. Una persona sin amor está en un estado muy triste. Todos necesitamos ser amados, y cuando no lo somos, no estamos viviendo, sino simplemente existiendo. Una vida sin amor es patética. ¡Ojalá ese no sea tu caso! Si lo es, haz todo lo posible para cambiarlo

ANGELINA JOLIE (1975 – Present) – American Actress, Filmmaker and Humanitarian

“If you don’t get out of the box you’ve been raised in, you can’t understand how much bigger the world is.”

You cannot be afraid of change because that is what makes you learn and grow. You have to get out of your comfort zone if you want to succeed in life. You cannot live a fulfilled life if you stay in the same physical, emotional, spiritual, educational, financial and psychological place all your life.

ANGELINA JOLIE (1975 – Presente) – Actriz, Cineasta y Humanitaria Estadounidense

“Si no te sales de la caja donde te criaron, no puedes entender lo mucho más grande que es el mundo.”

No puedes temerle al cambio, porque eso es lo que te hace aprender y crecer. Tienes que dejar tu zona de comodidad si deseas tener éxito en la vida. Tu vida no se puede sentir realizada si te quedas física, mental, emocional, espiritual, financiera y sicológicamente en el mismo lugar toda tu vida.

JACINTO BENAVENTE (1866-1954) – Spanish writer

“When one does not think what one says that is when one says what one thinks.”

It sounds like a simple statement, but in reality it is quite profound. When a person has to think what he is going to say, he can say just about anything, which includes distorting the truth, giving it a different emphasis, leaving something out or adding something to it. When a person speaks without having to think, that is when he is telling the truth as he sees it.

JACINTO BENAVENTE (1866-1954) – Escritor Español

“Cuando no se piensa lo que se dice es cuando se dice lo que se piensa.”

Parece ser una declaración muy simple, pero en realidad es profunda. Cuando una persona tiene que pensar lo que va a decir, puede decir lo que quiera, y eso incluye cambiando la verdad, dándole un énfasis diferente, dejando algo sin mencionarlo o agregarle algo. Cuando una persona habla sin pensar, eso es cuando dice

MIGUEL DE CERVANTES (1547-1616) – Spanish Writer

“He who loses wealth loses much; he who loses a friend loses more; but he who loses his courage loses all.”

When a person loses his courage he loses his faith, hope, confidence and self-respect. Without those five attributes a person is just a shell of what he should be. Take heed and do not lose any of them that are so necessary in order for you to accomplish all that you should be in this world.

MIGUEL DE CERVANTES (1547-1616) – Escritor Español

“El que pierde riquezas pierde mucho; el que pierde a un amigo pierde más; pero el que pierde su valentía lo pierde todo.”

Cuando una persona pierde su valentía pierde la fe, las esperanzas, la confianza y respeto por sí mismo. Sin esos cinco atributos solamente eres un cascarón de lo que debes ser. Escarmienta para que no los pierdas, porque son muy necesarios para que puedas lograr ser todo lo que debes ser en este mundo.

WALTER LIPPMAN (1899-1974) – American Journalist

“When all men think alike, no one thinks very much.”

That is very true because then people are just following the herd. Nobody is thinking on their own. Unfortunately that is exactly what is happening in the United States and maybe even in the world today. Everybody is blaming, insulting and attacking President Trump without stopping to think that most of his ideas if implemented would actually be good for our country. People do not stop to think that if we were to work together we could actually make this a better country for all of us.

WALTER LIPPMAN (1899-1974) – Periodista Norteamericano

“Cuando todos piensan igual, ninguno piensa mucho.”

 

 

 

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DO YOU HAVE CHICKEN WINGS?

A customer in a restaurant calls the waitress over and asks her, “Do you have chicken wings?” The waitress tells him: “Yes, we have the best chicken wings in town.” The man tells her, “Then fly over to the kitchen, and bring me my steak. I’ve been waiting for almost an hour.”

¿TIENE ALAS DE POLLO?

Un cliente en un restaurante llama a la mesera, y le pregunta: “¿Tiene alas de pollo?” Ella le contesta, “Tenemos las mejores alas de pollo en este pueblo.” El hombre le dice, “Entonces vuele a la cocina, y tráigame mi bistec. Ya hace casi una hora que estoy esperando.”

 

A MAN DIES AND GOES TO HEAVEN

A man who had been a bad husband and a widower for ten years dies and he arrives at heaven. He sees his wife, and runs over to her and tells her: “I want to kiss you thousands of times, and spend all eternity with you.” The wife tells him: “I paid very close attention to the pastor who married us, and I remember quite well when he said: ‘till death do you part.’ Death already separated us, and here I am free from you.”

UN VIUDO SE MUERE Y VA AL CIELO

Un hombre quien había sido mal esposo y ya había sido viudo por diez años murió y llegó al cielo. Vio a su esposa y corrió hacia ella, y le dijo: “Quiero besarte miles de veces, y pasar la eternidad contigo.” La señora le dice: “Le presté mucha atención al pastor que nos casó, y recuerdo muy bien cuando él dijo: ‘Hasta que la muerte los separe.’ Y la muerte ya nos separó y estoy libre de ti.”

NOBODY WARNED ME

A couple in their mid- thirties went to have a picnic in the local city park. They spread their blanket on the lawn in front of some bushes. Suddenly they heard some voices behind the bushes. A young man was about to propose to his girlfriend. The wife told her husband, “Let’s talk loudly, so the young man will know that we can hear him.” The husband responded, “Why should I warn him? Nobody warned me.”

NADIE ME AVISÓ A MÍ

Una pareja treintona fue a un parque para disfrutar una merienda al aire libre. Extendieron su cobija en el césped cerca de unos arbustos. De repente escucharon voces detrás de los arbustos. Un jovencito estaba por proponerle matrimonio a su novia. La esposa le dijo a su esposo, “Hablemos en voz fuerte para que sepa el jovencito que lo podemos oír.” El esposo le respondió, “¿Por qué debo advertirle? Nadie me advirtió a mí.”

THE HAIRCUT

A man who had lost most of his hair went into a barber shop, and asked the barber, “How much will you charge me to give me a haircut?” Immediate the barber answered him: “Thirty dollars.” Alarmed the client yelled out, “That is absolutely ridiculous. I don’t have much hair.” The barber told him, “It’s ten dollars for the haircut and twenty for using a magnifying glass trying to find each hair I need to cut.”

EL CORTE DE PELO

Un hombre quien estaba casi completamente calvo entró a una barbería y le preguntó al peluquero: “¿Cuánto me cobra por cortarme el pelo?” “Inmediatamente el barbero le dijo: “Treinta dólares.” Alarmado el cliente gritó: “Eso es ridículo. Tengo muy poco pelo.” El barbero le afirmó: “Son diez dólares por cortarle el pelo, y veinte por tratar de encontrar con una lupa los cabellos que le tengo que cortar.”

THE TUNNEL

A woman goes to visit her husband in prison, and he tells her how hard he has been working at night. Before leaving the place, the woman stops and tells the correction officer, “You should not work my husband so hard. He is at the point of exhaustion working at night.” The officer tells her, “You must be joking! He sleeps all day and hardly comes out of his cell.” The lady tells the officer, “That is not true! He just told me he has been digging a tunnel every night for months.”

EL TÚNEL

Una señora está visitando a su esposo en la prisión, y él le dice que ha estado trabajando muy duro de noche. Antes de dejar la prisión, la esposa para y le dice al oficial, “No debe hacer trabajar a mi esposo tan duro. Se siente exhausto y ya casi no puede más.” El oficial le dice,

“¡Usted ha de estar bromeando! Su esposo duerme todo el día, y casi no sale de su celda.” Ella le dice, “¡Eso no es verdad! Me acaba de decir que ya hace meses que ha estado excavando un túnel noche tras noche.”

THE PICTURE

A Hollywood attorney called his client, a very wealthy movie star, and told him, “I have some good news and some bad news for you.” The movie star said: “Give me the good news first.” The attorney told him: “Your wife told me that she made an excellent investment.” “What was the investment?” the actor asked. “It was a picture. She paid $5,000 for it, and she told me you would have paid four million dollars for it,” the lawyer told him. “That is great! And what are the bad news?” the husband asked. “The picture is of you and your mistress,” the lawyer told him.

EL RETRATO

Un abogado de Hollywood llamó a su cliente, un estrella de cine muy famoso, y le dijo, “Tengo buenas y malas noticias para usted.” El actor le dijo, “Deme primero las buenas noticias y después las malas.” El licenciado le dijo: “Su esposa me dijo que había hecho una inversión excelente.” “Eso me alegra mucho. ¿Cuál fue esa inversión?” preguntó el famoso. “Ella pagó cinco mil dólares por un retrato, y me dijo que usted hubiera pagado cuatro millones.” le contestó el abogado. “¡Eso es magnífico! ¿Y cuáles son las malas noticias?” preguntó el esposo.

“La foto es de usted con su querida,” le respondió el hombre de leyes.

 

THREE STUDENTS COME LATE TO CLASS

Three students come twenty minutes late to their first class. The teachers asks: “John, why did you come late to class?” John tells her, “I was dreaming that I was flying to Europe in my private plane.” “And Frank, why were you late?” He tells her, “I was dreaming that I was the pilot that was flying John to Europe.” Then the teacher asks Robert, “Robert, why were you late to class?” “I was dreaming that I was waiting for John in Monte Carlo,” he tells her.

TRES ESTUDIANTES LLEGAN TARDE A LA CLASE

Tres estudiantes llegan tarde a su primera clase del día. La profesora le pregunta al primero, “¿Juan, por qué legaste tarde a la clase?” Juan le dice: “Estaba soñando que volaba a Europa en mi propio avión.” “Y tú Francisco, ¿por qué llegaste tarde?” le pregunta la profesora.   “Es que yo estaba soñando que era el piloto que volaba el avión de Juan,” le contesta el chico. Luego la profesora le pregunta a Roberto, “¡ Y tú Roberto! ¿Por qué llegaste tarde?” “Yo también estaba soñando. Soñaba que estaba esperando a Juan en Monte Carlo,” le contesta el chico.

THE BOY HAS A BIG, BIG HEAD

A child comes to his father and tells him: “Daddy, Johnny is always telling me that I have a big head.” “Why don’t you hit him?” the father asks him. “I try, but he runs away,” the son tells him. “Run after him, catch him, and then hit him,” the father tells him. The boy answers, “I can’t catch him because he runs through small doors and I don’t want to hurt my head.”

 

EL CHICO TIENE UNA CABEZA MUY GRANDE

El niño viene y le dice al papá: “Papito, Juanito siempre me dice que tengo la cabeza enorme.” “¿Por qué no le pegas?” le pregunta el papá. “Trato de hacerlo, pero él se va corriendo,” le contesta el hijo. “Persíguelo, alcánzalo, y luego pégale,” le aconseja el papá. El chico le responde, “Trato de alcanzarlo, pero se mete por puertas estrechas, y tengo miedo lastimarme la cabeza.”

 

GIVE A KISS TO THE LADY

A young mother is walking down the street with her five-year-old son when she runs into a lady friend of hers who happens to be very pretty. The mother tells her little boy, “Give a hug and a kiss to the nice lady.” “I don’t want to,” the child tells her. The mother asks him, “Why won’t you give her a kiss?” The child tells her, “Daddy tried to do that yesterday, and she slapped him.”

DALE UN BESITO A LA SEÑORA

Una madre jovencita va con su niño de cinco años por la calle cuando se encuentra con una amiga joven y muy bonita. La mamá le dice al niño, “Dale un abrazo y un besito a la señora bonita y simpática.” “No quiero,” le contesta el niño. La mamá le pregunta, “¿Por qué no le das un besito?” Su hijito le dice, “Ayer mi papito trató de darle un beso, y ella le dio una cachetada.”

 

HE ARRIVED AT THE WRONG CONCLUSION

A husband comes home late one night and quietly opens the door to his bedroom. From under the blanket, he sees four legs instead of just his wife’s two. He reaches for a baseball bat and starts hitting the blanket as hard as he can. Once he’s done doing that, he goes to the kitchen to have a drink. As he enters, he sees his wife there, reading a magazine. His wife says, “Hi darling, your parents came over to visit us, so I let them stay in our bedroom. Did you say hello?”

HIZO MALA CONCLUSIÓN

Un esposo llega tarde a su casa, y silenciosamente abre la puerta de la recámara. En su cama ve que cuatro pies están descubiertos, en vez de solamente dos – los de su esposa. Toma un bate de béisbol y le da varios golpes a la cama. Al terminar de hacer eso, va a la cocina para tomar unas copas de tequila. Al entrar, ve que su esposa está leyendo una revista. Ella le dice: “Tus padres vinieron a visitarnos, y les dice que durmieran en nuestra recamara.”

 

CHILDREN ARE FREE

A young father was watching sports on TV, and his five-year-old son came up to him and told him: “Daddy, go to the Ramada Inn and bring me a little sister.” Surprised the father asked him: “Johnny, what makes you think I can bring you a little sister from there?” “I just heard a man on the radio say it,” the child told his father. “Johnny, what did the man say?” the man asked him. The child told him, “He said that with every reservation children up to nine were free.”

LOS NIÑOS SON GRATIS

Un padre joven estaba mirando un programa deportivo por la televisión, cuando su niño de cinco años llegó y le dijo, “Papito, ve al hotel Ramada Inn y tráeme una hermanita.” Sorprendido el papá le preguntó: “¿Juanito, por qué piensas que puedo traerte una hermanita de allí?” El niño le contestó: “Un hombre lo acaba de decir por la radio.” “¿Exactamente que dijo ese señor?” le preguntó el papá. El hijo le dijo: “El señor dijo que con cada reservación los niños de nueve años o menos eran gratis.”

SHE WENT TO SEE THE JUDGE

A lady went to see the judge and told him: “I want a divorce from my husband.” The judge asks her: “Is he mean to you? Does he beat you up? Is he on drugs?” “He treats me like a dog,” she tells the judge. “Does he yell at you? Does he just give you bones for supper? Does he give you dog food for dinner?” he asks her. She answers, “He does not do any of that, but he wants me to be his loyal friend and to be faithful to him.”

ELLA FUE A VER AL JUEZ

Una dama fue para hablar con el juez y le dijo: “Quiero divorciarme de mi esposo.” El juez le pregunta: “¿Es malo con usted? ¿La golpea? ¿Toma drogas?” Ella le contesta, “No, pero me trata como si fuera perro.” El juez la interroga, “¿Le grita? ¿Solamente le huesos de comer o le da comida de perro?” Ella le contesta: “No hace nada de eso, pero quiere que sea su amiga y que le sea fiel.”

THE HUSBAND BROUGHT HOME A FRIEND

A forty-year-old man unexpectedly brought home a friend after work. His wife had not had time to clean the house or to get herself ready. Immediately she told her husband, “John, the dishes are in the sink, the house looks a mess, and I haven’t even combed my hair. Why did you invite him over?” The husband replied: “He is seriously thinking of getting married, and I wanted to give him a preview of things to come.”

EL ESPOSO TRAJO UN AMIGO A CASA

Un señor de cuarenta años inesperadamente trajo a un amigo a su casa después del trabajo. La esposa no había tenido tiempo de limpiar la casa ni de arreglarse. Inmediatamente le dijo al esposo: “Juan, los platos están en el fregadero, la casa está toda desordenada, y yo ni siquiera me he peinado. ¿Por qué lo invitaste?” El esposo le contesta: “Es que está pensando seriamente en casarse, y yo quería que viera una exhibición previa

Sydney Walker, 4, says she likes it best when the parents come into the class to read.

IT DOESN’T REALLY MATTER

A lady enters a pharmacy and tells the pharmacist: “I need vitamins for my son. He’s too small for his age.” “What vitamins would you like?” asks the pharmacist. She replied, “I don’t know you’re the pharmacist.” “Would you like vitamins A, B, C, or D?” the pharmacist asks. “It doesn’t really matter,” she tells him. “Why is that?” the pharmacist asks her. “He doesn’t know how to read yet, so how is he supposed to tell the difference between A, B, C, or D?” she responds.

EN REALIDAD NO IMPORTA

Una señora entra a una farmacia, y le dice al farmacéutico: “Necesito vitaminas para mi niño. Está muy pequeño para su edad.” “¿Cuáles vitaminas desea llevar?” le pregunta el farmacéutico. “Yo no sé. Usted es el farmacéutico,” le dice la madre. “¿Quisiera llevar vitaminas A, B, C, o D?” le pregunta el farmacéutico. “En realidad no importa,” ella le dice. “¿Por qué dice usted eso?” le pregunta el caballero. “El niño no sabe leer todavía. ¿Entonces cómo debe saber la diferencia entre la A, B, C, o la D?” le pregunta ella.

AN APPLE A DAY

A man had been waiting four hours in the waiting room of the Emergency Section of the hospital. His wife had given him an apple to bite it in case he could not stand the pain. Seeing the apple the doctor’s assistant came up to him and said, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” The man said, “So far it has kept him away for four hours.”

UNA MANZANA DIARIA

Un señor había estado esperando cuatro horas en la sala de espera de la sala de emergencia de un hospital. Su esposa le había dado una manzana para que la mordiera si no podía aguantar el dolor. Al ver la manzana una asistente del doctor se acercó al paciente y le dijo, “Una manzana al día aleja al doctor.” El señor le contestó, “Hasta ahorita lo ha alejado por cuatro horas.”

THE HEAVENLY GOLF GAME

Jesus, Moses, and an old man go golfing. The first one to tee off is Moses. He smashes the ball and it is heading right for the water hazard before the green. Moses raises his club, the water parts, and the ball makes it to the green. Jesus gets up to swing, cranks it out, and it is headed for the water hazard. Jesus closes his eyes and prays. The ball skips across the water and lands on the green two feet from the hole. The old man’s turn comes and he drives the ball. The ball looks like it is going to drop directly into the water. A fish jumps from the water hazard swallowing the ball, as an eagle drops from the sky, grabbing the fish. As the eagle flies over the green, a bolt of lightning strikes the eagle, making it drop the fish. As the fish hits the green, it spits out the ball and the ball falls into the hole, making a hole in one. Jesus looks at Moses and says, “I really think I’m leaving Dad at home next time!”

EL JUEGO DE GOLF DIVINO

Jesús, Moisés y un ancianito juegan al golf. Moisés es el primero en jugar. Le pega a la bola, y ésta se va derechito al agua que está antes de lo verde. Moisés alza su palo, el agua se abre, y la bola rueda hacia lo verde. y cae cerca del agujero. El turno le toca a Jesús. Le pega a la bola con fuerza, y ésta se va derechito al agua. Jesús cierra los ojos y ora. La bola se va rebotando sobre el agua y cae en lo verde dos pies del agujero. Luego el ancianito toma su palo le pega a la bola, y ésta se va derechito al agua, pero un pez grande salta del agua y se traga la bola. Un águila baja rápidamente, coge al pez y comienza a ascender. Un rayo le pega al águila, y ésta deja caer al pez. El pez cae en lo verde, suelta la bola la cual rueda y cae en el hueco. Jesús le dice a Moisés, “La próxima vez voy a dejar a mi Papá en casa.”

DO YOU EXERCISE?

John and Mike, two friends who hadn’t seen each other for years, met on the street one day. John, a muscular man who exercised every day, seeing that Mike was 30 pounds or more overweight, asked him, “Do you ever exercise?” Mike answered, “Of course, I do!” Then John asked him, “What type of exercises do you do?” Mike responded: “I exercise my right to vote, my right to drive a car, my right to use the public library, my right to eat junk food, and many other rights.”

¿HACES EJERCICIO?

Juan y Miguel, dos amigos quienes no se habían visto por muchos años, un día se encontraron en la calle. Juan, un hombre muscular quien hacía ejercicio todos los días, viendo que Miguel estaba unas treinta libras sobrepeso le preguntó, “¿Haces ejercicio?” “Claro que sí,” le contestó Miguel. Entonces Juan le preguntó, “¿Qué clase de ejercicios haces?” Miguel le informó, “Ejercito mi derecho de votar, de conducir mi auto, de usar la biblioteca pública, de comer comida chatarra, y muchos otros derechos.”

THE BANANA PEEL

“One day Johnny got home from school very early, and his mom asked, “Why are you home so early?” He answered, “Because I was the only one that answered a question in my class.” She said, “I am proud of you son!” Then she asked, “What was the question?” Johnny replied, “The question was ‘Who put a banana peel outside the door of the principal’s office?”

LA CÁSCARA DE BANANA

Un día Juanito regresó de la escuela tempranito, y su mamá le preguntó: “¿Por qué volviste tan temprano?” El hijo le dijo: “Porque fui el único en la clase que contestó una pregunta.” La mamá muy orgullosa le dijo: “¡Me siento muy orgullosa de ti!” Luego le preguntó: “¿Cuál fue la pregunta?” El chico le contestó: “La pregunta fue: “Quién puso la cáscara de banana fuera de la puerta de la oficina del director?”

SOMETHING SMELLS

The right eye and the left one were having a good conversation. Suddenly the right eye tells the left eye: “Between you and me something really smells.” The left eye answers: “Yes, it smells all the time, and we can’t get rid of it.”

ALGO HUELE

El ojo derecho y el ojo izquierdo estaban conversando. De repente el ojo derecho le dice al otro: “Entre tú y yo algo huele bastante.” Le contesta el ojo izquierdo: “Sí, huele todo el tiempo, y lo malo es que no nos podemos deshacer de eso

WHO IS THE FAT MAN LIVING WITH US?

A thirty-five-year-old mother was showing her eight-year-old son some pictures of when the couple was very young. She showed him a picture when her husband was slim and had plenty of hair. The mother said: “This is your father. Isn’t he good looking?” “Yes, he is very good looking, but who is the fat and bald headed man who is living with us?” the boy asked.

¿QUIÉN ES EL GORDO Y CALVO QUE VIVE CON NOSOTROS?

Una señora de 35 años le estaba enseñando fotos de cuando la pareja era jovencita a su hijo de ocho años. Le enseñó una foto de su esposo cuando era delgado y tenía mucho cabello. La mamá le dijo: “Este es tu papá. ¿No es muy bien parecido?” “Sí, es muy guapo, ¿pero quién es el gordo y calvo que vive con nosotros?” le preguntó el niño.

DO YOU HAVE ANY RECOMMENDATIONS?

A cleaning lady goes to an expensive home looking for a job. The lady of the house open the door and asks: “Yes, what can I do for you?” “I am looking for a job cleaning houses,” the cleaning lady tells us. “Do you have any recommendations?” the lady of the house asks her. “yes. keep the house clean, don’t leave dirty dishes, make your bed, give me my own bedroom, and pay me well,” the cleaning lady tells her.

¿TIENE RECOMENDACIONES?

Una señora limpiadora de casas llega a una casa muy lujosa para pedir empleo. La dama de la casa abre la puerta y le pregunta: “¿En qué puedo servirle?” La señora le dice: “Busco empleo limpiando casas.” “¿Tiene referencias y recomendaciones?” le pregunta la dama. La señora le contesta: “Sí. Me refiero y recomiendo que mantengan la casa limpia, no me dejen platos sucios, tiendan la cama, me den mi propia recámara, y me paguen bien.”

TO GO TO THE CIRSUS

A young mother, who is trying to teach her six-year-old daughter between good and evil, tells her, “If you behave well you will go to heaven, but if you don’t behave well you will go to hell.” The child asks her, “And what do I have to do to go to the circus?”

PARA IR AL CIRCO

Una mamá joven, quien está tratando de enseñarle entre el bien y el mal a su hija de seis años, le dice, “Si te portas bien irás al cielo, pero si te portas mal irás al infierno.” La niña le pregunta, “¿Y qué tengo que hacer para ir al circo?”

THE SERMON ON LYING

A pastor started his sermon by asking: “Today’s sermon is on lying. How many of you have lied.” Nobody raises his hand. Then the pastor asks: “How many of you have read chapter 25 of the Gospel of Luke?” All of them raise their hands. The pastor tells them, “All of you are lying. There are only 24 chapters in Luke’s Gospel.”

EL SERMÓN SOBRE EL MENTIR

Un pastor comenzó el sermón diciendo: “¿Cuántos de ustedes han mentido?” Nadie levanta la mano. Luego les pregunta, “¿Cuántos de ustedes han leído el capítulo 25 de Lucas?” Todos levantan la mano. Entonces el pastor les dice: “Todos son mentirosos, porque el libro de Lucas solamente tiene 24 capítulos.”

THE SLOT MACHINE REPAIRMAN

“One day at a fast food restaurant, a woman suddenly yelled, “My five-year-old daughter’s choking! She swallowed a quarter. Please, anyone, help!” Immediately a man at a nearby table rushed up to her and squeezed the girl from behind. The quarter popped out and rolled down the floor. The lady said: “Thank you, Sir!” Then she asked him, “Are you a doctor?” He told her, “No, Ma’am. I work for the casinos on slot machines removing stuck coins from them.”

EL REPARADOR DE MÁQUINA TRAGAMONEDAS

“Un día en un restaurante de comida rápida, una señora de repente gritó, “Mi niña de cinco años se está ahogando. ¡Se tragó una moneda de veinticinco centavos! Inmediatamente un señor quien estaba en otra mesa cogió a la niña por detrás le dio un abrazo fuerte apretado, y la moneda salió y rodó sobre el piso. La mamá le dijo, “¡Gracias, señor!” Luego le preguntó, “¿Es usted médico?” “No,” le contestó el caballero, “Reparo máquinas tragamonedas en los casinos, y cuando se atoran las monedas yo las saco.”

I HAVE TO WHISPER

A mother took her six-year-old boy to church. While the pastor was preaching the little boy said, “Mommy, I have to pee.” The mother said to the little boy, “It’s not appropriate to say the word ‘pee’ in church. So, from now on whenever you have to ‘pee’ just tell me that you have to ‘whisper’.” The following Sunday, the little boy went to church with his father and during the service he said to his father, “Daddy, I have to whisper.“ The father looked at him and said, “Okay, just whisper in my ear.” I am sure you can imagine what happened after that.

TENGO QUE SUSURRAR

Una mamá llevó a su niño de seis años a la iglesia. Mientras el pastor predicaba el niño le dijo a la mamá: “Mamita, tengo que orinar.” La mamá le dijo al niño no es bueno que digas orinar en la iglesia. De aquí en adelante cuando tengas que orinar, di: “Tengo que susurrar.” El próximo domingo el padre llevó al niño a la iglesia. Al niño le dieron ganas, y le dijo a su papá: “Papito, tengo que susurrar.” El papá le dijo, “Susúrrame en el oído.” Estoy seguro que pueden imaginarse lo que pasó.

THE MEAN PARROT

A pirate died and he left his mean parrot to his nephew. The parrot was always insulting people with bad words. The nephew tried and tried to correct it, but the parrot would only get worse. One day the man had enough of the parrot’s insults, hoping it would freeze to death, he put it in the freezer next to a frozen Foster Farms chicken. After about ten minutes the man felt guilty, so he took out the half-frozen parrot. The parrot told him: “From now on I will do everything you tell me, and I am going to be nice to everybody.” As the man was wondering what had given the parrot a change of heart, the parrot asked him, “What did that chicken do?”

EL LORO MALO

Un pirata se murió y le dejó su loro mal hablado a su sobrino. El loro insultaba al dueño y a toda persona que se le acercaba. El hombre trataba de corregirlo, pero el loro empeoraba más y más. Un día el hombre quien ya estaba bien enfadado de los insultos del loro, lo tomó y lo puso en el congelador al lado de un pollo congelado de Foster Farms. Después de unos diez minutos el hombre se sintió culpable, y sacá al loro que ya estaba medio congelado. Inmediatamente el loro le dijo, “De aquí en adelante haré todo lo que me diga, y seré amable con todos.” Mientras el hombre contemplaba lo que había hecho mejorar al loro, éste le preguntó: “¿Qué hizo el pollo que estaba conmigo?”

A HOLE IN ONE

A young boy told his mother: “Mom, I’m going golfing with my friends.” She told him, “Take an extra pair of pants.” He asked her, “Why, mom?” She said, “Just in case you get a hole in one.”

UN HOYO EN UNO

Un jovencito le dijo a su madre: “Mamá voy a jugar al golf con mis amigos.” La mamá le dijo, “Lleva un par de pantalones extra.” “¿Por qué quieres que haga eso?” le preguntó el hijo. La mamá le contestó: “En caso que hagas un hoyo en uno.”

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YOU WANT ME TO STAY

A wife, who was fuming mad, threw her husband’s belonging out on the front yard. When he was ready to come in through the front door, she told him: “I hope you have a miserable life, die a horrible slow death, and suffer lots of pain.” “That has to mean you want me to stay,” he told her.

QUIERES QUE ME QUEDE

Una esposa, quien estaba extremadamente furiosa, tiró al patio delantero todas las pertinencias de su esposo. Más tarde cuando él estaba por entrar, ella le dijo: “Espero que tengas una vida miserable, que mueras una muerte horrible despaciosamente, y que sufras mucho dolor.” “Eso tiene que significar que quieres que me quede,” le dijo el esposo

THIS IS THE SAFEST PLACE

An adolescent boy with very long hair came in running into a barber shop and sat down in one of the empty chairs. When the barber finished with the current client, he asked the boy, “What kind of haircut do you want?” The boy replied, “I don’t need a haircut.” “Why are you here?” the barber asked him. “My father is looking for me to punish me because I disobeyed him, and this is the last place he would look,” the boy told him.

ES EL LUGAR MÁS SEGURO

Un adolescente con pelo larguísimo llegó corriendo a una barbería y rápidamente se sentó en una silla disponible. Cuando el barbero terminó de cortarle el pelo al cliente que tenía le preguntó al chico, “¿Cómo quiere que le corte el pelo?” El chico le contestó, “No necesito que me corte el pelo.” ¿Entonces, por qué está aquí?” le preguntó el barbero. “Mi papá me anda buscando para castigarme porque lo desobedecí, y éste es el último lugar donde me buscaría,” le contestó el jovencito.

GOOD AT CHOPPING WOOD

An owner of a lumberjack business put an ad in the newspaper stating he needed an experienced lumberjack to do a big and difficult job. The next day a man showed up with a big axe. He said: “I came to do that big job you advertized.” The owner asked: “Do you have any experience?” The man replied: “Yes, I worked in the Sahara.” The owner told him: “That is a barren desert. There are no trees there.” The man replied: “I know. It took me two weeks to chop them all down.”

BUENO PARA CORTAR LEÑA

Un dueño de un negocio de vender leña puso un anuncio en el periódico que necesitaba un leñador con mucha experiencia para un trabajo grande y difícil. El día siguiente llegó un leñador con un hacha grandísima, y le dijo: “Vine para hacer el trabajo que usted anunció.” El dueño le preguntó” “¿Tiene usted experiencia?” El leñador respondió: “Sí, trabajé en el Sahara.” El dueño le dijo: “Ese es un desierto árido. Allí no hay árboles.” El leñador le contestó: “Yo sé. Los corté todos en dos semanas.”

A businessman sat in the corner of the room wearing a dunce’s hat with a dumb expression on his face.

STAND IN THE CORNER

Two fools were in a very cold room without a heating system. One commented: “I am very cold. It must be around 10 degrees in here.” The other one told him: “Go stand in that corner. It’s 90 degrees there.” The second one was right because almost every corner has a 90-degree angle.

VETE A ESA ESQUINA

Dos tontos estaban en un cuarto muy frio que no tenía calefacción. Uno le dijo al otro: “Tengo mucho frio. No llega ni a los 15 grados bajo cero.” El otro le dijo: “Vete a esa esquina, y encontrarás 90 grados.” El segundo tonto tenía razón, porque casi todas las esquinas tienen un ángulo de 90 grados

MOSES ON A FLIGHT

For some strange reason Moses and his wife Sephora found themselves on the same flight as George and Laura Bush. Sephora said to Moses: “Moses, let’s go and meet George and Laura Bush.” Moses replied: “Don’t even let them see you. Last time I talked to a bush I had to spend forty years in the desert.”

EL VUELO DE MOISÉS (Bush en inglés es zarza en español)

Por alguna casualidad muy extraña Moisés y su esposa Sefora se encontraban en el mismo vuelo con George W. Bush y su esposa Laura. Sefora le dice a Moisés: “Moisés, vamos a charlar con George y Laura Bush.” George le dice: “Ni siquiera permitas que te vean. La última vez que hablé con una zarza tuve que pasar cuarenta años en el desierto

THE HEAD HOG

A very wealthy man called the church’s secretary and told her: “I want to speak to the head hog.” The secretary told him: “I am sorry, but the head pastor is not in today.” The man said: “That is too bad because I wanted to donate twenty thousand dollars to your church.” The secretary advised him: “Wait a minute! Porky just walked in.”

EL CERDO PRINCIPAL

Un hombre riquísimo llamó a la secretaria de la iglesia y le dijo: “Por favor, comuníqueme con el cerdo principal.” “Lo siento, pero el pastor principal no está aquí hoy,” le contestó la secretaria. “!Qué lástima! exclamó el señor, “yo quería donarle veinte mil dólares a su iglesia.” “Espere un momentito,” le dijo la secretaria, “el marrano principal acaba de entrar

HE LOST BOTH LEGS

A patient who had been in a terrible automobile accident woke up from the anesthesia asked the doctor: “Am I going to lose both legs?” The doctor told him: “I am going to put both of them in a bag. If you lose the bag that’s entirely up to you.”

PERDIÓ AMBAS PIERNAS

Un paciente quien había sufrido un accidente automovilístico horrible al despertar de la anestesia le preguntó al doctor: “¿Doctor, voy a perder ambas piernas?” El médico le contestó: “Las voy a poner en una bolsa. Si usted pierde la bolsa, eso ya consiste en usted.”


                                                                  FIRST TIME AT SUNDAY SCHOOL
A twelve-year-old child who knew nothing about the Bible went to Sunday School for the first time with a friend who invited him. He approached his father and asked him, “Dad, do you know which disciple had the fastest car?” The father laughed and said, “They did not have cars in those days.” “Sure they did,” the son told him. “How do you know?” the father asked him curiously. “I know because John had first, second and third. The other ones probably had an automatic transmission,” the son told him.

                                                       LA PRIMERA VEZ EN LA ESCUELA DOMINICAL
Un chico de doce años, quien no sabía nada de la biblia, fue a la escuela dominical por la primera vez con un amigo que lo había invitado. Se le acercó al papá y le preguntó, “¿Papá, sabes cuál discípulo tenía el carro más rápido?” El papá se rió, y le dijo, “No tenían coches en esos días.” “Claro que sí los tenían,” le dice el hijo. “¿Cómo sabes?” le preguntó el señor. “Lo sé, porque Juan tenía primera, segunda y tercera. Los otros han de haber tenido una transmisión automática,” le contesta el hijo.

I’M A ROCKER

A young man is at the bank talking to the lending officer. The young man says: “I need a loan for ten thousand dollars.” The lending officer asks him: “Do you have a job?” “Yes, of course I do,” answers the young man. “What type of work do you do?” asks the lending officer. “I’m a rocker,” the young man tells him. “Do you play in a band?” the man asks him. “No, I do it by myself,” the young man answers. “What kind of rock do you play?” the officer asks him. “I pick up special rocks and sell them. I’m a rocker,” the borrower tells him. The lending officer just shakes his head.

SOY ROQUERO

Un jovencito está en el banco hablando con un prestamista. El joven le dice: “Necesito un préstamo de diez mil dólares.” El prestamista le pregunta: “Tiene usted empleo?” “Claro que lo tengo,” le contesta el joven. “¿Qué clase de empleo tiene,?” le pregunta el banquero. “Soy roquero,” le contesta el muchacho. “¿Toca usted en una banda?” le pregunta el señor. “No, yo trabajo solo,” le contesta el jovencito. “¿Qué clase de rock toca?” le pregunta el prestamista. “Recojo rocas especiales y las vendo. Soy roquero,” le repite el joven. El prestamista solamente nueve la cabeza.

THREE SCIENTISTS

Three scientists are trying to impress the others by telling them how much they love to read and how funny they can be. The Englishman says: “I haven’t been able to put this book down for three weeks?” The Japanese asks him, “Why Not?” “Because it’s about anti-gravity,” the Englishman responds. Then the Japanese says, “I have been wearing these pajamas for four weeks.” “Why is that?” the American asks. “Because I have been engulfed in a book called, “The Rising Sun,” the Japanese tells him. “I have been running away from sharks for the last five weeks,” the American states. “Why is that?” the Englishman asks him. “Because I am in the middle of … “The Old Man and the Sea,” the American answers.

TRES CIENTÍFICOS

Cada uno de tres científicos trata de sobresalir para impresionar a los otros dos. El inglés dice, “No he podido dejar este libro en tres semanas.” “¿Por qué no?” le pregunta el japonés. “Porque habla de la anti-gravedad,” le responde el inglés. Entonces el japonés dice, “Hace cuatro semanas que no me he quitado este pijama.” “¿Cuál es la razón?” le pregunta el americano. “Es que estoy leyendo un libro titulado, “El Sol Naciente,” le responde el japonés. “Por las últimas cinco semanas les he estado huyendo a los tiburones,” dice el americano. “¿Por qué es eso?” le pregunta el inglés. “Es que estoy leyendo el libro de Hemingway por título, “El Anciano y el Mar.”

THE ELDERLY COUPLE

On the fourth of July in a very small town in the Midwest a newlywed young man decided to take his bride for breakfast to the only restaurant in town. There was a long waiting line of young families. The waitress told him: “Either you have to wait about an hour and a half, or you can share a table now with a very elderly couple.” The young couple decided to do that. During breakfast the elderly gentleman would ask his wife things such as: “Darling, please pass the butter.” She would reply, “Yes, sweetheart.” Then he would say, “Sugar plum, please hand me the cream.” She would say: “Here it is, honey bunch.” This kept going on during the entire breakfast. The young couple was very impressed, so the young lady asked the elderly lady: “It’s amazing how much you love each other. We can tell by the way you address each other.” “Oh, you must mean why we say, ‘sugar plum, sweet heart, sugar plum and so on.’” Then the elderly gentleman added: “We say those things because we can’t remember our names.”

LA PAREJA DE ANCIANITOS

El cuatro de julio en un pueblo pequeño en el medio oeste de los Estados Unidos un jovencito recién casado decidió llevar a su esposa a desayunar al único restaurante del pueblo. Había una línea larga de familias que esperaban entrar. La mesera le dijo: “O esperan una hora y media, o se sientan ahorita en una mesa con una pareja de ancianitos.” La pareja jovencita decidió desayunar con los ancianos. Durante el desayuno los ancianitos se expresaban así: “Amorcito, pásame la mantequilla, por favor.” Ella le contestaba: “Con mucho gusto, corazón.”

Luego él decía: “Amada mía, préstame tu servilleta.” “Sí, cariño. Aquí la tienes.” Así continuó la experiencia durante todo el desayuno. La pareja joven estaba impresionada. La jovencita le dijo a la ancianita: “Es maravilloso como se aman. Podemos verlo por la manera que se dirige el uno al otro.” “O ha de referirse a cómo nos decimos, “amorcito, corazón, amada mía, cariño y cosas semejantes,” le respondió la ancianita. Luego el anciano agregó: “Decimos esas cosas porque se nos han olvidado nuestros nombres.”

THE ALARM SYSTEM

An elderly man had an alarm system installed in his house, but unfortunately he did not know how it worked, much less how to operate it. He called the company and as he spoke to a technician, he said: “I don’t know much about this alarm system. Please explain to me how it works as plain as if I were a small child.” The technician told him: “Yes, I will, but please put your mommy on the phone.”

EL SISTEMA DE ALARMA

Un anciano ordenó que le instalaran un sistema de alarma a su casa, pero desafortunadamente no sabía cómo funcionaba, mucho menos como operarlo. Llamó la compañía, y al hablar con el técnico le dijo: “No sé mucho de este sistema. Por favor, explíqueme como funciona como si yo fuera un niño pequeño.” El técnico le dijo: “Sí, lo haré, pero primero ponga a su mamacita en el teléfono.”

HOW MUCH IS A CUP OF COFFEE?

In Caracas, Venezuela a poor peasant went into a government-run restaurant and asked: “How much is a cup of coffee?” “5,000 bolivares,” the owner told him. “And how much is the sugar and the cream,” the peasant asked. “They are free,” the owner answered him. “Then give me two kilos of sugar and one gallon of cream,” the peasant told the owner.

¿CUÁNTO CUESTA UNA TAZA DE CAFÉ?

En Caracas, Venezuela un pobre campesino entra a un restaurante del gobierno y pregunta: “¿Cuánto cuesta una taza de café?” El dueño le dice: “Cuesta 5 mil bolívares.” “¿Y cuánto cuesta el azúcar y la crema?” pregunta el campesino. “Son gratis,” le responde el dueño. “Entonces deme dos kilos de azúcar, y un galón de crema,” le dice el campesino.

WHAT WERE YOU EXPECTING?

A man is in the wrong section of town and enters a hole-in-the-wall restaurant. Being that he was not too hungry and knowing that the restaurant probably does not have good food, he just orders a bowl of soup. A fly comes in fast, and lands on his soup. He calls the waiter and says: “Waiter, a fly just landed on my soup.” The waiter tells him: “For the price you are paying, were you expecting a helicopter or a jet to land there?”

¿QUÉ ESPERABA?

Un hombre quien se encontraba en la mala sección de la ciudad entró a un restaurante de vida o muerte, y ordenó solamente un tazón de sopa, porque no tenía mucha hambre y pensaba que tal vez la comida no sería muy buena. Una mosca llegó volando rápidamente y se paró en su sopa. El hombre llamó al mesero y le dijo: “Mesero, una mosca acaba de aterrizar en mi sopa.” El mesero le contestó: “Por el precio que va a pagar, ¿esperaba que aterrizara un helicóptero o un avión?”

USE THE ATM

An out of shape wealthy old man had been going to the gym for a few months to exercise. He had been paying close attention to a beautiful young lady who exercised at the different machines. He asked one of the trainers: “What machine should I use to impress that young lady?” The trainer told him: “She just lost her job. Use the ATM machine, and slowly withdraw as much money as you can. That will impress her for sure.”

USE EL CAJERO AUTOMÁTICO

Un anciano rico en malas condiciones físicas había comenzado a hacer ejercicio en un gimnasio. Por varias semanas había estado observando a una chica bella quien hacia ejercicio en varias máquinas. Le preguntó a uno de los entrenadores: “¿Cuál máquina debo usar para impresionar a esa chica?” El entrenador le contestó” “Ella acaba de perder su empleo. Use el cajero automático, y despaciosamente retire todo el dinero que pueda de su cuenta. Eso de seguro la impresionará.”




                                     ADAM IN THE GARDEN OF EDEN
Being alone in the garden of Eden, Adam came to God and told Him: “God, I want a beautiful wife with blue eyes, wavy blond hair, luscious lips and a curvy body.” God told him: “That will cost you an arm and a leg.” Adam thought about it, and then asked God: “What will you give me for a rib?” And that’s how Eve came about.

 



                                    ADÁN EN EL JARDÍN DEL EDÉN
Sintiéndose solo en el jardín del Edén, Adán le dijo a Dios: “Quiero que me des una esposa hermosa con ojos azules, cabello rubio ondulado, labios sabrosos, y un cuerpo espectacular.”
Dios le dijo: “Eso te costará un ojo de la cara.”Adán pensó un momento, y luego le preguntó a Dios: “¿Qué me das por una costilla?” Y así fue como resultó Eva.

                                                           THE WIRELESS TELEPHONE
Three engineers – an American, a Russian, and a Mexican were boasting about their countries. The American said: “We dug ten feet and found a copper wire. That means we had a wireless phone a hundred years ago. The Russian said: “In Siberia we dug twenty feet and found a copper wire. That means we had a wireless phone two hundred years ago. The Mexican told them: “That’s nothing. We dug two hundred feet and found no copper wire. That means we had a wireless phone, at least, two-thousand years ago.”

                                                            EL TELÉFONO INALÁMBRICO
Tres ingenieros – uno estadounidense, un ruso, y un mexicano estaban vanagloriando a sus países. El americano dijo: “Excavamos diez pies y encontramos un alambre de cobre. Eso significa que teníamos teléfono inalámbrico desde hace cien años.” El ruso dijo: “En Siberia excavamos y encontramos un alambre de cobre a los veinte pies. Eso quiere decir que teníamos teléfono inalámbrico hace doscientos años. El mexicano les dijo: “Eso no es nada. Nosotros excavamos doscientos pies y no encontramos nada. Eso nos dice que teníamos teléfono inalámbrico por lo menos por dos mil años.”

HAS IT COME TO THAT?

An unbeliever old woman went to the bank to withdraw two-thousand dollars. The clerk asked her: “In what denominations do you want your money?” The lady thought to herself: “Has it come to that?” Then she told the clerk: “Give me some Catholic bills, some Mormon, some

Jehovah’s Witnesses, and some Pentecostal.” The clerk told her: “We don’t have any of those in here.” The lady said: “Then I don’t care if you give me some Orthodox ones.”

¿HA LLEGADO A ESO?

Una ancianita incrédula fue al banco para retirar dos mil dólares. El dependiente le preguntó: “En qué denominaciones quiere que le demos su dinero?” La ancianita pensó: “¿Ya ha llegado a ese extremo?” Luego le dijo al dependiente: “Deme unos católicos, otros mormones, unos testigos de Jehová, y algunos pentecostales.” El joven le contestó: “No tenemos ningunos de esos.” Entonces deme uno ortodoxos,” le dijo la señora.

THAT REALLY WAS A BAD DAY

“There was this guy at a bar, just looking at his drink. He stays like that for a half hour. Then a big trouble making truck driver steps next to him, takes the drink from the guy, and just drinks it all down. The poor man starts crying. The truck driver says, “Come on man, I was just joking. Here, I’ll buy you another drink. I just can’t stand to see a man cry.” “No, it’s not that,” the man replies, wiping his tears, “This day is the worst of my life. First, I oversleep & I go in late to my office. My outraged boss fires me. When I leave the building to go to my car, I find out it was stolen. The police say they can do nothing. I get a cab to go home, and when I get out, I remember I left my wallet. The cab driver just drives away. I go inside my house where I find my wife in bed with the gardener. I leave my home, come to this bar, and just when I was thinking about putting an end to my life, you show up and drink my poison.”

FUE UN MAL DÍA

“Estaba un señor en una cantina mirando fijamente su bebida. Lo hizo por media hora. Llega un camionero peleonero, se da cuenta que el otro no toma su bebida, se la quita y se la toma. El señor comienza a llorar. El camionero le dice: “Yo solamente lo hizo por jugar. No quiero verlo llorar. Le compro otra bebida.” “No es eso,” le contesta el señor, “éste ha sido el peor día de mi vida. Llegué tarde al trabajo y me despidieron. Al salir de ese edificio me di cuenta que me habían robado el coche. Tomé un taxi para ir a mi casa, y como se me había olvidado la cartera con el dinero, el taxista me golpeó. Entré a mi casa, y encontré a mi esposa en la cama con el jardinero. Caminé a esta cantina para tomarme un trago de veneno y morirme, pero usted se lo tomó.”

THE TALKING FROG

A very old man went fishing, and as he was getting ready he heard a voice that told him: “Pick me up and you will enjoy me.” The man thought he was hearing things, so he kept on getting his gear ready. Then he heard the same voice that told him: “If you pick me up and kiss me I will become a beautiful princess and will make you very happy.” The old man looked down saw a frog talking to him, so he picked it up, put it in his shirt pocket, ant told it: “At my age, I would much rather have a talking frog than a wife.”

LA RANA PARLANTE

Un ancianito viudo fue a pescar, y mientras preparaba su equipo escuchó una voz que le decía: “Levántame y me disfrutarás.” El anciano pensaba que estaba oyendo cosas, y por eso continuó preparando su equipo. Entonces oyó la misma voz que le dijo: “Si me levantas y me besas me convertiré en una princesa hermosa y te haré feliz.” El anciano miró hacia abajo, vio que la rana le hablaba, la levantó, se la puso en el bolsillo de la camisa, y le dijo: “A mi edad prefiero tener una rana parlante, y no esposa.”

THE GREEDY OLD MAN

A very wealthy old man was about to die, so he told his wife to put two million dollars in a suitcase in the attic directly above his bed. His idea was to grab it on his way up and take it to heaven with him. The wife did as she was told. Three months later she went up to clean up the attic, and she found the suitcase full of money. She thought to herself and said: “My husband should have asked me to put the suitcase in the basement directly under his bed.”

EL ANCIANO TACAÑO

Un anciano riquísimo estaba por morir, y por eso le dijo a su esposa que pusiera dos millones de dólares en una maleta y que la pusiera en el ático en línea directa y vertical de su cama. Su plan era que cuando fuera subiendo la cogería y se la llevaría al cielo con él. La esposa hizo lo que se le pidió. Tres meses después cuando la dama subió al ático para limpiarlo encontró la maleta con el dinero. Pensó y se dijo a sí misma: “Yo debería haber puesto la maleta en el sótano directamente debajo de su cama.”

BURY HER IN EGYPT

A man, his wife and his mother-in-law were traveling through the Middle East. The mother-in-law who was always at odds with the man died. He inquired as to where to bury her. He was told it would cost him twenty thousand dollars in Egypt, six thousand in Iran, but only five hundred in Israel. The funeral owner asked him: “Would you like us to bury her in Israel, since it’s so much cheaper?” The man replied emphatically: “Bury her in Egypt. King Tutankhamun never ever revived, but a man they buried in Israel about two thousand years ago resurrected on the third day.”

ENTIÉRRENLA EN EGIPTO

Un señor, su esposa, y su suegra viajaban por el Medio Oriente. La suegra, quien siempre estaba en desacuerdo con su yerno, murió. El hombre investigó donde podrían sepultarla. Le dijeron que le costaría veinte mil dólares en Egipto, seis mil en Irán, pero solamente quinientos en Israel. El dueño de la funeraria le preguntó: “¿Quisiera que la sepultáramos en Israel, siendo que es el lugar más barato?” El señor contestó enfáticamente: “Entiérrenla en Egipto. El rey Tutankamón fue sepultado allí, y jamás revivió, pero hace dos mil años enterraron a un hombre en Israel, y resucitó al tercer día.”

YES, I WOULD GIVE HIM ONE

Roberto, a nephew of Venezuelan dictator Nicolás Maduro, asked a peasant man: “If you had two houses, would you give one to my uncle?” “Of course I would,” the man replied. “If you had two automobiles, would you give one to the government?” “Yes, I would,” the man answered. “If you had two cows, would you give one to my uncle?” Roberto asked. “I would most definitely not!” the man answered emphatically. “And why not?” Roberto asked him. “Because I don’t have two houses nor do I have two cars, but I do have two cows,” the peasant told him.

SÍ, LE DARÍA UNA

Roberto, el sobrino de Nicolás Maduro, le pregunta a un campesino: “¿Si usted tuviera dos casas, le daría una a mi tío?” “Desde luego que sí,” le contesta el señor. Luego le pregunta Roberto: “¿Si tuviera dos coches, le daría uno al gobierno?” “Con mucho gusto lo haría,” le contesta el hombre. Entonces le dice el sobrino de Maduro: “¿Si usted tuviera dos vacas le daría una a la Revolución Bolivariana?” “Jamás haría yo eso,” le responde el campesino. “¿Y por qué no?” le pregunta Roberto. “Porque no tengo dos casas, ni tengo dos coches, pero sí tengo dos vaquitas,” le contesta el señor.

GET BEHIND ME, SATAN!

A young Christian couple had just gotten married and were very tight on money. Therefore they both agreed not to spend any money other than for food and the basic necessities. One day the husband came home from work and he noticed that his wife had a brand new dress on. He asked her: “Why did you buy that dress?” She replied: “The devil made me do it.” “You should have used scripture and told him, ‘Get behind me, Satan!’” her husband told her. “I did,” she replied, “but he told me that it even looked better from behind.”

¡QUÍTATE DE DELANTE DE MÍ, SATANÁS!

Una pareja joven cristiana acababa de casarse, y ambos estaban muy cortos de dinero. Por eso concordaron en solamente gastar dinero en comestibles y en lo que fuera absolutamente necesario. Un día el jovencito volvió del trabajo y vio que su esposa llevaba un vestido nuevecito. Le preguntó: “¿Por qué compraste ese vestido?” Ella le contestó: “El diablo me dijo que lo hiciera.” “Deberías haberle dicho que quitara de delante de ti y se pusiera atrás como dice la biblia,” le dijo el esposo. “Le dije eso,” respondió ella, “pero me dijo que el vestido aún se miraba mejor de atrás.”

 

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SEE YOUR OWN FAULTS

A Russian proverb says: “In another person’s eye one can see a mote, but in one’s own – one cannot see a log.” In Luke 6:41, Jesus states it this way: “And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not perceive the plank in your own eye?” In John 8:7, when the religious leaders were condemning the lady who had been caught in the very act of adultery, Jesus said to them: “He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first.” This Russian proverb, and what Jesus said need no explanation.

VE TUS PROPIAS FALTAS

Un proverbio ruso dice: “En el ojo de otra persona uno puede ver una mota, pero en su propio ojo – uno no puede ver un leño.” En Lucas 6:41, Jesucristo lo dice así: “ ¿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?” En Juan 8:7, cuando los líderes religiosos acusaban a la mujer quien había sido tomada en el mero hecho de adulterio, Jesús les dijo: “El que de ustedes esté sin pecado sea el primero en arrojar la piedra contra ella.” El proverbio ruso y lo que dijo Jesucristo no necesitan explicaciones

KEEP ON IMPROVING YOURSELF

A proverb from India says: “There is nothing noble in being superior to some other man. The true nobility is in being superior to your previous self.”

There is nothing to be gained by comparing ourselves to other people. What is important is that we set goals and objectives, that we meet them, and that we keep on improving.

CONTINÚA MEJORÁNDOTE

Un proverbio de la India dice: “No hay nada noble en el ser superior a otro hombre. La verdadera nobleza es en ser superior a lo que eras previamente.”

No se gana nada al compararnos con otras personas. Lo importante es que nos pongamos metas y objetivos, que los cumplamos, y que continuemos mejorándonos

 

HUMILITY IS MUCH BETTER THAN PRIDE

A Pakistani proverb says: “Pride is concerned with who is right. Humility is concerned with what is right.” There is a lot of difference between pride and humility. The Pakistani saying makes a lot of sense. We should be concerned a lot more with what is right than with who is right.

LA HUMILDAD ES MUCHO MEJOR QUE EL ORGULLO

Un refrán paquistaní dice: “El orgullo se preocupa de quien tiene la razón. La humildad se preocupa de que es lo correcto.” Hay mucha diferencia entre el orgullo y la humildad. El refrán paquistaní hace mucho sentido. Debemos preocuparnos mucho más de lo que es correcto, y no de quien tiene la razón.

PREPARE NOW, ENJOY IT LATER

A Finnish proverb says: “A youth who does not work hard, will be begging when he is old.”
This is a very wise proverb. It is telling the youth to prepare by studying for a career, learning a skill, and working hard to prepare for a good future. People who do not do that suffer the consequences later on in life.

PREPÁRATE Y DISFRUTA EL FUTURO

Un proverbio finlandés dice: “Un joven quien no trabaja duro, estará pidiendo limosna cuando sea viejo.”
Hay mucha sabiduría en este proverbio. Le dice a la juventud que se prepare y estudie una carrera, que aprenda un oficio, y que se prepare para el futuro. La gente que no lo hace sufre las consecuencias.

LIGHT, EXPERIENCE AND WISDOM

There is a Thai proverb that says: “Light dispels darkness. Wisdom dispels ignorance.”

We should amplify that by saying, “Wisdom, knowledge and experience dispel ignorance.” That is because ignorance is the lack of knowledge, experience and wisdom. All three of them working together can be very powerful.

CONOCIMIENTO, EXPERIENCIA Y SABIDURÍA

Existe un proverbio tailandés que dice: “La luz dispersa la oscuridad. La sabiduría dispersa la ignorancia.”

Debemos agregarle dos cosas más y decir, “La sabiduría, el conocimiento, y la experiencia dispersan la ignorancia.” La razón es que la ignorancia es falta de conocimiento, experiencia, y sabiduría. Cuando se unen esas tres puede ser poderosas.

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LEAVE A GREAT LEGACY

A Greek proverb says: “A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.” Basically what it means is that a society flourishes when its people unselfishly plan and prepare for the future. Are you doing that for your children, grandchildren and for your descendants?

DEJA UN GRAN LEGADO

Un proverbio griego dice: “Una sociedad crece grandiosamente cuando sus hombres ancianos plantan árboles cuya sombra ellos saben que jamás se sentarán bajo de ella.” Básicamente lo que significa es que una sociedad florece cuando su gente desinteresadamente planifica y prepara lo necesario para el futuro. ¿Estás haciendo eso para tus hijos, nietos, y para tu descendencia?

 

IT IS GOOD TO BE PATIENT

A Canadian proverb says: “Patience is a tree whose root is bitter, but its fruit is very sweet.”

It is extremely difficult to wait patiently for something we have been praying and waiting for a long time, but when the prayer is answered it is a time of happiness because it is very rewarding.

ES BUENO TENER PACIENCIA

Un proverbio canadiense dice: “La paciencia es un árbol cuya raíz es amarga, pero su fruta es muy dulce.” Es extremadamente difícil esperar pacientemente por algo que hemos estado orando y esperando un largo tiempo, pero cuando la oración se cumple favorablemente es un tiempo de regocijo por ser muy satisfactorio

THE DRAGON

A Korean proverb says: “A dragon rises from a small stream.”

It normally means that a person coming from humble beginnings can prosper. However it can also mean that a leader coming from a small country can cause a lot of trouble. Examples of that would be: Fidel Castro, Nicolas Maduro and Kim Jong-Un.

EL DRAGÓN

Un proverbio coreano dice: “Un dragón asciende de un arroyuelo.”

Normalmente significa que una persona quien viene de una familia humilde prospera. Sin embargo también puede significar que un líder de un país insignificante puede causar muchos problemas. Ejemplos: Fidel Castro, Nicolás Maduro, y Kim Jong-Un.

DON’T OPEN YOUR MOUTH

An Arabian proverb says: “Don’t open your lips if you are not sure that what you are going to say is more beautiful than the silence.” Along the same lines, Beethoven said: “Never break the silence if it is not to make it better.” In other words, don’t speak for the sake of speaking.

When you say something, make sure it is meaningful.

NO ABRAS LA BOCA

Un proverbio árabe dice: “No abras los labios si no estás seguro de que lo que vas a decir es más hermoso que el silencio.” Beethoven dijo algo parecido: “Nunca rompas el silencio si no es para mejorarlo.” En otras palabras, no hables por hablar. Cuando vayas a decir algo, asegúrate que tenga sentido.

STAY HUMBLE

A South Korean proverb says: “Aim high in your career, but stay humble in your heart.”
It means to work hard and have high expectations, but to remain humble in our attitude. This is excellent advice for all of us. Money, possessions and power should make us humble instead of arrogant. Arrogance comes from Satan, while humility comes from Jesus Christ.

DEBES MANTENERTE HUMILDE

Un refrán de Corea del Sur dice: “Aspira alto en tu carrera, pero debes mantenerte humilde de corazón.”
Nos dice que trabajemos duro con aspiraciones altas, pero que tengamos una actitud de humildad. Es un consejo excelente para nosotros. La acumulación de dinero, las posesiones y el poder que tengamos deberían hacernos humildes y no arrogantes. La arrogancia viene del diablo, mientras que la humildad viene de Jesucristo

DON’T LOOK FOR TROUBLE

A Finnish proverb says: “Don’t look for lice if you are not itching.”
It is excellent advice. In other words, don’t look for trouble or problems if they do not concern you. Let sleeping dogs lie. That includes not poking your nose into somebody else’s business.

NO BUSQUES PROBLEMAS

Un refrán de Finlandia dice, “No busques piojos si no tienes rasquiña.”
Es un consejo excelente. En otras palabras, no busques problemas ni pleitos si no te conciernen. Un dicho mexicano dice, “No le busques ruido al chicharrón.” No te metas en los problemas de otras personas.

ASK THE ONES WHO ARE EXPERIENCED

A Chinese proverb says: “To know the road ahead, ask those coming back.”

It is very wise advice. It means to ask those who have more experience than you. It is always a good idea to consult with others who may be experts in the field, or who have gone through that experience before. That way you may avoid making serious mistakes.

PREGÚNTALES A LOS QUE TIENEN EXPERIENCIA

Un dicho chino dice: “Para conocer el camino que tienes por delante, pregúntales a los que vienen de regreso.”

Es un excelente consejo. El significado es que les preguntes a los que tienen más experiencia que tú. Siempre es buena idea consultar a los expertos en ese ramo, o a los que ya han pasado por esa misma experiencia. Así puedes evitar hacer errores serios.

 

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DON’T ASK FOR ANYTHING

An Albanian proverb says: “When you have given nothing, ask for nothing.”

The American Democrats and the people in the caravans who are trying to enter our country illegally do not understand this proverb. Any person who expects to receive something for nothing lives in a dream world that does not really exist. President Kennedy was correct when he said: “Ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country.”

NO PIDAS NADA

Un proverbio de Albania dice: “Cuando no has dado nada, no pidas nada.”

Los demócratas estadounidenses y la gente de las caravanas centroamericanas quienes tratan de entrar ilegalmente a nuestro país no entienden ese proverbio. Cualquier persona que quiere recibir algo sin dar nada vive en un mundo irreal que no existe. El Presidente John F. Kennedy tenía toda la razón cuando dijo: “No preguntes que puede hacer el país por ti – pregunta que puedes hacer tú por tu país.”

WHAT YOU DO NOT KNOW

A Spanish proverb says, “Ojos que no ven, corazón que no siente,” which means, “Eyes that do not see, the heart does not feel.” We have a similar saying in English…”What you don’t know can’t hurt you.” What both of those proverbs mean is that sometimes it is better not to know something. Once we know something it could affect us in a negative way.

LO QUE NO SABES

Un refrán nuestro dice, “Ojos que no ven, corazón que no siente.” Lo que, en realidad, significa es que muchas veces es mejor no saber algo. La razón es que algunas realidades pueden impactarnos de una manera negativa, pero si no las sabemos no nos afectan

OUR MEMORY FAILS

A Spanish proverb says, “La memoria es como el mal amigo; cuando más falta te hace, te falla,” which means, “Memory is like a bad friend; when you need it the most, it fails you.”

That, of course, happens to many of us. The older we get the more our memory fails us.

LA MEMORIA NOS FALLA

Un refrán nos dice, “La memoria es como el mal amigo; cuando más falta te hace, te falla.”

Muchos hemos pasado por esa experiencia – cuando hemos necesitado la memoria nos ha fallado. Desafortunadamente así como van pasando los años vamos perdiendo la buena memoria que teníamos cuando éramos jóvenes.

PREPARE FOR LIFE!

A Greek proverb says, “How you make your bed is how you are going to sleep.”
If you make your bed well you are going to sleep well, but if you do not make it well, you are not going to sleep well. Of course, this proverb can refer to life itself. If you get a good education, learn a skill well, choose a good profession or career, life will be better for you than if you had not done that.

¡PREPÁRATE PARA LA VIDA!

Un proverbio griego dice, “Como haces tu cama es cómo vas a dormir.”
Si haces tu cama bien, vas a dormir bien, pero si haces tu cama mal, vas a dormir mal. Desde luego que este refrán no solamente se refiere a cómo haces tu cama, sino a cómo te preparas para la vida. Si recibes una buena educación, aprendes un oficio bien, escoges una buena carrera o profesión, la vida va a ser mejor para ti que si no te hubieras preparado.

TO LOVE OR BE LOVED

There is a Portuguese proverb that says, “Só há uma felicidade na vida, amar e ser amado,” which means, “There is only one happiness in life, to love and to be loved.”

Truer words have not been spoken. We have been created by our Creator to love ourselves, love others and love God (Matthew 22:37-40).

AMAR Y SER AMADO

Un refrán portugués dice, “Só há uma felicidade na vida, amar e ser amado,” lo que significa, “Solamente hay una felicidad en la vida, amar y ser amado.”

Palabras más verídicas no se han pronunciado. Hemos sido creados por nuestro Creador para amarnos a nosotros mismos, amar al prójimo, y amar a Dios (Mateo 22:37-40).

A WISE MAN

There is a Yiddish proverb that says, “A wise man hears one word and understands two.”

It means that a wise and intelligent person can understand what somebody else is saying immediately. He or she might even see beyond the words. In Spanish we say, “A buen entendedor pocas palabras,” which actually means, “To a person who understands well, a few words will suffice.”

UN HOMBRE SABIO

Un proverbio yidish dice, “Un hombre sabio oye una palabra y entiende dos.”

Significa que una persona sabia e inteligente puede entender inmediatamente lo que otra persona dice. Hasta es muy posible que entienda más por una simple palabra. En español decimos, “A buen entendedor pocas palabras.”

A GOOD WORKER

A Lithuanian proverb says: “A good ploughman can plough even with a goose.”

That proverb means that a person who is willing to work hard, dedicated, learns easily, and has good intelligence will make it anywhere. The opposite is that some people do not make it anywhere because either they do not have the intelligence or they are not willing to work hard.

UN BUEN TRABAJADOR

Un proverbio lituano dice: “Un buen arador puede arar hasta con un ganso.”

Este refrán significa lo mismo que el dicho mexicano, “El que es buen gallo en cualquier gallinero canta.” En otras palabras el que se prepara, trabaja duro, se entrega a un proyecto, y tiene la suficiencia inteligencia va a prosperar en cualquier lugar del mundo. Lo opuesto también es verdad – el que no se prepara, no quiere trabajar duro o no tiene la inteligencia necesaria no la hace en ninguna parte del mundo.

THREE THINGS MAKE A MAN RICH

A Sicilian proverb says: “Three things make a man rich: Earning and not spending, promising and not doing, buying and not selling.”
It sounds like good advice. I believe most of the politicians know this proverb well because they get paid and don’t spend their own money but the government’s, they promise and don’t deliver, and they have been known to pay one hundred dollars for a screw driver, for giving our money away to other countries, but not really doing good business in bringing money from other governments to us.

TRES COSAS ENRIQUECEN A UN HOMBRE

Un proverbio siciliano dice: “Tres cosan enriquecen a un hombre: Ganar y no gastar, prometer y no cumplir, comprar y no vender.”
Parece ser un buen consejo. Me parece que los políticos saben este proverbio muy bien, porque les pagan y no gastan su propio dinero sino el del gobierno, prometen y no cumplen, y han ocurrido casos donde pagan cien dólares por un destornillador, por darle nuestro dinero a otros países, pero sin hacer buenos negocios porque no nos llega dinero de otros

NO ONE CAN DO IT FOR YOU

An Irish proverb says: “You’ve got to do your own growing, no matter how tall your father was.” What it really means is that every person has to prepare himself to make it in this world. We cannot hang to our father’s coattails. Many sons and daughters of wealthy people try to live by their parents’ accomplishments, and they wind up falling into drugs, going to jail, or being a complete failure in life. Success comes to those who know the future will get here, get ready for it, work hard, develop a plan, and persevere till the end.

NADIE LO PUEDE HACER POR TI

Un dicho irlandés dice: “Tienes que crecer por tu propia cuenta, sin importar que tan alto haya sido tu padre.”  Lo que significa es que uno tiene que prepararse para tener éxito en este mundo. No podemos continuar dependiendo de lo que hayan hecho nuestros padres. Muchos hijos de la gente rica y famosa tratan de vivir por los logros de sus padres, y terminan hundiéndose en el mundo de las drogas, el licor, y de otros fracasos mundanos. El éxito les viene a aquellos quienes saben que el futuro va a llegar, y por eso se preparan, trabajan duro, desarrollan un plan, y perseveran hasta el fin.

BETTER ALONE

A Spanish proverb says: “Mejor solo que mal acompañado,” which means, “Better alone than in bad company.”
Many young people get in serious trouble because of the company they keep. We have to be very careful as to who we let into our lives, and with who we associate. The extreme of being with the wrong person is that it can even get us killed. It has happened to many people in the past, and it will happen to many more in the future. Don’t let it be you!

MEJOR SOLO

Un refrán español dice: “Mejor solo que mal acompañado.” Es un consejo que todos nosotros debemos aceptar y ponerlo en práctica. Muchos jovencitos de buenas familias se meten en problemas por andar en la bola. Uno tiene que tener mucho cuidado a quien permitir entrar a su vida, y con quien asociarse. El extremo de juntarse con la gente equivocada es perder la vida. Les ha sucedido a muchas personas en el pasado, y les ocurrirá a muchas más en el futuro. !No seas uno de ellos!

HALF-TRUTHS

A French proverb says: “Deux demi-vérités ne font pas une vérité,” which of course means: “Two half-truths do not make one truth.”
There are no such truths as a white lie or a half-truth. The truth is absolute and there are no variations of it. Anything that is not the truth is a lie or false. There is nothing in between.

LA VERDAD A MEDIAS

Un proverbio francés dice: “Deux demi-vérités ne Font pas une vérité,” lo que significa: “Dos verdades a medias no forman una verdad.”
No hay tales cosas como verdades a medias o mentiras blancas. La verdad es absoluta y no puede variar. Cualquier declaración que no sea la verdad es falsa y es mentira. Nada más es aceptable.

THE TRUTH IS VALUABLE

A French saying states: “La vérité vaut bien qu’on passe quelques années sans la trouver, “ which of course means, “Truth is more valuable if it takes you a few years to find it.”
That is why the best truths are the ones we learn through the school of hard knocks. There is no substitute for experience. Book knowledge is not sufficient.  Jesus is the absolute truth!

LA VERDAD ES PRECIOSA

Un refrán francés dice: “La vérité vaut bien qu’on passe quelques années sans la trouver,” lo que significa …”La verdad es más preciosa si te toma algunos años para encontrarla.”
Por eso mismo, las verdades que se aprenden por la escuela de la vida son las más importantes. La experiencia no puede ser substituida. El conocimiento por medio del estudio es bueno, pero no es suficiente.  Jesucristo es la verdad absoluta!

HE DOES NOT KNOW ANYTHING

A Hungarian proverb says: “Annyit ért hozza mint tyúk az ébécéhez,” which means, “He knows as much about it as a hen knows about the alphabet.”

In other words, that person does not know anything about the subject being discussed.

NO SABE NADA

Un refrán húngaro dice: “Annyit ért hozza mint tyúk az ébécéhez,” lo que significa, “Él sabe tanto de ese asunto como la gallina sabe del abecedario.”

En otras palabras, esa persona no sabe nada del tema que se está discutiendo.

Royalty-free vector illustration of an exhausted businessman carrying a heavy load on his back. He’s got sweat dripping off of his face and his knees are bent as if they’re about to buckle. Looks like the load is too much for him to bare!

NO ONE KNOWS

“There’s a Spanish proverb that says: “Solo el que lleva el costal, sabe lo que lleva dentro,” which means, “Only the one who is carrying the sack knows what’s inside of it.”
It is very meaningful. Only the person who is going through the problem or is doing the difficult task knows what it is really like. You should not tell somebody, “I know what you’re going through.” The reason is simple – You really don’t know what he or she is going through.

NADIE SABE

Un refrán en español dice: “Solo el que lleva el costal, sabe lo que lleva dentro.”
Es muy verídico, porque solamente la persona quien está pasando por un problema serio o está haciendo una tarea difícil sabe por las que está pasando. Jamás díganle a alguien: “Yo sé cómo te sientes.” La razón es que, en realidad, uno no sabe cómo se siente la otra persona

THE PEARL

A proverb from India says: “A pearl is worthless as long as it is still in its shell.”

That applies just about to everything that is not being used for the purpose it was intended. A personal may have a lot of potential, but if he does not use it, it is worthless to him and to everybody else. A family could have a million dollars in the bank, but if they do not know it’s there, or if they do not withdraw some of it to use when needed, it is as if they did not have it. Jesus died, so that anyone who receives Him might have salvation, but if a person does not receive Him as his Lord and Savior, that person does not have salvation, and hell is waiting for him instead of heaven.

LA PERLA

Un refrán de la India dice: “Una perla es inservible mientras está en la concha.”

Ese principio se le puede aplicar casi a todo en la vida que no se esté utilizando para su propósito correcto. Una persona puede tener mucho potencial, pero si no lo está desarrollando y usando no le hace bien a nadie. Una familia puede tener un millón de dólares en el banco, pero si no sabe que lo tiene o si no retira dinero de su cuenta bancaria, es como si no lo tuviera. Jesucristo murió para que todos tuviéramos la oportunidad de recibirlo como nuestro Señor y Salvador, pero si no lo recibimos no tenemos salvación, y nos espero el infierno en vez

YOU SHOULD OPEN IT

A Spanish proverb says: “La mente es como un paraguas…no sirve si no se abre,” which means, “The mind is like an umbrella…it’s no good if one does not open it.”

Truer words have not been spoken. Unfortunately many people do not really open their minds. They are as closed-minded as can be. Those are the people who espouse hatred, racial prejudice, ignorance, and other negative doctrines.

DEBES ABRIRLA

Un proverbio nuestro dice: “La mente es como un paraguas…no sirve si no se abre.”

¡Qué palabras tan sabias! Desafortunadamente mucha gente, en realidad, no abre la mente. Le cierra la mente a todo lo desconocido. Esas son las personas quienes abrazan y propagan el odio, el prejuicio racial, la ignorancia y otras doctrinas negativas.

THEY WORSHIP ANYTHING

A Spanish proverb says: “He who does not know God, kneels down before any bearded person.”

This proverb is absolutely true. Look at how many so-called gods the different religions have. In some countries they have a so-called saint or virgin for every village, hill, or region. Some people do not only worship the sun, but everything underneath it. Here’s hoping you are not one of them, but if you are, in the Bible read Exodus 20:1-5, 1 Timothy 2:5, and 2 Timothy 3:16.

ADORAN TODO

Un proverbio dice: “El que no conoce a Dios a cualquier barbón se le hinca.”

Ese refrán tiene toda la razón. Vean cuantos llamados dioses tienen las diferentes religiones. En algunos países cada loma, aldea o región tiene su llamado santo o virgen. Algunos hasta adoran al sol, y otros a todo lo que está bajo de él. Ojalá que no sea uno de esos, pero si lo es, en la biblia lea Éxodo 20:1-5, 1 Timoteo 2:5, y 2 Timoteo 3:16.

PULLING SOMEONES LEG-ILLUSTRATION

HELEN KELLER (1880-1968) – American Author, Political Activist and Lecturer

“When one door closes, another opens. But we often look so regretfully upon the closed door that we don’t see the one that has opened for us.”

We focus so much on the past and on situations that have come to their conclusion that we fail to see the opportunities staring us in the face.

HELEN KELLER (1880-1968) – Autora, Activista Política y Lectora Estadounidense

“Cuando una puerta se cierra, otra se abre. Pero solemos quedarnos mirando a la puerta cerrada por tanto tiempo, que no vemos a la otra que se nos ha abierto.”

Nos enfocamos tanto en el pasado, y en situaciones que ya han llegado a su conclusión que no vemos las oportunidades en frente de nosotros.

YOU’RE PLAYING WITH ME

There is an English proverb that says: “You are pulling my leg.” Now days it means that you are joking with me, playing with me, kidding me or trying to fool me. However, that was not the original meaning or intent. The Spaniards have a similar refrain that says: “Me tomas el pelo,” which literally means, “You are pulling my hair.” It means the same as the English one.

ESTÁS JUGANDO CONMIGO

De España viene el dicho: “Me tomas el pelo.” significa que estás jugando conmigo, que me quieres engañar, o que estás haciendo chiste. Los ingleses tienen uno parecido que dice: “You are pulling my leg.” literalmente dice, “Me estás jalando o tomando la pierna.” Se usa igualmente que el refrán en español.

Lusha the monkey in her stage act for a Moscow circus called Grandpa Durov’s Corner.

IT’S NONE OF MY BUSINESS

There’s a Polish refrain that says: “It’s not my circus nor my monkeys.”

It means that it is none of my business. It does not concern me in the least. In other words I don’t have to get involved nor do I have to give an opinion on the subject.

NO SON MIS NEGOCIOS

Un refrán polaco dice: “No es mi circo ni son mis monos.”

El refrán significa que no son mis negocios. No me concierne a mí para nada. En otras palabras no tengo que involucrarme ni dar mi opinión sobre ese tema, sea el que sea

LOVE AND FORTUNE

A Spanish refrain says: “A amor y fortuna, resistencia ninguna,” which means, “To love and fortune there is no resistence.” In other words, people accept both of those readily. The reason is obvious – everybody needs more love and more money. We never seem to have enough of both of those.

AMOR Y FORTUNA

Hay un refrán que dice: “A amor y fortuna, resistencia ninguna.” Normalmente todos nosotros necesitamos más amor y más fortuna. Siempre andamos en busca de ellos, porque la vida es mucho más placentera si tenemos esas dos cosas.

A BARKING DOG

There is a proverb in Spanish that says, “Pedro que ladra no muerde.” It literally means, “The dog that barks does not bite.” It does not really refer to dogs, but to people who make a lot of noise, but do nothing. Some people put up a smoke screen, but that’s all that it is. They are vociferous, but there’s no action to it.

PERRO QUE LADRA

En español tenemos un refrán que dice, “Perro que ladra no muerde.” Algunos de esos perros si muerden, pero aquí no se refiere a perros, sino a gente. Hay personas quienes hacen mucho ruido, pero no hacen nada. Otros ponen una cortina de humo, pero es todo lo que es.   Algunos son vociferantes, pero hay falta de acción.

                                                                                                                                                                                           DO NOT THROW STONES

An English proverb says: “People who live in glass houses should not throw stones.” When the religious leaders brought a lady to Jesus who had been caught in the act of adultery for Him to declare a sentence on her, He said: “He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first.” (John 8:7).
The main teaching here is that none of us are perfect. Therefore we should not be judging other people. We are just as wrong or as guilty as they are.

NO ARROJES PIEDRAS

Un proverbio inglés dice: “La gente que vive en casas de cristal no debe arrojar piedras.” Cuando los líderes religiosos le trajeron a Jesucristo una mujer a quien habían sorprendido en el acto de adulterio para que le declarara el castigo, él les dijo: “El que de ustedes esté sin pecado, arrójele a ella la primera piedra.” (Juan 8:7).
La enseñanza de aquí es que nadie es perfecto, y que todos somos pecadores. Por eso mismo, no debemos juzgar a nadie. Estamos tan culpables o somos tan pecadores

                                                                     HASTE MAKES WASTE
There is a Mexican proverb that says: “El que mucho abarca, poco aprieta.” It literally means, “He who clasps a lot, puts very little pressure.” We have similar sayings, such as: “Haste makes waste,” and “Bite off more than you can chew.” In other words, if we try to do too much, we wind up accomplishing very little. Learn a lesson from this proverb.

                                                           NO HAGA MÁS DE LO QUE PUEDE
Un refrán mexicano dice: “El que mucho abarca, poco aprieta.” Se refiere a que no tratemos de hacer más de lo que sea normal, prudente, práctico y posible. Mucha gente fracasa, porque no saben cuál es su límite en cualquier proyecto en el cual estén involucrados. Al pasarse de lo normal, lo práctico y lo posible caen en la tendencia de hacer errores, y a veces esos errores son muy costosos.

THE SQUEAKY WHEEL

An English proverb says: “The squeaky wheel gets the grease.”

Unfortunately it is very true with people. The people who complain the most, who yell the loudest, and who protest are the ones who get their way. It is not necessarily correct, but that is the way it is.

LA RUEDA RECHINADORA

Un proverbio inglés dice así: “The squeaky wheel gets the grease,” lo que significa, “A la rueda rechinadora le dan la grasa,” o “La rueda rechinadora recibe la grasa.”

Desafortunadamente es muy cierto con las personas. A la gente que se queja más, la que grita más fuerte, y la que protesta es a la que le prestan atención. No es lo correcto, pero desgraciadamente así es.

SOMETHING IS HAPPENING

There is a French proverb that says: “Il n’y a pas de fume sans feu,” which of course means, “There’s no smoke without a fire.” In English we have a similar proverb that says: “Where there’s smoke, there’s fire.”

What it really means is that if there are rumors, something is really happening. The whole truth may not be known yet, but it is only a matter of time.

ALGO ESTÁ SUCEDIENDO

Un proverbio francés dice: “Il n’y a pas de fume sans feu,” lo que significa, “No hay humo sin fuego.” En español tenemos un proverbio parecido que dice, “Cuando el río truena, agua lleva.”

Lo que significan esos proverbios es que cuando hay rumores, lo más probable es que algo está sucediendo. Es posible que no se sepa toda la verdad todavía, pero eso es solamente cuestión de tiempo.

Photo of a handsome young business man in a contemplative mood

DO NOT QUIT DREAMING

A Spanish saying states: “Solo está derrotado aquel que deja de soñar,” which means, “The only one who is defeated is the one who quits dreaming.” As long as one has a viable vision, a dream, faith and hope, one cannot be defeated. Whatever you do, do not lose faith or hope because those two will maintain your dream alive. God bless you!

NO DEJES DE SOÑAR

Un proverbio hispano dice: “Solo está derrotado aquel que deja de soñar.” Mientras uno tenga una visión viable, un sueño, esperanzas y fe no puede ser derrotado. Esas cuatro cosas jamás se deben perder. No importa lo que te sucede o como te sientas, no pierdas la fe ni las esperanzas, porque esas dos mantienen

A BRAVE HEART

A French proverb says: “A Coeur vaillant rien d’impossible,” which of course means, “To a valiant heart nothing is impossible.” In Mark 9:23, Jesus Himself tells us – “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.” In English we say: “Where there’s a will, there’s a way.”

There is no obstacle too big that we cannot overcome if we persist, and give it our best shot. Yes, it takes hard work, dedication, and perseverance, but success is waiting for those who are willing to pay the price. Are you willing to pay the price, or do you make excuses?

UN CORAZÓN VALIENTE

Un proverbio francés dice: “A coeur vaillant rien d’impossible,” que desde luego significa, “Para un corazón valiente nada es imposible.” Jesucristo nos dice en Marcos 9:23 – “Si puedes creer, al que cree todo es posible.” Todo esto significa que …”querer es poder.”

No existe el obstáculo tan grande que impida que tengamos éxito si estamos dispuestos a persistir y dar lo mejor de nosotros. Sí, toma trabajo duro, dedicación, y perseverancia, pero el éxito les espera a los que están dispuestos a pagar ese precio. ¿Estás dispuesto a pagar el precio, o das excusas?

THINK BEFORE YOU ACT

There is much wisdom in the Dutch proverb that says: “Think before acting, and while acting, still think.”

In other words, never quit thinking. Think things through before acting, be analyzing the situation while in it, and then when it’s over, learn something from that experience. If it was successful, learn why it succeeded so you can repeat it, and if it did not succeed, learn what went wrong, so you will not repeat the same mistake again.

PIENSA ANTES DE ACTUAR

Un proverbio holandés que contiene mucha sabiduría dice: “Piensa antes de actuar, y mientras estés actuando, continúa pensando.”

En otras palabras, jamás dejes de pensar. Piénsalo bien antes de actuar, analiza la situación mientras estés actuando, y cuando se haya terminado esa experiencia aprende algo de ella. Si fue todo un éxito, aprende porqué fue así para que puedas repetirlo, y si no fue exitosa, aprende porqué fracasó para que no repitas el mismo error.

HELP YOURSELF!

A Bulgarian proverb says: “Help yourself to help God help you.”

Sometimes in English we say: “God helps those who help themselves,” while it is true the Bible does not really say that. It alludes to it, but it does not say it. Unfortunately some people expect God to do everything for them, and that is not God’s will. We have to do all we can, and when we have reached our limit, God steps in and does the rest.

¡AYÚDATE TODO LO QUE PUEDAS!

Hay un refrán búlgaro que dice: “Ayúdate para ayudarle a Dios que te ayude.”

A veces en español decimos: “Ayúdate que Dios te ayudará.” El principio es correcto, pero la biblia no lo dice en esas palabras, aunque sí alude a eso. Desafortunadamente mucha gente espera que Dios haga todo, y esa no es su voluntad. Tenemos que hacer todo lo que podamos, y cuando hagamos llegado a nuestro límite, Dios hace lo demás

                                          DO WELL IN YOUR ENVIRONMENT
A Turkish proverb says: “If the world flooded, it would not matter to the duck.”
This proverb has a deep meaning. Each species lives in its own environment, and as long as they are in it, they can thrive and do well. However if we were to put that form of life in an environment hostile to it, it would not survive. Fish do well in water, but if we take them out, they die. However people, without special equipment, cannot live in the water or in space. If the world actually flooded, as it once did, it would not bother the marine life at all, but it would kill just about any other form of life.
If cars ceased to exist it would not affect the doctors, but it would affect the mechanics. If the airplanes were no more it would not affect the birds they would still fly, but it would affect the human beings.
What does this mean to you? Excel at what you like and enjoy. Do not try to be what you are not. There is no better you than you. You are unique and special to God and to some people. Believe it, and live as such.


HAZ BIEN EN TU AMBIENTE
“Un proverbio turco dice: “Si el mundo se inundara, no le importaría al pato.”
Este proverbio es profundo. Cada especie vive en su propio ambiente, y mientras están ahí les va bien. Sin embargo si pusiéramos esa forma de vida en un ambiente hostil para ella, no sobreviviría. A los peces les va bien en el agua, pero si los sacamos, se mueren. Sin embargo la gente sin equipo especial no puede vivir ni en el agua ni en el espacio. Si el mundo se inundara, y ya sucedió una vez, no afectaría la vida marina, pero casi toda otra forma de vida moriría.
Si los coches dejaran de existir afectaría muy poquito a los doctores, pero afectaría muchísimo a los mecánicos. Si no hubiera más aviones los pájaros no dejarían de volar, pero los seres humanos sí.
¿Qué significa todo esto para ti? Haz lo mejor que puedas en lo que te gusta y lo que disfrutas. No trates de ser lo que no eres. No hay un mejor tú que tú. Eres único y especial para Dios, y para otras personas. Créelo y vívelo.

 

                                                         WAY TOO EXPENSIVE!
A French proverb says: “Cela coûte la peau des fesses,” which literally means, “That costs the skin of your buttocks,” or in plain English, “ It’s too expensive.” Sometimes we say in English: “That costs an arm and a leg.” When we say that it is normally because we cannot afford it. The French happen to be a little more graphic.

                                                           !DEMASIADO CARO!
Un proverbio francés dice: “Cela coûte la peau des fesses,” lo que significa, “Eso cuesta la piel de las nalgas,” o mejor dicho en español, “Eso cuesta un ojo.” Simplemente significa que esa prenda, artículo o lo que sea es demasiado caro. Normalmente lo decimos cuando no tenemos lo suficiente para hacer la compra. Los franceses simplemente se expresan de una manera más gráfica.

 

                                                                              IT ALL DEPENDS
A Chinese proverb says: “Fruits from the same tree have different tastes.”
At first glance it does not seem to make sense, but what it really means is that each one of us takes the same experience differently. For example; a man who was earning ten dollars an hour loses his job and finds one that pays him twelve dollars an hour may be very happy, while one who was earning fifteen dollars an hour loses his job and finds one that pays him twelve dollars an hour, the same as the other man, may be very unhappy. It all has to do with our expectations.

                                                                             TODO DEPENDE
Un proverbio chino dice: “Las frutas del mismo árbol tienen diferentes sabores.”
A primera vista parece no hacer sentido, pero lo que significa en realidad es que cada uno de nosotros toma la misma experiencia diferentemente. Por ejemplo; un hombre que gana diez dólares la hora pierde su trabajo, y encuentra otro que le paga doce dólares la hora está muy contento, mientras que otro que gana quince dólares la hora pierde su trabajo, y encuentra uno que le paga doce dólares la hora, igual que al otro hombre, está descontento. Todo tiene que ver con nuestras expectativas.

SLAVERY

A Spanish proverb says: “Slavery was not abolished: It was reduced to eight hours per day.”

It is referring to the normal work day, which is 8 to 5 with an hour for lunch. Unfortunately other than the air we breathe nothing is free. We have to work to pay for all the services we need.

LA ESCLAVITUD

Un dicho en español dice: “La esclavitud no se abolió: Se redujo a ocho horas diarias.”

Se refiere al día laboral de ocho a cinco con una hora para almorzar. Desafortunadamente aparte del aire que respiramos nada es gratis. Tenemos que trabajar para pagar por los servicios que necesitamos.

APPRECIATE A GIFT

A Mexican proverb says: “Limosnero y con garrote,” which means “A beggar with a club.” In Enlish we have a similar one: “Beggars can’t be choosers.” In other words, appreciate what is given to us, and do not put any conditions on it. The giver is giving it unselfishly, and we should appreciate his or her kindness.

APRECIA EL REGALO

Un dicho mexicano dice: “Limosnero y con garrote,” que corresponde a uno en inglés que dice: “Beggars can’t be choosers,” que significa, “Los limosneros no pueden escoger.” En otras palabras, debemos apreciar lo que se nos da sin poner condiciones. La otra persona lo da de corazón, y debemos apreciar su generosidad.

DO NOT JUDGE A PERSON BY THE APPEARANCE

A Pakistani proverb tells us: “Look at a man’s deeds, not whether he is tall or short.”

In English we say: “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” The real meaning is that you cannot judge a person by his or her looks. Because looks can be misleading you have to see what they stand for, and what they have done. Their deeds speak much louder than words.

God does not look at the physical appearance, but He looks at the heart of the person. God told the prophet Samuel to anoint one of Jesse’s sons as king over Israel. Samuel was looking at the physical appearance of one of Jesse’s sons, who was tall and strong, but God had in mind David, who was the youngest and not as tall or as strong as the others, and therefore in 1 Samuel 16:7, the Lord said to the Samuel: “But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature (Samuel was looking at one of David’s brothers who was tall and strong), 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.”

NO JUZGUES A LA PERSONA POR SU APARIENCIA

Un proverbio paquistaní dice: “Mira las obras del hombre, no si es alto o bajito.”

En inglés hay un refrán que dice: “Don’t judge a book by its cover,” que significa, “No juzgues el libro por su portada.” El significado verdadero es que no debemos juzgar a una persona por la apariencia. Porque las apariencias engañan debemos ver las obras que han hecho y su carácter. Las obras hablan mucho más que las palabras y la apariencia.

Dios no mira la apariencia física, sino que mira el corazón de la persona. Dios le pidió al profeta Samuel que ungiera a un hijo de Isaí rey de Israel. Samuel miraba la apariencia física de uno de los hijos de Isaí, quien era alto y fuerte, pero Dios quería que David, el menor y no tal alto ni tan fuerte como los otros fuera el rey. Por eso es que en 1 Samuel 16:7, Dios le dijo a Samuel:

“No mires a su parecer, ni a lo grande de su estatura, porque yo lo desecho; porque Jehová mira no lo que el hombre mira; pues que el hombre mira lo que está delante de sus ojos, mas Jehová mira el corazón.”

GET THE MOST OUT OF LIFE (August 16, 2018)

An Italian proverb says: “Meglio un giorno da leone che cento da pecora,” which means: “Better a day as a lion than a hundred as a sheep.”

The real meaning is that we should make the most out of life by making the most out of every situation. We should not just follow the herd or go where the wind takes us, but rather forge our way forward and be all that we can be.

Even God wants us to live a meaningful life, not just a mediocre one. In Revelation 3:15-16, He tells one of the churches and everyone of us: “I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of my mouth.” Those are very strong words for those Christians who are lukewarm. Are you one of them?

DISFRUTA LA VIDA A LO MÁXIMO (16 de Agosto 2018)

Un proverbio italiano dice: “Meglio un giorno da leone che cento da pecora,” lo que significa: “Mejor un día como león que cien como oveja.”

El significado verdadero es que debemos lograr lo máximo de la vida al aprovechar y disfrutar cada situación. No debemos simplemente seguir la manada o dejarnos llevar por el viento, sino forjar nuestro camino para ser todo lo que debamos ser.

Hasta Dios desea que vivamos una vida fructuosa, y no una mediocre. En Apocalipsis 3:15-16, Dios le dice a una iglesia y a cada uno de nosotros: “Yo conozco tus obras, que ni eres frío ni caliente. !!Ojalá fueses frío o caliente! Pero por cuanto eres tibio, y no frío ni caliente, te vomitaré de mi boca.” Son palabras muy fuertes para esos llamados cristianos quienes son o están tibios. ¿Eres uno de esos?

WORK HARD AND PERSEVERE

A Filipino proverb says: “Pag may tiyaga, may nilaga,” which basically means: “If you persevere, you will reap the fruits of your labor.” In other words, hard work and perseverance will pay off in the long run. Most people who do not succeed is because they do not do those two things, while the ones who have succeeded will tell you that it took both hard word and perseverance.

TRABAJO DURO Y PERSEVERANCIA

Un proverbio filipino dice: “Pag may tiyaga, may nilaga,” lo que básicamente significa: “Si perseveras, recibirás el fruto de tu labor.” En otras palabras el trabajo duro y la perseverancia te darán resultados a largo plazo. La mayoría de las personas quienes no tienen éxito es porque no hacen esas dos cosas, mientras que las que sí han salido adelante te dirán que trabajaron duro y perseveraron.

ARE YOU BEARING GOOD FRUIT?

A Pakistani proverb says: “Look at a man’ deeds, not whether he is tall or short.”

In other words, do not look at the person physically, look at what he or she is accomplishing. Looks can be very deceiving. There is a saying that says: “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” In the Bible, Proverb 20:11 says: “Even a child is known by his deeds, whether what he does is pure and right.”Matthew 7:16 states: “You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles?”Then Luke 6:43-44 puts it this way: “For a good tree does not bear bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit.  For every tree is known by its own fruit. For men do not gather figs from thorns, nor do they gather grapes from a bramble bush.”

¿PRODUCES BUEN FRUTO?

Un proverbio de Pakistán dice: “Mira las obras del hombre, no si es alto o bajo.”

En otras palabras, no lo mires solamente físicamente, sino mira la obras que él hace. El físico puede engañarnos fácilmente. Un dicho inglés dice: “No juzgues el libro por su portada.” En la biblia, Proverbios 20:11 dice: “Aun el muchacho es conocido por sus hechos, si su conducta fuere limpia y recta.” Mateo 7:16 dice: “Por sus frutos los conocerás. ¿Acaso se recogen uvas de los espinos, o higos de los abrojos?” Luego en Lucas 6:43-44 nos dice: “No es buen árbol el que da malos frutos, ni árbol malo el que da buen fruto, porque cada árbol se conoce por su fruto; pues no se cosechan higos de los espinos, ni de las zarzas se vendimian uvas.”

NOBODY WANTS TO WORK (July 26, 2018)

There is an Icelandic proverb that says: “Allir vilja herrann vera, en enginn sekkinn vera,” which means, “Everyone want to be lord, but no one wants to carry the bag.” The English equivalent is: “Too many chiefs and not enough Indians.” In other words, everyone wants to be the boss, but nobody wants to do the work.

NADIE QUIERE TRABAJAR (26 de Julio 2018)

Un proverbio islandés dice: “Allir vilja herrann vera, en enginn sekkinn vera,” que significa, “Todos quieren ser el patrón, pero nadie quiere cargar la bolsa.” En inglés hay un dicho que dice: “Hay muchos jefes y muy pocos indios.” En otras palabras todos quieren ser el jefe, pero nadie quiere hacer el trabajo.

A Portuguese proverb says: “Change yourself and fortune will change.”

Many people want things to change, but they fail to realize that change has to start with them. In other words, they have to change themselves first, and then other things will change. If they maintain the same attitude, and the same way of proceeding with their lives, nothing will ever change. Many times we cannot change the situation, but we can change ourselves, and that can make a tremendous difference.

CAMBIA Y CAMBIARÁS TU DESTINO (19 de Julio 2017)

Un proverbio portugués dice: “Cambia y tu suerte te cambiará.”

Muchas personas quieren que las cosas cambien, pero no se percatan que el cambio tiene que comenzar en ellos. En otras palabras, ellos tienen que cambiar su modo de pensar y de actuar, y luego su suerte puede cambiar. Si mantienen la misma actitud, y continúan haciendo lo que siempre han hecho, nada puede cambiar. Muchas veces no podemos cambiar la situación, pero si podemos cambiarnos a nosotros mismos, y eso hace toda la diferencia.

YOU SEE WHAT YOU WANT TO SEE

A proverb from the country of India says: “The eyes do not see what the mind does not want to see.”

Many people make wrong decisions, and especially about people, because they only see what they want to see. Their mind is already made up of what they want to see, and for that exact reason that is what they see. Many people get married and because they are blindly in love they overlook the faults that the other person has. However later on when the love blindness begins to wear off they notice the faults and a divorce is imminent in many cases. Do not fall into that trap!

SOLAMENTE VES LO QUE QUIERES VER  

Un proverbio de la nación India dice: “Los ojos no ven lo que la mente no quiere ver.”

Muchas personas hacen decisiones erróneas, y especialmente con otras personas, porque solamente ven lo que quieren ver. Ya tienen la mente hecha de lo que quieren ver, y por esa razón eso es exactamente lo que ven. Muchas personas se casan, y porque están ciegamente enamoradas no ven las faltas de la pareja. Sin embargo cuando pierden la ceguera del amor se percatan de las faltas de su pareja, y entonces en muchos casos se divorcian. ¡No caigas en esa trampa!

 

YOU NEED TO BE WISE AND PRACTICAL

The people in India have a proverb that says: “If you live on the river, befriend the crocodile.”

In other words, know the people around you, and learn how to get along with them. Know how to protect and take care of yourself. Being wise and practical in a given situation can actually save your life.

NECESITAS SER PRÁCTICO Y USAR SABIDURÍA

En la India tienen un proverbio que dice: “Si vives en el río, hazte amigo del cocodrilo.”

En otras palabras, conoce la manera de vivir de la gente a tu alrededor, y aprende cómo llevártela bien con ellos. Tienes que saber cómo protegerte y cuidarte. Ser práctico y saber usar sabiduría pueden salvarte la vida en ciertas ocasiones.

LEARNING
There is a proverb in India that says: “Learning is a treasure no thing can touch.”
What it means is that once one has learning no one can take it away. Learning and wisdom are two treasures that every human being should pursue. The wisest thing a person can do is to learn the word of God and to put it into practice by living it. Are you doing that?

EL APRENDIZAJE
Un proverbio de la India dice: “El aprendizaje es un tesoro que nada lo puede tocar.”
Lo que significa es que ya que uno haya aprendido algo nadie se lo puede quitar. El aprendizaje y la sabiduría son dos tesoros que todo ser humano debiera perseguir. La cosa más sabia que un humano puede hacer es aprender la palabra de Dios, y ponerla en práctica viviéndola. ¿Estás haciendo eso?

 

 

 

 

 

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A PRAYER TO MY FATHER

Holy Father,

choose me as one of your children.

Give me protection under your wings.

Have Jesus prepare a place for me in heaven.

Protect me from ever falling into   temptation.

May your ears always be attentive to my pleas.

Never take your Holy Spirit away from me.

Have your light   forever shining on me.

keep me in the palm of your hand.

Let me be the apple of your eye.

Do not let me out of your sight.

 

UNA ORACIÓN A MI PADRE

Padre Dios,

Protégeme bajo tus fuertes alas.

No me permitas caer en tentación.

Jamás aleja a tu Espíritu Santo de mí.

Alúmbrame con tu luz eternamente.

Permíteme ser la manzana de tus ojos.

Jamás permitas que me aleje de tu lado.

Que mi amo Jesús me prepare la morada.

Escógeme para que sea uno más de tus hijos

Que tus oídos por siempre oigan mis plegarias

Por favor, mantenme en la palma de tu mano

ONLY OUR HOLY GOD CAN

            Who can bring you from the darkness into the light?

Only our holy God can.

           Who can wash away and forgive all your sins?

Only our holy God can.

         Who can offer you Himself and His Son?

Only our holy God can.

Who can give you eternal life?

Only our holy God can.

Who can love the unlovable?

Only our holy God can.

Who can take away your pain?

Only our holy God can.

Who can create whatever He wants?

Only our holy God can.

Who will judge all the dead and the living?

Only our holy God can.

Who can perform signs, wonders and miracles?

Only our holy God can.

Who can defeat Satan, the demons and their evil ways?

Only our holy God can.

 

SÓLO NUESTRO SANTO DIOS PUEDE

¿Quién puede quitarte el dolor de tus penas?

Sólo nuestro Dios santo puede.

¿Quién ama a los antipáticos y a los pecadores?

Sólo nuestro Dios santo puede.

¿Quién puede lavarte y perdonar tus pecados?

Sólo nuestro Dios santo puede

¿Quién puede trasladarte de la oscuridad a la luz?

Sólo nuestro Dios santo puede.

¿Quién es el único que te puede dar vida eterna?

Sólo nuestro Dios santo puede.

¿Quién puede ofrecerte a su Hijo y a él mismo a ti?

Sólo nuestro Dios santo puede.

¿Quién puede crear cualquier cosa que sea necesaria?

Sólo nuestro Dios santo puede.

¿Quién juzgará a toda persona que haya muerto y a los vivos?

Sólo nuestro Dios santo puede.

¿Quién puede hacer prodigios, señales y milagros en este mundo?

Sólo nuestro Dios santo puede.

¿Quién derrotará al diablo, a sus demonios y a sus hazañas aquí en la tierra?

Sólo nuestro Dios santo puede.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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S   O   C   I   A   L   I   S   M

The word “socialism” is being thrown around today in our country mostly by the politicians. In reality many people do not really know what it is. Some people think it is good, while others think it is bad, but nobody really knows what effect it would have in our country. In the hopes that it may help some of you, I will try to explain what it is as best I know how.

According to the dictionary socialism is: “A political and economic theory of social organization which advocates that the community as a whole should own and control the means of production, distribution and exchange.” To me that means that people would give up their individual rights. It sounds like communism more than anything else.

The community, as I understand it, would be the government. In other words the government would be the one that would make most of the decisions affecting our lives. We would have no say as to what would be taught in our schools and universities, what health program we would have, what retirement packages we should choose, where the funding would be spent or anything else. Everything would be taken care by the government.

A socialist country is where the government provides for most of the needs of the people. It is a welfare system. It can be ideal if each person contributes to the best of his/her ability, and if the people running the government were elected for a certain term. If people shared their money, possessions, time, talents and everything else socialism would truly work. During the first days of the Christian church the people did exactly that, and all the needs of the people were met.

Fortunately in just about every society there are those who contribute as much as they possibly can, but unfortunately there are also those who just go along for a free ride, and contribute as little as possible or nothing at all. They become a burden to society. In any society we will always have those two types of people. If the second group were nonexistent we could have a utopia the way God intended it.

Because many of the so-called “millennials” belong to the second group mentioned in the previous paragraph, having the government do everything for them sounds like the perfect solution to them. They do not stop to think that, in essence, it is unrealistic. They do not realize that they would be giving up their individualism, sovereignty and self-determination. They would become puppets of the government. Just as puppets are manipulated, they would be too.

Something they do not realize is that if everything would be given to them for free, and they did not have to work for it, someone would have to work extra hard to pay for them. There are no free lunches. When one part of the population does not work or pay for what it is receiving, another group has to pay for it. That puts an extra burden on the latter group. Facts are facts, and there is no getting around them.

Do not take my word for what I have stated in this article, look at the countries where the people depend on the government to meet their needs. Some of those countries are China, Cuba, North Korea, Venezuela and a few others. How are the people living in those countries? How much freedom do they really have? Do they have freedom of choice? Can they travel freely within their country and can they travel to other parts of the world? Is everybody really treated equally?

http://thelivinglights.com  rlsalvation@gmail.com (7/11/2019)

 

Jewish worshippers wrapped in prayer shawls, participate in the special “Blessing of the Sun” prayer at sunrise on the Eitam Hilltop near the West Bank Jewish settlement of Efrata, Wednesday, April 8, 2009. Devout Jews around the world on Wednesday observed a ritual performed only once every 28-years, saying their morning prayers under the open sky in the “blessing of the sun”, called the Birkat Hachamah in Hebrew. (AP Photo/ Kevin Frayer)

THE CHOSEN PEOPLE

Of all the nations in the world, whether we want to acknowledge it or not, the Jews are the people God chose to be His people. They are God’s chosen people. They were chosen from their inception. God Himself started the Jewish race and kept them separated from other people.

Abraham is not only the father of our faith in God, but he is also the father of the Jewish nation. It was through him that God started the Jewish race. Abraham was living with his father and wife in Ur of the Chaldeans (Genesis 11:31). It has not been clearly established if that was in Syria or Turkey, or some other place, but wherever it was, it was not in Israel. The Jewish nation and the Jewish race did not exist yet. Of course that means that Abraham and Sarah were not Jewish.

The Lord told Abram, whose name He changed to Abraham, to leave his father’s house and to go to Canaan. Genesis 12:1-5 – “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. I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” So Abram departed as the Lord had spoken to him, and Lot went with him. And Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran. Then Abram took Sarai (Later on God changed her name to Sarah) his wife and Lot his brother’s son, and all their possessions that they had gathered, and the people whom they had acquired in Haran, and they departed to go to the land of Canaan. So they came to the land of Canaan.”

In the previous paragraph you can clearly see that God took Abraham out of the land of Ur of the Chaldeans because they worshiped other gods. They were not believers in the true God who created heavens and earth. It is very possible that Abraham had no religion and no relationship with God, but God looks at the heart of man (1 Samuel 16:7). He chose Abraham because he was a man of integrity.

Genesis 17:1-9 – “ When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to Abram and said to him, “I am Almighty God; walk before Me and be blameless.  And I will make My covenant between Me and you, and will multiply you exceedingly.”  Then Abram fell on his face, and God talked with him, saying: “As for Me, behold, My covenant is with you, and you shall be a father of many nations.  No longer shall your name be called Abram, but your name shall be Abraham; for I have made you a father of many nations. I will make you exceedingly fruitful; and I will make nations of you, and kings shall come from you. And I will establish My covenant between Me and you and your descendants after you in their generations, for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and your descendants after you. Also I give to you and your descendants after you the land in which you are a stranger, all the land of Canaan, as an everlasting possession; and I will be their God.” And God said to Abraham: “As for you, you shall keep My covenant, you and your descendants after you throughout their generations.”

God made an everlasting covenant with Abraham and with his descendants – the Jewish people. God does not break His covenants. If He were to do so, He would not be God. He would be no different than any human being.

The Lord and two angels appeared to Abraham, Genesis 18:9-14 – “ Then they said to him, “Where is Sarah your wife?” So he said, “Here, in the tent.” And He (The Lord) said, “I will certainly return to you according to the time of life, and behold, Sarah your wife shall have a son.” (Sarah was listening in the tent door which was behind him). Now Abraham and Sarah were old, well advanced in age; and Sarah had passed the age of childbearing. Therefore Sarah laughed within herself, saying, “After I have grown old, shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also?” And the Lord said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh, saying, ‘Shall I surely bear a child, since I am old?’ Is anything too hard for the Lord? At the appointed time I will return to you, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son.” Sarah did not know that with God all things are possible (Mark 10:27).

Abraham and Sarah did have a son as the Lord had promised. She was around ninety years old, and Abraham was one hundred when their son Isaac was born. Genesis 21:1-3 – “ And the Lord visited Sarah as He had said, and the Lord did for Sarah as He had spoken.  For Sarah conceived and bore Abraham a son in his old age, at the set time of which God had spoken to him. And Abraham called the name of his son who was born to him—whom Sarah bore to him—Isaac.”

In essence Isaac was the first Jewish person, because as we have read Abraham and Sarah were not Jewish.

In Deuteronomy 7:6-9, God said this to the people:  “For you are a holy people to the Lord your God; the Lord your God has chosen you to be a people for Himself, a special treasure above all the peoples on the face of the earth. The Lord did not set His love on you nor choose you because you were more in number than any other people, for you were the least of all peoples; but because the Lord loves you, and because He would keep the oath which He swore to your fathers, the Lord has brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you from the house of bondage, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt. “Therefore know that the Lord your God, He is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and mercy for a thousand generations with those who love Him and keep His commandments.”

Yes, God chose the Jewish people, but do not dismay if you are not Jewish. Since in Jesus’ time the Jews rejected Him – the Messiah – now anybody who accepts Jesus Christ as His Lord and Savior or Redeemer will spend eternity with God. If you need convincing, read John 3:3, 3:15-17, 14:6, Romans 10:9 and 1 John 1:9. Whether you are Jewish, brown, black, white or any other color you can be one of the chosen ones by accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. Being of the Jewish race, belonging to a certain religion or doing good deeds will not get you to heaven.  

If you want to be “a chosen one,” read the following prayer, and when you understand it, pray it to God aloud, in truth and humility. He will hear you, and will accept you as His child.

“Father God, I repent of all my sins. Please forgive me. I believe, confess and declare that Jesus Christ is Your Son, that He suffered, shed His blood and died on the cross to pay for my sins. I accept His sacrifice, and I accept Him in my life as my Lord and Savior. I also ask the Holy Spirit to live in me, so He can guide me and protect me at all times. Thank You Father. Amen.” Come back to my blog on a weekly basis, so you can learn more and more. God bless you!

http://thelivinglights.com  rlsalvation@gmail.com (7/4/2019)

PEOPLE HAVE FORGOTTEN THERE’S A DIFFERENCE

Most societies around the world are spiraling down into sin at a record pace. There is no sense of right or wrong anymore. What is wrong they call right, and what is right they call wrong. There is no longer any criteria for what is right and for what is wrong. Whatever people want to do they justify it in their own eyes. If enough people start to do it, at first it becomes a fad, and then it becomes a norm. After it becomes a norm the government makes it legal. It has happened time after time that way.

For the most part “democracy” is good, but it has at least one bad part. The bad part is that what the majority wants, the majority gets. It does not matter if its immoral, indecent or illegal somewhere else. All they have to do is get the majority to vote on a bill favoring it, and if it passes it becomes a law. Look at alcoholic beverages, marihuana, gambling, prostitution, same-sex marriages, and even euthanasia. In some states some of those or all of those are legal. The people voted saying they wanted it, and they got it. Unfortunately, right or wrong had no say in the matter whatsoever.

The sinful people justify their actions by criticizing the people who still have a sense of right and wrong. The people who are doing what is right and correct in the eyes of God have become the scapegoats and the bad people in the eyes of the sinful ones. They are called intolerant, close-minded, ignorant, and even evil. People have totally discarded morals, scruples, and most of the laws that are actually based on biblical principles.

The news media used to be very reliable. Even when they made a mistake they would rectify as soon as possible. Now days what they report in many cases is “fake news.” Everything is distorted, biased, and in many instances completely false. Normally there are always two sides to every story – sometimes more, but the so-called news media only presents one side, and it is totally biased according to their views. They do not report news, they tell the public what they want it to believe.

Although we are a democratic republic there is a radical political party in the United States that actually wants to take us into socialism and maybe even communism. They want the government to provide everything free for its citizens as well as for illegal aliens who have never ever paid a cent into our governmental system. In theory it sounds like an excellent idea, and of course the millennial generation embraces it. In practice however it is a completely different story altogether.  If a group of people get something for free without doing one ounce of work for it, somebody else has to work extra hard and pay more than his/her share of taxes. In the USA the two groups that would have to be taxed heavily would be the working class and the extreme wealthy people. Even if the latter paid ninety per cent of their income, which is what that political party wants, they could afford it, but the working class cannot pay more taxes. They are already having a difficult time making ends meet.

If that socialist-bound political party were to have its way, and I hope it does not, then the wealthy entrepreneurs would leave our country in droves, and would invest their money in other countries. We would lose jobs, which means that many working families would lose their employment. The middle-class workers would get taxed even harder. They would be the ones that would carry the burden for this country. Eventually our country would become like Russia, China, North Korea, Cuba, and Venezuela. That should give you a very good idea as to why we should not head toward socialism.

Instead of calling abortion murder what it really is, the new generation calls it women’s choice. In other words, women lawfully have the right of ending a fetus’s life at any given point. A fetus is a human being, whether people admit it or not. Denying that a fetus is a life does not change the fact that it is. God is the only entity that has the right to give life or to take it away. Anybody else who takes away a life is going completely against God’s will and will have to give an account to Him on “Judgment Day.” Yes, all of us will be judged by a righteous God who shows no partiality.

I do not know about other societies, but here in the United States a child or his/her parents can decide what sex that child wants to be. That, of course, is utterly ridiculous. A person is either male or female. There is nothing in between. All the child has to do is look at his/her organs. That will tell him/her immediately what sex he or she is. There is no such a thing as a transgender. Does a newborn horse decide whether it wants to be a colt or a mare? They accept what they are. Other animals do the same. Too bad some humans cannot learn from the animals.

I know homosexuals, lesbians and transgender are going to disagree with my previous paragraph. Let us see what God has to say in His word. Romans 1:24-27 – “ Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due.” Leviticus 20:13 – “ If a man lies with a male as he lies with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination. They shall surely be put to death. Their blood shall be upon them.” 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 –   “Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God.” If you do not like this paragraph, do not argue with me, argue with God, but before you do, read the next two paragraphs.

People have forgotten that it does make a difference whether we spend eternity with God in heaven or with the devil in the lake of fire. I know I have brought to the light quite a few cold hard facts, but unfortunately it is a sign of the times. Those signs are stated in the Bible quite clearly. I will not give you any scriptures for the sake of time and space, but nevertheless they are there.

I will end this article by stating that God is a loving God. He hates sin, but loves the sinner. If a sinner, regardless of his sin or sins, repents, asks God to forgive him/her, receives Jesus Christ as his/her Lord and Savior, and leaves that life style (2 Chronicles 7:14), whatever it may be, God will forgive, and make that person His child to live with Him forever. That is great news!!!

You can be that person!!!!!!!

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RECIPE FOR SUCCESS

If you sincerely want to succeed, you can, but you have to have a passion for whatever it is you want to do. If you have a passion for it, nothing will stop you from achieving it. Yes, you may have a setback here or there, but that will only delay you momentarily. It will not stop you from reaching your goal. True passion will not allow you to quit. The word “quit” should not even be in your repertoire.  

You need to have a dream, but that dream will only be that, unless you have a vision, and you put action to it. Not only do you have to envision the future, but you have to know how you will get there. That means you need something to guide you, and that something should be a plan well-thought out. Trying to do it without a plan would be like trying to go to a certain place without directions and without a map. Guess what? You would never get there.

In order to carry out the plan you need to educate yourself. It could be a university education, but it could also be educating yourself through the internet, by reading up on it, by being an apprentice to an expert in the field, or by recognizing a need in society and thinking of how to meet it and earn a good living while doing it.

Businesses succeed or fail according to supply and demand. A business can have the best product on the market, but if there is no demand for it, it will stay on the shelves, and that business will have to close its doors. Therefore before opening up any business or going into any profession, you have to know if there is a demand for that product or for that service. Failure not to take that into consideration could spell disaster for you.

Of course, it is good to have a passion for a career or a business, but it is always an excellent idea go get advice from professionals in that area. There is no substitute for experience, and you can gain from theirs. You may have a passion for it, but if there is no market for it, no demand for it, or if it is obsolete, you will fail. A good example would be going into the typewriter business after the computers came out. It would be a disaster.

To prepare for any career or to open up any new business will cost you a lot of money, and you may have to spend long hours at the beginning, because if you do not do that, it will not give you positive results. That is when you need passion, patience, dedication and perseverance. Without them you will not succeed. Very seldom is there what they would call “an overnight sensation.”

Sometimes people will say so and so is an overnight sensation. What they do not realize is that

the person has been preparing for years, and that finally he succeeded. The success may have come fast, but he had been preparing, working hard, and waiting for a very long time. In most cases the success is well deserved.

Before going into any profession or business, do your homework. Do some research, talk to experts in the field, look at the supply and demand now and in the future, and look at the resources at your disposal now, and the ones you may have later on. Take into consideration your resolve, dedication, perseverance, and passion

The four attributes mentioned in the previous paragraph can make the biggest difference. Examples: Dolly Parton was told by experts she would not make it as a singer. She is one of the most successful country artists. Michael Jordan was not considered good enough to play on his high school basketball team. He became an excellent players in the NBA.

You know yourself better than anybody else. Before undertaking any endeavor you should know if you have the passion, resolve, dedication, perseverance, resources, and expertise to succeed. If one or two of those are missing, do not even attempt to do whatever it is you want to do.

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ESTABLISH YOUR PRIORITIES IN THE PROPER ORDER

Most people have troubles in life because either they do not have any priorities whatsoever, or they have them in the wrong order. It is extremely important and essential for a person to have his top three or four priorities in the correct and proper order. Not doing it correctly can only bring chaos into a person’s life, and to the ones around him.

Whether you believe in God or not is irrelevant – He does exist. If you are an unbeliever look at the universe, every form of life, and look at yourself. Because it has been planned, everything is in the right place and in the right order. Who was the planner? God, of course! Things don’t just pop up by themselves in perfect arrangement.

To give you a better idea as to how life began as we know it, I will quote the Bible, Genesis 1:1-5 – “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.

Your first priority should be God because without Him nothing that exists would exist (John 1:3). Without God even you would not exist. He is your heavenly Father. You should respect, honor and worship Him. He should be above you, your friends, relatives, parents, wife and children. Not only that, but you should not have any idols that you worship. There is only one God, and that God is the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

You can make God a priority by reading the Bible, going to church regularly, praying to Him, and serving Him wherever and whenever possible. The Bible tells us that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom (Proverbs 9:10 and Psalm 110:11). The scriptures do not really refer to “a trembling fear,” but rather to a respect, admiration, worship, adoration, and exaltation of God.

After all, He is the Creator of life (John 1:2-5).

Establish an intimate relationship with God. Whenever you need to make a decision big or small pray to God to give you guidance. What seems wrong to you at the time could be the perfect thing to do, and what seems perfect to you could be totally erroneous. God can help you make better decisions than you have ever made. That is because He sees the now plus thousands of tomorrows. You see your immediate surroundings, but God sees the entire world all at once.

Your second priority should be your spouse because a marriage should be sacred. Many couples put their children before their spouse, and when the children grow up they divorce. Both husband and wife should honor God first, and then they should honor, respect and love each other. Other than God, you should put nothing or no one above your spouse. You should never ever put your job, hobby, friends, your parents or even your children above your spouse. This holds true even for blended families.

Let your spouse not only be your lover, but let him/her be your best friend, your faithful companion, and your confidant. Do not have any secrets between you two, and do not let anyone or anything come between you two. Secrets have a way of coming out of darkness to the light of day, and can bring destruction to any marriage. Do not let that happen to your marriage. Protect your marriage at all costs.

Following God and your spouse, your children should be your third priority. Children need to feel safe, be appreciated, be provided for, and loved. Both your spouse and you should work together to provide a safe and loving environment for your children. That means spending as much quality time with them as possible. Many parents work long hours and spend very little time with their children. That is a recipe for failure.

The three top priorities are vital and should be taken in that specific order. The fourth priority in most cases should probably be a person’s job. Unfortunately most of us have to work to earn a living. Therefore, it is of the utmost importance for us to do well on our jobs. In many cases we cannot afford to lose our job because we are living from paycheck to paycheck. While it is important for us to do well on our jobs, we cannot be slaves to them. Men, more than women, have a tendency to do exactly that.  

In conclusion let me reiterate the main priorities in their respective order of importance and efficiency. One, God. Two, your spouse. Three, your children. Four, your job. Of course, there will be other factors in your life. Without affecting the first three or four priorities, arrange the other factors or issues in whatever order makes sense to you at the time.

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HOW TO LIVE A CAREFREE LIFE

Problems, worries and stress take many people to an early grave. If the former three have constantly been a pain for you, read this article. You have nothing to lose, and a lot to gain. It will help you live a longer life, a more productive one, and a much more peaceful one too. Enjoy life because you will only live once on this earth. You will not have a second chance. There is no such a thing as reincarnation.

You are unique. There is not another person like you in the whole world. Ponder on that for a moment. Consider yourself special because you are. Not only think of yourself as being special, but treat yourself in that manner. People will start seeing you and treating you the way you see yourself and treat yourself. People are always watching to see how you treat others as well as how you treat yourself.

Remember “the golden rule” – treat others as you want to be treated. If you start treating others politely with kindness, love, respect they will start treating you the same way, and because God made you unique and special, you do deserve to be treated well. If you run into people who are rude, unkind, and just plain mean, do not lower yourself to their level. Consider the source, and do not let it affect you. No one has the right to ruin your day. They can only ruin it if you allow them.

Be happy with who you are. God created you like that for a reason. Do not try to be somebody else, they are who they are, and you are you. Take inventory of your positive traits, abilities, talents and resources available to you. Work on developing any skills you may already have, and strengthen your weak points. All of us are weak in some areas, but that does not mean we are less important than the ones who are strong in them.

Almost anything you learn will be beneficial to you, and an asset later on. The more versatile you are, the better you will feel about yourself. Some examples: learn how to swim, ride a bicycle, ride a horse, drive and fix cars, type, cut somebody’s hair, play sports, fix computers,

use power tools, and so on. Just about anything you learn can help you fit in this society by participating in it. If, for one reason or another, you are physically or mentally challenged and cannot do what others do easily, do not feel inferior.

Do not, and again I repeat, do not dwell on anything negative. Be positive at all times. Even in what may seem like a negative situation, look for the silver lining. Something good can always come out of something bad. Even if you make a bad mistake, use it as a learning experience, so it won’t happen to you again. You may even be able to teach others not to make that same mistake.

Care for people, love them, and help them whenever possible, but do not make the mistake of carrying their problems. Do not worry for them or about them. You have your own life to live.

If you are worrying about someone you know, or stressing over their problems, release that as fast as possible. If your help is needed, and you are able to do that, do the best you can, but sleep soundly, and do not let that person’s problem affect you or your family if you have one. Worrying will only bring you problems.

Do not worry about your own problems. Do not best you can under the circumstances, and have a free mind. Do not let the problems, worries or stress rob you of your joy, happiness and contentment. No problem has ever been solved by worrying or stressing out. The opposite is true – some times by doing that, they get worse. Do not let it happen to you!

Being happy, sad, angry, melancholy or having any other feeling is a state of mind and can be controlled.   Never go to bed angry, worried or stressed out. Release sadness, anger, anxiety, stress, lack of forgiveness and anything else at night and you will be able to sleep like a baby.   When you wake up in the morning decide that you will have a happy day, and that nothing that happens out of the ordinary will trouble you.

THE POINTS: 1. You are special and unique. 2. The golden rule. 3. Be happy with who you are. 4. Develop your skills. 5. Work on your weak points. 6. Learn to do several things. 7. Always be positive. 8 Look for the silver lining. 9. Do carry other people’s problems. 10. Do not worry or stress out. 11. Release your cares before going to sleep. 12. Do not let anyone or anything ruin your day. 13. When you wake up decide you will have a good and happy day.

In closing I would like to tell you this: “Don’t let anyone or anything rock your boat. You are the captain of your life, and you can control it.” If you are not a born-again Christian, receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. He will help you cope with this life.

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THE PASTOR HAD A DREAM

A pastor of a small church, who had not felt the presence of God in a few months, had a dream in which Jesus told him that he would see Him the very next day. The next morning the pastor thought about staying home, so he could record the meeting with Jesus on his excellent camcorder. Just then the church secretary called him and told him that an elderly lady was in the office needing counseling.

As much as the pastor did not want to leave his house, he knew he had to fulfill his pastor’s duties, so he got in his car and started to drive toward the church. On his way he saw an older car on the side of the road with a flat tire. It was raining quite hard, and a young lady with four children in the car was getting soaking wet trying to change the tire that was giving her quite a bit of trouble. He knew the elderly lady was waiting for him at church, but he could not allow that poor family to fend for themselves.

He stopped, asked the young lady to get in her car with the children while he changed the tire. When he finished, he was soaking wet, full of mud, and did not look like a pastor at all. The woman and the children thanked him and he was on his way. There was nothing much he could do about his clothes being dirty, but he did stop at a service station, and cleaned himself as much as he could.

When he arrived at the church parking lot there was an old homeless man soaking wet, dirty, and begging for food. The pastor gave him twenty dollars, and told him to go across the street to a restaurant and buy himself some food. The man thanked him, and told him that God would reward him for being so kind. The pastor thought nothing of it, shrugged his shoulders, and walked into the church.

When he entered the church he asked the secretary to prepare a cup of coffee for him and one for the senior lady who was waiting for him. As he started to talk to the lady, she told him that, for one reason or another, she had not received her social security check that month, and had not been able to pay the rent. She said that the landlord wanted the rent money within a week, or that she would have to move out of the apartment.

Also because she had not received her check, she had not been able to buy her medication. Since she had not taken it for the last two weeks, her body was reacting constantly to the lack of it. She was suffering the consequences, and had no place to turn other than the church. The pastor listened intensely while thinking what could be done to alleviate her situation.

The pastor feeling a deep compassion for the elderly lady, took out his wallet, and gave her sixty dollars out of his own money. He told her to come back in a day or two, and that the church would help her pay the rent. Crying almost uncontrollably, the lady told him that she had no way of repaying his kindness, but that God would.

When the pastor got back home he felt that his dream had just been a dream, and that there was nothing to it. He had not seen Jesus nor had he really felt the presence of God all day long. As he was falling asleep that night he told God, “God, don’t let me have any deceiving dreams tonight. I don’t want to be disappointed.” That night he had another dream. In it he saw Jesus. In his dream he asked Him, “You told me I was going to see You yesterday, and I just saw hurting people.” Jesus replied: “You saw me three times. I was the young lady with the flat tire, the homeless man in the parking lot, and the elderly lady at the church.”

The pastor woke up crying knowing that he had seen Jesus, but had been totally unaware of it. That happens to most of us, and yet we are still asking, “Where is God?” He is everywhere. All we have to do is look for Him in our everyday life.

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   YOUR OUTLOOK ON LIFE

Most of what you do has to do with your outlook on life. You may have a positive or a negative outlook depending on your way of thinking as well as on the particular circumstances. If you are a negative thinker the best thing you can do is to become a positive thinker. It is not an easy process, and no one can do it for you, but if you work at it you can do it because it is doable and many people have done it before you.
The only way to solve any problems is to first recognize that you have a problem, and then take the appropriate action to remedy it. You may have wanted to change for a long time, but have not been able to do it on your own. Bad habits, such as a drug or a drinking problem, become such a part of us that many times it is almost impossible to get rid of them. If that is your case, you should seek professional help, and pray to God because He can help you.
In order to change you have to go through the process of acquiring a new mindset – a new way of thinking – a new way of doing things. In the Bible in Romans 12:2, the apostle Paul tells us: “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.” Change and transformation will only come when you realize that change is needed, and only if you are willing to make a sacrifice if it is necessary.
Let’s just take an example of basically the same circumstances and the same person, reaching a final conclusion using positive and negative thinking. The results, of course, will be totally different. There is no escaping that the person’s way of thinking will influence everything he or she does, and whatever that person does will affect others in one way or another.
Let’s take John Jones a twenty-five-year-old young man from a middle-class family. He is just embarking on a career that pays him quite well. He decides not to ever get married because if he did, he would have to share his earnings with his wife. Later on if they had children he would have to share his money, his time, his home and his life with other people. Since he wants to enjoy his life to the fullest, getting married does not appeal to him at all.
Although John would be able to do enjoy life doing whatever pleased him, eventually he would get old and would find himself totally alone, probably wishing he had lived life differently. More likely than not his constant companion would probably be loneliness. Normally we are the recipients of receiving the consequences of the past decisions we made, and those consequences can either be positive or negative.
Let’s visit John once again. Let’s say he decided to get married and have a family. Assuming everything went as planned for him, in his old age he had a wife, children and even grandchildren who loved him. He may have less money and less time to himself as he would have if he had not gotten married, but he has what money can’t buy, and that, of course, is a loving family, happiness, and satisfaction.
Being a born-again Christian, I feel compelled to give you one more example. For the sake of the gospel truth, let’s suppose that you refuse to believe in God because you are young, strong, intelligent and have everything you need. All your needs are being met, and you don’t see a need for God. Your final moment on this life arrives, and you head straight down to the bowels of hell. You find yourself suffering, burning, but not being consumed, and wondering…Why didn’t I believe in God, heaven, the devil or hell?
Being a good Christian, I cannot leave you in hell. let us see a different scenario for you. Supposing you do believe in God, and have accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Redeemer.
When you take your final breath you will be in heaven in the presence of God. The apostle Paul tells that very clearly. 2 Corinthians 5:8 – “We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord.” If we are God’s children, as soon as we leave this earth, we find ourselves in heaven in the presence of God. The question I have for you is… “Have you accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior?”
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MANY ARE CALLED, FEW ARE CHOSEN

Every single human being has been called for salvation, but in comparison only a few are chosen. The reason is quite simple – God sees the end from the beginning, and He knows who will accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior and who will not. The ones who accept Jesus Christ are chosen, and the ones who do not, are not chosen. Also there are people who consider themselves Christian, but their lifestyle speaks otherwise. Those will not have salvation.

JOHN 3:3

 Jesus answered and said to him (Nicodemus), “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

Anybody who is not born again will not have salvation, regardless of what church or denomination he/she may belong to.  One is born again when one truly accepts Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior. Are you born again?

MATTHEW 7:20-23

 Therefore by their fruits you will know them. Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’  And then I will declare to them, I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’”

Jesus made it extremely clear that some of the so-called Christians who are not living according to God’s will do not have salvation. Are you a Christian in name only or are you living it?

MATTHEW 7:13-14

 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.”

Jesus is talking to Christians. The ones who find the narrow gate are the ones who are living a godly life.

MATTHEW 15:8-9

These people draw near to Me (Jesus) with their mouth, and honor Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me. And in vain they worship Me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.

Jesus is talking about people who say they are Christian, but their lives do not show it.

MATTHEW 25:1-13

 Then the kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom.  Now five of them were wise, and five were foolish.  Those who were foolish took their lamps and took no oil with them,  but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. But while the bridegroom was delayed, they all slumbered and slept. And at midnight a cry was heard: Behold, the bridegroom is coming; go out to meet him! Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps.  And the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’  But the wise answered, saying, ‘No, lest there should not be enough for us and you; but go rather to those who sell, and buy for yourselves.’  And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding; and the door was shut. Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, ‘Lord, Lord, open to us! But he answered and said, Assuredly, I say to you, I do not know you. Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming.

The bridegroom, of course, is Jesus Christ. The wise virgins are the people who are really Christian, and the foolish ones are the ones who are playing at being Christian. We should be ready at all times because we don’t know when we are going to die nor when Jesus is coming back for us. Are you foolish or wise?

MATTHEW 22:11-14

But when the king came in to see the guests, he saw a man there who did not have on a wedding garment. So he said to him, Friend, how did you come in here without a wedding garment? And he was speechless. Then the king said to the servants, ‘Bind him hand and foot, take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ For many are called, but few are chosen.

The king is God, and the man is one who thought he was saved, but was not. That is exactly what is going to happen to many who believe they are saved. Those are the ones who believe once saved always saved, the ones who think they are completely covered by grace, so they can do whatever pleases them, and also the ones who think all roads lead to heaven. Hell is where the souls there are weeping, suffering and gnashing their teeth. Will you be one of them? Let’s hope not!!

LUKE 13:24-28

Somebody asked Jesus if few would be saved, and He answered as such: “ Strive to enter through the narrow gate, for many, I say to you, will seek to enter and will not be able. When once the Master of the house has risen up and shut the door, and you begin to stand outside and knock at the door, saying, ‘Lord, Lord, open for us,’ and He will answer and say to you, ‘I do not know you, where you are from,’  then you will begin to say, ‘We ate and drank in Your presence, and You taught in our streets.’  But He will say, ‘I tell you I do not know you, where you are from. Depart from Me, all you workers of iniquity.’ There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, and yourselves thrust out.

You are called by God to spend eternity with Him, but you have to repent of your sins, ask God to forgive you, accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, and try to live a godly life. I update this page every Wednesday. Come back to it, so you can learn more and more.

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Jewish worshippers wrapped in prayer shawls, participate in the special “Blessing of the Sun” prayer at sunrise on the Eitam Hilltop near the West Bank Jewish settlement of Efrata, Wednesday, April 8, 2009. Devout Jews around the world on Wednesday observed a ritual performed only once every 28-years, saying their morning prayers under the open sky in the “blessing of the sun”, called the Birkat Hachamah in Hebrew. (AP Photo/ Kevin Frayer)

THE JEWS ARE THE CHOSEN PEOPLE

God being sovereign chose the Jewish race to be His chosen people. Being that He knows the end from the beginning He had His reasons. When God came to earth in a human body, the Jews rejected Him. That is why when Jesus shed His blood on the cross, and gave up His life, He did not do it just for the Jewish people, but for every human being who would accept Him as Lord and Savior. Now days the Christians are the chosen people. They can be any color, any race, any age, either sex, and any religion as long as they make Jesus Christ their Lord and Savior. You can be a chosen one.

GENESIS 12:1-5

 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. I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” So Abram departed as the Lord had spoken to him, and Lot went with him. And Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran.  Then Abram took Sarai his wife and Lot his brother’s son, and all their possessions that they had gathered, and the people whom they had acquired in Haran, and they departed to go to the land of Canaan. So they came to the land of Canaan.”

Abraham’s family was very wealthy and probably worshiped other so-called gods. At the time they were living in Ur of the Chaldeans, which is probably in Syria or Turkey.  God spoke to Abraham, and although he was not a believer, he believed and obeyed immediately. He left to go to the promised land, which was Canaan. Even today God will bless those who bless Israel and He will curse those who come against His chosen people.

GENESIS 17:1-7

 When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to Abram and said to him, “I am Almighty God; walk before Me and be blameless.  And I will make My covenant between Me and you, and will multiply you exceedingly.”  Then Abram fell on his face, and God talked with him, saying:  “As for Me, behold, My covenant is with you, and you shall be a father of many nations.  No longer shall your name be called Abram, but your name shall be Abraham; for I have made you a father of many nations. I will make you exceedingly fruitful; and I will make nations of you, and kings shall come from you.  And I will establish My covenant between Me and you and your descendants after you in their generations, for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and your descendants after you.”

God made an everlasting covenant with Abraham and the future Jewish people. He would be their God, and they would be His people forever and ever.

GENESIS 18:9-14

Two angels and the Lord appeared to Abraham and Sarah. “Then they (the angels) said to him (Abraham), “Where is Sarah your wife?” So he said, “Here, in the tent.”  And He said (the Lord), “I will certainly return to you according to the time of life, and behold, Sarah your wife shall have a son.” (Sarah was listening in the tent door which was behind him). Now Abraham and Sarah were old, well advanced in age; and Sarah had passed the age of childbearing.  Therefore Sarah laughed within herself, saying, “After I have grown old, shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also?” And the Lord said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh, saying, ‘Shall I surely bear a child, since I am old? Is anything too hard for the Lord? At the appointed time I will return to you, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son.”

Abraham and Sarah did not really believe the Lord when He told them they were going to have a child because of their age, and because they were new believers. The chances are that they had not seen any miracles yet, and they did not know that with God all things are possible (Mark 10:27), and that everything is possible for the person who believes (Mark 9:23).

GENESIS 21:1-3

 And the Lord visited Sarah as He had said, and the Lord did for Sarah as He had spoken. For Sarah conceived and bore Abraham a son in his old age, at the set time of which God had spoken to him.  And Abraham called the name of his son who was born to him—whom Sarah bore to him—Isaac.”

Abraham and Sarah were not Jewish because the Jewish race had not been established yet. Their son Isaac became the first Jewish person. Abraham, although he was not Jewish, became the father of the Jewish people and our father in the faith. God initiated the Jewish race through Abraham and Sarah.

DEUTERONOMY 7:6-9

Here God is addressing the Jewish people: “For you are a holy people to the Lord your God; the Lord your God has chosen you to be a people for Himself, a special treasure above all the peoples on the face of the earth.  The Lord did not set His love on you nor choose you because you were more in number than any other people, for you were the least of all peoples; but because the Lord loves you, and because He would keep the oath which He swore to your fathers, the Lord has brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you from the house of bondage, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt.“Therefore know that the Lord your God, He is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and mercy for a thousand generations with those who love Him and keep His commandments.”

God chose the Jewish people because He made a covenant with Abraham, and because He loves them. God loves all people, but He only blesses with salvation those who receive His Son Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.

PSALM 122:6-7

“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: May they prosper who love you. Peace be within your walls, prosperity within your palaces.” The countries that have blessed Israel have been blessed by God, but God has punished most of the countries that have turned their backs on Israel. The only one that has escaped God’s wrath is Germany.

If you are Jewish do not feel elated thinking that you will go to heaven automatically. You have to receive Jesus Christ – Jeshua Hamashia – as your Lord and Savior. If you are not Jewish do not feel unchosen. If you receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior you will be saved.

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THE DISCIPLES’ LACK OF FAITH

Most of us think that the disciples and other people in the Bible had great faith. They were normal people just like us, and many times they faltered in their faith. God chose them because He knew their heart, not because they were very intelligent, because they had great faith or because they were extremely brave. All God is looking for is a willing heart. He can use you, regardless of your circumstances. He is looking for willing people.

MATTHEW 8:23-26

“ Now when He (Jesus) got into a boat, His disciples followed Him. And suddenly a great tempest arose on the sea, so that the boat was covered with the waves. But He was asleep. Then His disciples came to Him and awoke Him, saying, “Lord, save us! We are perishing!” But He said to them, “Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?” Then He arose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm.” Jesus (God in the flesh) was with them, and they still were afraid and lacked faith.

MATTHEW 15:32-35

“Now Jesus called His disciples to Himself and said, “I have compassion on the multitude, because they have now continued with Me three days and have nothing to eat. And I do not want to send them away hungry, lest they faint on the way.” Then His disciples said to Him, “Where could we get enough bread in the wilderness to fill such a great multitude?” Jesus said to them, “How many loaves do you have?” And they said, “Seven, and a few little fish.” So He commanded the multitude to sit down on the ground.” There were five thousand men with wives and children. The group could have been up to fifteen thousand or so. Jesus was going to feed them miraculously, but the disciples although they had been with Him and had seen many miracles still lacked faith that He could and would feed the people.

MATTHEW 17:14-20

“And when they had come to the multitude, a man came to Him, kneeling down to Him and saying, “Lord, have mercy on my son, for he is an epileptic and suffers severely; for he often falls into the fire and often into the water. So I brought him to Your disciples, but they could not cure him.” Then Jesus answered and said, “O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I bear with you? Bring him here to Me.” And Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of him; and the child was cured from that very hour. Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, “Why could we not cast it out?” So Jesus said to them, “Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.” Jesus made it clear that the disciples had not been able to heal the boy because of their lack of faith.
MATTHEW 26:55-56
“ In that hour Jesus said to the multitudes, “Have you come out, as against a robber, with swords and clubs to take Me? I sat daily with you, teaching in the temple, and you did not seize Me. But all this was done that the Scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled.” Then all the disciples forsook Him (Jesus) and fled.” This is when the Romans and the Pharisees arrested
Jesus to have Him killed. His disciples were afraid and lacked faith.

MATTHEW 26:69-74

“ Now Peter sat outside in the courtyard. And a servant girl came to him, saying, “You also were with Jesus of Galilee.” But he denied it before them all, saying, “I do not know what you are saying.” And when he had gone out to the gateway, another girl saw him and said to those who were there, “This fellow also was with Jesus of Nazareth.” But again he denied with an oath, “I do not know the Man!” And a little later those who stood by came up and said to Peter, “Surely you also are one of them, for your speech betrays you.” Then he began to curse and swear, saying, “I do not know the Man!” Immediately a rooster crowed.” Because of fear and lack of faith Peter denied Jesus three times.

MARK 16:9-11

“]Now when He (Jesus Christ) rose early on the first day of the week, He appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom He had cast seven demons. She went and told those who had been with Him, as they mourned and wept. And when they heard that He (Jesus) was alive and had been seen by her, they did not believe.” Jesus had told His disciples several times that He would rise on the third day, yet when it happened they did not believe Mary Magdalene that Jesus had risen.
What can we take away from this message? Jesus used normal people to spread His gospel, and He wants to use us. He is not looking for equipped vessels, but for willing ones. If we make ourselves available to be used by Him, He will equip us in due time.
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JESUS WAS DISCIPLINED AND FOCUSED

Other than being completely obedient to the Father Jesus was extremely disciplined. He needed that discipline to do the will of the Father here on earth. As God made human, He would not have been able to go through all the suffering, the disappointments, and the hardships He encountered if he had not been completely disciplined and focused.

JOHN 5:30

“I (Jesus) can of Myself do nothing. As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is righteous, because I (Jesus) do not seek My own will but the will of the Father who sent Me.”
Jesus was focused and disciplined to do the will of God the Father, not His own, and not anybody else’s.

LUKE 22:41-44

“And He (Jesus) was withdrawn from them about a stone’s throw, and He knelt down and prayed, saying, “Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from Me; nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done.” Then an angel appeared to Him from heaven, strengthening Him. And being in agony, He prayed more earnestly. Then His sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground.”
Jesus prayed consistently with faith and discipline for the will of His Father to be done. Just as Jesus prayed frequently and consistently for His Father’s will to be done, we should pray the same way.

MARK 6:37-40

“But He (Jesus) answered and said to them, “You (the disciples) give them something to eat.” And they said to Him, “Shall we go and buy two hundred denarii worth of bread and give them something to eat.” But He said to them, “How many loaves do you have? Go and see. And when they found out they said, “Five, and two fish.” Then He commanded them to make them all sit down in groups on the green grass. So they (the people) sat down in ranks, in hundreds and in fifties.”
This is when Jesus fed five-thousand men plus women and children. The people were fed in an organized manner. Jesus was disciplined focused, and organized, as He always is. We should learn from Him. We can be disciplined, organized and focused.

LUKE 23:32-34

“There were also two others, criminals led with Him to be put to death. And when they had come to the place called Calvary, there they crucified Him, and the criminals, one on the right hand and the other on the left. Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.” And they divided His garments and cast lots.”
Up to the last moment of His physical life, Jesus was focused, doing the will of His Father, and disciplined. Even then He had compassion on the ones who were crucifying Him.

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 was so disciplined and focused on doing the Father’s will that while we were lost in sin, weak as human beings, and completely detached from God, He suffered and died for us.

JOHN 19:25-27

“Now there stood by the cross of Jesus His mother, and His mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus therefore saw His mother, and the disciple whom He loved (The apostle John) standing by, He said to His mother, “Woman, behold your son!” Then He said to the disciple “Behold your mother!” And from that hour that disciple took her to his own home.”
The disciple John was Jesus’ best friend here on earth. Even while Jesus was suffering at the cross ready to die, He was making sure His mother would be taken care of. He was focused and disciplined even then.

JOHN 19:28-30

“ After this, Jesus, knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the Scripture might be fulfilled, said, “I thirst!” Now a vessel full of sour wine was sitting there; and they filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on hyssop, and put it to His mouth. So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit.”
Jesus was disciplined and focused until the very end. He came to fulfill a mission, and He accomplished that in an exemplary manner. He left us many lessons by His examples. You can find them in the Bible, and especially in “The Book of John.”
If we discipline ourselves, focus, work hard, and persevere we can accomplish just about anything we decide to do. The problem with most people is that they do not do those things. If you want to go to heaven, discipline yourself by reading the Bible, praying, going to a born-again Christian church, living a clean life, and by doing the will of God.
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GOD IS NOT WILLING THAT ANYONE SHOULD PERISH

God created man is His own image because He wanted to have fellowship with him. He had it with Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, but they broke it when they sinned. In the near future after the rapture, the tribulation, the second coming of Jesus Christ and God’s kingdom is restored in Jerusalem that fellowship between God and men will be restored.

GENESIS 1:26-28

 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.  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 loves us so much that He created us in His own image. No other form of life or thing was made in the image of God. We are special to Him.

GENESIS 3:8-10

“And they (Adam and Eve) heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. Then the Lord God called to Adam and said to him, “Where are you?” So he said, “I heard Your voice in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself.”

Apparently the Lord used to have direct communication with Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. Their sin disrupted it. We can communicate with Him by praying and worshiping Him.

JOHN 3:16

 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.”

The apostle John made it quite clear how much Father God loves us. Our task is to receive that love, enjoy it, and pass it on to others.

ROMANS 5:7-8

“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.”

God loves us so much that He sent His Son to suffer and die for us while we were still sinners, and had not accepted Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior.

2 PETER 3:8-9

“But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.  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.”

God does not want anybody to go to hell or to wind up in the lake of fire. He gives people many opportunities to hear His word and to repent. Since we have free will, people can decide whether to believe in God or not.

JOHN 10:27-30

“My sheep hear My voice, and I (Jesus Christ) know them, and they follow Me. And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand.  My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father’s hand.  I and My Father are one.”

The people who become Christ followers – born again Christians – will never perish, which means that they will never see hell or the lake of fire. The apostle Paul states that to be absent from this body is to be present with the Lord (2 Corinthians 5:8). The Christians will go immediately to be with the Lord in heaven. The ones who refuse to receive Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior will first go to hell, and after the final judgment will spend eternity in the lake of fire – not a comforting thought!

Do not despair! If you have never received Jesus Christ in your heart to be your Lord and Savior, do it now. Read the following prayer, and when you, more or less, understand it, pray it to God aloud in all sincerity and humility. He will hear you, will forgive all your sins, and will welcome you as His child.

“Father God, I repent of all my sins. Please forgive me, as I believe and confess that Jesus Christ is Your Son, that He suffered and died to pay for my sins. I declare that He rose on the third day from the dead, and is now in heaven at Your right hand interceding for me now. I not only ask Him to be my Lord and Savior, but I also ask the Holy Spirit to live in me. Thank You, heavenly Father!”

I update this blog every Wednesday. Keep coming back to it, so you can learn more. Start reading the Bible beginning with “The Book of John.” Find yourself a good Christian church where they teach directly from the Bible. If you prayed that prayer, send me an email stating that. God bless you!

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THE BLESSINGS AND CURSES OF GOD

Jesus wants for each and every one of us to follow Him, so He can bless us with salvation, and with blessings here on earth, but many of us refuse to even believe that God exists. That being the case, instead of receiving God’s blessings we receive His curses.

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.’”

This is what God told the Jewish people thousands of years ago, but since He is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow (Hebrews 13:8), and since He is no respecter of person, that also applies to us. Are you obeying or disobeying God?

DEUTERONOMY 27:15-25

Read those scriptures, and you will see that God says cursed is he who: “makes carved/molded images, treats his parents with contempt, moves his neighbor’s landmark, deceives the blind,

perverts justice to cheat the stranger, fatherless or widow, lies with his father’s wife, lies with any kind of animal, lies with his sister or mother-in-law, attacks his neighbor secretly, takes a bribe to slay an innocent person, and cursed is he who does not conform to God’s law.

LEVITICUS 20:11-15

Read this scripture and you will find out that God’s wrath falls on a person who: has sexual relations with his father’s wife, with his daughter-in-law, a person of the same sex, an animal, or with a mother and her daughter. Are you doing any of those things? If you are, repent!

EXODUS 20:1-17

Read the scripture in the Bible, and you will understand that God hates: idolatry – having other so-called gods, bowing down to images (so –called saints or virgins), using His name in vain (swearing/cussing), not keeping the Sabbath holy, dishonoring father/mother, murdering, committing adultery, and coveting anything else somebody else might have. Let’s hope you are not engaged in any of those activities.

HEBREWS 13:5 and DEUTERONOMY 31:6 Respectively

 Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” AND “ Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them (the enemy); for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He (GOD) will not leave you nor forsake you.” That is a gigantic promise and an excellent blessing.

PHILIPPIANS 4:6-7 and EPHESIANS 6:18 Respectively

 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.”AND “ praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints—” What a blessing! We can take up everything to God, He will hear us, and He will helps us.

MATTHEW 18:18-20

Assuredly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven.  For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.”

That is a wonderful blessing that Jesus left for us. One, whatever we bind or loose will be bound or loose. Two, Whatever two of us agree on, as we pray here on earth, will be done. Three, when two or more people are together in prayer, Jesus is there.

THE MOST IMPORTANT BLESSING IS SALVATION

2 Timothy 1:9 – “(JESUS) Who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began.”       “Romans 5:7-8 – “ 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.” Mark 16:16 – “He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.”Acts 16:31 – “So they said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.” Acts 2:21 – “And it shall come to pass that whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” We do not have to do any works to deserve or receive salvation. All we have to do is believe in Jesus, repent, ask God to forgive us, and receive Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. Salvation is the greatest gift and blessing any human can possibly receive.

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THE LOVE OF MANY WILL GROW COLD

Since God hears, sees, knows everything, and is everywhere at the same time, He knew from the beginning that in the last days the love of many people would grow cold. Unfortunately we are in the last days, and love has grown cold. There is much hatred in the world, and people are being disobedient to God. There are, and there will be negative consequences.

2 TIMOTHY 4:1-4

I (the apostle Paul) charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom: 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.”

The apostle Paul was warning his disciple Timothy that the time would come when people would just hear what they want to hear. That is exactly what is happening right now. The most famous preachers are the ones who preach “the prosperity gospel.” You know what? God did not promise us “a rose garden.”

2 TIMOTHY 3:1-5

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!”

Right now the world is as Paul told Timothy it would be before the second coming of Jesus Christ. Yes, we are in the last days before the end of this world as we know it. Jesus will come and establish His earthly kingdom in Jerusalem. This world will not end, but it will definitely change.

2 THESSALONIANS 2:1-4

“Now, brethren, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, we ask you, not to be soon shaken in mind or troubled, either by spirit or by word or by letter, as if from us, as though the day of Christ had come.  Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition (the Antichrist),  who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.”

Many people thought the second coming of Christ had already happened, and the apostle Paul was telling them that it would only happen after people had fallen away from the church, and the antichrist had been revealed. Some people are falling away from the church, but the man of sin – the antichrist – has not been revealed. The rapture may happen at any time, but the second coming of the Lord is for a later time.

MATTHEW 24:9-14

“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.”

Jesus is telling His disciples about the end times and His second coming. One, Christians will be hated and persecuted, and that is happening around the globe. Two, people will betray one another. Three, there will be much hatred. Four, false prophets will arise – some men are already claiming they are God. Five, love will grow cold. Six, the gospel will be preached throughout the world. All those signs have happened already. That means Jesus can come back at any time for what is known as “the rapture.” Are you ready? Are you right with God? If you are not right with God, this is your opportunity to do so. Repent, ask God to forgive you, ask Jesus Christ to be your Lord and Savior, start reading the Bible, and start attending a born-again Christian church. Keep coming back to my blog. I update it every Wednesday. God bless you!

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