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AGE GRACEFULLY

We are living in an age where people do not believe in absolutes. However that does not change the fact that they have existed, are existing now, and will always exist. One absolute is that all of us are going to die. There is no getting around it. Sooner or later that day will come to each and every one of us. That includes you and me!

Not necessarily all of them ,but most American women want to age gracefully. That is why in 2013 they spent more than 426 billion dollars on creams, makeup and so on. It has been reported that every American woman spends more than fifteen thousand dollars on beauty products during her lifetime. That does not include what the men spend on lotions, creams and so on.

In the year 2016 the American people spent more than sixteen billion dollars on cosmetic surgery. That amount does include men and women, because there are quite a few men who are going through plastic cosmetic surgery. Of course, that number is rising annually, and there seems to be no ceiling in sight.

15% of the American population has a gym membership, spending more than $600 annually per capita, and a total of nineteen billion dollars per year. Those same people and a few others also spend about thirty-three billion dollars on sports equipment. All that money is spent trying to exercise to lose weight, have more muscle, better health, and to look better. In many, many cases when that exercise equipment is used correctly and regularly it does help a person be healthier, look better, and live longer.

Although many people are doing many things to age gracefully physically, and that does help their physical health, appearance, and state of mind, but it is much more important to age gracefully mentally, psychologically, emotionally and spiritually. The latter four will give a person more confidence, satisfaction, joy and happiness.

By being psychologically well-balanced you will be able to make wise and correct decisions. Your happiness will not depend on how strong you are physically, how young you may look, how good looking you may be, how beautiful your face and body may be, or even on how much money you may have. Instead your happiness will come by knowing who you are, what you stand for, and who God is in your life.

Because of your past, it may be that you may not be well-balanced psychologically. If that is your case, work on it. It is never too late. If you transform your mind (Romans 12:2), and decide to leave the past in the past, and to start a new, you will succeed. Take every negative thought captive (2 Corinthians 10:5) immediately. Remember that today is the first day of the rest of your life. You can have a fresh start.

Hopefully you are emotionally stable, but if, for whatever reason, you are not, then start working on it immediately. Yes, you can do it. Do not let your emotions run you. As with everything thing else, the first step is to realize you have a problem. Once you admit it, then come up with some solutions. The next step is to discard the solutions that are not viable. They may not be viable for many reasons; too expensive, it takes too long, you don’t have the resources, it’s too far from you, you cannot miss work, and so on. Choose the best solution that is viable to you.

Do not confuse being religious with being spiritual. Being religious means believing in what a certain religion believes. It could be totally wrong, and many of the religions are. Many so-called religious people worship animals, the sun, other people who lived a long time ago, or even the devil. Spiritual people, on the other hand, worship the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, and have an intimate relationship with Him. Jesus, who is God in the flesh, said: “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except by Me.” – John 14:6.

You can age gracefully by maturing physically, mentally, psychologically, emotionally, and spiritually. That does not mean you are to neglect your physical health and appearance, but do not give them more importance than to the attributes mentioned in the previous statement.

In your legacy do not be known as a grumpy old lady or a cranky old man. Have people remember you as a loving person who always had nice, positive, and kind words for everyone – a person who was always kindly referred to as, “Grandma or Grandpa.”

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PULLING SOMEONES LEG-ILLUSTRATION

WHAT’S HOLDING YOU BACK?

There are many reasons why people do not succeed, and why they stay stuck in a rut. People use many excuses, but also offer many good reasons as to why they have not succeeded. Many of those excuses and reasons are valid, while others are not. The chances are you have your own reasons as to why you are not where you should be.

Success, of course, has a different meaning for every person, and that is the way it should be.

Success for a professional runner could be running ten miles in a given amount of time. Success to an elderly person, who has been ill, might be walking six blocks. Success to a corporate business could be earning twenty million dollars in any given year, while to a mom and pop business it could be ending the year with a sixty-thousand–dollar profit.

Due to various reasons you might be a victim of circumstances. You may be a tribal person living in a remote area with very little or no technology, and no matter how hard you try you cannot escape the consequences of living in that environment. Unfortunately there are billions of people trapped living in jungles, under communism, or under a dictatorship. Success is next to impossible for many of those human beings.

Lack of education or expertise could be holding you back from achieving your goal. If that is the case, either go back to school, or find a way to gain the expertise needed. In order to succeed in any career, business or endeavor you have to know what you are doing. That only comes through education, research and experience. Somehow, somewhere, sometime you have to pay your dues. In other words, you have to learn the trade whatever it is.

Your friends or your own family may be holding you back. In most cases they mean well, but they discourage you because they think the job is too big for you. You know yourself better than anybody else. If you think you can do it, and are not afraid to put in long hours and to make sacrifices, go for it. Nothing and no one can stop you, but you yourself.

If low self-esteem is holding you back, you have to have more confidence in yourself. Read books on self-improvement, read the Bible, and talk to people who will encourage you and give you the correct advice. Move away from negative people. They will give you many reasons why you cannot succeed. Nevertheless all you need is a strong desire to succeed, and an attitude of “I am not going to quit no matter how long it takes, and how difficult it might be.” Determination will give you success if you go for it.

Afraid of failure may be holding you back. The people who have made it big in sports, as inventors, in the movie business, in the corporate world or in other fields have had many setbacks. What separated them from the ones who did not make it is that they never thought about quitting. The word “quit” was never in their repertoire and it should not be in yours. Make this saying your motto: “When the going gets tough, the tough get going.”

Maybe your past is holding you back. You may be saying, “This article is fine and dandy, but I’ve never succeeded before.” That is because you have been thinking in a negative manner. You have to transform your mind, and your way of thinking (Romans 12:2). Find out what really motivates you, what you really want, learn all you can about what you are going to undertake, take a positive approach, don’t listen to naysayers, be willing to see it through, give it all you’ve got, and you will succeed.

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YOU ONLY HAVE THREE CHOICES

You probably have not giving it much thought as to how many choices you really have. The chances are you think you have an unlimited number of choices. However when we break down to the bare essentials you only have three choices. I know that does not sound correct or right, but that is the way it is.

Most people do not think about the three choices because in most cases they automatically choose the one that makes more sense to them, and do not even think about the other two or that they even exist. Nevertheless they exist and you should definitely take them into consideration before making any decision that has any significance whatsoever. As every Christian very well knows a wrong decision can bring eternal consequences.

What are those three choices? The first choice and the one that makes more sense to almost every human being is the one that pleases us. Yes, when making a choice most of us just think about ourselves. Therefore when making a decision we choose whatever pleases us. If it pleases us, we are happy with whatever the decision might have been. We do not bother to think how it will affect other people. After all, the most important thing is that it pleases us because in our world we are the most important person.

Some people and even all of us sometimes make decisions to please others. In other words, we please others out of love or responsibility, and of course that includes our family and our close friends. We make choices out of responsibility to our government, society, community, church and so on. All of us are subject to rules and regulations everywhere we are. Sometimes we have leeway and sometimes we don’t.

The third choice, of course, is to please God. God left us very explicit and clear instructions as to how to live this Christian life. The word of God delineates quite clearly as to what is right and what is wrong. With God there are no gray areas. We do not have to guess as to how to proceed in any given situation. If we are not sure as to what decision or choice to make, all we have to do is pray to God, and go to the Bible, and the answer will come to us.

Sometimes when we take the first choice – to please ourselves – we offend other people, hurt them somehow, or we do not help them as we should. Think of selfish parents or selfish children, and you will understand the point I am trying to make. Just thinking of pleasing ourselves all the time is the worst choice we can make. People like that wind up being and feeling completely empty.

Some people go too deep into the second choice – pleasing others – and that, although it seems like a noble thing to do, can actually be detrimental to them. The reason being is that they don’t really enjoy life. They are too busy thinking about the other person, and life just passes them by. It is almost as if they did not have a personality, let alone a life. It’s absolutely good to think of others and help them, but there has to be a limit to it.

The third choice is to please God. Although it may not be very popular, or make much sense at first glance, it is the best one. As hopefully you know, God has our best interest at heart. His will is the best thing for our lives. One of the best reasons for that is not only that He knows the future, but He can control it. In other words, He can make something good happen to me just because I am obedient to Him. What He is asking from us is obedience, not sacrifice (1 Samuel 15:22).

Normally when we choose to please God it pleases us, and in most cases it pleases other people too. It is a win-win situation. The main reason, of course, is that God’s ways are much higher than ours (Isaiah 55:8-9). Let’s hope this article helps you in making the correct choices from now on. May our Lord Jesus Christ bless you with His presence, salvation, and physical blessings.

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Today is the first day of the rest of your life.  Make the most of it!

Prayer

                                                              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

 

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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.

DO NOT COMPARE YOURSELF TO ANYONE

Comparing yourself to somebody else is a lose-lose situation. If you compare yourself to a homeless person, you will feel extremely wealthy. On the other hand if you compare yourself to a billionaire you will feel like a pauper. If you compare yourself to the biggest sinner in the world, you will think you are a saint, and if you compare yourself to Billy Graham or somebody like him, you will feel like a wretched person. If you compare yourself to Einstein or somebody like him, you will feel like a moron, and if you compare yourself to an idiot, you will think you are a genius.

Conclusion; don’t compare yourself to anybody else. You are unique the way you are. God created you that way for a reason. Do not question His existence or why He created you the way He did. Make the most of who you are. Be happy and make others happy. Just remember – success is not being wealthy, tall, strong, good looking, famous or intelligent. Your success depends on you being happy by giving the best of yourself in making the most out of every experience in your life.

NO TE COMPARES CON NADIE

El compararte con alguien es una situación perdida. Si te comparas con un indigente, te sentirás millonario, y si te comparas con un billonario pensarás que totalmente has fracasado. Si te comparas con la persona más pecadora que conozcas, creerás que eres santo, y si te comparas con la hermana Teresa, pensarás que eres la persona más pecadora del mundo. Si te comparas con Alberto Einstein te sentirás como si fueras un tontorrón, y si te compararas con un loco, pensarías que eres un genio. Desde luego que no eres como esas personas mencionadas. Así es que las comparaciones son malas.

Conclusión; No te compares con nadie. Eres único así como eres. Dios te creó así por alguna razón. No cuestiones ni su existencia ni por qué te creó como lo hizo. Aprovecha todo lo que puedas de tal y cómo eres. Tu propósito debe ser de ser feliz, y de traerles felicidad a otros. Simplemente recuerda – el éxito no consiste en ser rico, alto, fuerte, bien parecido, famoso o inteligente. Tu éxito consiste en que seas feliz, dando lo mejor de ti al sacarle lo máximo a cada experiencia que tengas en la vida.

 

WHAT IS WISDOM TO YOU?

The question is…What is wisdom to you? I don’t know what it is to you, but to me it means combining knowledge with intelligence and making wise and favorable decisions. Are you doing that, or are you making unwise decisions that have negative consequences?

¿QUÉ ES LA SABIDURÍA PARA TI?

La pregunta es…¿Qué es la sabiduría para ti? Yo no sé lo que es para ti, pero para mí es combinar el conocimiento con la inteligencia para hacer decisiones sabias y favorables. ¿Lo estás haciendo, o haces decisiones erróneas que te traen consecuencias negativas?

ENJOY YOUR TODAYS

Do not let your bad yesterdays spoil your good todays nor let the worries of the tomorrows take the fun out of your todays. Enjoy every today as if it were your last day on earth because one of them will be your last.

DISFRUTA CADA DÍA

No permitas que lo malo del ayer dañe tu buen día hoy ni dejes que las preocupaciones del mañana te quiten la felicidad de este día. Disfruta cada día como si fuera tu último día de vida aquí en la tierra, porque uno de ellos sí va a ser el último.

DOUBT YOUR DOUBTS

Someone once said: “Doubt your doubts before you doubt your faith.” If your faith is well founded, grounded in the truth, and has been proven to be correct, then it makes a lot of sense. However if your faith is based on a false premise, on lies, on misconceptions, on misinformation, on prejudiced or on biased opinions, then you should do some serious investigation and discard that erroneous faith.

DUDA TUS DUDAS

Alguien dijo: “Duda tus dudas antes de dudar tu fe.” Si tu fe está correctamente anclada, basada en la verdad, y se ha comprobado ser correcta, entonces hace mucho sentido. sin embargo, si tu fe está basada en premisas falsas, en mentiras, en ideas equivocadas, en información errónea, o en opiniones prejuiciadas o predispuestas, debes investigarla seriamente y descartarla porque está descarrilada.

FAITH AND GOOD WORKS

There should be no inseparability between faith and good works. In James 2:17, the Bible tells us: “Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, it is dead.” If you say you are a Christian, but are not doing any good works, you are just fooling yourself, because you are not fooling God or anybody else for that matter.

LA FE Y LAS BUENAS OBRAS

No debe haber separación entre la fe y las buenas obras. En Santiago 2:17, la palabra de Dios nos dice: “Así también la fe, si no tiene obras, está muerta.” Si dices que eres cristiano, pero no estás haciendo buenas obras, te estás engañando a ti mismo, porque no estás engañando a Dios ni a nadie más.

 

DO NOT BE AN ISLAND

God did not create you so you would be an island. He created you so you would live In abundance (John 10:10), would love yourself, would love others and would love Him (Matthew 22:37-40). If you are lonely, depressed, frustrated or failing, it is because you are being an island. Try loving yourself, loving others and loving God.

NO SEAS UNA ISLA

Dios no te creó para que fueras isla. Te creó para que vivieras en abundancia (Juan 10:10), para que te amaras, para que amaras al prójimo, y para que lo amaras a él (Mateo 22:37-40). Si te sientes solo, estás deprimido, estás frustrado, o estás fracasando es porque te has aislado. Comienza a amarte a ti mismo, a amar al prójimo, y a amar a Dios. Haz la prueba y todo te cambiará.

 

LIVE A FULFILLED LIFE

You do not have to be wealthy, intelligent, talented, powerful or live at a certain place to live a fulfilled life. You can accomplish that by being peaceful, mild, kind, friendly, helpful, sincere, positive, forgiving, merciful and compassionate.

VIVE UNA VIDA PLENA DE FELICIDAD

No tienes que ser rico, inteligente, talentoso, poderoso o vivir en cierto lugar para vivir una vida plena de felicidad. Puedes lograrlo si eres amistoso, socorredor, sincero, positivo, amable, humilde, pacífico, compasivo, misericordioso y alguien que sabe perdonar.

LET US ACCENTUATE OUR SIMILARITIES AND WHAT IS POSITIVE
Unfortunately the news media, the Democrats, the Hollywood entertainers and some of the sports people accentuate our differences and the negative things. That is just splitting us as Americans further and further apart. They should be accentuating our similarities and what is positive about our country. If we were to do that, that would make us a strong, loving and respected nation around the world. If we keep on doing the opposite that will make us the laughing stock of the world, and will eventually bring about our demise. Think about that!

RESALTEMOS NUESTRAS SIMILITUDES Y LO QUE SEA POSITIVO
Desafortunadamente los medios de comunicación, los demócratas, los actores de Hollywood, y algunas de las personas deportistas resaltan nuestras diferencias y todo lo que sea negativo. Eso nos separa más y más. Deberían estar resaltando nuestras similitudes y lo positivo que existe en nuestro país. Si eso se hiciera, nuestro país fuera fuerte, amistoso y respetado por las otras naciones del mundo. Si continuamos haciendo lo opuesto, el mundo continuará riéndose de nosotros y criticándonos. Eso nos puede llevar a la destrucción. ¡Piénsalo!

famous quotes

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

COCO CHANEL

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.”

 

THOMAS EDISON (1847 – 1931) – American Inventor and Businessman

“Genius is one percent inspiration, ninety-nine percent perspiration.”

In other words, it takes a lot of work to accomplish something that is really outstanding. People have to burn the midnight oil to actually come up with something that may make this world a better place for all of us.

THOMAS EDISON (1847 – 1931) – Inventor y Negociante Estadounidense

“Ser genio es uno por ciento inspiración, noventa y nueve por ciento transpiración.”

En otras palabras, toma muchísimo trabajo para lograr algo sobresaliente. La gente tiene que quemarse las pestañas y usar muchas velas para inventar algo que, en realidad, pueda mejorar el mundo.

MARIE CURIE (July 26, 2018)

“Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.”

Racial prejudice and fear come from lack of knowledge and understanding. We cannot solve any problem if we do not understand it. We have to realize and acknowledge we have a problem before we can find out what the real problem is then work on a solution.

MARIE CURIE (26 de Julio 2018) – Química y Física Polaca Residente de Francia

“A nada en la vida se le debe temer, solamente debe entenderse. Actualmente es el tiempo de entender más para que tememos menos.”

El prejuicio racial y el temor vienen por falta de conocimiento y de entendimiento. No podemos resolver ningún problema si no lo entendemos. Tenemos que percatarnos y reconocer que tenemos un problema antes que podamos saber cual es el verdadero problema y como resolverlo.

JALAL AD-DIN MUHAMMAD RUNI (1207-1273) – Persian Sunni Muslim Poet, Jurist, Scholar, Theologian, and Sufi Mystic.

“I am not this hair, I am not this skin, I am the soul that lives within.”

The reason there is racial prejudice is because people only look at the physical aspect of a person and not the inside where the real person lives. The body is just the house where the soul lives. The color of someone’s skin or the shape of his or her body is no indication as to who or what that person really is.   Judging a person by his or her personal appearance is like buying a parked car without knowing whether it runs or not.

JALAL AD-DIN MUHAMMAD RUNI (1207-1273) – Poeta, Jurista, Teólogo, Letrado, y Practicante del Misticismo Sufi.

“No soy este cabello, no soy esta piel, soy el alma que vive adentro.”

La razón que el prejuicio racial existe es porque la gente solamente ve el aspecto físico de una persona, y no lo de adentro donde vive la verdadera persona – el alma. El cuerpo simplemente es vivienda del alma. El color de la piel o la forma del cuerpo de una persona no nos indica quien es esa persona en realidad. Al juzgar a una persona por el color de su piel es como comprar un coche que está estacionado sin saber si corre o no.

MOYO ADEKOYA

“No matter who walks away from you. No matter who you walk away from. Never walk away from God.”

I agree 100% with her. People will disappoint you, you will disappoint people, but God will never leave you nor forsake you (Hebrews 13:5). All of us will live eternally. There are two places where we can spend it; heaven or the lake of fire. You have the privilege of choosing either one of the two. If you fail to choose, for whatever the reason, you have automatically chosen the lake of fire.

MOYO ADEKOYA

“No importa quién se aleje de ti. No importa de quien te alejes tú. Jamás te alejes de Dios.”

Estoy 100% de acuerdo con ella. La gente va a desilusionarte, tú vas a desilusionar a la gente, pero Dios no te desamparará ni te abandonará (Hebreos 13:5). Todos viviremos eternamente, y solamente hay dos lugares donde pasaremos la eternidad; el cielo y el lago de fuego. Tienes el privilegio de escoger donde deseas pasas tu eternidad. Si no escoges, automáticamente has escogido el lago de fuego.

 

MICHAEL JORDAN (1963-Present)American Retired Basketball Player and Businessman

“You must expect great things of yourself before you can do them.”

You cannot accomplish what you cannot see or envision yourself doing. Great dreams only come true when you have them, put a plan in action, and then work hard to make them become a reality. Giving up, losing hope, and quitting are not options.

MICHAEL JORDAN (1963-Presente) – Empresario Americano y Jugador de Basquetbol Jubilado.

“Debes esperar grandes cosas de ti mismo antes que puedas hacerlas.”

No puedes hacer lo que no puedes visualizar ni lograr lo que no te ves haciendo. Los grandes sueños solamente se cumplen cuando los tienes, pones un plan en acción, y trabajas duro para que se hagan una realidad. El perder las esperanzas o abandonar la obra no son opciones.

RAY GOFORTH (1949 – Present) – Christian Evangelist, Author, Television Host from New Zealand. Lives in the United States

“There are two types of people who will tell you that you cannot make a difference in this world: Those who are afraid to try and those who are afraid you will succeed.”

Of course there are more than two types of people in this world, but those two types he describes will never amount to much because of their attitudes.

RAY GOFORTH (1949 –Presente) – Evangelista Cristiano, Autor, Anfitrión de televisión de Nueva Zelanda Que Actualmente Vive en Los Estados Unidos.

“Hay dos clases de gente quienes te dirán que no puedes hacer la diferencia en este mundo: Los que temen intentar hacer algo y los que temen que tú tengas éxito.”

Claro que hay más de dos clases de gente en este mundo, pero las dos clases que él describe jamás llegarán a mucho por sus actitudes.

ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON (1850-1894) – Scottish Novelist, Poet, Essayist, Musician and Travel Writer.
“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the deeds that you plant.”
Some days you may reap nothing, but you can always plant a seed. That seed could be a smile, a pat on the back to someone, an encouraging word to someone who needs it, or a needed favor done at the proper time.

ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON (1850-1894) – Novelista, Poeta, Ensayista, Escritor de Viajes, Músico Escocés.
“No juzgues cada día por la cosecha que recibas sino por las semillas que siembres.”
Algunos días no vas a cosechar nada, pero sí puedes sembrar una semilla. La semilla puede ser una sonrisa que le regalas a alguien, una palmada en la espalda a alguien que la necesita, una palabra de aliento a su debido tiempo, o un favor a su tiempo perfecto.

SWAMI VIVEKANANDA (1863-1902) – Indian Hindu Monk
“Take up one idea. Make one idea your life – think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success.”
If we want to succeed we have to have an idea, have a plan, put it into effect and persevere. We cannot let anything sidetrack us, get us off course, or be derailed.
SWAMI VIVEKANANDA (1863-1902) – Monje Hindú de la India
“Toma una idea. Haz una idea tu vida – piénsala, suéñala, vive esa idea. Permite que el cerebro, los músculos, los nervios, y cada parte de tu cuerpo que se llene de esa idea, y descarta toda otra idea. Este es el camino al éxito.”
Si queremos tener éxito tenemos que tener una idea, hacer un plan, ponerlo en práctica, y perseverar. No podemos permitir que nada nos descarrile ni que nos detenga de

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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.”

 

THE BOY WANTS HIS OWN CAR

A fifteen-year-old boy came up to his father and told him: “Dad, I am fifteen years old and most of my friends have their own car already. When are you going to buy me mine?” The father replied: “I will get you a car when you cut that long hair you have.” The boy thought for a moment and then he said: “I’ve been reading the Bible, and I find that Moses, Abraham and even Jesus had long hair.” “Yes,” the father said, “but they walked everywhere they went.”

EL JOVEN QUIERE SU PROPIO COCHE

Un jovencito de quince años le dice a su padre: “Papá, ya tengo quince años, y casi todos mis amigos tienen su propio coche. ¿Cuándo me vas a comprar el mío?” El papá lo mira y le dice: “Te compro el carro cuando te cortes ese cabello largo que tienes.” El chico piensa un poquito y dice: “He estado leyendo la biblia, y encuentro que Moisés, Abraham y hasta Jesucristo tenían pelo largo.” “Es cierto,” le dice el papá, “pero ellos caminaban adondequiera

REPAINT, YOU SINNERS

It was almost the end of the work day, and three men who were almost finished painting the last wall of the church were running out of paint. One of them said: “Let’s add some paint thinner to the paint, so we can finish the job and go home.” It sounded like a good thing, so the other two agreed. When they finished it began to rain and the paint washed off. Then they heard a very strong voice that said: “Repaint, you thinners, and thin no more.”

THE YOUNG PASTOR

A young man was appointed to his first pastoral job. The first Sunday he saw a young lady that he really liked. He found out her address and the very next day he went by her house. He knocked at the door, but got no response. He left a note with the scripture Revelation 3:20, which basically says: “Behold, I stand at the door and knock…” The next Sunday he found a note in the offering plate with the scripture Genesis 3:10, which basically says: “I heard your voice, but I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself.”

EL PASTOR JOVENCITO

Un jovencito recibió su primer trabajo de pastor. El primer domingo vio a una jovencita que le gustó mucho. Buscó la dirección de la chica, y el día siguiente pasó por su casa. Llamó a la puerta, pero nadie contestó. Dejó una nota con la escritura Apocalipsis 3:20, que básicamente dice: “Estoy a la puerta y llamo.” El próximo domingo en la canasta de ofrendas encontró una nota con la escritura Génesis 3:10, que básicamente dice: “Oí tu voz, y tuve miedo porque estaba desnuda y me escondí.”

EVERY MEMBER OF THIS CHURCH WILL DIE

“During an impassioned sermon about death and final judgment, the pastor said forcefully, “Each member of this church is going to die and face judgment.” Glancing down at the front pew, he noticed a man with a big smile on his face. The minister repeated his point louder. “Each member of this church is going to die and face judgment!” The man nodded and smiled even more. This really got the preacher wound up. He pounded the pulpit emphatically when he came to the ultimatum: “Each member of this church is going to die and face judgment!!!” Though everyone else in the congregation was looking somber, the man in front continued to smile. Finally the preacher stepped off the platform, stood in front of the man and shouted, “I said each member of this church is going to die!” The man grinned from ear to ear. After the service was over, the preacher made a beeline for the man. “I don’t get it,” the preacher said in frustration. “Whenever I said, ‘Each member of this church is going to die,’ your smile got bigger. Why?” “I’m not a member of this church,” the man replied.”

 

THE MONKEY
A boy was walking with a monkey when a policeman stopped him and said, “Young man, that monkey belongs in the zoo.” The boy told the officer: “OK.” The next day the policeman saw the boy and he still had the monkey with him. The officer told the boy: “Either take that monkey to the zoo or to a circus.” The boy said: “Okay.” The following day the policeman saw the boy again with the monkey, and very irritated he told him: “I told you to take that monkey to a zoo or to the circus.” The boy replied: “Two days ago I took him to the zoo as you told me, and he enjoyed it. Yesterday I took him to the circus and he was delighted. Today I am taking him to see a Walt Disney movie. I think he will enjoy it.”

EL MONO
Un chico caminaba con un mono, y un policía lo detuvo y le dijo: “Jovencito, ese mono pertenece en el zoológico.” El muchacho le contesta: “Está bien.” El día siguiente el oficial vuelve a ver al chico con el mono, y le dice: “O lleva ese mono a un zoológico o a un circo.” El chico le contesta: “Así lo haré.” Pasa ese día, y el policía vuelve a ver al chico con el mono. Frustrado e irritado le dice: “Jovencito, le dije que llevara ese mono al zoológico o a un circo.”
El chico le contesta: “Antier lo llevé al zoológico como usted me dijo, y le encantó. Ayer lo llevé al circo, y se divirtió mucho. Hoy lo llevo a una película de Walt Disney. Yo creo que le va a encantar.”

   THREE LEMONS
A man comes to church on a Tuesday wanting to see the pastor. The man: “Young lady, I need to see the pastor.” The secretary: “Sir, do you have an appointment?” The man: “No, but I need to see him.” The secretary: “I’ll go and ask him if he can see you.” The secretary comes back and tells the man: “The pastor will see you now.” The man goes into the pastor’s office: “Pastor, I have a big problem. I am looking at all the young girls lustfully.” The pastor: “Eat three lemons every day from now on.” The man: “Will that take my lust away?”The pastor: “No, but it will take that smirk away from your face.”
LOS TRES LIMONES
El martes en la mañana un hombre quiere hablar con el pastor. El hombre: “Señorita, necesito hablar con el pastor.” La secretaria: “¿Tiene cita con él?” EL hombre: “No, pero necesito verlo.” La secretaria: “Voy a preguntarle si tiene tiempo para usted.” La secretaria vuelve y le dice: “El pastor lo puede recibir ahorita.” El hombre entra a la oficina del pastor: “Pastor, tengo un problema grande. Miro a las jovencitas con mucha lascivia.” El pastor: “Coma tres limones todos los días de aquí en adelante.” El hombre: “¿Eso me quitará la lascivia?” El pastor: “No, pero le quitará esa sonrisa de la cara.”

proverbs

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.

CHANGE YOURSELF  (July 19, 2018)

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?


 

divine thoughts

WHEN I FEEL…

When I feel afraid God tells me:
I did not give you a spirit of fear.
2 Timothy 1:7
If I feel alone God advises me:
I will never leave you nor forsake you.
Hebrews 13:5
During the attacks God tells me:
Those attacks against you won’t prosper.
Isaiah 54:17
When I feel lost Jesus whispers:
I came to seek the ones who were lost.
Matthew 18:11
When I feel defeated I read this:
In Jesus Christ you are more than a conqueror.
Romans 8:37
If overwhelmed God assures me –
that all things are really possible if I just believe.
Mark 9:23
When I am lacking faith I tell God:
Father God, in the name of Jesus, help my unbelief.
Mark 9:24
If I don’t feel worthy of God’s love,
I recollect that He came for sinners, and the least of us.
Mark 2:17
If my prayers are not answered yet,
I know that it is because His ways are higher than mine.
Isaiah 55:8-9

 

CUANDO ME SIENTO…

Si me llega el miedo Dios me dice:
No te he dado espíritu de temor.
2 Timoteo 1:7
Si me siento solo Dios me consuela:
jamás te dejaré o desampararé .
Hebreos 13:5
Durante los ataques Dios me avisa:
Esos ataques no prosperarán.
Isaías 54:17
Si esto y perdido Dios me asegura:
Vine a buscar a los perdidos.
Mateo 18:11
Si yo me siento derrotado leo esto:
Tú eres más que vencedor.
Romanos 8:37
Cuando estoy abrumado Dios dice:
Todo es posible si lo crees.
Marcos 9:13
Porque no merezco el amor de Dios
lo recibo por misericordia.
Mateo 7:7.
Si mis oraciones están sin respuesta
es por la voluntad de Dios.
Isaías 55:8-9
Siendo que tengo flaquezas en la fe
mi Señor me ayuda a creer.
Marcos 9:24

 

IT’S NOT NECESSARILY THAT

The races are not necessarily won by the fastest

but by the ones who persevere.

The battles are not always won by the strongest

but by the ones who fight wisely.

Riches don’t automatically come to the smartest

but to those who seize opportunities.

Success is not measured by your material gains

but by how many people you can help.

God will not be impressed by your possessions

but He will be by your treasures in heaven.

Salvation is not just reserved for the nicest people

but it is for the ones who accept Jesus Christ.

NO ES ESO NECESARIAMENTE

Las carreras no se ganan necesariamente por los más veloces

sino por los que perseveran.

Las batallas no siempre son ganadas por los que son más fuertes

sino por los que luchan sabiamente.

Las riquezas no les llegan automáticamente a los más inteligentes

sino a los que aprovechan la oportunidad.

El éxito no se mide por todas las posesiones que puedas acumular

sino por las personas a quienes les hayas ayudado.

Dios no va a estar impresionado por todos tus títulos o tus logros

pero si lo estará con los tesoros que tengas en el cielo.

La salvación no está del todo reservada para las buenas personas

sino para todo aquel que reciba a Jesucristo en su corazón.

 

DON’T COMPLAIN

Don’t complain about your age.

Enjoy it the most you can.

Don’t hate   your circumstances.

Make the most out of them.

Don’t be sad when you are alone.

Use that time to be with God.

Don’t envy anybody’s good fortune.

Thank God for blessing them.

Don’t worry about the unchangeable.

It will not do you any good.

No need to worry about the afterlife,

if your Savior is Jesus Christ.

NO TE QUEJES

No te quejes de tu edad.

Diviértete todo lo que puedas.

No odies tus circunstancias.

Disfrútalas sean las que sean.

No entristezcas estando solo.

Es tiempo de acercarte a Dios.

No le envidies la fortuna a nadie.

Alaba a Dios por bendecirlos.

No trates de cambiar lo inmutable.

Tus esfuerzos serán en vano.

No te mortifiques de la vida más allá,

si haces a Jesús tu redentor.

IF YOU DON’T BELIEVE IN GOD

If you don’t believe in God

you are like a paper that has nothing but scribbles on it.

If you do not read the Bible

you are as misguided as a boat would be without a rudder.

If you truly believe in evolution

you are just as dumb as the animals who were your ancestors.

If you don’t see God in nature

you are more blind  than a physically  and  totally  blind person.

If you actually don’t love people

you are as empty as a wineskin bag that hasn’t had wine in years.

If you don’t think about eternity

you are as ignorant as any wild animal that runs in the prairie.

If you think this life is all there is

you have been blinded by the darkness of this world.

If you do not accept Jesus Christ

you will not be able to enter the pearly gates.

 

SI NO CREES EN DIOS

Si no crees en Dios

eres como un papel que solamente tiene garabatos.

Si tú jamás lees la biblia

es igual como si navegaras en el mar un barco sin timón.

Si crees tú en la evolución

eres más tonto que los animales que crees ser tus ancestros.

Si no ves a Dios en la naturaleza

eres mucho más ciego que una persona físicamente ciega.

Si por alguna razón no puedes amar

estás bastante más vacío que una bota española sin vino.

Si tú nunca piensas en la eternidad

eres tan ignorante como cualquier animal del campo.

Si piensas que esta vida es todo

estás cegado por la oscuridad de este mundo.

Si no aceptas a Jesucristo

no vas a poder tener salvación.

IF YOU DON’T BELIEVE IN GOD
If you don’t believe in God
you are like a paper that has nothing but scribbles on it.
If you do not read the Bible
you are as misguided as a boat would be without a rudder.
If you truly believe in evolution
you are just as dumb as the animals who were your ancestors.
If you don’t see God in nature
you are more blind than a physically and totally blind person.
If you actually don’t love people
you are as empty as a wineskin bag that hasn’t had wine in years.
If you don’t think about eternity
you are as ignorant as any wild animal that runs in the prairie.
If you think this life is all there is
you have been blinded by the darkness of this world.
If you do not accept Jesus Christ
you will not be able to enter the pearly gates.

SI NO CREES EN DIOS
Si no crees en Dios
eres como un papel que solamente tiene garabatos.
Si tú jamás lees la biblia
es igual como si navegaras en el mar un barco sin timón.
Si crees tú en la evolución
eres más tonto que los animales que crees ser tus ancestros.
Si no ves a Dios en la naturaleza
eres mucho más ciego que una persona físicamente ciega.
Si por alguna razón no puedes amar
estás bastante más vacío que una bota española sin vino.
Si tú nunca piensas en la eternidad
eres tan ignorante como cualquier animal del campo.
Si piensas que esta vida es todo
estás cegado por la oscuridad de este mundo.
Si no aceptas a Jesucristo
no vas a poder tener salvación.

I WANTED TO ASK GOD

I thought about asking God:

“Why do bad things happen to good people?”

Then I realized that His ways are higher than mine.

I wanted to ask Father God:

“Why was Hitler allowed to kill so many Jews?”

Then I remembered that He is totally sovereign.

I felt like questioning God:

“Why do some people die before their time?”

But then the thought came I cannot question Him.

I envisioned asking my God:

“Why did Jesus Christ have to suffer so much?”

I found in the Bible that He did to pay for my sins.

I was wondering if I was saved;

so I prayed to God how I could know for sure

and He said: “Receive my Son Jesus in your heart.”

QUERÍA PREGUNTARLE A DIOS

Pensé preguntarle a Dios:

“¿Por qué le pasan malas cosas a gente buena?”

Me di cuenta que sus caminos son más altos que los míos.

Quería cuestionar a Dios:

“¿Por qué Hitler pudo matar tantos judíos?”

Pero me recordé que Dios es completamente soberano.

Tuve el deseo de preguntar:

“¿Por qué algunos mueren antes de su tiempo?

Luego pensé que uno no debe ni puede cuestionar a Dios.

Me propuse preguntar a Dios:

“¿Por qué tuvo que sufrir tanto Nuestro Señor?”

Pero luego leí en la biblia que murió por nuestros pecados.

Ya que dudaba de mi salvación

le pedí a Dios que me aclarara como se recibe.

Me dijo que recibiera a su Hijo como mi Señor y Salvador.

 

THERE MUST BE SOMETHING MORE

Living in the United States Is a big blessing

but there must be something more.

Being in good health allows us to do many things

but that cannot be all there is to life.

Being financially comfortable gives us lots of confidence

but there has to be more to our life.

Having a good spouse and loving children brings one happiness

but that can’t be all that a person has.

Having a meaningful and satisfying employment can be wonderful

but there would be something missing.

If one were to belong to one of the world’s religions it would be satisfying

but one would still be missing the mark.

If one were to repent, be forgiven by God and would receive Jesus in his heart

he would spend eternity with the Lord.

 

TIENE QUE HABER ALGO MÁS

El vivir en los Estados Unidos es una bendición

pero tiene que haber algo más.

El tener buena salud nos permite hacer muchas cosas

pero eso no es todo en la vida.

El vivir financiera y cómodamente nos da mucha confianza

pero ojalá habrá más en la vida.

El tener buena pareja y unos niños educados nos brinda felicidad

pero no debe ser todo lo de uno.

Es maravilloso que una persona tenga un empleo significativo y satisfactorio

pero aún entonces faltaría algo.

Si uno perteneciera a una de las religiones del mundo le daría mucha satisfacción

pero para Dios no es suficiente.

Si uno se arrepintiera, fuera perdonado por Dios, y recibiera a Jesucristo en su corazón

pasaría la eternidad con Jesucristo.

 

FROM PROVERBS 30:25-28

The ants are a people not strong

yet they prepare food in the summer;

many people could actually learn from them.

The rock badgers are a feeble folk

yet they make their homes in the crags;

but some people do not even have a home.

The locusts do not even have a king

yet all of them orderly advance in ranks;

they are better organized than most people.

The spider grasps well with its hands

and it lives in many of the kings’ palaces;

yet some people cannot find their place in life.

PROCEDE DE PROVERBIOS 30:25-28

Las hormigas, pueblo no fuerte,

que en el varano preparan su comida.

Muchas personas pueden aprender de ellas.

Los tejones, pueblo no esforzado,

hacen su vivienda en los despeñaderos;

pero algunas personas que ni casa tienen.

Las langostas no tienen líder ni rey

y salen todas marchando acuadrilladas;

son más organizadas que muchas personas.

La araña se agarra con las patas

y se puede encontrar en palacios de reyes;

pero los indigentes no hallan su sitio en la vida.

Photo of a handsome young business man in a contemplative mood

NOBODY KNOWS

Nobody in this world knows how God began

because He really never had a beginning.

Nobody has been to the edge of the universe

because it is expanding and never ending.

Nobody can calculate the wisdom of our God

because He is the one who invented it.

Nobody has measured God’s awesome power

because, in reality, His power is unlimited.

Nobody can match the righteousness of God

because it has no limits and it’s everlasting.

Nobody will ever reach the edge of God’s love

because He gives it to us unconditionally.

No one will ever know all the abilities of God

because there is not one thing He can’t do.

No one on earth will ever see the face of God

because only His Son is allowed to see it.

Nobody knows the extent of the grace of God

because He forgives anyone who repents.

Nobody understands God’s commitment to us

that He even sent Jesus to die in our place.

No one will ever enter the kingdom of God

without receiving Jesus Chris t in his heart.

 

NADIE SABE

Nadie en este mundo sabe como comenzó Dios

porque él no tuvo comienzo.

Nadie ha llegado a la orilla de nuestro universo

porque continúa creciendo.

Nadie puede calcular la sabiduría de nuestro Dios

porque por él fue inventada.

Nadie ha medido ni medirá el poder que tiene Dios

porque su poder es ilimitado.

Nadie puede compararse en amar con Padre Dios –

el suyo es incondicionalmente.

Nadie puede igualar la justicia de nuestro Padre Dios

porque es perfecta y eterna.

Los humanos jamás sabremos las habilidades de Dios

porque él todo lo puede hacer.

Ningún ser viviente podrá ver la cara de nuestro Padre

porque sólo su Hijo puede verla.

Nadie sabe hasta qué grado llega la gracia de Dios

porque él perdona al arrepentido.

Nadie entiende el compromiso que Dios nos tiene –

su hijo murió por nuestro pecado.

Nadie, pero nadie, podrá entrar al reino de Dios

sin aceptar a Cristo en su corazón.

 

YET GOD LOVES ME

There are thousands of galaxies

yet God knows me.

There are millions and millions of stars

yet God looks over me.

There are billions and billions of forms of life

yet God takes time for me.

There are thousands upon thousands of animals

yet God is watching over me.

There are over six billion human beings on this planet

yet God unconditionally loves me.

There must be quadrillions of things on the mind of God

yet I am forever and ever on His mind.

 

PERO AÚN DIOS ME AMA

Hay miles y miles de galaxias

pero aún Dios me conoce.

Hay millones y millones de estrellas

pero aún Dios me está cuidando.

Hay billones formas de toda clase de vida

pero aún Dios me da su tiempo a mí.

Hay millones y millones de toda clase de animal

pero aún Dios no retira sus ojos de mí.

Hay más de seis billones de personas en este planeta

pero aún Dios me ama incondicionalmente.

Habrá más de un cuadrillón de cosas en la mente de Dios

pero aún constantemente me tiene en su mente.

 

WOULD YOU NOT BELIEVE?
If you knew you would die within minutes
would you not believe?
If you were surrounded by many enemy soldiers
would you not believe?
If a loved one were dying and prayer could save him
would you not believe?
If somebody you knew well died, went to hell and revived
would you not believe?
If Jesus appeared to you in a vision and asked you to repent
would you not believe?
If you would find yourself entering the gates of the devil’s hell
would you not believe?

 

¿NO CREERÍAS?
Si supieras que morirías en unos minutos
¿no creerías?
Si tú estuvieras rodeado por soldados enemigos
¿no creerías?
Si un ser querido estuviera por morir y orando lo sanaría
¿no creerías?
Si alguien que conocieras muriera, fuera al infierno y resucitara
¿no creerías?
Si Cristo se te apareciera en una visión y te pidiera que te arrepintieras
¿no creerías?
Si te encontraras listo para entrar por la puerta del infierno y vieras al diablo
¿no creerías?

 

THERE IS NOTHING GOD WOULD NOT DO
There is nothing, but nothing God would not do
simply to bless me.
There is no harsh experience God would evade
just to forgive me.
There is no hardship Jesus would not endure
to pay for my sins.
There is no dimension God would not cross
to bless my soul.
There is no sacrifice Jesus would not do
to reconcile me.
There is no danger God would not face
for my protection.
There is no enemy God would not fight
to keep me free.

 

NO HAY NADA QUE DIOS NO HICIERA
No hay ningún sufrimiento que Dios no aguantara
por mis pecados.
No hay un enemigo con el cual Dios no peleara
por mi liberación
No hay peligro al cual Dios no se enfrentara
para protegerme.
No hay dimensión a la cual Dios no cruzara
para estar conmigo.
No hay experiencia a la cual Dios huyera
para perdonarme.
No hay sacrificio que Jesús no hiciera
para reconciliarme.
No hay nada que Dios no hiciera
para bendecirme.

 

JUST BECAUSE
Because God gave me life
I’m now alive.
Just because God has called me
I am His child.
Because my Lord Redeemed me
I am redeemed.
Because God my Father justified me
I’m now justified.
Because God loves me unconditionally
I am truly loved.
Because my Lord has freed me from sin
I’m totally free.
Because my Savior has forgiven me
I am forgiven.
Because God sends blessings to me
I am blessed.
When Jesus comes back for me
I will go.

 

SIMPLEMENTE PORQUE
Porque Dios me ha dado la vida
vivo yo hoy.
Porque Jesucristo me ha llamado
soy su hijo.
Porque mi Salvador Jesús me redimió
estoy salvo.
Porque mi Señor y Redentor me justificó
soy justificado.
Porque mi Dios me ama incondicionalmente
yo soy amado.
Porque Jesucristo pagó por todos mis pecados
estoy limpio.
Porque mi Señor me ha liberado de todo pecado
hoy libre soy.
Porque mi Padre Dios me manda sus bendiciones
soy bendecido.
Porque Jesucristo va a regresar pronto por nosotros
estoy preparado.

IT DOESN’T DO YOU ANY GOOD

It does not do you any good

to believe in Jesus if you do not believe Him.

It does not do you any good

to know the word of God and not practice it.

It does not do you any good

to do good works if not done through Jesus.

It does not do you any good

to have religion without having Christ Jesus.

It does not do you any good

to ask for forgiveness if you do not repent.

It does not do you any good

to pray to God if you do not have the faith.

It does not do you any good

to believe you have salvation without Jesus.

 

NO TE SIRVE DE NADA

No te sirve de nada

creer en Jesucristo si no le crees a él.

No te sirve de nada

saber la palabra de Dios sin practicarla.

No te sirve de nada

hacer buenas obras si no son en Cristo.

No te sirve de nada

tener religión si no tienes a Jesucristo.

No te sirve de nada

pedirle perdón a Dios sin arrepentirte.

No te sirve de nada

orarle a Dios sin tener la fe suficiente.

No te sirve de nada

creer que eres salvo sin recibir a Jesús.

 

GOD, WHERE WERE YOU?

The Southerners demand:

“God where were You when the Yankees were killing us during the war?”

God Lets them know:

“I was hurting just as I was when you were making slaves of My children.”

The Jewish people inquire:

“God, where were You when the Nazis killed six million of our people?”

God answered them:

“I was at the same place I was when you had My Son killed on the cross.”

The New Orleans asked:

“God, where were You the year Hurricane Katrina devastated our city?”

God’s response was:

“I was watching as I have watched when you participate in voodooism.”

The Venezuelans asked:

“God, where were You when the dictators took control of our country?”

God’s answer was:

“I was at the same place I am when I watch you praying to your idols.”

The New Yorkers asked:

“God, where were You when our Twin Towers were destroyed in 9/11?”

God informs them:

“I was at the same place when your women have been aborting babies.”

The people of Las Vegas:

“God, where were You when that terrorist killed many innocent people?”

Hurting God announces:

“I was hurting as I do when you sin by gambling and prostituting yourselves.”

The Cuban people asked:

“God, where are You when we suffer hunger and cannot even leave the island?”

Father God advises them:

“I will deliver you if you quit worshiping idols and do not get involved in Santería.”

The school teachers asked:

“God, where were You when many of our students were being killed with assault rifles?”

God’s response to that question:

“I was in the exact place where you put Me when you took Me out of your public buildings.”

 

¿DIOS, DÓNDE ESTABAS?

Los sureños preguntaron:

“¿Dios, dónde estabas Tú mientras los yanquis nos mataban durante la Guerra Civil?”

Dios les da esta respuesta:

“Estaba en el mismo lugar donde estaba cuando esclavizaban a mis hijos africanos.”

Los residentes de Luisiana:

“¿Dios, dónde estabas cuando el Huracán Katrina arrasó con toda nuestra ciudad?”

La respuesta de Dios es:

“Estaba mirando lo mismo que cuando están practicando le hechicería y el vudú.”

Los judíos preguntaron:

“¿Dios, dónde estabas cuando los nazis mataron seis millones de los nuestros?”

Dios les dice lo siguiente:

“Estaba donde estaba cuando ustedes mandaron matar a mi Hijo Jesucristo.”

Los de Las Vegas claman:

“¿Dios, dónde estabas cuando un terrorista mató mucha gente inocente?”

La contestación de Dios es:

“Me lastimó igualmente como me lastima cuando ustedes están pecando.”

Los venezolanos preguntan:

“¿Dios, dónde estabas cuando Hugo Chávez y Maduro se apoderaron del país?”

Dios les informa a ellos:

“Estaba donde siempre estoy aún cuando les están orando a sus falsos ídolos.”

Los cubanos le preguntan:

“¿Dios, dónde estás cuando hemos sufrido tanto y no nos dejan abandonar la isla?

Dios Padre les aconseja:

“Si se arrepienten, dejan de adorar ídolos y de participar en la santería les ayudo.”

Un neoyorquino pregunta:

“¿Dios, dónde estabas cuando las Torres Gemelas fueran atacadas por terrorismo?”

Dios le da esta respuesta:

“Estaba donde siempre estoy sufriendo cuando sus mujeres están abortando niños.”

Los profesores le dicen:

“¿Dios, dónde estás cuando matan a nuestros estudiantes con rifles de alta potencia?”

Dios les da la indicación:

“Estoy en el sitio que ustedes me han asignado cuando me sacaron de los edificios públicos.”

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JESUS IS MY HOPE

Being that I made God my King

I am His faithful vessel.

Since I accepted Jesus as my Lord

I consider Him my master.

Because Jesus is the only way to heaven

I have accepted Him as my Savior.

Jesus came to redeem me from all my sins –

I have received Him as my Redeemer.

I can withstand the trials and tribulations of this world

because my hope is in God’s many promises.

JESÚS ES MI ESPERANZA

Siendo que Jesucristo es mi rey

le soy fiel vasallo.

Ya que yo acepté a Jesús como Señor

le obedezco como amo.

Porque Jesús es el único camino al cielo

lo recibí como mi Salvador.

Jesús vino para redimirme de todo pecado –

lo he recibido como mi Redentor.

Puedo aguantar todas la tribulaciones del mundo

porque mi esperanza está en Jesucristo

TAKE CONTROL

Take control of your mind

so it won’t go to the wrong places.

Take every thought captive

so you can guide it to do your will.

Keep a rein on your mouth

so it will always speak the truth.

Guard your heart very well

and do not let it lead you astray.

Live your life in such a way

that the devil cannot entice you.

 

TOMA EL CONTROL

Toma tú el control de tu mente

para que no vaya adonde no debe ir.

Toma todo pensamiento cautivo

para que solamente haga tu voluntad.

Debes ponerle riendas a la boca

para que en toda ocasión diga la verdad.

Protege tu corazón de la maldad

para que no te haga caer en la oscuridad.

Debes vivir tu vida de tal manera

que el diablo no pueda engañarte a pecar

WHERE DOES IT COME FROM?

Life comes from God because He is the Creator

but death from the devil.

Light derives from God because He is the source,

the devil emits darkness.

The truth is given by God because Jesus is the truth,

Satan is the father of lies.

God our Father is the embodiment of righteousness.

the devil represents evil.

Our confidence come s to us through the word of God,

but fear is from the devil.

Our faith comes by hearing and reading the word of God,

unbelief by not hearing it.

Wisdom comes by believing and applying the word of God,

ignorance by ignoring it.

Our salvation comes through faith in our Lord Jesus Christ,

damnation by unbelief.

 

¿DE DÓNDE VIENE?

La vida viene de Dios porque es el Creador,

pero la muerte por el diablo.

La luz deriva de Dios porque es la fuente –

el diablo emite la oscuridad.

Dios nos da la verdad porque es la verdad –

el diablo padre de la mentira.

Dios Padre es la personificación de lo justo,

el diablo representa la maldad.

La confianza nos llega directamente de Dios,

el temor llega por el demonio.

Recibimos la fe al escuchar la palabra de Dios,

la incredulidad por ignorarla.

La sabiduría es aplicar la palabra de Dios –

pero es tontería no aplicarla.

Hay salvación si aceptamos en fe a Jesucristo,

condenación si lo rechazamos.

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DON’T JUST BELIEVE IN GOD

It is very good to believe in God

but it is so much better to believe Him.

It is good to be in God’s light

but it is much better to reflect that light.

It is good to receive God’s love

but it is much better to show it to others.

It is very wise to read the Bible

but it’s much wiser for us to do God’s will.

It is important to have religion

but not as important as having   Christ.

Confessing our sins is very good,

but not as good as repenting from them.

God wants us to do good deeds,

but only through His Son will we be saved.

There are not many ways to God

because Jesus said: “I am the only way.”

NO SOLAMENTE CREAS

Es muy bueno creer en Dios

pero en realidad es mucho mejor creerle a él.

Es bueno estar en la luz de Dios

pero es mucho mejor llevarles la luz a otros.

Es bueno recibir el amor de Dios

pero lo importante es enseñárselo al prójimo.

Hay sabiduría en leer la biblia

pero hay más en hacer la voluntad de Dios.

Es importante tener una religión

pero no tanto como tener relación con Cristo.

Es bueno confesar los pecados

pero no tan bueno como el arrepentimiento.

Sí, hay que hacer buenas obras

pero esas no nos salvan, pero Jesucristo sí.

No hay muchos caminos al cielo

porque Jesús dijo: “Yo soy el único camino.”

 

THERE’S NOTHING NEW

There’s nothing new under the sun –

Children are being born and people are dying.

There’s nothing new on this planet – .

Some are unbelievers, others believe in God.

There is nothing new on this earth –

Some people love much while others just hate.

There is nothing new under the sky –

Some live in freedom, but many are oppressed.

There is nothing new. History repeats.

People suffer somewhere, while others rejoice.

There is nothing new with mankind –

Some make things happen, others just watch.

There’s nothing new in relationships –

Some couples get married, but others divorce.

There will be nothing new in eternity –

Some souls will go to heaven, others to hell.

NO HAY NADA NUEVO

No hay nada nuevo bajo el sol –

niños nacen cada día y gente muere.

No hay nada nuevo en la tierra –

existen los incrédulos y los creyentes.

Nada es nuevo en este planeta –

unos aman mucho pero otros odian.

No hay nada nuevo bajo el cielo –

unos son libres, otros son oprimidos.

Todo es repetición; nada nuevo –

unos sufren, pero otros se regocijan.

Nada es nuevo en la humanidad –

unos toman acción, otros sólo miran.

Nada es nuevo en las relaciones –

unos se casan, pero otros se divorcian.

Nada será nuevo en la eternidad –

almas irán con Dios y unas con el diablo.

 

 

THERE IS A BIG DIFFERENCE
Are you living in a house with other people,
or are you living in a home with your family?
There is a big difference.
Are you a man who fathered some children,
or are you a dad who loves them and provides?
There is a big difference.
Are you just having sex with somebody else,
or are you married and really love that person ?
There is a big difference.
Are you just living to please your own desires,
or are you trying to do God’s will at all times?
There is a big difference.
Do you know where your soul will spend eternity,
or are you actually playing Russian roulette with it?
There is a big difference.

 

HAY UNA GRAN DIFERENCIA
¿Vives en una casa con otras personas
o estás viviendo en un hogar con tu familia?
Hay una gran diferencia.
¿Eres un hombre quien engendró niños
o eres un padre quien ama y ve por sus hijos?
Hay una gran diferencia.
¿Tienes sexo con cualquier persona
o sólo lo tienes con la pareja a quien tú amas?
Hay una gran diferencia.
¿Tratas de vivir para disfrutar la vida
o vives para hacer la voluntad del Padre Dios?
Hay una gran diferencia.
¿Tú sabes dónde pasarás la eternidad
o estás jugando a la ruleta rusa con tu alma?
Hay una gran diferencia.

 

GOD GAVE ME WHAT I HAVE
God made me the way I am
so I would serve Him by blessing others.
He gave me some weaknesses
so I could understand others’ weaknesses.
He has forgiven all my faults
so I can forgive the faults of my brothers.
He picked me up and lifted me
so I could lift up the ones who were down.
He gave me different talents
so I could help the people who need them.
He has shown mercy to me
so I can be very merciful to my fellow men.
He had compassion on me
so I could have compassion on the weak.
He gave me lots of wisdom
so I could use it to serve Him well with it.
He gave me some of His light
so I could bring many out of the darkness.

 

DIOS ME DIO LO QUE TENGO
Dios me hizo como soy
para que le sirviera bendiciendo a otros.
Me dio unas flaquezas
para que conociera las de otros humanos.
Me ha perdonado todo
para que yo perdonara a mis hermanos.
Me levantó y me exaltó
para que levante a los que se han caído.
Me dio varios talentos
para que yo ayude a los que lo necesitan.
Me dio su misericordia
para que yo sea misericordioso con otros.
Tuvo compasión conmigo
para que yo la tenga con los más débiles.
Me dio mucha sabiduría
para que la utilizara para servirle mejor.
Él me Compartió su luz
para que sacara a muchos de la oscuridad.

 

GOD IS OUTSIDE OF TIME

God created time for our sake, not for His.

He lives outside of time.

God is not aging or getting older every day.

He is always the same.

Man created fear because of disobedience.

Fear cannot affect God.

God is not the author of hate, the devil is.

God is nothing but love.

God represents the light in everyone of us-

the devil the darkness.

Jesus was not touched by the world’s sin.

He lived a sinless life.

Many are greedy and envious of others.

God envies not a one.

Everyone will give account to Father God.

God doesn’t give account –

He is sovereign.

 

DIOS ESTÁ FUERA DEL TIEMPO

Dios creó el tiempo para nosotros, y no para él.

Él vive fuera del tiempo.

Dios no envejece ni se hace más viejo día tras día.

Él continúa sin cambiar.

Por la desobediencia del hombre se creó el miedo.

Dios no conoce el temor.

Dios no es el autor del odio. El diablo lo inventó.

Dios Padre es puro amor.

Dios representa la luz que tenemos los cristianos.

El diablo es sólo oscuridad.

Jesús no fue tocado por el pecado de este mundo.

Él vivió una vida ejemplar.

Muchos son envidiosos y les tienen celos a otros.

Cristo no le envidia a nadie.

Cada uno le rendirá cuentas a nuestro Redentor,

Pero Dios no rinde cuentas,

porque él es soberano.

THAT’S NOT IT!
It’s not about our thoughts.
It’s about what we do with them.
We are not who people say we are.
We are who God and we know we are.
It’s not about what church we may attend.
It’s really about how we are living our lives.
It’s not about where we may happen to be.
It’s about whether we are making a difference.
It is not about how fast we may have started.
It’s about if and how well we finish the race of life.
It is not about living an extremely comfortable life.
It’s about salvation and spending eternity with God.

¡ESO NO ES!
No somos juzgados por los pensamientos,
pero sí por lo que hagamos con ellos.
No somos quienes la gente dice que somos,
sino quienes Dios sabe que somos.
No se trata de la iglesia a la cual asistamos,
sino cómo vivimos nuestras vidas.
Lo que debe contar no es donde estemos,
sino la diferencia que podamos hacer.
No es tan importante empezar súper bien,
cómo es terminar la vida en Jesucristo.
No se trata de vivir una vida con todo lujo,
sino de pasarla sirviéndole al Señor

 

GOD KNOWS YOU
Does God know you?
Yes, He does. He brought you to this world.
Does God love you?
He loves you because He is pure agape love.
Does God see you?
He sees you. He is omnipresent at all times.
Does God hear you?
He always hears you when you pray to Him.
Can God forgive you?
He forgives if you repent and pray to Him.
Will you live eternally?
Yes, if you have accepted Jesus as your Lord.

DIOS TE CONOCE
¿Te conoce Dios?
Sí, porque él te trajo a este mundo.
¿Te ama a ti Dios?
Sí, te ama porque él es puro amor.
¿Te mira Dios a ti?
Sí, te ve porque está omnipresente.
¿Te escucha Dios?
Sí, te escucha cuando tú le oras a él.
¿Te perdona Dios?
Sí, pero sólo cuando te arrepientes.
¿Tienes salvación?
Sí, si recibiste a Cristo en tu corazón.

ALL POWER HAS BEEN GIVEN TO JESUS
The rocks obey the God of Abraham.
Numbers 20:8
The trees pay attention to the Lord.
Mark 11:20-21
The sea submits itself to the Almighty.
Exodus 14:21-22
The wind subsides before the Creator.
Matthew 8:26-27
The storms are calmed by Jehovah.
Mark 4:37-39
The animals know the voice of God.
Daniel 6:16-22
The demons tremble before our King.
Luke 8:29-33
The devil flees from God’s presence.
James 4:7
Death has no sting over God’s Son.
1 Corinthians 15:55
All power has been given to Jesus.
Matthew 28:18

TODO PODER SE LE HA DADO A JESUCRISTO
Las piedras obedecen al Dios de Abraham.
Números 20:8
Los árboles se rinden ante el hijo de Dios.
Marcos 11:20-21
El mar se doblega ante el Dios de los judíos.
Éxodo 14:21-22
El viento se somete a la autoridad de Dios.
Mateo 8:26-27
La tempestad se entrega al Todopoderoso.
Marcos 4:37-39
Los animales son domados por su Creador.
Daniel 6:16-22
Los demonios tiemblan al oír la voz de Dios.
Lucas 8:29-33
El diablo huye de la presencia del Redentor.
Santiago 4:7
La muerte no tiene victoria sobre Jesucristo.
1 Corintios 15:55
Todo poder se le ha dado a nuestro Señor.
Mateo 28:18

YOU ARE IMPORTANT TO JESUS

Jesus looks at people

that others look down at them.

Jesus listens to people

who nobody else wants to hear.

Jesus forgives people

who nobody else would forgive.

Jesus blesses people

who many people would despise.

Jesus loves the people

who are extremely difficult to love.

Jesus’ grace is on people

who others would rather condemn.

Jesus is waiting for you

to come to Him so He can save you.

ERES IMPORTANTE PARA JESÚS

Jesús mira a las personas

a las que otros con desprecio las miran.

Jesús escucha a las personas

a las que nadie quiere escuchar lo que dicen.

Jesús perdona a las personas

a las que ninguna otra persona las perdonaría

Jesús bendice a las personas

a las que muchos llamados cristianos las odiarían.

Jesús ama a muchas personas

las cuales para nosotros serían imposibles de amar.

Jesús les da gracia a personas

a las cuales muchos de sus seguidores las condenarían.

Jesús ansiosamente te espera

para que te arrepientas y pases la eternidad con él en el cielo.

FROM NOW ON

From now on…

I will not see with my physical eyes.

I will see with the spiritual ones that God blessed me with.

I will not hear with my physical ears.

I will hear with the spiritual ones that God wants me to use.

I will not speak about worldly things.

I will speak about the good news of salvation to everyone.

I will not use my hands needlessly.

I will use them to do the will of God my celestial Father.

My feet will not run just anywhere.

I’ll go running, carrying my cross, to the presence of Jesus.

I will immerse myself in God’s word.

I will not be reading biased and prejudiced works by men.

I will not worry about my tomorrows.

l will be looking forward to spending eternity with my Lord.

I won’t defend myself with weapons.

I will myself by putting on the full armor of God at all times.

My soul will not simply govern itself.

I’ll make sure that it will respond to God’s commandments.

DE AQUÍ EN ADELANTE

De aquí en adelante…

No miraré con mis ojos físicos.

Miraré con los ojos espirituales con Dios me bendijo.

No oiré con los oídos normales.

Oiré con los oídos espirituales los que complacen a Dios.

No hablaré de cosas mundanas.

Hablaré las buenas noticias de salvación al que me escuche.

No utilizaré las manos en vano.

Las utilizaré para hacer la voluntad de mi Padre celestial.

Mis pies no andarán por andar.

Me llevarán, cargando la cruz, a los pies de Jesucristo.

Me sumergiré en las escrituras.

No leeré obras escritas por hombres incrédulos.

No me mortificaré del mañana,

porque sé que pasaré la eternidad con Dios.

No me defenderé con armas.

Mis armas son la armadura de Dios.

Mi alma no tiene rienda suelta.

La guío por la palabra de Dios.

ARE YOU THERE?

Has this world blinded you?

Come to the one who gives sight to the blind –

Jesus

Has this world deafened you?

Put your trust on the one who opens deaf ears –

Jesus

Are you hungry for the truth?

Look for it in your heart and He will set you free –

Jesus

Are you spiritually thirsty?

Only living water can quench your spiritual thirst –

Jesus

Do you feel alone and lonely?

There is only one person who can fill that void –

Jesus

Are you in a storm of trouble?

I know someone who can navigate it with you –

Jesus

Are all the doors shut to you?

My good friend can open the right one for you –

Jesus

Will you spend eternity in hell?

You can go to heaven by accepting the Son of God –

Jesus

 

¿ESTÁS ALLÍ?

¿Te ha cegado este mundo?

Ven al que les da vista a los invidentes –

Jesucristo

¿El mundo te ha ensordecido?

Confía en el que abre los oídos sordos –

Jesucristo

¿Te gustaría saber la verdad?

Sólo la encontrarás en el Hijo de Dios –

Jesucristo

¿Tienes mucha sed espiritual?

El agua viviente te satisfará esa sed –

Jesucristo

¿Te sientes solo y solitario?

Sólo alguien puede llenar ese vacío –

Jesucristo

¿Estás en una tormenta?

Un amigo mío puede acompañarte –

Jesucristo

¿Toda puerta está cerrada?

Alguien especial te las puede abrir –

Jesucristo

¿Dónde pasarás la eternidad?

Sigue el camino que te lleva al cielo –

Jesucristo

 

 

MY PRAYER TO GOD

Holy Father, my sincere prayer to You is…

to help me always keep my mind on godly things,

not to give way for my eyes to see forbidden things,

not to release my hands to do whatever pleases them,

not to give permission to my feet to go to sinful places,

never to permit my ears to hear whatever displeases You,

not to give freedom to my mouth to say the unthinkable,

and for me never to move away from the center of your will.

 

 

MI ORACIÓN A DIOS

Dios Padre, mi oración para ti es…

que le ayudes a mi mente estar en ti,

que mis ojos no vean lo que has prohibido,

que mis pies no caminen adonde no deben ir,

que mis oídos no oigan blasfemias ni vulgaridades,

que mis manos no hagan sólo que ellas quieran hacer,

que de mi boca no salgan palabras negativas que te insulten,

y que yo nunca te abandone ni me salga de tu perfecta voluntad.

JESUS LIVED A SINLESS LIFE

Jesus who never sinned in thought

died for me who has sinned many times in thought.

Jesus who never sinned in word

died for me who has sinned exaggerated times in word.

Jesus who never sinned in deed

died for me who has indeed sinned countless times in deed.

Jesus who lived a sinless life

died for me who is not able to completely stop sinning.

Jesus who did not sin once

suffered, shed His blood and died to pay for my sins.

Jesus who is truly holy

is preparing a dwelling in heaven for sinful me.

JESUS VIVIÓ UNA VIDA SIN PECADO

Jesucristo quien jamás pecó en pensamiento

murió por mí quien siempre ha pecado en pensamientos.

Jesucristo quien jamás pecó en sus palabras

murió por mí, un pecador, quien peca con sus palabras.

Jesucristo quien jamás pecó en sus hechos

murió por mí quien ha pecado por medio de sus hechos.

Jesucristo quien vivió una vida sin pecado

murió por mí, la persona, quien no puede vivir sin pecar.

Jesucristo, el Dios viviente, quien jamás pecó

sufrió, vertió su sangre y murió para pagar por mi pecado.

Jesucristo quien es verdaderamente santo

está preparando un hogar en el cielo para este pecador

THE GOD YOU MAY NOT KNOW

The god you may not know

is the one who created everything that exists.

That god not known by you

is the one who knew you before you were born.

That god whom you ignore

is the one who actually loves you unconditionally.

That god you have rejected

is the one who is waiting for you to come to Him.

The god you are fleeing from

is the same god who has been pursuing you endlessly.

The god you may not know

is the one you will have to face for your final judgment.

That god you will not accept

is the one who will decide where you will spend eternity.

That god that you despise

is the one who gave up his son for you to have eternal life.

 

EL DIOS QUE TAL VEZ NO CONOZCAS

El dios que tal vez no conozcas

es el dios quien creó todo lo que existe.

Ese dios tan desconocido por ti

es el que te conocía antes que nacieras.

Ese dios a quien siempre ignoras

es el que te ama incondicionalmente.

Ese dios al que tú has rechazado

es el que está esperando para recibirte.

Ese dios al que le estás huyendo

es el que sin cesar te está persiguiendo.

El dios a quien tú no lo conoces

a él le rendirás cuentas en el juicio final.

Ese dios a quien tú no aceptas

decidirá donde pasaras tú la eternidad.

Ese dios a quien tú desprecias

es el que vertió su sangre para salvarte.

GOD STEPPED FROM OUT OF TIME INTO TIME

Almighty God stepped from out of time into time

to be with His creation.

The Lord of lords and King of kings left His throne

to become our servant.

Our Lord Jesus Christ stripped Himself of His deity

to suffer and die for us.

Jesus, our Redeemer, took our sins upon Himself

to redeem us from them.

On the third day Jesus resurrected defeating death

providing for us eternal life.

Jesus is on His throne at the right hand of the Father

intervening for our needs.

Some day we will step out of this time into eternity

to be with Jesus in heaven.

Our lord Jesus has already prepared a dwelling for us

so we can be with Him forever.

DIOS SE APARTÓ DE AFUERA DEL TIEMPO Y ENTRO AL TIEMPO

Dios todopoderoso se apartó de afuera del tiempo y entró al tiempo

para estar con su creación.

El Señor de señores y Rey de reyes abandonó su trono en el cielo

para hacerse nuestro servidor.

Nuestro Señor Jesucristo se despojó de toda su divinidad

para sufrir y morir por nosotros.

Jesús, nuestro Redentor, tomó nuestros pecados

para redimirnos totalmente de ellos.

En el tercer día Cristo resucitó derrotando la muerte

para proveer para nosotros la salvación.

Jesús está en su trono celestial a la diestra de su Padre

haciendo intercesión por nuestras necesidades.

Pronto saldremos de este tiempo para empezar la vida eterna

disfrutando día tras día con nuestro Padre y Redentor.

Jesucristo ya nos ha preparado una vivienda celestial cerca de la suya

para que disfrutemos y vivamos en su presencia eternamente.

WHAT CAN YOUR GOD DO?

My God created the heavens, the earth and the universe.

What did your god create?

My God gave up His Son in order for me to have salvation.

What did your god give up?

My God always listens to my pleas and answers my prayers.

Does your god answer yours?

My God gives me salvation through His grace and grace alone.

Do you have to work for yours?

My God has forgiven me and will give me eternal life with Him.

Can your god forgive your sins?

My God has built a special mansion for me to live in heaven.

Has your god built you a home?

My God is always with me wherever I might happen to be.

Is your god always with you?

My God makes me victorious over all my enemies.

Does your god defend you?

My God carries me when I cannot do it myself.

Does your God carry you,

or do you carry it?

¿QUÉ PUEDE HACER TU DIOS?

Mi Dios creó los cielos, la tierra, y el universo.

¿Qué creó el tuyo?

Mi Dios dio a su Hijo unigénito para salvarme.

¿Qué dio el tuyo?

Mi Dios escucha mis plegarias y las responde.

¿El tuyo te ayuda?

Mi Dios me ha salvado por medio de su gracia.

¿Tienes tú salvación?

Mi Dios me ha perdonado y me da vida eterna.

¿Tu dios puede perdonar?

Mi Dios me ha construido una mansión celestial.

¿Tu dios te ha construido una?

Mi Dios está conmigo dondequiera que yo esté.

¿Tu dios siempre te acompaña?

Mi Dios me hace victorioso sobre todo enemigo.

¿Tu dios te defiende de tus enemigos?

Mi Dios me levanta cuando no puedo con la carga.

¿El tuyo te levanta o tú lo levantas a él?


SERVE HIM!
You have eyes, so let them see
the wonders of God.
You have ears, so let them hear
the voice of our God.
You have a mouth, so let it speak
the will of the Father.
You have hands, so let them do
the work of the Lord.
You have a brain, so let it ponder
on the word of God.
You have a soul, so let it belong
to God the Creator.
You will start eternity, so spend it
with God in paradise.

¡SÍRVELE A ÉL!
Tienes ojos, permíteles que vean
las maravillas de Dios.
Tienes oídos, déjalos que oigan
la voz de nuestro Dios.
Tienes boca para que pronuncie
la voluntad del Padre.
Tienes brazos, para que los uses
para la labor de Dios.
Tienes cerebro para reflexionar
en la palabra de Dios.
Tienes alma puedes ofrecérsela
a Jesucristo el Creador.
Puedes escoger tu eternidad
escógela con Jesucristo.


BY HIS LIGHT

I was engulfed by the world’s darkness

but I came to the light.

Now I am illuminated by God’s light

and I do not stumble.

The world’s hatred has no hold on me

but God’s love does.

I was haunted by the guilt of my sin

but God set me free.

I have salvation by God’s compassion

for no one can earn it.

God has had complete mercy on me

that I do not deserve.

I live daily in the presence of my God,

for His Spirit is in me.

When Jesus’ rapture does take place

He will take me home.

POR SU LUZ

Estaba cegado por la oscuridad mundana

pero me acerqué a la luz.

Ahora estoy iluminado por la luz de Dios

y ya nunca me tropiezo.

Por el odio mundano ya no soy dominado,

sino por el amor de Dios.

Me remordía la culpabilidad de mi pecado –

la gracia de Dios me liberó.

Me viene la salvación por compasión de Dios

porque nadie puede ganarla.

Es que la misericordia de Dios nadie la merece.

Me llega por gracia de Dios.

Vivo cotidianamente en la presencia de Dios

porque su Espíritu vive en mí.

Cuando Jesucristo venga para raptar a sus hijos

me llevará a mi palacio celestial.


 

RELY ON GOD
Do not rely on your instincts –
rely on God’s
Do not depend on your intelligence –
depend on God’s
Do not take courage in your money –
take courage in God.
Do not listen to your emotions –
listen to God.
Do not count on your wisdom –
count on God’s
Do not act on your strength –
acts on God’s
Do not follow your ways –
follow God’s.
Do not believe in men –
believe in God.
Do not be in religion –
be in Jesus.
Don’t worship idols –
worship Jesus.

CONFÍA EN DIOS
No confíes en tus instintos –
confía en los de Dios.
No dependas en tu inteligencia –
depende en la de Dios.
No recibas ánimo de tu dinero –
que te venga de Dios.
No sigas tus propios caminos –
sigue los de tu Dios.
No cuentes con tu sabiduría –
cuenta con la de Dios.
No estés anclado en religión –
ánclate en Jesucristo.
No escuches tus emociones
pero escucha a Dios.
No actúes en tu fortaleza –
actúa en la de Dios.
No creas en los hombres –
sólo cree en Dios.
No pongas tu fe en ídolos –
pero sí en Jesús.

YOU ARE NOT ALONE
When you are even doubting yourself
you are not alone, God is with you to give you faith.
When you are going through difficulties
you’re not alone, God is there building your character.
When you are experiencing tribulations
You are not alone, God is there to make sure you grow.
When fears are trying to overtake you
you are not alone, God will give you the needed hope.
When you’re seeing a storm in your life
surely you are not alone, God is right there next to you.
When you are going through a fiery trial
you are not alone, God is in the fiery furnace with you.

NO ESTÁS SOLO
Cuando tú estás cuestionándote
no estás solo, Dios está ahí para darte fe.
Cuando pasas por tiempos difíciles
no estás solo, Dios te fortalece el carácter.
Cuando pasas por tus tribulaciones
no estás solo, Dios se asegura que crezcas.
Cuando el temor trate paralizarte
no estarás solo, Dios te dará la confianza.
Cuando tú estés en una tormenta
no la enfrentarás solo, Dios estará contigo.
Cuando estés pasando por el fuego
no estarás solo, Dios estará protegiéndote.

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AGE GRACEFULLY

We are living in an age where people do not believe in absolutes. However that does not change the fact that they have existed, are existing now, and will always exist. One absolute is that all of us are going to die. There is no getting around it. Sooner or later that day will come to each and every one of us. That includes you and me!
Not necessarily all of them ,but most American women want to age gracefully. That is why in 2013 they spent more than 426 billion dollars on creams, makeup and so on. It has been reported that every American woman spends more than fifteen thousand dollars on beauty products during her lifetime. That does not include what the men spend on lotions, creams and so on.
In the year 2016 the American people spent more than sixteen billion dollars on cosmetic surgery. That amount does include men and women, because there are quite a few men who are going through plastic cosmetic surgery. Of course, that number is rising annually, and there seems to be no ceiling in sight.
15% of the American population has a gym membership, spending more than $600 annually per capita, and a total of nineteen billion dollars per year. Those same people and a few others also spend about thirty-three billion dollars on sports equipment. All that money is spent trying to exercise to lose weight, have more muscle, better health, and to look better. In many, many cases when that exercise equipment is used correctly and regularly it does help a person be healthier, look better, and live longer.
Although many people are doing many things to age gracefully physically, and that does help their physical health, appearance, and state of mind, but it is much more important to age gracefully mentally, psychologically, emotionally and spiritually. The latter four will give a person more confidence, satisfaction, joy and happiness.
By being psychologically well-balanced you will be able to make wise and correct decisions. Your happiness will not depend on how strong you are physically, how young you may look, how good looking you may be, how beautiful your face and body may be, or even on how much money you may have. Instead your happiness will come by knowing who you are, what you stand for, and who God is in your life.
Because of your past, it may be that you may not be well-balanced psychologically. If that is your case, work on it. It is never too late. If you transform your mind (Romans 12:2), and decide to leave the past in the past, and to start a new, you will succeed. Take every negative thought captive (2 Corinthians 10:5) immediately. Remember that today is the first day of the rest of your life. You can have a fresh start.
Hopefully you are emotionally stable, but if, for whatever reason, you are not, then start working on it immediately. Yes, you can do it. Do not let your emotions run you. As with everything thing else, the first step is to realize you have a problem. Once you admit it, then come up with some solutions. The next step is to discard the solutions that are not viable. They may not be viable for many reasons; too expensive, it takes too long, you don’t have the resources, it’s too far from you, you cannot miss work, and so on. Choose the best solution that is viable to you.
Do not confuse being religious with being spiritual. Being religious means believing in what a certain religion believes. It could be totally wrong, and many of the religions are. Many so-called religious people worship animals, the sun, other people who lived a long time ago, or even the devil. Spiritual people, on the other hand, worship the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, and have an intimate relationship with Him. Jesus, who is God in the flesh, said: “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except by Me.” – John 14:6.
You can age gracefully by maturing physically, mentally, psychologically, emotionally, and spiritually. That does not mean you are to neglect your physical health and appearance, but do not give them more importance than to the attributes mentioned in the previous statement.
In your legacy do not be known as a grumpy old lady or a cranky old man. Have people remember you as a loving person who always had nice, positive, and kind words for everyone – a person who was always kindly referred to as, “Grandma or Grandpa.”
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PULLING SOMEONES LEG-ILLUSTRATION

WHAT’S HOLDING YOU BACK?

There are many reasons why people do not succeed, and why they stay stuck in a rut. People use many excuses, but also offer many good reasons as to why they have not succeeded. Many of those excuses and reasons are valid, while others are not. The chances are you have your own reasons as to why you are not where you should be.
Success, of course, has a different meaning for every person, and that is the way it should be.
Success for a professional runner could be running ten miles in a given amount of time. Success to an elderly person, who has been ill, might be walking six blocks. Success to a corporate business could be earning twenty million dollars in any given year, while to a mom and pop business it could be ending the year with a sixty-thousand–dollar profit.
Due to various reasons you might be a victim of circumstances. You may be a tribal person living in a remote area with very little or no technology, and no matter how hard you try you cannot escape the consequences of living in that environment. Unfortunately there are billions of people trapped living in jungles, under communism, or under a dictatorship. Success is next to impossible for many of those human beings.
Lack of education or expertise could be holding you back from achieving your goal. If that is the case, either go back to school, or find a way to gain the expertise needed. In order to succeed in any career, business or endeavor you have to know what you are doing. That only comes through education, research and experience. Somehow, somewhere, sometime you have to pay your dues. In other words, you have to learn the trade whatever it is.
Your friends or your own family may be holding you back. In most cases they mean well, but they discourage you because they think the job is too big for you. You know yourself better than anybody else. If you think you can do it, and are not afraid to put in long hours and to make sacrifices, go for it. Nothing and no one can stop you, but you yourself.
If low self-esteem is holding you back, you have to have more confidence in yourself. Read books on self-improvement, read the Bible, and talk to people who will encourage you and give you the correct advice. Move away from negative people. They will give you many reasons why you cannot succeed. Nevertheless all you need is a strong desire to succeed, and an attitude of “I am not going to quit no matter how long it takes, and how difficult it might be.” Determination will give you success if you go for it.
Afraid of failure may be holding you back. The people who have made it big in sports, as inventors, in the movie business, in the corporate world or in other fields have had many setbacks. What separated them from the ones who did not make it is that they never thought about quitting. The word “quit” was never in their repertoire and it should not be in yours. Make this saying your motto: “When the going gets tough, the tough get going.”
Maybe your past is holding you back. You may be saying, “This article is fine and dandy, but I’ve never succeeded before.” That is because you have been thinking in a negative manner. You have to transform your mind, and your way of thinking (Romans 12:2). Find out what really motivates you, what you really want, learn all you can about what you are going to undertake, take a positive approach, don’t listen to naysayers, be willing to see it through, give it all you’ve got, and you will succeed.
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YOU ONLY HAVE THREE CHOICES

You probably have not giving it much thought as to how many choices you really have. The chances are you think you have an unlimited number of choices. However when we break down to the bare essentials you only have three choices. I know that does not sound correct or right, but that is the way it is.

Most people do not think about the three choices because in most cases they automatically choose the one that makes more sense to them, and do not even think about the other two or that they even exist. Nevertheless they exist and you should definitely take them into consideration before making any decision that has any significance whatsoever. As every Christian very well knows a wrong decision can bring eternal consequences.

What are those three choices? The first choice and the one that makes more sense to almost every human being is the one that pleases us. Yes, when making a choice most of us just think about ourselves. Therefore when making a decision we choose whatever pleases us. If it pleases us, we are happy with whatever the decision might have been. We do not bother to think how it will affect other people. After all, the most important thing is that it pleases us because in our world we are the most important person.

Some people and even all of us sometimes make decisions to please others. In other words, we please others out of love or responsibility, and of course that includes our family and our close friends. We make choices out of responsibility to our government, society, community, church and so on. All of us are subject to rules and regulations everywhere we are. Sometimes we have leeway and sometimes we don’t.

The third choice, of course, is to please God. God left us very explicit and clear instructions as to how to live this Christian life. The word of God delineates quite clearly as to what is right and what is wrong. With God there are no gray areas. We do not have to guess as to how to proceed in any given situation. If we are not sure as to what decision or choice to make, all we have to do is pray to God, and go to the Bible, and the answer will come to us.

Sometimes when we take the first choice – to please ourselves – we offend other people, hurt them somehow, or we do not help them as we should. Think of selfish parents or selfish children, and you will understand the point I am trying to make. Just thinking of pleasing ourselves all the time is the worst choice we can make. People like that wind up being and feeling completely empty.

Some people go too deep into the second choice – pleasing others – and that, although it seems like a noble thing to do, can actually be detrimental to them. The reason being is that they don’t really enjoy life. They are too busy thinking about the other person, and life just passes them by. It is almost as if they did not have a personality, let alone a life. It’s absolutely good to think of others and help them, but there has to be a limit to it.

The third choice is to please God. Although it may not be very popular, or make much sense at first glance, it is the best one. As hopefully you know, God has our best interest at heart. His will is the best thing for our lives. One of the best reasons for that is not only that He knows the future, but He can control it. In other words, He can make something good happen to me just because I am obedient to Him. What He is asking from us is obedience, not sacrifice (1 Samuel 15:22).

Normally when we choose to please God it pleases us, and in most cases it pleases other people too. It is a win-win situation. The main reason, of course, is that God’s ways are much higher than ours (Isaiah 55:8-9). Let’s hope this article helps you in making the correct choices from now on. May our Lord Jesus Christ bless you with His presence, salvation, and physical blessings.

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GOD IS POLITICALLY INCORRECT

It is absurd, ridiculous, and pathetic how society keeps on changing for the worst. The way it is spiraling downward to complete perdition, it is impossible to predict where it will be in as little as ten years from now. If the direction does not change, politically correctness will be the destruction of the United States as we know it.
According to today’s standards God, the Creator of heavens and earth, was politically incorrect in just about everything He did. When He created the universe, He should have had a democratic committee, composed of both men, women, Republicans, Democrats, and people from every race, to vote on how the universe would be formed and how it would function. Instead of that three entities made all the decisions. Those were God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.
God only created male and female. Imagine that! He did not create lesbians, homosexuals or transgender. He was definitely politically incorrect. He did not even make transgender bathrooms. Adam and Eve had to do their business out in the woods. They probably used “Charmin” because even the bears like it. God must have been near-sighted to only have created male and female. Maybe He was forgetful in His old age.
God was certainly politically incorrect on two fronts when He gave the tablets with “The Ten Commandments” to Moses. First of all, nobody voted on them, and second He should have given them to Zipporah, Moses’ wife, then He would have been politically correct. If God had given them to Zipporah the Women’s Liberation Movement would be appeased.
God made a mistake again when He flooded the earth. He saved male and female of all the kinds of animals, but He only saved one family. That means there was only one race of people on that ark. God was definitely politically incorrect. Regardless of which race was on the ark, the other races were missing. Can you imagine that? Somebody should have taken that case to the Celestial Supreme Court.
God had an opportunity to redeem Himself when He sent a Redeemer, but instead of sending a white American, an Afro-American, a Hispanic, a native-American or an Asian, He sent a Jewish man. Can you fathom that? Not only was He Jewish, but He did not even have any tattoos. Maybe some tattoos would make Jesus more palatable to some people. Yes, God the Father is politically incorrect.
God even goes out on a limb and tells us that we have to work in order to eat. Doesn’t He know that we are entitled to enroll in “The Welfare System,” and the government will provide for us? He is definitely out of touch with reality. He is politically incorrect. What else can we say?
On top of all that, God tells us that there is only one way to heaven. He does not realize that every person thinks for himself and therefore can have his own god. We should be able to choose the god of our convenience. After all, we are in the twenty-first century, and all roads should lead to heaven anyway.
I wrote this to ridicule our society, to bring forth the truth, and to make you realize how absurd, ridiculous and insane politically correctness is.

THE CARDS YOU WERE DEALT

All of us are dealt a set of cards at birth and there is nothing we can do about that. Some of us receive an excellent set of cards, while others receive some awful ones. It all depends where we are born, in what epoch we are born, to whom we are born, and if we have any lasting health issues or if we are born in good health.

One of the most important factors is who our parents are. Some of their factors that will affect us are their economic condition, educational level, social status, type of work they do, their outlook on life, and their relationship with God, or their lack of it. The environment they provide for us while we are infants, children and adolescents influences us tremendously. Some of us are able to succeed in spite of a difficult upbringing, while others fall prey to any negative influences they may have had as children.

Success comes much easier to someone who was brought up by wealthy, educated, intelligent, caring, law-abiding, and God-fearing parents than for others who do not have the luxury of being raised by that type of parents. Yes, some people are born with a silver spoon, while others are born with a wooden one.

On the Internet it says that we make around 35,000 decisions every single day. I do not think anybody really knows the exact number, but one thing is sure, and that is that we are constantly making decisions. Some of those decisions are so insignificant that we do not even realize our brain is making those decisions. That is because, since we made those insignificant decisions so many times before, we make them automatically without thinking or paying any attention to them.

Most of the insignificant decisions may not have any negative effects on us in most cases. Of course, I realize that sometimes what may seem as an insignificant decision could even cost us our lives. A good example would be taking something for granted and not giving it any importance whatsoever. Let us suppose that without reading the label you take a medicine that the doctor prescribed for you, and then you die because it had side effects that were extremely harmful to a previous health condition that you had. Guess what? That has happened many times before.

The insignificant decisions may or may not bring negative effects to you, but there are some decisions that will definitely have major effects on your life. A college education, in most cases, will allow you to earn more money than a person who does not have one. You may also be working in a field that you really like, while the other person has to settle for what he gets. A good university education not only makes a person feel good about himself, but it also helps him make better decisions from then on.

If a person eats lots of junk food, and does not exercise or exercises very little, he will probably have a shorter life span than somebody who eats correctly and exercises regularly. Whether you decide to eat well or not, to exercise or not – those are two decisions that affect your overall health. The same goes for smoking, drinking alcoholic beverages and using drugs.

While it is true that some people have been dealt a better set of cards than others, all of us can do something to improve our circumstances. Instead of justifying our present situation because of our upbringing, we, by making good decisions, can improve our lot in life. We have to realize that the decisions we make today will affect our tomorrows, and since that is true, we should make decisions that will help us in the future, not ones that will be detrimental to us.

By far, the most important decision any person can make is to receive Jesus Christ in his heart as his Lord and Savior. The reason is obvious to most people, with the exception of those who refuse to believe. I am referring to the spiritual blind who refuse to believe that God created everything that exists. Those are the ones whose great-great-great-great grandfather was a worm or an ape. Who were your ancestors?

There are only two places where you can possibly spend eternity. One is called “heaven,” and the other one has the name of “hell.” “Heaven” is a place of rejoicing and “hell” is one of torment. You get to decide. If you want to go to heaven, you get to decide now. Go to the section of my blog called, “Messages.” At the end of one of the messages it will tell you what to do.

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          A DIFFERENT TAKE ON CHRISTMAS

Christmas day and the season have been commercialized to such an extent that they have lost their real meaning. In the United States they have even changed the name from “Christmas vacation” to “winter vacation,” or “winter break.” They do not want to say “Christmas” because the first six letters say C H R I S T.

Many people think that the Christmas season is about receiving gifts. They are excited just in thinking as to what they will receive, and when they do not receive what they were expecting some of them are actually disappointed and others think less of the person who gave them the gift. The season to be jolly becomes a season to be sad, frustrated, or disgusted.

Some of the ones who are expected to give gifts become frustrated because it is costing them more money than what they have available. Many of them use credit cards and then spend the rest of the year trying to pay them off. For them the Christmas season and the first few months of the new year become frustrating ones.

Christmas is not about receiving, but about giving. When Jesus Christ was born, Father God gave His parents a baby who would reconcile humanity back to Him. When the wise men came to see Jesus as an infant, they gave Him three kinds of gifts – gold, frankincense and myrrh. Just because Jesus received three kinds of gifts does not mean that there were three wise men. They could have been two, three, four or more. No one knows. The Bible does not mention how many came, nor do the historians.

Because of the initial sin by Adam and Eve, humanity became separated from God. Because sin entered through a human being, sin had to be dealt with, and overcome by another human being. That is the reason why Father God sent His only begotten Son Jesus Christ as a human being, so He would pay for our sins. He had to shed His blood because without the shedding of blood there is no remission of sin (Hebrews 9:22).

God was the first to give. First He gave us this planet (Genesis 1:1-3). Then He gave us human beings physical life (Genesis 2:7). After that He gave us a Savior (Matthew 1:25 and 2:1). Finally, God gave up His Son, so we could be reconciled back to Him (Matthew 27:50 and John 3:16). Yes, God was the first to give, and He gave what meant more to Him, who He loved the most, and what would be the greatest gift to us.   That gift is eternal life.

Father God gave us His greatest gift, which was His Son, and Jesus Christ gave us His greatest gift, which was His life. Let us give both the Father and the Son our greatest gift, which is our soul. If we have not given our life to God yet, let us do it now. All we have to do is repent, ask God to forgive us, and receive Jesus Christ in our hearts as our Lord and Savior. If you do not know how to do it, but you want to give God your greatest gift, and want to spend eternity with Him and not with the devil in the lake of fire suffering throughout eternity, then pray the following prayer to God. Pray it aloud, in all humility, in all sincerity, and in all seriousness. He will hear you, and receive you as His child.

“Father God, I repent of all my sins. I ask You to forgive me. I believe and confess that Jesus Christ is my Lord, that He suffered, died and resurrected on the third day to pay for my sins. I ask You to receive me as your Child and to activate the Holy Spirit within me. Thank You Father. Amen.”

Yes, the greatest gift we can give God is our soul, and the greatest gift we can give people, who do not have salvation, is to tell them about how God wants to be their Lord and Father, and how they can become His children. If we are already saved, and feel confident in it, we can take “The Great Commission” (Matthew 28:19-20) to others. God wants us to make treasures in heaven (Matthew 6:19-21), and the most valued treasure to God is a human soul.

Do not feel bad if you do not have any money to buy gifts for people. Just give yourself to God, and give yourself to others. What God and others need is your love, friendship and time – not necessarily material things. God bless you!

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THE MAN AND HIS SON

A young widowed man and his toddler son moved to a small plot of land just outside of a small sinful town. As the man knew how to live off the land, he planted squash, corn, beans, lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers and a few other things to help them be almost self-sufficient. He bought a milk cow, a rooster and a few chickens to provide milk and eggs. As the man and his child kept to themselves nobody knew much about them.

As a matter of fact the town’s people did not really want to associate with them because the man and his child were so different from them. The newcomer would not buy marihuana from the local dispensary, would not gamble in the casino owned by the local Indian tribe, and would not visit the local brothel as the other men did. In a close-knit small community he was an outsider that did not seem to belong.

To say they were outcasts would be putting it mildly. People avoided them like the plague when they would see the man and his child buying groceries or putting gas in their automobile. They would simply ignore them completely. Being isolated did bother the man a little because of his son, but as he did not want to get involved in the sinful activities of the town’s people there was not much he could do to change the situation.

When the child grew to school age, the father home schooled him because he did not want him to receive a secular education. For that reason not only was he teaching his son reading, writing, arithmetic, but he was also teaching him principles from the holy Bible. He would explain Jesus’ parables to the young child, and then he would teach him in a simple way how to put them into practice.

As the years went by the child grew up to be ten years old. The father developed a fatal cancer that spread all over his body in a matter of months. Unbeknown to the town’s people the man had a thriving business in Switzerland that he would run through his computer. He was actually quite wealthy, but other than his business associates nobody knew it, much less the town’s people.

When the man knew he had a matter of weeks or maybe months to live, he put an ad in the local newspaper. It read: “I, James Wilson, have been given a few weeks or months to live. I need a responsible person to take care of my ten-year-old son, Jesse.” A few weeks went by and nobody contacted him. Finally a poor older couple, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Smith, contacted him, and told him, “We will be glad to raise your son. However, we only have a two-bedroom house and he will have to share a bedroom with our grandson.”

Three weeks later the man died. As the county official read his will it said: “Being that whoever has the son has everything, I give this deed to my property to Mr. and Mrs. Frank Smith as well as the three million dollars from my company in Switzerland.”

The moral of this story is that whoever has Jesus, in reality, has everything. That is because you would be nowhere if you were to gain the whole world, but would lose your soul (Mark 8:36). Jesus is the only way to heaven (John 14:6).

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THERE IS MORE PLEASURE IN GIVING THAN RECEIVING

God was the first to give. First of all, He gave us this planet. After that He gave us physical life through Adam and Eve. Then He gave up His only begotten Son Jesus Christ when the latter died on the cross to pay for our sins. If we accept His Son as our Lord and Savior, He gives us eternal life with Him. There can be no greater gift than that.
Just about all children know how to receive, but most of them have to learn to share their toys or whatever it is they have. It is definitely a learning experience that does not come easy to many of them. Later on they have to learn to give. Then when we grow to be adults, many of us have learned to share and to give, but for some reason or other we have not learned to receive. We feel guilty and sometimes we do not even want to receive. Just as we enjoy giving we should enjoy receiving.
Normally giving comes before receiving. The Bible states in Luke 6:38, “Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.” In most cases people will give gladly to you because you have given of yourself to them.
Greedy people like to receive, receive, receive, but they hate giving. In their minds they never receive enough, and they are never satisfied. The more they get, the more they want. It’s an unending cycle, and as the saying goes: “You can’t take it with you.” That being the case, instead of being a hoarder we should be a giver.
When we pass on to the next life, whether it be in heaven or in hell, we leave everything behind. Our possessions and wealth go to somebody else. Many times it goes to family members, other times to strangers, sometimes to lawyers, and unfortunately there are times when it goes to the government. In no case do our possessions or our money go with us to the other life.
Speaking of the other life, there are only two places where we can go. The best place is heaven and the worst one is hell. Fortunately for us, we get to choose while we are alive. It is not Russian roulette, but a choice that we make. If the thought of being in hell suffering eternally does not appeal to us, then we can choose to go to heaven instead.
We choose to go to heaven by choosing Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. Yes, salvation is free, but we have to repent, ask God to forgive our sins, receive Jesus Christ in our hearts as our Lord and Savior, and leave the sin behind. No, we will not be perfect. We will still make mistakes, and sin, but it will not be on purpose as before, and it will not be as often. There has to be a change in us. The Bible calls it becoming a new creation – a new man. We have to transform our way of thinking as the Bible states in Romans 12:2.
I do not want to deviate too far from the main point of giving. If you are not a selfish person, you find more pleasure in giving than in receiving. When I say giving I am not referring just to money or material possessions, but also to just giving a smile, a sincere handshake, doing a favor, listening to someone’s problems, giving someone a compliment, and in general being friendly to others.
A smile at the right time can change somebody’s day completely. A kind word in a time of despair can lift somebody up out of depression. A listening ear could wind up saving a person’s life. You may never know how an act of kindness on your part has helped another person tremendously. That other person can even be you. Maybe a friend, a relative or a perfect stranger helped change your day for the better.
The most important things you can give people are your love, friendship and your time. This world would be a wonderful place if all of us were to give that to each other. Unfortunately nothing can be further from the real truth. What can you give God being that He has everything? You can give Him your time, service, devotion, friendship, love, and of course, your soul.
God tells us to make treasures in heaven. Matthew 6:19-20 – “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.”
Those treasures are not houses, cars, diamonds, rubies or gold. They are the good deeds we do on this earth. The biggest treasure to God is a soul. When you become a born-again Christian, you become a treasure to God, and when you lead a person to receive Jesus Christ as His Lord and Savior, you are making treasures in heaven for yourself, and that is exactly what I am doing with my life. You can do the same thing.
When you give, give for the sake of giving, and not because you are expecting something in return. Give from your heart and maybe even from your need. Of course it’s okay to give from your abundance if God has blessed you financially, but it is better to go beyond that. What I mean is that you may have limited resources, talents, time, intelligence, wisdom or abilities, but in love you give from those.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   WE SHOULD NOT HAVE TO LIVE IN A WORLD WITH HATE
No person should be subjected to live in a world without love or one full of hatred or just plain indifference. In the sixties Peter and Gordon had a hit song by the title, “A World Without Love.” You will find it on the internet. Listen to it. It’s very pretty and the lyrics can stand the test of time.
Unfortunately our children are growing up in a world without love. There are several reasons for that. In many cases both of their parents work long hours. Either they have a human baby sitter, or they have the television and the internet. Both of the latter could be tremendous teaching tools, but unfortunately they are being used to teach violence, sexual perversion, disobedience, and everything that goes against godly principles.
Since young children are extremely impressionable, their lives are shaped by their way of thinking, which in turn is shaped by what they experience by what they see, hear or are told by adults. By the time a child is seven years old, he has seen thousands of murders on television, and probably millions of acts of violence, indecency, cheating, stealing, disobedience and many other things that boggle his young and innocent mind.
Because of the way many children are brought up, many times they do not know the difference between right and wrong. That is especially true of children who come from a family who does not attend any church whatsoever. While it is true that no religion will get one to heaven, it is also very veridical that most religions teach a peaceful way of coexistence and of loving our neighbors.
Because God is love (1 John 4:8), Christian children are taught to love our brother and sisters (Matthew 22:37-40). They are taught “the golden rule.” – Matthew 7:12. We are not naive. We know that some Christian children in their adolescent years and as young people go astray, but many of them when they mature come back to a Christian way of life.
Our news media disseminates fake and hateful news, which in the absence of the real truth causes much harm in our country and in the world. That biased and prejudiced reporting is the cause of much misunderstanding and hatred throughout the world. Most people do not bother to look for the real truth. They just accept what is reported by the news media.
As a result of the way many people have been brought up, because of the manipulation by the news media, and being that a certain political party is espousing nothing but hatred and has declared war against the President, our country is in a very serious state. Either very little or nothing positive is being accomplished by the politicians. They are too busy fighting each other, instead of working for the benefit of our citizens.
Political parties have become obsolete. They are too powerful, and instead of the citizens having the power, as was intended in our Constitution, the political parties have it. They dictate what can and what cannot be done. It is absurd. A candidate for any office should run on his merits, not on a party’s. A US congressman may earn under $200,000 per year, yet they may spend ten million dollars on their campaign. Something does not add up!
It is extremely sad to see our great country completely divided, full of hatred, spinning its wheels, moving away from God, and going in a downward destructive spiral at a tremendous speed. It is quite possible that we may have reached “the point of no return.” If that is the case, “divided we stand, and divided we will fall.” Let us hope for the sake of future generations that is not the case.
We cannot expect the government to fix the problem, the church or anybody else. Each one of us has to take the initiative and act in love for the benefit of our country, the future generations, and of course for ourselves. We have to start by respecting ourselves, respecting other people, helping each other, loving our country and working to improve it – not to tear it down.
Regardless of your age, sex, color of your skin, educational level, social status, and religion reach out in love and understanding to someone different than you. That way you will be part of the solution, and not part of the problem. God bless you!
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F A K E   N E W S

One of the definitions the dictionary gives for “news” is: “Information about important or interesting recent events, especially when published or broadcast.” The emphasis, of course, should be on “information,” and it should be reported as such. It is information the public needs to know for several reasons.

Being that the main reason for the existence of the news media is to report the incidents as accurately as possible, it should not speculate, be biased or prejudiced in any way, shape, or form. It should present the facts and nothing less, nothing more. If the full facts are not known, it should either not report it yet, or report only as much as is known.

The reporter’s, the channel’s or the station’s opinion is not needed because it can create confusion, misunderstanding and even hatred. When that happens as a result of it somebody

gets hurt. The scoundrels can be made to sound like heroes, and the innocent people become victims. We have a saying that applies here quite well, and it goes like this: “The pen is mightier than the sword.”

While it is true that under our constitution the news people have “freedom of the press,” that does not give them the right to report “fake news” as if they were true. They have a responsibility to give us the news such as they are. Our government should do something to curtail their lies, half-truths, uncorroborated stories, misleading information and anything else that goes against professional reporting. They should be made to adhere to some professional standards. Without standards we have chaos.

Much of the hatred in our country has been created by the news media. That is because people believe what they hear and see and then they act on it. The news media glorifies everything that is violent, grotesque, illegal, immoral, and that goes against God’s principles. It does not matter what President Trump may say or do, they find a way to vilify it. Because of that we have lost respect throughout the world. How can anybody in the world respect us, if we do not respect ourselves?

Unfortunately many people take the fake news as the gospel truth. They don’t realize that the news anchor has an axe to grind or that he or she owes somebody favors, and is paying them by distorting the news, which, by the way, can be done very easily. Just by changing a name, a place, a date or a fact the whole story takes a complete different meaning. That is how the culprit becomes the good guy and the latter becomes the culprit.

Many people are either lazy and do not take time to investigate the truth, some are extremely busy and do not have the time to really look into the matter, quite a few are either biased or prejudiced and only hear what they want to hear, while others are just plain gullible and believe the first thing they hear. They just follow the herd because they cannot think for themselves. That would tax their brain.

If we do not begin to restrict the news media, it will take us down as a world power, and maybe even as a nation. So far we do not need any enemies – we are the enemy. If we do not bridle the news media we will go down into perdition and maybe even extinction. I know you think that is impossible. Other world powers have already gone through that process – Greece, Rome, Spain, England, Persia and so on. We may or may not be an exception. It remains to be seen.

TOO MUCH SENSITIVITY AND TOO MUCH HATE

I have no idea what the atmosphere or the ambient was in our country, the United States of America, before the Civil War or right after it, but I know what it is right now. The racial and sexual sensitivity are alarming, and the violence and hatred are probably at an all-time high. Instead of progressing we are regressing. If we do not do something and do it fast, it will only get much worse.

Society has become extremely sensitive that people get punished for innocent comments that nobody would have given a second thought to them a few years ago. Instead of being a viable solution, it has produced more violence and innocent people being punished unjustly. The courts and their laws will never really be a solution to the real problem – they just make it illegal, which makes people who disobey their laws criminals, and makes them resentful. As a result hatred arises from different factions of the community.

Some problems seem to have no solution, but in essence they do. As with many other things, education is the key. Our job is to educate the populace that if we are to succeed we have to learn that all of us have the same rights, that every human deserves respect, that nobody is better than somebody else, that we have to try our best to coexist, that we have to tolerate each other to a certain point, and that we have to work together to make this a better country.

Yes, education is the key, and it starts in the home. The parents should be the first and the best teachers the children have.

There is a definite need to educate black, brown, white and any other color of people that we are all created equal, that we have the same rights, privileges and responsibilities while living in this country, and that we have to treat each other with respect as equals. We have to emphasize the fact that white is not better than black, brown or any other color of skin. Every person has to understand that he or she is not superior nor inferior to anybody else. All of us are human beings created basically in the same way.

There is definite a lack of education to educate our men that they have to treat women with respect at the work place. They cannot look at women as a sex object or as somebody inferior they can push around. That mind set has to stop, and it has to stop now. Men and women working together should be taught to respect each other’s boundaries. A man should not treat a woman as he treats men, and a woman should not treat a man as she treats women because there is a difference between men and women.

In too many cases white policemen practice racial profiling. This, of course, is totally wrong because many times a person is detained simply because he or she is black or brown. Sometimes even false evidence is planted on them. Fortunately that kind of policeman is not the norm. Once again, the answer is educating them, which is being done by many police forces, but not by all of them. A lot more work is needed in this area.

Of course, it is not fair to put all the blame on the policemen. Most of them are excellent people just simply trying to keep us safe, putting their lives on the line every single day, not knowing when some crazy nut will try to kill them for no reason whatsoever. We should be teaching our children not only to respect policemen, but to respect authority of any kind. Most of the violence, if not all of it, in our country comes from people who do not respect authority of any kind.

In conclusion I would like to say that the real answer to our problems of too much sensitivity, violence, hatred, disrespect for authority, racial intolerance, and disrespect for women can be reduced significantly by educating our children and the public in general.

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WILL YOU FINISH THE RACE WELL?

Will you finish the race well? You may ask, what race? The race of life, of course. All of us are running it. Some of us will run it well, and some will run it poorly. It all depends on our goals and objectives and how we set our priorities. Yes, we have to make plans and execute them. A well-planned life is much better than one that is lived by trial and error.

In 2 Timothy 4:6-7, the apostle Paul, close to the end of his life, states: “For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure is at hand.  I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” What he is saying is that he has kept the faith, that he has served God well, that he has lived a worthwhile life, and that he is ready to die, go to heaven, and to be with the Lord forever and ever.

Hopefully you have done well with your life up to now. If you have, keep it up until you die. Many people do well for a season, and then they start meandering like a chicken without a head, or like a drunk staggering in the dark. It is not how you start, or how you do in the middle, but rather how you finish that matters. Many people start like a wildfire, but then they change direction, slow down or quit altogether.

Many, many marriages start well, and may even do well for ten, fifteen or twenty years, and then the separation and the divorce come. Millions of children and even adults are hurting because we have a myriad of broken families, blended families, same-sex marriages and even abandoned children. Yes, most of those marriages started well, and those people even had very good intentions, but because of lack of commitment they were not able to finish their individual race in that particular area, and the consequences were devastating to all concerned.

When we pass on to the other life, we leave many loved ones behind. It is extremely important to leave a good legacy because our children, grandchildren, other relatives, and some good friends have to live with it. We may not be here, but they are, and they may suffer as a result of the way we lived our lives. We have to be unselfish and think of them too. It is not all about us – it includes the people in our sphere of influence, and there is no getting around it.

Abraham Lincoln died a long time ago, but the Afro-American community is still free from slavery because he did something about it. Adolph Hitler died in 1945, but the Jewish race is still feeling the repercussions, the hatred and the persecution of those horrible years. One person can cause a lot of good and one person can cause a lot of harm. What kind of legacy will you leave?

Fortunately for some of us and unfortunately for others, when we finish this race we will start another one. That is because there is life after death. The only question is where we will run that race. Will we run it in heaven or will we run it in hell? There are only those two options. The good thing about that is that we get to decide where we will spend eternity. If you already know that you will spend eternity with God, you do not need to read any further.

If you do not know where you will spend eternity, that means you have not made your choice yet, and I can tell you that it will be in the lake of fire, unless you choose differently. If the thought of spending eternity in the lake of fire does not appeal to you, then find the section in my blog called “Messages,” and read the end of a message where I tell you what to do in order to go to heaven. Just follow the instructions. They are clearly spelled out.

Finish this race well, so you can start the other one on the right foot. God bless you!

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THE SPIRIT OF REBELLION

The dictionary defines rebellion as: “Open resistance to authority,” and also as, “Organized armed resistance to an established government.” It also uses other terms, such as; uprising, revolution, mutiny, insurrection, revolt, insurgence, insurgency; insubordination, disobedience, defiance, resistance, rebelliousness, and contumacy.

Rebellion was completely unknown until the devil rebelled against God in heaven. In Revelation 12:7-9, the Bible describes it like this: “And war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the dragon (the Devil); and the dragon and his angels fought, but they did not prevail, nor was a place found for them in heaven any longer.  So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.”

Lucifer was one of the prettiest angels and had one of the most important tasks in heaven, and because of that he became extremely proud and although he was a created being, he tried to

usurp God’s position as the omnipotent one. Even today pride is one of the main causes of sin, disobedience and rebellion. In Proverbs 16:18, King Solomon tells us: “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.”

I am writing this article because in our country – the United States of America – and all over the world, the spirit of rebellion is running rampant. Nobody wants to follow regulations, rules or laws of any kind. People want to do as they see fit. This, of course, causes many problems because no one is an island. We have to share this land with other human beings, and just as we have wishes, wants and desires, so do they. If we do as we please, one thing is for sure, we will be stepping on somebody else’s toes.

In the animal kingdom the number one rule is survival of the fittest, and the balance of nature is maintained that way, but we are human beings, and instead of devouring the weakest we should protect them and help them in any way we can. Jesus Himself made it very clear that He did not come for the strong, the most intelligent, the loveliest, the wisest, the wealthiest, the healthiest or the most righteous. It was just the opposite. If we go against God’s will, we are participating in the spirit of rebellion.

Jesus came to earth for the sick, the poor, the sinners and the ones who needed help in one way or another. In Luke 4:18, Jesus said: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed; to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.” Then in Luke 5:32, He said: “ I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” If we do otherwise, we are engaged in the spirit of rebellion.

Unfortunately the spirit of rebellion has taken over our country. The spirits of individualism, anarchy, disobedience, liberalism, violence, corruption, and rebellion have taken over our society. Everybody wants to have fire arms, drugs, tattoos, and a complete free reign of their lives without regard for country, laws, church, God, or other people. They just care about themselves, and nothing or nobody else matter to them.

A society that forgets its beginning, standards, principles and God cannot last. Many empires have fallen before us, and ours will be no exception, unless we change our ways. We have forgotten what made our country great. Make no mistake our country was great, and that was because we were established as a Christian democratic republic following godly principles, and because we did that, God’s blessings have been on us. Now that we are moving away from God His protection and blessings are being removed from us.

There is a political party that is pulling us further and further away from God as it espouses abortion, marriage between people of the same sex, not obeying the Constitution, fighting against the President, in general mocking godly principles and disobeying God. Unfortunately the young people are falling prey to their doctrine, beliefs and modus operandi.

God is faithful and just. If we can shed away the spirit of rebellion and come back to Him, He will bless us once again. The only thing with that is that we may be too far gone in the wrong direction. Speaking through the prophet Isaiah God tells us in Isaiah 55:5 – “Seek the Lord while He may be found, call upon Him while He is near.” There are two main points here: 1. Call on the Lord. 2. There will be a time when it is too late. The only question here is…Is it too late for the USA?

There are two things you should do: 1. Pray to God that this country and the world will come back to Him. 2. Get close to God yourself, so you may spend eternity with Him enjoying eternity, and not suffering the eternal flames of the lake of fire. If you have never asked Jesus Christ to be your Lord and Savior or Redeemer, read my article entitled, “I Am Who I Am.” That will teach you how to spend eternity with God and not with the devil.

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MATURITY

Many young people assume they have matured because they have reached their twenty-first birthday. That assumption is as erroneous as could be. Yes, some people are mature at that age, while many are not. That is because maturity has nothing to do with one’s chronological age, but rather with the mental one.

Some people might have reached their maturity level at twenty years old, while others may reach it as forty or maybe never. All of us have known people who are fifty years old, and still act as if they were teenagers. Their bodies are old, but their mental abilities never really developed. Various factors can contribute to that, but I would need to write a complete book in order explain them.

All of us, or at least many of us, have God-given talents. Normally we know what they are, and if we are normal people under normal circumstances we develop them, and that is exactly what we should do. The more mature we are, the more importance we will give to those talents, not only that but we will use them in the most productive ways. Developing them will not only help us, but it can help the people who are in our sphere of influence, as well as many others who we may not even know personally.

All of us have a certain degree of intelligence, but it does not do us any good unless we develop it and put it to work. We cannot leave it dormant, but rather should find ways to use it in pragmatic ways. One of the most basic ways to use it is to learn as much as we can about different areas that are of interest to us. Not only should we use it to learn, but also to solve problems, and maybe even to invent something that could help humanity. There are endless possibilities as to how we can use our intelligence.

Knowledge can translate itself to power. We can use our intelligence to acquire knowledge, and then we can use that knowledge wisely to help ourselves and to help others. Knowledge in the hands of an immature fool can be extremely destructive, but in the hands of a mature person it can be extremely useful, positive and productive.

Maturity combined with wisdom allow us to learn from our mistakes, and also from the mistakes that others make. Not learning from our experiences, and making the same mistakes over and over again are signs of immaturity. Undoubtedly you know people like that. The worst thing about it is that they do not have the slightest clue why they are failing.

A person does not reach maturity unless there is a positive change in behavior from when he or she was a young person. That means not making the same mistakes nor going through the same negative experiences. Maturity can only be reached through a life-long learning process. We should never stop learning, and if we have to make changes, we should make them. I happen to believe in life after death, so even after we die we continue to learn eternally.

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HAVE YOU CHARTERED A COURSE FOR YOUR LIFE?

When a big ship sails in the ocean it has a chartered course that has been prepared for it. That helps them get to their destination safely and faster than if they were to take a different route. Airline pilots have a flight plan that they follow. Following their specific plan helps them avoid foreseeable hazards, accidents, and by knowing the airline schedules it allows the passengers to plan their flights.

When a driver goes to a place where he has not gone before he takes a map, asks people, or uses his GPS. If he is wise, he also investigates the road conditions before setting out on his journey. In other words, he does not go blindly hoping he will find the place by instinct, by accident or by mere luck.

When a future businessman decides to open up a business he investigates if there is demand for the product he will provide. He considers other factors, such as will there be a good profit margin, is the location perfect for that type of business, does he have enough money to stay open until the business becomes profitable, does he have the expertise to run that business, are the resources available that he will need, and will he be able to hire qualified personnel? This, by far, is not a complete list, but it does give you an idea.

It does not matter if you are not a ship’s captain, an airline pilot, a taxi driver, or a businessman, you still have to make plans. Any endeavor that you may try to undertake if you do not have a well-thought-out plan, it will not succeed. Thousands if not millions of people have found that out the hard way. Do not be one of them.

The most important thing in your life is your own life. Yet many people go through it without any plans, direction or destiny. Somehow they think things will just happen automatically. They meander through life making one mistake after another. They are almost always at the mercy of the circumstances because they did not plan in advance. There is no substitute for good preventive planning.

I am sincerely hoping that you have a good plan for the rest of your life in whatever stage of it you may be. Yes, I am speaking about a financial plan that will provide for you during your old age, but much more important than that is where you will spend eternity. Whether you plan for it or not, it’s going to get here. It does not matter if you believe in it or not, it’s going to happen. It would behoove you to have a fail-proof plan of which there are not four, three nor two, but only one. Yes, just one.

Yes, you may make a plan with a chartered course straight to heaven. There is only one way, and one way only to get there. It’s in the person of Jesus Christ the only begotten Son of Father God. In John 14:6, Jesus Himself puts it this way: “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except by Me.” If you have never chartered your course to heaven before, this is your perfect opportunity, and it may be your last.

For whatever the reason you may be thinking, “I have plenty of time. I’ll do it when I’m old, or just before I die.” Many people think that way. But you know what? You do not have a lease on life. Regardless of your young age, good health, circumstances or anything else, you could die before this day is over. Many people will not see tomorrow, and you could be one of them. Don’t play Russian roulette with your soul. The latter will live forever. The only question is…where will it spend eternity – in the lake of fire or in heaven?

If you want to make sure that you will spend eternity with God and not with the devil, read my article, “I am just passing through.” At the end of it you will be able to see and understand how you can receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, so you can spend eternity with Him. Deciding where you will spend eternity is the most important decision you will ever make.

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                                                                                                                                             WE SHOULD NOT EXALT PEOPLE
Many of us spend a great deal of time and energy exalting ourselves. It is understandable because we are the people we know best, because we know what we have accomplished, because we know how difficult it was, and because we know how much effort we put into it, but we fail to realize that if it were not for God’s blessings, protection, guidance and provision on our lives we could not have done it.
We exalt other people because they have excelled in a particular area. Some of the most popular areas where people are exalted are sports, music, films, and politics. Those people are looked upon as if they were super stars. Some people actually idolize them. Yet many of the people who participate in those fields fall prey to using drugs, drinking alcoholic beverages, illicit sex, corruption, and many more sinful activities. They become victims of their own success. Instead of deserving being exalted many of them should be pitied.
Thank God there are some famous people who use their fame and fortune for positive purposes. In other words, they espouse worthy causes, and help people who need help in that particular area. God is watching and He will reward them either on this life or in the one to come. Nothing goes unnoticed in God’s eyes.
One of the things that God hates the most is pride. The Bible tells us: “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.” – (Proverb 16:18). Pride takes over when we exalt ourselves or when others exalt us, and we let it go to our heads. Do not misunderstand me, it is normal and good for us to feel good about ourselves when we do good deeds, which of course is the will of God. Let us do them because they come out of the goodness of our hearts, and not because we want attention, publicity or public recognition.
We should not do anything to bring attention to ourselves. Whatever good we do, we should do it to bring attention to God, not to ourselves, because whatever good there is in us it comes from God. The Bible refers to God as the Father of lights, and it says that every good and perfect gift comes from Him (James 1:17-18). If God is the Father of lights, then we are the lights. That means that we, the Christians/Christ followers, are to bring God’s light to the people who are living in darkness.
The light we bring to people is telling them about how they can have salvation – eternal life with God. Jesus Himself tells us how we can come to the Father in John 14:6 – “Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” Other than telling people about God we show them His love through us. Yes, people should be able to see God by the way we treat them.
The only way people can see the love of God in us is if we are humble, meek and accept them as equals. We do not judge them, but help them in whatever way we can. We are there to lift them up, not to tear them down. No, we do not exalt them, but we help them build up their self-image, their self-esteem and how they feel about themselves. Many of them have been beaten down by life, by others and by the devil.
The only one who deserves being exalted is God. That is because He is the Creator of everything that existed, exists and will ever exist. In John 1:1-4, the Bible puts it this way: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. 4 In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.”
Other than being the Creator, God is love. 1 John 4:8 puts it this way: “He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.” We should exalt Him because He is pure love, and because He proved that love by sending His only begotten Son to suffer, die and resurrect just to pay for our sins, so we could have eternal life with Him. John 3:16 tells us: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son (Jesus Christ), that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”
If you feel like exalting anyone, exalt Jesus Christ, Father God and the Holy Spirit. They are “The Divine Trinity.” It’s God manifesting Himself in three different ways. One big mistake people make is exalting so-called saints. That, of course, includes Mary, Joseph, John, Moses, Michael, Peter and all the other patriarchs that are in the Bible. God is a jealous god (Exodus 20:4-5, 34:14 and Deuteronomy 6:15). The others I mentioned are probably in heaven, but they are not to be revered, exalted, praised or worshiped.
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WHERE ARE THE ANSWERS?

Many people spend a lifetime looking for answers which seem to be evasive to them. The reason is very simple – they are looking in the wrong places. For that reason no matter how hard they look, they will never find the answers. No, the answers are not in money, possessions, high position in the corporate ladder, fame, status, philosophy, religion, or even in relationships. Those things may help, but they are not an end by themselves.
The answers are in the word of God. God has many wonderful promises for us, but every one of them has a condition that we must meet. In Matthew 6:33, Jesus Himself tells us: “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” Some of Those things include peace of mind, love, joy, harmony, good friends, provision for our needs, protection, an intimate relationship with God, and of course salvation. The condition that we must meet is that we should seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness. If we do that, everything else will fall in place.
In John 10:10, Jesus tells us: “The thief (the devil) does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I (Jesus) have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” Jesus wants you to have a wonderful life. So why are you not having it? The devil has been attacking you, and you are not even aware of it. Seek refuge in God. He can help you, because He is more powerful than your addiction, your bad temper, your weaknesses, your circumstances and even than the devil. In 1 John 4:4, the word of God tells us: “You are of God, little children, and have overcome them because He (God) who is in you is greater than he (the devil) who is in the world.” God – the Holy Spirit – lives in you. All you have to do is call out to God in faith.
One thing to remember is that you must have faith. In Hebrews 11:6, the Bible tells us: “But without faith it is impossible to please Him (God), for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” The condition for God to help you is that you must believe that He exists, that He will reward you, and that He loves you because He does, in spite of what you may have done. Don’t let people lie to you – God loves you unconditionally. It’s not about what you have or have not done. It’s about what Jesus has done for you. He gave His life for you.
As we stated in paragraph two by seeking first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, you will find the truth, and that truth will set you free from erroneous living and believing. In John 8:32, Jesus tells us: “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” The truth, which of course is Jesus Christ, will set you free from sin. That is because when Jesus shed His blood and died on the cross He did it to pay for your sins. If you accept Him as your Lord and Savior or Redeemer, He cleanses you of all sin.
I know many people are teaching that there are many truths, and that there are many ways to heaven. They are wrong. There is only one way, and one way only. In John 14:6, Jesus tells us: “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” The condition to have eternal life is to come to Father God through His Son Jesus Christ. That is the most important answer to the most important question.

A question you may have is…What is my purpose in this world? It is a very valid question that deserves an answer. As we stated before the answers are in the Bible. A lawyer, who was trying to trick Jesus, asked Him (Matthew 22:36): “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the law?” Jesus answered Him like this (Matthew 22:37-39): “You shall love the Lord Your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second one is like it. You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Jesus was telling that lawyer that the most important things in life are to love yourself, love other people and love God.
The reason God wants us to live in love is simply because He is love. In 1 John 4:8, the Bible tells us: “He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.” Not only does God tell us He is love, but He proved it. In John 3:16, Jesus Himself tells us: “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 Bible is a blue print as to how we ought to live our lives. If you have any questions, look them up in the Bible. God has an answer for you. If you have never read the Bible before, start in the book of John and then when you finish it, go to the book of Matthew. Those two books in the Bible will give you a good understanding as to who Jesus is and how God wants you to live your life. May our Lord Jesus Christ bless you with His love, understanding and salvation.
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                                                                                                                                                                    THE POLICEMEN
Please do not misunderstand, misread, misinterpret, misconstrue, misstate or misquote this article. I have a tremendous respect for the people in law enforcement. They are doing an extremely difficult and dangerous job that, in most cases, nobody else would want to do it. At any given moment they can be injured, wounded or even killed just for doing their job. Wherever there is potential danger or actual danger, they are there.
In a perfect society we would not need policemen, and if we had them they would just be there for informational purposes and to be courteous to people. Unfortunately there is no perfect society anywhere in the world. Some people are crazy, some are on drugs, and some are just plain mean and want to hurt and kill people. We need the policemen to keep law and order. Without them this would be a chaotic society.
The American society has become a violent one. There are very few restrictions as to who can own a weapon. Consequently we are probably the country that has more guns per capita. Of the Western and civilized countries we happen to be the one with the highest crime rate. Not only does one person kill another one, but we have mass shootings. The fact that many people have weapons and that the police officers do not know who has one and who does not, it makes their job so much more difficult and dangerous.
We have to remember that the policemen are human, and as such they have the same feelings, thoughts, emotions, fears, strengths and weaknesses that most of us have. For that reason and because they have to make fast decisions right on the spot being that their lives could be in danger, sometimes they make mistakes. We have to understand that, in spite of the training they have had, they are still human with the same flaws that we have.
Unfortunately, as this is not a perfect world, sometimes people enter the police force with wrong motives. They are violent and the badge gives them the right and the freedom to push people around, hurt them or even kill them. Yes, this happens all over the world. Some of them may not even be bad apples, but the constant pressure of seeing nothing but bad people
after a while may get to them.
Maybe every seven years every policeman should be given a sabbatical – a year off with pay to recharge their batteries physically, psychologically, emotionally and spiritually. That would be a tremendous help to them. If that is not possible because of a budget crunch, maybe for that year they could be assigned to another governmental department where they would just deal with people on a positive basis. The reason for that would be because the people around us affect the way we think, feel, act and react to different situations.
Now days people are overly racially sensitive. If a white officer arrests an Afro-American person people automatically assume that he did it because of racial prejudice. It does not even stop there – when an Afro-American policeman arrests an Afro-American person the people cry foul. The officers whether black or white find themselves between a rock and a hard place. No matter what they do, somebody is going to criticize them. They are damned if they do, and damned if they don’t.
One thing is for sure; the police academy needs to do a better job of training police officers, regardless of their color or anything else. Instead of automatically using the gun, the police officers need to use any other type of restrainer before using a fire arm. The fire arm should absolutely be the last resort. For a policeman to use a fire arm on an unarmed individual should not be tolerated by the police force and by our court system.
Society is going the wrong way, and we need to point it in the right direction. Our public school system should teach our children to love one another and to obey the laws. Policeman, firemen and other community leaders of all races should be invited on a regular basis to come to the classrooms and interact with the children. That would be a win-win situation for everyone concerned.
In conclusion I would like to say that if we respect and obey police officers there will be less people being injured, wounded or killed.
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LIFE IS A LONG JOURNEY (9/6/18)
When we embark on a journey, normally we make specific plans in order to get the most out of it. Those plans are well-thought out and planned almost to the last detail. We do all that to enjoy the journey and to get the most out of our money, as well as to the time spent. After all, this may be the only time we make that trip.
Life is the most important journey we will ever be on, but many people do not make plans at all, and some make very flimsy ones. The results being that many, many people live mediocre lives. Not only do they shortchange themselves, but they shortchange the people affected by them. Those people are family members, close friends, neighbors, coworkers and other people with whom they may have contact.
The decisions you make or do not make today will affect your tomorrow. A situation that may not seem important today can have serious affects on your life in the future. Give your decisions the importance they deserve. Remember, it is better to be safe than sorry. If you need advice to make certain important decisions, get it from older experienced people or get it from professionals in that area.
Unfortunately each one of us does not live in an island. What we do affects other people and what others do affects us. For example; when a man or woman goes to prison, it does not just affect them. It affects their entire family. Of course, it also affects the taxpayers because each person in prison is costing us about twenty-five thousand dollars per year. On top of that, it already affected the people against who the crime was committed.
When a young person fails to plan for his or her retirement, that time does come, and then they are a burden to other family members or to the government. They may be healthy most of their lives, but when old age sets in, it does not come alone. It comes with all kinds of illnesses, and healthcare is extremely expensive in our country.
When a person does not get married because he or she does not want the responsibility of having a family, when they get old they are all alone and become a burden to society. They do not have any family members to look after them, so either other people or the government has to assume the responsibility of providing for them.
The homeless problem seems to be getting worse and worse. The main cause is that those people failed to prepare for the future and the future got there whether they wanted it or not, or whether they were ready for it or not. Time waits for no one. Time keeps rolling on, and it is up to us to anticipate what may come and to prepare for it. There is no substitution for being well prepared.
Life is difficult and hard to some of us because we try to always do our will, what pleases us, what gives us satisfaction, what is easy and comfortable, instead of doing God’s will. God’s will is for us to live a fulfilled life. In John 10:10, Jesus said: “The thief (the devil) does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I (Jesus Christ) have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” Needless to say many people are not living an abundant life.
Life’s journey can be very pleasant if we prepare for it, have a good self-image of ourselves, have faith in God, do not worry about what we cannot change, are a blessing to others, smell the roses along the way, travel through it with a positive attitude, and do it with a good sense of humor. Yes, life can be sweet, and to some of us it is.
Regardless of your age, prepare for the future. There is always something you can do to secure a better future. Of course I am not only talking about preparing financially, but with family, friends, living accommodations and so forth. Do not neglect the most important one, which is…where will you spend eternity? There are only two places – the lake of fire or with God. If you do not cherish the thought of suffering eternally in the lake of fire, then become a born-again Christian. If you do not know how to do that, read the following prayer and when you understand it, pray it to God aloud in all sincerity and humility. He will hear you and make you part of His family.
“Father God, I repent of all my sins. Please forgive me and receive me as Your child. I believe and confess that Jesus Christ is Your Son, that He suffered and died on the cross to pay for my sins. He resurrected on the third day, and is now at your right hand interceding for me right now. I receive Him as my Lord and Savior, and I also ask You to allow the Holy Spirit to live in me, so He can guide me and protect me. Thank You Father. Amen.”
Find a good born-again Christian church where they teach the word of God directly from the Bible. Talk to God on a daily basis. Ask Him to protect you and to guide you in everything you do. He will be with you. I update my page every Wednesday or Thursday. Come back to it, so you can learn more and more.
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DO NOT BE AFRAID TO LOVE

You were created to love and be loved. That includes loving yourself, loving people and loving God. Matthew 22:37-40, tells us:  “You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.” This is God’s will for us.

Barbara Streisand used to sing, “People who need people are the luckiest people in the world.” Yes, people need people, and they help each other because of the love they have one for the other. In 1964 Peter and Gordon recorded a song by the title of, “A World Without Love.” Some of the lyrics were: “I won’t stay in a world without love.” Then in 1965 Jackie Deshannon recorded a song called, “What The World Needs Now Is Love.” In 1967 the Beatles recorded a song entitled, “All You Need Is Love.” All three songs were big, big hits on the charts. The main reason is that people do need love. I cannot even imagine a world without love. I definitely agree with Peter and Gordon. I would not stay in such a world.

If you love someone you do not keep score as to how many times they have let you down. In 1 Corinthians 13:1-7, the apostle Paul tells us how important love is: “Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.  And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing. Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up;  does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil;  does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth;  bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” The apostle Paul makes it very clear that without love whatever we do is meaningless. A life without love is void, has no meaning and is completely wasted.

If you love someone not only will you forgive some of the wrongs they do to you, but also their shortcomings and their mistakes. After all, nobody, but nobody is perfect. The only perfect person who ever lived on this planet is Jesus Christ. All of us have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). If you expect perfection from people you will be thoroughly disappointed. Those people include your parents, other relatives, your pastor, people in authority, and of course yourself. There will be times when you will disappoint yourself. I am sure you already know that, but if it hasn’t happened yet, sooner or later, it will because you are no exception to the rule.

In 1 Peter 4:7-8, this is what the Bible says about love: “ But the end of all things is at hand; therefore be serious and watchful in your prayers.  And above all things have fervent love for one another, for “love will cover a multitude of sins.” Yes, God wants us to love one another. That not only includes our loved ones, but any other person on the planet, although some of them are much harder to love than others.

Some people are afraid to love because they have been hurt before or because they have seen somebody close to them get hurt by someone else. This has happened many times in the past, it is happening right now, and it will continue to happen. That should not deter you from loving someone. If you are afraid to love, not only are you shortchanging others, but you are hurting yourself. It’s a lose-lose situation. Everybody loses, and the one who loses the most is you. Don’t let that happen to you!

Love unconditionally, regardless of what may happen in the future. You cannot control the future nor the ways others may react to your love and your kindness, but you can control how you treat others.

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HATRED COMES FROM THE DEVIL

In 1 John 4:8, the Bible tells us that God is love. He is the very essence of love and because of that He extends grace to us in the form of compassion, mercy, forgiveness and salvation. Grace means “unmerited favor.” We do not deserve to go to heaven, but because of his grace, He sent Jesus His Son to earth to suffer, shed His blood, die and resurrect to reconcile us back to Him. You see, our sin separates us completely from God. Since Jesus paid for our sins, we can enter heaven as if we had never sinned. Salvation is free by God’s grace, but it is not automatic. We have to repent, ask God to forgive us, receive Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, and leave the sinful ways behind. Will we be perfect? Of course not!

You should want to go to heaven because it is an eternal paradise. There you will not experience the hardships of this world, such as death, illness, aging, aches, sadness, loneliness,

frustrations, anguish, back-stabbing, anger, fear, anxiety, tiredness, exhaustion, depression, envy, jealousy, irritation, or anything that is negative. There you will live a joyful, happy, peaceful, harmonious, pleasant and loving life. God and I want you to spend eternity there. Hopefully you want that too.

Hatred on the other hand comes from the devil. He is the father of lies (John 8:44), cunning and deceitful. He knows he is going to spend eternity burning in the lake of fire, and he wants to take as many souls as possible with him. He hates God, but since he cannot physically, psychologically or emotionally hurt Him in any way, shape or form, he attacks us because he knows God loves us. The only way he can hurt God is by hurting us.

The devil wants hatred to rule this world because when it does many people will suffer, lose self-respect, self-esteem, relationships, possessions, money and even their lives. Hatred only brings chaos to the world and that makes the devil happy. He has a weird sense of humor if we can call it that. Let’s hope you do not experience the epitome of hatred. That exact place, of course, is hell.

People will give you different reasons for hating, but the bottom line is that they are being used by the devil. Hatred is his domain. He knows no other. That leads him to use trickery, deceit (Genesis 3:13), lies (John 8:44), blind our minds (2 Corinthians 4:4), and Distraction (Mark 4:19). Those are some of his favorite schemes. Yes, he is an accomplished schemer. At one time or another, you have probably been a victim of his schemes.

If you see some evil people, such as Adolph Hitler, Joseph Stalin, Nicolás Maduro, and a few others, you should know that their hatred comes from the devil. The devil is using them, and in many cases they are not even aware that they are being manipulated by him. Many people who have committed horrendous crimes claimed they heard a voice that told them to do it. That voice, of course, belonged to the devil himself or to one of his demons.

I can definitely assure you that racial prejudice and other types of hatred toward any group of people or type of person does not come from God. A strategy that works quite well for the devil is division. If he can inject division into a family, a friendship, a business, a church, a nation, or anywhere else, he accomplishes his goal. Normally in a division of any type almost everybody concerned loses. Hatred of some type follows most divisions.

People who go deep into drugs are being used by the devil. They think they are in control of the situation, and that they can stop anytime they want to, but no they cannot. At first they think they are enjoying life, that the rest of us are missing out, and that they are wiser than the average person, but in reality they are being sucked in deeper and deeper by the day. We know too well that many of them die from overdoses and from their drug use.

I used drugs as an example, but it goes much deeper than that. The devil leads people into gambling, adultery, prostitution, incest, different life styles, smoking, lying, cheating, laziness, drinking, being atheists, indifferent, irresponsible and just plain mean. Do not be fooled by his tricks. When you get a thought that you know is no good, that it does not come from God, and that it probably comes from the devil, rebuke it immediately. The Bible tells us to take every thought captive (2 Corinthians 10:5). We control the thoughts; they do not control us.

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PEOPLE DO WHAT IS RIGHT IN THEIR OWN EYES

If you read the “Book of Judges” in the Bible, you will find that several times it says: “In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in his own eyes.” Consequently God kept disciplining them in the hope that they would come back to Him. Unfortunately they are a stiff-necked people as God calls them, and time after time since they had nobody to really guide them, they kept moving farther and farther away from God.

In ancient Israel and Judah their kings were believed to serve as God’s agents, and were supposed to rule the people according to divine justice and righteousness. The king was expected to defend the nation and to engage in offensive war whenever necessary. Whatever the king decreed became law and had to be obeyed by everybody. Because of fear and because they thought he was led by God, the people would follow him almost blindly.

A good king would stay in constant communication with his appointed prophet and would govern according to what the latter would tell him. The prophet would communicate directly with God, and then he would advise the king as to what God had instructed him to say. Whenever a king was doing God’s will God would bless Israel or Judah, but if a king would not do what the prophet would tell him, God would discipline the whole nation.

I have taken the trouble of explaining what I did in the previous three paragraphs so you may see and understand that the United States is in the same state of being as the Israelites were during “The Book of Judges.” Since they had no real leaders everyone was doing whatever he thought was right. In other words, he made his own rules. That, of course, is a recipe for disaster. That is what happened to them, and that is exactly what is happening to our country.

What people are doing now days is right in their own eyes, but contrary to God’s will. They are having abortions, having sex with people of the same sex, putting tattoos all over their bodies, buying, selling and using drugs, stocking up on rifles and guns, killing each other without any real reasons, telling lies on television, filming violent and filthy movies, denying the existence of God, and many other things. You can probably add to the list.

In the Bible in Hebrews 13:8, it tells us that God is the same yesterday, today and forever. That means that the way He dealt with the Israelites He will deal with us. What is God doing to bring us back to Him? He is sending earthquakes, floods, fires, and violent protests. Take a look at all the fires in California and in some other parts of the country. We do not seem to understand that those are signs and warnings from God for us to repent and to come back to Him. If we do, He will bless us once again, but if we refuse, His discipline or punishment will continue to fall on us. The ball is in our court.

How are you doing personally? Are you doing what is right in your own eyes, or are you trying to do what is right in God’s eyes? If you do not know what is right in God’s eyes, all you have to do is read the Bible. You will find those answers and more, including the one that tells you how to have eternal life with God.

Life does not end when your body dies. That is when eternity starts. There are two places where your soul, which is the real you, will spend it; with the devil in the lake of fire or with God. The good news is that you can decide now where and with whom you will spend eternity.

If you do not choose, you have automatically chosen the lake of fire. The question you may have is: “How can I choose to spend eternity with God?” Read the following prayer, and when you understand it, pray it to God aloud in humility, sincerity and faith. He will hear you.

“Father God, I repent of all my sins. Please forgive me and cleanse me. I believe and confess that Jesus Christ is Your Son. that He suffered, shed His blood, died on the cross, and resurrected on the third day to pay for my sins. I receive Him as my Lord and Savior and ask You to activate the Holy Spirit within me so He can counsel and guide me in everything I do. Thank You, Father! Amen.”

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ACTORS, ATHLETES, TV EVANGELISTS AND SINGERS

I am lumping actors, athletes. singers and television evangelists together simply because our society seems to idolize them. Now that I think about it I will also include politicians and television anchors to that group because they too are highly opinionated and they too influence many people. The people I mentioned are people just as all the rest of us are, but people look up to them as if they were something extremely special and because of that adulation and adoration by their fans, they think they can impose their will on other people.

Yes, they may excel in a certain sport, in the movie business, in singing or in manipulating the word of God to make people believe that God is a Santa Claus and that He will provide for all their needs, wants and wishes. However the main point is that just because they do well in a certain field that does not mean that they are an authority in a different field.

Many of the famous people have their own brand of clothing or perfume. The reality is that they may not know anything about clothing or perfume. Somebody else makes it for them. They just lend their name to it, and people buy it because it has their name on it. That product might even be inferior to others in the same niche.

Movie stars, singers, athletes, television anchors, and even some television evangelists get involved in politics. They may not know any more about certain issues than the man on the moon, but nevertheless they influence many people. One of the main reasons for that is that people don’t really think for themselves. They just follow the herd like a cow, a sheep or any other animal would. Pathetic, but true!

One point I have not mentioned is that, that group of people earn a lot more money than they should. Some of those people earn – maybe I should say receive – more than twenty million dollars per year. An average person working in a normal job, profession or skill would have to live over a thousand years to be able to earn that amount of money. On top of that some of those people receiving millions do not even have a true university education, while many others who are struggling to make ends meet do.

Being that some of those wealthy idolized people do not have the proper education or that they became extremely wealthy overnight at a very young age they do not know how to handle the fame, the success and the money that goes with it. They get into drugs, drinking, wild sex and who knows what else? Many of them wind up in jail, while others take their own lives. It is not uncommon for some of them to die in their twenties, thirties, forties, and not a high percentage of them get to live past sixty or seventy.

They get caught in a rat race, and they do not have the wisdom to deal with it or to get out of it. The constant peer pressure does them in. That’s because they can only maintain that façade and that lifestyle for a certain amount of time. That has been proven time and time again throughout the twentieth and the beginning of the twenty-first century.

If you admire, adulate and adore those people, remember that there is only one entity who deserves being praised, worshiped and adored, and that of course is Jesus Christ. He suffered, shed His blood, died, and resurrected so you could spend eternity with Him. Other than Him, nobody died for you. Those famous people who have many fans who adored them have as many faults and flaws as you do, maybe even more. Don’t admire them. They are just human beings the same as you and me.

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GOD IS SOVEREIGN

There is only one God (Deuteronomy 4:35, 4:39, 32:39 and 2 Samuel 7:22), and He is the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Yes, God chose the Jewish people as His children. Genesis 12:2-3 – “I will make you (Abraham) 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.” Then in Deuteronomy 7:7-9, the Bible says: “The Lord did not set His love on you (Israel) 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, Israel is the chosen nation and the Jewish people are the chosen ones, but God in His infinite love has grafted us – the Gentiles – in. That means we can have salvation if we receive Jesus Christ, the Jewish Messiah, as our Lord and Savior. Romans 17-20 explains it this way: “And if some of the branches were broken off, and you (the Gentiles – anybody who is not Jewish), being a wild olive tree, were grafted in among them, and with them became a partaker of the root and fatness of the olive tree,  do not boast against the branches. But if you do boast, remember that you do not support the root, but the root supports you. You will say then, “Branches were broken off that I might be grafted in.” Well said. Because of unbelief they were broken off, and you stand by faith. Do not be haughty, but fear.”

You may ask: “Why did God choose the Jewish people?” He did it because He is sovereign. According to the dictionary sovereign means: “Supreme ruler, especially a monarch.” God is not just the monarch of an earthly principality, but of the whole universe, that of course, includes everything that exists. Nobody can question Him because everyone and everything is under His authority and dominion.

If you read the Bible every time the Jewish people moved away from God, He would allow punishment to come to them. They would repent, and God would bless them again. All God wants is for us to be obedient to Him. We are obedient when we do His will. You may ask, what is His will?

It is in the Bible. In Matthew 22:37-40, Jesus Himself explains it. Matthew 22:37-40 – “Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment.  And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’  On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.” Love is the key.

God is love (1 John 4:8), and therefore if we want to do His will, receive His blessings, and spend eternity with Him, and not in the lake of fire, all we have to do is love Him and love people. If we do not do those two things, we are just deceiving ourselves because God cannot be mocked (Galatians 6:7) nor fooled.

The USA was founded as a Christian nation, and God blessed us for about two-and-a half centuries, but now that we are moving farther and farther away from Him, He is removing His protection and blessings from us. We are fooling ourselves, but in essence our country is not even a shadow of what it used to be or what it should be according to God’s will. He is a sovereign God, and we cannot mock Him and get away with it. Some of His judgments are already upon us. Take a look at the hurricanes, the earthquakes, the volcano in Hawaii, the flooding, the fires all over our country and the demonstrations.   They are not isolated incidents, but constant threats, danger and destruction.

What is the solution? There is only one real solution, and that is crying out to God. He will hear and answer our prayers, but only if we are truly sincere and if enough people turn to Him. We cannot play games, but if we do, we will pay the consequences. Which way this country goes is entirely up to us. The Russians, the Chinese, the North Koreans, the Iranians nor Donald Trump will be to blame, but only us.

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IN THE TWINKLING OF AN EYE

Jesus, who is God in the flesh, already came to earth from heaven the first time. He promised to come back a second time to take His followers home to heaven. Of that time and hour no one knows, but it will happen suddenly. People will not have time to repent nor to receive Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.

MATTHEW 25:1-3

“At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish and five were wise. The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them. The wise ones, however, took oil in jars along with their lamps. The bridegroom was a long time in coming, and they all became drowsy and fell asleep. At midnight the cry rang out: ‘Here’s the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!’ Then all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps. The foolish ones said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil; our lamps are going out.’ ‘No,’ they replied, ‘there may not be enough for both us and you. Instead, go to those who sell oil and buy some for yourselves.’ But while they were on their way to buy the oil, the bridegroom arrived. The virgins who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet. And the door was shut. Later the others also came. ‘Lord, Lord,’ they said, ‘open the door for us!’ But he replied, ‘Truly I tell you, I don’t know you.’ Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour.”
The bridegroom represents Jesus. The five wise virgins with oil represent the people who have accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior. The five foolish virgins without any oil represent the people who have not accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior, and therefore will spend eternity burning in the lake of fire. When Jesus comes unexpectedly in the twinkling of an eye, people will not have time to repent.

MATTHEW 40:40-44

“Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left. Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left. Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man (Jesus) will come at an hour when you do not expect him.”
Since we don’t really know when Jesus will come, we have to be ready at all times. That means that with Him we have to have constant communication and a personal relationship. The men and the women in Matthew 40:40 represent the ones who will spend eternity with God, and the ones who will spend it with the devil in the lake of fire.

1 CORINTHIANS 15:59-53

“ Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does corruption inherit incorruption. Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep (die), but we shall all be changed— in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.”
This will happen in the twinkling of an eyes, and people who are not ready will not have the opportunity to do so. They will suffer in the lake of fire with the devil. That is not God’s will. Every person has free will, and he or she has the opportunity to accept or reject Jesus Christ as his or her Savior.

1 THESSALONIANS 4:13-17

“ But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep (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 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. 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.”
If we are still alive when Jesus comes back for us (called the rapture), He will snatch our souls and spirits as we will meet him in the sky to be with Him to forever. Our physical bodies will stay here because our carnal sinful bodies cannot enter heaven. We will be given a new spiritual body. The Christians who have died prior to the rapture will also be given spiritual bodies, and they will meet Jesus in the sky just a little bit ahead of us.

MATTHEW 24:34-36

“ Assuredly, I (Jesus) say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away. But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only.”
Nobody knows the exact day, but if we read the Bible we know the season, and that season is now.

1THESSALONIANS 5:1-4

“ But concerning the times and the seasons, brethren, you have no need that I should write to you. For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night. For when they say, “Peace and safety!” then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape. But you, brethren, are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief.”
The Lord Jesus will come as a thief in the night to the unbelievers because they do not know the Bible, but to the people who know the Bible it will be quite clear. The Bible tells us what the signs will be, and all those signs have already happened. Jesus could come for His followers at any time. Are you ready?
If you do not want to be left behind when Jesus comes to take us to heaven, then ask Jesus to be your Lord and Savior. In case you don’t know how to do it, 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, forgive all your sins, and will make you His child.
“Father God, I repent of all my sins. Please forgive me! I believe, declare and confess that Jesus Christ is your Son, that He suffered, shed His blood, died on the cross, and resurrected on the third day, not only to pay for my sins, but also to reconcile me back to You. I receive Jesus as my Lord and Savior, and I accept the Holy Spirit as my companion, counselor, guide and protector. Thank You, father! Amen.”

 

IT’S NOT ABOUT YOUR WILL

There is much violence, hatred, trouble, selfishness and chaos in the world because each person thinks life in about him or her. The world does not revolve around each person, but it does revolve around God.

GENESIS 1:27-28

“ So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that ]moves on the earth.”
God created the human race to do His will, and immediately He told Adam and Eve what His will for them was.

GENESIS 2:16-17

“And the LORD God commanded the man (Adam), saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”
God let them know what His will was, but they disobeyed, and that is how sin entered the human race through their disobedience.

GENESIS 6:13-14

“ And God said to Noah, “The end of all flesh has come before Me, for the earth is filled with violence through them; and behold, I will destroy them with the earth. Make yourself an ark of gopher wood; make rooms in the ark, and cover it inside and outside with pitch.”
Through the flood, God destroyed all the people of the earth with the exception of Noah, his wife, their three sons and their wives. They were the only godly people on earth who were doing God’s will.

GENESIS 12:1-4

“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.”
Because Abraham was a righteous person, who was willing to do God’s will and not his, God chose him to be the father of the Jewish nation and the father of our faith.

EXODUS 3:9-12

“Now therefore, (Moses) behold, the cry of the children of Israel has come to Me (God), and I have also seen the oppression with which the Egyptians oppress them. Come now, therefore, and I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring My people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt.” But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh, and that I should bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?” So He said, “I will certainly be with you. And this shall be a sign to you that I have sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall serve God on this mountain.”
Moses was very reluctant to do God’s will, but nevertheless he did it, and God will reward him eternally.

JOHN 6:38-40

“ For I (Jesus) have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me (God the Father). This is the will of the Father who sent Me, that of all He has given Me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up at the last day. And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day.”
Jesus came from heaven not to do His own will, but to do the will of Father God, and that is that He should make salvation available to all of us. We can either accept it, or reject it.

ACTS 9:1-6

“Then Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest and asked letters from him to the synagogues of Damascus, so that if he found any who were of the Way, whether men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem. As he journeyed he came near Damascus, and suddenly a light shone around him from heaven. Then he fell to the ground, and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?” And he said, “Who are You, Lord?” Then the Lord said, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. It is hard for you to kick against the goads. ”So he, trembling and astonished, said, “Lord, what do You want me to do?” Then the Lord said to him, “Arise and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.”
Although the apostle Paul had been persecuting the Christian believers as soon as he had that personal experience with Jesus Christ he started serving Him. He quit doing his own will, and started doing God’s will.
God created us for His pleasure and glory (Isaiah 43:7), so we would do His will and not ours. His will is perfect for us, and ours is flawed. You may ask, how does this message apply to me? Instead of making decisions according to your will, desires, or wishes, make them according to God’s will. You will find His will in the Bible. Before you decide to do something, ask yourself, “What would Jesus do?’ Then do what He would do.
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THE TRUTH WILL SET YOU FREE

Jesus Christ, God incarnate, tells us that if we know the truth it will set us free (John 8:32). That being the case, and since there are many truths, we have to find out what He really meant, and what is that truth He is talking about.

JOHN 1:1-3

“In the beginning was the Word (Jesus Christ), and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  He was in the beginning with God.  All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.”

Truth number one is that God has always existed and will always exist. He had no beginning and He will have no end. Truth number two is that He Jesus created this world and everything that exists in it and everywhere else (Genesis 1:1-26).

HEBREWS 13:8

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.”

Truth number three is that God does not change. We can depend on Him because His principles, His will, His love for us, and His grace will always be the same.

GENESIS 2:7

“And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.”

Truth number four is that we were created by God, and did not evolve from cells or animals. If we had evolved, we and the animals would still be evolving, which, of course, is not happening.

GENESIS 3:6-7

 So when the woman (Eve) saw that the tree (the tree of knowledge of good and evil) was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves coverings.”

God had given Adam and Eve specific orders not to eat of that tree (Genesis 2:17), but because they disobeyed sin came into the world. Their disobedience separated us from God. That is truth number five.

ROMANS 3:23

“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”

Truth number six is that due to Adam and Eve’s sin all of us are born into sin, and are in need of a Savior. We do not have the means to pay for our own sins.

ROMANS 6:23

“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Truth number seven is that without a Savior we would spend eternity suffering in the lake of fire.

HEBREWS 9:22

“And according to the law almost all things are purged with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no remission (of sin). “

Truth number eight is that Jesus had to shed His blood to pay for our sins. He did exactly that at the cross.

MARK 10:45

“For even the Son of Man (Jesus Christ) did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”

Truth number nine is that Jesus came to show us the love of God, suffer, shed His blood, die to pay for our sins, to resurrect on the third day, and to go back to heaven to intercede for us at the right hand of the Father (Romans 8:34).

JOHN 14:6

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

In Jesus’ own words the only way to heaven is through Him. No matter how you slice it, how you look at it, what you may think, or what people may say, there is only one way, and one way only to heaven – Jesus Christ. That is truth number ten, and the most important one.

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.”

Truth number eleven is that you have to repent of your wrong doings, ask God to forgive you, and receive Jesus Christ in your life as your Lord and Savior.

EPHESIANS 2:8

 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God.”

The grace of God is unmerited favor. In other words, no matter how much we may have sinned, if we repent, and come to God, He will forgive us. He does that because He loves. He is love (1 John 4:8). That is truth number twelve. Those are some of the truths of God, not of the world.

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GOD KNOWS EVERYTHING YOU DO

God sees, hears and knows everything we do. This, of course, is good and bad. It is good because He is happy with the good things we do, but it is bad because He knows everything bad that we do.   There are books in heaven and everything that we do is written on them.

PSALM 33:13-14

“The Lord looks from heaven; He sees all the sons of men. From the place of His dwelling He looks on all the inhabitants of the earth.”

That means He is seeing us every minute of our lives. Nothing is hidden from His eyes.

JOB 28:24-25

“For He (GOD) looks to the ends of the earth, and sees under the whole heavens, to establish a weight for the wind, and apportion the waters by measure.”

Not only does God see everything, but He is in complete charge over everything.

JOB 34:21-22

“For His (God) eyes are on the ways of man, and He sees all his steps. There is no darkness nor shadow of death where the workers of iniquity may hide themselves.”

God sees everything we do. We cannot hide anything from Him. During Judgment Day we are going to see our life flash before our eyes.

JEREMIAH 23:23-24

“Am I a God near at hand,” says the Lord, “And not a God afar off? Can anyone hide himself in secret places, so I shall not see him?” says the Lord; “Do I not fill heaven and earth?” says the Lord.”

Nothing, but nothing is hidden from God’s eyes. He hears, sees and knows everything about us.

He is omniscient, omnipresent, and omnipotent.

HEBREWS 4:13

“And there is no creature hidden from His (God) sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.”

During Judgment Day we will not be able to deny anything we did that was a sin. Everything will be completely exposed before our God and before us.

PSALM 139:1-4

“O Lord, You have searched me and known me. You know my sitting down and my rising up; You understand my thought afar off. You comprehend my path and my lying down, and are acquainted with all my ways. For there is not a word on my tongue, but behold, O Lord, You know it altogether.”

God knows my dreams, thoughts, actions, and experiences even before I have them.

2 CHRONICLES 16:9

“For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him. In this you have done foolishly; therefore from now on you shall have wars.”

Because Asa King of Judah asked Syria for help instead of trusting in God, God through the seer Hanani sent that message to King Asa.

PSALM 33:18-19

“Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear Him, on those who hope in His mercy,
to deliver their soul from death, and to keep them alive in famine.”

God is watching over His children (the born-again Christians) to protect and bless them. Are you one of His children?

PSALM 14:2

“The Lord looks down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there are any who understand, who seek God.”

God is looking for people He can bless. He will bless those who are seeking Him.

1 KINGS 8:39

“Take heed that you do not do your charitable deeds before men, to be seen by them. Otherwise you have no reward from your Father in heaven. Therefore, a when you do a charitable deed, do not sound a trumpet before you as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory from men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. But when you do a charitable deed, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, that your charitable deed may be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will Himself reward you openly. “

Our God is not a god that is just waiting to punish us, but one that is looking for ways to bless us if we are obedient to Him. The key is being obedient. He desires obedience, not necessarily sacrifice.

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THE LION OF JUDAH

Although Jesus Christ is the Almighty, Omnipresent, Omniscient and Omnipotent God, Father God sent Him to a violent and sinful earth to be meek as a lamb for the purpose of shedding His blood and giving up His life to pay for our sins. However all power has been given to Jesus by the Father, and His name is the name above any other name because He is worthy of that and much more. Not only is Jesus the Creator of heavens and earth, but He is sovereign. Because as a human being He came from the tribe of Judah and because of all the power He has, He is known as “The Lion of Judah.”

ISAIAH 9:6-7

“ For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even forever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.”
God gave this prophecy about the birth of Jesus Christ to the prophet Isaiah about 700 years before the virgin Mary gave birth to Him.

ISAIAH 42:1-3

“Behold! My Servant whom I (Father God) uphold, my Elect One (Jesus Christ) in whom My soul delights! I have put My Spirit upon Him; He will bring forth justice to the Gentiles. He will not cry out, nor raise His voice, nor cause His voice to be heard in the street. A bruised reed He will not break, and smoking flax He will not quench; He will bring forth justice for truth.”
Again through the prophet Isaiah, Father God was telling us that Jesus Christ would come as a humble and meek servant, and not as the powerful God that He is. He did come as the lamb of God to take away the sins of the world (John 1:29).

ISAIAH 53:7

“He (Jesus Christ) was oppressed and He was afflicted, yet He opened not His mouth; He was led as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, so He opened not His mouth.”
This refers to when Jesus was on the cross. He could have commanded many legions of angels to come to rescue Him (Matthew 26:53), and slaughter the Romans, but He just kept quiet.

MATTHEW 28:18

“And Jesus came and spoke unto them (the disciples), saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.”
All power, and it means all power, has been given to Jesus over everything and everyone, with the exception of Father God, of course.

REVELATION 5:1-5

“And I (the apostle John) saw in the right hand of Him (Father God) who sat on the throne a scroll written inside and on the back, sealed with seven seals. Then I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, “Who is worthy to open the scroll and to loose its seals?” And no one in heaven or on the earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll, or to look at it. So I wept much, because no one was found worthy to open and read the scroll, or to look at it. But one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep. Behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David (Jesus Christ), has prevailed to open the scroll and to loose its seven seals.”
The scrolls have written on them what is happening on the earth, and what will happen in the future. They are sacred, and nobody can open them, except the Lam of God, the Lion of Judah, which is of course Jesus Christ.

REVELATION 11:15-19

“Then the seventh angel sounded: And there were loud voices in heaven, saying, “The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever!” And the twenty-four elders who sat before God on their thrones fell on their faces and worshiped God, saying: “We give You thanks, O Lord God Almighty, the One who is and who was and who is to come, because You have taken Your great power and reigned. The nations were angry, and Your wrath has come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that You should reward Your servants the prophets and the saints, and those who fear Your name, small and great, and should destroy those who destroy the earth.” Then the temple of God was opened in heaven, and the ark of His covenant was seen in His temple. And there were lightning, noises, thundering, an earthquake, and great hail.”
This, of course, is referring to when our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ destroys the antichrist, His enemies on earth and rules over everything. The Lion of Judah will rule forever and ever with a scepter of iron. The first time, around two thousand years ago, Jesus came as an innocent baby, as a defenseless lamb, and as a meek and humble person, but the second time He is coming as the Lion of Judah, the all-powerful God, and as the ruler of everything that has existed, everything in existence now, and over everything that will ever exist. Don’t be caught short! Accept Him as your Lord and Savior now before it is too late.
If, for whatever reason, you don’t know how to receive Jesus Christ in your heart as your Lord and Savior, I am showing you how to do it. Simply read the following prayer, and when you, more or less, understand it, pray it to God aloud in all honesty and sincerity. He will hear you, and receive you as His child. That means your soul will spend eternity rejoicing with Him, and not with the devil and his demons suffering in the lake of fire.
“Father God, I repent of all my sins. Please forgive me. I believe and confess that Jesus Christ is Your Son, that He shed His blood and died to pay for my sins. I also believe that He resurrected on the third day and that He is at Your right hand interceding for me even now. I accept His sacrifice, as I ask Him to be my Lord and Savior. I also ask the Holy Spirit to live in me. Father God, I ask all this in Your Son’s name – Jesus Christ. Amen.”
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THE RIGHTEOUS LIVE BY FAITH

God wants us to live not by what we hear, not by what we see, not by what we feel, not by what we know and not by what we understand. He wants us to live by faith in His word and by faith in Him alone.

ROMANS 1:16-17

 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.  For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “The just shall live by faith.”

Salvation comes from believing in pure faith that Jesus Christ is God, that He is the only way to heaven (John 14:6), and by living our daily lives in that faith.

HABAKKUK 2:4

“Behold the proud, his soul is not upright in him; but the just shall live by his faith.”

The just are not too proud, and know that they need God, so they live by the faith they have in Him.

GALATIANS 3:10-11

 For all who rely on the works of the law are under a curse, as it is written: “Cursed is everyone who does not continue to do everything written in the Book of the Law. ”Clearly no one who relies on the law is justified before God, because “the righteous will live by faith.”

We are not justified by our righteousness or our works. We can only be justified by faith in Jesus Christ who suffered, died, and resurrected on the third day to pay for our sins.

ROMANS 3:27-28

 Where, then, is boasting? It is excluded. Because of what law? The law that requires works? No, because of the law that requires faith. For we maintain that a person is justified by faith apart from the works of the law.”

There is only one way to receive eternal life with God, and that is by receiving Jesus by faith and by living by faith from day to day.

2 CORINTHIANS 5:6-7

 Therefore we are always confident and know that as long as we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord.  For we live by faith, not by sight.”

The apostle Paul is telling us that as long as we are alive on this earth we are not physically present with God, but that the time will come when we will be present with the Lord (2 Corinthians 5:8), and that while we are here we should live by faith and not by what we see.

JOHN 20:24-29

 Now Thomas (also known as Didymus), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came.  So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!” But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.” A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!”  Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.” Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!” Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

GLATIANS 2:20

 I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”

The apostle Paul is telling us that he is a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17), that he is not the same person he used to be before knowing Jesus Christ, and that he now lives by faith in God. That applies to us, as well. If we want to please God we have to live by faith. In Hebrews 11:6, God tells us through the apostle Paul: “And without faith it is impossible to please him (God), for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.”

If we want to please God, and spend eternity with Him, we have to accept the plan of salvation and Jesus Christ by faith. If you do not have that faith, you can acquire it. The Bible tells us in Romans 10:17 – “So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.” If you want your faith to grow, get into the word of God. You can do that by reading the Bible, going to a born-again Christian church, watching evangelists on television and talking to born-again Christian people. It will help you tremendously if you keep coming back to my blog. Read all of it. It will bless you!

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I CHOSE YOU

God, through His word, tells us very clearly that we did not choose Him, but that He chose us. Even before some of us knew that God existed, and before we acknowledged His presence He had already chosen us. He chose us because it was His will, and even though we did not deserve it, He chose us through His grace.

JEREMIAH 1:4-5

“Then the word of the Lord came to me (the prophet Jeremiah), saying: “Before I (God) formed you in the womb I knew you; Before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.”

Before Jeremiah was born, God already knew Him, and had chosen him to be a prophet to the nations. God had a purpose for him just as He has a purpose for you. If you do not know what it is, pray to God to reveal it to you.

PSALM 139:15-16

“My frame was not hidden from You, when I was made in secret, and skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, the days fashioned for me, when as yet there were none of them.”

Even before we were born, God had already chosen us, and had made a plan for our lives. Our task is to find out what that plan is, and to fulfill it.

2 THESSALONIANS 2:13-15

 But we are bound to give thanks to God always for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God from the beginning chose you for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth, to which He called you by our gospel, for the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Therefore, brethren, stand fast and hold the traditions which you were taught, whether by word or our epistle.”

The apostle Paul was telling the Thessalonians, as well as us, that from the very beginning God chose us to live in the truth of His Son (John 8:32), which includes living in His will, experiencing His love, light, righteousness, salvation and sanctification and much more.

JOHN 15:16

“You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you.”

Five points Jesus tells His disciples, but they also apply to us: 1. We did not choose Jesus. 2. Jesus chose us for salvation. 3. He chose us to bear fruit. 4. He chose us to bear everlasting fruit. 5. He chose us, so that whatever we asked Father God in Jesus’ name, the Father would provide for us. This is, of course, if it is in God’s will.

EPHESIANS 1:3-5

 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ,  just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will.”

God knew us before there was a universe. Before the foundation of the world, and before we ever existed physically He had already chosen us to be His children.

 

1 CORINTHIANS 1:26-29

 For you see your calling, brothers, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many ]noble, are called.  But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty;  and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, that no flesh should glory in His presence.”

Although God is omnipotent, omniscient and omnipresent He is meek and humble, and for that reason He has chosen the meek, the humble, the poor, the weak, the innocent and the broken ones to be His children. Regardless of your social status, education, physical appearance, health, and abilities, God has chosen you, and is calling you into repentance, so you can become one of His children. The tennis ball is in your court. What are you going to do with it?

1 PETER 2:9-10

“But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy.”

You are chosen by God if you come out of your sinful nature, and accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. God is calling you out of that darkness into His light. If you become part of His family, you will spend eternity with Him. If you do not, for whatever reason, you will spend eternity with the devil and his demons suffering in the lake of fire. It is your choice!

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GOD IS THE LIGHT AND IN HIM THERE IS NO DARKNESS

God created the light because He is light, and in Him there is no darkness. He is holy, righteous, loving, compassionate, understanding, all-knowing, all-seeing, faithful, merciful, meek, humble, creative, omnipotent, omnipresent, omniscient and much, much more.

1 JOHN 1:5

“This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all.”

The apostle John, who was Jesus’ best friend, is declaring here that Jesus Himself told him that God is light and in Him there is no darkness whatsoever.

GENESIS 1:1-3

“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.

God created light because He is light, and because it was necessary for life to exist. There are many life forms that cannot and would not exist without light.

JAMES 1:16-17

 Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren.  Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.”

Since Father God is light, His children are the sons and daughters of light. Anybody who has received Jesus Christ as his or her Lord and Savior is a child of light. Are you a child of light or one of darkness?

JOHN 8:12

“Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”

Jesus told that to the Pharisees, who were the Jewish religious leaders at that time. They had religion, as many people do today, but they did not have Jesus or salvation as many people do not have today. No religion will take anyone to heaven, but believing in Jesus will. If you are not following Jesus, you are walking in the dark, and that darkness leads to eternal damnation.

JOHN 1:1-5

In the beginning was the Word (Jesus), and the Word was with God, and the Word (Jesus) was God.  He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him (Jesus), and without Him nothing was made that was made.  In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.”

Jesus is the Creator, the light, the way to heaven, and the only one who can give us eternal life. He is the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father – to salvation – except through Him (John 14:6). Have you made Him your Lord and Savior?

JOHN 1:9-11

“That (Jesus) was the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him.  He came to His own (the Jewish people), and His own did not receive Him.”

The Jewish religious leaders actually had Jesus killed on a cross around two thousand years ago. Neither the darkness, the devil, the grave nor death could contain Him because He is God, the Creator, holy, divine, life, light and righteousness. He resurrected on the third day to reconcile us back to God the Father, and to make salvation available to each and every one of us. All we have to do is repent, ask God to forgive us, and receive Jesus Christ in our hearts as our Lord and Savior. Have you done that already? If not, you can do it now to make sure that you will spend eternity rejoicing with God, and not suffering eternally in the lake of fire with the devil and his demons.

If the thought of spending eternity in the lake of fire does not appeal to you, then simply repent, and become a born-again Christian. It does not mean you have to change completely. It does mean, however, that instead of living a meaningless, worthless, and unfulfilling life you now establish an intimate relationship with God which will help you achieve your real destiny. If you have no idea how to begin, read the following prayer, and when you, more or less understand it, pray it to God aloud in faith and in all honesty and sincerity. He will hear you, accept you as His child, and your life will change for the better.

“Father God, I repent of all my sins, and I ask You to forgive me. I believe, declare and confess that Jesus Christ is Your Son, that He died on the cross to pay for my sins, and that He resurrected on the third day. I ask Him to be my Lord and Savior, and ask the Holy Spirit to live inside of me, so He can guide me and protect me. Help me be a good child to you, and bless me in the areas where I need blessings. Thank You, Father! Amen.”

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THE SIGNS OF THE TIMES

No one knows for sure when Jesus will come back for the Christians to take them to heaven in what is known as “the rapture.” However all the signs that are mentioned in the Bible have already happened. “The rapture” could happen at any given moment. The most important thing is for us to be in good standing with God.

THE BALFOUR DECLARATION

Israel had been under English control, but on November 2, 1917, the British Foreign Secretary Arthur James Balfour writes an important letter to Britain’s most illustrious Jewish citizen, Baron Lionel Walter Rothschild, expressing the British government’s support for a Jewish homeland in Palestine. The letter would eventually become known as the Balfour Declaration.
As the Jewish people had been exiled for two thousand years, that was a true sign of the times.

ISAIAH 66:8

“Who has heard such a thing? who has seen such things? Shall the earth be made to bring forth in one day? or shall a nation be born at once? for as soon as Zion travailed, she brought forth her children.”
After two thousand years of not being a nation, Israel fulfilled that prophecy by becoming a nation in one day – May 14,1948. That is one of the signs that Jesus’ return is near.

2 TIMOTHY 3:1-5

“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,
traitors, heady, high minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.”
What are some of the signs of the end times? There will be perilous times. They are here. Men shall be lovers of themselves, covetous, proud, blasphemers, disobedient, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of good, traitors, lovers of pleasures, being false Christians, deniers of God’s power, and much more. Those times are here.

MATTHEW 24:7-14

“For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of sorrows. Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake. And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another. Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. But he who endures to the end shall be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.”
The signs that Jesus said would happen before His return are: 1. Nation will rise against nation. It is happening. 2. There will be famines and pestilences. That is happening. 3. Earthquakes in various places. It is happening. 4. Christians will be hated. It is happening. 5. People will be offended easily and will betray one another. It is happening. 6. Many false prophets will arise. It is happening. 7. The word of God will be preached all over the world. It is happening. Lawlessness will abound and the love of many will grow cold. It is happening.

1 TIMOTHY 4:1-3

“Now the Spirit speaks expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth.”
People are leaving the faith in God and are believing in many other things. The vegans do not eat meat or any other type of animal products. The priests in the Catholic church are not allowed to marry. Do you need more proof?

2 PETER 3:2-4

“That you may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Savior: Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, and saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.”
There are many scoffers, who are just doing whatever pleases them, because they do not believe that Jesus is coming for us.

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.”
People are running to and fro as never before (as the angel told the prophet Daniel), and right now knowledge is doubling itself about every 12 months, and very soon it will be even faster than that.

LUKE 21:25-28

“And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken and then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draws near.”
Jesus Himself is telling us what some of the signs will be just before He comes back for us. We have already seen most of those signs.

1 THESSALONIANS 4:16-18

“ 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. Therefore comfort one another with these words.”
This describes the rapture. The Christians, who are still alive, will meet Jesus in the air and go with Him to heaven (John 14:1-3). The unbelievers will stay behind to suffer the wrath of God here on earth and when they die they will spend eternity in the lake of fire. Whether people believe it or not is irrelevant. Jesus will come. The only question is…Are you ready?
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                                                                  BEYOND THIS LIFE
Many people live as they please because they think this life is all there is. They do not believe in the hereafter. Therefore they do not think they will have to be accountable to God when they die. However regardless whether we belong to a religion or not, whether we believe God exists or not, we will have to come before Him on Judgment Day.
Every single human being has eternal life. The only difference is where he or she will spend it. There are only two places; heaven and the lake of fire.
ROMANS 6:23
“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
We get to choose where we spend eternity by either choosing sin, or choosing Jesus as our Lord and Savior.
1 PETER 4:3-5
“For we have spent enough of our past lifetime in doing the will of the Gentiles—when we walked in lewdness, lusts, drunkenness, revelries, drinking parties, and abominable idolatries. In regard to these, they think it strange that you do not run with them in the same flood of dissipation, speaking evil of you. They will give an account to Him who is ready to judge the living and the dead.”
People who are not Christ followers will be judged on Judgment Day by Him severely, and they will be sent to spend eternity in the lake of fire. Don’t let it happen to you!
JOHN 5:24
“ Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life.”
There is life after this one, and it is eternal. It is a free gift, but we can only receive it if we receive Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior (John 14:6).
1 CORINTHIANS 15:53-54
“For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.”
We put on incorruption and immortality when we repent, ask God to forgive us, receive Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, and when we become a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17).
2 TIMOTHY 4:1-3
“ I 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.”
God will judge everyone of us in one way or another. We will spend eternity according to how that judgment goes. The judgment will go according to how we have lived the word of God. The time has come when people are not enduring sound teaching because they just want to hear what pleases them, and there are plenty of evangelists who are giving them exactly that.

                                                                  ROMANS 10:9-13
“if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.” For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him. For “whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved.”
The apostle Paul clearly tells us that if we believe and confess verbally that Jesus Christ suffered, died, and was raised from the dead to pay for our sins that we will spend eternity with God.
MATTHEW 25:31-34
“When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats. And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left. Then the King (God) will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.”
This scripture is referring to Jesus’ second coming, which will probably happen within our lifetime. He gave us some of the signs that would happen just before His coming, and all of them have happened already. The sheep are the people who will spend eternity with God – the true Christians – and the goats are the ones who will spend eternity in the lake of fire. Are you a sheep or a goat? If you are a goat, you can change that by repenting, and receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior.
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YOU HAVE TO BE HUNGRY

The best Christians are the ones who are hungry for God and hungry for His Word. They are not happy just going to church. They develop an intimate relationship with God by praying, reading the Bible, meditating on God’s word and by putting it into practice immediately or almost immediately by serving God in whichever way is possible for them at the time.

MATTHEW 6:33

“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” God, you and everybody else knows you are hungry for God when you seek first the kingdom of God. There are no such a thing as “secret Christians.”

MATTHEW 5:6

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled.”

The ones who are thirsting and hungering for righteousness are thirsting and hungering for God, and God will bless them. Are you thirsting and hungering for God?

1 PETER 2:1-2

“Therefore, laying aside all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all evil speaking, as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby,” One of the first steps we should take in loving God is to learn who He is by learning His word.

PSALM 27:4-8

One thing I have desired of the Lord, that will I seek: That I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in His temple. For in the
 time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavilion; in the secret place of His tabernacle He shall hide me; He shall set me high upon a rock. And now my head shall be lifted up above my enemies all around me; therefore I will offer sacrifices of joy in His tabernacle; I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to the Lord. Hear, O Lord, when I cry with my voice! Have mercy also upon me, and answer me. When You said, “Seek My face,” My heart said to You, “Your face, Lord, I will seek.More than anything we should seek to be with the Lord.

ISAIAH 55:1-3

“Ho! Everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and you who have no money come, buy and eat. Yes, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Why do you spend money for what is not bread, and your wages for what does not satisfy? Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good, and let your soul delight itself in abundance.  Incline your ear, and come to Me. Hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you— the sure mercies of David.”

God wants us to thirst, to be hungry for Him, and to come to Him, so He can bless us.

PSALM 81:8-10

“Hear, O My people, and I will admonish you! O Israel, if you will listen to Me! There shall be no foreign god among you; nor shall you worship any foreign god. I am the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt; open your mouth wide, and I will fill it.” We can only worship one God, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, and He will fulfill all our needs.

PSALM 63:1

“O God, You are my God; early will I seek You; my soul thirsts for You; my flesh longs for You in a dry and thirsty land where there is no water. So I have looked for You in the sanctuary, to see Your power and Your glory.” Psalm 42:1-2 – “As the deer pants for the water brooks, so pants my soul for You. O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When Shall I come and appear before God?” The job of every good Christian is to seek God with all that is in him.

MATTHEW 7:7-8

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.”

God wants us to seek, to knock, and to ask Him. He wants us to depend on Him, not on men.

If you want to feel God’s presence, to hear His voice or for Him to answer your prayers, you have to develop a hunger and a thirst for Him and for the things that He represents.

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IT’S NOT BY WORKS

Many people from different religions think that we get to heaven by our good works. While it is true that God wants us to do good works, no matter how many we do we cannot earn our way to heaven. Salvation comes by the grace of God, and by His grace only. What must we do? We must repent of our sins, ask God to forgive us, receive Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, and try to live according to godly principles.
EPHESIANS 2:8-10
“ For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.”
If we believe by faith in Jesus Christ, believe Him, believe the scriptures, and if we receive Him as our Lord and Savior, then we have salvation. Good works will follow automatically.
ROMANS 11:6
“And if by grace, then (salvation) it is no longer of works; otherwise grace is no longer grace. But if it is of works, it is no longer grace; otherwise work is no longer work.”
God’s salvation does not come to us because of the good works we may have done, are doing, or will do. It comes to us freely through God’s grace because of the sacrifice Jesus Christ did on the cross. He suffered, died and resurrected to pay for our sins.
ROMANS 4:4-5
“Now to him who works, the wages are not counted as grace but as debt. But to him who does not work but believes on Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is accounted for righteousness.”
God does not count our good works for salvation because that would negate the sacrifice Jesus did on the cross, but He counts our faith in Jesus Christ as righteousness.
GALATIANS 2:15-16
“We who are Jews by nature, and not sinners of the Gentiles, knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law but by faith in Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, that we might be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law; for by the works of the law no flesh shall be justified.”
The apostle Paul was confronting the apostle Peter because the latter was trying to please the Jews by conforming to their regulations of doing works rather than receiving salvation purely by grace and by grace alone.
TITUS 3:4-7
“But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior, that having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.”
The apostle Paul is telling us that we are justified and saved by God’s mercy and His grace. All we have to do is believe in our hearts that Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6) and confess it with our mouths (Romans 10:9).

2 TIMOTHY 1:8-9
“Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me His prisoner, but share with me (the apostle Paul) in the sufferings for the gospel according to the power of God, 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.”
Our salvation – eternal life with God – does not come to us because we deserve it, done good works or because we are better than other people. It comes to us as a gift from God – His grace – but only if we receive His Son Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior.
Regardless of what you may have done, of how you may have lived, of how much you have sinned, and of how far you have been from God, if you repent, ask God to forgive you, accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior and try to turn a new leaf, God will forgive you and give you eternal life with Him. That gift to you is called “God’s grace.”
If you do not know what to do now, just 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, forgive you, and receive you as part of His family.
“Father God, I repent of all my sins. Please forgive me. I receive Your Son Jesus Christ in my life as my Lord and Savior, and I also ask You to allow the Holy Spirit to live in me, so He can guide me, protect me and be my companion. Thank You Father. Amen.” If you prayed that prayer and meant it, all your sins have been forgiven. Find yourself a good Bible, a good born-again Christian church, and some good Christian friends who are willing to help you live a godly life.
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                                                   DO NOT COMPROMISE THE WORD OF GOD

God left us clear instructions in the Bible, so that we would not disobey Him by compromising His word or His will. If we choose to disobey Him by compromising His word or His will, we can only blame ourselves when we are paying the consequences here on this earth, or in the afterlife.
GENESIS 2:16-17, 3:6-7 AND 3:23-24
Genesis 2:16-17 – “The LORD God commanded the man (Adam), saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.” Genesis 3:6-7 – “So when the woman (Eve) saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves coverings.” Genesis 3:23-24 – “ Therefore the LORD God sent him (Adam) out of the garden of Eden to till the ground from which he was taken. So He drove out the man; and He placed cherubim (angels) at the east of the garden of Eden, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to guard the way to the tree of life.”
Adam and Eve compromised the verbal word of God, so He drove them out of there forever.
GENESIS 6:5-8
“Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And the LORD was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart. So the LORD said, “I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth, both man and beast, creeping thing and birds of the air, for I am sorry that I have made them.” But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.”
The only people on earth who had not compromised the word of God and His will were Noah and his family. They were the only ones who survived the flood.
GENESIS 19:17 AND VERSE 26
“So it came to pass, when they (the angels) had brought them (Lot, his wife and their two daughters) outside, that he said, “Escape for your life! Do not look behind you nor stay anywhere in the plain. Escape to the mountains, lest you be destroyed.” Genesis 19:26 – “But his wife looked back behind him, and she became a pillar of salt.”
Lot’s wife disobeyed and compromised the word that the angels had given them, and she instantly became a pillar of salt. Needless to say she is not in heaven.
NUMBERS 20:7-12
“Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, “Take the rod; you and your brother Aaron gather the congregation together. Speak to the rock before their eyes, and it will yield its water; thus you shall bring water for them out of the rock, and give drink to the congregation and their animals.” So Moses took the rod from before the LORD as He commanded him. And Moses and Aaron gathered the assembly together before the rock; and he said to them, “Hear now, you rebels! Must we bring water for you out of this rock?” Then Moses lifted his hand and struck the rock twice with his rod; and water came out abundantly, and the congregation and their animals drank.Then the LORD spoke to Moses and Aaron, “Because you did not believe Me, to hallow Me in the eyes of the children of Israel, therefore you shall not bring this assembly into the land which I have given them.”
God told Moses that He (God) would yield water from the rock, but Moses told the people that he and Aaron would bring water out of the rock. Because of that disobedience and compromise Moses was not allowed to enter the promised land.
MATTHEW 6:24
“No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and [mammon.”
God is telling us that we cannot do His will if we are disobeying and compromising His word. What is compromising the word of God? It is manipulating or changing God’s word to fit our circumstances, desires or wishes. Many of the evangelists on television do that extremely well.
PSALM 119:1-4
“Blessed are the ]undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the LORD! Blessed are those who keep His testimonies, who seek Him with the whole heart! They also do no iniquity;
They walk in His ways. You have commanded us to keep Your precepts diligently.”
In other words, God considers blessed the people who do not compromise His word or His will. Are you compromising the word of God?
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I AM WHO I AM

When there was nothing, God was. He had no beginning and He will have no end. Everything had its beginning in Him and through Him. Without Him nothing that exists would exist. He created everything that has life, that gives life, and even objects that may seem to be lifeless, such as rocks, metals, carbon and so on.

EXODUS 3:13-14

“Then Moses said to God, “Indeed, when I come to the children of Israel and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they say to me, ‘What is His name?’ what shall I say to them?” And God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” And He said, “Thus you shall say to the children of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’ ”

God had assigned Moses the job of freeing the Jewish people from slavery in Egypt. Moses knew that God existed, but He did not know His name. God told him, “I am who I am” because He is everything to us. Not only is He our Savior, but He is our intercessor, forgiver, healer, protector, benefactor, source, provider, refuge, hope, companion, counselor, helper, strength, and so much more.

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.”

God created the heavens and the earth and everything that existed, exists and will ever exist.

God is the Creator. He is creation. Nobody else can create.

GENESIS 2:7-8

“And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being. The Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden, and there He put the man whom He had formed.”

God created human, animal and plant life as we know it today. He is life.

EXODUS 14:22-27

So the children of Israel went into the midst of the sea on the dry ground, and the waters were a wall to them on their right hand and on their left. And the Egyptians pursued and went after them into the midst of the sea, all Pharaoh’s horses, his chariots, and his horsemen. Now it came to pass, in the morning watch, that the Lord looked down upon the army of the Egyptians through the pillar of fire and cloud, and He troubled the army of the Egyptians.  And He took off their chariot wheels, so that they drove them with difficulty; and the Egyptians said, “Let us flee from the face of Israel, for the Lord fights for them against the Egyptians.”  Then the Lord said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand over the sea, that the waters may come back upon the Egyptians, on their chariots, and on their horsemen.”  And Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and when the morning appeared, the sea returned to its full depth, while the Egyptians were fleeing into it. So the Lord overthrew[ the Egyptians in the midst of the sea.”

God was the hope, protector, and defender of the Jewish people. He can be the same thing for us if we make Him our Lord and Redeemer.

LUKE 22:31-32

“And the Lord said, “Simon, Simon! Indeed, Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat.  But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned to Me, strengthen your brethren.

Jesus is our intercessor in heaven (Romans 8:34). When we pray He intercedes on our behalf.

JOHN 14:26

“But the ]Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.”

Jesus was telling His disciples that He was not leaving them alone; the Holy Spirit would come to live in them and to live in us. The Holy Spirit is our helper, friend, advisor and companion.

PSALM 46:1-2

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear,
Even though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea.” Then in Proverbs 18:10, God tells us through King Solomon, “The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.”

God is our refuge and strength. He did not give us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7).

If you feel defeated, all the doors are closed, the world seems to be totally against you, and the walls are caving in on you, turn to Jesus. He is THE GREAT I AM. He can be your friend, helper, companion, counselor, protector, refuge, safety net, strength, provider, healer, benefactor, and whatever else you need Him to be. Your first step is to receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. Pray the following prayer to Him. He will hear you, and will become your God, friend, and much, much more.

“Father God, I repent of all my sins. I ask You to forgive me. I believe, confess, and declare that Jesus Christ is Your Son, that He suffered, died on the cross, and resurrected on the third day that I may become Your child. I receive Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior and I invite the Holy Spirit to live in me, to be my counselor and friend. Thank You Father. Amen.”

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PRAYER CHANGES THINGS

If we are born-again Christians – Christ followers – we can pray to the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God who created everything that existed in the past, that exists now and that will exist in the future. He hears us, and if it is His will He will answer our prayers. Our prayers when they are in line with God’s will have the power to change the outcome of certain experiences.

GENESIS 4:26

“And as for Seth, to him also a son was born; and he named him Enosh. Then men began to call on the name of the Lord.”

After Cain had killed his brother Abel, Adam and Eve had another son, which was Seth. After Seth’s son Enosh was born men began to pray to God for the first time in history. People have been praying ever since then.

GENESIS 8:20

“Then Noah built an altar to the Lord, and took of every clean animal, and of every clean bird, and offered burn offerings on the altar.”

Noah and his family had been on the ark about 374 days, from the time they entered it until the day they got off. Noah then made an altar to praise God, worship Him and to pray. Just as he was thankful for being saved from the flood and to have a new beginning, we should be thankful for our salvation – spending eternity with God, instead of spending it in the lake of fire with the devil and his demons.

1 SAMUEL 1:11

 Then she (Hannah) made a vow and said, “O Lord of hosts, if You will indeed look on the affliction of Your maidservant and remember me, and not forget Your maidservant, but will give Your maidservant a male child, then I will give him to the Lord all the days of his life, and no razor shall come upon his head.”

Hannah was barren and could not have any children. She prayed to God and Samuel, one of Israel’s greatest prophets, was born as a response of that prayer.

JUDGES 16:27-30

 Now the temple was full of men and women. All the lords of the Philistines were there—about three thousand men and women on the roof watching while Samson performed. Then Samson called to the Lord, saying, “O Lord God, remember me, I pray! Strengthen me, I pray, just this once, O God, that I may with one blow take vengeance on the Philistines for my two eyes!”  And Samson took hold of the two middle pillars which supported the temple, and he braced himself against them, one on his right and the other on his left.  Then Samson said, “Let me die with the Philistines!” And he pushed with all his might, and the temple fell on the lords and all the people who were in it. So the dead that he killed at his death were more than he had killed in his life.”

Although Samson had sinned and walked away from God, God still heard him and honored his last prayer. God wants us to pray at all times for everything, and to give thanks to Him for everything that we receive from Him. No prayer is too small and no prayer is too big that He cannot handle it. God is waiting for you to pray to Him.

MARK 5:22-24 AND MARK 5:35-36

 And behold, one of the rulers of the synagogue came, Jairus by name. And when he saw Him, (Jesus) he fell at His feet and begged Him earnestly, saying, “My little daughter lies at the point of death. Come and lay Your hands on her, that she may be healed, and she will live.”  So Jesus went with him, and a great multitude followed Him and thronged Him.”Mark 5: 35-36 – “While He (Jairus) was still speaking, some came from the ruler of the synagogue’s house who said: “Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the Teacher any further?”As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, He said to the ruler of the synagogue, “Do not be afraid; only believe.”

Jairus asked Jesus to heal his daughter and Jesus not only healed her, but revived her from being dead. Jesus is telling us the same thing He told Jairus: “Do not be afraid; only believe.”

ACTS 12:5

 Peter (the apostle) was therefore kept in prison, but constant prayer was offered to God for him by the church.  And when Herod was about to bring him out, that night Peter was sleeping, bound with two chains between two soldiers; and the guards before the door were keeping the prison. Now behold, an angel of the Lord stood by him, and a light shone in the prison; and he struck Peter on the side and raised him up, saying, “Arise quickly!” And his chains fell off his hands. Then the angel said to him, “Gird yourself and tie on your sandals”; and so he did. And he said to him, “Put on your garment and follow me.”

As the apostle Peter was in prison the people were praying for God to intervene on his behalf, and He did by sending an angel to get him out of there. There is power in prayers prayed in faith to God in the name of Jesus.

MATTHEW 6:9-15

Jesus tells us: “ In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name.
Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.“ For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”

The Lord’s prayer encompasses everything that we should pray for. I will not explain it here, as it would take a couple of pages to do so. Pray it to God every single day, and you will see Him working in you. God bless you!

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I AM JUST PASSING THROUGH

The Bible makes it extremely clear that although we live on this earth our citizenship is really in heaven. Currently, we are living in a temporary place in temporary human bodies, which came from dust and will return to it. However if we are Christ followers we will spend our eternity with God in eternal glorified bodies, which will never age, will know no pain, and will not experience death.

HEBREWS 11:13-14

 These (these not only refers to Abraham and his family, but also to other prophets of the Old Testament) all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off were assured of them, embraced them and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.  For those who say such things declare plainly that they seek a homeland.”

Many of the prophets in the Old Testament had direct communication with God, and they knew that this life is temporary, but that the second one is eternal. They did not get to see the fulfillment of many prophecies nor did they get to see Jesus our Redeemer, but they knew they were just passing through this world and that their homeland was being with God eternally.

1 PETER 2:11-12

 Beloved, I beg you as sojourners and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul, having your conduct honorable among the Gentiles, that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may, by your good works which they observe, glorify God in the day of visitation.”

The apostle Peter was calling Jesus’ followers sojourners and pilgrims. He was indicating that they were just passing through this lifetime, and that their real home was being with God.

1PETER 1:17-18

 And if you call on the Father, who without partiality judges according to each one’s work, conduct yourselves throughout the time of your sojourning here in fear;  knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers.”

If we are sinning we should conduct ourselves while we are on this earth in fear because the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom (Proverbs 9:10). If we are not sinning and have accepted Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior there is nothing to fear.

PHILIPPIANS 3:20-21

“For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body, according to the working by which He is able even to subdue all things to Himself.”

Our citizenship is in heaven and when we leave this earth God will transform our bodies to be glorious and eternal.

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.”

We are not to spend our eternity here, but with Jesus. We don’t belong here, we belong with our Father. We are His children. We are just passing through this world. Our Lord Jesus has already prepared a place for us in heaven. He is waiting for us.

PSALM 39:12

“Hear my prayer, O Lord, and give ear to my cry; Do not be silent at my tears; For I am a stranger with You, a Sojourner, as all my fathers were.”

Just as King David prayed to God, you and I can do exactly the same thing. If we have accepted Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior we are God’s children, and He hears us when we pray. Not only that but He answers our prayers according to His will and for our benefit.

Let us make this more personal to you. We know you are just passing through this life, but what is your final destination? There are only two; heaven and hell. Guess what? You get to choose. If you do nothing, you have automatically chosen hell. If you ask Jesus Christ to be your Lord and Savior, you are choosing heaven. It’s up to you! If you have not made that choice yet, you may do so now. Read the following prayer, and when you understand it, pray it to God aloud with all humility and sincerity. Your name will be written in “The Book of Life” in heaven, meaning when you leave this world Jesus will welcome you to heaven.

“Father God, please forgive me of all my sins, as I repent, believe and confess that Jesus Christ is Your Son, that He suffered, died and resurrected on the third day to pay for my sins. I not only receive Him as my Lord and Savior, but I also receive the Holy Spirit within me to guide me and protect me. Thank You Father. Amen.”

Keep coming back to my page, so you can learn more about the kingdom of God. God bless you!

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THOUGH NO ONE WILL FOLLOW
Both becoming a born-again Christian and serving God are individual decisions. Each person has to make those two decisions. If we are Christians serving God, some people will love us for it, but some will stay away from us. Regardless of how people react to us, we should stay focus on serving God. Pleasing Him is what really matters. We cannot please the world, but we can please God.
GENESIS 7:11-13
“ In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, on that day all the fountains of the great deep were broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened. And the rain was on the earth forty days and forty nights. On the very same day Noah and Noah’s sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth, and Noah’s wife and the three wives of his sons with them, entered the ark—“
Noah and his family did not worry to see if some people would follow them or not. As a matter of fact the others ridiculed and laughed at them for building the ark. Noah and his family followed God and not men. That is exactly what we should do.
GENESIS 12:1-4
“Now the Lord had said to Abram: “Get out of your country from your kindred and from your father’s house, to a land 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 will be blessed.”
Later on God changed Abram’s name to Abraham. Abraham left everything behind, not worrying as to who would follow him, and not questioning God as to how He would provide. God always provides if we trust in Him.
EXODUS 4:18-20
“ So Moses went and returned to Jethro his father-in-law, and said to him, “Please let me go and return to my brethren who are in Egypt, and see whether they are still alive.” And Jethro said to Moses, “Go in peace.” Now the LORD said to Moses in Midian, “Go, return to Egypt; for all the men who sought your life are dead.” Then Moses took his wife and his sons and set them on a donkey, and he returned to the land of Egypt. And Moses took the rod of God in his hand.”
Prior to this God had appeared to Moses on the burning bush, and had asked him to return to Egypt, where he had lived his first forty years and was wanted for murder, so he could deliver the Jewish people from bondage. Although Moses was hesitant he obeyed God and went without having any followers, other than his family. It’s not about who will follow us, it’s about if we will follow God. Each one of us will have to give account to God.
ACTS 9:1-6
“Then Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest and asked letters from him to the synagogues of Damascus, so that if he found any who were of the Way (people who believed in Jesus Christ), whether men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem. As he journeyed he came near Damascus, and suddenly a light shone around him from heaven. Then he fell to the ground, and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?” And he said, “Who are You, Lord?” Then the Lord said, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. It is hard for you to kick against the goads.” So he, trembling and astonished, said, “Lord, what do You want me to do?” Then the Lord said to him, “Arise and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.”
Although Paul had been persecuting Christians relentlessly when Jesus appeared to Him He decided to follow Jesus, in spite of the consequences that he knew would come up. He parted company with the other Christian persecutors who were with him. Paul was alone, and yet he was not alone because God was with him.
MATTHEW 9:9
“Then as Jesus passed on from there, He saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax office. And He said to him, “Follow Me,” and he (Matthew) arose and followed Him (Jesus).
Matthew did not worry about losing his lucrative job, if the Romans would take repercussions against him, about the welfare of his family, or if nobody would follow him. He just followed Jesus, and that is what Jesus wants us to do.
MATTHEW 6:33
“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”
We are not to worry about anything. Our mission is this world is to seek first and foremost the kingdom of God, and God will do the rest. We are to be the light of God everywhere we go. Whether people receive it or not is not up to us. It is up to them and the Holy Spirit. Though no one will follow, it is still our job to go wherever God sends us.
If you are not sure as to where you will spend eternity, read the following prayer, and when you understand it, pray it to God aloud in all sincerity and humility. He will hear you and will receive you as His son or daughter. It has nothing to do with how you have lived your life up to now, but it has everything to do as to how Jesus Christ lived His on this earth. He suffered, shed His blood, died and resurrected to pay for your sins. When you receive Him you will be as clean as if you had never sinned.
“Father God, In the name of Jesus, I repent of all my sins. I ask You to forgive me and to help me live within Your will. I believe and confess that Jesus Christ is Your Son, that He died on the cross to pay for my sins, and that He resurrected on the third day from the grave. I receive Him as my Lord and Savior, and I also ask the Holy Spirit to live in me, so He can guide me and protect me. Thank You Father. Amen.”
If you prayed that prayer you are now a child of God. Start attending a good born-again Christian church, read the Bible and pray to God for everything and in everything. Come back to my page as I update it once a week – normally on Wednesdays. God bless you!!!
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