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IN THE BEGINNING

In the beginnings of time in a very distant continent in a land whose name no one can recall lived an extremely wealthy man whose name was Tog. Since he did not believe in God, and was not accountable to anyone, he had accumulated his wealth by manipulating, cheating, stealing and taking advantage of people in every possible situation.

He practically owned all the land in that gigantic valley. The acres he did not use for farming or grazing cattle and sheep he leased to the poor, but they had to give him three-fourths of the crops or three-fourths of the sheep or cattle. That type of monopoly on everything allowed him to set the prices at any level that would make him richer. Needless to say, he kept on getting wealthier and wealthier, while the people kept getting poorer and poorer.

Most of the people who should have hated him did not because they had not known any other system, and they were dependant on him to provide the little they had. When planting time would come they had to get the seed from him, and when it was breeding time they had to rely on him to rent them a bull.

Since he owned the only local general store, they had to buy everything from him. Of course they had to pay high prices for everything. Since most of them were living a meager existence many times they would buy on credit with very high interest rates. They could not pay until the crops would come in, or the calves had grown big enough, so they could sell them at a low price to him, or use them to barter with some of their neighbors.

As Tog got richer and richer, he also got older and older. He could do many things with all his money and all his power, but he could not stop time. He wanted to stay young and to live forever, so he started by going to other lands to inquire of the oracles as to how he could achieve immortality, but they could not assure him of anything. He sent for witch doctors from Africa and witches from the surrounding areas, but witchcraft did not solve his pressing problem.

One night in a dream an angel appeared to him, and told him that he had to repent, give all the money back to the people he had cheated for years, and that he had to accept Jesus as his Lord and Savior. In his dream he told the angel that he was the only lord, and that he had proved it by the land, the animals, and the wealth he had accumulated. Then he woke up, and thought it all had been a nightmare.

The next night he had another dream with the same angel. The latter told him that he would spend eternity in hell if he did not repent. The angel then told him that he needed to be redeemed from his sins, that he needed salvation, and that it only could come through Jesus.

The wealthy man asked the angel how much it would cost him to buy salvation. The angel told him that no amount of money could buy it. Then Tog asked him, “Who is this Jesus and why should I be subject to him?” The angel told him that Jesus was God, and that in a few thousand years he would come to earth in the flesh. The man said: “That sounds like a lot of nonsense to me. I cannot believe in someone who does not even exist.”

The next morning the man was riding his horse collecting money from all his debtors. The horse was spooked by a rattle snake, and bucked Tog off. The latter hit his head on a rock, the rattle snake bit him, and he died almost instantly. In the twinkling of an eye he saw Jesus as he was traveling faster than the speed of light on his way to hell.

I am sure you are well aware that this story is fiction, but the principles in it are occurring all over the world on a daily basis. About two thousand years ago God, in the person of Jesus Christ, God came to the world in the flesh to save mankind. He wants us to have eternal life with Him, but that can only happen if we repent, ask God to forgive us, and receive Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior.

If you want to convince yourself of what I stated in the previous paragraph, in the Bible read John3:35, John 3:15-17, John 14:6, and Romans 10:9-11.

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OUR UNALIENABLE RIGHTS

The United States of America Constitution states: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” Certainly our founding fathers had our welfare in mind when they wrote those words. Now we will attempt to explain the real meaning of that phrase.

All men are created equal in regards to justice, due process of law, run for a political office, the right to vote, own property, get an education, drive a car and so on. All that does not mean that we are created equal in regards to opportunities. Children who are born to wealthy, famous, educated or talented parents have more and better opportunities than children with poor, uneducated and parents with no special talents. Children who come from broken homes or parents who are addicted to drugs or drinking do not have the same opportunities as those coming from a happy home.

The Constitution tells us that we are endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights. I found three definitions for “unalienable rights.” The first tells me that those rights are not capable of being violated or infringed. The second one says that they cannot be bought or sold, and the third one states that they are incapable of being repudiated or transferred to another person. Those are rights that every US citizen should have just by being born in our country or by becoming a US citizen.

In other words according to our Constitution, “unalienable rights” are God-given to every single American citizen, and should not be violated in any way, shape or form. According to our founding fathers and in theory that is the way it should be, but in practice that is not always the case. Case in point is that our country was participating in slavery during the time the Constitution was written.

There are always exceptions to just about everything. Although our Constitution tries to protect our citizenry sometimes people fall through the cracks, and do not get due process of law. Unfortunately many times people enslave themselves by lack of knowledge, ignorance, falling into addictions, and poor thinking, which may take them to make poor decisions. The decisions we make are based on our environment, knowledge, wisdom and prior experiences. Most decisions have either negative or positive consequences. Some of us have learned that the hard way.

We should be aware of our rights and should take advantage of each and every one of them. It is our job to educate ourselves as to what those rights are, and we should practice them whenever possible. It is a different story with the opportunities. We should prepare ourselves in every way possible, so that when an opportunity arises we should jump at the chance. There are opportunities all around us. We just have to know which ones are for us, and when is the right time to take advantage of them.

For the most part we, the American public, are receiving our “unalienable rights,” but there are billions of people in places, such as China, North Korea, Iran, Cuba, Venezuela and other countries where the people are under Communism or dictatorships. They are suffering without freedom, and are not able to follow their pursuit of happiness. What can we do? We can pray for God to topple those governments and set those people free.

In conclusion I am telling you to enjoy the freedom, rights and privileges we have in our country. Instead of complaining and whining be glad you live in the USA. Thank God, and pray for our country not to be divided as it is at the present time.

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GOD DOES NOT WORK IN MYSTERIOUS WAYS

When Christian people are in a bind, and they do not have the means, no idea or the intelligence how to bring an end to the crisis or the challenging situation in their lives they have a tendency to they say, “God will provide the answer because He works in mysterious ways.” While it is true that He can provide the solution, He does not work in mysterious ways. At times His ways may seem mysterious to us, but I can assure you, they are not mysterious to God nor to the angels. With them it is an everyday occurrence.
Being that God is omnipresent everywhere at the same time, omnipotent having power over everything, and omniscient knowing everything about everything, He can find a way when to us there seems to be no way. Nothing is hidden from Him, and nothing is unknown to Him. He sees a situation before it happens, and He knows the answer to the predicament before the problem arises. We should rely a lot more on God, and a lot less on men.
His ways may seem mysterious to us, but only because we do not know the extent of His wisdom, intelligence, strength, love, compassion, righteousness, holiness, and of His will. He is the Creator of everything that exists, and as such He knows everything about everything that has life, and about everything that does not have life.
One reason we make mistakes is because we do not have all the facts. We are limited in what we know, in what we see, in what we hear, and in what we truly understand. God does not have any limits whatsoever. He makes the very best decisions because He knows how the situation developed, and not only how His solution will affect all the people involved, but also how it is going to affect the animals, the planet and even inanimate objects. He knows the results and consequences of any decision or action before it happens.
No, He does not work in mysterious ways, but rather in righteous ways that will benefit the people or the things that need to benefit from His decision. If someone or something needs to be punished or destroyed, God’s decision will accomplish that. His actions come after He has looked at the overall picture. Many times we do not understand His decisions or actions, but that is because He is sovereign, knows all the factors, considers all the consequences and ramifications of His decision, and has wisdom that no human being can understand.
God would be mysterious if his actions would be totally unpredictable. That, of course, is not the case. If we read the Bible we can learn His principles. Jesus, God in the flesh, not only gave us those principles, but He lived them. He taught the godly principles by example. If we apply those principles in many cases – if we have faith – we will see predictable results. The reason is that God and His principles are the same yesterday, today, and forever

(Hebrews 13:8).

Because God and His principles cannot and will not change, we can apply them to our lives to produce the desired results. The most important principle and declaration taught by Jesus is that if we receive Him as our Lord and Savior our sins will be forgiven, and that we will have eternal life with Him. That is no mystery – it is a fact!
It is no mystery that God wants you to spend eternity with Him, and not with the devil suffering in the lake of fire eternally. Do not take my word for it, read John 3:3, John 3:15-17, 2 Peter 3:9, and Romans 10:9. If you truly want to spend eternity with God, read the following prayer several times, and when you, more or less, understand it, pray it to God aloud in all sincerity and humility. God will hear you, will forgive your sins, and will accept you as His child.
“Father God, I repent of all my sins. Please forgive me, as I believe, declare and confess that Jesus Christ is Your Son, that He suffered, died and resurrected on the third day to pay for my sins. I ask Him to be my Lord and Savior, and I also ask the Holy Spirit to live in me. Thank You, Father! Amen.”
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THEY ARE JUST PEOPLE

People come in different shapes, sizes, color, looks, and with different talents and abilities. Regardless of who they are, where they come from, where they live, how intelligent they are, how talented they may be, or how much wisdom they may possess people are just people. In the eyes of God all of us are important to Him.

God is impartial. Therefore He has no favorites, and because of that He does not treat the wealthy people better than the poor, nor the gifted, talented and bright better than the normal person who has no special talents. There are many scriptures in the Bible demonstrating that God is impartial, but for the sake of space I will use the following paragraph to mention just a few of them.

Romans 2:11 –“ For there is no partiality with God.” Deuteronomy 10:17 – “ For the Lord your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who shows no partiality nor takes a bribe.” Acts 10:34-35 – “Then Peter (one of the apostles that walked with Jesus) opened his mouth and said: “In truth I perceive that God shows no partiality.  But in every nation whoever fears Him and works righteousness is accepted by Him.” 2 Chronicles 19:7 – “ Now therefore, let the fear of the Lord be upon you; take care and do it, for there is no iniquity with the Lord our God, no partiality, nor taking of bribes.” Job 34:19 – “Yet He (God) is not partial to princes, nor does He regard the rich more than the poor; For they are all the work of His hands.”

Suffices to say that those few examples probably convinced you that God has no favorites, and that in His eyes we were all created equal. If God were to be partial or biased then He would not be God. With God all things are possible (Mark 10:27), but one thing He does not do is violate His own principles. In His eyes all of us sin, and that is why He sent His only begotten Son Jesus Christ to shed His blood on the cross to pay for our sins.

With human beings however it is a totally different story. It is extremely difficult to find a person who is totally impartial or one who is not biased in one way or another. We are human, and as humans, and, whether we accept it or not, we are flawed.   Whether intentionally or unintentionally many times we discriminate, judge, display our biases, prejudices or our impartiality. Unfortunately for us that is human nature.

Each person has his own reasons for making an idol out of another human being. Some of those people who we idolize are movie stars, singers, musicians, athletes, politicians, evangelists, and even people who we think are saints because they seem to live a pious life. Who would be some of those people? Deceased Catholic leaders, Buddha, Mohammed, Joseph Smith, Krishna, Confucius, Mary Baker Eddy and quite a few others.

Some people pay way more the worth of a house or a car because it belonged to a famous person, and as time goes by it becomes even more expensive. That is totally ridiculous! A car is a car no matter who owned it before, and a house is a house no matter who lived in it. Some athletes are paid millions of dollars annually for playing a sport. Some people buy a jacket or some other item of clothing just because it has a name of somebody who is famous. Guess what? That does not make the item of clothing, the guitar, the car or the perfume any better. Not only that the famous person is not better than anybody else. He or she is just another person.

Do not go bonkers over another person just because he or she is famous, or has some talents that you do not have. That person eats, sleeps, goes to the bathroom, goes through trials and tribulations, will get sick, and will die just the same way you will. When that person dies he or she will not be able to take the fame, the money, the possessions, or anything he or she may have acquired in this world. He will go empty-handed and you will go empty-handed too.

Enjoy this short life to the best of your ability, help people, make friends, and make sure that you will spend eternity with God. Yes, you can make sure of that!. You can do that by receiving Jesus Christ in your heart as your Lord and Savior. He will forgive all, and I mean all, your sins, and wash you white as snow. Then when you pass on from this world, and all of us will do that, then you will spend eternity with God. The ones who don’t believe in God, or refuse to accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior will spend eternity with the devil suffering in the lake of fire.

If the thought of spending eternity burning in the lake of fire does not appeal to you, then 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 give you eternal life with Him.

“Father God, I repent of all my sins. Please forgive me as I believe and confess that Jesus Christ is Your Son, that He suffered, died and resurrected on the third day to pay for my sins. I accept His sacrifice, and I ask Him to be my Lord and Savior, and I also ask the Holy Spirit to live in me. Father God, in the name of Your Son Jesus, give me eternal life with you. Thank You Father! Amen.”

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WE ARE UNRECOGNIZABLE  

If the Founding Father were to somehow see our country now days, they would not recognize it. We have strayed away so far from what they envisioned that they would not believe this is the same country. They came wanting religious freedom, and they established it here.

To the Founding Fathers religious freedom did not mean not to believe in God. All of them were Christians who believed in following the godly principles outlined in the Bible. They just did not want the state to tell them that they had to belong to The Church of England. They wanted to attend a church of their choice.

Because they wanted to attend the church of their choice, in the Constitution they included what became known as “separation between church and state.” That meant that the government could not force them to attend a specific church or to believe in a certain way. The lawyers and politicians have changed “separation between church and state” to mean that we cannot mention anything related to God in our public institutions. That is completely and totally opposed to the intent of our Founding Fathers.

Some Christians in our nation have lost their jobs and others have been taken to court because of their Judeo-Christian beliefs. It is no longer “separation between church and state,” but rather absolute discrimination toward the people who not only believe in what the Bible says, but actually believe in living it. Just because a few radicals do not believe in God the rest of us are made to suffer the consequences.

In regards to Christianity our country is not even a shadow of what it used to be. The only way that it is a shadow is because shadows are dark. In other words, we have gone from the light of God to the darkness of sin and evil. This is clearly demonstrated by our laws and by our actions.

For the last fifty years or so we have been spiraling down immorally. It all started in the late forties with “separation between church and state.”

After “separation between church and state” came abortion being permissible and legal, followed by the marriage of same-sex marriages, and then the legalized sale of marihuana. Now a political party that espouses all those mentioned causes wants our country to go by the way of Cuba, Venezuela, Russia, China and others by becoming a socialist nation. If we do we will become a third-world country just as it has happened to the others before us.

We are going nowhere fast! Is there hope for us? There is, but only if we return to the values our Founding Fathers set before us. Those values, of course, are the Judeo-Christian values. Instead of going deeper into sin and self-destruction we need to return to God. He is waiting, ready, and willing to help us, but only if we take a detour from the road of self-destruction. What we do now will determine our destiny.

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BE CAREFUL AND SPEAK WISELY

Many people speak for the sake of speaking. I am quite sure you know some of those people. In Proverb 17:28, the Bible says: “Even a fool is counted wise when he holds his peace; When he shuts his lips, he is considered perceptive.” Along the same lines, Abraham Lincoln said: “Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and to remove all doubt.” That is excellent advice.
Whether you believe in God or not is irrelevant. The fact is that on Judgment Day you will have to give account to God of every word you said, of every thought, and of every action. In Matthew 12:36-37, the Bible says: “But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the Day of Judgment. For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.” Jesus Himself will judge us.
We should definitely refrain from using any unnecessary words. Clear, straight, and truthful communication is the best policy. We should adhere to the court ruling of telling the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. If we do that, we are in complete compliance with God’s word and with His will. Jesus Himself said: “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except though Me.” – John 14:6.
We should not speak prematurely on any issue. We should wait until all the facts are in. Many times what seems to be correct or the truth at first glance is wrong. We should see all the sides possible to an issue, and then weigh the pros and cons before making a decision or rendering our verdict. If new evidence comes out that sheds a different light on the issue, then we should not be afraid to change our stance.
When we hear something we should not be biased nor prejudiced. We should approach everything with an open mind. We should not judge other people’s behavior. That privilege and task belong to God. Jesus told His disciples: “ And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not perceive the plank in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me remove the speck that is in your eye,’ when you yourself do not see the plank that is in your own eye? Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck that is in your brother’s eye.” – Luke 6:41-42. It is very easy to see somebody else’s mistakes and to overlook our own.
We are not supposed to gossip. When we gossip we are tearing somebody down. Gossip is just that. We do not know if it’s true or not. It could be that somebody – for personal reasons – is trying to ruin somebody else’s reputation. By spreading gossip we become part of the problem, instead of being part of the solution. We should keep our nose out of everybody else’s business, and they should keep theirs out of ours.
Slander is worse than gossip. Slander is when we try to ruin somebody else’s reputation on purpose. In other words, we know what we are saying or doing is totally wrong, but we do it to bring harm to the other person. The politicians in our country are doing exactly that. It is bringing division and tearing our country down in the eyes of the world and in our own eyes. If they keep on doing that, it will bring destruction to our society and to our country.
In essence we should not participate in speaking prematurely, using idle words, telling lies, gossiping, slandering, belittling people or defaming anybody. Instead of doing any of those things we should edify other people whenever possible. We should be helping people to reach their fullest potential. When we do that, it’s a win-win situation for everyone.

FOUR WAYS OF DOING THINGS

There are four ways of doing things, and they are: The right way, the wrong way, one’s way, and God’s way. Sometimes one can combine two or three of them because they coincide, are practical, and because they may yield the best results. Other times they are done individually. It all depends on the person, the time, the place, and the situation.
Although I can come up with many different examples from different times, different experiences, different circumstances, different cultures, and different types of people, I am going to illustrate my point with our driving experiences. Most of us are familiar with automobiles in one way or another, so I am going to use that as our example.
Other than having the proper driver’s license the first step a good driver takes is to make sure he is not physically impaired to drive his vehicle. The next step is to make sure the car has been properly maintained either by him or by somebody else. Then when he drives it, he observes the rules set forth by the proper authorities. He goes beyond the stated rules by following common sense and by driving as safely as possible under the circumstances. Doing all that is driving the right way.
Driving the wrong way is just the opposite of driving the right way. In other words, one would not necessarily care if the automobile had been maintained properly or not, nor would one worry about his own physical condition, much less about the road conditions. One would only follow the established rules when it was convenient, or when there was no other way out. One’s own safety and that of others would not be a primary concern. The idea would be to get from point A to point B as fast as possible.
Driving one’s way would be to drive according to one’s way of thinking. In other words, one would make up his own rules. Those rules could be good, bad, somewhere in between, or even completely different from the norm. Many people drive like that, and many live their lives exactly like that. They are the ones who make it difficult for those of us who try to live and let live. We know we have to share the road with others, as well as sharing this world, so we just try to be patient and understanding.
The fourth group are the people who live by godly principles. Whenever possible they try to do things God’s way. When they drive, they don’t only follow the rules of the road set up by the established authority, but they are courteous, friendly and helpful. When a motorist has mechanical problems they stop and help if they can.
To be completely honest, many times God’s way is more difficult than the other three. It may make us step out of our comfort zone. Some driver may cut in front of us, and instead of cursing at him, which may come naturally to somebody else, we may pray for him. Jesus tells us to turn the other cheek. In many cases it is very difficult to do.
We should definitely try to always do it God’s way. It may not make any sense to us or to those around us, but in the long run it will be the best thing to do. Doing it God’s way is not being selfish, but rather thinking of the other person’s welfare, being in harmony with our surroundings, being patient, taking action to right a wrong when possible, helping other people achieve their good goals, developing and practicing our God-given talents to help ourselves and to help others.
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“THE DIVIDED STATES OF AMERICA”

Our country is “The United States of America,” but the way people are acting, it should be called, “The Divided States of America.” The way we are acting is ludicrous, absurd, insane, and totally ridiculous. A country divided against itself cannot stand because eventually it will destroy itself, and unfortunately that is what we are doing rapidly to ourselves. We have seen the enemy in the mirror, and the scary part is that it happens to be us.
Jesus Himself told us: “If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. and if a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand.” When Abraham Lincoln was running for President he addressed the Republican State Convention on June 16, 1858. The title of his speech was, “A house divided against itself cannot stand.” He was obviously addressing the issue of some states favoring slavery, and some wanting the slaves to be free. We do not have to guess where the title of his speech came from.
It is an absolute travesty for us to say we are a democracy, and yet to have racial problems in our society. No skin, hair or eye color is better than another one. Year, make, model and motor being equal in several automobiles make them equal. One is not better or inferior than the other because it is white, brown, black, red, purple or any other color. A house that has exactly the same floor plan as another and is next to it, but it has a different color it is not inferior nor superior to the other one.
A person is not better or worse because he leans toward the Republicans, Democrats, or the Independents. Regardless of what political party we may belong to, our aim should be to work together, and to make this a better place for all of us. It is our house, It belongs to all of us. No group should be overly possessive.
When people come from other countries, other cultures or other types of governments, it is not up to us to conform to their language, religion, culture or their ways, but it is up to them to conform to ours. They should try to become Americanized as soon as possible. That does not mean they should lose their personality or their culture, but they should try to blend in as soon as possible, and much as possible. As the saying goes…“When in Rome do as the Romans do.” Of course, since most of us are immigrants, in one way or another, we should do our best to help them adjust to their new country.
Our Constitution has worked well for over two hundred years, and we should continue living according to its principles. We should not change it or discard it just because people are coming in from other countries with different ideas, or because those same people and their descendants do not want to believe in God. Our founding fathers established this nation as a Christian Republic.
Our flag represents what our country stands for. If some athletes refuse to salute our flag, that simply means they don’t believe in our American values. That being the case, they should go to a country where they agree with the values of that nation. Some of those protestors, whether they be athletes, singers or movie stars, are being paid more than a million dollars per week. They have not missed a meal in their lives and they are protesting. If anyone should be protesting it would be the homeless people.
If we are not part of the solution we are part of the problem. Let us all try to understand each other, so we can work together to make this a better place for all of us. That would be a win-win situation.
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HOW MUCH IS YOUR SOUL WORTH?

According to the dictionary a soul is the spiritual or immaterial part of a human being often regarded as immortal, where the emotional and intellectual nature of a person or animal is located. In essence, we can compare the soul to being the machinery and hard drive that runs the body. The body is just the housing.

The body, as we all know, gets old and dies. There is no escaping from that. The soul, however, lives forever. Fortunately for some of us, and unfortunately for others, there are only two places where the soul will spend eternity. One place is heaven with the Lord Jesus, and the other one is the lake of fire with the devil. Our soul which is the real us, gets to choose where it wants to spend eternity.

The people who receive Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior or Redeemer will spend eternity with Him. The reason is simple; Jesus paid for their sins by dying on the cross and shedding His blood for them. They will enter heaven as if they had never sinned. The ones who never receive Jesus in their lives are still carrying their sins, and will spend eternity paying for them in the lake of fire. It has nothing to do with what religion they belong to, or how nice they may be. Sin is sin and it has to be paid for.

Your most priceless possession is not your bank account, your house, your car nor anything else. It is without question your soul. By the same token, salvation is also priceless. No amount of money can pay for salvation. That is why Father God gave His most priceless possession for your soul. He gave His only begotten Son Jesus Christ. That’s right! He shed His blood and died on the cross, so you could spend eternity with Him. That is how much your soul is worth to God. How much is it worth to you?

Adam and Eve sold their soul for a fruit. We really do not know what that fruit was, but it was a fruit. It could have been a fig, an apple, an apricot or any other fruit. In Genesis 3:6, the Bible says: “So when the woman 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.” Their souls were not worth too much to them. For that reason God expelled them out of the garden of Eden.

Judas Iscariot did not value his soul. He sold it for thirty pieces of silver. In Matthew 26:14-15, the Bible says: “ Then one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and said, “What are you willing to give me if I deliver Him to you?” And they counted out to him thirty pieces of silver.” Unless I am terribly mistaken, which I doubt, Judas is in hell.

We have seen two cases where people lost their souls for very little. Abraham, on the other hand, would not sell his for anything. God asked him for the life of his son Isaac, and Abraham obeyed. Genesis 22:9-11 states it this way: “Then they came to a place of which God had told him (Abraham). And Abraham built an altar there and placed the wood in order; and he bound Isaac his son and laid him on the altar, upon the wood. And Abraham stretched out his hand and took the knife to slay his son. But the Angel of the Lord called to him from heaven and said, “Abraham, Abraham!” And he (Abraham) said, “Here I am.” And He (the Angel) said, “Do not lay your hand on the lad, or do anything to him; for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from Me.”

How much is your soul worth to you? Are you going to sell it for drugs, liquor, sex or other so-called worldly pleasures? Only you know! If you want to make sure you will spend eternity rejoicing with God, and not suffering in the lake of fire, all you have to do is receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. You see, although salvation is priceless, and no amount of money could ever pay for it, God makes it free to you. His Son Jesus Christ already paid the full price with something that money cannot buy – His blood and His life. All you have to do is accept 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 you, and make you His child.

“Father God, I repent of all my sins. Please forgive me, as I believe and confess that Jesus is Your Son, that He suffered, bled, died and resurrected on the third day to pay for my sins. I ask Him to be my Lord and Savior, and for the Holy Spirit to live in me, so He can guide me and protect me. Thank You Father! Amen.”

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

Prayer

VENEZUELA IS A POWDER KEG

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

VENEZUELA ES UN BARRIL DE PÓLVORA

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

PRAY SERIOUSLY FOR VENEZUELA (2-21-2019)

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

OREN SERIAMENTE POR VENEZUELA (21 de Febrero 2019)

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

PRAY FOR VENEZUELA

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

OREN POR VENEZUELA

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

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PRAY FOR VENEZUELA (1/14/2019)

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

OREN POR VENEZUELA (14 de Enero 2019)

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

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

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

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

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

HURRICANE MICHAEL (October 18, 2018)

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

HURACÁN MICHAEL (18 de Octubre 2018)

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

HURRICANE MICHAEL (October 10, 2018)

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

HURACÁN MICHAEL (10 de Octubre 2018)

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

JUST PRAY FOR THE TRUTH

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

SIMPLEMENTE OREN POR LA VERDAD

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

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

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

TODAVÍA ESTAMOS EN LA TEMPORADA DE INCENDIOS

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

THE FIRES (August 2, 2018)

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

LOS INCENDIOS (2 de Agosto 2018)

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

JULY 26, 2018 – PRAY FOR THE HATRED TO SUBSIDE

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

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

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


PRAY FOR THE USA (July 11, 2018)

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

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

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

Thought of the Week

YOUR FULLEST POTENTIAL

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

LO MÁXIMO DE TU POTENCIAL

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

NOTHING ELSE WILL GET YOU TO HEAVEN

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

NADA MÁS TE LLEVARÁ AL CIELO

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

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

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

S O C I A L I S M

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

SMALL LIGHT

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

UNA LUZ PEQUEÑITA

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

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

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

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

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

APRECIA LO QUE TIENES

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

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DON’T BE POSSESSIVE

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

NO SEAS POSESIVO

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

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

BUY YOUR TICKETS

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

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

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

GOD SEES YOU

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

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

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

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

YOU DO NEED GOD

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

DO NOT QUIT

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

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

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

IF YOU WORRY…

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

SI TE MORTIFICAS…

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


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

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

                                                                                                                                                                                    YOU CANNOT COMPLAIN

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

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

                                                                                                                                                                                     NO PUEDE QUEJARSE

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

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

BEING A CHRISTIAN

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

EL SER CRISTIANO

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

THE REFUGEE PROBLEM

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

WHY DOES GOD ALLOW US TO GO THROUGH HARDSHIPS?

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

¿POR QUÉ PERMITE DIOS QUE PASEMOS POR TIEMPOS DIFÍCILES?

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

BEING HAPPY

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

SER FELIZ

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

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

YOU MAY LOSE THE WAR

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

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

PUEDES PERDER LA GUERRA

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

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

YOU CAN LOSE IT

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

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

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

PUEDES PERDERLO TODO

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

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

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

DON’T TRY TO KEEP UP WITH ANYONE

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

NO TRATES DE VIVIR AL MISMO NIVEL DE LOS DEMÁS

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

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

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

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

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

YOU LIVE YOUR BELIEFS (September 6, 2018)

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

VIVES TUS CREENCIAS (6 de Septiembre 2018)

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

SEE YOUR PROBLEMS FOR WHAT THEY ARE

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

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

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

VE TUS PROBLEMAS POR LO QUE SON

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

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

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

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

NOT EVERYTHING THAT GLITTERS IS GOLD

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

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

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

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

NO TODO LO QUE BRILLA ES ORO

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

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

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

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

DO NOT JUST DO WHAT IS RIGHT IN YOUR OWN EYES

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

NO HAGAS SOLAMENTE LO QUE ES CORRECTO EN TUS OJOS

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

DO NOT BE DIVIDED

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

NO ESTÉN DIVIDIDOS

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

TONY EVANS – American Pastor y Autor

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

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

TONY EVANS – Pastor Estadounidense y Autor

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

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

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

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

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

ARISTOTLE

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

ARISTÓTOLES

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

ALBERT EINSTEIN

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

ALBERT EINSTEIN

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

ARISTOTLE


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

ARISTÓTELES

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

MARK CAINE – Author

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

MARK CAINE – Autor

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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DO YOU EXERCISE?

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

¿HACES EJERCICIO?

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

THE BANANA PEEL

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

LA CÁSCARA DE BANANA

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

SOMETHING SMELLS

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

ALGO HUELE

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

WHO IS THE FAT MAN LIVING WITH US?

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

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

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

 

DO YOU HAVE ANY RECOMMENDATIONS?

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

¿TIENE RECOMENDACIONES?

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

TO GO TO THE CIRSUS

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

PARA IR AL CIRCO

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

THE SERMON ON LYING

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

EL SERMÓN SOBRE EL MENTIR

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

THE SLOT MACHINE REPAIRMAN

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

EL REPARADOR DE MÁQUINA TRAGAMONEDAS

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

I HAVE TO WHISPER

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

TENGO QUE SUSURRAR

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

THE MEAN PARROT

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

EL LORO MALO

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

A HOLE IN ONE

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

UN HOYO EN UNO

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

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YOU WANT ME TO STAY

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

QUIERES QUE ME QUEDE

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

THIS IS THE SAFEST PLACE

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

ES EL LUGAR MÁS SEGURO

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

GOOD AT CHOPPING WOOD

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

BUENO PARA CORTAR LEÑA

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

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

STAND IN THE CORNER

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

VETE A ESA ESQUINA

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

MOSES ON A FLIGHT

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

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

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

THE HEAD HOG

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

EL CERDO PRINCIPAL

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

HE LOST BOTH LEGS

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

PERDIÓ AMBAS PIERNAS

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


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

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

I’M A ROCKER

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

SOY ROQUERO

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

THREE SCIENTISTS

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

TRES CIENTÍFICOS

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

THE ELDERLY COUPLE

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

LA PAREJA DE ANCIANITOS

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

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

THE ALARM SYSTEM

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

EL SISTEMA DE ALARMA

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

HOW MUCH IS A CUP OF COFFEE?

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

¿CUÁNTO CUESTA UNA TAZA DE CAFÉ?

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

WHAT WERE YOU EXPECTING?

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

¿QUÉ ESPERABA?

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

USE THE ATM

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

USE EL CAJERO AUTOMÁTICO

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




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

 



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

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

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

HAS IT COME TO THAT?

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

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

¿HA LLEGADO A ESO?

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

THAT REALLY WAS A BAD DAY

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

FUE UN MAL DÍA

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

THE TALKING FROG

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

LA RANA PARLANTE

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

THE GREEDY OLD MAN

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

EL ANCIANO TACAÑO

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

BURY HER IN EGYPT

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

ENTIÉRRENLA EN EGIPTO

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

YES, I WOULD GIVE HIM ONE

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

SÍ, LE DARÍA UNA

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

GET BEHIND ME, SATAN!

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

¡QUÍTATE DE DELANTE DE MÍ, SATANÁS!

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

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

 

TO LOVE OR BE LOVED

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

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

AMAR Y SER AMADO

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

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

A WISE MAN

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

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

UN HOMBRE SABIO

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

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

A GOOD WORKER

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

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

UN BUEN TRABAJADOR

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

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

THREE THINGS MAKE A MAN RICH

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

TRES COSAS ENRIQUECEN A UN HOMBRE

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

NO ONE CAN DO IT FOR YOU

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

NADIE LO PUEDE HACER POR TI

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

BETTER ALONE

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

MEJOR SOLO

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

HALF-TRUTHS

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

LA VERDAD A MEDIAS

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

THE TRUTH IS VALUABLE

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

LA VERDAD ES PRECIOSA

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

HE DOES NOT KNOW ANYTHING

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

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

NO SABE NADA

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

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

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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

LIFE WITHOUT GOD

Life without God

could not exist in any form whatsoever.

Life without God

would be void, empty and meaningless.

Life without God

would be without purpose and insignificant.

Life without God

would be completely wasted and just foolish.

Life without God

would be worthless leading to a dead end.

Life without Jesus

would have us spending eternity in hell.

LA VIDA SIN DIOS

La vida sin Dios

no podría existir de ninguna forma.

La vida sin Dios

sería vacía y no tendría ningún sentido.

La vida sin Dios

no tendría propósito y seria insignificante.

La vida sin Dios

sería pérdida de tiempo y una enorme tontería.

La vida sin Dios

no valdría la pena y nos llevaría a una calle sin salida.

La vida sin Dios

nos obligaría a pasar la eternidad en el infierno con Satanás.

JUST IN TIME

God does not solve our problems immediately

nor does He wait a long time

but He does solve them just in time.

God doesn’t give us all the answers for endeavors

but takes us one step at a time

and gives us each step just in time.

God does not save us from every danger and storm

but He is constantly with us

to help us overcome just in time.

God does not answer prayers at the onset of problems

nor as soon as we pray to Him

but He answers them just in time.

God does not necessarily open the doors to us too soon

nor does He open them too late

but He does open them just in time.

When your time comes to leave this world and go to the next one

if you are indeed a Jesus follower

you will arrive in heaven just in time.

 

JUSTO A TIEMPO

Dios no nos soluciona los problemas inmediatamente

ni tampoco espera mucho tiempo

pero sí nos los soluciona justo a tiempo.

Dios no nos da respuestas antes de empezar un proyecto

pero siempre nos lleva paso a paso

y esos pasos nos los da justo a tiempo.

Dios no va a salvarnos de todo peligro ni de toda tormenta

pero nos acompaña en cada situación

y sí recibimos su ayuda justo a tiempo.

Dios no va a concedernos un milagro al inicio del problema

ni lo hará tan pronto se lo pidamos

pero sí va a ayudarnos justo a su tiempo.

Dios no nos abre las puertas necesarias demasiado temprano

y no nos las abre demasiado tarde

pero nos las abre justo al tiempo divino.

Cuando a ti te llegue el tiempo de pasar de esta vida a la otra

si eres un seguidor de Jesús no temas

porque vas a estar con él justo a tiempo.

THAT WILL NOT GET YOU TO HEAVEN

Being born to a certain religious family
will not get you to heaven.
Attending any church on a regular basis
will not assure your salvation.
Worldly degrees from elite universities
do not open heaven to you.
All the wealth and fame you may have
mean nothing in the afterlife.
Your intelligence may give you success
but salvation is only by grace.
Your friends may make you feel good
but they may not be saved.
Most of your efforts will be in vain –
your godly deeds are eternal.
The only way to heaven is by accepting
Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.

ESO NO TE LLEVARÁ AL CIELO

El ser hijo de cierta familia religiosa
jamás te llevará al cielo.
Asistir a una iglesia frecuentemente
no asegura tu salvación.
Títulos de universidades prestigiosas
no te abrirán el cielo a ti.
Todo el dinero y fama que tú tengas
significan nada en el cielo.
Tu inteligencia puede traerte éxito –
la salvación es por gracia.
Un amigo puede hacerte sentir bien
pero tal vez no sea salvo.
Tus esfuerzos pueden ser en vano –
pero lo de Dios es eterno.
La única forma de que llegues al cielo
es si Jesús es tu Salvador.

NOTHING NEW
There is nothing new under the sun
but there is really a lot new beyond the sun.
There is much hatred under the sun
but there’s nothing but love beyond the sun.
There is lots of greed under the sun
but there’s only true sharing beyond the sun.
There’s little wisdom under the sun
but there is plenty of that beyond the sun.
There is plenty of fear under the sun
but there is just confidence beyond the sun.
Illness and death reign under the sun
but they are nonexistent beyond the sun.
There is no real hope under the sun
but our only hope lies way beyond the sun.
Man’s will is done under the sun
but only God’s will is done beyond the sun.
The devil is the ruler under the sun
but God rules in heaven far beyond the sun.
Much imperfection under the sun
but God’s perfection is only beyond the sun
No one can forgive you under the sun
but Lord Jesus justifies you beyond the sun.
No one can save you under the sun
but Lord Jesus can save you beyond the sun.

NADA NUEVO
No hay nada nuevo debajo del sol
pero sí hay mucho nuevo más allá del sol.
Hay muchísimo odio debajo del sol
pero hay solamente amor más allá del sol.
Hay mucha avaricia debajo del sol
pero todo es compartido más allá del sol.
Hay poca sabiduría debajo del sol
pero hasta sobreabunda más allá del sol.
Hay mucho temor debajo del sol
pero hay sólo confianza más allá del sol.
Enferman y mueren debajo del sol
pero la muerte no existe más allá del sol.
No existe esperanza debajo del sol –
nuestra esperanza está más allá del sol.
La voluntad humana debajo del sol –
pero se hace la de Dios más allá del sol.
El diablo reina la tierra debajo del sol
pero Cristo reina mucho más allá del sol.
Mucha imperfección debajo del sol –
sólo la perfección de Dios más allá del sol.
No hay perdón divino debajo del sol
pero Jesucristo te justifica más allá del sol.
Nadie puede salvarte debajo del sol
sólo Jesús desde el cielo más allá del sol.

I SHOULD REMEMBER

When I know I am lost
I look for the right path which is Jesus.
When I am in dark places
I come out to the light which is Jesus.
When I feel totally alone
I pray to God for Jesus to be with me
When I am rather weak
I invoke Jesus’ name since He’s strong.
When I feel truly fearful
I must remember that I should not fear.
When I think I am unloved
I realize that the Holy Trinity loves me.

DEBO ACORDARME

Cuando me encuentro perdido
busco el sendero correcto y ese es Jesucristo.
Cuando me cubre la oscuridad
me voy directamente a la luz de Jesucristo.
Cuando me siento triste y solo
le oro a Dios que me mande al Espíritu Santo.
Cuando me siento frágil y débil
invoco el nombre de Jesús quien es fuerte.
Si trata de vencerme el temor
me acuerdo que Dios no me dio ese espíritu.
Cuando me siento desamado
me percato que la Divina Trinidad me ama.

THE LORD IS MY LIGHT

The Lord is my hope.
I don’t live in hopelessness.
The Lord is my light.
I am not afraid of the dark.
The Lord is my rock.
My life is not on quick sand.
Jesus is my strength.
That’s why I don’t fear anything.
Jesus is my Redeemer.
I am anticipating being with Him.
Heaven is my final home.
I will live there forever with my Lord.
The Lord is my ship’s anchor.
It is not pushed around by the storms.
The Lord is my divine guide.
I do not meander aimless or needlessly.

EL SEÑOR ES MI LUZ

El Señor es mi esperanza.
Por eso no vivo sin esperanzas.
El Señor es mi luz divina.
No le tengo miedo a la oscuridad.
El Señor Jesús es mi roca.
Mi vida no está en tierra movediza.
Jesucristo es mi fortaleza.
Por eso no le temo a nada ni a nadie.
El Señor Jesús es Redentor.
Yo anticipo estar con él eternamente.
El cielo pronto será mi hogar.
Viviré con Dios por los siglos de los siglos.
El Señor es el ancla de mi barco.
Mi buque no pasa peligro en las tormentas.
Jesucristo es mi guía y Redentor.
No voy por la vida sin rumbo, perdido, y sin fe.

FIRMLY ON THE ROCK
We cannot be standing on quick sand.
That’s why I am standing on the Rock, which is Jesus Christ.
We need to be attached to someone.
For that very reason I am attached to my Lord Jesus Christ.
All of us must be plugged in to a source.
I, for one, have chosen that source to be my Lord Jesus.
It is pertinent for all of us to be grounded.
I have found my ground wire and that wire is Jesus Christ.
In a bad storm all ships must be anchored.
I found an unfailing anchor which is, of course, Jesus Christ.
Since no man can be an island we need help.
I have realized that my best source of aid is my Lord Jesus.
No human being can save himself by his works.
Salvation can only come through the person of Jesus Christ.

FIRMEMENTE EN LA ROCA
No podemos pararnos sobre tierra movediza.
Por eso yo estoy parado en la Roca que es Jesucristo.
Es necesario que nos unamos a algo o a alguien.
Por esa misma razón yo me he unido a mi Redentor.
Debemos enchufarnos a la fuente de poder.
Yo he decidido que mi fuente de poder sea Jesucristo.
Uno debe conectarse electrónicamente a tierra.
El alambre de tierra para mí es mi Seño r y Salvador.
En una tormenta todo barco debe ser anclado.
Durante las tormentas mi única ancla es mi Redentor.
Siendo que ninguna persona puede ser una isla,
se necesita tener amigos y mi mejor amigo es Jesús.
Ningún ser humano puede salvarse por sus obras.
La salvación solamente nos llega por fe en Jesucristo

MY TRUTHS AND MY FAITH
My truths come from
hearing and learning the word of God.
My light comes from
stepping out of darkness into the light
by being a Christian.
My faith comes from believing God
and by obeying Him.
My salvation comes from accepting
Jesus and His sacrifice.
My everlasting home is in heaven –
Jesus has prepared it.

MIS VERDADES Y MI FE
Mis verdades vienen del
oír y del aprender la palabra de Dios.
La luz que tengo viene de
que me he convertido al cristianismo
y he dejado la oscuridad.
La fe me viene porque le creo a Dios
y por obedecer su palabra.
La salvación me ha llegado por aceptar
a Jesucristo y a su sacrificio.
Mi hogar donde pasaré la eternidad
ya lo preparó mi Redentor.

IT DOES NOT MATTER WHO YOU ARE
No matter how strong you are
you will leave this world powerless.
It does not matter how wealthy you are
you will leave this world with nothing.
It makes no difference who your friends are
you will leave this world totally alone.
It does not matter how long you may get to live
eventually you will leave this world.
It has nothing to do with how intelligent you may be
you will not be able to escape death.

NO IMPORTA QUIEN SEAS
No importa que tan fuerte seas
dejarás esta vida sin nada de poder.
No hace diferencia que tan rico seas
te iras de este mundo sin ningún centavo.
No importa quienes sean tus amigos
pasarás a la vida eterna completamente solo.
jamás importará cuántos años vivas
pero de seguro tarde o temprano te llegará tu día.
No, no se trata de tu inteligencia
pero sí hablamos de que no te escaparás de la muerte.

FOR GOD IS WITH ME
I can never be alone
for the Holy Spirit is always with me.
I will never be in doubt
because my God never ever changes.
I shall never be afraid
for God did not give me a spirit of fear.
I am never in despair
because I rely on God’s many promises.
I will live by God’s word
for it instructs me how to live Godly.
I cannot deny the Lord
because in Him I have salvation.

POQUE DIOS ESTÁ CONMIGO
Jamás puedo estar solo
porque el Espíritu Santo está conmigo.
Yo nunca dudaré a Dios
porque mi Señor y Redentor no cambia.
Jamás, jamás temeré
porque Dios no me dio espíritu de temor.
Jamás me desesperaré
porque me aferro a las promesas de Dios.
Vivo la palabra de Dios
porque me da instrucciones como vivir.
No puedo negar al Señor
porque sólo por él puedo tener salvación.

TRUE LOVE
True love is given unconditionally without any strings attached –
otherwise it would not be true love.
True love doesn’t depend on what the one who is loved does
but rather on the one who loves him.
True love is not puffed up, proud, arrogant or imposing –
it is simply love in its purest form.
True love does not abandon a person when he is down
because it has compassion for him.
True love does not hold the failures against a person
because it sees the potential in him.
True love is not prejudiced nor does it discriminate
but, yes, it is biased in a loving way.
True love is loving the unlovable and the unworthy
because that is the true nature of it.
True love doesn’t see the negative side of people –
instead it looks for the silver lining.
True love does not keep score of people’s wrongs
but it tells them of a better way.
True love does not hold grudges against anyone –
it chooses to forgive and forget.
True love does not expect people to be perfect –
it accepts them for who they are.
True love is not unaware of the world’s hatred.
It overcomes it with good deeds.
True love is not envious of anyone’s success.
It joins them in their rejoicing.
True love is not in competition with anyone.
It is there to help them succeed.
True love cannot really be bought or sold –
It is priceless but freely given.
Jesus is the perfect example of true love.
He suffered and died for us.

AMOR VERDADERO
El amor verdadero no es discriminatorio ni prejudicial contra nadie,
pero sí es muy parcial amorosamente.
El amor verdadero no se enorgullece no es arrogante ni se impone.
Es simplemente amor en su forma pura.
El amor verdadero se da incondicionalmente sin esperar nada –
si no fuera así no sería amor verdadero.
El amor verdadero no mantiene cuenta de lo malo de la gente.
Pero sí los aconseja de no hacerlo.
El amor verdadero no depende de lo que haga el que es amado,
pero sí de la persona quien lo ama.
El amor verdadero no abandona a la persona cuando está caída,
porque tiene compasión de ella.
El amor verdadero no guarda rencor contra ninguna persona.
Opta por olvidar y perdonar todo.
El amor verdadero no le reprocha los fracasos a otra persona
porque ve el potencial en ella.
El amor verdadero no ve el lado negativo de las personas –
en vez de eso busca lo positivo
El amor verdadero ama a los indignos y a los inmerecidos,
porque esa es su naturaleza.
El amor verdadero no espera que la gente sea perfecta –
pues la acepta tal como es.
El amor verdadero no está en competencia con nadie.
Su voluntad es ayudarles.
El verdadero amor no se puede comprar ni vender.
Es precioso y sólo se da.
El amor verdadero se percata del odio mundano –
lo derrota con sus obras.
El amor verdadero no le tiene envidia a nadie.
Felicita al triunfador.
Jesús es perfecto ejemplo del amor verdadero.
Murió por ti y por mí.

YOU ARE BEING CONFORMED
The majority of people conform their lives
to this world.
Many others conform to the whims
of their society.
Others conform to the rules set
by their peers.
Lots of them conform
to feelings.
I simply conform
to my God.

ESTÁS CONFORMÁNDOTE
La mayoría de la gente conforman sus vidas
a este mundo.
Muchos se conforman a los caprichos
de la sociedad.
Otros se conforman a las reglas
de sus amigos.
Hay los que se conforman
a sus emociones.
Yo solo me conformo
a mi Salvador.

BY THE BLOOD OF JESUS

I experienced the second birth

by the blood of Jesus.

I was reconciled to Father God

by the blood of Jesus.

I have been forgiven by God

by the blood of Jesus.

I have been spiritually healed

by the blood of Jesus.

I can always defeat the devil

by the blood of Jesus.

I will enter heaven without sin

by the blood of Jesus.

POR LA SANGRE DE JESÚS

Experimenté el Segundo nacimiento

por la sangre de Jesucristo.

Fui reconciliado con Dios mi Padre

por la sangre de Jesucristo.

He sido completamente perdonado

por la sangre de Jesucristo.

He sido yo sanado espiritualmente

por la sangre de Jesucristo.

Siempre puedo derrotar al diablo

por la sangre de Jesucristo.

Entraré al cielo sin ningún pecado

por la sangre de Jesucristo.

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.

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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.


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IN THE BEGINNING

In the beginnings of time in a very distant continent in a land whose name no one can recall lived an extremely wealthy man whose name was Tog. Since he did not believe in God, and was not accountable to anyone, he had accumulated his wealth by manipulating, cheating, stealing and taking advantage of people in every possible situation.

He practically owned all the land in that gigantic valley. The acres he did not use for farming or grazing cattle and sheep he leased to the poor, but they had to give him three-fourths of the crops or three-fourths of the sheep or cattle. That type of monopoly on everything allowed him to set the prices at any level that would make him richer. Needless to say, he kept on getting wealthier and wealthier, while the people kept getting poorer and poorer.

Most of the people who should have hated him did not because they had not known any other system, and they were dependant on him to provide the little they had. When planting time would come they had to get the seed from him, and when it was breeding time they had to rely on him to rent them a bull.

Since he owned the only local general store, they had to buy everything from him. Of course they had to pay high prices for everything. Since most of them were living a meager existence many times they would buy on credit with very high interest rates. They could not pay until the crops would come in, or the calves had grown big enough, so they could sell them at a low price to him, or use them to barter with some of their neighbors.

As Tog got richer and richer, he also got older and older. He could do many things with all his money and all his power, but he could not stop time. He wanted to stay young and to live forever, so he started by going to other lands to inquire of the oracles as to how he could achieve immortality, but they could not assure him of anything. He sent for witch doctors from Africa and witches from the surrounding areas, but witchcraft did not solve his pressing problem.

One night in a dream an angel appeared to him, and told him that he had to repent, give all the money back to the people he had cheated for years, and that he had to accept Jesus as his Lord and Savior. In his dream he told the angel that he was the only lord, and that he had proved it by the land, the animals, and the wealth he had accumulated. Then he woke up, and thought it all had been a nightmare.

The next night he had another dream with the same angel. The latter told him that he would spend eternity in hell if he did not repent. The angel then told him that he needed to be redeemed from his sins, that he needed salvation, and that it only could come through Jesus.

The wealthy man asked the angel how much it would cost him to buy salvation. The angel told him that no amount of money could buy it. Then Tog asked him, “Who is this Jesus and why should I be subject to him?” The angel told him that Jesus was God, and that in a few thousand years he would come to earth in the flesh. The man said: “That sounds like a lot of nonsense to me. I cannot believe in someone who does not even exist.”

The next morning the man was riding his horse collecting money from all his debtors. The horse was spooked by a rattle snake, and bucked Tog off. The latter hit his head on a rock, the rattle snake bit him, and he died almost instantly. In the twinkling of an eye he saw Jesus as he was traveling faster than the speed of light on his way to hell.

I am sure you are well aware that this story is fiction, but the principles in it are occurring all over the world on a daily basis. About two thousand years ago God, in the person of Jesus Christ, God came to the world in the flesh to save mankind. He wants us to have eternal life with Him, but that can only happen if we repent, ask God to forgive us, and receive Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior.

If you want to convince yourself of what I stated in the previous paragraph, in the Bible read John3:35, John 3:15-17, John 14:6, and Romans 10:9-11.

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OUR UNALIENABLE RIGHTS

The United States of America Constitution states: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” Certainly our founding fathers had our welfare in mind when they wrote those words. Now we will attempt to explain the real meaning of that phrase.

All men are created equal in regards to justice, due process of law, run for a political office, the right to vote, own property, get an education, drive a car and so on. All that does not mean that we are created equal in regards to opportunities. Children who are born to wealthy, famous, educated or talented parents have more and better opportunities than children with poor, uneducated and parents with no special talents. Children who come from broken homes or parents who are addicted to drugs or drinking do not have the same opportunities as those coming from a happy home.

The Constitution tells us that we are endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights. I found three definitions for “unalienable rights.” The first tells me that those rights are not capable of being violated or infringed. The second one says that they cannot be bought or sold, and the third one states that they are incapable of being repudiated or transferred to another person. Those are rights that every US citizen should have just by being born in our country or by becoming a US citizen.

In other words according to our Constitution, “unalienable rights” are God-given to every single American citizen, and should not be violated in any way, shape or form. According to our founding fathers and in theory that is the way it should be, but in practice that is not always the case. Case in point is that our country was participating in slavery during the time the Constitution was written.

There are always exceptions to just about everything. Although our Constitution tries to protect our citizenry sometimes people fall through the cracks, and do not get due process of law. Unfortunately many times people enslave themselves by lack of knowledge, ignorance, falling into addictions, and poor thinking, which may take them to make poor decisions. The decisions we make are based on our environment, knowledge, wisdom and prior experiences. Most decisions have either negative or positive consequences. Some of us have learned that the hard way.

We should be aware of our rights and should take advantage of each and every one of them. It is our job to educate ourselves as to what those rights are, and we should practice them whenever possible. It is a different story with the opportunities. We should prepare ourselves in every way possible, so that when an opportunity arises we should jump at the chance. There are opportunities all around us. We just have to know which ones are for us, and when is the right time to take advantage of them.

For the most part we, the American public, are receiving our “unalienable rights,” but there are billions of people in places, such as China, North Korea, Iran, Cuba, Venezuela and other countries where the people are under Communism or dictatorships. They are suffering without freedom, and are not able to follow their pursuit of happiness. What can we do? We can pray for God to topple those governments and set those people free.

In conclusion I am telling you to enjoy the freedom, rights and privileges we have in our country. Instead of complaining and whining be glad you live in the USA. Thank God, and pray for our country not to be divided as it is at the present time.

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GOD DOES NOT WORK IN MYSTERIOUS WAYS

When Christian people are in a bind, and they do not have the means, no idea or the intelligence how to bring an end to the crisis or the challenging situation in their lives they have a tendency to they say, “God will provide the answer because He works in mysterious ways.” While it is true that He can provide the solution, He does not work in mysterious ways. At times His ways may seem mysterious to us, but I can assure you, they are not mysterious to God nor to the angels. With them it is an everyday occurrence.
Being that God is omnipresent everywhere at the same time, omnipotent having power over everything, and omniscient knowing everything about everything, He can find a way when to us there seems to be no way. Nothing is hidden from Him, and nothing is unknown to Him. He sees a situation before it happens, and He knows the answer to the predicament before the problem arises. We should rely a lot more on God, and a lot less on men.
His ways may seem mysterious to us, but only because we do not know the extent of His wisdom, intelligence, strength, love, compassion, righteousness, holiness, and of His will. He is the Creator of everything that exists, and as such He knows everything about everything that has life, and about everything that does not have life.
One reason we make mistakes is because we do not have all the facts. We are limited in what we know, in what we see, in what we hear, and in what we truly understand. God does not have any limits whatsoever. He makes the very best decisions because He knows how the situation developed, and not only how His solution will affect all the people involved, but also how it is going to affect the animals, the planet and even inanimate objects. He knows the results and consequences of any decision or action before it happens.
No, He does not work in mysterious ways, but rather in righteous ways that will benefit the people or the things that need to benefit from His decision. If someone or something needs to be punished or destroyed, God’s decision will accomplish that. His actions come after He has looked at the overall picture. Many times we do not understand His decisions or actions, but that is because He is sovereign, knows all the factors, considers all the consequences and ramifications of His decision, and has wisdom that no human being can understand.
God would be mysterious if his actions would be totally unpredictable. That, of course, is not the case. If we read the Bible we can learn His principles. Jesus, God in the flesh, not only gave us those principles, but He lived them. He taught the godly principles by example. If we apply those principles in many cases – if we have faith – we will see predictable results. The reason is that God and His principles are the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8).
Because God and His principles cannot and will not change, we can apply them to our lives to produce the desired results. The most important principle and declaration taught by Jesus is that if we receive Him as our Lord and Savior our sins will be forgiven, and that we will have eternal life with Him. That is no mystery – it is a fact!
It is no mystery that God wants you to spend eternity with Him, and not with the devil suffering in the lake of fire eternally. Do not take my word for it, read John 3:3, John 3:15-17, 2 Peter 3:9, and Romans 10:9. If you truly want to spend eternity with God, read the following prayer several times, and when you, more or less, understand it, pray it to God aloud in all sincerity and humility. God will hear you, will forgive your sins, and will accept you as His child.
“Father God, I repent of all my sins. Please forgive me, as I believe, declare and confess that Jesus Christ is Your Son, that He suffered, died and resurrected on the third day to pay for my sins. I ask Him to be my Lord and Savior, and I also ask the Holy Spirit to live in me. Thank You, Father! Amen.”
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BE CAREFUL AND SPEAK WISELY

Many people speak for the sake of speaking. I am quite sure you know some of those people. In Proverb 17:28, the Bible says: “Even a fool is counted wise when he holds his peace; When he shuts his lips, he is considered perceptive.” Along the same lines, Abraham Lincoln said: “Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and to remove all doubt.” That is excellent advice.
Whether you believe in God or not is irrelevant. The fact is that on Judgment Day you will have to give account to God of every word you said, of every thought, and of every action. In Matthew 12:36-37, the Bible says: “But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the Day of Judgment. For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.” Jesus Himself will judge us.
We should definitely refrain from using any unnecessary words. Clear, straight, and truthful communication is the best policy. We should adhere to the court ruling of telling the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. If we do that, we are in complete compliance with God’s word and with His will. Jesus Himself said: “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except though Me.” – John 14:6.
We should not speak prematurely on any issue. We should wait until all the facts are in. Many times what seems to be correct or the truth at first glance is wrong. We should see all the sides possible to an issue, and then weigh the pros and cons before making a decision or rendering our verdict. If new evidence comes out that sheds a different light on the issue, then we should not be afraid to change our stance.
When we hear something we should not be biased nor prejudiced. We should approach everything with an open mind. We should not judge other people’s behavior. That privilege and task belong to God. Jesus told His disciples: “ And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not perceive the plank in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me remove the speck that is in your eye,’ when you yourself do not see the plank that is in your own eye? Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck that is in your brother’s eye.” – Luke 6:41-42. It is very easy to see somebody else’s mistakes and to overlook our own.
We are not supposed to gossip. When we gossip we are tearing somebody down. Gossip is just that. We do not know if it’s true or not. It could be that somebody – for personal reasons – is trying to ruin somebody else’s reputation. By spreading gossip we become part of the problem, instead of being part of the solution. We should keep our nose out of everybody else’s business, and they should keep theirs out of ours.
Slander is worse than gossip. Slander is when we try to ruin somebody else’s reputation on purpose. In other words, we know what we are saying or doing is totally wrong, but we do it to bring harm to the other person. The politicians in our country are doing exactly that. It is bringing division and tearing our country down in the eyes of the world and in our own eyes. If they keep on doing that, it will bring destruction to our society and to our country.
In essence we should not participate in speaking prematurely, using idle words, telling lies, gossiping, slandering, belittling people or defaming anybody. Instead of doing any of those things we should edify other people whenever possible. We should be helping people to reach their fullest potential. When we do that, it’s a win-win situation for everyone.

FOUR WAYS OF DOING THINGS

There are four ways of doing things, and they are: The right way, the wrong way, one’s way, and God’s way. Sometimes one can combine two or three of them because they coincide, are practical, and because they may yield the best results. Other times they are done individually. It all depends on the person, the time, the place, and the situation.
Although I can come up with many different examples from different times, different experiences, different circumstances, different cultures, and different types of people, I am going to illustrate my point with our driving experiences. Most of us are familiar with automobiles in one way or another, so I am going to use that as our example.
Other than having the proper driver’s license the first step a good driver takes is to make sure he is not physically impaired to drive his vehicle. The next step is to make sure the car has been properly maintained either by him or by somebody else. Then when he drives it, he observes the rules set forth by the proper authorities. He goes beyond the stated rules by following common sense and by driving as safely as possible under the circumstances. Doing all that is driving the right way.
Driving the wrong way is just the opposite of driving the right way. In other words, one would not necessarily care if the automobile had been maintained properly or not, nor would one worry about his own physical condition, much less about the road conditions. One would only follow the established rules when it was convenient, or when there was no other way out. One’s own safety and that of others would not be a primary concern. The idea would be to get from point A to point B as fast as possible.
Driving one’s way would be to drive according to one’s way of thinking. In other words, one would make up his own rules. Those rules could be good, bad, somewhere in between, or even completely different from the norm. Many people drive like that, and many live their lives exactly like that. They are the ones who make it difficult for those of us who try to live and let live. We know we have to share the road with others, as well as sharing this world, so we just try to be patient and understanding.
The fourth group are the people who live by godly principles. Whenever possible they try to do things God’s way. When they drive, they don’t only follow the rules of the road set up by the established authority, but they are courteous, friendly and helpful. When a motorist has mechanical problems they stop and help if they can.
To be completely honest, many times God’s way is more difficult than the other three. It may make us step out of our comfort zone. Some driver may cut in front of us, and instead of cursing at him, which may come naturally to somebody else, we may pray for him. Jesus tells us to turn the other cheek. In many cases it is very difficult to do.
We should definitely try to always do it God’s way. It may not make any sense to us or to those around us, but in the long run it will be the best thing to do. Doing it God’s way is not being selfish, but rather thinking of the other person’s welfare, being in harmony with our surroundings, being patient, taking action to right a wrong when possible, helping other people achieve their good goals, developing and practicing our God-given talents to help ourselves and to help others.
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“THE DIVIDED STATES OF AMERICA”

Our country is “The United States of America,” but the way people are acting, it should be called, “The Divided States of America.” The way we are acting is ludicrous, absurd, insane, and totally ridiculous. A country divided against itself cannot stand because eventually it will destroy itself, and unfortunately that is what we are doing rapidly to ourselves. We have seen the enemy in the mirror, and the scary part is that it happens to be us.
Jesus Himself told us: “If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. and if a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand.” When Abraham Lincoln was running for President he addressed the Republican State Convention on June 16, 1858. The title of his speech was, “A house divided against itself cannot stand.” He was obviously addressing the issue of some states favoring slavery, and some wanting the slaves to be free. We do not have to guess where the title of his speech came from.
It is an absolute travesty for us to say we are a democracy, and yet to have racial problems in our society. No skin, hair or eye color is better than another one. Year, make, model and motor being equal in several automobiles make them equal. One is not better or inferior than the other because it is white, brown, black, red, purple or any other color. A house that has exactly the same floor plan as another and is next to it, but it has a different color it is not inferior nor superior to the other one.
A person is not better or worse because he leans toward the Republicans, Democrats, or the Independents. Regardless of what political party we may belong to, our aim should be to work together, and to make this a better place for all of us. It is our house, It belongs to all of us. No group should be overly possessive.
When people come from other countries, other cultures or other types of governments, it is not up to us to conform to their language, religion, culture or their ways, but it is up to them to conform to ours. They should try to become Americanized as soon as possible. That does not mean they should lose their personality or their culture, but they should try to blend in as soon as possible, and much as possible. As the saying goes…“When in Rome do as the Romans do.” Of course, since most of us are immigrants, in one way or another, we should do our best to help them adjust to their new country.
Our Constitution has worked well for over two hundred years, and we should continue living according to its principles. We should not change it or discard it just because people are coming in from other countries with different ideas, or because those same people and their descendants do not want to believe in God. Our founding fathers established this nation as a Christian Republic.
Our flag represents what our country stands for. If some athletes refuse to salute our flag, that simply means they don’t believe in our American values. That being the case, they should go to a country where they agree with the values of that nation. Some of those protestors, whether they be athletes, singers or movie stars, are being paid more than a million dollars per week. They have not missed a meal in their lives and they are protesting. If anyone should be protesting it would be the homeless people.
If we are not part of the solution we are part of the problem. Let us all try to understand each other, so we can work together to make this a better place for all of us. That would be a win-win situation.
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HOW MUCH IS YOUR SOUL WORTH?

According to the dictionary a soul is the spiritual or immaterial part of a human being often regarded as immortal, where the emotional and intellectual nature of a person or animal is located. In essence, we can compare the soul to being the machinery and hard drive that runs the body. The body is just the housing.

The body, as we all know, gets old and dies. There is no escaping from that. The soul, however, lives forever. Fortunately for some of us, and unfortunately for others, there are only two places where the soul will spend eternity. One place is heaven with the Lord Jesus, and the other one is the lake of fire with the devil. Our soul which is the real us, gets to choose where it wants to spend eternity.

The people who receive Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior or Redeemer will spend eternity with Him. The reason is simple; Jesus paid for their sins by dying on the cross and shedding His blood for them. They will enter heaven as if they had never sinned. The ones who never receive Jesus in their lives are still carrying their sins, and will spend eternity paying for them in the lake of fire. It has nothing to do with what religion they belong to, or how nice they may be. Sin is sin and it has to be paid for.

Your most priceless possession is not your bank account, your house, your car nor anything else. It is without question your soul. By the same token, salvation is also priceless. No amount of money can pay for salvation. That is why Father God gave His most priceless possession for your soul. He gave His only begotten Son Jesus Christ. That’s right! He shed His blood and died on the cross, so you could spend eternity with Him. That is how much your soul is worth to God. How much is it worth to you?

Adam and Eve sold their soul for a fruit. We really do not know what that fruit was, but it was a fruit. It could have been a fig, an apple, an apricot or any other fruit. In Genesis 3:6, the Bible says: “So when the woman 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.” Their souls were not worth too much to them. For that reason God expelled them out of the garden of Eden.

Judas Iscariot did not value his soul. He sold it for thirty pieces of silver. In Matthew 26:14-15, the Bible says: “ Then one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and said, “What are you willing to give me if I deliver Him to you?” And they counted out to him thirty pieces of silver.” Unless I am terribly mistaken, which I doubt, Judas is in hell.

We have seen two cases where people lost their souls for very little. Abraham, on the other hand, would not sell his for anything. God asked him for the life of his son Isaac, and Abraham obeyed. Genesis 22:9-11 states it this way: “Then they came to a place of which God had told him (Abraham). And Abraham built an altar there and placed the wood in order; and he bound Isaac his son and laid him on the altar, upon the wood. And Abraham stretched out his hand and took the knife to slay his son. But the Angel of the Lord called to him from heaven and said, “Abraham, Abraham!” And he (Abraham) said, “Here I am.” And He (the Angel) said, “Do not lay your hand on the lad, or do anything to him; for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from Me.”

How much is your soul worth to you? Are you going to sell it for drugs, liquor, sex or other so-called worldly pleasures? Only you know! If you want to make sure you will spend eternity rejoicing with God, and not suffering in the lake of fire, all you have to do is receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. You see, although salvation is priceless, and no amount of money could ever pay for it, God makes it free to you. His Son Jesus Christ already paid the full price with something that money cannot buy – His blood and His life. All you have to do is accept 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 you, and make you His child.

“Father God, I repent of all my sins. Please forgive me, as I believe and confess that Jesus is Your Son, that He suffered, bled, died and resurrected on the third day to pay for my sins. I ask Him to be my Lord and Savior, and for the Holy Spirit to live in me, so He can guide me and protect me. Thank You Father! Amen.”

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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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DO NOT DESPAIR

The world may look good or bleak from your perspective, but to most people around the world it looks bad. It seems to be going from bad to worse. That, of course, is the signs of the times. However God does not want you to despair, because although it may not look like it, He is still in control of the whole world, and He will never leave you nor forsake you.

NUMBERS 11:14-17

“I (Moses) am not able to bear all these people alone, because the burden is too heavy for me. If You (God) treat me like this, please kill me here and now—if I have found favor in Your sight—and do not let me see my wretchedness!”  So the Lord said to Moses: “Gather to Me seventy men of the elders of Israel, whom you know to be the elders of the people and officers over them; bring them to the tabernacle of meeting, that they may stand there with you. Then I will come down and talk with you there. I will take of the Spirit that is upon you and will put the same upon them; and they shall bear the burden of the people with you, that you may not bear it yourself alone.”

Moses was in despair because the people who were with him in the desert were asking for meat and he could not supply it. He prayed to God and God intervened and provided the meat, as well as leaders who would help him.

If you are in despair call out to God. He will help you carry the burden. You were not meant to carry the burden alone. God is willing and able to help you.

MATTHEW 27:3-5

 Then Judas, His betrayer (betrayed Jesus), seeing that He had been condemned, was remorseful and brought back the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders,  saying, “I have sinned by betraying innocent blood.” And they said, “What is that to us? You see to it!” Then he threw down the pieces of silver in the temple and departed, and went and hanged himself.”

Judas felt remorse and was in deep despair, but if he had repented and asked Jesus for forgiveness, he would have been forgiven. He would be in heaven today, instead of hell where he is.

1 KINGS 19:1-4

“And Ahab (the king) told Jezebel (wife and queen) all that Elijah had done, also how he had executed all the prophets with the sword.  Then Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah, saying, “So let the gods do to me, and more also, if I do not make your life as the life of one of them by tomorrow about this time.”  And when he (the prophet Elijah) saw that, he arose and ran for his life, and went to Beersheba, which belongs to Judah, and left his servant there. But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a broom tree. And he prayed that he might die, and said, “It is enough! Now, Lord, take my life, for I am no better than my fathers!”

God had worked mighty miracles through the prophet Elijah, yet when queen Jezebel threatened him, he went into despair. He should have prayed to God instead. Later on God took him alive to heaven. He did not have to die.

JONAH 3:10 – JONAH 4:1-3

“Then God saw their works (the people of Nineveh), that they turned from their evil way; and God relented from the disaster that He had said He would bring upon them, and He did not do it.” (Jonah 4:1-3) – “But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he became angry. So he prayed to the Lord, and said, “Ah, Lord was not this what I said when I was still in my country? Therefore I fled previously to Tarshish; for I knew that You are a gracious and merciful God, slow to anger and abundant in lovingkindness. One who relents from doing harm. Therefore now, O Lord, please take my life from me, for it is better for me to die than to live.”

The people of Nineveh were extremely mean, and God was going to destroy them completely, but all of them repented and God had mercy on them. Their forgiveness displeased the prophet Jonah and he fell into despair to the point that he wanted to die. He should have been glad that God had mercy on those people. He should have been praising God. The lesson to be learned is that we should be praying for our enemies to repent and come to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.

HEBREWS 13:5

“Let your conduct be without covetousness, and be content with such things as you have. For He (God) Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

If we are Christ followers, He will always be with us. He will help us in time of need if we call out to Him. He wants us to make our requests known to Him (Philippians 4:6).

DEUTERONOMY 31:6-8

“Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them (the enemy); for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.”Then Moses called Joshua and said to him in the sight of all Israel, “Be strong and of good courage, for you must go with this people to the land which the Lord has sworn to their fathers to give them, and you shall cause them to inherit it. And the Lord, He is the One who goes before you. He will be with you, He will not leave you nor forsake you; do not fear nor be dismayed.”

Moses gave those words from God to Joshua and the Israelites just before they crossed into the promised land. We are not to fear or fall into despair for the Lord our God is always with us if we are Christians.

Because they were human even great men of God have fallen into despair. If it happens to us, let it be momentarily because our God is always with us. All we have to do is put our trust, faith, and confidence in Him.

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T H E   T A L E N T S

We are on this earth for a purpose, and that purpose is to do the will of God, not ours. God has given each and every one of us different talents and abilities. Our task is to develop them, so we can share them in love with others for the common good.

MATTHEW 25:19-23

“So he who had received five talents came and brought five other talents, saying, ‘Lord, you delivered to me five talents; look, I have gained five more talents besides them.’  His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’  He also who had received two talents came and said, ‘Lord, you delivered to me two talents; look, I have gained two more talents besides them.’ His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’”

Although the talents in this parable refer to money talents can also be the physical and spiritual gifts we have. God gave them to us, and He wants us to use them in a productive way for His glory. We are to bless others with our talents, abilities and spiritual gifts.

ROMANS 12:3-4

“For I (Paul the apostle), say, through the grace given to me to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.  For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function,”

God has not only given to each one of us a measure of faith, but also some talents and abilities. On top of that He puts opportunities in front of us on a regular basis. Whether we take advantage of them or not is up to us.

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.”

We were created by God to do good works. That means to help each other, and to bring into the knowledge of Jesus Christ and salvation the ones who do not know Him yet.

JAMES 1:16-18

 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.  Of His own will He brought us forth by the word of truth, that we might be a kind of first fruits of His creatures.”

All our talents and abilities as well as all the spiritual gifts that we may practice and display come from God. Since God is the Father of lights that makes us the lights. We are supposed to be a light in a dark world. Watch the news and you will understand just how dark this world really is.

1 CORINTHIANS 12:4-7

“There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.  There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of activities, but it is the same God who works all in all. But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all:”

God has given each one of us talents, abilities, and spiritual gifts, so we can be a blessing to others. By blessing others we are serving Him. That is His will for our lives.

JOHN 15:16 and JOHN 15:7-8

 “You did not choose Me (Jesus), but I chose you (His disciples) and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you.” John 15:7-8 – “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.”

Although Jesus was talking to His disciples, it applies to us too. He chose us to bear good fruit. That fruit is telling others about salvation and loving others as we love ourselves.

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.”

We can comply with God’s will by loving ourselves, loving others, and by loving God. That love, however, has to be demonstrated. We cannot just talk the talk – we have to walk the walk.

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GOD CHOOSES THE WEAK

Men would think that God would choose the perfect, the sinless, the strong, the powerful, the intelligent, the famous, the wealthy, the healthy and the independent, but He chooses the weak, the hurting, the sick, the poor, the broken ones, the sinners, the imperfect, and the ones who are dependent on Him.

1 CORINTHIANS 1:27-29

“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.”
God has chosen the weak, the poor, the imperfect, the hurting, the broken, the sinners, and the ones who depend on Him, so that the glory will go to Him and not to anything or anybody else.

DEUTERONOMY 7:6-8

“For you are a holy people to the LORD your God; the LORD your God has chosen you to be a people for His own possession out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth. “The LORD did not set His love on you nor choose you because you were more in number than any of the peoples, for you were the fewest of all peoples, but because the LORD loved you and kept the oath which He swore to your forefathers, the LORD brought you out by a mighty hand and redeemed you from the house of slavery, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt.”
God did not choose the Jewish people because they were the most numerous, the most powerful, or the most intelligent. He chose them because He had a covenant with them, and He made that covenant because they were few in number, weak and needed Him. He will choose you if you come to Him broken, in humility, sincerity, and knowing that you need Jesus to be your savior. You cannot save yourself.

MATTHEW 9:9-13

“As Jesus passed on from there, He saw a man named Matthew (he was a detested tax collector) sitting at the tax office . And He said to him, “Follow Me.” So he arose and followed Him. Now it happened, as Jesus sat at the table in the house, that behold, many tax collectors and sinners came and sat down with Him and His disciples. And when the Pharisees (the religious leaders) saw it, they said to His disciples, “Why does your Teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?” When Jesus heard that, He said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy and not sacrifice.’ For I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.”
Jesus came for the people who need salvation and who need help. He did not come for the ones who think they don’t need a Savior nor need help,

JUDGES 6:14-16

“Then the Lord turned to him (Gideon) and said, “Go in this might of yours, and you shall save Israel from the hand of the Midianites, have I not sent you?” So he (Gideon) said to Him (the Lord), “O my Lord, how can I save Israel? Indeed my clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father’s house.” And the Lord said to him, “Surely I will be with you, and you shall defeat the Midianites as one man.”
God chose Gideon because he belonged to a small weak clan and because he was the least in his family. That way God would get the glory and not men.

1 SAMUEL 16:10-12

“ Thus Jesse made seven of his sons pass before Samuel (a prophet of God). And Samuel said to Jesse, “The LORD has not chosen these.” And Samuel said to Jesse, “Are all the young men here?” Then he said, “There remains yet the youngest, and there he is, keeping the sheep.” And Samuel said to Jesse, “Send and bring him. For we will not sit down till he comes here.” So he sent and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, with bright eyes, and good-looking. And the LORD said, “Arise, anoint him; for this is the one!”
God had told the prophet Samuel to anoint one of Jesse’s sons to be the king over Israel. Jesse had seven of his oldest sons who were big and strong go before Samuel, but God had not chosen one of them. David was an adolescent taking care of the sheep, and he was the one God had chosen. There were three reasons for that: 1. It was God’s will. 2. God chooses the weak things of the world to shame the strong ones. 3. God looks at a person’s heart and not the physical.
God wants you to be a light to others. He wants to work through you. Do not make up excuses, such as: I am too young. I am too old. I am not a good speaker. I am not wealthy. I don’t have a college education. I don’t have a platform. I don’t have enough time. I don’t know the word of God well enough. No matter what excuse you come up with, it’s not good enough. God wants to work through your weaknesses, so He will get the glory, and not you or anybody else.
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HOW MANY TIMES SHOULD I FORGIVE?

People find it very difficult to forgive others who have wronged them. They even find it difficult to repent of what they have done to others, to God or even to themselves. Most of the time people do not apologize for some wrong they have done because they feel that is a sign of weakness or because it makes them feel vulnerable.

MATTHEW 6:14-15

“For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”
This is what Jesus told His disciples to do in “The Lord’s Prayer.” If we do not forgive those who do something wrong to us, God will not forgive our sins, and if He does not forgive our sins we are headed for hell.

COLOSSIANS 3:12-13

“Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do.”

MATTHEW 18:21-22

“Then Peter came to Him (Jesus Christ) and said, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.”
What Jesus meant was that we have to forgive other people as many times as it takes.

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.”
Who should repent? All of us because we fall short of the glory of God – Romans 3:23. All of us sin because of our sinful nature, and God understand that, but when that happens we should repent and ask God to forgive us.

ACTS 17:30-31

“ Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent, because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead.”
In order to receive salvation we have to repent of all our sins, ask Father God to forgive us, believe and confess that Jesus suffered, died and resurrected to pay for our sins, and ask Him to be our Lord and Savior.

MATTHEW 5:24

“But I say to you that whoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment. And whoever says to his brother, ‘Raca!’ shall be in danger of the council. But whoever says, ‘You fool!’ shall be in danger of hell fire. Therefore if you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar, and go your way. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.” We should be at peace with everyone. For the sake of peace we should not be afraid to apologize to others even if it was not our fault.

EPHESIANS 4:26-27

“Be angry, and do not sin”: do not let the sun go down on your wrath, nor give place to the devil.”
Do not go to bed angry. If there is strife between a family member and you, apologize to him or her, and go to bed at peace with yourself, with other members of the family, and with God.
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