Thought Of The Week

                                                                            WHAT A BORING LIFE!
If all of us looked the same, if we were the same color, if we had the same thoughts, if we spoke the same language and if we had the same likes and dislikes what a boring life this would be. It is our differences that make life interesting.
To keep this life being interesting, do not try to be like somebody else. Just be yourself. God made you the way you are, so make the most of it. That does not mean that you should not try to improve in areas where you are weak. You should keep on learning and trying to improve yourself as long as you are capable of doing that.
                                                                   ¡QUÉ VIDA TAN ABURRIDA!
Si todos nos pareciéramos, fuéramos del mismo color, tuviéramos los mismos pensamientos, habláramos la misma lengua y tuviéramos los mismos gustos y disgustos, esta vida sería muy aburrida. Son nuestras diferencias las que hacen la vida interesante.
Para que tu vida se mantenga interesante, no trates de ser otra persona. Simplemente debes ser quien tú eres. Así te hizo Dios, vive lo mejor que puedas. Eso no significa que no debes tratar de mejorar en las áreas que eres débil. Debes continuar aprendiendo y tratar de mejorarte hasta que ya no seas capaz.

                                                                           NOT BACK TO NORMAL
Most people want us to go back to the way it used to be. In other words, they want this world to go back to normal, according to their way of thinking. What used to be normal is an insult to God. I do not want that because before COVID-19 this world was far from God. I want this world to be closer to God than it has ever been, and that can only be accomplished if we change our way of thinking and our way of acting. We should be trying to create “a new normal” according to the will of God.

                                                                    NO VOLVER A LO NORMAL
La mayoría de las personas quieren que volvamos a lo que era. En otras palabras, quieren que el mundo vuelva a lo normal, según su modo de pensar. Lo que era normal es un insulto para Dios. Yo no deseo eso, porque antes del COVID-19 el mundo estaba lejos de Dios. Yo quiero que nos acerquemos más cerca a dios de lo que jamás hayamos estado, y eso solamente puede lograrse si cambiamos nuestro modo de pensar y proceder. Debemos estar tratando de crear “un nuevo normal” según la voluntad de Dios.

INSTEAD OF FEELING SORRY…

Instead of just feeling sorry for ourselves we ought think of the less fortunate. This COVID-19 is the perfect time for us to practice kindness. We can assist some of the people who cannot help themselves, such as the elderly, children, people who are ill, poor people who are unemployed and so on.

EN VEZ DE TENERNOS LÁSTIMA…

En vez de tenernos lástima con nosotros mismos debemos pensar en los menos afortunados. Este COVID-19 nos da la perfecta oportunidad para practicar benevolencia. Podemos ayudarles a los que no pueden hacerlo por sí mismos. Hablamos de los ancianos, los niños, gente enferma, y gente pobre desempleado sin los recursos necesarios.

 ENJOY THE DAY


If you are working from home or have been laid off, enjoy your home and the time with your family. Do not feel sorry for yourself or start blaming others. Just do the best you can, and get closer to God. The proper positive attitude will help you navigate through this unchartered territory. God bless you!


DISFRUTE LOS DÍAS

Si está trabajando de su hogar o si lo han despedido del trabajo, disfrute su hogar y el tiempo con su familia. ¡No se tenga lástima ni culpe a otros! Simplemente haga lo mejor que pueda, y acérquese más a Dios. Una actitud positiva y correcta le ayudará a navegar por estas aguas desconocidas. ¡Que nuestro Señor lo bendiga!

                                                                           ENJOY THE DAY
If you are working from home or have been laid off, enjoy your home and the time with your family. Do not feel sorry for yourself or start blaming others. Just do the best you can, and get closer to God. The proper positive attitude will help you navigate through this unchartered territory. God bless you!


DISFRUTE LOS DÍAS


Si está trabajando de su hogar o si lo han despedido del trabajo, disfrute su hogar y el tiempo con su familia. ¡No se tenga lástima ni culpe a otros! Simplemente haga lo mejor que pueda, y acérquese más a Dios. Una actitud positiva y correcta le ayudará a navegar por estas aguas desconocidas. ¡Que nuestro Señor lo bendiga!

                                          DON’T CRITICIZE, DO SOMETHING CONSTRUCTIVE
It is very easy to criticize, but it is a lot harder to actually do something to ameliorate any situation. The Democrats in Washington know too well how to criticize the President, but the problem is…They are not doing anything to help the country.
Look me up on Facebook: Raul Ledesma, Sparks, Nevada


NO CRITIQUES, HAZ ALGO CONSTRUCTIVO


Es muy fácil criticar, pero es mucho más difícil hacer algo para mejorar la situación. Los Demócratas en Washington saben muy bien como criticar al Presidente, pero el problema es…
No están haciendo nada para ayudarle al país.
Búsqueme en Facebook: Raul Ledesma, Sparks, Nevada

  YOU MUST HAVE BIG FAITH

In order to succeed you must have big faith, and that faith has to be much bigger than your fears and your uncertainties. Your God has to be much bigger than your obstacles. If your obstacles are bigger than your god and your faith, you will never make it. You will be defeated before you start.
Raise your faith in God and confidence in yourself and you will succeed. Yes, there will be problems and obstacles, but they will only be hurdles, learning experiences, and challenges to overcome.

TIENES QUE TENER UNA FE GRANDE

Para tener éxito, tienes que tener fe, y esa fe tiene que ser más grande que tus temores y tus incertidumbres. Tu dios tiene que ser más grande que tus obstáculos. Si tus obstáculos son más grandes que tu dios y tu fe, jamás lograrás tener éxito. Estarás derrotado antes de comenzar.
Eleva tu fe en Dios y la confianza en ti mismo, y tendrás éxito. Sí, habrá problemas y obstáculos, pero simplemente serán impedimentos, experiencias de aprendizaje, y retos para conquistar.

                                                                          PRIORITIES CHANGE
From the very day we are born our priorities continue to change. The main reason for that is that our needs continue to change. The Corona Virus has definitely had an impact on our needs. Who would have thought that having plenty of toilet paper would become one of our priorities? Being that food and toilet paper are two of our most basic needs they became top priorities. It is ironic, but true.
We are praying that the COVID-19 will be over by the 17th of April 2020. Help us pray that. If it lasts any longer than that our needs and our priorities will probably keep on changing.
                                                              LAS PRIORIDADES CAMBIAN
Desde el día que nacemos nuestras prioridades van cambiando. La razón principal es que nuestras necesidades continúan cambiando. El virus corona definitivamente ha impactado nuestras necesidades. ¿Quién hubiera pensado que el tener mucho papel sanitario iba a ser una prioridad para casi todo el mundo? Siendo que los comestibles y el papel sanitario son dos de nuestras necesidades básicas más importantes se han convertido en prioridades.
Estamos orando que el peligro del virus se termine para el 17 de Abril. Ayúdenos a orar. Si dura más que eso, nuestras necesidades y prioridades continuarán cambiando

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famous quotes

                                 

                               PEDRO INFANTE (1917-1957) – Famous Mexican Singer and Actor
“To fight for someone who does not love you is like waiting for a boat at the airport.”
Waiting for a boat to come in at the airport is like chasing after the wind or trying to catch the elusive butterfly. In other words, it would be ridiculous.

                               PEDRO INFANTE (1917-1957) – Famoso Cantante y Actor Mexicano
“Luchar por alguien que no te quiere es como esperar un barco en el aeropuerto.”
Esperar que llegue un barco al aeropuerto es como perseguir al viento o creer en un cuento de hadas. En otras palabras, sería una tontería.

ANDRÉ MALRAUX (1901-1976) – French Novelist and Art Theorist
Monsieur Malraux said: “Souvent la différence entre une personne qui réussit et un échec n’est pas celle qui a de meilleures capacités, mais le courage qu’il faut pour parier sur ses idées, pour prendre un risque calculé et pour agir,” which means: “Often the difference between a successful person and a failure is not one has better abilities, but the courage that one has to get on one’s ideas, to take a calculated risk and to act.”
In other words, we have to put some action to our ideas. Our ideas are just ideas, and they will fade away if we do not take action. There is a saying that says: “The way to hell is paved with good intentions.” Good intentions without action are worthless.

ANDRÉ MALRAUX (1901-1976) – Novelista Francés y Teorista del Arte
El señor Malraux dijo: “Souvent la différence entre une personne qui réussit et un échec n’est pas celle qui a de meilleures capacités, mais le courage qu’il faut pour parier sur ses idées, pour
prendre un risque calculé et pour agir,” lo que significa es: “A menudo la diferencia entre una persona exitosa y una fracasada no es que uno tiene mejores habilidades, sino el valor que uno tiene para obrar sobre sus ideas, de tomar riesgos calculados y de actuar.”
En otras palabras, le tenemos que poner acción a nuestras ideas. Las ideas simplemente son ideas, y se mueren si no tomamos acción. Hay un dicho en inglés que dice: “The ways to hell is paved with good intentions.” Eso quiere decir: “El camino al infierno está pavimentado con buenas intenciones.” Las buenas intenciones sin acción son como basura.

ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON (1850-1894) – Scottish Novelist and Travel Writer
“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds that you plant.”
This is not necessarily talking about an agricultural harvest, although it does apply there too. It applies very well to relationships. The relationships we initiate today could bring tremendous profits tomorrow. This could be just about in every area of our lives.
In the Bible the seed is the word of God. The seed of God’s word that we plant today could produce a Billy Graham and bring thousands of people into salvation. Even if it only touches one person the latter would wind up spending eternity with God, instead of spending it in the lake of fire.

ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON (1850-1894) – Novelista Escocés y Escritor Viajero
“No juzgues cada día por la cosecha que recibas, sino por las semillas que plantes.”
No habla necesariamente de una cosecha agrícola, aunque sí se puede aplicar de esa manera. Les aplica perfectamente bien a las relaciones personales. Las relaciones que establecemos hoy pueden traernos tremendos beneficios mañana. Y eso puede suceder en cualquier área de nuestras vidas.
En la biblia la semilla se refiere a la palabra de Dios. La semilla de la palabra de Dios que plantemos o sembremos hoy puede producir un Billy Graham quien traiga millones de almas a la salvación. Y si solamente toca a un individuo éste hubiera pasado la eternidad en el lago de fuego, pero ahora la pasará con Dios.

PA NEWS PHOTO 15/7/72 LEE TREVINO OF USA WITH THE TROPHY AFTER WINNING THE OPEN GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS AT MUIRFIELD

LEE TREVINO (1939 – Present) – Retired Mexican-American Professional Golfer
“The older I get, the better I used to be.” That goes along with the fishermen’s stories. As time passes, the fish they caught become bigger and bigger. The same is true for “the good old times.” They seem to become better and better.

LEE TREVIÑO (1939 – Presente) – Golfista Profesional México-Americano Ya Retirado
“Entre más viejo me hago, era mejor.” Eso es muy parecido a los cuentos de los pescadores. Así como va pasando el tiempo los pescados que pescaron se van haciendo más y más grandes. Lo mismo sucede con “los buenos días del pasado.” Entre más tiempo pasa se van haciendo mejores y mejores.

                                  RICARDO MONTALBAN (1920-2009) – Movie Star – Made Movies in USA And in Mexico
“Politics is too partisan, and sometimes patriotism is cast aside. Patriotism is honor and love of your country and of your brothers and sisters. With politics I get the impression that it’s all about what’s good for the party, and not necessarily what’s good for the country.”
Although Ricardo Montalban wrote this years ago, it applies to us more than ever today. We have two political parties in Washington that resemble cats and dogs more than they do people with intelligent minds.

RICARDO MONTALBÁN (1920-2009) – Actor Mexicano – Hizo Películas en México y en USA.
“La política es demasiado partidista, y a veces el patriotismo se echa a un lado. El patriotismo es el honor y el amor a su país y a sus hermanos y hermanas. Con la política me da la impresión de que se trata de lo que es bueno para el partido y no necesariamente lo que es bueno para el país.”
Aunque Ricardo Montalbán escribió esto años pasados, actualmente nos aplica a nosotros más que nunca. Tenemos dos partidos políticos en Washington que son más semejantes a un perro y un gato que a gente con mentes inteligentes.

JOHN ADAMS (1735-1826) – American Statesman, Attorney, Diplomat, Writer, Founding Father, Second President of the USA.
“Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”
We were “a moral and religious people,” and we should go back to that. We should not allow the politicians or a minority group to take that away from us.

JOHN ADAMS (1735-1826) – Estadounidense Padre Fundador, Estadista Teórico Político, Diplomático, , Escritor, Abogado, y Segundo Presidente de los Estados Unidos.
“Nuestra Constitución fue hecha solamente para una gente moral y religiosa. Es completamente inadecuada para el gobierno de cualquier otra (gente).”
Éramos “gente moral y religiosa,” y debemos volver a ser eso. No debemos permitir que los políticos o un grupo de minorías nos quiten eso.

 

  FEDERICO GARCIA LORCA (1898-1936) – Spanish Poet, Playwright, Theatre Director
“I will always be on the side of those who have nothing and who are not even allowed to enjoy the nothing they have in peace.”
More people need to advocate for the poor just as he was. Almost in every single country the poor are mistreated and given less opportunities than the wealthy.
      FEDERICO GARCÍA LORCA (1898-1936) – Poeta Español, dramaturgo y Director de Teatro .
“Siempre estaré al lado de aquellos que no tienen nada y que ni siquiera pueden disfrutar de nada de lo que tienen en paz.”
Más gente debe abogar por los pobres como lo hacia él. casi en todo país los pobres son maltratados y tienen menos oportunidades que los ricos.

                             

GEORGE WASHINGTON (1732-1799) – General, Political Leader, First USA President.
George Washington said: “The harder the conflict, the greater the triumph.”
The harder we work or fight to achieve a goal, the greater the satisfaction and feeling.

GEORGE WASHINGTON (1732-1799) – General, Líder Político, Primer Presidente EUA.
George Washington dijo: “Entre más duro sea el conflicto, más grande el triunfo.”
Entre más duro trabajemos o luchemos para lograr una meta, más grande es la satisfacción.

 

      MANNY PACQUIAO (1978-Present) – Filipino Professional Boxer and Politician
“I want to let people know that there is a God who can raise someone from nothing into something, and that’s me. I came from nothing into something and I owe everything to God. He gave me His blessing. It’s all credit to the Lord.”
Not only is he one of the greatest boxers, but he is a wonderful Christian. He is helping the poor people in his country – the Philippines. May our God keep on blessing him!

                                  MANNY PACQUIAO (1978 – Presente) – Es Filipino Boxeador Profesional y Político
“Quiero que la gente sepa que hay un Dios quien puede levantar a uno de la nada y llevarlo a ser alguien, y ese alguien soy yo. Vine de la nada a ser algo y le debo todo a Dios. Me dio su bendición. Todo el crédito es para el Señor.”
No solamente es uno de los boxeadores más grandes, sino que es un buen cristiano. Le ayuda mucho a la gente pobre de su país – las islas filipinas.

DOC HOLLIDAY (1851-1887) – American Gambler, Gunfighter and Dentist
“Why should I obtain by force that which I can obtain by cheating.”
Of course, I do not agree with him, but many of our politicians would agree with him. Not only the politicians, but many of the wealthy businessmen would agree as well.

DOC HOLLIDAY (1851-1887) – Tahur Estadounidense, Pistolero y Dentista
“Por qué obtener a la fuerza lo que puedo obtener haciendo trampa.”
Desde luego que no estoy de acuerdo con él, pero muchos de los políticos sí lo están, y no solamente los políticos, sino que también muchos de los empresarios.

GUY DE MAUPASSANT (1850-1893) – 19TH Century French Author
“Le voyage est une espèce de porte par où l’on sorte de la réalité comme pour pénétrer dans une réalité inexplorée qui semble un rêve.” That, of course, means, “Travel, like dreams, is a door that opens from the real world into a world that is yet to be.”
Traveling is one of the best educations a person can have. Not only do we learn a lot by traveling, but it also makes our dreams come true.

GUY DE MAUPASSANT (1850-1893) – Escritor Francés del Siglo 19
“Le voyage est une espèce de porte par où l’on sorte de la réalité comme pour pénétrer dans une réalité inexplorée qui semble un rêve.” Desde luego que eso significa, “Viajar, como los sueños, es una puerta que se abre del mundo verdadero a una realidad inexplorada que parece ser un sueño.”
El viajar es una de las mejores educaciones y aprendizajes que uno puede tener. No solamente aprendemos algo, sino que hace que nuestros sueños se conviertan en realidades

MARKUS ZUSAK (1975-Present) – Australian Writer of German Origin
“Sometimes people are beautiful. Not in looks. Not in what they say. Just in what they are.”
Many people are beautiful just because of who they are, They do not need any special talents or abilities. It is their attitude and demeanor that sets them apart from the rest.

MARKUS ZUSAK (1975-Presente) – Escritor Australiano de Origen Alemán
“A veces la gente es bella. No en apariencia. No en lo que dice. Solamente en lo que es.”
Muchas personas son hermosas por lo que son. No necesitan talentos ni habilidades especiales. Es su actitud y comportamiento lo que los destaca de los demás

MAHATMA GANDHI (1869-1948) – Indian Lawyer, Anti-Colonial Nationalist and Political Ethicist.
“Power is of two kinds. One is obtained by the fear of punishment and the other by acts of love. Power based on love is a thousand times more effective and permanent than the one derived from fear of punishment.”
Not only is his statement correct, but if applied universally this world would be a much better place than what it is.

MAHATMA GANDHI (1869-1948) – Pensador, Abogado y Político Hinduista
“Hay dos clases de poder. Uno se obtiene por el miedo de ser castigado y el otro por actos de amor. El poder basado en el amor es mil veces más efectivo y permanente que el derivado por el miedo al castigo.”
No solamente tiene la razón, sino que si se aplicara universalmente este mundo sería mucho mejor de lo que es.

LIONEL MESSI (1987-Present) – Argentine Professional Footballer
“There’s nothing more satisfying than seeing a happy and smiling child. I always help in any way I can, even if its only by signing an autograph. A child’s smile is worth more than all the money in the world.”
All adults should be nice and kind to children. They are our future. A happy child becomes a happy adult in most cases.

LIONEL MESSI (1987-Presente) – Argentino Jugador Profesional de Fútbol .
“No hay nada más satisfactorio que ver a un niño feliz y sonriente. Siempre he ayudado como puedo incluso si significa solamente firmar un autógrafo. La sonrisa de un niño vale más que cualquier cantidad de dinero en el mundo.”
Todos los adultos deberían ser amables y simpáticos con los niños. Son nuestro futuro. Un niño feliz se convierte en un adulto feliz en la mayoría de los casos.

BALTASAR GRACIAN (1601-1658)

“The first step to ignorance is to boast you know.”
Many times people boast that they know what they really do not know. It is much better just to admit that one does not know but is willing to learn.

 

BALTASAR GRACIAN (1601-1658)

“El primer paso de la ignorancia es presumir saber.”
Mucha gente presume saber lo que en realidad no sabe. Es mucho mejor admitir que uno no sabe hacer algo, pero que está dispuesto a aprender

BENJAMIN NETANYAHU

“History has shown us time and time again that what is right is not what is popular.”
Look at what is popular in the United States, and that is definitely not right. But then again, it is in the Bible. In Isaiah 5:20-21, God speaking through the prophet Isaiah says: “ Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!”
If you look at the politicians in Washington you will understand that they calling good to what is wrong, and bad to what is right. They are also calling their lies truths, and the truths of others lies.

BENJAMÍN NETANYAHU

“La historia nos ha enseñado vez tras vez que lo que es correcto no es lo que es popular.”
Mira lo que es popular en los Estados Unidos, y eso definitivamente no es correcto. La biblia ya lo ha explicado. En Isaías 5:20-21, Dios hablando por medio del profeta Isaías dice: “!!Ay de los que a lo malo dicen bueno, y a lo bueno malo; que hacen de la luz tinieblas, y de las tinieblas luz; que ponen lo amargo por dulce, y lo dulce por amargo!! !!Ay de los sabios en sus propios ojos, y de los que son prudentes delante de sí mismos!!”
Si escuchas a los políticos de Washington verás que a lo malo le llaman bueno, y a lo bueno le llaman malo. También a sus mentiras les llaman verdades, y a las verdades de otros les llaman mentiras.

ANDY WILLIAMS (1927-2012) – American Pop Singer

“The important things are children, honesty, integrity and faith.”
One needs to love children because they desperately need it and because it will make a big difference in their lives. We need to be honest with each other, have integrity, and live by faith. If all of us were to do those four things this world would be a much better place than it is right now.

ANDY WILLIAMS (1927-2012) – Cantante Estadounidense

“Las cosas importantes son los niños, la honestidad, la integridad y la fe.”
Uno debe amar a los niños porque lo necesitan desesperadamente y porque hace una gran diferencia en sus vidas. Necesitamos ser honestos los unos con los otros, tener integridad, y vivir por fe. Si todos hiciéramos esas cuatro cosas este mundo estaría mucho mejor de lo que está actualmente.

 

MARGARET THATCHER (1925-2013) –

                      British Stateswoman/Prime Minister 1979-1990
“The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other peoples’ money.”
She was right on target. Socialism has not produced positive results in any country. Unfortunately there is a political party in our country – the USA – that is inclined to believe in that, and wants to impose it to us the normal citizens.

MARGARET THATCHER (1925-2013) – Política Británica/Primer Ministro 1979-1990
“El problema con el socialismo es que eventualmente a uno se le acaba el dinero de otra gente.”
Tenía toda la razón. El socialismo no ha funcionado bien en ningún país. Desafortunadamente hay un partido político en nuestro país – Los Estados Unidos de América – que se inclina a creer eso, y quiere imponérnoslo a nosotros los ciudadanos.

BILLY GRAHAM (1918-2018) – American Evangelist
“The greatest legacy one can pass on to one’s children and grandchildren is not money or other material things accumulated in one’s life, but rather a legacy of character and faith.”
Many people cannot handle fame and fortune because they do not have the proper character nor enough faith in God. Many of the ones who do not have God in their lives do not have wisdom because wisdom comes from God.
BILLY GRAHAM (1918-2018) – Evangelista Norteamericano
“El mayor legado que uno les puede pasar a sus hijos y a sus nietos no es dinero ni otras cosas materiales acumuladas durante la vida de uno, sino un legado de carácter y fe.”
Mucha gente no puede manejar la fama ni la fortuna, porque no tienen el carácter adecuado ni la suficiente fe en Dios. Muchas de las personas quienes no tienen a Dios en sus vidas no tienen sabiduría, porque la sabiduría viene de Dios.

 

VICTOR HUGO (1802-1885) – French Author

“Short as life is, we make it still shorter by the careless waste of time.”
He was right because most people do not really appreciate life. They abuse their bodies and live life carelessly. Because of that they die before their time, and they fail to enjoy life to the fullest. Enjoy life and do the best you can, because you will not have a second chance.

VíCTOR HUGO (1802-1885) – Escritor Francés

“Tan corta como es la vida, la hacemos más corta por el tiempo que gastamos descuidadamente.”
Tenía mucha razón, porque la mayoría de la gente, en realidad, no aprecia la vida. Abusan de sus cuerpos, y viven una vida desenfrenada. Por esa razón mueren antes de su tiempo, y no disfrutan la vida a lo máximo. Disfruta tu vida haciendo lo mejor que puedas, porque no tendrás una segunda oportunidad.

SIMON BOLIVAR

SIMON BOLIVAR (1783-1830) – Venezuelan Military, Politician and Founder of the Republics of Grand Colombia and Bolivia.
“The man of honor does not have another country than the one where the citizens’ rights are protected, and humanity’s sacred character is respected.” He fought for that all his life. It would be great if some world leaders would think that way today.
SIMÓN BOLÍVAR (1783-1830) – Militar, Político Venezolano y Fundador de las Repúblicas de la Gran Colombia y Bolivia.
“El hombre de honor no tiene más patria que aquella en que se protegen los derechos de los ciudadanos y se respeta el carácter sagrado de la humanidad.”

GLENN CAMPBELL (1936 – 2017) – American Singer
“There’s no pillow as soft as a clear conscience.” In other words, when one has a clear conscience one can sleep like a baby because there is nothing to hide, and nothing to fear. There’s a lot of truth to Glenn Campbell’s statement.

GLENN CAMPBELL (1936 – 2017) – Cantante Estadounidense
“No hay almohada tan suavecita como una conciencia limpia.” En otras palabras, si uno tiene la conciencia limpia uno puede dormir como un bebecito, porque no hay nada que esconder, y nada a que temerle. Hay mucha verdad en la declaración de Glenn Campbell

 

TED CRUZ (1970 – Present) – American Lawyer, Politician and US Senator.

“If you hate the Jewish people, you are not reflecting the teachings of Christ.” Truer words have not been spoken. He is right on target. How can a person say he is a Christian, and hate the Jewish people – God’s chosen people? We are to love them and pray for them on a daily basis. Read Genesis 12:3 and Psalm 122:6.

TED CRUZ (1970 – Presente) – Abogado, Político y Senador Norteamericano

“Si odias a la gente judía, no reflejas las enseñanzas de Cristo.” Son palabras de sabiduría. Él tiene toda la razón. ¿Cómo puede uno decir que es cristiano, y al mismo tiempo odiar a los judíos – el pueblo escogido de Dios? Debemos amarlos, y orar por ellos todos los días. Lee Génesis 12:3 y Salmo 122:6.

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

“It is what we are forced to do that forms our character, not what we do of our own free will.”

Problems, trials, challenges and difficult times form our character. Without them we would not really know who we are.

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

“Lo que estamos forzados a hacer es lo que forma nuestro carácter, no lo que hacemos por nuestro propio albedrío.”

Los problemas, las pruebas, los retos, y los tiempos difíciles forman nuestro carácter. Sin ellos ni sabríamos quienes somos.

DONALD TRUMP – President of the United States of America

“I like thinking big. If you are going to be thinking, you might as well think big.”

Small minds think small, and for that reason they really never accomplish anything big. In order to succeed, one has to think big, have a dream, have vision, and act. Those elements need to be present.

DONALD TRUMP – Presidente de los Estados Unidos de América

“Me gusta pensar a lo grande. Si vas a estar pensando, más vale que pienses a lo grande.”

Las mentes pequeñas piensan a lo pequeño, y por esa razón casi nunca logran algo grande. Para triunfar, uno tiene que pensar a lo grande, tener un sueño, tener visión, y actuar. Esos elementos tienen que estar presentes.

THOMAS JEFFERSON (1743 – 1826) – American Statesman, Diplomat, Lawyer and Third President of the USA.

“Do you want to know who you are? Don’t ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you.”

You are not necessarily what you think or what you do, but you are definitely what you do. Your actions speaks much louder than your words. Let your actions do your talking.

THOMAS JEFFERSON (1743-1826) – Político, Diplomático, Abogado y Tercer Presidente de los Estados Unidos de América.

¿Quieres saber quién eres? No preguntes. ¡Actúa! La acción te delineará y te definirá.”

No eres necesariamente lo que piensas o lo que dices, sino sí eres definitivamente lo que haces. Tu acción habla mucho más fuerte que tus palabras. Habla por medio de tus acciones.

FRANCISCO DE QUEVEDO (1580 – 1645) – Famous Spanish Author

“He who spends time repenting about his past, loses the present and jeopardizes the future.”

He was correct in saying that. Some people spend so much time worrying about the past, which they cannot change, and fail to enjoy the present, much less the future. The past is good to learn from it, but not to dwell in it. Not much good comes from reliving old memories.

FRANCISCO DE QUEVEDO (1580 – 1645) – Escritor Famoso Español.

“El que pasa tiempo arrepintiéndose del pasado, pierde el presente y arriesga el futuro.”

Tenía toda la razón en decir eso. Algunas personas pasan su tiempo preocupándose del pasado sin poderlo cambiar, y no disfrutan el presente mucho menos el futuro. El pasado solamente es bueno para aprender algo de él, pero no para revivirlo. No se gana uno nada con ir al pasado. No se puede vivir de puras memorias.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

RICARDO MONTALBAN (1920 -2009) – Mexican Actor

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

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

RICARDO MONTALBÁN (1920-2009) – Actor Mexicano

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

ALBERT EINSTEIN (1879-1955) – Científico Judío Alemán

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

GABRIEL GARCIA MARQUEZ (1927-2014 – Colombian Novelist

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

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

“Seek not outside yourself, heaven is within.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

TONY EVANS – American Pastor y Autor

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

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

TONY EVANS – Pastor Estadounidense y Autor

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

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

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

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

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

ARISTOTLE

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

ARISTÓTOLES

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

ALBERT EINSTEIN

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

ALBERT EINSTEIN

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

ARISTOTLE


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

ARISTÓTELES

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

MARK CAINE – Author

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

MARK CAINE – Autor

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

 

 

 

 

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jokes

                                                              I WANT FRENCH FRIES TOO
A drunk barges in to a library and rudely tells the librarian, “I want a hamburger.” Very carefully and silently the librarian whispers, “Sir, this is a library.” The drunk ponders a little bit and then whispers back: “I want fries with that and a Coke too.”

                                                        QUIERO PAPITAS FRITAS TAMBIÉN
Un borracho entra a una biblioteca y bruscamente le dice a la bibliotecaria, “Quiero una hamburguesa.” Con mucho cuidado la bibliotecaria le susurra: “Señor, esta es una biblioteca.” El borracho piensa poquito y luego le susurra: “Quiero papitas fritas y una Coca-Cola

                                             I AM LOOKING FOR A BRIDE TO GET MARRIED
Two young men are talking. John tells Philip: “I’m looking for a girl to get married, but I don’t know what to do.” Philip tells him: “That’s easy! Simply look for a girl you like, and ask her to marry you.” “It’s not that easy! My mother hasn’t liked any of the girls I have introduced to her,” John tells him. “Yes, it’s easy! Introduce to your mother a girl that looks and acts like her,” Philip advises him. John responds immediately, “I’ve done that, but my father did not like her at all.”

                                                              BUSCO NOVIA PARA CASARME
Dos jovencitos están hablando. Juan le dice a Felipe: “Estoy buscando novia para casarme, pero no sé qué hacer.” Felipe, “¿!Es fácil! Simplemente busca una chica que te guste y pídele que se case contigo.” “!No es así de fácil! A mi mamá no le ha gustado ninguna de las chicas que le he presentado,” le contesta Juan. “!Sí es fácil! Preséntale a tu mamá una chica que se parezca a ella en todo aspecto,” le dice Felipe. Le contesta Juan, “Ya lo hice, pero no le gustó de la nada a mi papá.”

 

                                                                  I WAS AFRAID TO OPEN
A young woman came to pastor a small church in a small town. She saw a young man she liked, so the next Saturday she passed by his house and knocked at the door. He did not open the door, so she left her card, which had written on it Revelation 3:20. Revelation 3:20 – “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.” After the service the next day she found a card in the offering bag with Genesis 3:10 on it. Genesis 3:10 – “I heard your voice in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked, and I hid myself.”

TUVE MIEDO DE ABRIR
Una jovencita llegó a una aldea para pastorear una iglesia pequeña. Vio a un joven que le gustó. y el próximo sábado pasó por su casa y llamó a la puerta. Él no abrió la puerta. La pastora dejó su tarjeta que tenía escrito: Apocalipsis 3:20. Apocalipsis 3:20 – “Yo estoy a la puerta y llamo; si alguno oye mi voz y abre la puerta, entraré a él, y cenaré con él, y él conmigo.” Después del servicio el siguiente día la pastora encontró en la bolsa de las ofrendas una tarjeta que tenía escrito Génesis 3:10. Génesis 3:10 – “Oí tu voz en el huerto, y tuve miedo, porque estaba desnudo; y me escondí.”

                                                            GOD DID NOT RECOGNIZE HER
After being prophesied by a so-called prophet at church that she would have a long life, a seventy-year-old lady who had recently become a widow had a liposuction done, enlarged her breasts, removed her wrinkles, and dyed her hair dark brown. As she was coming out of a store, a drunk driver ran over her and she died. When she got to heaven she asked God, “You told me through the prophet that I would live a long life.” Jesus told her, “I thought you were somebody else. You died because I did not recognize you.”

                                                                 DIOS NO LA RECONOCIÓ
Después que un profeta en la iglesia le profetizó a una señora de setenta años, quien recientemente había enviudado, que tendría una vida larga, ella se mandó hacer liposucción, se hizo agrandar los senos, se mandó quitar las arrugas, y se pintó el cabello café oscuro. Al salir de una tienda un borracho la atropelló y ella murió instantáneamente. Cuando llegó al cielo le preguntó a Jesús, “Me dijiste por medio del profeta que tendría vida larga.” Jesús le declaró, “Creía que eras otra persona. No te reconocí.”

                                                                         TWO CHILDLESS LADIES
Two ladies who had not been able to have babies met at the Laundromat. Mary tells Barbara, “My husband and I have been seeing the healing evangelist on seventh street for fourteen months, but we have not been able to get pregnant.” Barbara advises Mary. “You have to go in alone. I went there alone two weeks ago, and now I am expecting a baby.”

                                                                      DOS SEÑORAS SIN NIÑOS
Dos señoras quienes no habían podido tener hijos se conocieron en la lavandería. María le dice a Bárbara, “Mi esposo y yo hemos estado consultando al evangelista sanador en la calle séptima por catorce meses, y no hemos podido tener niño.” Bárbara le aconseja. “Tienes que ir sola. Yo fui sola hace dos semanas, y ahora estoy esperando bebé

                                                           THE FAITH-HEALING EVANGELIST
John, a carpenter, who had not seen his friend Bob, a faith-healing evangelist, for five years ran into him on the street. Bob asks John, “How is your brother Mike?” “He thinks he’s very ill,” replies John. “Mike isn’t sick. He only thinks that,” Bob tells him. Then he adds, “Tell him he’s not sick.” Six months later the two meet on the street again. “How’s your brother?” Bob asks. “He thinks he’s dead,” John tells him. Then John adds, “I told him he only thought he was dead, but he did not respond.”
                                                           EL EVANGELISTA SANADOR POR FE
Juan, carpintero por profesión, quien no había visto a su amigo Beto, un evangelista sanador por fe, hacia 5 años lo encontró en la calle. “Juan, ¿Cómo está tu hermano Miguel?” le pregunta Beto. “Él cree que está muy enfermo,” le responde Juan. “Miguel no está enfermo. Solamente piensa eso,” le dice Beto. Luego agrega, “Dile que solamente lo piensa.” Seis meses más tarde los amigos se vuelven a encontrar. “¿Cómo está tu hermano?” le pregunta Beto a Juan.“ Juan le contesta, “Él cree que está muerto.” Luego agrega, le dije que solamente pensaba que estaba muerto, pero no me respondió.

                                                                                    ONE DOLLAR

A six-year-old girl was talking to her grandfather, and she said: “Grandpa, let me see one of your dollar bills.” “Janey, why do you want to see it?” her grandfather asked. “I want to see what George Washington looked like when he was young,” answered the child.

UN DÓLAR
Una niña de seis años quien estaba con su abuelo le preguntó: “Abuelito, enséñame uno de tus billetes de dólar.” “Juanita, ¿por qué quieres verlo?” “Es que quiero ver como se miraba George Washington cuando era joven,” le contestó la niña.

                                         

                                                                      FIND REASONS TO THANK GOD
A Christian father told his son, “Johnny, always find reasons to thank God. Can you find a reason to thank Him now?” “Yes, I can,” answered Johnny. “What is it, son?” asked the father. ‘”I thank God that I was not born in Germany,” the boy replied. “Why is that?” the father asked him. “Because I don’t speak German,” Johnny told him.

                                              ENCUENTRA RAZONES PARA DARLE GRACIAS A DIOS
Un señor cristiano le dijo a su hijo, “Juanito, siempre encuentra razones para darle gracias a Dios. ¿Tienes una buena razón para darle gracias ahorita?” “Sí, la tengo,” contestó Juanito.
“¿Cuál es?” le preguntó el papá. “Le doy gracias a Dios que no nací en Alemania?” “¿Por qué?” le preguntó el señor. “Porque no hablo alemán.” le respondió el chico.

HE GOT CAUGHT RED-HANDED

A sixth-grade boy got a “0” on his test, and his mother was called to the school to see the teacher and the counselor. The teacher tells her: “Your son was cheating, so we gave him a “0” on his exam.” “My son does not cheat,” the mother told them. “We know he cheated, and there is no doubt about it,” the teacher told her. “What evidence do you have?” the mother asked them. The teacher tells her: “Your son had the first nine answers on the test identical to the ones the boy sitting next to him had. Then on question number 10 the other boy wrote, “I don’t know the answer,” and your son wrote, “I don’t know it either.”

LO COGIERON CON LAS MANOS EN LA MASA.

Un estudiante del año sexto de primaria sacó un “cero” en un examen, y llamaron a la mamá para que viniera a hablar con el profesor y el consejero. El profesor le dice: “Su hijo hizo trampa en el examen y le di un “0.” “Mi hijo no es tramposo,” le dice la mamá. El profesor le dice, “Sabemos que hizo trampa, y no nos queda ninguna duda.” “¿Qué evidencia tienen?” les pregunta la señora. “Su hijo dio las primeras nueve respuestas idénticas al chico que estaba sentado a su lado. Luego en la pregunta numero 10, el otro chico escribió, “No sé la respuesta,” y su hijo escribió, “Yo tampoco la sé.”

 

CHANGE DOCTORS
Two old friends meet on the street. John asks Mike: “Mike, you look so pale. What is happening?” “I am just coming back from my doctor’s office,” Mike tells him. “What did he tell you?” asks John. “He told me I had to stop drinking, stop going out at night, and stop having sex with my wife,” Mike replies. “What are going to do?” asks John. “I am going to change doctors,” Mike informs him.
CAMBIAR DE DOCTOR
Dos viejos amigos se encuentran en la calle. Juan le pregunta a Miguel: “Miguel, te miras muy pálido. ¿Te pasa algo?” “Vengo del consultorio de mi doctor,” le dice Miguel. “¿Qué te dijo?” le pregunta su amigo. “Me dijo que tenía que dejar de tomar, dejar de salir por las noches, y dejar de hacerle el amor a mi esposa,” le contesta Miguel. “¿Qué vas a hacer?” le pregunta su amigo. “Voy a cambiar de doctor,” le afirma Miguel.

THAT WILL BE THE ONLY I WILL FEEL RELIEF

A man went to the shoe store to buy a pair of boots, and had the employee measure his feet – both of them were size 10. The man told the employee he wanted size 9. He put them on, and was having trouble walking. The employee asked him, “Why do you want to buy boots size 9 when you should be wearing size 10?” The man told him, “My mother-in-law lives with us and is always fighting with me. My wife and my son are always arguing, and my boss at the construction site is always yelling at me. The only time I will feel relief will be when I take these boots off.”

ESO SERÁ EL ÚNICO TIEMPO QUE SENTIRÉ DESCANSO

Un señor fue a la zapatería para comprar un par de botas. Le pidió al empleado que le midiera los pies – los dos eran número 42. El señor le dijo al empleado que le diera unas botas número 40. Se las puso y le quedaban muy apretadas que casi no podía caminar. El empleado le preguntó, “¿Por qué quiere llevarse las botas número 40 si usted calza número 42?” El cliente le respondió: “Mi suegra vive con nosotros y siempre está peleando conmigo. Mi esposa y mi hijo siempre están discutiendo fuertemente, y mi patrón en el sitio de construcción me grita a todo momento. El único tiempo que tendré descanso será cuando me quite estas botas.”

THE PERFECT SON

Three ladies, who are total strangers, are at the Laundromat. Two of them are bragging about their sons. Mary tells the other two, “My son is 25 years old, and he holds a degree in engineering, another one in law, and one in business management.” Jane responds, “My son is only twenty-one and he is the president of his company and is on the board of trustees on four other corporations.” Susan does not really know what to say, but she thinks fast, and says: “My son does not drink, smoke, nor uses drugs, and is totally obedient to my husband and me.” Surprised the other two ladies ask: “How old is he?” “He’s eight months old,” Susan tells them.

EL HIJO PERFECTO

Tres señoras están en la lavandería. Dos de ellas están jactándose de sus hijos. María les dice a las otras dos, “Mi hijo tiene veinticinco años, tiene licencia de licenciado, de ingeniería y una en la administración de empresas.” Juanita le contesta, “Mi hijo solamente tiene veintiún años, y ya es presidente de su compañía, y está en la mesa directiva de cuatro corporaciones.” Susana no sabe qué decir, pero sin embargo piensa rápidamente y les dice: “Mi hijo no toma, no fuma, no usa drogas, y es totalmente obediente con mi esposo y conmigo.” Las otras dos sorprendidas le preguntan, “¿Cuántos años tiene?” “Tiene ocho meses,” les dice ella.

BASEBALL IN HEAVEN

“Tom, a baseball pitcher, was at the hospital visiting with his best friend Larry who was dying. Tom asked, “If there is baseball in heaven will you come back and tell me?” Larry nodded yes just as he passed away. That night while Tom was sleeping, he heard Larry’s voice in a dream, “Tom…” “Larry! What is it?!” asked Tom. “I have good news and bad news from heaven.” “What’s the good news?” “There is baseball in heaven after all, but the bad news is you’re pitching on Tuesday.”

BÉISBOL EN EL CIELO

“Tomás, un lanzador de béisbol, estaba en el hospital con Lorenzo su amigo quien estaba agonizando. Tomás le dice: “Si hay béisbol en el cielo, por favor me dices.” Lorenzo movió la cabeza indicando que lo haría. Esa noche en un sueño Tomás oyó la voz de Lorenzo que le dijo: “Las buenas noticias son que sí hay béisbol aquí en el cielo, y las malas noticias son que tú vas a jugar pasado mañana.”

THE WASHER-WOMAN

Many years ago in a village in Spain the pastor of a small herd of sheep became ill. As the owner of the sheep could not find anybody to take care of them he asked the town’s washer-woman to do it. The lady was with the sheep when it began to rain. Quickly she took them back to the owner’s house, and put them in the kitchen. The owner asks her: “Why have you brought the herd here?” She tells him, “It’s raining, and I don’t want their wool to shrink.”

LA LAVANDERA

Hace muchos años en una aldea española se enfermó el pastor de un pequeño rebaño de ovejas. Como el dueño no pudo encontrar a nadie que le cuidara las ovejas le pidió a la lavandera del pueblo que se las pastara. La señora estaba con ellas cuando comenzó a llover. Rápidamente las regresó a la casa del dueño, y las entró a la cocina. El dueño le pregunta: “¿Por qué has traído el rebaño a mi casa?” “Es que está lloviendo y se les puede encoger la lana,” le contesta la lavandera.

 

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                                                                  LEARNING IS A TREASURE
A proverb from India says: “Learning is a treasure no thief can touch.”
A thief can steal many things from us, but it cannot steal our faith in God, our education and the truths we have learned. In John 8:32, the word of God says: “You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”
                                                            EL APRENDIZAJE ES UN TESORO
Un proverbio de la India dice: “El aprendizaje es un tesoro que ningún ladrón puede tocar.”
Un ladrón nos puede robar muchas cosas, pero no puede robarnos la fe en Dios, nuestra educación ni las verdades que hemos aprendido. En Juan 8:32, la palabra de Dios dice: “Conocerán la verdad, y la verdad los libertará.”

                                                                     WE NEED MORE FAITH
A proverb from India says: “Faith keeps the world going.” With that COVID-19 attacking us, we need faith more than ever. The Bible tells us that with faith we can move mountains and that with it everything is possible (Mark 9:23, 10:27, 11:23 and 11:24).

                                                                      NECESITAMOS MÁS FE
Un proverbio de la India dice: “La fe hace girar al mundo.” Porque el COVID-19 nos está atacando necesitamos tener fe más que nunca. La biblia nos dice que con fe podemos mover montañas y que con ella todo es posible para nosotros (Marcos 9:23, 10:27, 11:23 y 11:24).

WE NEED TO BE CAREFUL
An Italian proverb says: “Ancor le volpi, vecchie rimangono al lacchio,” which means, “Even old foxes are caught in the snare.” No matter how much experience we may have in any field we have to be careful because, being human, we can make mistakes.
NECESITAMOS TENER CUIDADO
Un proverbio italiano dice: “Ancor le volpi, vecchie rimangono al lacchio,” lo que significa, “Hasta las zorras viejas caen en la trampa.” No importa cuanta experiencia tengamos en cualquier campo tenemos que tener mucho cuidado porque siendo humanos podemos cometer errores.

                                                                                    

                                                                                    THE NEED
A Romanian proverb says: “The need forces us to do.” We have a similar one in English that says: “Necessity is the mother of invention.” In other words, when there is a need and nothing is meeting it, we start to think and come up with something to provide a solution. That is how the wheel was invented.

                                                                                LA NECESIDAD
Un proverbio rumano dice: “La necesidad nos forza hacerlo.” En inglés hay otro parecido que dice, “La necesidad es la madre de la invención.” En otras palabras, cuando hay una necesidad y no existe solución, alguien tiene que inventarla. Así fue como se inventó la rueda.

 

                                                                             PAY THE FIDDLER
A Scottish proverb says: “They that dance must pay the fiddler,” meaning you do not get something for nothing. Whenever we get something worthwhile we have to pay for it. If we want to be good at a certain skill or sport, we have to work hard at it in order to fulfill our goal.

                                                                                                                                 PÁGALE AL VIOLINISTA
Un proverbio escocés dice: “Los que bailan tienen que pagarle al violinista,” lo que significa es que no recibimos algo sin pagar nada. Cuando recibimos algo que vale la pena tenemos que pagar. Si añoramos ser buenos en un deporte u oficio tenemos que trabajar duro para que se cumpla nuestra meta.

                                                                                  START AT THE TOP
A Romanian proverb says: “If you want to sweep the steps, start at the top.”
Let’s make it practical…If one wants to improve a family, a company or a nation one has to start at the top. Either one help the ones at the top improve, or replaces them.
If you want to improve yourself, since you are the one at the top of your life, start by changing yourself. If you keep on doing the same things you were doing before, you will get the same results.
  COMIENCE ARRIBA
Un proverbio rumano dice: “Si quiere barrer los escalones, comience de arriba.”
Hagámoslo práctico… Si uno quiere mejorar una familia, un negocio, o una nación uno tiene que empezar arriba. Ya sea que uno les ayuda a los de arriba a mejorar, o los reemplaza.
Si desea mejorarse, ya que usted es el de arriba en su vida, comience al cambiarse usted mismo. Si continúa haciendo lo mismo que siempre ha hecho, recibirá los mismos resultados

                                                                                   NOT AT HOME
A Brazilian proverb says: “At home saints never perform miracles.” In Luke 4:24, Jesus said: “Assuredly , I say to you, no prophet is accepted in his own country.” Both sayings mean the same thing; many times our own family members do not see our true value. They would rather listen to somebody else than listen to us.
                                                                                  NO EN CASA
Un proverbio brasileño dice: “En casa los santos no hacen milagros.” En Lucas 4:24, Jesucristo dijo: “De cierto les digo, que ningún profeta es aceptado en su tierra.” Ambas declaraciones significan lo mismo; muchas veces los miembros de nuestra familia no nos valorizan. Les creen más a otras personas que a nosotros.

                                                                                  PAY THE PRICE
An Egyptian proverb says, “For every joy, there is a price to be paid.”
Sometimes we have to work long and hard to finally experience joy. We may even suffer first to finally have some joy. The ultimate joy is being in heaven, but in order to get there we have to pass through this world’s sufferings and we must have received Jesus Christ as our Lord and Redeemer.

    PAGA EL PRECIO
Un refrán egipcio dice, “Por cada regocijo, hay que pagar el precio.”
A veces tenemos que trabajar duro y por mucho tiempo para experimentar regocijo. Es posible que suframos para por fin regocijarnos. El máximo regocijo es estar en el cielo, pero para llegar allá tenemos que pasar por los sufrimientos de este mundo, y aparte de eso tenemos que haber recibido a Jesucristo como nuestro Señor y Redentor.

LEARN FROM ALL YOUR EXPERIENCES

A Greek proverb says: “Even from a foe a man may learn wisdom.”
We should be able to learn from all experiences. It does not matter if they are positive or negative, there is something to be learned from each one of them. From the negative ones we can learn what not to do, so we won’t repeat the same mistake again. From an enemy we can learn how he fights, and if we do that we will know how to defeat him, and also how we can be more effective in future fights.

APRENDE DE TODAS TUS EXPERIENCIAS

Un proverbio griego dice: “Hasta de un adversario un hombre puede aprender sabiduría.”
Debemos aprender de todas nuestras experiencias. No importa si son positivas o negativas – hay algo que aprender de todas. De las negativas podemos aprender que no hacer, para no repetir el mismo error vez tras vez. Del adversario podemos aprender como pelea, y si hacemos eso sabremos como derrotarlo, y también como podemos ser más efectivos en futuras batallas.

WITH A LITTLE EXAGGERATION
An Italian proverb says: “Si dice sempre il lupo più grande che non è,” which literally means: “The wolf is made bigger than it actually is.” The real meaning, however, is, “Lying a little makes the story better.” The fake news are practicing this on an everyday basis.

CON POCO DE EXAGERACIÓN
Un proverbio italiano dice: “Si dice sempre il lupo più grande che non è,” lo que significa literalmente, “Se hace más grande el lobo de lo que es.” El significado verdadero es: “El mentir un poquito hace el cuento mejor.” Actualmente los noticieros falsos lo están practicando diariamente.

THE ONE-EYED MAN IS KING

An Indian proverb says: “Among the blind, the one-eyed man is king.” What it means is that the one who has a little bit more, knows a little bit more, or has a little more talent, intelligence or wisdom rules. For example; among people who cannot read nor write the one who can be over them. What can you do? Learn as much about as many different things as you can, and you will have a much better chance of succeeding.

EL TUERTO ES REY

Un proverbio de la India dice: “Entre los ciegos, el tuerto es rey.” Lo que significa es que el que tiene poco más, sabe poquito más, tiene poco más talento, inteligencia, o sabiduría puede reinar a los demás. Por ejemplo; entre los que no saben leer ni escribir el que sabe leer y escribir puede gobernarlos. ¿Qué puedes hacer? Aprende todo lo que puedas sobre cosas diferentes, y tendrás mejor oportunidad de triunfar en la vida.

PROVERB 4:18-19

“The path of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, shining ever brighter till the full light of day. But the way of the wicked is like deep darkness; they do not know what makes them stumble.”
Try to be righteous, and you will not only have a better life here on earth, but you will inherit eternal life with God, and that will be much better than suffering in hell.

PROVERBIO 4:18-19

“Mas la senda de los justos es como la luz de la aurora, que va en aumento hasta que el día es perfecto. El camino de los impíos es como la oscuridad; No saben en qué tropiezan.”
Trata de ser justo, y no solamente te irá mejor aquí en esta vida, sino que heredarás vida eterna con Dios, y eso será mucho mejor que pasar la eternidad en el infierno.

DO NOT FEAR

A Japanese proverb says, “Anzuru yori umu ga yasushi,” which means, “Giving birth to a baby is easier than worrying about it.” The real meaning is that in many cases fear is greater than the danger. In other words, we sorry about something and many times it does not even happen, and if it does happen it is not as bad as we thought it would be.

NO TEMAS

Un proverbio japonés dice, “Anzuru yori umu ga yasushi,” lo que significa, “Darle luz a un bebé es más fácil que mortificarse por el echo.” El verdadero significado es que el temor es más grande que el peligro. En otras palabras, a veces nos preocupamos por algo, y si siquiera sucede, y si sucede no es tan malo como lo pensábamos.

CHARITY SHOULD START AT HOME

An Indonesian proverb says: “Anak beruk di rimba disusukan, anak orang dittinggalkan,” which means, “The young ape in the jungle is given milk, but the children are not.” The real meaning is that a man takes care of other people, but does not take care of his own family. Let’s bring it closer to home…The United States is helping many other countries, but we are neglecting our own people.

LA CARIDAD DEBE COMENZAR EN CASA

Un proverbio indonesio dice: “Anak beruk di rimba disusukan, anak orang dittinggalkan,” lo que significa, “Al mono joven en la selva se le da leche, pero a los niños no.” El significado es que algunos hombres les proveen a otras personas, y no a su familia. Hagámoslo más personal… Los Estados Unidos de América les ayuda a muchas naciones, pero no tanto a su propia gente.

ALL ROADS LEAD TO ROME

During the days of “The Roman Empire” Rome was the most important city. That is why in Latin they used to say, “Mille viae ducunt hominess per saecula Roman,” which means, “A thousand roads always lead people to Rome.” In English it became: “All roads lead to Rome.” As a Christian I cannot say, “All religions lead to heaven.” That is not true. No religion leads to heaven. The only way to get to heaven, to have eternal life, and to spend eternity with God is by receiving Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. Have you done that yet?

TODOS LOS CAMINOS NOS LLEVAN A ROMA

Durante los días del Imperio Romano Roma era una ciudad muy importante. Por eso en latín decían, “Mille viae ducunt homines per saecula Roman,” lo que significa, “Mil caminos siempre llevan a la gente a Roma.” En español comenzaron a decir, “Todos los caminos nos llevan a Roma.” El cristiano no puede decir, “Todas las religiones nos llevan al cielo.” Ninguna religión lleva a nadie al cielo mucho menos darnos salvación. Jesucristo es el único camino al cielo, a la vida eterna, y a la salvación. No existe otra manera para pasar la vida eterna con Dios. ¿Ya has aceptado a Jesucristo como tu Señor y Salvador?

THINK BEFORE YOU ACT

An Iranian proverb says: “The arrow that has left the bow never returns.”
It tells us to think before we act. A word that is written or spoken can never be taken back. Every word we speak and everything we do has consequences. They can be positive or negative. If we truly do not want to hurt anybody, then we have watch what we say and what we do.

PIENSA ANTES DE ACTUAR

Un proverbio iraní dice: “La flecha que deja el arco jamás retorna.”
Nos dice que pensemos antes de actuar. Una palabra que se dice o se escribe no se puede retractar. Cada palabra que hablamos y cada acción que tomamos puede tener consecuencias. Estas pueden ser positivas o negativas. Si no deseamos lastimar a nadie, tenemos que poner mucho cuidado a lo que decimos y a lo que hacemos

DON’T LOOK DOWN ON PEOPLE

A Pakistani proverb says: “Don’t look down on people unless you are helping them up.”
If we were to do that, that would put an end to racial discrimination, false pride, and feelings of superiority. In God’s eyes we are all the same. He wants salvation and the very best for each one of us. Are you looking down at people, criticizing them or discriminating against them? If you are, it’s time to change.

NO MENOSPRECIES A LA GENTE

Un refrán pakistaní dice: “No menosprecies a la gente a menos que les estés ayudando a levantarse.”
Si hiciéramos eso, eso terminaría con el prejuicio racial, el orgullo falso, y el sentirse superior a cualquiera. En los ojos de Dios todos somos iguales. Él desea que seamos salvos, y lo mejor para cada uno de nosotros. ¿Menosprecias a la gente, la criticas, o discriminas contra algunos? Si lo estás haciendo, es tiempo que cambies.

THERE IS A PRICE TO BE PAID

An Egyptian proverb says: “For every joy there is a price to be paid.”
This proverb is actually self-explanatory. For every success there is a lot of hardship, work and planning that goes beforehand. There is no such a thing as “an overnight success.” That person has worked hard to get to the top.

SE TIENE QUE PAGAR EL PRECIO

Un proverbio egipcio dice: “Por cada regocijo hay que pagar el precio.”
Este proverbio se explica por sí mismo. Para tener éxito la persona tiene que pasar por mucho trabajo, tiempos difíciles, mucha preparación, y buena planificación. El mundo ve los resultados, pero no ve por cuantos tiempos difíciles la persona ha pasado

THAT’S HOW YOU WILL SLEEP

A Greek proverb states: “How you make your bed that is how you will sleep.”
It has nothing to do with sleeping, but a lot as to how you prepare for life. There is no real substitute for good preparation. Your final results in any give situation depend on how well you have or have not prepared.

ASÍ DORMIRÁS

Un proverbio griego declara: “Como haces tu cama así dormirás.”
No tiene nada que ver con el dormir, pero sí tiene mucho que ver con cómo te has preparado para vivir tu vida. No hay ningún substituto por la buena preparación. Tus resultados en cualquier situación dependen de que tan bien o que tan mal te has preparado.

 

DON’T BLAME OTHERS

A Finnish proverb says: “A wife who cannot cook puts the blame on the pot.”
A similar proverb in Spanish says: “Cuando el arriero es malo, le echa la culpa a las mulas,” which means: “When the muleteer is bad, he blames the mules.” People are always looking for a scapegoat, so they can put the blame on that person, animal or object. They do not want to accept the responsibility for their failures.

NO CULPES A LOS DEMÁS

Un proverbio finlandés dice: “La esposa que no puede cocinar le pone la culpabilidad a la olla.”
En español tenemos un refrán muy parecido que dice: “Cuando el arriero es malo, le echa la culpa a las mulas.” La gente siempre busca un chivo expiatorio para culpar a esa persona, animal u objeto de sus propias faltas. No quiere aceptar responsabilidad por sus fracasos

WE SHOULD PERSEVERE

A Korean proverb says: “Go-saeng kkeut-e nag-I on-da,” which means, “At the end of hardship comes happiness.” This is an encouragement to people who are going through difficult times. Regardless of what is going on, we need to persevere.

DEBEMOS PERSEVERAR

Un refrán coreano dice: “Go-saeng kkeut-e nag-i ib-dam” que significa, “Al final de las dificultades viene la felicidad.” Es palabra de aliento para las personas quienes están pasando por tiempos de dificultad. Sin importar por las que estemos pasando, debemos perseverar.

TO LOVE IN VAIN

A Spanish proverb says, “Of all the pains, the greatest pain, is to love, but to love in vain.”
One should love as much as possible, but one has to be careful who to love. Loving the wrong person can bring tremendous consequences. As much as Jesus Christ loved, He did not love the Pharisees – the religious leaders of His time.

AMAR EN VANO

Un proverbio en español dice, “De todos los dolores, el dolor más grande, es amar, pero amar en vano.” Uno debe amar todo lo que sea posible, pero uno tiene que tener mucho cuidado a quien amar. Amar a la persona equivocada puede traernos serias consecuencias. Jesucristo amó muchísimo, pero él no amaba a los fariseos – los líderes religiosos de esos tiempos.

 

LOOSE LIPS

A Russian proverb says: “A chatterbox is a treasure for a spy,” which means that loose lips sink big ships. In other words, people who talk too much can get themselves, their family, business or even country in trouble. They give away secrets that should not be given away.

LABIOS DESFRENADOS

Un proverbio ruso dice: “Una persona parladora es un tesoro para el espía,” lo que significa es que un parlador hunde barcos grandes. En otras palabras, la gente que habla demasiado puede meterse en problemas o meter en problemas a la familia, negocio, y hasta a su país. Divulgan secretos que no deben divulgar.

IT BECOMES A COMMON THING

An Indonesian proverb says: “Alah bias karena biasa,” which means, “One gains immunity against poison when exposed to it regularly.” The real meaning is that pain or hardships become more ordinary the more we experience them. That, of course, is 100 percent true. Not only does it happen with pain, but also with people’s suffering, violence, corruption, deception, and so on. We have become a calloused society.

SE CONVIERTE EN LO COMÚN

Un refrán indonesio dice: “Alah bias karena biasa,” lo que significa, “Uno gana inmunidad contra el veneno cuando uno se expone a el regularmente.” El verdadero significado es que el dolor y los tiempos difíciles se hacen más ordinarios entre más los experimentemos. Eso, desde luego, es 100 por ciento verídico. No solamente sucede con el dolor, sino también con el sufrimiento de otras personas, la violencia, la corrupción, las decepciones, y otros problemas. Nos hemos convertido en una sociedad fría y endurecida.

RISE EARLY!

A Spanish proverb says: “A quien madruga Dios le ayuda,” which means, “God helps those who rise early.” It is the equivalent of, “The early bird catches the worm,” or “God helps those who help themselves.” There is a lot of truth to that. Many people expect to get ahead without lifting a finger. That is not reality!

¡MADRUGA!

Un proverbio hispano dice: “A quien madruga Dios le ayuda.” Es semejante a otro dicho que dice, “Ayúdate que yo (Dios) te ayudaré.” Desafortunadamente mucha gente quiere salir adelante sin poner nada de esfuerzo. Normalmente eso no es posible, y no es la realidad.

THE WORLD IS NOT JUST OR FAIR

A Pakistani proverb says: “Expecting the world to treat you fairly because you are a good person is a little like expecting the bull not to attack you because you are a vegetarian.”

The world is not fair or just to some people. We cannot expect fair or just treatment from everyone. People are people, and some of them are mean, twisted and crooked. In Matthew 5:45, the Bible tells us that God sends rain on the just and the unjust . In John 16:33, Jesus Himself tells us that in this world we will have trouble. God did not promised us a rose garden.

EL MUNDO NO ES JUSTO NI FAVORABLE

Un proverbio pakistaní dice así: “Esperar que el mundo te trate favorable porque eres una buena persona es poco como esperar que el toro no te ataque porque eres vegetariano.”

El mundo no es favorable ni justo para algunas personas. No podemos esperar tratamiento justo o favorable de todos. La gente es gente y algunos son malos, corruptos y están torcidos. En Mateo 5:45, la biblia nos dice que Dios les manda lluvia a los justos y a los injustos. En Juan 16:33, Jesucristo mismo nos dice que en este mundo tendremos problemas. Dios jamás nos prometió un jardín de rosas.

A DIFFICULT SITUATION

A Mexican proverb says: “Estoy entre la espada y la pared,” which means, “I am between the sword and the wall.” In English we have one that conveys the same meaning, It says: “I am between a rock and a hard place.” The meaning of both of them is the same. They say that I am in a very difficult situation, and that no matter which way I turn it is just as bad. Are you between a rock and a hard place, or between the sword and the wall? If you are, it is time to turn to Jesus. He can help you.

UNA SITUACIÓN DIFÍCIL

Un refrán estadounidense dice: “I am between a rock and a hard place,” que significa que uno se encuentra en una situación muy difícil. En español tenemos uno que dice: “Estoy entre la espada y la pared.” Ambos refranes significan más o menos lo mismo, y eso es que nos encontramos en una situación extremadamente difícil, y no sabemos para cual lado voltear. ¿Te encuentras entre la espada y la pared? Si lo estás, acércate a Dios. Él puede ayudarte

SEE YOUR OWN FAULTS

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

VE TUS PROPIAS FALTAS

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

KEEP ON IMPROVING YOURSELF

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

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

CONTINÚA MEJORÁNDOTE

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

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

 

HUMILITY IS MUCH BETTER THAN PRIDE

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

LA HUMILDAD ES MUCHO MEJOR QUE EL ORGULLO

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

PREPARE NOW, ENJOY IT LATER

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

PREPÁRATE Y DISFRUTA EL FUTURO

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

LIGHT, EXPERIENCE AND WISDOM

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

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

CONOCIMIENTO, EXPERIENCIA Y SABIDURÍA

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

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

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LEAVE A GREAT LEGACY

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

DEJA UN GRAN LEGADO

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

 

IT IS GOOD TO BE PATIENT

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

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

ES BUENO TENER PACIENCIA

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

THE DRAGON

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

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

EL DRAGÓN

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

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

DON’T OPEN YOUR MOUTH

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

When you say something, make sure it is meaningful.

NO ABRAS LA BOCA

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

STAY HUMBLE

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

DEBES MANTENERTE HUMILDE

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

DON’T LOOK FOR TROUBLE

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

NO BUSQUES PROBLEMAS

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

ASK THE ONES WHO ARE EXPERIENCED

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

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

PREGÚNTALES A LOS QUE TIENEN EXPERIENCIA

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

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

 

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DON’T ASK FOR ANYTHING

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

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

NO PIDAS NADA

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

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

WHAT YOU DO NOT KNOW

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

LO QUE NO SABES

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

OUR MEMORY FAILS

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

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

LA MEMORIA NOS FALLA

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

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

PREPARE FOR LIFE!

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

¡PREPÁRATE PARA LA VIDA!

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

TO LOVE OR BE LOVED

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

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

AMAR Y SER AMADO

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

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

A WISE MAN

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

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

UN HOMBRE SABIO

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

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

A GOOD WORKER

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

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

UN BUEN TRABAJADOR

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

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

THREE THINGS MAKE A MAN RICH

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

TRES COSAS ENRIQUECEN A UN HOMBRE

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

NO ONE CAN DO IT FOR YOU

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

NADIE LO PUEDE HACER POR TI

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

BETTER ALONE

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

MEJOR SOLO

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

HALF-TRUTHS

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

LA VERDAD A MEDIAS

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

THE TRUTH IS VALUABLE

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

LA VERDAD ES PRECIOSA

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

HE DOES NOT KNOW ANYTHING

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

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

NO SABE NADA

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

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

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                     

 

 

 

 

 

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                                                                 YOU ARE NOT THE IMPOSTOR YOU
If you are like most people there is not just one you, but two; the real you and the impostor you. Unfortunately many people allow the impostor to take over their lives, and for that reason they live a mediocre life. They never reach their full potential. Let this article inspire you, so you will not be one of them.
As children most of us have potential and endless possibilities. However, potential and possibilities are just that. In order for them to become realities we have to believe in ourselves, have a plan, have a definite goal, work hard and not give up so that our dream can be fulfilled. If necessary we have to make some adjustments along the way, but the word “quit” cannot be part of our vocabulary.
Many people let the impostor take over because they listen to the naysayers. The latter can be parents, relatives, friends, or just people who enjoy putting others down. Who is the impostor? The impostor is the you who has listened to and believed people who have told you that you would never amount to anything, that you did not have what it takes, that you were not smart enough and that you are a loser.
The impostor you is also the one who, for one reason or another, has failed at something, and you have let that define your life. Just because you failed once, or failed at a particular thing does not make you a failure. Some of the most successful and famous people have failed many times, but they did not let that stop them. They knew who they were, and they kept on trying until they achieved the success they knew they could attain.
How important are you? You are so important that God made you in His own image (Genesis 1:26), and not only that, but He allowed His only begotten Son Jesus Christ to suffer, be crucified, die, and resurrect just to pay for your sins, so you could spend eternity with Him. That is how important you are to God. If you are that important to Him, you should be important to yourself.
Don’t let people tell you who you are or let them make you feel unimportant. You tell yourself who you are. You are a child of God, living in a great country, have endless potential, can accomplish whatever you set your mind to, and are important to your loved ones. No matter who we are, all of us have somebody who cares for us. Do not fall into the trap thinking that nobody loves you. God loves you, and so do other people. Some of those people may not even know you personally, but they are praying for you. I am one of them.
Do not let the impostor you be you. Let the real you come forth. You can make a difference in your own life, and in the lives of other people. Yes, other people need you to pray for them and to love them. Everybody needs to be loved and you and I are no exception. God bless you! If this article was a blessing to you in whatever way, let me know at http://thelivinglights.com rlsalvation@sbcglobal.net 4/29/2020

USTED NO ES SU PROPIO IMPOSTOR


Si usted es como la mayoría de las personas no hay solo un usted, sino dos; el verdadero usted y el impostor usted. Desafortunadamente, mucha gente permite que el impostor controle sus vidas, y por esa razón viven una vida mediocre. Nunca logran su potencial. Que este artículo lo inspire para que no sea una de esas personas.
De niños todos tenemos potencial y un sinfín de posibilidades. Sin embargo, el potencial y las posibilidades solamente son eso. Para que se hagan realidades tenemos que creer en nosotros mismos, tener un plan con una meta, trabajar duro, y jamás rendirnos para que se realice nuestro sueño. Si es necesario tenemos que hacer algunos ajustes, pero la palabra “rendirse” no puede existir en nuestro vocabulario.
Mucha gente permite que el impostor gobierne sus vidas, porque escuchan a las personas negativas detractoras. Estos pueden ser los padres, parientes, amigos, o gente que disfruta menospreciar a otros. ¿Quién es el impostor? El impostor es el usted quien ha escuchado y creído a la gente quien le ha dicho que jamás llegaría a ser alguien, que no tiene lo necesario para salir adelante, que no es bastante inteligente, y que es todo un perdedor.
Usted el impostor es el que, por una razón u otra, ha fracasado en algo, y ha dejado que eso define su vida. Simplemente porque fracasó una vez, o fracasó en algo no lo convierte en perdedor. Algunas de las personas más exitosas y famosas han fracasado varias veces, pero eso no los desanimó. Sabían quiénes eran ellos, y continuaron luchando hasta que lograron el éxito que sabían podían tener.
¿Qué tan importante es usted? Es tan importante que Dios lo creó a su propia imagen (Génesis 1:26), y no solamente eso, sino que permitió que su único hijo Jesucristo sufriera, fuera crucificado, muriera, y resucitara para pagar por sus pecados, para que usted pudiera pasar la eternidad con él. Así es de importante usted para Dios. Si usted es importante para Dios, debe ser importante para usted mismo.
No deje que la gente le diga quién es usted ni que lo haga sentir menos importante. Dígase usted mismo quien es. Es hijo de Dios viviendo en un gran país, tiene mucho potencial, puede lograr lo que se proponga, y es importante para sus seres queridos. Sin importar quienes seamos todos tenemos a alguien que nos aprecia. No caiga en la trampa pensando que nadie lo quiere. Dios lo ama y otras personas también. Algunas de esas personas ni lo conocen personalmente, pero están orando por usted. Yo soy uno de esas personas.
No permita que el impostor sea usted. Deje salir al verdadero usted. Puede hacer gran diferencia en su propia vida, y en la de otras personas. Sí, otras personas necesitan que usted ore por ellas y que las ame. Todos necesitamos ser amados, y usted y yo no somos excepciones. ¡Que Dios lo bendiga! Si este artículo fue una bendición para usted, dígamelo al http://thelivinglights.com rlsalvation@sbcglobal.net 29 de Abril 2020

THE CORONA VIRUS
The Corona Virus started in China, and the Chinese kept it quiet until it got out of hand. Suddenly the virus began to spread worldwide because the people who were affected by it began to travel. For that reason in a matter of a few weeks it started to paralyze countries one by one. Nothing like that had ever been seen before, and hopefully that will never ever happen again.
Some people blame the Chinese and justifiably so, while some countries blame other countries. In most of the affected countries the people are even blaming their own governments. There is enough blame to go around, but regardless of who gets blamed the virus keeps on spreading even to the most remote places on this planet.
Whether you are aware or not this virus is a judgment from God. He is judging the world because people have moved farther and farther away from Him. The pendulum has swung one hundred and eighty degrees from the right to the left. What is correct is now called wrong, and what is incorrect is now called right. The standards no longer exist. Whatever people want to do, they do it, and they simply justify it.
The word that reigns every speech, declaration, decree, meeting, television program, movie, radio talk program, and so on is “tolerance,” and that tolerance is actually “intolerance.” If a person who still lives by godly standards says something against someone who is sinning openly in the name of “tolerance,” he or she is considered a bad person or an enemy. That person might lose his job, be fined, or even be jailed.
By calling right what is wrong, we are deceiving ourselves, maybe even others, but, one thing for sure is, we are not fooling God. God cannot be mocked, fooled or deceived (Galatians 6:7). The reason is simple; God knows, sees and hears everything. There is no way that we can pool the wool over His eyes.
If we the people, who are called by Christ’s name (Christians), would humble ourselves, would pray, would seek God’s face, and would turn from our wicked ways, then God would hear from heaven, would forgive our sins, and would heal our land (2 Chronicles 7:14). Through His word, God is telling us what to do.
If you have read this article, repent of your sins, ask God to forgive you, receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, and pray to God to bring an end to the Corona Virus by the 17th of April. God can do it because for Him all things are possible (Mark 10:27).
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GOD WANTS US TO BE FRIENDLY AND TO HAVE FRIENDS


From the beginning of life as we know it, God wanted us to be friendly and to have friends. He was our first friend. When He created Adam and Eve He had an intimate relationship with them. He had a one-on-one relationship with them until they sinned against Him. That original sin separated us from our God. Jesus made a way for us to reestablish that friendship and relationship.
GENESIS 3:8-10
“And they (Adam and Eve) heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden (Garden of Eden) in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden. Then the LORD God called to Adam and said to him, “Where are you?” So he said, “I heard Your voice in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself.”
Prior to that day, God would meet with Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden and would fellowship with them. He was not just their God, their Creator, but He was also their friend. Nothing has changed – Jesus wants to be your friend now.
1 SAMUEL 18:1-4
“Now when he (David) had finished speaking to Saul, the soul of Jonathan was knit to the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul. Saul took him that day, and would not let him go home to his father’s house anymore. Then Jonathan and David made a covenant, because he loved him as his own soul. And Jonathan took off the robe that was on him and gave it to David, with his armor, even to his sword and his bow and his belt.”
Although king Saul considered David his enemy because of jealousy Jonathan his son loved David and David loved him. They remained special friends throughout their lives. They were loyal to each other. Both of them honored their relationship and so did God.
RUTH 1:14-18
Then they lifted up their voices and wept again; and Orpah kissed her mother-in-law, but Ruth clung to her, and she (Naomi) said (to Ruth), “Look, your sister-in-law has gone back to her people and to her gods; return after your sister-in-law.”But Ruth said: “Entreat me not to leave you, or to turn back from following after you; For wherever you go, I will go; And wherever you lodge, I will lodge; Your people shall be my people, and your God, my God. Where you die, I will die, and there will I be buried. The LORD do so to me, and more also, if anything but death parts you and me.”When she saw that she (Ruth) was determined to go with her (Naomi), she stopped speaking to her.”
Naomi had a husband, two sons, and two daughters-in-law were living in Moab, modern day Jordan. Naomi and family were Jewish, but the daughters-in-law were not. Her husband and two sons died, so Naomi was going back to Judah where she had relatives who could help her. Even though Ruth was a Moabite instead of staying in Moab she decided to go with Naomi because she loved her so much. The two ladies had a strong bond between them.
JOB 2:11
“Now when Job’s three friends heard of all this evil that had come upon him, they came each
from his own place, Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the Naamathite. They made an appointment together to come to show him sympathy and comfort him.”
His friends were sincere in trying to help Job, but what they did not know was that God had allowed the devil to do all those things to him because God knew Job would be faithful, and that He was going to bless him abundantly.
JOHN 15:12-17
“ This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends. You are My friends if you do whatever I command you. No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you. You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name (JESUS) He (GOD)may give you. These things I command you, that you love one another.”
There are several important points here; 1. We are to love one another. 2. We ought to make sacrifices for our friends. 3. We can be Jesus’ friends if we follow his teachings. 4. Jesus chose us to be His friends and to have salvation. 5. We are supposed to give fruit by bringing others into the kingdom of God. 6. When have a petition to God, we are to do it in Jesus’ name.
Friendships and relationships are very important to God, and they should be very important to us. Adam and Eve broke that friendship with God, and He expelled them from the garden of Eden. The Devil broke that relationship with God, and He kicked him out of heaven.
God wants to have an intimate relationship and friendship with you, will you reciprocate or will you turn a deaf ear to it?

GET DIFFERENT RESULTS

Insanity is doing the same thing over and over, and expecting to get different results. That has not worked in the past, is not working today, and will not work in the future. If you want to get different and hopefully better results you have to change yourself, change your environment or change whatever is necessary to achieve what you want to achieve.
If you really want to receive different and better results than what you have been getting, then your first step is to realize and admit to yourself that you need to change things. Yes, you have to change your way of proceeding, but to do that you have to change your way of thinking, but you cannot change your way of thinking, unless you change the input that is going in to your mind and your brain.
In Romans 12:2, the apostle Paul tells us: “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good, acceptable and perfect will of God.” In other words, to be a good Christian we have to transform our way of thinking. Without doing that, we are still running our own lives the way we see fit, instead of following the word of God. As we all know, God’s ways are totally opposite to the ways of this world. God’s ways are based on wisdom, grace and love, while ours are normally based on self-gratification and greed.
Yes, we have to change what we allow to come in to our mind and to our brain. The only way we can do that is by being selective as to what we choose to permit to come in and to what we close the door. If what we have done before has not given us positive results, then we have to investigate other venues. That might mean doing some research to find out what is viable, feasible, positive and practical considering all the circumstances.
We do not have to be a rocket scientist to find out what is viable, feasible and practical for us to engage in improving our situation. It could be going back to college, training in a different field, moving to a different place, dropping friendships that could be holding us back from achieving our goals, leaving bad habits behind, maybe acquiring new habits that would help us succeed, and so on. There is a myriad of things we can do to change our lives for the better.
If you have been getting negative results, maybe it is time for you to apply some of the ideas I mentioned in this article. By trying you have nothing to lose, but low self-esteem, frustrations, disappointments and failure. If this article has helped you see your life in a different light, send me an email. God bless you!
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STEPS IN SOLVING A PROBLEM

All of us encounter problems. Some are big, some are not so big, and some are rather small or insignificant. Some we have to solve, while others can be ignored because they will care of themselves. Many times the things we worry might happen never happen. However when they do happen, there are steps we can follow to solve even the biggest problems.
The first step is to realize we have a problem. There is no way we can solve a problem if we do not recognize the fact that indeed it does exist, and that it is an inconvenience to us in one way or another. We cannot run away from problems, we have to meet them head on. Many of them if we ignore them, they only get worse. Many people, for whatever reason, do not recognize they have a problem, and therefore cannot solve it.
What are the problems that people do not recognize? Alcoholics hardly ever recognize that they have a drinking problem. They say they are social drinkers. Drugs users do not recognize their dependency on drugs. They may say it is medicine or just an energy booster. A person who has an anger problem may say that he has a strong personality, or that he is just that way. That however just gives more life to the problem.
The second step, of course is, to know what the problem is, not the symptoms as we stated previously. Let me give you an example; maybe your car does not start, and you think it is because it is out of gasoline. You put gasoline into the tank, and the car still does not start. Then you think it is the battery, so you buy a new one, and then in a day or two the new battery goes dead. It is only then when you find out that the real problem is the alternator, so you have a new one installed, and your problem is solved.
The third step in solving a problem is to come up with two or three solutions to solve the problem. Many times what would be the best solution is not the one you should choose. The reasons are simple; it could be too expensive, it could take too long, or the resources are not available. Then you go to the second best solution, and if that is feasible, practical and doable, that is the one you choose. If it is not, then you go to the next best solution.
The fourth step is to field test your solution. That means try it out to see if it really works. If it does, your problem is solved. If it does not, then you try another solution. If you follow the four steps mentioned, you can solve any problem. It can be a short-time solution or a long-time one. It might be a short-range solution, or it may be a long-range.
A short-range solution can be one where you just solve the problem for a short period of time because it is a short-range problem. For example, your car breaks down, and you need to get to work, so you borrow a car until you can fix yours. That would solve your problem momentarily. A long-range solution would be where you would buy a new car or a much better one than your old one, so that you would not have that problem again.
A short-time solution may be one where you solve the problem immediately. The long-time one may be where you want to work at something you truly enjoy, and at the same time earn quite a bit of money doing it. You may have to attend college for several years if it is a profession, or if it is a sport you may have to practice, practice and practice, play, play and play for years before becoming a professional. Only you would know how much you would be willing to sacrifice to accomplish your goal.
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THE RIGHTEOUS LIVE BY FAITH

In Romans 1:16-17, the apostle Paul tells us: “ For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.” Since we, who are righteous, are supposed to live by faith, what does that really mean?
I will give several examples so you will have a clear picture as to what it is to live by faith in God. 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.” That means that Jesus is the only way to salvation. We have to put our faith in Him, and not in anything or anybody else. All the other so-called gods are man-invented or man-made. Any religion that claims it can give you salvation is false and pure nonsense. Salvation does not come through religion, but through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Our faith has to be in Jesus, and in Him alone.
In John 8:31-32, Jesus told the Jews: “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” The truth is in His words, we ought to believe them, and live by them by putting them into practice. His word, which contains the truth, will set us free from the lies of Satan, and from the lies of the world. There are many false so-called truths in the world, and many more are coming up every single day.
We should not accept every single statement or declaration just because it was made by a pastor, an evangelist, or a so-called man of God. We should test it with the Bible – the word of God – and if it does not agree with it, we should not accept it at all. The absolute truth is the word of God. Anything else comes from people, and as we well know people have their personal agenda. Their agenda normally centers around becoming wealthy, gaining fame, being influential or becoming popular.
We cannot believe most salesmen because, as we stated before they have their personal agenda, and that is to sell their product whatever it may be. They will tell you that their product is the best one in the market, but in most cases it is not true. They may also tell you that the price they are quoting you is only for that moment – that you have to buy then, or the price will increase substantially. Unfortunately many buyers fall for their scheme. The truth notwithstanding, it is also true with religious people. They will tell you that their religion is the best and the only way to heaven. Lies, lies, lies!
Many times pastors, evangelists, lawyers, politicians, singers, movie stars and athletes sell themselves. Now with the new means of communication, it has become much easier for them to establish a base of followers. Their followers follow them blindly. They do not question anything they say or do. If they said it, it becomes the gospel truth to their followers or constituents. That is not the faith Christ followers should live by. It is not faith, but stupidity!
Do not fall into that.
When we are going through tough times, and sooner or later all of us do, we should go through them in faith. That faith should be In knowing that God can turn it around at any given moment, and that there is a silver lining to every bad situation. The jealous brothers of Joseph, the son of Jacob and grandson of Abraham, tried to kill him, and eventually they sold him as a slave, but God used him to save the Jewish nation from hunger and starvation. In Genesis 50:18-21, the Bible says: “ His brothers then came and threw themselves down before him (Joseph). “We are your slaves,” they said. But Joseph said to them, “Don’t be afraid. Am I in the place of God? You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. So then, don’t be afraid. I will provide for you and your children.” And he reassured them and spoke kindly to them.” We should live by faith because the truth is that we are never alone – God is always with us.
When we need to make a decision, and we are not sure which way to go, we should look up that topic in the Bible, and see what God would have us do. Almost every single topic is covered in the word of God. In most cases we will find the answer in the Bible. Another thing we can do is ask advice from professionals and people we know are close to God. That person could be a pastor, an expert in that field, or a good friend who is living a godly life.
Of course just about every decision has consequences, so we should pray to God, and ask Him what we should do. In many cases God will speak to us through people, through His word or even through our minds. We will know what to do, as one way or the other the Holy Spirit will give us the answer. Ask Father God to make it very clear to you, so you will not make a mistake. If you have a sense of peace about it, go ahead with it, but if you do not feel right about it, don’t do it.
If you are righteous, and have received Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, live by faith. That faith should be in knowing that you will spend eternity with God and not in the lake of fire.
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IN WHAT CONDITION IS YOUR HEART?

The word of God refers to your attitude, behavior and way of living as the condition of the soil of your heart. In Matthew 13:3-23, Jesus explains four types of soil where the word of God falls and how each person reacts to it. That soil, of course, is the condition of your heart.
The first soil is where the seed is planted on the wayside, but it really refers to a person who is given the word of God, and since he does not understand it, does nothing to learn more about God. He hears it, but does not put it into practice because he does not really have much interest in it.
The second soil are the stony places where no plant can really grow. It is really referring to people who hear the word of God, and get momentarily excited about it, but when troubles and hard times come they forget all about it. In other words, the cares of this world have more effect and impact on them than the word of God.
The third soil is when the seed falls among the thorns. The thorns, of course, choke out the seed. As with the others, it is not really referring to soil or thorns, but about the condition of the human heart. These are the people who receive the word of God, but the cares of this world, and the pursuit of riches, position and fame do not allow them to learn the word of God, much less to live by its principles.
The last soil is the good one. This is the person who receives the word of God gladly, learns it, and puts it into practice. In other words, he lives by it. His life is transformed by the renewing of his mind according to Romans 12:2. He becomes a new creation according to 2 Corinthians 5:17, where it says: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”
The main question is…In what condition is your heart? What type of soil are you? Are you living life one-hundred percent your way, or are you living it by godly standards? Will the words of this article go in one ear and come out the other, or will they help transform your way of thinking, and more importantly your way of living?
Religion will not get you to heaven and neither will good works, good thoughts or a good reputation. The only thing that will get you to heaven is a relationship with Jesus Christ. In John 14:6, Jesus says: “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except by Me.” If you have never accepted Him as your Lord and Savior, this is the perfect time to do so. If you do not know how to do it, read the following prayer, and when you, more or less, understand it, pray it to God aloud in all humility and sincerity. He will hear you, will forgive all your sins, and will give you salvation – allow you to spend eternity with Him.
“Father God, I repent of all my sins. I ask You to forgive me. I believe and declare that Jesus Christ is Your Son, that He suffered, died to pay for my sins, that He resurrected on the third day, and that now He is at your right hand interceding for me. I also ask You to allow the Holy Spirit to live in me, so He can guide me and protect me. Thank You God. Amen.”
Do not let anybody lie to you. If you prayed that prayer in all sincerity God has accepted you as His child. If you did not pray the prayer, think again because your soul is in the balance and it is headed downward to a very hot and horrible place.
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                                                           I KNOW GOD LOVES ME BECAUSE
Many times people ask, “How do you know God exists?” or “How do you know God loves you?” There are many reasons why we know that to be true. Not only is there spiritual evidence, but there is physical evidence as well. If one were to go to Israel and the surrounding countries, one would find plenty of the evidence mentioned in the Bible.
                                                                              GENESIS 1:1-7
“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. So the evening and the morning were the first day. Then God said, “Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.” Thus God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament; and it was so.”
Something cannot come from nothing. The earth, however, did come from nothing because for God nothing is impossible (Mark 10:27). If there were no God, there would be no earth. The physical proof that God exists is that the universe exists.
                                                                         MATTHEW 28:18-20
“And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.”
We know God loves us because He left us His spoken word as well as His written one, so that we could get to know Him. The written word comes from eye witnesses.
                                                                                JOHN 3:16-17
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.”
God loves us so much that He allowed His Son to die in our place to pay for our sins, so we would not have to spend eternity in the lake of fire. There is no greater love that that.
                                                                               ROMANS 5:7-8
“For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
I know God loves us because while we were still deep in sin Jesus had already died for us. He did not wait for us to try and clean ourselves.
                                                                            HEBREWS 12:6-8
“For whom the Lord loves He chastens, and scourges every son whom He receives.” If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a father does not chasten? But if you are without chastening, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate and not sons.”
We know God loves us because He chastens us when we get out of line. We need to be obedient to Him because He is our heavenly Father.
                                                                               JOHN 14:15-17
“”If you love Me, keep My commandments. And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever– the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.”
Jesus and Father God love us so much that they did not leave us by ourselves, instead they sent us the Holy Spirit to live in us.
                                                                         PHILIPPIANS 4:6-7
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
God loves us so much that He does not want us to carry our problems, but rather to take them up to Him in prayer and supplication.
If, for whatever reason, you are depressed, frustrated, sad, deep in despair, feeling unwanted, or going through what seems insurmountable problems, turn all that over to God. Not only can He handle it, but He wants you to turn it over to Him. Turn your life over to Him, and although the situation may not change immediately, you will change and that will make all the difference in the world.

http://thelivinglights.com 5/20/2020

FACEBOOK: Raul Ledesma, Sparks, Nevada

                                                           YO SÉ QUE DIOS ME AMA PORQUE…
Muchas veces la gente pregunta, “¿Cómo sabes que Dios existe?” o “¿Cómo sabes que Dios te ama?” Hay muchas razones por las cuales sabemos que eso es verdad. No tan solamente hay evidencia espiritual, sino que la hay física también. Si uno fuera a Israel y a los países a su alrededor, encontraría mucha evidencia mencionada en la biblia.
                                                                                GÉNESIS 1:1-7
“En el principio creó Dios los cielos y la tierra. Y la tierra estaba desordenada y vacía, y las tinieblas estaban sobre la faz del abismo, y el Espíritu de Dios se movía sobre la faz de las aguas. Y dijo Dios: Sea la luz; y fue la luz. Y vio Dios que la luz era buena; y separó Dios la luz de las tinieblas. Y llamó Dios a la luz Día, y a las tinieblas llamó Noche. Y fue la tarde y la mañana un día. Luego dijo Dios: Haya expansión en medio de las aguas, y separe las aguas de las aguas. E hizo Dios la expansión, y separó las aguas que estaban debajo de la expansión, de las aguas que estaban sobre la expansión: y fue así.”
Algo no puede salir de la nada. La tierra, sin embargo, vino de la nada, porque para Dios nada es imposible (Marcos 10:27). Si no hubiera Dios, no hubiera el planeta tierra. La prueba que Dios existe es que el universo existe.
                                                                           MATEO 28:18-20
“Y Jesús se acercó y les habló diciendo: Toda potestad me es dada en el cielo y en la tierra.
Por tanto, vayan, y hagan discípulos a todas las naciones, bautizándolos en el nombre del Padre, y del Hijo, y del Espíritu Santo; enseñándoles que guarden todas las cosas que les he mandado; y he aquí yo estoy con ustedes todos los días, hasta el fin del mundo. Amén”
Sabemos que Dios nos ama, porque nos dejó su palabra hablada y escrita, para que lo conociéramos. La palabra escrita viene por medio de testigos.
                                                                               JUAN 3:16-17
“ Porque de tal manera amó Dios al mundo, que ha dado a su Hijo unigénito, para que todo aquel que en él cree, no se pierda, mas tenga vida eterna. Porque no envió Dios a su Hijo al mundo para condenar al mundo, sino para que el mundo sea salvo por él.”
Dios nos ama tanto que permitió que su hijo muriera y pagara por nuestros pecados para que no tuviéramos que pasar la eternidad en el lago de fuego. ¡No hay más grande amor!
                                                                             ROMANOS 5:7-8
“Ciertamente, apenas morirá alguno por un justo; con todo, pudiera ser que alguno osara morir por el bueno. Mas Dios muestra su amor para con nosotros, en que siendo aún pecadores, Cristo murió por nosotros.”
Sabemos que Dios nos ama, porque cuando todavía estábamos en el pecado Jesucristo ya había muerto por nosotros. Nos esperó hasta que dejáramos de pecar.
                                                                             HEBREOS 12:6-8
“Porque el Señor al que ama, disciplina, y azota a todo el que recibe por hijo. Si soportan la disciplina, Dios los trata como a hijos; porque ¿qué hijo es aquel a quien el padre no disciplina?
Pero si se les deja sin disciplina, de la cual todos han sido participantes, entonces son bastardos, y no hijos.”
Sabemos que Dios nos ama, porque nos disciplina si nos comportamos mal. Necesitamos ser obedientes, porque Dios es nuestro Padre celestial.

                                                                               JUAN 14:15-17
“ Si me aman, guarden mis mandamientos. Y yo rogaré al Padre, y les dará otro Consolador, para que esté con ustedes para siempre: el Espíritu de verdad, al cual el mundo no puede recibir, porque no le ve, ni le conoce; pero ustedes le conocen, porque mora con ustedes, y estará en ustedes.”
Dios Padre y Jesucristo nos aman tanto que no nos dejaron huérfanos, sino que nos enviaron al Espíritu Santo para que viviera en nosotros.
                                                                           FILIPENSES 4:6-7
“Por nada estén afanosos, sino sean conocidas sus peticiones delante de Dios en toda oración y ruego, con acción de gracias. Y la paz de Dios, que sobrepasa todo entendimiento, guardará sus corazones y sus pensamientos en Cristo Jesús.”
Dios nos ama tanto que no quiere que carguemos nuestros problemas, sino que se los llevemos a él en oración y súplica.
Si, por la razón que sea, estás deprimido, frustrado, triste, desesperado, piensas que a nadie le importas o tienes problemas que parecen ser insuperables, llévale todo eso a Dios. No solamente él puede solucionarlos, sino que quiere hacerlo. Entrégale tu vida a Dios. Aún si la situación no cambia, tú cambiarás, y eso hace toda la diferencia.

http://thelivinglights.com 20 de Mayo 2020

FACEBOOK: Raul Ledesma, Sparks, Nevada

                       

                                                                            FEED MY SHEEP
Jesus is the main shepherd and we are His sheep. Since He is no longer physically present here on earth He wants us to feed His sheep. In other words He wants us who know the word of God, which is spiritual food, to teach it to others, so they too may have salvation and may live their lives according to God’s will.
                                                                                  JOHN 10:14
“I (Jesus) am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep, and am known by My own.”
Jesus calls Himself “the good shepherd.” That makes us His sheep. He gave up His physical life to make salvation available to us. It is up to us to accept the sacrifice He did on the cross and to accept Him as our shepherd.
                                                                                    JOHN 1:1
“In the beginning was the Word (Jesus), and the Word was with God, and the Word (Jesus) was God.” Jesus is the Word of God, and He wants us His followers to tell others that He is the way, the truth and the life and that nobody can have salvation except through Him (John 14:6). When we tell people about God’s plan of redemption and salvation, we are feeding His sheep.
                                                                              JOHN 6:32-35
“Then Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, Moses did not give you the bread from heaven, but My Father gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is He who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” Then they said to Him, “Lord, give us this bread always.” And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.”
Jesus is the bread of life, and so when we tell people about Jesus and the plan of salvation we are feeding His sheep and fulfilling the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20).
                                                                              JOHN 21:15-17
“ So when they had eaten breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me more than these?” He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.” He said to him, “Feed My lambs.” He said to him again a second time, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me?” He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.” He said to him, “Tend My sheep.”
He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me?” Peter was grieved because He said to him the third time, “Do you love Me?” And he said to Him, “Lord, You know all things; You know that I love You.” Jesus said to him, “Feed My sheep.”
Jesus knew He would be going back to heaven soon, so He was telling Peter to feed His sheep. In other words, to tell people about who Jesus was, what and why He had suffered and about the plan of salvation. Jesus is telling each one of us the same thing: “Feed my sheep.”
                                                                              JOHN 4:31-34
“ In the meantime His disciples urged Him, saying, “Rabbi, eat.” But He said to them, “I have food to eat of which you do not know.” Therefore the disciples said to one another, “Has anyone brought Him anything to eat?” Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work.”
Jesus had just gotten through witnessing to the Samaritan woman and had not eaten any physical food. The food He was referring to was to do the Father’s will, which is written in the Bible because Jesus Himself is the Living Word and the food from heaven. We feed Jesus’ sheep by teaching them the word of God, and by introducing them to have a personal relationship with Jesus Himself. Yes, our commission as mature Christians is to feed the word of God to either people who have never received Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior and to Christians who, for one reason or another, know very little about the Bible.
If you need to be fed, keep coming back to my blog. If you do not know God’s word well enough, but you want to make sure others spend eternity in heaven instead of the lake of fire, tell them about this blog. If you already know the word of God quite well help others who may not know it at all, or may not know it as well as you do.

http://thelivinglights.com 5/13/2020

FACEBOOK: Raul Ledesma, Sparks, Nevada, USA

                                                                 ALIMENTA MIS CORDEROS
Jesucristo es el pastor y nosotros somos su rebaño. Siendo que él ya no está físicamente presente aquí en la tierra quiere que alimentemos sus ovejas. En otras palabras desea que los que sabemos su palabra, que es alimento espiritual, se la enseñemos a otros para que ellos también tengan salvación y que vivan según la voluntad del Padre.
                                                                                    JUAN 10:14
“Yo (Jesucristo) soy el buen pastor; y conozco mis ovejas, y las mías me conocen.” Jesucristo se llama “el buen pastor” a sí mismo. Eso nos convierte en sus ovejas. Él entregó su vida física para hacer la salvación disponible para nosotros. Ahora nos toca a nosotros aceptar el sacrificio que él hizo en la cruz y de recibirlo como nuestro Señor y Redentor.
                                                                                       JUAN 1:1
“En el principio era el Verbo, y el Verbo era con Dios, y el Verbo era Dios.” Jesucristo es la palabra de Dios, y él desea que nosotros sus seguidores le digamos al prójimo que él es el camino, la verdad y la vida, y que sólo se llega al Padre por medio de él (Juan 14:6). Cuando le explicamos a la gente el plan de salvación estamos alimentando a sus ovejas.
                                                                                 JUAN 6:32-35
“Y Jesús les dijo: De cierto, de cierto les digo: No les dio Moisés el pan del cielo, mas mi Padre les da el verdadero pan del cielo. Porque el pan de Dios es aquel que descendió del cielo y da vida al mundo. Le dijeron: Señor, danos siempre este pan. Jesús les dijo: Yo soy el pan de vida; el que a mí viene, nunca tendrá hambre; y el que en mí cree, no tendrá sed jamás. “
Jesucristo es el pan de vida, y por eso cuando le explicamos a la gente que en él está la salvación, estamos dándole de comer a su rebaño y estamos cumpliendo con “La Gran Comisión (Mateo 28:18-20).
                                                                               JUAN 21:15-17
“Cuando hubieron comido, Jesús dijo a Simón Pedro: Simón, hijo de Jonás, ¿me amas más que éstos? Le respondió: Sí, Señor; tú sabes que te amo. El le dijo: Apacienta mis corderos. Volvió a decirle la segunda vez: Simón, hijo de Jonás, ¿me amas? Pedro le respondió: Sí, Señor; tú sabes que te amo. Le dijo: Pastorea mis ovejas. Le dijo la tercera vez: Simón, hijo de Jonás, ¿me amas? Pedro se entristeció de que le dijese la tercera vez: ¿Me amas? y le respondió: Señor, tú lo sabes todo; tú sabes que te amo. Jesús le dijo: Apacienta mis ovejas.”
Jesús sabía que ya estaba por volver al cielo, y por eso le dijo a Pedro que cuidara sus corderos. En otras palabras que le dijera a la gente quien era Jesús, que había sufrido para pagar por nuestros pecados, y que en él estaba la salvación. Jesús nos dice lo mismo: ‘Alimenten mis ovejas.’”
                                                                              JUAN 4:31-34
“ Entre tanto, los discípulos le rogaban (a Jesucristo), diciendo: Rabí, come. Él les dijo: Yo tengo una comida que comer, que ustedes no saben. Entonces los discípulos decían unos a otros: ¿Le habrá traído alguien de comer? Jesús les dijo: Mi comida es que haga la voluntad del que me envió, y que acabe su obra.”
Jesús acababa de darle testimonio a la mujer samaritana, y no había comido ninguna comida. La comida a la cual él se refería era hacer la voluntad de Dios Padre, porque Jesús es la palabra viviente y la comida que viene del cielo. Les damos de comer a sus corderos cuando les hablamos de la palabra de Dios, y cuando les pedimos que tengan una relación personal con Jesucristo.
Nuestra comisión como cristianos maduros es de llevarle la palabra de Dios a gente que jamás haya recibido a Jesucristo en sus vidas y a cristianos que no conocen bien la palabra de Dios por la razón que sea.
Si necesitas la comida espiritual, vuelve a mi página semanalmente. Si no sabes la palabra de Dios bastante bien, pero quieres que la gente pase la eternidad con Dios y no en el lago de fuego, llévalos a mi página. Si ya sabes la palabra bastante bien, enséñasela a otros que todavía no son seguidores de Jesucristo y a personas que tengan muy poco conocimiento de las escrituras.

http://thelivinglights.com 13 de Mayo 2020

FACEBOOK: Raul Ledesma, Sparks, Nevada, USA

                                                      GOD HAS ALREADY DONE HIS PART
God has already done His part. Now it is up to us. God has created the world, all forms of life and everything that is necessary for us to live. He has even provided a way for us to come to Him, to be forgiven of our sins, and to have salvation. It is up to us to use wisely the resources He provides for us and to apply His principles in faith.
GENESIS 1:1
“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”
God not only created earth, but He created the universe. Without the universe the earth could not exist. We need the sun, the moon, the stars, the universe, and of course we need God.
HEBREWS 1-3
Jesus “who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high.” Colossians 1:17 – “And He (Jesus Christ) is before all things, and in Him all things consist.”
Not only did Jesus create everything that exists, but He is upholding together everything that exists. Without God the universe would cease functioning and would collapse completely.
JOHN 3:15-17
The word of God says through the apostle John “that whoever believes in Him (Jesus) should not perish but have eternal life. For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.”
Because of God’s love for us, He sent His Son to die in our place. In other words, we are guilty of sin, and should pay for it by spending eternity in the lake of fire, but because God loves us so much He sent Jesus to die and pay for our sins. God did His part, now let’s do ours by repenting, asking God to forgive us, receiving Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, and by living a godly life.
ROMANS 5:5-8
“ Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us. For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
Jesus suffered, shed His blood, died and resurrected to open heaven’s door to us. Not only that, but He did it even before we had repented, asked God to forgive us, or had received Him as our Lord and Savior. He has already done His part. Now we have to do ours.
JOHN 14:14
In John 14:14, Jesus told His disciples, which also applies to us: “If you ask anything in my name I will do it.” Then in John 15:16, Jesus told them: “Whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you.” He repeats the same words in John 16:23. Jesus makes it very clear that when we pray to the Father we should pray in His name, and that God will answer our prayers if they are in line with His will.
God already did His part. He gave us physical life, will give us spiritual life if we seek it, and will give us salvation if we receive His Son as our Lord and Savior. He also left us many promises in the Bible. We have to find out what they are, claim them, and in faith put them into practice. If we do not do our part, all the promises in the Bible including salvation do not apply to us.
If you are waiting for God to move into your life, you may be waiting a long, long time. Instead of that you move into His life. If you do, you will find Him immediately. He has been waiting for you all your life. He has done His part, do yours.

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                                                        DIOS YA HA HECHO SU PARTE
Dios ya ha hecho su parte. Ahora nos toca a nosotros. Dios creó el mundo, toda forma de vida, y todo lo que es necesario para que podamos vivir. Hasta proveyó la manera para que viniéramos a él, para perdonar nuestros pecados, y para que tuviéramos salvación. Nos toca usar sabiamente los recursos que nos   ha proveído y aplicar sus principios en fe.
GÉNESIS 1:1
“En el principio creó Dios los cielos y la tierra.”
Dios no solamente creó el planeta tierra, sino que creó el universo. Sin éste la tierra no podría existir. Necesitamos el sol, la luna, las estrellas y el universo, y claro, necesitamos a Dios.
HEBREOS 1:3
Jesús “el cual, siendo el resplandor de su gloria, y la imagen misma de su sustancia, y quien sustenta todas las cosas con la palabra de su poder, habiendo efectuado la purificación de nuestros pecados por medio de sí mismo, se sentó a la diestra de la Majestad en las alturas.” Colosenses 1:17- “Y él (Jesucristo) es antes de todas las cosas, y todas las cosas en él subsisten.”
No solamente creó Jesús todo lo que existe, sino que también sustenta todas las cosas con el poder de su palabra. Sin Dios el universo cesaría de funcionar y todo se colapsaría.
JUAN 3:15-17
La palabra de Dios por medio del apóstol Juan dice, “ para que todo aquel que en él (Jesucristo) cree, no se pierda, mas tenga vida eterna. Porque de tal manera amó Dios al mundo, que ha dado a su Hijo unigénito, para que todo aquel que en él cree, no se pierda, mas tenga vida eterna. Porque no envió Dios a su Hijo al mundo para condenar al mundo, sino para que el mundo sea salvo por él.”
Por el amor que nos tiene Dios, envió a su hijo para que muriera en nuestro lugar para pagar por nuestros pecados. En otras palabras, somos culpables de pecar, y deberíamos pagar al pasar la eternidad en el lago de fuego, pero la deuda ya está pagada. Dios ya hizo su parte. Nos toca arrepentirnos, pedirle perdón a Dios y recibir a Jesucristo como nuestro Señor y Salvador.
ROMANOS 5:5-8
“La esperanza no avergüenza; porque el amor de Dios ha sido derramado en nuestros corazones por el Espíritu Santo que nos fue dado. Porque Cristo, cuando aún éramos débiles, a su tiempo murió por los impíos. Ciertamente, apenas morirá alguno por un justo; con todo, pudiera ser que alguno osara morir por el bueno. Mas Dios muestra su amor para con nosotros, en que siendo aún pecadores, Cristo murió por nosotros.”
Jesús sufrió, vertió su sangre, murió y resucitó para abrirnos las puertas del cielo. No solamente eso, sino que lo hizo antes que nos arrepintiéramos, le            pidiéramos a Dios que nos perdonara, o lo hubiéramos recibido como nuestro Redentor. El ya ha hecho su parte – nos toca a nosotros.
JUAN 14:14
En Juan 14:14, Jesús les dijo a sus discípulos, y también nos aplica a nosotros: “Si algo piden en mi nombre, yo lo haré.” Luego en Juan 15:16 les dijo: “…todo lo que pidan al Padre en mi nombre, él se lo dé.” En Juan 16:23 repite las mismas palabras. Jesús lo hace bien claro que debemos orar y pedirle al Padre en su nombre, y que Dios responderá nuestras oraciones si están dentro de su voluntad.
Dios ya hizo su parte. Nos dio vida física, nos da vida espiritual si la buscamos, y nos dará salvación si aceptamos a su hijo como nuestro Salvador. También nos dejó muchas promesas en la biblia. Tenemos que buscarlas, clamarlas, y en fe ponerlas en práctica. Si no hacemos nuestra parte, todas las promesas en la biblia incluyendo la salvación no son nuestras.
Si estás esperando que Dios entre a tu vida, estarás esperando un tiempo larguísimo. En vez de hacer eso, tú entra a la vida de Dios. Lo encontrarás inmediatamente. El te ha estado esperando toda tu vida. El ha hecho su parte – haz la tuya.

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                                                                  SPEAK THE WORD OF GOD
The living word of God is Jesus, His written word is the Bible, and His spoken word is when we pray aloud with Bible scripture. God’s word is powerful, as by it He spoke everything that exists into existence. We should use it in order to fulfill His will in our lives, and to accomplish His will here on earth.
                                          JESUS IS THE WORD OF GOD AND THE CREATOR
John 1:1-3 – “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word (JESUS) was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.”
This scripture makes it abundantly clear that Jesus is God, the Living Word and the Creator. The essence of life and death is in His words. All He has to do is speak the word and it becomes a reality.
                                                THE WORD OF GOD HAS TO BE FULFILLED
We cannot separate God from His word, and that is why the word that He has given, the one that He is giving and the one that He will give in the future have to be fulfilled. Isaiah 55:10 – 11 – “For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven, and do not return there, but water the earth, and make it bring forth and bud, That it may give seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.” Then in Matthew 24:35, God says in His word: “ Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.”
Since God’s word cannot return to Him void or pass away, we should pray using scriptures. We should pray with the scriptures that adequately cover our need.
                                                         GOD SPOKE LIFE INTO EXISTENCE
Everything that exists came into existence by the power of God’s word. In Genesis 1:3, God spoke and said: “Let there be light,” and there was light. In Genesis 1:6, He said, “Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.” In Genesis 1:9, He declared, “Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear”; and it was so. In Genesis 1:11, God said, “Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb that yields seed, and the fruit tree that yields fruit according to its kind, whose seed is in itself on the earth”; and it was so. God kept on speaking life into existence until finally in Genesis 1:26, He said: “Let us make man in Our image, according to our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” That is how the human race was created. God created Adam and Eve. He did not create Adam and Steve nor Madame and Eve.
                                                           THE WORD OF GOD IS POWERFUL
We saw in Genesis that the word of God is so powerful that it even has the power to create and, of course, it also has the power to destroy as evidenced in Sodom and Gomorrah as well as during the flood in Noah’s time. Hebrews 4:12 -13 – “ For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.”
The word of God is Jesus, and of course He is powerful. He has the power to create, but also to judge and to destroy if necessary. The word of God tells us that whatever we ask the Father in Jesus’ name God will do (John 14:14, John 15:16 and John 16:23).
                                                          THERE IS POWER IN OUR WORDS
In Proverbs 18:20-21 the Bible tells us: “A man’s stomach shall be satisfied from the fruit of his mouth; From the produce of his lips he shall be filled. Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.”
Our words have the power to create and to destroy. We have to be extremely careful how we use them. God is going to hold us accountable for every word that we speak (Matthew 12:36-37). Therefore we should use words according to God’s will, not ours. We should use them to uplift people, not to destroy them.
Knowing that the word of God is Jesus, and that it is powerful, we should always speak it confidently in faith in a positive manner using the appropriate scriptures. The Bible tells us that the prayers of a righteous man avails much (James 5:16).

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                                           HABLA LA PALABRA DE DIOS
La palabra viviente de Dios es Jesucristo, su palabra escrita es la biblia, y su palabra hablada es cuando oramos en voz alta con escritura. La palabra de Dios es poderosa, ya que por ella Dios trajo todo lo que existe a la existencia. Debemos hablarla para lograr su voluntad en nuestras vidas, y para que se haga su voluntad aquí en la tierra.
                                         JESÚS ES LA PALABRA DE DIOS Y ES EL CREADOR
Juan 1:1-3 – “En el principio era el Verbo, y el Verbo era con Dios, y el Verbo era Dios. Este era en el principio con Dios. Todas las cosas por él fueron hechas, y sin él nada de lo que ha sido hecho, fue hecho.”
Con esta escritura queda bien declarado y aclarado que Jesucristo es Dios, la Palabra Viviente, y el Creador. La esencia de la vida y la muerte reside en sus palabras. Él simplemente habla algo y se hace una realidad.
                                             LA PALABRA DE DIOS TIENE QUE CUMPLIRSE
No podemos separar a Dios de su palabra, y por eso, la palabra que él ha dado, la que está dando, y la que dará en el futuro se tienen que cumplir. Isaías 55”10-11 – “ Porque como desciende de los cielos la lluvia y la nieve, y no vuelve allá, sino que riega la tierra, y la hace germinar y producir, y da semilla al que siembra, y pan al que come, así será mi palabra que sale de mi boca; no volverá a mí vacía, sino que hará lo que yo quiero, y será prosperada en aquello para que la envié.” Luego en Mateo 24:35, Dios dice, “El cielo y la tierra pasarán, pero mis palabras no pasarán.”
Siendo que la palabra de Dios no puede volverle vacía y sus palabras no pasarán, debemos orar con las escrituras que aplican perfectamente a nuestra necesidad.
                                              DIOS HABLÓ Y LE DIO EXISTENCIA A LA VIDA
Todo lo que existe se hizo realidad por el poder de la palabra de Dios. En Génesis 1:3, Dios habló y dijo, “Sea la luz; y fue la luz. En Génesis 1:6, dijo, “Haya expansión en medio de las aguas, y separe las aguas de las aguas.” En Génesis 1:9, declaró, “Júntense las aguas que están debajo de los cielos en un lugar, y descúbrase lo seco.” Y fue así. Luego en génesis 1:11, Dios dijo, “Produzca la tierra hierba verde, hierba que dé semilla; árbol de fruto que dé fruto según su género, que su semilla esté en él, sobre la tierra.” Y fue así. Dios continuó creando vida hasta que en Génesis 1:26, él dijo: “Hagamos al hombre a nuestra imagen, conforme a nuestra semejanza; y señoree en los peces del mar, en las aves de los cielos, en las bestias, en toda la tierra, y en todo animal que se arrastra sobre la tierra.” Así fue como la raza humana fue creada. Dios creó a Adán y a Eva, no a Adán y a Sebastián ni a Melva y a Eva.
                                                  LA PALABRA DE DIOS ES MUY PODEROSA
Vimos en Génesis que la palabra de Dios es tan poderosa que hasta tiene poder para crear, y desde luego tiene poder para destruir como sucedió en Sodoma y Gomorra igualmente que durante el diluvio salvando a Noé y a su familia. Hebreos 4:12-13 – “Porque la palabra de Dios es viva y eficaz, y más cortante que toda espada de dos filos; y penetra hasta partir el alma y el espíritu, las coyunturas y los tuétanos, y discierne los pensamientos y las intenciones del corazón. Y no hay cosa creada que no sea manifiesta en su presencia; antes bien todas las cosas están desnudas y abiertas a los ojos de aquel (JESÚS) a quien tenemos que dar cuenta.”

La palabra de Dios es Jesús, y desde luego es todo poderoso. Tiene el poder para crear, juzgar, y destruir si es necesario. La palabra de Dios nos dice que lo que le pidamos a él en el nombre de Jesús, él lo hará (Juan 14:14, Juan 15:16 y Juan 16:23).
                                                     HAY PODER EN NUESTRAS PALABRAS
En Proverbios 18:20-21, la biblia nos dice: “Del fruto de la boca del hombre se llenará su vientre; se saciará del producto de sus labios. La muerte y la vida están en poder de la lengua,
y el que la ama comerá de sus frutos.”
Nuestras palabras tienen el poder de edificar y destruir. Tenemos que tener mucho cuidado como las usamos. Tendremos que rendirle cuentas a Dios por cada palabra que hablemos (Mateo 12:36-37). Hay que hablar según la voluntad de Dios, no la nuestra. Debemos usar las palabras para edificar a la gente, no para destruirla.
Sabiendo que Jesús es la palabra de Dios, y que ésta es poderosa, debemos hablarla confiadamente en fe usando las escrituras adecuadas de una manera positiva. La biblia nos dice que la oración eficaz del justo puede mucho (Santiago 5:16).

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                                                                 GOD LOVES US SO MUCH
Man cannot comprehend the love that God has for us. That is because, in most cases, our love is conditional, while God’s love toward us is unconditional. He knew us and loved us even before we were born. No human being had, has or will ever have that ability.
                                                                           GENESIS 1:26-27
“Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.”
God loves us so much that we were the only creature that He created in His own image. He gave us a body, a brain, a soul and a spirit, and on top of that He made it possible for us to spend eternity with Him. The other forms of life are temporal; we are eternal.
                                                                           JEREMIAH 1:4-5
“Then the word of the LORD came to me (the prophet Jeremiah), saying: “Before I (GOD) formed you in the womb I knew you; Before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.”
God is telling Jeremiah that He knew him even before he was conceived. God knew what kind of a person Jeremiah would be, and He already had a plan for his life. God has a plan for your life. Pray to God that you many know what it is, and then simply do it.
                                                                           PSALM 139:13-16
“For You (GOD) formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well. My frame was not hidden from You, when I was made in secret, and skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, the days fashioned for me, when as yet there were none of them.”
God loves us so much that He not only formed us, but He also fashioned our days, so that we would have life in abundance, as Jesus tells us in John 10:10. So why do we suffer? We suffer because we do our own will and not God’s.
                                                                             ROMANS 5:6-8
“For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
Way even before a person acknowledges that God exists Jesus has already suffered, died, resurrected, gone back to heaven and paid for that person’s sins. All that person has to do is repent, ask God to forgive him, accept Jesus and the sacrifice He did on the cross into his life. That is how much God loves even the biggest sinner. God will forgive you, regardless of what you may have done.
If you have never done it before, this is the perfect opportunity for you to ask God, in the name of Jesus Christ, to forgive you. Speak to Him in an audible voice. He will hear you, will forgive you, and you will have a clean slate. You will feel clean because a burden will have been lifted from your shoulders.
                                                                               JOHN 3:15-17
“ That whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.”
How much does God love us? He loves us so much that He sent His own Son Jesus Christ to suffer and die an awful death to pay for our sins. By doing so, He rescued our souls from spending eternity suffering in the lake of fire. However, it is not automatic. We have to do our part, and that is to repent and accept that sacrifice. If you do not know how to do that, read the following prayer several times, and when you, more or less, understand it, pray it to God aloud in all humility, sincerity and truth. He will receive it and will receive you as His child.
“Father God, I repent of all my sins. Please, forgive me! I acknowledge and confess that Jesus Christ is Your Son. I ask Him to be my Lord and Savior, and also ask the Holy Spirit to live in me, so He can guide me and protect me. Thank You Father! Amen.”
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                                                                    DIOS NOS AMA TANTO
El hombre no puede comprender el amor que Dios nos tiene. La razón es que nuestro amor es condicional, mientras que el amor que Dios nos tiene es incondicional. Él nos conocía y nos amaba desde antes que naciéramos. Ningún humano ha tenido, tiene, ni tendrá esa habilidad.
                                                                           GÉNESIS 1:26-27
“Y dijo Dios: Hagamos al hombre á nuestra imagen, conforme á nuestra semejanza; y señoree en los peces de la mar, y en las aves de los cielos, y en las bestias, y en toda la tierra, y en todo animal que anda arrastrando sobre la tierra. Y crió Dios al hombre á su imagen, á imagen de Dios lo crió; varón y hembra los crió.”
Dios nos ama tanto que fuimos la única creación creada conforme su imagen. Nos dio cuerpo, cerebro, alma y espíritu, y además de eso nos dio la posibilidad de poder pasar la eternidad con él. Las otras formas de vida son temporales; nosotros somos eternos.
                                                                            JEREMÍAS 1:4-5
“Entonces me llegó la palabra de Jehová a mí (profeta Jeremías), diciendo: Antes que (Yo Dios) te formara en el vientre te conocí, y antes que salieras de la matriz te santifiqué, te di por profeta a las naciones.”
Dios le dice al profeta Jeremías que lo conocía desde antes que hubiera sido concebido. Dios sabía que clase de persona iba a ser Jeremías, y ya tenía un plan para su vida. Dios tiene un plan para tu vida. Órale a Dios que te permita saber cuál es, y luego simplemente vívelo.
                                                                           SALMO 139:13-16
“Porque tú formaste mis entrañas; Tú (Dios) me hiciste en el vientre de mi madre. Te alabaré; porque formidables, maravillosas son tus obras; estoy maravillado, y mi alma lo sabe muy bien. No fue encubierto de ti mi cuerpo, bien que en oculto fui formado, y entretejido en lo más profundo de la tierra. Mi embrión vieron tus ojos, y en tu libro estaban escritas todas aquellas cosas que fueron luego formadas, sin faltar una de ellas.”
Dios nos ama tanto que no solamente nos formó a nosotros, sino que también nos formó las obras que debemos hacer para tener vida en abundancia según Juan 10:10. ¿Entonces, por qué sufrimos? Sufrimos porque hacemos nuestra propia voluntad en vez de hacer la de Dios. Somos rebeldes sin causa.
ROMANOS 5:6-8
“Porque Cristo, cuando aún éramos débiles, a su tiempo murió por los impíos. Ciertamente, apenas morirá alguno por un justo; con todo, pudiera ser que alguno osara morir por el bueno.
Mas Dios muestra su amor para con nosotros, en que siendo aún pecadores, Cristo murió por nosotros.”
Aún antes que una persona reconozca que Dios existe Jesucristo ya ha sufrido, muerto, resucitado, ascendido al cielo y pagado por sus pecados. Todo lo que esa persona tiene que hacer es arrepentirse, pedirle a Dios que lo perdone, aceptar a Jesucristo como su Señor y Salvador, igualmente que aceptar el sacrificio que él hizo en la cruz. Jesucristo ama y se sacrificó hasta por el pecador más grande de todos. Dios quiere perdonarte a ti sin importar lo que hayas hecho. ¿Te arrepientes?
Si nunca lo has hecho, esta es la perfecta oportunidad para que le pidas a Dios que te perdone. Háblale en voz alta. Él te oirá, te perdonará, y te borrará tu pizarra de pecados. Te sentirás limpio, porque se te quitará ese peso de tus hombros.

   JUAN 3:15-17
“Para que todo aquel que en él cree, no se pierda, mas tenga vida eterna. Porque de tal manera amó Dios al mundo, que ha dado a su Hijo unigénito, para que todo aquel que en él cree, no se pierda, mas tenga vida eterna. Porque no envió Dios a su Hijo al mundo para condenar al mundo, sino para que el mundo sea salvo por él.”
¿Cuánto nos ama Dios? Nos ama tanto que mandó a su propio Hijo Jesucristo a morir una muerte horrible en la cruz para pagar por nuestros pecados. Al hacer eso rescató nuestra alma de pasar la eternidad sufriendo en el lago de fuego. Sin embargo, no es algo automático. Tenemos que hacer nuestra parte…arrepentirnos y aceptar el sacrificio. Si no sabes cómo hacerlo, lee la siguiente oración, y cuando, más o menos, la entiendas, órasela a Dios en voz alta, en humildad, sinceridad y en verdad. Dios la recibirá y te hará su hijo.
“Dios Padre, me arrepiento de todos mis pecados, y te pido que me perdones. Declaro y confieso que Jesucristo es tu Hijo. Le pido a él que sea mi Señor y Salvador, y al Espíritu Santo que viva en mí para que me guíe y me proteja. Gracias, Padre! Amén.”
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                                                  LEAN NOT ON YOUR OWN UNDERSTANDING
God wants us to trust Him one-hundred per cent, and not to trust in our own understanding. The reasons are simple; our intelligence is limited, we cannot foretell the future, we do not really know what is best for us, and the most important one is that God wants us to do His will, not ours. After all, He is the Creator.
                                                                                 ISAIAH 55:8-9
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD. As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”
Since God’s ways, understanding, intelligence, love, power, and wisdom are limitless and millions of times higher than ours it only makes sense for us to do His will and not ours. Yet In spite of all that, people do their own will, and brush God aside.
  JEREMIAH 9:23-24
“This is what the LORD says: “Let not the wise boast of their wisdom or the strong boast of their strength or the rich boast of their riches, but let the one who boasts boast about this: that they have the understanding to know me, that I am the LORD, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight,” declares the LORD.”
If we are to follow anybody, to hold up anybody up as a hero, or to worship something or someone, let it be God. He is the only one that is worthy to be praised.
  HEBREWS 11:6
“ 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.”
God wants us to live in faith and that faith has to be in Him and nothing else. We cannot put our faith in our money, possessions, abilities, intelligence, powerful friends, machines or anything else. If we lean on our own understanding, sooner or later we are going to experience failure.
JOHN 6:37-39
“All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out. For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me. This is the will of the Father who sent Me, that of all He has given Me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up at the last day.” John 4:32-36 – “ But He said to them, “I have food to eat of which you do not know.” Therefore the disciples said to one another, “Has anyone brought Him anything to eat?” Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work. Do you not say, ‘There are still four months and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest! And he who reaps receives wages, and gathers fruit for eternal life, that both he who sows and he who reaps may rejoice together.”
The will of God is for us to be saved. Our will should be for us to be saved, and for others to be saved as well. That is why we should tell everyone we know about the saving grace of Jesus. Whether they accept it or not, is up to them, not to us.
PROVERBS 3:5-7
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and depart from evil.” Psalm 37:3-5 – “Trust in The Lord, and do good; dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness. Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass.”
If you lean on your own understanding, you will make mistakes. Have no doubt about it. You will make mistakes.

   GENESIS 2:15-17
“Then the Lord God took the man (Adam) and put him in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it. And the Lord God commanded the man saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.” Genesis 3:6 – “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.”
Adam and Eve leaned on their own understanding, and consequently God evicted them from the garden of Eden (Genesis 3:22-24). By the same token, God will send to destruction anyone who lives by his wits, volition and his own will, instead of doing it God’s way. I wonder where Frank Sinatra is? He did it his way, but I don’t think he’s doing his way now.
If you want to lean on God’s understanding and not yours, ask Jesus Christ to be your Lord and Savior. You will spend eternity with God if you do. If you do not, you will spend eternity burning eternally in the lake of fire. Read the following prayer, and when you, more or less, understand it, pray it to God aloud, in humility, sincerity, and in all seriousness. He will hear you, forgive all your sins, and will make you His child.
“Father God, I repent of all my sins. I ask You to forgive me, as I believe and declare that Jesus Christ is Your Son, that He came to live as a human, to teach us Your ways, to suffer, to die for my sins, to resurrect on the third day, and to go back to heaven to intercede on my behalf. I ask Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit to live in me, to guide me and to protect me. Thank You, Father God! Amen.”
You are now a child of God. May our Lord bless you in every area of your life. I update this page once a week. Come back to it, so you can learn more. Look me up on Facebook: Raul Ledesma, Sparks, Nevada.

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                                                               TWO SHALL BECOME ONE
From the very beginning when God created the human race He intended for a male husband and a female wife to become one, to have a family and to fill the earth with people. Since God is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8) that has not changed.
                                                                          GENESIS 2:18
“And the Lord said, ‘It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him.”
God had just created Adam, then He made Eve. They were the beginning of the human race. It was always God’s intent for man and wife to be perfect companions for one another. In other words, the two would act as one unit – no division.
                                                                        GENESIS 2:21-24
“And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall on Adam, and he slept; and He took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh in its place. Then the rib which the LORD God had taken from man He made into a woman, and He brought her to the man. And Adam said: “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.” Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.”
Adam and Eve became one flesh, one unit, one in thought, and one family until they disobeyed God. Unfortunately because they were of one thought, they both decided to disobey God, and that is how sin entered the world.
                                                                       MATTHEW 19:3-6
“ The Pharisees (religious leaders) also came to Him (Jesus), testing Him, and saying to Him, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for just any reason?”And He answered and said to them, “Have you not read that He who made them at the beginning ‘made them male and female,’ and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? So then, they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate.”
When a man and a woman get married they are no longer supposed to be two but one. Unfortunately, many people who get married maintain the same lifestyle they had when they were single. This causes friction in a marriage, and many divorces are due to that fact.
                                                                      EPHESIANS 5:30-32
“For we are members of His (Jesus’) body, of His flesh and of His bones. “For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the church.”
Christ and His church are one, we should be one with God. The only way we can do that is by accepting Jesus as our Lord and savior, and by doing God’s will, not ours.
                                                                       EPHESIANS 2:13-16
“ But now in Christ Jesus you (the Gentiles) who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation, having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace, and that He might reconcile them both to God in one body through the cross, thereby putting to death the enmity.”
Initially salvation was for the Jews only, but when Jesus died on the cross He paid the price for all of mankind. Therefore, the two groups of people – the Jews and the Gentiles – became one. No more separation in God’s eyes. We are one in Christ Jesus.
                                                                       GALATIANS 3:26-29
“ For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.”
The Jewish people were God’s chosen, starting with Abraham, but when God became man in the person of Jesus Christ He suffered, shed His blood, and died to pay the price of sin for all of us. There is no longer any distinction in God’s eyes between Jews and Gentiles. Any person can become His child by repenting, asking God to forgive him, and by accepting Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior.
Take this opportunity of the Corona Virus to become one with your family and with God. If you have not accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior yet, don’t die without doing it! That is because Jesus is the way to eternal life with God (John 14:6).
Right now the USA is not one as we should be. We are so divided that if we do not change, we will definitely pay the consequences. Pray with me that this country will become one once again. God bless you!
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                                                                             DOS SERÁN UNO
Desde el principio cuando Dios creó la raza humana su propósito era que hubiera un esposo varón y una esposa hembra, para que tuvieran familia y llenaran el mundo de gente. Siendo que Dios es igual ayer, hoy y por siempre (Hebreos 13:8) eso no ha cambiado.
GÉNESIS 2:18
“Y dijo Jehová Dios: No es bueno que el hombre esté solo; le haré ayuda idónea para él.”
Dios acababa de crear a Adán, y luego creó a Eva. Ellos le dieron inicio a la raza humana. Siempre fue la intención de Dios que el hombre y la mujer fueran fieles compañeros. En otras palabras, serían una unidad perfecta – no división.
                                                                              GÉNESIS 2:21-24
“ Entonces Jehová Dios hizo caer sueño profundo sobre Adán, y mientras éste dormía, tomó una de sus costillas, y cerró la carne en su lugar. Y de la costilla que Jehová Dios tomó del hombre, hizo una mujer, y la trajo al hombre. Dijo entonces Adán: Esto es ahora hueso de mis huesos y carne de mi carne; ésta será llamada Varona, porque del varón fue tomada. Por tanto, dejará el hombre a su padre y a su madre, y se unirá a su mujer, y serán una sola carne.”
Adán y Eva se convirtieron en una carne, una unidad, uno en pensamiento, y una familia hasta que desobedecieron a Dios. Desafortunadamente eran de un solo pensar, y por eso ambos decidieron desobedecer a Dios. Así fue como entró el pecado al mundo.
                                                                                MATEO 19:3-6
“Entonces vinieron a él (Jesucristo) los fariseos (los líderes religiosos), tentándole y diciéndole: ¿Es lícito al hombre repudiar a su mujer por cualquier causa? Él, respondiendo, les dijo: ¿No han leído que el que los hizo al principio, varón y hembra los hizo, y dijo: Por esto el hombre dejará padre y madre, y se unirá a su mujer, y los dos serán una sola carne? Así que no son ya más dos, sino una sola carne; por tanto, lo que Dios juntó, no lo separe el hombre.”
Cuando un hombre y una mujer se casan ya no deben ser dos sino uno. Desgraciadamente, muchos de los que se casan mantienen el mismo estilo de vida que tenían antes de casarse. Esto causa problemas en el matrimonio, y por esa razón ocurren muchos divorcios.
                                                                              EFESIOS 5:30-32
“Porque somos miembros de su cuerpo, de su carne y de sus huesos. Por esto dejará el hombre a su padre y a su madre, y se unirá a su mujer, y los dos serán una sola carne. Grande es este misterio; mas yo digo esto respecto de Cristo y de la iglesia.”
Jesucristo y su iglesia son uno, y nosotros debemos ser uno con él. De la única manera que podemos hacerlo es si nos arrepentimos, le pedimos perdón a Dios Padre, aceptamos a Jesucristo como nuestro Señor y Salvador, y vivimos conforme la voluntad de Dios, no la nuestra.
                                                                               EFESIOS 2:13-16
“Pero ahora en Cristo Jesús, ustedes que en otro tiempo estaban lejos, han sido hechos cercanos por la sangre de Cristo. Porque él es nuestra paz, que de ambos pueblos hizo uno, derribando la pared intermedia de separación, aboliendo en su carne las enemistades, la ley de los mandamientos expresados en ordenanzas, para crear en sí mismo de los dos un solo y nuevo hombre, haciendo la paz, y mediante la cruz reconciliar con Dios a ambos en un solo cuerpo, matando en ella las enemistades.”

Inicialmente la salvación solamente era para los judíos, pero cuando Jesucristo dio su vida en la cruz pagó el precio por toda la humanidad. Por eso, los dos grupos, los judíos y los gentiles se convirtieron en uno. Ya no hay diferencia en los ojos de Dios. Somos un rebaño y no dos.
GÁLATAS 3:26-29
“Pues todos son hijos de Dios por la fe en Cristo Jesús; porque todos los que han sido bautizados en Cristo, de Cristo están revestidos. Ya no hay judío ni griego; no hay esclavo ni libre; no hay varón ni mujer; porque todos ustedes son uno en Cristo Jesús. Y si ustedes son de Cristo, ciertamente linaje de Abraham son, y herederos según la promesa.”
Comenzando con Abraham los judíos fueron el pueblo escogido por Dios, pero cuando Dios se convirtió en hombre en la persona de Jesucristo sufrió, vertió su sangre, y murió para pagar por los pecados de todo ser humano. Dios ya no distingue entre judío y gentil. Todo ser humano puede convertirse en hijo de Dios si se arrepiente de sus pecados, le pide a Dios que lo perdone, recibe a Jesucristo en su corazón como su Señor y Salvador, y comienza a vivir según la voluntad de Dios.
Tome esta oportunidad de estar aislado por el virus y acérquese más a su familia y a Dios. Si no ha aceptado a Jesucristo como su Señor y Redentor, no pierda esta oportunidad. La razón es que Jesucristo es el único camino al cielo (Juan 14:6).
Actualmente nuestro país no es uno como debe ser. Estamos tan divididos que si no cambiamos vamos a pagar serias consecuencias. Ore conmigo para que seamos un país unido.
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                                     OUR STRENGTH COMES THROUGH OUR OBEDIENCE
The strength of a Christian comes from God according to his obedience to God. If a Christian does not obey God he is weak in his faith, and therefore he is not receiving God’s total blessings. God blesses people according to their obedience and their faith.
                                                                         GENESIS 2:15-17
“ Then the LORD God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it. And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”
While Adam and Eve had faith in God and were obeying Him He was with them, blessing them and providing everything they needed.
                                                                         GENESIS 3:17-19
“Then to Adam He (God) said, “Because you have heeded the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree of which I commanded you, saying, ‘You shall not eat of it’: “Cursed is the ground for your sake; In toil you shall eat of it all the days of your life. Both thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you, and you shall eat the herb of the field. In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; For dust you are, and to dust you shall return.”
Adam and Eve placed their faith and trust in the devil when they obeyed him rather than obeying God. God removed His blessings from them, cursed them, and removed them from the garden of Eden – from His presence.
                                                                      1 SAMUEL 17:45-49
“Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword, with a spear, and with a javelin. But I come to you in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the LORD will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you and take your head from you. And this day I will give the carcasses of the camp of the Philistines to the birds of the air and the wild beasts of the earth, that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel. Then all this assembly shall know that the LORD does not save with sword and spear; for the battle is the LORD’s, and He will give you into our hands.” So it was, when the Philistine arose and came and drew near to meet David, that David hurried and ran toward the army to meet the Philistine. Then David put his hand in his bag and took out a stone; and he slung it and struck the Philistine in his forehead, so that the stone sank into his forehead, and he fell on his face to the earth.”
David, who was a young man around 15 or 16, killed the giant because he had faith in God and was obedient to Him. His strength came through his faith and obedience to the Lord.
                                                                 JUDGES 13:3-5 AND 13:24
“ And the Angel of the LORD appeared to the woman and said to her, “Indeed now, you are barren and have borne no children, but you shall conceive and bear a son. Now therefore, please be careful not to drink wine or similar drink, and not to eat anything unclean. For behold, you shall conceive and bear a son (Samson). And no razor shall come upon his head, for the child shall be a Nazirite to God from the womb; and he shall begin to deliver Israel out of the hand of the Philistines.” Judges 13:24 – “ So the woman bore a son and called his name Samson; and the child grew, and the LORD blessed him.”
Up to this point Samson’s parents and he had faith in God and were obedient to Him. As a result God was blessing them.
JUDGES 16:16-21
“ And it came to pass, when she (Delilah) pestered him (Samson) daily with her words and pressed him, so that his soul was vexed to death, that he told her all his heart, and said to her, “No razor has ever come upon my head, for I have been a Nazirite to God from my mother’s womb. If I am shaven, then my strength will leave me, and I shall become weak, and be like any other man.” When Delilah saw that he had told her all his heart, she sent and called for the lords of the Philistines, saying, “Come up once more, for he has told me all his heart.” So the lords of the Philistines came up to her and brought the money in their hand. Then she lulled him to sleep on her knees, and called for a man and had him shave off the seven locks of his head. Then she began to torment him, and his strength left him. And she said, “The Philistines are upon you, Samson!” So he awoke from his sleep, and said, “I will go out as before, at other times, and shake myself free!” But he did not know that the LORD had departed from him. Then the Philistines took him and put out his eyes, and brought him down to Gaza. They bound him with bronze fetters, and he became a grinder in the prison.”
While Samson had faith in God and obeyed Him nobody could defeat him, but when he put his faith on his abilities and disobeyed God, he was defeated easily.
  MATTHEW 14:27-31
“ But straightway Jesus spoke to them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid. And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it is you, bid me to come to you on the water. And He said, ‘Come’. And when Peter had come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, ‘Lord, save me.’ And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said to him, O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” When Peter had faith in Jesus and obeyed Him, he could walk on water, but when he began to doubt and looked at his circumstances, instead of looking at Jesus, he began to sink. It’s the same with us…When we look at our circumstances we may feel defeated or weak, but when we focus on God, our problems seem small.
The first thing we should seek is the word of God because through it we acquire faith. Romans 10:17 – “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” After we have learned the word of God and acquired faith, comes obedience. Obedience means doing God’s will, not ours, and that includes doing good works. After all, faith without works is dead (James 2:26). More than anything, what God wants from us is obedience (1 Samuel 15:22 and Hosea 6:6). Our blessings come when we obey, and God’s judgment when we disobey.
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                                                          WHAT IS THE PRICE OF YOUR SOUL?
Your soul is the real you, and it will live forever. Will you spend eternity with God, or will you spend it suffering in the lake of fire with the devil and his demons? The question that comes to mind is…What is the price of your soul? The answer, of course, has to be that it is priceless.
                                                                                           MARK 10:23-27
“Then Jesus looked around and said to His disciples, “How hard it is for those who have riches to enter the kingdom of God!” And the disciples were astonished at His words. But Jesus answered again and said to them, “Children, how hard it is for those who trust in riches to enter the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” And they were greatly astonished, saying among themselves, “Who then can be saved?” But Jesus looked at them and said, “With men it is impossible, but not with God; for with God all things are possible.”
Salvation cannot be bought. No price can be set on it. If a person trusts in his wealth or on anything else other than Jesus Christ he will lose his soul, which means he will wind up in the lake of fire suffering eternally. Who can be saved? To be saved a person has to repent, ask Father God to forgive his sins, receive Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior, and become a new person, which means leaving as much sin as possible behind. Since no one is perfect, we will still sin, but we try not to do it on purpose.
                                                                                           LUKE 12:16:21
“ Then He (Jesus) spoke a parable to them, saying: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded plentifully. And he thought within himself, saying, ‘What shall I do, since I have no room to store my crops?’ So he said, ‘I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build greater, and there I will store all my crops and my goods. And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years; take your ease; eat, drink, and be merry.” ’ But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul will be required of you; then whose will those things be which you have provided?’ “So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.”
The material possessions a person may acquire can make life easier for him on this world, but in order to have salvation he has to become a Christ believer and follower. God wants us to make treasures, not on this earth, but in heaven (Matthew 6:19-20).
                                                                                     MATTHEW 16:26-27
“ What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul? For the Son of Man is going to come in his Father’s glory with his angels, and then he will reward each person according to what they have done.”
A person may have money, possessions, power, titles, high position, and many friends, but if he does not have salvation he will be suffering in the lake of fire, and all that he has here will be worthless to him in eternity.
                                                                                           PSALM 49:5-9
“Why should I fear in the days of evil, when the iniquity at my heels surrounds me? Those who trust in their wealth and boast in the multitude of their riches , none of them can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom for him— for the redemption of their souls is costly, and it shall cease forever— that he should continue to live eternally, and not see the Pit.”
A person cannot use money, position, power, intelligence or anything else to redeem someone else nor to redeem himself. Only Jesus can do that!

                                                                                        1 PETER 2:23-24
“(Jesus) who, when He was reviled, did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten, but committed Himself to Him who judges righteously; who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed.”
Jesus became a human being, and gave up His physical life by dying on the cross to pay for our sins. What is the price of one’s soul? Since no one can put a price on the suffering, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ because it is priceless, then our souls are priceless. No amount of money, possessions, power, sacrifices or even human deaths can pay for one soul.
                                                             YOUR SOUL HAS ALREADY BEEN PAID FOR
Jesus has already paid for your soul by shedding His blood and dying on the cross. However the transaction has not been completely carried out. There is one element missing, and that is for you to accept Jesus Christ in your heart as your Lord and Savior. You may do that by in all honesty, sincerity, humility and truth praying aloud the following prayer to God. “Father God, I repent of all my sins. I ask You to forgive me, as I receive Your Son Jesus Christ in my heart as my Lord and Savior. I ask You to bless me with the Holy Spirit, to anoint me and to sanctify me, so I may live my life according to Your will. Thank You, God! Amen.

                                             GOD WANTS US TO BE FRIENDLY AND TO HAVE FRIENDS

From the beginning of life as we know it, God wanted us to be friendly and to have friends. He was our first friend. When He created Adam and Eve He had an intimate relationship with them. He had a one-on-one relationship with them until they sinned against Him. That original sin separated us from our God. Jesus made a way for us to reestablish that friendship and relationship.

                                                                                          GENESIS 3:8-10

“And they (Adam and Eve) heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden (Garden of Eden) in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden. Then the LORD God called to Adam and said to him, “Where are you?” So he said, “I heard Your voice in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself.”
Prior to that day, God would meet with Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden and would fellowship with them. He was not just their God, their Creator, but He was also their friend. Nothing has changed – Jesus wants to be your friend now.

                                                                                        1 SAMUEL 18:1-4

“Now when he (David) had finished speaking to Saul, the soul of Jonathan was knit to the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul. Saul took him that day, and would not let him go home to his father’s house anymore. Then Jonathan and David made a covenant, because he loved him as his own soul. And Jonathan took off the robe that was on him and gave it to David, with his armor, even to his sword and his bow and his belt.”
Although king Saul considered David his enemy because of jealousy Jonathan his son loved David and David loved him. They remained special friends throughout their lives. They were loyal to each other. Both of them honored their relationship and so did God.

                                                                                           RUTH 1:14-18

Then they lifted up their voices and wept again; and Orpah kissed her mother-in-law, but Ruth clung to her, and she (Naomi) said (to Ruth), “Look, your sister-in-law has gone back to her people and to her gods; return after your sister-in-law.”But Ruth said: “Entreat me not to leave you, or to turn back from following after you; For wherever you go, I will go; And wherever you lodge, I will lodge; Your people shall be my people, and your God, my God. Where you die, I will die, and there will I be buried. The LORD do so to me, and more also, if anything but death parts you and me.”When she saw that she (Ruth) was determined to go with her (Naomi), she stopped speaking to her.”
Naomi had a husband, two sons, and two daughters-in-law were living in Moab, modern day Jordan. Naomi and family were Jewish, but the daughters-in-law were not. Her husband and two sons died, so Naomi was going back to Judah where she had relatives who could help her. Even though Ruth was a Moabite instead of staying in Moab she decided to go with Naomi because she loved her so much. The two ladies had a strong bond between them.

                                                                                             JOB 2:11

“Now when Job’s three friends heard of all this evil that had come upon him, they came each
from his own place, Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the Naamathite. They made an appointment together to come to show him sympathy and comfort him.”
His friends were sincere in trying to help Job, but what they did not know was that God had allowed the devil to do all those things to him because God knew Job would be faithful, and that He was going to bless him abundantly.

                                                                                      JOHN 15:12-17

“ This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends. You are My friends if you do whatever I command you. No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you. You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name (JESUS) He (GOD)may give you. These things I command you, that you love one another.”
There are several important points here; 1. We are to love one another. 2. We ought to make sacrifices for our friends. 3. We can be Jesus’ friends if we follow his teachings. 4. Jesus chose us to be His friends and to have salvation. 5. We are supposed to give fruit by bringing others into the kingdom of God. 6. When have a petition to God, we are to do it in Jesus’ name.
Friendships and relationships are very important to God, and they should be very important to us. Adam and Eve broke that friendship with God, and He expelled them from the garden of Eden. The Devil broke that relationship with God, and He kicked him out of heaven.
God wants to have an intimate relationship and friendship with you, will you reciprocate or will you turn a deaf ear to it?

SEEK FIRST THE KINGDOM OF GOD

Above everything we might think or do, God wants us to seek first His kingdom. Nothing is more important than God or the teachings He has left us in the Bible. What we should do is accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, and live by Jesus’s teachings and by the other teachings in the Bible.

ISAIAH 55:6-7

“Seek the LORD while He may be found, call upon Him while He is near. Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; Let him return to the LORD, and He will have mercy on him; and to our God, for He (God) will abundantly pardon.”
God is telling us through the prophet Isaiah for us to seek the Lord while He may be found. That means there will come a time when He will not be available to us. When will that be? When a person dies without repenting, when God has hardened the person’s heart, for some people during the tribulation, and for others when they have gone too far from God and they refuse to repent.

2 CHRONICLES 7:14

“ if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”
Of course God was talking to the Jewish people, but it applies to us too. If in every country the people would turn to God, there would be no extreme poverty nor would there be violence or oppression. Instead of turning to God, they turn to idols, witchcraft and other forms of ungodliness. Those are the reasons why God will not bless or help them.

MATTHEW 6:30-34

“Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”
Jesus is telling us not to worry about anything because He will help us. We should seek first the kingdom of God because that will give us eternal life with God, instead of spending eternity suffering in the lake of fire.

MATTHEW 7:21-23

“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I (God) will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’”
If you want to spend eternity with God and not in the lake of fire with the devil and his demons, then seek first the kingdom of God by doing the will of Father God. The first step is to receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior (John 3:3, John 3:15-17, and Romans 10:9). Of course the second step is to live by the godly principles outlined in the Bible. If you do that, when you pass from this life to the next one God will tell you, “Well done my good and faithful servant.” – Matthew 25:23. Don’t kid yourself – all of us will pass on from this world to the next one. The only question for you is: Where will you spend eternity?
On the other hand, if you do not receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, and do not do the will of God, when you die God will tell you; “Depart from Me I never knew you.” – Matthew 7:23.

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.”
In case you are not sure of your salvation, or where you will spend eternity, God is giving you an opportunity to seal the deal. If you 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. He will hear you, and will accept you as His child.
“Father God, I repent of all my sins. I ask You to forgive me as I believe and confess that Jesus Christ is Your Son, and 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, as well as asking Your Holy Spirit to live in me, so He can guide me and protect me. Thank You Father God. Amen.”
In order to keep on growing in the Christian faith, keep coming back to my blog, and tell your friends about it. If you prayed that prayer in faith, send me an email letting me know that you did it. God bless you!
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HE WHO REMAINS FAITHFUL UNTIL THE END

Salvation does not come automatically. We have to receive Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. After we do that we have to remain faithful to God until the end. The end is when we die, or when Jesus Christ comes for us in what is known as “the rapture.”
MATTHEW 10:22-24
“ And you shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that endures to the end shall be saved. But when they persecute you in this city, flee you into another: for verily I say unto you, you shall not have gone over the cities of Israel, till the Son of man be come. The disciple is not above his master, nor the servant above his lord.”
Jesus was telling his twelve disciples that they would go through persecutions, but to stay faithful until the end, and they would spend eternity with Him. That applies to us, as well.
MATTHEW 24:9-13
“ Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and you shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake. And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.”
Jesus was telling his apostles what would happen to them, and to other Christians throughout history. Most of the disciples were killed and many more Christians have been killed or imprisoned in many parts of the world for being Christ followers. Nevertheless, in spite of being persecuted we are to remain faithful to God until the end of our lives or until Jesus comes back for us. We are living in what is known as “the end times.” That means Jesus could come back at any time. Are you ready?
HEBREWS 3:12-14
“ Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God. But exhort one another daily, while it is called Today; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast unto the end.”
The writer of Hebrews was telling the people then, and is telling us to remain in faith and in Christ Jesus until the end. In most cases that is until we leave this world through death. If we remain being faithful to God until the end, we will spend eternity with Him and not in the lake of fire with the devil.
JAMES 1:12-15
“ Blessed is the man that endures temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him. Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempts he any man: But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it brings forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, brings forth death.”
The person who does not yield to temptation and remains faithful until the end of his life will inherit the kingdom of God – will be saved. Will you be one of those? If you have never accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, you do not have salvation. If that is your case you can remedy that by accepting Him now.

2 TIMOTHY 4:6-8
“ For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Finally there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give to me on that day: and not to me only, but also to all who have loved his appearing.”
The apostle Paul is telling his protégé Timothy that he is about ready to die, and to be with God because he has been faithful to do the will of God since he became a Christ follower. Paul was not always a Christian. That may be your case, but if you become one now, you will spend eternity with God. Aloud in faith and in humility pray the following prayer to God. He will hear you, and will receive you as His child.
“Father God, I repent of all my sins. I ask You to forgive me, as I believe, confess and declare that Jesus Christ Your Son suffered, died and resurrected on the third day to pay for my sins. I accept His sacrifice, and receive Him as my Lord and Savior. I also ask the Holy Spirit to live in me to guide me and protect me. I pray all this in the precious name of Your Son Jesus Christ. Thank You Father. Amen.”
If you prayed that prayer in faith, you are now a child of God and on your way to heaven. Send me Raul an email and let me know you prayed the prayer in faith. God bless you!
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                                                                               ACTS 28:26-27
“Saying, ‘Go to this people and say: “Hearing you will hear, and shall not understand; and seeing you will see, and not perceive; for the hearts of this people have grown dull. Their ears are hard of hearing, and their eyes they have closed, lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, lest they should understand with their hearts and turn, so that I should heal them.”
Because the Jewish people had gone far from God, this is what He was telling them through the prophet Isaiah. God is telling us the same thing. We, the United States of America, started as a Christian nation, but lately we have drifted away from Him. We need to repent and come back to Him, and He can bless us once again.

                                                                           HECHOS 28:26-27
“Ve a este pueblo, y diles: De oído oirán, y no entenderán; y viendo verán, y no percibirán;
porque el corazón de este pueblo se ha engrosado, y con los oídos oyeron pesadamente,
y sus ojos han cerrado, para que no vean con los ojos, y oigan con los oídos, y entiendan de corazón, y se conviertan, y yo los sane.”
Porque el pueblo judío se había alejado de Dios, eso es lo que Dios les dijo por medio del profeta Isaías. Dios nos dice lo mismo. Nosotros, los estadounidenses, comenzamos como un pueblo cristiano, pero últimamente nos hemos distanciado de Dios. Si nos arrepentimos y volvemos a él, y él nos bendecirá de nuevo.

                     

                                                                                JOEL 2:12-13
“‘Now, therefore,’ says the LORD, ‘Turn to Me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning.’ So rend your heart, and not your garments; return to the LORD your God, for He is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness; and He relents from doing harm.”
It seems to me that our country – the USA – needs to repent, turn to God with all our hearts, in faith, with fasting, weeping, mourning, hope and expectations.

                                                                                JOEL 2:12-13
“ Por eso pues, ahora, dice Jehová, conviértanse a mí con todo su corazón, con ayuno y lloro y lamento. Rasguen su corazón, y no sus vestidos, y conviértanse a Jehová su Dios; porque misericordioso es y clemente, tardo para la ira y grande en misericordia, y que se duele del castigo.”
Me parece que nuestro país – Los Estados Unidos de América – necesita buscar a Dios de corazón, con ayuno, arrepentimiento, lamento, esperanza, y en fe.

             

                                                                                 JOHN 13:20

“ Most assuredly, I (Jesus) say to you, he who receives whomever I send receives Me; and he who receives Me receives Him (God the Father) who sent Me.” One cannot have eternal life with God without receiving Jesus as his Lord and Savior (John 14:6).
JUAN 13:20 – “ De cierto, de cierto (Yo Jesucristo) les digo: El que recibe al que yo enviaré, me recibe a mí; y el que me recibe a mí, recibe al que me envió.” Uno no puede recibir vida eterna con Dios sin aceptar a Jesucristo como su Señor y Salvador (Juan 14:6).

                                                                                  JOHN 3:36
“He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.” If you believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, and accept Him as your Lord and Savior, you will spend eternity with God. If, on the other hand, you do not believe that nor accept Him into your life, you will spend eternity suffering in the lake of fire. It is up to you to decide.
JUAN 3:36
“El que cree en el Hijo tiene vida eterna; pero el que rehusa creer en el Hijo no verá la vida, sino que la ira de Dios está sobre él.” Si crees que Jesucristo es el hijo de Dios, y lo aceptas como tu Señor y Salvador, pasarás la eternidad con Dios. Si, a lo contrario, no crees en él y no lo aceptas en tu vida, entonces vas a pasar le eternidad sufriendo en el lago de fuego. L decisión es tuya.

                                                                          PHILIPPIANS 4:13
“ I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Notice it does not say with the exception of this or that. Of course, I have to be a Christ follower, a good servant, doing God’s will, and having lots of faith.

                                                                           FILIPENSES 4:13
“Todo lo puedo en Cristo que me fortalece.” Fíjense que no dice con la excepción de esto o de eso. Claro, tengo que ser seguidor de Jesucristo, ser buen servidor, estar haciendo la voluntad de Dios, y tener bastante fe.

                                                                                   LUKE 4:8

“And Jesus answered and said to him, “Get behind Me, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve.’ ” Deuteronomy 6:13 – “You shall fear the Lord your God and serve Him, and shall take oaths in His name.”
These two scriptures make it extremely clear that there is only one God and we should worship Him and Him only. If you are worshiping anybody or anything else you will find yourself suffering throughout eternity. You can only come to heaven through the Lord Jesus (John 14:6).

                                                                                  LUCAS 4:8

“Respondiendo Jesús, le dijo: Vete de mí, Satanás, porque escrito está: Al Señor tu Dios adorarás, y a él solo servirás.” Deuteronomio 6:13 – “A Jehová tu Dios temerás, y a él solo servirás, y por su nombre jurarás.”
Estas escrituras claramente nos dicen que solamente debemos adorar a Dios y a nadie ni a nada más. Si estás adorando a cualquier otra entidad sea lo que sea, terminarás en el lago de fuego sufriendo eternamente. Solamente hay una manera de llegar al cielo, y esa entidad es nuestro Señor y Redentor Jesucristo (Juan 14:6)

                                                                                 

                                                                                    ROMANS 10:9
“That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”
I have one question for you…Have you confessed with your mouth that Jesus Christ is Lord, and that Father God raised Him from the dead?
                                                                                  ROMANOS 10:9
“Que se confiesas con la boca al Señor Jesús, y crees en tu corazón que Dios lo levantó de los muertos, serás salvo.”
Quiero hacerte una pregunta…¿Has confesado con la boca que Jesucristo es el Señor, y que Dios lo levantó de entre los muertos?

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                                                                                ECCLESIASTES 1:9
“The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.”
Whatever has happened in the past will happen again. Let’s hope we have learned from our past experiences, so we won’t make the same mistakes again.

                                                                                  ECLESIASTÉS 1:9
“¿Qué es lo que fue? Lo mismo que será. ¿Qué es lo que ha sido hecho? Lo mismo que se hará; y nada hay nuevo debajo del sol.”
Lo que haya ocurrido en el pasado va a suceder otra vez. Ojalá hayamos aprendido de nuestras pasadas experiencias, para que no las repitamos de nuevo.

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                                                                                  PROVERB 30:5-6
“Every word of God is pure; He is a shield to those who put their trust in Him. Do not add to His words, lest He rebuke you, and you be found a liar.”
We should not add or detract from the word of God. Some pastors and evangelists are changing the word of God by interpreting it loosely or their own way. They are giving people what they want to hear, and for that reason their congregations are growing rapidly. God will judge them in due time.

                                                                               PROVERBIO 30:5-6
“Toda palabra de Dios es limpia; El es escudo a los que en él esperan. No añadas a sus palabras, para que no te reprenda, y seas hallado mentiroso.”
No debes añadirle ni quitarle nada a la palabra de Dios. Algunos pastores y evangelistas cambian la palabra de Dios al interpretarla a su manera para lucrar con ella. Le dan a los feligreses lo que desean escuchar, y por esa razón sus ministerios crecen rápidamente. Dios va a juzgarlos a su debido tiempo.

1 JOHN 3:8

“He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.”
If you are sinning on purpose, and you think it is macho, funny or the thing to do you will wind up in the lake of fire suffering forever and ever. However if you repent, ask God to forgive you, receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, and do not sin on purpose anymore, God will forgive you and give you eternal life with Him.

1 JUAN 3:8

“El que practica el pecado es del diablo; porque el diablo peca desde el principio. Para esto apareció el Hijo de Dios, para deshacer las obras del diablo.”
Si estás pecando a propósito, y piensas que eso es muy macho, divertido o que es lo que se debe hacer para ser popular, vas a terminar sufriendo en el lago de fuego toda una eternidad. Sin embargo si te arrepientes, le pides perdón a Dios, recibes a Jesucristo como tu Señor y Salvador, y ya no pecas a propósito, Dios te perdona y te da vida eterna con él.

PROVERB 26:4

“Do not answer a fool according to his folly, lest you also be like him.”
The meaning is simple: Do not fall into the trap of arguing with somebody who does not know what he is talking about or is dogmatic about a certain philosophy, politics, religion or way of thinking. My grandmother used to say, “Let there be one crazy person and not two.”

PROVERBIO 26:4

‘Nunca respondas al necio en conformidad a su necedad, para que no seas tú también como él.”
El significado es obvio: No caigas en la trampa de discutir con alguien algo en que él es ignorante, o es dogmático en su manera de pensar sobre alguna filosofía, política, religión, o modo de razonar. Mi abuela decía, “Mejor que haya un loco y no dos.”

ISAIAH 5:20-21

“Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!”
This needs no explanation. God is very clear in what He means.

ISAíAS 5:20-21

“!!Ay de los que a lo malo dicen bueno, y a lo bueno malo; que hacen de la luz tinieblas, y de las tinieblas luz; que ponen lo amargo por dulce, y lo dulce por amargo! !!Ay de los sabios en sus propios ojos, y de los que son prudentes delante de sí mismos!”
No necesita explicación. Dios es muy claro en lo que dice aquí,

ROMANS 8:18

“For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.”
What the apostle Paul is telling us is that no matter what we go through in this lifetime it is well worth it because we are going to spend eternity with God, instead of in the lake of fire with the devil and his demons. Will you spend eternity with God?

ROMANOS 8:18

“Pues tengo por cierto que las aflicciones del tiempo presente no son comparables con la gloria venidera que en nosotros ha de manifestarse.”
El apóstol Pablo nos dice que no importa que tan difíciles sean las dificultades que suframos en esta vida, ya que vamos a pasar la eternidad con nuestro Dios, y no con el diablo y sus demonios en el lago de fuego. ¿Vas a pasar la eternidad con Dios?

PROVERB 11:19-21

“As righteousness leads to life, so he who pursues evil pursues it to his own death. Those who are of a perverse heart are an abomination to the LORD, but the blameless in their ways are His delight. Though they join forces, the wicked will not go unpunished; But the posterity of the righteous will be delivered.”
God loves a righteous person, but dislikes the wicked ones. Be a good person, and it will go well for you on this life, as well as in eternity.

PROBERBIO 11:19-21

“Como la justicia conduce a la vida, así el que sigue el mal lo hace para su muerte. Abominación son a Jehová los perversos de corazón; Mas los perfectos de camino le son agradables. Tarde o temprano, el malo será castigado; Mas la descendencia de los justos será librada.”
Dios ama a los perfectos de camino, pero odia a los perversos. Camina recto en tus caminos, y te irá bien en esta vida y en la venidera

1 THESSALONIANS 5:9-10

“ For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us, that whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with Him.”
God only wants what is good for us. He wants each and everyone of us to spend eternity with Him. Salvation is free, but it is not automatic. You have to accept Jesus Christ in your life as your Lord and Savior. If you do that, He will forgive all your sins, cleanse you, and allow you to spend eternity with Him, instead of spending it in “the lake of fire” with the devil and his demons.

1 TESALONICENSES 5:9-10

“ Porque no nos ha puesto Dios para ira, sino para alcanzar salvación por medio de nuestro Señor Jesucristo, quien murió por nosotros para que ya sea que velemos, o que durmamos, vivamos juntamente con él.”
Dios solamente quiere lo que es bueno para nosotros. Su deseo es que cada uno de nosotros pasemos la eternidad con él. La salvación es gratis, pero no nos llega automáticamente. Tenemos que aceptar a Jesucristo como nuestro Señor y Salvador. Si lo haces, Dios perdonará todos tus pecados, te limpiará completamente, y te permitirá que pases la eternidad con él, en vez de pasarla en el lago de fuego con el diablo y sus demonios.

1 THESSALONIANS 5:14-15

“Now we exhort you, brothers, warn those who are unruly, comfort the fainthearted, uphold the weak, be patient with all. See that no one renders evil for evil to anyone, but always pursue what is good both for yourselves and for all.”
For obvious reasons the apostle Paul was admonishing the Thessalonians, and it also applies to us here in our country, and in these modern times. We should act in love as much as it is possible to us. We can only do that if we try to be more like Jesus, and less like ourselves or like other human beings who are just out to please themselves.

1 TESALONICENSES 5:14-15

“También les rogamos, hermanos, que amonesten a los ociosos, que alienten a los de poco ánimo, que sostengan a los débiles, que sean pacientes para con todos. Miren que ninguno pague a otro mal por mal; antes sigan siempre lo bueno unos para con otros, y para con todos.”
Por razones obvias el apóstol Pablo estaba amonestando a los tesalonicenses, pero también es para nosotros en este país y en estos tiempos. Debemos actuar cariñosamente siempre y cuando sea posible. Solamente lo podemos lograr si tratamos de ser más como Jesucristo y menos como nosotros o como otros seres humanos quienes sólo viven para satisfacerse.

PHILIPPIANS 4:12-13

“ 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.”
The apostle Paul is exhorting us to be flexible and adjust to the different circumstances knowing that through Christ Jesus just about everything is possible for us. Read Mark 9:23 and 10:27.

FILIPENSES 4:12-13

“Sé vivir humildemente, y sé tener abundancia; en todo y por todo estoy enseñado, así para estar saciado como para tener hambre, así para tener abundancia como para padecer necesidad.
Todo lo puedo en Cristo que me fortalece.”
Así como dice el apóstol Pablo debemos ser flexibles y ajustarnos a cualquier circunstancia sabiendo que por medio de Jesucristo todo es posible para nosotros. Lea Marcos 9:23 y 10:27.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FIVE CHRISTIAN MOVIE SCRIPTS

LEDESMA, RAUL

2718 Decoy Drive, Sparks, NV 89436

Phone:  (775)762-6008 or (775) 626-4287

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SYNOPSIS OF 5 MOVIE SCRIPTS

 

The Little Black Angel

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

 

Love Prevails

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

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

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

 

 

From Spain To Israel

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

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

 

The Unwanted Ones

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

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

 

God Has No Boundaries

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

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