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It may sound a little silly, but in moments of desperation or frustration, really works to call Jesus and tell him exactly how we feel.

I was in church for many years, and “knew a great deal about the bible.”  I remembered that my pastor told me once, that I was an elderly of the church to my surprise.  And even after that, at one point, I found myself struggling and I said in my heart, I need Jesus.

And I told him.  I said Lord, Jesus, I need you.  I need you to fix my life.  I need, you.

And I started surfing the web about Jesus.  I subscribed to newsgroups about Jesus.  And all I found were people denying God and cursing.  I started talking to them, exposing the gospel.  I started telling them about Jesus.  All the words were coming back to me.  And at the same time, those words were talking to me.

The whole bible started having a more especial meaning.  Every story in the bible was like brand new.  The stories that I heard since I was a child got a special power and sounded different.

Then, the greatest thing happened.  The Lord started working with me.   I never felt him so close.  My prayers were answered, I changed.  Everything changed.  I started seeing things from a different perspective.

So many things that I used to believe, I started seeing them as they were.  I realized that I was believing many lies.

I understood that The Lord truly love us and care about us.  That the blessing of God is always there if we just can see it. Also, I understood that I was blind, that I couldn’t see.  The Lord opened my spiritual eyes.  I also understood, that I was never as righteous as I thought.  But that The Lord could take me through all the way if I just trust him.

I learned that I would never be the same.  I started seeing things differently, feeling more compassion, caring more about others.  I got so sensitive, that I even started liking Opera.  I mean Christian Opera and old music.  I was living every feeling coming from the music.

When I read the news, I prayed in the spirit.  Every morning was a day for The Lord.

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Christian Positions that are not according The gospel of Jesus Christ

It’s not enough to call ourselves Christians, we need to follow Jesus teachings and be light to the world bringing up The Kingdom of God. We all need to be born again and allow Jesus to lead our actions and thoughts.

  • Hate to Emigrants
  • Hate to homosexuals
  • Hate to Jews
  • Segregate Children with Home schooling
  • Supporting of wars
  • Believing that worth is synonymous of God blessing
  • Race divided churches

Hate to emigrants: This is contradictory to the hospitality preached in the bible, and original American values.

Hebrews 13:2
“Stop neglecting to show hospitality to strangers, for by showing hospitality some have had angels as their guests without being aware of it.”

Home Schooling and Segregation of your children: Believers are not called to segregate themselves, but to influence the world with their Christian faith.

Matthew 5:13-16:
“You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? … You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hid… Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”

Hate to homosexuals instead of hate to homosexuality: Christians should not hate to anyone neither behave aggressively against any group.  Homosexuality is wrong, but hate is not going to fix it.  Jesus shed his blood for everyone regardless of race, sexual orientation or gender.  Social and moral problems should be fix by the roots, not by the branches.  Only Jesus gives a new birth transforming the heart.  We can’t change anyone and can’t either push anyone into changing.

1 John 2:9-10
“Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates his brother is still in the darkness. Whoever loves his brother lives in the light, and there is nothing in him to make him stumble.”

Hate to Jews: The nation of Israel is the nation that God chose to put his name over it.  And The Lord those not repents.

It’s true that they rejected Jesus and God made a new covenant with his church.  But it’s also true that while believers in Jesus Christ are the spiritual Israel, The people of Israel are still the physical people of God.

Money as a sign of blessing: Money is part of earthly blessing.  But those seeking the kingdom make their treasure on Heaven where

Mathews 6:20
“But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.”

Race Divided Churches:

  • White churches will allow blacks, but they won’t let them assume positions of leadership.
  • Blacks will stay in a withe church, but would not feel happy with the differences and non intentional but still painful comments of racism.
  • Whites still can’t help to feel insecure in black communities.
  • White can’t either help to feel that they need to lead over blacks.
  • White still think that they are smarter and more educated for being white

As you can see, we all need to be born again and allow Jesus to lead our actions and thoughts.

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Enlighten

His light is brighter than the sun's light.

Enlightenment is more like loosing that cover from your eyes that does not let you see the true in things.  It’s like waking up to a reality before unknown.

This is a way to explain a real conversion like it was the case of the apostle Paul.  It’s the knowledge received by the Holy Spirit where the believer is convinced of sin and realize that what he though he knew, wasn’t as he thought.  The believer understands without further explanation, that something important has happened in his life.  And that his life, requires a drastic change.

According to some dictionaries, enlightenment is just learning something new.

On the other hand, baptism is like to deep in. 

Baptism in The Holy Spirit is an experience where God himself make you part of his family and a new member of the spiritual world.   It’s a great deal of controversy surrounding this.  Some affirm that this type of manifestations are not biblical and even call them heresies.   So far, almost everything seem a heresy.

The Pentecostal evangelicals, believe that what happened in Pentecost did not end up with the apostles.  It actually continues today in the same way.  Pentecostal evangelicals affirm that they speak to God, listen to Him, speak in new tongues angelic and human languages, heal the sick, resurrect the death and perform miracles just like Jesus and the Apostles did.

That even when times had changed, God and his church remain the same.

It’s also understood that a great deal of knowledge about Jesus Christ and his primitive church was lost.  After the reform of Martin Luther, the church has gone through a recovering experience trying to go back to the original church.  This has been the effort of many ministers and church revivals.

Revivals is the ideal stage of the church when the church is directed by God through the Holly Spirit.  It’s an experience where people come to the knowledge of Jesus Christ, the sick are healed, and miracles just happen reinforcing the faith of the believers.

Many Pentecostal Evangelicals believe that revivals should stay in every Christian life as the day they believe and accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.  Revival is what causes to receive the gospel of Jesus Christ.  The message of Jesus is a revival in itself.

There is a mystic way to explain spiritual matters; way that make them feel far and unrealistic.

But the gospel of Jesus Christ is simple enough to be understood by the uneducated as well than by the intellectuals.  At the same time is too complex for the fleshy mind that only can understand physical terms.

To understand God and His true, more than a mind, we need a heart.

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depression can trap anyone

When depression comes

The moments when church is more valuable in anyones life is when everything goes wrong. When it seems that there is no way out. At that moment we need a friendly hand.

For many, this is exactly what they get from their local church. Unfortunately not everyone get good friends in church. Some get people very willing to criticize them and trying to force them to change at their own rate.  And sometimes, they even force them out.

Jesus struggled in Gethsemane.  He took the closest disciples with him to pray with him.  He needed the support that only real friends can give.  We all go through that moment at one point or another.

Our words are: Please Lord don’t allowed this to happen to me.  Why me?  What I had done wrong?  Wouldn’t be easier if I just die now?

If you are in this situation,  you are not alone.  Many are going trough and have gone trough, even our Lord Jesus was betrayed, tortured, prosecuted, accused without a cause and finally killed.

He teaches us some important lessons that will help us to obtain the victory.

  • Father, be your will and not mine.
  • Call your close friends to pray with you.
  • Pray without ceasing.  He pray hour after hour until the time came.
  • He mute himself, did not open his mouth to defend himself.
  • He suffered all the way without sinning.
  • He trusted his Father, all the way.
  1. Think on how weak and irritable we become when someone we trust betrayed us.
  2. Think on how weak and irritable we become when someone we love, leave us alone when we need them the most.
  3. Think on how weak and irritable we become a night of non-sleep.
  4. Think on how weak and irritable we become when our bodies are tired, thirsty and hungry.
  5. Think on how weak and irritable we become when are in pain.
  6. Think on how weak and irritable we become when are falsely accused.
  7. Think on how weak and irritable we become when the people we helped and love turn against us.
  8. Think on how weak and irritable we become when are facing death.
  9. Think on how weak and irritable we become when nobody believe us.

If we are tested, the Lord was tested first.
He defeated the world, so we would know that we can do it if we follow him.

Praise God for such a great sacrifice of hope and Victory!

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"When you pray, pray believing that you will receive."Sometimes, we pray for a while and nothing seems to happen. Nothing happens until one day.

That day when we decide to tell the Lord that we can’t take it a any longer. Sometimes even with tears, and we come and talk to him of what is deep in our hearts. We are willing to give up on something we were not willing to. We make promises. We are finally willing to accept whatever is the will of God. We feel that we release something.

I remember watching the Incredible Hull. It’s incredible how adrenaline is activated in the body on a crucial moment. But it does not happen to everyone. Probably the difference is faith. The one that gets it, does not leave any space for dough. He only does what he desires to do to save himself or someone he loves. Their minds seems to be saying I got a do it and they just do it.

Even to correct a child, you need to believe that he will obey you. The lack of faith make you a weak parent. Sometimes, it’s not faith but knowledge. If you don’t know that a baby will refuse the food and still eat it, you may stop your attempt to feed him. If you do not believe that you actually have the power over your young kid, he won’t believe it either.

  • When we pray, we need to want what we are asking for.
  • We need to have an undivided mind. Sometimes we want something and later, we do not.
  • We need to believe that it’s possible in our minds. Sometimes we pray and we can’t imagine as real what we are asking for.
  • If someone ask you, are going to receive your petition. You couldn’t sincerely answer yes. You will say, I do not know.
  • We need to be able to answer why the Lord will answer my pray.
  • There are many responses in the bible, our manual. If I am able to believe to a promise, probably I can be certain that He will answer my pray.
  • We need to pray according to the will of God.
  • We need to make peace with God. If there is anything in our lives that take us away from him, we need to give it up. We need to repent to be in harmony with him.

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No wars should be made in the name of GodThere are some teachings of Jesus very hard to digest. But looking at them closely, we realize that they are the base of our Christian faith.

The Lord send us as sheeps in the midst of wolves.
Christian should never fight back, they say…
The sheeps have no chance when facing a wolf. Because the sheeps are unable to defend themselves. The Shepperd pays close attention to any danger and immediately something goes wrong, he runs to rescue them. He does not care of how big is the danger. But he put his life to save his sheeps. The example is king David when working as a Shepperd for his father.

In this world, If we try to defend ourselves as Christians, we will perish. If we fight evil practicing evil, then we are like them. In this case, we won’t be enhancing the kingdom of God, but the kingdom of darkness.

Matthew 26:52 says: “Put away your sword,” Jesus told him. “Those who use the sword will die by the sword. It’s clear that the Lord disagree with faithing his battles through a sword.

Jesus healed the soldier who went to catch him after Peter cut his ear. We are called to heal, to restore, to forgive, to give to the poor. In few words, to bring the kingdom of God to this world.

Someone may ask, how this can be done without fighting. This is the reason we live by faith. The Lord founded his church with a few

God loves my enemy, so should I.

followers who were not politically powerful, neither well educated, but believe in Jesus words with all their hearts.

Like Paul said, our fight is not against flesh neither blood, but rather against principalities of darkness.

We need to make everyone aware that no one should go to war. This is a dream, it may look impossible, but one day it will happen. It’s written.

If our whole nation convert to Jesus, we need to change our army and instead of people with weapons, we should have an army of man and women with bibles and full of the Holy Spirit to proclaim the gospel to the enemies. Because the only enemy of Jesus followers is evil itself, not the people. If we need to abandon the country, we can do it because we know that our citizenship is not of this world but of Heaven. If do not have anything, we can trust that the Lord provides to those who are loyal to him. This is faith and true belief.

As Christian and I am not patriot for any country but of Heaven. If my country fights and my enemy looses, I also loose. Because God is also at their side. My victory is only when everyone wins. When there is peace. When Jesus touches the hearts and people come to God.

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Jesus a Profet

 

If Muslims are serving one God, the creator of all things. It must be the same God that Jews and Christians serve. As we know, there is only one.

Simple logic.

The problem is whether they accept Jesus as Lord and Savior rather than a simple prophet.

It’s totally wrong to believe in Jesus as just another prophet. Why? Because Jesus did not presented himself as another prophet. He presented himself as the son of God, as the Messiah, as the promised king.

Not only that, Jesus said that he is the door and nobody comes to the Father, but through him (By the way, The Father is God).

If he was only a prophet, we should consider him as a false prophet. This is the case of the Jews.

But hey! He couldn’t be a false prophet. Why?

First of all, because the prophesies presented in Issiah for the Messiah took place on him, and so, many other prophesies.
Because nobody taught before him of power coming from good. His message was clearly expressed and proved that good defeats evil.

The Jews could not eliminate Jesus fellowship through prosecution and killing. So Rome couldn’t exterminate Christians.

Before Jesus, the law said: “The soul that sinneth, it shall die.” Jesus said “Whoever believe in me, even if is death, will live forever.”

Jesus also said to his disciples, love even your enemies.

He also said to his disciples: “For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 5:20

He was talking of a higher justice that is not by the law, but just pure love and compassion to those who suffer or are in need. We should love as God love us even when we are sinners and do not deserve such love.

This message couldn’t be from any other, but from God himself.

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