The Flood is Coming!

Beloved, very difficult times are awaiting the world; but no other institution will survive; only the church will. Grab a shovel, grab a broom and all the cleaning supplies you can put your hands on and get to work. The flood is coming, the flood is coming, the flood is coming! And at that hour, nobody outside of the church will survive.


According to the Creation Tips website:

 

“The Ark of Noah’s dimensions were at least 135 meters long (300
cubits), 22.5 meters wide (50 cubits), and 13.5 meters high (30 cubits). That’s
450 feet long, 75 feet wide, and 45 feet high! It could have been larger,
because several larger-sized cubits were used. However, the 45-centimeter
(18-inch) cubit is long enough to show the enormous size of the Ark. (A cubit
was the length of a man’s arm from fingertips to elbow.) Noah’s Ark was three
stories high (Genesis 6:16). Its total deck area was equivalent to the area of about 20
standard college basketball courts or 36 lawn tennis courts.” (http://www.creationtips.com/arksize.html)

 

For the known world, the Ark of Noah was a big, ridiculous boat! It took
Noah and his sons about one hundred years to finish it. During that time, we know
that nobody got saved; nobody received the message that a great flood was
coming. Yet, this was indeed, a very impressive boat! The Ark also had two
kinds (male and female) of every known animal. For the eatable animals, we find
that Noah was to store seven pairs.

 

What is the point that I am trying to make? Noah’s Ark was smelly, was
messy and with all of those animals, it would be fair to say that the ark
looked like a jungle. That, my friends, is the condition of the church today!
The church is messy, it skinks, it looks crazy, disorganized, big and at times…yes;
ridiculous! However, make no mistake about it, when the rain started coming
down and the waters started to rise, the world understood very quickly that
there was no better place to be than in the ark. God, however, closed the door;
so, only Noah, his wife, three sons and their wives were saved from the flood. Only
eight people out of the world’s population at the time were saved.

 

Beloved, very difficult times are awaiting the world; but no other
institution will survive; only the church will. Grab a shovel, grab a broom and
all the cleaning supplies you can put your hands on and get to work. The flood
is coming, the flood is coming, the flood is coming! And at that hour, nobody
outside of the church will survive. Whether you prefer to meet at homes or in a
building, unless that church is preaching a different Gospel, stay, serve, grow
and mature. Stop using the mess in the church as an excuse to stay out of
fellowship. By the way, you and I are a part of that mess, for the church is
not a building, the church is us.

 

“And I tell you
that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of
Hades will not overcome it.”
(Matthew
16:18)

 

 

The Greatest Tragedy of the American Church

“I have so, much to do that
I spend several hours in prayer before I am able to do it.”—John
Wesley

What an amazing quote!


I have so, much to do that
I spend several hours in prayer before I am able to do it
.”—John
Wesley

What an amazing quote! For many of us, staying busy is the key; for many of us, business is our number-one excuse for having no time to pray. From the time I became a Christian there has always been a deep desire in my heart to be a Man of Prayer. I must admit that I have failed over and over, in becoming the man who God wants me to be as it refers
to prayer, specifically. However, there was a season in my life, back in the
days when I used to have my own ministry, when I was closer than ever to live a life of prayer. As time went by and I took on other responsibilities, especially after returning to full-time Social Work; I moved away from those days of actually spending hours in God’s presence.

As I transition back to North
Carolina, I find myself with much time and freedom; I feel that there is an
explosion about to take place in my life. I feel that God is about to take me
to higher levels. However, God has stopped me on my tracks and has realy
slowed me down. God is calling me back to intimacy with Him; He is calling me back to His presence, to the times where time is not an issue. God is calling me to the most important thing we can do after being born-again: PRAY!

I heard some time ago that the
average pastor in America spends about fifteen minutes a day in prayer. That, my friends, is tragic! However, I can’t talk much myself, because I have found myself really neglecting these precious times. There is a resistance in our life to spend time in prayer and I believe that is, because deep inside we
consider those times a waste. I have been convicted by the Holy Spirit because, as I am back to North Carolina, I want to “Get Busy”; compared to my
Social Work responsibilities, what I am doing now is not much in terms of work, yet. However, this is my time to get lost in God’s presence; more so, if we follow John Wesley’s view on the matter; without prayer, we are really wasting our time in what we do because it’s not anointed. Not only that it’s not anointed, but without prayer; without the help of the Holy Spirit, we will work harder and never accomplish our goals. In the end, we end-up tired, burned-out and totally unfulfilled. In Luke 10:38-42, we see Jesus giving the most powerful teaching on prayer:

“Now as they went on their way,
he entered a certain village, where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her
home. She had a sister named Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to 
what he was saying. But Martha was distracted by her many tasks;
so she came to him and asked, ‘Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me
to do all the work by myself? Tell her then to help me.’ But the Lord answered 
her, ‘Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many thingsthere is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part, which will not be taken away from her

Many of us find ourselves distracted
and worried about a million things; things that can and will be taken away from us at any moment. Mary, on the other hand, chose the “Better Part” and that is the one that can never be taken away from her; why; because it’s what has eternal ramifications. As I write these words, I need to repent myself for feeling guilty about having all this time to pray. Can you believe that?

We have been secularizing our
Christianity so, much that we look for man for promotions and favors; or as we like to call: networking. We go here and there, like a chicken without a head. Even as in the natural it seems like we are accomplishing things; spiritually, we are accomplishing very little. Donald Trump and many other celebrities around the world seem to have accomplished much; but how much of what these celebrities are doing will truly be counted in heaven?

I am fully aware that there is much
to do; from work responsibilities, taking care of the kids, yard work, house
work, etc. Our day can be consumed before we know it and those things must be done. However, the problem in our society is that we have placed these things above prayer, and that is America’s greatest tragedy in the Body of Christ. If you all would excuse me, I am going to enjoy this season; I am going after the Lord, I am going to reconnect like never before with my Master and He will direct my path!

¿Dónde Está Nuestra Fe?

Entre tu condición actual y tu destino siempre vas a encontrar tormentas. Estas tormentas vienen en formas de tristezas profundas, depresión, frustración, problemas en el trabajo, tragedias, divorcios, traiciones, problemas financieros, consecuencias de nuestras propias acciones etc.


“Los Tiempos de Paz Vienen”

 

            Tal y como dicen muchos y yo estoy de acuerdo: En esta vida nosotros estamos en el centro de una tormenta, saliendo de una tormenta o preparándonos para entrar en una tormenta. Estas tormentas son las tribulaciones de la vida. No importa quien seas, lo que sepas o no sepas, lo que tengas o no tengas, si eres blanco, negro, chino o Puertorriqueño, estas tormentas son garantizadas. Me impresiona sobremanera que el hombre, con todos sus avances tecnológicos, lo único que puede hacer ante las tormentas es prepararse. No hay nada que el hombre pueda hacer para detenerlas, ni tan siquiera desviarlas.

 

            En Lucas 8:22-25 vemos el relato de una gran tormenta en la cual el Señor Jesucristo y los discípulos estuvieron envueltos:

 

“22 Aconteció un día, que entró en una barca con sus discípulos y les dijo:

–Pasemos al otro lado del lago.

Y partieron.

23 Pero, mientras navegaban, él se durmió. Y se desencadenó una tempestad de viento en el lago, y se anegaban y peligraban.

24 Vinieron a él y lo despertaron, diciendo:

–¡Maestro, Maestro, que perecemos!

Despertando él, reprendió al viento y a las olas; y cesaron y sobrevino la calma.

25 Y les dijo:

–¿Dónde está vuestra fe?

Atemorizados, se maravillaban y se decían unos a otros:

–¿Quién es este, que aun a los vientos y a las aguas manda, y lo obedecen?”

Noten que el Señor Jesucristo estableció Su Palabra diciendo: “Pasemos al otro lado del lago.” Muchos de nosotros estamos esperando el pasar al otro lado, mas nada que venga de Dios llega sin que nuestra fe sea puesta a prueba. En el verso veinticinco Cristo hace la pregunta: ¿Dónde está nuestra fe? Imaginémonos por un momento el estar en la situación de los discípulos. Imaginémonos el estar en medio del mar en la oscuridad de la noche confrontando una tormenta. Las tormentas de por si son atemorizantes, mas son, en mi opinión, aún más atemorizantes en el medio del mar. Tomemos también en cuenta que la mayoría de estos discípulos eran pescadores; ellos sabían de estas tormentas, por lo que su miedo debió haber sido justificado. Mas Cristo les hizo la penetrante pregunta, la misma pregunta que nos hace hoy: ¿Dónde está nuestra fe?

Entre tu condición actual y tu destino siempre vas a encontrar tormentas. Estas tormentas vienen en formas de tristezas profundas, depresión, frustración, problemas en el trabajo, tragedias, divorcios, traiciones, problemas financieros, consecuencias de nuestras propias acciones etc.

No importa por lo que estés pasando hoy, no importa cuan grande sea tu problema o tu dolor, no importa cuan horrenda  o injusta sea tu situación, Cristo demanda de ti y de mi una cosa que no se puede negociar; Cristo demanda que tengamos fe.

Aunque los discípulos fueron retados por su poca fe, ellos sabían que Cristo tenía el poder de salvarlos y a El clamaron. Los discípulos también hicieron otra cosa correcta, ninguno saltó de bote. Clama a Cristo y no saltes del bote; la más preciosa promesa en este artículo es que no importa cuán difícil tu situación sea, tu tiempo de paz viene.

 

 

 

 

The Common Call to All God’s People: A Personal Testimony

As many of you guys already know, recently I moved back to North Carolina. July 27, 2011 represented a new chapter in my life and the return to the land of my promotion. On Monday August 1st, just five days after my return to this area, the Holy Spirit led me to a man who, at one point in my life, was considered one of my best friends.


As many of you guys already know, recently I moved back to North Carolina.  July 27, 2011 represented a new chapter in my life and the return to the land of my promotion. On Monday August 1st, just five days after my return to this area, the Holy Spirit led me to a man who, at one point in my life, was considered one of my best friends.  We had a powerful friendship indeed!  We prayed together, laughed like crazy and really enjoyed great times of fellowship. However, our relationship was deeply damaged because this man told me the truth concerning a situation that was closed to my heart. He told me “Angel, I am going to tell you this even as I feel that this will greatly affect our friendship.” Pridefully, I answered that nothing that he could say could possibly affect our friendship. However, the reality is that our relationship was so affected that we did not speak to each other for a few years.

            I was romantically involved and in plans for marriage; my good friend was the only one that actually told me, “This is not the woman for you; it will be hell on earth.”  My good friend was a white man in his fifties; my fiancée at the time was Afro-American. When I shared with her my friend’s concerns she skillfully place all under the umbrella of racism; everybody was a racist for her!  Everybody and I should say again, everybody that was close to me, had concerns about this relationship.  Nobody really approved of it. It had nothing to do with race or color; or this woman being good or bad, we were just not right for one another but I was blinded by pain and confusion. I was going to have myself a wife…period!  The special thing about my friend is that he was the only one that had the courage to tell me to my face.  

            Time has a way of proving people right or wrong!  Time proved that this dear brother and friend was right and I was dead wrong. On an e-mail from Jacksonville, Florida I confessed to my friend the hell that I was going through; I admitted then that I was wrong and ask for forgiveness.  Even as he responded politely, it was evident that he was not too excited about being my close fiend again. He, in many words, gave me the painful “I told you so!” routine. Later I tried to inquire about his cell phone number but he was very clear that he preferred that we communicate via e-mail only.  I took that as my two attempts for reconciliation and I was ready to keep on going my way and for him to keep on going his. “I did my part”, I told myself.

            The other day as I showed up to this man’s house unannounced I did not know what to expect, but I had peace. I did not argue with the Holy Spirit or question His voice. I guess, I was missing this dear brother. So it was not hard to drive to his home. I also knew my friend had a lot of guns and rifles so it did crossed my mind,” What about if this guy goes postal on me?”, but it was a brief thought. As I arrived to his house, he was not there, his wife was. She got in contact with him and he stated that he would be back home in about fifteen minutes.

As I saw him and he saw me he asked: “Angel, what in the world are you doing here!” It felt immediately like the good old days. I had the opportunity to tell him face to face that he was right, that I loved him and that I wanted us to be friends again.  My friend also humbled himself in areas that he thought he did not handle the situation well. We were indeed ready to truly reconcile; very quickly we were laughing and talking about the present, possible future plans, and giving each other advice about how to pray about certain ministerial situations. I am so glad that I went to see him and I am looking forward to doing great things with this dear friend.

Not all attempts for reconciliation are as easy and pleasant as the one I experienced the other day but I do know that I was not going to be able to go too far in my call to this region without reconciling to my brother. It literally felt like a heavy weight was lifted out of my back; I truly experience a spiritual breakthrough. For in Second Corinthians 5:18-19 the Bible tells us:

“All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation:  that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.”

I come to North Carolina to minister God’s Word in whatever way God wants me to do so. However, even as at times we don’t know the specific of our calling; this we know for sure, we are all called to the Ministry of Reconciliation. Reconciliation is more than just to friends saying I am sorry to each other; reconciliation is “A return to God’s favor.” With my good friend, the other day represented just the beginning; I am excited and looking forward to doing great and mighty things together for the glory of God and for the benefit of God’s people.

Have we Become a Ridiculous Church? Part Two

Haven’t you notice that everyone is saving the souls or building the kingdom while sounding like used car sales men? Stop allowing these thieves to steal your money, making you feel that if you don’t give them money the whole world is going to hell. If they don’t have the money; if in order for them to have a ministry and meet their little budgets they have to manipulate God’s people, then you need to let your ministry go.


“The Idol of Big Buildings”

 

I recently came from a
great vacation in Puerto Rico with my entire family; we had an amazing time! However,
one thing, and one thing only, disturbed me with a passion. I went to visit a
church that I visited before. At the time, they were a congregation of about a
thousand people (I am guessing!) The fire of God was there without a doubt. Nevertheless,
“God told” the pastor to build this building that literally looks like a
coliseum. They had some money in the bank so, why not? I was able to see the
structure of this building as they quickly started the construction. As I went
on this vacation, I saw the building painted, I knew that they faced some
financial problems, but I was now convinced that the building was ready and
that God has done an amazing miracle here.

 

I told my future wife, Rayette about this church as
one of the most powerful churches in Puerto Rico. The service was to start at
11:00 AM; we got there at 10:55 AM. As I looked around the enormous parking lot
was almost empty, I was wondering what was wrong. The congregation is a
congregation of about two hundred people and the Fire is gone. They are being
consumed by that humungous building that serves as an open and visual ridicule
of their faith. I am sure somebody said that it was not the time; I am sure
somebody asked; “Why are we building a building that can seat over
fifteen thousand people when our congregation is less than two thousand people?”
I am also sure that they were
told that they had no faith.

 

Beloved, have we become a ridiculous church? The Bible
tells us in Luke
14:28-30:

 

“Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you
first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to
complete it? 29 For if you lay the foundation and are not able to
finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule you, 30 saying, ‘This
person began to build and wasn’t able to finish.”

 

Since when is
estimating the cost a violation of our faith? Building without estimating the
cost is not a violation of the faith, but irresponsibility and a misuse of
God’s money. Not only should we count the cost, but we must seriously consider
if there is a real need for it. The church is about people; it’s about making
sure that we equip them for the work of the ministry and making sure that
everyone, absolutely everyone that has legitimized Biblical need is taking care
of. I am not talking about the church becoming a Welfare System, but the church
of the book of Acts was known, not only for the miracles, but because no one
was in need. That is the reason why the people gladly placed their money at the
Apostles Feet.

 

If you meet in
a building that sits five hundred people and your congregation is exploiting
and is going over that number, you are experiencing a good problem. You will
definitely have to do something because you can run into problems with the Fire
Marshal. Yet, before you
start building you must take a good look at your finances. If you don’t
have enough to pay cash for it, then you may need to consider having more
services or get creative in dividing your congregation. But going into debt is
not Biblical either. Romans
13:8 tells us:

 

“Owe no one anything except to love one another, for
he who loves another has fulfilled the law.”

 

            Haven’t you notice that everyone is
saving the souls or building the kingdom while sounding like used car sales men?
Stop allowing these thieves to steal your money, making you feel that if you
don’t give them money the whole world is going to hell. If they don’t have the
money; if in order for them to have a ministry and meet their little budgets
they have to manipulate God’s people, then you need to let your ministry go. It’s
not that I don’t believe in massive events; but I, together with billions of
others, got saved for free. It took one man or woman of God to tell us about
Jesus on a one-on-one basis. That is revival, when we the church minister to
people as part of our daily lives.

 

I am so, glad
that God is about to destroy and close down many buildings across America, but
the church, the real church, you and me, will be corrected; restored, edified, built-up,
equipped and sent-out with power for the service of God’s people and for the
glory of God.