Can we Ever Love Enough?


Can we ever love enough? I see a man standing at the door; he looks like he is ok; a beautiful wife, lovely kids, a nice car and a good eight to five job. He smile, but his smile is empty; is forceful, it is not natural. He looks, but he can’t see anything; he stares at nothing. Day after day he wakes up and follows his routine. He is at the church, sits on the back; he never says enough, never speaks about his life, never shares his insight. We were around him, but did not see him; could not see his pain, could not see that in the mix of such blessings this man was hopeless; the enemy darkened his thoughts and finally got him! The enemy convinced him that it was not worth it to stay. Can we ever love enough? He was among us, but we did not know, now he is gone, too late to ask, too late to care!

 

People of God, we must get personal, for we are in trouble; yes I know, we are busy, I find myself busy to; the kids, the job, the groceries, the bills, the church, the games, the rehearsal and so on. But people are dying and going to hell, people are hopeless all around us! We have the only message of hope, we have the only message of power, we have the only message of salvation, and we have the only message of transformation. Can we ever love enough? Are we willing to give our lives; our thing, what we enjoy and stop to tell that man, to tell that woman, to tell that kid: “Jesus loves you, you are not an accident, Jesus has a plan and a purpose for your life, I care about you, if you ever need someone to talk to, I am here for you?”

 

Sparring In Martial Arts


In my forty three years of live I have had the honor of playing different sports and engage in different activities. I noticed that when I was playing baseball my training was focus on the game  of baseball, so without a doubt that after the running and the exercise I was going to hit and catch the ball; there was no way around that. When I became a one hundred meter’s runner in High School, again, after the regular running and exercise, my training was focus around developing speed for running.

Even as I spend time in the wonderful world of music as a singer, I needed to practice those songs over and over during rehearsal to make sure that they were perfect when the time to perform came. As a pastor I also needed to spend time in prayer and in the study of God’s Word in order to be able to be ready for the Sunday Sermon. These are normal activities in preparation for all of these functions and, again, there is no way around them.

It amazes me how much Martial Arts have been watered down to the point that in many school there is little or no real sparing taking place. How can we even come close to be effective Martial Artist without constant sparring?  In our program, our students are not allowed to make contact during sparring sessions as White Belts. Even as they are learning the fundamentals of Boxing, Taekwondo, Kickboxing, Effective Self-Defense and some ground fighting, they are not allow to make contact in stand up fighting yet. They, however, start making contact in their sparring, boxing style, as Yellow Belts. As Orange belts they continue the Boxing Style Sparring and then as Green belts they are introduced to Kickboxing Style Sparring. Sparring has a way of testing student’s heart in a very special way; it is here that they discover the importance of keeping their hands up. It is here that they discover that things don’t exactly work like in the movies and it is here that many quit.

Beloved, without sparring we are lying to our students and denying them the opportunity to discover themselves as Martial Artist; what works for them and simply what does not. Especially in dealing with children, it amazes me how some are so quick to cry to their mamas when the sparring session did not go their way. It equally amazes me to see how over-protected parents are at times and how they support quitting and the cry baby syndrome in the lives of their children. It is ok to toughen-up! They will need that toughness later on in life. My questions for these parents and students are: What did they expect? Did they expect for me to teach their children how to do a few flying fancy kicks, break a few boards and learn a few Katas and give them the next belt level? Martial Arts are not only a physical sport; it is an art designed to teach students how to fight in different levels. Therefore, sparring is not only necessary, it is indeed vital for your success as a Martial Artist. Without sparring there are no martial arts!

The beauty of sparring is that is taking place in a friendly environment where the objective is not for my students to beat each other, but to learn from each other as part of the family. Sparring is never full contact. So it is safer than a street fight. However, sparring is a powerful and vital tool in the development of the martial artist. To all of our new Yellow Belts I say today…Be encourage; it gets better!

Poem: Life at Last By my Son Angelo Casiano


Abomination, thy name was mine,

A desire greater than all mankind,

Destroyed the dumb-Saw in reverse,

Along with Kin in Holy verse.

Red rain poured down such as the Plagues,

Hence, the punishment in those days.

Desire greater than all mankind,

Steals the heart, Corrupts the mind.

Spit in eyes, submerged in water,

Watched by Shepherd, formed by Potter,

Love is now refined again,

Pinned unto the Tree is sin.

No longer This my burden be,

For though in pain, remain I free,

When he comes to tempt my soul,

Remind him I of tragedy,

Emphatically,

The enemy,

Disguises death with lies for me,

Yet now I see the Hope I need,

To fight against catastrophe,

To fight for my anatomy.

I am Man, Conceived, Created,

Never argued, ever fated.

Seductive Incubus in the night,

Cries my heart to Those related.

There he roams with such great pride,

Stole the banner post Noah’s ride,

Abide he not to Life’s logic,

In self and man, doth he confide.

Rip this spirit far from me,

Or use it for my Destiny,

I pray that More shall hear my plea.

Fruition waits for Harmony,

Stop singing unlike melodies,

Let us agree in euphony.

Present time be lonesome, perhaps,

Yet, let not I be phony.

Love is now refined again,

Pinned unto the Tree is sin,

Past be past, death flees fast,

I have reached Life at last.

 

 

~Angelo Casiano

Get Up!


The mercy of God is not fully manifested in an un-repented heart; in that condition is impossible to experience joy and peace. However, the grace of God causes us to repent. It is repentance that releases the mercies of God; it is that mercy that gives us a new day, a renewed hope and a new opportunity to get things right with God. Repentance can’t be faked! Repentance is a phenomenon that happens straight in the center of our hearts. In return, God releases His compassion upon you according to Psalm 51:17 as He reminds Himself that a broken and contrite heart, He will never despise.

 

God is not going to bless our un-repented hearts; however, once we have indeed repented, even as we must follow some consequences as God expressed His love by disciplining us, before God we become totally innocent by the blood of Jesus as if we have never sinned. This is a concept that is totally misunderstood by the world and many times totally misunderstood by the church also. God is merciful, He can’t be mocked (Galatians 6:7) so don’t worry; no one will get away with murder as we say. But when God releases His mercy, it is our responsibility to flow and rejoice in that mercy given to our brothers and sisters. As a matter of fact, we are called to give mercy; it is a condition for our receiving mercy. Jesus told us in Matthew 5:7

 

“Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.”

 

Also, even as we have an individual responsibility as Christians to confront sin, we must do it according to and in the spirit of Galatians 6:1

 

Dear brothers and sisters, if another Christian is overcome by some sin, you who are godly should gently and humbly help that person back onto the right path. And be careful not to fall into the same temptation yourself.”

 

            I know that as I write these words many of you are bound by the sins of your past. You repented; you are forgiven, but you have yet to forgive yourself. To make matters worse, in some of our own Christians denominations they have “X” you for life. Today the Lord wants me to tell you that as long as you have breath, it is not too late. The Lord wants me to tell you to start dreaming and allow yourself to hope again. The Lord is saying at this hour:

 

Get up! Answer the call I have for your life; use your gift for my glory and for the service of my people for in Romans 11:29 I declared through my servant Paul: “For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.”

 

Today I hear the Lord saying that He has not changed His mind about you; that you are not an accident…GET UP!

The Conflict Between Jews and Arabs Started in Biblical Times by Author Hal Lindsay


The battle is between the 12 princes/rulers of Ishmael and 12 tribes of Israel….

Arabs and the Israelis have been fighting since time immemorial over that tiny plot of land called Israel. Their battle is not one of flesh and blood, but of spiritual things. The Bible states that the last great battle will pit Israel against the rest of the Middle East and its allies. How did it all begin and why have they remained mortal enemies for thousands of years?
It was jealousy and resentment, plain and simple! And man’s failure to trust in YHWH (Yahweh)!In Genesis 16 we see our first Patriarch Abraham and his wife Sarah panicking about not having an heir when they were old, so they decided (at the urging of Sarah) to take matters into their own hands and have Abraham sleep with his wife’s pagan/Egyptian servant Hagar. The result of that union was a son they named Ishmael.

In Genesis 16:13-16 the Angel of the YHWH told Hagar (who resented the fact she had conceived) that her son Ishmael would live and end up being “…a wild donkey of a man, His hand will be against everyone, and everyone’s hand will be against him; and he will live to the east of all his brothers.”

Ishmael – the son of the Egyptian slave woman – is the father of the Arab nations, most of whom today are Muslim….

When Abraham (then still known as Avram before God changed His Name) was 99 years old, YHWH appeared and made a covenant with him, promising to make Avraham the father of many nations – which meant at some point he would have another heir and that that other heir, and not Ishmael, would be the one with whom YHWH would make his next covenant:

Genesis 17: 1 When Avram was 99 years old ADONAI appeared to Avram and said to him, “I am El Shaddai [God Almighty]. Walk in my presence and be pure-hearted. 2 I will make my covenant between me and you, and I will increase your numbers greatly.” 3 Avram fell on his face, and God continued speaking with him: 4 “As for me, this is my covenant with you: you will be the father of many nations. 5 Your name will no longer be Avram [exalted father], but your name will be Avraham [father of many], because I have made you the father of many nations. 6 I will cause you to be very fruitful. I will make nations of you, kings will descend from you.

7 “I am establishing my covenant between me and you, along with your descendants after you, generation after generation, as an everlasting covenant, to be God for you and for your descendants after you. 8 I will give you and your descendants after you the land in which you are now foreigners, all the land of Kena’an, as a permanent possession; and I will be their God.”

Genesis 17: 15 God said to Avraham, “As for Sarai your wife, you are not to call her Sarai [mockery]; her name is to be Sarah [princess]. 16 I will bless her; moreover, I will give you a son by her. Truly I will bless her: she will be a mother of nations; kings of peoples will come from her (this included Yeshua!!!).” 17 At this Avraham fell on his face and laughed – he thought to himself, “Will a child be born to a man a hundred years old? Will Sarah give birth at ninety?” 18 Avraham said to God, “If only Yishma’el could live in your presence!”

19 God answered, “No, but Sarah your wife will bear you a son, and you are to call him Yitz’chak (Isaac)[laughter]. I will establish my covenant with him as an everlasting covenant for his descendants after him. 20 But as for Yishma’el, I have heard you. I have blessed him. I will make him fruitful and give him many descendants. He will father twelve princes, and I will make him a great nation. 21 But I will establish my covenant with Yitz’chak, whom Sarah will bear to you at this time next year.” 22 With that, God finished speaking with Avraham and went up from him.

21 But I will establish my covenant with Yitz’chak, whom Sarah will bear to you at this time next year.” 22 With that, God finished speaking with Avraham and went up from him. 23 Avraham took Yishma’el his son, all the slaves born in his house and all who had been bought with his money, every male among the people in Avraham’s household, and circumcised the flesh of their foreskin that very day, just as God had said to him. 24 Avraham was ninety-nine years old when he was circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin, 25 and Yishma’el his son was thirteen years old when he was circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin.

NOTE: The covenant of circumcision was never, ever negated. ALL men who belong to YHWH, Jew and Gentile, must be circumcised!
Conflict between the two sons of Abraham began from the very start. Genesis 21:9 says the conflict began just after Isaac was weaned: “Now Sarah saw the son of Hagar the Egyptian, whom she had borne to Abraham, mocking.”Galatians 4 tells us that Ishmael had been “born according to the flesh” while Isaac had been “born according to the promise”. Isaac replaced Ishmael as the favored son and heir. This, of course, made Ishmael jealous and bitter. As a result, he mocked and disdained his half-brother. Eventually the situation became so intolerable that Abraham’s wife Sarah demanded that Ishmael and his Egyptian concubine mother, Hagar, be expelled permanently from Abraham’s family.

But YHWH loved Hagar and her son, and had mercy upon them. He promised Hagar that her son would beget twelve princes who would become a great nation. Ishmael then went to live in the wilderness region of Hejaz in what became known as the Arabian Peninsula. He indeed had twelve patriarchal sons who became associated with the peoples known as Midianites, Edomites, Egyptians and Assyrians. The Bible and Islamic tradition both agree that Ishmael became the leader of all the great desert peoples of the Middle East.

This jealousy and resentment between Sarah and Hagar and their sons Isaac and Ishmael created an unparalleled hate which has set off wars and atrocities for four thousand years. It was the title deed to the land of Israel, which God promised to Abraham’s lineage, that has been the source of the friction between the Jews and the Arabs right up to the present day.

Muslims believe the Jews changed and distorted the Bible in order to establish themselves as the heirs of Abraham’s Covenant blessings. However, they fail to explain how the New Testament clearly teaches that the Covenant was made with Isaac and his descendants.

According to Islamic tradition, Abraham had eight sons rather than two who were reared in Mecca, not Hebron. They insist it was Ishmael, not Isaac, whom Abraham was about to sacrifice on Mount Moriah when an angel stopped him. According to the Koran, the Abrahamic covenant, with its promises – including the title deed to the land of Israel – was passed down to the Arabs through Ishmael, rather than to the Jews through Isaac.

If one believes that the Old and New Testaments were written under the inspiration of the Spirit of YHWH, then there is no question that Israel is the Promised Land of the Jews. God’s words to Abraham in Genesis are some 2,500 years older than the creation of Islam (whose “prophet” Mohammed was a murdering, thieving pedophile who “married” a seven year old child – but that’s another story).

The bottom line is, YHWH fulfilled His promise to Abraham, Isaac, and Ishmael. And He is about to use the consequential warfare between the two brothers in order to bring about His “end time” scenario….

Note: We at The Refiner’s Fire believe God is using the spirit of Islam to make His end time prophecies happen. Why? Because, as a Muslim once wrote to our website: “Muslims HATE Jews and Christians and all they stand for, including Capitalism.” The Bible says that in the end times, believers in Yeshua will be beheaded for their belief (Rev. 20:4). And who are the ONLY people in the entire universe who still behead? The Muslims! They have become the world’s worst enemy, as evidenced by the myriad terrorist attacks not only on Israel but the entire world. And the worst is yet to come….For more, please see our Challenging Islam page.
Author Hal Lindsay recently wrote the following:….This is exactly the situation that continues to develop in the Middle East. The world has been dragged into the ancient conflict between Isaac and Ishmael in spite of its best efforts to stay out of it. This conflict that has raged between these two half brothers for 4,000 years is destined to ignite the last war of the world, according to the Bible prophets.

Muhammad, a descendant of Ishmael, has brought over one billion people on to his side of this ancient conflict through the religion of Islam. From the time he started the Muslim religion, the dimensions of the conflict began to enlarge. When his followers laid claim to Jerusalem as the their third holiest site, the die was cast for Jerusalem to become the trigger of the war of Armageddon, just as the prophet Zechariah predicted 2500 years ago. Zechariah prophesied “Jerusalem would become a burdensome stone for all the peoples” and that “All nations of the earth will be gathered [for war] because of it.” (Zechariah 12:3)

We are eyewitnesses to this taking place right now.

The other major spheres of power that will be drawn into this final war are clearly predicted.

Ezekiel predicts that a nation to the extreme north of reborn Israel will become Israel’s arch enemy. It will be a nation with a vast arsenal with which it will arm all of the Muslim nations. Russia is the only nation to the extreme north of Israel. And they are descended from the tribe of Magog through the Scythians, just as Ezekiel predicted. God Himself commands this power from the extreme north to take command of the confederated Muslim forces and lead them in an all out attack against Israel. This attack is the first battle of the war of Armageddon.

The Book of Revelation predicts another sphere of power that will enter this war with 200 million soldiers. This power bloc is called “the Kings of the East”. They will move into the Middle East and attack once the war has started. The Bible says they will wipe out a third of the world’s population.

The fourth power bloc is the Western force led by a revived form of the Roman Empire. Daniel and the Apostle John both predict this power in great detail. It will begin when a great leader springs up in Rome and takes the strongest 10 Nations of the EU and uses them to form his power base.

God Speaks His Word by Prophet G. Craige Lewis


1 Peter 2:2 – ‘As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word,
that ye may grow thereby:’
We need the bible! There is so much hype going around in the body of Christ about this book and that book until people are putting just as much stake into Christian books than they are the bible and that is not wise. Of course there are good Christian books on the market that help us, but nothing can take the place of the Word of God. You need it to grow and it doesn’t take a man to always break it down for you. There is truth in the bible that everyone can live by and there are translations of the bible that everyone can understand plainly. The bible is not being pushed because it’s not as profitable to sell as a man’s book is, so we are starting to hear less about the bible and more about men and their accomplishments. But the fact still remains that if you plan to really grow, you must grow by reading the Word. This is why so many Christians are immature and babes forever. They think they know, but they really don’t because they do not read the Word. Or, they read it but it doesn’t take root because they follow their own way instead of following what the Lord says. And you can always tell a Christian that doesn’t spend anytime in the Word. They begin to tell you how God “told them this” or “said that” to them. Then they start going back on what they said God said and changing their minds about it after if fails or doesn’t work out for them. That’s because God speaks through his Word and what he says can be referenced in the Word. Even when he speaks to mature believers through his Spirit it will always line up with scripture and never contradict it.
The bible is one of the hardest books in the world to consistently read but not because it can’t be understood. It’s hard to read because the devil doesn’t want you to read it! It’s hard sometimes to find time to do it, and it takes perseverance to get disciplined enough to stick to a reading pattern. But the devil is behind it all! The devil knows the power of the word and he knows that you will grow if you read it, so he starts speaking into your mind, saying good things at first, to make you think it’s God. He wants you to feel like you are hearing the voice of God in the beginning so you will never have a need for the word! It’s a trick! Then he starts using that same voice to lead you astray eventually. Many times by causing you to follow crooked ministries and greedy television evangelists, the enemy will begin to make you dependent upon man to be God’s voice for you and at that point, there is no need for the bible at all! But God said, “my sheep know my voice.” Well, they know it because it will line up with his Word. The Word of God is your milk to grow. Without it, you will never be mature enough in Christ to hear him speaking and you definitely won’t be able to know who’s really saying what God said.
Suggested Reading: Gen 1 – Rev 22
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Jesus Tu Fiel Amigo


Son muchos los errores que he cometido en esta vida y sobran los episodios bochornosos de los cuales he sido partícipe. Las batallas han sido violentas y muy sangrientas. Tengo heridas que las sufrí por causa de la vida misma y otras que las he sufrido debido a mi negligencia espiritual. He dado tantas vueltas, he entrado en tantos laberintos, cortado camino por callejones, veredas estrechas y otras muy anchas. He tomado izquierdas en lugares en donde debí haber tomado derechas y he visto sendas que han amenazado mi vida misma. He disfrutado de la majestuosa hermosura de los montes, mas he experimentado el calor escarnecedor del azote desértico en donde solo Dios me proveyó. Muchas veces me adelanté a lo que Dios quería; otras confundí su voz y muchas otras ignoré las señales de peligro y corrí a hacer lo que mi alma quería. Por todo he pagado dolorosas consecuencias.

 

Cuarenta y tres años de vida, ya el próximo mes cuarenta y cuatro; muchas lesiones aprendidas y tantas otras que todavía no aprendo. Ya casi quince años de caminar con Cristo y cuantas veces ya le he fallado. ¿Qué será de mí? ¿Qué ha sido de mi vida? Soy como una ola solitaria en el mar, como un soplido en medio del huracán, como el polvo y como la neblina de mañana. Mis días están ya contados; ¿Qué haré con los días que me faltan?

 

En todo he aprendido que el Señor Jesús ha sido mi mejor amigo; que nunca me abandonó, aún cuando fueron mis propias faltas. Su amor manifestado en su poderosa amistad ha dado fuerza a mis huesos y le ha retornado la vida a mi alma. En el libro de Juan 15:15 leemos lo siguiente:

 

 “Ya no los llamaré siervos, porque el siervo no sabe lo que hace su señor; yo los he llamado amigos, porque todas las cosas que oí de mi Padre, se las he dado a conocer a ustedes.”

 

            No se hoy lo que confrontas, cuál es tu dolor y que es lo que provoca tus lágrimas, pero conozco a un hombre que es fiel y quien, sin lugar a dudas, es tu mejor amigo. Jesucristo espera por ti; no te hablo de una Iglesia o denominación, mas te hablo de un Cristo que quiere ayudarte y quiere verte prosperar en la vida. Dale hoy tu corazón y no temas. Toma unos minutos y disfruta de esta poderosa canción interpretada por Marcos Barrientos: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f2hn7aXYUdM

Finding God in the Midst of Life


We wake up tired in the morning; went to bed late last night, we drive to work and oh my Lord…so much to do! The phone is ringing, one more client to take care of. Voices all around us; this one is talking about this one, the other one is responding, the jokes are dirty, the laughter is filled with seduction, the conversations are empty. Oh, but it’s now 3PM, I am tired, can’t wait to go home! Finally, I am home; children must be reminded again of their homework, dinner needs to be prepared, must make a run to Wal-Mart as my daughter waited until the last minute to tell me about this project in school. My son has a football game tonight at 7PM, I must get all these things done now…etc. Back from my son’s game; getting children ready for bed; finally everybody is in bed and I am the only one awake; did I pay that bill? The mind is consumed with concerns; will I have enough to pay the rent this month? I turn the TV on; TBN has another preacher talking about money, and so I switch channels and must make a decision: Jay Leno or David Letterman? Or maybe I can check my e-mails, my Facebook and my Twitter account. I am tired, but want to spend some quiet time with myself, but I can’t take it anymore, I must go to sleep. In the process, I did not spend even one minute in prayer and have not opened my Bible since Sunday. Sound familiar?

 

The devil is doing a great job in keeping people busy. Our day dances between four things:

 

  1. Work
  2. Self-Entertainment (Internet, Facebook, e-mails, etc)
  3. Family responsibilities
  4. And at times, the desire to run from it all

 

The reality is that as long as we keep these kinds of routines we will always be tired with very little opportunity to grow in Christ. Matthew 11:28-30 tells us:

 

“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” (KJV)

 

These verses are directly speaking to us; we are the people that are “labour and are heavy laden.” The first thing that it tells us is to “Come to Him.” Going after God must be intentional; we can’t wait until we feel like it or for some kind of supernatural slap in the face. We must make up our minds to go after God.

The second thing that we see here is that we must be willing to exchange the yoke that we currently have and replace it for the one that Jesus has for us. Jesus gives us an invitation to “Take His yoke”; His yoke or way of life is available for God’s people.

 

Third we have an invitation to learn from Jesus; that speaks to me about a process. This is not going to happen overnight. The missing ingredient in order to be able to live the life that Jesus has for us is humility: Jesus tells us: “…learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart…”

 

As we purposely go after God through prayer, the reading of His Word, coming together in devotional times with our families, church activities, Godly fellowship, etc. we will be able to find physical and mental rest. In all we must remember that Jesus is telling us that His “yoke is easy, and His burden is light.” Beloved, I am afraid that we are complicating our relationship with Jesus. To establish a relationship with Christ is the easiest thing in the world; however, it’s the very thing that the enemy and our flesh will fight the most. The relationship itself is not difficult. It is in the “I love you Lord” in the middle of the day; it is in keeping our meditation on Him; it’s in listening to His voice and the reading of His Word that we find constant opposition. Beloved, prayer is not only about talking to God, it’s about listening. As far as I am concerned, the most important thing in prayer is not what I have to say, but what my Daddy has to say.

 

The promise is that you will carry a burden that is light. Personally, I believe that this does not mean that we will do less or be less productive; to the contrary, this means that we will do much more because it will be Jesus doing it through us without our interruptions, but with our cooperation!

 

So, that morning on your way to work open your heart to the voice of God, get a hold of that Bible verse at work; you don’t have to read the whole Bible in one year, is about intimacy, it is about studying, not just reading; in the midst of the mess of the day, listen…He is speaking!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Declarado Libre de Tu Excremento


¡Qué mucho cansa el excremento! Lo mismo ayer, lo mismo hoy y posiblemente lo mismo mañana. Cansado, hay veces, me siento de la crueldad de esta vida; de los que se hacen llamar mis hermanos mas continuamente apuñalan mis espaldas con sus palabras repletas de crueldad, de odio y quizás hasta de estúpidas envidias.

 

No soy lo que mis enemigos dicen que soy, soy aún mucho peor. Tampoco soy lo que mis amigos han dibujado sobre mí. No soy el perfecto dibujo que nunca ha fallado. Mis debilidades han sido muchas más que mis victorias.

 

Soy realmente lo que pienso en los adentros de mi mente, en ese lugar en donde solo Dios escucha y solo Dios ve. Soy un mendigo y un esclavo de la misericordia de Dios.  Soy simplemente uno que como tú, necesita cambio; uno que como tú, necesita a Cristo desesperadamente cada segundo de mi vida. Soy literalmente, un soplo de vida que hoy existe y mañana su nombre es escrito en una piedra de algún cementerio.

 

Te pido perdón por ofenderte y mil veces me arrepiento de mis pecados. ¿Hasta cuándo me va vas a condenar? ¿Cuándo podré ser declarado libre de la cárcel de mis errores pasados? Toda esta defecación ya mi alma ha hastiado. Hacia adelante debo seguir; hacia adelante buscando conocer más y más a mi Cristo; hacia adelante con el llamado que Dios me ha dado, hacia adelante y aún dispuesto a dar mi vida; pues el Evangelio así lo demanda.

 

Hoy he decidió amarte, hoy he decidido perdonarte por las cadenas que has amarrado en mi vida; pues aún cuando me quieres preso, de tu excremento hoy soy declarado libre.

Fellowship VS Networking


It is sad to say but most of what our Church leaders call fellowship today is really networking.

 

  • Fellowship: “A sharing of common interests, goals, experiences, or views.”

 

  • Networking: “The process or practice of building up or maintaining informal relationships, especially with people whose friendship could bring advantages such as job or business opportunities.”

 

The key word in the basic definition of Fellowship is “Sharing”; the key word in Networking is “Advantages”.

 

When we fellowship we come together as equals; no agenda, no ego and no pretends. When we come together to do our networking is all about self-promotion; we no longer see people as people, but we now look at what they have to offer to help us expand our business.

 

Fellowship is from the heart, networking is cold! Fellowship takes place in our homes over a homemade meal; networking takes place in a room or restaurant and keeps us away from getting too personal. Fellowship is transparent, networking is all about appearance. Fellowship is personal, networking is impersonal.  Fellowship is about who I am in Christ; networking is about what do you do for a living and how much influence can I get by establishing a “relationship” with you.

 

Fellowship looks at what we can do to help others, networking looks at what you can do to help me. Fellowship celebrates others victories and weeps when others are in sorrow, networking envies what other’s have and does not make enough emotional attachment to even consider a prayer for those that have fallen. Networking is about members, fellowship is about disciples. Networking is a filthy secular approach that is rapidly infiltrating Christianity; fellowship is the real Biblical deal!

 

Fellowship is what I am hungry for, networking is what I am sick of!