"But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:" 1 Peter 3:15 (KJV)
What Is The Perfect Church for You?
Well, you may say: “There is nobody perfect, therefore there is no perfect church.” But here I am not using the word perfection in the traditional sense of being perfect, but in terms of its perfect purpose.
If the main reason I have a car is for that car to take me from point A to point B and back and, the car is able to do so, then my mission is accomplished. It may not be the prettiest car, it may not be the coolest or the most luxurious car, but if I am strictly using it for transportation purposes then, that car is all I need. It may be one with a horrible paint job, dirty, etc. However if that ugly car is fulfilling its function, it is indeed the perfect car for me. Now, if my main objective with that car is to win The Prestigious Daytona 500 this is definitely not the perfect car for me or, if I need to carry heavy equipment then I don’t need this car all together, I need a truck.
When it comes down to the perfect church for us as individuals, what is the perfect one for us? What is the church that we really need? Many will say what almost everyone says: I want a church that preaches and teaches the Bible. I want a church that believes in the Gospel of Jesus Christ, a church that believes in the full power available for all of us through the blood of Jesus and through the Holy Spirit, etc. But are they really?
Then we add other reasons such as: I want a church with a strong children’s ministry, a church that is not too loud, a church where the service don’t last too long so that I can watch my favorite TV shows and enjoy the rest of the Sunday, a church where the preacher is calm and not too into my business, a church where I can “showcase” my gift, a Spanish speaking church, a Black Church, a White Church, a church where they play salsa or maybe a country style of music or perhaps more contemporary or hymns, etc, etc. etc. What we are really saying is that we want a church where we can continue to be who we are.
An independent thinker with a profound call to see the orthodoxy of the church and passion for Christ manifesting together. Angel was born in Brooklyn, New York in April of 1968, he was raised on the beautiful island of Puerto Rico where he earned his B.S. degree in Sociology with a minor in Education from the Inter American University in San Germán in 1991. That same year he moved to Jacksonville, Florida. After working construction jobs for a year and learning the English language, his first job working with foster-care children in the capacity of youth care worker was with Jacksonville Youth Sanctuary in September of 1992. With JYS he was promoted several times as group home supervisor, legal caseworker, and program director.
While in Jacksonville, Angel studied a couple of martial arts styles. After earning his black belt, he became the founder of Good Fight Ministries as he used martial arts as an instrument to preach the gospel. In 2004 Angel was selected Martial Arts Instructor of the Year for the State of Florida and in 2005 Angel was inducted in the USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame where he also received the Christian Spirit Award. In July of 2005 Angel accepted his call to pastor a bilingual church in Winton, NC where he served for a couple of years. Five months later he lost his first wife to cancer in December of that same year. This initiated a deep valley of suffering in his life, a mountain of costly mistakes and the embracing of lifestyles of sin that are well documented through this blog.
In August of 2012 Angel moved to Fairbanks Alaska with his wife Rayette Casiano and six children who are now adults. In Alaska, Angel continued his social work-related career and his ministry of preaching, teaching and writing. Angel is the author of two books, Hope for the divorcee: Forgiving and Moving Forward and 7 Banderas de Esperanza: La Bendición de Yokdzonot. In January 8th of 2020 Angel and his wife moved to Arizona.
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