“El discípulo de Cristo carga su propia cruz sin quejarse”
Y el que no lleva su cruz y viene en pos de mí, no puede ser mi discípulo. Lucas 14: 27 (RVR1960)
Personas que se hacen unas porquerías en momentos de tribulación no son dignos de ser discípulos de Cristo. Acordémonos de que al centro de nuestra fe está el amor y, el amor es fuerte y valiente. Primera de Juan 4:18 nos dice, “En el amor no hay temor, sino que el perfecto amor echa fuera el temor; porque el temor lleva en sí castigo. De donde el que teme, no ha sido perfeccionado en el amor.” (RVR1960)
Cristo no habló de una cruz que todos y cada uno de nosotros estamos llamados a cargar. Me imagino que cada cruz será un poco diferente, pero lo que tenemos en común es que, en el medio de todo, el discípulo de Cristo va a experimentar sufrimiento. Como confrontemos dicho sufrimiento separa al discípulo de Cristo del resto del mundo. El discípulo no se aleja de Dios cuando las situaciones están difíciles, no pierde la fe, sino que carga su cruz y va en pos de El. El dolor viene con el territorio. El Apóstol Pedro nos dice, “Antes bien, gócense a medida que participan de las aflicciones de Cristo, para que también en la revelación de su gloria se gocen con regocijo.” Primera de Pedro 4:13 (RVA2015)
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. On June 8th 2021 Angel started his home church, not as a starting point, but as a closer way to how the church is suppose to look like according to Scripture.
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