Hope for the Divorcee: Forgiven and Moving Forward


 

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Acknowledgments

I want to take this time to thank God, my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit. I want to thank Mrs. Santana, one of my high school teachers, for allowing me to see that indeed, God gave me a gift to write.

I want to thank Pastor José Bosque for inviting me to write small articles for one of his websites. I want to thank Pastor Wallace who saw the good, the bad and the ugly in me but was always eager to encourage me to write.

I want to thank my wife Rayette Casiano for asking the question that provoked the writing of this book. I want to thank Frank Bennett for also being part of the inspiration to the writing of this book. I want to acknowledge the following people who, when asked for their opinions for a possible title for this book, they responded immediately: Dr. Michael L. Hadsall, Pastor Sandy Outlaw with whom I serve together in ministry, Pastor Jonathan Rissmiller, whom I consider not only a brother but a friend, Suzan L. Brown, Josué Ramos, Pastor Alex Meadows, Pastor Jeff Oden, senior pastor of the local church where I have the honor to currently serve as a teacher of God’s Word, Pastor Keith Kurber, whose middle name should be “Encouragement,” Chris Chestnut, Erika Harrison, Dr. John Russell, another dear brother who always encourages me to write, and Pastor Rochelle Olson.

Finally, I want to acknowledge one of my personal doctors, but most importantly, a friend, Dr. Michael Fitch. I consider many of our conversations priceless!

A Strange Process In Fairbanks


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It has been a strange process here in the golden heart city; closer to three years later it seems like God is taking me to a process of preparation and equipping and also a great conviction to finish some old projects I started years ago; two in particular. Finishing a real personal Music CD I started in Nashville, Tennessee and a book I started while residing in Jacksonville, Florida. The Lord told me this is the year of finishing what I started.

            I feel like I have been hiding for the last three years; from very active in ministry in North Carolina I am now not so active. Preached some in my local church, but lately not so much. I am working on one of two masters I would like to complete. A masters on Pastoral Counseling, later a masters in Apologetics and then, I hope to finish my doctorate; not sure in what.

            Perhaps Fairbanks saw my true retirement as a Martial Arts Instructor; I have absolutely no passion and absolutely no time to teach martial arts. I am considering however, for the sake of exercise, to engage in taking a new style of martial arts. Just thinking about for now!

            In December I am planning to go to Merida, Mexico. I can’t wait! My focus will be to minister at “Iglesia La Hermosa” with Pastor Andrés Briceño Ruiz, a good friend and a good brother.

            How long am I going to stay in Fairbanks? I don’t know! I am blessed to have my own business as a Care Coordinator with Fusion Care Coordination working with the elderly and people with special needs. This has provided the freedom to be able to control my time and focus more on my relationship with God and on these project I mentioned. Is all this a preparation to be eventually use here in Fairbanks? I don’t know either! But for now I take it one day at the time.

 

Can I get a Witness? Can I get an Amen? What About if You Just Preach the WORD


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I am getting old; with only a few weeks away from my 48th  birthday I am noticing that certain things are irritating me more than what they used to.

         The styles of preaching or, I should say, the insisting on preaching in certain style, is irritating to me. I feel that it takes away from the seriousness on the Word of God. I am all for passion in preaching and teaching, but when all black preachers sound the same; when all Puertorrican preachers sound like the late Yiye Ávila and when all Pentecostal preachers sound like TD Jakes, something is wrong.

         I say, be yourself, pray, study, seek the Father, learn to flow with the Holy Ghost, listen to the voice of the Father and give the people what God wants you to give them at that particular space and time.

         I am not going to ask for a witness or for anybody to give me an amen concerning what I am teaching and/or preaching; but I am going to do my best to give you the Word. Beloved, it is the Word that God will confirm, not our styles.

“I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom: Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching.”

2 Timothy 4:1-2New King James Version (NKJV)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

God is Good


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I remember those dark days! Every day I felt the weight of depression; every day I felt pain pushing deep into my wound. But how amazing is my God! He surely healed me from all of my afflictions; the afflictions that life gave me, the afflictions that came from the evil one and yes, the afflictions that came as consequences of my own sin.

         God is faithful[1] and He will never leave you nor forsake you.[2] Oh I know, this issue of pain, suffering and injustices is hard to understand some times. Some use these things to formulate arguments against God; but honestly, who are we to argue against God? Job seemed to have a reason to complaint, nevertheless, after all of his suffering God started his answer by saying,

“Who is this who darkens counsel

By words without knowledge?

3 Now prepare yourself like a man;

I will question you, and you shall answer Me. Job 38:2-3 (NKJV)

         We speak many words; I know I have, with very little true and deep understanding behind those words. When we do it darkens God’s counsel. Oh God forbid that we continue doing that!

         I am now enjoying an amazing beautiful day in Fairbanks, Alaska today. I feel the joy of the Lord in my heart, I feel at peace, enjoying the freedom that my own business provides. I have an amazing beautiful wife and kids with unlimited potential. God is good indeed![3]

         Tomorrow all hell may come against me; I don’t know. But I hear the Lord saying, “No weapon formed against you shall prosper, And every tongue which rises against you in judgment You shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, And their righteousness is from Me,” Says the Lord. Isaiah 54:17 (NKJV)

         The Bible does give us a promise that many don’t like to announce, “Many are the afflictions of the righteous, But the Lord delivers him out of them all.” Psalm 34:19 (NKJV). In another psalm the psalmist declares that “…Weeping may endure for a night, But joy comes in the morning” Psalm 30:5 (NKJV).

         God has delivered me from the pain of death, from the failure of divorce, from a life of sexual sin and from the stronghold of regret. Yes, today I can say, not out of a Biblical proclamation, but out of a personal experience… God is Good!

 

 

 

 

 

 

[1] First Corinthians 1:9

[2] Deuteronomy 31:6

[3] Psalm 136:1

After Two Years in Fairbanks, Alaska


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The beggining

God is faithful; a statement that we use and hear constantly; that is, because it is true.

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Making Progress

            I came to Fairbanks, Alaska in the middle of a two-year study of revivals and church history. I was particularly impressed with the Azusa Street Revival. Because of that, I wanted to be a part of a Church of God in Christ Church. I realized very quickly that we should not be chasing after revivals, we should be chasing after God.

            Coming to Alaska was not an easy task; different climate, not knowing anybody and being so far from family and friends, still today, is difficult. God blessed me with a job as a Job Coach at Fairbanks Resource Agency, and then I became a Care Coordinator with the same agency. About a year ago I left FRA and started working for ResCare Alaska as a care coordinator also.

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Working Hard!

            The federal government decided some years back that it was a conflict of interest for care coordinators to work with agencies that offer services to our consumers. Therefor, care coordinators were forced out of these agencies to either work independently or, like many did, quit that profession.

            ResCare offered me another job; they made it very clear that they wanted to keep me working with them. However, on a bicycle ride during the summer I heard the voice of the Lord in my heart, “Faith Base Care Coordination”. I told only my wife, but I did not know what to do with the information.

With my Good Friend Pat Keyser

                In a conversation with Pat Keyser, the other care coordinator who I first met at FRA, we realize that we both shared the common feeling that we did not like the job that ResCare was offering to us. We love the agency, we love our supervisor; however, our hearts were into care coordination. From that moment on we started the process of establishing our own care coordination business. Wow, what a journey!

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            I have a second building in our home. That building is divided in two. One is my wife’s sowing room and the other was my room for me to do whatever I wanted. I had many ideas in the last couple of years, but finally I knew what that building was for. Pat and I started working on building a couple of office spaces and a closet. We work so hard!

            As of December 7, 2015 Fusion Care Coordination and Keyser Care Coordination Services are oficially in business. I own my own business, praise the Lord! I was able to keep all of my clients. God, again, has shown himself faithful in this whole process. Pat Keyser and I share the same building, but we are each independent.

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My Office

            As great as having my own business is, the highlight of 2015 for me was going back to teaching God’s Word in a consistence basis. After two years and not finding much of a purpose for me here in Alaska, God open a door for me to teach a Disciple Curriculum that is being in my heart for some time now. I am grateful for Pastor Jeff at North Pole Church of God House of Prayer for giving me the opportunity to serve as a teacher of God’s Word.

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Pat “The Hunter” Keyser’s Office

           After two years in Alaska I find plenty of reason to wake up in the morning and face the blessing and challenges of each day. God is indeed faithful.

Living With an Emotional Amputation


Ten years ago, on a day like today, I lost my first wife, Ileana Casiano. This last decade has been a decade where I have seen the devil face to face and, at the same time, I have experience God’s goodness like never before.

            I remember when Ileana died someone told me that it will take at least five years to recover from such pain. Somebody else told me that when you lose a love one; a father, mother, son, daughter, wife, husband or a close friend, etc. is like living with an amputation for the rest of your life. Both of these statements proved to be truth in my life.

            My current wife and I, both, have experience awful tragedies and circumstances in our lives. In our forties, I think that we would have prefer to be able to live alone with the Lord, see our children and grandchildren grow and learn to be at peace with ourselves. Believe me when I tell you, this blended family thing is not easy at all! However, it is still not good for a man (Woman) to be alone. We still have the need to share our lives in a very intimate way. Still, to be marry is better than to burn. This Biblical reality does not change because of divorces, failed relationship, mistakes, death, etc.

            So we learn to rely on the Lord like never before, navigate through our lives after such awful tragedies and pain and, we learn to be grateful to our God.

            In the last ten years I added many personal mistakes to the book of my life’s story, plenty of sin and plenty of stupidity. I still carry some regrets in my heart for some of those things I did that brought shame to my family, to the Body of Christ and for letting my God down. However, I celebrate ten years of God’s faithfulness; ten years of changes, ten years of still surviving and ten years of great hope.

               I am not dead nor depress, I have plenty of dreams, goals in life and excitement for the next ten years. Ileana gave her life to the Lord just three weeks after I did; that is the most important event in any person’s life. If you are not saved, that is your first problem that will only get worse with death. If you are born again and you suffered your whole life, can the time of your life be compared to an eternity with Christ? There is a life after this one that is so amazing that the brightest minds are unable to even imagine how amazing is going to be like.

            One day all of us, brothers and sisters in the Lord, will form a perfect family with no negative and no evil emotions. Are you ready?

The Forgotten Love: A Christmas Message


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For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. Luke 2:11 (KJV)

There is no evidence that Jesus was born in December; nevertheless, we know He was born. We are all subject to his time for time was divided not before or after Buddha; not before and after Muhammad or any other religious figure or so call god, but was divided before and after Jesus. Even an atheist is subject the reality of the times.

No, the Word Christmas is not in the Bible either or any mandate to take one specific day out of the year or even a couple of weeks of the year to celebrate this thing we call Christmas.

No, Santa Claus is not in the Bible and indeed, this commercialize holiday season is probably an abomination before the Lord for it takes the focus away from Christ and place it right on us. What are you going to get this year?

The world knows how to make money; they have been making money during this season for years. In my country Puerto Rico, they celebrate the 25th of December and turn right back on January the 6th to celebrate the tree kings; remember, the three kings that brought gifts to Jesus?

The world has now found a way where they can even celebrate Christmas without honoring Christ. It has become increasingly politically incorrect to say, Merry Christmas, have you noticed?

But on the day Christ was born we received a pattern for all of us to follow; there was worship all around his birth.[1] I don’t see anybody giving gifts to each other because Christ was born, I see three kings giving gifts to Jesus and I see the heavens open, giving honor to Him who is worthy. I see God expressing the ultimate love by giving his only begotten Son to be killed like a sacrificial lamb for the salvation of the lost. Where did you find in the Bible that the focus is on us?

But the world has us focus on gifts to each other; I mean that is the true! Christmas parties, drinking, etc. You name it! The other day I went to a Christmas party for a local medical center; no prayer, no acknowledgment of Christ, but plenty of alcohol. I could not wait to get out of there!

The reality my beloved brothers and sisters, is that God gave us the greatest gift of all; salvation. A salvation that nobody deserves and a salvation that nobody can possibly earn. Ephesians 2:8-9 tells us,

 

For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. (NKJV)

I am grateful for His gift and I will never take it lightly. He caused me to have the faith to believe unto salvation. He caused my heart to see my sin and to repent and to stop the thinking system that told me that I was… well; I was ok; when I was really lost.

Did I get saved because I was a part of the elect spoken in Romans 9? No, the Israelites were the elect people and they blew it; but it was all God’s plan; it was always His heart not just to save a few, but to extend this opportunity of salvation to the whole world, for God so love the word that he gave his only before Son that whosoever believe shall not perish but have everlasting life. (John 3:16) That is why in the Bible He saved the King of Babylon Nebuchadnezzar, who was the king of the most demonic city of their time. Was he an Israelite? That is why God took a very reluctant Prophet, Jonah, to preach repentance and salvation to another demonic city, Nineveh and that whole town experience a great revival. God has shown us over and over His love for all of us. We are called Gentiles ourselves, that means that we are not chosen, that we are not Israelites, but did God abandoned us? No, His love reaches out to us also.

Beloved, these are the times of grace for the Bible tells us in Romans 5:20,

 

Moreover the law entered that the offense might abound. But where sin abounded, grace abounded much more, (NKJV)

 

Now, these are good news! Jesus provided us with that good news. There is plenty of sin on this world and it will get worse before the coming of the Lord, but God is still saving people by grace and through faith. These are the times where God can be found. The prophet Isaiah told us in Isaiah 55:6,

 

Seek the Lord while He may be found,
Call upon Him while He is near. (NKJV)

You can find Him; He is not hiding from anybody. The amazing love of God has reach out to the elect and the elect massively rejected Him. So according to Romans 11 they were cut off from the promise and we were added in. The natural branches were cut off, nevertheless, has God given up on Israel? His covenants still alive today and He will take those cut off branches and connect them again because… He can! Has God given up on you, as long as you are alive there is still hope.

Never question God’s love; His love is universal. He “… demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Is that good news or what?

Merry Christmas, I say, with great joy and meaning; not depending on what I get or don’t get. I have gotten the greatest gifts of all; on April 26, 1997 for no particular reason other than God’s mercy and, not because I was seeking Him, but because of His grace, He saved my soul. Today, if God decides to stop blessing me, but I still have this salvation, I have more than enough.

Again, Merry Christmas and not just a happy new year, but a new year filled with joy, for the joy of the Lord is our strength[2]. A year of the peace of God that overpasses all understanding.[3] A year of close relationship with God, a year of digging into the Word, a year where you will “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15. And finally, a year of growing “…in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen.”[4]

 

[1] Luke 2

[2] Nehemiah 8:10

[3] Philippians 4:7

[4] 2 Peter 3:18

While Missing God


Is anybody asking? Is anybody cares? Does anybody care to take a moment and consider philosophical concepts? Is anybody willing to give his/her own will for the spiritual realities that Jesus introduced to the world two thousand years ago? Is anybody willing to die for the cause of Christ?

If the days of my years’ proposed average of life expectancy are correct, I am 11 years over; that is, if my expectation to this dimension of life is 70 years.

There is a revival of the desire to know the deep things of my Lord, what brought me into this life, my purpose, when everything will end, and my legacy on this earth.

Are my children even interested? How do they see me? Am I a clown for them? A man in a different world who never care for theirs?

My mind is consume and at times terrorize by the thought that my own, are destined to miss the Lord because, I failed as His ambassador.

Do you see why it is easy to go with flow of things? Do you see why it seems better to speak about the superficial things of life? Do you see why so many spend their time in their egocentric world of texting, Instagram, Facebook, selfies, etc.?

We are always looking down at a technological devise while missing knowledge! And yes… While missing God!

We look for ignorance, we promote ignorance, we laugh at ignorance, we validate ignorance and we become… Well, we become ignorant!

Celebrating 5 Years of angelcasiano.com, Thank you!


Hello everybody; I just want to take this time to thank you all for reading our blog. Today we celebrate 5 years of blogging. Praise God! Pastor José Bosque recommended for me to start this blog during a very difficult time in my life. I thank God for him. I will continue to write my heart with no compromise. God bless you all! Angel Casiano

After Two Years in Alaska


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On a few days, specifically on August 17, I will be celebrating two years since I arrived in Alaska. It has not being easy at all. As I meditated in those two years, I felt this word in my spirit.

         For some time the teachings coming out of the church focused on “doing” for God. These were the days of people “going” to church almost daily. Getting involved in a million ministries to the point of burning out. They spend so much time in church and doing ministry that they had no time for anything else.

         Then, the focus changed to signs and wonders. People focus so much on the signs and wonders of revival that they also forgot about family and more tragically, they forgot about God and the sound doctrine of God’s Word. The drunk in the Holy Ghost, bam, bam!, fire, people falling and the laughing everywhere generation, but very little fruit after the One-Week-Revival was over.

         Today, the focus is on what we can get from God. Yes, these are the days of the prosperity gospel and the gospel that focus on us. These are the days of the church trying to look so hip that they are gradually minimizing the authority of God’s Word and maximizing feelings and wants. These are the days of hyping denominations; some people speak so much about their denomination, that you can’t see Jesus anymore. This is also the church of titles as if those can give you the anointing to break yokes. A lot of image, but no power!

         These are the days of the politically correct and corrupt church that is in bed with the secular ideologies of the days for the sake of power, money and prestige. This church does not talk about sin and leave out anything in the Bible that could be offensive. Not all they are teaching is false, some is actually very good; but that is actually a part of their strategy. They mix truth with lies; but to this church God is giving Revelation 18:1-4 to consider,

And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory. And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird. For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies. And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. (KJV)

         What about focusing on surrendering ourselves more and more to Him? What about enjoying the simplicity of true fellowship with one another? I say, let us embrace our cross and die daily; let us rejoice in our afflictions and let us prosper as our souls prosper. But beyond all that, let us love God above all things. That is the first commandment and the one we violate the most.

         Let us love God above what we can do, above what He can do and above what He can give us. Beloved, is about surrendering our lives to Jesus and is about listening to Him.

         I have fallen in these categories of doing and of placing the emphasis on the sign and wonders of revival. Have not really care on what I can or cannot get, I feel that God has given me more than enough. But doing and seeking signs and wonders became an obsession to me. I even joined a church because I felt that it was connected to the Azusa Street Revival, only to find out that it is filled with so much heresy and lies, that all they have is an image and a form of godliness that is leading people astray. People are so far away from the truth that they don’t even have an understanding of the foundational doctrine of salvation. I am not looking for a black church, a white church, a Baptist church, Pentecostal or whatever church, I am looking for people that are seeking and honoring God’s truths.

         Today, I try to focus on doing what I see the Father doing (John 5:19). If Jesus was subject by what the Father was doing and not His own will, why should I? The reality is that I have jump on some things thinking that it was God and quickly discover that it was not; it was my own desire. These were good things, but out of timing and out of God’s blessings. So I step back and wait and try to enjoy my Heavenly Daddy every day.

         I am not going forward with folks that do not understand foundational doctrines and others who only want to complaint about the church, but have no desire to change. In these things I am free, I do not have pressure to perform, my daily living does not depend on ministry. Like Paul, I make a living with my own hands. My next meal does not depend on your offering. I stand and wait, but always ready to minister to a family member, to a friend, to a coworker, the stranger on the street and the thousands who still follow this blog. If that is all I am called to do, I am ok with that; I am at peace.

         Two years in Alaska, about to start my own business and coming together with my brothers and sisters at The Church of God in North Pole. So help me God!