Wednesday, December 1, 2010

The nativity story in a nutshell!

The Birth of Jesus foretold - Luke 1:28-33
The angel went to her and said, "Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you."Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. But the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God. You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the most High. The Lord will give him the throne of his father David, he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end."
The Birth of Jesus Christ - Matthew 1:19-23 19Because Joseph her husband was a righteous man and did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly. 20But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, "Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus,because he will save his people from their sins." 22All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: 23"The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel"—which means, "God with us."

The Birth of Jesus - Luke 2: 4-7
4So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. 5He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. 6While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.
The Shepherds and the Angels
Luke2:8-20
8And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.
11Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. 12This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger." 13Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,14"Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests." 15When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, "Let's go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about." 16So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.
The visit of the Magi
M
atthew 2:9-12
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After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen in the east went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. 10When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. 11On coming to the house , they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh. 12And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route.
The escape to Egypt
Matthew 2:13-15

13When they had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. "Get up," he said, " take the child and his mother  and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Hero he got up, took the child and his mother during the night and left for Egypt, 1d until the death of Herod. And so was fulfilled what the Lord had said through the prophet: "Out of Egypt I called my son."

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

From: The Lighthouse Prayer Furnace - Miami, Florida: Intentional Intimacy

The Lighthouse Prayer Furnace - Miami, Florida: Intentional Intimacy: "One of the gravest errors any Christian can ever make is to assume that their walk with Jesus (to grow in intimacy with Him) depends solely..."


I encourage you to click on the link and enjoy this great blog about prayer, you will be transformed. Enjoy the reading.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Awaken The Passion: 24/7 Prayer

All living creatures above the sea and underneath the sea need to breath oxygen to survive...
Every bird needs wings to fly
Every fish needs gills to breath
Every Christian needs prayer to stay alive...

When did you last prayed? Be transformed by prayer, live a life with purpose don't just survive as a Christian but LIVE a plentiful life as a Christian!
check out this video I found on Egham Boiler Room



visit these blogs about prayer, your soul will be drenched with new perspective.
http://www.lighthouseprayerroom.com
http://risingup.wordpress.com

Friday, September 10, 2010

Run the Good Race, a small Group on the Run!

Praise God for the gift of Life, praise God for friendships, praise God for opportunities to meet new people and share our passion together.
 This group has been meeting for 6 months now and it has been a blessing to share life and Christ through running. Every week I look forward to meet with the group members and to run as a group. We all agree that we would prefer to sleep-in longer but once we are up we are pumped and ready to go.
What do we talk about?
Well, we do pray before we go running, we talk about coffee, morning person, not a morning person, we complaint a bit, we laugh a lot, we talk about food, about the small group leader, we share Bible verses, we talk about the picture we take at Pier 7 that is our opportunity to talk to a stranger and ask him/her to take our picture and we talk about the breakfast we have after the run.


What do we learn?
 We meet new people from different backgrounds, different states, different countries. We share our culture, our faith, our struggles, our joy and we share our sorrow. We learn to compare life with a running race. We encourage and challenge each other to grow our relationship with God. We learn through videos, praising music, prayer, reading God's word and by applying the word into action. Twice a month we volunteer at Broward outreach center with the Feeding of the Homeless. By serving we learn that God's Word is the living Word because the teachings of the Bible are followed with actions. We will attend workshops, conferences, lectures, and other meetings that will help develop our gifts and reach our God given potential. Last August we attended I-lead as a group.

Where do we run?
We run and walk through the historic Coconut Grove. Sometimes we will run in other areas when the opportunity present it's self. We did the Miami Aids Walk a few weeks ago, it was Derek's & Min's idea, they do this walk every year. So as a group we joined them to walk for a cause. World Vision Team is represented by Carrey and I have committed to run for the January 2011 Half Marathon or Full Marathon. The collected money will go to Haiti earthquake victims.

Who runs?
We all run because we wish to improve our physical condition, but we all want to find out how can we combine running and growing spiritually. We build relationships and friendships while we run, we are no professional runners but we are committed to train our discipline, perseverance, endurance and open our hearts to teach and learn from each other.


           The first time we met to Run the Good Race, we were just 3, Jeannie who sign up as the first member, Francisco, who signed up second and of course me. Every weekend we go out with expectation seeing the presence of God in our hearts, tuning our minds with our soul, enjoying nature around us and the spectacular views that reminds us that God thought of every detail to make our life and days colorful and joyful. Each week we come back together

My passion about running is relatively new. It was my friend Francisco who shared his two passions in life with me; running and his love for Christ. He taught me how to combine the two and shared his perspective about the similarity of life and running a race. With scripture he taught me how to be disciplined, increase my perseverance and how to stay focus but more important: to enjoy the running, to enjoy life through trials. I discovered joy through sacrifice, both spiritual and physical. I ran 2 half Marathons and several 5K. Now it is my turn to pass on to others that same passion. I thank God for Francisco's dedication and willingness to share his passion of running with me and with the group. What he started one day as an individual has now touched and opened opportunities to encourage others.
Thanks to Christ for sending the Holy Spirit to dwell among us. Thanks to our Lord for his living word that guides us to Run the Good Race : "Run in such a way as to get the prize". 1 Corinthians 9:24.
What is your passion? and how does it impact others?

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

HOPE

"What strength do I have, that I should still hope
What prospects, that I should be patient? Job 6:11

Social Definition: Domestic violence occurs when one intimate partner uses physical violence, coercion, threats, intimidation, isolation, and/or emotional, sexual, and economic abuse to maintain power and control over the other intimate partner. It is both a crime and a serious family matter.

Again Jesus said, "Simon son of John, do you truly love me?"
      He answered, "Yes, Lord, you know that I love you."
      Jesus said, "Take care of my sheep." John 21:16
The third time he said to him, "Simon son of John, do you love me?" Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, "Do you love me?" He said, "Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you."Jesus said, "Feed my sheep. John 21:17


But as for me, I watch in hope for the LORD, I wait for God my Savior; my God will hear me. Micah 7:7


For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, 
so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope
Romans 15:4

 Today someone is waiting for a sign from God, someone has cried out in prayer, desperate trying to find out if 
the Lord is listening and He is. Are we listening? Do we love God? Are we truly taking care of the sheep and are we feeding the sheep with food and with the word of God?

Lets share the Living Word with Passion, there is so much hurt out there and perhaps someone who is desperate today will find Hope through our courage of sharing what Christ did for us and how He changed our lives.....Pray with Passion, pray because the sheep are desperate in darkness and perhaps will remain so for a long time bounded in the chains of pain and oppression, but pray because our hearts break for them and the Lord will hear the cry out of his children and Christ will guide us and send us out to rescue the lost sheep. Remember the day you were found....It's Our Turn....

This weekend at Flamingo Road Church don't miss the opportunity to invite someone 
to hear the word of God and His message of: HOPE, It's your TIME!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

The art of fetching water

The Word of God is so amazing! Why? One can find just about an answer to every day life circumstances. Look at this verse:

Jeremiah 12:5
God's answer
"If you have raced with men on foot
       and they have worn you out,
       how can you compete with horses?
       If you stumble in safe country, 
       how will you manage in the thickets by the Jordan?

What is our race? What is our pace? Are we enjoying the run? Or are we about to quit?
As I am training for my first marathon, I learn to have enough water to refresh my body during my run. In my spiritual life, I become thirsty too; so I seek the water straight from the source, my Bible.

Psalm 107:9
for he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.

John 4:13-14
 13Jesus answered, "Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life."


Where do you fetch your water?

Saturday, May 8, 2010

I can do everything through him who gives me strength. Phillipians 4:13

Praise God for the gift of Life, praise God for friendships, praise God for opportunities to meet new people and share our passion together.
 This group has been meeting for 8 weeks and it has been a blessing to share life and Christ through running. Every week I look forward to meet with the group members and to run as a group. We all agree that we would prefer to sleep-in longer but once we are up we are pumped and ready to go.
What do we talk about?
Well, we do pray before we go running, we talk about coffee, morning person, not a morning person, we complaint a bit, we laugh a lot, we talk about food, about the small group leader, we share Bible verses, we talk about the picture we take at Pier 7 that is our opportunity to talk to a stranger and ask him/her to take our picture and we talk about the breakfast we have after the run.

What do we learn?
 We meet new people from different backgrounds, different states, different countries. We share our culture, we share our faith, we share our struggles, we share our joy, we share our sorrow. We learn to compare life with a running race. We encourage and challenge each other to grow our relationship with God.

Where do we run?
We run and walk through the historic Coconut Grove. Sometimes we will run in other areas when the opportunity present it's self. We did the Miami Aids Walk a few weeks ago, it was Derek's & Min's idea, they do this walk every year. So as a group we joined them to walk for a cause.

Who runs?
We all run because we wish to improve our physical condition, but we all want to find out how can we combine running and growing spiritually. We build relationships and friendships while we run, we are no professional runners but we are committed to train our discipline, perseverance, endurance and open our hearts to teach and learn from each other.


           The first time we met to Run the Good Race, we were just 3, Jeannie who sign up as the first member, Francisco, who signed up second and of course me. Every weekend we go out with expectation seeing the presence of God in our hearts, tuning our minds with our soul, enjoying nature around us and the spectacular views that reminds us that God thought of every detail to make our life and days colorful and joyful. Each week we come back together

My passion about running is relatively new. It was my friend Francisco who shared his two passions in life with me; running and his love for Christ. He taught me how to combine the two and shared his perspective about the similarity of life and running a race. With scripture he taught me how to be disciplined, increase my perseverance and how to stay focus but more important: to enjoy the running, to enjoy life through trials. I discovered joy through sacrifice, both spiritual and physical. I ran 2 half Marathons and several 5K. Now it is my turn to pass on to others that same passion. I thank God for Francisco's dedication and willingness to share his passion of running with me and with the group. What he started one day as an individual has now touched and opened opportunities to encourage others.
Thanks to Christ for sending the Holy Spirit to dwell among us. Thanks to our Lord for his living word that guides us to Run the Good Race : "Run in such a way as to get the prize". 1 Corinthians 9:24.
What is your passion? and how does it impact others?

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Running the Good Race 2010

This is the second week of this new journey towards Running the Good Race. This is a very unique small group that combines the passion of running with the word of God. I started the group on March 13 with the number 3, yesterday we were 5 and I am sure God will continue to add more members next week.

We open our reunion in prayers asking God to be with us during our time together,  the sun was peaking through the trees and the squirrels were witness to the passion and expectation every member had to go out running. The weather was great and we began our run at 8:15am towards the Coconut Grove Marina. The run was really nice as we felt the fresh morning wind blow in our faces while we were waking up by the beautiful presence of the singing birds. Served breakfast to all and because man not only lives by bread, I also gave them the word. This is the verse we used for discussion:


2Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. 4Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. 5If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. 6But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. 7That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord; 8he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does. (James 1:2-8, NIV)


We read verse by verse and shared our thoughts. We reflected on the word and we encouraged one another. While we were at the pier, I encouraged all to observe the calm water and later I used that as an illustration of what happens when we doubt and how we become like that wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. In general we got the idea why we should develop perseverance and pursuit God's wisdom. Like in running, there is no advancing if we quit running every time we try so it is true for our faith, we cannot grow and strengthen our faith if we do not persevere through trials.

Have a blessed week and I pray that you will join us Running the Good Race 2010 next Saturday!

Monday, March 8, 2010

Running the Good Race 2010

Have you ever been to a race? It is amazing, if you have been part of a race you know what it feels like to be waiting behind the Start line. You are pumped that you are going to run and you have a time set in your mind of how long you plan on doing your run. if you have never been to one just look at the picture here and look how many people are just waiting to start the race.

Everyone has a story on why they are there, some run for fun, others are in a running group supporting a cause, others just want to accomplish a personal goal or just keeping themselves in shape. I run too, and I run because I believe that a race is very similar to our journey in life. But I am talking about the journey of our faith. In the months ahead I will prepare for my 1st Marathon. I have run two Half Marathons and now I am striving to do my first Marathon.

The Bible also compares a race with our lives, look what it mentions in 1 Corinthians 9:24-25
24Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize.

This verse right here motivated me during my last 3 miles during my Half Marathons, usually at these last miles the body is very tired and feels like giving up. It feels the same when we have a relationship that is going nowhere, a job that will not give us a prosperous future, perhaps a tough sickness; you name it. There are times in life where we just want to quit. I have Christ in my life, so I have hope and faith to persevere and keep going as to get the prize.

The finish line is never as crowded as the starting line, at this point many lost the dream of winning, some give up and don't bother to reach the finish line and others are disqualified. If you were to compare your life today with a race, what kind of runner are you? Will you make it to the finish line? Tell me, what is your story?

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

from Christianity Today - The 10 Most Redeeming Films of 2009

The 10 Most Redeeming Films of 2009 | Movies & TV | Christianity Today
The 10 Most Redeeming Films of 2009
What do a lonely widower, a strong woman with a soft heart, and an African leader have in common? They're all key characters in the year's best redemptive movies.
posted 2/10/2010

The Oscars are still a few weeks away, but most publications and critics—not to mention The Golden Globes—have long since picked their top movies of 2009. So now it's our turn.
This week we feature our 10 Most Redeeming Films of 2009. What do we mean by "redeeming"? We mean movies that include stories of redemption—sometimes blatantly, sometimes less so. Several of our films have characters who are redeemers themselves; all of them have characters who experience redemption to some degree—some quite clearly, some more subtly. Some are "feel-good" movies that leave a smile on your face; some are a bit more uncomfortable to watch. But the redemptive element is there in all of these films.
We also asked each of our critics to choose "One That Got Away"—a single film they wish had made the final list. Think of those extra films as sort of our "honorable mentions." (Next week: CT's 2009 Critics' Choice Awards.)


1. Up
directed by Pete Docter
It's got talking dogs piloting fighter planes and a house that floats to South America on the strength of a thousand balloons, but the most outrageous thing about Up? It's a summer blockbuster that's head-over-heels for the joys of marriage. Here lifelong commitment isn't a burden; it's an adventure.—Josh Hurst

2. The Blind Side
directed by John Lee Hancock
The Touhys, a well-to-do white family, can't ignore the needs of a homeless African-American boy. Instead of just lending a hand, they make him family. This real-life story of NFL player Michael Oher shows a great example of Christian compassion. We can't save the world, but we can love the ones God puts in our path.—Camerin Courtney

3. Invictus
directed by Clint Eastwood
This is much more than just another sports movie or "another Clint Eastwood awards season movie." It's a beautiful portrait of forgiveness and a model for how reconciliation can happen in reality, and how politics can employ things like sports and poetry in the service of national renewal.—Brett McCracken

4. The Road
directed John Hillcoat
Despite the bleak and sometimes terrifying post-apocalyptic milieu, this film—based on the book by Cormac McCarthy—stands out from other recent end-times flicks in its tenacious, audacious insistence on hope in the midst of darkness. Plus it's one of the most loving father-son relationships ever depicted on the big screen.—Mark Moring

5. The Soloist
directed by Joe Wright
This true tale of the unlikely relationship between a newspaper columnist and a musically gifted, mentally ill homeless man is a testament to the power of friendship. There are no easy answers here and the homeless problem among the mentally ill is clearly epidemic, but for both of these men, care and companionship are transformative.—Lisa Cockrel

6. Where the Wild Things Are
directed by Spike Jonze
Jonze reimagines Maurice Sendak's tale of high-spirited rebellion as a meditation on childhood insecurity in a messy world in which nothing—families, forests, even the Sun—lasts forever. Wild Things knows both a child's drowning sense of trying to hold together a broken family and the comfort of a mother's embrace, a calm center in a storm of uncertainty.—Steven D. Greydanus

7. District 9
directed by Neil Blomkamp
Using aliens and spaceships, District 9 actually gives new perspective on humans—their ugliness, racism, and greedy self-preservation. Perhaps because it shows a realistically dark world, we can see what shines. And because the main character is a complex mash-up of good and evil, his ultimate redemptive choice is powerful.—Todd Hertz

8. The Hurt Locker
directed by Kathryn Bigelow
A group of soldiers spend their days in combat and their nights shooting it out in video games; they see violence as macho and cool, but we see it as a deadly addiction. A lot of war movies turn our hearts to anger, but this one fills us with compassion for the people whose lives are caught in the crossfire.—Josh Hurst



9. Julie & Julia
directed by Nora Ephron
It's rare to see happy marriages portrayed in Hollywood—after all, no tension is boring. In contrast, Julie & Julia presents us with not one, but two marriages in which the husbands and wives genuinely love one another and stand ready to support, encourage, and laugh together. A feast, indeed.—Alissa Wilkinson

10. Up in the Air
directed by Jason Reitman
The core characters may not always behave honorably, but that's the point of this cautionary parable about investing more in selfish pursuits than in relationships. How sadly ironic that Ryan Bingham so skillfully helps others find hope and meaning in unemployment, yet can't find any in his own cocoon—though there's hope even for him.—Russ Breimeier


The Ones That Got Away

Avatar (Russ Breimeier)
Sin Nombre (Lisa Cockrel)
Crazy Heart (Camerin Courtney)
Coraline (Brandon Fibbs)
The 13th Day (Steven D. Greydanus)
Precious (Todd Hertz)
A Serious Man (Josh Hurst)
Bright Star (Brett McCracken)
Earth (Mark Moring)
The Young Victoria (Alissa Wilkinson)
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