Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Wise Advise

 One generation commends your works to another;
   they tell of your mighty acts.
5 They speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty—
   and I will meditate on your wonderful works.
6 They tell of the power of your awesome works—
   and I will proclaim your great deeds.
7 They celebrate your abundant goodness
   and joyfully sing of your righteousness.
Psalm 145:4-7 
The idea to mentor or to coach another person has existed for thousands of years. Seeking advise is one part, returning the gift is quite another. Mentoring takes time and patience and lots of grace. It is my conviction that when I go through something in my life, whether it is full of fun or sorrow, I share the experience. Why? Well to ventilate and perhaps my experience will count for something to another person. The important thing is that we press that ugly and intimidating button: HELP
When a person presses that button, it is our turn to take action and get into that super hero rope and safe the day. Sometimes we just need to be quite and not comment. I admit that part is hard, I am working on it. But also set your boundaries when you are asking for help, be specific what you need. Do you need to just talk and don't wish to hear opinions, say it. Do you just need to cry on a friend's shoulder, say it. Do you need your friend to pray with you say it straightforward. What ever it is, say it up front so your friends know how to prepare to help you. Perhaps it implicates to bring a brother or another sister. Just make sure that you are not manipulating other persons to accomplish your own selfish interest.
Remember, tell people around you what God did for you. Praise God with your mouth and with your righteous actions. Be a witness of the goodness and grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. By our love people will know that we are his disciples.

Wise Advise

I pray you had a good weekend and that you are energized to begin the week with joy and diligence.
Every day we hear many voices, family, friends, co-workers, leaders, politicians, your kids and more. When we face trials it is hard to discern who has the best advise. One would think that family has the best answer because they love you; but do they really know you?Friends would add their 2 cents of wisdom but are they not struggling with the same challenges without uplifting results? Men and women think different so can the opposite sex advise us?Where do we go?
     I get into the word of God and I have a selective group of friends who I trust. People who I know have a constant prayer life, not because they say so but because it is reflected in their household. There is order and discipline, above all there is love and they live in freedom. Counsel with the word of God is a good remedy for anyone who seeks good advise.

1 The sayings of King Lemuel—an inspired utterance his mother taught him.
 2 Listen, my son! Listen, son of my womb!
   Listen, my son, the answer to my prayers!
3 Do not spend your strength on women,
   your vigor on those who ruin kings.
4 It is not for kings, Lemuel—
   it is not for kings to drink wine,
   not for rulers to crave beer,
5 lest they drink and forget what has been decreed,
   and deprive all the oppressed of their rights.
6 Let beer be for those who are perishing,
   wine for those who are in anguish!
7 Let them drink and forget their poverty
   and remember their misery no more.
Proverbs 31:1-7

If we earnestly seek the Lord, he will let us find him. I invite you to join me in making an extra effort to strengthen our relationship with him even more. Lets dedicate extra time in solitude with the Lord this week.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Wise advise

Plans fail for lack of counsel,
   but with many advisers they succeed.
Proverbs 15:2

Sometimes God places an idea in my heart and I kind of work it out to some extend but then I need to seek counsel to continue developing the idea. From my friends I select the ones I believe have the experience or expertise in the matter. When it comes to matters of the heart or my thoughts, I follow the same procedure. I have a couple of persons who know me well and whom I trust with my personal life. These are not the gossipers but friends who will not repeat what you confy them. Last year I was dating a person and for as much that we had in common, we also had a lot that was very different. I don't seek a duplicate of me, that would be boring but at least someone who's heart and passion is in the same direction as I do. I asked a few very good friends to advise me on different issues, some cultural others were concerning the faith. At the end I was willing to give it the very best shot because I was interested. This was a very nice person who I respect, that at the end was not someone who was equally yolked with me and that would have been a problem in the future.
It happens that sometimes we want something so bad that we just follow what seems to be good but is not exactly what God had for us. We loose patience and we quickly wish to take the opportunity we have been waiting for. People could not understand me why I did not pursue this more aggressive but at the end and from the beginning God is always right for what he puts in our hearts. The thing is who is the one giving you the advise to make your next move? Chose your confident wisely, pray and ask God to place godly people in your life to give you sound advise. Don't go behind what seems to fit in your plans rather seek God and allow him to take you by the hand. People don't need to understand your decisions, the ones who know your heart trust your judgement and God sees your heart.
The enemy will do anything just to have you keep silent, it knows that no one will be pray for you but instead people will gossip about you and make you feel bad. It is in his best interest that you have less friends. With time I have learned to be patient and faithful. I have seen the hand of God deliver me from the people who do me wrong. Therefore I fear the Lord.
 The still waters and green pastures are to be enjoyed under the obedience and faithfulness of ours hearts to God. Pray for good friends, pray for restorations of broken friendships and pray for trust and forgiveness. Pray for humbleness and for seeking God to lead the way.

Friday, January 21, 2011

 Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in the way of a brother or sister. Romans 14:13

Yeah, the weekend is here!
I pray that you had a fruitful week and that you are ready to take time to rest. This week I brought you messages about loving one another, I brought up, loving the enemy, loving your significant other, loving your family and today I like to close mentioning loving the men in our lives. When I see so many single mothers, when I hear about domestic violence statistics, rape victim rates, prostitution, human trafficking and all those missing women and men on the billboards I ask myself: why is there no one looking after them?
 Why are men not protecting the women and children, instead they harm them. What percentage of men are spending time with their young boys? Are fathers protective of their young daughters?Are we, women, supporting the men around us or are we trying to boss them around like little kids? Are we as Christian community praying for our men in church or are we filling the leadership gaps of the church without addressing the men to step forward?
   Last year I witness the ordination of a fellow student and friend of mine Pastor Jonas. I was in tears to see the elder pastors laying hands on him and praying for the beginning of his ministry as ordained Pastor. I was in tears to see so many men just surrendered to our Lord, God almighty. For the first time I saw the fellowship that was intent since the beginning for men and their Lord.
  All men need love, all men need God, the few that get there were encouraged and mentored by a loving person. Together we can raise better men for tomorrow, men that will take a stand and protect their women, children and elders. It all starts by loving one another like Jesus loved us, he died on the cross for you and for me. We all are sinners but because of love we are forgiven, because Jesus rose from the grave we are victorious and death no longer has a hold on us. We can love because he first loved us: John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. 
2 Timothy 3:16-17

We can chose our friends but we are kind of stuck with family. When I was in my early 20's I realized that no matter how angry my mother could get at us, she would always love us again. She would still cook and take us places and wash our clothes etc. There was no point in applying the silent code which is very silly because the one that suffers is the one giving the cold shoulder. Can you tell at one point I used to do that? Silly that I was. At times we can get caught in the routine and we can't give the best of us to the people we love the most. We cause unnecessary heartbreak to our spouses and children.
Nowadays we live in a postmodern world consumed by technology and so many devices that distract our minds. We have become so individualistic and selfish, at least that is my observation. Perhaps it has been like this all the time and I just realized about this fact.

      Yet when we take the time to share love with our loved ones, the smiles glow much brighter. We might not have perfect families but when we chose to love each other, we chose to feel happy and joyful. Our loving Father in heaven, has a gift for all of us and that is a fulfilling life through his word. All we need to be different from the Jones is God the Father, the Son and his Holy Spirit. Knowing the word of God is like hearing a whisper from God himself guiding us through life. Where do you want your family to be? Like the first picture or the second one? The second one, that is possible if we only Love one another.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

11 “Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. 12 Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you. - Matthew 5:11-12

Good day my Friends!
Allelujia, they are making news on Fox about the persecuted Christians in the Middle East, hopefully people realize that Asia, Africa, South America also persecutes Christians. Guess how old was the first Christian to be persecuted and guess what is his name? Jesus Christ. When he was born their was an order to kill each male baby born in Bethlehem, the reigning king was afraid of the King of the Jews that was born. After that the apostles suffered and the followers and through the centuries that has not changed. many have been killed and their crime is to proclaim and to confess the Gospel. In Muslim countries you may worship Christ and the Trinity but you are prohibited to witness to other non Christians about your faith.Countries like Egypt are like that, people can go to church and worship all they want but they have to keep their Christ for them self. tough.
visit either www.opendoorsusa.org or www.persecution.com and learn how you can be part of the solution. Prayer is one of the most powerful tool and you can be that prayer warrior for someone behind a cell. They count on your love and your kindness in prayer.
Love one another even when we do not know their names, rejoice because of the freedom we have to worship and the right to witness about our Lord and Savior. Lets use our freedom wisely and let us not forget those who are in prison because of the Gospel.


 Fox news:
Pontifex estimates that there are 30 or more countries where Christians suffer “very severely,” and that “in certain of those countries, that persecution is very endemic and very persistent and has as its objective an end to the Christian presence.”
                Pope Benedict’s annual speech to diplomats last week focused on religious freedom as a fundamental human right, and mentioned the attacks in Iraq and Egypt.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Love one another

Galatians 5:22-23
 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

Getting closer to God and being in constant communion with Lord should be our number 1 goal in life. The next first person is our significant other. Today this message goes out to all who have a loved one in their lives. Last night a friend of mine shared with me that he was deeply touched by the passing of his friend's wife; a young lady in her mid 30ties. He realized how fragile life is. In the middle of the night I woke up and his story came to my mind.I though of the tragic drama of Romeo and Juliette. Many times we make plans for the future, when we meet someone who shares the same passions in life as we do, when we find that soul mate..We make plans and we think we have years ahead of us. We plan to first have a job, find the special someone, we plan the wedding, we aim for the white picked fence house, we await the children and we chose the puppy.
But what happens when life does not gives us one more day to honor the love we have for one another? Would it feel better if you had one more day to express your love and appreciation to your loved one?
      During the Tucson massacre I thought of this fragile thing called life.Gabriel Zimmerman(30) was engaged and Dorwin Stoddard(76) sheltered his wife from a bullet. They just went to the supermarket, they did not go to a dangerous street or on a deadly mission. They no longer have time to spend together or a chance to say how much they love each other.
      My question calls for action: How will we express our feelings from now on? Will we wait for the right moment? for tomorrow? Are we waiting for the anniversary, birthday, father's day, mother's day to send flowers? Juliette loved Romeo and surely they planned to fight against all odds to defend their love, but tragedy struck and their was no future for their love. All that remains is a beautiful love story about "what if". Love one another..........

Thursday, January 6, 2011

De donde viene la tradicion de "Los Reyes Magos" ?

La tradición de Los Reyes Magos se celebra en algunos países Latinoamericanos. Los niños escriben sus cartitas pidiéndole a Los Magos sus regalos especiales. En ocasiones, los niños dejan sus cartitas en sus zapatos y en otros países, los niños amarran sus cartas de un globo y conjuntamente en la escuela o en familia sueltan sus globos. En países que no se celebran Los Reyes Magos, hay la necesidad de mantener la cultura y la tradición. Lo mas sencillo es simplemente contarles a los niños de donde viene la tradición. Al ser Cristianos, seguimos simplemente los acontecimientos después del nacimiento de Jesús. Después le sigue la visita de Los Reyes Magos, o en algunas traducciones se refieren a Los Sabios del Oriente. 

El significado de los regalos esta al final de este mensaje.

El porque la rosca de Reyes
Entre otros nombres, Belén significa "Casa del Pan". Jesús también se le dice el Pan de la Vida. En la risca de Reyes hay figuritas de un bebe, el niño Jesús. Y la tradición es reunir la familia y amistades y compartir esta rica rosca de Reyes con ellos y recordar adorar al niño Jesús como también a los niños de nuestras familias. La persona que le toque el muñequito le toca hacer una reunión el 2 de Febrero. Los Católicos Romanos Apostólicos le llaman a este día, el día de la candelaria y se comen ricos tamales! Bueno esto es de la manera que mis padres y mi familia en Mexico celebran el Dia de Los Reyes. Y tu como lo celebras y como mantienes la tradicion?

Del libro de San Mateo 2:1-12
Visita de los Sabios (Magos)
 1 Después de nacer Jesús en Belén (Casa del Pan) de Judea, en tiempos[a] del rey Herodes (el Grande), unos sabios (magos)[b] del oriente llegaron a Jerusalén (Ciudad de Paz), preguntando: 2 “¿Dónde está el Rey de los Judíos que ha nacido? Porque vimos Su estrella en el oriente y Lo hemos venido a adorar.” 3 Cuando lo oyó el rey Herodes (el Grande), se turbó, y toda Jerusalén con él. 4 Entonces, el rey reunió a todos los principales sacerdotes y escribas del pueblo, y averiguó de ellos dónde había de nacer el Cristo (el Mesías). 5 Y ellos le dijeron: “En Belén de Judea, porque así está escrito por el[c] profeta:  6Y TU, BELEN, TIERRA DE JUDA,
DE NINGUN MODO ERES LA MAS PEQUEÑA ENTRE LOS PRINCIPES DE JUDA;
PORQUE DE TI SALDRA UN GOBERNANTE
QUE PASTOREARA A MI PUEBLO ISRAEL.’
 7 Entonces Herodes (el Grande) llamó a los sabios (magos) en secreto y de ellos determinó el tiempo exacto en que había aparecido la estrella. 8 Y enviándolos a Belén (Casa del Pan), dijo: “Vayan y busquen con diligencia al Niño; y cuando Lo encuentren, avísenme para que yo también vaya y Lo adore.”
 9 Después de oír al rey, los sabios (magos) se fueron; y la estrella que habían visto en el oriente iba delante de ellos, hasta que llegó y se detuvo sobre el lugar donde estaba el Niño. 10 Cuando vieron la estrella, se regocijaron mucho con gran alegría. 11 Entrando en la casa, vieron al Niño con Su madre María, y postrándose Lo adoraron; y abriendo sus tesoros Le presentaron obsequios de oro, incienso y mirra. 12 Y habiendo sido advertidos por Dios en sueños que no volvieran a Herodes (el Grande), se fueron para su tierra por otro camino. 

EL SIGNIFICADO DE LOS REGALOS
Ellos colocaron sus ofrendas a sus pies; El oro era su tributo al Rey, El incienso, con su aroma dulce, Era para el Sacerdote, el Paracleto, La mirra para la sepultura.
Incienso:
Una resina sumamente aromática usada en el servicio del Templo.
Es extraída de un árbol de Arabia. La sustancia generalmente usada en los tiempos modernos como incienso es producida por un pino de Noruega.
Mirra:
Una sustancia perfumada y valiosa de un árbol bajo y de muchas espinas encontrado mayormente en Arabia. Era uno de los ingredientes del aceite de la santa unción.
(Éxodo 30:23-25), y del bálsamo para la sepultura (Juan 19:29).
Es también usado en la medicina y como perfume.

Tres Regalos: Su importancia y significado simbólico
"Los magos trajeron presentes de oro, incienso y mirra.
El Incienso era una resina aromática, quemada en honor a Dios.
La Mirra era una sustancia perfumada usada
para preparar el cuerpo para la sepultura.
Los regalos tenían un significado simbólico.
El Oro honraba a Jesús como Rey, el Incienso honraba a Jesús como Dios, y la Mirra fue una señal de que Jesús era un hombre y moriría.

Porqué los regalos de Incienso y Mirra que le fueron dados a Jesús por los Tres Reyes Magos que vinieron de lejanas tierras tenían un valor similar al Oro?
El Incienso tenía muchos poderes curativos, era un expectorante y también elevaba el espíritu. La Mirra desarrollaba poderosamente la resistencia física del cuerpo protegiéndolo contra las infecciones, aparte de que mejoraba muchas condiciones de la piel, el asma, la bronquitis, la diarrea y la próstata por mencionar algunos. La buena salud era tan importante entonces como ahora.
 
Algunos conceptos u definiciones sobre los Reyes magos:
SABIO: Lo mismo que Reyes Magos.
Definido como hombres de entendimiento y habilidad en asuntos ordinarios
(Proverbios 1:5, Job 15:2, Salmo 49:10)
Sacerdotes Orientales y hombres aprendidos.
Una casta de consejeros reales Medos y Persas (Jeremías 39:3; Mateo 2:1-11). Vinieron a ser reconocidos como una clase importante, registrados con los sacerdotes y profetas en Jeremías 18:18 y también encontrados en las afueras de Palestina (Genesis 41:8, Exodo 7:11, Daniel 2:12-5:15).
Los magos (Mateo 2:1) astrólogos; vinieron del Este;
su número y leyenda son legendarios.

"Magi (plural de magus), del Persa magu, que significa mago o brujo; miembros de una casta sacerdotal de antiguos Medas y Persas; el nombre también se aplica a los reyes magos de la Biblia (Mateo ii) que siguieron la estrella hasta Belén; la historia Bíblica no los nombra ni da su número, pero la tradición Cristiana cerca del siglo 7 llama a los tres Melchor, Gaspar y Baltazar; se dice que sus cuerpos fueron traídos a Constantinopla por la Emperatriz Helena, madre de Constantino, y de allí a Milán, y finalmente a Colonia en el 1162 por Frederick Barbarossa; desde ese entonces por lo regular se les ha llamado los Tres Reyes de Colonia."

Recursos copiados: 
http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=matthew%202&version=nblh
http://www.luzinterior.org/navidad_losreyesmagos.htm

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