Saturday, July 16, 2011

In all you do, honor God!

Recently I have been reading many blogs. Few content exalts God the Father, his only son Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. I am as guilty as those blogs. At all times it is my intention to write to exalt the divine Trinity but my not very focused writing skills kill my purpose at times. I like to believe that it is the same thing that happens to others.
There is no writing and there is no story if there is no real Holy Trinity that sustains the life of these posts. I do not write in order to obtain a novel price for my writings. I write because I want to share the joy I have found in my faith in Jesus Christ. A faith that is sustained in the word of God and the action of that faith that can only happen through the strength and guidance of the Holy Spirit. A Faith that delivers victory through Christ Jesus to all who believe.
It surely is not a kind of life without tears and trials. It is not that my life changed to be one without troubles and doubts and insecurities. On the contrary, my life is pretty much like yours. The key is that I experienced a transformation from within. No more do I have to be defeated by misfortune but I live in victory because I do not have to worry about death and failure. The Bible taught me in Philipians 4:13 that I can do all things through him who strengthens me. Before, I used to try my best and then quit if I did not conquer. Now I learned to try my best and to press on until I conquer. Quitting is not an option; it should neither be an option to you, God loves us just as much.
Through the word of God, I learned that I don't exist just because of chance but that God created me and you, with a purpose. The purpose to worship and live a righteous life for his glory. The question was if I would chose to live such life and believe that there is a God that loves me that much to get me joyfully through it. I chose to believe and to strive to live that righteous life. I will fail, it is not a question if I fail but when I inevitably fail... than I have the confidence that I can return to a merciful God that will comfort me through the consequences of my wrong doings and give me peace to help me get up and try again.
Hence the writing helps me to pen down my feelings and give a glimpse of the life of an active believer in Jesus Christ in the 21 century. Perhaps my wrong decisions will help someone else not to commit the same bad turns. Perhaps my joy might light hope in the darkness of another, perhaps my faith will made an atheist doubt of his stubbornest. Perhaps my terrible writing defeats my pride. Perhaps my readers might pray for me with compassion.
Whatever reason you have to read my blog, I pray God will fill your heart with incomprehensible joy through his living word Jesus Christ. That through his Holy Spirit you will be encouraged to do those things you ought to do but have chose not to. I am far from having it all together but in whatever I do, I commit to the Lord and lean on his promise that by doing so, the Lord will favor my commitments to succeed. Proverbs 16:3 For that and my life, I give thanks to the Lord Almighty!

Friday, July 15, 2011

The Movies this weekend!!

The Redemption of Harry Potter 
by Ryan Hamm 
Voldemort also fears death more than anything else. He fears it so much he separates his soul into seven pieces in order to gain immortality. In Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Voldemort has a showdown with Dumbledore and exclaims, “There is nothing worse than death, Dumbledore!”
To which Dumbledore calmly replies: “You are quite wrong. Indeed, your failure to understand that there are things much worse than death has always been your greatest weakness.”
Dumbledore proves his belief  there are things beyond death by sacrificing himself in order to save both Harry and Draco Malfoy. His selflessness is held up by Rowling as the pinnacle of love—and the fullness of the “ancient magic” completely overlooked by Voldemort.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Social Justice vs. Evangelism

Social Justice is a topic that as Christians don't like to get too involved? Is it true for you?
This article brings insight on what is on the table for debate. I think that we have to challenge ourselves as Christians to talk more about the topic and be informed. When I read the newspapers under religious headlines, I hardly find objective articles that speak about what the Gospel really is about. Christians are often mocked with really insignificant comments focused on the sexual or financial scandals. Is the Christian message misunderstood?

The Christian church is persecuted in the Middle East and other regions in Asia and Africa; even in South America the evangelical church is persecuted. But the truth is that as Christians we seek to love our neighbor, even those who persecute us. Why are Christian killed for trying to do good?
19Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. 20 On the contrary: “If your enemy is hungry, feed him;
   if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.”  Romans 12:19-20
I invite you to read this great article and to react and comment.

Social Justice vs. Evangelism by

Social justice is a complex subject for Christians. No one can disagree that Scripture commands to love the poor and oppressed, but what that looks like practically today is largely debated and at times ignored. As the world becomes increasingly more globalized and information more accessible, awareness along with responsibility has grown.
This responsibility comes multiple fold. Why, how and even if we combine social justice with evangelism is an ever-evolving discussion that must be considered from a local and global level. Both the individual and the church must play a role for the Body to have the impact Scripture intended—an impact we’re capable of but nowhere near.
The Two Sides of Holistic Ministry
Dr. Ron Sider, a professor of theology and author of Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger, doesn’t believe structural change is complete without sharing the Gospel. Referring to the active combination of word and deed as “holistic ministry,” Sider says that without social works, evangelism appears to be all talk. But without sharing the hope and good news of the Gospel, ministry lacks the Holy Spirit’s transformative power. Neither side of social justice ministry is complete without the other.

“People are both spiritual and material beings,” Sider says. “Addressing only half the problem only gives you half of the solution.”

This doesn’t mean the Gospel should be forced, Sider says. Offering to pray for those being ministered to or sharing evangelism through friendship can reveal Christ—without giving the impression that the material items given to them come from a place of self-righteousness or have strings attached.

“Each of us has contributed to the pain and suffering and decay in the world,” Sider writes in an essay on holistic ministry. “We thus serve with a posture of gratitude and humility, acknowledging our own brokenness before the cross. We recognize that ministering Christ’s wholeness to others is part of what makes us whole.” Read the rest of the story here

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