Monday, December 24, 2012

Waiting for Christmas

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December 24, 2012

This morning seems like any other morning; the sun goes up, the birds chirp, the bees fly around, coffee is set and ready, nice weather.. There is a Christmas tree and a nativity scene that reminds me that we are waiting the night of the 25th to celebrate the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ. In the beginning God created, mankind, but sin came into the world and Adam & Eve were banned from the Garden of Eden. Adam & Eve lived in shamed after being disobedient, all that was given to them now they had to work hard to live up to the standards by laws to a life righteous in the eyes of God. Laws that were impossible to attain or fulfill. Only a few men could come before the presence of God behind the veil.  This was not the original plan for creating humankind. Then the God of Grace and Love and Mercy brought to the world His promise of Salvation in a manger in Bethlehem, to restore the fellowship among men and God through the mediator of mankind. The "good news for all people" came first to the shepherds who were in the field; they were the least of the society, yet they were the first to receive the blessing of seeing the incarnation of the Word of Life.

The Incarnation of the Word of Life

That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched-this we proclaim concerning the Word of life. The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us. We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. We write this to make our joy complete.
John 1:1-4

What a blessing to be chosen by God to be His children and to enjoy of the most valuable relationship we could ever dream of; being in fellowship with God through Jesus Christ. This blessing has been passed through generations since 2012 years ago. this blessing is meant to be passed on to all people, to the next generation. We received the gift of Salvation already, now it us our turn to pass this Gift to the people around us.
Merry Christmas
the gift 
Blessings, Julieta Reyes Flores  

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Top Soccer Players & Ambassadors for Christ!

Growing up, I learned to appreciate soccer. My father, my uncles and cousins all roared during soccer games.  I guess that my first recollection of soccer was that of the World Cup of 1978 Argentina vs Holland, hosted in Argentina. I remember my mother looking with anxiety at the tv monitor. Back then I was 6 years old and we were living in Mexico city. As children we would stop playing during those tense moments where it felt wrong to even breath. My father though, did not dedicate his Sundays to soccer, but he spent time with his two beautiful daughters. That is at least what he says about his daughters. Anyway, we became familiar with the soccer ball by playing my cousin who for lack of other boys played with us and his sisters. But it never got near to a soccer game, it was more fun to run around the house or playing Tea time; of course my poor cousin was always the butler.

When we grew up we moved to Curacao and since  it was Dutch territory, soccer was a popular sport. So we continued to be inspired by the World Cups tournaments and other FIFA tournaments. I became a Boca Junior fan, don't ask how that happened but it did! My first soccer jersey was of course that of the Tri, I got it from my uncle in Mexico, then I got my Boca Junior jersey, I got it from my Argentinean admirer and years later I bought the Dutch jersey. During that time the most I remember is Maradona giving soccer a very bad name. I began to lose my passion for soccer because I somehow thought that all the players were drug addicts, womanizers and that somehow they were not professional athletes. For some time, I only watched the World Cup and perhaps the EU World Cup but not more.
But then the image of soccer started to change slowly... And one day I realized how the players were becoming better role models and some of them were no longer hiding the power behind their victories, God. Players from other sports branches were also witnessing about their faith. The world of sport is being impacted and influenced by godly men who are courageous enough to declare Christ as their Lord and Savior. On the court and outside, they are living lives that honor God, their family and their countries. They have become role models in their communities and their country. Their voice echoes throughout the world, their message: The Gospel. Every player has a different story to tell, a different challenge they faced before coming to Christ. But they are not quiet about their conviction and their faith in Jesus. Check the second video and you will see the many faces of soccer super stars who are speaking and witnessing for Jesus Christ.These young men, speak up and use their influence to bring the word of God to the world.

Today we have a great problem within our culture, our godly men are few or perhaps they are there but not in action. Statistics of: human trafficking, single mothers, orphans around the world, abused women, abused children are on the rise. Where are the men? We need them to protect God's children, we, women need their help in changing those statistics. Men are not the only problem but Godly men are the solution..It is not fair to stereotype nor the men or the women, there are great men and women out there making the difference but we should advocate a bit more to take better initiatives and to bring new solutions in order to involve our men in ministry and to support them be all that God created them to be. As a Boca Junior fan it is very hard to post a video of River Goalie Falcao(joke), but this video shows him addressing thousands of fans. I become a complete sucker when I see a man giving testimony of the God they worship. There is nothing more moving then to see men in their God given role.
Thank you Lord for multiplying the godly men one life at the time!
Enjoy the videos.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Attend and follow the Justice Conference

Ken Wytsma :: Why Justice? from The Justice Conference on Vimeo.
Ken Wytsma, Lead Pastor of Antioch and Founder of The Justice Conference, is asked "Why the conference" and discusses the motivations behind creating The Justice Conference.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

How can we make a difference?

Write down the Social Justice issue that burdens your heart and discover that everyone can make a difference, one life at the time. Attend or follow The Justice Conference and find out how. Get involve; gather your family and friends talk about it, approach your church pastor and take action. 
For now you are invited to watch this video and see how these young kids through a secular school project suggest how they could change the world. What would happen if the youth ministry of the local church was encouraged, inspired and equipped, to cast vision on how they would like to be involved in proposing practical and collective solutions to enhance their communities. Christians are equipped with biblical vision that helps them live, prepare, instruct and share with others the Love written in the Gospel. They are empowered and have authority given by our Savior Jesus Christ to go to all nations and to make disciples. Like the apostles, their faith can move mountains, if they believe; all they have to do is to press START the faith engine!

Open your mouth for the mute, for the rights of all who are destitute.
Open your mouth, judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and needy. 
Proverbs 31:8-9

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