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A few nights ago my 4 year-old asked me what it will be like when we die. As I tried to put it in a simple, pre-k-way to understand it, I started explaining that as soon as we close our eyes in physical death, we will open them back up in the presence of God.

Then she asked “what will we feel?” I proceeded to explain that we were going to be given a newer better version of our current body, similar to what we have today, but much better, like Jesus after the resurrection, a newer/better body that can move from here to there at the speed of thought, a body that has nothing bad and it is all good, a body that kind of looks like us today, but better, a body…like…like …like a SUPERHERO!!.. yeap, that’s how I explained it, that’s how it came out…. WE WILL BECOME SUPERHEROES!!……..And the more I think about it… it makes sense in more than one way.

When I think about it, the day I heard the message of salvation and what God had done for me, and what He was offering me as a free gift, I confessed with my mouth and believed in my heart that He –Jesus, is God, lived, died, was buried, and rose again according to scripture. At that moment, I was born again spiritually and Christ righteousness or ‘good standing before God’ became my standing before God. From that point, when God looks at Luis, God no longer sees Luis the sinner and all his past failures and shortcomings. Instead, God sees Jesus perfection on my behalf, when God looks at me, he sees Jesus, and when I direct myself to God, I can do so it as if I was Jesus –or ‘in His name”.

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Thus, when it comes to our relationship with God, we are like Ironman. When people see Ironman, they see the strong, admirable, multi-weapon super hero (IN whom Tony Stark is), and not the mere weak, fragile, human Tony Stark. In the same way, from the moment we were saved, when God looks at us, God sees Jesus’ righteousness. As far as God is concerned, we are in Jesus and all who Jesus is in relation to the father, we are (accepted, beloved, righteous etc.), and no longer the sinner we once were.

Now imagine how our lives could change, if we could live out this reality ALL THE TIME. How would it change our prayer life from early in the morning? How would it change the way we relate to our spouses, friends, neighbors?

How would it change our daily fears and emotions of inadequacy, rejection, pride and worries?

How different could our lives potentially be if we constantly have present the fact that since we are IN CHRIST:

We are complete in Him Who is the Head of all principality and power (Colossians 2:10).

We have the Greater One living in us; greater than he who is in the world (1 John 4:4).

We can do all things through Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:13).

We are God’s workmanship, created in Christ unto good works (Ephesians 2:10).

We are a new creature in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17).

We are joint-heir with Christ (Romans 8:17).

We are raised up with Christ and seated in heavenly places (Ephesians 2:6; Colossians 2:12).

That there is NOW NO condemnation for us who are in Christ (Rom 8:1)

That in Christ we are accepted, loved, forgiven, empowered etc etc….


For the longest time I have wanted to write a book about the balance between “Christian dichotomies”, that is, Biblical principles that seem to be contradictory, like loving kids tenderly, vs. disciplining them, or doing things because you have to –out of obligation (which sounds legalistic), vs. out of love when you really feel like…. Or being spontaneous letting the Holy Spirit flow freely vs. planning and being prepared to be used by Him.

This came to mind because as I think of my life the last 40 years, I can’t help it but see awesome things happening in my life. My parents came to know Christ because some faithful small group leader kept on inviting them to church. Although they rejected the invitation several times, it wasn’t until I, as a ~6 month’s old baby, was dying in the hospital due to a respiratory illness, that my father saw no other option but to let these “Christians” pray for the baby, and a miracle happened. I was healed virtually immediately, started eating and here I am four decades later.

That was just the beginning. Since then, I have been privileged with having a fairly easy understanding of academics, especially music, math and languages. I have enjoyed pretty good friends, and even though growing up in a third world country, and in spite of living in poverty, I never knew we were poor -not that poor at least. Going into my teenage years I never had any major social problems and even when my dad walked away from the family, I always had some ‘father figure’ teaching me the basics of life such as driving, shooting, or camping. I have always enjoyed of very good jobs with very good companies and typically have gone up in the corporate ladder pretty quickly. I have traveled, enjoyed some of the finest restaurants, hotels and places. I have been privileged to meet and learn from Baptists, Presbyterians, Charismatics, and atheists, from various languages, cultures and walks in life. I had the opportunity to move to United States and today I have a house and a car and a job that the little 10-year old Luis would have never even imagined possible. I have a beautiful, hard working, godly woman as a wife, and kids that bring me joy and pride every single day.

When I was in my late teens I made a list of goals and how would I accomplish them, with dates and milestones. Not long ago I realized, I pretty much accomplished them all –or did even better.

Does it sound like I’m bragging? I kind of am. In fact, I have gotten used to friends telling me “you have a star” or “you are so lucky” and it is kind of true. My answer always is, “yes I have a ‘star’, His name is Jesus!”.

You see, anyone who has spent sometime around me knows that I am a very regular guy, not rich, not a genius, not even close to perfect in my walk at all. When I look back I can see how many times I have messed up, been lazy, dishonest and merely sinful, I have made mistakes and sometimes paid for them. Still, I see so many good things that my only explanation is: God loves me and gave me the life I live, the opportunities I find myself in, and the abilities I possess, for a reason. He, God, has been my provider, my helper, my protector and literally, the father to this fatherless. He has done it all, he deserves the glory, I am nothing but a story of God’s grace.

With that being said, coming back to the dichotomies, I would be doing a disservice to my kids if I didn’t teach them also that God, through my mother, other role figures, and experiences, has taught me that success happens when opportunity and preparation meet. Our job, no matter who we are, where we were born, and what we were born with, is to make the best of our resources and talents. Whether born in a third world country or in a country club in Manhattan, we all have limitations and abilities, that is the hand we were handed, and that’s that we have to play with, plan and use.

I’m pretty convinced that if you work hard, and seek to be best at whatever you do, success will come. Maybe not the success you thought, or success as defined by others, but success born out of knowing you did your best, and accomplished something. Choices have consequences and if I can instill this life principle in my kids, they will avoid so much pain and reap so much success.

It’s been a fun 40 years, but I still have lots of plans, dreams and goals. I don’t feel too old, this is just a springboard to greater success. Moses left his homeland at 40 and his real known actions were just starting. Joshua fought the battle of Jericho way beyond his 40’s, Saul of tarsus (Paul), also around his 40’s, went from a Christian’s killer to the influencer of the Gospel to the non-Jewish world for 2 millennia. Jean Eugene Atget, now considered one of the world’s greatest photographers, did not begin until he was 40. Renowned American folk artist Grandma Moses did not take up her craft until she was in her 70s and, Terri Tapper, at age 50, became the oldest female certified kiteboard instructor in the USA (and possibly the world). Harland Sanders was steamboat pilot, insurance salesman, farmer, and railroad fireman, but it wasn’t until his 40’s when he started cooking chicken, and becoming famous as the Kentucky Fried Chicken Mogul. Justinian’s codification of Roman Law, Mark Twain’s Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn, Mother Teresa’s humanitarian legacy, and many many more great things have been accomplished after that ‘mid-life’ time.

So, maybe I’m not writing that dichotomies book yet, however if I was to write a book about my life today, and considering all the great things that have happened and the greatest things yet to be done, my book would be called “My First Forty years”.


We just came back from an amazing mission trip to Brazil. We (the team) enjoyed and saw God’s hand working –often very miraculously, in the lives of the children, volunteers and our team. As usual coming back from these type of activities, we are on a high. We came from battle victorious, we won the cup, we made it!!.

Nevertheless, it would be an incomplete picture to enjoy the victory and blessings of the trip without sharing the spoils with the rest of the troops.

In the book of 1 Samuel 30, we read of a battle that David fought and won, and he shares the victory  -not only with those who fought alongside him, but with those who stayed behind ‘holding the fort’, those who couldn’t go, those who supported his campaign in other ways.

 .. The share of the man who stayed with the supplies is to be the same as that of him who went down to the battle. All will share alike.”

– 1 Samuel 30:24

So, HUGE THANK YOU to all of those who, without coming to Brazil, were just as much part of the team, and of the victory.

  • Thank you to those who gave financially and contributed to our trip.
  • Thank you to all of you who supported us in prayer –believe me, God showed up!
  • Thank you to all of those who stay home watching kids, baby-sitting, grandparents, friends, roommates and husbands/wives who held the fort while their spouses were out in the front mission lines. We could not have possibly made it without you.
  • Thank you to all who suffered being away from their parents, kids and friends, your moral support gave us the strength to go on.
  • Thank you to all who helped to prepare the logistics of the trip beforehand. That in my opinion, was a huge contributor to the overall success.
  • Thank you to all who faithfully give to Graystone Church.

Because of all your support, many orphans kids were loved in tangible ways, the Gospel of salvation was preached, physical, emotional and financial needs were met, volunteers were encouraged, hope was raised, policies were changed, local missionaries were recharged, team members were challenged to serve more and with higher levels of commitment

It was a victorious campaign, and you all who helped, were just as much part of it.

Thank you!!

If you would like to read a detailed day-by-day of what happened in Curitiba, the mission trip blog  might be a great resource.

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The Problem: I was kind of saddened as I watched last night the first episode of Preachers of L.A.” (Don’t judge me, I was just curious). My problem was not with the show necessarily; Is this what non-believers think all Christians and ministers are like? Is this supposed to somehow help others to positively consider what God has to offer? Maybe for some it will. The hardest part happened as I read some blogs and news forums that showed how one pastor criticized the t.v. show, another defended his position, and little-by-little, all parties (all of them Christians, mind you) became more and more hostile towards each other… as the world quietly but attentively observed the quarrel.

Earlier that day, I was saddened when reading a Facebook post from Mark Driscoll that read: “When it comes to abortion, the issue is not choice. The issue is murder. #10Commandments”. The status was not the problem, but the comments and arguments amongst participants (not Mark Driscoll himself). The harsh words between defenders of abortion, opponents of abortion, and anything in between; hard attacks and words from Christians to Christians. It made me wonder, how many people would come to Christ because of this back-and-forth ‘conversation’, and how many more would grow even more disillusioned of Christianity –and Jesus Christ, because of it

Similarly, last week I was heartbroken as I saw, on the one hand, a group of prominent Christian leaders to put together a conference called “Strange Fire”, aimed to “evaluates the doctrines, claims, and practices of the modern charismatic movement, and affirm the true Person and ministry of the Holy Spirit.” –in many people’s words, to attack charismatic/Pentecostal beliefs. Of course, on the other hand, you had the Pentecostal/charismatics, who felt the need to defend themselves creating a blogosphere and cyber war camp where Christians of all angles met to lash out at each other…. And the world still carefully watching from their computer screens.

In fact, Just as I was writing this rant, I read a story about a Christian who didn’t tip the waiter, because of the waiter’s sexual orientation; “Thank you for your service, it was excellent. That being said, we cannot in good conscience tip you, for your homosexual lifestyle is an affront to GOD. [Slur] do not share in the wealth of GOD, and you will not share in ours,” the customer wrote.”

REALLY?? And that’s supposed to get the waiter to repent? I am sick and tired of Christians being Jesus’ mission’s worst enemy. Honestly, sometimes we seem to be ‘gifted’ in messing things up. Fighting, on TV, blogs, news forums and the media in general, as the world stares in disappointment and hopelessness. Isn’t there another way to work through our differences?…

What should we all do? What would Jesus want?

I understand we feel very passionately about what we believe –and we believe it to be a matter of life or death –spiritually and otherwise. However, aren’t we lacking a bit of wisdom and love in the way we approach public expression? Are we ‘judging‘ in a Biblical way?

I am not advocating for a watering down of the gospel message or condoning sinful behavior; sin is sin. If your conclusion is that homosexuality, divorce, unbelief, abortion, and preaching a false gospel/doctrine is a sin, fine! Believe it, preach it, and most important, live by it. However, let’s not ignore that lying, deceiving, hating, exaggerating to make others look bad, stealing, making ourselves God and taking His glory as ours, speaking harsh words to others, insulting, calling names, presumption and thinking we know it all, and are always right, thinking we understand the Bible better than others, and assuming others don’t read their Bibles or are not as serious scholars as we are, or are not honest seekers of the truth –or that they are not even saved true Christians because of how they act, it might be just as much a sin and damaging, as the ones we denounce. (I’ve been guilty of this myself).

We all Christians need to understand that just as damaging as sin is to humans eternal fate, so can be our unwise words and actions. You may think you are fighting or ‘exposing’ a false doctrine or erred teaching (call it baptism of the Holy Spirit, the end of the worldgiving to the poor, or even politics). Nevertheless, what if your interpretations are wrong? Hopefully being wrong wouldn’t make you any less of a Christian than the other person, just a confused one. So it may work the other way.

Remember that Paul wrote to the church of Corinth addressing problems of all kinds. Some were coming drunk to the Lord’s Supper, other was sleeping with his step-mother, others were suing each other, others had bad doctrine, abuses in the practice of gifts and all kinds of bad behavior. Although Paul didn’t condone their behavior, but rebuked it promptly, steering them to repentance, still Paul called them “Saints”. He didn’t seem to doubt their salvation. Their behavior was perhaps considered by Paul a result of ignorance and spiritual in-maturity, rather than evidence of ill intentions or false faith.

My hope: May we all extend the same grace to our fellow Christians (that is, whoever believes the scriptures are the Word of God and that anyone can be saved by grace through faith, by the resurrected Jesus who paid for our sins and gave us eternal life) independently of how different our views are in various secondary topics. May we all learn,  not to avoid controversy necessarily, but to be able to argue and interchange opinions in a way the outside world looking in says, “wow!, even when they disagree, they love each other in respect and kindness” (click for an example)That would get some positive attention! Exactly what Jesus would want.


Sometimes Christianity is easier said than done. The ‘rubber’ is easy when we tweet the Bible verse, or propose to do this, or “from now on” not to do that, in order to please God. However the ‘meeting the road’ becomes a bit more complicated when it comes to applying those intentions to real practical daily life. Telling the truth is one of those areas I’ve been struggling with.

See, we know as Christians that we are to tell the truth always. In fact, we know that lying is an abomination and hated by God. It’s been said that there are “white lies” –mind you, this is said by people, never by God. But what to do when the hard truth can be, too hard? Too difficult to handle? Too politically incorrect?

With my kids: There are easy truthful answers to easy questions:

Q: “do you love me?; A:“yes”
Q: “does God still love me”; A: “Yes!”

But what about the questions to which answers I don’t know, or know to be completely, likely, or at least remotely, hard?:

Q: “Is it going to rain?”
Q: “will a tornado hit our neighborhood?”
Q: “will our sick pet survive the accident?
Q: “is my uncle Ben going to heaven?”

Do I give the ‘hopeful’ nice answer? (“yes, he is in heaven in spite of rejecting Christ”), or do I give the truth?: “the statistical chances of a tornado hitting our neighborhood –or our house, are so remote, that we don’t need to worry about it”. You may thing its funny or pathetic. However, this answer about the tornadoes is what I gave to my kids –perhaps in a moment of lack of judgment, and ever since, they freak out every time there is a little bit of rain in the forecast. Now I wonder if perhaps I should have said: “a tornado will never hit our neighborhood!”. And what if it does? What if the sick pet ends up dying? Will I then lose credibility in their eyes and doubt therefore that God loves them? What would the right answer be?

With adults and other believers: Let’s say that a friend of mine posts a Facebook status about a stranger making comments about how bad of a parent he is because he is feeding his kids with chips and soda and letting them run wild. He states, “Am I that bad of a parent?, I’m doing the best I can with all the stress of losing my house and all” To this, friends start commenting: “don’t listen to them, you are doing a great job”, or “you are a great parent!”, “you lost your house because we live in an unjust society”.

Do I go with the flow and say “you’re great, keep on doing what you’re doing!” or, do I address the fact that from my point of view, his overweight kids maybe at risk eating so unhealthy; that his kids are indeed out of control and need some boundaries and discipline; and that losing his house may have less to do with an unjust society and more to do with his unwise investments and decisions in the past? As a friend, I would want to help in his situation. In fact, I would hope my friends would call me up on areas they see I am failing and help me by pointing out my mistakes. It has happened, and I have and still appreciate that honesty. What would the right answer be?

With non-believers: A typical scenario would be when a very good person who happens to be a relative, a great friend, nice neighbor, involved citizen and concerned for the poor, is engaged and resolved to live a lifestyle that shows disobedience to clear Biblical principles and commands. Then they ask: “why can you accept, respect and support my lifestyle and personal decisions? Doesn’t God love me? Why not you?”. As Christians, do we do better by giving them a hug, inviting them to lunch and agreeing that God loves them (which is true) and expressing support for their lifestyles, and keeping “the relationship door open”? Or do we tell what we think to be the Biblical stand; that although God loves them, as He does anybody else, there are guidelines and consequences, and whatever else maybe appropriate to the situation? (along with the hug and lunch). Do we risk losing the relationship and being labeled as hater or judgmental or intolerant? If whatever words I utter, somehow misguide his perception and God’s view of the situation, and gives him a false confidence that ultimately can drive him to an eternal mistake –and painful consequences on earth, wouldn’t I be acting selfishly in not telling the truth? What would the right answer be?

Is telling the truth a relative subjective concept to be handled on a case-by-case basis?
Am I missing something?

 


From time to time I study something that brings me to the conclusion it is the most important thing.

A few months ago, I read (actually, I listened to) ‘Draw the Circle: The 40 Day Prayer Challenge’ and all of the sudden my life was centered on prayer. I realized and experience how often and how certainly does God answer my and other’s prayers. From small requests like healing my wife’s eye, to bigger things like providing for a vacation trip or using my mom to speak the truth of God to a group or witchcraft-involved people. I started to be intentional in when and how I pray and journal how God responds. I am not exaggerating by saying my life changed.

Last year, I studied the book of Revelation and The End Times.  Similarly, I was convinced that a top priority for Christians and for me personally, was to understand what the Bible says about the end times, the different interpretations and opinions, and to really experience deeply the conviction that Jesus is soon coming back to take me home. Besides and more important that the ‘knowledge’ of facts, times, prophecies and such, this awareness brought great continuous joy and peace in the face of small and big life troubles, ease to deal with my shortcomings, and it even taught me some humility and appreciation for those who lean towards interpretations that up until that point, I didn’t understand or had discarded as wrong. What a study that was!.

I could go on and on; evangelism, missions, church planting, salvation by grace (Romans), the life of Jesus (the Gospels), worship and the book of Palms, and a few other studies, have made a huge impact in my life in the last few years.

And 2013 is not the exception. Guess what!!, The Gifts of the Spirit is my new thing!!

For the last few weeks I’ve studied, listened to, read, asked, thought and prayed about this topic, and once again my life has been forever affected.

Do you realize that The Gifts of The Spirit is not a nebulous, mysterious, mystical doctrine for weird people, but the way God intended for you to enjoy church life and be good at it?

Do you realize that, in the same -and even greater way (John 14:12), that Jesus did awesome things, you and I as Christians have been empowered to do? While Jesus walked on earth He did miracles, changed lives, spoke wisdom and hope, healed, organized, prayed and did all sort of miraculous and very practical things –but just to a relatively small group of people in limited geographical area. However, He wants to continue doing such things –and even greater, through His new body, the church, you and me –believers in Jesus. –not just in Israel, but all around the world, not just to a few thousands, but to millions and millions of people.

He reached with the gospel a few. Some might say 12, maybe 120, maybe 20,000. But now we, as His body, His hands and feet, can reach the whole world.

He was the ultimate Apostle –the sent-one by God, but now, many of us have His entrepreneur spirit and ability to connect with other cultures and bring them to Jesus.

He was The Word of God in a human body, but now, many of us have an ability given by Him, to speak His words of hope into people’s lives, words of salvation, encouragement  and restoration to bring the dead back to spiritual life in Jesus.

He was called ‘Rabbi’ (teacher), and many of us now have a God-given supernatural –yet natural ability to process information, teach complex concepts in a simple way and a love for learning and giving that knowledge to others, leading them to Christ.

He served us and gave it all for us, and now many of us have an outstanding unique ability to joyfully give of our time, treasures and talents –and often get even more back.. to give more out… to direct people to Christ

He felt compassion for the multitudes, and many of us can truly connect and empathize with the hurting, the poor, and the weak, in a way that really comforts them and leads them to Christ

Some are great at organizing and love sticky notes. Others love doing things for others and stay behind the scenes, others enjoy cooking and having guests and great parties. Some seem to have a gigantic faith and seemingly God answers any of their prayers. IT’S ALL FROM GOD, FOR GOD!!

 

When you were born you received human abilities. When you were born again, you received powerful spiritual abilities. Things that you looooove doing, that you are very good at doing, that you enjoy doing, that keep you up at night and you would do even on your birthday. God gave us all at least one gift for the good of the church and to bring others to Him

May we all identify our gifts, enhance them and put them to good use for the benefit of the church and to do what Jesus did. You will kill frustration and live in the excitement of a fulfilled Christian life –as God intended.


Featured-Image-History-Channel-The-BibleAs it was to be expected, the internet is flooding with comments, reviews and complains about this series. Yesterday #TheBible trended on Twitter higher that one may think of a Bible based event. As the famous theologian Nate Rector pointed out: “Mission accomplished, Mark Burnett. The day after, people are talking about the Bible on Facebook”.

Nevertheless, with all the buzz, certain comments have not waited and –no surprise, a variety of critical arguments are raising. Someone here alluded to it as “wonky with the theology” of the series. Others, argue that it is not fit for kids.  Still, a group demands for more Biblical “accuracy”, to the point that a renown theologian claimed that some parts of The Bible “were meant to be fiction” 

First of all, let’s take it for what it is” A Hollywood production. Mark Barnett  is not God, or God’s messenger or even a theologian. He is a man, a man who happens to be extraordinarily good at doing what he does: making movie productions. He is not the incarnation of Christianity, and if, God forbid, he or anyone else were to ‘fall from public grace’ somehow (remember Mel Gibson?), it is not to be blamed on all Christians. He is a movie producer and as such, he did a tremendous work at it, aside from what his personal beliefs might be.

Second, there has to be some imagination mixed in when we don’t know all the details. We need to understand that if you make a movie form a text, you will have to make some assumptions and make some things up. Just write a 5-lines text on something you experienced. Then hand the paper to a friend and ask him to draw a picture that portraits it. More likely than not, there will be elements on that picture that you had not imagined so. Even worse, have them to make it into a three dimensions representation with sound. You get the idea. Now try making a 10-hour movie based on a document that contains more than 800,000 words and your imagination will be challenged. The Bible shows many facts without many minor details that the movie producer has to make come together. For instance, we know from Gen 19:1 that “the two angels came to Sodom…”, but doesn’t tell us the insignificant details (were they wearing a red or blue cape?, did they look like Jacky Chan or Terminator? did they have swords or AR-15’s?).  Here is where the movie producer uses his imagination and brings us the Call-of-duty/ninja-like angels we saw. 100% accurate? No. Did it convey the point from the Bible? Most certainly.

Third, it may be a little bit inaccurate, on the known details. So what?!?. From what I can see, nothing major was twisted from the facts that the Bible represent. For instance, we saw the serpent (looking like a serpent) tempting Adam and Eve. Well, that was not factual. One could make the point that considering that God, after the temptation, cursed the ‘serpent’ with “On your belly you shall go”. Therefore, we can safely conclude that before and during the temptation, the serpent had legs –more like a lizard. So what?. With or without legs on the ‘serpent’, it was clear that the point of the story was “bad choices’ (repeated several times), and that is what I hope my kids took away. That sinning against God is a bad choice –and there are bad consequences, whether eating from the forbidden tree, cheating on a test, or disrespecting their mother.

And now that we mention kids, fourth: is it not fit for kids? Hhhmm, you can make your own conclusion, but from what I saw, there wasn’t any more skin that what they would see on a football game, commercials, or at the mall. People kissing? Yes they know people do that. Violence and blood? Nothing too far from the war movies they may watch (have you seen the video games your kids play with?). On the other hand, like my wife pointed out, it’s a portrayal of the Bible. We are sinful people who hurt each other (fact), God deals seriously with sin (fact), God defends His people (fact). God is more than a sweet tame long-white-beard grandpa. He is a warrior who is loves us too much not to fight for us at any cost. If they understand, with such visual impact, the caliber of miracles God has done in the past for His people, they will perhaps more easily accept that, the same God, will protect them and keep them through a situation with a bully kid, a dangerous person, a storm or a terminal illness.

Finally, this stuff happened. Let’s not forget that what we have here is a cinematographic masterpiece on the ancient writings with more archaeological and historical documentation that any other religious text ever.  I don’t know if Pharaoh actually looked like Newsboys’ Peter Furler. One thing I do know is that they have found and excavated chariot wheels from the sea floor at the Red Sea crossing site.   These wheels found using a molecular frequency generator, happen to have four spokes, same as others found in an Egyptian tomb from the same time period, which were only used at the same time during the 18th dynasty or 1446 BC when the exodus took place. What a remarkable opportunity to explore The Bible, not as a collection of stories but as the HISTORY that brought salvation to us today.

Yes, there are things that I would have done different. Maybe I would have shown how the blood marking on the doorposts (horizontal and vertical in the corner) happen to make a particular shape: a cross –as it is a ‘picture’ of the blood of Jesus which PASSes OVER the wrath of God if we believe. Or maybe I would have made a point to show that the same geographical place where Abraham almost-sacrificed his son, and ‘God provided for himself a sacrifice’ , is the same place where almost 2,000 years later, God, would provide himself as a sacrifice for us.

My point is, there are way more reasons to take advantage from this TV series, than to stay away from it. What an opportunity to get a visual understanding of the big picture (The whole Bible from cover to cover is about Jesus and His plan of salvation). What a chance to, as parents, study and prepare to teach our kids. What an opportunity to have conversations with others and present, in a loving, cordial and intelligent way, the reason for what we believe.