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Bad pilgrims or good pilgrims? How does that affect my Thanksgiving today?

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For some reason it bothers me when I see people making comments and promoting the agenda that the Thanksgiving holiday celebration is a lie and that the truth rests on the fact, that what happened at the ‘first thanksgiving’ was the atrocious display of an abusive and barbarian blood-and-power-thirsty strategy of a group of settlers who came and stole the land, lives and privileges from the innocent, defenseless, indigenous group of people who inhabited America prior to the conquest.

But, What did really happen? What –if anything, could or should I do about it? Why does it bother me so much?

To start with the ‘what really happened’ question, after careful reading through the last few days about Thanksgiving, I am coming to the conclusion that, as in anything else, there is a variety of versions of ‘history’ that very likely have been in some degree ‘shaped’ by the…

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A few thoughts to meditate on today’s national day of prayer.

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…a few key points to ponder about prayer that are very much in sync with today‘s celebration:

  1. Prayer is not a repetition of words. In Matthew chapter 6, Jesus stated it very plainly: “And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions”. Often times, we ‘talk’ to God by repeating a pre-determined set of words, often while we are thinking what’s for lunch, check our email or let our mind wonder somewhere else.
  1. Prayer is not a ‘groceries list’. There are many examples of prayers in the Bible. The one we reference above from Matthew 6 is often called “The Lord’s prayer”. However, technically that is not the Lord’s Prayer. The famous “Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done…etc etc” is actually the disciple’s prayer as it was given by Jesus to the disciples as a guide on how they…

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Thomas; a week after Easter

Posted: April 6, 2013 in Uncategorized

Has the Easter effect faded? ‘Thomas; a week after Easter’ >>

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About a week ago, we celebrated Easter. Twitter, Facebook and other social media were inundated with “He is Risen” type of messages. On that Sunday two thousand years ago, Jesus had risen from the dead, conquering sin and darkness. That day, after showing up to a few women, He appeared to His disciples. One of the disciples however, was missing from that meeting: Thomas. Though his fellow friends told him they had seen The Lord, Thomas responded with the famous doubtful words “Unless I see in His hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe.” (John 20:24)

Today, a week later, Twitter, Facebook and the news outlets are flooded with a whole different type of messages: the economy, ball games, politics, spring break. Even…

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In a purely human way, the term ‘Christian’ is a label either (a) given to people perceived to follow Christ, or (b) claimed by those who –in their interpretation, follow Christ.

With that in mind, there is a wide variety of Christians.

There are Christians who claim The Bible is the one and only source of authority. Other Christians claim there are other equally authoritative books and sources.

There are Christians who believe the Bible is inspired, literal, inerrant, and infallible. Others, that it is metaphorical and subject to culture and times context.

Some Christians hold to the idea that only those who believe, accept and obey Jesus by repentance and life change, can be saved. Others argue that, at the end, everybody will be saved.

Some Christians believe it is OK to have loud music with neon lights and PowerPoint presentations in church. Others are OK with music but only hymns. Others believe any kind of music in church is sinful and only sing a cappella.

Some Christians believe speaking in tongues is an evidence of salvation. Others believe it’s acceptable for some but not mandatory. Others will argue that speaking in tongues is a sign of demon possession.

Some Christians believe love is exemplified by accepting -and even supporting other people’s sin. Some others adhere to the idea that you can love without supporting their sin. Some say that the best and most loving thing to do is to show love by making people aware of what sin is, showing its dangers and guiding people to repentance. Others say that there is pretty much no sin at all.

Some Christians are against same-sex marriage. Some Christians state that homosexuality is a sin, but are OK with non-believers enjoying the social and civil benefits of marriage. I have even read of Christians who argue that Jesus condoned and justified male-male sexual intercourse.

Some Christians may agree with this post, in that there is a vast variety of interpretations and beliefs. Others will label me as heretic (believe me, I already have this week).

We could go on and on describing hundreds and thousands of issues in which Christians disagree. Some perhaps critical; some maybe inconsequential. Who is right and who is wrong?. It is hard to believe that everyone is right when many of these positions are so diametrically opposed to each other. I would think that one day we will know, when God will judge everyone according to what we have done.  I would think God is big enough and just enough to give to each of us according to whether we followed a belief out of honest misunderstanding, or just as an excuse to justify our own pleasures and desires. That is of course, if my interpretation of God’s justice is accurate –I could be wrong. We do get the idea that some, at the judgement time, will be sadly surprised of how deceived or wrong they were (see Matthew 7:21-23)

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Either way, there is one thing most Christians agree and can be united on and celebrate together: Jesus lived, walked on this earth around two thousand years ago, taught, loved and ultimately went to the electric chair of His time, to pay for the due penalty of our sins so that we would not have to. And three days later, He was the first and only human being  who came back to life to never die again, proving what He claimed, that He was the son of God, God himself in a human body. This event was of such relevance to humanity, that millions of people throughout the last two thousand years have and still, talk about, debate and put their hope in Him.

Jesus’ death and resurrection is the single most significant event in human history and the one thing in which our whole faith relies upon. Jesus’ death and resurrection is the one thing that we all –labeled and self-proclaimed Christians, can agree and celebrate together.

May this common cornerstone bring us to a point where we all can examine ourselves, our motives, actions, arguments and positions, and humbly consider that we could be wrong in our interpretations, and to seek to please God and follow Him whatever it takes, by seeking practical and lasting ways to honor Him.

Posted: November 27, 2012 in Uncategorized

A re-look at the chances of winning the Powerball

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Ever find yourself daydreaming with “What would I do with 300 million?”. In case you were wondering, I have, and this is my action plan:

– Since the amount before taxes is about $500 million and my first fruits are to go back to God, my church would be happy to receive at least a $50 million tithe check; down to $450 million.
Taxes off the total amount come to be about $200 million; down to $250 million.
Dave Ramsey would suggest saving 10% or 20% for future and retirement –but, who needs $25 million for retirement?. Let’s put… hhmm $5 million down for retirement investment to live off the rest of our lives (that should give us $100k a year to live very comfortable the next 60 years); down to $245 million
– Let’s say I go crazy buying a new house, a house at the beach…

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Posted: July 1, 2012 in Uncategorized

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A few days ago I read a blog in which the author stated that Christians, following the example from Acts 2 and Acts 4, should be the first group to be in  favor of socialism and that Christianity was the basis or Marxism. He went as far as to say that God feels so strongly about this issue, that He “terminated” Ananias and Sapphira’s life for not giving all the money to the church when they sold their land.

Is this true? As Christians, should we sell all of our possessions and give the proceeds to the “Church leadership central bank” –or the government? Should we follow an economic system according to Karl Marx’s “From each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs”?

Last night, as our men’s group is going through the book of Acts (what a fine group of guys by the way), we…

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Posted: May 5, 2012 in Uncategorized

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It makes sense to assert, and indeed it is true, that the more a person walks with God, in fellowship and in a growing relationship with Him, the better he or she becomes. We can say this process is called holiness or sanctification; we become more and more like Jesus.

However, I was reminded this morning that at the same time, as one grows in that knowledge and relationship with God, it appears that the more one realizes the presence of imperfections and sin. The more we approach the light, the more the dirt is evident; the whiter the snow on the field, the dirtier the sheep will look.

Apostle Paul’s example:

In around 56 AD while in his third missionary trip, Paul wrote the Christians in Corinth: “9For I am the least of the apostles and do not even deserve to be called an apostle” 1 Corinthians 15:9

Some

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