Life

I was born into a family of ten children. I was the third one. In my position, I was able to witness the arrival of many beautiful babies that I loved and protected as if they were mine. It was a blessed life.

I was eighteen-years-old when the last of my siblings was born in 1970. At that time, there were eight children under 12 at home. My home was good enough for all of us (my father had built us a house) and even though we were poor, we had food, we had shelter and we had God. We had a good life.

I was on my mother’s side as a young teenager every time she was pregnant, but I never realized it because she was extremely discreet and being a little “chubby” she was able to conceal it. She would not say anything, except to my father I guess, but the rest of us will learn of the new arrival just the day she left for the delivery at the hospital. Sometimes, it could be a strange life.

I only knew of my last brother’s birth a few months before. My mother was in a little distress; she was feeling a little overwhelmed with so many children already and that’s how I learned that she was expecting again. And I say a little because my mother never exaggerated. I think she was tired and not too happy. She had a busy life.

My father was a responsible man as I have never met one. He worked and provided for all of us. He built our house with the help of his brothers and was always looking for ways to improve our lives. I think my father was just perfect. Everything he created with his hands (from a wooden box to a house and everything in between) was a work of art. And yes, my father was a Christian who knew the Bible and worshipped the Lord Jesus Christ. We had a safe life.

In all our distresses as a large family, I will never forget the face of my father every time a new baby came home. His face will illuminate with a glow from heaven when he saw his children for the first time. He was the happiest man on Earth. It was like if that eighth, or ninth, or tenth child was the first, the only one, to him. I believe that all the sadness and fears of my mother during her pregnancies, dissipated at the very moment her husband saw his new-borns because his face was a diamond to behold. It was a wonderful life.

At first, as I was growing up, I did not understand why my father was so happy, but through the years (almost every year) I started sharing in that joy and felt the love that surrounded us from birth. It is a vivid memory planted in my heart forever. It gives me life.

As time went by, I started questioning the wisdom of having large families, mainly because I was reading about new things available to women to avoid pregnancy. It was the time of the creation of pill contraceptives. I remember my reaction when the doctor who created this pill asserted that if he were a woman he would never take it. It was horrifying to me.

I even questioned the wisdom of my father, How could a man with so many children be so happy for one more? People around were looking at us like freaks in a circus. Women were told to avoid pregnancy and eventually to abort the fruit of their womb. And men did not care anymore. Life in the world became despicable and terrifying.

I became a teacher, got married and never got pregnant. I remember one day, early in my marriage, something came to me that made me feel extremely desirous of having a child. It was like deep in my heart I yearned for a child. I cried, I prayed (because I also know the Bible and worship the Lord Jesus Christ) but nothing happened. I never had a child of my own. I just thanked God and accepted my life.

Today, I have a new life. I am a 66-year-old widow witnessing the life of this world crumbling around. Children do not bring joy anymore to our society. There are mediocre leaders laughing, cheering and applauding at the prospect of killing children legally. These mediocre leaders only live to care about money, power and the destruction of the rest of us. They have chosen death. They have no life.

And I wonder, How can a mother-to-be destroy her own child? How can a man be so irresponsible to allow his child to be destroyed? How can people who seem to be intelligent get caught in the lies of the wicked and be able to destroy their own flesh? There are answers to these questions in the light of God, and everyone is encouraged to find them. These are the matters of life.

For now, just a word to the men and women who have allowed strangers to lead them in the way of destruction: change and choose life. Stop paying attention to the hypnotizing voices of the evil enchanters. Take a grip on your life. Turn around and start thinking for yourself. Seek and find the true life.

Men and women should understand that promiscuity and sexual gratification alone do not lead to happiness. It leads to pain, destruction, and regret. God commands His children to keep pure, to do good and to walk in the way of righteousness. Abortion and the killing of new-borns is evil, it is the way of death.

I know it is by the Grace of God that we are what we are, but God says that even the wild beasts care for their offspring. How much more humans should? It is a sad hour for our communities when many young men and women love the pleasures of the flesh before the safety of marriage and a home. They have not learned to nurture their lives.

As a child, I was blessed with a home where there were love, peace, and safety for each and every child God sent to it. A home with a man and a woman who cherished their children as gifts from God, each one different and unique but welcomed all the same. A home with no excess (and a few times scarcity) but we all were greeted at birth with exceeding joy. All of us have hidden within our hearts that joy shining on my father’s face as he smiled at us when we arrived into the world. That is life.

Soul Fitness

Nowadays, fitness is not only a multi-billion dollar business but almost at every corner, every day, we encounter new fitness and health professionals able to guide us through the intricate roads of losing weight, bat wings and love handles.

The amazing thing I find, is that each and everyone of these fitness “gurus” has a “spiritual” component in his system. Most of them, add ‘meditation’ to their programs. This ‘meditation’ translates into steps that people take to concentrate mostly in breathing. Although, it can be part of the specific exercise routine itself.

We realized that most of these gurus have a religion that has nothing to do with Christianity, which is my faith and (I want to believe) that of many American women like me. They resemble more the mystical religions of different peoples around the world, and they have incorporated these “meditation” practices as an essential part for the effectiveness of their programs.

I started questioning and wondering about this; can we as Christians participate in this kind of programs? I just remembered one of my favorite verses, “For bodily exercise profits little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.”

We as Christians should not be part of “meditations” that may take our minds away from our God and the Lord Jesus Christ, but I do not see anything wrong with exercise, and God neither.

It is important to exercise to keep healthy and able to work and do things in our body but it is much more beneficial to exercise ourselves for godliness. At least, God the Creator has given us all things that pertain to life and also to godliness.

Why do we want to engage in an exercise program that will take us on a strange road when we have everything in our favor to live a healthy life and in addition, to rest assured that our souls are also fit for heaven?

We know that the old adage of “you are what you eat” is true; and we can learn that “we are what we think” may be also a reality. Christ says, “where your treasure is, there is your heart (mind) also”. We know that we need whole food to nourish our bodies, likewise we need healthy doctrine (teachings) to nurture our souls.

Remember, “A sound mind in a sound body”? It actually starts with the mind. If we feed our minds the most nutritious food the body will feel the benefits too. As we cannot expect to live healthily by eating junk food, our minds cannot be sound when we have no knowledge of the True God and His Word, the Bible.

I know that many do not believe in the God of the Bible, but that is irrelevant. He talks to His children and they will hear. God, in Jesus Christ, gave us all things for his children to enjoy and to take care of our minds and bodies. He gives us our daily helathy bread at our tables, and the bread of life for our souls in His Word.

The fitness gurus of the world want to glue together their private “spirituality” with the health of our God-created bodies, when we already (if we are true believers) have the Spirit of the Living God dwelling in us to help us meditate in the wonderful works of our God and Savior Jesus Christ.

We should meditate every day, but not to control our breathing or to gain muscle mass but to grow in the knowledge of our God in His Word. We should “exercise ourselves rather unto godliness.” 

The Christian Church (Last Part)

When Christ ascended to be with the Father after His resurrection, the Church was left like a widow. In Luke 18:1 we can read the parable of the unjust judge, who did not fear God, neither regarded men.

Christ taught this parable to teach His people that it was necessary to always pray without fainting. The church was left in a condition that requires of her to constantly abide in God’s presence with prayer and supplications.

In Revelation 12, Christ describes the struggle that His Church was going to face until His coming again for her. The Church was given place in the wilderness where she is nurtured and protected until the Bridegroom comes to take her out of this present evil world.

The church of Christ, the company of all true believers in the world, live in constant prayer and supplication before the Creator who will keep them from falling and will avenge them speedily, even when He bears long with them.

We have to pray without ceasing. We have to deny ourselves and retract ourselves from the ways of the world, that we can be ready and alert looking for the blessed hope and the glorious appearing of our great God and our Lord Jesus Christ.

Exellency of Knowledge

If there is anything that most Americans consider to be great to have is knowledge. Even the mainstream media promotes “knowledge is power”. We could agree that knowledge is the greatest possession above everything else. But, knowledge of what?

The notion of knowledge being the most important thing or the principal thing to acquire comes from God Himself. In the book of Proverbs we read many passages talking about knowledge, wisdom and understanding. God exalts knowledge above rubies and precious stones.

It was with the spreading of God’s Word, the Bible, that people learned about the importance of knowledge. God says that He created the world with knowledge and wisdom.

All throughout the Scriptures, knowledge is exalted and finally given a name: Jesus Christ. He is the epitome of knowledge. We read that in “Him are hidden all the secrets of wisdom and knowledge”.

It is a fact that all believers in the Lord Jesus Christ have access to the most important fountain of knowledge from the creation of the world. It is given to them in the Scriptures and they have an obligation and a responsibility to search it and learn from it.

Also, the Spirit of God, who indwells every true believer, guides us into the knowledge of the Lord day by day. God commands us to examine ourselves and to know and make sure that He dwells in our hearts by the faith He has given us. He gives us faith and also knowledge through His Word.

The goal of our life in this present evil world is to acquire the knowledge that will equip us to stand before the Lord at His coming and to live in that perfect world He has prepared for all who love Him.

So, every true believer has to mind the things from above and aspire to “count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord”.

The Chosen People

The Bible talks about a “chosen people”. God chose these people to be His special people who were called out of the world to follow Him in obedience, reverence and loving submission.

These people started from a man named Abraham. God commanded him to leave the land of his birth and travel far away to a land that would be given to him and his descendants if they would follow and obey God and His precepts.

For four hundred years, these people were slaves in the land of Egypt, but God delivered them from the hand of their oppressors and guided them into Canaan, the promised land.

The descendants of Abraham became a great nation and God himself ruled over them until they decided to put God out and get a king like the other nations that surrounded them who knew not God.

One of these kings was King David to whom God gave the promise that from His descendants there was going to be the King of King with an everlasting Kingdom.

This promised King arrived about a thousand years later in the person of the Lord Jesus Christ. As the promised King, Jesus fulfilled all the prophecies and all the promises given in the Scriptures.

One of those promises was that Abraham was going to be the father of many nations. This happened when the Hebrews rejected Christ and His disciples went to all the other nations to preach the good news of the Messiah. All the chosen from the nations who believed the Gospel would eventually become the Chosen people of God.

So, today, the true Chosen People are the true believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, who is the true Messiah and eternal Life.

The Chosen People of God

The first Christians were Hebrews. The Hebrews were the descendants of Abraham, who was called by God to leave Babylon and follow Him. God took Abraham to the land of Canaan which later became the land of Israel.

As Abraham sojourned in Canaan, God promise him that he would be the Father of meny ntions, but his son Isaac and his grandson Jacob would become a chosen nation before Him if they kept His Laws.

In addition, God promised Abraham that one day his descendants would possess not only the land of Canaan but that they would inherit the whole Earth. This promise was fulfilled to the Hebrews first in the day of Pentecost, after the ascension of Christ.

From then on, the Hebrew believers began to proclaim that Christ was the promised Messiah and to teach of the resurrection and eternal life. God fulfilled His promise to the Hebrews in Pentecost and the Gentiles started listening about Christ and His work for the first time.

But, after that glorious event, the world of the chosen began to change. There was no more temple, no more old rituals, no more sacrifices. God was all in all through the redemptive work of Christ. There were no more Hebrews, no more Gentiles, no more divisions, but now all the world was allowed to learn the Good News of Salvation, and the believers were not only Hebrews but chosen people from all the nations of the world.

So, the Bible tells us the history of how the Hebrews were chosen by God in the Old Covenant and how they were entrusted to open the door to all nations of the world that they could also learn the about the Promise and how they also were part of it. They were chosen, before the foundation of the world, to bring the Good News of Salvation to the whole world.

Today, the Chosen people of God are the believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, who love Him sincerely and who bring the good news of Salvation to the world.

What denomination represents the true Church of Christ?

There are around two thousand Christian denominations in the United States alone. They all use the Bible, they sing the same songs and they are very similar in the liturgy. But, are they faithful representatives of the true church of Christ?

Even though, all of these churches have a gospel, how are we certain that what they preach is the true Gospel of Christ? Do they all agree in faith and doctrine? Are all consistent with the true teachings of the Bible?

Unfortunately, the reality is that these are all independent denominations. They may have the Bible, but their gospel is different from one church to another. This fact should be of great concern for all the people involved. Is anyone questioning why are they part of this or that church?

That’s what most people are failing to do. Isn’t that one of the most important warnings given to God’s people? to test the spirits if they are of God? How do we test or prove the spirits? How do we know what is truth and what is a lie? How do we assure ourselves if these churches are preaching the true Gospel?

We have the answer to all of these questions in the Bible, the Word of the Living God! We can only test the spirits when we have knowledge of the Bible. When we read it and know its content. A closed Bible in the bookshelf will not teach us anything. 

Once we start reading and studying the Bible, we will know if what the churches teach agree with what God says in His Word. There is no other way. If we are truly interested in knowing the Truth of God, we should read the Scriptures faithfully. We will find the answer. 

All these denominations may have the appearance of godliness, but if we are in search of truth, we will realize that the center of these churches is not Christ. They have other purposes that appear noble (taking care of the poor, comfort for the afflicted, etc) but knowing Christ and ourselves is not their main purpose. 

We have to examine ourselves and be certain that we walk in the Light of the Gospel, the true Gospel of Christ; He already revealed it to us in the Bible. We should study it and know the Truth that we may be able to test the spirits in all of these churches with different names, and make sure we are not being deceived and that the Spirit of Christ really dwells there.

Is Christmas Christian?

The answer is: No. It is not. The proof is in all the history behind it. This history is available to anyone who is interested in knowing the origins of this empty ritual that many “Christian” churches celebrate today to the gratification of the world’s economy.

This secular history indicates that the celebration of Christmas was foreign to the first Christians. It was not until the third century when Constantin made Christianity (a pseudo-Christianity of his own making) the official religion of the Roman Empire, that this ritual was introduced in the churches of the time.

The Bible does not allow for celebrations of Christ’s birth. There is no one place in God’s Word where the birthday of any saint was celebrated. We find wedding feasts and dedications of temples and houses, like in Psalm 30, but there is no mention of anyone’s birthday with the exception of the wicked, pagan King Herod in Mark 6:21, where we learn of the demised of John the Baptist.

In the book of Ecclesiastes 7:1 says, “A good name is better than precious ointment; and the day of death than the day of one’s birth.” In other words, the day of birth is not better, because we all are born into this kingdom of darkness and into an evil world ruled by evil men.

Christmas celebrations belong in the evil world we have to live in. It is, and since 1870 always has been, a commercial holiday with the sole purpose of enticing the ignorant masses to worship the king of darkness: Satan. It is so unfortunate that today’s Christian kids are not taught to separate from the world. On the contrary, they are deceived by “well-intentioned” parents to believe in idols like Santa and elves that appear and disappear and to accept these behaviors as innocuous.

God does not look on this with indifference as many “Christians” pretend. He very clearly states that if we love the world, the Love of the Father is not in us. If we are friends of the world and the worldly system of religion, we make ourselves enemies of the True God. We cannot serve two masters.

Christmas is a worldly holiday as all other religious holidays are. Christmas was born out of the heart of wicked, evil men devoid of the Spirit of God. They made it a tradition within the so-called Christian churches, but God also warns His people about it, “Full well you reject the commandment of God, that you may keep your own tradition.” Mark 7:9. Judge yourselves if it is lawful to obey men rather than God.

In conclusion, Christmas is NOT Christian. We are not called to be part of the world, but to separate from it, and we should teach our children to do so. We worship the Lord in Spirit and in Truth. There is no room for decorations, rituals, and gifts in our worship. Our worship is a sacrifice that honors and gives thanks to God. As Hebrews 13:15 reminds us, “By him, therefore, let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.”

The Christian Church (part 2)

If the Church of Christ is not divided, if the Church of Christ is only One, Why are there so many churches? The answer is simple: every “church” has come out of the heart of man. Men – most of them non-believers – have created and established their own churches. They have created their own rules and regulations to organize their congregations.

That is why we have so many different Christian churches. Some practice “ordinances”; others call it “sacraments”; some view the atonement as particular; most see it as universal; some call themselves Bible believers; others do not care about the Truth of the Bible.

We could spend a lifetime describing all these different church practices and beliefs, but it would be easier to see what all of these churches have in common – and it is not the Gospel, they all collect mandatory offerings and tithes and the most “powerful” sermon of the year is stressing the “importance” of these collections. This should be a good warning to us to discern if those who practice this are a true church of God.

As believers, we have the responsibility to search and know that if the church we are part of is a true church of God or if it has been formed by the “inspiration” of men instead of the Holy Spirit.

How do we check and be sure the church we belong to is a true church of God? God gives us the answer: “Try the spirits whether they are of God…” (1John 4:1) We try the spirits with the Truth of the Word of God. As believers, we should be able to discern the Truth from the lie. How can we know we are saved or are we deceiving ourselves? This is crucial to know. Are we walking with Christ or are we walking in one of the thousand false ways of the world? Is the church we belong to a true church of God? Do they preach the True Gospel?

In order to answer these questions, every believer should have a working knowledge of the Truth of the Scripture. Among these Truths regarding the church, we can name a few: Christ said, “Where two or three are gathered together in my name, I am there in the midst of them.” (Matthew 18:20) Also, “You are the temple of God” (1Cor. 6:19) Also, Revelation 21:22 speaks about a glorious future with NO temple. With these statements, Christ is dismissing the idea that we need a particular kind of building or place to congregate and become a “church”.

The grand Jewish temple was yet standing when Christ and Paul uttered those words and they were signaling to the destruction of that temple (Matthew 24) and the opening of the very “throne of Grace” (Hebrews 4:16) where the believers can enter boldly to obtain mercy and grace in the time of need. Now, all true believers, have access to the very Throne of God through Jesus Christ, our Lord.

Then, as we test the spirits with God’s Word – our precious Spiritual Sword – we must realize that if Christ is with us in Spirit and in Truth (John 4:23) if we are called to worship God in Spirit and in Truth (John 4:24) if He is in our midst when two of us (husband and wife; one family) are gathered in His Name, if our bodies are the temple of God, and if we are allowed to come boldly to the Throne of Grace, then we really do not need a cathedral, or chapel, or sanctuary, or any tangible building to come before the very presence of the Living God.

The true believers in the Lord Jesus Christ are in continuous communion with God, anywhere and everywhere; no need of building, no need of offerings, no need of holidays, because WE are the true church of God.

 

The Christian Church

Many people call themselves Christians in our world today. People who go to church, pray publicly, sing a lot, get baptized, and give offerings or pay dues to belong in the church community of their choice. They have been taught that is the way to God. But, Is it?

There are more than sixteen hundred kinds of “Christian” churches in the United States alone. One has to ask, Which one is the right one? They all are very similar in practice, and they all use the Bible in some way, but which one is the right one? Are they all telling the Truth?

One thing is for sure, not all of these churches know or follow the Bible. They have rituals and outward practices that may appear pious but most of them have no regard for the truth of the Scriptures. Biblical doctrine is ignored, changed, and unimportant.

What does Christ and His Word teach about the church? Are all of these churches real Christian churches? We need to examine this in the light of the Scriptures if we want to know the way of truth. It is very important to be sure of the path we take because it is a matter of life and death; eternal life and eternal death.

The Bible teaches that there is only one way to God: the Lord Jesus Christ. He is the Way. Regarding His Church the Bible also says, Is Christ divided? Did Christ come to create different churches? Of course not! There is only One true church. But, which one?

The first thing we need to learn is that Christ created the church. He built it and declared that “the gates of hell shall not prevail against it”. This is of great significance and it is imperative to understand what Christ meant as He was preparing His church to face this present evil world.

The church is a spiritual body in communion with the Lord Jesus Christ.

(To be continued)

 

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