He Is Attractive 

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Yes, He was attractive. Still is and always will be. 

But now the question is about you. Are you attractive enough? Or is everyone fleeing your company? They should not be running away from you. If they are, then you might want to change your attitude. 

Your attitude is always the problem. That air of I-am-better will not take you anywhere. You might think that it is heaven approved, and you feel more holy by doing so, but truth be told, it’s the TOTAL opposite. 

Consider this: Jesus and the Pharisees.

Was there anything wrong with all that the Pharisees and scribes taught? Nope. All the rules they taught others to follow were very good. But why did people flee from them? 

You see, much like many of us today, they lived their lives in constant worry. They constantly looked for more burdensome rules. They criticized others who did not do as they said. They exaggerated the rules in the Bible, and even made their own. So, who would find their religion attractive where at every turn you realized you were doing wrong like not washing your hands enough times, or in modern times now, you sin if you crack a joke or cut your hair a certain way? Certainly not me! I’d go crazy by just writing a schedule of all I had to do to be holy.

But then there comes this man who attracts thousands of people. He was more of a rule breaker than a keeper. What made the company and words of Jesus so attractive? 

Remember when He said that we should do all what the Pharisees and scribes said, but not do as they, because they said and did not?  

Well, there is the key: you and your religion will be attractive when all you do and say is born out of love to God. All those regulations and rules will be a delight to do. Kind of like when it’s a joy to stay up till 1AM to chat with the guy/girl you like/love.

Ooopsy doodles! 🙄

Not that I recommend you stay up that late. In fact, you shouldn’t. I take that back…okay, time to stop writing. 😂

Ya No Voy a Leer La Biblia

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En el ultimo día del 2016, presente un pequeño estudio en la iglesia. Y me acuerdo muy bien que les recomendé a todos que siguieran un plan para leer la Biblia en el año nuevo.
Bueno, ahora les voy a decir esto: retiro lo dicho.
Calma, clama! Déjenme terminar. No piensen cosas raras.
Pues si, empezando Enero 1, 2017, me metí al Internet y descargue un plan para leer la Biblia entera en un año. Yo ya he leído la Biblia entera, pero quería leerla otra vez y mantener un plan.
Así que empece a leer…
Pero–
Un día, no leí unos capítulos porque me puse a leer otra parte de la Biblia que iba con lo que se trataba la lección de escuela Sabática; y pues porque no los leí, me sentí como que si mi espiritualidad bajo, o que me estaba extraviando del buen camino.
Que equivocada estaba!
Yo estaba tratando la Biblia como mi libro de química: Tengo que leer todos estos capítulos hoy, y si no los leo, estoy en grandes problemas.
Y aquí esta otra cosa: leo los capítulos que tengo que leer, y después no me acuerdo de nada.
Así que empezando hoy, no voy a seguir un plan. No voy a simplemente leer. La voy a leer diligentemente. No importa si solo leo un verso al día, siempre y cuando lo entienda, lo aplique a mi vida y nunca lo olvide.
“Escudriñad las Escrituras; porque a vosotros os parece que en ellas tenéis la vida eterna; y ellas son las que dan testimonio de mí.” Juan 5:39

I’m Not Reading the Bible Anymore

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On the last day of 2016, I presented a little study at church. And I remember recommending everyone there to follow a Bible reading plan for the New Year.

Well, here is the deal: I take that back.

Whoa, whoa! Let me finish here. Don’t jump to conclusions.

Yeah, so beginning January 1, 2017, I went online and downloaded a reading plan to read the entire Bible in one year. I have already read the entire Bible, but I wanted to read it again and stick to a schedule.

And so I began to read…

But–

I missed reading a couple of chapters one day because I got caught up reading another part which was related to what the Sabbath School Lesson was about; and because I did not read them, I somehow felt I was spiritually getting cold and backsliding from the right way.

How wrong I was!

I was treating the Bible like my Chemistry textbook: I have to read all these chapters today, or else I am in BIG trouble.

And here is another thing: you read the amount of chapters you have to read, and then you don’t remember a thing.

So starting today, I will not follow a schedule. I will not merely read the Bible. I will read it diligently. It does not matter if I only read one verse a day, as long as I understand it, apply it to my life, and never forget it.

“Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.” John 5:39

TOP 6 Most Thankful Bible Characters

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Another Thanksgiving Day has been added to our memories! Thanks to the Lord 🙂

I will not write about the usual rutinary ‘What Am I Thankful For’ theme. Of course, that does not mean I am not thankful, because I am. I am thankful for God’s patience with me, my family, friends and church family whom I love deeply. But I’ll write about something a little different. My brother gave me this idea, and I thought it was great. So let’s take a look at people from the Bible who were great examples in the theme of Thanksgiving.

#6 JONAH

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So you might be wondering what is Jonah doing here. We usually do no associate the word ‘thankfull’ with him—at all. Instead, other words come to mind, such as #1 Fearful Prophet who needed anger management therapy. Anyways, we tend to think that Jonah deserved to get sucked up by that whale because he tried to run away from God; but have you read the prayer he offered while in the belly of the whale?

Jonah 2: 9-10 But I will sacrifice unto thee with the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay that that I have vowed. Salvation is of the Lord. And the Lord spake unto the fish, and it vomited out Jonah upon the dry land.”

Just think of it…being in the belly of a huge whale…I would surely be so thankful to God if I did not end up getting digested.

#5 MOSES

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Have you ever been so thankful, that you were inspired to write a song at the moment, and the words and music just came to you without even trying hard?

Well, it happened to Moses after God’s great deliverance at the Red Sea. And the song is one that expresses profound gratitude.

Exodus 15: 4-6Pharaoh’s chariots and his host hath he cast into the sea: his chosen captains also are drowned in the Red sea. The depths have covered them: they sank into the bottom as a stone. Thy right hand, O Lord, is become glorious in power: thy right hand, OLord, hath dashed in pieces the enemy.”

#4 FATHER OF THE PRODIGAL SON 

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So the parable is of a son who demands his father to give him his share of his inheritance. He goes and wastes it and when he is broke, he returns to his father. He is dirty, and smelly—and yet his father is thankful and overjoyed to see him, that he does not care about how he is or how bad he smells, but plants a great big kiss on his cheek.

It’s interesting to note this:

Who does the prodigal son represent? Yes, you and me.

Who does the father of the prodigal represent? God, right?

So…can we imply or assume that God is the most thankful person on earth??

I’m sure you and me can both agree that God has many reasons NOT to be grateful for, such as our evil and unruly behavior towards Him. BUT we can see from this parable, that God is truly thankful to see His stray children come back to Him.

#3 MARY THE MOTHER OF JESUS

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A virgin pregnancy.

I put myself in her place, and I get scared. Mary was engaged to be married to Joseph, and then she was going to tell him that she had not been with no man, but that she was pregnant? Imagine her sadness when Joseph decided to leave her!

In Luke 1:38, Mary did not seem to be “thankful”, per say. All she said was, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word.” But later on in the same chapter, we also see that she is so thankful, as she speaks these words: My soul doth magnify the Lord, And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour. For he hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden: for, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.”

Imagine having the privilege of being the mother of Jesus! What an honor!

#2 HANNAH

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I cannot think of a most thankful act, than that of a person who promises to give her son to the Lord.

When little Samuel was weaned, he was taken to the tabernacle to live there and work for in the Lord’s cause.

1 Samuel 2:19Moreover his mother made him a little coat, and brought it to him from year to year, when she came up with her husband to offer the yearly sacrifice.”

Can you imagine seeing your little boy only once a year?

Would we all be like Hannah—that when we see all that the Lord has done for us this past year, we can give Him our heart.

#1 JOB

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How can you be thankful and bless God when your loved ones are dead, and everything you have–including your health–is taken from you in one single day?

This happened to Job, and yet he never cursed God.

He said this instead: “…the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.”

You know, things will not always be smooth and nice for us. Bad times will come; but when they do, may you and I have that strong trust in God that no matter what comes our way, we will still be able to give thanks and smile through our tears.

1 Thessalonians 5:18In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”