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Trust in the  Lord  with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths. (Proverbs 3:5, 6 NKJV). #latergram #yesterday #sunset #skyline #horizon #inthehorizon #inthesky #city #cloud

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths. (Proverbs 3:5, 6 NKJV). #latergram #yesterday #sunset #skyline #horizon #inthehorizon #inthesky #city #cloud

Every day the skies favor us with a wonderful costless show. Colors and shapes merging in various ways never repeating the play with the same interpretation.
The act begins in silence,with a faithful audience focused and expectant.Slowly the curtain opensto reveal the great actor.Alive and full of energy,he awakens the audience and sweeps them off their feet.For a few momentsthe majestic acting of the protagonist is seenchoreographing against the scenery which throws itself into the abyss,rousing gasps from the audience.
Finally, the agitated movements cease.The actor hovers on stage;steady, tall and noble.Resolutely follows his pathduring the remainder of the act,while the rest of the cast steal the centre stage,sometimes interacting,other times taking over the stage.Upon arriving at the final destination,again the main actordelights in the armsof the beautiful shapes and colors of the sceneryand a captivating dancesilences the house,that marvels without blinking the eyes.
The curtains closeand the lead actor leaves the scene.At the opening of the new act,the spotlight is diffusedinto thousands of small lightsdancing an act apart,but uniting in celebrating the reignfor a brief moment,of the new actor who shines closer and stronger.
In time the lights go down,whereas the curtains are closedand so ends the grand spectacle,only while the next viewerstake their seatsand the curtains open once again.
But of course …Every great playhas behind it its playwright.And what a Great Playwright.Capable of marveling the audience each daywith the same spectaclethat never repeats itself.So rich, He does not even charge for the show,but offers it as a free giftdailyfor His special guests.

Every day the skies favor us with a wonderful costless show. Colors and shapes merging in various ways never repeating the play with the same interpretation.

The act begins in silence,
with a faithful audience focused and expectant.
Slowly the curtain opens
to reveal the great actor.
Alive and full of energy,
he awakens the audience and sweeps them off their feet.
For a few moments
the majestic acting of the protagonist is seen
choreographing against the scenery which throws itself into the abyss,
rousing gasps from the audience.

Finally, the agitated movements cease.
The actor hovers on stage;
steady, tall and noble.
Resolutely follows his path
during the remainder of the act,
while the rest of the cast steal the centre stage,
sometimes interacting,
other times taking over the stage.
Upon arriving at the final destination,
again the main actor
delights in the arms
of the beautiful shapes and colors of the scenery
and a captivating dance
silences the house,
that marvels without blinking the eyes.

The curtains close
and the lead actor leaves the scene.
At the opening of the new act,
the spotlight is diffused
into thousands of small lights
dancing an act apart,
but uniting in celebrating the reign
for a brief moment,
of the new actor who shines closer and stronger.

In time the lights go down,
whereas the curtains are closed
and so ends the grand spectacle,
only while the next viewers
take their seats
and the curtains open once again.

But of course …
Every great play
has behind it its playwright.
And what a Great Playwright.
Capable of marveling the audience each day
with the same spectacle
that never repeats itself.
So rich, He does not even charge for the show,
but offers it as a free gift
daily
for His special guests.

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Where was God? So many people ask in times of trouble. Now here’s something to think about…

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"The mind that opens to a new idea never returns to its original size."
- Albert Einstein
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Vote

Voting and politics has always been a bit of a blur to me. Mostly i’ve simply ignored the subject and demonstrate no interest. But recently i have had a growing interest for the subject, but still not enough. I came across this article and found it very opportune on clarifying some points about how the Christian should approach voting. It’s worth taking a look at.

Just to emphasize… take attention to the Note the writer gives at the beginning.

"Note: these views are my own, and personal. I do not purport to speak for any other person or organization. These are but my own reflections and conclusions."

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Simplify.
During the past years i’ve attentively observed the world of academia. I found it interesting, actually a bit pitiful, that amongst scholars, many find praise and contempt in not being comprehended. Many pride themselves that their theory is only understood by a few. In their mind their theory is only worthy of a few elite thinkers who can comprehend his thoughts.
Their speech is written and spoken in such a way as to complicate the mind of those entering or less mature in this academic world. Simplification is a weakness amongst them, the more complex the better and the great triumph is to not be understood.
What a contrast with what i am studying in Jesus’ life! Jesus didn’t complicate, he simplified. He had truths more complex than any theory any scholar could ever think up. But He triumphed in making the most complicated, mind-blowing, deep truths so simple even a kid could understand.
“The Lord has momentous truths to reveal to those who would understand the things of the Spirit. His lessons are for all, and adapted to the needs of all. While his lessons are clothed in language so simple that a child might understand them, the truth is so deep that the most learned may well be charmed, and worship the Author of matchless wisdom. Though the wisest may find abundant food for thought in his simplest utterance, the humblest may comprehend his truth, and appropriate his promises to the need of the soul. ”
So… Reflecting upon these two antagonistic manners it’s not hard to figure which to follow. My example is Jesus. Who’s your example?
I believe Christians should bring in this revolutionary kind of teaching into the academic world. It would make a great good to us and to so many scholars and newbies to understand each other and discuss in a language and manner we can all comprehend.

Simplify.

During the past years i’ve attentively observed the world of academia. I found it interesting, actually a bit pitiful, that amongst scholars, many find praise and contempt in not being comprehended. Many pride themselves that their theory is only understood by a few. In their mind their theory is only worthy of a few elite thinkers who can comprehend his thoughts.

Their speech is written and spoken in such a way as to complicate the mind of those entering or less mature in this academic world. Simplification is a weakness amongst them, the more complex the better and the great triumph is to not be understood.

What a contrast with what i am studying in Jesus’ life! Jesus didn’t complicate, he simplified. He had truths more complex than any theory any scholar could ever think up. But He triumphed in making the most complicated, mind-blowing, deep truths so simple even a kid could understand.

“The Lord has momentous truths to reveal to those who would understand the things of the Spirit. His lessons are for all, and adapted to the needs of all. While his lessons are clothed in language so simple that a child might understand them, the truth is so deep that the most learned may well be charmed, and worship the Author of matchless wisdom. Though the wisest may find abundant food for thought in his simplest utterance, the humblest may comprehend his truth, and appropriate his promises to the need of the soul. ”

So… Reflecting upon these two antagonistic manners it’s not hard to figure which to follow. My example is Jesus. Who’s your example?

I believe Christians should bring in this revolutionary kind of teaching into the academic world. It would make a great good to us and to so many scholars and newbies to understand each other and discuss in a language and manner we can all comprehend.

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Cross?

I was reading a meditation these days, when i came across the following text:

All of us are under the obligation to deny self daily for Christ’s sake. Jesus says: “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.” (Mt 16:24) “And whosoever does not bear his cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple.” (LK 14:27)

The expression “taking up his cross”, intrigued me. So, i wanted to know more about what it really means to take up our cross and follow Christ. What is this cross we have to bear? In the past, I’ve heard people referring to this act as comfort for an illness, a difficult situation, an inherited disability, a person, among others, but never agreed much with these definitions or applications. So I kept reading. I researched a bit more about the cross in the Bible, and, with some other references of another meditation and the Desire of Ages, of writer Ellen White, i better defined the concept.

First, with the texts and some prior knowledge, i established a list of possibilities for the meaning of the cross:

  • your sinful self? death for your sins?
  • the riches of the world? (Mark 10:21)
  • the promise of heaven? of salvation? of eternal life?
  • being chased by enemies? despised by the world?
  • Christ’s victory? His forgiveness and death? (Mt 10:38)
  • Fighting alone?
  • Humility? Obedience? (John 19:17)
  • the difficulties of this world? (Phil 2:8)
  • the effort, the battle against sin? discipline? (Hebrews 12:2)

Other texts give us some more evidence:

His love was His only obligation, and without a murmur He endured all pain and received every indignity that were part of the plan of salvation.

Again the same word is used: endured. Endured pain and indignity.

Studying a little more about the life of Christ we have a greater light.

Jesus worked to relieve every case of suffering he saw. He had little money to give, but often deprived himself of food, in order to alleviate the need of those who seemed most in need Him.

Often, for being voluntary and not complaining, His work was made unnecessarily painful.

From childhood and youth to adulthood we notice that Jesus was distressed for two reasons. He helped others and cared about them more than Himself, and was repeatedly and incessantly put to the test in His conduct and integrity. He would give Himself to help those at His reach. His friends, siblings and teachers of the law were constantly trying to persuade and coerce Him to leave the right ways of God and adopt the principles created by men.

What then revealed to me more clearly the meaning of the cross was this text:

Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart: so shalt thou find favor and good understanding in the sight of God and man. (Prov. 3:1-4)

The allusion here to tie around the neck gives the idea of a weight, a burden, which brings me back to the cross. What Christ bore on earth was the Mercy and Truth. In these points He was distressed by the weight of responsibility and the fight. He gave himself unto others at any cost and walked in the ways of the Father. Mercy toward others and loyalty to the commandments and divine principles, ergo the truth, weighed on his back. He carried the cross to death. On the physical cross He bore the weight of the sin of all humanity, the anguish of the separation from the Father, and left for us to carry (as it was for Simon, Mat 27:32) the cross of mercy and truth.

I was interested in the last verse put i on the list, Hebrews 12:2. It shows the behavior and example of Christ to take up the cross. A mold that we must follow:

⁃ Christ is our leader “Fix our eyes on Jesus”

⁃ and example. “author and perfecter of our faith”

⁃ He, with his eyes on the prize, “who for the joy set with us in mind, and the glory of God before Him”

⁃ took the cross “endured the cross”

⁃ and won “scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God”

Christ took the cross and won, giving us victory. So we already have the victory that we could not have were it not for Christ. The victory over sin and death. But we still have to fight, we still have to carry our cross. And even carrying the cross, which in Christ’s case it was even heavier, for the weight and great significance of saving all mankind, Christ gave us a mission to share with Him and an example of conduct. And i will let you decipher these words:

He carried the tremendous burden of responsibility for the salvation of men.

Full of passionate purpose, He fulfilled the goal of His life, in order to serve as a light to men.

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Two Views

We all have highs and lows in life. Our walk with God sometimes, unfortunately, is no different. We are in a constant battle between good and evil, right and wrong. Most times, after a victory or when you feel confident, something bad happens or you loose a battle, you fall. So there are two ways of looking at this fact.

1. After a victory, when we gain confidence, the enemy comes to us with even greater force and throws us down, as if to say: “you think the victory’s won? I’m still here. I rule this world. I’m going to win you over. You can’t win.”

2. God know that hard times are coming. In His mercy, He gives us a victory and shows that He is with us, so we can endure the fall that will come next.

Notice that there are many other implications in both views, like how God teaches us, human suffering, Christ’s victory in the cross and final victory over sin and satan in His resurrection, God’s grace, God’s justice and mercy, etc…. there are many other concepts here, but i will try only to focus on these two presented above, trying to somewhat abstract the others.

So, which one is the real way that things happen? Well, both. But you will give focus to one or another, or you can see both at the same time. What happens is that, when God gives us a victory our confidence tends to shift to ourselves. Often, in the infatuation with the victory, we allow that to happen. Without keeping watch on ourselves, in our own sinful nature, we begin to trust ourselves and try to go on on our own power. That’s when satan comes at us and we invariably fall. God, once again in His mercy, invites us to come back and shift our confidence and dependence once again to Him. He shows us that Christ already won and gave us the victory for free. We have no strength, but are already victorious if we are anchored in Him. But since God gave us victory, we do not need to fall. It’s true that many times we do fall, but tough times don’t mean we need to fall. If we continue trusting and relying on Him, He will be victorious for us. We just need to submit ourselves to God, RESIST the devil and he will flee from us. [James 4:7]

It’s interesting how sometimes a cup half empty is also a cup half full… it just depends how you look at it. How are you looking at your life? How would you rather look at it?

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Some for All

i understand and agree that God gives talents to everyone. He calls each member of the church to work in a specific area with a specific goal, as a family member and as a part of the body of Christ. He calls us to action according to our personality and potentialities. But are there some kinds of work that were made for all? Some jobs that every christian should do at least once? That everyone should contribute and learn from? …

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