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February 14.....  ? Single ?

February 14

Single?

 

You turn the radio on and listen to love songs that make your loneliness seem like a curse, or you listen to frustrated or even depressed people singing over losing their love. This has become quite common and even today there is incredible pressure to have a partner. In some cases, the identity of a person is found in a "boyfriend" and the thought of losing him is devastating. In our culture, being single is seen almost as a disease to be avoided and not a natural stage of life that we can enjoy.

One would think that this pressure would be less within a Christian church, but it can often be worse in the church, particularly if they follow a correct theology; a "virtuous wife" is from the Lord (Proverbs 19:14), and he who finds a wife finds a good thing (Proverbs 18:22).The pressure of being single can be great! Worse yet, it’s about to be the day of love and friendship!

I want to share with you some tips of the word of God as being single.

 

GOD is GLORIFIED when someone single serves HIM.

 

There are people in the Bible who were single and glorified God, probably the most famous are Paul and Jesus, however there are many more, for example Miriam (sister of Moses) Elijah, Elisha, Jeremiah, and John the Baptist. The Bible says that a single person can focus on the things of God (1 Corinthians 7:32).

When you marry, there is a limit to what you can do (speaking in terms of the ministry).  However, being single you can devote all your focus to the things of God.  The worst thing you can do in your years of singleness is to feed your natural self-centeredness, and ask yourself, how can I use this stage of my life when I have more time, strength, and freedom for my glory? What you should do is invest your singleness in service to God.

 

GOD is GLORIFIED  when a  Bachelor prepares himself.

 

Over 92% of people are going to get married at one time or another. So it's important to take the necessary steps to be, by the grace of God, prepared for marriage. The Bible says that man is the head (Ephesians 5:23).  This means that the man is the one who takes the responsibility to provide spiritual, psychological, emotional, and physical needs for his family. In other words, the man has to be a shepherd, protector and provider. As a man, you have different responsibilities: the first is to have such an intimate relationship with God that you can guide a family. Afterwards comes a masculinity that will enable you to take full responsibility for your family so that they can trust your leadership. At the same time, you must have or do whatever it takes to get a job so that you can provide the financial needs of your family. This does not happen the day after tomorrow.  The Bible says that man can’t do this alone, so women, are you ready to help a man to be a good leader? Support and advise him?

 

GOD is GLORIFIED when A Bachelor is satisfied with JESUS.

 

Married or single, boyfriend or forever alone, you cannot put your hope in a person (Psalm 118: 8).  If you are single and think that marriage will fill you; you are sadly mistaken.  This reality hit me when I lived in England, I saw a woman alone at Starbucks with a stroller, she had a huge wedding ring, so you could see that she had married a very rich man, everything she had on was name brand, and instead of being happy she was crying and talking to a friend on the phone, telling her how lonely she felt.

BEING MARRIED DOESN’T MEAN THAT YOU WILL NEVER FEEL ALONE.

So what do we do? What did Jesus say to the woman who had five failed marriages and lived in solitude: he who drinks the water I give him will never thirst! (John 4:14) The filling and true satisfaction comes not from a person.  It comes from receiving the gift of God. Jesus says in Revelation to come to Him he who thirsts and drink, and that means that he is our God and we are his children (Revelation 21: 6-7). In other words, if you are not happy being a single child of God, neither will you be happy being married.

 

If you do these things you will spend this February 14th too busy to worry about your singleness.

 

Jonathan Domingo

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I won't put up a Pagan Tree!

I was probably 10, when I heard a woman for the first time, whom was furious because thousands, if not millions, of Christians celebrated Christmas with what she said was "the pagan tree". Since then I've ran into several people with the same conviction, that it is a sin to have a Christmas tree. So, I looked up biblical and historical information regarding the Christmas tree.

Biblical:

The Bible, in Jeremiah 10: 1-5, speaks of a people who worshiped a tree cut from the pine forest and decorated it with gold and silver. The Bible tells us not to fear the "pine god."  It’s only a pine tree. What this passage is teaching us is that it’s not bad to decorate a tree, but it's bad to worship a tree. In other words, it didn’t state that it was bad to decorate a tree, but that people worshiped and feared the tree.  Today there are people who do the same, that for them Christmas has little to do with Jesus and has everything to do with decorations, food, and gifts. However, most of those who put up a Christmas tree are not worshiping a god. They are simply enjoying a festive decoration.

 Throughout the Bible, we see the concept of idolatry as elevating something that is neither bad nor good and putting it in the place of God. There are people who do this with images, but itdoesn’t mean that a picture is bad unless it is seen as divine or something that takes the place of God. Some people have their spouses as an idol; it doesn’t mean that marriage is bad, but people are taking something good and making it a priority ahead of God.  There are people in the Bible who worship the sun, but that doesn’t mean that having a picture of a sunset in our homes is a sin. There are people in the Bible who worshiped a pine tree, but that does not mean that having a decorated pine tree in your house is a sin.

 Historical:

 The tradition of putting up a Christmas tree is relatively new.  During the Reformation in Germany, people would have holiday gatherings and through plays they would illustrate what happened in the Garden of Eden with a tree (in Germany the most common tree is the pine). They would hang apples, figs, or some fruit on the tree to represent the forbidden fruit.  Some people, to this date, still hang apples on their trees and have no idea why.  In fact, the spheres currently hung on trees represent the fruits that would hang on the tree back then.  After a while, thanks to the Christmas drama, the pine tree began to be a Christmas decoration. Those who started this tradition did not see it as something that they worshiped, but as something to remind them that all have sinned and that the purpose of Christmas is that Christ came to die for our sins to give us eternal life.

 The Christmas tree is not a useless decoration, on the contrary, it should serve as a reminder of how much God loves us. The Christmas tree has more value than we imagine.  For a Christian the tree is not an idol, but something that reminds us that we need to be redeemed by Christ.

 

Jonathan Domingo

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THANK YOU

As many know, Odile, a category three hurricane impacted Los Cabos, Baja California Sur, a couple weeks ago leaving many homeless, so we felt led by God to open our accounts to anyone who wanted to make a donation.  Thanks to your support we were able to help two churches and through them they were able to help those in need. 

We appreciate your support. 

God bless.

 

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IS IT BAD TO DESIRE AN IPHONE 6?

Is it bad to desire an iPhone 6?

Recently, Apple made an announcement that had been anticipated by many “the IPhone 6". It was obvious that many people would be thrilled as usual, but what Apple didn’t imagine is that within 24 hours 4 million people would place their orders months before it went on sale. What is it that leads the human heart to want this technology?

I don’t know about you, but I'm a big fan of technology and I confess, I'm a big fan of Mac and Apple. When I saw the announcement of the Apple Watch my heart started to say "Let's see how we can get one." That led me to think that the Bible clearly speaks about greed; wanting what you don’t have, speaking about vanity; loving your looks, and it also talks about managing money.  My question is: Can a person want an iPhone 6 and not fall into any of these traps?

Greed

Greed is when you're not satisfied with what you have. You see the features and objects that other people have around you and you feel bad because you do not have them. One area where greed is more noticeable is technology.  Now there is nothing wrong with wanting a smartphone, and less if you think of a good resource that can be to hear sermons, study the Bible or interact with your friends.  The problem is when the desire is for more than just that.  It’s when you are dissatisfied with what you have at the moment and feel that only having this technology will make you complete; that is idolatry that is greed, that is sin. Many commit this sin when we see the "technology."

Vanity

Vanity is loving your looks.  It is to visualize yourself at a Starbucks, drinking your venti Iced Macchiato with your iPhone 6 in your hand taking a super slow motion video of yourself biting into your sandwich and thinking, "I look awesome.”  Vanity is loving the appearance of success, money, and prosperity. This goes against what we see in the Bible that even those who have much the Bible calls to live in a simple way and condemns those who try to show off their appearance with superficial things. I'm not saying that having a nice phone is sin or having a pre-owned car is sin, or wanting to have something awesome is sin, its sin when your appearance is an unnecessary luxury.

Managing your money (or) being good stewards

Finally, what about buying a new iPhone if you earn little or if you earn a lot of money, The Bible speaks about managing your income, and it is misuse of money to get into debt, paying money that you don’t have for something that you don’t need.  But even if you have money the question is: Do you need it? Because that's the question I'm asking myself, and I have an iPhone. Do I really need a phone that only has a few more features and is a little faster? No. God has called me to manage money well.

Now having said that, it is possible to be totally satisfied with what you have and not be obsessed with your image and be a good steward, and still buy an iPhone 6.  What I’m getting at is this, you have to ask yourself these questions beforehand, because what we do with our money communicates what our hearts believes.


 

Jonathan Domingo

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D E F E N D E R

D E F E N D E R

If any man sin ...,

We have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.

1 John 2: 1b

The concept of an attorney is interesting, we imagine the Father as a judge and Jesus as an attorney trying to convince the judge of our innocence.

Although there are certain elements that are true regarding this, that is not the mentality that Juan had in writing this. The word used here is not as specific as a lawyer, the right word would probably be DEFENDER.

Meaning: Jesus defends us with the Father when we sin.

Many times we have the idea that the Father wants to destroy us and that Jesus is saying no, do not. When we sin, Jesus insists on our behalf.  “Don’t get mad, he is trying, he’s improving, and he won’t do it again! “

As if Jesus had heavenly excuses for our wrong doings...

That's not what is happening, in fact verse 2 says that

Jesus is the propitiation for our sins.

 

What this means, is that the way Jesus defends us is not telling the Father, “ignore their evil” but He reminds the Father that our wickedness has already been judged upon the cross of Jesus Christ.

 

What gives us access to God is not that we are good people, what gives us access to God is that whatever bad thing we have done has already been paid for on the cross of Jesus Christ. God is not expecting us to be better people, but regardless of all our errors and failures, Jesus solved the problem by dying on the cross and paying the price.

 

Thus, Jesus is not appealing to the mercy of God and His righteousness, because justice has already been done, Jesus Christ the righteous paid the price, guilt has been paid for, and condemnationhas been removed.

Jesus Christ paid for what we did and now we have our Defender, who reminds the Father that we are already free of conviction, not because of anything we have done but because Jesus Christ bore our guilt on the cross.


 

Jonathan Domingo

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WHERE DOES YOUR JOY COME FROM?

WHERE DOES YOUR JOY COME FROM? 

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However, do not rejoice that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven. "(Luke 10:20)

Many times our joy comes when we see the fruit of our good works or ministries. But our ministry or work should never be what determines our happiness or joy.

 

The only thing that should determine our happiness is our relationship with Christ. Paul describes it in (Philippians 3: 8), "What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things.  I consider them rubbish that I may gain Christ. "

 

I encourage you, rejoice in Christ and not on the results of your ministry

 

Pastor Hassan Villegas

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ARE YOU A KING?

ARE YOU A KING?

And made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

Revelation 1: 6

We are Kings!

God has made you a king, that is what it says here, but something is strange, the word in the original is used 72 times in the New Testament and only 3 times is it translated to mean Kings, Interesting, the rest of the time it translates into kingdom, that's the same word used by John the Baptist, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand".  I think we will be kings; the Bible says that we will judge the nations and the angels. I do believe at the second coming of Jesus we will be kings, but I don’t think that’s what John is referring to in this section. I do not think the 100-year old man who is on an island crushing rocks is saying I am a king!, then, What is he trying to say?

We belong to the perfect kingdom.

The problem is that many preachers use this phrase to imply that you should be treated like royalty, "you're a princess or you are a prince", "you are a child of the King" and "who dares to treat you badly?" Tell that to John the Baptist. When he preached this message he was slain.  Tell this to John the apostle who was boiled in oil while he was alive, as he was writing, possibly with weak fingers, weak hands because of the burns he suffered. 

 

No friend, they are not going to treat you like royalty and if you expect to be treated like royalty because you are a Christian, you are sadly mistaken, you will be treated like trash but it will be worth it, because we belong to a King who is so beautiful, so great and so glorious who loved us and washed us so that no matter how we are treated we have God on our side

"If God is for us, who can be against us?"

That is the reality, and let's not be distracted by things that are temporary and focus on the eternal, that is that we have Jesus and if we have Jesus, what else do we want? If He loved us and washed us and made us kings then let them treat us however they want.  You know what?

We belong to Him & we are part of a perfect kingdom.

 


 

Jonathan Domingo

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