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I AM NOT PENTECOSTAL OR REFORMED ...                                                                   ( AND IF I AM HONEST NOR AM I CALVARY )

Although, I believe in all the gifts of the Holy Spirit I do not consider myself a Pentecostal, and immediately after saying that many ask me, then are you reformed? And, although I believe that we who are saved are saved by divine election, I am not reformed.  It is much more common than you'd think; when someone finds out I'm a pastor the first thing they ask me is "what denomination?" I always answer "Christian" And almost always they emphasize, "Yes, Christian, but what denomination? As if people were trying to identify the type of Christian I am. Truly, I understand why that happens, but it’s not cool.  Actually our largest alliance should not be to a movement, or a denomination or a preacher.  Our largest alliance should be to Jesus.

Although there is nothing wrong with calling yourself a Baptist, or Reformed, or Charismatic, or Methodist, or in my case "Calvary"; but we have to understand that God does not divide His body that way. With God all Christianity is His body and it isn’t divided according to doctrine or belief but rather by function. The problem I have seen, and the reason I'm writing this is that there is a strong tendency to accept only teachings from people who think like you, and to doubt any assertion of people who are of another movement. In some extreme cases and cultures there are those who believe that their church is the only one that has truth.

That kind of proud attitude is not helpful. That's not discernment that's elitism, and we need to believe and live what Jesus prayed in John 17 that we be one as He and the Father are one. I'm not saying accept them all, because of course there are false teachers and false ministries, but what I am saying is that there is separatism within Christianity that is damaging the name of Christ and his church's reputation.

Perhaps Martin Luther said it best: "I pray you to leave my name alone, and call not yourselves Lutherans, but Christians. Who is Luther? My doctrine is not mine. I have not been crucified by anyone. How then does it befit me, a miserable bag of dust and ashes, to give my name to the children of God? Cease, my dear friends, to cling to these party names and distinctions; away with them all, and let us call ourselves only Christians after him from whom our doctrine comes.


Jonathan Domingo

 

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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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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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