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Who Died and Who Didn’t

David Cassidy was the poster boy for teenage girls around the world, about thirty years ago. He has lived a show-business life, with failed marriages and a serious addiction to alcohol. In 2015 he declared bankruptcy. On November 19 2017, the news came out that he was in a coma, with multiple organ failures, and his family was gathering at the hospital. The doctors said he didn’t have long. This morning, November 20, the news is that David Cassidy has regained consciousness and he is very much alive. If his condition improves so that he can see a computer screen, he can read on the Internet that he died yesterday. Someone posted information about his death, in anticipation. I don’t know how much time he has with us, but good for him, he outlived his obituary. One person who did die yesterday, at the age of 83, in Bakersfield California, is Charles Manson. This is confirmed; born November 12 1934 and died November 19, 2017. RELATED: Charles Manson dead: CNN This was a truly terrible …

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Fear of the Words

[by Keith Hazell] What are the most fearful words that most people hear? It could be “you have been laid off” or “ I  am leaving you” or perhaps “We are bankrupt”. All of the above are words which strike their own fear into the hearts of the hearers. However one of the most fearful words we hear is “ I am sorry but you have cancer.” These words carry with them fear and unbelief. We cannot believe that we have been “chosen,” singled out for such a horrible thing. To many of us who hear this, it is like we have heard a death sentence and that we need to prepare ourselves for the inevitable events that will culminate in our passing. More than 21 years ago I received such information from a urologist. My initial reaction was like most of us… “ I guess my days are numbered”.  In my early 50’s I had not reckoned on a truncated life. However, the devil reminded me that both my siblings died early as a …

Ruins of the ancient city of Capernaum, the home town of Jesus. Photo: Bon Adrien/Foter/CC-BY

¿Tenía Jesús un hogar en Capernaum?

English: Did Jesus own a home in Capernaum? Muchos tienen la impresión de que Jesús fue un predicador itinerante, viajando de un lugar a otro alrededor de Galilea predicando el Evangelio. Sin embargo, hay una pista que Jesús tenía su propia casa. En Marcos 2, tenemos el relato de que Jesús estaba en una casa en Capernaum. Tantas personas se habían juntado que un grupo de hombres se vio obligado a abrir un agujero en el techo para bajar a su amigo paralítico para que Jesus le sanara. Pero note lo que dice Marcos en el versículo 1: 2 Cuando Jesús entró de nuevo en Capernaúm varios días después, se oyó que estaba en casa. 2 Y se reunieron muchos, tanto que ya no había lugar ni aun a la puerta; y El les explicaba[a] la palabra. (NBLH) Habla de que esta casa es la casa de Jesús. Por el tamaño de la multitud era obvio que Jesús era un poco famoso en la ciudad. Este versículo también sugiere que no era la primera vez que la gente …

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Alcanzando todo tu potencial: enfréntate al miedo

English version: Achieving your full potential — deal with your fear Hay una interesante parábola en los Evangelios que creo que Jesús dijo a propósito para preparar a los discípulos para la eventual partida de Cristo. Sería un presagio de lo que vendría. Me estoy refiriendo a la enseñanza sobre talentos encontrada varias veces en los Evangelios. Aparece en diferentes formas y en diferentes momentos, y parece que Jesús contó esta parábola varias veces, porque era un mensaje que sus discípulos necesitaban escuchar. En la parabola en Mateo 25: 14-30, un gobernante emprende un largo viaje y decide dejar sus riquezas o talentos para invertir en manos de sus esclavos hasta que el regrese. Esto es paralelo a la partida de Jesús de la tierra, el otorgamiento del Espíritu Santo y sus dones (Lucas 24:49, Hechos 1: 8) y luego la segunda venida de Cristo. ¿Cuáles son los talentos? Creo que el reino de Dios, existen los dones (espirituales y naturales) y los llamamientos que Dios ha otorgado a cada creyente. El Señor tiene tareas …

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Pero Satanás nos impidió

English version: But Satan hindered us Fue una fría noche de invierno en el norte de Saskatchewan, Canadá, con mi novia en ese momento y después esposa.  Estabamos conduciendo en una carretera solitaria en la via a visitar a mis padres. Habíamos comenzado este largo viaje de seis horas en las últimas horas de la tarde. Habia solamente un automóvil que nos seguía detrás de nosotros dos. No había mucho tráfico. Pero dos luces parpadeantes a la distancia viniendo por la otra via oscura advertían de un vehículo que se acercaba. Cuando el auto se acercó, de repente se desvió hacia nuestro carril. Mi esposa que estaba conduciendo se asusto mucho y tiró el volante hacia la derecha hundiendo nuestro auto en una zanja. Llegamos a la zanja a toda velocidad y la nieve profunda agarró nuestras ruedas delanteras y nuestro automóvil empezó a rodar no de costado, sino de extremo a extremo: de atrás para adelante. De repente, mi esposa y yo estábamos colgando boca abajo en nuestro auto. Recuerdo tratando de agarrar las …

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The 100th anniversary of the Bolshevik revolution and the birthing of the first Communist state

I remember as a university student walking the halls crowded with tables of various communist groups peddling their wares. We had the Leninists, Maoists, Marxists and Stalinists. Each with their table full of booklets, leaflets and books promoting their particular brand of the ‘glorious’ revolution. Of course, communism in its various forms was birthed in the heart of German Karl Marx (1818–1883) who along with Friedrich Engels wrote The Communist Manifesto that became the staple for modern communism. November 7, 2017, marked the 100th anniversary of Russia’s Bolshevik Revolution that paved the way for the world’s first communist state. It was the first of many countries that would eventually fall to this evil philosophy. Ironically, the communist revolution that claimed to be the savior of the people resulted in the slaughter of over 100 million people world-wide. This was the estimate presented in book published by Harvard University Press, The Black Book of Communism. Published in 1997, its numbers are a bit outdated. The Black Book records there were 20 million killed during Stalin’s bloody …

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God’s prophetic voice needed today

As I read about the massacre of 26 people (ages five to 72) in the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas, during their Sunday morning service, it struck me how we need God to speak and warn us. Sutherland Springs located 30 miles southeast of San Antonia is a small town of just 400 people. yet somehow evil found its way there. Twenty were also injured in the attack by gunman Devin Patrick Kelley, 26. A former member of the air force, a self-proclaimed atheist and loner, Kelley apparently killed himself after careening off the road in a chase after the shooting. Two days earlier — Friday, November 3, 2017 — a neighbor attacked Christian politician Senator Paul Rand as he returned home. Rand suffered five broken ribs and lung contusions. According to a report on the Daily Caller, another person who lives on the same block alleges the attacker is an “avowed socialist” who fought with other neighbors over politics. Despite this underlying issue, recent media reports suggest that conflicts over landscaping issues …

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Are you ready for when “It Begins Nov 4?”

I am writing this a few days before the big day. It is always interesting to remember the time before it all happened. Apparently this is a time we will forget because big things will happen on November 4. Some radical groups, mostly in the U.S. have committed themselves to a violent uprising on one day. The promise is a threat to anyone who thinks differently than them. Some opponents think this promise is only bait, to make any opposers look bad and to get them arrested when they try to stop the uprising. “Take To The Streets And Public Squares in cities and towns across the country continuing day after day and night after night—not stopping—until our DEMAND is met” RELATED: November 4 the day it begins Are you ready? I don’t know what will actually happen, maybe some angry demonstrations, but I am not worried about the action, I am afraid of the reaction. The police know more about this than us, and they have been getting ready for weeks. My high school …

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Italian woman sweats blood confirming Luke 22:44

The Canadian Medical Association Journal recently published an article on the case of a 21-year-old Italian woman who has been bleeding blood from her face and hands. Italian doctors reported that over the past three years the woman has gone through episodes were she spontaneously bled blood without any breakage in the skin. According to their report the episodes would last up to five minutes. Though they occurred at any time from sleep to periods of exercise, doctors noted the bleeding intensified when she was under emotional stress. Embarrassed by her condition, the young woman was becoming a loner refusing to leave her home. After ruling out chromhidrosis, a condition that causes discolored sweat, doctors diagnosed the young woman with a rare condition called hematohidrosis – ‘blood sweat’, when people actually sweat blood. Some believe it’s caused by rupturing capillaries near the sweat glands. This can happen during times of extreme fear or stress. An Indian health journal reported ‘blood sweat’ in cases of people about to be executed and even cited an incident that …

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Is water baptism intended to break down the racial divide?

Marcus Johnson, 23, was an undrafted free agent when he signed with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2016. He was injured early in his professional tryout and missed most of the training camp. He was waived, but then added to the Eagle’s 2016 practice roster. Johnson played for the Texas Longhorns in college. His stats were not outstanding. But this year, he impressed enough to make the Eagles’s 53-man roster. Just before the Eagles’s game against the Carolina Panthers on October 12, 2017, a game the Eagles won 38-23, Johnson sent out a photo and a tweet of him being baptized at the hotel pool where the team was staying. Johnson’s caption for the photo read: “First time being Baptized! Corporate Worship is a beautiful thing!! Cleansed and Reborn in Jesus name!! #Wholeheartedly.” CBS reported on Johnson’s water baptism and commented on the photo that showed several players gathered around the pool holding hands as the wide receiver was baptized. The teammates with their heads bowed seemed to be praying. This gathering included black and whites. CBS identified …

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How I have been praying for North Korea

For the past couple of weeks I have been praying that God would bring down the spiritual strong man presently controlling North Korea. I believe it is this evil principality that is propping up the regime of the country’s current brutal dictator Kim Jung-un. And I am not alone, Christians around the world are praying for North Korea. So how have I been praying? I have been asking God to send a band of Godly angels to bring down North Korea’s spiritual strongman. As we study Israel’s miraculous exodus out of Egypt we often miss the angelic involvement in that deliverance. The Psalmist writes that God sent in a band of “destroying” angels into Egypt whose job was to battle and even defeat the satanic stronghold in place at that time. He sent upon them His burning anger, Fury and indignation and trouble, A band of destroying angels. (Psalm 78:49 NASV) We also read how an angel led Israel in the wilderness (Exodus 14:19). Angels played a key role in Israel’s deliverance from Egypt. In …

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Fasting to increase your authority and power

In her book Stories from the Front Line, Jane Rumph tells of the story of a spiritual breakthrough that took place in Sri Lanka, an island country located off the South East coast of India. Formerly known as Ceylon, the country today has a population of 21 million people. In August 1972, Evangelist Chris Daniel was holding a week-long, evangelistic rally in Sri Lanka’s coastal city Trincomalee when he experienced a powerful move of God . Assisting him was Ranjit DeSilva, the President of the Lanka Bible College and 25 students from the college. In the early stages of the crusade, approximately 8,000 Tamil Hindus were attending the meetings and a few hundred people received Christ each night. During the day, Ranjit routinely prayed and fasted as he knew this spiritual exercise gave him authority over the demonic realm. However, it was the Wednesday night rally that became the catalyst for the fire that would sweep the city. The meeting roared to life when a woman angrily charged the podium loudly screaming and cursing God …

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Pulling down the strongman in Germany’s Black Forest

Christians need a major shift in perspective. It seems many have taken up a defensive position, holding out until Jesus returns. We need to standup, shake off our fears and refocus, because God wants us to take up our battering rams and go to war. There is a verse in Matthew that for years I misinterpreted. When I first read it, for some reason I believed that the church was under siege and that somehow Christians needed to hang on until the end. But in fact it said the exact opposite. God intends the Kingdom of God to be the aggressor and taking the battle to the enemy. In Mathew 16:18 (NKJ), Jesus said to Peter, “I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.” The Greek word for Hades, ‘hadou’, refers to what we know as hell. The place of torment (Luke 16:23). And the gates guarding hell would not be able to hold up against …

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Understanding your authority and power

9 And He called the twelve together, and gave them power and authority over all the demons and to heal diseases. 2 And He sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to perform healing. (Luke 9:1-2 NASV) We read in the Gospels that Jesus gave His disciples authority and power. So what does it mean to have authority and power? The simplest definition is that authority means a person has the right to do something, and power means they have the ability to do it. Perhaps the best example of how this functions is seen in the role of police in our society. A policeman has the authority to make an arrest. It’s an authority that has been given to him by the government. When he sees someone breaking the law, a police officer doesn’t have to phone the governor or premier to get permission to arrest the individual, he or she has the right or authority to do it. And though only one person, an officer is empowered by tens of thousands of …

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Neither do I condemn you

In an article for Foxnews, Angel Hatfield shared a powerful story on forgiveness. Hatfield, who serves as executive producer for a movie “Because of Gracia” grew up in a Christian home. In fact, her father pastored a church. As she left her teen years, Hatfield became rebellious: “I skated in sin believing the big lie that there was more pleasure to be found in this world than in God.” Hatfield became pregnant and after hiding her pregnancy for five months, she finally decided to come clean with her father on what had happened. She was expecting her father to react and judge her for what she had done. Instead, he hung his head and when he finally spoke, her dad expressed his disappointment for what had happened but then he added: “And you have made poor choices which now have consequences. It won’t be easy — and there will be struggles and a hard path ahead of you. But I love you — and now I figure I have been given more to love.” Then …

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Territorial Spirits: Defining the spiritual characteristic of the area

I have been doing a study on territorial spirits, revealing that satan has structured his kingdom putting evil spirits over countries, provinces or states and even cities within that country. And in order to spiritually plunder territory for God, Jesus taught that we must first bind the strong man, the satanic spirit over the area (Mark 3:22-27). As I discussed in my earlier articles, Pontius Pilate ruled Palestine, the equivalent of modern-day Israel. In turn Palestine was broken up into three states or provinces ruled by a Tetrarch. The Tetrarch Herod Antipas, son of Herod the Great who ruled Palestine at Jesus’ birth, headed the District of Galilee. When Jesus delivered the man of an evil spirit in the synagogue in Capernaum, the Lord dealt with the demonic strong man of that region and God moved mightily with salvations, healings and deliverances (Mark 1:28 – 2:15).. However, in the neighboring province of Samaria the strongman had not been dealt with. And when Jesus visited Nazareth, we are told that Jesus could only do a few …

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Pray that God will bring down North Korea’s strongman

12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. (Ephesians 6:12 NASV) In his classic passage on spiritual warfare, Paul says a Christian’s battle is not against flesh and blood but rather rulers and powers that rule in darkness and the heavenly places. One of the world’s flesh and blood strongmen is North Korea’s Kim Jong-un, 33. His brutal treatment of North Koreans including purging his own family, have made him one of the most evil despots on earth. But as we look at territorial spirits that rule over countries, we know their primary goal is to control political leaders. Strongmen like Kim Jong-un are being propped up and manipulated by satanic forces. His brutality is a reflection of satanic origins. That is the real force controlling North Korea. Kim Jong-un rules through fear and intimidation and is threatening the world with nuclear attacks and for the second time recently fired …

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Territorial Spirits: The bay of pigs

In my series on Territorial spirits, I have been talking about the hierarchical structure in the demonic realm where satan has put evil spirits over countries and even provinces or states within a country and I suspect cities as well. In his classic explanation of spiritual warfare, Mark says to plunder a house you must first bind the spiritual strongman (Mark 3:22-27). As we explained earlier, the region of Palestine ruled by Pontius Pilate was broken up into three provinces or states ruled by a Tetrarch. Having just dealt with the ruling evil spirit in Capernaum (the Tetrarch of Herod), the next encounter with a territorial spirit takes place in Mark 5: 1-20 in a region called the Gerasenes. In a very unusual way, this second encounter shows the demonic’s connection to territory on earth. The story actually starts a few verses earlier. The disciples were on the shore of the sea of Galilee, when Jesus said “Let us go over to the other side” (Mark 4:35). By crossing over, the disciples had actually entered …

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Territorial Spirits: Border wars in Brazil

I have been looking at how demonic territorial spirits try to control countries and even regions within a country such as a province/state or even a city. In Jesus’ day, Pontius Pilate was the fifth prefect of Palestine, a region that today makes up much of modern Israel. In turn, Palestine was divided into three districts ruled by a Tetrarch — Samaria, Galilee and Ituraea. In my previous article, I looked at a deliverance that took place in a synagogue in Capernaum a  major administrative center in the District of Galilee controlled by the Tetrarch Herod Antipas, the son of Herod the Great. After casting an evil spirit out of a man in a Capernaum synagogue, Mark says that the strong man or evil spirit controlling that area was pulled down (Mark 3:22-27). After that happened, Mark records what quickly followed (Mark 1:28 – 2:15). There were healings (Mark 1:40-43; Mark 2:1-11), many demons being cast out (Mark 1:32-34) and several people saved (Mark 2:13-14) including Matthew who served as a tax collector for Herod. …

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Territorial Spirits: Plundering the strongman’s house

In our series on Territorial spirits, we are discussing how satan has a hierarchical structure in the satanic realm and has put evil spirits over countries (Daniel 10:13) and I suspect provinces or states within those countries and even over major cities. These evil spirits often align themselves with natural political divisions as they seek to influence the political agenda throughout the nation. Both Mark (Mark 1:21-27) and Luke (Luke 4:31-37) talked about Jesus delivering a man of an evil spirit in a synagogue in Capernaum, a major administrative center for the District of Galilee, a state within Palestine. It was an unusual encounter because it was only one of a handful of times that an evil spirit spoke to Christ during a deliverance. I suspect this ability to speak represented its power in the demonic realm. I am also convinced that evil spirits represent higher ranking fallen angels while demons represent the foot soldiers. But the word demon is also a generic term that describes the satanic realm, much in the same way the …

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Entonces, ¿quién es Zoroastro?

English Version: So Who is Zoroaster? Hace unos tres mil años, probablemente en los tiempos de David y Salomón en la Biblia, un hombre llamado Zoroastro o Zaratustra comenzó a predicar acerca de un Dios, y una gran fuerza del mal en el mundo. Su hogar era probablemente cerca de Afganistán y su enseñanza llegó a dominar todas las personas iraníes, desde el norte de la India a Grecia, en Europa. Información sobre los tiempos y lugares se han perdido, pero los estudiosos coinciden en que alguien trató de convertir a la gente a Dios, en el centro de Asia, hace muchos siglos. De acuerdo con Tabari, un musulmán sunita que vivió hace unos mil años, Zoroastro el antiguo profeta de Irán era de Israel y discípulo de Jeremías, o viajaba con un profeta Hebreo. Sabemos que los Persas eran a menudo amables con Israel y su templo en Jerusalén. El Rey de Persia (Irán) ordenó la reconstrucción del templo de Jerusalén: Entonces el rey Darío proclamó un decreto, y buscaron en los archivos donde se …

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Darwin y las vacas escocesas

English Version: Darwin and the Scottish cows Charles Darwin desarrolló su teoría de la evolución para el origen de la especie cuando se dio la vuelta al mundo en un barco llamado el Beagle. En ese viaje, en 1834, exploró el valle erosionado del río Santa Cruz, en Argentina y él comentó sobre el curso de los siglos y la erosión gradual que produjo el valle. Ahora sabemos que un GLOFs (glaciar de los lagos de valles de inundación) se produjo cuando un glaciar de hielo bloqueó el río cerca de las montañas y represado una enorme reserva. Cuando el agua entró por el hielo, la GLOFs erosionado el valle de forma rápida, probablemente en día. Cuando era un niño, viajé con mi familia en el estado de Washington, y me di cuenta que el interior seco tenía cientos de canales de agua erosionadas, todo seco, y vi probablemente la caída de agua más grandes del mundo, Dry Falls, cuatro veces las el tamaño de las cataratas, en un valle erosionado profunda. Entonces supe que …

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The white pebble

In his exhortation to the Church at Pergamum in the Book of Revelation, the Apostle John warns that they were dwelling in the place where Satan had his throne (Revelation 2:13), but urges them to overcome. But then the Apostle makes the odd statement that those who overcome will receive secret manna and a “white pebble” with a new name written on it. 17 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, to him I will give some of the hidden manna, and I will give him a white stone, and a new name written on the stone which no one knows but he who receives it.’ (Revelation 2:17 NASV) Many of us are familiar with the story of God providing Israel manna in the wilderness and the “hidden manna” may describe the manna put inside the Ark of the Covenant (Exodus 16:33–34). But what does the white stone refer too? There are many opinions on this. Some wonder if it refers to the semi …

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Territorial spirits: D-day in Capernaum

In a previous article in this series, we discussed the Book of Daniel that talks about evil spirits over nations — Prince of Persia and the Prince of Greece. But if satan has a hierarchy would it stop here. Could evil spirits be installed over states or provinces and even major cities within a country? In Mark 1:21-27, Jesus entered a synagogue in Capernaum to teach. Located on the western edge of the sea of Galilee, the city was in the District of Galilee (v 28). 28 Immediately the news about Him spread everywhere into all the surrounding district of Galilee. (Mark 1:28 NASV) Pontius Pilate was the fifth prefect of Palestine, a region the equivalent of modern Israel. He succeeded Herod the Great, a brutal man and the one who ordered the murder of all boys 2 years and younger around Nazareth in an effort to kill the Messiah. Palestine in turn was divided into three regions each ruled by a Tetrarch. The word Tetrarch meant a division of four but referred to any number …

Características de un intercesor: Persistencia más importante que la amistad

English version: Characteristics of an intercessor: Persistence more important than friendship ¿Por qué Dios no responde a mi oración? Esta cuestión afecta a muchos cristianos. Oramos y no sólo no hay respuestas, nos preguntamos si Dios incluso nos escuchó. Cuando nos fijamos en los evangelios, leemos una serie de parábolas que Jesús enseñaba en la oración. Quiero mirar específicamente a uno de ellos y extraer un principio clave de la oración exitosa. La cuenta se encuentra en Lucas 11: 5-13. Esta parabola- siguiendo los pasos de la enseñanza de Jesús sobre la oración del Señor -es sobre un hombre que inesperadamente tenía visitantes aparecen en su casa a altas horas de la noche. Sin comida para ofrecerles, el hombre aparece al lado de la casa de un amigo para pedir prestado un poco de pan. Era tarde por la noche y su vecino no estaba interesado en despertar se para satisfacer las necesidades de este hombre, su recino. A pesar de que el vecino estaba obviamente molesto por la intrusión tarde en la noche, el hombre …

Características de un intercesor: ¿Como las ‘protestas callejeras’?

English Version: Characteristics of an intercessor: Will you riot in the streets? En un articalo anterior , hablé de la parábola de Jesús sobre la oración. Se trataba de ejecución en el de una mujer con un juez corrupto ( Lucas 18: 2-8 ). Era un pasaje interesante como las palabras griegas retratados intercesión como poco más que una pelea callejera. Como Jesús concluye esta enseñanza, Él quiere separar claramente nuestro Padre Celestial por el carácter de la juez y dice: 7 ¿A caso Dios no hará justicia a sus escogidos, que claman [Boao] a el día y noche? ​​(V 7 NBLH) Cuando el juez de la justicia se vendía al mejor postor, Dios queria llevar a la justicia a aquellos que claman por ayuda. Donde los jueces corruptos retrasan la justicia ya que necesitan un toque sutil de dinero para abrir las puertas, Dios quiere responder rápidamente. La palabra griega para “llorar” usada aquí es “Boao.” Es una palabra llena de emoción – la ira y la frustración. Que significa gritar y elevar una queja. …

Características de un intercesor: ¿Es usted un luchador de la calle?

English version: Characteristics of an Intercessor: Are you a street fighter? Todos luchamos por la oración contestada. A veces nos preguntamos si Dios incluso nos escuchó. Cuando nos fijamos en los Evangelios, Jesús utilizó una variedad de parábolas para enseñar sobre la oración. Uno se encuentra en Lucas 18: 2-8 – implica una viuda que fue aprovechada por una persona sin escrúpulos y se presentó ante un juez para buscar ayuda legal. Se nos dice que el juez no temía a Dios y no respetaba el hombre (2 v). Era una forma sencilla de decir que era corrupto. La justicia estaba a la venta en esta ciudad. La viuda aparentemente no tienen los medios para comprar la justicia que necesitaba, por lo que el juez la desanimaba, pero ella volvía. En esta historia, Jesús muestra una nos muestra que una de las claves para el éxito de oración es orar hasta que prevalecem0s! La viuda regresó una y otra vez en busca de ayuda. La frase “por un tiempo” (v 4) que Jesús utiliza para …

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Entendiendo Los tiempos y las estaciones: Hombres de Isacar

English version: Understanding times and seasons: Men of Isaachar I Crónicas 12:23 – 40 nos da un registro de gran ejército de David que fue montado en Hebrón. Leemos de los miles de guerreros que vinieron de toda raza. Había 6.800 de la tribu de Judá, que llevaba el escudo y la lanza y de la tribu de Simeón, 7.100 hombres de gran valor apto para la guerra. La tribu de Zabulón se registró a tener 50.000 guerreros que eran expertos en todas las armas de guerra y que podían mantener las filas. En medio de esa lista de miles de hombres poderosos, leemos del pequeño número de jefes de Isacar. Sólo 200 hombres, pero no tenían conocimiento de los tiempos para saber lo que Israel debía hacer.   No era necesario un gran número de guerreros para la batalla si no habia comprensión de los tiempos y las estaciones. Estos son los que llevan la “estrategia” en su interior para derrotar al enemigo. Bereanos nobles El apóstol Pablo encontró una sinagoga de Judios en …

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Cada paso que doy

English version: Crédito: Michael Mazzamuto / Flickr / Creative Commons 31 Entonces, ¿qué diremos a esto? Si Dios está por nosotros, ¿quién estará contra nosotros? (Romanos 8:31 NBLH) Es tan importante recordarme a mí mismo que Dios está siempre de mi lado y conmigo en todo lo que hago en todo lo que enfrento. Dios lleva el peso más grande y la autoridad en todo lo referente a mi vida. Cuando la balanza de mi vida se desiguala, sé que Dios esta justo a mi lado. Cuento con su presencia y su autoridad para inclinar la balanza a mi favor y resolver todo por mi bien. El rey David entendió esto y toda su vida lavivió por la creencia de lo que Dios era para él. El Señor está a mi favor; no temeré. ¿Qué puede hacerme el hombre? (Salmo 118: 6 NBLH) Estoy aprendiendo a armarme de la misma manera que Josué lo hizo. Consciente de la presencia y la autoridad de Dios que llevaba en cada paso que daba en la tierra que Dios …

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Temple Incense Spices

Incense and Intercession [by Helene Rudolph] Alongside the fragrant precious anointing oil was the Temple Incense.  Incense is associated with intercession in scripture. “Then the LORD said to Moses, ‘Take for yourself spices, stacte and onycha and galbanum, spices with pure frankincense; thee shall be an equal part of each.  And with it you shall make incense, a perfume, the work of a perfumer, salted, pure (and) holy.  And you shall beat some of it very fine, and put part of it before the testimony in the tent of meeting, where I shall meet with you; it shall be most holy to you.  And the incense which you shall make, you shall not make in the same proportions for yourselves; it shall be holy to you for the LORD”. Whoever shall make (any) like it, to use as perfume, shall be cut off from his people”. (Exodus 30:34-38) Pleasant Smells Revive the Soul The priesthood of old burned incense daily as a fragrant offering unto the LORD.  The Jewish Talmud records that women, as far …

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El río de la vida

English version: River of Life Recuerdo que hace cinco años, elegi de una vez por todas perdonar a los que me había herido a lo largo de los años. Se trataba de personas con las que regularmente comparti en la iglesia y de perronas en el trabajo. Me deshice quemando mis heridas como un montón de basura. Cuando miré hacia atrás ya no quedaba nada más que humo. Cada vez, que recordaba estos incidentes tenia la tentación de mirar hacia atrás, sólo veia la tierra ennegrecida. No había nada que recordar. En mis últimos años, he aprendido que la ofensa me lanza por completo fuera de curso y lejos del propósito y los planes que Dios tiene para mi vida. La falta de perdón, la ira y el resentimiento, crean una corriente en mi vida que me tira hacia atrás y esta corriente va en contra del movimiento del Espíritu Santo. Este era un peso extra en mi barco mientras navegaba por el río de la vida. No estaba ganando terreno espiritual y mi barco …

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La Roca Eterna

English version: Rock of Ages Estas últimas dos semanas, mi esposo y yo pasamos tiempo con mi suegro que estaba a punto de morir de cáncer en cuidados intensivor. Junto con otros miembros de la familia, nos turnamos para pasar la noche con él. No queríamos que estuviera solo. Durante años había sido la roca de nuesta familia y ahora el nos necesitaba. Cuando fue mi turno de cuidaple, oraba por él durante la noche, y cuando me despertaba, no dejaba de hacerlo. Durante el día, a menudo me inclinaba sobre él mientras yacía en la cama del hospital y le decia que estaba a salvo bajo la protección de Cristo. Sur Roca y el agua viva para su vida eterna. Muchas veces, ponia mi mano firmemente sobre sus hombros, y le apretaba y el parpadeaba, y yo le decia: “Jesús tiene un poder sobre ti y no lo dejes ir. El es tu Roca y el ancla de tu alma. Él te está llevando a la eternidad con Él. Él te tiene!” Sentí que …

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Does this study confirm Matthew 7:1-3?

A study by psychologists at the University of Plymouth in England uncovered an interesting trait in humanity which confirm words that Jesus spoke 2,000 years ago. In the study reported in Scientific American, Sophia Harvey, Simone Schall and Jennifer Benton found that people who considered themselves morally unclean were more apt to judge others as being wrong than those who didn’t feel unclean. In the study, the researchers had people do a number of activities such as watch brief films where people did something wrong such as lying when they created a resume. They also had them watch disturbing segments from movies and then after read “moral vignettes.” An important part of the study was trying to induce a sense of cleanness in the test subjects and they did this by having half of them wash their hands before responding to what they had seen or read. They asked them to wash under the pretense that they would not dirty the room being used by staff. Even in the Old Testament, ritual cleansing was a …

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Marilyn Hickey, a Pakistani anomaly

As we read about Christians being persecuted in Muslim countries, a weird anomaly keeps popping up — American televangelist Marilyn Hickey. Aged 86, last November during a eight-day tour she preached the gospel in Karachi, Pakistan before crowds totaling nearly one million people. She did it freely with no resistance from the government or threats from Muslim extremists. According to reports she is known as the ‘mom of Pakistan” and for some reason has even been accepted by imams in the Muslim Pakistani community. The terrorists basically ignore her because she is an old woman. Officially known as the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, with 201 million people it is the sixth most populated country in the world. It was formed in 1947 as a home for Muslims living in India and nearly 95% of the country is Muslim. In its revised 1973 constitution, the country declared Islam its state religion and all laws must be in accordance with the Qur’an and Sunnah. At this point, the country has not implemented Sharia law, however polls indicate …

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Territorial Spirits: The strange case of Clarita Villaneuva

In the early 1950s, the Lester Sumrall (1913-1996), an American evangelist, sensed God prompting him to go to the Philippines on an evangelistic mission. He was impressed by the Holy Spirit that God would move in a powerful way while he was there. During the early days of his ministry attendance was low. At times, the only ones that showed up were Sumrall’s family members and servant girls. After he decided to build a church, Sumrall experienced some growth largely through transfers from other churches, hardly the powerful evangelistic thrust that he anticipated. But that would change almost over night. While he was there the local media broadcast a story of the perplexing phenomena surrounding a new inmate in the Bilibid prison in Manila. In his book, Bitten by the Devil, Sumrall told the strange story of Clarita Villaneuva. The front page headline of the May 13, 1953 edition of the Manila Chronicle read, “Police Medics Probe Case of Girl Bitten by Devils.”  The convict’s name was Clarita Villaneuva. According to reports, some mysterious creature …