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The importance of finding God's purpose for your life

Viktor Frankl, who died in 1997 at the age of 92, was a holocaust survivor. He and his wife along with his parents and other Jewish family members were sent to Nazi concentration camps in 1942. Frankl, who even endured Auschwitz, was the only member of his family to survive the holocaust. After the war, he developed a form of therapy called logotherapy that was based on his time in the concentration camp. He along with others were able to mentally and physically survive their concentration camp experience by finding a purpose and meaning in the midst of the horror. In fact, he even wrote a book on this entitled “Man’s Search for Meaning” based on his concentration camp experience. He believed that within people there is an instinctive desire for meaning. We all need a purpose for our life and people attain happiness when they find that sense of meaning. He went on to suggest that many forms of mental illnesses such as depression can be attributed to this lack of meaning because without …

I'm Offended!

What do we do when one of our deepest held beliefs offend another person’s deepest held belief? In the world viewpoint we used to just go to war. Some cultures still do. Most just compromise their values in order not to offend. It is easier to give up truth than stand firm. In Canada, we have a government that legislates such things and tells us we are to compromise our faith and beliefs to accommodate others. The second problem is even deeper. When we are forced to compromise our values, we erode our belief system and eventually our world view is taunted as wrong and even criminal. Then what happens is we start believing these lies and the truth of Christianity is no longer perceived as truth. We compromise our faith and allow the world to determine what is right and wrong. Unfortunately, the world is a fallen place infested by sin. Quite simply, the world does not know the truth. How do we then hold to the truth without offending others? We can not. …

That Peloton Commercial: Live Better, Lose Arguments

When was the last time you had a good argument? Were you convincing? Did you win? If the answer is yes, you lost. Possibly you won the argument, but you lost, if you won. You might have heard about the video commercial for “Peloton” exercise bikes. I only lasts for about thirty seconds, and it is very well produced. It’s easy to see the professionalism in the production; the script writing, the camera work, and the acting are all excellent. This piece of skilled professional work should have boosted sales for this popular product, this Christmas. But there is a problem. People hate this commercial. The value of the entire corporation fell by ten percent after it was published. That is a huge problem for a business that wants to sell us things. Take a look and decide what you think: Many experts have many things to say, and they know more than me, but I see one spiritual lesson in the Peloton commercial. Notice that the message is basically religious; the woman has a …

We Have To Talk!

Here is a tell-on me scenario. If my wife and I have a meaningful talk every night for six months and miss a night, she says we never talk. If we talk one night in six months, I say we always talk. I can hear the head nodding on this one. Inter-gender communication is an interesting thing. Most men can sit together for hours and laugh and joke or say very little of significance. They have a great time and there’s no communication problem. I’ve heard women get together and laugh and cry and joke and share deep longings together. There is no communication problem there either. I deliberately exaggerated here to prove a point. It doesn’t matter what men talk about and it doesn’t matter what women talk about it, we both talk more freely with our own gender. In the beginning God created everything. First Adam, then Eve, were created. He out of clay of the earth and her out of his rib. These are interesting choices and clay can often turn as …

Should We Shun Other People?

Years ago, when I was a younger and single man, I joined a singles group in my church. We were a friendly bunch, and one day a new member told us what was really bothering her. She had a terrible problem that would not go away, and her life was ruined. She was being shunned. Shunning means that someone is cut off from their community, and in extreme cases, all of their friends and neighbors refuse to speak to them or do business with them. If this sounds odd to you, we didn’t get it either. Being shallow city kids, we could find new friends, and we liked being free from rude and controlling people. And we could sleep in on Sunday. If we were shunned, we would need time to notice that someone had disappeared from our busy lives, and then we could decide if this was a problem or an opportunity. We were shallow. It took us some time to know that our friend was hurting. She had lived in a small town …

It is time to just start doing it

The Apostle John makes an interesting statement in his first letter. He says it is time to grow up and take responsibility for your faith. Now you are probably scratching your head and trying to recall where he exactly said that. Well, he didn’t exactly say it in those terms, instead John wrote: 27 As for you, the anointing which you received from Him abides in you, and you have no need for anyone to teach you; but as His anointing teaches you about all things … 1 John 2:27 NASV We live in the day of superstar Christianity. Now don’t get me wrong, I am not against the mega pastors, anointed prophets, teachers and healing evangelists. There are a few that I enjoy listening to, and in fact I believe we need more of them. And I think this is the point that the Apostle John was trying to make. As believers, we have relied too much on the professionals to build the Christian faith. In the early church, they had their superstars like the …

Jezebel’s Nasty

This article is based on an interview I did regarding the spirit of Jezebel. The show is called “The Sound of the Trumpet”. Do you remember Jezebel who was married to Ahab in the Old Testament? She tried to destroy the prophets of God and the culmination of that battle was the confrontation of Elijah and the hundreds of Baal prophets. God proved who He was and the false prophets were killed (1 Kings 18). While she was a real person, the spirit of Jezebel that controlled her is also a real entity. This spirit is at work even today and has infiltrated many churches. This spirit is hard to recognize. The Bible says to look at the fruit to determine the state of the tree so let’s look at the fruits of the Jezebel spirit and compare that to the spirit of God as represented in Elijah. The spirit of Jezebel is still around. Spirits live a lot longer than humans and it is not until Jesus gets rids of them all at the …

La mentira del suicidio

English version: Suicide’s lie Esta es la primera de una serie de artículos sobre la depresión. La depresión tiene raíces profundas mentales y físicas, así como una dimensión espiritual de gran alcance. A menudo se manifiesta con una sensación de estar fuera de sincronía con nuestro mundo, nuestra familia, e incluso a nosotros mismos. Y cuando estamos fuera de sincronía con el mundo se siente como que simplemente no encajamos. Empezamos a retirarnos de un mundo que nos parece que no le importamos, es hostil, o no tiene nada que ver con nosotros. Cuanto más damos un paso atrás, más difícil es parar. Oímos esa voz constante que ofrece la paz en un mundo sin paz hasta que en un momento, un momento desesperado, en el que el dolor de la vida nos abruma y no encontramos una salida en ese instante terminamos con nuestra vida. Nuestro dolor, que es tan profundo se transfiere ahora a los que nos aman. Nuestra pérdida alimenta el fuego de la culpa y la ira. La culpa es rampante …

I Need a Job: Learn from the Blue Banana

Do you need a job? Most of us feel the pressure to find a career and a good living, possibly with a house in the suburbs, and two cars in the driveway. There are many career counselors, and I’m sure they can give better advice than me, but I think we can all learn from the Blue Banana. This strange name comes from economics, and it is also called the backbone of Europe. On a map, it’s blob, maybe like the shape of a banana, and it gets colored blue on maps. Today it shows where the most people live and where the big cities are. From the north, it stretches from England, to Germany, and to the big cities in northern Italy. There are many important points between that I didn’t mention. RELATED: Blue Banana There is a spiritual lesson here. In history, this region is where the industrial revolution happened, and that explains why the big cities are there today. People live near the jobs. The industrial revolution taught the world how to …

The angel Gabriel announcing Mary's conception by Paolo de Matteis 1712. This was part of the Feast of Annunciation (Mary's conception) celebrated by some Catholics on March 25th.

Por qué el 25 de Diciembre fue elegido como el cumpleaños de Cristo

English: Why December 25th was chosen as Christ’s birthday Hay mucho debate sobre por qué el 25 de diciembre fue elegido como el día en que nació Jesús. Hay poca evidencia bíblica que revele la fecha del nacimiento de Jesús. Lucas 2: 8 se refiere a los pastores en los campos que sugieren que el nacimiento de Jesús tuvo lugar en la primavera cuando los pastores estaban con sus rebaños durante el parto. Tal vez no por casualidad, Juan se refiere a Jesús como el Cordero de Dios (Juan 1:29). Clemente de Alejandría (150 DC – 215 DC), un maestro cristiano Egipcio, había citado el 20 de mayo y el 20 o el 21 de Abril como posibles fechas del nacimiento de Cristo encajando con la teoría de la primavera. Para el año 400 DC, el 25 de Diciembre junto con el 6 de Enero se consideraron las fechas para el nacimiento de Cristo, y el 25 de diciembre fue el principal candidato y el ganador final. La fecha de Diciembre se mencionó como el …

Speak to your mountain

In His powerful statement about faith, Jesus says that if we had enough faith we could cast a mountain into the sea (Mark 11:23). But the key was believing in our heart without doubting. But I think we are missing a second critical element in this verse. Jesus also said that we needed to speak to our mountains. It wasn’t enough to believe, we needed to verbally declare our faith. In other words, we can have all the faith we want, but without speaking nothing changes. There is power in our words. In Proverbs 18:21, the writer states that the tongue has power that can lead to life and death, my interpretation is faith or unbelief. Words make a difference. And I am not talking about what we say to other things or other people, I am talking about what we say to ourselves. Studies indicate that upwards of 70% of the thoughts we think in a single day are overtly negative or at least have a negative bend to them and considering that we …

Revisado por especialistas, estudio médico revela que Dios sana, incluso si usted no cree en la sanidad divina

ENGLISH: Peer-reviewed medical study reveals that God heals even if you don’t believe in divine healing Un estudio publicado en una revista médica, Terapias Complementarias en Medicina , informa sobre la curación milagrosa de un niño cristiano de 16 años de edad. Incluso el título, Reporte de caso de la curación gastroparesia: 16 años con un síndrome crónico resuelto después de la oración de intercesión proximal , revela el papel clave que jugó en esta oración la sanidad divina. Es interesante anotar, que aunque sus padres cristianos creían que Jesús sanaba las personas en la Biblia, ellos no creian que Dios todavía sanaba hoy. ¿Entonces qué pasó? Despues de un par de semanas después de su nacimiento, este niño no identificado fue diagnosticado con gastroparesia. Esta es una condición donde el alimento no se mueve correctamente hacia el estómago y el tracto intestinal y como resultado se queda en el depositado en el estómago durante un período prolongado. Esto puede dar lugar a una serie de síntomas como náuseas y vómitos, dolor y distensión abdominal, falta …

No More Lies!

In this series we focused on the lies depression tells us. To have victory over depression we need to counter those lies with the truth. In this last article in the series we are going to look at how to be set free from lying spirits and their allies in depression. Depression lies about both who we are and our value. The spirit of depression is a cruel master and like other cruel masters it relies on force and control to destroy us. Getting out from under this force and control is not an easy task. It can be a long, painful journey to freedom. Or it can be one of discovery and light. The traditional way out of depression involves medication, therapy, and support. I know because I used to be involved in this world. Exploring triggers and self-doubts takes a long time and there are many revelations that help along the way. Medication helps victims cope with symptoms of depression and can be essential in preventing suicide. Support that promotes growth and positive …

Sigue siendo El Pecado una cosa?

ENGLISH: Is sin still a thing? Una de las palabras de moda que explica la sociedad moderna es la ‘tolerancia’. Se ajusta muy bien con sentimientos similares como “inclusion”,  ‘multiculturalismo’ y otros. Se tiene que ser tolerante.  Irónicamente, las personas tolerantes serán intolerantes si usted no lo es adecuadamente tolerante. Ellos le juzgaran a usted por juzgar a otros. “ Pecado “, es una palabra muy popular entre los viejos cristianos, pero claramente esta palabra no es tolerante, inclusiva o multicultural. Un pecado es algo que está mal, que debe ser condenado, y posiblemente perdonado. Esta idea es crítica y no encaja con el pensamiento moderno. Por lo tanto, sigue siendo el pecado una cosa? Tengo un trabajo que es nuevo para mí, y la semana pasada viajé y me quedé en un hotel de un pueblo pequeño. Mi habitación estaba limpia, pero los vecinos me daban un poco de miedo. Eran el tipo de personas que se quedan en hoteles en ciudades pequeñas. Un grupo era un equipo de motoristas que transportan muebles. Ellos …

Why Does God Let Cars Crash?

If there is a God, why do cars crash? Why do people crash their lives? A few days ago, I saw a nice young couple. In my opinion, they were a good-looking young couple, and very polite. The only problem was, he was in a wheelchair, and I guess that he was injured for life. His young wife worked hard to support him, and I think she is a hero, but I didn’t like what I saw. Some terrible accident ruined their happy life together. So, where was God? I have more than one friend who is close to me, with something very wrong in their lives. It’s painful to watch, and it is not easy for me to trust God for them. I also have a relative in a town where I work some times. People I talk to know my relative, better that I do. She is famous as one of the most messed up people in town. Those conversations are embarrassing. I have this nagging doubt that nothing will happen if I …

Balaam confronted by Angel of God by Gustav Jager (1808-1871): Wikipedia

La arqueología confirma la existencia de Balaam

ENGLISH: Archaeology confirms the existence of Balaam A pesar de los mejores esfuerzos de los secularistas para desacreditar a la Biblia, la arqueología sigue confirmando que es de hecho un registro exacto de los acontecimientos históricos que tuvieron lugar en el antiguo Israel. Tal vez lo más curioso implica una excavación arqueológica que tuvo lugar en 1967, cuando los arqueólogos Holandeses descubrieron un texto antiguo en una pared en la ciudad Jordana de Deir Alla confirmando la existencia de un vidente llamado Balaam. Para aquellos no familiarizados con la historia, Balaam, un profeta pagano, quien fue contratado por el rey Balac de Moab para maldecir a Israel como nación. Balac estaba sentado en el otro lado del río Jordán preparado para realizar su primer intento fallido de entrar en la Tierra Prometida bajo Moisés ( Números 22 – 24 ). Sin embargo, cuando fue Balaam fue a maldecir a Israel, en lugar les bendijo diciendoles que sólo podía entregar el mensaje que se le habia dado. Aunque dispuesto a maldecir a Israel, Balaam finalmente dio al …

Small Pentecostal church service in Liberia. Photo: Multimedia Photography/Flickr/Creative Commons

¿Qué pasa cuando se hace una exploración de neuroimagen del cerebro en una persona que habla en lenguas?

ENGLISH: What happens when you do a neuroimage scan of a person’s brain as they speak in tongues? En cierto modo es extraño que el hablar en lenguas se ha convertido en el pararrayos de la discordia en la iglesia. De acuerdo con la Biblia, este es uno de los dones sobrenaturales dados a una persona cuando están llenos del Espíritu Santo. A un lado del espectro hay quienes creen que hablar en lenguas y la mayoría de los otros dones espirituales terminan  con la escritura del Nuevo Testamento, mientras que los pentecostales/ carismáticos creen que es un regalo que todavía necesitamos  hoy en día y algunos creen que es un signo de la llenura del Espíritu Santo – es decir, todas las personas llenas de Espíritu Santo hablarian en lenguas. De acuerdo con la Biblia, el hablar en lenguas llamado tambie glosolalia se produce cuando el Espíritu Santo se mueve sobre una persona e inicia este idioma. En su carta a los Corintios, Pablo lo describió de esta manera: 15 Entonces ¿qué? Oraré con el espíritu, …

It’s yours, so start using it

There was a media story that recently caught my attention. At the end of October, Mexican police arrested 31 suspects in separate raids that allegedly belonged to the La Union Tepito drug cartel and then a judge promptly let most of them go. Beneath one of the houses was an underground labyrinth of tunnels, that also included what appeared to be drug laboratories. During the arrests they found several weapons, grenades and of course drugs. But what caught everyone’s attention was the appearance of satanic altar on the main floor of a house along with 42 humans skulls some of which were covered in blood. Four of the skulls were embedded in the altar. Authorities suspect these skulls were cartel murder victims. The wall behind the altar had several symbols painted on it including a pyramid with a hand on top of it and a goat head with a hexagram drawn between its horns. According to an article in the Daily Mail, people living in the neighborhood said gang members performed satanic rituals every three …

Moloch set up in front of Roman Colosseum: A sign of a growing spiritual conflict?

At the end of September, people visiting the Colosseum in Rome were greeted by one of the most hideous idols of the ancient world — Moloch. The full-sized replica of the idol was the one used in the 1914 silent movie Cabira. The idol was installed as part of an exhibit on Carthage’s history called Carthago: The immortal myth. The idol, that was set up on September 27, 2019, will be displayed at the entrance of the Colosseum until March 29, 2020. The idol was particularly hideous because its was used to sacrifice live children. Life Site News, a Catholic-based news site, reported that the setting up of the idol at the entrance to the Colosseum was particularly disturbing because in 1749 Pope Benedict the XIV declared the Colosseum a sacred site to remember the thousands of Christians that the Romans slaughtered in the Colosseum. One Catholic family visiting the Colosseum were shocked to be greeted by Moloch. Alexandra Clark told Life Site News: “We were so excited the day we decided to go to …

Mayor estudio dice que el divorcio tiene un impacto negativo en los hijos, en especial los niños

English: Major study says divorce has a negative impact on children, particularly boys De acuerdo con un artículo en el Daily Mail , un importante estudio realizado por el Instituto de la University College London de Educación (UCL) ha llegado a la conclusión de que el divorcio puede tener un gran impacto negativo en los niños. Esta investigación confirma muchos estudios anteriores que han revelado que el divorcio tiene el potencial de dañar a los niños. Los estudios han demostrado que el divorcio conduce a tasas más altas de abuso de alcohol y drogas, el aumento de las dificultades en la escuela, una mayor probabilidad de tener problemas emocionales y mentales, el aumento de las dificultades con la ley, las tasas más altas de pobreza y dificultades para mantener un trabajo y estos son problemas que siguen a los niños cuando ellos se convierten en adultos. El estudio realizado por la UCL era bastante amplio, ya que examinó el impacto del divorcio en 6.245 estudiantes entre las edades de tres a catorce años. Los investigadores …

Un estudio revela los beneficios del optimism para la salud del corazón.

English: Study reveals the heart health benefits of optimism Un artículo publicado en el Journal of the American College of Cardiology declaró que el tener una actitud positiva ante la vida da lugar a que una persona tenga un menor riesgo de enfermedades del corazón. En su estudio, el grupo de investigación dirigido por Darwin R. Labarthe, profesor de la Universidad de Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine, observó los resultados de varios estudios sobre el impacto del bienestar psicológico de una persona en la salud del corazón. Revelaron que una visión optimista de la vida no sólo da un impacto positivo en la salud del corazón de una persona, sino que esta perspectiva optimista también da lugar a un estilo de vida que beneficia fisicamente la salud del corazón. El estudio incluyó: Un estudio hecho en el 2017 encontró que las mujeres que estaban por encima del 25% de optimismo tenían un menor riesgo del 38% de morir por enfermedades del corazón. Varios estudios recientes descubrieron que las personas que tenían un propósito en su vida …

Estar enfadado y no pecar, pero ….

English: Be angry and sin not, but…. Un estudio realizado por la Universidad de Concordia en Montreal, Canadá llegó a la conclusión de que la ira provoca problemas de salud más serios en la vejez, que la tristeza o la soledad. Los investigadores indicaron que la ira provoca inflamación en el cuerpo, y aunque puede tener resultados beneficiosos en el corto plazo, la inflamación a largo plazo puede llevar a consecuencias graves para la salud. El equipo estudió a 226 adultos, divididos en dos grupos de edades: uno entre los  59 y los 79 años y otro entre los 80 y mayores de 80 años. Los investigadores les hicieron  una serie de preguntas diarias durante una semana sobre los niveles de ira y tristeza que estaban experimentando. A continuación, utilizaron análisis de sangre para determinar los niveles de inflamación en su cuerpo y le preguntaron a cada grupo acerca de las enfermedades crónicas que estaban pasando. A partir de su estudio, los investigadores llegaron a la conclusión de que para los mayores de 80 años, …

‘Impostor Syndrome’: Are You a Total Fake?

Did you know that Albert Einstein was a total fake? I don’t mean any disrespect, he was a fake, if you asked him. Albert Einstein called himself an “involuntary swindler.” Successful people often have feelings that tell them they don’t deserve their success. It’s commonly known as “Impostor Syndrome” and it explains a lot of our bad behavior. We don’t feel worthy, and we have this nagging feeling that we might be faking it, swindling the whole world. I once worked in a university, and one of our senior managers told us she had Impostor Syndrome. I didn’t understand, but I did think she was too much of a self promoter. At her level of senior management, everyone had a doctorate in something, and they seemed to live by boasting. I was one of the worker bees; my job was to make my boss look good, and not to promote myself. I once asked what it would take for me to become a tenured professor. I still remember the disdainful response, “We only hire from …

Balancing out the message of the Gospel in your life

For so long I misunderstood the message of salvation and sharing it with another person has been difficult for me. I struggle with the right words to say even though I know them by heart, because I had things twisted and turned around in my mind.  The message of the gospel hadn’t balanced itself out in my life. I was putting too much weight on one truth and not enough weight on another equally important truth. Once I balanced it all out, it started making sense to me. I have been a Christian for many years and I know that God loves me and that Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross closed the gap between God and me.  But my life was riddled with insignificance and I fell short of loving, giving and caring for others the way I wanted too. I tripped over jealousy, comparing myself to others and a selfishness that tied me to the fear of not being good enough and the ensuing rejection that was guaranteed after my attempts to be included. …

Depression’s Biggest Lie

This is the third in the depression series of articles. Depression has many triggers and it is treatable. It is a horrible disease that relies on lies, fear, and isolation to cripple its victims. Please see a medical doctor or a counselor if you or someone you know suffers from depression. Here are the lies I am addressing in this series: I am not good enough I am not strong enough I am not loved enough I am not worth enough I am not needed enough The first two were addressed last week. I am not loved enough. This lie is a bit tougher to defeat. Unlike the previous two lies, it is more intrinsic. It is more of a sense of absence of love that hurts than the love others receive. To be clear, we are all loved by Jesus and by God. So, in that way we are all in the same boat. The issue with depression is often the human element of love is missing. This becomes a foothold for the lies …

Should Christians Protest in the Streets?

A few years ago, I was travelling in the southern U.S., and on Sunday I went to church. I found the church at random; they had a sign on a sidewalk because they met in a rented hall. I joined the small group and I enjoyed the service, mostly. When they made the announcements about activities in the next few weeks, they included the plans for a protest. They planned to meet on a street near a busy mall, and protest. I didn’t understand what they were protesting, they just planned to protest. People were told to show up early to get their signs, and to get the event organized. That was something new for me. I didn’t plan to join them, but they talked about it like a pot-luck dinner, or a Boy Scout meeting in the gym. It was just something that they did. So, should we all do that? Should Christians protest in the streets? In Hong Kong, where people have been protesting against the Communist Government, Christians have acted as leaders …

Was a coincidence a message from God?

A young Iranian man living in Australia became a Christian after a strange coincidence. According to Lee Grady, a popular US Christian writer, in 2016 the young man had decided to watch the film Hacksaw Ridge that told the story of Pfc. Desmond Doss, who volunteered to be a medic during World War II. However, because of his Christian faith, Desmond refused to carry a weapon, but after nearly being kicked out of the army, he was allowed to stay and became the only conscientious objector during World War II to win a Medal of Honor after saving 75 men during the battle for Okinawa. However, during the early part of the movie, the young Iranian man was struck by the words of the Lord’s prayer that were displayed in a picture frame beside Doss. The well-known prayer starts with: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth. Luke 11:2 KJV Being a Muslim from Iran, the young man had …

Lies of Depression

Last week I wrote about what depression is and how it can manifest itself. I also mentioned the danger of believing the lies that you are not good enough, strong enough, and that people would be better off without you. I also said that these lies stem from fear and judgement. This week we examine these lies. A disclaimer is that I am not saying that all depression is spiritual. There are many elements that trigger depression and once you are in a depressed state, the enemy lies to you about who you are and who loves you. These are some of the lies of depression: I am not good enoughI am not strong enoughI am not loved enoughI am not worth enoughI am not needed enough All these lies can join together into two harmful beliefs: My life is hopeless, and I am helpless. Once there, suicidal ideation is not far off. Once I start fantasizing about my suicide, it is difficult to pull out of it. Especially when we reach the point that …

Transgender Versus Binary Thinking

Are you a feminist? [Answer yes or no.] If you answer yes, I can tell you the correct type of feminist you must be. You don’t have a choice. You must think a certain way. If you are on the team, you must be orthodox. If you answer no, you are incorrect, and you are the enemy. That is an example of binary thinking. You have the choice to be correct, and then you must be completely correct and orthodox, or you are on the other side, and they are always wrong. I used the word “feminist” because it gets attention, but any belief fits the conversation. I grew up with Christians who were binary in their beliefs; people who were proud to be called fundamentalists. As a young boy I learned to avoid all discussions in the house and play with my friends outside. When I became an adult, I wanted to be a Christian, but the choice was hard for me. I didn’t want to win the argument, I wanted to know God. …