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"And the Holy Spirit descended upon Him in bodily form like a dove, and a voice came out of heaven, 'You are My beloved Son, in You I am well-pleased.'” (Luke 3:22 NASV) Credit: David Campbell/Flickr/Creative Commons

¿Lengua atada?

English version: Tongue Tied El Espíritu Santo es un miembro activo de la Trinidad y se conoce por muchos nombres-cada un atributo o simbolo de un regalo o actividad. Este artículo analiza cuándo y cómo recibir el Espíritu Santo. Superficialmente parece bastante simple. No es cierto? Quiero decir que todos sabemos cuando recibimos el Espíritu Santo al igual que todos sabemos que cuando somos salvos. Pero como en la mayoría de las cosas simples, puede haber controversia. Usted sabe que todos podemos tener una opinión sobre cualquier cosa. Pero, como cristianos, tenemos que mirar a la Biblia como nuestra verdad. Incluso cuando estamos en lo cierto, tenemos que basar nuestra verdad en la Palabra. ¿Qué dice la Biblia cuando recibe el Espíritu Santo? Algunas personas creen que reciben el Espíritu Santo en el instante en que creen en Jesucristo. Aquí están algunos versículos de la Biblia para ese punto de vista. Romanos 8: 9 y Efesios 1: 13-14 se utilizan para respaldar la idea de que recibimos el Espíritu Santo cuando creemos por primera vez. …

La llama de la fe

English version: The flame of faith Cuando se trata de orar por un milagro, la duda y el miedo círculan en mi mente con pensamientos de que no puedo hacer esto y mi fé inmediatamente se escurre. Sin embargo, mi habilidad para orar con confianza y claridad para los milagros parece posible hasta que en realidad estoy frente a una situación que me parece imposible y a continuación, la duda inunda mi mente. La montaña de lo imposible se apodera de mí bloqueando mi fé y mi esperanza va disminuyendo. ¿Por qué incluso intentar orar o creer en lo imposible? Como resultado, yo bajo mis expectativas y me digo, tal vez la próxima vez seré capaz de creer por un milagro, pero no por ahora. . . no esta vez. No es que mis esperanzas sean demasiado altas y que yo no pueda llegar a ellas; es que son demasiado bajas y mi fé lo es tambien Pero hay algo que he empezado a hacer recientemente que parece estar ayudandome y la quiero compartir contigo: …

Michelangelo's Creation of Adam in the Sistine Chapel Photo: Bill Read/Flickr/Creative Commons

Is God a Good Idea?

Is God a good idea? Is God just an idea? Did we invent something, or someone, from our psychology because we wanted some comfort in this world? This is a common idea. One of the founders of Christian Liberal thinking is Ludwig Feuerbach, who believed that we invented God by looking at ourselves. We created our creator in our own image; we looked into ourselves and put pieces of ourselves into our ‘superman in the sky.’ RELATED: Ludwig Feuerbach: Wikipedia Ludwig Feuerbach inspired many, including the founders of Communism, and probably the Nazis. He also inspired the Protestant Liberals. The result of that thinking, in Christian churches, was Liberal Theology, and the end result of Liberalism is empty churches. People who learn the teachings of doubt and dis-belief are not inspired to believe more; they are mostly inspired to leave. Look around your city and notice all the old and empty church buildings. We have some very beautiful buildings where I live, and they are mostly empty on Sunday; beautiful tombs. I remember a historical …

A sign of the times? Calbuco Volcanoe, Chile Photo: Andiseno Estudio/Flickr/Creative Commons

Otro evento final de los tiempos – volcanes?

English version: Another end times event — volcanoes? Nunca había oído hablar de Perry Stone, un maestro y evangelista de la televisión Americana. Recientemente me encontré con su interpretación de versículos de Joel en el que habla de los últimos tiempos y esto me llamó la atención. Joel escribe: En el cielo y en la tierra mostraré prodigios:     sangre, fuego y columnas de humo. 31 El sol se convertirá en tinieblas     y la luna en sangre antes que llegue el día del Señor,     día grande y terrible. (Joel 2: 30-31 NVI) Hasta este punto, he interpretado estos versos que se refieren a la sangre, fuego, columnas de humo, oscuro sol y la luna en sangre como la descripción de las secuelas de un gran terremoto en donde el apóstol Juan se refiere en Apocalipsis 6: 12-17 . Sin embargo, Stone tiene un giro diferente en este pasaje y creo que podría ser adecuado. Él cree que Joel está describiendo las erupciones volcánicas gigantes que estallan en la tierra. Columnas de humo describen perfectamente las consecuencias de los …

The flame of faith

Español: La llama de la fe When it comes to praying for a miracle, doubt and fear circle my mind with thoughts I can’t do this and my faith drains away. Yet my ability to pray confidently and clearly for miracles seems possible until I am actually faced with a seemingly impossible situation, then doubts flood my mind. The mountain of the impossible looms over me blocking my faith and diminishing my hope.  Why even try to pray or believe for the impossible? As a result, I lower my expectations and say to myself, maybe next time I will be able to believe for a miracle but not now . . . not this time. It’s not that my hopes are too high and I fail to reach them; it’s that they’re too low and I do. But there is something I have started doing recently that seems to help. Whether your hopes and expectations for a miracle are high or low start envisioning a candle burning brightly and steadily inside you. And let this …

Former porn star now leading XXXchurch

Christian Post is reporting that Craig Gross who founded XXXchurch 17 years ago is leaving this ministry and turning it over a former porn star Brittni De La Mora and her husband Rich. XXXchurch is a ministry dedicated to helping people break free from their addiction to porn. According a statement by Gross, seven years ago he helped Brittni leave the porn industry where she performed under the name of Jenna Presley. Four years later, Brittni met and married Rich who was pastoring a church at the time. As he was contemplating leaving XXXchurch, Gross felt God impress on him that Brittni and Rich were to replace him. Gross added that this choice does not surprise him because Brittni is picture of God’s redemptive work. In a post on Facebook, Brittni added that Craig and his wife Jeannette played a critical role in helping her break free from the porn industry: “This is crazy! When I was in the adult film industry XXXchurch used to tell me that Jesus loves me. They gave me a …

‘Unplanned’ smashes box office expectations in Canada

Despite attacks from the radical left, politicians and the pro-choice crowd, the movie Unplanned did extremely well in Canadian movie theaters over the weekend. The movie is scheduled for a seven-day release running from July 12 through the 18th. Listing of theaters showing Unplanned at the end of the article. The movie tells the story of Abby Johnson’s conversion from the pro-choice movement to pro-life.  Abby worked as a director of a Planned Parenthood abortion clinic in the US and dramatically changed her mind after witnessing the abortion of a 13-week-old baby. And Unplanned continues this tradition as according to its producers they have received  letters from many abortion workers have turned their backs on the abortion industry after viewing the film. According to reports, the movie earned an estimated $7,041 per screen based on reports from 49 Canadian theaters. This gave it the second highest per screen average in all of North America for that weekend. If the movie had shown in 1,500 theaters instead of 53, it could have grossed an unprecedented $5 …

Barna survey show moms’ impact a child’s faith more than dads’ do

A study conducted by the Barna Group in conjunction with the Lutheran Hour Ministries concluded that mothers played a more significant role in the development of their children’s faith than the fathers. In 2018, Barna surveyed 2,347 people described as committed Christians to find out who influenced them spiritually. The survey reported: 68% said they were most influenced by their mothers, 46% attributed their fathers, 37% grandparents, 16% non relative, 14% a friend, and 59% said their faith was passed down to them from their parents. This study shows the profound impact mothers can have on their children and according to the Apostle Paul it was Timothy’s mother (Eunice) and grandmother (Lois) who most impacted Timothy, who went on to be a key leader in the early church. 5 For I am mindful of the sincere faith within you, which first dwelt in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, and I am sure that it is in you as well. (2 Timothy 1:5 NASV) In fact, the lack of reference to Timothy’s dad suggests he …

I Matter

Have you ever thought about your life and wondered what happened? How did I even get here? I always knew I would be a somebody.  Like the next great journalist, rock star or great writer.  But here I am. I am just me. And what’s wrong with just me?  Probably nothing except I did not plan to be just me.  I planned to do big things with my big brain and my big ideas.  Women talk about the glass ceiling, this idea that they can see the top-level of decision makers but can never attain it.  This is not a feminist idea, this happens to men as well as women.  You see I was born into a very poor, very tired family.  My parents had their dream of farming pulled out from under their feet.  They worked extremely hard, taught their kids about love and God, and made us feel loved.  But they never recovered.  Eventually they moved to BC where Dad became a logger, then a city worker and Mom became a waitress.   I …

Is Sin Still a Thing?

One of the buzz words that explains modern society is ‘tolerance.’ It fits nicely with ‘inclusive’ and ‘multicultural’ and other similar sentiments. If you want to be tolerated, you need to be tolerant. Ironically, tolerant people will be intolerant towards you if you are not suitably tolerant. They will judge you for being judgmental. And then there is ‘sin.’ It’s a popular word among old Christians, but it clearly is not tolerant, inclusive or multicultural. A sin is something that is wrong, and needs to be condemned, and possibly forgiven. That idea is judgmental and it does not fit with modern thinking. So, is sin still a thing? I have a job that is new for me, and last week I traveled and stayed in a small-town motel. My room was clean, but the neighbors were a bit scary. They were the kind of people who stay in motels in small towns. One group was a team of furniture movers. They seem to live like gypsies, and they like to barbecue and argue about things …