Read my article in “Tu Decides” bilingual newspaper!

Find the article on the Daniel Fast, in both English and Spanish, at http://www.cyberbackups.com/tudecides/issues/Vol7Issue1E.pdf or http://www.cyberbackups.com/tudecides/issues/Vol7Issue1S.pdf (Spanish)!

 



The Urgency of Evangelism

“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them inthe name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” – Matthew 28:19-20

When someone is dying or leaving us, their last words become very important. Oftentimes, they are words which we will remember for the rest of our lives, as they usually the sum of a lifetime of experiences or wisdom. That last “I love you” or “do this for me” carries more weight than anything else they have said.


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Fasting doesn’t save, but the saved should be fasting!

“And when you fast, do not look gloomy like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces that their fasting may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, that your fasting may not be seen by others but by your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.”    -Matthew 6:16-18

This Sunday our church has the privilege of starting our annual Daniel Fast, based on Daniel 1:12 and Daniel 10:2-3. In this post, I hope to stress the following concept: that although fasting doesn’t save, those who are saved fast. Fasting should be a part of the believer’s life.


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The Depression after the Victory

But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness and came and sat down under a broom tree. And he asked that he might die, saying, “It is enough; now, O Lord, take away my life, for I am no better than my fathers.”     -1 Kings 19:4

In my tradition, we often malign the prophet Elijah for his extraordinary change in disposition. He went from man of faith to man of fear and from calling down fire from heaven to fleeing from the fire of persecution. Often times people wants their heroes to demonstrate unshakeable conviction and perfect faith no matter the circumstances. It’s the price that leaders pay.

The reality is that no matter who we are or what we accomplish, every person is human and is susceptible to our own humanity. Yesterday’s victories are unable to always sustain great faith today.

Elijah fell into profound discouragement and fatigue after having miraculously defeating the prophets of Baal in extraordinary fashion (1 Kings 18:1-40) and then praying for rainstorm (1 Kings 18:41-46). After a great series of victories, he falls into such a great depression that he desires death.

If you are in ministry, you understand that Elijah is not dramatizing. The “depression after the victory” is a very real consequence of being active in the Kingdom. If you haven’t desired to quit ministry on a Monday morning, chances are that you will soon—especially after moments of great physical and spiritual exertion.


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Merry Christmas!

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Wishing you the very best this Christmas holiday…