Monthly Archives: July 2015

DISTURBING DREAM

Last night, I had a frightening dream. In my dream, I was standing on a city square minding my own business when I suddenly heard a commotion. I looked and saw a multitude of people, men and women alike angrily walking toward someone looking like Jesus, almost like ganging up on him. They were very upset with him, complaining, shouting profanities, and blaming him for not giving them what they wanted! Some were screaming at him, “You never gave Me a husband!” and others, “Where is the money you promised?” and, “It’s your fault we lost everything!”

When I took a closer look at the person I thought was Jesus, I was puzzled because he looked sick, very skinny, like he hadn’t eaten for many days, his clothing were ripped and dirty. He looked much like the homeless people I used to minister to.

Then I heard the voice of Jesus telling me, “This is the way these bitter and angry people see [...]

WAS JESUS RICH?

Contrary to what many preachers erroneously teach, Jesus was not rich! I once heard a famous televangelist saying that Jesus was a billionaire because he had a bookkeeper and was wearing designer clothes. That was seemingly also why the soldiers at Jesus’ crucifixion were throwing lot for his (expensive) clothing.

Jesus did have money though. We know this because He designated Judas, one of His disciples to be the treasurer (see John 13:29). People like Joanna, the wife of Chuza, Herod’s business manager, Susanna, and many others were contributing from their own resources to support Jesus and His disciples (see Luke 8:3).

However, Jesus was poor compared to what He had before coming to earth. He voluntarily and humbly gave up everything in order to reach others! He even said,
Foxes have dens to live in, and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place even to lay his head. Matthew 8:20 NLT
This can also be said about the [...]

DID JESUS COME TO MAKE YOU RICH?

“You know the generous grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. Though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, so that by His poverty He could make you rich.” 2. Corinthians 8:9 NLT
This is an often-misquoted Bible scripture by pastors in order to tell their followers that Jesus came to make them financially rich.

But this verse is about the apostle Paul encouraging the Corinthian church to add giving to the impressive list of things in which they excelled.
“Since you excel in so many ways—in your faith, your gifted speakers, your knowledge, your enthusiasm, and your love from us—I want you to excel also in this gracious act of giving.” 2. Corinthians 8:7 NLT
To do so, they had to model their behavior after Christ, who, though He possessed infinitely more than they did, had become poor for their sakes!

Paul wanted the Corinthian church to follow the example of the other churches in Macedonia, about whom he said: 

THERE IS A BATTLE FOR STAYING FREE!

“So Christ has truly set us free! Now make sure that you stay free, and don’t get tied up again in SLAVERY TO THE LAW!” Galatians 5:1 NLT
“But when you are directed by the Spirit, you are NOT UNDER OBLIGATION TO THE LAW OF MOSES.” Galatians 5:18 NLT
As it was during the time of the apostle Paul, we are seeing over the last years an uprising of false Christian teachers who want to enslave and force believers in Christ to follow the Jewish laws, traditions and regulations, as is written in the Old Testament book of Torah, in order to be in right standing with God and receive blessings!

The apostle Paul said that some so-called believers, false ones, really, were secretly brought into their meetings!
“They sneaked in to spy on us and take away the freedom we have in Christ Jesus. They wanted to enslave us and force us to follow their Jewish regulations.  But we refused to [...]

Becoming An Angel When You Die?

There is not such thing that when you die you will become an angel and will be watching down from heaven. As matter of fact the Bible says that each person is destined to die once and after that comes judgment! (Hebrews 9:27) Heaven is only destined as Jesus stated for those who are born again! (See John 3:3) This means only those who have been forgiven from their sins and follow Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, walking in love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control! (See John 3:16 + Galatians 5:22-23)

But those who follow the desires of their sinful nature produces these evil results in their lives: sexual immorality, impure thoughts, eagerness for lustful pleasure, idolatry, participation in demonic activities, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, divisions, the feeling that everyone is wrong except those in your own little group, envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other kinds of sin. Anyone living this [...]

Sabbath

There is no law in the New Testament or command or rule given to the Church to keep the Sabbath, or even Sunday as the rightful church day. Sunday is not a day that replaced the Sabbath, or the only day we are required to assemble and worship. The Bible makes it indisputably clear that we are absolutely not required to keep the Sabbath, festivities, or any other day. Here it is:
“So don’t let anyone condemn you for what you eat or drink, or for not celebrating certain holy days or new moon ceremonies or Sabbaths. For these rules are only shadows of the reality yet to come. And Christ himself is that reality.” Colossians 2:16-17 NLT
God’s desire is that we worship and serve Him continually, every day, not just on Saturday or Sunday. That is why there is no explicit biblical command that either Saturday or Sunday must be the day of worship! That’s why the scriptures also [...]