miércoles, 30 de abril de 2014

Un "Alma" Regresa ...

Aportacion de: Ben Ayala 
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Esta es la historia de un Alma a la que finalmente le llegó el turno
de entrar al planeta, con la esperanza de que ésta fuera la última
vez que tuviera que estar por estos lados.

El Alma se presentó
entonces ante el consejo kármico, quienes le ayudarían a
planificar su destino. 

El consejo se la quedó mirando y le dijo: “Te
tenemos una buena vida. En ella conocerás a alguien que te
podrá llevar de regreso a Dios y tendrás la oportunidad de superar
este mundo y retornar a tu verdadero hogar en el Espíritu.”
El Alma exclamó: “¡Fantástico!”
El consejo kármico le preguntó entonces: “¿Qué valor tiene eso
para ti?”
Y el Alma contestó: “¿Dejar el planeta? ¿Volver a Dios? Eso
valdría todo lo que tengo. Lo daría todo.”
El consejo kármico observó al Alma y dijo: “No es necesario que
lo des todo; sólo el 10%.”
El Alma dijo: “¿El diez por ciento? Esa era la comisión que le
pagaba a mi agente la última vez que estuve en la Tierra. ¡Eso no
es nada!”
“Bien”, replicó el consejo kármico, “si das el 10% te llenarás de
tantas bendiciones que no tendrás lugar para guardarlas todas”!
El Alma contestó: “¡Increíble! Doy el 10%, encuentro un
maestro espiritual, recibo toneladas de bendiciones y regreso a
Dios. ¡Negocio redondo! Se me hace que esto debe tener
alguna trampita
.”
Se hizo un momento de silencio y uno de los más sabios en el
consejo kármico miró al Alma y le dijo: 

“Sí que la hay: cuando
llegues al mundo físico, no querrás hacerlo
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Y bien, aquí estamos entonces, de camino de regreso a Dios y
muchos pensamos: “La verdad es que no quiero dar el diezmo ni
la siembra.”
Sembrar y pagar el diezmo no son requisitos para participar
en el Ministerio. De hecho, al momento de escribir esto, la mayor
parte de la gente en el Ministerio no diezma ni siembra. Sin embargo,
la gente que lo hace, recibe muchas bendiciones y regalos. Y eso
es algo hermoso.
El aspecto financiero es la parte más insignificante en todo el
proceso. Lo más importante es que te abras a las bendiciones del
Espíritu en tu vida y que conozcas a Dios de una manera más
profunda. 

¿Y quién podría ansiar un regalo más preciado que
conocer a Dios?

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Dar el diezmo y sembrar,
con una verdadera actitud de dar,
puede abrirte el Espíritu y proporcionarte
paz interna, al equilibrar algunos
de los bloqueos kármicos que te han salido al camino.
Y si más encima consigues las cosas materiales, no sólo
habrás obtenido tu torta, sino que te
la podrás comer también.

domingo, 20 de abril de 2014

El poder del evangelio. SALVACIÓN POR LA FE (ROMANOS 1.16--11.36).

Advertencia al que peca deliberadamente.

El evangelio, es poder de Dios para salvación de todo aquel que cree, del judío primeramenten y también del griego, pues en el evangelio, la justicia de Dios se revela por fe y para fe: «Mas el justo por la fe vivirá».

La ira de Dios se revela desde el cielo contra toda impiedad e injusticia de los hombres que detienen con injusticia la verdad,   porque lo que de Dios se conoce les es manifiesto, pues Dios se lo manifestó:

Lo invisible de él, su eterno poder y su deidad, se hace claramente visible desde la creación del mundo y se puede discernir por medio de las cosas hechas.

La culpabilidad de la humanidad. 

Por lo tanto, no tienen excusa, ya que, habiendo conocido a Dios, no lo glorificaron como a Dios, ni le dieron gracias.  Al contrario, se envanecieron en sus razonamientos y su necio corazón fue entenebrecido. Pretendiendo ser sabios, se hicieron necios, y cambiaron la gloria del Dios incorruptible por imágenes de hombres corruptibles, de aves, de cuadrúpedos y de reptiles.

Por lo cual, también los entregó Dios a la inmundicia, en los apetitos de sus corazones, de modo que deshonraron entre sí sus propios cuerpos, ya que cambiaron la verdad de Dios por la mentira, honrando y dando culto a las criaturas antes que al Creador, el cual es bendito por los siglos. Amén.

Por eso Dios los entregó a pasiones vergonzosas, pues aun sus mujeres cambiaron las relaciones naturales por las que van contra la naturaleza. Del mismo modo también los hombres, dejando la relación natural con la mujer, se encendieron en su lascivia unos con otros, cometiendo hechos vergonzososzhombres con hombres, y recibiendo en sí mismos la retribución debida a su extravío.

Como ellos no quisieron tener en cuenta a Dios, Dios los entregó a una mente depravada, para hacer cosas que no deben. Están atestados de toda injusticia, fornicación,a perversidad, avaricia, maldad; llenos de envidia, homicidios, contiendas, engaños y perversidades. Son murmuradores, calumniadores, enemigos de Dios, injuriosos, soberbios, vanidosos, inventores de males, desobedientes a los padres, necios, desleales, sin afecto natural, implacables, sin misericordia. 

Esos, aunque conocen el juicio de Dios, que los que practican tales cosas son dignos de muerte, no solo las hacen, sino que también se complacen con los que las practican.

Si pecamos voluntariamente después de haber recibido el conocimiento de la verdad, ya no queda más sacrificio por los pecados, sino una horrenda expectación de juicio y de hervor de fuego que ha de devorar a los adversarios. El que viola la Ley de Moisés, por el testimonio de dos o de tres testigos muere irremisiblemente.

¿Cuánto mayor castigo pensáis que merecerá el que pisotee al Hijo de Dios, y tenga por inmunda la sangre del pactos en la cual fue santificado y ofenda al Espíritu de gracia? Pues conocemos al que dijo: «Mía es la venganza, yo daré el pago» --dice el Señor--. Y otra vez: «El Señor juzgará a su pueblo». ¡Horrenda cosa es caer en manos del Dios vivo!
Pero traed a la memoria los días pasados, en los cuales, después de haber sido iluminados, sostuvisteis un fuerte y doloroso combate; por una parte, ciertamente, con vituperios y tribulaciones fuisteis hechos espectáculo, y por otra, llegasteis a ser compañeros de los que estaban en una situación semejante: porque de los presos también os compadecisteis, y el despojo de vuestros bienes sufristeis con gozo, sabiendo que tenéis en vosotros una mejor y perdurable herencia en los cielos. 

No perdáis, pues, vuestra confianza, que tiene una gran recompensa, pues os es necesaria la paciencia, para que, habiendo hecho la voluntad de Dios, obtengáis la promesa. 

« Porque aún un poco y el que ha de venir vendrá, y no tardará. Mas el justo vivirá por fe; pero si retrocede, no agradará a mi alma». Pero nosotros no somos de los que retroceden para perdición, sino de los que tienen fe para preservación del alma.

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The meaning of Easter



Posted by: Ben Ayala

Christ’s physical resurrection

Understanding of the meaning of Easter is still developing. 

We know that Jesus died once for all (Rom. 6:10; Heb. 10:12) and, of course, rose from the dead once. 

Three days after paying the penalty of our sins on the cross, the sinless Jesus conquered death by rising from the grave and breaking the power of sin. 

It was this final sacrifice of blood that opened the only way for us to have a relationship with God now and a home with Him forevermore.

“Christ died for our sins, . . . He was buried, and . . . He rose again the third day” (1 Cor. 15:3-4). He has promised that He is preparing a place for us (John 14:1-4), and He will someday return. 

One day we will be with our risen Savior.

That’s why every year at Eastertime—in fact, every day of the year—we have reason to celebrate the resurrection of our Savior. “I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth” (Ps. 34:1).

Christ’s resurrection is cause for our celebration.

Recommended Reading: Hebrews 10:11-18 

Holy Week - Day 8: Resurrection Sunday!

Posted by: Ben Ayala
The Garden Tomb in Jerusalem, believed to be the burial place of Jesus.
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On Resurrection Sunday we reach the culmination of Passion Week. The resurrection of Jesus Christ is the most important event, the crux, you might say, of the Christian faith. The very foundation of all Christian doctrine hinges on the truth of this account.
Early Sunday morning several women (Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, Joanna, and Salome are all mentioned in the Gospel accounts) went to the tomb and discovered that the large stone covering the tomb's entrance had been rolled away. An angel announced, "Don't be afraid! I know you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He isn't here! He is risen from the dead, just as he said would happen." (Matthew 28:5-6, NLT)

On the day of his resurrection, Jesus Christ made at least five appearances. Mark's Gospel says the first person to see him was Mary Magdalene. Jesus also appeared to Peter, to the two disciples on the road to Emmaus, and later that day to all of the disciples except Thomas, while they were gathered in a house for prayer.

The eyewitness accounts in the Gospels provide undeniable evidence that the resurrection of Jesus Christ happened. 2,000 years after his death, followers of Christ still flock to see the empty tomb, one of the strongest proofs that Jesus Christ actually did rise from the dead.

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Sunday's events are recorded in Matthew 28:1-13, Mark 16:1-14, Luke 24:1-49, and John 20:1-23.

(Note: The exact order of events during Holy Week is debated by Bible scholars. This timeline represents an approximate outline of major events.)
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para
el Pueblo de la Iglesia
de Dios !


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sábado, 19 de abril de 2014

Holy Week - Day 7: Saturday in the Tomb

Posted by: Ben Ayala

Jesus' body lay in the tomb where it was guarded by Roman soldiers throughout the day on Saturday, which was the Sabbath. When the Sabbath ended at 6 p.m., Christ's body was ceremonially treated for burial with spices purchased by Nicodemus:
"He brought about seventy-five pounds of perfumed ointment made from myrrh and aloes. Following Jewish burial custom, they wrapped Jesus' body with the spices in long sheets of linen cloth." (John 19: 39-40, NLT)

Nicodemus, like Joseph of Arimathea, was a member of the Sanhedrin, the court which had condemned Jesus Christ to death. For a time, both men had lived as secret followers of Jesus, afraid to make a public profession of faith because of their prominent positions in the Jewish community.

Similarly, both were deeply affected by Christ's death. They boldly came out of hiding, risking their reputations and their lives because they now realized Jesus was, indeed, the long-awaited Messiah. Together they cared for Jesus' body and prepared it for burial.

While his physical body lay in the tomb, Jesus Christ paid the penalty for sin by offering the perfect, spotless sacrifice. He conquered death, both spiritually and physically, securing our eternal salvation:

"For you know that God paid a ransom to save you from the empty life you inherited from your ancestors. And the ransom he paid was not mere gold or silver. He paid for you with the precious lifeblood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God." (1 Peter 1:18-19, NLT)

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Saturday's events are recorded in Matthew 27:62-66, Mark 16:1, Luke 23:56, and John 19:40.

Holy Week - Day 6: Good Friday's Trial, Crucifixion, Death, Burial

Posted by: Ben Ayala
Today we'll trace Jesus' steps on Good Friday, the most difficult day of Passion Week. Christ's journey turned treacherous and acutely painful in these final hours leading to his death.
According to Scripture, Judas Iscariot, the disciple who had betrayed Jesus, was overcome with remorse and hanged himself early Friday morning.

Meanwhile, before the third hour (9 a.m.), Jesus endured the shame of false accusations, condemnation, mockery, beatings, and abandonment. After multiple unlawful trials, he was sentenced to death by crucifixion, one of the most horrible and disgraceful methods of capital punishment.

Before Christ was led away, soldiers spit on him, tormented and mocked him, and pierced him with a crown of thorns. Then Jesus carried his own cross to Calvary where, again, he was mocked and insulted as Roman soldiers nailed him to the wooden cross.

Jesus spoke seven final statements from the cross. His first words were, "Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing." (Luke 23:34, NIV). His last were, "Father, into your hands I commit my spirit." (Luke 23:46, NIV)

Then, about the ninth hour (3 p.m.), Jesus breathed his last and died.

By 6 p.m. Friday evening, Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimathea, took Jesus' body down from the cross and lay it in a tomb.

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Friday's events are recorded in Matthew 27:1-62, Mark 15:1-47, Luke 22:63-23:56, and John 18:28-19:37.

jueves, 17 de abril de 2014

Thursday's Passover, Last Supper - Holy Week - Thursday - Day 5

Posted by: Ben Ayala

Our Walk through Holy Week takes a somber turn on Thursday.
From Bethany Jesus sent Peter and John ahead to the Upper Room in Jerusalem to make the preparations for the Passover Feast. That evening after sunset, Jesus washed the feet of his disciples as they prepared to share in the Passover. By performing this humble act of service, Jesus demonstrated by example how they were to love one another. Today, many churches practice foot-washing ceremonies as a part of their Maundy Thursday services.

Then Jesus shared the feast of Passover with his disciples saying, "I have been very eager to eat this Passover meal with you before my suffering begins. For I tell you now that I won't eat this meal again until its meaning is fulfilled in the Kingdom of God." (Luke 22:15-16, NLT)

As the Lamb of God, Jesus was about to fulfill the meaning of the Passover by giving his body to be broken and his blood to be shed in sacrifice, freeing us from sin and death. During this Last Supper, Jesus established the Lord's Supper, or Communion, instructing his followers to continually remember his sacrifice by sharing in the elements of bread and wine:

"And he took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, 'This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.' And likewise the cup after they had eaten, saying, 'This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood.' " (Luke 22:19-20, ESV)

Later Jesus and the disciples left the Upper Room and went to the Garden of Gethsemane, where Jesus prayed in agony to God the Father. Luke's Gospel says "his sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground." (Luke 22:44, ESV)

Late that evening in Gethsemane, Jesus was betrayed with a kiss by Judas Iscariot and arrested by the Sanhedrin. He was taken to the home of Caiaphas, the High Priest, where the whole council had gathered to begin making their case against Jesus.

Meanwhile, in the early morning hours as Jesus' trial was getting underway, Peter denied knowing his Master three times before the rooster crowed.

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Scripture Reference:

Thursday's events are recorded in Matthew 26:17–75, Mark 14:12-72, Luke 22:7-62, and John 13:1-38.
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miércoles, 16 de abril de 2014

Silent Wednesday - Holy Week - Wednesday - Day 4

Posted by: Ben Ayala

The Bible doesn't say what the Lord did on Wednesday of Passion Week. Scholars speculate that after two exhausting days in Jerusalem, Jesus and his disciples spent this day resting in Bethany in anticipation of the Passover.
Bethany was about two miles east of Jerusalem. Here Lazarus and his two sisters, Mary and Martha lived. They were close friends of Jesus, and probably hosted him and the disciples during these final days in Jerusalem.

Just a short time previously, Jesus had revealed to the disciples, and the world, that he had power over death by raising Lazarus from the grave. After seeing this incredible miracle, many people in Bethany believed that Jesus was the Son of God and put their faith in him. Also in Bethany just a few nights earlier, Lazarus' sister Mary had lovingly anointed the feet of Jesus with expensive perfume.

While we can only speculate, it's fascinating to consider how our Lord Jesus spent this final quiet day with his dearest friends and followers.

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Scripture Reference:

John 11:1-45
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martes, 15 de abril de 2014

Mount of Olives - Holy Week - Tuesday - Day 3

Posted by: Ben Ayala
Today our journey with Jesus through Holy Week takes us back to the Temple in Jerusalem and then to the Mount of Olives.
On Tuesday morning, Jesus and his disciples returned to Jerusalem. They passed the withered fig tree on their way, and Jesus taught them about faith.

At the Temple, the religious leaders aggressively challenged Jesus' authority, attempting to ambush him and create an opportunity for his arrest. But Jesus evaded their traps and pronounced harsh judgment on them: "Blind guides! ... For you are like whitewashed tombs—beautiful on the outside but filled on the inside with dead people's bones and all sorts of impurity. Outwardly you look like righteous people, but inwardly your hearts are filled with hypocrisy and lawlessness...Snakes! Sons of vipers! How will you escape the judgment of hell?" (Matthew 23:24-33)

Tuesday afternoon Jesus left the city and went with his disciples to the Mount of Olives, which overlooks Jerusalem due east of the Temple. Here Jesus gave the Olivet Discourse, an elaborate prophecy about the destruction of Jerusalem and the end of the age. He taught in parables using symbolic language about end times events, including his Second Coming and the final judgment.

Scripture indicates that Tuesday was the day Judas Iscariot negotiated with the Sanhedrin to betray Jesus (Matthew 26:14-16).

After a tiring day of confrontation and warnings about the future, once again, Jesus and the disciples stayed the night in Bethany.

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The tumultuous events of Tuesday and the Olivet Discourse are recorded in Matthew 21:23–24:51, Mark 11:20–13:37, Luke 20:1–21:36, and John 12:20–38.

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de Dios !


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lunes, 14 de abril de 2014

Jesus Clears the Temple - Holy Week - Monday - Day 2

Posted By: Ben Ayala


Today, we continue tracing the footsteps of Jesus, as Monday morning he returned with his disciples to Jerusalem. Along the way, Jesus cursed a fig tree because it had failed to bear fruit. Some scholars believe this cursing of the fig tree represented God's judgment on the spiritually dead religious leaders of Israel. Others believe the symbolism extended to all believers, demonstrating that genuine, living faith is more than just outward religiosity. True faith must bear spiritual fruit in a person's life.
When Jesus arrived at the Temple he found the courts full of corrupt money changers. He began overturning their tables and clearing the Temple, saying, "The Scriptures declare, 'My Temple will be a house of prayer,' but you have turned it into a den of thieves." (Luke 19:46)

On Monday evening Jesus stayed in Bethany again, probably in the home of his friends, Mary, Martha, and Lazarus.

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