Nothing impossible for us


Times are we start qualifying Jesus’ sayings so much, surrounding them with restrictions and explanations, that they lose their impact. One of them is found in this verse:

Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, “Why couldn’t we cast it out?” 20  He told them, “It was because of your little faith. I tell you the truth, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; nothing will be impossible for you.”
Matthew 17:19-20 NET

Our problem is not in thinking that we can do everything, but in thinking we can do little. To such people Christ speaks. Continue reading

Day 3: Faith by counting the stars


The third day’s reading is done, out of 90, for the Old Testament.

Do you remember when the Lord counted Abraham’s faith for righteousness? It was when he looked up, at the Lord’s instruction, into the sky to count the stars and visualize his descendants.

Reminds me that in heaven there will be a “great multitude” beyond number. Continue reading

Do not trust in man


TrustToday is the tenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks on American soil. It is not an exaggeration to say that the world changed on this day, so great was the impact of this act of barbarity. It should have destroyed once for all the idea that man is evolving. On the contrary, he finds ever more cruel means for his perversity.

The LORD says,
“I will put a curse on people
who trust in mere human beings,
who depend on mere flesh and blood for their strength,
and whose hearts have turned away from the LORD.
Jeremiah 17:5 NET

May today’s date remind us that no carnal structure, no human effort, pleases the Lord. Only confidence in God is what gives us peace and hope for a different future.


The Christian’s product



Car manufacturers produce cars. Health professionals work for the physical well-being of their patients. But what about Christians? What is their product?

From Paul, a slave of God and apostle of Jesus Christ, to further the faith of God’s chosen ones and the knowledge of the truth that is in keeping with godliness.
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Made perfect together with us


FaithfulnessThe famous people in the media show a lifestyle imitated by millions, but they depend on their fans to maintain their life. In a similar way, the patriarchs and biblical figures seem larger than life, but Christians should not think that, as much as they showed faith, they summed up the final work of God.

And these all were commended for their faith, yet they did not receive what was promised. For God had provided something better for us, so that they would be made perfect together with us.
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Build yourselves up


We build homes, careers and lives, dedicating time, effort and money, in often exaggerated ways. But the children will leave home, one day we’ll retire, and death will arrive.

But you, beloved, build yourselves up in your most holy faith.
Jude 20 ESV

Spiritual edification is the only building that has eternal guarantees. it is a community process, not individual. The context suggests what should be done for such building: Continue reading

Who will pass?


eternal lifeWe mark the great passages of life with solemn ceremonies or happy celebrations. Birthdays, high school and college graduations, weddings, wedding anniversaries, promotions, retirements. These are important moments that deserve to be noted and celebrated. A passage of life that ought to happen to all, however, is experienced by few, and this because people refuse it.

I tell you the solemn truth, the one who hears my message and believes the one who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned, but has crossed over from death to life.
John 5.24 NET

The people of this world do not even recognize that a passage exists from death to life. They call death-dealing practices enjoying life. They think that immorality and perversity mean possessing life. They are dead in their sins.

Jesus guaranteed the passage and the bridge. Life is knowing the Father, receiving from him the new birth into the divine family.

The bridge is faith, a word which captures the whole human response to the Creator’s goodness. It includes repentance and immersion in water as the dividing line between darkness and light, death and life, between condemnation and cleansing from sin (see Acts 2:38).

Faith means assuming the Lordship of Christ, the paternity of the eternal Father, the empowering of the Holy Spirit.

Faith means confessing total dependence upon God, fulfilling the divine project on earth, putting oneself at the disposal of the Lord every minute of the day.

Faith starts and ends by hearing the word of Christ.

Passing a test, graduating from college will not, in the end, make much difference. Celebrations, weddings, promotions are things indifferent in themselves. But not passing from death to life brings eternal suffering, inexistinguishable regret.

Have you passed over from death to life?

When God acts


How many do we help or hinder by our actions? A false step can throw many off the path, can keep multitudes from finding the way. The right word and the good example may well be the signposts for myriads of souls to enter the Kingdom of God.

• I wrote today on Facebook: “You couldn’t overcome, because you hid your struggle, perhaps in shame, but by doing so, shut yourself away from help by fellow saints.” I was thinking of an old friend, now distant.

• Special times, like holidays, reveal how much of a priority is one’s faith. When they preempt spiritual commitments, faith is not first. But when even special moments can’t budge one from faith’s commitments, then the disciple has truly set Jesus as Lord of his life. Continue reading

God freely gives


When we understand that God gave His only Son Jesus to die for our sins, it should remove any worries we have about our daily life on this earth. If indeed God gives us eternal salvation through His Son Jesus, why would He then withhold anything we need to live in the world? (via [bibletalk] Freely Gives)

In his BibleTalk this morning, Steve Preston commented on Romans 8:32. Paul in this verse does what later has come to be called the icing-on-the-cake argument. Logicians might call it the argument from the greater to the lesser. We got what matters. The Son is in in the pocket. “Nothing else matters,” so goes the song. But even though nothing else matters, God gives more. God gives freely. The sovereign and omnipotent God will supply our shortfalls, care for immediate needs, if that is what they are, load us up in our sharp lacks. Continue reading

Short bolts of (maybe) wisdom


A few of my thoughts under rain and breeze. Picture above, taken in my front yard, yesterday.

* The world is in a flower: the burst of life, the beauty of symmetry, the joy of color, the fading into death, the seed of new beginnings.

* I feel like I’m approaching an insight, but instead of landing, I’m in a circular holding pattern.

* He threw words on paper like mama threw bacon in the pan, but the result wasn’t nearly so delicious.

*Started raining again a few minutes ago, a straight-down steady rain, no-nonsense, the way rain was meant to be, satiating the earth, a call to growth, a boost for life. Continue reading