martes, 30 de agosto de 2016

Better to have an experienced driver, and an onboard mechanic.

Posted by: Ben Ayala
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Michoacán is recognized in México for its perfect combination of colors and flavors, the melancholy and joy of its music, the joy and vitality of its dances, its cultural wealth, its traditions and history, its villages and towns, and its natural beauty. 

All of this makes Michoacán ideally situated for travel into the extraordinary heart and soul of México, answering the call of alternative tourism — whether it's adventure tourism, ecotourism, or rural tourism.
  • Tourists looking for breathtaking views are advised to have a four-wheel-drive vehicle, an experienced driver, and an onboard mechanic.

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John the Baptist came to announce the good news of the coming Messiah to those traveling on rough roads and through barren landscape. 

Repeating the words of the prophet Isaiah written centuries earlier, he urged curious crowds to “prepare the way for the Lord” and to “make straight paths for him” (Luke 3:4–5; Isa. 40:3)

John knew that if the people of Jerusalem were going to be ready to welcome their long-awaited Messiah their hearts needed to change.

  • Mountains of religious pride would need to come down. 
  • Those in the valley of despair because of their broken lives would need to be lifted up.

Neither could be done by human effort alone. 

Those who refused to respond to the Spirit of God by accepting John’s baptism of repentance failed to recognize their Messiah when He came (Luke 7:29–30).

Yet those who saw their need for change 
discovered in Jesus the goodness and wonder of God.
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Brothers and Sisters, let's pray: 

"Father in heaven, we need You to do in us what we cannot do for ourselves. Please remove any mountain of pride or valley of despair that would keep us from welcoming You into our lives, Amen"
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Repentance clears the way for our walk with God !


lunes, 29 de agosto de 2016

Satan is powerless against the power of Christ.

Post by: Ben Ayala
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Tourists and residents of Orizaba can see a hill that sits about 1,700 meters over sea level called "El Cerro del Borrego" or “Hill of the Sheep.”

In 1862, the French army invaded Mexico. 

While the enemy camped in the central park of Orizaba, the Mexican army established its position at the top of the hill. 

However, the Mexican general neglected to guard access to the top. While the Mexican troops were sleeping, the French attacked and killed 2,000 of them.
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This reminds me of another hill, the Mount of Olives, and the garden at its foot where a group of disciples fell asleep. Jesus rebuked them, saying, “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak” (Mark 14:38).

How easy it is to sleep or become careless in our Christian walk !

  • Temptation strikes when we are most vulnerable. ---When we neglect certain areas of our spiritual lives—such as prayer and Bible study—we become drowsy and let our guard down, making us easy targets for our enemy, Satan, to strike (1 Peter 5:8).

We need to be alert to the possibilities of an attack and pray to maintain vigilance. 

If we remain watchful and pray
—for ourselves and for others—
the Spirit will enable us to resist temptation.

Brother and Sisters, let's pray:

"Lord Jesus, I know my spirit is willing, but my body is weak. Help me to watch and pray today for myself and for others, Amen"

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Satan is powerless against the power of Christ.

domingo, 28 de agosto de 2016

Contemos con Su presencia invisible y su poder.

"… más podremos nosotros que ellos"

Aportacion de: Ben Ayala
Después de acampar durante dos años al pie del monte Sinaí, los israelitas estaban a punto de entrar en Canaán, la tierra que Dios había prometido darles. El Señor les dijo que enviaran doce espías para reconocer la tierra y a sus habitantes. Al volver, diez de ellos dijeron que no podrían entrar, pero dos afirmaron que podían.

¿Qué los diferenciaba?

Diez compararon a los gigantes con ellos mismos, pero Josué y Caleb los compararon con Dios, quien era mucho más grande que aquellos gigantes. Dijeron: «con nosotros está el Señor; no los temáis» (Números 14:9).

  • La incredulidad impide que superemos las dificultades. Hace que nos preocupemos, que no pensemos en otra cosa y que lamentemos carecer humanamente de recursos para vencerlas.

  • En cambio, la fe, aunque nunca minimiza los peligros y las dificultades, deja de enfocarse en esas cosas, mira a Dios, y cuenta con su presencia invisible y su poder.

¿Cuáles son tus «gigantes»?...
  • ¿Un hábito imposible de dejar? 
  • ¿Una tentación irresistible? 
  • ¿Un matrimonio difícil? 
  • ¿Un hijo o hija que abusan de las drogas?

No miremos las dificultades, 
sino, con fe, 
enfoquémonos en la grandeza del Dios siempre presente y todopoderoso.

Heermanos, Hermanas, oremos:

"Señor, cuando los «gigantes» de mi vida comiencen a abrumarme 
y atemorizarme, ayúdame a confiar en ti, Amen"

Cuando el miedo llame a la puerta, respóndele con la fe.