I’m Now In One Piece

I’m Now In One Piece

In this ugly cloudy day, I woke up in one piece.

Not two or three pieces. I’m in now in peace.

I increase not decrease… I’m not Joe but Luis.

God made you and me to be a masterpiece.

Sorry buddy, you ain’t the centerpiece. Please!

But a dot far away…. near the coast of Greece.

You are on your knees, blind in legalese.

Maurice! You try too hard to police. Cease!

I’m not Clarisse, Denise or cheap whool greace.

Just someone who loves the Lord on the street.

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Ingratitude Is A Heavy Burden to Carry

Ingratitude Is A Heavy Burden to Carry

I’m in peace. You? Falling into pieces.

I go east. You chose to go west.

I ask… did you do what was best?

Was it worthwhile to be a pest?

To give me no morning rest?

Now, you feel so so stressed!

Now you feel the weight on your chest.

Stressed, suppressed, depressed, you feel.

We aren’t dreaming, this isn’t Brazil.

You chose to belittle and to conceal.

Let me reveal. The seal? Ain’t made of steel.

So many promises, so little “we will”

Some call you Lucille, Camille, or ordinary Bill

No no. Fake, you are. You ain’t even that real.

He Gives You Everything That You Ask For

He Gives You Everything That You Ask For

I think I’m transitioning… I’m transitioning from an associate to a full. The good news? It won’t be a cruel process.

I can now see what comes next. My mind is finally at rest. I will be able to finally do my very best. I’m not distressed.

The roadmap? Ironically, It came to me in a text. They told me what I needed to do next. God, you are the best.

Accident? Coincidence? Fate? No, our God is just that great.

Indirectly he gave me the way. Directly I’m going to play the game, if I may.

It starts today. Yesterday I couldn’t start. Tomorrow? It’s a gift from the most high. My future? This good guy won’t be on standby anymore.

In fact, I won’t be the same guy that I was once before. The price of the struggle just became so much cheaper and difficulties I see no more.

My advise?

Love God because He gives everything that you ask for. Jesus is the El Salvador… He isn’t a sophomore but a Lord worth dyeing for.

Encore.

My Plea

My Plea

I say A, you say B…

I say C, you say D…

I say E, you say F, G, H, Z.

I don’t think you see what I see.

G, how can that B?

Our ABC isn’t a reflection of we.

It’s a reflection of you. It’s a reflection of me.

My Lord, I’m an American not Guarani!

It’s key for us to agree not disagree.

Oh Tennessee, Oh Tennessee…

Why do you do this to me?

I’m a PHD not a wannabe.

Accept me in your family tree.

My plea? That we agree from A to Z.

Thank God Is Friday

Thank God Is Friday

Thank God Is Friday. Time to rest after a whole week of hard work. My friends, the beginning of the sabbath is a few hours away at sunset.

I can’t wait.

Shalom I say to you. I’m enjoying the time of the Lord who gives me life and air. There is no more extra miles today, there is no more despair, I say.

Resting…

Hope exists before tomorrow’s sundown. Much good and little bad you get if you just persist. Be careful to stop before the journey is completed. You just can’t quit.

Understood?

Tomorrow is another day, full of challenges and unexpected surprises. There will be no more compromises. Let’s say no to this crisis.

TGI Friday.

God Saves And Keep Us At Bay

God Saves And Keep Us At Bay

Rainbow colors I see after so much water dropping from my eyes. It can so easily fill the skies…

Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet… resentful, outrageous, yeller, grumpy, belittling, indifferent and violent, you are. You may think you are a star.

Let’s raise the bar —To me? You are so far from being a superstar.

God saves and keep us at bay. Your insignificance, my friend, will be forgotten so very soon… so very soon.

In every way.

It’s Too Much For Anyone To Undertake

It’s Too Much For Anyone To Undertake

A tornado just passed by me, I think I’m safe. The Lord has opened His arms to protect me. Glory be to the one God.

In this ugly and falling world, full of sin, empty of love everywhere… I see lots of tragedies here, I see lots of tragedies there.

Humanity seeking its own destruction in the name of self righteousness and egotistic schemes. How far from God have you gone, my priest has asked you. You don’t know, do you?

Happiness and justice is the ideal my dear friends. Not hate, not disdain, not callousness, not dismay. Stop, think and realize this today.

I’m skeptical. Tomorrow we shall see a tsunami, an earthquake of lies and direct or indirect attacks.

There will be no break, only tension headache and stomach ache. Piece of cake. It’s too much for anyone to undertake.

In Your Time, Of Course… My God

In Your Time, Of Course… My God

So much love, so much patience. You my God comfort so much of my impatience…

We all breathe the air of worldly pleasures day and night but with your strength and love, we dive into new horizons that are ok and bright.

Treasures in heaven we are to build. I listen, I do feel the calling to do so… I’m glad to shout out loud my will without guilt and my heart full of glow.

I chose the narrow path. I’m back… please protect me and keep me at bay. I’m patiently waiting for you to take me away.

In your time, of course… my God.

What Goes Around Comes Around

What Goes Around Comes Around

How evil of you! We are to live in this world to do good not bad deeds. Listen to me and don’t get mad. Writing this poem makes me so sad…

I hear a child crying for help and for an opportunity to do and see, how much heartless compatriot can you be? Really?

Not even one silver coin? To many false promises and excuses you give. Is this really the best way to live?

You say no way and ask me how do I know about if of this today? I reply with a firm and enthusiastic God with capital G. I don’t think you see what I see.

Being with God is a gift. Fortunate are those who believe in Him because much discernment and gold they will receive. Mercy and eternal life they will get. An expensive price you will pay for being so callous, inconsiderate, and selfish, I bet.

What goes around comes around.

Ask And You Will Receive. I Believe

Ask And You Will Receive. I Believe

So many tears, so many fears, little do they know how the end to this is so near. Be faithful and patiently my loving dear. Things are not what they may appear.

I hear the sound of a man coming from the deep ocean saying lovely words. I now look at the sky, with my own eye and I cry. What do I see? Do I see a thunderbird? No, it’s a hummingbird! It’s a special little bird…

Are you that bird? That bird of hope? That hope of peace? Just say that you are, please. I’m standing on my knees seeking comfort in the God of hosts. Ask and you will receive… I believe.

My souls seeks its place under the sun and a space to glorify God fully not temporarily but for eternity. I see the light in the end of the tunnel. It’s bright. It’s light. It’s full of delight. It’s gonna be all right, not yesterday, today but tonight.

We Need Each Other After All

We Need Each Other After All

In faith I wait for a better future. A future of love, a future brought from a beautiful dove that won’t ever fly away again. A future where pain will never leave a permanent stain in my human brain…

Without faith, the present becomes the worse of the days. A present of hate, of contention from an ugly sword, which thank God will be temporary. A present where pleasure is unseen but the temporary impact in the spirit will be without blemish.

Thank God.

Oh brethren… your jealousy, fear, your words are so insincere my dear. It doesn’t take an engineer to break down your systems this year.

The most high shows me who you are. You ain’t a superstar but a ball of fragile air, so insignificant, defenseless against the winds from the west or the east.

North and south, we all need both. Listen to me this morning once and for all. Why would you want to be so arrogant, so small?

We need each other after all.

Be That Person That You Once Were

Be That Person That You Once Were

You say I, I say we… You too say I and I again say we with no remorse. We is better than I. Listen carefully to this, “I think you need a correspondence course in social intercourse.”

Self-centered statements bring the worse in us and is short-lived. Selfishness isn’t a trait of the Lord. You need to be restored, let’s go back to the blackboard and learn God’s ways.

Love your neighbors as you love yourselves… Even an evil thought is sinful according to Christ. Be aware! Repent. Change your ways. You will see much better days.

Say we. Let your I say goodbye. Why? Because in this life we need to obey the one who lives in the sky. Glorify!

Abide by the Lord’s laws. In a blink of an eye, you will choose to say goodbye to your own flaws. Pause, reflect… review the laws monsieur litterateur!

Be that person that you once were.

Did I Make Myself Clear?

Did I Make Myself Clear?

I rest under the wings of the Lord. My sleep is light and my dreams are so bright at night.

I look at your light in the morning with adoration and much faith on what is to come in the near future. What do I see?

The enemies of men growing weaker. They lost an important piece of the puzzle and a faithful keeper. The hole just got so much deeper, I say aloud softly.

I can see a blind man confused in his own thoughts in the crowd. Elementary! The Lord opposes the proud and blesses the humble.

What was distant is now so near. Change is here this year. Did I make myself clear?

Who Are We Without Him?

Who Are We Without Him?

In you rest my strength. In you I find peace. In you and for you I live. Who am I without you?

I’m just a blind sheep walking in darkness. I’m just skin and bones running in complete madness in distress.

The Lord of heavens has blessed me in full colors for many to see and hear. The end of the journey, my friends, is now very near.

Nothing will cause me to live in fear. I’m being sincere and cavalier today like I was yesterday.

I hope I’m taking your breath away like two peas in a pod. Breath again, and again, and again… again. I’m not even that odd today.

I say…

The answer to everything in this life was, has been, and always will be, Our Lord… Our God. Who are we without Him?

Go And Do Likewise

Go And Do Likewise

I’m copying the testament of my life. All the plans, all the dots, all my dreams, by all means… No extremes. Only love.

I hear the sound of God, the silence of man, the white of snow and say to myself, “What do I really know?” Reflecting.

Am I allowing my students to glow and to grow? That I am by God’s grace. That’s dope, Its my hope… At least.

In this insensitive world full of masks, dark and evil schemes and people planning tasks to hurt others… Why do you do this to me, my brothers? Would you do that to your significant other or your mother?

Come one… don’t be the one who doesn’t listen to anyone. It’s long overdone. We can coexist you just have to believe, don’t be afraid.

Write your testament, dream of great plans, with all the dots and deeds you deserve. God taught us that we are to be the salt and the light of the world.

Act like it today, not tomorrow. This Summer not next winter. In this life not in the afterlife. Not just temporary but eternally.

Go and do likewise.

He Is The King… King Of Kings

He Is The King… King Of Kings

I hear music, I see The Holy Spirit, I taste the glory of the most high. I’m gonna do my best. I won’t deny… I may cry.

Who do you serve? Who do you choose to obey? Please listen to me if you may. Be careful with not being caught as an easy prey for obeying a false promise you heard yesterday. Turn way!

Ok?

Choice, rejoice, I’m not going to say this in passive but with my active tenor voice, “God saves. God forgives. God relieves.”

Faith! Believe and don’t be shy to choose the only creator of the universe. It’s our duty. It’s the right thing. Do you hear what I mean?

He is the kind… King of kings.

I’m Looking Forward To What Is Coming Ahead

I’m Looking Forward To What Is Coming Ahead

I was dead but now I live. So colloquial were my words. So trivial were my thoughts. I woke up. I’m not sleeping anymore. Academia? You’re going to see me like I was before…

Precise. Inquisitive. Critical. Systematic. I can feel postmodernism getting away from my body. I’m in peace… it’s the beginning of the second part of my story…

That just begun. It will be fun. I’m unlearning one-by-one many of my mistakes that were clearly overdone. I’m a scholar, I’m a thinker, I’m an educator! My research? I’m back to being an innovator and creator rather than a mere speculator…

I’m back and firm. I have no doubt that this time will be like none. I was a lost prodigal son. Travelled many miles away, seeking a dream that could only end in dismay… but hey.

I’ve come to my senses. Academia, your son has returned after five years lost in the wilderness. You say a fatted caff waits for me in love. So many smiles, so much celebration! I know that this blessing comes from above.

No more stagnation. No more suffering. No more frustration. I have no hesitation about what I just said.

I’m looking forward to what is coming ahead.

Whatever War You Make I Won’t Be Afraid

Whatever War You Make I Won’t Be Afraid

My eyes close, my eyes open, my eyes see the invisible faces of God. What more can I ask for? I have no more conflicts with the horrors of war… Not anymore.

I smell justice, I hear the blue birds singing on the sky, I’m touching the most beautiful sunflower on the field. I’m so far away from that ugly and exhausting battlefield…

The bullets are passing by. I hear so many screams, I hear so many fights! Oh my Lord, what a miscalculation! They can’t see the obvious highlights! Or the southern lights.

So much lack of insight. Please stop the Apartheid, tonight! Peacemakers are called the sons of God, the Lord has said… You doubt? Go ahead but don’t be mad or sad.

Whatever you do? I won’t be afraid. Never again, I say… go away.

Listen And Listen To This American Youth

Listen And Listen To This American Youth

Sin sidetracks everyone. For bad not good. The good news? Much hope is at bay… God can deliver you and I from it today. Stay tuned and just listen to what I say…

Everybody sins. I sin, you sin, who doesn’t sin? What’s the secret to reverse the mess that we are in? Repenting from our sins! Changing our ways. I guarantee that we will live much better days…

Don’t hate! And with much love, peace and truth… Say no to eye for an eye and tooth for a tooth. Listen and listen to this American youth!

Anger, lies, schemes and evil plans… Repent! repent! Relent from the past… our conscious once and for all… will rest at last.

Easier Said Than Done! Do Good Anyways…

Easier Said Than Done! Do Good Anyways…

In love I say this to you… Under this immense blue sky, the calmness of the green ocean and this invisible wind that is passing by.

We are the salt and the light of the word as God has said. Much good we are to do… Much evil we shall undo. It’s time to work… It’s up to you.

A city on the top of a hill cannot be hidden… God proclaimed. Be that city! With splendor and grace. The results? They will be amazing.

God protects the peacemakers and those who seek good. Understood? It’s your turn.

Go and do likewise… The journey has just begun. Easier said than done.

Do Not Judge Or You Will Be Judged

Do Not Judge Or You Will Be Judged

You’re wrong about me. You judge me only with what you see. Why do you do this to me? It’s not the way this is supposed to be… trust me.

You’re to love one another and not judge. We’re to be Christlike as my buddy Kiz would say. Only God can judge, we are to simply obey! Today not tomorrow, not just now but forever.

Do not judge or you will be judged. That’s the law of Christ. It ain’t a new zeitgeist but an old sermon spoken on a mount. Are you a believer or a person with an evil mouth?

What goes up, eventually goes down. East hits west, finger pointing is like a double edge sword. Do you hear the sound of this most beautiful chord?

What you need to do is to trust the Lord and obey. This is all that I have to say.

Be Hungry And Thirsty For Righteousness

Be Hungry And Thirsty For Righteousness

Be hungry and thirsty for righteousness we were commanded… We’re not to abandon this important message from God. Reflect!

The music plays, I can see the windows rays, praise! The color blue so amazing in the skies… I hear so many songs, I see so many so signs.

We are to live with God all the days of our lives. There is a oasis ahead of me! I see water, I see fire, I can’t control myself but be inspired…

Righteousness.

My stomach growls, my water cup is now totally empty! I’m thinking… what a great opportunity to be gently and do good.

Thanks be to God.

The Suffering Nature Of A Godly Marriage

The Suffering Nature Of A Godly Marriage

Husbands and wives, live in love your whole lives because the eyes of Lord are upon you. It’s true…

Do good, do no harm… stay in awe with God, methodically not symbolically or illogically. Be Godly now not later. It’s a must… It’s the voice of the creator…

In heaven.

Wives, learn to suffer! Husbands, learn to suffer! Honor and love each other. Dishonor and hate must flee from you. It’s wise… through and through.

It’s right, it’s a command from God indeed! Trust, believe… you will succeed. Repeat in every beat of your heart beats…

Please.

Seek peace not war today! It’s a part of God’s message to us all. In times of trouble and confusion, I say…

It’s okay to suffer. It’s okay to walk away but above all, dedicate yourselves to pray. Ok? All the way! Replay.

Amen.

The Light Of The World

The Light Of The World

I see life back in me, I delight in you Lord… I encountered the fabulous God of heaven at night again. It’s a joy! Overjoy.

Overwhelmed. Outstanding!

What a moment of kindness, love, mercy, not opulence, peaceful, quiet, renewal.

You are our savior, transcendental, ubiquitous, vida! Yesterday, today, tomorrow… forever.

To you I pray. To you I say… You are and always will be…

The light of the world.

The Lord’s Day Will Be Your Payday

The Lord’s Day Will Be Your Payday

Let your light shine before man! Yes indeed you can… We are to do good works and glorify God in heaven, we’ve learned. Don’t lose your turn…

Comfort is attained by mourning. The earth is inherited by those who are meek… Be slow to speak but fast to seek… be unique.

Be merciful to receive mercy. Those who are pure in the heart will see the Lord. You children of the most high, be peaceful never deceitful or ungrateful.

Just faithful…

Much persecution will go your way… it’s okay, It’s part of your life’s essay… Just remember what I say…

The Lord’s day will be your payday.

You Are The Only One who Can Make Me Stand Still

You Are The Only One who Can Make Me Stand Still

It’s night not day, so far from the month of May… What shall I say I say loud and clear, my dear. It’s all unclear.

No one is here, I have no fear! The end? You got the answer already… the end is near, my dear. So I say, So I hear… Are we approaching the next frontier?

I’m being sincere, in high gear, all here! Waiting for a call from you. Do I need to play it by ear, my God? Please interfere.

I don’t know? How can I know? You know? I hear that if I persevere… I will be worth more than mere souvenir. I’m trying to be cavalier.

Hear my cries! No more lies! Where is my prize? In patience I wait for your will. After all, you are the only one who can make me stand still.

I’m On My Knees…

I’m On My Knees…

I see war, I don’t see peace in the middle east… Human beings are seeking their own destruction. My God, how can this be?

We were made to love not hate. To be mighty instead of fighty. We lack so much harmony! So much dissonance…

In Christ I pray today not tomorrow. For wisdom not folly. For placid winds… For purity of hearts. For positivity and perfect peace.

Please… I’m on my knees.

I see death and blood, what a mess! So much hurt and pain, can you refrain? So many people are gonna die, so many cry. Can you purify, pacify? See eye to eye?

No more eye for an eye! Don’t vilify.

I see a butterfly in the sky. Is it hope? I hope. It’s my hope. It’s dope! Is there an end in sight or just beginnings. Give us peace, please.

Piece by piece… I’m on my knees.

If You Have Ears, Listen.

If You Have Ears, Listen.

I’m walking, I’m living, I’m thinking, I’m reflecting… Who are we without God?

Nothing, we are.

Much time has been passed, I’ve been blessed, no, no… I’ve been vested… vested in the wings of the angels and favor of the most high.

Why? I sinner like me, full of faults, empty. I ask for forgiveness for my sins, mercy, and grace.

You deliver.

I see riches on my right, that’s right, it’s all right. On my left? More riches, I see. Why me? I ask and say if I may.

With God, everything is possible even the impossible… I’ve seen, I’ve tasted, I’ve heard, I’ve touched His blessings. They arrived.

It’s true. It’s real. It’s God’s love for you and me. Can you see? How can that be?

Ask…

Ask and you will receive. Much mercy will reach those who are merciful… don’t be a fool! Don’t resist! God does exist.

It’s true.

I’m walking, I’m living, I’m thinking, I’m reflecting… all the days of my life — night and day, left and right, up and down, east and west.

Glory be to God for everything is His. I mean, all not half of it. If you have ears, listen.

Amen.

No. God Blessed Me With Exhortation…

No. God Blessed Me With Exhortation…

I’m not a black and white kind of guy, right or wrong kind of man. I don’t lack tactfulness, I’m not harsh. I’m far from being belligerent, as those tho possess the gift of proclaiming.

I don’t like doing something with my hands, I can play second fiddle and detect needs but I find little fulfillment in meeting those needs many times. I like to serve but the gift of serving isn’t my primary gift.

I’m not a person who lives to investigate every single detail about a particular phenomenon demanding total accuracy and precision — to a degree, but I enjoy providing systematic instruction. I do enjoy to resolve issues. I’m practical but and can interrogate. I have a teacher in me but I’m not sure if the gift of teaching in my primary gift, either.

Administratively, I’m a teacher with Evangelistic tendencies. The whole spirit manifests in me through knowledge and discernment of spirits.

I have much encouragement to give, I lift people up fast, I urge others to achieve goals, I’m an idea person who sees potential in others… motivating and stimulating, providing practical steps to achievement. Sometimes, I believe in my students more than they believe in themselves. This is my primarily godly gift! The gift of exhortation!

Why not the gift of giving? I don’t think about life in regards to money and finances much, primarily. I’ve never had the passion to belong to a church committee that dealt with raising funds for the church. I don’t think life in terms of money or as a game of capital.

If a friend of mine was in the hospital, I don’t think I would tell him not to worry that other people are doing his work until he comes back (gift of ruling) or, “I feel for you, let me pray for you now,” gift of mercy.

Instead, I would have said, “You’re going to be all right.” And that’s exhortation according to the Bible.

The former isn’t to say that much mercy I have for the poor and the weak. It is our duty to clothe the naked, give water to the thirsty, and assist those who are hungry.

God is our best teacher. All we have to do is to listen. To God be the glory, always.

Perhaps God Gave Me The Spiritual Gift Of Mercy?

Perhaps God Gave Me The Spiritual Gift Of Mercy?

For many years, I’ve thought that the Lord has given me exhortation as a primary gift of the spirit. I was wrong, I didn’t know. Now that I’m 46, and after going through an in depth study of the gifts of the spirit, I’m completely convinced that I have the gift of mercy as my primary gift. It ain’t exhortation… Not quite.

God has given me much kindness and gentleness. I sense and reflect the spiritual and emotional atmosphere around me, I’ve always reach for people who are suffering and do what I can to comfort them in my house or at the office. God has given me much literature to read on the topic of war for me being so anti-war and naive.

In higher education, I’ve sensed much hurt and responded to it with love and understanding, especially with students. Now I understand why so many kids come to my office to chat and unload. I thought the former was exhortation but after an in depth analysis with another believer, it was conformed to be mercy.

I forgive. Love is at the core of who I am. I’m not vindictive, never been or will be. I’m too compassionate to seek anger or to destroy the brethren. I could if I wanted to. It’s not going to happen, though. I’ve witnessed so many times God doing the war for me against those who consider themselves to be my enemies.

I have an incalculable amount of patience for the afflicted — I’m empathetic and a good listener… I have been there for others when they needed it, many times. Severe lonely and depressed students come to my office constantly. Now I get it why.

I “weep with those who weep” (Romans 12:15) and “bear one another’s burdens” (Galatians 6:2). My God, now I know. “Instructing, advising, consoling, comforting are spiritual works of mercy, as is forgiving,” as found in the catechism’s works of mercy. I have them all. I see little mercy in this world but with you, everything is possible.

God has made me to instruct the Ignorant: Matthew 28:19-20; Mark 16:14-18; Luke 24:47-49; John 20:21; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 4:1-5.

Now I get it.

My God! You’ve Given Me So Much When I Don’t Deserve The Air That I Breathe…

My God! You’ve Given Me So Much When I Don’t Deserve The Air That I Breathe…

I’m a little over three hours from being 46 years of age. Much is going through my head right now. All of it very good… I’m not a youngster anymore. The Lord has guided my ways in every way, I can see it — The experiences that I had it or not, the books He gave me to read, the people He put in my patch (both the good and not so good), as well as my innate abilities especially exhortation.

I’m thankful for everything, literally…

I just inputed my wife, daughter and I into a photo taken by my parents in Atlanta, after working the whole day in a research article. Over the weekend, I’ve comforted a Lee University golf team member and he shot five (-5) under part in a competition in Florida. Today, I’ve written another research article relating to social media. Tomorrow, I will be designing a full website for a church in town followed by composing a song for a friend.

My God! How good you have been to me when I don’t deserve the air that I breathe.

And you thought me how to write… Poems included. “I Will See You Again.”

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I Will See You Again

I was old you were young

In a very bumpy road far from the sea

Against all the odds we met

You and I know it just can’t be

Fourteen years apart we were made

To live a life of greatness for God’s glory

Yesterday, today and tomorrow

It’s just part of our story

I hear a magical flute playing outside

It must be a bird, it stopped… it must be a sign

Too much thinking is being done here I say

The music has come to a stop today. But hey!

Sadness is taking control of the sky

I ask God why? I hear you say good bye

Not to worry… One day, if I may…

I will see you in Tampa Bay.

The future is a gift to be discovered

That is only shown to the finest of men

Things come and go but they do have an end

Not to worry bro. I will see you again.

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Among many other gifts, I say. Much discernment you’ve given to me and the ability to forgive and have hope. I wonder, what is next? What do you really want from me? I think you are showing it to me right now.

I opened the bible… It reads, “… raised you up for this very purpose, that I might display my power in you and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth…” You are the salvation of the world, my God. I hear your call…

Going back to basics, for now. In adoration, I will do your will. Why do you bless me so much? Nothing bothers me… I feel your protection. You’ve put a shield in our household. Thy will be done, always…

It’s 9:20pm. It’s time to pray and reflect what yesterday was and what tomorrow will be. Life is a mystery but with you, everything is possible. So help me God.

 

 

Great Reminder Taken From The Christian Bible

Great Reminder Taken From The Christian Bible

Listen carefully and take notes…

“Dear children, don’t let anyone lead you astray. He who does what is righteous is righteous, just as he is righteous. He who does what is sinful is of the devil…” 1 John 3:7-8.  

“Anyone who does not do what is right is not a child of God; nor is anyone who does not love his brother.” 1 John 3:10. 

I’m four days from being 46 years of age. I’m blessed — The Lord has given me much discernment, even more these days, it seems. I’ve seen a lot of sin in 2019, doubled face people acting egoistically, and much attention being directed to those who oppress. I think I’m seeing a phenomenon around here, “The Stockholm Syndrome,” under a plutonomy eager to see an increase in precariat — precarious proletariat, as Noam Chomsky once put.

It ain’t very Christian bible belt fellas… Not really.

Southeast Tennessee is too autocratic maybe even heartless in its core, I’m witnessing. The disregard for those who struggle around here is ungodly. It seems that fear tactics are the norm in this region, along with repression of ideas and thoughts done by outsiders. You have to learn how to ignore the structure of power in order to live a decent life in this place or submit to the local wishes, even if they are perverse in nature, in order to have a chance to be accepted by the inner circle.

Oh my.

“Do as I tell you. You are below me. No questions asked” is the ultimate regional philosophy, it seems. Thank God I’ve decided to live my life adopting an independent policy mindset rarely attached to the wishes and impositions of local cults. Disdain, disregard, desolation, depression, disaster! I see them all…

My God… Have mercy on them.

We live in a small city with the characteristics of a small town. The concentration of power and wealth around here is cyclical and predictable. The wealthy are elected to positions of power and pass legislation to protect their own. It become a vicious cycle, overtime.

It is what it is.

My childhood friend once told me, “If something appears to be, it often is.” It appears to me that the culture of southeast Tennessee is very callous, everywhere you go. My frame of reference is based on the several states I’ve lived in before coming to Cleveland, TN.

Love is what we need not hate or malice. Playing power games is part of life but it doesn’t make it Christian. Being insensitive and showing complete disregard for others due to fear of repression by a local leader is of the devil.

Please… Don’t be afraid to comment on my facebook wall. It’s okay… I’m not the enemy.

My advice: Be less hypocritical and have more heart. Love your neighbor as yourself. Show care for others by being reasonable with your actions. It’s the right thing to do. Put away your frowning faces and smile.

“Anyone who does not do what is right is not a child of God; nor is anyone who does not love his brother.” 1 John 3:10. 

“Dear children, don’t let anyone lead you astray. He who does what is righteous is righteous, just as he is righteous. He who does what is sinful is of the devil…” 1 John 3:7-8.  

I’m thankful that the Lord has put me to work with good people in my department at school. They are the exception… The answer is often found in the small print, I say. I think I found the answers in the fine print.

 

My Roman Catholic Heritage Is Still Alive In Me

My Roman Catholic Heritage Is Still Alive In Me

But I’m a methodist.

This is how I live my life… Through the beatitudes of Jesus Christ — In every way. I still remember to this day a few of my close American friends being angry for me for being too meek, merciful with those who may not deserve mercy, for being a peacemaker and more.

The first book I’ve read in the English language after the bible was titled, “Brag: The Art Of Tooting Your Own Horn Without Blowing It.” Clearly, I didn’t know how to do it. Now I do but it’s not natural to me.

Reality.

God taught me, through the many books I’ve read and the people he put on my way, how to identify those who are my enemies, thirty for war, callous, unmerciful, unkind and mean… Kind, warm, faithful, friend, trustworthy. Much discernment God has given me.

I thank the Lord for it. It’s important to have the capacity to know who people really are.  They won’t fool me. God already showed me who they are in detail — the good and the bad.

For awareness sake… 1 Peter 2:1-25, starts with, “So put away all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander…” Recently, I’ve seen a lot of the former be directed at me and I became less meek tempted to fight. I’m not weak but being less meek makes me uncomfortable. I love peace.

This is my biggest struggle around here.

I’m not callous, unkind and cold-hearted. I’m a warm, kind and compassionate fellow. I’m a follower of Christ and celebrate his teachings. I live my life according go the beatitudes of Jesus and expect others to somehow live the same way, especially if they are Christians. Maybe I expect too much of others…

THE EIGHT BEATITUDES OF JESUS

“Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are they who mourn,
for they shall be comforted.

Blessed are the meek,
for they shall inherit the earth.

Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they shall be satisfied.

Blessed are the merciful,
for they shall obtain mercy.

Blessed are the pure of heart,
for they shall see God.

Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they shall be called children of God.

Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

Gospel of St. Matthew 5:3-10

I do know. God has wired me with the ability to engage in corporal and spiritual works of mercy — Feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, visit the sick, instruct the uninformed, forgive offenses, comfort the sorrowful, and so on.

I know that all I got comes from God. I’m open to the word of God, all the time. I have an inner peace for God’s will. I don’t seek revenge, ever. I mourn with the sufferings of others. That’s perhaps why students come to my office crying and asking fo help and get help. I’m glad.

I’m obedient and submissive to the will of God. Gentleness, kindness, and docility of spirit describes me. I seek moral perfection and a desire for justice. Mercy, mercy, mercy! I’m not selfish — never been. I seek peace before war. I have been persecuted for my faith and have lost friends because of it. I’m glad.

My family raised me according to the beatitudes of Jesus Christ. I think I was born predisposed to fulfill them all. There is nothing that will ever change this. With God, everything is possible.

To God be the glory, always. Amen.

 

If You Don’t Build Your Dreams…

If You Don’t Build Your Dreams…

“If you don’t build your dreams, someone will hire you to build theirs.” BK. 

No single soul has ever told me the former… Go figure. The great advices in life are often discovered on your own by learning from the legends, those who have actually achieved things big in life. Thank goodness that we have access to books.

I read extensively, constantly and always will. I’m an avid reader.

The bible teaches us that “For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.” in 2 Timothy 1:7.

Why should we be timid? God gives us the means to live our dreams! All we have to do is to not be selfish but focus on what God wants us to do to serve others for His glory.

Remember: Don’t rush into things. Take your time. “Success isn’t a race. It’s a marathon.” BK.

Go build your dreams! Do what you love and celebrate God! Don’t be on the defense, be on the offense. You only live once! Go build your long lasting story! According to you.

God Opposes The Proud But Gives Grace To The Humble

God Opposes The Proud But Gives Grace To The Humble

I’ve seen this my whole life, “God Opposes The Proud But Gives Grace To The Humble.”  It pays off to be humble and push pride to the corner. You won’t gain much by taking a prideful stance and behaving as if people are below you. Instead, live humbly always loving each other.

In proverbs 3:34, we read, “He has no use for conceited people, but shows favor to those who are humble.” In James 4:6, we also read, “But the grace that God gives is even stronger. As the scripture says, “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” Clearly, from a biblical standpoint, we are to be humble in order to receive God’s grace.

Receiving the unmerited favor of God is de facto a gift. Grace, ladies and gents, is a theme found in the bible over 150 times. Check this out… According to Neders (1989), there are 159 grace verses found and 170 matches.

  • Genesis 11 Verse(s) 11 Match(es)
  • Exodus 5 Verse(s) 6 Match(es)
  • Numbers 1 Verse(s) 1 Match(es)
  • Judges 1 Verse(s) 1 Match(es)
  • Ruth 2 Verse(s) 2 Match(es)
  • 1 Samuel 3 Verse(s) 3 Match(es)
  • 2 Samuel 2 Verse(s) 2 Match(es)
  • Ezra 1 Verse(s) 1 Match(es)
  • Esther 1 Verse(s) 1 Match(es)
  • Psalms 2 Verse(s) 2 Match(es)
  • Proverbs 5 Verse(s) 5 Match(es)
  • Jeremiah 1 Verse(s) 1 Match(es)
  • Zechariah 2 Verse(s) 3 Match(es)
  • Luke 1 Verse(s) 1 Match(es)
  • John 3 Verse(s) 4 Match(es)
  • Acts 10 Verse(s) 10 Match(es)
  • Romans 20 Verse(s) 24 Match(es)
  • 1 Corinthians 6 Verse(s) 8 Match(es)
  • 2 Corinthians 13 Verse(s) 13 Match(es)
  • Galatians 7 Verse(s) 7 Match(es)
  • Ephesians 12 Verse(s) 12 Match(es)
  • Philippians 3 Verse(s) 3 Match(es)
  • Colossians 5 Verse(s) 5 Match(es)
  • 1 Thessalonians 2 Verse(s) 2 Match(es)
  • 2 Thessalonians 4 Verse(s) 4 Match(es)
  • 1 Timothy 3 Verse(s) 3 Match(es)
  • 2 Timothy 4 Verse(s) 4 Match(es)
  • Titus 4 Verse(s) 4 Match(es)
  • Philemon 2 Verse(s) 2 Match(es)
  • Hebrews 7 Verse(s) 8 Match(es)
  • James 2 Verse(s) 3 Match(es)
  • 1 Peter 8 Verse(s) 8 Match(es)
  • 2 Peter 2 Verse(s) 2 Match(es)
  • 2 John 1 Verse(s) 1 Match(es)
  • Jude 1 Verse(s) 1 Match(es)
  • Revelation 2 Verse(s) 2 Match(es)

We all need God’s grace in order to cope with being alive. I fall, you fall… we all fall short of the glory of God. Be humble, oppose the proud and in all circumstances, love each other. Doing the former is the quickest, most efficient way, to receive God’s grace. What a gift God’s grace is.

I’ve seen this my whole life, “God Opposes The Proud But Gives Grace To The Humble.”  It pays off to be humble and push pride to the corner. Trust me.

I’M Amazed By How Evil People Can Be

I’M Amazed By How Evil People Can Be

I’m amazed by how evil and unchristian like many people can be… in this world. It’s shocking to me to witness the amount of what my Pastor calls, “Christianity Immaturity” in the heart of the bible belt. I see hypocrisy, lack of brotherly affection and evil schemes being planned behind closed doors in southeast Tennessee… Lack of love, unkind behavior, arrogance and much pride seems to be an epidemic among many people in the south. Inhospitable people, I say. At least, I see this towards hispanics.

It has been almost three years and I’m still feeling like an outsider in here.  The things that I hear and don’t hear sometimes is literally unbelievable. I don’t think you would believe if I told you, actually. Perhaps, things are different in the city of Atlanta, GA. That’s my hope. Tennessee isn’t a welcoming state, that’s for sure… unfortunately.

In Romans 12:10 we read, “Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.”  In Hebrews 13:2, we are reminded to, “Not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.” Ephesians 4:32 reads, “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.” “Greet one another with a holy kiss. All the churches of Christ greet you,” Romans 16:16… Sometimes I feel people want to hit me with a baseball bat and see me suffering around here. 

I’m strong and know how to deal with such rough circumstances. A former colleague of mine received similar treatments around here and eventually left the state of Tennessee. He seems to be happy in Florida where he belongs. He used to come to my office crying in disbelief about how he was treated around here. He wasn’t the only one, I must add.

Thankfully, there is hope against much adversity. In James 1:12, it is written, “Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.”

Christlike behavior isn’t demeaning. Christlike behavior isn’t unkind. Christlike behavior isn’t self-centered. Christlike behavior isn’t ambitious to the point of isolating a Christian brother or sister for self gain. Christlike behavior is based on the figure of Jesus Christ and how he treated others above himself.

If you claim to be a Christian, treat people with respect and don’t be partial. It is a sin to stop speaking with people because of what others may think (or do) to you. We need to be people with principles and character. “But if you show partiality, you are committing sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors.” The former advice found in James 2:9 is clear cut about how we should communicate with others.  

My hope? God. Always…

To every thing there is a season… Be Aware

To every thing there is a season… Be Aware

… and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
A time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to break down, and a time to build up;
A time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to get, and a time to lose;
a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
A time to rend, and a time to sew;
a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
A time to love, and a time to hate;
a time of war, and a time of peace.

From the book of Ecclesiastes…

I must admit that at 45, I have the duty to speak a little more than listen especially with the youth. After all, the good God has given me a number of abilities that are often not given to many professionals I know. In fact, the combination of these abilities, I’ve come to realize, is very rare.

They are the following:

  • The ability to conceptualize, build, deliver and sell a business for a big profit.
  • The ability to use charisma for building teams and alliances.
  • The ability to discern good from evil through non-verbal communication.
  • The ability to write, speak, design, see and edit media.
  • The ability to learn new skills quick and lead others.

It is my time to speak, I feel. This is what I want to say today. I hope you find value in what I’m going to write in here. These thoughts and ideas are for real man. Listen carefully to them.

Here we go.

“This life is full of evil people with evil intentions. No matter where you go, you will find your fair share of falling angels claiming to be nice and kind but in reality, these bunch are as bad as your worse enemy. Be aware.

“I’ve seen good people get cancer and evil people retire millionaire, full of friends and with much influence. I’ve witnessed the poor being labeled lazy and faulty for their misfortunes. I’ve witnessed the ultra wealthy planning the demise of the poor in more than one country. It is real… Be aware.

“Everywhere you go, there will always be a ruling group, a group that wishes to be in the ruling crowd, the outsiders and the independents of thought. The “wish team” is often the group with the least character/integrity as they would do (or say) what is necessary to be in the ruling group. Be Aware.

“I’ve seen manipulators being labeled great leaders because of their wealth and influence. I’ve seen church leaders profit from the sweat of their congregation, sending their own kids to private school at the expense of the poor. A number of churches are social clubs instead of places of worship. Be aware.

“Most people are the opposite of what they show to the public. A quiet public character is often a loud private person. Those who claim to be great in a particular skill are often poor in the skill. Be aware.”

“The insecurity of people often leads to expensive purchases, e.g., big houses, luxury cars, fancy clothes and extravagant dinners and parties. People who are secure in who they are don’t need these former materialistic possessions or the need to show them to others. Be Aware.

“Most of the wars people fight in life are a collection of uphill battles often fought with limited resources. No wonder why so much conflict is silent. The moment a person is silent (or absent) towards you…. Be aware.

“Only a fool thinks that people aren’t paying attention. Things always make sense to someone. Be careful to assume because when you assume, you make an… Be Aware.”

“Never, under any circumstances, lose momentum. Give yourself maneuverability by being mobile. The former helps you to better understand different kinds of terrains. Eventually, you will find yourself in a position of inertia! It is normal, it is expected. Being a cog is a consequence of much inertia. Cogs are easily replaceable pieces in any operating system. Be aware.

For your own sake, resist nothingness and the comfortable position that inertia may bring you temporarily. Do what you can to be in motion, always seeking what will come next. Embrace change and don’t be afraid to change course, if necessary. Those who see trouble ahead and decide to fight a lost war, pay the price. Be aware.

The bible teaches us that, “As for humans, God tests them so that they may see that they are like the animals.Surely the fate of human beings is like that of the animals; the same fate awaits them both: As one dies, so dies the other. All have the same breath; humans have no advantage over animals. Everything is meaningless. All go to the same place; all come from dust, and to dust all return. Who knows if the human spirit rises upward and if the spirit of the animal goes down into the earth?” (Ecclesiastes 3:18-21).

There is nothing new under the sun, ladies and gents.

12 Bible Based Principles To Live And Work By

12 Bible Based Principles To Live And Work By

The bible is a great book that teaches people a number of very important lessons about life. You don’t need to believe in Judaism or Christianity in order to learn from the teachings that are included in the holy book.  In this post, I will share with you several bible based principles I’ve learned from the bible  throughout the years that when applied often helps people to live a much better life.

Are you ready for this? I am. 🙂

“The moment that you make God the center of your life, the former struggles start to disappear. You will quickly realize that possessions and job nomenclature is de facto meaningless.”

God called us to be wise. The way to wisdom is fearing God not being the owner of our destiny based on what we want to believe outside of scripture.”

“Be different; Choose God and sanity before earthly wealth. Make your life meaningful.”

“A true Christian doesn’t spend his or her journey comparing themselves to others or worse — putting themselves ahead of others. We put others ahead of us.”

“Prayer is God’s secret to doing well in life. Don’t forget to pray. Pray daily. Believe, love God, and pray.”

“Not everything that feels good or right is in fact good for you in God’s eyes. We need to life a moral life that puts God first and we second.”

“God is a gift — pray continuously. The reward is worth the sacrifice. “f you dream and have faith… God will help you to achieve.”

“Don’t be jealous of others because God’s people complement them. Be patient because your time of glory will come.”

“Life is a miracle. This former fact, in itself, is worth celebrating the mercy and love of God.”

“God takes care of His people by putting extraordinary people in their path. He also humbles us to make us different for our own sake.”

“Listen carefully: Nobody is perfect in this life, not even you or me. Only God is perfect.

“Don’t forget this: God is paying attention. Are you giving yourself a chance to be helped by God by being reasonable with others?”

That’s it for now. Reading the bible is good for you and me. Read it regularly and critically.  You won’t regret.

A Christian Without Integrity Is In Vain

A Christian Without Integrity Is In Vain

“Integrity is the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles, moral uprightness,” according to the Webster dictionary.

A person with integrity is whole and undivided. They don’t allow external forces to dictate how they should behave with other people in life. Their moral principles take precedence before allowing the opinions (and perceptions) of others to dictate how they behave in this world.

Don’t be a person without integrity. Be yourself and fight the temptation to give up your morals for the fear or acceptance of what others think. Have your own stances and principles. Resist peer pressure and evil schemes. You are so much better than that, are you not?

Maybe we should look at what the Bible says about integrity…

In proverbs 11:3 we learn, “The integrity of the upright guides them. But the unfaithful are destroyed by their duplicity.”

As Christians, we need to be more Christlike… have more integrity as Christ did. Strong man and woman can deal with misfortunes and always find a way to do what they love with minimum interruption, especially if God is with them.

It’s pointless to believe otherwise…

Evil schemes are easy to reverse engineer. Non-verbal behaviors and mediated messages (or silence) reveal much in any communication exchange. We cannot not communicate!

Be like Jesus and resist any activity that may have a negative impact on your integrity. A Christian without integrity is in vain.

Remember that.

Life Is A Journey: You Might As Well Enjoy The Ride With God

Life Is A Journey: You Might As Well Enjoy The Ride With God

The unpredictability of life is a mystery that can only be fully understood by God. One day we find ourselves in a big city near the suburbs of Hong Kong. Another day we find ourselves living in a small town near the outskirts of Duluth Minnesota. How unpredictable our lives are, I say.

I often wonder how anybody can live life without believing that there is a God. Life is full of inexplicable surprises for anyone to deny the existence of a superior being. How can we explain the blessings that we receive and give? How can someone be born wealthy and chose modesty over principles? I don’t have the answer to these questions but maybe one day I will understand. 

I realized in a very short period of time that it is only by the grace of God that we can live a good life, regardless of what some might say. I live a great life full of blessings given by Jesus Christ. Every semester, I speak with a number of college students seeking new knowledge and life coaching tips. I help them to find themselves and to use the gifts that God has given them and me in a creative way. What a privilege is to be able to encourage the youth into serving God with their lives. I love it… I was born to do this. In the bible, we read in Acts 15:32, “And Judas and Silas, who were themselves prophets, encouraged and strengthened the brothers with many words.” We must do so with enthusiasm.

Some of us have the duty to encourage others to achieve greatness, be compassionate, and care for the poor. Someone needs to be a cheerleader for students and give them unconditional generosity. The bible talks about exhortation, an important gift given by God to some. In Romans 12:8 we learn, “the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness…” 

How great is His word and the plans He has for one’s future. The unpredictability of life is a mystery that can only be fully understood by God. I surrender it all. I want to be more christlike. It is well, it is well with my soul… As long as you lead me into your ways and future plans… We shall be just fine. My life without you is in vain, God. God always be glorified, forever and ever. 

Life is a journey — You might as well enjoy the ride with God all the days of your lives. I’m starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel. The other side isn’t that far away. 

Wisdom Once Shared By Author CS Lewis…

Wisdom Once Shared By Author CS Lewis…

When we lose one blessing, another is often most unexpectedly given in its place.” The more I live in this world, the more God shows me that the former statement is in fact true.

God has been very gracious to me. Even though I don’t deserve the air that I breathe for falling short of the glory of God, The God of hosts has granted me all that I need in abundance under the sun.

When I left Brazil, I mean… the country, my circle of friends, family… I lost the blessings of the known, friends and family support. They were a blessing in themselves, I now realize. However, coming to the United States, to an unknown territory, without friends and family was also another blessing I wasn’t expecting. It’s amazing how God make things right overtime. Amazing.

I’m now bilingual, have as many friends as I once had in Brazil, my family is now near, and I got more education under my belt than I’ve ever thought possible. God provides, ladies and gents.

CS Lewis was right.

“When we lose one blessing, another is often most unexpectedly given in its place.”

Food for thought.

Treat Everyone The Same, Greet All Not Just Some

Treat Everyone The Same, Greet All Not Just Some

“My brothers and sisters, you are believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ. So treat everyone the same. Suppose a man comes into your meeting wearing a gold ring and fine clothes. And suppose a poor man in dirty old clothes also comes in. Would you show special attention to the man wearing fine clothes? Would you say, “Here’s a good seat for you”? Would you say to the poor man, “You stand there”? Or “Sit on the floor by my feet”? If you would, aren’t you treating some people better than others? Aren’t you like judges who have evil thoughts? My dear brothers and sisters, listen to me. Hasn’t God chosen those who are poor in the world’s eyes to be rich in faith? Hasn’t he chosen them to receive the kingdom? Hasn’t he promised it to those who love him? But you have disrespected poor people. Aren’t rich people taking advantage of you? Aren’t they dragging you into court? Aren’t they speaking evil things against the worthy name of Jesus? Remember, you belong to him.” (James 2 1:8). 

“Love your neighbor as you love yourself.” (Leviticus 19:18). You sin if you don’t treat everyone the same. 

And the bible goes on and on… “Honor all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king” (1 Peter 2:17). “Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honor preferring one another” (Romans 12:10). “Now we ask you, brothers and sisters, to acknowledge those who work hard among you, who care for you in the Lord and who admonish you. Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work. Live in peace with each other” (1 Thessalonians 5:12-13). 

Treat everyone the same and always greet everybody in your vicinity not just some. This is what a mature Christian is supposed to do. Don’t be like the immature in Christ who is selective to whom he or she speaks with, especially in front of others. Purposefully ignoring some is a sin, ladies and gentleman, at least from a Christian worldview. In Titus 2:7 we learn, “In everything set an example by doing what is good.” So be it, brethren.

We do good when we do what God asks us to do. Remember: “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves” (Philippians 2:3). Christians, this is our duty, not just mine or yours! “The wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy” (James 3:17).  

The word of God is clear. Love your neighbor as yourself. Be very careful with how you treat others. The Lord is watching all of us under the sun.

 

Dad, I Want To Live In Gulf Shores, AL

Dad, I Want To Live In Gulf Shores, AL

Me too, Sophia. Living at the beach would be great, I must add… but my wishes come second to what the Lord wants for me. In the bible, we learn that “we shouldn’t be anxious about anything” (Philippians 4:16).  All we can do is to “Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer” (Romans 12:12). Perhaps one day, we are going to move to a college town near the beach, I tell my kid.  Lord willing…

“My God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19) and mine… Everything in Gods’s time I say to Sophia and sometimes my wife. Why do I say that? Because nobody really knows what the future will bring but God. Fortunate are those who pray and wait patiently because they will inherit what they deserve from above. There is no need to rush into anything under the sun, I’ve learned.

Trusting God is always better than trusting men or women.

Th bible is full of verses advancing the need for humans to be patient and wait for God’s guidance. The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever” (1 John 2:17). In proverbs we also learn that “We can make our plans, but the LORD determines our steps” (Proverbs 16:9)… We must give God room to work in our lives, ladies and gentleman. 

My daughter Sophia is young and full of energy and that’s a blessing. The former, however, doesn’t grant her, me or you the right to choose where we want to live or when we should move jobs,  unfortunately. Only God can make that call! I trust in Him with all my heart and by faith… I wait in hope for my place under the sun. Thanks be to God who created us. I surrender…

“Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!” (Psalm 27:14 ). Trusting God’s judgement about our future is the responsible and right thing to do, brethren.

 

 

 

He Who Dwells In The Shelter Of The Most High Will Rest In The Shadow Of The Almighty

He Who Dwells In The Shelter Of The Most High Will Rest In The Shadow Of The Almighty

God is a wonderful Lord who protects us. Friends, what a great gift it is to be with God. In His name, we live… To God will always be the glory, amen.

Psalm 91…

“He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday. A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you. You will only observe with your eyes and see the punishment of the wicked. If you make the Most High your dwelling– even the LORD, who is my refuge–then no harm will befall you, no disaster will come near your tent. For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone. You will tread upon the lion and the cobra; you will trample the great lion and the serpent. “Because he loves me,” says the LORD, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. He will call upon me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. With long life will I satisfy him and show him my salvation.”

How My Faith Informs My Role As A Faculty Member

How My Faith Informs My Role As A Faculty Member

My life’s primary tenet is that I don’t live for man. I live for God through faith. I believe that the Holy Bible is the living word of God, we are to seek salvation through Jesus Christ, and that God is with us in everything we do. In addition, I hold the belief that we are in this world to glorify the Lord through our gifts. I am a person of character who lives a connected life. I don’t believe in part-time Christianity. Being with God is a gift. This is my journey.

I still remember being in an emergency room of a private hospital in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil crying for God for help so I could live. I was bleeding internally and was pretty scared. I remember my parents standing beside me in despair and the emergency room physician saying, “I don’t know what is wrong with him.” I remember closing my eyes and literally seeing my life, up to that point, pass very quickly like a film in my head. I saw a bright light and all of a sudden… I found peace. I started praying to Jesus Christ and begged that if I was going to live, I would dedicate my life for the pursuits of Christ and advancing the gospel.

For a moment, I thought I was in heaven as I felt a very calm feeling. Then, I woke up and realized that I wasn’t bleeding anymore — nowhere. I started crying, kneeled on my knees and start praying to God. It was a miracle. God brought me back to life. Suddenly, my parents came in and in disbelief started to hug me. The doctor was shocked by what he saw it. I still remember his facial expressions to this day.

Since then, I have been defending the gospel and bringing people to God since. I have my Bible open at Psalm 91 for protection. God is my life. I found Christ at the age of 13.

My faith informs my role as a faculty member by serving as a cornerstone of my teaching philosophy. My base is Christian focused on high ethics with a touch of service. My being is diverse, a mix of Portuguese blood in one body. I see my role as a faculty member like Jesus was with His disciples — Attentive, caring, honest, just, and full of integrity.

I feel responsible for the development of my pupils from freshman to senior, as Jesus did to those who were new and/or old to the faith. 

When Pride Comes, Then Comes Disgrace

When Pride Comes, Then Comes Disgrace

“When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom” (Proverbs: 11:2). The bible also teaches us that the Lord detests men of perverse heart and that the wicked will not go unpunished… We serve a just God indeed, ladies and gentleman. Don’t let pride corrupt your character making you into an evil person.

God speaks to me, in the depths of my brain not via text messaging.

I hear his voice through the holy spirit, I must add. He gives me the discernment to identify who is a friend and who is a foe, danger from a safe place, what is gossip and what is truth, and what is fair and what is unjust and the many faces of pride.

The Lord loves me. He loves you, as well. God shows me who is prideful. Be careful with pride brethren, Much pain comes from pride, either directly or indirectly. Because of pride, former angels were expelled from the heavens. In essence, pride makes some think that they are better than others, violating God’s law making a person wicked and a sinner. “Haughty eyes and a proud heart—the unplowed field of the wicked—produce sin” (Proverbs 21:4).

It brings disgrace nevertheless… “Don’t boast about tomorrow because you don’t know what a day may bring forth” (Proverbs 27:1) and never forget that “A man’s pride brings him low but a man of lowly spirit gains honor” (Proverbs 29:33). It pays off to be humble and follow God’s commands. Anyone who is consumed by pride will not inherit the kingdom of God, let’s not forget that.

Pride is a killer. Don’t let pride rob what God has promised for your life. God hates any variation of pride and won’t wait much to punish the prideful. We are to be sons and daughters of God who love others, away from prideful thinking. The moment that pride consumes you, you can only think about yourself which is literally the opposite of what God wants us to do in this world.

My advice: Love God, be humble, don’t be prideful in any way. That’s the wise thing to do, I say.

The Doe Of The Morning: A Psalm Of David — Psalm 22

The Doe Of The Morning: A Psalm Of David — Psalm 22

Psalm 22: With God, everything is possible despite the many challenges that may go your way. Stay firm in the faith and let God do His work. The schemes of men will be returned with the wrath of God. Trust… My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, so far from my cries of anguish? My God, I cry out by day, but you do not answer, by night, but I find no rest. Yet you are enthroned as the Holy One; you are the one Israel praises. In you our ancestors put their trust; they trusted and you delivered them. To you they cried out and were saved; in you they trusted and were not put to shame.

 

But I am a worm and not a man, scorned by everyone, despised by the people. All who see me mock me; they hurl insults, shaking their heads. “He trusts in the Lord,” they say, “let the Lord rescue him. Let him deliver him, since he delights in him.” Yet you brought me out of the womb; you made me trust in you, even at my mother’s breast. From birth I was cast on you; from my mother’s womb you have been my God. Do not be far from me, for trouble is near and there is no one to help.Many bulls surround me; strong bulls of Bashan encircle me. Roaring lions that tear their prey open their mouths wide against me. I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint. My heart has turned to wax; it has melted within me. My mouth is dried up like a potsherd, and my tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth; you lay me in the dust of death. Dogs surround me, a pack of villains encircles me; they pierce my hands and my feet. All my bones are on display; people stare and gloat over me. They divide my clothes among them and cast lots for my garment. But you, Lord, do not be far from me. You are my strength; come quickly to help me. Deliver me from the sword, my precious life from the power of the dogs. Rescue me from the mouth of the lions; save me from the horns of the wild oxen.

I will declare your name to my people; in the assembly I will praise you. You who fear the Lord, praise him! All you descendants of Jacob, honor him! Revere him, all you descendants of Israel! For he has not despised or scorned the suffering of the afflicted one; he has not hidden his face from him but has listened to his cry for help. From you comes the theme of my praise in the great assembly; before those who fear youI will fulfill my vows. The poor will eat and be satisfied; those who seek the Lord will praise him— may your hearts live forever! All the ends of the earth will remember and turn to the Lord, and all the families of the nations will bow down before him, for dominion belongs to the Lord and he rules over the nations. All the rich of the earth will feast and worship; all who go down to the dust will kneel before him—those who cannot keep themselves alive. Posterity will serve him; future generations will be told about the Lord. They will proclaim his righteousness, declaring to a people yet unborn: He has done it!

 

The Marks Of Spiritual Immaturity In Plain English

The Marks Of Spiritual Immaturity In Plain English

Two weeks ago… Ramon Torres, the Senior Pastor at Wesley Memorial Methodist Church shared with us a very important bible lesson in his Sunday sermon, “The marks of spiritual immaturity,” how to recognize them, and why so many Christians haven’t been as mature in the faith as they probably should.

Let me echo this message.

There are marks of spiritual immaturity clearly stated in the holy bible (1 Corinthians 3:1-9) and he nailed it. After hearing him preach on this topic, I said to myself, “I need to write about it in my blog because I believe that he was inspired by God with that message.”

So, let me share with you what scripture teaches us about spiritual immaturity first followed by the notes of two dreams I had on the topic. Be ready, this post will make you think and is likely to make you uncomfortable, perhaps a bit scared.

A clear sign of spiritual immaturity is pride. Infant believers are often not living according to God’s commands, which often leads to arrogance, lacking humbleness and often resisting the authority of God. Pride is a cancer that can destroy the very best, quickly. When we find pride, we find immaturity. Proverbs 16:18 – Pride [goeth] before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.

Jealousy is also a clear indicators of spiritual immaturity. Mature Christians are occupied with doing things that relate to God not men. Immature ones often focus their energy on attacking others, directly or indirectly, because of what they have or could have. The moment that the immature in Christ allows jealousy to consume her thoughts and actions, her mind, heart and life often pays the price. In fact, the former is quite easy to see among many church goers these days. Job 5:2 – “Surely resentment destroys the fool, and jealousy kills the simple.”

An immature believer is filled with strife. Generating false claims about someone and purposefully disagreeing with others with the intent of having conflicting opinions with them for “winning” sake is often a consequence of pride. As we have pointed out in this article, price is a cancer that can destroy the very best. Generating discord or disunity, sometimes isolation is not what God has planned for us to do with each other at all in his church and out. One cannot be spiritually mature behaving this way. Philippians 2:3 – “[Let] nothing [be done] through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.”

Idolatry. Steve Jobs was a great leader but he wasn’t God. The moment that a person looks at a leader, person of influence, etc… as if he or she is a half god, chances are very high that this person is spiritually immature.  We can’t honor God and money. We can’t worship God and Krishna. It is not possible to love God and any corporate leader in this earth simultaneously. A spiritually mature man or woman understands this simple fact. 1 Corinthians 10:14 – “Therefore, my dear friends, flee from idolatry.”

Living according to the world is also a sign of the spiritually immature. Seeking to live in Lavish houses, owning expensive cars, living life for money to do this, seeking more money to do that and forgetting God… Buying your way into a college or treating some well and others not with the fear of being reprimanded by an influential group are also signs of spiritual immaturity. If anyone has an obsession with wealth, they don’t live for God. A spiritually mature Christian doesn’t allow the world to sway him from what is important to God, which is total submission to God’s word. Be aware of those who claim to be godly people but mistreat the brethren for self again in the church and out. John 4:5 –  “They are from the world and therefore speak from the viewpoint of the world, and the world listens to them.”

Are you spiritually mature or immature? Let’s do some retrospect about the former by relating what we are to the way that God asks us to be.

All right…

Now let me type in here the notes I got from two dreams I had relating to the topics we have discussed in this post. Are you ready? Here we go. *By the way: The notes below were written at 3:30am in the morning both times, right after I woke up from these dreams.

“Write more about the glory of God (not giving glory to other human beings) in everything and the dangers of pride. The dream appeared to be a dream about how christians would be tortured (or pay) for their sin until they got it right in the heavens. Write about salvation in Jesus Christ alone. That’s a condition of salvation.  I saw lost sheep (higher up clergy and Protestant pastors focused on money), in a sadistic place where a Christian had no way out. It was four layers down in hell.

I saw the disguise of a Christian act, repeated torture… knowing part of the answer to salvation allowed me to wake up. In the dream, there was a need to be grounded in scripture for your own sake and knowing the answers about what God wants us to know found in the Bible. Don’t lower your guard.

Scripture stopped an evil spirit from eating my right finger. I heard, “What God can give, He can take it away.” My cry for help didn’t work initially but I was able to wake up to to deep bible understanding. Live upright according to the bible and perhaps know that God paid a big price for our sins.

It was clear to me that both dreams had a clear message for us all, “Live upright and live grounded in the Bible.”

Know the Bible, apply the many Bible lessons, God doesn’t help sinners. I saw lie being used as a weapon for false hope (many times) and disguise to test your belief and convictions. Lukewarm is not enough.

Be patience. Don’t trust too quickly. Don’t rush. I saw the need for people to take anxiety medicine to take spirits out. I saw evil ants entering me and people I know, including my mother. Nobody could see what we saw or believed us. Our belief in God killed the ants, shortly.

At first I had no control over such attacks. Scripture was the only way to flee such attacks.

Devils were not able to function when I was patient and calm and trusted in God in the dream. When I resisted a sexy naked women who was tempting me, made the evil go away. I said, “This isn’t cool. Nobody should show their nude appearance too quickly to anyone. Wait women, patience.

I then was found myself wondering in the ocean with big waves in dark trees. My thoughts were focused on remembering trust and patience. Two weird creatures (angels) gave me the answers to escape the nightmare but they were not very clear. I think I remember the need to be patient in life.

These dreams were reminders that faith wasn’t enough. “Try to fight me with that only and see if you are going to win,” the devil said.

Literally surrender to God. Calm down and apply the faith. In my two dreams, it was clear that the depth of our faith matters. Be fascinated with God not anything else. Pride, living according to the world, idolatry… they lead to potentially having believers going to hell if they weren’t strong in the faith and truly applying what they believe.

I mean, everything.

Two weeks ago… Ramon Torres, the Senior Pastor at Wesley Memorial Methodist Church shared with us a very important bible lesson in his Sunday sermon, “The marks of spiritual immaturity,” Pride, jealousy, strife, idolatry and living according to the world are signs of spiritual immaturity. There are consequences for not doing what God tells us to do. My dreams were clearly a reminder of that, I think. I saw pastors burning in fire for greed. I heard the need to be patient in life and letting God work in our lives and much more.

In sum: It pays off to be spiritually mature and apply the lessons found in the bible for our own sake. Ladies and gents, let’s make God a priority in this world and the next. It seems to be the right thing to do.

Why Are Children A Gift From God?

Why Are Children A Gift From God?

Because God said so. Children are a gift from the Lord; they are a reward from him.
Children born to a young man are like arrows in a warrior’s hands. How joyful is the man whose quiver is full of them! He will not be put to shame when he confronts his accusers at the city gates.” (Psalm 127:3-5). 

Indeed, Children are a gift from God.

They are also a gift because of the following:

  1. They teach us love: Love is when we like someone else more than we like ourselves. Children often make us like them more than ourselves early on. I cannot imagine any mom leaving her kid astray and not helping her son or daughter in times of need, assuming that she is in good mental health. If Sophia needs my help, in Christ I say, I will do what I can to provide and protect her because I like her more than I like myself. I can say the same for my wife.
  2. They teach us self-sacrifice:  Children are labor intensive and need a lot of attention especially when they are young. They don’t have the ability to provide for themselves which inevitably leads us to put their needs ahead of ours. They are dependent on their daddy and mommy to eat and to be taken care of especially when they are sick or sad. As a parent, you will find yourself engaging in self-sacrifice, e.g, going to the hospital at 4:15am because your kid has a fever or spending your disposable income buying them toys and happy meals to make them happy and smile… which are clearly examples of self sacrifice, I must add. Parents (responsible ones) choose to provide for their kids first before thinking about themselves.
  3. They teach us discipline: Sophia eats at 7:00pm and goes to bed around 8:00pm, everyday. She wakes us up promptly at 6:55am so she can start her daily duties. Consequently, we are awake in the bathroom with her at 7:05am brushing our teeth and getting ready to eat breakfast by 7:15am. We then take her to school promptly by 7:40am or so every morning, Monday to Friday. You get the point! Children helps us to be more discipline, especially with time, which is in itself a big blessing for responsible adults.
  4. They teach us self-control: Small children makes us calmer. Let me say this: Sophia makes me very calm, especially during the weekends. I’m much calmer with Sophia than with my parents which historically have made me quite calm. I would say that my daughter Sophia helps me a lot in this area, quite a lot in fact. I have become much calmer because of children which literally makes children a blessing in our lives. Because kids sometimes lack self-control and can be impulsive, adults who are invested in the lives of their kids are able to help them out in order to avoid such situations and consequently be more self-controlled themselves. The former results in parents making less elementary mistakes relating to lack of emotion control.
  5. They teach us gentleness: Gentleness can be defined as the quality of being kind, tender, or mild-mannered. A kind person engages with a softness of action towards others, like speaking without screaming or legitimately helping others to cope with the many challenges that they experience in all arenas of life. Do you see why God tells us that children are a gift from him? Indeed, they are.  Unkindness and brutality are short lived and destructive in this world. We are to be kind and glorify God above everything. Children helps us with that.
  6. They teach us patience: I’m a very patient person by nature. However, Sophia made me even more patient than before. A child sometimes does stupid things which can make any well behaved parent/human being impatient. Kids slow you down and demand that you do things on their own time, they way. Many even scream quite loud in order to get what they want in their own time. A good parent don’t always fold to his children’s wishes, though. Patience is a requirement for raising children according to God’s laws (Ecclesiastes 7:9).  We learn a great deal of patience from kids, that’s fore sure.
  7. They help us when we are old: Not only that! They also help our parents to live a longer life. Sometimes, a grandchild is all that older people really have to look for in their lives — Seeing their grandchildren. Watching your parents happy and playing with your son and seeing your child smiling back in a blessing in itself which in turn become an indirect blessing to us. A kid in his or her teens can help their parents a lot inside (and outside) of the house which can be quite a blessing to any person needing to rest after a long day at work.

A man with children helps himself and his community including the church.  How much are kids worth? The answer is: I can’t calculate a fair number because children is a blessing from God. They are a heavily gift to us. They teach us direct and many times indirect lessons about love, self-sacrifice, self control, gentleness, patience…

Because… Grandchildren are the crown of old men, And the glory of sons is their fathers” (Proverbs 17:6). Blessed are the ones who have a child spirit because they shall inherit the kingdom of God, as taught to us in Matthew 18:2.   

Love and keep loving children friends. Never forget that.

 

Presence Is The Greatest Gift That You Can Give

Presence Is The Greatest Gift That You Can Give

It isn’t technology, sorry.

When we are present and legitimately interested in positively impacting the lives of others, it is the greatest gift we can give to someone. Sometimes, “being there” is what people need the most. This irony is that too many people “aren’t there” when others needs them, making the former quite rare in society these days.

When students graduate, I’m there for them. When students come to my office with fear, I’m there for them. When students are anxious, I’m there for them. When students play sports on campus, I’m there with them. When you choose to be “there” for someone, your presence… is the greatest gift for them! This is perhaps why most people would rather see you at their party without a gift than receiving a gift from someone who didn’t attend the event. People appreciate the presence of others when his presence is a genuine gift.

From a biblical worldview, the presence of Jesus is a gift to us all. His presence to the disciplines was the greatest gift they got. When Peter was afraid, Jesus was there for him. When Thomas doubted, Jesus was there for him. When Mary was in sorrow, Jesus appeared to her. The bible is filled with these kinds of stories and how important they are to the development of people.

When I see people purposely being absent when the brethren tries to connect with them, it worries me much because the former is often a clear indication that something isn’t right, often with those who refuse connecting. Have you ever been in this kind of scenario? I have experienced that, yes. It is sad but not unheard of. I’m sure that I’m not the only one who have ever experienced such events, either.

In Colossians 4:5 we read, “Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity.” It only makes sense to “make most of the opportunity” by being present to others. It is the best gift we can give, don’t you think?

I say, don’t be absent when others may need you the most. I’m aware of at least 30 bible verses reminding us about the need to assist others with their needs. If one claims to be Christian but fails to care for others, fruit may not be in her because “By their fruit, you will recognize them” (Matthew 7:16). 

When we are present and legitimately interested in positively impacting the lives of others, it is the greatest gift we can give to someone. Sometimes, “being there” is what people need the most. Choose to be there for someone today. Let’s live a life for Christ following His commands not ours.

Living for God based on earthly values and beliefs isn’t very Christian, I say. Being with God is a gift. Let’s honor the commitment, ladies and gents. Sometimes, “being there” is what people need the most. Choose to be there for someone today. It is our duty.

 

 

A Wise Man Brings Joy To His Father And Mother

A Wise Man Brings Joy To His Father And Mother

The bible says, “A wise man brings joy to his father but a foolish man despises his mother” (Proverbs 15:20). In my life, I have done what I could to honor my dad and mom because this is what God asks of us, along with my belief that those who raise you must receive the very best in return from those who were raised.

It isn’t an accident that the bible mention 75 verses about parenthood. Clearly, God wants us to better understand our parents and respect them because being obedient to your parents in all things, for this is well-pleasing to the Lord (Colossians 3:20). How wrong can we do if we do what is right to God’s eyes? We can’t go wrong, I say. Some people may disagree but don’t forget what God teaches us in Ecclesiastes, “Do not pay attention to every word people say” (Ecclesiastes 7:17). 

Wisdom is better than folly, friends. HONOR YOUR FATHER AND MOTHER (which is the first commandment with a promise), SO THAT IT MAY BE WELL WITH YOU, AND THAT YOU MAY LIVE LONG ON THE EARTH (Ephesians 6:2-3). Don’t you want to live a long life? I do. Just realize that longevity isn’t calculated in human numbers but God’s time. 

Moral of the story. Love your parents and don’t forget them in their old days.  Don’t be foolish to think that they don’t matter when they are old or young. Lessons relating to patience, caution, strategy, and persistence are some of the lessons I’ve been learning (or shall I say, relearning) lately from them.     

The brethren must realize that the “Eyes of the Lord are everywhere” (Proverbs 15:3). God is paying attention to how we treat others especially our parents. As a devoted Christian, I see God’s writings as a manual for us to follow here on earth. Be wise and listen to your parents. God recommends us to honor our parents. If God says it, it settles it. 

Why You Should Read The Bible Even If You Are An Atheist

Why You Should Read The Bible Even If You Are An Atheist

Simple answer: Because the holy bible is among the most popular books of all time.

You should also read the holy bible because of the tremendous value (wisdom) that the bible provides to anyone who wants to live an upright life. Why should anyone be opposed to learning the wisdom of Solomon, for example? Atheists (anyone, really) could learn the following from the book of proverbs… Check some of these lessons out from below.

Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction and do not forsake your mother’s teaching,” “Turn your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding,” “Do not be wise in your own eyes,” “Do not envy the violent or choose any of their ways,” “Do not set foot on the path of the wicked or walk in the way of evildoers,” “Whoever winks maliciously causes grief, and a chattering fool comes to ruin,” and much more. 

The bible is more than proverbs. Ecclesiastes is a bible book about the bottom of the bottom. Its a book about emptiness… life for life sake’s is empty, or money for money’s sake is empty, as well. It’s about how vain life is, a topic that everyone should know in this world including you and me. It is full of poems and speeches, great ones de facto. You will find purpose in this bible book, even though the tone is a bit dark.

“For in much wisdom there is much vexation, and he who increases knowledge increases sorrow” (Ecclesiastes 1:18).  “There is a time for everything under the sun,” (Ecclesiastes 3) and much more. 

Ecclesiastes in particular discusses topics like the inevitability of death, oppression and evil of man, laziness, business failures, the forgetting of strong leaders, working for money for nothing, among many other lessons including the chances of getting wealthy and the importance of generosity.

The bible teaches us that there is more gain in lightness than in darkness. Its content has given us many of the idioms that we use today in American society, including:

“For everything there is a season…”

“From dust to dust…”

“There is nothing new under the sun…” 

And many more.

I wonder why so many people choose to not read the bible? Is it because the bible is God’s word? So what! I’m a Christian, a non-pushing one… but I’m also a reader. If you like to read and gain wisdom, you should read the bible even if you are an atheist, agnostic, muslim, or pagan. Don’t underestimate the value that the bible provides to human beings.

I bet that if you choose to read the bible, you won’t regret it.

 

Be Selective: Only The Very Best Should Join Your Inner Circle…

Be Selective: Only The Very Best Should Join Your Inner Circle…

I say this because a person’s social capital is as valuable if not more valuable than a person’s human capital. Sometimes is not how much you know but who you know, or hall we say… who knows you! Your inner circle is one of the most valuable assets you gave in life. Don’t let anything destroy what you got or give the impression that your network is not of any value or both.

Building a quality network of any kind is difficult, time consuming and can be quite expensive to build. For those reasons and more, be selective: only the very best should join your inner circle. Remember: In this life, people will judge you according to the people you associate yourself with, regardless of which philosophy of life you end up adopting. Build your inner circle with care.

You can be nice to people yet protecting your space, privacy, and network. Choose your friends very carefully. Why? This is why… Look at what the bible teaches us about friendship.

1. “The righteous choose their friends carefully, but the way of the wicked leads them astray” (Proverbs 12:26).

2. “As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend” (Proverbs 12:26).

3. “Walk with the wise and become wise; associate with fools and get in trouble” (Proverbs 13:20). 

6.  “One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother” (Proverbs 18:24). 

7. Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character” (1 Corinthians 15:33).

8. “A violent person entices their neighbor and leads them down a path that is not good” (Proverbs 16:29). 

9. “Do not be a friend of one who has a bad temper, and never keep company with a hothead, or you will learn his ways and set a trap for yourself” (Proverbs 22:24-25). 

10. “Now, what I meant was that you should not associate with people who call themselves brothers or sisters in the Christian faith but live in sexual sin, are greedy, worship false gods, use abusive language, get drunk, or are dishonest. Don’t eat with such people” (1 Corinthians 5:11). 

I admit — I used to let more people enter my inner circle. What a big mistake I made for many years. Thank goodness, the former is now history and it won’t be repeated again. Prove me that you deserve to be my friend, is my new motto now. I recommend that you do the same, for your own sake.

After thinking critically about this issue this past July, I came to the realization that most of my misfortunes in life were based on letting a person (or a group of people) have access to some of my intellectual property and care without really deserving to have them. I clearly violated a very important lesson I’ve learned from the author Robert Greene, “Never put too much trust in friends” and the many teaching of the bible due to pity on others.  I have a soft heart for those in need…

In order to control for the a possible strife, which inevitably happens to the best of us, you should be very careful with who enters your network. Selectivity is a must. Get to know people in great detail before allowing them to have access to your brain. You will realize that not too many people you know deserves to have access to your insights, especially if they need your knowledge more than you.

Human beings can be sneaky, self-serving, egoistic and evil. From a Christian standpoint, the former can even be a manifestation of the devil in people, I think. “Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” (1 Peter 5:8). “By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles?” (Matthew 7:16). 

Keep your eyes open and be very selective with who is allowed to know you and your network. Don’t rush… take your time in the selection process.  Things that are truly great in life, e.g., the development of a person to maturity, college degree completion, a successful startup that was founded with little capital, a swimmer’s achievement of a gold medal in the Olympics…  take time.
Listen carefully to this one. Always keep your eyes open.