The spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me; he has sent me to bring good news to the oppressed,to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim Liberty to the captives, and release to the prisoners;… Isaiah 61:1 NRSV El Espíritu del Señor omnipotente está sobre mí, por cuanto me ha ungido para anunciar buenas nuevas a los pobres. Me ha enviado a sanar los corazones heridos, a proclamar liberación a los cautivos y libertad a los prisioneros,…Isaías 61:1 NVI

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Why Did Jesus Come to Earth?

saving JesusJesus Christ came into the world to save you from all your sinners. It does not have anything to do with being good. Jesus is a gift from God to All people here on earth.

1 Timothy 1:15, “This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.” (Saint Paul speaking)

Jesus Christ came into the world to call sinners to repentance.
Mark 2:17, “When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”

Jesus Christ came into the world to seek and save the lost.
Luke 19:10, “For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.”

Jesus came into the world to demonstrate the true purpose of life and give Himself a ransom.
Matthew 20:28, “Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.”

Jesus Christ came into the world to be a King and bear witness to the truth.
John 18:37, “Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice.”

Jesus Christ came into the world to do the Will of His Father.
John 6:38, “For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me.”

Jesus Christ came into the world to be a Light in the world.
John 12:46, “I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness.”

Jesus Christ came into the world that men might have the Abundant Life.
John 10:10, “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”

Jesus Christ came into the world to Judge the world.
John 9:39, “And Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind.”

Jesus Christ came into the world to Proclaim or preach the Good News about the Kingdom of God.
Mark 1:38, “And he said unto them, Let us go into the next towns, that I may preach there also: for therefore came I forth.”

Jesus Christ came into the world to die on the cross.
John 12:27, “Now is my soul troubled; and what shall I say? Father, save me from this hour: but for this cause came I unto this hour.”

Jesus Christ came into the world to fulfil the law.
Matthew 5:17, “Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill.”

Jesus Christ came into the world to be a Divider of men.

Matthew 10:34, 35, “Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.”

(Christ makes it necessary to choose between relatives and the truth. This choice often causes division.)
Jesus Christ came into the world as a demonstration of God’s Love.
1 John 4:10, “Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.”

Jesus Christ came into the world because the Father sent Him.
John 20:21, “Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.”
a. The Father SENT Jesus to be the Propitiation (atonement) for our sins.
1 John 4:10, “Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.”
b. The Father SENT Jesus and gave Jesus as the Saviour of the world.

John 3:16-18, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.”
c. The Father SENT Jesus to bless us by turning us from our iniquities.
Acts 3:26, “Unto you first God, having raised up his Son Jesus, sent him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities.”
d. The Father SENT His Son to redeem us from the curse of the law.

Galatians 4:4-5, “But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.”
e. God SENT His Son to make possible a new power in the hearts of men, a power to enable him to fulfil the righteousness of the law.

Romans 8:3,4, “For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.”
God is Love 1John 4:16 and Jesus is Lord of Heaven and on Earth Matthew 28:19-20


Divorced It Is Painful

I pray that the people, that are going through divorce must remember that Jesus Loves you.  It is my hope that as I minister to divorced persons of every walk of life, that the Love of Christ Jesus be in the forefront.  May the peace of Jesus be with you.  The Love of Jesus, Serving Hands and Feet -Pastor Ramona GuadalupeLe divorce

This article is for the churches,  its members and the surrounding communities: by Amy Julia Becker “When Christians Get Divorced”

A popular Christian blogger recently announced that she’s getting divorced. She knows all the biblical reasons to stay married, and she understands the far-reaching repercussions when Christians divorce. On her personal blog she writes, “I can see why the Scriptures say God hates divorce. It’s not that he hates either of us (although at times, it’s easy to believe otherwise), but he hates what the brokenness of divorce does to the very souls of a man and his wife. He hates what it does to the people who love them. And even the people who maybe they’ve never met.” But, as she says, her marriage is broken beyond repair. “We, along with others in our lives, have tried desperately to fix it, to bring it back to life, to see a broken covenant redeemed. But the life is gone, and in order to preserve peace and love in our relationship, our marriage needed to end.”

She is certainly not alone. Although recent reports indicate that the divorce rate for practicing evangelical Christians is lower than the American average of 50 percent, it still stands at 38 percent. In other words, 5 of 10 marriages in America are likely to fail, and nearly 4 of 10 marriages among practicing evangelicals fail. (Incidentally, 6 of 10 marriages among non-practicing evangelicals [those who don’t attend church] fall apart, a statistic that raises its own set of questions.) How should the people of God, both individually and corporately, respond?

Before I was married, it baffled me that anyone who could call themselves a Christian could get divorcedivorced. Jesus himself stated God’s ideal for male and female: “They are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate” (Matt. 19:6). Jesus goes on to say that divorce and remarriage is the equivalent of adultery. Moreover, other biblical passages uphold the sanctity of marriage as a covenant that teaches us about God’s love for the church (see, for example, Eph. 5:21-33). Christians had a responsibility not only to stay married, but to demonstrate through marriage the way God’s love works.

Now I’m married. Happily married. And now I understand why Christians get divorced. There’s the impact of our culture, of course. The divorce rate in American is higher than most other nations, and cultural change has weakened the institution of marriage. As the Pew Research Center recently reported, “millennials” (defined as those between ages 18 and 29) value “being a good parent” as “one of the most important things in life” at a far greater rate than they value “having a successful marriage.” But divorce is nothing new, which is probably why the Bible has so much to say about it. Marriage, in any culture and at any point in history, is hard work.

The first way the church can respond to a divorce rate that mirrors the culture’s is to support married people, particularly married people who are struggling. This support often takes the form of accountability, be that in the form of mentors or small groups, and yet accountability requires recognizing the ways good things—often work and children—can in fact cause harm to a marriage.

A wise Christian professor once told me that if he were to go out to dinner with another woman, a handful of faithful Christian men would fly into his hometown to hold him accountable and urge him to remain faithful to his wife. And yet, he said, that same group of men commended him regularly for his scholarly achievements without ever questioning how those achievements impacted his marriage. He was praised for the nights he spent wed to the office. In other words, infidelity can take subtle forms.

But the church must do more than support married people. It must also provide space for the grief of divorce and help restore divorced members to wholeness. As the author herself recently tweeted, “There is a huge opportunity to reach out & grieve with the grieving, be near to the brokenhearted, and encourage the people who’ve failed.”

Jesus not only embodied grace and truth (John 1:14). He also embodied wisdom. He upheld God’s ideal for human flourishing, and he also acknowledged the reality of human sin and suffering. In the aforementioned comments on marriage and divorce, he makes reference to provisions in the Mosaic law for divorce, but he says, “it was not this way from the beginning.” God’s ideal, as expressed in Genesis, is a covenantal and mutually self-giving relationship between a man and a woman. But Jesus also acknowledges the reality of life in a fallen world when he gives provision for divorce “in the case of adultery.”

In addition, biblical prohibitions of divo4rce often arise in the context of God’s desire to protect women. Take Malachi 2:16, for example: “The man who hates and divorces his wife,” says the LORD, the God of Israel, “does violence to the one he should protect.” Even Jesus’ reflections on divorce in Matthew come in the context of the Pharisees asking, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for any and every reason?” Jesus’ emphatic no not only upholds the sanctity of marriage but also protects vulnerable women from abandonment within a patriarchal culture. Our different cultural context does not mean divorce is desirable or even permissible. Rather, these verses demonstrate that God’s pronouncements about divorce are just as much about protection and care as they are about prohibition.    The church needs to follow Jesus’ lead in both upholding the sanctity of marriage and offering understanding and hope for those in the midst of divorce. Divorce demonstrates the fallen nature of the world. The Christian response to such fallenness ought to be a demonstration of God’s love—and his power to restore.

God is Love 1John 4:16 and Jesus is Lord of Heaven and on Earth

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