No Codiciarás – Éxodo 20:17

El décimo mandato nos lleva a reconocer que no amamos a Dios como primero en nuestra vida ni a nuestro prójimo (Rom. 13:9). Nos muestra que nuestra lealtad no está en Dios sino en nuestros deseos que nos llevan a la codicia. Además la codicia nos muestra nuestra falta de satisfacción en Dios, la falta de contentamiento y falta de gratitud a Él. En cierta manera, podríamos decir que este mandamiento es el resultado de no cumplir los nueve mandamientos. Nos resume que el no cumplir los otros nueve mandamientos nos lleva a la codicia. La codicia es la alarma que nos muestra que estamos en camino equivocado y no estamos obedeciendo los mandatos del Señor.

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Our Celebration Sunday in two languages

We are a Multiethnic Church Family. Somos una Familia Multiétnica como Iglesia Efesios 2:19-22; Ephesians 2:19-22

 

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A review of “A Burning in My Bones: The Authorized Biography of Eugene H. Peterson, Translator of the Message

A Burning in My Bones: The Authorized Biography of Eugene H. Peterson, Translator of the MessageA Burning in My Bones: The Authorized Biography of Eugene H. Peterson, Translator of the Message by Winn Collier
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I savored this authorized biography of Eugene Peterson. I learned a lot about the man, the pastor and theologian/scholar. Collier does a fair job of getting us to know who Eugene Peterson was even though he knew him personally. He leaves it to us to interpret his life especially the ambiguous parts of Eugene. Personally, I learned a lot about his pastoring experience, though I would not agree on everything. I also admired his discipline, his scholarly mind and above all his “long obedience in the same direction.” Collier’s biography is not exhaustive nor does a follow traditional chronological sequence, especially at the beginning when he describes Eugene growing up. But this was hardly a problem.

The last chapter, was probably the longest and deals with Eugene’s last year or so. Collier tries to explain the controversies that surrounded Peterson in his last year related to his views on sexuality. His conclusion was that Peterson at this point was not well physically and mentally. Eugene, according to Collier, lived in ambiguity. I would agree with Collier. Eugene was more of a mystic living in the spiritual world of Scripture and prayer not a dogmatist. Much of who he was, as is true of all of us, is part of his upbringing. Petersen believed that we ought to be who God made us to be and let Him teach us along the way. And that’s what he did and practiced. Even though I don’t agree with the way Peterson viewed Scripture in regards to some moral issues being ambiguous (I believe they are clear), I understand how his pastoring experience shaped his understanding of these issues. His love and patience for people was admirable. His commitment to the “local” church was admirable. His rejection of modern church trends and fame was admirable. His lack of engagement in the issues that we as a church are facing, though I understand why he didn’t, I think was not the best choice. But Peterson wasn’t “wired” to do that. I get that.

The description of Peterson’s passing into eternity was profoundly moving. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, not only this, but lead me to watch some of Peterson’s videos, research some of his favor authors and of course, it encouraged me to be a better pastor and writer. I won’t be like Peterson, but as long as keep my long obedience in the same direction, I will be ok.

Btw…I finished it on my birthday.

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No Falso Dirás Testimonio – Éxodo 20:16

El noveno mandato nos manda a no hablar falso testimonio contra nuestro prójimo. Es algo muy básico pero comúnmente violado. Vivimos en un mundo donde es muy difícil determinar cuál es la verdad. A pesar de tener tantos medios de comunicación, es más difícil determinar cuál es la verdad por varias razones. Una es que vivimos en un mundo que la verdad es subjetiva. Los hechos no son tan importantes como lo deben de ser. Es por esto que el “falso testimonio” es difícil de probar porque la verdad es subjetiva. Quiere decir, que lo que yo pienso es la verdad sin importar los hechos. Lo más importante es lo que “yo quiero” más que la verdad misma.

Sin embargo, la verdad empírica (que se puede probar) existe y Dios nos la ha revelado en su Palabra. Lo que Él declara la verdad es lo que debemos creer y hacer. ¿Porqué decimos falso testimonio? ¿Qué es lo que nos motiva a la falsedad? ¿Cuáles son las consecuencias de la falsedad y cómo podemos evitar hablar falsamente de otros? Esto es lo que este mandamiento nos enseña.

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Pastor Jimmy Sandoval:

In this final segment pastor Jimmy Sandoval talks about legacy in ministry and retirement.

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Pastor Jimmy Sandoval: Multiethnic ministry

Is this segment Pastor Jimmy Sandoval from Grace Community Santa Fe talks about multiethnic ministry and churches in the United States. Being an American born Hispanic he reflects on what we need to do to reflect our changing demographics.
“The church should be ready to adapt to new cultural realities…”

“Dominant culture need to understand that they’ll never have dominance for ever, no culture does…they’ll have to see what’s coming and prepare for it.”

 

 

 

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No Robarás – Éxodo 20:15

El octavo mandamiento trata el tema de no robar lo cual asume que Dios reconoce el derecho de poseer cosas materiales y propiedad para el uso particular de cada persona. Israel era una nación, una comunidad que compartía mucho de lo que poseía y sin embargo cada familia o persona tenía el derecho individual a su propiedad. La idea del socialismo que dice que todos somos dueños de todo y nadie posee derecho individual a propiedad es contrario a este mandato. Este mandato otorga derechos individuales de poseer propiedad personal para el uso personal.

El Catecismo Menor de Westminster (pregunta 75) nos dice que este mandamiento nos “exige que procuremos y promovamos por todo medio legitimo la prosperidad y bienestar de nosotros mismos y de los demás. Prov. 27:23; Lev. 25:35; Deut. 15:10.” Y también nos “prohíbe todo lo que impide o tiende a impedir injustamente la prosperidad y bienestar nuestro o de nuestro prójimo. Prov. 28:19; I Tim. 5:8; Sant. 5:4.” (Pregunta 76).

¿Cómo llevar esto a cabo? Esto es lo que aprenderos. Miraremos lo que implica este mandato, las consecuencias de no cumplirlo y cómo podemos evitar quebrantarlo.

 

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Pastor Jimmy Sandoval: Longevity in Ministry & the Future of the Church

Pastor Jimmy Sandoval talks about longevity in ministry and the future of the church.

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Pastor Jimmy Sandoval: How to deal with difficult people in Ministry

In this segment, pastor Jimmy Sandoval talks about how to deal with difficult people in ministry.

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Pastor Jimmy Sandoval: Being Called to Ministry

In this segment pastor Jimmy talks about how he was called to ministry and what this means.

 

 

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