Archives For August 2012

Devocional para hoy- Descendiendo al Liderazgo
Marcos 10
Jesus era un excelente lider. Era excelente en su trato con las personas, como se relacionaba con ellas, y las inspiraba. Aqui hay tres caracteristicas de Jesus como lider que seria bueno imitar.
1. Jesus era accesible. “10:35 Jacobo y Juan, los hijos de Zebedeo, se acercaron a él y le dijeron: «Maestro, queremos que nos concedas lo que vamos a pedirte.» 36 Jesús les preguntó: «¿Qué quieren que haga por ustedes?» 37 Ellos le respondieron: «Concédenos que, en tu gloria, uno de nosotros se siente a tu derecha y el otro a tu izquierda.» El pedido fue incorrecto, pero el hecho que los disciplulos se sintieran con la confianza de pedirlo, demuestra la accesibilidad del maestro. El no dirigia desconectado de la realidad de sus seguidores. E

l practicaba el ministerio de la presencia.
2. Jesus era diferente. 10:42 “Pero Jesús los llamó y les dijo: «Como ustedes saben, los gobernantes de las naciones las dominan, y los poderosos les imponen su autoridad. 43 Pero entre ustedes no debe ser así.” La diferencia entre lideres como Jesus y los que no lo son, es motivacion. El lider espiritual esta motivado a servir, a amar. El lider debe examinar su corazon y preguntarse: Porque quiero ser lider?
3. Jesus era siervo/lider- 10:43 “Más bien, aquel de ustedes que quiera hacerse grande será su servidor, 44 y aquel de ustedes que quiera ser el primero, será su esclavo. 45 Porque ni siquiera el Hijo del Hombre vino para ser servido, sino para servir y para dar su vida en rescate por muchos.» Nota las palabras que se usan. Servidor. Esclavo. Servir. Dar. Rescate. Muchos. El lider espiritual esta dispuesto a pagar el precio, por su equipo. Es liderazgo de constelacion, no de estrella. El/ella, entienden que hay suficiente cielo para que brillemos todos.
Conclusion- Senor, ayudanos a ser lideres espirituales. Presentes. Differentes. Siervos.
Pedidos de oracion- oro por cada uno de tus pedidos. En serio.

Devotional for today- Descending into Leadership
Mark 10
Sometimes we see leaders as being “above” others. A true leader, descends. Jesus explained the characteristics of a true leader.
1. A godly leader is accessible. “10:35 Then James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came over and spoke to him. “Teacher,” they said, “we want you to do us a favor.” The request was the wrong one, but the disciples felt comfortable enough to approach Jesus with it. That was Jesus style. He was able to guide because he was accessible. No “ivory tower” leadership. He was always “in the midst”. As we can see later on in the passage, he was able to use this conflict causing request as a teaching moment.

2. A godly leader is different. “10:42 So Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers in this world lord it over their people, and officials flaunt their authority over those under them. 43 But among you it will be different.” The difference between godly leadership and worldly leadership is motivation. Boss vs leader. Lord over them vs love all of them. Establishing who’s in charge vs seeking to help. Over vs under. Both seek to lead, but not for the same reasons. Leader, examine your heart today. Why do you seek to lead?

3. A godly leader includes. 10:43 “Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, 44 and whoever wants to be first among you must be the slave of everyone else. 45 For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.” This was not self-serving leadership. This leadership style is willing to pay the ultimate price, for His team. Notice all the words: Servant, slave, everyone, serve, give, ransom, many. It was about the team. Not STAR leadership, but CONSTELATION leadership. That type of leader understands there is enough sky for ALL of us to shine.

Conclusion- am I leading the right way? For the right reasons?
Comments- as always, if you have any prayer requests, put them here I don’t just say I will pray for them, I actually do!

Sledge Hammer Ministry —  August 21, 2012

Devotional for today: Sledge Hammer Ministry

Colossians 3:11 “In this new life, it doesn’t matter if you are a Jew or a Gentile, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbaric, uncivilized, slave, or free. Christ is all that matters, and he lives in all of us.”

Jesus came to earth with a sledge hammer, to destroy man-built separations that disconnected us from each other. This passage lists 4 of those:

1. Racial differences-   I’m a Christian first, a Cuban second. I am proud of my heritage, but I don’t let it cloud my perception of other races. The world is already to divided by race and caste, for us Christians to go with the world’s flow is not only tragic, it’s unbiblical.

2. Religious practices differences- Meat eaters. Ovolactoe-vegetarian. Vegetarians. Vegans. Raw. Air eaters. We are different in some styles and preferences, but that should not divide us. Complementation instead of competition. Compassion instead of criticism.

3. Cultural differences- Some wear their culture on their sleeve and would like for everyone to adapt their cultural norm as a biblical standard. Please don’t.

4. Status differences- Slaves had it the worse. They had no rights. For Paul to put them in the same level as free people, would have been shocking to the early church. But Paul was bold. He believed what Ellen White stated: “The secret of unity is found in the equality of believers”.

Conclusion? Go get yourself a sledge hammer.

Prayer request? Leave them here. What a privilege to pray for you!

Marriage Works —  August 18, 2012

Devotional for today: Marriage Works

Genesis 2

This week I celebrated 20 years of marriage. As I reflect on them, I would like to share three principles I learned along the way.

1. First doesn’t mean better- Genesis 2:18 The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him. 21 “So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs and then closed up the place with flesh.” My first years of marriage I had a hard time understanding that my wife did not work for me, she worked with me. Just because God created man first, doesn’t mean we get to subjugate our bride. When we became partners, our marriage flourished. I am sometimes perplexed by the male headship doctrine espoused by some. That’s Baptist and Catholic. I am neither.

2. Divorce was not on the table- Genesis 2:24 “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh.” In order for a couple to be united, there must be intentionality. In order for them to separate, the same thing must happen. You must voluntary choose to leave. That’s why we decided to work through issues using different techniques (not all worked) but divorce was NEVER on the table as an option. We are united. We will work through this. We won’t give up. (I understand there are exceptions, in the case of abuse for example. Those are exceptions)

3. God brought her to me. Genesis 2:22 “Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man.” It wasn’t my smooth talking, my ability for develop income, the need for sexual gratification, the fear of loneliness, or the pressure of society that caused our relationship to happen. She was meant to go to another college and so was I. The way things worked out, I could see the hand of God in it. What a wonderful feeling to know God is involved in your relationships! When you make it happen, it’s not the same as when He does.

Conclusion- Partner with your partner. Remove divorce from the list of options. Rely on God.

Prayer request- today I am inclined to pray for your relationships. Any requests, please write them here, send to my inbox or put “silent”. God knows.

Jesus was successful in his life and ministry. It would do us well to imitate his approach.  Here is a sermon idea about 3 things Jesus valued:


Sharing the Gospel is a blessing. It also has some uncomfortable aspects to it. Here are 3.

1. Uncomfortable position. 28:18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.” We are in the followship position in relation to Jesus. That is difficult. We like to lead, to be in charge, to make the decisions. In sharing Christ, Jesus said: “if you want to have success, follow MY lead!” It would be great to apply that principle in other areas of our life as well.

2. Uncomfortable request. 28:19 “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations…” That means the receptive and the antagonist. The ones that you like and those who you don’t. That means people that smell, talk, look, and have the same values and those who are different. Jesus says: “go outside your nice, comfortable, little box.” Reach those, that you wouldn’t otherwise worry about, if it wasn’t for the gospel commission.

3. Uncomfortable order. 29:20 “and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” The world is full of people that have great counsel for what OTHERS should do. Jesus establishes an order. You first. Then others. Don’t dare expect from others what you yourself are not immersed in. That is what Pharisees do. Pharisees are tough with others, but very lenient with themselves. Reverse that order.

Conclusion- the Gospel can make us uncomfortable, and that is a good thing.

Comments or suggestions? Leave them here. Love the feedback.

Devocional para hoy-  Que Hacer Con…
Marcos 16
Jesus, en sus ultimos dias aqui en la tierra, nos ensena que hacer con el pecado, el desanimo, y la duda.
1. Que hacer con el pecado- 16:9 “Después de que Jesús resucitó el domingo por la mañana temprano, la primera persona que lo vio fue María Magdalena, la mujer de quien él había expulsado siete demonios.” Interesante que Jesus se aparece primero a la mujer pecadora. Maria no habia tenido la mejor reputacion. Y era mujer. Jesus podria habersele aparecido a Pedro, al discipulo amado Juan, pero escogio aparecersele a Maria. Los mas debiles entre nosotros necesitan la mayor atencion. Necesitan nuestro amor, no nuestro rechazo. Contemplar al pecado, produce pecadores, contemplar a Cristo, produce cristianos.  ?Como haces con el pecado? Contempla a Jesus.
2. Que hacer con el desanimo. 16:12 “Tiempo después, Jesús se apareció en otra forma a dos de sus seguidores que iban caminando desde Jerusalén hacia el campo.” Muchos conocemos esta historia. Aqui van dos discipulos caminando con la cabeza baja y con el corazon desanimado. Hasta que comienzan a caminar con Jesus. La cosa cambia cuando sabes que no estas solo, que hay poder ilimitado, fuerza disponible y un salvador dispuesto a ayudarte. ?Como haces con el desanimo? Camina con Jesus.
3. Que hacer con la duda. 16:14 Incluso más tarde, se apareció a los once discípulos mientras comían juntos. Los reprendió por su obstinada incredulidad, porque se habían negado a creer a los que lo habían visto después de que resucitó. 15 Entonces les dijo: «Vayan por todo el mundo y prediquen la Buena Noticia a todos.” Jesus reservo sus palabras mas fuertes para los lideres. Se supone que mientras mas conocemos, mas creeremos, pero ese no siempre es el caso. A veces el corazon se pone duro, y la religion se vuelve rutina. Jesus los manda a evangelizar. ?Como haces con la duda? Comparte a Jesus.
Conclusion- Contempla, camina y comparte a Jesus.
Pedidos de oracion- Escribelos aqui. Es mi privilegio orar por ti.

Devotional for today- The Best Way to Deal with It

Mark 16

The last days of Jesus on earth bring us some very practical lessons on how to deal with disappointment, sin and doubt.

1. How to deal with sin. 15:9 “After Jesus rose from the dead early on Sunday morning, the first person who saw him was Mary Magdalene, the woman from whom he had cast out seven demons.” Mary had trouble with sin. With men. With falling and getting up. She was not the most stable Christian. Interesting that Jesus appears to her first. He could have chosen to appear to Peter, or John the beloved, but he didn’t. The weakest amongst us deserve care, not criticism. You deal with sin, by seeing Jesus.

2. How to deal with disappointment. 15:12 “Afterward he appeared in a different form to two of his followers who were walking from Jerusalem into the country.” Most know this story. They were coming back with their heads down, and their spirits flat. When Jesus shows up, encouragement follows. Perspective changes, with you know it’s not all up to you, when a greater power, a stronger force, a deliberate deliverer, is behind you. You deal with disappointment by walking with Jesus.

3. How to deal with doubt. 15:14 “Still later he appeared to the eleven disciples as they were eating together. He rebuked them for their stubborn unbelief because they refused to believe those who had seen him after he had been raised from the dead. 15 And then he told them, “Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone.” Out of the three apparitions of Jesus, he reserved the strongest words for the most experienced. It’s true, the more you know, the more your responsibility increases. “Doubt, is the ants in the pants of faith” said one author. Jesus sent them to work. You deal with doubt, by doing.

Conclusion- See him. Walk with him. Share him.

Prayer- A new day is here. How can I pray for you today?