Vision/ Mission

Challenge  and encourage all of us to deeply internalize, receive and understand God’s immense love.   As we learn to do this, we are led to be instruments of love, healing and restoration for one another.

(The currency of compassion is richer than the currency of this world.  In order to genuinely practice compassion, we must center ourselves on the ultimate expression of love and compassion offered to us, Jesus)

Encourage and pray for God’s children, all of us, to unite and live out the universal love of Jesus in all places and at all times.  We are all broken.  Lets allow God to redeem, heal and renew us through the Spirit of God’s perfect, unconditional and infinite love.

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ISAIAH 54

Isaiah 54:2-3

Enlarge the place of your tent, stretch your tent curtains wide, do not hold back; lengthen your cords, strengthen your stakes. For you will spread out to the right and to the left, your descendants will dispossess nations and settle in their desolate cities.

God is calling His people, all of us to enlarge, stretch, lengthen and spread. This enlarging, stretching, lengthening and spreading is through our growth in the Spirit of God and through sharing His kingdom of love and compassion.

Are we growing personally closer to God each day regardless of our past and/or the circumstances surrounding us? Are we stretching, lengthening and spreading the gospel?

We are called to know God and make Him known no matter the obstacles and no matter what we go through. If we answer this call, we are blessed and bless others. If we are lacking in our growth and aren’t really enlarging, stretching or lengthening the healing gospel of love in our hearts and in our surroundings, then we need to look at God and center our hearts on our Creator and His infinite love and mercy for our selves.

We might feel like the calling is daunting and that we cannot do it ourselves. And it is true that we cannot do it ourselves for it is through the Lord’s Spirit that we are capable of answering that call. That is why it is important to pray, meditate and center our selves in God’s Spirit and truth.

Jesus teaches us to seek His kingdom first. He tells us to walk by faith and not by sight. He calls us to hold on to His promises no matter how we falter because His redemption power is much greater than anything else.

In the midst of this world, in the midst of illness, weariness, violence and hatred it is hard to do what Jesus teaches in our own strength, but God tells us to depend and trust in Him. God gives us instructions in order to be healed:

2 Chronicles 7:14

If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

This scripture gives us the instructions in order to be healed.

The first instruction from God to all of us is to humble ourselves. We need to accept our need for God and to submit to our Creator. We need to repent for turning God into a self-serving hobby or one-day-a-week duty, or perhaps disregarding God entirely. We need to repent for using the vocabulary of “us” and “them” when in reality we are all brothers and sisters, creations of the One and only God.

If we can’t or don’t know what that means, we should ask God to show us. Asking and crying out to God is what He wants from us. We need transparency with our Creator. He knows us better than we know ourselves. God wants us to acknowledge that we need and want transformation in order for God to heal and bless us fully.

The second instruction from God to His people is to pray and seek His face. Getting to know God in a deeper way and spending time with the Spirit is to get re-acquainted with God’s love and power by praying and seeking Him. He tells us to be still and know He is God. We need to make time and space for contemplation and drawing close to God.

When we get to know Christ in a deeper sense, we accept healing and redemption. We get to experience God at many levels and we then find ourselves working with our Creator for the kingdom of love, peace and justice. Jesus transforms us, and our surroundings. That is why we need to pray and seek Him for who He is as individuals and collectively.

The third instruction is to turn from wickedness. Some forms of wickedness are ego, self-centeredness, greed, pride, anger, and complacency. We can all struggle with those- I know I have. Wickedness is also turning God’s character into what we want Him to be, instead of allowing the loving presence to transform and heal so that God then uses us as wounded healers.

We are to know God better by drawing closer to love and mercy and then we are to make God known. If we seek God, then sharing our Creator’s love is a natural movement of the One and true Spirit. We receive transformation in our hearts through the Holy Spirit and God uses us as agents of His transformation and redemption in our surroundings.

Our duty is to be intentional and open our hearts and minds to God’s presence so that we see Him as He is. There are many obstructions to doing that, many distractions, confusions and temptations. God speaks to that in Jeremiah 9:23-24.

Jeremiah 9:23-24

Let not the wise boast of their wisdom or the strong boast of their strength or the rich boast of their riches, but let the one who boasts boast about this: that they have the understanding to know me, that I am the Lord, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight. Declares the Lord.

Once we boast only in our Creator and Savior, His life, death and resurrection, His redemption power grows even through our failures and shortcomings. As we draw close to God, the gospel is enlarging, stretching lengthening and spreading in our hearts and through us in our surroundings.

Let’s draw close to God and allow the Spirit to work in and through us, for God’s kingdom to enlarge, stretch, lengthen and spread, all for God’s honor and glory.

Prayer:  Dear God, Creator of the Universe, Savior, Friend, constant Companion.  You know us better than we know ourselves.  Help us to be humble and surrender to your love.  We repent for all the other things we boast about that are not you and your loving kindness.  Please have mercy on us and turn things around.  As you prayed to our Father and Creator of all, “thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven”.  Heal us as individuals lead us to seek you in stillness, knowing that you are God.  Heal us as communities growing closer to you and loving each other.  Heal us as your world, that we may sing your praise and be one with you, God.  Bring your love and healing and open our hearts and minds to who you are.  Amen.

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Past, Present and Future

“TRUST THE PAST TO GOD’S MERCY, THE PRESENT TO HIS LOVE
AND THE FUTURE TO HIS PROVIDENCE”
– Augustine of Hippo

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“TRUST THE PAST TO GOD’S MERCY, THE PRESENT TO HIS LOVE
AND THE FUTURE TO HIS PROVIDENCE”
– Augustine of Hippo

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No Conspiracy

There is no conspiracy other than God guiding every single one of us to know Him more. I have learned and re-learned that no matter what things might look like, Jesus Christ makes all things new. His redemption, mercy and love are for absolutely anyone who will receive it. Once we repent and turn to God through Jesus Christ He fills us with His Holy Spirit.

He gives us the light of salvation and the light of life because of who He is and because of what He has done for all of us through His life, death and resurrection.

God is infinite and He does what He wants but we need to cooperate with Him at the same time.

The biggest truth for me has been getting to know Jesus as a personal God, Savior, Redeemer, Healer and Friend throughout the years.

He shows Himself through His Holy Spirit regardless of what we go through or how we might feel. Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever.

No matter how much I have faltered, God is always waiting for me to turn to Him and to hold on to His promises. That same loving God is available to all of us.

I sense God wants us to work for His Kingdom here on earth by working for justice and expressing His love and mercy to each other. The way to do that is by receiving God’s mercy, love and healing Holy Spirit for ourselves, and listening to what He says to each of us as individuals and collectively as His people.

It is not up to one single person to do this task. Instead, it is about every single one of us taking responsibility for our own walk with our Creator and getting to know Him in a personal way.

We each have the opportunity to know God through His love and restoration if we draw close to Jesus, the true Spirit of God.

It is not what I say or what other people say and do, but we each need to take responsibility for our relationship with the goodness and mercy of God so that we can be part of the work He is doing in and through us.

Jesus Christ did speak of coming back and He also said that no one but God our Father knows the time and manner in which Jesus will be coming back, but we do know that we are to be ready.

We are to work for God out of love, out of His faithfulness, out of seeing people for who they are and seeing Jesus in them as well as in ourselves.

God is beyond our preconceived notions and biases. He is an infinite God who loves each and every one of us in a very inclusive way, in His unique way and He is the unity of all because He created us all.

It is time to turn to God, and realize that He wants to work through us to take care of ourselves, our families, our communities, our societies and our world.

We need to take responsibility and work for justice and express faith through love. The way to do that is to seek God for who He is first and foremost.

It is in His goodness that He guides us to know Him better and to make Him known.

I’ve been very blessed by the people, places and things in my life and I feel there has been many misunderstandings but I know that God can make all crooked things straight, because He is God. God’s love for us is stronger than anything else and our need to center ourselves in Him as our Creator is prevalent right now.

It really is not about what I say or what others say but it is about getting to know our Creator through His mercy and goodness.

No one has all the answers, but God knows it all and He sees it all. God yearns for each and every one of our hearts and He wants to show Himself to each of us because He is a good God.

We cannot afford to put idols and other things before Him in our hearts. It is God who wants relationship with each and every one of us and we need to open our hearts and minds to what He is doing in our individual lives as well as collectively.

In trying to understand my life, things that have happened and how things have come to be, the only common denominator is that God is sovereign. He is God. He wants to bless us so we can be a blessing to others. He does not want any more striving but He wants us to surrender to Him fully and be led by His Spirit while practicing His peace in and through us.

He is a good God and He is for us, not against us. He wants us to wake up to the realization that it is not a single person in this world, but it is all of us that need to come together and turn to Him for His will to be done, on earth as it is in heaven.

 

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Loud Silence

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We’ve all heard “life is a process” and “It is not about the destination, it is about the journey”. We know that we are not the same person from day to day and it is amazing to think that not one second of this life is repeated. Every moment is fleeting, every emotion, every thought, every word is one and alone. The intricacies of life are sometimes overwhelming to think about. The fact that no moment is guaranteed in this life is also a wakeup call.

In addition, each and every human is unique. I know we’ve heard it before, “you are uniquely made and there is no one like you”. We are universes in and of our selves. The microcosm as the formation of a human body… the macrocosm of the universe and the fact that we don’t know where it ends and is continually expanding… both the microcosm and macrocosm and everything in between of this experience we call life pose the question: what’s the meaning of all this?

This question used to terrify me. I lived in fear and I felt completely alone due to the subjectivity of experience, perception and life. Are we really alone? Each of us, are we meant to be born to simply die? These questions haunted me as I knew deep down inside of me that there had to be purpose and meaning to all of this…

I have had my own spiritual journey ever since I can remember. Seeking, exploring, reading and experiencing. I used to think that life was meant to be a mystery made by some absent creator somewhere beyond the universe. I wondered. As I continued my seeking I realized that I had been found. When I came to know that my Creator is actually present, near and palpable while constantly revealing His essence through His love for me and for all of us, it began to make sense.

I do not know it all. I do not claim to have all the answers but I am relieved that the solitary subjectivity of life is actually a figment of our imagination. Our Creator knows each and every one of us better than we know ourselves. Even knowing our deepest shortcomings, mistakes and faults, our God loves us as we are. Unconditionally. The divine speaks to us… if we simply become aware of it.

Yes, it is a constant process to become available and sensitive to God, especially when we pressure our selves and society pressures us to always be busy and achieve. It is a challenge to sit still in silence when there is such stimulus in our surroundings all the time. Not to mention the constant stimulus of our own thoughts, feelings and interactions with the world.

But if we just sit in silence…

What if we were to become more comfortable with silence and with asking the questions that everyone has buried in our deepest core: about meaning, purpose and death itself?

If we made time to think about the uneasy questions, if we accepted silence for the loudest voice of the divine… we would as a society see how united we are after all.

Not only does our God promise that we will never be alone while He reaches out for an intimate relationship with each of us, but we also have each other. We are all made to live on this earth and we are made to do more than simply coexist. We are meant, as humans with a yearning for more than what this life has to offer, to find that which fills the soul. We are made with eternity in our hearts which I think it is well worth the while to ask questions, accept silence and realize that the answers are here in this moment and the answers point to more. They point to less of self and less of our created personalities to more of the essence of where we all come from. They point to the common suffering in humanity and they point to the way in which our Creator speaks with eternal love.

I just returned from a silent retreat and all these thoughts flooded me as I reflected on my time there. I want to encourage each and every one of us to keep striving for silence… even fighting for it. Silence is how God speaks. Silence is our guide. Silence is where God, our Creator, waits for us.

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FREEDOM

“Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.” -2 Corinthians 3:17
Freedom from regrets caused by the past… Freedom from anxiety of the future… Freedom to live in the present moment abundantly in God’s Sprit. The Lord is freedom and He wants to bestow it on us through His grace and love. May we have open hearts and minds to receive His freedom!

“El Señor es Espíritu, y donde está el Espíritu del Señor, allí hay libertad.”
-2 Corintios 3:17
Nos libera de los remordimientos del pasado… Nos libera de las anciedades del futuro… Nos libera para vivir en el present abundantemente en su Espíritu. El Señor es libertad y quiere darla con su gracia y amor. Que abramos nuestros corazones y mentes para recibir su libertad!

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Today, I’ll be grateful for the small things…

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