Why Should You Leave Club Golgotha?


Mt 27:33  And when they were come unto a place called Golgotha, that is to say, a place of a skull,

Mr 15:22  And they bring him unto the place Golgotha, which is, being interpreted, The place of a skull.

Joh 19:17  And he bearing his cross went forth into a place called the place of a skull, which is called in the Hebrew Golgotha:

As I prayed this morning, God gave me a vision.  In it, Jesus stood crucified and dying upon that famous mount called Golgotha.

Gologotha comes from an Aramaic derivative “gulgoleth” translated as skull or head.

In Christian circles, this famous hill is also categorized as Calvary for its Latin derivative “calvaria”, or skull.

If one looks cautiously at the picture on my post, he or she will appreciate the two cavernous holes resembling eye sockets on a skull and what appears as another vertical hole below them where a nose could be.  Above the skull, in the fenced in grassy knoll, is where tradition says, that the cross with Jesus crucified stood.

In my vision, as Jesus hung bleeding and dying, God took me down into the left eye socket of the skull. I would estimate that this eye could not be more than 15 feet below the base of the cross.

Deep inside the rocky socket a wooden table was set with twelve church goers eating. I could not tell what was served but everybody was obsessed with devouring the food. No one looked up. No one spoke. Everybody was transfixed with the sole role of consumption.   How sadly ironic that Jesus was bleeding and  dying fifteen feet above and no one recognized it, or cared to do so.

Have our churches become malls for Christian consumption?  Maybe so, but this was also a “Club Golgotha; Members Only Please!”

And have our churches become Club Golgothas where we dine, socialize and just cater to one another, as Jesus dies bleeding for the world,  dripping blood on top of our heads?

In my vision, someone finally got up from the table awe-struck at the Jesus in a piece of bread which he had picked up from the food.  As everybody else continued munching down at Club Golgotha, he went to the edge of the eye socket still transfixed on the bread. I knew that he was ready to leave Club Golgotha.  I realized that person was me. That person is you. That person is meant to be every Christian.

Yes, we are to assemble and not forsake one other. Yes, we need to fellowship, we are His body.  Yes, we are to go to church.

I love the church, and have laid my life down for it.

I love the church, and so enjoy ministering within it.

But Lord, deliver me from just being a Club Golgotha member. Lord delivers us all as we go to our respective churches!

May they not become Club Golgothas, lose their saltiness, and be worthy only to be trampled underfoot by wicked people

May the unchurched not see the church as an exclusive “members only” fraternity made up of legalistic and judgmental rules which prohibit the many who want to join.

May the church get away from Christian jargon and serve the world by being authentically real and genuinely loving.

Who today is ready to serve the church, but leave Club Golgotha?

I think that it’s not just a good idea but a “God Idea!”

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How I Met St. Peters Angel?


 Acts 12:7  And behold, an angel of the Lord stood there, and a light shined in the prison room; and striking the side of Peter, he roused him saying, “Arise quickly!” And his chains fell away from his hands.

8  And the angel said to him, “Gird yourself and put on your sandals”; and he did so. And he said to him, “Put on your cloak and follow me.”

9  And going out, he was following him, and did not know that the thing taking place by the angel was true, but he was thinking that he was seeing a vision.

10  And going though the first and the second guard posts, they came to the iron gate which leads into the city, which was opened to them of its own accord; and going out, they went forward one street, and immediately the angel withdrew from him.

11  And Peter, having come to himself, said, “Now I know truly that the Lord has sent forth His angel, and has delivered me from the hand of Herod and from all the expectation of the Jews.”

I’d  visit a hang out where  men of a city converged to drink and pass the night.

This place had been there forever.

You’d drive by and see men and women drunk, others reveling, some even stoned.

It had been my practice to visit the hangout, befriend the men and share the gospel in a spontaneous and non-threatening fashion.

I had been nicknamed “the preacher,”

One night though, things were very different. Some of the men had sniffed cocaine, were high as kites and were very confrontational.

As I mingled, one charged me with mal treating my children.

“I walked past the preacher’s home today and heard one of his kid’s screaming”, he snapped in a heated way.

I knew what had happened. My kids were small in those days. One of my daughters was in the habit of screaming bloody murder when she did not get her way.

That morning, my wife Mary, had washed her hair and wanted to brush out the knots.

Mary had not begun the brushing but my daughter was screaming in its anticipation.

This guy had walked past my house when this was happening.

“The preacher was beating his kid!” he rejoined, in a loud voice.

Another coked out dude joined the fray.  “Yeah, preacher, that’s really bad, what did you do to your kid?”

He began pushing me.

I expounded on what had occurred to the fifteen men that were there. None of them said a word. Many of them I knew personally. No one came to my defense.

The loud mouthed and confrontational ones continued inflaming the tempers of the others. “Yeah, we gotta punish the preacher for what he does to his kids!”

One continued to push me around. The others sat in silence, as if their tongues had been cut out.  I was dumb founded and frightened.

The ring leader retorted, “Let’s hang the preacher!”

With that he found a rope and began to make a noose for my lynching. The other one kept on pushing me, while several more hurled accusations.

I appealed to the men who knew me the best, “You’ve known me for years! You see me with my children!”

Nothing. The silence was deafening.

Meanwhile the agitator in a corner gleefully continued constructing the noose.

Suddenly, out of nowhere a girl, a teen ager, appeared.  She was a native of the city.

“Come and follow me”.

She led me past the crowd of the men. Even my agitators were speechless.

“Get in your car and get out here.”

Then she departed from me.

And so I did. I never visited this haunt again, needless to say.

This had been Peter’s angel sent to me.

It’s tragically comical that it took a woman, probably the only one in that joint to rescue me. The men who had been friends were cowardly and spineless.

In our global travels, it’s mostly the women who have supported our ministry, while the men have been heartbreakingly absent.

This is one reason I support women in the ministry. It is troublesome that men who argue against their inclusion in the pulpit are sedentary in the activities of their local congregations.

This story ends on a good note, as with all that God does.

Months later, I saw my noose maker. I said hello, extended my hand and shook his. He stared at me in disbelief, frozen in time, God’s conviction raining on him. Never uttering a word, he walked away. I’ve prayed for him on occasions. I knew he lived in pain.

To this day, I’ve not been able to find my angel to thank her. Maybe in heaven I’ll find out that she was St. Peter’s angel.

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My Incredible Meeting With Baseball Giant, Roberto Clemente!


For some of you who read this entry, you’ve never heard of Roberto Clemente.

Roberto played major league baseball when I was in my teens with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Roberto was born in Puerto Rico.

He was one of the best hitters to grace the game, a true giant of the sport.

In a career that spanned seventeen years, Clemente consistently hit over .300.  His life time batting average was an amazing  .317, one of the highest in baseball.

He also had one of the strongest throwing arms in history. I watched him nail a runner crossing home plate with a straight throw in the air from the right field corner.

For his outfield expertise Roberto won twelve consecutive Golden Glove Awards.

In 1973 he was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Clemente was also known as the guy with the back problems who always complained.

So this is where my story begins.

It was Christmas 1972.  I was a freshman at Vanderbilt University in Tennessee. My folks lived in St. Croix, US Virgin Islands, in the Caribbean Sea.

I had flown from Nashville to Miami and spent several days with my then living grandparents.  Now, I was heading to St. Croix for the holidays via Puerto Rico.

In those days there were no terrorists and no TSA.

As my grandparents walked me to the Eastern Airlines gate, I was greeted by a bunch of activity.  Countless reporters, with camera bulbs flashing preyed upon someone. “Roberto” this and “Roberto” that was all I could hear in the uproar of shouting.

I discovered that the immortal Roberto Clemente was on my flight. Like me, he was heading out to Puerto Rico for Christmas.

The flight was packed.

They had no space for me in economy. The Eastern Airlines agent asked if I’d mind being bumped up to first class. Who would mind? LOL!

I took my place next to the window, the seat to my right empty.

One of the last passengers to get on was Roberto Clemente. The interviews at the gate had prolonged his entry into the airplane. I could not believe it when he sat next to me.

“Hello, I am Roberto Clemente” he extended his hand out and shook mine.

“Yes, I know”, I muttered weakly, and back his.

When the flight took off we began to talk. I was not a Christian. As a matter of fact in that year of 1972, I had begun a ten-year journey with pot and hash which caused me to hit rock bottom and find Jesus Christ.

Shortly after takeoff a reporter came up to Clemente; “Roberto, what about your contract for next year?”  Clemente brushed him off. He did not want to talk baseball.

Looking back, I know that God spoke to me, though I did not recognize Him.

I thought that it was me, but no, it was Him.

“Everybody is always talking to Clemente about baseball. I am not going to talk to him about it. Let me ask him questions about his family,” I thought.

So I asked Roberto about his family and what he was going to do for Christmas.

This initiated an almost three hour nonstop conversation all the way to San Juan.

From brown shopping bags Clemente pulled gift after gift for family and friends. He proudly opened the boxes and displayed them. I will never forget the laminated spikes for rooster fights. I think that the man was into cock fighting, very popular in Puerto Rico.

With excitement Clemente unveiled what he purchased for his wife and kids.

He then went to talk about his continual challenges with his back and the lady who tended to it during the season.

We never once talked baseball.

I remember Roberto Clemente as one of the nicest persons ever.

When our flight landed, I was told that my connecting flight to St. Croix had been sold out and I could not leave until the following day. Roberto was a representative for Eastern Airlines. He got me a free room at the Isla Verde Airport Hotel.

In retrospect, my encounter with Roberto Clemente was the gospel of Jesus Christ. His gospel is the gospel of love. It’s the gospel of friendship. It’s the gospel of the listening ear and genuine interest for neighbor. It’s the gospel of putting the other first and yourself last.

The incredible longing that this colossal of baseball had to share his family’s treasures, makes me think that he did not have many to share them with.

Roberto Clemente for most was the Hall of Famer, the batting champion, the Golden Glover par excellence. But for few, I think, he was Roberto Clemente, the man, the loving husband, and proud father.

The world is ready for Jesus. Not the churchy Jesus. Not the Jesus who judges or condemns, for that is not Jesus. People are looking for authenticity, the real person, and the true friend.

Needless to say, I can’t ask Roberto Clemente how his wife and kids liked their gifts. One week after meeting him Roberto died in an airplane crash.  Not just as a giant in baseball but in life, he was flying supplies to victims of a devastating earthquake in Nicaragua. His plane went down off Puerto Rico.

As a kid of eighteen I was devastated, traumatized and stunned by the news.

Today, I thank the God whom I did not know, for the privilege of meeting Roberto Clemente. I think that God unknowingly used me as one of the last people apart from family to talk with Roberto Clemente, as the man, and not the baseball player, before his sudden departure from us.  I think that all along this is what Roberto Clemente really wanted.

Roberto Clemente Base Ball Statistics

 Life Time Batting Average: .317 (One of the best averages in baseball)

Batted a .414 batting average in the 1971 World Series

Hits: 3,000

Home runs:  240

Runs batted in: 1,305

Teams: Pittsburgh Pirates (1955–1972)

Played In 15 All-Star Games (1960, 1960², 1961, 1961², 1962, 1962², 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972)

Played in World Series champion (1960, 1971)

Won 12 Consecutive Gold Glove Award (1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, and 1972) for excellence as an outfielder.

Holds 4 NL batting titles (1961, 1964, 1965, 1967)

NL Most Valuable Player (1966)

World Series MVP (1971)

Babe Ruth Award (1971)

Was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1973

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I Thought That It Was Ravens And Not Dogs!


This story is old, but immortal in content.

When God had us move to New Mexico in the mid 90’s I had no job and we were dirt poor.

Our family of six with four kids ages 8, 6,4, 2 lived in a small efficiency in the town of Pena Blanca.

We adopted two small mutt dogs, or better said, they adopted us.

One day, we had no money and no food.

All that was left was flour, oil and some tomato powder.

“My God, not even salt in the house. Oye!”

My wife Mary is bubbly optimistic and ever so full of faith.

I was the  grumbler in the family when trials came.

This reminds me of an old Cuban moraleja. (The moral of the story)

“A father had two sons. One was a hyper optimist. The other was a dire pessimist.

The father tried a Christmas experiment on them.

He gave them each a  wrapped box full of fresh horse manure.

The pessimist immediately bickered that he would have to dump out the manure, and clean up the mess.

But the optimist gleefully jumped, “Father you bought me a horse!”

Yes, my wife is the eternal optimist, full of Jesus’s faith.

She said that God told her, that if she made pancakes for breakfast He would provide lunch.

My God, the pancakes  were horrid!  Bland and salt less were they so that I could take but a few bites.

Bubbly Mary opened the door to give the rest to the two mutts.

Lo and behold, our yard was strewn with unopened cans of food with dog saliva on them. A can of peach, another of  beans, one jar of peanut butter, and countless other cans.

Mystified we asked our neighbors if this was their stuff.

You know the Good Book says, “Thou shalt not steal.”

But no one knew anything about the food. They said, “You eat it!”

Bubbly Mary was right and God was faithful!

Two years passed and Mary was sharing the story on New Mexico Christian TV.

A neighbor phoned her. “ I know what happened’, she said, “ I had too much food and I had put it on my porch.”

What’s amazing was that her home was about 1,000 feet from ours.

God instructed our two dogs to go back and forth, and back and forth to bring us the cans and our lunch.

Our God is great!

Hey, wait a minute I thought that it was ravens and not dogs?

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For God, Its Never Too Late To Start


I was in a meeting in which I was asked to pray for the numerous in the prayer line.

The power of God fell and some got slained in the Spirit.

I was hard press to find a brother who would catch.

As I got to the end of the line, I waived my hand at the recipient and the power of God pushed her back against the seats.

Sitting right smack behind was an aged man no less than in the mid-eighties.

I looked at him for help. God’s power was flowing like a river. There was no telling what would happen next.

Capturing my distressed eyes, this man help me catch those who went down.

After the meeting, I thanked and shook his hand.

I was taken aback by his happy reply.

“I have never caught a person, but look at how God used me!”

This man was so elated.

The moral of the story?

God never looks at age; He looks at a willing and hungry heart.

How magnificent is God!

How great of a mood He is in!

How funny is His atypical humor!

This man began a new facet of ministry at a suitable age of ninety.

For God, it’s never too late to start.

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A Planet Called Deception


Matt 24: 4   And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.

Look continually to yourself that nobody will “planetize” you.

The word “deceive” in the Greek. It is the word “planet”.

In Greek mythology, planets were called wanderers or the wandering ones.

Thus, this suggests the word deception. A person whom is being deceived aimlessly wanders away from the truth. The word planet is also used for “error”.

In the United Sates we see the prince of the authority of the air using technology to “planetize” people.

Eph 2:2(EB)  In which at one time ye walked, according to the age of the world, according to the prince of the authority of the air, of the spirit that now energiseth in the sons of disobedience,

Technology is an awesome tool which greatly benefits humanity and the work of the kingdom of God. The devil uses technology in the lives of those whom are not paying attention to their walks with God to cause them to planetize or wonder from the truth of the Word of God. Whereas Africa gets hit by a demon of poverty, the USA is getting wacked by a demon of distraction.

I am amazed at how many Americans the devil has planetized to cause them to look down at their technological gadgets.

When you get on an airplane to go to east Africa, you will find many looking down as well.  They, however, are looking down at their Bibles!

Matt 24:5  For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.

“Many for will be coming upon the name of me, saying I am the anointed and will planetize many.”

The word “deceive” in verse 5 is in the active voice. This means that deceivers will actively planetize unassuming people who are not paying attention to themselves and their relationships with God.

2 Thess 2:7  For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.

“For the mystery of lawlessness, or what is void of all law, is now energizing, until the one who has the power to detain and keep it in check even at present, is from the midst becoming.”

A mystery is something that is hidden or that lives in the darkness of secrecy. A mystery must be revealed, since it cannot be accessed through our physical senses.  A mystery once totally veiled is now progressively revealed.

At the moment that Adam and Eve disobeyed God, the mystery of iniquity kicked in. Men in those days lived to be over 900 years of age. The progressive revelation of the mystery of iniquity has eaten up into the lifespan of mankind throughout the centuries.

8  And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy (non effectual) with the brightness of his coming:

And then will the Unlawed one will be uncovered whom the Lord will consume with the spirit of his mouth and will render useless and nonoperational with the epiphany of His presence.

This verse obviously talks about the Antichrist. The prevalent thing to notice here is that the Anti-Christ a man whom is void of all law, obviously a figure who thrives on anarchy, will be uncovered at a set season.

It does not take much to see the mystery of lawlessness, or better said anarchy, at work than in those who today contest that the legitimacy of the constitution is not prevalent or foundational to our country.

The voiding of the constitution if it were to succeed will bring anarchy.

Wherever the manifestation of Christ is, there is His work of making non effectual all that is sin.

9  Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,

“Whose presence is in accordance to the energizing of Satan with every ability, signs and wonders found in what is pseudo.”

The word for “lying” in the Greek is pseudo. Something pseudo is a falsehood, a sham, something spurious.  What is pseudo, does not have to be entirely false. It just needs to contain enough half-truths to cause people to planetize from the truth.

10  And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.

“And with every seduction, guile, and deceitfulness of doing what is not right in the eyes of God.”

Every disobedience towards God brings guile and deception as it seduces you.  This mystery of anarchy is energized in all of those that without an agape or unconditional love for the Word of God do not heartedly welcome it into their lives. The Word of God must be loved and welcomed, there is no other way!

11  And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:

“And through this act of unwelcoming His Word, God sends them “ an energy of planetizing” for the purpose of them believing what is pseudo.”

This type of energizing is an activation that will cause people to wonder aimlessly into error for the express purpose of believing what is false.

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Why Do People Love The Nursing Home


Rom 6:6 Knowing this, that our old man (palaios) is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.

Palaios “an old man according to age,” is defined as a toothless, 150 year old, cane walking, IV sucking, decrepit, dying, nursing home man.

He is also the cruelest of beings. He is a slave trader, and a slave master.

His slaves are all the men and women of this world, no matter what religion, color or age.

This old man is a sin producing engine. He keeps humans captured and blinded by releasing continual sin into them.

He knows that the only one who can kill him is Christ and His cross. Thus he deceives people into hating Christ.

One day, it will be too late, and along with this toothless man, many will go to where there is ironically the gnashing of teeth.

He has deceived humanity so that it spends trillions of dollars to keep him alive, beautify, exalt, cosmeticized and protect him. His only purpose was to be killed by the cross. Yet people would rather reject Christ and continue to keep this dude alive.

The old man is the sinful nature which every human being has. Only Christ inside the human can destroy him.

Yet mankind will do anything to keep him alive and well, before coming to Christ.

Ah, the price of keeping sin is in the trillions, and yet people will pay it forward until Christ comes back and promotes good politics.

The cost of sin is the crux of our national debt.

The way out of this financial mess is repentance.

But for those who want to get rid of this decrepit and evil man, Christ is always available.

But for many others the love of this decrepit and evil dude will take them to the wrong side of the grave and in not so nice of a place the humans’ eye will finally be opened and they will wonder why they loved the nursing home and the nursing home man.

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For communication is not Face Book, its one on one and face to face.


I had an illuminating conversation yesterday.

This person confirmed things that I have felt from the Holy Ghost.

Facebook is the worst communication tool ever. Don’t use it for communicating anything serious.

Second to that is email, followed by phone calls.

The most effective way of communicating is one on one and face to face.

Any challenging situation subject to misunderstanding and volatility must be advanced one to one and face to face.

There are volatile issues which have been shackled to closed paradigms.

What is a closed paradigm?

These are explosive issues in which both sides have shut themselves to prejudging a situation around closed arguments, closed questions and closed responses.

Take the matter of the sexual schism plaguing our nation.

All sides have predisposed themselves to certain viewpoints which gender specific arguments, with the same questions asked and the same responses expected. Its “cookie cutter” communication.  Appalling.

If the answer falls outside of the closed expectation, accusations of hate speech, knee jerk reactions and eventual crucifixion fly.

Piers Morgan is a perfect example of a closed paradigm communicator.

This is why I will not go on his show.

The church is also guilty of painting the whole sexual thing with  a broad brush of black paint.

Jesus loves individuals, knows their individual stories, and encourages Christian leaders to know individuals.

Every story is different. Circumstances have been different.

You can only help people when you hear them as individuals

Mature leaders need at arise beyond the phenomena of closed paradigms.

In volatile issues I will not talk unless I can meet with the person.

For communication is not Face Book, its one on one and face to face.

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  • Training you to be “cutting edge” and “out of the box.”
  •  Holy Spirit Innovation, Strategizing, Implementing, Problem Solving!
  • Exegetical “tailor made for your ministry” Bible seminars!
  • Apostolic, prophetic, pastoral consultation!
  • Signs and Wonders Meetings!

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How did Jesus find me in 1979? Did He subject me to a close paradigm or did He become a friend?

Every Christian Should Be An Entrepreneur


Why should I sign up for government health insurance? The web site and state exchanges are plagued with massive security breaches, information and data misallocations and personal data sharing without my permission. Give me a good reason.

“Going the extra mile can give you insight and a good reputation, both of which attract opportunity. Many obvious opportunities are found in places no one else has bothered to venture. If you put in the extra effort to make a good project an even better one, or you get to know your equipment better than anyone else on your shift, you will see things others overlook and be in a position to make use of them. Leaders who need a job done think first of people they know who will do it well. If other people respect you for the quantity and the quality of your work, you will find yourself advancing past others who regard their jobs as drudgery. For all the extra service that you’ve rendered, you’ll find yourself more than amply compensated by opportunities others never grasp.” Napoleon Hill Foundation

“Accountability is about release, not restraint. When we set people free, the liberty and support we provide should cause self-discipline. Self-control is the only acceptable form of control in the church.” Graham Cooke

“It is a peculiarity of human relationships that it is virtually impossible for one individual to have a lasting positive influence upon members of a group of negative thinkers. Usually, it works the other way. You cannot maintain a positive, productive attitude if you spend all your time with negative people. Those who have wrecked their own lives (and usually blame their misfortune on others) are not the kind of people who will help you achieve success in your own life. Choose your friends and associates carefully, and refrain from complaints about your job, your company, or any individual. Spend your time with positive, ambitious people who have a plan for their lives. You will find that their optimism is infectious.” Napoleon Hill Foundation

The Word of God is a medicine which must be taken in huge daily amounts if the schizophrenia of our soul is to be cured. Jose Alvarez

Stop being a victim of circumstances and become a problem solver. This is what humanity seeks.  Jose Alvarez

Every time you are tempted to react in the same old way, ask if you want to be a prisoner of the past or a pioneer of the future.  Steve Jobs

“Surplus wealth is a sacred trust which its possessor is bound to administer for the good of the community.”  Dale Carnegie

Motivation is the art of getting people to do what you want them to do because they want to do it. Dwight D. Eisenhower

Castro redesigned prayer. Beware of those who want to take Christ out of Christmas. They are not really offended. It’s an agenda of secularism. Jesus said that you will know them by the products of their lives. Jose Alvarez

#1. Keep the big picture in mind. There are always opportunities and possibilities, and thinking too small can negate a lot of them.

#2. Keep your momentum. Without momentum, a lot of great ideas go nowhere.

#3. Look at the solution, not the problem. Learn to focus on what will give results.  Donald J. Trump

An entrepreneur is a disrupter of the status quo. Jose Alvarez

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. ~Leonardo da Vinci

Great leaders are great risk takers. They do it by themselves but we do it by the voice of the Spirit. The greatest risk taker was God who risked His only begotten son for humanity’s eternal salvation. Without risk and getting out of your comfort zone, you will not reach God’s destiny for you.  Jose Alvarez

To live, think and act like Jesus is the singularly most important thing to do on planet earth. Yet, it’s also the hardest. No man has ever come close to the entrepreneurial abilities of Jesus. No man has ever come close to thinking out of the box like He does. Jose Alvarez

You will never experience how much God loves you, until you repent fully from every known sin. Unrepentance in any area, keeps an open door to the demonic placed over you. The attack of the demonic, competes with the love of the Lord, and hinders you from knowing that love.  Jose Alvarez

The greatest entrepreneur in history is Jesus. His ideas went beyond Steve Jobs. He brought new electronics, but Jesus, a new human race.  Jose Alvarez

The greatest and most successful people and you and I have exactly the same commodity. 24 hours in a day. The difference between them and us is their ability to use this commodity more wisely.  Jose Alvarez

For me the hardest thing, and what I’ve failed most at, is daily obtaining from the Lord, first in the Spirit, to then see it in the natural. My life has been plagued with double mindedness which has caused many lost opportunities to obtain by faith. This is so important that Paul dedicates Roman Four to it. Yet, I can’t regret the past, but learn from it, and know that God is the God if the umpteenth chances.  Jose Alvarez

Rom 4:3 For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness.

A great definition of counted or reckoned from Bakers NT Commentary

To obtain something that you did not previously have. The sign of true faith then is the ability to obtain something that you did not have. With great faith one should be daily obtaining new things from God. I have not done that but am pressing into it. Faith obtains clearly in the Spirit before having it in the natural.  Jose Alvarez

“When you focus your self-discipline on a single purpose, like sunlight through a magnifying glass on a single object, look out! The whole world will scramble to get out of your way, hold the doors open for you, and salute as you walk by.” Dan Kennedy. Entrpreneur.Com.

It is possible to go through life without ever accepting any responsibility, but such freedom from the cares of the world comes at an enormous financial cost. If you make it a practice to go out the back door when responsibility walks through the front, you will also miss out on the opportunities that always accompany responsibility. In almost any vocation, profession, or calling, your remuneration is directly proportional to the responsibility that accompanies your position. Make it a practice to volunteer for more responsibility or simply to assume it. There are times when you must get on with the task at hand without ever being formally told you’re in charge of it. If you demonstrate that you are a can-do kind of person, responsibility and the higher pay that accompanies it will come to you.  Napoleon Hill Foundation

“A religious spirit creates a poverty mindset. A poverty sprit is not about economics, it’s about living with meager possibilities. It’s about not understanding your real identity in Christ.”  Graham Cooke

Political correctness is proof that stupidity is contagious.  Bill Johnson

The ones who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones that do!  Steve Jobs

“At Healing Waters, you gave me a few prophetic words along the lines of a new season coming my way and to be in expectancy and waiting for a surprise and how it was going to be joyous etc. Two months after this pic was taken i moved to the mountains of southwest VA and started working full time in ministry (which I had NO idea was going to happen). I have to say – the Lord really used you to confirm what was about to happen and to encourage me and increase my faith!! Those times in that basement were amazing!!! i just wanted to say thank you for your obedience in doing what you do – because it makes a lasting impact on lives as it did on mine!!!  A message to me from my friend Sarah Elizabeth Berrios

No one can make you feel inferior unless you give them permission. Lolly Daskal

No one is too busy, it’s only a matter of priorities.  Steve Jobs

Carve out daily time to think, and dream with God’s mind and His ideas for you. Taken by a talk from Noreena Hertz

I was reminded today that our God loves the very rich, and the very poor, equally! Jose Alvarez

Christianity is not About Things but about the Revelation of a Person!  Jose Alvarez

You know that you are in Miami when the most popular health drink in the gym is Cuban Coffee. Jose Alvarez

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Rebuilding Shore Vineyard after super storm Sandy

 

Armor


Eph 6:10  Finally, my brethren, be strong (constantly strengthened with dunamis power) in the Lord, and in the power ( dominion) of his might ( inward strength).

11  Put on the full armor of God, so that you may be able to stand against the stratagems of the devil.

This verse commands us to continuously receive this dunamis power of the Lord so that He can be progressively revealed in our lives as the Christ that dwells in our hearts. This is the fullness of revelation.

The dunamis power of the Lord in verse 10 is defined as the display of the Lord’s outward dominion brought about by His inward strength.  This is what it means by “ the power of his might.”  This is sort of what happens to Pop Eye when he eats the can of spinach.  The tremendous inward strength that is multiplied within him is translated into a manifestation of outward strength which caused him to dominate and conquer all, even Bluto the bad man, who ran after beautiful Olive Oil.

This domination of external circumstances is called “dominion” and is in indeed the same as Lord’s dominion over all His creation.

The Lord’s dominion or manifested expression of the strength that resides within Him is found in His dunamis power. The extent of the Lord’s dominion that is transported by his dunamis power is His ability to subdue all things unto Himself.

Philippians 3:21  Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.

The amount of God’s dunamis power working in us is measured as to how much we are allowing the Lord to subdue or bring the dominion of all things unto Himself.

The fullness of revelation of the Son is the fullness of the Lord’s power.  The fullness of revelation is the Christ dwelling, and not struggling, or competing with something else in our hearts.

The more that we live out of the dunamis power of the Lord because we have yielded our life in all meekness to the Lord the more that we shall see the Lord subdue all things underneath our feet.

This is the reality of our putting on the full armor of God.

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