Me Amaste Primero

24 04 2009



Conferencia Fiel Hasta el Final

11 01 2009

Invitacion Fiel Hata El Final

Viaje parte 2

23 09 2008

Viaje a Columbus, Indianapolis y Evansville

23 09 2008

Worship Night in Indy

18 08 2008
Worship Night in Indy

Worship Night in Indy

Rock Of My Salvation (Song)

9 08 2008

rock-of-my-salvation This song is based on The Nature of God as savior and redeemer, and what our natural response can and should be. It starts with a call to rejoice, to worship and to bow down to God, based on Ps 95 (The Message).

The song intends to remind us why He deserves such adoration, to remember that Jesus showed his love for us by giving his life so that we can live, so that our sins can be forgiven through Jesus sacrifice at the cross.

Then it focuses our attention in some of God’s attributes: God as a solid rock, as savior, as creator, as redeemer; showing that his love and mercy were freely given by God, even when he knew that we didn’t and don’t deserve them. So our response is one of surrender, one of giving our hearts and lives back to him, understanding that this is the way we should respond to God’s love, by giving ourselves back to him.

When our response is that of surrender, we become fully alive, we recognize the meaning of Jesus’ work at the cross. The song talks about the dimension of God’s love as described in Ef 3:18 (NIV) and then goes back to the chorus where we talk again about God’s nature as savior and redeemer, with a phrase from Ps 103:3-5 (The Message)

As we become more aware of the reality of worship leaders as theologians, I believe we should focus our attention in communicating who God really is, to show the truth about God in creative ways. Been crowned with love and mercy, even when we don’t deserve it is a powerful message, one that I believe we should present more often.

Love and Obedience

2 08 2008

There are words that we don’t usually associate to obedience. Words like love, passion, truth… There is a radical connection between love and obedience:

“I’ve loved you the way my Father has loved me. Make yourselves at home in my love. If you keep my commands, you’ll remain intimately at home in my love. That’s what I’ve done—kept my Father’s commands and made myself at home in his love. Jn 15:9-10 (The Message)

In our world today words like submission and obedience tend to have a bad connotation, partly because of all the abuses we experience from all kind of authorities, sometimes including authorities in the church. Partly because of the spirit of independence that rules our world today, that gets filtered to our life in church as well.

All of our time and relationships gravitate around my own needs and what I can get from it. That is a spirit of independence. Even helping others is seeing as a way of fulfilling my selfish needs. That affects directly the church as well.

It is interesting to think that we are made to worship. We end up been submitted and obedient to the object of our worship.

“Worship means, literally, acknowledging the worth of something or someone. It means recognizing and saying that something or someone is worthy of praise.
It means celebrating the worth of something or someone far superior to oneself.” (NT Wright, Simply Christian, p.144)

We believe that the object of our worship is what will fill our needs, so we grant our rights to that object. We become submitted obedient servants of all kinds of things: codependent relationships, alcohol, sports, gambling, work, money, religiousness, etc.

That’s where our battle takes place, the enemy does a great job at marketing all kinds of addictions and lower gods as the source of inner satisfaction and fulfillment. Our spirit of independence fuels this ideas. So our lives gravitate in worship toward this things, the things that I decide will fill my needs. We become slaves, and we live lives based on the lies of the enemy.

So we become passionate, we believe they’re true, we love our addictions. We obey them. They become our gods, the object of our worship. It’s sad, but we get deceived, and our lives start to die slowly.

Our biggest challenge as Christians is to present God as he really is. As the real source, as the one who can satisfy our need, as the one who help us to be Fully alive, we are called to something beautiful to be part of his family, to be a part of his story.

In John 4, Jesus has the famous conversation with the Samaritan woman. Jesus approaches her, he wants her to find what she is really looking for, Himself! He starts a conversation and offers the woman a kind of water that will take away her real thirst.

She is trying to quench her thirst with men, the woman had 4 husbands, and the one she has right now is not her husband. Jesus brings this up, not to condemn her, not to judge her, but to redeem her, to set her free. To help her realize that relationships or perhaps sex, are not working, and He has what she is really longing for. She knew the religious drill, but she didn’t know who God really was, until that day that Jesus found her, and she let Jesus find her!

Jesus offered her the real water, He loved her first! He showed her his amazing love and mercy, but she needed to obey Jesus in order to receive Him, she had lo leave the source she was drinking from, and she did, and her life was changed forever!

She started a life of worship with Jesus, she realized how amazingly beautiful was Jesus’ love and mercy, his restoration, redemption, his invitation to real relationship with the source of life.

She realized Jesus is good, she realized who He really is, and started a relationship of worship with the source of life. She passionately and truthfully obeyed because she realized who Jesus really was, and how could she not obey the One who gave it all for her, who loved her correctly, expecting nothing in return?

“This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. God didn’t go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again. Anyone who trusts in him is acquitted; anyone who refuses to trust him has long since been under the death sentence without knowing it. And why? Because of that person’s failure to believe in the one-of-a-kind Son of God when introduced to him.” Jn 3:16-17