Calling Superman!

One day, I came across a curious conversation on Facebook. My niece was telling of an interesting encounter. What happened? My niece was on a train and there was a man preaching God.  Sounds harmless, right?

There is just one thing. The man is wearing a Superman costume and preaching God. It seems the man thought he was Superman.

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Overcoming Depression

Last week, I was reading a post on Paul Soares Jr.’s website. The writer was thanking Paul for saving his life. The young man was suffering from depression. Would you have thought that an entertaining storyteller could help someone? How about a YouTube video centering on a game, with same storyteller? Here is the young man’s story, if interested.

While reading his story and the helpful comments, I felt a need to share my story of overcoming depression. I would love to say, “A magic wand was waved over me and presto!” Alas, this is not the case. Nevertheless, God, the Father was faithful in seeing me through it. Continue reading “Overcoming Depression”

Who Are My Brothers?

A few days ago, I was searching for some blogs to read and make possible comments.  As my interest leans towards politics and the Christian faith, I elected to see what other Christians were talking about.  As this is an election year, I did expect emotions to run high.

I was looking for ideas of what to write, this week. I would love to say that everyone was engaged in a civil debate. However, this is sadly not the case on the few alleged Christian sites I visited. It seems some have forgotten who their brothers and sisters are and that we’re to love one another. Continue reading “Who Are My Brothers?”

Christmas Day Is About Celebrating Hope!

Christmas Day is fast coming and you’d think my blog would be filled with Christmas related stories.  So far, I managed to write two Christmas related story, this month.  It’s not like that day isn’t special or I don’t have reasons to rejoice.  It is special and I do have a reason to rejoice.

A few days ago, I came across someone who was agitated at the idea of celebrating the birth of Jesus on December 25th. I already knew it wasn’t the actual date.  “Did you ever consider the Christian symbolism behind that particular day?”, I asked.  Christ symbolism?  What does this have to do with rejoicing on Christmas Day?

First, I do know of Pope Gregory and Constantine choosing to to “christianize” an existing pagan holiday. I discovered this, years ago.  I, also took notice of the irony in choosing a day that’s just before New Year.

In case you don’t know, Winter Solstice is really a couple of days before Christmas Day and it’s marked as the darkest day of the whole year.  It is a day with the fewest amount of sunlight. After it, the days steadily become brighter and brighter.

Jesus was born  during the time of Augustus Ceaser.  Things were quite dark for those not born a Roman citizen.  Israel was in despeate need of a deliver from this oppressive regime. Truth is, we were all in desperate need of being rescued from our sins.  Sound familiar?

Yet, all is not lost.  Hope has come into the world and He came at our darkest hour.  Because of Hope, everything has changed!  Because of Jesus, we can look forward to our days becoming brighter and brighter.  Because of Jesus, We can look forward to a new beginning. Here is why:

10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people; 11 for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 This will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” 13And suddenly there appeared with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,

14Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace among menwith whom He is pleased.” [Luke 2:10-14] of Jesus, I have been redeemed from the clutches of a far worse oppressor than Rome.  Jesus is my true Hope and the reason that I rejoice on Christmas Day.  Truth is, we should rejoice on all 365 days and not just one.

As for the actual day, I am not overly concerned if it was in March or December. Let’s focus on why Jesus came and not on foolish arguements over dates.  Let’s remember, God, the Father gave us, a wonderful gift on that fateful day.  Let’s receive it, with gladness and joy.

Message Of The Cross And The Crucifix

A couple of years ago, my mother gave a small metal crucifix.  She got it, when Anthony passed away back in ’93.  As I recall, it came with Anthony’s coffin and she wanted to keep it.  Years later, my mother gave it to me for she thought it would be a nice way to remember my younger brother.

For me, I appreciated what the crucifix stood for.  It is a sharp reminder of what Jesus went through, on my behalf.  I happily took the crucifix and purposed to hang it up, when possible.  I, also wanted to hang up a large Celtic style cross that I brought in Phoenix, AZ.

The day came and I proceeded to hang both symbols of my faith in my room.  I decided to hang them on opposite walls.  As I hung up the crucifix, the word “surrender” flashed in my mind.  I knew it to be from the Holy Spirit and paused to consider its meaning.  When I hung up the cross, the word “freedom” came to my mind.

After some more consideration, the following phrase came to mind:

To have freedom; one needs to surrender”

What does this means? In my heart, I could tell that Jesus was asking me to surrender; just as He surrender himself.  As I thought this, Hebrews 12:2 came to mind:

2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Jesus was calling me, to die to self.  I had to stop being “Mr. Independent” and be wholly dependent on the Father.  In this, I would achieve the freedom that I desired.  It is a freedom that comes from being in Christ.

For the record, I am still working on it and have a way to go.  What about you?  Are you walking in the freedom that comes from being in Christ?