Lamenting Pain

God has appointed Lesley as a spiritual leader over Edify, and once and again He has confirmed her voluntary appointment through the ways He speaks through her to Edify team members.  Tuesday, I arrived to the spiritual retreat she led with twinges of anxiety and regret.   Lesley announced we would write a lament of…

Comunión

La comunión no es sólo para que otros llenen mis necesidades espirituales.  Es mucho más profundo de esto. Fausto Liriano Fausto predicó ayer sobre la comunión verdadera que Dios quiere que exista en el cuerpo de creyentes.  En Griego, se llama Koinonia, e implica un compañerísmo mucho más fuerte de sólo un coro de amigos,…

“After You”, but before “Me Before You”

I’m giddy with guilt as I admit my literary sin…I read the second book in a trilogy before the first. I’m not sure if it makes it better or worse that I watched the (not so wonderful) rendition of the first book as a motion picture a year ago, especially given I broke into a…

¿Que Vas a Hacer con Tu Hoy?

Ayer, en el primer culto del año de Ministerios El Círculo, Fausto dio la primera predica del serie Seguimos. Dado que era el día 6 de enero (y Día de Los Reyes) su pregunta central era muy oportuno: ¿Que Vas a Hacer con Tu Hoy? Hablamos de las diferencias entre un impío y un santo….

Give to Get

Here comes a very-worth-it #laterpost! For Giving Day, Hope International sent an impactful email with the title, “5 Nonprofits We Recommend On Giving Tuesday.” I was blown away. In a day where all non-profits were begging for money, Hope was encouraging us to invest in others. I believe such generosity can be traced directly back…

An Enduring Love

I told you guys that God normally reinforces my learning through various mediums.  I’m eternally grateful for this given my incredible capacity to forget, or simply be too dense to connect the dots and hear Him the first time.  Mom’s been reading through The Songs of Jesus by Timothy Keller this year, and she reads…

A Child’s Love

Yesterday I gushed about the power of a Father’s love as I basked in sentimentalism post watching Father of the Bride Part 2.   We finished up acknowledging that when we receive dose upon dose of perfect love, it’s impossible to keep it bottled inside.  Instead, it must overflow to those around us, accompanied by gratefulness. …

A Father’s Love

Since it’s Christmas season, I give myself the freedom to watch cheesy Christmas movies while working out at the gym.  Today I watched Father of the Bride Part 2.   I know, it’s not a Christmas movie, but it is cheesy!  If you haven’t seen Steve Martin play George, the frazzled father who loves his family…

Between Advents

I simply cannot believe The Quest is already over.  The study simply went too fast, but fortunately, it left me with enough to digest for months.  Today’s final study was just too lovely not to share.  Per usual, God spoke to me through various mediums, just to make sure I get the message.  Today I…

A New Interpretation of Carpe Diem

Ever since I saw The Dead Poet’s Society when I was a teen, I’ve adopted Carpe Diem, “Seize the Day” in Latin, as one of my life mantras.  Yet, as I meditate on a quote I read this morning, I realize I’ve been interpreting it incorrectly all this time. I’ve always viewed Carpe Diem as an…

I’ve Got That Hope

“Why do we let Christians bearing bad news represent our faith instead of sharing our [good] story?”  Fausto Liriano, December 2nd 2018 I’m guilty of complaining about how other “bad” Christians portray our faith.  I moan about how by sharing a distorted gospel or by holding a Pharisee mindset they are driving people away from…

Stability of Times

Where did this week go?  How is it already Thursday? How is it almost December?  There’s not enough time, yet there’s exactly enough.  We often get trapped in a cycle of freneticism, especially during the holiday season.  My Quest study with Beth Moore this morning was so encouraging.  It focused on the divine treasures we…

Delivered From, Delivered To

The Quest 4.2 asked us to reflect on Exodus 12:1-28 (The Passover) and Joshua 4 (Twelve memorial stones placed in Gilgal from the Jordan).  In the first situation, God was delivering his people from slavery and oppression in Egypt.  In the second case, God delivered his people to the promised land.  Both celebrations are equally important. Lightbulb…