Posts by Justo Dorantes (Page 2)

Posts by Justo Dorantes (Page 2)

My View vs. God’s View

Sunrise. A glimmer of light on the horizon. I can see it; but only if I am up, in a good position and the weather is sufficiently clear. Wherever I am, it comes and is soon “gone”. That majestic sunrise, however, keeps right on moving, becoming sunrise after sunrise for the next folks in line to the west. The sunrise never stops, and it never has since God put his “greater light” in its place on the 4th day of…

War is Nothing New

War, it is a word that brings dread and despair. We don’t like to use it, and we do not want to think about it affecting us. However, even though it is a word that we do not like to use, or even hear, we tend to have a pretty good talent for waging war. Just about every generation of our nations’ history has been involved in some conflict in the world and has been affected by war. Most of…

The Ritz Carlton

Horst Schulze, former president of the Ritz Carlton Hotels company, is known for his masterful ability to create a culture of first-class service. Under his leadership, his companies have received some of the highest awards their industry gives. When asked, “How did you build this culture,” Horst can literally give you hours of discussion on the things that shape an environment of friendly, helpful service. Part of establishing that culture involves teaching every employee that it is “your responsibility” to…

It’s Funny How…

It’s funny how difficult it can be to wake up for worship, and yet how easy it is to wake up super early for our favorite hobbies. It’s funny how a cold and cough can keep us from going to worship, yet the same cold is hardly even noticed when a day of fun is planned. It’s funny how treacherous the road conditions look when Bible class is the destination, and how passable they appear when a social event is…

The Claw Machine Game

There sits what could quite possibly be the softest, cutest, and most lovable stuffed animal ever to exist. You insert a couple of shiny quarters and the exciting 20-seconds countdown begins. The claw begins to move at your command. You check your angle on the prize from the front, then from each side. You meticulously adjust the claw so it lines up perfectly. Satisfied, you push the shiny red button and the claw begins to drop. Time seems to slow…

Mental Incinerator

The whole world is aware of the accumulating mountains of waste and garbage threatening our planet. Air pollution, water pollution, land pollution are all becoming familiar terms. Every major city seems to be having problems with garbage disposal. We must find some way to handle the garbage, or it will finally overwhelm us. The human body, like any well-ordered house, also has its garbage disposal equipment. Every time you expel a lung full of air you are throwing off poisonous…

Where to Find Happiness

Everybody wants to be happy. There may be more emphasis in our society right now than ever before on finding happiness. There’s a lot of focus on having a job you can be happy with. Some people move to different locations in the pursuit of happiness. Wives leave husbands and husbands leave wives because they’re just not happy. Teenagers are committing suicide at a staggering rate because they’re depressed, unhappy. Happiness seems to be elusive to many people, but a…

Copycat

We have some dear friends who have been on vacation this past week. As they often do when they’re going to be out of town, Joe and Jan asked us to run by and feed their cats every other day. We’re more than happy to oblige—Joe and Jan have been very kind to us and feeding their cats is the least we can do. This past Wednesday, my wife drove our younger son by their home and he went inside…

How About Our Worship?

It’s a common theme in many congregations to talk about how to make worship more meaningful, more encouraging, even more exciting. Suggestions might include: change the time of worship, drop the announcements, begin with a period of silence, change the order of the service, cut down the sermons, have more prayers, pray shorter prayers, sing more songs, sing fewer songs, sing more songs with a quicker tempo, start on time, et al. The list goes on… When carefully considered, most…

It’s in the Book!

There was a popular record in the early 1950s which poked fun at preachers and other church folks. The punch line was that of a preacher saying, “It’s in the Book!” That book is a one-of-a-kind book. It is extraordinary. It answers questions that few, if any books, will attempt to answer. The unique things that are in the book should cause even the casual reader to respect it and to examine its contents further to find its many other…

“I Just Can’t”

In the summer of 2018, there was an incredible ordeal concerning the Thai soccer team fiasco. On June 23rd, 12 young men and their coach went on a cave exploration in celebration of one of the kid’s birthday. Unfortunately, heavy floods blocked off their escape, leaving them stranded and isolated. I can’t begin to try and imagine what kind of stress and anxiety was experienced in this moment of trial. Perhaps the feeling of inability was one of the most…

You Did Not Know Juanita

Juanita grew up in the state of Morelos in a small town that is located about three hours south of Mexico City. Juanita followed all her family religious traditions and was very active in the religious festivities in her town. One day her daughter came to her and said that she was going to move her family to the United States to try to find a better way of life. It was a heartbreaking news to Juanita since this meant…