Posts by Justo Dorantes (Page 2)

Posts by Justo Dorantes (Page 2)

Fear Not My Brothers

Many times, we get caught up in our daily lives and lose focus on what is truly important. We allow failures at work, arguments with loved ones, opposite political views and things not turning out the way we planned to depress us. Throughout the Bible, we see believers reflect on the promises of God when they find themselves in difficult situations. In the book of Psalm 27:1-10 (ESV): The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?…

Why Wait Until the End of the Year?

There seems to be something very special about the end of one year and the beginning of a new year. It is so magical that many folks often make New Year’s Resolutions” People say “this is going to be the time that I start something new, or this is going to be the time that I stop that particular habit”. And so, we wait.Something that we ought to be doing “today” is put off until that future day when the…

Our Perfect Gift

This year has been a unique year to say the least! The pandemic has changed a lot of things and people are looking forward to each holiday. It seems like a lot of people are enjoying the Christmas season this year. As Halloween ended and November began, I started to see Christmas lights and decorations on my neighbors’ homes and began to see Christmas trees in living room windows shortly thereafter. There is something about Christmas that gives us comfort…

In a Little Town Called Bethlehem

A few people were looking, watching, hoping the day in prophecy would come—the day their Messiah/Savior would be born in Bethlehem. To them (Micah 5:2) contained God’s words which said: “But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times.” Not man’s. As such, they could be trusted. So, the believers searched the Scriptures,…

How Strong is Satan?

If we were to hypothesize some sort spiritual hierarchy, where would Satan be on that list? For whatever reason, we have the tendency of making him inferior only to the Godhead and no one else. A popular train of thought might put Satan second to God, then angels, and humans as last. What this ideology accomplishes is a handicapped perception of our ability to fight back against the devil and break free. A false illusion of power can create a…

Thanksgiving

As America prepares in anticipation of yet another annual Thanksgiving celebration, I could not help but consider some of the parallels between the birth, growth, struggles and direction of this country, as compared to the birth, growth, struggles and potential direction, of a born again New Testament Christian. In 1620, the pilgrims, seeking a new life free from the tyranny of oppressive persecution, by their faith in the power and providence of God, determinedly “set sail” into largely uncharted territory…

Always Believe Your Instruments

Pilots usually mention the following phrase: “I can still remember my flight instructor telling me to ‘believe your instruments.’ Always.” Oh, for sure when the weather is beautiful, you can look out the window. But when you can’t look out, well, that’s right, “trust your instruments.” That is the reason you have them; it takes the guesswork out of things. As we live the Christian life, we need to believe the Words of God at all times. Are there some…

A True Pearl is a Victory Over Irritation

How much fretting will we do today because of this or that or the other thing? It should come as no surprise to us that life is filled with irritations, and there are times when we try to rebel against them. Did you realize that the lowly oyster is wiser than we are in this regard? Whenever an irritating object, like a grain of sand, gets under the mantle of its shell, what does the oyster do about it? It…

The Love of a Mother

A mother’s love is special. It may be the best illustration we commonly observe of what agape love describes in scripture. A mother loves her child no matter what. In spite of how many pregnancies are terminated by abortion, a mother’s love remains one of the strongest resisting forces against that procedure. A child may be born severely handicapped, but his mother loves him just the same, with all of the same affection, tenderness and sincerity she bestows upon her…

How Will We Remember the Year 2020?

How will you remember the year 2020? I’ve come to refer to it as The Lost Summer. Actually, it’s been a lost Spring and Summer, and it appears that some of that reality could extend through the Fall and into Winter. The corona virus pandemic began to hit our nation in full force in early March, and within a couple of weeks most everything changed. Schools closed, at first supposedly for a few weeks, but that soon changed to encompass…

The Great Reunion in Heaven

I had the great opportunity last week to visit my father in Mexico. He has been having a hard time since the passing away of my mother about eight months ago. I was encouraged to see him, and he also was encouraged as we spent a few days together. On the Sunday that I was there, I was invited to preach. I wanted to share something that would encourage my relatives and members of the church who were present at…

The Struggles in Our Lives

The following is a story of nature demonstrating the fact that struggles are a necessary part of growth and development for the Christian in this life. God places these struggles (or trials) before us to prepare us for that perfect home in heaven with Him. The Man And The Cocoon One day a small opening appeared on a cocoon. A man sat and watched for the butterfly for several hours as it struggled to force its body through that little…