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Can I get a Witness?

Psalm 34:1-8, NRSV

1 I will bless the Lord at all times;

his praise shall continually be in my mouth.

2 My soul makes its boast in the Lord;

let the humble hear and be glad.

3 O magnify the Lord with me,

and let us exalt his name together.

 

4 I sought the Lord, and he answered me,

and delivered me from all my fears.

5 Look to him, and be radiant;

so, your[a] faces shall never be ashamed.

6 This poor soul cried, and was heard by the Lord,

and was saved from every trouble.

7 The angel of the Lord encamps

around those who fear him and delivers them.

8 O taste and see that the Lord is good;

happy are those who take refuge in him.

 


¿Habrá un Testigo?

Salmo 34:1-8, Biblia PDT

1 Bendigo al SEÑOR todo el tiempo;
    en mis labios siempre hay una alabanza para él.
Mi alma alaba al SEÑOR.
    Todos ustedes los que están tristes,
    escuchen mi alabanza y alégrense.
Honren al SEÑOR conmigo;
    exaltemos todos su nombre.

Porque consulté al SEÑOR, y él me respondió.
    Él me salvó de todos mis temores.
Los que acuden al Señor resplandecen de alegría,
    jamás se decepcionarán.
Este pobre hombre pidió ayuda al SEÑOR,
    y él me escuchó y me sacó de todos mis peligros.
El ángel del SEÑOR monta su campamento alrededor de sus fieles seguidores [a],
    y los protege.

Saboreen al SEÑOR y vean lo bueno que es él.
    Afortunado el que confía en él.


Saint Oscar Romero of the Americas, Presente!

SAINT OSCAR ROMERO OF THE AMÉRICAS, PRESENTE!
Justice in El Salvador for the LGBTIQ Community
Delegation: October 13-20, 2018


On the Inside

1 Samuel 16:7b “for the LORD does not see as mortals see; they look on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks on the heart.”


Lo de Adentro

1 Samuel 16:7b “La gente se fija en las apariencias, pero yo me fijo en el corazón.”


Preach It!

1 Samuel 3:15-17a “…What did the Lord say to you? Do not hide it…”


Predícalo

1 Samuel 3:15-17ª “… ¿Qué fue lo que te dijo el Señor? ... Te pido que no lo ocultes…”


The Power of Mantras

1 John 5: 9-13 (NIV) We accept human testimony, but God’s testimony is greater because it is the testimony of God, which he has given about his Son. Whoever believes in the Son of God accepts this testimony. Whoever does not believe God has made him out to be a liar, because they have not believed the testimony God has given about his Son. And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.  Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.  I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.


El Poder de los Mantras

1 Juan 5: 9-13 (NVI) Aceptamos el testimonio humano, pero el testimonio de Dios vale mucho más, precisamente porque es el testimonio de Dios, que él ha dado acerca de su Hijo. El que cree en el Hijo de Dios acepta este testimonio. El que no cree a Dios lo hace pasar por mentiroso, por no haber creído el testimonio que Dios ha dado acerca de su Hijo. Y el testimonio es este: que Dios nos ha dado vida eterna, y esa vida está en su Hijo. El que tiene al Hijo, tiene la vida; el que no tiene al Hijo de Dios, no tiene la vida.  Les escribo estas cosas a ustedes que creen en el nombre del Hijo de Dios, para que sepan que tienen vida eterna.


Love is Sugar and Salt

1 John 3:16-24 (MSG): This is how we’ve come to understand and experience love: Christ sacrificed his life for us. This is why we ought to live sacrificially for our fellow believers, and not just be out for ourselves... My dear children, let’s not just talk about love; let’s practice real love...God told us to love each other, in line with the original command. As we keep God’s commands, we live deeply and surely in God, and God lives in us. And this is how we experience God’s deep and abiding presence in us: by the Spirit God gave us.