Minister Articles

The Struggle Is Real

2 Corinthians 12: 9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults,…

Greetings

My name is Jesus David Dorantes. My mom and dad gave me this name because they always wanted me to remember whom I represent. Sometimes I do well. Sometimes I don’t. Frustration sets in for everyone from time to time when we “do what we don’t want to do, and what we don’t want to…

The Drought

Hot enough for you? Getting tired of being asked that question? A little research on record droughts will show that they are dated by the year in which they occurred. Such as the 1829 major drought in Western Australia. “This drought was so extreme that it nearly destroyed all agriculture in western Australia forcing settlers…

Missed Field Goals

Isaiah 43:18 “Do not call to mind the former things, or ponder things of the past” (NASB) As a football fan, sometimes we don’t focus on the kickers until they miss a field goal or an extra point. The best kickers have an average of 85% success in the NFL. Back in 2007 I had…

Changes

Can you feel the hint that Fall is on the way? I know, I know…it is only a temporary glimpse of what is approaching, but the cooler temperatures in the morning certainly are a relief from the smoldering summer heat. Two leaves on my ’October Glory’ Red Maple even showed up in their brilliant reddish…

Look for the Helpers

Have you ever had a day that did not go according to plan? Or maybe even an entire weekend? This past Sunday, I woke up feeling sick and running a high fever. On many days that would not be too terrible, but this past Sunday was a full day of church events. The children’s ministry…

Unexpected

Luke 7:13-15 And when the Lord saw her, He felt compassion for her, and said to her, “Do not weep.” And he came up and touched the coffin; and the bearers came to a halt. And He said, “Young man, I say to you, arise!” And the dead man sat up, and began to speak.…

Wisdom

Wisdom speaks: “Listen, for I have trustworthy things to say; I open my lips to speak what is right.” “My mouth speaks what is true, for my lips detest wickedness.” “Choose my instruction instead of silver, knowledge rather than gold.” “To fear the Lord is to hate evil; I hate pride and arrogance, evil behavior…

Interactions with Jesus

John 8:7 When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” 8 Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground.9 At this, those who heard began to go away one at a…

Vision

Yesterday I had to take a little 2 hour drive, and I must say that I was focused and deep in thought about a particular lesson coming up. And then…it happened. Distractions Apparently it was bug migration season and I was in their direct path. And then…a massive thunderstorm accompanied with pounding rain and hail.…