Family Minister

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…

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…

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.…

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…

Church Coaching

Proverbs 17: 17 A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity (NIV) What is the difference between coaching and ministry? Back in 1999, I went through the NSCAA coaching certification. So, since then, I’m able to coach soccer, a sport I’m not particularly good at, but I…

Welcome Our Visitors

1 Peter 4:8 Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. 9 Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. (NIV) How do you make someone feel welcome? Most of us we understand the importance of needing to be welcomed properly. We decide to visit a restaurant a second time…

Understanding The Times

1 Chronicles 12: 32 Of the sons of Issachar, men who understood the times, with knowledge of what Israel should do, their chiefs were two hundred; and all their kinsmen were at their command. (NASB) The sons of Issachar were men who came to declare their alliance to King David. They understood the times, which…

Samson

Hebrews 11:39-40 Name your favorite hero of the Bible. Would Samson be in that list? When we think of heroes of the Bible, Samson is not one we think of first. Samson actually may not make it to our list. But he made it to God’s list of heroes of faith. Samson was disobedient, he…

Once More

Judges 16:28-30 “Then Samson prayed to the Lord, “Sovereign Lord, remember me. Please, God, strengthen me just once more, and let me with one blow get revenge on the Philistines for my two eyes.” A life of bad decisions can lead to bad consequences. Samson is a good example for us today. He was chosen…