These are the Pictures from “AJEC Got Talent 2013” that took placed in May 18 2013. Our youth competed in different categories such as Art, Singing , Pantomime& Instrumental. Other competition were bible trivia (based on 1st Samuel), youth of the Year ( had to preach with in a few minutes), poetry & photo Album. Even though this was a friendly competition, everything was done to glorify God. Enjoy the Pics!(We give credit for the pictures to katherine, Damaris & Anderson)
Here are some of the Pictures from the Teen Revival Event by AJEC ( for more info got to ajeconline.com ) were our life were touched by the word and presence of God. Enjoy guys! ( Thank you Damaris for the Images)
Our last event ” From Dust to Glory” on March 30th was wonderful event this time was composed of three churches ; Iglesia de Dios Pentecostal MI Monte Carmelo, Iglesia de Dios Pentecosgal MI “Communipaw” and Iglesia de Dios Pentecostal MI ” Second Street”. In this event the youth really out did themselves and its wonderful to see the youth to continue growing in the Lord. The youth of Communipaw sang a beautiful devotional as well as a pantomime. The youth of Second Street also did a powerful pantomine and their youth president Wilfredo Rosado expressed short meaningful thought about our life and pearls and Anderson Caraballo brought the message of the event. All for the Glory of God. Enjoy!
“Saved to Serve” was such a wonderful on November 17 2012 based on using what God has given us to serve others. In this event the youth of Iglesia de Dios Pentecostal MI “Monte Carmelo” with Iglesia de Dios Pentecostal “Communipaw” prepared 100+ sandwiches with drinks and snacks for Hoboken Clergy Coalition Shelter in Hoboken, NJ After a lunch break Damaris Guzman brought powerful study of when we work together we can accomplish anything. In her activity, two groups of six youth were tied up with each other and each one of them had to feed their friend the plate of mini doughnut with milk. Eventually, teaching the youth delegation and teamwork. Nancy Arriaza also brought an influential message based on John 13:1-38 were we are not greater that our students, therefore as Jesus did with his disciples with washed the youth feet teaching them humility, love and care for them. The youth leaders also involved were Diana Caraballo and Anderson Caraballo. We thanked David Paucar for his assistances with this event. We are also tremendously grateful with Erica Espinosa and her mom support and for playing a major role in this event, and to all who donated and helped in making this event a success. God has been wonderful. The people from the shelter in Hoboken were so grateful, and the youth are learning and becoming more and more ignited for Christ.
God Bless and Enjoy the Pictures. Videos will be posted soon…
Ps. Don’t miss our First Youth Ignited for Christ first Service on 12/28/12.
Our second meeting was based on Growth which is the acronym for the Pillar of our ministry.G (get to know God)- Get to know God by reading the Bible daily 2 Timothy 3:14-17 R ( respond) -Respond to God in prayer Philipians 4:6 O (Obey) – Obey God moment by Moment Luke 6:46-49 W (Walk) – Walk in the power of the Holy Spirit Ephesians 3:14-21 5:18 T (Tell Others) – Tell others about Jesus through our life and words Matthew 28:18-20 H (have fellowship) – Have fellowship with other Christians Hebrews 10:25
We had fun and really had a great time in Liberty State park . Damaris brought a great learning activity ; the youth had to create a structure with marshmallow and raw spaghetti , thus learning that our foundation on what we believed is essential to our christian life. The youth were ministered on how to grow spiritually as an individual christian & ministry. More pictures and Videos will be added soon…. God Bless and enjoy!
Funny Christian pictures are coming to YI4C for your enjoyment. We believe in dealing with serious spiritual topicss in YI4C.com but we also like to relax have fun and laugh, so we are going to be posting Funny christian pictures or Christian meme henceforth so you can smile once in a while and share it with your friends. Some meme might be created by us or we might share it from our online friends. You can find all the pictures under Multimedia> Christian Meme. God Bless you and Enjoy.!
It seems that the question behind the question is “Why isn’t God answering my prayers even though I live for Him?” This is a question that many Christians wrestle with. It only seems fair that if we are living for God, He will be inclined to give us what we ask for. That is what Job thought. If you haven’t already, read the book of Job in the Old Testament. Though Job was the most righteous man alive in terms of his observance of good moral behavior, God allowed him to suffer. All of Job’s friends were convinced that he was suffering because of some sin he had committed. They had God in a box, assuming that He must act according to a particular formula: If I do good things, good things will be given to me. If I do bad things, bad things will happen to me.
God does not operate that way. We cannot think that God owes us anything for the good works that we do. In fact, if we do any good thing at all, it is only because we ought to do it anyway. Anything good that we have from God is by His grace, not because we can earn it. Matthew 5:45 says “He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.” God gives good gifts to all people, regardless of their righteous deeds. Think about the “goods” you possess: life, sight, friendships, your relationship with God, water, food, etc. Which of these things could you have possessed if God had not supplied them? All good things are from God (James 1:17). Nothing God gives us is earned.
Job had the same assumption as his friends, that God would supply circumstances to each person in direct correlation to their good or bad behaviors. The only difference is, he knew he had not done anything wrong, so he assumed that God actually had wronged him! We do the same thing when we get frustrated with God about circumstances while assuming that He ought to give us what we ask for since we are doing what is right. In the end, God reminded Job who He is: God, the all-good, all-knowing, all-loving wise King of the universe. He taught Job that He knows what is ultimately good for us better than we do. The temporary suffering that Job endured produced greater character, love, and trust of God, and He gave Job more than he had ever asked, not because of Job’s obedience, but because of His grace. (Remember that Job’s response to his trouble was to accuse God of wrongdoing—he certainly did not earn God’s subsequent blessings!)
God loves you more than you love yourself, because He knows you better than you know yourself. He knows exactly what you need. Ultimately, He is the fulfillment of all your heart’s desires. His actions toward you, though we may not understand, are geared toward drawing you to Him in total dependence, because this is your ultimate good. We can easily get caught in temporary circumstances which will, in eternity, seem insignificant, and trade them for what is truly significant. Romans 8:18 says “I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.” But sadly, people pass up eternal blessings because of their focus on the temporal. Jesus compared this to the seed whose plant gets choked by thorns (see Matthew 13:7, 22 for an explanation of this parable). When we pray, God answers our prayers in the way that is best for us. He loves us. This means He wants our good, and He knows that our ultimate good is to be united with Him. We may not understand how His answers accomplish this, just as He taught Job, but that is why He is God and we are not. All we need to do is trust Him.
What is the point of doing good then, if not to gain God’s favor? There is every reason in the world to do good! We do get God’s favor, not because He owes it to us, but because when we do good, we are operating according to God’s design for us, and we benefit from this in more lasting ways. We actually get more of God Himself when we follow Him. He is the source of all good. So, what could be better than being united with the source of the good things you seek, which are only shadows of His Goodness? So, rather than trying to control our circumstances through “following the rules,” we find that by loving God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength (Matthew 22:37), we gain a far more lasting reward: a deeper knowledge of God and a deeper relationship with Him. This is our ultimate good, and He answers all of our prayers to achieve it.
The answer to the given question is “Yes” and “Yes” but allow me to elaborate on that a bit. When Jesus taught his disciples how they ought to pray in Matthew 6:9-13 he instructed them to pray to “Our Father in heaven.”
9Pray then like this: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. 10 Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. 11Give us this day our daily bread, 12and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. 13And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
So it was Jesus Himself, God in flesh (John 1:1-14), who told us that we should raise our prayers directly to God, namely, God the Father. The Bible teaches that God has existed eternally as one being in three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. This doctrine is known as the Trinity. This is why Jesus can both be God and still pray to God (e.g. John 17) because while they share the same being they are different in person.
Each person of the Trinity plays different roles in how they interact in the lives of believers and unbelievers alike. When it comes to our given topic of prayer, the Bible teaches that it is God the Father whom we ought to direct our prayers to, but it also teaches that it is through Jesus that we have that kind of direct access to the Father. Consider the verse in Mark 15:38; “And the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom.” This “curtain” is the one that separated people from the Holy of Holies (aka “The Most Holy Place”) in the temple, the place where God’s presence dwelled in a special sense. The Holy of Holies was the place where once a year a priest would enter after having carefully observed all of the purification rituals that were required before entering into God’s presence and make a sacrifice for the unintentional sins of the people of Israel (intentional or known sins were to be dealt with on a regular basis). The curtain was torn in two by God at the time of Jesus’ death on the cross. Hebrews 9:1-14 tells us how through Christ’s death we no longer are separated from God by the curtain.
1Now even the first covenant had regulations for worship and an earthly place of holiness. 2 For a tent was prepared, the first section, in which were the lampstand and the table and the bread of the Presence. It is called the Holy Place. 3 Behind the second curtain was a second section called the Most Holy Place, 4 having the golden altar of incense and the ark of the covenant covered on all sides with gold, in which was a golden urn holding the manna, and Aaron’s staff that budded, and the tablets of the covenant. 5 Above it were the cherubim of glory overshadowing the mercy seat. Of these things we cannot now speak in detail. 6 These preparations having thus been made, the priests go regularly into the first section, performing their ritual duties, 7 but into the second only the high priest goes, and he but once a year, and not without taking blood, which he offers for himself and for the unintentional sins of the people. 8 By this the Holy Spirit indicates that the way into the holy places is not yet opened as long as the first section is still standing 9 (which is symbolic for the present age). According to this arrangement, gifts and sacrifices are offered that cannot perfect the conscience of the worshiper, 10 but deal only with food and drink and various washings, regulations for the body imposed until the time of reformation. 11 But when Christ appeared as a high priest of the good things that have come, then through the greater and more perfect tent (not made with hands, that is, not of this creation) 12 he entered once for all into the holy places, not by means of the blood of goats and calves but by means of his own blood, thus securing an eternal redemption. 13 For if the blood of goats and bulls, and the sprinkling of defiled persons with the ashes of a heifer, sanctify for the purification of the flesh, 14 how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, purify our conscience from dead works to serve the living God.
This passage explains that in the Old Covenant, under the law, the priest had to continually offer sacrifices again and again for the people of Israel because the sacrifices were imperfect, they never actually fully appeased God’s wrath for sin, hence the need to repeat the sacrifice. Jesus, however, was the perfect lamb of God (John 1:29; 36), the sinless one, He was the perfect sacrifice that God was pleased with. When Christ died on the cross and the curtain was torn that separated the people from the Most Holy Place in the temple this indicated that man no longer needed to approach God through priests and through repetitive sacrifices. It is in Christ that we have a perfect sacrifice and it was paid once and in full! Just as it says in Hebrews 10:12-14 “12 But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God, 13 waiting from that time until his enemies should be made a footstool for his feet. 14 For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified.”
Jesus became our high priest before God, always making intercession for us. It is because of this Jesus’ sacrifice that the New Covenant was ushered in (Luke 22:20) and we now no longer depend on earthly priests to come before God for us, but through Christ we may directly and boldly approach God’s throne with our prayers. Again in Hebrews 7:23-27 it says:
23 The former priests were many in number, because they were prevented by death from continuing in office, 24 but he holds his priesthood permanently, because he continues forever. 25 Consequently, he is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them. 26 For it was indeed fitting that we should have such a high priest, holy, innocent, unstained, separated from sinners, and exalted above the heavens. 27 He has no need, like those high priests, to offer sacrifices daily, first for his own sins and then for those of the people, since he did this once for all when he offered up himself.
So as to the original question, “When we are praying do we pray directly to God or through Jesus?” Again, the answer is yes, we pray directly to God the Father because that is what Jesus taught us to do, and yes we pray through Jesus because He is our high priest who has given us direct access to God the Father by His sacrifice and He is now interceding on our behalf before the Father. So when it comes to praying, Hebrews 4:14-15 says it best:
14 Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
As Christians we pray to God our Father because he is the provider of all good things (James 1:17; Matthew 7:7-11), and we pray in Jesus’ name because He is the one who makes it possible to approach God because His blood has covered our sins.