Dancing on Ashes

Originally posted on The Life Church of Des Plaines:

dancers-28868_12802001, Pastor Holguin had a rough day. He was told he had diabetes. In 2005, his wife was diagnosed with breast cancer and then Hurricane Katrina hit. Their home wasn’t destroyed, but there was no electricity for a while. In 2008, arriving from Costa Rica, they got home on Thursday, and on Sunday, while at church, someone broke into their house and robbed them. In 2010, while in Greece, they got on a bus and his wallet got stolen, but all they took was the money, not the credit cards. The police found his wallet with all his credit cards and his driver’s license. In 2011, their home burnt down and they lost everything.

Esther 4:3 “And in every province, whithersoever the king’s commandment and his decree came, there was great mourning among the Jews, and fasting, and weeping, and wailing; and many lay in sackcloth and ashes.”

Hebrews 9:13 “For…

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Posted by on September 1, 2015 in Uncategorized


Are You Chasing the Wind?


Finding joy…

Originally posted on The Life Church of Des Plaines:

runners-635906_1280Ps 16:11 “Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.”

Do you enjoy the presents of God or His presence?

Where is the end of the rainbow? ‘Legend of the Leprechauns’ That leprechaun knows where the pot of gold is. We chase after him.

In Sicily, a long time ago, there was a convenience store that sold toys. One was a toy called ‘magic bubbles’. You could pull a tube out of the bottle and bubbles would appear. You could chase those bubbles, but when you caught them, they disappeared. It was a wonderful game, chasing after bubbles. Each one had a rainbow inside.

That game is not as fun for adults as for kids, but we still play that game.

In God’s presence is fullness of joy, but do we spend time in…

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Posted by on August 21, 2015 in Uncategorized


But My God


My God still does miracles, signs and wonders today! Missionary Nathan Hulsman preached on faith for miracles. Enjoy!

Originally posted on The Life Church of Des Plaines:

017-jesus-alive.jpg from 10:1 “And when he had called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease.”

John 14:12-14 “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.”

Phil 4:19 “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus,” (emphasis mine).

My wife and I are going to plant a church in Switzerland. There has never been a church like this there. God always…

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Posted by on July 29, 2015 in Uncategorized


The Day the Devil Told the Truth


If we only knew what the devil knows….

Originally posted on The Life Church of Des Plaines:

hand-749676_1280Ex 1:6-12 “And Joseph died, and all his brethren, and all that generation. And the children of Israel were fruitful, and increased abundantly, and multiplied, and waxed exceeding mighty; and the land was filled with them. Now there arose up a new king over Egypt, which knew not Joseph. And he said unto his people, Behold, the people of the children of Israel are more and mightier than we: Come on, let us deal wisely with them; lest they multiply, and it come to pass, that, when there falleth out any war, they join also unto our enemies, and fight against us, and so get them up out of the land. Therefore they did set over them taskmasters to afflict them with their burdens. And they built for Pharaoh treasure cities, Pithom and Raamses. But the more they afflicted them, the more they multiplied and grew. And they were grieved…

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Posted by on July 20, 2015 in Uncategorized


He Changes, But Remains the Same


I’m so glad Jesus changes me, but He never changes!

Originally posted on The Life Church of Des Plaines:

Butterfly blue-morpho-784979_1280Heb 13:8 “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.”

I am amazed at how great and how good God has been to us. He has not changed, but we have. We have obtained mercy, been brought into His kingdom, and been transformed. When we meet Jesus, everything changes: our lifestyle and our destiny.

You may find yourself involved in different activities from those you did before. Your vocabulary might change. What you spend your money on changes.

You change, but He remains the same.

You have different thoughts and different feelings. Your health might change, your view on old age and children and different cultures changes in the light of an encounter with Jesus.

Your friends start changing or you change friends. The way you look might change. What you read, what you watch changes. It’s supposed to. You change what you laugh at and value…

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Posted by on July 9, 2015 in Uncategorized


The Church and the Kingdom of God


Who do you pledge your allegiance to? By not consciously choosing, you still choose. ‘Choose you this day whom you will serve.’ This is a great sermon about what the Kingdom of God is really like.

Originally posted on The Life Church of Des Plaines:

Church by danMat 16:18-19 “And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”

The word church in Greek is ‘ecclesia’. It means ‘a group of people,’ in this case, Christians. It’s applied to a specific congregation in a city or a group of people in a particular city or a term given to the whole body on earth. Jesus died for the church, the entire body.

You need to understand what kind of ecclesia: ‘that which belongs to the Lord’, composed of true born-again believers. The church militant is what we call the church on…

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Posted by on June 11, 2015 in Uncategorized


Pentecost: This Just Got Personal


The Holy Ghost is a gift. This tells how you go about receiving (and keeping!) that gift.

Originally posted on The Life Church of Des Plaines:

House_on_Fire_Ruin_III_(4078894416)Acts 2:1-4 “And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.”

The house got the Holy Ghost first!

Acts 2:5-8 “And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven. Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language. And they were all amazed and marvelled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these which speak…

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Posted by on May 27, 2015 in Uncategorized


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