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The purpose of this blog is to discuss current events covering a myriad of topics. I have always been a person who is interested in other people’s perspectives. In Numbers 22 of the Bible and referenced in 2 Peter, God caused a donkey to speak to a stubborn prophet. The King James version of the bible actually reads…”the dumb a– speaking in a man’s voice”… Because of that, I’ve come to the conclusion that God can use anyone or anything to speak a word to us. Therefore, I'm open to listen to anyone, although I may not believe all that is said.

Before I joined the staff of Covenant Church, I worked in the secular arena for almost nine years after graduating from college. Before, I ever heard the term marketplace ministry, ministry in the marketplace was and still is my aim. Many times individuals come to recognize that they have the calling of God on their lives and the only way they can see that calling expressed is being on staff at a church.
My objective graduating from college was to minister in whatever environment I found myself. Knowing that the anointing on my life was to pastor, I decided that I would covertly serve as a pastor to my co-workers. Over the course of the first few months on the job, they came to regard me as “the real christian” because of the way I carried myself. My credibility with the people caused them to share their personal problems ranging from family and relational issues to career challenges and internal fears. Over the course of time, I realized that I would be on the staff at Covenant Church, but the passion to minister to those in the marketplace has never waivered.
I submit to you that there is more than enough ministry right in your circle of influence even greater than the opportunity to preach in a church’s pulpit. Make it your aim, minister where you are and watch the Lord manifest His presence and power through you.
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Welcome to RickyTexada.com. On this site, you will find encouraging and inspiring messages, be exposed to thought provoking and light-hearted discussions and connect with individuals from around the world. Our desire is to challenge you to be the best that you can be for yourself, your family and to those in your circle of influence. I've learned that one of the most important things we can do in our lives is take time to love, laugh and listen. When we do those things and do them well, then we will create a life worth living.


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The Concise Oxford English Dictionary defines common sense as: "good sense and sound judgment in practical matters".
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The election of 2012 is now over and the pundits are analyzing what went right for President Obama and the Democrats and what went wrong for Mitt Romney and the Republicans. For the record, I'm an independent, not serving either party or their agenda; I'm simply trying to be the best steward of what the Lord has entrusted to me. Our right to vote is a great privilege and if you exercised that right, congratulations.

President Obama didn't run on his record of the last four years and did a great job of demonizing Romney. Romney didn't convince the undecided that He would govern in a way that made them confident enough to vote for him. The pundits are saying from the Democratic perspective, their organizing and "get out the vote" initiative was a key to victory, while the Republican party is out of touch and too full of old white men. Here's another perspective.

There are a few issues that get people's blood to boiling when they are talked about: abortion, homosexual rights and race. For those who are pro-choice, they believe in that with their whole heart and do use that as a litmus test when selecting a candidate. When asked if they would vote for a pro-life candidate, they very likely will respond, "Not on your life". If you asked someone who believes in the right for GLBT to get married if they would ever support a candidate who was pro traditional marriage they would very likely say, "Over my dead body". If you asked a person who has experienced and continues to experience racism if they could choose between a democratic candidate who is black and a republican candidate who is black the majority would likely say,"Not on my life".

For each of these sensitive issues, those who support abortion or gay marriage or black democratic candidates only have no room for compromise. Whether openly spoken or not, it is a litmus test and they could never find it within themselves to vote for anyone who stood in opposition to their cause. Here's my question:

How many Christians stepped into the voting booth with a conviction that the killing of an innocent baby is wrong and "over their dead body" would they vote for anyone, black or white, democrat or republican who supported abortion? How many Christians stepped into the voting booth and categorized the killing of an innocent baby as one of many important issues? How many Christians stepped into the voting booth and placed their economic interest or their race above the killing of an innocent baby?

Jesus was very compassionate to all and extremely passionate. He taught that there are moral absolutes; there is "right" and "wrong", there is "good" and "evil". In our rush to embrace His love, sometimes we forget that He did judge. In fact He told everyone He met to "REPENT!" His message of repentance was universal. The rich were called to repentance; the poor were called to repentance; the Jew was called to repentance as well as the Gentile. Those who were free were called to repentance and those who were slaves were called to repentance. When encountered by these words, everyone had to make a decision; there was no middle ground or "gray" area. They either repented and followed Him or they didn't repent and left Him.

Jesus, through His actions, made the statement..."Over my dead body!" What did He say by His death? Before I disobey my Father, I will die..And He Did.

Exercising our right to vote is a wonderful privilege. As fully devoted followers of Christ there are some things that we should happen only "Over our dead bodies". I would love to hear your thoughts.
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