The Atheist

It surprises me when an atheist tries to define God, Christianity, and explain to me verses in the bible and what Jesus came to teach. They sound like someone who has read from a text book but has not actually taken the time to do the work in order to attain firsthand knowledge. For example, it’s like someone who reads a book on math yet never picks up a pencil to actually solve a problem based on what he/she has read. The atheist shoots off general knowledge, talking points of others, yet has no Experience. To be able to intelligently talk about any subject you must experience it, practice it, live it or else you are of little use to others. The atheist will never do this with the subject of God and Jesus for fear he/she may become a believer. I say to the atheist, “Follow and practice the true teachings of Jesus then talk to me about him and teach me your experience. I will listen.”

The Power of Christians

Have you ever asked yourself why there are those who would have us believe that we (Christians) are dwindling in number? Have you ever asked yourself why there are those who try to convince us Christianity is falling apart, that the church is falling apart? Have you ever asked yourself why there are those who choose to laugh at us when we turn to prayer? Why do they mock us and our beliefs? Why do they roll their eyes at us when we talk about God or shrug when we mention the power of Jesus and our faith?

There are those who seek to destroy our faith and our mission and make us feel like things are falling apart etc. Why? Because they fear us. They know, more than we do, the power we hold and the power of prayer. They know that united we are a force to be reckoned with.

Do you realize, brothers and sisters, that we have the power to change the course of this world, that we have the power to wipe out poverty, crime and all negative forces? They realize this, do you?

Press Release: Christmas

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Bringing Jesus to Our Youth | Christmas

Bringing Jesus to our youth through the most celebrated holiday around the world can have an everlasting effect in their hearts and minds, assisting them in finding a better and more effective way to cope with the challenges they face on a day to day basis; at home, at school and at play.

Brooklyn, NY – 11/5/2018 - Christmas is the enchanting and fanciful story of a young boy named Dexter who asks his mama one simple question, “What does Jesus bring on Christmas?” Through his eagerness and willingness to learn and be of service, Dexter unwittingly finds himself in the mist of becoming a living disciple of Christ.

Christmas comes at a time when many seek to bring Christ back into Christmas. The story of Dexter and his discovery of the true meaning of Christmas will assist every parent who desires to bring this message to their children in a new and fun way.

The story in Christmas will inspire children to reach out to Jesus in the here and now, bringing him into their lives in a way that will empower them to take action on various situations in their personal lives, helping them to see things from a different point of view. It will teach them compassion and instill in them the unwavering faith that Dexter possesses. Christmas truly is a handbook for those who seek to be a modern day disciple of Christ.

Christmas is geared towards children ages 10 and up as well as any adult who wishes a different approach to this all important topic. It is available on Amazon in paperback and eBook format.

For more information about Christmas, please visit http://www.nicolerivera.com

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Nicole Rivera
Go Within for Truth

We all have the tendency to look outside of ourselves for answers. When we want to know the truth about something we research it on the internet, we pull articles that are in agreement with our beliefs, we look to the news, our neighbors, our friends and family, yet, the only truth we will ever need to know comes from going within, as Jesus taught us. If you want to know the truth about something, whether it be something someone else said, an article, a news program, or anything else, read it, listen to it, then go within and ask for the real truth. This is the only way we can set ourselves free.

Progressive Movement

The true Progressive Movement consists of individuals who think, speak, and act with the intention of moving the soul forward in its evolution towards oneness with its creator. This is the only way in which we can truly change ourselves and our world for the better.

Transcend Suffering

As children of God, we all have an innate desire to alleviate suffering. On a deeper level, we all know that we are brothers and sisters and so when we see someone in pain, crying, sad or depressed we seek to comfort. We seek to give them relief from their troubles, yet as followers of Christ we must now bring this desire higher and begin to assist our brothers and sisters in transcending suffering. If we offer to merely alleviate their suffering then we have not done them nor God justice. How do we assist them in transcending their suffering? We explain to them who they truly are in a way in which they are ready to hear it. Not every one is at the same level of awareness so it is your job to assess where they are and then teach them from there. When you assist your brothers and sisters in knowing who they truly are you have given them the only knowledge that is necessary to permanently end their suffering. You have set them on the true path of healing.

Hate and Anger

There is too much hate and anger in the world today. Brother against brother. Sister against sister. We have lost our way and have given in to our emotions. We are overly sensitive. We are believing that we can be hurt by what others say or do, yet it is our ignorance of who we truly are that keeps us tied to this perverted belief. No one can hurt us by word or deed. We are invulnerable to attack when we practice defenselessness. When we are defensive we are attacked. When you read, hear or see something that disturbs your core take a deep breath and turn to your God for the truth. Practice non-reaction. When you refrain from reacting you put yourself in a position to forgive. From this state you will find freedom.

Hurricane Florence

Lord, we pray for our brothers and sisters

who are in the path of Hurricane Florence.

We flood forth your Crystal White Light,

Surrounding each of your children,

protecting them from this formidable force.

We flood forth your Flame of Peace

into the eye of the storm, soothing it,

scattering it gently across the ocean.

Ease its pain and anger, Oh Lord,

allowing it to dissipate gracefully,

returning it to the pure Light of God.

Thank you, Oh Lord, for answering our prayer in Jesus’ name.

Amen.

PrayerNicole Riveraprayer
Jesus Calls on You

Many Christians around the world are witnessing the demise of the Christian Churches. The Catholic Church, in particular, is being singled out, but I dare say that some of these atrocities, if not all, are happening within other denominations as well. 

Large numbers of us have left the church and worship in our homes on our own time while others have remained faithful to the church through these ordeals. Many of us are feeling angry, hopeless, helpless, discouraged, fearful and outraged.

What should we do? Prayer is always of paramount importance. Up until now, our prayers have actually been responsible for the upheaval that we are witnessing take place within the church. We have all known on some level that there was something amiss in our churches.

The hatred for the church runs so deep in some individuals that they strongly desire the collapse of the entire church, yet I do not believe this is what Jesus wants. Plenty of his followers still cling to the church even though they know it is in a shambles. If the church were to completely collapse Jesus knows his followers would fall into hopelessness, they would be scattered and that is not what he wants. The better solution is to rid the church of its “evils,” which is happening now, and have the people elect leaders who are more in tuned with his true teachings. In other words, give the church over to the congregation/parishioners (not boards, committees and the like) so they can elect the leaders and clergy with whom they believe Jesus can speak through to bring his modern day message to the masses.

How can we begin the enormous task of changing the church? Through the help of Jesus, of course. Jesus calls upon those who have chosen to stay with the church (and even those who have left) to call on him to inspire you to take action; action that will lead to a new church; a church that is the Living Word of Christ. A church that is constantly moving and growing in God.

Jesus says there are many of you who still believe in the true purpose and importance of the church, yet you know things need to change but do not know what to do, how to do it and where to begin. He says to call on him. Ask him. Open your heart and he will lead you.

Will it be easy? Jesus says no. It will indeed be a challenge that will shake you now and again. At times, it will be akin to what he faced while taking on the Scribes and Pharisees. Yet, he says, no matter what befalls you, you must always speak the truth that he gives you in order to begin the process of mending the church. Have no fear, for when you are anointed by Jesus you are safe.

It is up to us as Christians to rehabilitate the church and bring it back into alignment with the true teachings of Jesus. 

If you are inspired by this article then consider yourself one of his anointed ones, chosen to assist him in healing the church from within. Your journey is blessed.

(Article published on Medium 9/10/2018)

Distracted

The majority of God's people have been so caught up in complaining, and arguing their point of view that they have been cleverly distracted from God's work. There is less light being poured into this world when we are pulled into chaos. Deliberate? We must get back on track swiftly.

The Human Self

The human self will mimic God at every turn seducing us into believing that what we are thinking is in line with our Creator. Its sole desire is to live yet in order for us to enter the Kingdom of Heaven it must die. It does not want to die so it will coerce us into believing it is God. Be aware of this subtle way in which the human self tries to trick us into believing we have achieved oneness.

Beams of Light

Prayers are beams of light that flood forth into the heart of our Creator. The stronger the will of the prayerful the more powerful the beam of light, thus the more effective the answer. When many pray in unison the beam of light is magnified; the results are bountiful. Many have prayed for the salvation of our brothers and sisters, our world and ourselves. Our Creator has heard our cries. Our Creator is answering as we live and breathe. Be aware of the shift that is taking place before your eyes. We are rising upward into the Light of God. Are you ready?

Receive the Means

Always remember, if God has given you a desire to do something in this world then God will provide you with the means by which to fulfill it. God will not give you a desire and then leave you to worry about finding the means to accomplish it. He will provide. You must believe. Open your heart to receiving the means by which to accomplish the desire in the same way in which you opened your heart to receiving the desire to do something in this world. It will be revealed.

In the Present

God is in the present. He is not in the past where our minds often stray. He is not in the future wishing for things that have not yet come. God is in the present, basking in the moment, living in the now for the past is gone and the future has not yet come and thus the most important moment is the now, where life is to be lived. God is in the present. Where are you?

Ask and it is Given

God has many laws. One of them being Ask and it is Given. Are we utilizing this most sacred and profound law in our lives? Are we asking for what our heart desires and receiving it? Are we asking for our finances to be increased and receiving it? Are we asking for a new love relationship and receiving it? Are we asking for better health and well-being and receiving it? If we are not receiving then we are only utilizing one half of God's law. Receiving is one of the most difficult things for us to do. It is easy to ask. We ask all day, but for the most part we fail to receive. Why is this? Because for some reason we are not believing in what we ask for.  We are not believing we deserve what we are asking for. We are not believing it is possible to receive what we desire. We do God no good when we do not receive what we desire. If you are not receiving what you desire I am here to tell you that it is absolutely possible to receive all that you ask for no matter what it is and that you are undeniably worthy of all that you ask for. Why are you worthy? You are worthy of receiving all that you ask for because you are an extension, a child, an expression of God and God is worthy. Realize in this moment that you are worthy of all that you desire and set yourself free.