A Very Special Gift!

“The farmer waits for the precious produce of the soil, being patient about it, until it gets the early and late rains.”                                                                                                                                                                (James 5:7b)

 

This year 2020, Towards Excellence celebrated 7 years of service to the global community. Our purpose has been to bring a word of deep reflection to the lives of each of our readers. A word that penetrates their hearts and transforms lives so that they produce fruits of excellence and abundant fruits.

In appreciation to our readers, we want to share with you the brochure “Seek the Kingdom of God” for free.

We are convinced that this special gift has the power to bring a new perspective in your life and in the lives of those with whom you want to share it freely.

We live in difficult times, of great tension, fear and even hopelessness. The pandemic and other related factors have disrupted human life. But, there is hope in the midst of uncertainty! It is possible to see the light in the middle of the darkness! On the road to damnation, we can be rescued and saved!

Totally free, download Seek the Kingdom of God.”

Your salvation is just around the corner, do not waste this opportunity! Don’t waste this special treat!

The Vision of His Glory – Revelation

“Communication is vitally important in developing a personal relationship with anyone, including God. Could it be that lack of communication, or even miscommunication, could be one reason for your relationship with God seeming to be distant, formal, and impersonal?” 

Anne Graham Lotz

 

On this occasion “Towards Excellence” is pleased and honored to recommend you a valuable material from the author Anne Graham Lotz, President of AnGel Ministries.

It is a Bible Study based on the book of Revelation, which includes: The workbook, plus a series of 6 videos.

We trust that this study, either individually or in a group, will help you develop communication and especially a personal relationship with God.

The Vision of His Glory will teach you how to read and study the Bible. And being based on the book of Revelation, a book that “discloses what was previously unknown”; we trust that Jesus Christ Himself, the One true God, will be revealed in your life or in that of the group with whom you will share this study; and then you may be filled with the glory of God, as you develop an intimate communion with your Creator and Savior, throughout this study.

“The Vision of His Glory” [English version] is available at:

“The Vision of His Glory” [English Version]

And for Spanish speaking people, one may access for free to “The Vision of His Glory” [La Visión de Su gloria] at:

La Visión de Su Gloria – [español]

“The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show to His bond-servants, the things which must soon take place; and He sent and communicated it by His angel to His bond-servant John”. (Revelation 1:1)

 

Copyright © 2020 Anne Graham Lotz (AnGeL Ministries) Raleigh, North Carolina, USA. Used by permission. All rights reserved www.annegrahamlotz.org.

Hope amidst the Chaos

“…there is only one way to resist and overcome the ravages of this pandemic…”

 

 

After 6 months of COVID-19 being identified as an infectious disease, first in Wuhan, Hubei, China; and then as a pandemic that is consequently affecting the entire globe; it would seem that this “invisible enemy” has not given humanity a truce and persists in its attack. As of press time, 13,022,814 cases have been reported, including 571,000 deaths.

And yes in the midst of this pandemic, the cases of COVID-19 do not stop; and logically neither the cases of anguish, depression, panic because this virus has not only wreaked havoc on the physical health of humanity, tragically including the death of some; but it has also caused destabilization in the world economy; companies that have gone bankrupt; or at least that they have reduced their workforce and unfortunately, household heads who have lost their jobs; just to name a few of the disorders caused by this “invisible enemy.”

And of course, parallel to the chaos we are facing, there is no shortage of well-meaning messages loaded with “good vibes” – as some call it so, that somehow want to motivate the souls of those who have fallen in this time and encourage them to get up; in fact, for all of society to rise up and fight for our most dear longings despite adversity.

But are we putting our trust solely in our courage, strength, good cheer, and skillful human strategy? If so, I’m afraid we won’t get very far. In fact, not even the most skillful scientific, political or even economic strategy has been able to stop the impacts of any kind caused by this pandemic.

However, there is only one way to resist and overcome the ravages of this pandemic; and it is precisely recognizing that we are not “self-sufficient”, that as humans “we did not make ourselves”; and that it is necessary to turn to our Maker, to our Creator, to the One who brought order to the initial chaos in this world (Genesis 1) and who has the power to sustain us, to raise us up and certainly, to bring order our chaotic world, to our chaotic lives.

How pleasant it is to find in the freshness of His Word, refreshment for our soul and true hope in the midst of an uncertain future from the human perspective; but, full of great hope for those of us who decide to trust Him, Jesus Christ, the author of life!

“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord
and whose trust is the Lord…” (Jeremiah 17:7-8

Do you know Jesus personally? Would you like to do it? If so, contact Towards Excellence and we will be happy to share more about our Lord Jesus Christ, the only hope for this world in chaos.

 

Source: Worldometer (pandemia statistics)

Photography:  Photo 1 and 2: Envato Elements & Photo 3: Cecy Yepez

Panic, Desolation, Hopelessness…Who do You Trust now?

“The crisis surpasses everything that human efforts could do.  And it’s just not the virus itself that causes illness and even sad losses everywhere…”

 

It’s true that from January 2020, all media and social media have been burdening us with thousands of headlines causing -some of them more than others- fear, anguish, hopelessness; in other words, chaos and instability.

For example, in January, “Fires in Australia are threatening the future of 327 protected species of plants and animals, says the Government.”  Also, in January, “Earthquake in Puerto Rico: How the earthquakes changed the view of the shape of the island from space.”  Later in February, “At least nine people died in Turkey because of the earthquake.  The epicenter was in Iran.”  And, of course, we haven’t been unaware of the widely debated “global warming” topic.

And yes, the earth has indeed faced fires, earthquakes, floods in different zones of the planet, and there’s no doubt that many populations have been affected in different and very critical ways.  But, in any case, each of these problems were specific or have attacked specific places.  And even though their neighbors from all over the world sympathized with them, nobody suffered from these tragedies but the people directly involved or affected.  Thus, it was a sort of sectorial pain, just to give a name to it.

However, lately some other headlines have joined the ones above mentioned: “UK ‘under house arrest’ as coronavirus measures ‘end freedom’”; “Coronavirus in Ecuador: questions and answers about corpse treatment during the health emergency;” or “The pandemic could reduce the world economy by almost 1% in 2020, says the UN.”

Hence, the outlook takes a radical turn, of course.  Headlines of this kind, about a particular topic, start to emerge in different countries around the globe, one after another, minute after minute.  Just like a clock that won’t stop ticking news after news, announcing an “invisible enemy” –COVID-19.

Enemy who, as of press time, has attacked over a million victims and killed 64,743 people worldwide.  An actual tragedy!

But, what kind of enemy is this, coming to disrupt the life of all the inhabitants of the planet like no other has before?  Panic isn’t sectorial anymore, panic is global!  The disaster isn’t sectorial, it’s global!

How can we leave this confinement?  How can we defeat the enemy?  Who can we trust?  These are some questions of all humankind in the midst of this world crisis.  But, despite the good spirits of some people, the high motivation of others, and mostly the amazing good will and self-sacrificing service of some more, and the strategic action of the governments that must be mentioned, of course; nothing is enough to bring well-being, good health or real peace feeling back.

The crisis surpasses everything that human efforts could do.  And it’s just not the virus itself that causes illness and even sad losses everywhere. It’s also the emotional tragedy that has reached families, communities and the entire global environment.

But it is right there, when we as human beings, we have nowhere to turn to and nowhere to go for shelter, when we realize our vulnerability, weakness and powerlessness to face the unknown. That’s when we dive into the deepest of our heart and acknowledge that there’s someone we can and we should turn to.

That someone is God.  And the word “god” might be too “shabby,” too “underused”, or too “decontextualized.”  Does the world have a true understanding and knowledge of who God is?  Does the world really understand the essence and greatness of God, the Creator of heavens and earth, the universe and everything that exists?

If indeed humanity understood the magnificence of this God, they would join yesteryear’s Psalmist, David, and cry out from the depths of their heart in these times of crisis:

“ I look up to the mountains—
    does my help come from there?
  My help comes from the Lord,
    who made heaven and earth!”

The Lord keeps you from all harm
    and watches over your life.

 (Psalm 121:1-2,7  NLT)

 

When we come to understand that we ran out of “human” resources, in the midst of this pandemic, there’s no wiser action than turning to the Creator of all humankind.  There’s no wiser action than turning to the One who gives life, the One who saves and heals, the One from whom flows true peace.

There’s no other way than turning to the true and almighty God, to Jesus Christ, the Life itself, the Savior of the world, the Prince of peace!

While the news proclaim panic, desolation, hopelessness; only those who put their trust in the Eternal God, the Creator of heaven and earth, will have the strength to proclaim serenity, consolation and hope; always understanding that their protection comes from above, from their Creator.

“You will keep in perfect peace
those whose minds are steadfast,
because they trust in you.
Trust in the Lord forever,
for the Lord, the Lord Himself, is the Rock eternal.”

(Isaiah 26:3-4  NIV)

 

Source: https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/

Photos:  Cecy Yepez (1) & Envato Elements (2, 3, 4) – Design:  YNS

 

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