Taught by an Ant?

This morning I was reading the book of Proverbs when I came across the section of the hard-working exemplary ant. I was reminded of this video I took when we were in South America (El Secreto, Chile). Proverbs 6:6-8 says, "Go to the ant, you sluggard! Consider her ways and be wise, which, having no captain overseer or ruler, provides her supplies in the summer, and gathers her food in the harvest."  Man, how we need that reminder to work hard, and to fight that temptation to "chilax" too frequently. Another Proverb puts it this way, "The soul of a lazy man desires, and has nothing; but the soul of the diligent shall be made rich." (13:4) (And for further study/conviction: see Proverbs 10:26; 12:24, 27; 15:19; 19:24; 20:4; 21:25; 24:30; 26:14-16; Matthew 25:26; Titus 1:12-13). I know, I know, that's a lot of verses, but I need a grip of reminders 🙂

Our Wedding Vows

It was May 9, 1992 when Shelly and I made these vows to the Lord, before family and friends. May we never forget the vows we made to God. Ecclesiastes 5:5 says, "It is better not to vow than to vow and not to pay." 

I must say that I have had an absolutely wonderful and fulfilling life, because I've spent it with the one God made for me. He has His ways of reminding me of that, everyday. Shelly completes me – in Christ – we're truly husband and wife, ish and isha (she's actually my better half).  We've had some rough times, but the Lord and His amazing grace have always kept us…may God be glorified, and may He strengthen our marriage even more.

Breaking the Chains

This last Sunday we met with a brother named Steven Cass – founder of the ministry "Breaking Chains." We are praying about teaming up with Steven and using the house we're renovating in Rosarito, Mexico to shelter girls that they rescue from slavery and prostitution. It's so heartbreaking when you discover the epidemic of human trafficking in Latin America. Please pray for this ministry, and pray that the Lord will show us His will. If you are interested in serving in construction in one of our work trips, or just ministering to the girls, please contact us. For more information on Breaking Chains you can go to www.breakingchains.org.

The very next day I received this email from one of the brothers in the congregation – Sean: 

"Manny, I met this band at the two day evangelist training class. Today I recieved this email from them. If you click on the link you can watch a video of their new song about women and children trafficking and slavery. Wow what timing after hearing the brother share today about the same thing!" ~ Sean

Coronilla Clan 2009

Family 2009_2 

Every year we take a photo as a family on Thanksgiving day…here we are in 2009. Ariel is 15, Aaron is 13, I am 43 and Shelly is still so young.  Wow…we've all changed/grown so much (except Shelly).  I figure by Spring of 2010 Aaron will actually be taller than me (especially if he keeps eating the way he has been).  The girls are beautiful as always…I just don't know what happened to me, gray hair, less hair (I shaved my head…oh well, Shelly likes it…that's the most important thing, huh?).

I just pray that we, as a family would love the Lord and love each other.  

If the Lord lays us on your heart…please keep us in prayer – that God would keep and touch our children – to love Him with all that we are.  That God would give Shelly and I wisdom, as we attempt to love and lead our family, for God's glory, and for their good!

A Christmas Carol

The Coronilla clan saw the movie, "A Christmas Carol" yesterday…and we thought it was pretty good.
Whenever I see a movie I have the tendency to look for Spiritual lessons and this one was full of them.

Case in point: How we need to be so careful not to live for money; how we need to be so careful not to lose our joy. How we need to do our best to love and live, knowing that we're all leaving behind a legacy…how will they remember me? Did I make a difference for good?

May God help us as Christians, to abound in generosity, to abound in joy (no Scrooges please), and to really make a difference in people's lives by freely giving out the love of Jesus Christ.

The 3D was cool, and the writing of Charles Dickens in "A Christmas Carol" is definitely classic. If you have an artistic side to you, I believe God can use this movie to stir you up! (2 Timothy 1:6)

A Christmas Carol

Beauty Will Rise

Beauty will rise

I've been getting so blessed by Steven Curtis Chapman's new CD – "Beauty Will Rise." The CD has as it's backdrop, the recent passing of his daughter, so he ministers to the brokenhearted in this esentially acoustic set. If you can, check out the songs, "Questions," and "February 20th." Maybe you can try downloading them from iTunes.
Music is such a wonderful gift from the Lord, and SCC is such a gifted musician with a heart after God's own heart. (2 Kings 3:15)

Here's the song "Questions" – feel free to click, listen and be blessed…deep stuff!

click here – Questions, by Steven Curtis Chapman

Vizcaino, Mexico

I’m down here in Vizcaino, Mexico (about 10 hours south of Rosarito, in Baja, California). Tommorrow is the beginning of the Pastor’s Conference, please pray that our Lord does a great work in every heart.

While we’re down here (I’m here with Robert Montanez) there will be a dedication service for La Posada 2, and the ordination service for the brother in this photo, Thacho.

May the Lord continue to grant us His grace and guidance for missions!

Vizcaino, Mexico

Romans 12:3-8

In today’s study Paul the apostle encourages us to have a sober view of ourselves. Not to think too highly, but at the same time, not to think too “low”. Whatever gifts we have, as Christians, should be exercised for God’s glory and the good of the rest of the body. I always tell people to discover their gifts, to develop those gifts and to deploy those gifts. If you want to check out the study notes, click here.

Rosarito, Mexico – Outreach/Orphanage

This last Saturday we were blessed to go down to Rosarito, Mexico for a couple of reasons.
First off, we're praying about starting an orphanage. Some of the guys worked on the house and mapped out a plan.
The rest of the group served in an outreach at the park. We gave away food, clothing, toys and most important of all…the gospel. It was so cool to see the people respond and make professions of faith.
Please continue to keep all this in prayer!Rosarito, Mexico - Outreach/Orphanage

I want to know Christ more, and make Him known…