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Rev. Samuel Rodriguez Releases ‘Be Light’ for Dark Political, Cultural Times/El Rev. Samuel Rodriguez publica la obra ‘Be Light’ en tiempos de oscuridad política y cultural

SACRAMENTO, Calif.March 31, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — In “Be Light: Shining God’s Beauty, Truth, and Hope into a Darkened World” (WaterBrook, ISBN: 987-1-60142-816-5), Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, lead pastor of New Season and President/CEO of one of the world’s largest evangelical organizations, acknowledges that today’s world is troubled and in many ways dark. Yet, in these times when religious liberties are being attacked and there is great pressure for political correctness instead of biblical truths, the Church needs to rise up in all of life’s arenas and become “the bright city on a hill.”

“We cannot deny we live in dark times…sin, immorality, moral relativism, infanticide, racism, false prophets, watered-down preaching, religious extremism, terror, violence intolerance and disbelief,” said Rodriguez.  “But, when light stands next to darkness, light always wins.”

In “Be Light,” readers will be inspired and given the blueprint to confront and overcome spiritual, emotional, relational, family and financial darkness and live as light. The book can be read as a 30-day journey, with each chapter portraying a spiritual analogy to light with real-life examples and testimonies, scripture and a reflection to lead the reader to action. The foreword to the book was written by Roma Downey, producer, celebrated actress and president and chief content officer at LightWorkers Media (a division of MGM Studios).

“Be Light” is a biblical mandate. The word “light” is mentioned more than 200 times in the Bible. Light is an important part of the Christian narrative beginning in Genesis, when God said, “Let there be light.” In this new book, Rodriguez offers clarity to this important Christian metaphor and how it relates to individuals of faith living in current times.

Rodriguez uses the laws of light – including reflection, refraction and the bending of light; destructive light and lightening; and celestial light – to challenge followers of Jesus to take up its responsibility to stand up and be something inherently different from society.

“Like a prism when light passes through it, we reveal the full color spectrum,” writes Rodriguez. “We are called to be the light of the world, but that does not mean that we, people of faith, are uniform, monochromatic or one dimensional. The light of God may appear to be single beam of white light, but when it passes through the prisms of His people, its full complexity and beauty are revealed.”

“Be Light” will release May 3, 2016 from WaterBrook, an imprint of Crown at Penguin Random House, LLC. The book has been endorsed by a number of leaders including: Dr. Ronnie Floyd, president, Southern Baptist Convention and senior pastor of Cross Church, Robert Morrison, founding senior pastor at Gateway Church, and James Robison, founder and president of LIFE Outreach International.

Sammy Rodriguez is a dynamic leader,” said Dr. Alton Garrison, assistant general superintendent of the Assemblies of GodUSA, “His influence impacts other leaders, both spiritually and politically. Yet his compassion touches the hurting, the marginalized, and the underrepresented. His message is compelling. He does not just articulate problems; he also gives solutions. His book, ‘Be Light,’ is a must-read if you are tired of the darkness. Share it with your friends and help turn on the light.”

Rev. Samuel Rodriguez is president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, the world’s largest Hispanic Christian organization, which serves as a representative voice for the more than 100 million Hispanic Evangelicals assembled in over 40,000 U.S. churches and another 500,000 congregations spread throughout the Spanish-speaking diaspora. He has been named by CNN and Fox News as “the leader of the Hispanic Evangelical movement” and Newsmax included him in the “Top 100 Christian Leaders in America.” For more information, visit http://pastorsam.com/.

 

El Rev. Samuel Rodriguez publica la obra ‘Be Light’ en tiempos de oscuridad política y cultural

SACRAMENTO, California, 31 de marzo de 2016 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — En “Be Light: Shining God’s Beauty, Truth, and Hope into a Darkened World” (Ser luz: llevar la luminosidad de la belleza, la verdad y la esperanza de Dios a un mundo oscuro, WaterBrook, ISBN: 987-1-60142-816-5), el Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, pastor principal de New Season y presidente/CEO de una de las organizaciones evangélicas más grandes del mundo, reconoce que al mundo de hoy lo aquejan los problemas y, en muchos sentidos, la oscuridad. No obstante, en estos tiempos de ataque contra la libertad de culto y gran presión a favor de la corrección política en lugar de las verdades recogidas en la Biblia, la Iglesia necesita elevarse en todos los ámbitos de la vida y convertirse en “la luminosa ciudad sobre una colina”.

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“No podemos negar que vivimos en tiempos oscuros… pecado, inmoralidad, relativismo moral, infanticidio, racismo, falsos profetas, sermones diluidos, extremismo religioso, terrorismo, violencia, intolerancia y negación del credo”, dijo Rodriguez. “Sin embargo, cuando la luz se acerca a la oscuridad, siempre la vence”.

En “Be Light”, los lectores encontrarán inspiración y guía para enfrentar la oscuridad espiritual, emocional, relacional, familiar y financiera para vivir como luz. El libro puede leerse como un viaje de 30 días donde cada capítulo representa una analogía espiritual de la luz con ejemplos y testimonios reales, pasajes bíblicos y reflexiones para llevar al lector a la acción. El prólogo de la obra es de Roma Downey, productora, galardonada actriz y presidenta y directora de contenidos de LightWorkers Media (una división de los MGM Studios).

“Be Light” es un mandato bíblico. La palabra “luz” aparece más de 200 veces en la Biblia. La luz es parte importante de la narrativa cristiana a partir del Génesis, cuando Dios dijo: “Hágase la luz”. En este nuevo libro, Rodriguez aporta claridad a esta importante metáfora cristiana y la forma en que se relaciona con las personas de fe en los tiempos modernos.

Rodriguez se basa en las propiedades de la luz –reflexión, refracción y dispersión-, la luz destructiva y los rayos, y las luces celestiales a fin de invitar a los seguidores de Jesús a asumir la responsabilidad de tomar una postura y diferenciarse inherentemente del resto de la sociedad.

“Como un prisma atravesado por la luz, revelamos todo el espectro de color”, apunta Rodriguez. “Se nos ha llamado a ser la luz del mundo, pero eso no significa que nosotros, las personas de fe, seamos uniformes, monocromáticas o unidimensionales. La luz de Dios puede parecer un solo haz de luz blanca, pero al atravesar los prismas de Su gente se revela su absoluta complejidad y belleza”.

“Be Light” saldrá al mercado el 3 de mayo de 2016 con el sello WaterBrook, talleres de Crown en Penguin Random House, LLC. El libro cuenta con el respaldo de una serie de líderes, entre ellos el Dr. Ronnie Floyd, presidente de la Convención Bautista del Sury pastor principal de Cross Church; Robert Morrison, pastor principal y fundador de Gateway Church, y James Robison, fundador y presidente de LIFE Outreach International.

Sammy Rodriguez es un líder dinámico”, dijo el Dr. Alton Garrison, asistente de la dirección general de Assemblies of God USA, “Su influencia beneficia espiritual y políticamente a otros líderes. Al mismo tiempo, su compasión llega a los dolidos, los marginados y los menos representados. Su mensaje es convincente. No se limita a describir los problemas: también aporta soluciones. Su obra ‘Be Light’ es indispensable para quienes están cansados de la oscuridad. Compártala con sus amigos y contribuya a encender una luz”.

El Rev. Samuel Rodriguez es presidente de la Conferencia Nacional de Liderazgo Cristiano Hispano, la mayor organización cristiana hispana del mundo que es la voz representativa de más de 100 millones de evangélicos hispanos reunidos en más de 40,000 iglesias en Estados Unidos y otras 500,000 congregaciones en los diversos puntos de la diáspora de habla hispana. CNN y Fox News lo han reconocido como “líder del movimiento evangélico hispano” y Newsmax lo incluyó en la lista de “Los 100 principales líderes cristianos en Estados Unidos”. Si desea más información visite http://pastorsam.com/.

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Samuel Rodriguez: We Cannot Deny We Live in Dark Times, but …

In Be Light: Shining God’s Beauty, Truth, and Hope into a Darkened World (WaterBrook, ISBN: 987-1-60142-816-5), Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, lead pastor of New Season and president/CEO of one of the world’s largest evangelical organizations, acknowledges that today’s world is troubled and, in many ways, dark. Yet, in these times when religious liberties are being attacked and there is great pressure for political correctness instead of biblical truths, the church needs to rise up in all of life’s arenas and become “the bright city on a hill.”

“We cannot deny we live in dark times … sin, immorality, moral relativism, infanticide, racism, false prophets, watered-down preaching, religious extremism, terror, violence intolerance and disbelief,” said Rodriguez. “But, when light stands next to darkness, light always wins.”

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In Be Light, readers will be inspired and given the blueprint to confront and overcome spiritual, emotional, relational, family and financial darkness and live as light. The book can be read as a 30-day journey, with each chapter portraying a spiritual analogy to light with real-life examples and testimonies, Scripture and a reflection to lead the reader to action. The foreword to the book was written by Roma Downey, producer, celebrated actress and president and chief content officer at LightWorkers Media (a division of MGM Studios).

Be Light is a biblical mandate. The word “light” is mentioned more than 200 times in the Bible. Light is an important part of the Christian narrative beginning in Genesis, when God said, “Let there be light.” In this new book, Rodriguez offers clarity to this important Christian metaphor and how it relates to individuals of faith living in current times.

Rodriguez uses the laws of light—including reflection, refraction and the bending of light; destructive light and lightening; and celestial light—to challenge followers of Jesus to take up its responsibility to stand up and be something inherently different from society.

“Like a prism when light passes through it, we reveal the full color spectrum,” writes Rodriguez. “We are called to be the light of the world, but that does not mean that we, people of faith, are uniform, monochromatic or one-dimensional. The light of God may appear to be single beam of white light, but when it passes through the prisms of His people, its full complexity and beauty are revealed.”

Be Light will release May 3, 2016, from WaterBrook, an imprint of Crown at Penguin Random House, LLC. The book has been endorsed by a number of leaders including: Dr. Ronnie Floyd, president, Southern Baptist Convention and senior pastor of Cross Church; Robert Morrison, founding senior pastor at Gateway Church; and James Robison, founder and president of LIFE Outreach International.

READ: “Sam Rodriguez Named as 1 of 101 Most Influential Latinos in America

“Sammy Rodriguez is a dynamic leader,” says Dr. Alton Garrison, assistant general superintendent of the Assemblies of God USA, “His influence impacts other leaders, both spiritually and politically. Yet his compassion touches the hurting, the marginalized, and the under-represented. His message is compelling. He does not just articulate problems; he also gives solutions. His book, Be Light, is a must-read if you are tired of the darkness. Share it with your friends and help turn on the light.”

Rev. Samuel Rodriguez is president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, the world’s largest Hispanic Christian organization, which serves as a representative voice for the more than 100 million Hispanic Evangelicals assembled in over 40,000 U.S. churches and another 500,000 congregations spread throughout the Spanish-speaking diaspora. He has been named by CNN and Fox News as “the leader of the Hispanic Evangelical movement” and Newsmax included him in the “Top 100 Christian Leaders in America.”

For more information, visit pastorsam.com.

Original article can be read here: http://www.charismanews.com/culture/56194-samuel-rodriguez-we-cannot-deny-we-live-in-dark-times-but

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Be Light!

Today’s complacency is tomorrow’s captivity.

We cannot be complacent in these troubled times. As 21st-century Christ followers, we cannot deny that we live in difficult times: times of great moral relativism, cultural decadence, spiritual apathy and ecclesiastical lukewarmness. For many, the obituary of Bible-believing, Christ-centered Christianity seems, for all practical purposes, written and poised to be published in the annals of history.
To that regard, I stand convicted and convinced that our Christian faith and our Judeo-Christian value system will not only survive these troubled times, but, surprisingly, we may very well stand at the precipice of an awakening that will enable us to do nothing less than thrive.

Parenthetically, while our Bible-based, Christ-centered values and mores stand under unprecedented assault, the No. 1 problem confronting the church in America and around the world may be nothing other than a church either willing to sacrifice truth on the altar of political and cultural expediency or unable to elevate corresponding truth with love.

In other words, the prophetic prescription for these pathetic times resides in the children of the cross committed to reconciling righteousness with justice, sanctification with service, holiness with humility, conviction with compassion, rhetoric with tone, and truth with love. This reconciliatory prescription stands captured in a simple two-word admonition: “Be light.”

Accordingly, it behooves us to ask, “What does it mean to ‘be light?’ How can you best define this idea?” To “be light” can best be described as the nexus of the Christian message; the place where we reconcile the optic of redemption with the metric of reconciliation. In function, it serves to replace angry evangelicalism with a loving, grace-filled presentation of the Gospel message. In form, it elevates the idea that Christianity is not about what we attempt to impose, but rather what we propose: a personal relationship with God through the saving grace of Jesus Christ.

In its essence, to “be light” reminds us that Christianity stands measured not by the variable of rhetorical eloquence, but rather by the constant of loving actions.

Correspondingly, in Matthew 5:14-16, our Lord and Savior uttered a powerful declaration, exhorting us to shine the light of this loving truth. “You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead, they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.”

Tangentially, our prophetic light requires an unshakable stand. This Christ-rendered exhortation compels us to embrace the transcendent and transformational reality that we may have “light,” but it may very well be hidden under the “bowl” of anger, complacency, apathy and religious exuberance. Further, the implicit yet convicting narrative reveals that the “light” is only as good as it where it stands.

For at the end of the day, if we are to “be light,” then we must remove all vestiges of contention, bitterness, apathy, complacency and anger while we shine on the stand of God’s word, projecting grace. For this we know for certain, as we stand on love and elevate biblical truth, the beauty of Christ will shine; beauty incarnate indeed! Then and only then can we proceed with the unbridled certainty of this physical and spiritual undeniable fact: When light stands next to darkness, light always wins.

In conclusion, while religion requires us to get rid of darkness in order to prompt the light to shine, the life, death and resurrection of Jesus conveys the very opposite; be light and darkness will flee. For at the end of the day, we stand empowered by God’s Spirit to “be holy,” “be one” and “be light.”

Then and only then can we change the world. Be light!

• Rev. Dr. Samuel Rodriguez is president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, the nation’s largest organization for Hispanic Christian Evangelicals. (www.NHCLC.org.) This excerpt is from his April 9 remarks at the Wilberforce Weekend, and is based on his new book, “Be Light: Shining God’s Beauty, Truth, and Hope into a Darkened World” (Waterbrook, 2016).

Original article can be read here: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/apr/28/wilberforce-weekendbe-light/

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Rev. Samuel Rodriguez Calls For Individuals To Become Beacons Of Hope This Election

SACRAMENTO, Calif.May 3, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, lead pastor of New Season Church in California and President/CEO of one of the world’s largest Hispanic Evangelical organizations, gives a clarion call for peace and hope amid the current political and social chaos of our world in his newest book, “Be Light: Shining God’s Beauty, Truth, and Hope into a Darkened World” (WaterBrook, ISBN: 987-1-60142-816-5).

In “Be Light,” Rodriguez acknowledges that today’s world is troubled and in many ways dark, from the current discourse and negative rhetoric of the election cycle to fears of terrorist and medical threats such as Zika. Yet, he calls for everyone – especially people of faith – to rise up and shine light with truth, love and grace.

“In these times when religious liberties are being attacked and there is great pressure for political correctness instead of biblical truths, the Church needs to rise up in all of life’s arenas and become ‘the bright city on a hill,'” writes Rodriguez.

“Be Light” addresses the darkness of hatred, polarization, cultural decadence, religious persecution, disregard for human life and racial tension that currently abound in our nation and presents a timely message in this current political season for people of faith to stand for biblical truth.

“During this presidential campaign we have seen, time and again, vicious personal attacks by political candidates on the character of others, and discussions on issues vital to our nation, such as immigration, religious liberty and the Supreme Court, continue to play out in uncivil and often hatred manners,” said Rodriguez. “It is easy to want to throw your hands in the air and give up on America, but at the end of the day, instead of cursing the darkness, instead of whining about the darkness, instead of complaining about the darkness – why not turn on the light? That’s my call, let’s be light.”

Rodriguez is president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, which serves as a representative voice for the more than 100 million Hispanic Evangelicals assembled in over 40,000 U.S. churches and another 500,000 congregations spread throughout the Spanish-speaking diaspora. A number of media outlets, such as CNN and Fox News Channel have deemed him as one of America’s leading Christian and Latino voices, and Newsmax recently included him in the “Top 100 Christian Leaders in America.”

But while Rodriguez represents a Hispanic demographic that both pundits and politicians on both sides of the aisle have determined are key to winning the presidency, “Be Light” shares a message for all Americans.

“We cannot deny we live in dark times…sin, immorality, moral relativism, infanticide, racism, false prophets, watered-down preaching, religious extremism, terror, violence intolerance and disbelief,” Rodriguez opines.  “But, when light stands next to darkness, light always wins.”

“Be Light” has been endorsed by a number of leaders including: Dr. Ronnie Floyd, president, Southern Baptist Convention and senior pastor of Cross Church; Robert Morrison, founding senior pastor at Gateway Church; and James Robison, founder and president of LIFE Outreach International. The foreword to the book was written by Roma Downey, producer, celebrated actress and president and chief content officer at LightWorkers Media (a division of MGM Studios).

For more information, visit http://www.BeLightBook.com.

Original post can be read here: http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/rev-samuel-rodriguez-calls-for-individuals-to-become-beacons-of-hope-this-election-300262055.html

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El Rev. Samuel Rodríguez apela a los individuos para que sean faros de esperanza en esta elección

SACRAMENTO, California, 3 de mayo de 2016 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — El Rev. Samuel Rodríguez, pastor principal de la New Season Church en California y presidente/CEO de una de las mayores organizaciones evangélicas hispanas del mundo, lanza un llamado por la esperanza y la paz en medio del actual caos político y social de nuestro mundo en su nuevo libro, “Be Light: Shining God’s Beauty, Truth, and Hope into a Darkened World” (WaterBrook, ISBN: 987-1-60142-816-5).

En “Be Light,” Rodríguez reconoce que el mundo de hoy está problematizado y es en muchos modos oscuro, desde el actual discurso y la retórica negativa del ciclo de elecciones a los miedos a las amenazas terroristas y médicas como el virus del zika. No obstante, hace un llamado para que todos – en especial las personas de fe – se levanten e irradien luz con la verdad, el amor y la gracia.

“En estos tiempos en que las libertades religiosas están bajo ataque, y existe una gran presión por corrección política en lugar de verdades bíblicas, la Iglesia necesita levantarse en todas las arenas de la vida y convertirse en la ‘la ciudad que brilla en una colina'”, escribe Rodríguez.

“Be Light” aborda la oscuridad del odio, la polarización, la decadencia cultural, la persecución religiosa, la falta de consideración por la vida humana y las tensiones raciales que actualmente abundan en nuestra nación, y presenta un mensaje oportuno en esta temporada política en curso para que la gente de fe defienda la verdad bíblica.

“Durante esta campaña presidencial hemos visto, una y otra vez, ataques personales despreciables por parte de candidatos políticos con respecto al carácter de otros, y discusiones sobre temas vitales para nuestra nación, tales como inmigración, libertad religiosa y la Suprema Corte, que siguen llevándose a cabo en formas inciviles y a menudo llenas de odio”, dijo Rodríguez. “Es fácil querer levantar los brazos y darse por vencido con Estados Unidos, pero al final del día, en vez de maldecir la oscuridad, en vez de lloriquear por la oscuridad, en vez de quejarnos por la oscuridad – ¿por qué no encender la luz? Ese es mi llamado, seamos luz”.

Rodríguez es presidente de la Conferencia Nacional de Líderes Cristianos Hispanos (National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference), que actúa como una voz representativa para los más de 100 millones de hispanos evangélicos reunidos en más de 40.000 iglesias en los EE. UU y otras 500.000 congregaciones diseminadas en toda la diáspora de habla hispana. Diversos medios de prensa, tales como CNN y el canal Fox News lo han considerado como uno de las principales voces cristianas y latinas de los Estados Unidos, y Newsmax recientemente lo incluyó entre los “100 principales líderes cristianos de los Estados Unidos”.

Pero si bien Rodríguez representa a un grupo demográfico hispano que tanto expertos como políticos de ambos lados han determinado que es clave para ganar la presidencia, “Be Light” comparte un mensaje para todos los estadounidenses.

“No podemos negar que vivimos en épocas oscuras…pecado, inmoralidad, relativismo moral, infanticidio, racismo, falsos profetas, una predicación desvaída, extremismo religioso, terror, violencia, intolerancia y descreimiento”, opina Rodríguez. “Pero cuando la luz se para al lado de la oscuridad, la luz gana siempre”.

“Be Light” ha sido respaldado por diversos líderes, entre los que se incluyen: el Dr. Ronnie Floyd, presidente de la Southern Baptist Convention y pastor sénior de la Cross Church; Robert Morrison, pastor fundador sénior de la Gateway Church; y James Robison, fundador y presidente de LIFE Outreach International. El prólogo del libro fue escrito por Roma Downey, productora, actriz celebrada y presidente y directora en jefe de contenidos de LightWorkers Media (una división de los estudios MGM).

Para obtener más información, visite http://www.BeLightBook.com.

Original article can be read here: http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/el-rev-samuel-rodriguez-apela-a-los-individuos-para-que-sean-faros-de-esperanza-en-esta-eleccion-578038631.html

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How can you be a ‘light’ in the darkness of life? [Pastor Sam’s FoxNews.com Interview with Lauren Green]

Watch Rev. Rodriguez’s FoxNews.com interview with Lauren Green from yesterday by clicking the link below:
May. 06, 2016 – 5:28 – Spirited Debate: Rev. Samuel Rodriguez on his new book ‘Be Light’ and how the Church can survive and thrive in our current culture

http://video.foxnews.com/v/4880259752001/how-can-you-be-a-light-in-the-darkness-of-life/?playlist_id=3813373590001#sp=show-clips

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We Live in Dark Times, but Light Always Wins, Samuel Rodriguez Says (Author Interview)

A book by the notable Hispanic evangelical leader the Reverend Samuel Rodriguez is calling upon Christians to become light in a messy, dark world.

Released earlier this month, Rev. Rodriguez’s latest book is Be Light: Shining God’s Beauty, Truth, and Hope into a Darkened World.

In an interview with The Christian Post, Rodriguez explained that he decided to write the book because he wanted the Church to “stand up and make a difference.”

“I think the world is messy right now — full of spiritual apathy, cultural decadence, religious extremism and intolerance, consumerism, selfishness, terrorism, and the list goes on. It is time for the Church to stand up and make a difference,” explained Rodriguez.

“Because when light stands next to darkness, light always wins. While we may live in dark times, we have hope, because the Light always wins.”

Published by WaterBrook Press and including a foreword by Christian actress and producer Roma Downey, within its text Be Light presented a 30-day challenge for readers.

“Throughout the 30 days, readers will learn about two powerful declarations in the Bible: ‘Let there be light’ and ‘You are the light of the world’,” said Rodriguez to CP.

“By examining these two statements, the reader goes on a discovery of what it truly means to generate and reflect an everlasting light.”

The current president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, this is not the first time Rodriguez has centered a message on Christians needing to be the light that overcomes the darkness in the United States and the world at large.

At the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission’s 2015 national conference in Nashville, Tennessee, Rodriguez invoked this imagery during a speech.

“We cannot deny the fact that there is a spiritual battle to turn off the light. We can’t deny the fact. It is a great, intense spiritual battle,” said Rodriguez.

“The spirit of pharaoh is alive holding people captive in the Egypt of bondage and fear, the spirit of Goliath still lives, mocking and intimidating the children of God. The spirit of Jezebel makes men and women hide in caves with sexual perversions and manipulation. The spirit of Absalom is dividing homes churches and relationships.”

Regarding his recent book and the theme of being light, Rodriguez told CP that to be light is an important “biblical mandate” for believers.

“The word ‘light’ is mentioned more than 200 times in the Bible. Light is an important part of the Christian narrative beginning in Genesis when God said, ‘Let there be light,'” he said.

Before hearing God’s call at age 14 to become a preacher, Rodriguez was interested in math, science and engineering. He was able to include those interests in Be Light, which includes scientific details about the nature of light in each chapter.

“In examining the properties of light, I have found many intriguing insights that also help me understand what it means, spiritually, to Be Light. Like all facets of creation, light reveals clues about God and His characteristics, so understanding more about light helps us know more about Him.”

Original article can be read at: http://www.christianpost.com/news/dark-times-be-light-nhclc-samuel-rodriguez-author-interview-164089/#yv5Tx3s6EtfPxgDJ.99

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[PODCAST] Be Light with Samuel Rodriguez

When light stands next to darkness, light always wins. Hear how as Pastor Samuel Rodriquez discusses his new book “Be Light.” Begin to push back the darkness. To listen to the 14-minute interview click here: http://cpnshows.com/shows/strangreport/6c7d2ea5c76060d9c2d7d34f0143173d

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NHCLC Churches Model Reconciliation following Last Week’s Horrific Violence

President Samuel Rodriguez Encourages Faith Congregations Nationwide to Host Be Light Services

SACRAMENTO, Calif., July 12, 2016 – Modeling the call made yesterday by National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC) to become agents of peace and to rise up and become a light to the world, NHCLC churches in Mississippi, Colorado and Connecticut hosted successful events in their respective communities following an unprecedented week of violence across America.

On Sunday, July 10, Iglesia Vida of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, pastored by Rev. David Martinez, who serves as the state chair for the Mississippi chapter of the NHCLC, hosted civic leaders and uniformed officers for a time of focused prayer. Among those present were Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny Dupree, Chief of Police Anthony Parker, and several officers from the Hattiesburg Police Department.

“We want to be the first in line to show our support for our great city and those who lead and protect it,” said Pastor Martinez. “Fear is a learned behavior, but so is love. At Vida, we strive to teach that fear has no place in our lives or in our church. We opened our doors to those who protect us to demonstrate to our children and our community that as a minority group, we stand with them.”

During the worship service, the entire church body surrounded the honored guests in a prayer circle and proclaimed a covering of protection and blessing over their city, state and law enforcement officers.

Additional NHCLC member pastors recently hosted or took part in similar events. In Denver, Colorado, Carlos Ivan Alvarez, Spanish pastor of The Potter’s House, prayed over the local chiefs of police and fire, and in New Haven, Connecticut, Rev. Abraham Hernandez, associate pastor at Grace Fellowship Church, took part in a city hall roundtable discussion yesterday with civic leaders, members of the clergy, elected officials and police brass.

“It is our hope that many churches will follow the example of these churches to stand as a bright city on a hill, as Jesus commands us in Scripture,” said Rev. Samuel Rodriguez. ”Scientifically, when various colored lights join together, the brightest light is created. What would happen if the black church, the white church, the yellow church and the brown church, if all of these different segments of the Church divided by ethnicity, would come together? We would see the purest of light and create the greatest impact.”

NHCLC is calling for churches of all sizes, denominations and ethnicities across the nation to “be light,” by working with community leaders, polices forces, African-American pastors and churches in their corresponding communities to address issues and concerns while simultaneously constructing a preventive multi-ethnic firewall against disparities in law-enforcement practices and emphasizing the image of God, or Imago Dei, inherent within all individuals – regardless of race.
NHCLC/CONEL is the world’s largest Hispanic Christian organization, which serves as a representative voice for the more than 100 million Hispanic Evangelicals assembled in over 40,000 U.S. churches and hundreds of thousands of additional congregations spread worldwide throughout the Spanish-speaking diaspora. For additional information, visit http://www.nhclc.org.

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Iglesias de la NHCLC modelan la reconciliación tras la horrenda violencia de la pasada semana

El presidente Samuel Rodríguez alienta a las congregaciones de la fe en todo el país a celebrar servicios para “ser luz”

SACRAMENTO, California, 12 de julio de 2016 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Modelando el llamado efectuado ayer por laNational Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC, Conferencia Nacional de Líderes Cristianos Hispanos) a convertirse en agentes de paz y a levantarse y ser una luz para el mundo, las iglesias de la NHCLC en Mississippi, Colorado y Connecticutcelebraron exitosos eventos en sus respectivas comunidades tras una semana de violencia sin precedentes en todo Estados Unidos.

El domingo 10 de julio, la Iglesia Vida de Hattiesburg, Mississippi, cuyo pastor es el Rev. David Martínez, presidente estatal del capítulo Mississippi de la NHCLC, recibió a líderes cívicos y oficiales uniformados para un momento de oraciones focalizadas. Entre los presentes se encontraban el alcalde de Hattiesburg, Johnny Dupree, el jefe de policía Anthony Parker y varios oficiales del Departamento de Policía de Hattiesburg.

“Queremos estar en el primer lugar para mostrar nuestro respaldo a nuestra gran ciudad y a quienes la conducen y la protegen”, dijo el pastor Martínez. “El miedo es una conducta aprendida, pero también lo es el amor. En Vida, nos esforzamos por enseñar que el miedo no tiene lugar en nuestras vidas ni en nuestra iglesia. Abrimos nuestras puertas a los que nos protegen para demostrar a nuestros niños y a nuestra comunidad que como grupo minoritario, estamos con ellos”.

Durante el servicio religioso, todo el cuerpo de la iglesia rodeó al los huéspedes distinguidos en un círculo de oración, y proclamó una cobertura de protección y bendición sobre sus funcionarios policiales, de la ciudad y el estado.

Otros pastores miembros de la NHCLC recientemente celebraron o participaron en eventos similares. En Denver, Colorado, Carlos Iván Álvarez, pastor español de The Potter’s House, oró por los jefes locales de policía y bomberos, y en New Haven, Connecticut, el Rev. Abraham Hernández, pastor asociado de la Grace Fellowship Church, participó de una mesa redonda que tuvo lugar ayer en la alcaldía con líderes cívicos, integrantes del clero, funcionarios electos y funcionarios policiales de alto rango.

“Tenemos la esperanza de que muchas iglesias sigan el ejemplo de esta iglesias para erguirse como una ciudad brillante en una colina, tal como nos ordena Jesús en las Escrituras”, dijo el Rev. Samuel Rodríguez. “Desde el punto de vista científico, cuando se unen diversas luces de colores se genera la luz más brillante. ¿Qué pasaría si la iglesia negra, la blanca, la amarilla y la morena, si todos estos diferentes segmentos de la Iglesia divididos por el origen étnico, se reunieran? Veríamos la más pura de las luces y generaríamos el mayor de los impactos”.

La NHCLC convoca a iglesias de todos los tamaños, denominaciones y orígenes étnicos de toda la nación a “ser luz” mediante el trabajo con líderes comunitarios, fuerzas policiales, pastores e iglesias afroamericanas en sus correspondientes comunidades, para abordar temas y preocupaciones, mientras simultáneamente se construye un cortafuegos preventivo multiétnico contra las disparidades en las prácticas policiales y se enfatiza la imagen de Dios, o Imago Dei, inherente dentro de todos los individuos – con independencia de la raza.

NHCLC/CONEL es la mayor organización cristiana hispana del mundo, que actúa como una voz representativa para los más de 100 millones de hispanos evangélicos reunidos en más de 40.000 iglesias en los EE. UU y cientos de miles de otras congregaciones diseminadas en todo el mundo en toda la diáspora de habla hispana. For additional information, visit http://www.nhclc.org.

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