‘Twas the Night before Jesus Came

ruth-luttrell-calvary-evangelistic-missionRuth Luttrell had a beloved tradition: Every year on Christmas Eve, she would share a special poem based on “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas.”  Called “‘Twas the Night Before Jesus Came,” it is a stirring challenge to accept Jesus Christ as the best gift of all.  Since Ruth went to be with the Lord in 2014, listeners have called to ask whether we had a copy of this special poem in her voice.  Yes, we do!  Here in an archive tape from 2001, we present a recording of Ruth together with Coppelia Acevedo Gándara.  We pray that this poem is a blessing to you.  Share it with that person in your life who may celebrate Christ’s first coming without considering that He is coming again soon!

Or click here to download the file and share it with a friend.

Escuela de Padres Cristiana “Semillas con Propósito”

Oprime en el “flyer” para separar su espacio


Si interesas información sobre la Escuela de Padres Cristiana “Semillas con Propósito” y los cursos gratuitos que se ofrecerán para enseñar a ejercer una paternidad saludable, te invitamos a la 2da Reunión de Orientación el próximo sábado, 12 de noviembre de 2016 a celebrarse en nuestra Iglesia Adoradores de Cristo ubicada en la Ave. Glasgow 1854 Urb. College Park en San Juan, PR a las 9:30AM (para preguntas puede comunicarse al teléfono 787-765-4399).

Saving Sonlights in Puerto Rico

(L-R) Jeff Cherok, JoAnn Medina, Loraine Rivera, and Joe Ramos of Sonlights of Puerto Rico visited our WBMJ studios today.

(L-R) Jeff Cherok, JoAnn Medina, Loraine Rivera, and Joe Ramos of Sonlights of Puerto Rico visited our WBMJ studios today.

“We’re asking you to remember what it felt like as you came down off that mountain,” says Jeff Cherok, of Sonlights of Puerto Rico, speaking about the Walk to Emmaus retreats that have been held in Puerto Rico for more than 20 years.  “We’re asking you to look back into what it meant for you, and to see how you can help keep that going for other believers.”  Today, Sonlights in Puerto Rico, the organization that holds the annual Walk to Emmaus spiritual retreats in English, is in trouble.  “We really only have 6 active people in the organization, and we must have a quorum of 12 to operate,” Jeff explains.  “And when you don’t even have 12 people to serve on the board, you certainly don’t have enough people to put on a whole Walk to Emmaus.”

There will be a meeting at Second Union Church in Guaynabo on Wednesday, August 10, at 7 PM where the Emmaus Walk organization from the US will have representatives to gauge interest and decide the future of Sonlights.  “Basically, there are three alternatives,” explains Jeff.  “One, we can show enough interest and we continue to operate. Two, there is enough interest for an English walk but not enough to exist as a separate entity, and they roll us into Emmaus de Puerto Rico.  Three, they decide to disband us altogether.”

Listen to the special interview.  (Story continues below.)


JoAnn Medina, Jeff’s wife, notes that the Emmaus Walk was instrumental in saving their marriage.  “We need to save Sonlights because we have a message of discipleship and growth,” she says.  “We need to preserve this uniquely powerful ministry for all the believers, no matter where they are on their journey.”

Pastor Joe Ramos, who helped to organize Sonlights of Puerto Rico over 20 years ago, agrees.  “We were several of us who went to an Emmaus Walk in the state of Arkansas.  Then we said, ‘This must be shared.  This must be brought to Puerto Rico.’  So we got together and we formed Sonlights.”  He says that as a pastor, he believes firmly that Emmaus is the best discipleship program out there.  “Show me any discipleship program that gets the same results, that is better – and we’ll stop talking about Emmaus and do that one.  I have been through many discipleship programs, looked at many more.  This is the best, most efficient, most cost effective program out there.”  He also shares that God used Emmaus to bring him into the ministry.  “I was a businessman,” he says.  “And people started talking to me about going into ministry.  I was like, ‘God, I don’t want to do that.  You have to deal with people!’  But through Emmaus, I learned how to be a servant, and then I received a call to the church.”  Pastor Joe continues working both as a businessman and as a pastor of Palmas Community Church in Humacao.

If you are interested in continuing the important work of Sonlights of Puerto Rico, please come to Second Union Church in Guaynabo on Wednesday, August 10, at 7 PM.  Also, please signal your interest by calling Jeff at (939) 940-8891 or e-mailing sonlightsfuture@gmail.com.

The new Media Center

We are launching the all-new Media Center.  This new system is easier to navigate and works better on all devices.  The old Media Center still exists for archives of older programs, so click on the Classic Media Center link above to access older content.

In addition, you can download the app for iPhone and Android phones.  For more information on the app, click here.


Big news! Mobile app now available

Just search "WBMJ Rock" in the mobile app store of your device (Android or iPhone).

Just search “WBMJ Rock” in the mobile app store of your device (Android or iPhone).

We’re excited to announce that the WBMJ/Rock Radio Network mobile app is now available for both Android and iPhone.  You can stream our live programming, catch up with your favorite programs in the Media Center, cast the stream to your car radio using Bluetooth, download programs for offline listening, sign up for free Bible lessons, and more.  We are busy migrating over the whole Media Center to the app, so stay tuned as we add more and more programs to it – including all new programs that are special to the app.

How to get it?  Just open the app store on your Android or Apple mobile device and search “WBMJ Rock.”  Be sure to select the one that is marked as our official app.  If you would like to receive a text every now and then with updated information, accept that.  If not, just go ahead and reject the request.

And when you fast


“When we fast for spiritual reasons, when we fast unto the Lord, it is not done separate from prayer,” says Pastor Paul Torres of Christian Community Church in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico.  “This concept of fasting, is one where we have intimacy with God, for that separate time, whether it be a day, or seven days, or a week, that it be dedicated unto the Lord – just you and Him.  And that He is enough.”

Pastor Paul has been in a challenging topical series about prayer and the Christian walk in the last five weeks of “Daily Manna Weekend” here on The Rock (Sundays at 11:30 AM). He started last month by examining the Lord’s Prayer and what it means for our lives.  He showed us how Jesus models the true spirit of prayer.  Then he looked at the connection between worship and prayer, both in our personal and church lives.  Now, he is showing us how fasting, as used by believers in the Old and New Testament and even including Jesus Christ, is an integral part of the “toolbox” we use to draw near to God.

“There is a right way to fast,” Pastor Paul tells us.  “And there is a wrong way to do it.  Like anything else, Satan always wants to get involved.  He tries to take something holy and blessed that God has given us, and twist it for his purposes.  Jesus addressed this when He accused the Pharisees of being hypocrites when they fasted.  Fasting is not about the outward show, it is about the inward relationship.”  He says that fasting can also be used corporately, for example to bring our nation to repentance and restoration.

To hear the whole series, click the image below.  Los mismos mensajes también están disponibles en español en el programa Maná Diario.


Firewall: Learn to defend your faith!


“When people say that you can’t ‘argue people into the Kingdom,’ I think what they mean to say is that the Holy Spirit has to be the one to convict somebody, to draw them to Jesus, and of course to have them be born again – which of course is absolutely all true,” says Jason Dennett, Senior Pastor at Calvary Chapel of Puerto Rico.  He dropped by the station to promote a special 3-day seminar called Firewall: 10 Amazing Evidences to Prove Christianity.  “But the thing we have to realize is that the Holy Spirit uses ideas.”

Listen to the special interview with Pastor Jason on the seminar.  Story continues after the link.


Pastor Jason believes passionately that preaching the Gospel straight from the Bible and defending it from apologetics – the study of arguments having to do with the historical and scientific accuracy of the Bible, the manuscript quality of biblical manuscripts, among many other areas – goes hand in hand. “Listen, the Gospel is an idea,” he goes on.  “The Gospel is a truth statement.  And so for a person to get saved, you take that idea, bring that to a person, and then they have to decide whether or not to agree with it.”

Pastor Jason notes that apologetics were what opened the door to his decision to embrace Christ.  When he was in the U.S. military, a good friend began opening his mind to the unique claims of the Bible by showing him how historically accurate the Bible is.  “He showed me how the Bible predicted the four empires that would come after Daniel’s death. He showed me how the Bible gives us amazing scientific knowledge that we didn’t even know till the 20th and 21st centuries.  And when the Holy Spirit used him to sweep aside my intellectual objections to the Bible, then He could work on my heart.  Then I accepted the Lord Jesus Christ on a run through El Yunque Rainforest.”

Pastor Jason encourages all Christians to examine the amazing proofs for God’s existence, the Bible’s veracity, and other items for themselves.  “If we say we believe that this Book has all the answers, let’s know how.  And why.”

Fireproof: 10 Amazing Evidences to Prove Christianity starts June 24 at Calvary Chapel of Puerto Rico.  The cost is $15, which includes materials and snacks.  For more information, visit the Information Kiosk at the church in the Los Jardines Shopping Center in Guaynabo or call them at  (787) 720-3308.


¿Cómo Discernir los Procesos? (Parte 2)


Con la energía y pasión que le caracteriza, el Pastor Mizraím Esquilín nos presenta la segunda parte del sermón sobre el tema del discernimiento. En esta ocasión, Marta, hermana de María y Lázaro, es la protagonista en la prédica de Esquilín quien continúa enfocando su disertación en el Evangelio de Juan 11 como el texto base de su reflexión.

El Pastor Rector de la Iglesia AMEC centra su mensaje de esta semana en dos adjetivos que describen el proceder de Marta ante la figura de Jesús y de los procesos por los que ella vive. Los dos términos apelan a una Marta “afanada” (“merizo”, en griego que significa, mente dividida) y “turbada” (“turbazo”, también en griego y significa ausencia de claridad en el pensamiento). En palabras del propio Pastor Esquilín, el asunto en lo que le ocurre a esta mujer, no es si Lázaro resucita o no de los muertos por la Resurrección que ES Dios encarnado en Su Hijo Jesucristo. El asunto es el proceso de dolor que Dios permite en la vida de esta mujer, y por ende en nosotros, que le lleva a DISCERNIR CUÁL REALMENTE ES LA MEJOR PARTE en medio de los procesos de dolor en sí mismos.

Usted va a querer escuchar cómo el Pastor Esquilín extrapola la historia de Marta en el Evangelio de Juan, a la REALIDAD DEL PUERTO RICO EN EL QUE ESTAMOS VIVIENDO y quiénes son “las ´Martas´ y las ´Marías´” de este tiempo de cara a los procesos de dolor por los que está viviendo Puerto Rico.
Prepare 1era de Corintios 2. 12-16 como texto introductorio al sermón y Juan 11 como texto base de la disertación pastoral.
Algunas citas directas que usted le escuchará al Pastor en esta prédica son :
“Hay cosas que no se resuelven sirviendo”.
” Hay cosas que no se resuelven protestando”.
“Hay cosas que sólo se resuelven cuando yo vengo a solas a hablar con Él”.


Christ is life!

Brad Holloway, Missionary with the North American Mission Board, and his wife Gina visited our WBMJ studios today.

Brad Holloway, Missionary with the North American Mission Board, and his wife Gina visited our WBMJ studios today.

“To me, Christ is life,” explains Brad Holloway.  “And my job is to share Christ, who is that life, with anyone who needs Him.  Just as He did with the Samaritan lady at the well, to whom He said, ‘If only you knew Who it was Who is talking to you, you would ask Him and He would give you living water.’  That is Who I am offering, who we are offering.”  Brad and his wife Gina are planting an English speaking church in the San Juan Metro Area under the auspices of the North American Mission Board.

“We are not here to talk about rules or regulations,” Brad says.  “Everyone knows that they can try harder, can try to be good.  But that’s not what this Christian walk is.  It is coming to know the One who says, ‘You are loved with an everlasting love.'”

Brad is a retired public school teacher and wrestling coach.  Gina is a registered nurse with over 30 years of experience in the operating room and the ER.  They have moved here from Atlanta, Georgia.  Together, they are bringing a movement called LifeChurch to Puerto Rico.  “There are lots of churches with the name Life Church,” says Brad with a laugh.  “So it’s not a label or a brand.  It is just a picture of what we are coming to do – to share life.  His abundant life.”

As a professional coach, Brad has worked extensively together with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, a nondenominational social group for Christian youth.  He is actively seeking volunteer activities where he can help.  If your church, school, or university has a sports program, he would be interested in seeing where he can help out on a volunteer basis.

For the month of June, Brad and Gina are leading a Sunday-morning church service in the chapel at Robinson School in Condado.  They are also reaching out through the Iglesia Bautista Belén, Calle 220, Country Club, in Carolina.  They will be offering free English classes and holding Sunday evening church services at the Carolina facility.  You are welcome to attend their services in either place.  For more information, contact Brad Holloway at (678) 796-5846 or e-mail bradhollowayacts2022@gmail.com.

We did a special interview with Brad today.  To hear it, click the button below.


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