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Deeper Dive Episode 25: Jesus at the Center Part II
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Deeper Dive Theme: JWald, Dawn, Pastor Laffit Cortes and Ruben Joseph discuss the Jesus at the Center series and delve into God as Creator and God's grace. We also find out if Ruben is taller than Pastor Castro.
Episode Title: Jesus at the Center II
Host: JWald & Dawn Williams
Guest: Laffit Cortes and Ruben Joseph
Key text: https://www.bible.com/bible/59/GEN.1.1.esv
Key text: https://www.bible.com/bible/59/EPH.2.8-9.esv
Sermon Podcast: https://soundcloud.com/plantationsda/jesus-at-the-center-episode-5-god-creator-at-the-beginning
Sermon Podcast: https://soundcloud.com/plantationsda/jesus-at-the-center-episode-6-the-fullness-of-salvation
Date: October 22, 2019
Dawn and JWald's Question to Pastor Laffit: Explain why you chose the title God and Creator at the beginning? How does a loving Creator permit such intense pain and suffering to happen in the world? How did your niece's death change your ministry?
Will your New York Yankees pull the series out of the fire?
Dawn and JWald's Question to Pastor Ruben:
JWald and Ruben reminisce about Ruben's zuit suit the first time he preached at Plantation What do you mean by the fullness of Salvation? What is the evidence of a sanctified life? What is the role of grace in the Christian's life? What is the difference between justification and sanctification? Who's taller, you or Pastor Castro?
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I am inspired to teach and create events geared towards showing the children Jesus. It is a privilege to work with such dedicated teachers and parents who not only encourage but creatively minister to the children.
Pastor Laffit Cortes, was born and raised in the Bronx, New York City. Since the age of 15, he began ministering to his generation of believers. Although he took a detour to his calling becoming a computer network engineer, his passion has always been to reach teens and young adults. Graduate of Atlantic Union College, majoring in Religion he continues to pursue a master’s degree in Global Leadership through Fuller University. He accepted his call to become a minister at the age of 27, pastoring his first two churches in New York City. Afterwards, he served as the New Jersey Conference youth director for eight years initiating teen, collegiate and young adult ministries along with urban initiatives called “The Ghetto Church” ministering to unchurched gang exposed teens in the area of Elizabeth, New Jersey, as well as evangelism in the projects of Newark. He then served as the Campus Chaplain of Pacific Union College helping students grow in their relationship with Jesus as they serve in the world around them. Pastor Laffit currently serves as the Lead Pastor of Miami Temple along with his wife, Lynda and their two children, Raylyn and Caleb and his ministry focus continues to be “raising an army of youth…and adults rightly trained to reach their generation for Jesus Christ.”
Pastor Ruben Joseph is a young Christian soldier who is on fire for the Lord. He is a graduate of Southern Adventist University (Magna Cum Laude) with a Bachelor in Theology and a minor in Biblical Languages. He is an international preacher, Bible Teacher, professional songwriter, singer, actor, author, screenwriter, host, Choir Director, and motivational speaker. His sole desire is to lift up the name of Jesus in his earthly life, and to live with Him in the next. He started singing at the age of 5, wrote his first song when he was 7, and he’s been writing and arranging since then.
He is the author of “Why Are the Young People Leaving the Church?” a book published by Xlibris, that is well-received and changing lives right here in the community and around the world. The book is available in English now wherever books are sold and will be available in French in Spanish very soon. He is currently serving as the CEO of “LEAP OF FAITH ENTERTAINMENT,” a company dedicated to promote Christian talents in South Florida. From 2011-2014, he has served as President of FEJAH (The Haitian Youth Federation), for the South-Eastern Conference of Seventh - day Adventists, overseeing the youth of over 50 churches. He has preached in five different countries, on two continents—full evangelistic campaigns in the United States of America, Dominican Republic, and Bolivia; and preached in Jerusalem—Israel, and Haiti, his native country. He is currently serving as Senior Pastor of New Generation SDA Church of North Miami and North Miami Beach SDA Church.
He is happily married to the Ph.D candidate Kedare (Kay-Dahr) Joseph BKA “Cookie.” But his greatest accomplishment is being the Father of his two precious and beautiful babygirls Belle and Ruby Joseph.
His goal is to please the One—Jesus Christ His Savior and Redeemer, and bring as many people as possible into the Kingdom of God. He preaches the Word because “TIME IS SHORT, and HELL IS HOT!” He strives relentlessly to be a clean vessel that can be used by God, to transform the lives of others unto salvation, by teaching God’s truth in love. He is a NOBODY, who is only SOMEBODY through the One who can save ANYBODY…Yeshua, Jesus the Christ.” TO GOD BE ALL THE GLORY!