Recent Blogs

11 Sep
September 11 Statement from Pastor Jose Cortes Jr.

Today 13 years later, the Adventist Youth and Young adults of the Atlantic Union Conference join with the rest of our nation as we commemorate another anniversary of the.

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21 Aug
20 Apr
15 Feb
A Message to My Wife Joanne Cortes on Valentine’s Day 2014

  On that night, when I first heard from you, from the other side of the world, thousands of miles away, I knew you were the answer to my prayer....

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20 Jan
“We Are All One”

There is a quote taken from the famous speech “I Have a Dream” given by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington,...

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20 Jan
Happy Birthday Joel!

Happy Birthday handsome son! What a joy you are! We love you so, so much! From the day we knew we were pregnant with you, we loved you! We...

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8 Jan
Celebrating 22 Years in Pastoral Ministry

Celebrating 22 years in Pastoral Ministry (January 1992 -January 2014). Grateful to God, Dad, Mom, Joanne, Jose III, Joel, my mentors, colleagues in ministry, church Elde

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1 Jan
Happy New Year from Pastor Jose

Happy New Year! May 2014 be the best year ever, filled with blessings, Compassion, health, happiness, and hope! Feliz Año Nuevo! Que el 2014 sea el mejor año, lleno de

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25 Dec
Lessons from the First Christmas: Think BIG & Be Inclusive!

Immanuel means God with us. Question, who is US? Is US the people who are just like me, the ones who look like me, speak like me, believe like...

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28 Nov
Thanksgiving Day Message from Pastor Jose

Retrieved from:http://auyouth.com/thanksgiving-day-message-from-pastor-jose-3/   Like the Pilgrims of old, we pause to express our gratitude to our God for the love,

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18 Nov
“We Are All ONE”

Originally posted on January 17, 2011 There is a quote taken from the famous speech “I Have a Dream” given by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on the steps...

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14 Nov
“Stay in the City”

originally published 2/3/11 For years, many Christians have forgotten about the city; I hear people talk about cities as if cities are totally forsaken by God; places whe

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11 Nov
Don’t just stand there…Move! – by Joanne

Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the LORD will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will...

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3 Nov
Compassion, the Bridge to the Post-Christian

A recent study by the Barna Group revealed that eight of the top 10 post-Christian cities in the United States are in the Atlantic Union territory: Albany, New York...

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3 Nov

The Bible is filled with commands to sing, sing a new song, make a joyful noise, sing with instruments.  Why Sing?  Because: singing glorifies God, singing blesses your

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9 Oct
Leadership is Sacrifice

Interesting thoughts on Leadership from my study this morning (John Maxwell – Leadership Bible). #leadership #sacrifice #letgoduseyou #effectiveness #dedication

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8 Oct
Parents & Prodigals

If you are a parent or a church, you will, for sure have to love a prodigal at some point. This is a great quote I read this morning,...

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7 Oct
Only Temporary Obstacles

#PracticalLessons from my #BibleStudy: (1) Those who mistreat you & try to hurt you will not last forever, they are only temporary obstacles, if God is with you, thos

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11 Sep
When Thoughts & Prayers Are Not Enough

Today, 12 years after, New Yorkers and the whole nation re-live September 11 on our TV screens, memories, and hearts. There is one phrase that is commonly heard “the...

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9 Sep
Statement by Pastor Jose on Back2School Compassion Bash in Far Rockaway, NY (prepared for Public & Press)

As this city approaches another Anniversary of September 11, there is nothing more fitting and hopeful than seeing youth, young adults, children, and adults of the Sevent

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6 Sep
This Hymn of the XXI Century Brought Comfort to My Heart Today

As we were driving from Massachusetts earlier today, my wife Joanne played this hymn of the XXI Century, "Blessings" by Laura Story. As I listened to the melody and...

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5 Sep
Surprise at Yankee Stadium

A few days ago my friend Jason Joel Irizarry messaged me and told me that he had two tickets for me to a New York Yankees vs Chicago White...

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5 Sep
Visit to Greater New York Adventist Community Services Center in Preparation for Back2School Compassion Bash

Just around 2 AM this morning, my oldest son Jose III and I returned from a brief trip to New York City. During the Trip we stopped at the...

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2 Sep
Compassion Goes Viral

We envisioned a version of the Compassion Movement. We hoped it would become a lifestyle for many. We prayed it would catch a life of its own and that...

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22 Oct
“Disappointment into Hopeful Victory” 2

Today is October 22, 2011. For many it is just another day. For me and several million others it is a historic day. Let me explain. ...

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23 Aug
“The Future is Now – Part 1”

I vividly remember the first time I heard the phrase “Youth are the future of the church.” It happened during my Busy Bee Investiture in Esperanza, Cuba. I was...

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29 Apr
“True Royalty with a Mission”

If you’ve been watching TV, you’ve seen the headlines about the “Royal Wedding.” Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding at the historical Westminster Abbey

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28 Apr
“Something Really Fancy for My Family”

I just spent a few days off, a brief spring break, with my wife Joanne, and our two boys Jose III and Joel Benjamin. For many years now, our...

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15 Apr
“Mr. Nobody’s Fault”

I walked into the play room which Joanne and the boys had just cleaned and organized less than an hour ago, I looked around and I could not believe...

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14 Apr
“Do You Get It?”

“Do you still not understand? Don’t you remember the five loaves for the five thousand, and how many basketfuls you gathered? Matthew 16:9 Do you at times forget how.

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13 Apr
“Falling Down or Falling Away?”

The godly may trip seven times, but they will get up again. But one disaster is enough to overthrow the wicked. Proverbs 24:16 I remember as a child, whenever...

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11 Apr
“Destined for Greatness”

Just the other day, early in the morning, as I woke up and was doing my personal devotion, my wife Joanne came up to our bedroom and gave me...

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1 Apr
“One Bad Note, One Mistake”

Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path...

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31 Mar
“Whom Do You Follow?”

“I am the Lord, and I do not change.” Malachi 3:6 Are you someone that follows a TV show and makes sure you never miss an episode? If by...

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30 Mar
“Horoscopes and Fortune Tellers?”

When Saul saw the vast Philistine army, he became frantic with fear. 1 Samuel 28:5 Have you been so afraid of the future that you read the horoscopes everyday...

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29 Mar
“Loving the Bad Boy to Death”

If you have ever felt unworthy, undesirable, socially blacklisted and spiritually condemned because of your unkind actions, countless immoral practices, wicked behavior,

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28 Mar
“Just Like Absalom?”

The king covered his face with his hands and kept on crying, “O my son Absalom! O Absalom, my son, my son!” 2 Samuel 19:4 Absalom, was David’s third...

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22 Mar
“Ask Boldly!”

“Do not be afraid of them,” the Lord said to Joshua, “for I have given you victory over them. Not a single one of them will be able to...

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21 Mar

For the mountains may move and the hills disappear, but even then my faithful love for you will remain. My covenant of blessing will never be broken, says the Lord,...

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18 Mar
“Say Yes!”

“Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and...

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16 Mar
“Shout Again!”

When Jesus heard him, he stopped and ordered that the man be brought to him. As the man came near, Jesus asked him, “What do you want me to...

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15 Mar
“What Are Words?”

A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in...

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9 Mar
“Side Effects of Success I”

Defeating Goliath and winning the victory for Israel put David in a different category; practically within minutes he went from being an unknown young shepherd to being a

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4 Mar
“The Power of God and New Methods”

David got to the location where his brothers and the entire Army of Israel were camped. Their mission was to fight their fierce enemy, the Philistines; David’s mission

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