George Alvarado

George Alvarado is a now retired member of our Armed Forces, has a beautiful wife, a very tall son, and currently resides in Texas. Since he was born again on January 11, 2004, God has called him for the work of the ministry. He's served alongside his Elders as a Sunday School teacher (adults and children), Evangelist, Apologist, Biblical Counselor, and Lay Leader, to equip and strengthen the saints for the gospel. And he enjoys spending time with his family, fellowshipping with friends, traveling, photography, and continuing his education in linguistics and theology.
Church Discipline is for Restoration

Church Discipline is for Restoration

Below is a teaching outline that I've used to train others concerning the process and purpose of church discipline. In short, church discipline is for convincing the wayward of their sin and restoring them. I pray it would be beneficial for your congregations....

Jesus Tempted As We Are, In Context

Jesus Tempted As We Are, In Context

There is a common misunderstanding concerning Hebrews 4:15: "For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. (ESV; bold emphasis mine) What happens during our...

Sin: Not a Reason to Refuse Communion

Sin: Not a Reason to Refuse Communion

Enjoying communion with your local church is truly a blessed time. It is not only a sober and convicting remembrance of our Lord's death, burial, and resurrection, but it is also a joyous celebration concerning our salvation and His return (1 Cor. 11:26). This means...

Things Above Needs Your Help

Things Above Needs Your Help

Hello brothers and sisters! Michael Coughlin, Allen Nelson, Chuck Ivey, Dave Mitchell, and George Alvarado need your help. We write at Things Above Us and desire our audience and subscriptions to expand. So in essence, we just need three things. If you can help with...

Looking unto Jesus, In Context

Looking unto Jesus, In Context

In Hebrews 12:2, the key phrase "looking unto Jesus" is often quoted, but popularly misunderstood in light of its context. In general, every Christian knows we should always keep our eyes on Jesus. And in the midst of the troubles we face, it's even more important to...

Earthly Weeds, Heavenly Grass, & Scorched Earth

Earthly Weeds, Heavenly Grass, & Scorched Earth

The picture showcased on this blog is my front yard. It was "scorched," not by typical Texas heat, but from freezing temperatures we recently experienced. One thing I noticed was that cold weather produced the same visual results that scorching heat does. This made me...

Pandemic, Wildfires, and Holy Matrimony

Pandemic, Wildfires, and Holy Matrimony

I recently had the privilege of officiating two weddings. And what a treat it was! But because of our "pandemic" and wildfires, there were plenty of details that made these events, well...special. First, in an effort to honor the godly couples, I must point out that...

Do We Fear God For Nothing?

Do We Fear God For Nothing?

Did you know that Satan and Job asked God a similar question? Of course, Satan’s questioning was meant for evil, but God permitted it for Job’s good. Nevertheless, when we probe the question(s) that Satan and Job directed toward the LORD, we see very similar pursuits,...

Suffering for Glory

Suffering for Glory

Author's note: After almost taking a year off of writing because of trials and transition from military to retirement, and after a year I wrote An Open Letter to Afflicted Saints, I thought I would share another shade of truth that I pray will help those who are...

A Open Letter to Afflicted Saints

A Open Letter to Afflicted Saints

To my dear afflicted Saint, I write this with tears that have been recently mixed with emotional pain and grief. I know what it feels like to have people text, email, and call you, and still receive no comfort. I mean, it's nice to know that people are thinking and...

Pandemic, Wildfires, and Holy Matrimony

Pandemic, Wildfires, and Holy Matrimony

I recently had the privilege of officiating two weddings. And what a treat it was! But because of our "pandemic" and wildfires, there were plenty of details that made these events, well...special. First, in an effort to honor the godly couples, I must point out that...