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Have you ever forgotten God’s goodness to you?

06/07/2011 Leave a comment

Yesterday’s Daily Devotion by Greg Laurie, “Forgetting God’s Goodness

Later, after they crossed to the other side of the lake, the disciples discovered they had forgotten to bring any bread. “Watch out!” Jesus warned them. “Beware of the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees.”
— Matthew 16:5

I agree that in certain points of my life, whenever I go through rough roads and stormy seas, I tend to forget God’s goodness.  But as Pastor Greg mentioned “GOD is the same yesterday, today, and forever. The same God who was there for YOU in the past will be with YOU here in the present. And He will be there for YOU in the future as well.”

I admit that there are some prayers I requested from Him that until now, I don’t have any clue… that sometimes I want to cry.  God is so silent about it…  Or maybe I still have an unconfessed sin. Or, that prayer request might not be His will or maybe He has something for me, far greater that I can ever imagine. I’m thinking of the word – “Gratitude“.  I should be thankful for whatever blessings He bestows upon me.

Thank you my Lord and my God!  May Your Holy Will be done..

Are You Enjoying Your Life?

06/06/2011 Leave a comment

Just read an article again from Bo Sanchez about enjoying one’s life.  Very thought-provoking article…  A must read for everyone who feels empty, worried with no sense of direction.

As such, I remembered his last message – 4 Ways of Living.

In a DVD player, there are four buttons. “Eject”, “Rewind”, “Fast Forward”, and “Play”. These 4 buttons represents the 4 ways people live their lives.

First are those who live by the “Eject” mode. They just want to escape. And they escape through their vices and addictions. They’re running away from life.

Second are those who watch their life using the “Rewind” mode. They can’t move forward. They can’t forget the pain of the past. They’re stuck in their traumas. They’re always miserable.

Third are those who live in the “Fast Forward” mode. They are so busy. They are always in a rush. They go here and there, doing this and doing that, and they have no time to understand or appreciate the “movie” of their lives.

Fourth are those who live in the “Play” mode. These are the people who savor life. These are the people who enjoy life to the full. These are the people who are the happiest of them all.

Friend, Play!

Savor life. Simplify pleasures. Strengthen relationships. Show gratitude. And share generosity.

For full article, follow this link: http://bosanchez.ph/are-you-enjoying-your-life/

Is it OK to have sex while you’re engaged? After all, you’re going to get married anyway.

06/01/2011 Leave a comment

An eye-opener article to all those who are engaged (and still single as well..).   Read more here in chastity.com.

When a husband gives his body to his bride and a bride gives herself to him, their bodies speak the truth: “I am entirely yours.” On the other hand, sex anywhere but in marriage is dishonest. No matter what, it cannot say, “I am entirely yours.” Therefore, having sex during the engagement is not a matter of “peeking under the wrapping paper.” It is a matter of completely missing the point of sex and marriage.

After reading the article, the below statement that became a challenge for me (and other men) – “the measure of true love“:

In the meantime, know that each time you resist sin you bless one another. In addition, God has issued a special challenge to men. When a man perseveres in the virtue of chastity, he helps fulfill that challenge: to love his bride as Christ loves the Church, to give himself up for her, that he might sanctify her, that he might present his bride to God “without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish” (Eph. 5:25–27). A man should consider his acceptance of this challenge to be the measure of his love for his bride. Imagine Christ hanging on the cross, saying to you, “This is how I got my bride to heaven. How else do you think you will get yours there?” When an engaged man embraces such a challenge and grows in purity with his fiancée, you will notice on his wedding day that his bride’s soul matches her dress. She glows. . . And so will he when he sees her walking down the aisle to him.

I also noticed the site’s branding (quote) from St. Josemaria Escriva, “When you decide firmly to lead a clean life, Chastity will not be a burden on you: It will be a crown of triumph.

A 30-Day Guide For New Believers

11/02/2009 Leave a comment

I just got this link from Global Media Outreach weekly prayer letter.  Hope who anyone drops on my blog will check this out.  Its truly amazing and life-enriching guide that will surely helps everybody’s christian walk.

The 30 Day Next Steps – http://www.30daynextsteps.com/

Jesus Christ is God’s Son

03/26/2009 Leave a comment

I received a letter from Global Media Outreach for the Weekly Prayer Focus. The Lenten season is near, though we should always do remember what God did for us, this is also a great time for us to re-think again, reflect and meditate how God’s Love revealed through our Lord Jesus Christ.  In this season I know some of us are in vacation or with our families but hope to remind that we can share to everyone, how really God embraced our own weaknesses and failures.

Jesus Christ is God’s Son. As we look at preparing for Easter this year, let us realize how wonderful it is that God’s Son came to die for us.

How can one man take on the sins of the whole world? An ordinary man could not do this — but Jesus is not just a man. He came to earth 2,000 years ago and was born of a virgin whose name was Mary. Jesus’ father is God. Jesus Himself existed with God from the beginning of time. “He was in very nature God.”

What is wonderful and amazing is that Jesus, the sinless son of God, came to earth and took punishment that He did not deserve. “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him would not perish, but would have eternal life. God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved.” Everyone on earth has sinned; God has laid on Christ the punishment for the sins of us all.

What we have to do is accept Jesus Christ as our savior; agree with God that we have sinned; and thank God that Jesus paid the penalty for our sins. Without that, we are deserving of eternal death and punishment and separation from God. When we accept Jesus Christ, we are given the gift of eternal life — and forgiveness for all our sins! What a wonderful gift! How great is the love of God!

So this week, let us thank God

  • For sending His own Son Jesus to be our Savior
  • For allowing His Son to be crucified to pay the penalty for our sins
  • For His great love for us

God is so wonderful — He is willing to not hold our sins against us, but He wants us to be His sons and daughters. Let us live our lives in thankfulness to God.

Dear Father, we praise and give you thanks and honor for all the showered blessings and continuing love for humanity.  To the point of sacrificing your Son, bearing the pain of seeing Him beaten and hang in the cross; mocked and insulted — until death.  Abba Father, though it’s quite hard for us to comprehend all these things and Your mystery, what we all know that You love us, your sons and daughters.  May you allow us Father to help us grow in love, peace and compassion.  Help us to bear the pain and suffering, hurts, anxiety, misunderstandings in our midst.  Father, please give us a heart like your Son.  A heart that gives, forgives and forgets.  A spirit that is obedient to you.  Send us your Holy Spirit to be filled up with your power so that we may do your work and tell/share among our brethren about You and Your love.

All praises are yours Father together with the Holy Spirit and our Lord Jesus Christ, all glory are Yours now and Forever.  AMEN