Archive for Agosto, 2008

JE # 89 – The White Little Flower

Agosto 31, 2008

Here’s a friend’s sincere, honest, heartfelt declaration of heartache. Despite her situation, she’s positive that she’ll getover it, move on and live a new, meaningful life. So here’s the poem by my unnamed friend:

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THE LITTLE WHITE FLOWER

Woke up today and something was up

By my windowsill a flower stood up

White as the snow and green leaves surround

My little white friend greeted with a shout

I looked intently at its wonderful shape

How beautiful this one that my God had made

“how do you go on living?,” I asked my friend

“while I miserably breathe, wishing all will end?”

On my bed last night I cried so deep

Asked God for help, it’s my dire need

It’s been eight months since he went away

Still I struggle, half-dead and astray

I loved this man, God knows how much

But someone gave more, mine’s not enough

Couldn’t forget when he walked away

My heart was crushed, broken til this day

Oh how much sorrow loving can bring?

I’m dying inside, no sense in pretending

My happiness is gone, my life is a mess

I’m broken all over, isn’t this done yet?

Oh Lord hear my cry, can’t do this alone

You give and You take, please help me move on

Oh little white flower I envy your chill

Move on this I need, and someday I will

(photo courtesy of Jeppy Corro)


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JE # 88 – Do A David

Agosto 24, 2008

We know David made so many mistakes in his life but we can learn lessons from his experiences.

Discover how David responded when his child was ill and later on died.Everyone of us has a dying child. It could be a sick or a dying dream, a dying business or a dying relationship. What is your dying child? Learn from David. Do A David.

Pastor Ed Lapiz Message: Do A David

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This message is available on audio CD at Kaloob Bookstore, Bulwagan ng Panginoon, Folk Arts Theater, CCP Complex Pasay City.

GREETINGS AND PLUGS…

Day By Day Young Adults for the Ministry and the Nation (YAMAN) K-O-N-E-K, will be celebrating its 1st Year Anniversary on Thursday, August 28 at Day by Day Center, 4522 Calhoun St., Pio del Pilar, Makati City. Every young adult is invited to this event. For details, you can text me at 0922-8449070.

Thanks. See you there.

Birthday greetings to Aileen Hinojales, Leopoldo Devilles, Abee, Glenn Arnel Palma, Cathy Gulle, Ate LJ Salceda of Inspirations Unlimited, Josel katherince Francisco, Lily Mae Sandoval and Mariano Banguit III.

Lastly, I’d like to say “Congratulations!” to Kuya Noli. Godspeed on your journey.. =)

JE # 87 – Visitors Stat

Agosto 23, 2008

Praise the Lord! Inspiring Entries is growing (in terms of visitors). Above image is the site statistics recorded since Sunday until Thursday. Notice the increase from 49 unique visitors (Sunday) to 97 the following day. It has been averaging 101 unique visits since Monday.

Thanks for your trust.

May the Lord bless you as you share the good things you got from this site. I promise to make quality posts each week, God willing.

JE # 86 – Prayers for Angel Maree

Agosto 23, 2008


Raine would like to thank everyone of you who gave financial support on her little angel’s surgery. I have announced here last month about this kid’s condition and the mother’s need for financial support.

The operation is set on August 28 at the Philippine Heart Center. My dear readers, be on your knees as the kid and the whole family prepares for the surgery. Pray for the success of this life-saving event.

Raine and Maree, we’re just behind you. Be strong and courageous, for the Lord your God is with you. Be still and know He is God! We’re praying for you.

And speaking of prayer, let us also pray for our kababayans in some part of Mindanao. Pray for peace among different tribal groups there.

Thanks for reading. God keep us always.

JE # 85 – Wall-E Review

Agosto 23, 2008

by Johnny Moon

I hadn’t paid any attention to the Wall-E advertising blitz as I don’t have any children and I don’t normally watch animated features at the theater (in fact I can’t remember the last time I did.) I only remember seeing a cardboard cutout of Wall-E at a theater a few months ago and thinking “wow, he looks just like the robot from Short Circuit.” Short Circuit was one of my favorite films as a kid and I thought they were just going to be rehashing that old story. I thought “just Hollywood rehashing another old idea, ho hum.”

So needless to say I didn’t have any plans on seeing the movie, all of that changed when I started hearing what other people were saying about it. It was getting glowing reviews from a lot of people whose opinion I trust. I then decided to go to Rotten Tomatoes to check out what the critics were saying. I have never read such positive reviews for a movie before. I decided that I had to see this for myself.

So I went to a theater in New York City to see Wall-E yesterday. The theater was packed which I wasn’t too surprised by. What I was surprised by was that the audience was about 95% adult and I am not exaggerating when I say that. In fact I only saw 4 children in the entire theater. I figured they must have read the same reviews I did and wanted to check out for themselves.

I do not want to give away a lot of plot or talk a lot about specific things that happen in the movie as I think it’s best experienced how I experienced it, not really knowing much about it except that a lot of people are really enjoying it.

Is it a rehash of Short Circuit? No. Not even close. It has nothing to do with that movie except that the lead character robot has a similar look. It actually has a lot more in common with 2001: A Space Oddyssy. Yes, you read that correctly. In fact the movie is quite clearly inspired by 2001. And I do mean “inspired,” it’s not a “rip-off” in anyway.

This is not your average cartoon movie. It is something special. I believe it’s the type of movie that people will remember many years from now. It’s truly incredible how it can manage to entertain people from ages 5 to age 100. And yes, this is a G-rated movie. There are no lame attempts at “adult” humor. This film is not adult in that way, it’s adult in a much deeper way. I actually think the movie is something of a spiritual film. It’s a movie that makes you feel wonder about the world. While it’s a warning of sorts, I feel that it’s actually an awakening. It’s not too late. You can begin now.

It’s a wonderful thing that a movie this intelligent and with this much integrity is being made in 2008. It’s a wonderful thing that children of today have a masterpiece to call their own. And that’s what Wall-E is, it’s a true masterpiece. I believe it deserves to be considered for the Oscar for best picture. And no I don’t mean best animated movie, I mean best picture overall. It’s definitely the best new movie I’ve seen this year.

Needless to say: Thumbs Up.

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JE # 84 – Pray Anyway

Agosto 19, 2008

When a problem seems to be unsolvable, when a sickness seems incurable, when you feel you have no hope. What should you do when you face illness or death? This message will encourage you to put your trust in God no matter what circumstance you’re facing. Let’s learn from the story Hezekiah when he heard a message from God about his coming death.

Pastor Ed lapiz Message: Pray Anyway

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This message is available on audio CD at Kaloob Bookstore, Bulwagan ng Panginoon, Folk Arts Theater, CCP Complex Pasay City.

JE # 83 – Response of A Believer: Prayer

Agosto 19, 2008

“I am now a Christian, a new believer of Jesus Christ. Im now sure of my salvation. So, what’s next?

This is the very basic question of a new believer. To answer this question, first let us examine the Bible regarding the new Christians identity. 2 Corinthians 5:17 says he is now a new creation – the old has gone, the new has come. Let’s dig the Bible and find out what’s new with the new Christian.

  • HE IS NOW A CHILD OF GOD

John 1:12

Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God

I realized lately that nothing compares to the unselfish love of a parent for his/her child. A good father would protect his little one. A good father would give his needs. So, as a child of God, we can now be assured of God’s unselfish love – a love more than our earthly parents could give.

  • HE IS NOW A CITIZEN OF HEAVEN

Philippians 3:20a

But our citizenship is in heaven…

A citizen of heaven behaves as residents of heaven. This is our mark, our identity that wherever we go, people will recognize us because we’re not just citizens, we’re also

  • NOW AN AMBASSADOR OF HEAVEN

2 Corinthians 5:20a

We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors…

“Heavenly people”, if I may use it, shines like the sun. We are the light of the world that stand out in this dark world.

I think that’s enough for now. There’s a lot more to discover in this Christian life , just continue digging the Bible and you’ll see more.

So what’s next after committing our life to Jesus? What should be our response?

I’ve said earlier that we become children of God when we received Christ. A child can approach his/her parents without hesitation. The same is true with our loving Father. We can go to him anytime through prayer. But how do we pray? Do we need to memorize lengthy prayers and say it over and over again?

I often say to people who are asking me how they should pray, that they talk to God like talking to a friend.

Prayer is communication with God. It is our way of reaching Him, talking to Him, saying the cries of our heart, our thanksgiving and even disappointments. We can be honest with God!

Let’s read Jesus’ reminders on praying:

Matthew 6:5
..Do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray.. standing… to be seen by men.”

Do not pray just to be seen by other people. The Lord said that you have received your reward in full. If you do something like this and people praise you for being so “prayerful” then you have received your reward. Prayer should be our personal communication with God.

Matthew 6:6
But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.

Prayer should be a personal, heart to heart talk with the Father. Although we do pray in corporate worship, the Lord wants us to come to Him personally – bringing to Him our personal request and thanksgiving. This is one of the secret things we do that God desires for His children.

Matthew 6:7-8
And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. 8Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

God know our needs before we come to Him. saying the same sentences over and over again is of no use. Some people think that God will hear them if the say the same prayer repeatedly.

Thank God, Jesus taught us a model prayer prayer! This prayer need not be memorized but we can pattern our prayer though this.

OUR FATHER IN HEAVEN, HALLOWED BE YOUR NAME

In prayer, we should acknowledge God’s greatness, his rule, his reign in our lives. As we come before Him, let us be humble by declaring that He is above us, that apart from Him we are nothing. It is also saying, ” My King, my Master, I respect you.”

YOUR KINGDOM COME, YOUR WILL BE DONE ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN

As we acknowledge God’s rule over us, let’s pray for His Kingdom to reign in our lives. When we received Christ as personal Lord and savior, He has become our Master. He ought to follow everything his master’s orders. In this part, Jesus is teaching us to entrust our life to Him who knows what is best for us. He’s teaching us to have a humble heart like that of a servant to his master.

GIVE US TODAY OUR DAILY BREAD

Most of us pray because of our needs, because we can not produce food or live on our own. We are dependent on God for daily food supplies, finances, etc. Thanks be to God He knows our daily needs and I am certain He will provide it – daily!

FORGIVE US OUR DEBTS AS WE ALSO HAVE FORGIVEN OUR DEBTORS

We can’t go to God and say our request when we our guilty of some sins. It’s so awkward that you ask so many things to God and yet you are hiding something from Him. God wants us to be clean when we are approaching Him in prayer. He wants our honest heart before Him. So, in praying to God, let ask for cleansing, ask for forgiveness. We also need to forgive those who have offended us.

AND LEAD US NOT INTO TEMPTATION, BUT DELIVER US FROM THE EVIL ONE.

Temptation is everywhere. By human strength, we can’t fight the temptations around God knows that we are weak and Jesus is teaching us to pray that temptations will not come our way. Our pastor would always insert in his sermon this line, “Tukso, lalayo ako sayo!” (Temptation, I’ll stay away from you!) We should have this attitude in prayer and in daily Christian walk.

That’s the model prayer that Jesus taught us based on how I understand it. If you have your own insights, you can share it below, just click the comment button.

To end this post, let me share a summary on this topic. I learned this one from different Bible teachers who taught me how to pray =) This is also for us to easily remember the pattern that Jesus taught.

C – Confession – (Confess our sins and forgive others.)
A – Adoration
T – Thanksgiving
S – Supplication / Request

Philippians 4:6
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

GREETINGS AND PLUGS…

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Birthday greetings to Marissa Salvador, Anna Marie Cuta, Ma’am Charity of Cultural Redemption class, Jimmy Grabador, Grace Lacea, Laurice Tabucol, Blanch, Ate Claire Paracueles and Ace Cortez.

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photo Courtesy of Jeppy Corro

JE # 82 – Winners: TTEIB 2008

Agosto 17, 2008

Congratulations to the TOP TEN EMERGING INFLUENTIAL BLOGS OF 2008! Continue to  be good influence to our readers.

Manila Foodistas

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Brian Gorrell’s Blog

Davao Delicious

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Bariles Republic

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Aspiring bloggers out there, start blogging now. You could emerge as one of the newbie influential bloggers for 2009.

JE # 81 – Word of Forgiveness

Agosto 11, 2008

Let us revisit the scene of Christ’s crucifixion and learn some lessons on forgiveness and salvation. Learn also some practical things we should do as forgiven children of God.

Pastor Ed Lapiz message: Word of Forgiveness

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This message is available on CD at Kaloob Bookstore, Bulwagan ng Panginoon, Folk Arts Theater, CCP Complex Pasay City.

JE # 80 – Mabuting Dios

Agosto 11, 2008

God is so good!
Reflect on God’s goodness and faithfulness as you watch this one. Be blessed as you bless God.