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JE # 34 – Making Choices

Enero 20, 2008

http://inspiringentries.blogspot.com/ How many times did you make choices today? There are situations where you can easily decide on what to do because that is the right thing to do. Sometimes there is a confusion in making choices. One may decide between the better and the best options. But, Should we confuse ourselves if the options are between good and evil? Robert Frost, an American poet wrote a poem about life’s choices.

Two roads diverged in a wood,

and I – i took the one less traveled by

and that has made all the difference

Most people travel on a broad road. People just like the “easy” way – a way that is convenient. Just because everybody is doing it (an evil practice), you will now go with the flow. Jesus is telling us in Matthew to choose the narrow road which leads to life.

You will pass by the narrow road if you stand up against corruption while everybody is involve in it. You will pass by the narrow road if you say “No” to drugs while your friends are consuming it. You will pass by the narrow road if you say, “No” to immoral act while your colleagues say “it’s OK”.

Life is a matter of choices.

Choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve… But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.

-Joshua 24:15

Now, you choose, the god of this world , which could bring you to destruction in afterlife or the LORD who promised to give us an abundant life both now and for eternity.

CHOOSE LIFE TODAY!

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JE # 35 – Knowing God's Will with our Body

Enero 20, 2008

January 18, 2008

What a beautiful morning! I woke up early this day – afraid to be late in our scheduled Young Adults ‘ Planning Session in Farview. hehe.. I went out to our unit’s balcony and witnessed the foggy (was it really fog or smog?) Makati. i never seen that before. i felt i was in Mindanao State University (Marawi City) where each morning is greeted by fog and a bright sunshine. It was amazing, I felt peace from within whenever scenes like this display before my eyes.

I went to the nearest Internet cafe to have my report done for the planning. 7:30 – i hurried off to MRT guadalupe Station to meet my Bro. Ferdie to accompany me on our way to Fairview. We arrived on time at Samaritana – a very solemn place in the heart of East Fairview. Hope you guys could visit the place one of these days. If you want some solitary place in the city, you can go to this place. Enough for that. Samaritana did not pay me for endorsement. Haha..

We were there on time(kanina ko pa nga sinasabi) but the formal session did not start right away. My stomach was struggling for not having my breakfast. I decided to have one delivered by McDonalds. Due to stress (from last night’s blogging) and hunger, I experienced headache and pains on my bones. FYI, I’m suffering from a condition called Scoliosis. The pain usually lasts for hours.

Anyways, the session was good.We discussed the past accomplishments and future plans.

After the whole day’s activity, the group part waysbringing an inspiration to move on with the ministry that the LORD has entrusted us.

This Sunday is very unusual to my regular Sunday routine where I usually wake up early, rush for the First Service, sing with co-choir members, listen to Pastor Ed Lapiz’ sermon, meet some friends and share insights with other Young Adults in the Church.

This time, I decided to worship at Victory Christian Fellowship in Robinsons Galleria even though I felt the pain all over my body.

Thank you for reading my Inroduction. Hehe.. Here we go. My post starts here. The following are my personal reflections from the Pastor’s sermon that night.

It was about knowing God’s will through our bodies.

Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to
offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your
spiritual act of worship.

Romans 12:1

It is God’s will that we offer our bodies to Him. our bodies belong to the Lord. It should not be used for sexual immorality

Food for the stomach and the stomach for food”—but God will
destroy them both. The body is not meant for sexual immorality, but for the
Lord, and the Lord for the body.

1 Corinthians 6:13

Our bodies are not meant for pre-marital sex, for homosexual acts, for masturbation, etc. Our body is the temple of the Holy Spirit. We should aim day by day to honor this Spirit that lives in us by striving to be pure in all our ways. Honor God with our bodies. Offer ourselves to God. Let us keep our standards of purity high because the body that we have can be used to honor God. And how do we honor God more? – by taking care of this body through balanced diet, regular exercies, etc.

When we are healthy, God can use us for His greater glory. It’s hard to reach out to others when we are sick (physically and spiritually). To be healthy (and godly), one must sacrifice some things. What does sacrifice means? Sacrifice is giving up something valuable or important for somebody for something else considered to be of more value.

Jesus, the greatest sacrifice demands the best offering from us. And what could be our best offering for Him? – It is our own life! There is no greater offering than this one. So, let us present our bodies as living sacrifices before God.

To end this post, let me share some lines from a Tagalog worship song:

Ano pa ba ang maihahandog ko,

liban sa buhay kong nanggaling sa Inyo

kung anuman sa sandaling ito’y tangan

at mga bagay na tinuri kong yaman

ito’y hindi pa rin sapat sa alay na nararapat sa Inyo

LIVE LIFE. LIVE FOR GOD!

JE # 35 – Knowing God's Will with our Body

Enero 20, 2008

January 18, 2008

What a beautiful morning! I woke up early this day – afraid to be late in our scheduled Young Adults ‘ Planning Session in Farview. hehe.. I went out to our unit’s balcony and witnessed the foggy (was it really fog or smog?) Makati. i never seen that before. i felt i was in Mindanao State University (Marawi City) where each morning is greeted by fog and a bright sunshine. It was amazing, I felt peace from within whenever scenes like this display before my eyes.

I went to the nearest Internet cafe to have my report done for the planning. 7:30 – i hurried off to MRT guadalupe Station to meet my Bro. Ferdie to accompany me on our way to Fairview. We arrived on time at Samaritana – a very solemn place in the heart of East Fairview. Hope you guys could visit the place one of these days. If you want some solitary place in the city, you can go to this place. Enough for that. Samaritana did not pay me for endorsement. Haha..

We were there on time(kanina ko pa nga sinasabi) but the formal session did not start right away. My stomach was struggling for not having my breakfast. I decided to have one delivered by McDonalds. Due to stress (from last night’s blogging) and hunger, I experienced headache and pains on my bones. FYI, I’m suffering from a condition called Scoliosis. The pain usually lasts for hours.

Anyways, the session was good.We discussed the past accomplishments and future plans.

After the whole day’s activity, the group part waysbringing an inspiration to move on with the ministry that the LORD has entrusted us.

This Sunday is very unusual to my regular Sunday routine where I usually wake up early, rush for the First Service, sing with co-choir members, listen to Pastor Ed Lapiz’ sermon, meet some friends and share insights with other Young Adults in the Church.

This time, I decided to worship at Victory Christian Fellowship in Robinsons Galleria even though I felt the pain all over my body.

Thank you for reading my Inroduction. Hehe.. Here we go. My post starts here. The following are my personal reflections from the Pastor’s sermon that night.

It was about knowing God’s will through our bodies.

Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to
offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your
spiritual act of worship.

Romans 12:1

It is God’s will that we offer our bodies to Him. our bodies belong to the Lord. It should not be used for sexual immorality

Food for the stomach and the stomach for food”—but God will
destroy them both. The body is not meant for sexual immorality, but for the
Lord, and the Lord for the body.

1 Corinthians 6:13

Our bodies are not meant for pre-marital sex, for homosexual acts, for masturbation, etc. Our body is the temple of the Holy Spirit. We should aim day by day to honor this Spirit that lives in us by striving to be pure in all our ways. Honor God with our bodies. Offer ourselves to God. Let us keep our standards of purity high because the body that we have can be used to honor God. And how do we honor God more? – by taking care of this body through balanced diet, regular exercies, etc.

When we are healthy, God can use us for His greater glory. It’s hard to reach out to others when we are sick (physically and spiritually). To be healthy (and godly), one must sacrifice some things. What does sacrifice means? Sacrifice is giving up something valuable or important for somebody for something else considered to be of more value.

Jesus, the greatest sacrifice demands the best offering from us. And what could be our best offering for Him? – It is our own life! There is no greater offering than this one. So, let us present our bodies as living sacrifices before God.

To end this post, let me share some lines from a Tagalog worship song:

Ano pa ba ang maihahandog ko,

liban sa buhay kong nanggaling sa Inyo

kung anuman sa sandaling ito’y tangan

at mga bagay na tinuri kong yaman

ito’y hindi pa rin sapat sa alay na nararapat sa Inyo

LIVE LIFE. LIVE FOR GOD!

JE # 32 – God is Just 100 Yards Away..

Enero 15, 2008

I’m sorry for this delayed post. Was so busy with work last weekend. As promised here are the last two post of Bianca on Christianster.

God Is Just 100 Yards Away..

John 21:7-8

7Then the disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” As soon as Simon Peter heard him say, “It is the Lord,” he wrapped his outer garment around him (for he had taken it off) and jumped into the water. 8The other disciples followed in the boat, towing the net full of fish, for they were not far from shore, about a hundred yards.

Have you ever felt so far from God?

Have you ever felt that God is no longer listening?

Well, I did.

At the first month from the day i discovered my disease, i felt as if God had forgotten me.. I never felt so far from the Lord in my entire life.. Little have I known that God is just 100 yards away..

The apostles at that time also felt the same thing. They felt that Jesus had left them, so they decided to go “on their own” and catch fish, since there’s no “Jesus” anymore who’ll feed them.. It is surprising that the best fisherman of his days– Peter, caught no fish that night. Then it is dawn, just when the disciples have given all hopes to catch a bounty, Jesus at last made his presence known. He asked the disciples to drop their nets to their right. And they followed straight away. They didn’t argue with Jesus and said, “well Jesus, we’ve just been through every corner if this lake and there’s no fish! Then you’re telling us now that there is fish in “here”?

Friends, how many times have we done “our” thing and not God’s, because we “felt” that God is away.. but like what happened to the disciples, our actions away from God are all futile.. Friend I want you to realize this TRUTH.. the farthest that God can be away from us is just 100 yards.. Jesus didn’t leave his disciples when they went into the lake wanting fish.. He’s just on the shore watching them.. the same as us, he’ll never leave us even on the most trying times of our lives.. he’s always on watch.. then after realizing that we can’t do anything apart from Him, he’ll make his presence known.. but it is saddening how long it takes christians to realize this truth.. Jesus is asking the same thing, cast your net on your right.. Even though it felt as if it will not bring any good since you already tried all to resolve your problem, still Jesus asks you to cast your nets.. You’ve done your thing, now let him do his.. Just follow Jesus’ lead and you’ll never be lost..

Knowing that God is always on the watch like a caring father to his son must bring comfort to your troubling hearts.. it must bring peace to your broken homes.. it must bring healing to your weakend bodies.. ’till then.. God bless!

P.S.
I really appreciate those encouraging words and prayers from you guys.. I’ll keep on fighting but promise me you’ll keep on fighting too.. Thanks!

Bianca – 12/17/07