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JE # 150 – In Times Like This

Oktubre 3, 2009

helpIn Times like This

By: Bro. Bren

September 28, 2009

10:02a.m.

Calamities are bound to come especially in a tropical country like the Philippines. Typhoons, earthquakes, landslides, floods and tsunamis are just few scenarios that we experienced or being experienced in our country. These occurrences can paralyze us from our normal way of life. It could even kill us. But what should we do when these come? How should a Christian react to such?

Reflect

Reflect on why these things are happening. What’s our contribution to nature that God allowed a calamity to happen? Is it because of our sin? Is it because of our neglect? Neglecting our love for nature and God?  God will not allow things to happen without his permission. Remember when Jonah was going away from God? He sent a great storm to remind Jonah of his mission. Surely, He has a purpose for letting calamities strike our land. We just need to seek God’s heart for that. Of course, we need to repent for all the sins we’ve committed and resolve to change our ways. J

Pray

This is the best thing that believers should do. Pray! During storms, God reveals that He is sovereign. He certainly controls everything. So as His children, we can ask, we can plead to our Sovereign and Almighty God. Prayer is so powerful that it can move mountains. It can even do the impossible.

Prepare

As I mentioned earlier, calamities will always come. We just don’t know when. It is important to be prepared. And what should we prepare? First, our heart, soul and mind. We need to be strong inside before facing a physical storm outside. Second, our emergency kit. Petty items included on this kit could save us when a storm hits us. Third, be alert. Watch out for the latest updates on TV or radio. You may be prompted to evacuate your place when floods rise.

Help

As I watched the images of Typhoon Ondoy, my heart was crushed. Images of people asking to be saved brought me to tears. How should we react? Crying and praying will not be enough. Victims need food and clothing. We need to help our kababayans. If you’re not a victim, praise God that you’re spared and thank Him that you have this opportunity to show kindness to people in need.

After the storm, TV networks and other charitable organizations started to raise funds for the victims. Our church’ charity arm was also mobilized to help our affected members and other victims.

You can help in any way. You can share your resources. Donate some money or clothes. If you don’t have one, you can share your time and talent. Help in the repacking of relief goods in a charitable organization.  If you’re a nurse or a doctor, you can even join in medical mission. There’s always something that you can do to help.

Since you excel in so many ways—in your faith, your gifted speakers, your knowledge, your enthusiasm, and your love from us—I want you to excel also in this gracious act of giving.

–          2 Corinthians 8:7 New Living Transalation

Smile

What’s amazing about Pinoys is that we can always smile in the midst of the storm or any hardship. The song is right, “with Christ in my vessel, I can smile at the storm”.

Trust and Obey

May the storms that strike us remind that we can do nothing on our own. We need to trust  and obey God in everything.

Let me end this post with these verses from Hosea Chapter 6:

1 “Come, let us return to the LORD.
He has torn us to pieces
but he will heal us;
he has injured us
but he will bind up our wounds.

2 After two days he will revive us;
on the third day he will restore us,
that we may live in his presence.

3 Let us acknowledge the LORD;
let us press on to acknowledge him.
As surely as the sun rises,
he will appear;
he will come to us like the winter rains,
like the spring rains that water the earth.”

God keep us.

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JE # 149 – Wash Your Sins

Setyembre 18, 2009

washMaghugas ng Kasalanan

By Bro. Bren

Good Friday, 10 April 2009 23:35

Madalas nating marinig sa ibang tao lalo na ngayong panahon ng Semana Santa, “Magbawas-bawas ka naman ng kasalanan.”  O kaya, “Maghugas-hugas ka naman ng kasalanan mo. “

Paano kaya tunay na mahuhugasan ang ating mga kasalanan? Anu-ano ang mga pamamaraan ng tao upang ang kasalana’y malinis ng ganap?

First, let us define sin. To sin is to miss the mark. It is failing at something that has been set to be observed by everyone. Ang pagkakasala ay ang hindi pag-abot sa isang standard na sinet ng isang grupo  o ng isang taong may kapangyarihan para i-enforce ang mga kautusan.

1 John 3:4 says, “ Everyone who sins breaks the law, in fact sin is lawlessness.

When you break the law, you commit sin. Nagkakasala ka pag sinuway mo ang batas. At sa bawat pagsuway, may katumbas na parusa. Maging sa batas man ng tao, merong parusang pinapataw sa sinumang nagkakasala. Nagnakaw ka, parurusahan ka. Nangalunya ka, may parusa yan. Pumatay ka, pagbabayaran mo. Mas higit sa batas ng Dios, pag tayo’y nagkakasala, may katapat na kaparusahan. At alam nyo ba kung anong kaparusahan sa kasalanan? – KAMATAYAN!

For the wages of sin is DEATH, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (emphasis mine)

Sabi yan ng Romans 6:23. Nakakatakot ba? Maaring ito’y physical o spiritual death. Nung magkasala ang unang magulang magulang natin, nagkaron ng physical na kamatayan.  Sabi ng Dios sa Genesis 3:19

…For you are dust,

and to dust you shall return.

Sa aspect ng spiritual death, may sinasabi ang Revelation 21:8

But for the cowardly, unbelieving, sinners, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their part is in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.”

Merong dalawang kamatayan ang binabanggit sa Bible, physical and spiritual, which is the second death. Lahat tayo bound to the second death. Lahat naman makasalanan. Lahat naman siguro nagsinungaling. Ang sabi, sa dagat-dagatang apoy ang tungo natin.

Kaya nga ang tao kung anu-anong paraan ang ginagawa para huwag tumuloy sa lugar na yan. Ang sabi pa ng iba, nagbabawas ng kasalanan. Para naman mas bumigat yung mga mabuting gawa kesa mga masasamang gawain.

Nitong mga nagdaang mga araw, napansin ko yung mga eksenang paulit-ulit kong nakikita sa bawat Semana Santang dumaraan. Mga taong nagpapako sa krus. Mga hinahampas ang sarili. Pinapahirapan ang sarili. Nagpapasugat. Ano ang sabi ng Bible tungkol dito?

Proverbs 21:3

To do righteousness and justice

is more acceptable to Yahweh than sacrifice.

Mas mahalaga sa Panginoon ang pagiging mabuti at makatarungan kesa mga walang kabuluhang pag-aalay.

Maraming tao nagpapakabuti para makapunta sa Langit. Nagpapakabuti para takpan ang mga kasalanang nagawa. Simba ng simba. Dasal ng dasal. Abuloy dito abuloy dun. Hindi masama yun. Pero nahuhugasan ba ang kasalanan natin sa pagiging mabuti?

Isaiah 64:6

All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags…

Para lamang daw maruming basahan ang ating mabubuting gawa. Ganun ang pagtingin ng Panginoon sa ginagawa nating mabuti. Sasabihin nyo, “Unfair naman ang Dios, gumagawa na nga ako ng mabuti parang balewala pa.”  Iba kasi ang tinitingnan Niya eh. Hindi Siya nakatingin dun sa ginagawa natin. Tinitingnan Niya kung sino ang laman ng puso natin.

Paano nga ba tunay na mahugasan ang ating mga kasalanan kung hindi ito mkkuha sa relihiyon o sa kahit anong mabuting gawa? Mahalaga pong malaman natin na ang tunay na paghugas ng kasalanan kasi ito ang ticket natin sa buhay na walang hanggan. Ang Dios ay Banal at hindi Niya mapapahintulutan ang anumang bahid ng kasalanan sa Kanyang kaharian.

1John 1:7

… the blood of Jesus Christ, his Son, cleanses us from all sin.

Yes, it is the blood of Jesus that cleanses us from all sin! Wala ng iba. Ano naman kaya ang ibig sabihin nito? Pano ako mahuhugasan ng dugo ni Kristo? And dugo ni Kristo ay nagpapatawad, naglilinis ng lahat ng ating mga kasalanan. Kung walang shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness of sin (Hebrews 9:22).

Dapat lamang na aminin natin ang ating mga pagkakasala. Humingi ng tawad. Repent. To repent is to turn away from sin and decide to follow the ways of God.  Then, ipagkatiwala ang kaligtasan sa Panginoong Jesus. Declare with faith in your heart that his work on the cross is enough to save us from the punishment of sin. Sabi sa Ephesians 2:8-10

for by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, that no one would boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared before that we would walk in them.

Walang anumang gawa natin ang makakahigit o makakapantay sa ginawa Niya sa krus. Hindi kayang tumbasan ng anumang pagpapahirap natin sa ating katawang-lupa ang Kanyang mga nagawa. Mamatay man tayo sa kakakapapako natin sa krus, hindi pa rin sapat para mabayaran ang ating mga kasalanan. Remember this, inako na lahat ni Jesus ang lahat ng kasalanan. Ang response na lang natin ang kailangan. Tatanggapin Siya o ireject Siya. Sabi Niya, ang purpose Niya kaya Siya nakipamuhay sa atin ay para iligtas tayo. Na sa iyo kung tatanggapin ang alok Niang kaligtasan o patuloy na iasa sa sarili ang kaligtasan ng kaluluwa.

JE # 146 – Paalam, Cory

Agosto 1, 2009

coryaquino

Today, the whole nation mourns for the lost a great leader – the democracy icon, former President Corazon Aquino.  No other President who has a loving heart for the country.

Thank you for your contributions. Thank you for the love of this country. Thank you for standing up for democracy.

Here’s an excerpt from the interview of Jessica Soho to the former President:

JS: Ma’am palagay niyo, saan pupunta itong bansang ito?

I still have great hopes. Tayong mga Pilipino, sasabihin, “Ano ba naman, bakit hindi tayo umangat katulad ng iba nating kalapit bansa?” Sabi ko, darating at darating din iyon.

Kaya nga I am so glad that it was at the suggestion of some people that we try to revive iyong “being like Ninoy,” that the Filipinos are like Ninoy, ready to sacrifice and to give their all for the sake of the country.

I also realized I have so much to be grateful for. I always tell my children, “Siguro 90% of the population have it so much worse. We really are so privileged so we have to show and return all these gifts that have been given to us.”

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Paalam and Salamat Cory.

You can watch live streaming here.

(video courtesy of GMANews.TV)

PM # 5 – Heat of Summer

Hulyo 28, 2009

tocsIE congratulates Maik Beniabon for winning the grand prize of Sun, Sand & Snapshots 2009 contest. Below is the winning entry. To God be the glory!

Other winning entries can be viewed here.

PM # 4 – When Dry and Bored

Oktubre 31, 2008

Photo by: Jeppy Corro

PM # 3 – Turtle

Oktubre 26, 2008

Photo by Jonet Carpio

PM # 2 – Press On

Setyembre 1, 2008

Picture Message # 1 – Manila Bay Sunset

Hulyo 13, 2008

sunset manila bay... jepy corro

Photo Courtesy of Jepy Corro.

GREETINGS AND PLUGS…

Birthday greetings to my classmate Analyn Jovellano, my inaanak Inches, kaYAMAN Noemi Tolentino, DBD Worship leader Kuya Chie,

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