Showing posts from September, 2014

Christ's Love Reaches Even In Typhoon Floods

"In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works AND GIVE GLORY TO YOUR FATHER WHO IS IN HEAVEN." (Matthew 5:16)  Typhoons have ravaged the Philippines in ways that has put this country on the map. Not a great way to gain recognition; but yes, we have had our taste of natures' so-called 'wrath'.  But in the midst of it all, God has blessed the Filipinos with the gift of resilience. To quote an online newsclip, "When the world looks at the Philippines, they won't just remember the worst typhoon to hit the earth---they will recall how strong Filipinos are, too."    Those who suffer loss and grief all need a glimpse, a taste, an encounter with God especially during times like these where all we see is hopelessness and despair. That is why Jesus commanded us to be salt and light. "You're here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the generous with your lives. By openi

Being Like Little Children

Be Like Children But Jesus said,  “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven.”   (Matthew 19:14) The qualities of a child---pure, simple, obedient.  This childlike faith that God requires of us does not demand an age bracket, but an attitude.  The reason why He says "of such" and not "of these" is that He is referring to the disposition and character, and not the age.   Like children we ought to be---harmless, free from malice and delusions, free from pride and self-conceit.  With pure, trusting hearts, let us rest in His love just like these children. They know their place in God's heart.  Meeting with the church is a safe, positive, and encouraging environment.  These little children just lying down on the Worship Hall floors while worship is going on is a testament to that. 

From Captive to Free

From Captive to Captivated "The Spirit of the Lord  God  is upon me, because the  Lord  has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound." (Isaiah 61:1) Being a captive is not just physical. It is one thing to be held behind prison bars. It is another thing to be imprisoned emotionally, mentally, and spiritually.  Either way, you are being captured, taken hold of, bound, and in shackles against your will. In visiting with the inmates of the La Union Provincial Jail, my heart personally melted and broke in several pieces. I did not see people who were restricted from the outside world. I saw broken men and women in need of the Truth. Here are people who have not seen their loved ones for a long time. Here are people who are experiencing self-condemnation because of wrong choices. Here are people who fee