This is about my insights, ideas, lessons learned, lessons that I want to share, *some rantings*, trips that I took, pictures from trips and most importantly sharing the word of God (That is why I decided to create a blog in the first place). Basically this may contain everything or anything under the sun, moon and stars. Read on and hopefully you might learn something.Cheers!
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A new life with a purpose
For 25 years I have lived a normal life, until the day I hit a big
stumbling block. Some might call it "midlife crisis", honestly I do not
know if it's even a midlife crisis; it's a mix of midlife and spiritual
crisis but more on spiritual. A lot of thought came to my mind while I
was in my room, but the question that stood out was "what am I here
for?". Somehow I was lost and empty.
prior to that day my girlfriend invited me to their church (Church of
Christ). I was raised in a Catholic environment so naturally I was
closed minded and reluctant when I attended their Sunday service and it
came to a point where I did not want to go to their church because I was
not accustomed to their ways. I was spiritually blind at that time,
following only what was said to me by people (priests, friends, family
etc.). I never really bothered opening the bible even though my father
gave me one when I was 12. I was content on what I was told and taught.
Then came a day when I asked myself "what is the basis for my belief?".
Naturally I did some research and found out that the answer to my
question was given to me 12 years ago! This led me to buy a book called
"The Purpose Driven Life" and after some time decided to attend again
the Church of Christ which is purely based on the scripture. As time
passed by the void inside me got filled up and I felt I was on the right
November 13, 2011 was a memorable day
for me. I died and rose again with Christ in my heart, body, mind and
soul. "We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in
order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of
the Father, we too may live a new life." (Romans 6:4). The stumbling
block turned out to be a knock from Jesus Christ, for me to accept Him
and fulfill my purpose, which is to serve and obey Him. Being a
christian does not mean sunshine and butterflies until the end, it will
be filled with a lot of tests but I know I can pass them because I have
Christ and His word as my guide. I have read in PDL that this path that I
chose will be a lifelong journey, but I know I am not alone.
So for those of you who experienced, is experiencing, will experience this stumbling block, I urge you to consult the bible. It is our "Swiss army knife" or our "one-stop guide" in life.
Thank you Emilaine for inviting me to your church, Gideon and Dean for praying for me back when we were still in high school to open my heart to Jesus.
Yesterday, after reading Day 32 of the "Purpose Driven Life"; yup I read PDL, don't be hatin (" ,); I decided to create a blog to voice out what I feel, think and to somehow do my part in sharing the word of God like what others have done to me. It said in the book to "use your abilities and talents to serve", so as a web developer/programmer I thought about using the web as a tool for sharing.
Kudos to Romina Puno and Emilaine Balatibat for also inspiring me to create a blog!
Though it may look long and boring but I challenge you to
read and open your mind as I did. You may not ask “How can I be saved?” now but
eventually you will and our life manual or the bible answers this question.
This is the culmination of what I learned so far in church and
books that I read.
“Can good works alone save me?” No. Read on if you disagree.
We do good works to glorify God as stated in Mathew 5:16 “In the same way, let your light shine before
others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven”
Good works alone cannot save us. James 2:8-11 “If you really keep the royal law found in
Scripture, ‘Love your neighbor as you love yourself ‘, you are doing right. But
if you show favoritism, you sin and are convicted by the law as lawbreakers.
For whoever keeps the whole law and stumbles at just one point is guilty of
breaking all of it. For he who said ‘You shall not commit adultery’, also said ‘You
shall not murder’. If you do not commit adultery but d…
Last year pastor Resty Calma of the Church of Christ talked about compassion, what is compassion anyway? The parable of the good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37) tells us, among other things, what compassion is. Wikipedia defines compassion as "Compassion is a virtue — one in which the emotional capacities of empathy and sympathy (for the suffering of others) are regarded as a part of love itself, and a cornerstone of greater social interconnection and humanism — foundational to the highest principles in philosophy, society, and personhood."
Imagine a world where everyone is thinking of somebody else's welfare, where people would consider what repercussions their actions will bring, where people think before doing. Sounds surreal? Well maybe, but we can start with ourselves so that compassion will emanate from us and inspire other people to do the same.
How can we be compassionate? Well, the simple act of throwing our trash/garbage properly is a start, I know you know the conseq…