Thursday, July 30, 2009

A Pagan's Life

This is a repost of an article written by Rev. Arnel Tan is the Senior Pastor of Davao Chinese Baptist Church and station manager of DXFE-Davao.

“Why be like the pagans who are so deeply concerned about these things? Your heavenly Father already knows all your needs.”
- Matthew 6:32 NLT

In this word of political consciousness we are cautioned to be careful with the terms we use so we do not offend social sensitivities. I think there is wisdom in cautioning our very judgmental society. So who do you call pagans? Who are they? How do you identify them? Jesus used the contrast between the lifestyle of the pagans and the lifestyle of those who belong to His kingdom to make clear his instruction on how kingdom people should live. In giving instruction to his disciples regarding the issue of worry, he sharply exposed the different lifestyles.

How do you then distinguish the two lifestyles? We may have been exposed to the same harsh and hard realities of life; we may even have the same education, the same exposure to technology, and many other similarities. Yet there is an obvious distinction between the two. It’s in the area of our response to the pressures of life. Pagans helplessly respond in worry while the children of God, though they struggle over worry, they have the distinct strength in being peaceful in this high pressure life. The difference is not their positive thinking or outlook in life, it is the Master they know and they trust.

The Pagan’s life is deeply concerned with having everything in order to be happy. They exert all possible efforts to maintain a sense of security, and hopefully, peace of mind, while the child of God is equipped by a supernatural grace to not be overwhelmed by worry. It is not saying that we are numb or indifferent to pain and frustration. Like any other, we are all affected by it yet not controlled by it. Worry, hurry and bury: these are the words that describe a pagan’s life. Not that they lack understanding or the opportunity to change: rather, such worried and hurried lifestyle emanates from a relationship and existence that excludes the Lordship of Jesus Christ. Self reigns and self rules!

The sovereignty of self is the life style of today. Therefore it goes deeply entangled with a life of meaninglessness and worry. Both pagans and followers of Christ have troubles, no one is exempted. It is how they respond to the pressures of life that marks the difference. One is in panic while the other is mysteriously calm. Pagan’s life finds its nourishment from having things and collecting more. Jesus warns us not to fall into such trap, for once we were. Don’t underestimate the convincing lifestyle of the lost, for in many ways they get more converts from those who say they have trusted Christ. Simply put, pagans are quick to worry and are consumed by it. Jesus says don’t be like them for you have a Father who knows all your need.

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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Spa Relaxation

I was so busy the last two weeks that I did not find time to update this blog. My mother-in-law's 80th birthday bash took a lot of my time. There were rehearsals for the dance and song numbers, finalization with the caterers and venue, costumes, props, guests' RSVPs and what-have-you. The affair was at 7:00 P.M. but I waw up until 2:00 A.M. eve of the occasion, up by 6:30 A.M. and was at the venue by 11:00 A.M. The affair was a complete success! However, I am bone-tired up to now. The stress and hassle of preparation left with aches and knots all over. I need a day of relaxation and pampering.

One good way to relax and unwind is to go to a spa and have a complete workout done. I can just imagine the wonderful massage and aromatherapy spas offer. I can't wait to de-stress in a sauna and maybe soak myself silly in a hot tub. I guess there's no worry about spa hot tub filters conking out at the last minute for the tubs, I heard, are well-maintained. Okay! Now I can't wait to go to a spa!

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Thursday, July 16, 2009

Satellite TV for Hotels

Ethan and I went on a short trip overseas. My brother and mother decided to give me a short all-expense trip to Hong Kong. It was quite a tiring and hectic trip for there was such a short time to see all there is to see. Ethan did not even to get to go to Ocean park but he enjoyed Disneyland HK. We were booked in a real fancy five-star hotel. Our room was wi-fi ready but since I did not bring a laptop, the wi-fi was pretty much useless to me. I watched television instead during evenings and that did not satisfy me either. The hotel's cable TV provider was no good. There were only about 30 channels to choose from - and that is far too few for me. The hotel should have gotten a Satellite TV instead of cable! Why? For one, satellite tv has more channels and better quality pictures, and a high definition programming. Believe it or not, satellite tv is cheaper than cable tv. I should have suggested to the management for them to get Direct TV. The company has special offers for five-star hotels. The company offers free equipment and free installation to New Satellite TV Subscribers. Tired of the limitations of cable TV? Check out Direct TV.

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Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Going Ethnic

I am a big big fan of anything ethnic! I love to collect and wear ethnic clothes and jewelries. For my up and coming ma-in-law's birthday, I chose ethnic clothes for my daughters and myself. As I was browsing the net for more ideas on ethnic clothing I was taken to an India Shopping online store that sells authentic sarees and other ethnic Indian items of clothing. The site is www. I was astounded by the beautiful sarees on sale. There are wedding sarees, embroidered, handloom, traditional, casual, party wear and more. Take a look at the gerogette saree that I prefer. Pretty cool huh?! Care to order one for yourself? Hope on over to the site as there are more to choose from.

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Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Submitting URLs to Website Directories

If you have not submitted your blog(s) to any website directory, where have you been all this time? For your blog or website to get noticed and listed, you have to submit your site to different directories. Now, if you are in business and your blog or site is the forefront of your business, submitting to a business web directory is important. Submitting your site for listing will make it easier for browsers (potential clients) to find your site. A good web directory would have categories and sub-categories for you to have your site listed. Sample categories are: Arts and Humanities with sub-categories in Architecture, Galleries, Visual Arts and more. Most of these directories are free and require link backs. As directories really scrutinize each submitted URL, it is best to submit to as many free website directories are possible. Example of free web directories are DMOZ and Yahoo Directories. If you are a mom blogger like me, there are numerous mom blogs directories online too.

I have submitted both my blogs to a number of SEO friendly web directory. All I had to do was submit my blog's URL, description tag, meta-tag (if you have)to a category and sub-category that best suit my blogs. Some directories' approve at once. Some, like DMOZ, takes forever to approve. There are two simple ways to generate hits and attract visitors to a site. First, you can set up your own directory and have thousands on backlinks. Second, you can submit your site to directories to increase web traffic to your site thus giving your site a higher ranking on search engines. There are two ways to submit to website directories too. You can submit your blog to hundreds of directories yourself or you can pay someone ( website directory submitters). Either way, your site's URL will be in hundreds of website directories.

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Monday, July 6, 2009

Clutter Fix

Having five kids sure made me accumulate so much stuff -junk and non-junk- over the years. Every so often, I try to de-clutter my house but it's just not enough. My family buy things like clothes, shoes, and other personal belongings on a regular basis. Somehow, giving away old clothes, shoes and toys to charity is easier that throwing away old scraps and crafts done by my kids. My kids were actually surprised to find my old grade school and their old grade school report cards safely tucked in one of my drawers.

One of my close friends has lived for a number of years abroad. She and her family have accumulated so much things like furniture, paintings and other art works. Since her family is constantly on the move she got a Self Storage unit for the things that "need" to be stored. Such facilities like the Self Storage Facilities Phoenix AZ offer a great value for your money. The units are fenced-in with your own access code and lighted easy access driveways. Extra high lights are climate-controlled units and drive-up accessible units. These and more are offered atStorage Rentals Phoenix AZ. Do you want to clean-up your house without really throwing anything away? Check out the link.

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Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Hot Summer Solution

It is summer in the Northern Hemisphere. School is out and most moms, dads and kids are now thinking of making their summer fun and memorable and cool. "Cool" in the sense of refreshing. My brother-in-law who lives with his family in Houston is complaining of the hot-humid weather they are now experiencing. He said his HVAC had a slight problem and at the moment not at its full capacity. HVAC is an acronym for heating, ventilating, and air conditioning. It is a system that controls the "climate" within residential, commercial and industrial buildings. The primary use of HVAC is to regulate room temperature, humidity, and air flow, ensuring that such elements remain within ideal ranges.

I told my brother-in-law to call the services of a Houston HVAC company known by its catchy name of Air-Mergency. The company is owned and managed by Fred Pettengill who has been in the HVAC business for the last 33 years. The company has a string of highly-satisfied customer under its belt for it has continuously showed professionalism and quality work in jobs done.One of Air-Mergency's trade mark is its efficiency in giving its customer an exact quote in terms of pricing and number of hours of the work to be done. The company also deals with HVAC Repairs, preventive maintenance, system installatiions and indoor air quality. If you're within the general area of Houston, better check the site out just like what bro-in-law did.

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He Anoints Your Head with Oil


“…You anoint my head with oil"
(Psalm 23:5, NKJ)

TODAY'S WORD from Joel and Victoria

In the Bible, oil is symbolic of the anointing of God. Do you know what oil does? It makes things flow. Whenever there is friction or something gets stuck, putting oil on it makes it become more fluid. That’s what God wants to do for you. He wants to anoint your head with oil. When he does that, notice what David says in Psalm 23, “Because God anoints me, because I walk in His favor; surely, goodness and mercy will follow me everywhere I go."

His anointing makes things easier. People will go out of their way to be good to you for no reason. You’re going to have creativity, wisdom, and good ideas. God’s anointing on your life will cause the right doors to open. It will bring the right people across your path. It will make things go smoother. And the good news is, all you have to do is ask Him for it. Remember, He longs to be good to you. You can trust that His anointing will make things easier, and He will lead you into the abundant life He has in store for you!


Heavenly Father, thank You for Your favor in my life today. Thank you for causing me to be at the right place at the right time. Anoint my head with Your oil so that I move forward in the path You have for me. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

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