Thursday, December 15, 2011

Joy to the World!

Joy to the World , the Lord is come!
Let earth receive her King;
Let every heart prepare Him room,
And Heaven and nature sing,
And Heaven and nature sing,
And Heaven, and Heaven, and nature sing

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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

The Fullness of the Blessing

God showers us with blessings daily. It is like a beacon of light zero-ing on us. It is not the blessings and grace that fall is us.

Here's a wonderful devotional about blessings from Joel and Victoria Osteen.


“I know that when I come to you, I will come in the full measure of the blessing of Christ”
(Romans 15:29, NIV)

TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria

As believers in Jesus, we have what the Scripture calls “the blessing.” It’s God’s empowerment, His divine enablement to accomplish the dreams He’s given us. The blessing is simply God’s favor on your life. It’s when He’s breathing in your direction. When you walk in the blessing, you make good decisions. You see supernatural opportunities. The right people come across your path. You realize it’s not your own strength or ability; it’s the blessing of God on your life.

We’ve all experienced a measure of this blessing. We’ve seen a measure of God’s favor. But I believe there is a level of blessing that God wants to release in your life like nothing you’ve ever seen before. He wants you to experience the fullness of His blessing. That word “fullness” means “to the highest degree and the greatest measure.”

Today, I encourage you to open up your heart and mind up to receive the fullness, the highest and greatest measure, of His favor and blessing. Don’t settle where you are. Instead, look for ways to yield yourself more to Him and allow Him to work in your life to a greater degree. Through faith and patience, you will inherit His promises and enjoy the abundant life He has prepared for you!


Father God, thank You for Your goodness and faithfulness. Thank You for increasing in me as I yield myself to You. Help me to be more like You, full of Your love and goodness as I receive Your favor and blessing upon my life today. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

— Joel & Victoria Osteen

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Saturday, April 23, 2011

Happy Easter!

Easter has always been a special part of our family's observance of Holy Week. Sunrise Service or Worship has been an integral part of my childhood "religious" experience. I have no idea back then as to the meaning of Easter Sunday, but since everyone in the family went to Sunrise Service, I tagged along.

Easter early morning service was always set at 5:00 A.M. For the longest time during my childhood days, the sound of the Hallelujah Chorus by Handel woke me up at around 4:00 A.M. It was my Tiya Viring (Aunt) who took it to herself to wake up the whole household (and our neighbors) with the loud "singing" of the record player.

Sunrise Service has always been "fun" as our church was creative enough to set the worship service outdoors. It was nice to attend church sitting on the grass or on mats spread on rocky terrain.

Years passed and the "tradition" of Holy Week went on. As I grew older and started a family, the tradition lived on. There was one glaring difference though. I now know the true meaning of Holy Week. I know that our Lord Jesus Christ died on the cross to save us from sins and give us everlasting life. I now know that death did not defeat Christ as in the third day he arose from the grave and ascend to heaven. I now know that traditions will not save us but repenting for our sins and accepting Jesus Christ as our personal Savior will.

No one is perfect. No one is sinless. But the good news is, we have a loving and gracious Father in heaven that is ready to forgive if we seek for forgiveness.

Happy Easter!

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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Of Doctors, Nurses and Nannies

There is a growing "conspiracy" here in Manila for middle and upper class mommies to "dress" their children's nannies in nursing scrubs! Most spas and health centers also choose to have their staff dressed in cheap scrubs too.

Where is the problem then? Well, now it is hard to figure out the nannies and spa attendants from nurses and doctors. They all wear scrubs! Go to a mall where there is a proliferation of young families with nannies in tow. These nannies are easy to spot for they wear the usual plain pants and colorful printed tops nursing uniforms.

There should not be a problem here as surely anyone is free to wear what he/she wants to wear. The problem is in the fact that doctors, dentists and nurses wear scrub suits too. D1 is a doctor while D3 is a dentist. They wear scrubs. One time we all met at ATC for dinner. Since they both came from work they were still wearing their scrubs. Ethan was with us and he chanced upon one of his classmates and his family. The young family had a baby and nanny with them. When they left, we all burst out laughing as the nanny was wearing the exact shade of scrubs that D1, the anesthesiologist, was wearing!

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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Reflection for Today

What God Calls You


“And the angel of the LORD appeared to him and said to him, ‘The LORD is with you, O mighty man of valor’ ”
(Judges 6:12, ESV)

TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria

In scripture, God called Gideon a mighty man of fearless courage. Now Gideon looked around and said, “God couldn’t be talking about me. I come from the poorest family. I’m the least one in my father’s house.” Gideon saw himself as weak, defeated, and not able. But God saw him as strong, confident, and being more than a conqueror.

The question is are we going to believe what God says about us, or are we going to believe what we feel, what we think, or what the circumstances look like? You may feel weak today, but God calls you strong. You may feel like a victim, but God calls you a victor. You may be afraid, but God calls you confident. You may be in debt, God calls you prosperous. You may be sick, God calls you well. You may be addicted, God calls you free. You may feel inadequate, but God calls you well able.

Today, get into agreement with God. No matter what the circumstances look like, you’ve got to dig your heels in and say, “God, I agree with what You call me. I’m free, forgiven and healed in Jesus’ Name!”


Father God, thank You for loving me and calling me Your own. I choose to receive Your Word which is life, health and strength to me. Fill me with Your peace and wisdom. I set my thoughts on You. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

— Joel & Victoria Osteen

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Thursday, February 3, 2011

Un-Hate Your Enemy

There are three types of love: Eros, Phileo and Agape. Eros connotes to sensual love. Phileo connotes to brotherly love. Agape has always been associated to God's love. But, do you know that apostle Paul put a spin into the meaning of the word Agape? Paul defined it in a different context. Agape links you to God and is all about giving you the strength to love your enemies and the unlovable. It can make you reach out across the distance that separates you from them. Agape love is empowering. It makes you a strong person,

Loving an enemy is hard. It should be a step-by-step process. First, forgive your enemy. Next, "un-hate" your enemy. Loving your enemy might not be easy. How can you love someone who continuous to oppress you? Be not troubled. At least now, you don't hate your enemies. The Lord does wonders. Wait.

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Tuesday, January 25, 2011


Idolatry is not all about the "veneration" of statues of saints and religious objects. Idolatry is more than that. Idolatry is loving someone or something to the point of obsession and worship. Idolatry is a sin.

Exodus 20: 2

You shall not make for yourself any carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate me, but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.

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