The Good News of Christmas!

Ever heard of people who when they learned that you are a Christian and you go to this certain church, they would say “ah ayoko jan, baka masunog ako jan”? (I don’t wana go there, I might get burned up)

I love these people because they are simply honest! I also feel that same sense of unworthiness from time to time. But guess what? I believe it’s the same reason that would keep Jesus’ followers coming back!

There’s something about this light and the sense that we feel even in just thinking of coming to God.

I think it was the same “fear” that the shepherds felt when angels came and brought them the news about Jesus. Yet the Angels said “DO NOT be afraid!  For I bring you GOOD NEWS that will of GREAT JOY viagra generique not only for you but FOR ALL people!” Don’t be afraid the angles said, Rejoice! Just come and worship! :)

This good news tells us that God has come to be like one of us, to become like one of us. He experienced the good and bad things that life brings, tempted in every way like any of us, struggled through life’s pain like many of us, to identify with us, yet He never sinned!

He lived perfectly as a man to die on our behalf to cover the sins of the humanity. He died not as a victim but as a heroic victor who is mighty to save! He was hung on a tree then rose to life and overcoming death and sin!

He did it that those who would trust him, turn from their unrighteous living and give their lives to him would be free from sin and its enslaving power and eternal penalty and so they could freely live for His honor and glory!

It’s because of this good news that we can come to God without shame or fear.

It’s Jesus! From Him alone comes the Great Joy that we all have been looking for!

It’s trusting this great news that the first Christmas brings that makes Christmas worth celebrating!

May we truly find this great joy and share it that all men might be really “merry” this Christmas!

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Francis Kong on Happy Singles!

I was surprised to see a lot of  feedback on my thoughts on the single adults’ world! It’s indeed a whole new world!

Last night, someone referred me to Francis Kong’s Sunday article in The Philippine Star newspaper. I find it very practical, valuable and shareable.

Francis Kong, one of my favorite public motivational speakers, gave 4 tips on how to be a happy single. Here’s a summary:

1. Stop Thinking Like A Victim

You are not a loser! Enjoy life and make the most of it!

2. Be Patient

Never rush into a relationship that you think would “save you” from your seemingly “incomplete” status. Be the best you can be.

3. Be Productive

There are many things you can do at the moment that many cannot because of family commitments they have to keep.

4. Be Positive and Stay Positive

Love God with your entire being, because His is the greatest companionship you can ever have. And with Him, you win big time all the time!

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Restless By Audrey Assad

Have you ever felt the restlessness that this life brings?

Good news! It can be found!

Check this out!  My current favorite song!

“God, you have made us for yourself,

and our hearts are restless

till they find their rest in you.”

-St. Augustine

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Enter the World of Single Adults!

I just can’t get over it!

This Monday was an eye-opener!

After 9 months from college graduation, catching up with some friends from high school days, being exposed to single adults in the work place, watching pop-movies local and international (yes, including “My Amnesia Girl” :) ) and attending 2 conferences about Biblical singleness, I can say that I officially stepped in the world of singles!

Welcome to the world of single adults!

Now that I’m in, I want to speak on our behalf.

I find it very different here and pressures are indeed everywhere.

From family, workplace and the world’s expectations, the tension can become so overwhelming. A number of single friends has asked me to pray seriously that they get their partners soon. Some singles have even noticed and shared with me how more evil and immorality can be done in this season because you can now live on your own, you now have control on your own time and you have money to do whatever you want. Pressure can eat you up enough for you to compromise and live as the world wants.

I remember sometime recently when I visited my college, most of my teachers and our admin staff would ask “Oh so how’s your love life?” or “Oh When are you getting married?” Some of the churches where I served my OJT even seemed like they’ve given me a deadline saying “Oh by this year dapat meron ka na ha, pag wala pa magdududa na kami sayo”. These made me laugh out loud! :)

And so as I realize that I’m in, I ask myself “what would this season bring and how could I make the most if this?” As I wait to get “awakened” for that time of pursuing my beauty, how should I now live?

The better question could be what was proposed during the latest singles’ conference I attended. We should ask: What on earth am I single for?

And as I think about this, I came to conclude that:  It’s for a single passion.

This might be chezzy but I’d say it anyway.

I believe with all my heart that just as in any season, a Christ-follower must be consumed by a single passion: the glory and honor of God.

To those who are ahead of me in this season, I want to say this as an encouragement: The Bible teaches us that Singleness is not a disease that needs to get medicated, its not a demon that must be cast out nor a state of “hell” that you need to get “saved” from (some couples I heard who thought of marriage as their “heaven” sees it now as “hell” and will encourage you to stay out of it :) ). The Bible teaches us that it is GOOD! (1 Cor. 7:8) and on this we should stand.

Just as marriage is good, singleness too is good, pleasing, noble, and useful. And there must be no envy or looking down from both statuses in life.

After all, completeness and true satisfaction comes from Christ alone, not in anyone or anything else in creation. If we can’t find it with God, we’ll never will anywhere.

And so whether a person is getting married or choosing to remain single, it must be done for the honor of God and for the cause of  Jesus.

(just thinking out loud :) )

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The Strength Each Person Must Find

Ever heard of the Strengths Finder test?

I already took it and got my results wowed me!

Its my strengths indeed! :)

The Strengths Finder is an online test that you can take after purchasing a Strengths Finder 2.0 or Strengths Based Leadership book by Gallup Research Press. Each book comes with the passkey you’ll need to take the test on the web.

I personally believe it’s one of most reliable and close to accurate way to get to know your strengths as a person and start living and working based on them. The bottom line: Get to find out what your strengths are so you can be more productive and fulfilled personally and professionally.

For me this test better than temperament tests or personality tests that limits a person as choleric, dominant, phlegmatic or just conscientious. I also find it better than spiritual gifts surveys or career-based exams because though it is still divided into four domains as most personality tests are, (Executing/Influencing/Relationship Building/Strategic Thinking) the themes under each domain are much more wider and more specific. They are skill related and strengths focused.

Yesterday, I ask some friends who I work with as Life Coaches if they already took the Strengths Finder Test. Here’s how the conversation went:

Me: Hey have you taken the Strengths-Finder test?

LC1:  Ah yeah! Nope. Not yet. I will soon…

Me: Oh take it asap! It’s a good investment!

LC2: I now know mine!

Me: Great! What’s yours?

LC2: “The Joy of the Lord!”

Me: Oh! Ayos! J (We went LOL!)

Seems cheezy at first but this reminded me that though knowing your strengths through survey tests can be great yet the ultimate strength, (the force and motivation, the drive) that each person can find comes from no one else or no company survey test but from God Himself. We can get the strength we need by giving God honor, joy and pleasure by working and serving in the strength that He provides. (1 Peter 4:11)

Indeed, the joy of the Lord is our strength!

Have you tapped on it lately?

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Run the Race For LIFE 2010!

It’s a great sight seeing people specially students supporting other students who are studying as scholars. Let’s join this! 6 days to go! :)

More about The Real LIFE Foundation

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You Are More!

Ever wondered how valuable you really are?

Here’s a very good song by 10th Ave. Check it out!

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He Covered It All!

I was reading through Joshua Harris’ book Dug Down Deep and in the chapter “The Way To Be Good Again” he shared a powerful story of how Jesus’ blood bought us and set us free from the power and penalty of our own sins. The story is called “The Room” I just saw it on Youtube:

Thank You Lord Jesus for Your blood! We rejoice in your Victory on the cross!

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The Ultimate Pinoy-Student Question: May Pasok Ba?

Abangan bukas sa… :)

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Learning from Churck Norris’ Code of Honor

I was browsing through what Wikipedia has to say about Churck Norris. I only heard his name twice- the first time was through the DO HARD THINGS book by Alex and Brett Harris and just this morning when I re-viewed the film Dodgeball (my younger brother said that it’s one of the rising sports in UPDil and says it’s the best sport for me to shape up). I find Chuck’s Code of honor very interesting:

  1. I will develop myself to the maximum of my potential in all ways.
  2. I will forget the mistakes of the past and press on to greater achievements.
  3. I will continually work at developing love, happiness and loyalty in my family.
  4. I will look for the good in all people and make them feel worthwhile.
  5. If I have nothing good to say about a person, I will say nothing.
  6. I will always be as enthusiastic about the success of others as I am about my own.
  7. I will maintain an attitude of open-mindedness.
  8. I will maintain respect for those in authority and demonstrate this respect at all times.
  9. I will always remain loyal to my God, my country, family and my friends.
  10. I will remain highly goal-oriented throughout my life because that positive attitude helps my family, my country and myself.

Cool huh?

Makes me thinking about my own code of honor…

wait do I have one? :)

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