Friday, August 31, 2012

SET ME FREE - Casting Crowns

While updating my post, I am listening to music of Casting Crowns. Below is the lyrics of my FAvorite song " Set me Free ". Read on and be blessed! It hasn't always been this way I remember brighter days Before the dark ones came Stole my mind Wrapped my soul in chains Now I live among the dead Fighting voices in my head Hoping someone hears me crying in the night And carries me away Set me free of the chains holding me Is anybody out there hearing me? Set me free Morning breaks another day Finds me crying in the rain All alone with my demons I am Who is this man that comes my way? The dark ones shriek They scream His name Is this the One they say will set the captives free? Jesus, rescue me As the God man passes by He looks straight through my lies And darkness cannot hide Do you want to be free? Lift your chains I hold the key All power on Heav'n and Earth belong to me You are free You are free You are free

My Mom's Pill Organizer

My sister’s friend from the U.S. visited us last night and brought with him some “pasalubongs” gifts from her.  She called us two weeks ago and we talked for about an hour. I told her of the kitchen renovations we are doing and everything that’s happening here in our place. My sister has been working abroad for 12 years now and we missed her a lot. Her generosity in sending us gifts every four months would ease our longing to see her. Every Christmas, New Year, end of the school year for the kids and our birthdays, my sister would always send us a personal gift or token.

That call she made two weeks ago was to inform us that her friend will personally give us her gifts. When we opened the package last night, my dear sister has always a surprise for everyone. She bought my mom a black leather shoulder bag, a Pill Organizer  which my mom really want to buy, a gold necklace and rings for my wife, a silver necklace for our daughter, money for our son and an EcoMaster watch for me! Wow! We are all praying that God will continue to bless my sister with good health as she works with two jobs and that  God will always protect her and give her the desire of her heart.


Thursday, August 30, 2012

SERVANT LEADERSHIP

1.    To help people achieve their goals. He/she seeks to help people win through: TEACHING and COACHING individuals so that they can do their best. They LISTEN to their people, PRAISE them, SUPPORT them, and REDIRECT them when they deviate from their goals.

2.    Constantly finding out what his/her people need to be successful. Rather than wanting them to please him/her, they are interested in making a difference in the live of their people and, in the process, impacting other people’s lives and the community as well.

3.    Do anything that is necessary to help his/her people win and accomplish their goals. If for any reason, a leader’s efforts fail to make a difference, for example, if the person is in a position that doesn’t match his/her skills (Different Leadership Style: Direct style (Frank, to the point), Intellectual style (Wants details and more discussion), Emotional style (more on soliciting ideas, sympathizing other people’s plight), Interpersonal style (very accommodating), and the Serving style (Servant leader), in a kind, humane way, try to redirect the person’s efforts where his/her skills may be better used.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

HAVE A HIGH SELF ESTEEM!

Appreciate even the little things that you have for it’s an instrument of change too! Don’t be afraid to follow, learn and appreciate other’s accomplishments. Such people have no problem with giving credit to others. They have no problem with delegating authorities, listening to other people for ideas, no problem in building other people up nor think that it’s threatening when you do that. Remember what Lao Tsu said? “ "To lead people, walk beside them ... As for the best leaders, the people do not notice their existence. The next best, the people honor and praise. The next, the people fear; and the next, the people hate ... When the best leader's work is done the people say, 'We did it ourselves!'"

DO AWAY WITH THE EGO THING!

Lead yourself first (A home based training is a very good example of learning to lead yourself.) If you cannot respect the authority at home, do not expect yourself to be a good leader and earn respect too. Leaders who somehow see themselves as the center of the universe and think everything must rotate around them are really covering up “NOT OKAY” feelings about themselves. When you don’t feel good about yourself, you have TWO choices: You can either hide and hope nobody notices you, or you can OVERCOMPENSATE and go out and try to CONTROL your environment. Such people who need to control their environment are acting as if inside they are SCARED LITTLE KIDS.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Waiting Process of Getting a New House

Food, love, family, respect and acceptance, basically these are the things that we, human beings truly need. But wait, take a look at these things closely, are these just the things we need? Did we fail to spot something? If we try to look at these things carefully and ponder on these, we definitely miss something. And this something pertains to none other than a place to live in.

Shelter. It may be a simple word but it implies a deeper value. Maslow's hierarchy of needs, a theory in psychology proposed that SAFETY which includes security of body, employment, resources, health and property is considered as the second level under the hierarchy of needs. The first level goes to the PHYSIOLOGICAL needs which include the need for air, water, food. These are vital for survival. But we have to take note that shelter under the category of SAFETY which is the second level, means that this is not just a simple need but also an important one, and this must be met.

We all want to be safe from the environment we are living in. In most cases, a big percentage of people will go for subdivisions and real estate properties. We are not just talking about a house structure or design but we are aiming for a secured and comfortable place to live in. Investing a real estate property would be great since this would point to a lifetime family achievement. Plus, there will be Plus, there will be real estate agents who will be assisting us in purchasing properties under best terms. It has always been our desire to get a new house since ours was washed out during the typhoon “Sendong”. Now, we are grateful since we are able to own a property at one of the premier real estate subdivisions here in Cagayan de Oro City. We give back all the Glory to God for giving us the strength to endure circumstances in life and most especially for the “waiting process” of getting a new house. Now, we don’t just own one but undeniably the best one.

Fun Run is truly FUN!

How to erase files in the hard drive in one click?

Our youth ministry in the church just transferred to its new office. We have dreamed of it for quite a long time to have a place we could call our own. It can be a student center, a counseling center and the Youth department office. A church mate donated a used  desktop personal computer t and she told us to make minor repairs so we could use it.We started by deleting all the existing files in the hard drive. There are lots of programs installed. I hope someone  can know   how to erase hard drive files  at one click.  Could this be possible? All I know is by deleting files and uninstalling programs  one by one.  I guess it’s now high time to learn some basic software repair works.

Worfilled Wednesday


Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Stuck in a dreadful situation? Don't lose hope!

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Have you ever been stuck in a bad situation? Maybe you lost your  job, or  in despair due to a relation break-up, or suffering from a painful disease. You pray for salvation, but nothing happens. Days turn into weeks into months into years… then  you lose hope.

But let me encourage  and remind you that God is God of the change. He is still in the business of transforming people, providing breakthroughs, redeeming lives . Life meaning does end yet just put  trust in God who is the author and finisher of our faith. Don’t lose hope because He will change things for your good.

The Bible is full of characters whose lives were dramatically changed by God, but they had to wait for that change.

Remember Abraham?  God promised him a son. Year after year he waited for that promise until when he was 100 years , something exciting happened. He had to wait for 25 years until the impossible conception of  Sarah happened.

Joseph also had to learn to wait. His dream that his brothers would bow down to him and serve him went  into lots of  trouble. He was sold out to  Egypt as slave and  turn to prison for rape accusation.  He should have been devastated, bitter and angry with God for such an unfair situation. But Joseph kept a faith-filled attitude and he even prospered in prison, because God's favor was on him. One day, Pharaoh needed someone to interpret his dream. A dream he  could not remember. Joseph gave t he right interpretation and was immediately elevated to second-in-command in Egypt. Joseph turned to be a blessing to all the nations when the seven-year  famine came.

 In the New Testament, Jesus Christ dramatically changed the lives of the people he met. He  healed the sick , cast our demons ,  restored life to dead people and hardened sinners became righteous. But  the most dramatic change came at the end of his life, when after dying on the cross, after three days he rose from the grave and ascended to heaven.

So if you're stuck in a dreadful situation, don't lose hope. God is  the same yesterday, today and forever. Trust that he will deliver you in time if you will be patient and faithful.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

What to do in a non-working holiday?

It's Monday and a non-working holiday here in our city. What better way to spend the day? Teaching the kids how to properly clean the house! How about you? What are you doing today?

Customized T-shirts for our Church Programs

When ever we have big events in the church we always have custom printed t-shirts as one of the highlights of the occasion. We have personalized and custom printed t-shirts for the entire youth program in our church which makes an impact in the message we are trying to convey to the young people. Examples of the The youth are very active in their campus ministries and they want to make an impact in the lives of the young people here in the city. The pursuit to preserve the morality of the young generation today is very challenging but we will be more determined to do it and create a moral ascendancy.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Six Words Saturday

Greater is GOD that's in US!

Friday, August 17, 2012

Taxation & "Free" Rewards: Will Uncle Sam Take a Cut?


In the United States, any income that a person makes is taxable. The problem comes when the average person does not understand the definition of the word "income." Income is money that you earn through your job, your investments and anything else that increases your net worth. 

If you go to work and collect a paycheck, then you are taxed on that income. After your taxes have been withheld, you can use your income to purchase anything you want. If you are using coupons for travel expenses, then you can save money and help your income to last longer.

When you win a prize, whether it is cash or not, that is considered to be income that improves your net worth. If you are trying to find the best entertainment by entering sweepstakes for vacations and you win a trip to Bermuda, then that is considered income that you have to claim.


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Claiming Income On Your Taxes

Anytime you receive income, in any form, you must claim it on your state and federal income taxes. Whether you win $5 on a scratch-off lottery ticket or a $30,000 car, that is income that must be claimed. When you claim this income, you can deduct the cost of the lottery or raffle ticket you bought to get a final value. If you bought a $5 lottery ticket and won a $10,000 vacation, then you would need to claim $9,995 on your taxes as income.

Why Does The Government Levy A Tax?

The state and federal government collect taxes so that they can continue to operate and offer valuable services. The perception is that our tax dollars go to the IRS to fund secret government projects. The truth is more significant, but not nearly as exciting.

Where Do Our Taxes Go?

National Defense

The federal government spends approximately 20 percent of our tax money on national defense. This includes the operation of military bases at home and overseas, paying our military personnel, investing in equipment and offering financial aid to foreign countries.

Social Security

The debates about the viability of the Social Security system and whether or not it can be sustained for the long term continue to rage on. As with national defense, the federal government invests approximately 20 percent of tax revenue into social security. This funds retirement income for seniors, disability income for those unable to work and financial assistance to families in need.

Public Medical Programs

The federal government uses 21 percent of our tax dollars to fund health care programs such as Medicaid and Medicare. These programs allow low income families, people without health insurance and the elderly to get the medical care that they need. It also helps to offset some of the ongoing costs for people who are disabled and are unable to care for themselves.

Supplemental Programs

The federal government takes 13 percent of our tax dollars and funds what it refers to as supplemental programs that fall into a variety of categories. Some of these programs include school lunches, earned income tax credit refund for low income families and child care programs. 

Infrastructure

The federal government is constantly investing in new roads, bridges, energy sources and other infrastructure projects. In some cases, the federal government will give public works money to the states to use as the states see fit. In other cases, the federal government will directly get involved with public works projects.

National Debt

The remaining tax money is spread around to various government projects and used to pay as much of the interest on the national debt as possible.

When you win a cash or noncash prize in the United States, you are going to be asked to pay income tax on it. Without that income tax, the federal and state governments would not be able to offer public services.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Renovating our home with carpet tiles

We’re planning to give our home interiors a lease of fresh life. And we’re thinking of using a different kind of refreshing it. We are considered renovating our home flooring with carpet tiles sold in our local carpet store  here in our place. That would be a new idea for all of us since we have used vinyl tiles for our wooden floor. After our kitchen renovation, we considered revamping and restoring our house flooring since it’s been 10 years already when we replaced the old vinyl tiles. We have already changed the color of our walls, buying new cabinets, changed a few painting which my mom did and this time, it is the flooring that will get the new look. 

Our house, our ancestral home was built during the 70’s and it’s mostly made of wood. We seldom think outside the box to introduce something new, something a bit dramatic and unique this time, and we all agreed to put a fresh touch to our floor using carpet tiles. It would be a creative way to experiment and give our old house a new look this time. We all look forward to seeing a fresh ambiance in our living room, the master bedroom, the guest room and the kids’ rooms too. 

Are planning to give your home interiors a lease of fresh life, perhaps you need to look at its d├ęcor with a new perspective. Have you considered renovating your home flooring with carpet tiles?

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Isaiah John Ten yeras from now...

As I was looking for my lecture saved on my archives, I came across my son's write-up  below. Wow!  I was taken at the edge of my seat reading through the lines.  Read down below and you will be amazed too!

Work – I’m praying and looking forward to be in my junior years in Medicine ten years from now. I would like to specialize in Cardiology and Surgery. It would be a challenging years of my life but I’m determined to reach my dream with God’s help and my family as my inspiration. Being a doctor who helps the poor, the unfortunate and the underprivileged is part of my goal in life. There’s nothing more fulfilling than being an instrument so that other’ lives will be better by reaching out and helping others.

Family – Ten years from now, we are living in one of the Class A subdivision here in our city. We also might be living in Australia as we are considering migrating in the Land down under. My sister is also in her junior years of Law since this was her dream too. My dad and mom are not only active in their church work but also active as health buffs, still running marathons.

Love life – I’m 26 years old at this time and I will be planning to marry four years after if God willing at 30 years old. At 26, I will have a girlfriend who’s serving God faithfully, who loves her family and who is a virtuous woman. She might be a dentist, a Christian who’s not a Filipino (foreigner with blue eyes) or a musician since I love music too. That would be up to God whom I will marry then.

Church – I am still very much active in the church. I will still be involved in the Worship Ministry, Church planting (doing medical missions here and abroad). I and my sister will be active in every church activities and programs and we are also teaching the young people in the church the things we have learned from our leaders.  I might be a youth elder and my sister a youth deacon.

The cheapest way to eliminate pests

They say that it is too easy to spend hundreds of dollars on pest control without even hiring a professional. But the frustrating reality is that after we exerted all our efforts and wasting our money , we can still see pests running around in the house A home filled with pests is not only embarrassing but its dangerous to our health I know a friend who’s been fed up how much money they actually end up spending on bug removal. Now they are contemplating to leave their house and rent a new one. The house is too old , they decided to have totally renovated . 

One way to eliminate pests the cheapest way is s by keeping the house clean. Bugs are attracted to filth , mess and waste. Have you not observed that after leaving food out on a counter for a few short hours it bring the pests around? No matter how tough you work to clean up your house, if you miss important problem areas, you are still going to have pests. Remember, the solution to keeping a house clean for pest control is not how hard you work at it but it’s how you go about it in a strategic way.

 What if your best in controlling pest is not enough? Then Try look for pest control mesa somewhere in your area. They can surely help you solve your pest problem.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Investing in real estate

My sister has been itching to buy a real estate here in our place. She calls me from time to time if ever she finds a parcel of land for sale which is advertized in the internet, especially if it’s located near our ancestral home. She told me that she will apply for a loan if ever there’s a reasonable price for a parcel of land, with no liabilities and no hassle in any transaction. That’s my sister. She wants to acquire many properties so she could use it as a small farmland, build a house in it or just an added asset for her family.

Recently, she called me up and told me that there was an advertized land for sale but I found it not practical and very expensive. Yesterday, she called me again and asked if there were any land or lot for sale in our vicinity. She really wants to learn new ideas on real estate and invest wisely. If only she could see fountain hills real estate then she could have a wide range of ideas about the kind of property she would invest here money. She could be properly guided with the right and practical ideas of real estate prices and wise real estate investments.

BHCCCI Youth Ministry

I greatly thank God for our church YOUTH MINISTRY. The Band of Brothers and the Femmes for Jesus (Bob and F4J) membership is increasing every Sunday Youth Fellowship. They are actively involve in witnessing and evangelizing their and friends. Thank God for the burden in their hearts to fulfill the mission " TO GO AND PREACH THE GOSPEL..."

Wordfilled Wednesday

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Getting out from an unhealthy relationship

Do you often get involved in relationships that are not good for you? With people who make you feel inadequate and bad about yourself , who abuse you, and who may even beat you? If this is true for you, maybe it's time to see a counselor then get help. Involving in such unhealthy relationships is dangerous. I know your friends are all telling you that your relationship is not doing any good to you and you are just ignoring them… it’s high time to listen. Get out of this cycle now while you still can!

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Good things come unto those who wait...




Sometimes when we are faced with difficult situations in life, the hardest thing we can do, is listen to God speaking to us through His word saying…. “WAIT.” God, I need help today …God my son is sick now… God I am out of money now and I am out of food God the bank is going to repossess my house tomorrow… …I want this car now…I want healing now…I want money now…I want knowledge now…God please don’t make me wait. Are you guilty of not patiently waiting for the right answer? God’s answer to all your prayers are not oftentimes YES… sometimes its WAIT… 

Please be reminded , there is a lot of truth to the saying, and “good things come unto those who wait.”

Friday, August 3, 2012

If you can't go to church...physically..

It's a reality that there could be times that we just couldn't get to church for various reasons. You are sick, had an accident and just can't get out of the house. What if you are wheelchair bound? Of course you can't get to church. Or you are i on travel in a strange country where you just don't know where the church is.Worst! you are in a country where going to church is banned and you are risking the death penalty. Good News! As long as you have an internet connected then you can make it to church. A few clicks and you can be in a church! So go online now!

Thursday, August 2, 2012

My New Acoustic Guitar

I have just bought a electric acoustic guitar. I already had one but sadly, it was stolen. For months, I’m dreaming of strumming a new 6-string guitar or 12-string guitar and playing with my worship band teammates. Yes, I always want to play to my heart's content making melodies and offering praise to God. A good friend of mine told me that an acoustic guitar was offered with a big discount and I grabbed that opportunity to buy a new one. Just like what I’ve seen at Musicians friend acoustic guitar , that store offered good and low prices on today's exquisite acoustic guitars from Martin, Fender, & Yamaha to name just a few. Now I enjoyed playing my acoustic guitar with my family, friends and church mates.

Wordfilled Wednesday

A Robot Pool Cleaner?

I may have never seen it but it really tickled my curiosity! A smartpool robotic pool cleaner …Wow! That would be one interesting thing I’d like to see how it function and clean a pool just like our neighbor. It is indeed a breakthrough in technology for me considering that we’re living here in South East Asia. I would surely search for reviews about this product. How much would it cost us here to buy one? How about the guarantee and warranty on parts? Is it really effective and cost wise? Hhhmmm…These are just several things I would ask the sales man if ever it would be available here in our place.

Wordless Wednesday