Saturday, August 31, 2013

God Prefers losers!

When I say God prefers losers, I mean he prefers people who know their weakness, see their flaws, admit their mistakes, and cry out to him for help. God specializes in taking losers and displaying his power through them. During a radio interview I was asked why so many of the heroes of the Bible had serious flaws. My answer was simple. That’s all God has to work with. All the perfect people are in heaven. The only ones on earth are the folks with serious weaknesses. The talent pool has always been pretty thin when it comes to moral perfection. So God works with sinners because that’s all he has to work with. In heaven we will all be perfected by God’s grace. But until then, he uses some pretty ornery people who fall short in many ways, and he does some amazing things through them.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

ParenTEEN and iChange Seminars in Cagayan de Oro City

Raising a family is challenging in these economic times and influence from sources outside the home are hard to counterbalance. While every parent wants what is best for their children, every child is different in approaches to discipline, teaching and play must be customized to fit the personality and needs of each child. While every child is unique and requires individualized attention, instruction and guidance, there are some principles that apply to child rearing no matter what your child's disposition.

Christian families around the world have relied on the Bible and simple Christian parenting tips to create strong, healthy, happy families that are built on the values and instructions set forth by Christ. While life is not always easy for the Christian parent, the Bible provides a map to assist families along the path of child rearing.

In line with this objective, I am inviting all parents living in Northern Mindanao to attend this  back-to-back  Seminar for Parents ( Parenting your teenagers) and for High School and College Students ( Winning Disciplines at home ). This will be on September  7 , 2013 at the Atrium, Limketkai Mall. Two of the prime  and well respected motivational speakers , Francis J. Kong and Dr. Peter Tanchi  will  be coming  for  an enjoyable learning sessions for us all.  

Guiding your children along life's path will certainly not be without obstacles and challenges. Learn some Godly principles through these seminars! Join us !

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Water World Wednesday

Floating Restaurant at Bohol, Philippines

The Bible describes Christianity as dynamic and energetic.

There's nothing lazy about it.  The New Testament uses some action-packed verbs to depict our lifestyle.  Words like:  "fight, run, contend, seize, expend, exercise, and labor."  Although Christianity offers an inner repose, it's not a life of leisure. 

Fulfilling the Great Commission demands activity.  Jesus commanded Believers to "go" to reap the harvest.

Again emphasizing evangelism, Jesus used the word "compel" to demonstrate the means of tearing some people from Satan's clutches.

Even Luke's title for Acts indicates the activity demanded for Christian living: "The Acts of the Apostles."  The reason the Holy Spirit accomplished so much in the first century is because Believers were available and willing to cooperate with His plan.

If there's anyone Satan fights it's the action-oriented, "doer of the Word" Christian.  He has a full array of weaponry to distract them and He'll fire and detonate every weapon in his arsenal to oppose them.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Modern Technology

Our dear friend would understand this term. I am not a very techie person and have a limited knowledge about computers. Yeah, I can type using the Word, browse the net and upon stumbling this term I was somewhat puzzled. But my friend who works a lot with computers explained to me that it is a software technology designed to repair, optimize and protect Windows PC’s. Well, I might not fully understand his explanation but I knew that this is very important in maximizing the performance of our computers at home or at the office. Our son and daughter are much into computers and I know that they knew the importance of this technology.

Thank God for the CHED Scholarship

My son was awarded a Full-merit Scholarship by the Commission of Higher Education. It was such a great blessing to be one of the selected few. Indeed God  moved in His own way. Though we were able to submit our application late,  my son was still chosen! Thank You Lord!

We need a synthesizer

An additional instrument we need for the upgrading of our musical instruments will be a synthesizer just like the EKS Pro Audio at musician's friend. A dear friend of ours who worked as the chief technician of a recording studio encouraged us to buy this piece. He’s a very good drummer and some of his friends (all of them are professional musicians) who once worked as live band performers in Japan suggested for this too. We believe that adding this to our list of instruments we planned to buy this year. It would also be a great help to the worship band especially that all of our instruments are quite old already.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Universal Studious Tickets

Smiling Sally

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Be a HERO of your time PART III


“Do not be lazy but work hard. Serve the Lord with all your heart” (Rom. 12:11).
An old adage says, “Idle hands are a devil’s workshop.” We’re made to move. We’re going to do something. So doing constructive and creative activities keeps us from doing destructive and dangerous activities. School, church, sports, chores and hobbies are good, but we need to use our time well. 

A boy named Tim was playing a video game when his father walked by and held out a hard clump of clay. “Weren’t you supposed to mold something out of this for school?” 

“Oh, I forgot all about my art project! I’ll have to hurry and finish it.”
“Well, I’m afraid it’s too late.” replied his father. “It’s already hard.” 

Tim frowned. “I really do mean to get things done,” he said. “Only I keep putting them off.”
His dad smiled and said, “I used to do that, but then I realized that I was wasting my life. Each day is a gift from God. We must use it wisely, because it will never come our way again. So, stay busy and productive.

Be a HERO of your TIME PART II

1   E-NJOY YOUR BEING YOUNG…You might be surprised but the Bible says it’s o.k. to have some fun!
The writer of Ecclesiastes says, “Young man, it’s wonderful to be young! Enjoy every minute of it . . . But remember that you must give an account to God for everything you do” (Ecc. 11:9). So, live a balanced life. Work and study, but also hang out with your friends. Play games. Watch your favorite TV shows; but be sure your fun is something Jesus would do.

“Children, obey your parents because you belong to the Lord, for this is the right thing to do. Honor your father and mother” (Eph. 6:1,2a). 

Sometimes that’s hard because parents often say, “I love you!” by giving commands and restricting your freedom. They say,“Fasten your seat belt”; and “Do your homework!”; Be home by 10 o’clock”; “Don’t skateboard in the street.” 

Now, they don’t hassle you because they hate you. They don’t boss you because they want to ruin your life. Instead, they do it because they love you. 

Picture two knights going into battle. The first knight wears a suit of armor. His head is covered by a heavy helmet. His body is encased in massive metal plate. The second knight only wears a T-shirt and jeans. 

Now, which knight would you rather be? The first knight is rather miserable. It gets stuffy and sweaty inside that heavy suit, and it’s hard to scratch your back. The second knight is totally free of such restraints. Is he luckier? No! The first knight may feel restricted by all that armor, but he wears it for his own good. The second knight may have more freedom, but he’s totally unprotected. 

It’s the same with us. Our parent’s commands and restrictions protect us!

Be a HERO of your time PART 1

1    H-EAR GOOD ADVICE…It pays to listen to experience and good advice from the elders, pastors, parents and God through His word, the Bible.

“A wise son takes his father’s advice: (Prov. 13:1).
So, be patient with your parents and all adults. We mean well. Remember you have never been 30, 40 or 60 years old, but we have been 13,15 and 17. 

You need to train your conscience while you’re young. Studying the Bible and listening to the wisdom of older Christians are good ways to do that. 

Some kids do wrong and get into trouble because they’ve run through the red light of their conscience so many times that they’ve become color blind. Unfortunately when you run a red light, you’re likely to have a wreck. 

One father, who was explaining this said, “Son, when you’re not sure what’s right, observe the yellow caution light and slow down until you know what to do.” 

A wealthy man was giving a driving test before he hired a chauffeur. As the first applicant began driving, the millionaire said, “How close can you steer to the edge of the cliff without falling off” The driver, eager to show his skill, drove within a few feet of the dangerous bluff. When they finished the millionaire said, “Thank you! We’ll let you know.” 

The second driver got behind the steering wheel. Again, the millionaire said, “How close can you steer to the edge of the cliff without falling off.” The driver was determined to outdo the first applicant, so he drove within inches of the cliff. Afterward, the millionaire said, “Thank you! We’ll let you know.”
A third driver was given the same instructions. But he balked, saying, “No Sir! I wouldn’t go near the edge of that cliff no matter how much money you paid me!” The millionaire smiled and answered, “You’re hired!” 

You see, these requests were not intended to test the driver’s skill. They were intended to test the driver’s judgment. When he found a man who would avoid danger, even if it meant losing a job, he knew he had found a safe driver. 

Young people must steer clear of danger by avoiding temptation. God doesn’t want us see how close we can get to sin without giving in. He wants us to look at temptation and say, “No way! I’m not getting near that!” 

Paul says, “Run from all these evil things, and follow what is right and good” (1 Tim. 6:11).