Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Todays Entertainment

When I was at the age of 13, I was able to manage my time and balance it well. During my high school life, I don't give much time in watching entertainment shows in television. That was because I was occupied with school assignments, church activities and household chores as well. My hobbies during those times are biking, studying, playing piano/guitar and singing. I'm also fond of going to other places traveling to the other islands of the Philippines. The most memorable place that I've been was Boracay. Boracay is one of the beautiful places in the Philippines and so it is sought by many of the tourists to enjoy its captivating beauty. I really enjoy the place because of its magnificent and perfect scenery specially during sunsets.

Going back to my schooling in high school I'm really fond of joining the extra-curricular activities in school especially the religious activities like joining the chorale group and the outreach group. It was so memorable not only because I met and had many friends but also I learned and knew God deeply. There are times that I am compared to my older brothers because of what they want to do and what they want to learn. My older brother Lawrence is fond of watching cox cable sports . We are not alike from each other but we have the same friends that we want. We want to have friends that will not let us down and will help us out in problems that are coming in our way. The very same thing that we want to do to our friends.

My brother is a type of student who gives much effort to get good grades. All he want is to do the right thing and he knows he can do it. He knows himself and we know him too. In our family I am the most observant because I want to know the real attitudes of my friends and relatives much more with my family. Even though we are different in some other ways, we know that happiness is the most important of all.

Today, since most of the family enjoy being together, we get sunday ticket to watch football games. My father loves it so much. Her laugh became a music to my ear and it is just lovely to watch him enjoy the games.

Technology nowadays are just so surprising and incredible that it gives you joy and entertainment. Cable sports is one of course. It is so fascinating to watch. It feels like as if you are part of the audience applauding for the players you admire.

Options for fun and entertainment are just around you. You do not need to go out and spend a lot because you can do it in your own comfortable home. All you need to do is to try.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Determining the Will of God

This is a very good book written by Pastor Doug Batchelor and I want to share it to all of you. This is just a part of the whole message and so if you want the continuation, you can go to the amazingfacts.org and be blessed reading the whole message. You can read it online online, download or even purchase it. Surely you will be blessed.

Determining the Will of God
by Doug Batchelor

“I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me. And this is the Father’s will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day. And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life.”

—John 6:38–40

In 1692, the city of Port Royal, Jamaica, literally slid into the sea when it was struck by a massive earthquake. Many had predicted that this corrupt city of pirates and cutthroats would one day suffer God’s judgment. Therefore, the disaster surprised no one, least of all the handful of religious men who were swept to their doom along with the wicked. One such man was Lewis Galdy, who was born in France but left for the New World in search of religious freedom. When the first violent shock came, Galdy was buried deep beneath the earth. Amazingly, he remained conscious and understood what had happened. He resigned himself to the will of God. But much like Jonah in the belly of the sea monster, a few moments later, the ground shook a second time and exploded, throwing Galdy flying high through the air and out over the churning sea. He landed unhurt in the water and swam until a boat picked him up. Galdy lived for 47 years after his miraculous escape. He died in 1739 and today his tombstone still tells the story of his amazing experience.
The safest place in the world to be is in the middle of God’s will.
It doesn’t matter if you are surrounded by war, typhoons, tornadoes, volcanoes, or earthquakes; if you’re in the middle of God’s will, you have nothing to worry about. The Bible says, “The world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever” (1 John 2:17 NKJV). If you are following God’s will, you have eternal life.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Every Moment, THANK GOD!

I want to share positive things as much as possible in my blog and so when I am touched by a message or a sermon, I want to share it to all of you hoping that you will feel the same and get something that will help you in whatever situation you have right now in your life. This specific message was sent to me by one of my officemates in my country. Here it goes...

You will enjoy the new insights that Rick Warren has, with his wife now having cancer and him having 'wealth' from the book sales. This is an absolutely incredible short interview with Rick Warren, 'Purpose Driven Life ' author and pastor ofSaddleback Church in California..

In the interview by Paul Bradshaw with Rick Warren, Rick said:
People ask me, What is the purpose of life?
And I respond: In a nutshell, life is preparation for eternity. We were not made to last forever, and God wants us to be with Him in Heaven.

One day my heart is going to stop, and that will be the end of my body-- but not the end of me.
I may live 60 to 100 years on earth, but I am going to spend trillions of years in eternity. This is the warm-up act - the dress rehearsal. God wants us to practice on earth what we will do forever in eternity..

We were made by God and for God, and until you figure that out, life isn't going to make sense.
Life is a series of problems: Either you are in one now, you're just coming out of one, or you're getting ready to go into another one.
The reason for this is that God is more interested in your character than your comfort; God is more interested in making your life holy than He is in making your life happy.

We can be reasonably happy here on earth, but that's not the goal of life.. The goal is to grow in character, in Christ likeness.
This past year has been the greatest year of my life but also the toughest, with my wife, Kay, getting cancer.
I used to think that life was hills and valleys - you go through a dark time, then you go to the mountaintop, back and forth. I don't believe that anymore.

Rather than life being hills and valleys, I believe that it's kind of like two rails on a railroad track, and at all times you have something good and something bad in your life.
No matter how good things are in your life, there is always something bad that needs to be worked on.
And no matter how bad things are in your life, there is always something good you can thank God for.
You can focus on your purposes, or you can focus on your problems:
If you focus on your problems, you're going into self-centeredness, which is my problem, my issues, my pain..' But one of the easiest ways to get rid of pain is to get your focus off yourself and onto God and others.

We discovered quickly that in spite of the prayers of hundreds of thousands of people, God was not going to heal Kay or make it easy for her- It has been very difficult for her, and yet God has strengthened her character, given her a ministry of helping other people, given her a testimony, drawn her closer to Him and to people.

You have to learn to deal with both the good and the bad of life.
Actually, sometimes learning to deal with the good is harder. For instance, this past year, all of a sudden, when the book sold 15 million copies, it made me instantly very wealthy.
It also brought a lot of notoriety that I had never had to deal with before. I don't think God gives you money or notoriety for your own ego or for you to live a life of ease.

So I began to ask God what He wanted me to do with this money, notoriety and influence. He gave me two different passages that helped me decide what to do, II Corinthians 9 and Psalm 72.
First, in spite of all the money coming in, we would not change our lifestyle one bit.. We made no major purchases.
Second, about midway through last year, I stopped taking a salary from the church.

Third, we set up foundations to fund an initiative we call The Peace Plan to plant churches, equip leaders, assist the poor, care for the sick, and educate the next generation.

Fourth, I added up all that the church had paid me in the 24 years since I started the church, and I gave it all back. It was liberating to be able to serve God for free.

We need to ask ourselves: Am I going to live for possessions? Popularity?
Am I going to be driven by pressures? Guilt? Bitterness? Materialism? Or am I going to be driven by God's purposes (for my life)?

When I get up in the morning, I sit on the side of my bed and say, God, if I don't get anything else done today, I want to know You more and love You better. God didn't put me on earth just to fulfill a to-do list. He's more interested in what I am than what I do.
That's why we're called human beings, not human doings.

Happy moments, PRAISE GOD.
Difficult moments, SEEK GOD.
Quiet moments, WORSHIP GOD.
Painful moments, TRUST GOD.
Every moment, THANK GOD..

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Faith

A friend of mine sent me this message. I like it so much, it uplift me and direct me to a better life and so I want to share it with all of you.

DAILY THOUGHT
A Classic Devotional from C. H. Mackintosh

To live by faith is to walk with God: to cling to Him; to lean on Him; to draw from His exhaustless springs; to find all our resources in Him; and to have Him as a perfect covering for our eyes and a satisfying object for our hearts—to know Him as our only resource in all difficulties, and in our trials.

Such is the life of faith. Let us see that we understand it. It must be a reality or nothing at all. It will not do to talk about the life of faith; we must live it; and in order to live it we must know God practically—know Him intimately, in the deep secret of our own souls. It is utterly vain and delusive to profess to be living by faith and looking to the Lord, while in reality our hearts are looking to some creature resource. How often do people speak and write about their dependence upon God to meet certain wants, and by the very fact of their making it known to a fellow-mortal they are, in principle, departing from the life of faith!