August 24, 2011



“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.”

“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.”

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January 21, 2012


WHAT SUSTAINS YOU?

"Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, now that you have tasted that the Lord is good.” - 1 Peter 2:2-3

What are you really longing for? 

We always feel God’s goodness in our lives but there’s always a point where we feel empty and hopeless. We crave and long for something that our hearts can’t merely explain and that is desire for His holiness that the Creator infused in our human nature.

Why do we crave?

We crave because

1) God’s word sustains us

If you desire for your faith, pray before the word of God.

"Surely, God is my help; the Lord is the one who sustains me." - Psalm 54:4

Cast your cares on the Lord and He will sustain you; He will never let the righteous fall.” - Psalm 55:22


2) God’s word strengthen us

"My soul is weary with sorrow; strengthen me according to Your word." - Psalm 119:28

3) God’s word satisfies us

" Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost. Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy? Listen, listen to me and eat what is good, and you will delight in the richest of fare. Give ear and come to me; listen, that you may live. I will make an everlasting covenant with you, my faithful love promised to David.” - Psalm 55:1-3

Only Jesus will satisfy us.

To understand the Book in real perception, it is necessary to know the author before you read His book.

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January 27, 2012


The most important days

People of God must abstain from work on the Sabbath day. It is not good for a man to work on this day as God considers it as the most important. He chose to give special significance to 2 days of the week, the first and the last. He rested on the 7th day creating the world. 

"Thus the heavens and the earth were completed in all their vast array. By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.” - Genesis 2:1-3

On the first day, Christ rose from the dead after redeeming the world.

 On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee:  ‘The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’ ” - Luke 24:1-7


 Under the New Covenant, believers celebrate the first day of the week in remembrance of Christ’s resurrection. The question is, do you make time in your schedule for worship and rest? How can rest help you to see God and life more clearly?

Time spent with the Lord is time spent well.

*Devotion from Our Daily Bread on the 24th of January.

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Feed your faith and your doubts will starve

"And without faith, it is impossible to please God because anyone who come to Him must believe that HE exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him." - Hebrews 11:6

Faith affirms the certainty that comes as we continue in our commitment to trust Jesus and His word. We should not let times of doubt discourage us. We have to stand firm in His promises and trust Jesus. Obey the Lord and our confidence will grow. 

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Preparing for battleship

"The testing of your faith produces patience." - James 1:3

Like computers used for military performance and harsh battleship, we are also tested in extreme conditions in preparation for God’s plan of serving Him. We should remember that in difficult circumstances, God has a purpose. The testing of our faith produces patience. God invites us to ask Him for wisdom so that we might know how to respond properly. He gives wisdom to those who ask Him. 

God allows adversity into our lives not to break us but to better us.

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February 5, 2012


The difference God makes

"It is better not to have lived at all than to be rich and famous but miserable."

An evening news program talked about the problems of many young athletes who suddenly become multimillionaire sports celebrities. They start out by buying expensive cars, living luxuriously, and partying then get into immoral conduct and illicit drugs. 

Two men are portrayed in the book of Ecclesiastes, a workaholic and playboy and a man that lives longer and has many children but dies unfulfilled and unloved. The apostle Paul said that when we give God control of our lives, earthly blessings can be enjoyed, for He “gives us richly all things to enjoy”(1Tim 6:17). Bright future and a joy filled present - that is a difference God makes.

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February 6, 2012


Speckology and Plankitis

   “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? .”- Matthew 7:3


If the word speckology is writtten in a versity catalog, it would be identified as ” identifying and criticizing od small shortcomings in the lives of everyone around you. Very popular course; fills early.”


Should plankitis appear in a medical dictionary, it might be identified in a way: “a disease that distorts self-perception and renders an individual incapable of recognizing personal faults. Occurs worldwide.”

According to God’s word, the solution is to “remove the plank from your own eye and then you wull see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye” (Matthew 7:5). “It does not take a carpenter or an ophtalmologist to understand this metaphor of Jesus. We’ve all enrolled in the course while suffering from the disease. But today, if we would shift our focus drom the specks we see in others to the planks in our own eyes, what a difference it would make for us all!” - David McCasland

Be quick to judge yourself but slow to judge others. 

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March 13, 2012


Fear of the Lord is the Beginning of Wisdom

In every situation, whether it’s about our answering an exam, spending allowance, or even posting a status in facebook or twitter or choosing the jeepney you’re gonna ride, a decision is always involved. We need to be very wise especially that nowadays, there are too many options but we lack wisdom in choosing the right choice. Some choices are tricky and close to the right answer.

Proverbs 9:10 says, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.” But how do we get wisdom by fearing God? That was the question that kept on bugging me ‘til the last Friday Night Youth (FNY), a  weekly youth fellowship held at Victory Christian Fellowship (VCF) churches. The series for the month is all about Wisdom Quotient.

Fear, according to dictionaries, means the feeling of anxiety or worry. However, according to the Bible, Fear of the Lord means reverence, awe, great respect. It is recognizing that He is our Father, we are His children, we are His servants, His creation. But how do we really get wisdom? How will we know right from wrong? It says in Proverbs 8:13 that “All who fear the Lord will hate evil. Therefore, I hate pride and arrogance, corruption and perverse speech.” When you fear God, you turn away from the evil ways. You do the right things because you acknowledge God as your Father.

Whoever asks for wisdom, he shall be given. ” If anyone lacks wisdom, he should ask God who gives generously to all without finding dault, and it will be given to him.” - James 1:5 I’ve been praying for wisdom this past months and indeed, I have received it. It was only now that I realized how I was able to achieve it through the words of the pastor in the last week’s fellowship.

"Wisdom begins with respect from God, that leads to right living and results in ability to tell right from wrong."

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March 14, 2012


Knock you down

Sometimes, unexpected upsets our routine and we are knocked off-balance. Perhaps it’s a bad news about our job or disturbing test results from our exams. It may even be an attack from our spiritual enemy. In each case, our emotions are hammered and we deel as if we can’t stand.

These moments should cause us to turn to God. When we feel losing our balance, He can help. He provides spiritual resources to help us stand.

"God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble." - Psalm 46:1

*excerpt from Our Daily Bread, January 13, 2012

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March 15, 2012


Wanna know what LOVE is?

"This is how we know what love is. Jesus Christ laid down His life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers." - 1John 3:16

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The Lord will sustain you.

"As for me, I will call upon God, and the Lord shall save me. Evening and morning and at noon I will pray, and cry aloud, and He shall hear my voice" -Psalm 55:16-17

Whatever our circumstances-a burdensome ministry, a difficult marriage, joblessness, or a deep loneliness-we can give them to God. He has lifted the burden of our sins; will He not lift the weight of our sorrows? We have trusted Him with our eternal souls; can we not entrust our present circumstances to Him? “Cast your burden on the Lord, and He shall sustain you.” (Psalm 55:22)

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March 16, 2012


" Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to." - Luke 11:9

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"Show respect for everyone. Love Christians everywhere. Fear God and honor the government." -1Ptr 2:17

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The more you read the Bible, the more you’ll love its Author.


Oh, how I love your law! 
   I meditate on it all day long. 
98 Your commands are always with me 
   and make me wiser than my enemies. 
99 I have more insight than all my teachers, 
   for I meditate on your statutes. 
100 I have more understanding than the elders, 
   for I obey your precepts. 
101 I have kept my feet from every evil path 
   so that I might obey your word. 
102 I have not departed from your laws, 
   for you yourself have taught me. 
103 How sweet are your words to my taste, 
   sweeter than honey to my mouth! 
104 I gain understanding from your precepts; 
   therefore I hate every wrong path.

Psalm 119:97-104

Tonight’s devotion reminds me of my daily appointment, reading, meditating on God’s word and talking to Him. Daily devotion should not appear like it’s a habit. Its all about seeking God with all your heart, not just for the sake of accomplishing it. Thank you Lord for this message. Indeed, I feel the sweetness in the words in Your letter for me. This is so timely! :)

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