Tuesday, December 25, 2012

The True Meaning of Christmas

Today is December 25. It’s Christmas Day!

Millions of people celebrate this festive holiday every year. Brought families back together for at least once a year. Christmas lights are everywhere. Christmas lanterns, Christmas trees, and of course, the fat guy, Santa Clause.

However, many people did not understand the true meaning of Christmas and why there is Christmas. Non-Christians these days even celebrate it. Though most Christians, would-be Christians, and Christian pretenders will say “Merry Christmas” but God-denying Atheists would say “Happy Holidays” instead. Some would even use the short term* “X-mas” and removed the word “Christ”. Many people are looking forward of the tales of Saint Nicholas or Santa Clause (a.k.a. SATAN Clause). Dancing Santa dolls. Santa and his reindeers are more popular than the real story of Christmas.

The real story of Christmas is about the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ from a virgin birth. Sent by the Almighty God to save mankind from their sins.

In the Bible (King James Version), Matthew 1:18-25:
“Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.
Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a publick example, was minded to put her away privily.
But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.
And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.
Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying,
Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.
Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife:
And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name JESUS.”
In Luke 1: 26-35:
“And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth,
To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary.
And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favored, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women.
And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be.
And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favor with God.
And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS.
He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David:
And shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.
Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man?
And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.”

Even in the Old Testament, it prophesied the coming birth of Christ :

In the Book of Isaiah 7:13-14:
“And he said, Hear ye now, O house of David; Is it a small thing for you to weary men, but will ye weary my God also?
Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.”
In Isaiah 9:6:
“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”
Those are just the beginning of the story of Lord Jesus Christ. Those were the origins of the Christmas that most people enjoyed and celebrated today and for the generations to come. But an increasingly immoral society and atheistic agnosticism in western developed societies threatens the future of Christianity and that of our children. Many people celebrate Christmas today but many celebrate it because it’s a holiday. Because of Santa Clause/Satan Clause. Because of gifts or parties. Not because of the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ. Many did not understand or have no idea what is the true meaning of Christmas.

Many true Christians out there may have said the same thing. Some might have different words and scriptures from the Holy Bible but in the end, the true meaning of Christmas is that the Almighty God sent his son, the Lord Jesus Christ, to die on the cross and wash our sins with his blood. One special verse from the Bible said it all:
John 3:16
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


[*] "X" is "Chr" in Greek language. "X-mas"="Christmas". Courtesy of Damien.

Monday, December 24, 2012

"Christmas in Our Hearts" by Jose Mari Chan (feat. Liza Chan)

One of my favourite Christmas songs when I grew up in the Philippines was the song "Christmas in Our Hearts". Whenever I heard this song, it always reminds me of my childhood and how unique we Filipinos celebrate the Birth of Christ. The fireworks. The late night food feast and the family gathering.

"Christmas in Our Hearts"
by Jose Mari Chan (feat. Liza Chan)

Whenever I see girls and boys
selling lanterns on the streets
I remember the Child
in the manger as He sleeps
wherever there are people
giving gifts, exchanging cards
I believe that Christmas
is truly in their hearts

Lets light our Christmas trees
for a bright tomorrow
where nations are at peace
and all are one in God

Lets sing Merry Christmas
and a happy holiday
this season, may we never forget
the love we have for Jesus
let Him be the One to guide us
as another new year starts
and may the spirit of Christmas
be always in our hearts

In every prayer and every song
the community unites
celebrating the birth
of our Savior, Jesus Christ

let love, like that starlight
on that first Christmas morn
lead us back to the manger
where Christ the Child was born

So, come let us rejoice
come and sing a Christmas carol
with one big joyful voice
proclaim the name of the Lord!

Lets sing Merry Christmas
and a happy holiday
this season, may we never forget
the love we have for Jesus
let Him be the One to guide us
as another new year starts
and may the spirit of Christmas
be always in our hearts

Sunday, May 6, 2012

When you grow bitter or critical - 1 Corinthians 13

1 Corinthians 13 (The Bible, King James Version)

The Way of Love

[1] Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.
[2] And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.
[3] And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.
[4] Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,
[5] Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;
[6] Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;
[7] Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
[8] Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.
[9] For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.
[10] But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.
[11] When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.
[12] For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.
[13] And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.


Sunday, April 1, 2012

When you need joy - Colossians 3

Colossians 3 (The Bible, King James Version)

The True Center of Christian Life

[1] If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.
[2] Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.
[3] For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.
[4] When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.
[5] Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry:
[6] For which things' sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience:
[7] In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them.
[8] But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.
[9] Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds;
[10] And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:
[11] Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all.
[12] Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;
[13] Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.
[14] And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.
[15] And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.
[16] Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.
[17] And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.

The Christian Family

[18] Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as it is fit in the Lord.
[19] Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against them.
[20] Children, obey your parents in all things: for this is well pleasing unto the Lord.
[21] Fathers, provoke not your children to anger, lest they be discouraged.
[22] Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God:
[23] And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;
[24] Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.
[25] But he that doeth wrong shall receive for the wrong which he hath done: and there is no respect of persons.


Sunday, March 25, 2012

2012 PCSCI Christchurch All-Filipino Cup Basketball League (CAFC)

2012 PCSCI Christchurch All-Filipino Cup Basketball League (CAFC)

The 7th Christchurch All-Filipino Cup Basketball League (CAFC).
Venue: YMCA Bishopdale, Christchurch, New Zealand

Teams (alphabetical):
- Amigos A
- Amigos B
- Aztic Zeñors [Aztic]
- Christchurch Aftershocks [Aftershocks]
- Christchurch Telecom [Telecom]
- La Resistance Eagles [Eagles]
- Hamilton Jets Steel Boys [Hamilton Jets]
- R&R Etomaks [R&R]
- Skope D'Assemblers [Skope]
- Sugbo

Schedule and Results:


Week 1:
Date: January 28, 2012 (Saturday)
Venue: YMCA Bishopdale, Christchurch, New Zealand

12:00-12:40 PM - Amigos B 0 - 20 Aztic [Amigos B forfieted/defaulted the game, 20 points awarded to Aztic]
12:45-13:25 PM - Telecom 50 - 43 Sugbo
13:30-14:10 PM - Skope 51 – 38 Aftershocks
14:15-14:55 PM - Hamilton Jets 30 - 49 R&R
15:00-15:45 PM - Amigos A 64 - 39 Eagles

Week 2:
Date: February 4, 2012 (Saturday)
Venue: YMCA Bishopdale, Christchurch, New Zealand

12:00-12:40 PM - Amigos B 33 - 50 Telecom
12:45-13:25 PM - Skope 49 - 61 R&R
13:30-14:10 PM - Eagles 46 - 38 Aztics
14:15-14:55 PM - Hamilton Jets 39 - 49 Sugbo
15:00-15:45 PM - Amigos A 59 - 48 Aftershocks

Date: February 5, 2012 (Sunday)
Venue: Graham Condon Papanui, Christchurch, New Zealand

13:00-13:40 PM - Amigos A 20 - 0 Aztic [Aztic forfieted/defaulted the game, 20 points awarded to Amigos A]
13:45-14:25 PM - Telecom 42 - 44 R&R
14:30-15:10 PM - Eagles 52 - 58  Sugbo
15:15-15:55 PM - Amigos B 60 - 61 Skope [2 O.T.]
16:00-16:45 PM - Hamilton Jets 43 - 35 Aftershocks

Week 3:
Date: February 11, 2012 (Saturday)
Venue: YMCA Bishopdale, Christchurch, New Zealand

12:00-12:40 PM - Skope 0 - 20 Hamilton Jets [Skope forfieted/defaulted the game, 20 points awarded to Hamilton Jets]
12:45-13:25 PM - Sugbo 45 - 52  Aztic
13:30-14:10 PM - Aftershocks 50 - 69 R&R
14:15-14:55 PM - Amigos B 76 - 81 Amigos A
15:00-15:45 PM - Telecom 36 - 41 Eagles

Date: February 12, 2012 (Sunday)
Venue: Graham Condon Papanui, Christchurch, New Zealand

13:00-13:40 PM - Hamilton Jets 42 - 44 Eagles [buzzer-beater by Jose]
13:45-14:25 PM - Telecom 31 - 38 Amigos A
14:30-15:10 PM - R&R 44 - 26 Aztic
15:15-15:55 PM - Amigos B 38 - 42 Aftershocks
16:00-16:45 PM - Skope 43 - 31 Sugbo

Week 4:
Date: February 18, 2012 (Saturday)
Venue: YMCA Bishopdale, Christchurch, New Zealand

12:00-12:40 PM - Amigos B 38 - 41 Hamilton Jets [buzzer-beater by Rene]
12:45-13:25 PM - Telecom 47 - 40 Aztic
13:30-14:10 PM - Amigos A 39 - 47 R&R
14:15-14:55 PM - Aftershocks 37 - 41 Sugbo
15:00-15:45 PM - Skope 47 - 51 Eagles

Date: February 19, 2012 (Sunday)
Venue: Graham Condon Papanui, Christchurch, New Zealand

13:00-13:40 PM - Aftershocks 50 - 60 Aztic
13:45-14:25 PM - R&R 52 - 48 Sugbo
14:30-15:10 PM - Amigos B 38 - 58 Eagles
15:15-15:55 PM - Telecom 46 - 32 Hamilton Jets
16:00-16:45 PM - Skope 39 - 60 Amigos A

Week 5:
Date: February 25, 2012 (Saturday)
Venue: YMCA Bishopdale, Christchurch, New Zealand

12:00-12:40 PM - Eagles 48 - 50 R&R [buzzer-beater by Crisboy]
12:45-13:25 PM - Amigos B 45 - 60 Sugbo
13:30-14:10 PM - Skope 46 - 45 Aztic
14:15-14:55 PM - Telecom 65 - 39 Aftershocks
15:00-15:45 PM - Amigos A 56 - 29 Hamilton Jets

Week 6:
Date: March 03, 2012 (Saturday)
Venue: YMCA Bishopdale, Christchurch, New Zealand

12:00-12:40 PM - Amigos A 48 - 49 Sugbo [free-throw by Kurt]
12:45-13:25 PM - Aftershocks 47 - 57 Eagles
13:30-14:10 PM - Amigos B 61 - 71 R&R
14:15-14:55 PM - Hamilton Jets 53 - 51 Aztic
15:00-15:45 PM - Telecom 57 - 40 Skope


Date: March 10, 2012 (Saturday)
Venue: YMCA Bishopdale, Christchurch, New Zealand

13:00-14:00 PM - R&R 71 - 37 Telecom [Semi-Final 1]
14:00-15:00 PM - Amigos A 54 - 48 Eagles [Semi-Final 2]

CAFC All-Star Game:
Date: March 17, 2012 (Saturday)
Venue: YMCA Bishopdale, Christchurch, New Zealand

14:00-15:00 PM: Three-Point Shootout Champion: Mark T.
15:00-16:00 PM: Team Yellow 82 - 71 Team Red [MVP: Josman A.]

Bronze Medal Knockout Game (Battle for 3rd and 4th)
Date: March 24, 2012 (Saturday)
Venue: YMCA Bishopdale, Christchurch, New Zealand

13:00-14:00 PM: Telecom 49 - 72 Eagles

Grand Final Series (Best of 3 Series)
Game 1: R&R 64 - 58 Amigos A - 13:00-14:00 PM, March 17, 2012, YMCA Bishopdale, Christchurch, New Zealand
Game 2: R&R 43 - 48 Amigos A - 14:00-15:00 PM, March 24, 2012, YMCA Bishopdale, Christchurch, New Zealand
Game 3: R&R 64 - 50 Amigos A - 15:00-16:00 PM, March 24, 2012, YMCA Bishopdale, Christchurch, New Zealand

Individual Season Awards:
CAFC League MVP: Crisboy Benevice (R&R)
CAFC Finals MVP: Crisboy Benevice (R&R)
CAFC Three-Point Shootout Champion: Mark Torredes (Amigos A)
CAFC All-Star Game MVP: Josman Adanza (Amigos B/Team Yellow)

2012 CAFC League Champions: R&R Etomaks
First Runners-up/Finalists (Silver): Amigos A
Second Runners-up/Third (Bronze: La Resistance Eagles

2012 Regular Season Statistics (Play-Off Stats EXCLUDED):

CAFC Regular Season Leader for Most Points Scored in a Single Game:
36 - Crisboy (R&R), vs. Amigos B, March 3, 2012
27 - Nino (Telecom), vs. Sugbo, January 28, 2012
27 - Arthur (Eagles), vs. Sugbo, February 5, 2012
26 - Crisboy (R&R), vs. Skope, February 4, 2012
26 - Josman (Amigos B), vs. Amigos A, February 11, 2012
25 - Nikko (Aztic), vs. Aftershocks, February 19, 2012
25 - Andy (Sugbo), vs. Amigos B, February 25, 2012
24 - Sam (Aftershocks), vs. Amigos B, February 12, 2012
24 - Bong (Telecom), vs. Aztic, February, 18, 2012
24 - Joemar (Sugbo), vs. R&R, February 19, 2012
23 - Crisboy (R&R), vs. Eagles, February 25, 2012
22 - Zimon (Skope), vs. Amigos B, February 5, 2012
22 - Sam (Aftershocks), vs. Hamilton Jets, February 5, 2012
22 - Sam (Aftershocks), vs. Aztic, February 19, 2012
22 - Sam (Aftershocks), vs. Eagles, March 3, 2012
21 - Rene (Hamilton Jets), vs. Aztic, March 3, 2012
20 - Rene (Hamilton Jets), vs. Eagles, February 12, 2012
20 - Josman (Amigos B), vs. R&R, March 3, 2012

CAFC Regular Season Leader for Most Points Scored in 2012:
170 - Crisboy (R&R)
119 - Sam (Aftershocks)
113 - Arthur (Eagles)
113 - Josman (Amigos B)
109 - Zimon (Skope)
101 - Joemar (Sugbo)
99 - Andy (Sugbo)
97 - Hiram (Amigos A)
84 - Bong (Telecom)
76 - Rene (Hamilton Jets)
73 - Rey (Aftershocks)
71 - Juan Manuel (Amigos B)
70 - Efren (Telecom)
65 - Raymonwell (Eagles)
64 - Mark (Amigos A)
60 - Bongie (R&R)

CAFC Regular Season Leader for Most Three-Point Field Goals Made in a Single Game:
6 - Josman (Amigos B), vs. Amigos A, February 11, 2012
4 - Nino (Telecom), vs. Sugbo, January 28, 2012
4 - Hiram (Amigos A), vs. Amigos B, February 11, 2012
4 - Joemar (Sugbo), vs. R&R, February 19, 2012
4 - Josman (Amigos B), vs. Eagles, February 19, 2012

CAFC Regular Season Leader for Most Three-Point Field Goals Made in 2012:
24 - Josman (Amigos B)
11 - Hiram (Amigos A)
10 - Juan Manuel (Amigos B)
9 - Joemar (Sugbo)
9 - Andy (Sugbo)
7 - Mark R. (Telecom)
7 - Raywell (Eagles)
7 - Pipoy (Telecom)
6 - Zimon (Skope)


2012 CAFC League Standing* (as of March 03, 2012):

1. R&R Etomaks: 9 wins, 0 losses
[49+61+44+69+44+47+52+50+71 = 487]**

2. Amigos A: 7 wins, 2 losses
[64+59+20+81+38+39+60+56+48 = 465]**

3. La Resistance Eagles: 6 wins, 3 losses
[39+46+52+41+44+51+58+48+57 = 436]**

4. Christchurch Telecom: 6 wins, 3 losses
[50+50+42+36+31+47+46+65+57 = 424]**

5. Sugbo: 5 wins, 4 losses
[43+49+58+45+31+41+48+60+49 = 424]

6. Skope D'Assemblers: 4 wins, 5 losses
[51+49+61+0+43+47+39+46+40 = 376]

7. Hamilton Jets Steel Boys: 4 wins, 5 losses
[30+39+43+20+42+41+32+29+53 = 329]

8. Aztic Zeñors: 3 wins, 6 losses
[20+38+0+52+26+40+60+45+51 = 332]

9. Christchurch Aftershocks: 1 win, 8 losses
[38+48+35+50+42+37+50+39+47 = 386]

10. Amigos B: 0 wins, 9 losses
[0+33+60+76+38+38+38+45+61 = 389]

[*] Quotient system applies as a triple-tie breaker and as a double-tie breaker between teams that have not played against other during the round-robin. Win over the other applies as a double-tie breaker between teams that already played against each other and at the end of the round-robin.
[**/italic bold] Advance to the Semi-Finals 

Christchurch All-Filipino Cup (CAFC) History:
2006: Menudo
2007: Christchurch Pinoy Rebels A
2008: Christchurch Engine Center-Air New Zealand
2009: Kiwipino
2010: Kiwipino
2011: R&R Etomaks
2012: R&R Etomaks


Sunday, March 4, 2012

When you need assurance - Romans 8

Romans 8 (The Bible, King James Version)

Life in the Spirit

[1] There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
[2] For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.
[3] For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:
[4] That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
[5] For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.
[6] For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.
[7] Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.
[8] So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.
[9] But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.
[10] And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.
[11] But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.
[12] Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh.
[13] For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.
[14] For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
[15] For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.
[16] The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:
[17] And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.
[18] For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.
[19] For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.
[20] For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope,
[21] Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.
[22] For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.
[23] And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.
[24] For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?
[25] But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.
[26] Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
[27] And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.
[28] And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
[29] For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.
[30] Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.
[31] What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?
[32] He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?
[33] Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth.
[34] Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.
[35] Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
[36] As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
[37] Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
[38] For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
[39] Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.


Sunday, February 5, 2012

When you need rest and peace - Matthew 11:25-30

Matthew 11:25-30 (The Bible, King James Version)

[25] At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes.
[26] Even so, Father: for so it seemed good in thy sight.
[27] All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him.
[28] Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
[29] Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
[30] For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.


Sunday, January 1, 2012

When the world seems bigger than God - Psalm 90

Psalm 90 (The Bible, King James Version)

Eternal God and mortal man
A Prayer of Moses the man of God

[1] LORD, thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations.
[2] Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God.
[3] Thou turnest man to destruction; and sayest, Return, ye children of men.
[4] For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night.
[5] Thou carriest them away as with a flood; they are as a sleep: in the morning they are like grass which groweth up.
[6] In the morning it flourisheth, and groweth up; in the evening it is cut down, and withereth.
[7] For we are consumed by thine anger, and by thy wrath are we troubled.
[8] Thou hast set our iniquities before thee, our secret sins in the light of thy countenance.
[9] For all our days are passed away in thy wrath: we spend our years as a tale that is told.
[10] The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away.
[11] Who knoweth the power of thine anger? even according to thy fear, so is thy wrath.
[12] So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.
[13] Return, O LORD, how long? and let it repent thee concerning thy servants.
[14] O satisfy us early with thy mercy; that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.
[15] Make us glad according to the days wherein thou hast afflicted us, and the years wherein we have seen evil.
[16] Let thy work appear unto thy servants, and thy glory unto their children.
[17] And let the beauty of the LORD our God be upon us: and establish thou the work of our hands upon us; yea, the work of our hands establish thou it.


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