Psalm 130: 7-8 ” O Israel, hope in the Lord! For with the Lord there is steadfast love, and with him is plentiful redemption, And he will redeem Israel from all his iniquities.”
The Israel mentioned in this verse refers to the True Israel of God, the believers. What great blessing that our hope is in the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth, the all-powerful, majestic, and awesome God. This hope is not a disposition that good things may come but a confident certainty that good things will come to His people…. continue reading..
“Wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in His Word I hope; my soul waits for the Lord more than the watchmen for the morning, more than watchmen for the morning.” Psalm 130:5-6
Waiting is part of our Christian life. The Lord wants us to wait. It is not because He wants us to suffer longer, but to refine us and learn more from an unpleasant experience. It is comparable to making a gelatin dessert. When cooked, we have to wait a bit longer for the Jello to set; then, we can eat it. If we do not wait, we will… continue reading..
“Greatly have they afflicted me from my youth, yet they have not prevailed against me. The plowers plowed upon my back; they made long their furrows.” Psalm 129: 2-3
How many times have we been overwhelmed by pain and sorrows. As Christians, we can experience persecution of all sorts. There are trials from the world, from our hearts, and Satan himself. It is natural to feel that we are swamped with many problems, especially if they are grievous and painful. The Psalmist… continue reading..
The year 2021 has begun to roll. Yet as days and months hasten on, we know that 2021 will soon end. Just as our Pastor said, every beginning has an end. Thus, we become wiser if we ponder that as New Year begins, we are drawn one year closer to the end of our lives. Knowing that we will soon leave this earth, our mindset should be to prepare to meet our Lord.
And how do we prepare? If we are leaving for another country, we spend time to get a visa. We book an airline and hotel, and… continue reading..
It is amazing what words can do.We know that our words are powerful. It is called “performative” in communication because what we say can lead someone to act. So when we say, “sweep the floor,” “buy pandesal” or “turn off the light,”; a person is moved to action. Even trained animals respond to the commands of their masters.
Words can also be a soothing balm. It can heal, encourage, or mend a broken heart. Encouraging words give hope when we are down and blue. But words can also be like bitter poison. Words that humiliate or discourage can destroy a relationship… continue reading..
Psalm 112:1-2 “Praise the Lord! Blessed is the man who fears the Lord. Who greatly delights in His commandments. His offspring will be mighty in the land. The generation of the righteous will be blessed.”
God’s kindness overflows in every sphere of life of a believer. Those who fear God and delight in His commandments receive rewards in great measure. Not only will they experience peace, hope, and joy, they too will find the full meaning of their existence.
God always recompense His people. What we give to God, He gives back a hundredfold. God blesses those who… continue reading..
We remember heroes for their courageous deeds. Yet, they were merely doing what is right at the right place and time. Every sensible and godly person will do the same thing given a similar situation.
That is why I believe that there are everyday heroes we hardly notice. Take, for instance, a mother doing all things for her family, a father working all day diligently to provide food on the table, a student who, despite the difficulty of online classes, is striving hard to learn.
Who am I that the Lord should notice? I am destined to eternal perdition. I should be living in anguish and sorrow every day because of my sins. But the Lord showered me with all good things. He stooped low to get me out of the horrible pit of wickedness and my abhorring vileness. He ransomed me with the blood of His own beloved Son. Who am I that He should notice? I am vile and of worth nothing to Him. Yet He took notice of me.
And what can I give unto the Lord for He has everything? But He delights in… continue reading..
The lingering pandemic and strong typhoons hitting the country one after the other can make people feel that we live in a season of difficulty. Yet Christians remain unmoved because we believe in God’s promise in Isaiah 26:3, “You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed in you because he trusts in you.”
The verse, Psalm 119:76, “I know O Lord that Your rules are righteous, and that in faithfulness, you have afflicted me.”, may seem confusing to the unbelieving world. Yet, as followers of Christ, this verse gives tremendous comfort. God is faithful in His desire to shape us in holiness… continue reading..
“And you, Capernaum, who is exalted to the heaven, shall be brought down to hell. For if the mighty works which have been done in you had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day. But I say to you, it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the Day of Judgment than for you”. Mat 11:23-24
Sodom and Gomorrah have become symbols of anything false and ugly in man due to the Fall. The height of immorality and wickedness can be equated to their names. But our Lord said in Matt.11:23-24 that the case of Capernaum, Chorazin,… continue reading..