One fine morning, there was a flurry of activities in the village park. Workers were clearing of the area that circles the park. They clipped the unruly bougainvillea branches, cut the grasses, and removed tangling vines.A permanent fixture in the park was this very special ornamental vine (Cat’s Claw Trumpet) hosted by one of the Narra trees. It was planted 30 or more years ago by one of the residents. Every summer, the villagers are… continue reading..
“Sinabi sa kanya ni Hesus, ‘Hindi ba sinabi Ko sa iyo, na kung ikaw ay sasampalataya, ay makikita mo ang kaluwalhatian ng Diyos.”Juan 11:40
Hindi maunawaan ni Maria at Marta kung bakit naantala ang pagdating ng Panginoong Hesus. Kaya’t kanilang nasabi, “Panginoon, kung narito Ka sana, hindi sana namatay ang kapatid ko” (Juan 11:21, 32). Maaaring ganito ang kanilang iniisip, “Panginoon, hindi namin maunawaan kung bakit hindi ka agad dumating at hinayaan Mong mamatay ang taong Iyong minamahal. Ngayon huli na ang lahat dahil patay na si Lazaro!”
Ikaw ang pinakamaganda o pinakamakisig na nilalang sa lupa. Nakabihis ka ng pinakamamahaling kasuotan. Nakatira ka sa isang mala-palasyong tahanan at sa garahe, naroon ang iyong koleksyon ng mamahaling sasakyan. Natitikman mo ang lahat ng kasaganaan na mayroon sa mundo. Ngunit kung lahat man ng kayamanan sa mundo ay sa iyo, maaari mo bang tumbasan ang halaga ng iyong kaluluwa? Ang sabi ni Hesus “Sapagka’t anong ibibigay ng tao na katumbas sa kaniyang kaluluwa? “ (Markos 8:37).
Bakit namatay si Hesus? Namatay Siya hindi upang bigyan tayo ng maginhawang buhay, o magsimula ng repormasyon sa lupa, kundi iligtas ang ating mga kaluluwa…. continue reading..
Ilan sa magsisipagtapos sa buwan na ito ay makakatanggap ng karangalan. Mabuting maging matalino. Kaya nga maraming nag-uukol ng panahon, pera at pagod upang maging matalino. Kalimitan, sila ay nagiging matagumpay sa buhay at may malaking naiaambag sa lipunan. Umaani sila ng papuri at karangalan, at iginagalang sa lipunan. Nguni’t ang talas ng isip sa mga bagay na panlupa ay hindi makapaglalapit sa Dios, ni makakapagligtas sa kaluluwa. Kung hindi mabuksan ang mata sa mga katotohanan sa Biblia, mananatili silang mangmang at mapapahiya sa oras ng paghuhusga ng Dios.
May aklat na nagbibigay ng katalinuhan na maglalapit sa Dios at magliligtas ng kaluluwa…. continue reading..
Do you know the path to eternal life? In this time of COVID pandemic, death stares us in the face. It is crucial, more than ever, to know the way to God because He will judge each one of us when we die. At the end of our journey, it would be a terrible tragedy, to realize that we have been lost. We have been walking on the path that is not appointed by God. But at the end of the road, there is no turning back. And what is before us is our everlasting destruction. Friends,… continue reading..
Psalm 90:1- 2 “Lord, you have been our dwelling place in all generations. Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting You are God.”
Lord, You have been our dwelling place. The God whom we return to again and again. As Gill and Barnes commented, You are like the home where a person will return to wherever he goes.
Psalm 86:12-13, “I give thanks to You, O Lord my God, with my whole heart, and I will glorify your name forever. For great is Your steadfast love toward me; you have delivered my soul from the depths of Sheol.”
Exceeding gratefulness and giving glory to God should be our response to God for the steadfast love He has shown to us. This love has delivered us from eternal suffering and unimaginable miseries in the eternal fire. This love caused His Son to willingly embrace the cross of suffering and shame for our… continue reading..
Beside the Still Waters Haydee D. Lasco (I wrote this article years ago, but I still got to learn the lesson it has taught me.)
One beautiful morning, I finally decided to clean my refrigerator that was screaming from overload. I procrastinated because there were other things more pleasant to do. While removing food items in the ref and freezer, I realized there were many foodstuffs inside that reminded me of people who care… continue reading..
“So she gleaned in the field until evening…” (Ruth 2:17)
Hunger, and love for mother-in-law, Naomi, compelled Ruth to take a chance and gather food. Blessedly, the Lord directed her in the field of Boaz, where his servants were harvesting corn. In like manner, our hunger for spiritual foods will bring our feet to the fields of prayer, a study of Word of God, and other spiritual exercises. God’s spiritual provision abound like a spring of water. We can freely get whatever we want. Indeed, as much as… continue reading..