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Thursday, December 29, 2011

Internet Service

Guest written by our friend Mason Abbott


My husband and I realized the other day that we could call www.DirectStarTV.com and also get our internet service through them. It’s incredibly affordable, and it’s one fewer bill to worry about. Given how busy and stressful our lives are these days, one fewer bill is a huge relief. I don’t know when it happened exactly, but our lives have gotten incredibly hectic lately. It feels like we run from one obligation to the next, with little to no time to relax in between. With our new bundle of television and internet, we streamline the time we spend paying bills. Plus, we get to enjoy a ton of awesome television channels and home internet for an incredibly affordable price. We loved making the phone call to our old internet provider to tell them we were canceling our service, and it took us only a couple of minutes to get our service switched over. It was so painless; I definitely recommend it. You’ll be amazed how much having one fewer bill to pay can relax you. Give them a call today to make the change!


Celebrating Christmas

We had our church Christmas party last December 17th which started around 10:30AM. We started the program by singing Christmas songs. Then some kids sang a special song The Little Drummer Boy in front. Two mothers did a duet "Christmas In Our Hearts" and then 4 moms rendered a couple of Christmas songs. I also sang Whispering Hope though my voice was not great. It was all for Jesus because we were celebrating His birth. Pastor George gave his Christmas message about the birth of Jesus Christ.

Then we ate our lunch that was prepared by uncle Rudy who was in-charge of the cooking of our lunch. We had chicken adobo, bottle gourd squash, rice, bananas and orange juice for all of us. The expenses were from our church fund but the rice was courtesy of uncle Rudy.

After lunch, we had the parlor games played outside which were joined by the kids and adults. I was the one in-charge of the parlor games too. I let the the kids play first the "Fanning the Fish" and then the adults. That was a fun game and both the kids and adults enjoyed it. Then the kids played the all time favorite "Trip To Jerusalem" followed by "The Hot Item" Then we went inside and the kids had the Memory Verse contest. There were 5 kids who competed and the 8 year old Melissa won 1st prize. She was able to recite 30 verses. The 2nd prize went to 10 year old Dominica who was able to recite 15 Memory verses followed by Aiza who won 3rd prize who recited 14 verses, then Joebelle and Freddie won consolation prizes. I gave them cash prizes each, P70, 50, 40 and 20 respectively. Next, I awarded the prizes of the winners of the parlor games.

Then I distributed the gifts to each of the kids who were present and they were all 31 of them. Next hubby and I gave away the bag of groceries to the mothers who were from our church fund. We prepared a total of 13 bag of groceries for each families in our church. I've seen how happy those families were upon receiving their bag of groceries. I know it help them out because most of them come from poor families.










Friday, December 2, 2011

Pray Boldly

Telephone calls used to be routed by operators, manually connecting circuits at a switchboard--plugging and unplugging wires all day long to keep conversations going. Today, think how many millions of calls are handled by computerized routers every second of the day. Better yet, imagine how many countless prayer "calls" God receives every moment from all over the world.

It would be easy to be dissuaded from praying by thinking of our individual prayer requests getting lost amidst the millions God hears. Yet we are exhorted to "let [our] requests be made known to God" (Philippians 4:6), and to do so boldly (Hebrews 4:16). King David did (countless times in Psalms), and so did the apostle Paul--the same request three different times! (2 Corinthians 12:7-8) They didn't feel bad or guilty for continually asking God for help, nor should we. In fact, not to pray is to portray God as less than He is--a generous Father (Luke 11:11-13).

If you are in a stressful place today, stop now and tell God. Because ultimately He is the answer to our prayers, meeting with Him is the beginning of your answer.

Anxiety and prayer are more opposed to each other than fire and water.

Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. Hebrew 4:16 KJV


Friday, November 18, 2011

Single--for a Purpose

British researchers analyzed speed dating--meeting people by evaluating prospects at an event through a series of brief one-on-one meetings--to see if singles with a wide variety of potential dates had a higher chance of meeting a partner. The verdict: They didn't.1 Catering to singles has opened up new multi-million-dollar enterprises from single bars to computerized dating.

But we're mistaken if we take our cues from society on singleness. God doesn't think we need to spend time and money trying to "fix" it. Three times in 1 Corinthians 7, the apostle Paul talks about the unmarried, and he uses the phrase: "It is good." If you're single, God wants you to accept it as one of His gifts to you. Use your singleness to grow and become content with His plan.

Perhaps you've heard--or even made--thoughtless comments like: "What's a sweet girl/guy like you doing single? Maybe your standards are too high for a mate. I prayed for my husband/wife." Respect the singles you encounter, and share God's view of singleness: It is good.
...He that is unmarried careth for the things that belong to the Lord, how he may please the Lord. 1 Corinthians 7:32b


Friday, November 4, 2011

Have You Been Dis-Appointed?

The word "disappoint" comes from an old French word meaning to remove someone from office--to dis–appoint one who had been previously appointed to a position. Those who are fired or "dis-appointed" suffer crestfallen feelings of discouragement. Hence our English word disappointment. This is one of the most difficult emotions to reconcile. We all know how it feels to lose a game, fail at a task, be rejected in a relationship, miss an opportunity, or lose a job. The Bible says that hope deferred (disappointment) makes the heart sick (Proverbs 13:12).

But we're also told God will never disappoint us and that His love never fails. According to Romans 5, we can glory in tribulation because tribulation produces perseverance, which leads to character, which develops hope--and God's hope never disappointments because the Holy Spirit sheds His love abroad in our hearts.

Someone once said "disappointments" are "His appointments." He has a way of working all to our good. If you're struggling with disappointment today, claim the love of God and the promise of Romans 5:5.

There are no disappointments to those whose wills are buried in the will of God

And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. Romans 5:5 KJV


Thursday, November 3, 2011

Problems and Perspective

You and your friend have been close for years--never a cross word between you. But suddenly, you find yourself reacting with harsh, impatient words. Where did that come from? And your friend looks at you with a puzzled expression as if asking the same thing. If you will look beneath the problem, you will find a new perspective. Perhaps there's a wound that needs healing, a jealousy that needs confessing, or a resentment in need of repentance.

Problems in life are tools in the Holy Spirit's hands to reveal things to us we might never have otherwise considered--truth about God, about others, and especially about ourselves. If we respond to the perspective God allows us to see, we can come out the other side more mature. Remember the problem Paul had that he asked God to take away--and God said "No"? Paul saw something new: God's grace is sufficient--so much so that he began opening his arms to problems in order to experience more grace (2 Corinthians 12:7-10).

The next time you experience a problem, pray for perspective--and open your heart to embrace what God reveals.

It is good for me that I have been afflicted that I may learn Your statutes.
Psalm 119:71


Tuesday, October 18, 2011

God's Book

The day after Christmas 2009, Amazon.com announced that Kindle had become the most gifted item in Amazon's history. With Kindle available at the click of a button --we have more secular and religious reading choices than ever before. But as we pursue knowledge, will we make time to read God's Book?

The Holy Bible still tops the best-selling books lists. Yet our insatiable quest for experiential knowledge can keep us from this source of Truth. The Israelites were not judged because they elevated knowledge, but because they elevated experience over knowledge (Hosea 4:6). Jesus rebuked the leaders of Israel in His day because they had "taken away the key of knowledge," misleading people from the truth of Jesus' words (Luke 11:52). Proverbs 1:7 clarifies our search for truth: "The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge."

In your personal reading time, are you pursuing the world's deceptive system of discovering truth? Or are you conforming to the Truth? Whether you read the Bible electronically or by turning its pages, make it your source of knowledge and truth.

The Christian is bred by the Word, and he must be fed by it.
But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name. John 20:31 KJV


Thursday, October 13, 2011

Discipleship Training

Yesterday we started the discipleship training of the 4 ladies who have been baptized in our church. It was announced in our worship service last Sunday and I asked the ladies what is the best time for them to have the discipleship training and they said 1:00 PM and they agreed to do it every Wednesday at 1-2 PM. I noticed that the new converts are not growing spiritually and sometimes they don't attend our services regularly. Hubby and I were praying to the Lord to bless our members and that they will have a closer relationship with the Lord. We believe that the discipleship training will help the ladies grow spiritually after they accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior.


Saturday, October 8, 2011

Dear Mr. God

Even if you are not a gramma’, this will touch your heart.

This is one of the sweetest prayers I've ever seen.



Dear Mr. God

I'm sorry for keepin' ya up late.
But, I wanna know
If' you're too busy, I can wait.

You see grandma's been forgettin'
A lot of things. Mamma says so.
She forgot my name, today, Mr. God,
And she's a walkin' kinda slow.

Yesterday, she jest left
Without even sayin' bye.
Daddy brought her back and
He had a tear in his eye.

So, I was wonderin', can you fix her?
She has somthun' called 'all tizers', daddy said.
She forgets who we are sometimes,
And she forgot that grandpa's dead.

Mr. God, you give her a new brememberer
'Cause I miss her playin', and stuff, with me
And the cookies she used to bake.
And, she was so smart, wasn't she?

She used to talk 'bout you a lot.
Now, she jest talks to herself and,
Mr. God, she don't know herself
>From the pictures on the shelf.

Sometimes, she calls me 'little boy'
And pats my cheek or hair.
And she don't seem to care.

Please, Mr. God,
Will ya fix her, all new again,
A'fore she gets lost and
Can't bremember where she's been?

She ain't sang a Jesus song
Like I like to hear her to do.
Daddy says 'cause she is getting old.
But, she's not as old as you.

Daddy says you never forget and
You are older than anyone, anywhere.
Mamma says, "All we can do is
Bremember her in prayer.

So, Mr. God, I'm jest askin'
'Cause I don't know how to pray.
'Cause you un'erstand what I try to say.

Does Jesus have a grandma
And does she forget people, too?
I guess she would be your mommy
And wouldn't she be older than you?

Well, I gotta go to bed.
Would ya keep grandma safe, O please,
So as she won't wander off and get lost?
She forgets her hat and coat,
and she could freeze.

I love her lots and
I wish she bremember I'm her little Andy
And bake some good cookies for me,
And even share my candy.

Tell my friend, Jesus, I was here and
Give Him a hug from grandma and me.
She used to know Him and I heard her say,
"Thank you, Jesus, for little Andy."

Good night, Mr. God. Are ya tired?
You work, so hard, all day.
I'll be back a'morrow, to visit,
Before I go out to play.


Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Water Baptism at the Resort

Last September 17th, there were 4 people from our church whom pastor baptized in the resort, just 15 minutes drive from our church. This was the 2nd batch who were baptized this year. The first batch was May 28th and there were 10 people whom pastor baptized in the beach. I praise God for souls being saved.

We didn't here a jeepney this time. We only used the van of my brother-in-law and a tricycle of one of our church members. We limited the people to come because of the entrance fee in the resort which is P50 per person. When we went to the beach for baptism the last few times, many church members went with us and we hired a jeepney. It was okay because we didn't pay entrance fee there. This time, there were 17 of us who went and we brought lunch for all of us which we ate after the water baptism.

The resort was nice. It was 2 swimming pools, one for the adults and the other one is for the kids. Pastor opted to do the water baptism in the kids' swimming pool. There were some kids swimming that time and I had to ask them to be quiet and still while the baptism is being done. The cooperated and the baptism went well. The water was cold because it was cloudy that day. I took some photos and after the baptism, we had our lunch in the shed that we rented for P500. After lunch, the kids went to swim and not long after that, it rained. We had to go in the shed and when the rain stopped we went headed home.

Click here for the first batch of water baptism at the beach and also here for the water baptism last May this year. I forgot to make a post about the water baptism we had last year in May 2010 wherein pastor baptized 10 kids at the beach. By the way, I am the one taking all the photos. I am not a professional photographer and my camera is not DSLR but I just love taking photos.

















Sunday, September 11, 2011

Hubby's Clothes

My hubby always tells me that I have lots of clothes. He maybe right but I always tell him, look who's talking. He himself got lots of clothes too. In fact our closet is already full of clothes and there's no more space to accommodate new set of clothes. We are thinking of giving away some of our clothes that we don't use no more to those poor people in our church. I know they will appreciate it very much. Hubby had gained weight that's why most of his clothes don't fit him no more. I need to buy him Tall Mens Clothing with XL size so he can wear them to church.

I was going through all his clothes the other day and I asked him to try his church clothes and most of them are already tight. Gosh, hubby had been eating good. You can't tell that we don't have much money, huh! Others thought that we have a huge bank account that's why last week, a neighbor came to our house to borrow money. I told him the truth that we don't have money right now and that we can't even have our car fixed. I'm just working my butt off in blogging so I can help in our budget to buy our necessities like groceries and my hubby's church clothes.


Sunday Service

It's Sunday once again and we had a good service this morning. As usual, I taught the kids in Sunday School. There were some kids who were absent especially the boys. Sometimes they get lazy and I got so disappointed that they were not there on Sundays. Anyways, our Sunday School went well despite the lesser attendance. The kids memorized the memory verse that I gave last Sunday and they recited it in front of the class one by one. I gave them rewards for doing that.

Our worship service had less attendance too. I don't know why but it's one of those days. Maybe we need to visit more and do some follow-ups. The problem is our car needs to be fixed and right now we don't have the budget for that. We are waiting on God's blessings so we can have our car fixed. The message this morning was entitled "Sanctify" and the text verses are found in John 17:13-20.

Sanctification is regarded as a work of grace following one's salvation. God calls all believers to holiness and sanctification. We, as a child of God that are sanctified are to be committed to God's truth and serve as witnesses to His power and grace in this world. We are to be dedicated for God's exclusive use and we are encouraged to sanctify ourselves to God's service.


Wednesday, September 7, 2011

The Safest Place In The World

How to stay safe in the world today

1. Avoid riding in automobiles because they are responsible for 20% of all fatal accidents.

2. Do not stay home because 17% of all accidents occur in the home.

3. Avoid walking on streets or sidewalks because 14% of all accidents occur to pedestrians.

4. Avoid traveling by air, rail, or water because 16% of all accidents involve these forms of transportation.

5. Of the remaining 33%, ! 32% of all deaths occur in Hospitals. So, .... above all else, avoid hospitals.


BUT, ... You will be pleased to learn that only 001% of all deaths occur in worship services in church, and these are usually related to previous physical disorders.

Therefore, logic tells us that the safest place for you to be at any given point in time is at church!

...And....Bible study is safe too. The percentage of deaths during Bible study is even less.

So, for SAFETY'S sake...Attend church, and read your Bible. IT COULD SAVE YOUR LIFE!

And remember this: When you are living in the center of God's will, you are in the safest place on earth.


Monday, September 5, 2011

Sunday's Message

We had a good service last Sunday. Though the weather was cloudy and rainy, we had more people than what we expected. As usual, the kids in Sunday School were there. The faithful kids who were always present brought their Bibles. I gave out memory verses for them to memorize and also I asked the boys to sing in front of the class and they did. Next I asked the girls to give a special song too and they complied. After that I gave them candies and lollipops which made them happy. I told them the story of the Widow's Mite found in Mark 12:41-44. Jesus praised the widow for giving her last penny to God.

Our worship service went well. Pastor's message was entitled "Jesus, A Name Above All Names" and the text verse was found in Luke 1:30-31. He then explained What The Name Of Jesus Means.

1. J- ustification -(Romans 5:9)
2. E- ternal Life - (John 11:25-26)
3. S- acrifice - (Hebrew 9:28)
4. U- ndying Love - (Romans 9:35-39)
5. S- alvation - (Acts 4:12)

What you do today with the name of Jesus can determine eternity in heaven or eternity in hell. It's your choice.


Sunday, August 28, 2011

Happy Sunday

It's a rainy Sunday! For a few days now, it's been raining cats and dogs due to typhoon Mina. I was praying to the Lord that it will not rain hard today so people will go to church. The Lord answers prayers. The people who were present this morning in our worship service were more than what we expected. Hubby prepared his message a few days ago entitled Christ as Lord in our Lives and the text verse is found in Colosians 3:1. We had a good service today though it showered a little bit this morning. Thank you Lord for you are the Lord in our lives. Jesus the Boss, Lord of lords and King of kings!

If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. Colossians 3:1-3 KJV


Friday, August 26, 2011

Forgive and Forget

It's really hard to forgive others who did us wrong especially if that person is one whom you consider as a friend.

I used to have a neighbor who came and cleaned the house three times a week. She did some house chores like vacuuming, mopping, washing dishes, dusting, throwing out the trash and cleaning the bathroom. She worked for me for seven months and we became friends. She's the first Mexican woman who became my friend. Before she starts her work, we go out walking first for our exercise. While we were out walking, I asked her to take photos of me with the nice scenery that we passed by with my digital camera. Every time she make tortillas, she gave us a bunch and she even showed me how to do it. In return I gave her lumpia and pancit whenever I cook. I also tried to witness to her about the Lord Jesus Christ and invited her to church with her 2 grandkids. After 5 months though, I noticed that some of my jewelries were missing. The diamond ring that my hubby gave me and the matching necklace and earrings were not in my jewelry box no more. So I asked her if she's seen it because nobody go in and out of our room except her besides me and my hubby. She said she didn't see it and didn't take it. So I just let it go just like that though those jewelries had sentimental value to me because the diamond ring was hubby's gift to me when we repeated our vows here in Texas and the matching necklace and earrings were hubby's gift to me on Christmas 2005. She still continued cleaning our house.

After 2 months since that incident, my digital camera was nowhere to be found. I searched and searched but I can't find it. I called her on the phone to come and help me find my camera. She came and we searched all over the house but unluckily we didn't find it. I told her that since she started cleaning the house, most of my valuables were gone. I told her that my digital camera is so dear to me because I bought that with my salary from my first job in the US. Though I haven't seen her stealing my things, she's the only suspect I have since she was the only one coming in our house. I really felt so bad, tears started to roll down my cheeks. Though it hurts me to fire her, I had to before all my things will be stolen. I even threatened her to report to the police but she hung up on me on the phone. That was the last time I talked to her. I haven't seen her since then because they moved to another house which is 3 blocks away from my house a few days before I discovered that my digicam was missing. That night I can't sleep thinking of my camera that was stolen. My hubby told me not to think about it so I can sleep. He said it's just a piece of metal and we can't do anything now to find it. He told me to forgive my suspect, the person I considered as my friend. Well, though I wanted to, it was really hard at that time. I was still hurting and it caused me some sleepless nights and I felt hatred in my heart. I had to do a lot of praying to the Lord and asked Him to give me a forgiving heart.

My hubby had bought me a new digicam to replace my stolen camera. A few months had passed and I can say that I had already forgiven her. They said that time heals all the wounds, but for me, it is God who heals all the wounds. Though she didn't ask forgiveness, I chose to forgive her. How can my Heavenly Father forgive me if I don't forgive others who wronged me. The Bible says that we should forgive others 70 times seven which means always. No matter what others did to us, we must forgive them because it is the will of God. Forgiveness will release us from the bondage of hatred and bitterness in our hearts.

For if ye forgive men their trespasses your heavenly Father will also forgive you But if ye forgive not men their trespasses. neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. Matthew 6:14-15 KJV





Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Marygen's Testimony

We had a great service last Sunday. Though there were some members who were absent, we felt the presence of the Holy Spirit. As usual, we started the service with opening prayer followed with congregational singing of hymns and praise songs. After that, we had the testimony time. One young mom stood up and shared her testimony. Her name is Marygen. She's been attending our church since February and was baptized in water last May. The past few weeks, she haven't been attending church because her husband had to go to the field to plant rice and she had to take care of her son.

Then one day she had colds and that started both of her hears can't hear. She became literally deaf and can't hear anything. She said day and night she was praying to the Lord, crying out her heart to God. She asked forgiveness from the Lord for not going to church for 4 Sundays. She believed that God chastised her for not going to church. She promised that if the Lord will restore her sense of hearing, she will go to church on Sundays to listen to God's word. She didn't lost hope, she persisted in praying to the Lord. She opened her Bible and the page she opened she read this verse "Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you" in Matthew 7:7. She claimed this verse and asked God to heal her. She even slept with the Bible as her pillow. The Lord healed her so that Sunday morning, she was present in the church. She was crying while relating her testimony. She said that God is good and He answers prayers. Most of us were teary-eyed while listening to her testimony and I was truly blessed. Pastor George's message that morning entitled "Approaching The Throne Of Grace" goes with her testimony. To God be the glory.
Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of. Hebrews 4:16 KJV



Sunday, August 14, 2011

Free Bibles

Yesterday, hubby and I went to attend the orientation and to pick up the free Bibles from the Philippine Bible Society. We arrived there at 10AM because we were in the second batch. The first batch was not yet finished when we arrived and I was surprised to see a lot of pastors and ministers from different churches who were there to attend the orientation and to pick up free Bibles too. We have to pay Ph165 for the registration and they gave each church 50 Bibles and also 40 pieces free visual aids for the kids in my Sunday School with matching story and Bible reference at the back. We were also given 20 booklets of the Book of John. We saved more than Ph7000 just for the Bibles alone.

During the orientation, the speaker told us that the donor of the Bibles is the Generic Pharmacy. They give out 1 million Bibles yearly to the Filipinos. According to the statistics in 2010, there are more than 94,013,200 million Filipinos and only 40% Filipinos own Bibles while the other 60% don't have. So there are 56,407,920 Filipinos who don't have Bibles. It's a good thing there are people who has big hearts and very much concern to lost souls going to hell like the Generic Pharmacy that they donate 1 million Bibles yearly. I hope there will be more like them because if they are the only donors, it will take more than 56 years for them to give Bibles to all the Filipinos. Thank you Generic Pharmacy and may your tribe increase!




Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Prayer

This is one of the best prayers I think I have ever read. Pray this even if you don't feel like it. It will only take a minute. You never know when God is going to bless you. Good things happen when you least expect them to.


Dear Lord, I thank You for this day,

I thank You for my being able to see

and to hear this morning.

I'm blessed because You are

a forgiving God and

an understanding God.

You have done so much for me

and You keep on blessing me.

Forgive me this day for everything

I have done, said or thought

that was not pleasing to you.



I ask now for Your forgiveness.

Please keep me safe

from all danger and harm.

Help me to start this day

with a new attitude and plenty of gratitude.

Let me make the best of each and every day

to clear my mind so that I can hear from You.

Please broaden my mind

that I can accept all things.

Let me not whine and whimper

over things I have no control over.

And give me the best response

when I'm pushed beyond my limits.



I know that when I can't pray,

You listen to my heart.

Continue to use me to do Your will.

Continue to bless me that I may be

a blessing to others.

Keep me strong that I may help the weak...

Keep me uplifted that I may have

words of encouragement for others.

I pray for those that are lost

and can't find their way.

I pray for those that are misjudged

and misunderstood.

I pray for those who

don't know You intimately.



I pray for those that don't believe.

But I thank You that I believe

that God changes people and

God changes things.

I pray for all my sisters and brothers.

For each and every family member

in their households.

I pray for peace, love and joy

in their homes; that they are out of debt

and all their needs are met.

I pray that every eye that reads this

knows there is no problem, circumstance,

or situation greater than God.

Every battle is in Your hands for You to fight.


I pray that these words be received

into the hearts of every eye that sees it

in Jesus' name. Amen!



Just repeat this phrase and see how God moves!!


God I love you and I need you,

come into my heart, please.

"The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the LORD shall be safe." Proverbs 29:25


Monday, July 25, 2011

God's Letter With His Resume

Ever wonder what the resume for God would look like? In this day and age, everyone's having to look for a job. This is an idea of what God's resume would look like if He were to apply as a manager in your life.

To Whom It May Concern:

I heard you were considering a new manager in your life. I would like to apply for the job. I believe I am the most qualified candidate. I am the only one that has ever done this job successfully. I was the first manager of human beings. In fact I made them, so naturally I know how humanity works, and what is best to get people back into proper working condition. It will be like having the manufacturer as your personal mechanic. If this is your first time considering me, I would just like to point out that my salary has already been paid by the blood of my son, Jesus on the cross of Calvary. What I need from you is the acknowledgment that the price is sufficient to pay for all of your sin and your independence from Me. I need you to believe this in your heart and to tell somebody else about your decision with your mouth.


The next thing I ask is the right to change and fix your life so you can learn how to stay close to Me. I will make some major changes and revisions. They are not for you to worry about. I need your permission to execute these changes, My way and in My time. I will change your desires and give you the strength to make the changes. Please keep your hands out of the way. I won't require assistance.


Don't try to help me and don't resist me. I really do need your full commitment and cooperation. If you give me those, the process can go smoothly, without delays.


Yours Sincerely,
GOD

P.S. I created the heavens and the earth. I AM.


-----------------R E S U M E----------------------

NAME: GOD
ADDRESS: Everywhere (Omnipresent)
PHONE: 1(800)4U2-PRAY


EXPERIENCE: From the beginning of time. Before the beginning of time. From Everlasting to everlasting. I made time.

ABILITY: All Powerful (Omnipotent)

PRIOR EMPLOYMENT: Created the universe, put the galaxies in place, formed man.
Established heaven and earth by My spoken Word and am currently holding up the world by My power.

EDUCATION AND TRAINING: I AM - I AM all Knowledge - I AM Truth - I AM Light - I AM Understanding - I AM Life - I AM - Love - I AM - The Way - I AM the Good Shepherd - I AM - I and the Father "AM" One (Omniscient)

CHARACTER REFERENCE: Love, light, and life (1John 4:16, 1John 1:5, John 14:6). A representative, but by no means conclusive list of other character traits follows:
Wisdom - James 1:5
Comfort - 2 Corinthians 1:3
Truth - John 8:32
Healer - 1 Peter 2:24
Strength - Phil. 4:13
Forgiveness - 1John 1:9
Provider - Phil. 4:19
Mercy - Ephesians 2:24
Good - Matt. 19:17
Peace - Romans 14:17

AVAILABILITY: Willing and ready to take over your life. Able to put your life together again. Will bring all of who I AM into your life. Can start now. Available for 24hr a day companionship, counseling, guidance, comfort and consolation; to strengthen you and stand with you against all attacks from the enemy, to renew your mind and spirit, and will transform your life if you let Me. I will become your life and you will become My body.

SALARY REQUIREMENT: Payment for all work that has and will be accomplished in your life has already been paid for through the blood of My Son, Jesus. Your only responsibility is to Believe and commit, to have Faith an and trust and obey what Jesus has done and wants to do in your life.

Other references available upon request. I look forward to meet with personally.


Life is full of ups and downs, trials and tribulations; If you have a vacancy, a need or void in your life, Why not Let God become your Manager. HE is EVERLASTING.


Sunday, July 24, 2011

Answered Prayer

Since we started our ministry, hubby and I have been praying for a lot where we can build our own church. It's been more than two years since we started and first, we held our services in our carport and sometimes in our living room. Then last year, we moved to a village and we've been renting a small house since then. The space is so limited and there's not enough room for the kids in Sunday School. Hubby and I keep on praying to God to give us a land for our church. Our church has savings from the tithes of the members but then it's not that much because not all are giving their tithes. Most of those people that come to church belong to poor families and only 3 families give their tithes regularly.

So hubby and I haven't been looking for a land because we know our church can't afford it yet. Until last month, one of our church members offered us to buy their land for a very reasonable price just beside the lot that our church is renting. They needed the money to pay the tuition fee of their granddaughter. The area of the land is 220 sq.m. Not that big but just enough to erect a building for our own church. We believe this is an answer to our prayer so bought the land. We thank the good Lord for answering our prayers. Now, we are praying for a church building!

Jesus says, "Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them." Mark 11:24




Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Incentives For the Kiddos

Some kids in my Sunday School class were given school supplies before the school opening last June. I told the kids that I only give notebooks and pens/pencils to those who didn't have more than 2 absences in their class during summer vacation. I did this to give incentives to those kids who attend regular in my Sunday School class. So far out of 18 kids who were enrolled in my class, only 7 kids were qualified. Those kids who received the school supplies were so happy and I'm pretty sure even their parents too. Most of those kids come from a poor family, mostly farmers. The kids received 10 notebooks each and pens/pencils. Last year, the church gave all the kids school supplies.




Monday, July 11, 2011

Fashionable Scrubs

Every time I see those people in the medical field I always notice their fashionable and nice looking scrub uniforms. I was confined in the rehabilitation hospital a few years ago and I've seen the high fashion scrubs worn by my physical therapist both men and women. So for almost a month that I was in the hospital, all I see them wear everyday were their scrub uniforms and I still remember most of the colors they wore were green, white and maroon.


I was wondering before where do those physical therapists buy their uniforms until I came across Blue Sky Scrubs. I was browsing their site and I've seen their high fashion scrubs like what my physical therapists were wearing. I also did see a section at Blue Sky Scrubs which was devoted to kids scrubs, so your child could dress up like a doctor for fun or on Halloween. So if you are in the medical field or for whatever reasons you have for medical scrubs, you can buy it online at http://www.blueskyscrubs.com/. An important thing to note is that these scrubs cannot be found in stores. You can only find them at the said website.


Sunday, July 10, 2011

Your Clothes Are Talking

Ladies, your clothes are talking. I hope I can help you know what they are saying. Proverbs 7:10 says, "And, behold, there met him a woman with the attire of an harlot and subtle heart." Quite simply, a harlot wears clothing that purposely draws attention to her body, especially certain areas of her body -bust, legs and backside.


1st Timothy 2:9a says, "In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel." These two verses represent two extremes-the immodest woman wearing the attire of the harlot and the modestly-dressed lady. I looked up the word "modest," and it means "decorous" or "moderate." Of course, the woman dressed in modest apparel would not draw attention to her body.


If you are a woman who has been involved in a good, Bible-believing, fundamental church for years, and you have worn dresses and skirts for years, you probably think you are doing pretty good in this area. The world has a way of creeping in and influencing the way even Christian women appear. I want to point out some of these areas in hopes of making you aware of the messages your clothes are giving. Hopefully, after reading this, you will understand that certain clothes and the way they fit you are giving off a message. You want to be sure it is not the same message a harlot's attire would give.


Before I comment on the immodest clothing some women wear, I would like to point out one example that is too familiar to all of us. That example is the Christian woman who appears this way far too often: t-shirt not tucked in, jean skirt or old, casual, yet comfortable skirt, socks and tennis shoes. There may even be a run in her hose. Most likely her hair is pulled back in a ponytail, if given any attention at all. You ask, "If she is modest, what is wrong with that?" My answer is, "Nothing, if she is planning to clean out the closet or go hiking with her kids."


1. Too many Christian women bring criticism to Christianity because they look sloppy in their appearance.

When they dress this way frequently, they are giving off the message-"I don't care how I look." Of course, as daughters of the King, we want to look our best.


2. The tight-fitting garment.

The following is a way to know if a garment fits too tight on top. If your garment cups under the bustline or around the bustline, it is too tight. You can test this in any full-length mirror. You will be surprised at what you see. If your garment cups your bustline as described, you are giving off this message-"Look at my bust."


3. The too-sheer garment.

The way to know if your garment is too sheer is to see if your undergarment straps (bra and slip straps) can be seen through your outer garments. If they are visible, this could cause thoughts in the mind of a man that you really do not intend. The message your clothes are giving if too sheer is-"Look at my undergarments."

This problem can be remedied by acquiring a camisole with wide straps or even cutting off the sleeves of an old white t-shirt and wearing it as a covering for your undergarments.


4. The skirt or dress with a slit.

We all know there is rarely a time when we can purchase a garment with a slit and find that it is already sewn for us to meet our Christian standards. Perhaps you are thinking, "What's the harm of a few slits? I wear skirts and dresses. That in itself is a big change for me!"

May I give you a good rule of thumb which will answer the above question. A good rule is that your slit should be no higher than two inches from the floor when in an upright kneeling position. Anything higher than that reveals your thigh. Remember, the harlot reveals her merchandise to drum up business. If your slit is higher than the standard given above, you are giving off this message-"Look at my legs."


5. The too-low neckline.

It is quite frustrating sometimes to shop for a garment which has a high enough neckline to meet our standards. So, many times we settle for what the stores have to offer because we want to stay in style. We can be in style in a modest way without lowering ourselves to the world's standards.

Find the "U" right below your neck and at the top middle of your collar bone. Now, place your four fingers closed together at the bottom of your "U." If skin is showing below your four fingers, your garment is too low. Anything worn with a low neckline draws attention to your chest area. Just remember this: "The lower the neckline, the more curious a man gets." Surely we do not want to put men in that position. I believe many Christian women are ignorantly doing this. When your neckline is too low, you are giving off this message-"Look at my bust."


6. The tight skirt or tight-fitting part of a dress below the waist.

The following test will determine if your garment fits too tightly below the waist. Stand in front of a full-length mirror. If your skirt cups under your backside or abdomen, it is too tight. One thing I have seen that is a turn-off and quite unbecoming is panty lines showing through a skirt. If the skirt would have been looser, I would not have had to view this, and neither would our Christian men who are trying hard to keep their minds clean. Also, we want to avoid being sensuous. When your skirt is too tight, you are giving off this message-"Look at my backside."


7. The modestly dressed woman.

She wears an outfit with a high neckline that is loose-fitting around the bust and backside, yet flattering and pretty, under which are the proper undergarments for those sheer areas of the outer garment. The slit is properly sewn or nonexistent. Our attention would seem to be drawn to only one part of her body-her face. Her clothes are worn in such a way that she has made her acquaintance look her in the eye and see her for the lady that she is. When a woman dresses in such a way, she is giving off the message-"Look at my face." This should be the only area men want to look at when they see us; however, we determine that.


It would seem that there are only two reasons why women dress immodestly:

1. A mind problem.

Women do not think through how they look each day in front of a full-length mirror. They should take a few seconds each morning to quickly check the bustline, backside, slits, etc.

2. A heart problem.

Women are now aware of the messages they give when they wear certain types of garments or wear them are an immodest way. Some women continue to wear immodest apparel or try to hide behind excuses or simply know better but do it anyway. They need to be reminded that the harlot was "subtle of heart." "Subtil" means "cunning" or "clever." In other words, she knew exactly what she was doing. Christian women need not be "subtil of heart."

James 4:17 teaches, "Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin." Before you read this, you possibly did not know better.


Saturday, July 9, 2011

The Proper Women's Dress

The question of proper dress for women has been of interest to many. Actually, God's guidelines regarding clothing and dress are very general. God expects Christian women to dress in "modest apparel, with propriety and moderation (discretion, margin) " (I Timothy 2:9)—that is, in clothes that are not flamboyant and garish. A Christian woman should not be an "exhibitionist" in attracting undue attention to herself by wearing clothing that is provocative, suggestive, or outrageous.

You can dress very stylishly, and nicely, as a Christian woman without showing everything. Christian women should not show a bunch of cleavage, I think that is first and foremost. Not a lot of skin. Not skin tight dresses or jeans that look like you had to be poured into them. Modesty is a virtue; that doesn't mean you have to cover up from head to toe, it means, exercise some common sense. You can look attractive without looking like a tart, and I don't think there is a woman living who doesn't know the difference.

By the same token, this does not mean that Christian women should be drab, colorless, or tasteless dressers. A Christian is to be a light to the world (Matthew 5:14-16), an example of balance and good taste. We should not be so out of step with the fashions of society that we stand out like the proverbial "sore thumb." Clothes can be fashionable without being immodest or peculiar. Apparel should be appropriate for the occasion—decent swimsuits for the beach, jeans for yard work, and usually a dress or other nicer outfit for special occasions. A Christian woman should especially strive to look nice for her husband and family.

In the Old Testament, God gives this law: "A woman shall not wear anything that pertains to a man, nor shall a man put on a woman's garment, for all who do so are an abomination to the LORD your God" (Deuteronomy 22:5). This refers to transvestism or cross-dressing, not to a woman's wearing of pants that are designed for women. The simple principle is that men should look and dress like men—masculine—and women should look and dress like women—feminine. By doing so, we will both glorify God.

The "meek and quiet spirit" of a truly converted Christian woman will be reflected in the kind of clothing she selects (I Peter 3:1-4). She will wear what is appropriate and stylish for any given occasion, but with proper modesty and decorum. And God will look on the heart of such a woman with approval.



Thursday, July 7, 2011

Water Baptism at The Beach

Hubby did the water baptism of the 3rd batch last May 28, 2011 at the beach. He baptized 10 people this time. There were 6 ladies and 4 kids who got baptized by pastor George. We hired a jeepney to go to the beach and we also brought with us foods for our lunch. One of the men in our church who is my uncle cooked the foods and I cooked the rice. Most of the ladies and some kids went with us too so we had a celebration after the water baptism.

During the baptism, the waves were so rough unlike the last baptisms that we had. Nevertheless, we managed to take some photos as souvenirs. Hubby said that next time that we will have baptism,we will just hold it in the resort's swimming pool.

Most of us went to the beach and had swimming after the water baptism. Though I don't swim, I went to the water and had a good time with hubby and the other church members. Then we ate lunch and enjoyed the food. My uncle was a good cook. The foods were great and all of us got full! We went home happy and I just pray that those who were baptized will have a changed life and will continue in serving the Lord.



How It's Made

Authored by Raymond Whitney


For those, like myself, who really like to see exactly how things work How It's Made is a fantastic show. This show is on regularly throughout the week providing a constant stream of interesting programming. Almost nightly I race home from work with the intention of kicking off my shoes, reclining in my chair, and watching this program on www.tvbydirect.com.


There are normally two or three different products, concepts, or ideas showcased and explained during one half-hour show. One night they could be showing how candy bars are made and another night it might be the deconstruction of the U.S spacecraft. Regardless of the items featured??this show is captivating.


It's sometimes hard to find a program that is both informative as well as interesting, but How It's Made has it all. I've watched the show for several years and doubt it will be off the air anytime soon. In fact, many times viewers write in to suggest topics for the show. I think the reason so many people like this show is due to the fact they feel involved. A viewer gets the chance to really see "up close? how machines of all types operate.


Whether one is mechanically inclined or has never held a wrench in their hand, really doesn't matter??this is exciting programming for all.


Sunday, July 3, 2011

The Ministry of the Holy Spirit

(John 16:7--15)

The moment we trust Jesus Christ as our personal Savior, we are adopted into God's family, and the Holy Spirit comes to live within us. His presence is a guarantee that we belong to our Heavenly Father.

The Holy Spirit ministry is essential to our ability to carry out God's work - and do it in a manner pleasing to Him. Transforming us from the inside out to be like Jesus and producing godly fruits in our lives are significant parts of His work. The Holy Spirit also convicts us of sin, provides us with understanding and wisdom and gives us the spiritual gifts we need to serve God. Only through the Holy Spirit's divine presence do we receive the equipping and empowerment necessary to accomplish God's plan. As we serve in a godly manner, we will testify to the truth of who Jesus is.

All truly saved people have God's supernatural power to accomplish the work He has for them to do. Yet not all Christians chose to operate out of the Holy Spirit's strength. Sometimes that's because we're confident in our own abilities and see no need to involve the Holy Spirit. A related reason is pride: we want to work things out ourselves and not depend on God. Human nature likes to be in control and have it's own way.

By attempting to live the Christian life in our our own strength, we achieve only what we ourselves are able to accomplish which isn't much. However, when you and I operate in the strength and power of the Holy Spirit, the result is what our Almighty God can do. The presence of the Holy Spirit is essential to our living a victorious life.


Thursday, June 30, 2011

The Holy Spirit

(Luke 24:44---49)

After His resurrection, the Lord told His disciples to stay in Jerusalem and wait. Even though they had lived and served with Jesus for three years, something more was required before they could do kingdom work. They were in need of a divine presence, a helper who would equip and empower them to fulfill their divine calling.

Who is the Holy Spirit? He is God the Spirit----- the third one of the trinity, who has equal standing and relationship with the God the Father and God the Son. Jesus spoke the words of His Father and sought to glorify God: so too the Holy Spirit speaks only what He hears, and His purpose is to glorify Christ (John 16:13--14) the Holy Spirit is the fulfillment of a promise made by God to everyone who has chosen to follow Christ.

What is the Holy Spirit's purpose? Jesus called Him our helper, who teaches us and brings to mind what we have learned ( John 14:26) He is our constant companion, who will never leave us (John 14:16) He seeks to transform us into Christ likeness in our attitude, priorities, thought life and behavior.

Some Christians have mistakenly thought of the Holy Spirit as a source of power rather than a divine person. He is God the Spirit and His presence within us is vital to our ability to follow God.


Monday, May 9, 2011

VBS 2011

We had our church's VBS last May 2-6 2011. We started late this year, unlike last year, we started it on April 12-16. We had around 30 kids who attended the VBS this time. Our VBS theme was The Armor Of God from Ephesians 6:11, "Put on the whole armor of God that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil." I was the only available teacher but it's good my hubby also taught the boys for 2 days. I prepared all the stuffs needed for their activities, crafts, lessons, games and snacks. It's like I was a super woman but I'm thankful my hubby was always there to give a helping hand. I slept late for a week doing all the needed stuffs for the next day. I thank God that He gave me strength to handle the kids in VBS. All the kids were able to memorized the memory verse and most of them accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. I enjoyed teaching the kids and 5 days passed so quick and last Saturday was their graduation. It was a blessing to see those kids come to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.



















Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me. (Isaiah 6:8)