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In Praise of God

I am so amazed at the depth of God's wisdom and sovereignty in planning our lives that He directs it step by step. There are new things to discover about Him day by day. God is never a boring God to me. To me, He is always alive. He can be quiet sometimes. And before to me that was painful - to just be still and recollect the last thing He said. Though at times He can be so "in your face" that it is hard to miss Him, as He guides you daily step by step.
I'm in awe of this side of God. There's always something new to learn about Him, about yourself, of life and His creation. The knowledge comes from His Word. I would literally write so many pages in my journals because of all that He would show me. In men's eyes, my world may not have moved that much. I have gone through years and months of waiting time. But deep inside me, the knowledge of God grows so much more, deeply rooted in the fiber of my being until I feel I could not but move as one with Him, in sync …

God's Plan of Salvation (Chinese Translation)

My Friend: I am asking you the most important question of life. Your joy or your sorrow for all eternity depends upon your answer. The question is: Are you saved? It is not a question of how good you are, nor if you are a church member, but are you saved? Are you sure you will go to Heaven when you die?
God says in order to go to Heaven, you must be born again. In John 3:7, Jesus said to Nicodemus, “Ye must be born again.”
In the Bible God gives us the plan of how to be born again which means to be saved. His plan is simple! You can be saved today. How?
朋友!我要问你人生中最最重要的问题,它是与你永远的喜乐或悲伤紧密相连的。这个问题就是:“你得救了吗?”这不是问你有没有行善,也不是问你有没有加入教会,而是问你有没有得救,也就是问你能不能肯定,你死了以后一定会上天堂。真神耶稣在圣经的约翰福音3:7中说,为了能上天堂,“你们必须重生。”圣经把使人得救的方法告诉我们,让我们知道如何重生和得救。神的方法很简单,你现在就可以得救。你愿意吗?
First, my friend, you must realize you are a sinner. “For all have sinned,and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).
Because you are a sinner, you are condemned to death. “For the wages [paymentof sin is death” (Romans 6:23). This includ…

Receiving Christ

Rules alone cannot cleanse. It takes the blood of Christ and repentance to be fully free from sins.
The best step is to ask God for a new heart by receiving Him. 

"Jesus, I need you. I have done wrong. Please forgive me of my sins and come into my life. I ask You not just to be part of my life, but to guide me according to the words I read in the Bible. Thank you for Your mercy and forgiveness. I am now committed to follow You. Amen."

God is ready to forgive, cleanse you and give you a new life.

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The Flight of the Sparrow

Eurasian Tree Sparrow
I became fascinated with this creature one day. On the way to work, one passed over near the right side of my head and dropped to the ground. It seemed to be a normal event. Birds of this kind flock around the Philippines in urban cities, such as where I work.

And moments later, a second sparrow or "Maya", as it is called here, landed on the ground, again passing just over my head.

I took notice and Google-d that day what it was called and found the species - the "Eurasian Tree Sparrow" with scientific name Passer montanus, a bird that lives in Eurasia and Southeast Asia. 

I remembered Jesus' words about sparrows: "Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will FALL TO THE GROUND apart from the will of your Father. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don't be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows." Matthew 10:29-31 (Emphasis mine)

I went home that day knowing the message is not t…

Be Born Again in Spirit

I seem to be containing a lot these days for I have been silent perhaps for a month. :-)

There's a verse in the Bible that says, "Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to Spirit," from John 3:6.
Upon knowing God, we are born again into His Spirit. So the way of the flesh is no more.

We must be born again into the new life of the Spirit.

Why?

Because the fruit of the flesh is still flesh. Our nature was of the ways of the flesh and was sinful. And when we do mere religion, the fruit is still flesh. Why? Because flesh cannot give birth yet to the Spirit.

Religion is not bad in itself but because we were by nature sinful, by itself it does not bring Spirit. Since the source is the flesh, the fruit will be flesh.

One must be born again into the Spirit. Being born again does not pertain to religion. It means having a new life in the Spirit. When a person is born again, he is a new creation. The old has gone and the new has come! He now brings fruit that will re…

The Voice of My Shepherd

I will begin this entry with the verse from John 10:27
"My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me."

Part of my job sometimes is to transcribe meetings. It's actually a fun ordeal for me because I like to hear about people and what they think. Sometimes though it's hard to distinguish the same-sounding voices, whereas some people have "signature" accents so you know which one is speaking, especially if you haven't met them.

After some runs, I realize it's easier of course to recognize the familiar voices. You know their voice by just a word, or an utterance. You know whose voice it was. 

The same with listening to the voice of the Father. It never is a perfect science. But God said his sheep know his voice and the closer you get to Him, the more you recognize the real from the fake. Hopefully, my dream for myself is to get to a point where God's mere breath and utterance is more than I need to recognize him.

Our hearing from God is …