Friday, November 17, 2017

1 John 1:8

If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. - 1 John 1:8-10 (American KJV)


Sunday, September 17, 2017

Just Renewed My Driver's License Today

I've just renewed my driver's license here for another 5 years. The government has changed the procedures regarding driver's license renewal. Now we must go through medical examinations like eye and blood test. I only learned this changes this morning when I went to renew my license. A taxi driver told me that this changes started just 5 months ago. The taxi driver who took me to the hospital for an examination also helped with some of the procedures there. It turns out he's moonlighting as some sort of a middleman (or something). I paid him 50 Rials for his help and for taking me back to the licensing office.

I really thought this new procedure will give me a hard time and will test my patience, but to my surprise, it turned out to be easy and very fast compared 5 years ago when I first renewed my license, I waited almost a week before I got my license, unlike now, It just took me less than 3 hours to get through all the procedures and get my license. Thank You, Lord Jesus Christ for your help!

At the hospital.

Praise the LORD!

Monday, July 24, 2017

Pacquiao Quotes Bible in Defence of Martial Law Extension - He's correct, BUT...

Sen. Manny Pacquiao is correct, when he said that Whoever rebels against authority, rebels against God” (in defense of martial law extension), yes, we should obey human authorities (Romans 13:1, 1 Peter 2:13), BUT...we have to determine first whether the authority is violating God's law or not. If it does violate God's law, then "we must obey God rather than men" (Acts 5:29). 

In the case of Philippine president Duterte's administration, so far there are 12 thousand Filipinos dead from extrajudicial killings. They all died without due process. We do not know whether they are guilty or not. Also, Duterte has been a bad example to the populace in regards to his tasteless jokes and cussing in public. He's a self-confessed murderer, a self-confessed thief, a liar, and an adulterer. Now, is this the kind of authority we should follow? Does the Duterte administration follow Exodus 20:13 (You shall not murder), etc..? 
"Christians are to obey human law except where that human law violates God's Law. Our supreme duty is to obey God. Since God tells us to also obey human laws, we should. But, when they come in conflict, we are to "obey God rather than men."" - CARM.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Christian Duterte Supporters are Making a Huge Mistake

Some of my Filipino "Christian" friends (who I know of are Duterte supporters) on FB who do not even 'LIKE' most of my posts (esp. Bible verses, Christian memes, and articles) for a long time in the past would suddenly burst into scene whenever I post anything against Philippine president Duterte, and they are quick to comment on my wall to defend him. Can't I post on MY own wall stuff that are really happening in the Philippines like for example the killings of poor innocent people (which God hates, by the way)? 

What's happening to Christianity? How could a “Christian” defend a murderer when the Word of God clearly says, "YOU SHALL NOT MURDER." (Exodus 20:13)? It’s not that hard to understand, is it? They’d often point out Romans 13:1-2 which is to submit to (good) authorities, but what they can't see (or refuse to see) is the wickedness of this administration. How can a Christian submit, follow, (and worst) support an evil authority without breaking God’s law? It’s impossible unless they twist the Word of God.

“Christians are to obey human law except where that human law violates God's Law. Our supreme duty is to obey God. Since God tells us to also obey human laws, we should. But, when they come in conflict, we are to “obey God rather than men” (Acts 5:29). “ - Shall We Obey God’s Law or Human Law? CARM (Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry)

A lot of professing Christians would brag about witnessing to the unbelievers, but support Duterte’s extra-judicial killings of innocent Filipinos who probably had died without even knowing Jesus Christ. It doesn’t make sense. And even if some of the victims are really drug addicts or pushers, where is mercy? Jesus says in the Beatitudes, “Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.” (Matthew 5:7). God has been so merciful to us, and we ought to show mercy to others also. They would also often post Bible verses on their FB walls about how they love Jesus Christ and that they would follow Him wherever He leads them, and how His Word comforts and strengthens them in times of their troubles, but they don’t realize that by supporting Duterte (a self-confessed murderer, adulterer, and a liar) they are actually throwing Jesus Christ under the bus and His Word in the garbage bin. Even some unbelievers can see this and would sometimes criticize them (and consequently Christianity as a whole) for being hypocrites. Sadly, Jesus Christ is not being glorified.

I didn’t intend this to be this long as this was supposed to be just a shout out on my FB wall, but it turned out to be a short blog. I guess I’ve got a lot of things to say. Christians are called to be the light of this world. We should always be the first to condemn wickedness, not be partakers of it. We should always speak against evil, not defend it. Christian Duterte supporters are making a huge mistake. They are sinning by supporting a murderer. They should repent. Dietrich Bonhoeffer once said, “Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.”

Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil; cling to what is good. ~ Romans 12:9

Friday, April 21, 2017

SIN - Enjoy Now, Pay Later

Repent of all your sins and trust only in Jesus Christ!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

READING: "SLAVE: The Hidden Truth About Your Identity in Christ" by John MacArthur Jr.

Slave: The Hidden Truth About Your Identity in ChristSlave: The Hidden Truth About Your Identity in Christ by John F. MacArthur Jr.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

An eye-opening book that really changed the way I see myself as a follower of Jesus Christ. John MacArthur explains well the meaning of "Doulos", which is the original greek word used in the New Testament. I'm not just a "servant" of Christ, but a "SLAVE" of Christ.

"Like slaves, we are to be fully devoted to our Master alone. Our greatest concern is summed up in the words of Christ: "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength" (Mark 12:30 NKJV). Such exclusive devotion makes it impossible to serve God and other masters at the same time. We cannot simultaneously serve God and money, worship the true God and idols, or live according to the Spirit and the flesh."

- pg. 48, Chapter 3 (The Good and Faithful Slave), "Slave, The Hidden Truth About Your Identity In Christ". By John MacArthur jr.

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Sunday, January 1, 2017

Happy New Year: But This One Thing I Do...

Brothers, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth to those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. - Philippians 3:13-14

Finally, brothers, whatever things are true, whatever things are honest, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. - Philippians 4:8