True Riches

The Gospels contain parables. Jesus spoke a lot of parables, not to conceal but to speak the truth. The Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary defined “Parable” as “a short, simple story designed to communicate a spiritual truth, religious principle, or moral lesson; a figure of speech in which truth is illustrated by a comparison orContinue reading “True Riches”

“Loving One Another” Cliché

Christians tend to believe what they are told, instead of what Scripture has taught or Scripture itself. Yes, there is a huge difference between the two. For instance, we were told that Christ Jesus was nailed to the cross and died of crucifixion on a Friday, and He resurrected early Sunday morning. Yet in Scripture,Continue reading ““Loving One Another” Cliché”

Let’s Be Real

Next week all Christendom would be remembering the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, more popularly known as the Holy Week. For the sake of clarity, the term “Holy Week” was nowhere spoken in the Bible, it’s a later invention, see caption on quotation below. In the Greek and Roman liturgical books, it is calledContinue reading “Let’s Be Real”

Following Jesus

Colonial mentality is still very much embedded in the minds of most people, especially here in the Philippines. Simple discipleship approaches have to be imported from foreign soil. No wonder Christianity here has always been challenged, without real progress. Discipleship is never about programs. Approaches might differ according to each cultural background but the mainContinue reading “Following Jesus”

Christianity 101 (From the story of Othniel)

Had Bible study last night. We studied Judges 3:1-11. Othniel, son of Caleb’s younger brother, was sent by the LORD to rescue Israel but ONLY after they had cried out to Him. So Israel experienced rest for forty years under the guidance of Othniel, the first Judge sent by the LORD. Christians, likewise chosen byContinue reading “Christianity 101 (From the story of Othniel)”

God Is Above All Circumstances

Our recent circumstances may not look good – high inflation, high peso-dollar exchange rate, high fuel cost, high borrowing rates. All these and many others are contributing factors to low purchasing power, scarce job opportunities, limited business expansion, activities and etc. Without a doubt, no one is spared. Everyone is affected by the current financialContinue reading “God Is Above All Circumstances”

Dissecting Jeremiah 29:11

The LORD of host, the God of Israel said in Scripture: “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope,” Jeremiah 29:11. I recall this was the exact passage assigned to me to exegete in one ofContinue reading “Dissecting Jeremiah 29:11”

Truth Matters

That is the declaration of Jesus Christ about Himself and His Word, see John 14:6. “Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.’” In Hebrews 9:28, the Bible said: “So also the Messiah (Jesus Christ), having been offered once toContinue reading “Truth Matters”

Look Up, Not Down

Sometimes even Christians feel and look defeated. If so, read Psalm 37. The first two verses said, “Fret not yourself because of evildoers; be not envious of wrongdoers. For they will soon fade like the grass and wither like the green herb.” Then in verses 7-9, the Psalmist continued, “Be still before the LORD andContinue reading “Look Up, Not Down”

Good News or Fake News?

It has been more than a month since we were hit by Typhoon Rai. Practically all our basic utilities were rendered unavailable. No power, no water and no internet. Both power and water are now back in our area, but a lot of areas remain powerless and have no water. Until now, our internet remainsContinue reading “Good News or Fake News?”