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One reality of living is that we sin. No matter how hard we try to leave a godly and clean life, there is always an imperfection creeping in. Needless to say, we are not perfect beings. We are only human. God, alone, is perfect. However, as a person, I have always tried to be perfect. To control what I can control. I try to avoid sinning. I try not to do to others what I don’t want them to do to me. I try not to gossip, not to lose my temper, not to dishonor anyone and a whole lot more. But that’s pretty much what I can do by myself…to try.

Have you ever been frustrated with a recurring bad habit? How many times have you beaten yourself up for always “falling into a temptation”? Have you reached the point when you absolutely hated yourself because you have repeatedly failed to stand firm on your resolution to live a clean life? Were there times when you feel that you are already abusing God’s forgiveness and because of that you just don’t ask for forgiveness anymore? The reason why I am asking is that I have been there and most of the time…I still am. The fact is that the enemy is everywhere and he is present in every temptation and circumstances in our lives. He exists for a purpose: to steal, kill and destroy.

Everyone has his own “demons to battle” and it is mostly manifested by your weakest areas. It may be a blatant sin such as sexual perversion, lust, rage/temper, greed, pride or lying. It may also be subtle like cheating, gossiping, people pleasing, and procrastination. In every battle, the most important thing to know and understand is your enemy: to identify and pursue it head on. We have been given a natural alarm if something we do is wrong. Most sociologists and psychologists may identify them as the feeling you get when you act outside of the norm – when society, in general, does not accept what you do. I have a different view. Our natural alarm is that queasy feeling, that troubling whisper, that nagging and persistent feeling that bothers you every time and causes you to repeatedly ponder on what you have done. It is simply…GUILT.

Like most people, we try to justify our actions. We make logical analysis and worse, consider these “demons” as part of our human nature…our natural built. If we believe that we were made in the image and likeness of God then it should not be hard to understand that we were not designed to sin. To sin is not our natural make-up…rather; it is something that we need to conquer. This explains, then, the reason why we feel guilty…because sinning should not be natural to us. Similar to injecting a diluted or impure fuel to your car engine…sinning will not only bring troubles in your life but damage your soul as well.

I’m pretty sure you will agree with me that we can’t shake off guilt…that is why we feel the urge to recompense our misdeeds with good actions. The best way to remove guilt really is to conquer the cause. In my personal experience, the only effective way to conquer sin is to draw near to God. It is not a one-time solution. Never is. It is an unending process.

James 4:7-10 says,

Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double minded. Lament and mourn and weep! Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.

I realized that I am most vulnerable to making wrong decisions and give in to temptations and even unintentionally sinning when I am far from God. You see, the enemy seizes every opportunity big or small to attack us and being near God (in my case through prayer and devotion) enables us to be totally dependent and guided by Him. Our battle then is not ours alone to face since God is our ally!

I would like to share the following passages which inspired this entry:

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world, but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable and perfect, will of God.

Romans 12: 1-2

Romans 12 is replete with Paul’s admonition of living right but it all starts with his basic instruction (paraphrased version):

“By the mercy of God, present yourselves as a living sacrifice: a sacrifice that is holy and acceptable unto God.  This is your reasonable service to God. ”

How can we do this?

“Don’t follow the ways of this world but transform yourselves into God’s glory by renewing your mind so that you will show what is good, acceptable (by God’s standards) and perfect will of God in your lives.”

God’s Word is clear. Listen to your “gut feeling”, acknowledge that “guilt”. It is your signal that what you are doing or about to do is NOT natural…it is NOT God’s design for you and by all means…you have to end it.

I like the way how Paul ended his lesson:

Do not overcome with evil, but overcome evil with good.     Romans 12:20

I don’t know with you but to me, it is an assurance that yes…it is hard to break sin…to be free from your bondage but it can be certainly done!

I want to share the lyrics of this song which has blessed me and assured me of God’s love many times.   God speaks in various ways…through His Word, through others’ lives, and sometimes through a random song.   I last sang this more than 10 years ago in high school and I think the message is timeless.  I hope that, as you read through this, you will be reminded of God’s love.

Trust His Heart

By: Babbie Mason

All things work for our good

Though sometimes we can’t see how they could

Struggles that break our hearts in two

Sometimes blind us to the truth

Our Father knows what’s best for us

His ways are not our own

So when your pathway grows dim

And you just can’t see Him,

Remember you’re never alone

~~~

God is too wise to be mistaken

God is too good to be unkind

So when you don’t understand

When don’t see His plan

When you can’t trace His hand

Trust His Heart

~~~

He sees the master plan

He holds the future in His hand,

So don’t live as those who have no hope,

While our hope is found in Him

We see the present clearly

But He sees the first and last

And like a tapestry He’s weaving you and me,

To someday be just like Him

~~~

He alone is faithful and true

He alone knows what is best for you

~~~

When you don’t understand

When you don’t see his plan

When you can’t trace his hand

Trust His Heart

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”  Hebrews 11:1

I had a recent battle of faith these past few weeks.  It has been difficult and agonizing.  If I had my way, I would have treated that chapter of my life like how you would remove a band-aid from a wound…quick and painless.  However, like most of us, I wanted to decide based on God’s will for my life and it has really been a roller-coaster ride (to say the least).  Actually, I always prayed that God would increase my faith and I sense that this is just one of His mysteries in dealing with what I ask for.  I am glad that phase is over and I came out of it with a lot of life lessons.

One of the Bible references that really inspired and kept me sane was Hebrews 11.  This chapter is the “honor roll” of the men and women of faith and as a “student of faith”, I realized that it’s necessary to understand them to fully realize what faith meant.

Faith, first and foremost, requires an understanding and acceptance that God holds all things and that our very limited knowledge of God will limit us to see what He sees. Therefore, to live in faith requires full surrender to God.  Faith defies human logic.  But then again, it is really difficult to fully surrender to God.  I know that since it is in our human nature to fulfill our personal interest.

Too often, our idea of faith is centered on the hope that God will provide us what we want or what we desire.  To be honest with you, I have claimed Psalm 37:4 in my prayers too many times: “Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart.”

I, personally, don’t think there’s anything wrong with asking God for our wants and needs.  He is God – after all.  Also, I have seen Him work and fulfill my prayers.  However, we often get stuck on this idea that we fail to see how God works.  We often ask God for the reason for unanswered prayers:  Why didn’t He give that job to me?  Why didn’t I get that A+ grade?  Why wasn’t I considered for the promotion?  Why, why, why.  In other words, we actually do not hand over the steering wheel of our lives to God.  We just want Him to warn us of the bumps and traffic along the way and give us the direction of the destination.  When faced with a seemingly nice road and a more convenient short-cut, we get confused or decide for ourselves which road to take.

I feel that the struggles that most of us face are choosing which actions to take and understanding how God works.  It figures.  I mean, if the great men of God like Noah, Moses and Abraham struggled, why shouldn’t we?

Faith requires full-obedience and action. Faith is just words if it is not put into action.  Looking at the men and women of faith, what distinguished them is that they have decided to take action according to God’s Word.  Noah was deemed crazy because building a huge ark in a dry season was absurd.  God’s Word did not make sense to men…I believe even to Noah himself, yet, he obeyed God and built the ark.  Abraham followed God’s instruction to leave his country without knowing where to go.  It challenged the human desire of stability and certainty.  Still, Abraham followed.  And as if that wasn’t enough, Abraham sacrificed his son, Isaac, because God said so.  Abraham obeyed even if God’s demand was seemingly contradictory to His promises.  Even Sarah, his wife, asked for strength to act in faith so that she will get pregnant at 90!

What I have seen in my life and in the lives of others is that, often, God calls for illogical and unimaginable actions so that only Him will be glorified. After all, our lives will only be used by God if it is a testimony of His goodness and mercy.

Oftentimes, we are called to act against what we think is best for us.  We may be asked to give up our dream job, our current luxuries, and sometimes…we are led to pursue an opposite direction.  My recent predicament pushed me to choose between two very different but both good paths.  I prayed hard for weeks and weeks asking God for His guidance.  I viewed it as a choice between a chance to pursue my dream or an opportunity to see what I could be.  As it turns out…it was a choice between a short-term and a long-term dream.  God’s answer was not immediate as I had hoped it would be.  It was not plain and clear.  It eventually ended when I shifted my prayer from claiming that “God will give me the desires of my heart” to surrendering that “Thy will be done”.

It is funny and borderline frustrating to understand how God moves.  But then, how can we develop the faith to make us grow further if we know perfectly how God would act in our lives.  How can we depend on God if we are as omniscient as Him?  The call for faith may require sacrifices and it may seem that God is asking for too much that we can handle but know that the Lord, Who promised and gave His word, is faithful. Who else to best exemplify the act of faith than Jesus?

“Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith; Who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.”                                                                     Hebrews 12:2

So, whenever you are confused, impatient, frustrated and on the brink on insanity…surrender.

“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord.  For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.”                            Isaiah 55:8

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The Philippines and the world are anticipating the next big event in Philippine history. No, it’s not the Manny Pacquiao fight with Ricky Hatton. Well, okay, maybe the second next big event (for who can deny the excitement and anticipation that this fight is bringing to the world). I am talking about the upcoming national elections in 2010.

Indeed the political season is in the air. I’m sure you can feel it as well. The billboards in EDSA are slowly showing the faces of Presidentiables while TV and radio advertisements are no longer limited to ordinary consumer advertising campaigns. I can name a few…Senator Mar Roxas – “peddling” his way to the hearts of the masses; Senator Manny Villar – highlighting the OFW assistances he made out of his own pocket and the most recent would be Mayor Jejomar Binay of Makati – showing the progress of the Philippines’ corporate capital. I was particularly amused by the “unwitting comment” (sorry, I just know that everything in advertisement is scripted) made by one Makati resident suggesting that hopefully the progress experienced in Makati will be experienced by the whole nation. Hmmm…vying for a Senator slot, huh?

Anyway, how does this relate to you and me? Well, the future is in our hands – literally. However, we often underestimate our responsibility as voters. Aside from actually voting, it is also our accountability to make sure that we spread the word from “voter’s rights” to actual sharing of our views in choosing the right officials to serve the country. You see – yours is only one vote and unless you discuss and share your opinions with others – then, whatever your views are will remain yours alone. Another critical responsibility is policing our elections. The reality is that any system will always experience glitches both intentional and unintentional. The best thing that we can do is to make it hard for cheating politicians and disruptors to do their thing.

I’m sure you have your own qualifications for a leader. I will be upfront with you and share my belief that the number one character we should look for in a leader is righteousness (uprightness, morality). I have heard a lot of people say that the main problem of the Philippines is that we do not fear the law. Even our own lawmakers and governing leaders have made a mockery of the law and have repeatedly used their positions to their own personal advantages. I agree. However, I believe that the greater problem of the Philippines is that we do not fear God. The “fear of God” that I am referring to is reverential fear (fear out of love and respect). It is on this junction that I will swing a hard blow… we are as guilty as everyone else.

But then, that is just one person’s opinion.

The Philippines is known as the only Christian country in Asia. However, what has been a source of pride before has now become a source of ridicule. How can the only Christian nation in Asia be also known as the Perpetually Sick Man of Asia?

In Exodus 18:21-22, the qualities for the leaders of Israel were outlined for Moses.

“Moreover, thou shalt provide out of all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness; and place such over them, to be rulers of thousands, and rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens:

And let them judge the people at all seasons: and it shall be, that every great matter they shall bring unto thee, but every small matter they shall judge: so shall it be easier for thyself, and they shall bear the burden with thee.”

The Bible is clear in giving out these characteristics:

  1. Able men
  2. God-fearing
  3. Men of truth
  4. Hates covetousness (Greediness, Materialism)
  5. Bears the burden of other leaders

I am not a Bible expert but this is my trial to apply this to our present state:

Able men – Ability to lead may be measured by track record, leadership experience and actual knowledge and skills. I personally look into the candidate’s personal attempts in furthering their knowledge and skills. Garbage in, garbage out.

God-fearing – Simply claiming that a person is God-fearing does not at all mean that it is true. Sorry to say but, more so, if this is claimed by a politician. The true indicator of a “God-fearing” person is seen in his life.

Matthew 7:20 states, “Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.”

Morality is a specific thing. Being moral or righteous is a specific state. There is just no gray area. Therefore, moral accountability in a person’s life is a preview of his moral accountability in the nation. If a candidate is a known rapist or a philanderer, will you be surprised if he lobbies for the legalization of prostitution or use influence to dip his hands in the public fund to support his mistresses? (The lesson should be very obvious by now.) The same logic is applicable to other moral violations no matter how petty from gambling to drug trading.

Men of truth – Truthfulness is not only reflected in words. Truthfulness is reflected in all of our dealings as a human. Therefore, if a person is a businessman, how he conducts his businesses should be measured. Does he evade taxes? Does he practice fair employment policies and wages? How can you prove his sincerity? Are his words translated into actions?

Hates covetousness – Note the word “hate”. Imagine having a leader who hates materialism or greediness! This would require a proactive stance. Not only will that person avoid greediness but he will also ensure that no person under him will covet. Imagine having a mayor or a governor who will ensure that nobody will perform graft and corruption for his entire term! Imagine having a president who will take an aggressive stance against graft and corruption such that anybody who is proven to be corrupt will be truly prosecuted and will be punished. Imagine a bribe-free customs or BIR.

On an economist point of view, an honest government will not only result to operational efficiencies but also to millions of pesos worth of direct investments. Investments will not only result to more taxable income for the government (which will later translate to government servicing such as social services, education and health) but also generate thousands of employment which will eventually improve the lives of Filipino families. The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has reported that over $48 billion has been lost by one East Asian country in 20 years due to corruption. (http://www.adb.org/documents/policies/anticorruption/anticorrupt400.asp?p=policies) To a layman, this would mean that if the government is efficient, then the government can provide for our basic needs. For a clearer illustration, just look at the state of our public school system and see how the millions of dollars of foreign aid and taxes were wasted due to corruption and how these money could have helped in ensuring that every Filipino child goes to school.

We desperately need leaders who HATE GREEDINESS in all forms.

Bears the burden of other leaders – I was thinking how this can be applied given our political system. I can just imagine how difficult it would be to govern one municipality that it is simply impossible to efficiently “meddle” with the governance of another.

The revelation to me here is that the “burden” referred is the leader’s burden for the country. If that is so, then, it only means that the leaders that we elect should look past political affiliations and relationships and put the welfare of the country first and foremost. This way, our leaders will only be answerable to God and to the Filipino people.

I am just one opinion…and I sincerely hope that I have been able to impart well. However, there are millions of people who have yet to know the significance of choosing right leaders. Most of these people will just look at “what this candidate has done for me” which usually involves superficial acts such as giving Php 500 or donating construction money for the basketball court. Many of these acts have proven successful for most politicians…and look where our country is right now.

We cannot sit back, relax, and hope that this election will be the turning point for our country. If you are one of the people who hope for the Philippines to move forward and enjoy the full blessings of the Lord, let me tell you that God orders you to rise up and make a stand. Pray for the country. Pray for the elections as early as now. Even the politicians are massively preparing for the elections as early as the last elections. Share your thoughts. Be active agents of change. Do what you can do to protect and help our country.

Only God can place leaders and He always has a purpose for everything. What I have learned throughout my Christian life is that faith is anchored in obedience to God. God’s command and promise is clear:

“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”

2 Chronicles 7:22

You already know God’s promise and how to claim it. What are you going to do?

You might notice that I have titled this entry, “Stewards”. I was also surprised in the timeliness of this quiet time, which again proves how eternal God’s Word is. So as not to pre-empt the twist and turns of this entry…I will now proceed to my sharing.

The story of creation is not only a reminder how God created us. It is also a strong remembrance of God’s mandate to His creation from the smallest of the fishes up to the creatures made in His own image – us. After God created everything He blessed His creation with these words, “Be fruitful, and multiply…” (Genesis 1:22). Now what I got from this is that the Lord intended for His creation not only to bear fruits but also to multiply. Bear with me on this and don’t say, “Duh!” yet. J

Isn’t it comforting to realize that when the Lord created all of the earth, He didn’t just intend all of it to reproduce but he wanted and designed it to multiply? God wanted His creation to “take care” of itself in abundance. He blessed the earth with abundance so that anyone or anything of His creation will have unlimited supply of resources! Wait…it gets better.

“And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

So God created man in His own image, in the image of God created He him; male and female created he them.”

Genesis 1:26-27

Now we enter the scene. I just wanted to highlight our design and identityour position in God’s creation. You and I were made after God’s image – in His likeness! This should explain why among all of God’s creation, we have constantly improved from generation to generation. An animal 20 years ago – its potentials, its habits, its life – has the same characteristics as an animal now in 2009 same with the other creatures. But an ordinary man, 20 years ago does not have the same potential, knowledge, habits and characteristics as we have now. God have designed us to be superior among all of creation. And He has designed us that way with a purpose:

“And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.

Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat. And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so.

And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.”

Genesis 1:28-31

I firmly believe that everything has a reason and a purpose. God blessed us with abilities beyond our own understanding for a divine purpose. What is that purpose then? From my limited, human understanding – here is my insight from God’s Word:

  1. Be fruitful – You and I are designed to “bear fruits”, to produce something. Our existence is not pointless. Whatever abilities and talents you may have now were given so that you can make use of them in doing something. Whether you are a college student, an accountant, a lawyer, a researcher, a doctor, an undergrad worker, a factory worker, an OFW…from a month-old to a hundred…we were designed to produce something. We are not meant to be idle, to just go with the flow. You and I were created to bear fruits.

  1. Multiply – Like all other creation, our reproduction in the physical and symbolic sense is not limited to a one-time thing. Our design is to multiply. Your minimum wage salary is not designed to be minimum-wage throughout your life. Your small business is not designed to be small forever. Your skills today are not designed to be in the same, stagnant state after a few months. God gave us the abilities and resources we need so that we will improve our state…constantly.

Now, if all of creation is designed to be abundant such that it is unlimited to all who occupy it…then why do we experience shortage in our resources. Let’s visit the following commands of God.

  1. Replenish the earth – “to replenish” would literally mean… to refill, stock up, reload…the exact opposite would mean to reduce, exhaust, use up, drain, run down. I think you already know where I am leading. Wait…there’s more.
  2. Subdue the earth – “subdue” would mean to have control or to overpower right?
  3. Have dominion over the earth – “to dominate” would be to have complete authority and governance…hmmm?

If you think that this entry is about taking care of the environment and all…well, you are right. But my take is both on the abstract or intangible resources (such as talents, skills, and blessings) and on the physical or natural resources that we are blessed with. J (I might discuss the abstract side on another entry so as not to remove the stress on the two aspects.)

On the physical side, it would be an understatement to say that we have failed as stewards of God’s creation. Remember that God has mandated all of His creation including us to reproduce and to multiply. That is the original design of all creation. Meaning, for as long as it lives…a tree will always bear fruit to be another tree, a fish will continue to lay thousands of eggs, the atmosphere will continue to protect us from the sun’s rays. However, man – who was created in God’s own image, blessed with wisdom, understanding and abilities superior to everything has neglected his assignment of being responsible over the earth.

We have just celebrated Earth Day and I am so glad that people are now taking real steps towards the protection of our planet. I know that we need real action and not just another preachy article but maybe we ought to look deep inside if we have exerted efforts in being responsible over the earth. All of the calamities that we are experiencing cannot be only blamed to illegal loggers or to industrial companies. It is so easy to be a pollutant and we may be ignorant or unconscious pollutants ourselves.

It always helps to re-examine ourselves every time to check if we are doing the right things. Ignorance should never be an excuse anymore…with the information available everywhere, we should be more proactive in finding solutions and improvements in our everyday living. More importantly, we should take into heart our role as God’s stewards. The thing with stewardship is that the smallest things we do count. Even the simplest decision of pocketing your empty candy wrapper instead of throwing it on the road is as important as supporting the Greenpeace foundation. Go ahead and take a stand.


This is my first post so pardon me if it’s rusty.  I just want to share with you my thoughts from my quiet time and I hope that you could do the same.  Like most Christians, I experience constant struggles and I know how it would be extremely helpful to have someone along to share our pains, insights and stories.

As I was doing my quiet time this morning, I realized that my Bible reading centered on one theme: HOPE. I am just starting my annual Bible reading finishing the first 6 chapters of the Bible. I have read through the book of Genesis perhaps more than 10 times in my lifetime mostly due to my Christian school background. But this morning was different. It was as if I was reading the Scripture for the very first time.

First realization was – we were created for God’s pleasure. This is quite a revelation even after reading THE PURPOSE DRIVEN LIFE. Anyway, looking at the Creation and all of the processes and thought that came into it – there was really no reason for God to create man except that it pleased Him. I was just thinking – like a child creating a paper boat out of an old newspaper, the purpose of our existence is simply to please God. I could just imagine how frustrated God is as a Creator with all of the disappointments and hurts we gave Him. But more than that, I am amazed with how He fell in love with us that even with all of the pain and frustrations – He kept us and loved us.

I remember how I usually hold on to things because of memories. Even when I cannot use the object anymore, I would hold on to it because of the pleasure and memories it gave. However, no matter how attached the object is to me, I would eventually throw it or give it away. That is the normal relationship between the creator and the creation. Imagine how great God’s love for us to give up His Son to make us worthy to be saved from being thrown away. Rather than looking at our elaborate plans to fulfill our life mission, perhaps, it will be better if we just focus on our single, most important purpose and live it every single day of our lives and fulfill it on every single thing that we do: to bring pleasure (delight, joy, happiness, fulfillment) to God. Maybe it’s just as simple as doing our tasks the best way possible, making an effort to clean the environment, helping an elderly cross the street or just making our day as productive as possible.

One interesting story that I focused on was the story of Cain.  Most of us would remember Cain as the evil brother who killed Abel.  Well, Cain’s story can mean a lot of things.  When I read it today, I saw a beautiful and touching love story.

One revelation from Cain’s story is HOPE.  After murder, Cain’s life have turned upside down.  He was an outcast.  A murderer.  He can be easily judged with death.  But God offered him an alternative.  God offered Cain a new life – it may be a life outside of his old one but a new one nonetheless.  In a way, God might have said.. “Hey, we cannot change the past…what you have done in the past…but here’s a new life – take it and start anew.  Your life does not end here.”

Cain’s story shows many lessons.  But this morning – it showed me the reality of God’s immeasurable love. When God threw Cain from Eden – Cain pleaded that he will not be given a mark because the men who will recognize him will try to kill him for vengeance. God did not only command that no man should kill Cain but also gave a consequence – that if anyone should kill Cain, he shall be avenged seven-fold. This much work for a murderer!  God offered a new start for Cain! It is not only forgiveness but great love!  It’s as if God was saying, “Go ahead my child, start a new life with Me and I will guarantee that no man will harm you.”

If God can love us like that – then we have eternal hope. There is hope to change our bad ways, quit our vices, resist temptation, break our bondage, restore broken relationships and such forth. God has not only given us an avenue to do so through Jesus but has also shown Himself that He will love us no matter what.

There are new developments to the administration of this site. For your info, I originally intended this blog as a chronological sharing of my quiet times. However, I decided that there are times that one subject may be more timely or of the essence or I am just more excited to share. So there, don’t be surprised that there will be times when I will be jumping back and forth from one chapter or book.