Hope in God

What Makes Hope Less

Pastor John's message yesterday (29 June 2014) on "Building Blocks - Hope" made me reflect on my hope experiences. Apart from asking myself how I may be able to share or give hope to others, I also contemplated on the quality of hope I am able to give. His challenge: My hope … [Read More...]

The Timaru Herald

Congratulations ‘The Timaru Herald’ on your 150th Anniversary

Today, 11 June 2014, The Timaru Herald celebrates her reaching 150 years in the newspaper business. Circulating in the Timaru, South Canterbury and Otago districts of the South Island New Zealand, The Timaru Herald has a daily circulation of 14,500 copies and approximately a readership of 31,000 … [Read More...]

“Come now, and let us reason together,”
Says the Lord,
“Though your sins are like scarlet,
They shall be as white as snow;
Though they are red like crimson,
They shall be as wool. Isaiah 1:18

Celebrating the “Goodness” of Good Friday

Jesus said, "Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing." Luke 23:34 On Good Friday, we come before the Lord in worship and faithful remembrance of His death on the cross. Most of us probably grew up celebrating Good Friday with the "seven sayings" or the last … [Read More...]

Mango branches with unripe fruits

Ingenious Celebration of the Lord Supper Using Mango Leaves

In 1999, I had the opportunity to live with the Hanonoo Mangyans of Mansalay, Oriental Mindoro as part of my course in Theology. Together with two interns, we stayed in the Mangyan village from April 19 to May 4. My previous post "Learning with the Mangyans" provides some details of that … [Read More...]

ministering to the elderly

The Magic of Psalms, Singing Hymns and Spiritual Songs

Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God. (Colossians 3:16)   Yesterday, we had the opportunity to hold a devotional with some … [Read More...]

Budgerigar by Joven Baloyo

I Think We Are Not Supposed to Die Alone

6am, May 30, 2014. I think we are not supposed to die alone. Sometime between 1am and 5am this morning, our little budgie, the one with a broken leg, the one whom the others were picking on, the one we tried to save by separating her from the healthy ones, our little budgie died. We were going to take her to the bird doctor tomorrow—even … [Read More...]


My Search for Abundant Life

"… I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” John 10:10b One statement of Jesus that has a deep and significant impact on me is “…I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” I read and memorized this verse when I was a small kid attending one of the summertime … [Read More...]



Jesus Christ is Risen Indeed and In Deed

I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead. Not that I have … [Read More...]

Jesus' blood washes our sin away

Relevance of Jesus Christ in my Life

Recognising my sinfulness and the fact that I cannot do anything on my will and effort to cleanse me from all unrighteousness make Jesus Christ relevant and important. As if my spirit was an old rusty and squeaky … [Read More...]


TED 862

The Day We Let Go of Ted

The sound of the alarm from my cell phone awakened me, telling me that it’s already 6:00 o’clock in the morning. I slept after doing my usual early morning chores as online writer. I had worked … [Read More...]

Boat on the seashore

Had He Ever Lived?

Had our brother, Ivan ever lived? In our memories perhaps... Thinking of our brotherly fellowship, helping him grow, sharing and supporting his dreams, listening to his good singing voice, arguing, … [Read More...]

Raindrops by Diane King

It Is Raining Now

Who said it won't be raining for a long time because of the El Nino phenomenon? It's raining now. I thought it was just a droplet and a drizzle passing by and then Emperor Sun would beat his … [Read More...]