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Long Live Teachers! Teachna Saves the Day

 

If you’re searching for a Wikipedia item on “Teachna”, you won’t find any.

And you’re wondering who “Teachna” is and how did she save the day?

Well, Teachna is the character that Jadyn, our daughter created when she was six years old. Know more about Teachna through this short comic strip that she made.

I think most parents would agree that raising a kid in this age of online games is really a challenge. Most kids would rather play online games than read a book or do something creative.

I and my wife hope and pray Jadyn and other kids would develop the value of balanced life, where they express achievements and creativity not only through conquests in online games but also through the basic pen and paper.

Asked why she named her character “Teachna”, Jadyn said, “because she is a teacher”.

Obviously, the teacher has powerful influence to us, especially to young children. For Jadyn, in her young mind, the teacher is symbol (or model) of good power who can defeat evil and who can always save the day.

Let us not forget the Great Teacher who teaches us each day how to live fully.

Long live Teachna! Long live teachers! Long live creativity!

All praises and glory to the Great Teacher – Jesus Christ!

Jadyn loves to write stories and draw illustrations. See more of her work at Jadyn’s Art Work.

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The Wisdom of Senator Joker Arroyo’s Acquittal Vote

 

The day of judgement on Chief Justice Renato Corona came on 29 May 2012. The Philippine Senate, sitting as judges in the impeachment trial, cast 23 votes, with 20 senator-judges voting for conviction and 3 for acquittal.

As one of the three senators who voted for acquittal, it is also good to hear the wisdom from Senator Joker Arroyo‘s acquittal vote.

May the wisdom of God be upon the leaders of our homeland, Philippines as events unfold after this historic event.

For complete transcript of Senator Joker Arroyo’s speech, please click on the link below:

Speech of Senator Joker Arroyo explaining his verdict on Chief Justice Renato Corona, May 29, 2012

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Growing Old and Being Happy About It

 

Let’s set aside any euphemism about growing old or ageing and face that for every year that’s added to our lives, we are growing old.

Yes, indeed, we can’t avoid growing old, not only biologically but in all aspects. When you are in Christ there is no excuse for not growing old.

Remember that Jesus Christ too grow in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man (Luke 2:52).

As we live from day-to-day, doing our busy work schedules, interacting with family and friends, attending church, engaging in our hobbies, and fulfilling many other things that we have planned to do, we tend to forget about the time that have elapsed.

It seems that we become unmindful of time when we are just pre-occupied with the many tasks that we do each day to fulfil a bigger and larger goal in life.

Then comes our birthday reminding us that another year has gone by and another year has come.

As our birthday comes each year, we can’t help but look back and gaze forward.  We recollect past events in our lives that somehow were responsible in shaping and developing the present person that we are.

Also, we try to look forward and see what else do we need to do to meet our goal in life.

A pessimist may wonder what’s so happy about birthday when it means growing old and nearing your death day.

But the Psalmist wrote great optimism on growing old in Psalm 71:

  1. In you, Lord, I have taken refuge; let me never be put to shame.
  2. In your righteousness, rescue me and deliver me; turn your ear to me and save me.
  3. Be my rock of refuge, to which I can always go; give the command to save me, for you are my rock and my fortress.
  4. Deliver me, my God, from the hand of the wicked, from the grasp of those who are evil and cruel.
  5. For you have been my hope, Sovereign Lord, my confidence since my youth.
  6. From birth I have relied on you; you brought me forth from my mother’s womb. I will ever praise you.
  7. I have become a sign to many; you are my strong refuge.
  8. My mouth is filled with your praise, declaring your splendor all day long.
  9. Do not cast me away when I am old; do not forsake me when my strength is gone.
  10. For my enemies speak against me; those who wait to kill me conspire together.
  11. They say, “God has forsaken him; pursue him and seize him, for no one will rescue him.”
  12. Do not be far from me, my God; come quickly, God, to help me.
  13. May my accusers perish in shame; may those who want to harm me be covered with scorn and disgrace.
  14. As for me, I will always have hope; I will praise you more and more.
  15. My mouth will tell of your righteous deeds, of your saving acts all day long—though I know not how to relate them all.
  16. I will come and proclaim your mighty acts, Sovereign Lord; I will proclaim your righteous deeds, yours alone.
  17. Since my youth, God, you have taught me, and to this day I declare your marvelous deeds.
  18. Even when I am old and gray, do not forsake me, my God, till I declare your power to the next generation, your mighty acts to all who are to come.
  19. Your righteousness, God, reaches to the heavens, you who have done great things. Who is like you, God?
  20. Though you have made me see troubles, many and bitter, you will restore my life again; from the depths of the earth you will again bring me up.
  21. You will increase my honor and comfort me once more.
  22. I will praise you with the harp for your faithfulness, my God; I will sing praise to you with the lyre, Holy One of Israel.
  23. My lips will shout for joy when I sing praise to you—I whom you have delivered.
  24. My tongue will tell of your righteous acts all day long, for those who wanted to harm me have been put to shame and confusion.

Well, we cannot stop the wheels of time from running nor be in despair for what growing old may bring.

Like Jesus, let us continue to grow more in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man.

May the message of Psalm 71 inspire us to embrace growing old and being happy about it.

I wrote this post as my reflection on my 45th birthday on May 22. I thank the Lord God Almighty for generously and mercifully giving me another wonderful year.

Thank you for all who greeted and prayed for me on my special day. Yes, I’m growing old and being happy about it.

I dedicate this post to all who are celebrating their birthday. May you also enjoy growing old in Christ!

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What Does It Mean to be Living for Jesus?

 

One hymn that I learned when I was a kid is “Living for Jesus” by Thomas Obediah Chisholm (words) and Carl Harold Lowden (music).

It is my favourite hymn of commitment. It could be yours, too.

“Living for Jesus” provides the best answer to the question “What does it mean to be living for Jesus?”

Going through the song, the answer boils down to the phrase “total surrender to His will”.

Read the lyrics below or sing along with the video embedded in this post.

Living for Jesus, a life that is true,
Striving to please Him in all that I do;
Yielding allegiance, glad-hearted and free,
This is the pathway of blessing for me.

Refrain:
O Jesus, Lord and Savior, I give myself to Thee,
For Thou, in Thy atonement, didst give Thyself for me;
I own no other Master, my heart shall be Thy throne;
My life I give, henceforth to live, O Christ, for Thee alone.

Living for Jesus Who died in my place,
Bearing on Calv’ry my sin and disgrace;
Such love constrains me to answer His call,
Follow His leading and give Him my all.

Living for Jesus, wherever I am,
Doing each duty in His holy Name;
Willing to suffer affliction and loss,
Deeming each trial a part of my cross.

Living for Jesus through earth’s little while,
My dearest treasure, the light of His smile;
Seeking the lost ones He died to redeem,
Bringing the weary to find rest in Him.

Total surrender to His will

Yesterday, I have the opportunity to meet up with Pastor Alan Utting, who is doing multicultural ministries with Baptist Union of NZ. It’s great honour and privilege to have been invited for a cup of coffee with Pastor Alan.

Listening to his counsel and knowing his pastoral experiences, I’m greatly encouraged. My gratitude and appreciation for sharing your valuable time with me.

Our conversation could be summarized in the same phrase as when you are living for Jesus, “total surrender to His will”.

Pastor Alan and I expressed orally this commitment when he prayed for me. Right there at our coffee table, in the midst of the open public, we bowed down our heads and prayed.

There’s no doubt that living for Jesus is the best and joyful life that we could ever live on earth as it is in heaven. Just know and do what it means to be living for Jesus – total surrender to His will.
 

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Earning a Living or Living a Life?

 

For all our desires and ambitions in life, are we earning or living it?

We are in the common human concept that we must work and earn a living. We have heard that if we wanted happiness and a blissful life, we must strive hard to earn it.

While it is true that we must earn a living let us acknowledge also that there is more to life than just earning our keep. We ought to be living a life, too.

 

We should remember in Matthew 6:33 to “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”

Whatever your undertakings in life are, whether you are earning or living your life, let’s take a pause, watch the “Of Desired Things” video above and contemplate.

ALL PHOTOS ARE OWNED BY JOSE TELESFORO LIMBAGA

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