Posted in Hope

What Makes Hope Less

hope in the Lord

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:

Who is able to give true hope in a world with so many unfulfilled promises? God is building something in us and the capacity to both life and communicate hope is one of the ‘building blocks.’

My hope experiences have taught me that it’s only when I put my total and absolute trust on what God can do that I am able to hope completely in God.

I have learned that to experience real hope, I need to “let go 100% and let God 100%”.

What makes hope less is the human element portion that we put in.

I contemplated that if I put any iota of hope on my personal capabilities, it becomes my germ of a doubt on God’s power.

This doubt, like any germ, if always present in situations that demand my total or complete hope in God, would multiply and totally destroy whatever true hope that’s left in me.

Yes, that small amount of doubt can bring about hopelessness.

Also, if my hope is based on my capabilities and resources, then my hopeless situations were settled more on my personal effort rather than on God’s Almighty power.

Looking back at the many hopeless instances I went through, I realised that what made me feel hopeless and desperate was when I focused more on what I can do, cracking my brain trying to sort out possible solutions.

However, when I let go and put my hands up in full surrender, accepting my incapability and focusing intently on what God can do, anticipating the solutions He already has for me, my hope becomes strong.

Then peace and quiet govern my body and spirit because my hope is God and Him alone.

Friends, may this short reflection inspire you to evaluate your hope experiences.

May our hope grow more and more as we build it on nothing less but Jesus Christ.

PHOTO CREDIT: Ross Waugh

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Posted in Inspirational

Sunrise, A New Day, Another Time for Worship and Service

Sunrise at Caroline Bay by Jewel (1280x719)

I rise in the morning and thought about how God has blessed my life.
I thought of the birds who sang joyous songs as the sun ascends from the east,
I thought of the flowers all blooming with colors of pastel,
God be praised He gave me a beautiful world.

A new day promises another time for worship,
We give Him the praise as He showers His wonderful grace;
He gives us faith, hope and love,
That we may share with friends and family;
And most of all He gives life for you and me.

For from Him and through Him, all things were created,
Give Him the glory and praise for this wonderful world.

– from the song “A New Day” by Grace C. Dumlao

[quote cite=”Colossians 1:16″ url=”http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Col.1.16&version=NIV”%5DFor in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him.[/quote]

PHOTO CREDIT: Sunrise at Caroline Bay by Jewel Kwe Castillon

Posted in Faith, Inspirational

Let Us Anchor Our Faith in God

Isn’t it very comforting to know and believe that the Almighty God who has spoken these words to Israel is the same Almighty God who is at work in our lives today?

Thus, let us stay steadfast in our faith.

Failures, frustrations, broken relationships, strife, sickness, maybe every burden in this world may befall us but when we anchor our faith in the Almighty God always we will never drift away aimlessly.

Surely, He will deliver us and place us on safe and secure ground.

Always remember:

The Lord your God is with you,
the Mighty Warrior who saves.
He will take great delight in you;
in his love he will no longer rebuke you,
but will rejoice over you with singing.
            Zephaniah 3:17

Posted in Hope

Earthquakes, Typhoons, Floods…Will The World End December 2012?

 

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
Lamentations 3:22-23

A major quake, 7.6 magnitude hit the Philippines on 31 August. The center was located off shore, 91 miles off the town of Guiuan, Samar.

Residents along the seashore were told to evacuate to higher places to heed tsunami warning that authorities issued. Three hours later, they returned to their homes, quite relieved that the earthquake, though strong, did not result into big waves. It could have been another major disaster.

In New Zealand, a magnitude 5.5 earthquake has shaken the lower North Island on 1 September around 2:40 PM. The quake was centred 20km northwest of Rotorua according to news report.

With all these earthquakes, typhoons, floods and other natural disasters happening now and before around the globe, soothsayers and doomsday watchers are probably reckoning with the question “Is the world coming to an end?”

There are some who are dead serious in saying that the world will end when the Mayan calendar cycle ends on 21 December 2012. Well, who really knows?

So, I was with a group of Filipinos and we were talking about the recent earthquake in the Philippines and I was ask, “Pastor, is the world coming to an end?”

I honestly said that I don’t know. I shared that I take comfort in believing that I am living under the mercy and grace of God.

Each day as I wake up and draw my first breath and I am conscious that the Lord God Almighty and Merciful has given me another day to live, I just give thanks and pray.

For who really knows what would happen to your life today except the All-Knowing God.

I was thinking even if I spend time reading and studying articles and interpretations of the so-called “signs of times” or “end-times” or I try to come up with the most probably date when the world would end I still won’t know what would happen to me between today and that supposed “end of the world” date.

The author of Lamentations, after narrating all afflictions and expressing grief for what befell Jerusalem and her people, spoke his declaration of hope:

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.

Instead of being worried about calamities and wondering when the world would end, why don’t we take time to enjoy life receiving the new mercies He gives every morning.

You are not sure and you’re afraid what would happen to your life when time of calamity comes?

The jailer of Paul and Silas, realizing that no prisoners escaped after an earthquake rocked the prison doors and chains, asked the two apostles: “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?

They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household.

Great is Your faithfulness!

Posted in Featured, Inspirational

You Are Not Alone!

Central Philippine University

Where is the sunshine?
You thought all your life were cloudy days
And you really want to know,
You wanted to be sure,
Does Jesus still care?

Where are the good times?
You’ve been walking through the narrow path
But now that you’re alone,
You wanted to be sure,
Is Jesus still with you.

You must count the cost
You must give your all
When you follow the Lord

Your faith will be tested
And when trials come
Be firm on your stand
You must live for the Lord!

You are not alone!
He’s walking by your side
And watching day and night
He loves you and me.

You are not alone!
Just trust with all your heart
And keep Him in your mind,
He will walk with you forever.

PLEASE LISTEN TO THE SONG DEMO HERE…