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Prelude

Welcome to #tandemd!

(read as /ˈtandəmd/)

 

We’re a dynamic duo of medical #duoctors, both born with the passion to write life prescriptions using no less than our stethoscopes!

Here we share with you our hopes, our faith and our love in our #tandemd walk with our God. We post stories of our lives as God writes them for us. Each unfolding is God’s handicraft and we believe these daily miracles are worth sharing. We pray that as you read through our posts, you discover your own hope, faith and love growing as you stay #tandemd with God!

We created this so we can reach out to more people like you! You can message us if you have consultations, prayer requests, promotions, medical missions and speaking engagements you’d like to invite us to. We’d be more than happy to pray for and respond to you the soonest we receive your message. 

Stay #tandemd with God –  in hope, in faith and in love!

 

Your #Duoctors,

Jerald & Ardys

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FB Series 5: God the Holy Spirit

These are taken from the Signs of the Times Magazine Special Edition “We Believe”, where we share brief explanations of the 28 fundamental beliefs of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, where our faith continuously grows with our Lord. May the Holy Spirit give you enlightenment as you read through the articles. Should you have any questions, we will be glad to answer them and we are willing to talk to you about our faith. Contact forms are at the end of this article. Thank you and may God bless you more abundantly today and always!


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Lights from the lamps flickered in the upper room as the disciples conversed with their Master. The questions they still asked, even after being with Him for three years, made it obvious that they did not have a clear understanding of His mission on earth. They clung to their hope that He would liberate their nation from Roman occupation. Recognizing their misunderstanding, Jesus tried to prepare them for the events that were all but upon them. He quieted their fears of the future by speaking to them of the Gift of the Holy Spirit that He and the Father would give the world.

“Don’t worry about the future,” He said in essence. “Through the Holy Spirit, you will have My presence with you to guide you and sustain you in everything you experience, regardless of how difficult or painful it may be.”

As One of the Members of the Godhead, the Holy Spirit is a Person, fully Divine. He had an active part with the Father and the Son in the creation of the world, and since then He has been intimately involved in the plan of salvation.

WHAT JESUS SAID

Jesus’ teaching about the Holy Spirit is recorded in John 14, 15, and 16. He is called ” ‘the Spirit of truth’ ” (John 14:17), whom the Father will send in Jesus’ name (John 14:26). He ” ‘will teach you all things,’ ” Jesus said, ” ‘and [He] will remind you of everything I have said to you’ ” (John 14:26). He came specifically to testify about Jesus (John 15:26). And because He is not limited by neither time nor space, He can represent Jesus to the world anywhere, anytime.

In addition to working with the disciples, enabling them to carry out their mission, the Holy Spirit is among unconverted people, convicting them of ” ‘sin and righteousness and judgment’ ” (John 16:8).

We tend to understand less about the Person and work of the Holy Spirit than we do the other Members of the Godhead. That’s because the Spirit’s work is to make known Jesus and the Father rather than Himself. It was through the ministry of the Holy Spirit that holy men wrote the Bible, which bears witness to Jesus (2 Peter 1:21). He filled the life of Jesus with power. Because of the Spirit’s ministry, the Bible comes alive for us, making Jesus real, sensitizing our hearts to Jesus, and equipping us to live for Him.

WHAT THE SPIRIT DOES FOR US

The Holy Spirit is involved in every aspect of our Christian life. When we come to God, it’s because the Spirit has been working on our hearts, giving us the desire to learn about God and to live the way He wants us to. Any time we want to know more of what the Bible says about God, all we have to do is ask for understanding, and the Holy Spirit will guide us to the passages that we should study. The Spirit will impress our minds, leading us to a clear understanding of the Bible and how its lessons apply to our lives today. Then He will give us the power to live the truths we have learned. When we feel guilty for our sins and repent of them, it’s because the Holy Spirit has been at work in our lives. Everything we know about God and Jesus we understand more clearly because the Holy Spirit, quietly and humbly, has been carrying out in our lives the work that He was sent to do.

The Spirit also strengthens the church and its members through spiritual gifts. Some of these gifts are quite  spectacular while others are less dramatic. Yet, all of them are equally essential. Several of these spiritual gifts are mentioned in Ephesians 4:11: “It was he [the Holy Spirit] who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers” (see also Romans 12:6-8; 1 Corinthians 12:4-11, 28:31, 13:1-3). Both the Old and New Testaments tell us that the Spirit had an active role in both the creation of the world and its redemption. As the personal Representative of Jesus, the Spirit accomplishes in the world what Jesus would do if He were physically present today.

(For further study: Luke 1:35; 4:18; Acts 10:3; Romans 1:1-4; 2 Corinthians 3:18; Ephesians 4:11, 12.)


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God bless and stay #tandemd with God!

Love,

Your #Duoctors

Jerald and Ardys

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Lightning

“Hear attentively the noise of His voice, and the sound that goeth out of His mouth. He directeth it under the whole heaven, and His lightning unto the ends of the earth.”

Job 37:2,3

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FB Series 4: God the Son

These are taken from the Signs of the Times Magazine Special Edition “We Believe”, where we share brief explanations of the 28 fundamental beliefs of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, where our faith continuously grows with our Lord. May the Holy Spirit give you enlightenment as you read through the articles. Should you have any questions, we will be glad to answer them and we are willing to talk to you about our faith. Contact forms are at the end of this article. Thank you and may God bless you more abundantly today and always!


 

Our hope of salvation centers exclusively in Jesus Christ. One of the titles by which we know Him is “Son of God.” This title reflects His place in the plan of salvation – a role that was established before the world began. He was born on our planet as a human (Hebrews 1: 5, 6). Prior to His incarnation, He existed from all eternity as God in the most complete and exalted sense. He is God by nature, power, and authority (John 1:1, 2; 17:5, 24; Philippians 2:6).

Christ is the Creator of all things (John 1:3; Colossians 1:16, 17; Hebrews 1:2). After Adam and Eve sinned, Christ had intimate and constant contact with our world. He was the Member of the Godhead who would divest Himself, be “made in human likeness,” and would become “obedient to death – even death on a cross” (Philippians 2:7, 8). Through Him the character of God is revealed to fallen humanity, human salvation is consummated, and the world is judged (John 5:25-29).

ONE OF US

As God for all eternity, Christ also became a genuine human being in every sense of the word. Hundreds of years before He came to our world, the prophets predicted His virgin birth and the place where He would be born: Bethlehem (Isaiah 7:14; Micah 5:2). Conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary, He grew up in Nazareth, a mountain village in Galilee.

During His life on earth Jesus experienced temptation as a human, yet He never sinned. Thus, He modeled God’s love and His justice in a most outstanding way, giving us a perfect example to imitate (Hebrews 2:16-18; 1 Peter 2:21, 22).

Christ lived a humble and generous life. As a child, as an adult, and as a youth, He helped at the carpenter shop in Nazareth. He was always friendly and took an interest in others. At about the age of thirty (Luke 3:23), He was baptized by immersion in the river Jordan by John the Baptist (Matthew 3:13-17). However, He was not baptized in order to cleanse Himself from sin, for He never sinned. Rather, as He put it, He was baptized in order to “fulfill all righteousness” (Matthew 3:15). Through baptism He identified Himself with sinners, walking the path we must walk and doing what we must do.

God the Son

JESUS’ MINISTRY

When Jesus was baptized, the Holy Spirit descended on Him in visible form as a dove, and God’s voice from heaven pronounced these words: ” ‘This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased’ ” (Matthew 3:17). Following His baptism, Jesus ministered unselfishly for three years, sharing God’s love and the message of salvation with rich and poor, Jew and Gentile.

Jesus’ teachings were unmatched in their simplicity yet filled with a power that drew people’s hearts to Him and changed them. Even the guards who were sent to arrest Him as He was teaching the people were unable to take Him into custody, so powerfully did His words affect them. When they were asked why they hadn’t apprehended Him, they could only reply, “No one ever spoke the way this Man does.”

Even before the foundation of the world, the Godhead devised a plan to deal with the possibility that sin might arise on planet Earth (Ephesians 1:4). Through Christ’s death, all those who accept Him become sons and daughters of God and heirs of eternal life (John 3:16; I John 5:11, 12).

When Jesus was ready to begin His ministry, John the Baptist pointed Hi out as “the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” As the concluding act of His ministry, Christ submitted to the supreme sacrifice: He gave His life to secure for human beings the possibility of escape from sin and the eternal death that is its inevitable result.

Jesus suffered and died voluntarily on Calvary’s cross in our place, for our sins. Yet, He was raised from the dead, for neither death nor the tomb could hold the Creator of the world in their grasp. After appearing several times to His disciples and commissioning them to carry on the work of saving souls that He began during His short ministry, Jesus ascended to heaven. Yet, He did not abandon His people who remained in the world. Rather, He entered upon an intercessory ministry to prepare them for a place in the kingdom that He plans to restore on earth.

HE’S COMING AGAIN

Soon Jesus will come again in the clouds of glory, accompanied by holy angels, to free His people and restore to them everything they lost because of sin.

The heart of the Bible is Jesus Christ. He is the Center around which all the teachings of Seventh-Day Adventists cluster. “In Him we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:28). Our love for Christ motivates us to obey His commandments, follow His example and give Him our lives so that He can live in us through the Holy Spirit.

(For further study: Luke 1:35; John 1:1-3, 14; 5:22; 10:30; 14:9; Romans 5:18; 6:23; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; 2 Corinthians 5:17-21; Hebrews 4:15; 7:25; 8:1, 2; 9:28; Revelation 22:20.)


Until next Saturday for the fifth FB Series.

Got any questions? Message us in our facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/lovetandemd.

God bless and stay #tandemd with God!

Love,

Your #Duoctors

Jerald and Ardys

 

Happy Sabbath!

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FB Series 3: God the Father

Many people, tired of the culture of self, are looking for something better, something more satisfying. They want to know God. Fortunately, God wants us to know Him. For that reason He has revealed Himself in many ways, the most important of which is the Bible.

The Bible writers made no direct effort to prove the existence of God. They took that much for granted. The Bible's first words, "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth" (Genesis 1:1), speak volumes about Him. Before the world came into existence, God existed. He's the Creator, the Source of life and every material blessing.

What We Can't Know

Nevertheless, there's much about God's basic nature that we don't understand because He hasn't revealed it to us. Among these unknowns are God's eternal nature and His capacity to be everywhere at once. We can never understand the essence of God's nature. But we understand what He has revealed to us, at least to a point, and this revelation centers around His unfailing love.

The New Testament presents God to us as a loving heavenly Father (Matthew 5:45; I John 4:8). Because Jesus has adopted us, we have become God's sons and daughters (John 1:12, 13). God, our heavenly Father, is not a mere impersonal force.

Jesus told the woman at the well of Sychar that " 'God is Spirit' " (John 4:24) to suggest that God has a form, a shape. This statement has to do with more profound aspects of God's divine nature. He's above nature and beyond the capacity of our minds to imagine Him. He lives on a plane far superior to ours.

God Is A Person

The Hebrew concept of spirit was more concrete than abstract. God dwells in that realm. We cannot see Him, but we were made in His image (Genesis 1:27), which suggests that He also has a specific form. Throughout its pages, the Bible presents God as a Person.

The words the Bible uses to describe God were chosen to make it easy as possible for us to understand God as a Person. He "talks," "hears," and "writes." He suffers and feels sadness, and He also expresses both anger and joy. He has free will (see Psaln 40:8; 2 Corinthians 1:1). God judges (Psalm 7:11; Romans 2:16) and pardons (Isaiah 55:7). Nevertheless, He is above all. He created and sustains everything (Hebrews 1:1-3). God us omnipotent (Revelation 19:6), sublime (Isaiah 57:15), omniscient (Ephesians 1:8), eternal and immortal (1 Timothy 1:17), and omnipresent (Psalm 139:7; Jeremiah 23:24). He's free of time and space limitations in all His actions.

Everything that happens on our planet is under God's control. He understands our plans, but He acts in ways that ensure the ultimate fulfillment and consummation of His will.

The qualities and powers that we see in God the Son and God the Holy Spirit also reveal to us what the Father is like.

(For further study: Exodus 34:6, 7; Revelation 4:11; John 13:16; John 14:9; 1 Corinthians 15:28.)


Until next Saturday for the third FB Series.

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God bless and stay #tandemd with God!

Love,

Your #Duoctors Jerald and Ardys

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The SOAP of UERM Class 2016

THE SOAP of UERM Class 2016

By Jerald Pelayo

 

I am truly honored and humbled at the same time to receive this award today, knowing my limitations as a post-graduate medical intern. To everyone who believed in me, and in what God can do through me, from the deepest recesses of my heart, thank you so much.

I will not be referring patients to my residents or to any consultants present today. Instead, allow me to refer Class 2016, with whom I have, in so many ways, braved the rigors of 4 years in Medical School and 1 year of medical internship. Allow me to present our Class SOAP today.

 

SUBJECTIVE

Class 2016 is a 5-year-old, multicultural group, who has come together from all parts of the world, with different co-morbidities and personality traits. The Class came in for thoughts and feelings of anxiety of 6 months duration.  Life was apparently well for the class until…

5 years prior to graduation, we accepted the challenge of a lifelong education, entering with a naïve but energetic spirit. We were lost in our own anxious thoughts, and were culturally shocked in the new environment we were immersed in. We were faced with the complexities of Anatomy, Biochemistry, and Physiology. From the ground emanated budding emotions of love and hatred, successes and failures. During the process, some left, some were left behind but still many survived.

4 years prior, more paper works were added to the already long list of subjects to study. Our time was consumed by preceptorships and interviews, thus studying had to be left in the crevices wherever they could fit.

3 years prior, the amount of paper works escalated exponentially to the point of neglecting the need to study or even listen to lectures. We kept on chasing deadlines that we forgot what really mattered – the very long examinations. For some, this was probably the most academically challenging year of all. If we recall, we were all instructed to attend clerkship orientation, clueless as to whether we actually made it or not. The rest was history, until…

2 years prior, we came to the end of classroom education and we were residing in the hospital as junior interns, living in a far different world where we slept in a cramped up or a make shift “lungga”. The class had its fair share of being addressed as “Ate/Kuya/Nurse/Miss/Mister/even worse simply a ‘Psssttttt!’”. We had endless duties day in and day out, sleepless nights because of bedside monitoring, referrals which were either torn or accepted, paper works, rounds, codes, OR/DR assists, labor watch, sleep-wake monitoring and the like. We weighed diapers, drained urine and colostomy bags, inserted and re-inserted IVs/NGTs/foley catheters and so much more. The time we spent together may even be longer than the time we spent with our own families, hence we got to know each other at a deeper level, allowing us to see each other’s good and bad sides during those good and bad times. These varied experiences shaped us and our perspectives, and with these, some inevitable twists and turns transpired along the way, where some old relationships and friendships were made stronger, some new ones formed and some old ones unfortunately came to an end. Nevertheless, we journeyed as one family until…

1 year prior, we had to be matched to our hospitals of choice, some of us were lucky with first matching, while the others were not, who were matched only until the first day of our official duty. Whether we were wrongly matched or not, we all went our own ways, separated by our choices. And here are the few that remained in our home base – whether chosen, forced, or left with no choice at all, who were ever ready to stand by the idea that we made the right decision when we chose to stay, ready to be enslaved once more! And finally, we got to wear the white coats, now as senior interns. We received referrals from our JIs and taught them what we learned from the previous years. Some of us enjoyed the blessing of authority through suggesting demerits and merits, crossing them out in their attendance logbooks, giving them quizzes, and sometimes doing midnight rounds with them. #ForYourLearningPurposesOnly #WalangPersonalan. This time, it was less physical work and less monitoring, but we had more censuses to edit and more responsibilities. We were actively involved in patient care under the supervision of our residents. It was a steep growth curve, but the class survived! And together, we conquered PGIship.

On the day of graduation, the class experienced ambivalence with a heightened feeling of anxiety hence this SOAP.

Review of systems revealed irritability, palpitations, muscle tension, sleep disturbances, and polyphagia.

 

PERTINENT OBJECTIVE DATA

                …showed that the class is awake, alert, conversant, coherent but restless, not in cardiorespiratory distress. Vital signs are relatively stable, save for tachycardia. Other pertinent findings include cold clammy extremities and diaphoresis. Mental Status Exam revealed that the class is in a state of heightened anxiety as verbalized. PE findings of other systems are unremarkable.

 

ASSESSMENT

Generalized Anxiety Disorder secondary to pending PLE 68 days from now

s/p 4 years of Medical School, s/p 1 year of Medical Internship

 

PLAN

  • Give BOLUS Signatures for clearances STAT. Please DO NOT DELAY!!!
  • Diagnostics:
    • ECG to check for residual heartaches and fears that need to be dealt with or resolved before the boards
    • 2D echo to check for emotional abnormalities that need to be stabilized
    • Electrolytes – to check for imbalances in doubts and self-confidence
    • CBG – to check for acute spikes of panic attacks
  • Treatment:

Allow me to share my treatment plan for Class 2016.

The first prescription is FAITH. “We have nothing to fear for the future, except as we shall forget the way the Lord has led us in the past.”* Remember, “man’s necessity is God’s opportunity.”**

The second prescription is DISCIPLINE. We are to discipline ourselves by gathering up every jot and tittle of knowledge and experience. Discipline also entails temperance and focus. Prioritize! Remember that the time we spent can never be brought back or re-lived.

Hence, remember this formula: FAITH + DISCIPLINE = EXCELLENCE

Do not settle for mediocrity. If best is possible, then better is never enough. God requires of us nothing but our best. Let us then strive for a rock-solid 100% passing rate. Class 2016, are you up for the challenge?

Excellence, after all, is not a skill but a habit; it’s not a destiny but an attitude; it’s not a seasonal aspiration but a way of life. Keep the faith, exercise discipline and achieve excellence.

Then lastly, follow-up with God. Make Him your FIRST, LAST and BEST in everything!

As difficult as it will be for any of us, I will miss and treasure the beautiful memories that we have spent together as a class. As we go on our separate ways, let us remember to look back to where we once were and move forward with greater hope that we can live the reality of our greatest potentials. Now, go and #LiveTheDreamUERM2016!

 


 

*Taken from EGW Writings, Life Sketches, p. 196, paraphrased

**Taken from EGW Writings, Testimonies for the Church, volume 4 p. 530

 


This was delivered by Jerald L. Pelayo at the UERM PGI’s Graduation (July 4, 2017) at the UERM Physio Auditorium. May this ever inspire our dear classmates, colleagues and friends!

With much love,

Jerald and Ardys

Your newly graduated Post-graduate Interns

 

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Have a great week ahead! Stay #tandemd with God!

 

With much love from your #Duoctors

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FBSeries 2.2: The Trinity

Bible

Traditional Arguments for the Existence of God

We can accept the existence of the Trinity only by faith. Nevertheless, reason does provide evidence that confirms our belief in God. Throughout the centuries, theologians have suggested various arguments for the existence of God. These are:

  1. The moral argument: The search of every human being for “the best good” implies the existence of a moral Being. Our conscience and our moral understanding distinguish us humans from the animals. There must be a source for this moral insight that is independent of humans, and that Source is God.
  2. The mental argument: Our mental faculties, our imagination and intelligence, can be explained only by presupposing the existence of a super-intelligent Source.
  3. The cosmological argument: In view of the fact that every effect must have a cause, a never-ending chain of cause and effect must go back to the great “First Cause.” Nothing can proceed from nothing.
  4. The teleological argument: The intricate structure and design seen in nature, from the butterfly to the human brain, requires the existence of an intelligent Designer. Anyone who has ever put together a computer should find it easy enough to understand that the incredibly complex “computer” that we know as the human brain could not develop purely through natural causes.
  5. The ontological argument: Anselm, the eleventh-century archbishop of Canterbury, defined God as “than which nothing greater can be conceived.” He reasoned that life must be a necessary part of such a perfect Being, and therefore He must exist. To put it another way, if it’s possible to conceive such a Being exists, then He must in fact exist.
  6. The argument from experience: Human religious experiences, which are such a common part of our human existence, indicate that there must be something or someone behind them. The fact that so many people everywhere have had an actual experience of God makes very likely the existence of such a Being, who created the world and sustains it.

From the moment they were first advanced, these “evidences of God” have had both their defenders and their detractors. Several of the last of these evidences have been argued more in the past 100 years than the first ones. More recently, many philosophers and theologians who devote themselves to these issues have given greater attention to the ancient evidences for God’s existence, adapting them to our current thought patterns.

However, beyond these rational evidences, God invites us to know Him in our own experience. The triune God promises, ” ‘You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart’ ” (Jeremiah 29:13).

(For further study: Deuteronomy 29:29; Ephesians 4:4-6; 1 Timothy 1:17; I Peter 1:2.)


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FBSeries 2.1: The Trinity

Bible

While other religions include a “trinity” in their pantheon of gods, Christianity is the only religion that distinguishes itself with a general belief about a real, living God who exists as Three distinct Persons who are equal and eternal: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The Three Persons in this divine trinity are immortal, omnipotent, omniscient and omnipresent.

The God of the Bible is infinite and far beyond all human comprehension. Yet,we can know these Persons of the Godhead to the extent that They have revealed Themselves to us. They have made themselves known through the work of their “hands” as seen in nature, through the circumstances of providence, through the written Word, the Bible, and especially through the Living Word, Jesus Christ.

The Bible teaches that God exists as Three distinct Persons whom we call the Trinity:

The Three Persons
  1. God the Father: “Yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom all things came” (I Corinthians 8:6). “One God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all” (Ephesians 4:6).
  2. God the Son: “For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form” (Colossians 2:9). “While we wait for the blessed hope-the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ” (Titus 2:13)
  3. God the Holy Spirit: “Then Peter said, ‘Ananias, how is it that Satan has so filled your heart that you have lied to the Holy Spirit…?… You have not lied to men but to God'” (Acts 5:3,4). “God has revealed it to us by His Spirit…. For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the man’s spirit within him? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God” (I Corinthians 2: 10,11).

The Bible presents the Three Persons of the Godhead as related to each Other in the same way that humans are related. The Bible uses personal pronouns when it speaks of the Members of the Trinity (see Matthew 17:5; John 16:13, 28; 17:1). They love and glorify each Other (see John 3:35; 15:10; 16:14). The Father sent the Son (Matthew 10:40), the Son prays to the Father (John 17:18), and the Father and the Son send the Holy Spirit as Their Representative (John 14:26; 16:7).

Each One of Them has His own special work to carry out, even when They are cooperating in joint activities such as Creation and Redemption.

The biblical statement that “God is love” (I John 4:8) applies perfectly to each Person of the Trinity. The fact that God is love from eternity presupposes that there is more than one Person in the Trinity. If there were just one Person from eternity, that One’s love would be for Himself only.

The Trinity in the Bible

While no one passage of Scripture defines the doctrine of the Trinity, the Bible writers assumed it as a given, and they spoke of it repeatedly. The teaching of the Trinity is implied in Genesis 1, which presents God and the Spirit both acting in Creation (see Genesis 1:1,2). The New Testament points out that Christ also participated in Creation, and that He is in fact the Creator (John 1:3; Colossians 1:16, 17; Hebrews 1:2). In Matthew 28:19 Jesus directed that baptism be performed ” ‘in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.’ ” Here the doctrine of the Trinity is presented in a way that gives it strong support as an article of faith.

The Trinity was evident at Christ’s baptism, where all Three Members of the Godhead were manifested at the same time. Matthew 3:16, 17 shows God the Son being baptized; God the Spirit manifesting Himself in the form of a dove that descended on Jesus; and the Father proclaiming, ” ‘This is my Son, whom I love; with Him I am well pleased.’ “

Luke 1:35 includes the Three Persons of the Godhead in the angel’s announcement to Mary that she was to be the mother of the Messiah. The angel said that the Holy Spirit would come upon her, the power of the Most High would overshadow her, and Jesus would be born of her.

Jesus recognized the difference between the Members of the Godhead when He said, ” ‘When the Counselor comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father, he will testify about me’ ” (John 15:26).

Paul’s apostolic benediction also supports this teaching. He said, “May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all” (2 Corinthians 13:14).


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Respect

Respect is more than holding open the car door for you and pulling out your chair at restaurants. It’s more than walking up to your front stoop to pick you up for a date instead of honking his horn from the driveway.

Respect is more than saying please and thank you, sir and ma’am. It’s more than practicing good manners at the dinner table and treating waiters with kindness.

Respect is showing up to your mother’s house with flowers during the holidays. It’s offering to pick you up and drive when he knows you’re tired. It’s calling you instead of texting when you have to talk about something serious.

Respect is sending a text when he knows he’s going to be late, so you don’t sit up wondering where he is or if you did something to make him upset. It’s keeping you in the loop, because you’re an important part of his life and you deserve to know what’s going on.

Respect is listening to your side of an argument, even if he completely disagrees with it. It’s letting you speak your mind instead of screaming over you, telling you that you’re wrong. It’s communication and compromise.

Respect is holding back from saying something cruel in the middle of a fight. It’s refusing to call you a waste of space, even though he’s never been this pissed at you before. It’s treating you like an actual human being, regardless of the situation.

Respect is being honest with you, even when the truth hurts. It’s telling you what happened, even if you’re not going to like what you hear. It’s being completely truthful with you — no exceptions.

It’s doing little things that mean the world.
Respect is just as important as love in any relationship, because it shows how much a person cares about your wellbeing, about your happiness.

And I add, respect is supporting you. It is banishing your insecurities by not doing things that will cause you to doubt. Respect is reassuring you in words and in actions. It is building your confidence by reminding you that you are loved and beautiful, worthy of his loyalty. It is not simply reminding you of the years he stayed with you but in the love and respect he showed you during those years. It is listening to your fears and tears. Respect is telling the flirtatious temptations that he has a girlfriend who he values, loves and respects enough to quit joking around with the flirts and sending them the wrong signals.

It is treating you as God would treat His daughter.

And being respected comes with the responsibility of also respecting and trusting him. It is keeping the faith in him and understanding him. Because wanting to be respected starts with respecting yourself and others.

Respecting each other above all: that is God’s hope for us. 

(This is a repost from thoughtcatalog.com as written by Holly Riordan. Some paragraphs were taken out mainly to make it suitable for this blog’s content. All credits to the writer. This is simply a thought that I think needs to be shared because I wouldn’t have said it any better. And I added a little of my thoughts into this as well. This is for those who pray for stronger relationships that seek to glorify God above all.)