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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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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.)


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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.)


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FBSeries 2.2: The Trinity

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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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Bend to Ascend

 

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(by Ardys)

Bend to ascend. Does this make sense to you in any way? How will you ascend when you’re stooping low? This phrase is what we call an oxymoron. It is an incongruous and contradictory statement, purposely weaved together to create a stronger message. Examples include cruel kindness, freezing fever, defeaning silence and bittersweet. These are commonly coined together to create or describe a whole new contradictory but complementary statement to express a powerful thought.

Today we will be focusing on Romans 12: 1-2. “Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God – this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not CONFORM any longer to the pattern of this world, but be TRANSFORMED by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – His good, pleasing and perfect will.”

With transformation, we shall be bending ourselves. Only then can we learn to ascend. Now allow me to share 3 methods of bending. Let’s have  some spiritual exercises, shall we?


BEND DOWNWARDS: HUMILITY

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  • Naaman (2 Kings 5:1-19)

Naaman was the commander of the army of the king of Aram. He was a great leader of the army, rich, famous and strong. But Naaman had a problem; he had a then incurable disease called leprosy. Through the SERVANT of his wife, Naaman heard that there was a PROPHET in Israel (Elisha) who could cure him.

If you were Naaman, being the rich and famous army leader that you are, would you even listen to the advice of a mere servant and prophet?

Or let’s make it more modern. Imagine you were a CEO of your own company and your company is about to go bankrupt. Then a janitor of your company comes up to you to tell you that he knows someone who can help you regain your company’s status. Would you even spare a minute to listen to his advice? Would you bend downwards to at least try and see if his advice would really help you ascend back to where you were?

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Had Naaman not listened to the advice of his “lowly” servant, he would not have immersed himself in the seemingly dirty waters of the Jordan river seven times. He hoped for healing but it was presented to him in the most unusual of ways. Had he not swallowed his pride and bent downwards to heed the advice of the servant and the prophet (who in perhaps almost every aspect was lower than him in position and wealth), he would not have received healing. He even gave God honour for healing him. He knew that God was the only god who should be worshipped.

Now, think about it. How many times have we rejected the wisdom of those a little lower than us just because we think we are of higher status than they are? Have we even bothered to listen? Naaman was humble enough to bend down and be healed.

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  • Mark Zuckerberg

In today’s modern times, we perhaps know the person who created Facebook. Mark Zuckerberg, at a young age, has earned himself a huge company that generated jobs and enabled us to restore connections with our old friends and helped us create new ones.

He once said, “I feel that the best companies are started not because the founder wanted a company but because the founder wanted to change the world…”

Sure he is some big shot who now owns a multibillion dollar company but if we are to examine his lifestyle and his philosophies, we will be amazed at the humility of this man. He would meet with religious leaders and people in the community not to give them a sermon, but to listen to them. One of those who had an encounter with him even claimed that he talked 10% of the time, and the rest of the 90% he spent on listening to them. A modern Naaman perhaps?

Mark Zuckerberg

He even wears the same style of clothing every day. When asked why, this was his answer: “I really want to clear my life so that I have to make as few decisions as possible about anything except how to best serve this community… I feel like I’m not doing my job if I spend any of my energy on things that are silly or frivolous about my life, so that way I can dedicate all of my energy towards just building the best products and services,” he added. It is in being humble that made him stand out among the world’s influential. He not only bent down. He listened while bent. And that made him ascend!

Romans 12:3, “For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you.”

  • Personal Encounters

Perhaps my best example of humility is my father. He has always put our own needs above his own. Whenever I am confined in the hospital, he would stay awake at night to watch over me that even in the wee hours of the night when his eyes fail him, the slightest movement from me would wake him and he would stand to check if I am okay.

Then, I remember a friend of Papa’s working as an OFW who gifted my Papa 4 pcs of branded shirts. He would simply choose one to keep for himself, one which he liked most and he would give the remaining 3 to whoever he thinks needs it more, usually my lolo’s workers. One time my lolo bought him a cellphone. He didn’t want to receive that big of a favor from his own dad, he refused it. Then my lolo bought us a television set. He also refused it and gave it to his sister. And that left me with no reason to rebel for his overprotectiveness towards his only child, me.

And I would imagine God in my Papa. He is that concrete example of humility and I will always thank God for a very selfless father like him. His humble demeanor I have always sought to emulate. And to me, he stands out because he treats others better than himself.

Lesson on Humility

BEND SIDEWAYS: RESILIENCE

Resilience

  • Esther (Esther 1-4)

Esther was a fair young Jewish lady who was faced with the uncertainties of life early on. Her parents had died. She was raised by a male relative, Mordecai. So essentially, she did not have a woman in her life as she was growing. She was also a Jewish captive. The challenges she faced at such a young age has allowed her to be resilient, ever ready to face far greater problems ahead. Perhaps her difficult life as a young lad must have prepared her for the royalty, and even helping her to be strong enough to be putting her life at stake to intercede for her people. She was able to rise to the occasion strong and ever more steadfast in her faith in the Lord simply because she stayed resilient.

Queen Esther

  • Abraham Lincoln

Lincoln suffered from horrible losses while he was taking responsibility for the Civil War. His generals failed him. And it did not stop there. His 11 year old son died, triggering events that deprived him of much support from his wife, who instead demanded that he direct his personal resources to helping her get through the pain and distress, when he must have had few resources to spare. He also suffered from severe depression. Still, he continued to make effective and responsible decisions. He exemplified an important aspect of resilience: we are not ruled by our moods and emotions. We can let ourselves be aware of them yet still know that they are not the arbiters of reality and we are not enslaved by them. His resiliency in trying times has set for us an example that as long as we bend sideways and keep ourselves rooted in our values and beliefs, we will rise to reach our own pinnacle, like Abraham Lincoln who served his country well as President.

Abraham Lincoln

  • Personal Encounters

I’ve had my fair share of bending sideways too. To have started medical school miles away from home for the first time in my life was a struggle in and of itself. First year medical school happened. Finding healthy food was hard. Getting good grades was harder. But living miles away from home was the hardest. I also happened to start medical school when we were a little bit financially unstable. But you know, if you persist and persevere and trust that the Lord will provide, He will send you the help that you need just at the right time when you need it most.

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He sent a classmate’s mother who was very generous enough to pay in full my first semester of 2nd year medicine, when I lost my full scholarship. By this time, my parents had enough time to financially prepare for the next few years ahead of my med school. Before I knew it, I was already marching down the aisle up to my graduation as a medical doctor. And up to this day, I could not believe that I have actually graduated while all those years doubting whether I would actually really finish this race. I have even prepared my heart for perhaps the greatest disappointment in my life. But no. God saw me through. I am a living proof that when you bend sideways, when you stay resilient in the Lord, He will finish what He has started in you. He will definitely see you through until the end just like He promised because He is able.

Lesson on Resilience


BEND UPWARDS: ASPIRATION

Aspiration

  • Barnabas (Acts 11:21-26)

“And the hand of the Lord was with them, and a great number who believed turned to the Lord. The report of this came to the ears of the church in Jerusalem, and they sent Barnabas to Antioch. When he came and saw the grace of God, he was glad, and he exhorted them all to remain faithful to the Lord with steadfast purpose, for he was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and of faith. And a great many people were added to the Lord. So Barnabas went to Tarsus to look for Saul, and when he had found him, he brought him to Antioch. For a whole year they met with the church and taught a great many people. And in Antioch the disciples were first called Christians.” Acts 11:21-26

Barnabas was known as the “son of encouragement” because he was constantly encouraging those around him. As the apostles worked to spread the good news and grow the church, Barnabas played a large role in encouraging and connecting people, aspiring for the church to grow. He put his reputation on the line to encourage the apostles to accept Paul after his conversion. He mentored the young apostles when others didn’t want to give them a second chance.

Barnabas

Barnabas aspired for the church. Like a bamboo shoot growing upwards towards the Sun, he kept his ardent aspirations for the church to grow by encouraging others and dedicating his life to teach and preach about God, that despite the fact that others may not accept his teachings, he persevered and befriended them, gaining them back to God.

God will use others to encourage us as well as using us to encourage others. We should always be aspiring and looking for ways we can bless someone with our words or actions. It involves bending upwards to seek for help as we aspire to touch lives. In turn, we can be thankful when God uses someone to say or do something kind or helpful to encourage our hearts. There is great power in encouraging each other.

  • Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs was born to a college undergraduate who put him up for adoption. The first disappointment in his life was perhaps when the couple who promised to adopt him gave him up because they wanted to adopt a girl. His mother had high hopes for him, putting him up for adoption only to parents who were college graduates and were willing to send him to college. But then again, a midnight call gave his mother hope, and he was adopted by the less-than-expected undergraduate middle-class working parents. They did promise to send him to college, so his mother consented that he be adopted by this couple.

His life wasn’t smooth sailing. Until his school age, Steve Jobs struggled. From his early days in elementary school, he grew frustrated with formal schooling as his mother had already taught him early. In college, he decided to drop out after just one semester, thinking his middle class parents’ money ought not to be put to waste to be spent for his expensive tuition. He did continue listening and attending in some of his classes. He dropped IN in the classes that interested him, without a fee in the same school he dropped out of. So to make ends meet, he slept on friend’s dorm rooms, he returned coke bottles for the 5 cents deposits to buy himself food. This allowed him to focus on learning the things he deemed essential for him to reach for his aspirations. He was bending upwards, mentoring those who worked with him.

Steve Jobs

Not finishing his education didn’t stop him from becoming CEO of Apple, one of the world’s most innovative technological companies. Starting in his garage, the first apple computer was born. However, it was not without any struggle as well, as with the other aspects in his life. He was initially kicked out of Apple, his own company. But that did not stop him from innovating and aspiring. He later created another company that, a few years later, saved Apple from bankruptcy. He simply aspired and did not for a second think about giving up despite his pitfalls.

Jobs preached that “You can’t connect the dots looking forward. You can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future… Jobs bent upwards with his aspirations and that led him to ascend.

  • Personal Encounters

I’ve bent downwards, sideways and upwards to somehow get to where I am now. It wasn’t an easy path, and I’m sure you’ve bent yourselves in many ways than I can ever imagine. There were days when I’d cry myself to sleep because I failed in an exam while my parents and grandparents are making ends meet at home, struggling financially, and I am nowhere near them at all to assure them that I am doing my bestest best to repay their hardwork and sacrifices for me. Their ceaseless encouragements kept me going up until now. There were days when they’d call me to ask if I still have money, and even though I only have 50 pesos left to spend for the month, I would tell them I still have enough to last me the month because I understood how hard it is for them to acquire money to get me through Med School.

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There were nights when the only comfort I found was in the floor just beside my bed where I would bend down to pray. There were months when I would bend sideways to cheer my patients on with a whispered prayer to lift their spirits and it would break my heart to see them suffering and all I could do for them was pray. There were hours when I would bend upwards, hopeful for the victories that are ahead, when I would look up to rest my head, for days when I have done what I could and all that’s left to do is to trust God to finish what He has started in me.

Lesson on Aspiration


Deuteronomy 28:13

“The Lord will make you the HEAD, not the tail. If you pay attention to the commands of the Lord your God that I give you this day and carefully follow them, you will always be at the TOP, never at the bottom.”

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Project: Scripture Songs Playlist

We were very much inspired by the official singing group of the Adventist University of the Philippines (AUP), the AUP Ambassadors who visited us in Manila Chinese Church during our Sabbath Worship last December 6, 2014 that we immediately searched for scripture songs that we can learn and sing during the Adventist Youth Programs. In our search for these songs, we came across this playlist. We loved how these songs were played that we can’t help but share it!

Disclaimer: We do not own these videos. All credits to ScriptureLullabies Youtube Channel for these songs.

We especially love these songs and we hope you like it too! Let us know what you think! If you know of any other wonderful scripture songs that give nothing but praise and honor to God, you can send the links to us through your comments below.

Let us keep serving our God through music and songs of praise and worship!

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Walk the Walk

Deuteronomy 5:33

“Ye shall walk in all the ways which the LORD your God hath commanded you, that ye may live, and [that it may be] well with you, and [that] ye may prolong [your] days in the land which ye shall possess.”

Walking with the Lord involves:

  1. Purpose. It is important that we have a purpose, that we know where we are going and who we allow to accompany us in our walk. Choose to walk with God, for if you do not, you will be like a boat steering in whichever direction the wind blows, without even stopping to think if it is the right direction towards your purposed destination.
  2. Progress. In walking, we cover a certain distance, we move from point A (origin) to point B (destination), hence we progress. With progress, however, we ought to strike the right balance. Not behind, not ahead, but just beside the Lord, holding his hand, letting him lead us, keeping our life’s pace at par with His.
  3. Perseverance. Whether our walk entails climbing up or down a hill or conquering a mountain, we must learn to walk with perseverance, keeping our destination in mind as motivation and moving forward with great anticipation of witnessing the grand unfolding of that beautiful destination – a feast for our eyes and a sight to behold – the kingdom which our Lord has so prepared for us!

Daily, may our feet walk and lead us closer to our Lord, to walk beside Him and with Him. Go and walk the walk!

Happy sabbath!

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The Need to Know Why

Hebrews 11:1

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

When we are faced with challenges that seem pretty hard to bear, we sometimes ask God why. It is somewhat in our human nature to ask why.

“Why is this happening to me? Why did the Lord allow for this to happen?”

We have a lot of WHYs in our lives for which we cannot seem to find the answer to.

Sometimes, we need not know why. We just have to believe that beyond all these things, there is a God who promises us His love. We ought not fret or scramble our whole lives to find out why. We just have to have that faith in the unseen God who is Omniscient, Omnipotent and Omnipresent!

Happy sabbath!

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Bloom!

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Bloom wherever God plants you. Happy Sabbath dear friends!

Love,

Jerald and Ardys

 

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