Sunday, March 23, 2008
It's a beautiful exchange, the Bible has poetic descriptions of exchanges like Beauty for Ashes and the most commonly used, Life for death. Two extreme opposites attained in less than a hundred hours. Thats where our transition from a dying breed to eternal beings, through Christ.
I constantly wonder and wander around searching for something to grasp, literally and sometimes theoretically. Something with meaning, something worth thinking about, and this sick cycle carousel (yes it's from a lifehouse song) that does nothing but go up and down and go round and round, we have fun, be merry for a couple of moments, and after spending time with friends we, well I, find myself seeking, searching and sadly... lacking.
Life can mean alot of things, and mostly we use it to describe a kind of living, hence we usually utter the statement "this is the life" when we're on vacation, lying on the shore and living in that moment. But then again, what happens when this particular moment is done and gone, then we're back to square one. Life, and living cannot be like this, there's gotta be something more than that. We're in a prison, and we don't know how to get out.
Now we usually say that the cross was designed to purge the sins from our past, present and future. But let's stop for a while and talk about sin, what is sin? Have we ever asked ourselves what sin actually is?
I used to think that sin is more of the obvious actions like murder, but I completely forgot that Adam just ate a fruit and got booted out of the garden. Now how can eating a fruit be sin? Eating itself is not the sin, but doing something that he'd been told not to do and did it anyway was sin.
Now what have we been told to do? The Bible simply told us to do two things, simple things like Love God, and love people. Now how hard could that be? And I look back, and I totally failed the first one, and failing the first one would just make me fail the second one. So I guess this is more of eating the fruit. And we didn't know that, we didn't have any clue whatsoever thats why I find these words so powerful and really... out of love, "Father, forgive them for they don't know what they do".
Anyway, I'm just running in circles here, but basically we're free from everything that we did, what we didn't know we did, and things that we have yet to do. These things died on the cross, sent to the grave along with our Savior and left there for good as our Savior rolled the stone and walked out in this glorious day, Easter Sunday. The day where redemption was made, the day where new lives were given.
Happy Easter everybody! God bless
and guess who enjoyed easter too
Shaq played for almost 36 minutes against the Rockets, scored 23 points, grabbed 13 rebounds shot 8-10 from the field and 7-9 from the line.
He really enjoys playing against the man who Philly got to defend the big guy when they faced the Lakers in the Finals years ago. Tough break Dikembe...
Phoenix won against Houston 122-113... thats 7 straight now... :D
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Topic: The inner struggle and how we’ve won.
Conflict: we we’re once sick, as sick as the zombies we’re in the movie. We’re sick of boredom, and that’s our cancer. We inject ourselves with cures that we find in the end that will consume us over time.
2Co 4:4 in whose case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.
The first problem presented here is our ignorance of our demise. We do not know that we’re dying and causing death to happen among others, because at first we do not have any clue whatsoever that sin would lead us to death. Second we don’t have any clue of who Jesus is, what the cross truly meant. We’re completely ignorant of everything that is happening around us.
We’re sinking deep, and we don’t even know it.
How do we know that we’re sick?
It is when our idea of happiness is shattered by a person that has a different pursuit of happiness, this is how we see how sick, and how blinded we are from the truth. We’re in too deep the waters and we don’t even know it, we’ll realize it when we see someone walk on water. And right there and then we’ll wonder how is that possible?
I can never forget that day that I finally gave Jesus a chance to reveal himself to me, when one of my friends, a close one, who was maybe a notch higher in worseness of deeds turn 180 degrees and suddenly find happiness in Christ. My mind was totally blown away, I was swept off my feet, and basically my idea of happiness was shattered. Then I concluded right there and then how screwed I was.
When these two idea’s clash, right there and then you see your heart awaken, and you can only tell if your heart is awakened by the amount of internal struggle you deal with. It is a process, one by one we take away what is being revealed to our hearts. We say no to each and everything that comes in our way, we may lose some of them but always remember that it is a process. This is where our confidence in His grace and faithfulness are put to test. (Phil 1:6)
It is important that we simply put everything behind. Because my friends, we cannot truly say that we’re enjoying Christ if we still look at our past and see it as the ‘glory days’ or the good old days… (Phil past, prize)
Resolution: The solution is not of our hands, in this scenario, if you don’t know you’re sick you cannot cure yourself. It takes someone to notice your disease to get you better. Our boredom and our sufferings has a cure. And that’s what we saw in the movie clip that we watched. There is light amidst the darkness that we live in. and the bible describes it in John 15:13 that states "Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends." And it continues to passing a legacy to us. What he did, on the cross, the sacrifice, the life that He has given to us is what He desires among other people as well. We can see it in the end of that chapter as Jesus states that we’re appointed to go and bear fruit-fruit that will last, then the Father will give us what we ask in His name, and love one another.
There’s a deeper parable that’s very dear in my heart in John 10:11-18 where Jesus describes and reveals Himself as the good shepherd who lays down His life for His sheep. He continues saying that the hired hand will run away when animosity arrives. And in the movie, the hero, Robert Neville, explained why he remained in NY. He saw it as ground zero, and he saw it as his primary responsibility not to leave the area until He finds the cure for the virus. And that’s what the good shepherd does, he lays down His life for His sheep. And again he left a legacy for us to follow. To bring other sheep that are not within His present pen towards Him.
This is what I’m saying, our lives will be the very proof of Christ’s very existence towards our families and friends. I know it’s hard to talk to them and explain every preaching, every message, every revelation that we have attained through out the years.
Like Robert, we can scream “I know how to cure you” all we want, but the thing is, they wont listen… they’ll only listen if they see someone who was like them gets it. Someone who’s so passionate about their pursuit that will encourage and inspire others that this is how it’s supposed to be. We don’t even have to speak, we just have to be in ground zero where everybody is.
Jesus wants us to have life, and live life to the fullest. And the only way we can enjoy it, is through Him.
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
So my Creative Zen Stone can enjoy a longer tenure inside my pockets, because... I got these...
I used to hate this guy... because he's just a year older than me and he's already playing like a king.
He's my 2nd pick overall in this years fantasy draft... And looks like I'll be in the playoffs this season.
and now I just got his kicks.
Feet... say hello to the new Nike Air Zoom Soldier.
#23 for my 23rd (i know it's been 7 days... so shush)
Monday, March 10, 2008
Monday, March 03, 2008
What can I say, I'm excited and somehow scared. It's been a fun ride, and there's more to expect as you reach the edge of 22. Time just keeps on ticking and sooner or later, I might right something about the dawn of 24.
It's been fun so far, I'm having fun with where I am, but somehow a little frustrated because of reasons that I don't need to write here. I'll just keep on doing what I do until everything breaks loose. Somehow, and in someway I know it will.
Enough about that, what about the 23rd. I'm going to hit my 2nd year of professional life aswell, and I'm starting to budget every cent that I spend from now on. I guess reality will hit you as you recognize that you're far from being 18. It may be fun being young, but it will never hurt leaving that area. You'll just see responsibilities pile up as you add 1 to the total count of you age year after year. I don't know, can't explain but I guess it's all relative and theres nothing I can really do about it. What's better is that Iron Man, Hulk and alot lot more will be showing in the theaters this year so WooHoo!...
So far everything's good, and I guess I should start to act and recognize my age and start accepting the responsibilities that comes along with it.
There, I guess there's nothing much to contemplate when you just start to recognize everything that I said above. There's nothing left to do but write down my goals before hitting 24, and try to achieve them. And that's it as time keeps on pushing me towards the edge of 22... a few more minutes... hang on.