Monday, September 23, 2013

THE CHRISTIAN’S FASHION STATEMENT©


Colossians 3:12-14
“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.  Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another.  Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.”
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How long does it take you to decide what to wear each morning?  For some, it takes a certain number of outfit changes before finally deciding on that day’s fashion choice.  For others, there’s no thinking necessary; just put on the uniform issued by your company and you’re ready to go.

Whatever your daily dressing ritual is, if you are a child of God, do not neglect putting on the very virtues that are undeniably Christ (Col.3:12-14).  Clothe yourself with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience, forgiveness, and love.  Because no matter how fashionable you look outside, if you are not displaying the brand of Christ through your life, then it’s just as if you’re wearing filthy rags.


© Fashion: manner (a particular way of behaving or doing something)

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Bible Quiz-zing like a boss

So I found this cool Bible quiz app and decided to try it out.  I'm glad to report that I am actually digging it! :) The app's name is Bible Quizzer. This can be a great motivation for my SS students to really read & study the Bible.

Bible Quizzer

Friday, July 12, 2013

Evangelism Using Nail Polish

It has been 4 weeks since our Evangelism & Discipleship class started in ASCM, and so far I've been enjoying it and am learning a lot.  Not only that, it really encouraged me to start being more proactive about evangelism.  


Although we have been called to share the Good News to everyone we meet, my heart really yearns for the children to really give their lives to Jesus.


Jesus said in Matthew 19:14,
"Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these."
There are many different ways we can share the Good News: friendship evangelism, evangelistic events and crusades, ministering and meeting the need, but tonight while browsing through the net for ideas on child evangelism, I stumbled upon this website that used nail polish as a variation of the Wordless Book started by Charles Spurgeon in 1866.  If you know me, you'll know that I love nail polish.  And I was really excited to find this site.  Not only did the method appealed to me, it also contains great resources for child evangelism.  So anyway, I turned to my nail polish collection and checked to see if I had all the colors needed - I did! And so I started painting my nails and now I'm really excited to start up a conversation about God and His saving grace for us!

So, if you were wondering how that conversation will go, then I urge you to read on and find out:

Evangelism Using Nail Polish

YELLOW = HEAVEN
Heaven is wonderful place.
It is where God lives.
In heaven, there is no sickness, no pain, no tears, no sadness.
No evil lives in that place.
God wants us to live with Him in heaven.

BUT there's a problem!

There is something that is blocking our way!

What is it?

BLACK = SIN

How did sin enter the world?

It was when Adam and Eve disobeyed God.
And through that one act of disobedience, sin entered the world and we inherited that sinful nature.

Now, we have said that no evil lives in heaven.
And since no evil can ever enter heaven, we cannot enter heaven too because of our sin.

Isaiah 59:2 tells us that our sin has separated us from God.

But wait! You're a good boy/girl, right?
And you think you can enter heaven?

Think about this for a moment:
Have you ever told a lie?
Have you ever thought bad about someone?

That's sin!

Romans 3:9 tells us that there is no one righteous, not even one.
In verse 23, it says that ALL have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.

NO ONE can enter heaven because ALL have sinned.

But that's not all.  SIN = PUNISHMENT.
And that punishment is DEATH.

Romans 6:23 says the wages of sin is death...

We deserve to be punished and die (or be eternally separated from God) because of our sin!

Can you see the problem?

RED = BLOOD OF JESUS

But don't be sad!!

For every problem, there is a solution.

John 3:16 says that because God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son (JESUS)
that whoever believes in Him shall not perish (die) but have eternal life.

Jesus died on the cross to save us from our sins.

In the Old Testament, the Israelites needed to sacrifice a PERFECT animal (kill it and shed its blood on the altar)
before they can be forgiven of their sins.

Hebrews 9:22 says it clearly:
In fact, the law requires that everything be cleansed with blood,
and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.

Our punishment of death can only be paid by death.
Blood has to be shed before our sins can be forgiven.

JESUS, THE PERFECT LAMB OF GOD, CHOSE TO SUFFER AND DIE FOR OUR SINS,
SO THAT YOU AND I CAN BE REUNITED WITH GOD.

The amazing thing about this is that God did not wait for us to ask for forgiveness.
He did all this while we were still living in sin.
Romans 5: 8 says that God demonstrates his love for us this: while we were still sinners Christ died for us.

WHITE = WHITE AS SNOW

Isaiah 1:18 says, "Come now, let us settle the matter," says the Lord.  "Though your sins are scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool."

The blood of Jesus will wash away our sins.
Our slate will be wiped clean.
We have a fresh start with God.

BUT

we have to do something: A.B.C.

A - Admit that you have sinned. Repent! Ask God for forgiveness and stop sinning!
B - Believe that Jesus is God, became human, died on the cross for our sins, and on the third day He rose again.
C - Confess that JESUS is LORD. He is your SAVIOR. And that from now on, He will be the MASTER of your life.


1 John 1:9 "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins,
and cleanse us from all unrighteousness."

Romans 10:9 "If you confess with your mouth, 'Jesus is Lord,'
and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, YOU WILL BE SAVED."

Pray this simple prayer sincerely, from your heart:

Lord Jesus, please forgive me of my sins
I thank You for dying on the cross for me so that I can be saved

I believe that You died and rose again

Now I ask You to please come into my heart and be the Lord and Savior of my life
.


Now, if you have prayed that prayer, then you are now a CHILD OF GOD!

John 1:12 "Yet to all who receive Him, to all who believe in His name, He gave the right to become children of God."

And of course, as children of God, you now have the rights and privileges of the heir to God's Kingdom:
You get righteousness, peace, and joy.
You get to pray and God will hear your prayers.
You get to live a victorious, abundant life.
You are never alone for God is always with you - He is now living inside of you!
You get to live with God in heaven for eternity.
And so much more!!!
GREEN = GROW

When you accepted Christ in your life, your spirit, which was dead because of sin, is now alive and born again.

A baby should be well taken cared of if you want it to grow strong and healthy.
The same with our newborn spirit, we need to take care of it.

To make it grow, we need to do the spiritual disciplines (read the Bible, pray everyday, go to church, etc.)


*NOTE: THE FF. IS AN ADDENDUM TO THE NAIL POLISH EVANGELISM TECHNIQUE.
HERE, I AM USING THE 5 COLORS OF THE EPHOD (Exo. 28:6) AND THEIR MEANING, BASED ON THE EPHOD DISCIPLESHIP PROCESS.

PURPLE = ROYALTY

JESUS, THE KING OF KINGS, deserves our WORSHIP.
We WORSHIP the King who deserves all glory, honor and praise!

And come to think of it, we are now princes and princesses,
since we are now called children of God! :)

WHITE/LINEN = CLEAN THROUGH THE WORD

As we read God's Word, the things that need to change in our lives are being exposed.
And as we continue reading His Word and letting it soak into our hearts,
 the sanctifying work of the Spirit makes us clean, transforming us more and more into the image of Christ.

SCARLET = BLOOD OF JESUS

As disciples, we will face trials and temptations and sufferings and challenges.
But since we are bought and paid for with the blood of Jesus,
we can rest assured that the enemy may hurt us but he can never harm us.
We are COVERED AND PROTECTED by the PRECIOUS BLOOD OF JESUS CHRIST.

BLUE = PRAYER

That's why we always need to be in CONSTANT COMMUNICATION with our Heavenly Father.

The Bible urges us to pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17).

Keeping our communication lines with the Father open will help us avoid sticky situations.

Also, as soldiers of the King, we will need to be ready to hear and obey
what our Commander tells us to do, the moment He needs us to do it.

Soldiers never go into battle without an armor.
That is why we need to always remember to wear our armor whenever we pray (Ephesians 6:10-18).

With prayer, constant communication with God, and geared up for battle,
we can fight fiercely the battle we are up against.

Victory is a sure thing for us, Christian, because JESUS has already overcome sin and death
when He DIED on the cross AND ROSE AGAIN.

And if we continue to walk with Him, we can

GOLD = FINISH STRONG

Through worship, the Word of God, Jesus' protection and prayer,
we can endure all the hardships this world will bring.
We get to finish the race marked out for us.

We get to FINISH STRONG.

We get to live in Heaven.
We get to be with God for eternity.

And that's the story of the Good News - the Gospel of Jesus Christ.



Thank you Lord for leading me to this website (www.letthelittlechildrencome.com)! Bless the people behind these, bless their ministry. In Jesus' name, amen!

Monday, July 08, 2013

Hello, Mac

Today I got the biggest purchase/investment of my life: a new Macbook Air.  My old laptop, Lavinia, served me well, but it's been almost 5 years and I'm feeling the strain in our relationship.  As a working student/minister, I have needs.  So I decided to invest in a laptop that will be able to endure the demands of my busy schedule (naks!).  Thank you, Lord, for providing for me!

Pre-unboxing

Love at first sight

Hello, Mac!

Testing the cam. It's HD and it has a flash. Nice!

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

10th Anniversary

Lawrie and I are celebrating our 10th anniversary today. I thank you, Father, for this wonderful man that you have blessed me with. We thank you for your goodness and faithfulness to us and our relationship. Be glorified in our lives, as individuals and as a couple.





Sunday, June 23, 2013

The Watch: A Call For Vigilance

Jesus is coming again, and He is coming soon! Are you ready?

"Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. (Matthew 24:42)

Are you waiting in expectation, keeping watch, and looking forward to His return?

10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare.[a]11 Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives 12 as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming.[b] That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat. 13 But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells.14 So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him. (2 Peter 3:10-14)
 Let us be vigilant and keep W.A.T.C.H.

Watch / Wake Up / Watch Out
Anticipate (Christ's return)
Turn (Away from sin, towards God)
Commit (to Evangelism)
Hunger (for God and His righteousness)

   The Watch

Monday, June 17, 2013

Zarah @ 28

Thank you, Lord, for 28 years of your love and faithfulness to my life. Thank you for my family and friends. Thank you for all the blessings. My life is yours, Lord. Be glorified in me!