Can We Really Know?

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Sometimes looking back with my life, and now see people lived differently, or shall I say have a different situation with me, most of the times I felt disappointed and it seems unfair to me, not realizing that I’m so blessed by God of what I have right now despite of what I am, a sinner. And then I asked myself, What if’s. What if it weren’t like that?, what if it weren’t like those had happened? Will I be what I am right now?

As I could remember I have a not so good childhood days, parent’s weren’t going well with each other then decide to live and take different paths separately because they couldn’t understand each other and just always fighting. I then have a second father, adopted us, treated us as one of his own children. But then, with just a blink of an eye, he got sicked with cancer then passed away. While he was alive I couldn’t feel that we don’t have a father because he really made us feel that we are one family. I stopped studying, then got a job which leads me to another job I have right now for 5 years. Mother then was depressed and lonely but still God was so good even though back then we don’t know Him yet.

But then after that, our youngest was then involved in a “religious group” which was before as I call it. Then invited us,me, then I attended because I was curious. Then she enrolled in Bible college and leave her management course. And maybe because of all the prayers, I was convicted and converted, I got saved! I received Jesus and I understood God’s simple way of Salvation, How to be sure of Heaven when you die, is to just accept and believe Jesus Christ gift that He died on the cross in my stead for the payment of my sins. He paid it all already and all I have to do is to just received it. Then Mother got saved, my other sister got saved, Father was the last one, and even though he is not attending church with us due to some family circumstances, I do hope that he already received Jesus when it was shared to him the Gospel.

“Can we really know whether to label life’s circumstances good or bad? Is it bad because your dreams weren’t fulfilled, or good because God directed it in ways you could have not predicted? Sometimes it’s hard to see how God is working, His mysteries don’t always reveal their secrets to us, and our journey is often directed by uncontrollable detours. Perhaps God is showing us a better route.

To make sure we benefit from what might seem bad, we must recognize and trust God’s “unfailing love”. In the end, we”ll be able to say “I will sing unto the Lord, because He hath dealt bountifully with me.” Psalms 13:6″ ~ from ODB Vol 19
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The circumstances in our lives
seem random and unplanned
But someday we will surely see
The order of God’s hand. ~ Sper

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Just Like Apples ;)

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Girls are like
apples on trees. The best
ones are at the top of the tree.
The boys don’t want to reach for
the good ones because they are afraid
of falling and getting hurt. Instead, they
just get the rotten apples from the ground
that aren’t as good, but easy. So the apples
at the top think something is wrong with
them, when in reality, they’re amazing.
They just have to wait for the right
boy to come along, the one
who’s brave enough

to climb
all the way
to the top
of the tree.

Credits to the owner of the Poem

Stronger than Anything

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You’re so powerful
You could tear me, break me
heal me, console me
Even how deeply the pain digs me

All the emptiness that made this hole
You never cease to put me at ease
On my side I want you so badly
Still why can’t I hold you dearly

Everything I hold seems to slips away
But your presence lingers all the way
But I ask, If ever will I hold you, not with my hand,
but with my heart, will I ever lost you again?

You’re the reason why this heart beats
As the rivers flows to wide sea deeps
Here deep inside me your chasing endlessly
Get holds of me breathlessly

So many things blocks my way distracts me
The more I ran away the more you get closer and closer
The you shines as the sun goes down
Then I thought of you, memories made me drowned

I wanted you to be there, even just in my dreams
When I see you smile, Lights sparks up in the sky
Then I dare to say
You’re the sun that shines in my heart.

and I know this is and you are LOVE….

>.< DaisukeYuuki

Standing on the Promises

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Standing on the promises of Christ my King,
Through eternal ages let His praises ring,
Glory in the highest, I will shout and sing,
Standing on the promises of God.
Refrain:
Standing, standing,
Standing on the promises of God my Savior;
Standing, standing,
I’m standing on the promises of God.

Standing on the promises that cannot fail,
When the howling storms of doubt and fear assail,
By the living Word of God I shall prevail,
Standing on the promises of God.

Standing on the promises I now can see
Perfect, present cleansing in the blood for me;
Standing in the liberty where Christ makes free,
Standing on the promises of God.

Standing on the promises of Christ the Lord,
Bound to Him eternally by love’s strong cord,
Overcoming daily with the Spirit’s sword,
Standing on the promises of God.

Standing on the promises I cannot fall,
List’ning every moment to the Spirit’s call,
Resting in my Savior as my all in all,
Standing on the promises of God.

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Whatever this year may bring unto our paths, Let us always remember We are standing on the Solid Rock of Our Salvation, The Lord Jesus Christ and His promises never fails and it never changes. 😉

Another Year of Grace and God’s Sufficiency

Here in the Philippines it’s just about 1 day or 24 hrs left before the year 2013 will bid it’s goodbye’s and I will welcome 2014 as another chapter of my life. This year was rough, stormy as I could describe it if will only think about those hard times that came on my way. As I could remember 2013 started hard on me, too much persecution and pressure at my work due to difference, Health issues on love ones, family problems, Spiritual problems, and so on… But in all those hath happened a ray of Light was always shining faithfully to guide me all the way. It never leaves me even on my darkest and lowest times. It’s always there, that Light. And It’s Jesus never ending unconditional love. No matter how low I have become or no matter how depressed I am with those things I cannot comprehend, He is there and never leaves my side. Why did I knew? Because If He wasn’t there, I am not here right now writing. 😉

“And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace.” John 1:16

I can say all those things did happened, I may not know completely the reasons, but I know He knows and never makes mistakes. Yeah, all the things happened that this limited mind consider bad, I could just count it with the fingers I have, but all the blessings God hath bestowed on me? No, I cannot even count it or remember all of those. There are so much blessings I can’t even count and remember. Everyday is a blessing. Every time I woke every single day, breath, see things, smell, feel, laugh, cry and live my life is already a great blessing. No matter what life may awaits for me this coming next year, I will trust it to God, the Father Almighty, My Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ my life and whatever path I may take that he will guide me and impose His will for me no matter what it is, no matter how it will hurt me at first. I know He will never give trials more than I am capable of.

There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it. I corinthians 10:13

When upon life’s billows you are tempest-tossed,
When you are discouraged, thinking all is lost,
Count your many blessings, name them one by one,
And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done. — Johnson Oatman, Jr.

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Always look on the brighter side no matter how dark it is on the other side. No darkness could ever extinguish the Light of Jesus Christ on your life.

-Daisuke

Jesus is the Reason

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Who is this King of Israel
Born in a manger
His name is Jesus
His name is Jesus
He came to set us free
God’s only Son is He

God rest ye merry Gentlemen
Let nothing you dismay
Remember Christ our Savior
Was born on Christmas day
To save us all from Satan’s pow’r
When we were gone astray

Oh tidings of comfort and joy Comfort and joy
Oh tidings of comfort and joy

He is the reason for the celebration
Go tell ev’rybody in every nation
Join with the angels And lift high His name
And clap your hands Just clap your hands Clap your hands
And let the whole world know

He’s the King of glory
He’s the Lord God strong and mighty
Said He is the Prince of Peace
Jehovah Jireh

The Lord God strong and mighty
The Lord God mighty in battle

Help me lift Jesus higher
Help me lift Jesus higher and higher
Help me lift Jesus higher

Credits to the owner of the song: Not My Own

Still I’m Blessed (The Greatest Gift)

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Everyone of us are excited because of the Holidays, specially the Christmas season. Kids were excited of the gifts they will received, workers are excited with bonuses and incentives they will get, shoppers were excited because price tags mostly drops off to almost 50%, and families were excited to be together with their loved ones which been away for the long time. Mostly everyone were excited even in different reasons and circumstance. But with all these things, they are people who also disliked and hated this season when almost everyone where celebrating and happy. Maybe those people who lost their loved ones, been hurt and left behind, and seeing everyone laughing and smiling, leave a feeling of loneliness.

I was once like the latter. But now, every time I looked back to those times, I realized why I felt alone, It’s because I didn’t know why there is Christmas, I just thought, there is Christmas because Jesus was simply born, just a little shallow knowledge. And I also believed Christmas are for those rich, and happy family out there. What a fool I am. I didn’t know JESUS was the greatest gift of all (John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”) that God hath given me 2000 years ago. He hath sent His Son to the world He created to save me (Matthew 1:21 “And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins.”) by dying on the cross (Ephesians 2:16 “And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:”).

Now, looking back, since 2014 is coming and 2013 is already bidding it’s goodbye. I could remember so many trials and seems bad happened, but still those bad times I could only count with my hands while the good things? I couldn’t even enumerate because it’s too many. (Romans 8:23 “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”) This verse is really true but you will only realize it after the storms had passed, because during the storm it’s so hard to make yourself understand the full meaning of the verse.

From now on, Every time I feel lonely whenever I see happy family going to church together, eating together during Christmas night dinner celebration (Noche Buena in the Philippines), I will just remember the priceless gift God hath given me, The Lord Jesus Christ gift of Salvation for my soul. How about you my friend have you received this gift already? What are you waiting for? No amount of money could ever buy our assurance to Heaven when we leaved this world. You don’t know how? It’s so simple, Just ask JESUS now to enter into your heart and believe on Him this Christmas that long ago He was born into this world and died on the Cross in your place and was risen and now was living and sitting on the right hand of the Father. Your sins was already forgiven just accept Him, the Greatest Gift of the Father, Jesus.

Romans 10:13 “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Romans 1:16 “……for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth;….”

Acts 16:30-31 “….Sirs, what must I do to be saved? And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.”

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When Jesus is all you have this Christmas, You have you all you need.

Keeping Christ in Christmas

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It irritates me when I see Christ being taken out of Christmas. That is not limited to only non-Christians–even Christians have adjusted to the commercialism of the holiday season. Obviously, not all of it is bad–in fact the holiday season provides the opportunity for families to reunite and also provides a pleasant break from our routines. I personally look forward to these days as an opportunity to visit with friends who are much too busy at other times in the year to just stop and relax.

But we have become terribly imbalanced. We give a myriad of useless gifts at Christmas because it’s expected of us and we feel guilty if we don’t. The commercialized world now makes a $100.00 toy seem perfectly normal. It’s easy to observe the stress that our imbalanced society places on family members. Christian parents who cannot provide the latest indulgences to their children are often depressed and distraught. Obviously, no one purposely makes them feel unworthy or insignificant, but the overwhelming emphasis we place on giving at Christmas certainly does.

So great is this social pressure that the closer we get toward Christmas Day, the more depressed and unworthy those who can’t indulge feel. Unfortunately the pressures don’t end once Christmas is past either. Those who can’t afford to compete in their gift-giving often dread congregating with their friends immediately after the holidays, because at “show and tell” time they don’t have much to show. It is not a conscious act on the part of most people to openly display their pride. Rather, because we are in a competitive society we often determine a person’s worth by his ability to buy things. “For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.” (Colossians 3:3).

BALANCE

One extreme is not balanced by going to the opposite extreme. The distortion of Christmas won’t be corrected by eliminating all gift-giving and observing Christmas as a “religious” holiday. The fact is, we do live in this world, and our families are greatly influenced by others. What we need to do is swing back toward the middle and eliminate the need to compete with others. Then we will have the freedom to develop God’s plan for our families without the pressure from the commercial world.

In order to do so, I believe that as Christians, we must first believe that God’s plan is different from the world’s, and is more–not less–fulfilling. It is a deception to think that by adopting a more disciplined lifestyle we are somehow denied the “good life.” It’s like saying that by avoiding drugs, we deny our children the euphoria that would make them feel “good.” But to decide that any and all drugs are evil and absolutely refuse to use them makes for a painful experience if you have to have a broken leg set. The key, as always in God’s plan, is balance. That always comes from following God’s wisdom.

SHIFT OF ATTITUDES

Gift-giving at Christmas is a relatively new idea. Until a couple of centuries ago, Christmas was reserved as a religious holiday on a noncommercial basis. Many of our forefathers would have believed that trading presents on the day set aside to observe Christ’s birthday was near blasphemy. However, gift giving became a generally accepted practice and was used primarily to show appreciation to loved ones. Gifts were usually simple, regardless of the means of the giver so as to not embarrass those who couldn’t afford to give very much. For a long while in most countries, gifts were exchanged on New Year’s Day (not a bad idea today–think of the great buys you could get!). Christmas gifts were limited to food for the poor or special gifts to pastors and missionaries.

As with most things that start out right, somewhere along the way the direction shifted. By the early twentieth century, families were exchanging simple gifts, usually handmade, on Christmas Day. Certainly there was really nothing wrong with that, except that under the growing influence of secularism it was a golden opportunity for Satan to divert our attention from Christ to Santa Claus. By post-World War II, Santa was the dominate figure at Christmas and December was the calendar month for retail sales of all kinds.

How did it happen? It would seem apparent that Christians aren’t as wise in the things of the Lord as non-Christians are in the things of the world. The secular world is always looking for ways to shift attention from God to material things, and we’re naive enough to go along. By the time we realize that our whole direction has been diverted, as it has been at Christmas, we believe it’s too late to change, so we give up. “For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.” (1 John 2:16).

WHAT TO DO?

By anyone’s standard, the way Christmas is celebrated today is a gross commercialism of the most important birth in history. But we don’t need to preach to the unsaved world to put Christ back into Christmas. They shouldn’t; we should. One thing I learned a long time ago in counseling is not to try to over correct too quickly. Not only are past habits, such as overindulging at Christmas, difficult to change, but quite often others around us don’t see things just the way we do. If you attempt to stamp out all Christmas gifts suddenly, you’ll end up with a revolt on your hands. The correct way to is make some positive steps to establish a better balance.

Step 1: Stamp out Santa Claus. Christian parents should let their children know that Santa is a fraud. Santa’s harmless you say? Not so, when parents knowingly deceive their children about an apparently omnipotent being who travels the world in the wink of an eye and disburses presents on the basis of good or bad. It may be a small matter, but it is a place to start.

Step 2: Husband and wife should pray together and agree on a reasonable amount of gift-giving. Once you have reached a decision that you feel is God’s plan for your family, don’t get caught by Satan’s condemnation as Christmas approaches. The pressure to buy when everybody else is buying will be difficult to resist unless you absolutely agree. And again, I repeat, don’t over correct. Develop a balanced attitude that will accomplish your goals over the next few years.

One method that has proved successful to many families is to commit an equal amount spent on gifts to feeding the truly needy. In many areas of the world, an amount equal to most of our gift purchases would feed and clothe a family for several months. By giving to a specific family through a Christian organization, your children can see the purpose and value of your sacrifice and theirs. “And whosoever shall give to drink unto one of these little ones a cup of cold water only in the name of a disciple, verily I say unto you, he shall in no wise lose his reward.” (Matthew 10:42).

Step 3: Stamp out credit. As bad as commercialized Christmas is, commercialized Christmas on credit cards is even worse. Many families literally indenture themselves to creditors for a whole year just to buy some useless junk at Christmas. As Christians, we need to decide if we really serve the God of the universe. If so, then He knows our needs and will meet them through His people without indebtedness.

I know that some of the people reading this have desperate needs. I also know that others sincerely want to help but don’t know who has needs. The use of credit allows those who have needs to temporarily buffer themselves from God’s real source. “As it is written, He that had gathered much had nothing over; and he that had gathered little had no lack.” (2 Corinthians 8:15). I believe Satan has used credit cards to cheat God’s people out of blessings and to keep them in bondage.

WHY BOTHER?

With all the other important issues to deal with, such as crime, abortion, and drugs, a logical question would be, “Why bother with such a minor issue as gifts at Christmas?” Because gift-giving is one area totally under our control, and like the Easter bunny, it is leaven that Satan sprinkles in the church. The practice of giving gifts is not the problem, just as the use of credit is not the problem. It is the misuse of these things that entangles us and diverts attention from Jesus Christ to material things.

We have enlisted in God’s army and now we can’t identify the real enemy. “ No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.” (2 Timothy 2:4).

Our problem is that we keep trying to negotiate a compromise with an enemy who is totally dedicated to destroying us. It’s time that, as Christians, we decide to draw a battle line again. When it comes to commercializing Christ’s birth or resurrection, we need to establish a balance.

Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy; (1 Timothy 6:17).

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This material was taken from the book “Using Your Money Wisely” by Larry Burkett. Published by Moody Press, a division of the Moody Bible Institute of Chicago, IL. Used with Permission.

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I Shall Come Forth as Gold

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There are times and moments in our life that we don’t or I could say we can’t really understand. Trials and testings seem so often and It seems every step we take was a thorny narrow way. But we should remember before the Gold will be worth of a value, it was heated and purged, hammered until it will be refined. And Apostle Peter said, we should greatly rejoice because the trial of our faith is much more precious than gold. (I Peter 1:6-7) 😉 so here’s a song for you that we sang early this morning during our service.

God never moves without purpose or plan
When trying His servant and molding a man.
Give thanks to the Lord
Though your testing seems long;
In darkness He giveth a song.

Oh, rejoice in the Lord. He makes no mistake.
He knows the end of each path that I take.
For when I am tried and purified, I shall come forth as gold.

I could not see through the shadows ahead;
So I looked at the cross of my Savior instead.
I bowed to the will of the Master that day;
Then peace came and tears fled away.

Oh, rejoice in the Lord. He makes no mistake.
He knows the end of each path that I take.
For when I am tried and purified, I shall come forth as gold.

Now I can see testing comes from above;
God strengthens His children and purges in love.
My Father knows best, and I trust in His care;
Through purging more fruit will I bear.

Oh, rejoice in the Lord. He makes no mistake.
He knows the end of each path that I take.
For when I am tried and purified, I shall come forth as gold.

Source: http://loishelland.wordpress.com/2011/01/18/i-shall-come-forth-as-gold/

For Awhile

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I was here, while they are there
A part of me wanted to go,
Since it’s the day of my friend
A happy bonding will do

But the place they will go
I cannot go
Why? since that was not anymore
What I do

I remembered, even Him
for my sake, did not spare
His son to go
on the place as low

What it is to compare
to my little care
staying in my bed
for sake of my debt

I owe Him my life
Little pleasures of this world
cannot compare
to the Joy He gladly give

By laying His life
for a dying soul
who knew nothing but to sin
still He wanted to be with Him

Friends on earth may stay awhile
But a friend like Him
is all I need
Him on my side, there’s nothing more I ask..

>.< Daisuke