Wednesday, January 26, 2011

2011 shots

D4 Christmas in November

Ate Mylene's Wedding

Ate Mylene's Wedding

Whoa

Music Team and the 'flower girl'

GMYX Prayer List 2011

1. Leaders
- spiritual health; dependence on God; deeper prayer life
- wisdom in making decisions
- deep rootedness in the Word
- Spirit-led lives; protection from the enemy's attacks
- purity and holiness in all aspects of life

2. Vision/Mission
- preparedness to do the vision/mission
- clarity of direction
- sensitivity to God's heart
- God-centered group; Christ-centered message; Spirit-led meetings
- empowerment to pass the vision to the next generation

3. Youth
- spiritual growth; spiritual hunger
- strong faith
- openness of hearts and minds
- protection against the devil's schemes
- deep rootedness in the gospel
- increase in wisdom
- discipline in studies

4. Events
- Spirit-filled meetings
- renewal of minds; revival of hearts
- clear presentation of God's Word
- Salvation of visitors
- fire and passion

5. GMYX Camp
- God's favor and manifest presence
- Wisdom in preparation
- Good health, safe travel, good weather
- Financial provision
- Camp delegates

Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, On earth as it is in heaven. 
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. 
Matthew 6:10, 14

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Why Eat Kimchi?


At last after two years I was able to taste kimchi again. But then my insides some sort of heated up. Since I experienced gastritis, my stomach overreacts the moment it accommodates what it considers foreign (oo, foreign ang kimchi!). But man, it tastes soooooo good!

I tried to research the health benefits of this food (so that I may have reasons to tell my parents when they see me bringing home a bottle). Here are some:

1. it promotes healthy digestion
2. it cleanses your intestines; it helps heal ulcers.
3. it helps clear up UTI's
4. it helps lower blood cholesterol! It's an artery-purifier.
5. it aids in blood clotting
6. its ingredients contain high amount of fiber, vitamins A and C and iron.
7. it contains stuffs which have antioxidant properties

for additional facts, click this link.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

What is the Gospel

Christological
Not a bland theism or general pantheism.
Only Jesus is the name by which we can be saved. Jesus alone reconciles us to God.
“The gospel is not preached if Christ is not preached,” but not just the person of Christ, but his atoning death and resurrection.
Theological
God raised Christ Jesus from the dead.
God’s purpose was for Christ to die and rise, not mere death, but that he died for our sins, and rose for our justification.
God’s wrath against sin.
Our sin problem is personal.
God pronounces the sentence of death against sin.
God is the one whom we have offended, who must be appeased. And what makes God most angry is idolatry, the “de-godding” of God, the putting of something else inGod’s place.
God is still jealous.
Repentance is necessary because the coming of the king brings judgment as well as blessing.
Biblical
Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and was raised according to the Scriptures.
Apostolic
Listen to the sequence of pronouns Paul uses in 1Cor 15:11 “Whether it was I (an apostle) or they (the apostles) this is what we (the apostles) preach, and this is what you believed. I, we, they, you. This Gospel is apostolic. (Carson credits J.R.W. Stott for this sequence of pronouns)
Historical
1Cor. 15 specifies both Jesus’s burial (death) and resurrection. Jesus’s death and resurrection are tied together in history. Any approach that attempts to pit them against one another is silly.
The manner in which we access the events of Jesus’s death, burial and resurrection is the same as we have with any historical event: the remains and writings of those who were there. This is why the matter of being witnesses was so important.
The central Christian claims are irreducibly historical.Unlike all other religions, the historical uniqueness of Christ is non-negotiable, not just the historicity of the man Jesus, but the historical claims of his death for our sins, his burial and resurrection. God does not give a revelation to Jesus which Jesus passes on, rather Jesus is the revelation of God. The revelation cannot be separated from Christ. To attempt to do so is incoherent. This is a historical revelation, and there are historical events that cannot be separated, chiefly his death for our sins, burial and resurrection. These are truths of history.
The word “historical” is sometimes slippery. Some think that it means those events which have causes that are located only in natural things. Such a definition excludes the miraculous. We insist that historical means events that took place in history, whether from natural causes or through God’s supernatural intervention in power, operating in history.
Personal
The death and resurrection of Jesus Christ are not merely historical events, or merely theological precepts. They set forth a way of personal salvation. Paul says this is the gospel which you received and on which you take your stand. This is not an abstract. It is personal.
Universal
The gospel is a comprehensive vision of a new humanity drawn from every tribe and nation. It is not universal in that it includes everyone without exception; but it is universal in the sense that it is for all ethnic and other groups.
Eschatological
Some of the blessings Christians receive are blessings of the last day brought into our time. Among these are justification – we are justified (fait accompli) and we will be justified.
We look forward to an eschatological fulfillment of the transformation that has already begun in us. We cannot focus only on the blessings those who are in Christ enjoy in this age, but there are greater fulfillments yet to come.
D.A.Carson

Bone of His Bone


At last, I was able to bring this book home. Thanks to CBSA, which is currently giving away disposed books. I think I'd be able to build a 'library' for our youth. We've been planning to put all our books together (Jester's, Sai's, Alexis' and mine) so that the youth may learn from them.

I'm very curious with what God is gonna show me through the truths expounded by Huegel. The reason why I got interested with this is that Kuykendall, the author of one of my favorite books (Here's Life) recommended it. I peeked through amazon.com and found the points stressed in this book:

1. Instead of imitating Christ, we are to let Christ live His life through us in His power.
2. God must have our consent before He will work in our lives.
3. Being alone with God is worth much more than constantly being around others.
4. The amount of the divine life we experience depends on how much we let Jesus have His way with us.
5. Victory in our life is only achieved by death to self.
6. The devil uses many strategies to discourage and mislead us.
7. How to overcome the devil's strategy.
8. We will also be involved in Christ's Second Coming.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Sincere Love

Oh, this lack of love. I was too busy for Him, not noticing that I've left my first love. Just this afternoon I was reminded about walking in the way of love. Love God. Love the people. Look at them through the lens of the cross.

Being in a broken condition seems humbling. You learn to wait patiently, consider others. You can silently listen to what's unsaid (the pain and all). You become sensitive to the Savior's heartbeat. Suddenly you realize that it is only by grace.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

HALT

Hurrying, I may be prone to make foolish decisions. Hurrying, I may be fooled with appearances.

Once upon a time in a crowded shopping mall

Two Perspectives: Under Law vs. Under Grace

(http://www.xenos.org/essays/law_grc.htm)

C.S. Lewis and the Law

"...we know that if there does exist an absolute goodness it must hate
most of what we do. That is the terrible fix we are in. If the
universe is not governed by an absolute goodness, then our efforts are
in the long run hopeless. But if it is, then we are making ourselves
enemies to that goodness every day, and are not in the least likely to
do any better tomorrow, and so our case is hopeless again. We cannot
do without it, and we cannot do with it. God is the only comfort, He
is also the supreme terror: the thing we most need and the thing we
most want to hide from. He is our only possible ally, and we have made
ourselves his enemies. Some people talk as if meeting the gaze of
absolute goodness would be fun. They need to think again. They are
still only playing with religion. Goodness is either the great safety
or the great danger-according to the way you react to it. And we have
reacted the wrong way.
Now my third point. When I chose to get to my real subject in this
roundabout way, I was not trying to play any kind of trick on you.
I had a different reason. My reason was that Christianity simply
does not make any sense until you face the sort of facts I have
been describing. Christianity tells people to repent and promises
them forgiveness. It therefore has nothing (as far as I know) to
say to people who do not know they have done anything to repent of
and who do not feel that they need any forgiveness. It is after you
have realised that there is a real Moral Law, and a Power behind
the law, and that you have broken that law and put yourself wrong
with that Power-it is after all this, and not a moment sooner, that
Christianity begins to talk. When you know you are sick, you will
listen to the doctor. When you have realised that our position is
nearly desperate you will begin to understand what the Christians
are talking about...All I am doing is to ask people to face the
facts-to understand the questions which Christianity claims to
answer. And they are very terrifying facts. I wish it were possible
to say something more agreeable. But I must say what I think true.
Of course, I quite agree that the Christian religion is, in the
long run, a thing of unspeakable comfort. But it does not begin in
comfort; it begins in the dismay I have been describing, and it is
no use at all trying to go on to that comfort without first going
through that dismay."

Argumentation Terms


claim
something asserted or maintained, the main point or position of your argument

subclaim
a subordinate point

support/evidence
support or evidence used to help strengthen your argument

refutation
to prove to be false

concession
conceding, acknowledging or admitting an opponent’s point

fact
an actual occurrence

statistic
a collection of data

example/experience/anecdote
taken to be representative of general pattern

opinion
a judgment, view formed in the mind

analogy
a comparison to a directly parallel case

autority/expertise
support from an authority on the subject

shared beliefs
when a writer argues that if something is widely believed or valued, then readers should accept it

causal relationship
a writer asserts that one thing results from another

emotional appeal
appeal based on emotion

logical appeal
appeal based on logic or reason

ethical appeal
appeal based on character of the speaker

sentimental appeal
evoking sorrow or pity

classical
the most common tool for developing an argument is the syllogism: major proposition, minor proposition followed by conclusion

rogerian arrangement
solve a problem by compromise not to win an argument

deductive reasoning
reasoning in the form of if A, then B

inductive reasoning
organization which starts specific, and then goes general. If B then A.

ad hominem
attacks the personality of the individual

ad populum
a proposition is held to be true because it is widely held to be true

ad vericundium
to wisdom or belief that something said by a great person is true

nonsequitur
it does not follow

false analogy
when two cases are not sufficiently parallel

post hoc
circular reasoning which attempts to prove something by showing that because a second event followed a first event, the second event is a result of the first event

over generalization
too few examples needed to reach a valid conclusion

stereotyping
oversimplified conception that one is regarded as embodying a set type

begging the question
assumes something to be true that needs proof

false authority
fallacy committed when the person in question is not a legitimate authority

slippery slope
fallacy in which one asserts that some event must inevitably follow from another without any argument for the inevitability of the event in question

equivocation
use of expressions susceptible of a double signification

oversimplication
a writer obscures or denies the complexity of the issues

double standard
set of principles permitting greater opportunity or liberty to one

either/or reasoning
does not allow for any shades of meaning

smoke screen
similar to a “straw man”/ an opponent creates a weakened, incompleted often distorted version of an argument, then destroys it

red herring
a distraction

purple patch
a passage that stands out from the prose because of its overuse of lit. devices

Friday, January 7, 2011

Featuring...

SMEBC trio!!!
May konting sabit pero try listening na rin:D
Thanksgiving Service- Dec. 31, 2010

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

I will treasure whatever you have for me this season ♥

Monday, January 3, 2011

Lonely? Hesitant? Guilty?




When you come to Christ, you may come boldly. There is no fee required; there is no preparation necessary. -C.H. Spurgeon

Come as you are, covered by His blood (see Heb 10:19) :D

Father-King



Who God is to me--a gracious and loving Father who created me not to live in misery but to experience Him richly in Christ.

'Abba Father' entails a new relationship and a new pursuit, 'coz our Father is a King who has a kingdom that must be prioritized.

Confessions of a hesitant blogger


Writing in my barest state? How about that? Throughout the years I've been hesitant to voice out what I really think and feel. As 2011 starts I guess I must dare blog honestly, boldly, straightforwardly. This might add a dash of excitement to my days, regardless of the seasons I may face.


-strongerthanseasons

Sunday, January 2, 2011

F.A.I.T.H.

According to your faith it will be done to you. Matthew 9:29
Praying for a faith-filled year.

GMYX 2011


VISION


MISSION