Dear Demi (and other Demi’s)

You are not alone. You are a beautiful woman and a beautiful mom. No man, I mean N-O  M-A-N, no matter how outwardly gorgeous is worth destroying yourself for. You were whole before him and you will be again. Your children need you whole. You are so talented and have much to give the world….

Coffin Fashion

For the first time, I heard about a coffin fashion show in Texas for selling guitar cases. “Coffin Fashion Show” got me thinking of the garb to wear when one is literally breathless and ready for decomposing en route to becoming dust. Are there any rules of thumb?…What length should the dress be? Should it…

Bitter or Better?

In a Cebuano accent, the sound of the word “bitter” and “better” are interchanged so we could get confused as to what is being referred to. We, however, do want to ensure that we get better, not bitter and not vacillate between the two as though there were no difference. See to it that no…

Beware Praise?

According to Prov 27:21,  The purity of silver and gold can be tested in a crucible, but a man is tested by his reaction to men’s praise. Why might that be? The subtlety of self-pride can creep in. If I receive a praise, reward, or award for something I have done, I might forget that all the factors that…

Tests for Service

Peter is my favorite disciple. I am always encouraged to see how God can use an impulsive, unschooled fisherman who has a tendency to put his foot in his mouth. One of my favorite passages is the restoration of Peter. Not long after having  passionately professed a willingness to die for and never forsake Jesus (Matt 26:33,35),…

May I Forgive Next Year When I’m Ready?

Forgive someone who cut in line in front of me. No problem. Father forgive them for they know not what they do.  Forgive someone who insulted me by his/her comment. No problem. Father forgive them for they know not what they do. Forgive someone who betrayed and cheated me. Uhm Lord, why is it that sometimes…

Is God a Killjoy?

Perhaps we can understand how God loves us and wants what is best for us when we think about how we (imperfectly but passionately) love our own children. We wouldn’t want them to be playing with lead or eating cute and charming little antibiotic pills for snacks or orange dishwashing liquid as juice because we…

Trusting in Man or God

Some people are interested or wired to associate with people “with connections” to powerful, influential, or wealthy people. They are not able to appreciate people whom they consider of lower “quality” than themselves.  James 2:4-6 has this to say: 4 doesn’t this discrimination show that your judgments are guided by evil motives? 5 Listen to me, dear brothers and…

Livin’ La Vida Loca

Unli-everything(unlimited everything):  all the “good things”, wine, great sums of silver and gold, seven hundred wives, three hundred concubines, everything a man could desire—King Solomon could, so he did. Why not? He was king. Does a man in power feel entitled to whatever he could afford and regard himself above the law?  Better a poor but…

Father to the Fatherless, Defender of Widows

When the ideal situation of a whole family is not possible for some reason, God stands as the Perfect Spouse and Perfect Father to fill the gaps, restore what is lost, override inadequacies, and be the sufficiency of those in lack. He is the Good Shepherd in whom we shall not want (Psalm 23:1). He…

Suffering for A Little While

Everyone will go through some suffering whether by health, wealth, relationships, or other ways. The bible tells us that this suffering is not in vain, that it will work out for the good of those who love God (Rom 8:28). 1Peter gives us insights on suffering. I like the New Living Translation (NLT) version when…