(The Philippine Star) - February 12, 2019 - 12:00am See that you . . . excel in this grace of giving. — 2 Corinthians 8:7 The little boy was only eight when he announced to his parents’ friend Wally, “I love Jesus and want to serve God overseas someday.” During the next ten years or so, Wally prayed for him as he watched him grow up. When this young man later applied with a mission agency to go to Mali, Wally told him, “It’s about time! When I heard what you wanted to do, I invested some money and have been saving it for you, waiting for this exciting news.” Wally has a heart for others and for getting God’s good news to people. Jesus and His disciples needed financial support as they traveled from one town and village to another, telling the good news of His kingdom (Luke 8:1-3). A group of women who had been cured of evil spirits and diseases helped to support them “out of their own means” (v. … [Read more...] about Look what Jesus has done
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(The Philippine Star) - June 7, 2018 - 12:00am The man went away and began to tell. . . how much Jesus had done for him. – Mark 5:20 The year was 1975 and something significant had just happened to me. I needed to find my friend Francis, with whom I shared a lot of personal matters, and tell him about it. I found him in his apartment hurriedly preparing to go out, but I slowed him down. The way he stared at me, he must have sensed that I had something important to tell him. “What is it?” he asked. So I told him simply, “Yesterday I surrendered my life to Jesus!” Francis looked at me, sighed heavily, and said, “I’ve felt like doing the same for a long time now.” He asked me to share what happened, and I told him how the previous day someone had explained the gospel to me and how I asked Jesus to come into my life. I still remember the tears in his eyes as he too prayed to receive Jesus’s forgiveness. No … [Read more...] about Tell it!
(The Philippine Star) - May 19, 2018 - 12:00am How sweet are your words…, sweeter than honey to my mouth! — Psalm 119:103 Recently I came across an article describing what constitutes great literature. The author suggested that great literature “changes you. When you are done reading, you’re a different person.” In that light, the Word of God will always be classified as great literature. Reading the Bible challenges us to be better. Stories of biblical heroes inspire us to be courageous and persevering. The wisdom and prophetic books warn of the danger of living by our fallen instincts. God spoke through various writers to pen life-changing psalms for our benefit. The teachings of Jesus shape our character to become more like Him. The writings of Paul orient our minds and lives to holy living. As the Holy Spirit brings these Scriptures to our minds, they become powerful agents for change in our lives. The writer of Psalm … [Read more...] about Great literature
(The Philippine Star) - April 24, 2018 - 12:00am [God will] give relief to you who are troubled. — 2 Thessalonians 1:7 One of my favorite scenes in literature occurs when a feisty aunt confronts an evil stepfather over the abuse of her nephew, David Copperfield. This scene takes place in Charles Dickens’ novel named after the main character. When David Copperfield shows up at his aunt’s house, his stepfather is not far behind. Aunt Betsy Trotwood is not pleased to see the malicious Mr. Murdstone. She recounts a list of offenses and does not let him slither out of his responsibility for each act of cruelty. Her charges are so forceful and truthful that Mr. Murdstone – a normally aggressive person – finally leaves without a word. Through the strength and goodness of Aunt Betsy’s character, David finally receives justice. There is Someone else who is strong and good, and who will one day right the wrongs in our world. When … [Read more...] about Relief for the troubled