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A Taste of Perspective…

A taste of perspective makes life beyond compare.

Bitterness complicates simplicity;
sweetness brightens the day named, “Gloomy”;
while tasteless runs through numbness
and numbness turns into dumbness.

A matter of choice, a taste of perspective…
make sure to pay a worthwhile fare.

 
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Posted by on December 31, 2011 in POEMgranate

 

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Paradox of Expectations

Expectations, a critical part of our human mislead.

Failure we reap, though success as its seed.

Abuse blooms forward though love it is that has been sown.

Killed as a criminal, vindicated, yet stainless as the barren snow.

“Where is the Justice? The brush that paints life fair?”

But why do you complain, contrast, or compare?

When the beauty of grace has made life most unfair.

 
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Posted by on December 31, 2011 in EXPRESSo, POEMgranate

 

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Familiar or Intimate?

“Don’t confuse familiarity with intimacy. Familiarity is knowing about God; intimacy is knowing God.”

 
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Posted by on December 30, 2011 in EXPRESSo, SugarQUOTEd Latte

 

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to MY future YOU

This letter I write to MY future YOU.

Whoever you would be, and whatever you would do

Whatever you would look like, I would serenely take you part

As color to my dull life, and blood to my sleeping heart,

As long as God gave you, I would not care about who you are.

Though [with] the infinite possibilities, you would be the only shining star.

Running as fast as we can with the same goal set in our individual hearts,

Meeting each other in the middle with the words, “till death do us part”.

 
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Posted by on December 30, 2011 in EXPRESSo, POEMgranate

 

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cross = grace = life

“The deeper your appreciation of the cross, the deeper you understand grace, and the deeper you understand grace the stronger your relationship with God is.”

 
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Posted by on December 29, 2011 in Pastors' Latte, SugarQUOTEd Latte

 

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Something to think about…

“You let the world, which doesn’t know the first thing about living, tell you how to live. You filled your lungs with polluted unbelief, and then exhaled disobedience.”           Ephesians 2:2 (The Message)

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Posted by on December 28, 2011 in EXPRESSo

 

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Savior’s Love = “Sin less” Life

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We all have our own shares of ‘selfishness’; own set of struggles; and own sticky sins…

Yet God with His stubborn love and unfathomable grace gave His all so He could win us back in His secured hands. It is a moment and a process.

And everyday, we are called to die to ourselves.

It is not a new life of sinless perfection but a new life in His perfection that has made us able to sin less and less and less…

 
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Posted by on December 27, 2011 in EXPRESSo

 

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YOU to THEM…

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Eureka! Yet, I learned them the hard way.

“Post this at all the intersections, dear friends: Lead with your ears, follow up with your tongue, and let anger straggle along in the rear. God’s righteousness doesn’t grow from human anger. So throw all spoiled virtue and cancerous evil in the garbage. In simple humility, let our gardener, God, landscape you with the Word, making a salvation-garden of your life.” –James 1:19-21 (MSG)

“Whoever restrains his words has knowledge,                                                                                                and he who has a cool spirit is a man of understanding.                                                                           Even a fool who keeps silent is considered wise;                                                                                     when he closes his lips, he is deemed intelligent.” –Proverbs 17:27-28 (ESV)

“You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.” –Exodus 20:16 (NKJV)

“Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.” –1 Timothy 4:16 (NIV)

…still, I have learned them!

Cure me, oh LORD, from the sting of human frailty and the agony of being a stumbling block to the people surrounding me. May I utter only words that BLESS not words that BREAK; words that HEAL not words that KILL.  And may my life be a mirror that reflects YOU to THEM…

More of You and less of me…All for You and none for me, “for You must increase, and I must decrease.” –John 3:30

“To the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore!” –Jude 25

Amen.

 
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Posted by on December 27, 2011 in EXPRESSo

 

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The brevity of life through the sting of death illumines us with the veracity of life after death.

Life and Death

 
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Posted by on December 27, 2011 in EXPRESSo, SugarQUOTEd Latte

 

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Life as Always

Life as we know it has always proven itself to be like a roller coaster ride – never stagnant, always a constant change of ups and downs and an abrupt turning of events that most of the time remains unpredictable.

With this truth hanging along the courses of time and reality, may we never forget to remember that there is Someone who holds us with His righteous right hand. And amidst the seemingly capricious circumstances we’ll be facing, may we have the peace that transcends all understanding – a peace coming from God above.

When the rubber of finiteness meets the road of life’s infinite reality, persevere and remain resilient for the LORD is with us.. Never will He forsake us; never will He leave us. For He is the God of “Always”. He will always be there for us.

He always loves us. God bless us on our life’s roller coaster ride!

 
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Posted by on December 27, 2011 in EXPRESSo

 

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Do things not to prove yourself to people but to improve for yourself and the people.

imPROVE…

 
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Posted by on December 26, 2011 in EXPRESSo, SugarQUOTEd Latte

 

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Where’s my gift?

“Merry Christmas! Here’s your gift! Where’s mine?” and “Thank you! I’m so sorry, I don’t have a gift for you”. Don’t put them together because they are two different situations. I was thinking about this scenario about a week before Christmas and I realized more about reciprocity, I wasn’t really that aware and I thought it doesn’t apply to everyone, but it did. My plan about two months before Christmas was to save all the money I could get and buy gifts for the people I treasured most. But on our Christmas party, well, the night after our Christmas party as I opened my gifts, I realized that they didn’t make me happy. I knew that some of them were supposed to, but still I felt kind of sad, I wasn’t contented. Why? Because they didn’t give that much effort as I did in picking the gifts. Even though I appreciated most of them, I still became bitter.

The Bible tells us “do unto others as you would have them do to you” (Luke 6:31). Does this mean that we only do good to others because we want them to do good unto us? Isn’t that kind of selfish? Let me put it in Christian view, “seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you..” (Matthew 6:33) by reading this verse, we would then see ourselves as selfish because we only follow God to get blessed. But wait, what are “these things” that He talked about? To find out, we need to read before the verse, “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?” (Matthew 6:25) this is what He meant when He said “these things” but how does this connect to giving gifts? Our life is our gift to God, and food, clothing, nurture, and so on are the things we need to survive. Therefore, the blessing has already been given. We just don’t realize it.

Same way in giving a gift, we don’t realize that the gift we receive is the privilege to give the gift in the first place. Grace is the greatest example of gift. If I gave a beggar a million dollars, would he be able to pay back? If I did give the million dollars, is it sane to expect something of equal value in return? It’s not. So, why give? “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” (John 13:34). How to give a gift? Simple, out of thankfulness, because Someone has already given you a gift of much more greater value. How do we receive a gift? Same answer, out of thankfulness, people may not be perfect, but it’s still amazing how friendship and love works. Merry Christmas!

by: Uri

 
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Posted by on December 25, 2011 in EXPRESSo

 

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