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a simple and sincere writer writing for the Greatest Writer!

Loved Before Time

“So he ran on ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see him,
because Jesus was going to pass that way.”
— Luke 19:4

“Zacchaeus’ sycamore fig in Jericho (2)”

Photo by Larry Koester


God’s love for us goes before the moment we realise the beauty of it. Like how He loves Zacchaeus,
the Sycamore tree has already been there all along awaiting for Zachaeus’
“God moment”.

 
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Posted by on October 31, 2019 in EXPRESSo

 

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Timely

Time is a commodity we often times neglect. 

We thoughtlessly waste it when…

we fail to make time for our families, conveniently;
we fail to make time for the people whom we claimed we love and value, indifferently;
we fail to make time for people in need especially those around us, intentionally;
we fail to make time for ourselves, selflessly; and worse…
we fail to make time for the LORD who gave His all for us, nonchalantly. 

When we fail to make time, we fail to love; for love is spelled, T-I-M-E.

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Lord, remind me how brief my time on earth will be.
    Remind me that my days are numbered—
    how fleeting my life is.
 You have made my life no longer than the width of my hand.
    My entire lifetime is just a moment to you;
    at best, each of us is but a breath.”
Psalm 39:4-5

Make the most of your time by making time. 

 
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Posted by on June 16, 2016 in EXPRESSo

 

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Would you…?

The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was: 
“If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?” 
But…the good Samaritan reversed the question: 
“If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?”  

— Martin Luther King, Jr.

Edited by Coffeemaker (Clinton's photo)

The truth that people have their own lives to live explains why they wouldn’t care more for others.
Giving extra mile for those who badly need them seem impossible to exist.
If they do, then it must be grace…it must be Christlike love.

 
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Posted by on April 19, 2015 in EXPRESSo, Pastors' Latte

 

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What Really Works

“When we only do whatever works, in the end it really doesn’t work. Life has to have that ontic referent of the eternal from which the temporal must find its relevance.

Eternity is like the anvil; time is like the hammer – it beats away at the anvil of eternity.
Ultimately, the hammer will be thrown away; the anvil will remain.

So we must build our lives upon things that are eternal.” — Ravi Zacharias

Source: Godspeaks.com (Edited by Coffeemaker)

“What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul?”
— Matthew 16:26 —

Profoundly true. Perfectly timely.

 
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Posted by on February 7, 2014 in EXPRESSo, Pastors' Latte

 

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Beautiful Pain

It’s way different when we actually get a slap of truth about our realizations…
the ugly truth about how ugly one can be in all aspects and angles.
 
No wonder why one gets abandoned. 
No wonder why pain gets to dwell.
…No wonder.

shattered heart

Yet through this agony, one gets to cry out to the only One who truly listens.
No wonder why it’s a beautiful pain.
…No wonder.

“Hear my cry, O God; listen to my prayer.
From the end of the earth I call to you,
when my heart is faint.”
(Psalm 61:1,2)

“May your unfailing love be my comfort,
according to your promise to your servant.”
(Psalm 119:76)

 

 
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Posted by on January 6, 2014 in EXPRESSo, Pastors' Latte

 

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Freed by Grace

And so the Lord says,
    “These people say they are mine.
They honor me with their lips,
    but their hearts are far from me.
And their worship of me
    is nothing but man-made rules learned by rote.
Isaiah 29:13

A Dramatic scene showing manicals breaking off a mans hands

Legalistic people should stay in God’s church. 
For although they don’t own the church, though they behave as if they do,
it’s a hospital for dying sinners not a museum for living saints.

 
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Posted by on September 29, 2013 in EXPRESSo, Pastors' Latte

 

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Antidote

I do not understand the things I do. I do not do what I want to do, and I do the things I hate.
I really love God in my heart but there is another power within me that is at war with my mind. This power makes me a slave to the sin that is still within me.

Oh, what a miserable person I am!
Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death?

— Romans 7:15,22-24 NLT

The Only answer will find you.

 
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Posted by on August 23, 2013 in EXPRESSo

 

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Holy Pause. Heartily Listen.

Pause.

We are often distracted by our surroundings today and forget to pause and listen to God. Whenever we find ourselves entrapped by overwhelming problems, we rant at God for the awkward or painful situations we find ourselves in, and yet we neglect to actually spend intimate solitude with Him.

Pause listen

A Holy Pause flavored with a fervent prayer and deep listening to God’s Word is the best means to cultivate an intimate solitude with God. It is a great avenue for spiritual transformation, but may also cause spiritual waywardness if we don’t prepare ourselves. To achieve the former, it is important to pause and listen to God’s Word. No wonder why Solomon wrote,

“Incline your ear, and hear the words of the wise, and apply your heart to my knowledge, for it will be pleasant if you keep them within you, if all of them are ready on your lips. That your trust may be in the Lord, I have made them known to you today, even to you.” (Proverbs 22:17-19, NLT)

Heartily Listening to God’s Word is a vital step in achieving spiritual transformation and a holy pause, its prerequisite. Change begins where the stubborn heart ends – when one starts to listen, change starts to happen. God speaks to those who have time to pause and listen.

Listen.

 
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Posted by on April 18, 2013 in EXPRESSo, Pastors' Latte

 

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Grace Moves!

Moving-On-

God’s grace fuels acceptance that paves the way for moving on.
Once we begin to move on, we’ll be surprised to know how far we can go from the point where we thought it was the end. 

“Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.”
So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.” —2 Corinthians 12:9 (NLT)

 
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Posted by on April 10, 2013 in EXPRESSo, Pastors' Latte

 

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Strive Thriving

The feeling of being pushed on the brink of losing yourself and
just when you were about to grope your way out of the darkness
to 
start gasping for air to breathe afresh survival,
a scheming reality choked you.
That you are surrounded yet alone;
Needed but needing;
Moving but drowning;

Living yet dying. 
Hopelessly hopeful.
Quitting…

Hope in God

…and with a fervid desire to feed the pain for mundane gain, you succumb to giving up. 
Yet all of a sudden, the churning within calms as the Comforter comes, saying… 

“Don’t be afraid, I’ve redeemed you.
I’ve called your name.
You’re mine.

When you’re in over your head, I’ll be there with you.
 
When you’re in rough waters, you will not go down…

Because I am God, your personal God,…your Savior. 
.
…That’s how much you mean to me!
 

That’s how much I love you!

GOD (Isaiah 43:1-4, The Message)

Strive thriving in living and loving HIM.
May God’s unfailing love always be your comfort.

 
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Posted by on April 7, 2013 in EXPRESSo, Pastors' Latte

 

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Wholly Holy

“We forget that God’s primary goal is not changing our situations or relationships so that we can be happy, but changing us through our situations and relationships so that we will be holy.”

— Paul David Tripp

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“So you must live as God’s obedient children. Don’t slip back into your old ways of living to satisfy your own desires. You didn’t know any better then. But now you must be holy in everything you do, just as God who chose you is holy. For the Scriptures say,
‘You must be holy because I am holy.’” 

— 1 Peter 1:14-16 (NLT)


Chasing for holiness paves the way for a life of wholly holiness for God that allows us to traverse the grand pursuit of the ultimate END in life — the pursuit of God
…a never ending chase for the Sole Prime Mover of life and beyond.

Chase holiness. Chase HIM.

 
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Posted by on April 4, 2013 in EXPRESSo, Pastors' Latte

 

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Empty-hearted

One of the saddest parts of life is when we think that we have plenty when in fact, we are empty.

It is when we realized that more than being empty-handed, we are empty-hearted.

“Empty-hearted” that implies two resounding things:

First, it echoes the rhetorical classic,
“If a tree falls in the desert, and there is no one there to hear it, does it make a sound?”
Love without an object of love negates love itself.

Second, it’s a prequel to being brokenhearted.
A feeling of being pushed away; a constant subtle rejection that seems to never get tired of
breaking broken hearts. 

Negated love. Neglected love. 

Yet in this rock bottom quagmire, emptiness makes quintessential things clearer to see — that we are broken to be made whole again by the only One who can complete us and that the meaning of life that each one of us are striving to find can only be found in the One who created it. 

May our hearts cling on to this truthful statement made by the psalmist…
“If your heart is broken, you’ll find God right there…” 

God is love. He loves.

 
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Posted by on March 29, 2013 in EXPRESSo, Pastors' Latte

 

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Mirrored Grace

“I rejected the church for a time because I found so little grace there.I returned because I found grace nowhere else.”

― Philip Yancey

Grace receivers ought to be grace givers.

 
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Posted by on December 11, 2012 in EXPRESSo, Pastors' Latte

 

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Loud Silence

Most of the time, when people confide and open themselves to us, we get so easily excited to immediately repair them by our own mindless lambasting words of pseudo wisdom…leaving them emotionally maimed.

We fail to realize that all they actually need is genuine love and care expressed in silence. Thus, we ought to listen. 

‎”…when we are listening to somebody, completely, attentively, then we are listening not only to the words, but also to the feeling of what is being conveyed, to the whole of it, not part of it.”

I find genuine wisdom with what the Bible says in James 1:19, “Understand this…Let every person be quick to listen, slow to speak…”

Speak in loud silence by listening more. If you want to put words into it, make sure that your words are better than your silence. 

 
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Posted by on November 20, 2012 in EXPRESSo, Pastors' Latte

 

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The Divine Architect

“There is no greater discovery than seeing God as the author of your destiny.” 

― Ravi Zacharias

Entrust the unknown future to the All-knowing God.

 
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Posted by on October 25, 2012 in EXPRESSo, Pastors' Latte

 

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