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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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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. 
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…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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The Ultimate Expression of God’s Love

“When you feel like God doesn’t love you anymore, remember the cross.”

 “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” – John 3:16

 

“The ultimate expression of God’s love is Jesus nailed on the cross. So just in case you run out of reasons to believe that God still loves you, if you’re struggling to get a head-start for your comeback, think about the cross. If you’re asking why you need to go back to God, remember His love on the cross. Let His love carry you back. “

– Pastor Ru dela Torre

 
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Posted by on November 26, 2012 in SugarQUOTEd Latte

 

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What Love Is This?

“What love is this, that You gave Your life for me
And made a way for me to know You
And I confess You’re always enough for me
You’re all I need…”

—Kari Jobe

“This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. God didn’t go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again.”

(an excerpt from John 3:16-17, The Message)

 

I am always in awe at Your wonderful love that I can’t even measure… such a wonderful love that You’ve chosen me to treasure.

 
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Posted by on August 3, 2012 in EXPRESSo

 

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…a paradox.

“You never lose by loving. You always lose by holding back.” 

— Barbara De Angelis

…For love has always been selfless. 

 
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Posted by on July 28, 2012 in EXPRESSo, Pastors' Latte

 

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Savior’s Embrace

“Because God has made us for Himself, our hearts are restless until they rest in Him.”

—Augustine of Hippo

Real Serenity can only be found in our Risen Savior. 

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

 

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Drenched in Grace

“One leak will sink a ship, and one sin will destroy a sinner.”

— John Bunyan

It wasn’t so long ago that you were mired in that old stagnant life of sin. 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.

We all did it, all of us doing what we felt like doing, when we felt like doing it, all of us in the same boat. It’s a wonder God didn’t lose his temper and do away with the whole lot of us. Instead, immense in mercy and with an incredible love, he embraced us. He took our sin-dead lives and made us alive in Christ. He did all this on his own, with no help from us! Then he picked us up and set us down in highest heaven in company with Jesus, our Messiah.

Now God has us where he wants us, with all the time in this world and the next to shower grace and kindness upon us in Christ Jesus.

Saving is all his idea, and all his work. All we do is trust him enough to let him do it. It’s God’s gift from start to finish! We don’t play the major role. If we did, we’d probably go around bragging that we’d done the whole thing!

No, we neither make nor save ourselves. God does both the making and saving. He creates each of us by Christ Jesus to join him in the work he does, the good work he has gotten ready for us to do, work we had better be doing.

(Ephesians 2:1-10, MSG)

Salvation is by works…not ours, but HIS!

“…It’s God’s gift from start to finish!”

 
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Posted by on July 9, 2012 in EXPRESSo, Pastors' Latte

 

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My Father…

Our Heavenly Father truly is…

a priceless gift to keep;

a timeless treasure to chase;

and a certain kind of grace to embrace.

 
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Posted by on June 17, 2012 in EXPRESSo, Pastors' Latte

 

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True Love

1 Corinthians 13:6-7

Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 

God’s love never fails you.

 
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Posted by on June 6, 2012 in EXPRESSo

 

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24/7

“Come and listen, all you who fear God,
    and I will tell you what he did for me.
For I cried out to him for help,
    praising him as I spoke.
If I had not confessed the sin in my heart,
    the Lord would not have listened.
But God did listen!
    He paid attention to my prayer.
Praise God, who did not ignore my prayer
    or withdraw his unfailing love from me.”

– Psalm 66:16-20

Why wait for 11:11 when God listens 24/7? Pray to Him, he will always listen.

 
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Posted by on June 2, 2012 in EXPRESSo

 

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What Others Can’t Do…

“When Christ said: ‘I was hungry and you fed me,’ he didn’t mean only the hunger for bread and for food; he also meant the hunger to be loved. Jesus himself experienced this loneliness. He came amongst his own and his own received him not, and it hurt him then and it has kept on hurting him. The same hunger, the same loneliness, the same having no one to be accepted by and to be loved and wanted by. Every human being in that case resembles Christ in his loneliness; and that is the hardest part, that’s real hunger.”

— Mother Teresa

LORD, thank you for not quitting on me, for always believing, understanding and sincerely pursuing me even when I am already pushing you away. Your love always amazes me.  

 

“I’ve never quit loving you and never will.
   Expect love, love, and more love!”

— GOD (Jeremiah 31:3 MSG)

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

 

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Fuel of Life

Hate has been the driving force that fueled my life. It  took me to the places I needed to be to prove myself and reach my goals. I am a machine, and hate is the fuel that keeps my engine running. But hate is like water to an engine, it corrodes, rusts, and rots until it succumbs to the inevitable – destruction.

Beaten and broken, I lay stranded in the dust. Rust spread within me like wildfire in a dry and deadened forest. Joints and parts unable to move from corrosion and wear. But God’s love, like premium fuel and engine oil, sleek and powerful, brought me back to the road. slowly scraping away any trace of rust inside me, God’s love has made me road-worthy again. 

I am a well-oiled machine. God’s well-oiled machine.

“God does not love us because we are valuable, but we are valuable because God loves us.”


 
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Posted by on January 26, 2012 in EXPRESSo

 

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Love takes Risk


If you are afraid to get hurt when you love, think again.           C.S. Lewis put it this way:

“If you want to make sure of keeping your love intact, you must give your heart to no one, not even to an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements; lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness.

But in the casket – safe, dark, motionless, airless – it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable.”

It’s impossible to love and never get hurt. Even the love that the cross carried has a message that to love is to take every risk, to unravel every differences and to unchain every fear. If we refuse to love, bitterness and the feeling of emptiness will reside in our hearts.

If you choose not to love,  not only you will be hurt, but the people you could have loved will be hurt in ways you may never know.

“We love each other because He loved us first.” 1 John 4:19 (NLT)

 
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Posted by on January 22, 2012 in EXPRESSo

 

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Stubborn Love

“Love knows no limit to its endurance, no end to its trust, no fading of its hope; it can outlast anything. It is, in fact, the one thing that still stands when all else has fallen.”

–1 Corinthians 13:7-8a (J.B. Phillips)

Falling in love is a frantic fantasy we all grew up believing. For love is not a place you FALL into but something you HOLD onto.

The “falling” portrays the helplessness of an individual having less or no choice at all for the whole thing is based on feelings.

The “holding” paints the heart of an individual having more or all of his choice for the whole thing is based on commitment.  

Human love may fail you, God’s love will hold you. 

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

 

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A Love So Desperately Needed…

“I’m absolutely convinced that nothing — nothing living or dead, angelic or demonic, today or tomorrow, high or low, thinkable or unthinkable—absolutely nothing can get between us and God’s love because of the way that Jesus our Master has embraced us.”

Romans 8:38-39 (The Message)

God’s love is…

    A perfect love for an imperfect person;

    A saving love for a dying person;

    A stubborn love for a selfish person.

What a great love! You need His love, I need His love. We all need His love…

 
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Posted by on January 4, 2012 in EXPRESSo, SugarQUOTEd Latte

 

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