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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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What You Most Desire

What do you desire the most?

Is it fame, fortune, wealth, or  love?

If your answer is ALL OF THE ABOVE.

Then, my friend, you are missing life.

LIFE without CHRIST is NO LIFE at all.

 CHRIST should be the one you desire the most.

The MOST not the least.

“…I came so they might have life, a great full life. For I am the only way, the truth, and the life!”  

— Jesus Christ —

 
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Posted by on September 20, 2012 in EXPRESSo

 

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Starring: I AM

“God said to Moses, ‘I am who I am.'”

Exodus 3:14a NIV

It is not just that God does but that He is.

Not just that He loves but that He is love.

 
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Posted by on August 2, 2012 in EXPRESSo, SugarQUOTEd Latte

 

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Dunamis

       In 1866 Alfred Nobel invented an explosive made of nitroglycerin absorbed in a porous material. It was by far the most powerful explosive that had so far been invented.

      When Nobel and his friends saw what his invention could do, and had to decide on a name, they sought for the strongest possible word for power–in any language. The word they finally chose was the Greek word “dunamis”, from which our word dynamite is derived.

      This word, in Greek also the strongest word for power, is used again and again in the New Testament for the power of Christ, the Gospel and the Christian life.

— Paul Lee Tan ({4536}, “Encyclopedia of 15,000 Illustrations”)

       

Philip Yancey grasped the very essence of why dunamis was used for Christ when he affirmed that “no one who meets Jesus ever stays the same.” For the strongest power one could ever imagine belongs to the One who created it. 

“I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him.

Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. 

May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully.Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.”

(Ephesians 3:16-19, NLT)
 
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Posted by on July 31, 2012 in EXPRESSo, Pastors' Latte

 

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Stop Punishing Yourself

Have you ever had a feeling when it seems like God is very distant to you? How many times do you punish yourself by striving hard just to get a clear conscience out of your iniquities that cut His heart so deeply? And for you to push away all the guilty feeling and at the same time, the feelings of hurt, pain, and fears, you try to extend all your efforts by becoming “good” and “holy” with all your might. You begin by trying to prove that you are now a changed man after you repented and perhaps, it’s as if you start to believe unconsciously, reality speaking, that all of your “righteous practices” could wipe away the madness that He has against you. But in the end, you still feel that all your efforts will never be enough.

Perhaps, one of the reasons why we react and rationalize just like that is because our love tends to be conditional. We pattern our relationship with the Lord with the kind of relationship we have with our fellow men.

Nevertheless, I think, this is the time to draw a line from here. We have to understand that God looks at us, differently; far more different compared to how humans look at us. He always extends unconditional love despite our flaws, stubbornness, and hypocrisy. We don’t have to prove anything; He knows us inside and out. All we have to do is to pause for a while and listen as He says, “Son, I think you should cease striving by now and start to understand that I am God. I love you despite your imperfections. I am not mad at you anymore.”

“If we finally realize that God is not mad at us anymore, that’s the only time we’ll go for love and growth.” —Henry Cloud

 
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Posted by on July 15, 2012 in EXPRESSo

 

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The Sun Always Shines

Where can I go from your Spirit?
    Where can I flee from your presence?
 If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
    if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
 If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
    if I settle on the far side of the sea,
 even there your hand will guide me, 
    your right hand will hold me fast.
 If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me
    and the light become night around me,”
 even the darkness will not be dark to you;
    the night will shine like the day,
    for darkness is as light to you.

Psalms 139:7-12

God is always there – even when life gets rough.

 
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Posted by on July 13, 2012 in EXPRESSo

 

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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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Salvation’s End

“…you are a chosen people… that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” — 1 Peter 2:9

You are chosen. 
Billions of people in the world, and you are chosen.
Chosen to be blessed, chosen to be loved, chosen to be saved.
Out of nothingness and insignificance, you were made important and relevant.
You play the starring role in the greatest rags-to-riches movie ever told in the universe.
But the story does not end there; your life story does not stop at salvation. No.
You were chosen for one ultimate purpose – worship.
 
Your salvation is not for yourself, but for God! 
You are given the greatest honor of being chosen with the specific purpose of worshiping Him!
If worship is not the ultimate purpose of your salvation, then you are missing the best part of being saved!
Worship is the place of abundant blessings, richest fellowships, and incomparable fulfillment!
 
You were bought with the highest price for a reason.
Praise Him – daily, honestly, passionately.
That is true salvation’s end.
 

“We are saved to worship God. All that Christ has done for us in the past and all that He is doing now leads to this one end.”
— A.W. Tozer
 
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Posted by on July 1, 2012 in EXPRESSo

 

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ill-deserved Grace

Will you choose your god who wants you to give up everything you have, even your very life for you to be saved?

Or will you choose my God who gave up everything He had, even His very life so that you could be saved?

“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

Romans 5:8

 
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Posted by on June 25, 2012 in EXPRESSo, SugarQUOTEd Latte

 

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Closer to Truth

          Ralph Wood, professor of theology and literature at Baylor University, once asked a group of seminary students to compare two individuals: the modern, astute collegian who insists that sin and the fall of humanity are fallacies invented by the superstitious, and a primitive young man in a remote village whom you find in the woods sacrificing a chicken on a makeshift altar. “Which man is farther from the truth?” he asked.

The students hemmed and hawed but hesitantly agreed that the pagan boy, however crudely, understood something the other did not.

There is a need in our lives for atonement. There is a need for blood.   

 “Indeed, under the law almost everything is purified with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins.

Hebrews 9:22, ESV

 
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Posted by on June 14, 2012 in EXPRESSo

 

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What do I Do?

Lord,

I am in trouble.

I do not know what to do.

I don’t know anything.

I am seriously confused right now.

What do I do?

I can do nothing.

Nothing without Christ.

Without You, CHRIST, I Am Nothing.

All I can do is to entrust everything to you.

Hoping and praying that You will tell me what to do.

But, what I am sure of is You know what to do.

And in the future, I know that this will happen again.

And I will forever know, that You will help me find my way again.

Amen

 

 
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Posted by on June 5, 2012 in EXPRESSo

 

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Live What You Believe

“To believe in something, and not to live it, is dishonest.”

― Mahatma Gandhi

Christianity is not a rigorous religion but a real relationship with our Savior.

Live what you believe.

 
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Posted by on June 4, 2012 in EXPRESSo, Pastors' Latte

 

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Shall We Dance?

Having Jesus in my life is like dancing with delight in the rain of redemption.

A fascinating feeling. An endless elation.

Dancing with my Savior.

Try it, you’ll love it! 

 

“Taste and see that the Lord is good.
    Oh, the joys of those who take refuge in him!”  

— Psalm 34:8 NLT
 
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Posted by on May 31, 2012 in EXPRESSo, Pastors' Latte

 

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Sin: A Christian Perspective

Jesus, overhearing, shot back, “Who needs a doctor: the healthy or the sick? I’m here inviting the sin-sick, not the spiritually-fit.” – Mark 2:17

Sin is not the difference between Christians and those who are not; it is in fact the sameness between us. The commonality that binds us is our immorality towards God.

The difference is in the degree of perceiving it. For the closer you approach the Holy God the more you realize the degree of your unacceptability to Him. The closer you walk towards Him, the greater he reveals your greed, lust, malice, and self-adoration in your life.

Thus, when one realizes his inability to save himself, the need for a savior arises, and only when that need arises can we start being sanctified. And we are being sanctified we realize that sins is a struggle that is dealt with till the last breath.

Hence, we are beings that will ever be struggling but never accepting of sin, ever struggling and ever hoping until the time we meet Christ.

 
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Posted by on May 26, 2012 in EXPRESSo

 

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Free Way

Let God lead the way, let us simply obey.

 
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Posted by on May 8, 2012 in EXPRESSo, Pastors' Latte

 

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