I think I encountered this term over 10 years ago but now nobody has to explain it because seems everybody is living it. I saw yesterday that about 110 million people are online on a given second or minute. Susan Boyle became an instant worldwide sensation. News and information, rumors or gossips travel in superspeed around the world and back. You can even type your name in some search engine and it will spit out information about you. I saw someone yesterday who got the internet in a gadget the size of a cell phone, saw another person yesterday watching videos from around the world with thousands and thousands of views.
The good news is even the gospel is being spread throughout the world.Last Saturday, Pastor Joel Osteen had the so called "Night of Hope" at the new Yankee Stadium attracting around 50,000 people. I knew this because I watched it through TBN which is also worldwide. It is possible that worldwide audience could run into billion. I have seen the replays of Billy Graham's crusade and on an interview Billy said to Paul Crouch that he probably reached more people with the replays than before.
Biblically, there is a verse that says " the gospel of the kingdom will be preached to the whole world and then the end will come." For those of us who awaits the return of our Lord this is the time to look up for our redemption draws near. Other things happening in the world may be getting us down but let us hang in there .
I have to admit there are still a lot of room for me to grow or learn in my Christian life. I am still too focus on myself that I tend to defend my views even when I felt I was misunderstood. I need to learn from our Lord Jesus Christ to be silent and allow the vindication of the Holy Spirit. Of course when I am wrong the Holy Spirit will let me know and had corrected me in the past. Another fault of mine is trying to understand everybody, maybe some are not my business to understand. Trying to understand everybody leads to analysis and judging.
My signs that I needed growth in some areas are when I feel insecure, get too defensive and too easily offended and too attached to something that has no eternal value, staying too much in comfort zone etc.
I checked my page today with true2ourselves and saw the advertisement of Rick Warren about Purpose Driven. I have several books of Rick Warren and tried to apply what he taught. However I am still reeling from a blog I read about Rick Warren by Bro. Sevens. The blog claimed that Rick Warren said he will not speak against alternate lifestyle. I hope I can verify this with Rick Warren or anyone who knows him.
It is to my understanding that God is serious about morality. If I can cite some examples like King David, the story of Sodom and Gomorrah, even modern day ministers who lost their ministries because of moral failures. Please don't get me wrong, I don't advocate one strike and you are out and I believe our God is a forgiving God but I don't believe He is a condoning God.
God loves us and has wonderful plan for us. God deals with us individually and today I was thinking about my relationship with Him. Today I am amazed at the opportunity God gave me in proclaiming His glory literally to the whole world. In my youth, I thought I will not travel any farther than the small town of Sariaya, Quezon in the nation of the Philippines because of my motion sickness which I overcame only after graduating from high school.
This blog is my way of thanking God, my friends and relatives, true2ourselves, my family, my fellow Christians and those who will become Christians, Yahoo.com, the Internet, my Pastors and mentors. I will spare you the details but by observing what is going in on the world and comparing them with what is written in the Bible and listening to messages by Pastors, preachers and reading Christian blogs, I can only conclude that the Lord's coming is very soon.
For now let us give glory to God and prepare for His return.
I know somebody who said when it comes to religion says " Don't follow me , I am lost." For a while as a Christian , I thought Christian belief is straight forward but lately I am not too sure. Here are some examples, according to a blog , Rick Warren, a person who I respected as a Christian, appear not sure of traditional marriage and chose not to speak against the alternative lifestyle. A popular preacher chose to start his program with a joke. A Christian felt she lost a beauty contest because of her view but says nothing of showing her body. Christians even use titles that do not belong to them. Are we as Christians losing our identity ? Is our freedom to express ourselves making Christ's message blurred ? Sometimes groups we call cults are showing modest or decent lifestyles. Are we as Christians , ready for our Lord's return ? or will it come as a shock to us or even unwelcome interruption ? I am getting lost ,will somebody show me the way.
As long as we are in these human body,we will encounter temptation of many kinds. Even some prominent preachers have fallen in the past. Prayers have been my best defense against temptations, either personal prayers and prayers from people I know. Some temptations when not resisted can produce serious and long lasting results but can eventually be overcame and some takes a shorter time to overcome.Even prosperity can lead to more temptations, in my younger days lack of money prevented me from sinning in some areas . Now with the blessings that God gave, fear of God keeps me in place. Pride and anger have been my hardest and has been my downfall in many of times but God has been helping me to overcome them.
If I may share to you a temptation that looks harmless but just as dangerous.The temptation of believing we already know what is there to know. I have listened to preachers for over 30 years and lately seems like I am tempted to not to listen anymore. Man has the tendency to get bored and soon tempted to try new things and this is shown by the different ways of entertainment that is in the world today.
One of the best prayers that I learned from my pastor is to pray to God, Help !!! And God has been answering my prayers.
My Catholic co-worker friend told me , he would like to be on mission when he retires from work. From this conversation I started to visualize what being on a mission means. Is it debating with Christians of different sects ? Is it debating with a Muslim about the Trinity and the deity of Christ ? Is it debating with others what the Sabbath day is ? Is it trying to argue if there will be a Rapture or not ? Is it whether to use radio, television, literature, satellite, or internet ? Is it preaching about prosperity, positive thinking, or etc. ? Is it about speaking in tongues or not ? Is it joining a denomination or not ? Is it sending somebody or going yourself ?The list could go on and on.
Or is it telling somebody?, that I have sinned and I can not save myself. And Jesus the Second Person in the Trinity came in human form and became the perfect sacrifice for the sins of His people. And those who accept Jesus became the children of God and then the Holy Spirit indwells those who believe. This sounds good to me , what do you think ?
My friend just sent me an email about a short film titled " chicken ala carte".The film is about people surviving on left over from restaurants. I controlled my tears apparently trying to reason that this is not true. In the film, the father who collected the food, stopped one of the children from eating until they could say a prayer of thanks, again I tried to control my tears. What hurts more is it took place in my country of origin.The film ended with a note that 25,000 people die of hunger everyday.
There is also another hunger, according to Gospel for Asia, 80,000 people die every day without hearing the Gospel.
We who are blessed and to whom much is given, much will be required. Let us be reminded of Matthew 25:35-36 " For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat; I was thirsty , and you gave me something to drink; I was a stranger; and you invited Me in; naked and you clothed Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me.'
Yesterday was a strange day for me, doubt seems to be strong. I was attending a sunrise service at our church and my mind was wandering. What if what we are believing is not true. What if I and the people in the church is just trying to make real a fantasy or a myth. My mind continued to wander during the service. But then my mind entered the realm of unexplainable, the universe, life itself, then I asked where did these came from ?
Even the messages of the guest speaker and our pastor, asked how do we know our belief is true ? One thing , the resurrection of our Lord gives us hope, for without it then we might as well live as we please and not worry of the consequence. Yet in life we believe in things we do not see, like electricity, sound waves, microwaves and many more. Why do we believe in these things ? Because we feel or experience its presence.
The Scriptures declare that those who are in Christ are sealed with the Holy Spirit. Then something or somebody in me assured in me in a small voice, that Jesus is real and with that a tear fell from my eye. Once more faith came in and doubt left.
As Christians according to Scriptures we are ambassadors for Christ. We are also to be like our Lord Jesus and to be perfect like our heavenly Father. We can accomplish these through the Holy Spirit and through prayers and discipline and meditation. But let us face it , we are still in human body and we still fail. Having said that , we still need to be on guard.
Although we are one with our Lord and Savior, there is still identity in us that distinguish us from our God, Lord and Savior. It is tempting to claim that we always speak God's words or what comes out from us is from God.That our activities is God activity and vice versa. Even sincere leaders and believers could sometimes cross the boundary.
Anyway, let us continue to humble ourselves before God, so He will exalt us in due time,as the Scriptures said.