Operation Child Box

“From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise because of your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger.” – Psalm 8:2

My wife and I, along with our kids, laughed ourselves to sleep late last Sunday night as we read and studied Scripture together.  We’ve started a regular devotion in preparation for Christmas.  As is the case with our Bible studies, the topics tend to veer off in many different directions.  We blame it mostly on Jed, our son, who asks the most probing questions – and also comes up with the funniest of answers.  That Sunday night, he and his younger sister, Naomi, began a barrage of questions that tested my resolve [and even patience] to answer them. Continue reading

Trading Places

Isaiah 53:4-6

“Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted.

But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.

We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.”

Yesterday, November 18th, I took our son, Jed, for his regularly scheduled check-up at Sick Kids Hospital for his asthma. He has been battling severe asthma since he was 6 months old.  He’s had very horrific attacks since then – at one point we thought we would lose him to his illness.  He has been asthma-free and medication-free for over a year now, and the doctor feels that he is well on his way to total healing.  Thank God for that. Continue reading

REBORN!

Every now and then it’s important for us to hear from other church members and contributors to enhance various Christian perspectives that this blog means to be a channel of.  It is our pleasure this week to welcome our first guest blogger, from our youth, Maria Isabel Opiniano, as she takes us through a glimpse of the re-starting of our youth ministry.  Thanks, Isabel!

Written by Maria Isabel Opiniano (guest blogger of the week)

“‘Do not say, I am only a youth; for to all to whom I send you, you shall go, and whatever I command you, you shall speak. Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you to deliver you, declares the Lord.’“ – Jeremiah 1:7-8 Continue reading

Pilot Error

Matthew 7:1-5

1 “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. 2 For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.

3 “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? 4 How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? 5 You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.

Pilot error was pinpointed as the reason behind the crash of Eastern Air Lines Flight 401 near Miami, Florida on December 29, 1972.  An investigation into the actions of the flight crew revealed that they paid unusual attention to a faulty landing gear light that flashed in the instrument panel.  In the process of attending to the concern, one of the members of the flight crew was unaware that they struck the autopilot switches, instructing the plane to alter its current course settings and come to a slow descent.  The flight crew, focused firmly on a faulty landing gear signal, disregarded the rest of the instrumentation panel; failing to realize that the plane was slowly losing height until the aircraft eventually crashed in the Everglades, killing 101 of its 176 passengers and crew. Continue reading

Unseeen but not Unknown

Acts 17:22-28

22 Paul then stood up in the meeting of the Areopagus and said: “People of Athens! I see that in every way you are very religious. 23 For as I walked around and looked carefully at your objects of worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: TO AN UNKNOWN GOD. So you are ignorant of the very thing you worship—and this is what I am going to proclaim to you.

 24 “The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands. 25 And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything. Rather, he himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else. 26 From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. 27 God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us. 28 ‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’ As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’ Continue reading