Diyos ay Pag-ibig (God is Love)

As you reflect on our “love talk” series during the past couple of weeks, here’s a Filipino worship song I would like to share with you which you can ponder on (I included an English direct translation below).  The previous posts are:

DIYOS AY PAG-IBIG

Pag-ibig ang siyang pumukaw
Sa ating puso’t kaluluwa
Ang siyang nagdulot sa ating buhay
Ng gintong aral at pag-asa

Pag-ibig ang siyang buklod natin
Di mapapawi kailan pa man
Sa puso’t diwa tayo’y isa lamang
Kahit na tayo’y magkawalay

Koro:
Pagka’t ang Diyos natin Diyos ng pag-ibig
Magmahalan tayo’t magtulungan
At kung tayo’y bigo, ay h’wag limutin
Na may Diyos tayong nagmamahal

Sikapin sa ating pagsuyo
Ating ikalat sa buong mundo
Pag-ibig ni Hesus ang siyang sumakop
Sa bawa’t pusong uhaw sa pagsuyo


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Eloquent Silence

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Now when Job’s three friends heard of all this evil that had come upon him, they came each from his own place, Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the Naamathite. They made an appointment together to come to show him sympathy and comfort him. And when they saw him from a distance, they did not recognize him. And they raised their voices and wept, and they tore their robes and sprinkled dust on their heads toward heaven. And they sat with him on the ground seven days and seven nights, and no one spoke a word to him, for they saw that his suffering was very great. 

Job 2:11-13

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HE LIFTS US UP: God’s Love for Victims of Abuse (Psalm 147:3-6)

I had an experience one day, and I want to share with you. There is actually a difference when you have “head” knowledge and when you have “heart” knowledge of something. It suddenly becomes like a new revelation to you even if you knew it before… It is a feeling that you get like something was “downloaded” into your spirit. It kind of gives you a “wow” feeling…

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Nuggets – Prepare to Meet Thy God

Prepare to Meet Thy God
“Therefore thus will I do unto thee, O Israel: and because I will do this unto thee, prepare to meet thy God, O Israel.” (Amos 4:12)

There is only one thing that everyone can know for sure. Not even death and taxes are certain, for some will never die. But “every one of us shall give account of himself to God” (Romans 14:12).

Even those who don’t believe in God, those who ridicule His Word, those who disobey His laws, those who worship false gods—everyone must some day meet God. There is no better advice than: “Prepare to meet thy God!

If anyone should ask what God, the answer is the true God, the Creator. Not the false gods of pagan pantheism, not the natural systems and processes of evolutionism, but the one and only God of creation. He is the one who knows the thoughts of man and “maketh the morning darkness” (Amos 4:13) for all who reject or ignore Him. The word here for “darkness” is used only one other time in Scripture and is synonymous with hell—“a land of darkness, as darkness itself; and of the shadow of death, without any order, and where the light is as darkness” (Job 10:22).

In the coming judgment, “the wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God” (Psalm 9:17). The message of Amos needs to be heard in every generation: “Prepare to meet thy God!” For “the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment” (Psalm 1:5), and the judgment is sure: “It is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment,” and for those who die unprepared, “it is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God” (Hebrews 9:27; 10:31).

The only way to come into His presence prepared, of course, is through Jesus Christ, who is Himself the Lord of all the hosts of heaven. HMM

from Institute for Creation Research

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Faith Child – We sing!

imagesKing Hezekiah restored God’s pattern of worship in 2 Chronicles 29:30, “….And they sang praises with gladness, and they bowed their heads and worshipped.”

Let us  consider  the following scriptural aspects of our “singing unto the Lord”:

How Do We Sing Unto The Lord?

1) With a prepared heart – Psalm 57:7; Psalm 108:1; Ephesians 5:18-19; Colossians 3:16.
2) With an understanding heart – Psalm 47:7; 1 Corinthians 14:15.
3) With our whole heart – Psalm 9:1-2; Psalm 111:1; Ephesians 5:19.

Why Do We Sing Unto The Lord?

1) Because God has done many excellent things – Isaiah 12:5.
2) Because God has dealt bountifully with us – Psalm 13:6.
3) Because God is great – Psalm 95:3.
4) Because God is king – Psalm 47:6-7.
5) Because God is good – Psalm 135:3.
6) To teach and admonish one another – Ephesians 5:18-19; Colossians 3:16.

Because Of Who God Is And What God Has Done, We Sing Unto The Lord:

1) To rejoice – Psalm 71:23; Zechariah 2:10.
2) To bless God – Psalm 96:2.
3) With thanksgiving – Psalm 147:7.
4) With joy – Psalm 27:6; Isaiah 65:14.
5) To honor and praise God – Psalm 66:2.
6) With gladness – Jeremiah 31:7.

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By the Shedding of Christ’s Blood

By the shedding of Christ’s Blood
we can enter Gods throne
We can then ask Gods Spirit
to forever make us His home

We can now ask for
the forgiveness of sin
From all the lies
that sin led us in

We now have a choice
as to the life we are to live
Do we make sacrifices or
accept the one God gives

Is it enough
just to do good in this life
When we are falling
from trials, evil and strife

What is the reason that
Christ shed His Blood
Why did God send Him down
to this earth from heaven above

Christ shed His Blood
as a ransom for sin
He came to redeem man
from the evil we live in

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HE LIFTS US UP: Learning Through the Ages

The brokenness path…
I took at a younger age.
But now the wholeness path…
I walk at this later stage.
Oh, if I would have known…
that God was the Key.
But I thank God now…
for rescuing me.
I thought I was right…
sitting Sundays on a pew.
But I now know Him…
and He made my life new.
For age after age,
He pours out His grace.
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Nuggets – Thy Word Is Settled Forever

Thy Word Is Settled Forever
“For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven.” (Psalm 119:89)

This is the central verse in the longest chapter in the longest book in the Bible, and it is surely one of the greatest verses in the Bible. It conveys the amazing news that the Word of God (which is the theme of the entire 119th Psalm) has existed from eternity past and will continue to exist forever in the future. It was eternally settled in the mind of God before the world was created, then gradually inscripturated “at sundry times and in divers manners [as God] spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets” (Hebrews 1:1).

Other verses in this psalm likewise stress the eternal validity of God’s words: “The righteousness of thy testimonies is everlasting. . . . Concerning thy testimonies, I have known of old that thou hast founded them for ever. . . . Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever” (Psalm 119:144, 152, 160).

In the book of Isaiah appears a magnificent claim: “The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever” (Isaiah 40:8). This contrast is expanded by the apostle Peter: “Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever” (1 Peter 1:23).

To guarantee this great truth beyond any further question, the Lord Jesus Christ Himself made the following tremendous claim: “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away” (Matthew 24:35). “Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled” (Matthew 5:18).

The entire physical universe is (literally) “passing away,” heading inexorably downhill toward ultimate death—with one exception! The words of our Bible and its glorious promises are eternal and immutable. HMM

from Institute for Creation Research

 

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How then should you love your neighbor?

Last time, we were able to identify our neighbor in the commandment, “love your neighbor as you love yourself”.  In this post, let us take a look at the weight of love that we ought to give our neighbors by looking again to the very words of Jesus.

“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. 10 If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. 11 I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. 12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command. ~ John 15:9-14

 

No greater love

No greater love

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What Are You Looking For?

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“How blessed are those who observe His testimonies, who seek Him with all their heart” Psalm 119: 2

“Or what woman, if she has ten silver coins and loses one coin, does not light a lamp and sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it? When she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin which I had lost!”    Luke 15: 8-9

“But the seed in the good soil, these are the ones who have heard the word in an honest and good heart, and hold it fast, and bear fruit with perseverance.” Luke 8: 15

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