A Christian’s must-have phone app

Hi everyone! I apologize for being away for quite some time. Here’s a comeback post for you 🙂

The Lord has been good to me for giving me an opportunity and time to write again. Recently, I volunteered to write for SAVED App.  But this one’s not about my writing; it’s about this cool stuff. So allow me to introduce you to SAVED App.

It is a great tool to inform its users of the love of Jesus Christ and to help make the Word of God easily available to anyone. With the Saved App, users can access a digital bible, read featured stories of various speakers and artists, Christian Testimonies, access list of Christian songs, and listen and vote songs on SAVED on Energy FM.

Christian artists Switchfoot, Kari Jobe, Paul Baloche, writers/speakers C.S. Lewis, Paul Washer, and some Christian celebrities, among others, are just few of the people who willingly shared their profiles and testimonies to inspire SAVED App users.

The articles are easily shareable via social media platforms to reach out to our friends and relatives online. Users can also get latest updates on SAVED events and other Christian events in Asia Pacific. Guess you might want to share the event and tag along friends with you.

If you want to know more about SAVED App, you might as well download it now! (available on iOS, Android, and WIndows phone) 🙂

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Disciplines of a Godly Woman (BS material)

Disciplines of a Godly Woman by Barbara Hughes

I got this book, Disciplines of a Godly Woman, as a Christmas gift in 2011 from our pastor and his wife. I had started going through it about a week after I received it, but due to lack of ‘discipline’, I haven’t finished it yet until now.  Gratefully, the youth leaders in our church (including me) have decided to use this as the Bible Study (BS) material for the ladies.  I am glad that in this second try, I am not on my own; I am with my sisters in Christ.  Isn’t it easier when you do something with a buddy or a group?  It’s like working out.  You get more motivated if you have a workout buddy to strengthen you and to push you to be consistent.

So in the coming weeks and months, expect me to post some of my reflections on the topics discussed in this book.  Join our Bible Study discussions by leaving comments on my posts.  You can also share with us your prayer request by filling up the form here.

Keep in touch! God bless you 🙂


I thank Ms. Lauren SF who inspired me to share my thoughts about the Disciplines of a Godly Woman.  She’s reading the material too.  And good thing, she’s a WordPress-er too! Read her posts here. I only got to know her on Twitter. Follow her @MissLaurenSF and follow me @MoonSolara as we follow Christ!

You can get the book from Amazon or Crossway.org .  Disciplines of a Godly Man is also available.

 

Devotional: The Death and Resurrection of Lazarus

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Jesus commanded, “Lazarus, come out!”

Here’s what I’ve learned from my last night devotion in John 11:1-44

God is always in full control. If He wants to do something, He will do it in His own way, in His perfect time, and ultimately for His glory. 

In some certain situations in our lives, we tend to be like Mary&Martha telling God, “Lord if only you have been here (or if only you did this or that) this wouldn’t have happened (referring to Lazarus’ death)”…as if telling Him that He’s delayed or His plans failed.  But we should bear in mind that the end result of everything is God’s glory. In verse 4 Jesus said,”The final result of this sickness will not be the death of Lazarus; THIS HAS HAPPENED IN ORDER TO BRING GLORY TO GOD, and it will be the means by which the Son of God will receive glory.”  And the whole event did bring glory to God when Jesus raised Lazarus from death, proving Himself to be the Son of God, the resurrection and the life.

Let us pray that God will give us a heart that focuses on His glory; a heart that sees a heavenly perspective on the situations happening in our lives; and a heart that always seeks to exalt the ultimate Source of life.

 

We are for Eternity

One of the most beguiling paradoxes in life is that we try hard to live in the moment and yet keep our eyes on what is yet to come.  Maybe for some people life is all there is, this is it; so they would busy themselves chasing for  big dreams, ambitions…and measure their lives to that.  But what comes after?  Where do these all go?

Everything will pass away.

Everything will pass away.

Whether we believe it or not, all these will come to an end.  Everything will pass away.  The Bible says “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal. . .” – (Matthew 6:19).  Isn’t it an awful thought that everything you have worked for in this world will just crash before your eyes sooner or later.  Then if you think that those achievements (top-of-the-line cars, condominiums or a mansion, super stable and high paying job, and you know what else) are what everything that makes up your life, then you’ll find yourself doomed in the end.

The verse says that everything you see in this world is temporal.  But, something will remain:  His words (Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away. – Matthew 24:35).  And what does that mean?  It means that whatever promises or statements or judgments God has made, they will stay the same.  So if God says He will prepare a place for us in heaven, then it is true forever (John 14:3).  If He says that He will throw some to a blazing furnace where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth, then hell is true and will remain (Matthew 13:42).

Maybe, if this is something you ponder deeply on, maybe you’ll take a moment not thinking of your ambitions and dreams and ask yourself, “So where am I headed?”  Then again, Jesus said “I am the way, the truth and the life.  NO ONE COMES TO THE FATHER EXCEPT THROUGH ME.” (John 14:6)  Surrender it all to Him.  Repent and ask forgiveness for your sins.  Here’s the thing:  we all are originally headed for hell BUT (and yes, there is a “but” there), He made salvation available by sending His only Son Jesus to pay the penalty for our sins which is DEATH (Romans 6:23).  He died on the cross.  And there, all of God’s wrath to men’s sins (mine, yours) were laid on Christ.  Then after three days, He rose again to prove that His sacrifice was perfect, to justify our faith (1 Corinthians 15:17) and for us to know that eternal life with Him is made possible.

And for those who surrendered their lives to God, we are not ought to live on our own will.  Let me get you back to the first verse I’ve mentioned in this article.  Jesus went on to say “. . .but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.  For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”  Then on verse 24 He said, “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.”  Treasures in heaven.  They may be things that have eternal value.  Let’s indulge ourselves to reading the word of God (bible), grow in spirit with others by evangelizing.  If God has blessed you a good job or high position in your work, use that influence to draw people close to God.  Be involved in the church, in ministries, in charity.  These are just ways of expressing gratitude to God’s saving plan.  We do it by giving Him back all the glory by letting our lives be used by Him as He wants (not as how we want).

This is not so easy to understand at first.  But I pray that God will grant us the grace to appreciate what His eternal plans are.  I remember what our pastor would always reiterate in his sermons “This world is not all there is.  This life is not all there is.”  We are for eternity.

 

Related:

The Magic of “What If”

Samson by Regina Spektor (cover)

Regina Spektor in concert.

Regina Spektor in concert. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Samson by Regina Spektor (cover) – (Pls. click on the link to listen on SoundCloud)

Here’s my cover of Regina Spektor’s SAMSON – one of my favorite ballads 🙂 I admire Regina for her strange imagination of characters which enable her to do great songs. Hope you’ll enjoy this one 🙂 *I downloaded the accompaniment from Youtube. It’s a raw recording of Janine Langois-Brunet, so pardon the sound of pedal and ticking of the piano keys.She played it best compared to others who uploaded their versions of minus one/instrumental*

SAMSON by Regina Spektor

You are my sweetest downfall I loved you first, I loved you first Beneath the sheets of paper lies my truth I have to go, I have to go Your hair was long when we first met

Samson went back to bed Not much hair left on his head He ate a slice of wonder bread And went right back to bed And history books forgot about us And the Bible didn’t mention us The Bible didn’t mention us Not even once

You are my sweetest downfall I loved you first, I loved you first Beneath the stars came falling on our heads But they’re just old light, they’re just old light Your hair was long when we first met

Samson came to my bed Told me that my hair was red He told me I was beautiful And came into my bed Oh, I cut his hair myself one night A pair of dull scissors and the yellow light And he told me that I’d done alright And kissed me till the morning light, the morning light And he kissed me till the morning light

Samson went back to bed Not much hair left on his head Ate a slice of wonderbread And went right back to bed Oh, we couldn’t bring the columns down Yeah, we couldn’t destroy a single one And history books forgot about us And the Bible didn’t mention us Not even once You are my sweetest downfall I loved you first

Is your life worth lived?

Men ask, “How do you know if your life is worth lived?” You’ll know it in eternity, when your Master tells you, “Well done good and faithful servant, come and share your Master’s happiness.
— Anonymous