Christian ba siya?
A common question nowadays… How can we answer that?
Let’s have some theories:
He/She is a Roman Catholic.
•Therefore, he/she is a Christian?
He/She is a Bible-believing person.
•Therefore, he/she is a Christian?
He/She is a Protestant/Baptist/Etc.
•Therefore, he/she is a Christian?
He/She is a believes in God.
•Therefore, he/she is a Christian
He/She has a personal relationship with Jesus.
•Therefore, he/she is a Christian?
Now, is there any theory here that you can consider a Law already? 🙂
You know the answer already 🙂
In my traditional yearly counting of blessings, 2016 scores 10,489 total blessings.
173 of the total 10,489 (1.6%) are specific “YES” answers to my Prayer Requests.
To start 2017, I alreay counted 15 blessings (6 were specifics, that’s 40% ot the total, 60% were surprises).
This might be good numbers but more than the blessings, let us look at the Ultimate Blessor.
All glory, honor and praise belong to GOD.
18 years ago, a group of friends (my classmates), asked me this question, “If you were to die today, do you know where would you go?”
I answered quickly, “in heaven!” Because I have read already in the Bible that “whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” But reality sank when they asked me a follow-up question, “Are you sure?” From that moment, I give in, I am not really sure, I just read it and put the idea in my mind without taking it to the heart.
The moment I surrender my “intellectual thinking” of eternity, the moment God reigns in my life. He became the center of everything. The intellectual became spiritual and the happiness became joy.
Today, it marks the 18th year anniversary of the moment I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior. The moment I realized that more than putting eternity in an intellectual mode, it should be more of spiritual. Less of me, more of God. I am nothing but Christ gave up everything for me to have a real meaning.
18 years have passed, ups and downs surpassed, unfaithfulness even ruin some of the great plans and dreams, unfaithfulness I know hurt the Holy One but 18 years and counting, He is still faithful and just even if I am not.
Lord, thank you for being You.
All honor glory and praise belong to You.
Today, let me also lead you to a prayer similarly to the one I utter 18 years ago…
Heavenly Father . . . I acknowledge that the separation between us . . . is because of my sin . . . I confess that I have sinned . . . and have fallen far short of Your glory . . . I thank You that You sent Your Son, Jesus . . . to pay the penalty for my sin . . . I believe that He died on the cross for me . . . I believe that You raised Him from the dead . . . I am sorry for my sins . . . and I ask You to forgive and cleanse me . . . I want to turn away from everything the Bible calls sin . . . and receive You as my Lord, Master, and Savior . . . help me to love, serve, and obey You . . . for the rest of my life . . . in Jesus’ name . . . Amen!
“If you have sincerely prayed that prayer, the Bible promises that the old has gone and the new has come!”
LOST & FOUND
“Brave Heart Kid” Libert Ong
December 6, 1999
AB Mass Communication 1 – Block A
College of Human Sciences, Saint Louis University
Baguio City, Philippines
I was walking on earth
When I saw a different place;
I went there without a purpose
Then I saw a total darkness.
I love to be in that place
Because there are no hindrances;
I like to be in that place
Because there are no poverties.
Everything became good,
Nobody is wrong;
Everybody is okay
And they don’t care.
I’m so happy with my life,
Whatever you do is right;
The people will not rebuke you
And they will make you happy.
But one day I realized something;
They said I have a problem.
They just looked at me and laughed,
They even leave me alone.
I said to myself: I was lost,
I don’t have any hope;
But in the dark I saw a light
And I follow that special guide.
When I touched that firing light,
It warmed me but I was not burned;
That was the greatest gift I’ve found,
It came from heaven above.
I haven’t written a blog for quite some time. It’s time to be back! =)
Last Monday, I attended a Youth Forum regarding HEROism and I’ve learned a lot including the new languages of the millennials including the quick statements like “Nagmahal. Nasaktan. Nagkilay.” and the likes.
I have read also a lot in social media ranting against the Philippine president or ranting against the people who are opposing our president. Sadly, I am one of those people who also expressed what’s inside of me by ranting and breaking some of the ethics of social media which ironically I discussed with some of the CCPF students earlier this year.
After quite some time, realization came to my senses that I AM AN IRRESPONSIBLE USER of Social Media. And it’s time to really do something. So it’s time to really apply our #ChangeIsComing motto for the sake of honoring God and reaching the people around us by being responsible social media user.
I have a lot of thoughts in my mind but let me just sum it up by saying this:
Ipinanganak. Nag-aral. Natuto. Nagtrabaho. Nagmahal. Naging Makabayan. Naging Environmentalist. Nag-Broadcast. Nag-Rant sa Social Media. Nagkamali. Humingi ng Tawad. Natutong Muli. LUMUHOD. UMIYAK. NAGDASAL. NAGPURI KAY JESUS!
After I ate my lunch (Korean food) earlier, I walked for a while and felt like I’m looking for a classic.
So, I choose to take my route at Sangitan and remembered my elementary days when Nikki (my cousin) and I will go to their house for lunch. We so much love the cartoons “Sonic the Hedgehog” during those times. He always ride his bike while I walk following him just like the fast Sonic and his buddy Tail.
I was not satisfied with my cravings for the classic, so I went to my elementary Alma Mater, Wesleyan University-Philippines and I looked for one man – MANG MANING!
Mang Maning is already an “institution” in the university as we already knew him since our elementary days selling classic flavored ice creams.
As I am about to approach him, I saw two mothers paying their bills which Mang Maning refused to accept. The alumni ladies want to bless Mang Maning and pay the ice cream that they “bought” but the other stuff happened, Mang Maning was the one who blessed them with his ice cream.
That generous act of Mang Maning gave a smile in my face as I finally found ONE CLASSIC ACT. The classic act of generosity came from a person who took pride and joy in what he does.
When Mang Maning, asked me what flavor I am ordering, I said “halo-halo na lang po.” He mixed the chocolate and cookies and cream flavor to another one which I don’t know yet. When I tasted it, it’s “AVOCADO FLAVORED” ice cream! It’s been decades since I’ve tasted that flavor of an ice cream. Then, I sighed and said, “THIS IS A GENUINE CLASSIC!
If you can drop by near WU-P, I recommend that you buy Mang Maning’s “CLASSIC” ice cream! =)
¿PERDIÓ LA SONRISA OTRA VEZ?
“Valiente el Corazón el Niño”
Libert A. Ong
Mayo 25, 2016
¿Sonrisa, sonrisa, donde eres tú?
Por todas partes! Respondido por ti; ¿
Sí lo es, sino autenticidad, donde arte? Susurro de A
dijo en lo mejor de la cima de la montaña.
¿Cómo muchos más días que pueden ser soportados?
Antes de real sonrisa volver a vuestra verdad;
Resto dicen que es necesario sólo en una pequeña juerga
pero más que eso es necesario verdaderamente liberarnos.
En busca de progresión ver una sonrisa genuina,es difícil que cuando hay represión interior;
¿Dónde están, o están donde tú? Liberación sólo un
puede contestar todas tus preguntas.
Anhelando esa bendición de liberación desde que comenzó el año,
todavía la respuesta: la paciencia es una virtud y el amor es el mayor de todos ellos;
Pero hay un final en cada túnel indescriptible,
sobre todo cuando pasaron años y el embudo está todavía en el nivel más bajo.
En el proceso de perder la sonrisa una vez más, las diferencias de
no son los que ciega los ojos ni a verlo claro;
Hipocresía, gente agradable actitud y carácter bifronte con tal vez su propia justicia, lo
una liberación especial, que es necesario no darle tu integridad.
Fresh aire y relajación en la cima de la montaña, por favor devolver tu sonrisa perdida
a una persona que está deseando para él por algún tiempo;
El uno busca esa autenticidad ha experimentado su más larga sequía,
mayor remontada en la historia está a punto de desatar en ese tiempo buscando.
Sonrisa, sonrisa, sonrisa… por favor volver a tu casa de los suyos,
libertad, libertad, libertad… expresó el corazón que se suprime la;
La valentía dentro de corazón de los niños no puede esperar cualquier más largo
para el mejor lanzamiento que se necesita en desatar la sonrisa de siempre.
Photo: Courtesy of facebook.com/Baguio
I haven’t written any blogs for quite some time.
Today, I can’t even write more words except…
“I AM ITCHING TO BE BACK IN THIS PLACE… I WANTED TO BE AT MY BEST AGAIN AND THIS PLACE BRINGS OUT THE BEST IN ME… ALWAYS!”
Picture credits: https://www.facebook.com/baguio/
REKLAMONG WALANG KWENTA!
Libert A. Ong (Brave Heart Kid)
January 12, 2016
Reklamo ka ng reklamo sa gobyerno,
Kung saan-saan mo naman itinatapon ang kalat mo;
Gobyerno, huwag mo nang hintayin pa dumami ang reklamador
Upang gampanan ang tungkulin mo sa bansang nasa equador.
Reklamo ka ng reklamo sa mga magulang mo dahil maliit lang ang baon mo,
Aba’y matuto kang magtipid at maging magalang dahil matindi na ang hirap nila sa iyo;
Sa mga magulang naman na reklamo ng reklamo dahil sa pasaway na mga anak,
Tingnan din ninyo baka nga naman may pagkukulang din na nagaganap.
Reklamo ka ng reklamo mo dahil mahirap ang pinapa-exam ng guro sa paaralan,
Mga iho’t-iha, nakinig ba kayong mabuti ng itinuro nila ito upang kayo’y may matutunan?
Sa mga guro naman na reklamo ng reklamo dahil sa mga sakit sa ulong mga estudyante,
Ginabayan ba ninyo sila ng mabuti o nagtuturo ka lamang para kumita ng malaki?
Reklamo ka ng reklamo sa liit ng iyong sweldo,
Pero ayaw mo naman ayusin ang trabaho mo;
Reklamo ka ng reklamo dahil mga empleyado mo tamad na tamad na,
Ngunit ina-alam mob a ang kalagayan nila o puro ka na lang utos at pang-aabuso sa kanila?
Reklamo ka ng reklamo sa mga bagay na walang ka-kwenta-kwenta,
Pero kapag ikaw na ang may sala, hugas kamay ang siyang namimihasa;
Reklamo ka pa rin ng reklamo dahil ‘di ka naman tinataman kahit ng nakakasakit na tulang ito,
Sarili mo naman kasi ayaw kumilos upang ika’y magkasilbi at tigilan na ang pagrereklamo!
Nakakasawa na ang mga reklamong walang kwenta,
Lalo na kung nagsisimula ito sa mga taong wala namang disiplina;
Kaya kung ako sa iyo tigilan mo na ang parereklamong walang silbi,
Magbanat na lang ng buto, makipagbayanihan at pairalin ang disiplina sa sarili.
Kung gusto mo na tigilan ang pusong puno ng pagrereklamo,
Ika’y pumukit, lumuhod at sa Kanya magsumamo;
Humingi ka ng tulong sa ating Panginoon,
Tiyak ang tagumpay sa Kanya upang ika’y maging mahinahon.
Mahirap makamit ang pagbabago sa pagiging reklamador,
Ito ay proseso kahit itanong mo pa sa imebstigador;
Ngunit desisyon mo upang baguhin ang ugaling nakagawian,
Hudyat ng pagbabagong inaasam-asam.
Kung sa Diyos natin iaasa ang mga kahilingan natin,
Tiyak lahat ng ito’y Kanyang sasagutin;
Hindi na kailangan pang magreklamo pa sa Kanya,
Alam na Niya ang mga kailangan natin dahil Siya ay Diyos Ama.