With every heartbeat…

“So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day.”      2Corinthians 4:16

There is always the proverbial “good news, bad news scenario” in our everyday walk as a Christian. But as the Word of God tells us, “…do not lose heart…” Ever since my life-threatening procedure , I’ve encountered, not nightmares or dreams, but visions of the “what if…maybe…is it possible?” myriad of passing thoughts.

Examples? Well, for one, here’s a thought that has crossed my mind once or twice in the last few weeks: “if they worked on my heart while the rest of my parts was placed on a machine, what happened to my conciousness while my heart was being worked on?” It’s like, were they (my heart and mind) ever disconnected? Answers? anyone?

Then there’s this other nagging question…I’ve got a saddle that helps regulate the mitral valve on my heart, a foreign object if you will, inside of me. Lately, I’ve been having this phantom itch across my chest…or is it?  You see, these are some of the things that go on in my mind. Is it unique to me? Or does every person who goes through a Quad by pass go through these same experiences that I still do?

Bayanihan, moving from one place to another in the spirit of community.
The wholeness journey of the repaired heart begins with the Physician in charge. An local illustration that comes to mind is the Filipino word bayanihantaken from the word bayan, referring to a nation, town or community. The whole term bayanihan refers to a spirit of communal unity or effort to achieve a particular objective.” As well as the references we are looking at, there is a revelatory component in all these things I have experienced.

Bayanihan, as defined above is in Scripture…1Corinthians 12, which speaks of the unity of the body of Christ, different parts, make up the whole, always in tune with the other parts. One limb hurts, the other parts, though separated by distance, are affected. Therefore, the answer to my question as to whether the rest of me was ever disconnected while I was out of it, is no. I was connected, always have been, always will be connected in Christ.

Now, how does that relate to me? Parts of my whole was diseased. A scary word to use but thats what the cardiologist said to my wife after the  angiogram  was concluded. God, who promised me, “… He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.” Philippians 1:6. This is one of the good news items I spoke of earlier, everything God does is always good. And He isn’t done with me yet. Still residing at this temporary address we call our physical body, waiting for the Lord to call me to our permanent address…”But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body to be like His glorious body, by the power that enables Him even to subject all things to Himself.” Philippians 3:20-21

What does my quadruple by pass have anything to do with all this? I don’t know, but God does. That is my prayer for each one of you, family (wife, children, grand children), friends (close, acquaintances), and strangers (at least to me), grab hold of each day to bring glory and honor and praise to the One Who redeemed you, Who Redeemed the world. More of Him and less of yourself as my wife would say. 

Nenita, Alma, & Me…our inner self is being renewed day by day.
Once we’ve surrendered ourselves, the clouds of doubt and anxiety float away. Even after major surgery! Then, we can say in confidence, not in ourselves but to Him who does it all for us…”Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day.” You see, thats it, day by day with Jesus Christ. Moment by moment, all 86,400 seconds of every single day. Every second that my heart beats is a gift of God.

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Between Us

I was awake at 1:30 am and surprised that He did wake me early to call on Him. I was just crying out to him about the natural uncertainty of things as I got to think about a lot of things, started to wonder how you will get here, the funds for the shipping, the house, the building and all…

It’s the peripheral expenses: fencing and taxes (for the property), registration, and the list went on…parading. Then the forgotten failure, of why and how the plan is now as it is…It is okay…you do not need to reply, it is my way of sounding off….

Reading my dearest’s note left for me on Skype, my heart sank and remembered the failures of my past. The should have’s, could have’s, began to flood my mind instantly. But God, who is faithful, and through His finished work in Christ Jesus, quickly reminded me that He is making a “new thing” in our lives.

How apt is it that through Colossians 3:2-3 where He says, “Set your mind on things above, not on the things on the earth. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God,” is part of our Bible study this week. Such an encouragement could not come at all from the wisdom of men but from the heart of our Father in heaven.

Throughout the day, the Holy Spirit brings back to remembrance the beauty of His Word. He did through His written word and even through the radio. It would be easy for one such as I to fall into the trap of self pity, the Lord did not want me to take part in such thoughts. (Philippians 4:4-6)

Am I to look at the provision that is to come, or shall I look to Him? “To behold His beauty…(Psalm 27:4)” The answer is clear, He deserves nothing less than complete obedience to Him and Him alone. He knows what we need even before we ask Him (Matthew 6:8). He is growing me and my Nenita for His glory (John 14:13) for the work He has prepared for us.

Late this afternoon, Pastor Chuck Smith was on Acts 23:11, where he reminded me of when Paul was put in the barracks and when all seemed lost for the cause of spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the Lord stood by him, and said, “Be of good cheer (be of good courage)…”

James reminds us that, “…count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.” James 1:2-4. Praise the Lord.

Thank you Lord, that You are always with us. (Romans 8:28-39)

I love You Lord.

Thank You for the love Nenita and I have in You.

Grace like Rain – 08/07/12 Part 2

Lesson Learned: For it is God who is enabling you both to will and to work according to His good pleasure (purpose). Do everything without arguing and grumbling that you maybe as light and shining stars in the darkness.

“…that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead.”
Phil 3:10-11

There is no other joy that can equal when our Heavenly Father uses me to be salt and light in this world we call life. To be privileged to share the beauty of sharing the Gospel of His love.

8/7/12 @ 0246

Dear family,

Today is a no school day. The rain hasn’t let up and the forecast for Friday is there will be 5 storms coming our way again. The flooded areas of Metro Manila seem to be pictures of third world countries, it is almost surreal for me to be here. I have no regrets but a simple and quiet joy knowing what is written in His book, “He who began a good work in me will be faithful to complete it”…I thank you Leilani for your encouragement to me, I got teary-eyed reading the E-card you sent to me today, which I didn’t get to open till 30 minutes ago…

Yesterday was a full day! It was delightful to get my feet wet teaching children again. I had thought that my children’s ministry days are over but not so according to my Father. It isn’t over until He says it is over! I was glad to step into it knowing it is He who had orchestrated the whole thing. You are right to say that He is preparing us for the “beyond what we can think, dream or imagine” dimension of His love. God is truly great!

We had the devotional study on 1Samuel4 last night in the house. It was so nice to be around the sisters who has the love for our Father. We shared so much that we perhaps have extended our usual time. I had offered them the opportunity to have a monthly women’s prayer sleep-over while God allows me to be here and I want to ask you if that will be alright with you. My heart goes out to sharing to them the value of intercessory prayer and I am hoping that they will truly be blessed to experience a life of prayer, for others more than themselves. Lyn did a wonderful lesson on the chapter. Susana did the prayer at the end and I volunteered to write the prayer requests and of course, I did share some ears of corn. I was blessed too much I didn’t take a shower!

I taught Filipino, can you believe it? Everything became a review for me as we learned about subjects, predicates, conjunctions and clauses. I had to ask them what the words in Tagalog are in the English language, so I can be sure about the lesson. It was a lot of fun and I got to teach, the 4th graders only, at least for now, how to pray in sign language. The 5th and 6th graders I did twice, so all together I had 5 classes with just a lunch break! Dear God, teachers need a lot of prayers for what they do….and a lot of them are having health issues…

Please be in prayer for the staff of Christianhood Learning Center in Dasmarinas, Cavite; for the whole of the Philippines that I may be used for His Glory and that we may go obediently where the Holy Spirit leads us during this rainy season of His grace.

Greeted by Grace like Rain – Part 1

“And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.”
Philippians 1:6

8/6/12

In the hustle and bustle of that rainy day, as I waited for my brother to pick me up, I was given the opportunity to bless such souls as these and others who came and went as their duty called on them. In the betweens of phone/ intercom / radio calls from tenants/ guests and their ins and outs to go here and there or check in and out of the condo-tel, I preached His Gospel.

At the end of 2.5 hours of interchange and solid presentation of man’s depravity and the difference between Law and Grace, the 10 commandments and the finished work of Jesus on the Cross, four souls made the commitment to surrender their lives and have Jesus save and rule them.

Praise the Lord. I took a picture of them and you saw it previously.

Ronnie, Ronald, Marvin and Margie. The girl in stripes is Erna and she just missed the confession part because she was called in and out during the hours involved. I had asked Marvin to harvest the soul for Jesus. The other little guy is Garen and he is 19 and claims he is born again. They were so eager to hear God’s Word, they all so listened intently and asked questions especially the tall dark guy, his name is Ronald, the front desk super.

There are some not in the picture…and have heard bits and pieces of the lesson….just prayed for those who got saved to witness to them and share their new faith…

Nenita

Continue to pray for the Philippines, that I may be given the continued boldness and opportunity to share the wondrous news that is the Gospel, that Jesus loves each one and He reigns forever and ever.

How to pray begins in praying.

The unreached-reached peoples of the Philippines await the gentle love of the Father in Jesus. Won’t you pray for their awakening…

“Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.” 3John 1:2

  • Our health insurance is God. We ask that we be kept from all manners of physical attacks.
  • For our bones to be strong, our muscles to be flexible and our nerves to be steady and stable.
  • For our emotions to keep joyful, our minds to be peaceful, our ears to be alert, our eyes to stay bright, and for our hearts to be pumping at steady pace always.

“Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy…” Jude 1:24

“…being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete [it] until the day of Jesus Christ…” Phil 1:6

That the Christ life may be exhibited in us, through us and for us in all things! That whatever we do in word and deed, it will be done in in the name of our Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him….EVERY SINGLE DAY!