15 and more Years with God

10 06 2013

anniv15, yes it’s not really that long yet but I thank God for every year that He gave us. it’s been that long since we got married and to think that I actually forgot all about it. it’s a good thing that Facebook is there to remind us of some important events of our lives, thus it was that same social network that reminded me of an important event that I am not supposed to forget.

What can I say I am just human and to think that lately I’ve been having that problem of forgetfulness, I have been wondering about it myself. I feel like it is either because of my getting matured or it is because something’s wrong inside of me. Anyway, no matter what it is what counts most is that I have committed my life to God thus I leave everything at His feet.

Just like any couple or husbands and wives, we do have some problems too, we do fight as well but we thank God that we have three wonderful kids to constantly remind us of God’s goodness. We’ve been in the lowest points of our lives for several times but one thing that we could attest to each one of you is the fact that it is here in this foreign land that we both have seen how God worked in our lives. Most importantly in the life of my wife. When she came here first, she didn’t have that same kind of faith and belief that she has now. She was tied to the old and traditional religion that teaches a different way in gaining God’s favor, it was here that God finally opened her eyes and let her see the One and True God that deserves to be lifted up and worshiped. And ever since she opened her heart to God everything came to place and we have seen God’s blessings and goodness.

Last Saturday we have celebrated our anniversary with just a simple celebration, actually it cannot even be considered to be a celebration as there were only few menus on the table. A meal with a few and close friends as well as a family from God’s fold. Our simple celebration were attended by our Pastor and his family and some of the members of  our fellowship here in Thailand.

We may not have a grand celebration but what matters most to us is that we were with people who are truly close to us and considers us as family as well. Indeed, it was just a simple celebration but what matters most and what is more important is that we celebrated it with the fact that both I and my wife is committed to serve our God who has given us everything that we have now whether it is Bog or small. May our marriage be always pleasing in His sight up until that day that He will call us home.

To my wife who is always there beside me through thick and thin and through all my tantrums, I love you very much and thank you for the wonderful gifts that you gave me through our precious kids.

Happy 15th anniversary and more years in God’s ministry with you.





Responsibility Outweighs Opportunities

28 05 2013

lord-take-my-hand-and-lead-me-500When I was still new here in Thailand, I was so bored that I persisted in praying to God that He will give me something to do. At first my attention were diverted into earning a  living since most of the Filipinos I met here in Nonthaburi are working. I tried doing that to the extent of doing something which I know was wrong. I indeed got a very short shot at it, I was able to teach but in just a so short period. I didn’t have  a problem with the school neither did the school had a problem with me. They even wanted me to stay but unfortunately the agency doesn’t want it to happen. So, it never did happen, I later on realized that God’s plan was entirely different as to what I have in mind as He said in the book of Isaiah 55:8-9 KJV…

8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord.

9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

So, after a couple of years of waiting for God’s plan to manifest in my life it finally came to us 2 years ago. He entrusted to us a ministry that I never dream would be possible especially that we are actually foreigners here in Thailand. God let us open an ACE school ministry, at first we were a bit uncertain since there were so many struggles that we have gone through. However, despite of all the challenges and problems we continued to tread the path that God has lead us. It was then that my family saw God’s goodness and hands in showing us His abundant blessings if we only do His will. I started to be involved in our church activities and ministries alongside with the school. We’ve struggled financially and personally but God was always there to lift us up even when those people whom we trusted turned their backs on us.

Today, my heart and soul is in the ministry that God has entrusted to me there are even times that the thought of leaving such ministry scares me. I can’t understand why i felt that way but God showed me the answer to it. He put me to the test by offering me irresistible opportunities that I would desperately grab if it had been offered to me 2 years ago.  I tried to find a way to work it out but my mind kept on bothering me and the thought of not being able to fulfill my commitment to the people that trusted me bothered me. Here it is two opportunities that offers financial sustenance especially that another member of the family is on its way. The more that such worldly matters pressure me the more that the spirit tells me and asked me this question over and over again. “Did God ever abandon you in good times and bad times all these years?”

That question always leads me back to my senses knowing that for several times God literally showed how He works in our lives, i may not earn as much as some of the Filipinos that are here. but one thing is sure, I am content, satisfied and have that peace of mind that some of these people doesn’t have. most importantly i have my God who I can rely on come what may. Does with boldness and with God’s grace and wisdom I was able to resist and turn down the two opportunities and I also hope and pray that god will continue to strengthen me to resist any opportunities that are still on its way. For me the RESPONSIBILITY that God has entrusted to me outweighs all of the opportunities that this world has to offer, after all our Lord Jesus Christ Himself said this in Matthew 6:33 “But seek YE first the kingdom of God, and all THESE THINGS shall be added unto you.” that promise is good enough for me to hang onto.

My decisions may sound stupid and irrational, but i know that this is what God wants me to do and this is what was God’s plan for me and my family that is why He lead us into Thailand.





Money Over Ministry

17 05 2013

money_churchI’ve been in Thailand for almost 5 years now and I always wondered as to how it feels to actually have a permanent or a stable job here. I see my fellow Filipinos and Christians earning as much as 30,000 baht a month and there were times that I asked myself as to when will I be able to actually have the same kind of opportunity.

I’ve never asked for anything for myself as well as since my last try in finding a teaching job failed because of lack of  “PAPER”  qualifications, I’ve actually given up to that thought. Until God provided a job for me. We’ve started from scratch and invested a few thousand baht and after that God did the rest for us. I became so attached to what I am doing that even if I am not receiving anything I still find pleasure and contentment in my “JOB”.

There was a point in time that I’ve asked myself, what if there will come a time that an irresistible offer will come my way, will I pack up and leave everything behind and go for the BIG BUCKS rather than working on God’s ministry? So, okay..that crossed my mind and often times I just shrug it off because I thought it is impossible.

Just a week ago, an offer came through my pastor,at first I actually remember declining the Teaching DEMO offer. When my wife heard about it she asked me if how long will it take, I said it’s just for two days and one night since it is going to be in a province here in Thailand.. that would be Sakhon Nakhon. After 4 years of not being able to actually talk in front of students or any Board of panelists I took it as a challenge testing myself if I now have the courage to actually talk in front of these types of people. Thus, I retracted my decision and informed pastor about it.

The DEMO show turn out to be a success despite of some untoward and undesirable events that happened to me personally..I don’t want to get into detail since it was literally GROSS and disgusting. Skipping on some details I’ll proceed to the part where we were already heading back to Bangkok, one of the presenters who were with us got a call from the Boss of the agency who sent us to that Teaching Demo Job. I later on learned that she’ve been offered an office job, we were all happy for her and at the back of mind came a thought “What if I too will be offered a job in the office, will I leave our school ministry and work for them?” I didn’t give much thought to it until we’ve finally arrived home. i was about to sleep when Sally (my wife) told me to call Pastor right away because there is something he wants to talk to me. I said, What? I just arrived and it’s already past midnight, however, knowing that it was our pastor and were the one who gave me the finished job I called him.

It was there that I heard the same offer that has been offered to one of  the presenters, the offer was actually enticing and tempting all i have to do was work in an office with a computer and look for “FARANGS” (Foreigners) who are interested in Teaching Jobs and basically deal with them.  It was a tailor made offer, a kind of offer that literally fit my skills and my capabilities. I couldn’t remember what was actually my answer but I believe I declined right then and there knowing that I have bigger responsibilities in the school.

What was Ironic is that it kept on bugging me and there was this still small voice persuading me and let me think of what I could do with the 20,000 baht a month offer if I work in the agency’s office. It was then that i started feeling the pressure, I was literally torn in two..the desire to finally earn and be able to receive a physical money and at the same time I was worrying about the school, what will happen to it and the people I’ve committed to help.

It’s true I have declined the offer the first time, but later on ideas came pouring in and then the idea of taking the job working as  part-time  and be able to work and continue my responsibility to the school. I was so convinced with the idea that I immediately informed pastor about it, he was naturally happy because as far as I can tell he saw that the job fits me. He then called his Boss and got the approval and he relayed the good news  to me right away. After hearing that supposedly good news I couldn’t  feel any kind of happiness, instead I felt something deep inside me crumbled and was grieved. I felt burdened and my countenance fell, the job was mine and I can actually take it and choose any day I want or even decide to work full time if I want to.

After our conversation, i put the phone back to its cradle with a heavy heart. that particular moment I couldn’t understand why I felt that way. This was what I’ve been yearning and desiring all through the past 4 years, a job that earns and will be able to help me provide  things that I WANT in life. All I have to do was report to the head office and the job is mine, that night i couldn’t sleep and I prayed that God will give me wisdom to decide whether if this is the right thing to do.

You may ask, what was the problem since my deal was actually just for a part time job, I can decide which day should I work in the office. Here is the thing that bothered me during that night, even if I may decide to work part time I am the kind of person who gets attached to what I am doing. The moment that i got hooked to it, it would be very impossible for me to do the other tasks efficiently. That scared the heck out of me, my mind just couldn’t bare the fact that there will come a day when I am totally dedicated to my job that I will finally decide to let go of the ministry that God has entrusted me. it was during this time that i started to look back at God’s goodness to my family, how He took care of us all these years even if it is only my wife who earns a decent and sustainable income. God showed me the times that he was always there and there was never a time that we were WANTING, He was there all the time, His hands and His blessings are visible through the good things that is happening to the School ministry. Who am I not to see and pretend not to be able to acknowledge it…Who am I to turn my back on God when He never did that to me even way back when we were still in the Philippines. it was then that I realized how stupid and how ignorant I am to decide and grab that enticing and tempting offer just to take me away from what I have committed myself into. I know that Pastor’s recommendation was of good intention but i just could bare the fact that I will leave God’s blessings and exchange it for temporal and useless things of these world.

It’s true that there are times that I worry for my kids and for my family, but my God is my Great Provider and He’s been doing that to my family all these years. It was these thoughts that finally gave me the right and final decision, to decline the offer that was presented to me. After I’ve made that decision, that huge lump and heavy feeling that was in my heart was lifted and whether you believe me or not i don’t feel any regret to what I’ve decided. I believe it was a Test as to how strong is my faith and trust towards my God, no matter what will happen in the future…My God got me covered!





Mad as Hell

12 05 2013

imagesThree times was my sleep got interrupted last night, our two dogs where fighting in the middle and wee hours of the night. I have to get out of bed three times just to hush them down. The first two  times I was just outside the door and knock on it and they eventually would pipe down.

Naturally, I would go back to bed and try to get back to my sleep. They would at least give me an hour or so just to be bale to get back to slumber land only to be  awaken once again with annoying barking and whining of the  lady dog. So, for the last time I was so pissed that I was even thinking of throwing both of them down the building if I found out that they were just literally trying to get our attention. The last time that I checked up on them I turn on the light thinking that it was because it was dark.

So, there I was half awake and pissed at the couple of times our two dogs has interrupted my sleep. I opened the door and checked them out and I saw both of them in a corner. Bella (the lady dog) was sitting tight with her ass stuck to the pavement while Duke (the male dog) was behind her. I stared at them for a couple of seconds and both of them stared back at me as well. Both of them stopped barking and Duke eventually walk away from Bella, I stayed there for a couple of seconds more trying to figure out what was the commotion all about. Well, nothing came out of my mind so I shut the door and went back to bed, I didn’t hear anything from both of them afterwards. I guess both of them just gave up fighting, it was only when I was lying down that i realized what they were actually arguing about.

So, there I made out a conversation scene between the two dogs..here it goes so you will also be able to understand their problem

BELLA: (SITTING DOWN AND PINNING HER ASS ON THE PAVEMENT) Leave me alone!! I don’t want to do it any more.

DUKE: What the heck is wrong with you, I need to scratch my ITCH and you are my B _ _ _ _! where do you want me to stick  IT in.

BELLA: The heck I care! I just don’t want you to touch me..now back off.

DUKE: (FURIOUS) Listen Lady Dog if you will not let me touch you, I will bite your head off.

BELLA: I don’t care what you will do to me..I just don’t want to get pregnant anymore..I lost my three puppies the last time you got me pregnant..This time…you’re not going to get a DICE!!!

DUKE: (BARKS WILDLY AND LOUDLY)

Okay, so that was the time I showed up interrupting their intimate conversations. Well, I guess poor DUKE has to park his IT for the meantime, anyways their will be plenty of nights to come by after all there is just the two of them. Someone will GIVE in sometime, somehow…right DUKE?!!!





A Wise Man Leads Others To Christ Through Their Lifestyle…

4 05 2013

God Blessed and have a blessed weekend ahead 🙂

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SIH HALTAL ICON30) The fruit of the righteous [is] a tree of life; and he that winneth souls [is] wise.
31) Behold, the righteous shall be recompensed in the earth: much more the wicked and the sinner.(Proverbs 11:29-30)

For the SIH devotional on this subject:

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SIH’s Think On These Things: Proverbs 11:15

29 04 2013

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SIH TOTT ICONHe layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous (Prov 2:7)

Wisdom’s Great Gain: Conscientious Indebtedness: Proverbs 11:15

15) He that is surety for a stranger shall smart [for it]: and he that hateth suretiship is sure.

EXPOSITION:

15) He that is surety for a stranger shall smart [for it]: and he that hateth suretiship is sure.
1.  A person who gives security for a stranger shall be badly scarred as a result.
2.  A person who is an enemy of giving security for another can be trusted.

Several points need to be mentioned in the context of the above restrictions:

First of all, we see the need to avoid becoming surety for “a stranger”.  Keep in mind, previously, in Proverbs 6:1-5, we saw that suretyship should be avoided in the case of friends and acquaintances as well.  This helps us to understand that in ALL situations…

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Don’t Get Deceived Like Them

25 04 2013
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Didn’t Christ only have 12 Disciples? Who are those two women with them suppose to be?

“18 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: 19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.” Revelation 22: 18-19

One thing that made Mark Burnett‘s The Bible Series popular all over the world is that He already had a name before he has decided to produce it. Televiewers who loves to watch reality TV shows know his name and his been successful in almost all of the Reality TV series or shows he has produced over the years. So, who in their right mind will reject Mark Burnett’s offer to show any kind of show he is going to produce. That alone gave him an edge over all the others who produced movies with Biblical themes over the past several decades.

One cannot judge the couple’s intention in producing such type of  V series, it would have been better for them to stick on their specialties rather than touch what people in Old timers used to be sacred, The Bible. That is why most of the films during the Golden years strictly follows what was written in the Bible because producers and screenwriters have enough respect to God’s word. It is sad to know that the recently produced TV series has been too humanized and became too secular that it became just an ordinary show in History channel.

It lacks depth and meaning, most of the stories were too shallow and filled with human emotions and the writers own opinions of the scene. I could bare to finish the entire series because aside from it has skipped so many important stories and neglected so many important characters of the Bible, it has been rewritten by mindless morons who does not regard the Bible as God’s Holy word.

I was planning to have an in-depth review from one episode to another but the more I watched it, it seems I am enduring an unbearable pain deep inside of me. it’s like I am eating a rotten food that is difficult to swallow and had to stop watching it for my own good. My family and I were able to finish the Old Testament version of the series in which even my kids who knows most part of the Old Testament keeps saying, “It’s not what it says in the Bible”.

I tried watching the episode were it was already touching our Lord Jesus Christ‘s story, and in the very first part of the story alone. I found several scenes that were way off from the Bible, I don’t want to go into detail of the entire scene but you can see that every scene will leave several doubts and questions in the viewers mind (especially if that viewer is well verse with the Word of God). All we could do is shake our head in disbelief that these so-called best writers blasphemed the Word of God in every aspect adding scenes and words that are not in the Bible and omitting the more important ones.

I tried watching Jesus’ story but didn’t bother finishing it anymore, when I saw several disturbing scenes. One of them is that I have observed that among Jesus disciples there was always a woman with them. Wherever Christ go that woman was there helping and assisting and you can see that her role is actually among the 12 disciples. Indeed, they’ve rewritten the entire Bible just to make sure that it will fit into the allotted time that History Channel allowed them to air.

As one of those who were able to watch the series who made a review in one of the online Christian store, it is not worth collecting but the entire series is good for the trash. It’s full of crap, a kind of crap that most people nowadays would rather accept as long as they will not find it offensive or will not touch the kind of life they live. The kind of Gospel that is acceptable for them, that is why they have re-written every story in the Bible to make it fit to the kind of lifestyle and understand that they have.

What is more disappointing is that even those Religious and Church leaders who are popular the likes or Joel Osteen, Rick Warren and a few more others applaud and recommended this series to churches all around the world. The Bible says in Matthew 24: 24 “24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.”  and indeed this TV series will deceive millions without even realizing they’ve been deceived.