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Grip


Sometimes we arrived in a situation wherein nothing’s left but the faith in God for us to continue. That faith is all we’ve got. Ironically, little did we know that that’s all we need to prevail. Embrace God in your life, trusting Him to move on your behalf. Before we knew, we are on our way for a worthy, God-oriented lifestyle, and life can never be that lovelier.

-albert2jc / 31st march 2011

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prawny so free no more…


a young voyager swims so free as he follows the light above him. he joins the rest of the school as they excitedly racing with each other. then suddenly they were pushed by the current. before he knew it, he’d been trapped in the net of a fisherman.

yan ang alamat ng “oishi” shrimp crackers. 🙂

– albert2jc – 30th march 2011

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thoughts…


Early bird gets the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.
If everything seems to be going well, you have obviously overlooked something.
Support bacteria – they’re the only culture some people have.
Depression is merely anger without enthusiasm.
When everything is coming your way, you’re in the wrong lane.
Ambition is a poor excuse for not having enough sense to be lazy.
Hard work pays off in the future. Laziness pays off now.
Everyone has a photographic memory. Some just don’t have film.
Shin: a device for finding furniture in the dark.
Many people quit looking for work when they find a job.
If Barbie is so popular, why do you have to buy her friends?
Eagles may soar, but weasels don’t get sucked into jet engines.
If I worked as much as others, I would do as little as they.
24 hours in a day … 24 beers in a case …coincidence?
Who is General Failure and why is he reading my hard disk?
What happens if you get scared half to death twice?
If at first you don’t succeed, destroy all evidence that you tried.
If at first you don’t succeed, then skydiving definitely isn’t for you.
A conclusion is the place where you got tired of thinking.
Experience is something you don’t get until just after you need it.
For every action, there is an equal and opposite criticism.
No one is listening until you make a mistake.
Success always occurs in private, and failure in full view.
The hardness of the butter is proportional to the softness of the bread.
The severity of the itch is proportional to the reach.
To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism; to steal from many is research.
You never really learn to swear until you learn to drive.
The problem with the gene pool is that there is no lifeguard.
The sooner you fall behind, the more time you’ll have to catch up.
A clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.
If you must choose between two evils, pick the one you’ve never tried before.
Change is inevitable….except from vending machines.
If you think nobody cares about you, try missing a couple of payments.
Bills travel through the mail at twice the speed of checks.
Borrow money from pessimists-they don’t expect it back.
Half the people you know are below average.
99 percent of lawyers give the rest a bad name.
A conscience is what hurts when all your other parts feel so good.
Last updated Saturday, January 11, 2003

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Truth or Consequence?


Word of the day:

“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”– Romans 6:23

This verse proves that having faith is not just a norm in a society. We better pick a choice to live a life worthy to be praised by God, or live it on our own.

It’s a lie that living a christian walk is lonely, self-inflicted trouble that depriving us to decide on our own. Sometimes, it appears that way but it takes discipline and patience to realize the bottom line – that God is in a business of santifying His body. And since each member is connected to the Body, he/she have to submit to delegated authority appointed by God through the church. It takes humbleness and obedience to let someone rule over you, but as they are accountable to God for their lives as well as their member’s lives, you got to trust them. If you can’t trust them whom you can see, how much more can you trust God whom you never saw at all?

Each belief and ideology is subject against the test of time. As for me, it is the changed life that is a proof of God’s reign in a person’s life. We can shout at the top of our lungs and jump for joy when we are inside the church, yet broken inside. We have to allow God to do the mending. We have to allow God to lift us up, mold us as we grow from glory to glory.

On the other hand, walking on our own seems to be freedom. Freedom from laws and limitations. But the reality is you are in bondage. Bondage of guilt and doubt. It’s like walking in the vast darkness, clueless of what’s lie ahead. Sometimes, we tend to justify our own means of actions by trusting majority of the people who are doing the same. It’s not the number that determines righteousness. In the Philippines on 1986, when the EDSA revolution triumphed against the dictatorship of then president the late Mr. Marcos, one politician declared : “the voice of the people is the voice of God,” since millions of people participated in the said rally. That’s wrong! The voice of the people doesn’t always have to be the voice of God.

Better yet, just claim that “you and God is a majority,” because as long as God is in you, you are far greater than the multitude.

Choose to walk in the light. Be free from the bondage of sins and iniquities, and consequences of self-inflicted mistakes and wickedness. Since death is the finality of living in sins, we better be serious and get down to business. We only have one life to live, let’s not trade ourselves to failure, because we are called to live a life to the fullest, ‘til we have eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Isn’t it fair to give our very best to our Maker?

-albert2jc / 24th march 2011

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Temper… Temper…


It is possible to get angry on the situation without getting mad on people involved. We just have to understand them. We have to move one pace ahead. People are filled with emotions and they tend to be carried away by it anytime. We who understand, have to make allowance. It’s not easy to deal with it, but as we don’t want unnecessary clash, we have to make adjustments. If we oppose with angry person(s) we end up in rage, and you can tell where you are heading into.

Smile. Keep your feet standing firmly. It’s true that sometimes, things get out of control. Moreover, these turn our nerves. Well, let’s work our ways out.

We are matured enough to be lured by these booby traps of the enemy.

We deserve to experience life favorably. When we start things right, we will save time and efforts fixing for unnecessary troubles. Moreover, we can focus on how to make life easier to deal with and to live with.

True, life’s tough. You have to be strong and discerning so you will live each day fruitfully, and when you retire to sleep, you knew you’d spent this day worthy and productively.

-albert2jc / 22nd march 2011

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Justice


Word of the day:

“The righteous detest the dishonest;  the wicked detest the upright.” – Proverbs 29:27

This is how we make a stand. We choose to be on the side of God. Whatever it is that not of God is not our portion anymore. We delight not in the works out of dishonesty and injustice. We are eager to serve God in the beauty of His holiness. We are the generation that chosen not to be a part of this rotten world, rather, to distinguish ourselves through righteousness and holiness.

Let everyone of us run this race. Let’s serve God eagerly and faithfully. Let’s not believe in the report of this world that justifies the wicked. Let’s choose a stand. Let’s keep our faith.

Through righteousness, the world will be judged.

The wicked will fulfill after his own lust of the flesh, and the world will perish with him. Let’s show the world how to live a life sold-out to Jesus. Let’s tell the world the goodness, grace and mercy of the Lord we are serving. Let’s tell the world how Jesus love them.

Let’s stand for God, and let God stand on behalf of us.

Isn’t it fair to give our very best to our Maker?

-albert2jc / 23rd march 2011

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Today, I promise…


… to sing a song of praise to Jesus more often (although considering the surroundings, i don’t want people to get mad of my “husky” voice. *smile)

… to be more active in prayers and intercessions.

… to be more eager in my workplace (God entrusted me my work, and i will be faithful and work at my best).

… to be more patient, punctual, and super-fast.

… to beat my own records of holiness and righteousness (can somebody says “amen” to that?)

… to be updated on current events (Libya is my neighboring country as of my current location: Qatar).

… to be more approachable, be a person fun to be with, and to understand everyone (yes, including my superiors *smile) around me.

… to love janhilly more and more.

… to keep my feet on the ground while soaring high (is it possible? to God, that’s all we got to be: rising up in maturity while keeping humble)

… to smile with everyone (again, including my superiors) understanding that if me who have grown in love with the Lord is still got some dealings to do, how about ’em? I have to understand that we all have battles struggling with.

… to wear sunglasses today.

… to apply more lotion on my skin, since it’s summer here in the desert.

… to keep in touch with my loved ones in a regular basis.

… to shut down my computer now. I might be late, might fail to keep one of my promises: “to be punctual and work to the fullest.”

God bless you! Jesus loves you.

-albert2jc / 22nd march 2011

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God’s Faithful Assurance


Word of the day:

““But blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.”” – Jeremiah 17:7-8

Why are we so confident on the Lord? Why are we so eager in serving Him to the best of our resources and capacity? Why do we trust Him so much that it appears we neglect our own?

The verses above assure us of God’s protection and promise of abundance. Of course, we did not serve God for us to abound, we are not investing on God. What we are committing is our trust in Him. Trust that He will always be there and never leave us wherever we are.

Nowadays, the world is facing chaos in every turn of events. Earthquake, tsunami, drought and famine, threat of war, and epidemy to name few. In the midst of frustrations and these series of events, we are confident that God will keep us strong and we will be like trees supplied with necessary nutrients to live.

There’s a big difference on living and surviving.

People are struggling to survive in this cruel world. God has given us an opportunity to live a life to the fullest. Let’s grab it. Let’s trust in God. He’d proven through ages and generations that His love is unfailing.

Isn’t it fair to give our very best to our Maker?

-albert2jc / 22nd march 2011

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Touching the Father’s Heart


Word of the day:

“My sacrifice, O God, is  a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise.’” – Psalm 51:17

How is it like having a broken spirit and a contrite heart? A lot of christians settle for the “act of surrender” specially when we’re in the heights of worshipping Jesus. We’re only just began there. It’s our starting point. We stand before the Almighty, in awe of His glorious light. There, we’re trading with Jesus. We’re able to tell Him that we love Him, that we are ready to serve Him.

What makes Him listen to us? It’s how broken are we. Personally, I am trading with the Lord all my troubles, anguish, struggles, pains, problems, hurts and failures. Same as through with all my feats, breakthroughs, victories, and happiness. I know I should not sulk in with all the troubles before me. I’d never complained whenever I’m in abundance, what rights do I have to murmur against my Maker whenever I am in trouble? Moreover, I shall not want or lack because my God will supply all my need according to His riches and glory. I just have to trust Him. And I can never trust Him completely if I don’t have that spirit so broken before the Lord.

The main character of a broken spirit and a contrite heart is that we are so submissive before the plans and mandate of the Lord in us. We did not complain or bring our better judgment before what the Lord want us to do.

We just say “Yes, Lord!” and then we rush to accomplish the goal.

We are so broken that we did not trust on our own senses alone. We are guided by the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit that defies all the rational thinking and passes beyond the boundary of the natural mind. For we have the mind of Christ, the breakthrough thinker, having a mind of strategist, planning ahead to win for the glory of God.

Allow God to rule and reign over your life. The bottom line is that we have to break each and every stronghold we have in our hearts, allowing God to influence in ALL areas of our lives. Break! Break! Break! Then receive your breakthrough!!!

Isn’t it fair to give our very best to our Maker?

-albert2jc / 21st march 2011

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The Belt of God


Word of the day:

“So I went to Perath and dug up the belt and took it from the place where I had hidden it, but now it was ruined and completely useless.  Then the word of the LORD came to me: “This is what the LORD says: ‘In the same way I will ruin the pride of Judah and the great pride of Jerusalem. These wicked people, who refuse to listen to my words, who follow the stubbornness of their hearts and go after other gods to serve and worship them, will be like this belt—completely useless! For as a belt is bound around the waist, so I bound all the people of Israel and all the people of Judah to me,’ declares the LORD, ‘to be my people for my renown and praise and honor. But they have not listened.’” – Jeremiah 13: 7-11

It is not the devil that is responsible for Judah to be away from God. It’s their pride. Judah, once a tribe so holy and worshipper of God, turned their hearts away from God, fulfilled their own ways.

Be careful as you listen to the Word of God. Never let your pride interpret the gospel for you.

How do we put our pride into proper alignment with God? Learn to pride of God’s ways. Submit your pride to God. Go back to the bible, check if your life is still aligned with God’s commandments. Listen not to the stubborn voice inside of you, rather than verify thru the bible if the voice you are hearing is God’s small, still voice. Let the Holy Spirit guide you there. Discern the voice of God. God’s Word is a lamp on your feet and a light on your path. Never (even it’s tempting) to walk on your own. You never know the road you never travelled into before, right?

Allow God to bind you with His lovingkindness. His law will protect you and preserve you and your descendants. His law is sweet.

We only struggle sometimes if we are not in the truth.

If we knew we are pleasing God, whom shall we fear? We knew we got a great God who is able to bring us into victory. We will finish this mandate of righteousness God entrusted on us. And we will finish strong!

This is the original plan for us:

“For as a belt is bound around the waist, so I bound all the people of Israel and all the people of Judah to me,’ declares the LORD, ‘to be my people for my renown and praise and honor.”

Conquer it, it’s yours…

Isn’t it fair to give our very best to our Maker?

-albert2jc / 20th march 2011

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Obedience and Discipline


Word of the day:

“He who keeps the law is a discerning son, but a companion of gluttons disgrace his father.” – Proverbs 28:7

We have to deal with two main issues in life in this passage – obedience and discipline.

We exercise obedience by following certain laws. Such laws govern each citizen for orderly and safe  community. Following the law keep us away from the consequence of punishment, and allowing us to be aware of our rights and limitations.

Discipline is achieved by following the law as a lifestyle. It’s self-conviction that drives us to obey, not a fear of punishment. Discipline develops our character into maturity.

As christians, we are supposed to live a disciplined life. We live each day for Jesus. We don’t want other people to point ther fingers against us saying we are not disciplined. Such terms like ‘values’, ‘breeding’, ‘proper upbringing’ are being attached to us to describe our proper behaviour. We have to remember that as we are partakers of Christ, we are recognized as citizens of heaven. We have to act like prince and princess of the kingdom of God! We understand that we have some cultural backgrounds and personal natures that we’d grown with, but it’s never too late to be disciplined by God. We understand we have different personality because God created us uniquely, but God expected us to live a disciplined life. We are carriers of God’s image here on earth.

We have to learn to mature everyday.

That’s dying daily that Paul is talking about. We have to mature from glory to glory, from strength to strength.

Gluttons are those who are lazy and have no proper discipline in eating habit. That’s classical example of people who are watching the sun goes up only to wait for sunset. We’d been created to live a meaningful life. Let’s continue to press on for God designed us to achieve something new everyday. We are supposed to grow into maturity. Let’s not lie down and wait. Let’s run this race to finish strong! We are running to win, not to lose. We are living for the glory of the risen King, and we are determined to receive our breakthrough!

Isn’t it fair to give our very best to our Maker?

-albert2jc / 19th march 2011