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Beautiful song, beautiful message. Our Savior Lives!

MIGHTY TO SAVE
Hillsong

Everyone needs compassion,
Love that’s never failing;
Let mercy fall on me.

Everyone needs forgiveness,
The kindness of a Saviour;
The Hope of nations.

Saviour, He can move the mountains,
My God is Mighty to save,
He is Mighty to save.

Forever, Author of salvation,
He rose and conquered the grave,
Jesus conquered the grave.

So take me as You find me,
All my fears and failures,
Fill my life again.

I give my life to follow
Everything I believe in,
Now I surrender.

My Saviour, He can move the mountains,
My God is Mighty to save,
He is Mighty to save.
Forever, Author of salvation,
He rose and conquered the grave,
Jesus conquered the grave.

Shine your light and let the whole world see,
We’re singing for the glory of the risen King…Jesus

Shine your light and let the whole world see,
We’re singing for the glory of the risen King…Jesus


My Saviour, He can move the mountains,
My God is Mighty to save,
He is Mighty to save.
Forever, Author of salvation,
He rose and conquered the grave,
Jesus conquered the grave.

My Saviour, you can move the mountains,
You are mighty to save,
You are mighty to save.
Forever, Author of Salvation,
You rose and conquered the grave,
Yes you conquered the grave

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One of my favorite songs, Reach One More for Jesus which was sung (as far as I know) by Ms. Jaime Rivera.

REACH ONE MORE FOR JESUS

As I looked in my father’s eyes
Sat by his bed and held his hand
And I said my last goodbyes
He just held on for as long as he can
And I heard him say

Reach one more for Jesus
Before I close my eyes
I must reach one more for Jesus
I won’t let another day go by
That’s what I’m living for
To reach one more
One more for Jesus

As I sat by my father’s side
I lay down my head upon his bed
And he felt the tears I cried
And he placed his hand upon my head
And I heard him say

Reach one more for Jesus
Before you close your eyes
You must reach one more for Jesus
Don’t let another day go by
That’s what you’re living for
To reach one more
One more for Jesus

Before he closed his eyes
For the final time
And left this earth
For home he said

Reach one more for Jesus
Before we close our eyes
Reach one more for Jesus
Don’t let another day go by
That’s what we’re living for
To reach one more
One more for Jesus

That’s what we’re living for
To reach one more
For Jesus

©1999 CanCope Publishing Inc. (BMI)
Alva Copeland

Marlon and I are truly blessed to be a part of this community – yes we have, and continue to go through ups and downs, moments of weaknesses and harassments. But the great opportunities, blessings and wonderful, awesomeness of God brightens, sheds light, and places all of these things in perspective.

We had our Christian Life Program last year, started on April 27 and graduated July 6. We had our Covenant Orientation 3 months later and our Marriage Enrichment 1 this March. We were called to early service – Yes, Lord, Thank You, Lord! – as we were called to become kids coordinators for our unit and members of our chapter’s music ministry.

But that wasn’t enough, God called us to serve further, in Corinthians music ministry of our cluster and now as facilitators for a new Christian Life Program! Ang galing Nyo, Lord, salamat po, salamat!

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Father God, in Your infinite goodness, greatness, and wisdom, You know best. You brought us to where we are because of Your majesty, because of Your grace, because it is Your Will! Help us Father, that we will not seek to question, rather, that we may fully, wholly, faithfully and continually trust and accept Your challenges. Allow us to remain in Your presence. Father, fill us with Your most Holy Spirit. Let us seek comfort, consolation and strength from Your most awesome sacrifice, Your Son, Jesus Christ. Father, we trust in You. We Love You. We Adore You. We Serve You. To You be all Praise and Glory. Amen.

On December 12, we honor Our Lady of Guadalupe.

In 1531 a “Lady from Heaven” appeared to a humble Native American, Juan Diego, at Tepeyac, a hill northwest of what is now known as Mexico City. The Lady identified herself as the ever virgin Holy Mother Mary. Mother Mary asked Diego to request the local Bishop to build a church on the site she appeared. However, the Bishop hesitated, and requested for a sign. Mother Mary adhered to the request – the Bishop had asked for roses, it was mid-December, winter, and roses were impossible to find – and without delay or question to the Church’s local Bishop, Mother Mary sent her messenger, Juan Diego, to the top of the hill to gather an assortment of roses for the Bishop.

Juan Diego had placed the roses in his tilma, a poor quality cactus-cloth. Upon returning to the Bishop and presenting the roses, the image of our Mother Mary was left miraculously imprinted on Juan Diego’s tilma, which should have deteriorated in 20 years but shows no sign of decay, and until now still defies all scientific explanations of its origin. Also, the image on the tilma reflects in Mother Mary’s eyes what was in front of her in 1531.

Let us always remember her message of love and compassion, and her universal promise of help and protect all mankind.

5 Reasons why we are Weak:

  1. We do not let go of our sin
  2. Frail relationship with God
  3. Lack of commitment
  4. No support groups
  5. Do not believe in the Power of the Holy Spirit

From the orientation of Br. Jorrell on the Christian Life Program

  1. The Poor (Ang Mahirap/Naghihirap)
  2. The Blind (Ang Bulag/Ang Nabubulagan)
  3. The Captives (Nakakulong)
  4. The Oppressed (Ang Nasisiil)

I just realized how far I’ve gone.

Marlon and I attended an orientation for a 12-part program on Christian Life. I didn’t attend voluntarily, in fact, I had decided to be a meanie about it and not pay attention. The past few (years, months, weeks!!!) days have been hectic and stressful and I was in no mood to hear someone “sermon”.

Before Marlon and I got there, I was already in an argumentative mood. I was ill-at-ease but I felt something tugging at me to “go” to the orientation.  When we got there, I was still in my “mood”. The hall was dimly lit (yellow lighting) but I felt as if I was burning my eyes. In my head, I was thinking – “show up, show yourself, then make an excuse to go”. Marlon and I sat in the front row – though we both still don’t know why I suggested it in the first place (I normally take the back seat so I wont draw attention to myself if I leave).

From the time we sat, I kept fidgeting. I was listening – and not listening. Things were distracting me. When I would listen, I wasn’t listening – I would judge the speaker, judge the other participants. But even though I was not actively listening, what Brother Jorrell was saying stung and stuck. I felt as if someone was shooting at me with invisible pellets, and each shot made contact. Brother Jorrell directed questions towards Marlon and myself, and at first, I gave straight and unattached answers. But later on, I felt as if the ice that was surrounding my being began to melt, and I began listening – attentively.

Also, the lighting in the place didnt hurt my eyes anymore. I began to listen and pay attention. Laughed when it was appropriate to laugh. Asked questions or stated phrases that were not meant to irritate or distract.

Suffice it to say, things became clear. Life made sense. And I – though embarassed for my initial reactions, am thoroughly excited to attend the next session.

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Dear Lord, I am not worthy to receive You. Yet You are a merciful and loving God, and even though I have allowed myself to be led astray, You continue to wait for me to come Home to You. Dear God, forgive me for my arrogance. Forgive me for casting the first stone, when I myself am filthy. Lord, help me to forgive and seek forgiveness. Help me to help others, and serve You completely. Thank you for the chance Lord and your continued blessings, and I pray that I will not falter this time around. Amen.

The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God stands forever

In the hustle and bustle of every day, in trying to adjust to the constant changes and shocking situations that we’re shoved into, I – sadly – must admit that I forget to look back, recognize, give time or thanks to God. In willing myself to catch up with the urgencies of each day, the miracles of life are left unnoticed. And yet, everything else that seem so urgent at the time, are actually less important. After a while, one wouldn’t even give it a second look or thought.

I am ashamed. Our God is so good to us. He has delivered us from our wretchedness, accepted us inspite of our sinfulness and loved us despite our selfish ways, and yet what thanks does He receive? A forgotten Sabbath. A hurried prayer. Hurting our fellow human beings and His wonderful creations.

In this crazy, constantly changing, world, only one thing remains – God’s love.

Lord, I find myself lost again. Losing my way again. Losing my patience. Losing my humanity. Forgive me Lord, for forgetting Your call. For forgetting Your laws. For turning away from Your open arms. For hurting You when all You ever wanted was to love me.  I am sorry Lord for not having You as my first priority. I am sorry Lord for assuming that I can do all and be all without You.

Lord, in You alone shall I find peace, strength, and order. Help me Lord that I may find my way back to you.

FOR WE WALK BY FAITH, NOT BY SIGHT

Lord, though I may not see You, You are indeed present.
For it is up to me to acknowledge Your presence.Lord, though I may not see You, You are indeed with me.
There are times Lord that I feel so alone, without my family around, I feel lonely even though I am surrounded by so many people. However, it is up to me to recognize and see You in the people around me. Lord, though I may not see You, You are holding me in the palm of Your hand.
Lord, I dont understand the things that are happening in my life. I dont understand the reason for the pain that I feel. But it is not up to me to understand, rather, it is up to me to accept Your will. And it is up to me to have faith in Your greatness, for you are a Just and Merciful God, and You shall not allow harm to come to your faithful servants.

Sometimes, you just get fed up with it all. Sigh. When will “I love you” be enough?

Faith answers this question!

Believing that the vows I took where not made in vain and having God as the center of our married life is vital. It’s what keeps the marriage up, no matter how hard the winds of trouble blow.

I love my family, my child, and my husband. The vows I took where not just words uttered in the heat of the moment. Nosireebob. I had prayed to God and asked him if my decisions were right. Besides, not everything that’s right and good easy to attain. And marriage is like that. It’s lived on earth – and as humans are, we make a muck of things by being inconsistent at times.

But it is in God that I trust. It is to Him that we made our vows. And it is through Him, that we shall prevail.