My Perspective on the Bible

One-thing-I-need-to-remember-daily-is-to-not-worry-about-grasping-what-is-out-of-my-reach-but-to-hold-on-to-what-God-has-already-placed-in-my-hands-and-use-it-for-His-glory.Since I was still on my younger days, I have always known the bible as the word of God. However, as I grew more mature, I came to know that there are actually different authors of the bible moved by the Holy Spirit of the Lord. If I need my parents instruction as a young adult, how much more necessary it is for me to sit with God, talk to Him in prayer and listen to His words through the bible. As Timothy 3:16 says the bible is “profitable for teaching, reproof, correction, and instruction in righteous”. It can make us wise unto salvation, and the word is able to save our souls (2 Timothy 3:15; James 1:21). Through it, God teaches me what I need to know. As I grow older it helps me distinguish what I need to reject and refute; what I must turn away from and avoid; what I should consider in my life and duties with respect to God and man.

Moreover, reading and knowing about it are two correlated factors that greatly affect one’s understanding on its content. As well, another aspect to consider is the fact that reading may vary depending on the mood of the reader which also results to how a reader understands it.

whatever-you-doIn my own experience, I am honestly struggling with my bible reading habit. First, because I am not consistent in reading it and, my interest on it also fluctuates. This leads to the second reason which is superficial understanding on that certain verse or chapter I read. Although, this does not always happen to me but this has become one of the huge challenges in my spiritual life. Nevertheless, knowing about the bible fuels my interest to read. It also makes my reading experience more meaningful and lasting.

Before, I usually plainly read my bible without much understanding on the deeper content of the passage. Yes, I do remember few verses or sometimes simply the thought of the chapter. Then on the following day, I do the same and get equal on the interest I put into my reading. Fortunately, God enlightened me through the sermons I have heard, bible subjects I have taken and articles I have read that there is actually art in reading His word. There is a proper and better ways for me to understand God’s word. According to Ellen White in “Messages to young People” It is not enough to read the scriptures in a casual way without seeking to comprehend Christ’s lesson that “I” may comply with His requirements. There are treasures in the word of God that can be discovered only by sinking the shaft deep into the mine of truth.

So I gave myself a try to change my bible reading life. I pray first before opening my bible. I would ask God to empty me of my temporal thoughts and help me understand His words for what it really wants to convey. Indeed, it works! The verses appear so differently and is more soul penetrating this time. But of course that moment does not happen overnight. It needs devotion, genuine commitment and sacrifice. Just like every other things, enough time is needed to understand an idea.

Although, bible stories seemed simple but in it are an imbedded treasures of God’s holy word. It needs a heart empty of worldly intelligence and sole focus on God’s love to internalize and grasp its real message beyond the literal lines it states. Furthermore, the stories in the bible become more captivating when I knew the different background of the book or the chapter. Like when I learn of their culture, the life of the author, and the historical context of the place and the passage, the significant role of each character stated on the chapter, the original word meanings, its language origin, and in this subject I also found out more aspects of the bible that illuminated the light of God’s word to my very soul. It feels like “the more I knew the more I do not know”, thus, it expands my interest on the bible subject into a wider horizon.  It is such an amazing moment to experience a deeper understanding on a certain event of the bible or a passage.

However this moment does not happen always. Sometimes, I do lack the guidance of the Holy Spirit because it cannot fully impress me due to the exciting stories that have filled my carnal mind. I take too much dose of some mind-blowing literatures, stories that ignited my “hypothalamus” and moved me too emotionally.  I read some articles that ignited my wildest imagination and snatched away my interest towards bible reading.

This has reminded me of reality that everything should be put to correct practice to make it a habit and eventually be form into character; that I need to discipline myself and “resolutely discard all trashy reading” so that my mind would not be interrupted with my perverted views. There are also some circumstances that hinder me to read my bible diligently. Like when I will be bombarded with a lot of requirements and responsibilities either at home or at school. I hate this reason but in my humanist it as something I just cannot easily overcome. This has become one of the things I have been working on to be changed in myself. This has also been my prayer to God.

I do not want to be in both extremes of either too complacent or too strict on my reading.  Well, it should not be, so to speak. As I continue on my journey with God I also pray that I could regularly, systematically, diligently, prayerfully and reverently read my bible.

God says in Philippians 4: 13, I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength. So even if there will be challenges in my spiritual life, I know God never fails on His promise. As long as I hold and constantly behold Him, I will improve my bible reading; my whole life. I am firmly saying this because I believe in God and in His words.

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Reflection on the movie ” Freedom Writers”

TeachNow_Love_Pinterest1 Without a doubt the movie is truly moving. It portrays different shades of a teacher’s life that involves reality of student’s background, the role of the school administration and staff, the impact of the surrounding people and more of the contrasting colors and hectic hues of the character’s changes of personality in different scenes. People in all walks of life could surely relate to the theme that back-boned the whole movie, Love. maxresdefault I caught different aspects from the movie where I want to focus my reflection. These are rooted from the theme I grasped as stated above. First, a teacher should always “teach with a heart”.

Passion

It’s not just happiness, It is joy!

Successful teaching must be a passion. I say “always teach with a heart” because teaching will be evermore challenging. In our humanist, we may sometimes get weary and the burning desire to teach might somehow waver but if we put our heart into what we do we can always find strength to move forward. There will be a lot of difficult times just like what Erin Gruwell went through. She does not have enough budgets. Her father is against her job. There were events where her husband did not anymore understand her dedication to help her students, the staff will not lend her the material needed for her class, Some of her-co teachers does not even give hope that her students could pass high school and her students does not even participate in her class. to-teach-is-to-touch-lives-v1 However, if a teacher is passionate enough, He could obtain the competencies in order to be not just effective but as well efficient and to stand for what is right. Erin Gruwell did not stop wearing her father’s necklace but even match it with the best suit she could wear every day. This is because in her heart she believed in her student’s goodness even before seeing them. images (1) Second, teachers should know the learner’s need.  All humans need love. This is the most poignant and valuable thing we have in common with everyone else. It was through love that despite his disagreement on her daughters profession,  Erin Gruwell’s father still  helps her in sending the students to the holocaust museum for them to realize that they were “not only the youngsters who were ever under siege”.  The students were indeed captivated with everything they saw; it was exactly what they needed to know thus, paved the way for Erin Gruwell to easily motivate them of a brighter future. images (2) Lastly, In an Adventist perspective, let love prevail in our hearts no matter what happens because God is love ( 1st John 4:8). It is my firm belief that in and for God all things will work together for good. However, some people, In times of failure tend to forget the word “chance”, the word forgive when “hurt” and let gloom darkened even their very soul. A certain quote says “thoughts and feelings combine makes up the character” this perhaps explains why there are really people who doomed their selves in meaningless yet privileged life. As a teacher this is a very thing we should take into consideration. We should apply this not just on how we deal the students but as well with our selves. Erin Gruwell’s divorce was totally devastating. It is apparently excruciating for her. She did wallowed in too much agony for the man she thought would love her till death eventually gave up on her due to her passion to help her students. Nevertheless, she did not show it to her class. Still, it was love that prevailed in her heart; not to burden her students of what she is going through. It was love for her students that empowered her to move on and gain success in making almost impossible changes in the lives of the students and in the school. It was her father’s love that encourage her to pursue her dreams no matter what. tumblr_n1iid7zNPR1sym2bco1_500 It might have been hard for Mrs. Gruwell but she did overcome and was victorious. Indeed, success entails sacrifices but the price is totally worth it. What is one person compared to a whole class anyway. Although I am not putting aside the fact that she did have failures, but a man of principle, in circumstances such as mentioned, should really be given in-depth understanding. Therefore, Let us entrust to God everything and do what we can. Our heavenly Father is almighty! Teaching may seem too much to bear but with God in us “nothing is impossible!”(Luke 1:37) il_fullxfull.151024164 (Pictures are taken from google)

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Our School Chairperson at Mountain View College Dr. Gemini Fancubit Asok

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With my best friends with same mission and vocation- to teach. LadylynLloren Butalid and Darlene Caliso

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Let go! and Let God :)

048418e8cad24d9ed382395b11ea76f7 Wherever we may be in life, challenges are ever-present. All we just need to do is to “take it to the Lord in prayer” . That line of song may always be sang in some churches but reality shows only very few are putting it into action. Which sometimes includes me to the latter. Today I just want to share a simple reminder. The logic is absolutely so simple. Worry does not give us any good. So let us stop worrying or let me say it this way, ” Let us all remind each other to stop groaning on what we are presently suffering because after all “this world is not our home and we are just passing through”. Let us live life to the fullest for God’s glory. Give-God-The-Glory Well I believe one way to hoist oneself is to encourage others. And yes! Indeed, the joy and courage that crept in me as I started to write this for all of us is unexplainable. God says in Isaiah 41:10 ” Fer thou not; for I am with thee; be not dismayed; for I am thy God; I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness. images So my friends out there who seem to lost track of what they are chasing for .. Remember God never fails, all  you need is believe! .. I hope this reminders blessed you 🙂 tumblr_n1iid7zNPR1sym2bco1_500

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