In His death, we have found Life

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I’ve lived my life trying to pile up the choices.
Must I work for all the money I can possess?
Should I seek for myself until my life is a success?
Can I find fulfillment in loving more than two fiances?

No! Woe to all of it! For I have died to all these temporary pleasures.
Money has no power over His sweet and loving Word.
Glory has nothing to do with my identity for I am under His sword.
Women are no longer an instrument for they also belong to our Lord.

It is by dying to ourselves that we will find Life.
It is when greed, pride, and lust are conquered because of His stripes.
It is when He finally comes in for our tears to be wiped
and finally tell us:
Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master!“.

Phone Message Breakup

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He never got the chance to plead when she decided to end it.
Many ways a lady could’ve ended it but she chose to do it by a phone message.
He never got the chance to tell her that he won’t give up.
Many ways a lady could’ve ended it but she chose to do it by a phone message.
He never got the chance to beg her for another chance.
Many ways a lady could’ve ended it but she chose to do it by a phone message.
He never got the chance to say he is still madly in love with her.
Many ways a lady could’ve ended it but she chose to do it by a phone message.
He never got the chance to make her read his love letters begging her to fight.
Many ways a lady could’ve ended it but she chose to do it by a phone message.
He never got the chance to see her eye to eye and tell her “I love you, goodbye”.
Many ways a lady could’ve ended it but she chose to do it by a phone message.
He never got the peace he desired when it all kept ringing in his head:
Many ways she could’ve ended it but this lady chose to do it by a phone message!
He was in pain and agony, its as if a sharp nail slowly pierced his heart.
Many ways a lady could’ve ended it but she chose to do it by a phone message.
He never got the chance to atone for all the wrong he’s done to her.
Many ways a lady could’ve ended it but she chose to do it by a phone message.
On the other hand, he always had the chance to ask a god to have her back.
Many ways a lady could’ve ended it but she chose to do it by a phone message.

As time went by carrying the pain and agony, he found a message:
“I chose to be in pain and agony when sharp nails pierced my hands to atone for your wrongdoings.”
He never got to understand this before but it has all become clear and no longer:
Many ways a lady could’ve ended it but she chose to do it by a phone message“.
He never experienced this before that such peace dwelt within him it made him sing:
Many ways God could’ve ended me but He chose to save me instead by His Son’s message.”

The Magnificence of our Messiah

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Our Messiah…

He is the Almighty eternal God.
He is powerful above everyone.
He is perfectly good in all He does.

Descended on this earth for men to have a Life to follow
and at the same time: to die for us, so we can truly follow.

What can men do in comparison to Him? Apart from Him, we are nothing!
He is the Lord of all and King of the Heavenly Kingdom.
He is above all dominion and power.
He is seated at the right hand of our glorious Father.

Such omnipotence that He even has control over the very air we breathe.
Such omnipresence that He sees the very core of our hearts and its intentions.
Such omniscience that He has complete knowledge of the complexity of how all men think.

And yet though He was in the form of God.
Though He created the very mouth we use to curse Him.
Though He gave us love without asking to us to love Him back.
Though He made us in His image which we use for own pleasure.

Despite all these divinities…

He humbled Himself by taking up the form of man’s flesh.
Having been merged with an earthly body.
Submitting to His Father when He carried the cross
as it shows that The Highest King will choose to die a criminal’s death
for a people who never wanted Him first.

Though He need not taste death for us.
Though He need not experience temptation of the flesh.
And He never deserved a criminal’s death

But because of His mercy and grace and love for you.
He laid all of Himself.
He lived the way we should’ve lived
He died the death we should’ve died
For the sole purpose of proving His gracious love which is now available for you

… even though He need not prove Himself to you at all.

Amen.

Of God and His poet

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He is no delusion
Nor mere empty religion.
His presence has more documentation
Than that of their so called evolution.
Jesus, the Son of God’s incarnation
none of Him is or will ever be an illusion.

His story has an explanation
even before the reformation:
Mankind has sinned, it is our dangerous infection
that will lead us to hell, our eternal damnation.
But He who knew no sin carried our condemnation
By the means of Rome’s brutal crucifixion.
After three days, he showed us His resurrection.
“He is risen!” said by those of the salvation.
He brought us near to God in reconciliation
And because of these we are now part of His justification.

Raising my hands in adoration,
I cry out tears of joy knowing I am now in Your possession.
Persecution may come but it cannot remove my election.
Though it hurts I will desire Your sanctification!
And till the end I shall plead in tears for the saints’ glorification!
And once we’re with Him, let us worship and enjoy in the culmination.

-Celebrating two years as a follower of the King of kings and Lord of lords, Jesus the Messiah.

Bible Navigation

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Have you ever been in a Christian fellowship gathering where the preacher, at the middle of his on-fire preaching, then asks of you to read a passage from the Bible to which you have no idea where to locate in your Bible? Then this material is specially for you. I once was placed in that situation when I was a new Christian with a “just currently-bought Bible” back then. And to tell you honestly, it was a very embarrassing moment because it took me two minutes to find it in the middle of his preaching. But above all the embarrassing moment, I want to encourage you to learn this so that you may be seasoned with Scriptures as God calls us to be.”

Colossians 3:16a [Emphasis mine]
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly

Purpose:
The purpose of Bible Navigation is to teach the reader how to easily navigate the whole book of the Bible by using the table of contents. A new reader will easily misunderstand that the books of the Bible are arranged in a chronological order. And this is why the author shared this material: So that those who have a growing desire to know more about the Lord Jesus Christ through the Word may be enlightened as to what the book of contents of the Bible is really telling us. The author’s prayer is that this will not remain as a knowledge for the readers to gain but also for the hearts of the readers to be burdened to share this information to those whom they see willing to learn.

Instructions:
The Bible is one grandiose story that is composed of two divisions called the Old Testament and the New Testament. It is composed of sixty-six books and has forty-plus authors. Old Testament having thirty nine books and New Testament having twenty seven books. One can easily memorize the numbers by simply knowing the number of books the Old Testament has.

39 (OT books)
3 x 9 = 27 (NT books)
39 + 27 = 66 (OT + NT)

*Get a pen and Bible and proceed to the book of contents. Place a bracket from Book A to Book E and write down the pointer of the bracket “Title A”

The format should look like this:

Book A- Book E : Title A

and it will look like this in your Bible:

Write down the “Title” in your Bible according to the list below:

Old Testament:
Genesis – Deuteronomy : Torah (The Law)
Joshua – Esther : History of Israel
Job – Song of Solomon : Poetry & Wisdom
Isaiah – Daniel : Major Prophets
Hosea – Malachi : Minor Prophets

New Testament:
Matthew – John : Gospels
Acts : History of the early church
Romans – Philemon : Paulian Epistles
Hebrews – Jude : General Epistles
Revelation : The Glory of the coming Jesus Christ!

Challenge:
Once you’re done, you can now enjoy navigating through God’s Word easier. With these in mind, you will be more effective in knowing how to use the Scriptures. This material will also make it easier for you to memorize all the books of the Bible (Note: Not the Bible rather the book of contents). And now you know all these, let me challenge you to take a step up in knowing God’s Word:

  1. Memorize the book of contents.
  2. Make your own reading plan.
  3. Create your own cross-references.
  4. If you haven’t finished the Bible yet, finish it but never stop studying it.
  5. Most importantly: share this knowledge to others.

To enlighten you, this isn’t the only Bible navigation available to us. Personally, I mixed mine with another group’s Bible navigation/categorization (The Bible Project’s) into my book of contents as well. I encourage that you also find other good and reliable resources other than this as I would love to also learn together with you. I hope that someday your Bible’s book of contents will look better than this:
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It is amazing to see that even the book of contents has been used by God as a way to make it easier for us to understand and memorize His Word. May this knowledge bless you and your reading of His Word.

Prayer: Father, I pray that whoever reads this material will not just make this knowledge reach to their heads. May it reach to their hearts and to those whom You called them to minister as well and may all of them apply it and share it so that the world may know the richness of Your Word that truly satisfies and I also pray that they may have the desire to be more rooted in love with You, may they take this knowledge as a treasure to carry in their hearts. We do not worship the Word but we exalt it for it all points to Your Son, Our Savior, Lord, and Shepherd, Jesus Christ the King! In His name we pray. Amen.

Special thanks to:
1. The Triune God who has inspired me to keep teaching and sharing the Word.
2. Bible Study Fellowship for the seminar about Bible Navigation.
3. The Bible Project for being a blessing to share how to study God’s Word.