CHIZ ESCUDERO STILL RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT: Sen. Francis Escudero, it seems, should not be counted out of the May 2010 presidential race yet.
The other day, he went to the media and announced, quite cryptically, that he will make public before December 1, 2009 his plans for next year which, everybody believes, would be his pursuing the presidency.
My reading is that, yes, he will still run for president in 2010, except that he will neither have a vice presidential candidate nor senatorial candidates. He will be running without any candidates at the local levels, too.
BIBLICAL WISDOM FOR MANNY PACQUIAO: World boxing great Manny Pacquiao may want to listen to words of wisdom from the Bible in connection with his well-publicized “quarrel” with his wife, Jinky, and learn a thing or two about what God says about a wife.
In Malachi 2:15, among others, it says: “Has not the Lord made them one? In flesh and spirit they are his. And why one? Because he was seeking godly offspring. So guard yourself in your spirit, and do not break faith with the wife of your youth.”
In Proverbs 5:18, this wish is raised: “May your fountain be blessed, and may you rejoice in wife of your youth…”
“Enjoy life with your wife, whom you love, all the days of this meaningless life that God has given you under the sun---all your meaningless days,” Ecclesiastes 9:9 intones.
PURPOSES AND PROBLEMS IN LIFE: Here is the second part of the Internet article which, Mario Lopez, a fellow “Leader President” (a Rotary club president who served under Rotary Year 2006-2007), forwarded to me through the Yahoo egroup “RY0607”.
The article deals with new insights from Rick Warren, successful author of “Purpose Driven Life”, after discovering that his wife, Kay, has cancer:
“No matter how good things are in your life, there is always something bad that needs to be worked on. And no matter how bad things are in your life, there is always something good you can thank God for.
“You can focus on your purposes, or you can focus on your problems. If you focus on your problems, you're going into self-centeredness, `which is my problem, my issues, my pain.’ But one of the easiest ways to get rid of pain is to get your focus off yourself and onto God and others.
DEALING WITH THE GOOD AND BAD OF LIFE: “We discovered quickly that in spite of the prayers of hundreds of thousands of people, God was not going to heal Kay or make it easy for her.
“It has been very difficult for her, and yet God has strengthened her character, given her a ministry of helping other people, given her a testimony, drawn her closer to Him and to people.
“You have to learn to deal with both the good and the bad of life. Actually, sometimes learning to deal with the good is harder. For instance, this past year, all of a sudden, when the book sold 15 million copies, it made me instantly very wealthy.
There is more to this next issue…
BIRTH OF JESUS IN THE MANGER: Easily one of the most fondly-remembered events in the Bible is now immortalized as the third Joyful Mystery in the Roman Catholic Christians’ Holy Rosary, and this is the birth of Jesus Christ.
Mainly because the event augurs good tidings and happy cheers as it ushers in gift-giving and camaraderie among believers worldwide, the birth of Jesus Christ has become one of the cornerstones of the Catholic Christians’ faith as it heralds the great love of God for man, making this the greatest love story of all time.
But completely different from this happy scenario is the account of the birth of Christ that is found in Luke 2:1 to 20, and in Matthew 1:18 to 25 of the Bible, both of which paint a very humble yet solemn and dignified occasion, befitting the Son of God.
This story starts with a census participated in by Joseph, the man who was pledged to marry Mary, the Virgin Mother of Christ. During the census, Mary gave birth to Jesus in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.
The birth of Jesus was announced by an angel of the Lord to the shepherds who were watching their flocks at night. The angel said that the Savior, Jesus Christ the Lord, had been born. Just then, a great company of heavenly host appeared with the angel, saying “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom His favor rests.”
The shepherds then left their flocks, looked for the baby wrapped in clothes in a manger and, when they found him, started telling everyone about him, glorifying and praising God.
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