MAY GOD’S PEOPLE WIN IN MAY 2010! Now, only Brother Eddie Villanueva, the chieftain of Jesus Is Lord Church and the confirmed standard bearer running for the presidency in May 2010 of the Bangon Pilipinas Party, remains without a running mate.
All the other declared presidentiables have running mates by now: former President Joseph Estrada, Makati City Mayor Jejomar Binay; former Defense Secretary Gilbert Teodoro, former Optical Media Bureau chief and actor-TV host Edu Manzano; Sen. Benigno Aquino III, Sen. Mar Roxas; and Sen. Manny Villar, Sen. Loren Legarda.
The stage is therefore set for May 2010. Our wish? May God’s people win, for the sake of the candidates, and for the sake of the long-suffering Filipino people. If those who will be elected next year are still not God’s people, the Philippines will see difficulties and hardships among its people never before experienced by them.
The reason is that a leader who does not have the true fear and love of God in his heart will only bring more ruin and destruction to his people, especially during these times of great turmoil and widespread economic chaos, and that is what is impending to happen to Filipinos worldwide, if we don’t shape up.
LIFE ON EARTH IS A PREPARATION FOR ETERNITY: Here is another inspiring Internet posting, forwarded by Mario Lopez of the Yahoo egroup “RY0607” (the social site of Rotary club presidents who served for Rotary Year 2006-2007, and who are known as “leader presidents”):
“You will enjoy the new insights that Rick Warren has, with his wife now having cancer and him having `wealth’ from the book sales. This is an absolutely incredible short interview with Rick Warren, `Purpose Driven Life’ author and pastor of Saddleback Church in California.
“In the interview by Paul Bradshaw with Rick Warren, Rick said: People ask me, What is the purpose of life? And I respond: In a nutshell, life is preparation for eternity. We were made to last forever, and God wants us to be with Him in Heaven.
“One day my heart is going to stop, and that will be the end of my body-- but not the end of me. I may live 60 to 100 years on earth, but I am going to spend trillions of years in eternity. This is the warm-up act - the dress rehearsal. God wants us to practice on earth what we will do forever in eternity.
WE WERE MADE BY GOD FOR GOD: “We were made by God and for God, and until you figure that out, life isn't going to make sense. Life is a series of problems: Either you are in one now, you're just coming out of one, or you're getting ready to go into another one.
“The reason for this is that God is more interested in your character than your comfort. God is more interested in making your life holy than He is in making your life happy. We can be reasonably happy here on earth, but that's not the goal of life.
“The goal is to grow in character, in Christ likeness. This past year has been the greatest year of my life but also the toughest, with my wife, Kay, getting cancer.
“I used to think that life was hills and valleys - you go through a dark time, then you go to the mountaintop, back and forth. I don't believe that anymore. Rather than life being hills and valleys, I believe that it's kind of like two rails on a railroad track, and at all times you have something good and something bad in your life…”
More of this in succeeding issues. Stay tuned, folks!!!
ASCENSION OF OUR LORD: The “Ascension of our Lord” is the second “Glorious Mystery” in the Holy Rosary of Roman Catholic Christians, and it speaks about the manner by which the Lord Jesus was taken up to heaven after His resurrection.
Only two of the Gospels contain an account of the ascension. The first account is found in Mark, in its Chapter 16, verses 19 and 20, while the second account is found in Luke, in its Chapter 24, verses 50, 51, 52 and 53.
The Gospels of Matthew and John do not have this story, but the Book of Acts, in its Chapter 1, verses 1 to 11, contain a vivid description of how Jesus was “taken up to heaven.”
In Mark, this is how the story is told: “After the Lord Jesus had spoken to them, he was taken up into heaven and he sat at the right hand of God. Then the disciples went out and preached everywhere, and the Lord worked with them and confirmed His word by the signs that accompanied it.”
In Luke, the ascension is described in this manner: “When he had let them out to the vicinity of Bethany, he lifted up his hands and blessed them. While he was blessing them, he left and them and was taken up into heaven. Then they worshiped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy. And they stayed continually at the temple, praising God.”
In Acts, the promise of Jesus returning after He was taken to heaven, “in the same way you have seen him go into heaven” was made.
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