Marius walked slowly toward the playground where he and his best friend Drew frequent. There in one of the swings, Drew sat quietly, rocking slowly back and forth. His eyes were fixed on the ground, anger and disappointment blaze. “How dare you leave me like that,” Drew murmured. Marius moved in even closer. “Hey, buddy.... Continue Reading →
The Origin of Christmas
How many Christians are aware that Christmas actually has pagan origins and that Christ’s birth was not referenced in the Bible to have taken place on December 25? Then, when was Jesus born? How did Christmas come to be an accepted holiday of Christ’s birth?
Circumcision: A Sign of Manhood?
Summer—according to meteorologists, this season extends for the whole months of June, July, and August in the northern hemisphere and the whole months of December, January, and February in the southern hemisphere. However, here in the Philippines, our summer extends for the whole months of March, April, and May. This is because (1) these are... Continue Reading →
The Lord’s Evening Meal—An Observance That Honors God
CHRISTIANS are commanded to observe the Memorial of Christ’s death. This observance is also called “the Lord’s evening meal.” (1 Corinthians 11:20) What is so significant about it? When and how should it be observed? Jesus Christ instituted this observance on the night of the Jewish Passover in 33 C.E. The Passover was a celebration held just... Continue Reading →
Loving Someone vs Being in Love with Someone
I have written about this about three years ago, but I was not able to finish writing all my thoughts before they faded. Last night, a simple conversation with a close friend (for privacy purposes, let us call him Patrick Gattoc [note: this is his real name by the way]), I was able to remember... Continue Reading →
Does God Have a Name?
If God had a name, what would it be And would you call it to His face? These lines from Joan Osborne’s song “One of Us” has always made me think, “How many people are not aware that God has indeed a name?” I was born and raised in a Christian family where Bible study... Continue Reading →
Valentine’s Day: A Christian Celebration?
It’s February 13 once again, and tomorrow, people will celebrate Valentine’s Day. A day of romance, love, sweet affection, and what else. But is Valentine’s Day a celebration for Christians? Is it scriptural or pagan? Legend of Valentine’s Day The history of this celebration is actually shrouded with mystery. And for what I know, Christendom... Continue Reading →