Friday, April 23, 2010
On April 25, 1985, my wife and I were married. After 25 years of blissful marriage, we had four offsprings- 3 boys and 1 girl. Our eldest is already 24 years old and is working in a call center at Cubao, Metro Manila. Our second eldest is 20 years old and is also working in an insurance firm in Makati, Metro Manila. Our third and youngest son is entering 3rd year high school in June and our youngest and only girl is 8 years old and will enter grade 3 this June also. We would have wanted to hold a special renewal of vows and a grand celebration with family, relatives and friends. We would have been so overjoyed by this momentous event. But it would not be so. My wife is in the US working and my children and I are in the Philippines. Why do I feel so lonely and empty inside? Because my wife cannot come to the Philippines because her papers are not yet in order and if she does, she could no longer go back to the US to work again. But even though this has happened, I am still very happy and joyful for I know that my God has something better in store for all of us. I will be cooking spaghetti with carbonara sauce for my kids as we thank God for all the blessings we have so abundantly received from Him. It's a dual celebration because the 26th of April is the 24th birthday of my eldest son. In all these things, all I can say is "TO GOD BE THE GLORY NOW AND FOREVERMORE."
Tags: 25th Wedding Anniversary, Silver Wedding Anniversary, Marriage, Love, Family, Children, Blissful Years, Blessings, Abundance, Joy, Victorious Christian Life, To God B e The Glory
Posted by: Mel Avila Alarilla
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
LEFT BEHIND (AFTER THE RAPTURE)
When the Lord comes, He will rapture His church. Those who accepted Him as their Lord and savior, and have surrendered their lives to Him, and who have walked in His ways, will join the rapture. They will vanish from sight and will meet the Lord in the air. Pity those who will be left behind. These are those who trusted in their own will and who insisted in pursuing their own paths to salvation. They refused to accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and savior and instead devised ways and means to attain their own salvation. They will join the ranks of unbelievers, of evil doers, of atheists and agnostics, of those who practiced the black arts and magic, of those who dabbled in the occult, of those who opposed God in all they do, the sinners and the hedonists who walked the way of pleasure and lust of the flesh. They will all be left behind to experience the terrible Great Tribulation that would befall the world. God has prescribed the only way to salvation by sending His only begotten Son to die for the sins of mankind. Jesus opened the door wide to salvation and eternal life through His death on the cross and His resurrection from the dead. But some people are just too proud to humble themselves before God by accepting Jesus Christ as their Lord and savior and instead they try to work their own way to salvation. This is a clear slap on the face of the Father. He who rejects the Son, rejects the Father who sent Him. This is God's prescription for salvation- "For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith- and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God- not by works, so that no one can boast" (Ephesians 2:8-9). We pity those who would be left behind because of obstinacy and pride.
Tags: God, Jesus Christ, Holy Spirit, Left Behind, After The Rapture, Rapture, Great Tribulation, Lord and Savior, Surrender, Walk In The Way of The Lord, Unbelievers, Evil Doers, Atheists, Agnostics, Black Arts, Magic, Occult, Oppose God, Sinners, Hedonists, Pleasure, Lust of The Flesh, Mankind, Door To Salvation, Eternal Life, God's Prescription For Salvation, Ephesians 2:8-9, Gospel, Word of God, Holy Bible
Posted by: Mel Avila Alarilla