30th EDSA Anniversary, One Republic’s Something I Need and Dying to Self

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Woke up today hearing OneRepublic’s Something I Need song in my mind. Don’t know why. Read my Bible. Checked the news. And now, using logic to connect the three.

 

People Power Anniversary

Today marks the 30th anniversary of one of the most historical rallies in the world– EDSA People Power! It wasn’t just a rally. It was a nation clamoring for change. It was more than just a clamor, it was the citizens’ LOVE for nation that made them go out to the streets and risk what they had, their very lives.

 

Something I Need

Been running on my mind. OneRepublic has the knack of writing songs that not just resound in the listeners’ minds but in their hearts as well. I really didn’t know the exact lyrics so I looked up and here’s the part that I can sing… oh no, I can’t sing well. But let me put it up here:

You got something I need

In this world full of people there’s one killing me

And if we only die once,

I wanna die with you

What a love song! LOVE that goes as far as DEATH.

 

Dying to Self

EDSA People Power– love for nation goes as far as dying for country.

Something I Need– love for someone goes as far as dying for him/her.

Both these require DYING TO SELF. Sounds difficult for a selfie generation. This concept led me back to this Bible verse:

23 And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. 24 For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it.

-Luke 9:23, 24

There’s a love worthy of death. Something that transcends beyond this lifetime, something… eternal. The past weeks have been full of hatred globally. But greater love led one life to death for all so our sins would have to be paid for– the death of Jesus Christ. This is for all. Not just to this kind of sin or that. But for all including the ones who think they don’t have one and easy to cast stones. For all.

This revelation of God’s love brought about love revolution. A revolution that allows one to die to self.

In simple terms, because God loves me, Jesus Christ became the sacrifice to pay the penalty of my sins. Now, I can love Him. Because I love God, I will follow Jesus. To follow Jesus, I have to die to myself.

This is, to me, the most powerful revolution I’ve experienced in my own heart. That’s why I can sing the song thinking about Jesus Christ.

You got something I need

In this world full of people there’s one killing me

And if we only die once,

I wanna die with you

Now that was random! Anyway, ENJOY YOUR HOLIDAY!

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3 Youtube Videos from Friends I’d Hope for You to Watch online this Valentines

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This Valentine weekend will surely be a weekend of love songs here and there. So here’s my top 3 that I hope you listen to as well…

3. LIWANAG by Zion Aquino feat. Yeng Constantino

How many of you get relieved with the fact that someone is willing to go through tough times with you? Here’s a song that reminds us of how having someone beside us go through darkness is enough light to get us through.

My wife and I are believers of Zion Aquino’s talent! He’s been a good friend– generous with his car when ours couldn’t reach farther destinations. But I’m not posting this for utang na loob. We really love his voice– it’s the Gavin De Graw kind of voice we need in OPM.

And of course, Yeng Constantino, being the duet of Zion, happens to be our good friend too. So yes, do listen to this song!

2. THIS LOVE by PAID (Megan Concepcion & co.)

Megan Concepcion and her band is off to self-producing their 2nd album in the indie scene of Cagayan De Oro. There was a bunch of teenagers (men & women) who started walking with Jesus Christ at some point together. She was one of those we grew in Jesus Christ with. So yea, I must say that the lyrics of her songs are those that give you a full glimpse of God’s love and grace without sounding Christianese.

1. WALK ON BY by Margarita Saludo

Her song is on my number 1 list because I love how she sang it. And of course, she’s my bestest friend– my wife, Its. I LOVE HER & HER VOICE! I am her biggest (not physically) fan! If I win in the lottery then most of my money will be spent producing albums for her and get her into jazz music as well. Anyway… hahaha (the lottery is a joke ok? I don’t do lottery coz I’ve already won JACKPOT with her o grabe sya!)

Hugot songs lately sound so mad and extremely bitter. I like it stylish and still head high kind. So for those who have been hurt and you get reminded of the hurts when you see him or her approaching you, just respond with style and remember this song, just let him walk on by coz you deserve to MOVE FORWARD without distractions.

 

Thanks for dropping by here!Have a good time this weekend. Rather than listening to sad songs, try these ones and just take it lightly.

Pinoys Will Surely Look for Chris Tomlin’s Album after Hearing Alden Richards sing “How Great is Our God”

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So I won’t be surprised if next week there will be a sudden shoot up on Chris Tomlin album sales. Kinanta lang naman ni Alden Richards ang song na How Great is Our God.

So there, as long as the gospel is preached na toh. This is one good thing about popularity– you have great influence. Richards seems to know where all credits should go… Jesus Christ.

We may not all like what management asks him in his pa-cute styles. But we can all agree that this one right here knows how to glorify God– and that’s one thing we ought to chew, something to emulate.

Watch it here:
Alden Richards include praise and worship song in…:

What Christ-followers Like Me Must Learn from Justin Bieber’s Complex Interview

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Justin Bieber, at 20, suddenly makes a surprising twist through his interview with Complex Magazine’s Joe La Puma. For the complete article, you may read it at Complex.com. Thousands, if not millions, are now sharing, reposting, retweeting this article. As for me, I’d like to list down four things you and I (as Christ-followers) can learn or relearn (I think that sounds better) from Bieber’s words.

   1.  Heartbroken teenagers need Jesus Christ so much, I need to preach the gospel to them.

Love is a choice. Love is not a feeling. People have made it seem in movies that it’s this fairy tale. That’s not what love is. You’re not gonna want to love your girl sometimes but you’re gonna choose to love her. That’s something in life that I had to figure out. I can’t lean on people. I got to lean on God. I gotta trust in him through all my situations. Then, hopefully, my other relationships will flourish around me.

This is one of the reasons why we keep preaching the gospel to students. They’re at a vulnerable season and heartbreaks are just around the corner. When they encounter it but have Jesus Christ, they know who to run to and who to trust more than people.

  2.  I need to keep getting better as a communicator so the gospel can be preached more effectively.

Some people are bad communicators. They find something that works so well for them and they wanna share it, but they don’t know how to share it so they’re kind of pushy. There’s a lot of really weird stuff going on at churches.

Some Christians don’t mean to be legalistic. Some are just bad communicators. Some are just plain legalistic. This world can’t afford to have these choices. It should not even be a choice between these two.

Some teens now are not in church because of how some Christians like us have acted otherwise. If you’re one who’s had a bad taste of Christianity, I’m sorry you had to go through that. For now, I pray that you would be able to meet people who will do it better this time in spurring you on to Christlikeness. Maybe start by reading the Bible.

3.  Going to Taco Bell doesn’t make me a taco. Going to church doesn’t automatically make me a Christian as well.

I think that going to church is fellowship, it’s relationship, it’s what we’re here on the earth to do, to have this connection that you feel there’s no insecurities. I think that’s where we need to be. Like I said, you don’t need to go to church to be a Christian. If you go to Taco Bell, that doesn’t make you a taco.

Haha! Taco! That was funny!!! But yes, being part of a church is more than just attendance. We don’t fight for being there per se, we fight for our relationships– the church community. Walking with people with the same mission, values, culture.

4.  The message of Jesus Christ can’t end with me.

We have the greatest healer of all and his name is Jesus Christ. And he really heals. This is it. It’s time that we all share our voice.

“Jesus Christ has changed me.” Period? No! It can’t end in us. If it does, it’s like hiding a big box of gift from someone who needs it so much. We ought to preach the gospel to others.

GENTLE REMINDER:

To everyone who gets to read this though, a little reminder– Justin Bieber is just like everyone else who’s following Jesus. Follow not him but the one he’s following. This interview does not mean an end to the not-so-good news we hear here and there about him. But we pray for spiritual progress as he continues to be a disciple.