Most Millennials Want “Till Death Do Us Part” Vow to be Abolished

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That’s an excerpt of an article that TIME released last July 2014 entitled The Beta Marriage: How Millennials Approach ‘I Do’As it turns 2 years, I want to go back to it to simply say that MARRIAGE IS A GOOD THING!

3 Realities of Marriage:

    • There are challenges in marriage. As if there’s not any challenge in this life when you don’t get married. Before I got married, one of the thoughts that pushed me to get married the soonest was this: “life will always be challenging… If I wait for these challenges to vanish, I’d lose years of being with my beloved. I’d rather go through all these challenges with her, TOGETHER.”

 

    • Marriage can be worked out. Four years in marriage brought me to a realization: my selfishness always gets in the way of a God-honoring marriage. As Pastor Dennis Sy wrote in his blog as to why relationships get so complicated, he says: “Now I think this is where the source of complication lies. We think everything revolves around us. In one word, we have become SELFISH.” But it can be worked out through mentors, sane friends, and most of all, a personal relationship with God to give us strong faith.
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    • God instituted marriage that’s why evil will always try to break it. All the enemy wants to do is to go against God. And because God authored marriage, evil wants to get in its way. When we give up on marriage, we basically made evil victorious over us. There are, however, reasons that are justified in the law of the land and we recognize that.

 

All said, in the end, marriage is still a good thing. In fact, it’s a ‘God’ thing!

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A good, simple read about stars and the Maker of stars.

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According to Wikipedia, horoscopes claim to explain aspects of a person’s personality and predict future events in their life based on the patterns of the sun, moon, and other celestial objects at the time of their birth.

I found out that there are people who live for other “stars” who do not even know that they exist.

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My question is why look at the stars and how they shine for you when you can “Lift up your eyes on high, and behold who hath created these things” (Isaiah 4:26 KJV)?

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#MayKasalananAkoSayo Trending Ba Talaga Sa Puso Natin?

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Trending ngayon sa Twitter are hashtag na #MayKasalananAkoSayo on Holy Wednesday (Monster Radio is doing the The Top 10 #MayKasalananAkoSayo that’s why). I have two questions to hopefully help us reflect this Holy Week with this hashtag.

1. Is this hashtag trending in our hearts as well?

We can trend it on Twitter but is it really trending in our hearts?

As a student back then, I was always wondering how it feels to steal a bar of chocolate from the convenience store. Add to that the fun that me and my friends would have talking about crazy stuff we did. So I did!

A year after, God changed my life. When I was looking back at the wrong things I’ve done, that bar of chocolate magnified itself in my imagination. Repentant, this hashtag trended in my heart, “LORD, #maykasalananakosayo …”

Convicted, I went to the convenience store and left an amount of money ten times the price of the chocolate bar.

 

2. If it is trending in our hearts, are we saying it to Jesus Christ or someone else?

Anyone can say #MayKasalananAkoSayo sa girlfriend, sa boyfriend, sa asong parang best friend, sa best friend, sa parents, sa text mate, sa crush mong hindi ka crush. Pero sinasabi ba natin yan to Jesus Christ?

We commit mistakes against people but ultimately we our sins are against GOD.

“for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,” Romans 3:23

Lahat tayo may kasalanan sa Diyos. But it doesn’t stop there.

“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23

God didn’t leave us behind with no choice but a sinful life. He made a way. And it’s through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross. When we put our faith in what Christ has done for us on the cross, we receive eternal life.

This Holy Week, take the time to allow God speak to you. The things you need to hear from God, the things you need to repent for. Acknowledge it and turn to Jesus Christ.

Leaving you with a song to worship God with.

 

Life Lessons from Lola Nidora #AlDubFever

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Oh #AlDub such a phenomenon these days! It seems like Filipino viewing has changed from being focused at primetime dramas, we have shifted into the noontime kalyeserye format. And just before we all go crazy about wanting to see Alden and Yaya Dub together, let us take a minute to digest the lessons that their random tandem has taught us so far.

Of course, thanks to Yaya Dub’s Lola Nidora who gives us life lessons that, although it’s essentially just entertainment we have to still admit that it’s somehow shaping the minds of viewers as it gets into pop culture.

Lesson # 1: May tamang panahon para sa lahat.

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So whether you think you deserve to have it instantly or you think your life will end if you can’t get it, you have no choice but to face the truth that everything has its right timing.

Wag mo nang i-push ang side na pull naman dapat! Maraming naaaksidente sa mga maling pag-push ng pintong pull naman.

Lesson # 2: Mas maganda ang mga bagay na pinagtitiyagaan…

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As they say, the things that you worked hard for are things you are most likely to hold on to. So easy to let go of things you got instantly.

Don’t just fall for “Aldub you” and “Maalden kita.” They’re mere words. Go for the proof of this love.

Some proof:
*willing to wait
*respects boundaries
*have life goals other than just loving you
*have the will to give you more than just a kiss everyday because kisses won’t feed your tummy

Lesson # 3: Love is way better than just fansigns and tsup mwah texts.

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If there ever is something sensible in a kalyeserye that was essentially and randomly made to entertain Filipino viewers, it’s this: wait for the best and wisest time before you get into a romantic relationship with someone.

This has gotten so popular that most Filipinos are chewing it already. Just chew it well to get the best of these AlDub episodes.

Dear Sir Manny Pacquiao

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May 3, 2015
11:30am

Dear Sir Manny Pacquiao,

I’m writing this without knowing what the outcome will be yet hopeful that you will come out victorious.

Even without the result yet, I’d like to publicly express that we will forever be grateful for your bravery and sacrifice.

Thank you for showing the value of family. For showing us that love for family can not be sacrificed at the altar of success.

Thank you for promoting unity. That we can all set aside our differences for the nation i.e. TV networks airing simultaneously.

Thank you for showing us that God’s Word is still very important to read despite all the pressure the night before your major fight.

Thank you for carrying the weight of all Filipinos expecting you to win on your shoulders. You brought us back to what Jesus Christ did for us–carrying the weight of sin so that we can be forgiven from our sins.

We honor you Congressman Manny Pacquiao. We praise God for your life.

Thank you!!!

Your fan,

Job Robinson
#GoMAnny
#OneforManny

Holy Week Lessons from the Zayn Malik Issue

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Zayn Malik is now in a solo flight. And fans can’t do something about it. If it’s any consolation, know that this is not the first time a popular band witnessed a member leave the group.

Let me take you back to the 90s leading to the latest ones. Credits to Closer.com

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Some didn’t even realize that Robbie Williams started off as member of a boyband.

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This broke a lot of people’s hearts.

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Didn’t make so much noise.

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Credits to NSync, Justin Timberlake is where he is now because of the group. But even while they were together as a boyband, there were times that their concerts seemed like it was Justin Timberlake’s act only with friends performing with him.

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So the latest, as we all know, is Zayn Malik’s official resignation from the band.

Before this major announcement, Malik did a remarkable (in a negative way) act of not showing up in One Direction’s major concert here in the Philippines. It broke the hearts of the fans. For some, maybe to a point of breaking their glasses, their cellphones, their TV sets. But what does this issue teach us really?

Holy Week naman eh so it’s safe to play reflection time from situations na hindi naman kareflect-reflect– this issue for one. Here are some lessons:

*This too shall pass.
Every heartbreaking moment shall pass eventually. “Makakapagmove on din kayo” says the fans of Spice Girls who also went through the same thing.

I have a friend who thought her life ended when Ginger Spice Geri left the band. When the Zayn Malik issue came out, she said in her Facebook wall: “like us who now got older and able to move on, you (One D fans) will also grow old and involuntarily move on.”

This too shall pass.

*Friends come and go.
Look One D fans, I don’t mean to add insult to injury but this is just reality.

*Zayn Malik is just human.
Di naman to newsflash noh? So yes, weakness is also one of his traits. Rejoice, at least we know now he’s also normal like everyone else.

All along, some may have thought that he’s a gift from the star. A package of UK accent, naturally wavy hair, that face and a singing voice– some girls may have really thought he fell from the constellation of stars. But hey, there’s always a fault in the stars we realize.

*People can really fail us.
Because Zayn is just human, he is also capable of failing people.

Friends, let me introduce you to the concept of total human depravity. That we are in nature sinful. And that we will really fail to do the right thing. Zayn Malik, my friends, happen to fall under the category of humanity. And he’s also guilty of the effects of total human depravity.

It’s his life and we can’t blame him if the guy wants a normal life.

But here’s a good news that transcends beyond Holy Week.

Ready?

HERE TO COMFORT YOU ZAYN MALIK FANS…

Palm Sunday (4 DAYS AGO) is like Jesus Christ’s major concert for the people at that time. They didn’t buy One Direction posters, not those lighting tubes that illuminate when you fold them. They didn’t prepare banners or tarpaulins to show their support. But they did almost similar preparations. They prepared palm branches to wave it upon Jesus Christ’s arrival.

Then Jesus arrived.

I am thankful that Jesus Christ did not quit on us.

It brings me great joy to remember that, Jesus Christ, unlike many others who did not show up, showed up that day.

Fast forward, Jesus Christ did not walk out of his destiny to be cruficied, to painstakingly go through a death we should have died. He died on the cross that our sins may be forgiven.

This Maundy Thursday, I am grateful that our Lord Jesus, many as in many years ago, did not leave us behind, did not take a solo flight to comfort. But he took the painful direction to satisfy the wrath of God so that our sins may be forgiven.

Being reminded of this, I am also reminded that I have ultimately ONE DIRECTION and that is to follow Jesus as we live a life that honors God.

We love you Zayn Malik fans! (Special mention to Jia & Drei)

Masterpiece in the Lenses of Jessie J & God

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What I like about singers like Jessie J is how they deliver songs that represent most of our longings & state.

What I like about the Bible is how it addresses every trivial part of life. The songs our heart sing out, the Word of God has something to reassure and or redirect us.

So while we feel perfectly incomplete, we learn that God is the one who completes His work so long as we allow God to work in our lives.

“And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.” -Philippians 1:6

And while we feel perfectly incomplete, we are reminded that we are God’s creation to live purposeful lives for Him.

“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” -Ephesians 2:10

I think about that and I look at myself so insufficient, so lacking, incapable of creating a masterpiece in myself but by the grace of God we are being brought to completion.

This to say that if I were to face Jesus Christ now, I will borrow the lines of Jerry Maguire’s wife…

“Lord Jesus, You… complete me.”

Oh! The beauty of pop and how God’s Word is ‘timelessly’ relevant.