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Nowhere to Go (When You Are at Your Wit’s End)

Nowhere to Go (When You Are at Your Wit’s End) A Sermon on Exodus 14:1-14 Rev. Mike Meñez Introduction Dealing with life’s difficulties is one of the most frustrating conundrums that has troubled many throughout the ages. Many so-called “experts” and “guru” from all sorts of philosophies and religions have come up with their respective brands of “problem-solving techniques”. There’s tapping into your “inner strengths”, mantra meditations, or promises of blessings in exchange for extravagant contributions to get-rich-quick schemes and 12-step programs. Yet, none has really given the lasting solution, confidence, and inward peace which the ones who battle difficulties desperately look for.  Some of these solutions may help, but often, only for a brief time. As soon as it fails to sustain for the next life obstacle, then goes the “seeker” to the next ‘promising’ technique. The questions that keep plaguing man are: “How exactly should we deal with life’s problems?” and “

Is it Wrong for a Christian to Get Angry?

photo by Gerd Altman at pixabay Is it wrong for a Christian to get angry? Is it a sin to be angry or Is anger a sin?  Can a Christian get angry? Should a Christian ever get angry?  Often unspoken, questions like these about anger go through a Christian's mind especially in the heat or after the heat of the moment. Let's quickly answer the question posed in the title. Is it wrong for a Christian to get angry? NO.  I could already be in hot water after saying that. But before you leave this page, can you read this verse taken from the Bible? It says in Eph 4:26 : "Be angry, and do not sin..." Indeed, there are a lot of verses that say that anger is sin but don't think that the Bible is contradicting itself here. Scriptures talk about right anger and wrong anger. Clearly, in the verse above, the Bible is talking about the right kind of anger. We can get angry and not sin. So, what is "right anger" and what is "wrong anger" the

What is the Abrahamic Covenant?

Does the Abrahamic covenant bear significance and relevance today? Has God kept His end of the bargain today? Why choose Abraham? How about us Gentiles (non-Israelites)? How are we included in the Abrahamic Covenant? Ah, so many questions. Let's see how far we go with the answers. What is the Abrahamic Covenant? In Genesis 12, we find God making unilateral promises to Abraham. This is the Abrahamic Covenant people speak of. It is a covenant, which plainly speaking means, "a contract". It is special and impactful because only one party, that is, God, had to perform or do. He binds Himself to Abraham and commits to deliver certain things. He binds Abraham to the covenant but nothing is required from him. Let's process this for a moment: What Does God Promise Abraham? In the Abrahamic Covenant (Gen 12:2-3), God makes several promises Abraham: I will make you into a great nation. I will bless you. I will make your name great. You will be a

7 Reasons Why You Should Go to the Philippines

Have you every been to the tropical island of the Philippines? There are lots of reasons why you should go to the Philippines, at least once, and better yet, more than once. Here are 7 reasons why you should go to the Philippines. 1.  Plane tickets to the Philippines are from affordable to dirt cheap. International airlines like American Airlines, United Airlines, Qantas Airways, Jetstar, Singapore Airlines, Qatar, Cathay Pacific; these come out with regular sales. Just watch out for discounted round-trip tickets to the Philippines. Even their local airlines,  Philippine Airlines  and  CebuPacific Air  come out with flash sales and heavy price drops and Zero or  P1 Fares. You just need to pay the taxes and additional baggage. 2.  The cost of food in the Philippines is really cheap. In many restaurants, real fine dining is yours to experience for under USD$10. That means, fast food, regular food, and street food is so affordable. You can get rice bowls for $1and even below. Est

Finding the One I Long For

Reading: Psalm 63 Marked: Verse 1 & 2- "O God, You are my God; with deepest longing I will seek You... Yes, I have seen You in the sanctuary,  and witnessed your power and splendor."  Meditation: The heart that longs to seek God will find Him responding. Traces of God's presence is seen everywhere, and, at all times. Sadly, the heart seems unable to perceive Him always. David, the king and songwriter pens this heartfelt song on one of his days of wandering in the desert of Judah. He shares that in the sanctuary God can be seen, His power and splendor can be witnessed. So, where is that sanctuary then? Where is that apartness or sacred consecrated place where I can stay still and watch God BE GOD and just worship Him? I must settle that place and I must settle the time, for that's where I need to be more often.

Devotional: The Israelites See the Difficulties and Not God

Image Numbers 13 Marked:   23 When they reached the Valley of Eshkol, they cut off a branch bearing a single cluster of grapes. Two of them carried it on a pole between them, along with some pomegranates and figs. 24 That place was called the Valley of Eshkol because of the cluster of grapes the Israelites cut off there. 25 At the end of forty days they returned from exploring the land. 27 They gave Moses this account: “We went into the land to which you sent us, and it does flow with milk and honey! Here is its fruit. 28 But the people who live there are powerful, and the cities are fortified and very large. We even saw descendants of Anak there. 29 The Amalekites live in the Negev; the Hittites, Jebusites and Amorites live in the hill country; and the Canaanites live near the sea and along the Jordan.” 30 Then Caleb silenced the people before Moses and said, “We should go up and take possession of the land, f