"Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted." (Albert Einstein)

Saturday, February 18, 2006

what good does it do...

picture from http://www.goyalindia.com/coal-basket.html

The Coal Basket

The story is told of an old man who lived on a farm in the mountains of eastern Kentucky with his young grandson.

Each morning, Grandpa was up early sitting at the kitchen table reading from his old worn-out Bible. His grandson who wanted to be just like him tried to imitate him in any way he could.

One day the grandson asked, "Papa, I try to read the Bible just like you but I don't understand it, and what I do understand I forget as soon as I close the book. What good does reading the Bible do?"

The Grandfather quietly turned from putting coal in the stove and said, "Take this coal basket down to the river and bring back a basket of water."

The boy did as he was told, even though all the water leaked out before he could get back to the house. The grandfather laughed and said, "You will have to move a little faster next time," and sent him back to the river with the basket to try again.

This time the boy ran faster, but again the basket was empty before he returned home. Out of breath, he told his grandfather that it was "impossible to carry water in a basket," and he went to get a bucket instead. The old man said, "I don't want a bucket of water; I want a basket of water. You can do this. You're just not trying hard enough," and he went out the door to watch the boy try again.

At this point, the boy knew it was impossible, but he wanted to show his grandfather that even if he ran as fast as he could, the water would leak out before he got very far. The boy scooped the water and ran hard, but when he reached his grandfather the basket was again empty.

Out of breath, he said, "See Papa, it's useless!" "So you think it is useless?" The old man said, "Look at the basket." The boy looked at the basket and for the first time he realized that the basket looked different. Instead of a dirty old coal basket, it was clean. "Son, that's what happens when you read the Bible. You might not understand or remember everything, but when you read it, it will change you from the inside out. That is the work of God in our lives. To change us from the inside out and to slowly transform us into the image of His son."

- Author Unknown

A friend went through a lot lately, then there was light at the end of the tunnel! After that experience, my friend forwarded this inspiring story to me. Thanks to you! The story reminds me of what God says about His Word, the Bible.

Jesus is the Living Word: (John 1:1-5, 10-14, 17 NIV)
vv.1-5 "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through Him all things were made; without Him nothing was made that has been made. In Him was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it."
vv.10-14 "He was in the world, and though the world was made through Him, the world did not recognize Him. He came to that which was His own, but His own did not receive Him. Yet to all who received Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God--children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband's will, but born of God. The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth."
v.17 "For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ."

He is The Way, the Truth and the Life:
"Jesus answered, 'I am the Way and the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through me.' " (John 14:6 NIV)

The Word is God-breathed:
"All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work." (2 Timothy 3:16-17 NIV)

The Word of God is Perfect, Pure & True: (Psalms 19:7-14 NIV)
7The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul. The statutes of the LORD are trustworthy, making wise the simple.
8The precepts of the LORD are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the LORD are radiant, giving light to the eyes.
9The fear of the LORD is pure, enduring forever. The ordinances of the LORD are sure and altogether righteous.
10They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold; they are sweeter than honey, than honey from the comb.
11By them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward.
12Who can discern his errors? Forgive my hidden faults.
13Keep your servant also from willful sins; may they not rule over me. Then will I be blameless, innocent of great transgression.
14May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.

The Word is Living and is the Sword of the Spirit:
"For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart." (Hebrews 4:12 NIV)

The Word Endures Forever:
"I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. Anyone who breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven." (Matthew 5:18-19 NIV)

Do Not Add Words to or Take Away from this Book:
"I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds anything to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book. And if anyone takes words away from this book of prophecy, God will take away from him his share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book." (Revelation 22:18-19 NIV)

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Valentine, Anniversary & Silent Praise!

I took these pictures below on a seminar for women last Dec. 2005, when the GCF Silent Praise performed. This group has blessed us for quite some time, had been on a hiatus for a while, and now are back ministering to people! Believe me, they actually interpret songs in the dark, with just their illuminated gloves (plain and/or multi-colored, as seen below).

A friend sent our e-group an email forwarded to her. Thought I'd share it here today! Happy Valentine's to all! And Happy Wedding Anniversary, Mom & Dad! May God bless us all!


For God so loVed the world,
      That He gAve
            His onLy
                      That whosoever
        Believeth In Him
          Should Not perish,
        But have Everlasting life."

John 3:16

Spread this word around the world:
"There is no better Valentine than Jesus!"

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Reminiscing with Friends on a Sunny Afternoon

first, the "clamored for" caesar salad!

close-up, the caesar salad's oh-so-scrumptious!

ang tsarap, busog na kami!

through a looking glass... new hairdo... at nanalamin pa!

with J's sis J, sa kanila ang aming frating "pretty" tambayan!