Taken from my daily reading… Explaining the fallacy of the vitriolic argument that belief in God is like believing in fantastical characters of the imagination: "Where the Flying Spaghetti Monster attempts to frighten belief and dissuade certainty, it holds no power as an analogy for belief in God because it misses the very heart of why so many people intuitively believe. This was illustrated recently in a debate between Richard Dawkins and Christian mathematician John Lennox. Dawkins referenced the illustration of a person walking through a forest and finding a beautiful garden. He asked, “Isn’t it enough to appreciate the beauty of the garden without having to believe in invisible fairies hiding behind the flowers?” Lennox’s reply demonstrated the fallacy in this analogy. He said, “Of course you wouldn’t have to believe in fairies in the garden, but you would assume there was a gardener, wouldn’t you?” You would believe in a gardener even without seeing him or her because it is the only way to make sense of a garden. Otherwise, how would you distinguish between the garden and the rest of the forest you were walking through? A garden is only a garden if it was planted and […]
One Hundred Years of Wit and Wisdom http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2008/novemberweb-only/147-11.0.html?start=2 from Christianity Today
14 weeks, no weight gain. 1 pound. no appetite. i love fresh foods.
When I was younger, I always had this huge longing in my heart that I couldn’t explain, and I would ask other people if they felt the same way. "I want to stand out and I’m meant for a great purpose." I started realizing it was for the Kingdom. Then I remember always asking God, "why do I have such a huge passion and desire to do great things but I’m never good enough? Why do you place such a desire in me when I don’t have the ability?" I always considered myself the ‘default’, the ‘second string’, the almost good enough. I’ve realized now that I am glad God called me at such a young age, because all my experiences really brought me to where I am…and aside from the technical training, He worked on my heart issues, my pride, my humility, my compassion, and knowledge that it’s all through Him that I can accomplish great things. I just needed to be patient to be molded and taught. And I know I’m still far from what God has in store. And I know I’m still on training grounds. I’m not as whiny as my pre-teenage years, so naively zealous. […]
Now that Emma talks in complete sentences, her ideas come to life in the form of syllabic entertainment. Sometimes, an idea just comes out of nowhere, however impractical or fantastical. Just today, she called me into our dark room, asking me to turn on the light. I found her dramatically lying down, almost whimpering, so I wrapped myself around her and asked her what was wrong. My emotionally charged three year old quickly turned whimpering into full blown crying, to which Perze responded to, joining us in the room. After multiple tries of asking her the matter, she finally said, "I’m not a good mama." Confused, baffled, and challenged, I shook off logic and asked her, "you want to be a mama?" Still crying, she said, "ya, I want a baby in my tummy." Like worried parents, almost calling Dr.Drew, said, "why?" She responded, "I want to be like my Mamam." Awe. My heart was so touched, and Perze’s eyes were so … rolled. We both embraced her, still crying over her inadequacies of being a toddler mom, assuring her that when she turned twentythirtyish, she’d be an exceptional mom! Our daughter understands a lot of things, and we like […]
For the iPhone owners out there, ok ok…esp. the Filipino iPhone users out there, wait wait…and for the Philipino-phile iPhone users out there, this is for you. While going through the application store, updating my iPhone with the newest apps, I was surprised to find this. It reminds me a lot of my dad since he used to play some traditional Filipino songs on the guitar. If you appreciate this type of music, add it to your iPhone. Best of all, it’s FREE. By: Classical Philippines Radio Developer’s Notes: Listen to Classical Philippines Radio 24/7. Classical Philippines Radio plays a unique blend of classical guitar, kundiman, harana and other Philippine classics, 24/7. Presented by Radyo San Guilmo and powered by Morong Interactive Tambayan (MIT).
We just wanted to congratulate all our friends who are expecting 2009 babies!! With all the announcements, it’s hard to keep track, so I wanted to compile the congrats (to the dads too). The year’s not over yet, so this list will still grow: Sunshine M. Corinth C. (Pstr. Godfrey’s wife) Hayley L. (Pstr. Johnny’s wife) Sarena B. Katrina C. Theresa B. Take care of yourselves.