The Running Man

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There’s this new craze that’s been trending online called “the running man challenge”. I’ve noticed a lot of people posting videos of themselves doing this. Maybe one reason why this is so popular is because just about anyone can do it. And it seems like fun :) But aside from this dance craze, what comes into my mind why I thing of a running man is Jacob.

Jacob is a character in the bible in the book of Genesis. He is the second son of Isaac and Rebekah and the brother of Esau. God did a lot of great things through Jacob. Not because Jacob deserved it, but because God is gracious. Jacob is far from perfect. In fact, even though he is one of the bible’s great characters, he had many faults and made a lot of wrong choices. Just like you and me.

When Rebekah gave birth to Jacob and Esau (they’re twins by the way), God promised to build a nation through Jacob. But even with this assurance, Jacob still chose to take matters in his own hands. At the prodding of his mother stole Esau’s birthright by exchanging it for a bowl of lentil soup. When it was time for Isaac to bless his first son, Esau, Jacob also stole his blessing by disguising himself and pretending to be Esau. As a consequence, Jacob had to run away to Paddan Aram to escape from Esau’s wrath.

It was at Paddan Aram that Jacob married and started his own family. Through the years that he worked for Laban, his father-in-law, God blessed him generously and his wealth increased. Eventually Laban came to resent him for this and started to treat him differently. So Jacob did what he did best. He took his family and all he had and ran away again, back to his fathers land.

Jacob was a man blessed greatly by God. And yet many times in his life, instead of trusting God to work, he ran away. I can relate to Jacob because there were times in the past that I’ve been tempted to run away from my problems. There were times that I just ignored them which is equivalent to running away. But running away wont solve anything. Sooner or later, it will come back to you. Wouldn’t you rather deal with it now rather than later?

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Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”

Dealing with your problems head on takes courage. But you don’t have to deal with it on your own because you can always call on God to sustain you.We are never alone because God is always with us wherever we go.

Facing problems can be extremely painful and uncomfortable, but at least you’ll have peace of mind. I can’t imagine staying in a foreign land for 20 years because I cant go home for fear that my own brother might kill me. This is exactly what happened to Jacob. When you refuse to confront your problems, you rob yourself of a peaceful life. Imagine spending your next 20 years having to continually look over your shoulder. That’s not the kind of life I want to live.

Anyone can run away. But facing your problems – that’s what makes you strong.

What problems are you running away from now?

Remember that no trial is bigger than our God because we have a great God. The best way to face a problem is to find a way to solve it. Let’s do our best and trust that he’ll take care of the rest.

Go live a Truly Wealthy life.

-Alex

 

La Vie Parisienne

la vie parisienne cebuWhen I first saw blog posts about this restaurant from my favorite bloggers, I just new I had to come here. It was such a pretty restaurant! The cherry blossoms, the furniture and the decors were like a dream. It didn’t look like much from the outside. In fact, we almost missed it. But the inside was like a different world altogether.

la vie parisienne cebu 2La Vie is the first French Boulangerie, Pastry Shop & Wine Library in Cebu. It has an array of french pastries and wines to choose from. What I love about it is it’s relaxing vibe and cool atmosphere. You can enjoy a glass of wine while listening to chill music. And the best part is, it’s just in the middle of Cebu City!

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La Vie is definitely a little gem in the middle of the city. You may want to try it out for yourself!

Go live a Truly Wealthy life!

-Alex

 

Toastmasters District Conference 2016: Cebu (Day 2)

IMG_8370Day 2 of Discon 2016 was just as fun and exciting as Day 1. Despite the lack of sleep from last night’s Fellowship Night we had to go to the venue early for the judges briefing since my friend, Stef, was a judge in the International Prepared Speech contest. The morning started off with learning sessions about Leadership and Branding. Then came lunch. Afterwards, it was contest time!

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The International Prepared Speech Contest started at 1pm and was hosted by incoming District 75 Director Dulce Ranosa. All the speakers were true story tellers and I had a great time listening to one story after another. I’m sure the judges had a hard time picking their top 3. From climbing Mt. Apo to killing to a giant python to growing up in jail – their stories had me captivated from start to finish.

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Champion: Amy Pagdanganan, Division A
1st Runner-up: Nedo Sasing, Division L
2nd Runner-up: Chris Dao-anis, Division G

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After the contest, there was an election of the  next district officers and then we were given time to prepare for the District Directors Ball. The theme for the District Directors Ball was Casino Royale. The ball is usually held on the last night of the District Conference. This is where we honor our district officers, past district governors, give out awards and bond with our fellow toastmasters. I see it as a grand conclusion to every discon. And this years ball was grand indeed. We were all dressed in either black or white and the room was set up like a casino with giant cards as the centerpiece of every table. I felt like I was in a James Bond set.  We were entertained by different production numbers. There was singing, dancing, gravity defying acrobatics, singing again but this time on hoverboards and a whole lot more.  IMG_8419 IMG_8421 copy IMG_8423All in all, it was a great district conference. I commend Discon Chair Benzon Lim and his team for all their effort and sacrifice in making this conference possible.

The 2016 Midyear conference this October will be in Davao. See you then!

-Alex

Photo credit to Ed Fabonan

Toastmasters District Conference 2016: Cebu (Day 1)

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This years Toastmasters District Conference was held in the Grand Convention Center of Cebu. The event was opened in true cebu fashion with the marching of colors and various cultural presentations. For those who are not familiar with Toastmasters, it’s an international organization that helps develop your communication and leadership skills. There are different clubs all over the Philippines. A group of clubs form an area, a group of areas form a division. We have 11 Divisions in the Philippines and they form one District – District 75.

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We have 2 conferences a year. The District Conference in April and the Midyear Conference in October. The highlight of these conferences are the speech contests.

There are 4 Speech Contest Categories in Toastmasters:

  • International Prepared
  • Humorous
  • Evaluation
  • Table Topics (Impromptu Speaking)

For this Discon, the 2 contests were the International Prepared and Humorous Speech Contest. The Table Topics and Evaluation Contests are scheduled in the Midyear Conference.

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toastmasters discon 2016 2Past District Governor Noli Espina announcing the winners for the Humorous Contest

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  • Champion: Joanna Katrina S. Magalong (Division B)
  • 1st Runner Up: Jinnelyn O. Li (Division C)
  • 2nd Runner Up: Leonilo S. De los Santos (Division D)

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In the evening was the Coachella-themed fellowship night. I loved the decor and the relaxed feel of the venue. I especially enjoyed the Tawag ng Tanghalan – the Toastmasters version of a Karaoke showdown. We got to witness a representative from each Division showcase their singing prowess for all 3 rounds. That is, if you don’t get gonged during the first round.

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Congratulations to our Tawag ng Tanghalan winner – Joanna Katrina S. Magalong! We’ll be expecting to hear wedding bells soon.

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All in all, the first day was a blast! I met some old friends, made new ones and generally enjoyed myself. Learning can be fun. And it’s fun learning here in Toastmasters.

-Alex

*Photo credit to Ed Fabonan

 

Travel Diaries: Siquijor 2016

Siquijor is the third smallest province in the Philippines and is associated with mystic traditions. It was originally called Isla del Fuego or Island of Fire by the Spaniards who first sighted it in 1565 because of the eerie glow the island emitted due to the large swarms of fireflies on the island. I have heard of stories about witchcraft and sorcery that’s been said to be practiced on the island. But when I visited Siquijor, all I saw was the clear blue water and the pristine white sand that enveloped the island. There were a lot of local and foreign tourists too.

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We took a ferry from Dumaguete to Siquijor. We bought tickets at the port on the day and took the 7am trip.

Dumaguete-Siquijor Ferry Schedule:
Cost: 130php
Schedule: 7am, 10am, 4pm, 6pm
Travel time: 1 hour

Upon reaching the island we met a tour guide on the port, Kuya Irvin, that offered us a day tour of the island for only 1,000php. We decided to take the Day Tour since we weren’t familiar with the island. But if you know your way around Siquijor, another option is to rent a motor cycle at the port and use that to drive around the island. The rental rate is just 350php for the whole day.

Here’s our itinerary for our day tour:

  • Paliton Beach
  • Capilays Spring Park
  • Enchanted Balete Tree
  • Crocodile Hill
  • San Isidro Labrador Church
  • Cambugahay Falls
  • Salagdoong Beach

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Enchanted Balete Tree
This 400-year old Balete tree is believed by locals to be enchanted. It’s the said to be the oldest and biggest Balete tree in Siquijor. Water flows out from the roots of this massive tree and pools around it. Aside from admiring this majestic force of nature, you can also sit on the edge of the pool and enjoy a fish spa for only 5php. It’s a huge contrast to the 250php I paid for my fish spa in Ocean Park. Initially, it feels very ticklish but then you get used to it.

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Crocodile Island
From this spot on the island, you can see Crocodile Island. It’s named as such because from this vantage point, it seems to take the shape of a crocodile. At the suggestion of Kuya Irvin, we had our mandatory jump shot with Crocodile Island in the background.
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San Isidro Labrador Church
This is said to be the oldest church in Siquijor. It was built in 1887 making it more than 100 years old. According to our tour guide, the stones used to build this church have never been replaced. That’s something to be said about the architecture of this edifice! 129 years and still standing. Not bad.

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Cambugahay Falls
One of my favorite stops on the island was Cambugahay Falls. It takes you about 100 steps to reach the bottom. Coming from the City of Waterfalls – Iligan City – I’m hardly amazed by other waterfalls that I see. But I still liked this one because of the clear blue waters that seemed to beckon to me. It was a sweltering hot day and I was more than willing to oblige. There was a rope from where you could swing and then jump into the water just like Tarzan. The falls itself had 3 levels. We hung out here for about an hour, swimming around and jumping off from the waterfalls.

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Salagdoong Beach
Salagdoong was my favorite stop in Siquijor. You can’t go to Siquijor and not drop by here. Aside from it’s gorgeous white-sand beach, it has one attraction that keeps tourists coming back. Cliff diving. There are 3 levels you can jump off from. I was able to try the first and second level. I’ll definitely come back for the third. It can be quite scary from up there but after the first jump, the adrenaline rush is like no other. You’ll keep coming back for more. 

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Here’s our tour guide, Kuya Irvin, who brought us around the island. Siquijor is so small you can tour the entire island in about 2 1/2 hours. If you want to visit Siquijor, you can contact Kuya Irvin at 0915 890 3286.

Siquijor has one of the most stunning beaches I’ve ever seen. It’s definitely a go-to summer getaway, especially for beach junkies like me!

Life is too short to be spent working all the time. Enjoy your summer. Eat. Have fun. Travel! Visit Siquijor.

Go live a Truly Wealthy life!

-Alex

Travel Diaries: Dumaguete – Silliman University

I fell in love with Dumaguete City the moment I stepped off the boat and saw the Acacia-lined boulevard. Dumaguete City holds a lot of happy memories for me. Mainly because it’s where Silliman University is located – my alma matter. That’s why even thinking about Silliman brings a smile to my face. That’s why when we were planning our family vacation, I was so excited about visiting Dumaguete again.

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Silliman University was founded back in 1901,more than 100 years ago, with the help of a retired businessman and philanthropist from New York, Dr. Horace Silliman. Silliman is rich in history, art and culture. Walking through the university is akin to walking through a huge museum. It’s filled with history, stories of the past that live on through the structures that remain and the people that tell their stories. The music scene is also quite vibrant. Every February, there’s a song writing contest that Sillimanians can join in. The only requirements are first, you need to be a Sillimanian. And second, your song has to be an original composition. Luce Auditorium, a world-class auditorium, regularly holds shows such as musicals, piano concerts or ballets. And if you’re into art, then there’s an art org you can join to enhance and showcase your craft.

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silliman university carson hallEdith Carson Hall is one of the three all-girls dormitory in Silliman University. They also have three all boys dorms. The best thing about living here is, aside from it’s air-conditioned, it’s located right inside the campus. So you just have to walk towards your classes. Plus, it’s beside the boulevard. It’s so refreshing to wake up  to the sound of waves crashing on the sea shore.

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You can’t visit Dumaguete and not try Bossings Tempura. It’s the best tempura ever – and that’s coming from someone who doesn’t really eat tempura. Bossings Tempura has sauces ranging from 1 to 5, with 1 being the least spicy and 5 being the spiciest. I tried this when I was a freshman. I couldn’t even finish one piece because tears started flowing out of my eyes the moment I started eating. I can only tolerate sauce number 3.  It’s now open for franchise. Bossing’s Tempura currently has about 5 branches around Dumaguete City.

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Panda fried ice cream

Another thing I love about Dumaguete City is the fooood! There are so many delicious and affordable food places scattered around the city. You can really go fat from all the yummy food here if you don’t control yourself. I think almost all of us gained weight during our freshman year. silliman university

Silliman truly provides a wide range of opportunities for students to grow into who they are destined to be. I’ve had a lot of great experiences in Silliman University. Even though being a student nurse wasn’t easy, my college days are filled with joyful memories. As I walked through the Acacia-lined trees of Silliman University, I couldn’t help but recall my college days. Studying on the steps of the Siliman library, talking with my dorm-mates outside Carson Hall and practicing the piano at Guy Hall. I’ve been to several colleges around the Philippines, but for me, nothing beats Silliman University.

Go live a Truly Wealthy life.

-Alex

Travel Diaries: Bohol 2016

What I love most about the Philippines is the natural wonders that abound in our country. We are so blessed to have all this beauty just within our grasp. I’ve traveled around the Philippines and it still amazes me every time just how beautiful our country is.  When my brother and his wife told us we were going to meet up for a family vacation in Bohol, I was psyched. Although I’ve been to Bohol several times already, it’s attractions still amaze me. Besides, I haven’t seen my brother in 3 years since they’re based in Australia. So it would be a great place for our family to bond.

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panglao island 3We took a ferry from Cebu to Bohol and upon arriving, checked in at Panglao Regents Park. The seaside of Panglao reminds me of Boracay. The restaurants along the beach, the fresh seafood, trinkets for sale on the beachfront and foot massages give off that Boracay vibe. Panglao is a lot less commercialized though. That’s a plus for me. We enjoyed our first day walking by the beach and eating. Yup. I did a lot of eating. I especially liked the Malunggay ice cream from Bohol Bee Farm. Yummy!

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On our second day, we woke up early for our day tour. Here’s our itinerary:

Chocolate Hills
The Chocolate Hills are one of the Philippine’s natural wonders. It’s made from limestone left over from coral reefs during the Ice Age when the island was submerged. These are one of the main tourist attractions in Bohol. We had to climb a flight of stairs to enjoy the awesome view at the top. But it’s well worth it.

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Tarsier Conservation Area
Tarsiers are small creatures, which you can pretty much hold in the palm of your hand. They are nocturnal animals. They sleep during the day and hunt at night. They are also territorial so you can often depend on them to stick to a certain area. Tarsiers are extreme introverts. They live alone for most of the year and only come in contact with other tarsiers around September to October to mate. The conservation area looked like a mini-forest wherein we could view the tarsiers in their natural habitat. Tarsiers have been classified as an endangered species. We couldn’t touch them as constantly touching them would shorten their lifespan.

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Baclayon Church
Baclayon Church is a Roman Catholic church founded by the Jesuit priests Juan de Torres and Gabriel Sanchez in 1596. It’s over 400 years old and has been declared as a National Cultural Treasure by the National Museum of the Philippines. It was hit by an earthquake in 2013 and part of it was still under repair when we visited.

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Blood Compact Site
The blood compact done in Bohol between Datu Sikatuna the chieftain of Bohol and the Spanish explorer Miguel Lopez de Legazpi is called Sandugo meaning “one blood”. It was done way back in 1565 to seal the friendship between the Spaniards and Filipinos. This was the area where this monumental event happened, 451 years ago.

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Bohol Forest
The Bohol Forest is a man-made mahogany forest that stretches on for 2 kilometers on the borders of Bilar and Loboc towns. I love how the trees seem to meet together forming a canopy of greenery beneath the blue sky.

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Bamboo Hanging Bridge
The Bamboo Hanging Bridge is a fun tourist attraction located in the Municipality of Sevilla. The bridge is made form woven bamboo slats and the rails are made from steel cables making it totally safe to cross. Stepping onto the bridge may seem scary at first because of all the movement it makes – especially if there are a lot of people using it. But we still had fun crossing it and I can say it’s very safe.

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Simply Butterflies Conservation Center
The Simply Butterflies Conservation Center is the first butterfly livelihood breading program in Bohol. It’s aim is to protect and increase the butterfly population through breading and research.

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Loboc River Cruise
The Loboc River Cruise is one of Bohol’s most famous tourist attractions. You get to enjoy a delicious buffet of Filipino cuisine while being serenaded by local singers and while enjoying the fresh clean area of the Loboc River. This was my favorite stop because of the all the yummy food I got to eat while on the cruise. Plus we got to enjoy a cultural show by the locals in Bohol. Definitely a must-try!

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Live a Truly Wealthy life.

-Alex

Cheers to New Beginnings

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I love weddings. It’s the promise of forever, the exciting adventure a couple has in store for them and the blossoming of a new life, as one, that has me all starry-eyed. I’m really a romantic a heart. It must have been all those novels I read back in high school.

Last weekend, two of my churchmates at CCF decided to tie the knot after 5 years of being in a relationship. It was a beautiful wedding. The venue was on a hill, overlooking Cagayan de Oro City. It was intimate, with only the bride and grooms family and close friends in attendance. And when they said “I do”, it was during sunset. I felt like I was looking at a lovely painting with the sky bursting into a myriad of red and orange colors.

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I love weddings. Most people do. But sometimes we can get so caught up in the wedding, we fail to prepare for the marriage.

Back then, my idea of love was candle light dinners, barefoot walks on the beach under a star-lit sky and surprise dates. I thought this was what love was. But then someone shared Jesus to me, and his way of loving totally changed my perspective. Love was much more (and much harder) than what I thought it was. He taught me that love is patient, it is kind. It does not envy, does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.His definition of love was so far from my feel-good, fuzzy definition of it. Love is about humility and commitment.

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I loved their wedding. But what I loved more was their courtship. At the onset of their relationship, both the bride and groom committed to honor God and put Him in the center. And that included maintaining their purity. There were a lot of struggles and temptations. But at the end, they shared their first kiss during the ceremony.

I was greatly encouraged by their story, because although they are far from perfect (no one is), they proved, that keeping your purity during courtship is possible. Their desire to honor God was like a glass of cold, fresh water on a scorching hot day – refreshing and inspiring. The attitude I see today is “It’s too hard, why even try?” But as this couple proved, it is possible. But only through God’s grace.

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It’s not really about being righteous or comparing yourself to others. We all have our own journey to make. This is about having a close and personal relationship with God. It’s about putting him in the center of your life. Because once he’s your priority, you will want to obey and honor him.

Marriage is a gift from God to us. The quality of our marriage is a gift from us to him.

-L. Whitney Clayton

I love weddings. But what I love more is the endless possibilities that will come after it. Sugar and Kileab, I know that you’ll have an even more beautiful marriage, as long as you both keep God at the center of your relationship and allow him to continue writing your love story.

May you live a Truly Wealthy life.

-Alex

 

The Disciplines of a Godly Man

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Earlier this morning, I was listening to a talk by Ravi Zacharias – The Disciplines of a Godly Man. According to him, to be Christ-like, you need to learn when to draw the line.

When King Nebuchanezzar, the King of Babylon, attacked and conquered Jerusalem during the reign of Jehoiakim, he instructed the chief official to select the best men from Israel. They had to be handsome, intelligent, well-trained, quick to learn, and free from physical defects, so that they would be qualified to serve in the royal court. After three years of training, they were to appear before the king. Among those chosen were Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, all of whom were from the tribe of Judah. The chief official gave them new names: Belteshazzar, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. The king wanted them to be taught the Babylonian language and to be served the same food in the king’s court.

The heart of spiritual discipline is a relationship with God.
-Kent Hughes

This was where Daniel drew his first line – the Line of Resistance. He did this by training his appetite. He said, “I do not want the abundance of the food or the enjoyment of the king.” He asked the chief official instead to give him a meager diet.

We all have hungers and passions that taunt us. And if we give in, we become a slave to our desires. You and I are responsible for training ourselves to control the various hungers that rage within us. We are filled with hungers – physical hunger, emotional hunger, intellectual hunger, relational hunger. It’s imperative that we train what we begin to enjoy and shun what can side-track us from honoring God.

David drew the line of resistance early enough to avoid being trapped in the lifestyle of the court. “Trying it out” can seem harmless in the beginning but it can quickly suck you in and before you know it, you’ve gotten so entangled in sin that you no longer know how to escape.

Second, Daniel drew the Line of Dependence. He didn’t depend on his own strength, intelligence or training. He relied on God.

King Nebuchadnezzar had a dream. And in that dream, there was a gigantic statue that had a head of gold, chest and arms of silver, legs of bronze and feet of iron and clay. Then suddenly a rock came out of nowhere and smashed the statue into pieces. When he awoke he commanded all his advisors to explain his dream to him. But no one could do it. In a fit of rage, he commanded all his royal advisors to be executed – including Daniel and his friends. Daniel then knelt before God and prayed to him for mercy and wisdom for him to discover the meaning behind the king’s dream. That night, God revealed the mystery to him in a dream. When he awoke, Daniel praised God.

“God is wise and powerful! Praise him forever and ever.
He controls the times and the seasons; he makes and unmakes kings; it is he who gives wisdom and understanding.
He reveals things that are deep and secret; he knows what is hidden in darkness, and he himself is surrounded by light.
I praise you and honor you, God of my ancestors.
You have given me wisdom and strength; you have answered my prayer and shown us what to tell the king.”
-Daniel 2: 20-23

Daniel was a man of learning. Yet he knew he needed to lean on God’s wisdom and not on his own understanding. The 20th Century is a century filled with knowledge and learning. And yet, it’s one of the bloodiest centuries we’ve had. Hate, racisim and evil abound. It seems we have lost our wisdom to determine right from wrong and good from bad.

The wisdom is gone. We have almost educated ourselves into imbecility.
-Ravi Zacharias

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.
-Proverbs 9:10

Daniel then came before the king and told him his dream and its meaning. King Nebuchadnezzar bowed to the ground and said “Your God is the greatest of all gods, the Lord over kings, and the one who reveals mysteries. I know this because you have been able to explain this mystery.” And he gave Daniel a high position and many gifts.

If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything.
-Malcome x

Then King Nebuchadnezzar had a golden statue made and ordered everyone to bow before it. This time, Daniel was forced to choose – worship King Nebuchadnezzar and save his life or be faithful to God and possibly lose it. This was were Daniel drew his third line, the Line of Confidence. He refused to worship the statue of King Nebuchadnezzar even if it cost him his life. In the end, God saved Daniel from the lion’s den.

When you draw the line of resistance, the line of dependence and the line of confidence, those are the disciplines that will mold you to become the person God has destined you to be. When you draw the line as a man of God, people will watch your good works and convictions and be drawn to God through you.
-Ravi Zacharias

It’s tough to draw the line in this world of ours. But with God’s grace it can be done. Let’s continue on in the race, fighting the good fight for God’s glory. For our reward is to be with him in eternity, and that is worth any line, any loss or any sacrifice.

-Alex

 

 

 

Travel Diaries: Cambodia

My friends and I went on a trip to Cambodia last 2014. Here’s a photo diary of our trip. Cambodia is rich in culture and heritage. It’s a great country to discover. On our first day, we went on a temple tour – starting with Ankor Wat – Cambodia’s biggest temple and the largest religious monument in the world.

Ankor Wat
Ankor Wat was built by Khmer King Suryavarman in the 12th century as his state temple. It has become a religious center and is now the symbol of Cambodia. It’s also now a prime tourist spot in Cambodia. 
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After Ankor Wat we visited 4 other temples. They equally interested but not as grand. I was just so sad that we weren’t able to visit the temple that Angelina Jolie filmed Tomb Raider in.

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