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[29 Apr 2010 | 0 | 44 views]
Leaders are Getting Harder to Find

by Danny A. Hernaez
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I visited with a friend over dinner the other night. He is an attorney. A really good one. He works for a prestigious firm and does some of their most important work for its biggest clients. He was talking about leadership. “Law schools are producing some sharp graduates these days and sending them our way,” he said. “As you can imagine, we get lots of applications from the best and brightest. I don’t think it would ever be the case that we worry about one of our …

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[29 Apr 2010 | 0 | 49 views]
There is Time

by Danny A. Hernaez
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Because of several deadlines I have set for myself I am finding myself feeling rushed, a bit overwhelmed by all that has to be done, pressured, even talking to myself. One of the things I could be heard saying is, “There is not enough time to get everything done that needs to be done.” I have found myself running from place to place, task to task, and hour to hour trying my best to get everything done on my “to do” list before the day is done. …

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[22 Apr 2010 | 0 | 87 views]
Man Does not Live on Bread Alone

by Danny A. Hernaez

Greetings!
“‘… Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” (Matthew 4:4)
Is it really that important to have a quiet time with the Lord everyday? I mean the Lord knows how busy my life is, so if I just toss up a few prayers and listen to a Christian song on the radio while rushing into my day, that should suffice. Right? It’s easy to let the busyness of life crowd out time for prayer, Bible reading, and …

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[15 Apr 2010 | 0 | 103 views]
Do not Forget

by Danny A. Hernaez
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The key to wisdom is locked up in your memory. This living wisdom, not your achievements or net worth, becomes your legacy – your gift to the next generation. These collected memories make you a living testimony, or a dying breed. Whether you realize it or not, our memories are sacred things, fingerprints of God. From the beginning, God has placed them in our hearts for a purpose – to keep us wise.
Before God’s people entered the Promised Land, Moses spoke repeatedly about memories. “… be careful, …

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[9 Apr 2010 | 0 | 70 views]
Death

by Erwin dela Rosa

“And unto God the Lord belong the issues of death.”
This is the gist of John Donne’s Death’s Duel, a sermon he delivered himself, a member of the clergy, a lawyer, and a writer/poet during England’s Jacobean Period. As if by fate, John Donne died a few weeks after delivering this sermon.
Death’s Duel is inspired and based on the reality that each human will (at some point in time) encounter and be confronted by death. It is a metaphysical view of human’s inevitable fate – death. John Donne …

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[8 Apr 2010 | 0 | 84 views]
Stop Judging by Mere Appearances

by Danny A. Hernaez

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One of the concerns Jesus expressed during His earthly ministry involved in seeing and hearing. He spoke on more than one occasion about having ears to hear and hearing correctly and about overcoming our spiritual blindness. In one particularly heated discussion on the correct understanding of who He was, He spoke these words: “Now if a child can be circumcised on the Sabbath so that the law of Moses may not be broken, why are you angry with me for healing the whole man on the Sabbath? …

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[2 Apr 2010 | 0 | 43 views]
Afterlife

by Erwin dela Rosa
While I was driving to school a couple of Monday mornings ago, I pondered: “Is there life after death?” Or, “Is there an afterlife?”
I thought such because I had been assigned to give the reflection during the wake that we were going to have in the afternoon. It was for the bereaved family of our former vice president for academic affairs.
Dr. Benigno F. Castro of Baluyot, Bautista, Pangasinan passed away on February 11, 2010 – just a day before his sixty-sixth birthday. He was a …

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[1 Apr 2010 | 0 | 45 views]

by Danny A. Hernaez
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At the end of the first century, the town of Laodicea was a thriving commercial center. It was a wealthy city, one of the few towns to refuse government aid after a devastating earthquake in the region. Clothing manufactured in Laodicea was sold throughout the Roman empire, especially garments made of beautiful black wool. Situated at the juncture of three trade routes, the city was ideally located for doing business. In addition, there was a world-famous medical school in Laodicea, famous for the treatment of optical diseases. …

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[30 Mar 2010 | 0 | 48 views]

by Earl Canlas

Holy Week Reflection for 31 March 2010

Read Luke 21.29-38; Hebrews 2.5-18

Tall, black, and gorgeous. Emily Riley had beautiful shining eyes arched by her long, finely curved brows. Braces on her teeth didn’t dent the impressive pretty full lips of her mouth. There was so much joy and life in her. And she had captivated the unspeakably lonesome Ben Thomas.

This particular night she prepared her best for dinner. She and Ben enjoyed the meal and the rest of the evening. She tilted her face on one side like there …

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[29 Mar 2010 | 0 | 39 views]

by Earl Canlas

Holy Week Reflection for 30 March 2010
Read Luke 20.1-19; Isaiah 40.1-17

We are going through Holy Week in a series of stories found in the Book of Luke. The characterizations of people in the stories are not strange to us. We have met people like them in our own time, in our own situations. To certain extents these people mirror our own stories. Lent is a season that is timely for examining our own lives.
Religious leaders at Jerusalem ironically challenged the authority of Jesus, while they know some general …

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[28 Mar 2010 | 0 | 65 views]

by Earl Canlas

Holy Week Reflection for 29 March 2010

Read Luke 19.45-48; Isaiah 58.3-9

The famous verse of our reading in Isaiah (58.6) in the New Revised Standard Version is rendered as “loose the bonds of injustice, to undo the thongs of the yoke.” The older rendering in the Revised Standard Version uses the words “bonds of wickedness.” Indeed righteousness is always parallel to justice. Where there is wickedness, there is injustice.

Many of us close our eyes to social evils and injustice, unless we or somebody we know are the victims of …

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[27 Mar 2010 | 0 | 44 views]

by Earl Canlas

Holy Week Reflection for 28 March 2010
Read Luke 19:28-44; Amos 5:8-24

Jesus is not riding a horse like a victorious conqueror, which the Romans in the person of Pontius Pilate with troops in formation would have been likely seen. Jesus rides the colt of an ass, more of a workman’s ride. He enters the back gate along a narrower path. Not likely the better paved entrance on the main gate! The irony of the scene must not escape us. Amos a prophet in 8th Century BCE, similarly finds …

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[26 Mar 2010 | 0 | 38 views]
Treasure and Nurture the Gift

by Erwin dela Rosa

“Every child is a gift from God.”
I will never forget this Scripture lesson. Especially when I eat in food shops in highly urbanized areas.
A few months ago, I was asked to be a godfather to a son of a co-faculty member. It’s my nth time to be a godparent.
The baptism was held in a solitary Mt. Carmel chapel in Carmen, Rosales. The reception was held in McDonald’s Carmen. I enjoyed it. It was fun.
While we were inside partying, just outside the window were children begging on the …

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[26 Mar 2010 | 0 | 61 views]

by Earl Canlas

Holy Week Reflection for 27 March 2010

Read Luke 24:28-36; Hebrews 10:26-39

Two disciples of Jesus, not among the Twelve, were on their way to Emmaus with the sad news of Jesus’ death. Their sense of loss had brought their faith into a maze of despair. They have witnessed the ministry of Jesus and have accompanied him and his close twelve apostles. Yet now they fail to recognize him as they travel on the road.
They are so like many of us today. We have been Christians for so long, but …