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Sunday, December 23, 2012

Profile of a Campus Murderer, a ticking time bomb


2 Corinthians 2:4 For I wrote to you out of much affliction and anguish of heart and with many tears, not to cause you pain but to let you know the abundant love that I have for you.
Much had been said about the terrible mass murder in Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, USA and it's counterpart   in Chenpeng village somewhere in central China so I wont go into detail anymore. What I will try to illuminate this time are the side issues that authorities associate about the shocking News, like gun ban and drugs.
    While those in Chinese elementary school is fortunate that none have died but the shattering incident in Sandy Hook made me quiver at the mere thought so I dare not go again into detail of how painful it is and I prefer not to go thru the process of re-posting the images again...
    28 died including the gunman and his mother in Connecticut. What I can not fathom at this moment is why school children?
     As I've said, the world is turning very dangerous as days goes by...
   The issue had turn out to be on "gun ban" which I believe wont solve anything or deter such crime of the same magnitude. Disarming the people, as the case in China where a mad man uses only kitchen knife clearly shows isn't simply banning fire arms but the mental state of the people. 
    We don't need national debate again here. These are evil acts and the only thing that can extinguished evil is good.
   Are we going to miss the point again? Gun or without gun; evil will still find ways to destroy our lives and livelihood. Even on places we thought we are secure. 
   Let us try to unravel the warning signs by re-examining some of the 

   High Profile Campus Murder
   Know the warning signs. Sudden and dramatic changes in behavior can be an early warning sign that something is wrong.


   1. University of Iowa graduate student Gang Lu's anger over his doctoral dissertation not winning an academic award appears to be the motivation for his targeted killings. On Nov. 1, 1991, Lu shot three professors, a rival student (who won a dissertation award), a student employee, the vice president of student affairs and then himself. Only the student employee survived but is a quadriplegic from the injuries sustained.
   2. At approximately 10:25 a.m., on Oct. 2, 2006, Charles Carl Roberts entered an Amish schoolhouse with several weapons and ordered all the males and a few females with babies out of the building. He then boarded up and barricaded the doors. Roberts forced the remaining girls to line up and shot them at close range; in the final count he injured five and killed five and himself. 
   3. The so-called Stockton Massacre occurred on Jan. 17, 1989, beginning around 11:40 a.m. Patrick E. Purdy walked on to school grounds and began shooting while about 400-500 kids were playing at recess. Despite having a criminal record, he had been able to legally purchase the semi-automatic rifle and two pistols used in the attack. Purdy killed five students, injured 29 others and one teacher, and took his own life.
   Racism is the believed motivation, as most of the students were children of Southeast Asian refugees.
   4. This massacre was one of the first to take place on the grounds of a university. On Aug. 1, 1966, Charles Joseph Whitman, a student at the University of Texas at Austin and a discharged Marine, entered the Main Building's tower shortly after 11:30 a.m., armed with seven guns and various other weapons and supplies. Whitman killed a receptionist and two others in the tower before barricading himself on the tower observation deck. He shot from the vantage point for around 96 minutes, apparently randomly picking victims. Whitman was eventually killed by police, who managed to get to the deck. Around 30 people were injured and 18 were killed. The latter included Whitman, his wife and mother — whom he had killed the night before to spare from having to deal with his actions — and most recently, in 2001, a victim who died from injury complications. 

   The Attention Seeker
   But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.--Matthew 6:33
  The need for attention is a basic human need but Lack of affection and understanding are the common driving force in campus attacks. It targeted the innocent, the week, the helpless people...all they care about is attention without ambition. To them, the final goal is the attention itself. Once the needed false attention is achieve it turns into pride. 
   Parent should teach their children the value of reciprocity. You need to give in order to receive. We must plant the seed of love first before we ask for it. 
   If you want to stop attention seeking behavior then you first have to give them what they want (attention) for other more positive things.
1 John 4:7-8
Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.
   Focus on The Giver and Not on The Gift
    It is simply not having a form of religion or a belief in a god. Most of these killers are believers too in God. But they just believe and that's all...
   Men need a constant fellowship and everyday meditation in the word of God. The whole purpose of Christian meditation is to know God. As simple as it sounds its true. God calls us to an intimate relationship where we can know him and his will.
   A little caution though on meditation. Christian meditation is not like what pagan Mantras where they recite some memorized words over and over again. This was forbidden by Jesus Christ himself...
And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. -- Matthew 6:7
   It is not about emptying the minds and go into a state of trance. On the contrary, we need to be totally aware but not distracted by noises or negative thoughts. Knowing God does not follow any program or a method, it is spirit led but not exorcism. Eastern meditation is an attempt to empty the mind; Christian meditation is an attempt to fill the mind. 
   Do not let your mind aimlessly wander around the tasks, noise, and worries of everyday life. 

   Anyway, Can we avoid these campus killings?  Gun banned? or re-introduce Bible Study on campuses? One thing that I am sure of is that God fearing people will not even think about gruesome crime.  



   







Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Just Illuminating Again....

The world is increasingly becoming too dangerous to live in...both by natural causes and by human actions. Come to think of it, whether you believe in an idea of a Supreme-Being; all these misfortunes seems to be an act of judgment...which some of us prefer to call as Act of Nature...  but on my part, I still believe those are redemptive and warning signs. Redemption on the part of the innocent soul that have died while an alert warning signs for those left behind.
   Is going to church enough? Doing what is right? Do we simply believe there is a God? Is faith enough? 

  The world is design to provide for all living creature and sadly it was also design with limitations...There are precaution that must be taken into consideration before we can harvest the fruits of mother earth.  
   But some of our fellow-beings chose not to obey rules...they harvest what they have not planted. In order to access the bounty of nature we have to till the ground, we have to sweat...Here we greatly need lots and lots of patience and faith. Faith that tomorrow the seed we put on the ground will bear. 
   When we take away Faith, we lose hope...we take other avenues. Some people chose to take the escape route, like drug addictions, entertainment, etc...while some take the drastic route...in order to fill their needs. Faith is vital and necessary to survive. 

    ...and yet faith alone is not sufficient. Faith without action is dead! 

   Speaking about our lone world. The much talk about End of the World according to the Mayan Calendar...12/21/12...This coming Friday. Obviously, if you are a Bible reader, the current scenario does not have the necessary ingredients for an end of the world fulfillment. But what was clear according to Matthew 24 that all the signs are already here...not an ending yet but beginning of Birth-pains or Great Tribulations. 

   I still have reservations up to January 2013; so I'm quite confident that that the world isn't about to end yet on Dec. 12...seriously, our planet still have more or less a thousand years before it disintegrate into a fireball.

   What lies ahead???


   













Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Continue Praying For Tropical Storm Victims

I can't help but shed a little tears whenever I've heard what had happened in Mindanao early this month due to typhoon Pablo. The images are shattering and painful. Giant boulder of rocks slides in sweeping mud flow crushing human settlement...leaving trails of  unimaginable devastation...The aftermath was even more heartbreaking as files of human cadaver scattered everywhere...some still buried under piles of debris--young and old. I can imagine their last agonizing gasp for dear life. The survivors are left with either missing love ones or the painful task of identifying them among the casualties. Their livelihood even destroyed! Hope shattered. 
   As of this morning, the death toll caused by Typhoon Pablo rises to 1,020 and  continued climbing as 844 still missing according to NDRRMC.   The number of injured persons also rose to 2,662 and estimated damage increased to P24.1 billion. 
   Damage caused by Pablo was estimated at P24,160,920,528.05 -- P7,761,431,310 in infrastructure, P16,350,529,805.05 in agriculture, and P48,959,413 in private properties. At least 63,040 houses were destroyed while 95,544 were partially damaged. 12 bridges and four roads are still not passable while 30 areas are experiencing power interruptions.
   Meanwhile, the estimated cost of assistance for the affected families has reached P124.56 million. I thank God that help still continue pouring in from various part of the world. 
   How can we celebrate this holiday when these images nagged us? Knowing our fellowmen are in agony right at this very moment...I feel guilty at times why I was not there to help. What can I give...what can I offer? 


Ezekiel 33:11
Say unto them, As I live, saith the Lord God, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked;



2 Peter 3:9
New International Version (NIV)

  The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.




Sunday, December 9, 2012

My JIL Journey

As a young boy I grew up in the theology of my father. At that, I admire him more as philosopher than a preacher. He would often engage in religious debate where he outsmart almost everyone, even church leaders.
   Despite his knowledge about wrong practices and teaching of the church I grew up with; he still allows me the freedom to discover things on my own. Catholicism was still our outward religious label then. Maybe because of my mother influences or the community pressure being predominantly Catholics as a Nation. I've just realized that my father was simply outnumbered. 
   It was quite confusing for me having two different set of theologies. My father would constantly quote Bible verses or tell stories to contradict the teaching of the Roman Catholic Church. In fact, he had dislike to almost all kinds of religions. 
   But my father is not an Atheist. Later, I've learned to categorized him as  a person between Gnostic-Agnostic. He strongly believe in the existence of God, he believes in Jesus Christ but dislike every human religion. He consider all religion as just money-making scheme. 

My Own Search
   I was in High School when I begun to really read the Holy Scriptures. Slowly, to my surprise the obscure philosophies of my father became clearer. Wait a Minute!!! My father was right and our Sunday school teacher were very much wrong. I thought my father was just a philosophical wise-cracker but now, allow me to say he was probably more of a prophet. 

   I begun to wonder. Too many question gnawed at my already conflicting beliefs. I search my self...I search for God...."Why the Bible contradicts the common beliefs?"

   Shocked by the Bible, I consulted my father. In his usual witty response he asked me instead: "It is either the Bible is wrong or all Religions are right. What do you think?"  

   If God is all-knowing and All-power; why then he would allow all these lies? Why those who claim to be Christians tell another stories. Why are these Churches committing identity theft against The Real God whom the Bible speaks?

   I remember Dr. Jose Rizal's Noli Me Tangere, he wrote that after thoroughly examining the Holy Bible, which mean he had read it from cover to cover, he then concluded that there was no purgatory. He also added that not even a hint about purgatory was ever mentioned by the Word of God. 
   That became an eye-opener for me. A man as wise and as clever as Rizal discover the truth. A church claiming to be from God is teaching its followers invented lies. To trust your life to a religion that had many malpractices is utter foolishness. So I seek for God....

  In an earnest prayer, a one on one talk to God, I asked for His guidance. I prayed something like this regularly "Lead me to the truth, LORD." I also asked for the same wisdom He gave to Solomon. "blushed":)

He Leadeth Me to the Path....
  We are experiencing family problem then....I chose to ignore reality and shut myself away from the world but at that time I never consider myself to be a sinner. I go to church, sometimes pray but never realized yet that I was a lost soul. I thought it's enough that you go to church, believe in God and everything is alright and well. Never heard about relationship with God.
  Until one day I asked "Is there more to life than living?"
  The faithfulness of God remains even if I have not been faithful. One day, in a twist of faith I just found myself, with my friend surrendering to Jesus. This happened at Makati Cinema Square, a movie house. My friend and I thought it was a FREE CONCERT. We hear lively chorus and joyful songs.  We went inside...at first I thought I was trapped, this is NO concert but a worship service. But we stayed...and instantly, the Holy Spirit touched me that day.
   Now I surrender myself to Jesus. Me and my friend just planned to stroll that day on that Mall but God had different plan all along. HE want to rebuild my broken soul.

Back in the Loving Arms of God
   I accepted Jesus Christ in my life. Yet maybe like any new Christian, we still get shaken specially during tough times. I am what you call an IN and OUT Christian. Went astray...but unlike the Prodigal son of the Bible,   I leave and return more than a dozen times.
   Sometimes the devil would accuse me that I can not return anymore. I would hear him say inside my head that Jesus had enough of me. I'm a failure. But God had been merciful to me and assured me that His love is unconditional.
   Surprisingly, the persons who had lead me back to our LORD's arm came from both my parents. It really marked on my mind that day, when I saw my father praying and accepting Jesus too. He humble all his religious philosophy and became born again.
   Another awesome miracle is when my mother also begun talking about Jesus as a savior, she was the one who invited me to attend Jesus is Lord Church, this was in Tramo, Pasay Chapter that was in 1995.

    It was right after a broken relationship and I was at that time in the middle of self-destruction. Drinking and Partying all the time. I was crying that day when I return in the arm of Our Father.
   In JIL Tramo, I begun to join ministry works. Jesus Is Lord Church is a real loving community of Christians that does not end inside the church....To help each other in all aspect of life.
   I also found a new relationship and was restored by Jesus, and the picture below will show the Dedication of my son Elijah in JIL Tramo in year 2000.

with the ninongs

with the Ninangs (Pastor Myla)


    We move here in Laguna more than 6 years ago. My wife immediately look for a JIL church in the locality and we found one near the plaza of Binan.
   Now I have another child and she is Elyona Jean and here she is:


Here I am and behind me the Vision and Mission Statement of 
Jesus is Lord Church: 

To God be the Glory. 
   



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Friday, December 7, 2012

Typhoon Pablo and Japan Quake

Last year Mindanao was struck by Sendong, dubbed as the worst typhoon that ever hit the southern part of the Philippine Islands for many years with casualties over a thousand souls. But as the latest images shows, this time Typhoon Pablo is proving to be another worst calamity on Super-typhoon category now with over 400 death and still with many people unaccounted for or missing. 


   One of the hardest hit areas is New Bataan, Compostela Valley, where scores of residents were killed by flash floods. Among the fatalities were soldiers responding to the storm. More than hundred people are dead in Davao Oriental, where typhoon Pablo made its first landfall. Many areas there remain isolated after a major bridge gave way like the Cateel and Boston. 
   The highway that connects the provinces of Compostela Valley and Davao Oriental was rendered impassable as tree trunks, electric posts and landslides blocked the road, leaving residents along that stretch isolated. The Compostela-Cateel highway cuts travel time by two and half hours from Davao City. 
   As of this hour National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) has confirmed a total of 474 fatalities from the typhoon.





Watch Videos related to Typhoon Pablo HERE via GMA News
 
  Just now I've heard that Japan is raising another tsunami warning after a 7.5 earthquake hits. Oh my LORD, disaster upon disaster...
   (Reuters) - A strong earthquake centered off the coast of northeastern Japan shook buildings as far away as Tokyo on Friday and triggered a one-metre tsunami in an area devastated by last year's Fukushima disaster. (read More...)


Matthew 5:4 says:. 
"Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted."

Related stories:

3 Davao Oriental towns wiped out by Pablo

Situation report on the effects of typhoon Pablo (NDRRMC), December 7, 2012, as of 5 a.m.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

What are these Spider Species?


I'm just curious about these spiders that I found in our backyard. Probably, somebody can help me identify what are these spiders. What is unique about these spiders are the way it build its web. Their web are bell shape and it seems they store their food or prey above the stem of that bell in row. Very organize creature. It was tiny, about the size of a rice grain but I'm truly amaze by them. 
I wish I had better macro camera to show its detail...Can anybody tell me what do you call this creature?




Now aside from the above mention strange spider, I also found another spider, this one is a lot bigger and common. 






Life In Detail (LID)

I like to focus on detail...specifically ordinary and common object. These reflect as well on my artworks. Instead of telling the whole story...I divert on areas which is often overlooked or taken for granted. 
   First issue of an upcoming series, from here on-wards, I aim to document what my bare eyes have experience on minute detail. This is also part of my Illumination--my regular self-analysis entry. 




















Monday, December 3, 2012

Speaking of Trees and Foolishness

At this very moment Typhoon Pablo had just hit the southern part of The Philippine Archipelago. We are praying we don't get repeat fury like that of Sendong which devastated exactly last year. 

   Speaking of typhoon, there is always that fear of flooding especially around rivers and coastal areas. 
   For instance Manila bay. During Marcos era, our former first lady Imelda Marcos reclaimed large part of the bay area, where the famous Cultural Center of the Philippines now stands. The problem was that our urban planners, underestimated the power of the seas and just rely on breakwaters to stop giant waves from reaching shorelines. As we have seen those preventive measures were not enough...
   So, why not reclaim more of the seas, since we've extended human settlement, we should replace the lost shorelines. I think it would be helpful to plant, at least kilometer long mangrove forest around that area. It would be more beneficial to the well being of marine creatures, and at the same time deter flooding and even tsunami. It can also be added attraction to our beautiful sunset by the bay. 
   We can duplicate the same  idea around Pasig Rivers or other flood prone areas. Hmm that was so easy to say...a lot of Political Will would be needed to actually do it. So who had Genuine concerns for mankind?

So What Tree Do You Have?
   And again, speaking of truth or genuine concerns. I am compel to speak that truth again...the truth that the Holy Bible forbids erecting Christmas Tree. We can read that in Jeremiah 10. 

Hear what the Lord says to you, people of Israel. This is what the Lord says:Do not learn the ways of the nations or be terrified by signs in the heavens, though the nations are terrified by them.For the practices of the peoples are worthless; they cut a tree out of the forest, and a craftsman shapes it with his chisel.They adorn it with silver and goldthey fasten it with hammer and nails so it will not totter. Like a scarecrow in a cucumber field, their idols cannot speak;they must be carried because they cannot walk.Do not fear them; they can do no harm nor can they do any good.” (Jeremiah 10:1-5)

   I have discussed this Satanic practice before many times in this Blog and here I am again speaking even if it seems of no effect to everyone. The Lord knows the heart of people who truly respect His commandment...they are willing to listen and obey. 
   But generally people, in the baton of the False Church, teaching its followers to observe Satanism, like Christmas Nativity which is actually just a morph Mithraic practice from Pagan Rome. It was very clear in the Bible that everything about Christmas is a Big Lie. Christmas celebration is purely "SUN worship" or Saturnalia (Dec. 25). 
   Just a little common sense is needed, you don't have to be a Bible scholar to realized that everything about Christmas celebration is a Big Lie. Is Jesus Christ the reason of the season? NO! It's that guys in devil Red dress, who is in corrupt form of name Santa...just jumble his name and you will know who he is. In fact, the driving force why Christmas celebration survive is "Commercialism". Materialism, we know from Jesus Christ own word that he who loves the world is an enemy of God. 
"The first decorating of an evergreen tree began with the heathen Greeks and their worship of their god Adonia, who allegedly was brought back to life by the serpent Aessulapius after having been slain." Read more: http://www.religioustolerance.org/xmas_tree.htm
    Even Carols, Laterns, gift giving, snowman, elves,...ooops it will be a long discussion again. Let me talk of other matters....
   Okay, you have the right to Celebrate, obey your own hearts BUT as for me and my house, I rather obey God than men. 

   Read on thru the line of Not Afraid by Rapper EMINEM, he is from the inside of the Elite Satanic group stationed in Showbiz world. In this song, he is telling us a message...he is now breaking away from the hands of this real evil men...here how it goes:
You can try and read my lyrics off of this paper before I lay ‘em
But you won’t take the sting out these words before I say ‘em
Cause ain’t no way I’mma let you stop me from causing mayhem
When I say I’mma do something I do it, I don’t give a damn
What you think, I’m doing this for me, so fuck the world
Feed it beans, it’s gassed up, if it thinks it’s stopping me
I’mma be what I set out to be, without a doubt, undoubtedly
And all those who look down on me I’m tearing down your balcony
No if ands or buts don’t try to ask him why or how can he
From Infinite down to the last Relapse album he’s still shitting
Whether he’s on salary, paid hourly
Until he bows out or he shits his bowels out of him
Whichever comes first, for better or worse
He’s married to the game, like a “fuck you” for Christmas
His gift is a curse, forget the earth he’s got the urge
To pull his dick from the dirt and fuck the whole universe
   For further in depth  study about Not Afraid you may hit this LINK ...

   Only the blinds are acquitted if they fall to the pit. 

   Plant real trees instead...and help stop flooding.