2 Ordinary People. 5 Lessons Each. 5 Years of Friendship.

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(At the bottom photo are Yang’s beloved parents, whom I highly respect: Tito Jack and Tita Minet. This was taken after we sought their blessing and affirmation to enter into a relationship.)

Within less than 24 hours, I did not have to “boost an ad” on Facebook (which was never our intention, by the way) to get such undeserved response, encouragement and affirmation from people across our circles.

Thus, on Yang’s behalf, we give our sincerest thanks to everyone who prayed with us and shared their kind words of blessings in this journey we are starting. While we are yet at that early stage of being “boyfriend” and “girlfriend”, I think it is good to pause, reflect and share a few principles that we have learned from the Lord and what we have been affirmed of, so far, as we seek His leading.

Below, you will find 5 lessons from me and another set of 5 lessons from Yang. The number five (5) essentially represents the number of years of our friendship. You would notice that our  writing styles are quite different, so bear with us a bit more as we share our hearts to you.

As a mentor-preacher, I try to keep things concise and my thoughts alliterated. So here are my two cents.

  1. Keep Christ at the very core — always!
  2. Keep a solid friendship as the bedrock.
  3. Keep a lifetime commitment (i.e. marriage, family) as the end goal.
  4. Keep “pushing” and “sharpening” one another towards his/her unique God-ordained calling.
  5. Keep yourselves connected to godly authoritative structures (i.e. family, church, leaders, accountability partners) where you can glean wise counsel.

Yang, being a doctor on the other hand, is able to articulate herself well in greater detail. Let’s learn from her.  

  1. Honor God. — Do not get into something that would decrease your appetite for His Word or presence.  If it does, that’s not His will.
  2. Wait. — God makes all things beautiful in HIS time, so wait on His timing.  Do not let love unravel until it so desires.
  3. Guard your heart. — For women, don’t fall for an “I love you” not backed up with marriage as an end-goal.
  4. Love. — Do not base love on butterflies in the stomach, pulses racing, or giddy feelings.  It is a decision to always place another’s highest good first.  We can, only because Jesus did it first.
  5. Strive for everyday purity. — Psalm 119:9-11 says, “How can a young man keep his way pure?  By guarding it according to your word. With my whole heart I seek you; let me not wander from your commandments! I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.”

While the lists we wrote here are not meant to be exhaustive, we share them out of a grateful heart, cheerful heart and… a hopeful heart.

By the Lord’s grace, we hope that we can be a good testimony to this generation and the next ones — to become a kind of people and foster a kind of relationship marked by Christ-like love, purity, joy, faith and a firm desire to honor God.

At the appropriate time, we shall share more of our story to you. But for now, we humbly seek your prayers as we grow in this God-ordained relationship — all for the sake of Christ and all for His renown!

Oh, may our Lord bless you and keep you, our dearest friends!

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Project Purity

A news article I read in the Internet reported a recent survey stating that “one in every three youth aged 15 to 24 years old has engaged in premarital sex, the number increasing by more than 14 percent from almost 20 years ago. This translates to about 6.2 million youth who have engaged in sexual intercourse before marriage”[1]. As soon as I finished reading its first two paragraphs, I already felt a deep kind of sadness. If this broke my heart, I cannot begin to imagine how it pains the hearts of families and how much this reality breaks the heart of God!

In a broken world where sexual immorality and a false definition of “love” are promoted, the call for purity is drowning out. The Church, the body of Christ, needs to do something about this. As “salt and light” (cf. Mt 5:13-16), we need to move. Thus in response to this problem, The Hub (GCF South Metro’s youth ministry) has started planning out a program, which we’ve aptly called, “Project Purity”.

The said “project” will commence in a Youth Fellowship on March 29 (Saturday) at 5:00-7:00 PM in the YDT Center. Our dear brother and fellow youth minister, Adam Hussey, will be giving a message on what Scripture says about purity, immediately followed by a facilitated small-group talk that will focus on sharing and in praying for one another. As early as now, I want to let you know that this is not only a one-time activity, but we consider this a first step towards a transformational movement.

Right now, we’d like to ask for your prayers and help. If you are a parent of a youth, then we encourage you to partner with us by supporting your child in this process towards a godly kind of purity. If you are a student, I encourage you to take that step of faith and make that commitment to being pure and blameless in the midst of a generation where it’s taught that sinning is just “okay”. All of us, by God’s grace and mercy, can be a catalyst for change!

We will surely update you on the details and progress of Project Purity. Should you need to contact us, please write us an e-mail to our designated address, thehub@gcfsouthmetro.org, and/or get in touch with us via Facebook by “liking” GCFSM-The Hub. We’d love to hear from you!

 

 


[1] Tricia Aquino, “1 in 3 Filipino youth aged 15-24 has engaged in premarital sex – survey”, Interaksyon, http://www.interaksyon.com/article/80226/1-in-3-filipino-youth-aged-15-24-has-engaged-in-premarital-sex—survey (accessed February 7, 2014).

Carry a Smile!

I was refreshed (and given an open rebuke) by these wise words of Sir Charles Spurgeon. Truly, if one is in Christ, that person has every reason to enjoy life. And, that person has every reason to share that joy to others.

“An individual who has no geniality about him had better be an undertaker, and bury the dead, for he will never succeed in influencing the living… I commend cheerfulness to all who would win souls; no levity and frothiness, but a genial happy spirit. There are more flies caught with honey than with vinegar, and there will be more souls led to heaven by a man who wears heaven in his face than by one who bears Tartarus in his looks.

Sing Christian, wherever you go; try, if you can, to wash your face every morning in a bath of praise. When you go down from your chamber, never to look on men till you have first looked on your God; and when you have looked on Him, seek to come down with a face beaming with joy. Carry a smile, for you will cheer up many a way-worn pilgrim by it.”

Carry a smile today!