Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Mighty To Save

Heard this song a lot of times. But it was in Passion Manila 2008 where this song has fully sent its message to me. Thanks to the testimony of "fruitcake". Thanks to Jesus!

Everyone needs compassion
A love that's never failing
Let mercy fall on me
Everyone needs forgiveness
A kindness of a Savior
The hope of nations

My Savior
He can move the mountains
My God is Mighty to save
He is Mighty to save

Author of salvation
He rose and conquered the grave
Jesus conquered the grave

So take me as You find me
All my fears and failures
Fill my life again
I give my life to follow
Everything i believe in
Now i surrender

Shine your light and let the whole world see
We're singing for the glory of the risen King...Jesus

Mighty To Save

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Why Pray?

Reflections on Praying for Others
by Henri Nouwen

One of the most powerful experiences in a life of compassion is the expansion of our hearts into a world-embracing space of healing from which no one is excluded. Prayer for others, therefore, cannot be seen as an extraordinary exercise that must be practiced from time to time. Rather, it is the very beat of a compassionate heart. To pray for a friend who is ill, for a student who is depressed, for a teacher who is in conflict; for people in prisons, in hospitals, on battlefields; for those who are victims of injustice, who are hungry, poor, without shelter; for those who risk their career, their health, and even their life in struggle for social justice; for leaders of church and state to pray for all these people is not a futile effort to influence God’s will, but a hospitable gesture by which we invite our neighbors into the center of our hearts.

Seen in the place of prayer, even the unprincipled dictator and the vicious torturer can no longer appear as the object of fear, hatred, and revenge, because when we pray we stand at the center of the great mystery of Divine Compassion. Prayer converts the enemy into a friend and is thus the beginning of a new relationship. There is probably no prayer as powerful as the prayer for our enemies. But it is also the most difficult prayer since it is most contrary to our impulses.

When we come before God with the needs of the world, the healing love of the Holy Spirit that touches us, touches with the same power all those whom we bring before him. Compassionate prayer does not encourage the self-serving individualism that leads us to flee from people or to fight them. On the contrary, by deepening our awareness of our common suffering, prayer draws us closer together in the presence of the Holy Spirit.

Monday, May 26, 2008

I Am in a Dilemma! (please read, need opinions)

My school records show that my name is spelled as CARLOMER T. CAMANNONG.

My birth certificate says my name is CARLOMER T. CAMANONG.

Now here's my dilemma. If I stick with what I have been using in my school records and other identification cards, I will be encountering much fuss in the future. For one, I will be taking the board exams and obviously, they will use the spelling in my birth certificate. Thus, there will be inconsistencies in my records. Actually, my passport is spelled with a single N, and the spelling in all my other IDs are inconsistent with it.

On the other hand, if I change my family name to a single N, it would be as if I'm not part of the double N family. As for inheritance issues, there's no point of worry since there's not much material things that I would inherit from my parents (hahaha!) except what I've got now -- good genes! LOL!

So guys, I need your opinions. Should I change? Should I stick to the wrong spelling? WHY? If you have background (i.e. legal matters, same experience, etc), please do share. :-)

THANKS a lot!

p.s. Nakasulat sa mga Jayross buses, "to our valued passengers: iingatan po namin kayo. T.Y. so much po!" hahaha!

Academic Calendar for SY08-09 (Here Comes Toxicity!)


( June 3 - October 14, 2008)

June 3

Opening of Classes

June 9

Independence Day (Regular Holiday)

June 18


July 9 - 15

1st Long Examination

July 23


August 6


August 18

Ninoy Aquino Day (Special Holiday)

August 19

Quezon City Day (Special Holiday)

August 20-27

2nd Long Examination

August 25

National Heroes Day (Regular Holiday)

September 17


October 1 - 7

3rd Long Examination

October 13 -14

1st Semester Final Examination
(for 1st Semester Subjects only)


(October 22, 2008 - March 17, 2009)

October 22

Start of Classes

November 1

All Saints Day

November 12


Nov. 26 - Dec. 3

4th Long Examination

December 1

Bonifacio Day (Regular Holiday)

December 17


Dec. 20 - Jan. 4

Christmas Break

January 5

Resumption of Classes

January 21 - 27

5th Long Examination

February 11


Feb. 25 - Mar 3

6th Long Examination

March 9-13

Final Examination - 3rd Year

March 11 - 17

Final Examination - 1st and 2nd Year

March 24 - 28

Orientation Period for Clerks

April 1

Start of Clerkship

April 4 - 5

Comprehensive Examination

April 9

Maundy Thursday

April 10

Good Friday

April 18 - 19

Comprehensive Examination

April 25

Comprehensive Examination

May 1

Start of Internship

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Can We Start Over Again

Can we start over again?
Every moment together that is past
How did we end up this way
Has your love disappeared?
Has it gone away?

can we start over again
I wish you'd notice this song I sing to you
The past the future and now
You'll be the only my love

If I could turn away from you
Though I hope that it won't come true
If I could stop remembering you
Though I hope that it won't be soon
And maybe if I could

Oohh... Yeaahhh...

If we could go back in time now
I would make everything all right
We can't just throw this away now
This love we share is so right

If in the past I mistakenly hurt you
Could you give me one more chance
Oh darling please listen
I'm down on my knees
I'm begging you please, yeah.. Oh...

If I could turn away from you
Though I hope that it won't come true
If I could stop remembering you
Though I hope that it won't be soon
And maybe if I could

If I had one wish I would ask
For just one more chance girl
To start it all over again
Oh.. woaahh... Yeah...



Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Missions: The Basis of the Bible

It is true that the Bible is indispensable to missions. It is so because the Bible gives Christians the mandate for world evangelization. It does not only gives us the mandate, but also the message to be preached in world evangelization. It is written in the Bible what the true Gospel is. Another reason why the Bible is indispensable to missions is that it is in the Bible where we could find a model to emulate in world evangelization. And lastly, it is in the Bible where we could read the promise of power (read: dunamis) in doing world evangelization.

But have we ever thought that God's redemptive mission could be the basis of the totality of Biblical revelation? You read it right. Missions is the basis of the Bible. For me, though it is difficult to grasp, it is not impossible to see how this is so. Now, reason with me. If God had not purposed to redeem mankind, there probably would have been no need for Him to reveal Himself through the Biblical record. Take away the message of salvation and everything that entails God's redeptive purpose, there actually would have been no chosen nation that we could read in the Old Testament. Jesus would not need to become human in order to save men. No crucifixion, no resurrection, and no disciples and the early to proclaiming the message of salvation. There would be no book of Revelation.

Thank God for His grace that He chose to save mankind. That He purposed to indulge in the redemption of men, and we all could read that clearly now in the Bible, from Genesis 1:1 to Revelation 22:21! The Bible is the chronicle of events, a story of how God is fulfilling His redemptive purpose for mankind... How mankind is lost and how great is its need for a Saviour... And a story of how the powerful living God is concerned with humanity. Oh how wonderful that grace is! We can see in missions that mankind is so helpless that it does not even know how to get saved except for God's gracious redemptive purpose alone.

Therefore brethren, what are we supposed to do now? Remain SSS (saved, seated and satisfied)? We are to be GSIS (goers, senders, intercessors, and supporters). World evangelization is a partnership with the living God in bringing a rebellious world under His authority in fulfillment of the great prophecy of Revelation 11:15, "The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he shall reign forever and ever."

Reference: The Condensed World Missions Course (CWMC) Reader

Sunday, May 18, 2008

The Square Root of Three (Nerdy Poem)

This is by Kumar, from the movie, Harold and Kumar 2. :-)

I fear that I will always be
A lonely number like root three

The three is all that’s good and right,
Why must my three keep out of sight
Beneath the vicious square root sign,
I wish instead I were a nine

For nine could thwart this evil trick,
with just some quick arithmetic

I know I’ll never see the sun, as 1.7321
Such is my reality, a sad irrationality

When hark! What is this I see,
Another square root of a three

Has quietly come waltzing by,
Together now we multiply
To form a number we prefer,
Rejoicing as an integer

We break free from our mortal bonds
With the wave of magic wands

Our square root signs become unglued
Your love for me has been renewed