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Scripture of the Month: We are lacking knowledge

Romans 15:4 perfectly captures why the Bible was written. Yet, many people lack knowledge for they do not read, learn, meditate, and study the scriptures. They lean on false teachings instead of opening the Bible. They get their learning from Hollywood, misinformed and misguided individuals/celebrities, instead of going directly to the Word.

It’s no wonder we are destroyed due to a lack of knowledge!

To reject the knowledge of the Word of God is to reject God. Today, open your Bible and seek knowledge. 

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Scripture of the Month: Where were you when God created the world?

God made the world without help. We were not there to give advice or guidance, so why do we want to dictate on God’s behalf?

God was the One Who laid out the blueprint, measurements, and details. The angels delighted in the Creator’s creative creation by singing and shouting for joy.

The world is not what it once was, but when Christ returns to reclaim what’s rightfully His, we shall rejoice as the angels. Even so, come soon, Lord Jesus.

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Scripture of the Month: Return to the Lord

What right do we have to complain about the punishment of sin we’ve committed? None at all. We tend to want His grace, but not His fair justice. We shouldn’t even be complaining about God, but to God.

Instead of complaining, and fretting, let us instead examine our hearts, ways, thoughts, and beliefs. Let us repent, and turn again to the Lord. Saying that we are of God is easy to say, but are our actions in sync? Being a Christian is an everyday affair, not a sometimes affair.

Instead of complaining, we should encourage ourselves in hope. 

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Books & Reviews ๐Ÿ“š

Everything wrong with ‘The Secret Garden’

I’ve been reading more than I should lately, and although I should’ve already read 90-110 books given the calculation during a small reading slump I had to get over (thank God!), I’m glad to have read 78 books.ย 

Before I begin, I apologize for being M.I.A. I’ve been busy (and I use that word loosely) organizing, plotting, planning, and of course, resting. I needed this time for myself to also reflect and see how far I’ve come, and where I’m going to. In all my years of blogging, it feels as if this is the first time I’ve slowed down concerning posting, and also reading your blogs. I can’t promise that things will change soon (although I’ll like it very much to), but life happens, and unfortunately, I can’t press the bell for it to stop at my address just so I can get off. All I can do is hope to get back to a regular blogging schedule, one day.

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Okay, so this book. What’s the BIG deal about it? I couldn’t find any. When I was young, and I just started out reading, I was made to believe that I should appreciate every single book I read, and not criticize even if I don’t like the book. This book falls under such category, but it’s not even all that special or unique, and as much as I love reading books, I love that I can give my honest thoughts, opinions, and reviews, without sugarcoating it.

Here, in note-taking form, are the reasons why I dislike this so-call favorite classic:ย 

๐Ÿ”–ย Dialect. I dislike reading books sprinkled throughout with local dialects. It’s a major turn off. Also, this book target group are children, so why not proper English dialogue usage? Plus, people are reading this book worldwide, so the dialect could’ve been toned down a bit.ย 

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๐Ÿ”– There’s a character in this story that I kind of liked. His name is Dickon. He speaks to animals, and plays on a pipe for his listening audience of animals. Piped Piper of Animals? He quite gave off Jack from Legend vibes. You know? That Tom Cruise film which is never mentioned by said actor, in which he’s king of the jungle and talks to animals? I guess Dickon was Ridley Scott’s favorite character as well.

๐Ÿ”– Magic. I know there are people that believe in magic, but there’s no such thing as good magic. It’s not even magic, it’s God. Authors need to stop stealing what is God’s, and calling it magic. Call it what it is: a miracle. Nature is not made of magic for God is not a magician, but rather, a Creator and Designer. Colin (a spoiled, obnoxious character) got scientific about ‘why it gotta be magic’, so I got technical on ‘why it can’t be magic’.

๐Ÿ”– A grown adult male bringing up, a man hitting his wife in front of children. Just, no! If that’s not wrong enough, here’s young Colin’s response: “She used the wrong Magic until she made him beat her. If she’d used the right Magic and had said something nice, perhaps he wouldn’t have got drunk as a lord and perhaps – perhaps he might have bought her a new bonnet.”

I’m sitting there, like, “What did this child just say?” Really? So, bad magic can make a man beat his wife, but good magic makes a man buys her nice things? CHILD! NO! There’s no such thing as good or bad magic, and a man shouldn’t beat up on his wife period. What drugs was this author taking when this dialogue was written? I’m sure Colin grew up to be a wife beater simply because his wife didn’t believe in “good magic”.

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๐Ÿ”– The Big Good Thing. No, just say God, you know you want to. Say His Name, praise Him, acknowledge the miracle He has done, and stop being a cowardly mouse that wants to fit in with the world. An adult mother talks like this? *Mocking voice* Th’ big good thing. So stupid.

๐Ÿ”– Dickon’s mother (Susan Sowerby) is an ode to what people call “mother nature”… here, I roll my eyes. The names of many characters were downright annoying.

In almost every children classic I’ve read, the children are neglected by their parents… like Disney, and it’s downright annoying. Didn’t wonderful families existed in eras gone by? Why must the children be selfishly or emotionally neglected? Is that supposed to tug on our heartstrings to ask for sympathy for an annoying and rude character? There was also hints of racism, which was not necessary. I get that it was a different time, but this is no excuse. Authors – of all ethnicities – have a responsibility when they write and edit before the final product go out into the world.

When I was young, I’ll devour any book, and call it good. I now see through a different prism. While I appreciate an author’s “labor of love”, I won’t be sugarcoating words when it comes to discussing a book. I’ll call it out for what it is and stand by what I said.

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VERSE OF THE MONTH (September 2021): 

To the Lord our God belong mercies and forgivenesses, 
though we have rebelled against Him.ย  

Daniel 9:9 ๐Ÿ™Œ
Moments of Inspiration โœ

Word High July: Maharlika and Musmos

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Salut! It’s been a while since I’ve been able to compose something. I decided to take a little break to pursue other things, reflect, and ponder. At some point, I’ll come to a decision about blogging, but not today.

This is going to be my last post regarding Word High July. With six more words to go, I only managed to write words to two of them. I’ll save the others for another time. I want to thank Rose for hosting such a wonderful event. I had fun learning new words as I worked on my writing, and I’ll definitely participate in the other one.ย 

So, let’s begin:

Maharlika: royal, noble, regal; high or great by birth, rank, or in character

This piece was inspired by the events in Revelation 1 and 19. Everyone claims to be king, but the King of kings will return to claim what’s rightfully His (Rev. 11:15), and in the meantime, we should watch (Matthew 25:13).

We must not wait to declare Jesus our Savior until we can see Him with our physical eyes. We must accept Him by faith, not fact, to be saved.

Even so, come Lord Jesus!ย 

And finally, I come to this word:

Musmos: child, naive, innocent

It pretty much explain itself.

Thank you for joining me on this journey.

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VERSE OF THE MONTH (September 2021):  

To the Lord our God belong mercies and forgivenesses, 
though we have rebelled against Him.ย  

Daniel 9:9 ๐Ÿ™Œ
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Scripture of the Month: Mercies and forgiveness

How many times have we rebelled against God? Countless! Yet, God is so merciful, He tends to forgive us, and start with us all over again, once we’re willing to let Him work.

So, what’s our excuse?

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My 2 Cents ๐Ÿ’ญ

The internet NEVER lets you forget!

It has been a whirlwind sort of affair, watching guest hosts vie to be the next permanent host of Jeopardy!. I’ve enjoyed a few of the guests, but I had a feeling that Mike Richards was going to be the chosen face, although he didn’t stand out for me. As the Executive Producer of Jeopardy!, I felt as if he shouldn’t have even guest hosted, however, I was willing to give him a chance as the new host. That was, until the angry internet mob decided to remind him of unsavory comments he made on an eight-year-old podcast series in 2013 and 2014 about women, Jews, and other groups. They cried out for blood, and Richards had no choice, but to step down.

Nowadays, people drag others down for their sins, and they mostly do it from behind the screen bringing up “receipts” and “tea”, and crying out for cancel culture. We tend to look at the past instead of the present. Who is to say that Richards is not a changed man now? Why can’t forgiveness play a role, given that we’re all fickle creatures and the ones rattling the cage are not without sin as well?ย 

Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.

Colossians 3:13

Getting back to Jeopardy!, most fans were excited about LeVar Burton despite his guest hosting gig having the lowest ratings. My favorites were David Faber and Joe Buck. I was hoping that one of them would’ve been chosen to be the next face of the game show, seeing that they brought a sense of enjoyment and entertainment to the show, especially Buck.ย 

You’ve heard this many, many times before, but be careful of what you say on the internet, for your footprints are easy to track as the internet never lets you forget.

And that’s my two cents.

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VERSE OF THE MONTH (August 2021): 

Then I said, I am cast out of thy sight; 
yet I will look again toward thy holy temple.ย  

Jonah 2:4 โ›ช
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If He knocks, will you open the door?

Here, we see Jesus standing outside. He’s knocking. Why? Because He wants to be let into our life and heart. However, He’s not going to be knocking all the time. He’ll only knock for a while. Eventually, He’ll stop.

Jesus is the ultimate gentleman. He doesn’t just force Himself into someone’s life, He knocks first. And if you let Him in, supping with Him can be just as rewarding.

Jesus wants to sit at the table with you. He wants to dine with you today. Will you open the door – even if it’s just slightly – and welcome Eternal Life, or will you leave Jesus standing out in the cold?

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VERSE OF THE MONTH (August 2021):  

Then I said, I am cast out of thy sight; 
yet I will look again toward thy holy temple.ย 

Jonah 2:4 โ›ช
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Scripture of the Month: I will look again toward thy holy temple.

There are times that we may find God’s way tedious, and we turn away from His presence to frolic with the cares of the world, thus looking away from the temple.

It is when we get into a jam that we cannot get out of, we desperately cry out to God for help, thus looking again to God.

Are your eyes off the temple? Look again at the temple today, for when you do, hope blooms like a flower.

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