More of You by Colton Dixon

More of you, less of me

Make me who I’m meant to be

Gotta love this song from Colton Dixon. What a wonderful reminder for us to surrender all that we are and all that we have to Jesus. It’s often easier said than done. Remember the rich young ruler from Matthew 19:16-26? He asked Jesus what he must do to obtain eternal life and when Jesus told him “…go and sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.” The young man went away grieving for it was hard to part with his earthly treasures.

When I was much younger, I also put importance on earthly treasures. I wanted to work, earn money and buy a lot of things. Through time, the Lord has made me understand through His Word that it is more important to pursue Him, to make it our goal to be like Him and to do what we can to share the gospel. Wanting to become like Christ and following Him is costly; often we will have to make a lot of sacrifices and the world will not always understand us but we are to look forward to the greater reward of being with Him for eternity.

“More Of You”

I made my castle tall
I built up every wall
This is my kingdom and it needs to fall
I want you and no one else
Empty me of myself
Until the only thing that’s left is

More of You
Less of me
Make me who I’m meant to be
You’re all I want all I need
You’re everything
Take it all I surrender
Be my king
God I choose
More of You and Less of me
I need more of you
More of you

This life I hold so close
Oh, God I let it go
I refuse to gain the world and lose my soul
So take it all I abandon everything I am
You can have it
The only thing I need is

More of You
Less of me
Make me who I’m meant to be
You’re all I want all I need
You’re everything
Take it all I surrender
Be my king
God I choose
More of You and Less of me
I need more of you
More of you

All to You
I surrender
All to You my blessed savior
I surrender all

All to You
I surrender
All to You my blessed savior
I surrender all

More of You
Less of me
Make me who I’m meant to be
You’re all I want all I need
You’re everything
Take it all I surrender
Be my king
God I choose
More of You and Less of me
I need more of you
More of you

All to You
I surrender
All to You my blessed savior

More of you
I need more of you

Brad Go on Stage 1

Brad Go, the guy behind “The Hush Project” was in town to do some shows and promote his album. The Hush Project was inspired by Brad’s own love story: He was on his way home from work one day, when rain poured. He looked over his shoulder and saw a girl who was so drenched. He offered her an umbrella, they spoke and he asked her out.

You can watch the story here:

Following that encounter, Brad wrote songs about the story and posted them on a blog called “Have U Seen Her”. Since then, Brad has embarked on a mission to search for love stories around the world and write songs about them. He was able to complete his mission in 2013, made possible by various donors who gave support through his Kickstarter campaign. He filmed and gathered stories in Barcelona, Tokyo, Melbourne, Palermo, Singapore, Berlin, Paris and Manila and came back with songs that now comprise his album.

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Below are videos from his performance on Stage 1. Enjoy and SUBSCRIBE if you want to see more live performance videos  from The Afternoon Cruise.

Etiquette Lesson: Is it appropriate to ask a couple “Why don’t you have kids yet?”

NO.

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Sure, this question can be masked with “concern” but really, their decision to have kids is none of anyone’s business. This is a common embarrassing question in Filipino social gatherings and I have seen how couples at the receiving end of the question squirm uncomfortably. See, the couple may actually want kids but may have some challenges reproducing. It isn’t their fault that they are experiencing that. Why add insult to injury by asking them a sensitive question?

On the other side of the spectrum, the couple may have that mutual decision not to have children. Again, their reasons are none of anyone’s business. Do not take it against them for it is their choice. Before anyone considers asking this question, I think it’s wise to consider:

  • Why must I ask this question? What is my motive?
  • Am I friends with the couple? Do they consider me as someone they can trust? – Personal questions like our example above may be alright for people the couple trusts. Don’t just blurt this out when you meet them for the first time or if your friendship hasn’t deepened just yet. Chances are, if the couple grows to trust you, they will mention it without you having to ask.
  • Will it directly affect me if I don’t get the answer to the question? Am I “concerned” or just curious?

This may seem like a common question that’s thrown around but it pays to be mindful of how the other party would feel. Remember that courtesy is appreciated by a lot of people–it makes them want to continue talking to you or listen to what you have to say.

Stay classy!

Holy Week Photoblog: The Garden Tomb

Today we look at the other site which most Protestants believe is where Jesus resurrected on Easter Sunday.

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The Garden Tomb is in Jerusalem but not within the Old City. According to our guide from the Garden Tomb, the location matches the description in the Bible: -Located along a highway -Public execution -At the skull-shaped hill -Near a gate of the city -A garden

The Garden Tomb is in Jerusalem but not within the Old City. According to our guide from the Garden Tomb, the location matches the description in the Bible:
-Located along a highway
-Public execution
-At the skull-shaped hill
-Near a gate of the city
-A garden

A key characteristic of Golgotha is that it looks like a skullIMG_5840It is described to be a place of public execution, where people would easily see the shameful crucifixion Jesus suffered.

You might be asking, why is there a winepress in the tomb? Remember that the tomb originally belonged to Joseph of Arimathea who was a rich man, a member of the Sanhedrin who was a secret disciple of Jesus. When he found out that Jesus was dead, he asked Pilate for the body of Jesus, took it and prepared it for burial along with Nicodemus (Remember him from John 3?).  The presence of a winepress in the tomb indicates that it was also a "working garden" fit for a rich man.

You might be asking, why is there a winepress in the tomb? Remember that the tomb originally belonged to Joseph of Arimathea who was a rich man, a member of the Sanhedrin who was a secret disciple of Jesus. When he found out that Jesus was dead, he asked Pilate for the body of Jesus, took it and prepared it for burial along with Nicodemus (Remember him from John 3?).
The presence of a winepress in the tomb indicates that it was also a “working garden” fit for a rich man.

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Of course, worth noting are the beautiful flowers scattered around the garden

Now let’s get to the tomb

The entrance to the tomb

The entrance to the tomb

His tomb was cut out of solid rock, with a large weeping chamber, and a channel for a rolling stone. It is remarkable that all the features mentioned in the biblical account of Joseph’s tomb can be seen at the Garden Tomb.P1140022-001

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Indeed! My Savior is RISEN! Despite the debate regarding the exact location of Christ's crucifixion and resurrection, the most important truth is that Jesus conquered death and made salvation possible for all who come to Him and believe.

Indeed! My Savior is RISEN! Despite the debate regarding the exact location of Christ’s crucifixion and resurrection, the most important truth is that Jesus conquered death and made salvation possible for all who come to Him and believe.

I hope you enjoyed my Holy Week photoblog. :-) Looking forward to sharing more of my Holy Land journey and Bible insights with you.

Holy Week Photoblog: Holy Sepulchre

The Holy Sepulchre is believed by a lot of Christians as the place where Jesus Christ was crucified (Golgotha) and where He rose from the dead.  

THE MAIN ENTRANCE: It took a while for us to get through those doors as it was very crowded inside. I find it interesting that different Christian denominations share control of the church but Muslims are said to have the keys to the main door.

THE MAIN ENTRANCE:
It took a while for us to get through those doors as it was very crowded inside. I find it interesting that different Christian denominations share control of the church but Muslims are said to have the keys to the main door.

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Lines and lines of tourists flocked towards this huge structure--the entrance to the tomb of Jesus Christ.

Lines and lines of tourists flocked towards this huge structure–the entrance to the tomb of Jesus Christ.

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The Stone of Anointing is where Jesus is believed to have been laid after he was taken off the cross

The Stone of Anointing is where Jesus is believed to have been laid after he was taken off the cross

A lot of people bow, kiss and pray at the Stone of Anointing

A lot of people bow, kiss and pray at the Stone of Anointing

At the courtyard of the Holy Sepulchre. It was nice to be able to move about freely after staying in line.

At the courtyard of the Holy Sepulchre. It was nice to be able to move about freely after moving like ants inside. :-)

Later, we’ll look at the Garden Tomb which is the alternate site believed to be where Jesus was really buried. Researchers looked into the historical and geographical facts in the Bible and found that the location fit the descriptions of Golgotha (The Skull Hill) and the tomb which was originally owned by Joseph of Arimathea and “lent” to Jesus Christ.

Holy Week Photoblog: The Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu

Peter Disowns Jesus 69 Now Peter was sitting out in the courtyard, and a servant girl came to him. “You also were with Jesus of Galilee,” she said. 70 But he denied it before them all. “I don’t know what you’re talking about,” he said. 71 Then he went out to the gateway, where another servant girl saw him and said to the people there, “This fellow was with Jesus of Nazareth.” 72 He denied it again, with an oath: “I don’t know the man!” 73 After a little while, those standing there went up to Peter and said, “Surely you are one of them; your accent gives you away.” 74 Then he began to call down curses, and he swore to them, “I don’t know the man!” Immediately a rooster crowed. 75 Then Peter remembered the word Jesus had spoken: “Before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times.” And he went outside and wept bitterly.

Matthew 26:69-75 Peter Disowns Jesus
69 Now Peter was sitting out in the courtyard, and a servant girl came to him. “You also were with Jesus of Galilee,” she said.
70 But he denied it before them all. “I don’t know what you’re talking about,” he said.
71 Then he went out to the gateway, where another servant girl saw him and said to the people there, “This fellow was with Jesus of Nazareth.”
72 He denied it again, with an oath: “I don’t know the man!”
73 After a little while, those standing there went up to Peter and said, “Surely you are one of them; your accent gives you away.”
74 Then he began to call down curses, and he swore to them, “I don’t know the man!”
Immediately a rooster crowed. 75 Then Peter remembered the word Jesus had spoken: “Before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times.” And he went outside and wept bitterly.

Following Jesus’ agony at the Garden of Gethsemane, we now find ourselves in the place where Peter denied Jesus Christ. It was a panic-filled evening; their master and teacher has just been arrested. Imagine yourselves in the place of John and Peter. Despite the obvious danger, the two still wanted to find out what would happen so they followed all the way to the high priest’s place. Since John was known by the high priest, he was able to get in. He persuaded the servant girl to let Peter in and it was then that two servant girls recognised him as having been with Jesus. Like a deer caught in headlights, Peter outrightly denied association but his Galilean accent gave him away. After denying Jesus the third time, the rooster crowed and Jesus looked straight into Peter’s eyes. This compelled the latter to get out and weep bitterly, remembering the Master’s words (Matthew 26:75).

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Holy Week Photoblog: Via Dolorosa

The Via Dolorosa or the Way of Sorrows is the path that Jesus went through on His way to Calvary.

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According to our tour guide Diko, even in the ancient times, it was a marketplace. That meant that Jesus had to carry His cross towards Calvary, bearing the weight, humiliation and mockery of the people

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The Chapel of the Condemnation commemorates where Jesus took up the cross after He was sentenced.

The Chapel of the Condemnation commemorates where Jesus took up the cross after He was sentenced.

The third station is where Jesus falls for the first time.

The third station is where Jesus falls for the first time.

The fifth station is where Simon of Cyrene helped Jesus carry His cross

The fifth station is where Simon of Cyrene helped Jesus carry His cross

IMG_3190-001The 14 stations on the 600-meter stretch culminates at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre where Jesus is believed to have been crucified and buried. Later, we’ll look into another location called The Garden Tomb which some Christians believe is the real site of the burial and resurrection of Jesus, given the archaeological and geographical evidence.