The Man of Sorrows said “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” (Isaiah 53:3, Matthew 5:4) He can sympathize with us. (Hebrews 4:15)

The Lord gave. I am honestly afraid that the Lord will take it away. Still, blessed be the name of the Lord.  

Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Tonight is particularly gloomy. I don’t have neat answers why. I am sad. I don’t want to be, but I am. There are things I want to forget, but I can’t. How long, O Lord, will I be haunted by […]


After the week-long vacation, workload gushed out as if a work-dam broke. Deadlines and tasks piled up. It was indeed “calm before the storm,” very frustrating. Few days ago, I started listening to a series of talk from Tim Keller. It was about “work and rest” which is very invigorating. I was reminded of how our […]

Me @ Pandan Island

I live in a city.  People are always busy. A lot of stuff are instant. Everything is fast-paced. I get tired easily. I don’t know if the problem is my mental endurance or it is just that there are really a lot of things that demands attention. My summer vacation was a breath of fresh air. Something […]

© Mel Villoria

The boat stopped at our destination. The wind was good, not too strong but enough to give some chills. One by one, friends swam away from the boat. Using the ladder was undesirable, it seemed to prolong the fear. My mask and snorkel were on. A funny battle cry broke my silence and I jumped out of […]

But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged by you or by any human court. In fact, I do not even judge myself. For I am not aware of anything against myself, but I am not thereby acquitted. It is the Lord who judges me. (1 Corinthians 4:3-4) I should […]

He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. (2 Corinthians 5:21) If Christ really became sin then we are really righteous in Him. We cannot affirm the first half of the verse and deny the other half. Christ became sin on […]

Yet we know that a person is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ… (Galatians 2:16) Does the verse above promotes the idea that a person should go on sinning because obedience doesn’t matter anyway? No. Rather, the verse above exposes our sinfulness (or condition). It says that we […]

One of the common issues that I always encounter is this: Well, if it is all about Christ’s finished work on the Cross, then you can be disobedient and still be saved? Debates go on and on. Heated discussions. Groups are seemingly pounding each other with verses and even quotes from earlier Christian giants. One might […]


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