Quiet Birthday

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Well, it was my 59th birthday yesterday and unlike in my previous birthdays, I received hundreds of greetings at Facebook. Before Facebook, I have always kept my birthday quietly with no big celebrations and the day normally passes by with only a few noticing that its my day. This time, I guess I was successful in intentionally keeping it “secret” on Facebook haha! It was just another day yesterday for me sending my kid to school, paid my water bill and went to the auto repair shop to have my car’s defective stabilizer link replaced. Just another ordinary day for me.

This time, I was able to keep it somewhat “secret” except for a few who still remembered me and greeted me privately yesterday. There was even an early bird who sent me a text message which woke me up! My morning wake up call all the way from Mindanao haha!

Simple Birthday Celebration

Of course my family did not forget the day. My wife made a cake and today my daughter and her classmates who are doing their class assignment at home, sang a birthday song for me before they enjoyed the cake (with one little candle haha!) and their lunch. Well, that was a little belated celebration at home. I thank the Lord for another year. If the Lord would bless me with longer life, it would be exciting to become finally a senior citizen next year!

Learning Photoshop Elements 9

P1100749 - CopyMy laptop which is a gift from my sister has strange keys on its keyboard as it was bought in Switzerland. I don’t mind haha! It has a built-in program already installed in it when I received it. It’s called Photoshop Elements 9. I haven’t really studied it very well until now. I tried its feature on retouching a photo and I think I’m beginning to like it. Here’s a photo that I tried working on yesterday. Aside from retouching the face, I also tried to make the whole frame look old by making it grainy somewhat. I guess I still need to learn a lot more about this program.

Oh, if you’re wondering who the beautiful lady is, she was my ex-girlfriend when I was in my twenties haha! She decided to live with me for the rest of her life and that’s fine with me. I have no complaints. She has been my photo subject since I was in my twenties. I just love photography as an art expression. And now, my eldest daughter is also into photography. Hmm… I’m glad she also bought me a good camera after using just an ordinary digital camera for many, many years.

The Old Covenant is Obsolete

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As a package of laws, the whole Old Covenant containing the Law of Moses, the covenant made at Mt. Sinai is obsolete. This was replaced by the new covenant. This does not mean however that all the laws found in the Law of Moses are all obsolete. Some of the laws — especially those pertaining to moral, spiritual laws — are very much applicable and should be observed by Christians today. But as a package of laws, the old covenant containing the Law of Moses is obsolete.

The new covenant was established (Heb. 8:13; 10:9; 8:6) by the blood of Jesus Christ (Luke 22:20), thus making the old covenant obsolete.

“In speaking of a new covenant, he makes the first one obsolete. And what is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to vanish away.” (Hebrews 8:13)

“…then he added, “Behold, I have come to do your will.” He abolishes the first in order to establish the second.” (Hebrews 10:9)

“But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises.(Hebrews 8:6)

The word, “established” in Hebrews 8:6 is just that. It means that the new covenant has already begun. It has already been established. Other translations render it as, enacted or founded. There is no doubt that the old covenant is already obsolete.

The whole old covenant, “the law” or the “the law of Moses,” the covenant made at Mt. Sinai was merely added 430 years later after the Abrahamic covenant. It is critically important to understand what Paul is telling us in Galatians about the Law of Moses.

“What I mean is this: The law, introduced 430 years later, does not set aside the covenant previously established by God and thus do away with the promise” (Galatians 3:17).

This particular “law” was added. Galatians 3:19 says, “What, then, was the purpose of the law? It was added because of transgressions until the Seed to whom the promise referred HAD COME. The law was put into effect through angels by a mediator.”

Some think this “law” is referring to the animal sacrifices. But that is incorrect. The animal sacrifices and rituals were not added to the Law of Moses. It was part and parcel of the whole law given at Mt. Sinai.

Now that Christ has come, we no longer need the Law of Moses contained in the old covenant made at Mt. Sinai. It was added as temporary set of rules to lead us to Christ. Galatians 3:23-25 says, “Before this faith came, we were held prisoners by the law, locked up until faith should be revealed. So the law was put in charge to lead us to Christ that we might be justified by faith. Now that faith has come, we are no longer under the supervision of the law.”

Now that Christ has come, we no longer need the temporary tutor (the Law of Moses, the old covenant). We have Christ!

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