It’s All About Faith

It's all about faith
“It’s all about faith,” some would say. Usually, what they mean is that salvation has nothing to do with “works.” This is the view of those who believe that all we need is “faith” in order to be saved. On the other hand, some people may believe that “doing good works” is very important in order to attain salvation. Either way, in both these two points-of-view, they do show a certain kind of conviction, a certain belief on something—that is, both do exhibit some kind of faith in what they stand for, in what they believe in.

Even atheists who say they don’t believe that God exists, do believe in something. That is, they really do believe God does not exist. Without them realizing it, they actually have a belief too. That’s their faith, their conviction. Even agnosticism is some kind of belief too—they believe their view is the right one. So in this sense, it’s all about faith.

Some people may trust a certain politician or theologian but not another. Some believe the earth is flat. That is their faith. Believers in evolution are just that too. They also believe in something—they believe that we all come from monkeys through evolution. That’s their faith. Some scientists don’t believe in God. That is their religion too—their belief. Some have faith in their faith—they “declare it,” “name it and claim it.” That’s another belief too. Believers in Calvinism, Trinitarianism, Arminianism, Buddhism, communism, you name it—these are all beliefs. It would seem to me then that really, “it’s all about faith.”

Faith does have an important role in our lives. And the most important faith that one needs to have — in so far as I’m concerned — is to have faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. It is not my faith but the faith of Christ that will carry me through. Trust him with all of your life. Of course, that is my personal belief — my kind of faith.

  • “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” (KJV Galatians 2:20)

Wanted: Men and Women of Integrity

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Pork Barrel

Due to the pork barrel scam, a lot of government officials and others in the private sector are in the hot seat right now and are in the eyes of the public already guilty of graft and corruption. That’s just how it is. Aided by media, people can easily judge and condemn others without due process. Are these people guilty or not? Hopefully, we’ll soon find out who are really guilty and who are not and hopefully, may justice really prevail “without fear or favor.”

This reminds me of what the psalmist said in Psalm 15. He asked, “Lord, who may dwell in your sacred tent? Who may live on your holy mountain?” (Psalm 15:1) In other words—if I may take the liberty of interpreting and applying this hymn or song into our modern times—the psalmist was asking, “Lord, who is worthy to enter your kingdom of heaven and live with you for all eternity?”

And the psalmist answered his own question by saying that this kind of person has this kind of attitude and character: “The one whose walk is blameless, who does what is righteous, who speaks the truth from their heart; whose tongue utters no slander, who does no wrong to a neighbor, and casts no slur on others; who despises a vile person but honors those who fear the Lord; who keeps an oath even when it hurts, and does not change their mind; who lends money to the poor without interest; who does not accept a bribe against the innocent” (Psalm 15:2-5).

These are men and women of integrity. They are not corrupt and will not accept bribes. They have pure hearts willing to serve God and their fellowmen. They fully trust their lives to God no matter what.

The psalmist assures people with integrity that they will have their place in God’s kingdom by concluding, “Whoever does these things will never be shaken” (Psalm 15:5). Their reward is assured. They will be in God’s kingdom. The Lord will gladly welcome them with open arms.

With so many corrupt people in government, we really need more people with integrity to lead our people and our country today.

Nikon 50mm Lens and Lumix GF1

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Up to now, I’m still learning and trying to figure out how to use my 33-year old 50mm Nikon lens attached to a modern Lumix GF1 camera body. I learned on the internet that a 50mm lens is really a very good lens and it has encouraged me to use it again. I learned that these are now called legacy lenses. The only problem with this legacy lens is that it has no electronic connection to the new and modern camera body like the GF1.

So, I need to focus manually and this can take time. Added to my dilemma is that my GF1 has no lens viewfinder. You have to use the LCD screen at the back of the camera to view your subject and sometimes when the sun is quite bright, I can’t see the LCD screen quite clearly due to the glare. Having no auto-focus and no lens viewfinder is quite a challenge in capturing really sharp photos. These are some of the challenges I’ve noticed with my camera and lens. Maybe a lens viewfinder attachment will solve this problem.

Despite the disadvantages, I’m still enjoying this legacy lens and it’s producing really good shots.

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