Close up Shots at Nuvali

Due to rains and other concerns, my wife and I were not able to do our regular morning brisk walk at the Nuvali Lakeside Picnic Grounds this past week. But yesterday, we were back again doing our regular exercise for our health’s sake. I’m now a senior citizen haha!

I usually take snapshots along the way as we walk and for a good number of times now, I used my smartphone. But somehow, I just could not get a good close up shot with my smartphone. Maybe it doesn’t take good close up shots or maybe I still don’t know yet how to do that since my phone is still new and I’m still discovering what it can do.

So for yesterday’s shots, I brought along my old reliable Panasonic Lumix GX1 compact camera and attached to it my 20mm lens. This is a micro four thirds camera and the 20mm lens is somewhat equivalent to the normal 50mm lens of a regular, standard camera. I was pleased to to get some good close up shots. Here are some of those shots. Just click the image to zoom in.

The Holy Spirit is the Presence of God Himself

In last Friday’s session, we focused on one article written by Paul Kroll entitled, “The Holy Spirit is the Presence of God Himself.” It’s always good to see that we as a group had greater realizations as we studied the article which gave us deeper and more understanding about the Holy Spirit. Some common questions against the Trinity doctrine and specially on the Holy Spirit were answered by the author of the article to the satisfaction of the group.

Despite the heavy downpour, a couple diligently attends our meetings although their residence is quite a distance from the meeting place.

Here’s the a video of that meeting:

Live by the Spirit

Last August 20, 2017 I had the privilege of speaking to the local congregation of the ReThink Community where I spoke on the need to “Live by the Spirit.” My message was based on the passage found in Galatians 5:16-25. As Christians living in this “present evil age” (Gal. 1:4) I encouraged the brethren and reminded them of the need to be led by the Spirit (Gal. 5:18), to live by the Spirit and to keep in step with the Spirit (Gal. 5:16, 25).

I also wanted to emphasize in this message that on the basis that Christ had already finished his earthly work some 2,000 years ago, the ministry of the Holy Spirit is a continuing work leading, guiding and transforming people to become like Christ — “until Christ is formed” (Gal. 4:19) in them .  This is a continuing work of the Holy Spirit since the church was established at Pentecost (Acts 2) until the return of the Lord Jesus Christ.

I showed the brethren that God’s work of salvation is one complete whole with the involvement of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. The Father decided from before the foundation of the world to adopt all of humanity into his family. The Son became human assuming our humanity to reconcile everyone back to God. The Holy Spirit works in each person helping them to personally respond and subjectively experience the love of God transforming them to become like Christ. The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit are all involved in the work of reconciliation.

Although living in this “present evil age,” in “between the times,” (from the time after Christ ascended and until Christ returns), Christians are encouraged to resist the power of sin, to resist the devil, to be led by the Spirit, to live by the Spirit and to keep in step with the Spirit.

Here are excerpts of that sermon. It’s about 9 minutes long:

My apologies on the quality of the video. I should have prepared a tripod. But I believe the message (on the ongoing ministry of the Holy Spirit because of the finished work of Christ) is very important so I thought of sharing this despite the poor quality of the video. My apologies.

For further study on this topic: