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16 The eleven disciples went to Galilee. They went to the hill where Jesus had told them to meet him.
17 When they saw him, they bowed down in front of him. But some people were not sure.
18 Jesus came and talked to them. He said, `All power in heaven and on earth has been given to me.
19 So go and make disciples in all countries. Baptise them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
20 Teach them to do all the things I have told you to do. I am with you always, even to the end of time.’
Matthew 28:16-20 | Worldwide English New Testament (WENT)
The Worldwide English New Testament Bible © 1969, 1971, 1996, 1998 by SOON Educational Publications.

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Devotional for March 23

“Where is your faith?”
- Luke 8:25

THE disciples were in a storm, surrounded by danger, and filled with fear; they apply to Jesus. This was right. They doubt His care, question His love, and cry, “We perish.” This was wrong. Jesus demands, “WHERE IS YOUR FAITH?” May He not put the same question to us? We have His word, but do we heartily believe it? We speak of His love, but do we confidently trust it? We read of His care, but do we see our safety in it? We often seem to believe any one sooner than Jesus; to trust any word more than His word; and therefore we are cast down, fearful and distressed. Let us this day endeavour to fix our faith steadily upon His precious word; let us believe in His particular providence; let us commune with Him as our firm and faithful Friend. He says, “Let not your hearts be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in Me.” He is worthy of credit. He cannot deceive. He deserves our confidence. He will not neglect. He encourages our hope, and promises, “If ye ask anything of the Father in My name, I will do it.” Do you believe this? Do you believe it when you pray? If not, “Where is your faith?”

O how wavering is my mind,
Toss’d about with every wind!
O how quickly doth my heart
From the living God depart!
O my God, my faith increase,
Fill my soul with Thy sweet peace!

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February 23, 2020 | Art Fair Philippines
Makati City

As soon as our personal problems’ summit concluded at The Wholesome Table, our triad moved to The Link to visit this year’s Art Fair. I think it was Hannah’s scene more than it was mine. It’s my first and I enjoyed going through this diversified exhibit with the two of them. Kahit pa ilang beses kaming nagkawalaan. We could call it lost in art, perhaps? But really, there were few corners that did catch my fancy. I figured early that I relate best to words and photography. And Sol Lewitt’s line still rings true to me: There are many statements involved in a work of art. The most important is the most obvious. The most obvious is that I love you both. To our next, girls!

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But all this has taken place, so that the scriptures of the prophets may be fulfilled.’ Then all the disciples deserted him and fled.
Matthew 26:56 | New Revised Standard Version: Anglicised (NRSVA)
New Revised Standard Version Bible: Anglicised Edition, copyright © 1989, 1995 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. All rights reserved.

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24 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.
25 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.
26 For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?
27 For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works.
28 Verily I say unto you, There be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the Son of man coming in his kingdom.
Matthew 16:24-28 | King James Version (KJV)
The King James Version of the Holy Bible is in the public domain.

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39 He came out and went, as was his custom, to the Mount of Olives; and the disciples followed him.
40 When he reached the place, he said to them, “Pray that you may not come into the time of trial.”
41 Then he withdrew from them about a stone’s throw, knelt down, and prayed,
42 “Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me; yet, not my will but yours be done.”
43 [Then an angel from heaven appeared to him and gave him strength.
44 In his anguish he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat became like great drops of blood falling down on the ground.]
45 When he got up from prayer, he came to the disciples and found them sleeping because of grief,
46 and he said to them, “Why are you sleeping? Get up and pray that you may not come into the time of trial.”
47 While he was still speaking, suddenly a crowd came, and the one called Judas, one of the twelve, was leading them. He approached Jesus to kiss him;
48 but Jesus said to him, “Judas, is it with a kiss that you are betraying the Son of Man?”
49 When those who were around him saw what was coming, they asked, “Lord, should we strike with the sword?”
50 Then one of them struck the slave of the high priest and cut off his right ear.
51 But Jesus said, “No more of this!” And he touched his ear and healed him.
52 Then Jesus said to the chief priests, the officers of the temple police, and the elders who had come for him, “Have you come out with swords and clubs as if I were a bandit?
53 When I was with you day after day in the temple, you did not lay hands on me. But this is your hour, and the power of darkness!”
54 Then they seized him and led him away, bringing him into the high priest’s house. But Peter was following at a distance.
55 When they had kindled a fire in the middle of the courtyard and sat down together, Peter sat among them.
56 Then a servant-girl, seeing him in the firelight, stared at him and said, “This man also was with him.”
57 But he denied it, saying, “Woman, I do not know him.”
58 A little later someone else, on seeing him, said, “You also are one of them.” But Peter said, “Man, I am not!”
59 Then about an hour later still another kept insisting, “Surely this man also was with him; for he is a Galilean.”
60 But Peter said, “Man, I do not know what you are talking about!” At that moment, while he was still speaking, the cock crowed.
61 The Lord turned and looked at Peter. Then Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how he had said to him, “Before the cock crows today, you will deny me three times.”
62 And he went out and wept bitterly.
63 Now the men who were holding Jesus began to mock him and beat him;
64 they also blindfolded him and kept asking him, “Prophesy! Who is it that struck you?”
65 They kept heaping many other insults on him.
66 When day came, the assembly of the elders of the people, both chief priests and scribes, gathered together, and they brought him to their council.
67 They said, “If you are the Messiah, tell us.” He replied, “If I tell you, you will not believe;
68 and if I question you, you will not answer.
69 But from now on the Son of Man will be seated at the right hand of the power of God.”
70 All of them asked, “Are you, then, the Son of God?” He said to them, “You say that I am.”
71 Then they said, “What further testimony do we need? We have heard it ourselves from his own lips!”
Luke 22:39-71 | New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. All rights reserved.

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1 The time was near for the Festival of Unleavened Bread, which is called the Passover.
2 The chief priests and the teachers of the Law were afraid of the people, and so they were trying to find a way of putting Jesus to death secretly.
3 Then Satan entered into Judas, called Iscariot, who was one of the twelve disciples.
4 So Judas went off and spoke with the chief priests and the officers of the Temple guard about how he could betray Jesus to them.
5 They were pleased and offered to pay him money.
6 Judas agreed to it and started looking for a good chance to hand Jesus over to them without the people knowing about it.
7 The day came during the Festival of Unleavened Bread when the lambs for the Passover meal were to be killed.
8 Jesus sent Peter and John with these instructions: “Go and get the Passover meal ready for us to eat.”
9 “Where do you want us to get it ready?” they asked him.
10 He answered, “As you go into the city, a man carrying a jar of water will meet you. Follow him into the house that he enters,
11 and say to the owner of the house: "The Teacher says to you, Where is the room where my disciples and I will eat the Passover meal?’
12 He will show you a large furnished room upstairs, where you will get everything ready.”
13 They went off and found everything just as Jesus had told them, and they prepared the Passover meal.
14 When the hour came, Jesus took his place at the table with the apostles.
15 He said to them, “I have wanted so much to eat this Passover meal with you before I suffer!
16 For I tell you, I will never eat it until it is given its full meaning in the Kingdom of God.”
17 Then Jesus took a cup, gave thanks to God, and said, “Take this and share it among yourselves.
18 I tell you that from now on I will not drink this wine until the Kingdom of God comes.”
19 Then he took a piece of bread, gave thanks to God, broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in memory of me.”
20 In the same way, he gave them the cup after the supper, saying, “This cup is God’s new covenant sealed with my blood, which is poured out for you.
21 "But, look! The one who betrays me is here at the table with me!
22 The Son of Man will die as God has decided, but how terrible for that man who betrays him!”
23 Then they began to ask among themselves which one of them it could be who was going to do this.
24 An argument broke out among the disciples as to which one of them should be thought of as the greatest.
25 Jesus said to them, “The kings of the pagans have power over their people, and the rulers claim the title "Friends of the People.’
26 But this is not the way it is with you; rather, the greatest one among you must be like the youngest, and the leader must be like the servant.
27 Who is greater, the one who sits down to eat or the one who serves? The one who sits down, of course. But I am among you as one who serves.
28 "You have stayed with me all through my trials;
Luke 22:1-38 | Good News Translation (GNT)
Good News Translation - Second Edition, Copyright 1992 by American Bible Society.

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“𝘍𝘰𝘭𝘭𝘰𝘸 𝘮𝘦, 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘐 ‘𝘭𝘭 𝘮𝘢𝘬𝘦 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘧𝘪𝘴𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘴 𝘰𝘧 𝘮𝘦𝘯…”

Simon Peter || 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘊𝘩𝘰𝘴𝘦𝘯 (𝘚𝘦𝘢𝘴𝘰𝘯 𝘭 )

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Devotions for March 4


“After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, etc.”
- Matthew 6:9

This prayer begins where all true prayer must commence, with the spirit of adoption, “Our Father.” There is no acceptable prayer until we can say, “I will arise, and go unto my Father.” This child-like spirit soon perceives the grandeur of the Father “in heaven,” and ascends to devout adoration, “Hallowed be thy name.” The child lisping, “Abba, Father,” grows into the cherub crying, “Holy, Holy, Holy.” There is but a step from rapturous worship to the glowing missionary spirit, which is a sure outgrowth of filial love and reverent adoration-“Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” Next follows the heartfelt expression of dependence upon God-“Give us this day our daily bread.” Being further illuminated by the Spirit, he discovers that he is not only dependent, but sinful, hence he entreats for mercy, “Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors:” and being pardoned, having the righteousness of Christ imputed, and knowing his acceptance with God, he humbly supplicates for holy perseverance, “Lead us not into temptation.” The man who is really forgiven, is anxious not to offend again; the possession of justification leads to an anxious desire for sanctification. “Forgive us our debts,” that is justification; “Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil,” that is sanctification in its negative and positive forms. As the result of all this, there follows a triumphant ascription of praise, “Thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory, for ever and ever, Amen.” We rejoice that our King reigns in providence and shall reign in grace, from the river even to the ends of the earth, and of his dominion there shall be no end. Thus from a sense of adoption, up to fellowship with our reigning Lord, this short model of prayer conducts the soul. Lord, teach us thus to pray.



“But their eyes were holden that they should not know him.”
- Luke 24:16

The disciples ought to have known Jesus, they had heard his voice so often, and gazed upon that marred face so frequently, that it is wonderful they did not discover him. Yet is it not so with you also? You have not seen Jesus lately. You have been to his table, and you have not met him there. You are in a dark trouble this evening, and though he plainly says, “It is I, be not afraid,” yet you cannot discern him. Alas! our eyes are holden. We know his voice; we have looked into his face; we have leaned our head upon his bosom, and yet, though Christ is very near us, we are saying “O that I knew where I might find him!” We should know Jesus, for we have the Scriptures to reflect his image, and yet how possible it is for us to open that precious book and have no glimpse of the Wellbeloved! Dear child of God, are you in that state? Jesus feedeth among the lilies of the word, and you walk among those lilies, and yet you behold him not. He is accustomed to walk through the glades of Scripture, and to commune with his people, as the Father did with Adam in the cool of the day, and yet you are in the garden of Scripture, but cannot see him, though he is always there. And why do we not see him? It must be ascribed in our case, as in the disciples’, to unbelief. They evidently did not expect to see Jesus, and therefore they did not know him. To a great extent in spiritual things we get what we expect of the Lord. Faith alone can bring us to see Jesus. Make it your prayer, “Lord, open thou mine eyes, that I may see my Saviour present with me. ” It is a blessed thing to want to see him; but oh! it is better far to gaze upon him. To those who seek him he is kind; but to those who find him, beyond expression is he dear!

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Matthew 8:25-26 NASB
And they came to Him and woke Him, saying, ‘Save us, Lord; we are perishing!’ He said to them, 'Why are you afraid, you men of little faith?’ Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the sea, and it became perfectly calm.
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