Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Shutters and Shots

"A man’s heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps." (Proverbs 16:9)

Just a quick sneak-peek on what's comin' in my later post(s).

Firstly, I'm gonna talk about the Canon EOS 450D IS/ Digital Rebel XSi SLR camera that I bought just about two weeks ago.

Secondly, I will upload some shots (such as below) that I captured using my 450D around my campus and during some special events and write about them.

Flowers, Sports, and Events

I'll be updating my blog in about two weeks time (most probable) cause I'm sitting for my finals next week and the week after. Please pray for me (health, guidance and wisdom).

Till then, take care and God bless.

I'll be seeing you real soon.

Jesus loves you! :-)

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Much More!

Where sin abounded, grace abounded much more. —Romans 5:20

A statement I heard at an Easter service stays with me: “More has been gained in the resurrection of Jesus than was lost in the fall.” More gained than lost? Can it be true?

Each day we experience the damage caused by sin entering our world. Greed, injustice, and cruelty all trace their origins back to Adam and Eve’s decision to follow their own path rather than God’s (Gen. 3). The legacy of their disobedience is passed down to every generation. Without God’s intervention, we would be in a hopeless situation. But Jesus overpowered sin through His cross and conquered death through His resurrection.

The victory of Christ is celebrated in Romans 5, often called the “much more” chapter of the New Testament, where Paul contrasts the devastation caused by sin with the restoring power of God’s grace. In every case, grace overpowers the consequences of sin. In a grand conclusion, Paul says: “Where sin abounded, grace abounded much more, so that as sin reigned in death, even so grace might reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (5:20-21).

No matter how much we have personally lost because of sin, we have gained far more through the resurrection victory of Christ. — David C. McCasland, Our Daily Bread

PS/: I may not be able to blog for a period of time as my exam is coming right up. I'll try to see if I could spare some time to upload photos taken during the recent events organized in my campus. Till then, take care and God bless.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Who Crucified Jesus?

The Three Crosses, etching by Rembrandt
When they had come to the place called Calvary, there they crucified Him. —Luke 23:33

When looking at Rembrandt’s painting of The Three Crosses, your attention is drawn first to the cross on which Jesus died. Then as you look at the crowd gathered around the foot of that cross, you are impressed by the various facial expressions and actions of the people involved in the awful crime of crucifying the Son of God. Finally, your eyes drift to the edge of the painting to catch sight of another figure, almost hidden in the shadows. Some art critics say this is a representation of Rembrandt himself, for he recognized that by his sins he helped nail Jesus to the cross.

Someone has said, “It is a simple thing to say that Christ died for the sins of the world. It is quite another thing to say that Christ died for my sins. . . . It is a shocking thought that we can be as indifferent as Pilate, as scheming as Caiaphas, as callous as the soldiers, as ruthless as the mob, or as cowardly as the disciples. It wasn’t just what they did—it was I who nailed Him to the tree. I crucified the Christ of God. I joined the mockery.”

Place yourself in the shadows with Rembrandt. You too are standing there. But then recall what Jesus said as He hung on that cross, “Father, forgive them.” Thank God, that includes you and me. — Henry G. Bosch, Our Daily Bread