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Dear Diary,

My aunt died last Monday.  Last time I saw her was on New Year’s day for our yearly family reunion.  She was healthy.  She was active.  She was dancing and singing.  No sign of anything amiss.

January 29, I receive a message from my mom, telling me that my aunt was in the ICU because of a rare disease called Guillain-Barre Syndrome.  I went straight to google to see what I could find.

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/guillain-barre-syndrome/basics/definition/con-20025832

1 to 2 cases out of 100,000 per year.

The treatment was expensive.  Her immediate family was able to start her on the daily treatment.  But it was too late.  After a week in ICU, my aunt passed away.

My prayers go out to her family.  To my dad, who was really close to her.  I, unfortunately, was not.  It was only through our yearly family reunion that I got to talk to her, to hear her stories and to tell her briefly how I have been.

Life is unpredictable.  No one ever knows when it’s their time.  Someone can live their life forever scared of all the possible horror that they might experience, or live like there’s no tomorrow, but in the end it’s still the same story.

Life is unpredictable.  And yet it is beautiful.  It defines you.  The life you have is based on how you have acted on the unpredictability of it.  On what you have done.

But this life is not all that there is.  There is something beyond life that is more beautiful.  More unpredictable, because we do not know.  We may know enough to want it.  But we’ll never know until we get there.  That is the beauty of the afterlife.  The mystery.

Sometimes I wonder about people who don’t believe in the afterlife.  Do they think that this is all there is?  What becomes the meaning of life for them?  Thinking that after this life, it’s the end.  Like a game over with no replays.  Do they enjoy their life more, knowing that everything ends and then nothing.

That is very sad.  I don’t think I could enjoy my life thinking that there is nothing beyond the years that I have on this earth.  I would keep asking myself everyday, what is the purpose of all this…

Much worse, in my opinion, is believing in everything or believing in something vague.

So, dear reader, if you have reached this last part of the post, I’m here to tell you what my purpose is in life.  It’s to tell you about Christ Jesus, who died for our sins.  All you have to do is accept Him as your personal Savior.  It’s that easy.  Yet it’s the hardest thing to do, because it involves putting your trust in Him and it means that you will change your ways because you now have accepted Him into your heart.

Life is unpredictable.  Don’t let it be too late.

AvA Martini

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Belated Happy Easter

1 Peter 1:3-9

New International Version (NIV)

Praise to God for a Living Hope

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

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Location: Caramoan, Camarines Sur
This is the reason for my 3-day absence… Took a trip with my husband, cousins, sister and friends during the Holy Week.

THE TWO NATURES
By George Feldmann
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The very moment one exercises saving faith in the Lord Jesus Christ as Saviour, a new nature is imparted by the Holy Spirit to the believer.  This is described as regeneration in Titus 3:5 and 6.  Immediately a hitherto unknown conflict also begins within.  The two natures each strive to go in opposite directions, and to have the upper hand in the life of the believer.

Both natures cannot reign at the same time, so one will have to be rendered inoperative, or put out of commission.  It is here that the will of the believer comes into play and determines which of the two natures shall rule.  A good chapter for study in this subject is Romans 6.  Our salvation puts us in union with Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection, and we are identified with Him.  This is what is meant by the word baptism in Romans 6:3.  His victory can be our victory in a practical sense in our daily lives.  In fact this is the will of God for all believers.

This identification with Christ gives the believer both the power and the authority to exercise the will over the old nature. This is a wonderful privilege because the believer can demonstrate in his own life the power and glory of the Lord’s resurrection for all the world to see.

Even though the believer determines which nature shall rule in his life, it is also very important for him to remember that the old man (nature) is not dead or eradicated when rendered inoperative: it is ready to spring to life the very moment the new nature is dethroned by the believer.  The old nature will not be eradicated until resurrection.

In Eph. 4:22-24 we are told to put off… the old man. The negative comes first. The positive, put on the new man. As nature abhors a vacuum. so it is folly to stop at the negative position and try to make the Christian life a series of don’ts. We put on and continually grow in the Lord, going on to perfection (maturity).

PS.
1. Christian life does not stop in Salvation (In Christ), we study to grow unto adoption (maturity), then service (to reign with Him).
2. The Lord gave us the NN, He did not repair the OSN. We need to continue studying the Word of God to feed our New Nature (NN) and to disable the Old Sin Nature (OSN). OSN will only be totally gone in the resurrection.
Eph 4:23-24 Col 3:10
3.When we became a Christian we became a New Creature (New Creation- born again) 1Cor 2:14 “But the natural man (the flesh) receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God…”
Gal 6:15- “For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature. (No ritual)
2Cor 5:17-21 – “Therefore If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away, behold all things are become new”
John 14:17. “…for He dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.”

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