It's Just Another New Years Eve Lyrics
Don't look so sad, it's not so bad you know.
It's just another night, that's all it is,
It's not the first, it's not the worst you know,
We've come through all the rest, we'll get through this.
We've made mistakes, but we've made good friends too.
Remember all the nights we spent with them?
And all our plans, who says they can't come true?
Tonight's another chance to start again.
It's just another New Year's Eve,
Another night like all the rest.
It's just another New Year's Eve,
Let's make it the best.
It's just another New Year's Eve,
It's just another Auld Lang Syne,
But when we're through this New Year
You'll see, WE'LL be just fine.
We're not alone, we've got the world you know.
And it won't let us down, just wait and see.
And we'll grow old, but think how wise we'll grow.
There's more you know, it's only New Year's Eve.
Friday, December 31, 2010
My Love Will See You Through
When times get rough
And your dreams just fall apart
And sometimes you feel
That you cant go on
Be strong, hold on
For my love will keep you warm
Through the coldest night
Through the rain, through the storm
When friends turn their backs on you
And you're so helpless
You don't know what to do
I'll be on your side to comfort you
My love will see you through
When the tears are in your eyes
And you feel like you wanna cry
Just reach out and i'll be around to understand
When you stumble and fall
And you need a shoulder to lean on
All you have to do is call
And i'll be there with a helping hand
When the road seem so long and endless
And all you see is nothing but darkness
Dont give up just walk on
Have faith in your heart
For my love will see you through
My love will see you through
When you reach for your star
When you cross the deepest sea
When you climb the highest hill
my love will always be with you
In everything you do
In every step you'll make
In every road you takeDon't be afraid to follow your dreams....
For my love will see you through
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Today’s gospel reading highlights to us that in every man, times of weakened faith can come. The very question, ‘Are you the one who is to come, or should we look for another?’ once more pops up? And to this Jesus responds: "Go and tell John what you have seen and heard: the blind regain their sight, the lame walk, lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, the poor have the good news proclaimed to them. And blessed is the one who takes no offense at me."
Amidst some present day adversities, life reversals and difficulties, we could also be posing the same question to Jesus. ‘Are you the one who is to come, or should we look for another?
God is in His word through the prophet Isaiah has responded to this question: He said: “I am the LORD, there is no other; I form the light, and create the darkness. …I make well-being and create woe; I, the LORD, do all these things… Turn to me and be safe, all you ends of the earth, for I am God; there is no other!” God wants us to totally trust Him in faith. God will never forsake us nor leave us. He will be with us until the end of time.
Let us surrender our all to God as He will never abandon. “The LORD himself will give his benefits; our land shall yield its increase. Justice shall walk before him, and salvation, along the way of his steps.”
Trust is the foundation of any relationship. Trust God completely without reserve.
Heavenly Father, we believe that Jesus is the great Messiah through whom all your benefits flow and to whom we entrust our lives. In Him, we live, hope and pray. Amen.
Friday, December 10, 2010
But how do we properly receive God's Word? We can only receive God's Word if we get rid of sin and humbly open our hearts to His grace. We have to remove the filthiness of our old life by repenting of our sins and firmly resolving to nurture and nourish our hearts with what is of our Lord. We can have God's Word permanently domiciled and active in our hearts if we seriously seek spiritual growth and welcome God's Word even though it may mean being pruned and purified in fire.
Receiving God's Word and heeding it means we have to reflect on it and apply it to our lives. To hear God's Word and not do anything about it is to regress spiritually, which is the exact opposite of what our Lord wants from us. Receiving God's Word does not only mean storing it in our memory bank but implies we have to respond to it and follow what it says.
God's Word has to be lived if we claim our oneness with Him. But quite a number have their minds all made up about certain things. How open are we to the truth that can set us free?
We have to claim God's Word seriously and make it a distinct and integral part of our existence, until the truth our Lord wishes to bring us is deeply imbedded in our hearts. It is only at this point when we can claim God's mighty promises to His people. It is only then that we can experience the transforming power of our Lord, live according to His will and move forward to becoming truly like Christ and being more like the child of the Father that we all have hoped to be. It is the only way we can be gracious, thankful and fruitful, the only way we can rid ourselves of negativity and make our hearts grateful for what all that may come our way.
"Those who follow you, Lord, will have the light of life. He is like a tree planted near running water that yields its fruit in due season and whose leaves never fade. Whatever he does, prospers."
God's Word should be applied to our lives. We should delight in the law of the Lord and meditate on His law day and night.
Heavenly Father, give me the grace to be truly obedient to your Word no matter how difficult it may be. In Jesus, I pray. Amen.
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Christmas is about Jesus and if you seek Jesus first, everything will be added unto you. To some, it's business first. If Chase Bank wants the Christmas tree removed from their lobby to favor customers who might be offended, does this mean they don't care about their customers who will be offended if the Christmas tree is removed? There is a reason for those decorated trees to be everywhere and it's been done for ages - it's one of the many ways we celebrate the birth of our Lord. Therefore, every person, Christian or non-Christian should already know that by now and have already accepted that that it is so. Apparently, still not.
From the Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
SOUTHLAKE -- Chase Bank told a Texas businessman to remove the Christmas tree he donated to a local branch because it could offend people.
Antonio Morales, owner of Bellagio Day Spa in Southlake northeast of Fort Worth had assembled and decorated a 9-foot-tall tree in the lobby of the Chase Bank branch at 1700 E. Southlake Boulevard as a favor to the branch manager, who is one of his clients.
The tree remained in the lobby from the Monday before Thanksgiving until Tuesday. Morales said his friend called him Wednesday to tell him the tree had to go. She later showed him an e-mail from JPMorgan Chase saying that the tree had to be removed because some people were offended by it.
The bank referred questions to corporate offices.
Greg Hassell, a JPMorgan Chase spokesman, said that the company's policy isn't anti-Christmas. "People wish their customers merry Christmas when it's appropriate," he said.
However, to ensure that everyone who visits Chase branches feels welcome and comfortable, the bank's policy is to use only decorations supplied by the company.
"We appreciate the thoughtful gesture from Mr. Morales," Hassell said. "Unfortunately, we're unable to keep it [the tree] on display for the remainder of the holiday season." JPMorgan Chase ensures that decorations are "something everyone is comfortable with, regardless of how they celebrate the season," Hassell said.
But others see the tree as a symbol of the season.
Read the rest of the article here.
Monday, December 6, 2010
PEOPLE NEED THE LORD
by Steve Green
Friday, December 3, 2010
“Let it be done for you according to your faith.”
Is our relationship with our Lord founded on signs and wonders? Do we remain indifferent and unmoved unless we see something unusual which strikes our senses?
It is almost next to impossible to walk in the way of God's will without faith in our hearts. True faith is not based on what we see and touch but on the authority of God. God has revealed Himself to us and He can neither deceive nor be deceived. Authentic faith demands that we believe firmly in His Word under any circumstance. To believe God and His Word, despite life's difficulties, is pure faith which is pleasing to God and which can only be ours as a gift from Him if we have hearts that are truly open.
God sees into our souls and knows how strong and pure our faith has been even more clearly than we do. But God does not require more than each one can give Him. When He sees our deepest motivations and sincere efforts to follow Him, believe in Him and depend on Him, He necessarily takes it upon Himself to perfect our faith. Thus with God's grace our imperfect and still human faith becomes pure and supernatural.
In this life, we can only walk towards God not by sight but by faith. The more authentic our faith is, the more pleasing it is to God and the more it will allow us to know His holy will and to accomplish it in our lives.
Today let us pursue God in total faith. Let us rejoice as Jesus assures all of us who come to Him with pure faith that we "shall see the bounty of the Lord in the land of the living" and that "it shall be done to you."
Let us open our hearts to God and His grace so that He may be able to perfect our faith.
Heavenly Father, perfect my faith that wavers in difficult times and bitter moments, so that I may know Your true will for me. In Jesus, I pray. Amen.
Thursday, December 2, 2010
Aside from invoking God in prayers before and after each fight, boxers can learn from the best boxer of our time... Manny Pacquiao.
Manny Pacquiao’s Guide to Repeatedly Punching a Guy in the Face, Like a Gentleman
First, be a renaissance man.
Manny Pacquiao, congressman of the Sarangani district of the Philippines, is also an actor and singer, as well as the only boxer ever to win titles in eight different weight divisions. On November 13, he added that eighth title when he beat Mexican super-welterweight Antonio Margarito.
Second, be much smaller than the other guy.
Pacquiao gave Margarito six inches in height and reach, and weighed in at 147 pounds compared to Margarito’s 160.
Third, be faster and tougher.
Pacquiao dominated the larger man with his speed and persistence. He landed more than 470 punches in the fight and opened cuts above and below Margarito’s right eye and below his left eye.
Fourth, be a gentleman.
What separates Pacquiao from other fighters, aside from his quickness and stamina, is his sportsmanship.
After the tenth round, Margarito had no offense left. He couldn’t even see. Pacquiao’s trainer told him to knock out Margarito, but Pacquiao refused. That refusal, according to FoxSports‘ Mark Kreigel, is just “more evidence of his greatness.”
Pacquaio spent the last few rounds hesitating and avoiding Margarito. He even asked the referee to stop the fight so Margarito wouldn’t suffer further injury. When the fight was over, reporters asked Pacquiao why he laid off. He replied, “Boxing was not for killing.”
Margarito went straight to the hospital, where doctors determined that he had a broken orbital bone that would require surgery. Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach thinks the other fighter’s corner “should be arrested… Their job is to protect the fighter. They let him take a beating.”
Back home, Pacquiao’s fellow legislators were proud, not just of Pacquiao’s success, but of the manner in which he achieved it. Representative Elmer Panotes said, “Even in the ring, Manny showed a high level of sportsmanship and gentleness when he signaled the referee to stop the fight as soon as it became clear that Margarito has become helpless and could not fight squarely.”
Fifth, celebrate by putting on a show.
What was next for the Fightin’ Filipino Congressman? He spent a couple of days nursing injuries, and then he performed a concert at Harrah’s in Lake Tahoe. Even Muhammad Ali never did that.
[source: Michael Josephson]
What will make us a faithful follower of Christ? It is not verbal commitment to our Lord that counts but doing His will. Being one with our Lord in thought, word and deed, in our deepest desires and motivations, is one adequate expression of our love relationship with our God and our commitment to His cause. Doing His will with a cheerful heart despite the difficulties and trials that may have cramped our lives is a sign of an authentic follower of Christ.
Who will enter the heavenly kingdom of our Father? Jesus Himself said: "only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven."
To do the will of the Father is to be like Jesus and live as He lived. To be like Jesus, we have to walk the talk just as Jesus did. We should be totally dependent upon God and our lives and all that relate to our being should reflect God's character, His will and plan for us.
In John 4:34, Jesus said: "doing the will of Him who sent me and bringing his work to completion is my food." Doing God's will was so satisfying to Jesus as a good meal is to most of us. Doing God's will should be our food if we have to experience satisfaction. When we include God in our lives and make Him part of us, we are only bound to experience fulfilled lives which can nourish and refresh us and bring us the peace and serenity that we always long for. God's will is good, totally acceptable and perfect and can only bring us joy and contentment even in our most bitter and difficult situations.
God wants us to have the opportunity to be one with us and He is waiting for us to respond to his call. God may bring with Him "somethings" which we never planned for in the past but we have to receive them as our own and carry them. When we respond to God in this manner, we give Him the right to work out His will in our lives and be God for all of us. But if we fail to be one with our Lord and set Him aside in our lives, we get stuck in being god of our lives.
Doing God's will is picking up our cross and carrying it in His Name. Doing God's will is dying to self, our pride and arrogance and always asking God for the grace to submit to Him, "yet not what I will but what thou has willed."
God’s will for us is an expression of His infinitely perfect plan and it certainly demands our obedience.
Heavenly Father, give me the grace to be fully committed to your Word, your will and perfect plan for me. In Jesus, I pray. Amen.