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Who is the true Jesus? Who is Jesus to me? He is the First and Last, the Beginning and the End! He is the keeper of Creation and the Creator of all! He is the Architect of the universe and the Manager of all times. He always was, He always is, and He always will be… Unmoved, Unchanged, Undefeated, and never Undone!

He was bruised and brought healing! He was pierced and eased pain! He was persecuted and brought freedom! He was dead and brought life! He is raised and brings power! He reigns and brings Peace! The world can’t understand him, armies can’t defeat Him, schools can’t explain Him, and leaders can’t ignore Him. 

Herod couldn’t kill Him, the Pharisees couldn’t confuse Him, and the people couldn’t hold Him! Nero couldn’t crush Him, Hitler couldn’t silence Him, the New Age can’t replace Him, and the secular media can’t explain Him away! 

He is light, love, longevity, and Lord. He is goodness, Kindness, Gentleness, and God. He is Holy, Righteous, mighty, powerful, and pure. His ways are right, His word is eternal, His will is unchanging, and His mind is on me. He is my Redeemer, He is my Savior, He is my guide, and He is my peace! He is my Joy, He is my comfort, He is my Lord, and He rules my life! 

I serve Him because His bond is love, His yoke is easy, His burden is light, and 
His goal for me is abundant life. I follow Him because He is the wisdom of the wise, 
the power of the powerful, the ancient of days, the ruler of rulers, The leader of leaders, the sovereign Lord of all that was and is and is to come. 

And if that seems impressive to you, try this for size. His goal is a relationship with ME! He will never leave me, Never forsake me, Never mislead me, Never forget me, Never overlook me, and Ever cancel my appointment in His appointment book! 
When I fall, He lifts me up! When I fail, He forgives! When I am weak, He is strong! When I am lost, He is the way! When I am afraid, He is my courage! When I stumble, He steadies me! When I am hurt, He heals me! When I am broken, He mends me! 

When I am blind, He leads me! When I am hungry, He feeds me! When I face trials, He is with me! When I face persecution, He shields me! When I face problems, He comforts me! When I face loss, He provides for me! When I face Death, He carries me Home! 

He is everything for everybody, everywhere, every time, and every way. He is God, He is faithful. I am His, and He is mine! 

My Father in heaven has defeated the father of this world. So, if you’re wondering why I feel so secure, understand this… He said it and that settles it. God is in control, I am on His side, and that means all is well with my soul!

This is what Jesus is to me!

-Pastor Joseph Jo

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How do we really treat our existence here on earth? Only but so many have uncovered the very essence of existence. Too many take the time they breathe in for granted, but still for many of us, we are left to ponder on a number of things people disregard.

After watching the movie “Amazing Grace,” it’s really breaking how so many people confuse humanity with savagery. How simple movements to save lives can be viewed as rebellion against the government; how simple acts of grace can be viewed as strategies to exalt oneself; how so many people stand firm in an idea they believe in, and end up contradicting themselves time and time again.

This brought me to the reminder that pride and evil are embedded in human flesh. Few have really noticed how much this world has fallen. For most, it’s no longer surprising to see anyone lie, cheat, steal, crave, and connive for the lusts of their hearts, and in addition, opposing such practices becomes wrong! For this reason, countless people have dubbed themselves numb to the pains brought about by the corruption of such acts and practices, and end up tearing down one another.

It is very painful how people grow comfortable with contradicting themselves with aid of the pride they harbor in their hearts just to get their way.

This further brings me to a self-realization: I claim to be one of integrity, yet I still manage to find myself sinning against the God who breathed in me the very life I’ve destroyed with my sin. I’ve come to see that I’m a being not fit to be called a man for man was created in God’s image, and God does not sin! What I am is a repulsive crerature transformed into the rightful image, which I have for so long been running away from, by the blood of the Son of God. I am a servant made capable to serve the Creator of the universe, and it’s only by His grace. Unless I daily let this take full effect on me, I will end up facing the wrath the God who went through incredibility just to set me free. It is never a case of self-exaltation or self-strengthening, rather a self-realization that I am nothing without Jesus.

It has become clear that there are only two important things I can, and will ever know: I am a great sinner, and Christ is the great Savior.

I challenge you reader to do a heart check.


“Blessed is he whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered.”
~Psalm32:1

Things change. God doesn't.

It’s almost been a year since I graduated college, and MAN, have things changed! I’ve been through rough times, and great times this past year, and all I can say is that God is still faithful regardless of anything we do. He is faithful regardless of anything I do, everything I’ve done, and all that I’m going to do.

The past nine months or so have indeed contained thee most concentrated display of overemotional suffering and bliss that I have ever witnessed and experienced in my entire life. From trusting the Lord with my professional life, to moving out of the house, to an early resignation, to getting hired again in the current job I hold, it has been nothing less of an adventure. Honestly speaking, one of the main reasons why I haven’t been posting that much was because I keep expecting God to throw in a punch line that would turn my life into another comedy or a tragedy; whichever comes first.

Here’s a recap of what happened all this time:

The day after I graduated, I got a call from a company which was in a big city on the next island from my home town. I was surrounded by Christians, I found a good church and I had the dream starting job that I prayed for: something that wasn’t exactly much, fairly very easy for me to comprehend, and one that compensated fairly, so I would understand the value of earning. I agreed to a promotion after my third week, which led me to discover that I got myself in a job that was not my forte, and though I did my best, I had to hand in my resignation after my second month, though I left on very good terms with the company. Grew closer to Christ when I was job hunting, and got a better perspective of what worship really is even when situations seem hopeless. Then I got into a really good company, and I’m working my way up. My walk with Christ has been an ongoing battle, but it’s His grace alone that allowed me to still be growing in Him.

Despite all that, through the praise reports and prayer requests, God proves Himself to be the God of the Bible who calls Himself the great I am. He who’s nature is unchanging is not dependent on our feelings or circumstances. There is nothing that I can do to make God love me less because His love is as perfect as He is, and it is not dependent on anything I have, can, or will do. I can never let God down because I never held Him up in the first place. In this Father-son relationship, He holds me up. I should never think that I lose any worth in light of my failures because I was never worthy to begin with. I should never claim victories for myself because ultimately, they are His. They only thing He requires of me is total surrender. Nothing less.

We really shouldn’t take God lightly, even if His grace abounds in all things. Back in the times of the early church, believing in Christ meant death, yet many of us take it like it’s just another whim in life. Beloved, God does not want the biggest part of our life, He demands all of it. In all aspects, in all areas, He should be the center. It sounds impossible, but with God, it is. So what’s holding you?

Learning to pray follows the same practical rules as learning another language. You may study all about it top to bottom, but you’re never gonna get better at it if you neither use nor practice it. Don’t worry if you don’t exactly know how or what to pray for. The essence of it is really fellowship with God. Besides, heart in prayer without words is much more pleasing to the Lord than words without heart.

The difference between the person who grows in holiness and the one who doesn’t is not a matter of personality, upbringing, or gifting; the difference is what each has planted into the soil of his or her heart and soul.
—  Joshua Harris, Not Even a Hint