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Sling and Stone Music is Now Online

After several weeks of not being able to post here regularly, I’m very happy to announce that the initial release of Sling and Stone Music is now online.

Sling and Stone Music is about “Discovering God’s Love through Music”. Watch Music Videos (some with lyrics) from various Christian artists. Artist information, albums and lyrics are retrieved from Crossmap.com, Amazon.com and Christianlyricsonline.com respectively.

Feel free to send comments and suggestions to our Assembla space.

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Reflections of a Mother

I gave you life, but cannot live it for you.

I can teach you things, but I cannot make you learn.

I can give you directions, but I cannot be there to lead you.

I can allow you freedom, but I cannot account for it.

I can take you to church, but I cannot make you believe.

I can teach you right from wrong, but I cannot always decide for you.

I can buy you beautiful clothes, but I cannot make you beautiful inside.

I can offer you advice, but I cannot accept it for you.

I can give you love, but I cannot force it upon you.

I can teach you to share, but I cannot make you unselfish.

I can teach you respect, but I cannot force you to show honor.

I can advise you about friends, but cannot choose them for you.

I can advise you about sex, but I cannot keep you pure.

I can tell you the facts of life, but I can’t build your reputation.

I can tell you about drink, but I can’t say “no” for you.

I can warn you about drugs but I can’t prevent you from using them.

I can tell you about lofty goals, but I can’t achieve them for you.

I can teach you about kindness, but I can’t force you to be gracious.

I can warn you about sins, but I cannot make you moral.

I can love you as a child, but I cannot place you in God’s family.

I can pray for you, but I cannot make you walk with God.

I can teach you about Jesus, but I cannot make Jesus your Lord.

I can tell you how to live, but I cannot give you eternal life.

I can love you with unconditional love all of my life . . . and I will!!!

Always, Mom

Taken from another WordPress blog.

Happy Mother’s Day!

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Sponsor a Child

A few months ago, I was reading the blog of Cay Horstmann (author of Core Java, Core JSF and many others) and came across his The OLPC and Java post.

I got an OLPC for the holiday season. No, it wasn’t for the Horstmann twins—after all, it is one laptop per child, so the child must be myself. I got it through the “give one, get one program”. For $400, I got mine and a much more deserving kid somewhere out there got one as well. (Hurry if you want to get yours—the program ends today.)

It was nice to see the BIG guys participate in such a worthy cause. And if they can do it, why can’t we?

In line with this, I would like to invite YOU (Yes you! The person reading this post) guys to participate in a similar project from World Vision. But instead of giving away laptops, you help underprivileged children get the education they have been dreaming for.

But what do you get in return? You hopefully get a BIG smile on your face whenever these little kids try to send you back a letter saying even the simplest “THANK YOU”.

PS: If you’re from the Philippines, you can also visit this alternate link.

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Trusting God

A few weeks ago I was able to attend again our church’s midweek service. In spite of being very late for it, I learned a valuable lesson from our pastor about “Trusting God”.

He said that “as Christians we only have two choices: either we trust God with our all or not trust him at all.”

He also gave an interesting analogy about a tightrope walker who did his stunts blindfolded while carrying a wheelbarrow. The tightrope walker had a critic who said that the trick was only made possible because of familiarization with the environment and cannot be pulled off elsewhere.

So the tightrope walker accepted the challenge and decided to perform the trick across the Niagara falls which he was able to complete successfully. The critic was humbled by this turnout of events and said to the tightrope walker that he now believes that the tightrope walker can pull it off wherever he wishes.

The tightrope walker said, “Do you really believe that I can do it?”. The critic responded, “Yes, I really believe!” The tight walker replied, “No you don’t understand what you’re saying, “Do you really believe?” to which the critic answered, “Yes 100%!”.

Then with a big smile, the tightrope walker said to the critic, “Then climb up the wheelbarrow, and let’s do the trick again.”

Have a nice day everyone!

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Sunday School Songs

I’m thinking of buying either the Super Strong God DVD or CD online.

B000F5DSUE Super Strong God DVD Hillsong Kids

B000F6RGO2 Super Strong God

Our two-year old daughter learned about this from her Sunday school and she loves singing and dancing with it!

I tried searching our local Christian Music stores and they said they only have the older Hillsong Kids DVD (see below) and that it might take a while for new stocks to come in.

B000F5J12S Jesus Is My Superhero – Hillsong Kids – DVD

Anyway, I was discussing the possibility of ordering this online with my wife the other day and when our two-year old daughter heard about it, she gave me a very big smile (enough to make my heart melt).

It might cost me more to purchase it online (considering the international shipping rates and taxes), but I think it will definitely be worth it.

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Post Valentine’s Quote

Love is the Greatest

1 If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.

2 If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing.

3 If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it; but if I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing.

4 Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud

5 or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged.

6 It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out.

7 Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.

8 Prophecy and speaking in unknown languages and special knowledge will become useless. But love will last forever!

9 Now our knowledge is partial and incomplete, and even the gift of prophecy reveals only part of the whole picture!

10 But when full understanding comes, these partial things will become useless.

11 When I was a child, I spoke and thought and reasoned as a child. But when I grew up, I put away childish things.

12 Now we see things imperfectly as in a cloudy mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely.

13 Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love.

Hope you all had a nice Valentine’s day celebration!

Passage taken from: 1 Corinthians 13 (NLT).

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Quote of the Day

“If you think of the Bible as God’s personal message to you, then you might read it as often as you read your personal mail.”

Taken from:

1577484487 God Is in the Small Stuff… And It All Matters

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