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Whatevering

Whatevering

What's your go-to word when you want to say something but run out of words? Mine? "Whatever." The Bible offers a whatevering alternative: Philippians 4:8 "Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is...

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Worship

Worship

Will you allow me a bit—just a tiny bit—of self-indulgence? I love to sing. Always have. Always will. I'll probably be eternally singing. And that's no joke. But read on. In high school, circa nineteen kopong-kopong (a long long time ago), I dreamt of being a Broadway...

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Too, Too Much

Too, Too Much

Information. They're right up there, swirling in the internet etherworld—accessible with just a few clicks on your smartphone. Type your keywords and voila, any topic you want to research pops up. They’re so many you'd have a hard time deciding which to explore. FB...

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Shapeable, Moldable

Shapeable, Moldable

"Bote!" "Garapa!" "Dyaryo!" Shouted by a cart-pushing Chinaman going around our Manila neighborhood, these words woke me up most mornings when I was a kid—bagong-saltang probinsyana (fresh from the province, Sampaloc, Quezon) getting used to life in Manila. This was...

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When Panic Sets In

When Panic Sets In

I drove myself to the pharmacy. Coming out of it, I could not find my car in the parking lot. Walking back and forth and not finding it, I began to panic. Then I woke up. An awful dream. Which triggered a migraine. It didn't help that I've started taking pills which...

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Darius and His Allergies

Darius and His Allergies

A kid and his park are soon parted—at least momentarily, for Darius whose one great love is playing in the park with his friends. A few months back, Darius joined an art competition in his school (Wolf Canton Elementary School, Chula Vista, San Diego). Not only did...

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The Judas in Us

The Judas in Us

There will always be someone—in a family, team or organization—pursuing his own dubious agenda. Take Judas. Yes, that Judas. Called by Jesus to His team yet sold Him off for 30 pieces of silver. "What happened to this disciple who supposedly left everything to follow...

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Intuit It

Intuit It

Engineers, architects, artists design material objects—impressing us with structures, machines, and creations so utilitarian yet awesome. If finite human beings can do this, why not God, who created you and me? Consider the peacock showing off its plumage—marvelous in...

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I Blew It!

I Blew It!

How many times have you and I uttered this line―aftermath of our wrong decisions, hastily-formed opinions or careless utterances? Some of the consequences? Missed opportunities or promotions. Even soured relationships. Oh, I could write a book about my own duh-moments...

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This Little Boast of Mine

This Little Boast of Mine

Who's more euphoric when a child does something exceptional? His parents? Or his grandparents? Yes, this sense of jumping for joy and shouting alleluia, plus the urge to show these feats off. This lola is guilty as charged. Believe me, it takes a lot of self-control...

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