Saturday, October 29, 2011 | By: Rey Rusty Mendoza Gayuma

Birthday Bash (John Mark Hailar)

        I really owe a lot to God for the pleasure of knowing this friend of mine in the name of JM. We have been through ups and downs which made us know more about each other.I believe that it had been God's plan for us to be acquainted. We are merely opposite with each other but we are able to compromise our likes that's we are still friends :) Now is his 18th birthday and all I can say to him is a Happy Birthday,old man! (just kidding..)
         I wish you the best for your Birthday JM, for in this day GOD made one of His special possessions. A man embedded with a purpose and golden pursuit and that is no other than but you. I hope you will continue pursuing your purpose and our cost. Heat up and always hold unto your faith. As a Christian, let your perseverance overwhelm your life so that you may live it as God wants you to live it. In the days of your life, continue learning how to live not just to exist. Thank you for everything, your life has been a special intricate in my life as well. Hope to be with you as we finish our race in taking our degree, not just with you but to all our fellow Christians. Continue looking up to God and searching for the lost. Be the best that you can be in all aspects of your life for God created us to be excellent. Remember, excellence is not just a one-time experience, it is a lifestyle! A lifestyle only found in the hands of God through Christ Jesus.
           God bless the works of your hands and the desires of your heart. God speed young man!

-Philippians 4:4

Thursday, October 27, 2011 | By: Rey Rusty Mendoza Gayuma

Knowing One's Temperament

            As ambassadors of God’s word, it is important to know the traits and behavior of the people we wanted to have a better relationship with our God. Evangelists should be able to accommodate them and present to them the gospel in the most compassionate way without burying themselves in disguise and without eating their authenticity. Furthermore, we must be true to ourselves and share to them our story and God’s story. One way in doing this is to know one’s temperament. The four temperaments, which had largely gone out of vogue since medieval times, have become popular among evangelical Christians in the same way that astrology has raised in popularity among non-Christians. Perhaps because of life’s ever-increasing complexities and numerous complex psychological systems, people are looking for simple ways to understand themselves and others. First is to know your own temperament and of the person you wanted to evangelized, although some people are just your acquaintances, by patterning out their behavior and your impressions to them, you will be able to figure out at what point you will start. And that’s why the four temperaments have made a comeback. They are easy to understand and use. They offer simple explanations for the complexity of individual differences and propose simple solutions to complex problems of living. Furthermore, many Christians have confidence in the four temperaments theory because they believe it is reliable, helpful, and compatible with the Bible. Of course, in dealing with it, you should always ask the presence and the anointment of the Holy Spirit so that it would be even more fruitful.
            The four temperaments can be classified as follows:
          The sanguine temperament is fundamentally impulsive and pleasure-seeking. Sanguine people were also considered fairly sociable and emotional. They tend to enjoy social gatherings, making new friends and tend to be boisterous. They are usually quite creative and often daydream. However, some alone time is crucial for those of this temperament. Sanguine can also mean very sensitive, compassionate and thoughtful. Sanguine personalities generally struggle with following tasks all the way through, are chronically late, and tend to be forgetful and sometimes a little sarcastic. Often, when pursuing a new hobby, interest is lost quickly when it ceases to be engaging or fun. They are very much people persons. They are talkative and not shy. People of sanguine temperament can often be emotional.

            The choleric temperament is fundamentally ambitious and leader-like. They have a lot of aggression, energy, and/or passion, and try to instill it in others. They can dominate people of other temperaments, especially phlegmatic types. Many great charismatic military and political figures were choleric. They like to be in charge of everything.

        The melancholic temperament is fundamentally introverted and thoughtful. Melancholic people often were perceived as very (or overly) pondering and considerate, getting rather worried when they could not be on time for events. Melancholic can be highly creative in activities such as poetry and art - and can become preoccupied with the tragedy and cruelty in the world. A melancholic is also often a perfectionist. They are often self-reliant and independent; one negative part of being a melancholic is sometimes they can get so involved in what they are doing they forget to think of others.

        The phlegmatic temperament is fundamentally relaxed and quiet, ranging from warmly attentive to lazily sluggish. Phlegmatic tend to be content with themselves and very kind. They can be very accepting and affectionate. They may be very receptive and shy and often prefer stability to uncertainty and change. They are very consistent, relaxed, calm, rational, curious, and observant, making them good administrators. They can also be very passive-aggressive.

The four temperaments theory also gives an illusion of truth. One can apply all descriptive traits to all humans to a greater or lesser degree. Therefore, when temperament characteristics are placed in categories, people can easily see themselves because of the universal nature of traits, such as friendly, confident, sensitive, dependable, and so on. Then, when people are told that they may be a combination of the four temperaments, they can easily fit themselves into a classification. That does not mean the four temperaments are in themselves accurate or helpful. It only means they consist of universal traits and that people can identify with them to some degree.

We all know that psychological behavior of the person can be a factor whether he is going to reject or accept your claim about God. After all, it is not just about his attitude that matters but also your attitude towards him, the way you approach him, the way you present your thoughts and the way you persuade him with the love of Christ. Knowing one’s temperament can also be used to those who are already Christians, by knowing their temperaments; you can counsel them and advise them for their perseverance. Truly, it is very useful for our everyday trip with our God.
Hope you will be able to successfully identify your own temperament and when you had already figured it, drop it out through a comment. :)

Thanks to Wikipedia and Four Temperaments, Astrology and Personality Testing(Book) for additional information and the pictures to their respective owners.
Tuesday, October 25, 2011 | By: Rey Rusty Mendoza Gayuma

Choose Philippines by Angeline Quinto (official music video)

       A part of nation transformation, we should be proud of the beauty that God created within our country! His marvelous craftsmanship is truly exhilarating and vibrant! enjoy this video portraying the Philippines' best.
Tuesday, October 11, 2011 | By: Rey Rusty Mendoza Gayuma

A Simple Thought about Faith

         Sometime ago, one of my classmates suggested to me an Asian movie. The movie she was referring to me was Hachi: A Dog's Story. It is a heart-breaking tale about a loyal Japanese Akita dog, which is really a true story. The story goes this way...Hachiko was an Akita Inu that lived for twelve years in Japan. He was brought to Tokyo in 1924 by his owner, Hidesaburo Ueno. Hidesaburo was an agriculture professor at the University of Tokyo and commuted to work every day by train and Hachiko would accompany his master every day back and forth from the train station. Every day, the young Akita would wait patiently for his master's return on the train platform. Soon after his master's death, Hachiko was given to the professor's relatives to be cared for, but the dog would constantly escape and return to his old home to wait for the professor. Eventually, Hachiko realized his master no longer lived there and return to the train platform. As the legend goes, Hachiko would wait at that platform every day for Professor Ueno to return but his master never came back. But on May 25, 1925, when Hachiko was eighteen months old, his master did not return. The dog waited like he did every day for the professor to arrive on the four o'clock train, not knowing that his master had suffered a stroke at work and died.
Other commuters who had saw the relationship between master and dog were touched by the dog's show of devotion (who wouldn't be touched) and they started to bring treats and food to Hachiko as he waited for his master. This behavior went on for ten years with the dog appearing every night at four o'clock when the train was due.           In that movie, Hachiko's loyalty to His master is overwhelming. Knowing well that his master never did a communal promise to him that he will be back, still Hachi waited for several years , which is a vivid picture of genuine faith. He never got tired of going to the same spot where he used to wait upon the arrival of his master. Truly, I was struck by this movie and it deeply reminds me about man's faith towards God.  In Hebrews 11:1, Faith is defined as being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we cannot see. A basic example of this is the presence of air, we cannot see it but we are pretty sure that it exists. Jesus promised to His disciples that He will come back, but sad to say, most of us are not anymore willing to wait upon His coming. Instead of preparing for Jesus, they've turned to Earthly things and pleasures and thus, neglecting God's promise. We all know the fruits of faith such as courage, hope, patience, loyalty, love, trust and pace of mind. During circumstances, do you exercise your faith or you depend on facts? It is a common scenario among us that whenever we encounter problems, we tend to calculate facts, rely on evidences and then worry about the outcome, as if we don't have faith to God and assumes that God would not back us up. We should always remember that we must live by faith and not by sight, drop the fear and keep the faith because God honors who have it.
 Like Hachiko, let us wait upon our Master. Furthermore, God will not fail us- heaven or earth will pass away but the word of God will endure forever. Whenever trials seem so difficult to pass, always think that God prepared solutions for it for He knows the answer-you just have to find it---PRAY, if your problem is as large as a ship, God's solution is as wide as the ocean...
Tribulations are like hurdles in the race, the runner should jump over it in order to reach the finish line, not to give up the race... God does not want us to be quitters.   BUT CHAMPIONS!
Sunday, October 2, 2011 | By: Rey Rusty Mendoza Gayuma

Christmas Wish

It was Christmas Eve and the lord looked down from above at all His children. It had been nearly two thousand years since the birth of His son and turning to His youngest angel the Lord said: "Go down to the earth and bring back to me the one thing that best represents everything good that has been done in the name of this day." The angel bowed to the Lord and spreading his wings, descended from heaven to the world of man, all the while contemplating his mission. So much had been done in the name of honoring the birth of the Christ Child. For this day, wars had temporarily ceased, cathedrals had been built and great novels had been written. With so little time, what could he possibly find to represent all this?
As he soared above the earth, he suddenly heard the sound of church bells below. Their tone was so beautiful that it reminded him of the voice of God. Looking down, he saw a small church whose bells were ringing out the carol, Silent Night. As the final note died away, it was replaced by one lone voice singing inside the church. It was shortly joined by a second voice that embraced the first in perfect harmony, and then another until a choir of voices rose through the night. Enchanted by the magic of what he was hearing, the angel found himself listening until the song was finished. As he resumed his flight through the night, he was delighted to hear these sounds everywhere, from the largest cities to the smallest villages. He heard melodies from massive orchestras and in the voices of single soldiers alone at their post. And any place where he heard these songs, he found hope in the hearts of men.
Grasping a song out of the air, he held it in his hand (angels are able to do this) and thought that maybe, these songs could be the one thing that best represented Christmas. They seemed to give voice to man's greatest joys as well as hope to those deepest in despair. But, though at first glance it appeared to be the answer he sought, his heart told him that this music alone was not enough. There had to be something more. So, he continued his flight through the night until he suddenly felt the touch of a father's prayer on its way to heaven. Once again looking downward, he saw a man who was praying for his child whom he had not heard from in a long time and who would not be home that Christmas. Seizing upon the prayer, the angel followed it until it reached the lost child.
She was standing on a corner, in a quiet snowfall, looking very small in a very large city. Across from her was an old city bar, the kind that only the lost seemed to know how to find. The patrons of this establishment rarely looked up from their drinks and so seemed not to notice the young woman. Now, the bartender in this bar had been working in there longer than anyone could remember. He believed in nothing except his bar and his cash register. He had never married, never took a vacation and as matter of fact, had never been seen out from behind his counter by most of his patrons. He was there when they arrived and he was still there when they left. He gave no credit and for seventy-five cents, served shots of un-watered whiskey to people who used their drinks like a moat around their lives. For them, he provided a safe, unchanging world.
Suddenly, the door opened wide and into this world walked a small child. The bartender could not remember the last time that a child had been in this place, but before he could ask the child what he was doing there, the child asked him if he knew that there was a girl outside their door who could not get home. Glancing out the window, he saw the girl standing across the street. Turning back to the child, the bartender asked him how he knew this. The child replied "That on this night of all nights, if one could be home, they'd be already there."
The bartender looked back toward the young woman as he reflected on what the child had said. After several seconds of thought, he slowly went over to the cash register and removing most of the money, came out from behind the bar and followed the child across the street. Everyone in the bar watched as he spoke with the girl. After a few moments, he called over a cab, put the girl inside and told the driver: "J.F.K. Airport." As the cab pulled away, he looked around for the child, but the child was gone. And what was stranger still, even though his own tracks leading from the bar were still clearly marked in the snow, the child's were nowhere to be found. Returning back inside, he asked if anyone had seen where the child had gone, but like himself, no one had, for they also had been watching the departing cab. And then, some would later say that the most miraculous thing of all happened, when for the rest of the night, no one paid for a drink.
Later that night, the angel returned back to heaven and placed in the Lord's hand the wish of a soul for the happiness of another. And as the heavenly host looked on, the Lord smiled.
-Trans-Siberian Orchestra (Christmas Eve and Other Stories)