It is uplifting to know fellow Filipinos who are sharing their life through their blogs. I am blessed whenever people take the effort to create a good work and capture their heart and mind into a written piece.
First it was in Yahoo! where I discovered this ANC On The Money program, and I was blessed with the wisdom and biblical principles that they give. Though not perfect, I find it enlightening and encouraging, as it helps develop financial literacy in our nation. This program empowered me to be faithful in stewarding His entrusted gifts, and also led me to become a Licensed Financial Adviser at Sun Life Philippines.
Here are some:
Jezreel Notarte. Jez posts his sermons and thoughts on this wordpress-hosted blog. His write-ups are theologically-sound and classical. As of my current writing, he serves in a Cagayan de Oro church.
Teach with Joy. A blog for parents, families, and
homeschooling that shares good contributions in raising children in the fear of God. Joy’s faithful dedication to family and children’s well-being is inspirational. Joy is also the daughter of Peter Tan-Chi, pastor of Christ Commission Fellowship and wife of a Christian named Edric Mendoza who hosts an ANC program. She recently published a book When a Good God Allows Rape ($2.99 at Kindle), an auto-biography of her past history, her struggles and her victory as an overcomer.
Francis Kong -a seasoned businessman who also works as consultant and career-developer. He specializes in Leadership. He has previously managed a garments company and multiple others. His profound experience with Millenial employees and exposure to Biblical knowledge enable him to be a thought leader and inspiring speaker to fellow Filipinos around the globe. His clients range from Philippine-led companies to multi-national ones. I have personally attended Francis Kong’s seminars as a Sun Life Advisor and currently follow his posts. Get his ebooks here.
Chinkee Tan is a motivational speaker with a concentration on wealth management. I’ve attended his seminar in Ikthus Bacolod and he is witty, funny and profound. My exposure to his Youtube videos and books in my early 20’s equipped me to work out my financial life with grace and wisdom. My personal note is not to look at him in the misunderstood perspective of prosperity Gospel, but Biblical stewardship. He wrote Rich for Life: Secrets of Those Who Stayed Rich for Life and How You Can be One.
Randell Tiongson is a finance professional and columnist for national tabloids. He also conducts seminars around the world, especially with Filipino communities, with the goal of helping them achieve financial freedom. I’m personally benefited by his works. I have a personal ordered one of his books which can be found in his personal website.
Act Like a Man. A group’s blog where each contributor gives a portion of their wisdom to help men grow in the Lord. The contributors include men like Dennis Sy, Richard Poon who also blogs on music and Christian topics.
Sean Si. Pastor, blogger, Entrepreneur, SEO Specialist. Public Speaker. He runs his SEO company and offers services to online and offline companies.
David Bonifacio. David is an entrepreneur, an executive, an artist and a company leader. He writes poems, create art and social entrepreneurial programs. I like the combination of his gifts, talents and passions. I can say that I am more like this man. I think I discovered him in Instagram, found out his blog and continuously followed his thoughts. I am blessed by his self-revelatory, thinking-out-loud writing style.
Bernard A. Rosario.
One of his blog posts:
The Birthday Cake I Won’t Give to Rizal
Today, June 19, is known to Filipinos to be the day when Jose Rizal was born. I also thank the sovereign GOD for using such a genius for me to enjoy His graces as a free man. However, fewer Filipinos know that on this same day, another hero was born: Charles Haddon Spurgeon.
I did a quick comparative study on the lives of Spurgeon and Rizal and here are some interesting facts:
When Rizal was born in 1861, Spurgeon was already preaching to the largest indoor crowd with 23,654 at Crystal Palace, London and the Metropolitan Tabernacle (with seating for approximately 5,600) was opened. Spurgeon then was about my age, 27 years old. Wow!
When Rizal was 15 years old, he received his Bachelor of Arts with the highest honors from Ateneo de Manila. By the same age, Spurgeon won in a writing contest for his first book, the 295-page Popery Unmasked.
By the age when Rizal joined the poetical competition for Indians and Mestizos and wrote the poem To the Philippine Youth, Spurgeon was converted to Christ and joined a Baptist church in Cambridge.
Jose Rizal was 31 years old when he organized a mutual aid economic society: La Liga Filipina. Charles Spurgeon was 31 years old when he organized a monthly magazine: The Sword and the Trowel.
The two were of the same age (35 years old) when Rizal wrote the poem My Last Farewell and Spurgeon released the first volume of The Treasury of David.
When Spurgeon’s The Treasury of David was completed in 1885, Rizal received his degree of Licentiate in Medicine with honors from Central University of Madrid.
By the time that Rizal’s Noli Me Tangere was finished in Berlin, Spurgeon’s crash with the Downgrade Controversy has just begun in 1887.
Jose Rizal was editing Morga’s 1609 Philippine History as he was studying in the British museum in London when Spurgeon was voted to censure by the Baptist Union in 1888. (I wonder if Rizal somehow heard about Spurgeon.)
In 1892, Rizal was deported to Dapitan while Spurgeon’s body was buried at West Norwood Cemetery.
Now, let me give at least three points why I am giving a larger birthday cake to Spurgeon over against our national hero.
I) Life’s Combat: Perpetual Death Over Temporal Injustice
Rizal has indeed offered his life for a noble cause, for a fight against the injustices of Spain. However, Spurgeon saw beyond temporal injustices: the need of man to flee from God’s justice in His wrath against wicked men and flee towards God’s justice in His love by offering His Son for men’s sins. Quoting Spurgeon,
If sinners be dammed, at least let them leap to hell over our bodies. If they will perish, let them perish with our arms about their knees. Let no one go there unwarned and unprayed for.
II) Life’s Conclusion: “Come into the Holiest of All” Over “Mi Ultimo Adios”
In his last poem, Rizal bids farewell from the objects of all his labors.
Farewell, my adored Land, region of the sun caressed,
Pearl of the Orient Sea, our Eden lost,
With gladness I give you my Life, sad and repressed;
And were it more brilliant, more fresh and at its best,
I would still give it to you for your welfare at most.
While in the closing statements of his Autobiography, Spurgeon states his excitement of falling into the embrace of the Object of all his labors,
The vista of a praiseful life will never close, but continue throughout eternity. From psalm to psalm, from hallelujah to hallelujah, we will ascend the hill of the Lord, until we come into the Holiest of all, where, with veiled faces, we will bow before the Divine Majesty in the bliss of endless adoration. Throughout this year may the Lord be with you! Amen.
III) Life’s Cause: Eternity Over Momentary
The main differences between the two, perhaps, was that Spurgeon understood better what the apostle Paul had talked about in 2 Corinthians 4:17-18,
For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
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From His “ABOUT PAGE”
“…Greetings! I am Bernard A. Rosario, a member of the United Methodist Church with Calvinistic convictions. I am the worst among sinners that I know and acknowledge my indebtedness to the GOD of grace and mercy. I believe that salvation is through faith alone by the grace of GOD alone in the life and death of the GOD-man Jesus Christ alone as revealed in the infallible and sufficient Scriptures for the glory of the most enjoying Being, the triune GOD, alone. I am from San Carlos City, Pangasinan, Philippines and presently teaches computer subjects (such as programming, data structures, algorithm analysis, and discrete math) to college students of University of Pangasinan.”
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I may not really know them very much, nor could really prove about the genuineness of their faith, as it is only through the fruit of our lives which can serve as the basis of such claim (2 Corinthians 13:5), but isn’t it a good thing to see that the Lord is moving in our midst and God is letting us see the seeds of the gospel growing and multiplying?
Somehow, seeing Christian Filipino bloggers will also challenge the coming generations to search for God, turn from sin, seek for wisdom, develop skills and cultivate character. Let us pray for His grace to shower down upon us and bear fruit in the lives of our countrymen. May we continue to see more Filipinos be transformed by the Word of Truth.
Let us pray that this trend would continue
…and that the Lord would shine His Light through us in this country and in the whole world,
…that He will continue to save more of us, and bless others around the world,
…and that God would raise an army of His representatives of His Kingdom here on earth.
Do you know some more Christian Filipino authors and bloggers? Let’s build this list. Share them through the form below.
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