No Excuse: All Have Sinned

This righteousness [of God] is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.

Romans 3:22-24, NIV

No Excuse: All Have Sinned.

People naturally think highly of themselves. How many times have you seen someone looking down on others? When was the last time you “heard” someone silently say, “I’m better than the rest,” or “I wouldn’t have failed even if I tried?” It’s true, more often than not. We all have the tendency to think we’re better than everyone else.

This attitude is often extended to our opinion of how good or bad we are. Pickpockets probably think they’re more good than bank robbers. Drunkards probably think drug addicts are more bad than they are. Religious people probably think they’re so much more good than all the others mentioned here. Ultimately though, being human beings, we’re all on the same boat: we have all sinned. Continue reading No Excuse: All Have Sinned

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Choose Your Eternal Destiny: Eternal Life or Wrath and Fury?

God “will give to each person according to what he has done.” To those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honor and immortality, he will give eternal life. But for those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger. There will be trouble and distress for every human being who does evil: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile; but glory, honor and peace for everyone who does good: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile. For God does not show favoritism.

Romans 2:6-11, NIV

Choose Your Eternal Destiny: Eternal Life or Wrath and Fury?

Two things about the human justice system come to mind. First, it is fallible. Appointed judges, despite all the education they’ve got, could commit mistakes. Corrupt ones could be bribed to favor a party. Cases could get stuck in the bureaucracy and take ages to be resolved—victims continue to suffer and culprits remain unpunished. Second, it is limited. Convicts could get sent to the most secure of maximum security prisons, but death ultimately allows them escape. Judges could give convicts life sentences, but these sentences end when death comes.

Fallible and limited can never be used to describe God’s judgment. God is perfect in all his attributes. He never commits mistakes. He will never be corrupt. Because God is perfect, his judgment is perfect as well. God is eternal—he has no beginning and end. There’s no escaping his judgment. There’s no expiry to his judgment. Because God is eternal, he could also give eternal judgment. Continue reading Choose Your Eternal Destiny: Eternal Life or Wrath and Fury?

WARNING: DO NOT APPROVE!

“They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless. Though they know God’s degree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them.”

Romans 1:29-32, ESV

Warning: DO NOT APPROVE!

Disobeying God is sin. This is probably a familiar truth to many who have Christian influences in their lives. They hear it from friends, they see it on social media posts and they’ve probably even learned it from a religious gathering of some sort. While the truth that doing what God tells us not to do is sin—unrighteousness, is known (though certainly not often acknowledged) by many, they fail to realize that giving approval to those who sin is also unrighteousness.

You sin if you were to kill someone. Most would probably say that’s a no-brainer. But imagine yourself passing a dark alley where there happens to be nobody around but you and two other people. One of them has a dull looking crowbar in his hands. The other is on the ground, whimpering and weakly trying to put his hands up in defense. Both men have blood on their clothes, but the one on the ground looks practically soaked in it. Would you jump with glee and with a voice as mighty as you could muster, scream “finish him” to the crowbar-man? Isn’t an emphatic “no” to this a no-brainer as well? An extreme example, but it does get the point across (I hope). Thing is, murder is not the only act of unrighteousness in the world. Continue reading WARNING: DO NOT APPROVE!

Trust in the Lord!

Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding.
Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.

Proverbs 3:5-6, NLT

Finite, created beings like you and me can never know better and understand more than he who is infinite, the Creator himself–the One who holds everything in his hands.
Let us trust not on ourselves, but on him alone!

Giant Smurf. | Memories of Summer

Blue…sooo much blue. I’ve found a giant Smurf!

Giant Smurf. (Memories of Summer | Out on the Streets: Street Photography by Juro Malazo)
© Jun Roweeku Malazo, All Rights Reserved.

Giant Smurf.
Memories of Summer.
Gilon Gilon, Dagupan City Bangus Festival 2014.

Panasonic Lumix LX5.
28mm; F5.6; 1/320s; ISO 80; No Flash.
April 22, 2014.
Processed in LR5.

Clones? What Clones? | Memories of Summer

This shot should give you an idea how packed the streets are. People get creative on picking up a spot to watch from. You see them up on the surrounding buildings (which I myself have tried before), looking through windows and often even stepping out of them and sitting on the ledge. Others stand up on tricycles or some other vehicle, while some just tiptoe [ their calves to death. 😛 ]. Some kids even get to be above the crowd.

With this spot though, I’m convinced I may have found a cloning factory in Dagupan!

Clonse? What Clones? (Memories of Summer | Out on the Streets: Street Photography by Juro Malazo)
© Jun Roweeku Malazo, All Rights Reserved.

Clones? What clones?
Memories of Summer.
Gilon Gilon, Dagupan City Bangus Festival 2014.

Panasonic Lumix LX5.
24mm; F5.6; 1/60s; ISO 125; No Flash.
April 22, 2014.
Processed in LR5.

On Top of the World. | Memories of Summer

During the Gilon-Gilon, the streets were lined up with lots of people wanting to watch the dancers as they perform around the city. There were barriers set to contain the spectators and make sure the performers had the space to perform.

Getting a good vantage point in the crowd was a challenge, and one had to really be creative in getting around and finding a spot, especially those like me who wanted to take photos.

Here’s a little guy who didn’t have to think about all that (and probably didn’t care). After all, he’s probably feeling like he’s on top of the world.

On Top of the World. (Memories of Summer | Out on the Streets: Street Photography by Juro Malazo)
© Jun Roweeku Malazo, All Rights Reserved.

On Top of the World.
Memories of Summer.
Gilon Gilon, Dagupan City Bangus Festival 2014.

Panasonic Lumix LX5.
24mm; F5.6; 1/320s; ISO 80; No Flash.
April 22, 2014.
Processed in LR5.

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