Anchored with Hope,

Rescued from the Raging waters...

Inspired by a fellow God chaser

Published by Bammy under on 4:45 PM

This book helped spark that FIRE in my spirit once again.
I was out with my mom one Sunday afternoon and we went to donate some clothes to this store, and then we went to where all the books are and I found this..
It's called the "The God chasers" by Tommy Tenney.

I have read some of his other books and it has been a great tool to help me in my own spiritual walk with the Lord.
My life here in America is another page in the book.
I just got here a few months ago and everything is new to me,
I'm far from my church, my close friends, most of my dad's family and the kind of life that I used to live, when I was still in the Philippines.

One thing is certain to me, that God is not far and He is always with me wherever I may be, no matter how tough life can be, I know that He is just right there for me.

I feel like a missionary traveling from another country,
God gave me a church here and people I can grow with in faith,
My God is my sufficiency, I never lack a single thing, He provided all my needs and Blessed me with so much more.
this Book, this piece of literature I now have in my hands, is God's constant reminder that I should not STOP chasing after HIM(being a God chaser).
That's a title I hold until the day that He takes me home to be with HIM in paradise.

As I read through the pages, The fire in my heart..
the stirring in my spirit.. the divine desire, a call for Holy desperation.
A deep longing for more of God that will surpass anything of the ordinary that will allow me to see through the heavenly realms, the realms of glory once more.

I have been longing. A passive and a complacent lifestyle is BORING, it takes away your joy and takes away the Life deep within you,Your strength,your vigor and your energy- the Hot Pursuit of Your ONE DESIRE.(Jesus Christ).

Here's a prayer that will shake hearts;

Father, I pray that a spirit of spiritual violence will grip our hearts,
that You will turn us into warriors of worship.
I pray that we will not stop until we break through the heavens,
until there's a crack in the heavenlies, until there is an open heaven.
Our cities and nation need YOU Lord. We need YOU.
We're tired of digging through the carpet for crumbs.
Send us Your hot Bread from Heaven, send us the manna of Your presence.
-Tommy Tenney-
The Bible says of the Kingdom of Heaven,
"the violent take it by force" (Matt.11:12)


Casting Crowns-talks about The Altar and the Door:)

Published by Bammy under on 6:00 PM
What is the distance between Sunday and Monday mornings?

The answer, for Casting Crowns’ Mark Hall, became painfully clear during an afternoon of reading through the MySpace pages of the kids in his youth group. Prompted to go there by a student, Mark’s heart sank as he read their messages to the world, truths about themselves that didn’t gel with the truth they embraced at church.

It was in that place of disheartened discovery where The Altar and The Door—the third studio project from GRAMMY-winning band Casting Crowns—began to unfold.

“When we’re at the altar, everything makes sense,” Hall says. “We know what we’re supposed to do. We know how we’re supposed to live. Everything’s black and white. But somewhere between the altar and the door, when we leave and go out into our lives, it all leaks out, and everything gets gray again. The Christian life is the journey between the altar and door, trying to get the things you’ve got in your head, into your hands, feet, into your life. The Altar and The Door is all about the journey. The realization on the journey, the struggles and the victory of seeing it as possible.”

Co-produced once again by Mark Miller (Sawyer Brown), The Altar and The Door taps into the same ‘real life, real faith’ vein as the Casting Crowns’ 2004 debut and 2006’s Lifesong. The same ‘all out on the table’ honesty, achingly real lyrical depth and unforgettable melodies that have captivated audiences around the world. Only this time, Casting Crowns— the fastest selling, platinum-reaching Christian artist in history—has never been more progressive musically. And lyrically, Mark Hall has never been more intentional.

“Once we got into the recording,” Hall says, “I knew we were in for something different, a more progressive approach to the music. These songs sounded different in my head; they’ve been a big challenge for us as a band. And the music definitely sets the tone for the whole project, but for me, it always comes back to the message. I always think lyrics first.”

The biblical footing for The Altar and The Door can be traced back to Psalm 1, Hall says.

“Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on this law he meditates day and night….”

“The whole album funnels from this passage,” Hall says. “Imagine the man in this verse totally breaking down, but just a little at a time. First he’s walking, then standing, and eventually sitting, just slowly shutting down. He doesn’t crash suddenly—there’s no sudden crash in the Christian life. The ‘crash’ is just the fruit of a slow fade.”

He continues, “If we find ourselves ‘walking’ in the counsel of the wicked, it’s often supported by the things we’re listening to, the things we’re taking in, the things we’re watching and clicking on. Sooner or later, what we choose to put into our lives affects us and starts coming out of our lives. Then we’re not ‘walking’ anymore. Instead we become a walking contradiction. The way we live confuses the people around us, and that, to me, is how we find ourselves ‘standing’ in the way of sinners. If something doesn’t change and we don’t make a turn around, we’re eventually ‘sitting’ in the seat of the scoffers. We find ourselves in the back row of the church watching everybody with their hands in the air, and thinking, ‘Surely they don’t have anything I don’t have,’ when in fact they do. And we don’t even realize it, because the fade is so gradual.”

The songs of The Altar and The Door strike a bold chord that the Christian life can and should be so much more than that. “When we have an ongoing, developing relationship with Jesus, life is not about me, my wants and my needs,” Hall says. “It’s about being the hands and feet of Jesus in other people’s lives.”

“Slow Fade,” a surprise sonic feast (don’t miss the flute!)—marks the regression that happens when Christians aren’t living intentionally. “People don’t crumble in a day. You don’t fall, you fade,” Hall explains. “In your mind, there’s that pride that says ‘I’d never do that’… but you don’t just do it, it’s a slow, series of compromises, little ones that go there eventually, until you’re sitting in a place you’d never go, doing something you’d’ never do… and yet the way you’re living totally makes sense to you somehow because you’re so numb.”

“I know you’ve cast my sin as far as the east is from the west

And I stand before you now as though I’ve never sinned…”

In “East To West,” Hall tackles the all-too-familiar skepticism with which we humans embrace forgiveness. “We have a hard time with the concept of forgiveness,” he says. “We cut ourselves and it heals, but the scar remains. Sometimes we think God treats sin like we would if we were God, and that he handles forgiveness like we would. We know he forgives, but we can’t accept that God chooses to forget and relinquishes his right to avenge.”

And “Somewhere in the Middle,” the lyric that poured out after Hall’s disheartening afternoon on MySpace, reveals the acclaimed songwriter’s lament. “Seeing the antithesis of what was being proclaimed at church and what was really going on with my kids didn’t make me angry or frustrated. It just made me hurt for them and how stuck out there they feel and how they don’t know what else to do but to try to fit in.”

Somewhere between contented peace and always wanting more,
that line between the altar and the door…

In all honesty, he says, “It wasn’t just about them. The end result in that lyric is my own lament that I could have a greater friendship with God, but I don’t…. It’s the frustration of my own life. Why in the world do I have to force myself to spend time with God. If I had an everyday friendship with Jesus, I’d be a better encourager, I’d be a better forgiver, and I wouldn’t be as selfish as I am. …God has blessed me with amazing self-awareness, a firm grasp of the obvious, but I don’t always ‘get’ it.”

It’s this kind of honest intentionality that is the core of The Altar and The Door, Casting Crowns’ most daring project to date. A collection of songs that dare to mark the distance between Sunday and Monday mornings, between the content of our heads, the content of our hearts and the disconnect between in between.


bring the rain!

Published by Bammy under on 11:05 PM

by: Mercyme

I can count a million times
People asking me how I
Can praise You with all that I've gone through
The question just amazes me
Can circumstances possibly
Change who I forever am in You
Maybe since my life was changed
Long before these rainy days
It's never really ever crossed my mind
To turn my back on you, oh Lord
My only shelter from the storm
But instead I draw closer through these times
So I pray

Bring me joy, bring me peace
Bring the chance to be free
Bring me anything that brings You glory
And I know there'll be days
When this life brings me pain
But if that's what it takes to praise You
Jesus, bring the rain

I am Yours regardless of
The dark clouds that may loom above
Because You are much greater than my pain
You who made a way for me
By suffering Your destiny
So tell me what's a little rain
So I pray

Holy, holy, holy
Is the Lord God Almighty

*This song is a strong testimony of How God uses sufferings and trials that we face or we are just about to face in this life to bring HIM Glory and to reveal our God-given destiny :)
be STILL and know that HE is God,

"awakening of the sleeping warrior"

Published by Bammy under on 2:31 PM

tOday, I wasn't expecting a MESSAGE that was thrown directly at me..
sounds extreme?? not really, God is just full of GREAT surprises that will rock your world! you just couldn't expect less.

The Lord spoke to me again about the Life of Job and his sufferings and how I see it in a very personal view, that this life is often full of suffering and hardships.
Never ending pain and grief. Trouble and tragedy.
But, it dawned on me as the preacher spoke that we may never exceed what Job had to suffer. It rekindled a message of hope in my spirit.

Even if life is too tough and trials seems endless to me, Job has been an inspiration. I will go on worshipping and thanking the Lord more even if I have to go through the storm.
We may never understand, if we don't allow God to speak to us in HIS own unique way.
If we complain all the time that it's just too hard and we drift away, not letting God reveal to us the purpose of what we're going through.
We are not able to gain that much wisdom and our maturity will not reach the level that God desires for us to be in.
We need to find that quiet place inside of us that will bridge a divine connection between us and our God.
That is based on the foundation of Christ,which established our RELATIONSHIP with HIM.

The thing is that God gave me an affirmation that, the reason for my troubles is to awaken a sleeping warrior inside of me, that through worship and prayer I can stand strong against life's battles.
In hardship I develop strength and the will to endure by the grace available to me through my relationship with Christ.
HIS Word is full of promises that will reach its fulfillment. It will come to pass.
I see that Iam more of an overcommer than a loser.
Jesus won that victory for me on Calvary and nothing can ever change that.
Nothing can change my status and nothing can take away my identity.
That's who God called me to be and that is who Iam.

But still I know that tougher times are comming, more testings and trials will still be there, I will still have to go through the storm, I will still have to pass through the valley of the shadow of death but I will fear no evil because HE is with me, and HE will see me through(Ps.23).

God bless everyone, be refreshed, be encouraged. :)
Glory to HIM!

No greater Love than this..

Published by Bammy under on 7:10 PM

When I look up to Jesus and what He's done for me, I could always conclude that there is no greater love that what HE offered me on the cross.
I have known Him as a Father, my best friend, my Redeemer and Savior, my Defender and my Deliverer, the Lover of my soul.
Jesus lived His life on earth compelled by Love to everyone He ministers to,
This kept HIM steadfast to endure every hardship, and difficulty He knew He will be facing.

I was searching for love at some point in my life and that LOVE captured me, giving me access to the beauty of HIS heart and His desires for those He loves.
I wonder how He managed to still love those who persecuted HIM and those who mocked Him even at His death.

In our world today, we have so much that we tend to neglect the importance of it all. We can not surpass that which HE endured and that undeserved GRACE and a free gift of salvation for all who will believe.

We need to know the heart of God, or we will never make it through.
In the long run, we will just get bored and exhausted and then we give up.
Our involvement in God's ministry is fueled by the oil of His Holy Spirit,
we need to focus more on the vision that the Lord is giving His Church.
He is the Captain of the ship and we take orders from HIm and HIM alone.

We need to complete that great Comission He has given us.
He died for a greater cause and that is for the salvation of many.
So that we can spend eternity with HIM.


"take you back!"

Published by Bammy under on 1:35 PM
Take you back
by:Jeremy Camp

The reason why I stand
The answer lies in you
You hung to make me strong
Tho my praise was few
When I fall I bring your name down

But I have found in you
A heart that bleeds
Forgiveness replacing all these thoughts of painful memories
And I know your response will always be

I'll take you back always
Even when your fight is over now
I'll take you back
Even when the pain is coming through
I'll take you back

You satisfy this cry of what I'm
looking for And I'll take all I can
and lay it down before
The throne of endless grace now
that radiates what's true
I'm in the only place that erases
all these faults that have overtaken me and
I know that your response will always be


I can only speak with a graceful heart
As I'm pierced by this gift of your love
I will always bring an offering
I can never thank you enough

You take me back always
Even when my fight is over now
You take me back
Even when the pain is coming through
You take me back

*this song tells me alot of things
I hope that as you listen to it, it will minister to your spirit too.
I find it refreshing and I was encouraged to move on despite the trials I face,
even if I fall down at times, the Lord will always reach out to me and bring me back up so that I can keep moving forward.
Going against the flow is hard especially when the current is strong enough for you to resist.
But If we are anchored in His living Truth we have nothing to lose.
Our God reigns!! We press on!

Miracle of life

Published by Bammy under on 10:58 PM

this video is indeed inspiring.
Please watch it and see for yourself, indeed the Lord is faithful and this is one great miracle in every home, in every family and every mother's joy..
He knows us even before we were formed in our mother's womb.
We are created for a purpose.
May this be a blessing and an inspiration!