040916, Saturday

Sidewalk Sunday School at Green Building
Brgy. 128 Zone 10, Balut Tondo
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knock knock can I come?
What is your name? When was your time?
Should you be here? Was you with required?
I am me, don’t you know?
I just came in, and so and so
it was because and just with such
I might not have what should attached
don’t you remember? the standard is high
you are less what considered is fine
this is but a law for crime
tainted you are with none to aspire
knock knock can i come?
How are you? Did you just dine?
Must be tired from all the toil,
Come now in and lay the load.
But, I am me, don’t you know?
I did what those, and these, and that
dark are my hands and shoes are soaked
the clothes of my being are all in soiled
don’t you remember? I am your Grace
i know you are from that afar
and when you come, i did the run
don’t you cry. you’re home my child.

“Do you not say, “There are still four months and then comes the harvest?” Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes”
– John 4:35

September 30
Exactly two years ago this John 4:35 spoke to me, and I
– decided to leave the company I have been working with for almost seven years.
– chose to hold on to God and His words though uncertainties lies beyond the decision
– realizes that the tangibles are incomparable with the “Could Bes” that “Could Happen” as I follow Him

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Isaiah 61: 2b-3a

The Lord has sent me to comfort those who mourn, especially in Jerusalem. He sent me to give them flowers in place of their sorrow…”

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There is a weird notion with the word predictable.
It connotes something negative, dumb and boring.
It impresses lack of fun and mystery, and therefore it falls down to something exhausting.

But, there is something in the word “predictable” that should be sense in a good way.
Predictably a sense of security, trust, dependence, familiarity, comfort etc.

In handling kids, the word stretches a principle;

**Show up Predictably
– For most, that would mean weekly.
You cannot lead a small group without trust. You cannot build a community without trust.
And the first step of gaining the trust of your few is making sure that they know you will show up. Predictably.

Yes, they are kids – and yet, kids they may be, their time should still be respected.
They may not have an appointment and schedules that would be broken incase you don’t show up,
but they anticipated it – some are looking forward with much excitement for that day.
and when you don’t show up, it also makes them disappointed. They may not raise up their voices on you, or may not be able to remember it soon after, but in their little hearts there’s a question that arises “will there be next time?”, and if its repeated over and over, the excitement dies down slowly until they won’t expect for it anymore.

As a person, being a Christian
predictably means to abide.

Moodiness is selfishness,
a Christian should be predictably happy. – Pastor Peter

Predictably happy does not mean that we shouldn’t be seen in our fragile state.
It only means that we should, with all that we can, be still in whatever the circumstances that may arise.
It is also an attitude that you do not let yourself be swayed with varying emotions inside.
Predictably happy means that you are, at most, in the state of calmness and composure.
That when people comes to you, they will not be hindered by the notion of finding out first if you are “not in your mood” day.
Would it be better if people around are seeing us in consistency? As someone whom they can rely on at any given day or time?

Moodiness is selfishness. It demands adjustment from others.
It assumes the position of power and practices self-righteousness.
Moodiness can be controlled. Moodiness ruins down what you already built.

Let us ask God to help us be predictably Christ-like.


**Praises to God**