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Time Is it Then.04.24.07

For our weekly wisdom provided by Christnotes, it is:

“Time is the price you must pay for intimacy with God.”

Ouch! Guilty as charged.

I admit. I admit. I don’t make time for our devotion. And most of the time, I don’t have time.

I always feel so tired coming from work. Possible that it’s because the stress of commuting 2 hrs from work, just to go home or it could be that I’m not fit enough to have the extra strength needed for quality time with my family and quality time with my God.

As advised,

Reserve a specific slot each day to spend time with God. Don’t do anything else
during that time; make it your time specifically for you and God. You can’t use
the excuse, “I’ll read my Bible and spend time with God, as soon as I can find
some time.” You will never find time! You must make time. Therefore, reserve
time for God, remembering that time is the price you must pay for intimacy with

I got to make this a habit. Now when will I do that? Let’s see, this is my scenario, I got up early everyday, around 3:00am for my 5:00am shift. Most of the time, I am not even awake while I’m preparing to go to work. So I doubt, morning sessions will be effective. It’s either during work time, now this depends if I can have couple of minutes alone. I can take my two 15-min break to do devotion. Right? I can do that. But the problem is I could not make it like with a specific time everyday, simply because I am at work.

Well, if I just wanted to do read and not write, I could do this while I’m on the bus. Since I spend almost 2hrs everyday commuting, might as well read the bible right? That would be way too cool.

But the most ideal is when I get home, I can do my devotion during Asian Treasure (GMA-7) because all of the people would not bother since they’re busy watching…hehehe. That I think would work. It’s not too late for me to get sleepy and it’s not too early for me to be bothered. Way to go then.

I will have time for him. I will make time.

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Jesus: Tales From the Crypt02.27.07

I want to know what you have to say…Go ahead and read…

Brace yourself. James Cameron, the man who brought you ‘The Titanic’ is back with another blockbuster. This time, the ship he’s sinking is Christianity.

In a new documentary, Producer Cameron and his director, Simcha Jacobovici, make the starting claim that Jesus wasn’t resurrected –the cornerstone of Christian faith– and that his burial cave was discovered near Jerusalem. And, get this, Jesus sired a son with Mary Magdelene.

No, it’s not a re-make of “The Da Vinci Codes’. It’s supposed to be true.

Let’s go back 27 years, when Israeli construction workers were gouging out the foundations for a new building in the industrial park in the Talpiyot, a Jerusalem suburb. of Jerusalem. The earth gave way, revealing a 2,000 year old cave with 10 stone caskets. Archologists were summoned, and the stone caskets carted away for examination. It took 20 years for experts to decipher the names on the ten tombs. They were: Jesua, son of Joseph, Mary, Mary, Mathew, Jofa and Judah, son of Jesua.
Israel’s prominent archeologist Professor Amos Kloner didn’t associate the crypt with the New Testament Jesus. His father, after all, was a humble carpenter who couldn’t afford a luxury crypt for his family. And all were common Jewish names.

There was also this little inconvenience that a few miles away, in the old city of Jerusalem, Christians for centuries had been worshipping the empty tomb of Christ at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Christ’s resurrection, after all, is the main foundation of the faith, proof that a boy born to a carpenter’s wife in a manger is the Son of God.

But film-makers Cameron and Jacobovici claim to have amassed evidence through DNA tests, archeological evidence and Biblical studies, that the 10 coffins belong to Jesus and his family.

Ever the showman, (Why does this remind me of the impresario in another movie,”King Kong”, whose hubris blinds him to the dangers of an angry and very large ape?) Cameron is holding a New York press conference on Monday at which he will reveal three coffins, supposedly those of Jesus of Nazareth, his mother Mary and Mary Magdalene. News about the film, which will be shown soon on Discovery Channel, Britain’s Channel 4, Canada’s Vision, and Israel’s Channel 8, has been a hot blog topic in the Middle East (check out a personal favorite: Israelity Bites) Here in the Holy Land, Biblical Archeology is a dangerous profession. This 90-minute documentary is bound to outrage Christians and stir up a titanic debate between believers and skeptics. Stay tuned.

–Tim McGirk/Jerusalem


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