Ben - Eliang
Parody of Nonoy Zuñiga's Doon Lang

Kung magbalot listo ang Cynthia'ng panganay
Itong Aida'y may tayong walong dangkal
Dahil mataray si Gie, magdaing ka na lang
Kapag maasim ang samyo, kay Arnel iyan

Langka man ang ilaban kay Trelly ay wala
Kakisigang kulang tiyak Manny ang una
At tanging Brenda ang may ilong na nadapa
Sana ay easy lang kayo ako ang gumawa

Noon ay kaya kong inumin ang lahat ng softdrinks
Noon ay kaya ko ni relos pilit kalasin
Noon ay kaya kong ipagsakmal lubos na ulam
Sinong 'di nakakita bagsik ni ama't ina?
Bunsoy lang

Ngunit dahil sa biyaya ay sa Diyos ko na
Ipagdarasal na maging isa ang pamilya
Ang naisin:  kay Kristo lahat magkasama
May pagsasalong wagas 'pag sasamba

Doon ay 'di na iisipin mga pananim
Doon kahit 'di igapos baka at kambing
Doon ay kaya ninyong pagmasdan kaapu-apuhan
Sana manampalataya aking ama't ina
Ben - Eliang

Doon ang nanay ko'y tatakbong ubod nang tulin
Doon ang tatay kong naghakot 'di hihingalin
Doon ang dulot ng Maykapal kaligayahan
Sana manampalataya aking ama't ina
Ben - Eliang

Sana kay Kristo sumamba aking ama't ina
Ben - Eliang


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Money - The Great Spiritual Health Evaluator

Posted by Bernard Rosario On 6:55 AM 2 comments



Last Friday, July 17, I was invited by the youth fellowship of San Carlos City - United Methodist Church (to which I used to belong before accepting to pastor Dorongan-Punta UMC) to give a short talk in one of their activities which they call Com-Com (Communicating to the Saints My Communion with God).Their theme was "My Need of Poverty" which aims to confront a materialistic lifestyle and promote a simplicity of living. It is based on Proverbs 30:7-9:
I ask you, God, to let me have two things before I die: keep me from lying, and let me be neither rich nor poor. So give me only as much food as I need.
If I have more, I might say that I do not need you. But if I am poor, I might steal and bring disgrace on my God.
Randy Alcorn, in his book The Treasure Principle, reveals that the number of Bible verses committed to money and possessions (2,350 verses) is larger than the verses on prayer and faith combined, larger than the number of verses about heaven and hell. Most probably, this is because there is an intimate connection between our attitude towards money and our true spiritual condition. Therefore, my message was "Money as a Great Spiritual Health Evaluator" and the following were my main points:

  1. Our attitude towards money and earthly treasures reflects whether we are wise or foolish (Luke 12:16-21).
  2. Our attitude towards money and earthly treasures reflects whether we are confident or uncertain of our message (Heb. 13:5-6).
  3. Our attitude towards money and earthly treasures reflects whether we are thankful or not (Ecc. 5:10)
  4. Our attitude towards money and earthly treasures reflects whether we are truly repentant or not (Luke 3:11-14).
  5. Our attitude towards money and earthly treasures reflects whether we are having lasting or shallow joy (Phil. 4:10-14).
  6. Our attitude towards money and earthly treasures reflects whether we are saved or not (Luke 19:8-10).
  7. Our attitude towards money and earthly treasures reflects whether we are obedient or disobedient (Matt. 19:16-23).
  8. Our attitude towards money and earthly treasures reflects whether we are serious or not on godliness (1 Tim. 6:6-10).
  9. Our attitude towards money and earthly treasures reflects whether we are maintaining GOD as our single passion or not (Matt. 6:19-21).

John Piper has also written an interesting chapter, Money: The Currency of Christian Hedonism, in his book Desiring God.

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The Unpopular Phinehasic Covenant

Posted by Bernard Rosario On 9:41 AM 1 comments



When it comes to covenants, our tongues speedily speak of the Abrahamic, Mosaic, and Davidic covenants. But allow me to talk about a lesser known covenant. It is really unpopular for I am not aware whether it has a name. Let me label it for now as the Phinehasic covenant and it is found in Numbers 25:11-13. GOD speaking,
Phinehas the son of Eleazar, son of Aaron the priest, has turned back my wrath from the people of Israel, in that he was jealous with my jealousy among them, so that I did not consume the people of Israel in my jealousy. Therefore say, 'Behold, I give to him my covenant of peace, and it shall be to him and to his descendants after him the covenant of a perpetual priesthood, because he was jealous for his God and made atonement for the people of Israel.'
Perhaps, one of the reasons of the unpopularity of this story is the uneasiness of retelling it (Read Num. 25 here). The Israelites were protected from being cursed by Balaam but they willingly embraced what Balaam's cursing could not do - being enemies of the Most High GOD. A great number of them, including its leaders, had a dive into a disgusting mixture of immorality, idolatry, and blasphemy resulting to GOD's furious anger exhibited in a plague. And while the unparticipating were weeping at the doorway of the tent of meeting, a Simeonite prince came and brought a Midianite princess with their sexual immoralities and blasphemies (for it is linked to Baal-Peor worship) in the sight of Moses and in the sight of all the congregation. "When Phinehas the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest, saw it, he arose from the midst of the congregation and took a spear in his hand and went after the man of Israel into the chamber and pierced both of them" (vv.7,8).

There at least three features of Phinehas that the church of today needs:

His Zeal for GOD
The blessing of perpetual peace and perpetual priesthood that was bestowed upon Phinehas was centrally "because he was jealous for his God." He feels the jealousy that his very precious GOD feels. It was this zeal for GOD that urged him to do more than just weep (while everybody else, including Moses, was left immobile). It was this zeal for GOD that pushed him to arise and grab a spear from someone else's hand. It was this zeal for GOD that drove him to thrust and single-mindedly perform the judgment. It was his zeal for GOD.

His Compassion for the Congregation
I believe that his zeal for GOD was intertwined with his compassion for the congregation. He "made atonement for the people of Israel." He was aware of the damage being caused by the whoredoms of Israel. He had seen how thousands were being plagued (v.9). He was hearing the mournings of the people. He knew that carrying out the discipline was the most loving act he could do for the assembly. How great is the need of the church to see the compassion behind discipline!

His Impartiality for Judgment
Verses 14 and 15 reveal how renowned are the slain pair. They were not just unbranded individuals. They were prince and princess, a pair of future leaders. However, their being prominent did not move Phinehas from performing his divine task of disciplining. On the contrary, Phinehas could have even realized the greater damage that their offense could cause because of their prominence. Impartiality was needed. Phinehas was needed.

May the LORD be pleased to fashion more Phinehas hearts in the church today.

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