The Comfort Influencer

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So I gather there is such a thing nowadays gaining ground, comfort influencer. People find themselves gravitating towards comfort on social media, especially during this unstable and rapidly changing time.

And why not!? It is totally needed! It’s like “Hey you’re going through something?” “Yea, me too! How did you get through that? Follow!”

There are all things comfort, comfort food, comfort pillow, comfort zone; and I love that! My husband and I have gained some weight recently due to comfort food. My kids love a good “huggie pillow.” I love a great worship album such as those of Victory Worship, and Every Nation. (Hopefully no one listens to Bethel, Hillsong, Elevation, Kari Jobe or anyone from New Apostolic Reformation camp anymore)

The newly released Filipino songs of Victory Worship – Ligtas, Paghilom, Lilim, Maghari; are incredibly comforting to me. I’m immensely blessed they released that! Tahan Na, ironically, makes me cry more than it makes me “tahan.” 🙂

In the same way, I’m equally blessed that our friends in Dumaguete and Davao churches have started to release Visayan versions as well. I’m not Visayan, but my husband is. (I’m good in speaking Visayan, and by good I mean I’m good in making people laugh when I speak it) 🙂

Longing for comfort inherently means there is something in us genuinely uncomfortable, and we need something to help us deal with that.

It’s good we recognize we are uncomfortable! We in fact inherited sin from our first parents. We are in our sinful natural bodies, wherein its natural for us to sin. It just cannot be helped.

Matthew 15 says “out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander.” It also says the heart is incredibly deceitful.

That’s why we have this broken world. That’s why if you look at it, all jobs are hard, marriage is hard, parenting is hard. Sometimes it takes a good admitting. Life is, in general, a string of struggles connected to one another. It’s not that all of it is hard, but that it’s never free of struggle, we get over one thing, another one is waiting by the curbside.

Thankfully we are being renewed everyday in Christ. Thankfully, in as much as we were saved once, we are constantly being sanctified.

I love tuning in to most influencers, we’re friends with the Bonifacios. Mad respect! They sure have been through a lot, and they do a great job encouraging others too! Post-World War II, our modern times, I don’t think there has been more need for encouragement than now in this Covid pandemic.

Still, social media encouragement is ultimately – screen time, and whether we admit it or not, screen time is, at the end of the day, draining. We really cannot be simply watchers, we need something more, real relationships that “teach, rebuke, correct, and train in righteousness”; hopefully, and best done, done in church community – which is actually what Pastor Joe would always encourage people to do.

The need for comfort is always there. The question in our hearts is always what is your comfort? Thankfully in Christ there is the answer.

My only comfort, in life and in death is that I am not my own, but I belong wholly, body and soul, to my Savior, Jesus Christ. But what does this really mean? I am kept by Him. That comforts me so much in that, whatever calamity or discomfort that may occur here, I am in Him, His presence protects, sustains, and preserves, and in death, I am with Him in heaven. That reassurance makes me enjoy earthly life in waiting for that future hope, it makes me understand why ultimately nothing here 100% satisfies. That is my comfort. Jesus is our only comfort, here we see a ton of beautiful and joyful glimpses, but there it is even indescribably complete. 🙂

Prayer Series: Christlikeness

One thing I know for sure that we can all never graduate from is growing in Christlikeness. That is why I love this prayer of how to grow in specific ways in Christlikeness.

“Dear Father, dawn returns, but without your light within no outward light can profit,

Give me the saving lamp of your Spirit that I may see you, the God of my salvation, the delight of my soul, rejoicing over me in love.

I commend my heart to your watchful care, for I know its treachery and power.

Guard my heart’s every portal from the wily enemy, give me quick discernment of his deadly arts, help me to recognize his bold disguise as an angel of light, and bid him gone.

May my words and works allure others to the highest walks of faith and love!

May loiterers be quickened to greater diligence by my example.

May worldly people be won to delight in acquaintance with you.

I commend my heart to your watchful care, for I know its treachery and power.

May my words and works allure others to the highest walks of faith and love!

May worldly people be won to delight in acquaintance with you.

Help me to walk as Jesus walked, my only Savior and perfect model, his mind my inward guest, his meekness my covering.

Cause me to be a mirror of your grace, to show others the joy of your service.

May my lips be well tuned cymbals sounding your praise.

Teach me the happy art of attending to things worldly, with a mind on things eternal.

Send me to have compassion on the ignorant and the miserable.

Help me to walk as Jesus walked, my only Savior and perfect model, his mind my inward guest, his meekness my covering.

Let my delight be the gentle ranks of the meek.

Let me always esteem others better than myself, and find true humility an inheritance to two worlds.” (Lifted from Arthur Bennett’s The Valley of Vision)

I’ve heard it to be said that no one goes through this pandemic “unscathed.” I hope that with these sorts of prayers, by His grace, we are able to put the scathing to good use! 🙂

Prayer Series: Coming Up Short

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Everyone has shortcomings. Hardly anyone would admit they don’t have shortcomings, and if we see one not admitting to any, then that there would be his/her shortcoming. If we honestly can’t see any, we just simply have to ask the people closest to us proximally and relationally: “Do I have any shortcoming?”. And if they will be honest with their answers, we’ll discover at least one, for our good, hurtful to accept it may be.

Here are prayers from The Valley of Vision, my favorite prayer book and prayer coach next to the Psalms. In reading and praying them, may we have a heart that receives and repents, and along the way, find freedom in the grace and mercy of the Lord in light of our shortcomings. 🙂

O living God, I bless you that I see the worst of my heart as well as the best of it, that I can sorrow for those sins that carry me from you.

I praise you that it is your deep and dear mercy to threaten punishment so that I may return, pray, and live.

I fall short of your glory everyday by spending hours unprofitably, by thinking that the things I do are good, when they are not done to your end, nor spring from the rules of your Word.

My sin is to look on my faults and be discouraged, or to look on my good and be puffed up.

The best thing I love about occasionally praying using The Valley of Vision is that it trains me to pray in ways I never would do and in words I never would say on my own! In my sinful nature, I normally would not debase myself to admit I’m wrong. But I’m wrong more than once in any given day and I’m thankful for the opportunity to see and acknowledge this brutal truth in these Scriptural prayers by the Puritans.

By and large, people usually balk at the thought of being corrected. But the Word of God is a mirror, and when we look at it, we see ourselves for who we truly are, and thankfully, who we are to be too in Christ, by the grace of God.

With my wrongs, I really do get discouraged at times, and with my rights, I do get puffed up! Even in times I do something good, if I look inside my heart, they can still turn out to be with motives not really aligned with God’s Word. And that makes them nevertheless wrong.

But Scripture teaches me that your active will reveals a steadfast purpose on my behalf, this quiets my soul, and makes me love you.

Keep me always in the understanding that believers mourn for sin than other men, for when they see how great is your wrath against sin, and how Christ’s death alone pacifies that wrath, that makes them mourn the more.

Although we are on this earth, in the already-but-not-yet state, it is indeed not all briars and barrenness, I do indeed have bread from heaven and streams from the rock. I have light by day and fire by night.

Even in this pandemic, we have the delight of food and drink, warmth and comfort of home, God’s presence, and daily mercies by way of continuous relationship! That in itself more than suffices!

I am sometimes discouraged by the way, but though winding and trying it is safe and short.

Death dismays me, but my great high priest stands in its waters, and will open me a passage, and beyond is a better country.

While I live let my life be exemplary, when I die may my end be peace.

More than anything, a lifestyle of prayer characterizes a believer’s apparent need for the Lord. As Bishop Manny Carlos of Every Nation Philippines taught us regarding the benefits of a life of prayer: Self-reliance is at the core of man’s determination, to live on his own terms and in rebellion to God; however, conversion and Lordship lays an axe at the root of that tree of self-reliance left in us.

“God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.”

1 Corinthians 1: 4-9

Encapsulation and Time

Henrietta Mears, of “What the Bible is All About,” did a wonderful encapsulation. In just the first chapter, she profoundly put it:

  • The Old Testament begins with God (Gen 1:1)
  • The New Testament begins with Christ (Matthew 1:1)
  • From Adam to Abraham we have the history of the human race.
  • From Abraham to Christ we have the history of the chosen race.
  • From Christ on we have the history of the Church.

I can’t believe how direct, simple, and yet profound that is!

As I prepare to begin sitting in in our much awaited Leadership 113 first semester (of 2), I’m very much thrilled to begin to “pick up the pearls in the Scriptures and string them into order from Genesis to Revelation and think through the bible story,” (not that I don’t already do so though), but to do it in a class mode, albeit via Zoom, all together seems rather more enjoyable!

Mears goes on to say when it comes to intentionality in Bible reading:

Do you want to read the Bible through? Leave 80 hours for it. Plot out that time. How much can you give each day? How many days a week? This highly practical proposition should be seized by the very busiest. We are all busy and must make time for it. If we are going to know the Bible, we must give time for it and arrange for it. We must adjust our lives so that time is made.”

Now I’m sure that Netflix, Youtube and even news time will be so much less, but I’m greatly excited to be that disciplined more than ever, and read my bible, (my life!), cover to cover all over again. 🙂

Suffrage: How Should a Christian View Politics?

A quick definition of suffrage – a right of voting. It has certainly fallen out of usage! Globally, fighting for and significant wins towards suffrage for women in national and local elections ranged in the 1840’s to 1920’s. In the Philippines, the winning date was 30 April 1937 – women were allowed to vote!

Suffrage, as with thousands of English words, comes from Latin, suffragium, which originally meant to pray for or intercede, but which was later broadened to voting.

Incidentally, this fits right in to the era of my current favorite leisure series, Downton Abbey. Set in 1918 Britain, Lady Sybil was their down-to-earth, interesting, and forward-thinking daughter who advocated for women’s right to vote.

So, as I sat there in the Comelec (Commision on Elections) waiting area, all decked in face mask & face shield, expecting to have my voter’s registration transferred to my current city, as well as changed to my married name, it got me thinking about what has transpired through the years before I got to this place.

I mean, being a free country, a sovereign democracy, with a young woman like me having a privilege to vote.

It was not so long ago that women were not allowed to vote. It was not so long ago that our country was in a Martial Law. So it is indeed a privilege, one that is easily taken for granted.

An Ombudsman of the Philippines 10-page Citizen-Voter Education Module entitled “Your Vote, Our Future.,” states that the human right to vote is embodied in three instruments:

We are governed by these documents which all mandate universality of right, equality in access to public service, and secrecy of votes.

What is the Ombudsman? The thought of it takes me back to college days in Makati Med, we were the only college there, right smack in the Central Business District, walking around and eating where corporate workers and executives walked and ate. We frequently passed by the Ombudsman’s office. I didn’t know it then, but it was the government agency tasked to investigate and prosecute government officials accused of crimes, especially graft and corruption.

Waiting Online?

One thing that hit me too was that in the days before the Kindle, the smartphone and Facebook or Spotify, we humans used to do either of two things while waiting in line:

  • stare blankly somewhere, 🙂 or
  • make new friends.

Seeing as I had too many errands and forgot the Kindle at home, I just settled for my usual upbeat lo-fi beats on Spotify to pass the time. Sadly, unlike my husband who is apparently good at it despite his introversion (for purposes of evangelism), I on the other hand wasn’t able to make new friends, as most of the ladies in the voters’ registration queue were absorbed in their phones playing games and scanning Facebook.

In the end I got my details in and was successfully transferred here. I can vote here now! Granted that must be my last government identification to be changed to married name (after 8 years!), and the elections will still be in May 2022, but I’m excited!

But Why Vote?

Most certainly, God is in control, but surely, we can’t just do nothing to further His will. It is our duty and responsibility; to give to Ceasar what is due Ceasar; to do everything as unto the Lord; and to submit to our local authorities (provided they are not making us do anything dishonoring to God).

I understand that even among believers politics can spark heated debates. That’s why our leaders and mentors wouldn’t ever endorse or talk about any political candidates and we don’t do so as well. We simply choose the candidates to vote wisely as to the best options there are, do our part, and trust God for the results.

Voting and positions on issues also don’t have to be choosing just one political party. Timothy Keller would say in a New York Times article: “For example, following both the Bible and the early church, Christians should be committed to racial justice and the poor, but also to the understanding that sex is only for marriage and for nurturing family. One of those views seems liberal and the other looks oppressively conservative. The historical Christian positions on social issues do not fit into contemporary political alignments.”

Also, ultimately, it is the Lord that puts people in authority, He merely uses circumstances for His purposes. The Lord even put and used Daniel and Joseph in powerful pagan governments!

"For this has been decreed by the messengers;
    it is commanded by the holy ones,
so that everyone may know
    that the Most High rules over the kingdoms of the world.
He gives them to anyone he chooses—
    even to the lowliest of people.”
Daniel 4:17 NLT

“Political entities are not the savior of the world. The salvation for all mankind has been manifested in Jesus Christ. God knew that our world needed saving long before any national government was ever founded. He demonstrated to the world that redemption could not be accomplished through the power of man, economic strength, military might, or politics. Peace of mind, contentment, hope, and joy—and the salvation of mankind—are provided only through Jesus’ death and resurrection.”

How Should a Christian View Politics,

He changes times and seasons; he removes kings and sets up kings; he gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding;

Daniel 2:21 ESV

Close In.

Last Sunday we closed in on a week full of fun ministry opportunities, it seemed like one of our busiest since the pandemic, still, I recall how much pleasure we derive from ministry and how blessed we are to get to do what we do.

Being part of building the church here on earth is a small picture of an eternity with the Lord, and right around the corner is an eternity of unhindered fellowship with Him!

Obedience to God’s call may have a cost, but in it is an unspeakable reward that none in this world can compare.

On one of our women’s leadership group meetings, we talked about John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress, chapter 5 and 6. It’s comforting to have conversations with them that all of us need God’s grace, all of us battle the sinful nature, all of us lie at the foot of the cross.

Cross by Neal E. Johnson

As Christians, we are all in a spiritual battle, and we “haven’t yet resisted up to the point of death,” as Evangelist would say to Christian and Faithful before they cross Vanity Fair.

The road to the Celestial City passes through Vanity Fair.

Three things that stand out for me as Christian and Faithful walk across the severely evil Vanity Fair (and many evils offered to them) is that:

  1. They have a different raiment – they are wearing the armor of God, which is certainly unrecognizable to the Fair’s residents.
  2. They have different speech – they speak the words of the Lord.
  3. They will “only buy Truth” – they will purchase and have interest on nothing of the lusts offered in the Fair.

We certainly had a great discussion on this, us Christians could definitely be considered an “oddity” in this world. When others would tell you to seek revenge, we would forgive; others would succumb to worry and panic, we do have a lasting and unshakeable peace; when others would be stingy in trying times, we would be generous.

In my short military career, one of the cooler options (for me atleast) would be a close in security or medical team of the president.

I was too junior of an officer to get into that, but now, I have a better close in, I have Jesus in me, His presence is always felt and keeps me safe. He would envelope me in his embrace.

With that I take comfort in all challenges, specifically now, as I prepare myself mentally, physically, and emotionally for another homeschool year.

Recently, we’ve deemed it productive and soul-satisfying for us to go to Alona beach once a week or so, to spend about an hour or two just walking and playing. It’s cleaner, less crowded, and swimmable now, certainly one of the blessings of a halt in mass tourism.

Jd and I thought that it can be good exercise for all 4 of us too! We certainly hit our 5000 steps goal and more!

I’m reminded of the differences of the beach each week, one day its sunny & perfect, one day its super windy and almost stormy, on another, its closed for water testing by the Department of Natural Resources.

Just when I let them wear swimsuits, they don’t swim, but just run around and build sand art instead. Just when I let them wear casual clothes for “only” feet dipping, they end up swimming and frolicking their hearts out! What unexpected joy & adventure parenting brings.

All in all I’m grateful, and my heart is full. Praise God!

Loss & Military Life

I suddenly find myself grieving with the nation with regard to the Philippine C-130H cargo plane crashing in Patikul, Sulu last July 4.

The utilitarian cargo plane missed its landing and killed more than 50 out of 92 passengers.

I’ve ridden an older version of those c-130s on one of my RnR breaks, as I’ve a soldier for 4 years of my life. It provides a smooth and steady ride, standing, and noisier than a commercial plane, but pretty cool.

I’ve witnessed and experienced first hand the hardwork, discipline, and rigorous training military men and women go through in order to do any task. Been there, done that, and I’ve been most exhausted and yet highly fulfilled in what I’m doing.

Nurse Corps, AFP days (2008-2012)

I’ve seen the operations and the systems in place, and sadly, I’ve lost some friends too. It was terrible, one minute we were hanging out, and the next, we receive a call from our senior officer that our friend was gone, sniped in the leg in an encounter, severing a major artery and didn’t survive. His troops worked hard to recover his body and bring him back to the boat as they retreated, at the risk of their own lives. His wife upon finding out, was understandably in grief and inconsolable, the son not even knowing what happened. We didn’t know them personally, we just saw their pictures and knew he loved and cherished them so, as any good husband and father would.

That was the reality in the Armed Forces.

Working in the Armed Forces would really mean giving your life, we knew that coming in, it was ingrained in us, and we recited the Military Professionalism everyday in training.

Military Professionalism

Men who adopt the profession of arms, submit their own free will to a law of perpetual constraints, of their own accord.

They resist their right to live where they choose, to say what they think, to dress as they like. It needs but an order to settle them from their families, and dislocate their normal lives.

In the world of commands, they must rise, march, run, endure bad weather, and go without sleep or food, be isolated in some distant post, work until they drop.

They have ceased to become masters of their own fate.

If they drop in their tracks, their ashes will be scattered in the four winds, that is all part and parcel of their job.

We knew it, even so, as it happens, it’s still a terrible, shocking tragedy. Two of my nurse friends, one a civilian and one an officer, each lost their loved one too in an encounter in the southern part of the Philippines.

It could be said that any loss of life is a tragedy. JD lost his father due to renal disease, and he says the “missing him” part doesn’t really go away. The memories remain.

Granted, the C-130H crash was a mishap, an accident that eventually cost them their lives. Then it’s easy to point fingers in blame and throw all sorts of accusations to whomever.

What can we do?

We could be humbly grateful that there are people stationed behind the scenes keeping the rest of the country safe and sovereign internally and externally.

We could be humbly grateful that there are people stationed behind the scenes keeping the rest of the country safe and sovereign internally and externally.

We could pray for the comfort of the bereaved, that they will continue to live productive lives amidst their loss, and pray for continuous AFP modernization.

We could connect with our distant relatives or friends working as uniformed personnel all over the Philippines and give them encouragement and thanks for keeping up their work amidst hardship.

Finally, and perhaps most practical and doable daily, we could go about excellently with our tasks, knowing that we can do them freely, because we are safe in our workplaces, homes, anywhere we go, free from internal and international harm.

“And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ.”

Colossians 3:23-24

Morning Dedication

One of my favorite prayer books is the considerably archaic and difficult to read Valley of Vision.

Granted, its that, but the thing I like about it the most is that it contains prayers that I couldn’t even think of.

Its easy to pray, its pouring out my heart to God. But my heart is also considerably deceptive, it doesn’t think to pray of what the collective prayers if some Puritans gathered thought of, and written, to pray. Its almost like poetic prayers.

After all, who says/does/thinks these to pray?

Today, I read and prayed the Morning Dedication.

“As I cross the threshold of this day, I commit myself, soul, body, affairs, friends, to your care, incline my heart to your ways, mold me wholly into the image of Jesus, as a potter forms clay..”

I sincerely need prayers like these: “May my lips be a well tuned harp to the sound of your praise.” Surely the Lord knows that in a homeschooling mom’s day, or any mom’s day for that matter, many events would push us to not be a blessing to our husband and kids!

“May my lips be a well tuned harp to the sound of your praise..”

Seemingly insignificant details in everyday life or the daily grind can be viewed with the lens of the gospel and eternity.

Random beach trip last week

“May I view all things in the mirror of eternity, waiting for the coming of our Lord, listening for the last trumpet call, hastening unto the new heaven and earth.”

And finally, most sobering in the time of sickness and an all around season of pandemic:

“May I speak each word as if my last word, and walk each step as my final one. If my life should end today, let this be my best day.”

Relevant Music at a Time of Depression

With today’s global economy facing the biggest recession yet, there is another depression going on. I know of a lot of people experiencing it, and mental health is no small thing to deal with.

I’ve always been a fan of Hiphop/RnB music, and of the Grammy-winning artist Lecrae when I had already become a Christian. Recently I took notice of a song he has with Tori Kelly that resonated as something I’ve heard of from a lot of people close to me:

“I’ll Find You” by Lecrae ft. Tori Kelly

I’m hanging on by a thread
And every breath is like a battle
I feel like I ain’t come prepared
And death’s knocking on the front door
Pain’s creeping through the back
Fear’s crawling through the windows
Waiting for em’ to attack
They say “Don’t get bitter, get better”
I’m working on switching them letters
But tell God I’mma need a whole lotta hope keeping it together
I’m smiling in everyone’s face
I’m crying whenever they leave the room
They don’t know the battle I face
They don’t understand what I’m going through

Incredibly familiar about the stories they tell me.

I may not know all the answers, but I do believe that God is sovereign, He is providential, He has a purpose for everything.

God is sovereign simply means He rules and reigns over all the Earth, preeminent in authority and power.

His providence means He sustains, provides, and governs the world.(John Piper, Providence)

I’m blessed to find my hope and security in Jesus. I wish it was that easy for others. I’m blessed to not trust and put my hope on any human construct. I wish it was that easy for others. I ultimately get my identity from what I know of God as I read by Bible and pray everyday. I wish it was that easy for those suffering from depression, and even so, many would still suffer it.

“But I can’t do this on my own
That’s why I’m just trusting in you
Coz I don’t know where else to go
And I don’t know what else to do”

“Just fight a little longer, my friend
It’s all worth it in the end
But when you’ve got nobody to turn to
Just hold on, and I’ll find you”

(On another note, I really do admire these two excellent Christian artists, Tori Kelly and Lecrae, making waves in the American entertainment industry, that definitely is difficult!)

GOOD MORNING AMERICA – Lecrae and Tori Kelly perform live on “Good Morning America,” on Friday, September 22, 2017, airing on the Walt Disney Television via Getty Images Television Network. (Photo by Lou Rocco/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images) TORI KELLY, LECRAE

Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoices; my flesh also will rest in hope. 

Psalm 16:9

You are my hiding place and my shield; I hope in Your word. 

Psalm 119:114

Catechism: Used to be Creepy, Now a Comfort

Sincerely, I thought it was such a creepy word that I shuddered at it when JD brought it up: “Let’s go through it with the kids!” Catechism? Creepy! Me? goodness no!

I’m a Christian. I’m not Roman Catholic! Wasn’t that for the older women of the Roman Catholic church who walk to church at 5 in the morning, and wore short white veils on their heads?

A Popular Writing Genre

As it turns out, catechisms have historically been a popular writing genre used in every conceivable field in the 1700s and 1900s. Catechisms were widely used to summarize and rehearse basic knowledge, examples of field use would be in politics, coal industry, steam engine industry, even communism!

To define, catechisms are doctrinal manuals, containing great wisdom in concise format. It comes from the Greek word catechesis (meaning “to make resound, as with an echo”).

Early Christians applied this secular method to effectively teach basics of the faith, an early adopter was Augustine of Hippo, as he defined biblical truths and wrote against the heresies of the time. Catechesis in the faith has been used widely ever since in various forms, intents, and purposes.

The Reformers sure did propagate their catechisms in an effort to grapple with the errors of the Roman Catholic catechisms.

A Sort of Welcome

In the early church, it was used as a welcome of new believers, it answers basic questions like who is God? What is the church? It puts words to “What do we believe in exactly?” It has also been used as a dialogue guide for parents and teachers in teaching biblical complexities to a child (biological and spiritual).

In the course of history, catechisms have been used to present deep biblical wisdom in short Q & A statements, the larger ones for reference, the shorter ones for memory.

It is somewhat what we could compare as our modern day “Victory Weekend,” in that it teaches, instructs, and defines biblical truths, but this time it’s something we always have in our pockets as daily guide, instead of a single powerful event.

Three time-tested Protestant Reformation-era catechisms stand out today: Heidelberg, Westminster shorter and larger, and Calvin’s Geneva Catechisms, all of which were the basis of my catechism of choice: Redeemer’s New City Catechism.

Timothy Keller, in his introduction of the New City Catechism App says of 3 reasons why we ought to go back to this forgotten practice:

  1. “To set forth a comprehensive exposition of the gospel – not only to explain clearly what the gospel is, but also to lay out biblical doctrines such as human nature, sin, and so forth.”
  2. “To do this exposition in such a way that heresies, errors, and false beliefs of the time and culture were addressed and counteracted.”
  3. “The more pastoral purpose was to form a distinct people, a counterculture that reflected the likeness of Christ in individual character and in the church’s communal life”

Keller would argue that in today’s world, what we are up against in our Christian walk would be secularism as the air we breathe in.

The history of the Heidelberg Catechism is one of comfort. Apparently reading and memorizing it has been bringing comfort to Christians through the ages since its writing.

Frequently Asked Questions: FAQs to us Moderns

The format of Q & A has always been captivating to both adults, and kids. Moreso to them! To us moderns, FAQs come out in the “About” page in a person or company’s website. FAQs have always been instructional and basic. Well why not go through it with spiritual truths, right?

Isn’t it a good way of “letting the Word dwell in you richly?” (Col 3:16)

Other versions of Q & A’s that are culturally contextualized today include my personal favorites such as John Piper’s “Ask Pastor John” series, R.C. Sproul’s Crucial Questions series, and

Ask Pastor John amazingly has thousands of sound Q & A’s

It seems quite evident that the best way to learn something is to ask questions and seek answers to them!

I’m mighty glad there are loads of free and sound answers online, and here are some of what I can recommend.

R.C. Sproul’s Crucial Questions Series is now freely available in
GQ or has over 655,000 questions answered biblically and trustworthily

Catechism even for kids?

Yes! Moreso! Kids love asking questions, and I’ve got to admit that most of the time I can’t even answer them all!

Thankfully, it’s not so archaic, dismissible, and totally uncool for kids to jump into catechisms as I had imagined it to be.

New City Catechism Mobile App

We just love the New City Catechism mobile app, and concise, colorful enough for kids, and it has catchy songs!

It has 52 questions, one for every week of the year, that seems doable! It was based on the 3 standout catechisms mentioned above, more bite-sized and digestible for families today.

I mean, have you ever thought about this question, how about how to even answer it?

New City Catechism Question 1

So there we are, going through it little by little. Its freely published by Crossway and Tim Keller’s Redeemer Presbyterian Church, complete with devotionals from the Reformers, and a prayer too! Let me tell you, its not an easy journey, with short attention spans and a general disinterest in something new, but it is slowly becoming a habit. As with all things worthwhile doing, there is a struggle, “do hard things” as it has been said. The catchy songs of the “Children’s Mode” really do help! It has been a very helpful memory tool even for me!

Children’s Mode

After turning on the Children’s Mode in the Settings:

Out pops their original song of the Q & A!

So it is my sincere hope that as you read this, you will certainly consider this as part of your morning routine with your kids!

I have certainly seen it change the eyes of my kids as they understand the world they live in through the lens of the bible. I’m at a comfortable space knowing that they’ll be equipped to handle life and its hardships (when grown) as they are firmly rooted in Scripture. Furthermore, it is surely fun and funny hearing them sing those songs and belting them out from time to time! By faith, those seeds will grow in their lives.

Has this been helpful? Feel free to message, comment, or email me about this exciting thing!