Archive for the ‘Christmas’ Category

Christmas is just a few days away and amidst all the gift-buying, traffic-rushing, party-hopping activities, it is a time for us to reflect on the real reason why we are celebrating this holiday.

Yay Padua-OlmedoOver the next few days, we’ll be sharing with you some thoughts and stories from our beloved OMF Lit authors on what Christmas really means for us who believe that that Child born in the manger is the salvation of this world.

Today we’re featuring Yay Olmedo’s (Going Up? Grandparenting Happiness and Hard Work) thoughts how not to get caught up in the Christmas “frenzy”

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İ’ve accumulated a chock-full of Christmases. Fun they’ve mostly been, especially in my younger days when İ was at the receiving end of the gift-giving funnel. “Mano po Ninong,” aginaldo na—kwarta o kahon!(Kiss grandparent’s hand, receive cash or goodies in return!)

But as I got older and became ninang to many, Christmases pounced more like hurricane Pablo,  mercilessly tearing my highly fortified wallet and poise. (more…)

Christmas Gift by Grace D. Chong

Posted: December 21, 2012 in Christmas

Grace ChongChristmas is just a few days away and amidst all the gift-buying, traffic-rushing, party-hopping activities, it is a time for us to reflect on the real reason why we are celebrating this holiday.

Over the next few days, we’ll be sharing with you some thoughts and stories from our beloved OMF Lit authors on what Christmas really means for us who believe that that Child born in the manger is the salvation of this world.

Today, we’re featuring Palanca-award winner Grace D. Chong, author of the Oh Mateo series, Grace Found Me, Solo Flight and What, Me Retire? as she shares the most precious gift of all.

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Let’s eavesdrop on a strange conversation:

Husband (to wife): I still haven’t bought your Christmas gift.

Wife: Neither have I bought yours. (more…)

Christmas is just a few days away and amidst all the gift-buying, traffic-rushing, party-hopping activities, it is a time for us to reflect on the real reason why we are celebrating this holiday.

Over the next few days, we’ll be sharing with you some thoughts and stories from our beloved OMF Lit authors on what Christmas really means for us who believe that that Child born in the manger is the salvation of this world.

Nelson DyToday, we’re featuring award-winning author Nelson T. Dy’s (Your First Job, How to Mend a Broken Heart, Honeymoon Never Ends) thoughts on how we can learn about job satisfaction from the Christmas story. You don’t think the two have anything in common? Then read on to find out how 🙂

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Which job would you rather have?  One where you do the same thing day in and day out? Or one where you get to do something new each day?

Before we answer impulsively, Diogenes Allen has surprising insights on the question. He is the professor emeritus and former professor of philosophy at the Princeton Theological Seminary. (With a first name like Diogenes, why are we not surprised?) (more…)

Light of the World by Andy Smith

Posted: December 18, 2012 in Christmas

Christmas is just a few days away and amidst all the gift-buying, traffic-rushing, party-hopping activities, it is a time for us to reflect on the real reason why we are celebrating this holiday.

Over the next few days, we’ll be sharing with you some thoughts and stories from our beloved OMF Lit authors on what Christmas really means for us who believe that that Child born in the manger is the salvation of this world.

Andy SmithToday’s featured author is Andy Smith, author of Meaningful Evangelism.   He has served as an OMF International missionary in the Philippines since 1989. He has planted churches, particularly in Albay province. He now trains and coaches church workers on how to lead more people to the Lord.

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PAROL-4I love Christmas lights and parols. They beautifully symbolize the season. They declare that Jesus came as the Light of the World. (more…)

Christmas is just a few days away and amidst all the gift-buying, traffic-rushing, party-hopping activities, it is a time for us to reflect on the real reason why we are celebrating this holiday.

Over the next few days, we’ll be sharing with you some thoughts and stories from our beloved OMF Lit authors on what Christmas really means for us who believe that that Child born in the manger is the salvation of this world.

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This story is an excerpt from Darlene Sala’s book Refreshing Words for Busy Women. The story is that of Steve Cadd, the founder and president of Swords Production, Manila.

How do you cope in times of difficulty? My friend recounts this experience in the hospital after his dad’s stroke: (more…)

malu ortizChristmas is just a few days away and amidst all the gift-buying, traffic-rushing, party-hopping activities, it is a time for us to reflect on the real reason why we are celebrating this holiday.

Over the next few days, we’ll be sharing with you some thoughts and stories from our beloved OMF Lit authors on what Christmas really means for us who believe that that Child born in the manger is the salvation of this world.

Today, we’re featuring Malu Tiongson-Ortiz, the author of How to Embrace Your Child With Special Needs, as she talks to us about how her daughter Clarissa and how God has used her to bless her life, especially this Christmas season.

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How do parents feel when they are told that their child has some kind of “defect”?  When God assigns us the special task of parenting a child with Down syndrome, autism, cerebral palsy or ADHD, our natural reaction is to feel disappointment, distress, and sadness.  There is worry, anxiety, and apprehension about the future, anticipating the need for special care, and much unconditional love, patience and perseverance. (more…)