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For God says, “At just the right time, I heard you. On the day of salvation, I helped you.” Indeed, the “right time” is now.

Today is the day of salvation.

2 Corinthians 6:2-3 [NLT]

 

One Saturday afternoon, I went to the youth service bringing two big bags. Here are the contents of the bags:

Blue bag – All my clothes for the past week due for washing. One word: laundry. Some were seven days old. It should’ve been brought to the cleaners, but I opted to carry them that day.

Black bag – This one’s my sports bag. It had my clothes for the next day’s worship church service (jeans and long-sleeved polo) plus my basketball uniform and rubber shoes that I was to use in the Sunday afternoon’s ballgame.

While I carried both of them, I felt their weight. The crowd whom I was preaching to was probably thinking I was nuts. I was an eyesore. In their heads, they’re probably asking, “Why’s he bringing his laundry bag and sports bag in preaching?”

I then made my point: What usually gives us unnecessary stress and unwanted heaviness in the NOW are the unwanted baggage of the past and excess luggage of future.

Dwell in the pains of the past, and you become a prisoner of depression. Just like my laundry bag, what’s in the painful past is usually smelly and dirty. And whenever we entrap ourselves in thinking about bad memories of offenses and bitterness, we are not able to nourish what God is doing in the present. God brings good news when He said in Isaiah 43:18-19a (GNT),

 

“Do not cling to events of the past or dwell on what happened long ago. Watch for the new thing I am going to do. It is happening already you can see it now!”

 

A similar principle holds true when we carry the worries of the future today. Just like the stuff in my sports bag, I did not need to bring all of it until tomorrow. And sometimes in life, what pushes us to anxiety are the worries we have about tomorrow. Lord Jesus says we have to learn to live in the NOW when He said,

 

“Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.”

Matthew 6:34 [MSG]

 

Do you know that the word now appears more than 1,200 times in one translation of the Bible? It’s actually enough to remind us three times a day for an entire year that God wants us to enjoy what He is doing in the NOWs of our lives.

 

Jesus, when He taught us to pray the Lord’s Prayer, said, “Give us today our daily bread …”# Notice that He didn’t tell us to ask for tomorrow’s bread or for yesterday’s bread. He instructed us to pray for today’s bread and needs.

There are a lot of things that God is doing in the present. Let go of the bad things of the past and the unnecessary worries of the future and focus on the NOW.

Cherish your relationships today. Seize the godly opportunities to do good that God allows for your life today. Feel at peace knowing that God has given you enough strength to overcome today’s hurdles and He will give you another bucket of strength to do the same for tomorrow’s challenges.

Get rid of the someday syndrome. Drop the laundry bag of the past. Drop the sports bag filled with tomorrows needs. Change for the better now. Start serving God today. Right now is the best time to start pleasing God.

 

ONE ON ONE WITH GOD


Dear Jesus, today I’m choosing to let go of my unwanted baggage. Help me to let go of the pains of the past. And help me, too, to free myself from worrying about what’s gonna happen tomorrow. Instead Lord, teach me to appreciate today and what You are doing now. Guide me so I won’t miss out on the beauty of the present. As I do this, I know You are relieving me from a lot of stress and anxiety. Thank You, Lord. Amen.

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First, you went on a road trip. Along the way, you got lost and had to steer your life back on track. Now your tank is running low on gas. You need a fresh infusion of wisdom and inspiration.

You need to REFUEL

In Ru dela Torre’s 3rd book with OMF Literature, he shares a mix of personal reflections and devotional entries or “reflectio-devos” to energize you while you’re spending quiet times with God

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It was our national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal himself who said that “the youth is the hope of our future”. And we need to feed the minds of our young people with books that will bring them inspiration, instruction and insight.

So whether you’re a parent with teenagers, a youth pastor, a church youth leader, or an actual teenager, here are some OMF Lit books that can help shape the future of our churches and our nation.

Do Hard Things by Alex and Brett Harris

Society already expects not so good things from young people as soon as they step into the “terrible teens” phase. But Alex and Brett, twin brothers of best-selling author Joshua Harris, actually challenge teenagers to start a “Rebelution” and defy these expectations by choosing to do hard things for the glory of God. This book is full of humorous personal anecdotes, practical examples and stories of real-life rebelutionaries in action.

Other books by Alex and Brett Harris

Start Here

Refuel by Ru Dela Torre

In Ru dela Torre’s 3rd book with OMF Literature, he shares a mix of personal reflections and devotional entries or “reflectio-devos” to energize you while you’re spending quiet times with God. Spend time in prayer and personally worship God Read the Bible and meditate on what it says. Cap it off by reflecting on the week’s entry from this book

Other books by Ru dela Torre:

Road Trip

Back on Track

It’s Not About Me Teen Edition by Max Lucado

The best-selling book by popular author Max Lucado is re-written specifically for teenagers. Through amazing real life stories of young people who re-directed their lives from me-centered to Jesus-centered, the youth will discover God’s plan for their lives.

Other books by Max Lucado:

It’s Not About Me

On the Anvil

Grace for the Moment Vol 1 and 2

Pass or Fail by Ronald Molmisa

Lagi ka bang may kaba tuwing mag-eexam, magpapasa ng requirements o kapag may graded recitation? Ano ba ang kelangan gawin para hindi naman laging 50/50 ang buhay mo sa school? The book includes chapters on Reading, Memorizing and Note-Taking, To Cheat or Not to Cheat, Time Out! Stressed Ako, Terror Ba Teacher Mo, and lots of other useful tidbits, written in a language that young people can relate to.

Other books by Ronald Molmisa:

Lovestruck

I Kissed Dating Goodbye by Joshua Harris

This groundbreaking book has been on the best-seller for years and is always included in the list of highly-recommended books for young people. Joshua Harris challenges both boys and girls to rethink the way they approach dating and relationships and reorder their love lives in light of God’s Word.

Other books by Joshua Harris

Boy Meets Girl

Not Even A Hint

Dug Down Deep

Add Mo Ko As Friend by Marlene Legaspi-Munar

In this simple and practical book, learn how to make the most out of this social networking phenomenon and what you should and shouldn’t do when it comes to creating and maintaining online and offline friends.

Features:
Added New Friends Lately?
Offline friendship
Exploring the FB (Friendship Busters)
Make Room in Your Heart for Unlikely Friends
Meet the Perfect Friend

Saving My First Kiss by Lisa Velthouse

Waiting for the one can be fun, fabulous, and fulfilling!  Find out why this single lady author is unpuckering her lips and collecting party supplies inside her closet, waiting for the day she can present her lips to Mr. Right. Discover why she chose to date sparingly and purposely holding back the gift of her first kiss.

 

 

 

 

What Matters Most for Teens

What Matters Most is an exquisitely designed devotional set that addresses crucial life issues and reveals what is important in life. The teen edition tackles fifty of the crucial life issues that young people deal with including coping with anxiety, dating, accepting yourself, nurturing friendships, dealing with hurts.

First, you went on a road trip. Along the way, you got lost and had to steer your life back on track. Now your tank is running low on gas. You need a fresh infusion of wisdom and inspiration.

You need to REFUEL

In Ru dela Torre’s 3rd book with OMF Literature, he shares a mix of personal reflections and devotional entries or “reflectio-devos” to energize you while you’re spending quiet times with God. Here’s how you can fine-tune your spirit with the help of this book:

  • Spend time in prayer and personally worship God
  • Read the Bible and meditate on what it says
  • Cap it off by reflecting on the week’s entry from this book

Some of the “reflectio-devo” titles in the book are

  • Better Than Plastic
  • Book without words
  • Bitten by the love bug
  • Everything except the music
  • Unforgettable night at the movie house
  • Get rid of the mess
  • When God says no

Intrigued yet? We’re giving you the chance to read the first 3 entries of Refuel! All you have to do is follow the simple instructions by clicking here

Here are just some of the great, inspirational quotes which you can get from Refuel:

 

 

 

“Just in case you find yourself in need of a miracle today – healing, provision or a way out – know that God is able to produce something out of nothing. Remember that when He created everything, He started with nothing. Out of the emptiness, He spoke the universe into existence. He turned things around at His command. And He hasn’t lost a bit of that power.”

 

“If you crave to live the right way, seek for what the Word says and not what the world says. And as you encounter the truth, you’ll have all the reasons in the world to shift from an old way to a new way of thinking and doing, one that is consistent with what God says.”

 

“The more we opt for love, the more we are able to become like Christ. Just like Jesus, we ought to hate the sin, but not the sinner. Forgive people. Help those who hurt you. Overcome evil by doing good. Destroy hatred with love. And as we do this, we become more and more like Jesus…”

Refuel will be available soon at all OMF Lit Bookshops, National Bookstore and PCBS nationwide for only P195.

Pastor Ru dela Torres serves as the director of Wildfire, the youth ministry of His Life City Church in San Fernando, Pampanga. He founded the Manifesto Movement, a finalist in the 2007 nationwide search for the Ten Accomplished Youth Organizations. He is currently taking up Theology at the Asian Theological Seminary. You can like his fanpage on Facebook or follow him on Twitter, @rudelatorre

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