Purpose of Blood

Purpose of Blood

8% of our body weight is blood. Blood transports essential elements in the body. Blood transports things to the tissues and the removal of wastes from the tissues. Blood transports oxygen to all the tissues. Blood is actually beneficial when we don’t see it but when we see it flow or burst out of our skin, it makes our stomach sick and our head dizzy. Kind of gross right?

But blood has also done something beautiful just for you.  As Wayne Kerr sings, “Just one drop of blood will save the world… for love, for you My love.” What kind of love is this that requires blood to be shed?

Just one drop of blood will save the world
Every woman, man, boy, and girl
Just one drop of blood will save the world

When the sin of man have come too far
Separation greater than the stars
Just one drop of blood will save the world

For love, oh love
For love, oh love
For you, my love
What kind of love is this?

And now redemption lies in his eyes
Don’t turn away, see the sacrifice
Oh the blood of Jesus runs from here

For love, oh love
For love, oh love
For you, my love
What kind of love is this?

And I wonder why He gave it all away
I wonder why He gave it all away
I wonder why He gave it all away
Gave it all away

For love, oh love
For love, oh love
For you, my love
What kind of love is this?

 

The song is new but the story is old. One thing we know is that what was written in Isaiah 53:7 came to pass when Jesus Christ was arrested and taken to the cross. Through what Christ has done, there is victory and freedom.

When the world comes crashing in on your life and it seems that no one cares for you. Remember the cross and the blood that flowed from it for you.

He was oppressed and afflicted,
yet He did not open His mouth.
Like a lamb led to the slaughter
and like a sheep silent before her shearers,
He did not open His mouth.
He was taken away because of oppression and judgment;
and who considered His fate?
For He was cut off from the land of the living;

-Isaiah 53:7-8

Hello To Heaven

Hello To Heaven

Rejection. Bitterness. Loneliness. Grief. We see these every day. The woman at the corner who has had nothing to eat for a week now. The little boy who has never known what it feels like to wear slippers or a new set of clothes. The man who has just lost his job. The little girl who has never known her real family.

These are stories—real stories of people we pass by everyday. Yet it seem so surreal, so different from what we know. We’re ordinary people living ordinary lives. How can we help anyone at all, especially strangers? Why should we even help them?

Take a look around you. Look into the eyes of your friend. She just wants someone to talk to, someone to listen. Take a good look at your classmate—he just wants to know someone cares. Beneath those smiling, laughing masks are souls crying out for help. Underneath that make-up and tough exterior is a broken heart. And yet… is there anything we can do?

Help them. Stop and listen. Give them love, show them affection. Acel Bisa’s latest song, Hello to Heaven, is an encouraging call for us to reach out and grant a little bit of “heaven” to those who are suffering, by reaching out with Christ’s love. When we see someone less fortunate than we are, the best way we can reach out to them is to help them. The best way to show God cares is to show that we care.

It doesn’t have to be grand. It doesn’t mean we have to do something big, something worth reporting on nationwide TV. We just need to do what we can in our own little way. We just need to allow God to work in us to reach out and touch their hearts. It can be just as simple as giving an encouraging hug to the friend who needs it today. It can be resolving to speak more kindly to your brothers and sisters. Sharing your baon with someone who doesn’t have any food. Giving away that extra pair of slippers. Listening to those who need someone to talk to. In those small, simple ways, you can bring a little bit of “heaven,” and a little bit of God’s love, to the ones who need it most.

Download Hello To Heaven for free HERE.

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Post by Alyssa Chua, TLW Volunteer. Alyssa is a Sojourner and Explorer. When she is not chasing stardust in distant lands, she is curled up in a quiet corner, reading a book or attempting to write one, Root beer and coffee are bare necessities. To read more of her ramblings, visit http://peraldaiel.blogspot.com.


AHAVA: More than just Music

AHAVA (אהבה) is a Hebrew word for Love and also the name of our True Love Waits band.Ahava02.png

Ahava has been part of True Love Waits talks and conferences for the past two years impacting lives through music. The impact their music leaves is the result of their desire to create songs that are intentional in teaching and influencing people positively through their God-given talents. Listeners would often quip how their music inspires people to really wait for love.

All band members are active in the worship team of their respective churches even before they became part of Ahava. Each has been through many difficulties in life and definitely has a story to tell. Digi Antonio and Paul Ang, Ahava bandleaders, shared the vision of putting up a band that doesn’t just do music as art but as a way to build up others thus, Ahava was formed.

“I have experienced trials in life that made me realize certain things that lifted up my spirit and inspired me to put up a band whose main goal would be to penetrate the hearts of people who seek freedom and contentment which can only be attained by knowing Jesus in a personal level,” shares Digi Antonio.

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(L-R) Jayjay Ramos, Paul Ang, Roland Talento, Digi Antonio, and Jeryal Manansala

The band consists of five main members and four reserved musicians. Digi plays the acoustic guitar and also does the main vocals; Paul Ang plays bass, Roland Talento on the lead guitar, Jeryal Manasala on the keyboards and Jayjay Ramos on the drums.

Music, being more retained in memory than spoken words, greatly affects people who hear it. Knowing how powerful music is, Ahava is very intentional with the songs they produce—that they will not only be catchy but also be encouraging and helpful to those who hear it. Digi writes most of the songs and Paul helps with the musical arrangement. They also write songs and arrange music for praise and worship. Some of their most loved songs are Wag Na Muna, True Love Waits, This Love Song, Gising Pilipinas, Ikaw, and She’s Worth It. With all these uplifting songs, Ahava desires to uplift none other but the Creator of Ahava: God.

“We humbly lift everything up to our Master Musician, for He deserves all the praise. We are just His instruments, created to be used by Him.” -Ahava

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