She was nuts.
When I was a teenager preaching in small prayer groups all over the country, I’d see this woman sneak into the room—trying hard to conceal her face—carrying a mammoth of a tape recorder inside a white plastic bag over her shoulder.
And like clockwork, before I step down the pulpit, she’d sneak out and […]
She was nuts.
Last week, I got a body massage that I’ll never forget.
I was massaged by “Ate Guy” (Not her real name).
I call her “Ate Guy” because though she looks like a woman, I have a suspicion she’s really a guy. In fact, she has the strength of 10 guys in her little female body. But I’m getting ahead […]
One day, Max, a criminal in death row was about to be executed.
The warden was extra kind that day, so he asked him, “Max, for your last three meals, you can ask for anything you want. What do you want for breakfast?”
Max said, “Pancit (Local noodles). For long life.”
The warden smiled and said, […]
Have you ever been denied a visa?
If not, believe me, you don’t want to experience it.
I’ve been denied a visa. Twice. From the US Embassy no less.
Look into my heart and you’ll find two ugly scars.
I remember my first attempt.
I was still in my teens.
When I woke up, I was already wet with nervous sweat. It didn’t […]
One day, Juan Miguel died.
And instantly, he found himself in a beautiful place.
A woman covered in light approached him and said, “Welcome, Juan Miguel. It’s easy to get to know this place. Just walk around. And if you’re hungry, just wish for it. You can wish for anything you want and it’ll be given to […]
Imagine a hammer.
A solid, shiny, shimmering hammer.
Expensive. Made of high-grade steel and first-class polished wood.
Now imagine a primitive tribesman from the mountains who has never seen a hammer in his life. He picks up the hammer, likes it immediately, and brings it home. And for the next 50 years, he uses it as a wonderful […]
My little boy wanted a pet dog.
But my wife doesn’t like dogs.
So we gave him a potted plant instead.
I know. We sound cruel, but that’s not true. We even disinfect the torture chambers in our basement regularly with Lysol.
“You need to learn responsibility,” my wife told my son. “If you take care of your potted plant, we’ll know […]
As I write this, Bene, our 9-year-old, will be Grade 4 this school year.
Let me share to you something shocking: To this day, he has yet to step into a regular classroom. He’s a deprived kid! Check out this list:
· He’s never ridden a school bus.
· He’s never lined-up for a flag ceremony.
· He’s never eaten lunch […]
Who said you can’t have fun on a budget?
Last July, to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary, my extended family of 28 all flew to Boracay for five days. Just imagine how much we spent.
But this Christmas 2008, we spent a meager P6000 only. Because fun doesn’t mean expensive. Fun means you’re […]
Your future will be defined by your habits.
I’m ready to die anytime—right this minute if necessary. (I hope my wife isn’t reading this, because she hates it when I start talking this way.) My soul is prepared to go home to God at any moment.
But I also want to prepare for a long and […]