Alive

Hi everyone. Today, I have officially existed for two decades! 😄 Haha, I know that’s an unconventional way to put it. But more than just growing another year older, I also realized this year that I have been a Christian for a quarter of my life! 5 years ago, I stepped into Heart of God Church as a 15 year-old boy and my life truly began.

It’s funny because you can be breathing physically and yet not really be alive. As I looked back on the past 5 years, there’s just so much to be thankful for – my church, my friends, my family, those are just some people I never want to take for granted.

But if there is just one person that I need to mention and thank on this day, it would have to be Jesus. Over the past 1800+ days, God has changed my life so much and given me a purpose and a destiny greater than myself.

The reason why I could elevate my mindset, grow in my character and change as a person from the inside out is because of Jesus. Without His grace, I would never have become who I am today. I mean 5 years ago, I would have never thought I will be writing like I am now!

“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” – Romans 6:23

So today, I just want to thank Jesus. I am a sinner and I never deserved the life that I am living now – the life that He has given me. But that is what grace is all about, isn’t it? We were all doomed for death because of our sins. We had no choice; we had to go down the pit; we didn’t deserve life. But He still came for us, showed His love for us on the cross and pulled us out of the darkness.

I never once regretted having known and accepted this amazing grace & love that our God has for us. Because now, I am no longer in captivity. I am no longer a prisoner held in chains. I can now have the ability to let Christ cleanse me from all unrighteousness and come into an intimate relationship with Him.

Grace does not say “I am allowed to sin”; grace says “I am free to change.” His overwhelming love for us does not remove our necessity to lead a holy life – it gives us the freedom to do so!

Grace does not give us the license to sin; grace gives us the power to change. That is why I want to change and grow in my character – because with God, I can. And think about it, anything that is alive and healthy grows. 

Today if you have never known the love of Jesus, the empowerment of His grace and the joy in being in a relationship with Him, know that you can have all of it. Don’t just breathe. Live. Eternal life is about this relationship of knowing Jesus. And today, it is a free gift that He is extending to you. But like I said, gifts have to be accepted. So the question is, will you take it? :)

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One Punch Man – Heroism Has a New Face

In a world where popular superheroes and their familiar backstories are constantly being built upon and adapted, you would think that there will not be anymore “new heroes” that will be introduced and become as well-loved as Iron Man and Captain America. (YES, I am still WAITING for the CIVIL WAR TRAILER)

But NOPE! You and I were both wrong because right now, there’s a new superhero who is going viral on the Internet. And he is none other than One-Punch Man.

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So as the name suggests, his main ability is to be able to defeat any enemy in just ONE single punch. Other than that, is there anything else special about this hero? Exactly. Absolutely nothing.

Haha! But it’s also because of this boring and average backstory for the character that he is ironically made famous. It’s this ridiculous plot that serves as an awesome platform for comedy. You see, One-Punch Man is not your usual superhero with a serious “mission” of some sorts. He doesn’t have a purpose to serve, except to find that one enemy he can last in a fight with for more than one punch’s worth. Because of all his easy victories, he becomes bored with life, as can be seen in his usual expression:

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Seriously, just the appearance of him alone makes me want to laugh. I can’t believe that such a hilarious story actually started out as a simple webcomic by ONE author (that’s literally his pseudonym too), which became so successful over the Internet that it got adapted into a manga and now, an anime. So if you’re looking for laughs, why not check it out? You’ll understand why it’s one of the most popular mangas/animes right now. But brace yourselves, for heroism has a new face (literally).

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Image sources: Google, DeviantArt, KissManga