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Luis Duboran Cabitac

a retired employee, peacefully joined his Creator on the 31st of May 2011 at the age of 62.

His remains lie in state for viewing at Chapel C (ground floor) of Marian Memorial Chapels, Inc. along Marcos Highway in Antipolo City.

Interment will be on Sunday June 5, 2011 at Holy Gardens in Antipolo at 4PM.  Departure from Marian is scheduled at 3PM.

God is for You

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE

“What shall we say about such wonderful things as these?  If God is for us, who can ever be against us?” (Romans 8:31, NLT)

TODAY’S WORD

There are many misconceptions about God in the world today.  Some people think He’s mad at them, and others think He’s keeping a list of all their wrongs.  But that isn’t what the Scripture tells us.  The Scripture tells us that God is gracious, patient, and loving; that He is forgiving and doesn’t treat us as our sins deserve.  The Scripture tells us that God is for us, and if God is for us, who can be against us?

Think about that for a moment.  The same God who created the heavens and earth, the one who spoke the universe into existence and knows everything about you, He is on your side and wants the best for you.  I love today’s verse because it is a great reminder that when God is for you, no one can win against you.  Not the pain of your past.  Not any mistake you’ve made.  Not the forces of hell, your worst enemy, a bad economy, a difficult housing market, or anything else on this earth.

Today, instead of dwelling on what you’re not, dwell on what He is — He is faithful, He is loving, He is with you, and He is for you!  And with God on your side, you are headed for victory all the days of your life!

A PRAYER FOR TODAY

Heavenly Father, You are good!  Thank You for choosing me and equipping me with everything I need in this life.  Thank You for being my Defender, my Hope, and my Victory.  I bless You and glorify You in all that I do.  In Jesus’ Name, I pray.  Amen.

 

— Joel & Victoria Osteen

 

Through the Fire

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE

“…We went through fire and flood, but You brought us to a place of abundance.” (Psalm 66:12, NLT)

TODAY’S WORD

In the Scripture, three Hebrew teenagers, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, were told to bow down to the king’s idol or they would be thrown into a fiery furnace.  They said, “No, King.  We’re not going to bow down.  We know our God will deliver us.”  Their attitude was, “We’re not worried about it.  We know we have inside information.  We know everything is going to be alright.”  Notice they didn’t fight it.  They weren’t upset.  They weren’t complaining.  They were at peace.  They knew God Almighty had His hand upon them.  The guards threw them into the fiery furnace, and when all was said and done, they came out without even the smell of smoke on them!

Notice that God didn’t deliver them from the fire; He delivered them through the fire.  Maybe you are going through the fire today.  Know that God is with you.  He’s doing a work in you, and He’s displaying His glory through you.  Remember, on the other side of the fire is a place of abundance and blessing!  Stand strong and see the fulfillment of the promises He has in store for you!

A PRAYER FOR TODAY

Father in heaven, thank You for delivering and saving me.  I stand strong no matter what I may be facing, knowing that You are with me.  Thank You for protecting me through the fire and for leading me to the place of abundance and blessing You have prepared for me.  In Jesus’ Name, I pray.  Amen.

 

— Joel & Victoria Osteen

 

Planning a Meaningful Funeral Service

Courtesy of National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA)

 

NO TWO LIVES ARE EXACTLY THE SAME, AND NO FUNERAL SERVICES SHOULD BE EITHER

A funeral service that’s both meaningful and memorable should be as unique as the individual being celebrated.  It should be a ceremony, reflecting personal values, interests, and experiences – all the things that form the rich tapestry of a life worth celebrating.

Planning any funeral service, though, requires many decisions during a difficult and painful time.  You want to organize an event that honors and highlights your loved one’s life, which can be very challenging with the emotions and responsibilities that are presented during this time.

A funeral director can provide knowledge, high-quality service and the breadth of experience necessary to help you plan the best funeral possible.  He or she can be your greatest source of help, support, and direction as you sort through your options and begin to make plans.  While funeral directors are experienced in personally working with grieving families on a weekly basis, they’ll be able to provide information, advice, understanding and empathy at a time everyone needs a little guidance.

A meaningful funeral service is an essential life occasion that truly helps family and friends begin the healing process.  To assist your funeral director, there are steps you can take to create an event that will allow everyone to say goodbye – and to remember the life being celebrated.

 

SPECIAL TOUCHES MAKE A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE

As you begin planning for this unforgettable experience, let your loved one’s life be your guide.  To help you focus, here are some ideas that can make a world of difference in your service.

Personal effects and reminiscence – To begin personalizing a funeral, consider what was unique and memorable about your loved one.  Think about his or her special qualities, passions, hobbies, and pastimes.  Was your husband an amateur painter?  Consider holding a retrospective of his work.  Was your grandmother a teacher?  You may want to ask the school choir to perform at the service, or invite a former student to speak.  Your creativity will provide a lasting, honorable representation of your loved one.

Music – Music can be a powerful way to remember your loved one.  Today, many services feature a mix of religious and secular music played from a CD or even by a live musician.

Involve family and friends – While you might be somewhat reluctant to ask, family and friends may feel honored to get involved in your loved one’s funeral.  Your funeral director can help you create an interactive experience to help people who are grieving, especially children.

Speakers – Think about asking key individuals to contribute a remembrance, reading, poem, or favorite story.  Many times, such contributions can go a long way toward capturing the essence of your loved one.

Special touches – One way of making a ceremony more special is to create decorative touches such as candles, a special covering to drape over the casket or a photograph montage of the person whose life you are celebrating.  Consider placing chairs in a semicircle or in small, intimate clusters around the room.

Mementos or remembrances – Hand out a small keepsake as friends and family leave the funeral, something that will later bring your loved one to mind.

Memorials – Dedicating a memorial to your loved one is a wonderful way of honoring them.  Planting a tree or making a contribution to a relevant charity can create a lasting memory that will also benefit others.

 

A REFLECTION OF A LIFE WORTH CELEBRATING

This worksheet is designed to help you focus on your loved one’s life – and the impact he or she had on family and friends.  The suggestions will help you collect your thoughts and direct your planning efforts.

Some of my loved one’s most important accomplishments include…

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Some of my fondest memories of him or her are…

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People who had the greatest effect on my loved one’s life are…

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My loved one’s favorite music is…

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My loved one’s hobbies and interests include…

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Other things that gave him or her enjoyment are…

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The causes and beliefs my loved one was passionate about are…

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If my loved one was planning this service, he or she would include…

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“I’ll never stop grieving for my wife.  But, because we created a funeral that celebrated her life, I’m beginning to deal with the pain and learning to live with my loss.”

 

FURTHER ASSISTANCE

If you would like more information on planning a meaningful funeral service, call us anytime at Marian Memorial Chapels – (02) 645-1855 – and talk with the service specialist on duty.

 


He Sees

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE

“I will be glad and rejoice in Your unfailing love, for You have seen my troubles, and You care about the anguish of my soul.” (Psalm 31:7, NLT)

TODAY’S WORD

God sees and cares about everything that happens in your life.  He’s seen every wrong that’s been done to you.  He’s seen every unfair situation.  He told the people of Israel, “I have seen your affliction.  I have seen how badly you were treated those 430 years that you were in slavery.”  Then He went on to say, “I have come down to deliver you.”  When God brought them out, they didn’t come out empty-handed.  God made their enemies hand over their gold and silver.  God vindicated His people, and He will vindicate you!

Maybe someone has wronged you today.  You could easily become bitter and angry and spend your life trying to pay them back.  However, if you will give it to God and let Him do it His way, Scripture says He’ll pay you double for your trouble!  Today, know that He sees where you are, He sees where you’ve been and He sees the struggles of your heart.  Release the struggle to Him and let Him reward you with His everlasting promises.

A PRAYER FOR TODAY

Father God, today I choose to release the struggles in my heart.  I release the offenses and wrongs done to me.  I choose forgiveness.  I choose peace.  I choose to let You be my vindicator knowing that You love me and care for me.  In Jesus’ Name, I pray.  Amen.

 

 

— Joel & Victoria Osteen

 

Stand and See

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE

“Do not be afraid.  Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the LORD will bring you today… the LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.” (Exodus 14:13–14, NIV)

TODAY’S WORD

In the Bible, when the people of Israel came out of slavery and were headed toward the Promise Land, they were so happy to be finally free!  But then Pharaoh changed his mind about letting them go and came chasing after them.  They came to a dead end at the Red Sea and things looked impossible.  Instead of staying in faith and focusing on the fact that God had delivered them before, the Israelites got upset, fearful, and started complaining, “Moses, why did you bring us out here to die?”  Moses replied, “Stand still and you will see the deliverance of the Lord.”  He went on to say, “The Lord will fight for you if you hold your peace and remain at rest.”  And the Lord was faithful to His Word and delivered them again.

Moses knew he had to get the people out of that negative mentality or they would be defeated, and the same is true for you.  You may be in a storm of life, but don’t let that storm get in you.  Instead, set your focus on God because He is faithful, and He will fight your battles.  Stay calm and remain in peace today because God is going to deliver you and lead you into your promise land!

A PRAYER FOR TODAY

Thank You for Your goodness and faithfulness in my life.  Help me keep my heart and mind focused on You.  No matter what storm I may be facing, I trust that You are working behind the scenes and ordering my steps to the promise land you have for me.  In Jesus’ Name, I pray.  Amen.

 

 

— Joel & Victoria Osteen

In the Midst of the Storms

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE

“…He sends rain on the just and the unjust alike” (Matthew 5:45, NLT)

TODAY’S WORD

We all have opportunities to get upset and live stressed out.  The storms of life come to every person.  No matter how good a person you are, you’re going to have some “rain” in your life.  When these storms come, a lot people use their faith to try to control their circumstances.  But I’ve found it’s better to use my faith to control myself in the midst of my circumstances.  I know that if I can just remain stable in the storms of life and stay in peace, that’s what allows God to act on my behalf.

God never said that we wouldn’t have difficulties, but He did promise we could have peace in the midst of the storms.  When you face adversities, one of the most powerful things you can do is simply stay calm.  When you are at peace, you are displaying your faith in God.  By your actions you’re saying, “God, I know You’re still on the throne.  I know You’re bigger than this problem.”  So keep peace in the midst of your storms today.  Trust that He is working behind the scenes.  Keep your heart open to Him because soon He will deliver you!

A PRAYER FOR TODAY

Father God, thank You for peace in the midst of the storms of life.  I choose to hold my peace knowing that You are working behind the scenes.  I trust You, I trust Your timing, and I trust that You are working everything together for my good because You love me.  In Jesus’ Name, I pray.  Amen.

 

 

— Joel & Victoria Osteen

 

Seeing the Way God Sees

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE

“In this new life, it doesn’t matter if you are a Jew or a Gentile, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbaric, uncivilized, slave, or free…”
(Colossians 3:11, NLT)

TODAY’S WORD

When God looks at mankind, He doesn’t see us as different races.  He doesn’t see different social standings.  He doesn’t see color or creed.  God looks past all the superficial things that our culture seems to magnify — what we wear, what we drive, and what we look like — and He sees us all the same; not black or white, just His beautiful creation. Not upper class or lower class; just one big family.

Sometimes people make the mistake of judging a whole race by a few people.  We make sweeping generalizations, and it keeps us from enjoying the people God places in our lives.  Today, if you’ve been looking at others through the traditions of the world, why don’t you open the eyes of your heart and see others the way God sees them!  We are all here by His design and called according to His purposes.  When we see others through His eyes, we can come together in unity and receive the blessing He has prepared for us!

A PRAYER FOR TODAY

Father God, today I release every prejudice and judgmental attitude to You.  I ask You to fill my heart with Your love and help me to see others the way You see me.  Thank You for doing a work in my life and opening doors of blessing and increase before me.  In Jesus’ Name, I pray.  Amen.

 

 

— Joel & Victoria Osteen

 

He Makes Up the Difference

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE

“…for when I am weak [in human strength], then am I [truly] strong (able, powerful in divine strength).” (2 Corinthians 12:10, AMP)

TODAY’S WORD

No matter what weakness you think you may have, no matter what inadequacies or setbacks you’ve encountered, God wants to give you His divine strength!  He wants to make up the difference and put you further ahead than you ever thought possible.  One time in the Old Testament, God simply multiplied the sound of four men’s footsteps and caused them to sound like a mighty army.  When their enemies heard them, they took off running.  There were thousands of enemy troops running for their lives, scared to death, thinking they were being attacked by a massive army when, in fact, it was just four people!  What happened?  God made up the difference.

Friend, God can make you seem bigger than you really are.  He can make you look more powerful.  He knows how to multiply your influence, your strength, your talent, and your income.  You don’t have to figure it all out; all you have to do is put your trust in Him.  If you will release your faith for a supernatural year and wake up every day expecting God’s far and beyond favor, then you’re going to see God show up and make the difference in every area of your life!

A PRAYER FOR TODAY

Heavenly Father, today I commit every area of my life to You.  I trust that You will make up the difference and supply everything I need to fulfill Your purposes in my life.  In Jesus’ Name, I pray.  Amen.

 

 

— Joel & Victoria Osteen

 

Rufino Valenzuela Pedigan

peacefully joined his Creator on the 19th of May 2011 at the age of 77.

His remains lie in state for viewing at Chapel C (ground floor) of Marian Memorial Chapels, Inc. along Marcos Highway in Antipolo City.

Interment will be on Tuesday May 24, 2011 at Garden of Peace Memorial Park in Cainta, Rizal at 1PM.

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