Issue of October 7, 2018
     
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A reason for optimism
CAROLINE L. BELTRAN, Baguio City

One distinguished statesman of England, Sir Fred Catherwood, offers an insightful analysis of the world, according to Vernon Grounds. Catherwood writes: “We look back today because we dare not look forward. We live in a violent, greedy, ruthless, cynical and hopeless society, and we do not know what’s to become of it all. As we stop believing in the dignity of man and woman made in the image of God, violence has risen dramatically. The social pillars of society have been shaken. All down through the years, governments have had moral guidelines to tell them how to shape the social structures. Now, they do not know what to do.”

We can take heart, however, that the Bible as it discloses the divine plan for history’s outworking, does not abandon us to pessimism.

Pessimism is having no hope that one’s troubles will end or that success or happiness will come. This is opposed to optimism which holds out the possibility of heaven-sent revival and social renewal in the short term. And of course it assures us that ultimately, when Jesus returns, the kingdom of this world will become His kingdom and the kingdom of His Father.

Revelation 15:11 states: “Then the seventh angel blew his trumpet and these were loud voices shouting in heaven. The world has now become the kingdom of our Lord and His Christ, and He will reign forever and ever.

Our responsibility as believers is to be the salt and light of the world. Matthew 5:16 tells us to let our good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise our heavenly Father. We are to live, work, worship, pray and witness so that today and tomorrow, our world will see the saving grace of God at work in and through us.

As Rohrs said: “God holds the future in His hands with grace sufficient day by day. Through good or ill, He gently leads if we let Him have His way.”

We have reason for optimism if we are looking for Christ’s return.

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MORE ON WEEK'S MAIL
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:: Ningas cogon in the Anti-Road Obstruction Ordinance implementation
It is a welcome development for Baguio when our mayor signed Administrative Order 116, s. 2016 or the Anti-Road Obstruction Ordinance.
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:: Hoping for new breed of Benguet politicians
The political season officially starts this month with the filing of certificates of candidacy for those seeking for elective positions next year.
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:: TWG of Baguio Convention Center rehab needs a structural engineer
The problems encountered during the renovation of Baguio Convention Center, a P169-million project, may have been avoided if they included a structural/civil engineer as a member of the technical working group.
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:: "Red October"
This month has been tagged as "Red October" when an alleged plot to destabilize the government involving political opposition, dissident groups, and disgruntled personalities shall be mounted to grab power.
 

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