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PLDT E-mail Passwords

March 23, 2010 3 comments
I guess I’m one of those who were caught offguard regarding PLDT’s e-mail migration over the weekend.  I didn’t get the notice they sent:
Dear Valued Customer,
This is to inform that email migration and cut-over activity will push through as scheduled on Sunday 21 March 2010 from 2am – 4am. However due to the migration, all passwords will be changed and reset to default P@ssw0rd123 (where 0 is zero) when you login to Zimbra. You will be unable to access your e-mails during this cutover period. After the cutover, you may still access your old emails and transfer your old data through https://webmail.epldt.biz/exchange within fifteen (15) days and after which the old email system will automatically be inaccessible.
 
For any clarifications, you may reply back to this email or contact us through PLDT 171.
Thank you.
I noticed this when I couldn’t access my e-mail using my e-mail client software.  After calling technical support I was directed to http://webmail.pldtdsl.net/zimbra/ and from there I was able to change the default password set.  (Thank You, God! I was lucky to get someone on the line!)
 
I hope this helps whoever else got surprised by this development.
 
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Jesus and Salvation

March 20, 2010 Leave a comment
The Word of God gives hope to a hopeless world.  It is only through Jesus the Christ, the Son of God, that there is salvation for a lost generation. 
Last night I finally got to watch the movie “The Book of Eli,” and it was a great movie!  The movie is basically about one man’s mission to protect and preserve the last surviving copy of the Bible (King James Version) 30 years after an apocalyptic event.  For a Hollywood movie, the religious undertones were so thick that it also told a story underneath the story. 
Aside from all the blockbuster action that is to be expected from such a movie, it also told the story of mankind’s longing, aching, and searching for God in a lost world, and the hope of getting salvation through His Word. 
The psalm of David, was quoted in full by Eli, the lead character of the movie played by Denzel Washington.
The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever. (Psalm 23)
I feel this Psalm best captures the hope we have in the Lord in this dying world of ours. 
May we learn to put our trust in Him Who loves us more than we can ever imagine. 
 
 
Jesus, King of Mercy, I trust in You!
 
Categories: Religion

Love and “Alice in Wonderland”

March 14, 2010 Leave a comment
Last Friday I watched Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland.”  It’s still produced by Walt Disney Pictures, but this time it’s a live-action movie.  It’s loosely based on elements of Lewis Carroll’s “Alice in Wonderland” and “Through the Looking Glass” books and is described as an extension of it.  The story is thus new but is nevertheless very entertaining.  (Read the Wikipedia plot summary here.)
It was so nice to see Anne Hathaway again, as the White Queen; she looks so beautiful!  It was also nice to meet Mia Wasikowska, the actress who played Alice; she’s just as pretty! 
Overall I liked the movie!
One scene towards the end of the movie stuck to my mind.  This was the scene when the White Queen sentenced the Red Queen to exile for life.  Now, the Red Queen had an ongoing relationship with her Captain of the Guard, Stayne.  Stayne doesn’t really like her; he was just playing with the affections of the Red Queen to gain her favor.  As per Stayne’s punishment, he was chained to the Red Queen and would thus be exiled as well.  The Red Queen looked to Stayne and said that at least they would have each other – and on that note, a look of horror appeared on Stayne’s face and he tried to kill her. 
Stayne couldn’t bear living the rest of his life with the Red Queen, someone he really hated. 
In real life these things unfortunately happen as well.  You marry someone you deeply love; unfortunately the other person never really loved you in the first place.  As a result of this, you end up having a miserable marriage for the rest of your lives.  It’s such a tragedy.  And yet, such tragedies happen everyday. 
There’s no point in being in a relationship where you are the only party who loves.  Love must be mutual in order for the relationship to grow and deepen.  If love is only one-way then there’s no point in being in a relationship with that person. 
Life is too short to be miserable.  It’s better to be alone and lonely in this world than to be with someone who doesn’t really love you and who will just make you miserable for life.  If she doesn’t love you, then let her go and find someone else who will love you back. 
 
Look again, and look harder: Someone worthy of your love is waiting for you.
 
 
Jesus, King of Mercy, I trust in You! 
 
Categories: Ideas and Philosophy

Commentary on “The Book of Eli”

March 14, 2010 Leave a comment
"The Book of Eli" is a 2010 American post-apocalyptic film directed by the Hughes brothers, written by Gary Whitta, and starring Denzel Washington, Gary Oldman and Mila Kunis.  It was already shown in the U.S. last January 15; it isn’t previewing yet locally, but when it comes out I plan to watch it. 
 
I think this movie has a very interesting underlying message. 
 
Long-story-short: Is it thirty years after an apocalyptic event.  There is a man named Eli who for many years has been carrying with him the last surviving copy of the Bible (King James Version).  He has survived for this long for the sole purpose of getting this last remaining copy in safe hands, and to that end he has done everything in his power to protect it.  The Bible holds power, and the villain in the story knows that.  At the end of the movie the villain was able to get the book — only to find out it was written in Braille, which we cannot read.  It turns out Eli has been blind all this time.  He was able to find a group of survivors dedicated to preserving pre-war knowledge, but is mortally wounded by that time.  Eli was able to recite the contents of the Bible from memory before dying.  The movie ends with copies of the Bible being printed.  (Read the Wikipedia plot summary here.)
 
Although it is an action movie, I cannot help but notice the religious undertone behind the story. 
 
I remember reading somewhere that when the end times come, people will be searching for the Word of God but will not find it.  It makes me appreciate so much more how easily accessible the Word of God is to us, if we only take the time to look at it. 
 
The Bible is essentially God’s great love letter to us.  Sure, the Bible was just written by men – but they were men who were inspired by the message of love that God had for them and for all His people.  May we learn to read more of how He loves us through His words in this book. 
 
Jesus, King of Mercy, I trust in You! 
Categories: Ideas and Philosophy

THE (SCIENTIFIC) DEATH OF JESUS

March 13, 2010 Leave a comment
Here’s something I got in my Inbox today.  It’s not the first time I’ve seen it, and I thought it would be nice to share it.  The author of this article is unknown as far as I know. 
 

 
THE (SCIENTIFIC) DEATH OF JESUS
At the age of 33, Jesus was condemned to the death penalty.
At the time, crucifixion was the "worst" death. Only the worst criminals were condemned to be crucified. Yet it was even more dreadful for Jesus. Unlike other criminals condemned to death by crucifixion Jesus was to be nailed to the cross by His hands and feet.
Each nail was 6 to 8 inches long.
The  nails were driven into His wrists…not into His palms as is commonly portrayed. There’s a tendon in the wrist that extends to the shoulder. The Roman guards knew that when the nails were being hammered into the wrist that tendons would tear and break, forcing Jesus to use His back muscles to support himself so that He could breath.
Both of His feet were nailed together. Thus, He was forced to support Himself on the single nail that impaled His feet to the cross. Jesus could not support himself with His legs because of the pain so He was forced to alternate between arching His back then using his legs just to continue to breath. Imagine the struggle, the pain, the suffering, the courage.
Jesus endured this reality for over 3 hours.
Yes, over 3 hours! Can you imagine this kind of suffering? A few minutes before He died, Jesus stopped bleeding. He was simply pouring water from his wounds.
From common images we see wounds to His hands and feet and even the spear wound to His side. But do we realize His wounds were actually made in his body. A hammer driving large nails through the wrist, the feet overlapped and an even large nail hammered through the arches, then a Roman guard piercing His side with a spear. But before the nails and the spear, Jesus was whipped and beaten. The whipping was so severe that it tore the flesh from His body. The beating so horrific that His face was torn and his beard ripped from His face. The crown of thorns cut deeply into His scalp. Most men would not have survived this torture.
He had  no more blood to bleed out, only water poured from His wounds. The human adult body contains about 3.5 liters (just less than a gallon) of blood.
Jesus lost all 3.5 liters of his blood. He had three nails hammered into his members, a crown of thorns on his head and, beyond that, a Roman soldier who stabbed a spear into his chest.
All this – without mentioning the humiliation. He passed after carrying his own cross for almost 2 kilometers, while the crowd spat in his face and threw stones. (The cross was almost 30 kilograms of weight.)
Jesus had to endure this experience, so that you can have free access to God…so that your sins could be "washed" away. All of them, with no exception! Don’t ignore this situation. JESUS CHRIST DIED FOR YOU! For you, who now read this. Do not believe that He only died for others.
 
 
Jesus, King of Mercy, we trust in You!
 
Categories: Religion