My Wedding Vow

Because we are celebrating a month of marriage even though I’m on the other side of the world.

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Magkaiba ang ating mundo

Sa akin tono

Sayo numero

Ako nasa Valenzuela, Taft, at qc

Ikaw nasa Makati

Ako laging kumukumpas

Ikaw concern mo ang tax

Ako wild mag imagine

Ikaw realistic palagi

Pero may isa tayong strong denominator

Ang ating paniniwala sa Panginoon

At yung ang naging sentro

Ng ating pag ibig

Ng ating kwentuhan

Ng ating tawanan

Ng ating weekend

Ng ating passion

At ng ating buhay

At nandito na tayo

May sarili tayong mga lakbay

May sarili tayong mga buhay

May iba tayong hilig

May iba tayong mga minahal

Pero binigay tayo ng Diyos sa isa’t isa

Hindi lang dahil tayo’y bagay

Pero dahil tanggap natin ang isa’t isa

Lahat ng pagkakamali

Lahat ng nakaraan

Lahat ng kabiguan

Tanggap natin

Pero kahit ganon

Hindi naman talaga natin kailangan ang isa’t isa

Pero nung minahal natin ang isa’t isa

May mas higit pa pala sa buhay nang mag isa

Hindi naman talaga natin kinumpleto ang isa’t isa

Pero nung nagmahalan tayo nalaman natin na kulang pala nung tayo’y mag isa

Kaya mahal kita

Dahil mas naintindihan ko na ang pagmamahal pala ay di lang para sa akin at sa musika ko kundi para din sa isang tao gaya mo na Lubos na naiintindihan kung ano ako.

Mahal kita

At pinapangako ko na sa hirap at ginhawa pipiliin kong mahalin kita

Sa yaman at hirap pipiliin kong mahalin ka

Kahit hindi mo maintindihan musika ko

Pipiliin kong mahalin ka (tapos ipapaliwanag ko sayo)

At hanggang mawala na ako sa mundo

Mamahalin kita

At hindi ko hahayaan na matapos ang araw na ito nang hindi nalalaman ng lahat kung gaano kalalim ang pag magmahal ko sayo.

Fayola, love, ito ang sumpa ko sayo. Kasama mo ko habang buhay.

Nandito na tayo.

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Poetry: CBC’s 31st Anniversary

Sa payak na simula

Iilan lamang ang tao

Ngunit ika’y tapat, o Diyos

Ika’y tapat

Sa bawat taon na nag daan

Ipinaramdam mo ang kapangyarihan

Tunay nga o Diyos

Ika’y tapat

Bawat tagumpay at luha

Bawat ngiti at pighati

Alam namin na sa iyong simbahan

Tunay na tunay o diyis

Ika’y tapat

Saan man mapadpad

Mga awit namiy iisa

Saan man mapunta

Ang puso ay iisa

Dahil dito sa.simbahan

Ika’y mas nakilala

At nanuot sa aming puso

Na ang katapatan mo

Ay tapat

Ang katapatan mo ay sapat

May tao man sa simbahan o wala

May mga tao mang naglilingkod o wala

May mga bata mang tumatakbo o wala

Taon taon sa pusot isip

Kahit anong hangin ang umihip

Tapat ka o diyos

Tunay na tapat

Ako ay magpupuri sa inyo, aking Dios at Hari.

Pupurihin ko kayo magpakailanman.

Pupurihin ko kayo araw-araw,

at itoʼy gagawin ko magpakailanman.

Panginoon , kayoʼy makapangyarihan

at karapat-dapat na purihin.

Ang inyong kadakilaan ay hindi kayang unawain.

Panginoon , matuwid kayo sa lahat ng inyong pamamaraan,

at matapat sa lahat ng inyong ginagawa.

Kayoʼy malapit sa lahat ng tapat na tumatawag sa inyo.

Kabilang na ang simbahan mo

Kaya ngayon nagpapasalamat kami sa yo

Dahil ang pagibig mo ay walang hanggan

Life Thoughts (Sermon Series): Jesus Shows How to Witness

John 4:1-42

 

How did Jesus Witness and how should I witness?

 

      1. How did Jesus witness?
        1. Conversation. So binigyan tayo ni Jesus ng napakaganda at effective na example on how to share the gospel. Of course kailangan ng boldness. OF course kailangan ng tapang. Of course kailangang paghandaan. Pero paano ginawa ni Jesus? Siya yung unang nagsalita. Siya yung unang nag-approach. Sa verse 7 ng John chapter 4, sabi don, “…..Jesus said.” So ito yung nangyari ano, yung samaritan woman, nandun lang para umigib. Siguro araw-araw niyang ginagawa yun. Siguro yun yung naka-toka sa kanyang task during that day. And alam ni Jesus yon for sure. At siguro from afar nakita na nya. “ay may dalang water pot si ate. Sakto!” So si Jesus na nakaupo sa may well, sa ilalim ng araw ay syempre nakita din na ateng Samaritan woman. So si Samaritan woman, sabi siguro niya, “ay, may tao. Kukuha din ito ng tubig malamang. Tirik yung araw e.” At doon nagsimula yung conversation….common interest>>>tubig. Pareho silang uhaw. So pareho nilang kailangan yung tubig. Pareho silang andun sa lugar na yun, so for sure pareho din silang kukuha ng tubig.
          1. So ung common need nila during that time at
          2. ung lugar ay ginamit ni Jesus na simula upang siya ay makapag-witness.
            1. It was a small talk. Hindi nag start si Jesus sa common interest ng buhay or goals nila sa buhay. Pero nagsimula siya sa isang maliit na bagay na kailangan nila nung panahong iyon….tubig. Napaka-liit na subject pero yun ang naging springboard ni Jesus to share the gospel to this samaritan woman as we will see later. Kaya sa verse 7 nung sinabi ni Jesus, “give me water.””” boom. Captured attention.
            2. Maganda din siguro tandaan na talagang may reason si Jesus sa pagdayo niya sa Sychar sa Samaria. Hindi yun ang usual na ruta ng mga katulad niyang Hudyo pero dun parin siya dumaan. Kaya nga sabi sa verse 9>>>>
          3. Siguro iniisip mo pag magshshare ka ng gospel… Hala hala. Anong subject paguusapan namin? Anong small talk? Di naman ako uhaw lagi. Pero lagi akong gutom. Pano ako magsisimula mag share ng gospel? Anong una kong sasabihin?
          4. Again, ito isipin natin. They both needed water. At kahit anong urgent need ng tao, gusto niya agad i-address. For example, sabihin nating time yung kailangan. San kayo pumila ng mahaba this week? MRT? SSS? BIR? Bangko? Yung tipong malapit na uminit ulo ng mga tao because they need time. Bilis mag start ng conversations doon diba?
            1. “grabe no ang tagal? Bakit kaya isa lang kahera?”
            2. “malelate na ako. Gusto mo sare nalang tayo sa taxi.”
            3. “dito po ba ung dulo ng pila?”
          5. Boom. Conversation initiated. Diba?
          6. Paano pa yung mas may matinding need? Kulang sa budget? Kailangan ng crying shoulder. Kailangan ng makakakasama. Of course may conversations laging started pag ganon. And this is what Jesus did! Kahit gaano ka-simple yung need, He tried to meet it with His need also during this time….tubig.
          7. And if we talk about the place. Again, sabi ko kanina, sinadya niya yun. So Jesus went to that place intentionally. And then he started a conversation.
            1. For us that’s the best way to evangelize. We go to a place and talk to people.
            2. Or siguro we don’t want to go to a certain place. Pero we can start a conversation in the office. We can start a conversation in school. At kung papansinin natin yung setting kung nasaan si Jesus, pina-alis niya muna yung mga disciples. In v8 sabi>>>>
            3. So maybe magkaraoon ka ng time alone with a friend sa pantry. Or someone na kasama mo lang sa pila somewhere. Start a conversation. Riding an uber? Talk to the driver! Nakatambay sa tindahan? Talk to the tindera! Kung feeling mo lumalim na yung small talk niyo, let me share with 4 simple steps on how to continue a conversation. You just need to remember 4 letters
              1. F – Family
              2. O – occupation
              3. R – Recreation
              4. D – Dreams
            4. And as Jesus went deeper into the conversation with Ateng Samaritan, he kept one thing straight.
        2. Purpose. Jesus had set a purpose at hindi siya sidetracked. Nung lumalim na yung conversation going beyond just the start of the conversation, si ateng Samaritan napansin syempre na Hudyo to e. “Hindi to Samaritano e.” so sa v9 tanong ni ate>>>>
          1. Tapos si Jesus ang sinagot sa v10 ay>>>
          2. Tapos sa 11 and 12 si ate sabi>>>>
          3. Tapos si Jesus sa 13 and 14 sabi>>>
          4. So in essence ginamit ni Jesus na springboard ung conversation nila kanina. Tapos He presented Himself. Sabi ni Jesus kay ate samaritan, “I know what you need!” Jesus presented Himself. He presented the gospel!
          5. You might be thinking. “wow. Intense! Derecho.” yes derecho. Because this was the purpose of Christ. Nung pumunta si Jesus dun at tumambay sa balon, He already has this purpose in mind–to reveal Himself to this Samaritan woman. At sa  conversation nila nag shift yung need from the water (dahil uhaw sila) to the water that will give eternal life. Kaya sabi ni Jesus sa v 14>>>>
          6. Now that is smart! Water is a need. Need. Jesus is what she needs. Water=Jesus. And that is the gospel.
          7. So ate Samaritan continued in v15>>>>
          8. Sabi niya, “give me this water! I need it!” NEEEEEED!
          9. Then v16 sabi ni Jesus>>>>
          10. And sa v17 sabi ni Ate Samaritan, “wala akong asawa.”
          11. At sabi ni Jesus sa v18>>>>
          12. Dito makikita natin how personal Jesus is becoming. Kanina need of the moment lang>>>tubig. But now, Jesus is addressing what ate Samaritan really needs>>>>forgiveness, change….through Him. Pag narealize ng mga tao ang tunay na kailangan nila, sila mismo ang magtatanong, “san ba mahahanap ito? Sino ba ang kailangan ko?”
          13. Kaya in v25 sabi ni ate samaritan>>>
          14. And Jesus revealed Himslef to her in v26>>> ako ang kailangan mo, ako ang tubig, ako ang buhay na walang hanggan. Magandang makita natin dito kung gaano ka-powerful ang presensya ng Diyos. Ano bang sinabi niya “ako ang Mesias.” May sinabi ba siyang magsisi ka sa kasalanan mo? May sinabi ba si Jesus anything about hell? About heaven? About the other sins she has committed? Wala. Jesus just revealed himself. And that is another confidence we can have.
            1. We have to believe that there is power in the name of Jesus.
            2. Kaya sinabi ni Paul sa Philippians, “at the name of Jesus, every knee will bow!” This is the power of the name of Jesus.
          15. So what happened next? Ito yung pinaka-gusto kong part. Matapos sabihin ni Jesus na siya ang Mesias, anong ginawa ni ate Samaritan. V28>>>>
            1. She left her pot…..
            2. Kanina, yun ang purpose niya for going there. Meron siyang immediate need. Water. Pero on discovering who Jesus is, na-realize niya that she needed more than water. She needed Jesus. Nakita natin how Jesus addressed her immediate need. And turned that need into an eternal need. Kanina pangangailangang simple lang. Pero Jesus transformed that need into a need for eternity.
          16. So here is the principle. It all started with a conversation diba?
            1. Focus on people’s needs. Until they realize that what they really need is greater.
      2. Response of the Samaritan Woman
        1. How did she react?
        2. She had a changed attitude. In v19 sabi niya, “Sir I perceive that You are a prophet.”
          1. When she said the word “perceive” in Greek means–realized. She understood. Naintindihan niya na “parang propeta to a.” So dun makikita natin na ung pagtingin niya kay Jesus ay biglang nagbago matapos sabihin ni Jesus lahat ng bagay tungkol sa kanyang mga kabit at pamilya. And then what happened?
          2. She became open. Naging open siya in talking about spiritual things. In fact siya pa ang nagtatanong. In v20 sabi niya>>>>
          3. She remembered the history of her people. Binalikan niya yung kanyang relihiyon. Kasi yun ang alam niya. And alam niyo, para sa ating mga Pilipino, pag nag share ka ng gospel, tayong mga Pilipino are very religious. Alam natin yan. At gaya ni Ate samaritan, yung taong wwitnessan mo, alam mo, magoopen up din yan. Kasi meron tayong religious background. And kapag nag open up na ang taong yun about his or her religion…san ka pa pupunta? Iderecho mo na.
          4. At yun ang nangyari sa narrative natin. She was open. Jesus transformed her need of water to her need of eternal life. At siya na mismo nagsabi sa v25>>>
          5. And that’s where Jesus revealed Himself. So her attitude changed. And how did she react?
        3. Kahit na wala pa siya masyadong alam about the Gospel, umalis siya, and shared the gospel. Sabi sa v28-30>>>
          1. So anong nangyari? Si ate na kaka share lang ni Christ ng gospel, pumunta sa kanyang village at pamilya. Ito si ateng hindi nakapag Bible school, hindi nakapag training, but one thing ang alam natin na meron sya–memorized scripture. Kasi alam niya yung tungkol kay Jacob. Alam niya yung tungkol sa Messiah. Ito natuwa ako nung nakita ko to. Kasi alam niyo po madadali lang ung veses na kailangan natin imemorize just to share the gospel. Now syempre itong example na ito ay galing na sa Samaritan woman.
          2. At lahat ng ito ay galing sa kanyang reaction. And we also see in the passage, that she won her village to Christ without any training. At iniisip ko kung pano niya nagawang simulan yun. At naisip ko din that the answer ay ginawani Jesus–she started a conversation. Maybe she talked first. Maybe she got their attention as well. And she was able to lead them to Christ.
      3. So sa atin ngayon, nakita natin how Jesus set an example, and how the Samaritan woman responded–dun sa kanyang pag respond we also learned something. So let me summarize it for you. Based on their examples, I can share the gospel by
        1. Starting a conversation
          1. The small talk can lead to something deeper
        2. Having a purpose
          1. At yung purpose mo should be to center-in on Christ in that conversation. Gagamitin mo lang ung interest and yung lugar to springboard to Christ
        3. Memorizing verses
          1. Nakita natin ito sa samaritan woman. Alam niya yung Scripture. And maybe yun ang dahilan kung paano din niya na-win sa Panginoon yung buong village at buong family niya. Kailangan maalala natin na wala siyang training, hindi siya nag Bible school. Pero alam niya lang yung mga basic Scripture about the coming of the Messiah. And this shows us what passages we should also memorize to share the gospel to someone.
            1. Jn 3:16
            2. Rom 3:23
            3. Rom 6:23
            4. Etc?
          2. There might be more passages that you think might help. But you don’t need training.
        4. In fact, you have conversations everyday. Diba? You just need to be intentional about the purpose. And back them up with passages that you memorized.
        5. But maybe here you are hearing another preaching on witnessing. Bakit hindi pa rin ginagawa? Kung natatandaan niyo yung huling preaching ko about this, it is fear, always fear na nakakahadlang sa ating pagshshare ng gospel. Because we have barriers.
      4. And according to Bill Bright, may reasons tayo why we don’t witness

 

 

  • According to Bill Bright, the first barrier ay nanggagaling when we first mention the name of Jesus Christ and the value of knowing Him. Kapag yung simpleng conversation nating about politics, showbiz, fashion, or whatever ay napunta sa mga spiritual things, nakalagpas na tayo sa first barrier. Minsan mahirap yan at laging hindi madaling gawin. Talagang iisipin mo kung pano ka makakalagpas dun sa barrier na yon.
  • The second barrier comes when we present the gospel. Ito na! Like the example of Jesus, we should have a purpose in our talk. At ito yung purpose. Syempre may nerbyos ng konti. Pero ito yung focus. Ad we really have to say it and allow the Holy Spirit to work in them.
  • The last barrier, asking the person to receive Christ right now, yan ang pinaka mahirap. And many times ako na-reject na when it comes to that. Lagi nilang sinasabi na hindi pa ready, or aayusin nila sarili nila. But this is the most important step. Until we ask the person to trust Christ as his or her Savior and Lord, our witness is not complete. But sometimes it takes time. Pwedeng iplant muna natin yung seed, and then go back to that conversation some time after. But we still want to ask kung if that person wants to receive Christ in his or her life.

 

Siguro natatakot ka pa rin mag share ng gospel. But I think that the only way to know how to share the gospel is to go and try. It all starts with a conversation. And this is something we always do. So, let’s start a conversation so we can start sharing the gospel so we can start winning people to Christ.

 

Tula: Nasan na Tayo? (On the anniversary of our engagement)

Nasan nga ba tayo?
Nasa isang kawalan na hindi alam ang patungo?
Nasan nga ba tayo?
Lugar? Oras? Panahon?
Nasan nga ba?

Dati’y tingin ko alam ko na.
Dati’y tingin ng mga tao’y siya na
Dati’y papunta na dapat sa isang lugar kung saan lahat ng pangarap ay oras ang basehan at kung saan lahat ng oras ay may kasama na
Dati yon

Hindi pa pala

Lahat pala ng oras ay bumabalik sa mga panahong Ikaw ang kasama
Lahat pala ng oras na aking tatahakin
Ay ka dikit ng oras na iyong ginugol
Oras ko oras mo
Panahon ko panahon mo
Iyon pala ay iisa

Nasan nga ba tayo?
Saan ba tayo papunta?
Dasal ako ng dasal
Ikaw pala na kaytagal
Kaytagal nang kilala
Kaytagal nang kaibigan
Ikaw pala at ako ay magiging isa

Nasan nga ba tayo?
Saan ba tayo pupunta?
Oras mo oras ko
Panahon mo panahon ko
Ngayon ako’y sigurado
Pagkat ang ating pupuntahan
Ay isang lugar
Isang panahon
Isang oras
Isang buhay
Isang bahay
Isang pagibig
Isang pamilya
Isang kinabukasan

Ating simulan
Ating tahakin
Ako’y iyo
At ikaw ay akin

Ako’y iyong pakasalan
At totoo na habang buhay
Ang ating kinabukasan
Ay haharapin ng sabay

 

Life Thoughts (Sermon Series): Church Membership

Happy new year parin! Have you already set your goals for the year? As a church, I think na napaka importante for us to have set vision for this year. And last week, we heard that. Pero sa atin, as members and attenders of this church, we know that it is not an accident that you are here. Alam ko po may ilan sa atin ang nadaanan na ito years ago, pero alam ko din na madami sa atin ang ngayon lang dadaanan ito.

 

CLASS is Christian Life and Service Seminar. And we will be learning about the foundations of our faith. Which I think is very important for us to start the year. So this morning we will start with CLASS 101 – discovering church membership. At dito we tackle some questions na maaaring minsan ay natanong mo sa sarili mo:

  • Why am I here?
    • Sabi ko kanina na hindi aksident na nandito ka. You might be led by someone to go to church, pero I am sure that you were led by God. Bakit ba ako nabubuhay? Para sa iba, bakit ba ako nabubuhay pa rin?
  • What does it mean to be a christian?
    • After kong ma-save, after kong mag-pray with my whole heart to accept Christ as my saviour, what’s next? Anong ibig sabihin non? Babalik ba ako sa dati? Para ba akong pumasok lang sa isang restaurant, kumain, nabusog, umalis at magugutom ulit?
  • What is the purpose of the church?
    • Bakit ba may simbahan? At bakit every week ang meeting? Hindi ba pwedeng once a month? Bakit kami nagkakatahan? Bakit kailangan makinig sa mensahe?
  • What are church ordinances?
    • Especially baptism and communion. Bakit importante ang mga ito? Bakit after ko ma-save kailangan ko ma-baptize? Bakit kami nagcocommunion every first Sunday of the month?

 

Now, lahat po itong mga tanong na ito refers to the foundation of our faith as individuals. Especially kung ikaw ngayong umaga ay bagong Kristyano, at medyo malabo pa rin sayo kung bakit andito ka, ang ating paguusapan ay tatlong bagay lamang na very basic to our faith

  • Creation
    • Bakit ako ginawa? Bakit ako nandito? Pwede bang mawala nalang sa mundo? At alam natin that our difficulties here on earth are because of sin. Which leads us to>>>
  • Salvation
    • Pano tayo naligtas? Sino ang nagligtas? Bakit kailangan tayong iligtas?
  • Church
    • Why is there a pastor? Why are there leaders in the church? Why is there a church? And bakit tayo nagbabaptize, at nagcocommunion, at nagkakantahan sa church? Why do we do these activities?

 

At makikita natin ngayong umaga that the most important event in our life is our salvation. We were saved because there is sin in us, we needed to be saved. This should lead us to gather with fellow believers as we continue to remember the life of Christ. And thus, we go back to discovering our church membership. You cannot become a functioning member of a church kung hindi mo naiintindihan kung bakit ininstitute ng Panginoon ito. And it all goes back to the gospel of Jesus Christ.

 

So why did God create man? Why did God create me?

 

  1. God made me to love me.
    1. Ang Diyos ay napaka-makapangyarihan at napaka-dakila na siya ay hindi mawawalan ng pagmamahal. God’s love is unlimited and everlasting because He is the absolute source of love. And in God’s loving nature, ginawa niya si Adan in His own image. Why? Because He wanted to have this special relationship with man. Sa ating daily devotion, nakita natin that God had this love and affection for Noah, lalo na sa covenant niya kay Noah. He also had love and affection to Abraham, most especially sa covenant niya kay Noah which lasts to this day. God’s love is everlasting. At ilang beses niya sinabi ito, just like in Jeremiah 31:3>>>>
    2. And in his love, ang kanyang mga anak at may relasyon na sa kanya ay pinili niya bago pa man mabuo ang mundo. Eph 1:4-5>>>>
    3. And originally, ang tao ay mayroong perfect na relationship sa Panginoon. At today, kung meron ka nang relasyon sa Panginoon, you are chosen before the world ever began.
  2. God made me to have a relationship with Him.
    1. We are created to ENJOY a personal relationship with God and to manage all of the rest of God’s creation! At tayo lang ang may ganitong task in all creation. Gen 1:27-28>>> just from that passage, makikita natin na maliban sa relasyon ng Diyos sa tao, tayo rin ay under the authority ng Panginoon, maliban pa doon, meron ding binigay na task ang Diyos to take care of the earth.
  3. God made me so I can be purposeful
    1. Hindi lang tayo ginawa ng Diyos para mahalin niya at para magka-relationship sa Kanya pero ginawa din tayo ng Diyos para maging functioning person for His kingdom. And original na design ni Adam is to have dominion over the earth kagaya ng nabasa natin kanina. So ang isang tao, merong general na purpose which is to glorify God because we are under His authority at meron ding specific purpose na ikaw lang ang makakagawa sa buong mundo.
    2. Eph 2:10
    3. Col 1:16
      1. At babalik pa rin lahat sa Diyos. We were created for Him. Kahit yung purpose natin sa mundo is for the kingdom of God. At sa isang perpektong mundo, if we discover our purpose, kagaya ng sabi ng Diyos kay adan at eba, everything will be perfect. Pero may problema::: Man has a natural desire to be boss and to ignore God’s purpose for living.

 

This is called: SIN

 

In the beginning, ang Diyos already instilled His purposes in man. At alam natin na ang tunay na kasiyahan sa buhay ay mahahanap natin kapag ginawa natin ang layunin ng Diyos sa ating buhay. Pero bilang tao na may kasalanan, patuloy nating tinatanggihan itong purpose na ito at patuloy na hinahanap pa rin natin ito sa ibang bagay at ibang tao. Kaya si Paul nagpatotoo sa Rom. 1:20-24

 

And because of sin, yung dating perfect na relasyon ng Diyos sa tao ay nasira. At dahil nasira yung relasyon ng tao sa Diyos, natakot ang tao sa Diyos at piniling mamuhay sa labas ng kanyang layunin para sa tao. At dahil namumuhay ang tao sa labas ng layunin ng Diyos, anong nangyayari? Greed. Ang iniisip ng tao ay kanyang sarili lamang. Kaya maraming sirang mga pamilya, sirang mga relasyon, paghihirap, galit, dahil maksalanan ang tao.

 

Ang kasalanan na yan ay nasa ating lahat: Ps. 14:1-3

 

At dahil sa kasalanan walang makakalapit sa Diyos na banal: Rom 3:23

 

And that is when God gave the solution through salvation in Jesus christ. John 14:6>>>

 

Jesus has already taken care of your sin problem! Rom.6:23>>>>

 

God did this for us because He loves us and wants us to know Him. Rom.5:8; 1Tim.2:5>>> at kaya hindi po tayo magsasawa sa kakapuri at kakapreach tungkol kay Hesu Kristo dahil mahal niya tayo kahit may kasalanan pa tayo sa ating buhay, at siya mismo ang gumawa ng paraan para mapalapit tayo sa Ama. Kaya ang ibig sabihin niyan ay kahit anong gawin nating pagdadasal, pagsisimba, kahit gaano ka-perfect ang daily devotion natin, hindi yon ang dahilan ng ating pagpunta sa langit, kundi ang ginawa lamang ni Kristo para sayo at para sa akin.

 

God has already done His part to restore our relationship to Him. He took the initiative. Now He

waits for each of us to individually accept what He has done for us. Babalik pa rin yan sa ating makasalanang pagkatao. Dahil gusto natin na tayo ang ang gagawa ng paraan at tayo ang magiging dahilan ng ating pagpunta sa langit. Pero, hindi. Ito ay tanging kay Hesus lamang.

 

Sabi ni Charles Spurgeon:

The greatest enemy to human souls is the self-righteous spirit which makes men look to themselves for salvation.

 

At totoo yan. Lahat tayo bago dumating sa simbahang ito, naghahanap ng kasiyahan sa ibang bagay–sa ari-arian, sa drugs, sa pera at pagpapayaman, at sa iba pang materyal na bagay. Ngunit sabi sa Bibliya na ang daan patungo sa Diyos, na may alam ng ating pangunahing layunin sa mundo ay kay Hesu Kristo lamang.

 

What does God want me to do?

  1. Recognize my sin
    1. We cannot be saved if we don’t know that we need to be saved. Paano natin matatanggap na niligtas tayo ng Diyos kung unang una palang ay hindi mo na inaamin sa sarili mo na kailangan mong maligtas mula sa kasalanan mo? We need to recognize that we are sinners. And according to the bible, we need to recognize that because of our sin, we will spend eternity away from God in hell when we die.
  2. Believe in Christ’s saving power
    1. After recognizing our need to be saved, we need to recognize that Jesus Christ has already made salvation available for those who believe. In other words, kailangan tanggapin natin ni si Jesus ay namatay  at nabuhay na para sa iyo, e ikaw naman dapat ang nagbayad ng kasalanan mo. And the bible says that we cannot earn our salvation. Ang kaligtasan ay dahil lamang kay Hesu Kristo. Eph 2:8-9>>> kaibigan, naka ngayong umaga nangunugsap sayo ang Panginoon. At sinasabi niya sa pamamagitan ng mensahe ngayong umaga, na may kasalanan ka. At marahil, lahat ng pangit at masakit na bagay na pinagdadaanan mo ngayon ay dahil sa kasalanan ng tao. Lahat tayo dito ay makasalanan, at tanging si Hesus lamang ang makakapag-ligtas sa iyo mula sa kasalanan. Tapos na. Tapos na ang ating kaligtasan noong namatay si Hesus sa krus ng kalbaryo at muling nabuhay matapos ng tatlong araw. Siya lamang ang makakapagligtas sayo. Kaya kung nandito ka ngayong umaga, at nangusap sa iyo ang Panginoon, maaari kang magtiwala sa kanya bilang iyong tagapagligtas. PRAY>>>>>>

 

Kung ikaw ngayon ay nag-pray bilang iyong pagtiwala sa Diyos, you are now part of God’s family. At mga kapatid, this is the foundation of the christian church–it is the gospel of Jesus Christ. After being saved, you cannot fight life alone. Pag nagsshare tayo ng gospel sa mga tao, pinapasaok natin sila sa isang spiritual battle, dahil nirecognize mo na makasalanan ka. So ibig sabihin, nung naniwala ka ni si Hesus ang magliligtas sayo mula sa kasalanan, meron ka ding pag-nanais na talikuran ito. At sa totoo lang, hindi mo kayang gawin yun mag isa. Isa lamang yan sa importance ng pagkakaroon ng isang simbahan. Kaya very important na parte ka ng isang small group. Importante na every Sunday nandito ka. Alam ko may iba sa atin, never complete ang Sunday kung hindi makakapunta ng church.

 

But why is there a church?

 

It is because of 2 things: The great commandment, and the great commission

 

The great commandment – Mt. 22:36 – 40

The great commission – mt 28:19 – 20

 

These 2 passages teach us to love God, and love others. The church is God’s embassy here on earth. Kung gusto natin ipalaganap ang pangalan ng Panginoon sa mundo, that is through the church. If we want to connect with other believers, that is through the church. If we want to know more about God, that is through the church. At ang church ay hindi itong building na ito kung nasan tayo, kundi tayong mga tao na nag-aattend ng church. Sabi ni Bill Hybels:

 

Church is what you do. Church is who you are. Church is the human outworking of the person of Jesus Christ. Let’s not go to Church, let’s be the Church.

Bill Hybels

 

At ito ang pinaka-thrust ng ating message today, why should you be a member of a local church. Kung naiitindihan na natin ang foundation ng ating faith at ng ating church which is Jesus Christ, it is up to us to do the great commandment and the great commission through the church.

 

The Church Exists:

  1. To celebrate God’s presence (worship)

That’s why we sing praises to God. That’s why there’s music which in the Bible was used to gather people as well. That’s why we give our tithes and offerings. That’s why prayer is always a part of our Sunday program. We celebrate His presence in our lives, at sa isang corporate setting like this morning, we celebrate His presence in this church.

  1. To incorporate God’s people into God’s family (fellowship)
    1. Kaya nag-iinvite tayo ng mga tao to go to church. Kaya importante din na after natin mashare-an ng gospel ang isang tao, na may church siyang pupuntahan, dito man o sa ibang church.
  2. To educate God’s people (discipleship)
    1. Kaya meron tayo nito ngayon. Para sa ibang hindi mananampalataya, this looks like a lecture sa isang class. But true enough, it is a lecture on how God wants us to live. We need to learn how God wants us to live. Kaya may mga inaatendan tayong mga seminar at workshop to further educate us on the Bible. So in turn, these people will be the ones to carry out God’s word in the world.
  3. To demonstrate God’s love (ministry)
    1. Another primary thrust of the church is showing God’s heart here on earth through ministry. 1jn 3:16-17
    2. Ginagawa natin ito through our medical mission, our visitation, sa ating mga cell group we pray for each other. The church is God’s heart here on earth. Kaya part of being in the church is showing compassion to people. You cannot love God, if you don’t love other people. That is part of the mandate of the church.
  4. To communicate God’s Word (evangelism)
    1. We evangelize to the world through the church. Every 2 months we have a mission Sunday headed by the SPIN. Kung ang Diyos came to seek and save the lost, what is the church for? What are we doing as a church? We need to continue what Christ has started. Rom 10:13 – 14>>>

 

This is our church. This is the body of Christ. This is God’s heart here on earth. And the church also reminds us of the foundation of what we believe in. Lagi pag nag chuchurch tayo, we are reminded of what Christ has done. That’s why the church is instructed to do 2 things: to baptize, and to partake of the Lord’s supper.

 

Baptism is one’s public proclamation that he is now a disciple of Christ. Kung natatandaan niyo kanina yung dalawang reasons kung bakit may church — the great commandment and the great commission– the church is mandated to make disciples and BAPTIZE. That’s in Matt 28:19. so baptism is one of the main ordinances of the church.

 

Pano ginagawa yan? Nilulubog sa tubig. Kanino ginagawa yan? Sa isang taong malinaw nang naniwala na niligtas siya ng Diyos mula sa kasalanan. This illustrates Christ’s burial and resurrection. I-emphasize natin na hindi ito ang paraan ng pagligtas ng Diyos, pero isang ordinansa ng simbahan para maihatid sa lahat ang balita na ikaw ay naniniwala na sa Diyos bilang iyong tagapagligtas. It is a public mark na ikaw ay is nang Kristyano.

 

The Lord’s supper o tinatawag nating communion every first Sunday ng buwan. It is a reminder of Christ’s death and resurrection as we drink of the wine(grape juice) and the bread. It is a symbol and a statement from us, the church, that we want to have fellowship with Christ as we recognize his death and resurrection. Sino ang magpapartake nito? Anyone who is already a believer. Again, kagaya ng baptism, this is an ordinance of the church to remind us of the foundation of our faith and the church – Christ’s death and resurrection.

 

And more than anything, nandito tayo sa church para patuloy nating maalala at matutunan pa kung ano ang ginawa sa atin ni Hesu Kristo. Kaya ngayong umaga, gusto kong ichallenge kayong lahat. Saan ba ako mag chuchurch? San ba ako papamember? San ba ako magbebelong? Mga kapatid, belong to a church that preaches Christ. He is the foundation of the church and our faith. Kapag solid ka at ang isang church sa Panginoon, it will never be shaken.

 

Let me end with this quote from bill hybels:

 

Nothing on earth has greater potential to change lives and carry out His kingdom work in your community, than your local church.

Bill Hybels

 

So mga kapatid, be part of the church!

 

 

 

 

Life Thoughts (Sermon Series): The Power of the Tithe

2 Cor 9:6-11

 

Today, for the first time in my life, I will preach about tithing. Ilang buwan na tayong nakikinig sa pagiging steward ng ating katawan, ng ating time, ng ating resources. At ito lang naman po ang napaka-simpleng tanong: nasan na yung ikapu ng kinita mo?

 

Pagkatapos ng preaching ko ngayon, sana ito lang ang tandaan natin lahat:

 

My Tithe is Not Mine!

 

And that will be our main principle, dahil yun nga naman ang totoo, hindi sa atin ang 10% ng kung anumang meron tayo. Yung 100k na kinita mo for 5 months, hindi sayo lahat yon. Ung 1000 na kinita mo dahil sa pagbenta mo ng mga produkto mo, ung 100 don hindi talaga sayo. Sa Panginoon yon.

 

So My Tithe is not mine!

 

But Where is Your Tithe?

 

Ay iniingatan ko.

Tinatago ko.

Ininvest ko na.

Pinangbili ko ng Bible.

Pinambili ko ng pangkain namin.

 

Hindi sayo yan! Bakit mo ginalaw?

 

Ang tawag sa pag sabi na “ibibigay ko sayo” pero hindi binigay ay ESTAFA. Pwede kang kasuhan ni Lord ng Estafa kasi sa kanya yan, hindi sayo.

 

So Where is your tithe?

At Bakit hindi mo binibigay?

 

 

Sa US, in 2001, Barna Research revealed some significant trends in giving:

  • Compared to 1999, the mean per capita donation to churches dropped by 19 percent in 2000.
  • Among born-again adults, there was a 44 percent rise in those who gave nothing.
  • The number of donors to any nonprofit or church organization declined by 7 percent.
  • Four out of every ten adults gave nothing to churches . . . a rise of 15 percent among those refusing to support churches.
  • One-third of born-again adults said they gave tithe in

2000, but a comparison of their giving versus their household income revealed that only one out of eight actually did.

 

“”Americans who earn less than $10,000 gave 2.3 percent of their income to religious organizations,” Smith, Emerson, and Snell write, “whereas those who earn $70,000 or more gave only 1.2 percent.” While the actual percentages are slightly higher for Christians who regularly attend church, the pattern is similar. Households of committed Christians making less than $12,500 per year give away roughly 7 percent of their income, a figure no other income bracket beats until incomes rise above $90,000 (they give away 8.8 percent).

 

In fact, in absolute terms, the poorest Christians give away more dollars than all but the wealthiest Christians.”

 

Alam natin itong story na ito. Mark 12:41-44

 

And according to tithing.com: Widows and widowers are some of the biggest tithers, with 17.6% giving 10% or more of their income to the church, compared to 8.6% of non-widowed people.

 

Ang pagbibigay ng ating ikapu at pagbibigay ng higit pa sa ating ikapu ay hindi na natin nappractice sa church. Kaya sabi ng iba, madaming selfish Christians kasi hindi nagbibigay, kasi nagsimula sa church na hindi nagbibigay ng nararapat para sa Panginoon.

 

At tayo ay naririto ngayon upang makinig sa isa nanamang preaching about tithing.

 

What does the Bible really teach about tithing?

In Leviticus 27:30, sinabihan ng Panginoon ang mga Israelita kung ano ang gagawin sa kanilang mga ari-arian. Maganda po na matandaan natin na galing silang Egipto at walang mga pagmamay aring lupa. At noong nakarating na sila ng sa Israel, ang promised land, minarapat ng Diyos na bigyan sila ng bata ukol sa kanilang mga pagmamay-ari.::::::::

 

Very important yung tithing. At sa atin ngayon minsan tinatawag na natin na tithing kahit anong action ng pagbigay. Kung ang ibibigay natin ay piso lang sa 100 pesos na kinita natin, tawag pa rin natin dun tithe, kahit hindi naman talaga 10% yun ng kinita natin. So lahat ng may kinalaman sa pagbibigay ng pera we erroneously call–tithing. Which in fact hindi naman talaga. We can call anything below 10% as DONATION. And anything above our 10% as OFFERING. But our tithe is 10%. Ayaw naman natin maging legalistic na ijujudge namin kayo kung hindi kayo magbigay sa Panginoon, pero the 10% belongs to God dahil my tithe is not mine.

 

The Israelites were warned that to present to their Creator anything less than the full 10 percent was to “rob God,” since the first 10 percent belonged to him, not them:

Malachi 3:8-10

 

At alam niyo ba, na hindi lang isang tithe ang meron sila, hindi din dalawa, kundi tatlong tithe ang commanded sa kanila ng Panginoon

 

Three Tithes of Israel

  1. Tithe for priests and Levites Numbers 18:21, 24
  2. Tithe for a sacred festival Deut. 12:17-18; 14:23
  3. Tithe for Orphans, Widows and poor Deut 14:28-29; 26:12-13

 

Tithe 1 and 2 are forever. And then number 3 is collected every 3rd year. So every year they actually give to the Lord roughly 23% of what they earn. Which is less than what we pay sa taxes natin. So the practice of tithing is stated by God in the Old Testament. And histroy will indicate that the Egyptians, Chaldeans, Assyrians all tithed to their gods.

 

Who is your God?

 

And we get here the value of tithing. In Deut 14:23::::NIV

 

We tithe so that we may learn to revere God always.

 

  1. Tithing is intended to train people to put God first in their lives.
    1. Before you even spend, naka-laan na ba ang dapat ay sa Panginoon? Tandaan natin, our tithe is not ours.

 

Who is your God?

 

  1. Tithing reminds us that all we are and all we have is from God.
    1. Ang pagtitithe ay nagbibigay sa atin ng perspective. Bakit mas nag dedepend tayo sa Panginoon.
    2. Real talk lang no. Ang hirap mag tithe. Pinag-hirapan ko yung perang yan, may renta ako sa bahay, mahal ng bigas at gasolina ngayon, tapos nagbabayad pa tuition kasi June na. Wala nang space para sa tithe. Gamitin ko nalang, will din nama siguro ni Lord na mabuhay ako ng maayos diba? Ang tanong, nung hindi ka nagtitithe, maganda nga ba buhay mo? Nung nagtitithe ka, kumusta buhay mo?

 

At meron tayo laging ganitong mentality hindi ba? Ayoko mag tithe. Kaya naman ng church. Kaya naman nila pastor. Madami pa akong kailangan. Mas madami pa akong kailangan hindi lang nila alam. And yes, most of the time we say::

 

Ayoko mag tithe, dahil:

  1. Tithing is legalism
    1. Pinipilit niyo kami mag tithe. Jinujudge niyo kami pag kulang o hindi kami nagtitithe. Para kayong yung church malapit dito na puti, talagang nagchecheck ng tithe ng mga tao. Legalism yan. Wag ka masyado dogmatic.
    2. Ito siguro ang baguhin nating perspective about giving back to the Lord. What can you give that He has not given?
    3. May ibang nagtuturo that Tithing is taught in the age of law which is the Old Testament, at tayo ngayon na nasa New Testament church, we live in the the age of grace. And Jesus Christ is the fulfillment of the law that’s why the law has no more effect on us. In fact sa New Testament, the word tithing is only used once by Jesus in Mark 12, the passage na binasa natin kanina. But the rest of the passages in the NT speak about giving not really tithing. In the Old testament they were required by law, but now Jesus saved us by His grace. Kaya if you are saved by Grace through faith, you should also give.
    4. The old hymn says, Jesus paid it all, all to Him I owe
  2. May mga babayaran pa akong utang
    1. Ito ang magandang I consider. Bakit ka nga ba may utang? Si Lord ba may kagagawan niyan? Hindi ba sa Diyos ka talaga unang may utang? Hindi ba utang din ang tithe mo dahil nasa iyo pa e.
    2. If we obey God, he will help us pay our debts. Tutulungan niya tayo na maghanap ng paraan. Minsan sa pagbalik natin ng ating kaloob sa Panginoon, ano ba nangyayari? Nagiging clear ang lahat. Magugulat ka nalang ung nilagay mo sa offering basket, aba bumalik sayo x2 right after service.
    3. Mga kapatid ito lang yon: Do not rob God to pay men! Our priority is to please God first.
  3. Magttithe din ako, pero slowly
    1. Anong slowly? Para kang pumunta ng 7-11 at sinabi mo sa sarili mo, isang kitkat lang, hindi ko babayaran pero bibili ako tatlo. Robbing parin ang tawag don! And again if we don’t give what is God’s, we rob Him.
  4. Hindi ko afford mag tithe
    1. Of course you can tithe! Will ng Panginoon na ibalik mo sa kanya ang pagmamay ari niya. And he promises to provide for all your needs according to his riches in glory.
    2. In fact, You are safer living less inside God’s will than living on more outside of it.
    3. Kung hawak hawak pa rin natin yang tithe na yan, we cannot keep what belongs to God. Kung hindi natin ibigay yan, mawawala yan dahil sa kagagawan ng demonyo or talagang mawawala nalang yan. Ibibigay nalang dapat natin sa Panginoon, nawala pa.
    4. Kung iniisip mo ang laki naman ng tithe ko, may solusyon ako! Bawasan natin yung kinikita mo para lumiit din tithe mo. Ok ba yon?
    5. Luke 6:38 says:::::
    6. The passage tells us that when we give,
      1. Pressed down – more space
      2. Shaken together – moving and very active
      3. Running over – like a liquid, overflowing
    7. According to Randy Alcorn

If we pay our debt to God first, then we will incur his blessing to help us pay our debts to men. But when we rob God to pay men, we rob ourselves of God’s blessing and thereby dig a deeper hole.

 

Kaya mga kapatid, we should tithe

 

I should tithe because:

  1. My tithe is not mine
    1. At ilang beses na natin nasabi yan. Our tithe belongs to God. If we don’t give it, we rob God. Isang bagay na ayaw na ayaw ko sa pagttrabaho–delayed na sweldo. Ok pa sa akin yung alam kong wala, pero yung dapat sa araw na ito meron na, pero wala pa, nakakainis yon. Kung tayo naiinis sa ganon, can you just imagine what God feels if we delay naman our tithe. And ako Im guilty of this dahil paiba iba din income ko every month, minsan sinasabi ko ipunin ko ba muna or hindi. But we have to give to the Lord. The Israelites were taught to give the first fruits of their harvest to the Lord. As Christians, we should also give the first fruits of our harvest to God. Hindi atin ang 10%.
  2. It increases my sense of commitment
    1. Around the 70s to 80s, hindi required sa mga kotse ang mag seatbelt. Dumating yung time na narequire yan. Everytime naman na may nirerequire ang batas natin na something, we complain, pero nagaadapt din. Pero imagine kung hindi na irequire ang seatbelt, diba magsseatbelt ka parin? There may be some of you here who might disagree with what I said about tithing and giving kanina, but it is practical, madali din ituro na magbalik ng pagmamay-ari ng Panginoon. And yes, it increases our commitment sa Panginoon. Because in one way or another, Im sure nakita na din natin ang blessing of tithing. Hindi ba?
  3. God has given me so much more
    1. Again, what can we give that He has not given? What can we have that is not already His? Jesus Christ died for you. Isang taong makasalanan. Romans 5:8:::::
    2. At kung tutuusin pagmamay-ari ng Panginoon hindi lang 10% kundi ang kabuuan ng pagkatao at lahat ng meron tayo. Why not give back? Why not give more? Why not give out of your love for God?
    3. Mas masarap magbigay sa anak mo, sa kaibigan mo, sa mga magulang mo dahil mahal mo sila. And if you love someone, you will give. And if you love God you will give as well.
    4.  In the abundance of God’s love for us, we should also be in abundance of giving to Him, sometimes more than 10% of what we earn.

 

“Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” 2 Cor. 9:6-8

Sinasabi ni Paul dito, na ikaw ang mag desisyon kung anong ibigay mo sa Panginoon maliban pa sa tithe mo yan. At ang pinaka magandang tanong at challenge ngayong umaga: what should I give to Him?

 

  1. You get back what you give v 6
  2. You decide what to give v7
  3. If you give, God will abundantly give v8

 

My Tithe is Not Mine!

 

Let me end today with a story

JOHN D. ROCKEFELLER – THE FIRST BILLIONAIRE: The very first person to reach the status of billionaire was a man who knew how to set goals and follow through. At the age of 23, he had become a millionaire, by the age of 50 a billionaire. Every decision, attitude, and relationship was tailored to create his personal power and wealth. But three years later at the age of 53 he became ill.  His entire body became racked with pain and he lost all the hair on his head. In complete agony, the world’s only billionaire could buy anything he wanted, but he could only digest milk and crackers. An associate wrote, “He could not sleep, would not smile and nothing in life meant anything to him.” His personal, highly skilled physicians predicted he would die within a year.  That year passed agonizingly slow. As he approached death he awoke one morning with the vague remembrances of a dream. He could barely recall the dream but knew it had something to do with not being able to take any of his successes with him into the next world. The man who could control the business world suddenly realized he was not in in control of his own life. He was left with a choice.  He called his attorneys, accountants, and managers and announced that he wanted to channel his assets to hospitals, research, and mission work. On that day John D. Rockefeller established his foundation. This new direction eventually led to the discovery of penicillin, cures for current strains of malaria, tuberculosis and diphtheria. The list of discoveries resulting from his choice is enormous.  But perhaps the most amazing part of Rockefeller’s story is that the moment he began to give back a portion of all that he had earned, his body’s chemistry was altered so significantly that he got better. It looked as if he would die at 53 but he lived to be 98.  Rockefeller learned gratitude and gave back from his wealth. Doing so made him whole. It is one thing to be healed it is another to be made whole.

 

Tithing isn’t the ceiling of giving; it’s the floor. It’s not the finish line of giving; it’s just the starting blocks. Alcorn

The power of the tithe is power from God to

Life Thoughts (Sermon Series): Devotion and Prayer

Nakakatamad ba mag devotion?

 

Alam mo yun hindi mo na nga ma-balance yung oras mo sa school at sa trabaho at sa pamilya na din. Uuwi ka ng pagod na pagod. Gigising ka ng napaka-aga dahil sa labas palang ng bahay niyo traffic na. Papuntang banyo palang traffic na din. Pero, prayer life mo sa tingin mo maganda. Turo sa atin lagi to pray na A-adoration, C-confession, T-thanksgiving, at last yung S-supplication. Pero ikaw S lang lagi. So, wala kang time magbasa ng Bible, wala kang time mag devotion. Pero pag prayer na, consistent. Lalo pag katapusan na.—Lord, please provide. Lord, please help. Lord, paluwangin niyo traffic. Lord, sana hindi dumating yung maniningil. Puro request tayo sa Panginoon. Tayo yung laging nagsasalita. Tayo yung laging focus ng ating buhay when in fact, tayo ay nabubuhay para siya ang focus. Kaya siguro hindi tayo laging #blessed dahil hindi tayo nagfofocus dun sa dapat na focus ng ating #devotion–ang Panginoon. Ang nangyayari ay kapag devotion time, dinedevote mo ang sarili mo sa sarili mo at hindi sa Panginoon.

 

So tanong ko ulit: nakakatamad ba mag devotion?

 

Or pwede nating palitan: nakakatamad ba maging Kristyano?

 

Siguro iniisip mo, oo. Nakakatamad. Biro mo kailangan ko magbasa. Dami ko nang binabasa, tapos magbabasa ulit ako ng Bible. Pagod na pagod na ako, kaya pag uwi tulog na lang. kausap ko naman lagi si Lord, kasi alam naman na niya nasa puso ko. Kaya hindi ko naman siguro kailangan mag pray.

 

At ngayong umaga, yang dalawang aspeto ng buhay Kristyano ang ating paguusapan–daily devotion o pagbabasa ng Bible, pag intindi, pag alam kung anong ibig sabihin at pag alam kung pano ma-aapply sa buhay–at pag darasal.

 

And both prayer and Bible reading involves a common thing. The use of words. Naiintindihan niyo akong lahat ngayon because of the use of words. Naririnig niyo ako. Ako naman nagsasalita through words na natutunan natin sa paaralan at sa mga pamilya natin habang lumalaki. We worship God through words in song kagaya kanina. We evangelize through words. We came to know Christ by hearing words. And in words, the Bible came to us. We as humans, came to the world by the word from God. God spoke a word, the world was created. Our salvation is the word that became flesh.–Jesus Christ.

 

John 1:1 says

 

Romans 10:17

 

Jn 6:63

 

Heb 4:12

 

Ps 119:105

 

Jn 17:17

 

At napakarami pang verses sa Bible which only talk about the word. As in salita. At binibigyan tayo ng malinaw na ideya ng Bibliya tungkol sa kahalagahan ng salita. In God, there is no word empty or void. Lahat ng sabihin ng Diyos ay may halaga. Lahat ng sabihin ng Diyos ay may laman. Na-experience ko to na totoo nung nag aral na ako sa Bible School. Dati pag nagbabasa ng passage, dere-derecho lang. Pero dahil sa kaalaman sa original language ng Bible, sa grammar, Greek man o English, sa konteksto nung passage, lumalalim ang ibig sabihin ng iisang verse lang. Hinding-hindi ko makakalimutan yung una naming exercise sa isa kong class. John 3:16:::: give 25 things you have observed. Pag umabot ng 40, perfect score. So ako naman si mr. achiever. Of course may lesson pa non about the techniques, and after that nagulat ako kasi umabot kaming lahat ng 40+. At kung sa Diyos there is no word empty or void, that made me believe na lahat ng aspeto ng buhay ay naka-saad talaga sa Bibliya. At kung gulong-gulo ka pa rin kung nasan na ang buhay mo, kapatid baka hindi mo binabasa ang Bibliya. At kung binabasa mo, baka kailangan aralin mo pa. Siguro minsan sa buhay mo, nasabi mo na na hindi mo naiintindihan ang Diyos. Alam mo, nagpaintindi na sya sayo. Ang kagustuhan ng Diyos ay makikita sa salita nya. Meron ka ba? Kung meron ka binabasa mo ba? Kinakausap mo din ba ang Diyos? Nagpapasalamat ka ba? Or puro request lang?

 

Kailangan natin magbasa ng Bibliya, at ngayon mas pinalalim pa natin. Kailangan natin mag daily devotion. We are talking about Bible and prayer this morning. Very simple lang ang message natin. Magbibigay po ako ilang rason kung bakit kailangan natin mag devotion at mag pray.

 

  1. Reading the Bible shows us God’s character. The Bible is our definitive source for the answers to our questions about God.

 

Pumapayag ba ang Panginoon sa homosexuality? Ok lang kaya na maging girlfriend or boyfriend ko ay hindi Kristyano? The Bible has that answer. Kung tingin mo pinabayaan ka ng Diyos, kung tingin mo ay hindi sinasagot ng Panginoon mga dalangin mo, read the Bible. Because it shows us who God is. And the more we know who God is, the more we have confidence on what He can do. And we can know Him in truth through His Word.

 

Sabi sa 2 Cor 3:17-4:4

 

What are these characteristics of God? Just a few:

  1. Infinite – he is not limited by anything
  2. Self-existent – walang gumawa sa kanya. He exists within himself not for anyone
  3. Holy – that’s opposite  of sinfulness. God is holy kaya hindi siya pwedeng haluan ng kasalanan. Hindi pwedeng ilapit sa kanya ang kasalanan
  4. Immutable – non changing. Kung ano sinabi niya generations ago sa Bible, is still what he says now.

 

At napakarami pang ibang characteristics ang Panginoon that are in the Bible. Minsan kahit isang simpleng verse contains who God is only if we read it deeper.

 

  1. Reading the Bible teaches us to imitate God.

Ephesians 5:1 says

 

And peter said in 1 pet 2:2

 

So bilang Kristyano ang ating paglago ay pagiging gaya ni Kristo. At pano natin malalaman kung pano mag behave ang Panginoon in certain situation in our lives? By reading it from His word.

 

  1. Reading the Bible helps us discover our next step.

Psalm 119:105

Ps 119:130

Pr 6:23

 

Sing bridge of Desert song

 

Kung nasa state ka ng buhay mo kung saan hindi mo alam kung ano yung next step or kung tama ba yung step na tinake mo, there is comfort in reading God’s Word. Just imagine nag ppray ka. LORD WHERE? LORD WHY? LORD HOW? And then one precious evening, sa gitna ng mga pangalan sa 1 Chronicles, may isang maiksing passage, may isanga prinsipyo that spoke to you. And you learned to wait more on God. So what is the next step for me? Maybe you’re asking God. Read the word. Do your devotion.

 

  1. Reading the Bible keeps us from sin.

Psalm 119:11

Ps 37:31

 

The more we dwell on His Word, the less we sin. Why? Because of numbers 1 to 3. We know more who God is. Alam natin na ung dating parang wala lang sa atin ay kasalanan pala according to His word. Siguro kayo mismo na-eexperience niyo to. Kasi minsan kumpleto kayo sa pagbabasa ng Bible sa devotion. Nasa spiritual high kayo, you would not want to sin. Of course hindi ka perfect so you will still sin. Pero because you are so filled with the spirit through reading and studying His word, hinahanap hanap mo yung time mo with God at hindi mo na hinahanap-hanap yung kasalanan.

 

 

  1. Reading the Bible is how we learn about the gospel.

John 5:39-40

 

Sinasabi ni Jesus dito sa passage na ito, kayong mga Hudyong naghuhusga sa akin, naghahanap kayo ng kaligtasan, alam na alam niyo ung mga prophecy, pero ako yung sinasabi ng mga prophecy na yon. During their time, mas naunang nalaman ng mga Hudyo na may darating. Tayo ngayon mas nauna nating nalaman yung dumatin–which is Jesus. The center of the gospel is Jesus. The gospel is Jesus. At hindi natin malalaman na kailangan pala natin yung gospel, na kailangan pala natin maligtas kung hindi natin alam from the Bible. For all have sinned. After death, judgement. Sin brought us to the point of death. But Christ brings us to the point of righteousness and life. May ilang beses ko na din prineach ito. We cannot know the gospel, we cannot share the gospel if we do not know where it is from. At very important that we read and study the Bible para malaman natin ang salvation na galing sa Panginoon.

 

  1. Reading the Bible gives us courage.

Joshua 1:6:8

 

This is a passage na very familiar to us ngayon esepecially nung sinimulan natin ang ating daily devotion. And God was speaking to Joshua here. Si Moses na siya dapat magllead sa Israelites to the promised land, was taken by the Lord. So si Joshua had to step up. Syempre bata. Syempre takot. I can relate to him very much simula last year. Nagkaroon ako ng responsibilidad dito sa church. And ang sabi nga ng Panginoon, do what the law says. Do what I told Moses. Gawin mo yung sinasabi ng aking salita. Ano nga ba sabi ni Lord?

  1. Have courage
  2. Do the word carefully
  3. Do not twist the word

 

Which makes us believe today that if we follow the Bible, we can have courage. And if we twist what the Bible says, we live in fear. Kaya we also have to be careful kasi baka kung san-san tayo naniniwala. Hindi porket galing sa Bible yung verse ay tama. Madaming naglipanang mga sikat ng preacher sa US na im sure pinapakinggan niyo sa youtube and facebook. Naiinsipire kayo, pero mali mali naman sinasabi. Magiingat tayo don.

 

  1. Reading the Bible helps us to be fruitful.

Ps 1:2-3

 

This psalm na siguro ay nabasa niyo 2 weeks ago sa ating daily devotion, speaks about a person who does not just read, but also meditates on the word day and night. Anong sabi?

  1. You will be firm
    1. Kahit anong bagyo ang dumaan sayo, kahit anong pagsubok, if you are firm in the word of God, you are firm. Magiging ok ka.
  2. You will prosper
    1. Mamumunga ka. The more we are immersed in the word the more we are filled with the spirit. And it also says that in whatever you do, you will prosper. Naka encounter na ba kayo ng tao na alam mong spirit filled. Alam mong nagbabasa at nagppray, diba kalmado siya most of the time? Diba parang totoo na kahit anong gawin niya, parang ang galing niya? And this is true. And this is from meditating on God;s word

 

Wag natin idisregard ang Bible. Sabi ni John Stott:

 

Christians who neglect the Bible simply do not mature.

John Stott

 

 

So ito ay 7 reasons for you to read the Bible. Hindi lang read ha. Meditate also. We encourage you also to write and share your devotions to others. Ngayon, I also give you reasons to pray. Pero una, why do we pray? Sabi sa Bible that God knows our thoughts from far away. So why do we need to pray? Merong something sa prayer that gives us assurance of God’s existence diba? Pero meron tayo laging danger in prayer. Im sure nagpray na kayo minsan sa isang araw na puro hingi lang. Lord, bigyan niyo ko tv. Lord, bigyan niyo ko bahay. Lord, bigyan niyo ko sobrang gandang mapapangasawa. Puro request. Kasi minsan ginagagawa nating grocery shopping ang prayer.

 

Honestbee:::::

 

Prayer is not grocery shopping. Prayer is talking to God. Plainly just speaking, not just asking. And we are taught in the word and the example of Jesus the importance of prayer. Si Jesus ang nagsabi ng Lord’s prayer. He prayed in the garden of Gethsemane. He prayed habang naka-pako sa cross. So it is important. And here we have 7 reasons to pray

 

 

Seven Reasons to Pray

  1. Builds Our Relationship with Jesus
    1. Ps 145:18
    2. Isipin natin yung taong pinaka-malapit sa atin. BFF, asawa, bestfriend,,,,,we talk. Naguusap tayo at minsan we can spend hours and hours sa chat, sa phone, video call at naguusap lang. Ganun din sa Panginoon. Alam natin sa umpisa pa lang na we are entering a relationship, a relationship na hindi kailanman mawawala. At gusto natin ibuild yung intimacy natin sa Panginoon. At ito ay sa pamamagitang na pananalangin.
    3. Sabi ko nga kanina, na sinabi sa Bible that God knows our thoughts from far away. Galing yan sa psalm 139. but why do we need to pray? It’s for our intimacy with the Lord. Gaya ng isang magulang na alam naman na talaga ang pangangailangan ng anak niya, mas natutunaw ang kanilang mga puso kapag nakikipag-usap ang mga anak nila at nagpapasalamat, nagsosorry. Basta intimate na usapan.
    4. Pag may byahe ako, gustong gusto nila mama na mag video call kami.::::::::
    5. At minsan ganon din ang Panginoon. We build this relationship and this closenss sa kanya whenever we pray, not just ask. When we talk to him at hindi lang mag request.
  2. Helps Us Overcome Temptation
    1. Luke 22:39-41
    2. Ito yung example ni Jesus in the garden of gethsemane. Sabi niya sa disciples niya: mag pray kayo para hindi kayo ma tempt! And true enough that when we pray, we automatically have this connection to God at pwede nating sabihin, Lord help me with this. Lord lead me not into temptatation. Lord help me to get out of this temptation.
  3. Helps Us Determine God’s Will
    1. Prayer doesn’t really give us an answer sa kung ano ang will ng Panginoon. Pero kung babalikan natin yung sinabi ko kanina, prayer bring s us closer to God. And in being closer to God, in abiding in Him, we have peace sa decisions natin at doon malalaman natin na will ng Panginoon yon.
    2. Rom 8:26-27
    3. Again it all still boils down to intimacy with God. Doon natin malalaman will ng Panginoon sa buhay natin.
  4. Prayer Accomplishes God’s Work
    1. John 14:12-14 is a passage na ilang linggo na nating naririnig dito.:::
    2. In the passage sabi ni Jesus sa mga disciple niya, I can do something greater for I am with the Father. And before He left ano ba ang ginagawa ni Hesus? He healed the sick, he made the blind see, he transformed hearts to believe in God. At sinabi niya ask, and I will do the same kahit na wala na ako. So in prayer, in our prayer especially for the expansion of God’s kingdom here on earth, it accomplishes God’s work because we rely in Him to work, not us. But Him. Kaya very important para sa akin na we pray, before we start ministry, before I sing, before I preach, before I start on my preaching. Sabi ng isang prof ko, na pag gumagawa daw kami ng preaching namin, 3 things daw dapat namin gawin–before we start pray…..during…pray… after…. Pray. Gusto natin na sa lahat ng bagay ay kasama ang Panginoon. This is His ministry. Hindi po sa akin. Hindi po sa amin.
  5. Prayer Encourages us
    1. Alam niyo yung mga panahong napaka lungkot niyo, daming tumatakbo sa isip, tapos out of nowhere na kwento mo to sa kaibigan mo or taong very close sayo. Tapos parang biglang naglaho yung mga iniisip mo kahit wala naman siya talagang sinabi. That’s how prayer works for us. We tell God how we are feeling and sometimes, nawawala nalang.
    2. Phil 4:6
    3. It says do not be anxious. Don’t overthink. Don’t stress out. But tell God everything. Sige kausapin mo ang Panginoon kasi sigurado ako na makikinig siya sayo. And in turn it encourages us as well.
  6. A Prerequisite to Spiritual Awakening
    1. 2 chron 7:13-14
    2. And in church history prayer meetings, and prayer warriors began movements around the world. Ito ay tungkol sa pagppray kasama ang maraming tao. Walang problema mag pray mag isa, but in a corporate gathering of people na nagppray, alam niyo, there is so much power. I always value times of prayer kasama ang ibang kapwa mananampalataya. Dahil in one accord lahat to talk to God. In one accord lahat to be closer to God as a church as a body of Christ. Siguro sa mga cell groups natin, pag prayer time, we look forward to that. Personally, isa yun sa mga nillook forward ko dahil we can pray for each other. We can pray for the church, and someone prays for you as well. At dapat maniwala tayo sa power ng corporate praying. Let’s pray with each other. Sabi nga that the family that prays together, stays together…. The church that prays together, stays together.
  7. Prayer glorifies God
    1. Kung iisipin natin, prayer is our direct access to God. At sabi sa Bible that God came down to seek and save that which was lost. And here we are not praying to a God who, sa simula’t simula pa lang wanted everything to be personal between Him and man. Our salvation is personal, He works in our hearts in different and unique ways, he paves our lives in our own different unique way, he gave us different spiritual gifts, he molded us to respond to Him in different ways, He allowed us to worship Him through our different personalities. Our God is a personal God, at napapakita yun through prayer at sa pagppray natin we magnify Him more dahil walang Diyos na katulad niya. Yung ibang Diyos bago ka magpray, bago ka makalapit sa diyos nila, sisindi ka pa kandila, papatatak ka muna sa noo, luluhod ka muna, magbabayad ka muna, kakausapin mo muna yung isa pang makasasalanang tao para ilapit sa diyos yung mga panalangin mo. Pero key Hesus hindi. Lapit ka lang.
    2. Heb 10:19-22

 

These are 7 reasons to pray. And we want God to move in our lives, sa buhay ng pamilya natin, sa trabaho natin, we should pray. Sabi ni DL Moody:

 

Every great movement of God can be traced to a kneeling figure.

Dwight L. Moody

 

So mga kapatid the first step to reading the Bible is to read it. The first step to praying is to pray.

 

And I hope we can make it an important part of our day to study the Bible and pray. Kasama po yan sa ating paglagong espiritwal.