Friday, December 31, 2010

The best way to end your year... to forget the past and give God the highest praise!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

For this end I labor:)

Finally, I have put into words my personal mission. Here it is:

to develop youth workers who are passionate for the GOSPEL, having their skills, energies, and resources maximized to help build and advance God's Kingdom.

As simple as that. Oh yeah!

Empty Cup Confessions

The perfect opportunity to say, "In God there's nothing I lack," is during times of great need.

Here come the real test. Will we trust Him even things don't seem to work our way, or when He seems silent?

Now is the time to believe that He is more than enough. To acknowledge that we're blessed beyond measure.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Sunday, December 12, 2010

2011 Faith Goals

1. Learn how to drive
2. Upgrade theological knowledge and ministry skills
3. Help polish the youth disicpleship process
4. Help reestablish the music team
5. Bring people to Christ
6. Polish writing skills; blog regularly
7. Pay debts. Uh oh.
8. Create curriculum and materials for the young teens
9. Write a devotional material for the youth.
10. Raise up leaders.

Specific. Measurable. Attainable. Realistic. Time-bound
So help me God.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Saturday, December 4, 2010

The Provision and Application of Salvation

1. Incarnation
Christ is fully God and fully man.
John 1:1, John 1:14
Christ was born of a virgin.
Isaiah 7:14, Lk. 1:26-38
Christ descended from the line of David.
Luke 2:4, Matt. 1:1
2. Death
Christ poured out Himself unto death on a cross.
Phil. 2:8, Is. 53:12
Christ's body was wrapped in linen cloth and was placed in a tomb.
Matt. 27:59-60
Christ's death on the cross was in accordance to God's purpose.
Acts 2:23, Eph. 3:11
Christ, after being crucified, was raised to life on the third day He was buried.
Luke 24:7, Matt. 27:62-64, Mark 16:6
Christ appeared to more than 500 Jews at one time.
1 Corinthians 15:6
It was God who raised Christ from the dead.
Acts 2:23-24
4. Ascension
Jesus ascended bodily into heaven after giving instructions to His apostles, showing proofs that He is alive and speaking about the Kingdom of God.
Acts 1:2-3, Mark 16:19, Luke 24:51
Upon His ascension, Jesus sat down at the right hand of God.
Heb. 10:12, Psalm 110:1, Mark 16:19
Christ's ascension from Mt. Olives had been witnessed by the apostles
Acts 1:9, Luke 24:36-51

1. Election
Before the foundation of the world God has already planned to adopt us as His sons through Christ.
Eph. 1:4-5, 2 Tim. 1:9

God created the elect in Christ Jesus  for the purpose in advance for them to do.
Eph. 2:10, Eph. 1:11
Those who were appointed for eternal life and whose names are written in the Lamb's book of life will believe and come to Christ.
Acts 13:48, Rev. 20:15, Jn. 6:37

Being made a new creature by the Spirit's power is necessary to the see the Kingdom of God.
Jn. 3:3, Jn. 3:7

It is God Himself who causes quickening to occur to the elect.
Jn. 1:13, Eph. 2:5, Col. 2:13
Along with the Holy Spirit, God uses His Word as an agent of regeneration.
1 Pet. 1:23, Jam 1:18, Gal. 3:2

3. Justification
God counts righteous those who put their faith in Christ.
Rom. 5:1, Gal. 2:16, Rom. 3:22a

Declaring that the soul who sins must die yet aware of the fact that man is unable to fulfill the law due to his sinful nature, God sent His Son to receive the condemnation due sinners that the believing may be rendered righteous in His sight.
Ez. 18:4, Rom. 8:3-4, 2 Cor. 5:21
Faith, not the works of the law, is the only condition God demands upon bestowing justification.
Gal. 2:16, Rom. 4:5

4. Glorification
The believers will experience the completion of the salvation process--the redemption of their bodies.
Rom. 8:23, Rom. 8:30

The elect, upon their resurrection, will bear the likeness of Christ and will possess a spiritual and incorruptible body.
1 Cor. 15:49, 1 Jn. 3:2, 1 Cor. 15:42-44,
God apportioned the elect as co-heirs with Christ, assigned to share in His glory to be revealed in the future.
Rom. 8:17-21

Douglas, Alban. One Hundred Bible Lessons.Manila: OMF Publishers.1966.

McLaughlin, Ra. "An Overview and Defense of the Reformed Doctrines of Salvation." Google Docs. 
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"The Order of the Application of Salvation." Covenant Grace Church. 25 May 2009. 25 
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Thursday, December 2, 2010

My Heart's Cry

O God, be thou exalted over my possessions. Nothing of earth’s treasures shall seem dear unto me if only Thou art glorified in my life.
Be Thou exalted over my friendships. I am determined that Thou shalt be above all, though I must stand deserted and alone in the midst of the earth.
Be Thou exalted above my comforts. Though it mean the loss of bodily comforts and the carrying of heavy crosses I shall keep my vow made this day before Thee.
Be Thou exalted over my reputation. Make me ambitious to please Thee even if as a result I must sink into obscurity and my name be forgotten as a dream.
Rise, O Lord, into Thy proper place of honor, above my ambitions, above my likes and dislikes, above my family, my health and even my life itself. Let me decrease that Thou mayest increase, let me sink that Thou mayest rise above. Ride forth upon me as Thou didst ride into Jerusalem mounted upon the humble little beast, a colt, the foal of an ass, and let me hear the children cry to Thee, “Hosanna in the highest.”

-A.W. Tozer

Cartoon (Social) Network

Fb people are into uploading cartoon characters as their profile pictures. I was then reminded of my childhood days when I was fond of watching such. Let me elaborate some:

1. Princess Sarah (napaiyak ako dito. I was so depressed nung inaapi na siya!haha!)
2. Blink
3. Zorro (ganda ng version nito)
4. Nelo at Patrass (i forgot the title. malungkot rin ito. hindi kasi ako sanay sa mga palabas na namamatay ang bida)
5. Snow White
6. 3 Musketeers
7. Zenki
8. Chacha
9. Sailormoon
10. Romeo at _______ (basta yung kambal na may special powers)
11. tom and jerry
12. bugs bunny
13. Heidi
14. Garfield
15. Cinderella (tagalog version)
16. Yung may kanta na 'laruan, libro, damit na pampasko!'


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The God of our Desires

Praise the Lord, oh my soul, and forget not all His benefits--who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. Psalm 103:1,5

Contrary with what Siddharta Gautama taught, God did not command us to suppress our desires. He is able and willing to fulfill them. Being a gracious provider, He longs to satisfy us with what comes from His hands. If we don't see our prayers and intentions coming to pass, maybe it is not yet the time for us to receive the blessing. If we haven't received what we have been asking, God knows that receiving that certain thing is not good for us. It is only God who knows what is good for us. If our definition of what is good and satisfying differs from His, we need to renew our minds, reminding ourselves how He has been merciful to us (Rom. 12:1-2). Right then we may find contentment and strength as that of the eagle in lack and in plenty, knowing that we are in the center of His good, pleasing and perfect will.

Free at Last!

In his book, Free at Last, David Benner discussed the reasons how emotional bondages are acquired and how they developed. Along with these, he provided biblical ways on overcoming them.

Bondages are results of unresolved emotional wounds and may manifest in chronic anger, guilt, anxiety and the like. These, if not treated, may limit freedom and affect the people closest to us. We, Christians, are blessed because healing is available to us through Christ’s finished work on the cross. One just needs to be aware in appropriating such, with the help of a Christian counselor or an equipped discipler. This freedom will materialize if we face the truth about ourselves, the world and others. Honestly accepting reality paves the way to emotional healing.

The process involves three tasks: re-experiencing the pain, reinterpreting the hurt and releasing anger. Dealing with the pain is not that easy. Yet for healing to quickly occur there needs to be a re-experiencing of the injury experienced lest the pain will continue to linger within the person. Having the experience of loss as the core of emotional pain, there needs to be a reawakening of the same feeling that the attachments and energy invested in the object of loss may be reinvested in things worthwhile. The task of breaking through denial and other defenses that separate him from the pain is essential as well to move on towards healing.

The will’s involvement in releasing anger is needed upon nailing the whole process. Seeing the things in a new perspective requires intellectual discipline. Understanding the hurt is crucial in dealing with wounds effectively. It was Jesus Himself who said that knowing the truth will set us free. True freedom comes only from knowing the source of truth, Jesus himself. In this stage, one must ward-off his truth-distorting tendencies such as illusions, escapism and irrational beliefs. These are not the way out but another road to bondage. Facing the truth about oneself and facing reality outside him hasten healing. Upon doing this, he must take into consideration his shadow self, the negative side of him. Here is where wholeness and real change start.

In the third stage, namely releasing the anger, the person has to let go of every right to revenge. Here he has to exercise the effort to forgive even if he has to do it over and over. Upon deciding to do it he needs to get reminded that real forgiveness comes from God. He must realize how he had been forgiven and loved. One needs to be clear how this process is executed because if forgiveness is done prematurely or defined the other way the whole thing will be ineffectively done.

Lastly, the author communicated God’s desire for us to experience freedom. He used Scriptural proofs to back up this claim. Indeed, the freedom Christ offers us is deeper and richer than any freedom achieved by healed emotional wounds. Living abundant lives reflect the richness of the One who gave it. Surrender, grace, love, service and hope characterize this kind of living.

I have begun appreciating the last chapter when Benner explained emotional healing in the light of the gospel message. I was once again reminded of God’s ability to turn my darkness into light and redeem the hurts I have experienced. I agree with what He said regarding the presence of Christ in our suffering experiences. Here he explained that we need not run away from it because it here where we will experience tremendous growth unavailable in any other experiences.

Upon reading this chapter, I have relinquished my right to be in control all the time. Grace blew perfectionism out of me. Yes, it is good to be excellent in everything but to beat yourself up whenever you make a mistake is not of the Gospel. Christ was beaten that I may experience peace. Over and over God brings me back to grace, here is where the spring of life is found—the energy to love, to serve, to dream. Knowing that you are loved by God just as you are, along with your shadows and blunders, is totally freeing. This frees me from the need to perform, strive and be rigid. Indeed, encountering the God of grace produces transforming effects. This writing has totally convinced me that it is God Himself who has planned freedom for me and delights to see me walking this path. Knowing this truth leaves no reason for me to see myself as victim of the circumstances, the past not needing to have the last laugh.

Biblical Preaching Summary

By adopting preaching methods to suit the time, most pulpits have sadly abandoned the authority of the Word in this said ministry. Pragmatic approaches have devalued this divine task, substituting the message with the techniques that fit the fad. This process through which God works and through which many have been redeemed, has got to be put back the way God intended.

In his book, Haddon Robinson elaborated why we need expository preaching and clearly expounded what it is and what it is not. Many preachers need to reconsider whether they really do this kind of discipline, even if they attach this term to what they do.

In an expository task, the passage governs the sermon. The concept coming from the text is communicated by the expositor, and then applied both the preacher and the hearers. He stated the importance of forming the big idea, lest the congregation will leave the church having received a vague sermon. This said idea is composed of a subject and a complement. The subject is the complete, definite answer to the question, ‘What am I talking about?’, while the complement answers the question, ‘What exactly am I saying about what am I talking about?’. Answering these questions, the preacher will be able to give a sermon with the impact as that of a bullet.

Every sermon should have a theme carefully extracted from the scripture that the congregation may be able to shape their lives with what was preached. In choosing the passage to be preached, one has to be sensitive as well with the needs of the congregation so as to effectively minister to them. He must carefully identify the main idea in the passage he has chosen and examine it in its context, allowing the scriptures to speak for itself.

In studying the passage, one has to see how a certain passage he is examining fits within the larger section of the scriptures. Here, he mentioned the use of immediate context in the light of the broader context. One has to see how the chosen passage has been developed out of what precedes it. In pointing out the subject of the text, it is essential to use study aids such as lexicons, concordances, commentaries and the like so as to effectively know and teach its details.

In the next stage, one has to relate the parts of the passage to each other to determine the exegetical idea and its development. The synthesis-analysis-synthesis method need not be ignored for us to understand the author’s meaning. It is essential for the expositor to ask what the author of the chosen passage talks about. For him to identify the subject, he has to identify what the details in the paragraph pertain to. A precise subject illuminates the details and is illuminated by the details as well. The complement, which completes the subject thus transforming it into an idea, needs to be identified as well.

The next stage has to do with analyzing the exegetical idea of the passage. With this, we come up with three developmental questions which have to do with its definition, truthfulness and relevance.
The first question (what does it mean?), pertains to the explanations needed, the second (is it true?) centers on its validity and the third one (what difference does it make?) on the application. Upon answering such questions one is fit to formulate the homiletical idea. For a certain truth to be applied to the congregation’s personal lives, the preacher must state it as simple and memorable as possible. Stating the purpose of the sermon prompts them towards moral action.

The preacher must adopt ways for him to accomplish the stated purpose of his sermon. He can either use the deductive, semi-inductive and inductive statements as he develops his sermon. On the deductive approach, the idea becomes part of the introduction as the body explains, proves and applies it. In the inductive approach, it is the introduction which presents the first point in the sermon. It is then followed with the next point, which is exactly interwoven with its previous and following points by transition ideas. In the semi-inductive arrangement, the subject in the introduction is presented and the major points complete the subject.

Upon deciding how the idea must develop, one has to outline the sermon and fill it with supporting materials that explain, prove, apply and amplify the points. One can choose repetitions, restatements, explanations, definitions, factual information, quotations, narrations, illustrations in filing the said structure.

The introduction and conclusion of the sermon must then be prepared upon completing the above steps. For the introduction to be effective, it must command attention, uncover needs and introduce the body of the sermon. A sermon may end with a summary, illustration, quotation, question, prayer, specific directions or visualizations.

Lastly, for the whole sermon to be effective, clarity, vividness and relevance must be present. Still, the way we deliver the sermon matters a lot for it to be successful. Nonverbal factors such as grooming, dress, movement, gestures and eye contact must be taken into consideration.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

To Live is Christ

Confessions ♥

I need to go slow........I sensed that I'm going ahead of God. The beauty I see in everything that surrounds me has already faded. I'm not consumed with the present anymore. At times I find my thoughts rehearsing the past or projecting into the future. My spiritual receptivity, which I need most, has gone dull. Yet the truth about God's presence never changes. He is with me. He has been with me. I just need to be aware of it, and this awareness must be cultivated until it becomes the consuming thing in my life.