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Great Examples of Faith
11 Faith shows the reality of what we hope for; it is the evidence of things we cannot see. 2 Through their faith, the people in days of old earned a good reputation.
3 By Faith, we understand that the entire universe was formed at God's command, that what we now see did not come from anything that can be seen.
First, let us look at the word FAITH and where this Faith comes? The Bible says look unto Jesus, the author, and finisher of our Faith.
Every follower of Jesus Christ must exercise this FAITH every day, especially in times of uncertainty. FAITH is our immunity when we are facing unseen hopes and realities. FAITH is also a way in which believers see the universe for what it is - a creation of God.
By Faith, we understand that the entire universe was formed by God's command. By God's command, the entire universe and every knee will bow before the Lion and the Lamb.
We all know that COVID-19 is a new disease, that there is no vaccine until one is developed. Scientists around the world are searching for a vaccine. If Faith is differentiating believers and unbelievers in Christ, this is our spiritual vaccine that the world does not have. You are blessed because you believed that the Lord would do what he said and because you have FAITH.
Keep the FAITH brothers and sisters.
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JOSHUA Chapter 3
3 Early in the morning Joshua and all the Israelites set out from Shittim and went to the Jordan, where they camped before crossing over. 2 After three days the officers went throughout the camp, 3 giving orders to the people: “When you see the ark of the covenant of the Lord your God, and the Levitical priests carrying it, you are to move out from your positions and follow it. 4 Then you will know which way to go, since you have never been this way before. But keep a distance of about two thousand cubits[a] between you and the ark; do not go near it.”
5 Joshua told the people, “Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do amazing things among you.”
6 Joshua said to the priests, “Take up the ark of the covenant and pass on ahead of the people.” So they took it up and went ahead of them.
7 And the Lord said to Joshua, “Today I will begin to exalt you in the eyes of all Israel, so they may know that I am with you as I was with Moses. 8 Tell the priests who carry the ark of the covenant: ‘When you reach the edge of the Jordan’s waters, go and stand in the river.’”
9 Joshua said to the Israelites, “Come here and listen to the words of the Lord your God. 10 This is how you will know that the living God is among you and that he will certainly drive out before you the Canaanites, Hittites, Hivites, Perizzites, Girgashites, Amorites and Jebusites. 11 See, the ark of the covenant of the Lord of all the earth will go into the Jordan ahead of you. 12 Now then, choose twelve men from the tribes of Israel, one from each tribe. 13 And as soon as the priests who carry the ark of the Lord—the Lord of all the earth—set foot in the Jordan, its waters flowing downstream will be cut off and stand up in a heap.”
14 So when the people broke camp to cross the Jordan, the priests carrying the ark of the covenant went ahead of them. 15 Now the Jordan is at flood stage all during harvest. Yet as soon as the priests who carried the ark reached the Jordan and their feet touched the water’s edge, 16 the water from upstream stopped flowing. It piled up in a heap a great distance away, at a town called Adam in the vicinity of Zarethan, while the water flowing down to the Sea of the Arabah (that is, the Dead Sea) was completely cut off. So the people crossed over opposite Jericho. 17 The priests who carried the ark of the covenant of the Lord stopped in the middle of the Jordan and stood on dry ground, while all Israel passed by until the whole nation had completed the crossing on dry ground.
Why crossing the Jordan River matters so much to the Hebrew people?
(Vv 1-2) The people WAITED three days
(Vv 3-4) Joshua put the ark in FRONT of the people
(V 5) The people CONSECRATED themselves
(v 14-15) They CROSSED when the river was at flood stage
(V-8) The priests entered the water BEFORE the miracle took place
(V 16) The water STOOD in a heap
(V 17b) The ENTIRE NATION crossed on dry ground
Following God ALWAYS leads us out of our comfort zone.
(By: Pastor Rene Divina)
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Resetting The Wheels Of Life
(Applying the wisdom of the scripture)
The years behind us has brought us too many trials and blessings. We have been blessed in so many ways. Some of those we may not even noticed or just simply forgot to account for it. Usually, what remain imbedded in our minds and hearts were those memories and experiences that hurt us the most. The years ahead will surely bring us more surprises. Once again, the highs and lows of life will renew its course. New trails and challenges will find its ways in all things we do in life. A new chapter of life's journey is, again, before us. As we travel in this road map of life, the need for reexamination of life's priority is greater than ever. Take a pause, and look back in time, stand before the mirror, then look out the windows, anticipate the opportunities ahead, and trials and challenges that may come with it. Ask yourself, who am I? What I am? What things should I pursue for myself? These are few of the basic questions of life. However, basic as it may sound, nonetheless, truly no easy answer is available for it. Consulting the wisdom of the scripture and looking for applications in life is no doubt the first right course to take as we prepare ourselves to traverse the road map of life's new beginning in year 2015.
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REMEMBERING THE BIRTH
Good morning brother and sisters, I am so blessed this morning to see you all, and for you have chosen to join us in this historical milestone in the history of Christ Cornerstone Koinonia. I would like to personal welcome you all. As you know, there will be a part II of our celebration today, and Part II includes our lunch fellowship.
Today, I will be preaching about the church theme “REMEMBERING THE BIRTH” in honoring Christmas and the first anniversary of this church. Two points we will have to look into using prophet Isaiah’s prophesy, chapter 9, verses 1:7. Point A: this church was born by the grace of God. Point B: we are remembering the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ to remind us of our true identity in Christ, this identity is revealed to us when God became a man, and He identified Himself to us. And the question is how do we identify ourselves to Him?
2. P R A Y E R
Please join me in a prayer: Father God, thank you for this privilege to stand before your people, cover me Lord with your precious blood, and take control of me. I pray LORD that you glorify your Son in our midst, glory your Son in our preaching. Allow me Lord to speak boldly under the guiding and teaching ministry of the Holy Spirit. In Jesus name, Amen
3. TEXT: Isaiah 9: 1-7
Nevertheless, that time of darkness and despair will not go on forever. The land of Zebulun and Naphtali will be humbled, but there will be a time in the future when Galilee of the Gentiles, which lies along the road that runs between the Jordan and the sea, will be filled with glory.
2 The people who walk in darkness
will see a great light.
For those who live in a land of deep darkness,
a light will shine.
3 You will enlarge the nation of Israel,
and its people will rejoice.
They will rejoice before you
as people rejoice at the harvest
and like warriors dividing the plunder.
4 For you will break the yoke of their slavery
and lift the heavy burden from their shoulders.
You will break the oppressor’s rod,
just as you did when you destroyed the army of Midian.
5 The boots of the warrior
and the uniforms bloodstained by war
will all be burned.
They will be fuel for the fire.
6For a child is born to us,
a son is given to us.
The government will rest on his shoulders.
And he will be called:
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
7 His government and its peace
will never end.
He will rule with fairness and justice from the throne of his ancestor David
for all eternity.
The passionate commitment of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies
will make this happen!
4. Historical Background
Back in the days of Isaiah, the children of Israel, were under oppression and under dominion by their neighboring empires, the empire of Assyrians, and later was their 70 years of captivity under the empire of Babylon. In the Old Testament, there are over 300 prophesies from different prophets, The prophets wrote about the coming of the Messiah, some wrote about the place the Messiah will be born, the signs of His coming, how He will be born of a virgin, and one of the prophets who prophesy about the coming and the birth of the Messiah was Isaiah. Isaiah not only prophesy about the birth of the Messiah but also He wrote about the invasion and the dark days for the children Israel in the chapter, chapter 7 & 8, so in chapter 9, He begins His writing with the word “Nevertheless”. That the time of darkness and despair for the children of Israel will NOT go on forever. Prophet Isaiah wrote what he received from God. And interestingly, he mentioned only two of the 12 tribes of the children of Israel. These are the tribes of Zebulun and Naphtali. These two tribes are considered and labelled as most insignificant tribes in the eyes of the children of Israel of the south. The promise prophet Isaiah received from God was that these two most insignificant tribes will be filled with God’s glory in the future. And that these tribes will see a great light and that the Light will shine in their land. Obviously, the light that Isaiah was mentioning here was the Messiah, Jesus Christ, who is the light of the world.
So, let’s take a look at the next slide to explain why these two tribes were considered most insignificant tribes by the children of Israel of the south, we will also look at the history of the 12 tribes of the children of Israel and we will see how the prophesy of Isaiah was fulfilled by the Lord Jesus Christ in the new testament.
About 930 years before the birth of Jesus Christ, and after the death of King Solomon, His son King Rehoboam became the new king of Israel. That time of history, 10 out of 12 tribes of Israel revolt against the king. They established their own kingdom, they have their own king. Therefore, the kingdom of Israel was divided into two; the northern kingdom and the southern kingdom, because of dis-unity among the children of Israel, 10 tribes settled outside Jerusalem, Jerusalem is located in the southern kingdom also known as Judah, and it was in the south where the King Rehoboam resides. Ten tribes in the north and 2 tribes in the south. And 2 of the 10 tribes that resides in the North, are the Zebulun and Naphtali, let’s take a look at the map during the time of Isaiah.
Because of dis-unity and political unrest among the children of Israel, the northern kingdom was taken captive by the Assyrian. And while the northern portion is under captivity. God sent Prophet Isaiah in the southern portion in the land of Judah to prophesy, While the whole northern kingdom is in darkness and in Isaiah’s warning to southern portion was, if they will continue to turn their back on God – they too will be captured by the Assyria.
Again, let’s see how the tribes of Zebulun and Naphtali were considered and labelled as most insignificant. Because of their geographical location, they are most exposed to the Assyrian’s invasion, and the Assyrian allowed access to the pagan nation to extensively intermingle with the children of Israel in these tribes, and because these two tribes are the center of trade and commerce, pagan nations from the neighboring had access to intermingle with them. With that being said, the people in Jerusalem considered them unclean, insignificant, and because of the distance from Jerusalem, they are far Jerusalem, they are far from the influence of religion, and with that they were considered ignorant of the law. Also, because of their intermingle with the pagans, they started to worship idols, they fall into idolatry, and superstitions, they were considered walking in the dark because of their sin, Jerusalem considered them as dark region because, to them, all the people in this region are sinners. And they were called people who live in the land of deep darkness.
great light was connected to the birth of Jesus Christ----this light is in opposition to moral darkness, against wickedness, (here is the point) this light is in oppose to the time of judgment or time of darkness, which they are experiencing at that time, so to the nation of Israel under darkness, is a time of rejoicing and a time worth waiting for, the coming of the light, the coming of the messiah, the Savior.
Now, let’s jump into the New Testament account to see the fulfillment of this prophecy. Jesus was born in Bethlehem, in the city of Jerusalem, and is located in the tribes of Judah. After His birth in Bethlehem, Joseph, Mary and Jesus moved to Egypt to escape the plan of king Herod. Then, when king Herod died, they return to Israel but they did not go back to Jerusalem, instead, they lived in Nazareth, in the region of Galilee. Now, guess the tribes who live in that region?? The Zebulun and Naphtali, the most insignificant tribes of the children of Israel. (Isaiah 9:2) is fulfilled.
2 The people who walk in darkness
will see a great light.
For those who live in a land of deep darkness,
a light will shine.
5. Point A: “It is by grace”
Matthew 2:21-23 (NLT)
21 So Joseph got up and returned to the land of Israel with Jesus and his mother. 22 But when he learned that the new ruler of Judea was Herod’s son Archelaus, he was afraid to go there. Then, after being warned in a dream, he left for the region of Galilee. 23 So the family went and lived in a town called Nazareth. This fulfilled what the prophets had said: “He will be called a Nazarene.”
Then, Jesus begins His ministry in the land of deep darkness, the land of insignificant people in the tribes of Zebulun and Naphtali.
Matthew 4:13 (NLT) 13 He went first to Nazareth, then left there and moved to Capernaum, beside the Sea of Galilee, in the region of Zebulun and Naphtali. 14 This fulfilled what God said through the prophet Isaiah:
Jesus started His ministry as The Light in the land of deep darkness, and made Capernaum His ministry headquarter. And majority of His 12 disciples were from the region of Galilee, “A Light will shine” according to Isaiah. And to fulfill that, Jesus performed His first miracle in Galilee. In fact, in Galilee is where poor and uneducated people lived. Mark explained Jesus’ ministry in the following verse:
Mark 2:17 (NLT) 17 When Jesus heard this, he told them, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor—sick people do. I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners.”
Acts 4:13 (NLT) 13 The members of the council were amazed when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, for they could see that they were ordinary men with no special training in the Scriptures. They also recognized them as men who had been with Jesus.
John 1:46 (NLT) 46 “Nazareth!” exclaimed Nathanael. “Can anything good come from Nazareth? “Come and see for yourself,” Philip replied.
And this is how people look the Galileans. And from here, we can tell that Jesus loves to use insignificant people, ordinary people – so He can make them extra-ordinary, so these ordinary people or insignificant people will recognize the grace of God. For it is by grace that we can bring glory to His name. Christ Cornerstone Koinonia becomes a church when He becomes the cornerstone in all we do. I remember, when I was asked one time, if this group will pursue in becoming a church. And my response was “Kung Kaluuban ng Diyos, magiging madali para sa atin ang pagiging isan church, I said “If it’s God’s will He will make it easy for us to become a church. And Now, Here is our testimony. October when we were recognized by the government as non-profit organization, as a church, And you are probably wondering why are 2 months after our recognition- we are now celebrating one year. Again, to make this clear for everyone, this group existed since last of the same month, as a group of prayer warrior, and Christ Cornerstone Koinonia was born through prayers and by God’s grace. Amen.
1 Corinthians 3:10 “Because of God’s grace to me, I have laid the foundation like an expert builder. Now others are building on it. But whoever is building on this foundation must be very careful.”
Verses 3-4: Isaiah announces the deliverance- God will do for Israel through His Son, comparing what God had already done on the past and that God will continue to stretch out His arm to His people, and when this will happened?? It will happen when the Son is given. Again, this prophecy happened more than 500 years before the birth of Jesus Christ. That this deliverance is a signal and a proof of the presence of the power of God…as is was in the past.
Verse 5: Isaiah here, explained that their deliverance and redemption from their oppressor is NOT through the armor and uniform of their armies or warriors, that all these armor used in war shall be burned, as being no further use for their deliverance… which now, leads Isaiah’s introduce the birth of a child in verse 6…..for unto us a child is born…. In other words, Isaiah was saying our real oppressor here is our sin that keeps us away from God. So, God is making a way to reach us…….for unto us a Son is given….and our real enemy will be defeated by The Son…for unto us a Son is given. -------God voluntarily gave His Son and man had no claim on His coming, I just wanted to make this clear for everyone, so you could clearly understand the grace of God.
---“The government will rest on His shoulder”----- Jesus as the king of all kings,
Isaiah 22:22 (NLT) 22 I will give him the key to the house of David—the highest position in the royal court. When he opens doors, no one will be able to close them; when he closes doors, no one will be able to open them.
--------This prophecy, this promise leads to the prophet Isaiah to describe the Name, the character, and the supremacy of the Savior in verse 7 with great joy, the same joy we all should experience in remembering the birth of Jesus Christ.------
Wonderful Counselor: ----miraculous-----Messiah was wonderful in all things-----It was wonderful in which He came to earth, wonderful was the manner of His birth, wonderful was His humility, wonderful was His self-denial, It was wonderful how He left His glory in heaven and came as a man, His works are wonderful, His death on the cross, His resurrection, His ascension are wonderful. -----Counselor denotes He is full of wisdom----as a wonderful counselor, He has the qualification to give guidance and directions, as a wonderful counselor, He is always available to listen to you and me.------Jesus is the God of wonderful counsel.
The Mighty God: -------attributed to the true God-----this name reminds all people of the strength of God.-------denotes His divine nature------
Everlasting Father: everlasting denotes “eternity” and use to express forever------
Prince of Peace: denotes that His peace shall be multiplied upon us.
(verse 7) His government as a Prince------His reign as a Prince of Pease is extending and His promoting peace is unlimited. -----to sit upon the throne of David is not to take it literally, -----but for us to look at the similarity, David reigned as the king of the people of God, but for only certain period of time. For Jesus, being mentioned as the king upon the throne of David, He will reign for the people of God as well, but for eternity as the King of all Kings.-------the intense desire in accomplishing the Lord’s reign to all His people------And for Him to accomplish this----he will use His people-------then all Christians should be encouraged in their effort to spread the Gospel. -----and knowing that this is the purpose of Jesus as Prince of Peace, to a peace mankind to the Father, then this should be our encouragement and sufficient encouragement to continue with our calling to do the great and glorious work of spreading the Gospel.
-------- the prophet Isaiah then pronounced in the remaining verses of chapter 9, verses 8-21, the destruction of Israel under the hands of the Syria and Philistines, because of their wicked ways, for turning their back on God, the effects in cutting off their sources of strength, all will result into their ruin.
B. “Remembering The Birth”:
a. Identity (Verse 6)
6For a child is born to us,
a son is given to us.
The government will rest on his shoulders.
“For a child is born to us, a son is given to us”. Prophet Isaiah is introducing Jesus to the children of Israel. Every Christmas season, we always hear preachers using these verses. The point this morning is to connect these verses on our theme “REMEMBERING THE BIRTH”. Every Christmas season, we are reminded of the coming of a Savior. We are always reminded of God becoming a man. And it is so important for us to be reminded over and over again, Jesus is God who became a 100% man and still 100% God. Question is why God-Man, answers; He came to die for our sin, He came as ransom for many, He came to redeemed us, and He also came to remind us of our true identity.
2 Corinthians 5:21
21 God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
b. He listens (Wonderful Counselor)
c. Jesus is Divine (Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace)
a. Salvation ILLUS: “Birds and a man”
|Posted on December 14, 2014 at 10:30 AM||comments (0)|
"THE MEANING OF CHRISTMAS"
There are several reasons for Jesus’ coming to earth with 6 witnesses; Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Paul and the Hebrews writer.
So I want to let six of this witness speak and testify to why the Son of God came into the world.....several reasons for Jesus coming;
a. To ransom many,
b. To call sinners,
c. To give sight to the morally blind,
d. To divide households,
e. To save from divine condemnation, and
f. To give eternal life.
1. He came to ransom many...Mark 10:45.. The son of man came not to be served but to serve and give his life as a ransom for many, the reason we need a ransom to be paid for us is that we have sold ourselves into sin and have been alienated from a Holy God. When Jesus gave his life as a ransom, our slave master, sin and death and the devil had to give up their claim on us. And the result was that we could be adopted into the family of God.
Paul put it like this in Gal. 5:4-5 when the time had come, God sent His Son, born of woman under the law, to redeem those who were under the law so that we may rec'd adoption as sons and daughters of God. In other words, the redemption on the ransom frees us to be part of God's family. We had run away and sold ourselves into slavery into the father's house. To do that, God's Son has to become a human being so that He could suffer and die in our place to pay the ransom. This is the meaning of Christmas. Hebrews 2:14 ....put it like this. Since the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise partook of the same nature that through death he might destroy him who had power of death. In other words, the reason Christ took on human flesh so that he could die and in dying pay a ransom and free us from the power of death.
2. He came to call sinners to repent. Luke 5:31-32, Jesus said to them, those who are well have no need of a physician but those who are sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but the sinners to repent. Jesus came to call sinners to repentance. First and there need to bear ransom to be paid for sinners. From them could be successful call to sinners. The call is based on the ransom, and Jesus says he came for both of these things. He does not have the ransoming or the calling to others. He ransoms and he calls, even today He is calling through the Bible and through the preaching of the Gospel. He is calling this morning that is the meaning of Christmas. He came to all sinners.
3. He came to give sight to the morally blind. John 9:39, Jesus said, for judgment I came into this world that those who do not see may see. And John 12:46, I have come as a light into the world, that whosoever believes in me might not remain in darkness, Jesus did not merely come to ransom and to call, He also came to open people eyes so that they may come and see the light. Our problem is also moral blindness, needing the gift of sight. We are simply blind to some spiritual realities that are utterly crucial to see and embrace. That is why Christmas came that those who do not see may see. This is the meaning of Christmas.
4. He came to divide the households... Matthew 10:34, Don't think that I have come to bring peace on earth, but come to bring sword. For I have come to set a man against his father and daughter against her mother and daughter against her daughter in law and a man’s foes will see these of his own household. The point of this word is not that God loves division and strife. The point is that strife and division caused by true allegiance to Jesus better than no strife and division. The point is that when person is ransomed and called and given sight, something differently with that new sight and they have a new master because of that sovereign call and they are wonderfully free from fear and guilt because of that sufficient ransom, and so they think differently and feel things differently and act differently. And for sins in the family that can be threatening and no tension develops. For this, Jesus came into the world, that too, is the meaning of Christmas.
5. He came to serve from divine condemnation. John 3:17, for God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world but the world through Him might be saved. He who believes in him is not condemned but who does not believe was already condemned. "God send His Son to save us from His own just condemnation and wrath. The need for salvation implies that there is danger we need to be save from. That danger is sin and death and the evil. But the most serious danger we call is the danger of the condemnation of God. If God is for us, then sin and death and evil will fail to destroy us. But if God is against us nothing can save us....Christmas, the meaning of Jesus is God's way of being for us," if we will believe" He who believe is not condemned but he who does not believes is already condemned.
6. He came to give us eternal life. John 3:16. For God so love the word that He gave His only begotten Son that so ever believed in him should not perish but have everlasting/eternal life, that is if you believed God's offer and guaranteed to commit your total life to Christ, control all the days of your life. You must be born again.
Pastor Rod Domingo
|Posted on December 7, 2014 at 10:30 AM||comments (3)|
Remembering the Birth
“Contrasting Tradition with Biblical Truth”
Matthew 1:18-25, 2:1-12
Christmas is the most celebrated holiday. Everybody, especially kids, are so excited in anticipation of the gifts and the parties. People in all walks of life, in all kinds of situations, both rich and poor, in abundance and constraint, they always find their way to celebrate in whatever means available. They celebrated Christmas with all kinds of fun. Year after year, for many this has become a celebration that can't be missed, a tradition that must be kept. However, I noticed that Christmas has become more a celebration of tradition in one of the many seasons, but no longer a celebration because of the reason.
Christmas are portrayed in displays of baby born in a manger, hand crafted blinking stars in colorful lights, gifts beneath the Christmas trees, and menus of food in the table. But as I surveyed the gospel in the book of Matthew, Chapter 1:18-25 and 2:1-12, I saw a different scene. I saw confused and troubled minds. I saw darkness and hatred in human hearts. Matthew introduced me to the engaged. I get to know the wise, as well as the wicked. As I tried to understand them deeply, I saw myself, certainly I was not the wise but the wicked. It was only then that I get to know the child and the reason of his birth. He was born only to die so that the wicked like me who is spiritually dead shall live.
This Sunday, December 7, 2014, together we will look into the conception of Mary and understand God's favor. We will re-experience the confusion of Joseph and understand God's options. We will get to know the wise men and understand God's revelation to the wise. Also, we will revisit the disturbed king Herod and understand God's warning to the wicked.
Together we will rediscover the truth of Christmas. To God be the Glory!
Pastor Melvin Magno
|Posted on November 30, 2014 at 10:30 AM||comments (3)|
In God's Tent of Meeting
God's desire is for His people to desire Him to live with them. We are His creation lost but through our own selfish desires. He did everything so we can walk closer with Him as we travel in this challenging journey of life. However, our journey long and weary, are often lost in the sea clouds of pride and doubts simply because we often forget that He is our guiding light. Pride, doubts, and selfish desires are natural tendencies of life as long us our feet walks on this earthly ground. His call is loud, His instructions are clear, His vision is bright, his missions are so rewarding. But our ears often listens to a different sound, our eyes are often blinded by things that glitters around, then allowing ourselves getting imprisoned by our selfish desires for recognition by our peers and those around us for having these material ornaments of life.
God also desires for the finest ornaments for His glory. These are ornaments of the finest work and sacred offerings displayed in his tent of worship coming from unselfish hearts. God has privileged us to build this church (Christ Cornerstone Koinonia) and to journey with Him. As people of God, He demands from us the finest materials of ourselves as sacred offerings, the very same thing He asked of the people of Israel in building his tabernacle in the book of Exodus 25:1-9. He desires from us the offering of service and worship with unselfish hearts, so that His desire to live among us will be ours.
Lord, I pray, that all selfishness in my hearts removed as I worship you today. To God be the glory!
Pastor Gani Pareja
|Posted on November 23, 2014 at 10:55 PM||comments (3)|
By Faith “Mountain Get Out of My Way”
LET's EXAMINE WHY;
1. First faith may not always change the outer circumstances of life, but it always change the OUTLOOK.
Heb.11:1 says, Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen, "And frankly that makes all the difference. It's not always what in the outside that matters, but what's on the inside looking out that really makes the difference.
2. Second, Faith can move mountain because faith enlarges the possibilities of life.
Matthew 17:20-21 (NKJV)
20 So Jesus said to them, “Because of your unbelief;[a] for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you. 21 However, this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.”
By Ptr Rod Domingo
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GROWING THE SEED OF TRUTH IN WEEDED GROUNDS
(A reflection on the challenges confronting the early church at Corinth)
Weeds is defined as; Plant considered undesirable, unattractive, or troublesome, especially one that grows where it is not wanted and often grows or spread fast or takes the place of desired plants.
We live in present times surrounded by growing weeds of undesirable, burdensome, and destructive new ideas, principles, regulations, behaviors and practices that are becoming a norm; in fact, some of these have become a lifestyle of many. Yet for those found by Christ, were entrusted the seed of truth to make it grow. The challenge is enormous, the field is so large, but the opportunity is limitless. In Christ, we can be in one mind working together for same purpose and same hope. The hope that the seed He entrusted us will grow even in the midst of the weeds.
1 Corinthians 3:7-9 & 16-7 (NLT)
(7) It is not important who does the planting, or who does the watering. What's important is that God makes the seed grow. (8) The one who plants and the one who waters work together with the same purpose. And both will be rewarded for their own hard work. (9) For we are both God's workers. And you are God's field. You are God's building.
(16)Don’t you realize that all of you together are the temple of God and the Spirit of God lives in you? (17)God will destroy anyone who destroys this temple. For God's temple is holy, and you are that temple.