“Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable…do not run aimlessly…do not box as one beating the air…But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.” 1Corinthians 9:24-27 ESV
In 2013, the Lord planted us in the beautiful city of Tagaytay wherein Taal Volcano was its main attraction. If you have been following the news, Taal volcano has been put under Alert Level 4, as it shows signs that hazardous eruption is possible within days
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“For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilence, and earthquakes in various places.” Matthew 24:11
The events of the last 24 hours are again a reminder that today is the day of salvation. It has nothing to do with “global warming!” It more has to do with “global coldness” towards God. The Lord delays His coming while allowing the events we’ve witnessed in our lifetime to take its course, whether through nature or man made.
“Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?”
“…that our hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, to reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of God’s mystery, which is Christ, in Whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. ”
It is 2020. The New Year’s message on the first Sunday of January from our Sta Rosa home church was based on Proverbs 16:3 and 9, relating to making plans for this 2020. It is good practice. We ought to submit/commit our plans for each day and the future, big or small, to God. It is He Who establishes (superintends) our steps. It begins with examining our vision of God and who He really is to us.
It is in surrendering ourselves according to His abounding mercy, grace, and will that the plans we commit are established in the heavenlies. The Lord does what He does all to His glory and the question is, do we plan and do these things for His glory?
This brings us to the question, how’s your eyesight? “20/20 vision, as most believe is synonymous to perfect vision. Yet it is just a measure of eyesight. It does not at all mean perfect vision. You may be able to focus your vision at 20 feet, but still lack the ability to see five feet in front of you.”
(Hence the need for Opthalmologist and Optometrist care)
For spiritual eyes, the Lord gives us His Word, the Bible. Note the reminder on the description for 20/20, paraphrased it says”…you may see from afar, but up close, you couldn’t see a cobra if it were in front of you…” Such is the life of a Christian. I can say easily, “Oh, I can see …” but, what do I really see? Often, we only see what we want to see. Truth is, if I’m not personally invested in that person, I really don’t know him/her, do I?
It is the same when we say we know Jesus Christ. I can say for my part, that historically, I knew Him from a distance based on what other people said of Him. I was not intimate with Him, I knew of Him, not really knew Him. Paul in 1Corinthians 13 tells us that, “For now we see in a mirror dimly…“, that was where I was, all things Jesus Christ did was all I saw (dimly), I did not see Him personally…”but then face to face…” Is when He took hold of me, face to face with Him, when He opened my Spiritual eyes…”Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.” I am getting to know Jesus Christ daily, more and more… all because of His goodness.
This is a reminder for me, for you, for us this 2020, let the Word of God examine our spiritual eyesight. We are called to examine ourselves, to test ourselves that we may continue daily in Him. In Genesis, the eyes play a part in the fall of man (Genesis 3:5-7), but God…the eyes also play a big part in man’s realization of his need to be redeemed (Luke 10:23,24)
In the first letter of John, the Lord tells us. “…all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life is not from the Father but is from the world.” In the middle of the verse, the eyes are seen being between “the desires of the flesh” and “pride of life“. His exhortation, “And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.”
Thus we are to be sober minded in all things, to be watchful, to keep ourselves unstained from the world. The Lord exercises His sovereign will not with punity or malice in thought as some have believed, He is the loving God, consistent with His attributes. This is a truth we ought to realize sooner than later, it begins by allowing God’s Word to examine our eyesight.
That leads us to the question, do we see ourselves through the lens of men, or of God‘s? Most importantly, on whom do you have your eyes fixed on this year… and every year? The world? or God?
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“…that they know You the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.”
John 17:3 ESV
Life of David 1&2 Samuel
Pastoral Letters- 1&2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon
History of Redemption
This is a verse-by-verse study of the book of Genesis. The intention of this course is to study the magnificent account of the creation of mankind and the unfolding plan of redemption of mankind, leading each of us into a deeper faith in God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
The goal of this class is to deepen our relationship with Christ while gaining an academic and devotional understanding of the book of Isaiah. We will familiarize ourselves with the form and structure of the book, as well as its basic theology, purpose, authorship, and various historical accounts related to Isaiah.
I & II Samuel
This class is a survey of David’s life from the books of Samuel and the Psalms. Much of this class will be a verse-by-verse study through the books of I and II Samuel. There will be a devotional focus with opportunity for class-room discussion.
This course is a verse-by-verse study through the Book of Acts. We will look at the growth of the early church and church practice, including the function of spiritual gifts in the Church. We will also study the aspects of early church missions, church planting, and discipleship.
The course is a verse-by-verse study of the book of Romans, a book long regarded as the most systematic presentation of doctrine in the Bible. Students will look carefully at how the saving life of Christ, through the work of the Holy Spirit, can transform lives.
The Pastoral Epistles of 1&2 Timothy, Titus and Philemon are indispensable guides for contemporary ministry. In this course, each book is exposited in order to gain an understanding of the biblical material. Additionally, major themes from the books and practical application are discussed with the goal of better equipping the student for ministry.
History of Redemption
In this course we will see the unity of the Bible as it presents God’s plan of salvation for mankind from Genesis to Revelation and review the general content of the books of the Bible for the purpose of integration and seeing thematic relationships. We will approach this survey of the Bible from two points of view: what God has done and is accomplishing in history and what God has spoken or revealed in terms of Scripture.
This class is designed to instruct students in the foundational principles and practices of Bible interpretation, giving you a framework with which to view all of Scripture. The inductive method of Bible study will be taught with attention paid to the various features of a text that contribute to the interpretative process. A special emphasis will be given to the role of biblical inerrancy, inspiration, objective meaning, problems in Hermeneutics, and the nature of Scripture itself.
Inductive Bible Study
The purpose for this class is to teach and encourage students to study the Word of God by carefully observing, carefully interpreting, accurately cross-referencing, and relevantly applying the text to their lives.
***Classes are subject to change
“…His way is in the whirlwind and storm, and the clouds are the dust of His feet.” Nahum 1:3
We are well into the 2nd month of 2019 with last year quickly fading from view. What lies ahead in the coming months is known to the Lord. On our part, instead of speculating what it will shape out to be, we place our faith and hope in Him who promises to do all things well.
Nenita and I enter the seventh year of ministry at My Father’s House Bible Center (MFHBC) on the island of Luzon, and God has stirred the hearts of those He has partnered with us to hunger for Him and His Word.
It is a blessing being able to write this shortie of a newsletter from the Northwest in the state of Washington and report the goings on of God wherever and with whomever He has appointed for us to meet in this short hiatus. First of all, I can see snow from where I’m seated just as we had in Montana (photo above). A winter storm warning has been issued by the weather service. Precipitation (rain & snow) has been a constant companion of ours since we left the Philippines.
All this is a reminder of God’s faithfulness wherever we may be. MFHBC picks up where we left off in 2018. The new semester kicks off May 6, up in the province of Cagayan, northernmost part of the Philippines in the city of Tuguegarao. The semester is in collaboration with the TCPL (Tuguegarao Center for Pastoral Leadership) equipping the saints this part of the Philippines. We’re looking at a ten week stint interspersed with one or two block classes. God is doing His bidding in us, through us, for us. The journey the Lord is taking us in Tuguegarao has a multi-faceted purpose, to help train the Pastors and to minister to the Agta tribe of Bugatay in Penablanca. Praise the Lord indeed.
Not to fret, Calabarzon is not to be forgotten. Y’all must continue to pray for the church family in Cavite (Kingdom Ministries, Calvary Chapel Tagaytay, & Joyful Ruthies), Laguna (Without Walls ministries and SRV Bible Fellowship in Santa Rosa), and Batangas (Calvary Chapel Talisay) for the continuing ministry partnerships, church collaboration, training and equipping God has began.
Five years ago, the Lord opened the Prison Ministry through the BJMP (Bureau of Jail Management & Penology) in Nenita’s hometown of Binan and has now been endorsed to the Rock of Refuge Christian Church in Quezon City. The new opportunity of Prison ministry work in the BJMP outpost of Santa Rosa now awaits us.
Pray for the continued growth in Medical outreaches, Ministry Partnerships, Church Collaboration to Train & Equip the body of Jesus Christ, the church, in the Philippines. We all are in this together and we are grateful saints indeed!
Your faithful prayers & gracious financial support fuel these:
1) Teaching Sites in Tuguegarao(north), Cavite & Laguna; Palawan (South);
Building up of the church in Bugatay & Apayao (North)
2) Santa Rosa & Biñan BJMP Prison Ministry Teaching & Medical Missions
3) Ministry Partnerships & Church Collaboration to Train & Equip
4) Committed Workers & Students to enter the Lord’s Harvest
5) Continued Faithful Enthusiasm as Ambassadors of Christ
To give, please go to https://mfhbc.org/giving/