Coming this Fall 2017…beginning the last week of August 2017…
Inductive Bible Study
The purpose for this class is to teach and encourage students to study the Word of God by observing, interpreting, cross-referencing, and relevantly applying the message of Bible passages to their lives.
In Luke 11:28, Jesus says “…Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and keep it!”
“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.”
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HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! Family and Friends! In the Philippines and the U.S.A.
2017 is here, not a moment too soon. Just as scheduled…you know, 2017 usually comes after 2016, followed later by 2018.
Many of us have begun to list down our “New Years’ resolutions.” What are yours? As you decide to read on you may just be inspired to add the “Word of God” to your “resolution’s list.” What is yours for 2017? Do you have the resolve to follow through with it? I’d like to believe that I’m able to do better next year, but I still need help.
In Luke 4:18, 19, the Lord Jesus Christ made clear His objective and the means He would accomplish it, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent Me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
Did you get that first part? He tells us the source of His power, “The Spirit….,” …then He enumerates what He is set out to do. Interestingly, in the same book of Luke, He says to several men, “Follow Me!” (5:27, 9:23, 59). When Jesus repeats a statement like “Follow Me!” It must be important.
When He invites me to follow Him, what are my expectations? Many of us expect our greatest wishes, desires to be met by God. Actually dear friend, He invites you, invites me to follow Him and all the benefits that come in doing so…
What does it mean to follow Jesus Christ? The apostle Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 11:1 “Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ.” Paul knew the law inside and out, but it wasn’t until he came face to face with the risen Christ, that the reality of what he knew, was now a reality within his reach, a personal relationship with the Creator of the universe.
It is important not to just have head knowledge, but, like Paul, we can have a personal relationship with God. Like Jesus, Paul tells us to “Imitate…”, and it all begins with reading His Word everyday.
Dear reader, whether you are a first time visitor here or a long time reader, I’ll pose the question to you, how much time do you spend time reading your Bible? What has God revealed to you through His Word to you today? Not yesterday, or a few months back, just today.
2 Timothy 2:15 says, “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.” As a disciple of Jesus Christ, one must have that determined mind-set to follow Him. Jesus speaks of the cost of following Him in Luke 14:26-33, read it.
Resolve is defined as:
1. to decide or determine firmly; 2. to express an opinion formally, one agreed by a vote; 3. to separate or cause to separate; 4. to change, alter, or appear to change or alter; 5. to make up the mind of; cause to decide; 6. to find the answer or solution to
Visiting family and the brethren as expressed in the family of the church of God over the Thanksgiving and Christmas Season of 2016 has been filled with His goodness.
Can it be realized any other way, the enormity and connectivity of the family of God? The journey of discovery began on October 27, 2016.
After a quadruple heart bypass on May 28, I was ever so thankful to God for His prayer for the people He surrounds me with, beginning with my wife, our children, doctors, and nurses, all by His appointment. In the days that followed prior to my discharge from the hospital, I had this longing to go on a long vacation and travel back to California.
To be rested…refreshed. To see family…friends. Maybe all of the above. This is that journey, one filled with relief, joy, and thankfulness with the people the Lord has used the last seven months…much like the lesson in faith I have been blessed to experience because of God’s faithfulness.
Not only that, He included stops to visit family in Folsom up in Northern California…
Enjoying more snow with Nenita, Kim, and Dave, while dropping in on “The Second Chance Ranch” fellowship in Cascade, Montana…
To top it all off He brought us to parts of the “Great White North“(a.k.a.Canada), which included the flat plains of Grande Prairie where we got to to do a Couple’s Bible Study with our son and his wife…
Drove cross-country to behold God’s work through the views of Jasper, Banff and Lake Louise (included driving in snow), and of course Salmon Arm in Vancouver.Yes, the people, the experiences and destinations my wife and I got to visit, are proof that God’s family is ever growing and full of beauty. Imagine the opportunity I would have missed had we not taken the first step.
Ready for 2017? Let’s go!!! “Pray without ceasing.”
The sky was dark and gloomy as we drove to Biñan for the prison Bible Study. We were praying that the weather would cooperate. By God’s grace, the downpour did not occur until we reached our destination. Praise the Lord! God is in control. I was really blessed by His providence.
Prior to the study, we handed out gospel tracts to the visitors already there. We had a short chat with a jail guard, we inquired what the inmate’s needs might be. He answered,“toiletries…tsaka pagkain (and food).” In addition, we inquired what their needs were, he and the members of their detachment. The guard seemed surprised by the question, but at the same time pleased. He answered, “toiletries din (as well), tsaka (and) office supplies para sa (for the)office”.
The study we have the privelege of leading these men and women through is the book of John. On this day, we were wrapping up chapter 3, a narrative on Jesus’ conversation with Nicodemus and being born again.
Most of the inmates seemed to be listening and were saying “amen” to what kuya (older brother) Doy was teaching. One may not be entirely sure if that “amen” was a real amen or a mockery. All we know is what Scripture has promised about the Word of God… “It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.” Isaiah 55:11. We were just as blessed seeing them intently listening to the gospel. Kuya Doy told me he saw an inmate become teary eyed. Why? Only God knows. Pray he would truly repent and his hope and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ, and many like him, that they would truly “repent.”
Read up, John 3:3-21
“Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
Before leaving, we asked for their their prayer requests. Many listed down prayers for their families; and silently perhaps for themselves (as most of them feel lonely and neglected. ) As I read through their requests, it is hard not to have mixed emotions. It is a joy to read that they are putting their hope in God, but at the same time…they had to go to prison before realizing their need for God. Not religion and empty worship, but true fellowship with the Living God. “For He is not the God of the dead but of the living, for all live to Him.” Luke 20:38
Pray for the inmates and their families, the jail guards, and for us. May people be regenerated. May God be glorified in this ministry.
P.S. Here are some samples of the inmates’ livelihood products. The wallets, however, costs as low as 60 and as high as 150. The rags are not yet available. Any income generated from these is used to buy the needs of the inmates and the facility.
October 8, 2016
…we just finished the Bible study at Biñan city jail, began by reading John 4:1-21. It was a wonderful scene seeing the men and women again closely listening to the Word of God. The study centered on the living water and worshiping in truth and in spirit. Both men and women gave their prayer requests and we were truly the one being blessed after the sharing.
Like the rest of the country wherein prison facilities are impacted by the influx of surrenderees, the count at the BJMP in Biñan is at 576 inmates occupying cramped quarters. Pray for these and those like them, God bless you all!
“Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me His prisoner, but share with me in the sufferings for the gospel according to the power of God...” 2Timothy 1:8
“Come to Me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”Matthew 11:28
“The Bible Center” will be on inactive status for Fall 2016. There will be no classes offered both on-site and off -site for the semester, and the remaining SY 2016. MFHBC will be reopening in the Spring of 2017.
We would love to have you join us in the Spring of 2017 and our thanks to you all for bearing with us at this time of resting.
If you are a returning, or even a new student, click here, please complete and submit the enrollment form. You will receive the information you need via email…
~ Study the Word of God with us, “Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth.” John 17:17
~ You may also visit the other Calvary Chapel Affiliate campus in Dumaguete and inquire via this website and contact Ms Dyna Delamin.
Nenita and I look forward to a time of refreshing in our Main Campus in Murrieta CA during this time of medical furlough. Expecting great things from God, as we continue as our goal, to be in the great things of God. Stay connected with us, watch and pray with us, and we will be in prayer to see you in the Spring.
In the meanwhile, continue trekking with us via FB, we’d love to hear from you!