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?”
“Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but He is (has) risen. Remember how He spoke to you while He was still in Galilee,”
Luke 24:5b, 6
This is a reminder to keep our eyes, ears, and hearts on Jesus Christ. In this gospel account, the Lord’s disciples are reminded to exercise those senses (eyes=Why do you seek…?; ears/memory=Remember how He spoke to you while He was still-with you-in Galilee…) In the encounter with the angel the attention is directed at the source of all things, not ourselves, not the work, but on the Words of Jesus Christ, what He said and continues to say.
The Lord reminds me that I ought to look expectantly for Him to hear His voice in the ministry. Now that Nenita and I have moved to Santa Rosa, I stand guard; station myself where I ought; and I will keep watch to see what He will speak to me…”(Habakkuk 2:1-3).
Looking back, my hubris gets the better of me in specific situations; and when it does, I view such instances with a sense of finality. I mumble and say to myself, “Oh no, what have I done?” But the Holy Spirit is quick to remind me that nothing can separate me from His love; and that with God, all things are possible. The words of Jesus always comes at a time I need His assurance, “Let not your heart be troubled, you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house…” In my mind the Spring semester was in full view, but by His grace, it has been pushed to be a Summer semester for His purpose. He knows best!
The Lord has brought us thus far in the first quarter of 2018:
1) MFHBC continues with “Off-Site” classes, a.k.a. “W.o.W – Word on Wheels” beginning in April out of Santa Rosa, Laguna. Because of the move and requests from two churches, classes have been rescheduled to start on the third week of April 2018, which is summer(in the Philippines).
2) MFHBC over the last six years, continue to establish relationships with existing fellowships, rekindling old friendships not just in Calabarzon(southern Luzon) but to include northern Luzon for the “…equipping of the saints, for the work of the ministry.” We continue to follow His directive that more may know Christ and make Him known.
3) During this recent “spring” break, we were blessed to visit new places. As we did, we got to pray up the people we encountered. For the most part, the Gospel needed to be proclaimed; and equally important is the need for the Word of God taught at the small independent churches.
The move to Santa Rosa was explained in a previous newsletter, and is so ordained because the move allows us easier access to the “highways and byways” for the work we have been called to(this includes you…we’re in this together).
The urgency is a reality until the Lord returns. You may remember this phrase, “Go and tell, or they will go to hell” by Nenita, so yes, the work we are called to is urgent. The call is to reach the most number of teachable saints for the work of the ministry. The upcoming 2018 semester is out of the norm and is slated to begin with two churches, Kingdom Ministries in Silang, Cavite – down south; and Rock of Refuge at New Manila, Quezon City – at the center. Keep in prayer as the Lord wills, for a class to start with a local church in the Santa Rosa area.
As part of our preparation for the coming semester, we went on a retreat (step back), to seek His face and scout the landscape beyond CaLaBaRzon. Last June 2017, we visited Mariveles, Bataan (west of Manila) for a wedding, then to Baguio (north) to celebrate our 25th anniversary, these cities mentioned are far from Santa Rosa and Tagaytay, way north.
This 2018, we attended another wedding up in Baguio. It was a ceremony that had all the elements of what a wedding ought to look like, restoration, forgiveness, reconciliation, and redemption. What a beautiful wedding, through it, God is glorified!
The grooms parents are Nenita’s friends from way back. They invited us for a road trip to a city in Ilocos Sur, named Vigan. It was a four and a half hour drive northwest of Baguio. It was cool to see this part of the country and spend time with friends…”are we there yet?”
Before the Vigan road trip, we made new friends in Baguio, the parents of one of Nenita’s doctors. Meet Buddy and Marie Jose, and Buddy’s sister Tess. It was a pleasant and fun-filled first meeting over lunch, Baguio style: deep fried bangus (milkfish), tilapia two ways (fried, and stewed in mustard leaves and tamarind), duck cooked in coconut milk…Yummm. Introductions through stories were exchanged, it was like we’d known each other a long time and were simply catching up by giving updates about our lives.
In addition to visiting the countryside and making new friends, we got to spend time with the saints of Calvary Chapel Fellowship of Baguio. The family of God is awesomely large that wherever you turn, if you remain alert, you will meet brothers and sisters in the Lord you otherwise might have ignored.
These encounters are such an encouragement. We were blessed to sit down with them on Holy Wednesday to teach on the book of Ephesians for four hours as the Lord allowed it.
Do keep us both in your prayers to the Lord of the harvest, which indeed is plentiful, laborers are few. Let us press on together in the power of His might. Again, from Nenita and I, thank you for your faithful participation to His work through us. Praise God indeed!!! We love you.
“And he shall stand and shepherd his flock in the strength of the Lord,
in the majesty of the name of the Lord his God.
And they shall dwell secure,
for now he shall be great to the ends of the earth.” Micah 5:4
In our theme verse, 1Peter 3:15, 16, the students of MFHBC learned and dug for gold nuggets of truth what it means to “sanctify” or “honor” Christ the Lord as holy. Looking back on our rear view mirror, it is as important as keeping our eyes ahead to 2018.
The goal that every man/woman be presented complete in Christ (Colossians 1:28) Here at “My Father’s House“, God continues to do the work He promised we (that includes you)get to be a part of. The fall of 2017 saw us planted in the heart of the city of Silang, about 10 kilometers away from Tagaytay, we came alongside Kingdom Ministries to pass on how to mine God’s truth to group leaders.
When classes began on September 5, the room was filled to capacity. The excitement of something new proved too much to resist for these men and women. They flocked to this “old” new thing, studying the Word of God as He intended for all. The sense of joyous expectancy were with these students, coming to learn NT Greek, Inductive Bible Study, Theology, and the Gospel of Luke. They shot off from the gates like a rocket…and then…the truth of the parable of the Sower soon was manifest over the coming weeks, beginning in mid October leading to December. Keep praying with us for these (Jude 20-24).
Glory and praise belongs to the Lord in all that has been accomplished in Fall 2017. The prayer of the Lord in you are being realized in this area of ministry here with us in the Philippines, such as:
1. The Lord opening the offsite teaching ministration at Kingdom Ministries in Silang.
2. The continuing partnership with the Rock of Refuge Christian Church testifies to the unique relationship that exist amongst God’s children without focusing on the “brand.” They are co-workers to the BJMP inmates in Biñan, Laguna, and together we all have been blessed by many fruits of salvation.
3. Then there is the women’s Bible fellowship, Joyful Ruthies faithfully come together. Praise God for all that He has done, is doing, and will continue to do.
Towards the start of December, Pastor Ren Sabio, one whom God has used in our lives, visited us along with his niece and parents,”Pops” and Mom. Every year since we’ve been here, God is faithful to press us forward through visits from the church, His body, through folks like you, and this year the Sabios.
Not only that, MFHBC hosted aspiring film maker Melissa, her cast Janine, Jude, TJ and Kevin for the weekend before Christmas. The Indie film titled “Enough” in English will be entered in 2018’s Cine Malaya Film Festival at the Cultural Center of the Philippines.
God is sending everyone and anyone our way…we look forward to seeing you here soon.
* For the next place of God for us. Pray with us for the right place in wisdom, that His will be done on the where and when, that the how be manifest by Him (Hebrews 11:10).
* For the coming Off Site Spring 2018 semester; for current and future students to be wholehearted and steadfast in their trust and dependence upon Jesus Christ, the author and finisher of our faith. Pray for churches to be single minded towards Christ, that we all come united in His Body being the Bride until He returns. Jude 20-24
* Pray For the BJMP prison ministry; for the inmates and the officers who are hearing the Gospel, to be transformed as they hear and believe and make confession with their mouth Christ Jesus in their lives. Romans 10:10
* Pray For our ministry partners, Rock of Refuge Christian Church(RRCC) and Kingdom Ministries of Silang (KMS), their pastors and leaders in training to grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ. 2Peter 3:17
* Pray For the Ladies of Joyful Ruthies Women’s Bible Study that by their model, other women(young and old) will know Christ in the teaching of His Word, and in their actions win many to Jesus. Titus 2:3,4
* Pray the Philippines be transformed by the Word of God. For us not to be weary in this field of dreams and to keep on being joyful in His strength as we continue to sow in the fallow grounds. Hosea 10:12
“But you, beloved, building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit,
keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life.” Jude 20,21
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!”
The Book is divided into two sections: first, the superiority of the Son in His person and work (1:1-10:18); and second, the practical application of the superiority of the Son in the lives of believers (10:19-13:25)…we study these sections, chapter by chapter, verse-by-verse, “with a true heart in full assurance of faith…” (Heb 10:22).
“Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great Shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, equip you with everything good that you may do His will, working in us that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.”
Come and see…join us, take Jesus up on His Word:
“Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”
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Coming this Fall 2017…beginning August 29…
A general overview of New Testament Greek grammar and syntax…we begin translating from Greek to English…learning grammar, syntax, exegesis, and diagramming…little memorization required in this class…we use tools like Greek-English interlinears and analytical lexicons…let the Spirit speak to your hearts plainly; “…The hour is coming when I will no longer speak to you in figures of speech but will tell you plainly about the Father.” John 16:25
In Isaiah 55:11, God says…”So will My word be which goes forth from My mouth; It will not return to Me empty, Without accomplishing what I desire, And without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it.”
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“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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“For He knows our frame; He remembers that we are dust.”
The word anniversary is described as “the date on which an event occurred in some previous year; the commemoration of such an event on that date in following years.” The next step, is remembering that anniversary. Is that tricky? Remembering? Throughout a year, dates are marked for a reason: a birthday, a wedding anniversary (attention men!), Mother’s day, Father’s day, graduation, Christmas, Thanksgiving, New Year, and oh yeah, let’s not forget Valentine’s day which is followed by tax day. Like clockwork, these are observed by many of us, one way or another. Of course, different countries mark specific dates meant to remind the people, whether good or not so good events unique to that nation or country.
Throughout the Bible, we are taught that God reminds creation to remember events, places, actions, and people. The nation Israel was reminded of their Exodus from Egypt, their condition before and after slavery, “And thou shalt remember that thou wast a bondman in the land of Egypt, and the LORD thy God redeemed thee: therefore I command thee this thing to day.” Deuteronomy 15:15.
In the New Testament, Paul quotes Jesus, “and when He had given thanks, He broke it, and said, “This is My body which is for you. Do this in remembrance of Me. In the same way also He took the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.” 1Corinthians 11:24-25
In both passages, notice the “R” word repeated. So if the Lord shows us that these events are worth remembering, one from the past, the other in the future, therefore, if it’s important to Him, it should be learned by us to keep these in mind, to remember.
The sad reality is, we pick and choose what to remember. We’ve even been introduced to make excuses, with phrases like “selective memory, mis-remembered, mis-spoke” and a few others, all for the purpose of defending ourselves, that silly pride. But He, the Lord Jesus Christ knows that we will have “lapses“, which is why He assures those who believe in Him, “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things and bring to your remembranceall that I have said to you.” John 14:26
The question is, do we remember events, places, things, and yes, people along with the things they say, people whom God has put in our midst for our edification and correction? Do we remember to thank God in those instances? Or do we choose to simply make an excuse and say, “Ooops, sorry, I forgot!” We do that, we’re in bigger trouble than we think. Thus He reminds us (there’s that word again), “Remembertherefore from where you have fallen; repent, and do the works you did at first. If not, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place, unless you repent.“Revelation 2:5
Because of these truths we’ve just reviewed, here is one way to get started to apply “remembering” in my life today…in this issue, you’ve noticed names, names of family (near and far) and friends (old and new), some I have seen face to face, while others, not yet, who in the past year of 2016-2017 have been privy to my “heart journey“; included are places the Lord has allowed Nenita and I to visit during the past year.
This is my exercise in remembering, to give thanks for you, as you all remember us in prayer, for God’s work in the Philippines…and the love we received from you always. For my “new heart.” There may be some of you not included in this list, looking forward to hearing from you, thank you for understanding…like I said, I’m still exercising to remember. In all this, “I thank my God always when we remember you in our prayers…”Philemon 1:4
“I will remember the deeds of the Lord; yes I will remember Your wonders of old.” Psalm 77:11
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