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A plentiful harvest…what now?

The midpoint of 2017’s third quarter is upon us with summer winding down. In many parts, it means harvest time is near. What does the harvest mean for us? In yesterday’s reading in John 4:34-38, what ought to grab our attention is Jesus Christ’s statement in verse 35, He commanded the disciples, He commands us, “Look, I tell you, lift up your eyes, and see that the fields are white for harvest.

Someone has already been used to spread the seed of the Gospel, it is God who makes it grow. Our part is to participate in His harvest, whatever the season. We ourselves are answers by someone else’s prayer to the Lord of the harvest, cool huh?

In just over a month, the seventh semester at My Father’s House begins. It would have been the eighth but we took leave in the Fall 2016 as part of my recovery from the heart operation the Lord deemed necessary. So here we are, preparing for the new season as we lift up our eyes that we may see what Jesus saw that afternoon in Sychar, “…the fields are white for harvest.”

You have been a part in this work God has wrought us through. In four years, we have not been in lack for any good thing. The Lord shows Himself a just Employer through His body, the church. What we may view as hindrances, bumps or bruises, these are interruptions that Jesus Christ be glorified in our lives. It has once been said, “All we get to do is be a spectator and sit back, relax and behold God work.” Exodus 14:13

Unless we make the time to listen and lift our eyes to see Him, we will miss out, not only the opportunity to be used by God, but to witness God work through us.

There is much to be done, keep praying the Lord for the people of the Philippines, for the city of Tagaytay and beyond. The fallow ground has been sown with seed meant to bear not the fruit of the Spirit, but of the flesh. Pray that we may be quick and willing to lift up Jesus Christ by the teaching of His commands. (Matthew 28:20)

And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write: ‘The words of the holy one, the true one, who has the key of David, who opens and no one will shut, who shuts and no one opens.” Revelation 3:7

Speaking of fruit, here is what the Lord continues to do:

Shades of Paul, a prisoner for Jesus Christ.

1) The Rock of Refuge Christian fellowship came alongside us last year while I was recovering from my operation. They joyfully took on the mantle in ministering to the inmates of BJMP (Bureau of Jail and Penology) in Biñan. This includes fortnight teaching of the Word of God.

Four years ago the Lord opened the door at BJMP. What was at that time a mere 20′ x 20′ enclosure (with a population of 100 or something with no ventilation)has been transformed as of this writing. The size of the jail facility has multiplied 5 times the previous size in order to accommodate the more than 600 men and some women(and still growing). Three tiered bunks have been constructed and still some sleep on the floor.

The other piece of good news is that the facility now has an exhaust system that brings in fresh cool air and pushes out the old, stale air. Praise the Lord indeed. “Remember those who are in prison, as though in prison with them…” Hebrews 13:3

The Joyful Ruthies fetting Lani (in pink) with a shower.

2) Joyful Ruthies is a women’s bible study fellowship meeting twice a month. Nenita is used by the Lord to facilitate the study. The women’s fellowship includes Grace, Lani, Lei, Marg, Fae, Espie and Garet.

The ladies are now in the 4th chapter of Ephesians. The fellowship gave Lani a baby shower, her first child. “But as for you, teach what accords with sound doctrine.” Titus 2:1

The family in Bagac, Mariveles, Bataan.

3) We look forward to receiving more students this coming Fall as He directs us. Opportunities abound in the areas of ministry outreach and church partnerships.
Consider that an outreach to a small town in Bagac, Mariveles in Bataan which is part of Central Luzon be had. Mariveles happens to be the starting point of the Bataan Death March. We had the opportunity to share the Gospel to a family and many more awaiting our return.

Aeta siblings.
Image by Originalpeople.org

In that same town, an Aeta community exists. These Aeta is one of many indigenous groups in the Philippines considered still a minority. Pray for an outreach to this town in Bagac, that we get to minister the word of God.

As it relates to church partnerships, there is opportunity up in Baguio, Benguet in Northern Luzon. This would be to come alongside the pastor in teaching on Saturday’s.

We have a desire to go and help, yet there is pause because of the logistics. The distance is far from Tagaytay. Baguio, the summer capital of the Philippines, is almost 200 miles away with a travel time ranging anywhere from 6-9 hours away from Tagaytay.

Baguio brethren.

What we get to do for now is pray the Lord for these places, in Mariveles for the family and the Aeta’s; and for the church in Baguio, both places in need of workers.

It was true then, it still is true today, laborers are few…thank you for your love in prayer and joy in giving to the Lord for His work through us.

Session Road in Baguio

“Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”
Matthew 9:37-38

The Parable of the Sower

Jesus Christ taught us all that is important in His word, the Bible. The parable of the sower is a familiar lesson that each of us must take heart to. Let it be a reminder, an exhortation, a revelation to be heeded. It is important enough that the Holy Spirit made sure it is mentioned in three of the four gospels, Matthew 13:3-23, Mark 4:3-20, and Luke 8:5-15.
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Second only to the teaching about the feeding of the five thousand, which is mentioned in all four gospels, the parable of the sower is intricately connected to the Great Commission.

Let us review the passage…this is taken from the Gospel of Mark, ESV

“Listen! Behold, a sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seed fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured it. Other seed fell on rocky ground, where it did not have much soil, and immediately it sprang up, since it had no depth of soil. And when the sun rose, it was scorched, and since it had no root, it withered away.

Other seed fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked it, and it yielded no grain. And other seeds fell into good soil and produced grain, growing up and increasing and yielding thirtyfold and sixtyfold and a hundredfold.

And He said, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear. And when He was alone, those around Him with the twelve asked Him about the parables.
> In this last verse of this section the Lord calls for us to have understanding, of the Spirit, and to pay attention. Mark points out the reality of Jesus’ statement in verse 10, people hear it, but have no understanding.

And He said to them, “To you has been given the secret of the kingdom of God, but for those outside everything is in parables, so that “they may indeed see but not perceive, and may indeed hear but not understand, lest they should turn and be forgiven.”
Isaiah 6:9-10

“And He said to them, ‘Do you not understand this parable? How then will you understand all the parables?

The sower sows the word.
> Jesus gives to us an illustration of a farmer scattering the seed, the Word of God. Not every place (heart) His Word is cast to is prepared to receive it, thus one requires the help of the Holy Spirit to understand the word of God.

And these are the ones along the path, where the word is sown: when they hear, Satan immediately comes and takes away the word that is sown in them.
> The first type of soil is a path or road. A place that has been worn out by foot (vehicular) traffic. Remember, the soil is a condition of a heart. Because it is constantly trampled by the world, there is no chance for it to take root. The adversary of truth, Satan, introduces something that is not God’s truth.

And these are the ones sown on rocky ground: the ones who, when they hear the word, immediately receive it with joy. And they have no root in themselves, but endure for a while; then, when tribulation or persecution arises on account of the word, immediately they fall away.
> Stony or rocky ground is a heart who hears God’s word, for a moment that person is excited about what they heard, but it does not go down deep into their lives, like the first; it is all on the surface. They endure while it feels good, but don’t make the time to read or study the word of God, that when they are teased about being “a Christian,” or threatened harm for being a “Christian,” they abandon that which they heard.

And others are the ones sown among thorns. They are those who hear the word, but the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches and the desires for other things enter in and choke the word, and it proves unfruitful.
> Seeds that fall into thorns hear, or pay attention, and take some action…but they encounter three things: cares of the world (distraction), deceitfulness (delusion) of riches, and desire (longing) for other things. If I seek these things rather than getting to know God in His word, what was sown gets choked (drown, strangle, or pushed out), which leads to an unfruitful life.
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But those that were sown on the good soil are the ones who hear the word and accept it and bear fruit, thirtyfold and sixtyfold and a hundredfold.”
> Good soil are those who hear the Word (believe), accept it (obey) and bear fruit (evidence in lifestyle). A surrendered life is one that produces the fruit of the Spirit, see Galatians 5:22-25

Where does the Great Commission fit in all this? Jesus says,”Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you
alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen
.” Matthew 28:19-20 KJV

To disciple means to teach. To be a disciple means to learn from our Teacher. He promised, that He will be with us, even to the end. Without the teaching of Jesus in the life of those who have been baptized, how will one grow? 2 Peter 3:18 Selah…think about it.

Enroll now!

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You still have time to join us at the Bible Center!
Classes begin August 25, 2014.
“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven;”
Ecclesiastes 3:1

For Fall 2014:

Books of…

1,2,3 JOHN

Description & Objective
The Epistles of John are intensely practical letters addressed to Christian readers. They warn against the dangers of false teaching and exhort believers to live a life of obedience to God and love for their brothers and sisters. Its controlling theme is fellowship with God the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ in love and truth.
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The goal is to allow the letters of John to teach us how to base our lives upon the true doctrines of Christ and His Person, and to live our lives in a way that pleases Him in truth and love.

EPHESIANS

Description & Objective
This course is designed to give the student a thorough working knowledge of Ephesians, studying verse-by-verse and including the major doctrines presented in the epistle helping them in its rightful interpretation. We will see a glorious picture of Christ and His Church and the plan of God for His children. We will appreciate even more the extent of Christ’s loving work for us and what He desires of us.
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By the end of the course, the students, 1) will be acquainted with Paul’s style of writing and know the historical background of the book and how it fits in with all of his other writings, especially Colossians; 2) have a greater understanding of who/what the Church is as the bride of Christ; 3) have the confidence in the knowledge of the wealth that we all get to share as part of the Body of Christ and therefore; 4) demonstrate the ability to explain the message of this book to others.

EXODUS

Description & Objective

There are two key theological themes of Exodus, based on the two main parts of the book. The first is “God is the Deliverer”; the second is “God the Covenant-Maker”. We will study these themes as we look at Exodus verse-by-verse.Exodus-3

To receive a clear understanding of Israel’s plight as the chosen people and how it parallel’s to those called by God.

LUKE

Description & Objective

This course is a verse-by-verse study of the Gospel of Luke. We will attempt to follow the admonition of Jesus when He said, “…take my yoke and learn of Me…”
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To learn what the Bible teaches us for victory in our daily walk with Jesus. To change those things that need to change in our lives according to the Word of God. To make a difference in our Christian life and to encourage others by our example.

and then…

INDUCTIVE BIBLE STUDY

Description & Objective
The way we read and understand the Bible really affects the way we live. Since we make decisions based on how we understand the Bible, it is important that we read the Bible in a healthy way that leads us to the right conclusions about God, ourselves, and the world we live in. In this course, we will learn how to study, interpret and apply the Bible soundly.Theology

By completing this course, you should (1) develop a good understanding of the basic nature and general content of the Bible; (2) develop a deep appreciation for the Bible; (3) learn how to study and interpret the Bible; (4) learn how to apply the Bible correctly and practically; and (5) become ready to communicate the results of your studies to others.

MISSIONS

Description & Objective
This class will focus on the theological and practical elements of mission work. We will study the biblical basis of missions, focusing mainly on the life of Paul in the book of Acts and some of his epistles to learn the principles that ought to be applied practically in our own missionary endeavors.
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At the end of this course, students 1) will have a better understanding of what it means to be a missionary and recognize the call to go…in the light of God’s Great Commission; 2) should begin appreciate the life of the many missionary pioneers and the trails they have forged; 3) will be able to apply the principles of “going and telling” and be inspired to get involved in God’s work to reach the world; 4) will get the basic essentials of missionary service.

THEOLOGY

Description & Objectives

The class will consist of a survey of the main doctrines of the Christian faith. Attention will be given to the theological role of theology, God, Christ, Holy Spirit, man, sin, salvation, church, and personal eschatology.Tozer

The course goal is twofold: 1) Deepen your personal knowledge and faith in Christ through organizing and understanding essential theological issues along with how they relate to each other; 2) to equip you with the tools to become a more efficient evangelist as it pertains to clearly articulating the gospel message and its accompanying doctrines.

Forgiveness

Then Peter came to Him and said, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times? Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.”
Matthew 18:21-22

And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses. But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father in heaven forgive your trespasses.
Mark 11:25-26

Therefore be merciful, just as your Father also is merciful. Judge not, and you shall not be judged. Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.
Luke 6:36-38

For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
Matthew 6:14-15

Take heed to yourselves. If your brother sins against you, rebuke him; and if he repents, forgive him. And if he sins against you seven times in a day, and seven times in a day returns to you, saying, ‘I repent,’ you shall forgive him.
Luke 17:3-4

Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.”
Luke 23:34

“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
1John 1:9