5 Top Things To Do In A Crisis

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5 Top Things to do in a Crisis : Synopsis

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Be Part of the Solution Not the Problem

 Whenever there’s a crisis or problem, don’t forget who you are, your Identity and Destiny in Christ, remember you are children of Light not of darkness, you are NOT a troublemaker but a peacemaker

2 Corinthians 5:17-20 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! 18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 19 that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. 20 We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.

From the above Scripture:  we are new creation in Christ, His ambassador and your ministry is reconciliation. 

You can bring light & life. To verify first the article you read and receive on the social media before passing on or sharing them on your FB, Instagram. You bring the message of Good News, message of hope, reconciliation of relationships NOT confusion or message of doom and gloom.

Be Thankful Always

 Having the spirit of gratitude brings sunshine, a positive conducive atmosphere of Light and Life.  

the attitude of gratitude is the best expression of your appreciation for all the things God has done in your life.  Whereas ungratefulness is pride, condescending the One who is in control, the One who Provides for all things.

Colossians 3:17 And whatever you do, whether in word or in deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.

1 Thessalonians 5:18  Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 

Be A Learner

A disciple of Jesus is a learner, a teachable, humble person.  

The more that you read, the more things you will know.  The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.  Dr Seus

Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other. John F Kennedy

I am always ready to learn although I do not always like being taught.  Winston Churchill

If you approach the world with the apron of a servant then you are allowed to go places that you can’t go if you approach it with the crown of a king. Jon Foreman, Switchfoot

Find Out What Really Matters in your life

PUT YOUR HOUSE IN ORDER …   Read Isaiah 38:1-3 , don’t wait for bad things to happen before you put your house in order.  Now is the time to appreciate your life, wife, family, the best people, best things that happen in your life. 

Remember the most important things are NOT things.

At deathbed, you will not say  “ I wish I had more time in my office”.  but instead you want to be surrounded with your loved ones. All material things become nothing or insignificant to you,

Transactional vs Transformational Relationships:  

Things you regret are NOT the ones you did but the ones you did not do.

The late Billy Graham when interviewed about his busy scheduled was asked: “ If you can turn back the hands of time, what do you really want to do?” With tears he replied, “ I would like to spend more time with my family”

Luke 16: Rich Man and Lazarus  , the story tells about the rich man who remembered his 5 brothers while he’s being tormented in hell.  The rich man apparently still care for his brothers despite the fact he’s already in another life separated from them 

Crisis situation is temporary

Psalms 30:5   Sorrow may last for the night but joy comes in the morning

Matthew 24:36-39

For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving to marriage, until the day that Noah entered the Ark and did not know until the flood came an took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.

Note this important phrase “ they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving to marriage”.  This situation clearly shows that life would be normal, no more social distancing, with the image of crowds of people… at the time when Jesus is coming.

Normal time soon, this CoVid19 crisis is temporary,  everything will go back to normal, business as usual .

Normal- when people forget about God and don’t even care about Jesus coming again

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Reflections on Lockdown: The Church Finest Hour

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1st Century Lockdown – Shelter in Place

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The idea of  “lockdown, shelter in place” happened in the NT when the 1st-century believers went into hiding, fearful of the Jewish leaders! 

On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!”    John 20:19

Think for a moment,  the disciples feared for their lives, confused and worried.  They became Jerusalem’s public enemy #1.    Their hope crumbled and fall with the death of their Messiah.

Suddenly Jesus passed appeared in front of the startled disciples and spoke the most refreshing encouragement – Peace be with you! He can pass through any locked doors or any barriers to bring you peace.

            Peace be with you– means no fear, now worry I am here.

So that Easter Sunday (1st day of the week) Jesus rose from the grave with his only agenda – to look for his disciples and each one of us too.

Its About Peace not War

 Revenge is the usual theme ingredient of an action story—BUT NOT the resurrection story.   Jesus upon getting up from the tomb He didn’t seek revenge for what the Jews, (or Poncio Pilato) did to him.  He didn’t seek for His enemies to torture them one by one.  Instead, He sought His disciples, the church to encourage them, to build them up.  He rose to bring–Peace to the World.  

 Jesus didn’t show the prevailing “Make My Day” image nowadays when he removed the bundle of linen wrapped around His body.  Looks like He gently escaped from the wrappings by passing through it as a Spirit- Body.  Enclosed on a tightly sealed grave nothing can restrain Him. 

According to John 20:7 the cloths, strips of linen were arranged and folded them up by itself.  One important lesson l learned every time I woke up is to give thanks I am alive.  Then the first accomplishment of my day starts with making up my bed. 

CoVid19 Lockdown Message

Okay, going back.  Jesus’ message to us during these Corona Virus crisis is — Peace Be With You, Fear Not. We will Overcome.  As Christians, our words should be words that give life. Not death. No lies. No fake news. Don’t take part in those spreading lies, negativity, and fake news in social media. 

Lockdown means an emergency protocol that prevents people from leaving. In the Philippines, you need a “quarantine- pass” to go out of the house. You would show that to authorities when you’re getting the essentials (food, water, getting money from the bank).  Whereas here in the US the term appropriately used is – “shelter in place”

You don’t need any pass or permit yet to buy or things, to make transactions or to get things done.   In the near future the Bible says people need some kind of a special Mark or ID to buy and sell., get things done.   This global pandemic experience seems to be just a rehearsal, a foretaste of what will happen in the future!!!

St Paul’s Lock Down, No Excuse

Paul, the apostle showed us a good example of what to do during a lockdown. While locked up in prison he actively moved. At a fixed social distance with Silas, both prayed and sang worship songs on top of their lungs.

Their fellow prisoners heard them and then a strong earthquake shook the place unlocking all their chains.   You see prayer is active, not passive work. Prayer makes you a hypocrite when you pray for someone hungry or in need but you didn’t lift a finger to help when it is within your power to do so.  

While we may think we would be ’stuck, immobilized and paralyzed to do our Christian duties while on lockdown the apostle Paul moves actively while in prison. 

Paul Used Influence, Resources while in Prison

During his imprisonment  he accomplished the following:

1) he wrote 14 letters /epistles, 1 under dispute by scholars, the book of Hebrews. The purpose is to build up and multiply churches.

               2) He exercised his influence on mobilizing leaders. Greeted so many people personally (especially Romans 16 , a list of 37 names ..Phoebe, Prisca, Aquilla, Epaneutus, Mary, Andronicus, Urbanus, etc.  How many of you can enumerate the name of their children, grandchildren, including birthdays? Your wedding anniversary?

              3) Paul proclaims the gospel while in jail. Friends visited him and even “did errands” for him. One of them, Timothy brought him items of clothing, materials or even food.

 Notice while Paul was in lock down he used his  “resources” to change the world.  He exercised his influence, by the power of God.  

Things We Can Do While On Lockdown

How about you singing karaoke with your loved ones?  

Eating together, exercise or walk in park, read book?

How about you start one important habit… Joshua 1:8 One year Bible Reading/Devotional which is 15 min, a day is a good one. (the rooster has a habit every morning to praise the Lord!!)

As a church group, you can send “care packages” (toilet papers, soda drink, ) to seniors or to those in need. (Or maybe send help to another country?)

Bring words of life, connect with your friends who may be feeling lonely. (Get a list of seniors, or those in care homes ). Take advantage of your smartphones and social media.

*** Partner and invest in your church or in missions work of spreading the gospel. Reach the world of the marginalized poor, homeless, educational sponsorship of children in places like a garbage dump in Manila, or Africa,  end human trafficking of children/women.,  

The Church’s Finest Hour

Winston Churchill, the British prime minister made a powerful speech that rallied the people during WW2 and led his country from the brink of defeat into victory…

”Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duties, and so bear ourselves that, if the British Empire and its Commonwealth last for a thousand years, men will still say: ‘This was their finest hour.”

In the same way – this is the church finest hour.  Proclaim the message of hope – “Peace BE With YOU —Fear Not for I am with You, I will never leave you nor forsake you”  

As resurrection people, we are the bearer of Good News this time and season. During this crisis and difficulties, God’s people should rise up.  Because this is the church’s finest hour in history is to raise the banner of the cross giving the world- “Peace be with You”.  

We will not be paralyzed, immobilized by fear while observing “shelter in place”.   We can start —as a church, and as individual Christian by bringing the message of hope and peace through our communication, speaking words of life via telephone or social media. ( Prov 18:21 says the power of life and death is in the tongue) 

we are victorious, we will overcome.  

Mobilize our resources and means of influence to help support the church and mission work that God has placed in our hearts.

We have victory in Jesus.  We will overcome it.  We will get through this.  

5 Excuses of Moses: Why I am not the man for the job?

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I am an escape artist that I can evade any responsibility that I don’t like by making excuses.

Excuses Defined: alibis, to remove blame or responsibility that results in justification, forgiveness, and release of any liability

Introduction

Given a divine assignment, many mighty men of God in the Scriptures started off with excuses, reluctance, fear, insecurity or doubt.  

From Jonah to Gideon, each one gave a litany of excuses countered by our loving God.

The most reluctant man with a list of terrible excuses, in my opinion, was Moses.  

Here comes the image of a man with his radiant face descending from Mt. Sinai (the 2nd time ) with tablets of the 10 commandments.    

This great man parted the Red Sea by God’s power.  He brought the nation of Egypt to its knees releasing millions of Hebrew slaves.    

Yet he came to be the “most humble man on the face of the earth”. Dubbed as the“friend of God” to whom only God speaks face to face. 

Out of frustration, he hit the rock twice ignoring God’s instruction to “speak to the rock”.

Like us, he was not perfect.  He had an anger management problem, a behavior pattern that disqualified him from entering the Promised Land. 

Check this out, you’ll find Moses listed in Hebrews 11- “Heroes of Faith”.

Story of Moses

Moses’ story begins in Egypt with the murder of newborn Hebrews males and Pharaohs daughter’s venture of rescuing the infant baby Moses in the River Nile.  

Pharaoh’s daughter raised him up as royalty, trained him as a warrior.  Educated in a prestigious university in Egypt he’s destined to be “the Prince of Egypt”.  

Moses lost all his royal privileges down the drain. He murdered an Egyptian officer beating a Hebrew slave. 

The Pharaoh discovered his secret. He began a manhunt to kill Moses, but he escaped.

As a murderer and fugitive at age 40, he hid in a remote desert staying with an unsuspecting family —the priest of Midian named Ruel.  

Eventually, he married Zipporah, one of Ruel’s daughters, had 2 sons and pretended they’ll live happily ever after.

Now when I thought Moses has reached a demented age of 80, God suddenly disrupted “his cozy life on a rocking chair at a beach sipping a tequila”.  

I imagine my retirement years.  

Moses Re-Fired not Retired

God called Moses to take a gargantuan task of saving his people from the hands of Pharaoh.  I thought why should I care for these people?

 In the burning bush, Moses’ 1st conversation with God, we see 5 terrible excuses on why he could not do it versus God’s “irresistible” counter- offer. The offers are all SUPERNATURAL!!

“While I tell myself I would never reject God if He asks me to do something bigger than myself, the truth is I also have a list of lame excuses. ” 

While I tell myself I would never reject God if He asks me to do something bigger than myself, the truth is I also have a list of lame excuses.

One of them could be pretending I fainted, asleep and so I can’t hear anything you say.  

Even though God, spelled as G.O.D. repeatedly reassured him, Moses still begged for Him to send someone else. 

But when Moses finally conceded, God used him in the exodus & deliverance of a million Jews from Egypt. 

Let’s check out the validity of these 5 Excuses, to remember them easily those excuses starts with “i” ( identity, ignorance, insecurity, impairment, idwtdi)

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5 Excuses of Moses

1st:  IDENTITY Excuse

Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh?” (Exodus 3:11). 

 My take:   

“I am just a nobody, an aging 80-year-old shepherd, a murderer,  fugitive,  I am no match to meet any Egyptian royalty”.  

— “what if they recognize me as the wanted killer? .. like the family of my victim ?”  

*** Identity defines our self-worth, self-esteem but the Bible says we have a new identity is in Christ.

God so often chooses the most unlikely candidate to fulfill His vision. He sees past the man and sees eternity.  He sees our potential and how our broken vessels can fulfill His ultimate purpose. 

GOD’S response: 

 I WILL BE WITH YOU (Exodus 3:12)  

My take:  

The Big Boss, the King of the Universe on my side?  God’s saying it doesn’t matter who you are…I’ll be with you.  Just like the burning bush, any instrument or person can do the supernatural when God is in it. 

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2nd:  IGNORANCE 

Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ Then what shall I tell them?” (Exodus 3:13).

My take: 

I don’t know you enough.  I don’t even know your name? I’m not a theologian, no training, no seminary education. 

GOD’S response: 

‘I-AM sent you”  (Exodus 3:14)

Ignorance is not a problem as long as we have a teachable spirit, willing to learn and obey. 

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3rd :  INSECURITY & DOUBT  

What if they do not believe me or listen to me and say, ‘The Lord did not appear to you’?” (Exodus 4:4).

My take:  

 “What evidence or proof I can use to convince them? No power or authority.  I don’t feel secure.  No credibility “. 

“I’m just a poor boy, no money, no honey, no personality, no job, no friends, no influence. I have nothing good to show them. I am useless. “

God’s response

 “WHAT IS IN YOUR HAND?” (Exodus 4:2)

My Interpretation:

God will empower and use you whatever gifts, talents you possess just like the boy who offered his lunch of tuna sandwich  — 2 fish and 5 loaves of bread.  

The boy’s lunch fed 5,000 people. There were even lots of leftover baskets of food.   

If God is your God, He is everything you got, He is all you need.  You are not useless! 

My wife once said to me jokingly, “no one is totally useless, you can serve as a horrible example”. 

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4rth Excuse:  IMPAIRMENT  – NO ABILITY & CAPABILITY

Pardon your servant, Lord. I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue” (Exodus 4:10). 

My take: 

“I ‘ve no ability.  My tongue is twisted, I stutter a lot. I am afraid and shy. I  can’t speak in public”.  A lame excuse, a lie considering Moses’ high education at the University of Egypt.

God’s response:  

Who created your tongue?  (Exodus 4:11)

My take:

I am God, I created all things, the universe, I created YOU.

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5th Excuse: IDWTDI – “I DON’T WANT TO DO IT”

“Pardon your servant, Lord. Please send someone else” (Exodus 4:13).  

My take:

God hated this excuse. “I don’t want to DO IT.  I am not available.  Send someone else”.  

The irony I see, Moses addressed himself as a “servant” and God his “Master” or the Boss.? And yet, he had the audacity to tell God what He should do.

If I were Moses he should have negotiated,— “Lord, send me to Hawaii on missions or anywhere else except maybe China at this time”.

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God’s response:  

14 Then the Lord’s anger burned against Moses and he said, “What about your brother, Aaron the Levite? ….

My take:

The first 4 excuses God remained patient with Moses but on the 5th excuse, God’s anger kindled up.  

When we tell God “ I’m not willing, I am not available, send someone else” that’s seemed to be the end of discussion.  

Even though God can overpower our will yet He chose to counter every excuse using logic as well as signs and wonders. 

Finally, He said to Moses, “Fine.  I’ll get your brother Aaron to do the talking, but I still want you to do this.  So, I’ll tell you what to say, you’ll tell him, and he’ll tell the people.”  

When Moses conceded to God’s reasonings, He used him mightily to save Israel from slavery to Egypt.  From bondage to freedom. 

Our God has a plan for carrying out His rescue mission for the lost in the world.  You’re in this plan! No more excuses.

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What God is Calling you to do today? 

For starters, when I become a Christian here’s the first thing God called me to do: 

— to be part of the body of Christ (church) and to be rooted and grounded in His Word and 

— I need nourishment to grow and to edify the church.

To grow spiritually, I need to be connected to the Father and to have fellowship with the body of Christ.   

While working in the Middle East, I joined a small group of Christians meeting as a church. Later on, I felt called to serve Him by joining a missionary organization.  Now, which one of the excuses can you relate most?

Who were the 3 Wise Men? The Purpose of their Journey

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If I tell you the names and the story the 3 Wise Men — Balthasar of Arabia, Melchior of Persia, and Gaspar, do you know where they are from? From Armenian tradition. They were not from the Bible. The Bible did not specify the number of Wise Men either.

However, there were 3 gifts, gold, myrrh and frankincense which could be the reason many people believe there were 3 Wise men. But let me first call your attention to a specific verse below:

“4 When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Messiah was to be born. “In Bethlehem in Judea,” they replied, “for this is what the prophet has written:”  Matt 2:4,5

From the passage above you can tell exactly how these religious leaders and experts of the law showed their faith in their Messiah.  They knew the Savior they represent would be born in Bethlehem according to their Holy Scriptures.  But these religious people had chosen to stay in the comfort of their homes. Compared to the Wise Men who traveled a thousand-mile bringing their gifts… for what purpose?

The Wise Men’s Purpose

Here’s the story.   A delegation of Wise men from the East arrived at King Herod’s castle in Jerusalem.   Elegant looking, these Magi possesses extraordinary skills and knowledge in astrology, dream interpretation, sacred writings, magic, and religion.  

King’s special advisers could be their official title like those wise men during Daniel’s time in the Old Testament.   Along with soldiers to protect them from bandits, they had just trekked a thousand-mile riding in camels coming from the East (Persia or Babylon).

Using the Star as a GPS, or the present-day Waze app, the Magi traveled from the East to the capital city of Israel, Jerusalem.

Looking for the baby Jesus, the Wise men logically went directly to King Herod’s castle. Newborn king lives in King’s castle. Tired from the long journey, the Magi expressed their explicit purpose of visit, to WORSHIP the newborn king!

Upon arrival at Herod’s palace, they asked: “where is the newborn king of the Jews?” The reigning King Herod got distressed he didn’t see this coming threat. I think he pretended to be cool.  The Bible says “…he was disturbed and all Jerusalem with him.”  Maybe King Herod’s poker face hid his temper in the presence of his royal guests.

King Herod, The Great Insecurity

Let me explain. There are Six Herods in the New Testament.  Wait.  Thinking of a biblical name for your unborn child? Not Herod, please.   Don’t pick Judas either.  King Herod the Great was not a Jew but from the lineage of Esau (Arabs) not Jacob (Israel). 

He was a famous master builder.  He restored the Temple of Solomon and built many theaters, cities, palaces, and fortresses.   Herod ruthlessly killed those suspected threats to his throne. He murdered his own wife and he killed also several sons. 

So yes, Herod played along with the Wise Men when he called the chief priests or the modern-day pastors asking them where the Messiah was to be born.   In unison, the religious experts shouted “ In Bethlehem” plus they quoted the Bible reference text.  

That’s a place about 5 miles south of Jerusalem.  Not too far,  compared to the thousand miles trip by the Magi coming from either Persia or Babylon, the modern-day Iran or Iraq.

Worshiping with Gifts

Again what’s the sole purpose of their trip ?— v2 “to worship Him”.!!  Did those religious experts intend to visit their real King? Nope.  Maybe they’re afraid of losing their high paying job.   Herod treacherously met with the Magi secretly to decipher how old Jesus would be by then. 

Then he asked them to search the child, —“as soon you find him, report to me so so I can worship him too”.      The Wise men found the child Jesus on a house. No longer in a manger as depicted by many artworks nowadays.  

After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. 10 When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. 

11 On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. 

12 And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route.” Matt 2:9-12

Herod was furious, he massacred the innocent children 2 years and under.

Who are the Religious Professionals?

Let’s go back to those religious professionals who stayed at the comfort of their job or home.    They chose to worship King Herod, instead of worshipping the real King.  To us, Herod can represent the comfort and convenience of materialism.  When a Christian chooses the god of mammon isn’t we become a disgrace to the God we represent?

Many religious leaders and pastors know the Bible well, but not teach well.   But sadly they did not walk that humbling 5 miles trek to worship a suffering Messiah.  Not walking the talk.      Knowledge of prophecy, revelation or tribulation, pre or post-tribulation could be impressive as pastors, preachers, Bible Study leaders, but character and the fruit of the Spirit are the higher standards.

 Being vulnerable is like unmasking our imposter self. In our relationships, the testing comes when people come into our sacred homes.  Maybe a good Herod could have prepared a banquet before he let go of the Wise Men. 

The gift of hospitality sometimes no longer happen in the ministry, especially when our leaders neglect to show hospitality to strangers.  (Heb 13:2). Inviting church people into our home starts with leadership.

On their visit to Jerusalem, the Wise Men sacrificed their time, talent and resources.   They made a huge effort traveling thousands of miles, several weeks on that dangerous, sandy stormy roads. Just for the purpose of worshipping the King and Savior. 

The Wise Men did not seem to be judgmental on how Mary, Joseph and the child Jesus look like as poor peasants.  They believed in that Star in the sky, their research, and their skill set. 

Nowadays we have the convenience of cars, air-conditioned church,  but how many miles or km will it take you to go to worship? What kind of effort, sacrifices or gifts you can offer to signify your love and worship?

The Challenge

Finally, consider Mary and Joseph- when God called them as instruments to give birth to the Messiah.   “Let it be to me according to your word “ Lk 1:30 They gave their all and trusted God for provision, the gifts of the Magi to name a few.  

During the end term of Mary’s pregnancy,  they traveled from Nazareth to Bethlehem  90 miles.   Later on, when Jesus turned 2 years old, they traveled from Bethlehem to Egypt (350 miles).

That is, to escape Herod’s massacre of the innocents.   Then when Herod died they went back to Nazareth coming from Egypt, which is about 400 miles.  (see Arthur Blessitt’s Miles Jesus and Mary walked, www.blessit.com).

Still, our modern means of transportation today — the high tech cars, the superhighways are incomparable to their traveling experience..

This Christmas time we may spend more time in the mall or shopping online as the reason for this season.  Celebration but missing the celebrant. We will never run out of excuses for going to church, Bible Study or in worshipping Him. Ministry is the overflow of our relationships with Him.

Actor Piolo Pascual promotes YWAM Ships: Coming to Manila soon

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YWAM Ships Philippines actively promoted by actor Piolo Pascual will bring volunteers:  physicians, dentists, eye doctors, and other medical professionals in short-term service on our vessels for deployment. We will coordinate all the details of the assignment, including :

–Matching interests, abilities, and time frame with our vessels and locations
— Giving orientation and resources before and during the assignment
— Assisting with necessary visas, permits, and other field requirements
— Coordinating field housing and transportation
–Training volunteers in handling financial details related to overseas service

Rheo Loseo leads this venture bringing the ships to the Philippine islands. You can contact YWAM Ships Philippines for more info.

YWAM Ships: Coming Soon to the Unreached Islands of the Philippines

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Founder of YWAM, Loren Cunningham, talks about YWAM Ships PH

Hear the great news from the Founder of Youth with a Mission, Loren Cunningham, as he shares about the “Ship of Love” sailing soon to the islands of the Philippines!To learn more, visit: www.ywamshipsphilippines.orgTo Donate, click: https://www.passitforward.com/view-request/36000073#ywamshipsph #medicalship #sailingsoon #hopetotheisolated #fullsteamahead

Posted by YWAM Ships PH on Thursday, May 30, 2019

Good News

Do you know that the YWAM Ships is coming soon to the Philippines? A few weeks ago, Rheo Loseo came to visit us here in Union City CA. He is a good friend and fellow YWAMer. Rheo is now the President of YWAM Ships Philippines. The Ships will serve the needs of isolated islands in the Philippines. Watch the video above where Loren Cunningham the YWAM Founder, introduces the coming of the ship to the Philippines. The YWAM Ships will carry volunteers and supplies, bringing compassion, hope, and training to remote locations accessible only by ships. The Philippines consists of 7107 islands. Around 2000 is inhabited. And 500 of which can be reached out by medical help. 

When we look at our maritime history in Youth With A Mission we can see a story God is writing about reaching the isolated and hurting people of our world. Many in dire need survive in villages without hope of ever seeing their circumstances change. Same condition with Bible literacy. So many languages in the Pacific are still to have the Bible written in their mother tongue. Ships for those of us in YWAM who utilize vessels to reach these remote places are not just a good idea, they are the only means of transportation to reach EVERYONE.

YWAM Ships Philippines is joining this growing maritime movement of YWAM, which has been in existence since 1978, it was in direct response to this daunting challenge to provide access to the isolated. We believe we need at least 40 vessels on the seven seas to accomplish this task. Our efforts as a global movement have resulted in 26 YWAM vessels operation around the globe.

Power in Prayer: Do the possible and asking God to do the impossible

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Prayer Defined: its simply talking to our Father; Matt 6:9-13, Acts 12:1-19

So Peter was kept in prison, but the church was earnestly praying to God for him.   Acts 12:5

Power of Prayer

Pray for wisdom or miracle. Do the possible and ask God to do the impossible. Only when we exhaust what is humanly possible then we can ask God to do the impossible. Believers praying together as a church can be a powerful testimony of God answering our prayers even when we don’t expect it to happen. Herod executed James and Peter was next in line. But God intervened. Here’s a powerful illustration:

The Bell: Prayer Signal

A long time ago, a certain king bought a big bell to be used as a signal for his people to pray on sunrise and sunset. He made a special order from overseas. Therefore the huge bell needs to be transported into a boat as a heavy cargo. Unfortunately, upon leaving the pier, the boat flipped during the raging storm. The huge bell fell out and sank underwater.  The boat crew panicked.  They exhausted all possibilities to retrieve the submerged bell.    Experts, engineers came to the rescue using something like a boom and crane but proved futile.  It’s getting dark soon. 

Saved by Prayer or Bell?

Meanwhile, at the bank or the shore, a tribal chieftain hollered  “ Do you need help over there guys?”.   The captain and the expert looked at each other in utter disbelief; “how can an uneducated tribal people solve our problem?”  Out of frustration, the captain yielded to the chief ..”okay, go ahead make my day! ,   The chieftain called out his people and had a brief conference. They all run towards the forest away from the chieftain, away from the boat, away from the problem.   A few minutes later, the tribal people came back running and yelling, carrying long bamboo poles.  They jumped and dived into the water,  then tied those bamboo shafts around and inside the bell.  Lo and behold,  the huge bell begins to float little by little until it surfaces onto the water. 

Prayer: How to lose weight

Not your weight, the weight of the problem. Maybe that’s what happens in the spirit world when believers pray together. A heavy load carried by many people becomes easy to bear. Prayer for healing, prayers for hope, long or short prayers, it doesn’t matter as long as friends pray for us. Because however big is the problem, the burden we feel becomes lighter. Perhaps its encouragement and support we receive when daily prayers are poured out by our church people. Words of compassion uttered become prayers for healing to a weary soul. They tend to alleviate our tensions and emotional heaviness. Most importantly, God answers prayers when they’re in line with His will. Mark Batterson’s new york times bestseller “The Circle Maker: Praying Circles Around Your Biggest Dreams and Greatest Fears” gives you fresh insights on how God answers your prayers.

Frog in the Well: how to take risks while trusting in God

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A few years ago, while on a mission trip,  I came across a challenging story that I won’t forget.  This made me think about the adventure in life; to take risks while trusting in God instead of having regrets later.

“Your greatest regret at the end of your life will be the lions you didn’t chase. You will look back longingly on risks not taken, opportunities not seized, and dreams not pursued. Stop running away from what scares you most and start chasing the God-ordained opportunities on your path.” Mark Batterson

Risk-taking is believing in yourself you can do it while trusting in God that He is with us. His Presence is with us. Knowing that He will open doors for you. He will make a way even if there’s no way.   Here’s my paraphrased version…  read on.

“Your greatest regret at the end of your life will be the lions you didn’t chase. You will look back longingly on risks not taken, opportunities not seized, and dreams not pursued. Stop running away from what scares you most and start chasing the God-ordained opportunities on your path. we waited too long to make.”

Mark Batterson

“Have you heard of the frog that was born at the bottom of the well?  He thought life couldn’t get any better till one day he looked up and saw daylight.  He climbed up, look around to investigate.

Amazed, He found a much larger pond than the one he lived in.  Jumping and thumping further away, he discovered a lake bigger than where he came from again. 

Eventually, he reached the seas and the ocean. Water in abundance everywhere. It dawned on him just how limited his thinking has been. He thought everything he needed was down in the well. But that‘s just a drop in the bucket compared to the things out there for him to enjoy.

Maybe you’re living today in your own little well, reluctant to leave your comfort zone, settling for a limited and safe existence while God has rivers of life  ‘deep enough for you to swim in’. Wouldn’t you like to step in faith, experience new depths in Him and go where you’ve never been before? 

Remember, the enemy will do everything he can to keep you focused on your background, your lack of formal education, your appearance and your limited resources.  It doesn’t matter whether your short of money, people, energy or time. 

What God invites you to do will always be greater than the resources you start with.. You don’t have to let FEAR limit your vision, when God is your source, because His supply is unlimited!  He’s got great things in store for you today… so start thinking outside the box.”

What are the 3 Dreadful Attitudes?

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Leprosy in the Bible may represent our dreadful attitudes and shows how God views sin– as detestable, deforming, and unclean.   Though the Bible refers to varied skin disease as leprosy, the leprosy known as “Hansen disease” cause loss of sensation at the nerve ends.

Because of –destroyed blood vessels, ligaments and skin tissues–eroded bones–sores–ulcers—scabs ,highly contagious.  Lepers are outcast in the society ( Lev13 45-46).

Leprosy is not isolated, but spreads over the whole body..   All the makeup in the world, won’t be able to hide the stench of the rotting flesh beneath.  Sin starts small, it grows, it feeds on the ignorant, it deceives even those that call themselves wise.

Ultimately, it destroys also those  who come in contact with it.  The story of the 10 lepers, Naaman &  Miriam which we talked about this month tell us three dreadful attitude in our society, in the church and even our personal lives:

1) Ingratitude

–  10 Lepers in Luke 17 :  our failure to say thank you  may be an indication of a greater problem. Our lack of appreciation or acknowledgement to where it is due maybe telling us-

I don’t need your help, or I don’t need anything,  I  can do it myself,  ”   or “Yes, that is your duty anyway, why should I say thanks”  or ” I deserve those aid, I worked hard for Uncle Sam before, now its payback time“.

Ingratitude results to whining and complaining just like those Israelites who wanted to go back to Egypt.

They did not appreciate nor recognize the goodness, the provision of God…  they did not trust, they ignore the Presence of God — “… He did not take away the pillar of cloud by day, nor the pillar of fire by night, from before the people (Ex 13:17-22).   This stinky whiny attitude will surely drove away a lot of people in our life.

People are repulsed, driven away instead of drawing them near to Christ.   More flies are caught in honey than in vinegar.    In our own house,  we sometimes forget to appreciate or say thanks to our own spouse or parents when they serve us… when your spouse cooks food for ua, or parents give us money for allowance…  because we think its their obligation to do those things.

This ungrateful attitude can make us indifferent or apathetic , ignoring the goodness in others… ” I don’t care what you say and do”.   Be thankful in all things … 2 Thess 5:18.   And we’ll be able to appreciate people and things around us.  We will feel better instead of bitter.. when we give thanks to God in all things.   See also Rom 1:21 – for those who knew God but they neither acknowledge or thank him.

2) Egoism ( Self-Centeredness)

Naaman in 2 Kings 5 :   When we reach a  position of importance and/ or when we got possessions that makes us feel valuable then we expect others to treat us like “somebody” – a VIP,  a royalty.   When we think we are better or superior than others and treat others with contempt.

When all we think of are what’s good for me,  what else can I get , whats in it for me…    its all about our own self interest versus others.   Serving us instead of serving others. .. insensitive to the need of others.   This not just saying ” I don’t need you, I can do it myself…  but also ” I’ll do it my way.. its me… my way”  It tends to be individualistic and independent living.

We want our self fullfilment first…    there’s a sense of pride desiring that people should serve us, bow down to us because of our accomplishments.   What helps to keep us humble, I believe is when we serve others, especially our own brethrens in church…  helping people, visiting the sick & dying,  working with the homeless,  volunteering in Christian relief/mission agencies even by cleaning their toilets.

3) Disregard for authority, disrespect , contempt

-story of Miriam in Numbers 12:   We are all have authority figures in our life–  our parents, our teacher, our boss, our spiritual leaders…. , our rulers, president etc.

Peter gave his readers the same instruction: Therefore submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake, whether to the king as supreme, or to governors …” (1 Peter 2:13-14). We are also to “honor the king” or chief ruler (verse 17).

Paul echoes Peter’s instruction to Titus: “Remind them to be subject to rulers and authorities, to obey, to be ready to every good work, to speak evil of no one …” (Titus 3:1-2).  Elsewhere Paul exhorts us pray “for kings and all who are in authority” (1 Timothy 2:1-2).  Ep 6:1-3,Col 3:20, I Tim 5:17, Jude 9).

In the Bible, authority doesn’t come from “carrying a big stick”…  “…the authorities that exist have been established by God.’ (Rom 13: 1)

In our society, where teener s raise their voice or temper to parents,  civilians can throw their shoes to the President, .. that can be our prevailing attitude too to those authority figures in our life.  Surely God will not bless us for that.

Remember David’s attitude toward King Saul when he had the opportunity for revenge – how many times did he spare Saul’s life …  David said he will not dare  touch God’s anointed.

We should have a critical mind but not a critical spirit.  If we have something against our leaders we can observe the Matt 18 principle.   A spiritually mature person is open to correction.

Criticism is not correction.  Criticism is putting down a person.   We  speak the truth in love (Eph 4:15) but correction is more acceptable  when we have a relationship.  What level or deep of relationship?

Assessing our level of relationship

Now this is a different subject but its timely…   correcting your friend.   In church, our relationship is suppose to be more than friends…   because we are brethrens in Christ, belonging to same family of God.

Openness transparency, honesty, honor, trust and respect are elements of good relationship.  These virtues draw us  with one another.

We shouldn’t water down an “issue” and pretend that everything goes well and  pretend that we are happy.   We should be able to address our problems ,  find a creative solution and move on —  that’s growth.

I may get offended when someone other than my wife or close friend tells me that I”ve a bad breath .   And I may still be clueless if you give me assorted gifts of deodorant and perfume.   On the other hand, if my friend” has an “issue” and he’s unaware of it.

If  i didn’t confront him because  I’m afraid to tell him.. then perhaps I’m not really his friend.

Those 3 dreadful attitudes are like leprous disease that  will isolate us from people…  the Lord wants us to assimilate, to relate & to draw people to Him.