Happy Father’s Day Selection

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Here’s some favorites  for Father’s Day:

Focus on the Family aired John Maxwell’s touching message  about his dad. Check it here:  listen to voice

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Steve Murrell, Manila Philippines head pastor of Victory Christian Fellowship wrote the following in his blog:

“On January 28, 2002 at 9 PM, my dad breathed his last breath and slipped from time into eternity. He was seventy-four years old. He had been in and out of the hospital several times since August of 2001. His tired lungs just stopped working. He died peacefully because he finally was at peace with God, after a lifetime of resisting the gospel….continue steve murrell

Note on John 20:3-10 nkjv

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Peter therefore went out, and the other disciple, and were going to the tomb. So they both ran together, and the other disciple outran Peter and came to the tomb first. And he, stooping down and looking in, saw the linen cloths lying there; yet he did not go in. Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb; and he saw the linen cloths lying there, and the handkerchief that had been around His head, not lying with the linen cloths, but folded together in a place by itself. Then the other disciple, who came to the tomb first, went in also; and he saw and believed. For as yet they did not know the Scripture, that He must rise again from the dead. 10 Then the disciples went away again to their own homes.

“Always make your bed. That way you know that at least one thing is in order during your day.”  M.Walsh

What does the Bible says about God and money?

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Here’s the material used by Sis Gina Mendoza on her teaching at the Tuesday Life Group 7:00 pm,  May 10, 2011 at the Odiamar place. 

What does the Bible says about God and money? The practical Bible-based financial information and advice in these resources will help you discover the proper place for money in your life.

1. Acknowledge that God Owns Everything – Understanding God’s Ownership Changes How We Look at Money and Possessions

The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it (Psalm 24:1).

Examine your attitude about money.

Budgeting, borrowing and debt, saving, tithing and other financial topics are important,

but our attitude about money is more important. Once our way of thinking about money lines up with God’s, it’s much easier to tackle the  practical matters.

Acknowledge God’s ownership.

God’s ownership of everything is a foreign conceptto most of us. We like to think of our money and our possessions. Yet the Bible makes it clear that God owns everything. All things were created by him and for him (Colossians 1:16). Everything belongs to him.

To the LORD your God belong the heavens, even the highest heavens, the earth  and everything in it (Deuteronomy 10:14).

For every animal of the  forest is mine, and the cattle on a thousand hills (Psalm
50:10).

The world is mine, and all that is in it (Psalm 50:12).

“The silver is mine and the gold is mine,” declares the LORD Almighty (Haggai 2:8).

You might ask, “But don’t some Bible verses, such as Proverbs 3:9 and Colossians 4:15,  refer to people owning possessions?” Yes, they do, but underlying these verses  is the knowledge that everything belongs to God.

For everything in heaven and earth is yours. Yours, O LORD, is the kingdom;  you are exalted as head over all (1 Chronicles 29:11).

Learn from Nebuchadnezzar’s example

Nebuchadnezzar, one of history’s most powerful kings, learned this lesson the  hard way. One day he went for a walk. As he strolled he said, “Is not this the  great Babylon I have built as the royal residence, by my mighty power and for  the glory of my majesty?” (Daniel 4:30).  God’s answer was quick and to the  point: He took away the king’s sanity and drove him outside to eat grass like a  cow. Seven years later, when God restored Nebuchadnezzar’s sanity, the king no  longer exulted in his possessions, but glorified God as sovereign over all  (Daniel 4:34-37).

“But I earned what I have. No one gave me anything.” Nebuchadnezzar’s sin was one of pride and the illusion of  self-sufficiency.  In essence, he said, “Look at what I did all by
myself.”

You may have had similar thoughts, something like, “I  earned my money. No one gave me anything. I had to work for it.”

It  may be true that you put in long hours to get where you are. Yet it is God  who created you in the first place and gave you the strength and talent to make  money.

You may say to yourself, “My power and the strength of my hands have produced  this wealth for me.” But remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you  the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to  your forefathers, as it is today (Deuteronomy 8:17-18).

For who  makes you different from anyone else? What do you have that you did not receive?  And if you did receive it, why do you boast as though you did not? (1 Corinthians 4:7).

Replace pride with a thankful attitude.

It’s okay to find satisfaction in  your work (Ecclesiastes 2:24). Just remember to thank God for creating you and  giving you the gifts, skills and strength that allow you to succeed.

Be a Generous Person … Give Generously! –

Make a Habit of Tithing and Giving Offerings

The reason God gives us wealth is so we can be generous.

Many people don’t understand the importance of generosity. They hold on  tightly to what they own, unaware that selfishness often causes financial  difficulties.   You will be made rich in every way so that you can be  generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in  thanksgiving to God (2 Corinthians 9:11).  One man gives freely, yet
gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty (Proverbs  11:24).
 Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap  sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously (2 Corinthians  9:6).

Give of your time and talents.

Whether or not you have a lot of money or material possessions, be a generous  person with your time, looking for ways to help your church, other ministries or  people in need. Follow Christ’s example by showing a passionate concern for  others.

Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very  nature God, did not consider  equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the
very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness (Philippians 2:5-7).

Be especially generous if you are well off.

Although everyone is called to be generous, you should be especially so if   you are wealthy. Do not be embarrassed by your wealth, but remember it is not  your money. Use it to bless others.

Command those who are rich … to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to  be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for  themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold  of the life that is truly life (1 Timothy 6:17-19).

Imitate biblical examples.

Regardless of your financial situation, God wants you to look for ways to  bless others. Let the following examples from the Bible encourage you to use  your resources—your money and your home—to further the Kingdom of God.  Mary Magdalene and other women helped support Jesus and the apostles (Luke  8:1-3).  Joseph, a wealthy man, provided his own tomb for Jesus (Matthew  27:57-60). Nicodemus supplied  expensive spices for the burial (John 19:39).   Priscilla and Aquila invited Apollos to their home to tell him about Jesus (Acts 18:26).
The Corinthians gave money to help  impoverished Christians in Jerusalem (2 Corinthians 8 and 9).  Philemon opened  his home for church meetings (Philemon 2).

Give to the work of the Lord

Give a tithe.

For thousands of years, people have given a tithe (ten percent) and more of  what they earn back to God in gratitude for his love. We read in the Old Testament: A tithe of  everything from the land, whether grain from the soil or fruit from the land,  belongs to the Lord; it is holy to the Lord (Leviticus 27:30).

Tithing was considered so important that failing to tithe was described as  robbing God. Will a man rob God? Yet you rob me. But you ask, “How do we rob  you?” In tithes and offerings (Malachi 3:8).

Since we are no longer under the law, some people think we are not required  to tithe. They often add that tithing is not mentioned in the New Testament. However, when Jesus
rebuked the Pharisees, he said they were right  to tithe one tenth of everything (Luke 11:42).   No matter how you view  tithing, there is no question that the New Testament teaches us to give
generously. Study chapters eight and nine of 2 Corinthians to see how important  this is to God. If you have a heart to touch the world for Christ, you should be  eager to give to the work of the Lord and to help others in need.

Support your local  church.

Give generously to your local church. It is where you are fed and you are  responsible to help support it. Although it’s okay to also help other  ministries, be sure your tithe goes into the storehouse—your church. Bring  the whole tithe into the storehouse (Malachi 3:10).

Give special offerings.

In addition to giving a tithe to your church, give additional offerings for  special needs. Many ministries—such as missionaries, college pastors, relief  organizations, crisis pregnancy centers, and Christian legal action  groups—depend on generous donations. Ask God to direct you to projects and  organizations he would like you to support.

Help people in need

Throughout the Bible, we are instructed to reach out to those in need, particularly offering generous help to those who are poor.

If a man shuts his ears to the cry of the poor, he too will cry out and not be answered (Proverbs 21:13).

The Bible tells us to help other Christians.

God refers to all Christians collectively as the body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:12-13). We are family.

Now about the collection for God’s people: Do what I told the Galatian  churches to do. On the first day of every week, each one of you should set aside  a sum of money in keeping with his income, saving it up, so that when I come no  collections will have to be made (1 Corinthians 16:1-2).

Suppose a  brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to him,  “Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about his
physical needs, what good is it? (James 2:15-6).

We aren’t only told to help fellow believers.  We are to help others as  well. God created everyone who is alive. Every person is precious to him.

A generous man will himself be blessed, for he shares his food with the poor
(Proverbs 22:9).

In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind  of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself  said: “It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35).

Give wisely As a steward of God’s money, you are responsible to exercise wisdom as you  give.

Don’t think you must donate to every need. You are not responsible to  help each one of the hundreds of ministries you may hear about. Pray for wisdom,  and then make choices. Once you make choices, don’t feel guilty or sinful if you  throw away a letter soliciting funds, even if it’s for a worthy  cause.

The following suggestions can help you use donate money  wisely:
Pray for wisdom.

Ask God for “knowledge and depth of insight” (Philippians 1:9). Try to  identify real needs.

And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge  and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best  (Philippians 1:9-10).

It is easy to get caught up in an emotional response when hearing a plea for  help. Pray before making a commitment to give money. If you think you may be too
caught up in the feeling of the moment, give yourself permission to wait and  pray for a day before deciding to give.

Give to your local church.

Give your tithe to your church. Then consider giving extra offerings to it  also. By giving offerings for missionaries and various ministries to your  church, you can have more confidence that you know where the money is going.

Support Christian workers you know.

Evaluate the need if you give to an individual.

If you have a friend who is a single mother struggling to make ends meet, a  helping hand may go a long way. On the other hand, if you have a friend who is
living irresponsibly, bailing him or her out may be the worst thing you could  do.  Giving cash probably is not the best way to help a malnourished,  alcoholic parent. Buying groceries or giving a meal would be wiser.

If you are burned, don’t become stingy.

If you are generous, it’s likely someone will try to take advantage of you at  one time or another. If this happens, don’t let the experience stop you from  aiding others. Pray for the person who misused your help, and ask God to help  you be wise in the future.

Give with the right attitude.

Give from a thankful heart.

God is interested in your heart, not just your actions.

Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not  reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver (2 Corinthians 9:7).

Don’t give as a financial transaction—to get rich.

Many Scriptures tell us that God rewards generosity.

However, if  self-interest is our primary motive for giving, we are making a major mistake.

Instead, we should be glad to acknowledge God’s love with our  love, service and gifts, happy to return to God what is really his.

Not all generous Christians get rich. God promises to meet  our needs and often rewards our generosity financially. However, other times the  refreshment he gives is spiritual—something much more precious than  money.

Look, for example, at Paul’s life. He poured his life out  to touch the world for Christ, yet he often found himself lacking in material  things (Philippians 4:11-13). What he did receive, however, was a deep  relationship with God and a joyful spirit (Philippians 2:17, 4:4; Colossians 1:24).

When we give, we store up treasures in heaven. We are  refreshed physically, spiritually, or both while here on earth. But much more  importantly, we store up treasures in heaven.

Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust  destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves  treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do  not break in and steal (Matthew 6:19-20).

Give privately.

Give to please God, not to put on a show in front of other people.

There are exceptions, but in general, give privately.

Be careful not to do your “acts of righteousness” before men, to be seen by  them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven (Matthew 6:1).

If you give money to an individual, it is often best to do so  anonymously.

One way to do this could be to give cash to your pastor or another trustworthy person who would then give it to the person in  need.

However, the Bible does not demand we always be absolute secret  when we give. Jesus said not to give “to be seen” (Matthew 6:1). When he  said this, he was telling us not to show off in front of other people. A few  verses later, he made a similar point when he said to pray privately (Matthew  6:5-6), not to show off publicly. The emphasis was on our motives. It was not to  forbid praying publicly, something Jesus often did (Matthew 14:19, 19:13; Mark  14:22-24).

There are times when it’s okay to let others know about  your giving. For example, it usually would not be wise to hide your giving  from your spouse. And it would deprive your children of a good example if they  never knew about your generosity.

Give humbly.

Enjoy the privilege of giving, but do not become proud about what you are  doing. Remember that it is God who gives you the ability to share. Be thankful  for the privilege of giving.

But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to give as  generously as this? Everything comes from you, and we have given you only what  comes from your hand (1 Chronicles 29:14).

Do not be embarrassed if you can only give a little.

Don’t be uncomfortable if you earn little and therefore don’t have much money  to give. God is interested in your heart. Give a percentage of what you have; do
not be embarrassed because you are not rich.

For if the willingness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one  has, not according to what he does not have (2 Corinthians 8:12).

3. See Yourself as God’s Steward (or Assistant) –

Take Good Care of God’s  Possessions and Money

Every animal of the forest is mine, and the cattle on a thousand hills (Psalm  50:10).

Realize that you are a steward.

You are a steward, or manager, to whom God has entrusted a portion of his  riches.

You have the privilege—and responsibility—of taking care of his  property and spending his money in ways that please him.

Recognizing  that you are a steward can change your outlook in many ways. Instead of  asking, “What do I want to buy?” ask, Lord, how do you want me to use your  resources?”

Does the knowledge that you are a steward and don’t  actually own anything make you feel sad or insignificant? It shouldn’t.   God created you and loves you so much that he entrusted some of his riches to  your care. Looking at your finances this way can be an exciting  journey.

God provides for your enjoyment. The fact that you are a  steward doesn’t mean that it’s wrong to enjoy yourself. Our main goal in life  should be to love God and others, not to satisfy our own desires. Yet God loves  us and as a father gives us gifts to enjoy.

Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to  put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God,   who richly provides us with everything for our  enjoyment (1 Timothy 6:17).

You will give an account to the Lord.

In Matthew 25:14-30, Jesus taught the parable of the talents.

In this story, a man gave
each of three servants varying amounts of money to take care of while he was on
a trip.

When he returned, two of the servants reported that they used the money wisely and earned more money. The master rewarded them for their  faithful service.

The third servant, however, said he buried his money. He did not make a profit or earn any interest. He was severely  punished.

Throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be  weeping and gnashing of teeth  (Matthew 25:30).

Jesus taught this parable about money to illustrate a spiritual truth,  not to give a lesson in financial management. Yet by using this illustration, he  also let us know we are to use his possessions in a trustworthy way. We will  give an account to God about our stewardship.

So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will  trust you with true riches? And if you have not been trustworthy with someone  else’s property, who will give you property of your own? (Luke  16:11-12).

Now it is required that those who have been given a  trust must prove faithful (1 Corinthians 4:2).

Work diligently.

Work is part of God’s purpose for us. God called Adam, the first human,  to be a gardener (Genesis 2:15). The Bible tells us to work hard.

All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty (Proverbs  14:23).

Work is a blessing.

It enables us to provide for ourselves, our relatives  and the work of the Lord. When we work diligently, we are good stewards. We also  are a positive example of Christianity to those around us.

When we are lazy, we are a bad example and hurt the cause of Christ.

Work with your hands, just as we told you, so that your daily life may win  the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody (1 Thessalonians 4:11-12).

Whether you work for someone else, own a  business or are a homemaker,

throw yourself into your work and do the best  you can. Learn how to do your job better. Take advantage of training  opportunities. Seek wisdom. God will help you prosper (Proverbs 3:16; 8:18).

Lazy hands make a man poor, but diligent hands bring wealth (Proverbs  10:4).

One who is slack in his work is brother to one who destroys  (Proverbs 18:9).

If a man will not work, he shall not eat (2 Thessalonians 3:10).

Be trustworthy.

The most important “ethical” guideline for many people is, “If you don’t get  caught, it’s okay.”

The second is, “If you get caught, deny  it.”

God looks at things differently. He wants us to be people of  integrity. Even if no one else catches us being dishonest, the Lord knows what  we do.

The man of integrity walks securely, but he who takes crooked paths will be  found out (Proverbs 10:9).

What is Hospitality?

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I am thankful for the simple gift of hospitality that God has given me in reaching the poor and marginalized of the city.  Henri Nouwen has another name for hospitality,  he called it open space.

He said:  ” If we expect any salvation, redemption, healing and new life, the first thing we need is an open receptive place where something can happen to us.   Hosptiality therefore is such an important attitude.  We cannot change the world by a new plan, project or idea.  We cannot change people by our convictions, stories, advise or proposals, but we can offer a space where  people are encouraged to disarm themselves, to lay aside their occupations and preoccupations ( for the homeless their preoccupations is addictions, loneliness) and to listen with attention and care to the voices speaking their own center.  To convert hostility into hospitality requires the creation of the friendly empty spce where we can reach out to our fellow human beings and invite them to a new relationship.”

I was playing a game of domino with three homeless men at the Ellis Room (YWAM Center) and they were so honored that I will take the time to play with them.  They were never treated like this in other places they had been such as the shelters, on the streets or the soup kitchen.  When asked why I even bother to play with them, I replied,  “If Jesus is here, I think this is exactly the same thing He’d do, play domino with you guys.”  They gave me their best smile ever.

—– Cristina Ancheta

How does God see us?

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How does God see us?  Judges 6:12. 

Gideon must have been astonished when the angel addressed him as “mighty warrior” . At the time, he was hiding in a pile of rocks, terrified, beating out grains of wheat for survival.  Was this a case of mistaken identity, or was the angel speaking to the potential that God saw in this young man?
        Often as new Christian, we listen to the voice of our own inadequacies.  We feel the pressure of our circumstances and believe that we are nobodies who can achieve very little. But the Holy Spirit is whispering to us the same message that the angel whispered to Gideon.  We all have the potential to be mighty in some area for God.  He looks beyond our current weaknesses and speaks to the destiny potential in each of us.  
       What do you believe your destiny is? Ask God to help you see yourself as he does.  

….ywam niv bible

“WHO AM I ” -sunday sermon highlights by Zen

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WHO AM I?   PSALMS 8: 4-9 

 

God’s glory is magnified by his works, and by his love to man.  Yes, Who we are n the sight of God?  Just mere human beings.  But because of God’s great love for us,  He made us so special,  so distinct & superior or above other creations.  This is truly a privilege. Wow, what a remarkable display of His grandeur.  It is unfathomable or enigmatic & it is beyond our wildest imagination.  

What is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them?  You have made them a little lower than the angels, and crowned them with glory and honor.

Colossians 3:9-11

The sacredness of human personality is evident in that God created man in His own image and is mindful of him, and in that Christ died for man; therefore every individual possesses dignity and is worthy of respect and Christian love.

We believe that all the redeemed, once saved are kept by God’s power and are thus secure in Christ forever . We believe that eternal life is the present possession of every believer (John 6:37-40). Therefore, our distinction as people of God is plenary encouragement or inspiration and cannot be questioned.  It is the thorough and absolute truth, that man was created in the image & likeness of God, but that in Adam’s sin, the race fell, inherited a sinful nature, and became alienated from God: but the good news is that Christ came down to earth to accomplish His mission for our redemption through His death on the “Cross of the Calvary”.  He became the Mediator between man and God. And salvation has been attained by receiving Him as our Lord and Savior.

Who Am I? I  am precious in the eyes of God. We are all dear and cherished by Jesus.,,,, So special. I am totally & completely forgiven 1 John 1-9

I am a citizen of Heaven.

Philippians 3:20 I am greatly loved.

Romans 5:8 

The scriptures are a  lucid declaration and explanation of how profound God’s love for each one of us.  As I have said, Who Am I or Who We Are in God’s eyes?  We are loved and saved by God.  I know who Am I-when I am just in the privacy of my home..  I know my relationship with God.  The intricacy of life, I know how I handle them because I have Jesus.  The complexity of certain situations, He is there for me who sustains my strength.  When confronted with spiritual depravity & degradation, God is there for me.. Not a single stance, did he ever forsake me.  That is Who Am I in His eyes. I  exalt His highest Name. Glory to God who lifts me up & carries me all the way, until such time, that I will receive perfection through Christ that embodies the true meaning of Love and blessed hope.

A mortal man finds refuge and freedom from sins through acceptance of Christ. A mortal man like me, found a great favor in His sight to give me freedom from chagrin of disappointments. Praise His goodness…

LAMININThe Laminin molecules as a representation of the Cross.  Like an emblem or figure that identifies that we truly have the distinctions to be called His children- because this symbol like a cross is even present in our cell molecules.

The various laminins are a family of glycoproteins that are an integral part of the structural scaffolding in humans and almost  every animal tissue.  Laminin is vital to making sure overall body structures hold together.  It’s also  called cell adhesion molecule.

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A glorious, glorious depiction of the laminin molecules presented through Sunday Service.

Let us honestly ask ourselves-who we really are in Christ? Recommit our lives to Him and serve Him faithfully and joyfully. To know your prayers are heard and understand the Word of God through the Holy Spirit, that means, this is His will for you and me.

Honor, glory, and exaltation we bestow upon Your Mighty Name, Lord.

Have a blessed night everyone. God bless us all!

In His Great Love,

Sister Zen

 

Are you in a job or a ministry?

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A job is at your choice.
A ministry is at Christ’s call.

In a job you expect to receive.
In a ministry you expect to give.

In a job you give something to get something.
In a ministry you return something that has already been given to you.

A job depends on your abilities.
A ministry depends on your availability to God.

A job done well brings you praise.
A ministry done well brings honor to Christ.
==Donna Jordan