Sun, Jan 11, 2015
As we begin 2015, we who are believers of Jesus Christ should be filled with expectations because of all the wonderful things that God has in stored for us. Instead of approaching this year with so much worries or fears thinking about the possible problems that can come our way, our focus should be on our Almighty God who is committed in leading us into a brighter and better future. Is this your attitude today?
Sun, Dec 28, 2014
As we come to the last Sunday of 2014, I want to start my sermon by praising and thanking God for all the amazing blessings that He has bestowed to each one of us as individuals and to all of us as a church family. I’m sure you will agree with me that although we have had some challenging times, yet over-all, 2014 has been a blessed year. Truly, He has never failed to sustain us because He is faithful and good!
Sun, Dec 07, 2014
Believe it or not, it’s December again. It’s the time of the year that we all look forward to because of all the joys of Christmas. If you’re like me, when everybody starts putting up their Christmas trees and decorations and we begin to hear those familiar Christmas carols, there’s this excitement, this joyful spirit that sets in my heart. Of course, in the Philippines, they don’t wait until December to feel the Christmas spirit. As early as September, many people are already decorating and playing Christmas carols. I think we are the country that celebrates Christmas the longest, right? From early September all the way till January 6 because we also celebrate the visit of the Wise Men from the East. It is really quite a celebration!
Sun, Nov 16, 2014
The Lord being the creator of everyone and everything in the universe holds the right to sit on the throne and rule over all things. He possesses the absolute right to do as He pleases and He is able to control over all the actions of all His creatures. This is what it means of Him reigning over everything!
Sun, Nov 02, 2014
The month of November is always a special month to our church because every second Sunday of this month, we get to celebrate our church anniversary. This celebration allows us to acknowledge God’s goodness and faithfulness to us. It also gives us the opportunity to thank Him for all the blessings He has graciously bestowed upon us through the years. Next Sunday, we will celebrate our thirty-second anniversary and I hope we will all be here to honor and exalt the name of the Lord together for He is worthy of all our praises.
Sun, Oct 12, 2014
Today, one of the biggest theological questions that many people are wrestling with is: “Why did God create man with free will?” Do you know why this is such a controversy? Well, for those people who want to deny the existence of God, they are saying that it doesn't make sense that God who knew beforehand that man would sin and reject Him would still create man and give him the capacity to freely choose what he wants. Their idea is that God created man only to send him to hell.
Sun, Oct 05, 2014
The Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ is clearly the central theme of the entire Bible. The Old Testament Scriptures highlight how man has fallen into sin and continued to move away from God. But in the midst of man’s sinfulness, God gave the gracious promise that He was sending the Messiah to be the ultimate means of salvation both to the Jews and Gentiles. With the New Testament Scriptures, the emphasis is the fulfillment of the promise. The Lord Jesus Christ who is the Messiah came. He finished the work of salvation, and declared that He is the only way for anyone to be restored back to God and be saved. So without the Gospel, there will be no Bible.
Sun, Sep 14, 2014
How much do you need to be really satisfied in life? How much do you need to say you already have enough? Honestly, these are difficult questions to answer nowadays especially because we live in a very materialistic society that is constantly bombarded with advertisements telling us that our lives will be happier if we can have more money, better cars, better furniture, nicer clothes, more shoes, newer gadgets, etc. But, we all know how big of a trap this is, right?
Sun, Sep 07, 2014
This morning, in our celebration of Grandparents Sunday, I have chosen the metaphor of a relay race to extend a challenge to all the grandparents, and parents regarding their sacred responsibility of passing on their faith and Biblical values to the next generation. This relay race metaphor is perfect because it provides an image of a lead runner setting the pace for his team. He’ll run as fast as he could in order to give his team a head start and then make sure he successfully hands over the baton to the next runner. Once the second runner gets the baton, he will also run the distance set for him and then hands over the baton again to a third runner. He will repeat what the first two runners did ahead of him until he finally hands the baton to the fourth and last runner who will run and finish the race. Now, if you’re familiar with a relay race, you would know that it is not enough for runners to be able to run fast, it is also important that they master the art of handing over the baton. Most often, teams have lost their races because they miscalculated the passing of the baton.
Sun, Aug 24, 2014
On April 5, 2013, America and Christians all over the world were stunned with the news that Matthew Warren, the 27 year old son of Pastor Rick Warren, one of the most influential pastors today in the Evangelical world, committed suicide. After the news broke out, Saddleback Community Church in Lake Forest, California released a statement to the public saying:
“At 27 years of age, Matthew was an incredibly kind, gentle and compassionate young man whose sweet spirit was encouragement and comfort to many. Unfortunately, he also suffered from mental illness resulting in deep depression and suicidal thoughts. The church asked for everyone to join us in praying for the entire Warren family.”