“As a child, I …

“As a child, I had to be ready for dinner by washing my hands. As an adult, being ready for important responsibilities continues to be an ongoing reality. But I’ve come to realize that nothing is more important than being ready for our reunion with Jesus.” – Joe Stowell (Our Daily Bread)

After Jesus had instructed His disciples, He was taken up into a cloud while they were watching, and they could no longer see Him. As they strained to see Him rising into heaven, two white-robbed men suddenly stood among them. “Men of Galilee,” they said, “why are you standing here staring into heaven? Jesus has been taken from you into heaven, but someday He will return from heaven in the same way you saw Him go! – Acts 1:9-11, NLT

Do you want to know about the Second Coming of the Lord? Read the Scripture. You may also follow my blog. I will guide you though the Word of God.

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Stand Up to the Challenge!

The Book of Revelation was the last writings in the New Testament Scripture.  Some people see Revelation as a prophecy about the future – the end of age.  This is inaccurate.  Revelation actually speaks of encouragement amidst discouraging circumstance within the church.  Also, it is a book of warning against complacency, so Jesus said, “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”  Moreover, the words of Revelation speaks of timeless encouragement for the faithful, and a warning to those who merely pay lip service to Christ.

Christians who compromised on the faith are a common occurrence.  Those who stand by God’s truth are facing persecution.  So how are we to remain faithful to God and His teachings?  We need assurance, where else but from the Living Word of God.

In Revelation chapter 5, through a vision, John the apostle, saw a scene from heaven – “No one is heaven or earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll or to look into it,” so John began to wept.  What is the significance of the scroll, that John was brought to tears?

The “scroll” unveils the Work of Christ in salvation.  The fact that no one can open the scroll means everyone is lost and unworthy before the Lord.  But one of the elders told John (Rev. 5:5, ESV), “Weep no more; behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has conquered, so that He can open the scroll and its seven seals.”

Such a revelation brought joy and praises in heaven, the angelic beings together with the twenty-four elders sang, “Worthy are you (Jesus Christ) to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation, and you have MADE them a kingdom and priests to our God, and they shall reign on the earth (Rev. 5:9-10, ESV).”

Christians, the Bible said we were MADE to be people of God’s kingdom and priests of the Lord, how then can some live like enemies of the Gospel?

The Apostle Paul, on his letter to the church in Philippi said (Phil. 3;17-19), “Brothers, join in imitating me, and keep your eyes on those who walk according to the example you have in us. For many, of whom I have often told you and now tell you even with tears, walk as enemies of the cross of Christ. Their end is destruction, their god is their belly, and they glory in their shame, with minds set on earthly things.”

Christians, we need not be in the Middle East or any other place to be persecuted for the faith.  In reality, Christians are persecuted by people who claim to be believers.  The Lord Jesus said, “A servant is not greater than His master. If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you … (John 15:20, ESV).”

This was true in Paul’s time, and even today.  It is easier to compromise than to stand by God’s truth, but which would you choose?  That is the challenge of the Book of Revelation.  Indeed, “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”

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Savage Wolves will not spare the flock

Two years in the ministry, now, I understand better what Paul meant when he said, “I know that after I leave, savage wolves will come in among you and will not spare the flock (Acts 20:29).” It is sad to know that there are indeed ministers who double as savage wolves. Worst, these ministers are well-respected in the Christian community.

The good ones left the ministry in frustration.  Even if they exposed the truth, these savage wolves manage to cover-up and look good to others.  Sadly, only a few are left and are brave enough to defend the church.    May God have mercy on the church.

I am calling on all Christians to pray and be aware of these people …  Don’t look unto men, but to Christ alone …

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New Year’s Day

In about a month’s time, we will enter another new year; year 2010 or A.D. 2010.  A.D. means “Anno Domini”.  In plain English, this Latin phrase simply means “In the Year of the Lord”.  In other words, we are about to enter the 2,010 years after the 1st Coming of Jesus Christ or birth of Jesus.  This is significant.  For Jesus promised to return.  The Bible revealed that from the time of Jesus’ ascension unto His return, God has patiently waited for us to come to repentance, so that we will not perish but have life in Jesus Christ (2Pet. 3:9).  God will not be eternally patient.  He has set a day when Christ will return and bring about His final judgment.  Let us therefore, PREACH the Gospel.

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Hopefully Helpful!

Two years in the ministry.  Now I can say, “I have a better understanding of what it is to pastor a church”.  First and foremost, the church is made-up of diverse kind of people.  People with different background, experience and perspective.  As a pastor, you need to understand each and every member of the church.  Be willing to listen and slow to speak.  Don’t be hasty but wait upon the Lord’s guidance.  In all your words, deeds, and thoughts reflect upon the Word of God. However, I dare not say, “I knew everything”.  The learning process goes on as long as we live on earth.

I hope this personal reflection of mine would be helpful for new and upcoming pastors. God bless!

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Words of Wisdom for pastors to be …

John Piper celebrates his 30 years of pastorate.  Herein are portions of Bill Piper’s advice for his son, John.

Now I want you to remember a few things about the pastorate. Being a pastor today involves more than merely teaching and preaching … there’s the heartache of ministering to a weak and carnal and worldly, apathetic group of professing Christians, very few of whom will be found trustworthy and dependable … At times you will feel the weight of the world on your shoulders. Many pastors have broken under the strain.

If the Lord has called you, these things will not deter nor dismay you. But I wanted you to know the whole picture. As in all of our Lord’s work there will be a thousand compensations. You’ll see that people trust Christ as Savior and Lord. You’ll see these grow in the knowledge of Christ and his Word. You’ll witness saints enabled by your preaching to face all manner of tests. You’ll see God at work in human lives, and there is no joy comparable to this. Just ask yourself, son, if you are prepared not only to preach and teach, but also to weep over men’s souls, to care for the sick and dying, and to bear the burdens carried today by the saints of God.

Log on to this website (http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/justintaylor/2009/10/14) to read the full article.

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Salute to the Graduates

logo-3-1_8005This coming Sunday, the Biblical Seminary of the Philippines will have her 50th commencement exercises.  Of the graduates, eight will be local students; meaning those who were born locally.  Eight?  Yes, only eight.  But make no mistake that having eight new graduates in a year is already an achievement in itself.  Because in reality, not many Chinese-Filipino are responding to call for fulltime ministry.  Hence, as Dr. Joseph Shao (President of BSOP) used to say, graduates of BSOP are “Jewels of the Chinese churches.”  Congratulations to you all!  Welcome, and let us hand-in-hand work for the expansion of God’s kingdom.

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