SO TIRED…

tiredAfter school, Ryan who is only 6 years old was in the bed with my wife, Jenn.  She was massaging his back.

Ryan: “I need my own masahista at home.”

Jenn: “Why?”

Ryan: “Coz I always get tired from school.”

Man, what are they teaching and doing to kids today in school?

HURT PEOPLE HURT PEOPLE

offendedbh0Offense is one of the biggest relationship-wreckers in the church today.

“He said what?”
“She did that?”
“I can’t believe they let me go through this!”
“How dare he do this to me!”

The temptation is to get as many people to ‘our side’ and tell them ‘our version’ of the story.  This way, we can protect our image and reputation.  The more, the better, so they say.

Yet the Bible gives us a way to deal with offenses and faults.

1. Go straight to the person.

Matthew 18:15. “If your brother sins against you,​a​ go and show him his fault, just between the two of you. If he listens to you, you have won your brother over.”

There’s no skirting the issue.  Filipino culture has a natural aversion to confrontation.  But there’s no other way to resolve it than meeting it head on.  You wish you can wish it away, but that’ll never happen.

The critical thing is to keep it “just between the two of you.”  No need to share “prayer requests”.

2. Find others who can help with the situation.

Matthew 18:16. But if he will not listen, take one or two others along, so that ‘every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.

My principle has always been “part of the problem; part of the solution.”  If the person is not part of the problem nor can be part of the solution, I won’t bring them in the discussion.  There’s no need to.

3. Just on very extreme cases…

Matthew 18:17.  If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if he refuses to listen even to the church, treat him as you would a pagan or a tax collector.”

These circumstances would be rare and extreme.  But it would be good to keep in mind because there are ‘wolves in sheep’s’ clothing.

Yet in all these, the Bible tells us to season our conversation with grace and to speak the truth in love.

MORNING TAGLISH SERVICE

_0sat7Got out of a meeting this afternoon with Pastor Joey, Doc Jun, Jonathan Ramirez, Emil Abello, Christian Dionglay and Dan Fernanadez.  We were mulling over the idea of starting a taglish service around 10 am at Market! Market!

Why?

Our Taglish afternoon services are pretty full in the afternoon.  It will also be a great venue to reach new people.  Jesus and His disciples brought the gospel to where the people are – even the the Market Place (pardon the pun).

Any thoughts on this?  We welcome suggestions…

WHEN THE VEIL IS TAKEN AWAY

IMG_0021I received an email a couple of weeks ago and I just wanted to share this because it gives us a picture of how awesomely God moves in the lives of individuals.

Paul says in 2 Cor. 3:16, “But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away.”

It’s amazing when someone turns to God and what happens when He opens a heart… similar thing that happened to many of us…

“This year’s father’s day, I took my friend up on her invitation to go to your church…  I didn’t know it but after that Sunday and the Sunday that followed and the next and the next, I was never the same again. I am presently 24 years old. I went to a strict all-girl school yet rebelled against my parents, indulged in wild parties, …  The last time I read a Bible was when I was 7 years old (yes, 7 years old).

But I lost all of it in my adolescent years as curiosity got the better of me, along with the desire to conform to the sinful ways of the youth today. Though I remained fearful of God, I didn’t feel anything to Him. I had nothing but a “crisis faith” and “head faith”. I simply didn’t know Him. I saw Him as just a powerful stranger, clad in all holiness up above, in control of my life.

However, after those Sundays that I spent in your church, there is a great awakening in me. I am in touch again with the faith and innocence I once had when I was young. More importantly I have come to know him in a way I have never had before. I am so overwhelmed with this new recognition of Him that when I praise and worship Him my heart feels like exploding, unable to handle His greatness.”

SOILED CHRISTIANITY

joaqinSince it was a holiday today, we spent the whole day with the family.

– Biked to Riverbanks with Ryan and Janina early in the morning.
– Got our bikes fixed with Nathan and Joaquin
– Went to High Street – Krispy Kreme (of course!), Fully Booked, walked around while Nathan ‘waveboarded’, Janina ‘skateboarded’ and Ryan ‘scootered’ while Joaquin enjoyed his new stroller.

Swung by Shop Wise to get a few things for Nathan’s school.  By the way, ‘Yang Chow’ Restaurant in Shop Wise has some great Chinese food.

But before we got to Shop Wise, we had to change Joaquin’s soiled diapers (soiled means filled with poop to those who are not sure with the term).  Because there was no trash bin close, we forgot that we left the soiled diaper in the car while we were eating dinner.

Now you can imagine the putrid and repulsive aroma that filled the car when we got back in the car.  It was enough to blow up an entire village.

Unfortunately that’s what sin does.  Seemingly, it doesn’t bother us nor is it any big deal in the beginning.  However, when left undealt with, it penetrates every area of life and you never know what hit you.

David prayed a simple prayer that we need to remind ourselves, “Search me, O God, and know my heart: Try me, and know my thoughts; and see if there be any wicked way in me…” (Psalm 139:23-24)

SAME OLD… SAME OLD…

08252009109Change the campus… Change the world!  This has been a statement that has been said over and over and until today hasn’t lost it’s impact when I hear it.

I attended a graduation last night – Every Nation Campus Ministry School’s graduation.  I had the awesome privilege of teaching a couple of classes to these great men and women.  It was such a privilege watching them finish their training to answer the call God’s given to reach the next generation.  When men respond to God’s call, there’s no telling what He can and will do.

Two men I had a privilege of getting to spend some time with are Larry and Carlo.  They are 2 of our finest Kids Ministry Pastors of Victory.  Both had thought they’re lives were set.  Larry had a flourishing business while Carlo was going to be one of the best animators in the land.  But God slightly had a different plan… well, not slightly… a HUGE plan.  They responded and now they’re off the a great adventure.

Love their attitudes – Whatever it takes!  Doesn’t matter what I’ve planned.  The important thing is what God’s planned for me and for this nation.  Gosh, what absolute surrender as Oswald Chambers would put it.

Larry and Carlo, there’s no telling what God will do through you guys.

As Dwight L. Moody said years ago,

The world has yet to see what God can do with one man who is fully committed to Him.

BUBBLY BUBBA

I just love it when baby Joaquin laughs. Absolutely makes my day!!!!

CONTINUE…

various29_080303a-lCan I just say that I am loving the Purple Book? I haven’t done it in a while but, man, it has brought a whole new level of appreciation for His Word.

One of the verses that I’ve read so many times and yet hit me hard afresh this morning was from Colossians 2:6.


“So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him.”

Many times, the Christian life is compared to a journey we all must learn to walk. Paul encouraged everyone to ‘walk worthy of the Lord’ (Colossians 1:10). To the church in Corinth, he writes them to walk by faith and not by sight.

“We are to walk in Christ the same way we originally received Christ – by faith.” (Warren Wiersbe)

Paul was telling the church, “Guys, you started with Jesus… then you must continue with Jesus. You started with faith, and it is by faith that you will continue to walk in Him.”

We are to continue not just “FOR” Him but also “IN” Him which is going to be accomplished only by faith and by His grace.

SAME TREATEMENT

doctor_lawyerA doctor and a lawyer were standing together at a party.  As they were talking, a woman comes over and begins asking the doctor some questions about a pain in her leg.  Being a nice man, the doctor gives her some advice.  After she leaves, the doctor turns to the lawyer and asks, “I just gave her fifteen minutes of my time.  Can I bill her for the professional services I just rendered?”

“Certainly,” the lawyer replies.  “She asked you the same questions a patient would ask her doctor, and you gave her advice.”

The next morning the doctor writes out a bill for the woman.  At the same time, the lawyer writes a bill for the doctor, charging him for the legal counsel he gave him.

The lawyer taught the doctor something that day: Treat others as you yourself would like to be treated.