1 August 2021 – Sunday Worship Guide

1 August 2021 – Sunday Worship Guide

“God’s Mission: To Believe and Stay United”10th Sunday After PentecostCommunion Sunday Exodus 16:2-4, 9-15Ephesians 4:1-16 Have you ever seen a porcupine? Porcupines are animals with pointed spikes called quills all over their body for protection because their bodies are soft and sensitive. Hear this story: two porcupines on a very cold night saw each other, and they were convinced that they needed to huddle up close to each other to stay warm. But the closer they got, the more they pricked each other with their spikes, so they pulled apart. But the more they pulled apart, the colder they got....

28 July 2021 – Midweek Prayer Meeting Guide

28 July 2021 – Midweek Prayer Meeting Guide

“The sacrifice acceptable to God is a humble spirit; a broken and contrite heart.” Psalm 51:17 “Though Jesus Christ, let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, the fruit of lips that acknowledge God’s name.” Hebrews 13:15 “Give thanks and call upon the name of the Lord, Make known among nations what the Lord has done; proclaim that the name of the Lord is exalted. Sing praises, for the Lord has done great things; Let this be known in all the earth. Shout and sing for joy, O people of God, For great in your midst is...

25 July 2021 – Sunday Worship Guide

25 July 2021 – Sunday Worship Guide

“The Miracle of Giving and Feeding”9th Sunday After Pentecost 2 Kings 4:42-44John 6:1-21 The story of the loaves and fishes is a very familiar one to most Christians. Here is Jesus Christ, out in the middle of nowhere, teaching, preaching, and healing, doing His thing; and to show us God’s awesome power and might, He creates enough food to feed all who were present. And it is at this point that I remember when Necy and I were doing mission in Mabini, Batangas way, way back in 1981. We already had two children, 2 years and 8 mos. Paul Carlos...

18 July 2021 – Sunday Worship Guide

18 July 2021 – Sunday Worship Guide

“A Unifying Peace From Christ”8th Sunday After Pentecost Jeremiah 23: 1-6Ephesians 2: 11-22 One of the most ordinary spaces that human beings give way to is conflict. Anywhere in the world and in whatever human race, conflict is so evident. Nations are clashing against nations, like the historical conflict between Israel and Palestine. Internal conflict is also experienced by some nations, like the conflict we have in the southern part of our country, the fight between military soldiers and the New People’s Army or the NPA, and other groups that are against the government. Conflict comes in many forms. It...

11 July 2021 – Sunday Worship Guide

11 July 2021 – Sunday Worship Guide

“Caring for the Fields and Meadows”7th Sunday After PentecostRural Life Emphasis SundayChoir Sunday Job 40:19-24Luke 12:22-31 During my spare time, I came across a booklet which reminded me of one of our seminary teachers who, upon entering the classroom, asked us “Class, what is the first organization God allowed in His first built temple which up to this time in His kingdom is still well organized?” Oh, it took us quite some time to think knowing that our Old Testament teacher is very keen on answers which later will matter on your class performance. The youth organization? Nope, even if...

7 July 2021 – Midweek Prayer Meeting Guide

7 July 2021 – Midweek Prayer Meeting Guide

Prevailing PrayerHabakkuk 3:17-18, James 5:13-18General Day of Prayer God specializes on the impossible. And there is nothing He cannot do! And yet we are often too slow to recognize that it is God moving in our life and we are often to slow to trust Him. Only a proper perspective can offer us inner peace in the midst of life’s impossibilities. And only through consistent, fervent prayer can we gain this godly perspective in our lives. God unleashes His power through our prayers, working miracles and performing life situations that we never dreamed of. The Lord proves Himself faithful when...

4 July 2021 – Sunday Worship Guide

4 July 2021 – Sunday Worship Guide

“The Source of Strength and Authority”6th Sunday After PentecostCommunion Sunday 2 Samuel 5:1-5, 9-10Mark 6: 1-13 Five-year-old Billy asked a question to his Sunday School Class teacher, “By the way teacher, what has God been doing lately?” If you were to answer little Billy’s question, how would you answer it? If the answer to that question will be determined by how much we allow God to do in our individual lives, some of us might reply, “Oh, He’s doing much!” But can we say it even in difficult situations? Often, it is easy to say we trust God, but when...

30 June 2021 – Midweek Prayer Meeting Guide

30 June 2021 – Midweek Prayer Meeting Guide

“My heart exults in the Lord; my strength is exalted in my God. There is none holy like the Lord; there is none beside you, no rock like our God. For you, O Lord, are a God of knowledge; and by You our actions are weighed. The bows of the mighty are broken; but the feeble gird on strength. You, Lord, make poor and make rich; You bring low and you also exalt. You raise up the poor from dust, And lift the needy from the ash-heap. You make them sit with princes; And inherit a seat of honor. For...