Can You Separate the Preacher from His Bible?

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If we are people of the Book, then how do shepherds of the church under the guidance of our Great Shepherd, conduct themselves as they feed the flock with every Word found in that Book? If the Bible is the final authority of the Christian in life here and the next, what kind of diligence should a pastor conduct to make sure the believers under his care knows ultimately a book that means life and death to his soul?

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Pinoy Preacher List #9

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After 10 months, Pinoy Preacher List is back! Many things happened specifically as we go through this pandemic. Pastors who once didn’t want to post videos, stream their Sunday services through Zoom and FB Live are now availing these techie innovations to reach out their congregations. And I hope this series can feature all of your online messages for other folks to watch.

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Pinoy Preacher List #8

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After a couple of months hiatus, this series is back for it’s eight (and hopefully not the final) list of Filipino preachers and their sermons. If you miss out the other seven installment, they’re provided at the end of this post.

Xley Miguel – Xley leads Christ’s Heritage Church located at Libis, Quezon City. You can watch his sermons over YouTube and connect with their church by visiting its FB page.

Lance Filio – Down South of Manila is Zion Cornerstone Reformed Church at Imus Cavite. Rev. Lance Filio pastors the church. For more information about the church, head over to their FB Page. To listen to Rev. Lance’s sermons with transcript, you can access them at their church website.

Ramil Corpus – Back in Manila specifically at Old Sta. Mesa is Ramil Corpus. He pastors Sola Scriptura Christian Church. He also writes and translates articles for an apologetics website, GotQuestions. He has a weekly FB live program called, Narrow Gate which tackles doctrines and other biblical topics. Find the latest episode by check their FB page.

If you have missed out the previous installments here are the links:

Pinoy Preacher List #1

Pinoy Preacher List #2

Pinoy Preacher List #3

Pinoy Preacher List #4 

Pinoy Preacher List #5

Pinoy Preacher List #6

Pinoy Preacher List #7

Would you like to help me grow this list? If you know pastors or preachers who are Calvinistic or Reformed and has sermons online, please do e-mail me at nitoymgonzales@gmail.com.

7 Things We Miss Out If We Reject the Gospel (Part 2)

I heard a preacher once said that the word “free gift” in Ephesians 2: 8-9 lost its meaning in our time. We are incline to pay or work to get what we want. That’s how the real world works. Receiving something free is beyond how we are wired. Also when pride sets in our heart it wouldn’t allow us to accept the gospel. Unless God makes the initiative, salvation won’t be possible. Will you accept the gospel today? Now let’s go on with #3 and #4 of our list of things we miss out if we don’t turn to the gospel:
3. Truth

“So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:31-32

“even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.” John 14: 17

Everyone doesn’t want to dwell in falsehood. We want to be in the good or right side. Even if culture suppresses having the concept of truth, there is truth. We don’t want to deceive or be deceived. We want to know if what we believe is the truth. Truth being subjective is a farce. There is objective truth. Jesus invites us to come to Him if we want to know the truth. Rejecting the gospel is rejecting the truth. What is left when we reject the truth is, by default, we accept falsehood.

4. Adoption

“For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs–heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.”
Romans 8:15-17

“to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God.” Galatians 4: 5-7

“he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will,” Ephesians 1:5

There is a song that became the theme of Pope Francis visit here in the Philippines. The message of it is that “we are God’s children”. But biblically that is not true. Not all are God’s children. We are all made in the image of God but according to John 1: 12” But to all who did receive him (Jesus), who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God,”. There’s a difference between an image bearer to a legitimate son. Our physical birth enables us to be bearers of His image, being born again grants us to be God’s children. Believing in Jesus is our ticket to become sons of God. That is the very core of the gospel. Immediately, when we receive the gospel, we became God’s children. Rejecting this truth will keep us on bondage with sin and Satan. Salvation is not just rescuing us from our sin but giving us a new identity. Salvation will not just take us to heaven but most importantly it gives us rights on why we are to be there with God. Are you a child of God?

(to be continued next week…)

The Greatest Need of Man Answered and Settled by God Part 2

Praise is due to you,a O God, in Zion,

and to you shall vows be performed.

 

O you who hear prayer,

to you shall all flesh come.

 

When iniquities prevail against me,

you atone for our transgressions.

 

Blessed is the one you choose and bring near,

to dwell in your courts!

We shall be satisfied with the goodness of your house,

the holiness of your temple!

 

By awesome deeds you answer us with righteousness,

O God of our salvation,

the hope of all the ends of the earth

and of the farthest seas;

 

the one who by his strength established the mountains,

being girded with might;

 

who stills the roaring of the seas,

the roaring of their waves,

the tumult of the peoples,

 

so that those who dwell at the ends of the earth are in awe at your signs.

You make the going out of the morning and the evening to shout for joy.

 

You visit the earth and water it;

you greatly enrich it;

the river of God is full of water;

you provide their grain,

for so you have prepared it.

 

You water its furrows abundantly,

settling its ridges,

softening it with showers,

and blessing its growth.

 

You crown the year with your bounty;

your wagon tracks overflow with abundance.

 

The pastures of the wilderness overflow,

the hills gird themselves with joy,

 

the meadows clothe themselves with flocks,

the valleys deck themselves with grain,

they shout and sing together for joy.

–Psalms 65:1-13

 

What God Gave Us

Last week we had an introduction on Psalms 65, and like what I have said the song gave us the two important things man needs. As we check that psalm, it is a psalm of thanksgiving. What better way to be thankful for that give thanks to God’s precious gifts to man.

Remember that game show “Who Want’s To Be A Millionaire?” The mechanics of the game is to answer questions with a corresponding cash prize that reaches 1 Million dollars. In the initial rounds the questions are easy. As the contestant goes to the succeeding rounds, the questions gets tougher. The higher the cash the difficult the questions are. When contestants find it hard to answer difficult questions, they are given “life lines”. Life lines help contestants not just in those sticky situations but also keep them in the game.

If we look at what God gave us to our greatest needs it will pale in comparison to any  “life Line” this world can offer. Meeting our needs required God the Son to go to this world and to die at our place. As a result sinners can access God. Not being able to access to God is the greatest tragedy of all. But on the flip side, access to God is the greatest need that God answered to sinful men. Now let’s check out the two needs and in the coming weeks, we will focus on each of them.

Salvation

Blessed is the one you choose and bring near,

to dwell in your courts!

We shall be satisfied with the goodness of your house,

the holiness of your temple!

 

By awesome deeds you answer us with righteousness,

O God of our salvation,

the hope of all the ends of the earth

and of the farthest seas;

 

Prayer

O you who hear prayer,

to you shall all flesh come.

 

When iniquities prevail against me,

you atone for our transgressions

Next week we will check the salvation as one of the greatest need God gave to man.

5 Essential Things to Do After Finishing Reading a Book

Before putting your recently finished book down and telling it on Facebook, here are some tips to do after devouring a book. Bona petit!

  1. Catch the lesson it is driving- not just knowing the theme of the book but what additional wisdom can it give us and put us in action.
  2. Think of someone who will benefit in reading it- if it really made a great impression to you why not share it to someone and make an impact to that person’s life.
  3. Put it in your giveaway list- keep it on the list so when a friend’s birthday, Christmas or any occasion will come, it will be a great gift.
  4. Promote it- write a book review; post in on Facebook or Twitter make some noise about this newly read book.
  5. Re-read it- if you won’t get the lessons of the book or some parts still doesn’t sink in, re-reading it will make a difference.

Does anyone have #6? Please post it on the comment.

5 Cool Reasons Why You Need a Planner

[I tried Grammarly’s online plagiarism checker because Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious is too weird to plagerize…]

I started this year by getting a planner from Starbucks which is very useful throughout the year in my personal and ministry activities. I recommend that you too get a planner for the coming year and see these five benefits of having one:

  1. To plan – of course that’s why it’s called a planner. Jot down important things to do in advance, events you will attend and dates that are relevant to you.
  2. To take down notes – when listening to a message, lectures or sermon, it’s a good thing to have a permanent place to tuck all of it. Away with index cards or tissues, use your planner to accommodate them.
  3. To write down your messages – if you’re a preacher it will be best to not clutter the pulpit with papers but one professional planner with the outline of your sermon will do.
  4. To pin or stick some important things – Make your planner into an instant scrapbook! Post its, tickets, receipts, mementos or in my case an origami heart from a friend to cherish those moments and make it stick in your minds.
  5. To get inspirations – isn’t great to have some planners with great photography, excellent artworks, Bible verses and inspirational quotes. Something to inspire you to engage in writing and give a positive vibe to make it throughout the day.

What’s your favorite reason in this list? Please tell me….

Meeting God in Every Turning Points of our Lives Part 2

Galatians 1:17 “Neither went I up to Jerusalem to them which were apostles before me; but I went into Arabia, and returned again unto Damascus.”

 

Let us go back and see those turning points of our lives and check how we are now. by looking at the past we can determine what is at stake on our future as a Christian. By taking a glimpse to these turning points it will eventually reveal how we are today and how it will affect our personal growth and the ministry God has called us to:

 

1.)    Arabia – ‘but I went into Arabia”. Arabia represents our daily encounter with God. For Paul, this is where God taught him one on one. Christians, how’s our personal and intimate relation with God? When was the last time we read our Bibles or wrestles with God in prayer? Think about it. Do we meet God in our very own “Arabia”?

2.)    Damascus – “returned again unto Damascus”. This is where Paul, by God’s sovereignty, saved him (Acts 9: 1-22). If you’re a Christian you are saved. Are you really been saved? Can we see it in your life that you have God’s salvation? Can we look back in that day that you repented and trust Jesus as Savior and Lord? Do you remember the commitment you made to follow Him? Is he still number 1 in your life today? Do you still have the “joy of salvation”? Let us search ourselves if we want to move forward in the Christian life.

 

(To be continued next week…)

Meeting God in Every Turning Points of our Lives Part 1

Galatians 1:17 “Neither went I up to Jerusalem to them which were apostles before me; but I went into Arabia, and returned again unto Damascus.”

 

Encountering God should be the endeavor of every professing Christians. Meeting Him is not just looking forward for the day we will see Him in heaven but also to know if His presence is in every milestones of this earth journey of a believer.

 

Paul has been accused of not conforming in the will of God and aligning with those of the apostles by his critics. The apostle to the Gentile defended himself by stating it is divinely set out by God. He points out 3 turning points of his life that he met God. But before we look at those points we Christian should first ask ourselves the following questions:

 

  1. Have really met God in the following turning points?
  2. If indeed we encountered God, can we show changes that came about that encounter? Can we see evidence, like a before and after photos that God did changed us?
  3. Much tougher question: Do we really have something to point to, if we really are Christians experiencing God?

 

(To be continued next week…)