Archive for March, 2012

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Pasalamat ng Buong Kapatiran (2012 1st Qtr)

March 30, 2012

Bilang isang Kristiano, ito na siguro ang pinakahihintay naming araw, ang makapagpasalamat sa Dios, sa napakarami Niyang  biyayang ipinagkakaloob sa iglesia, maging literal man o spiritual.  Kung sa labas, ay nagsasaya sila, kami naman sa loob ng iglesia ay nagsasaya din ng sobra-sobra, maraming pagkain ang inihanda ng aming mangangaral, Bro. Eli Soriano, pagkaing spiritual, mga salita ng Dios, mga pampalakas sa oras ng tukso at pighati, mga aral ng Dios na mahalaga pa sa langit at lupa. Upang ang mga tiisin at ang mga pag-uusig ay malampasan ng bawat isa, habang nagtutumibay sa pagkakapit kay Kristo, upang ang kapayapaan ay manatili sa puso at isip ng bawat kapatid, dili iba kundi si Kristo, ang Prinsipe ng Kapayaan.

Mahirap ipaliwanag ang nararamdaman kapag ang katwiran ng Dios ay iyong naunawaan, sa pamamagitan ng kanyang sugong mangangaral.  Basta, iba ang pakiramdam, ang tanging masasabi mo lang ay “SALAMAT SA DIOS SA KANYANG KALOOB NA DI MASAYOD!” Hindi mo nga masayod eh, sa sobrang lalim, ang hiwaga ay nabubuksan sa kapatiran, at kapag iyong naunawaan sa awa at tulong ng Dios, wala ka talagang ibang katagang masasabi kundi “salamat sa Dios”.

Palibhasa’y tatlong araw ang pasalamat, expected mo na pagod ang mararamdaman ng mga kapatid, pero ang nakakapagtaka ay hindi sila napapagod. Palaging malakas at handa sa pakikinig ang bawat isa.  Hindi nga alintana ang puyat, ang pagod, ang gutom kung minsan, ang mga sakit-sakit na nararamdaman sa katawan, paano nga ay mayroon Isang nagpapagaling, ang Dios.

Maaring sa iba, iisipin nila na kami ay kakaiba sa marami.  Pero ano pa man ang sabihin ng marami sa aming magkakapatid, isa lang ang amin alam, ang magpasalamat sa Dios ay kalugod-lugod sa kanya.  Bilang mga anak, isang obligasyon ang magpasalamat sa kanyang Ama sa lahat ng mga biyaya, maging mabuti man ito o masama sa paningin ng iba.  Palibhasa’y naturuan na sa lahat ng bagay ay maging mapagpasalamat ang mga kapatid, anoman ang dumating sa ating buhay, maging masaya man o unos na panggiba, hindi dapat kalimutan ang magpasalamat sa Dios.

Sa pagpapasalamat ngang ito, bukod sa mga katwiran na mauunawaan ng bawat isa, ay napapatawad din naman ang ating mga kasalanan na nagawa. tulad nga ng palaging binabasa ni Bro. Eli sa aklat ng Cronica,

2 Cronica 7:14 Kung ang aking bayan na tinatawag sa pamamagitan ng aking pangalan ay magpakumbaba at dumalangin, at hanapin ang aking mukha, at talikuran ang kanilang masamang mga lakad; akin ngang didinggin sa langit, at ipatatawad ko ang kanilang kasalanan, at pagagalingin ko ang kanilang lupain.

Hindi lamang kasalanan ang ipapatawad ng Panginoon, pagagalingin pa Niya ang ating lupain. Biblically speaking, sabi ni Bro. Eli, ang “lupain” ay ang puso o ang ating katawan, o ang ating tinatangkilik sa buhay.  Kaya kung may sakit-sakit kang nararamdaman sa katawan, sa awa at tulong ng Dios, ito ay gagaling. Ganundin naman ang iyong puso una sa lahat, kung ang pananampalataya mo ay hindi gaanong matibay, ang kanyang salita ang siyang magpapatibay nito. At siyembre pa, ang ating mga kahilingan ay kanyang didinggin sa langit.

Kaya naman kapatid ko kay Kristo, happy pasalamat ng buong kapatiran sa iyo, nawa’y sumaatin ang kapayapaan ni Kristo.

Maraming maraming salamat sa Dios.   Happy Pasalamat!

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Why we are not so picky in cleaving with religion?

March 30, 2012

When you are studying the word of God written in the Bible in Members Church of God International (MCGI) or most popularly known as Ang Dating Daan. and your teacher is Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon, many things were revealed to you, things you have not heard nor learned from your any religious affiliation as an ordinary member.

Studying the Bible is not new to us, many have done this, and continuously studying, but the question is, have they learned already?  Many said, Mary is the mother God (Lord Jesus Christ), is this correct? They even believed that Mary until death is a virgin? Is this Scientific and Biblical fact? We (in MCGI) believes that Lord Jesus has biological brothers and sisters while others do not? These is just few of many questions Bro. Eli had revealed to us, and even to the inquirers/listeners of Ang Dating Daan TV Program, and those who attended some Bible Exposition Worldwide.  My point is, we do not have to go to university and learn these things, spend money to learn theology, just simply open your television or surf the internet, and presto Bro. Eli is there talking sensible things about salvation, about the words of God, that many preachers do not know.

Listen before you speak.

While others are freak in accusing Bro. Eli and his teaching is not-Biblical, why not try to listen first before you reprove.  Attend the mass indoctrination or listen to worldwide Bible exposition before you speak badly to our preacher. The Bible said,

James 1:19  Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:

 

Investigate before you reprove.

As  consumer of so many commodities, we have this instinct to investigate first, check first things before we purchase. We are very clever in buying things, right!.  But why not in religion, why not picky on this?  Because if we made mistake in choosing the religion we are going to follow, our souls is at stake.  We will lose our souls and never get it again once evil got it. The Bible says,

1 John 4:1  Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.

Try to use discernment, your instinct.

Yes, we heard many false prophets are gone out into the world, specially on the last days, but God gave us His word how we can discern the true one from false. God said:

Joh 7:17  If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.

So if the teachings or the doctrines you heard from your religious pastor/priest/evangelist is not from the Bible or not from God, he is speaking from himself, that made his doctrine man-made, false, fabricated doctrines, worst term is doctrines of devils!

Mar 7:7  Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.

1 Timothy 4:1  Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;

Of course we do not want to be deceived by devil, right? We do not want to follow the devil and be devils’ advocate.  We do not want to be called son of the devil, right? Lord Jesus said to the Pharisees and scribes who do not follow God’s nor hear Lord Jesus Christ’s word,

Joh 8:44  Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.

It’s high time to wake up on long sleep.

Are you really satisfied on what you are hearing every time you go to your place of worship? You know the commandment, you read it straight from the Bible, do you follow it or you just ignore? God said,

Col 3:19  Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against them.

Are you following this commandment? God said,

Ephesians 6:1  Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right.
Ephesians 6:2  Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;)

As children of God, to our beloved parents, are we following these commandment? Or we do whatever we want to do and respect not the feelings of our parents? God said as well to women:

1Ti 2:9  In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array;
1Ti 2:10  But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works.

Women, do you follow this? Are you wearing modest apparel or the other way around, that make men sin?

Just ask yourself friends, be true to your self. If we really saying we “LOVE” God, and follow not His commandment, we are fooling ourselves.  And if that happened, we are also able to fool others as well.

Invitation to all.

We do not know when and where our earth time will end.  Today we are strong but tomorrow, we will not know.  And this is my encouragement to all of you, if you really believe in God, you must also believe that He sent someone to teach us, for us to repent and come back to His reproof.

Pro 1:23  Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you.

We will be having a Worldwide Bible Exposition today, March 30, 2012, 7:00 PM at all Ang Dating Daan Coordinating Centers. Please come and learn things that you heard not before.

While on April 16, 2012, 6:30 PM, Ang Dating Daan Mass Indoctrina tion will be held in all ADD Coordinating Centers, wherein Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon will teach us the doctrines of Lord Jesus Christ that we need to know and to follow to have everlasting life.

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Rainbow

March 29, 2012

After work yesterday afternoon, a beautiful rainbow was seen in the sky, the stunning  ROYGBIV colors observed in the clouds after few drops of rain that day, which made me think of things about it, the scientific facts, the myth, and the Biblical truth as I have heard from Bro. Eli Soriano of The Old Path.  I decided to write a blog about rainbow (as far as I understand) and this is what I’ve got.

A rainbow is an optical and meteorological phenomenon that causes a spectrum of light to appear in the sky when the Sun shines on to droplets of moisture in the Earth’s atmosphere. It takes the form of a multicoloured arc. Rainbows caused by sunlight always appear in the section of sky directly opposite the sun. (source:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rainbow)

 It’s quite hard to understand, but the fact is, it is optical phenomenon, it cannot be touched and it is not a physical object. Nor you can approach it from a distance. The colors we have seen are the following: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet. As long as there is water drops and sunlight, rainbow can be observed. Anyway anybody is free to google it for more rainbow illustration.

Kwento ni Lola Basyang:

Just remembering the story about the riches or a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow when I was a child, and I really wanted to see the end of it to have that pot of riches. But as times go by, never heard someone who got one for it was just a fable.  People are very good in inventing stories just like this one.  And learned that this myth came from the Irish legend, wherein a leprechaun is hiding a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow, his hiding place. Even “leprechaun” or an “elf” is just an illusion, so much of his pot of gold.

Biblical Facts:

All things were created by God and all is good. But times come to pass, when men were corrupted by evil, and to stop such, God said He will destroy man whom he created and beast, and creeping things, and the fowls in the air by flood of water. And this was the story of Noah and his ark. And as covenant to Noah, God said he will never destroy the earth by water, and his “bow” will be seen in the clouds as remembrance of it.

Gen 9:8  And God spake unto Noah, and to his sons with him, saying,

 Gen 9:9  And I, behold, I establish my covenant with you, and with your seed after you;

Gen 9:10  And with every living creature that is with you, of the fowl, of the cattle, and of every beast of the earth with you; from all that go out of the ark, to every beast of the earth.

Gen 9:11  And I will establish my covenant with you; neither shall all flesh be cut off any more by the waters of a flood; neither shall there any more be a flood to destroy the earth.

 

Biblical facts and Science work together for a better understanding of men, God created rainbow and Science has its own explanation about it.  The bottom line is, rainbow exists because Someone Great created it, the God Almighty.

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Ang Dios ay Muli Kong Pasasalamatan

March 20, 2012

“Ano na naman iyan, pupunta na naman kayo sa Apalit,  magpapasalamat, hindi ba pwedeng sa loob ng bahay magpasalamat? mag-uubos lang kayo ng pera , ang mga anak ninyo napapabayaan na ninyo, kung saan-saan ninyo pinapatulog, pati hanap-buhay ninyo pinababayaan ninyo, ang hirap-hirap maghanap ng trabaho, absent pa kayo ng absent!!” Nakakalungkot marinig ang ganitong salita sa iyong mga magulang tuwing dadalo kami ng pasalamat sa Dios, tuwing ikatlong buwan, ang Pasalamat ng Buong Kapatiran. Ngunit kahi’t anong usig ang kanilang gawin sa amin, mahal at iginagalang pa rin namin sila, mas higit kaysa noon (kung alam lang nila), dahil sa ganito natutupad ang nakasulat sa mga lingkod ng Dios, na sa pagsunod mo kay Kristo, pag-uusigin ka, at ang unang-una na uusig sa iyo ay ang iyong kasambahay.

Mahirap sa katawan kung iyong iisipin, alas dos palang ng madaling araw ng Biyernes, kailangan na naming umalis ng bahay dahil dalawa o tatlong oras pa ang biyahe patungo sa Central ng MCGI, sa Apalit Pampangga. Alas sais ng umaga magsisimula na ang awitan, kaya kailangan bago pa mag-alas sais ay naroon na kami.  Tatlong araw ang pasalamat sa Dios.  Ang paksa na nagmumula sa Bibliya na itinuturo ng Kapatid na Eli ay napakasarap pakinggan. Ang karunungan mula sa Dios ay nag-uumapaw sa kapatiran.  Para kaming estudyanteng nag-aaral, ang maing libro ay ang Bibliya, ang aming guro ay si Kapaid na Eli at Kapatid na Daniel. Ito ang piyesta ng Dios sa aming magkakapatid. Kung saan nagpapahayag kami ng pagkuwalhati at pagpapasalamat sa Dios, tumatanaw ng utang na loob sa mga pag-iingat niya sa amin at sa aming mga mahal sa buhay at sa aming mga mangangaral. Pagpapasalamat sa Kaninang pagtawag, na Siyang naghango sa kadiliman ng buhay na ito, sa napakaraming kalayawan na mahirap tanggihan kung wala Siya.

Mula nga nang ako ay maanib sa Members Church of God International, natuto akong magpasalamat sa Dios sa lahat ng nangyayari sa aking buhay,  maging sa paningin man ng ibang tao ay mabuti o masama. Sapagkat kaming magkakapatid sa loob ng iglesia ay naturuan na maging mapagpasalamat sa Dios ng mangangaral na sa Dios, sa lahat ng bagay.

Colosas 3:15 At maghari sa inyong puso ang kapayapaan ni Cristo, na diya’y tinawag din naman kayo sa isang katawan; at kayo’y maging mapagpasalamat.

Ako Noon.

Tulad ng marami, aking naaalala ang Dios sa tuwing mayroon lamang hindi magandang nangyayari sa akin buhay, tulad ng pagkakasakit, hirap sa buhay, kawalang ng trabaho, namatayan ng kamag-anak, at mga sakuna at kalamidad. Naaalala ko naman siyang pasalamatan tuwing Linggo, kapag ako nagpupunta sa ‘simbahan’.  Sa pag-aakala ko na napapasaya ko ang Dios sa pagsimba ko sa araw ng Linggo, minsan ginagawa kong dalawang beses ang pagpunta ko sa ‘simbahan’.

Pati sa pagsusugal (paminsan-minsan), nakikiusap ako sa Dios sa aking isip para manalo (hehehe). (Napagtanto ko na mali pa sa Bibliya ang pagsusugal, nang makinig na ako ng Doktrina ng Panginoong Hesus.) Kung magising man ako  sa umaga at matulog sa gabi, bahagya ko nang maisip na manalangin sa Dios.  Sa pagkain ay gayundin naman, bihira kong ipagpasalamat sa Dios ang aking kinakain.

Ako sa kasalukuyan.

Kung paanong bahagya ko nang alalahanin ang Dios, iba na ngayon.  Parang nag-360 degree ang ikot ng aking mundo. Nabaliktad ng buong-buo.  At iyan sa ay dahil sa pakikinig ng aral ng Dios na hindi ko nakahiligan noon. Kung paanong napapaso ang aking tainga sa tuwing may usapang patungkol sa relihiyon o Bibliya, ay siya ko namang kinasasabikan ang mga pang-aaral ngayon.  Tama, ang salita ng Dios ay naging musika sa akin tainga, sa aking puso.

Ano pa nga ba ang pwede kong iganti sa aking Dios na kinikilala.  Siya ang nagbigay sa akin ng buhay, siya ang nagbigay sa akin ng lahat ng bagay na kailangan ko, siya ang nag-iingat sa akin, lalo na sa paggawa ng masama, siya ang dahil ng aking paglakad, Siya nga ang dahilan kung bakit ako nilikha sa mundong ito, ang aking obligasyon bilang tao na Kanyang nilikha aking nagpatanto. Ito lamang ang alam ko, sa lahat lahat ng ito, na Siya ay pasalamatan sa lahat ng bagay. Kaya naman, kahit ano pa ang mangyari, sa awa at tulong ng Dios, muli at muling akong magpapasalamat sa Dios na lumikha ng lahat ng bagay, sa Dios na makapangyarihan sa lahat, ang Dios noon at ngayon.

Salamat sa Dios sa Kanyang kaloob na hindi masayod!

Happy International Thanksgiving!

 


 

 

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Character Assassination: Losers’ Favorite

March 15, 2012

As per Wikipedia definition to the term “character assassination”

“- is an attempt to tarnish a person’s reputation. It may involve exaggeration, misleading half-truths, or manipulation of facts to present an untrue picture of the targeted person. It is a form of defamation and can be a form of ad hominemargument.

In practice, character assassination may involve doublespeak, spreading of rumors, innuendo or deliberate misinformation on topics relating to the subject’s morals, integrity, and reputation. It may involve spinning information that is technically true, but that is presented in a misleading manner or is presented without the necessary context.”

the first person who comes to my mind is Bro. Eli Soriano, the Presiding Minister of Members Church of God International or most popularly known as Ang Dating Daan. 

Preaching the doctrines coming from the Scripture, that collapses man-made and self-interpreted teachings of other religious denominations, Bro. Eli became the favorite target of character assassination.  Envying the wisdom he is preaching to the congregation and exposing Biblical facts to many people through Bible Expositions, he became the nemesis of these false preachers and their greatest nightmare!

While he is just only reading the Scriptures, together with the official statements of other religion whether from their official books or gazettes, to light the truth hidden by grievous wolves for hundred of years, many eyes opened from deep sleep, many souls embraced the light after realizing they were in the gross dark for so long, that conversion made the wolves so angry.  So the wolves, instead of facing Bro. Eli in debate to stand the righteousness of their so-called doctrines, fabricated lies against his person. And these lies are not anymore new to us, many who heard it believe without knowing the truth first, without hearing the part of the Bro. Eli, these are the people who live in believing lies and hatred.  They hated Bro.Eli, made false accusations, baseless statements they manufactured with the help of their father, the devil. They already killed Bro.Eli by their big mouth of lies. Killers that are still in the open and freely doing their deceitful business.

But if the wolves think they scored, they are wrong. God, who sent Bro. Eli to speak His words to people, is always looking at him, taking care of him, educating him, so that in the battle field of true and false religion, Bro. Eli shines. And yes, he is shining as the sun in the noon, because of the Word of God, the light he carry.

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The Man Who Changed My Life (2nd blog)

March 3, 2012

I thank God for having time to write despite of my vocabulary and grammatically predicament.  My fear to try dissolve eventually and my less guts to do this and that had fueled up, because of this “man”.  This man that many had ignore despite of the truthfulness coming from his mouth, is still vigorously preaching the word of God, amidst of persecution here and there.  Yes, he is the most persecuted and the most maligned preacher I know, humiliated in all aspects by his adversaries. The man whose heart wishes is to lead hungry souls, less fortunate and hopeless people in the world  to acknowledge God Almighty who created all things by following His commandments. And to believe Lord Jesus Christ, the first born, our redeemer, and will return to save us in damnation in last day.

Four years in the fold, the wisdom that he share to the congregation is priceless. Unequaled wisdom that no man can utter if not send by God Himself, yes, Bro. Eli Soriano is the man of God, who speaks the word of God, no more no less.  Many had tried to put him in shame, even to the most and devilish way of humiliation they made, but none of them succeed.  No one can defeat the man of God, simply because it is God who defend His man.  They may use the most corrupted mind in the country, but the Creator will not allow it, still the truth will shine just like the sun in the noontime.

The more Bro. Eli’s adversaries speak evil against him, the more Bro. Eli shines.  No one can put down a good person, you can’t put down Bro. Eli.