The Preacher and His Preaching

IMG_0570Is preaching a tired old business? On the contrary it is a business that concerns itself with the most important thing one could ever think of: That of making ourselves right with the God whom we have displeased.

Displeased, you say? Yes. We displease Him when we  get out of line or misbehave. We displease Him when we’re out of step with His will and purposes for us. We displease Him when we refuse to heed His pleadings. We displease Him when we wallow in the mire of sin. We displease Him in every which way we turn when that turn turns out to be bad. And we can never make ourselves right with Him, not even with ourselves, unless He supplies us with the formula to make us attuned to Him again.

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The Man Who Grew Up Without a Father, Speaking on Fatherhood

Some of you may not agree with everything that US President Barack Obama does and says. But one American Christian lady who did not vote for him last election has now begun to believe that this first President of America with African ancestry could be America’s hope to turn things around. The man who saw his Kenyan father only once or twice  in his lifetime, and practically grew up without him, is saying something about fatherhood. Well, how does it go? To say the least, he views fatherhood with much sensitivity and sense. It touches me, and I hope it would touch you too.

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We Don’t Own Everything We Own!

IMG_0570One day a buyer shopping drops by a large Gemolite chain store in one of those big buildings in Downtown Cloudburst. That store is a branch of a jewellery manufacturing company and exquisite “gemolites” are its main products, although it sells other gems too.

What are “gemolites,” you may ask. “Gemolites” are rock-hard man-made gems; unlike real diamonds which are natural and can be mined from the bosom of the earth, “gemolites” are perfect imitations of the natural. They have the color and the sparkle of the real. It is virtually impossible to distinguish a man-made diamond from the genuine. Natural diamonds are very precious, but a “gemolite” you can always afford.

But one gem, different from the others, catches the man’s attention. “I want that,” he says. “How much is it?”

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Featured today: Tayud Church in Consolacion, Cebu

Tayud church house

Tayud church house

This new congregation in sitio Libo, village of Tayud, in the town of Consolacion, Cebu, is one church that is definitely growing, being ministered by Danny Torniado, one of those young men we had mentored at Mandaue church. Danny and his wife, both former Adventists, were taught and baptized by the other Danny whom we had also mentored, Danny Mamugay (now preaching in San Remegio, Cebu). Tayud church has a lot and a building of its own, donated by sister Pering Grado, wife of a retired police general and was formerly of the Pentecostal group but has now cast her lot with us. I visited this congregation one Sunday afternoon last year, and found a group blooming with joy in serving the Lord.

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