Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Friday, July 20, 2007
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Saturday, July 7, 2007
Friday, July 6, 2007
I remember as a young Christian searching for truth in God's word and finding out what God thinks about different kinds of things. In Matthew 16:18, Jesus states plainly that He will build His church. It was reading that verse and understanding it that I realized that I needed to be in church. At first having left 'a church' I felt like why should I be in any church at all. I guess that was somewhat a naive sentiment. Thankfully God speaks about the church in many places in the New Testament that I did not miss out on being part of His church. What is interesting though is finding groups of so-called believers who assemble who fit the description of a church but don't want to be identified as a church. Sorta like "Living Right Fellowship" or "Christian Family Center", or "Community Thing." Are those considered churches? They don't want to be called 'church' to begin with, but they function 'like' a church. It seems as though they want to enjoy the status of a church, they just don't want to be 'called' a church. Are they just trying to get by with a church without calling it a church?
A more important question is does God consider that a church? So if a disgruntled church member, placed under church discipline for the right reasons, by a good church, which would make him obviously a rebel, decides to start his own 'thing,' assembles a group of baptized believers (we will grant him that), without being sent from or endorsed by a good church, he starts his own thing - something - not called a church - then IS it? and if it is not, then what business do Christians have to do with an organization not founded by Christ? Is it too critical to say that Christ founded the church; not the "Community Cell Fellowship of the Beloved Disgruntled Brethren Order of Not-called-church Fellowship." It must be that in the minds of some, church is too cheap. But on the contrary the Bible plainly declares what the church is; in fact it is esteemed as the bride of Christ. I would not want to call Christ's bride a cheap lady, and she should not be treated that way. The fact is Christ founded the church, and Christians go to church.
Tuesday, July 3, 2007
I did mention dessert night! The young people did all this home made.
Monday, July 2, 2007
Filipinos use several modes of transportation besides bicycles, cars, and buses. They use what is called Tricycles. It is a motor cycle with a side car attached to it. Also another interesting transportation is the "Jeepney."
This is what the church building looks like from the back prior to the arrival of the church people and many other guests. The bottom picture is taken from the pulpit area, to give you an idea of what the auditorium looks like from the front. The cleanliness and beauty of their auditorium is a testimony of their love and sacrifice as the church, that although being poverty stricken, they pull together without the aid of foreign money, they of their own selves gave to see a wonderful facility build for the Lord.
Meet Cross and Crown Baptist Church. It sure was a pleasure to be with the Lord's people in Las Pinas. There I was given the privilege to teach a module class on Philippians. I was also invited to speak for their church anniversary.
The Ladies Choir did a marvelous job. They sang in English. For the most part many Filipinos speak English and Tagalog as well as their local dialect depending on what region they are raised in.
After the morning service the ladies of Cross and Crown had a Ladies Fellowship. They studied the Bible and my wife Marcia was able to preach at them. This is ok, because they were all ladies present.
During our stay we also had the privilege of conducting a two day Children's Bible Adventure club. Many of the children that came were actually first time visitors. What a blast!
Marcia taught the English division of the club. It was such a blessing to be able to minister to the Tessin kids as well, since they really haven't had a strictly English speaking class.
It was a joy to see a young girl named "Joy" realize her need for Salvation. After conducting a home Bible study at her grandparents house, she publicly confessed that she needed to get saved. I have received good news from Bro. Tessin that she is manifesting spiritual growth. This is a good sign that her faith is not vain. She is a sweetheart but more importantly now she is a Christian.