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Wesley's song: Soldiers of Christ Arise

This is one of my favorite songs.  I love being reminded of the spiritual warfare (Eph. 6:10-18).  Last night, my Pastor preached on the spiritual warfare.  He spoke on the two imperatives: Be strong in the Lord, and put on the whole armor of God.  In Charles Wesley's song, the word "panoply" is transliterated (meaning, taken from the Greek and put into English).  The word means "full armor," emphasizing the entirety or the completeness of the Christian's divinely given armor.  Wesley's lyrics captures so many lessons about the spiritual warfare, based from the Bible, and put in such eloquent poetry.  Enjoy, and have happy and blessed Memorial Day.
Soldiers of Christ, arise, and put your armor on,
Strong in the strength which God supplies through His eternal Son.
Strong in the Lord of hosts, and in His mighty power,
Who in the strength of Jesus trusts is more than conqueror.
Stand then in His great might, with all His strength endued,
But take, to arm you…

Frustration - some Blogger hate and love

I am frustrated...with Blogger, and my inability to get the pictures inserted in the proper order.  I don't exactly know when I started meddling with my blog template, but somehow or another I must have messed up some details in the html code (this would be like the DNA of webpages) and as a result, my postings (including pics) are not as smooth or swift as I would like for it to be.  To my well meaning friends (who are tech savvy, and have offered their aid) thank you, but I really don't want to spend much more time with this aspect of blogging (Maybe I will scrap this old blog and start over again, I don't mind that - no more will I try to customize - I have learned my lesson) - please do not offer any help. 
So if you look at the pictures (if you can see them, that is) just read the captions and you will hopefully get what I am trying to convey.  If anything else, at least I get to update my blog today.  Even if it is a minor note of Blogger hate.  And please don't …

My trip to the Philippines (part 2) - I got to visit three cities


My trip to the Philippines (part 1)

First of all, meet my mom and dad (Tess and Bill Hardecker).  They housed me for a good portion of my survey trip.  I am so thankful to God for giving me loving parents.

This is the new Shepherd's Baptist Church building (which houses the academy and church congregation).  It is wonderful to know that the good people of Shepherd's Baptist is carrying on.  I was able to spend sometime with Pastor Joey Andrew Guerrero, and his family, and they gave me a couple of preaching opportunities.  We even went street preaching (although I didn't preach, I was able to help pass out some Gospel tracts, while the Bible students proclaimed God's Word with great boldness).

These are the Bible students who took turn street preaching.

This is the choir that sang Sunday morning.  The church was meeting on the third floor of the new building.  They have a huge building project which will totally revamp the old auditorium.

Meet Pastor Joey Andrew Guerrero.  I surveyed a city about an hour sou…