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20
Jul 2017
"Fasting and Prayer"

“FASTING and PRAYER” The Bible mentions fasting more times than baptism, repentance, confession and even communion. Fasting is a Christian’s voluntary abstinence from food and/or drinks or other fleshly appetites for a specified period of time and for a spiritual purpose. The goal of prayer and fasting is to bring our natural, physical desires under the control of the Holy Spirit for the purpose of seeking God. When we refrain from regular activities that distract us, we’re better able to discern what the Lord is saying. It sharpens our minds and increases......

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22
Jun 2017
Seven Reasons Why You Shouldn't Marry a Christian

Seven Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Marry a Christian If you are pursuing a relationship with a Christian or if you are currently in a relationship with a Christian, and you don’t plan on becoming a Christian, for your own sake STOP!!! If you are not yet married, get out now before its too late. If you are already engaged, call it off. Don’t have anything to do romantically with a Christian if you don’t want God and faith and church to be a regular part of your life. Still not convinced? Here......

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14
Jun 2017
A Father’s Day Story

A Father’s Day Story My father passed away a little over a year ago after a long battle with prostate cancer. He would have been 93 on June 1. And as Father’s Day approaches I miss him even more deeply – he was a wise mentor and great listener. But it has not always been that way. Before I came to know Christ our relationship was characterized by shouting contests. He had a volatile temper, and often exploded in anger at the least misstep by me or my sister – mostly me.......

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01
Jun 2017
Love in the Workplace

Can Love Exist in a Toxic Workplace? “Toxic” is the most common word I’ve heard to describe my friends’ work environments. Misunderstandings, differences in personalities and frustrations with co-workers lead to a less-than-ideal environment. It’s difficult enough that there are deadlines to meet and sales targets to pursue. I remember when our department was full of uncertainty due to a planned reorganization. People were worried about their future, they were easily irritated, selfish, and harder to deal with. Trust between people was low and, unsurprisingly, company productivity was down. Being a Christ-follower......

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25
May 2017
"Volunteering"

“Volunteering” In layman’s term, this word means – giving oneself to serve others without any consideration or compensation. Can you imagine? Serving others for free! In our world today this is not normal. Most people insist on putting a premium to be of service. In a church context, volunteering is essential. Can you imagine if the pastor did all the work by himself? Volunteers express their gratitude to God for what He has done for them by serving others. We can serve without loving God, but we cannot love God without serving......

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19
May 2017
Modeling the Right Priorities and Roles

“Around a year ago, right before my thirteenth birthday, my Dad took me to climb Mt. Apo, as sort of a “rite-of-passage” ritual into manhood. He modeled how to be a man. At one point during our climb up Mt. Apo, my Dad was so exhausted that he told me, “I’ll probably climb back down and call a helicopter to pick me up.” However, he kept pushing and made it to the summit. He even shared the gospel with a few people at the top. During my time with him on the......

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05
May 2017
"Next Time..."

I came home one evening tired from work, hungry, and ready to unwind. Seeing the dining table set for dinner, I sat down as my wife served a plate-full of chicken cordon bleu on the table. It was delicious! Already quite full and finishing up, my wife suddenly brought out another full plate of chicken. Surprised, I asked “Are we expecting company?” She replied with a simple “nope”. In all of my wisdom about food, I said “Honey, next time don’t cook so much… Left over fried food is not so good reheated.”......

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28
Apr 2017
Conver✝sations

Phil (Philip Piño) and Billy (Billy Ver) Billy: Hi Phil, what’s up? You seem upset. Phil: Who wouldn’t be upset? Nothing’s changed! It doesn’t matter who sits in power, it’s always the people that suffer! Billy: Anything in particular that bothers you? Phil: Human rights violations, lack of equality, the same old problem of poverty. Like I said, nothing’s changed! And you church going people are of no help! Billy: … Phil: Sorry, no offense, just being honest. Billy: (smiles) It’s okay. Anyone would get upset when what they believe is wrong......

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13
Apr 2017
Love and suffering

God’s ways are often quite different from our ways. We are visiting a country that has experienced years of war, drought, famine and the largest refugee crisis of this century. Its inflation rate is 500%. We are asking God to show us how we can help bring the love of Christ to the people of this country. But we can’t help be overwhelmed by the suffering around us. We pass by walls pock-marked by bullets from the most recent outbreak of violence. As we try to turn right at an intersection, we......

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06
Apr 2017
Falling in Love (Beware of the Myths)

It happens to all of us, one day we see the opposite sex and our heart beats faster. We can’t explain it but it is a feeling like no other we have experienced. People call it love. Some call it infatuation or a crush. Whatever you call it, it drives us crazy! Here are some myths (a popular world view that is believed and accepted by many) that I want us to expose, uncover and discredit with the truth. MYTH 1: FALLING IN LOVE CONQUERS ALL In a way, this is a......

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