News & Updates


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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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16
Mar 2017
How Do You Know It's True Love?

I’ve often been asked, “How do you know it’s true love?” by people who want to know if what they’re feeling for someone is real. Because of the many Disney films and romance movies out there, people often connect true love with the romantic feelings another person makes them feel. But is that all there is to true love? True Love is measured by the one standard that Jesus gives: “My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.” (John 15:12). We must love the same way He loved......

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10
Mar 2017
God’s Love – How can we have that?

When we consider the word “Love,” we need to understand the subtle schemes of our enemy. The most effective tactic he uses is to change the meaning of the word. For example: we no longer are ending the life of a Baby with abortion, instead we are simply getting rid of a fetus. Yet, if you destroy a Bald Eagle egg – this is the law: “Bald eagles are protected by both state and federal laws. Violators face penalties of up to $20,000 in fines & or 1-5 years in prison.” Our......

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23
Feb 2017
Who does God want you to love today?

“Love him? I don’t even like him!” How often have we felt that way when the Holy Spirit prods us to demonstrate His love to people who don’t seem deserving of our love? That certainly was the case for Jonah. When God told him to go to preach to the Ninevites, he must have thought that was asking too much. The Assyrians were violent, proud and idolatrous. They had already attacked Israel in the past, and were a threat to the future of the nation. The last thing Jonah wanted was to......

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16
Feb 2017
A Heart for the World

Ahhhh February…the “Love Month.” While many of us prepare for our romantic February 14 celebration, it strikes me that this month also is a fitting reminder of God’s heart for the world. That is why, in CCF, February is also Missions Month. Most of us know and love John 3:16. “For God so loved the world that he gave His only Son…” Yet how often we skip over the object of His love: the world. While it is true that He loves you and me, His heart goes beyond just us and......

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