Ministry is a Heavenly Calling

(From the sermon entitled, “Ang Dapat Maunawa ng mga Kapatid sa Pagtataglay ng Katungkulan”, for August 16, 2015)

The goodness of God

No one receives the honor of being a servant except when God allows it (Hebrews 5:4). This means, that it’s God who calls us in the Ministry, no more no less. Even if people desire to be in the Ministry, without God’s approval, it will never be.

God calls His chosen people in different ways. Jeremiah was still in the womb of his mother when He was called and chosen by God to be a Prophet (Jeremiah 1:1-10). Saul was an antagonist of the church of God when called to be an Apostle of the Gentile people (Acts 26:12-18). Some were called in their old age like Moses (Exodus 3:7-12). No matter how they were called, one thing is for sure, they were all called by the will of God, and these are all according to His purpose (1 Corinthians 1:1-2; 12:28).

The Bible tells us that many desires to be in the Ministry of God. However, some of them desired it wickedly. There was an incident when a certain Simon saw that the Spirit was given at the laying of hands of the apostles. He desired for it and offered money to the Apostles. However, the Apostles did not allow it.

A person who desires the Ministry should be a good leader in his own household (1 Timothy 3:4-5). They cannot lead the church if they are not a good leader at home.

A person who desires the Ministry should never stop on studying the Scriptures (1 Timothy 1:6-7). They are supposed to teach the truth and walk on it.

Thus, desiring the Ministry is not that easy. It is a heavenly calling; therefore, it should be done in accordance to the will of the One who calls. The first thing to do is self-examination. We need to ask ourselves if we desire not on our personal gains, but according to the holy purpose of God.

Apostle Paul gave advise on this. In his letter to Timothy, he mentions about a certain criteria of those aspiring to be in the Ministry. First the intention should be noble. This means the purpose of the aspirant should be upright in the sight of God. (1Timothy 3:1)

Second, Paul tells us that he should be faithful to his wife. (1 Timothy 3:2) If he cannot offer faithfulness to his wife and family neither he cannot offer faithfulness to his holy duties.

Next, Paul tells us about certain values that an aspirant should possess. He should be temperate, self- controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money.

He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him, and he must do so in a manner worthy of full respect. (If anyone does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God’s church?) He must not be a recent convert, or he may become conceited and fall under the same judgment as the devil. He must also have a good reputation with outsiders, so that he will not fall into disgrace and into the devil’s trap. (1 Timothy 3:3-8)

The purpose of this topic is to let everyone know that Ministry is not a profession; it is a heavenly calling. Ministry is about giving one’s self voluntarily in the service of God and the members of His church.

Ministry was given to be caretakers of the faithful, not to take advantage of them, not to get rich, not to gain personal favors. Ministry was given to be teachers of the laws and commands of God. Before they preach, they should ask themselves if they are worthy of what they preach. They suppose to walk the talk and not talk all the time.

Faithful should always remember to respect them, and pray for them so they can perform the best way they can with the aid of God.

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Servants of God do not Get Weary

(From the sermon entitled, “Ang Ikakikilala sa mga Kapatid na Hindi Nanghihimagod sa Paglilingkod sa Dios,” for August 13, 2015)


Relationship with God, like any other relationships tends to move in a circle pattern. At first, it may be warm and productive, inspiring and hopeful. However, when trials come, the relationship goes cold.

When trials come, weariness increases. Hope suddenly decreases. When faith is tested, it tends to dwindle down. However, a faithful of God always finds ways to revive his faith. The pattern now becomes a cycle. Evidence of this can be read in the Bible. Christ has told us that it will happen before the world ends. The love of many will grow cold (Matthew 24:12).

When love fades, like in casual relationships, both parties may feel indifferent to each other and try to have other relationships aside from the one they have. People who are serving God and is in the pattern of love growing cold tends to set aside their holy duties and obligations. Some even forget to attend holy services (Hebrews 10:25).

Getting weary in any relationship is a normal thing. However, our relationship with God should be different. Although at times, we feel weary because of the trials and sufferings we experience in life, we always find ways to revive our faith in Him. Actually, it is not us who are doing it. It is the guidance of the Holy Spirit, which is in us.

Prophet Isaiah tells us, “but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” (Isaiah 40:31)

It is Christ that gives us strength and let us revives the faith whenever we feel weary of life (Philippians 4:13). Thus, it’s our faith in Him that brings us closer to Him. Once we get closer to Him, our connection with Him grows stronger than ever. We feel like nothing can keep us away from Him, even sufferings, even death (Romans 8:35).

King David’s faith in God sings about this. He says, “Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” (Psalms 23:4) 

With these words of comfort, indeed, we will never lose hope and trust in God. Our faith may somehow drop, but our love for God will keep it alive. With complete hope and trust, we shall never fear anything. We will be strong when we are weak. We will continue to strive until such time that it will lead us to the eternal promise, life everlasting, Amen.

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Heaven and Earth will Pass Away, but my Words will Never Pass Away

(From the sermon entitled, “Ang mga Bagay na Sinalita ng Panginoong Dios na Lilipas at Hindi Lilipas ayon sa Pagtuturo ng Biblia” for August 9, 2010)


Christ tells us, “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.” (Matthew 24:35) The power of the words of God is beyond the comprehensions of many people. People who think they really know God actually know only little about Him.

God’s power is enormous, great and eternal. His words are His power and might. When He created everything, He used His words to create them (John 1:1). The word eventually became flesh and lived among us. Everything that was written in His scriptures is true and powerful. As servants of God, we believe that the power of His words can save us. Through obedience to His words, teachings and will, we shall attain eternal salvation.

But, what sorts of things mentioned are bound to pass away? What would never pass away? This sentence mentioned by Christ is contrasted in nature. Some things will pass away and the other things would not. Therefore, it is not true that there is no forever. In fact, according to Christ, there are things that are bound to be forever.

When He said that heaven and earth would pass away, what does this mean? Everything we see with our eyes and those that can be touched by our senses will soon be gone. All the things that He created will eventually end.

Apostle Peter mentions this in his second letter, by the words of God, everything were created. The heavens came into being and the earth was formed out of water and by water. By these waters also the world of that time was deluged and destroyed. By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the Day of Judgment and destruction of the ungodly (2 Peter 3:7-11).

If God was able to destroy everything that He created before, it can happen again. In fact it is bound to happen soon. This is God’s decision over the earth and to all mankind. And this will happen at an appointed time. Those who say that God will not allow this to happen actually do not really know and understand God’s will.

Why will God allow the destruction of heaven and the earth? When we say heaven, it is not where God reigns and lives. The things that we can see in the sky and the space beyond are considered heavens. The destructions of heaven and earth are a product of what mankind has become. We lost our true humanity and ourselves by serving other gods and believe the wrong teachings taught by mankind.

From our earliest education systems, we were taught of knowledge and persuaded to believe in an understanding created only by human beings. From the beginning, instead of believing in the divine creation, teachers taught us to believe in theoretical and speculative ideas such as the Charles Darwin’s Theory of Evolution, that man evolved from primitive animals. The missing link that they are trying to find for several hundred years is still missing. How can they find something that does not really exist? How can a product of man’s imagination and speculations occupy the minds and hearts of many people, especially the children of our generation and even in the future? This will continue to happen because humanity does not understand that this is a devil’s deception. The enemy of God will do everything to keep us away from the truth, from the words of God.

Thus, teachers taught us to believe in lies such as everything were created because of a one-time accident such as the Big Bang Theory. That accident, according to the theory made us what we are today. And the lies continue to come after another. Eventually, the lies were accepted as truth. The work of the devil is gaining victory. In fact, the Bible tells us that the earth was given to the hands of the wicked (Job 9:24).

Can we blame God of His decision to end everything that we see?

Clearly, the Bible tells us that the earth and heaven, that we see will be gone. Actually, the earth will remain, but the form will be changed. No longer will it be inhabitable. It will be a place for eternal punishment (Revelations 20:13, 12 and 5-6, “The sea gave up the dead that were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them, and each person was judged according to what they had done. And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books. (The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were ended.) This is the first resurrection. Blessed and holy are those who share in the first resurrection. The second death has no power over them, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with him for a thousand years.”)

The time will come that mankind will realize that God has the power over all things. And He desires to fulfill His decision so His words will stand forever. The Bible tells us, “to judge everyone, and to convict all of them of all the ungodly acts they have committed in their ungodliness, and of all the defiant words ungodly sinners have spoken against him.” These people are grumblers and faultfinders; they follow their own evil desires; they boast about themselves and flatter others for their own advantage. But, dear friends, remember what the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ foretold. They said to you, “In the last times there will be scoffers who will follow their own ungodly desires.” These are the people who divide you, who follow mere natural instincts and do not have the Spirit.” (Jude 15-19)

As a believer of God, we were told that there is a way to escape the wrath of the Almighty God. By learning to understand that His words will remain forever and by clinging to the words that can make us righteous in all sorts of ways, we shall escape eternal punishment. All we need is to live a holy life, guided by His spirit of truth and remain in Him.

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The Important Elements of Serving God

(From the sermon entitled, “Ang Pinakamahalagang Sangkap sa Paggawa ng Lingkod ng Dios” for August 6, 2015)


Everyone serves his or her own master.

A master is anyone whom we work on for, whom we tried to please at the time we are working. It can be a person, money, wealth or material things and can be our own selves. While making our services, we try our best to excel in what we do because of what we can get from it.

A believer serves God with all heart, mind and soul. We know that the only way we can please God is to obey His will and commands and we know that the prize of doing that is eternal. It is more than what we can get here on earth. It is incomparable to anything in this life.

How do we know that we have the important elements of serving God?

Knowing the will of God is the first step. Next is acceptance. By accepting who we are and acknowledging that we owe everything to God, our hearts and minds should be fixed on serving. However, we need to understand the important elements of serving the Lord.

Apostle Paul tells us, “we should work hard and strive” (1 Timothy 4:9-11). This is a commandment that we should follow according to him.

Serving can be done in different ways. The ancient Israel was forced to serve the Pharaoh of Egypt when they were held as slaves for many years. Jacob served for seven years in order to marry the youngest daughter of Laban, Rachel.

There is also a wrong kind of service. A service is wrong when it is done wrong. An example is the service offered to other gods aside from the Lord Almighty. In the book of Acts of the Apostle, we can read, the ancient Israel served God day and night because they want to see the fulfillment of the promise of God (Acts 26:5-7).

The early Christians did the same services (Acts 2:44-47). They gather together to commune with everyone, sharing the teachings of God. They did this every day, praising God, enjoying the favor of all the people.

As Apostle Paul mentioned, we need to strive and work hard. A service can be done ordinarily, without any effort, just to let the day passed. This is common in workplaces nowadays. The daily routines make their efforts dwindle over time.

Serving God should be different. The prophet Isaiah tells us to be like an eagle. We renew our hearts and spirit everyday as we go on serving the Lord. We strive and work hard. We know that in everything we do, especially in serving God, enough is not enough. We need to strive more and work really hard on pleasing God.

Of course, God is not hard to please. However, it is better if we give more than what we are expected to do. Why? The reason is because we were given the chance to serve Him. Not everyone was given this opportunity to serve Him.

We are different because we understand what it is to be a true servant of God. Other people may have been serving God for a long time for a wrong reason, in an unrighteous way. However, servants of God were called to be unique, to be grateful in all things (1 Corinthians 4:7), to be more trustful.

Apostle Paul advised the brethren of the church to become eager for the gifts of the Spirit, and try to excel in those that build up the church (1 Corinthians 14:12). What will be the result if each member did this? He mentions that this will in fact make the whole church builds itself up in love. He says, “From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.” (Ephesians 4:16) 

Every hard work and striving actions of each member can contribute greatly in the development of the church. Through the grace and mercy of God, He will lead us towards spiritual growth, first, as a faithful and second, as a member of His church.

As mentioned, the prize of doing these things is eternal.

The church is only God’s instrument of salvation. However, each member should seek to use the talents given to him like the parable of the talents mentioned in Matthew 25:14-30. Talents given by the spirit of God should be shared and used in order to bear fruits of holiness and bring pleasure to the Almighty God.

Each individual had been entrusted of these talents. We are ought to bring glory by utilizing them according to the pleasure of God. Through Christ’s help, we can do anything (Philippians 4:13).

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Things that We Need to Consider in Life

(From the sermon entitled, “Ang mga Bagay na Dapat Ipagsaalang-alang sa Buhay ng mga Mananampalataya o Lingkod ng Dios” for August 2, 2015)


As servants of God, who have been given faith and spiritual teachings, we have learned that we need to set our sights and visions in the things that cannot be seen. Things that can be seen are only temporary. However, things that are not seen are eternal.

As much as we could, we try to consider this truth in our daily lives. The Bible tells us that the righteous shall live by faith (Hebrews 10:38), and if he draws back, God will take no pleasure on it. Living in faith means we live according to the teachings that we receive from God and not according to our ways. As much as we could, we avoid leaning on our own understanding and most of the time, we try to please God by walking in truth and obeying His will and commands.

The early Christians tell us that their lives were dedicated to serve and please God. Apostle Paul tells us, “Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ.” (Philippians 1:27) Therefore, we need to focus on this goal at all times and not only during our worship services. Everything should be done in a fitting and orderly way and they should be done in all manners of life.

For example, as we seek to please God at all times, we try hard not to do things that are against the will of God. We listen to the advices that were already given to the early Christians, such as, those who are “unmarried and the widows I say: It is good for them to stay unmarried, as I do” (1 Corinthians 7:8) Being a single Christian gives us a lot of chances to serve and please God wholeheartedly without thinking of other things such as the needs of the family.

However, it was advised that if singles cannot control themselves, they should get married. It is better for them to marry than commit sins against God (1 Corinthians 7:9). Marrying someone is a right and a privilege given to single Christians. However, we were also advised to commit to someone who has faith in God. There is a threat of losing one’s faith when someone chose to marry a non-believer.

We were also advised that if we are already married, we seek not only to please God, but as well as to do good things for our partners and family members. Apostle Paul explains this, “A wife must not separate from her husband. But if she does, she must remain unmarried or else be reconciled to her husband. And a husband must not divorce his wife. To the rest I say this (I, not the Lord): If any brother has a wife who is not a believer and she is willing to live with him, he must not divorce her. And if a woman has a husband who is not a believer and he is willing to live with her, she must not divorce him. For the unbelieving husband has been sanctified through his wife, and the unbelieving wife has been sanctified through her believing husband” (1 Corinthians 7:10-14)  

A family man should always try to manage well his family in all aspects. He should lead the members of the family towards fulfilling the commands and will of God. However, he should also seek to provide for the needs of his family members. Apostle Paul tells us, “Anyone who does not provide for their relatives, and especially for their own household, has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.” (1 Timothy 5:8) 

The righteous shall live by faith in all manners of life. And he has to show it first in his family members and love ones. The Bible tells us, “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.” (Galatians 6:9-10)  

By seeking to do these things, we are definitely trying to do good things for ourselves. We are making a character that is righteous and pleasing to God. This will make our beliefs stronger, more trustful and thankful in all His ways and love.

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Entering the Kingdom of God

(From the sermon entitled ‘Ang mga Taong Hindi Magsisipasok sa Kaharian ng Dios’ for July 30, 2015)


How does the Bible explain the kingdom of God? What is really meant when the Bible speaks about the kingdom of God? Is it the same with the kingdom of heaven?

The teachings of Christ center around the Kingdom of God. In fact, it can be read in over 85 instances in the Synaptic Gospels. Now there was a Pharisee, a man named Nicodemus who was a member of the Jewish ruling council. He came to Jesus at night and said, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the signs you are doing if God were not with him.” Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again. ” (John 3:1-3 NIV)

When John the Baptist preached, he preached about the kingdom of God, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” (Matthew 3:2 NIV) It was also one of Christ’s early teachings, “The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!” (Mark 1:15 NIV)

Even in the manner of prayer, Christ tells us about it, “your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” (Matthew 6:10 NIV) And in the Sermon on the Mount, Christ tells us that those who are poor shall inherit the kingdom of God. Twice it was said in Chapter 5 of the book of Matthew, “Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 5:10 NIV)

At the Last Supper, again, Christ told His Disciples, “Truly I tell you, I will not drink again from the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.” (Mark 14:25 NIV)

Christ spoke of many parables about the kingdom of Heaven. To answer our earlier question, the kingdom of God and the kingdom of heaven is synonymous. These two expressions are used in the sayings of Jesus. Matthew used it interchangeably in the verses 19:23-24. To give proof that they are the same, we can read in Luke 15:21, “The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ (Luke 15:21 NIV) denoting that if we sin against heaven, we also sin against God.

Who are those that will not enter heaven?

There is no rosy road to heaven. The kingdom of Heaven cannot be received instantly and easily. The only way to attain it is to do the will of the Father (Matthew 7:21). Jesus tells us that not all that call the name of God will enter His Kingdom. Only those who do the Father’s will shall enter.

Therefore, the first thing to do is to know the will of God (Ephesians 5:17). If we don’t know the will of God, we will commit mistakes and rely on our own understanding. And this can lead us to eternal destructions. Many will try to enter the Kingdom of God, but the lack of understanding and knowledge of the will of God will avoid them.

However, knowing and understanding the will of God is only the first step.

After knowing the will of God, we now have a chance to fulfill His will. This is the purpose of our existence, that is, to fear God and follow His commands. Once we know this truth, we need to put ourselves under the purpose of God with the guidance of His spirit. The spirit of God will then lead us towards His grace and eventually grant us the chance to enter His kingdom in heaven.

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Overcoming Temptations

(From the sermon entitled, “Ang mga Kapatid na Hindi Napadadala sa Tukso” for July 26, 2015)


Being weak has been a common excuse for many people for committing sins. They even quote Christ, who says, “the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.” (Matthew 26:47) However, on that verse, the emphasis is not on the weakness but how to overcome it. The secret to overcoming temptations is to be watchful and be prayerful.

To be watchful means to be always aware of every life situation, especially when it comes to battling against temptations. And of course, we need to ask God for help because we know that we can only do things, we can only overcome if God would help us. Without God’s help we can never accomplish anything.

Ordinarily, those who fell into temptations are those who never feel satisfaction in life. Apostle Paul tells us of this, “Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.” (1 Timothy 6: 9-10)

It is not wrong to dream of having a good life. There’s nothing wrong if we would want to be rich. However, there is danger in building up wealth. Usually, people who would want a better life fall into temptations and eventually find themselves wanting money more than anything, more than their family, more than their lives and more than their faith. Even those who have faith have turned away from God because of the love of money.

Falling into temptation is very dangerous. Most of the time, we don’t know that we were already falling into sin. It always starts with our desire. When we want the desire to be satisfied, we will not stop until it is fulfilled. Apostle James tells us, “When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full- grown, gives birth to death.” (James 1:13-15)

In the part of the faithful, this can be very risky. We cannot afford to fall into Satan’s traps. Apostle Paul mentions this in his letter, he was afraid that all his labors would put in vain if members of the church will not overcome these temptations. He writes, “For this reason, when I could stand it no longer, I sent to find out about your faith. I was afraid that in some way the tempter had tempted you and that our labors might have been in vain.” (1 Thessalonians 3:5)

Who are those that will never be dragged by these temptations? How does the Bible explain about them?

The secret to overcoming temptations is through the words of Christ as described in the introduction of this topic, be watchful and be prayerful. These are very powerful tools to get over these worldly temptations. Praying to God has been a powerful weapon to make the impossible things possible to handle. Through praying, we are showing that we trust in the Lord and do not lean on our own understanding.
If we believe that we are children of God, and that God is with us, who is more powerful than anything in this world, then we can overcome anything. Apostle John mentions this, “You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.” (1 John 4:4)

By being watchful, we are being pro-active, which means we are trying to avoid problems before it happens to us. Same with temptations, we are trying to avoid temptations before it gets to us. Apostle Paul mentions this in his letter, “No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.” (1 Corinthians 10:13-14)  

Notice in the verses above that we should provide a way out so we will not get into it. Temptations will not go away from us; we should go away from them. The wife of the Pharaoh tempted Joseph, Jacob’s son. Instead of getting himself into her, Joseph ran. We see the secret of overcoming temptations is by avoiding it.

Christ tells us that He had overcome the world. He had set us an example to follow. In times of temptations, let the will of God stands. If we let God’s will stands in our way, we are assured that we, too, can overcome the world as Christ did.

Let us remember the consequences of every temptation. If we let temptation overcome us, we will be pulled from it and entice us to do things that are against the will of God. Then definitely it will bear the sin. The fruit of sin is death. This happened to many servants of God and it can happen to us too if we will not be aware.

Christ warns us about the worldly lusts and desires that we may encounter in life. We should be aware of all these temptations of life; otherwise, we would find ourselves trapped into the sins of temptations. In Luke 21:34-35, Christ tells us, ““Be careful, or your hearts will be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness and the anxieties of life, and that day will close on you suddenly like a trap. For it will come on all those who live on the face of the whole earth. Be always on the watch, and pray that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen.”

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