An Encounter with JESUS

Church: Word of Hope, North Edsa QC

Preacher: Ptr. Jhun Cunanan

Time: 10:30AM – 12:00PM service

Verse: Luke 5:1-11

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As expected, I was blessed once again for attending the Sunday service earlier at the Word of Hope, North Edsa branch. Well let’s be honest, there are really some days that you didn’t feel much of an impact after hearing the sermon, maybe because the words doesn’t suits you or it’s just not appropriate for our current dilemma or situation, but NOT today though.

Today, I was reminded that our God is a God of transformation and a God of promotion! For us to receive his promise of abundant and prosperous life, we have to change the way our life revolves around this earth first, because most of the time, things that people prioritize are completely different to what God wants us to prioritize.

Four Fishermen Called as Disciples

5 So it was, as the multitude pressed about Him to hear the word of God, that He stood by the Lake of Gennesaret, 2 and saw two boats standing by the lake; but the fishermen had gone from them and were washing their nets. 3 Then He got into one of the boats, which was Simon’s, and asked him to put out a little from the land. And He sat down and taught the multitudes from the boat.

4 When He had stopped speaking, He said to Simon, “Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.”

5 But Simon answered and said to Him, “Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net.”6 And when they had done this, they caught a great number of fish, and their net was breaking. 7 So they signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink. 8 When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord!”

9 For he and all who were with him were astonished at the catch of fish which they had taken; 10 and so also were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid. From now on you will catch men.” 11 So when they had brought their boats to land, they forsook all and followed Him.

An Encounter with JESUS

1. JESUS is never too busy to meet you.

> Jesus is not only interested in us as a congregation gathered to worship Him, which he delights in, but He is also personally interested in meeting you. However God may reach you, know that God wants to reach you personally. And God will always answer, because He always have time for you.

Note to self: No matter how busy we are, we should always find time to reach out to him. Let’s always ask for His guidance and provision, thank Him for all the blessings that He’s giving us despite of all our sins, and most importantly, let’s ask for His forgiveness as we live in a place that we’re all surrounded by evil. (I just really hope that You and I can apply this everyday).

2. JESUS wants to take you from shallow faith to deeper faith.

> And how does Jesus take us from where we are right now to where He wants us to be? By pushing us! Jesus pushes us ever gently sometimes with words, sometimes with actions, away from one level of stability, just like the story of Simon in the book of Luke, where in God pushed them to go on the deeper part of the ocean to catch more fish.

> The journey to the deeper water is an opportunity for us to get to know God better. Only the ones who has a deeper relationship with Him can experience the eternal and abundant life that He promised.

Note to self: Going on the deeper part of the ocean is definitely scary, it is more unstable, and at least more unfamiliar, but it is also where there are more fish to catch. Sometimes, Jesus just wants us to step back on our comfort zone and make a dive to a much deeper and unfamiliar place, where we can find more food for our soul and so we can become more dependent on Him. When it get scary, let us be comforted with the thought that God will never let you sink in that boat, because He’s always traveling with you.

3. Turns what you are concerned about into what JESUS is concerned about.

> We are always concern about physical things, but always remember that Jesus is more concern in spiritual things. People tend to put more attention in pleasing others, but tend to forget to do things that pleases God. Also, people tend to value money too much because we thought that it will give us security and stability in life, but it will never will. Money will never be enough for you, because we can only find security in life with our Jesus Christ.

Note to self: All the things here on earth are all just temporary and will never be enough, so we should invest more in our spiritual relationship with our God. This is also the reason why God allow weakness/sickness to over come us sometimes, because sometimes, when people are too happy with their current lives they tend to forget to talk to God and only remembers Him when God starts to shaken-up their lives.

Let us not wait for Jesus to shake our stability for us to remember Him. Don’t wait for God to push you! Step-up and do what God wants you to do!

GOD BLESS YOU!

The 4 Special Gifts of Love

So I went to church earlier today and I really like the message that our church Pastor shared with us today. It is actually more for ‘husband and wife’, but I think the young ones can also learn a lot from this message, that’s why I decided to post it here since I haven’t written one in awhile 🙂

“Consider the importance of love bank. Learn to save and deposit, so to not drain it along the way which could lead to bankruptcy.”

** The 4 Special Gifts of Love that you can give to your loved one. **

  1. The Gift of Care 

Let the husband render to his wife the affection due her, and likewise also the wife to her husband. – 1 Corinthians 7:3

  • CARE is what you do with each other that enhance the quality and enjoyment of life.
  • Learn the art of CARING.

Men tend to give priorities to:

  • Sexual Fulfillment – it’s your responsibility as a wife to have a sexual interaction with your husband.
  • Recreational Companionship – find ways to have some quality time with him.
  • Physical Attractiveness – trying to look good for him will not end after you got married. Always make it a point to also spend time to pamper yourself.
  • Domestic Support – take care of him once he got home from work. ask how’s his day or if he have eaten already…
  • Admiration – make him feel good every time he did something good for your family or received some achievement at work. Also, avoid belittling your husband in front of his friends, your family, or other people.

Women tend to give priorities to:

  • Affection – don’t forget to say you love her before the day ends, hold her hands when you’re walking in the park, buy her flowers, tell her she’s beautiful 🙂
  • Conversation – ask her about things, her ideas, her opinion; anything that will lead to a good conversation.
  • Honesty and Openness – one of the best way to make sure to not lose her trust and faith in your relationship, always be honest with her.
  • Financial Support – work for your family
  • Family commitment – when you spend more time with your friends than with your family – time for you to take a step back and re-think about everything.

 

2. The Gift of Protection

28 So husbands ought to love their own wives as their own bodies; he who loves his wife loves himself. 29 For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as the Lord does the church – Ephesians 5: 28-29

  • Promise each to avoid being the reason of each other unhappiness.
  • Create a compatible lifestyle together.
  • Avoid and beware of love busters:
    • Angry Outbursts – because you both have the power to be the source of greatest pleasure – and the source of the greatest pain.
    • Disrespectful Judgement
    • Annoying Behavior
    • Selfish Demands
    • Dishonesty

 

3. The Gift of Honesty

15 but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Chris. – Ephesians 4:15

  • Promise to be honest with each other, because honesty is the only way for both of you to fully understand each other.

 

4. The Gift of Time

16 redeeming the time, because the days are evil. – Ephesians 5:16

  • Promise to give each other your undivided attention.
  • Make time or schedule for each other.
  • And most of all, spend quality time with the Lord together.

 

Word of Hope, QC

21 Feb 2016

1030AM – 1230PM Sunday Service

7 Sinful Things That GOD Hates

Today is quite special, because today is my first Sunday Service after being hiatus for almost 3 months (???). Not to mention that it’s also my first Sunday service at the Word Of Hope (Q.C). I went there alone and attended there 10:30am mass, lead by Ptr. David Sobrepena.

It was a really nice sermon, although it might be a bit overwhelming to others, since he talked about the 7 Sinful Things That GOD Hates – according to Proverbs 6: 16-19. But for me, it’s exactly what I needed. A sweet reminder for me and for everyone, especially for someone like me that has been gone for too long and haven’t heard the God’s Word for months.

Since I feel really blessed for His words today, I’m opted to share it here…for the benefit of my brothers and sisters here in wordpress.

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“The 7 Sinful Things That God Hates (according to Proverbs 6: 16-19)”

There are six things the Lord hates,
    seven that are detestable to him:
17         haughty eyes,
        a lying tongue,
        hands that shed innocent blood,
18         a heart that devises wicked schemes,
        feet that are quick to rush into evil,
19         a false witness who pours out lies
        and a person who stirs up conflict in the community.

Too Much PRIDE. This is exactly the same reason why Lucifer was thrown out of heaven. Because he thinks that he deserve a much better/higher place on the kingdom of heaven that he almost wanted to have the same power as the Lord Our God. Let us not be the person that has too much dependence on the work of his hands. It is not wrong to be proud on what you have accomplished, but it is wrong to think that you are better than the rest of the people around you because of that accomplishment. (Read Luke 18: 10-14).

A Lying Tongue. According to John 8:44, the origin of lying is Satan – and I’m pretty sure no one wants to be like him. I know that telling the truth is most of the time more challenging, that’s why WE sometimes prefer to just lie. No matter what’s the reason behind it, it is wrong and there’s a punishment waiting for us if we keep on continuing in breaking one of God’s commandment (Exodus 20:16), which is by going to hell (Revelation 21:8). Let’s try harder! When we accepted God in our lives, this is one of the promises that we’ve made with him (Colossians 3:9). I know it is hard to accomplish because of how tempting our world is, but we have to. And If you think that you are being tested, bow down and ask the Lord to bless you with strength to fight with it.

A Murderer. Do not be that someone who sheds blood of innocent people. This is definitely one of the biggest problem of our society. People nowadays tend to be shameless already when it comes to killing people; could it be because of religions conflict, misunderstanding, and robbery/crime. We seems to be blind eyed already about killing someone using our bare hands. But aside from those reasons, according to 1 John 3:15 – hatred could be considered as bad as killing people. And if you think that your heart is drowning with hatred, breathe and remember the gospel of Matthew 22: 37-39 “Love your neighbor as yourself”.

A Wicked Mind. No one loves a wicked imagination. A mind that is full of sinful thoughts (Matthew 15:19) and sensual thoughts (Romans 1:21-32). If you are currently encountering this kind of situation, pray and ask for God’s forgiveness, and ask for strength for your heart be able to fight with these evil.

Fast Into Doing Evil Things. God will never be happy for someone that has a fast feet into running in doing evil things. People who loves pleasure more than their love of the Lord (2 Timothy 3:4). People who loves themselves too much (2 Timothy 3:2).

Providing False Testimony. People who provides false testimony for their own benefit, even that will result in putting someone else’s freedom behind the bars – or simply pointing the blame into someone else.

The Cause Of All The Trouble. This is for people who spreads rumors intentionally (James 1:26), just to put the community in a not so peaceful environment. Gossiping and providing false information are just two of the many evil actions of these people. Stirring up stories to make everyone hates everyone. I’m sure we all know what a sad environment that is to live in. As a Christian and a believer of God, let us make sure to help the community in having a very peaceful and happy environment.

Always pray and ask God for forgiveness, because our God is a loving God. But make it a point to stay away from people who lovingly commit these sins (Romans 16:17).

 GODbless YOU!

1st Sunday Service for September 2013

***Are you a RADICAL Christian?

1 Peter 2:11-12
“Dear friends, you are foreigners and strangers on this earth. So I beg you not to surrender to those desires that fight against you. Always let others see you behaving properly, even though they may still accuse you of doing wrong. Then on the day of judgement, they will honor God by telling the good things they saw you do.”

— This is our Sunday Service topic this morning. I don’t know at first what does our Pastor wants us to learn by asking this question… are you a radical christian? Are you? Am I?

But as he talked about it further, I was able to understand what does he wants us to see and learn from this.

Why do you think its important for us to be a radical christian and not just be a regular christian?

Here’s what he said…

1. Radical Christians abstain from feeling lusts absolutely.

— in 1 Corinthians 6:6-7 it says: “Why should one of you take another to be tried by unbelievers? When one of you takes another to court, all of you lose. It would be better to let yourselves be cheated and robbed”.

It’s important to stand firm in doing things that only pleases God, no matter how hard it is. I know personally that its really difficult to resist temptations since they are everywhere, but again, just think about how worth it would that be once we’re facing the judgement day. If your having trouble in staying on track do not hesitate in going back into our basic step — repent, read the bible, pray and attend fellowships 🙂

2. Radical Christians keep their behavior excellent.

— in Ecclesiastes 9:10 it says: “Work hard at whatever you do. You will soon go to the world of the dead, where no one works or thinks or reasons or knows anything.”

Just like what I’ve said in our 1st part, behave properly. Do not mind what the unbelievers would think and say about what you say and do. Once you face the judgement day, what only matters is what God think of you and not what people on earth think about you.

3. Ultimately, radical Christians always seek to glorify God.

— which for me is the most important. Glorify Him and worship Him as much as we can, because He deserves all the glory and worship more than anyone else.

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***Why is it important in knowing God’s truth?

John 8:32
“You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

— why do you think it’s important to know the truth about God? About the Almighty that we worship and glorify so high?

Here’s why…

1. Knowing God’s truth leads to a relationship with Him.

— in  John 3:3 it says: “Jesus replied, I tell you for certain that you must be born from above before you can see God’s kingdom.”

Be born-again is only what it takes to be in His kingdom and experience the beauty of heaven. Christianity is not a religion. Christianity is a relationship with God. Religion will not and cannot save human from God’s anger on judgement day, but your faith, love and belief will do.

2. Knowing God’s truth leads to repentance.

— in John 3:5 it says “I tell you for certain that before you can get into God’s kingdom, you must be born not only by water, but by the Spirit.

Repentance and acceptance is all that matters. Accept your mistakes and sins committed then repent everything to Him.

3. Knowing God’s truth leads us to faith

— in John 3:11 it says: “I tell you for certain that we know what we are talking about because we have seen it ourselves.”

Believe and have faith, and everything will fall according to His plan (which is always better than yours 😉

 

**Have a blessed week ahead of us guys!**

Monsoon “Maring” in the Philippines #PrayForThePhilippines

It was raining since Sunday here in the Philippines. I woke up around five o’clock this morning to prepare to go to work, but I was saddened with what I saw in the news…

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I ended up calling our office and telling them that I can’t go to work, since most roads in Metro Manila isn’t passable already. My friends in the office also told me not to risk coming in anymore. A lot of people lost their homes already due to this floods.

We have this kind of nature-challenge every year, but it’s still hard to be prepared especially if its our Mother Nature who’s having the call. But I know, and we know, as always … Filipinos will pass this test.

I hope and pray for a brighter tomorrow.

The Attitude of a Lost Generation

Just got home from our Sunday service and I feel so blessed that I think it’s just right to share it here.

Today, our Pastor talked about the attitude of a lost generation. To make it simple, we talked about people who’s living their life far from the presence of the Lord.

As a Christian, I can say that I, myself, is having a hard time fulfilling my duties as His child. It’s really hard to be a faithful Christian when you’re always surrounded by the worlds sweetest temptations. But I know that as long as I keep my eyes on him… I will never be lost.

So how can we know if we’re on the right track? How can we know if we’re lost already?

If we find ourselves in any of the list… its about time to change our path. It’s never too late for Him.

*The Attitude of a Lost Generation*

1. Faith Quitters
– People who don’t have faith in their hearts.

As a Christian, I can guarantee you that faith is the fittest key for having a successful relationship with the Lord. It’s also our life greatest weapon against evil and our dreams best booster.

Let us always remember that wihout faith, we can’t move forward.

2. Easily believe the majority.
– “Majority wins”, a line that’s not acceptable with God.

In this world we’re living right now, where crimes and evil seems to reign. Trusting our decision by looking what the world seems to say would be really dangerous for us. As a Christian, we should always be aware on what is Gods plans for us.

World is the sweetest temptation evil has to offer. Unaware people is the easiest for the devil to deceive. Don’t be one.

3. Magnify their difficulties and 4. Always look down on themselves.
– People who loves pointing on what they can’t do and not on what they can do.

If we always blinded by our fear, we will not be able to achieve whater it is that we want to achieve. We will be forever stuck into dreaming and hoping. We will not be able to move forward unless we stop being afraid and try.

Let’s always keep in mind that being with the Lord, its always our advantage! With God, there’s always victory!

5. They murmur and they don’t submit to authority.
– People who always blame authorities and don’t know how to follow them.

Whether we like it or not, our leaders were appointed by the Lord. And by disrespecting them, its the same as disrespecting Him too. This goes the same with our churh leaders, pastors, up to our local governments and unto our countries President.

Follow and pray for our leaders to be blessed by the Lord, and His blessing will shower unto us too.

6. Lastly, they are unwilling to pay for the price.
– People who’s always expecting, but don’t want to give anything in return.

Life is precious and a gift, but its not all about having a good life. Its not always about glamour and prestige. Its all about who’s willing to sacrifice to receive the greatest gift of all… salvation.

Let’s be the kind of generation where the Lord is the center of our lives. Let’s be a consistent Christian and be prepare for Gods goodness.

Have a blessed week ahead for all of us!

book review: The Devil and Miss Prymm

Paulo Coelho’s words over breakfast ❤

Paulo Coelho is one of my favorite author. i like the way he write about God, life and experience. This book talks about the never ending battle of Good and Evil. With this, Paulo tried to explain that all people really have ‘a Good and Evil’ side… its just up to us on which light will shine brighter.

“the devil was always aboard in the earth, trying to catch people unawares.

The Devil and Miss Prymm novel, is a story about an old man who lived a good life, until his wife and kids were kidnapped and murdered. After the tragedy, he traveled to so many places in searching for an answer to a question that only life can answer. Life can be really hard and cruel sometimes, its just a matter of acceptance.

“The story of one person is a story of all humanity. “

This is just an easy read, but with full of thoughts that will definitely stuck in your mind 🙂

Highly recommended! Enjoy! ♥