Tuesday, February 25, 2014

My Preaching : Mariage made in heaven

TEXT : Gen 2:18- Gen 2:25  

- Is there such a thing as “marriage made in heaven” nowadays or is this just another wishful thinking of some hopeless romantic? God created marriage to be "’til death do us part". But what do we do when "for better or worse" gets worse? What do we do when things get so bad it doesn’t look like we’re ever going to get from worse to better? Many people have different ideas about marriage…some say that getting married is just like committing suicide, others say it’s like picking up a stone and then smashing it on your head.
- Sleeping Beauty
- Consulting an architect in building our very costly dream house…If you are planning to build a house that will cost you millions of pesos, well the most practical way to do is to consult an architect for the design of your house and hire a licensed civil engineer to estimate the amount of money you will spend on materials and labor. You even have to consult the expertise of an electrical engineer, a professional plumber, an expert foreman to oversight the project so that you will get the right results of your planned house. It’s the same with marriage. You have to have the right idea on how to build it, the right blueprint of marriage to work it out and last until death parts both partners. There’s no other perfect idea about marriage than to look at God’s perspective through His word and apply it in your life: THE BIBLICAL IDEA OF MARRIAGE

  1. MARRIAGE WAS GOD’S IDEA. – He created male & female to be part of that divine institution called marriage.
“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.” (Gen. 1:27)

Genesis 1 declares the fact of man’s creation while Genesis 2 reveals the process by which this occurred. God made male and female for his own good purposes. The creation of two kinds of people - man and woman - was not meant to be a put-down for women or to thwart the ambitions of the women’s liberation movement. Men and women are equally important and are complementary to each other in God’s design. The creation of woman became a testimonial (A statement of declaration) that creation was incomplete without her. Think how colorless, how one-dimensional a world it would be if there was only you in it! Can you imagine living in an all-male world or an all-female world? You need to see and rejoice in the fundamental differences between male and female in order to enjoy the goodness God planned for you in marriage.
“The person who does not marry will miss one of the greatest gifts of God for humanity next to the free gift of salvation.”

- The classical Greek philosopher SOCRATES said “by all means marry, because if you get a good wife, you will become happy. If you will get a bad one, you will become a philosopher and that is also good

Illustration: An Insurance company released a study that shows the impact of marriage in one’s life…
Insurance Statistics of death rate per 1000

Age                                   married                                 single
25-34                             1.5 death/1000                      3.5 death/1000
35-44                             3.1 death/1000                      8.3 death/1000
For single women: twice as the death rate over the married one

Their conclusion: “It’s better to be wed than be deal.”

“And the Lord God said, It is not good for the man to be alone …………..” (Gen.2:18-22)
- The first problem of humanity was not economic or political not even religion, not even sin. It’s the problem of loneliness. I could just imagine the state where Adam was. With all of God’s creation surrounding him, with all the trees, animals, fishes and birds, a PERFECT invironment, a PARADISE…and yet it seemed that something’s lacking. With all the intellect he had, even naming every kinds of birds, animal and plants…and yet still God saw Adam’s heart…he’s longing to be like those couples of Giraffes, lions, monkeys…etc. When God creates it must be good and yet this is the first time God said, it is not GOOD! It is not good for a man to be alone…

Illustration: The Youngman who does not want to do anything
QUOTE 1: “The trouble is not that I am single and likely to stay single, but that I am lonely and likely to stay lonely.” ― Charlotte Brontë
“HAPPINESS [is] ONLY REAL WHEN SHARED” ― Jon Krakauer, Into the Wild

“And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man” (Gen. 2:23).

-The problem with humanity after the fall was the distorted view that we have about marriage. With all the broken homes and broken marriages that we have now, people are trying to take marriage lightly and even make a laughing stock out of it. After the fall, the problem of staying in love became the greatest challenge of every marriage relationship. LOOK AT THE CONTROVERSIAL MARRIAGE DIVORCE AND ANNULMENT CASES OF OUR MOVIE STARS: i.e. Claudine and Raymart…
One of the reasons why marriages fail is the absence of romance in that marriage. The element of romance was evidently absent in every failed marriage. 

Illustration: Even one of the most famous man in Britain recognize the joy of getting married and said:
- The Butete Case
- The sweet young couple when walking, eating, doing some antics…
“Therefore shall a man LEAVE his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife and they shall be one flesh” (Gen. 2:24)

In this three-part commandment at the beginning, God ordained the institution of marriage.

Marriage begins with a LEAVING: Leaving all other relationships. The closest relationship outside marriage is specified here, implying that if it is necessary to leave your father and mother, then certainly all lesser ties must be broken, changed, or left behind.

Leaving our parents does not mean to abandon them; it does not mean to leave them in the street. The bonds of love with parents are lasting ones. However these ties must change in character so that the man’s full commitment is now to his wife. And the wife’s commitment is now to her husband. The Lord gave the man this commandment, although the principle applies to both husband and wife, because it is up to the man to establish a new household that he will be responsible for. He can no longer be dependant on his father and mother; he can no longer be under their authority, for now he assumes headship of his own family. The adult must continue to honour his parents and care for them when necessary and assume responsibility for them rather than responsibility to them. (See Matt. 15:3-9 and 15:4-8).

Giving your full commitment to each other as husband and wife means giving other things a lesser priority - your business, your career, your house, even your hobbies, your talents, your interests, or yes, even your church work. Unless you are willing to “leave” everything else, you will never develop the beautiful oneness of relationship that God intended for you.

“Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, AND SHALL CLEAVE UNTO HIS WIFE: and they shall be one flesh” (Gen. 2:24)

The Hebrew word for “cleave” is DABAQ. Here are some definitions of DABAQ:
“To cling to, or adhere to, abide fast, cleave fast together, be joined together, keep fast, stick to”.

When we come to the Greek New Testament, the word means to cement together - to stick like glue - or to be welded together so that the two cannot be separated without damage to both.

The husband and wife relationship could also be compared to two pieces of paper that are glued together. If you try to separate two such pieces of paper you tear them both. If you try to separate the husband and the wife, both are hurt - and in the cases where they have children, the children are hurt as well.
God’s plan for you and your partner is a unity that cannot be broken as you obey His commandment, at all costs, to cleave together.

- The wedding ring in the ring finger


“Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: AND THEY SHALL BE ONE FLESH. And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed. (Gen.2:24-25).

Eddie Van Halem Guitars

If you want to praise the Lord through music then one of the best ways is to learn to play Christian or Gospel songs on guitar. Guitar is the most exciting and trendiest forms of music instrument. Playing guitar is considered casual fun and comfortable always. 

I was only Ten years old when I started playing “Amazing Grace” with an acoustic guitar. Although playing piano is my first love, I find guitar playing exciting because you can play it anywhere and anytime you want. My son got my passion for guitar playing. He is the guitarist of our church’s’ junior band . Last Christmas we gave him a branded guitar and he was extremely happy. His greatest dream is to own an Eddie Van Halem Guitar, so oftentimes he is browsing EVH Guitars from musicians friend hoping to find drop down sale. As of the moment, he’s not lucky enough. Although the price is cheaper than other musical store, we still do not have a budget for another piece.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Pay It Forward - Bryan Anderson Story

     One day a man saw an old lady stranded on the side of the road and, even in the dim light of day, he could see she needed help. So he pulled up in front of her Mercedes and got out. His very aged Pontiac was still sputtering when he approached her.

     Even with the smile on his face, she was worried. For the last hour or so, no one had stopped to help and there was very few traffic on this seemingly deserted road.

     She began thinking to herself, "Is he going to hurt me? He doesn't look safe. He looks poor and hungry."

     As he stood out in the cold, he could sense that she was frightened and he understood how she felt so he tried to comfort her. "I'm here to help you ma'am. Why don't you wait in the car where it's warm. By the way, my name is Bryan Anderson.

     Well, all she had was a flat tire but for an older lady, that was bad enough. Bryan crawled under the car looking for a place to put the jack, skinning his knuckles a time or two. Soon he was able to change the tire. Not only was it very cold outside but, because he was working on a dirt road, he had gotten very dirty and his hands hurt because he had no gloves.

      After putting the spare tire on, as he was tightening up the lug nuts, she rolled down the window and began talking to him. She told him that she was from St. Louis and was only passing through. She couldn't thank him enough for coming to her aid.

      Bryan just smiled as he closed her trunk. The lady asked how much she owed him. She was willing to pay any amount because she realized, had it not been for him, she would more than likely still be sitting on the side of the road waiting for someone to stop. She already imagined all the awful things that could have happened: somebody might try to rob her at gunpoint, maybe somebody would hijack her car, maybe break into her car then rape and kill her.

       Bryan never thought twice about being paid. This was not a job to him. This was helping someone in need and he remembered the many time, in his past, when someone had given him a hand. He had lived his whole life that way --- helping others --- and it never occurred to him to act any other way.

      He told her that if she really wanted to pay him back, the next time she saw someone who needed help, she could give that person the assistance they needed. Then Bryan smiled and added, "And think of me."

      He waited until she started her car and drove off. It had been a cold and depressing day but he felt better now. He had a warm feeling inside, with his spirits being lifted, as he headed for home.

      A few miles down the road, the older lady saw a small cafe. She went in to grab a bite to eat and take the chill out before she made the last leg of her trip home. It was a dingy looking restaurant. Outside were two old gas pumps. The whole scene was unfamiliar to her.

      The waitress came over and brought a clean towel to wipe her wet hair. She had a sweet smile, one that even being on her feet for the whole day couldn't erase. The lady noticed the waitress was nearly eight months pregnant but she never let the strain and aches change her attitude. The lady wondered how someone who had so little could be so giving to a stranger. Then she remembered Bryan.

      Aftert the lady finished her meal, she paid with a hundred dollar bill. The waitress quickly went to get change for her hundred dollar bill but the lady had slipped right out the door. She was gone by the time the waitress came back to the table. The waitress wondered where the lady could be.

      Then she noticed something written on the napkin. There were tears in the waitress' eyes when she read what the lady wrote, "You don't owe me anything. I have been there, too. Somebody once helped me out the way I'm helping you. If you really want to pay me back, here is what you do... DO NOT let this chain of love end with you. If there is ever a time when you can help someone in need.. do so. And think of me."

And under the napkin were four more $100 bills.

      Well, there were tables to clear, sugar bowls to fill and people to serve but the waitress made it through another day. That night when she got home from work and climbed into bed, she was thinking about the money and what the lady had written. How could the lady have known how much she and her husband needed? With the baby due next month it was going to be hard.

      She knew how worried her husband was and as he lay sleeping next to her, she gave him a soft kiss and whispered softly into his ear, "Everything is going to be alright. I love you, Bryan Anderson."

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

How to find True Love ... a Valentine Special

Thursday, February 6, 2014

End Time Bible Verses

2 Timothy 3:1-5 ESV 
But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people.

Mark 13:32
“But concerning that day or that hour, no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.

Matthew 24:7
For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places.

Luke 21:11
There will be great earthquakes, and in various places famines and pestilences. And there will be terrors and great signs from heaven.

Matthew 24:1-51
Jesus left the temple and was going away, when his disciples came to point out to him the buildings of the temple. But he answered them, “You see all these, do you not? Truly, I say to you, there will not be left here one stone upon another that will not be thrown down.” As he sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the close of the age?” And Jesus answered them, “See that no one leads you astray. For many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and they will lead many astray. ..

1 Timothy 4:1
Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons,

2 Timothy 3:1-4
But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God,

Joel 2:28-32
“And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions. Even on the male and female servants in those days I will pour out my Spirit. “And I will show wonders in the heavens and on the earth, blood and fire and columns of smoke. The sun shall be turned to darkness, and the moon to blood, before the great and awesome day of the Lord comes. And it shall come to pass that everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved. For in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there shall be those who escape, as the Lord has said, and among the survivors shall be those whom the Lord calls.

Revelation 3:3
Remember, then, what you received and heard. Keep it, and repent. If you will not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what hour I will come against you.

Revelation 13:16-17
Also it causes all, both small and great, both rich and poor, both free and slave, to be marked on the right hand or the forehead, so that no one can buy or sell unless he has the mark, that is, the name of the beast or the number of its name.

1 Corinthians 6:9-10
Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.

Matthew 24:36
“But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only.

Luke 21:36
But stay awake at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that are going to take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.”

2 Timothy 3:1-17

But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people. ..
Matthew 24:6
And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not alarmed, for this must take place, but the end is not yet.

Matthew 16:2-3
He answered them, “When it is evening, you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red.’ And in the morning, ‘It will be stormy today, for the sky is red and threatening.’ You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky, but you cannot interpret the signs of the times.

Daniel 12:4
But you, Daniel, shut up the words and seal the book, until the time of the end. Many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase.”

Luke 21:25
“And there will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and on the earth distress of nations in perplexity because of the roaring of the sea and the waves,

Matthew 24:21-22
For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been from the beginning of the world until now, no, and never will be. And if those days had not been cut short, no human being would be saved. But for the sake of the elect those days will be cut short.

2 Peter 3:3-4
Knowing this first of all, that scoffers will come in the last days with scoffing, following their own sinful desires. They will say, “Where is the promise of his coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all things are continuing as they were from the beginning of creation.”

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Prayer of Thanksgiving


Our Heavenly Father, God of our past, present and future, we gather today to give thanks to You. Your faithfulness in the lives of those all around here today cannot be measured. Today we remember the vision that you have given to your servants, the Raboca family who manages this school as your stewards. We remember the efforts of everyone who contributed to the success of this school. We remember the sacrifice of the founders and builders and we offer our thanksgiving to You and our praise.

God of growth, we remember too those who helped this school to grow in wisdom and in faith. And so we think of the teachers, the faculty and staff, the personnel, the parents and many others who provided leadership. We remember the President of this school, the school director, Board and committee members, men and women who stepped forward to provide governance and leadership. And for all these varied forms of leadership we are grateful and we say thank You Lord!

God of community, we remember events that brought us together; the Parents and Teachers Association, the programs, school activities and many more. And for the gifts of friendship and fellowship, groups that provided times of companionship and times of growth in community, we say thank You Lord!

God of our present, on this day we remember all that led this congregation to this day.
For 16 years of ministry to the students and with this community, for 16 years of growing together in love, for all that has made us what we are now, we say thank You Lord!

God of our future, we entrust to you our lives. As you allow us to inspire and serve others for years and years to come, may you also grant us the faithfulness to serve You and love you every day of our lives. All these things we offer back to You because You are the One who caused us to enjoy these blessing in life. To you Oh God we give our thanks, honor, worship and praise…in JESUS NAME! Amen.
(This prayer was during the 16th year anniversary of Bright Rock School, Bugo, Cagayan de Oro City )