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Courage In The Midst of Worry and Fear

fears_worries“Who would you rather be, a child afraid of the dark, or a man who fears the light?” asked elder Raul de Asis-Hipe during the Sabbath of July 16, 2011. “Even where we live, my family has seen in the span of ten years how a once open and quiet village is now with streets installed with gates on both ends, and at nearly every intersection. A simple peaceful community turned into a fearful, apprehensive, security-conscious neighborhood... Drugs and alcohol-induced behavior, stress in school and workplace, financial uncertainty breed fears and anxieties run ahead of us, seizing our imagination... so that our children, brought up in homes blessed by God with nurturing love, begin to withdraw from the confusion that surrounds us.

“Yet God our Father has nothing to do with those fears! The fearful man is at the farthest opposite from the fear of God. Having the fear of God imbues us with confidence, boldness, courage. Being fearful though, fills us with alarm, panic, trepidation... and is at the root of appalling criminal acts, desperate measures, irrational cravings for more material things.

“Where does this fear come from? Who started it? When did man suddenly ‘become afraid?’

“How did valiant men and women of God have that kind of courage even in the face of death? Can we have that kind of boldness in a world that seems too much?”

1 Be merciful to me, O God, for man would swallow me up;
Fighting all day he oppresses me.
2 My enemies would hound me all day,
For there are many who fight against me, O Most High.

3 Whenever I am afraid,

I will trust in You.
4 In God (I will praise His word),
In God I have put my trust;
I will not fear.
What can flesh do to me?
Psalm 56:1-4

5 I called on the LORD in distress;
The LORD answered me and set me in a broad place.
6 The LORD is on my side;
I will not fear.
What can man do to me?
Psalm 118:5

4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil;
For You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me...
Psalm 23:4

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COURAGE IN THE MIDST OF WORRY AND FEAR...


Scripture quotes from The Holy Bible, New King James Version, ©Thomas Nelson, Inc. 1982

What Does It Mean To Deny Ourselves and Take Up Our Cross?

deny_ourselves04One of the distinct scenes during the crucifixion of the Lord Jesus Christ, as Gilbert Deboma related during the Days of Unleavened Bread, was that of a bystander asked to carry the added weight Jesus Christ was carrying (about 300 lbs)...

32 Now as they came out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name. Him they compelled to bear His cross.” Matthew 27:32

"21 Then they compelled a certain man, Simon a Cyrenian, the father of Alexander and Rufus, as he was coming out of the country and passing by, to bear His cross.”Mark 15:21

Commentaries enlarge on the detail, finding that Simon came from as far as Libya, 50 days walk from Jerusalem, being asked to do something which “at first he might be unwilling to do, either because it was scandalous or because, being a follower of the Christ he did not want to be an instrument in His execution...”

"19 Now those who were scattered after the persecution that arose over Stephen traveled as far as Phoenicia, Cyprus, and Antioch, preaching the word to no one but the Jews only. 20 But some of them were men from Cyprus and Cyrene, who, when they had come to Antioch, spoke to the Hellenists, preaching the Lord Jesus. 21 And the hand of the Lord was with them, and a great number believed and turned to the Lord.” Acts 11:19-21

Noong bata ako na nanonood, ang naitanong ko ay: “Bakit kailangan pa matulungan. Pwede naman tumawag ng thousands of angels para tulungan Siya, bakit kailangan may isa pang tao na pumasok sa eksena para tulungan Siya dalhin yung kahoy kung saan ipapako...?”

34 When He had called the people to Himself, with His disciples also, He said to them, “Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.” Mark 8:34

Far from the penitensya reenactments improvised in Philippine culture, what does it really mean in this present world for followers of GOD to DENY ourselves and TAKE UP our cross?

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“WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO DENY OURSELVES AND TAKE UP OUR CROSS?...” (MP3 file)

How May We Unleaven What Is Puffed Up?

unleaven_whats_puffed_upHow do get puffed up? Several things may cause us to be inflated and not know it, as elder Raul de Asis-Hipe illustrated during the Days of Unleavened Bread: “Madami akong kilala na nasa posisyon...” “We are educated...” We make ourselves ‘somebody,’ “I deserve some respect’ ‘Magaling ako... I am the best in my field’ ‘Ay matagal na ako sa church’ ‘Yung family ko nasa church...’

"3 Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into His hands, and that He had come from God and was going to God, 4 rose from supper and laid aside His garments, took a towel and girded Himself. 5 After that, He poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel with which He was girded..."John 13:3-5 (NKJV)

The Lord Jesus Christ demonstrated what His disciples must do to one another on a daily basis, washing the feet of another. Imagine the joy if only those in the body of Christ would apply the meaning, and not just partake of the emblems!

Twenty-five years after Christ gave those instructions, a fledgling church thrived in Corinth. On the outside, it was a pioneering church, founded by influential figures in the new testament church, functioning with real servants of God, but on the inside was headed for trouble, with people thinking highly of themselves over others, lording it over . What were they and what can we learn from this church and Paul’s rebuke?

6 Now these things, brethren, I have figuratively transferred to myself and Apollos for your sakes, that you may learn in us not to think beyond what is written, that none of you may be puffed up on behalf of one against the other. 7 For who makes you differ from another? And what do you have that you did not receive? Now if you did indeed receive it, why do you boast as if you had not received it?
8 You are already full! You are already rich! You have reigned as kings without us—and indeed I could wish you did reign, that we also might reign with you! 9 For I think that God has displayed us, the apostles, last, as men condemned to death; for we have been made a spectacle to the world, both to angels and to men. 10 We are fools for Christ’s sake, but you are wise in Christ! We are weak, but you are strong! You are distinguished, but we are dishonored! 11 To the present hour we both hunger and thirst, and we are poorly clothed, and beaten, and homeless. 12 And we labor, working with our own hands. Being reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we endure; 13 being defamed, we entreat. We have been made as the filth of the world, the offscouring of all things until now...
1 Corinthians 4:6-13 (NKJV)

5 Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, 6 who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, 7 but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. 9 Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, 11 and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”Philippians 2:5-11 (NKJV)

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“HOW MAY WE UNLEAVEN WHAT IS PUFFED UP...?” (MP3 file)

Jewels of GOD

At the Balatoc Mines in Itogon, BenguetJewels, precious stones and mineral resources, coveted and fought over... for power yes, for beauty, yes, for wealth, for showing-off, to display in bulletproof vaults, yes, “all except for the real value of gems in the perfecting process that the Almighty Creator GOD is working in each human being...” observed elder Raul de Asis-Hipe, during the Sabbath of  February 19, 2011.
With eyes unable to see past the measure of lust, life is valued lower than dust, “wala na talagang silbi ang buhay ko,” enslaved, oppressed, resigned to extract earth’s treasures, but never to share in it, never to even begin to comprehend the intricate refining these precious stones are meant to remind us who are of the earth ...

2But who may abide the day of his coming? and who shall stand when he appeareth? for he is like a refiner's fire, and like fullers' soap:

3And he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the LORD an offering in righteousness.”

Malachi 3:2-3 (1611 King James Authorized Version, Cambridge Univ. Press)

Click on the link below to listen to the podcast or download the MP3 file to find out from the written Word of God how creatures of dust are being constantly tested, refined to become THE precious stones and jewels of The Almighty Creator GOD, and how ultimately, a “stone cut without hands” will break in pieces all world kingdoms to

“...set up a kingdom that shall never be destroyed; and the kingdom shall not be left to other people; it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever.” -Daniel 2:31-44

“FROM DUST TO JEWELS OF GOD...” (MP3 file)

The Unjust Steward, and You

shrewd_steward1 He also said to His disciples: “There was a certain rich man who had a steward, and an accusation was brought to him that this man was wasting his goods. 2 So he called him and said to him, ‘What is this I hear about you? Give an account of your stewardship, for you can no longer be steward.’Luke 16:1-2 (The Holy Bible, NKJV)

Current outrage on “traditional” enrichment of public servants at the expense of the population evoke strains of the parable of the unjust steward told by the Lord Jesus Christ, as recorded in the gospel account of Luke 16. But to what end? As reminded by our elder Raul de Asis-Hipe during the Sabbath of February 5, 2011, surface reading would seem to advocate a practice no different from local corruption. The master in the parable seems to have been pleased by the steward’s desperate measures. But as the Lord Jesus Christ did on every occasion, how did He use this one illustration, both to unmask the pretentious displays of religious leaders, and instruct His true disciples about the extremely shrewd world in which they were to match with Godly wisdom as sons of light?

Click on the link below to remember from God’s Word and be stirred by the Spirit what we should be doing more of, as living, breathing workers in the vineyard of the Eternal GOD...

WHAT IS THE POINT IN THE PARABLE OF THE UNJUST STEWARD? (MP3)...

Breaking Down Our Walls

breaking down walls (photo from National Library of Scotland, via Flickr Commons)

With man’s habitations adding more detachment while marking territory, Arnold John Miguel observed its consequences in a Sabbath message on December 4, after two years overseas work. As people reinforce their houses with thick fences, high walls with security details, alarms, so have we done with our lives. “Like the walls of Jericho so many spiritual barriers to be broken down. Suspicion, mistrust, barriers of race, class, gender. Even among brethren, invisible barriers can form in record time, blocking sympathy, endorsing compassion fatigue, closing our hearts against our fellowmen, helping nothing toward bringing the gospel of the kingdom of God to others...”

Yet even when walls look impregnable, the LORD God has revealed a way for us to break down those walls. And for those who do, what an astonishing sound it could make of our lives!

Click on the link below to listen to the podcast episode or download the mp3 soundfile to find out from Scripture how to make those walls come tumbling down...

BREAKING DOWN OUR WALLS... (mp3)

“You Shall Not Covet...”

covet

The sin that no one will admit to... With it we are jealous, envious, want to be the center of attention yet will not own up...

During a Sabbath message, Raul de Asis-Hipe concluded a yearlong series with the LORD’s command that addresses something that has no visible evidence at first. Yet sink in breaking this command and all the rest of life begins to topple. Full of misery, unfulfilled, wretched, we are unable to see our own blessings but keep craving for what others have...

Click on the link below to download or listen to the podcast episode and recognize the poison that breaking the 10th commandment wreaks in our life... and the antidote from Scripture that will set us free from the grip of covetousness...

“YOU SHALL NOT COVET...” (mp3)

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