Basahin Natin ang Biblia

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Sumunod sa pananalangin, walang hihigit pa sa pagbabasa ng Biblia. Ayon sa habag at biyaya ng Dios, binigyan Niya tayo ng Biblia “na mapakikinabangan sa pagtuturo, pagsaway, pagtutuwid, at sa pagsasanay sa katuwiran.” (2 Timoteo 3:15). Sa pagbabasa ng Biblia, matututunan natin kung ano ang dapat paniwalaan, ano ang dapat gawin, at paanong mabuhay ng kaaya-aya at mamatay ng payapa. Pinakamasaya ang taong binabasa ang Biblia at ginagamit ito na gabay sa pananampalataya at buhay.

Ngunit isang trahedya na hindi ito pinapahalagahan ng napakaraming tao. Napakaraming Biblia ang nakalimbag sa ating panahon. Sari-saring klase, salin, presyo, at wika ng Biblia ang mabibili. Marami ang may Biblia, ngunit ilan ba ang bumabasa?

Walang…

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My Motivation for the New Year

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I always meet people during my morning walk. For my first morning walk for this year, I met an old man in his 80’s walking with a cane, and with some difficulty. I greeted him with a “Happy New Year” and kissed his hand. His face lightened up and smiled as if pleasantly surprised with my greetings. I was walking fast in contrast to the slow, struggling steps of “Tatang”. After a while, he waved goodbye, and even said “God Bless”.

As I finished my remaining rounds, I realized how fragile life could be. Life is short. The old man I saw was certainly strong and full of life during his…

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TBC Will Celebrate 34 Years of God’s Faithfulness

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On December 25, Christmas Day, Trinity Bible Church will celebrate her 34th   Founding Anniversary. Part of the celebration is a joint afternoon worship service with the brethren from Grace Baptist Church in Bae,  Lumban Puritan Reformed Baptist Church and other reforming churches in San Pablo City. TBC’s outreaches in Victoria, Laguna, Bae and Alaminos are also invited to join the celebration.

The speaker will be Pastor Mon Macapagal of Cubao, Reformed Baptist Church. Worship Service starts at 3:00 pm.

 

Praise be the Lord!

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The Home Is Where My Heart Is

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The Lord has a perfect design for a family. Ruled by love, the husband has to lead, provide, and protect his family, while the wife has to submit to the leadership of her husband. As they start a family, the Lord wants the mothers to be workers at home (Titus 2:5).

However, in this materialistic society, more and more women are drawn away from the home where they should be. It does not mean that mothers should stay at home all the time. Proverbs 31:10-31 tells of a godly mother fully exercising her God-given gifts. She has a business of her own, involved in acts of charity, yet fully engaged…

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Ibigay sa Dios ang Kaluwalhatian

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Isang oras na lamang at mararating na ni Becki ang tuktok ng Mt. Fuji. Subalit dahil sa matinding sakit ng ulo, kailangan niyang bumaba ng bundok. Sa isang iglap ay naglaho ang kanyang pinakamimithi. Ganito sa mundo. Hindi sigurado ang buhay, maraming balakid sa ating mga plano. Paano pa kaya sa buhay-kristiano? Marating kaya natin ang langit?

Maganda ang pambungad na bati ni Judas sa mga Kristiano: “Sa mga tinawag, na minamahal ng Diyos Ama, at iniingatan para kay Jesu-Cristo, ang kaawaan, kapayapaan at pag-ibig ay pasaganain nawa sa inyo” (Judas 1-2).  Pinatotohanan ni Judas na tayo, bilang Kristiano, ay iingatan ni Kristo na matisod o mahulog sa kasalanan. Maraming mga…

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A Mother’s Joy

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The audience were excited. Many were taking pictures  and cheering, as the graduates in Grace Ministerial Academy were called. But this mother was crying, shedding tears of joy, as her son was called on stage to receive his diploma. Her son, Ezequiel is now  fully-equipped to become a pastor, a servant of the Lord. That was her dream and now it was fulfilled.

How noble is this mother whose ambition was for her children to know and love the Lord. She could have aspired for a better-paying job for her son, having lived in poverty all her life. But she sought a better portion. She was poor on earth, but in death…

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God Is In Control

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Our world is in on a spiral decline.  We can see people embracing immorality from every side. The gay movement takes pride in their newly found acceptance. Abortion is taken to a higher level with the tolerance, and even support for Planned Parenthood. Divorce has become an easy way out of a problematic marriage (5 out of 10 marriages in the US will end in divorce). We are bombarded by deceptive philosophies, and false religiosity makes men complacent of the true state of their souls. Materialism is in the core of economy  and the breaking down of families is the attendant effect of the search for more. All of these…

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Opening the Door for the Gospel

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Most of the residents in our village are either retired professors from UPLB or retired employees from IRRI. Many of them live an affluent life, with manicured lawns, and 2- 3-car garage. Yet many are already sick, and for this year alone, four have died already.

I feel sad whenever I hear of eminent professors and scientists now succumbing to old age. Some have gone senile, not wanting to meet people anymore. They are highly-educated people.  Yet in old age, they just seem to wait for the sun to set on their lives, ignorant of their real purpose in living. How I desire to reach out to them and share the…

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Mabuting Maghintay

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May isang sundalo na tumatakas sa mga kaaway sakay ng kanyang kabayo. Sa Kanyanng matuling pagtakbo, napansin niya na nahihirapan ang kanyang kabayo dahil may depekto ang bakal sa paa nito. Kinakailangan itong ayusin, ngunit  malapit na ang kaaway at kung siya ay hihinto, manganganib ang kanyang buhay. Ngunit  minabuti niyang dumaan sa isang manggagawa at naghintay hanggang siguradong maayos na ang bakal sa paa ng kabayo.

Nang halos 100 metro na lamang ang layo ng kaaway, sabay naman siyang sumakay sa kabayo at tumakbong kasing bilis ng hangin upang ipagpatuloy ang kanyang pagtakas. Doon niya napatunayan na ang saglit na paghihitay ay nag-pabilis pa sa kanyang pagtakas.

Malimit na pinaghihintay tayo…

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Life is a Painting

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God  appointed the birth and death of every living creature.  But between birth and death is the work of God in us, accomplishing His purpose in our lives. If we are with God, our lives will slowly blossom  into  full fruition for His glory.  If not, we are like sheep led to the slaughterhouse.

Between life and death, we can actively seek for solid happiness. In the Lord we can find it, outside of God, we search in vain.

That productive gap between life and death is ours to fill. It is like a canvas which we can paint with the brightest colours of life and create a rich texture of…

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