DEAD FAITH

Read James 2:14-26.

A believer who has dead faith is not without faith. He has a faith but has no [good] works.

Faith was working together with works and by works faith was made perfect (James 2:22).

Faith without works is dead–useless (verse 26).

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Half-Truth Preachers (Part2)

There’s nothing wrong with preaching blessings, keys to success and prosperity. Pero kung puro na lang ganun ang itinuturo palagi, hindi na tama iyon! Ano na lang ang mangyayari sa mga mananampalataya? Malamang baka maging successful nga sila sa buhay pero lumalago ba sila bilang mga lingkod ng Diyos? Kung puro na lang half-truths ang itinuturo, useless lang din yun kasi parang hindi ka na rin nagturo ng katotohanan!

Preach the true and full Gospel of Christ!

H’wag puro maganda lamang sa tenga ang ipinapangaral.

The [whole] truth hurts because it is the [whole] truth and the [whole] truth will truly sets us free!

Half-Truth Preachers (Part 1)

Maraming nagkalat na mga mangangaral na half-truths lang ang itinuturo. ‘Di ko sinasabi na ‘yong kalahati ay kasinungalingan, ang ibig kong sabihin hindi buong katotohanan ang ipinapangaral nila. Totoo ang ipinapangaral nila pero hindi nga lang buo at kadalasan yung maganda lang sa tenga tulad ng blessings and prosperity, puro na lang blessings and prosperity. Puro na lang tungkol sa tithes, kung paano magiging successful in all areas of life, atbp., pero di nila tinuturo yung about sa Hell, punishment, end times, atbp. Half-truth lang at hindi yung whole truth.

Does half-truth sets us free? Does it saves us?

Dapat buong aral mula sa Diyos na nakasulat sa Bible!

Walang pinipili at walang iniiwasan!

Stand Firm and be Strong in Faith

“Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. Stand firm against him, and be strong in faith. Remember that your family of believers (your brotherhood) all over the world is going through the same kind of suffering you are. In His kindness God called you to share in His eternal glory by means of Christ Jesus. So after you have suffered a little while, He will restore, support, and strengthen you, and He will place you on a firm foundation.”

—-1 PETER 5:8-10, NLT

Mga kapatid, in our walk with God, the devil is always there “looking for someone to devour.” So we should “watch out” and “stay alert,” and “stand firm” and “be strong in faith,” remembering that we’re not alone because our brethren “all over the world” are “going through the same kind of suffering” we are.

In God’s kindness, we’re called to “share in His eternal glory by means of Christ Jesus.” It means that just like Christ, our Lord and Savior who suffered on the cross for the forgiveness of our sins, we are going to suffer also for “a little while” for His glory. We have to share Christ’s sufferings to share God’s eternal glory. After that, God will do to us what He has done to Job, “He will restore, support and strengthen [us].” And He will place us on “a firm foundation,” which is He, where we can grow and not be shaken.

To God be the glory! Amen.

Nawa’y naunawaan po ninyo ang Salita ng Diyos na ibinahagi ko sa inyo sa tulong ng Espiritu Santo at sa awa ng Diyos Ama.

Stay bless!

The Parable of the Lost Coin

“Or suppose a woman has ten silver coins and loses one. Won’t she light a lamp and sweep the entire house and search carefully until she finds it?
And when she finds it, she will call in her friends and neighbors and say, ‘Rejoice with me because I have found my lost coin.’
In the same way, there is joy in the presence of God’s angels when even one sinner repents.”

—Luke 15:8-10, NLT

Our sins separated us from God (Isaiah 59:2). But God search for us just like the woman in the parable above. God will do everything for us to be found. So, He send His Son, Jesus Christ, to save us and bring us back to Him.

Repentance is turning away from sin. It starts with acknowledging and confessing your sins, believing and committing your life in Christ, and living a blameless or righteous life. When the goodness of God made known to us, it leads us to repentance (Romans 2:4). The day we repent is the day God found us and we found Him. It’s also the day where the heavens are all rejoicing because of our repentance. Every sinner who repents are worthy to be rejoice in heaven.

Praise be to God!

God bless us all!

Long time Christians

Those who’ve been Christians for a long time may get discourage with the struggles of the Christian life and forget the joy of new-found faith. New Christians are in love with God and excited about knowing Him and learning from His Word. So take the opportunity to rejoice with those who’ve come to faith. God can use then to inspire you to renew your own commitment to Jesus.

Restore to me the joy of Your salvation. -Psalm 51:12, NKJV

The joy of the LORD is your strength. -Nehemiah 8:10, NKJV

Let us Love One Another, for Love is of God

“Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.”
—1 John 4:7-11 NKJV

God commanded us to love Him and our neighbors (Luke 10:27), and even our enemies (Matthew 5:44), as He also loved us by giving His only begotten Son, that we might live through Him (1 John 3:16, 4:9). First John 4:21 says, “And this commandment we have from Him: that he who loves God must love his brother also.” If we truly love God, as a result, we MUST love one another.
Every moment love God and love one another!

This is the TRUTH: JESUS is Not a flesh but GOD come in the flesh.

This is the TRUTH:

JESUS is Not a man but GOD manifest in the flesh.

John 1:1, 14 (NKJV)
In the beginning was the Word (Jesus), and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. And the Word became flesh and dwelth among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.
—–Mga kapatid, magkaiba ang tao sa nagkatawang tao. Si Jesus ay hindi tao kundi Diyos na nagkatawang tao. He had to be God in order to save us and become a man in order to die for us.
1 John 4:2-3 (NKJV)
By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world.
2 John 7 (NKJV)
For many deceivers have gone out into the world who do not confess Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an Antichrist.
—–Huwag kayong maniniwala sa mga taong nagsasabing si Jesu-Cristo ay tao. Sila ay mga mandaraya!
1 Timothy 3:16 (NKJV)
And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness:
God was manifested in the flesh,
Justified in the Spirit,
Seen by angels,
Preached among the Gentiles,
Believed on in the world,
Received up in glory.
Romans 1:3-4 (NKJV)
concerning His Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who was born of the seed of David according to the flesh, and declared to be the Son of God with power according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead.
Colossians 1:13-17 (NKJV)
He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins. He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist.
John 3:16 (NKJV)
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
Philippians 2:6-11 (NKJV)
who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bond servant, and coming in the likeness of men. 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.
Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, 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, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Hebrews 2:17-18 (NKJV)
Therefore, in all things He had to be made like His brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. For in that He Himself has suffered, beingtempted, He is able to aid those who are tempted.

—–Jesus, God in human form, experienced temptation. Hindi ang pagiging Diyos Niya ang sinubok ng demonyo kundi ang pagiging tao Niya. Dahil kahit kailan “God cannot be tempted by evil” (James 1:13).

Luke 22:70 (NKJV)
Then they all said, “Are You then the Son of God?” So He (Jesus) said to them, “You rightly say that I am.”

—–Sa Panginoong Jesus mismo nanggaling. Inamin Nya na Siya ang Anak ng Diyos.

—–Marami pang verses sa Bible ang nagsasabing Jesus is the Son of God, the God who manifest in the flesh.

Prophecies about JESUS

One of the main reasons for believing in Jesus was the way His life fulfilled the Old Testament prophecies about the Messiah. Following is a list of some of the main prophecies and their fulfillment.

 

Prophecy:

Messiah was to be born in Bethlehem

Old Testament Reference:

  • Micah 5:2 (KJV)
    But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.

New Testament Fulfillment:

  • Matthew 2:1-6 (KJV)

Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him. When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born. And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet, and thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel.

  • Luke 2:1-20 (KJV)

And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed. (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:) To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child. And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,

Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us. And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger. And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child. And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds. But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart. And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.

Prophecy:

Messiah was to be born of a virgin

Old Testament Reference:

  • Isaiah 7:14 (KJV)

Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.

New Testament Fulfillment:

  • Matthew 1:18-25 (KJV)

Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.

  • Luke 1:26-38 (KJV)

And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth,

Prophecy:

Messiah was to be a prophet like Moses

Old Testament Reference:

  • Deuteronomy 18:15, 18-19 (KJV)

The LORD thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto him ye shall hearken;

I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him.

New Testament Fulfillment:

  • John 7:40 (KJV)

Many of the people therefore, when they heard this saying, said, Of a truth this is the Prophet.

Prophecy:

Messiah was to enter Jerusalem in triumph

Old Testament Reference:

  • Zechariah 9:9 (KJV)

Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass.

New Testament Fulfillment:

  • Matthew 21:1-9 (KJV)
  • John 12:12-16 (KJV)

Prophecy:

Messiah was to be rejected by His own people

Old Testament Reference:

  • Isiah 53:1-3 (KJV)
  • Psalm 118:22 (KJV)

New Testament Fulfillment:

  • Matthew 26:3-4 (KJV)
  • John 12:37-43 (KJV)
  • Acts 4:1-12 (KJV)

Prophecy:

Messiah was to suffer with criminals and pray for His enemies

Old Testament Reference:

  • Isaiah 53:12 (KJV)

New Testament Fulfillment:

  • Matthew 27:38 (KJV)
  • Mark 15:27-28 (KJV)
  • Luke 23:32-34 (KJV)

Prophecy:

Messiah was to be given vinegar and gall

Old Testament Reference:

  • Psalm 69:21 (KJV)

New Testament Fulfillment:

  • Matthew 27:34 (KJV)
  • John 19:28-30 (KJV)

Prophecy:

Others were to cast lots for Messiah’s garments

Old Testament Reference:

  • Psalm 22:18 (KJV)

New Testament Fulfillment:

  • Matthew 27:35 (KJV)
  • John 19:23-24 (KJV)

Prophecy:

Messiah’s bones were not to be broken

Old Testament Reference:

  • Exodus 12:46 (KJV)

New Testament Fulfillment:

  • John 19:31-36 (KJV)

Prophecy:

Messiah was to die as a sacrifice for sin

Old Testament Reference:

  • Isaiah 53:5-6, 8, 10-12 (KJV)

New Testament Fulfillment:

  • John 1:29, 11:49-52 (KJV)
  • Acts 10:43, 13:38-39 (KJV)

 

Prophecy:

Messiah was to be raised from the dead

Old Testament Reference:

  • Psalm 16:10 (KJV)

New Testament Fulfillment:

  • Matthew 28:1-10 (KJV)
  • Mark 16:1-8 (KJV)
  • Luke 24:1-12 (KJV)
  • John 20:1-9 (KJV)
  • Acts 2:22-32 (KJV)

Prophecy:

Messiah is now at God’s right hand

Old Testament Reference:

  • Psalm 110:1 (KJV)

New Testament Fulfillment:

  • Mark 16:19 (KJV)
  • Luke 24:50-51 (KJV)

Priceless gift of God

Read Acts 8:14-25.

But Peter said to him, “Your money perish with you, because you thought that the gift of God could be purchased with money!
You have neither part nor portion in this matter, for your heart is not right in the sight of God” (verses 20-21).

 

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The gift of God (the forgiveness of sins, the gift of salvation and the gift of the Holy Spirit) could not be purchased with money. It is priceless! It is a gift so it is free!

Believe and accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior, and receive the free gift of God through Christ Jesus!

Amen!

 

 

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