Archive for Setyembre, 2008

JE # 99 – Urgent Prayer Request

Setyembre 23, 2008

At noontime here in Manila, I got this message from my Multiply (via 702DZAS group):

PLS. PRAY FOR THE CHURCH IN INDIA.
BUDHIST EXTREMISTS BURN 20 CHURCHES IN ORISSA LAST LAST NIGHT.
BJO PLANS TO KILL 200 PASTORS IN THE NEXT 24HOURS.
ALL CHRISTIANS ARE HIDING IN THE BUSHES.
PLS.PRAY AND FORWARD TO ALL INTERCESSORS YOU KNOW. SO WE CAN CRY TO GOD ON THEIR BEHALF….

THNKS U SO MUCH AND GODBLESS!!! 

The earliest version of this message, as I surfed the Internet is dated September 18. I don’t know if it’s true. But I am very sure that Christians are persecuted in different parts of the world, even here in the Philippines. Brothers and sisters, we need to pray for them not just the persecuted Christians in India.

I read a story related to this which may prove that this message is true. Follow this link http://orissaburning.blogspot.com/ . 

True or not, PRAY ANYWAY.

God keep us.   

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JE # 98 – Why Money is Never Enough

Setyembre 20, 2008

Reflect as we search for reasons why money is never enough.

PASTOR ED LAPIZ MESSAGE: Why Money is Never Enough

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This message is available on audio CD at Kaloob Bookstore, Bulwagan ng Panginoon, Folk Arts Theater, CCP Complex Pasay City.

JE # 97 – The Best Insurance

Setyembre 20, 2008

Insurance has given people a sense of security. If some unforeseen events happen, a person’s worry is wipe out by the insurance company. Does having an insurance policy really secure us from any trouble arising from a misfortune that may take place anytime?  Maybe yes. But what is THE BEST INSURANCE? Learn from this preaching. Be blessed.

For this week, I’ll be sharing two audio messages THE BEST INSURANCE back to back with WHY MONEY IS NEVER ENOUGH. I’m afraid I won’t have enough time next week to post new messages. We’ll be having our company Tree Planting Project in Antipolo. Also ministry work with Day by Day Youth and Young Adults. Expect my next post on second week of October, God willing.

PASTOR ED LAPIZ MESSAGE: The Best Insurance

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GREETINGS AND PLUGS…

Birthday greetings to Stephanie Gallardo, Dinah Tesorero, Gemma Irong and Michael Frondoza.

September 30,  5-7pm. Official launching and Ecumenical Service of the May They Be One Campaign at the Manila Cathedral. This event aims to distribute five million Bibles to five million Filipino homes in the next five years.

JE # 96 – Fear of the Lord

Setyembre 20, 2008

Proverbs 9:10

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.

When fear is mentioned, we usually think of fright, alarm or terror. But what about the “fear of the Lord”? Does it mean the same thing? According to an author, ” fear of the LORD” means a good relationship with God based on reverence and respect for Him and His commands.”

Fear of the Lord is living righteously. When we fear God, we dare not take Him lightly. To fear the LORD is to always examine our ways whether with conform with God’s standard of holiness and righteousness.

Today, we’ll learn from David about the fear of the Lord.

” Come, my children, listen to me;
I will teach you the fear of the LORD”

– Psalm 34:11

Nauna po dito sabi nia sa verse 9

9 Fear the LORD, you his saints,
for those who fear him lack nothing.

Ang tao daw na may takot sa Dios ay hindi magkukulang because God provides blessings for His saints – blessings for those who fear Him. At nadiscuss po natin kanina that fear of the LORD is having a good relationship with God. When you have a good relationship with God, you will lack nothing.

The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.

– Psalm 23:1

Promise yan ng LORD!

But how do we fear the LORD according to David?

1. KEEP YOUR TONGUE FROM EVIL

13 keep your tongue from evil
and your lips from speaking lies.

Out of the same mouth comes praising and cursing. James said this should not be. As children of God, we should speak only what is good and encouraging. Dapat ang mga lumalabas sa bibig natin, nakaka-encourage, nakakabless, nakaka-inspire, nakaka-uplift ng spirit! Hindi mura, hindi pangja-judge, hindi panglalait at pagsisinunghaling! Many Christians are still guilty of this.


Isang nanay, sasabihin sa anak: “Anak, pag tumawag si kumare, sabihin mo wala ako. Naniningil kasi ng utang yun!”

What kind of example do you show to your children? They will think that it is OK to lie. Bantayan ang dila dahil binabantayan ng mga bata ang ating mga sinasabi.

Madalas na-encounter ko before sa opisina, ka-kristianong tao, dinadamay ang isang di-Kristianong kaopisina.

“Fren, pag tumawag ang taga C__ibank, sabihin mo wala ako”.

Dinamay pa sa pagsisinungaling ang kapwa. Ba’t di nia nalang sabihin, wla siyang pambayad. Tapos! Wala ng nagkakasala.

If we speak the truth, we will be set free. If we keep on telling lies, nagiging slave or children tayo ni Satan who is the Father of Lies! Do you want that? Jesus is the TRUTH, so we speak what is true and pleasant! Pleasant, ibig sabihin masarap pakinggan sa tenga. Hindi paninsismis, hindi coarse joking, hindi green jokes. May mga umpukan minsan after kumain ng lunch, kung anu-anong kalaswaan ang pinag-uusapan o kaya tsinitsismis ang kapwa empleyado. Sinasayang ang oras, hindi nakaka-bless! I appreciate those people who spend their remaining time with prayer and Bible study. They are wise in managing their time. If you fear the LORD, you should control your tongue from speaking evil.


2. TURN FROM EVIL AND DO GOOD

14 Turn from evil and do good;

Everybody knows what is good and evil. Our God has given us His Spirit to distinguish good from evil. Si Paul may payo sa mga Ephesians after they received Christ:

He who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with his own hands, that he may have something to share with those in need.

–  Ephesians 4:28

A Christian is not a slave of sin anymore. Sabi ni Paul, ” Huwag ka ng magnakaw. Magtrabaho ka para may silbi ka naman. ” If you fear God, stop stealing. If dati kang tsismosa, stop being tsismosa. Kung dati kang tomador, iwasan mo na kahit dahan-dahanin mo. Kung dati kang nangongopya sa katabi mo, nagyon hindi na. Mag-aral ka.

What Paul and David were saying is that meron kang mabuting magagawa. Instead of spending your time with foolish or evil things, you can devote your time to godly things. Paul said, “Work, so you can help other people in need.” Kesa malalaswang magazine, read your Bible or any inspirational book that could help you improve yourself. Estudyante ka, huwag kang kopya ng kopya, mag-aral kang mabuti. Huwag puro gimik. Kesa nagtsitsismis, why not look for someone to be prayed for? Let us be wise in spending our time by doing good. Remember, a God-fearing person is always busy doing good things.

Lastly,

3. SEEK PEACE AND PURSUE IT

14b seek peace and pursue it.

Christians are not trouble-makers, they are peace-makers. If you fear the LORD, hindi ikaw ang nag-uumpisa ng away. Dapat ikaw ang nag-aayos ng gulo. Kung may kagalit ka, dapat nakikipag-ayos ka agad. Hindi bagay sa mga anak ng Dios ang nakikipag-away. Mga biyenan, inaaway nyo ba ang manugang nyo? Bakit? Dahil ba mukha siyang aswang? 😀 Tanggapin nyo nalang. Pinili na ng anak nyo yan eh! Humanap ka nlang ng paraan para maging kasundo mo siya. Ganun din mga manugang, hulihin nyo ang kiliti ng biyenan nyo.

Mga magkatrabaho, 8 years ng di nagkikibuan, isang beses ka lang hindi natirhan ng meriendang banana-Q eh buong buhay ka ng nagtampo. Minsan ang mga away ay mga maliliit na bagay lang, pinalalaki.

May mga kilala ako nung college, nagkatampuhan. Nung may mga asawa na, pinagtatawanan na lang nila ang away-bata nila nung college.

Napag-uusapan ang lahat ng bagay. As Christians, we should seek and pursue peace. Sabi sa Matthew 5:9

9Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called sons of God.

Our God is a God of peace. Dapat lamang na tayong mga anak Nia ay peaceful ang buhay. Peaceful dahil wala kang kagalit. Peaceful because we know we’re doing good. Peaceful because we speak no lies and curse no one. Peaceful because we multiply joyful people. Peaceful dahil wala kang niloloko. Makakatulog ka ng mahimbing sa gabi.

So, that’s how David defines the fear of the Lord. Reflect for some areas of your life which need to recommit to God right now. God desires that we commit our lives to Him day by day. Dapat maging desire natin na i-glorify ang Lord araw-araw. Be blessed.

JE # 95 – More Reflections on Prayer

Setyembre 14, 2008

More reflections on prayer
By A Living Flame for Christ and the Sabbath

‘Answer me when I call to You, O my righteous God. Give me relief from my distress; be merciful to me and hear my prayer.’ (Ps 4:1)

Friends, this is a beautiful beginning to Psalm 4 and a deep cry to God for help. I can sense love, respect, wonder and a need of God in this sentence. If you read the rest of the Psalm, you can also tell the Psalmist had a close relationship with his Maker.

I sometimes wonder how deep our prayers are. Do we mutter anything or really move in the spirit? Do they change the way God answers us? I will have to read the Bible more to find out all these answers.

A couple of things come to mind:

Do you remember the very sick lady who hemorrhaged for 12 yrs or so? She had a deep longing to reach and touch the hem of Lord Jesus’ garment. She knew that if she but touched Him, all would be well. In that moment of her finger meeting His hem, she was instantly healed. The bleeding stopped.

So do you think desperation is a key? How about the fact that He has the Power and Ability to change lives? Do you agree that faith and trust in Him are also needed?

How about if we really do not know how to pray and cry out “HELP LORD! I NEED YOU. SAVE ME, I’M IN TROUBLE OR GIVE ME A NEW LIFE.”

That too should work, shouldn’t it?

Let us take from this simple message, that we have a Saviour and Lord, a Father and Friend in our Lord God. We can go to Him at any time with all our needs. We can pray to Him deeply or just cry out in desperation. No matter what we may feel towards Him, He always feels love and concern for us. He is always willing to listen, help, assist, mend, heal, renew and to restore. The best part of it all is that HE IS ABLE!

Are you going thru some very difficult circumstances right now? How about doing either of a few things?

1) Say ‘Answer me when I call to You, O my righteous God. Give me relief from my distress; be merciful to me and hear my prayer.’

2) Imagine Lord Jesus in the crowd and head towards Him with all your worries and woe and just long to touch the hem of His Garment. Remember the transformation of the woman who received a total healing and touch it (in your mind’s eye) with a deep longing for your miracle.

3) Or just cry out ‘Help Lord! I need You. Save me, I’m in trouble. Or give me a new life Lord; I just can’t stand this one.’

May the Holy Spirit draw us all closer to our Lord God. I also ask Him to please answer all our prayers. ‘Thank You Lord amen.’

“Come Holy Spirit, please touch each and every heart that will come across this message. Open our hearts to Your Word and Your Truth and let us walk in total abandonment to You. Bless us all and keep us from the snares of the enemy. Glory be to the Father, Son and Holy Spirit now and forevermore.

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JE # 94 – How to Survive Bouts of Loneliness

Setyembre 14, 2008

Wikipedia defines loneliness as an emotional state in which a person experiences a powerful feeling of emptiness and isolation. Loneliness is more than the feeling of wanting company or wanting to do something with another person. Loneliness is a feeling of being cut off, disconnected and alienated from other people. The lonely person may find it difficult or even impossible to have any form of meaningful human contact. Lonely people often experience a subjective sense of inner emptiness or hollowness, with feelings of separation or isolation from the world.

According to this sermon, Loneliness is considered a silent epedemic and must be faced with strength and creativity. Here are practical ways to deal with loneliness. Be ministered.

PASTOR ED LAPIZ MESSAGE: How to Survive Bouts of Loneliness

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This message is available on audio CD at Kaloob Bookstore, Bulwagan ng Panginoon, Folk Arts Theater, CCP Complex Pasay City.

GREETINGS AND PLUGS…

Birthday greetings to Ferdinand Panganiban and Otik Sendiong..

LATEST ON DAY BY DAY: Jonah’s God

Praise God for the successful operation of Angel Maree. Thanks for everyone who prayed for the kid. Details of operation can be viewed here.

Watch out for Peter Parkher the Kwela Rapper on The Correspondents, late Tuesday night, September 16 after Bandila on ABS-CBN 2.

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Thanks. Have a great week!

JE # 93 – Dayegon Ko Ang Ngalan Mo

Setyembre 9, 2008

This post is for our Visayan audience.

For few months now, we’ve been singing Visayan songs in our Worship Service at Day by Day. I just learned to appreciate these songs because the words are close to my heart. On this post, we’ll hear a Visayan worship song Dayegon Ko Ang Ngalan Mo. Kantahan nato ang Ginoo!

JE # 92 – Gold for the Diggers

Setyembre 9, 2008

Hello everyone. Forgive me for the delay of this post. was tied up with so many month-end reports during the past two weeks. This week I’ll be sharing this message from ‘THE JESUS WAY SERIES”.

I suggest that you read Mark 4:1-20 before listening to this sermon.

To aid you in your reflection, I have listed here some analogies found in this passage:

  • seed – the word of God
  • wayside soil – the hardened hearer
  • shallow soil – the unsteady hearer
  • thorny ground – the hearer who allows the “worldly and ungodly things” in life to choke out the word
  • good ground – the faithful hearer who bears fruit
  • birds of the air – evil one.
  • sun’s heat – persecution
  • Sower – God

Jesus told four types of soil here. Reflect on what kind of soil are you. I hope you are a Type 4 soil – good and fruit-bearing. Diggers, dig with me in this sermon because the miners are rewarded with gold and diggers get the gold. Be blessed.

Pastor Ed Lapiz Message : THE JESUS WAY – GOLD FOR THE DIGGERS

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GREETINGS AND PLUGS…

Congrats to Macky for having a new domain for Kinabuhi

Birthday greetings to Ate Joy Roxas, myBro Mark, Atong Redillas, Hashreen Caudang, Rose Monleon, Teddy Cruz, Yting, Benj Pulido, Lemar Ursua, JM Dalida, Totot, Joanne Aguirre, Atchie Monreal, Ate Ping Dagunsa, Sheryl Estrada, Sam Manlosa and John Daryl Ocampo.

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Setyembre 1, 2008

JE # 91 – Careful with Overspiritualization

Setyembre 1, 2008

What is spiritualization? According to this message, it is to give a spiritual meaning or understand in a spiritual sense.

What about overspiritualization? Learn from Pastor Ed about this topic as he gives examples of overspiritualization, stories that we often hear from other people.

Be enlightened.

Pastor Ed Lapiz Message: Careful with Overspiritualization

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GREETINGS AND PLUGS…

Happy 47th Anniversary to Mindanao State University. Mabuhay ka Dakilang Pamantasan!

1st Anniversary Thursday Night Konek – the midweek worship service of Day by Young Adults..

Day by Day Sampaloc Satellite will be launched on Friday, September 5, 2008, 6pm at Jollibee Ever Gotesco, Recto Avenue, Sampaloc Manila. Hope to see you there.

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