Word: Sharper than any two-edged sword by Sis Buen

Greetings! I found the poem I made 2 years ago, which was inspired by the GCM message dated 16 August 2015, through Pastor Chris entitled “Sharper than any two edged sword”. Truly we need to hide His Words in our hearts, as the song goes... so that sin may not come in.

I need to cover my face as I am ashamed of myself! Sorry Lord, it has been awhile! Need to make new poems for you. I love you Lord!

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United in Spirit and in Truth by Sister Joy Pangan

I was able to visit our Mother Church in Angeles City, Pampanga when I had my vacation last 2014.

Considering that I worked and lived in Angeles City for four years (from 2006 to 2010) before I went here in Bahrain, I sometimes asked God, why didn’t I encounter Him during those years? Every day and every night, I was passing that street where our mother church is. Imagine, my boarding house was only few steps away from the church!

Nanghihinayang ako sa mga panahong iyon na nasayang, but of course, mayroong sariling kaparaanan at kapanahunan ang ating Panginoon, ika nga nila… in God’s perfect time.  

During my stay there for 2 months, I’ve met all the brethren in GCM Philippines. Children, youth and even the old ones… together, we serve God in the ministry.  Amen. It was truly a humbling experience. They gave me warm welcome and I sincerely felt our spiritual bond and connection through our Lord Jesus Christ. 

I clearly remember when they told me they seldom get an opportunity to have fellowship with GCM Bahrain brethren during vacations, it pricked my heart.

Yes, it’s understandable we only have limited time to stay in the Philippines. But only if we prioritize few hours to fellowship with them, I assure you, it will be a blessed and memorable one! It’s like going back to the roots of the church and ministry where it all began. After all, the God that we worship here in Bahrain is the same God that these brethren are worshipping too… in spirit and in truth. Amen.

That is why I wrote this blog to encourage everyone, to find in your heart the time to be with them, as they are our spiritual family too. Here in Bahrain, we always say GCM Family isn’t it? When we go to the Philippines, we too have a family there… praying and patiently waiting for that fellowship to happen. It’s nice to meet people especially if you share the same passion in faith and in Christ.

Absolutely, when the time comes, we will all gonna meet these brethren in heaven, along with other believers. And we will all become brothers and sisters in Christ, all together, united in praising and worshipping the One True Loving God Jesus Christ. Amen.

God bless everyone!

Excerpts from my book titled "Challenge the Challenges" by Bro Raj

Getting Spiritual

The prayer song was touching Raj’s heart so deep that tears rolled down. He felt a great solace in the church that preached one God doctrine. Although his low back and neck hurt, he would swing like all the followers to the music that played aloud in the church hall. There were several people in the hall and the orchestra was in full tempo. Someone cried aloud and many were wiping their tears. The song praised Jesus and assured eternal happiness to sinners who confessed and took up righteous living. Raj felt at home. He did not think of worries or problems. Peace dawned upon him. It was indeed mesmerizing.

Raj did not follow much that was spoken in the church or the messages delivered in the service, as most of them were in a different language. But the music and melody were speaking by itself, the glories of the lord.

When his eyes were closed someone walked closer to him and placed their palm on his shoulder. He felt relaxed and hopeful. He could hear prayers being delivered for him. It was the pastor who was placing his hand on Raj and uttering the word of prayer in a soft strong tone. “I declare complete healing to Bro Raj in Jesus name. Lord guide him. Show him mercy…” He could feel comfort reigning his being.  Pastor was a very compassionate fine young man in early 40s. Doctor by profession and had strong captivating voice and conviction in his words. All in church surely felt protected and relaxed.

The worship service had song of meditation, opening prayer followed by a welcome song. During the song the complete hall vibrated with love and grace. It was a practice for all to greet each other during the welcome song. Every one in the church shook hands with each other wearing a warm smile. All felt oneness in their heart and the faith grew stronger.

The welcome song was followed by offerings, which was followed by solo singing. Any one can opt to sing that was normally practiced on Wednesday.  In the final one hour Pastor delivered a powerful message with lots of live and practical examples. He always speaks with authority and his voice fills the hall mixed with emotions and laughter.

When the music and singing stopped, Raj got thoughtful. What was he doing in the church? It was strange. He is born and raised in a different faith. What will his friends and colleagues think about him? Brushing away such thoughts, he thought of the care and affection the church showed him. All in the church loved him so much. Besides he felt care during his agonizing moments of desperation and moneyless situation when he was feeling abandoned in life.

It was 3 years ago when Raj was sad with pains, a friend brought him to church to hear the word of God and get solace from worries and pains. But he had not been regular and had completely stopped visiting the church. When the miseries struck him hard he stepped into church again.

When he was just less than a week in the church, he lost his job and that could have devastated him. But the effect was much reduced as the church was talking encouraging and comforting words to him that eased the stress and gave him the strength to look for another job. In few weeks he got another job.

The greatest enemy for Raj was his loneliness. It is during the lonely moments, people tend to worry and bring up negative thoughts. So this intervention of the church eased his stress and negativity.

Raj was feeling protection all the time being associated with church. Whenever he had big pains or some unbearable circumstances, pastor will give prayers and sometimes the church elders would pray for Raj. The most comforting to Raj were the words spoken…."provide bro Raj with your mercy lord. He needs your protection and save him from all miseries". These words were spoken loud and authoritatively. This made Raj feel very good and relaxed. He was able to relax mentally and rearrange his thoughts to face his hardships.

Most of the people in the church were from very humble back ground. Many were from poor families and have found great comfort and protection in the church.

Raj loved to visit the church more after he came to know of the power and inspirational sermon the Pastor used to give. 

Gradually he got friendly in the church. All in the church became like a family to Raj.

Sometimes he was requested to be an emcee for worship service that lasted for 2 hours. Raj worked on his speech and used such opportunities to speak in front of people. But surely he was getting stuck quite often. More than the speech content he had to work on his mind to unblock the clogs of doubts and fear. But surely the power in the church would give him all the strength.

Raj could faintly hear a thunder roll up behind those dark clouds. He was also like the clouds. His thoughts were blocked and darkened by the bitter experiences. But now a dose of simple positive thinking was clearing up the darkness at the surface. Much more to go deeper, but what is the use if only thoughts are becoming positive, there still remains the problems he was facing. But the positive thinking was bringing in tiny hopes to live and enjoy. So many years of just thinking and thinking and quietly drowning in sadness all alone by himself had made him captive. He could not think or act. His emotions were lost and he did not feel any care like before as he himself was bereft of care for a very long time... he knew at the bottom of his heart that he cannot pull along for long as pains and loneliness has a limit to the mind. Mind cannot take more and can collapse one day. So this intervention by motivational speeches and church was having a profound effect in him. As he was feeling hope in these, he would listen to it often and again and this had great impact on him and others...

He got the inspiration to write and slowly got back the confidence to solve all his problems..

 

 

Be Washed by Pastor Chris

Be Washed

 In John 3:5, Jesus told a full grown man that he needed to be born again of a spiritual birth which consisted of water and spirit. (notice two distinct elements WATER and SPIRIT)..

The devil has many false christian preachers that teach that the "birth of the water" refers to a man's physical birth (since there is a watery fluid involved at birth). That teaching is one of the cheapest, cop out, deceptions in Satan's arsenal to deceive people about the IMPORTANCE of baptism.

John 3:5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and [of] the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.

Notice carefully that Jesus was declaring what a MAN had to do (not a baby), and that Jesus was referring to a RE-BIRTH; being BORN AGAIN. He could not have been referring to the fluids of a baby's birth. HE was telling a grown MAN how to be BORN AGAIN. Oh, it sounds real convincing to look at it as "physical birth", unless you consider that he was talking to a MAN, a grown MAN telling him how to be RE-BORN (spiritually). And if that isn't enough to convince you, then just look at how WATER and SPIRIT are BOTH elements in the plan of salvation that was preached at the birth of the church:

Acts 2:38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

Water Baptism in Jesus name is what washes away sins because of the shed blood of God.

Acts 22:16 And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord.

Let's look at another verse that Jesus spoke (and I hope that no one would be so shallow and deceitful to suggest that a non-believer would even consider baptism)

Mark 16:16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.

The same God that said Water was part of the RE-BIRTH also declared "and is baptized" as part of salvation. How could the Bible be any clearer?

In John 3:5 Jesus was talking to a GROWN MAN telling him about a RE-BIRTH. Also, as a matter of fact, a baby are born IN water NOT 'OF' Water. Of course, Jesus was not speaking of a "re-entering" of the womb for the second birth, but rather the spiritual results of baptism.

John 3:3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily , verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

John 3:4 Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born?

John 3:5 Jesus answered, Verily , verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.

A MAN is re born of water by being water baptised in Jesus name. (for the remission of sins).

Acts 22:16 And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord.

If you are in the snare of a false preacher, it's not going to be "OK", unless you get away from him/her/it and find a true church. Denominal preachers are only deceiving souls into hell.

Mat 15:14 Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.

Mat 7:13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Mat 7:14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

But some of you like your false preacher, don't you? The Bible addresses that scenario as well.

2 Tim 4:3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;

2 Tim 4:4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.

 

May this blog helps. God Bless