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Grateful for the privilege of serving in my alma mater, PCGS. (Photo by: El Cid Sayson)

Ever heard someone say “I love you” but still flirt around others? Ever received promises then only to find out that the person who promised you something didn’t really mean what they said?

Not that thought provoking. We know a lot of stories of heartbreaks and pain. Yet, we are just like that with God.

We claim to be Christians but we don’t really mean what we say. We promise God everything but give Him nothing.

To walk in God’s truth means TO DO what He says.

What is God’s truth? Why do we believe God? (more…)

I encountered this question and got stuck with it. I mean, being a skeptical person, I am one of those who would raise his eyebrows when people say “God spoke to me” or “I dreamt something and God was impressing upon me”. Not that I don’t believe that God can use different ways in talking to people (If He can make a donkey talk, as in the case of Balaam, or talking directly to people like He did in the time of Moses), I believe that He has given us the Bible, His written word, and it is complete (meaning we don’t have to add or subtract to it) and it is relevant today. I’m not gonna open up the topic of tongues and prophecy, but rather talk about signs. So the question is…

Does God still give signs today? 

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Revelations. Revealed.

Posted: March 18, 2015 in Ma-Papel (Paperworks)
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This letter talks about eschatology, or the study of the end times. The Apostle John had a vision in the island of Patmos, thus writing down what will be happening before the coming of Christ, during the coming of Christ and after the coming of Christ. If we would summarize the letter, it is that Christ is coming soon. We are told to stand firm against compromise and persecution because Christ is returning real soon. We are called to live a holy life in light of the coming of Christ. The letter is aptly titled “revelations”, which means uncovering, unveiling or disclosure. (more…)

Hey Jude!

Posted: March 18, 2015 in Ma-Papel (Paperworks)
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This letter is written by someone who used to be skeptical about Jesus. He is, after all, the half brother of Jesus. His other brother, James, wrote a letter to the church in Jerusalem while Jude writes to the same church. This is one of the shortest letters in the New Testament. This letter is about contending for the faith in the midst of apostasy, that is defection from the faith. The feel of this letter is similar to 2 Peter. While Peter’s letter anticipates the coming of false teachers, Jude deals with them. Jude tells us what an apostate is. An apostate is someone who is ungodly, morally perverted, deny Christ, defile the flesh, rebellious, revile angels, dreamers, ignorant, corrupt, grumblers, fault finders, self seeking, arrogant speakers, flatterers, mockers, someone who causes division, worldly minded, and without the Spirit. Thus, we have to remove them in our churches, take away their teachings and have nothing to do with them. (more…)

3 John. Expounded.

Posted: March 18, 2015 in Ma-Papel (Paperworks)
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The third letter of John is a personal one. This letter is a rebuke to Diotrephes but at the same time, a commendation to Gaius for his kindness. The whole idea of the letter is about hospitality. This letter focuses on the goodness of God, and that Christ is truth. Strong words are seen here as condemnation for those who don’t follow the standards of welcoming the saints. It is balanced by commendation for those who show kindness to God’s people. At this point, reading the first two letters of the three part series should be enough to nail the point on who to welcome and who to refuse, however, in this case, Diotrephes was rude to the ones he was supposed to welcome. (more…)

2 John. in 2 paragraphs.

Posted: March 18, 2015 in Ma-Papel (Paperworks)
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Second John deals with the church as they have welcomed false teachers into their homes. These false teachers have taken advantage of Christian hospitality and thus John addresses the issue that love must be discerning. He warns the readers of his letter against showing hospitality to false teachers. He teaches that the basis for Christian hospitality must be common love and interest in the truth. Thus, this letter talks about Christian hospitality, the basis, the behavior, the bounds and the blessings of Christian hospitality. He talks about God as loving God and at the same time, God of truth. (more…)

1 John. Defined.

Posted: March 18, 2015 in Ma-Papel (Paperworks)
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John the Beloved wrote the largest in a three part series in Ephesus around 90 – 95 AD. He wrote about the fundamentals of the faith and about demonic teachings as he needed to expose the beginnings of a heresy that is threatening to destroy the early church, particularly Gnosticism. Clearly, he wrote about light vs. darkness, truth vs. falsehood, and the victorious life in Christ. Much of the book is about God as light and love. He also emphasizes on a holy Christian walk before the Lord. (more…)