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My Last Sunday Here At MBBC Imus

Baptizing my own fruit Jeff Saquilayan on October of 2008.

Baptizing my own fruit Jeff Saquilayan on October of 2008.

Leading the college students of Imus Institute in prayer

Leading the college students of Imus Institute in prayer

A fraction of the big crowd that came during our 10th Foundation Day December of 2008

A fraction of the big crowd that came during our 10th Foundation Day December of 2008

Today is my last Sunday as the preacher-in-charge of MBBC Imus. Starting tomorrow, I shall be preparing for my move to a starting congregation in Taguig. I have served in that locality last year, although in different circumstances. But I am excited about the new challenges that shall come my way as I help jumpstart this new work.

Thank you to my Senior Pastor for having entrusted me the work here in Imus. He gave me this chance to prove myself as a servant worthy of handling a full-pledged congregation, and by God’s grace I was able to make it grow by leaps and bounds. That same trust will be my guide as I start at Taguig

Thank you to all the supportive and loyal members of the Imus Congregation. I sure do appreciate all the help and prayers you have given His servant for the last one year, two months and one week. I will definitely bring with me all the wonderful times we have spent serving the Lord here in Imus.

As I move on to the new work in Taguig, pray that God would continue the ball of good results rolling for us there. It will definitely be a totally different fight there, but it will sure be a challenging one as well. I’m looking forward for the members and their zeal for the work there.

I will be praying also that God would continue the good things He has started with you here in Imus. Keep up the good work!

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Why

(a very heartwarming song by Nichole Nordeman. watch and listen to a video of this song)

We rode into town the other day, Just me and my daddy, He said I had finally reached that age, When I could ride next to him on a horse, That, of course, was not quite as wide.

We heard a crowd of people shouting, And so we had to find out why, And there was that Man that my dad said he loved, But today there were tears in his eyes.

And I said, “Daddy why are they screaming? Why are the faces of some of them beaming? Why is He dressed in that bright, purple robe? I bet that crown hurts Him more than it shows. Daddy, please, can’t you do something? It looks as though He’s gonna cry… You said He was stronger than all of those guys… Daddy please tell me why… why does everyone want Him to die?”

Later that day, the sky grew cloudy, And so we had to go inside, Somehow dad knew things would get stormy, And, oh, was he right, but I could not keep from wond’ring if there was something he had to hide.

So after he left, I had to find out, I was not afraid of getting lost, so I followed the crowd, to a hill where I knew men had been killed…

…and I heard a voice come from the cross…

“Father, why are they screaming? Why are the faces of some of them beaming? Why are they casting their lots on my robe? This crown of thorns hurts me more than it shows. Father, please, can’t you do something? I know that You must hear my cry… I know I could handle a cross of this size, but Father remind me why… why does everyone want me to die? Oh, when will I understand why?…”

“My precious Son, I hear You screaming, I’m watching the face of the enemy beaming, but soon I will clothe You in robes of My own, JESUS, this hurts Me more than You know…

…but this dark hour, I must do nothing, though I’ve heard Your unbearable cry…

…the power in Your blood, dispels all the lies, and soon you’ll see past their unmerciful eyes…

…look there below…

…see the child, trembling by his father’s side?

Now I can tell you why…

…he is why You must…

…die.”


My Life Verse

Let me share to you my life verse, found in II Timothy 2:15:

STUDY TO SHOW THYSELF APPROVED UNTO GOD,

A WORKMAN THAT NEEDETH NOT TO BE ASHAMED,

RIGHTLY DIVIDING THE WORD OF TRUTH.

This verse has taught me to be a LEADER, a LEARNER, and a LEGACY BUILDER. Nobody graduates from being life’s students. We can cut class, but we can never skip the tests. We can choose to drop out, but we can never be kicked out. At the end of our lives, either we PASS or we FAIL.

Our final grade will depend on how we have come to know the Great Master in a personal way; on how we have come to terms with the undeniable truth: that we are imperfect sinners; and on whether we choose to resolve this on our own selves, or if we humble ourselves before Him, and ask Him to be our Lord and Savior by faith.

Nine years ago, I was on this crossroad. And I am so glad I was led to choose the right path.

I dare you to make this choice. No regrets.