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The Heart of the Father (The Book of Malachi) by Pastor Alex Ruelo

The Heart of the Father (The Book of Malachi) by Pastor Alex Ruelo

The last verse in the last chapter of the book of Malachi, which is also the last book in the Old Testament says, “Look, I am sending you the prophet Elijah before the great and dreadful day of the Lord arrives. His preaching will turn the hearts of fathers to their children, and the hearts of children to their fathers. Otherwise I will come and strike the land with a curse.” Malachi‬ ‭4:5-6‬. After the book of Malachi, there was 400 years of silence before the book of Matthew. There were no prophets during those 400 years, therefore no word from God. Malachi thought the prophet hewas referring to was Elijah, but he was actually referring to John the Baptist who will pave the way for the coming of Jesus Christ. 

Why do we need to bring back the hearts of the fathers to their children?  What were they doing wrong during those times?  

  1. Malachi 1:7-8- wrong sacrifice

  2. Malachi 1:6-disrespect for God

  3. Malachi 2:8-going back to the wrong path

  4. Malachi 2:10-fighting among ourselves

  5. Malachi 2:15-betrayal in the family

  6. Malachi 3:5-oppression

  7. Malachi 3:8-stealing from God

So what does God want from us? He wants our best. He wants us to put to heart all of his teachings. He wants us to give importance to our family. He wants us to allow Him to cleanse our lives. He wants our tithes. He wants us to be humble. He wants so many things that He does not need. Therefore, it should be our privilege to give our best to Him. 

The Amazing Grace of God’s Love (The Amazing Homecoming) by Pastor Peter Aguila

The Amazing Grace of God’s Love (The Amazing Homecoming) by Pastor Peter Aguila

There is one question in the Bible, in the book of Mark, that says, “What is the first chief commandment?” And the answer is to love God with all of your heart. If this is so, there is only one reason why. God is love. And because of that, we ought to love

Why does God love His people? Even in the book of Hebrews, the great big question is, “What is man that He is mindful of him?” The one reason is because he made us. 

God created man for this divine purpose. If you are asking why you are alive at this time and why you are here, we have to understand that God who is the great creator created man so that we can have fellowship with Him in his Kingdom. No wonder He said, if you are going to pray, “pray to the Father.” And you are blessed if you accept the truth, repent for your sins, and given the privilege to be called a child of God. 

God helps us understand what was going on in the mind of the prodigal son in Luke 14. I think a lot of people are experiencing the same thing. Rebellion. In Zephaniah 3:1, it says, “What sorrow awaits rebellious, polluted Jerusalem, the city of violence and crime! No one can tell it anything; it refuses all correction. It does not trust in the Lord or draw near to its God.“  One person who does not realize that he is in rebellion does not want to accept any correction and does not listen to anybody.  Pride is the root of rebellion. And this is also why Lucifer fell. “I can do it. I will do it. I can. I will no one can stop me. This is what I want. This is my own way!” Thank God we know that we walk in God’s way. He is the way! There is no other way to heaven than through Him

What happened to man when he fell away? Where did man go? Where is he today?  What is he doing so he can go back? He was led astray, away from his journey. He is choosing the wrong things!  This problem of humanity resulted in sin which is the cause of poverty, crisis and sickness. The sad truth is God was really hurt when He saw that His creation fell away. I want you to understand how important God made us. God ceeated all things by a mere word. But when it came to man, God breathed on us. Ephesians 4:24 says, “Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy.” Man was created a little lower than the angels. But when man entertained the sin of pride, man became a beast, a monster, capable of doing terrible sins.

But thanks be to God and His love. He gave us a gift, the answer to rebellion and pride, and this is His Son, Jesus Christ.  Justl like Bartimaeus who was blind, he saw. Just like Magdalene who used to say I am a sinner, but because of Jesus, I am forgiven. Just like Lazarus who was dead, he lived again. Thank God we have this name, that whosoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved. 

How many of you are sure that you can come home when you realize that you made a mistake? The wonderful thing about the prodigal son is that when he realized this, he came back. The problem was not his father or his home, but himself. Not all children are worthy. But if you know that you have a home in heaven, are you going to think twice about going home? You do not even have to knock. God will open the door for you.

Nehemiah: Closing The Gap by Pastor Alex Ruelo

Nehemiah: Closing The Gap by Pastor Alex Ruelo


Nehemiah is the last historical book in the Old Testament. It is about building walls to protect the temple from any attacks and to ensure the continuity of worship. Walls represent power, protection and beauty. Is there anything you need to protect in your life? Is God telling you to protect yourself from something?

Nehemiah 4:7 says, “When Sanballat heard that we were rebuilding the wall, he became angry and was greatly incensed...” If you go to Israel, you will see that the walls around Jerusalem are made from big, solid rocks. I am sure they were made by man, cut to precision and put in place with strength that we can only imagine. Just like our service to the Lord. We give it our all but when we do things for God to try to close the gap, there will always be some kind of attack or opposition. It is a normal battle like the everyday miracles that are happening in our life. 

What do we do when the devil is in attack mode and we are doing the things that God asked us to do?

  1. Pray. And act. Nehemiah 1:11 says,”Lord, let your ear be attentive to the prayer of this your servant and to the prayer of your servants who delight in revering your name. Give your servant success today by granting him favor in the presence of this man.” Prayer and action go together. Always. You cannot pray and sit still. And you should not act without praying. Before Nehemiah even finished his prayer, God already told him what he should do.

  2. Predominate Nehemiah 13:25 says, “I rebuked them and called curses down on them. I beat some of the men and pulled out their hair. I made them take an oath in God's name and said: "You are not to give your daughters in marriage to their sons, nor are you to take their daughters in marriage for your sons or for yourselves.” To presominate means to exert controlling power or influence. It is difficult to lead, especially when ypur subordinates do not want to follow. But we must show them by example and start with ourselves. While there are some who still refuse to obey , sometimes we have to look past that and finish the work that is assigned to us.

  3. Put It Together. Nehemiah 13:30-31 says, “So I purified the priests and the Levites of everything foreign, and assigned them duties, each to his own task. 31 I also made provision for contributions of wood at designated times, and for the first fruits...”. To build a wall requires teamwork. We must learn how to delegate in order to complete a task. In our lives, God has sent people to help us “build” ourselves and “fix” things that need to be fixed. We must “use” them to finish the task He has assigned to us. We must follow through and do more than what is given.

Put God first.  Stand firm where you are called. Get used to God working in your life.  Finish what God asked you to do. 

The Book of Ezra: Return, Rebuild, Revival by Pastora Monique Lopez Ong

The Book of Ezra: Return, Rebuild, Revival by Pastora Monique Lopez Ong

Many people have been conquered by a lot of things because they have turned away from the Lord. In the same manner, there are also a lot of prophetic words and promises in the Bible that are slowly being revealed in our time. Back in the day, the book of Ezra was one of these. 

RETURN

In summary, the Babylonians have conqured Jerusalem, destroyed their temple and took most Israelites into exile. But King Cyrus has allowed the exiled Israelites to return to Jerusalem and rebuild the temple. He also asked his people to give the exiled Israelites everything they needed to do the latter, which is actually the fulfillment of a promise in Jeremiah where he said the exiles would return to Jerusalem one day. Who in their right mind would not obey?

REBUILD 

In the next chapters, the rebuilding of the temple has begun. But not without opposition. Many people wanted to help build the temple but with a different motive. Just like our Christian walk. A lot of people want to take part  of our journey towards Christ-likeness but are really hindrances to our growing faith. Do not let them in and do not be discouraged. The Christian walk is not easy. It is almost impossible without the presence of the Holy Spirit. Our eyes need to be focused only on Jesus. And just like the rebuilding of the temple, we may stop every once in a while, hit bumps along the way. But God is not letting us go.  When the Lord opens a door, it will never be shut. When God says hang on, His promises will never falter. Wvat is God’s promise to you? Wait for it. If God gives you a word and you do not obey, He will send someone else. But if you do so, it will be the most glorious thing. 

REVIVAL is coming when we obey. We are made right with God and there is a spiritual awakening  by the Holy Spirit which results in holy Living, evangelism and missions. 

God is setting us up for His greatness and for His glory. We should humble ourselves. 

We should fast and pre-confess our sins. And lastly, we should yield to God’s word. All the time. Everytime.

When God Is Silent by Pastor Joe Balaan

When God Is Silent by Pastor Joe Balaan


If God is silent, does that mean He is not there? There are instances when I pray but I feel that God is so distant. I keep praying but He does not answer. What if you are in the middle of a very big problem but you do not feel His hand moving in your life?  What will you do?

The Book of Esther is one of the 2 books in the bible where the word God is not written. There are no prophets and no miracles, but the presence of God is there. 

So what do you do when you do not feel God’s presence? 

1.Always have hope in the promises of God. 

In Esther 4, when Mordecai was telling Esther about Haman’s plans, he told her that if she keeps quiet, nobody will save the Jews. But Esther was not relying on her title at queen but in the God that promised to bring the Jews back to Israel, as prophesied in Jeremiah 29:10. 

If we don’t fee the presence of God in our lives, it is very important that we hold on to His promises. During this time when technology is so advanced that we sometimes get sidetracked and rely on it instead of relying on God, it is easy to forget what God has in store for us. We rely on what we can do and not what God can do. It has always been said,  “Nasa Diyos and awa nasa tao ang gawa,” but those words cannot be found anywhere in the Bible. Because mercy is with God and so is action in His hands. And that is precisely what Esther did. She knew God would not let them go because He is true to His promises. 

So what is stopping us from obtaining the promises of God?

A. Lack of knowledge on the word of God. Psalms 119:11 says  “I have hidden your word in my heart,that I might not sin against you.” Just like David, we have to know the word of God and use it to our advantage. Ignorance is our enemy. 

B. Pride. Esther could have just said that I am now the queen and yet, she never  used her position. She trusted that God would fulfill His promises to His people. 

2.Never compromise your faith. When we don’t feel the presence of God, we turn. Esther 3:2 says , “All the king’s officials would bow down before Haman to show him respect whenever he passed by, for so the king had commanded. But Mordecai refused to bow down or show him respect.”When we are in a tight spot, we compromise our faith. We make our own way. Daniel 3:18 says, “But even if he doesn’t, we want to make it clear to you, Your Majesty, that we will never serve your gods or worship the gold statue you have set up.“ We know God will save us, but if not, then he is still our God. 

Why do believers make their own way? 

  1. They take advantage of the situation- If the circumstances are not in our favor and we do not feel God, it is easier for us to commit our favorite sins.

  2. They doubt the word of God-In this time when we are so lost in our emotions, we think with our hearts and not with our brains. Let us not be emotional based Christians.

3.Obey the word of God diligently. Let us not be selective in our obedience. Hayman the Agagite was a descendant of Saul. Because Saul did not obey everything God asked of Him, the generations after him still suffer. There are some things in our lives that we cannot give up and they continue to inflcit pain and suffering on us until now. We have to hold on to His word so that we do not make the same mistakes over and over again. 

If we rely on God’s words and not on our emotions, it shows our unwavering faith to God during times when we do not feel His presence. His silence does not mean that He is not there. If we pray and we do not feel Him, we should pray some more. 

1 Kings 19:11-13 says, “Go out and stand before me on the mountain,” the Lord told him. And as Elijah stood there, the Lord passed by, and a mighty windstorm hit the mountain. It was such a terrible blast that the rocks were torn loose, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. And after the earthquake there was a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire there was the sound of a gentle whisper. When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his cloak and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave. And a voice said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”Amidst the hustle and bustle of our daily lives, if you are still and silent and shut you ears against the chaos of this world, I am sure you will hear Him.