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The King of my Heart by Pastor Alex Ruelo

The King of my Heart by Pastor Alex Ruelo

Let’s talk about the kings that once ruled and commanded Israel. Some kings are worthy, and some are not. Some do what is right in the eyes of the Lord while some do what is just right in their eyes.

19 But the people refused to listen to Samuel. “No!” they said. “We want a king over us. 20 Then we will be like all the other nations, with a king to lead us and to go out before us and fight our battles. (1 Samuel 8:19-20)

When King David unites Israel, there has been peace among the nation for a long time. Israel has no enemy and everyone feared David. Solomon succeeded David but after Solomon, Israel has divided again. Why? Before Solomon died, a prophet went to Jeroboam and told him that God will give him Israel. When Solomon knew about this he ordered to kill Jeroboam, and so Jeroboam went away to hide from the King. After Solomon died, his son Rehoboam succeeded him. The people told Rehoboam that they were treated badly by his father, and if Rehoboam would treat them right they would serve him as their King. But Rehoboam told them that he would treat them bad more than his father did. This triggered Israel’s revolt against Rehoboam and made Jeroboam their king. Just like the prophecy.

 

Now we have the Northern Kingdom and the Southern Kingdom led and ruled by Jeroboam and Rehoboam. Was this what the Lord wants—a divided nation? No, but everything was according to his plan

 

There may be kings that led us to destruction but the Lord gave us a King that will bring us salvation. A king will not just do what he wants to do. The one who will not just listen to what he wants to hear. But the one who will live and walk with God. And that is Jesus Christ.

 31 You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David. (Luke 1:31-32)

Out of all kings who ruled and reigned, there are the bad ones, the almost good ones, but only one who is perfect. Sometimes, we may want to be the ruler of our own lives. But as long as you let the wrong one reign in your life, you will not experience salvation. God gave us Jesus Christ. The promise was fulfilled. Jesus Christ will reign. He was the only king that is forever. And for me, he is my only true King.

Resurrection: Mercy and Grace of God by Pastor Macho Barroga

Resurrection: Mercy and Grace of God by Pastor Macho Barroga

Let us rejoice for Jesus has Risen! Let’s celebrate for the salvation God has given through Jesus’ resurrection. For this special day, let us talk about what is REALLY the meaning of Christ’s resurrection.

In Luke 8:40, it tells the story of how Jesus raises a dead girl and heals a sick woman. There are two characters in the story that has one particular similarity with each other. Jairus, the synagogue leader who has a 12-year-old daughter who’s in near death and a sick woman who’s been bleeding for 12 years. With their situation, Jairus, even he is a well-respected synagogue leader is asking Jesus for help and the sick woman in humility and fear, seeks healing in Jesus. They are both desperate. As Jesus walks to the house of Jairus, the sick woman touches the cloak of Jesus and instantly healed. When Jesus knew about the woman, He said to her that her faith healed her. While proceeding with their walk, Jairus’ daughter was pronounced dead. But Jesus said, she was just asleep, and as He speaks the girl was brought back to life. We can say the sick woman represents our faith while the dead girl represents second life in Christ.

For us believers, death is just our spirit being asleep. Which is why Jesus said, the girl isn’t dead but asleep. What Jesus is trying to tell us is death doesn’t have the last say; death will leave its captives and He will give us our second life in Him. The incident with Jairus and his daughter is a precursor for us Christians today. It is supported in 1 Peter 1:3-5, which says praise to God and in His great mercy He has given us new birth into a Living Hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead and into an inheritance that can never, perish, spoil or fade. It is kept for us in heaven and through our faith, it is shielded by God’s power until the coming of salvation. Jesus’ resurrection brings about our resurrection in spirit. He has given us Christians, new birth that we may choose righteousness and pursue the path to Christlikeness. It is also mentioned in Romans 6:4 that we were buried with him through baptism into death in just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we may also live a new life. In our resurrection with Christ, the Lord will fix and will make sure that your life will be put together in good. God surely works for the good of those who love Him. Just when we are lost, God will make a way to get us back into the right path. He will pursue us until we came back to Him because that’s how much He values His children and what’s good for us.

Let us think about what Peter wrote in 1 Peter 1, in transgressions, in pain, and in great sufferings, it is where God’s mercy and grace abounds. Through our faith, while facing these trials, our praise and glory to God are revealed. We must know that the resurrection of Christ is all about the mercy and grace of God. We do not deserve it but it was given to us, we are sinners but He gave us second life that is so great no words can explain.

God is talking to you this very moment, if you are in need of Christ, you just have to believe, you just have to have faith and act on that belief. If you want to be transformed, your faith must be accompanied by the right action and vice versa. Now you may ask, how can you do that? Surrender everything to Him and by everything, it means nothing left in you. The truth that you need to know is when you have Jesus you already have everything. Nothing can complete a man than the Lord. You must know that Jesus deserves the whole spot in your heart and soul; He cannot work in your life if there are still bondages that restrict you to fully embrace the Lord. Thank God for our salvation, thank God for the Resurrection of Christ.

Preach the Message by Pastor Peter Aguila

Preach the Message by Pastor Peter Aguila

Unbelievers lack the knowledge of what the Cross is truly about. Christians sometimes forget what is its message to humanity. Now let’s analyze why is this consistently happening to this day.

Paul said in 1 Corinthian that he is not sent to baptize but to preach the gospel—not with wisdom and eloquence. God did not send him to collect a following but to preach the Message of what God has done. He wasn’t sent to utter senseless words regarding the Cross. He was sent to spread the Good News and collect a following for Him—Jesus.

The Message that points to Christ on the cross is foolishness to those who do not believe and on the way of destruction but for us who are on the way of salvation, it makes perfect sense. It is said in the Bible that this is the way God works, and most powerfully as it turns out. For it is written: “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.”

Preaching the gospel—unbelievers say that it is foolishness. But God was pleased through the foolishness that was preached to save those who believe. For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.

We become wise people who are foolish of what God has done because we do not hear the preaching of what we call foolishness. We condemn those who we think is not capable of presenting the gospel. Let’s take a good look of who we were when we are called—we are not the “best and the brightest”. It should be clear to us that God deliberately chose men and women that the society dubbed as “nobodies” to expose the hollow pretensions of “somebodies”. We are to preach the truth and the truth is everything that we have—right thinking and right living, a clean slate, and a fresh start—comes from God by way of Jesus Christ. That’s why we have the saying, “If you’re going to blow a horn, blow a trumpet for God.”