Monday, December 17, 2012

MERRY CHRISTMAS from Metro Bohol Christian Church

We may not have all of what the world could offer, but having a family that brought each other right before God, is more precious than Gold.... Thank you disciples for a great celebration !!!

MBCC Christmas Anime - In Young and Fun Way  
















and the winners are....

The Brightest Star - Grand Winner

Created by: Eda Pacot - Made from a Coconut Tree Materials


Disciple's Choice

Created by: January Samson - Made from Avon Brochures

Runners Up

Created by: Alvin Commendador - Made from garbage materials of Raul Pabilando

Created by : Vivian Belmonte - Made from a Coconut Tree Materials

CONGRATULATIONS !!!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas



It's a time of sharing talents and artistry to celebrate the Holiday Season....

 Presenting 2012 MBCC - Create & Decorate A Christmas Star Contest... Pick now your choice.


It all started from a fun desire.... 


 



That let everyone recognize a talent within - from God's craft...





So slowly waving a bamboo stick... 













... and tie it with a magic tape....


















a bit hard.... for sometimes it won't stick.



So we decided, "why not make it a contest?"


So everyone could participate...


and create the one that everybody would call ...   THE BEST !





VOTE NOW !

Voting will be until Dec 15, 2012; 10PM.... Enjoy!

MBCC 4th Year Anniversary Video

Metro Bohol Christian Church after four years of God's faithfulness!!!
video

Thank you for all who always been there and supporting the mission here in a Beautiful Island of Bohol.

TO GOD BE THE GLORY !!!

Monday, May 28, 2012

May 26-29 Quiet Time Series



DAY 26
FINDING JOY THAT SURPASSES YOUR CIRCUMSTANCES
Colossians 1:11-12

I remember on the day after my graduation in high school. During that time, I was so busy looking for a summer job to help me support my college education. So I applied at any company where I will be qualified.

I also applied in a MANPOWER agency.  They interviewed me and gave me a recommendation letter. Fortunately, when I submitted it to a fast-food chain, I was hired for a job. I did not inform my parents, sisters and friends, but they noticed that there was something different with me. I couldn’t keep it to myself but to share the joy of having a job at the age of 17 that time I was turning 18.

When you have the abundance of life in Jesus Christ, it’s going to show up. You can’t keep it to yourself! You won’t have to look for people to share Christ with; they will be looking at you if you truly have the joy of the Lord. And you’ll have the privilege of telling them that the difference is the Lord Jesus Christ!

In every situation in life—the good and the bad—Jesus makes all the difference. It’s the unspoken joy we have in Him that makes life really worth living. It’s in following Him that we find meaning and purpose. And when we do, the lives we live will be remarkably different because we have a hope beyond compare!

MAKE JESUS CHRIST THE CENTER OF YOUR LIFE AND YOU’LL EXPERIENCE REAL JOY THAT GOES BEYOND YOUR CIRCUMSTANCES.
Halbert Tillor

DAY 27
WARNING AGAINST STORING FOR YOURSELF
AND NOT RICH TOWARDS GOD
(From the e-book: A Guide to New Covenant Giving by Jim McClarty)
Luke 12:16-21

First we need to understand that having money, wealth or substance is no sin, in and of itself. Money is an inanimate object. It cannot do righteous works and it cannot sin. It has no soul or capacity to reason. The relative good or evil attached to money is determined by the heart of the person who owns it.

For some, money is a useful tool, used for the benefit of many and the advancement of the Gospel. For others, money is a cruel taskmaster and the cause of their spiritual downfall.

Paul picked up on that concept and wrote to Timothy that men of corrupt minds, destitute of the truth, supposed that gain was godliness. They fooled themselves into believing that financial superiority was tantamount to spiritual superiority. But, they were wrong. And, Paul instructed Timothy to withdraw from such folk (1 Tim. 6:5).

This is more than just clever wordplay. Monetary, worldly gain is not godliness. But, being content with what God has given you is great gain. You gain peace of mind. You gain faith and trust. And you gain the approval of your Father in Heaven. The English translation “the root of all evil” in this passage is better rendered “the root of all kinds of evil.” Paul was not saying that every evil act or thought was inspired by money, but that money was the source of a great many types of evil deeds. Because of money, many had failed to comprehend the true faith and ended up sorrowful. Money can act as a temptation and a trap. And, the love of money leads to all kinds of mischief and trouble.

Trust that God has your best interests at heart. He is too holy not to do that which brings Him the greatest glory and He loves you too much not to do that which is for your greatest good. He knows what you need before you ask. Nevertheless, Jesus taught us to ask. That way, we recognize that God is the provider and sustainer of all that we have and are. And, if we seek His kingdom and His righteousness, the One who owns everything is committed to providing for our needs. It really is that simple.
Meditated by: Raul Pabilando

DAY 28
THE LAW OF RESPONSIBILITY
(Taken from the book: BOUNDARIES by Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend)
Galatians 5:13-14, John 15:12
Many times when people hear a talk on boundaries and taking responsibility for their own lives, they say, “That’s so self-centered. We should love one another and deny ourselves.” Or they feel “guilty” when they do someone a favor. These are unbiblical views of responsibility.

The Law of Responsibility includes loving others. The commandment to love is the entire law for Christians (Gal. 5:13-14). Jesus calls it “my” commandment, “Love each other as I have loved you” (John 15:12). Anytime you are not loving others, you are not taking full responsibility for yourself; you have disowned your heart.

Problems arise when boundaries of responsibility are confused. We are to love one another, not be one another.  I can’t feel your feelings for you. I can’t think for you. I can’t behave for you. I can’t work through the disappointment that limits bring for you. In short, I can’t grow for you; only you can. Likewise, you can’t grow for me. The biblical mandate for our own personal growth is “Continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works out in you to will and act according to his good purpose” (Phil. 2:12-13). You are responsible for yourself. I am responsible for myself.

An additional theme in the Bible says that we are to treat others the way we would want to be treated. If we were down and out, helpless and without hope, we would certainly want help and provision. This is a very important side of being responsible “to.”

Another aspect of being responsible “to” is not only in the giving but in the setting of limits on another’s destructive and irresponsible behavior. It is not good to rescue someone from the consequences of sin. You have reinforced the pattern (Pro. 19:19). It is the same principle spoken of in child rearing; it is hurtful to not have limits with others. It leads them to destruction (Pro. 23:13).

A strong strand throughout the Bible stresses that you are to give to needs and put limits on sin. Boundaries help you do just that….

Raqz Culango

DAY 29
STAND UP FOR JESUS!
1 Corinthians 2:14

What do you think is the most quoted verse of Scripture in our culture?  You might be tempted to say John 3:16, but I don’t think that is the one. I believe the most popular verse is Matthew 7:1, which says, “Judge not, that you be not judged.”  This verse is frequently quoted by nonbelievers when people like you and I attempt to tell them where they are mistaken about spiritual things. People say things like, “Who are you to judge me? Didn’t Jesus say not to judge?”

You see, as followers of Jesus we face a natural resistance when we present the Gospel’s perspective. And in this verse, Paul explains why this happens. He tells us that spiritual things are foreign to the person who doesn’t have a relationship with Christ. They lack discernment in this area.  So we shouldn’t be surprised or hurt when we are reprimanded by unbelievers when we dare to show them where they are wrong. We still must dare to share the good news of the Gospel!
Don’t let a reprimand cause you to lose your courage, rather stand up for Christ.  When you come across cultural, ethical, and moral debates, speak with conviction and with compassion on behalf of Christ and his Word!

DON’T LOSE YOUR COURAGE, RATHER STAND UP FOR CHRIST.
Halbert Tillor

Saturday, May 19, 2012

May 21-25, 2012 Quiet Time Series



DAY 21
THERE LIES GOODNESS IN EVERY HEART
Psalm 27:13-14

As I watch news programs, I become suspicious of how safe the world is to live in. The news is jam-packed with reports of hideous crimes happening everyday. It is also shocking to know that offenders are getting younger and younger. Because of these alarming events, people are becoming aloof and reserve. They fear that anytime soon they might be the next victim. To trust is hard. People are cruel. We endure every day with worries.

But the psalmist said that there is still goodness in the land of living. There is God and where God is, there is love and goodness. Personally, I am confident that in every man’s heart lies goodness. Thanks God for being here.
Ruby Digal

DAY22
ACTION
Proverbs 16:7

My other quite time is entitled “Decision”. As for me, decisions are nothing unless or until we will make it into a reality.

Let me share with you my experience few days ago.   I heard indirectly that some of my co-workers are planning to make a “petition” for me. Same as before, they protested against me. But I lifted up everything to God. In my prayer, I asked God to bless them, for the Bible says “Bless those who persecute you, bless and do not curse, bless those who do bad to you. Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good” (Romans 12:21).

After my prayer, I made cards for them. I approached them and still begged God to take away the anger in me. It was not easy but I did it for God. I wanted them to see God in my life. I want to love them, understand them and be compassionate to them and for the moment I want to build friendships with them. Soon, by God’s will and only God knows and I pray that some of them may become disciples.

Irene Glinogo

DAY 23
RENEWING STRENGTH
Isaiah 29:29-31

Playing the role of a leader in life is not that easy at all.  I realize this at these times. Being a youth leader in our barangay takes so much self-denial, understanding and physical effort. But at the same time, you are playing your responsibility as a leader.  There must be COURAGE - a strength that I believe we draw eternally. My faith to God is the number one thing that sustains me to be a leader. Because of Him I am able to ignore my fears and accept my failure. God is the infinite and best source of strength.
Rowena Digal

DAY 24
THE LAW OF SOWING AND REAPING
(Taken from the book: BOUNDARIES by Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend)
Galatians 6:7-8
The law of cause and effect is a basic law of life. The Bible calls it the Law of Sowing and Reaping. “You reap whatever you sow. If you sow to your own flesh, you will reap corruption from the flesh; but if you sow to the Spirit, you will reap eternal life from the Spirit. (Gal. 6:7-8 NRSV).
When God tells us that we will reap what we sow, He is not punishing us. He is telling us how things really are. If you smoke cigarettes, you most likely will develop a smoker’s hack, and you may even get lung cancer. If you overspend, you most likely will get calls from creditors, and you may even go hungry because you have no money for food. On the other hand, if you eat right and exercise regularly, you may suffer from fewer colds and bouts with the flu. If you budget wisely, you will have money for the bill collectors and for the grocery store.

Sometimes, however, people don’t reap what they sow, because someone else steps in and reaps the consequences for them. If every time you overspent, your mother sent you money to cover check overdrafts or high credit card balances, you wouldn’t reap the consequences of your spendthrift ways. Your mother would be protecting you from the natural consequences: the hounding of creditors or going hungry.

As the mother in the above example demonstrates, the Law of Sowing and Reaping can be interrupted. And it is often people who have no boundaries who do the interrupting. Just as we can interfere with the law of gravity by catching a glass tumbling off the table, people can interfere by rescuing irresponsible people. Rescuing a person from the natural consequences of his behavior enables him to continue in irresponsible behavior. The Law of Sowing and Reaping has not been repealed. It is still operating. But the doer is not suffering the consequences; someone else is.
Today we call a person who continually rescues another person a codependent. In effect, codependent, boundaryless people “co-sign the note” of life for the irresponsible person. Then they end up paying the bills – physically, emotionally, and spiritually – and the spendthrift continues out of control with no consequences. He continues to be loved, pampered, and treated nicely.  Establishing boundaries helps codependent people stop interrupting the Law of Sowing and Reaping in their loved one’s life. Boundaries force the person who is doing the sowing to also do the reaping.

It doesn’t help just to confront the irresponsible person. A client will often say to me, “But I do confront Jack. I have tried many times to let him know what I think about his behavior and that he needs to change.” In reality, my client is only nagging Jack. Jack will not feel the need to change because his behavior is not causing him any pain. Confronting an irresponsible person is not painful to him; only consequences are.

If Jack is wise, confrontation might change his behavior. But people caught in destructive patterns are usually not wise. They need to suffer consequences before they change their behavior. The bible tells us it is worthless to confront foolish people: “Do not rebuke a mocker or he will hate you; rebuke a wise man and he will love you” (Prov. 9:8)

Codependent people bring insults and pain onto themselves when they confront irresponsible people. In reality, they just need to stop interrupting the law of sowing and reaping in someone’s life.

Meditated by: Raqz Culango

DAY 25
HOW IS MY TRUST IN GOD?

When I am afraid, I will trust in him.
For He hid me in the shelter of his wings.
God was upon me in good and bad times.
Where can I go from your presence?
You showed me the way till now, my Lord.
I can’t think of a life beyond God.
I have seen my life change for the better.
I do not know where to go if I have no God in me.
I have experienced a lot of blessings when I’m unworthy to receive.
He strengthens my weak knees, and made my bones strong
So I can give an encouragement to others
There is no one like you, Oh God.
I will trust in you.
Rosalie Natural

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

May 16-20, 2012 Quiet Time Series


DAY 16
SUFFERINGS ARE GOD’S GIFT
1 Peter 4:12-13

It is amazing to know that we all have sufferings as servants of God. 1Peter 4:12 states: “Dear friends do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you.”

I believe that the challenges I went through last year was true.  It is biblical that we all go through trials. Indeed, it was not a big mistake but rather an opportunity for me to learn the lessons straight from God.
Betty Belmonte

DAY 17
FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT
Galatians 5:22-26

By the grace of God, through Jesus Christ, we have received the Holy Spirit. It is a privilege for us to live a life by the Spirit.

Living a life with the Spirit is the best life that we could experience or live. Let us all keep the fruit of the Spirit in our lives. We must see in our daily living the love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and of course the self-control that will really bring out the true fruits of living a life with the Spirit.

Remember, against all those things there is no law. Are we living a life that is full of the fruits of the Spirit? If we do so, then be grateful and keep it. And if not, then we can start right at this moment. Such fruits are part of the Spirit, we can’t produce it on our own, that is why we need to always and keep in touch with our Producer.

Keep praying. God is just waiting and listening. God bless you.
Alvin Comendador

DAY 18
MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO BE RIGHT WITH GOD
2 Peter 3:14

There is no life here on earth that is more rewarding than being right with God -- no worries, no pretensions, no guilt and no slavery over sins or being in prison of the lure of the world.

What matters most in your life lately? Are you enjoying the little heaven that God put into your heart here on earth?

We may be tempted to think of ourselves as more than God.  This is the strong enemy we have in our spiritual battle yet we always have an option to make things right before God.

Make every effort to always be right with God.
Romeo Samson Jr.

DAY 19
DO THE RIGHT THING
Philippians 1:9-11

In this verse, I learned a lot from the heart of Paul through his letter to Philippians.  For the last few weeks, I have been trapped by thinking of myself and worst, I compromised in my thoughts by thinking of something which is not helpful to my relationship with God. I feel defeated. I feel sorry and want to ask God for forgiveness.

“As I continue my life as a Christian, I need to understand your grace, your mercy, your love, and your words deeply, so that I can ignite my fire once again and be useful once again in your kingdom. Through this, I believe that with your guidance, I can overcome but I need to do the things first with sincerity, honesty, with love and persistence, with prayer time, with meditation on the Bible… with You to ignite my fire once again, God”.

“Please guide me”. Thank you.
Julian Baga

DAY 20
GOD’S DISCIPLINE
Hebrews 12:5b-7a

God is merciful and He gave us Hid unconditional love.

I remember one of my major subjects in school that was very challenging for me. I tried my best but it is not good enough. I asked myself, “Why it is so difficult to handle this subject?” Then I texted my classmates and asked if they finished their project, but most of them were also not done yet. The reply messages that I received from them were all negative, the same with my thoughts. Worries came into my mind. I stopped doing my project and prayed to God. It was a 5 minutes prayer to God and I learned that was God disciplining me. God reminded me that He is in control.  He disciplined me so I may have total reliance on Him.

The lesson that I’ve learned is that God is a powerful God and no one can fathom His power. God wanted me to be vulnerable before Him. Truly, with God, all things are possible.
Vivian Belmonte