Being Church Together As Family

29 03 2011

We encourage each extended family to live close to each other. Being church may change not only the way we live but also WHERE we live. It takes a commitment to do this, a commitment to love and care for each other deeply. The early church didn’t just live ‘from house to house’ simply because they liked each other. Living together is their ‘default’ system. So, we ate together, drink coffee or tea together, play together, do gardening together, do market together, do laundry together, pray together-sing together-laugh together- doing things together. It is organic-church-life, it is JESUS-LIFE-TOGETHER. This does not make you busy at all for the hours that you spent to do market, etc together is the same as other saints. We don’t do meetings but we meet a lot. We don’t do ‘scheduled’ meetings but meet ‘spontaneously’ instead. How can you plan a schedule to meet when you just live next door? So, we don’t do ‘prayer meetings’ but we pray a lot! We don’t do ‘Bible Study Meetings’ but we discuss the Bible a lot – while we do gardening, laundry, walking, playing or having coffee. Everyday we meet over coffee or a meal. Everyday, just as the early church. We help one another, we buy meds for each other, we pay bills to each other, we buy rice for each other. We don’t have ‘Christian neighbors’ but we are FAMILY. We don’t sponsor a brother or a sister to school, we HELP them. We treated one another as our own family members. It is not about ‘pastoring a member’ as you see in modern churches but it is FATHERING AND MOTHERING YOUR NEXT GENERATION as your own ‘children in the Lord.’


The Wolf is Coming to CEBU!

26 03 2011

Houses That Change The World
Speaker: Wolfgang Simson, author
Date: April 16th, 8.30am to 6pm
Venue: Church Of Our King, Mango Square Mall

Something that makes me laugh…and then think!

23 03 2011

“Because they are reading leadership books!”

“Exactly!” I thought as I laugh out loud.

Jomie [one that Albert made into a disciple], after preparing a tea and while I’m reading the book of Hebrews, sat down beside me on a chair holding one of John Maxwell’s leadership book.

After I’ve done reading 7 chapters of Hebrews I scrolled backward and starts reading Titus. It says, “Paul, a servant…” As soon as I read that, in a long silence of the night I said to myself. “Why in the world many have called themselves “leaders” yet Paul calls himself “a servant?”

That first sentence up there was his comment without a pause! Why? I didn’t know that he reads John’s book until he blurts those words. Then he switch reading into the Cebuano Bible.

Lead the lost, Serve the found

There could have been a lot of things that has been done already by having a servant attitude and character than by telling others what to do. Servants does all the work while leaders does all the talk, mostly. Yes, setting as a model is not about talking but letting them see how.

There is leadership indeed but not ‘among’ saints but to the lost. We are led by the spirit to ‘lead the lost,’ we are led by the spirit to ‘serve the found.’

Though many of you express gratitude of my writings and eagerly waits to arrive in your inbox. Forgive me as I do not write ‘weekly’ or ‘every thursday’ like delivering a sermon on Sundays and so I must have one day to prepare, dig the Word to preach it. I do listen to God, though I hear Him often but nothing like He wants me to write it down. It has been awhile since I jot down something. My last article was about my dream, and God gave me the exact words to say, and clearly enough He wants me to jot it down. As if a continuation of our conversation with God, I rose up directly from my dream and sat on the computer.

Below is a quote from the Movie, The First Knight, King Arthur speaks of this words and I hope it resonates in your heart:

“Brother to brother…in serving one another we become free.”

It is not really about ‘leadership but ‘brotherhood.’ Or for feminity sakes, ‘sainthood.’