Starfish Magazine Latest Issue

25 09 2011

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UPDATE 9-11

24 09 2011
Hi, this letter was intentionally sent to you. You have subscribe to my site.I felt to do it this way: letting you know our ‘update’ – what’s going on with us here with confidentiality, except whoever you feel God would lead you to share our faith to.

What’s going on here is so fragile, that honestly, we are very cautious now to receive friends around the globe and nationally. Many have heard about what’s going on here and express to see it. Unfortunately, others are wanting to become a part of it by ‘adding’ something, in all honesty, they took advantage of us. It makes us grieve since even us could not even find one hint to be a part of the glory.

One thing for sure before I elaborate the things that takes place here in Cebu, as you receive this ‘update’ – though with ‘confidentiality,’ you are of course very welcome to be a part of us as me and my wife and the family here knows you. Either we have meet once or more or the way we correspond each other have built such enough relationships and trust over the years.

I trust you and want to affirm, that as you receive this, we receive you as our family in Christ, a part of our extended family.

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“You are interrupting me Molong.”

16 09 2011

Amazing how we can do something without God’s Spirit leading us!

In the process of making disciples the way God does He has already challenged me right from the beginning. I am so tired of following a pattern, a model, whatever. Although, I want to see something new but still I thought that this ‘new’ would still came from other people’s thoughts and ideas. So much a human could do without God – not only that we’ll miss the point [that’s it’s all about Him] but also in danger of loosing lives just because we interrupted Him!

To my surprise He said, “Molong, if you want to taste the fullness of the Holy Spirit, you have to trust me fully.”

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Weakly Meetings v/s house-to-house

13 09 2011

We do things together, being church as a family, live from house to house. No buying and selling but giving and receiving – shared everything in common. At most, that’s whats going on as we keep going on…

It’s about the Kingdom of God my friend, not so-called ‘house church’ stuff, new style of doing endless meetings. Even if that kind of style who won a Grammy Award Winning type of church could not compare how the early church meet from house to house – they do not live in community – there is only one kind of church – a hundred fathers, mothers, brothers and sisters. It’s how Jesus defines it!

It’s not about having meetings with people but their relationships – look how they love one another! I always say this: there’s a big difference between ‘talking about life’ together in meetings once a week and ‘doing life’ together in a daily basis from house to house. My goodness, how can you have a schedule having Bible Study when you can just sit down with me having coffee every morning and discuss the Bible? Simply because you live next door to me.

A brother who says, “How was your wife? How was your kids? blah blah blah…?” Simply because he’s not seeing you and your family in a daily basis. Let’s say, about teaching and correction and rebuking? One guy trying to teach me and correct me – my reply? “Hey brother, where were you yesterday hey? And where will you be living tomorrow?”

Living house to house like in the NT way, is not a principle to follow – sorry, that’s just the result of who they are and what they are made of! – new creations born from above, loving and caring for one another. 58 one anothering in the Bible, how is it possible to do that? Simple, change your priority – live next door to each other.

Living together doesn’t make you love one another as quick as you can- as iron sharpens iron- the crook of the matter is their relationships. It is when we disagree and still together [forgive one another], it is when people around us will trust us. “Look, how they love one another deeply!”

As the Wolf says, “They may hate one another yet still love another.”

Or take heed what Gary Goodell’s advice: “If you want to be family then stop meeting. You cannot be family by having them.”

Recently, one of the new disciples here comment, “If there is a meeting then, it is not family.” I look at her in the eye and thought, something that has captured her being – family.

Or as Mike Peters says, “The Great Commandment is really just helping one another how to love Jesus more and how to love one another more.”

If there is a kind of ‘ministry’ that you need to be focusing, specialize on this!

 

 

 





“Papa, where are you going?”

12 09 2011

Every time I leave house either buying food or meeting someone or whatever. My daughter would always approach me and ask, “Papa, where are you going?” This determines her next question: “Can I go?”

So, one morning that’s what she did. Sometimes she would go with me and it’s fine. I love to be asked at the same time. Sometimes, she just leave me and continue playing with her friends. And sometimes, she forces herself to go with me. Sometimes, I will let her go and sometimes I told her she can’t go with me this time.

Then as she goes on with her usual routine, I thought about it while on my bike. “There is something in here. What do you want to tell me Lord in this situation?” I ask Him.

“Molong, if you believe that I am on the move, ” He replied, “then you should be asking where am I going.”

This determines my whereabouts, daily.

And honestly, most of the time. I stayed home. Better. 🙂





A to Z of what?

9 09 2011

From: Galen Currah <galen@currah.us>

What do you think are some of the biggest problems to solve (or obstacles to cross) to get church planting movements (CPMs) going among all unreached peoples (UPGs)?


Alphabet soup of obstacles to CPMs amongst UPGs (and elsewhere)

Abstract messages unrelated to the facts of the original Good News. (See bottom of this message.)
Big-group tactics that fail to train individuals in needed skills
Coaches wasting time on favorite personnel who do not carry out plans
Dependence on external sources of finance that cannot keep up with opportunities
Elders who do not meet biblical qualifications or do not perform biblical duties
Foreigners in charge of local workers, enforcing irrelevant methods
Groups combining folk from different ethnies, languages, backgrounds
Home groups run like little chapels with one guy doing all the talking
Identifying the gospel with despised, national, Christian churches
Judging locals as too unreliable, incompetent or unwilling to win others
Killing off the first believers by insisting in public baptisms or Christian symbols
Local leaders who do not empower workers to obey all Jesus’ commandments
Methods, means and materials not appropriate, affordable or available 
National workers motivated only by money and social advantage
Ordinary believers left to rot in chapels, who could start home cells
Public meetings, preaching, baptisms, instead of quiet, secret methods
Quick reproduction of believers, disciples and churches believed to be unsafe
Relatives are ignored in favor of individualistic spirituality
Staying too long in unresponsive towns or social groups
Timothies who do not know how to train others, in turn
Uninformed mission leaders who mistake nationality for ethnicity
Vested interest in non-CPM-related activities, ministries and theologies
Westerners who count other cultures and languages too hard to learn
X-factor “additive” quality favored over “reproductive” quantity
Youth and children counted as too young or too stupid to obey Jesus
Zero receiving and following of directives revealed by the Holy Spirit

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1. This is the Good News that Jesus commanded and that his apostles announced.
2. God has fulfilled all that his prophets foretold in the Scriptures about his promised “Messiah”.
3. God sent Jesus,  anointing him with his Holy Spirit and with power. Jesus went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil.
4. Although Jesus was the holy and righteous one, lawless men killed him by crucifixion. It was God’s plan for his Messiah, the Author of Life, to suffer and to be put to death, for human sins. Afterwards, men buried his body in a tomb.
5. Third day after his death, God raised up his servant Jesus from death back to life. After this, Jesus appeared for many days to many men who knew him. God has given assurance to all men but exalting Jesus up into heaven as Leader and Savior.
6. God now commands everyone everywhere to repent from his wickedness, and to turn from the power of Satan to God. Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ.
7. God will forgive you of your sins through Jesus’ name. All who believe in Jesus are freed from everything they have done, and Jesus makes them clean.
8. God is going to judge all people everywhere, by Jesus whom he appointed Judge of the living and the dead. Jesus has commanded his followers to tell this message to all people everywhere.
9. After Jesus rose from death, he appeared to those who had lived with him and saw him being exalted to the right hand of God. God chose these men to serve as witnesses to these things.
10. God gives his promised Holy Spirit, with power, to those who obey Jesus.


*Luke 24.44-49; Acts 2.22-25, 32-38; 3.13-15, 19, 26; 5.29-32; 10.38-43; 13.28-33; 17:1-4, 29-31; 26.18-23; 1 Cor. 15:1-8
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