What is Truth?

What is Truth?

Joh 18:37 Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice.
Joh 18:38 Pilate saith unto him, What is truth? And when he had said this, he went out again unto the Jews, and saith unto them, I find in him no fault at all.

In the world we have many beliefs, religions, cults, Sects and denominations.
Sometime it is very difficult to know what is truth and what has been made up.

Pilate knew something was up with Jesus but he could not tell for sure.

Jesus, told everyone in this passage, how we can know the truth when He said:Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice.

Go to the source

It is pretty simple. In Christianity, we also go to the source. Our source is the word of God

1Jn 2:27 But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.

The Holy Spirit guides you in all truth. You feel that truth yet if you allow a lie to be taught to you over and over, you will accept that lie. Believe the truth that you first received.

It did not mean you never needed a teacher but this was for those who would seduce you from the truth:

If you work somewhere and an employee tells you, “Oh, it’s a holiday tomorrow” but you did not hear that before, what should you do?

Go to the source. The source is the first place truth will come from. In other words, go to the boss.

1Jn 2:26 These things have I written unto you concerning them that seduce you.

I have seen in so many places, Pastors, who have taught for years, who have large Churches, turn to the reformed theology.

Let me ask you, what were they teaching before? A lie? Why should people follow them now? Because they say they have the truth???

So many have been seduced because they want preeminence. They want to teach a new thing, The old Gospel isn’t appealing to them anymore.

Jude admonishes that we (Jude 1:3″)…earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.

To seriously fight/defend the faith. Which faith? The one that was ONCE delivered unto the saints.

The one the Apostles shared. The one that brought us to salvation.

Should we now say that God chose us with His eyes closed for salvation and others for damnation??? Of course not. That is a different Gospel. Let those who preach it be accursed.

Jude 1:4
Jud 1:4 For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.

This is like sleeper cells. Have you heard of them? The Terrorists move to a neighborhood and stay there for years. There goal is to get everyone to rust them and then they blow something up.

The Bible says this is what it is. These people may look good, have large Churches, well recognized in the community of believers and at a certain time they will blow it all up–Introduce the lie.
They were pre ordained to this condemnation.

Oh we see it today so nice and clear. Pastors who stole millions from their congregations or corrupted the morals of young women, Pastors who offered up entire congregations to Satan. Pastors who were pre ordained for this condemnation.

Who are you following?

As your Pastor I love you but it is your obligation to study yourself, becoming approved by the Lord.

Too many Pastors have gone to colleges that have taught them philosophy and psychology and various religious wrongs. So many come out of school wanting to espouse a new thought or a new idea. They think they are scientists trying to find the cure for cancer. Let me tell you something folks, Christianity needs no cure— it is the cure!

Those who try to change it are imposters, they are no friend of God and are of no use to God’s people. Throw them out.

It is not within my power to say who is and is not saved but listen to this:

Jud 1:5 I will therefore put you in remembrance, though ye once knew this, how that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed them that believed not.

Perhaps many believed they were saved. Many looked like they were saved and acted as if they were saved but when it came down to it, they really were not saved and God destroyed them and will destroy those unbelievers among us.

The true man and woman of God seeks to please Him in all that they do. They seek to understand His will. They love His laws and love to obey them. Their lives depend on God to survive. Without Him there is no hope.

Is that your God?

If your God isn’t a 24hr God you need to re-evaluate

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Morality Check – Basis for Reference

Let me ask you something, Do you have a morality reference book?
What I am saying is, how do you know what is right or wrong?
Now I am sure , growing up you were taught things by parents and other friends and relatives and they may or may not have been correct.
Mom may have taught you not to hurt anyone for no reason. Dad might have said, treat your wife good.
Your friend Charlie might have said it is Okay to cheat on your wife if you feel you no longer love her.
Who is right? You might have answered, Mom and Dad was right and Charlie was wrong. At least I hope you did.
Char;es Mansion ordered deaths of innocent people, Bernard Madoff ripped off people for Billions of Dollars. Did they believe that was OK? You might say Manson was a nut but wasn’t Madoff also? Isn’t it beyond the norm to cheat people?
How can you tell without a rule book?
What about Homosexuality, abortion, Transsexualism, adultery?
Years ago we would have said no to all of them but today more and more are saying its fine. What has changed?
Instead of going to Church, reading the Bible and becoming productive men and women in society many have turned to “self morality” It is the I think, I believe, I hope, I reason, I guess. That last one really sums it all up. After all, what is your personal knowledge without an intelligent source? A Big fat guess!
Would you get in your car and go on a long trip with no money and no map? Ridiculous you say?
Than why do you go through life wondering if there is a heaven or a hell. Will I be sentenced to hell? Is there punishment for sin? Then you answer it, “Well I hope or I think” C’mon, that is the most foolish thing I have ever heard.
For Six thousand years men have studied the Word of God for all truth? All the above things are in there. The book was written over that period by about 40 or so writers separated by time and miles yet all their writings fit together as if they all sat there and wrote it together at one table.
Hundreds of prophecies have been fulfilled, miracles attested to and the Greatest, Jesus has been attested to not only by friends but by His enemies.
His miracles, claims to be God and all his actions can be seen in His Holy Bible.
If morality comes from my head it is on;]ly one man’s morality but if it comes from the Bible it is Universally God’s.
Do you have a better Answer?

pasteThis is a great sign and almost true. It should read, Personal morality could be doing WHAT SEEMS to be right regardless of what you are told. When I was three we had a gas on coal stove with a side arm hot water heater. My parents told me over and over that it was hot. Despite being told, I did what I felt was right. I touched it, burnt myself and found a new right.

It also should say FAITH is doing what you are told no matter what you THINK is right.

Psalm 14:1 The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.

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Come, Let us reason together

I read somewhere about old Jewish men and how they debated an issue. It would go back and forth each giving their points until they came to a conclusion.
What a novel approach to civility.
Have you ever had a discussion about two candidates running for President? You might be telling your wife the good points of your choice and she might respond with, “Well, I don’t know honey, this other guy seems to be pretty good.”
At which point you bang the table, start telling her why you hate her and how she is the stupidest person you ever seen and you are leaving and want a divorce.
Silly eh?
Yet it happens all the time on Face Book. Face Book is a place where if you are pro gun you defend that, if you bake cakes, you defend that. If you are a knitter, all your accomplishments are posted on your page. There are car enthusiasts and sports lovers right up there with animal lovers and save the spotted owl people.
In life, everyone has their opinions. In the U.S., the land of liberty, everyone has the right to hold their own opinions, proclaim them and others have a right not to listen.
Here is an example. I am not a sports person. If you are and that’s all you talk about, I might tell you that I am going to stop following you. Not block or unfriend, just unfollow. I will uncheck the follow button and I will not get your sports updates. I will tell you why. “I’m not into sports” and I will also tell you that you can contact me directly by posting on my site.
Gee, that sounds so easy. So intelligent.
So why don’t others do that? I know some issues are hot but that’s life. I have seen people almost kill each other over sports. That is not too intelligent and perhaps the parties need anger management or at the least, display some discipline.
I had a couple of people just block me because I was against the senseless murder of human beings inside the womb. I said it that way because that is the way I see it. Someone else may say it is about removing tissue form an orifice. I am passionate. Maybe they are too yet I do not block them. I might unfollow them. I will assume they have no real knowledge on the subject and will refuse to learn. Maybe they do also but where is the fight? Unless I am physically restraining them from having an abortion why would they attack me for my belief?
I also believe homosexuality is a sin. It is right up there with adultery, murder, pedophilia, lying , cheating…
I don’t hate those people, I hate what they do.
However there are those who do not see it the same way so instead of unfollowing me, they attack me and block me before I can intelligently respond.
Some people have been with me for some time.
Let us reason, together.
These are the same people who claim everyone else should be tolerant unless it pertains to them.
Now I have a system of belief. I believe in the one true God of the King James Bible.
Quite frankly, most sins don’t bother me and normally I would have no opinion had I not believed in God.
God wrote a book. The same God who created life and planets and so on, moved men’s hands to write the Bible.
That is my standard and that is my absolute.
Those who argue with me do not believe in the same God that I do. They don’t believe in the Bible or that God is concerned with the affairs of men. They have their own morals. Getting drunk and cursing is fine. Many that I know have those morals. Cheating on your spouse, abortion, lying for the “right” reason. Lying on your income tax (it’s only the Government—ooops-we the people)
There are some very nice people that have their own morals and sometimes they work out until they back the wrong horse. MY grandparents would die if a family member would “shack up”. My parents eventually went from also believing it was wrong to saying, well, after all, it’s the 20th century (Before 2000)
What does time have to do with it? If you base your morality on a consensus then you are not going to be in the ark when the flood comes.
So, as you can see, my morality comes from the unchanging God who has been known by so many for over 6000 years.
Those who do not believe in the Bible of in God have no moral compass. Is it whatever they say it is which makes me more confused because if they can have their own morals why can’t I?
So, I invite you to debate me, or unfollow me with a reason attached. Don’t stop being my friend because you like green and I like purple.
Hopefully, one day we will reason together.

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Raising Support For Your Missionary Work

The Method
Various denominations have different ways of raising support. Some have funding from the Organization but if you are an Independent Baptist, you are pretty much on your own.
After eight years of pondering, (I am sometimes slow to grasp concepts) I believe I have come up with some answers to the way it should be done.
It is obvious that when one is called to the mission field it will require funding but from where?
Most Baptists have a plan called deputation in which the intended Missionary will call and set up appointments with as many Pastors as he can so that he can go and present the case for his work.
Once at the target appointment the Missionary will present the work, usually by a slide or dvd .
There may be a question and answer or some preaching and the Church will give a love gift, perhaps take him out to dinner and hopefully, sometime in the future he will contact you and say that they will pick you up for so much $ per month.
What is the Goal?
Well the goal is usually put on the Missionary by his Church or a Mission Agency. (This is not Biblical)
I have heard Missionaries to the Philippines who were told unless they have at least $4000 per month support, don’t go.
If that was the case I would not be in the field writing this right now.
We as rational people should do some planning as to how we will live, budget, housing…The goal would be reaching that which you have set as to what it will take for you to go to the field.
We need to believe that if this is God’s mission, He will pay the bills. How much should the missionary be doing is the question. I heard one man say, “Don’t set a dollar amount, set the time”
With any decision we make I must emphasize that you must have the will of God in all things. This is not an instructional, step 1, 2 ,3… as to how to reach the field. This is what I have found and it is to open your mind and your awareness of God speaking to you no matter how He does that.
Making a date (With no feeling of opposition from God) is just like Gideon with his fleece. God does not oppose fleeces as long as it is an inquiry as to His will in your life.
We made a date. Let me tell you, unless you have the money to go your date means nothing so unless God has approved your date you will not be going.
God Approved Our Date
How do we know God approved the date? Well, we had no money for the airfare for the four of us (wife and 2 children)
God provided a donor who was not a Christian, Lived in Dubai and saw our website. A little aside here. A website lets people know your plans, your accomplishments and your needs and God uses your best efforts that He has inspired you to do. Many people criticized our website as not being God’s will.
Today many of them have the same type of websites.
So we received the funding for the air fare and to ship some books. Then we had a free house offered for our use, near the Church. It was fully furnished and we used it for 3 &1/2 years. Praise God!
We did some deputation but although we were promised much, in actuality the promises were not fulfilled.
There were many who said one thing but did another and much of deputation (except for a few wonderful experiences) was bogus for us. Looking back I see it was not important. We did what God told us to do. It did not depend on our presentation or the Pastor of the church. If we were going to be supported, God would move those He chose to do it. Whoever refused would not be blessed and those who obeyed God would be blessed.
uses your best efforts that He has inspired you to do. Many people criticized our website as not being God’s will.
Knowing When It’s Time

This is the easy part. When the date you set is near and you have your plane tickets and know where you will be staying, you then have positive knowledge of the time.
We raised $550 per month and that was to pay all the expenses of our family as well as running a Church.
Ridiculous eh? We have seen a lot of people return to the States because they could not make it financially. All of them had more than us. So what is the secret?
Don’t look to man. We would look one way for money and it would come from another. It never came when we thought but many times it came before we thought. This all verifies the fact that God pays His bills.
Does that mean people should not give because God will take care of us? Of course not. If God has motivated you to give and you refuse you will not get the blessing He had for you. I did learn that not everyone would be motivated. This too is God’s plan for our lives.

I also learned that God sometimes holds back His blessing to let us learn to depend on Him more. This is His will and you will just need to endure it.
Lastly, What kind of ministry will you have?
I believe I would have enjoyed a ministry down at the beach with palm trees swaying and holding services in the sand. Unfortunately, God called me to Payatas one of the poorest places in the Philippines. Do you know what? Even there are no palm trees or beaches and money is always tight, there is no better place for us because God put us here and sustains us.
Preaching the Gospel. Teaching the children, watching the various ministries build up the community, is all the blessing we need.

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When life seems like “enough”

1Ki 19:4 But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree: and he requested for himself that he might die; and said, It is enough; now, O LORD, take away my life; for I am not better than my fathers.

Elijah had done some fascinating things during his ministry. God was with him and blessed him everywhere he went. He was troubled by many yet each time he faced his foes with God’s strength and was able to resist and to repel them.
One day after rebuking King Ahab and being threatened by Jezebel that she would kill him, Elijah ran away.
He ran long and far and completely exhausted he sat down under a tree and said to God, “It is enough…”paste
Have you ever felt that way? Have you ever said to God, it is enough?
I believe God tests all He loves and takes them to their limits but never past them.
Job experienced it after a long and excruciating endurance of Satan’s attacks as he cursed the day he was born. He never went against God and neither did Elijah but they just showed their frustration.
Job, after God yelled at him and Elijah, after God showed him His power, were both brought to a better place. Job was restored everything tenfold and Elijah went up to heaven in a chariot of fire.
Many times I feel the testing of God pulling and pushing me into new strengths. Sometimes I want to scream out, “It is enough” but then I ask God to give me more strength. I ask Him not to take me so far that I will cry out, “It is enough.” I want to pass His tests.
Sometimes I will get a bit grumpy and complain and my wife will say something like, “Hold on, everything will be alright.” I will answer and say, you have been telling me that for fifteen years now! Yet I know she is right. With every passing of a test come a raise in grace from our God and He will fill me with peace which means, we’re cool!
I try to explain to my wife that no matter how “Christian and Godly” one is, if you drop a concrete block on their foot, they will scream. They may have great faith and now they also have great pain.
Lastly, it is alright to spout off once in a while. Try to keep it between you and God and try not to let the whole world see. (They are working on their own issues and don’t need yours also)
God knows how hard you try and also that you are human. Sometimes I say, Father, I know you are always right so there is no need to try to argue (I would always be wrong anyway) but I would ask for a bit of peace. Do you know what? He gives it to me.
So don’t forget, no matter how difficult it gets,  like Job and Elijah, in the end we will always win with God.  paste

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How NOT to Divorce Your Missionary (A true story)

(Note: I received a reply to this. I would not have made this public but the Pastor threatened me to tell others about it instead of answering my question which he did not believe he needed to do. His response was less than cordial and perhaps that will be a subject for another day.)

A Missionary is someone who has been called by God to go preach the Gospel, usually to a foreign land. It is recognized in the Christian community that the missionary needs financial support to keep them operating.
Paul spoke about this in many places as well as calling out the Corinthians who promised a year before to support him but never did.
It is not necessary to confirm the fact that God uses individuals as well as Churches to support the missionary in his work but how far does that commitment go?
I got this letter the other day from a former supporting Church. I first had to Face Book , email and leave voice mail on their phone until I finally received this response:
“Bro. Wilson,

I received your message concerning support over the last three months. We sent a letter to you (or your missions agency) about our need to discontinue support. We have had to make some unfortunate adjustments to our missions budget. We apologize for this inconvenience and we appreciate your understanding. It has been our privilege to partner with you over these years and we pray God will continue to bless and use your ministry.

Sincerely,”
(Name left out to save embarrassment to the offending party)

Here was my response:
Bro XXXXX,

I never received such a letter. Additionally, The XXXXXXXXX Baptist Church and Pastor XXXXXXXXX made a commitment to support us. In the eyes of God, it resembles a marriage commitment. Could you imagine a man sending his wife and children a letter saying I am not going to support you any longer, be warm and fed?

XXXXX Baptist has a huge amount of missionaries that they support and I am sure that you have not cut them all off. How did you make your determination to cut us off?

We started this ministry with $550 per month to support our home, our family of four and to build a Church and outreach. It slowly grew to where it is today at $1200 or should I now say $1100 per month. Does one of your more than 100 missionaries work on such a budget?

I have a 21 year old car that I have to repair at least something on it, once a week. We cannot even afford to walk into a McDonalds.

Yet with all that we have brought the gospel to thousands of people. Every adult in our Church is well versed in the presentation of the Gospel and even most of the children. When you go door knocking with the Church, do you see your children squatting in the road, presenting the Gospel to others? How many Churches can claim that?

We are in the poorest of the poor areas of the Philippines where the Infamous Payatas dumpsite lies. Hundreds were killed there when the landslide rolled over their makeshift houses some years ago. That is the life for these people.

We show them Jesus by teaching them academics. Some of these children are in classrooms with 80 other children. Our children excel in their studies. We also teach English so they have at least a future working in a call center instead of digging in the garbage. We do not just tell them, “God bless you, be warm and fed”.

I could go on and on but if you had looked at our websites or went to our photo website with over 20,000 photos or went to our “Updates” on our Church site where we have documentation of every month we have been here since 2006 to the present, you would have already known that our mission has done the job you have asked us to do. That’s right, when you said you supported us you actually took us on as your missionaries. We sent you a letter once every three months but even more so, we sent a monthly report by email. How many do that?

So, I really need to know. How did you make your decision to cut us? You could have reduced everyone by three quarters or even one half. Why would you cut your poorest people off?

I might add this. If there is a problem now with attendance it is not because you are a bad preacher. I heard one of your sermons. It was pretty good. Ironically it was about what a good Church was and in it you described ours to a “t”. The problem lies in the connection between man and God. Only you know what will repair that.

We will survive. The only reason I am writing you this letter is to show you that how you make decisions are cruel and unjust.
They affect people. They affect the missionaries and the people they serve. Did you know that the food my children eat comes from our supporters? Your decision is without care or concern and I really do want a reply to find out how you made your decision.

BTW, I know missionaries don’t usually tell others what they think. I do. I believe if Paul was here, he would tell you a lot more.

Love God and your Church and let God build it. He Will.

Needless to say, as of this posting, I have received no response from the Pastor.
Now, I could understand if there is a financial problem but the question still exists, “How was the decision made?”

There are “famous missionaries” who have tons of support and if I checked, I could almost guarantee that they were not cut. So, someone determined we were not relevant and just cut us.
Let’s look at his meager response once more:
“I received your message concerning support over the last three months. We sent a letter to you (or your missions agency) about our need to discontinue support.”
They sent me a letter. He is not even sure where he sent it. It shows that he has no idea who we are or has any concern for us. It sounds like a Dear John letter.

“We have had to make some unfortunate adjustments to our missions budget.”
This is what our mission was deduced to. We are now the result of an unfortunate “adjustment”. It sounds like chiropractic gone seriously awry.

“ We apologize for this inconvenience and we appreciate your understanding. “
I always hated this insincere, canned statement, “We apologize for this inconvenience”
When my internet has been down for three weeks I hear that from the Company. That is not inconvenience. I paid for a service I did not receive. That is robbery.
In the case of the church which promised to support us and our budget depends on that support, the inconvenience may mean less food for the kids or some other “inconvenient” factor. Remember, when your budget is $1,200 per month and it is cut to $1,100 something terrible has to give.
“We appreciate your understanding”
Understanding of what? We are confused, hurt, disappointed and perhaps a little jaded but we are not understanding.
You never told us why you cut us. With probably over 150 missionaries, why us? Was it because we had the least money and were the least relevant? Tell me again what you have told us that we might understand? Did you call and ask for our opinions or prayers? Did you ask us how it would affect us?
Does this for a moment seem like a Christian organization dealing fairly with another one?
It has been our privilege to partner with you over these years and we pray God will continue to bless and use your ministry.
Then we get the old, “Be warm and Fed”.
It could not be clearer. We were just divorced. No reason given. The Church will suffer and that will be it.
I only pray that the way they treat others will be the way they are treated.
Finally , the last word sums it up.

“Sincerely,”
I do believe this Church does not have a chance to survive if this word is really how they feel. They are “Sincerely determined to divorce a poor church with many children”.

If you are able to help with any amount of money please click the link, read over the page and give. It could be a one-time gift at the bottom of the page or a monthly automatically deposited support starting as low as $5 per month.
Thanks for your consideration.
http://www.payatasmissionoutreach.org/donation.asp

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World Vision – Another of the Devil’s Org.’s waiting in line to destroy Christianity

President Richard Stearns made the announcement that World Vision, the organization that is listed in Forbes as one of the top 10, will no longer discriminate against homosexuals who are “married” that claim to be Christian.
His announcement: “Changing the employee conduct policy to allow someone in a same-sex marriage who is a professed believer in Jesus Christ to work for us makes our policy more consistent with our practice on other divisive issues.” Other divisive issues? Perhaps like “born again bank robbers” Or The “Christian spousal cheaters club”?
This was an announcement that must have given many a leftist organization a shiver up their pant leg.
Whether it did or not it was the result Richie was looking for when he made it. Oh the greed of some people. Perhaps he said to himself, “We are taking everyone in for $1 Billion a year but wait until all the left gives to us also!
Of course when his plan backfired he quickly put on the Jimmy Swaggart tears and cried out. I’m sorry!
He’s sorry because now he just might lose his job unless he can somehow convince so many gullible Christians that he truly is a herald of the word of God and it was just a moments loss of reasoning instead of a long planned, drawn out, detailed attempt to subvert the Organization.
I can’t see a comeback but as the saying goes, “There is a sucker born every minute”. The entire board should be fired as they heard and probably had to vote on this demonic plan. Short of removal of the current board and putting some high profile guy like James Dobson at the helm, I see it as doomed.
Did you know that Stearns made $379,861 last year. You might say well, that’s not a lot for someone in his position. However when you are taking the hard earned money of Christians who intend to help the poor, supplying a luxury home or vehicle for the President is not on their mind. Additionally, these salaries are offset by tons of perks so that you never really get the feel for what he makes and many are geared as a proportionate percentage of the income.
I am not saying it is wrong to support large organizations but when I think of how our Organization has to beg for every dime, as we live humbly, drive a 21 year old home made vehicle that we have to repair once a week. That we need to beg every year when it’s time for our own children to get their books for school. That we cram a hundred odd bunch of people in a tiny rented building. I can go on. Perhaps some is jealousy for sure. We dream of a $5 Million dollar complex which would support a school from K-h4 and a large Church and an outdoor covered court for outdoor evangelism on a weekly basis. To have a medical clinic in a place that if you have a heart attack you will die because there is not enough time to get you to a facility and perhaps not enough money to pay them to save you.
Take a look at our Organizations. First there is Payatas Mission Outreach which is based in Riverside , California. It’s purpose is to raise and transfer funding to Payatas. Payatas is in Quezon City, Manila, Philippines. It is the place where many died in a landfill landslide some years ago. It is a place where the littlest, cutest children roam the streets with a sack over their shoulder looking for garbage which can be sold for rice.
Come look at the photos: http://payatas.phanfare.com/ There were over 20,000 at last count
These photos document our work, this place, the achievements…
Come look at our diary: We call them “Updates” http://www.payatasbaptistchurch.org/update.asp
It is here you have a literal diary of all that has happened since we got off the plane in Manila on July 21, 2006
Come look at PMO (Payatas Mission Outreach, Inc) Our parent organization: http://www.payatasmissionoutreach.org/
Come look at our Mission Church, Payatas Quezon City Baptist Church And Ministries, Inc. (PBC)
http://www.payatasbaptistchurch.org/
Read about our need for a compound: http://www.payatasbaptistchurch.org/letsbuild/
Go to http://www.1ph.org and click all the links
The truth is, there is so much written about us so you can see exactly who we are.
Stop throwing money away to people who do not have God’s interest or yours in mind.
Donate: http://www.payatasmissionoutreach.org/donation.asp

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Why is the Philippines a Third World Nation?

I’m just guessing as technically, I don’t know all that goes on behind the scenes but let’s give it a shot.

Utilities: We have Meralco the Electric supplier with its monopolistic grip on the Country. Just recently a new owner came in and said he wanted to raise all the prices. The Supreme Court said no, which by the way was a pleasant surprise. So Meralco said they will have many brown outs if it is not permitted to screw er cheat er raise the prices.

I have been waiting about two weeks now for them to change a light bulb in a street lamp. I call, get hung up on. Call again and the supervisor promises to call me back but never does. In two weeks I have been hung up on about a half of a dozen times and had four supervisors tell me they would check into it and call me back which they never did. One supervisor told me it was already changed. I told him I was looking out the window and could not see the street so his report was erroneous.

Meralco has blackouts galore and 1-2 second shutdowns as many as five per day at different intervals.

Maynilad: Our water supplier. We have water when and if they decide to supply it. Having a Church with maybe eighty people running around gives us a dire need to be able to flush a toilet. Their answer: Their responsibility is not to supply water. They only charge us when we receive it so if our service is interrupted, they don’t charge us. Have you ever heard of anything like that? The Government (which is supposed to be representative of the people) gives the Water Company the right to distribute water to the people and the Water Company distributes at its own convenience. They told us we had to pay a commercial rate because we were a house of worship. They did not say because we use more water than a normal residential residence (which we don’t) They did not say because we require special piping, valves, pumps or the like. (Because we don’t) They said because we worship God. Can you imagine someone saying that in the States? Lawsuit time!

Then we have the Telephone suppliers. As I write this I have no internet or telephone service once again. It is another Company that sends a bill every month and does not send enough service to go with the bill. Every time I turn around we don’t have service or the phone is very static. Then there is the time when it is just so slow. I mean you click a link, make a cup of coffee and then drink it as the page comes up. I am speaking of Bayantel but at home, Globe does the same thing. I have an outstanding complaint with Globe for over three months now.

That was the Utilities. How about police? The Jeepney rides along and comes to the main street to where a police officer is standing. You can hear the police asking for papers, and then you see the driver giving him money which he immediately slips into his pocket and waves the driver on.

Anywhere you go, a bribe is considered part of your operating expenses. I will never ever pay a bribe or contribute to the delinquency of this society.

How about the Government? I have asked Congressmen and councilmen to intervene with some of these problems but they ignore you. I have sent letters by hand to the palace only to be rejected by the guards. The President, of whom we all had high hopes, doesn’t even get our messages and quite frankly, I do not believe he has any idea where Payatas is.

You can not buy a chicken breast at McDonalds or any other place because the chickens here are sold so fast they don’t have time to develop breasts. Meat is atrocious. Chopped “sirloin” for hamburgers have 50% fat and a gallon of water added for weight. Supermarkets sell old meat. Many Filipinos have stomachs that can take the bacteria but many can not.

They say products are cheaper here. It’s true. You can buy a screwdriver for a few pesos. It won’t last you a day but they have them. If you did want to buy quality, you can find it but the prices are much higher than they are in the U.S.

Pollution is the worst that I have ever witnessed. If you come to Payatas in the wee hours of the morning, it will look like a city aflame. There are fires everywhere. The people have collected wire and are burning the insulation off to sell it for scrap. Sometime the wire is freshly stolen so when we arrive at the Church we do not have telephone service for want of wire.

Cars, Jeepney, truck, buses, and motorcycles all belch out black smoke and it seems that no one cares.

Babies walk around half naked (sometimes completely) walking in the streets as if no one is there to raise them. Older children carry bags to collect garbage to recycle. Many do not go to school so they can help their families.

The Philippines has a college in Laguna that grows many varieties of rice and is supposedly the foremost leader in the knowledge of growing rice. However less than 30% of rice is grown here. Why? Perhaps the kick backs are greater coming from other Countries.

I could go on and on but I am getting extremely tired. One thing I know is there is hope here at the Payatas Baptist Church and Payatas Mission Outreach. Our work is showing. We are putting out scholars and Musicians as well as good Godly citizens. If only we had more we could do more.
Take a look at our websites on the side of this blog. See if perhaps you might be part of changing this wretched place. We are praying that one day we will have changed this place by God’s hand into a City of God.

I don’t like to complain unless I can be part of the solution. I came to the Philippines to help. If you can’t come, please click the link and give.

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The Payatas Baptist Church

I love this Church. I really do. I refer to it as my Church, not because I am the Pastor but because I belong to it. Everyone here also claims it cheerfully as their Church. The happy truth about it is that it is really God’s Church and together we are all His.post
I read blogs and on Face Book about people who say the Church of God is in trouble. They say people are not attending as much as years gone by. They complain about the Pastor and about rules and in general, they complain about everything.
I also have seen some people how they spoil their children by giving in to their every demand. The kids pout and cry if their way is delayed. That is what I call a dysfunctional family and I am glad it does not represent my house or my Church.post
What Makes for a Good Church?
Just as in a family where there is a Father and a Mother who watch over their children, the Church is the same way.
We have one father, God, our shepherd and the Pastor, the under shepherd. Then we have ministry leaders, teachers and adults. Then we have teens and the young ones. It’s a system like Jethro, Moses’ father in law, shared with him. My great grandparents had sixteen children and it was a progression of leadership. The parents did not need to attend to every detail as each child was responsible for the next one down.
First, We have Rules.
I have heard so many complaints from others writing about their Churches against the rules. They point out that young people do not like them and they stop coming to Church.

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Wow, children who want things their own way. Who ever heard of that?
Children want rules. They want to know that you will enforce the rules. They will test the rules and in the end, they will enjoy the rules.
Rules show the kids that you care for them. Only strict rules work because if they do not see you being consistent, they will not respect your leadership.
It Works!
It works here. We have rules to come to Church when the doors are open, to not come late, to not speak when the Pastor is preaching or the teachers are speaking. We have rules about proper speech and being neat and respectful. We have rules about reading their Bible and practicing their instrument (if they are involved in music) or singing in the choir or going down to the basketball court to play basketball.
We have loads of good rules. These are rules that are needed for us to all coexist.
Anyone who has played some kind of a sport has experienced rules. In the sport, if the rules are not obeyed, the offender sits on the bench. It’s the same way here. By the way, no one likes to sit on the bench so they usually come around and join our society. If someone really can’t obey the rules, it’s too bad but we send them on their way. Wide is the way the Bible says and we do not cater to those who will not abide.
There is always going to be someone who cannot abide and does not have the discipline to be a functioning Christian. We do our best to bring them around but if not, we have to let them go.
We have pretty much the same rules for adults as for the children and we have a happy Church.
At any given time you can do a surprise visit to our Church and if everyone does not look happy something would be seriously wrong.post
Before the service starts we always have a group of kids who are singing songs or playing their guitars. Sometimes you will think the service has already started by their enthusiasm. Well, I guess it has started, wherever three or more are gathered…
The Church that Prays Together, Stays Together.
When I first started this Church, we had forty minutes of Bible study on a Wednesday night and then we had prayer. Come Sunday night I did the same thing. Someone said afterwards, “Pastor, do you realize we had prayer on Wednesday and you did it again tonight”. I said, “no I didn’t but it seems to be a good idea”. The more we pray the closer to God and so we have had Bible and prayer twice a week for seven years now.post
We do things together as a Family
We have Christian summer camp one week each year. We have Vacation Bible School for one hundred kids, we have Christmas Celebration and caroling. We have the Church Picnic. We go into the community every Saturday to bring the word of God to the Payatas.
We even hope and dream together as we pray for the vision of the PBC Compound where we will have a huge sanctuary and an outdoor covered area to evangelize thousands. We look forward to an auditorium where we can fit all of our musicians at one time and classes that will keep the sound of noisy vehicles and barking dogs away when we study and pray.
The Shepherd Knows His Sheep
I could start a meeting and immediately stop and say, “Where is so and so”?post
I know when a lamb is missing and they know that there are not too many good excuses for missing Church so if they are not there, I become concerned. “Have you seen them? Texted Them? Have they texted you”? If your Pastor isn’t worried when you don’t show up, change Churches!
That’s pretty much it. Having love for each other is essential. You should be able to forgive, to help each other climb the ladder and just be the person that God wants you to be.
Finally, There is no such Thing as a Super Pastor
Our Church is great but it is not because of me or anyone else. It is because when God speaks we listen. We have learned (mostly) to obey and to hear His voice.
I have heard people saying how we need to use the Hebrew and Greek and the KJV is not sufficient. I have had invitations to join Pastoral workshops on how to make a bigger or richer or better Church. I can not believe there are still people who think they have all the answers but most of them are not Pastors or have collapsing Churches.post
At PBC , God gives the commands and I pass them on and together we are blessed as we obey Him.
The bottom line is that it is working and working well. We are overflowing our Church with people, peace and joy and spreading the word to all that we can. Isn’t that the kind of Church we all should have?

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There’s a new Sherrif in Town!

999105_197409283777219_773545559_nI was pleasantly surprised after the election of the new Baranguay Captain. Within weeks of his taking office, there were lines painted on the roads to designate lanes. There were also traffic enforcers posted at busy intersections.

After seeing these things I actually got hope for this forsaken place of garbage.

The street sweepers are out doing their jobs and I don’t know for sure but I am supposing that this man has planned many things for this community.

Finally there has been appointed a person who cares about the people. If he does continue in this way he can easily become the most noted barangay Captain ever.

When I first came here I felt the need to pray for this place. The leaders were corrupt and were no assistance in helping the community to thrive. I have encouraged my Church to pray daily for the barangay Captain and all who have a hand in the politics of this place!

This man may just be that answer to prayer.

Mr Barangay Captain Manny Guarin, welcome. We wish you well. We want you to know we are praying for you.

Click here to go to his FaceBook page and thank him for a good job!

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