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Use of Tithes

Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Wednesday, July 20, 2011,
Use of tithes 

Part of being a good steward (manager) of what God has provided is to give a portion back to Him. We pay the tithe, or 10 percent, of whatever we receive from Him. That tithe should be paid on our gross salary. It's not that God needs our money; rather, giving serves as an external, material testimony that God owns both the material and spiritual things of our lives.

The tithe is an indicator of obedience to all of God's laws. He is looking for the right attitude in our giving.

In...


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Why People Don't Give and What the Church Can Do About It

Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Thursday, February 10, 2011,

ve learned a lot from Ron Blue over the last 10 years. Ron has a way of taking complex ideas and simplifying them so that everyone gets the point. Think of the "5 uses of money" that he has been talking about for 20+ years: give, spend, pay taxes, save, and eliminate debt.

Money is complex, but Ron makes it simple. This is harder than it seems if you've never done it – and some people would even call it genius.

In his book "Generous Living," Ron uses a pyramid to outline seven reasons why he ...


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9 STEPS TO REACH YOUR GOAL

Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Thursday, February 10, 2011,
9 STEPS TO REACH YOUR GOAL

(I was blessed and inspired as I read the daily devotional from Rick Warren that’s why I uploaded it here after little editing. I’m sure that you will be blessed and inspired also as you read the wisdom from God given to Rick. All credit to the original writer and the glory always belong to God. Enjoy Reading!)

To get where you believe God wants you to go and be what you know God wants you to be, there are several steps you need to take that will get you focused -...

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10 Reasons Why Churches Are Broke

Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Thursday, February 10, 2011,

Here’s the list why churches are broke and the crowd of church leaders developed:

  1. People aren’t tithing.
  2. Pastors are afraid to teach on money, and, therefore, most people are uninformed of biblical stewardship principles.
  3. Assuming growth will occur. 
  4. Churches have taken on too much debt.
  5. Churches have budgets, but there is unwise spending and lack of controls.
  6. Money is diluted and going in too many directions because of overprogramming.
  7. People don’t make the connection between giving and etern...

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7 Steps to Achieve Your Dreams

Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Thursday, February 10, 2011,

I love and encourage dreaming, because I think it’s healthy emotionally and the process helps us accomplish great things personally and for God. We are told we serve a big, creative God, whose thoughts will always be bigger and better than ours, so dreaming should be natural to believers. Dreaming stretches the vision of churches and organizations, it fuels creativity, and many great opportunities develop first as a dream. 

The reality is that more people have dreams than attain them. Perhap...


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8 Ways to Know It's Time to Quit

Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Thursday, February 10, 2011,

How do you know when it’s time to leave an organization or company?  Sometimes, it’s more damaging to stay than to quit.  Recently, I was asked to help a friend think through his own decision of whether to stay or to leave his current position.  The following are some times to consider leaving.  I think these may apply if you are an employee, volunteer, or sometimes even a church member.


1. When your heart has left the organization and you don’t plan to stay permanently.  Sometimes, you ...


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Growing in Christ

Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Wednesday, January 12, 2011,

Growing in Christ

If I were to ask you what God's perfect will is for your life, what would be your answer? Monks have lived solitary lives to find out this answer. Theologians have searched and searched to find this answer.

Have you ever wondered what God's perfect will is for your life?

I'm here to give you that answer! It is not complex or unattainable, but very simple.

God's perfect will for your life is that He wants you to grow in Him. He wants you to be a flourishing plant that g...


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Three Steps To Victorious Living

Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Wednesday, January 12, 2011,

Three Steps To Victorious Living

I John 5:4b

Intro: ABC Wide World of Sports use to come on with the words “The Thrill of Victory and the agony of defeat.” There is nothing as exciting as winning. The taste of victory in our lives is sweet. Victory is essential to our health and happiness. Defeat is destructive to our lives, and remaining in defeat can destroy our faith. It is not God’s will for your life to walk in defeat, but it is His will for you and I to rise-up in the middl...


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7 Traits of a Great Team Member

Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Wednesday, January 12, 2011,

7 Traits of a Great Team Member

I was reflecting recently on what makes a good team member…a good staff member of a church. Here are 7 traits I came up with that make a great staff person…especially at Grace Community Church:

Sense of humor – It’s critical in our office that you be able to laugh…at life…at corny jokes…and sometimes at or with each other. We have fun together and that makes us a better team.

Team spirit - We have no lone rangers on our staff. We rebuke strug...


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The Steadfast Man

Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Wednesday, January 12, 2011,

The Steadfast Man

Developing the Character of a Man of God

 

Scripture Reading: 1Cor 15:51-58

51 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. 54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorru...


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7 Qualities of Prevailing Churches

Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Wednesday, January 12, 2011,

7 Qualities of Prevailing Churches

Prevailing churches are on the rise and God is growing His Kingdom all over the world. In my limited travel I have seen these qualities apparent in each local church. Note this: the qualities are there, but the approach, style, and way of executing these attributes are extremely unique.

#1 Leadership A growing church ALWAYS has a great, called leader. Leadership that is directed through a sensitivity to The Holy Spirit. This leadership is developing lead...


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5 Reasons Why Leaders Quit

Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Wednesday, January 12, 2011,

5 Reasons Why Leaders Quit

#1 – Burnout

I once heard someone say, “I would rather burn out than rust out.”  Uh…BOTH are bad because NEITHER of them finish well.  Too many people in the ministry work themselves into a frenzy, never take time to disconnect and refresh and do absolutely nothing for fun--this always goes bad!

When it comes to leadership circles we’ve equated being busy with being godly; however, the haunting reality that confronts that idea is what God Himself said...


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WEDDING CEREMONY

Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Wednesday, January 12, 2011,

WEDDING CEREMONY

Parents Seated:

Vocal Solo: Surely The Presence

Greeting:

Friends we are gathered here today in the sight of God, and in the presence of these witnesses, to join this man and this woman in Holy Matrimony; which is an honorable estate, instituted of God, and signifying unto us the mystical union which exists between Christ and His church; which holy estate Christ adorned and beautified with His presence in Cana of Galilee. It is therefore not to be entered into unadvised...


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“JOY STEALERS”

Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Wednesday, January 12, 2011,
“JOY STEALERS”

Phil. 4:4 “Rejoice in the Lord always, and again I say, rejoice.” 

It is as much a command to "rejoice always," as it is to "not steal." An unhappy Christian is very unchristlike. Remember that the "Joy of the Lord is our strength."

Today we will discuss five things that will try to rob you of your joy. Remember that the Paul wrote the Book of Philippines under a death sentence in a Roman jail. Yet he would not stop rejoicing.

1. Circumstances created by Adversaries

(Phil 1:...

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OVERCOMING DISCOURAGEMENT

Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Wednesday, January 12, 2011,
OVERCOMING DISCOURAGEMENT

Then the people of Judah said, "The work crews are worn out, and there is too much rubble. We can’t continue to rebuild the wall." Nehemiah 4:10 

Yielding to discouragement had great prices to pay.

• The 10 Israelite Spy got discouraged and the whole nation paid 40 years in the wilderness
• A Christian wife of an unbeliever, drunkard and unfaithful husband yield to discouragement and the result is a broken marriage, a suffering children and a broken heart
• A stud...

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THE DEVIL’S DEVICES

Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Wednesday, January 12, 2011,
THE DEVIL’S DEVICES
2 Corinthians 2:1-11
(Key Verse - 2 CORINTHIANS 2:11 "LEST SATAN SHOULD GET AN ADVANTAGE OF US: FOR WE ARE NOT IGNORANT OF HIS DEVICES.")

Introduction: Satan is the great enemy of the Saint. In fact "Satan" means "adversary." The Bible refers to the devil by a number of names and descriptions. He is seen as "the anointed cherub" (Ezek. 28:14), "the ruler of demons" (Luke 11:15), "the ruler of this world" (John 16:11), "the god of this world" (2 Cor. 4:4), and "the prince of...

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HANDLING SATANS ATTACKS

Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Wednesday, January 12, 2011,
HANDLING SATANS ATTACKS
Nehemiah 4:1-4:5 

Nehemiah had it in his heart to rebuild the wall of Jerusalem. He had prayed, fasted, confessed his sin, risked his life, gathered men to help, inspected the situation and went forward to do Gods will. Rebuilding the wall would be hard in and of itself, but the job was only half the battle. The other difficult part was the opposition that Nehemiah and the people would endure to accomplish this great feat. What can we learn about how they handled Satans ...

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When Satan Attacts

Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Monday, January 10, 2011,

 

1. Satan, man’s arch enemy

  •  the devil is a determined enemy
  •  he seeks to do his evil work against Christians through various means

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    2. Ways in which the devil fights Christians

  • Satan fights Christians through the mind
  • Satan fights Christians through deception, delusion and confusion
  • Satan fights Christians with persecution
  • Satan fights Christians with sickness
  • Satan fights Christians with slander, evil reports, unfair and cruel criticism
  • Satan fights Christians with discouragement
  • Satan fights Chris...

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    Walk in the Spirit

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Sunday, January 9, 2011,
    Walk in the Spirit


          I. What is it to Walk in the Spirit?

          Generally, it may be said, it is to maintain the habit of dependence upon the Holy Ghost for our entire life; spirit, soul and body. We know what it is at times to enjoy His conscious presence. We live in the Spirit, we have felt the touch of His quickening life, now let us walk in the Spirit. Let us abide in this fellowship. Let us lean continually upon His strength, and drink unceasingly from His life, a babe from its mother'...


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    The Larger Life

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Sunday, January 9, 2011,
    The Larger Life

          "Be ye also enlarged." 2 Cor. vi: 11.

          The law of growth is a fundamental principle of all nature and redemption. Whatever ceases to grow begins to die; stagnancy brings corruption; the corpse belongs to the worm; a self-contained pool becomes a malarious swamp. Vegetation springs from a seed, the seed grows into a tree, and the tree into a forest. Human life commences in infancy and develops to maturity. The word of God has all unfolded from a single promise. The gre...


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    Preserved Blameless

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Sunday, January 9, 2011,
    Preserved Blameless

          "I pray God your whole spirit, and soul, and body be preserved blameless until the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ." 
          "Faithful is he that calleth you who also will do it" (I Thess. 5:23, 24)

          It is one thing for the ship to weigh her anchor and spread her spotless canvas to the breeze, and sail away with pennons flying and hearts and hopes beating high with expectation; it is another thing to meet the howling tempest and the angry sea and to enter the distan...


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    Partnership With God

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Sunday, January 9, 2011,
    Partnership With God

          The members of an English publishing firm recently sat down together to their annual dinner in Exeter Hall. There were more than two thousand partners at the table. It was a strange sight to look at that immense crowd of men and realise that they were one firm. They had adopted the plan of making all their employees partners, and it had worked most successfully.

          That picture leads our thoughts to a higher relationship. Our work for God is a great partnership. "W...


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    Hindering The Holy Spirit

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Sunday, January 9, 2011,
    Hindering The Holy Spirit


          "Grieve not the Holy Spirit of God."--Eph. iv: 80.
          "Ye do always resist the Holy Ghost"--Acts vii: 51.
          "Quench not the Spirit."-1 Thess. v: 19.

          It is very touching and solemn that while the Holy Ghost might, in the exercise of His omnipotence, coerce our will, and compel us to submit to His authority, yet He approaches us with the most deferential regard for our feelings and independence, even suffering us to resist and disobey Him, and bearing lo...


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    Aggressive Christianity

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Sunday, January 9, 2011,
    Aggressive Christianity


          Having hope, when your faith is increased, that we shall be enlarged by you according to our rule abundantly, to preach the Gospel in the regions beyond you, and not to boast in another man's line of things made ready to our hand (II Cor. x. 15,16).

          Were I asked to state the distinctive principles of the work of the Christian and Missionary Alliance, of which the Convention is a crystallized expression, there are two things that I would say: First, it stands ...


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    The Conditions of Prevailing Prayer

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Sunday, January 9, 2011,
    The Conditions of Prevailing Prayer


          1. Entire dependence upon the merits and mediation of the Lord Jesus Christ as the only ground of any claim of blessing.

          "Whatsoever ye shall ask in My name, that will I do" (John 14:13,14).

          2. Separation from all known sin.

          "If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me" (Psalm 66:18).

          3. Faith in God's Word of promise as confirmed by His oath.

          "He that cometh to God must believe that He is...a rewarder of them t...


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    Live to Please God

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Sunday, January 9, 2011,

    Live to Please God

     

    I Thessalonians 4:1-12

     

    Is it possible to fulfill one's purpose in life without giving dedicated effort to know and do what pleases God? If that were possible most scripture would be unnecessary. Think of passages like Romans 12:1-2 which describe the presentation of one's life to God in such a holy way that we actually prove what the will of God is.

    He says the will of God is "good and acceptable and perfect." Therefore, if our goal in life is to find and fulfill the purpose...


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    HOLINESS

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Sunday, January 9, 2011,

    HOLINESS

     

              The Bible makes it abundantly clear to the people of God that there is no other way they can live before God and please God than the way of holiness.

              Any Christian who thinks that God will tolerate sin in his life because of his service in the Lord’s kingdom, because of some qualities he possesses or because of who he is, is kidding himself. Such a Christian is laboring under demonic delusion and he should watch out.

              Let’s see what the Bible has to say...


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    A LIFE THAT PLEASES GOD

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Sunday, January 9, 2011,

    A LIFE THAT PLEASES GOD

     Part Two

     

    John 8:29

    And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him.      

     

    When Jesus was on earth, He was careful to live a life that pleased the Father. He was mindful of His duty to live for His heavenly Father. He declared that He had no desire to do what was pleasing to himself, but only what was pleasing to the Father who sent him (John 5:30).

    Well, didn’t Jesus have every excuse to please Himself? Wa...


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    A LIFE THAT PLEASES GOD

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Sunday, January 9, 2011,

    A LIFE THAT PLEASES GOD

    Part One

     How Do We Please God?

     

    We please God by doing the perfect will of God. Because the greatest desire of Jesus in the world was to please God, he saw to it that He did the total, perfect will of God, knowing that He could not please the father if he failed to do the Father’s will entirely (John 4:34).

    To the Man Jesus, pleasing the Father by doing His total will was of more importance to Him (Jesus) than food.

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    WHY YOU SHOULD NOT BE DISCOURAGED

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Sunday, January 9, 2011,

    You should not be discouraged because Jesus is with you

    Jesus said in Matthew Chapter 28 verse 20, ‘…and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.’

    Some people of God have difficulty believing that Jesus is with them in their time of troubles because they can’t feel His presence.

    But whether we can feel the presence of the Lord or not, the fact remains that wherever we go, and whatever the situation, the Lord is with us.

    Yes, Jesus is with you right now, though earthly jo...


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    VESSEL UNTO HONOR

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Sunday, January 9, 2011,

    VESSEL UNTO HONOR

     

    1. Introduction

     

    Rom 9:21

    Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour?

     

                vessel is a useful household material. It may be a container, pot, bowl, jug, pitcher, basin, bottle or cup. A vessel may be used for honorable or dishonorable purpose in the house. China is used to drink. But who will put his tea in a toilet bowl or put a vessel of dishonor like toilet pot in the same place with a vessel of...


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    God Needs Vessels

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Sunday, January 9, 2011,

    Text: 2 Kings 4:1-6

     

    Introduction: The woman in this story needed as miracle of blessing and provision from the Lord. God needed a human vessel through whom He could perform the miracle. The woman needed vessels to receive the miracles. The miracle stopped only when the woman could no longer get vessels to receive the miracles.

     

    1. GOD NEEDS HUMAN VESSELS

     

    1.1. To accomplish his purpose on earth, God needs human vessels. Neh. 13:9. Nehemiah ordered the cleansing of the chambers of the temple. Th...


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    Fellowship

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Wednesday, December 22, 2010,

    Fellowship


    Does God expect us to go to church?

    Heb 10:25 not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.

    It may be popular to think that a Christian can decide if they want to go to church or not, but God's Word says otherwise; we are to increasingly be involved in church as the return of Christ approaches.

    To fellowship is a command; lack of fellowship is disobedience.

    What is church?

    Col ...


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    Holy Spirit Baptism

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Wednesday, December 22, 2010,

    What is the baptism with the Holy Spirit?

    Jesus said, "But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth." (Acts 1:8)

    The baptism with the Holy Spirit is God's empowering for all believers so that they can be effective witnesses to the life of Jesus within them.

    Is the baptism with the Holy Spirit the same as the new birth?

    Let's look at Phillip's preaching to the Samaritans:...


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    Reach Teach Serve Spiritual Check-Up

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Thursday, October 21, 2010,

    Following the scale below, score yourself according to how strongly you agree or disagree  with each one. When you are finished, total up your score in each category and then add the  total for your overall score. Circle your score on the continuum at the bottom of the sheet and  check out the “Growth Guide” for assistance on what you can do to grow and develop in  each area of need and overall toward Christ-Centeredness. 

    Please answer accordingly: 1 = Never, 2 = Rarely, 3 = Sometimes, 4...


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    Rate Yourself on 20 Character Traits

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Saturday, September 25, 2010,
    Rate Yourself on 20 Character Traits 

    We all know that for a healthy life that is pleasing to God, "character" is important. Character is not just an abstract concept to talk about. It is much deeper than that. It is who you are when no one is looking (and when everyone is looking). It is the inside "you." Here are 20 aspects of character. How would you rank yourself on each of these? And are there other qualities that you think should be on this list? Keep this list in your Bible, refer to it...

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    The Refining Process

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Saturday, September 25, 2010,

    The Refining Process

    This Bible study on the refining process can be used by one person alone or in a small group. It is short (20 to 30 mins) but if you read each passage, reflect on it, and discuss it, you'll gain a good sense of what refining really means, its demands, and its rewards.
    Ore Cart


    For Christmas, anniversaries or birthdays, jewelry is always a popular gift item. Gold jewelry is made from 14-karat, 18-karat, 22-karat, or 24-karat gold. What’s the difference between them?

    What do you know...

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    Conflict Resolution

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Saturday, September 25, 2010,
    Conflict Resolution
    Is Anger and Conflict Hindering Your Spiritual Growth?

    Love is the supreme value in the kingdom of God. Anger and conflict block out love. There is probably no greater challenge to spiritual growth than how you handle anger and conflict.

    "If your brother sins against you, go and show him his fault, just between the two of you. If he listens to you, you have won your brother over." -- Matthew 18:15
    Angry man
    Seven steps to resolving conflict:
    1. IF THERE IS CONFLICT
    2. YOU
    3. GO
    4. TO THE PE...

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    Forgiveness

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Saturday, September 25, 2010,

    Forgiving One Another

    This Bible study on forgiveness can be used by one person alone or in a small group. It is short (20 to 30 min.) but if you read each passage, reflect on it, and discuss it, you'll gain a good sense of what forgiveness really means, its demands, and its rewards.
    Anger: Squeezing a person

    The dictionary definition of forgive is to cease to feel resentment against an offender, i.e., to pardon ones enemies.

    During WWII in France, a young nun was returning to her convent from the market. A soldier on a ...

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    Integrity

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Saturday, September 25, 2010,
    In the dictionary, the word integrity means 1) an unimpaired condition, i.e., soundness, wholeness 2) firm adherence to a code of moral values, i.e., incorruptible, honor, 3) the quality or state of being complete or undivided, i.e., completeness. Synonyms of integrity are honesty and unity.
    Unity!
    The word integrity is related to what other words? Do they give you a better sense of the meaning of integrity?

    The first definition (soundness or wholeness) is most often applied to a structure or a physic...

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    Loyalty

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Saturday, September 25, 2010,
    In the dictionary, the word loyal means unswerving in allegiance as 1) faithful allegiance to one’s sovereign or government, 2) faithful to a private person to whom fidelity is due, 3) faithful to a cause, ideal or custom. Synonyms are: faithful, allegiance, devotion, dedication, constant, unwavering, steady, unfailing.
    Good Friends
    What’s the difference between being loyal to a local sports team, say the Giants or Rams, and being loyal to the coach of a team for which you play? (Hint: notice that the ...

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    Standing Fast

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Saturday, September 25, 2010,
    Standing Fast
    "Four Aspects of Standing Fast"

    1 Cor 15:58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.
    · God has given us the ability to be steadfast.
    · It is one of our characteristics as a born again believer.
    · The Bible teaches us how to be steadfast even in adversity.
    · Heb 12 tells us that everything will be shaken and the things that fall apart will be removed.
    · It will be shaken by...

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    How to Grow Up Successfully

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Saturday, September 25, 2010,
    How to Grow Up Successfully
    Ephes. 4:14-16 

    Seven rules that promote good health in babies can be adapted and applied to a Christian’s spiritual growth.
    1. Daily Food. Take in the "pure milk of the word" through study and meditation.
    2. Fresh Air. Pray often or you will faint. Prayer is the oxygen of the soul.
    3. Regular Exercise. Put into practice what you learn in God’s Word.
    4. Adequate Rest. Rely on God at all times in simple faith.
    5. Clean Surroundings. Avoid evil company and whatever will...

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    What do We Have to Repent From?

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Thursday, August 12, 2010,

    It is useless to tell people simply "repent from your sins" if they don't know what repentance means and if they are not sure what could be their sins. Many times we are not fully aware of our sins. That is one reason God has given us the law - so that we could know our sins. All our life the Holy Spirit may show us things that displease God - attitudes, ways of talking, actions - and so it is not possible to make a complete list of all the things that God wants us to turn from. However, this...


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    Holy Spirit Series

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Wednesday, August 11, 2010,

    Series: The Holy Spirit

    The Holy Spirit has a vital role to play in the Christian's life. The Bible says that every believer has the Holy Spirit living within (Romans 8:9), but God's desire is for there to be a growing experience in Him. There is a definite experience of being "baptised" in the power of the Holy Spirit (read the account in Acts 19:1-7). And even after this baptism in the Holy Spirit, the believer should be continually "filled with the Spirit" (Ephesians 5:18: Acts 4:31) This "...


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    The Work of the Holy Spirit

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Wednesday, August 11, 2010,

     The Work of the Holy Spirit

    (Part 1)

    THE HELP THE HOLY SPIRIT GIVES

    When we receive Jesus into our lives, the Holy Spirit comes and resides in our hearts as a guest - a guest who is with us forever (John 14:16-17), available to help us when we face difficuloties. He fulfils this ministry in a number of ways:

    1. The Holy testifies of our relationship with God

    ''Those who obey his commands live in him, and he in them. And this is how we know that he lives in us: We know it by the Spirit he gave us'...

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    The Work of the Holy Spirit

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Wednesday, August 11, 2010,

     The Work of the Holy Spirit

    (Part 2)

    The Holy Spirit's work is not limited solely to the believer; He is also very much at work in the world, and His ministry is fulfilled in five ways:

    IN TESTIMONY

    "We are witnesses of these things and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey him'' Acts 5:32 (see also 1 John 5:6-12).
    It was through God's Spirit that Jesus was baptised with power to fulfil His ministry (Luke 3:21-22; 4:14,17-21), and it was through the Holy Spirit that Jesus wa...

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    The Fruit of the Spirit

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Wednesday, August 11, 2010,

     The Fruit of the Spirit

    ''I am the vine; you are the branches. lf a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing'' John 15:5 (read also verses 1-16).
    The work of the Holy Spirit in our lives is to express through us the character of Jesus. This is pictured in the Bible as being like the fruit of a plant, and Jesus used the vine-plant to illustrate an important principle: the fruit of the Spirit grow out of our relationship with Him. A branch cannot ...

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    Gifts of the Spirit

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Wednesday, August 11, 2010,

     Gifts of the Spirit

    ''Now about spiritual gifts, brothers, l do not want you to be ignorant" 1 Corinthians 12:1.
    The Apostle Paul placed a tremendous importance on the operation of ''spiritual gifts'' endowed by the Holy Spirit, and so we will be looking at this vital part of the Holy Spirit's ministry, through the individual believer, to the Church and to the world. Our first step is to see the gifts of the Spirit in their setting.

    THE BODY OF CHRIST

    ''The body is a unit, though it is made up o...

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    Gifts of Revelation and Power

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Wednesday, August 11, 2010,

     Gifts of Revelation and Power

    Gifts of Revelation

    1. The Message of wisdom
    ''Keeping close watch on him, they sent spies, who pretended to be honest. They hoped to catch Jesus in something he said so that they might hand him over to the power and authority of the governor. So the spies questioned him, 'Teacher, we know that you speak and‚ teach what is right, and that you do not show partiality but teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. ls it right for us to pay taxes to Caesar or...

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    Gifts of Divine Communication

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Wednesday, August 11, 2010,

     Gifts of Divine Communication

    The Greater Gifts

    There is far more teaching in the Word of God on these three gifts than on all the rest put together. This is because they are vitally important for the building up of:
      The individual believer (tongues) (1 Corinthians 14:4). The Body of Christ (prophecy, and tongues with interpretation) (1 Corinthians 14:4-5).

    The Gift of Prophecy

    Prophecy is a gift straight from the Holy Spirit, and comes from the Greek word meaning ''to bring forth". It can be a m...

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    Living in the Spirit

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Wednesday, August 11, 2010,

     Living in the Spirit

    The Promise of the Father

    Right throughout the Old Testament, the Bible reveals one major problem in man that God continually came up against:
    ''The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure . . . '' Jeremiah 17: 9.
    In all his dealings with mankind, people would inevitably rebel against God, and through Jeremiah and many of the other prophets. God identified the root cause of this as the heart of man - his nature of sin. But God also gave a special promise that wou...

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    How Do You Know When You Have the Holy Spirit

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Saturday, August 7, 2010,

    1. First of all, one will acknowledge the death of Christ on the cross for us as the only and all-sufficient ground upon which God pardons all our sins.

    2.We must put away every known sin. We continually go to our heavenly Father and ask Him to search us through and through bringing to light anything in our outward life or inward life that is wrong in His sight. If He does bring anything to mind that is displeasing to Him, we will put it away, no matter how dear it is to us.A person who has th...


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    How To Have A GREAT Marriage

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Saturday, August 7, 2010,

    How To Have A GREAT Marriage

    Introduction:

    1. What makes the difference between a good marriage and a great marriage?

    Discussion:

    G

     

    od must be in your marriage. It is no coincidence that this is first on the list, for no marriage can be truly great without God. Couples who strive to build a home with Christ as its center enjoy enormous advantages over those who do not. Re. Ecclesiastes 4:9-12.

    R


    emember your vows. Husbands, did you promise to love, honor, cherish, and protect your spouse, forsaking...


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    The Character of Leadership

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Thursday, July 29, 2010,

    The Character of Leadership

    Becoming a Kingdom leader is primarily about who we are on the inside. As the transformation process progresses, it influences our style of leadership and determines our effectiveness as spiritual leaders, impacting the organizations we work in. Kingdom people want to follow a Kingdom leader.

    Kingdom leaders have a strong desire to be complete Christians. They want to grow by participating with God in making their lives all they can be for themselves and others. They...


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    The Christian Race

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Thursday, July 29, 2010,

    In Hebrews 12:1, the besetting sin spoken of here according to the context of Hebrews is the sin of unbelief (Hebrews 3:12,19Hebrews 4:6,11Hebrews 10:35-39). It is the sin from which all other sins in a measure proceed, and by means of which they are ever more or less cherished and supported. In this article, let us consider some of the following aspects of the Christian race:

    1) Unbelief will keep us from our salvation which is in Christ (Gal. 3:27-28) – It will also keep us from obeyin...


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    Five things that can cripple a church

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Thursday, July 29, 2010,

    Five things that can cripple a church

    Let me mention five of the things that weaken the church and minimize its effectiveness.

    1. First, there is the problem of a scandalous leadership. Whe...


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    Three C's of Soul Winning

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Tuesday, July 27, 2010,
    Three C's of Soul Winning
    Matthew 9:35-38
     
    Intro: Jesus Christ calls every follower of His into the mission of soul winning. However, much of the church has turned a deaf ear to their Lord's clear command. Today, let's discover how to be obedient to Jesus and enjoy the rewards of an obedient witnessing lifestyle. 
     
    I. COMPASSION
     
    A. Having a compassioante heart means we see others the way Jesus saw them. (Lost, Lonely, Loved)
     
    B. Having a compassionate heart is more than feelings - it's a lifestyl...

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    Clean Christian Jokes

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Tuesday, July 27, 2010,

    Not Afraid of the Devil One Sunday just as the choir was getting seated in the loft Satan appeared standing in front of the pulpit. Everyone starts screaming and running for the front entrance, trampling each other in their determined efforts to get away from Evil Incarnate. Soon, everyone is evacuated from the church except for one man, who sit calmly in his pew, seemingly oblivious to the fact that God's ultimate enemy is in his presence. This confuses Satan a bit. Satan walks up to the man...


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    From Founder to Flourish—or Flounder?

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Tuesday, July 27, 2010,

    From Founder to Flourish—or Flounder?

    It starts with passion and a vision. With the impetus of God's call upon their life, a founder of a nonprofit sets out to faithfully execute the mission placed in his or her hands. There are many around the world who would testify to the life transforming ministry they received due in part to the mission being carried out on their behalf.

    Therefore, it is not inaccurate to state that founders provide the life giving blood for a new organization. However, ...


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    Relating to One Another

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Tuesday, July 27, 2010,

    Relating to One Another
     
    The One Another Commands of Scripture
     

    The Greek word for "one another" is "allelon" which denotes a reciprocal and mutual work on the part of believers toward one another. It occurs 58 times in the New Testament, excluding the Gospels. Click here for a list of the one another commands.

    A church body which practices these commands experiences a meaningful dynamic deep caring concern for fellow believers . . .

    . . . . . connectedness . . . . . unity . . . . . cooperation ....


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    Obstacles in Becoming More Purposeful

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Tuesday, July 27, 2010,

    Obstacles in Becoming More Purposeful:
     

    In seeking to be more purposeful you are bound to face some obstacles. Resistance will come from two realms:

    1) the fleshly realm
    2) the spiritual realm

     
     

    Resistance in the Fleshly Realm:

    The spectrum of reactions to change will vary, falling somewhere within the following range:
     

    True Acceptance
    Passive Acceptance
    Skepticism
    Outright Rejection
    true acceptance of change
    passively accept change
    skeptic of change
    rejection of change

    These are the people who have thought through and accept the change. They take ownership of the vision and purposes. The...


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    Marks of the Spiritual Man

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Wednesday, July 21, 2010,

     Marks of the Spiritual Man 

     

    1. The desire to be holy rather than happy. 

     

    I Thessalonians 4:3 (F.F. Bruce Paraphrase) 

     

    2. The desire to see the honor of God advance through his life, even if it means he himself must suffer temporary dishonor or loss. 

     

    I Corinthians 10:31 (KJV): “Whether, therefore, ye eat, or drink, or whatever ye do, do all to the glory of God.” 

     

    3. The desire to carry his cross. 

     

    John 16:33 (KJV): “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might h...


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    Qualities to Look for in a Man.

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Wednesday, July 21, 2010,

    Qualities to look for in a man. 

     

    1. Availability. 

     

    Isaiah 6:8 (KJV): “Also, I heard the voice of the Lord saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said, I, Here am 1, send me.” 

     

    Ruth 1: 16-17 (KJV): “And Ruth said, Entreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee. For whither thou goest, I will go, and 

    where thou lodgest I will lodge. Thy people shall be my people and thy God my God. Where thou diest will I die and there will I be buried. The 

    L...


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    Abiding in the Word of God

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Wednesday, July 21, 2010,

    Abiding in the Word of God 

     

    •   Hear to be informed - Romans 10:17; Jeremiah 3:15 

    Hearing the Word from godly pastors and teachers provides us insight into other's study of the Scriptures as well as stimulating our own appetites for the Word. 

    •   Read to be healthy - Revelation 1:3; Deuteronomy 17:19 

    Reading the Bible gives us an overall picture of God's Word. Many find helpful a daily reading program which takes them systematically through the Bible. 

    •   Study to be intelligent - Acts 17:11;...

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    Beginning With Christ

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Wednesday, July 21, 2010,

    Beginning With Christ

    Five Assurances for Every Believer


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    The Present Consequences of Sin or Disobedience

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Friday, July 16, 2010,
      The Present Consequences of Sin or Disobedience

    While the following is not exhaustive, it demonstrates that sin in the life of a believer is not a small issue.

    (1) Loss of Fellowship With the Lord. Known sin in one’s life causes a loss of intimate fellowship with the Lord with the consequent loss of His joy and peace (Ps. 32:3-4).

    (2) Divine Discipline From the Lord Here in Time. We should not think of discipline as punishment. Discipline from God is the gracious work of a Father to train and ...


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    God Discipline His Children

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Friday, July 16, 2010,
    The Discipline Judgement of God

    As seen in the above section dealing with self-judgment, the New Testament clearly teaches us that one of the ministries of our heavenly Father is the ministry of loving discipline. God’s discipline is patterned after the principles of Proverbs 13:24 which read: “He who spares his rod hates his son, But he who loves him disciplines him diligently.” Discipline is an evidence of love. So we read in Hebrews:

    Hebrews 12:4-11 You have not yet resisted to the poi...


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    CHARACTERISTICS OF DISCIPLES

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Thursday, July 15, 2010,

    CHARACTERISTICS OF DISCIPLES 

    1.  A disciple is committed to Christ.  Jesus stated that for a person to follow him, he first had to make a commitment-"If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.  And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple.  So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple"...


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    Maintaining Our Freedom in Christ

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Thursday, July 15, 2010,

    To maintain your freedom, we also suggest the following: 

     

    1. Seek legitimate Christian fellowship where you can walk in the light and speak the truth in love. 

    2. Study your Bible daily. Memorize key verses. 

    3. Take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ. Assume responsibility for your thought life, reject the lie, choose the truth and stand firm in your position in Christ. 

    4. Don’t drift away! It is very easy to get lazy in your thoughts and revert back to old habit patterns ...


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    Escaping from Spiritual Bondage

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Thursday, July 15, 2010,

    Escaping from Spiritual Bondage 

    1. Renounce any activity or group with which you have been involved that denies the deity of Christ, offers guidance through any source other than  the Scriptures or requires secret initiations, ceremonies or covenants. 

    2. Carefully consider areas in which you have deceived yourself or established defense mechanisms to hide the truth about yourself. Remove these so you can confront the problems hidden below them. 

    3. Cleanse yourself from the baggage of bitte...


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    How to Keep on with the Christian Life when it is Begun:

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Thursday, July 15, 2010,

    How to keep on with the Christian Life when it is begun: 

     

    1.  Look always to Jesus. 

    2.  Keep confessing Jesus everywhere. 

    3.  Keep studying God's Word, Matt. 4.4. 

    4.  Keep praying every day, 1 Thes. 5:17. 

    5.  Go to work. 



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    STRATEGY FOR SEEKING GOD

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Thursday, July 15, 2010,

    STRATEGY FOR SEEKING GOD 

     

    PREPARATION  Commitment to seek God expressed by:  

     1. Covenant (2 Chronicles 15:12) 

     2. Expression of desire (Psalms 119:10) 

     3. Willingness to continue (1 Chronicles 16:10) 

     4. Vow (2 Chronicles 15:14) 

    PROCESS     

       1. Study of Scripture (Psalms 119:94)  

       2. Prayer (Exodus 32:11; Ezra 8:23)  

        3. Supplications (Daniel 9:3)  

        4. Fasting (2 Samuel 12:16) 

        5. Repentance Jeremiah 26:19) 

        6. Obedience to Scripture (Ezra 7:10) 

     

    PRODUCT  

      1. Bui...
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    Seeking God

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Thursday, July 15, 2010,

    1. CONDITIONS FOR SEEKING GOD   

    Conditions for Seeking God. Several Scriptures identify the need to prepare your heart to 

    seek God (see 2 Chronicles 19:3). Chart 16 identifies several conditions of the heart named as 

    prerequisite to seeking God in the Bible.  
     

    Repentance (Jeremiah 26:19)  

    Brokenness (Jeremiah 50:4)  

    Separation (Ezra 6:21)  

    Humility (2 Chronicles 7:14; 33:12)  

    Desire (Psalms 119:10) 

    Faith (Romans 9:32)  

    Diligence (Hebrews 11:6)  

    Unity (Jeremiah 50:4)  

    Rejoicing (1 Ch...


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    Seventeen Characteristics of the True Servant

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Thursday, July 15, 2010,

    Seventeen Characteristics of the True Servant of God may be compiled. 

    1.  Speaks in the name of the Lord (Deuteronomy 18:22). 

    2.  Prophecy shall come to pass (Deuteronomy 18:22). 

    3. Does not advocate the worship of false gods  (Deuteronomy 13:2, 3). 

    4.  Promotes a deeper love for the Lord (Deuteronomy 13:3). 

    5.  Life and teaching consistent with the Word of God (Deuteronomy 13:4). 

    6. Promotes a deeper trust in (cleaving to) the Lord (Deuteronomy 13:4). 

    7. Teaching is not characterized ...


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    Four Types of Hearers

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Thursday, July 8, 2010,

    Four Types of Hearers
     
    A. Care-Less Hearers – Luke 8:12 "Those by the way side are they that hear; then cometh the devil, and takes away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved."

    •   1. The message goes in one ear and out the other. They could care less what they hear.
    •   2. It is possible for us to hear with our physical ears and not hear with our ears of understanding. 
    •   3. President Franklin D. Roosevelt got tired of smiling that big smile and saying the usual th...

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    How Does Your Garden Grow?

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Wednesday, July 7, 2010,

    How Does Your Garden Grow?

    Our text is Mark 4:1-20. "And he began again to teach by the sea side: and there was gathered unto him a great multitude, so that he entered into a ship, and sat in the sea; and the whole multitude was by the sea on the land. And he taught them many things by parables, and said unto them in his doctrine, Hearken; Behold, there went out a sower to sow:

    And it came to pass, as he sowed, some fell by the way side, and the fowls of the air came and devoured it up. And som...


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    Why Are Men So Angry Today?

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Wednesday, July 7, 2010,

    Why Are Men So Angry Today?

    "For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God." James 1:20

    On April 20, 1999 , two young men, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, went into their school in Littleton , Colorado , loaded with weapons and opened fire. When they were done, fifteen people including themselves were dead and twenty-four others were wounded. I have tried to pay attention to all of the psychoanalysis that has gone on since then about why these boys went berserk. Much is contradictory...


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    TOP 10 REASONS TO NOT QUIT COMING TO CHURCH

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Wednesday, July 7, 2010,

    TOP 10 REASONS TO NOT QUIT COMING TO CHURCH

    •   Statistics prove that people who go to church, read their Bible and pray on a regular basis live longer.

    •   Not coming to church may cause some people to wonder what we are up to.

    •   Not coming to church is like not voting. If you don't participate on a regular basis you don't have a right to complain.

    •   Not coming to church gives Satan an opportunity to drive a wedge between you and the rest of the church.

    •   If you're not at church and you have a physic...


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    How To Overcome Challenges to Your Leadership

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Monday, July 5, 2010,
    1. Remember that there are plenty of cycles of ups and downs in every relationship, ministry and group. While the first century church grew in maturity they were faced with the tensions between Grecian and Aramaic speaking Jews. 

    The differing tribal perspectives meant that Grecian Jews felt that they were being considered inferior and consequently grew resentful to their Aramaic speaking Jewish friends. The early church leadership found solutions through the leading of the Holy Spirit as they...

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    HOW TO OVERCOME SPIRITUAL DEPRESSION

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Monday, July 5, 2010,
    HOW TO OVERCOME SPIRITUAL DEPRESSION
    PSA. 119:25-32
     
    Introduction:
    1. Have you ever felt like you were alone in the world?
    2. Sadly too many of our own feel that they are alone in the race of life.
    3. We can all fall victim to spiritual depression
    a. Many types of depression (clinical, emotional, ect.)
    4. But tonight we want to examine what causes a man to suffer from “spiritual depression”
    5. Why would anyone, bathing in the covenant of God through His Son ever need to worry about this type of d...

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    The ABC's of Salvation

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Wednesday, June 30, 2010,
    The ABCs of Salvation

    In a very complicated, "religious" world... God has made salvation simple. Whoever calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” (Romans 10:13) Your salvation experience will be the beginning of your relationship with Jesus Christ. Understanding salvation is as simple as "A.B.C." 

    1). Admit you are a sinner in need of the Savior, Jesus Christ 

    2). Believe that Jesus died to pay the penalty for your sins 

    3). Confess Jesus as Lord and Savior of your life.

    1. Admit you are a ...

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    It's time to G.R.O.W Up!

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Tuesday, June 29, 2010,
    1 Peter 2:1-3 
    “Therefore, putting aside all malice and all guile and hypocrisy and envy and all slander, [2] like newborn babes, long for the pure milk of the word, that by it you may grow in respect to salvation, [3] if you have tasted the kindness of the Lord.”
     

     
    So, How do we grow in the Lord???
    1) G-et into the Word…get into prayer…get into Church and Sunday School!
    2) R-id yourselves of those things that entangle and ensnare you!
    3) O-verride the deeds of the flesh! Be done with them...

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    Proper Attitude Toward God's Word

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Thursday, June 17, 2010,

    Proper Attitude Toward God's Word

    "Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful; But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper." (Psalm 1:1-3)

    According to the above text, one who delights in the law ...


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    Fruit of the Spirit

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Wednesday, June 9, 2010,

    Fruit of the Spirit

    1. What is the fruit of the Spirit?

    Gal 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, (23) gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.

    Paul lists nine qualities that he classes as the fruit of the Spirit.

    Since the Greek word for "fruit" is singular, each one of these qualities is part of one fruit, not nine separate fruits.

    2. Why is the fruit of the Sprit so important?

    Ephesian 5:8-10 For you were once dar...


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    Fruitfulness

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Wednesday, June 9, 2010,

    Fruitfulness

    How important is fruitfulness?

    John 15:8 By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.

    Fruitfulness is evidence of true discipleship.

    1. Why does God want us to bear fruit?

    Mat 7:17-18 Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. (18) A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit.

    Mat 12:33 Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or else make the tree bad and its fruit bad; for a tree i...


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    Seeking God

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Wednesday, June 9, 2010,

    Seeking God

    1. Why is seeking God important?

    Ps 14:2 The LORD looks down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there are any who understand, who seek God.

    Ps 53:2 God looks down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there are any who understand, who seek God.

    •   God is looking for those who will seek Him.

    1 Chron 16:11 Seek the LORD and His strength; seek His face evermore!

    •   We are commanded to seek Him.

    Ps 10:4 The wicked in his proud countenance does not seek God; God is in non...


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    A Life Of Excellence: Part 1

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Thursday, June 3, 2010,
    A Life Of Excellence: Part 1
    Road-Blocks On the Road To Excellence
    Romans 7:14-25

    Introduction: A Day of Infamy
    A. December 7, 1941 - 7:55 AM
    B. 190 Japanese planes from 6 Aircraft Carriers, 25 submarines + several midget subs
    C. 5 US battleships sunk, 2 destroyers demolished, total of 18 US warships sunk or damaged
    D. 2,330 US servicemen dead, another 1,145 wounded
    E. Japanese lost only 29 planes, 5 midget subs, and less than 100 men

    1. The Schemes of Satan

    - (Eph 6:11) Put on the full armor of God s...

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    EXCELLENCE #2 - A LIFE BUILT ON THE FOUNDATION OF JESUS CHRIST

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Thursday, June 3, 2010,

    EXCELLENCE #2 - A LIFE BUILT ON THE FOUNDATION OF JESUS CHRIST

     A Life Built On The Foundation Of Jesus Christ
    1 Cor. 3:11

    1. Jesus’ life presents a pattern for a life of excellence for us to follow.
    A. The example of personal growth.
    · (Luke 2:52) And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man.
    B. The example of compassionate ministry.
    · (Acts 10:38) How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that...

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    A Life Of Excellence: Part 3

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Thursday, June 3, 2010,

    A Life Of Excellence: Part 3
    A Life Built On The Foundation Of Holy Scripture
    Ephesians 2:20

    1. Who were the Apostles & Prophets? - Mere men - with similar faults & failures as us
    A. Moses - fits of anger
    B. David - unchecked lust
    C. Solomon - extravagance & lust
    D. Elijah - depression
    E. Peter - hypocritical racism
    F. Paul & Barnabas - stubborn animosity

    2. What is the foundation of the Apostles & Prophets?
    A. Not them personally! (1 Cor. 3:4-9)
    B. Their teachings & inspired writings!
    · (2 Tim 3:16 ) Al...


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    Commitment To Excellence - Part 4

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Thursday, June 3, 2010,
    Commitment To Excellence - Part 4
    Commitment
    Luke 14:25-35

    I. C - Challenge of commitment

    ·(Josh 24:15) And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; … but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD. And the people answered and said, God forbid that we should forsake the LORD, to serve other gods;
    ·(1 Ki 18:21) And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? if the LORD be God, follow him: but if Baal, then fol...

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    Commitment To Excellence - Part 5

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Thursday, June 3, 2010,
    Commitment To Excellence - Part 5
    Love
    1 Cor. 13

    I. The Beauty Of Love
    A. Ways of expressing Love
    B. Words for expressing love
    C.Wisdom in expressing love

    II. The Basis Of Love
    A. Our love for God is based on His love for us.
    B. Our love for our family members is based on a natural bond.
    C. Our love for other Believers is based on our relationship in God’s family.
    D. Our love for the lost is based on our concern for their eternal destiny

    III. The Benefits Of Love
    ·(Prov 10:12) Hatred stirreth up strife...

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    Commitment To Excellence - Part 6

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Thursday, June 3, 2010,
    Commitment To Excellence - Part 6
    VISION
    Prov 28:18
    Introduction:
    A. Definition: 
    1. The ability to see.
    2. The ability to see beyond what the majority sees.
    B. Case Studies:
    1. 12 Spies - (Numbers 13:1 - 14:10)
    2. Nehemiah - (Nehemiah 1 - 6)
    3. Paul - (Acts 9 & 16)

    I. Vision Must Be Divinely Directed.
    A. Discerned by the Spirit.
    * 1 Cor 2:14
    B. Determined by Scripture.
    * 2 Tim 3:16; 2 Pet 1:19-21
    C. Developed with the Saints.
    * Prov 11:14; 15:22; 24:6

    2. Vision Will Be Humanly Hindered.

    A. Some people will mis...

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    Commitment To Excellence - Part 7

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Thursday, June 3, 2010,
    Commitment To Excellence - Part 7
    Determination
    Phil 3:13-14; Heb 12:1-2; 2 Tim 4:7

    Introduction: Understanding Our Terms
    A. Vision - The ability to see beyond the majority; Viewing life’s circumstances from God’s perspective.
    B. Dreams - God given ideas, plans or goals that lead to God-honoring results.
    C. Determination - Faith for the “long haul”; disciplining ourselves to remain consistent regardless of the obstacles.

    I. . Examples of Faithful Determination
    A. 2 Spies - (Numbers 13:1 - 14:...

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    Commitment To Excellence - Part 8

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Thursday, June 3, 2010,
    Commitment To Excellence - Part 8
    Priorities
     
    (Mat 6:33) But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

    (Mat 22:37-38) Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment.

    (Col 1:18) And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.

    Introd...

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    Commitment To Excellence - Part 9

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Thursday, June 3, 2010,
    Commitment To Excellence - Part 9
    Accountability
    Eccl 4:9-12; 12:13-14 

    Introduction: 4 Requirements of Accountability
    A. Vulnerability - Capable of admitting mistakes & sin
    B. Teachability - Willing to learn, quick to hear & respond to reproof.
    C. Availability - Accessible, touchable, interruptible
    D. Honesty - committed to the truth, even if it hurts

    I. The Realms of Accountability

    A. Divine Accountability   * (Rom 14:12) So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.
    B. Spiritual Acco...

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    Commitment To Excellence - Part 10

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Thursday, June 3, 2010,
    Commitment To Excellence - Part 10
    SERVICE
    Ephesians 2:8-10 

    Introduction: 2 Errors concerning Service
    A. Serve so God will love you.
      * (John 3:16) For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in          him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
    B. Serve so God will save you.
      * (Eph 2:8 -10) For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not       of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his ...

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    T H E G I F T S O F T H E S P I R I T

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Thursday, June 3, 2010,
    T H E G I F T S O F T H E S P I R I T 

    1 Corinthians 12


    God has given each believer a combination of opportunities and gifts that is perfectly suited to his or her situation in life. Every Christian is really a minister with a unique contribution to make to the body of Christ. The central thrust of your ministry depends on the spiritual gifts you have received. In this booklet, we will look at the definition, design, desirability, and description of the gifts of the Spirit. We will also see how...


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    Knowing Our Authority!

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Monday, May 31, 2010,
    "Knowing Our Authority!" 
    "Knowing" series part 3 of 4
    Text: Eph. 1:17-23 & Selected

    God’s Word is Powerful, Relevant, and Life Changing!

    When we speak of authority, what do we mean? It could mean flashing lights coming up fast from behind you. Authority is the power or right to perform certain acts. In our society today the use of this word implies control, restrictions or coercion. Authority is a very hard word to accurately describe, because it can be used in so many different ways. The Gree...

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    The Purpose of Authority

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Monday, May 31, 2010,
    Honoring Authority
    The Purpose of Authority

    Opening Statement

    This can be a very touchy subject due to the misuse of authority by people with wrong motivations. Or, it can be taken as a means to set oneself up on a pedestal. This series is about neither. It is about teaching what Godly authority is and how to honor authorities. 

    Godly authority is never about control! It is only about influence and responsibility (read Matthew 10:25-28). 

    Definitions

    Honor: 1) to regard or treat with respect, 2) th...

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    Dishonoring Authority

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Monday, May 31, 2010,
    Honoring Authority
    Old Testament Examples of Dishonoring Authority


    Definitions

    Honoring authority is to respect and value those in authority over you because of the influence and responsibility they carry for your life.

    Romans 13:1
    • Every person alive is under some type of authority and will be until the day they die.
    • Authority is a God-thing, not a man-made thing.
    • By honoring authority, we honor God. By dishonoring authority, we dishonor God.
    • Authority is simply about influence and responsibility.
    • Aut...

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    Revival

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Friday, May 28, 2010,
    Revival
    2 Chronicles 7:14

    John Basham, ?Prayer is the backbone of a revival.... Instead of substituting new ideas such as religious films or social entertainment, why not really try the God-given method for revivals: ?Pray without ceasing??? 

    Definitions: Revival is always extraordinary... Revival is God’s finger pointed right at me... Revival is the inrush of the Spirit into a body that threatens to become a corpse... During times of revival ... prayer flows more easily. Preaching is more pow...

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    WHO WILL NOT HAVE REVIVAL

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Friday, May 28, 2010,
    *CHRISTIANS WANT REVIVAL, IN FACT CHRISTIANS NEED REVIVAL.BUT THERE ARE SOME CONDITIONS THAT WE MUST MEET IN ORDER TO HAVE REVIVAL.AND THEY ARE GODS CONDITIONS NOT MANS.
    *BUT THERE ARE MANY PEOPLE THINK THAT THEY WILL HAVE REVIVAL, BUT THEY WILL 
    FIND OUT, SOME WILL NOT HAVE A REVIVAL.

    1)THE UNSAVED WILL NOT HAVE REVIVAL - EPH. 2:2
    -THE LOST CAN NOT HAVE WHAT THEY ARE NOT ENTITLED TO
    -THE LOST IS IN NO CONDITION TO RECEIVE A REVIVAL UNTIL THEY RECEIVE THE REVIVER

    2)THE UNFORGIVEN WILL NOT HAVE REVI...

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    A RECIPE FOR A HARVEST

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Friday, May 28, 2010,
    A RECIPE FOR A HARVEST

    SCRIPTURE: Psa 126:1 When the LORD turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream.
    Psa 126:2 Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing: then said they among the heathen, The LORD hath done great things for them.
    Psa 126:3 The LORD hath done great things for us; whereof we are glad.
    Psa 126:4 Turn again our captivity, O LORD, as the streams in the south.
    Psa 126:5 They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.
    Psa 126:6 He that goeth for...

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    “A Recipe for the Anointing”

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Friday, May 28, 2010,
    “A Recipe for the Anointing”

    As Pentecostals we often talk about "the anointing". We pray for the anointing of God on our lives, our ministries, our activities - everything. We recognize that we need the power and presence of the Holy Spirit or our efforts are worse than useless.

    WORSE than useless because if we are attempting to minister in our own strength alone… 
    - it is tantamount to saying we don’t need God (that’s humanism);
    - we’re saying our own ideas and ways are worthy in th...

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    Spiritual Apathy to Spiritual Awakening!

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Friday, May 28, 2010,
    Spiritual Apathy to Spiritual Awakening!

    ESTABLISH Study
    1. The Relevance of Haggai’s Message for the Church today.
    A.Directed to God’s people some 2,500 years ago
    B.Haggai is one of the Post-Exilic prophets of the Restoration, the other two being Zechariah and Malachi. 
    C.Haggai saw his ministry produce positive results among the people of God.
    1)Results: Great Spiritual Awakening & Revival under his ministry.
    2)Benefit: Shows what can happen when God’s Word is faithfully preached and when Go...

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    How’s Your Spiritual Hearing?

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Friday, May 28, 2010,

    “How’s Your Spiritual Hearing?”

    Intro: Imagine what it will be like if you never spoke to your spouse but he/she spoke to you. How would your home be? Imagine what it would be like if your children never spoke to you but you spoke to them. What kind of relationship would that be? A very hard one. It would be very hard to work. And yet this is exactly what happens in our relationship with God. When we talk about prayer we assume it’s a one-lane road. 
    God doesn’t just want to listen to...

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    Guard Your First Love

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Friday, May 28, 2010,
    Rev 2:1-7
    2:1 "To the angel of the church of Ephesus write, ’These things says He who holds the seven stars in His right hand, who walks in the midst of the seven golden lampstands: 2 "I know your works, your labor, your patience, and that you cannot bear those who are evil. And you have tested those who say they are apostles and are not, and have found them liars; 3 and you have persevered and have patience, and have labored for My name’s sake and have not become weary. 4 Nevertheless I h...

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    Too Busy To Listen

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Thursday, May 27, 2010,
    Too Busy To Listen
    Luke 10:38-42

    Mary was focused. Mary had her priorities in order. In fact, later in our passage for this morning, Jesus will allude to this very fact. Martha, on the other hand, is another story. Martha was a very busy lady. She was so busy with distractions, complaints, and worry that she didn’t have the time to listen to the Lord.

    1. Too Busy With Distractions

    Verse 40 begins by telling us “Martha was distracted with all her preparations.” The word “distracted” is a...

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    ADD TO YOUR FAITH

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Thursday, May 27, 2010,

    ADD TO YOUR FAITH
    1 Peter 1
    OUTLINE

    1.VIRTUE
    2.KNOWLEDGE
    3.TEMPERANCE
    4.PATIENCE
    5.GODLINESS
    6.BROTHERLY KINDNESS
    7.CHARITY


    THE MESSAGE

    ADD TO YOUR FAITH

    1.VIRTUE
    II Peter 1;13
    The word of God admonishes the beleivers to add to their faith those qualities which would make their christian life fruitful. There are many christians who are living barren lives inspite of their faith in Christ. Therefore the word of God tells them to add virtue to their faith. A life of virtue is a life of power and boldness .

    2....


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    Time Is Running Out

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Thursday, May 27, 2010,
    Matthew 24

     Intro: Many people are asking questions about the future and Jesus’ return.

    Thesis: Jesus gave his disciples specific teaching about the future.

    Transition: What did he say?

    Jesus gave us several WARNINGS.
     There will be false messiahs (v. 8)
     There will be all kinds of natural disasters (v. 11).
     There will be wars (v. 9-10).
     The followers of Jesus will be persecuted (v. 12-18).
     Jerusalem will be conquered and dismantled (v. 20-24).

    Jesus also gave us several COMMANDS.
    ...

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    Are You Ready To Listen?

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Thursday, May 27, 2010,
    Are You Ready To Listen?
    Luke 8:1-15
      

    This parable is so important that it is recorded in three of the four gospels (Matthew, Mark, and Luke). 
    Verse five begins the parable, "A sower went out to 
    sow his seed. And as he sowed, some fell by the wayside; and it was trampled down, and the birds of the air devoured it. (6) Some fell on rock; and as soon as it sprang up, it withered away because it lacked moisture. (7) And some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up with it and choked it. (8) B...

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    Why We Are Not Producing Fruits?

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Thursday, May 27, 2010,
    1. The word of God cannot produce fruit in our lives because of our callousness.
     
    There are two kinds of people in this predicament. There is the person who comes to church. He or she has already decided, "I’m not interested in hearing anything from God, the preacher or anyone else. I know what I believe and that’s enough for me." Saints, its dangerous to hear the truth of the Word of God and make no response. Each time one does it, it becomes a little harder for the person to develop a re...

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    How to Stop Sinning Against the Holy Spirit

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Thursday, May 27, 2010,
    Avoid the Following Errors 

    1. Blaspheming the Spirit - To talk or act in a reviling manner to one who is sacred. To talk in a depreciatory manner about the Spirit of God is the unforgiveable sin because it is ascribing to Satan the work of the Holy Spirit. When Jesus exorcised demons by the power of the Holy Spirit the Scribes said Jesus performed miracles by Satan’s power. This is blasphemy as it belittles the work of the Spirit.Mt. 12:31,32

    2. Insulting the Spirit - To abuse scornfully or ...

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    (THE LOVE CHAPTER)

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Wednesday, May 26, 2010,

    I Corinthians 13:4-8

    NEGATIVE

    1. Self-sacrificing love never gets impatient. (V. 4)
    2. Self-sacrificing love never gets jealous. (V. 4)
    3. Self-sacrificing love never boasts. (V. 4)
    4. Self-sacrificing love never gets conceited. (V. 4)
    5. Self-sacrificing love never gets rude, discourteous, or unmannerly. (V. 5)
    6. Self-sacrificing love never gets selfish. (V. 5)
    7. Self-sacrificing love never gets irritated, touchy or resentful. (V. 5)
    8. Self-sacrificing love never thinks an unkind thought or pays attention to a suffered w...

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    Stop your murmuring!!

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Monday, May 24, 2010,
    Stop your murmuring!!

    *Numbers 14:1-10

    Then all the people began weeping aloud, and they cried all night. 2 Their voices rose in a great chorus of complaint against Moses and Aaron. “We wish we had died in Egypt, or even here in the wilderness!” they wailed. 3 “Why is the Lord taking us to this country only to have us die in battle? Our wives and little ones will be carried off as slaves! Let’s get out of here and return to Egypt!” 4 Then they plotted among themselves, “Let’s choo...

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    The Parable of The Sower

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Saturday, May 22, 2010,
    The Parable of the Sower
    Matthew 13:1-8, 18-23
     
    Jesus told a parable that illustrates for us why it is that so many of those who have been exposed to the Word of God fail to live productive spiritual lives. In this parable Jesus compares our lives or our hearts to various types of ground on which seed is sowed. From this parable we learn that the conditions must be right for God’s Word to produce a harvest in our lives so we must properly cultivate our hearts to ensure that the right conditio...

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    The steps of a good man

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Saturday, May 22, 2010,
    Topic: The steps of a good man
     Psalm 37:23-24

    In Psalm 37:23, the psalmist says that the steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord. As I look at this particular verse, I was enlightened by the Holy Spirit on the many things that you can say in Psalm 37:23. In Psalm 37:23, you can say:

    *The steps of a Christian man are ordered by the Lord

    *The steps of a Saved man are ordered by the Lord

    *The steps of a Sanctified man are ordered by the Lord

    *The steps of a Holy Ghost filled man are ordered by th...

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    Burned by Church? Responding to Wounds, Disappointments and Divisions (Part 2)

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Saturday, May 22, 2010,

    Burned by Church? Responding to Wounds, Disappointments and Divisions (Part 2)

    Make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose (Philippians 2:2).

    Expect problems and disappointments.

    Are you bitter, cynical, angry or depressed because of disappointments or wounds experienced in church? If so, don't let those hurts destroy your faith or drive you away from fellowshipping with other believers. Instead, ask God to help you deal with the wounds wisely...

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    Burned by Church? Responding to Wounds, Disappointments and Divisions (Part 1)

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Saturday, May 22, 2010,

    Burned by Church? Responding to Wounds, Disappointments and Divisions (Part 1)

    How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity! (Psalm 133:1).

    It is common to feel wounded or disappointed in church


    Are you—or is someone you know—bitter, cynical, angry or depressed because of disappointments or wounds experienced in church? If so, that's not unusual. Here are some common complaints people make about church:
    • "People aren't friendly there."

    • "I don't like the sermons."

    • "It is just ...

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    Gossip

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Friday, May 21, 2010,
    Gossip
    A wound that runs deep

     The enemy uses many tactics to render us ineffective.
     Gossip (tailbearing) is a weapon that the enemy uses to divide the body.
     Gossip is an innate desire to our flesh.

    Prov 26:22 The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly. (KJV)

    Prov 26:22 The words of a talebearer are like tasty trifles, and they go down into the inmost body. (NKJ)

    Prov 26:22 The words of a gossip are like choice morsels; they go down to ...

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    7 Reasons to go to Church

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Friday, May 21, 2010,
    7 Reasons to go to Church

    1. Divine Commandment
    – De 12:5
    “But unto the place which the LORD your God shall choose out of all your tribes to put his name there, even unto his habitation shall ye seek, and thither thou shalt come:”
     
    2. You will get Blessed – Ps 84:4
    “Blessed are they that dwell in thy house: they will be still praising thee. Selah.”

    3. Refuge in Time of Trouble – Is 37:1
    “And it came to pass, when king Hezekiah heard it, that he rent his clothes, and covered himself ...

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    HOW TO KILL A CHURCH WITHOUT TRYING

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Friday, May 21, 2010,
    HOW TO KILL A CHURCH WITHOUT TRYING 
    Ephesians 3:20-21
    Revelation 3:1-3

    Paul is telling us that through the church God is to get glory. Unto Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages. The church was instituted by Christ to further the Gospel story and to give all glory to God the Father.

    But many churches find themselves in the predicament of not growing as the Lord would have them to do. When this happens many reasons are given and blame is placed on this person and on that ...

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    WHAT DOES GOD SAY ABOUT THE CHURCH ?

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Friday, May 21, 2010,
    WHAT DOES GOD SAY ABOUT THE CHURCH ?

    Many opinions circulate concerning the church both outside the church and inside.
    some Christians have negative views of the church.
    Some have even ‘retired’ from church life, they no longer attend or are involved in ‘Church’ in any way, but they still regard themselves as Christians.

    Key truth: God created the church for EVERY believer to be an active member, assisting the establishment of a healthy body and reaching out to a sick world.


     Defining t...

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    “What to do before, during and after church"

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Friday, May 21, 2010,
    “What to do before, during and after church ”
    James 1:21-25

    I. What to do before church:
    A. Prepare your heart, 21a
    B. Confess your sin before God (confession is agreeing with God you are a sinner)
    C. Repent of your sins (repentance means to lay aside, walk away from)
     
    II. What to do during church:
    A. Open your heart, 21b, receive the Word of God with meekness
    B. Examine your heart (save your souls)
     
    III. What to do after church, 22
    A. Do the word of God
    B. Make God’s word apply to your life
     
    IV. D...

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    His Hand Is With Us

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Friday, May 21, 2010,
    His Hand is With Me
    1 Chronicles 4:9-10

     In the Old Testament days, a person’s activity was the work of their hands. The hand was a symbol of power. When you were in someone’s hand you came under their authority.
    The Bible teaches us that it was by God’s hand that the universe was created.
    My own hand laid the foundations of the earth, and my right hand spread out the heavens; when I summon them, they all stand up together.
    --Isaiah 48:13
    1. When God’s hand is present, there is joy and vict...

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    When Is A Revival Needed?

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Thursday, May 20, 2010,
    I. WHEN IS A REVIVAL OF RELIGION NEEDED?

    1. When there is a want of brotherly love and Christian confidence among professors of religion, then a revival is needed. Then there is a loud call for God to revive his work. When Christians have sunk down into a low and backslidden state, they neither have, nor ought to have, nor is there reason to have, the same love and confidence toward each other, as when they are all alive, and active, and living holy lives. The love of benevolence may be the sa...


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    The Filling of the Holy Spirit

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Thursday, May 20, 2010,








     





    The Filling of the Holy Spirit

    1. Act on Jesus Word through Prayer.

    Luke 11:3

    2. Believe in Jesus Word that He Desires to Fill You.
    Luke 11:3

    3. Expect the Holy Spirit to Fill You with Power.
    Acts 1:8

    4. Walk in Obedience to What Jesus Requires of You.
    Acts 5:32

    5. Allow the Holy Spirit to Express Himself through You.
    Ephesians 5:18 ; Acts 2; Galatians 5:22


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    God's Plan of Salvation

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Tuesday, May 18, 2010,

    The Bible says there is only one way to Heaven

    Jesus said: "I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father but by me." (John 14:6)

    Good works cannot save you.

    "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast." (Ephesians 2:8-9)

    Trust Jesus Christ today! Here's what you must do:
    1. Admit you are a sinner.

      "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;" (Romans 3:23)

      "Wherefore, as by one ...


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    The Pastor

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Monday, May 17, 2010,
    “And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; “
    Ephesians 4:11

    Job descriptions give security. When you take a new job, it helps when the boss gives you a list of your responsibilities. The Pastor as well as all other church members have Biblical responsibilities in the church.

    Only a pastor can fully realize all the pastorate requires.

    The Scriptures give him many titles: Watchman on the wall, Bishop, Man of God, Minister, Evangelist,...


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    Seven Principles for Every Project

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Sunday, May 16, 2010,

    Seven principles for every project

    As a pastor, you need to be able to put together projects efficiently and effectively. Whether you are starting a new church, planning a new ministry, opening a new building – or just preparing for next weekend’s services, you need to mobilize people on a common task. That’s leadership in a nutshell.

    Nehemiah, a great biblical model of leadership, had a monster project on his hands when he returned to Jerusalem to help rebuild the wall of his rava...


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    Three Responses to Trouble

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Sunday, May 16, 2010,

    It’s a promise: into every life, a little rain is going to fall. Some of you are thinking, “I wouldn’t mind a sprinkle now and then, but I’m always under a deluge!” It may seem that way. You may resent your problems, but problems have a purpose. God will use adverse circumstances to grow character in you. 

    While you wait for that to happen, here are three responses you can have to the trouble in your life:

    1. Rejoice - James 1 says, "Consider it pure joy when you face trials."...


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    “OUR BRETHREN HAVE DISCOURAGED OUR HEART”

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Sunday, May 16, 2010,
    “OUR BRETHREN HAVE DISCOURAGED OUR HEART”

    Text: Deuteronomy 1: 19-32

    Life is hard for all of us. We all have a load that we carry, and most of us would believe that our own burden is heavier than that of others. If one could lay his burden in a heap with those of others and then, after examining them all, pick up the one that seemed the lightest, would he not be quite likely to re-shoulder his own burden.

    “But I determined this with myself, that I would not come again to you in heaviness,...

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    “CONTAINING OUR COMPLAINING”

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Sunday, May 16, 2010,
    “CONTAINING OUR COMPLAINING”
    Phil. 2:14, Deut. 1:26-38

    On the seventh day God rested....and on the 8 th day God started answering complaints.

    A man dreamed of joining a monastery. His goal in life was to become a monk. So one day he went to a monastery and talked to the head monk and said, “What do I need to do to join.” Was told that it was more difficult that what he thought. In our monastery monks are only allowed to say two words every year.” He said, “That sounds a bit extreme, ...

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    “Complainers Never Win”

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Sunday, May 16, 2010,
    “Complainers Never Win”
    Exodus 16:1-36

    A month has passed between the time Israel departed from Egypt to the time the nation reached the Wilderness of Sin. Water had already been a problem (15:22-26) and now they had run out of food. They were frightened to the extent that they began to think about the “good ole days” back in Egypt, when they use to sing and eat. They became discouraged before they had hardly gotten started. They had been on the road only a few days and because they had...

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    How to Be a Hopeful Person

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Sunday, May 16, 2010,
    Hebrews 6:11-20
     
     We begin this series in Hebrews chapter 6, verses 11-20 in The New Living Translation.

    11 Our great desire is that you will keep on loving others as long as life lasts, in order to make certain that what you HOPE for will come true. 12 Then you will not become spiritually dull and indifferent. Instead, you will follow the example of those are going to inherit God's promises because of their faith and endurance.

    13 For example, there was God's promise to Abraham. Since there was...

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    THE DO’S & DON’TS OF RESTORING RELATIONSHIPS

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Sunday, May 16, 2010,
    THE DO’S & DON’TS OF RESTORING RELATIONSHIPS
    Genesis 45:1-15

    INTRODUCTION:

    If you think your family has problems, consider the marriage mayhem created when 76-year-old Bill Baker of London recently wed Edna Harvey. She happened to be his granddaughter’s husband’s mother. That’s where the confusion began, according to Baker’s granddaughter, Lynn. She said, “My mother-in-law is now my step-grandmother. My grandfather is now my step-father-in-law. My mom is my sister-in-law and by bro...

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    Five Marks of a Real Disciple

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Sunday, May 16, 2010,
    Luke 14:25-35


    INTRODUCTION

    The main job Jesus left us to do was to make disciples. There is a difference between a believer and a disciple. There is no such thing as an instant disciple; like the word, it takes discipline. A Russian comedian, Yakov Smirnoff talks about when he first moved to America, he was amazed at the variety of instant products he could buy in the store. There’s powdered milk: just add water and you have milk. There’s powdered orange juice: just add water and you have o...

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    The Cost of Following Jesus

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Saturday, May 15, 2010,

    READ: Luke 9:57-62.

    Luke records for us in this passage an account of THREE (3) MEN whom Jesus met as He travelled along with His disciples. Two of these men declared that they wished to follow Jesus; to become His disciples. The other was one whom Jesus SUMMONED to follow Him.

    What immediately strikes me is the way in which Jesus handles these inquirers (and I think that this is Luke’s reason for recording the details of these meetings). MOST men with a cause are busy trying to recruit as MA...

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    THREE THINGS THAT CAN CAUSE A CHURCH TO DIE

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Saturday, May 15, 2010,
    THREE THINGS THAT CAN CAUSE A CHURCH TO DIE

    TEXT: Rev 3:1b "I know thy works, that thou hast a name that thou livest, and art dead." 

    INTRO: Jesus said the Church at Sardis was dead! I see two meanings here, there could be more. First, this probably means this local Church lost it’s influence in the local community and the True Church moved on! Second, death means separation, and it could, therefore, mean that the local Church at Sardis was separated from the Living Christ. 

    That local Churche...

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    He Didn't Throw the Clay Away

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Saturday, May 15, 2010,
    Scripture Reading: Jeremiah 18:1-6
     
    Have you ever wondered if maybe the clay of your life has been thrown away? Well I have good news, God has not thrown the clay of your life away. God has come to make your vessel all that it was intended to be, and today he wants to 

    1. Redeem the Vessel.
    Redeem means to buy back. God desires to buy back the broken pieces of your life. It doesn’t matter how broken up your life may be. It doesn’t matter what you have done, or where you have been. God wants ...

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    A Day At The Potter’s House

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Friday, May 14, 2010,
    Text: Isaiah 64:8
    But now, O LORD, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand.

    Text: Jeremiah 18:1-6
    Intro:
    The Potter: The potters art has been practiced since ancient times. The Egyptian monuments give evidence that it was known in Egypt before the entrance of the Hebrews into that country. 
    Pottery is the number one most popular find of Archaeologists who study the Ancient World. They have found the remains of potter’s shops at Lachish 1200B...

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    THE POTTER AND THE CLAY

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Friday, May 14, 2010,
    Jeremiah 18:1-6

    INTRODUCTION: From Reader’s Digest: A friend of mine awoke one morning to find a puddle of water in the middle of his king-size waterbed. In order to fix the puncture, he rolled the heavy mattress outdoors and filled it with more water so he could locate the leak more easily. The enormous bag of water was impossible to control and began rolling on the hilly terrain. He tried to hold it back, but it headed downhill and landed in a clump of bushes that poked it full of holes. D...

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    “What Type Of Clay Are You”

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Friday, May 14, 2010,
    “What Type Of Clay Are You”
    Jer. 18:1-6
    Pastor Jeff Seaman


    Today I would like to speak to you about one of the most powerful stories in the Bible. It is the story of the potter and the clay. The reference to the potter and the clay is made on several occasions in the Bible. As you begin to study the significance of their stories, you will be quick to recognize the powerful spiritual implications.


    Jer 18:1-6
    “This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD: 2"Go down to the potter’s ho...

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    THE ENEMIES OF REVIVAL

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Tuesday, May 11, 2010,

    2 Chronicles 7:14

    Intro:  This is a well known passage that is often used by preachers to talk about the subject of revival.  It is a revival verse.  This word was spoken to King Solomon at the dedication of the temple.  He is told by God that disobedience and rebellion will result in judgment upon the nation of Israel.  This verse is God’s promise that those who turn from their sins; call on Him and walk in His ways will experience a revival of the presence and blessing of the Lord.      No...


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    Vandalizing Man's Reputation

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Tuesday, May 11, 2010,

    Ex. 20:16

    Intro: This 9th Commandment has to do with controlling One's tongue. A very important, but extremely difficult task. James tells us the tongue can be tamed by no man, James 3:1-8. However, Jesus reminds us that we can do all things through him, Phil. 4:13. Therefore, there is absolutely no excuse for a big mouth! We have an altar that is about 24 feet across. This should be sufficient space for just about anyone to lay their tongue on it and get it under control.

    Few people realize th...


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    Christ Our Role Model:

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Monday, May 10, 2010,

    Christ Our Role Model: The Christian life, the Christian walk should be characterized by the virtues taught in the Word of God. We have said that love embodies all of these virtues, and that a life of perfect love would necessarily be an entirely virtuous one. Such was the life of our Lord Jesus Christ. During His tenure on this earth, He embodied and exemplified the love of God, and by His own example, facing the same difficulties of life which we face (yet to a far more intense degree, Heb....


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    THANKS MOM!– MOTHER’S DAY SERMON OUTLINE

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Saturday, May 8, 2010,

    THANKS MOM!– MOTHER’S DAY SERMON OUTLINE


     

     

    Here is a brief outline that any child can add their own real-life examples to. Enjoy it and use it to encourage the greatest people on earth, our Moms!

    If we look at the life of Jesus, we see his Mom at the center of it all. Mary was there to the end watching her Son die. Each of the following has an application in her life and to the lives of most of our Mothers.

    Thanks Mom!

    1. Thanks Mom for Giving Your Love
    There is no love like a Mom’s love. It...


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    15 Ways to Behave More Christian

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Wednesday, May 5, 2010,
    15 Ways to Behave More Christian
     
    chrstianINTRODUCTION – It is much too easy to become swept into movements and lose sight of the bigger picture. At our weekly small group men’s meeting recently, eight of us guys sat at my dining room table as we do each Tuesday morning. The topic of discussion centered around how to be in the world but not of the world. The question was posed, “How do we stand firmly in love on an issue we really believe in?”
     
    We all realized that it is easy for an issue to be...

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    RUN TO THE KINGDOM

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Wednesday, May 5, 2010,

    RUN TO THE KINGDOM 

    The following excerpt is from John Bunyan’s (1628-1688) Sermon, THE HEAVENLY FOOTMAN. based on the phrase, "So run that ye may obtain." found in I Cor. 9:24. I revised the layout slightly, but as you can see, his nine points below would make for some good preaching or a great devotional talk. I am titling the exerpt, RUN TO THE KINGDOM. Enjoy it!

    RUN TO THE KINGDOM

    Get thy will tipped with the heavenly grace, and resolution against all discouragements, and then thou goest f...


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    WHAT A REVIVAL IS

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Wednesday, May 5, 2010,

    WHAT A REVIVAL IS

    It presupposes that the Church is sunk down in a backslidden state, and a revival consists in the return of the Church from her backslidings, and in the conversion of sinners.

    1. A revival always includes conviction of sin on the part of the Church. Backslidden professors cannot wake up and begin right away in the service of God, without deep searchings of heart. The fountains of sin need to be broken up. In a true revival, Christians are always brought under such conviction; ...


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    What Revival Does for a Christian

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Wednesday, May 5, 2010,

    What Revival Does for a Christian

    (The following list is taken from R.A. Torrey’s class book, HOW TO PRAY. You can use the list as a guide and punctuate it with your own illustrations and scriptures while giving the late Bro. Torrey mention for the list. I added the title to give a definite direction for the list)

    Introduction: Dr. R.A. Torrey whose work among men took place between 1856-1928 was well known for his powerful Bible preaching. He was chosen by D. L. Moody to lead his Bible Insti...


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    Who is the Ultimate Enemy of Revival?

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Wednesday, May 5, 2010,

    Who is the Ultimate Enemy of Revival?


    INTRODUCTION:
     One of the most well known passages in the whole Word of God concerning revival is 2 Chronicles 7:14. It records for us the condition or restoring God’s favor upon a land and a people when they are in the midst of a spiritual downturn accompanied by famine and drought. In this famous passage also is the revelation of the greatest enemy to revival.

    2 Chronicles 7:14 if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and s...


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    How To Get Revival

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Wednesday, May 5, 2010,
    2 CHRONICLES 7:14

    I. Humble themselves
     
    1.  God cannot humble us;  He only provides situations where we can handle ourselves.  Calamity is meant to drive us to God in humility and repentance.  However, for most people, calamity does not produce repentance – it produces rage.  The response to calamity separates the righteousness from the wicked.
    2.  The opposite of humility is pride.  Pride is self-dependency; humility is God-dependent.
    3.  In humility, we become honest and transparent.
    4.  Pride...

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    Enjoying A Clean Heart

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Wednesday, May 5, 2010,

    free_1338560Enjoying A Clean Heart

    The Bible is clear and offers us the blessing of cleansing of our hearts so we can enjoy a wonderful fellowship with God.

    1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 

     

    1. A CONDITION MUST BE MET

    "If we confess our sins" This means we must agree with God about the true condition of our heart. It is filled with sin and in need of cleansing. It means we take responsibility for our sin. We do not ...


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    Confidence in a Crisis

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Wednesday, May 5, 2010,

    Daniel 6

    This is the most familiar of all of Daniel’s stories. Lion’s den. A new
    government under Darius had taken over and just like the old regime,
    he makes an image of himself for all to pray toward. But Daniel won’t
    do it and his consequence is being thrown into the lions den.
    There are many lions we all face: bitterness, anger, relational,
    parenting, financial, disease, aging. We live in a dog-eat-dog (lion-eat-lion)
    world.

    May be we get to the point that we think the crisis will be over, ...


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    The 1122 Motherhood Principle

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Wednesday, May 5, 2010,

    1 Samuel 1:11 Then she made a vow and said, “O LORD of hosts, if You will indeed look on the affliction of Your maidservant and remember me, and not forget Your maidservant, but will give Your maidservant a male child, then I will give him to the LORD all the days of his life, and no razor shall come upon his head.”

    1 Samuel 1:22 But Hannah did not go up, for she said to her husband, “Not until the child is weaned; then I will take him, that he may appear before the LORD and remain there...


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    WHEN THE MASTER OF BREAKTHROUGHS SHOWS UP

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Wednesday, May 5, 2010,

    2 Samuel 5:17 Now when the Philistines heard that they had anointed David king over Israel, all the Philistines went up to search for David. And David heard of it and went down to the stronghold. 18 The Philistines also went and deployed themselves in the Valley of Rephaim. 19 So David inquired of the LORD, saying, “Shall I go up against the Philistines? Will You deliver them into my hand?”

    And the LORD said to David, “Go up, for I will doubtless deliver the Philistines into your hand....


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    10 Things to Remember in a Bad Economy

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Wednesday, May 5, 2010,

    Ancient Israel found themselves in a severe crisis as a people and a nation. They had been plundered and led away captive. In their disobedience they stood confused about it all. They had been given so many promises, had they lost their value? Had God changed His mind? Was there no hope in their future? Then the Lord speaking through Jeremiah, reminded them of His heart for them and His plans. Read His words:

    Jeremiah 29: 10 This is what the Lord says: “You will be in Babylon for seventy yea...


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    Crossing the Bridge to Your Future

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Wednesday, May 5, 2010,
    1. Let Criticism Develop You--Not Detour You.

    Jesus Temptation was filled with criticism (Matthew 4)

    You will be criticized so might as well be criticized for doing something worthwhile.

    Matthew 5:44 Bless those who curse you....

    2. Determine to See the Virtue in Patience.

    James 1:4 But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.

    Patience Truths
  • A seed takes time to produce.
  • You must pass the persistence test.
  • Knowing what you are to do is only half the e...

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    Eight CORE Values Of A Disciple

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Monday, May 3, 2010,

    Discipleship, the ongoing process of loving God and loving others, knowing Jesus and making Him Known, applying God’s Word in your daily life and walking in the Holy Spirit, is based on your relationship with God and others.

    What does a “fully-developed follower of Christ” - a spiritually mature disciple - actually look like according to the Bible? Here are eight characteristics from God’s Word. These are the result of a lifetime pursuit of growing in grace and truth.

    1. A disciple rest...

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    The Secret To Winning

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Monday, May 3, 2010,
    Vince Lombardi once said, “Winning is a habit and so is losing.”

    God has a prosperous future for His children and each of us are to run the race set before us. The problem is that most of us don’t know or we forget that we’re in a race. The Apostle Paul tells us: “You’ve all been to the stadium and seen the athletes race. Everyone runs; one wins. Run to win. All good athletes train hard. They do it for a gold medal that tarnishes and fades. You’re after one that’s gold eternall...

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    Dealing With Sin In The Church

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Monday, May 3, 2010,

    Dealing With Sin In The Church: (adapted from an article by Ray Stedman)
    Jesus said, "If your brother sins against you, go and show him his fault, just between the two of you. If he listens to you, you have won your brother over. But if he will not listen, take one or two others along, so that 'every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.' If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if he refuses to listen even to the church, treat him as you woul...


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    Relating Or Rebelling Against God: Part 1

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Monday, May 3, 2010,

    “No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.” (Heb. 12:11)

    Learning to relate in the right way toward God ordained authority is an important part of spiritual maturity. In fact, you cannot walk in the anointing of God, Who is the head of all and from Whom the oil of anointing flows, if you are not submitted to God and His ordained authority. Because of our sinful, rebelliou...


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    Relating Or Rebelling Against God: Part 2

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Monday, May 3, 2010,
    Strife. Envy. Division. Gossip. Murmuring. Backbiting. Sounds like an episode from asoap opera, but this describes the state of the church in Corinth and unfortunately, a picture of many of today’s churches.

    Written about A.D. 55, about 20-years after our Lords ascension, to a largely Gentile church located in a major cosmopolitan city where idolatry and immorality abounded, the Apostle Paul said, “For I am afraid that when I come I may not find you as I want you to be, and you may not fin...

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    Relating Or Rebelling Against God: Part 3

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Monday, May 3, 2010,
    “Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently. But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted.” (Galatians 6:1)

    How I pray that disciples of all ages would hear these words so that we would take seriously the destructive nature of sin in our midst. When we see someone in our church who is consistently living in sin, we are called to first consider ourselves (Matthew 7:3-5; Luke 6:41,42; 1 Corinthians 10:12) and then redemptively, lovingly, courag...

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    WHO’S TO BLAME?

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Thursday, April 29, 2010,
    CASTING BLAME

    Matthew 7:15 “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves.

    INTRODUCTION –A Schoolmaster finds one day that several of his scholars are playing truant. The morning passes and they do not arrive. At last, in the afternoon, the truants turn up. The master has a strong suspicion where they have been: however, he asks, "Why were you not at school this morning?" "Please, sir, mother kept me at home to mind the baby." "Indeed...


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    The 7 Ups!

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Thursday, April 29, 2010,
    1. Wake  Up !! — Decide  to have a good day.

    This is the day the Lord  hath made;
    let us rejoice and be glad in it.’  
    Psalms 118:24  
       
    2. Dress  Up !!  — The  best way to dress up is to put on a smile.

    A  smile is an inexpensive way to improve your  looks.
    ‘The Lord does not look at the things  man looks at.
    Man looks at outward  appearance,
    but the Lord looks at the  heart.’
    I Samuel 16:7   
       
    3. Shut  Up!! — Say  nice things and learn to listen.

    God gave us  two ears and one mouth,
    so H...


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    Final Freedom From Sin

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Thursday, April 29, 2010,
    The saints, at death, have great immunities and freedoms. An apprentice, when he has served his time, is made free. Just so, when the saints have finished their time of living, they are made free! They are not made free until death.

    At death they are freed from a body of SIN.

    There are in the best believers, the remnants of sin—some remainders and relics of corruption. "O wretched man who I am! who shall deliver me from this body of death?" By the body of death is meant the mass and lump of s...


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    Five Pitfalls for Pastors to Avoid

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Thursday, April 29, 2010,

    Five Pitfalls for Pastors to Avoid

     
    Introduction- As I typed the title to this post in the form of a sermon outline, I must admit that it was a little scary. Why? I am a pastor that has experienced great pain due to falling into more than one of these pits. I take full responsibility for my own actions which is necessary in order for healing and restoration to take place.
     
    However in addition to our own mistakes and sinfulness, the enemy is also at work against the life of every servant of Chri...

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    SOME COMMANDS FROM THE NEW TESTAMENT LETTERS

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Monday, April 26, 2010,

    SUMMARY from Rom 12:1-13:14
    Yielding 
    Offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God - which is your spiritual worship.
    Mind 
    Do not be conformed any longer to the pattern of this world, 

    but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.
    Love 
    Love must be sincere. 

    Be devoted to one another in botherly love.  
    Love your neighbor as yourself.
    Putting Off 
    Hate what is evil. Let us put aside the deeds of darkness. 

    Do not think about how to gratify the desires of the sinful nature.
    Putting...


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    Let Your Words Be Seasoned With Salt

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Saturday, April 24, 2010,

    Colossians 4:6 Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.

    As I was reading this verse this morning, the Lord impressed upon my heart the purpose of salt in our lives.

    (1) To add flavor to food

    Does my speech add flavor to the conversation? Or am I merely talking to hear myself talk? Do I contribute something from God’s Word when someone opens their heart to me? Or do I sit there and join them in their pity party? We should strive...


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    I AM A NEW CHRISTIAN WHAT DO I DO NOW?

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Thursday, April 22, 2010,


    WHAT GOD HAS DONE FOR YOU

    When you received Christ as your Saviour, several things took place in your life.

    1. YOU BECAME A CHILD OF GOD. 
    "But as many as received Him, to them gave He power (or right) to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name." John 1:12.

    2. YOUR SINS WERE FORGIVEN. 
    "To him give all the prophets witness, that through His name whosoever believeth in Him shall receive remission (forgiveness) of sins." Acts 10:43 .

    3. YOU PASSED FROM DEATH UNTO LIFE. 
    "Verily, ...


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    Why Are Men So Angry Today?

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Thursday, April 22, 2010,
    "For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God." James 1:20

     Why are men so angry today? Why are boys so angry? Why are some violent and others wish they could be violent? Why the feeding frenzy in society on violent sports, video games, music, movies, etc.? Why do I see men in Church who seem like wonderful husbands and fathers in public but go ballistic at home? Why such short tempers? Why these temper tantrums? Why won't they grow up? Why? Why? Why?

    I finally decided to study it ...


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    The Five Opponents to A Fruitful Heart

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Saturday, April 17, 2010,

    THE FIVE OPPONENTS TO A FRUITFUL HEART
    (As seen in the Parable of the Sower, The Seed and the Soils)

    Matthew 13: 18 “Therefore hear the parable of the sower: 19 When anyone hears the word of the kingdom, and does not understand it, then the wicked one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is he who received seed by the wayside. 20 But he who received the seed on stony places, this is he who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy; 21 yet he has no root in himsel...


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    THE SWORD OF THE SPIRIT

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Friday, April 16, 2010,

    Ephesians 6:17…  Take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God”.

    1. The Sword is a weapon.
     
    A. To defend against the enemies attacks.
     
    B. To assault the enemies strongholds.
     
    C. We need to be trained how to use it both offensively and defensively.
     
    D. Must keep it easily accessible to be ready.

    2. Keep Your Sword in Good Condition
     
    A. By using it. (Ecc.12.11).
     
    B. Take it out of it’s sheath.
     
    C. Don’t allow things to build up on it.

    3. Familarize Yourself with Your Sword
     
    A. Study it (1...


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    Eight Truths About the Anointing

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Friday, April 16, 2010,

    Eight Truths About the Anointing

    Acts 10:38 how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.(NKJV)

    In looking at Acts 10:38 as Peter ministers to Cornelius and his household, we see how the Anointing operated in Jesus while he walked the Earth. We also can apply these truths to how the Anointing works in Christ’s body (believers) in the Earth today. Following are eight truth...


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    How to Make a Success of the Christian

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Thursday, April 15, 2010,

    How to Make a Success of the Christian Life

    Now that you are a child of God your growth depends upon yourself.
    It is impossible for you to become a useful Christian unless you are willing to do the things which are absolutely essential to your spiritual growth. To this end the following suggestions will be found to be of vital importance:

    1. STUDY THE BIBLE: Set aside at least fifteen minutes a day for Bible Study. Let God talk to you fifteen minutes a day through His Word. Talk to God fifteen m...


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    The Five Greatest Things A Church Can Do For Their Pastor

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Thursday, April 15, 2010,

    The Five Greatest Things A Church Can Do For Their Pastor


    Text–Acts 20 When Paul addresses the Ephesian Elders. As you read the verses he becomes very clear, that these people really loved Paul. There was a bond between them. He had a great place of endearment in their hearts. Every Pastor needs a group of people whose hearts are for him and toward him. Through the years of ministry there have been some things that congregations have done, that have meant the world to me. Let me share with y...


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    Seven Gifts You Get When You Team Up With Jesus!

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Thursday, April 15, 2010,

    Seven Gifts You Get When You Team Up With Jesus!

    1 Timothy 1: 12 I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that he considered me faithful, appointing me to his service. 13 Even though I was once a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent man, I was shown mercy because I acted in ignorance and unbelief. 14The grace of our Lord was poured out on me abundantly, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.

    When you read the above passage you discover that:

    1.  He gives us...


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    Six Things to Putt Off Before Tomorrow Are

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Thursday, April 15, 2010,

    Six Things to Put Off Before Tomorrow Are:

    1. Anger

    This word is also used in Ephesians 4:26. Albert Barnes gives some guidelines to help us know when we are getting sinfully angry:

    Anger is sinful in the following circumstances:
    (1.) When it is excited without any sufficient cause—when we are in no danger, and do not
    need it for a protection. We should be safe without it.
    (2.) When it transcends the cause, if any cause really exists. All that is beyond the necessity of
    immediate self-protection i...


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    Seven Things The Word of God Like

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Thursday, April 15, 2010,

    Seven things the Word of God is Like
    SubTitle: Cherishing the Word of God

    This is a message I have been working on I plan to teach soon. Take it and shape to fit you. The aim of the message is to encourage people to cherish God’s Word realizing what it provides for us in our daily lives.

    Alternate Titles: God’s Word is Like–
                            7 Natural Pictures of the Supernatural Word
                            God’s Word for Your Need
                            His Word for My Life


    1. God...


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    Seven Hindrances To Prayer

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Thursday, April 15, 2010,

    SEVEN HINDRANCES TO PRAYER

    (The following points were pulled out of R. A. Torrey’s book, HOW TO PRAY. It is not a full excerpt. Hope you enjoy them.Bold print mine not the author’s. I have added some points in brackets.)

     

    1. [SELFISHNESS] The first hindrance to prayer we will find in James 4:3, "Ye ask and receive not BECAUSE YE ASK AMISS, THAT YE MAY SPEND IT IN YOUR PLEASURES."

    A selfish purpose in prayer robs prayer of power.  Very many

    prayers are selfish.  These may be prayers for things...


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    3 Steps To Accomplish Your Destiny

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Thursday, April 15, 2010,

    3 STEPS TO ACCOMPLISH YOUR DESTINY


     

    1. Imagine it! — God saw the world before He created it.
    Rely on the creativity of God that has been placed inside of you. This is the ability to see things before they can be seen and must be a component of any vision.

    2. Believe it! — Your heart must go with your head. to believe to see the impossible is to partner with God who can do all things. Jesus said nothing is impossible to those who believe.

    3. Do it! — This is what seperates dreamers from doer...


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    Exposing The Lies That You Believe

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Thursday, April 15, 2010,
    Psalm 51: 6 Behold, You desire truth in the inward parts,
             And in the hidden part You will make me to know wisdom. 
     
    John 8:31 Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. 32 And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”
     
    1. THE LORD DESIRES TRUTH IN THE INWARD PART. (Ps. 51:6)
     
    2. WE SHOULD DESIRE TRUTH IN OUR INWARD PART.
     -This is when we begin to know wisdom when we are first truthful with our own heart. ...

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    Four Characteristics of a Godly Church

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Wednesday, April 14, 2010,
    Four Characteristics of a Godly Church
    READ Acts2:42-47
     
    Ask you what you might think a silly question—
    Do you want this church to be like God’s church? 
    This question needs to be asked because the church of today is slipping.
    Did you know that the United States is the third largest unchurched nation in the world? That North America is the only continent where Christianity is not growing. That more that 80 percent of all churches in the United States are plateaued or declining?
     
    I believe that ...

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    Negative and Positive Ways of Selecting Pastors/Elders

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Wednesday, April 14, 2010,
    Negative and Positive Ways of Selecting Pastors/Elders (1 Timothy 3:1-3:6)

    Illustration: Be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity. –1 Timothy 4:12 

    Bible In One Year: Judges 1-3; Luke 4:1-30

    You are a leader. Yes, you! You may not be the president or manager of an organization, but you will be called on to lead others. 

    Do you teach Sunday school? You’re a leader. Are you a parent? You’re a leader. Have a job? You’re a leader. Have friend...

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    Seventeen Names of God and Their Significance

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Tuesday, April 13, 2010,

    Seventeen Names of God and Their Significance (Psa 46:10)


     
     
    1. Elohim means God Gen. 1:1: Psa 19:1 - "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth." Speaks of God’s power and might. The only supreme-true God

    2. Yahweh means The Lord Gen. 2:4; Ex 6:2,3. "I am the Lord, I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac and to Jacob as God Almighty, but by my name the Lord I did not make myself known to them" Speaks of the name of the divine person above all.

    3. El Elyon means the God Most High Gen. 14:1...

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    How Faith Helps Us Overcome Sin

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Tuesday, April 13, 2010,
    How Faith Helps Us Overcome Sin 
    (I John 3:9,10)

    "No one born of God continues to deliberately, knowingly and habitually practices sin, for God’s nature abides in him. His principle of life, the divine sperm, remains permanently within him and he cannot practice sinning because he is born of God... No one who does not practice righteousness, who does not conform to God’s will in purpose, thought and action is of God , neither is anyone who does not love his brother his fellow believer in Ch...

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    Jesus’ Positive Answer for Every Negative Problem

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Tuesday, April 13, 2010,
    Jesus’ Positive Answer for Every Negative Problem 

    Luke 18:27-18:27 

    Jesus’ Positive Answer for Every Negative Problem (Luke 18:27)

    Chuck Swindoll listened to a piece of advice from a wise friend one day that greatly affected his outlook on life. The friend said, "If you know how to do things you will usually find work, but if you can explain to people why things work, you will probably end up leading people. 

    Illustration: Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits. —Psalm ...

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    How To Worship God In Spirit and in Truth

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Tuesday, April 13, 2010,
    How To Worship God In Spirit and in Truth 

    John 4:22-4:24 

    Worship - To give honor, adoration and praise to God in all aspects of life

    The Purpose of Worship 

    1. To express our love for the Lord. (Luke 10;27)

    2. To obey His commands to give worship to Him above all gods. (Lk.4:8)

    3. To fulfill our highest purpose for living (Psa.45:11)

    4. To direct our mind, will and emotions to things above and not toward things on the earth with its worries, riches and pleasures. (Col. 3:1,2)

    5. To help us gain a s...

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    How The Holy Spirit Can Lead You as He Led Ezekiel

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Tuesday, April 13, 2010,
    How The Holy Spirit Can Lead You as He Led Ezekiel 
    Ezekiel 2:1 (NIV, NIRV, TNIV, KJV) 


    How The Holy Spirit Can Lead You as He Led Ezekiel

    Allow the Holy Spirit to lead you as He led Ezekiel by learning from this fine Biblical example of leadership. The Holy Spirit directed Ezekiel to take on a difficult ministry of speaking to an obstinate and hard hearted audience. His example teaches us to trust, obey and follow the Lord fully by the Spirit’s empowering regardless of how unlikely it is that...

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    How The Holy Spirit Helps Us Put a Positive Spin on Every Problem

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Tuesday, April 13, 2010,
    How The Holy Spirit Helps Us Put a Positive Spin on Every Problem 
    1 Thessalonians 5:23 (NIV, NIRV, TNIV, KJV) 


    1. The Holy Spirit increasingly sanctifies those who are a part of His family. The Spirit frees us from the problems, restrictions and penalties of sin as He sanctifies us. 2 Cor. 3:18, Paul writes, 

    "But we all with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord are changed from one degree of glory just as by the Spirit of the Lord." 

    Quote; The Spirit helps us get bette...

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    How To Have the Serenity To Accept the Things You Cannot Change

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Tuesday, April 13, 2010,
    How To Have the Serenity To Accept the Things You Cannot Change 
    (Phil. 4:6-9) 


    Although it may be hard to admit, there are many things that we cannot change. No matter how hard you try some people resist change; some organizations refuse to admit problems and some leaders refuse to listen to advice. Instead, of consistently beating one’s proverbial head up against a wall, Christians have a better option. 

    Paul wrote, "Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in everything, by praye...

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    How The Holy Spirit Helps Us Identify and Remove the Masks People Hide Behind

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Tuesday, April 13, 2010,
    1. The Holy Spirit convicts us of any form of dependency other than Jesus Christ. Jesus said to the Pharisees, "You hypocrites; as it is written: ‘These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. They worship me in vain; their teachings are but rules taught by men. You have let go of the commands of God and are holding on to the traditions of men." (Mark 7:6-8) Ask the Lord to help you remove any dependence on rules, regulations or traditions that hinder your allegia...
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    Why Does God Allow Suffering?

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Monday, April 12, 2010,
    Why Does God Allow Suffering? 

    James 1:2-1:3 

    Suffering - To experience adverse effects of something unpleasant. To feel pain, grief or discomfort.

    Illustration:Someone asked C.S. Lewis, "Why do the righteous suffer?" "Why not?" he replied. "They’re the only ones who can take it."

    Unknown.


    "Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it. 

    Helen Keller quoted in: Barbara Rowes, The book of Quotes, Dutton.



    Reasons Why God Allows Suffering - 

    1. The testing of our fai...

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    How The Holy Spirit Can Lead You as He Led Jeremiah

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Monday, April 12, 2010,
    How The Holy Spirit Can Lead You as He Led Jeremiah 
    Jeremiah 1:4-1:19 (NIV, NIRV, TNIV, KJV) 


    How The Holy Spirit Can Lead You as He Led Jeremiah

    Quote: He who has God and many other things has no more than he who has God alone. 


    1. The Holy Spirit can lead you to realize exactly what God has appointed you to be, do and accomplish. The Bible says, "The word of the Lord came to me, saying, ‘Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a pr...

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    How Paul the Apostle Handled Crises

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Monday, April 12, 2010,
    How Paul the Apostle Handled Crises 
    Acts 28:1 (NIV, NIRV, TNIV, KJV) 


    Many crisis coping skills can be distilled from the way Paul responded to problems. In Acts 27 we find Paul is on his way to face the judgment of the Roman Emperor Caesar aboard a prison ship. Suddenly, a terrible a storm rages. After three days everyone on board despairs of life. Just as everyone runs out of food, Paul stand up and shouts, "Men, you should have taken my advice not to sail from Crete; then you would have spa...

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    How Can the Lord Help You Overcome Problems Related to Money?

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Monday, April 12, 2010,
    How Can the Lord Help You Overcome Problems Related to Money? 

    Proverbs 11:28-11:28 

    1. Concentrate on being more spiritually productive allowing the Lord to provide to you whatever is necessary. Solomon wrote, "Whoever trusts in his riches will fall, but the righteous will thrive like a green leaf." (Prov. 11 :28)

    2. Appreciate how much more valuable Godliness is than wealth. Paul wrote, "Godliness with contentment is great gain, for we brought nothing into this world and it is certain that we ...

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    20 Reasons Why People Do Not See Their Prayer Answered

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Monday, April 12, 2010,
    20 Reasons Why People Do Not See Their Prayer Answered
    (John 16:24)

    Why do you suppose that many people do not see their prayers answered? Too many people fail to appreciate some of the hindrances to prayer. Jesus said, "Up till now you have asked nothing in my name (For my sake, in my will and for the glory of God). Ask and you will receive that your joy may be made complete. (John 16:24)

    The following are 20 hindrances to answered prayer that we should be mindful of in order to maximize our jo...

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    IN ALL THINGS GOD WORKS...

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Monday, April 12, 2010,
    TEXT: Romans 8:28-29; Luke 15:11-20 

    Let's look at 3 specific blessings that come into our lives through our problems. And as we see how God has used problems in the past to bring about great blessings, it will help us in the problems we face today.

    I. GOD USES PROBLEMS TO DIRECT & SHAPE US 

    The difficult things we experience in life, big & small, are not random freak accidents or streaks of bad luck. They are allowed - & at times even orchestrated – BY God to direct us - to shape us into the ...

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    Building A Caring Church

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Monday, April 12, 2010,
    Introduction: Over the past several months we have focused our attention on what it will take for our church to be the kind of church that Christ wants us to be - a caring, committed, Christ centered community. Today I would like to summarize those necessary building blocks to achieve this goal by looking at some practical pointers Paul penned in Romans. If we apply and practice these truths individually and corporately, God will be honored, the church will grow - numerically and spiritually,...
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    10 Steps to A Better Marriage

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Monday, April 12, 2010,
    Here are 10 steps to a better marriage: 

    1. Make commitment not feeling the foundation of your marriage.


    Give honor to marriage, and remain faithful to one another in marriage. Hebrews 13:4

    1 out of 3 marriages end in divorce.

    1 out of 50 marriages end in divorce if the couple had a church wedding.

    1 out of 105 marriages end in divorce if the couple attends church regularly.

    1 out of 1,155 marriages end in divorce if the couple attends church regularly and has family devotions.



    2. Learn to draw a ve...

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    Coming to The Redeemer

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Sunday, April 11, 2010,
    Coming to the Redeemer

    Ruth Chapter 3

    I. Introduction

    Throughout the book of Ruth, Ruth has proven herself to be faithful. 

    Illus. Adam had been staying out late for several nights in a row and Eve began to worry. She woke Adam one night and said, "You’ve been going out with other women." Adam said, "How is that possible? You are the only other woman on earth!" He fell asleep again only to be awakened by Eve poking him in the chest. He said, "What are you doing?" She replied, "Counting your rib...

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    How To Handle A Snake

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Sunday, April 11, 2010,
    How to Handle a Snake

    I. Introduction

    Now we Pentecostals always get accused of handling snakes. We don’t handle snakes as some do. 

    They get their idea of handling snakes from Mark 16:18. In this chapter we see several signs that Jesus Himself said would follow those who believe. 

    Mark 16:15-18
    15 And He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. 16 He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. 17 And these signs...

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    A Call To Commitment

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Sunday, April 11, 2010,
    A Call to Commitment
    Romans 12:1-2

    Today I want you to see with me three clear calls to commitment that every believer has to face. This is based on the supposition that you made more than decision about Christ and that you have already made a personal commitment to Christ. 

    Commitment to Personal Growth
     
    We are called to commit ourselves as disciples. Disciples are learners. We should never reach a point in life at which we are no longer learners. On of the things that I admired about my wife’...

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    The Prodigal Son

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Sunday, April 11, 2010,
    THE PRODIGAL SON
    Luke 15:11-32

    INTRO: Jesus used many parables in his ministry. We sometimes fail to see the real underlying message in the Parables He used.

    Today we want to see what message Jesus intended in the parable of the prodigal son.

    I. THE SON LOST.

    A. Rejected the father.
    1. Could have been safe and secure, but he wanted to "enjoy his
    youth".
    2. He was only concerned with the present life.

    B. The young son was lost.
    1. Parallels a lost man in the world now.
    a. Lost man is under God’s protec...

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    Play-Acting At Being A Christian

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Sunday, April 11, 2010,
    PLAY-ACTING AT BEING A CHRISTIAN
    Galatians 6:7

    INTRO: Have you ever been in a play? If you haven’t, I am sure you have
    watched one. The performers in the play assume the role of the person they are portraying, in order to give a good performance. In short, they pretend to be something, or someone they aren’t.

    We have a play taking place in our church now. We have members who are
    playing the part of Christians, who are only acting, out the part. We call this play-acting at being a Christian.

    Thi...

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    Three Test For Salvation

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Sunday, April 11, 2010,
    THREE TESTS FOR SALVATION
    1 John 2:3-11

    INTRO: One of the main purposes of the book of 1 John is that you and I might come to know that we are truly children of God. To know that we are born again. The Bible plainly teaches that it is possible for a Christian to really and actually know he is saved.

    It would be inconceivable to go to one of the first century Christians and ask him if he were saved and get answers like, “Well, I hope so or I think I am saved.” Those early Christians had assur...

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    To Die Is Gain

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Sunday, April 11, 2010,
    To Die Is Gain 

    Phil 1:21 – “For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.”

    Intro.
    When I read this verse I can’t help but think of Gain. 

    When the Apostle Paul wrote this letter to the church at Phillipi, the circumstances of his life weren’t exactly ideal. He was in prison - under house arrest in Rome – chained to a Roman soldier as his guard. Paul was a prisoner and yet this entire letter shouts with triumph. It is filled with the words “joy” and “rejoicing”. 

    Right Chris...

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    Forget It! I'll Do it Myself

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Sunday, April 11, 2010,
    FORGET IT! I'LL DO IT MYSELF! 
    Genesis 16:1-6

    I remember seeing some shorts to a movie once where a millionaire agrees to pay a couple a million dollars if the wife will sleep with him for one night. What would you do? The answer to that question tests your character. Impatience is often willing to sleep with the enemy to achieve it's purposes. The devil seeks to thwart the purposes of God through our impatience. Impatience sucks faith into a void and I am left grappling with worldly ways of do...

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    Beware of Evil Companion

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Wednesday, April 7, 2010,
     Beware Of Evil Companions (1:10-19)
    
    INTRODUCTION
    
    1. In our study of Proverbs thus far, we have seen that wisdom
       requires...
       a. Fearing the Lord, so that we heed His Word - Pr 1:7
       b. Respecting our parents, so that we listen to their advice - Pr 1:
          8-9
    
    2. What about our friends...?
       a. Our peers with whom we spend so much time?
       b. Might they not be a source of good counsel, i.e., wisdom?
    
    [Indeed they can (cf. Pr 27:9).  But the wrong kind of friends must be
    avoided.  T...

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    Your Body, His Temple

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Wednesday, April 7, 2010,

    "Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God?  You are not your own; 20 you were bought at a price.  Therefore honor God with your body," (1 Cor. 6:19-20).

    Introduction

    1. This is a body conscious world.
      1. Many products to clean up, paint up, and fix-up.
        1. Great concern about physical shape.
          1. Diets abound: low fat this, low fat that. Diet pills.
          2. Exercise clubs, exercise machines, etc.
      2. Great concern about physical health.
        1. Watch that cholesterol...

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    MISS CHURCH AND MISS OUT!

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Friday, March 26, 2010,

    There are many benefits of faithful fellowship with God's people. DON'T MISS OUT!!! GET TO CHURCH THIS SUNDAY!!!

    Miss church and you miss CHRIST'S POWER and PRESENCE. Christ promises to meet with us (Matthew 18:20). God's manifest glory and power is at work when His people get together in obedience and fellowship (2 Chronicles 7:2-3; 1 Samuel 4:21). Out of church you can lose power in your relationship with God through disobedience (Judges 16:20).

    Miss church and it will damage your WITNESS. A ...


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    SABBATH KEEPING

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Thursday, March 25, 2010,

    Seventh Day Adventists claim that you must keep the Sabbath.

    SCRIPTURAL REPROOF

    We as Christians do NOT have to keep the Sabbath today. The Sabbath was a "SIGN" (Ezekiel 20:20 ) given to the Jews because the Jews require a SIGN (1 Corinthians 1:22 ).

    The Jews require a SIGN because their NATION began with SIGNS (Exodus 4).

    The sign of the Sabbath was unknown to every man, woman and child in the book of Genesis for more than 2000 years, for it was first revealed to Moses on MT. SINAI in 150...


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    WHAT'S RIGHT WITH THE CHURCH?

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Thursday, March 25, 2010,

    THE MASTER OF THE CHURCH IS RIGHT

    It is Christ's Church. He bought it with His own blood. The Church is the Body of Christ.

    THE MEMBERSHIP OF THE CHURCH IS RIGHT

    church pictureChrist said of them, "They follow me." You don't have to beg this crowd to go to Church every Sunday. You don't have to visit, beg, plead, prime, or pump these. They love the Church, they Love the Saviour. There is a kindred spirit. I am afraid that we have many members in churches around the world who have never met Christ as their per...


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    Spiritual Infancy

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Friday, March 19, 2010,

    1 Corinthians 3:1-5

    Brothers, I could not address you as spiritual but as worldly -- mere infants in Christ.  2 I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready for it.  Indeed, you are still not ready.  3 You are still worldly.  For since there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not worldly?  Are you not acting like mere men?  4 For when one says, "I follow Paul," and another, "I follow Apollos," are you not mere men? (NIV)

    Introduction

    Imagine that you are viewing a...


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    What did Jesus come to do?

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Thursday, March 11, 2010,


    1. To reveal the Father (Matt. 11:27)
      1. "All things have been committed to me by my Father.  No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him."
    2. To be a ransom for many (Matt. 20:28)
      1. "just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many."
    3. To serve (Matt. 20:28)
      1. "just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many."
    4. To...

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    Strangers in a strange land

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Thursday, March 11, 2010,

    Dear friends, I urge you, as aliens and strangers in the world, to abstain from sinful desires, which war against your soul. 12Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.

    1. You are strangers in this world, verse 11, "Dear friends, I urge you, as aliens and strangers in the world, to abstain from sinful desires, which war against your soul."
      1. The Bible talks about the Christian as having a d...

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    Growing in Grace

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Thursday, March 11, 2010,

    2 Peter 3:17-18, Growing in Grace

    "Therefore, dear friends, since you already know this, be on your guard so that you may not be carried away by the error of lawless men and fall from your secure position. 18But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen," (2 Pet. 3:17-18).

    God wants you to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior. But how? How do you who are in Christ grow in a proper and healthy manner? Like a ...


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    Faith

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Thursday, March 11, 2010,

    Hebrews 11:1, Faith

     

    "Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see," (Heb. 11:1).

    1. Faith is an important word in the Bible. Faith is where the Promises and Work of God are made real to His redeemed.
      1. Ephesians 2:8-9, We are saved by faith.
      2. Rom. 1:17, We live by faith.
      3. Rom. 4:13, We receive righteousness by faith.
      4. Rom. 5:1, We are justified in Christ by faith
      5. Rom. 5:2, We have access to God's grace by faith.
      6. 2 Cor. 1:24, We stand firm in our belief by faith.
      7. Gal. 3:14, W...

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    The Holy Spirit in the Church

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Thursday, March 11, 2010,

    Acts 4:31, The Holy Spirit in the Church


    "For truly against Your holy Servant Jesus, whom You anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles and the people of Israel, were gathered together  28  to do whatever Your hand and Your purpose determined before to be done.  29 Now, Lord, look on their threats, and grant to Your servants that with all boldness they may speak Your word, 30 by stretching out Your hand to heal, and that signs and wonders may be done through the name of You...

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    What is the Gospel?

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Thursday, March 11, 2010,

    What is the Gospel?

    The gospel is the singularly most important communication of God to man.  In Jesus, who is God the Son, we have the revelation of God’s love and sacrifice that saves us from God's righteous judgment upon sinners.

    If you are not a Christian and want to know how to be forgiven of your sins and follow Christ, or are just curious to know what the Christian gospel is, then this is for you.

    The Bible tells us what the gospel is in 1 Cor. 15:1-4,

    Now I make known to you brethren,...


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    Why Do We Confess Sins?

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Wednesday, March 10, 2010,

    Bible Summary. Sin is any thought or action that is against God. When we are in sin we are not in relationship with God. Confessing the sins in our lives is a first step in being reconciled back to God. God, because of His righteous nature, cannot be in the presence of our sinful disobedience. In fact from God's perspective, sin must be destroyed. At the same time God, because of His loving nature, loves all of mankind even though they are in sin. To reestablish a loving relationship with...


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    Full Of Yourself? God Will Bring You Down

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Wednesday, March 10, 2010,

    When you are full of yourself you have no room for God. God is not pleased when you are full of yourself. He promises you death and destruction when you are led by your pride. God says that you are a fool when you are full of pride. Your mouth reveals that you believe you are above God. See below Biblical advice and scriptures concerning being full of yourself.


    Full Of Yourself? You Have No Respect Of God

    When you are full of yourself you have no room for God. Even if you know God, you wil...


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    A Born Again Christian is a New Man In Christ.

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Wednesday, March 10, 2010,
    To be a born again Christian you need to have accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior. Everyday a born again Christian must take on the mind of Christ and surrender completely to God. As a new man, a born again Christian is created in righteousness and holiness. When we are born again we now have God’s incorruptible seed in us. See below for Biblical advice and scriptures concerning being a born again Christian.

    A Born Again Christian is a New Man In Christ.

    To be a born again Christian you ne...


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    Water Baptism

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Monday, March 8, 2010,
    Water Baptism

    Water baptism is a symbolic burial, by which the new Christian publicly declares they have died, and are now beginning a new life, in Christ.

    Baptize is the English form of a Greek word which means to immerse: to place something into something else.

    In Christian water baptism, the believer is put completely under water, then immediately raised out of the water.

    Water baptism is a statement of faith: my old life is behind me -- I am a new person, with a new life.

    Water baptism is a s...


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    Tithe

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Wednesday, March 3, 2010,

    Tithe

    • The tenth of anything. 
      1 Samuel 8:15 And he will take the tenth of your seed, and of your vineyards, and give to his officers, and to his servants.
      1 Samuel 8:17 He will take the tenth of your sheep: and ye shall be his servants.
    • Antiquity of the custom of giving to God's ministers. 
      Genesis 14:20 And blessed be the most high God, which hath delivered thine enemies into thy hand. And he gave him tithes of all.
      Hebrews 7:6 But he whose descent is not counted from them received tithes of...

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    The Relationship of Congregation and Eldership

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Wednesday, March 3, 2010,

    1.  The Relationship of Congregation and Eldership

    What then is the relationship of the congregation and the eldership? When Paul writes to the Philippian Church he adresses "the bishops and deacons WITH the saints" (Philippians 1:1). This constitute New Testament Church order. Do the people have nothing to say in Church matter? Or is there some part the congregation have as members of the priestly Body of Christ? The answer is in the affirmative. However, it needs to be clearly defined as to...


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    Vision: What Is It?

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Monday, March 1, 2010,

    Vision: What Is It?

    Proverbs 29:18

    Introduction:

    A. Duke Ellington, the late Jazz musician, composer & renowned band leader, was once asked to provide a definition of rhythm.

    • Mr. Ellington replied, "If you got it, you don't need no definition. And if you don't have it, ain't no definition gonna help."

    B. The definition of "vision" isn't quite so evasive, but George Barna explains it somewhat similarly to Duke Ellington's definition of rhythm.

    • Concerning vision, Barna states, "Once you ...


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    Character of A True Discple

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Sunday, February 21, 2010,

    Jesus gave us these three characteristics of a disciple:

    1. Obedient to God’s Word: “If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciple.” (John 8:31);

    2. Loving: “By this all men will know that you are my disciples if you have love for one another." (John 13:35);

    3. Fruitful: “By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciple.” (John 15:8).


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    Why Do Many People Reject Practical Membership?

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Saturday, February 20, 2010,

     Many believers reject any form of Church membership. Various reasons may be mentioned, some of which are as follows:
    • 1. Fear of being hurt, having been hurt by other shephered (Ezekiel 34; Jeremiah 23; John 10).
    • 2. Fear of legalism, and threats.
    • 3. Do not believe it is Scriptural, as belongs to the Church mystical, invisible, universal.
    • 4. Do not have a submissive spirit.
    • 5. Desire to be self-governing, self-directing, lawless, go it alone, independent, "Jesus and me, I need nobody else", attitu...

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    Eight CORE Values of A Disciple

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Saturday, February 20, 2010,



    Discipleship, the ongoing process of loving God and loving others, knowing Jesus and making Him Known, and applying God’s Word in your daily life, is based on your relationship with God and others.

    What does a “fully-developed follower of Christ” - a spiritually mature disciple - actually look like according to the Bible? Here are eight characteristics from God’s Word. These are the result of a lifetime pursuit of growing in grace and truth.

    1. A disciple rests in God:
    A disc...


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    Responsibilities Toward The Pastor

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Saturday, February 20, 2010,

     
    Hebrews 13:17

     Introduction:

     I.        We are responsible to love our pastor.  1 Peter 1:22

    II.        We are responsible to pray for our pastor.  1 Thessalonians 5:25

    III.       We are responsible to submit to our pastor.  Hebrews 13:17

    IV.      We are responsible to provide for our pastor.  1 Timothy 5:17

    V.       We are responsible to obey our pastor.  Hebrews 13:17

    VI.       We are responsible to promote our pastor as an example.  2 Thess 3...


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    Feeling Spiritually Dry

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Saturday, February 20, 2010,

    Have you ever felt as though you couldn't hear the Lord's voice if He were next to you shouting your name?  Have you been, or are you now in, a period of spiritual dryness?  If you have had a spiritually dry time and are now past it, then praise God.  If, however, you are in the midst of one, then maybe this can help you.

         First of all, it isn't necessarily bad to be in a spiritually dry place -- unless it is because of sin.  If we commit a sin that we know the Lord wants us ...


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    Evidences of Convertion

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Saturday, February 20, 2010,

    Evidences Of Conversion

    Acts 15:3

    Introduction:

     

    I.          There will be a delight in the Word of God.  Psalms 1:2

    II.         There will be a delight in the removal of the burden of sin.  Psalms 32:1

    III.       There will be a delight in doing the will of God.  Psalms 40:8

    IV.       There will be a delight in attending unto God’s house.  Psalms 122:1

    V.        There will be a delight in strengthening the brethren.  Luke 22:32

    VI.     ...


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    Healthy Church

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Saturday, February 20, 2010,

    What is the activity of the church? 

    According to the church planter what does a healthy church do? This question will have great bearing on what the planter works toward. Again, most planters fall into one of several patterns.

    Healthy churches consist of those who attend, give and support the leadership. This view tends to come from those who value the organization. These activities will enhance any organization and many planters strive to develop these types of members. If this view is h...


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    Members who Hurt the Church

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Saturday, February 20, 2010,

    Members who Hurt the Church

    Every member of the church knows that he ought to help the church in every way that is right. However, it cannot be denied that there are some members who hurt the church.

    Members who quit hurt the church. The not only loses the effectiveness of the quitter, but the effect they have on other people is very disheartening. They hurt the influence of the church by their lives.

    Members who constantly criticize and complain hurt the church. They criticize the ...


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    Qualifications of A Leader/teacher

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Saturday, February 20, 2010,

    Qualifications of  A Leader/teacher

    One  reason there are so few laborer is because certain qualifications are required to teach the Word of God. No spiritually minded church would allow just anyone to teach their people, therefore, let us examine some Scriptural qualifications that should be considered.

    1. Every leader/teacher should be "Born-Again"
    No person should be allowed to give instruction in the Word of God if they are not saved. The Scriptures are spiritually discerned, ...


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    Unmasking Hidden Pride

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Saturday, February 20, 2010,

    UNMASKING HIDDEN PRIDE

    Hubris (pride) was the character flaw that caused many to fail in Greek mythology. In my counseling practice I have noticed that it is also the stumbling block for many ministers. The wisdom of
    Proverbs declares in verse 11:2 that "when pride comes, then comes dishonor," and in verse 16:18 "Pride goes before destruction. And a haughty spirit before stumbling."

    Remember the Biblical story of Nebuchadnezzar, the king, who was made to live and eat with the beasts...


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    When Christians Drink

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Saturday, February 20, 2010,
    When Christians Drink
     

    There is a mode of thought which pervades the Christian mind and that is the error of believing that Christian Liberty is the same as the freedom to sin. This happens when supposed Christians buy into the worldly philosophy of egoistic hedonism which teaches that happiness is the goal of all conduct. This is brought about by churches which teach personal euphoria rather than sound obedience to God's Word. I would also like to include those Christians who smoke....


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    How Church Happen

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Saturday, February 20, 2010,

    How Church Happen 

    Examine the following definitions of church and site the strategy implications for the planter. Use the questions above on the definition, activity and success of church to assist you. In other words, what is church, when do they become church, what is their activity and their measure of success? These questions will help as you seek the strategic implications of each definition.
     

    Church happens when a group of Christians are committed to worship, discipleshi...


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    Tithes & Offerings

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Saturday, February 20, 2010,
    Tithes & Offerings

    Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this," says the LORD Almighty, "and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it. I will prevent pests from devouring your crops, and the vines in your fields will not cast their fruit," says the LORD Almi...


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    Seven Habits for Spiritual Growth

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Thursday, February 18, 2010,

    Seven Habits for Spiritual Growth

    Bad Habits! Most people can remember bad habits they had when they were growing up. I recall developing the habit of nail biting. In an effort to cure this bad habit my dad painted stuff on my finger nails that tasted really, really bad. Do you think it helped? No, it just meant that when I practised my nail biting habit I did it with a bad taste. The only thing that helped me kick the habit was a girl friend! I replaced the bad habit with a new one -...


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    Holding Fast the Word of Life

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Thursday, February 18, 2010,

    Holding Fast the Word of Life in 2010

     


    Philippians 2:14-16

    Do all things without grumbling or questioning, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast to the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain.

    As always, in the second message of Prayer Week, I am seeking with all my heart to call you, plead wit...


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    Steps For New Christians

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Sunday, February 7, 2010,

    Steps For New Christians


    1. You are saved by Fa...


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    How To Be A Help To Your Church

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Sunday, February 7, 2010,

    How to be a Help to Your Church


    1. Be faithful to attend and participate —  Commit yourself to the church and let them know they can count on you. Obviously you can’t be of much help if you don’t show up or take part. Some people underestimate their value of simply being present. Joining together with others adds to their encouragement, and it encourages the leaders and the pastor who have prayed and prepared all week to minister to you (Heb. 10:24-25). It helps your pastor and the who...


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    Before You Quit Your Church

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Sunday, February 7, 2010,

    Before You Quit Your Church


    There are many things that can cause a person to consider leaving a church -- some good and some not so good. Many times the Lord may reassign a person to another church so they can bring ministry or encouragement to another congregation -- that’s the best reason to leave a church. In other situations, people may discover that their church actually impedes their spiritual well-being, and may find the necessity to withdraw. Frequently, people leave a church simply ...


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    Is Your Tongue Out of Control?

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Sunday, February 7, 2010,

    Is your Tongue out of Control?


    It has been said that the “tongue” is one of the most exercised muscles of our body. It has been estimated that in a typical week, the average person will speak enough words to fill a 500 page book! However, for the Christian, the use of the tongue must be a matter of careful forethought and discipline. The Bible warns that believers who do not bring restraint to their tongue and speech have been deceived — and without such control over their words, their r...


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    Authority: What Christians Should Know

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Sunday, February 7, 2010,

    Authority: What Christians Should Know



    The subject of “authority” is one of those sensitive issues that is often viewed with controversy or cynicism in today’s society. The nonconformist revolution of the 1960’s, together with the widely publicized scandals in government, helped to promote a trendy, stylish disregard toward ethics, laws and authority figures. However, despite these popular secular attitudes, authority remains as a very important institution to God, one which is critica...


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    The Fruit of the Spirit

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Friday, February 5, 2010,

    The Fruit of the Spirit

    Introduction
    "I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing" (John 15:5). A part of the ministry of the Holy Spirit is to manifest the character of Jesus in us. The Bible depicts this as being like the fruit of a plant. Jesus Himself used the vine to illustrate an important truth: the fruit of the Spirit grows out of our relationship with Him. A branch cannot bear fruit unless...

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    The Positive Aspect of the Ministry of the Holy Spirit

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Friday, February 5, 2010,
    The Positive Aspect of the Ministry of 
    the Holy Spirit  

    "Howbeit when He, the Spirit of truth, is come, He will guide you into all truth: for He shall not speak of Himself; but whatsoever He shall hear, that shall He speak: and He will show you things to come. He shall glorify me: for He shall receive of mine, and shall show it unto you."(John 16:13-14)

     

    Introduction
    To enjoy real results in our spiritual life both the negative and positive aspects of the ministry of the Holy Spirit have to...

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    Seeking The Blessing

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Friday, February 5, 2010,

    Introduction

    The Lord Jesus Christ promised to give His disciples a powerful blessing as long as they met the conditions … "And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me" (Acts 1:4). Many Christians know about this outpouring of the Holy Spirit and understand that the blessing is for them too, but they have gone no further than this. They have not apprehended thi...


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    Living In The Spirit

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Friday, February 5, 2010,

    Introduction

    Throughout the Old Testament we find one major problem that continually hindered man from experiencing full fellowship with God. "The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it" (Jeremiah 17: 9), and out of the heart comes all manner of sin. Nevertheless God also gave a special promise that would remedy the problem forever: "A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your f...


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    14 Ways To Encourage Your Pastor

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Thursday, February 4, 2010,

    Ephesians 4:11-16 (NKJV) “And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, (12) for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, (13) till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; 

    A Pastor is one of Christ’s five office gifts to the Church. Yes, pastoring is a gift... and a ...

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    The Victorious Christian Life

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Thursday, February 4, 2010,

    The Victorious Christian Life

    We all know what it is to have occasional bad days. However, few of us will ever have to face anything worse than what Jack and Marie Martin did on one Wednesday evening. Shortly before 9:00 p.m., they received a phone call from the Highway Patrol, informing that their eighteen year old daughter, Becky, had been in a serious automobile accident. Less than an hour later, Jack and Marie clutched each other tightly, tears streaming down their cheeks as they walked ou...


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    Defeating Your Adversary, The Devil

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Thursday, February 4, 2010,

    1 Peter 5:8 “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.”

    Every Christian has an enemy. Although unseen by the natural eye, this adversary is not imaginary nor a mythological character. Satan, the Devil, is a real person... a spirit being, with intelligence, tangible characteristics, and whose incessant goal and ambition is to “steal, kill, and destroy” (John 10:10).

    Around the clock the enemy is on the prowl, seek...


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    Complaining Only Makes Things Worse

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Thursday, February 4, 2010,

    Complaining Only Makes Things Worse


    We may know it by different terms -- such as griping, grumbling, whining, or belly-aching. In the King James version of the Bible, the common term used was “murmuring.” But regardless of the word we use to describe it, complaining always has the has the same syptoms. The dictionary defines it as “an expression of unhappiness, dissatisfaction, or discontent.” Complaining is the outward expression of discontent from within. 

    As we look back into the Ol...


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    How to Receive the Spirit

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Thursday, February 4, 2010,

    How to receive the Spirit

    "If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?"
    Luke 11:13

    Introduction
    This is the promise for every believer. The verse not only tells us about the promise, but also how to receive it. Ask and receive.

    The conditions
    What are the conditions for receiving?
    1. This blessing can only be enjoyed by someone who has been born again.
    2. The blessing must be desired. "Bles...


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    Who is the Holy Spirit?

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Thursday, February 4, 2010,

    Who is the Holy Spirit?

    Introduction
    There are those in the Christian church that either avoid or exaggerate any teaching concerning the Holy Spirit. Both avoidance and exaggeration of the subject cause much confusion and doctrinal error. Nevertheless, it is of vital importance that we come to terms with what the Scriptures actually teach regarding Him. We have to determine if the Holy Spirit is a person or an 'it.'

    What the Holy Spirit isn't
    From the outset it must be stated that Bible-believing...


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    The Symbols of the Holy Spirit

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Thursday, February 4, 2010,

    The Symbols of the Holy Spirit

    Introduction
    Scripture records a number of symbols which apply to the Holy Spirit. They are given to teach us important truths, but we must beware falling into idolatry by mistaking the symbolism for the Spirit of God. Types and representations are similar to parables in that we derive valuable teaching from them. They are like famous brand logos that represent the company, but they are not the company themselves. Many have failed to recognise this fact, and have ...


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    Unanswered Prayers: Common Reasons Why

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Wednesday, February 3, 2010,

    Unanswered Prayers: Common Reasons Why

    By Rogelio B. Bucao, D.D.

    One of the greatest benefits afforded to every Christian is the privilege of answered prayers. In the Bible, Jesus made this tremendous promise, “And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive” (Matt 21:22). However, despite the Lord’s willingness to answer prayer, it is obvious that some prayers have gone unanswered. Why is this? The following are the most common reasons why some prayers do not get resul...


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    Check Your Attitude

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Wednesday, February 3, 2010,

    Check Your Attitude


    About the AuthorAccording to the Merriam Webster dictionary, the word "attitude" means "an internal position or feeling with regard to something else." Other words often used as synonyms are: "disposition, feeling, mood, opinion, sentiment, temper, tone, perspective, frame of mind, outlook, view, or morale."

    Airplane pilots often use "attitude" to describe their horizontal relationship with the runway then they land. If their attitude isn’t aligned properly, the plane will make contact wi...


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    How To Find A Good Church

    Posted by Rogelio Bucao on Wednesday, February 3, 2010,

    How To Find A Good Church

    By Roger B. Bucao, D.D.

    It goes without saying that every believer should have a church home where they attend regularly. If you are not a part of such a fellowship, the following advice will be invaluable to your search. 

    1. Look for a church prayerfully. As is the case with all others aspects of a Christian’s decisions, you should begin your search for a church by seeking the Lord’s direction. The Bible promises, "In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall d...


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    Rev. Rogelio Bucao


    GWU, Founder/President He is married to Ps Nancy Bucao with five children. They migrated to Australia in 1989 and founded God with Us International Christian Assemblies Inc. in 1991. They are the senior pastors of this organization .

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