It may be a gloomy day today but the spiritual weather was fine these past two days. There is much to give God thanks for.
Thank God that Mike is back in the saddle. He preached last night at the funeral of Linda. A big man felled by a tiny mosquito. Thank God for His sovereignty. No dengue-laden mosquito can do damage unless God allows it to–and that for a good purpose.
I thought that I would just be relaxing at yesterday’s funeral service. But there was an unexpected providential opportunity to preach at another wake–at the opposite side, a relative of one of our members. Thank God He reminds preachers to be ready at all times. There must have been 40 persons in that wake–practically all unbelievers.
Two simultaneous services were therefore held last night.
Earlier in the day, two new members were received–Louie, whom I baptized in the morning and Joanna, who was received after the Lord’s Supper in the evening. Louie was once a leader of a protest movement in their office. But things changed when the Lord took hold of His heart. He is a firm believer in the sovereignty of God in salvation.
Joanna practically grew up in a Bible church in her province. But that did not necessarily mean she understood the gospel. It was only when she came to MCBC that she was enlightened regarding the way of salvation–that it was not by her faith or repentance that she was saved but by Christ and Christ alone.
Thank God for adding two more members in our midst. I pray that they would become fruitful servants in Christ’s kingdom.
Saturday morning, Pas. Cris of Lubang preached about Caleb to the seniors in our Senior Moments 2nd year anniversary. Caleb was a senior of 85 who felt like a man of 45. I pray that the Lord would give the seniors strength to serve Him faithfully till the end.
I was happy to see four new additions to the group. They told me they enjoyed the whole thing–message, game and food, and they would be back. I pray so. Two November celebrants, Chabby and Mario, treated us to sumptuous food.
With just a few minutes of rest, I had to proceed to our Radar outreach to preach at their year-end thanksgiving. No, we don’t control the radar but that’s the name of the housing project near the NAIA Radar. For a year now, we have been having children’s and adults Bible studies there every Saturday.
I was encouraged by the turn-out–about 30 children and 15 adults. I pray that the evangelistic team of MCBC assigned there would not grow weary in the good work that they are doing. May Joanna’s (who comes from Radar) acceptance to the MCBC membership and the attendance of some of the adults in the group at MCBC encourage them.
Thank God for the opportunity as well to preach at Linda’s funeral Saturday night. The place was close to empty when some of us arrived. But thank God, that just as the service was to begin, a big batch of about 20 family members came. I preached on Heb 9:27-28 and exhorted the people to be ready for the time when the Lord would call them to account for their own lives.
I thank the Lord for His abundant mercy the past week and pray that He would visit us with even greater blessing this week.