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Our Great Salvation (Psalms 8 and Hebrews 2)

By Rev. Lance Filio Introduction There is an old game in the newspaper magazine I’ve enjoyed playing when I was young. A popular cartoonist named Larry Alcala made them. Larry created a cartoon segment in The Sunday Times called Slice of Life. In his comics segment, he illustrates the busy everyday life in the Philippines. […]

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Christ is the Lord of Sabbath (Exodus 31:12-18 at Hebrews 4:1-11; Mark 2:23-28)

  By Rev. Lance Filio   The Sign of Rest   When summer comes, the change in season is most welcome. The summer heat prompts us to happily visit the latest and most exotic beaches and resort. For most people, it has become a sign of rest and recreation. A time of a long vacation […]

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Christ is Better (Psalms 110 and Hebrews 1:1-2)

By Rev. Lance Filio Introduction Growing up, my parents restricted my lifestyle. So I learned to live within the means. Because of our small family budget, we adjusted and spent only on essentials. I have no complaints. When I was young, I never wanted more, so I settled with what we have. Yet as I […]

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Growing An Ordinary Church (Isaiah 28:14-16 at Matthew 16:13-25)

By Rev. Lance Filio Introduction The story is not mine to tell. But it fits well to illustrate our theme this afternoon so I will use it. Two months ago, I received a message from Deacon Clark Añora asking for help with his car crisis. As you might all know, Clark recently bought a new […]

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Know Why We Believe in Christianity Alone (Isaiah 45:5-6 and John 14:6-7)

By Rev. Lance Filio Introduction Religious talk in group discussion makes people nervous. I remember eating dinner with colleagues when a debate about religion ensued.  Suddenly, it becomes a hot topic. It created tension and ended unpleasantly. Immediately, it goes from bad to worst. It will not surprise me if the verbal sword-fighting ends with a […]

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Know Why We Believe in Jesus (Psalms 24:7-10 and Revelation 5:11-14)

By Rev. Lance Filio Introduction We have come now to the most crucial question in the Christian belief system and it is the identity of our central figure – Jesus Christ. In order for us to list down the reasons for believing in him, we need to determine first what we believe about Him. Every generation […]

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Life in Gratitude to God (Psalms 106:1-3 and James 2:14-26)

By Rev. Lance Filio Introduction Filipinos are well-known for their positive and negative traits. Positively, we are considered to be hospitable, fun-loving and caring people. As part of the larger culture in Asia, we are also known for our “honor-shame” culture – “Amor propio, Delikadesa at Pagtanaw ng utang na loob.” These values show the […]

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“Know Why We Believe in God” (Isaiah 55:8-9 and 1 Peter 3:15)

by Rev. Lance Filio Introduction Finally, the president made some concessions in his controversial speeches about religion. He admitted in public that he does believe in God and explained his personal view about Him. Because of the backlash he received, he realized that while the nation is still generally religious, they are not ready with […]

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Know Why We Believe (Isaiah 55:8-9 and 1 Peter 3:15)

By Rev. Lance Filio   Introduction Religion took the center stage in the Philippines when the President made a blasphemous remark against God. Duterte called God stupid for allowing Adam and Eve to get tempted and to sin against him when they were in the garden. During his speech, he also questioned the doctrine of […]

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Biblical Overseers (Numbers 11:16-17 and Acts 20:28)

By Rev. Lance Filio   Introduction I was elected and appointed as the head of the elders of my home church before I answered the call to become a pastor. I remember being the youngest member of the group and practically knows nothing about the principles and practice of eldership. During this, I am experienced […]

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