Category Archives: Reformed Faith

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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   It is already summer. And for every change in season, most of us welcome the summer heat happily by visiting the latest and most exotic beaches and resort. For most people, it has become a sign of rest and recreation. A time of a […]

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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 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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The Work of an Overseer (Isaiah 40:9-11 and John 10:11-18)

By Rev. Lance Filio Introduction I grew up in the church without having any real experience of formal guidance from an office-bearer. Except the parenting of my own father and mother, and even more so by some older matured Christian who occasionally encouraged me along the way, I essentially learned how to independently take care […]

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What is the Reformed Faith?

By Dr. Michael S. Horton © 1993 Modern Reformation Magazine How do I go to God?”, someone asked the Scottish Presbyterian, Horatius Bonar. The parson answered, “It is with our sins that we go to God, for we have nothing else that we can truly call our own.” Much like Lutheranism, the Reformed tradition was […]

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“What is a Reformed Church?”

© 2008 by Daniel R. Hyde. All rights reserved A Reformed church is Christian, Protestant, Confessional, not Catholic, not “dead, traditional, or ritualistic.” We believe that sinful humans are saved by grace alone, from eternity past to eternity future, and that we experience this grace of God as the Holy Spirit uses certain means that […]

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