Category Archives: What We Believe

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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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 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 in the Bible (Psalms 119:105 and 1 John 1:1-5)

By Rev. Lance Filio Introduction The president once again puts religion on center stage when he asked his audience to prove the existence of God by producing a selfie picture with him. At first, I thought, is this fake news? However, when I search the internet and saw articles from reputable social media news agency, […]

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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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Intoxicating Grace (The Corruption of Man and How Conversion to God Happens)

By Rev. Lance Filio   Introduction Albert Einstein was broadly credited with exclaiming “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results”. Insanity, according to Einstein, applied the wrong solution to the right problem. The famous scientist, even though not a professing Christian, understands the importance of […]

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Mission Accomplished (Christ’s Death and Man’s Redemption Through It)

By Rev. Lance Filio   Introduction Suspension of Disbelief is “the temporary acceptance as believable events or characters that would ordinarily be seen as incredible. This is usually to allow an audience to appreciate works of literature or drama that are exploring unusual ideas.” Whenever we are watching a movie, especially those Sci-fi or fictional […]

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Our Mystical Union with Christ (Song 2:16; Ephesians 3:32)

By Rev. Lance Filio   Introduction Last night, I had a very unusual dream. I dreamed that I was studying for a sermon and the topic was Union with Christ. It was not unusual for me to dream every night. Although, when I dream I usually forget them right away in the morning. But having […]

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Death and the Death of Christ (Ecclesiastes 7:2 and Romans 5:6-11)

By Rev. Lance Filio   Introduction According to the wisdom from King Solomon: “It is better to go to the house of mourning than to go to the house of feasting, for this is the end of all mankind, and the living will lay it to heart.” (Eccel 7:2) Which is why, as Christians, we […]

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