Prayer ko na maging nangingibabaw na hangarin na ng puso natin ay hindi yung sarili nating karapatan, o kalayaan, o sariling pangarap, o sariling kagustuhan - kundi yung mas malaya at mas malawak na maipangaral ang mabuting balita ni Cristo.
Sa ministry nating mga pastors-elders, ang pinakamahalaga ay hindi yung sakripisyong ginagawa natin para sa church. This is not about us, our story, and our glory. This is about Jesus, his story and his glory. Kaya nga ang tawag sa kanya "Chief Shepherd." Siya ang ating "Good Shepherd" and "Great Shepherd" na nag-alay ng kanyang buhay para sa atin at patuloy na nagmamahal sa atin. He will never fail us. He will never disappoint us.
God wants us all to be faithful ministers. God wants all pastors like me to be faithful shepherds. How can I then be a faithful pastor? How can we all be faithful servants of God? How can we take good care of what God has placed in our hands, whether it be big or small in our eyes?
Yesterday marks my nine years of serving our church family - Baliwag Bible Christian Church - as leading pastor. Here are my... nine rock-solid convictions for nine years of pastoral ministry I am called by God to be a pastor only by his grace, not because I am more deserving, more qualified or more capable... Continue Reading →
Our flocks are frequently helpful but also frequently not. Our churches want their pastors to be just like one of them, except when difficulty hits, and then they want them to be Obi Wan Kenobi. They want their pastors to be totally accessible, on call 24/7, and thoroughly involved in the extracurriculars of congregational life,... Continue Reading →
Dati, kami lang ni Jodi ang naghuhugas ng pinagkainan. Pero ngayon, si Daniel nasasanay na rin. Minsan siya pa ang magvolunteer. Minsan naman, parang ayaw namin kasi masyadong magastos sa pagsabon, minsan may naiiwan pang sabon. Pero ito ay isang halimbawa ng saya ng isang magulang, ang makita ang anak na nasasanay sa gawaing bahay,... Continue Reading →
Kailangan mong huminto at magpahinga para mas makinig mabuti sa Diyos. Kailangan mong kausapin siya. Kailangan mong ibukas ang puso mo para sa kanya. Kailangan mong maging honest sa mga struggles mo at humingi ng tawad sa kanya. Kailangan mong laging alalahanin ang natapos nang ginawa ni Cristo para sa iyo. Kailangan mong huminto muna sa pagtatrabaho o sa ministeryo, kasi mas mahalaga sa Diyos ang puso mo kaysa sa trabaho o ministeryo mo.
Pastors, we're still a bit of a mess. We're all at times very poor examples of the truths we teach. We all have the dark ability to expound a passage that lauds God's grace yet be a husband or father of ungrace in the car on the way home. You can lead a men's ministry discussion... Continue Reading →
"Why did I even become a pastor?" That's the question I mumbled to myself last Thursday. I can't recall asking myself that question since I became a pastor more than six years ago. Yes, there were many times that the unique challenges of my vocation confront me. I already know that pastoral ministry is hard work... Continue Reading →