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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Giving Out Gospel Tracts During All Saints' Day

Last November 1st which was a holiday being an All Saints' Day in the Philippines, we set that day to go to the cemetery to give out gospel tracts to the people there. We all know that this is a day wherein people here go to the cemetery to visit their dead kinfolks and offer candles and flowers. This is a good time and opportunity to give out tracts to the people. Six kids from our church went went us and we brought with us 400 gospel tracts printed in Tagalog which we shipped from the states. It was hot in the afternoon but we endured the heat and went to the very crowded cemetery.

At first, the kids were shy but I told them not to bashful and just hand the tracts to the people. They have seen George handed the tracts and the people received it. So they did as I told them and we roamed around the cemetery and handed out the gospel tracts. Some people ignored it, others asked if they have to pay for it but the kids answered it's for free. George passed out most of the tracts and people were willing to receive it. That's the advantage of being an American, huh! Some people whom I handed out the tracts just ignored it. After an hour and a half, we were able to give out all the tracts that we had and we went home tired but happy because we had the chance to hand out to people God's message. I know not all people who received the tracts will get saved but at least we planted seeds in their lives. They had a chance to be confronted with the message of sin, righteousness, judgment and a call to repent and believe in Jesus Christ alone for the salvation of their souls.








Monday, November 5, 2012

We Were Made To Know God

Deep down, there’s a place within each of us that is made for one thing—a relationship with God. No matter how hard we try to cover it up or fill it with something else, we will never be satisfied. Our hearts will remain restless until they find their home with God. That deep, hidden part of you is there, even if you haven’t realized it until now.

Even though we sin, God doesn’t begrudge us our lives. In His kindness and mercy, He sustains us—blessing us even when we don’t know it—so we can eventually find the way back to Him. But if we don’t seek Him and His ways, or if we choose to reject Him, our spiritual deaths will be permanent. We will live apart from God and His goodness in eternity after we physically die. The Bible tells us that eternal life apart from God is to live in darkness, with no hope, no joy, and no love, forever.

God doesn’t want anyone to experience permanent death (2 Peter 3:9). He loved us so much that He devised a plan to free us from the grasp of sin and provide forgiveness for all time. In the Bible, John 3:16 says, “God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.” Before time began, God has existed in three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. There is no division between these three Persons. Though it’s difficult for us to understand, they are one God. Jesus Christ is God’s Son, and He is also God. So when the Bible says, “God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son,” we see that God really gave Himself.