Eat This Book: Basta Lovelife: Making Wise Relationship Decisions by Kuya Kevin Sanders

12 06 2010

Admit it. If you find this book at PCBS or National you’ll raise your eyebrows. The title is very catchy and very Pinoy. But the author is an American guy. So you might ask” How can this American guy give relationship advice that will cater with me a Pinoy?” Well after reading this book you’ll change your mind.

Basta Lovelife is a jam pack of essential advice from Kevin Sanders. Kuya Kevin (as he is popularly called) assembled biblical advices (with common sense) on love, sex and relationship from the Bible, his experience as campus minister, his blog and podcast show. Kuya Kevin really knows who his audiences are and I think these are the most asked issues and topics to him. He is right on target. It’s great that all of it relates to Pilipino love and courtship culture and I’m thankful that he address those things. Words like bolero, basted, live in, rebound etc. makes you easy to know the topic he is discussing (and makes it very Pinoy). You wont be lost with this book is tackling. Pinoy youth especially students shouldn’t look further to find a book that deals with homosexuality, virginity, masturbation, romantic vultures and romantic martyr; break up, soulmate, physical attraction and more.

As you know the media is having frenzy over romance. They make money about it especially on secular love advice. Tons of people are willing to give their shots on your problems. It’s a good thing there are Christian authors like Kuya Kevin who gives good and godly advice. Advice not from towering Christian leaders, but to a down to earth and honest person. We can all relate to someone who has the same struggles and problem we have but willing to be a “kuya” (older brother) to give an advice. So grab a copy of Basta Lovelife and let Kevin Sanders be your kuya. Check out Kuya Kevins blog here and his Facebook Fan Page

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Eat this Book: Stand: A Call for the Endurance of the Saints by John Piper and Justin Taylor

15 05 2010

This is the by far the best in the Desiring God Conference turned into print form. Best because 3 of the leading Christian authors (my favorites) John Piper, Jerry Bridges and John MacArthur Jr. are here. It’s like the best of three worlds in one great book. Rarely would you find such book. You will get some teasers on what their ministry offers here also. And oh don’t forget Randy Alcorn and Helen Roseveare. You may think these two not so famous speakers won’t make such great contribution on this book. But in fact their part is important.

As the title suggest it’s about enduring and standing firm to what God calls every Christian. As the world tells us to embrace change and go for greener pastures, God tells us to hold on and stand firm no matter what. The authors are perfectly picked to be included to this book. Not only does it give biblical response to endurance but also personal experience from the authors. So the interview part in the last part is exciting. At first an interview part is odd for me but it adds more personal and up close profile on the lives of these men (and a woman) of God. Each one is gave different talk about godly endurance but when blend together its one power pack book.

The book opens with Jerry Bridges (author of Pursuit of Holiness) with his usual bible teaching combined with his enduring to the end journey titled “Four Essentials for Finishing Well”. He is good in discipleship teachings and I think you’ll appreciate this. Then John Piper (author of Don’t Waste Your Life and Seeing and Savoring Jesus Christ) exhorts “Getting Old for the Glory of God” on which he discusses and tell us to make Christ our treasure till the end of our lives. You can sense some Don’t Waste Your Life sprinkled over his piece. John MacArthur (Grace to You, author of Ashamed of the Gospel) relates his 40 years as a pastor of Grace Community Church. Randy Alcorn (author of Heaven and Treasure Principle) wave his Christian flag for the fight of the unborn. Lastly Helen Roseveare with her experience in a war torn mission field. Truly this is a book you won’t ignore.

The best part for me is the one from Helen Roseveare. She gave something that no other contributors can give: the woman side of godly endurance. Her talk was filled with fascinating stories about her mission in Africa. Teenage and young adult girls read her piece first specially the latter part. You will be inspired and be blessed for sure.

Recommended to mature Christians and leaders this book not only inspires but makes you think and evaluate your life in Christ if it counts. Go beyond fascination with the lives of the contributors. Make your Christian call count. Stand firm to the end and finish it well.

You can buy this book at PCBS for P195 only or you can download the entire book on PDF format from the Desiring God website FREE by clicking here. R.O.C.K. Ministry also gives hard copies of it for FREE to all supporters, leaders and committee members of the student organization.





Discipleship: A Deeper Love for Christ–an interview with Life Changing Discipleship (LCD)

24 01 2010

Like a newly born baby, a new believer needs help for him to grow. A new Christian should desire to mature and be useful for God’s purpose. He needs discipleship. Its a big word for many. But we need it to have deeper love for Christ. So we asked Ptr Elmer Quilas of Life Changing Discipleship (LCD) about Discipleship.

ROCK Ministry: Hi Ptr Elmer . So tell us what is Discipleship?

Elmer Quilas: Discipleship is the unveiling of God’s heart in the Word into the hearts of God’s children.

ROCK Ministry: Wow. Its what God’s want for his children. How important is discipleship especially to the new believers?

Elmer Quilas : It is very important because the Bible needs to be read and heard, it needs to be grasped or understood, also it needs to be acted upon and lived out in obedience and another thing which accomplishes the great commission is that the Bible needs to shared with others.

ROCK Ministry: Does it take a lot of time? Does it have to be one on one? Does it have to be a pastor member approach?
Elmer Quilas : 30 minutes or so each week will work. Discipleship is a process of growing a new believer to maturity. Consistency will play a great deal in the entire process. As a common saying says, “one apple a day takes the doctor away.” 30 minutes of sharing one’s life to another when accumulates in time matures a believer.
We cannot be effective to all but we can always be to someone. Since human personality is so complex, I believe that the Spirit of God uses people according to how a person can be best effective in sharing. God is using our experiences, culture, education and other things so the one discipling can clearly relate to his disciple.

RM: How can busy student and professionals benefit with discipleship?

EQ: Discipleship is a personal relationship developed. Flexibility can be applied. It doesn’t require permanent place only common place, doesn’t require permanent time only common interest, and it doesn’t require all of my time only common commitment.

RM: I read somewhere that discipleship can be easy if we establish first a relationship. whats your comment on that?

EQ: I strongly believe that relationship comes first in many cases of effective discipleship. It it true that I have to sell myself first before my product it is also true in effective discipleship.

RM: OK. How do you start discipleship?What are the necessary tools for it?

EQ: I always approach discipleship in the light of the Lord’s life how He first chooses people. In Matthew 4:18-22 account, Jesus saw the people, He called them and they followed Him. In John 12:32 account, Jesus draws people. You disciple people you attract.

RM: Do you recommend self discipleship or a person can just pick up his Bible or buy a Christian book?

EQ: I believe that every child of God is accountable for every action he makes. I cannot discount the benefits that Christians get through personal reading and devotions. The Bible is strongly expressing the benefits you get when you become like Joshua who was a disciple of Moses, Elisha who received the double portion of Elijah’s power, and in the New Testament Timothy whom Paul claimed to be his son in the faith. Nonetheless, before the apostle Paul’s execution, he told Timothy to “Take Mark” which implies a son and father relationship. I would say that great men of the Bible are the product of great mentoring and nurturing.

RM: Any message for those students who wants to be discipled?

EQ: A musician will learn under another musician because he wants to emulate him. There is something about his playing that the student desires. We become followers of Jesus because we love Him and desires to become like Him. This is the all-encompassing goal of a disciples’ faith.

RM: Please tell us about LCD, you and your church.

EQ: LCD is a ministry that hold retreats, seminars, trainings and Bible Studies that helps the youth, family and individuals discover their potentials and develop it. Through our series of meetings, we encourage them to use their God given potentials not only for their personal benefit but also to others.
I am Dr. Elmer C. Quilas, Senior Pastor of Gateway Christian Baptist and Ministries Inc. Our purpose is to love God and to love people. Our vision is to evangelize and make disciples. And our goal is to make every believer a leader

RM: Thank you Pastor for your time and God bless!

If you want to reach Pastor Elmer Castillo Quilas, Life Changing Discipleship Network (LCD) check his blog: http://lcdnetworklifesmart.blogspot.com/ or search his ministry and name at Facebook.





HUMILITY: As I Knew It!

23 04 2009

Humility or being humble is the defining characteristic of an unpretentious and modest person, someone who does not think that he or she is better and more important than others and the opposite of humility is pride.

The term “Humility” is derived from latin word “humilis”, which is translated not only as humble but also alternatively as “low” or “from the earth”. Because of the concept of Humility addresses intrinsic self-worth, it is emphasized in the realm of religious practice and ethics where the notion is often made more precise and extensive. Humility is an important religious and spiritual virtue. (slightly paraphrased from Wikipedia, online free encyclopedia)

“Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yeah, all of you be subject to one another, and be clothed with HUMILITY: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the HUMBLE.” (I Peter 5:5)

Humility or humbleness is a quality of being courteously respectful to others. It is the opposite of aggressiveness, arrogance, boastful, and vanity. Rather than, “Me First” humility allows us to say “No, you first my friend”. Humility is the quality that lets us go more than halfway to meet the needs and demands of others.

Friendships and marriages are dissolved over angry words. Resentments divide families and co-workers. Prejudice separates race from race and religion from religion. Reputations are destroyed by malicious gossip. Greed puts enmity between rich and poor. Wars are fought over arrogant assertions.

Humility as a virtue is a major theme in the Bible, both in the Old and New Testament, and Jesus displayed the best example of humility. Humility is what we need to live in peace and harmony with all people regardless of what their beliefs and race. Humility dissipates anger and heals old wounds. It allows us to clearly see the dignity and worth of all God’s people. Humility distinguishes the wise leaders from the arrogant power-seeker.

Acting in humility does not in anyway deny our own self-worth, rather it affirms the inherent worth of all persons. Some would consider humility to be a psychological malady that intereferes with “success”. (quoted from http://www.christianbiblereference.com/humility.htm)

Humility made it possible for us to be subject to one another. Being subjected to one another as what Peter calls for, is that we are answerable to one another. Regardless of power, position, and possessions, we are subject to one another. We will be held accountable to one another. Holding this principle can only be true when we are covered with humility.

Humility suppresses harshness in our dealings and communications. Of course we have our own personal weaknesses, but if we fully understand what humility really is, those weaknesses will somehow be prevented from being executed in our lives. Humility is about being sensitive to the importance of other’s well-being. If we are clothed with humility this will be true to us, and if this will be true to us, then we can prevent from being a threat to our fellows in different aspects in life.

During my browsing on the net, my attention was caught from a very interesting article about the ten (10) reasons why we need to develop humility in our lives. I wanna share with you those ten;

1. Humility is a commandment. – of God’s all commandments one of the most important is to be humble. Because without humility, we can’t obey God’s other commandments. We can’t be submissive, gentle, patient and long-suffering. We can’t be willing enough to do the Lord’s will in our lives if our hearts are full of pride-the opposite of humility. We must develop true humility to be able to submit and subject ourselves to God’s other commandments. Remember what God said in Micah 6:8 “He hath showed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and love mercy, and to walk HUMBLY with thy God?”

2. We cannot enter God’s kingdom without Humility. – this is true, God clearly said in the scripture that without humility we cannot enter the kingdom of God. Matthew 18:3-4 ” (3) and said, verily I say unto you, except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. (4) whosoever therefore shall HUMBLE himself as this little child, the same is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”

3. Humility is required for forgiveness. – to be forgiven of our sins we need to be humble. Developing humility is a part of repentance process. the Bible says in 2 Chronicles 7:14 ” If my people, which are called by my name, shall HUMBLE themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”

4. Humility needed for Answered prayers. – if we are to recieve answers to our prayers we must be humble.

5. Humility shows gratitude. – giving sincere thanks to God, and others, requires humility.

6. Humility opens the door. – only with humility that God will open the door for us when we are searching for the truth.

7. Humility leads the way to the truth. – only with humility that we can see the true path of truth, since humility makes us more sensitive to God’s will.

8. Humility is required in baptism. – being baptized, is an act of humility, just as what Jesus did when John the Baptist baptizes Him in the River of Jordan.

9. Humility made it possible for us to be controlled by His Holy Spirit.

10. Humility is needed to convert weaknesses into strenght.

Those ten are just some of the reasons why we need to develop humility. Maybe in your own life, it’s more than that. But it’s a great blessing to have these ten.

There are many passages in the Bible that shows and emphasized humility and being humble. In fact in the parable of the Prodigal Son, It takes so much humility in the side of the son to decide and go back to his father’ house. It takes so much effort to be humble for him to see clearly his fault line. In the fathers side it humility that made it possible for him to dearly and continually love his son after all his son has done to him.

Jesus is the best example of all in displaying true humility. Jesus submits himself to be crucified in our place. He is powerful, and mighty enough to consume all those people, but He chooses to be humble and in full submission just for us. What a wonderful Humility!

Disputes between churches, people, and countries cannot be fully resolve without both side embracing humility. The real problem with people going against each other is that they keep in their own minds that their RIGHT, and that the other person is wrong, likewise, the other person feels the same thing, and that’s where the problem proliferates, because nobody admits failure and nobody recognizes other’s rights. Only humility breaks the barrier and will completely heals the wounded hearts.

By Jesus Christ’s humility, the broken relationship between man and God was completely healed, that’s how powerful humility is. No wonder why it is always been considered one of the greatest virtues in the Bible.

When King David fall down to God with all humility because of what he did, God was stirred and restores King David. There are other great people in the Bible that humbled themselves towards God and has gain favor from God’s sight.

God didn’t change through time. He is an unchanging God of all. If He’s been stirred by people in ancient times through humility, we can do it right now, if we just choose to do it. Everytime we fall, He keeps on reminding us in to humble ourselves in the sight of the Lord and he will surely lift us up.

Leaders of this country, leaders of the church, and all servants of God, only humility will cleanse out your heart from all arrogance and self-righteousness and be a better, reliable, trustworthy, and responsible leader in your respective areas of duty.

If you want to put smile in God’s face, HUMBLE thyself….

-daryl-

check daryls blog: http://marcatz18.blog.friendster.com/