Getting the Right Message Across

Since the other week, I got a lot of text messages requesting for divine help on the alleged impending execution of Bro. Ferdie Flores, a missionary in East Timor. In fact, I got SMS as far as Canada. Frankly, I’m wary of forwarding text messages like that. So I double-checked it.

Well, I learned that there is really a Bro. Ferdie Flores and that he is really a missionary in East Timor. However, the rumor about his execution is just, well, a rumor. It is not true. Actually Bro. Ferdie, Jeannie his wife and their two kids are facing persecution daily. Last week a mob of about 250 people did surround him with stones, sticks, and machetes. But the Lord intervened and the crowd dispersed without incident. As of now, according to his pastor, things are calm yet violence could erupt at any time. Bro. Ferdie needs our prayer. But, contrary to reports, there was never an arrest or an execution.

It’s very much like the Gospel. Most people heard the facts about the Lord Jesus Christ. They knew He died on the cross, rose again on the third day, ascended to heaven and promised to return someday. However, they make a mistake when it comes to how to get to heaven. They fail to understand that we need to receive the Lord as our Savior.

“For I can testify about them that they are zealous for God, but their zeal is not based on knowledge. Since they did not know the righteousness that comes from God and sought to establish their own, they did not submit to God's righteousness.” Romans 10:2-3, NIV

That’s why we must join the Christian Life and Witness Course here in Makati Gospel Church. We need to learn how to share the Gospel clearly, accurately and passionately!

Almost 350 people came to attend the first session here in our church last Thursday night and yesterday (Saturday) afternoon. I’m praying that more people from MGC would come. We are not just providing a venue for other churches. We want to maximize this course by ensuring that most if not all of our people would avail of the training. Even if you missed session 1, you can still join. We will arrange a make-up class for you. So, sign up and rev up your faith!

“But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect”. 1 Peter 3:15


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