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Your Work... Enjoy or Endure?

Would you believe that most Filipinos are satisfied with their work?

That is, if we believe the survey released last April by the SWS or the Social Weather Stations. A sampling of 1,200 persons nationwide revealed that our “job satisfaction is quite high, with 88% of all working adults saying they are satisfied with their main job.” Only 7% of the respondents said they are not satisfied with their jobs.

That is, if we accept that 1,200 people can speak for the entire nation.

Do you agree with this SWS survey? Would you really rate yourself as satisfied with your work?

Personally, I can’t reconcile that with the report that about 2,500 Filipinos leave the country everyday to work abroad. If Filipinos are satisfied, why do they leave the country to work overseas?

But, it is a fact that we spend majority of our lives working. We actually spend up to 70% of our waking hours at work. That’s why it’s important that we enjoy our work rather than endure it.

The Bible gives us the answer. Let’s read…

Money Talks!

Do you know that our Lord Jesus spoke so much about money?

In fact, 16 out of the 38 parables of Christ spoke on handling earthly treasure. In 1 out of every 10 verses in the Gospels, the Lord Jesus taught on being faithful to God about your finances. That’s more than verses about heaven and hell combined! Throughout the Old and New Testament, there are 2350 verses on wealth! That’s twice as many as the references to faith and prayer.

In short, what we do with the money God gave us matters to Him. God is concerned not only with our tithe or the 10% of our income we give in the offering, but also with how we handle the remaining 90% in our wallet.

Money is not the root of all evil. The love of money is (1 Timothy 6:10). Tell me how you handle your money and I will tell you who you really are. It is written, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6:21. The NET Bible)

We declare in our baptism that we surrendered our lives to God. It seems we should baptize our…

Becoming A Woman of Impact

Happy Mothers’ Day!

How did it all start? This special day for mothers go all the way back to the 19th century.

Meet Anne Marie Reeves Jarvis. She was a daughter of a Methodist Minister in Virginia.

Tragedy brought out the best in her. Four out of her six children died of various diseases. All but one of the dead children had been born healthy. In those days, illness in children was swift and fatal. She blamed it to the unsanitary conditions of the slaughter house nearby.

But she did not sit down and watch the rest of her kids die also. She took matters in her own hands. She organized a women’s group called “Mother’s Work” to promote community health. Their motto was “Mother’s Work — For Better Mothers, Better Homes, Better Children, Better Men and Women.” And, through patient, hard work, they succeeded in their campaign. And, when the Civil war broke out in America, her group worked for peace in their town throughout the war.

When she died on May 10, 1908, her daughter Anna wanted to hono…

Bearing Much Fruit That Will Last

No doubt we are praying that Makati Gospel Church would grow both in quality (spiritually) and quantity (numerically). This is exactly what the Lord Jesus wants: “This is to my Father's glory, that you bear much fruit [quantity], showing yourselves to be my disciples…You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit—fruit that will last. [quality]” (John 15:8, 16a, NIV. Emphasis added)

At the turn of the century, the Natural Church Development Institute headed by Dr. Christian Schwarz studied more than 1,000 churches in 32 countries on all six continents. Church leaders hailed it as “the most comprehensive study ever conducted on church growth.” According to that study, big churches are not necessarily healthy. Hmmm. It sounds like “A fat person is not necessarily healthy.” Ouch! That hurts! :-) Likewise, small churches are not necessarily unhealthy. But, healthy churches grow. Quality leads to quantity.

One of the essential qualities of a healthy church …

Let's Go For It, Team MGC!

There are three kinds of people in the world. Those who make things happen, those who watch things happen and those who ask, “What happened?”

Now, what about you? I hope you become one of those who make things happen. How? I encourage each one of us to ask God what He wants us to be and to do for His glory. We are now laying down the foundation of a strategy for MGC. And when we launch that strategy, I pray you won’t just comment. I pray you would commit. Join us. Team MGC needs you.

“With all this going for us, my dear, dear friends, stand your ground. And don’t hold back. Throw yourselves into the work of the Master, confident that nothing you do for Him is a waste of time or effort.” (1 Corinthians 15:58, The Message)

Yours in Christ,

Bro. Eyriche Cortez
Associate Pastor, English Worship Service

Pursuing A Life That Matters

As we join Makati Gospel Church, I confess my family and I are both excited and nervous. More excited than nervous. We are nervous because we left the comfort zone of our former church. We are excited because of the potentials of what we can do together here in Makati Gospel Church.

That’s why this morning, I am challenging you to join us in a journey. A pursuit actually. Pursuing a Life that Matters. A life of consequence. A life of impact.

Life is full of decisions. Do you agree? But, do you know that the decisions that matter in life are not always earth-shaking? It’s our day to day decisions that either make us closer or farther from God. We call it steps of obedience.

Now, there are three decisions we need to make in our pursuit of a life of consequence. And we find it in Hebrews 12:1-2.

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked…