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Standing Up By Kneeling Down

Last Monday night, October 24, Rosa Parks died of natural causes. She was 92.

Who was Rosa Parks? She was a black American seamstress. On December 1, 1955, she took a Montgomery City bus on her way home from work. (During those days, the bus companies segregate the blacks and the whites. They also authorized the bus drivers to choose where people could sit. They even carry guns to enforce segregation.) She sat behind the seats reserved for whites. Then a white man boarded the bus. The driver told the blacks sitting just behind the white section to give up their seats for the white man. But she won’t budge. The driver had her arrested. The court convicted her for violating the segregation laws. She appealed her case. A year later, the US Supreme Court declared the segregation laws unconstitutional.

Her case was the catalyst that led to the modern civil rights movement. A boycott ensued led by Martin Luther King, Jr. that paralyzed the transport sector of Montgomery. This sparked non-viol…

Why Wait For Others?

Note: Our server was down last week. Sorry for the late posting.

Let me share a poem entitled “New in Town” which I read in The Biblical Studies Foundation website (http://www.bible.org).

The first time I worshipped at their church
About two months ago
I signed the registration card
So all of them would know

That I had just moved into town
And needed a little part
Of the loving concern for each other
That a Christian has in his heart.

I checked the proper boxes
To indicate my age
My marital condition
My sex, my spiritual stage.

No one smiled or shook my hand
When the services were through
And Satan whispered in my ear
“See, no one noticed you.”

But I stayed home each night that week
In hopes someone would call
It didn’t have to be the Preacher
Just any one at all

Who cared enough to take the time
In our dear Saviour’s Name
To bid a stranger welcome...
But no one ever came.

And then a thought came to my mind
That I’d like to share with you
Why should I sit and wait for others
To do what I could do?

So, I joined …

Drowning in the Midst of Lifeguards

For the first time in its history, New Orleans’ city pool had no incidents of drowning during one summer. So they threw a party where 300 people came (100 of them certified lifeguards). At the end of the party, four lifeguards on duty began to clear the pool. To their horror, they found a fully dressed body in the deep end. They tried to revive the victim but it was too late.

In an ironic twist, he drowned surrounded by lifeguards celebrating their successful, drown-free summer.

Now imagine our church. We are strategically located in the prime financial district of the country. Most of our members hold key positions in their company. We know the Lord Jesus as our Savior. But are we fulfilling our strategic role as “lifeguards?”

Two weeks from now Makati Gospel Church will host the Christian Life and Witness (CLW) course. We are the only venue in Makati and the only church in the 65 CLW venues all over Mega-Manila to hold two courses. Believers not only from MGC but also from other church…

Who Knocked Down The Walls of Jericho?

This is a true story.

An old lady wanted to talk to the pastor after a worship service. She wants to thank him for the help she received from his sermons. “You do correctly handle the Bible,” she said to the pastor. “Do you know that until this morning I had always thought that Sodom and Gomorrah were man and wife?”

Now that’s sad.

Here’s another one. The Sunday school teacher called in sick. So the pastor taught a boys’ class in his place. He decided to test the kids. So he asked who knocked down the walls of Jericho. All the boys denied any involvement and instead blamed his seatmate for it. It was a shocking experience for the pastor.

At the next board meeting he lamented about the experience. “Not one of them knows who knocked down the walls of Jericho!” The group was silent until finally one seasoned deacon spoke up. “Pastor, I’ve known all those boys since they were born and they’re good boys. If they said they didn’t know, I believe them. Let’s just take some money out of the repai…