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What To Do When You’re Out Of Options

Have you ever been in a situation where you were out of options? Maybe you got into a circumstance that was out of your control, got into financial problems, had issues in your relationships or lost a business or job.

We’ve all experienced getting into an unpleasant situation where there was no way out. No options at all. What do we do in such situations? Some of our more common responses would be to ask help from other people, work harder, find connections, look for quick fixes. But the Word of God points us to one solution when we’re out of options- that option is the Gospel.

What is the Gospel?

Dr. Rice Broocks defines the Gospel as such: “The gospel is the good news that God became man in Jesus Christ. He lived the life we should have lived. He died the death we should have died. Three days later he rose from the dead proving he was the Son of God and offering salvation to everyone who will repent and believe the gospel.”

The gospel is good news. In a world where most people want to share bad news, there is a need for good news and the good news that Jesus lived, died and rose again, is all we need in virtually any situation- even those that seem impossible to get out of.

Romans 1:16 says, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.”

The Gospel is the Answer to Everything

It’s hard to consider how a death of one Jewish man two thousand years ago has now become the answer to every problem we will ever face, but it is. We don’t need the gospel plus good works, great advice, nice stuff and great doctrine to move forward in our walk with God. All we need is the gospel.

  • If you need assurance of worth, the cross assures you that you were worth the very blood of Christ. (John 3:16)
  • If you need healing, the stripes of Christ has paid the penalty of death and sickness so what you may live in wholeness. (Isaiah 53:5)
  • If you need provision, through Christ’s poverty you can become rich (2 Corinthians 8:9).
  • If you need liberty from sin, the power of the gospel has cleansed you of every sin and can get rid of even your appetite for the things that malign God and destroy you.
  • If you need a career boost, Christ now marks and restores you as God’s masterpiece and proud worker (Ephesians 2:10).
  • If you need peace, the assurance of our eternal salvation belittles the little worries we have on a daily basis.
  • If God can give us life forever, what’s to stop Him from giving us life now? (John 10:10)

The Gospel is for everyone because everyone needs the Gospel. If you’re in a situation that’s out of your hands, the gospel can bring you out of it. It’s the power of God for salvation, both in a spiritual and practical sense. How can the gospel bring you out of your tough situations today?

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One Spiritual Discipline You Probably Never Knew About

The kind of world I live in is always in a rush. I’ve got meetings, endless to-do lists, coaching sessions, Victory Groups, discipleship classes, and hundreds of things just screaming to get my attention. And the thing about is I know I’m not the only one. 

There’s a very big chance you’re one of the majority of people who are always going at a hundred twenty miles an hour. You maybe wonder where the day has gone and wish you could extend your days just by a little bit (and by a little bit I mean maybe another twenty-four hours a day or more). (more…)

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12 Tips To Making Powerful Faith Goals This 2017

If you’re reading this post, there’s a possibility that you haven’t gotten to writing your faith goals/new year’s resolutions/whatever you wanna call them yet, or maybe you haven’t finished up on them yet. And that’s okay! Only one day has passed in 2017 and you still have 364 more to get more done this year than you’ve ever done before. But it’s got to start with a plan. (more…)

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In The Spirit of The Season: How To Make The Most Of Your Christmas and The Remainder of 2016

It’s been almost a month since my last blog, and I feel so bad about it, but I just have to admit that I have been extra hectic the past few weeks- 4 big projects, so many changes to be made in the ministry come this 2017, a big gift giving program (where 300+ kids were the beneficiaries) and as many as 7 Christmas parties. Whew!
I have to say that 2016 has gone out with a bang, and I hope that the same can only be true with you. And yet everything boils down to these last few days- the dusk of the year and the closing scenes to what has yet been another great chapter to this life we all have the privilege of walking together.

Before we get to our Noche Buenas (and if you’re reading this), I hope to take the last few moments blogging and sharing just one thought with you before we all start the most awaited celebration of the year- Christmas is the best time to live out the greatest commandment ever given.

Jesus once urged us to live a life of love saying: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” (Matthew 22:37-40)

It’s virtually impossible to live out the true meaning of Christmas- Christ- without living out this great command that He gave to us. Here are two simple ways to make the most of the Christmas season through the greatest command.

Make Christ the Center of Your Celebration

As we did our small gift-giving project for three-hundred plus kids with Camp Sonshine Center last December 17, I was reminded truly of what this season is all about- bringing glory to Christ. I was reminded of this once again as we joined all three hundred kids along with benefactors and missionaries in worshipping the name of Jesus together in a song in our native dialect.

Here’s a video of that event.

I have to admit that my eyes were “sweating” at the sight. It reminded me of the examples the heavenly hosts set for us in Luke 2:13-14: “And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!'” We are all given this opportunity to lift Christ’s name this Christmas.

Enjoy Relationships More Than Anything

We were made by God to be relational beings. At one point, I thought that my life was destined to be alone until God opened by eyes to the reality of the blessing of relationships and how He calls us to enjoy them. We are surrounded by family, friends, church community and colleagues who care deeply about us and in return we are given this privilege to be God’s extension of love and grace to each other.

Christmas is so much more than just the gifts and food. It’s about whom you share them with. Let’s not forget to truly express our joy, gratitude and love for our neighbors- our family and friends.

 

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“It’s Just Money,” But Why Does it Eat Us up so Much?

Last Sunday, I was with my family at SM City after attending the 11AM service at Victory Iloilo and was killing time before our 2:30PM Victory Group with some couples at church. Me and my wife decided to pass by an ATM to withdraw some money so we passed by one and my wife (who handles our finances) put in the card. After a few minutes of waiting I got curious why it was taking my wife so long to withdraw. (more…)