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VOLUME 23 ISSUE 31 August 4

from your Pastor

DR. ED M. LAURENA

I rejoice and praise the Lord for the great results He gave us last month, while I thank Him for another month He has entrusted us. I believe, that as we labour together more for Him, He will bless us with more souls and lives that will be changed. I am also excited to start another series of lessons for our Sunday School on “Laying Aside the Weight of Life.” God has much for us to accomplish with a long race to run. May we learn through these lessons to run our race minus those “weights” that slow us down and prioritize our purpose of glorifying God. Meanwhile, this month also marks the launching out of one of our biggest church projects. By faith, through our prayers and cooperative spirit, I know that God will make this happen. With this being accomplished, we will be able to see more changed lives and to experience the power of God with much bigger impact in our community. God would certainly be delighted to see CBBC family praying and working together to please Him! Looking forward to God’s triumphant work today!


Sunday School Outline Deciding to Make Things Right Genesis Chapters 32 & 33

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I. Deciding to make things right begins with God. A. Reconciliation begins when we approach God in humble plea for forgiveness. B. Reconciliation with God leads us to reconcile with others. C. Reconciliation with others must be intentional.

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II. Deciding to make things right must be bathed with prayers. A. Reconciliation demands the power of hope. B. Reconciliation demands the participation of humility. C. Reconciliation demands the position of the heart. III. Deciding to make things right will brighten life. A. Peace is achieved through forgiveness. B. Perfection is being achieved through forgiveness. C. Promotion is achieved through forgiveness.

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DIRECT ME, LORD, TOWARD YOUR RIGHTEOUSNESS Beata B. Agustin Direct me, Lord, toward Your righteousness of eternal supremacy Truly sovereign midst evil inconsistency For me to strive in Your holiness against gratification-urgency With my faith’s strength and persistency. Direct me, Lord, toward Your righteousness of divine perfection Truly wise midst abominable corruption For me to choose Your will despite worldliness-temptation With my heart’s devotion and dedication. Direct me, Lord, toward Your righteousness of majestic glory Truly bright midst sin-filled misery For me to follow Your way in declaring Gospel-story With my commitment’s fruitfulness and victory. Direct me, Lord, toward Your righteousness of great endeavor Truly worthy midst earthly favor For me to labor in Your work along willingness-fervor With my sacrifices’ sweet-smelling flavor and savor. Direct me, Lord, toward Your righteousness of everlasting security Truly protective midst grievous iniquity For me to enjoy Your salvation upon forgiveness-purity With my soul’s assurance and certainty. Direct me, Lord, toward Your righteousness of heavenly enrichment Truly bountiful midst selfish discontentment For me to seek first Your kingdom thru church-involvement With my spirit’s revival-fulfillment and ministry-investment. Direct me, Lord, toward Your righteousness of joyful fellowship Truly peaceful midst worldly friendship For me to obey Your leadership in my service-stewardship With my submission’s consecration and worship.


Deciding to Break Barrieres and to Touch Hearts

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veryday of our lives, we are filled with countless decision-making opportunities that make or break relationships we have around us. Relationships which are ways for influencing others to godliness and righteousness need nurture and nourishment by the grace and with the love of Christ. Apparently, what we decide on our hearts, we declare with our lips. Some decisions are temporal while others are eternal. Sadly, we are people that are far too often unable to make decisions between good and bad. Our relationship failures are often an outflow of a knowledge of the Scriptures which is not applied extensively in practical living. Our Christianity can become a form; then a formality; and finally, a formalism. Formalism breeds detachment and thus, it is void of brotherly love. We become enamored with superficiality forgetting that the Christ of Calvary spent time nurturing relationships through decision and correction. Let us value relationships. The Scripture exhorts us to endeavor to keep the unity of the spirit in the bond of peace. It is a willful effort to keep precious relationships. Though it is a burden to keep the unity in the bond of peace among such flawed individuals like us, it is a burden we must bear. To do this appropriately, we must lay aside the weight of pride and dissimulation and highmindedness as what the Apostle Paul had done. The Scriptural passage in the Book of James 3:17, "But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy" plainly implies that as believers, our hearts must not be the melting pot of bitterness, strifes and envying. Rather, our hearts must allow the love of Christ to transcend and cover a multitude of sins, not for compromise but for the unity of the Spirit. Too often, we underestimate the power of a gentle touch, a thoughtful smile, a listening ear, a kind word, a small amount of caring, or an honest compliment, all of which could be used by God to turn a life around. In the grand scheme of things, we should see people, both believers and the lost, the way the Lord Jesus Christ sees them...not as means to an end but as precious living and loving souls whose life also can be touched by the power of the Lord Jesus Christ.

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L et L o v e Co n t i n u e Love is one of the most powerful motivators. A perfect example of such motivating love comes in the form of an old Baptist preacher from early America. The American Revolution was just beginning in the hearts of the American people, and many were pushing for the colonies to go to war with England. Unknown to many people, English loyalists, who supported their homeland, despised the Americans' audacity to break free from England, and sought to defeat the colonists from inside their own country. One such man was Michael Wittman, an evil loyalist who lived in Ephrata, Pennsylvania. In the same town lived a Baptist minister named Peter Miller who was close friends with George Washington. Miller did all he could to reach out to everyone in Ephrata and invite them to church, but by far his biggest critic was Wittman. Wittman did all he could to publicly humiliate, denounce, and ridicule Pastor Miller, but Miller continued to love him. As was bound to happen, word came out that Wittman was a loyal defender of England and a traitor of America. He was brought before a judge and was condemned to death. Because of his love for Wittman, Miller walked seventy miles from Ephrata to the military prison in Philadelphia where Wittman was being held. Knowing General Washington was in charge at the military compound, Miller sought him out and pleaded for the release of Michael Wittman. Washington replied, "I am truly sorry, Peter, but I cannot release your friend Michael." "My friend! Why, he is my worst enemy," remarked Miller. Washington was shocked, "You mean you traveled seventy miles on foot to plead for the life of your enemy? Why that does put things in a different light. Wittman will be released." That day Wittman and Miller walked home not as enemies, but as friends. What made the difference in Washington's view of Miller's request? The fact that Miller would go to great lengths for an enemy, a man who had wronged him many times, showed his genuine love for Wittman and swayed Washington's approval of the pardon. Miller didn't simply show love when it was convenient; he truly cared about Wittman. The ultimate example of true love is in Jesus Christ. His love for others, even those who rejected Him, led Him to endure this world's trials and die a cruel death on a rugged cross. His wasn't a convenient love, but a genuine love to all. Often a person's actions can affect our love for them. We're wronged, mistreated, forgotten, or abused in some way, and as a result our love for that person ceases. Have you ever been wronged by someone and simply wrote them off your "list" as a result? God reminds us that just as He was rejected and rebuked, so sometimes we will be as well. People will make mistakes, and sometimes those mistakes will adversely affect you. Sometimes a hurtful word will be spoken, or some action will offend. God's desire is that apologies would be made and relationships would be restored, yet some people would rather ignore someone for years rather than making things right. "Let brotherly love continue." God's desire is for you to love all people, the friendly ones and the bitter ones. Even when others mistreat you, let love continue. Even when you've been backstabbed or wronged, let love continue. Even when the other person wants no part in your love, let love continue. Is there someone whom you've stopped loving? Don't allow petty arguments, hurtful words, bitter feelings, or mistakes affect your love for another person. If Christ can endure a crowd of His people yelling for His crucifixion and still pour out His love for them on Calvary, you can forgive someone's wrong actions and continue loving them. Seek today to let your love continue to all people. -http://www.dailyintheword.org/


Christian Bible Baptist Church PREACHING THE GOSPEL THAT ONLY JESUS SAVES! St. Francis Homes 2, Landayan, San Pedro, Laguna 4023

www.cbbcphilippines.org email-info@cbbcphilippines.org tel - (02)869.0433 cel - 0905.3004422 or 0926.7247837 or 0917.8870954 Dr. Ed M. Laurena Pastor ___________________________________ Schedule of Services SUNDAY Sunday School, 8:30 am AM Worship Service, 9:30 am Youth Fellowship, 1:30 pm Discipleship, 3:00 pm PM Worship Service, 4:00 pm WEDNESDAY Doctrine Class, 5:45 pm Prayer Meeting, 7:00 pm with Soulwinning & Visitation on Thursdays and Saturdays

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Maaari Mong Matiyak ang Langit

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ng sabi ni Hesus, “Ako ang daan, ang katotohanan, at ang buhay: walang makapupunta sa Ama kundi sa pamamagitan ko.” Juan 14:6 Wala nang iba pang makapagliligtas sa iyo mula sa impiyerno. Magtiwala ka kay Hesus ngayon! Roma 6:23 “Kung ipahahayag ng iyong bibig na si Hesus ay Panginoon at mananampalataya ka nang buong puso na Siya’y muling binuhay ng Diyos, ikaw ay maliligtas”. Roma 10:9 1. Aminin mo na ikaw ay isang makasalanan. Roma 3:10 2. Magsisi ka sa iyong kasalanan. Gawa 17:30 3. Manampalataya ka na si Kristo Hesus ay namatay para sa iyo, nalibing at nabuhay namagmuli. Roma 10:9-10 4. Sa pamamagitan ng panalangin, tanggapin mo si Hesus sa iyong puso bilang iyong Tagapagligtas.

Roma 10:13 Manalangin ka ng ganito: Panginoon, ako po ay isang makasalanan at nangangailangan ng kapatawaran. Nanampalataya po ako na nadanak ng dugo ni Hesus at Siya ay namatay sa krus para sa akin. Nagsisisi po ako sa aking mga kasalanan. Tinatanggap ko po si Kristo Hesus sa aking puso bilang aking Tagapagligtas. Amen. "Kung tinanggap mo si Hesus bilang iyong Tagapagligtas, ito na ang simula ng iyong bagong buhay kay Kristo." Roma 8:1 Ngayon: 1. Basahin mo ang iyong Biblia araw-araw upang makilala pa ng lubusan si Kristo Hesus. 2. Makipag-usap ka sa Diyos sa panalangin araw-araw. 3. Manambahan ka sa isang simbahan na pinapangaral si Kristo at ang Biblia ang tanging pamantayan. 4. Ibahagi sa iba si Kristo Hesus.

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