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VOLUME 23 ISSUE 37 Sept. 15

from your Pastor

DR. ED M. LAURENA

It is an undeniable fact that though we are saved, we still live in a sin-stricken world. Such world is full of confusion, despair, sickness and hopelessness, brought about by sin. Ephesians 2:1 makes it clear that Satan is the “prince of the power of the air� and without Christ, this world and every person is hopeless at all, but not to a child of God. His presence in our hearts makes and should make the difference. A saved or unsaved person will experience hardships, but a saved person has God that can work in his life continually. We must allow our salvation from hell, the Word of God and the church, which all came from God, to play a big role in our lives amidst a crooked world. May they serve as a comfort, a challenge and a companion that will make us a stronger believer. A lot of responsibilities are entrusted to us, and we cannot afford to be weak. May we desire to know more about God! A blessed Sunday to all!


Sunday School Outline Leaning on the Comfort of God 2Thessalonians 2:16-17

I. God’s comfort stems from His love. A. God’s love is the great cause of our hope. B. God’s love is a great comfort. II. God’s comfort surpasses time. A. The comfort brought about by God transcends time. B. The comfort brought about by God is timeless. III. God’s comfort secures the believers to the day of Christ. A. God’s people’s security comes from the doctrine of their Saviour. B. God’s people’s security comes from the dwelling in of the Spirit of God. IV. God’s comfort stabilizes the believers to good works. A. The end result of God’s comfort should be good works. B. The end result of God’s comfort should be good works for God’s glory. V. God’s comfort showers gladness upon the believers’ hearts. A. God’s comfort brings gladness to our service. B. God’s comfort brings glory to our service.

Gospel tracts, preaching/music CDs & Sunday School/Discipleship lessons are available @ the ushers' table after the service.

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Kaaliwan ng Diyos Beata B. Agustin

Tuwing nalulumbay… sa sulirani’y napapalupasay Ika’y naghihinanakit dahil tila walang umaalalay… Huwag manlupaypay!!! Ang Diyos ang pinakadakilang Karamay; Kaaliwan Niya’y handa sa pamamatnubay Niyang umaagapay. Laging sumandal sa Kanya upang ligaya ng kaligtasa’y madamang tunay! Tuwing nanghihina… sa kasalana’y nadadapa Ika’y nagsusumamong may pagsisisi sa nagawang masama… Huwag manlumo!!! Ang Diyos ang pinakamabiyayang Ama; Kaaliwan Niya’y tapat sa pagpapatawad Niyang mapagpala. Laging lumapit sa Kanya upang pananalangi’y sumigla! Tuwing naguguluhan… sa pagdududa’y kinakabahan Ika’y nahihirapang pumili ng pamantayang papanigan… Huwag mag-alala!!! Ang Diyos ang pinakamarunong na Saligan; Kaaliwan Niya’y tiyak sa pagtuturo Niyang maaasahan. Laging makinig sa Kanya upang pagpapasya’y naaayon sa katotohanan! Tuwing nasasawi… sa tukso’y nagagapi Ika’y napapagod dulot ng pagsubok habang nagpapakabuti… Huwag mapighati!!! Ang Diyos ang pinakamagaling na Tagasuri; Kaaliwan Niya’y mapagkalinga sa pag-aaruga Niyang kumakandili. Laging kumapit sa Kanya upang pagpupunyagi’y kapuri-puri! Tuwing napapaiyak… sa pagpapatotoo’y nililibak Ika’y nanghihinawa dala ng pag-uusig na humahatak… Huwag matinag!!! Ang Diyos ang pinakamalakas na Tagahawak; Kaaliwan Niya’y makapangyarihan sa pagtutuwid Niyang nakagagalak. Laging manatili sa Kanya upang kabanala’y bubusilak! Tuwing natatakot… sa pag-aalinlanga’y umiikot Ika’y naduduwag kapag salot ng sigalot ay sumusulpot… Huwag masindak!!! Ang Diyos ang pinakamahusay na Tagapahintulot; Kaaliwan Niya’y payapa sa pagmamahal Niyang bumabalot. Laging magtiwala sa Kanya upang sakdal na antas ng pananampalataya’y maabot! Tuwing nayayanig… sa kasalata’y nanginginig At nababalisa sa himig ng paghihikahos na naririnig… Huwag magulumihanan!!! Ang Diyos ang pinakamahabaging Mangingibig; Kaaliwan Niya’y sagana sa pagbibigay Niyang lumalawig. Laging sumandig sa Kanya upang paglilingkod nang mabunga’y titindig!


Church Bulletin Let us

continually participate in advancing the kingdom of God through our involvement in praying and supporting our upcoming events!!!

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od be thanked and praised for your desire, decision and determination to involve in our NEHEMIAH PROJECT. Since God is faithful in providing us, let us also be faithful in fulfilling our commitment for the realization of the project for His glory!


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Comfort

Dr. Charles Fuller, the well-known radio preacher, knew what it was like to go through difficult days. He suffered great financial reverses during the Great Depression, and his only child was at the point of death twice. Through that time Charles Fuller and his wife struggled with their faith, not understanding why so many things were going wrong. But they found that God was always faithful. One day on his radio program, Dr. Fuller said, “I pass on to you a little of the comfort wherewith Mrs. Fuller and I have been comforted. We have come to know God in a new way because of the trials we have been going through these past three years. We have known what it is to have much sickness, financial losses, those turn against us and seek to hurt us who we thought were true friends, our only child brought down to death’s door on two occasions. I want to tell you that after going through all this and much more, Mrs. Fuller and I know that God is able—that His promises are true. We never could have known the sweetness of trusting God had we not come to the place where we ourselves could do nothing.” God brings trials and testing into our lives for a variety of reasons. One of His purposes is so that we can experience His comfort in a powerful and meaningful way. Rather than allowing our difficulties to draw us away from Him, they should encourage us to run to Him, just as a child rushes to a parent for love and reassurance. God is with you today no matter what difficulties you may experience.

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The Source of Comfort

I remember attending the funeral of a greatly used pastor who had died suddenly at a young age. His death was so unexpected, and it was obvious that his family and the church family had been staggered by the news. Yet despite the sorrow and sadness that were very real, there was also a spirit of hope at this funeral. The people sang "Great Is Thy Faithfulness." Several of the speakers, including the pastor’s family, talked about the importance of trusting God. As I spoke to the pastor’s wife, she told me how she was trusting God in the storm. Being a child of God is no guarantee that we will not endure suffering and times of grief. But as children of God, we have a resource of comfort and strength that the world does not know. We have a God who gives us comfort in the midst of our grief. Because Jesus endured suffering, He knows well the pain that we feel. In fact, the Bible calls Him "a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief" (Isaiah 53:3). It should always be true that our Christian friends and church family will gather around us during difficult times. Yet even if that does not happen and there are dark days when we feel like we are all alone, we are never abandoned or forsaken. The God who gives comfort and peace is always there for His children to help them through the darkest days they face.


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The Comfort of God

hen life caves in as it sometimes does, we do not need reasons-we need comfort. We do not need some more answers-we need Someone. We thank God that our Saviour Jesus Christ does not come to us with an explanation-He comes to us with His presence. The Psalmist in Chapter 73:25-26 comforts us with the following words, “Whom have I in heaven but thee? And there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee. My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion forever.” Scripture tells us that God knows what is going on in our lives and is ever faithful in His comfort for His children. Psalm 121 exhorts us to regard these truths for our revival: “I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the LORD which made heaven and earth. He will not suffer thy foot to be moved. He that keepeth thee will not slumber. Behold, He that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep. The LORD is thy keeper. The Lord is thy shade upon thy right hand. The sun shall not smite thee by day nor the moon by night. The LORD shall preserve thee from all evil. He shall preserve thy soul. The LORD shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in, from this time forth and even for ever more.”

As believers, we could only exclaim, "...His compassions fail not, they are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness" (Lam 3:22-23). The Scripture abounds in illustrations of God's comforting presence to His people. More than four thousand years ago He said, "While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter and day and night shall not cease" (Gen 8:22). Every year brought a fresh witness to how God fulfilled this. In Genesis 15 we find that the LORD declared unto Abraham, "Thy seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs, and shall serve them...But in the fourth generation they shall come hither again" (vv.13-16). Centuries ran their weary course. Abraham's descendants groaned amid the brick-kilns of Egypt. God remained faithful and never forgot His promise. In Exodus 12:41, "And it came to pass at the end of the four hundred and thirty years, even the selfsame day it came to pass, that all the hosts of the Lord went out from the land of Egypt." Through Isaiah the Lord declared, "Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call His name Immanuel" (Isaiah 7:14). Again centuries past, but "When the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth His Son, made of a woman" (Gal 4:4). God is true. His Word of promise is sure. In all His relations with His people God is a source of pervading comfort. He can be safely relied upon. No one ever yet really trusted Him in vain. We find this precious truth expressed almost everywhere in the Scriptures. This is the basis of our confidence in Him. However, it is one thing to accept the faithfulness of God as a source of comfort, surety and strength, and it is quite another to act upon it. God has given us many "exceeding great and precious promises," and we really can count on His fulfillment of them. We must actually expect Him to do for us all that He has said. We must be comforted with His explicit assurance on these words, "...he is faithful that promised" (Heb 10:23). Yet realistically there are seasons in the lives of even the best of God’s people when it is not easy to be comforted and assured. Our faith is sorely tried, our eyes bedimmed with tears, and we can no longer trace the outworkings of His love. Our ears are distracted with the noises of the world, harassed by the atheistic whisperings of Satan, and we can no longer hear the sweet accents of His still small voice. Cherished plans have been thwarted, friends on whom we relied have failed us, a professed brother or sister in Christ has betrayed us. We staggered. We sought to be peaceful, and now a dark cloud hides Him from us. We find it difficult and even impossible due to carnal reason to harmonize His frowning providence with His gracious promises. But even a faltering soul and a severely tried fellow pilgrim sought grace to heed Isaiah 50:10, "Who is among you that feareth the Lord, that obeyeth the voice of His servant, that walketh in darkness and hath no light? let him trust in the name of the Lord, and stay upon his God." When we are tempted to doubt, we must remember that “Thy faithfulness is unto all generations: thou hast established the earth, and it abideth"—Psalm 119:90. The faithfulness of God is our only comforting refuge and sure rock. May we desire and do live a life that is fully trusting, confident and comforted in Him.


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God's Comfort

here are times in all of our lives when we need the Lord's comforting. Whether it is because of a problem, a struggle, or when we feel alone, we need God's comfort in our life. One way God comforts us is by abiding with us. John 15:10 says, "If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love." When we abide with Christ each day by reading His Word and speaking to Him through prayer, He will comfort us. God is our Heavenly Father, and He knows when we are hurting. Yet, He cannot comfort us if we do not come to Him, abide in Him, and seek His help. We can also find comfort in the Holy Spirit. Christ sent the Holy Spirit to comfort us during times of sadness and hurt. John 14:1617 says, "And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you." When we are going through doubt, discouragement, or even loss, the Holy Spirit is there to help us. God knows that there will be times when we feel alone or hurt and He wants to help us. He wants us to come to Him and seek His help. Once during Queen Victoria's reign, she heard that the wife of a common laborer had lost

her baby. Having experienced deep sorrow herself, she felt moved to express her sympathy. So she called on the bereaved woman one day and spent some time with her. After she left, the neighbors asked what the queen had said. "Nothing," replied the grieving mother. "She simply put her hands on mine, and we silently wept together." Friend, God wants to help you through your time of sorrow or hurt. He wants you to know that He loves you and cares for you. God wants you to lean upon Him and His strength during your weakness. He wants you to abide with Him and to seek the comfort of the Holy Spirit. Are you going through a tough time in your life? Do you need God's comfort today? Take time today to seek God's comfort by abiding with Him. Spend time reading His Word and praying to Him. Let Him comfort you by spending time with you. Also let the Holy Spirit comfort you as you go about your day. Lean on Christ and let Him help sustain you in your time of hurt.


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

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 ___________________________________ ∙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

Church Attendance

Sept 8 & Sept 11

Mon

Dan 7-9

Sunday School

2,330

Tue

Sunday AM

2,570

Wed

Hos 1-3

Sunday PM

992

Thu

Hos 4-6

Wednesday

512

Fri

Hos 7-9

First Time Visitors

202

Sat

Hos 10-12

22

Sun

Hos 13-14

Baptisms

Maaari Mong Matiyak ang Langit

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Bible Reading

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

Dan 10-12

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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