July 30, 2020
Dear GFC@HOME Families,
Whatever difficulty you are experiencing, however heavy your burdens are, our God promised to "cast your burdens upon the LORD, and He will sustain you; He will never allow the righteous to be shaken" (Psalm 55:22). You can trust God Almighty to strengthen you, supply your needs, and carry not only your burden, but also carry you. Hang on and hope on His promises and providential care!
I thank God for you who are continually engaging in worship, discipleship, and missions during this time of uncertainty. Through your generosity, we are able to sustain our ministries to care for our members, support missions, and help out those who are in financial, emotional and physical distress. All praise and thanks be to God! Though our online gatherings are helpful under special circumstances, let me remind you that it's not intended to be our primary way of worshiping God as a community. It doesn't replace our in-person worship gathering (Hebrews 10:19-25). As to when our regathering in person will be, no one knows, but we need to get ready. That's why on August 8th, a Saturday, at 8:30 am, at GBC lawn, some of our leaders will have a dry run of an on-site worship gathering that is safe and adapted to our current situation. Then, on August 13th, our Leadership Team will evaluate the gathering and develop guidelines and strategy on how we could move on in this direction at the right time. We'll keep you posted, and let's keep praying for God's wisdom on this matter.
This weekend, I'll start our new sermon series on Growing in Worship. My first message is on GOD'S SEARCH FOR TRUE WORSHIPERS (John 4:7-26). Our God, who is worthy to be worshiped, is being worshiped by myriads of angels in heaven. Why is He actively searching for true worshipers worldwide? Are you one of those true worshipers of the true God? What does our Lord Jesus teaches on being a true worshiper? How will that revolutionize the way we worship and the way we live wherever God has placed us? Don't miss this message for trivial reasons. Prepare the elements for our Lord's Supper. Let's come and worship the LORD whose glory is unfading, His grace so amazing, and His sovereignty so incomprehensively great, this LORD's Day!
Draw me close to YOU,
Dear GFC@HOME Families,
Greetings in the Name of our God who is our refuge and strength! He is the One whom we can trust at all times (Psalm 62:8): in dark times, in uncertain times, in tough times. We can trust Him who is infinitely good, all-wise, and all-powerful at all seasons of life even at the moment of our death. Our God never fails those who trust in Him!
Join us in worship this Lord's Day (Facebook and YouTube). Let us not give up meeting together for worship, prayer and discipleship even virtually -- "though absent in body, nevertheless... present in spirit" (Col 2:5). Please be informed that we will slowly and cautiously regather in person soon while we continue our online gatherings. We are preparing the guidelines, new format, and the teams for these events with your safety on top of our priority. We'll keep you posted.
This weekend, I will preach on MARKS OF CHRISTIAN MATURITY (Colossians 1:27-2:10). In this message we'll learn who are the true servants of God, their glorious goal of developing disciples into fully matured disciples, and the benchmarks of Christian maturity. How do we fulfill our God-given ministry? How could we know that we and the disciples we are helping to grow are really growing in Christ? Is Christ enough to satisfy our needs from salvation, to spiritual growth and service? What does being complete in Christ means?
Christ is enough for us,
God bless you for supporting GFC ministries!: (Jun 28 - $1,986, Jul 5 - $2,190, Jul 12 - $1,220, Jul 19 - & 2,845).
Dear GFC@HOME Families,
Greetings in the Name of our sovereign God who reigns in love, wisdom, power, and goodness! He reigns on His throne over all creation forever. Because He is in control, He will make all things to work together for good to those who love Him (Romans 8:28): trials into triumphs, afflictions into greater holiness, and problems into praises.
Longing for an in-person gathering with our church family is part of how God created us. Christians are supposed to meet together for worship, prayer, fellowship, ministry, and edification (Hebrews 10:24-25). So it's no surprise that we want to meet again the soonest possible. In this regard, we'll ask God's direction on this matter as to when to reopen safely with your health on top of our priority, and with clear criteria, strategy, and guidelines. For those who are not ready for this, especially the vulnerable, we encourage you to stay home and keep joining our online campus. For those who might be interested to try, we'll provide an opportunity for you to sign up for in-person worship gathering (Tentative schedule: July 25th, Saturday, 6:00 pm- 7:00 pm, Outside Chapel of GBC).
This weekend, I will talk about GROW UP TOGETHER IN GOD'S FAMILY (1 John 2:12-17). Our Lord Jesus Christ charged us to fill our church with disciples whose lives are radically transformed by their encounter with Him, and in turn transforming the world they live in. This grace-filled process of making, maturing, and multiplying disciples is called discipleship. In this message we'll track the growth stages of newly born spiritual infants into spiritual parents. How have you been growing in Christ in the last three months? Are you more spiritually mature today than last year? What are the means, the how, and the encouragements to keep growing spiritually? Let's hear God speak to us with an ear of a disciple (Isaiah 50:4-5).
With you at the Throne of Grace,
Dear GFC@HOME Families,
"May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing..." (Romans 15:13). Brethren, may we trust God to provide us graces which will sustain us in our darkest times: abundant hope, joy in spite of circumstances, and peace that surpasses understanding!
Let us thank God for His wonderful blessings: safe arrival of the Paalams to their new home and for how God used their lives to build up GFC, successful surgery for Brother Ding, wedding anniversary of AJ and Cheche, and new Bible Studies. Let us lift the following in prayer: Greg and Femy for upcoming medical procedures, healing grace for Alvin's mom and Lorna's mom, safety of our front-liners and their families, and all of us to stay healthy and to keep growing in Christ.
This weekend, I will talk about the third picture of spiritual growth process -- The growth of a sprouting plant into a mature plant that keeps on yielding fruits. The title of my message is GROW UP FRUITFUL DISCIPLES (Mark 4:26-29,
1 Corinthians 3:6-9). Many Christians desire to grow in Christ-likeness, be useful and fruitful for God, yet they stay stagnant in their spiritual growth. The Lord Jesus, in His sermon by the sea, reveals to us the need for growth, the way to grow, and the goal of growth. We'll learn three spiritual gardening principles to release a God-caused, gradual, increasing, certain, and unstoppable growth in our lives, church, and the Kingdom. Jesus encourages disciples and disciple-makers to rely on His grace, work with Him diligently and patiently, anticipating a great harvest in spite of obstacles. He assures every disciple of bearing fruits for His Kingdom. Discover how to keep on growing spiritually for His glory!
His Kingdom come,
Dear GFC@HOME Families,
This 4th of July, as the nation celebrates her 244th Freedom Day, we thank God for the greatest freedom we have -- our spiritual freedom! We celebrate our Great Liberator, The Lord Jesus Christ, who set us free forever from the bondage of sin and death by the ultimate sacrifice He paid on the cross. Let us cherish that freedom, and live to serve and glorify His Name!
Time has come once again for us to celebrate the Lord's Supper. Before we partake of the elements this Sunday, let us meditate upon what Christ has done on the cross for us, get right with God and with one another, and prepare the bread and the fruit of the vine or grape juice. Follow my instructions online as we do it together in a worshipful manner.
This weekend, I will talk about BUILD UP YOUR MOST HOLY FAITH (Jude 1:20, Luke 14:28-30, 1 Corinthians 3:9-15). One of the great pictures of discipleship in Scripture is a building being built up bit by bit according to plan. Every disciple and disciple-maker is a builder of lives and churches. We work with God, the True Master-Builder, by His grace to lead souls to faith in Christ, and develop them into Christ-like disciples. How do we exactly do that? Will the lives we are building stand the winds, storms, and earthquakes of trials and difficulties? Are they built to last for eternity? Learn how to become a wise master-builder this Lord's Day and invite someone with you.
In Christ alone,
Dear GFC@Home Families,
We are all going through tough times these days. Praise God, He is our Refuge who is always present, always reliable, and always sufficient in helping all who call upon Him. Let us thank Him for our Father's Day Celebration last weekend. Our worshiping together is God-honoring and the message was simple, clear, and challenging. Thank God also for those of you who gave generously to support Far East Broadcasting Company -- the ministry our guest speaker, Misha's dad, represents. Let us congratulate once again those who belong to batch 2020 graduates! Thank God for the new milestone they've reached for the glory of God. Let's pray for the Paalam family, whom we will surely miss because they will be moving to East Asia soon.
This weekend, I will talk about THE MAKING OF CHRIST-LIKE DISCIPLES part 1. One of the great pictures of the disciple's growth into Christian maturity is a Journey of Faith (Matthew 7:13-23). We don't coast into it. It is intentionally going to a clear path that leads to a certain destination. It is not a leisure tour, but a rough, dangerous journey full of trials and temptations. How do we grow into Christ-likeness in this journey, and what's a clear path towards it? Find out this Lord's Day. Join us, and invite your friends to participate in our Online Worship gathering through Facebook and YouTube.
Following Jesus anywhere He leads,
Dear GFC@Home Families,
Our God is the sovereign LORD, and He is exalted over all! He is the One we trust in times of crises, racial tension, and culture's assault to godly values. When the moral and spiritual foundation of our nation is being destroyed, what can the righteous do (Psalm 11:3)? We can appeal to the highest court in heaven to protect us and defend us. We can also speak up for the Lord and demonstrate God's power to change lives, families, and nations.
Let's thank God for those who are joining our online gatherings for worship, prayer, and discipleship. Keep it up and let's continue inviting our friends to join us. I can't wait for the day we can gather again in-person in God's time. Wait for our announcement and keep praying that it will be soon.
This weekend, Pastor Efren Pallorina will be our speaker. Don't miss the message that the Lord has laid in his heart for us.
He will speak about godly parents in Proverbs 23:22-25. Let's pray that the Lord will use him to encourage dads and the dads in our lives regarding their significant role in passing on the Christian faith to the next generations of children. Let's pray for families to be strong in standing for the truth, rise above the storms of life, and be a blessing to other families.
With you in reaching families for Christ,
Dear GFC@Home families,
To our great and awesome God who sits on the throne be glory! He sees our needs, He soothes our anxious hearts, and He sustains us though the world seems falling apart. Thanks for the power of the Gospel of Peace to bring peace with God, and peace with one another.
In these past weeks, the LORD is at work in us and among us. Our dedicated Teams are working together to provide us Online Worship gatherings that are Christ-exalting and faith-uplifting. Our connection Team spearheads check-in calls to care for our well-being. Our intercessors fervently pray for you as well. As a Church community, God is using our generosity to care for members in need, and for providing much needed financial assistance to our brethren (Churches, workers, and Organizations) in the Philippines. See attached report. Let us keep on doing these for God's glory.
This weekend, we'll hear the Word of Truth preached through our Brother Lemuel. He will talk about THE RISKS AND REWARDS OF DISCIPLESHIP (James 1:12-18 and selected scriptures). Living a life of following Jesus involves risks and rewards. However, some of us wants the blessings without giving up something to follow Jesus. Desiring the rewards of discipleship without paying the price for it, is like desiring to be a Doctor without going to a Medical School. In this message, we'll be encouraged to follow Jesus no matter what it costs because the rewards are much greater!
Glorying in nothing but the cross of Christ,
June 21: Fathers' Day Celebration; Speaker: Pastor Efren Pallorina.
June Giving Report (see attached report on my email): A heartfelt gratitude for your generosity. Praise be to God!
Dear GFC@Home Families,
May the grace and peace of our Lord Jesus Christ fill your hearts in these times of uncertainties and turbulence! Through Him who loved us and who is for us, we are more than conquerors (Romans 8:37) therefore, we shall overcome! The Gospel of Christ calls us to reject all forms of racism, injustice, violence, oppression, looting, and attacks to the sanctity of life. Christ alone can change people's hearts and unite them as one loving family across all boundaries of race, ethnicity, and social status.
Let us thank God for you who are engaging faithfully in discipleship, prayer, and worship! Thanks for participating in our check-in survey. Together, we can care for one another's well being and extend our help to the needy as the Lord provides. Let's stretch our patience as we wait for God's time to gradually regather on-site. We won't do that unless we have prepared in prayer, in mobilizing teams of volunteers and ministers, and have ensured safety of everyone concerned.
This weekend, please join me in prayer that God's Word will be preached once again with clarity, freshness, and power. I will preach on GOSPEL-CENTERED DISCIPLESHIP (1 Corinthians 15:1-11, and selected scriptures). Few Christians in churches today are being effectively discipled for Christ. Many are either not being discipled, or being discipled in a non-biblical way instead of the Jesus' Way -- Gospel-Centered! How do we grow Gospel or Christ-Centered disciples and disciple-makers? How does it look like? Why is this God's intended way to make disciples unto all peoples? Join us this Lord's Day for a warm fellowship of worship, Lord's Supper, and feasting in God's Word.
With you in spreading Christ's Name and fame,
June 7th : LORD'S SUPPER CELEBRATION (Please prepare the elements before we worship, follow the Pastor's instructions, text him at 5712326203 your snapshot or "Yes I/we joined."
June 11th: Leadership Meeting on Thursday at 7:30 pm.
Dear GFC@HOME families,
Greetings in the Name of our great and awesome God, who is the God of Patience (Romans 15:5, KJV)! He manifests His patience in conjunction with His goodness, mercy, and grace (Exodus 34:6). He is the pattern and source of patience for us in dealing with people and in facing crises.
To discern the well-being of GFC flock (Proverbs 27:23), make wise decisions, and care better for your needs, our Connection Team will conduct a Member's Check-In Survey beginning this week. Attached herewith is the Questionnaire simple enough to be answered online in three to five minutes. The Team will keep confidential information safe while caring deeply for your needs during these uncertain times. Your input is valuable in helping our Leadership Team make wise, creative, and timely solution to issues crucial in getting through this global crisis together better, stronger, and loving God more dearly! To answer this survey, go to https://bit.ly/gfcmembersurvey.
This weekend, let's open our spiritual mouth's wide that God may fill it (Psalm 81:10). I will preach on HOW DO I MAKE DISCIPLES: RELY ON THE HOLY SPIRIT ( John 16:5-15). It's not enough we know about discipleship and commit ourselves in investing our lives in making disciples. We need the Holy Spirit to progress towards godliness and to empower us in making, maturing and in multiplying fully devoted Christ followers. Millions of professing Christians are strangers to the presence and power of the Holy Spirit, thus they struggle a great deal in their Christian walk and their discipleship is weak and anemic. This truth on the Holy Spirit could revolutionize your life and ministry as it did to the early disciples! Don't miss it for trivial reasons. Join us this Lord's Day and invite someone with you.
Your fellow pilgrim,
Dear GFC@HOME families,
May the God of All Comfort strengthen you with His presence and with His abounding grace until this pandemic has passed! We will get through this crisis together, not back to normal, but better and stronger. Let us keep focused on God, keep praying, and be patient. In His time, when it is safe for everyone, we will gather together onsite to celebrate His faithfulness. Meantime, we'll try transitioning into mixed onsite and online gatherings stage by stage until a fully gathered church is in order. We'll evaluate week by week, and we'll let you know our next steps.
I'm excited to be with you this weekend, May 24th, at 11:00 am, for our Online Worship on Facebook and on You Tube. Our message is on HOW DO I MAKE DISCIPLES part 1 (John 14:15-26). Every disciple is a disciple maker. How do we obey Christ's command to make disciples the way He did? Why are we not seeing more life transforming miracles in our small groups? What is Christ's solution to this problem? This message could revolutionize the way we make disciples. Don't miss it!
Your fellow pilgrim,
* Online Worship at 11:00 am, Sundays: https://facebook.com/GraceFilipinoChurch, or search Grace Filipino Church Worship on YouTube.
* Your giving changes lives around the world: May 3rd ($3,187.47), May 10th ($750).
Dear GFC@Home families,
Blessed be the Name of our infinitely good and faithful Shepherd-God -- Yahweh Raah! Because He is in us, with us, and for us, we have confidence to get through uncertain times and through any crises. During these times, He is teaching us to draw closer to Him and to one another, He is supplying us with His sufficient grace to grow more into Christ-likeness, and He is opening for us doors of opportunities to spread His glory from our neighborhood to the nations.
Thank God for He is at work among us and through us: prayer is at all time high, holy generosity is released, we are engaging our community in making disciples online, and we are supporting local and global missions front-liners who are reaching those in refugee camps desperate to survive, and using creative ways to witness and make disciples among unreached people groups.
I'm excited to be with you again on our Online Worship Community this Sunday, May 17th, at 11:00 am, at
https://www.facebook.com/GraceFilipinoChurch. I will talk about, WHO DO I DISCIPLE? (Luke 14:25-33; 2 Timothy 2:2). Multitude of people are attracted to follow Jesus for different reasons but without counting the cost. To them, He presented a clear criterion for following Him. Discipleship won't work unless we follow Jesus' criteria for disciple makers and for who to disciple. Learn how to choose someone to disciple and become better or more proficient in making disciples.
My hope is in the LORD,
Dear GFC@Home families,
Together, we are changing the world as we obey King Jesus' command to make disciples unto all the nations (Matthew 28:19). Let's thank God for the privilege of joining Him in spreading the only cure for the pandemic of sin -- the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ! May 7th is the National Day of Prayer. Let us also join hands with the Body of Christ in praying for the spread of God's glory (Habakkuk 2:14) in America and in the world. Let's appeal to the Highest Court, God's Throne Room in heaven, regarding assault on religious freedom, sanctity of life, and issues that are beyond our control. In His time and way, we'll see that the prayers of righteous pastors and churches, availeth much (James 5:16, Ephesians 6:19).
Take part in our growing Online Worship Community this Sunday at 11:00 am at https://facebook/GraceFilipinoChurch. Let us not just watch passively. Let us engage in a Spirit-Led worship by singing and praying exuberantly, give thanks to God, offer to Him our sacrifices of praise and gifts, and listen, take notes and respond to God's message preached.
This weekend, I will talk about FAMILY DISCIPLESHIP: WHY IT MATTERS (Deuteronomy 6:4-9). Moms and dads, God has given you a great purpose of making disciples beginning at home. You are to raise your children to grow into devoted followers of Jesus, and impact the next generations of children through them. You may raise a Moses, a Timothy, a Charles Spurgeon, or an Elizabeth Elliot. How do we get there? Learn how and why this Lord's Day.
With you in filling the whole earth with God's glory,
May 7th: NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER
May 10th: MOTHERS DAY
Dear GFC@HOME brethren,
Let us praise and thank God for who He is and for what He is doing in the midst of the crisis we are all going through. He is drawing us closer to Him and with one another as we have more time to pray and worship, to meditate on the scriptures, and to help and encourage one another. In the world, more and more people are searching for hope and answers to their life questions -- an open door of opportunity for us to shine as Kingdom citizens and a community of hope.
In behalf of our Leadership Team, I would like extend to you our heartfelt gratitude to God for your generosity in Kingdom investment through your tithes and offering, in spite of the hard times we are in. Because of your prayers, engaging in ministries, and giving, we are able to join God in changing people's lives in Virginia and around the world in partnership with SBC family of churches and other Great Commission ministries.
This weekend, I'm excited in having you, your family, and your friends join our Online Worship Community at 11:00 am, May 3rd, at https://facebook/GraceFilipinoChurch. Our new series is GROWING TOGETHER IN GOD'S FAMILY. This Lord's Day, I will talk about WHY MAKE DISCIPLES (Matthew 28:16-20). In spite of our KING JESUS' incredibly clear command to make disciples, some of you are still missing the joy of seeing people's lives changed by making disciples who make disciples. Why? What has gotten lost in the translation? Why is true discipleship being neglected in churches today leading to energy drain, conflicts, and lack of growth and depth in faith and in loving fellowship. What's the path to restoring passion in making healthy and fully devoted disciples of Christ? Don't miss this message, and pray that the Holy Spirit will move and use this message to call people to be Christ's disciples and disciple makers.
With you in discipling the nations,
May 3rd, LORD'S SUPPER CELEBRATION: Prepare grape juice and crackers, gather your family, follow the Pastor's instructions, take photo of your family or group and send via text at 571 232 6203.
Giving Report (Tom Booze): Budgeted Monthly Need ($2,067); Collection: April 12 ($1, 798), April 19th ($2,578)
Dear GFC@home community,
Praise God for using our online community to keep us: close in heart together, focused on His grace, help, and hope, praying for one another, and reaching out to our communities with the love and message of Christ!
This Lord's Day, I'm excited to be with you on a Livestream Worship Celebration at https://www.facebook.com/ GraceFilipinoChurch at 11:am. Let us engage in worshiping our good and gracious God together meaningfully: 1) Pray for our online worship team, 2) Gather our families, five or ten minutes before 11:00 am, to join, 3) Don't just watch, engage wholeheartedly by singing to God exuberantly, by listening attentively and taking notes of the message (request a message outline in Tagalog or in English), by giving your tithes and offering as your sacrifice of worship to the Lord, and by making encouraging comments and response to the Word preached, 4) Reach more people by inviting your Facebook friends and/or launching a watch party.
This weekend, I will be preaching on LIVING CONTENTLY (Philippians 4:6-19). Contentment in any circumstances is a "rare jewel" of Christian character. It is more rare in a world filled with anxiety, desperation, and restlessness due to present crisis and danger. Have you discovered, as Paul did, the secret of contentment in any circumstances: in times of abundance or in want, in times of comfort or in extreme suffering and trials, and in times of success or in failure. What does Philippians 4:13 mean? Why do we need to learn this secret? How do we experience Christ's sufficiency in every realm of life come what may?
In Him, for Him, and through Him,
April 16, 2020
Dear GFC Faith Family,
Let us thank our gracious God for His mighty move during our Good Friday and Resurrection celebrations last weekend! The Gospel of Hope was heard by many, and more people are joining us on our gatherings online.
This weekend, I will talk about LIVING FEARLESSLY (Psalm 23). How do we deal with our fears and anxieties brought about by the current global health and economic crises? How do we let go of ungodly fears that are holding us back in doing what God has called us to do, and in living the life God has blessed us with? What's the key to fearless living in the "valleys of the shadow of death?" Find answers to these crucial questions. I'm excited to have you, your family, and your friends join our online community this Lord's Day.
Under my Good Shepherd's watch-care,
Dear GFC Family,
This week, we are commemorating two momentous events in history -- Christ death and His resurrection. They are also two foundational truths of the Christian faith. Without Christ's death, there will be no resurrection. Without the resurrection, Christ's death has no guarantee that the Father has accepted the sacrifice. At the cross Christ paid in full the ransom price for our sin (Matthew 20:28). At His resurrection, we are justified (Romans 4:25). Learn more about the richness of Christ's message for us today that is coming from the cross and from His empty tomb. Rise up filled with hope and joy, and be re-energized to spread the Good News to a world in a crisis of hopelessness -- Christ is risen indeed!
Join us online at https://www.facebook.com/GraceFilipinoChurch, and don't forget to invite your friends:
*Good Friday Reflections on the Seven Sayings of the Savior on the Cross: April 10, at 3:00 pm.
*Resurrection Sunday Celebration: "Life's Best Hope" on April 12, at 11:00 am.
May our great and awesome God bless you as you celebrate and affirm these facts with us!
Glory to our Risen Savior and Lord,
***Sight&Sound:JESUS, watch free this Saturday, April 11th, at 1:00 pm -3:30 pm on TBN (on demand or on app).
Dear GFC Faith Family,
Are you feeling down lately, overwhelmed by fear and despair, as you watch the daily news about the COVID-19 global crisis? Cheer up, we are more than conquerors in Christ!
Join us online for our Lord's Supper Celebration and Worship. Yes, this Sunday, April 5th, at 11 am, at https://www.facebook.com/GraceFilipinoChurch, you can participate with us in a meaningful communion experience. This is an ordinance given by our Lord Jesus Christ to all who are part of His redeemed church to remember His work of salvation on the cross for us and our new covenant with Him. To join: 1) Buy and prepare the elements beforehand --grape juice and crackers or unleavened bread, 2) Follow along the pastor's instructions as a family or individually in your home, and, 3) Text Pastor Arman your snapshot/photo indicating the number of people in your group and your response to the Lord's message.
This weekend, I will talk about the Cross and Communion. I'll focus on CHRIST: OUR HOPE (1 Timothy 1:1, 2 Corinthians 5:21, Hebrews 6:19, Romans 15:13, Colossians 1:27). In the bleakest, darkest, and scariest times, Christ followers have the brightest hope! How do you find the hope you need? Experience Christ's sure, supernatural, steadfast hope. Be able to give a logical and persuasive answer to anyone who asks you of the reason for such hope (1Peter 3:15).
My anchor holds within the veil,
Upcoming Online Events:
April 04th: Prayer for COVID-19 at 9 am.
April 10th: Good Friday Reflections on 7 Sayings from the Cross (Time TBA).
April 12th: EASTER Celebration at 11 am .
Dear GFC Faith Family,
Greetings in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ who says, "In the world you have tribulation, but take courage, I have overcome the world" (John 16:33).
In these times of uncertainty and elevated fears and anxieties, we have a Shelter of hope, peace, and security -- God Almighty! He never changes in His goodness and in His trustworthiness. As He promised in Romans 8:28, He is turning all things for the good of His Kingdom people and for the glory of His Name. Yes there's panic and there's hoarding, but peace and compassion abound too. Yes, there are all sorts of idolatry in the culture, but now many people are realizing the brevity of life and their need for the true and living God. Yes, there's social distancing, but God's people maintain spiritual closeness with God and with one another. Praise be to God!
This weekend, due to the demand for answers regarding COVID-19 Pandemic such as, "Where is God in times like these?" and "What is the biblical perspective on this global crisis?", I will talk about -- THE DIVINE SHELTER (Psalm 91). What does it look like to live under the shelter of the Most High? What does it mean to trust in the LORD in times of crisis? What's the difference between careless presumption and confident faith? Why can we be absolutely sure that God will do as He says? Find answers from God's inspired Word this Lord's Day. Join us this Sunday at 11:00 am to 12 pm for our online Worship Celebration.
With you under the shadow of the Almighty,
SCHEDULE OF OUR ONLINE GATHERINGS (Contact Pastor Arman for links)
Sunday at 9:30 am: Tagalog Sunday School
Sunday at 11:00 am: Worship Celebration
Monday at 7:30 pm: ASA Bible Study
Tuesday at 7:30 pm: Dumfries Bible Studies
Wednesday at 7:30 pm: College and Career Bible Study
Friday at 4:00 pm: Triangle Bible Study
Dear GFC Family,
This Sunday, March 22nd, from 11:00 am to 12:nn, don't miss our Livestream Worship Celebration. Gather as a family, invite others, then tune in 10 minutes earlier to http://www.facebook.com/GraceFilipinoChurch. Remember to like this site on Facebook, participate by sending your comments and responses, prayer requests and thanksgivings.
My message is GOD'S QUICKENING WORD (Psalm 119:25-32). God's Word is amazing! It has power to quicken (give life, revive, and strengthen) those who take it seriously. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused fears, sufferings, and increased depression on a lot of people. How do we sustain our strength and spiritual fervor during these times? What can we do to rise up from depression to devotion, from sighing to singing, and from hopelessness to hope? Find answers by joining us this Lord's Day. Pray that God Almighty and infinitely good use this message to bring life, revival, and new strength to hearts and souls.
We shall overcome,
Dear GFC Faith Family,
Greetings in the Name of our Glorious Lord and Blessed Redeemer – Jesus Christ!
Due to the COVID-19 crisis, things changed drastically causing hysteria and stress to many around the world, yet has caused a calm, reasonable, and courageous confidence in God’s goodness and power to Christ’s followers. It presents to us unique challenges and opportunities.
How do we get through this crisis victoriously?
1. Let’s use the power of prayer. Trusting in the goodness and power of God, our first response to any crises is prayer. God intervenes when we pray! Let’s keep praying for one another, for the Government and first responders, and for missionaries, church planters, and churches around the globe who are ministering the Gospel.
2. Let’s use the power of a Gospel community. Get closer to God and to one another. In these times of “social distancing” we can draw spiritually close to God and to one another in creative ways. We won’t allow a virus to distance us from our intimate communion with God, and from connecting with one another for fellowship, ministry, and edification (Hebrews 10:25). With wisdom and caution, we could increase engagement to our Online Church Community for worship, prayer meetings, small group, Leadership Team meetings, and giving. We’ll activate every member to check on and care for one another’s well being (physical, emotional, and spiritual health). As we do these, out of love and not out of fear, we’ll shine for Jesus, keep growing, and we’ll rise up victoriously by the grace of God!
3. Let’s share Christ to the lost. As Christ’s ambassadors, we’ll share the love and message of Christ to unbelievers in appropriate ways. These are the times when our lost family members, friends and neighbors realize the brevity of life and the need for hope. We could show them the only cure for a greater disease of sin in the heart is Jesus Christ.
Our plans, for now:
1. We’ll be adopting with the news. Our Team will compile the most important and the most helpful information and pass them on to you: government directives, updates, and changes in plan. We’ll evaluate and respond on a week by week basis until we’re back to normal.
2. We’ll use the blessing of technology to continue our meeting together for worship, prayer, small groups, and Leadership Team chat. GBC has cancelled all their activities and prohibits use of the building facilities beginning this week until further notice. Starting this Sunday, March 22nd, we’ll gather as an Online Church Community or as a network of house churches for worship at 12:15 pm through Facebook Live. Our Tech Team will send you instructions on how to connect after we test it this Friday, March 20th, at 6:30 pm. You will also receive the schedules of our online gatherings as soon as we’ve finalized it by Saturday. For small groups, Sunday School, and Team Meetings, we recommend the use of Jitsi Meet. We’ll provide many other services during the week for your growth, encouragement, and equipping: Prayer Meetings, Devotionals, Bible Studies on special topics, Training Courses, Online Giving tools, and other resources your family can use.
3. We’ll maximize ministering to one another, to those who are at risk, and to those who are suffering through prayer, calls, sharing God’s Word, delivering care packages, and helping out in our communities as God enables us.
Brethren, since God got our backs and this pandemic, He will help us get through this together. Like Esther, this could be our finest hour to shine.
Our eyes are on Him,
***EASTER CELEBRATION AT THE PARK --Cancelled!
Dear GFC Faith Family,
Glory be to God for your response to His message last weekend. Truly, our lives are hid from sin, because we hide God's Word in our hearts. Thank God for His Word -- our infallible guide for faith and life, and an effective resource for discipling the nations.
Psalm 119 is known as the Golden Alphabet about the excellencies of God and of His Word. Keeping it leads to a blessed (divinely happy) life. This weekend, I'll talk about GOD'S DESIRABLE WORD (Psalm 119:16-24). The key theme of this passage is intense desire for God's Word: to feed on it, to live by it, and to be transformed through it. How is having such an intense desire for the Word a mark of spiritual health and of an advancing experience with God? What is the role of the Holy Spirit in our craving for, grasp for, and obedience to the Holy Scripture? Don't miss this message for trivial reasons. Join us this Lord's Day. Let's worship our awesome God, and level up our spiritual growth!
Treasuring God's Word in my heart,
Dear GFC Faith Family,
Thank God not a single person in our area has been infected by COVID-19 so far. Let's keep it that way by taking care of ourselves and others by following CDCs precautions. Let us trust God almighty for protection from diseases (Ps 91:1-4,7), for the end of this pandemic and its effects, and that He will use this phenomena to point people to the much dangerous virus of sin in the soul which Christ alone can cure.
This weekend, we'll talk about God's Purifying Word (Ps 119:9-16). How do we become pure and stay pure in a world dominated by a spirit of immorality? The divine answer is by "treasuring God's Word in our hearts" (v.11). How do we exactly do that? Find out this Lord's Day. Discover the joy of practical holiness and the path to victory over sinful and destructive lifestyle.
Walking in His paths,
Opportunities for Growth and Ministry:
1. We encourage you to join our Small Groups. You will grow as an authentic, devoted, multiplying Christ's follower in the context of a loving Christian community. Healthy disciples make up a church that impacts the world for Christ.
2. We love to have you in our Prayer Meeting every Wednesday (7:00pm--Joint prayer with GBC and Hispanic; 7:30pm GFC at Chilton room) and every Saturday at 9am-10am, at room B-117. Our God is worthy to be sought in prayer. He helps us become a praying church with prayer-energized lives and ministries, making breakthroughs in world missions.
3. We would like you to belong to our Church Family. Sign up to our Discover Membership at GFC seminar. Know who we are as a church family, how we make an impact in people's lives, and how you can be a part of it.
4. We would like you to grow in Christ-likeness, strong in the faith, useful and victorious. Sign up to our Discover Spiritual Maturity workshop. Learn our vision to grow Christ-like, obedient, strong and fruitful disciples. Learn a simple pathway to Christian maturity.
5. We would like you to develop a servant heart. Sign up for Finding Your Ministry at GFC workshop. Find the joy of serving the Lord using your God-given abilities and gifts. Discover ministry opportunities where you can serve with effectiveness and impact.