Building Lives

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One of the most populated places in Guadalupe Nuevo is situated at the Street of Bario Visaya. At the corner of the houses, you can find group of mothers looking after their young ones which are playing everywhere. One weekend, we visited the place and informed the parents that Sumulong Baptist Church-Makati was offering a free Vacation Bible School for ages 3 to 12-year-old. In the midst of our promotion, the common comment I heard from the mothers were, “That’s a great program for the children they will surely learn good things about God. Chidren of this age are bad-mannered and hard-headed”. I just thought, “What happen to the children of today? Why at their young age they look impure, lost, and filled with wordly thoughts”. Is the world that we livein corrupted their pure minds? Or we that supposed to train and guide them towards the way they should go mislead them. He said: “Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it” (Proverbs 22:6).

I always told my eight 8-year-old nephews, that God made everything. One night, while were having a star gazing, I asked him. Jaykee, who made the stars? He answered me back, “Si God, sapagkat Siya po ang makapangyarihan sa lahat” (God made everything because He is powerful). The moment, I heard it I praise God.
Together let us encourage children to grow in Jesus Christ and give praise to God because children of today, leader of tomorrow”. But how? I noticed that kids are naturally curious, adventurous and always willing to try new things. If it’s not risky and whenever it is possible, let us involved them on our daily activities at home, in our community and mostly at the Church. Remember Jesus said: Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these” (Matthew 19:14).

In a nutshell:

“Time that parents spent
with their kids is time
building lives
-Harold J. Sala

Photo Credit goes to: Lance

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Helping Hands

Read: Matthew 22:39

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A few months ago, l was asked to share my testimony on one of the youth service of Sumulong Baptist Church-Makati. While speaking in front of the youth, I just noticed that my eyes were soaked with tears of happiness while remembering the favors that God has given to me.

Right after my testimony, I turned around to wipe away my tears but to my amazed someone from the youth stand beside me, extended his right arm and willingly offered his handkerchief.This young gentleman was Ronald, I never heard any word from him, he just smiled at me.I was so touched by his brotherly
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gesture, he did it without me asking to do it.
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That day on one thing that I realized, “it is always good to be responsive on the needs of the people around us. We need to become more intentional to offer our helping hands without any hesitation on our part.

Jesus Christ did it with us; without any hesitation he offered his life as a ransom for our sins. His both feet and hands were nailed on the cross. He was insulted, but open arms Jesus Christ accepted it for us. He never demanded us to do the same thing, but He commanded us to love our neighbor as ourselves.
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In a nutshell:

Encouragement is like a shot of adrenaline; it can lift a person and put back on their feet again
-(Word for you today)