Declaring His SELFLESS SERVICE, exalting Jesus

“Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask… Let one of us sit at your right and the other at your left in your glory.” (Mark 10:35, 37)

James and John. They were two of Jesus’ disciples, in fact two of Jesus’ closest disciples (together with Peter). As proof, Jesus singled them out among the twelve on many occasions, as in the healing of Jairus’ daughter (Mark 5:37) and in the Transfiguration (Mark 9:2).

This is probably where they were coming from when they asked Jesus that request. They were James and John—THE James and John. They were part of the Big Three. So they felt entitled. So much so that they, ironically, demanded from their Master: we want you to do for us whatever we ask; that each of us would sit at your side in your glory. How selfishly ambitious and utterly arrogant!

But we, too, tend to be like them at times. Remember these ‘prayers’? Give me this, Lord. Give me, that. Here. Now. How about these lines? I’ve been attending church consistently. I’ve been serving in the ministry for years. So You HAVE to reward me with this, Lord!

Yes, we, too, have been like James and John. We tend to forget that He is God and that we, well, are not… not as powerful or as intelligent or as strong as we think. So let us look at how Jesus answered them so that we, too, may remember.

Declaring His AUTHENTIC LOVE, exalting Jesus

Love. This four-letter word has baffled the wisest philosophers, dumbfounded the most prolific writers, and maddened the noblest gentlemen—so much so that it has caused Shah Jahan to build the Taj Mahal, an exquisite monument for his deceased wife… or Liu Guojiang to hand-carve 6,000 steps into the mountainside as stairway for his 10-year older wife.

As unbelievable as these stories sound, there is one that would blow our minds the most, written in Romans 5:8, “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

A love that loves. “But God demonstrates…”

Jehovah Shalom, the Lord our Peace

Howling winds, surging waves, a boat being tossed wildly from side to side, and twelve terribly terrified disciples.

Then a shout. “Quiet! Be still!”

Peace.

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A great Midianite army invading, no, ravaging, Israel. A weakling from the tribe of Manasseh being called to fight against the Midianites.

Then a voice. “Do not be afraid.”

Peace.

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A heap of stones, angry flailing fists, and a woman caught in the act of adultery.

Then a whisper. “Neither do I condemn you.”

Peace.

Declaring His VICTORY, exalting Jesus

We always want to start strong. That is why new years mean bucket lists, resolutions, and ‘warding off bad luck.’

In reality, however, all these attempts will be insufficient apart from God. Because real victory can only be found by those whose faith is in Him. 1 John 5:4 says—

“for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.”

Therefore, if we really want our new year to be successful and fulfilling, the first thing we must do is to declare—not just victory—but GOD’S victory over our lives by reaffirming our faith in Him, as if saying:

ENLARGE THE TERRITORY

The JIL Aurora 15th Anniversary Celebration

JIL Aurora province victoriously held their 15th thanksgiving anniversary at JIL Church Baler, Aurora on September 13, 2015. It was attended by the growing family of JIL Aurora Province.

With the theme “ENLARGE YOUR TERRITORY,” Ptr. Angel Aguilar III, the Regional Pastor of National Region 3B covering Nueva Ecija and Aurora provinces and the guest speaker of the thanksgiving anniversary, challenged the people to commit their lives to the will and plans of God for expansion. And one manifestation of it is by envisioning of having JIL Mega-churches in all towns of Aurora. Thus, a project for building construction for JIL Baler was launched. JIL Aurora workers and leaders had united in prayers to bring this project to God.

The attendees also experienced the touch of God through the ministering of the leaders of JIL Aurora.

All glory be to God for His mighty move over the lives of His people!

 

Mission

To bring all peoples to the kingdom of the living God regardless of race, status, belief and religious affiliations through the saving, healing, delivering, and transforming power of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Vision

A glorious church evangelizing and discipling Filipinos and all the peoples of the world through teaching, preaching and living-out the full-Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Core Values

P- Passionate Love for GOD
L- Love and Compassion for Others
I- Integrity
F- Faithfulness
E- Excellence