Tuesday, July 17, 2018
Friday, July 13, 2018
THE TWO NATURE OF PREACHING Preaching is a noble and delicate job. Noble in the sense that one is proclaiming a noble Savior who came to redeem men from darkness. Preaching the way of Salvation to the lost, edifying the saints and ministering to the needs of the brethren are noble job in the world. Why it is Delicate? It affects the souls of men, thus it is delicate for either sincerely wrong or intentional erroneous explaining the word of God will lead one to hell rather than in heaven. Think of how many souls are lost due of preaching “One church is as good as another”, “Once Saved, Always Saved”, “Faith Only Doctrine”, “Jesus Just A Man and Not Deity” and with so many erroneous interpreting of the truth. Think of the impact of the false doctrine – it undermines the gospel of Christ. The Message : The Word of God Apostle Paul admonished Timothy to “Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.” 1 Tim. 4:16. What the preacher preaches and how he conducts his life are essentials in the noble job. The message of the preacher is the word of God and it is “ For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.” Heb. 4:12-13. One edged of the sword is for the hearer and the other is for the preacher himself. Every time the preacher uses the sword of God to pierce the soul and spirit, the joints and marrow of the hearers, he is also doing it for himself. For Jesus said “For with what judgment you judge, you shall be judged: and with what measure you mete, it shall be measured to you again.” Matt. 7:2 James also said “For he that said, Do not commit adultery, said also, Do not kill. Now if thou commit no adultery, yet if thou kill, thou art become a transgressor of the law” James 2:11. It is not good for a preacher to preach then does not living in what he preaches. What a preacher preaches must reflect his life. – MEN MARK A. TUMANDAN
Thursday, July 12, 2018
Before we judge a gospel preacher of preaching only because of support or just for asking more support, let us first understand what is his situation and if he is worthy to be supported of. So many of us, judge those faithful preachers; some are those who walk hundred of kilometers just to preach just living to brethren and sisters where they work even these saints are also struggling to survive in their everyday lives. There is a great difficulty when a gospel preacher is just receiving a very little support much more when there is no support at all. There are preachers who are very sincere in their work but they are despised and neglected. When they asked for support, they are being accuse of preaching just for support. Time proved that they are strong and still dedicate themselves in the work in spite of difficulties and trials. There are preachers who have no support at all or just have a very little support but they did not bid the faith when in fact those denominations around them keep on courting for big monthly salary with benefits such as Insurance Company because these preachers know that the best Insurance is in the Lord's church. Is it wrong to support preachers? Do we not know that when we support preachers we shares to their work? While it is very true that "the love of money is the root of all evil" (1 Tim. 6:10), it is still true that preachers need money. Preachers have places to travel and it required money, preachers need to eat and it required money, preachers need to clothe and it required money. As it is written "If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be warmed and filled; yet you give them not those things which are needful to the body; what does it profit?" (James 2:15-16). Brethren and Sisters, do you love those people who sacrifice themselves, sometimes can't sleep enough the hours recommended just to have sermons to preach for our souls? Brethren and Sisters, do you care concerning the lost souls here in the Philippines? If so, please support a gospel preacher here. I am knocking at the door of non-institutional churches of Christ in the United States. This includes churches which stand opposed to instrumental music in worship, church support of human institutions, the sponsoring church arrangement, and church-sponsored recreation. I am Men Mark Tumandan, a 25 years old gospel preacher. I started preaching when I was 13, dad also is a gospel preacher. He has been preaching for more than 15 years. I am proud to say that I am member of the true church of Christ promised by Jesus Christ to build in Matthew 16:18 and fulfilled in Acts 2, about 33 A.D We are undenominational and have no central headquarters or president. The head of the church is none other than Jesus Christ himself (Ephesians 1:22-23). Each congregation of the churches of Christ is autonomous, and it is the Word of God that unites us into One Faith (Ephesians 4:3-6). We follow the teachings of Jesus Christ and his holy Apostles, and not the teachings of man. We are Christians only! At this present, I am preaching in Libas Kamanga church of Christ Maasim, Sarangani Province more than 40 kilometers from GenSan area. It is my first love to preach the gospel, the pure gospel of Christ. I have been preaching since I was 13 years old. There is no nobler job than the work of a preacher. What I have now is 100$/month of financial support from the sound local church in Village Creek, and also the same with dad. There is no other local church that supports us. Through their prayers and financial assistance, it helps the work to sustain. Brother Jim Mcdonald recommends me and dad to the said faithful local church. Individuals or local church that willing to financially support the work is greatly appreciated and will receive a Field Report in regard to the work here. I am in deep need of 500$/month of financial assistance. As I have already 100$, I am praying for 400$ to be provided. Thank you so much and God bless. In Christian Love, Men Mark A. Tumandan email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday, July 10, 2018
Dear Brother Ron Halbrook, "I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth." (3 John 2) Grace, Mercy, and Peace be with you From God our Father and Jesus Christ our Lord. Before Jesus ascended to Heaven, He said to His disciples “All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth”. Thus because of this authority He commissioned them to “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: teaching all things whatsoever I commanded you” Then the assurance is that “and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen. Matt. 28:18-20 It is written “How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth!” Isa. 52:7 It is a blessing to serve God in the days of youth, to know the truth and to share the truth to others that they might be saved. Friday, July 6, 2018 - It as already 4:00 PM when I rode a Public Utility Van from General Santos City going to Mangelen, Kamanga, Maasim, Sarangani Province. When I arrived from Mangelen, it was too late that I knew that my cellphone was left from the Van that proceeds to Poblacion, Maasim. From Mangelen to Poblacion, I never cease in praying that may the Lord God be gracious to me that the cellphone be returned. When I arrived in terminal, it is a blessing that few minutes later, the same Van I rode from General Santos City arrived and then I found my cellphone. Oh, thanks be to God for His love. I then went to Sitio Libas, Kamanga, Maasim, Sarangani Province wherein I stay a night in preparation for a Gospel Meeting in Gofalto church of Christ, Amsipit, Maasim, Sarangani Province. Saturday, July 7, 2018 - I, Brother Gorio Pelon, Brother Teresio Ampon went to Gofalto, Amsipit to preach for the Gospel Meeting. It is a blessing that a certain denomination pastor and also a Tribal Chieftain in Barangay Amsipit named Fulung Florencio Isla accompanied us in the area. He drove his own motorcycle and let Bro. Teresio rode with him. It was already 10:00 o’ clock in the morning when we arrived at the Gofalto, riding motorcycle and then through hiking. Brother Gorio Pelon preached first about “Ang Usa Ka Tinood Nga Iglesia” a translation of “The One True Church” from the Booklet of Bro. James R. Cope. I then preached about "Hearing of Faith" Gal. 3:1-4. This is from the Book of Bro. Roy E. Cogdill, a well-known and respected Brother in the Lord. I love reading his Book "Faith and The Faith", "Cogdill-Woods Debate", "The New Testament Church and many more. Through the books of Bro. Cogdill I had been made strong in Christ. When it was already lunch time, we ate together with the host preacher Bro. Carlito Laura and the saints. Around 1:30 PM, I lectured about “Katibuk-Ang Inpormasyon Bahin Sa Bibliya” a translation of “General Information About the Bible” by Bro. Robert Harkrider. Everyone that has capability to read had his own copy in hand for them to read and to make the lecture dynamics. Thanks be to God always that through the Gospel Meeting, three young were baptized into Christ, one is the daughter of Bro. Gorio Pelon that went with us. May I ask of your loving prayer and financial assistance to the wife of Bro. Carlito Laura. She has been suffering for several years. Her throat has an enlargement outside. I don't what is the medical name of it. Kindly see the picture. The local church in Gofalto was established through the effort of Bro. Rommel Dazon and Brother Julius Sukin. The local preacher there now is Bro. Carlito Laura, who is also the cousin of Bro. Gorio Pelon. Around 5:00 PM, we returned from Gofalto to Sitio Kyumad. Lord’s Day, July 8, 2018, around 5:00 o’ clock in the morning, I had the opportunity to baptized Florencio Isla. He was already convicted of the truth and now has the zeal. It is now for the first time now in my life that I had baptized someone to Christ early morning upon the first day of the week. He is now our Brother in the Lord. Let us welcome him the family of God. I found in him an eagerness to learn more and more, though in his old age, 51 years old, a Chieftain, he humbly submit to Christ to baptism. I remember Philip that he baptized the Eunuch in Acts 8:26-40. After his baptism, he and his family then prepared for me a coffee and a cook banana. As it was Lord’s Day, I then proceed to Sitio Libas to preach in the congregation where I have been serving through the years. I preached two lessons “Ginoo, Kang Kinsa Man Kami Moadto?” a lesson originally from Bro. Ron Halbrook that I translated and then a lesson “Ang Kamatooran Bahin sa PAg-ampo” lesson in English “The Truth about Prayer” from the Preceptor Magazine. Brother Gorio Pelon preached in Pepe Ranch church of Christ and then Bro. Ronie Isla preached that Lord’s day in Kyumad church of Christ, Amsipit, Maasim, Sarangani Province. What a blessing to preach the pure gospel of Christ. Thank you so much for all the love. Please pray that may I have an additional financial support to sustain the work here in the Lord. Thank you so much and God bless. In Christian Love, Men Mark A. Tumandan
Dear Brother Ron Halbrook, "I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth." (3 John 2) Grace, Mercy, and Peace be with you From God our Father and Jesus Christ our Lord. Thank you so much in prayers, financial assistance, and your labor here through preaching the pure gospel of Christ. I thank God for the saints who keep on extending their hands to make possible your coming here in the Philippines. I thank Zach & Taya Martin for coming with you now in your Preaching Trip. Oh, how I love to meet them if only I have the opportunity. I love to share the Field Report below: Friday, June 29, 2018 - From General Santos City I went to Kyumad, Amsipit, Maasim, Sarangani Province. I met Bro. Gorio Pelon (preacher in Pepe Ranch church of Christ) as we will have a Gospel Meeting in Gufalto church of Christ (the preacher is Bro. Carlito Laura). June 30, 2018 - I and Bro. Gorio went to Gulafto through riding a motorcycle I rent from Sitio Libas, Kamanga, Maasim, Sarangani Province. I thought that the distance to be hiked from the place where we left the motorcycle is just near but not knowing it is very far. I then consider it as a form of exercise. Oh, until now I have muscular fatigue. I, Bro. Gorio and Bro. Carlito then agreed to have 4 Consecutive Saturday Preachers Training in the local church. Considering that Bro. Carlito is a new preacher in the church of Christ and the local church is a new establish congregation, then there is a need to strengthen his faith and also to edify the saints. July 30, 2018 - I preached in Kyumad church of Christ (where Bro. Renie Moyak is preaching). The lesson this morning was "Hearing by Faith" Gal. 3:1-4. This is from the Book of Bro. Roy E. Cogdill, a well-known and respected Brother in the Lord. I love reading his Book "Faith and The Faith", "Cogdill-Woods Debate", "The New Testament Church and many more. Through the books of Bro. Cogdill I had been made strong in Christ. Bro. Gorio preached in Libas church of Christ (where I am working as preacher) this morning. He preached about "Is It Possible For Christians To Fall From Grace?". When it was already noon time, I met Bro. Gorio in Pepe Ranch in his home as he just came from Libas. He told me how grateful he is in preaching in a sound local church. He also commend the ability of our song leader, a young man named Adrian J. Quilan, age 12 years old. This young man is faithful in the Lord. Bro. Ronie Isla then preach in Pepe Ranch church of Christ as they are partner of Bro. Gorio in the local church. A certain Bro. Jolito Dela Corta ask me to guide him in preaching. He is preaching in Taha Kayo church of Christ. Thus we agreed to have schedule for the training and also I will prepare for a Bible Correspondence Course. There are many opportunities opening to teach the pure gospel of Christ. Apostle Paul said "I am debtor both to the Greeks, and to the Barbarians; both to the wise, and to the unwise." I am debtor to all men to preach the gospel. I have the obligation to fulfill as a preacher of our Lord. June 30 is the birthday of our legal counsel and he invited me to come and celebrate with him. I decline because I have the duty to preach the gospel, I am debtor to the souls of every men and women. June 30 is the birthday of my dear mom as well. Oh, how I love the woman whom I call "Ye". Thank you so much for all the love. Please pray that may I have an additional financial support to sustain the work here in the Lord. The price of commodities are increasing. Thank you so much and God bless. In Christian LOVE, Mike
Tuesday, June 19, 2018
LGBT Pride Month: An Abomination to the Lord Joe R. Price
Dear Brother Ron Halbrook, "I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth." (3 John 2) Grace, Mercy, and Peace be with you From God our Father and Jesus Christ our Lord. Thank you so much, Brother Ron and also to the saints with you who made the purchase of Bibles possible through the loving providence of God. Attach are pictures of members in BALOK SAWA church of Christ Maasim, Sarangani Province. Our dear beloved Brother Gorio Pelon is a preacher in this local congregation of our Lord. I lectured first about "THE MESSAGE OF THE BIBLE: SALVATION IN CHRIST JESUS" an excellent lesson from you, Brother Ron Halbrook. Thank you so much for giving us these Scripture that is : given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works. (2 Tim 3:1617) I also gave last week 5 Quantity of Bible to Brother Rudy Falate for the Tampat church of Christ in Maasim, Sarangani Province. Thank you and God bless. In Christian LOVE, Mike
Dear Brother Earl Mitchell, "I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth." (3 John 2) Grace, Mercy, and Peace be with you From God our Father and Jesus Christ our Lord. By the loving providence of God, we had able to reconciled in each other. Brother Gorio Pelon heartily forgive Bro. Rommel and Bro. Manolang. Forgiveness is a sign of real love. Bro. Allan Moyak and Bro. Renie Moyak emphasized the need of Preachers Training and also Bro. Rommel Dazon encourage those willing to attend. So, after the lunch at the house of Bro. Ronie Isla (though he was not there but his dad and mom were present in his house) we then started for the continuation of the Preaching Class 2017. There are added students in the Preaching Class. Bro. Carlito Laura, Bro. Bembol Alejo are added in the student's list. Every Saturday from 1:00 to 4:00 PM is the schedule. I am the regular lecturer together with Bro. Edward Diama (as I requested him to handle the "The New Testament Church Study" from Bro. Roy E. Cogdill). Bro. Rommel Dazon and Bro. Allan Moyak will also lecture. Another schedule is every Lord's day, from 1:00-4:00 PM because Bro. Jolito Dela Corta (son-in-law of Bro. Tong Alejo) can not attend every Saturday. Thus, I decided to schedule another time for him and to ask Bro. Bembol Alejo to attend with him as well. My dear Brother Earl Mitchell, I am asking of your precious love in such way this Preaching Class 2017-2018 will be sustainable. This will end on January of 2018 as Bro. Rommel Dazon advice. Thank you so much and God bless. In Christian LOVE, Mike
Dear Brother Ron Halbrook, "I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth." (3 John 2) Grace, Mercy, and Peace be with you From God our Father and Jesus Christ our Lord. There are really many things I have not known, and the reason I need to study day by day. Thank you so much for your precious love. I am sending this through my gmail account because I have a problem sending through my yahoomail. God bless. In Christian LOVE, Mike
Bible Study in FOXTROT COY, 72ND INFANTRY (GABAY) BATTALION, 10TH INFANTRY (AGILA) DIVISION, PHILIPPINE ARMY.
I am happy to share to you the consecutive Saturday Bible Study in FOXTROT COY, 72ND INFANTRY (GABAY) BATTALION, 10TH INFANTRY (AGILA) DIVISION, PHILIPPINE ARMY located in SITIO TAMPOAN, BRGY. KAMANGA, MAASIM, SARANGANI PROVINCE. I with Brother Allan Kimnon lectured a lesson about “Why We Don’t Use Drugs?” by Bro. John Isaac Edwards last Saturday, March 11, 2017. On March 4, 2017, the lesson was "Understanding Authority" a lesson by Bro. Joe Price.
Dear Brother Ron Halbrook, "I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth." (3 John 2) Grace, Mercy, and Peace be with you From God our Father and Jesus Christ our Lord. Talking to the disciples, Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work. Do you not say, ‘There are still four months and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest! And he who reaps receives wages, and gathers fruit for eternal life, that both he who sows and he who reaps may rejoice together. For in this the saying is true:‘One sows and another reaps.’ I sent you to reap that for which you have not labored; others have labored, and you have entered into their labors." John 4:34-38 It was true then and it is still today and still true tomorrow that if only gospel preacher lift up his eyes and look at the fields, then are ready white for harvest. There are lost souls who are hungry of the spiritual food, there are souls who are broken and needed to healed by the gospel of Christ. Thank you so much Brother Ron Halbrook for your love in coming to the Philippines to preach the gospel of Christ. We are in debt gratitude of your sacrificial love. Thank you for the US saints who always made possible for your coming. Thank you that there are US saints there who always pray and send financial help to the Filipino preachers. May 31, 2018 – Molo A Libi church of Christ, Malapatan, Sarangani Province Around 8:30 O’clock in the morning, the gospel meeting started with a prayer lead by dad, Siamen D. Tumandan. Brother Wilfred Madeo first preached about “The Faith” in Romans 10:17. He emphasized the need to hear “So then faith coment by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. I, Men Mark A. Tumandan then followed the lesson about “General Information About the Bible”, emphasizing that the Bible has 66 Books, written by 40 men, there are 3 dispensations (Patriarchal, Mosaical and Christian Age). The need to submit to the instruction of Jesus Christ is also emphasized. Example when taking examination in school, the instruction is: I. Write the letter of the correct answer. __TRUE__ 1. 2+3=5 A. TRUE __FALSE 1. 2+3=6 B. FALSE __TRUE__ 1. 3+3=6 C. TRUE No matter how it seems correct, when not following the instruction then it leads to failure. When Christ said “believe and be baptized” one should obey it especially when connect the salvation after obeying it. Even there is no word "be saved" if it is from the command of Jesus, then one should do "believe and be baptized". Brother Ron, dad then lectured about "The Assembly" which emphasized that God hath His own which is the church. My last topic was then "The Origin of the Lord's Church", lecturing when, where and who started the different religions of the world today. The saints were edified and the two lost souls have found their salvation through water baptism. 4:00 PM - We, (Bro. Wilfred Madeo with his two sons, Rochie and Wil John) and dad, Siamen D. Tumandan were there in Glan, Sarangani Province. Bro. Rochie drove a motorcycle and at the back were I and Bro. Wilfred. Bro. Wil John back ride in his motorcycle was dad. We went to Glan from Malapatan, Sarangani Province. It is an opportunity to deliberately meet certain man named Alfredo Oray, preacher in a church of Christ that practice "one cup" in Lord's supper. Considering that there is a blackboard in his house, I then lectured that what is importance is the contents rather than the container. Taking in consideration that Jesus in I Cor. 11:23-26 used a metonymy, a figure of speech "the substitution of the name of an attribute or adjunct for that of the thing meant". Brother Ron, the field is ready for harvest. Sarangani Province have thousands of lost souls, thus the work of a gospel preacher is indeed needed. I am praying that may I have enough financial assistance to sustain for the opportunities in preaching the gospel. I together with Bro. Wilfred Madeo are planning to train more faithful men in Malapatan and Glan areas. Thank you so much and God bless. In Christian Love, Men Mark A. Tumandan
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