MCGI celebrates the second quarter of International Thanksgiving 2016

The Members of the Church of God International (MCGI) celebrated the second quarter of International Thanksgiving on July 29- July 31, 2016. Brethrens from different places of the globe, from the East to the West, gave thanks to the Lord in this 3 day sacrifice of thanksgiving for all His kindness and mercy. Singing praises, dancing, and loud cheers could be heard from Apalit, Pampanga where the event was hosted to different monitoring sites across the world.

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The religious group is more known as Ang Dating Daan (The Old Path) which is the name of the T.V. program hosted by Bro. Eli Soriano where different questions regarding faith are answered in detail based on the verses in the Bible. MCGI is a group that is incomparatively always thankful to God. Thanksgiving is held every week, while the 3 day International Thanksgivng is held quarterly. Profound topics of faith never heard from different religious organizations are taught to the brethren, resulting for more reasons to thank God for the rare wisdom heard.

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Brother Eli taught that there are several reasons to thank God.

1 Thessalonians 5:18 (KJV)

In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

In addition, being given the opportunity or the life to give the Lord thanks is another reason to be thankful.

The hastag #NationOfGodMCGI also took the top spot in Twitter’s top trending hashtags.

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Meanwhile, a defender of another religious group also used MCGI’s hashtags #NationOfGodMCGI and #RejoiceNationOfGodMCGI to post his own interest, attacking the church.

Still, nothing compares to the God-given wisdom fed to the Church of God.

Luke 21: 15

For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist.

I am also personally thankful to God for all the unexpected blessings in my life such as getting the job I’m not even sure why I got accepted despite my disadvantage compared to other applicants. It is truly a blessing and a miracle of God.

I also want to thank Him for letting my beloved friend attend this day of thanksgiving with us. I really do pray to God that He always be with her and guide her in everything. I thank God for the opportunity to bring her. May God bless my friend always.

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To God be all the glory and honor!

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Ang Pananampalataya Ko

Inspired sa lahat ng natutunan ko sa totoong Iglesia ng Dios, awa ng Dios at nagtry ako magcompose ng isang rap-poem na tungkol sa magaling na aral na aking sinasampalatayanan ngayon. Naaamaze lang talaga ako at salamat sa Dios! Ibang-iba ang turo na natutunan ko sa turo na alam ng marami. Biblical talaga at tunay na tunay!

Rap-poem siya kasi para siyang poem. Pero nung tinatry ko siya buuin, rap ang tono sa isip ko. So, para siyang may beat ng rap.

Salamat sa Dios and to God be the Glory!

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ANG PANANAMPALATAYA KO

May iba’t ibang paniniwala sa mundo
Tanto nating sila’y hindi magkakapareho
Ngunit di mo ba naisip karamiha’y manloloko?
Kung iisipin mong isa lang talaga ang totoo

Hindi naman pupwedeng silang lahat ay tunay
Magkakakontra’t sa iba’t iba bumabatay
Laking salamat ko sa Dios at natutunan ko
Nagiisang aral na walang makakatalo

Nabuksan aking mata’t nalaman ko ang tama
Marami pala tayong maling paniniwala
Bakit di nalang pupuwedeng relihiyo’y irespeto?
Eh paano? Sabi ng Biblia may mga manloloko

Sa panahon natin ngayon tila tao’y walang pakelam
Kung anu-ano mali ang sa ati’y pinaalam
Inilihis ni satan ating prioridad
Hilig natin ay saan saan nangapadpad

Kung iyo ngang sinasabing Dios ang una sayo
Maalarma ka’t magsuri kung nasa totoo
Baka ang pinagmulatan ay wala naman sa Biblia
Upang maging malaya, wag na tayong padaya

Ang paskong pinagdiriwang magmula pa noon
Mali-mali pala pati ang bagong taon
Purgatorio at Rosario’y wala naman sa Biblia
Pagbibinyag ng bata at pagkain ng ostcha

Hindi pala sa pari dapat magkumpisal
Mali pala’ng paulit-ulit na pagdadasal
Hindi pala ilan ilan lang ang santo’t banal
Sa tunay na Iglesia marami talagang bawal

Hindi pala totoong pagkatapos mamatay
Nandun ka na sa langit habang ang iba’y buhay
Narinig mo na ba ang katotohanang ito?
Na ang hahatol pala sa mga anghel ay mga tao

Mali pala ang pagtawag sa sinoman ng “papa”
“Most reverend”,”father”at katulad nila
Walang dapat bayad ang pagpapakasal
Mula binyag hanggang lamay ay ginawang kalakal

Hindi lahat ng pagkain ay pupwedeng kainin
Ngalan ng Dios ay hindi dapat saan saan gamitin
Pagsamba kay Maria’y bawal naman pala
O pagdidiwang ng sari-saring mga fiyesta

Hindi naman tatlong hari ang dumalaw kay Kristo
Pati ba naman pangalan nila’y pinagimbento
Buhok ng Panginoo’y hindi naman mahaba
Ang sign of the cross, imbento lang pala

Wag dapat maniwala sa nagsisipanghula
Na pagdating ni Kristo mundo’y mawawala
Padasal pala ay hindi biblical
Speaking in tongues ay hindi kung anong daldal

Hindi pala sapat ang minsan lang magsimba
Mahabang pagkakatipo’y normal naman pala
Pangalan ng Dios ay hindi naman Jehovah
Walang matibay na batayan ang atheista

Biblical pala ang pakikipgdebate
Ineencourage pa nga ang maging mapagsuri
Sa dami ng mistranslation at maling interpretasyon
Panahon nang sa mali ay huwag na mabaon

Kung ika’y may malasakit sayong kaluluwa
Simulan nang ang mali ay iyong gawing tama
Subukang makinig sa aral na magaling
Sa Iglesia ng Dios na sa Dios mismo nanggaling

Celebrating Christian New Year! (Nisan 1 5776)

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Thanks be to God for all of His blessings and for all of the wonderful events we had for the last couple of weeks!

It was just last week, April 1-3, 2016, when the Church of God International celebrated the feast dedicated to the Lord and not to any other. Those three days of International Thanksgiving were truly a blessing for all of the brethren and to everyone who attended. Three different and God-inspired topics were discussed. My favorite one was about God’s Name, the Father, which was the first time I heard of it. No other churches have thought such wisdom about God’s name and I thank God from the bottom of my heart that He let it be known to His Church!

After a week, we now celebrate the 5776th Christian New Year which is also based on the Hebrew Calendar.

Exodus 12: 1-2

The Lord said to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt,  “This month shall be for you the beginning of months. It shall be the first month of the year for you.

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This is the same New Year celebrated by Christ and the early Christians. This is the same New Year Christians in our time should also celebrate if we are His followers. This is the New Year God the Father had declared to be the start and end of each year.

New Years in other calendars, namely Chinese New Year, Hindi New Year, Islam New Year, and of course the world celebrated Roman Calendar’s New Year which everyone knows about, all have different dates. But are they inspired by the Christian God? They aren’t. If there is a New Year Christians should celebrate, it should be the New Year which begun when Moises and the first Church of God where freed from Egypt.

Most people also celebrate New Year by having Fireworks display, drinking, and partying. This kind of New Year celebration often leads to dangers, accidents, chaos, and casualties showing that such celebration is not God inspired.

James 3: 15-16

This is not the wisdom that comes down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic.  For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice.

The verse shows that where there is disorder and chaos, it is surely earthly and not from above. Unlike other ways of celebrating the New Year, Christians should celebrate it with prayers and thanksgiving to God, rejoicing for another year He had given.

I thank God for this heavenly wisdom given to us and for the, you can say “mind-blowing” teachings, which you can’t get anywhere, not even from the top universities on Earth! No other institution reveals this kind of knowledge when it comes to spirituality. And for me personally, I thank God because even though I have a lot of shortcomings and I’m not worthy, He had given me a chance to learn such knowledge only a few people on Earth knows. And I do feel His love and compassion everyday. I pray that He never let go of my hand until the end and that He helps me in all of my weaknesses that I may achieve my ultimate goal: to be with Him in eternal life. That’s my dream.

I also thank God because in addition to the celebration of the Christian New Year, He had also given another year of service in Christ to our dear preacher. Happy 52nd Birthday in the Spirit Bro. Eli! May God be with you always in times of joys and especially in times of hardships and sorrows when the world seems to go against you. Though you are the most slandered person on Earth with their lies and evil works, you are blessed and may God continue to bless you.

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I couldn’t help but cry when the whole brotherhood sang “Salamat sa Dios sa isang katulad mo” (In English: Thank God for there is someone like you). I know how hard Bro. Eli’s situation is. Though he is speaking the truth, he is maligned in several ways for so many years. But with God’s help, he continues to do what is right and preach what is right. Even with his old age, he does not stop preaching his favorite subject: God’s word, and his schedule for Bible Expositions, church gatherings, etc are incredibly hectic and exhausting for someone his age and with his situation. I do pray that God always protects him and keep him away from harm, that he may always find joy in serving God despite the depressing and stressful life other people who maligns him gives him. And we all hope that if God permits, he would still be with us until the day Christ comes.

Lastly, I thank God for being given the opportunity to meet and sing with my fellow choir friends again! What a wonderful way to start the year!

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And with that, again, Happy New Year to all the Christians and may we live to celebrate more if God permits. All the honor, the power, and glory be unto God forever!

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