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Written and Delivered by Sis. Jezreel Dawn “Jeje” S. Tan

Photo Credit: Ptr. Rud and Maam Gj Lumaad

NCF which stands for Nonthaburi Christian Fellowship, I can boldly say that I am proud to be a part of Gods family here in NCF. We may be away from our biological family but here we have felt belongingness that made this fellowship a home away from home. I’m so thankful that this fellowship was founded in God’s love and through this we all have learn to love each other in spite of all our differences and short comings. This church has never failed to show Gods love and forgiveness to each other. Ive been through many churches since i was a kid with that i mean in literally since I’m a pastor’s kid, so moving from one church to another is my life but I’ve never seen and experience the bond that we have for each other here in NCF. I am also blessed that we have a church family that never think twice in helping each other, may it be spiritual when one feels cold in their spiritual life or physically when one gets sick, emotionally when one needs lifting up and even financially when there is an urgency of need. Whenever a new comer from Pinas joins us, it is fondly said that nobody in NCF has become jobless, all of us gets a job, its not because we have an agency of teachers or what, but it’s because everybody has the heart to help. Every member without a job or maybe looking for job is everybody’s concern and to be prayed for and any job landed is our relief and thanksgiving to God. The camaraderie that we have, is one thing that i can never exchange with anything, it is bounded by the love of God and the love of everyone for the ministry given to all of us. I along with my family has experienced so much love from our NCF family and that love that we will never get tired of replacing. With all of this I thank God for all of you because you’re one of the biggest blessing and to be a part of all of you is one of the greatest opportunity He had given us. To all of these To God be the glory . Happy 4 th year anniversary!Let us keep the fire burning in our hearts as we wait for the coming of Lord Jesus Christ. 

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For the past several Sundays we’ve been studying about Theology during our Sunday Schools through Bro. Bien Anatan. I was not able to compile the power points that contain the subjects during the previous Sundays. I will however try the rest of the topic as our study about Theology continue. Below are the links to the Sunday School lessons and hope that it will help each one of us retain all the lessons we’ve learned during Sunday School.

Intro to Systematic Theology 4

Intro to Systematic Theology 5

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SIH TOTT ICONHe layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous (Prov 2:7)

 

Increasing Life’s Joy: We Reap What We Sow #2: Proverbs 22:9-11

9) He that hath a bountiful eye shall be blessed; for he giveth of his bread to the poor.
10) Cast out the scorner, and contention shall go out; yea, strife and reproach shall cease.
11) He that loveth pureness of heart, [for] the grace of his lips the king [shall be] his friend.

 

Solomon looks at another factor, that when understood, will increase our joy, we always reap what we sow in the following areas…

 

EXPOSITION:

 

9) He that hath a bountiful eye shall be blessed; for he giveth of his bread to the poor.

Showing kindness to others….
1.  Those who possess eyes of overflowing compassion will receive benefits from the Lord.
2.  Because he willfully supplies that which…

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Reposted post from a dear friend…Rob Barkman 🙂

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SIH HALTAL ICONThe spirit of man [is] the candle of the LORD, searching all the inward parts of the belly.  Mercy and truth preserve the king: and his throne is upholden by mercy.  The glory of young men [is] their strength: and the beauty of old men [is] the gray head.  The blueness of a wound cleanseth away evil: so [do] stripes the inward parts of the belly.  (Proverbs 20:27-30)

For the SIH devotional on this subject:

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Faith In Christ

This is how to enter into God’s kingdom 🙂

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 SIH STSTA ICON“What Must We Do To Be Saved?” 

(Part #1 – Salvation)

THE most important question that anyone can ask is the question posed by the keeper of the prison in Acts 16:30… “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”.

The answer to this question is more valuable than gold, silver and all the wealth this world has to offer. This answer will reveal to us the path that leads to the forgiveness of our sins, the receipt of the indwelling Holy Spirit, fellowship with the Only True and Living Creator, and eternity in paradise with God Himself. Our very spiritual life and eternal destiny rely upon finding the answer to this question.

This question is of such importance we will be taking several blog entries to carefully answer this question…

Blog Entry #1 Salvation; Blog Entry #2 Repentance; Blog Entry #3 Faith / Belief; Blog Entry #4 What about good works?; Blog Entry…

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by: Jezreel Dawn Senina Tan
Every ministry starts from a heart whom God touch. 8 years ago i recalled pastor and I flew here in Thailand with a burden to help in God’s ministry . For  years Pastor Tonieth volunteered as pastor in one of our missionary church here in Thailand along with some of us here. Before the 6th year, the Lord has put a burden to pastor to open another church. Just thinking of it made us cry already as we know where we are at that moment in our comfort zone. Many months of fear and sadness troubled us with thought of living our current church. It was one of the church activity where Pastor Selorio preach about ” sometimes we have to live our comfort zone and be scattered and be an instrument of where God will use us” it was only then that we confirmed Gods plan for us. With that confirmation many concerns came to us, as we know its not easy to start a church. But if God plans for His work,  He will provide for everything. It was one Sunday during lunch time it is very clear in my mind when Maam Avin sat beside me with a teary eye and said ” you are leaving? Can i apply as your pianist?” I was so surprised but at the same time overwhelmed. We have now a pianist but we have no building yet. We are only praying for it when one Sunday at the back of our church before, ate Sally came to me and told me that they are going to open a school along with the church, in that way our rent won’t be that heavy. Again i was surprised. Quite hesitant at first with different thoughts running in our mind but we know God has put a burden in this people the same as what He had put in ours.We ask permission from our church without any perspective on where to open a church yet. We’ve tried to look for a building along with the De Paz family and Joanna. It wasn’t easy, it was very hot and believe me we never targeted for a simple place but instead point on buildings that are big and presentable .It was because we know in our hearts we have a big God. It was when ate sally saw the ad of a building that says for rent.Concerns were raised about the building and it was one Saturday afternoon that we closed the deal with the owner. The building is no other than where we are right now. The building is provided, the pianist is provided and comes our first Sunday may 8,2011. We’ve invited people to come. Our first speaker was Pastor Gilmore ,it was a fruitful first Sunday morning as many had joined us visitors from Baguio that went along with pastor Gilmore. I remembered him saying that If God opens a ministry ,He will surely make it grow and He will provide for it. It was a big encouragement and comfort for us. Second Sunday came and it was late in the morning already as were trying to wait for some people that we have invited human as we are we felt discouraged and there is only around 7 of us not including the children. Then 3rd Sunday still the number is not getting bigger. We’ve shared our frustrations and wonder if we really made a right decision. Chairs started to break as it was only made of cheap plastics.The church flooring doesn’t have anything in it except cement coating we brought in carpets to at least make it presentable, no air con. i remember 2 electric fans is facing one side and the other one facing the other side. Sometime you get scared of maybe some cars have bump each other because of a very clear sound of car breaks and sometimes we have to close the window even without aircon to avoid being distracted by the street noise. But our God is faithful, He gave us strength inspite of all the frustrations. We are always reminded of the reminder on our first Sunday. Together with the pioneers of this church, we pressed on. We stood by it and by God’s blessings more were led to the church and more people are used to provide for all the church needs. Ministries to unite christian Filipinos was initiated, social works were included in the plan, reaching out the Thais through English, ministering to our fellow Filipinos in a construction site these and many more are evidences that God is truly faithful. We have hold on to each other inspite of frustrations, personal differences, misunderstandings and even in sickness we’ve been there for each other and only because Gods love covers us.And now celebrating 2nd year of God faithfulness to NCF, just second year I can’t afford but to thank God for everything that He has done to us here in NCF. He has showered us with faithful men and women of God. In behalf of my husband we would like to thank you all for making yourself available for His ministry. God has not just touch one or two lives but many because of your love for His work. To all of this To God be the glory!

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What is NCF and how it came to be? Actually, NCF which stands for Nonthaburi Christian fellowship is now 3 years old since its inception; however since we don’t count the very year that it started it is now on its 2nd year.

When Ptr. Tonieth asked me to tell the story and recall of how NCF has started I was just thinking of presenting it through a slide show but as I went through all the pictures from our FB page and our group’s page as well as Jeje’s photo albums of NCF, I knew that it will take me weeks to compile and put it all together. Thus, I decided to write it and just tell it to you instead.

So, what is NCF? Nonthaburi Christian fellowship is a fellowship of Filipinos who has a personal relationship with Christ. However, not all of its current members may have the same belief than most of us but we are bonded with one common denominator. Our being Filipinos, some may come or attend NCF simply because they have friends here or simply would like to meet fellow Filipinos every Sunday. NCF was not meant to become just a venue for chikahan or any social gatherings where after attending a service all will just go his or her own way and just let the day pass by without gaining or learning anything at all.

NCF started with just a few members and most of them were families, this of course includes mine, and we held our very first worship service in this same place 2 years ago with several visitors from the Philippines and our very first speaker was from the Philippines as well. 

Way back then, I asked myself… what was in the minds of Ptr. And Jeje and why did they decide to leave a fold where most of the members seems to be comfortable. Why do they have to start on their own and turn their backs on the fellowship of a stable church and venture on something on their own without any support from any Mother church way back in the Philippines?

What drives them to start a ministry on their own that is entirely on their own? But here is one thing that I am certain that they have the same kind of strong faith in God that I have when I joined them and came with them to this place.  Pastor and I have the same prayer that time that God will not allow this fellowship to become a stagnant church and be content with a few members but become an instrument in opening doors not just for Filipinos but for Thais as well. Thus, in the span of two years, by the grace of God, NCF has been an instrument in so many ministries that some of them I may not be able to mention or remember anymore.

The fellowship had been shaken for so many times, many have come and go while most of them remained. There were struggles and challenges, there were trials not just physically but emotionally but with God’s grace NCF were able to withstand all of these for I believe that this fellowship is founded on the Solid Rock with is our Lord Jesus Christ.

Our Pastor’s boldness and passion for the souls always moves him to go far beyond what a human mind could comprehend and venture on ministries without thinking of its cost. Thus, the ministry on the Construction site was started and today we are reaping what we have sown into the hearts of our kababayans. Every Sunday they look forward to that time where they will be able to hear God’s word which they know will fill them not just physically and emotionally but spiritually as well.

It is also through the burden of uniting Christians with the same belief and creed that the Inter-Church Fellowship came to be, it is our church that started such a big leap of faith to unite churches of the same faith in this land.

As I’ve mentioned there are still so many ministries that I may have forgotten but I know that God has a record in heaven to show to us what we have done while we are here in Thailand.

More than 2 years ago, NCF has only more than 20 members or church attendees but today it has more 30-40 listed and enlisted members and an outreach ministry that is continually growing and reaching out to our fellow Filipinos. There will come a time that this small but active and alive body of Christ will not only reach out but open its heart and door to Thais who are willing to listen to God’s word and follow the same Living and true God that we Filipinos worship.

As to what lies ahead to this small fellowship it is entirely between God and the man whom He has entrusted this growing ministry. As long as we as members and of one body continue to work and serve our Living God more blessings and more ministries are up ahead for us to minister, and as long as we continue to seek God’s kingdom first, ALL of the things that we NEED will definitely be given to us.

So, Happy 2nd Anniversary NCF and may we continue to grow numerically but spiritually as well.

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SIH TOTT ICON1.  “Messiah” comes from Hebrew word:  “mashiyach” which means “to anoint, to rub, to apply”.
2.  The meaning of the word Messiah is brought into the New Testament by use of the Greek word “christos” which is translated “Christ”

Therefore Old Testament title “Messiah” is equivalent to the New Testament title “Christ”….. “He first findeth his own brother Simon, and saith unto him, We have found the MESSIAS, WHICH IS, BEING INTERPRETED, THE CHRIST”
(John 1:41)

We find that there are three different Jewish offices that used the act of anointing to place an individual in the postion of service to God….
1. prophet
2. priest
3. king

By recognizing Jesus as THE “Messiah” or THE “Christ” it is saying that He is THE Anointed One, in other words the Ultimate, Superior Holder of the offices of Prophet, Priest and King.   Christ was publicly declared to hold these three…

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SIH HALTAL ICON28) In the way of righteousness [is] life; and [in] the pathway [thereof there is] no death. (Proverbs 12:28)

For the SIH devotional on this subject click:

http://wp.me/pU88A-2mJ

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Congregational Church Governance

downloadWhat Is Congregational Church Governance?

Polity is how an organization, such as a church, functions—the policies that guide matters such as governance, decision making, structure and leadership. Baptists differ from most Christian denominations in matters of polity. The difference especially is evident in how congregations of Christians are governed.

One major difference between Baptists and many other denominations is that no person or group outside of a Baptist congregation is to have any authority over the church in regard to beliefs and religious practices. Furthermore, all of the members within the church fellowship are to have equal voice in the governance of the church.

Baptist church governance often is termed “democratic.” In a sense it is. In a democracy, all of the people have equal voices in decision making. No individual or group of persons is in control. Such is to be the case in a Baptist church. One way that democratic governance is practiced is that each member of the church has the right to vote on matters at church business meetings.

To many non-Baptists, and even to some Baptists, this seems to be a strange way for a church to function. Putting the governance of a church in the hands of persons who have no special training, education or calling appears to be foolish. Why would Baptists dare to function in this fashion?

Read more….http://baptistdistinctives.org/articles/congregational-church-governance/