16 The king is not saved by a mighty army; A warrior is not delivered by great strength. 17 A horse is a false hope for victory; Nor does it deliver anyone by its great strength. 18 Behold, the eye of the LORD is on those who fear Him, On those who hope for His lovingkindness, 19 To deliver their soul from death And to keep them alive in famine. Psalm 33:16-19
I. KINGDOM CONCERN
CUBAO REFORMED BAPTIST CHURCH
News and thanksgiving
- We praise God for allowing us to reach out to the victims of typhoon Ulysses in San Mateo Rizal, Montalban, Rizal, Nangka Marikina, and Tumana Marikina. We had the opportunity to preach the gospel of our Lord. We distributed cleaning materials to help them with cleaning their houses. We gave a total of 2, 500 relief packs. Initially, we were reluctant to do it because of the coronavirus threat but we felt convicted to do something to alleviate their suffering. Praise God he has preserved us from the infection of covid.
- We are truly thankful to the Lord for allowing us to gradually go back to our normal church gathering. Our attendance was still 75% of our total membership because seniors and children are not allowed yet. We are also already getting visitors regularly. Praise God for this blessing.
- We also praise God for allowing us to celebrate our Lord’s Table and it was the second time since March due to covid.
- We also have had two applicants for membership who gave their conversion testimonies. We still have several applicants and Lord willing, they shall give it in January next year.
- Pastor Joseph and his brother Jerome had an unfortunate accident. Pastor Joseph had a fractured nose but he is fully recovered now. Jerome is now doing well but his foot is still on a cement cast. We praise God for his preservation.
- The daughter of a couple in our church, Imee Dalut is having serious health problems but she is slowly recovering now. Please pray for full restoration of her health.
- Our major concern is the annual Pastors’ conference in February. We decided to hold it as WEBINAR. This will be the first time that we will be doing this. Deacon Aldwin has already posted the brochure on our Facebook account. Our speakers are Pastor Jeremy Walker from the UK who will be speaking on the 5th of Feb. Pastor Noel Espinosa on the 12th and Pastor Conrad Mbewe from Africa on the 19th. The sessions each day will be from 8 am – 12 noon. Please pray for the Lord’s help and guidance as we seek to iron out the details of this conference.
- GMA will close the semester on the 17th of December and will be back in January next year. Please pray for the students who are completing semestral requirements.
- For the wedding of Cedric and Angie on the 19th of December. Pastor Joseph Mangahas will officiate the wedding.
- While writing, a dear and brother in the Lord has gone to be with the Lord, brother Arnel Carreon. Arnel was a former deacon of our church and director of CCM. Please pray for comfort to the family.
- We shall have our members’ quarterly meeting on the 12th after missing three quarters due to the pandemic. We expect a longer holding of our meeting. Please pray for wisdom to the elders and deacons as they lead the meeting. Please pray also for unity as a church in our decisions.
II. PERSONAL CONCERNS
1. Thanksgiving. Let us continually thank the Lord for His preserving mercies. He has preserved us individually and as a church. May He continue to grant us good health both physically and spiritually.
- Sis. France (Dec. 4) – Thanksgiving po: (1) sa buhay ng buong family po na inextend po ng Panginoon, (2) Salvation, (3) Privilege to be part of MCBC and be used there. Prayer request po: (1) More love for God and His people, (2) To be used in the church despite the pandemic, (3) Salvation of children
- Bro. Joey (Dec. 7) – Good health and wisdom to make the right decisions. May God show me His will/plan for me in preparation for my retirement 2 years from now.
- Sis. Kemi (Dec. 10) – Thanks be to God for another year. All glory to Him Alone. Prayer requests: (1) Wisdom and guidance for new business venture, (2) Salvation of unsaved loved ones, (3) More love for Christ and His church
- Unemployed. May the Lord encourage them during this time of waiting. May He provide them jobs that fit their skills and abilities so that they can provide for their own needs and help others also.
- Frontliners (see the full list here). May they continue to persevere in caring for the sick.
- Those who need to report to their workplaces. May they be kept from infection.
- Business owners. May the Lord give them the wisdom to sustain their businesses amid the economic struggle.
a. Let us continue to pray for our sick brethren: Pas. Alex, Annie, Acel, Brenda, Johnny, Louie, Mel, Chippy, Delia, Tina, Edna, Mario G, Rose, and Mano.
b. Let us pray for our friends and loved ones who are sick: Mr. Pong, Conrad, Randy, Jun, Ludel, Neal, Amy, Marlyn, Lola Soledad, Bobot, Liza P, Mayet, Diego, Mr. and Mrs. Abagon, Renee Cifra, Melinda Torres, and Annabel.
5. Wedding. Let us pray for Viljohn and Flor as they prepare for their wedding. May the Lord provide for their needs. May He preserve them from temptation. Let us pray for the last session of their pre-marital counseling with Pas. Alex.
6. Housing. Let us pray for Pas. Rolly and his family’s relocation. May God lead them to the right place and provide for their needs.
7. Nation. Let us pray that God would curb the spread of the virus, especially this holiday season. May the infection rate continue to improve. May God continue to help our leaders in effectively addressing the concerns of our nation. Let us pray for the salvation of sinners during these troubling times.
III. CHURCH CONCERNS
- In our Sunday School, we started our discussion on Marxism. It is a worldly philosophy that sees man as god and considers life as mere material. It rejects both God and religion. It is widespread in our society so we should be cautious.
- In our first service, we were encouraged that while we will go through overwhelming challenges, faith in our omnipotent God enables us to triumph. May we continue to trust Him to help us in facing difficult circumstances in life.
- In our second service, we were reminded that God has provided the only cure for sin. He has sent Christ to die for sinners and has promised that whoever believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. We may continually live a life of praise and thanksgiving for what God has done for us through Christ.
2. Services. Let us thank the Lord that we were able to have our Lord’s Supper last Sunday. Let us continue to pray that God would grant us delight as we worship Him on His day. May we sanctify His day whether at home or church. Group B and C are scheduled to attend services at church this Sunday. Let us also pray for wisdom and power in preaching to those who will teach and preach the Word of God.
- Pas. Mike will take Sunday School and the second service.
- Pas. Clyde will preach in the first service.
3. Online Bible Studies. Let us thank the Lord for the Bible studies that were held last week. May He continue to give wisdom to those who teach in our online ministries.
- Every Tuesday – Pas. Clyde (Fellowship Bible study)
- Every Friday – Pas. Rolly (Trafalgar Bible study)
- This Sunday – Sis. Ruth (Level 1), Sis. Elot (Level 2), Sis. May (Level 3), Pas. Clyde (Singles’ Bible study)