Posted by: edwinsarona | September 4, 2010

Unleashing the Church

In my spiritual journey in life,  part of it is to build a family bonding with the disciples.  Stay with them, eat with them and even work with them in their household.

Last night, we stayed in brother Nick and Sister Cora’s house. Before we came, we brought vegetables and bought fish for our dinner. My wife Norma and Sister Cora cooked our food together. Brother Nick and I at the computer with the kids. For me it is just an opportunity to use the computer. Brother Nick has a computer business so it is a blessing for me to use it for free. Kids also enjoy their time.

Sister Cora shared a scripture from Proverbs 11:1-31. It was great sharing and everybody participate even the kids. After the sharing  sister Norma lead the prayer and the kids went to bed to and slept. But the sharing was not yet over,  I shared brother Nick and Cora on How to make disciple  not in a traditional program. At first, i felt a little bit curiosity if  i’m going to share them about it or not but my spirit got enough courage to do it and so i did.

First, i asked sister Cora with a question. ” Who made you disciple? Who is your spiritual father or mother?

“You,”  she replied.

Maybe because she was aware of our family relationship. But this time I’m going to teach her how to Make Disciples.  So, I began to share of what I’ve learned from my friend Molong.  We talked about Intentional-Relational Discipleship.  She shared about her friend who is always sending her a text messages. She shared that when the first time they met, this lady gave her vegetables and food. She even invite this sister Cora to have lunch in Chowking.

“Wow!!” so i exclaimed.

This Cora, her friend is ready to be a disciple of Christ. It shows that this lady started to believe in her and trusted her. This becomes so easy to make her a disciple. I encouraged her to meet her friend if possible often. Anyway, our sharing ended up with prayer.

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Posted by: edwinsarona | September 16, 2012

Led by the Spirit of God

A short but powerful testimony from one of my spiritual daughter Phoebe. These is what she said:

One day at 4 pm I was sitting down outside of our house and suddenly there was a thought ran into my mind that i need to go and visit my sister in law but i felt not to go. Since i got tired at that time because of so much word in the house. But my soul seemed walking inviting me to visit my sister in law. There was a struggle between my mind and my body. I said to my self “why should i go there and i have nothing important to do there”. But still i felt that my spirit is willing to go. After about 10 minutes my son Frank arrived from the school and i told him to take me a drive to her auntie’s house. Frank doesn’t hesitated. When we arrived at my sister in law place, i saw her thin and weak. Sheila began to tell me her situation. She got pain inside her stomach for almost 1 week and had a hard time to eat and slept. So i just gave her a word of encouragement. That time i felt ashamed to pray for her, but my son Frank was so sensitive enough in the leading of the Spirit. Frank is 14 years old. Frank asked her auntie if she has oil. her auntie gave the baby oil to him and he said ” auntie i will pray for you so that you will be healed”. Frank anointed her auntie and i laid my hands to Sheilas’ stomach. Frank and i began to pray and thank God after the prayer Sheila told us that she felt released and she can even smile. She told us to come again to her house. Praise the Lord!

After Phoebe told us her testimony, the church got blessed and challenge once again of being sensitive of the leading of God. I believed with my heart that what happened to Phoebe and Frank was a divine appointment. It was not planned and calendar. To God be the Glory.

Posted by: edwinsarona | April 27, 2012

It was a holy week and people were so busy in their religious activities and even the so called Christian churches. On a good Friday I was surprised when a girl came to our house and invited us for breakfast. She was sent by his father . But I said  “thanks but we’re done already”  instead, I went to their house to bond with them and to make friend with them. Then the wife said to me “ we are planning to go to your house with our friends to attend a 7 last word service.”  What? I said, because I never had that idea in my mind. I don’t have any plan to do any celebration during the holy week. So I told them, good that I came to your house because I really don’t have a plan today. Then they asked me “ why?”  the Lord did not told me to do so I replied.
That time I had a space to share them “why” we don’t celebrate holy week and the 7 last word services.
*We can’t read in the Bible that we celebrate the holy week .
*The Bible doesn’t  told us to commemorate the 7 last word.
*holy week is just one of Constantine church model and extra biblical tradition. (church in you house ,page 45 by victor choudhrie)
However:
*The Bible told us to remember  of what  Jesus Christ had done on the cross. (1 cor.11:24-25,luke 22,19)
There were some questions arose like “ why some Christian like us celebrate those things?” my answer was maybe they were used to do it. It’s tradition!!
After our conversation, I suggested them to go for shopping since I saw the member in the family wore a good dress. Haha. Then the kids said “ yehey!!”
From their place, I went to another house just  across the street. It is a house of my daughter in the Lord Analyn. When I got there Rene (analyn’s husband) and the two kids. The whole family was there since it is holiday. Outside of their house we sat down and had a chit-chat. Sharing the goodness of God. I don’t need to disciple them because Rene was made disciple by Analyn already.  While talked, talked, talked, Rene got some mango and we ate together while people around us passing by. We ate 19 pieces of mango. Wow!
Part of making disciple is “meating and not meeting”. As what I have learned, I don’t need to plan any religious meeting like before. I learned to wait of what the Spirit of God lead me to do.
I believed the Spirit of God led me this things just for this half day. Well, just a short  story to write as what I’ve learned from Molong my friend. Thanks, thanks, thanks. God bless you.

Posted by: edwinsarona | April 27, 2012

My son in the Lord Bernard treat a selected less fortunate kids in our place. He came to us and shared of what the Spirit of God put in his heart. According to him, the Lord empressed him to share the blessing to the less fortunate kids. As a father in the Lord, i’m glad that my son learned how to listen to the Lord. I am not drawing people to follow us but draw them to follow Jesus. Teach them to listen to God. To be lead by Spirit of  Christ. Bernard obeyed God and

from his first salary as a new policeman he shared it without any hesitation. It is a good start for a son to serve his father and to other. He is no longer to cry out for his needs.For he learned that his Father provide for his children.

 

 

Posted by: edwinsarona | April 18, 2012

simple things in the Apostolic Hub

I went out for hiring passenger  to meet our daily need in house but it was so sad, hiring wasn’t good for the whole day. I kept on praying what food do I bring home to eat with my kids. It was about  8pm when I arrived in the house and physically tired. When I parked my tricycle in garage my elder son Jehu opened the door for me and told me “ Papa we’ve done our dinner already”.  What food do ate I asked?  Then he replied  auntie Doring gave us chicken with soup and nanay Pauline gave us also vegetables. I sat down and said to myself “ thank God”. He really proved that He is our Provision.
Lots of surprises in making disciples. Doring and nanay Pauline were part in our Apostolic Hub.
Just a short story from Bantay Apostolic Hub. To God be the Glory.

Posted by: edwinsarona | April 18, 2012

church going

I went to visit my family in the Lord in Caoayan, it is another town 6 miles away from my place. It was a month we never see each other though we do sent text messages. But as their father in the Lord i missed them and wanted to see them.  As I was there we all exited and really missed our bonding as family of Jesus. Shiela prepared a snack for us.  While having a snack the Lord led me to share His word in Luke 16: 19-31. It is about Lazarus and the rich man. I shared about what will happen when a person is in Hades?. A.  unbearable pain
b.unanswered prayer
c. unchangeable destiny
How to get in heaven?
a. repent
b. accept the Lord Jesus as Lord and Savior
c. follow Him (his Word)
Part of our making disciple for Jesus is to search and study the word of God for us to grow together.  It was a good sharing. Sister Cora also shared how God blessed her in her secular job. She was promoted from a certain position to administrative officer II in our provincial government. Obviously, I am happy too. My family rejoiced with them. We had a lot of chit-chat. Haha. Glory to
God.
From their place I went straight to visit my son in the Lord in the hospital. His name is Berto a father of two kids. His whole family is following Jesus too. He was confined because part of his lungs collapsed according to the doctor.
When I entered into his room, I saw his son Frank and her daughter Ruby and also the wife Phoebe. They smiled at me though they were in not good situation.  The whole family was there in the midst of challenges. Personally, I was so blessed to see them. Phoebe started to share of what they are doing while they were in the hospital.  She said, she is reading the bible for Bert, because he got a hardship in reading. She also said that they prayed together. As their father in the Lord I was blessed of seeing my son and daughter  in the Lord growing in their faith in Christ. I was encouraged when I heard those testimony. Before I left them , I prayed for them especially for Bert for his fast recovery and I knew prayer doesn’t enough in this kind of situation. I handed them a little amount for them to buy something.
Since we are the church going, all we need is being lead by the Spirit. Then there we know that we are a blessing and we will be bless as well.

Posted by: edwinsarona | September 9, 2010

House Church in Bantay

As  I was reading a different stuff about house church, I was convinced that the CHURCH is a FAMILY. I am doing a house church for almost 8 years. It was pretty good when i started. More of fun in making friends and lots of surprises. The good things is all of them that coming to our house church were secular  and so there’s no ” traditional religious” garbage in their mind.  What i know about house church before,  is having a church service in the house. That is how shallow i defined a house church. I did the same thing what a traditional churches doing. Still putting God in a box!! Shame on me. Ha. But now, I thank God that there is a transition happened in my spiritual journey. To do a house church is easy but to Make Disciple is a different story.  My friend Molong who encouraged me not just to do a house church but also to “Make Disciple”  and to the work in a FAMILY BASED RELATIONSHIP (treat others as your own family) and not just a CHURCH BASED or WORK BASED RELATIONSHIP (just saying hi ,hello, see you in the church on sunday and say bye bye…)

Before when one family wasn’t able to come on sunday, I got upset and the feeling is not good but now worries are gone!! Now i taught the to understand of BEING A CHURCH. We are the church, where ever we go, we bring the church. The Spirit of God is within us. We don’t need to be a church goers every sunday but we are the church going.

One time, one of the attender in the church came to me to informed me that they cannot attend the church service. They need to go for the harvest in the ricefield. ” Do a CHURCH in the field i replied. Before the conversation is over i asked her, ” WHAT GOD HAD TOLD YOU?” go for harvest! she immediately replied. I am happy this time because they are now learning to listen to God.

Late in the afternoon i went to their house. ” How was their time in the ricefield? We had a great time they said. They sung praises while working, they even don’t got tired the whole day working.WOW!! I believed this happened to them because the Spirit is with them.

We don’t need to put God in a four corner. One thing more is we teach them how to LISTEN AND OBEY GOD. We let them grow in their own spiritual journey. It is not our responsibility to make them mature. Years before, i thought i am responsible for their spiritual maturity. I was wrong. We all aware that from the time we accepted Jesus as our Lord and Savior the Spirit is within us.  Since the Holy Spirit dwelt in us HE will teach us in ALL things. The Holy Spirit is the best teacher not a pastor or someone else. We teach and encourage people to trust, listen and obey God. What we can do is just to be with them (new believers) as their father in the Lord. Fathered them, treat them as your own Family.  Well, i think this is another topic.. In my next blog, i will share you how i father my sons and daughter in the Lord. All the Glory belongs to our Lord Jesus Christ.

Posted by: edwinsarona | August 29, 2010

Being Family Together

As we are doing a house church ministry, part of it is to make friends and build a good relationship for us to make them Jesus disciples. This is how Jesus did it: He makes friends with the people around Him.

By doing this, after we make them disciples we accept them as part of our family, an extended family that is a ‘family-based’ relationship not ‘church-based’ relationship. One is extending God’s Kingdom by extending your own family and meet together daily, the later is just extending your church and get to see them weekly.

Last august 25, we had a good fellowship with the 3 young college students. One of them was a teacher of my son Jehu when he was in Kinder garten. Her name is Faith. She is a pretty and good in teaching. Every time she came to our house to do the tutorial. She was aware in a traditional christian world. But sad to say, she was quietly disappointed.

One time as we are taking our dinner with her. I told her to be feel free in the house. I told her that we consider her as a part of our family. She just sighed. After a few weeks she gave us a text:

“Kuya, can i come to your place and have a family bonding?”

“Come!” i replied.

From there on she said, “Please don’t pay me anymore for my tutorial service,” She said, “I am a part of your Family.”

Imagine having extended families of different expertise and skills, they can be able to serve one another, helping each others family. It’s how the Kingdom works!

Well, this happened in a conversation with other two  sisters Emeli and Angelique. Angelique sat down outside the circle table so i told her to joined into the table. We talked about FAMILY. It’s function and importance. The sharing was very practical. Whether it is natural family or spiritual family. It was a mixed discussion.

After the dinner, my elder son Jehu invited us to go to Mc Donald for ice cream. So everybody laughed and jumped into my tricycle. We went to Vigan and ate ice cream. Wow! It was a simple dinner, fellowship but it was so meaningful. I believed they learned something from each other. To God be the Glory.

I am not expert about family but every time i learned something , i like to put it into practice.

Posted by: edwinsarona | August 11, 2010

Home-made Churches

“So many Christians have been saying recently: the established ways of worship aren’t working anymore. “

“What’s going on is a kind of deinstitutionalization of religious life,” says Gary Laderman, professor of American religious history at Emory University and author of Sacred Matters.

– Lisa Miller

Have you ever attended religious services in someone’s home? Maybe there’s one for you right next door. A friend Robert Fitts Sr. often predict ‘that in these last days home churches is springing up all over t he world.” Paul Veiera has written this interesting book called “Jesus Has left the Building” and there’s another prolific writer penned a book called “The Church Has Left the Building.” What is happening around church circles? Don’t be shock, it is God moving away from temple building paradigms of worship to temple body, which is His Ekklesia, meeting in homes as family.

Search the web for “house churches,” “simple churches,” “organic churches,” “home churches,” and they are everywhere. Testimonies of leaders, pastors even of after 40 years of maintaining church members attendance and spirituality are leaving with unprecedented numbers. These are indeed alarming signs saying, “Hey, it’s time to rethink why we’re doing what we’re doing.”

In the U.S. the number of people attending church in the homes exceeds of that the number of Atheist! [Newsweek by Lisa Miller]

Unlike before that church people are leaving their church because they have backslidden, fair reason. But now people are leaving as it might be their reason to backslide. [New Zealand pastor Alan Jamieson, author of the book A Churchless Faith has its stunning surveys along with George Barna. See my article on BEING CHURCH.]

And here is my friend Wolfy’s statistics shows of what is going on around the world:

India has 1,000,000 house churches

Pakistan has 10,000

Bangladish has 80,000

Egypt has 6,000

Israel has 400

Middle East, exluding Israel and Egypt has 10,000

United States has 60,000

Canada 5,000

Spain has 400

Switzerland has 800

Germany has 3,000

Austria has 200

Albania has 100

Finland has 300

Philippines has 5,000

Indonesia has 70,000

Australia has 2,500

Myanmar has 5,500

“Soon the former caterpillar [the church as we know it]” as Wolfy added, “will break forth and show itself as a startling butterfly [the church as God wants it].”

How Does This Affect Our View of Church?

Nothing to be afraid of as they are just numbers eh? Yeah, millions of numbers as in the U.S. alone the number of Christians getting out of their church every year is one million! In my country as I do a lot of traveling, interviewing different people, there are hundreds of people are leaving church or say, are ready to leave it if they found a different way of doing church. It just shows how unsatisfactory conventional churches are these days, “relevant no more” they say. Marcus Borg rightly points out:

“There’s a lot of interest in early Christian diversity because people who have left church, and some who are still in it, are looking for another way of being a Christian.”

My friend Robert Murphy says about Homemade Churches that, “it maybe something new to you but it smells like home.”

So, here are some benefits of a Homemade Church:

1. Becoming Responsible Believers. First, people are leaving the church though because of its unsatisfactory experience with God ‘in the box’ but not for long they will realized and some are already in this stage, that they could not depend on their spirituality in the church leadership and programs but in their relationship with Christ and one another alone, not a lot [John 13:34]. Since church today have become ‘spiritual machines’ that is trying to maintain their members through their ‘programs’ it may not well end until Jesus Christ comes yet people were not made like robots to be controlled by pushing their ‘opening prayer’ buttons to start their ‘Christian Life Mode’ but are individuals created by God and so can hear ‘what the spirit is saying’ in their situations. Their capability of being spirit led is possible simply because the Holy Spirit lives within 24 hours a day, seven day a week.

Through their sort of rebellion against the church, as their religious brethren will call it, they have become revolutionaries of the Kingdom. They didn’t call ‘getting out of the church’ as backsliding but simply obeying Jesus command to ‘go and make disciples.’ We are not called to ‘go to church’ but ‘go to the world.’

2. Becoming Family Focus. Most house church guys I know who aren’t successful in their house-churching is because they didn’t count their families as one! However, more have come to realize how important family is as nineteenth-century scholar J. B. Lightfoot rightly points out:

‘Henceforth the worship of households plays an important part in the divine economy of the Church…The family religion is the true starting-point, the surest foundation, of the religion of cities and dioceses, of nations and empires.’

If one fails to recognize his own family as his oikos of faith he cannot simply manage the household of God [1 Tim. 3: 4-5]. As many would adhere that ‘church comes home’ where it truly belongs. Church true revival will not come in churches. It will come in the homes first where sin begins. As Roy Hession author of The Calvary Road points out, “

Revival is desperately needed in the church – in the country – in the world, but a revived church with unrevived homes would be sheer hypocrisy. It is the hardest place, the most costly, but the most necessary place to begin.

What do you think will happen 10 years from now if Christians would have their allegiance on Jesus and His Kingdom and to their loved ones? Surely the devil will be in sure fail his plans to destroy families. We know that our enemy is not up to destroy the churches, but our families. If he got that right then churches can continue playing their games.

3. Becoming Community Lovers. Much of church resources was wasted on facilities and programs which its only aim is to maintain the status quo where in at the other side of the world there are poor families, widows and orphans unattended. If we look at Jesus and the early church priorities falls into this three misfortunes of the church. In Homemade churches, Jesus followers are aware of the need of the community and so able to serve them using the resources of everyone in a daily basis [Acts 6:1]. Unlike structured ones, church happenings happens most in a ‘static religious mode’ – they have to come to the venue where it’s service happens, they have to wait for the day where ministry schedules would take place. And after church service they don’t even see the community at all. And imagine these people lived exactly in the center of the village but hardly get involed in the community activities. In simple words, we have lost the community.

We have created our ‘own world’ and we labeled them each as:

‘Christian Church’ who offers ‘worship services.’ No difference with the Catholic of offers ‘Sunday Liturgical Services’ and if a Business it offers a “Laundry Service.’

‘Christian Ministry’ who offers ‘especializing ministry’ such as ‘children’s ministry,’ ‘youth ministry,’ ‘women’s ministry,’ choir ministry’ and so on.

‘Christian Family’ who offer isolation in the community.

‘Christian Songs and Band’ who offers ‘religious’ songs that separate from ‘worldly’ songs. By the way, it’s OK to sing worldly songs during ‘Christian weddings.’

‘Christian School’ who offers biblically sound doctrine.

‘Christian Language’ who offers phrases like ‘hallelujah,’ Amen,’ and ‘Praise the Lord.’ We call them ‘Christianese’ if you don’t mind. That when these words blurt out of your mouth the people around knows that you’re a Christian. We speak our own ‘Christianese language.’

Hence, a complete isolation from the world has come fully! That is why my friend Gary Goodell quote his co-author Graham Cooke, of his book, “Permission Granted: To Do CHurch Differently int he 21st Century,

“I have a theory, and this is just a theory, that God is not trying to protect the church from the world but the world from the church.”

PUSHING MORE

Homemade Churches, I believe is only a means to what Jesus intended His Body to become on earth. They have an end in itself. Many movements of God have become denomination and so become a religion. “Doing the same thing week after week’ is a cycle of religion. Example we religiously continue working day after day. Though nothing wrong with that but when it comes to living with Jesus as disciples, people of the Kingdom, it should be more on spirit-led, spontaneous and unpredictable. From the movie Ratatouille I quote:

“The only predictable about life is its unpredictability.”

Frank Viola says that in order to prevent a movement into a denomination or religion, the answer is, “I do not know,” he says. “But,” he continued, “two things that we can prepare and they are 50/50. Fifty percent we can learn past movement of how they become a religion and the other 50% is we have to find that out!” Well, one of my spiritual father Stuart Gramenz has already predicted as he reads this article [so I edited this part], that in 10 years from now or less we could say that ‘the church has left the homes’ if unless we address the deeper issues.

Here are my few suggestions to rectify Homemade churches:

1. Focus on Relationships, not models.

Church is about relationships; nothing more, nothing less. Loving God and loving one another is Jesus commands for His disciples [John 13:34-35]. As my dear friend and spiritual father Mike Peters said, ‘helping one another to love Jesus more,’ this summarizes the Jesus commands in a practical way. He added that in rebuking the churches in Revelation chapter 2 and 3, Jesus points out their sins and not their church models. If there were any church models that appears there I certainly sure that he doesn’t like it. It is the ‘deeds of the Nicolaitans’ which He hated [Rev. 2:5]. You know what they did eh? Trying to destroy the priesthood of all believers that God intended.

Is naming a group OK? Well, honestly naming your group makes you a founder eh? And that alone puts you a gap between you and your brother. You then create some rules to control. As one founder would say to me, “It’s not me who decide it but the church, and the church have some rules.” And I asked him, “And who made the rules and signs them with a name? Who is the founder/president of the group?” Just an alibi to protect his name of who’s is controlling and who’s to blame in case there’s a fight!

Church in the N.T. has no name though men’s desire wants one, but it has a description. It is a body that has ‘many members’ of one another, not ‘many names.’ Having names is having a descriptions of that name. It divides Jesus body. It elevates oneself. And it gives more opportunity to become proud, and God opposes the proud and no wonder we have credible facts that there are men and women who are humbled by God. Once you’re on top you are untouchables, hard to question and so hard to correct and rebuke. It reminds me of Lucifer who wants to be on the top!

2. Focus on Making Disciples, not meetings. Homemade churches are in the verge of sitting comfortably in their meetings, they hardly get out there and do their job. They love each other and the binding taste of the food yet they have forgotten the world. Jesus commands us to ‘go, to the world’ not having religious meetings. I remember Max Lucado’s exciting fishing schedule one day with his brother. It rained the whole day and so they stayed long enough in the tents talking. And what fishing day it could be had turned out arguing about things. He then realized that ‘if fishers don’t fish, they fight!’. Imagine if church is an army, as we are, and we keep on talking and discussing about how to conquer the enemy without going into war, that’s just like having Sunday School for 20 years without ever graduating! As Napolion Bonaparte would say to his enemies after he wins, “While they think I act!”

3. Focus on being family, not having church. A ‘church’ ask a question, “When is our meeting?” A family gathers spontaneously. Until we stop meeting we wouldn’t be family. Until we become family, we would still having meetings. Though a family at times have to call up for a meeting but these are not weekly as we do normally to a church. In a church we do pray and sing together, sit and stand together. But in a family setting we do things together having daily life together. So much encouragements in the epistles that we cannot do them during our meetings but in our daily lives together. The question of having meetings week after week is when do we stop it? The problem is even if we are the one’s who started it, we can hardly stop it. Imagine having meetings until when? No one can even answer this question. Guilty of not attending and being late have created some condemnation.

4. Focus on fathering, not leadership. We need more of fathers and mothers in the Lord in our generation. We are full of leaders and leadership. A leader cannot father, though he may lead a hundreds or even thousands, but fathering is only for a few and this the beauty of it, that means anyone can do fathering. Of course, to qualify someone to become a father is to bear some spiritual children. If we are to become family then we will have ‘parents in the Lord.’ Jesus said that we can ‘hundreds’ of them. Fathering is simply raising a spiritual child to become a son. He will become a son when he is led by the spirit. “For as many as are led by the spirit are called sons of God” Romans 8:14.

5. Focus on spirit-led life, not programs. Homemade churches have a tendency still to hear though not one man’s voice during preaching times but many voices that surrounds them during meetings because everybody talks now, instead of hearing God from their own individual situation. My friend John White made an interesting comments,

“We make programs simply because we don’t know how to hear God.”

As I always says, “I cannot tell you what to do or else you will be led by me. You cannot be spirit led but Molongs led. You cannot tell me what to do or else I will be led by you. We cannot be spirit-led.” Sheep must start hearing their Shepherd’s voice. At this stage, a sheep doesn’t hear a strangers voice anymore, at times, or most of the times a pastor’s voice can be a strangers voice. It is the reason why people are leaving church and finds another church but not for long they will realize that what they needed is to hear what the spirit is saying to the churches.

Unless we are spirit led, governed and ruled by the Kingdom within us this movement die soon enough before this generation all died.

We Are A Fathering Generation

Not only we are a transitional generation but also we are a fathering generation. The church is full of spiritual orphans who need spiritual fathers and mothers. This is the ‘turning the hearts of the fathers to the children and the children to their fathers’ in which the prophet Malachi has leave to his generation and which John the Baptist began his ministry. This is to ‘make ready a people prepared for the Lord’ Luke 1:16-17 . The relationships here are far beyond ‘pastoring’ or ‘couching’ and ‘mentoring’ or becoming members of the church and have endless meetings. The relationship is lifetime of raising and empowering sons and daughters of God.

Talking About Relationships

There are different basis on where our relationships with every body depends. Will name only a few and see where your relationships belongs.

1. Business or political based relationship. They’re having business meetings, they only see each other for that reason. They talk about it, and their relationships is based on money or power.

2. Church based relationship. It’s all about church. If someone sees you their question is, “Where do you go to church now?” Relationships is dependent on church. If you go the same church then you be a friend, if not then your relationships to them is cut off. New relationships are formed then in your new church.

3. Family based relationship. Most of our friends in church or business circles have never become family to us, only a few maybe. This takes years of experience and working together. They talk about family most of them, when you see each other the question is all about family, “How are you? How is your wife and the children?” Every details of your family he or she knows and cares.

Though we have had great friends but only those who we intentionally invited to become one with us are our family. It is hard to name my family as ‘Molong’s Christian Fellowship’ or ‘Molong’s Christian Association of Families.’ Absurd eh? Families are families and no need to name it. I do have a name, It’s Molong’s families!

Posted by: edwinsarona | January 16, 2010

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I am Edwin Sarona from Vigan, Ilocus Sur.

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