The death toll nears 100. Quezon province is reported to be the worst hit area. Please continue praying for our suffering people, especially for local pastors and workers who are reaching out and ministering God’s love to affected families and children in word and in deed.
Jay Hallowell, missionary of OMF International, posted the following on Facebook:
“Life is not yet back to normal for many after Typhoon Glenda/Rammasun… Some still have no electricity. Others are only getting electricity for part of the day… Damage reports from the networks of churches with which we work are still trickling in. There are many opportunities for good works and good words… Please pray for our Lord to strengthen His people here for these works and words.”
A woman hangs newly laundered clothes at a damaged house after Typhoon Rammasun battered…
“The outer spiral rainbands of Henry [international name: Matmo] have started to affect the eastern part of Visayas and Mindanao, but the storm is not forecast to make landfall.” – The Philippine Inquirer
We thank the Lord that the new Tropical Storm Matmo (Henry) has moved eastward and is not going to make a landfall in the Philippines. But please do keep praying for our country. Thousands are still struggling and suffering in the aftermath of typhoon Rammasun (Glenda). The death toll is now at least 64. And the southwest monsoon enhanced by Matmo is causing added problems and miseries to affected areas.
Let us also remember to pray for Rammasun-affected areas in China. Accuweather.com reports,
Rammasun brought widespread winds of over 100 mph and caused wind damage to the Leizhou Peninsula. Damaging winds will also be possible across southern Guangdong and Guangxi Provinces Friday night in China as well as northern Vietnam late Friday night into Saturday. Flooding rain, mudslides and coastal storm surge will also be risks associated with Rammasun.
At least 51 dead, more than 1 million individuals affected. Tens of thousands lost their homes and livelihood, and without power. New tropical storm Matmo (Henry) is forecast to hit the country on Saturday. We are in consultation with pastors and ministry leaders in affected areas. Please pray as we plan to help and serve our suffering people.
Once again, our beloved nation needs the prayers of Christian brothers and sisters worldwide. Please do so.
As I write, the northern and some central provinces of our country is being battered by a typhoon that is equivalent to a Category 3 hurricane.
The Weather Channel reports,
“Typhoon Rammasun (also known as Glenda in the Philippines) has undergone a last-minute spike in intensity while making its first landfall in the Philippines Tuesday. The typhoon will continue to move west across that island nation through Wednesday, bringing a dangerous combination of damaging winds, flooding rainfall, and storm surge.”
Three (3) province have already been placed under a state…
2. When did you become a Christian? Since I was baptized as an infant “in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 28:19). But it was 18 years later, in 1988, that I did “repent and believe in the gospel” (Mark 1:15).
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3. Who is one well known pastor/author/leader who has shaped you as a Christian and teacher?John Calvin, of course! Next to my spiritual conversion, reading his magnum opus, Institutes of the Christian Religion, in 2007 is a major milestone in my personal journey. More and more, I see myself needing to study and refer to his books (the Institutes, most especially), commentaries and sermons.
Note: You can download Calvin’s Institutes for FREE here.
4. Who is one lesser known pastor/friend/mentor who has shaped you? Dr. Wes Bredenhof, minister at Providence Canadian Reformed Church in Hamilton, Ontario. In 2010, when I was beginning to study Reformed Biblical Interpretation and Preaching, I asked him what the best Bible commentary is. His answer: John Calvin’s! Then, he gave me my first commentaries on the Belgic Confession, the Heidelberg Catechism, the Canons of Dort and the Church Order of Dort. In short, Dr. Bredenhof pointed and guided me in the right direction during my formative years of studies on Systematic Theology, Biblical Theology, Redemptive-Historical Hermeneutics and Preaching, Reformed Worship, and Church Government… and how crucial and important it is to study and interpret the Bible in its original language, i.e. Hebrew for the Old Testament and Greek for the New Testament.
5. What’s one hymn you want sung at your funeral?Psalm 103. It’s my favorite. Always will be. “Bless the Lord, O my soul… forget not all his benefits…”
6. What kind of nonfiction do you enjoy reading when you aren’t reading about theology, the Bible, or church history? Books on World History and Cultures
7. Other than Calvin’s Institutes, what systematic theology have you found most helpful?Herman Bavinck, Reformed Dogmatics (4 volumes). Reading him, I always come away spiritually filled, enlightened and edified.
8. What are one or two of your favorite fiction authors or fiction books? I don’t read fiction books, but I love fiction movies. And to me, Christopher Nolan is the bomb! ;)
9. What is one of your favorite non-Christian biographies? Austin C. Craig’s Lineage, Life and Labors of Jose Rizal. Reading it in 1990 made me love my country, and commit to serve our people for life.
Note: Rizal is the Philippines’ national hero.
10. What is one of your favorite books on preaching? Well first, let me tell you what my favorite Biblical Theology book is. I don’t have to think about it, because to me there’s only one, really. It’s definitely and most assuredly Geerhardus Vos‘ Biblical Theology: Old and New Testaments! Next to the Bible and Calvin’s Institutes, it’s #3 on my list of the most heart-, life- and ministry-changing books that I’ve ever read.
12. What is one of your favorite books on apologetics? Another “of course”! It has to be Cornelius Van Til‘s The Defense of the Faith. The Lord used it to get me rooted and grounded in the centrality and sufficiency of the Bible in defending and spreading the Christian faith.
Note: You can download Van Til’s book for FREE here.
13. What is one of your favorite books on prayer? Matthew Henry’s Method for Prayer. It teaches Bible-rooted, Bible-driven prayer. It’s true… When it comes to prayer, there’s nothing like the Puritans.
14. What is one of your favorite books on marriage? Winston Smith’s Marriage Matters: Extraordinary Change Through Ordinary Moments. I’ll let Wayne Mack say it: “Marriage Matters is different from and goes deeper than many of the other biblically based books on marriage. In keeping with the Scriptural emphasis on being Christ-centered and heart-centered in all of life, this book helps Christians see what being Christ centered and heart centered actually means when applied to the marriage relationship. After personally perusing this volume, my recommendation to all married people is: read the book and apply its contents and, if you do, you will have a marriage that truly matters.”
15. What is one of your favorite books on parenting?Shepherding a Child’s Heart by Tedd Tripp. Because the heart of the matter is the matter of the heart. ;)
16. What music do you keep coming back to on your iPhone (or CD player, or tape deck, or gramophone)? Joe Satriani! ROCK AND ROLL!!!
17. Favorite food? SuTuKil!!! Sugba, Tula, Kilaw!
Translation: Fresh fish barbeque, broth dish and Philippine “ceviche”.
18. After the Bible, a hymnal, and a shipbuilding guide, what book would you want with you on a desert island? At the current stage of the personal, family and ministry reformation journey that I am in, I really need to study Bavinck. It will be great if I can have all the 4 volumes of his Reformed Dogmatics. But if not, the abridged version edited by John Bolt will do. ;-D
Please pray for my continuing efforts to promote missions, and mobilize churches, ministries and individuals to pray, support and be active contributors in advancing the cause of Bible Training, Church Planting and Mercy Ministries from Mindanao (Philippines) to the Middle East for God’s glory and kingdom.
Recently, I have been privileged to share on the vision, accomplishments and ministry expansion plans of Open Eyes Mission to a prayer group in Virginia Beach, VA, U.S.A.
So far, I have visited and conducted meetings with pastors and leaders in 16 churches and 9 ministry organizations in 8 American states. My goal is to establish contact, visit and meet with the leaders of at least 4 more churches and 2 more ministry organizations.
Please pray for my continuing efforts to promote missions, and mobilize churches, ministries and individuals to pray, support and be active contributors in advancing the cause of Bible Training, Church Planting and Mercy Ministries from Mindanao (Philippines) to the…
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