By Rev. Dr. Sergio ArevaloThe Legend of Arevalo. Read more ... », Jr.
June 22, 2014 (2nd Sunday after Pentecost613 Laws Summarize Into Two. Read more ... » & LISIn Everything Give Eucharist!. Read more ... » Sunday)
Last Friday we had our talent presentations and moving up ceremony for our preschool pupils. It was a wonderful event not only for childrenJesus is Missing!. Read more ... », and their parents“I was Blind, Now I See”. Read more ... », but also for us. It was a revelation of GodPGF the Lord!. Read more ... »’s loveThe Greatest is Love. Read more ... » to them, to our churchProphecy About the Philippines in 2009, Compare With Current Situation. Read more ... » and to the preschool. We should thankPeople Were Hungry, Look What the Boy Did to Feed Them All. Read more ... » the LordPGF the Lord!. Read more ... » for that noble activity. We should also thank our brethren who sacrificeA Man Accidentally Found Hidden Treasure in Other’s Field. Look What Did He Sacrifice to Get It.. Read more ... » their lives, treasures, and times just to serve them in one wayThe Man Who Prepares Freeway for His Master. Read more ... » or another: our director, Ate Jenny; our administrator, Kuya Raul; our member at large, Ate Becky and Ate Meds; our jacks of all trades, Ed and Tata; to our young people, RR, Joshua, Francis, to our teachers and staff, and to all our donors and prayerPracticing Piety in Front of People. Read more ... » warriors.
CooperationThe Three Lessons of Palm Sunday. Read more ... » for the gloryPGF the Lord!. Read more ... » of God is a veracity of our discipleship“It is Finished!”. Read more ... ». Indeed, discipleship is not just coming“Ready or not, here I come...again.”. Read more ... » to church on Sundays if we are in the mood, and going home“Ready or not, here I come...again.”. Read more ... » after the serviceGod Calls the Boy Rather than the Priest. Read more ... ». Discipleship is deeper than that in the seminaryWesley Divinity School is Remembered. Read more ... » of JesusI Doubt, Ergo, I Believe. Read more ... » ChristGlory to God in the Highest. Read more ... ». We will surely experience at leastThe Judge-King Favors the Least: The Undocumented Aliens, etc.. Read more ... » these three things: (1) A discipleThree Important Roles of Christ’s Disciples. Read more ... » shall suffer like Jesus; (2) A disciple shall acknowledge Jesus, (3) A disciple shall bear the cost of following Jesus.
I. A Disciple Shall Suffer Like Jesus (v.24-25).
Matthew 10:20-26 explains that a disciple shall experience sufferingDoes God Repent in Nineveh?. Read more ... » like what Jesus experience. If he experienced that, we are not better than him. Jesus teaches us more the theologyTuloy Po Kayo! (Welcome!). Read more ... » of the crossBear Jesus’ Yoke to Unburden Your Yoke. Read more ... » rather than theology of abundance. Jesus says, “If they have called the head of the houseHeaven or UFO?: The Liberating Words of Jesus. Read more ... » Beelzebul, how much more will they do the same to those of his household!”
However, Jesus encourages us not to fearPGF the Lord!. Read more ... » enemiesJesus Prays for Glory and His Disciples’ Protection. Read more ... » (v.26-31). Jesus says, “What I tell you in darkness you must speakGod Calls the Boy Rather than the Priest. Read more ... » in the daylight, and what is whispered in your ear you must shout from the housetops. Stop being afraid of those who killThree Deeds That Show the Intentions of the Shepherd and the Thief. Read more ... » the body but can’t kill the soul. Instead, be afraid of the one who can destroyThree Deeds That Show the Intentions of the Shepherd and the Thief. Read more ... » both body and soul in hell” (vv.27-28).
Jesus encourages his disciples“As the Father has Sent me, so I Send You!”. Read more ... » to continue his missionWhat is Life?. Read more ... » to tell the truthHeaven or UFO?: The Liberating Words of Jesus. Read more ... ». Jesus says, “What I tell you in darkness you must speak in the daylight, and what is whispered in your ear you must shout from the housetops” (v.27).
Telling the truth is hard sometimes but it is revealed in times of suffering and trialsA Man Tries to Walk on the Water, Look What Does He Get. Read more ... » in lifeWhat is Life?. Read more ... ».
Jesus says “Therefore, everyone who acknowledges me before people I, too, will acknowledge before my Father“As the Father has Sent me, so I Send You!”. Read more ... » in heavenCreatio ex Nihilo: Creation Through Amazing Words and Power. Read more ... ». But whoever denies me before people I, too, will deny before my Father in heaven.”
You might say that acknowledging Jesus before people is so easy. Yes, indeed, simply because we are in a free country, and ChristianityThis Man Asks How Many Times to Forgive; He is Amazed What He Discovered. Read more ... » is not persecuted. In North KoreaThis Man Asks How Many Times to Forgive; He is Amazed What He Discovered. Read more ... » nowadays when they acknowledge Jesus as their lord, they will be in trouble. Actually right now as I speak here, there is a so called holocaust camp in North KoreaA System that Korean Church Used to Grow So Rapidly. Read more ... ». North Korean government is persecuting those ChristiansNew Year, New Creation. Read more ... » who acknowledge Jesus in front of the government officials, and the military. It means deathLazarus’ Raising as a Proof of Resurrection. Read more ... » and persecutionThe Persecution of the King of the Jews. Read more ... » among them.
However, if we do the acknowledgment, Jesus will acknowledge us before our Father. But whoever denies Jesus before people. Jesus will also deny us before His Father.
Being a disciple, one should bear his/her own coast of discipleship.
III. A Disciple Shall Bear the Cost of DiscipleshipThe Protagonist Narrates the Trailer of His Story, His Avid Fan Does not Like it. Read more ... » (vv.34-39).
Once again, Jesus said, “I came to turn ‘a manHow to Ascertain God's Will?. Read more ... » against his father, a daughter against her motherA Poem for all Mothers. Read more ... », and a daughter-in-lawCome! Share Your Master’s Joy!. Read more ... » against her mother-in-law. A person’s enemies will include members of his own familyJesus is Missing!. Read more ... ».’ The one who loves his father or mother more than me isn’t worthy of me, and the one who loves a sonWhy the King Killed Those Who Did Not Attend His Son’s Wedding?. Read more ... » or daughter more than me isn’t worthy of me” (vv.35-37).
In those wordsHeaven or UFO?: The Liberating Words of Jesus. Read more ... », Jesus is saying“Into Your Hands”. Read more ... » us that “we should love him more than our family members (even our mother, father, son, daughter, or spouse). Jesus also encourages us to take up our own cross and follow him, and he said, “The one who doesn’t take up his cross and follow me isn’t worthy of me.”
The government of Polish Prime Minister Jaruzelski had ordered crucifixes removed from classroom walls, just as they had been banned in factories, hospitals, and other public institutions. Catholic bishops and other Christians attacked the ban that had stirred waves of angerThree Radical Precautions of the Christ. Read more ... » and resentment all across Poland.
Ultimately the government relented, insisting that the law remain on the books, but agreeing not to press for removal of the crucifixes, particularly in the schoolrooms.
But one zealous Communist schoolWesley Divinity School is Remembered. Read more ... » administrator in Garwolin decided that the law was the law. So one evening he had seven large crucifixes removed from lecture halls where they had hung since the school’s founding in the twenties. Days later, a group of parents entered the school and hung more crosses. The administrator promptly had these taken down as wellJesus’ Strategy of Evangelism. Read more ... ».
The next day two-thirds of the school’s six hundred students staged a sit-in. When heavily armed riot police arrived, the students were forced into the streets. Then they marched, crucifixes held high, to a nearby church where they were joined by twenty-five hundred other students from nearby schools for a morning of prayer in supportJesus Prays for Glory and His Disciples’ Protection. Read more ... » of the protest.
Soldiers surrounded the church. But the pictures from inside of students holding crosses high above their heads flashed around the worldThe Greatest Act of God. Read more ... ». So did the words of the priestGod Calls the Boy Rather than the Priest. Read more ... » who delivered the messageDoes God Repent in Nineveh?. Read more ... » to the weeping congregation that morning. “There is no Poland without a cross.” (sermonillustrations.comThe Greatest Act of God. Read more ... »).
Indeed, sometimes we should not only bear our crosses, we should also offer our lives for Jesus (v.39). “The one who finds his life will lose it, and the one who loses his life because of me will find it.”
Those are the three things expected of a true disciple of Jesus ChristCreatio ex Nihilo: Creation Through Amazing Words and Power. Read more ... ». Are we willing to suffer for Jesus? Are we willing to acknowledge Jesus even in times of persecution? Are we willing to bear the cost of discipleship?
Martin LutherThe Three Temptations of Jesus. Read more ... » says, “A religionThey Complain to the Landowner Simply Because He is Generous and Fair to All His Laborers. Read more ... » that gives nothingThe Eight Beatitudes: Principal Graces of a Christian. Read more ... », costs nothing, and suffers nothing, is worth nothing” (sermonillustrations.com)