“Blessed are those whose strength is in you,
whose hearts are set on pilgrimage.
They go from strength to strength.”
Two days to go before our church launches our very own Worship Album– SUSTAINED.
This recording has been birthed out of the Lord’s sustenance to ICS. God has been giving supernatural strength to this church through the many seasons. In Christ our Strength— this is our declaration for this year. This is the cry of our hearts as we desire to give Him honor and make His glory known.
The songs in this album were written by those who have been SUSTAINED by Him. As you listen to the songs, allow the words to become your prayer. May the music inspire you to praise Him even more.
Here is a sneak peek of the album:
You’ve got to see for yourself what this is about on Sunday, June 16, 2013 – 6:30 to 9:30 pm at the ICS Worship Center, Mayflower St., Greenfield District, Mandaluyong City.
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Ground Floor, ICS Worship Center
Address : Mayflower St., Greenfield District, Brgy. Highway Hills,
EDSA CENTRAL,Mandaluyong City 1554
Contact Nos : 6321093 ~ 6315265
NURSERY – 3 to 4 years old
KINDER – 4 to 5 years old
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John 3: 22-36
November 18, 2012
Last of the “Enlarge My Territory” Series
Whenever we think about enlarging our territories, we tend to think only in terms of material possessions. Often, we forget that life’s greatest blessing is always our relationship with God. In John 3: 30, John the Baptist’s affirmation of Christ reminds that the best increase that could happen in us is when Christ increases in our lives.
GOD THE GREATEST REWARD
In the Bible, it is clear that God is treated as life’s greatest reward. Consider these verses:
God is the greatest reward: Affter this, the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision: “Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your very great reward.” (Gen 15:1)
God is our strength and our portion forever. Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. (Ps 73:25-26)
God is life’s greatest gain. “But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ” (Phil 3:7-9)
God is our greatest security. “What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us?”(Rom 8:31-32) Continue reading
And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:7
Of the many wonderful blessings that we receive from God, peace is one of the most surprising.
It is surprising because, first, it comes from God who is over and beyond all. Although He is Immanuel, he surpasses all things. He is concerned with what concerns us but His power is not in any way interrupted with the woes and challenges of man. The One who dispenses peace is the absolute source of true and unhindered peace.
Also, God’s peace transcends all understanding. To transcend is to move beyond a known limit. Our minds cannot immediately process the meaning of untoward events like problems, sickness, poverty, and death. These are but few of the powerful things that limit man’s thinking. Just as we are wondering why these things come our way, God’s peace provides us an uncommon assurance that God is still in control. This surprising peace anchors us to God’s nature and character that though we have problems of all sorts we can still stay afloat in the often turbulent sea of life.
Furthermore, God’s surprising peace guards our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. It is noted that a number of people are experiencing nervous breakdown when faced with traumatic life experiences. Even while thinking through problems and difficulties, the mind tends to actively think depriving one of sleep and rest. Yet, God’s peace is available to keep us fastened to the reality that God’s help is available. It provides us with a deep sense of security that God will help us get through our problems. It sparks the faith we need to believe that this dark, long and winding tunnel of difficulties will end.
Pause for a while and reflect on the peace that God gives. Aren’t you surprised at the transcendent peace that the Almighty God provides?
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1 But now, this is what the LORD says— he who created you, Jacob,
he who formed you, Israel: “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. 2 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. 3 For I am the LORD your God,
the Holy One of Israel, your Savior; I give Egypt for your ransom, Cush[a] and Seba in your stead. 4 Since you are precious and honored in my sight, and because I love you..
Faith is based on the basic idea that God can be trusted. You believe in God because you know that He is always true to His promises.
Among many promises of God, what often stands out is this: “I am with you.” The Bible teaches this fact over and over again. In Isaiah 43:1-11, you can glean on the eight assurances that the presence of God brings.
EIGHT ASSURANCES THAT THE PRESENCE OF GOD BRINGS
(from Isaiah 43:1-11)
Do not fear
i have redeemed you
I have summoned you by name
You are mine
I will be with you through the waters and through the fire
You belong to God. God marks you as his own.
You are precious and honored in my sight
I love you
DO NOT FEAR
Fear is a form of faith, in that we believe that whatever makes us afraid is more real than God. It results from being certain that what frightens you is so real that it could really harm you.
The power of fear is that it makes us cast doubt on what God can do. Worse, fear attempts to hide God away from us so that we do not rely on Him anymore.
Yet the presence of God dispels all fear. His being with us gives us the choice to keep our eyes off our fears and direct our attention to Him. It invites us to go beyond fear and embrace a positive faith that is anchored on Jesus.
God, the real object of faith, is with you. He is far more real than what keeps you afraid. Do not fear.
Sur del Rosario | Photo: Jiru Balista