Happy 4th Year Anniversary to Our Partner Church GGCF

Dear Saints of GGCF,

Peace be with you, I would like to praise God and congratulate you on your 4th year anniversary. It is on this day that we reflect and remember trials and tribulations, the victories and triumphs as God planted His church in the heart of Bulacan. By His grace GGCF has grown and has done in abundance that which God has called us to accomplish- to minister to the people and call forth reconciliation to the lost that everyone may know Our Risen Christ. My friends, God has inspired me to share a simple blessing and His message today as I write this letter of exhortation; that you may continue to shine God’s light in all you do and edify the brethren as we continue to encourage, instruct and enlighten.

I would like to share with you the words of Samuel in 1 Samuel 12:24 that states:

“But be sure to fear the LORD and serve him faithfully with all your heart; consider what great things he has done for you.”

Friends, we are called to reverence, called to faithfully serve Him and stand pure and sanctified for His calling. The phrase: “Be Sure to fear the Lord” should have a stronger, more profound meaning to us all; this statement not only speaks to us about reverence but tell us to fear losing that connection to our King, losing the presence of God in our lives, in our walk and in all our endeavors. I speak to you now and exhort you to remain connected, remain in His presence and ask the Holy Spirit to fill you and empower you to remember the great joy when GGCF began. When the handful of the Lord’s faithful during a time of sorrow and much agitation rose to the call of the King of Kings to remember why we plant churches, why we are called to minister the gospel- not to have numerous followers, or to uphold a system that is created by man; but to be a beacon of hope to those who lost their way, to connect ourselves and the people to the King of Kings. Samuel tells us to serve God faithfully with all our heart. This is a call to be true to the Lord for the day is coming when many false teachers and prophets would come like wolves, hunting the flock and waiting for weakness that they may cause division through promises of peace and unity. My dear friends, unity can only be achieved by aligning ourselves to sound doctrine, aligning ourselves to the will of God and asking the Holy Spirit to move in our lives and transform us to the people God has called us to be. Unity can be achieved not by a system, a group, a person or ideology but remembering to stand and connect ourselves to God, seeking holiness in all that we do and ask the King of Kings for discernment and direction in each endeavor we begin.

Jeremiah states in Jeremiah 23: 21-22

“I have not sent these prophets, yet they ran. I have not spoken to them, yet they prophesied. But if they had stood in My counsel, And had caused My people to hear My words, Then they would have turned them from their evil way & from the evil of their doings.”

Prophets, Teachers, Pastors ought to stand accountable to the Lord, to their members and to their church. We are not infallible, nor are we sinless or beyond reproach. Pastors like the members stand to be teachable, able to handle rebuke especially if we have moved away from sound theology and the Word of God. Notice the term counsel; each leader, each preacher, each speaker ought to listen to the counsel of God and move, act, speak only when we know that what we are about to state is God breathed and true. To focus on the word of God, not the call of man, the idealisms of a system or mere enthusiasm. For we ought to invoke the power of the Holy Spirit in all that we do; that what we state and accomplish be for God and our actions and countenance show the fruit of the Spirit that shines in our walk for we move to walk the talk. Jesus states in Matthew 17:6 “You will know them by their Fruit.” Thus brethren, I implore you to always stand firm and check for yourselves if what we are being taught is the truth by reading the Bible, standing in prayer as we seek God’s face and anchor our Hearts to Him.

Then Samuel ends with: “Consider the great things He has done for you.” Always remember the goodness of God, His great faithfulness at work and how God has shined His light, strengthened our walk and bound both our churches to stand firm in the Gospel, stand firm in this ministry of reconciliation. Four years indeed of God’s great faithfulness and we rejoice with you. We are blessed by you and we look forward to the great things God is doing through GGCF.

A word I would like to share with you is the term: Pristine. Pristine is defined as in its original condition, pure and unspoiled. That is my desire for Gracious God Community & Fellowship and Abundant Harvest Fellowship Philippines; that we remain pristine, remain pure in the gospel, pure by the power of the Holy Spirit. I pray and ask for blessing for all the leaders and pastors of this fine congregation. That you will not be drawn by the ways of others, but remain true to the path that God has entrusted to you. The mission you set forth to do: To Love, Live and Lead like Jesus, In Jesus Name Amen! We love you dearly, we stand to lift you up in prayer and cherish our fellowship greatly. God bless you always Dear Saints of Gracious God Community & Fellowship.

Sincerely,

Pastor Lyle Lopez & Your Abundant Harvest Fellowship Philippines Family

God With Us – The Official Publication of AHF Philippines Digital Download

Abundant Harvest Fellowship Philippines Launched its Official Publication on Sunday, January 22, 2012 called: “God With Us.” Today, we are blessed to announce that God With Us will be available for digital download from ahfphilippines.org

Downloading is easy, all you have to do is click the link to the publication date you would like to download and this will take you to a secure server where you would be able to download the publication as a PDF.

Praise God indeed as He empowers His Saints to create this publication to help believers augment their walk, their quiet time as We all focus on God alone and anchor our Hearts to God alone In Jesus Name Amen! To God Be The Glory!

AHF Chronicle Week of January 15

AHF Chronicle Week of January 22-29

AHF Chronicle Week of February 5

Excerpt from “Be Set-Apart” by Pastor Lyle Lopez

As Abundant Harvest Fellowship Philippines continues the series “Keep Calm and Focus on God.” Pastor Lyle Lopez moved to challenge each believer to be set-apart. Understanding the life of two individuals and finding where they went right and where they went wrong; Pastor Lyle speaks to the brethren of AHF Philippines, exhorting them to stand focused on God, anchor their hearts to Him and desire God alone.

The Clip is an excerpt from Pastor Lyle’s Message last Sunday, February 19, 2012:

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“Pure Concentrated Patience” – Pastor Lyle Lopez

Last December and the first few weeks of January, Pastor Lyle Lopez and family visited Abundant Harvest Ministries Crescent City Florida, USA ; the main church of Abundant Harvest Fellowship Philippines. From there, he visited fellow Pastors and believers from partner churches all around Florida to edify, strengthen and encourage the brethren with the word of God. On January 8, 2012 Pastor Lyle visited Pastor Ron Bates and his wonderful church family at Church of God of Prophecy, Ocoee Florida. There Pastor Lyle spoke about the importance of patience in our life as Christians and how crucial it is to shine Patience in its pure, concentrated state since patience is one of the key fruits that we ought to develop as believers, not by our might but by the power and indwelling of God’s spirit in us. Like other fruits, man has tried to fake it but Patience cannot be faked. Because the lack of patience manifests both in and out since the battlefield is not outside but in our own selves. Patience is seen in our moment to moment thus we might triumph in one circumstance and fail in another especially if we think that we can develop patience

Pastor Lyle focused on James 1:2-4:

James 1:2-4
2 Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials,
3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance.
4And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

In every testing, in every trial only then do we develop patience since we are held powerless, circumstances leaves us cornered and bent down. It is at that moment that we seek help from God, and only by seeking and depending on Him alone would we obtain Patience and bear the fruit of Patience in our lives. It is by these trials that we see pure joy in the end as we persevered, not by our own merit but because God blessed us with the patience to face unsurmountable agitation to be the people He called us to be, to be ready for Glory since we passed the testing of sanctification.

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The Danger of Being Desensitized and Falling into Tailor Made Christianity

A certain picture of a shoe repairman is circulating on the web which is making fun of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ; I suggest all saints of AHF Philippines to stand on guard and don’t let the world desensitize your view of the Lord; for what this picture depicts is mockery, blasphemy and to this picture, The Bible states:

Exodus 20:7
7 You shall not use or repeat the name of the Lord your God in vain [that is, lightly or frivolously, in false affirmations or profanely]; for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain

In the guise of wittiness, we mocked the sacrifice of Christ. There is nothing witty, funny or hilarious about the passion of the Sinless in order that we be freed from the curse of the law. I find His sacrifice sacred and I revere that moment since I was changed by His love. To say that there is nothing wrong with it, it’s all fun is to shine our own failing as His ambassadors. We have been desensitized, licentious and have a hit a plateau in our walk with the King. If I may suggest, let us read the gospel, watch the passion once again then let us check this picture and see if anything is wrong with the message it sends. The passage below would tell us everything we ought to know:

Isaiah 53

1 Who has believed our message
and to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?
2 He grew up before him like a tender shoot,
and like a root out of dry ground.
He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him,
nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.
3 He was despised and rejected by mankind,
a man of suffering, and familiar with pain.
Like one from whom people hide their faces
he was despised, and we held him in low esteem.

4 Surely he took up our pain
and bore our suffering,
yet we considered him punished by God,
stricken by him, and afflicted.
5 But he was pierced for our transgressions,
he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was on him,
and by his wounds we are healed.
6 We all, like sheep, have gone astray,
each of us has turned to our own way;
and the LORD has laid on him
the iniquity of us all.

7 He was oppressed and afflicted,
yet he did not open his mouth;
he was led like a lamb to the slaughter,
and as a sheep before its shearers is silent,
so he did not open his mouth.
8 By oppression[a] and judgment he was taken away.
Yet who of his generation protested?
For he was cut off from the land of the living;
for the transgression of my people he was punished.[b]
9 He was assigned a grave with the wicked,
and with the rich in his death,
though he had done no violence,
nor was any deceit in his mouth.

10 Yet it was the LORD’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer,
and though the LORD makes[c] his life an offering for sin,
he will see his offspring and prolong his days,
and the will of the LORD will prosper in his hand.
11 After he has suffered,
he will see the light of life[d] and be satisfied[e];
by his knowledge[f] my righteous servant will justify many,
and he will bear their iniquities.
12 Therefore I will give him a portion among the great,[g]
and he will divide the spoils with the strong,[h]
because he poured out his life unto death,
and was numbered with the transgressors.
For he bore the sin of many,
and made intercession for the transgressors.

Jesus was lashed, beaten, broken, crucified, died in order to save us all; not to be a witty slogan by some guy who desires his picture to be posted; to sell shoes and move for publicity. I wonder where our reverence is, I wonder what we are learning in church, have we grown deeper in Christ or have we fallen into the world once more; is the sacrifice of Christ not real enough to us all that we are okay with this? Or has our belief been tainted; has our walk been but a masquerade? Do we stand to worship or to mock? My heart bleeds to see Christ degraded in such a manner- is this to be our response to His great faithfulness, His amazing love; His amazing grace?

Proverbs 19:29
29 Judgments are prepared for scoffers, and stripes for the backs of [self-confident] fools.

By liking this picture, by standing for it- we are the like the ones who casted lots for Christ’s garments, we are like the ones who mocked and laughed as our King bled on that cross; we are like the men who nailed; beaten and crucified our Lord.

Upon posting a responses to the said picture, we have been met with defense idealisms from fellow believers, seminary students and pastors- stating that it is just a picture, reposting does not entail one to stand with the contents of the said material, let us watch the feelings of the people who posted and so on and so forth.

The problem with christianity today is that; we are happy with the cute, fun loving christianity we have been peddled – no more rebukes, hating sin, movement for sanctification since we find a whole list of justification to give reason to our action. We can smoke, drink, curse, make a display of anger, talk ill of our brethren and mock our Savior; but it’s alright- God’s grace is sufficient. We stand for licentiousness, nothing more- we corrupted the purity of our belief and we wonder why we are made fun of by other belief, creeds and even those who lack a belief. We desire not to be a Christian the way Christ wanted us to live, the way Paul rebuked, the way John encouraged. We want our own take on the subject, our own version- thus a tailor made Christianity is what the world adheres to; no proper response to His greatness for in the end we worry about our feelings instead of God’s sacrifice. We try not to step on toes since we fear losing people, but friends I tell you- worry not for their feelings but be concerned for their souls.

Friends, I pray that we break away from this sorry theology, break away from this idealism and focus on the sacred sacrifice of our King, focus on His tender mercies and His loving kindness. Don’t corrupt its purity by standing with such mockery. Friends, I pray that before we repost, like or even react to the said picture; let us take a moment to think of the repercussions this post could entail- will it edify the brethren or would it stand as a stumbling block; will it glorify God or would it scoff and mock Him? We have been asked to Glorify God in all we do; thus it is not fitting for us to post, repost or like such filth. Let us not justify this picture or defend a weak idealism that is but a dead cause. Let us not become wise in our own hearts that we forget the wisdom of God instead let us continuously ask for wisdom and discernment in all we do; ask God to help us respond to His greatness with reverence, love, filled with wisdom and a contrite heart. In Jesus Name Amen!