Standing Up For Loyalty: Are You Loyal to God and His Redemption?

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Loyal: Faithful to lawful authority; faithful and true, as to faithful to a king or to whom one is subject; unswerving in allegiance. Being true to any person or persons to whom one owes fidelity, especially as a wife to her husband, lovers to each other, and friend to friend; constant; faithful to a cause or a principle.

Are you loyal? Is God the authority in your life? Are you faithful and true to Him? Are you faithful, even as a servant unto their King, pledging to honor that loyalty, even with their own life? Is your allegiance only to God?

Today, Pastor Lyle Lopez will continue our series entitled: “Standing Up For Loyalty” at the Armor Bearers Youth Service @ Napindan Taguig as he shares his message entitled: Are You Loyal To God and His Redemption? This a very important question to answer, and one that has much stock in our walk. How true are we to God? Do we break our oaths? Do we tell God where we want to serve, how we want to serve instead of asking Him- “What service can I do for you Lord?” How true is our salvation? Do we think that regardless of what we do; no matter how wicked we live, because of a simple prayer we are already saved?, how our Christianity? does it stand for truth or licentiousness, does the grace of God truly move us and empower us to stand pleasing and ever repentant to God?

2 Chronicles 16:9 – “For the eyes of the LORD are looking and seeking throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are loyal and fully committed to him.”

Friends, God is seeking for true worshipers, those who will worship Him in Spirit and in truth; question is- are we one of the few who harken to His call? Glory to God for His great faithfulness; His goodness never cease; it is steadfast and long suffering. So come and join us today as we impact our youth, changed lives, make a difference and stand together in unity as we intentionally worship our King in Spirit and in Truth. Praise the Lord!

Live Event: “Sharing The Good News & Taho”

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Abundant Harvest Fellowship Philippines will be hosting a live event later today @ 3:30 PM Entitled: “Sharing The Good News & Taho” @ Napindan, Taguig City; we are standing firm to bless, encourage, edify and bestow the good news to all who will hear as we move to enlighten those who will harken into repentance as we answer the great gift of grace by following Jesus, turning from sin and living up to who we are in Christ; New Creations through Him who strengthens us. We are also blessing all who would harken with taho, a hot flavorful comfort food that is known well among the locals as a treat. It is the heart of this ministry to truly shine God’s light in the community, not just pretending to impact but truly making a difference. We are blessed by our youths and dear members who devote their time to proclaim the gospel, going offline completely from the things of this world and being connected to the great call God has set in our lives.

If you are in the neighborhood- you most welcome to join us; and we hope that you may stand in prayer for us as we preach the gospel of Jesus Christ to all. Thank you so much and have a blessed day!

June 2013 Scheduling for Speakers, Emcees & Worship Leaders

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June 2013

June 2
Speaker: Pastor Lyle Lopez
Emcee: Pastor Akeem Lumongsod
Announcements: Pastor Lyle Lopez
Worship Leader: Pastor Akeem Lumongsod

June 9
Speaker: Pastor Lyle Lopez
Emcee: Bro. Mario Mañosca
Announcements: Pastor Akeem Lumongsod
Worship Leaders: Pastor Lyle Lopez, Sis. Idonnah Villarico, Sis. Tess Babasa, Pastor Akeem Lumongsod

June 16
Speaker: Pastor Lyle Lopez & Bro. Rommel Villarico
Emcee: Bro. Jason Discipulo
Announcements: Bro. Jason Discipulo
Worship Leader: Sis. Ashly Manosca & Sis. Aina Manosca

June 23
Speaker: Pastor Lyle Lopez
Emcee: Bro. Mario Manosca
Announcements: Pastor Lyle Lopez
Worship Leaders: Bro. Winchaell Villarico & Sis. Idonnah Villarico

June 30
Speaker: Bro. Mario Manosca
Emcee: Pastor Lyle Lopez
Announcements: Pastor Lyle Lopez
Worship Leaders: Sis. Tess Babasa & Pastor Lyle Lopez

Kindly acknowledge all musicians, speakers, emcees and worship leaders who stand with and truly worship God in Spirit and in Truth. God bless!

May 2013: Most Valuable Sharers and The Sharer of the Month

At the Youth Ministry of Abundant Harvest Fellowship Philippines called the Armor Bearers, we stand to encourage our youths to go out and share the Good News that the Kingdom of God may be preached as we proclaim His steadfast love, His great faithfulness, His immeasurable grace and the singular response which is complete repentance as we stand to please our King. We are blessed to see our dear third generation Armor Bearers, the best; God focused generation as they stand to serve, not to be served. In an address last April 26, Pastor Lyle Lopez challenged every Armor Bearer to proclaim the gospel and stand up to draw people to become New Creations through Jesus Christ, not by just praying a simple prayer but by supernaturally being transformed in mind, heart and spirit by the grace of God. Glory to God as we have seen our youths work tirelessly to proclaim the good news, setting more time in preaching the word of God than pursuing meaningless exploits. As the month of May comes to a close, we would like to share with you the tally for the Most Valuable Sharers and the Sharer of the Month as we ask for your prayers and support that we may continue to shine God’s light to all, In Jesus Name Amen!

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Glory to God for the Third Generation Armor Bearers, The Youth Ministry Who Bears Much Fruit!

A Joyous Pentecost Sunday

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Last May 19, 2013- The Brethren and I celebrated Pentecost Sunday in Abundant Harvest Fellowship Philippines. Now many who might read this may wonder as to why celebrate Pentecost, or even question the meaning of Pentecost thus I was led by the Holy Spirit to share with a particular 3 point message that drives the point across as to why we ought to celebrate this Joyous day.

Probably the first question that comes to mind is: what is Pentecost? To understand the great meaning of this day; let’s catch up on its context; When our Lord Jesus Christ Resurrected; he spent forty days fellowshipping with his disciples; preparing them for their ministry, strengthening them and praying with them as found in Luke 24:39-43. Just imagine the joy of fellowshipping with the Risen Christ in His glorified body; but despite the joy of being with the Lord- it cannot last for Jesus must ascend to the Father and establish his everlasting reign by receiving, as the God-man, all dominion, power, and authority (Luke 24:44–51) Watching Jesus ascend to heaven (Acts 1:11), the disciples must have felt an immediate sense of loss, the Master whom they wept over in death, who they rejoiced over at His resurrection has now ascended to His throne. But Jesus steadied them with an important promise found in

Acts 1:5 -“you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”

So, on the seventh day after the ascension, we find the disciples gathered in Jerusalem, praying, waiting, and celebrating the Feast of Weeks. This important annual festival was observed on the seventh Sabbath after Passover. At the conclusion of Passover, the first sheaf of the barley harvest would be offered before God in the temple, anticipating the greater harvest that was to follow in the summer. On the fiftieth day after Passover (Pentecost comes from the Greek word for fifty), all Israel would come to the temple in Jerusalem to celebrate in God’s presence in memory of Israel’s deliverance from Egyptian bondage as found in Deuteronomy 16:9-12; Now in Acts 2:2-4, Luke tells us that when the disciples were gathered together on the day of the Pentecost; “suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.”
This stood as the validation of the great commission set forth by Christ and the fulfillment of His promise that the Holy Spirit will come upon the disciples and all flesh as the gospel was declared in every tongue that all may hear the Redemption set forth by our Savior.

Peter then explains the miracles as the fulfillment of God’s word in Acts 2:16-18; he states- “This is what was uttered through the prophet Joel: “And in the last days it shall be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams; even on my male servants and female servants in those days I will pour out my Spirit, and they shall prophesy.”

Pentecost is not a movement, organization, denomination, it is not a religion but it stands as the day the helper came, baptizing those who stood firm in God’s truth, anointing and blessing Jesus’ disciples with the gifting they need to spread the Good News and finally the testament and proof that utter the most profound statement in the great commission; Not Go, or make disciples but more so the promise uttered by Christ; understand that no matter how much we go; if Christ is not with us; If His presence is not upon us; we are powerless but Pentecost affirms the promise that empowers us to spread the good news; in Matthew 28:20 – “..And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Thus I would define Pentecost as the day when each Christian never stood alone for God is with us as His grace stands sufficient; for even in our weakness; we proclaim His greatness; as we stand to witness His great faithfulness unfold in our lives by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit in us all. Thus we celebrate, for this is the day the Lord has made; this is the day of affirmation as we shine His light to all by abiding in Him.

In John 16:13-14 we understand who the Holy Spirit is; “But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. He will glorify me because it is from me that he will receive what he will make known to you.”

The completion of God’s glorification is set not by the workings of man but by the power of the Holy Spirit whom Christ has sent to guide us to all the truth; the greatest gifting we received in this day of Pentecost is His presence that dwells in all who stand obedient and trusting to Him. That is why it is imperative to celebrate this day; first because Pentecost is the fulfillment of Jesus’ Promise to never forsake His own; the fulfillment of this promise was the outpouring of gifts from the Holy Spirit to the disciples then and to us today such as the gift of utterance such as Prophecies, tongues and its interpretation, gifts of power such as healing, faith and miracles and the gift of revelation; such as a word of wisdom, revelation and discernment. Unless we have the Holy Spirit in us; we cannot accomplish the great task set by God in our lives; unless we have the Holy Spirit in us; we were not saved nor redeemed in the first place.

Second, Pentecost launched the global proclamation of the Gospel, the death of Christ and His resurrection signaled the first fruits of God’s victory over sin and death; and at the outpouring of the Holy Spirit; Pentecost signals the great harvest to come; today friends we are witnesses to such a harvest as we stand on the march to draw the lost back to the King and finally the third reason for such a celebration is- Pentecost signals the coming fuller restoration and greater celebration as found in another striking promise in Joel 2:25:27“I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten, the hopper, the destroyer, and the cutter, my great army, which I sent among you. You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied, and praise the name of the Lᴏʀᴅ your God, who has dealt wondrously with you. And my people shall never again be put to shame. You shall know that I am in the midst of Israel, and that I am the Lᴏʀᴅ your God and there is none else. And my people shall never again be put to shame.”

That in itself is the fullest expression of the coming days of glory when God shall wipe of every tear from the former things have past away, behold all things are new. Thus friends we rejoice this day as we stand witnesses to such exciting times; when our King comes and flies us home. But till that day I call to you dear brethren to cleave to the King of Kings, never yield nor weaken but stand strong as we recalibrate our Christianity and refocus our hearts and minds to Christ alone as we quicken into our hearts our need for His presence. Know that we are called to live holy, righteous and true; we are called to do great work for God but this call was never intended to be done by our waning strength but by acknowledging our need for the Holy Spirit to bring upon us great revival, A great renewal that restores unto us the joy of our salvation as we stand to see things with spiritual eyes; to see each test as an avenue to create a testimony, to turn each trial to a praise report and to respond to every hardship with pure joy as we are chiseled to perfection by the workings of endurance as we cleave to our King.