Give Thanks to The Lord: Happy Thanksgiving Dear Saints!

Give Thanks To the Lord for He is Good as we celebrate Thanksgiving. Yet maybe some of us may yet be aware of the origins of this holiday and the overall message that we ought to apply in our everyday life in regards to shining a thankful heart. Thus, we’d like to give you a brief history on the subject thus ending it with a greeting from our Senior Pastor as we here in AHFI stand to give thanks for all and everything. For in victory or defeat, in harvest or drought, in sadness or joy- we ought to give thanks.

Habakkuk 3:17-18 – “Though the fig tree should not blossom And there be no fruit on the vines, Though the yield of the olive should fail And the fields produce no food, Though the flock should be cut off from the fold And there be no cattle in the stalls, Yet I will exult in the LORD, I will rejoice in the God of my salvation.”


A Brief History of Thanksgiving

Almost every culture in the world has held celebrations of thanks for a plentiful harvest. The American Thanksgiving holiday began as a feast of thanksgiving in the early days of the American colonies almost four hundred years ago.

In 1620, a boat filled with more than one hundred people sailed across the Atlantic Ocean to settle in the New World. This religious group had begun to question the beliefs of the Church of England and they wanted to separate from it. The Pilgrims settled in what is now the state of Massachusetts. Their first winter in the New World was difficult. They had arrived too late to grow many crops, and without fresh food, half the colony died from disease. The following spring the Iroquois Indians taught them how to grow corn (maize), a new food for the colonists. They showed them other crops to grow in the unfamiliar soil and how to hunt and fish.

In the autumn of 1621, bountiful crops of corn, barley, beans and pumpkins were harvested. The colonists had much to be thankful for, so a feast was planned. They invited the local Indian chief and90 Indians. The Indians brought deer to roast with the turkeys and other wild game offered by the colonists. The colonists had learned how to cook cranberries and different kinds of corn and squash dishes from the Indians. To this first Thanksgiving, the Indians had even brought popcorn.

In following years, many of the original colonists celebrated the autumn harvest with a feast of thanks. After the United States became an independent country, Congress recommended one yearly day of thanksgiving for the whole nation to celebrate. George Washington suggested the date November 26 as Thanksgiving Day. Then in 1863, at the end of a long and bloody civil war, Abraham Lincoln asked all Americans to set aside the last Thursday in November as a day of thanksgiving.

Psalm 77:11 “I will remember the deeds of the Lord; yes, I will remember your wonders of old.”

A Message from The Head Pastor of Abundant Harvest Fellowship International

To My Dear Family and Friends, My brothers and sisters @ Abundant Harvest Fellowship International, Abundant Harvest Ministries; I would like to greet everyone a Happy Thanks Giving, Truly we have so much to be thankful for as another year draws to a close and a New Year springs forth. God is so gracious as He moves in our lives to empower, enlighten, strengthen and guide each heart, mind, soul to His calling. From the breath of life we hold dear, the mornings that we enjoy; the friends who keeps us smiling, and the family we cherish dearly- we must be thankful, We should be Thankful.

Psalm 136:1 states” “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever.”

Indeed, it is His love that gave life to us all, His love that gave us purpose, His love the helps us endure and His love that gave us salvation. His faithfulness stands thus we Give Thanks for these blessings, having a heart of gratitude to celebrate was has been given, cherish our relationships and strengthen our bonds of fellowship as we cleave to Christ alone.

Lamentations 3:22-23 states: Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.

In this verse, it is explained how each morning is suppose to be filled with Thanksgiving, filled with gratefulness for man in all his subtleties have not wisdom; we think we hold our destiny, have command of each breath; captains of our fate- master’s of our soul yet we live in borrowed time; temporary as the dew in the morning yet God’s love upholds us, guides us and empowers us to reach the peak of our destiny; not by our might but by cleaving to His truth empowered by His grace. Thus Be Thankful, Be intentional in being grateful and celebrate this day and each day with a new found appreciation for this gift we call: Life by cleaving to His truth, turning away from Sin and proclaiming the Lordship of Jesus Christ in each aspect of our existence.
In Jesus Name Amen! – Pastor Lyle “L.A.” Lopez and your AHFi Family

Delighting in God: Fear the Lord and Serve Him

Joshua 24:14 – “Now therefore fear the LORD and serve him in sincerity and in faithfulness. Put away the gods that your fathers served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the LORD.”

The question today is simple, do you serve the Lord sincerely and faithfully to a point that He is the first in our hearts and minds when we wake up and the last when we lie down? That we take such joy in serving Him, in reading His word and simply fellowshipping with Him? Do we stand to fear the Lord that in every aspect of our existence, we desire to please Him from our usage of the resources He bestowed on us to our time. How is our reading, is it continues; haphazardly placed or shaky? Such are the questions when we stand in service to the King, it might be so that the busyness of the day is the idol we worship thus it is time to choose. We can’t split our hearts in two; it is either we serve God or hunger to sate our carnality. Friend, now is the time to decide; but know this; if you choose one- you must stand for your choice to the end- you can’t swim in two streams: the Lord comes to us and desires that we singularly focus on Him since through Him is a life, a hope and a
Future. If you are truly regenerated, called and elected- then the choice is not so much a matter of making it but a matter of standing by it. But if you are still wondering on what to choose or have been problematic with your life in the Spirit; then it is time to check ones salvation.

Hope you standing regenerated in all aspect of our existence. Have a blessed day – Pastor Lyle Lopez

Spiritual Check Up: What Are Your High Places?

1 Kings 3:3 – “Solomon showed his love for the Lord by walking according to the instructions given him by his father David, except that he offered sacrifices and burned incense on the high places.”

What are your High Places?

High Places: The opposition to the high places had many motives. When used for the worship of other gods their objectionable character is obvious, but even the worship of Yahweh in the high places was intermixed with heathen practices (Hosea 4:14, etc.). In Amos 5:21-24, etc., sacrifice in the high places is denounced because it is regarded as a substitute for righteousness in exactly the same way that sacrifice in the Temple is denounced in Jeremiah 7:21-24. Or, sacrifice in the high places may be denounced under the best of conditions, because in violation of the law of the one sanctuary (2 Chronicles 33:17, etc.).

Answer: High places, very simply, were places of worship on elevated pieces of ground or raised altars in low land such as a valley. High places were originally dedicated to idol worship (Numbers 33:52; Leviticus 26:30) especially among the Moabites (Isaiah 16:12). These shrines often included an altar and a sacred object such as a stone pillar or wooden pole in various shapes, identifying with the object of worship (animals, constellations, goddesses and fertility deities).

High Place: is the highest peak where you put up your idol above the rest.

Exodus 20:3-6 – “You shall have no other gods before me. “You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing steadfast love to thousands of those who love me and keep my commandments.

God wants us to worship Him in Truth and in Spirit, though we offer tangible offerings to God, He rather have us worship Him with our Obedience and undivided heart.Our Allegiance and Loyalty to Him alone is what God deserves.

1Samuel 15:22 – “But Samuel replied: “Does the LORD delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the LORD? To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams.”

Question: In your steadfast walk with God, how many times have you slipped away and realize that you are clinging back again to a particular desire, want, habit, sin , thought patterns, ambitions, plans that you know is getting into the way of your service to God? These are your carved idols that you subconsciously or consciously put above God, your so-called High Place.

Pure Daily Devotional: Day 11

John 14:6 – “Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

There is only one way to heaven! It is only through Jesus Christ

1. Way- Heaven bound
2.Truth- Gospel ( The Voice of Truth)
3.Life- Everlasting


Romans 10:9-11
– “If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. As Scripture says, “Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.”

Question: Friend, If you were to die today, do you know without a doubt that your name is written in God’s Book of Life and that you would go to heaven? Are you saved? Do you want to be saved and have eternal life with Jesus Christ in Heaven

Typhoon Yolanda: A Call To Prayer

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Dear Saints,

Peace be with you, the onslaught of Typhoon Yolanda has brought forth destruction and severe loss of life in the Philippines. Many of our countrymen have lost love ones, homes and livelihood. In this note, I call forth each one to stand in prayer for our brethren who suffered from this calamity, may God’s light comfort them and grant them peace. May this storm also stand to awaken many to come to know the Lord Jesus Christ and seek Him alone. I am also encouraging everyone to shine love and turn it to action by supporting the relief operation for those who have been victimized by this storm. AHFi’s doors are open to any donation which we shall bring to Sagip Kapamilya in order to bless our countrymen. May God bless you and may His light shine upon you as you seek Him and exude His goodness to all. Have a blessed day!

Sincerely,

Pastor Lyle Lopez

The Supremacy of Christ as He Builds His Church: AHFi’s 3rd Year Anniversary

“I believe in the sovereignty of God over salvation, because I know that the conversion of a man is an absolute impossibility.”

The above statement came from one of the firebrands of sound theology who has worked tirelessly to turn the hearts of true believers back to the purity of biblical teaching, his name is Pastor Paul Washer. This quotation struck to the heart of AHFi and its helm of leadership for it centers on a forgotten concept in modern day Christianity; the absolute sovereignty of our Lord Jesus Christ who due to unsound doctrine has been viewed only as a savior but not as Lord. The disease of modern day Christianity is the idolatry of its decisionism. The heretical view of being saved by our acceptance of Jesus Christ instead of focusing on the supremacy of God who called unto the elect to salvation not by some heartfelt prayer no matter how sincere but by the true conversion of ones heart through the power of the Holy Spirit thus turning a person from sin, calling him or her to repentance as they walk in the newness of life in Christ Jesus.

Anyone can plant a church or build up a bible study, as anyone could take on the title of pastor by simply enrolling in various seminaries; but a true church is not built by human hands nor is the calling of Pastor set to a person by simply getting a degree in theology. To plant a true church requires true conversion. To become a true pastor calls for true conversion. Standing up in ministry takes more than just reading a few books, sounding knowledgeable in debates and having a tenure of 30 years or more in the christian faith. That does not cut it; what matters is true conversion, standing up for what is right; suffering for the truth and living solely for Christ’s lordship.

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This is not to state that upon accomplishing such requirements, planting a church or heeding the call to Pastorship becomes easy; for if your faith is true- ministry is never easy but the present testings and tribulations causes us to develop endurance; and because of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit no matter the storm one faces; there is irrevocable joy to press on for we do this not for ourselves, nor for ego sake; we plant, we build, we serve to proclaim the supremacy of Christ; to confess His lordship and in that. We are much satisfied for Christ is glorified in our victory or in our suffering, in our living or in our dying.

It was a wonderful day last October 20, 2013 when such a church who stood its ground and proclaimed the lordship of Christ in the heart of Quezon city celebrated its 3rd year anniversary. Abundant Harvest Fellowship International, a missionary church from Crescent city, Florida which opened its doors in the Philippines on October 10, 2010.

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Pastor Lyle L.A. Lopez, a missionary from Florida and the senior pastor of AHFi recounts the journey each of the faithful saints have treaded. Each hardship they faced together to reach this 3rd year milestone.

“AHFi started with a vision, to plant a church that stood solely to uphold the truth of the gospel, in a world filled with misconstrued idealism and pseudo Christianity; our prayer was simple: plant Your church our King; draw true believers to this place, fill us with Your anointing and may we please you. I still remember the clattering of benches in SNR Fort Bonifacio where a handful of believers with my family made a covenant to God to plant A church and obey Him completely. Like many beginnings, everything started out well- we rented a space in Back to the Bible where we held Sunday service thus impacting the community. Trouble began to brew when our ministry faced oppression from the said christian organization which threw us out on the street. I can’t tell you how painful it was to see the state of christianity in the Philippines, where the vision is to compete instead of to complete. We tried to find a space to worship, our outcry to God was simple- Lord all we want is to worship you; please lead us to Your place that we may glorify You even in this trial.”

Pastor Lyle and his family searched through Quezon City yet could not find a space due to many business owners who disdained the idealism of being born-again. It was then that God granted them the wisdom and discernment to plant the church in his family’s ancestral home. After a few days of preparation, AHF reopened its doors in Dalisay Ext. West Triangle homes.


“The church bloomed in the Place, God is good and with that God began several ministries under AHF such as Harvest Groups; the Wednesday night service at AHFi, the youth ministry called the Armor Bearers, the Men and Women’s ministry and the Helps Initiative. Soon we saw members flock in our door, we never stood for big churches since our desire is to plant a small church with several campuses since the Pastor should know his congregants by name. The member should not be just a face in the crowd but a person whom the Pastor encourages, prays for and rebukes if need be.”

Pastor Lyle being a former child star and celebrity was constantly featured by different television shows and networks. His story was what they wanted; what he gave them was something else- not his story but God’s great work in his life.

“Glory to God, once the church focuses on a persona; it is not a church anymore but a social gathering of sorts with Christ as a vague footnote. That is something we would not allow, it should always be less of us and more of Him.”

In the midst of joy came trials pressed on by members of the flock who viewed God as an atm machine, or genie instead of Lord. There was no true conversion in their hearts but a vague belief that by sincerity; they were saved.

“When you hear of a testimony of change, such joy fills your heart- sadly not all who profess change actually changes. Not all who call themselves believers are actually believers. It boils down to the evidences of their faith. My family, our leadership and myself devoted every waking moment and at times even in late nights to early mornings to resolve personal issues, try to reason with them and pray for them. Sadly, many do not know how to respond to kindness. We opened our home to them but they worked to destroy what God has planted here. I pity them since there was no true conversion in them, they just went through the motion. Yes they served, they prayed and cried on the altar; but there was no change in their lives.”

Some of the former members turned to direct rebellion to a point of even working to destroy the current partnerships that AHFi had with an outreach church in the provinces who benefited greatly from AHF’s projects, activities and support.

“It was a tough time, we felt alone- my mother who is truly focused in God cried out and said; even if the only ones to remain are the 4 of us; we would press on with the work God entrusted. It is painful to see God’s truth become maligned by wolves in sheep’s clothing but at the end of the day; all you can do is trust in the Lord and be still in His truth.”

Many who formed the rebellion stood for easy believism; a heretical standpoint that licenses christians to sin since when sin abounds, grace abounds even more. They stood for the Once saved always Saved doctrine that promoted the viewpoint that regardless if you continue sinning; you were saved. Pastor Lyle who devoted 2 years in preaching sound doctrine was surprised to hear such a standpoint. His father, Bro. Rommel Villarico who stood as the church’s elder for doctrinal studies was appalled upon learning of the idealism that grace is unlimited for those who practice unlimited sinning. The rebellion worsened when the people who incited such a thing professed that lordship salvation is a cult like idealism.

“These people readily view Christ as savior but never as Lord; for if they did- their actions would have been to edify the brethren, to strengthen the church of Christ not tear it down because of egotism and pride. I do not despise or hate the, I pity them for they chose the broad road instead of treading the narrow path; thus to work your salvation with fear and trembling.”

In this difficult time, Pastor Lyle, His family, Youth Pastor Akeem Lumongsod and a handful of true believers stood in prayer and pressed on the work God entrusted. What happened next was the New Beginning God purposed in the opening of the Napindan Campus of AHF in Taguig. The campus started out as a youth outreach under the headship of Bro. Mario and Sis. Aleta Manosca. Their desire was to impact the youths in their neighborhood who has regressed to profanity, stealing and disobedience. Pastor Akeem Lumongsod heeded the call to come each Friday to share the word of God. What began as an outreach became the main branch for the Youth Ministry. Pastor Lyle Lopez then held core bible studies after the youth service. AHFi who was known for their wonderful activities and events took a step back from all that and focused on one simple thing: to share God’s word, impact lives and put love in action.

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God’s hand moved for the Saints of AHFi who began Sunday Services in Napindan. They also held monthly outreaches to Gawad Kalingga, a government housing facility for the impoverished citizens of the Philippines. The vision came to them to plant a campus in Napindan with the creation of the Upper Room, a sanctuary overlooking The community where the youth services would be held and Sunday services would be accomplished.


“Hallelujah to God’s great faithfulness, God has planted through us the upper room situated in Napindan Taguig, a newly constructed house of worship. All glory to Him!”

God’s goodness truly shown, what the enemy meant for evil; God has turned for good. He sifted through the field of AHF and purged the Tares that inhabited alongside the wheat. He quelled the weeds and replaced them with generation of believers who truly sought to glorify God.

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“That is why the 3rd year of AHFi means so much to us who remain; it signifies the end of an age of strife, disobedience and rebellion and signals the beginning of an era of complete obedience and truth. This is not because of a program we have set or some strategy to tie the people to this church; no- it is simply because all of us proclaim Christ’s Lordship. No one can truly proclaim Christ’s Lordship if the Holy Spirit does not dwell in them; praise God that He has sent forth the Holy Spirit in our midst and filled all of us with such an anointing to cleave to scripture thus proclaiming the Lordship of Jesus Christ by the indwelling of God’s Holy Spirit.”

1 Corinthians 12:3 “Therefore I want you to understand that no one speaking in the Spirit of God ever says “Jesus is accursed!” and no one can say “Jesus is Lord” except in the Holy Spirit.”

“We stand by the truth that we are slaves to Christ’s righteousness thus we will not do anything that goes against His will. This is an age of the renewal of our covenant to proclaim Christ’s lordship in our lives no matter the cost. We will follow, we will obey and regardless of the dry ground we tread upon, despite the birds that might devour the seed we have been called to plant; we will continue sowing not for us, nor for some misplaced idea of legacy- all this, our lives, our everything is to glorify our King!”

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AHFi, now in its 4th upcoming year stands as a beacon of God truth in the heart of the Philippines as each Pastor, leader and teacher that has been called to service in this ministry stands to proclaim the truth of God’s goodness one verse at a time by the power of the Holy Spirit thus confessing and professing Christ in their walk moment by moment. Glory to God for His great faithfulness that shines in the church He planted.