Letter From The Senior Pastor: Is Jesus Truly The Lord of Your Life?

Dear Saint,

I’ve noticed a sudden influx of churches proclaiming Lordship; though it might sound wonderful at first; many of these actually stand for easy believism or free grace which is a far cry from sound doctrine; putting it plainly blatant heresy. Remember saints; it is easy to stamp lordship in a message, event or gathering but what really makes it Lordship is the fruit bore in church and in the lives of those who proclaim the Lordship of Christ. Radical Christianity does not mean a tattoo of a scripture verse you like in one arm while randomly proclaiming the gospel in your spare time. Radical Christianity and Lordship Salvation is founded in the newness of life in Christ, completely reformed; not cooperating but firmly submitting; standing as slaves to righteousness in Christ Jesus as we meditate on His word day and night; seeking His truth in all and everything. Lordship means we don’t expand by man made means; but we move forward with God’s hand adding to our number daily. Thus before we state we proclaim Lordship; check your bible reading, check your quiet time, check the preachers you listen to, the church you are part off and test the spirit. Lordship is not a trend, Lordship is simply standing by Bible founded truth. Lordship is when a person hit rock bottom, saw the error of his/her ways- REPENTED, saved through divine election to Sin no more since we stand regenerated by God’s Holy Spirit. Lordship is not a process, its instantaneous. Lordship is not just attending every Sunday or having a hulabaloo party of a youth ministry- Lordship is Serious since Lordship is Life! So before stamping Lordship; ask yourself- Is Jesus Truly The Lord of Your Life?

1 John 4:1-6 – 4 Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world. 2 By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, 3 and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you heard was coming and now is in the world already. 4 Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. 5 They are from the world; therefore they speak from the world, and the world listens to them. 6 We are from God. Whoever knows God listens to us; whoever is not from God does not listen to us. By this we know the Spirit of truth and the spirit of error.

Hope you are standing regenerated in all aspect of our existence, Truly proclaiming the Lordship of Christ. Have a blessed day – Pastor Lyle Lopez

Light Talk: 3 Points of Solid Wisdom and Lessons in Humility

In my 10 year journey with my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ I am in Awe of how He positioned me where He thinks is the rightful place for me. God’s Grace made it all clear to me as an elect and set apart for His calling, I understand now that I cannot do as I please. Every inch of movement, every thought, every plan I take I have to surrender unto my Lord. And this is where Lordship Salvation makes it all different with what professing Christians view Lordship is.

More often than not, the more I desire something for myself, I doubt in my heart if this is what my Lord wants for me. I cleave to Him to examine my heart and know His perfect will and not His permissive will for me. If I become insistent of what I just want and move ahead nagging God’s of His permissive will until it manifests, I would not have a clue of how to handle it or at least trouble shoot if it turns out bad in the process. Sometimes the easiest things to accomplish are not of His will. Even if I believe that I can afford to buy something, the more I am finicky to actually purchase it. thus, the more I inquire of God if He wants it for me. There are situations when I believe I should merit something or be given recognition from it, but I stop right there and then and inquire of Him first. The spirit man in me rebukes me, humbles and disciplines me and I’m stirred up by the Holy Spirit not to be assuming. God knows when to reward us. He knows the appointed time of when he will recognized us and be exalted by others and not of our own making.

Have you experienced scrolling on your facebook and suddenly you see your friends and co-workers , co-servants in ministry having a party and you were singled out, as no one invited you to join in. What would your reaction be? Would you dress up and rush in to go and attend as you please without inquiring? Would you sulk in to a pity party and feel sorry for yourself? Or simply trust God with much humility and tell yourself that the host of the party would have invited you if he wants you to be there in the first place. The spirit man in us will keep us secure and not be presumptuous of anything. The spirit man in us will not allow us to go before anything for the sake of our pleasure or displeasure. The golden rule is “Inquire of God ” in prayer. As it is fit to inquire from the authority placed under us. The faithful characters of the Bible always inquired of God and the authority placed under them. The prophets, King David, Joseph and the most faithful servants of God who valued Reverential Fear Of God.

It is always God who will go before us, not us going before God’s will, and the authority placed under us who takes the initiative to decide for the common good.

Here are the 3 solid wisdom and lessons in humility learned in my 10 years of being a follower of Jesus Christ and submitting to His Lordship.

1. Lean not on your own
understanding.

2. Don’t go before God / Do not go before your authority.

3. Inquire of God / ask, before for actinging upon it. Ask permission / seek discernment.

4.Put things in order. Always work in an orderly fashion.

5. Above all, pray without ceasing. In and out of season.


Proverbs 3:5

Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;

Judges 18:5-6
They said to him, “Inquire of God, please, that we may know whether our way on which we are going will be prosperous.” The priest said to them, “Go in peace; your way in which you are going has the LORD’S approval.”

Deuteronomy 31:8

The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”

1 Corinthians 14:33,40
But all things must be done properly and in an orderly manner.
For God is not a God of disorder but of pe

ace – as in all the congregations of the Lord’s people.

Love in Action: AHFi’s Medical Mission, Feeding Program & Medical Mission

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Good Day Dear Saints,

Peace be with you, Truly God is good as we see the fruition of our mission work at Napindan, Taguig . We recently celebrated our 1st Year Anniversary for missions at Napindan. Truly God is good as we witnessed His faithfulness unfold with the opening of our Taguig Campus lovingly named the Upper Room set at the heart of Napindan. It is by God’s goodness that we have been able to hold weekly Dawnwatch service at the new campus, our weekly Armor Bearers Resilient which is the youth ministry of our church set every Friday, and a monthly Main worship at 3 PM every 3rd Sunday.

All this began with a handful of believers who sought to impact the lives of their fellowmen in their neighborhood, the faith to move mountains and the power of God’s Holy spirit that was the driving force to begin missions in Napindan.

Matthew 25:40 states – “Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me”

This is all possible by the grace of God and the strong passion for the gospel that we see in the saints of AHFi. Though we are a small church; the arm of God through our missions has extended through to impact lives and bless others. I’ve witnessed my dear brethren cook and prepare wonderful dishes to bless the least of our brethren; more so the fire to share the gospel is burning without fail by the power of the Holy Spirit.

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Many residents of Napindan, Taguig are but simple people who due to their impoverished state and circumstance have fallen out through the journey of life. Many in their past lives have resorted to crime, and activities that are less savory in nature. Upon given a second chance, these people have shown a desire to renew their ways with resilience to begin well. Our desire is not just to see a change that might one day waver; our desire is to see them stand as New Creations not by might nor power but by the Spirit of God. Thus the mission work is crucial in this part of the Philippines.

Romans 10:13-15 “For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!”

Many missionaries would go to the ends of the earth to share the truth of God’s word and His kindness but most of the time we overlook the specific need of missions in our own backyard, in our own community, in the lives of our family, friends and neighbors. Thus we in AHF international would like to strengthen another wing of the ministry God has entrusted us called: Abundant Harvest Missions.

The primary focus of this organization is to strengthen the body of Christ to impact lives in their own country, in their own communities.

James 2:14-18 “What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.”

The work to heal, to bless and to impact has already began a few months back – but to formally launch this God focused endeavor; we would like to hold our 2nd Medical Mission, Feeding Program and Sharing the Gospel on July 26, 2014 which will be held in the Baranggay Hall at Napindan, Taguig.

Isaiah 58:10“If you pour yourself out for the hungry and satisfy the desire of the afflicted, then shall your light rise in the darkness and your gloom be as the noonday.”

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With this note; I would like to give you a chance to impact lives in the comfort of your own homes. I know that many are called to missions; and some have the capacity and heart to go where God has led them; but to some who are miles away or due to work could not set a time to join us- I’d like to offer you a Christmas album which has been produced with missions at heart. This particular album is a blessed compilation of the best Christmas classics that moves the soul, empowers the spirit and touches the heart.

Twelve Day’s of Christmas is a 12 track album that consists of 8 classical pieces, one original piece by Idonnah Villarico entitled: Reason for the Season, a quiet time rendition of Silent Night and an illuminating rendition of Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring sang by yours truly.

12 Days of Christmas

Get your digital copy today that you and your family may experience the blessing of such a God focused, Christ centered, Holy Spirit empowered musical masterpiece. As you are blessed, you stand to be a blessing since proceeds of this album goes to the feeding program and medical missions of Abundant Harvest Fellowship International which will be held on July 26, 2014 in Napindan, Taguig with a continues schedule set for various areas in the Philippines where the ministry of help, love and truth needs to be shone. By purchasing this album, you are already partnering to change lives, make a difference and turn the hearts of the people back to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Thus dear friends, the opportunity to serve God and impact our fellowman need not wait. We are inviting you to come join us, those who are able to come and help out in this mission work we hope to launch; to those who would like to help in kind, or for donations; you may contact us in this website which will be setting a link for the mission of helps in the foreseeable future. Finally to those would like to impact lives and get great music with a purpose; Twelve Days of Christmas is available via digital distribution @ Cdbaby.com-

  • http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/rommelvillarico
  • iTunes, Amazon and other music distribution sites that have partnered with us in this Christ centered endeavor. I hope that God will touch your heart and help us impact lives and make a difference in Gawad Kalinga and other parts of the Philippines that hungers for kindness, hungers for love and hungers for God.

    God bless you and your family!

    Sincerely,

    Pastor Lyle Lopez
    Head Pastor of AHF International
    Missionary from Abundant Harvest Ministries/ COGOP

    The Distinctives of Lordship Salvation

    What is Lordship Salvation?

    The gospel that Jesus proclaimed was a call to discipleship, a call to follow him in submissive obedience, not just a plea to make a decision or pray a prayer. Jesus’ message liberated people from the bondage of their sin while it confronted and condemned hypocrisy. It was an offer of eternal life and forgiveness for repentant sinners, but at the same time it was a rebuke to outwardly religious people whose lives were devoid of true righteousness. It put sinners on notice that they must turn from sin and embrace God’s righteousness.

    Our Lord’s words about eternal life were invariably accompanied by warnings to those who might be tempted to take salvation lightly. He taught that the cost of following him is high, that the way is narrow and few find it. He said many who call him Lord will be forbidden from entering the kingdom of heaven (cf. Matt. 7:13-23).

    Present-day evangelicalism, by and large, ignores these warnings. The prevailing view of what constitutes saving faith continues to grow broader and more shallow, while the portrayal of Christ in preaching and witnessing becomes fuzzy. Anyone who claims to be a Christian can find evangelicals willing to accept a profession of faith, whether or not the person’s behavior shows any evidence of commitment to Christ. In this way, faith has become merely an intellectual exercise. Instead of calling men and women to surrender to Christ, modern evangelism asks them only to accept some basic facts about Him.

    This shallow understanding of salvation and the gospel, known as “easy-believism,” stands in stark contrast to what the Bible teaches. To put it simply, the gospel call to faith presupposes that sinners must repent of their sin and yield to Christ’s authority. This, in a nutshell, is what is commonly referred to as lordship salvation.


    The Distinctives of Lordship Salvation

    There are many articles of faith that are fundamental to all evangelical teaching. For example, there is agreement among all believers on the following truths: (1) Christ’s death purchased eternal salvation; (2) the saved are justified by grace through faith in Christ alone; (3) sinners cannot earn divine favor; (4) God requires no preparatory works or pre-salvation reformation; (5) eternal life is a gift of God; (6) believers are saved before their faith ever produces any righteous works; and (7) Christians can and do sin, sometimes horribly.

    What, then, are the distinctives of lordship salvation? What does Scripture teach that is embraced by those who affirm lordship salvation but rejected by proponents of “easybelievism”? The following are nine distinctives of a biblical understanding of salvation and the gospel.

    First, Scripture teaches that the gospel calls sinners to faith joined in oneness with repentance (Acts 2:38; 17:30; 20:21; 2 Pet. 3:9). Repentance is a turning from sin (Acts 3:19; Luke 24:47) that consists not of a human work but of a divinely bestowed grace (Acts 11:18; 2 Tim. 2:25). It is a change of heart, but genuine repentance will effect a change of behavior as well (Luke 3:8; Acts 26:18-20). In contrast, easy-believism teaches that repentance is simply a synonym for faith and that no turning from sin is required for salvation.

    Second, Scripture teaches that salvation is all God’s work. Those who believe are saved utterly apart from any effort on their own (Titus 3:5). Even faith is a gift of God, not a work of man (Eph. 2:1-5, 8). Real faith therefore cannot be defective or short-lived but endures forever (Phil. 1:6; cf. Heb. 11). In contrast, easybelievism teaches that faith might not last and that a true Christian can completely cease believing.

    Third, Scripture teaches that the object of faith is Christ Himself, not a creed or a promise (John 3:16). Faith therefore involves personal commitment to Christ (2 Cor. 5:15). In other words, all true believers follow Jesus (John 10:27-28). In contrast, easy-believism teaches that saving faith is simply being convinced or giving credence to the truth of the gospel and does not include a personal commitment to the person of Christ.

    Fourth, Scripture teaches that real faith inevitably produces a changed life (2 Cor. 5:17). Salvation includes a transformation of the inner person (Gal. 2:20). The nature of the Christian is new and different (Rom. 6:6). The unbroken pattern of sin and enmity with God will not continue when a person is born again (1 John 3:9-10). Those with genuine faith follow Christ (John 10:27), love their brothers (1 John 3:14), obey God’s commandments (1 John 2:3; John 15:14), do the will of God (Matt. 12:50), abide in God’s Word (John 8:31), keep God’s Word (John 17:6), do good works (Eph. 2:10), and continue in the faith (Col. 1:21-23; Heb. 3:14). In contrast, easybelievism teaches that although some spiritual fruit is inevitable, that fruit might not be visible to others and Christians can even lapse into a state of permanent spiritual barrenness.

    Fifth, Scripture teaches that God’s gift of eternal life includes all that pertains to life and godliness (2 Pet. 1:3; Rom. 8:32), not just a ticket to heaven. In contrast, according to easy-believism, only the judicial aspects of salvation (e.g., justification, adoption, and positional sanctification) are guaranteed for believers in this life; practical sanctification and growth in grace require a post-conversion act of dedication.

    Sixth, Scripture teaches that Jesus is Lord of all, and the faith He demands involves unconditional surrender (Rom. 6:17-18; 10:9-10). In other words, Christ does not bestow eternal life on those whose hearts remain set against Him (James 4:6). Surrender to Jesus’ lordship is not an addendum to the biblical terms of salvation; the summons to submission is at the heart of the gospel invitation throughout Scripture. In contrast, easy-believism teaches that submission to Christ’s supreme authority is not germane to the saving transaction.

    Seventh, Scripture teaches that those who truly believe will love Christ (1 Pet. 1:8-9; Rom. 8:28-30; 1 Cor. 16:22). They will therefore long to obey Him (John 14:15, 23). In contrast, easy-believism teaches that Christians may fall into a state of lifelong carnality.

    Eighth, Scripture teaches that behavior is an important test of faith. Obedience is evidence that one’s faith is real (1 John 2:3). On the other hand, the person who remains utterly unwilling to obey Christ does not evidence true faith (1 John 2:4). In contrast, easybelievism teaches that disobedience and prolonged sin are no reason to doubt the reality of one’s faith.

    Ninth, Scripture teaches that genuine believers may stumble and fall, but they will persevere in the faith (1 Cor. 1:8). Those who later turn completely away from the Lord show that they were never truly born again (1 John 2:19). In contrast, easy-believism teaches that a true believer may utterly forsake Christ and come to the point of not believing.

    Most Christians recognize that these nine distinctives are not new or radical ideas. The preponderance of Bible-believing Christians over the centuries have held these to be basic tenets of orthodoxy. In fact, no major orthodox movement in the history of Christianity has ever taught that sinners can spurn the lordship of Christ yet lay claim to Him as Savior.

    This issue is not a trivial one. In fact, how could any issue be more important? The gospel that is presented to unbelievers has eternal ramifications. If it is the true gospel, it can direct men and women into the everlasting kingdom. If it is a corrupted message, it can give unsaved people false hope while consigning them to eternal damnation. This is not merely a matter for theologians to discuss and debate and speculate about. This is an issue that every single pastor and lay person must understand in order that the gospel may be rightly proclaimed to all the nations.

    AHFi Dawn Watch Video Short

    A wonderful short film that depicts the service God has began in Abundant Harvest Fellowship International called: Dawn Watch. It is a service dedicated to prayer as we stand to seek God’s face; praying not to change His mind or force His hand but to be in tuned to God’s will that we may seek His best by biding directly to His commandments.

    Delighting in God: Intentional Holiness through Obedience

    2 Corinthians 10:5 – Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;

    Following Christ means we strive with all our being to be intentional in our holiness. The path of the world and its sensual desires which we so discarded upon our election into salvation must be completely dead in us for unless it is; we can’t claim to be one with Christ. Sin, sensuality and our own depravity unless put to death completely will fester eventually as each hidden sin, hidden thought that stands unpleasant and abhorrent to God will be brought into the open since God’s whose mercy is evident in our lives moves us to accept reproach in order to fix what has to be changed in order than we can exude the newness of life in Christ Jesus. Saints, what manifests in our day to day actions; does everything we do spell out that we are of Christ, for Christ? Or do we exude the world still despite our profession to be believers? Examine yourselves and check our hearts lest we stand abhorrent to God who by His loving Kindness purposed us to be washed by the blood of the lamb, holy and pleasing to Him. Our lives must stand obedient to Him alone; every aspect of our existence must confess Christ for unless it does- we are unregenerated and of the world we are called to disdain. Thus I call to you dear saints; does our lives shine Christ; have we cast down every imagination and high thought as we lay them captive into the obedience to Christ? I pray so. Have a blessed day dear saints and always focus on Him alone. – Pastor Lyle Lopez

    Armor Bearers 2nd Year Anniversary

    There is much to be grateful for in the dawning of a new year. One of reason is simply because of God’s great faithfulness that continuously unfolds in our church. Last January 10, 2014; the Armor Bearers celebrated their 2nd year anniversary which is a testament not of man’s great working, nor the continues devotion of the church and its workers to impact youths; but because God is so faithful that He blessed His church and empowered the saints to impact the lives of the children in Napindan Taguig and Quezon City thus turning each hardened heart into obedience to Christ.

    Standing true to the call set forth to the church which could be found in Luke 1:17 which states-

    “and he will go before him in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, to make ready for the Lord a people prepared”

    Pastor Lyle Lopez, Pastor Akeem Lumongsod & AHFi by the grace of God and the unwavering stance for His truth have worked tirelessly to draw the youths of the land to come to Christ, turning away from the call of the world and its sensual appetites; and drawing near to Christ not by mere decisionism but by divine election.

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    Praise God as He adds to our number daily those who are being saved. It is truly amazing to see the Armor Bearers mature in the Lord and grow in His truth. May God continue to bless and build up His church as more transformed lives would come forth as a product of God’s truth.

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    May His light shine on each of the Armor Bearers in order that they be a light to their families, to their friends, to their schools and to this nation as they stand a generation of obedient, God focused youths who stand for the wisdom of Christ in all things.

    In this we lay hold of the simple truth to which we stood to uphold from the start of the first Armor Bearer’s service; even to this day:

    Proverbs 22:6 – “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”

    The Armor Bearers Short Film was lovingly created and written by Winchaell Villarico who stands as a youth minister and the head of Multimedia of AHFi. The film chronicles the calling set forth by God as He elected each one of these youths to stand for Him and shine His light.This we uphold as we stand in prayer to fulfill the call set forth by Christ not by might nor power, but by His Holy Spirit. To God be all the Glory, Honor and Praise!

    Gentleness: The True Christian Spirit

    Gentleness is a strong hand with a soft touch. It is a tender, compassionate approach toward others’ weaknesses and limitations. A gentle person still speaks truth, sometimes even painful truth, but in doing so guards his tone so the truth can be well received.

    Puritan leader Jonathan Edwards called gentleness “the Christian spirit.” Edwards said, “All who are truly godly and are real disciples of Christ have a gentle spirit in them.”

    The Bible goes out of its way to demonstrate Jesus’ gentleness. In fact, the Old Testament depicts the Messiah as unusually gentle, telling us that Jesus would not break a “bruised reed” or snuff out a “smoldering wick” (Isaiah 42:3). In the Gospels, Jesus affirmed His gentleness: “I am gentle and humble in heart” (Matthew 11:29). And the apostles often reminded the early church of Jesus’ gentleness: “By the meekness and gentleness of Christ, I appeal to you” (2 Corinthians 10:1).

    Unfortunately, too many people equate gentle with weak. Unless you would call the heroic apostle Paul, the fiery Puritan Jonathan Edwards and the almighty Christ “weak” individuals, it is clearly a misunderstanding to assume weakness has anything to do with gentleness.

    It’s the strong hand, not the weak one, that must learn to be gentle. True followers of Christ are distinguished by gentleness.

    In this note, Pastor Lyle and Pastor Akeem of AHFI upon teaching the youths the importance of gentleness set the stage for a group dynamic that illustrated gentleness and its application. The activity was called: Gentle Eggs; the activity challenges the Armor Bearers to go through an obstacle which were made through chairs stacked together which illustrates the difficulties of life and what we ought to pass through while exuding gentleness. With the egg in tow on a silver spoon, each youth would pass through the course in hope to get it to the finish line without breaking the fragile egg. Such is the challenge to exude gentleness!

    Here is the short video of Gentleness and the Gentle Egg Activity:

    The Close of 2013 and the New Dawn of 2014

    As 2013 comes to a close and we usher in the dawning of a new year; I would like to exhort you to focus the eyes of Our heart on our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ as we give thanks for His great faithfulness this past year and His light, love and truth for the year to come.

    Facing the dawning of a new year, we remember the painful defeats of the past and the sweet victories that followed those who patiently waited on Christ. We remember the sadness as we also remember joy- we remember each sin committed; each short coming done and the goodness of God that empowered us to stand triumphant. We acknowledge the fall of many who stood with us, the loyalty of the elect and the few who chose to be part of our family again as we stood to rebuild the bridges that were shattered by the enemy. 2013 has been an eventful year; the year where the wheat was separated from the tares. A year that God has purposed to look for those who stand pleasing to Him; for those who are pleasing did remain. It was a year when God added to a number those who were being saved. As we see this year come to close, we look back at the past and learn from our mistakes; as we also look to the present, to our future and see a bright new day arise as we trust in God and abide in Him alone.

    2014 comes to us as a year of new beginnings, of relationships being healed; of lives changed and of people who discard the ways of the world and seek to please the King alone. Friends, we were never saved to serve; we were saved to obey; to stand for righteousness as our newness of life moves us to service, to the call set forth by Christ. For no matter how much we serve, how much we do; if our hearts are not contrite, we do not humble ourselves and turn to Christ alone; our sacrifice would not be pleasing to God. Man made ideals to please the Lord does not work to entreat the King for He has set forth His own requirement and to that we bide.

    Psalm 51:10-17 – “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit. Then I will teach transgressors your ways, and sinners will return to you. Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, O God of my salvation, and my tongue will sing aloud of your righteousness. O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth will declare your praise. For you will not delight in sacrifice, or I would give it; you will not be pleased with a burnt offering. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise”

    As I close this message, I would like to share with you a verse that comes to mind in the springing forth of the new year; a prayer in Psalm 90:12

    “So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.”

    May we learn to number our days as we grasp the opportunity of each new day to be the person God called us to be, shining His light to all regardless of feeling or circumstance. May we number each moment and count each blessing God has given to us as we also stand encouraged to give back and be a blessing to others; and above all may we number our days as we come to that fervent desire and understanding that our purpose this year and all years to come is not some measly resolution, but the singular resolve that grants us to strength to accomplish all that is good: simply put, our resolution should be to please our King. Have a blessed New year, may God’s light and blessing be upon you and your family! Hope you have a wonderful day! – Pastor Lyle “L.A.” Lopez and Family

    Merry Christmas to all from AHF International!

    Merry Christmas!

    First of all I would like to thank and praise God for His great faithfulness, as He strengthens, empowers and builds His church. It has been a very eventful year, filled with ups and downs, joy and sadness but all in all; we stand triumphant- not because of what we’ve done but simply because Christ reigns supreme as His lordship manifests each day.

    As we celebrate this season of hope, I would like to share with you a simple thought that God has placed in my heart. I know that there is much to do and experience in Christmas, for this is the only time in the year when families are together, peace is celebrated and hope is rekindled. With this at heart, we busy ourselves in celebration, giving presents to each other, decorating and preparing for the festivities that follow this season of joy; yet let us not stand to be desensitized by this things and let us strive to refocus our eyes and anchor our hearts and souls. The true reason for the season is not the presents, not the celebration, not the decoration or the vast merriment that we so desire to enjoy; the reason for the season can be found in Isaiah 9:6

    “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”

    It was prophesied in the book of Isaiah that the savior will be born, to us a child; the Child is born. The most wonderful gift given was the child in swaddling clothes, laying in that manger; our redemption. The true reason for this season is the beacon of hope found in the birth of our savior Jesus Christ, for through his birth; a ministry of reconciliation was ushered in. By His love and sacrifice, by his stripes we are healed and made whole. Through His love we find redemption, by His grace we received salvation. In Christ we trust and all we are, all we have been and all we ever be is due to the power and love of Jesus Christ our Lord, the King of Kings, the author and finisher of our Faith.

    Friends, I would like to greet you and your family a Merry Christmas, truly God is faithful as He shines His loving kindness and His tender mercies. Truly God is gracious as each new day, each morning, each year we welcome stands testament to His compassion. May Faith, hope and love fill us as His peace emanates in our hearts as we anchor ourselves to God alone. May we fix our eyes on the reason for the season: Jesus Christ our Lord, and may we intentionally with all heart augment our walk with Him; seeking His face and basking in His presence. God be with you always!

    Sincerely,

    Ptr. Lyle Lopez and Family