IMPACT: BUSINESS SEMINAR

IMPACT: BUSINESS SEMINAR

IMPACT: BUSINESS SEMINAR

By: Yana Calalang

 

“Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, ‘’and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it” Malachi 3:10

This has been the most prominently used verse in the area of finances. Last May 20, this verse enlightened many in terms of growing and managing our money according to the way God intended it to be. Mr. Chinkee Tan, our guest speaker, cited four parts of becoming a good steward in his topic entitled, “The Power of Stewardship”.

He taught us that we are to create money by being productive. The best way to achieve this is not by simply asking God to provide money but to have wisdom to produce, manage, save, and give it all back to Him.

Secondly, we should be careful in spending money by asking three practical questions: (1) “Do I need it?” (2) “Can I pay in cash?” (3) and “What does God have to say?”

Thirdly, he mentioned that giving to the Lord and to the needy are privileges; they are investments and our responsibilities as well and this is where the verse from Malachi 3 comes in.

In an act of generosity, Mr. Chinkee Tan shared with us his secret to success. He confessed that the reason he can enjoy so much provision is because he always gave back to God what was rightfully His and more. Our speaker also emphasized that whatever amount we are receiving from God, it is our obligation to give back the 10% to Him without fault.

Lastly, he broke the mentality that most of us thought was right. It turns out that we don’t really need to prioritize saving money for emergency purposes. Mr. Chinkee Tan pointed out that through this mentality, we are anticipating for an emergency that God will leave us and be empty handed; well in fact, He will never leave us nor forsake us.

Indeed, this business seminar was an eye opener to all of us and have helped us better understand handling money in God’s way. Together, let us create an impact and practice being a faithful steward of God.

EQUIP: Discipleship Training

EQUIP: Discipleship Training

THE HEART OF DISCIPLESHIP:

Focusing on the Relationship Rather than the Numbers

By: Stephanie Anne Castaneda

 

“I never knew you.” No words have ever hurt more than this phrase Jesus said in Matthew 7:23. And ironically, it was the starting passage of Bishop Manny Santiago during the “Equip” seminar. As a Christian, I believe that there is no greater tragedy than the false assurance of salvation being the only thing in our faith that matters. This is why we must always ask ourselves if we truly understand who Jesus is in our lives and if we act on that understanding.

Bishop Manny mentions during the first part of his discipleship seminar that there are 3 levels of understanding when it comes to knowing Jesus Christ. There will be no growth in faith and there will be no pleasing God if we only focus and act on one.

Our distinguished speaker stated that a Christian man undergoes 3 levels of understanding during the entirety of his Christian life.

First, the Saving Knowledge which we encounter during the first time we learn about Jesus Christ. Second, the Growing Knowledge which we go through with the help of our respective life groups and ministries. This is where our understanding about Christ expands and grows, but somehow Christians make the mistake of staying in this level. It is sad to think that their knowledge about God grows but their relationship with Him does not.

This brings us to the third level – the Ultimate Knowledge of Jesus Christ. This is where we establish deep and meaningful intimacy, fully understanding what He means to us and therefore entering a covenant of marriage; promising to surrender our life, our time, and our strength for the glory of God. In this level of knowledge, we choose to die in every aspect of our lives so that we can be one with Him.

So why should we discuss these levels of understanding in a discipleship seminar? It’s because discipleship will only be fruitful if we are in an intimate relationship with Christ. We cannot be good disciplers or disciples if we are not one with Christ.

A week ago, during the start of this extreme challenge, I realized how much time I spend somewhere else than in the presence of God. And the result? Distractions bombard me until I’m no longer in control of my time. This leaves me unprepared and unfocused on the goal that was set before me.  When you’ve reached a certain level of maturity in your relationship with God, shutting off distractions and focusing on what truly matters will no longer be a losing battle.

Discipleship takes time, effort and responsibility. It is a non-negotiable thing and should be taken with great importance. If you are not focused on the goal which God has given you, you’ll easily give up. That’s why we are encouraged to focus on the quality and not the quantity of our disciples. Just like what Bishop Manny emphasized during this seminar, the greatest enemy of discipleship are numbers. For us to have committed disciples, we must commit our time and energy to teach them and guide them towards the right path. And for us to effectively equip them, a strong relationship with God and a strong sense of responsibility is needed.

Discipleship is not an easy task. We must be in tune with God first and establish spiritual maturity so that we can become great leaders. Focus and commitment is needed for a strong and healthy discipleship; but an intimate relationship with God can transform our perspective to see this call as a passion, not just an obligation.

By the end of this seminar, I can see that the congregation was filled with hope and understanding about the true meaning of discipleship and what it means for us to participate in it. Giving up is not an option. Instead, let us continue to win souls and guide them towards the path that is pleasing to the eyes of the Lord so that when the day comes, you’ll hear God’s voice commending you for a job well done.

Igniting The Fire, Compelled To Do The Extremes

Igniting The Fire, Compelled To Do The Extremes

Writer: Cyrilla Jean De Ramon

 

“Christ’s love has moved me to such extremes” — 2 Corinthians 5:14 (MSG)

 

In our spiritual journey, it is most of the time our passion for God that pushes us to continue the journey even when the road gets rough. However, during the times that challenges become overwhelming and we feel like we’re slowly devoured by the world, how will we keep running the race?

Radiance of Christ Ministries Int’l figured that its members would find the answer through this year’s Extreme Challenge. This six-week event aims to guide Christians to become mature sons and daughters.

Now, the event’s launch was titled “Ignite” to symbolize the start of our spiritual fire. The special service started with a video which showed the life of a man who was passionate in praising and serving God. But he was caught up by the busyness of the world which eventually drew him away from his family and God.

This was followed by a live portrayal of the different kinds of people struggling with their Christian life: the youth who became doubtful and burnt out, the elder who felt useless in the advancement of the kingdom of God, and the pastor’s kid who became insecure and strayed away from God. However, the relatable depiction of these struggles slowly shifted into revival because of the love that God has for us; and that He continually changes us the way He seems fit—to each his own.

With the expectation for the next two months already set, the Extreme 2018 booklet was introduced; the important manual that will serve as our guide in this journey. Don’t forget to let your L-path leader sign them!

We then learned about the “Spirit-Filled Church” by Ptr. Reggie Castañeda. He stressed the importance of excellence in whatever we do just as how Christ did in His ministry. We were reminded that to be filled with the Holy Spirit means having an active relationship with God and that we let ourselves go and let Him be the one to take over. The whole congregation was challenged when he said that: “a Spirit-filled church will create and impact a difference” and calling each one to “be different, be holy.”

Ptr. Reggie emphasized that Ignite: Extreme Challenge 2018 is not just an event where the leaders will be checking up on us. Instead, it is to create a habit of holiness and to discipline us because it is not what we do inside the church that matters but who we are outside. This challenge’s purpose is for each one to be matured and to have inner governance. Everyone then proceeded to the declaration of commitment to God, a covenant to see the si x-week challenge through.

But before everything ended, we received exciting news. It turns out that the satellite church in Marikina will now be opened. The place they will be residing on can accommodate 300 people and will be led by Bro. Lleo and Sis. Liezl Esguerra. Marikina satellite workers were also called in front as the whole congregation prayed for them as they continue to advance the kingdom of God.

The opening of Ignite: Extreme Challenge 2018 marked the start of a new spiritual journey for the whole RCMI family. Everyone is excited because each one will get to experience our living God continually working in our lives. Everyone is excited because we know that we will have a whole new level of passion for God.

To be compelled means to oblige and to force someone to do something. The question is: up to what extremes are you willing to go for God?

To gain life is to lay it down: the musings of a Christian who found her fire at the Re-Encounter

To gain life is to lay it down: the musings of a Christian who found her fire at the Re-Encounter

To gain life is to lay it down: the musings of a Christian who found her fire at the Re-Encounter

By: Bea Castañeda

          It’s quite challenging to find the right words to describe a life-changing event that has turned your world upside down. I have proven this to be a fact because by the time that I am fully satisfied with what I have written, dozens of revisions and deleted drafts have been committed.

 

       I knew that encountering God once again would sustain   and refresh me; this is why I did my best to attend the Re-Encounter in the first place. I was thirsty; parched and starved of His presence that could only be fixed by meeting Him face to face. And this two-day event was the perfect opportunity to do just that.

          The familiar excitement coming from the fact that spiritual change was around the corner started to build. But what actually happened in those powerful two days were more than what my mind could have ever hoped for. As we shouted at the top of our lungs that we were willing to die on the cross with God, I have found life.

 

          The powerful pastors from Jesus Christ the Lifegiver Ministries implored us to empty our cups and just receive because God was ready to pour out His spirit and love; and we weren’t disappointed.

          Two days, nine sessions, and dozens of people raising their hands and crying their hearts out; this is the revival that Radiance of Christ desired. It didn’t matter that we were a mixture of Christians who were either newly born again or have been a child of God for decades, everyone wanted the hunger once again.

 

          We were once again introduced to topics like desiring God, the power of the cross that gave salvation, a church without a father, the struggles of the heart to completely forgive, being a sure champion, making big moves to fuel our big dreams, understanding each other’s temperament, and looking into the life of the disciple Ananias.

          Every single preaching did the job of stirring up our hearts and allowing us to deeply understand the word of the Lord. But if you were to ask me what session made the most impact, it would be the last topic entitled “Dead Man Walking.” It delivered a message that shouldn’t be forgotten by every Christian who genuinely is in love with the Lord.

          From Acts 19:15, Satan has acknowledged that aside from God, he also knows who Paul is. What this means is that Paul has done something so right in the eyes of God that he has also earned the ire of the devil. And what this amazing disciple had to do was to wholly accept that he was already a dead man walking.

          Paul has died along with Christ on the cross. Every sin and worldly nature we had was answered by Jesus Christ’s life and now, we live in this Earth only to glorify His name. We must live as if we have died beside our Lord 2,000 years ago and Paul’s life is a great guideline on how to achieve that.

          Are we strong and brave enough to accept this death? Well, the answer lies in the cries and screams of every delegate who attended, it lies in the hands stretched up as far as it can go, it lies in the knees slowly getting numbed as they bowed where they stood, and it lies in the hearts that gained the fire to live for Him and Him alone.

 

The Way Maker Night: Finding Healing, Rest and Revival in the Presence of God

The Way Maker Night: Finding Healing, Rest and Revival in the Presence of God

By: Charlene Sy

Expectation creates an atmosphere where miracles can happen.” – Ptr. Reggie Castañeda.

After what seems to be a long drought, the Radiance of Christ Ministries experienced a revival through an overnight prayer once again. “The Way Maker Night” was attended by our brothers and sisters who wanted to experience the move of God in their lives. Everyone was expectant to receive healing and miracles from our God and most of all, to find rest in His presence. Every part of the night offered something beautiful to the soul, each song, each session, and each second of prayer was meant to revive the body, the soul, and the spirit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pastor Reggie Castañeda, our Senior Pastor, opened the night with a powerful preaching about the healing of the body. The message entitled “Reach Out and Touch” was about the story of a woman, in Mark chapter 5, who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years. The preaching centered on the hardship the woman endured, the hope she embraced, and the healing she experienced.

Always remember that it is God’s will for us to be healed, and we can put our hope in that.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The second session was an encouraging message about the Healing of the Soul found in Matthew 11:28. It was about finding rest in God’s presence and knowing that only Jesus can give us the rest that our soul needs. Bro. Dannie Dizon effectively conveyed the heart of the text, each loaded point was like being caressed by God’s own hands.

 

 

 

 

Ptra. Jinky Dizon then asked us to choose our prayer partners and read to us 11 Bible verses that are meant to speak to each person attending the overnight prayer. We were directed to choose one that perfectly speaks about our situation and our need.

We all took turns sharing our current difficulties and how our Bible verse contains the promise of God we chose to hold on to. People prayed for one another, asking God to strengthen and comfort those who are seeking Him. After that, two remaining verses that were meant for everyone were shown – Jeremiah 32:17 and 27.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In no time at all, the last session was underway. It started with a powerful prayer and extraordinary testimonies. Then it was time for Ptr. Sherwin Dilinila to talk about revival. He connected revival to holiness by saying, “Revival is always related to holiness.” You must desire holiness if you want revival.

 

 

 

 

What separated this session from the others was that it took the time to empower and strengthen the leaders of the church. Ptr. Sherwin asked our core leaders, pastors, board of trustees, and staff to stand in front and receive the prayers of the congregation, to see this as God’s way of remembering and thanking their continued service.

Everyone was greeted by the beautiful, dim morning. We ended the amazing event with a powerful prayer of thanksgiving because all the glory belongs to our God.

So to those who have been revived and those who are looking to experience this in the future, healing and unbelievable peace comes only from our God. Continue to expect great things.

First Fruit, Endless Prosperity – In Life and Spirit

First Fruit, Endless Prosperity – In Life and Spirit

By: Coleene Villanueva

“Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the first fruits of all your crops; then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine.” – Proverbs 3:9-10 (NIV)

In this Year of Great Expectations, we all have our hopes high in the Lord for the greater blessings He has in store for His children. We expect challenges, of course, that will test our faith and reliance, yet we continue to look forward to the victories He will share with us through the year.

 

 

 

 

As always been a practice in obedience to the teaching and as an act of faith towards the Lord’s promise of abundance, we held our First Fruit Offering for the year 2018 last February 4. It was filled with enthusiasm as Ptr. Reggie Castañeda gave a very fulfilling message entitled “Blessed to Bless” – reminding everyone of the assurance given to us the moment we lived in Christ and our role as God’s children.

 

 

 

 

The offering commenced with the sound of the trumpet. Together with their families, the Pastor led the giving of offering, followed by the Staff, Core Leaders, Board of Trustees, Network Leaders, Ministry Heads and the congregation. Pastor Reggie blessed the offerings expressing gratitude towards the blessings God has already given and prayed for guidance and favor to be able to become a blessing to others.

 

 

 

 

The event ended with everyone glorifying the Lord for His endless wonders and looking forward to the great things He has to show everyone throughout 2018. As the Bible says, “But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.” (Deuteronomy 8:10 NIV)

May this year be truly filled with abundant joy and prosperity!

General Assembly: A Rundown On The Church’s Progress

General Assembly: A Rundown On The Church’s Progress

By: Peniel Grace Esguerra

Last Saturday, February 3, we held our first General Assembly as we kick start the year with new plans, goals, and expectations.

The Worship Team opened the event by leading the praise & worship and was followed by an ice breaker called “Dr. Kwak-Kwak 2.0” which taught about unity.

                   

An encouraging word from Ptr. Reggie Castañeda was given, entitled, “Do You See What I See?”. It was about the importance of mind transformation and how to attain a renewed mind through having an open mind, an honest mind, and a hopeful mind. He added that, “The only way that you can change is if you transform your mind”.

After a wonderful message, a video of the events last year was shown then the 2018 Plans and Goals for each district and satellite was laid out by Ptr. Cecile Castañeda. Each was presented in a table showing last year’s goals, what they have achieved, its percentage, and the goal for this year. She reminded everyone that, “We should not look them as numbers but as souls”. The list of qualifications for being an RCMI Worker, Voting Member, and BOT Candidate were discussed as well.

Lastly, upcoming events of the church were laid out including Children Church and Ministerial Activities, Local and International Mission Trips, Encounter Weekends and so much more. 

The General Assembly ended with a closing prayer led by Ptr. Reggie.