Five Elements in a Father’s Formula

Happy Fathers' Day!

We have celebrated Fathers’ Day last Sunday in church. In the morning divine worship service, our guest speaker, DS Rev. Dr. Daniel N. Miranda has spoken about the occasion. In the evening, Rev Orlino Veron, our Administrative Pastor, has delivered the message for the fathers. His text is from Luke 15:11-32.

“It was meet that we should make merry, and be glad: for this thy brother was dead, and is alive again; and was lost, and is found”. – Luke 15:32

If fathering is a chemical mixture, to make a perfect mixture there five elements that fathers need to put together in good balance.

1. Grasp your significance to your family

Try your best to perform your responsibility to your family as a provider and protector.

2. Be present for your children

Love spells T-I-M-E. If we will read Proverbs 15:1-10, it assumes or suggests open dialogue between parent and child. We need to spend time with them so that we can have an opportunity to express our love and concern to them. We can have a chance to know what they need and feel.

3. Teach your children your skills and values by example

Teach your children by example. Do not just tell them what and what not to do. Let your actions speak them.

4. See the good qualities of your children first

Encourage your children by praising their good traits. It does not mean overlooking the bad ones but do not become over critical. Appreciate their good side so you can easily correct any bad trait.

5. A good time to laugh is anytime you can

Share the joys of faith to your children. Laugh with them and enjoy the good things of life with them.

Digested from a sermon by: Rev. Orlino Veron, Administrative Pastor, Lagro, United Methodist Church, June 19, 2011- Fathers’ Day Sunday

Note: Pastor Orly says he has borrowed the title of his sermon from a book by Rev. Jim Stanford- Five Elements in a Father’s Formula.

 

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Pentecost: What Difference Does It Make? –Acts 2.1-21

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“When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongue as the Spirit enabled them”. –Acts 2:1-4 (NIV)

June 12 is Pentecost Sunday. It is the birthday of church.

Acts 2:1-21 tells the events that have transpired that day when the Holy Spirit of God has come down on the apostles like tongues of fire.

It has been the Jewish Feast of Weeks. It is a special day for the Jews as they celebrate the giving of the Ten Commandments at Mt. Sinai and celebrate a good harvest with thanksgiving. That explains why there have been so many people in Jerusalem that day.

Suddenly, the apostles have received the power to speak in tongues and proclaim the message from God. The people have been astonished to hear Jews speak foreign languages. The power of the Spirit has come to the apostles and Peter has spoken to the people with boldness. On that day, three thousand have given their lives to the Lord Jesus to the glory of the Father.

As modern day church, we look back at the history of our beginning and we see how God has moved mightily in the lives and faith of the apostles. Now, what difference does it make for all of us?

Here are some insights:

1. The Spirit has brought about radical change.

We can see the apostles’ transformation from fear into boldness. Love has moved in their hearts both for God and the lost in a manner that cannot contain and they reach out to people to share the message of God’s love.

How do we see ourselves? As believers in Christ, do we bear the same fire? Is Christ at the center of our hearts so much, so that we love at a radical measure? Is it something we do not just say but we express?  Will people notice that fire?

2. The Spirit makes it easy for us to comprehend His message.

God has given a new tongue, and a new blessed way of listening to His voice by the power of the Spirit. It is like God speaking the language of heaven in our own language.

Beyond the gift of speaking in tongues, when we speak the message of love and comfort to people, most especially those who are looking for God in their lives, we are also speaking the language of heaven. Whenever we speak about the grace of God in Christ, the forgiveness of sin and salvation as a gift of God by faith in Christ alone, we are speaking in the language of God and we can expect the Spirit of God to dwell in those words to make them understand.

3. The Spirit makes ordinary people extra-ordinary.

The apostles are ordinary men like each one of us. Like them, we do not need to have special skills in order for God to move and speak through us. If we will only make ourselves available for God, He will use mightily wherever we are and whatever we are doing to touch other people lives. We can become extra-ordinary people because God makes wonders through us.

Digested from a sermon by: Rev. Orlino Veron, Administrative Pastor, Lagro, United Methodist Church, June 12, 2011- Pentecost Sunday

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