Faith Avenue in the Philippines w/ Aron & Joyce Tolentino

In this episode, host Anthony Mullins interviews Aron & Joyce Tolentino. Aron is the Lead Pastor of the GCI church in Manila, Philippines and Joyce is an exceptional Christian leader you should get to know. Together they discuss our GCI Healthy Church Vision and the Faith Avenue in their local context. That is community, that our lives are intertwined with one another, that our lives are connected with one another. I remember, Dr. Andrew Root's term, indwelling. In those moments, it is not programmatic we are not seated shoulder to shoulder with everyone facing the pulpit, listening to the pastor. This time we are face to face, and get to hear the stories of people. And what we see is how God is moving in the lives of each and every... Read the article

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Gospel Reverb – I Have Seen the Lord w/ Tim Sitterley

I Have Seen the Lord with Tim Sitterley Listen in as host, Anthony Mullins, and guest, Tim Sitterley, unpack these lectionary passages: April 4 John 20:1-18 (NRSV)       I Have Seen the Lord” (7:13) April 11 John 20:19-31 (NRSV) “Peace Be With You” (17:06) April 18 Luke 24:36b-48 (NRSV) “Startled and Terrified” (27:50) April 25 John 10:11-18 (NRSV) “The Good Shepherd” (38:31) If you get a chance to rate and review the show, that helps a lot. And invite your fellow preachers and Bible lovers to join us! Read the article

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Sermon for April 25, 2021

Psalm 23:1-6 • Acts 4:5-12 • 1 John 3:16-24 • John 10:11-18 The theme this week is the strength of the shepherd. Throughout our Scriptures, we see people following the good shepherd and sharing his strength. Our call to worship Psalm contains the well-known words of comfort that we are walking in the leadership and guidance of the strong shepherd. In Acts 4, Peter, the roughneck fisherman, is given strength to speak boldly before a collection of powerful, sophisticated leaders. In 1 John 3, the community of Jesus, who often called himself the “good shepherd,” is encouraging each other in the strength of their faith. John 10, on which our sermon is based, gives us the “good shepherd” dialogue of Jesus, rich with Old... Read the article

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Sermon for April 18, 2021

Psalm 4:1-8 • Acts 3:12-19 • 1 John 3:1-7 • Luke 24:36b-48 This week’s theme is being witnesses of the Lord. The call to worship Psalm starts off with a plea and ends with the assurance that the Lord hears our calls to him. The text from Acts follows the healing of a crippled beggar in Jesus’ name, which gives Peter the opportunity to witness to many people. The epistolary text explores the concrete reality of being children of God, which sets us out to be like Jesus. The Gospel text finds the disciples being confronted with the reality of the risen Lord who calls them to be witnesses to all nations. Talking about Jesus Luke 24:36-48 (NRSV) Have you ever been with a group a people who were talking about another person when... Read the article

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Sermon for April 11, 2021

Psalm 133:1-3 • Acts 4:32-35 • I John 1:1-2:2 • John 20:19-31 The theme this week is the God we touch, touches us. The call to worship Psalm talks about the miracle of God among us. His bringing us together is celebrated in all its healing reality. In Acts 4, God is present in the fellowship of the new church and the gritty reality of navigating relationships and generosity. In 1 John, John talks about touching Jesus himself, and then touching him again through the spiritual fellowship of the church. Our sermon is on John 20, and explores the kind of people Jesus chose to touch, revealing himself to weaklings, doubters, and cowards after the resurrection. A Woman, a Doubter, and a Coward John 20 and 21 The resurrection... Read the article

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Sermon for April 4, 2021

Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24 • Acts 10:34-43 • 1 Corinthians 15:1-11 • John 20:1-18 The theme this week is Grace = love no matter what, juxtaposing God’s loving acceptance with our human conditional love in celebration of Easter and the Resurrection of our Lord. The call to worship Psalm recounts God’s steadfast love and assures readers of God’s constancy even when circumstances are difficult and maybe even our fault. Acts 10 tells one of the times that God transformed Peter’s mind, helping him see that tradition had to be changed when love demanded it. 1 Corinthians 15 reminds us of Paul’s transformation from a murderer of God’s people to a leader and preacher of the good news. Finally, John 20 is our sermon text that takes us... Read the article

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Service for April 2—Good Friday

The Seven Last Statements This service is based on the Seven last statements Jesus made from the cross. It is suggested to have seven different readers for the seven statements and the prayer following each statement and explanation. We give a short prayer, but readers should feel free to pray up to a minute or two. Avoid long prayers. Suggested worship songs: When I Survey the Wondrous Cross; At the Cross Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” Luke 23:34 Reader: Jesus is praying for us. He’s praying for our forgiveness, not for vindication. He is praying for all his executioners and for all of us. In doing so, Jesus is revealing the heart of the Father. Jesus isn’t begging the Father to... Read the article

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Church Hack: Social Media Schedule

Your church social media page creates a presence within your community and may be the first point of contact for guests. A well thought out content schedule for your page can help with community and member engagement. Posting at least two to three  times a week is suggested in order to maintain a presence. We suggest taking a couple of days of rest, when you don't post anything. Remember, your content is about connecting with your community and the quality of your engagement is more important than quantity of content you are creating. Click on the image below to download the guide.     Read the article

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It’s Time to Talk About Trauma

An important step in helping youth deal with trauma is to be a listener like Jesus. One day while Jesus was addressing a crowd, a synagogue leader named Jairus begged the young rabbi for help. Although he had status in the Jewish community, he unashamedly pleaded with Jesus to heal his daughter. Jesus agreed to go with Jairus and the crowd decided to go as well. The spontaneous parade plodded along until Jesus brought the procession to a screeching halt. While dozens of people pressed in on him on every side, he turned around and asked who touched him. The disciples were incredulous because there were people everywhere. It was soon learned that a woman who suffered for 12 years with a bleeding condition touched Jesus’ garment with... Read the article

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The Quiet Mystery of Holy Saturday

A reflection for Holy Saturday By Anthony Mullins, U.S. Regional Director, Southeast The silence was deafening. The Messiah was dead and enclosed in a tomb. How could this possibly happen after the awesome display of divine power in his life? Holy Saturday, the day between Good Friday and Easter, is a time of mourning and quiet disbelief on the liturgical calendar. Holy Saturday is a day of uncomfortable silence. The Word of God become flesh is dead. For his disciples and friends, it was a day of confusion and fear. Wasn’t Jesus the Holy One of God? John the Baptist pointed to him as the Lamb of God and then Jesus himself invited us to follow him. Were we misled? On this side of history, we know Holy Saturday eventually... Read the article

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