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    A Biblical Pastor

    It’s Pastor’s Appreciation Month so I thought I should write something about it before the month ends. I also thought it would be good to ask a handful of my friends what a biblical pastor is so I sent them messages and my question went like this:  What is a biblical pastor? Please do not research. I want to see what comes to mind right off the bat. And these are the answers I got: “Biblical Pastor: Apostle Paul..cause I’m currently studying Philippians” “A biblical pastor lives by and preaches the word of God.” “He (not a woman ) must feed & tend the flock of God. He must teach…

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    The Necessity of Hermeneutics

    “Hermeneutics? You want to teach Hermeneutics? Why? Even those in seminary have a hard time understanding that! No, that is not for the church, let’s just focus on practical lessons.” Have you ever heard a Pastor or an Elder of a church say something along those lines? Maybe you are a pastor who had the same mindset or maybe still have this kind of thinking? Or maybe, just maybe, you are a member of a church who doesn’t see the necessity of proper biblical interpretation? What Is Hermeneutics? According to Elliot Johnson, author of Expository Hermeneutics: An Introduction, Hermeneutics is the “science and art of textual interpretation. It uses principles…

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    THE EASTERN LIGHTNING CULT BEGINNINGS, BELIEFS, AND BUILDUP by Rara Aguja

    The Eastern Lightning Cult is a new religious movement founded by Zhao Weishan.1 This quasi-Christian group centers in the end-time revelation of the female Christ and submission to her words penned in The Word Appears in Flesh, their sacred literature.2 Well-funded, highly organized, and discreetly tactical, this group has gained millions of followers in Mainland China and began to expand beyond the country’s borders. Its doomsday message and rapid recruitment ploy coupled with threats, deceptions, and violence have raised an alarm not just towards Chinese government but also to international media. The underground evangelical church, its main target, issues updates through its website, describing the devastations its spying members have…

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    How Eli Asia Operates

    Have you ever experienced a point in your bible study time when the words seem to be jumping out of the book? When you say to yourself, “I’ve read this passage countless times but it is only now that I understand what it’s saying!”  I was at this point in my life when I met Pastor Nicky Joya and ELI Asia. I was that professing christian who was living an unbiblical life for so many years, raised in an unbiblical church I was high in works salvation. So coming out of that kind of christianity, fresh with renewed mind, eyes, and heart, I naturally scrutinized every word he teaches. I…

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    Advancing Ministerial Training in the Philippines

    “Leaders from every non-western region say their number one need is leadership training.” – David Livermore, Serving with Eyes Wide Open “Leaders from every non-western region say their number one need is leadership training.” – David Livermore, Serving with Eyes Wide Open Global Situation 178,000 people come to Jesus Christ everyday around the world. 7,000 new church leaders are needed daily to care for the growing church. 2 million pastors worldwide are untrained or undertrained. 85% of the world’s churches are led by people who have no formal training in theology or ministry. – Action Coalition, equippastors.org “Even if all training institutions operate at 120% full capacity, they can only train…