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Thank you for taking time to visit our church online, I hope and pray that you will find it helpful to know and learn about us.

Our aim is to give glory to God and extend His kingdom by living and proclaiming His truth in the world.

You will also discover although our church is small, our ministries are broad and diverse, with strong emphasis in worship, teaching, fellowship, service to others and outreach. So if you are in search for a church that you want to call your home please consider yourself warmly invited to a Sunday Worship Celebration, a bible study group meeting, or any of our other events. If we can help you in any way, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Hope to see you soon and God’s blessing to you

Tim Barrioquinto
Lead Pastor

Be Careful with My Heart

Ezekiel 36:24-27 (New International Version)
[24] “‘For I will take you out of the nations; I will gather you from all the countries and bring you back into your own land. [25] I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your impurities and from all your idols. [26] I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. [27] And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws

The Human Heart, the organ that provides a continuous blood circulation through the cardiac cycle and is one of the most vital organs in the human body.

The Spiritual Heart, the internal, invisible centre of our spiritual being that needs continuous work that only God can do.

Heart Problem

Jeremiah 17:9-10 (NIV)
[9] The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it? [10] “I the Lord search the heart and examine the mind, to reward each person according to their conduct, according to what their deeds deserve.”

In the natural body there are a lot of reasons why we may have heart trouble.

1. Physically, we may have inherited some Bad genes. Our genes contribute to some heart trouble.

Spiritually, the “Old self”

John 8:44 (NIV)
You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.

2. Another factor that contributes to heart trouble is something called Diabetes.

Physically, we often call it sugar diabetes because it is the result of either too much sugar, or not enough sugar in the blood.

Now in the spiritual realm we can develop diabetes also.

It’s caused by an imbalanced diet the truth of God’s Word or the word’s of a worldly wise man preacher who does nothing but feed you sweet things.

We need to get some meat of the Word. We need to eat some vegetables, even though sometimes they are like swallowing bitter herbs.

2 Timothy 3:16 (NIV)
16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,

3. Another cause of heart trouble is something called “hypertension” or high blood pressure.

Physically, high blood pressure is called “the silent killer” because it often causes no symptoms for many years, even decades, until it finally damages certain critical organs.

Causes: Genes, stress, lifestyle, bad eating habit.

Lifestyle adjustments in diet and exercise and compliance with medication regimes are important factors in determining the outcome for people with hypertension.

The Cure for Heart Problem

A. Diet

What kind of diet do we need to have? What are some things we need to watch so we don’t clog our spiritual arteries?

Watch out for FAT

Revelation 3:14 – The church at Laodicea had just grown fat.

Luke 12:21 (NIV) “This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God.”

The rich fool was FAT!

The Point is: It’s not necessarily a sin to be rich.

There’s nothing wrong with having plenty of money — but if my lifestyle is marked by excessive and outrageous consumption of material goods and I no longer care about spiritual things — then a hardening of the heart will take place!

We must watch what we eat! Our spiritual diet must be monitored at all times.

The saying “We are what we eat” is true in spiritual matter as well.

B. Exercise

Do the FAITH STRETCH!

Spiritual exercise is tough because I really only want to do the things that feel good.

As anyone who has ever exercised will tell you, if you don’t stretch first, you can injure yourself. All of your muscles have to be stretched properly.

So we stretch
…our “patience” muscles
…and our “understanding” muscles
…and our “love” muscles
…and our “godly living” muscles.

How do we stretch those particular muscles?

We say, “God, I’m going to trust in You and do what You want me to do, period!”

SPIRITUAL EXERCISE: TEACH, SING, PRAISE

Philippians 2:12 (NIV)
12 Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling,

SHARE Jesus, to a friend, a family member, co-worker. We can lead at least one person to the Lord.

SING a song from your heart — not necessarily the song that has notes — but the song that comes from our hearts because of our relationship with God.

PRAISE the Lord every day — This is probably our weakest area.

Conclusion/Question
What kind of heart do we have? Maybe it might help us if we could see what kind of heart we have.

OUR HEART IS PRECIOUS — IT IS THE CENTRE POINT OF OUR SPIRITUAL LIFE

Luke 10:27 (NIV)
27 He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”

Ephesians 5:15 (NIV)
15 Be very careful, then, how you live — not as unwise but as wise,

I DECLARE: I WILL BE CAREFUL WITH MY HEART

(written by Ps Tim)

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A Storm had Passed

I want to share to you my story of what’s going on at work last Monday. But first I’d like to express utmost gratitude to our Almighty God that His will for me did prevail.

As we all know last Monday, the company I work for retrenched several workers, but for me, prior to that, I was not worried, scared nor petrified.

I was not begging God to let me stay, neither I was asking you folks a prayer so that I will be spared from sacking. I was quiet, it was between me and the Lord. I left everything into His hands.

The reasons why I was silent, first I’m in the workforce for more than two decades already, here in Australia alone, 18 years in my current company plus my previous jobs. For me enough is enough I’m tired, I need some rests but on the other hand I want to stay, I’m already in mid fifties, and for me, I’m still young to retire but too old to find jobs outside and aside from that, I was thinking also of some benefits that we enjoy from our employer, for me to leave is difficult, and to tell you honestly, if I was given a chance to choose whether to leave or stay, I don’t know, that’s why I said to God whatever the outcome that’s your will Lord.

Then the day of reckoning came, absolutely we had no idea whose heads to roll on the floor, we were like innocent lambs waiting to be herded to slaughterhouse. Then the very moment came, I saw the bosses came, they walked straight to our area where we worked, as if they were roaring lions seeking to devour their intended victims, but somehow in the end I was being spared, I could see the will of God, knowing it’s not yet my time to go.

Now the storm had passed, but still we cannot guarantee a perfect weather all the way, according to the forecast there’s a possibility of another storm ahead, but we don’t know when to hit, considering the economic atmosphere of this country.

If that thing will take place again, I know what to do, the same, leave everything into His hands and through this firsthand experience of mine, I’ve learned very well that if we trust God and surrender our will to His will, we can feel the prevailing peace inside despite of a raging storm outside.

(written by Lando M)

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Awakening

Ephesians 5:14 (NIV)
This is why it is said: “Wake up, sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.”

I was born in a poor family of four children. My parents worked in the factory four kilometres away from our place. My dad bicycle pedaled to work every day while mom walked with fellow worker’s going home. Life was so tight with my parents to support us to pursue our career, so I worked in a confectionery factory in Metro Manila a year after I graduated high school in 1970.

In my younger age; I was excited to explore the freedom of being separated from my parents. I found more friends, different environments, and new trends to socialize and live aimlessly. For me, life was full of exploration and relationship was just a game.

One day at work I had a debate with my co-worker about religious belief. In my mind, I had to win the argument about God as I was brought out in our belief that was different from him up to the point that I denied Jesus as God.

It was a lengthy debate that time and I didn’t pay attention to safety in my job that led to an accident. Boiling water came out from cooking machine I operated and burned three quarters of my body. I was rushed to a hospital with pain and anguished about intense heat all over my body and shortness of breathing along the way to emergency room.

Too much thought came into my mind; my heart was pumping so fast, should I see God, should I leave my love ones or live in uncertainty? I was confined for three months in deteriorating condition. I could see lonely and worried faces from people that visited me as a sign of leaving this world for the unknown. I was disturbed by the tears coming from the eyes of my caring family.

“My God please forgive me; I beg you to give me another chance; I’m not ready yet,” I prayed.

Tears and sadness overwhelmed me. I knew there’s heaven and hell according to what I heard that scared me. I knew there was God but where was my assurance? Which door should I come in, heaven or hell? I was not sure praying to the saints would save me and do ritual things would help! I believed there was God, deep inside me, I was looking for Him, who‘s going to tell me how, but I would pray anyway and anyhow hoping He can hear me.

For few weeks in hospital bed, I started to lose weight and I couldn’t talk anymore and my voice was fading probably because of blood, and fluid came out of my skin everyday. I had this little hope in my heart that God would hear my prayer. As time passed by, I had a good rest finally. Slowly, I regained my strength; my body started to respond to medication. The doctor and the hospital staffs were doing fine and another month later I was out in hospital.

Years went by, and my life was so empty. In 1986 my sister insisted me to visit her church, so I came just to please her. During worship service tears was flowing in my eyes. The preaching was about me, and the forgiveness of my sins was paid by Jesus on the cross.

When I heard the altar call “salvation today, you never know if there is tomorrow,” the pastor said “Just raise your hand if you feel too embarrassed to come forward,” he continued. I saw the truth about Jesus.

I said “yes Lord Jesus, I need you in my life, forgive me of my sins, come into my life!”

Tears continued to flow for joy that I finally found the true meaning of salvation. It was the deliverance from power of sin. God was so patient to wait for me to open my heart.

Until now, God remains faithful (1 Corinthians 1:9). He promised that He will never leave nor forsake the believers (Hebrews 13:5). He has many plans for me but when the time comes I know when I leave this world I will be with my God in heaven because of this faith within me. (Luke 23:42-43).

(written by Mhar D)

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A New Season

Today is the first day of autumn, a new day of the SEASON. I don’t know about you but I love the Autumn Season. I think the beauty of God’s creation really comes out in the Autumn season and the beauty that God designed into the changes that take place in the Autumn season are just further proof that we have a God who loves us and has blessed us with such great beauty.

Everything has a season. All of this is to recognize that different life events lead to different seasons in our life. Some of us may be recognizing that you need to make some changes in life and thus enter a new season of life.

And as the seasons of the year become new, it means we are moving on with new seasons of our life as well. I believe FCCC is also entering a new season of our life.

The Bible tells about the seasons of life as well.  In Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

The Lord is bringing us into a new season of blessings. Season of abundance, season of joy, season of peace, season of favour, season of harvest, season of power, season of intimacy.

It’s important to know that A New Season Brings Changes, A New Season Brings Challenges, and a New Season Brings More Champions.

But it all starts with accepting the changes He may want to make in your life, walking in faith through the challenges, and moving forward humbly and obediently into what the Lord would have you do.

I want to tell you that there is nothing greater than being used by God to accomplish something awesome.

Maybe you are unsure what the Lord wants you to do. Well, some things we can be sure of are that He wants His Kingdom to grow and is looking for people to help with the harvest.

Enjoy your day and enjoy the first day of autumn.

(written by Ps Tim)

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