• STORMS

    STORMS

    Devastating. That is probably the word that would best describe what storms are. With their violent winds, deafening thunders, and hard-pouring rains, we can easily foretell the destruction they bring—overwhelming floods, damaged crops, and, worst, ruined lives. They linger for days and their impact, for weeks, even months. And when

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  • ROADS

    ROADS

    Paved or swampy, wide or cramped, flat or steep, smooth or rough. Which kind of road do you usually take? Daily life includes inevitable encounters with roads: when we take our kids to school, eat out with friends, conduct business, or even as simple as when we buy from the

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  • SUMMER

    SUMMER

    We are at that season of the year when we feel that we are elbow to elbow with the equator. With the sun’s scorching heat against our skin, large and heavy beads of sweat trickle down our foreheads—even when we are steady and still, in front of a giant electric

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  • FEET

    FEET

    If you would look at his feet, you would probably feel your insides lurch and belch. Because his feet, well, his feet are dirty and grimy, callused and bruised. You see, he was but a simple man. A carpenter. And simple men just walked—on dusty streets, on muds and puddles,

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  • Love Letters

    Love Letters

    I recognized his handwriting instantly, so much so that I laughed remembering how awkwardly a pen fits in his hands. I recognized his words, so much so that I felt my heart skip as I imagined his voice whispering those to my ears. I recognized it all, so much so

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  • THE SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS

    THE SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS

    Greetings of joy to all Filipinos and all Philippine-loving people! With all the bright lanterns, colorful decorations, and cheerful carols filling the streets, it is undeniable that we are in that season when hearts are warm even though the air is cool. Christmas. That time of the year when we

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  • Declaring His Liberating Peace, Exalting Jesus

    Declaring His Liberating Peace, Exalting Jesus

    Bro. Eddie Villanueva The whole world is in chaos. The Global Peace Index of 2016 tells us that terrorism is at an all-time high, battle deaths from conflict are at a 25-year high, and the number of refugees and displaced people are at a 60-year high. As if those were

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  • DECLARING HIS ABOUNDING PROVISIONS, EXALTING JESUS

    DECLARING HIS ABOUNDING PROVISIONS, EXALTING JESUS

    Bro. Eddie Villanueva Greetings of joy—especially to every father there is! This month, we are celebrating the strength of a father—a strength that is determined not by the tenacity of his muscles, but by the great love he has for his family. Reality dictates that sheer power will be exhausted,

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  • Declaring His Devoted Tenderness, Exalting Jesus

    Declaring His Devoted Tenderness, Exalting Jesus

    Bro. Eddie Villanueva Peace and blessings to all! If there is one love that can be the closest approximation of the love of God here on earth, I would say it is the love of parents. And because this month is when we celebrate motherhood, I would like to especially

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  • DECLARING HIS SUPREME AUTHORITY, EXALTING JESUS

    DECLARING HIS SUPREME AUTHORITY, EXALTING JESUS

    Bro. Eddie C. Villanueva Salutations to all Filipinos and, also, to all Philippine-loving people! I have always been a fighter. When capitalist owners tried to suppress the rights of labor workers, I fought. When hospital administrators refused to admit a gravely wounded patient, I fought. When notorious syndicates attempted to

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  • DECLARING HIS SELFLESS SERVICE, EXALTING JESUS

    DECLARING HIS SELFLESS SERVICE, EXALTING JESUS

    Bro. Eddie C. Villanueva Solemn greetings to my kababayans! Marx, Lenin, and Mao Tse-Tung. My exposure to their teachings and principles gave me the courage to fight against grinding poverty and rampant injustice that have been shackling the masang Pilipino. And yet, if there was one message that has revolutionized

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  • DECLARING HIS AUTHENTIC LOVE, EXALTING JESUS

    DECLARING HIS AUTHENTIC LOVE, EXALTING JESUS

    Bro. Eddie C. Villanueva Heartfelt greetings to everyone! We are again in the month of the year where flowers, chocolates, and stuffed toys fill shops and stalls. While the law of supply and demand dictates that their prices are significantly higher at this time of the year than in any

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  • DECLARING HIS VICTORY, EXALTING JESUS

    DECLARING HIS VICTORY, EXALTING JESUS

    Bro. Eddie C. Villanueva Greetings of peace and blessing to all my kababayans! My heart aches every time I see a fellowman in need. As a reader of Mao Tse-Tung, this brought me to the streets to rally for the cause of the poor and marginalized. But as a Christian,

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  • Take heart! I have overcome the world

    Take heart! I have overcome the world

    As He was about to return to the Father’s side and leave the disciples behind, Jesus left them with a two-word advice: take heart. Take heart, for there will be sufferings and persecutions. Take heart, for your faith will be tested. Take heart, for, despite all these, you will overcome.

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  • Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind

    Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind

    L-O-V-E. These four letters echo around us: in the heart decors that adorn almost every shop, in the songs being played in radio stations, and in the eyes of couples eating in restaurants. As love overtakes our hearts this month, may we not forget that other kind of love—that which

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  • Believe that you have received it, and it will be yours

    Believe that you have received it, and it will be yours

    Shocked. Such was Peter’s reaction when he saw that the fig tree Jesus cursed has actually withered—as if it were the most impossible thing to happen. After witnessing the blind see and the lame walk and the leprous made clean, Peter was still shocked. But, aren’t we like Peter sometimes?

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  • It is finished

    It is finished

    It—the descent from heaven, the virgin conception, the birth in a manger, the attempt of Herod to have Him killed, the simple life as a carpenter’s son, the unbelief of the Jews despite the many miracles He performed, the persecution of the Pharisees, the betrayal of Judas, the denial of

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  • As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.

    As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.

    Jesus’ ministry did not end in His resurrection, not even in His ascension. It continued—no, continues up to this day. Because there were men and women who took on the commission, men and women who said, “Yes, Lord, send us.” Today, hear those same words they answered to; hear Jesus

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  • I am with you always, to the very end of the age.

    I am with you always, to the very end of the age.

    With every assignment comes the promise, the enablement. Having given the disciples the task to carry on the Great Commission, Jesus concludes by saying, “I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Notice that He did not say I will be with you, but I am

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  • My yoke is easy and my burden is light.

    My yoke is easy and my burden is light.

    Imagine carrying a 50-kilo sack on your shoulders. It would have been impossible. But then a man of colossal size and gargantuan biceps takes the other end of the sack. The burden is eased, because the man, far stronger than you are, carries most of the weight. Such is the

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  • Whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst.

    Whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst.

    She came at a most unusual time, when she knew there would be no one to see her, judge her, condemn her. It must have surprised her to find a man there—and not just any man, but a man who knew her past (she has had five husbands) and her

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  • With God all things are possible.

    With God all things are possible.

    That Jesus compared being saved to getting through the eye of a needle had the disciples asking, “Who could be saved?” By our own efforts, we could never attain salvation, but because Jesus went through the eye of the needle—left heaven and came down to earth stripped of all majesty—salvation

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  • Let your light shine before others.

    Let your light shine before others.

    In the dark, light will—no, is meant to—twinkle, glow, shine. Its purpose is to guide, to make people see through the darkness. In the same way, we, Christians, are little lights in this dark world—lights that should point people to the Source, the Light of the world, Jesus Christ. This

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  • In my Father’s house has many rooms… I am going there to prepare a place for you.

    In my Father’s house has many rooms… I am going there to prepare a place for you.

    What awaits us after this life? Be it a literal or a figurative house, we know it to be a place where the Father is, and with Him is the best place we could ever be. Therefore, this month, as we remember our departed loved ones, may we be comforted

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  • DECLARING HIS AUTHENTIC LOVE, EXALTING JESUS

    DECLARING HIS AUTHENTIC LOVE, EXALTING JESUS

    Authentic. A word which, even without looking up a dictionary, brings about the words “genuine” and “pure” to mind. Who would not dream of having such kind of love? Have we not, humans, been in constant search for this kind of love, genuine and pure and one-of-a-kind? Fortunately, we need

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  • JIL Church St. Francis Square Grand Opening

    JIL Church St. Francis Square Grand Opening

    October 16, 2014 The Jesus Is Lord (JIL) Church Worldwide is delighted to announce the opening of a new house of worship dedicated to the glory of the Lord Jesus Christ. It will be at the very heart of Metro Manila, standing proudly in the very midst of the hustle

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  • PRAY FOR DAVAO

    PRAY FOR DAVAO

    Yesterday night, a blast killed 14 people and left 60 wounded, at the very least. My fellow Filipinos, that blast was surely heard by God. But I believe that more than the booming sound, His ears are pierced by the cries of the casualties and the wails of the bereaved.

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  • TOGETHER, FOR GOD AND COUNTRY

    TOGETHER, FOR GOD AND COUNTRY

    The Jesus Is Lord Church Worldwide (JILCW)’s Statement on the Recently-concluded Elections As a church with the dictum GOD and COUNTRY, the Jesus Is Lord Church Worldwide (JILCW) has always been praying for good governance and righteous leadership, and for this election, God specifically answered us by giving us three

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  • ON MARRIAGE AND EQUALITY:  The Jesus Is Lord Church Worldwide’s (JILCW) Position on Same-Sex Marriage

    ON MARRIAGE AND EQUALITY: The Jesus Is Lord Church Worldwide’s (JILCW) Position on Same-Sex Marriage

    “To bring all peoples to the kingdom of the Living God regardless of race, status, belief and religious affiliation through the saving, healing, delivering and transforming power of the Lord Jesus Christ” – the JILCW mission statement, emphasis added. With a firm belief that all are created in the very image

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  • NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC

    NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC

    The leadership of the JESUS IS LORD CHURCH WORLDWIDE holds steadfast to the following principles: That there must be UNITY IN THE BODY OF CHRIST even amidst differences in minor theological presuppositions and worship expressions; That there must be DUE PROCESS in dealing with all pastors, leaders, workers and members

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