JIL Worship Empowerment 2021

JIL Worship Empowerment 2021

Last May 22, 2021, the JIL Worship held a special online event entitled “JIL Worship Empowerment,” where thousands of Worship Arts Network (WAN) ministers from all over the Philippines and all over the world received fresh revelations from the Lord via Zoom and Facebook group live stream.

The objective of the event was to empower worship ministers as they pursue their calling amid a pandemic. The keynote speakers were Ptr. Sam Binalla, JIL Worship Director, Ptr. Joey Crisostomo, Bro. Eddie School of Ministries International Director, and Ptr. Bobot Bernardo, JILCW’s Executive Director.

Indeed, this was a milestone in the history of JILCW’s music ministry, a proof that no pandemic can hinder God’s ministers in giving the worship that is due Him.

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What you need to know about COVID-19 Vaccination

What you need to know about COVID-19 Vaccination

We heard you ask, so here’s our take on COVID-19 vaccination.

We believe in God’s power to protect, to heal, and to save. We also believe that He uses medical science as one tool to protect, heal, and save us from threats such as COVID-19.

Does that mean we should get the vaccine? Read on.

AT PRESENT

Total administered vaccines worldwide:
894 million doses in 155 countries
(as of April 19, 2021, via Bloomberg)
That’s only 5.9% of the global population

Medical science shows that the most viable solution to end this pandemic is getting vaccinated: at least 70% of the population immunized.

As Christians, we believe that God’s power can also be manifested through medical science. Therefore, GETTING VACCINATED IS NECESSARY.

But should a Christian have doubts on the safety and effectiveness of the vaccines, the task is two-fold: to walk in faith and to judge with reason.

Consult the Word of God.
Carefully seek biblical principles and answers on the following:

  • Faith and action
  • A Christian’s duty toward his physical body (accountability)
  • A Christian’s duty toward his neighbors and within his community (social responsibility)

Conduct careful study and observation.
Read verified reports, listen to expert opinions, and ask the following on the vaccines available to you:

  • Who manufactured the vaccine?
  • What type of vaccine is it? How was it developed?
  • What are its ingredients?
  • Who were included in the clinical trials? Do they have underlying conditions?
  • How effective was the vaccine during the clinical trials?
  • What are the possible side effects? Are there confirmed adverse effects?

Do a self-check.
Consult your doctor or a medical expert and answer the following:

  • Are you physically ready for the vaccine?
    • age, physical fitness, allergic reaction to any of the vaccine’s ingredients
  • Are you vulnerable to the virus?
    • Medical frontliners have a high level of virus exposure
    • Senior citizens and those with co-morbidities have a high level of vulnerability
    • Essential workers have a high level of people exposure

Follow your personal conviction.
Pray and seek peace in your heart.

SUSPENSION OF FACE-TO-FACE GATHERINGS FROM MARCH 22 TO APRIL 4, 2021

In response to IATF Resolution No. 104, there shall be no face-to-face gatherings in all JIL chapters in Metro Manila, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna and Rizal from March 22 to April 4. Members from those places are advised to attend in our different media platforms.

Let us all be responsible citizens and cooperate with the government’s efforts to fight the virus through the observance of standard health protocols. More importantly, let us hold fast to our God who promised to never leave us nor forsake us. Invoking the blood of Jesus to keep us from all harm!

VISION CASTING 2021:  PREPARED FOR THE YEAR, PREPARED FOR ETERNITY

VISION CASTING 2021: PREPARED FOR THE YEAR, PREPARED FOR ETERNITY

“Prepared for 2021, Prepared for eternity!” This is the declaration of the almost 2,000 pastors, church coordinators, fulltime staff, and Christian Youth for the Nations (CYN) core leaders from all over the Philippines and the world who joined together via Zoom and Workplace for the Vision Casting of the Jesus Is Lord Church Worldwide (JILCW) last February 17, 2021, 8:00 pm PST.

Conducted annually, the vision casting is a venue through which the plans and programs for the year are laid down. This year’s event was even more anticipated given the many changes due to the current global situation amidst the pandemic. As proof, despite the differences in weather, location, and time zones, delegates from as far as Australia, the United States of America, Canada, and Europe participated. Equally excited were the pastors and church coordinators from Visayas and Mindanao who also joined the event.

Though it was the first Vision Casting done through a virtual platform, the passion of the participants remained uncontainable. Relentless praise and thanksgiving were offered to God, followed by a united, whole-hearted prayer led by one of the JILCW Operations Directors, Rev. Virgie Hernandez.

Rev. Edelisha Jovi Villanueva-Binalla, JILCW’s Vice President, formally opened the event by challenging the delegates to pursue revival no matter what the cost may be, especially in this precarious season when the Lord calls the church to be His instrument of love, hope, and compassion.

Ptr. Jovi Villanueva-Binalla

Vice President

Pastors and church coordinators intently listened to the message of the Lord delivered by Rev. Bobot Bernardo, JILCW Executive Director, as he journeyed the delegates to each of this year’s monthly themes, crying “I am consecrated, I am devoted, I am fired up, I am redeemed, I am holy, I am emboldened, I am recharged, I am vigilant, I am free, I am involved, I am alive, and I am chosen. Therefore, I am prepared for eternity.”

Ptr. Bobot V. Bernardo

Executive Director

Following his preaching, Ptr. Bobot also discussed the future plans and programs for the JILCW, to which the delegates responded with much fervor and excitement.

After being empowered by God’s message, the pastors took home the final charge from the President and Spiritual Director of the JILCW and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Bishop Bro. Eddie Villanueva. He intimately shared the vision of God for JILCW and encouraged them to step up for God’s assignment.

Bro. Eddie C. Villanueva

President and Spiritual Director

Rev. Joey Crisostomo, the Director of the Bro. Eddie School of Ministries International (BESMI), capped the event. He left an encouraging message to the pastors and challenged them to continue pursuing their calling despite the challenges ahead.

Concluding the event were songs of victory echoing from the homes of the delegates and a thanksgiving prayer led by Rev. Edgar Valdoria.

Be still

Be still

Tough times had hit us in the past week.

Super typhoon Rolly whipped the nation last October 31st leaving blown-off roofs, causing flash floods, power outages, damage to infrastructure, blocked roads, almost 400 thousand evacuees, and even some dead people due to catastrophic winds and rains. Rolly hit the main Luzon Island particularly Catanduanes, Albay and Manila. And while the storm was still wreaking havoc the next day, a fire at night razed the 400 homes in a fisherfolk community in Bacoor, Cavite reclamation zone. It took four hours before the fire was put out.

These ordeals are indeed heartbreaking and we are sending our heartfelt empathy to our affected brothers and sisters. We pray for their immediate recovery from the losses they suffered and wish to offer uplifting words from the One we can trust in times like this.

Psalmist David sang to the Lord, “Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me! For my soul trusts in You; And in the shadow of Your wings I will make my refuge, Until these calamities have passed by.” (Psalm 57:1).

We can always count on the mercy of God. Peter encourages us to “Give all our worries and cares to God, for He cares about us.” (1 Peter 5:7)

We must not think twice in coming to God for He will attend to our cries. As written in Psalm 107:28-30, “Then they cry out to the Lord in their trouble. And He brings them out of their distresses. He calms the storm, so that its waves are still. Then they are glad because they are quiet; so He guides them to their desired haven.”

To all my countrymen, let the current challenges lead us to heed Psalm 46:10, for the Lord is saying, “Be still, and know that I am God!” Deep and true knowledge of the real God will let us pass through different calamities in life and still be able to come out triumphant.

Shalom! Shalom! God bless the Philippines!!!

OFFICIAL STATEMENT FROM JIL’s EXECUTIVE MANAGEMENT BOARD

OFFICIAL STATEMENT FROM JIL’s EXECUTIVE MANAGEMENT BOARD

An exemplary leader, a pioneer, a trailblazer, and woman of vision and action.

Such was Mayor Joni Villanueva Tugna as JIL’s Executive Director. She dreamed big dreams for God and the ministry and worked day and night to bring those to fruition. In fact, she was the brains behind JIL’s many breakthrough programs, systems, structures, and infrastructures, some of which include the establishment of JIL’s Executive Management Board and the renovation of Camp Praise Valley.

Then, God led her to the path of public service. As mayor of Bocaue, Bulacan, she was also a pioneer and trailblazer: innovative in her methods and humane in her actions. In fact, even as she was sick, she was working and serving and caring for her constituents—involved even in the packing and distribution of relief goods until her body stopped her to do so.

That is why our hearts are grieving that today, at 5:08pm, our dear Mayor Joni, because of sepsis secondary to bacterial pneumonia, has left this world and has come home to her Father in heaven.

As shocking as it is, we trust in God’s wisdom and sovereignty and believe that Mayor Joni is now at the best place in the world: in the arms of our Lord.

While we grieve her passing, let us also not forget to keep praying for the whole Villanueva and Tugna families as they go through this emotional ordeal. Let us keep covering them in our prayers and seek God’s comforting hand to be upon them now more than ever before.

Salamat po, Sis. Dory

Salamat po, Sis. Dory

At 5:50pm today, we have lost a spiritual mother, a competent teacher, a prayer warrior, and a model of faith. After going through fatal arrhythmia secondary to septic shock, Ate Dory is now resting in the arms of her Maker and Savior. She is now face to face with the God she served all these years, true to the words of St. Paul, “For to me to live is Christ, to die is gain (Philippians 1:21).”

So, sorrowful as we may be, we are immensely grateful to God for our Ate Dory, and for the time we had with her. We are grateful that in her 73 years on earth, our lives collided with her, affecting and influencing us in ways we never would forget.

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.

Therefore, I am calling out to every nation-loving, God-fearing Filipino, during these trying times, let us all believe that there is a God who hears, who sees, who feels. Let us come to Him, with our hearts joined in prayer–that there may be justice for the dead, healing for the wounded, comfort for the bereaved, and peace for Davao and the whole nation.

Then, for us who are unharmed by the bomb, after joining our hearts, let us now join our hands and stand for them who were harmed. Once again, as we have done countless of times before, let the spirit of bayanihan arise. Let the Filipinos rise again, together.

Shalom! Shalom!

BRO. EDDIE C. VILLANUEVA

Jesus Is Lord Church Worldwide

President and Spiritual Director

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 victories:

  • the come-from-behind win of senator-elect Joel “TESDAMAN” Villanueva who, as a first-timer in the senatorial race, shocked many by landing on the second spot;

  • the miraculous, God-ordained victory of mayor-elect Joni “JJV” Villanueva whose phenomenal win via toss coin showed the divine vote of God Himself; and

  • the consistent success of Citizens’ Battle Against Corruption (CIBAC) party-list, which, for the sixth time has secured a seat in the Congress.

But more than the personalities who won, the general success of the past election is reflected in the following:

  • vote counting machine (VCM) glitches became smaller (2.55% versus 6.11% in 2013),

  • vote transmission went faster (already at 74% at 10:50pm on the actual day of elections), and

  • voter turnout soared higher (81.62% versus 73.1% in 2013).

Because these results, in themselves, bring us a sense of the Filipinos’ increasing involvement in nation-building and the government’s relentless perseverance in public service.

Therefore, we, the JILCW, call for a prayer of thanksgiving—foremost, a prayer of thanks to God for a fast, efficient, transparent, and peaceful elections and, secondarily, a prayer of thanks for the 140,000 policemen, 409,392 teachers, and the many government and non-government officials who became instruments in securing each of our votes.

Secondly, we call for a prayer of wisdom for all the winning candidates—starting with the president and vice president, the twelve senators, the 293 party-list and district congressmen, and the 17,736 local government officials. The task ahead of them is humongous and would, therefore, require the support and cooperation of all of us, 102 million Filipinos.

Hence, we call for a prayer of healing. After the bantering and arguing over conflicting viewpoints on issues of political concern, relationships had been broken. Now that election is over, regardless of who we voted for, may we forget our differences and, instead, remember our singular ancestry: we are Filipinos, all of us.

Our plea for prayer, therefore, is our plea for all Filipinos to UNITE. Because we know and we believe that national change and transformation is the duty of every Filipino, not just of the elect. So let us rally together. For our beloved nation.

Finally, to all Christians, let us also keep fighting the good fight of faith. Because we know and we believe that unless Christ Jesus is placed first in every pillar of society—that is, in the church and in the family, in the government, in business and economics, in education, in science and technology, in media and entertainment, in arts, and in the environment—our beloved nation will never truly see change.

“Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people he chose for his inheritance.”

(Psalm 33:12)

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 of God and, also, purchased by the blood of Jesus Christ, the JILCW staunchly believes that equality should never be a privilege of the few, but the right of all.

Hence, any attempt at disrobing anyone—that is, irrespective of age, gender/sexual orientation, nationality/ethnicity, social class, educational attainment, physical ability and religion—of his/her basic rights is an assault against his/her personhood and must, therefore, be objectionable by law and human ethics.

It is for this cause that we, the JILCW, have, for the past thirty-nine years, so cried: NO to the belittlement of the differently-abled, NO to the exploitation of the youth, and NO to the corruption of the money-hungry. That is, we cry NO to all kinds of abuse and discrimination.

Therefore, in light of the recent stir on the rights of the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) group, we say NO to any act that will stifle their right to live with freedom and dignity. This includes, but is not limited to, their right to education, right of suffrage, right to freedom of speech and expression, right to fair trial, right to privacy, and right to social security.

In short, we say YES to the promotion of LGBT rights—BUT only insofar as the moral laws and standards of GOD, who is the Supreme Judge, are NOT violated. This brings us to the case in point: In view of God’s precepts, should same-sex marriage be rendered acceptable?

We now turn to His Word—

“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. God blessed them and said to them, ‘Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it…’” (Genesis 1:27-28)

“‘Haven’t you read,’ he replied, ‘that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female,’ and said ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh?’” (Matthew 19:4-5)

From these verses, we can gather that, although across time and space marriage has taken on various forms (polygamous vs. monogamous) and definitions (economic security vs. romantic commitment) one kernel of truth remains—that marriage is a God-ordained sacrament between opposite sexes for the purpose of union and procreation. Let us elucidate this definition further:

  1. It is a God-ordained sacrament. While marriage is a legal matter, it is, first and foremost, a divine mandate: “God blessed them and said to them, ‘Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it…’” Hence, marriage must primarily be rooted in God’s decrees, not in any constitution or any human construct. What, then, are God’s decrees about marriage? We move on to the next two points…
  2. It is between a man and a woman. God’s design for the human body is that males are biologically and physiologically sexually compatible with females—and vice versa (“male and female he created them”). Any other coition will be against the divine and natural order of things—hence, God’s firm command: “Do not lie with a man as one lies with a woman; that is detestable.” (Leviticus 18:22)
  3. It is unitive AND procreative. If marriage were but a pledge of commitment to someone, then it would have been no different from friendship. But marriage is more than that. It is the union of two people: “and the two will become one flesh.” The marital mandate, however, does not stop there: “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it…” Hence, couples are also expected to fulfill their civic duty of child-bearing/child-rearing—although marriage is not prohibited to couples who are incapable of child-bearing (as in infertility or old age).
  4. With these, any and all changing formulations on the concept of marriage must NOT deviate from the above definition. Juxtapose same-sex marriage with it and we can gather, plain and simple, that same-sex marriage is a clear distortion of the God-ordained concept of marriage.

    Having thus considered these, we can gather that since same-sex marriage (or even same-sex coitus) is NOT right before God, marriage can NOT be accorded as a right among same-sex couples.

    Hence, we make it plain and clear that while the JILCW respects the LGBT group, we can only do as much as stand with them in fighting for their basic rights, but NEVER stand for same-sex marriage—or any other act that would infringe the highest law of all: the law of God.

    This, we believe, should be the stance of the Church. For we are not only the extension of God’s hands to the poor and marginalized; we are also His salt and light to this tumultuous world (Matthew 5:13-16).

    So let not the dim issues of life extinguish our flames. Instead, let us allow our little lights to so shine—that all humankind would see THE Light of the World, the be-all and end-all of life, JESUS CHRIST.

    We end by saying—

    We stand with the LGBTs in their fight for freedom and equality—that is, in all areas except those where our faith and ultimate commitment to God are to be compromised…

    We stand with the sanctity of marriage, the dignity of the family, and the blessedness of life…

    Because, ultimately, we stand with the supreme GOD and His infallible Word—in whose cause we live and die for.

    With a prayerful heart for the LGBT group and their search for meaning and fulfillment,

    THE JESUS IS LORD CHURCH WORLDWIDE