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FILIPINO BIBLE FELLOWSHIP

On Sundays at 3pm. Please contact Bro Jose Lagapa: 81853623 anytime.


Dear Brethren and Friends,

Welcome to the Filipino Bible Fellowship!

Romans 8:28 says, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” God allows us to experience circumstances in our lives that we may learn from Him. We may meet disasters and challenges in order to understand our need of Him.

There are many times we are blinded because of our rebellion and sinfulness! We wander away from the Lord because we neglect His Word, we forget to pray and we absent ourselves from the fellowship with brethren. The moment these things happen in our lives, we are vulnerable. We are easy prey of the Devil who “as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour…” (1 Peter 5:8b). Never forget to confess and repent of your sins every time the Holy Spirit convicts you. Do not wait for God’s disciplining rod!

Another reason we lost the battle against the enemy is because we fail to trust in the Lord! “It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man. It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in princes” (Psalms 118:8-9). When we fear man rather than God we are bound to fail. When we trust our own strength rather than God’s we surely will fail! So read your Bible, pray every day, and be present at our fellowship meeting always! – Bro Jose

Glory to God! Glory to Jesus!

First of all I want to thank God for his unconditional love. I also thank God for giving me a good Christian employer I thank God for the Brothers and Sisters in Christ who did not stop praying for me.

There were times in my life that I felt really depressed. I wanted to rebel against my family and God because of the many problems. The Devil kept on attacking my weaknesses and led me to the wrong paths. Bad thoughts are fed into my mind. The more I get closer to God, the more burdens, trials, and problems come into my way. I wanted to keep away from His Words thinking that I'll be happy and I can enjoy my life without His presence. Yes I felt happy but it was just temporary. Still in my conscience and in my heart I felt guilty for what I was doing.

There were many instances that God reminded me that I was walking the wrong path, that it was not right, but I never listened I always ignored the messages of the brethren and close friends that I should attend fellowship meetings. I always told them “I'm not ready.” This even happened right after my baptism.

Nevertheless, if God says “Yes” nobody can say “No!” On December 2, 2018, my sister and I went to her friend’s house. But I was accidentally bitten by their dog. Worse, I was a bit drunk that time! Although, it was just a small wound but it was deep and a lot of blood trickled. They got scared, but I was not worried because I thought that Singapore dogs do not have rabies.

As we were going home, I was already late and frightened because that was the last chance for me to go back late. So, I told my employers that I was going to be late because I went to a clinic for a check-up because my hand was bitten by a dog. Actually, I lied because I did not go to a clinic.

My boss at home was waiting for me and directly asked me what happened. I told him I was late because I was bitten by a dog. He asked me if I really went to a clinic to clean my wound. I said, yes but again it was a lie. It led me into big trouble when he asked me how, when, and where did it happen. He further said that I needed to give the full information about the incident. We needed to file a police report. I was more terrified because I was really into a big trouble. We just went into the house because the owner was not there that time and only my sister’s friend was there. I cannot give the location and address where the incident happened. The next day my boss got angry and decided to bring me to the police station to file a police report for my health insurance. I told my boss the truth that we did not go to the clinic for a check-up. My boss rushed me to the clinic and the doctor advised my employer to bring me to the hospital because I already had a fever and my hand had a serious injury. It became swollen and black, so we went to General Hospital in Jurong East (Ng Teng Fong General Hospital). The nurse said if I did not rush to the hospital within 24 hours I might have lost my hand because of infection. I underwent x-ray and was injected with antibiotics anti-tetanus, and antibacterial.

The next day the doctor told me I must undergo for a surgery if my hand will not get better by antibiotics. My boss asked me to pray that God will help me not to undergo for operation worried that it will cost much money and might go higher than my health insurance. I asked brethren in FilBF to please help me to pray and yes God never fails. God always answers prayers! (“Come and hear, all ye that fear God, and I will declare what he hath done for my soul. I cried unto him with my mouth, and he was extolled with my tongue. If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me: But verily God hath heard me; he hath attended to the voice of my prayer. Blessed be God, which hath not turned away my prayer, nor his mercy from me” Psalm 66:16–20.) Glory to God!

The next day I was discharged. At home my employer's talked to me about what are my plans to avoid this kind of incident will happen again. They said I must take the consequences of what I have done. Instead, they decided to give me Sundays off only to attend church, evangelism and Bible fellowship. I was in tears knowing that it is God's will for me why all these things happened. God just used my employer's to discipline me. I really felt God's presence at that moment.

No one can stop God's calling if we are His chosen dear children. God will remind us how much He loves us and how much He cares for us! Whatever we do to escape from His calling, He is more powerful to do the impossible! “For with God nothing shall be impossible (Luke 1:31). Brethren God will remind us that we must continue leading our lives in the right path. We might walk in the narrow road but God will never leave us. He will always guide us and protect us!

Please do not wait before it's too late! All the praises and glory I give back to Him! Amen! – Girlie Torre

Letter of Thanksgiving

I am grateful to our most loving and all-knowing God for all the things He bestowed in my life. All experiences in happiness and most especially in heavy moments that led me to be emotional, weak, and drained. But He drew me closer to God to ask Him for help.

I know God has a purpose for it all and I believe it is for my own benefit that I will be more equipped and effective in the future ministry He has prepared for me. As a human being, I am glad but also sad, to know that I am a failure. I felt ashamed and discouraged because God always provides for me yet I cause trouble to some people. But in spite of my weaknesses, I am thankful that there are people who continually and patiently understand me, although I am not deserving to receive a chance.

As I look forward to this event we will be having tomorrow (Opening Day of Prayer). I feel very worried thinking that all my results will be terrible, but I am comforted to know that God permits it for His glory! He is showing me how I really need Him and I am nothing without Him. He also shows to me that I must put more effort and lean only unto Him because He is the source of everything and also He is gracious to all His children who come to Him.

I was also thinking, “What if tomorrow I find out that I will be sent home?” I feel quite nervous right now. But whatever will happen, I believe that God is in control. Either to discipline me or to improve me.

I just write this because I am so grateful to God by using the FilBF family to support my studies and I am ready and willing to accept whatever is God's will for me. I just want to apologize for my failures as a student. Hoping and praying to have better grades next semester, though grades are not the measurement of success but whatever I will get. I must be thankful and be content because it is all from Him. God willing, I will learn from my mistakes and failures and improve while I still have time to change.

All honour and glory belong only unto our God!

In Christ,

Jenerose Sagayoc

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