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  1. 1. A PUBLICATION OF THE VINE’S CHURCH OF NEW JERSEY T HE M ESSENGER V OLUME 1, I SSUE 1 M ARCH , 2010 T HROUGH THE EYES OF LOVE By: Ana Marie Regaliza-Datuin references, we may be able to separate the chaff from the grain and act in accordance with what It is that time of the year again when Christians Jesus in His teachings truly commands us to do. all over the world take a sit back to commemo- SPECIAL MESSAG E : rate the season of Lent, one of the two most Origin of Lent important periods in the Christian liturgical We are happy to present the maiden According to research done by religious issue of The Messenger, a quarterly year. As a believer, either we take part in this religious tradition with due diligence scholars, Lent was first addressed during the publication of The Vine’s Church. It and sincerity or, we simply go legalization of Christianity in A.D. is our hope that through this newslet- through the motions without putting 313. This was fortified by the church ter we will be able to reach out to our heart and soul into it, or we at Rome during the Council of Nicea more people in spreading the gospel of simply ignore it or are critical about in A.D. 325 when the Council of salvation through the Lord Jesus Bishops settled on the calculation of Christ it. Easter celebration. It was universally Since the reason for the observance We would like to thank everyone who observed until the Protestant Refor- of Lent lies in the very core of the got involved in the publication of this mation in 1517 when the Christian maiden issue. Special thanks to the Christian faith, it deems justifiably church was divided into splintered following: right that every person who claims groups because of doctrinal differ- to be a Christian worthy of his salt ought to give this century-old tradition a scru- ences. Some of the more radical reformers, Ryan Villanueva—logo design tiny. Perhaps in knowing its history and biblical like the Baptists, Pentecostals, shun the VCR Photography Ministry —for Continued on Page 3 the beautiful photos Mariel Carlos & Chris Somera—for sharing their love story F IGHTING THE GOOD FIGHT OF FAITH Malou Rena—for the Bible Trivia Enrique Carlos—contributing The Vine's Church in Raritan recently Church, Vambudo classes, which are offered writer hosted the second Vambudo inter- free to interested participants, meet every Albert Mabilangan—for the Micro- Saturday afternoon, 5:00 p.m. at the Third soft Office Publisher software branch Full Contact Competition at the social hall of the Reformed Church in Rari- Reformed Church in Raritan, New Jersey. Anyone who is interested in contribut- tan, New Jersey. The event was partici- Currently, there are some 30 active mem- ing to the next issue is welcome to pated in by young men and women from bers. contact Pastor Rowel del Mundo. New Jersey and New York and attended by VAMBUDO was initiated in the Philip- local city council members. pines by TOUGHGUYS INTERNA- VAMBUDO, a mixed martial event that TIONAL, an accredited non-profit organi- stands for Vast (VA), M (Multi), Budo for zation collaborating with NGO's and the fighting system, is aimed at reaching out to government alike in the prevention of vio- the youth offering them a productive sports lence and drug addiction in schools and activity that promotes sound mind, body, local communities. According to its foun- and spirit. It also instills good moral values, der, Sensei Rev. Vincent V. Vicencio, a discipline and leadership skills to its partici- Christian pastor and a 5th Degree Black pants. A growing ministry of The Vine’s Belt, Tough Guys International ―is not just Continued on page 4
  2. 2. P AGE 2 T HE M ESSENGER F ROM THE DESK OF PASTOR ROWEL DEL MUNDO In order to begin our study in Some reasons why atheist denies God Bible doctrine we ought to be- gin with God.  They deny the existence of God not because they cannot find Him, but because they are afraid to face the responsibility of being accountable to Him after death.  We are constantly being chal- lenged by the atheist, skeptics and  It is one of the devils tool to put man into sleep without hecklers to prove that there is accepting salvation. God. If there is no God, I can live and die as I please.  The Bible is not a textbook The Argument from Cause (Cosmological) coming from that attempts to prove the existence of God. the Greek word KOSMOS “mainam na pagkakaayos”  The Bible opens with a positive fact that God does exist. It did not occur to any writer of the Bible to prove this fact.  The world is here, it must have come from somewhere. Somebody must have caused it to come. The Bible plainly states that it is a fool who denies the existence of God.  Here is a book, someone must have written it. No printing press can of itself produce a book. Proof from the Scripture  Meaning to say, the universe, or the world is here someone started it. If all pieces of the watch were put inside the can and Psalm 14:1 shake for a million years, it will not accidentally put it together. To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. 1 The fool [a] says in his heart, "There is no God." Hebrews 3:4 They are corrupt, their deeds are vile; 4For every house is built by someone, but God is the builder of there is no one who does good. everything. Psalm 19:1 The Argument from Design (Teleological) coming from For the director of music. A psalm of David. the Greek word TELOS, which means proper and correct 1 The heavens declare the glory of God; design the skies proclaim the work of his hands A watch not only exists but it has a designer. It was planned for a specific purpose. It is not design for mosquito to live in. It Romans 1:20 was accurately design to tell time. 20For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have The color of the birds and animals and their defense are not been clearly seen, being understood from what has accidental. They are a result of a plan of a superior planning been made, so that men are without excuse mind of the originator. The Moral Argument (Anthropological) coming In addition to the above-mentioned arguments in the from the Greek word Arthropods that mean MAN scripture, we may also consider seven other powerful proofs. Man has an intellectual and moral nature showing that the creator must not merely an inanimate force but a Proof of Conscience living, intelligent moral being. All creation knows that there are out there some being who controls everything. Genesis 1:26 26 Then God said, "Let us make man in our image, in our Romans 2:15 likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the 15since they show that the requirements of the law are birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, [a] written on their hearts, their consciences also bearing and over all the creatures that move along the ground." witness, and their thoughts now accusing, now even fending them.) Genesis 1:27 27 So God created man in his own image Acts 17:23 in the image of God he created him; 23For as I walked around and looked carefully at your male and female he created them Continued on Page 8
  3. 3. V OLUME 1, I SSUE 1 P AGE 3 T HROUGH THE EYES OF LOVE (C ONT ’ D FROM P AGE 1) observance of lent, while the less conservative Lutherans, early Christians. Methodists, Presbyterians, Anglicans and Episcopalians, and Acts 12:4, “And when he [King Herod] had apprehended him do practice the tradition with some modifications. Today, [Peter], he put him in prison, and delivered him to four quater- several years after this historic period in the Christian world, nions of soldiers to keep him; intending after EASTER to bring him arguments regarding the practice of forth to the people. The term Lent originated from the Latin Although there have been references by some term guadragesima, translated in Greek Christian scholars to the use of Easter in this as , ―tessarakoste.‖ This was used by the passage as the same as Passover, some say that it Christian churches to mean ―fortieth day‖ could not have been so since Peter was appre- before Easter. This nomenclature is pre- hended during the days of unleavened bread served in various languages such as (Acts 12:3) when Passover was over by then. ―Charisma‖ for Spanish and Quaresma for And because of this sequence of events, some Portuguese. As time went by, as the ser- scholars argue that the word "Easter" in Acts mons began to use English instead of Latin, 12:4 does NOT then refer to Easter as we the English word lent was adopted. The know it, nor does it refer to the Passover as word initially meant spring (as in German suggested by other bible versions. Bede ―the language Lenz and Dutch lente) and de- Venerable,‖ a Christian scholar, who has writ- rives from the Germanic root for ―long‖ ten several books on Christianity, went further because in the spring the days were length- by suggesting that Easter has pagan origins. In ened. his book De Ratione Temporum, Bede wrote The observance of an annual period of 40 days of fasting and that Easter was named after Eostre, the goddess of fertility. abstinence preceding the festival of the Passover is not found He also explains Easter's association with rabbits and eggs. mentioned anywhere in both the Old and the New Testa- Lenten Practices ment, yet today this tradition is widely practiced by most Christians. The period of 40 days, however, has several ref- Different Christian groups have different ways of celebrat- erences in the bible, which could be the reason why early ing the Lenten season. For Catholics Lent is the 40-day Christians made this part of the whole religious ritual. Some period (Sundays excluded) prior to Easter, which the of these verses are found in the following chapters: church observes as a penitential season. It begins on Ash Wednesday and concludes with the Passion tide, the two- It rained 40 days and nights: Gen 7:4, 12. week period during which the church's liturgy follows Joseph mourned the death of his father Jacob for a period of Christ's activity closely through the final stages of his life on 40 days: Gen 49:33 - Gen 50:3. earth. These two weeks are called Passion Week and Holy Moses on Sinai for 40 days: Exo 24:18, 34:28, Deu 9:9-11. Week. Moses pleads for Israel 40 days on Sinai: Deu 9:18-25, In some countries, pre Lenten festival called Mardi Gras or 10:10. Carnival have also flourished and later on became part of Jesus fasted in the wilderness for 40 days: Matt 4:2, Mark their countries’ cultural tradition. The most famous of 1:13, Luke 4:2. these festivals is in Rio de Janeiro. Others are held in Ven- Jesus was seen for 40 days after His crucifixion: Acts 1:3. ice, Cologne and in New Orleans, where it is termed Mardi Gras. Origin of Easter Carnival, which means ―removal of meat‖ in Latin, while Easter, as we all know it, is the highlight of the Lenten sea- Mardi Gras is the French translation for ―Fat Tuesday‖ or son. It is considered the most significant religious event in Shrove Tuesday in ethnic English tradition. Both the carni- the Christian liturgical year as it celebrates the death and val and Mardi Gras are held before the people go on fasting resurrection of Jesus Christ. However, just like Lent, al- as a means to repent of their sins. It is supposed to be a though it is mentioned once in Acts 12:4 , Easter is not time when people indulge in food, wine, and music before documented anywhere in the bible as an event practiced by plunging into a period of fasting. Today, some local Continued on Page 9
  4. 4. P AGE 4 T HE M ESSENGER F IGHTING THE GOOD FIGHT OF FAITH (C ONT ’ D FROM P AGE 1) an organization but an organism since we live what skills, from a mixture of martial arts traditions and non-traditions, we teach. The organization now has 29 local The rules allow the use of striking, throwing or take downs and branches and 5 international branches. grappling techniques, both while standing and on the ground. The roots of mixed martial arts can be traced back throughout Europe Sensei Rev. Rowel Del Mundo, a 3rd Degree Black and Japan during the early 1900s. The sport re-emerged in 1993 belt, who is one of the founding members of Tough with the founding of the Ultimate Fighting Championships. The Guys International, Inc. and the lead instructor of following are the results of the recently concluded Toughguys 24th VAMBUDO in the USA, has seen the positive im- Interbranch competition: pact of VAMBUDO on some troubled youths in the Philippines. As head pastor of The Vine’s Church in Jake Crespo (NJ)- champion, close combat heavyweight Raritan, Sensei del Mundo, guided by the biblical Justin Festejo (NY) – champion, close combat middleweight teaching in 1 Cor. 6:19, which talks about how our Jonathan (NY) – champion, close combat Lightweight body as living temple of God must me glorified, Ryan Villanueva- champion, lightweight Kickboxing believes that the program’s success in the Philip- Paul Del Mundo (NJ) -2nd runner-up pines can be duplicated here in the US especially Vinnie (NY) – champion, heavyweight, kickboxing among the youth. Assisting Rev. Del Mundo in pro- Donne Berberabe (NJ) – Kids full-contact champion moting VAMBUDO in the US particularly in New Pauline Del Mundo (NJ) – Ladies full-contact champion York is Sempai Rev. Ronald Ramirez, also a Black Michelle Villanueva (NJ) – 2nd runner-up Belt in the discipline. Paul Del Mundo (NJ) – Lightweight full-contact champion Mike (NJ) – 2nd runner-up Considered to be under the category of Mixed Mar- Melvin Roque (NJ) – Middleweight full-contact champion tial Arts, Vambudo is a full contact combat sport Jomar Garnade (NY) – 2nd runner-up that allows a wide variety of fighting techniques and Cathy Samonte (NJ)-Toughguys Spirit award More Photos on Page 8
  5. 5. T HE M ESSENGER P AGE 5 W HEN L OVE B ECKONS By: Ana Marie Regaliza Datuin The two, however, shares a common love for travelling. Both are adventurous and love trying out new things. Perhaps one of the most interesting testimonies one can hear from Being part of the church’s VCNJ’s youth group inevitably The Vine’s Church of New Jersey is the love story of Mariel Luvi Carlos and Christopher Somera. It is a romantic relationship that played a big role in the positive growth of their relation- has all the elements of a typical boy and girl love affair, only this one ship. According to Yeng and Toffee, being active mem- has a little twist to it. Theirs was borne and nurtured by a common bers in the ministry helped them both keep their focus on love for God, who directed their paths to where they are right now. God. Two years into the relationship, while constantly praying and consulting the bible for God’s will, the mes- As the great poet Khalil Gibran once said sage became clear to them that being to- “Think not you can direct the course of love, gether is part of God’s plan for their lives. for love, if it finds you worthy, directs your course. Yeng and Toffee as they are fondly The couple shares here some practical rules called by family and friends met 13 years ago at they live by in keeping their relationship the IBC's (now VCNJ) Christmas Cantata. As healthy. fate would have it, their families were seated at the same table. It was not a case of love at first Don’t rush... wait for God's perfect timing sight according to Yeng since she was only 11 Focus on knowing yourself first and Toffee was 10 back then. But as the years Take time to get to know the other person went by, they began talking to each other, first, before entering into a relationship learned more about each other, and later be- Don't keep breaking up and getting back came best friends and eventually - a couple together Protect your relationship, keep your fights When asked what attracted them to each other, Yeng, who now works as Ophthalmic Techni- private cian, is quick to say that Toffee is the most Respect one another selfless and passionate person she has ever met. Make sure God is always first and center ―He goes out of his way for anyone and he’s of your relationship and lives also very smart and driven‖, said Yeng. Mean- Pray for each other, pray together, read the while, Toffee, who works as a Project Engineer bible together, do devotions together. at NBC, was enthralled by Mariel’s beautiful eyes. For him, Mariel is the most beautiful person he has ever known. He was attracted On June 26th, Yeng and Toffee are moving on to the too by Mariel’s nurturing, kind, sweet and caring character. next chapter of their love story. They will be exchanging their marriage vows before God, with families and friends Just like any typical normal romantic relationships, Yeng and Toffee as witnesses. The ceremony which will be held at The had their own share of misunderstandings too. But because they are Don CeSar in St. Pete Beach, Florida will be officiated by committed to keep their relationship strong, they learned to com- Pastor Rowel del Mundo. promise and made sacrifices for each other here and there. In no time, they started liking what the other person does and enjoyed doing these things together. Those who accept Christ as Savior have As individuals, Yeng and accepted God's plan (John 14:6). From then Toffee have similarities and on, it's a step-by-step following of God's best differences in personalities. Toffee is the quiet, easy for us, praying for His will to be done going and a little laid back (Matthew 6:10), and avoiding the sidetrack of type of a person. Yeng, on sin (Psalm 32:1-11; 119:59; Hebrews 12:1- the other hand, is outgoing 2).reads, "The Lord says, I will guide you and vocal about her opin- along the best pathway for your life. I will ions. advise you and watch over you."
  6. 6. V OLUME 1, I SSUE 1 P AGE 6 C ALENDAR OF E VENTS T HE VINE ’ S C HURCH IN R ARITAN T HE V INE ’ S C HURCH IN W ANAQUE March 27, 2010 The Tough Guys competition. March 28, 2010 Mission Sunday Beneficiary: Ptr. Paul Montano An evangelistic project of the youth ministry. April 4, 2010 Movie Presentation ―Facing the April 4, 2010 Easter Movie Presentation: Fac- Giants‖ ing the Giants May 9, 2010 Mother’s Day Banquet May 5, 2010 Mother's Day Sunday Special June 12, 2010 VCNJ Anniversary and Inde- May 31, 2010 Memorial Day Sunday Special pendence Day Celebration Joint Fellowship with BCI in East June 21, 2010 Father's Day Sunday Special Randolph July 05, 2010 Pistang Pinoy – Summer Special June 10, 2010 Father’s Day’s Celebration Activity June 25, 2010 Mission Sunday August, 2010 Church Outing – Date and details to be announced Beneficiary: Teknotropeo September, 2010 Back to School Program led by August 14, 2010 Church Outing the Youth Ministry October 9, 2010 Sports activities sponsored by the September 10, 2010 Back to School Night – Joint MSBFA (Metropolitan Southern Effort with VCR Baptist Filipino Association) Mis- November 19, 2010 Thanksgiving ―Awards Night‖ sion Month; Pastor Appreciation Nov. 7, 2010 7th Anniversary Sunday Special December 4, 2010 Mission Sunday Beneficiary: Benguet Church Dec. 4, 2010 Christmas Special (A stage presen- tation of Christian Songs, Dance, VCNJ Community Outreach Play and Vambudo Martial Arts) Wanaque Convalescent Center W EEKLY SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES Wednesday Ladies Bible Study Monday Bible Study at Ate Nora's place Wednesday Men Bible Study Tuesday Ladies Bible Study Wednesday Youth Bible Study Thursday Men/Young Couples Bible Study Last Wed. of the Joint Prayer meeting Friday Youth Bible Study at the church Month Every other Wednes- Saturday Praise & Worship practice Bass & Guitar Lesson day Toughguys International "Vambudo" Friday Young Pro & Icy Hot Bible Study Sunday Worship Service Sunday Worship Service
  7. 7. P AGE 7 T HE M ESSENGER C APTURING THE B EAUTY OF L IFE AND L IVING Ansel Adams, a Each member of the team has a different creative angle, but widely renowned all members share a love of photography and a heart of “No one after lighting a lamp American pho- service. Leading the group is Janice Maduan-Magracia, who covers it with a jar or puts it tographer and back in the Philippines was an accountant by profession at under a bed, but puts it on a environmentalist the Megacity Ministries, Inc. and a photographer by avoca- stand, so that those who enter once said, ―Some tion. As a full time church worker of Community Baptist may see the light (Luke 8:16) photographers Church, Janice used her skills in photography to capture take reality...and the various activities of her former church and mentored impose the domi- several members of the youth group. Janice was all set to nation of their own thought and spirit. Others come before reality more tenderly and a photograph to them is an in- strument of love and revelation.‖ With their dedication to serve the church through their God given talents in pho- tography, it can be said that the same truth can be said of every member of The Vine’s Church Photography Minis- try. Each one may have his and her own perspectives about photography, but it cannot be denied that they are one in believing that photography is an expression of their collec- tive love for God and the church. Late last year when the church was busy with several ac- tivities, Janice Maduan, now Janice Maduan Magracia, Marjorie Datuin, Albert Mabilangan and Rico Mangalindan found themselves busy covering every activity of the church. After the holidays were over, it became clear to everyone that there is a purpose to what they have been doing. The group, joined in by additional members, de- cided to sit down and discuss a plan on how to use their professionalize her photography skills in the Philippines God given talents to serve God. On January of this year, when a different calling was laid out to her. On October the VCR Photography Ministry was born. It had a success- 2009, Janice was married to Frederick Magracia. It did not ful launch when they provided free photo sessions for take long for Janice to realize that aside from meeting the member of both the North Jersey and Raritan Churches on man God has appointed for her, she was also destined to be Valentine's Day. One of the other main projects of the used by God in sharing her experience in photography with ministry for this year is a church directory. other members who have the same passion as she has. Sup- porting Janice in the ministry are the following: •Albert Mabilangan •Marjorie Datuin •Melvin Roque •Rico Mangalindan •Marcel Bautista •Frederick Magracia •Kathy Samonte The VCR Photography ministry is also open in accommodat- ing other churches’ activities for a minimal fee to raise funds for the ministry’s future projects.
  8. 8. P AGE 8 T HE M ESSENGER Y OUNG P RO ’ S C ORNER By: Enrique Carlos verses. He was good. So he asks Jesus (paraphrased) ―Jesus, check out my wallet. Look at my Sunday school certifi- When I was 7 and new to the U.S., I quickly learned cates. See how many times I’ve been to church? What else that the terms bad, wicked, insane, and crazy were do I do to get to heaven?‖ classified as good, while ―good‖ meant satisfactory and tolerable. ‖Whoa, that skateboard trick was wicked cool!‖ which means Jesus looks at him and says, ―Give up your gear. Sell it, and then good job. In Filipino culture, Tupperware or a Chinese soup follow me‖. Gulp. The young man leaves because he had great container on your bathroom floor is good to have, wealth. He was a good church boy. He but not good when your non-Filipino friend asks knew what to say. Saying and doing the right you why it’s there. You find the answer to that things - that’s all good, but in reality, it’s not one. Ephesians 2:8-9, it says a requirement. At home, talking back to parents is considered ―For it is by grace you have In Ephesians 2:8-9, it says ―For it is by grace rebellious. However, outside the home, there was been saved, through faith - you have been saved, through faith - and this a growing tolerance for that and this not from not from yourselves, it is the gift of God - behavior. Do I follow tradi- yourselves, it is the gift of not by works, so that no one can boast.‖ That tional Filipino trends or God - not by works, so means our level of good can never be enough blend in with the norm? that no one can boast.‖ to earn God’s love. No matter what we do, How do you maintain good it will never be enough. when everyone has different Good news though. God loves us, so much expectations of good? When that he allowed someone to take our penalty is it really good enough? in attempts of being good. No need to jump Whether or not you are a religious per- through magical hoops. No religious systems to pass. He freely son, you’ve come across this issue. Your gives salvation to us through Jesus’ death on a cross, not to brag employer, family, church sermons and friends expect good from about it, but so we say, ―Good is not enough - We need the help of someone better because it’s tough.‖ M ORE PHOTOS FROM THE VAMBUDO COMPETITION
  9. 9. V OLUME 1, I SSUE 1 P AGE 9 T HROUGH THE EYES OF LOVE (CON’T FROM PAGE 3 churches who choose not to participate in the excesses of when we ―neglect the more important matters of the law – this tradition, observe Mardi Gras with a simpler gathering justice, mercy, and faithfulness.‖ in church with a pancake breakfast or other meals. If we find ourselves guilty of what Jesus calls a ―hypocrite‖ Biblical References on either side of the spectrum, on this Lenten season we While majority of Christians today observe Lent and cele- may perhaps just forget about rationalizing whether it is brate the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ on Easter right or wrong to observe Lent and celebrate Easter, but Sunday, many are also skeptical about instead listen and take heed to Paul's admoni- the observance of this tradition. In an tion in Romans 14:13-22 when he said: attempt to better understand the con- flicts, let us look at some of the biblical Therefore let us stop passing judg- 13 scriptures that are commonly used as ment on one another. Instead, make references by Christians in their argu- up your mind not to put any stumbling ments. block or obstacle in your brother's Mark 7:1-9 Jesus said "Isaiah was right way. 14As one who is in the Lord Jesus, when he prophesied about you hypocrites; as I am fully convinced that no food is it is written: 'These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. unclean in itself. But if anyone re- They worship me in vain; their teachings are gards something as unclean, then for but rules taught by men. You have let go of him it is unclean. 15If your brother is the commands of God and are holding on to distressed because of what you eat, the traditions of men. And he said to them: you are no longer acting in love. Do "You have a fine way of setting aside the commands of God in order to observe your own traditions!” not by your eating destroy your brother for whom Christ died. 16Do not allow what you consider good Colossians 2:8 “Beware lest any man spoil you through philoso- to be spoken of as evil. 17For the kingdom of God is phy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, AND NOT AFTER CHRIST.” not a matter of eating and drinking, but of right- eousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit, 18be- Matthew 23:24 (Jesus talking to the crowds and his disciples "Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! cause anyone who serves Christ in this way is You give a tenth of your spices—mint, dill and cumin. But you pleasing to God and approved by men. 19Let us have neglected the more important matters of the law—justice, therefore make every effort to do what leads to mercy and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, with- peace and to mutual edification. 20Do not destroy out neglecting the former. You blind guides! You strain out a gnat the work of God for the sake of food. All food is but swallow a camel. clean, but it is wrong for a man to eat anything Reflection that causes someone else to stumble. 21It is better As we ponder upon all these information about Lent and not to eat meat or drink wine or to do anything Easter and on the biblical scriptures where Jesus Christ else that will cause your brother to fall. 22So what- Himself told the crowds, disciples and the teachers of His ever you believe about these things keep between time, it behooves us to examine our own hearts to see if we too may be guilty of being one of the ―hypocrites‖ in Mark yourself and God. Blessed is the man who does not 7:6, when we go through the motions of practicing our condemn himself by what he approves. religious traditions but are hearts are far from Him. Or are we one of the ―hypocrites‖ referred to in Matthew 23:24
  10. 10. T HE V INE ’ S How well do you Know your bible? C HURCH OF NJ Books Description 1—Genesis A. Book of pathology—of the treatment of No 1 W. Somerset St. the body of Christ 2—Joshua Raritan, NJ 08869 B. Book of biology—the force that binds Phone: 201-757-2545 3—Proverbs Christians together 4—Isaiah C. Book of physiology—a careful study of the nature of the body of Christ ANSWER KEYS TO BIBLE QUIZ. 5—Matthew D. The Master key to scripture 6—Mark E. The gospel of the King F. The gospel of the Son of Man 8—H 15—J 6—Luke G. The gospel of the Servant 8—John H. The Gospel of the Son of God 7—F 14—I I. Book on How to build a church 6—G 9—Romans J. The end—and a new beginning, signs of 13 —O 10—Ephesians the times 5—E K. The beginning 4—M 12—B 11—Philippians L. The book of wisdom. What life is all 11—A 12—Colossians about 3—L M. Exactly in the middle of the bible, often 10—C 13—I & II Thessalonians called a ―miniature bible‖ 2—N 14—I Timothy N. A guidebook to victory 1—K 9—D O. Books of good mental health. How to 15—Revelation treat depression F ROM THE DESK . . .(C ONT ’ D FROM PAGE 2) The Life Argument Life comes from life and the original life must have come from a being that possesses eternal life, which is life, existed before physical life was created. Where can such life be found? Psalm 36:9 9 For with you is the fountain of life; in your light we see light. John 11:25 25 Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies John 10:28 28 I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand. The Argument From Congruity The acceptance of the existence of God as a creator of the world is like a magic key that fits all the facts of the scripture, reve- lation, knowledge, and science. Hebrews 11:6 6 And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.

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