Monthly Archives: March 2007

God’s Part – [FORGIVENESS of SINS] – Man’s Part

Bible Study Lesson: There’s God’s Part and There’s Man’s Part in the Forgiveness of Sins

Objective: After the lesson, every member should be able to

a) list down God’s part as well as man’s part in the forgiveness of sins before born again, and;

b) be able to tell at what specific point in time or in what specific step in the process of obeying God that a truth seeker obtains forgiveness of sins before being born again. Continue reading


The Lord God Is My Savior

By Eusebio Tanicala

There are several persons, acts, mental states, provisions through whom and by which forgiveness of sin and salvation from damnation is effected. Please analyze the following passages: Continue reading

Instruments of Music in Worship In Old Testament Times

By Eusebio Tanicala

Lev.23:23-25, “The LORD told Moses to give these instructions to the Israelites, ‘On the appointed day in early autumn, xxxxx You will call the people to a sacred assembly – the Festival of Trumpets – with loud blasts from a trumpet. You must do no regular work on that day. Instead, you are to present offerings to the LORD by fire.” (New Living Translation. Following quotes are from the same version.)

Num. 10:10, “Blow the trumpets in times of gladness, too, sounding them at your annual festivals and at the beginning of each month to rejoice over your burnt offerings and peace offerings. The trumpets will remind the LORD your God of his covenant with you. I am the LORD your God.” Continue reading

Call for Congregational Histories

Bro. Erwin Oliva, who writes for a national daily suggested that local congregations should have a way of remembering their beginnings. I couldn’t agree more. Although, by word of mouth, we have heard how congregations started and flourished. However, we do not have written accounts to preserve these memories. While exchanging e-mails, Bro. Erwin and I agreed to start researching how our own home congregations started and have asked some brethren to do the same. The following are some of the reasons why we should be writing our congregational histories. Continue reading

The Restoration Movement

There are a number of movements that have greatly affected large masses of people and shaped circumstances that would dictate the future, either for the better or worse. A Dark Age in our history was when Catholicism reigned. Catholicism personified the great falling away prophesied in scripture (2 Thes. 2: 1-12; I Tim. 4: 1-3). During a period of about one thousand years, the Catholic Church enjoyed unchallenged domination (Ad 590-1517). However the Renaissance encouraged people to think for themselves (AD 1350-1650). The Renaissance served as impetus, in part, for the great European Reformation Movement (Ad 1517-1648). As a result of people thinking, they began to realize all the atrocities and scripture perversions of Catholicism. Hence, men such as Martin Luther (Germany), John Calvin, and Ulrich Zwingli (Switzerland) led the way toward the attempted reform of the Catholic Church. During the period between 1517 and 1784, a number of denominations were begun. 1 However, instead of attempting to reform Catholicism or start their own religions, it was realized that the goal should be to re-establish pristine New Testament Christianity. Continue reading

Debt of Gratitude to Mr. and Mrs. Henry G. Cassell


I am an avid student of church history. For many years, there were missing links as we tried to trace the spiritual genealogy of many Philippine brethren. Cotabato brethren told us of Pedro Asada who visited Antonio Villanueva before the outbreak of the Pacific War in 1941. That Pedro influenced Antonio to see the scriptural basis of not eating blood and other issues that eventually led the latter to severe ties with the Samahang Tagapagpalaganap ng Ebanghelio, the registered association of Christian Church/Churches of Christ preachers. Continue reading