On May 1, the Philippine Bible College Alumni Association sponsored a forum on “Abundant Giving.” Topics discussed were “Measures of Giving in the Patriarchal, Mosaical and Christian Dispensations” by Arnold Zambrano; “Expressions and Arguments Generally Used by Filipino Preachers: Their Weakness” by Eusebio Tanicala; “The Psychology of Giving” by Edwin Valencia; Gilbert Trani lectured on “Planning & Budgeting as Tools in Abundant Giving and Church Growth.”
Zambrano and Valencia stressed that abundant and sacrificial giving is an expression of love for the Lord, a support for church work, an acknowledgement of the rich providential blessings of God, a material investment with spiritual profits.
On the other hand, Tanicala made the observation that many preachers use expressions like, “tithing has been taken out and is not binding,” and leaves the impression that giving is below ten percent; and some pray “Lord, bless those who give as well as those who cannot give,” with the impression that non-givers harvest the same blessings as those who give; “give as you prosper” “as one purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity” leaving the impression that the individual is left to his own to determine the amount by self-measuring his own prosperity, and give the amount that which is not begrudged. Another expression based on the widow’s mite is “even if the amount you give is very small, the Lord welcomes it” leaving the impression that the small contribution makes God happy. Preachers and Bible teachers emphasize the smallness of the coin instead of what is left inside the pocket or purse of the widow. These were explained in the context of the passages.
“I’m happy to hear those words about abundant giving,” remarked Bob Buchanan.
Philippine Bible College Alumni Homecoming ‘07
Close to one hundred alumni of Philippine Bible College came together during the 30 April homecoming. Free reading glasses were distributed by brother Arnold Zambrano. Brother Edwin Valencia and Jun Patricio gave away free T-Shirts.
To help the retired, under employed and unemployed alumni and their family members, a lecture on entrepreneurship was given by Arnold Zambrano. Edsin & Nancy Valencia demonstrated siopao making; Ms. Remedios of the Benguet State University discussed ube jam making, and Dakila Padua lectured on mushroom culture.
The Philippine Bible College in Baguio City awarded certificates to nine young people on April 30. These youngsters finished the two year classroom program. They are Wyler S. Addamag of Baguio City; Flordeliza de Pedro & Lermie de Pedro fo Calintaan, Occidental Mindoro; Daniel Dranciang of Quezon City; Herminio Ilumin, Jr. of Asingan, Pangasinan; Ralph Aaron Maninang & Raniel Maninnang of Mexico, Pampanga; Jun Michael Pague of Cebu; and Rodrigo Pineda, Jr. of San Fernando City, Pampanga.
Bob Buchanan, evangelist based in Davao City was the guest speaker in the evening graduation while Won Young Hee of Seoul, Korea was the banquet speaker. Eusebio Tanicala inducted the nine graduates into the Alumni Association.
Brethren Joel Carpio of Tagum, Davao del Norte and Alejandro Fortez of Malita, Davao del Sur made a special trip to Mati in April for the sole purpose of sharing the gospel and a “thus says the Lord” approach of Bible study with Mr. Jireh Yurong, a retired forester. Jireh is a brother of sister Beulah Yurong-Lauder who lives in California.
One hundred fifty eight attended the Family Bible Camp which was held at San Narciso, Zambales. This annual Bible camp intends to bring together the congregations of the Churches of Christ in Cnetral Luzon (Region 3).
A count of 290 ladies registered at the April 24-27 retreat which was held at the River View Resort in Nangalisan, Tuba, Benguet. This number coming from Mindanao, Visayas and Luzon excludes the host congregation of Midtown Baguio City. During the retreat, two ladies were baptized.
The 2008 National Ladies Retreat will be held at Butuan City, Agusan del Norte.
Russel Barroga passed the bar examination that was given by the Supreme Court in the months of October and November last year. The results were made public in the evening of April 4. While attending law school, Russel worked as a clerk of court in Tayug, Pangasinan. Our new lawyer brother is married to Rebekah Jane Fontanilla who is a nurse at the Tayug District Hospital.