The Testing of Faith: Bishop Jose Dalino Inspires KMBI Employees

Have you been sick for an extended period of time? Have you experienced the hopelessness of having physicians do all sorts of tests and treatments, charge huge medical bills, and leave you worse for all their doings?

Bishop Dalino shared a story of a woman from Luke 8:40-48. Here, we can find the story of a woman who had been subject to bleeding for 12 consecutive years. This made her hopeless and broken. She came up behind Jesus and touched the edge of his cloak, and immediately her bleeding stopped.

Jesus immediately asked who touched him. Then the woman, seeing that she could not go unnoticed, came trembling and fell at his feet. In the presence of all the people, she told why she had touched him and how she had been instantly healed. Then he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace.”

Every person desires to possess inner peace and security. There are many factors in life which may rob us of such peace. One of these is sickness. It is difficult to maintain inner peace when one is plagued by serious illness. The mind is filled with uncertainty and despair.

Bishop shared his experiences battling the cancer and how the Lord made a way to improve his health until present. He was given a span of 3 months upon diagnosis. He was amazed how God gave a miracle of allowing him to be sent in Raffles Hospital, a Cancer Centre, in Singapore where he was given a scholarship of full treatment and surgery.

At present, he is undergoing the 12th cycle of his Oral Chemotherapy and is under monitoring. He said “God is so gracious and merciful in extending my life and for providing funds for my roundtrip air ticket from manila to Singapore.” He is also grateful that God allowed him to do his passions like preach and do farming once again.

The support of his family and KMBI family portrayed a great role in his journey. His wife, and his children gave him the outmost support during this tough endeavor of his life. And most of all, his Faith, which was tested by waters was never shaken. For he knows, Ephesians 3:20 “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.”

GOD’S AMAZING GRACE

Regional Director for North Luzon Operations, Ms. Lanie C. Montaño, shared her inspiring stories and experiences in life. She affirmed how thankful she is for troubles and challenges in her life which made her stronger. God has indeed delivered her from brokenness and into wholeness as she shared an inspiring acronym of GRACE.

God First – Always remember to seek God first in everything we do. We may have a lot of priorities, but we should set first things first. And that as we seek God first, the Lord surely knows what we need.

Reach Out - We are all called for one mission, to go and make disciples to all nations as Matthew 28:18-19 states. There might be someone around your family members, community or officemates who needs a tap and encouragement. Be a blessing wherever you are!

Acknowledge God in Everything - 1 Thessalonians 5:18 says, “Give thanks in all circumstances for it is God’s will for you in Christ."We should always be reminded what grace means, that without God, we are nothing.

Call to Jesus – Yes! The Lord wants us to bear his name and call upon his name in every season. Whether you are in a lowly or joyful state, he wants to journey with you all along the way.

Enthusiastically Be a Good Ambassador of Jesus Christ - 2 Corinthians 5:19 remind us that “He gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation. We are the heirs of our abba Father in Heaven and that we should joyfully contribute and glorify him through expanding his Kingdom by letting his name be known.

The Lifestyle of Love

This love month, heart-shaped crafts and sweets have started popping out here and there. But are these really enough to express our affection to others?

Love seemed to have poured out early this February for all KMBI Head Office staff with a devotion from Rev. Eduardo “Jun” Cunanan, Jr., a pastor from the Word of Hope Christian Church. He dissects the characteristics of love as outlined by the apostle Paul in the book of 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 (ESV) which says,

“Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away.”

In his exhortation Rev. Cunanan revealed that love is not a feeling in itself. It is an umbrella term that encompasses different emotions and feelings. It is something that we put into action every single day. He stated three ways to practice the lifestyle of showing love:

1. Loving unconditionally

Agape or unconditional love is the sort of love that God used to give us the Great Commandment. If we love, there must be no condition. You accept the person regardless of who they are and where they are in life. We should receive others as Jesus received us, for He accepted us without any conditions. Similarly, we need to be more accepting towards others even at their worst. Learning to accept is like a “character sandpaper” – the more we are open to loving others no matter how incompatible they are with our values, the more it refines our character.

2. Honoring others

It means acknowledging that you need the strength of others to fill your shortcomings. It is knowing that there are people better than you in certain aspects, and that you cannot do things just by yourself. Simply asking for help on a difficult task is already a sign of giving honor to others.

In like manner, honoring others means serving them out of joy – rather than obligation – through lending your skills and abilities when they need it most. God gave us different strengths and weaknesses so we can learn to rely on the help of others, and thus strengthening the bonds we have for our brothers and sisters under Christ.

3. Forgiving freely

Forgiveness is a gift from God. Without it, we would not be redeemed from sin. If you pass on that gift to others, you are freeing yourself from the bitterness caused by people who had done you wrong in the past. Most of us seem to suppress our ability to forgive especially when we are clouded by hurt and other negative emotions. As followers of Christ, forgiving somebody is synonymous to forgetting what they did. If we can forgive but not forget, then it will be difficult for us to fully move on.

To summarize, love is a habit and a choice that defines us as Christians. As the Lord said, “By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:35 ESV) Our love for God becomes evident in the love we show to our neighbors.

Women Are WOW: 12 Virtues That Will Add Value To Women

Last MicroEntrepreneurs’ Summit, former beauty queen Ms. Miriam Roberto-Quiambao reminded all women entrepreneurs to uphold the twelve (12) virtues that will add more value to their being as an essential part of society. This national women’s month, let us call to mind the virtues she has imparted to the Program Members:

• Integrity – upright towards her thoughts, words, and actions

• Service – exercises freewill to serve and carry out her duty to her kin and fellows

• Health – takes responsibility in securing the welfare of self, spouse, and family to better serve the needs of the community

• Stewardship – practices the ‘custodian’ role; frugal when it comes to finances

• Charity – voluntarily contributes to the betterment of her neighbours, takes initiative to aid those in need

• Foresight – has a sense of what’s to come, plans ahead and invests for the future of her family

• Marriage – gives due importance to the sacred ties with her husband, respects and loves spouse

• Industry – utilizes her God-given strengths and talents for the benefit of many

• Speaks life – upholds tact and serenity in speech, knows that words can make or break an individual

• Time – has the ability to properly manage her time for family, business and self

• Family-oriented – strives to be a good wife, mother, and homemaker

• Fears the Lord – based on Proverbs 9:10: “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.” True beauty stems from the goodness of the heart, which comes from fearing God