Contentment: The Secret to Gratitude

The book of Psalms is filled with admonitions to “come to the Lord with thanksgiving” and to “give thanks to the Lord, for He is good”. The bible never lacked instructions for us to express our gratitude to the Father.

However, there are times when gratitude is our first reaction to situations we are in. It’s difficult to be grateful when our expectations are not met.How then can we be thankful when life seems difficult?

KEYWORD: Contentment

Paul has one thing to say about this:
“In ALL SITUATIONS I have learned to be content.”

It did not come naturally for Paul to be content; He learned it. He has adapted the habit of not letting the outward circumstances affect His internal attitude. In other words, being content is a state of the heart.

David has this one thing to say:

“One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple. For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling; He will hide me in the shelter of his sacred tent and set me high upon a rock.” -Psalm 27:4-5

The status of our “inner man” predicts whether our initial reaction is to trust that God knows what He is doing or to complain that things are not going as planned. 

For this reason,our goal to know Jesus enough to trust Him in all the things that are happening in our lives. We know that the “Pilot” has enough knowledge to navigate through the skies and bring us safe and sound to our destination.

Knowing Jesus intimately makes us content. Why? Because He satisfies. He is the Living Water. Those who drink from Him will never thirst again.


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Acknowledging God’s Faithfulness in Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a time of celebration and reflection on the goodness of God. It is “a day of thanksgiving and praise to our beneficent Father.”

Throughout the Bible, we can see a pattern of public expression of gratitude. We see the people of God offer sacrifices before, during, and after major event in their lives.

Paul, in the New Testament, would exhort the churches and the believers to “always give thanks to the Father”; to make thanksgiving a crucial part of their prayers. Doing this not only acknowledges God’s favor in the lives of His people but also helps the believer to adapt a perspective that sees the move of God in one’s life – no matter what the circumstances are.

For the 19th of November Sunday Service, the church had a special offering. This was done as a gesture similar to that of the Old Testament tradition where the people of God offer the best parts of their harvest as an offering to God.

The church was encouraged to bring a portion of food, fruits, of any item that can be offered as a token of gratitude to God’s loving-kindness and faithfulness. These tokens represent the consciousness that without God’s favor, all our labor is in vain.

This thanksgiving season, let us make it a point to make the most out of our this season. Let us not forget to acknowledge God’s providence and faithfulness. Our “Abba” keeps His promises.

At the same time, let us also acknowledge the people in our lives who deserve a pat on the back or a warm hug. Let us remember our parents, our brothers and sisters, our mentors, our friends and colleagues, the community we belong to, and all the people in our lives who challenged us to grow, who comforted us in times of sorrow, and those who have loved us through all the phases of our walk with God.

Happy Thanksgiving!


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Fall Fun Family Night

Fall Family Fun Night is one of the many Nights we will be happy seeing on Facebook Memories! 
 
On October 31, 20017, Jesus Reigns Ministries in Vallejo put on our Fun and Positive costumes and spent time together for our family night.  
 
We want to thank all the workers and volunteers who have exerted effort and have spent time and resources just to make sure that everyone will have great joy spending time with the JRM-Vallejo community. Again, thanks to all of you!
 
Here are more pictures from the Fun Night!
 
 

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Loving Our City with Christ – JRM-Vallejo 17th Year Anniversary

We, Jesus Reigns Ministries Church in Vallejo, have celebrated our 17th Year Anniversary on September 17, 2017 with the theme “Loving Our City with Christ.  

This year, we are rallying the Church into going to all the corners of the city to spread the love of Christ –  in the words of St. Francis of Assisi, 

“Preach Jesus, and if necessary use words.”

We have felt the call of God to love our city in ways that are not only heard but also felt.

For the Anniversary Celebration Service, the Children’s Ministry prepared a dance number. Followed by the Youth Ministry’s adaptation of the award-winning human video presentation “Darkness Has a Name.”  

Bishop Vincent Javier delivered the sermon for the anniversary’s theme. It was a powerful challenge to go beyond ourselves and start looking for ways God has been encouraging us to love our city.

After the celebration, lunch was served with all kinds of Filipino Foods, including the poll winner, Halo-halo. 

September 17, 2017 is the date we all remember as both a challenge and a promise to follow God’s mandate for Jesus Reigns Ministries Church to love our city, the city God has placed us to be rooted and grounded in love.

 

 

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Serving the Community with Coffee and Prayer

3 John 1:5
Beloved, you do faithfully whatever you do for the friends, even though they are strangers to you; they have testified to your love before the church.

Entertaining strangers is not a new concept in the bible. Throughout scripture, we see examples of the people of God being encouraged to be good to strangers, welcoming them and being hospitable to them.

Service is the core concept of Coffee and Prayer. For a few hours on a chosen date, teams of volunteers from Jesus Reigns Ministries Vallejo set up a booth where coffee is brewed and prayers are offered  to those who want to be prayed for.

In the morning of July 29, 2017, the Men’s Ministry spearheaded the Coffee and Prayer. Along with the other volunteers from the church, a booth was set up at Seafood City Parking Lot in Vallejo. Seeing brothers and sisters work together is a beautiful sight! It warms the heart and ignites the heart for service to God and the community. 
Besides entertaining strangers, the members of the
church who participate get the chance to bond, to
encourage, and to strengthen one another in Christ.

If you are within the Vallejo Area, watch out for our booth set up within Seafood City Parking Lot. If you are from Jesus Reigns Ministries Vallejo Family, be a part of this opportunity to serve the community through Coffee and Prayer!

Note:
We are still in need of volunteers for setting up the booth, in preparing coffee, and people who will be praying for those asking for coffee. Don’t hesitate to approach Bro. Gilbert at gilbert.quintela@gmail.com, call (707) 653-6351 or sign up as a volunteer here. 

If you feel even just a slight tug in your heart for this work, volunteer today. Your help is very much welcome and appreciated. See you!


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VBS 2017: Created by God for a Purpose

 
 
“What am I supposed to do with my life?” 
 
This is one of the most crucial questions we will ask ourselves in this life. If you ask the kids, purpose is not an abstract concept. It may be one of the many things they are already doing or are dreaming of doing. 
 
Knowing our purpose is a journey each one of us will have to take – but not necessarily alone. As this year’s Vacation Bible School (VBS) theme teaches the children, knowing one’s purpose begins with knowing one’s Creator, the Master Designer, the Father whose love is unfailing and whose plans are good. Being connected with God creates a whole new perspective on our why’s. 
 
Along the journey, we will discover that our gifts, talents, and skills will have their ultimate use through being involved in a community. We are not meant to be alone. We have to grow in faith and in service with the people around us.
 
This year’s VBS has brought us so much joy! We hope to share that joy with you. Check the photos from this year’s VBS below.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
You may reach out to hhabacon@jesusreigns.today for copies of your picture or your kid’s picture. God bless you!

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Father’s Day Appreciation Post

Last week, we celebrated the life of Fathers all over the world. We remembered their joys and pains; their trials and successes. 

Being a father is not an easy task. However, it is also one of the most rewarding jobs a man will have.

God, in many ways, have illustrated His relationship with us to that of a Father and his children. He has designed the role of the fathers as a glimpse of His heart for His people.

Jesus Reigns Ministries Church in Vallejo celebrates the life of Fathers. We honor all the Fathers in JRM family. We thank the fathers who have been a part of this church. Fathers who in their own way, dedicated their lives to grow into the love and grace of God.

We want you to know that we appreciate all the time you have invested in the Kingdom. We appreciate you for sharing your skills and talents to help in the ministry God has entrusted to us at JRM Vallejo. Most importantly, we thank you because through you, we get a glimpse of the heart of God. The way you take care of your family, the way you demonstrate love and care, has given us a chance to understand the heart of our Father in Heaven.

Thank you, Fathers!

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We also want to thank all those people who have spent time and resources to make Father’s Day at JRM memorable.

We want to thank the Women’s Ministry, especially Sis.Kim Abuan,
for the tasty barbecue, also Sis.Lea Magpantay.

 

Thanks to the Children’s Ministry, headed by sis.Cindie Badua. There’s no feeling greater than seeing the children exerting effort to express appreciation for the fathers.

Lastly, we want to thank the Youth, headed by bro.Jon Badua, for the heartwarming presentation. And of course, Sis.Heidi Anne Ilan for spending time to make the presentation possible.

Events like this prove our bond as a community of believers in Vallejo. We are humbled and at the same proud to be in Jesus Reigns Ministries Church in Vallejo, loving our city with Christ, one person, one family and one community at a time.

Please share to everyone in Jesus Reigns Ministries Church in Vallejo Family.
 
 

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Feed The Hunger

 

The most common and by far the worst hunger is hunger of the spirit. Most people say they are okay, that they have everything they want and need. Yet if they would listen to that still,small voice inside, they would know that its whispering “feed me”.

On Saturday, Feb 28 from 8 to 10 a.m., you are invited to come and join us and be prayed for. Come as you are, and fill the hollow inside with Gods love and grace.

Jesus Reigns Ministries, A Vallejo Community Church will join with other members of the community to offer the opportunity to wash your clothes, get a haircut, have some food and be prayed for. The event will be at the corner of Tennessee and Sutter in front of the Laundromat and Global Thrift.

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Love After Marriage Workshop

 

Experience Love After Marriage through a 5 Day Intensive Workshop or a 3.5 Day Intensive Workshop. Thes

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How To Be Faithful To God


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