International Thanksgiving April 7,2012 7am, Apalit, Pampanga
It’s the third and last day of the 3 day Thanksgiving of the Members of the Church of God International. But 3 days is still not enough to be thankful because of God’s goodness to all of us. One of the things we are thankful is the wisdom that we have learned in the first two days of the celebration. We are also thankful that in the past 3 months that have passed, 5000+ members were added to the congregation. Personally, I am thankful because despite the hardships and difficulties, Me and wife is still together serving in our smallest way that God permits us to do.
Most of all, the whole congregation is thankful for another year given to Bro Eli Soriano. 48 years have passed and still Bro Eli, with the help and mercy of God, is still faithfully serving God and his fellow men. We are thankful to God for taking care of our preacher even he is far away from most of us. The brethren all over the world, through the leadership of Bro Daniel Razon, greeted Bro Eli as the sun set on the second day of Thanksgiving.
It is really a beautiful day together with all the brethren in the Church. A beautiful day to offer the sacrifice of Thanksgiving. A beautiful day given by God most specially to our preacher. Thanks be to God for giving Bro Eli another year in his life.
Happy International Thanksgiving to all brethren all over the world!
Happy Birthday in Christ Bro Eli! May God keep you always!
One of the first things that Bro Eli Soriano and Bro Daniel Razon tell newly-baptized brethren in Members of the Church of God International is to ask God to teach us how to count the number of days in our lives. It is stated in Psalms 90:12 (KJV)
So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.
Bro Eli taught us that we should know how to count the days we are inside the flock. He shows us the importance of a day inside the Church compared to a thousand days outside. He read to us the verse in Psalms 84:10
For a day in thy courts is better than a thousand. I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.
Today, February 4th of 2012, marks the 2556.75thth day of my wife inside the congregation. I thank God for giving my wife such number of days in His flock. These are the days that my wife has remained firmly with her faith with His help. 2556.75 days in the courts; days that I personally saw and felt the mercy and love of God for my wife.
May God continuously give my wife fruitful days inside the Church. Thank You for the days You have given my wife.