MCGI Music Channel Launches 24-Hour Streaming of Praise Songs

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The MCGI Music Ministry launched a 24-hour livestream of praise songs through its YouTube channel on June 28 this year.

The latest feature added via the MCGI Music Channel is aimed at giving Church members an easier access to Church songs and hymns that they can listen to anytime, anywhere across the world using their internet-connected desktop computers or mobile devices.

The official MCGI Music Channel on YouTube aims to provide free access to hundreds of Church and praise songs not only to the members of the Church of God but also to the general public. Gospel songs categorized into playlists, such as “Joyful Songs,” “Solemn Songs,” and “Prayer Songs,” can be played on the YouTube channel.

The MCGI Music Channel has also made available a playlist of original compositions by Bro. Daniel Razon, the Assistant Overall Servant of MCGI. Bro. Daniel, who is an Awit Awards winner, has composed many gospel songs such as “Hiling ng Puso,” “Kay Palad Ko,” “Lahat Ng Bagay,” and “Alay Sa ‘Yo,” to name a few.

The importance of singing praise songs to God

During a thanksgiving celebration on August 9, 2008, MCGI Overall Servants Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon announced before the congregation the launch of the 24/7 prayer service and the non-stop singing of praises to God.

The nonstop singing to God is based on 1 Chronicles 9:33, which reads:

“Those who were musicians, heads of Levite families, stayed in the rooms of the temple and were exempt from other duties because they were responsible for the work day and night.”

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“There should be prayer and singing in the whole world 24 hours a day, so that prayers and praises to God will be non-stop,” said Bro. Eli in the said event.

Hence, on August 10, 2008, MCGI marked the launch of the regular nonstop singing to God activity. This was spearheaded by the MCGI Chorale that consists of thousands of Music Ministry members across the globe. During its inception and prior to the pandemic, the ADD Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga, served as the main venue where MCGI Chorale members — in batches and by schedule — would sing praise songs and hymns 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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The Bible application Omega DigiBible also streams the 24/7 Community Prayer of MCGI. The application is available on Apple App Store and Google Play Store.

On June 27, 2011, MCGI Overall Servants also launched a special website to ensure that congregants from different parts of the world can conveniently join the 24/7 Community Prayer and sing along to the nonstop praise songs emanating from Pampanga. This online service was also subsequently added to the official MCGI mobile app. Today, the official website of MCGI hosts the Community Prayer page.

Despite the lockdowns and restrictions on mass gatherings, the nonstop singing to God still continues to this day with the aid of modern technology and with the help and mercy of God.

MCGI Launches 24/7 Multilingual Community Prayer

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The Members Church of God International (MCGI) has launched its 24/7 multilingual community prayer broadcast with hourly schedules to encourage more people around the globe to pray to God in their own tongue.

Bro. Daniel Razon, Assistant Overall Servant of MCGI, made the announcement over a live Instagram broadcast to have the 24/7 Community Prayer Broadcast  in different languages for brethren in different countries to connect in prayers from their respective homes. The MCGI community prayer now has four available live prayer translations, English, Tagalog, Portuguese and Spanish within top of the hour. More languages will be available soon.

Why pray?

During one Thanksgiving event, MCGI Overall Servant Bro. Eli Soriano emphasized that Christians must live a prayerful life and must “improve in prayer.” Praying is a basic doctrine in MCGI. It is an act by which we humble ourselves before our Creator and a way of showing Him our gratitude and appreciation for His loving kindness. It is also through prayers that we are able to express our requests to God. This was mentioned by St. Paul in his letter to the Philippians, which stated: “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.” (Philippians 4:6, KJV)

Aside from the hourly prayer, the new multilingual service plays non-stop songs of praise and worship to God, also rendered in several languages.

Prayer, a must

When the cases of Covid-19 spiked around the world, Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel saw it fit to deal with the crisis not just by implementing health and safety protocols for all members of the Church, but also by continuously seeking God’s help and mercy through prayers.

The Global Prayer for Humanity which is in its second month now, was launched to meet the purpose. This is on top of the regular community prayer broadcast that is streaming round-the-clock. The Global Prayer for Humanity service begins at 9:30 p.m., Philippine Time.

This endeavor invites non-members regardless of race, ethnicity, and religion to share a few minutes of their time to participate and offer prayers to God to invoke His divine intervention in the present global health crisis brought about by Covid-19.

Previously, the community prayer broadcast was streamed on selected hours using only English and Filipino languages. But with the new Multilingual Community Prayer accessible via the MCGI website,  brethren across the globe can join in the prayer in their own language right at the comfort of their homes.

MCGI’s La Verdad Christian College Goes Online this School Year 2020-2021

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The La Verdad Christian College (LVCC), a private school owned and funded by the Members Church of God International (MCGI), will be welcoming its students for school year 2020-2021 this August without opening its gates. Instead, the school will be launching its very own learning management system (LMS) that will host all classes and other vital services for students online.

The months of March to May saw the closure of schools because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Many were caught off-guard and have grappled with conducting online classes for the remaining school calendar days since social distancing had to be strictly observed. According to the Philippines’ Commission on Higher Education (CHED), only 20% of state universities and colleges (SUCs) are equipped with their own learning management system which could allow them to conduct online classes. The remaining percentage still relies on face-to-face class interaction.

With the introduction of the learning management system to La Verdad’s current setup, the students as well as the teaching and non-teaching personnel will be kept safe from possible local transmission of the deadly viral disease.

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Aerial view of La Verdad Christian College in Apalit, Pampanga. (Photo courtesy of UNTV News and Rescue Drone.)

La Verdad Christian College’s Learning Management System

Based on the mandate of the Department of Education (DepEd) and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) to ensure that education continues amid the pandemic, La Verdad Christian College has procured its own learning management system developed by GEP Solutions. This LMS is tailored to the school’s requirements to make it easy and navigable for both teachers and students.

Here are some key features of LVCC’s learning management system:

General features

  • Personalized Dashboard. Displays current, past, and future courses, along with tasks due.
  • Collaborative tools and activities. Includes tools for working and learning together in forums; has wikis, glossaries, database activities, and many others.
  • All-in-one calendar. Helps keep track of academic calendar, course deadlines, group meetings, and other personal events.
  • Convenient file management. Drag-and-drop files from cloud storage services including MS OneDrive, Dropbox, and Google Drive.
  • Notifications. Users receive automatic alerts on new assignments and deadlines, forum posts, and private messages.
  • Track progress. Tracks progress and completion with options for individual monitoring.

Course development and management features:

  • Direct learning paths. For designing and managing courses to meet various requirements for instructor-led, self-paced, blended, or entirely online classes.
  • Marking workflow. For assigning markers to assignments, managing grade moderation, and releasing marks to individual learners.
  • Peer and Self-Assessment. Built-in activities encouraging learners to view, grade, and assess their own and other course members’ work as a group.
  • Integrated Badges. Fully compatible with Mozilla Open Badges, motivating learners and rewarding participation and achievement with customized badges.
  • Outcomes and rubrics. Selecting from advanced grading methods to tailoring the gradebook to a course and examination criteria.
  • Competency-based marking. Setting up competencies with personal learning plans across courses and activities.
  • Security and privacy. Teaching and sharing in a private space only teachers and their classes can access.

About La Verdad Christian College

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La Verdad Christian College: Wisdom Based on the Truth is Priceless

The La Verdad Christian College is the first private school in the Philippines to offer free education to students who pass the entrance exam and maintain good grades. Students do not pay tuition fees and are provided with free books, uniforms, school supplies, and lunches. The school aims to help willing and able youths to experience quality education free of charge.

LVCC is an acclaimed school in Pampanga for its quality education and strict policies. It has won numerous awards and citations in regional and national competitions.

In the Philippines, the main campus is situated in Apalit, Pampanga and its branch is located in Caloocan City, Metro Manila. Outside the country, it has branches in Ghana and in Liberia.

Globally Connected: MCGI 2nd Quarter Thanksgiving Held Online

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The enhanced community quarantine and stay-at-home policies being implemented in many places did not hinder the Members Church of God International (MCGI) from uniting in spirit and giving thanks to God for His mercy and loving kindness.

While the whole world is troubled by so many problems brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic, with God’s help, MCGI was able to hold its second quarter Special Thanksgiving of God’s People celebration last July 3 to 5 via internet and satellite communications.

The first quarter International Thanksgiving was also held digitally as part of the Church’s efforts in helping minimize the rate of infection of the deadly Covid-19 — but still keeping with commandment of the Lord written in Hebrews 10:25:

Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

    —The Apostle Paul, Hebrews 10:25, KJV

Topical Takeaways

On the first day of the celebration, MCGI Overall Servant Bro. Eli Soriano talked about God’s faith in humanity and the peace of Christ in his opening discussion.

The said very inspiring discussion served as an appetizer to the spiritual food that the congregation will be fed with throughout the three-day celebration.

Sis. Ellyse San Andres from New Jersey, USA, explains her gratitude to God for the lessons she learned during the Thanksgiving celebration:

“I feel very grateful for all the lessons I have learned. I can take those with me for the rest of my life. Despite being young [in the church], they all made my faith firmer and I am willing to let God and Jesus guide me.”

Sis. Bernadette Moreno, also from New Jersey, shared her takeaway from one of the biblical discussions:

“Leaving your parents when you marry is not an obligation and not a law. Because what if your parents are very old they have no one else to look after them? Leaving them in that condition is a sign of disrespect and ungratefulness.”

Distant Socializing

Though the event was not the same as when the members were physically gathered in MCGI’s convention and coordinating centers, the excitement among the event’s participants was apparent in both their faces and in the preparations they made in their respective homes.

Some members of the Church choir and Teatro Kristiano even decorated their walls to serve as backdrops for the presentation of their song and dance numbers.

A sister performs and gets connected with other choir members connected via the Zoom app as they present the opening number for Day 3 of the Special International Thanksgiving.

Sis. Bianca Quijano from Toronto, Canada shares how she is thankful for being able to attend gatherings despite being on lockdown.

“I am able to connect with the brethren through various chat groups that are tied to our committees and duties. Regular meetings, events (e.g. baptism, Bible Studies) and
tutorials (e.g. songwriting workshops, Zoom workout sessions) also mean that I am able to not only connect with the brethren but also continue to learn new skills and wisdom from God, delivered through our preachers. In many ways, we are even more connected now than before because of the new online initiatives that we can take part in.”

More than 6,000 additional reasons to give thanks to God

The baptism of thousands of souls, who were able to attend the first-ever online Live Mass Indoctrination while the community quarantine is still in effect, is one of the many reasons why MCGI gives thanks to God.

The first live online Mass Indoctrination, which also had attendees from different countries, yielded more than 6,000 newly-baptized brethren. Nearly all of them were baptized during the Mass Baptism held on June 27, 2020 while the other attendees were baptized the following week in the Philippines and abroad.

A sister prepares herself right before she is immersed in water for her baptism in the Church of God International.

Just before concluding the three-day event with a prayer, Bro. Eli expressed a sentiment shared by the congregants on social media — that if only the Special International Thanksgiving would not end.

“Let us cherish these moments in our lives… these precious moments when the truths of God are unraveled before our eyes.”

Bro. Eli Answers Most Commonly Asked Questions About Faith on His New YouTube Channel

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Bro. Eli Soriano uses his newly-launched YouTube channel as another digital means of giving the Bible’s answers to people’s most commonly asked questions about religion.

The BroEli Channel premiered on June 27, 2020, coinciding with a Mass Baptism of the Members Church of God International or MCGI earlier in the day. The event, which added about 6,000 new members to the MCGI fold, capped off the online Live Mass Indoctrination sessions that began on June 1st.

While the Mass Indoctrination sessions allowed time to address questions coming from social media platforms — apart from the event’s main purpose of serving a doctrine of the Lord Jesus Christ for each session — there was still a high volume of questions coming from people of different religious backgrounds.

Hence, the Bro. Eli Channel aims to help answer those matters of faith one video at a time. And with the whole world virtually spending more time online due to lockdowns in many countries, a channel where people can satisfy their religious curiosities anytime proves not only timely, but convenient.

The channel debuted with four videos that discuss finding the true church written in the Bible and why there are so many religions existing today:

Which church is the one mentioned in the Bible?

Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.

(Acts 20:28, KJV)

What will become of the churches established by men?

Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.

(Mark 7:7, KJV)

Why is there an increasing number of churches?

For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.

(Romans 10:3, KJV)

Is there still a true Church of God in our time?

To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God, According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord:

(Ephesians 3:10-11, KJV )

Ang Dating Daan (The Old Path) made its radio and television debut in the early 80s and has continued its propagation efforts through the use of technology to reach more people seeking the Bible’s answers.

In 2001, MCGI’s flagship program launched its 24/7 streaming service so that people can watch Q&A videos anytime, anywhere using the World Wide Web.

From Bible Studies to Bible Expositions and Mass Indoctrinations streamed via the internet and satellite, MCGI hopes to reach as many people as possible in studying the words of God written in the Bible.

MCGI Prepares for its Second Quarter Special Thanksgiving to God

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The Members Church of God International (MCGI) is set to celebrate its second quarter Special Thanksgiving of God’s People on July 3 to 5, 2020, through the aid of satellite and video conferencing platforms. It is a special event where members offer songs of praise to give thanks to God for His loving-kindness. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the prolonged lockdown in many countries, the brethren will observe the event in their respective homes. Despite not being able to gather physically, the brethren are excited for the celebration.

Grateful for Everything

To prepare for the three-day event, Joanna Fuertes of San Juan City, Philippines had already filed for a work leave. She is grateful to God for His continuous guidance and safekeeping. “Despite this crisis, we still have peace in our hearts. With God’s help, we are able to continue in His teachings,” Joanna says. Cnaida Lucena from Taytay, Philippines is grateful to God’s mercy and grace because she is able to remain steadfast in faith even while confined at home with her family. Though she has other responsibilities in life, she puts God first. “Our top priority in life should be Him, more than anything else,” she emphasizes.

As the lockdown continues, brethren in MCGI will continue to attend online gatherings from home to maintain social distancing.

Lourd Teano from San Francisco, California devotes her time singing songs of praise to God. She is thankful that the Church was able to produce a Music Channel on YouTube that streams songs of praise and hope. “I am thankful to God for His protection, and for keeping our household safe amidst the pandemic,” she adds.

Second Quarter Milestones

In spite of the many dreadful news about Covid-19, MCGI continues to give thanks to God for His continuous blessings and for giving the brethren good opportunities to continue in His service. During the first few weeks of the second quarter, Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel hosted daily Bible Studies and Bible Expositions which were streamed via different social media platforms. Viewership spiked on YouTube and Facebook, and inquiries from non-members and religious freelancers flooded chat rooms.

Brazilian participants in the Bible Study attentively listen as Bro. Eli delivers a topic in a session held on May 20. The lockdown in many countries has prompted MCGI to shift to massive online gatherings and events, which are on an “attend-from-home” basis.

After the series of Bible Studies and Bible Expositions, Bro. Eli opened the online Mass Indoctrination. The event was broadcast over MCGI’s official social media and streaming channels, and was made available in several languages. In addition, MCGI started the “Global Prayer for Humanity,” a worldwide prayer initiative that is broadcast every weekdays at 9:30 p.m. PHT. The objective of this worldwide endeavor is to call upon people to pray together and ask for healing as the world battles against Covid-19. Anyone, regardless of nationality or religious belief, is invited to join.

A Father Loves in Many Ways

A father feels no greater love for anyone than for his children, and there are many ways by which he shows them love and affection. The moment a man becomes a father, he leaves a life of freedom to head a family. He guides and helps his children get through difficult situations. A father’s love for his children is boundless and limitless.

In the Members Church of God International (MCGI), mothers and fathers are esteemed highly. They are celebrated every day — a day is not enough to celebrate a lifetime of their love. Watch these brethren and children share their fondest memories of their fathers and their thanksgiving to God for giving them a father like no other.

Kind

From juggling finances, jobs, responsibilities, and personal challenges, fathers bear the burden no one else in the family carries. Despite having worries, a father’s heart will always have a soft spot for a smile on his child’s face.

Little Keisuke Huidem’s fondest moments with his father happen when they play games together. Despite many hardships, his dad is always kind, always finding ways to spend time with him.

The father of the righteous shall greatly rejoice: and he that begetteth a wise child shall have joy of him.
(Proverbs 23:24, KJV)

Inspiring

A loving father will go the distance to provide for his children. Though a father fears to be separated from loved ones, he will do what it takes to give them a better life.

Loreal Enriquez often spends months without her father, so she is always excited whenever she joins the family to fetch him at the airport. She is grateful because she is inspired by his continuous efforts to provide for their family.

And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.
(Malachi 4:6, KJV)

Hardworking

Hardworking is how Patrick Mendoza describes his father. Though he is no longer strong like when he was young, he makes sure that his family will always have food on the table.

We may not know what goes behind such hard work, but a father’s diligence and perseverance is truly one of a kind.

And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him.
(Luke 15:20, KJV)

Caring

For every grief-stricken moment, Gabriel Luna’s father is the first to comfort him. No matter how difficult life may get, a father will always come to the aid of his child.

Every moment a child spends with his father is a learning moment. A father will always guide his child and teach valuable life lessons.

My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother:
(Proverbs 1:8, KJV)

God-fearing

A father who is God-fearing leads his family in faith and in service to God. He loves his children wholeheartedly, a duty he has committed unto the Lord.

Sisters Bea and Bezzel Dadula are grateful to God for a father who supports them as they continue to fulfil their duties and obligations in the Church.

(For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?)
(1 Timothy 3:5, KJV)

Loving

The most cherished moments of a child and a father are their adventures together. Nicole Vergara’s fondest memories with her father were their trips to Brazil.

Although her father was able to take her to many places, the best so far was when he brought their family close to God. With the help of God, they are able to serve God as a family.

Children’s children are the crown of old men; and the glory of children are their fathers.
(Proverbs 17:6, KJV)

“Every day is a day to love a father and a mother!”
Bro. Eli Soriano

The love of a father surmounts boundaries. He is willing to give his time and strength for the sake of his child. A parent will always give selflessly through constant effort and support, so it is important to show parents that their efforts are well-appreciated. Thank God for loving parents every single day.


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