Live on Facebook! Worldwide Bible Exposition Debuts On Facebook Live

SOUTH KOREA (June 10, 2016) — Assistant Overall Servant Bro. Daniel Razon announced that the Worldwide Bible Exposition of the Members Church of God International (MCGI) will be live streaming via Facebook Live on Friday, June 10.

Assistant Overall Servant to MCGI Bro. Daniel Razon speaks from South Korea, inviting everyone to support the Worldwide Bible Exposition event to be broadcasted via Facebook Live on Friday, June 10, 2016.
Assistant Overall Servant to MCGI Bro. Daniel Razon speaks from South Korea, inviting everyone to support the Worldwide Bible Exposition event to be broadcasted via Facebook Live on Friday, June 10, 2016. (Photoville International/Vennzaar Paulo)

Bro. Razon, who traveled to South Korea to personally tend to the brethren’s needs, discussed how the Bible Exposition event of the Church can be more easily and accessibly shared through technology.

“Our upcoming activity will be our [Worldwide] Bible Exposition, and God willing, we will be broadcasting it on our Facebook channel so that we can reach and invite more people,” remarked Bro. Razon on Saturday, June 4.

“Those who can go to the Coordinating Centers, you may do so and bring your relatives, friends and acquaintances. But just the same, we are giving everyone other possible means [to be able to attend the Worldwide Bible Exposition], especially those who are in remote places, and in different countries,” added Bro. Daniel.

On Facebook Live and Youtube

The Church’s unique Q&A event format, also more popularly-known as “Itanong Mo Kay Soriano, Biblia Ang Sasagot” (Ask Bro Eli, The Bible Will Answer) will make its debut on Facebook Live this month, giving audiences from different parts of the world ready access to the worldwide event.

Meanwhile, the English version of the Bible Exposition catering to North American audiences has already debuted on Youtube earlier this year.

On both Facebook Live and Youtube, online audiences may interact with Bro. Eli by posting their questions and comments. Questions that may not be answered on the night of the Bible Exposition due to time constraints will be collected and answered on succeeding Bible Exposition events.

More commonly asked questions that have been previously answered By Bro. Eli will be given links to the answers from the Church’s official websites such as AngDatingDaan.org and TheOldPath.tv.

“We will leverage the portability of the technology that we have nowadays and use in reaching out to our fellowmen,” stated Bro. Daniel. “Bro. Eli no longer has to personally go to different places — now, he can be in one place and reach the whole world.”

Bible Exposition: Then and Now

Brethren and guests from the United Arab Emirates listen to Bro. Eli Soriano answer a biblical query during a Worldwide Bible Exposition event held on May 6, 2016. (Photoville International/Cristeto Gutas )
Brethren and guests from the United Arab Emirates listen to Bro. Eli Soriano answer a biblical query during a Worldwide Bible Exposition event held on May 6, 2016. (Photoville International/Cristeto Gutas )

MCGI’s Ang Dating Daan Worldwide Bible Exposition event is a venue where MCGI Overall Servant Bro. Eli Soriano answers questions of faith and spirituality from guests in different parts of the world.

The Bible Exposition started in 1993, and was a brainchild of Bro. Daniel Razon himself, when he together with Bro. Josel Mallari were the Church’s Officers-In-Charge assigned in Metro Manila.

“I told them, I think it would be great if we could bring back how Bro. Eli used to go to different towns to preach. [But what we did differently,] was we invited our friends to a gathering, where refreshments were served. And as part of the program, Bro. Eli spoke, and our friends were able to ask him their questions. That’s how it started,” recounted Bro. Daniel.

“With God’s help and mercy, the Bible Exposition has continued to prosper and has been fruitful. Thanks be to God.”

Today, through advancements in technology, Bible Expositions now cater to a worldwide audience through live streaming. Bible Expositions for Portuguese and Spanish-speaking audiences are done weekly.

“God is merciful. We trust that as we were all able to hear Bro. Eli’s preaching, we will be able to let our fellowmen hear our faith as well,” ended Bro. Daniel.

(Written by Sis Pauline Arellano)

 

MCGI’s Worldwide Bible Exposition Attendance Up By 250%

The Worldwide Bible Exposition of the Members Church of God International (MCGI) on August 7 has registered a 253% jump in attendance compared to last month’s figure. This was brought about by Bro. Daniel Razon’s Project 1-1 (one is to one).

From 23,587 attendees in the last Bible Exposition in July this year, the event saw 50,423 people in its coordinating centers in different parts of the globe.

Attendees of MCGI's Worldwide Bible Exposition on August 7, 2015 at the ADD Convention Center, Apalit, Pampanga. (Photo courtesy of Photoville International)
Attendees of MCGI’s Worldwide Bible Exposition on August 7, 2015 at the ADD Convention Center, Apalit, Pampanga. (Photo courtesy of Photoville International)

“With God’s mercy, our guests last night (August 7) were 18,455,” said Bro. Daniel in an MCGI regular Thanksgiving service the following day (August 8). The Supporting Overall Servant to MCGI then urged members to continue supporting “Project 1-1”.

“Of course, it doesn’t mean that they will become members already or that we will force them to join as it is not like that in our congregation,” Bro. Daniel continued. “We just want them to hear the word of God.”

Ask Bro. Eli. The Bible Will Answer

The program proper of the Worldwide Bible Exposition features Bro. Eli’s popular “Itanong Mo Kay Soriano. Biblia Ang Sasagot” question-and-answer forum, where guests get to ask the international evangelist live via satellite.

A female guest logging her name at the attendance table in the Muñoz Coordinating Center. (Photo courtesy of Photoville International)
A female guest logging her name at the attendance table in the Muñoz Coordinating Center. (Photo courtesy of Photoville International)

Eleven remote points from Sorsogon province to Kuwait asked the MCGI Servants while over 1,360 centers monitored the proceedings.

“Is it God’s will for homosexuals to exist? How can they be saved?” asked John Lery Bucad, in Filipino, and was one of the night’s more memorable queries.

“God shows versatility in His creation,” replied Overall Servant to MCGI Bro. Eli Soriano. Reading John 9:1-3 afterwards, Bro. Soriano stressed the Lord Jesus Christ’s words in Verse 3: Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him (KJV).

Through satellite technology, Bro. Eli Soriano can talk with people from different points worldwide and read the Bible's answers to their questions live . (Photo courtesy of Photoville International)
Through satellite technology, Bro. Eli Soriano can talk with people from different points worldwide and read the Bible’s answers to their questions live . (Photo courtesy of Photoville International)

“Sometimes, we don’t see that being blind has its advantages,” Bro. Eli continued. Giving an example to expound on his point, the international evangelist said that unlike people with sight, blind people are free from the lust of the eyes.

MCGI’s Bible Expositions

“It is a great thing for people’s minds to be enlightened through the teachings of God that Bro. Eli preaches, and for them to hear the righteousness read from the Bible.”

Bro. Daniel came up with the concept behind the Bible Exposition in the early 90s. What started in a humble venue where guests were invited to have a free meal and listen to Bro. Eli is now an event of the same idea but of far greater extent.

Apart from reading the Bible's verses in English and Spanish during Bible Expositions, Bro. Daniel Razon serves as the moderator between the different remote points, MCGI Coordinating Centers, where guests to ask Bro. Eli await their turn. (Photo courtesy of Photoville International)
Besides reading the Bible’s verses in English and Spanish during Bible Expositions, Bro. Daniel Razon serves as the moderator between the different remote points, MCGI Coordinating Centers, where guests to ask Bro. Eli await their turn. (Photo courtesy of Photoville International)

Apart from the monthly Bible Exposition in Filipino, MCGI also conducts it in Spanish, Portuguese (broadcast on Youtube) and English weekly.

“So once again, to God belong all the honor and glory. We thank Him for His guidance in works like this,” remarked Bro. Razon.

Meanwhile, Bro. Razon announced that MCGI will host a Bible Exposition in Africa on August 26, which will start at 1 a.m. Philippine time.

(Written by Rigor Arellano)

Bro. Eli: Pain is Essential in Life to Make People Stronger

An MCGI Locale Choir singing in Brgy. Putatan in Muntinlupa City, Philippines for the Worldwide Bible Exposition of February 6, 2015. They sing simultaneously with other MCGI choirs in different parts of the globe connected via satellite and the Internet. (Photo courtesy of Photoville International)
An MCGI Locale Choir singing in Brgy. Putatan in Muntinlupa City, Philippines for the Worldwide Bible Exposition of February 6, 2015. They sing simultaneously with other MCGI choirs in different parts of the globe connected via satellite and the Internet. (Photo courtesy of Photoville International)

Why do people need to experience physical and spiritual pain before knowing God?

To the question by one of the inquirers during the recent Worldwide Bible Exposition, Bro. Eli Soriano explained that just as pain is a part of life, it plays a vital role in a person’s life.

The multi-awarded Ang Dating Daan radio-television show host told the inquirer from Singapore, Ms. Baby Morales, that pain is very important in the life of a person. “It’s part of life. [Thus] pain signifies life.”

Using as example what people with diabetes feel in relation to pain, Bro. Eli explained that a diabetic person’s nerve endings have been destroyed by high sugar levels in their blood, incapacitating their feeling of pain.

Why God Allows Pain

Reading Ecclesiastes 3:10, Bro. Eli explained why God allows His children to suffer pain. The verse reads —

I have seen the travail, which God hath given to the sons of men to be exercised in it.

The international televangelist further added: “When you get used to difficulties, you’ll be able to bear them.”

Bro. Eli also cited passages from the acclaimed Filipino bard Francisco “Balagtas” Baltazar, who said that people raised up in pleasures are usually barren or wanting.

Balagtas wrote:

Ang laki sa layaw karaniwa’y hubad

Sa bait at muni’t sa hatol ay salat

Masaklap na bunga ng maling paglingap

Habag ng magulang sa irog na anak

[He who grew up in pleasures is usually wanting

In sense, in reflection, in judgment lacking

A bitter fruit of wayward caring,

(And) compassion of a parent to his beloved offspring]

Those who grew up in difficulties, however, have hope, and cited Lamentations 3:27-32. The Overall Servant of the Members Church of God International (MCGI) said that his experience making a living at an early age can attest to the advantages of growing up in adversity.

There are those who commit suicide for experiencing just a little hardship in life. The Old Path host said these people are the ones accustomed to revelings and luxuries. So when hardship comes and pain becomes unbearable, suicide seems to be the only solution to end their sufferings.

In an article published by TheRichest.com, “10 Countries With the Highest Suicide Rates in the World” (September of 2014), it mentioned a study by the World Health Organization that estimates that one person commits suicide every 40 seconds.

“It’s [thus] better that we feel pain and suffering. We need it to make us stronger, to develop resistance against all sorts of things that may come in our lives,” stressed Bro. Eli.

He pointed out that it is a reason why God allows people to experience both physical and spiritual pains. “The pain of the heart strengthens the heart. Pains and afflictions can edify conviction.”

The Worldwide Bible Exposition of the Members Church of God International is hosted by Bro. Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon, where its guests can ask the MCGI Overall Servants any question about faith live and for free.

During the event, more than 1,360 monitoring centers in the Philippines and abroad participate via Internet and satellite, along with MCGI’s Mobile Coordinating Centers.

For more information about MCGI’s upcoming events, please see MCGI’s online calendar, or email us at info@mcgi.org.

Source: 10 Countries with the Biggest Suicide Rates in the World

(Written by Rigor Arellano)

Bro. Eli Shows Biblical Meaning of Christ’s Cross in Worldwide Bible Exposition

Bro. Eliseo Soriano speaking via live video streaming during the Worldwide Bible Exposition of the Members Church of God International on December 5, 2014. (Photo courtesy of PVI)
Bro. Eliseo Soriano speaking via live video streaming during the Worldwide Bible Exposition of the Members Church of God International on December 5, 2014. (Photo courtesy of PVI)

When asked what the message of Christ’s cross was in the question-and-answer period of a recent Bible Exposition, Bro. Eliseo Soriano shed biblical light not only about its meaning but also expounded his answer to include what the two other crosses signify.

A Bible Exposition guest from Muntinlupa City asked the Ang Dating Daan (The Old Path) host this question live last December 5 this year. The inquirer, Melissa Soriano, who said she reads the Bible twice a day, sought enlightenment to her question: “What is the word of the cross written in 1 Corinthians 1:18?”

In the verse, we can read: “For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.”

Of Heavenly Bodies and Musical Instruments

Bro. Soriano, Overall Servant to Members Church of God International (MCGI), began his discussion by explaining through the Holy Scriptures the different ways in which messages are revealed. Not all messages are heard audibly, according to the Filipino preacher.

“There are many things that speak, but we don’t hear their words,” Bro. Eli said. He then read Psalms 19:1-3, whose verses show that even without speech the heavens declare the majesty of God.

When he elaborated on the passage, Bro. Soriano told audiences that the heavens are proof that there is God.

Bro. Eli explained that the rotation of the earth on its axis and its revolution around the sun has been going on for billions of years. “And yet, no accident has happened. It’s because there is a God who keeps it in order.”

To prove his point further, the preacher said that the sound of the trumpet in Old Israel meant something: to alert the people that enemies were coming. Hence, they should be ready to set out for war.

“What I mean is, the cross says something. And there is a message, good news in the cross,” said Bro. Eli, adding that “it is the word of salvation.” He further explained that the message of Christ’s cross is His triumph over the devil in redeeming the sins of people.

However, it was not the sole cross that bore a message. As the televangelist explained, the two other crosses next to Christ also have meanings.

The cross on the right side of Christ meant that “though you are a sinner like the thief, you can be saved if you’ll repent, if you’ll believe.”

The other cross, on the other hand, meant that “if you are evil, and you don’t want to believe, and you mock Christ, then you really will go to hell.”

Using the Death March in Bataan and Corregidor for parallelism, Bro. Eli said that for Filipinos who understand what happened, the two provinces bear an important message. He said that, “It was there that our fellow citizens gave their lives for our freedom.”

“It doesn’t follow that though significant events transpired in Bataan and Corregidor, that we should worship Bataan and Corregidor,” said the preacher. He then noted that while Christ’s cross speaks of something as valuable as His salvation, it is not something to be worshipped.

The Worldwide Bible Exposition, a monthly evangelization effort organized by MCGI, offers a venue wherein guests in its coordinating centers can ask the preacher any question of faith live and for free.

That evening’s event had over 1,360 remote points in different parts of the globe connected via satellite and Internet facilities.

(Written by Rigor Arellano)

What are the Secrets to Good Leadership, Biblically Speaking?

Bro. Eliseo Soriano answering queries of faith in a Worldwide Bible Exposition at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City, Philippines.
The International Evangelist answering queries of faith during a Worldwide Bible Exposition at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City, Philippines.

“What can you give as advice that I may better improve my service to our barangay?”

Towards the end of the Worldwide Bible Exposition on April 26, 2013, an incumbent barangay captain from Quezon City in the Philippines asked Bro. Eliseo F. Soriano what advice he could give on good governance.

“Firstly, there’s no better way of leading people than the leadership of the Lord Jesus Christ,” replied Bro. Eli to Renato Galimba. The Lord Jesus Christ exercised what the English Bible calls “righteousness,” which in the original Greek manuscript means “justice” or “equity,” according to the Overall Servant to MCGI.

“A government must practice equity or righteousness,” he added. “Fair treatment to all men with no favoritism, that is the foundation of an established government.” Bro. Eli also noted that exercising righteousness or equity in government proves not only beneficial to the people, but to their leader as well.

When the inquirer visited the Locale of Lagro, Quezon City to ask Bro. Soriano, the Philippines was set to hold its Mid-term Elections on May 13, 2013. Registered Filipino voters would have to elect senators, party list groups, mayors down to town councillors.

For the People in Power

The international evangelist stressed what qualities set a good leader apart from the mediocre ones. He cited Romans 20:28, which states: “a good conscience; a good will; a heart with no intention of deceiving his fellows, with no plans to be corrupt nor to aggrieve others; are what support the seat or power of a leader such as a king.”

As the history of any country will show, the poor often receive unequal treatment or injustice. Poor people have neither money nor influence to protect them. Bro. Soriano echoed in his answer a very popular quotation from former Philippine Pres. Ramon Magsaysay made over six decades ago: “Those who have less in life, should have more in law.”

“I remembered that [Pres. Magsaysay’s statement] because I agree to that,” remarked Bro. Eli. He then explained that in the country now, there are many good laws. However, a problem arises when those who implement them give bigger protection to the rich than to the poor.

The Servant then pointed out that in leading the members of the Church of God International, he and Bro. Daniel always make it a point to never take advantage of or aggrieve anyone.

The Blessed Poor

“What I lead is more than a country,” began Bro. Soriano. He gave as example the country of Dominica in Central America whose president leads about 70,000 people. “I lead many more than that, but with the Lord’s mercy, we don’t oppress anyone. We don’t deceive anyone.”

While some leaders in both political and religious realms may believe that the secret to a long and solid reign is to favor the rich for personal gains, the Bible shows a different way to go said the televangelist.

At MCGI, poor members have access to a slew of free services like medical care, legal assistance, primary to tertiary education, food and accommodation. Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel have put up charitable institutions across and outside the country to extend help not only to brethren, but to non-members as well. Among the said public services include orphanages and homes for the elderly.

Majority of the brethren of the MCGI belong to the poor and marginalized sector of the Philippines, Africa, Papua New Guinea, and the war-affected people of Central and South America.

Due to his strong and inspiring leadership, not a single organizations notice Bro. Eli’s style of leading. In the Philippines alone, these multi-sectoral groups have faithfully bestowed their Most Outstanding Minister and Outstanding Preacher Award to the popular radio and TV host of the Ang Dating Daan (The Old Path) program.

Secrets to Good Leadership

“Like what is said in Proverbs 29:14, a king who faithfully judges the poor, his throne will be established forever,” read the Ang Dating Daan (The Old Path) television and radio program host. He iterated that a leader’s power will strengthen when he treats and judges the poor fairly. “It is a secret of a righteous leadership.”

Bro. Soriano added that another secret to good leadership is being well-meaning or putting the concerns of others before one’s self. He also added that leaders must be generous and not greedy. “Mercy establishes a king, so does truth. A king’s seat is upheld by mercy,” stressed Bro. Eli.

Without mercy and equity, when lies proliferate instead of truth, Bro. Eli noted that the masses rejoice after a leader leaves his office. He cited Proverbs 29:2, which states that the people mourn or sigh when a wicked person rules.

The 66-year-old preacher then recalled how many of his fellow Filipinos were glad when Ramon Magsaysay and Diosdado Macapagal lead the country. “When they were removed from presidency, some Pinoys even cried.” An airplane crash caused the death of President Magsaysay.

Leading the Good Way

“If I were you, and I was head of a barangay, my first order of business would be to deal with the poor,” said Bro. Eli in his final remarks to Brgy. Captain Galimba. “Give the poor favor because they need protection. And you’ll see that you won’t be removed from being a barangay captain.”

He also advised the inquiring captain to use the funds of the barangay in worthwhile activities. Bro. Eli assured the captain that when people see their leader truly attending to the poor even when the barangay lacks the fund, its rich residents will help.

The MCGI Servant then expressed his hope that the Philippine President will be able to set things straight in the government despite his many enemies. “May God help President Noynoy to make the government well.”

“And if not the entire government, may we have good governance in barangays, as in Lagro Quezon city.”

(Words by Rigor Arellano)

(Photo by Rovic Balunsay) 

Related links:

For more information on MCGI’s charities: http://www.mcgi.org/about/charities/

Know more about Pres. Ramon Magsaysay and Pres. Diosdado Macapagal here: http://www.biography.com/people/ramon-magsaysay-40218

http://www.macapagal.com/dm2/biography/tributes.html)


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