A Testimony of Evelyn P.
“Life is an everyday miracle in the hands of God.”
Psalm 149:9 says, “The Lord is good to everyone. He showers compassion in all His creation.” I praise and thank God for the gift of life. It is by His all-out goodness that we still have this life.
It was in January 2013 that I was diagnosed with breast cancer. My green card was just granted at that time. After 15 long years of waiting to be in U.S., coping with breast cancer was my first faith challenge. But because I have received and personally knew Jesus Christ as my personal Lord and Savior and have entrusted Him my life, my outlook didn’t change when this diagnosis came. My faith in God kept me going. In this journey, God’s great promises in the Bible have been helping me through tough times. Indeed, God’s word comes into flesh in every aspect of my circumstances. 2 Peter 1:3 says: “His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who has called us by His own glory and goodness.” What else could we ask for, when Jesus has given us His divine power in everything we need for life?
Since finances for the surgery was needed, as I did not have medical insurance in U.S. and had no job yet as a new settler in America, my family, my Bible study group and I prayed for God’s leading. My medical insurance and benefits in a university in the Philippines where I taught for 35 years were still available (I was on a leave of absence when I left for America), so I decided to go back to the Philippines for my double mastectomy. It was still by God’s working that He brought in a Christian missionary doctor who is an oncologist to perform the major surgery. The healing time was so quick as Exodus 15:26 promised, “I am the God that healeth thee.” The six months of chemotherapy was one of the most difficult times of my treatment, but God’s hand was at work in every cellof my body. It was not easy to receive every dose of chemotherapy every month. However, every time it was performed my nurse would agree in prayer for God’s intervention. At times it was hard for her to find the vein and we had to pray again. God indeed does miracles. A small vein showed up after we prayed. God controlled every side effect of the drug. His word sustained me every moment in those six months. This was my ‘password’: Phil. 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Indeed God’s word became flesh. As I come to Jesus in prayer and on bended knees I gain inner strength to endure though nausea, vomiting and feeling of weakness are still there.
Looking at myself in the mirror, I see how cancer could rob anyone of her looks. I could hardly believe how I looked during the therapy – bald, skinny, pale and flat-chested. If I had not known my stand that I am a precious child of God, I would have been dismayed, depressed and might have lost my courage and self-esteem. But Jesus Christ is so personal to me that I would seek Him in my daily quiet times and meditation and He would always comfort me through His promises in the Bible. It’s like being a student at ‘University of Tribulations’, but His grace enabled me to overcome.
I see how cancer could rob anyone of her looks. I could hardly believe how I looked during the therapy – bald, skinny, pale and flat-chested. If I had not known my stand that I am a precious child of God, I would have been dismayed, depressed and might have lost my courage and self-esteem.
Let us not be easily discouraged, fret and doubt when faced with uncertainties of life. Instead, we should persevere in asking because it will be given to us according to God’s perfect will and time. Let us keep on seeking because we will find God. Let us keep on knocking because the doors of opportunities will be opened to us (Matthew 7:7-8). No one who seeks Jesus by faith and with perseverance will be refused with His help (James 1:2-5).
Let us live in the finished work of Christ—the realm of “DONE”. Everything we need—healing, provisions, or deliverance—has been accomplished for us by Jesus at the cross!
Long before I see my healing, I know and have believed that Jesus has already finished the work for my healing. If anyone is in need, see that all the work for our provision has been finished.
Today, I live in the finished work of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I continue to live in the place of trusting and resting on His promises.
To God be the glory and all honor!
Today, I live in the finished work of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
by Rei Eusebio
The words of Christ reverberated in my heart as I meditated on the cross today. “Therefore everyone who confesses Me before men, I will also confess him before My Father who is in heaven. “But whoever denies Me before men, I will also deny him before My Father who is in heaven” Matthew 10:32:33. In this life, one could either be for Christ or against Christ. There is no in-between. The people in the time of Jesus’s earthly life observed him, shared the food and heard His teachings. Some of them were healed of their sicknesses. Others saw miraculous works. They followed him until Jesus began talking about “carrying your own cross”, “denying yourself” and many hard sayings. Many of his “followers” dropped out. They decided that committing to God, as Jesus explained it, was not what they really liked. Yet there were others who in spite of the cost, continued to follow Jesus. The issue was not survival of the fittest, otherwise, none of them would last. It was, and still is, about taking by faith the words of Christ as true and reliable Word of God and fully entrusting to him our dear life.
There is no greater privilege than being children of God through Jesus Christ. In any situation, we can confess Christ by our action, attitude and words. Even when our life is threatened, it is not futile to remain faithful to Jesus Christ.
It became clear to the next generation of Christ followers that part of being a Christian is being ready to suffer or, at best, die for him. The reality is that we will always encounter opposition simply because we follow Christ. Paul said, “For it has been granted to you that for the sake of Christ you should not only believe in him but also suffer for his sake, engaged in the same conflict that you saw I had and now hear that I still have” Philippians 1:29-30. History affirms this fact. Oppositions come in different forms, shapes and sizes. The systematic and gruesome killings of many Christians in Egypt, Iraq, Syria, Africa and many other places by Islamic terrorists are deplorable and shocking but not surprising. It is, also, not surprising we are being insulted, persecuted, marginalized in the society and made a laughingstock because of our identification with Christ. Not that we cannot and must not defend ourselves (I maintain the right to self-defense when necessary) nor we are spineless but the best defense is to do good works. Jesus said, “But I say to you who hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you” Luke 6:27-28 ESV. For we know him who said, “Vengeance is mine; I will repay.” And again, “The Lord will judge his people.” Hebrews 10:30 ESV.
To be honest about it, it is a great challenge to be a Christ follower in an unfriendly territory but our hope and assurance outweigh the circumstances. There is no greater privilege than being children of God through Jesus Christ. In any situation, we can confess Christ by our action, attitude and words. Even when our life is threatened, it is not futile to remain faithful to Jesus Christ. By doing so, we can rest assured that he will confess us before our Father in heaven.
“Are you in the garden business?”, you might ask. If you meant selling garden tools and stuff, then we are not.
Yet in some ways we are in the garden business. People are like plants in the field that need to be sown in the fertile soil, watered, nurtured and grown. Later they will bring out healthy and delicious fruits that can feed many. I remember those days in my childhood when we had a garden in the backyard. There were many shallow boxes called seedbeds that were filled with rich soil on which we would plant seeds and then water it. We kept those boxes in the greenhouse until the seedlings were ready to be transplanted. When the seedlings were ready or if they had two to three sets of leaves and well developed roots then we would replant them in pots and took care of them one by one. It reminds me of Christ’s words in John 15 when he said, “the Father is the gardener.” It is a picture of God’s providential love and concern for you and me. He takes care of us, grows us, prunes us and makes us fruitful.
Why Seedbed as a name? The name is a good illustration of our mission to plant the gospel of Christ in the hearts of the people around us. We are committed to faithfully and lovingly teach all nations the teachings of Jesus Christ so that they will know God, become mature in the faith and obedient to Him. As Christ’s disciples we are then “replanted” in places where God will use us to reach out to those who need Him. Seedbed Church is a place where the seed of faith is planted in the hearts of people and nurtured to bear fruit. It is a place to grow our love for God, our mutual love and concern for one another and compassion for the broken world.
We’d like to be a church where everyone could feel at home and where spiritual and emotional renewal and restoration could take place. We’d like to worship the living God in a way that reflects His truth and expresses our true heart.
Seedbed Church will be multiethnic in composition. Diversity will be our building block to establish a community of faith that is united in love and obedience to Christ and His Word. We are unapologetically Bible-centered in conviction, evangelical in passion and missional in purpose.
While we look forward to our first worship celebration on April 27, 2014, we have already begun ministering to people and connecting them to the Lord through sharing and prayers. We have been making friends and trying to connect to our community. Our new home is at Sierra Madre Congregational Church located at 170 W Sierra Madre Blvd, Sierra Madre, CA 91024.
Sunday Worship is at 2:00PM beginning April 27, 2014. We hope you could come and be blessed.
(Updated April 1, 2014)