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Hi, I’m Pastor Bong Baylon. People call me PB for short. I’m the Senior Pastor of Real Life Christian Communities. I’m also a Faculty at the International Graduate School of Leadership (IGSL). Join me as I meditate on God’s word. Let’s understand and apply it in our daily lives in practical ways.
 
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The need for approval is a common human need that often stems from an unhealthy desire for validation and acceptance from others. However, it can often lead to compromise and dishonesty instead of speaking the truth in love. Many people do not share their faith because of their unhealthy need to be constantly liked by others. Like Jesus, we must le…
 
You probably have heard the saying, "You are free to choose but you are not free to choose the consequences." This is especially true when it comes to our choices regarding Jesus. Whether we believe and follow Him or not is our choice. But we cannot escape the consequences if we choose the latter rather than the former. --- Send in a voice message:…
 
Last week, we talked about how you can see God’s dream for you right where you are. You just need to open your eyes and pay attention to God as He lays a burden in your heart. But what do you do when you have the seed of God’s dream or vision in your heart? You need to learn how to serve with a team instead of doing it all by yourself. --- Send in …
 
Is it wrong to aim for success in life? Is it wrong to be ambitious? Some people feel guilty about this. Others, of course, couldn't care less. They want to be successful in life no matter what. That's why personal ambitions drive them. But can we aim for success without compromising our faith? Can we be ambitious and still retain our commitment to…
 
Why is it that some of us are bored? We are barely holding on to each day, hoping we will survive every working day, doing what we can to make our lives a little more interesting every now and then. Sometimes life can be exciting but only for a short while. Soon the realities will come rushing back into our minds and hearts discouraging and boring …
 
We all sin. It would be safe to say that most of us feel sorry whenever we sin. But not all of us know how to truly repent. That makes all the difference. Without true repentance, we cannot experience true acceptance from God. God wants to forgive us, but sometimes we don't want to repent. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/bongbaylon/m…
 
Worship is central to our commitment as followers of Christ. But most of the time we see worship as merely an experience. Therefore, we judge it as excellent or boring, depending on the quality of the program. It is not focused on God. Instead, our focus is on ourselves, and how we feel while worshiping. We need to understand the principles of true…
 
We all have the tendency to admire wealthy people. Deep inside our hearts, we wonder if we can be like them. Social media tend to glamorize these people making them really attractive and admirable. Sometimes, as ordinary people, we tend to envy them. But what does God's word say about wealth? --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/bongbaylo…
 
The good news of the kingdom of God is being proclaimed today and everyone is being invited to believe in Jesus so that they can enter into it. But not everyone is willing. They know it would involve some radical changes in their lives and they are not willing to do that. We need to understand what is hindering them. --- Send in a voice message: ht…
 
This psalm is about Mount Zion. Since we are not Jews and we don't have the historical background to appreciate what Mount Zion meant, we may not fully grasp the full implication of this psalm. But the early church understood what Mount Zion symbolized. It symbolized the presence of God which is now made accessible through Jesus (see Hebrews 12:22-…
 
Often we only think about worship on Sundays. We fail to see the necessity of praising God at all times and in all situations. We must learn to acknowledge Him as our King, not just on weekends but each and every day of our lives. In other words, we must learn to praise Him as our King regardless of our situation. --- Send in a voice message: https…
 
There are many things in this world that can terrify us. We feel so small and helpless in the face of so many overwhelming dangers. How can we live in this world with courage and confidence? Thankfully, we have our God who sustains and protects us. But we need to understand the basis of our confidence in God. --- Send in a voice message: https://an…
 
Some of you used to be passionate about reaching out to the lost. For some reason, you are no longer as passionate as you used to be. There are many possible reasons why. We don't want to get into that. But what is important now is to ask ourselves: "How can our love for the lost be renewed?" --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/bongbaylo…
 
The Bible uses different metaphors to describe the relationship between Jesus and the church. One of them is the metaphor of "bride". Thus, the church is called the "Bride of Christ". As the "bride", the church is waiting for the official "wedding ceremony" that will happen when Jesus finally returns. In the meantime, what does it mean to be the "b…
 
When we know we are at fault, it is easier to accept when bad things happen to us. But when we know that we are not doing anything wrong, it is harder to accept. We begin to ask the Lord all sorts of questions. Often, our questions are wrong because our focus is on the character of God rather than on ourselves. --- Send in a voice message: https://…
 
Following Jesus in the early years of Christianity was very difficult. Everyone knew the cost. A lot of people died for their faith. Others were persecuted. Many suffered. Today, most people assume that following Jesus is just all about attending the weekend worship service. Some don't even consider that as important. What has happened? --- Send in…
 
Depression is a common problem. It is characterized by persistent sadness, lack of interest or pleasure, inadequate sleep and appetite, tiredness, and poor concentration, to name a few. Depression can dramatically affect a person’s ability to function. Sometimes it may even lead to thoughts of suicide. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm…
 
Some people say that what you don't know won't hurt you. But in the case of the church or the body of Christ, what we don't know will actually hurt us. This is especially true in the area of spiritual matters. Ignorance in this area will greatly affect us. To fulfill God's purpose for us in this world as His people would require spiritual health, g…
 
One of the most important times to minister to people is when they are sick. We need to care for them. They need God's loving presence more than anything else. They need to know that God has not forgotten them, that He still loves them, and that He hears their cries and prayers. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/bongbaylon/message…
 
God's invitation is given to all but not everyone is willing to accept His invitation. This is the reason why many today are still lost. God's salvation is being offered free of charge and yet many are disregarding it. We need to personally accept God's invitation so that we can experience His salvation. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.…
 
Hope is the confident expectation of future good. But our hope in the Lord is not just a general expectation. It is a "great" expectation of what God would do because of who He is. Our knowledge of God borne out of our experience of Him in the past based on His promises in His word gives us hope to expect "great things" from the Lord. --- Send in a…
 
Waiting is not always easy. But waiting upon the Lord is not an idle exercise. It's an activity of faith wherein we choose to remember certain things so that we can find hope in the Lord for the future. This kind of hope strengthens us and we are able to wait patiently for the Lord to act on our behalf. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.f…
 
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