The Messengers & Their Mothers

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Brother Felix Y. Manalo 1886 – 1963

10th May marks the 133rd birth anniversary of Brother Felix Ysagun Manalo. He led the Church of Christ (Iglesia Ni Cristo) for almost 50 dynamic years starting with pretty much nothing but the Bible in his hands. He preached wherever he could and to whomever would listen. And people did listen.

People listened to him because he did not draw attention to himself. He never wished to be exalted. He simply taught God’s words. To him, obedience to God’s words were enough. If you obeyed all the commandments, there was nothing else.

 

1 John 2:5
“But if anyone obeys his word, love for God is truly made complete in them. This is how we know we are in him”

 

Some people may think I’m oversimplifying our doctrines. Just obey?! In a sense yes. Not as in obey blindly and never complain but when it comes to the pure teachings, if you obey the words of God there would be no need to prove your loyalty to the one speaking or showing you are one with them or what have you. If you are living by God’s commands, then you have already proven you are obedient and that shows the Messenger already did his part. There was no need to praise Brother Felix. He always said, he was just a man. He was humble man who fulfilled his God given duty.

Why did Brother Felix not want to be exalted? After all, he was God’s messenger – as the book of Revelations says, a messenger is an angel. Is it proper to exalt and bow before a messenger?

“Now I, John, saw and heard these things. And when I heard and saw, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel who showed me these things.

Then he said to me, “See that you do not do that. For I am your fellow servant, and of your brethren the prophets, and of those who keep the words of this book. Worship God.” Revelation 2:8-9

Apostle John was told by the angel not to bow down to him. The angel said, “DO NOT DO THAT. I am your fellow servant”. That is why even bother Felix’s son, Brother Eraño also refused people to bow to him. They understood their roles and their duties well, and they were humble about it. That is why Brother Felix often said, “Don’t believe Manalo. I know nothing. My head is empty! Believe in the Bible!” It was never about him.

What some people do not realise about Brother Felix Manalo was that he truly loved his mother. He loved her so much that he used her last name in her honour. So instead of using Ysagun which was his father’s last name, he used Manalo.

Since the 12th of May is Mother’s Day, I’d like to greet all our  lovely mothers a Happy Mother’s Day.

Just like Brother Felix who loved and honoured his mother, let us all show our respect to our mums on Sunday and every day. But the best example of all is of course, Jesus Christ, from the time of his youth to the day of his death, he showed love and respect for his mother:

Luke 2:51 – “Then he returned to Nazareth with them and was obedient to them; and his mother stored away all these things in her heart.

Even in suffering, Jesus was concerned of who would take care of His mother:

John 19:26-27 –  “When Jesus saw his mother standing there beside the disciple he loved, he said to her, “Dear woman, here is your son.” And he said to this disciple, “Here is your mother.” And from then on this disciple took her into his home.

One of the most touching moments in Jesus’ life was at the last few moments before death; He thought about the welfare of his own dear mother. He endorsed her to his disciple to make sure that in her old age, she would be cared for.

So may we all learn from the Saviour himself and Brother Felix Manalo who showed their love, respect and concern for their mothers. Follow the good examples. There are bad examples all around but let us learn from the ones who are truly good.

“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” James 1:27

Our mothers will not always be around. Neither will we. So while we have the time and opportunity, love and care for them. It’s what the Messenger would have wanted because it is pleasing to God

 


“Your leaders are rebels and friends of thieves; they are always accepting gifts and bribes. They never defend orphans in court or listen when widows present their case.”

Isaiah 1:23

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7 thoughts on “The Messengers & Their Mothers

  1. Kudos to you brother for scoring a double whammy against EVM and his administration – a touching remembrance of FYM’s birthday and also Mothers’ Day which are not given the proper attention and love that they deserve. While it was announced that, in honor of the Sugo, the lessons to be taught in the month of May are those that the Sugo himself outlined, this is sheer hypocrisy and pretentiousness because nothing memorable is taught and the same run-of-the-mill worship service is conducted. Your article would have been a much more appropriate sermon minus the annoying wailing and EVM-fawning prayers of officiating officers such as Matt Pareja and clones. (By the way, INCReflections is back!)

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  2. Hit EVM between eyes!! Ka FYM is the OPPOSITE of EVM — na maka-Dios daw at maka-Tao ayon sa mga OWE.!!Maka-Dios? ITINAKWIL sarili at kaisa-isang INA?? IPOKRITO!!!
    Very YES,ganyan kamahal at laki ng paggalang ng ka FYM sa kanyang INA,ipinalit ang Apelyidong Ysagun sa Manalo na apelyido ng Nanay niya.
    Very True,very HUMBLE ang SUGO,siya SUGO mismo not just TP,Messenger but never NAGYABANG sa buong mundo o kahit sa loob ng Iglesia.Kasi alam Niya,Tagapaglingkod siya at HINDI Panginoon.!! Alam niyang IISA ang SIR/MASTER/LORD?TEACHER–ang CRISTO “lamang”!!
    Ang katangiang ito ng SUGO ay Minana at Ginawa ng ka EGM kaya narating ng Iglesia ang Kalualhatian na IGINALANG,HINANGAHAN sa Kalinisan at Kabanalan sa Pamamahala NILA.!!
    Hindi SILA Nahilig sa maka-MUNDONG Kasikatan at Karangyaan.!! Hindi SILA Nagnegosyo,HIGIT sa Lahat WALANG ANOMALIA at KORAPSYON.Bukas ang OPISINA CENTRAL sa “lahat ng kapatid” na nais Magtanong o Magsuri na HINDI ka natatakot na ITITIWALAG at TATAKUTIN ka.!!
    Iyan ang “malaking-malaking PAGKAKAIBA noon at ngayon” na Ibinabando pa nila na sila ay mga Maka-Dios at tunay na Iglesia?? Talaga?? Na napakabait at mapagpatawad daw si EVM ayon sa episode #22,bolahin nyo,kayo-kayo rin.!!
    Sa Huli,totoong-totoo na Laging sinasabi ng ka FYM: Huag kayo kay Manalo Maniwala at susunod!! Maniwala kayo at Sumampalataya sa Biblia. Ito ang Sundin ninyo para kayo Maligtas,huag si Manalo.!! Hayaan ninyong Biblia ang Sumagot at Magpaliwanag ng Ukol sa Dios at sa Kanyang mga UTOS.!! Huag ninyo itong ipaliwanag sa sarili ninyong karunungan,haka-haka,kuro-kuro,opinyon at karunungang pansanlibutan.!! Kung ano lamang ang nakasulat.siya ninyong Ituro,huag daragdagan o babawasan.!!
    Kuento nga sa akin noon na matandang ministro pag pinatawag ka o kami ng Sugo ang tanong kaagad ay, KUMUSTA ang mga kapatid,matitibay ba sila?Inaalagaan mo ba? Pinapayuhan at Pinalalakas mo ba?
    Hindi tinatanong kung gaano karami bunga mo o napasulong mo ba ang Abuluyan? Kapakanan ng KALULUWA at Pananampalataya ang UNANG nasa Isipan ng SUGO,saka na muna yung ibang Bagay.Ganyan anya MAGMALASAKIT ang Ka Felix sa kapakanan ng mga KAPATID o TUPA na ITINIWALA ng Dios sa kanya at sa Lahat ng MINISTRO na “siyang” katungkulan namin”,kuento sa akin.!!
    Ngayon “wala na iyang ganyang PAG-IBIG at PAGMAMALASAKIT sa Kaluluwa—panay PERA,SALAPI at PASAKOP na walang TUTOL,para kang Komunista o Diktador na Relihiyon?
    Panay Pagpapayaman,Pagpapasarap,pasyal dito pasyal doon,tuloy sa Pinakamahal na Hotel,kain ng pinakamasarap na Pagkain at Bili ng Mamahaling mga GAMIT nila sa Abuloy ng Mahirap at naghihirap na mga Kapatid.!! IPOKRITO sila Lahat.!!!
    HINDI ITO kailanman GINAWA ng Ka FELIX at ka EGM– sapagkat SILA ay may BANAL na TAKOT sa DIOS,TAPAT,MASUNURIN,MALINIS ang mga PUSO at Mapagpakumbaba na TAGAPAGLINGKOD ng IGLESIA,hindi mga PANGINOON o SIR o MASTER.!!!

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  3. Inihahandog ko sa lahat ng Mabuting INA, lalo na kay kapatid na CRISTINA (Tenny) V. MANALO,balo ng ka EGM, ang mga talatang ito mula sa aklat ng KAWIKAAN — Kapitulo 31

    Pinaglilingkuran Niya ang asawa habang sila ay Nabubuhay,pawang Kabutihan ang Ginagawa at di Kasamaan.
    Bago pa sumikat ang araw ay inihahanda na ang pagkain ng buo niyang Sambahayan,pati na gawain ng mga katulong sa bahay.
    Matulungin siya sa mahirap,ang kanyang asawa’y kilala sa lipunan at Nahahanay sa mga Pangunahing “mamamayan”.
    Marangal at kapita-kapitagan ang Kanyang Kaanyuan,Sinusubaybayan Niyang “mabuti ang Kanyang Sambahayan” at di tumitigil sa paggawa araw-araw.
    IGINAGALANG siya ng Kanyang mga ANAK (maliban kay EVM) at Pinupuri ng Kanyang KABIYAK.
    Maraming babae na mabuting Asawa,ngunit sa kanila ay Nakahihigit Ka.!!
    Ibunton sa Kanya ang Lahat ng PARANGAL,kapatdapat Siya sa PAPURI ng BAYAN (INC).!!

    HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY sa lahat ng INA na mabuti at matuwid,lalo na sa Kapatid na TENNY!!
    Ingatan at patnubayan po kayo ng AMA pati na si ka Marc na kasama ninyo at mga ANAK nyo sa PINAS na Nakakulong at INUUSIG pa “nila’.!!! Ingat po kayo…sumasampalataya po ako na malapit na,na AYUSIN ang Tunay na INC at makakasama Namin kayo sa patuloy na Pagsamba at Paglilingkod sa Ating AMA sa pangunguna ng TUNAY na TP na ILALAGAY/HALAL ng AMA nating DIOS.!! Mabuhay po kayo.!!!! from: Ka Bibliko n Family

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  4. Wishing every mother a very Happy Mothers Day. Not only today but everyday of the year. The love and care of the mother is forever with us, And theirs is Unconditional love, can be firm but will love us no matter what.

    Special Happy Mother’s Day greetings to our most beloved Ka Tenny. Wherever you may be po, the brethren will never forget you. We commence you in our loving Father’s care and safekeeping. And we will continue to pray for you and the rest of your family specially the ones being persecuted and harassed by eduardo, his wife and their minions.

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  5. Mga Bro. kakaawa mga OWE member—BAWAL bumati o batiin ang Mahal nilang INA o Mother ng Happy Mother’s Day .!! Tanong— lahat KAYA sumusunod? Pero alam ko yung mga bulag at panatiko,SUSUNOD kung papaano Nila sinusunod na HUAG Kausapin ang mga MAHAL NILA sa Buhay na ITINIWALAG ni Lord EVM.
    May kilala talaga akong ganyan– Ayaw talaga Kausapin at Iniiwasan yung dati ay kabiruan pa nya at laging kinakausap na kadugo,ngunit ng matiwalag,akala mo maysakit na Pinadidirihan !!
    Napakasamang “Cristiano”? di ba. Sinasabi lang Cristiano pero EDUARDO pala ha ha ha… Cristiano—tagasunod ni Cristo. Eduardo–tagasunod ni EVM,right!!
    Kaya mga Ipokrito mga iyan,kunwari Cristiano,ngunit di si Cristo ang sinusunod kundi si EVM at mga Sangoons.!!!
    Ano sabi ni EVM–Itiniwalag Ko Sila,kasi Mahal ko kayo mga kapatid!! Utot!!! Humingi lang ng Tulong at GUSTO kang MAKAUSAP ng kaisa-isa mong INA na Kinasangkapan ng DIOS para ka maging Tao— ITINIWALAG at INUSIG at BINABOY mo, pati mga Larawan sa FB at Social Media.!!
    BINOLA mo pa mga Nabulag mo na mas Mahal mo Sila kaya Tiniwalag mo ka TENNY!! Nagpauto
    naman mga uto-utong “cristiano” na HINDI Nag-iisip!! Sunod lang at naniwala sa IYO!!
    Ang TUNAY na CRISTIANO “nagsusuri” o Sinisiyasat ang mga Bagay na ITINUTURO ng Nagtuturo o mga Nagtuturo gaya ng nasa GAWA 17:11 as I quote: ….sapagka’t Tinanggap Nila ang SALITA ng boong Pagsisikap,at SINISIYASAT sa ARAW-ARAW ang mga KASULATAN (yung Itinuro),kung TUNAY nga ang mga BAGAY na ITO.!!!
    NAKITA NA NINYO MGA BULAG NA OWE? “Sinusuri o Sinisiyasat” ng mga Nakinig o Nakikinig kay Pablo iyong ITINURO nya, HINDI “Basta Sumunod tulad ninyo”!! Sabi nga ni RIZAL—Binigyan tayo ng Dios na ISIP para gamitin sa pag-iisip o pag-uunawa,hindi yung sunod lang ng sunod.!!
    DAIG pa kayo ni Rizal na Hindi naman tunay na Cristiano at walang nagturo na Sugo o tunay na Ministro pero Nauunawaan ang TAMA at MALI.kakahiya kayong mga OWE–same as many Catholic–Blind n Fanatics.!!!

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  6. Bro.EDGE and Bros., I want to know if I can make a copy about a picture or document papers that is upload here in social media by means of a Printer?
    Will it works? Yeah I am planning to PRINT all or most Impt.documents about EVM’s Loans n Debts in different Banks,
    Even documents of J$ as the President,Owner of any Iglesia’s Property that EVM gave him all the authorities n Power over it.
    Can I, ka EDGE n Bros.? Just in case,ika nga magkasubukan sa huli,at least I can SHOW evidences of Anomalies n Corruption they DID in the Church.!! It’s better if I can Copy n Print it,rather than just using or bring my laptop,right brethren?
    Hope I am right n it works,what do you think Brethren? As I said,I am not good in these matter,modern tech w/ modern gadget,that’s why I am asking you Brethren.
    I have no printer but my nephew have n can ask him to help me if my idea is correct.
    Thank you Bros.!!

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  7. There are Husbands and Wives (not all) WHO can Loved their Father n Mother in-Laws,How much more that You Should Love and Honor YOUR Own Parents,right?
    YOU Expel,Reject and Persecute Your Own MOM n Siblings and STILL Have GUTS to Preach GOD’S WORD?
    In Front of the WORSHIPERS ,worshiping GOD n our Lord JesusChrist?? OMG!! How do YOU do it EVM? U R not Only Hypocrite but Pretending U R a GODLY Man!!! Marahil kapag TUNAY na PINAPAGDILIM na ang Puso at Pananampalataya MO ng Dios,ganyan na ang UGALI,akala Mo sa DIOS ka pa rin,kahit Madilim ka na.!!!
    SINUWAY mo Ama mo,Itinakwil mo Nanay at mga Kapatid mo,Ibinaon mo sa Utang at Sanla ang Iglesia,Inusig at namatay o pinapatay ang mga kapatid na nanninidigan sa katotohanan at Tumutulong sa mga Inapi ninyo— Pero LAHAT kayo ng Sangoons NAKATATAYO pa sa TRIBUNA at “nangangaral kuno ng SALITA ng DIOS”??
    Hindi na kayo Nakokonsensya,sanay na sanay na ng mga BUDHI ninyo.!!! Nakakatulog pa kayo sa mga MILYON at BILYONG halaga ng inyong mga MANSION.!!! Di ba? Ang Kapal at Tibay nyo talaga–parang yung sabi ni Pablo na:
    HINEROHAN ng Nagbabagang Bakal ang Inyong mga PUSO kaya Napakatigas at nawala na ang pag-ibig at awa.!!! Nasasabi nyo pa na Kasama ninyo ang Dios,di ba? Mikas 3:11 tupad sa inyo yan— walang kasamaang darating sa ATIN,kasama natin si Yahweh,di ba?
    How sure “all of You” that God is with YOU??? We witness it in your actions,not in your preaching of good news he he he he…..

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