The Staff of Greatness

Story of the 9 soldiers who came late for work

“The commanding officer was furious when nine GIs who had been out on passes failed to show up for morning roll call. Not until 7 p.m. did the first man straggle in. “I’m sorry, sir,” the soldier explained, “but I had a date and lost track of time, and I missed the bus back. Being determined to get in on time, I hired a cab. Halfway here, the cab broke down. I went to a farmhouse and persuaded the farmer to sell me a horse. I was riding to camp when the animal fell over dead. I walked the last ten miles, and just got here.” Though skeptical, the Colonel let the young man off with a reprimand. However, after him, seven other stragglers in a row came in with the same story-had a date, missed the bus, hired a cab, bought a horse, etc. By the time the ninth man reported in, the colonel had grown weary of it. “Okay,” he growled, “now what happened to you?” “Sir, I had this date and missed the bus back, so I hired a cab .” “Wait!” the colonel screeched at him. “don’t tell me the cab broke down.” “No, sir,” replied the soldier. “The cab didn’t break down. It was just that there were so many dead horses in the road, we had trouble getting through.” (

– No matter how your excuses sound good or sound great, It doesn’t matter to the Lord, He doesn’t take it, He doesn’t accept it. God hates excuses. Ayaw ng Panginoon ang palusot

Exodus 3
1 Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian, and he led the flock to the far side of the desert and came to Horeb, the mountain of God.

– he was taking care of someone else’s sheep

When the Lord appeared to Moses, He said
7 The LORD said, “I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering.
8 So I have come down to rescue them from the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land into a good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey–the home of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites.

The Lord instructed Moses to lead His people
10 So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.”

– Moses was made a Leader. We are leaders.
– Every believer is a leader.
– We must lead

Jeremiah 1
4 The word of the LORD came to me, saying, 5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”

Si Michaelangelo ay isang skultor (sculptor) na nakita ang mukha ni David mula sa isang bato lamang. Sa mata ng lahat ng tao ay bato lang iyon, pero sa mata ni Michaelangelo ay nandoon ang mukha ni David, kaya pinagtatapyas niya ang bato at lumabas ang image ng mukha ni David, one of the greatest works of Michaelangelo is the statue of David

-bago tayo pinanganak ay may vision na ang Panginoon para sa atin.
– Moses had a lot of excuses bec he felt he was a ZERO but the Lord says I CAN TRANSFORM A ZERO INTO A HERO
– we may be a zero right now we may have nothing – but God is attracted to emptiness, nothingness. If we say we are nothing, God is attracted to us.
– gusto ng Panginoon ang mga walang-wala dahil walang maipagmamayabang, marunong making. Ang mga meron, punong puno.
– When God found Moses, he was a zero

– ang natira lang kay Moses ay isang tungkod
– Moses had a lot of excuses
– 11 But Moses said to God, “Who am I, that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?”
– Moses only had his staff – which symbolized his work, his support, his protection – which led him to greatness, to his promotion

What Moses learned through his staff:

1. Stewardship – Moses was tending someone else’s flock
1 Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian, and he led the flock to the far side of the desert and came to Horeb, the mountain of God.

– In Egypt Moses owned a lot of things, clothes, jewelry, stallions, owned and commanded people. He was powerful. He killed the Egyptian
– In the wilderness, he was taking care of somebody else’s flock. He had no ownership. Zero.

– Matthew 20:26-28
Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servant. And whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your slave— just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”
• if you want to be great you must be the slave. If you want to be a great leader, think of how you can better serve your people, how you can make life easier for people
• the gift that God gave you is for you to be able to serve others. Ex. Take a look at your smile. You cannot see your smile – because your smile is not for you but for other people to see.

2. Servanthood
• Great people – Mother Teresa, Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela, Mahatma Gandhi
• Greatness is measured not by what you get, but by what you give.
• Greatness is not measured by how many medals you wear, but by how many scars you sustained in the battlefield
• Greatness is not how many people you are, or how many people are serving you, but by how many people you serve. Hindi ilang tao ang naglilingkod sa iyo kundi kung ilang tao ang pinaglilikuran mo.
• We are not getters. We are givers
• Mark 9:33-35
They came to Capernaum. When he was in the house, he asked them, “What were you arguing about on the road?” But they kept quiet because on the way they had argued about who was the greatest. Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, “Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all.”
• Jesus never rebuked his disciples for desiring to be great
• Hindi kasalanang mangarap na maging dakila
• Hindi kasalanan mapromote at umangat ang buhay
• Hindi kasalanan ang maging leader
• It’s ok to be great. But if you want to be great, the secret to greatness is to be the very last, the servant of all.

3. Shepherding
– In Egypt, Moses had a title, and with this title he could command his people. He can manipulate people to obey because of his title.
– Madaling mag utos, mas mahirap mag alaga ng tao
– Shepherding is the springboard to greatness
– Ang mga dakilang leader ng Israel ay nagsimula sa pagpapastol
– ex. Inalok ng ama ni David ang mga naunang anak na magpastol ng kanyang mga tupa ngunit lahat ay tumanggi dahil sa kanilang mataas na ranggo/posisyon. Si David ang nagpastol ng mga tupa ng kanyang ama
– ipinagtanggol ni David ang isang tupa laban sa leon, kahit na mapahamak sya, itinaya nya ang kanyang buhay para sa isang tupa

Luke 22:26
But you are not to be like that. Instead, the greatest among you should be like the youngest, and the one who rules like the one who serves.

– ang youngest laging nauutusan, laging tinatawag para gumawa
– kapag ikaw ang laging nauutusan ibig sabhin malaking kumpyansa sa iyo. Pag di ka nauutusan ibig sabhin ay di ka naasahan, di ka reliable

– if you want to be the greatest, be the youngest, be the servant of all.

Exodus 4
2 Then the LORD said to him, “What is that in your hand?” “A staff,” he replied. 3 The LORD said, “Throw it on the ground.” Moses threw it on the ground and it became a snake, and he ran from it. 4 Then the LORD said to him, “Reach out your hand and take it by the tail.” So Moses reached out and took hold of the snake and it turned back into a staff in his hand.

– Ang staff tungkod lang ang hawak ni Moses, pero ginawa ni Lord na ahas
– Pinahawak kay Moses ang ahas kahit takot si Moses sa ahas – overcome fear, face your fear – at naging tungkod muli ang ahas
– It is no longer the staff of Moses, but the staff of God. When you give something to the Lord it becomes His. And when it becomes His, it becomes extra-ordinary. When you dedicate something to the Lord, it becomes extraordinary

– give your ordinary life to the Lord and it will be extra-ordinary

– it is so good to offer your life to the Lord.

taken from the message of
Ptr Al Termulo
Nov. 9, 2014
CEC Crossworld


Life After Death

Luke 16:22-24
22 “The time came when the beggar died and the angels carried him to Abraham’s side. The rich man also died and was buried. 23 In hell, where he was in torment, he looked up and saw Abraham far away, with Lazarus by his side. 24 So he called to him, ‘Father Abraham, have pity on me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am in agony in this fire.’

22Namatay ang pulubi at siya’y dinala ng mga anghel sa piling ni Abraham sa langit bilang isang parangal. Namatay rin ang mayaman at inilibing.
23Sa gitna ng kanyang pagdurusa sa daigdig ng mga patay, natanaw ng mayaman si Lazaro sa piling ni Abraham.
24Kaya’t sumigaw siya, ‘Amang Abraham, maawa po kayo sa akin. Utusan po ninyo si Lazaro na isawsaw sa tubig ang dulo ng kanyang daliri at basain ang aking dila, dahil ako’y naghihirap sa apoy na ito.

• Death is sure. One out of one dies. We should be prepared for death. Science and medicine cannot prevent death. It can only delay death

“Consider young man as you walk by, as you are now, so once was I. As I am now, you soon shall be, so prepare, young man, to follow me.”
(Translate: Sa kinalalagyan mo ngayon, ganoon din ako dati. Sa kinalalagyan ko ngayon, darating ka rin dito, kaya maghanda ka sa pagsunod sa akin.)

Reply: “To follow you is not my intent, until I know which way you went”
(translate: Ang pagsunod sa iyo ay hindi ko intension, hanggat di ko nalalaman kung san ka humantong).

Only2 destinations when you die: HEAVEN OR HELL

Truths about Hell

1. Hell is real.

22 X mentioned in Bible

• 12x GEHENNA – The Valley of Henon (Henna) meaning sorrow or despair
• 10X HADES – Not Seen – hindi nakikita

hindi inimbento ng Religion. Itinuro sa Bible.

Tinanong ang isang pari kung naniniwala sya sa impyerno. Dahil kung hindi siya naniniwala sa impyerno, hindi siya kailangan ng mga tao.
Kung naniniwala siya sa impyerno, gusto nila na huwag silang ipahamak, ituro ang tamang daan

Nung mamatay si Hesus at bumaba sa impyerno, mayroon 2 level sa impyerno –

• upper compartment – nandoon sina Adam, Moses, Daniel, Abraham, etc – umakyat sa Langit si Hesus at isinama sila lahat sa compartment na ito. So nawala na ang lahat sa compartment na ito dahil dinala lahat sila sa langit. Ito ang napagkamalan ng mga Katoliko na tinawag nilang “purgatoryo”.

• lower compartment – nung nawala ang upper compartment ay nag expand ito. Lumaki

Matthew 25:41
41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.

41“Sasabihin naman niya sa mga nasa kaliwa, ‘Lumayo kayo sa harapan ko! Isinumpa kayo sa apoy na di namamatay na inihanda para sa diyablo at sa kanyang mga kampon.

• Nilikha ang impyerno para sa demonyo at hindi para sa tao. Nagsama lang ng damay si Satanas para isama sa impyerno
• Ang impyerno ay palatandaan ng pagmamahal ng Diyos sa atin dahil binigyan tayo ng kalayaang pumili kung saan tayo tutungo – sa langit o impyerno

2. Hell is Terrible – description- apoy, uod na hindi namamatay
Bakit terrible?
• There is Physical Suffering in hell –
Luke 16:24Kaya’t sumigaw siya, ‘Amang Abraham, maawa po kayo sa akin. Utusan po ninyo si Lazaro na isawsaw sa tubig ang dulo ng kanyang daliri at basain ang aking dila, dahil ako’y naghihirap sa apoy na ito. (intense pain, suffering)

Pag namatay ka, lahat ng senses ay intact – dama lahat, dinig lahat, kita lahat
➢ Sense of sight – nakita ng mayaman si Lazarus at narecognize si Abraham
➢ Sense of hearing – nagkakarinigan sila
➢ Sense of Touch – naramdaman nya ang init ng apoy
➢ Sense of taste – humiling siya ng tubig sa dulo ng daliri ni Lazaro para basain ang kanyang dila

• There is Relational Suffering in hell
Madilim, pero may apoy sa impyerno.
Loneliness, kalungkutan, no friends in Hell
Hindi totoo yung marami kang kasama sa impyerno, masaya at pwedeng mag party.

• There is Emotional Suffering in hell
Matthew 25:30

30 And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’

30Itapon ninyo sa kadiliman sa labas ang walang silbing taong iyan! Doo’y mananangis siya at magngangalit ang kanyang mga ngipin.’”

Hell is a place of eternal sadness and regret – lungkot at pagsisisi -pag nasa impyerno ka intact ang memory mo. Maalala mo lahat ng nangyari dito sa lupa. Kaya nga may mga nag suicide para makalimutan ang mapait na karanasan. Pero sa impyerno naalala ang lahat. Walang nakakalimutan at walang sisisihin kundi ang sarili mo.

• There is Spiritual Suffering in hell
2 Thessalonians 1:9
9 They will be punished with everlasting destruction and shut out from the presence of the Lord and from the majesty of his power

9Ang parusa sa kanila ay walang hanggang kapahamakan at mahihiwalay sila sa Panginoon at sa dakila niyang kapangyarihan.

➢ Dito magaganap ang tunay na malayo sa Panginoon. Yung uhaw nung mayaman ay hindi lamang uhaw sa tubig kundi uhaw sa Presence ni God. There is nothing in hell because the presence of God is not in hell.

3. Hell is eternal. –
May 2 tinuturo na walang katotohanan:
• Annihilationism – madidissolve ka. Mawawala ng parang bula. Hindi pwede mangyari dahil tayo ay immortal – created in the image of God
• Reincarnation – no such thing.
Luke 16:26 26 And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been fixed, so that those who want to go from here to you cannot, nor can anyone cross over from there to us.’

26Bukod dito, may malaking bangin sa pagitan natin, kaya’t ang mga naririto ay hindi makakapunta diyan at ang mga naririyan ay hindi makakapunta rito.’

– May isang malaking bangin sa pagitan ng impyerno at langit at walang makakatawid. Once nasa hell ka, nasa hell ka FOREVER. Hindi na makakaalis doon. Kaya hindi rin totoo na may multo. Hindi totoo ang mga kaluluwang gala. Hindi dapat kumukunsulta sa mga spiritista. God hates those who practice spiritism
Deuteronomy 18:10-12 10 Let no one be found among you who sacrifices his son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, 11 or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead. 12 Anyone who does these things is detestable to the LORD, and because of these detestable practices the LORD your God will drive out those nations before you.

10Sinuman sa inyo’y huwag magsusunog ng kanyang anak bilang handog. Huwag kayong manghuhula, huwag gagawin ang ginagawa ng mga mangkukulam, 11ng mga mananawas, at ng mga sumasangguni sa mga espiritu ng namatay. 12Sinumang gumawa ng alinman sa mga ito ay kasusuklaman ni Yahweh na inyong Diyos. Pakatatandaan ninyo na iyan ang dahilan kaya niya itataboy ang mga nakatira sa lupaing pupuntahan ninyo.

Sino yung nagparamdam sa inyo?
FAMILIAR SPIRITS- mga guardian demons. Kung may guardian angels, may guardian demons din. Kasama mo mula nung ipanganak ka. Kabisado ka nya, maraming alam tungkol sa iyo. Ito ang mga sumasanib sa spiritista.

4. Hell is avoidable – maiiwasan ang impyerno
Luke 16
27 “He answered, ‘Then I beg you, father, send Lazarus to my father’s house, 28 for I have five brothers. Let him warn them, so that they will not also come to this place of torment.’ 29 “Abraham replied, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets; let them listen to them.’ 30 ” ‘No, father Abraham,’ he said, ‘but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.’ 31 “He said to him, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.’ ”

27“Ngunit sinabi ng mayaman, ‘Kung gayon po, Amang Abraham, ipinapakiusap ko pong papuntahin na lamang ninyo si Lazaro sa bahay ng aking ama, 28sa aking limang kapatid na lalaki. Suguin po ninyo siya upang sila’y bigyang-babala upang hindi sila humantong sa dakong ito ng pagdurusa.’ 29Ngunit sinabi sa kanya ni Abraham, ‘Nasa kanila ang mga sinulat ni Moises at ng mga propeta; iyon ang kanilang sundin.’ 30Sumagot ang mayaman, ‘Hindi po sapat ang mga iyon. Ngunit kung magpapakita sa kanila ang isang patay na muling nabuhay, magsisisi sila’t tatalikuran ang kanilang mga kasalanan.’ 31Sinabi naman sa kanya ni Abraham, ‘Kung ayaw nilang sundin ang mga sinulat ni Moises at ng mga propeta, hindi rin nila paniniwalaan kahit ang isang patay na muling nabuhay.’”

– kung hindi sila naniwala sa mga isinugo ng Panginoon, kahit anong himala ay di nila paniniwalaan. Mayroon tayong choice
– May isang president ng America na pinagsumbungan ng isang Senador na sinabihan ng “Go to Hell”. May binasa sa libro ang Presidente, at sinabi niya sa senador – nabasa ko sa libro. Hindi ka pupunta sa Hell, kahit sino pa ang magsabi sa iyo.
– May pagpapasiya tayo – may choice tayo kung saan tayo pupunta – Kung magsisi tayo sa mga kasalanan, tanggapin natin si Hesus sa ating buhay maiwasan pagpunta sa impyerno

taken from the message of
Ptr Al Termulo
Nov 2, 2014
CEC Crossword


Faith or awareness?

January 2, 2014

Genesis 3
The serpent tempted Eve, offered her knowledge and power, and she gave in, and even shared the disobedience with Adam. The were cast away from paradise, and the serpent was cursed.

Luke 4:1-13

The devil tempted Jesus. In His time of hunger, the devil challenged Him to turn stone to bread. The devil led Him to a high place and offered Jesus authority and splendor, then brought Him to the highest point of the temple and challenged Jesus to throw Himself down to be saved by the angels.


Faith or Awareness?
The difference bet faith and awareness. Awareness is the mere knowledge that God exists. But it is far different from accepting and surrendering oneself to the God who created us, the God who is above all powerful than every living creature on earth.

Luke 4 tells us about the devil’s knowledge and awareness. The devil knew that Jesus had the power. But, being the devil himself, he believed that his power was greater than the Lord’s power, and challenged the Lord to a power showdown.

The devil was aware of God’s existence, and he even knew what was written.
Luke 4:10, 11 NIV tells us how the devil expressed his knowledge about the majesty of the Lord : “For it is written: “ ‘He will command his angels concerning you to guard you carefully; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’ ”

And in Genesis 3:4, 5 NIV when the serpent tempted the woman: “You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

Where do i stand? There are times in my life when i tend to think that my knowledge and awareness is enough to give me the power to survive in this life. Just like Eve, I tend to desire more knowledge to give me more power and authority.

Who am i? Am i not a mere creation of my Creator? and without Him, I am nothing! I can never be greater or do anything above my God. No amount of knowledge or awareness can surpass the greatness of my God!

Father forgive me for those times times i have given in to my weaknesses. Let me always be reminded of my place in this world, and to rely on You alone for You Lord God are my God, my King, my Creator. Without You, i don’t even exist. Let me bear this in my heart and live each day of this brand new year wholly in reliance to Your grace, mercy and guidance.


For by grace we are saved!


We were all born with sin, but because God loves us, He predestined us to be redeemed from our sins by His only Son Jesus Christ. By the grace of God, we have been saved. We were created to do good things in this world. But it is not by our good deeds that we have been saved, we should not boast of our good deeds. No one is saved by the good deeds, but by the Blood of Jesus. God gave us His only Son to die on the cross for us to save us from eternal death. PRAISE THE LORD!