An Attempt to Balance the “God Will Provide / Living By Faith” Concept


Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves. – Matthew 10:16

For we live by faith, not by sight. – 2 Cor. 5:7

As christians, we are governed by scriptures. Sure, we pick up those that are easy to get along. However, there are principles that we need to develop over time. Scripture is supposed to change us, not the other way around.

The phrase “living by faith” must be balanced. Some christians are settled in that phrase, they are passive in working out. One of my leaders once said: “Blessings are unmerited favor. You should work for your family. Your salary is not a blessing – it’s the fruit of your labor. In short, salary is a duty. Learn to distinguish blessing from duty.” That makes perfect sense.

Once I was saddened when a pastor friend came to me to fix his laptop. Btw, I’m a professional computer technician. When I’m handing back his laptop and asked for PhP350 as service fee, he said “pwede 300 na lang. Alam mo naman tayong mga pastor, supported lang ng ministry at misis na teacher.” [Can i have a discount,make it 300, you know us pastors are just supported by ministry, and my wife who is a teacher]. I rebuked him saying “pastor, you don’t have to reason out being a pastor. I can even give my service for free, all you have to do is ask. Elevate your mindset,you’re destined to think better than this! I understand that being in a ministry is sacrifice, but don’t settle to live in poverty. I understand we live by faith, but we have to work out to improve our standard of living. Romans 12:2 be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind.” Tips: use scripture whenever you argue with a pastor especially when rebuking. It hurts me upon rebuking him. I am a pastor myself and I know struggle is real. Never did he brought his laptop on me again, and yes he paid 300 🙂

In our church, we believe that soliciting is not for us. There’s nothing wrong with soliciting especially to be honest we need money to run a ministry. But we believe and proven that God is able to finance His church utilizing internal resources. We need not to seek monetary support from the outside. Simply put, we discourage sending letters outside the church asking for cash. To be perfectly clear, that’s our practice in our local church. Soliciting is legit and is being practiced in churches. There’s time for everything, our local church just prefer not to do so. Instead, we encourage church to be tithers, and motivate them to pledge/offer for the church. It’s not easy and struggle is real, myself included. But I’m setting myself as an example, let the rest be convicted.

This summer, we hosted three main events, and God by His grace and provision made each event successful. Our drive is to cultivate Christ among children (Vacation Bible School), fellowship among women (Zumba), and evangelism among young people (Youth Jam). 

  • Vacation Bible School (two different locations) one week each: Total expenses 20thou pesos.


These include training for VBS teachers (young people), props, foods/refreshments, graduation expenses, and transportations.

  • Zumba. Project of Women’s ministry. They aim to do it regularly. It’s an income-generating project. They’ve garnered around 7thousand pesos. Please don’t refer this as solicitation. Minimal registration fee are in place, supported by our Pastor’s Association and Local Govt Unit.
  • Youth Jam. One-day programme for youth. Organized and conceptualized by our youth, appropriately dubbed as #Easy-han mo lang Bes.

    Each event work both ways: exposure/training among facilitators, and evangelizing participants. 

    Surely  God will sustain.

    ..being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. – Phil. 1:6

    To God be all the glory.

    Miss Ko Ang COTR Zaragoza


    Practice saturday, timing depende sa availability
    Sunduan, rendevous sa Purok 2, bitbit ang instruments, nagmamadali
    Collaborate, Pasada, palpak, pasada ulit, ayos na, polish pa
    Ayos ng monoblock chairs bago umuwi, baka masermunan ni pastora

    Kakaba-kaba sa Opening Prayer
    Lilingon-lingon sa dumarating na members
    Mapapapalakpak ka sa masayang kwentuhan
    Binabati ng matamis na ngiti ang kapatiran

    Hanapan ng guitar/bass/mic jack
    Tapos humuhuni (grounded kasi as usual) matapos isaksak
    Test-mic 1 2 3, praise..praise..praise (whoosh!! sabi ni bro Jojo Bobon)
    Flash ng projector, typing songs lineup with a haste!

    “Handa na ba tayong magpuri sa Panginoon?”
    Tanong ng worship leader, “Amen!” palagi ang tugon
    Sa indayog ng makalangit na musika, heart-to-heart talk sa Manlilikha
    Walang ibang mahalaga, kundi mapapurihan Siya

    Maupo na po ang lahat at ihanda ang kaloob
    Sapagkat hindi ako sasamba sa Panginoon ng walang handog (2 Samuel 24:24)
    Upang pagpalain lahat ng aking gagawin at naisin
    At bilang parangal sa paggabay Niya sa akin

    Hinahayag ng pastor ang mensahe ng Panginoon
    Tumatalakay sa kabutihan Niya sa atin noon at ngayon
    Sa saliw ng hiyawan ng mga bata sa gawing likod
    Tahimik na nakikinig ang mga mababait na lingkod

    Kaunting announcement para sa susunod na itatalaga
    Pulong ng kalalakihan, kababaihan, at prayer meeting kina ate Thelma (madalas)
    “To God Be The Glory” hudyat na tapos na
    Ang isang masayang araw ng pagsamba

    “Ayaw ninyo bang umuwi?” Tanong ni pastora
    “Pumara na kayo ng tricycle, tanghaling tapat na!”
    Makabili ng hito’t tilapia dun kina sister Myra
    Upang matugunan, kumakalam na sikmura

    Kainan sa Shell, kung makaka-jackpot duon naman tayo sa ‘control’
    Yan ang tropang COTR Zaragoza, rock & roll!
    Sosyal tayo minsan, hang-out sa Simplicitea (hindi ako nabubusog duon! haha)
    ‘Pag super gutom na, sa A1 na lang bumibili

    Sa bawat birthday na nauuwi sa pyesta
    Sa bawat gathering na nauuwi sa foodtrip, di ba?
    Sa bawat dedication, na madalas sigida
    Hindi ba’t napakasarap na sa Diyos ay sumamba?

    Ako’y nag-abroad para sa pamilya
    Malayo man sa inyo, sa puso ko kayo ay mahalaga
    Nakikibalita, nakiki-chat, nakiki-browse, nakikisaya
    Kagalakan kong lumago kayo sa pananampalataya

    Darating ang panahong magkakasama tayong muli
    Upang hindi na muling magkalayo, tuluyan akong uuwi
    Sa ngayo’y patuloy tayong maglingkod ng walang pagtatangi
    Sapagkat sa tulong ng Diyos, tayo ay magwawagi

    Marami mang bagyo ang dumating sa ating buhay
    Saksi ang COTR Zaragoza sa tinatahak ninyong makikitid na tulay
    Hangad naming maka-breakthrough kayo sa anumang pagsubok
    Sapagkat sa kamay ng Panginoon, doon tayo nilililok

    Sa mga taga-COTR Zaragoza, tayo’y mga cool na born again
    Na nagsasaya, lumuluha, nadadapa, nananagumpay – every now and then
    Isipin ninyo lagi na tayo’y isang malaking pamilya
    Na ang tanging nais, sa paglakad sa kabanalan tayo ay lumigaya

    Spread the love, spread the GV (Good Vibes) ‘ika nga
    Wag kang mahihiyang i-share ang salita Niya
    Corny daw sabi nila, pero hindi naman db?
    Pagharap kay Lord, itatanong Niya – “ilan ba sila?” (ang na-share’an mo)

    Para sa mga naggugwapuhan at naggagandahan sa COTR Zaragoza
    Ang Diyos ang patuloy na magpala at magbigay sa atin ng saya
    Sa oras ng pagsubok, tagumpay, gawat, anihan at pyesta (Sta.Cruz, Pantoc, Carmen…)
    Magmahalan tayo sa isa’t-isa, gaya ng pagmamahal Niya

    Purihin ang Diyos sa ating mga buhay!