• Holiday's Perspective, Mother's Day, Rob Robinson, Traditions

    Posted on May 13th, 2012

    Written by Rob Robinson

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    Daily Walk: In Honor of Mother’s Day

    Daily Walk: In Honor of Mother’s Day

    Psalms 131:2 Surely I have calmed and quieted my soul, Like a weaned child with his mother; Like a weaned child is my soul within me.

    It is interesting how something becomes more valuable once you no longer have it. My dear mother went home to be with the Lord on September 30, 2007 suddenly and without warning. I remember sitting at my desk at 6 am while I was preparing my heart to go before the people at my little church for Sunday services, as their pastor.

  • Doctrine, Encouragement, Holiday's Perspective, Rob Robinson, Sinulog, Traditions

    Posted on January 11th, 2011

    Written by Rob Robinson

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    Sinulog 2011, Taking Steps Forward and Not Back

    Sinulog 2011, Taking Steps Forward and Not Back

    This is a unique year for myself in that it is the first occasion in which I have been in Cebu, Philippines during their observance of “Sinulog”.

    My first response to the coming of this event in which the majority of Cebuano’s observe, was one of hesitation. Although I learned that the event was an observance of the transition that Filipino’s made from paganism to Christianity in the 15th Century, some of the article of their celebration were troubling to me.

    According to the history of Cebu, on April 7, 1521 Ferdinand Magellan landed on the shores of the current Mactan Island, just offshore from the main island of Cebu. Magellan ordered the planting of the Cross on the shores of Cebu making claim to the land for Spain.

    Magellan presented an image of of Jesus as a child to Hara Amihan, the wife of Rajah Humabon, the rulers of the island of Cebu. In response to Magellan’s appearance before them and as a witness of Jesus Christ to His death and resurrection, the King and Queen were baptized into the Christian faith.

    The Queen Hara Amihan changed her name to Queen Juana in honor of the mother of Carlos the 1st, King of Spain. Over 800 of the dwellers of the island were also baptized on that day as Christians.

    When Magellan presented Queen Juana with the statue of the baby Jesus, it is said that she danced with joy holding the image of Jesus in her arms. A repeat of this event is still performed in the Sinuog dance today by some of the women who dance during the festival. This dancing with the image of Jesus was the first “Sinulog” performed on the island of Cebu.

  • Encouragement, Jesus Church, Prayer, Rob Robinson, Traditions

    Posted on January 10th, 2011

    Written by Rob Robinson

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    Who Do We Pray To?

    Who Do We Pray To?

    One of the most heated debates between Catholics and Protestants is the issue of prayer and who it is that we should pray to.

    Let me say with respect that it is not the opinions of men or of a particular church, be it Catholic or Protestant, that we should use as our authority. The final word and only authority in spiritual matters and debates is the Word of God as found in the Bible.

    There are many church traditions that are not Biblical and we cannot look to how long a particular act has been carried out in the church as being the authority for it’s use.

    Errors come into the church when men allow their traditions to overrule what the Bible says. When Jesus spoke to the Pharisees He often scolded them for “Their traditions that had made void the Word of God.”

    Matthew 15:6 ” … Thus you have made the commandment of God of no effect by your tradition.”

    Mark 7:13 “making the word of God of no effect through your tradition which you have handed down. And many such things you do.”

    We should be able to agree as believers in Jesus Christ no matter what church we attend, that the Bible is the authority in all matters, not the words of men. Jesus is the head of the church. He shed His blood to birth the church into existence and only He is has the right to call it “His Church.”

    Matthew 16:18 “…I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it”.