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In My Search for Truth, I Learned of Ang Dating Daan and Bro. Eli, and Everything Changes

 “The Old Path.”
 
I remember the days of my youth where I first heard of it. I remember the voice of conviction in the man, Bro. Eli Soriano, who spoke. He spoke of things unknown to me, yet familiar. I believe I thought it right to repel, to find it at the very least distasteful to listen.
 
In 2006, Bro. Eli was a household name and the program “Ang Dating Daan” was popular (until these days). I would hear his preaching, and then hear much about him, but I never bothered to actually listen.
 
During the time, the idea of shifting away from my Catholic belief seemed an impossible feat.
 
I was devoutly Catholic. I even memorized many Catholic prayers in my lifetime and knew by heart many of the doctrines of this church, which I revered then as the true religion of the world.
 
Little did I know the time would come, that through the program “Ang Dating Daan” (‘The Old Path‘ in English), I will veer away from the faith that I learned to accept blindly since birth – the faith I had readily perceived to die with.
 
That was until I actually listened.
 
To Bro. Eli.
 
Through Ang Dating Daan.
 

 
“The Old Path” started radio broadcasts in 1980 as a three-person production team. Bro. Eli, encouraged by his nephew and now veteran broadcast journalist Kuya Daniel Razon, went on to preach on television starting in 1983. Later on, ‘Biblia Ang Sasagot: Itanong Mo Kay Soriano’ worked its way as the programs best segment.
 
 

“I may be mocked, abused, accused, and denied. But given the chance to live again, I will choose this life for I am loved by my God!”

– Bro. Eli Soriano on Twitter, February 4, 2010

 
 
Then, it was in the late 2000s that Ang Dating Daan received huge backlash, as Bro. Eli was attacked personally by another religious group. The actions of the Iglesia ni Cristo (INC), founded by Felix Manalo, taken against Bro. Eli reached impeccable heights, storming the news media with fallacies – stories that even I believed.
 
It was not until I was in college that I slowly opened my heart to the teachings of Bro. Eli on UNTV Public Service Channel. Later on, I would resolve to listen to the indoctrinations offered at the Members Church Of God International’s congregational locales.
 
Bro. Eli was out-of-country, when charges were re-opened against him. The Iglesia Ni Cristo made many false accusations against him, and drove the lone televangelist to stay away from the country. It was then that Bro. Eli had realized the God-given opportunity for him to preach salvation to other nations.
 

 
 
Like the many, I have been tricked to loathe this preacher and the program which did nothing but good to others. I was wrong – terribly wrong indeed. Ang Dating Daan has been devoted to many advocacies and charities in line with Bro. Eli’s motto, “Walang gawang mabuti ang magbubunga ng masama. (Good deeds can reap no evil.)”
 
I would be remiss to not mention the advocacies started through Ang Dating Daan, with the leadership of Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel Razon.
 
Only last year, during the 35th Anniversary of Ang Dating Daan, 1,700 PWD (Persons with Disabilities) and charities received a night to remember, witnessing the ‘Ang Dating Daan Chorale’ sing praises to God, and receiving donations of 100,000php each.
 
The Medical Missions and socio-civic activities of UNTV are well-supported by Ang Dating Daan. As a volunteer nurse with Clinic ni Kuya Medical Mission in Cavite, I can very well say this.
 
 
“The Old Path.”
 
The program celebrates 36 years of continuous and fruitful broadcast. Celebrating the Anniversary at the Mall Of Asia Arena on December 9, we invite you to listen to the Live Bible Exposition.
 
I am humbled for the blessings of being able to know the Church that I am now a part of. Listening to the program and Bible Expositions, I found my way.
 
And now I share this to all. Be willing to listen. I dare you to take this journey –
 
A definitely worthwhile journey through The Old Path.
 
 

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Anew

Anew,

I knew

What I wanted

To do.
And I think

As I blink

It’s not what’s

Known to you.
I laughed

until I cried;

And well,

I could abide.
It’s too early:

Momentary,

Sedentary.

That’s life only.
And if I wait

upon the stars,

Upon the dictate

of my heart,
In time I know

I’ll see the stars,

In moments up

Above the wars.
Just believe anew,

The Lord shall see you through.

Find the heart that lives

In things that shall abide.
(“Anew” 10/14/16)

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Bro. Eli: Fruitful 52 Years

Across nations, across cultures, one man – a televangelist – has proved true to his faith in service to God for 52 years.

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Bro. Eli Soriano celebrates 52 years of service to God and continues to lead the Members Church of God International through these times, promoting the Christian values of Godly endeavors which is and continues to be the goal of this accomplished preacher.

In a previous blog post, I stood-up for the existence of the Televangelist Who Reads, a man who by his mere presence debunks the claim that religion is fiction. That is none other than Bro. Eli Soriano. Expanding from small towns north of the archipelago, the Church that he leads continues to grow and establish new locales nationwide and internationally through the advances of social media and the World Wide Web. South America was no exception. Noteworthy is that since mid-2000, Brazil and the rest of Latin America started to embrace the gospel and word of God being preached through Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon. The yearly International Thanksgivings held in Brazil showcase a lot of our brethren from the international community proving this verse true:

“Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Behold, I will save my people from the east country, and from the west country;” – Zechariah 8:7 (King James Version)

Bro. Eli Soriano is truly one-of-a-kind. There is not one pastor bold enough to speak the truth of the Bible as he is. Unafraid of the backlash he already receives from other religious groups and members of society, he continues to speak on radio, television, and over the ether. Through the one-of-a-kind “Worldwide Bible Exposition,” people from all over the world gather to have their questions of faith answered. He is consistent and straight forward, speaking even about common and controversial issues through blogs like elisoriano.com and controversyextraordinary.com.

“Ang Dating Daan” or “The Old Path,” the Church’s pioneer program primarily hosted by Bro. Eli, currently airs in over 70 countries in different other languages including Portuguese, Spanish, and Mandarin.

“Bro. Soriano’s persecution led him into exile but the fruit turned out into something good for the Church.”

– Jane Abao, “Thank You For The Sorrows” (kotawinters.wordpress.com)

At 69, he continues steadfastly the preaching of the gospel alongside a variety of charity works that ceaselessly help many. One of which include La Verdad Christian College – an  institution that provides free education from primary to tertiary, including free boarding and uniforms. La Verdad Christian College also institutes a strict code of conduct ensuring that educational experience is not only free but of genuine quality. Another project, Transient Homes, is a place that provides free accommodation for a night’s stay to many days free of charge to anyone who may need it; the first-of-its-kind in the Philippines.

Bro. Eli is only man. But what this one man does with the help of God for so many years and, God-willing, years to come is exceptional. That is why I thank God for this man, Bro. Eli, and pray that God blesses our Church with many more fruitful years with him. Millions of thanks be to God.

To God be the Glory!

 

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See Also:

God-Inspired Prophecies about a Poor Nation and a Nobody Like Bro. Eli | Mr. Controversy

Redesigned Official Website of Bro. Eli Soriano Launches | The Official Website Of Bro. Eli Soriano

The Televangelist Who Reads | Really Random Reese

 

 

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Back-to-back Music of Praises to God at the Big Dome

The Araneta Coliseum echoed with Songs of Praises to God for two consecutive nights, when the Members Church of God International (MCGI) Choir won the Guinness World Record Title for Largest Gospel Choir, back-to-back with the Grand Finals of UNTV’s A Song of Praise (ASOP) Music Festival where the song entry, “Kung Pag-ibig Mo’y Ulan” won Song of the Year.

Ang Dating Daan at 35 bags Guinness

On October 12, 2015, Ang Dating Daan (The Old Path) celebrated its 35th year on Philippine TV with the Guinness World Record title for the Largest Gospel Choir being won over by Members Church of God International (MCGI) Choir, where there was a total of 8,688 participants.

The choir sang to a guest audience of thousands consisting of eleven (11) PWD charitable institutions, which were later presented 100,000php each as part of Ang Dating Daan’s celebration. and the program’s earnest devotion to give back.

The whole Araneta erupted with songs of praises for more than two hours through the night as the MCGI Choir in over a thousand coordinating centers all over the world presented heart-felt songs of praises that brought even Ms. Fortuna Burke Melhem, the Guinness World Records Official Adjunctator, to near tears.

Mr. Public Service and co-host of the Ang Dating Daan Program Kuya Daniel Razon received the new title for the Largest Gospel Choir. Watch the MCGI Choir Record-breaking performance here:

A Song of Praise Season 4 Finals

The following night, songs of praises echoed within Araneta again as the stage was set for the grand finals of A Song of Praise Music Festival 2015. In its fourth season, competition was as fierce as ever. But eventually the Song of the Year title was presented to composer Christian Malinias for the song “Kung Pag-ibig Mo’y Ulan,” interpreted by Leah Patricio.

The night came alive with song of praise performances not only from this season but from previous seasons. (See Also: ASOP Year 4 Grand Winner Named) An audience of over eight thousand also witnessed the performances by previous grand finalist interpreters, MCoy Fundales, Jonalyn Viray and Rachel Alejandro.

The annual songwriting competition continues to encourage songwriters to dedicate songs of Praise to God. I am personally looking forward to the next season.

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Trevor Noah for The Daily Show

Trevor Noah. It’s a name that’s gone viral ever since word went out that he would take over The Daily Show. Left and right, critics arose, but Jon Stewart, who retires as host to this Comedy Central show supports him, saying, “Trevor Noah will earn your trust and respect. Or not. I hope you give him an opportunity to earn that trust and respect.” He also says in a separate statement, “I’m thrilled for the show and for Trevor. He’s a tremendous comic and talent that we’ve loved working with.” The announcement came in April but I still want to talk about it. So, who is Trevor Noah anyway?

 

The 31 year old comedian from South Africa started his career on local radio, but now has had appearances internationally, having sold-out stand-up shows everywhere he went. According to thedailyshow.cc.com, Trevor’s debuted on U.S. Television in 2012, and has guested on shows including “Late Show with David Letterman” and “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.” Everywhere he went, he made people laugh. He guested only three times on “The Daily Show” but it was enough for the people at Comedy Central to say, “This is our guy.”

A huge commotion followed, starting with attacks on his statements on Twitter where people accused him of being anti-semitic, sexist and racist. He received major backlash from many offended groups including women’s rights groups.

With regards to his tweets, I personally believe that Noah is just living up to his comedy. He makes a good point tweeting, “If we can’t find reasons to laugh then we will only ever cry.”

Media, such as The Young Turks, seem to have pointed out that a lot of people were jealous about him getting the job. And a New York Times writer named One of the most upsetting thing to have heard was Russell Peter’s accusation on Channel News Asia claiming with a straight face, that Noah as stolen jokes from him and another South African comedian. Fortunately, a statement by Peter on Twitter revealed that it was a hoax pulled off by the two comedians. I’m glad I can keep my respect for Peter.

But in light of this issue, nothing was a “Faith in Humanity Restored” moment as when Don Lemon Panel opposing claims of a guest saying that Trevor Noah was being racist, on CNN Tonight segment, “No Laughing Matter.” Wendy Todd, culture and race blogger who wrote for the New York Times seems to think that Noah was belittling African Americans, and some even suggested that it was inappropriate for Noah to make fun of the country (or people) who took him in. (Watch full video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BZX60RC9V2k)

My short and simple response is:

This is comedy. He is a comedian, a rather bold one if I may say. I watched him perform one of his stand-up comedy acts in 2014, by accident, and I was immediately hooked! He is a comedian of charisma, and intellect. I like that he is very well-versed on many important issues in the world today – he cares about politics! And by basing, not on his race but on one of his stand-ups in Johannesburg, I truly believe he is not a racist and brings nobility to his career as a comedian by initiating to erradicate the idea of racist statements, making African Americans an example to that in his culture. (See: “That’s Racist” – Trevor Noah)

That CNN Tonight segment didn’t even play the clip from his show completely, so definitely this will give people the impression that he was making racist remarks. Even if he was, it’s comedy – pun is always intended.

Like many though, I am a bit skeptical of Noah’s taking over the daily show. (My statement sounded as though he was going to colonize or something. Haha.) He’s bold, he’s smart, and I love the things he talks about. There’s variety and class, but there’s also culture and intellectual matters.I believe in his talent, but I also see that “The Daily Show” is not something you can take lightly. Another thing to consider is the fact that he isn’t from the country. The last thing his fans would want is him being given the title of “Persona Ingrata.” Noah has a lot to prove, and you guys don’t have to listen to me. But this is what I’m saying on my blog, truthfully, from the bottom of my – uh – hypothalamus.

I wish him well.

Trevor Noah is set to take over as host of The Daily Show on September 28, while August 6 is Stewart’s last day, unless this is another hoax to stir up the media. Not likely – I hope.

 

 

Sources:

https://thedailyshow.cc.com/trevor-noah

http://variety.com/2015/tv/news/jon-stewart-trevor-noah-daily-show-1201467333/

http://www.thewrap.com/trevor-noah-accused-of-stealing-jokes-by-fellow-comedian-russell-peters/

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#TheThankfulPeopleOfGod: What Are We Thankful For?

What are you thankful for?

What is it that you are thankful to God for? Have you the gift of life? Have you friends and family, siblings in Christ? Have you a purpose? For many things I am grateful, and will always be thankful. It may not be for all days that we will rise from one night’s sleep and begin again, but, as you are reading this now, you’d know, everyday since the day you were born, you were alive. God gave you life and sustained it, and to Him alone is praise and honor.

Today, as we of MCGI (Members Church of God International) await the morrow with which our Three-Day Long International Thanksgiving to God commences, brothers and sisters alike take to twitter to talk about what we are thankful for, with the hashtag #TheThankfulPeopleOfGod.

A long time ago, there was a prophecy of a people called in His name who will profess His great works in thanksgiving, ceasing not. The brethren at Members Church of God International (MCGI) excitedly prepares for such occasions of Thanksgiving with utmost love and devotion, which, I believe, extends to the very beings of our souls.

How about you? What are you thankful for? Let’s all be thankful together.

Taken from MCGI.org

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Windowless planes could be here in 10 years—and they look amazing

Admirable perseverance by these Hong Kong protestors. In this article written by Lily Kuo and Heather Timmons, we may just understand how important the fight for democracy is for this country, and how much they are willing to sacrifice–even the comfort of their own home.

In their video, the man concluded that whether the protest will be successful or not, the new generation will learn a lot from it; And I hope one of the things they learn won’t be that it is futile to protest the way they are doing now. So fight on.

For Democracy!