The Marketplace Ministry

WHAT IS A MARKETPLACE MINISTER?

  • In ancient times, the market was where large crowds would usually be.
  • Early Christians would preach the Gospel openly in the markets.
  • Unofficial term to refer to someone who shares the Gospel at the workplace.

WHO IS DANIEL?

  • Daniel 1:3-7 ESV – Then the king commanded Ashpenaz, his chief eunuch, to bring some of the people of Israel, youths without blemish, of good appearance and skillful beyond all wisdom, endowed with knowledge, understanding learning, and competent to stand in the king’s palace, and to teach them the literature and language of the Chaldeans. The king assigned them a daily portion of the food that the king ate, and of the wine that he drank. They were to be educated for three years, and at the end of that time they were to stand before the king. Among these were Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah of the tribe of Judah. And the chief of the eunuchs gave them names: Daniel he called Belteshazzar, Hananiah he called Shadrach, Mishael he called Meshach, and Azariah he called Abednego.
  • A prophet during Israel’s exile to Babylon in about 605 B.C.
  • Chosen among the young men of Israel to be a Chaldean, a sort of mystical advisor to King Nebuchadnezzar.
  • Served over 60 years under different rulers who died or went mad.
  • Received dreams and visions that would later be echoed by John in the Book of Revelations.

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Runner 2013: Online Registration Live!

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Summer will soon be upon us, and with this season comes Youth Camp 2013! This year we will run to get the prize: a crown that will last forever (1 Corinthians 9:24-27).

Join us and be a part of something that could change your life, and allow you to grow more than just in physical fitness. So register now, and invite your friends and family aged 13-23!

RUNNER 2013

APRIL 23-26 TUESDAY-FRIDAY (4 DAYS/3 NIGHTS)

DALUYAN RESOURCE COMMUNITY RESOURCE CENTER, NAIC, CAVITE

CAMP FEE: p2,600 (EARLY BIRD RATE: p2,000 FOR THE FIRST 20 REGISTRANTS OT PAY IN FULL)

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Training Obedience

After these things God tested Abraham and said to him, “Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.” He said, “Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.” So Abraham rose early in the morning, saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him, and his son Isaac. And he cut the wood for the burnt offering and arose and went to the place of which God had told him.” (Genesis 22:1-3 ESV)

U.S Army Basic Physical Training

The passage begins with a test. It is not an obscure passage, almost every believer would know this story for the number of times it has been shared in Sunday Schools all over the world and even on the pulpit. Yet we see here a man willing to do the unthinkable, simply because it was commanded by God.

Of the many times I have heard this story preached, three things I’ve noticed in Abraham’s obedience that we can highlight.

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Youth Camp At Chiang Rai, Thailand

Chiang Rai is both a city and a province in northern Thailand.

For ten days, beginning form the 30th of September through October 10th, two of our lovely Youth Pastor’s Circle will be travelling to a city in northern Thailand called Chiang Rai. Gela and Arlene will be visiting the city, to help with the first youth camp (Breakthrough) of River of Life Foundation, an orphanage in Chiang Rai.

This will be the second time the two of them will visit Chiang Rai for an evangelical mission trip, their first being back in June 2010 where they were a part of a team of four which had also included Joel and Andy (Gela’s twin sister).

For about five years now, Jo, or “Tejo” as she is affectionately called by the youth leaders who are her disciples, has been working as Lighthouse Christian Community‘s Foreign Missions delegate to Thailand. Recently, she has invited the Team to return and help her organize the youth camp. This will mark the first ever youth camp that Jo has organized during her ministry in Thailand.

This of course does not come without costs, if you or anyone you know may be interested in extending financial assistance and prayers to our YPC missionaries, Jo, River of Life Foundation, or the youth camp, or simply want to know more about what we do, please leave a comment below and we will contact you.

Tejo at Chiang Rai, Thailand.

“16 Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. 17 And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted. 18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

Matthew 28:16-20 (ESV)

We’re all called to share the Gospel, and although not everyone of us have the capacity to go out to the nations, there is always someway we can help.

Soli Deo Gloria!

To Charge, or not to Charge?

Fully-Charged!

I can’t really say for others, but for me personally, one thing that always bothers me whenever I am purchasing a new device is how to handle the battery for first-use. This is especially important to me when getting a new mobile phone; I always make it a point to check first if it’s a Lithium-Ion or a Lithium-Polymer battery. I never really knew the difference except that I was told by an Airsoft Gunsmith that one must never, ever fully drain a Lithium-Polymer battery.

This has always confused me because I remember when I bought a mobile phone a couple of years ago, the salesperson told me to fully drain the battery first, then fully charge it at least three times before doing the random charging that everyone likes to do. It was a Lithium-Ion powered device–actually it’s always a Lithium-Ion powered device now-a-days. So I’ve been wondering, is there really that big of a difference between a Lithium-Ion and a Lithium-Polymer battery?

I hate it so much whenever my mobile phone battery degrades so bad to the point where it needs to be charged within the day just to last, so I did some research and I’ll be sharing what I’ve discovered so far. But first, let’s brush up a bit on jargon and what exactly are these Lithium-thingy batteries.

Lithium-Ion Battery

I’m sure that everyone has seen, if not owned, one of these.

Batteries are made up of chemicals that react together to produce electrical voltage in order to provide power to mobile devices such as phones, players, toys, and so on so forth. There’s actually a sort of mixture of chemicals involved, but let’s not go there since batteries are designed around a specific chemical which serves as the base ingredient, you could say.

The most common batteries are the ones that you use up, then throw away; and the base chemical ingredient in these is Alkaline. These are single-use batteries, since once drained it would be meaningless–in fact, extremely dangerous–to attempt to recharge them.

Rechargeable batteries were commonly made with Nickel as it’s base, plus another chemical. There were the Nickel-Cadmium, and then the Nickel-Metal Hydride. But like most everything else, these soon became obsolete and the world of consumer electronics has moved on to rely on a new chemical for rechargeable batteries: Lithium.

A Lithium-Ion, or Li-Ion battery for short, is the typical battery you see when you open up the back cover of your mobile phone. It is the standard battery of choice for re-chargeable devices simply because it is cheap to produce, efficient, and has a long-life.

A Lithium-Polymer, Li-Poly for short, on the other hand, is supposedly a more advanced version of the first. So what’s the difference? Actually, based on my research: Nothing really. Both are actually Lithium-Ion batteries but the latter is just made differently, and the Polymer was added to the name just to indicate the difference, but they essentially perform and are to be used the same way. You really won’t notice any difference except the name on the battery, apparently.

Okay, so now that we got that out of the way, let’s look at some facts regarding batteries. Here’s a nifty table I found:

Table 1: Dos and don’ts summary how to use, maintain and dispose of batteries.

Battery care

Lead acid: Flooded, sealed, AGM Nickel-based:
NiCd, NiMH
Lithium-ion: Cobalt, manganese, phosphate
Best way
to charge
Apply a saturated charge to prevent sulfation; can stay on charge with correct float charge. Avoid getting battery too hot on charge. Do not leave battery in charger for more than a few days (memory!). Partial and random charge is fine; does not need full charge; lower voltage limit preferred; keep battery cool.
Charge methods Constant voltage to 2.40–2.45/cell, float
at 2.25–2.30V/cell; battery stays cool; no fast charge possible.
Charge  = 14h
Constant current, trickle charge at 0.05C, fast charge preferred.
Slow charge  = 14h
Rapid charge = 3h
Fast charge   = 1h
Constant voltage to 4.20V/cell; no trickle charge; battery can
stay in charger
Rapid charge = 3h
Fast charge = 1h
Discharge

Do not cycle starter batteries; avoid full discharges; always charge after use.

Do not over-discharge under heavy load; cell reversal causes short. Avoid full discharges.

Prevent full cycles, apply some charge after a full discharge to keep the protection circuit alive.

How to prolong battery Limit deep cycling, apply topping charge every 6 months while in storage to prevent sulfation, keep cells at or above 2.10V Do not keep battery in charger for more than a few days, discharge to 1V/cell every 1–3 months to prevent memory (NiCd) Keep cool, battery lasts longest when operating in mid state-of-charge of 20–80%. Prevent ultra-fast charging and high loads.
Storage Do not store below 2.10V/cell; keep fully charged if possible Store in cool place; NiCd stores for 5 years; prime before use Store at 40% charge in cool place (40% SoC reads 3.75–3.80V/cell)
Disposal Do not dispose. Lead is a toxic metal NiCd: Do not dispose.
NiMH: Can be disposed in low volume
Can be disposed of in low volume

Alright, so you’re probably thinking, “What’s this mean to me?” Well, breaking down my research, here’s a few facts that we should keep in mind:

  • More important than how long to charge, is the environment: When charging, the battery (or device since it’s probably still attached when charging) should be in moderate temperature. Stop charging immediately and unplug if it starts getting warm.
  • Although its not a big deal to fully drain and fully charge randomly, it is recommended to not do so. It is best to keep the battery between 20% to 80%.
  • Short “burst” charging is better than leaving it to charge extended hours; for example, 1 hour at a time is better than leaving it on for 3+ hours.
  • It is recommended to turn device off when charging, this way the battery focuses on a single job whether charging or discharging and not both at the same time.
  • It’s better to remove a laptop battery if you’re going to be plugged in for long hours, not because you might over-charge (laptops typically have safeties to prevent that) but rather to avoid potentially overheating, which is much more damaging to a battery than “over-charging”.
  • And finally, when you purchase a device or battery for the first time, you neither need to fully drain nor fully charge it. The factory charge, as it is referred to, is already set at the battery’s optimum operating threshold; in other words: Just use it.
And there we are! I do hope that this was of help to you 🙂
God bless!

Purity is not a Line, but a Direction.

Purity is not a line, but a Direction.

A few  weeks ago we decided to launch our Purity Resolution. The idea was actually birthed during the planning stages for our summer youth camp that we have each year, unfortunately due to time constraints we weren’t able to implement it into the camp program. However, we were able to get a good following in our weekly youth service, so it was all good.

A lot of questions would arise when you make a purity pact of sorts, especially in a youth ministry. Questions like “I thought Christians aren’t supposed to be legalistic?”, “What happens if you break the pact? Will the person get disciplinary action?”, “I’m in a relationship, so am I supposed to break it off?”, and so on. All valid questions, but essentially, they can all be answered by tackling the simple point of it all: What is this Purity Resolution?

Well obviously it’s a commitment. Is it a covenant? Well, let’s not go to extremes, but let your convictions lead you. It’s a commitment that you, as an individual, are accountable to both God and the people you trust with your thoughts and actions, and not just in the area of sexual immorality. Yes, of course, that’s one of the main issues, but let’s not just focus on that because the sin of sexual immorality is actually a very broad sin in terms of what can trigger it, and how it spawns into other sins.

The point is that we want the youth to start moving in a resolved direction, and that direction is towards God. Purity can be interchanged with holiness–sanctification, one of the works of the Holy Spirit within us when we accept the Lord. But just because the Holy Spirit is working holiness within us, doesn’t mean we can just sit back and relax, no, we need to actively strive for it, because remember that “Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” (1 Peter 5:8) If the enemy is actively prowling around looking for people to “steal, kill, and destroy” (John 10:10), we need to be active in our defense as well, 1 Peter 5:8 actually opens with “Be alert and of sober mind.” Be alert! That’s active. Sober mind, that’s passive steadiness.

The Purity Resolution is our way of sharing to the youth a level of alertness. We’re not telling you to do this, and do that, no we want to share to you the importance of unwavering commitment towards Christ.

Accountability and the pursuit of holiness. That’s the whole point of the pact.

“It is God’s will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality; that each of you should learn to control your own body in a way that is holy and honorable.” (1 Thessalonians 4:3-4)

If you would like a copy of the Purity Resolution, please feel free to download it from this link.