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13 Jun Newsletter 2012

January – May 2012

 

Hello everyone!

 

We want to thank those of you who have supported us, prayerfully and financially. It really means a lot to us. We’re always thankful to God for you. Now we would like to update you on our ministry with this newsletter every now and then.

 

We’ll start from last January.

 

We teamed up with some close friends from the US for a mission’s trip from Manila to Mindanao.

 

We first visited a hospital in Tondo where we prayed for some babies who were admitted there. No one wants their children sick. Our hearts went out to them as we prayed for their healing.

 

Love and fun at the House for The Crippled Children

 

Next, we visited the House for The Crippled Children. Normally, I would expect sad kids but these children were so happy to see us. They were in a school that was surrounded with loving teachers and parents. It was just awesome to be with them. We sang songs with them and ate with them. We gave them pedicures and manicures, haircuts, and even put make-up on the girls. I couldn’t stop smiling. We all were having so much fun together.

 

Onto Mindanao, Josh was invited to share at our friend’s family gathering. They have a big family that they gather almost every year so that they could share the gospel to them.  They were such great people. And there was so much food!

 

In February, Josh was invited to speak at Reign in Life Church, a grace filled church. As Josh spoke, the message confirmed what was in their hearts already. It’s so exciting and comforting to find people on the same page.

 

Preaching the Good News in Reign in Life Church

 

In May, we were invited to speak at a youth retreat in Batangas held by Blessings in The Word Community. It was out first time to share together as a tag team on love, dating and relationships. Sharing our love story never gets old.

 

We also had an opportunity to hold healing trainings in several places from Manila to Subic. It’s touching to see people get liberated to heal themselves and others. There’s freedom in knowing our healing and health in Jesus Christ.

 

Healing training at Blessings in the Word Community. Sharing on love at a Youth retreat. Healing training in the Subic House of Prayer.

 

Aside from being part of ministry with my husband. I’ve been able to do some TV commercials this past year. (They’re still airing in the Philippines.) During the productions, I was able to share with my co-talents about the grace message, church and the love of God. I get excited to answer whatever questions they throw at me and watch them become enlightened somehow. God just seems so good now! Sharing the good news seems more exciting to me than being shot in front of the camera!

 

Just to let you know, what we do in between these events, we spend time in reading and studying. Being married to Josh, being with him almost everyday, I can say that he studies a lot! When I say a lot, it’s A LOT! (It makes me look like I don’t study enough haha)  Not only that we also meet up with others for counseling, praying and healing as well. And I’m by his side listening to what he would share and have great reflective conversations about God, love and life.

 

We’re learning and growing everyday. And with everything we learn, we get excited to share with our organic church community. There’s so much encouragement and love when we share with them the goodness of God.

 

We live out the Kingdom wherever we are.

 

We also have more good news! We’ll be taking our ministry to the US very soon. We’ll be based in California. If you’d like to connect with us and have us come speak at your church, conference or event, please contact us here.

 

Again, thank you for all your love and support.

 

In Christ,

 

Josh and Remy

 

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10 May Was Jesus FORSAKEN by the Father? | Is God Too Holy to Look on Sin? | Joshua Tongol

 

Is God too holy too look on Sin?
Was Jesus forsaken by His Father on the Cross?

 

These are two of the building blocks that make up the evangelical penal substitutionary theory.

 

Why does it matter? How we understand the crucifixion shapes our understanding of who God is and what He is like. And ultimately, our understanding of God’s character also shapes our lives.

 

Problems with these ideas:

 

-Based upon a “legal” understanding of holiness and the gospel
-Distorts the unity within the Trinity
-Goes against common sense
-Creates a distorted view of an untrustworthy Father

 

Recommended resources:

 

“On The Incarnation Of The Word Of God” by Saint Athanasius
“Stricken by God?” by Brad Jersak and Michael Hardin
“The Jesus Driven Life” by Michael Hardin
“A New Kind of Christianity” by Brian McLaren
“Jesus and the Undoing of Adam” by C. Baxter Kruger
“Parable of the Dancing God” by C. Baxter Kruger
“Kingdom, Grace, Judgment: Paradox, Outrage, and Vindication in the Parables of Jesus” by Robert Farrar Capon
“Razing Hell” by Sharon Baker

 

Soundtrack: “Fleeting Scenes” by ADG3 Studios (Adrien Gardiner)

 

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15 Apr Does Sin SEPARATE You From God? | Challenging Penal Substitution | Joshua Tongol

 

Does sin SEPARATE you from God? Is there a great chasm dividing humanity and God because of sin? Is there something a person must do in order to remove this separation?

 

Many Christians have been taught that sin separates us from God. In fact, when some people share the Gospel (GOOD NEWS), they begin with the idea of man being separated from God first. But is this where one should begin?

 

Moreover, this whole idea of “separation” is one of the building blocks of the Evangelical penal substitutionary theory.

 

Problems with SEPARATION?

 

-It’s not Christian
-Rooted in pagan dualism and not the Scriptures
-Has caused many Christians to suffer mentally and emotionally
-Denies the purpose of the incarnation and the finished work of Jesus Christ

 

Recommended resources:

 

“Stricken by God?” by Brad Jersak and Michael Hardin
“The Jesus Driven Life” by Michael Hardin
“A New Kind of Christianity” by Brian McLaren
“Jesus and the Undoing of Adam” by C. Baxter Kruger
“Parable of the Dancing God” by C. Baxter Kruger
“Kingdom, Grace, Judgment: Paradox, Outrage, and Vindication in the Parables of Jesus” by Robert Farrar Capon
“Razing Hell” by Sharon Baker

 

Soundtrack: “Perpetual Tranquility loop” by Trix-Music

 

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22 Mar Was Jesus PUNISHED by the Father? | Challenging Penal Substitution | Joshua Tongol

 

What is wrong with the EVANGELICAL GOSPEL? Penal substitutionary theory is at the heart of the evangelical gospel. BUT what if it is WRONG?

 

Why does it matter? Our understanding of the Cross shapes our understanding of how we view God. And how we view God shapes the way we live.

 

Problems with penal substitution:

 

-Divides the Trinity
-Distorts forgiveness
-Contradicts the life and teachings of Jesus Christ
-Misunderstands justice
-Never found in parabolic form

 

Recommended resources:

 

“Stricken by God?” by Brad Jersak and Michael Hardin
“The Jesus Driven Life” by Michael Hardin
“A New Kind of Christianity” by Brian McLaren
“Jesus and the Undoing of Adam” by C. Baxter Kruger
“Razing Hell” by Sharon Baker

 

Soundtrack: “Ambient Night” by Eugene Serov (SZ Music)

 

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28 Feb Will the Real Gospel Please Stand Up? (1/6) | Joshua Tongol

 

What is the real Gospel?

 

Sadly, the Gospel today is no longer GOOD NEWS. In many ways, the “good news” being preached today is really BAD NEWS. Many ministers today are preaching an angry, violent, and judgmental God where GOOD NEWS has lost it’s meaning.

 

The gospel of grace has turned into a gospel of performance. The God of peace has turned into a God of violence and hatred. And the God of unconditional love has turned into a God of “I love you IF…”

 

This sermon will create a huge paradigm shift for many people. Some will get upset, while others will be liberated.

 

Please listen to the entire message (6 parts) in order to get the full context of what Joshua is saying.

 

Here are the things that will be covered in the message:

 

-What is not the Gospel
-A challenge to penal substitutionary theory
-What (or Who) is the Gospel?
-Adoption
-Identification
-Who is born again?
-Why did Jesus come and die?
-Jesus is greater than Adam
-“Receiving” Christ
-Saved by whose faith?
-Biblical repentance
-Why preach the Gospel?

 

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28 Feb Will the Real Gospel Please Stand Up? (2/6) | Joshua Tongol

 

What is the real Gospel?

 

Sadly, the Gospel today is no longer GOOD NEWS. In many ways, the “good news” being preached today is really BAD NEWS. Many ministers today are preaching an angry, violent, and judgmental God where GOOD NEWS has lost it’s meaning.

 

The gospel of grace has turned into a gospel of performance. The God of peace has turned into a God of violence and hatred. And the God of unconditional love has turned into a God of “I love you IF…”

 

This sermon will create a huge paradigm shift for many people. Some will get upset, while others will be liberated.

 

Please listen to the entire message (6 parts) in order to get the full context of what Joshua is saying.

 

Here are the things that will be covered in the message:

 

-What is not the Gospel
-A challenge to penal substitutionary theory
-What (or Who) is the Gospel?
-Adoption
-Identification
-Who is born again?
-Why did Jesus come and die?
-Jesus is greater than Adam
-“Receiving” Christ
-Saved by whose faith?
-Biblical repentance
-Why preach the Gospel?

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28 Feb Will the Real Gospel Please Stand Up? (3/6) | Joshua Tongol

 

What is the real Gospel?

 

Sadly, the Gospel today is no longer GOOD NEWS. In many ways, the “good news” being preached today is really BAD NEWS. Many ministers today are preaching an angry, violent, and judgmental God where GOOD NEWS has lost it’s meaning.

 

The gospel of grace has turned into a gospel of performance. The God of peace has turned into a God of violence and hatred. And the God of unconditional love has turned into a God of “I love you IF…”

 

This sermon will create a huge paradigm shift for many people. Some will get upset, while others will be liberated.

 

Please listen to the entire message (6 parts) in order to get the full context of what Joshua is saying.

 

Here are the things that will be covered in the message:

 

-What is not the Gospel
-A challenge to penal substitutionary theory
-What (or Who) is the Gospel?
-Adoption
-Identification
-Who is born again?
-Why did Jesus come and die?
-Jesus is greater than Adam
-“Receiving” Christ
-Saved by whose faith?
-Biblical repentance
-Why preach the Gospel?

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28 Feb Will the Real Gospel Please Stand Up? (4/6) | Joshua Tongol

 

What is the real Gospel?

 

Sadly, the Gospel today is no longer GOOD NEWS. In many ways, the “good news” being preached today is really BAD NEWS. Many ministers today are preaching an angry, violent, and judgmental God where GOOD NEWS has lost it’s meaning.

 

The gospel of grace has turned into a gospel of performance. The God of peace has turned into a God of violence and hatred. And the God of unconditional love has turned into a God of “I love you IF…”

 

This sermon will create a huge paradigm shift for many people. Some will get upset, while others will be liberated.

 

Please listen to the entire message (6 parts) in order to get the full context of what Joshua is saying.

 

Here are the things that will be covered in the message:

 

-What is not the Gospel
-A challenge to penal substitutionary theory
-What (or Who) is the Gospel?
-Adoption
-Identification
-Who is born again?
-Why did Jesus come and die?
-Jesus is greater than Adam
-“Receiving” Christ
-Saved by whose faith?
-Biblical repentance
-Why preach the Gospel?

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28 Feb Will the Real Gospel Please Stand Up? (5/6) | Joshua Tongol

 

What is the real Gospel?

 

Sadly, the Gospel today is no longer GOOD NEWS. In many ways, the “good news” being preached today is really BAD NEWS. Many ministers today are preaching an angry, violent, and judgmental God where GOOD NEWS has lost it’s meaning.

 

The gospel of grace has turned into a gospel of performance. The God of peace has turned into a God of violence and hatred. And the God of unconditional love has turned into a God of “I love you IF…”

 

This sermon will create a huge paradigm shift for many people. Some will get upset, while others will be liberated.

 

Please listen to the entire message (6 parts) in order to get the full context of what Joshua is saying.

 

Here are the things that will be covered in the message:

 

-What is not the Gospel
-A challenge to penal substitutionary theory
-What (or Who) is the Gospel?
-Adoption
-Identification
-Who is born again?
-Why did Jesus come and die?
-Jesus is greater than Adam
-“Receiving” Christ
-Saved by whose faith?
-Biblical repentance
-Why preach the Gospel?

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28 Feb Will the Real Gospel Please Stand Up? (6/6) | Joshua Tongol

 

What is the real Gospel?

 

Sadly, the Gospel today is no longer GOOD NEWS. In many ways, the “good news” being preached today is really BAD NEWS. Many ministers today are preaching an angry, violent, and judgmental God where GOOD NEWS has lost it’s meaning.

 

The gospel of grace has turned into a gospel of performance. The God of peace has turned into a God of violence and hatred. And the God of unconditional love has turned into a God of “I love you IF…”

 

This sermon will create a huge paradigm shift for many people. Some will get upset, while others will be liberated.

 

Please listen to the entire message (6 parts) in order to get the full context of what Joshua is saying.

 

Here are the things that will be covered in the message:

 

-What is not the Gospel
-A challenge to penal substitutionary theory
-What (or Who) is the Gospel?
-Adoption
-Identification
-Who is born again?
-Why did Jesus come and die?
-Jesus is greater than Adam
-“Receiving” Christ
-Saved by whose faith?
-Biblical repentance
-Why preach the Gospel?

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