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Non-stop chorale singing of Church of God enters 4th year

Members Church of God International makes history with its non-stop chorale singing

Photo by Rovic Balunsay

Started in August 2008, the 24/7 non-stop chorale singing of the Members Church of God International is now on its 4th year.

A history once happened during the reign of the great psalmist, King David, the unceasing singing of praises and thanksgiving to God is an effort of MCGI to repeat what the Bible describes as a delightful act to God.

The Holy Scriptures record that when David was king of Israel, he assembled 4,000 choir members to sing songs of worship to God round the clock.

In a regular thanksgiving of MCGI last August 16, 2008, Bro. Eli Soriano explained that God is greatly pleased to His people’s praises. He also said that in return, God safeguards His congregation from danger. Bro. Eli is the Presiding Minister to MCGI.

On the same gathering, MCGI Vice-Presiding Minister Bro. Daniel Razon, commissioned the Church’s music ministry to start the new routine immediately.

The next day, on August 17, the National Choir and the various choral groups of the Church commenced the non-stop chorale singing. With God’s help, the Church will continue such endeavor until the coming of Christ.

For a fruitful quarter, MCGI will hold International Thanksgiving to God

Thousands of souls baptized in the second quarter,

Continued global evangelization effort,

Sustained community services and charities,

Faithful preachers,

With these and other ample blessings, Members Church of God International will hold its 2nd Quarter International Thanksgiving to God.

MCGI celebrates international thanksgiving

At least 50,000 people crowd the grounds and bleachers of the ADD Convention Center every international thanksgiving celebration of the Members Church of God International. Thousands more occupy the vast stretch of the convention center’s peripheries.

In his Twitter account, Bro. Eli Soriano, Presiding Minister to MCGI, announced that the 3-day event is set on July 6 to 8.

Congregants coming from different points of the Philippines and abroad are expected to jam-pack the ADD Convention Center, MCGI headquarters in the Philippines, during the celebration. The event is live streamed to MCGI locales worldwide for attendees who cannot make it to the main venue.

Members Church of God International celebrates international thanksgiving

The Tent City surrounding the ADD Convention Center is built every international thanksgiving event to serve as sleeping quarters for congregants coming from different Philippine provinces and abroad.

MCGI’s quarterly international thanksgiving is known for its festive atmosphere where members offer songs of praise and thanksgiving to God. Within three days, MCGI preachers, Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel Razon, also deliver biblical topics and through a consultation, attend to the congregants’ questions and concerns significant for their spiritual well-being.

Worldwide Church Celebrates International Thanksgiving

For the thousands new members added to the Church and the countless blessings the Congregation has received in the past quarter, Members Church of God International celebrates its first Quarterly International Thanksgiving to God.

The festive event is celebrated for three days from today, April 5 until April 7.

Members from MCGI locales worldwide offer songs of praises to God and listen to biblical topics via live streaming.

MCGI also thank God for His continued guidance and gift of wisdom to the Church’s Presiding Minister Bro. Eli Soriano. Bro. Eli celebrates his 48th year of service to God.

How To Nominate Kuya Daniel Razon for Shorty Awards

Twitter now accepts nominations for its 4th Annual Shorty Awards and we are nominating our Kuya Daniel Razon for the “HERO of the Year in Social Media” category. To all the fans of Kuya Daniel, let’s tweet our support by following the nomination guidelines below.

Daniel Razon, Hero, Shorty Awards, Public Service

  1. Go to www.shortyawards.com/DANIELRAZON
  2. On the page, locate the Shorty voting box where you will be prompted to cast your nomination.
  3. For the box “I nominate [TwitterUser],” type DanielRazon (continuous, without space). On the second box “for a Shorty Award in,” click the drop-down arrow and click Hero. These keywords will automatically appear in the text box where you will type your most unique reason for nominating.
  4. Complete the text, stating your reason why you are nominating the person you named. Make sure that the reason you are going to write has a direct bearing on and is relevant to the category which you have identified the person to be enlisted. Just like in Twitter, make sure also that your entry does not exceed 140 characters (please be guided with the counter on the upper right hand corner of the voting box.)Examples:I nominate @DanielRazon for a Shorty Award in #hero because he upholds social good & welfare with his public services .I nominate @DanielRazon for a Shorty Award in #hero because he spearheaded many public services in the Philippines.I nominate @DanielRazon for a Shorty Award in #hero because he’s doing what our government should be doing!

    I nominate @DanielRazon for a Shorty Award in #hero because he’s totally a good role model to everyone like me.

  5. When you are done, click the button “Tweet your vote!”
  6. Your vote shall appear in your Twitter page as long as you allow the application to reach your Twitter. Shorty Awards will flash a page where the system will require you to type your Twitter username and password. Then click Sign In.
  7. Shorty will tell you that your vote has been placed.

Remember: Shorty Awards will only consider one vote from you. You may enter as many nominations, but the system will consider the last which you have placed. So make sure your reason for voting is unique, intelligent, and relevant.

Also, this will only work if you have an ACTIVE TWITTER ACCOUNT. If you don’t have one, create one now and make it active by tweeting daily for two straight weeks. Shorty can detect if the account you have created is solely purposed for voting. Votes from such accounts will not be counted.

Nominate now!

MCGI to Hold International Bible Exposition in New Schedules

Starting August, Members Church of God International will hold its International Bible Exposition every first and last Friday of the month.

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Bro. Daniel Razon, Vice-Presiding Minister to MCGI, announced the new schedule during one of the group’s regular thanksgiving, saying, all MCGI coordinating centers in different points of the globe having satellites will be opened to accommodate truth-seekers. The event starts at 7 p.m. Philippine time.

It was in 1993 when MCGI started holding Bible Expositions. From a small social event organized in a way that guests could dine together and ask Bro. Eli Soriano, MCGI Presiding Minister, matters concerning faith and spirituality, it went large-scale as more and more people seek for Truth.  The MCGI Bible Exposition follows a live, unscreened question and answer format. It is this uncensored format that made it unique from other Q&A shows of other religious groups.

To give way to this event, Bro. Daniel also said that the Congregation’s regular live thanksgiving held every Saturday will be moved to Sunday. The worship service, however, will have the same Saturday schedule. These schedules are in effect whenever an International Bible Exposition is scheduled on a Friday.

Also starting August 9, MCGI will have a special prayer meeting where Bro. Eli or Bro. Daniel discusses live a biblical topic for the gathering. Those who cannot attend the live session can listen to the same topic during regular prayer meetings the following Wednesday and Thursday. Special prayer meetings will be conducted roughly twice a month, every Tuesday following a Friday Bible Exposition.

Filipino preacher introduces Q&A panel in Twitter

Following the same unscripted question-and-answer format of Ask Bro. Eli, the Bible Will Answer, preacher-blogger Bro. Eli Soriano introduced the Twitter version of the renowned segment of his webcast and radio and television program Ang Dating Daan (The Old Path).

Through what the micro-bloggers popularized as Tweetanong – meaning “ask through a tweet,” Bro. Eli answers biblical queries of Twitter users worldwide. Tweetanong is the combined English and Filipino words “tweet,” Twitter’s popular term for a 140-character long post, and “tanong,” the Filipino word for ask. For many truth-seekers, “Tweetanong mo kay Soriano” is another avenue to obtain sensible information to countless misleading doctrines.

Bro. Eli started using the micro-blogging site in 2009 with @BroEliSoriano handle. For the first few months, he has posted a number of his own personal tweets – current events, scientific, and Bible-based – to inspire and teach the truths in the Holy Scriptures. But known as a preacher who hosts a live, impromptu question and answer program, many Twitter users started asking issues about faith and spirituality. For almost two years now, what started as Bro. Eli’s personal account in Twitter turned into a consultation and Q&A panel.

The Filipino preacher’s unique, intelligent discussions earned him nominations for Twitter’s “Oscars” awards. Last February 15, Shorty Awards announced Bro. Eli as a finalist for television category vying against the other big five: Kurt Sutter, Attack of the Show, Psych_USA, HIMYM Production, and the children’s show Sesame Street. The awards ceremony is set on March 28, 2011 at the TimesCenter in New York.

Besides Twitter, the international evangelist also maintains a weblog and Internet webcast and carries out live Bible Expositions in many countries. His program, The Old Path, is being aired regularly in South America (TV Verdade), Argentina (América), Uruguay (La Tele Channel 12), India (SONY SABTV), Philippines (UNTV), among others. Just a week ago, The Old Path started its broadcast in Bolivia.

Bro. Eli is the Presiding Minister to Members Church of God International.

‘Tweeting is like courting a beloved’ says Filipino broadcast journalist

“Tweeting is like courting someone you love,” says broadcast journalist Daniel Razon when asked about his secrets for his sensible tweets.

Mr. Razon is known for his poetic and Bible-inspired Twitter posts.

Hello everyone. So happy I am tweeting you with wisdom, making use of the WEB to share the words profound. It is so nice to see you around.  – @DanielRazon Saturday, January 09, 2010 6:43:58 PM  via web

His unique style of sharing his ideas to others made him the only Filipino finalist for this year’s Shorty Awards for Best Journalist.

In an interview, Mr. Razon said he wanted to be unique in every way not because of anything else, but because there are so many things that he need to share to people. Things that are sensible and full of wisdom.

To effectively impart his ideas to others and to help his readers easily remember them, Mr. Razon shares some techniques on how to do it, especially for short messages like that of Twitter posts.

  • Be unique. Tweeting is like courting someone you love. How will you make yourself unique so you will win her heart? Being unique should come with the purest intention of achieving your goal. Make your tweet unique so it will easily register in the minds of the readers.
  • Be sensible. Your listeners or readers should get something useful from what you say or write. Before you utter or inscribe a word, take a moment and ask yourself, “Does it make any sense and will anyone benefit from it?”
  • Make it presentable. Presentation is important. A delicious food is more enjoyable to eat if it is well-presented. There are a lot of ways on how you can share things to people.

MCGI supports Hoopsters Meet The Legends, organizers offer thanksgiving to God

Members of the Church of God International flocked to Cuneta Astrodome on Sunday to support the charity match of the PBA Legends and Team Hoopsters that will benefit at least 200 scholars of La Verdad Christian College.

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Mr. Public Service Kuya Daniel Razon who spearheaded the event thanked MCGI for its support and participation. He also acknowledged MCGI Presiding Minister Bro. Eli Soriano who is behind all his advocacies and public service projects.

For its success, organizers of the event led by Kuya Daniel and UNTV’s Sports 37 offered thanksgiving to God before the whole Congregation at the ADD Convention Center in Pampanga, Philippines.    Read More

MCGI traces steps to holiness: A Mid-year Special Report

As Members Church of God International inscribes new histories of evangelization efforts and meaningful service to God, it is but fulfilling to muse over some of the major Church events of the first half of the year, which all of them have contributed to God’s plan of salvation.

In January, the show The Truthcaster found a new online home at Livestream.com where it continues to serve thousands of its followers and truth-seekers. The show, originally aired via Justin.tv, is both the name of the channel in Livestream and a moniker of international televangelist Bro. Eli Soriano. Bro. Eli, who is MCGI Presiding Minister, hosts the program and tirelessly answers queries about faith and religion on the spot.

MCGI also joined Philippines’ biggest marathon-for-a-cause Isang Araw Lang – Takbo para sa Libreng Kolehiyo (Just One Day – Run for Free College) to support a free private college education project. Spearheaded by Bro. Daniel Razon, MCGI Vice-Presiding Minister, the project has financed the completion of the 10-storey school building of La Verdad Christian College (LVCC) in Caloocan City, Philippines that enrolled almost 300 scholars this academic year. The Run for Free College is part of Bro. Daniel’s Isang Araw Lang (Just One Day) advocacy, a campaign that encourages people to do acts of kindness even for just a day.

Breaking the May 2001 Church record of having the most number of baptized souls, the month of February this year recorded roughly 4,000 converts from around the globe as a result of another historic event, the 7-session Mass Indoctrination held live at MCGI coordinating centers. Bro. Eli himself announced the good news in his twitter account the day after the baptism, “I have yesterday moved a mountain through faith. Less than 4,000 souls changed camp!”

Patterned after the Hebrew calendar (the first month of which is Abib or Nisan), the Congregation celebrated its New Year within its celebration of the 1st Quarter International Thanksgiving on the 2nd week of March. Congregants from different Philippine provinces and abroad flocked to ADD Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga to witness and partake in the events. It was also in March that an Italian TV Show, S.O.S. Sesso, recognized Bro. Eli’s credibility as evangelist who can give sensible insights about sex and religion. Live via video streaming, Bro. Eli answered Italian inquirers based on the Bible.

To bring the Gospel much closer to more homes in the Philippines and nearby countries, MCGI switched on another 24/7 broadcast through TOP Channel aired over channel 10 via Dream Satellite Television. TOP Channel broadcasts 10 programs including ADD by Demand in different dialects and languages.

Another very significant event commemorated in March was the Lord’s Supper. MCGI observes this Biblical supper annually at sunset of the 14th day of Nisan, coinciding with the setting of the sun in Israel. During this holy gathering, members of the Church recall yet again the greatest sacrifice of Christ and the unconditional love of God for the human race.

On April 1 to 2, the Church youth assembled at the ADD Convention Center for an international gathering. International Youth Convention (IYC) is held every year to strengthen the faith and camaraderie of the young adult members.

Who can forget the most brutal election-related massacre in Maguindanao that killed at least 57 media men and civilians? While the government is slow in giving justice to the victims, MCGI took part in a major benefit concert, the Protest Broadcast 3, which provided financial and educational assistance to the bereaved relatives. Bro. Daniel, also a broadcast journalist by profession, conceptualized the concert series held in May in three major cities in the Philippines: Quezon City, Cebu, and Davao.

Also in May, MCGI in South America celebrated its 1st year anniversary of knowing the Truth in the Bible.

After three months, universal thanksgiving was again in the air as the Congregation celebrated its 2nd Quarter International Thanksgiving to God from June 12-14. In the same month, MCGI Philippines and locales abroad with the same time zone experienced their first ever midnight thanksgiving.

This September, members of the Church will again gather for a festive 3-day 3rd Quarter International Thanksgiving to God. It is during international thanksgivings that Church members worldwide express their gratitude to God through songs and banquets of biblical topics simultaneously done in all monitoring centers.

As the year comes close to its end, MCGI is looking forward for more fruitful service to God and to the people.

MCGI in South America Celebrates 1st Year Anniversary

South Americans have not known the God in the Bible, not until 2009. For the priceless treasure they have found, members of the Church of God International in South America celebrate their first birthday with thanksgiving to God.

With heartfelt gratitude, the brethren sang “Ate Os Ceus”, their own version of the Church’s Filipino song Hanggang sa Langit (Far up to Heaven), before the worldwide Congregation during the regular thanksgiving held last Saturday.

The historical event in the early part of 2009 recalls the Church seeing the opportunity to introduce the Gospel in Latin America. Bro. Eli Soriano, MCGI Presiding Minister, conducted mass indoctrinations following a series of live Bible Expositions in different parts of the continent. At first baptism, 263 natives were converted forming the first locale in South America.

Vice-Presiding Minister Bro. Daniel Razon personally greeted the brethren a joyful celebration of thanksgiving to God during his discussion of last Saturday’s biblical topic. Before he ended his discussion, he gratefully announced that Bro. Resty Reyes, one of the Assistants to the Administration, was in India and has informed him that the Church’s missionary works in the second most populous country in the world has already started.

As prophesied in the book of Matthew, the Church now introduces the Word of God in many parts of the world. Through the phenomenal television program Ang Dating Daan (The Old Path), MCGI brought in the Good News to the homes of many people in the United States of America, Canada, Europe, Australia, Asia, and Africa. In South America, TV Verdade airs the program 24 hours a day, seven days a week.