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After ASOP TV Grand Finals, More Praise Songs at MCGI International Thanksgiving

After the grand success of the A Song of Praise Music Festival Grand Finals, the international organization from where ASOP TV originated will again fill the air with songs of praises to God come September 28 to 30.

Not just 12 praise songs but scores of them will pack the 3-day International Thanksgiving event of the Members Church of God International. Expectedly, a number of these songs are products of the ASOP song writing competition.

MCGI International Thanksgiving is a quarterly worldwide event where congregants offer praises and thanksgiving to God through songs and hear biblical topics delivered by the MCGI preachers. Attendees from abroad participate in the event through live streaming.

After ASOP TV Grand Finals, More Praise Songs at MCGI International Thanksgiving

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Praise Song is Older than Earth

“Music is older than the world, and praise songs are the oldest of musical kinds,” revealed Bro. Eli Soriano during the ASOP TV Finals Night at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum last Monday.

Bro. Eli is the Presiding Minister to MCGI and the mind behind ASOP Music Festival. The contest was conceptualized for TV by Bro. Daniel Razon, MCGI Vice-Presiding Minister.

Bro. Eli explained that when God made the Earth, the angels sang and shouted for joy. That song, he added, was a music of praise to God. He read Job 38:7.

ASOP History

Singing songs of praises and thanksgiving to God is an essential part of MCGI gatherings. In 2004, Bro. Eli announced that the organization is holding a song writing competition to encourage Church members to produce original praise song compositions; thus, the birth of A Song of Praise Music Festival.

After ASOP TV Grand Finals, More Praise Songs at MCGI International Thanksgiving

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ASOP became an anticipated yearly event since then, organized by the organization’s Music Ministry. Its success urged Bro. Eli to make the competition a biannual event inside MCGI.

ASOP on TV

Songs about friendship, long-lost love, adultery, longing, and even of things like horses, guitar and bread are congesting the mainstream media.

But “we lack songs of praise,” Bro. Eli said. So he asked Bro. Daniel to conceptualize a TV version of ASOP.

In August 2011, an ASOP concert was held where some of the country’s best performing artists interpreted the contest winners from 2004 to mid-year of 2011. ASOP TV was simultaneously launched that night and started its airing on UNTV by early September of the same year.

After ASOP TV Grand Finals, More Praise Songs at MCGI International Thanksgiving

ASOP TV Winners

On its year 1, ASOP TV has received hundreds of entries from professional and amateur song writers. Twelve best songs vied in the grand finals last September 24 where Purihin Mo ang Dios Oh Pilipinas of Antonio Estrella, Jr. was adjudged 2012 Song of the Year. The song was interpreted by Universal Records artist Gail Blanco.

Runners-up, from first to third, included Analyn Altejos’ Purihin Ka Hanggang sa Kailanman (interpreted by Nikki Valdez), Domingo Rosco, Jr.’s Puso kong Nabuksan (interpreted by Catherine Loria), Rommel Arguelles’ Reasons to Believe (interpreted by Gian Magdangal).

The People’s Choice award went to Jaime Enriquez’s Pag-ibig ay Dios interpreted by Renz Verano. Nikki Valdez was awarded Best Interpreter.

The other song finalists were I Will Still Praise You of Rigor Jay Arellano, Ikaw ang Ngayon, Bukas at Kailanman of Christian Obar, Be My Everything of Jessa Mae Gabon, Sa’Yo of Marlon Nabia, Purihin Ka ng Aking Luha of Gerwin Villa, Sa Iyo Aking Ama of Alex de Guzman, and The Sweetest Moment of Edwin Marollano.

The ASOP TV album – distributed for free – was under the musical arrangement of Mr. Vehnee Saturno and released under Universal Records.

After ASOP TV Grand Finals, More Praise Songs at MCGI International Thanksgiving

ASOP Songs at MCGI International Thanksgiving

Attendees of the MCGI International Thanksgiving to God are hopeful to see special performances of some of the ASOP TV grand finals entries during the 3-day event.

Moreover, in its list of thanksgiving songs to be offered by members coming from different groups, In This Journey, one of the ASOP song of the year awardees, is to be performed by a group of Church members from abroad called Foreign Ministry.

As MCGI reaps souls in various countries, praise songs are also translated into different languages that proves one realization of Bro. Eli’s hopes for people to desire singing not just songs about love or material things but of praises and thanksgiving to God.

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

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

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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.