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No Gun, No Glory?

AdonisGun2What is gun~A Gun is A LONG OR SHORT FIREARM  WHICH FIRES BULLETS OR PROJECTILES, OR OTHER MISSILE MAY BE DISCHARGED BY MEANS  OF GUNPOWDER OR OTHER EXPLOSSIVES, SUCH AS A HANDGUN, REVOLVER, or PISTOL.

Bullet is~ A PROJECTILE, USUALLY OF METAL, SHOT FROM A GUN AT HIGH SPEED. it has no poison why it can kill? it hot a very hot bullet it feel by your whole body it go to your heart, to nervous system, the to the mind, your shock and nervous, plus lost of blood, you feel weak and sleepy,  that’s will kill you, but if your are strong you can survive.

Back in the day of our training, it can’t be avoided that there is no casualty, my collegiate hit in the thigh but he didn’t  know that he was hit,  he continue what he is doing after a minute he saw the blood and he found out that he was hit, in that, he fell on the ground.

Gun is the very dangerous thing, if you didn’t know how to handle it, it might cause damage to your life or even kill, holding a gun is a big responsibility, the authority given us a license and permit to carry, not because it is our  right, they given it as a privileges.

Some people think that if the authority given us a proper paper we have the right to do or use our gun wherever we want to use or to bring, there is a rule on holding a gun, if we follow the rules everything going fine,

No guts, no glory or no Guns and no Glory, some people think of it, that why they acquired gun, maybe, because if people knows you have a gun they became aware on you, they became afraid on you, is that a glory? oops! I think Not to you, but to your gun, but don’t forget there is mightier than you, the glory of the law,

That’s why the authority thoroughly check the requirement for license and permit to carry but sadly for some instant even the person with mind problem have it. So what happen? they use their gun to scared people and even kill with no reason.

As 14 years in my job as a security specialist, nothing happen to me that i had to use my gun in any of my own trouble, except in the part of my job, its always in my bag, a proper way to bring a gun as a civilian and in the rules, when i off duty i trait myself as a civilian,  i fix my trouble without using my gun, but I’m ready for it, what if my enemy had also a gun, but thanks god, all of my trouble has been fix in proper ways.

The reason why i didn’t show  it in time of trouble because i believe i can fix it in the proper way not in showing a gun to scared, Once you hold or show your gun its already a case. You can be charge with gun tooting or grave trait, if you don’t want to fire don’t hold a gun, it might back fire to you. camera are in everywhere, in the street, in the cellphone, if your action come out in the media, you’re in hot sit. its not the old day that if people saw your gun they will run, today they will make you a star.

One of my experience, we are in the car, my man driving it, when all of the sudden a car block us, he cross the street without signalling so my man step the break suddenly, the car who block us didn’t mind us he speed away so we chased him and when we got him my other companion hit his side mirror with his hand what happen is, he stop and confront us, my man get out of the car with a their gun and point it to the man but sound like he didn’t scared, i was just stay at the car  when i saw the crowd looking at us i pacify them and i talk the man alone and told him to live before my man shot him, and he listen to me.

You know a good word can take away anger, that what i always do every time we got trouble, God grace, nothing happen to me more than the trouble in the traffic. I have a gun but its not my first option. Its just for last resort, that what we are trained as a security specialist, but we didn’t not leave the thought ‘what if, what if he has a gun’ we are ready and alert,

If you want to have a gun think it twice, it’s not a power or an amulet that you can get away if you use it, the grove of gun inside the barrel are recorded in the authority, with your identity, so once you fired it and they got the bullet they can identify whose the owner of it. But if is lose firearm, no license, maybe you can escape, but the God who saw you will punish you. my gun is not for myself but because its a part of my job, on the second thought i might use it for my self if there no other resort, i always pray that i may not use it to kill unless required in the fulfillment of my duty.

There are some points to remember if you have a gun Don’t point a gun to the one that you have no intent to shoot, if you want to practice go to the proper place,  in shooting range, in dry fire make sure its not loaded, check, re~check and double check, they say gun has a devil, for me it not, there is no accidental firing, its negligence, the gun will not fire if you didn’t squeezes the trigger, unless its fell. Second, Assume that every gun is loaded, sometime we forgot the bullet in the chamber, we take out only the magazine, sometime we unload the bullet from the chamber with out taking the magazine, so when the trigger squeezed its fired, Third, trigger finger out, some trigger are very soft, easy to squeeze. familiarize your gun, Fourth, Always point the muzzle of your Gun to safe direction. Keep Gun in a safe place much better if there is a vault with lock.

Gun is only for responsible people. its not a toy, its a killing machine once you fire the spirit of death comes out, he don’t mind who ever he hit, even the one holding it. many people died by astray bullet than the direct hit. let us use it in the proper way. the authority had tighten the law on gun, but they can’t monitor a million gun owner, so that, it is in our hand to be responsible for our gun. for our self and for others. gun is not for glory, if you want glory, glorify God and he will make you glorified by your good did, not by you gun, there no one will glorify you by your gun, but, the devil.

Sibling Rivalry

sibling-rivalry_~k11730567Sibling means one of two or more individual having one common parents. in short brother and sister. Rivalry means the act of rivaling, state of being rival, competition. its a battle, conflict, confrontation any kind of competition between the two person in one thing or topic. Sibling Rivalry, a competition of brother, sister or brother, to brother or sister to sister.

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The reason of sibling rivalry is Gender… Something that they both like even it’s not appropriate to their gender, example, a doll its not for a boy but his brother like it so much, it comes that the boy grab it and run away from her sister, there is a side effect of that if the parent let it happen that their son play a doll,, maybe someday he become a gay. if that happen they become rival in girls things. so, we parents must give what is appropriate to their Gender. while they are young with a proper explanation. if they are both girls or both boy give the a fair things, fair love and attention.

Age gap… also cause by Si1769689bling rivalry, sometime the older who been spoiled for the time that he has no brother or sister yet, he got all the attention of his parents because he is just the only one, but when they become two, there is the start of rivalry and jealousy as well, there a time that the older hurt the younger because of jealousy. the older thought he has already a rival to their parents attention. in that lets give then fair attention and explain to the older why his younger sibling need more attention, explain to the older his role as a older brother or sister.

Another is Temperament…. characteristic, mood of emotion, the one is sensitive or silent type, the other one is noisy or disorderly if they live in one room always in fight because of temperament. teach then to understand each other they are sibling they must understand the character of each other.

Adult Sibling Rivalry….when they old they still bring the rivalry even they have their owned family, one reason when their parents give something to the one but the other one has nothing, sometimes their parents favorite the children of the one but the other one is not, in the bible, “In the course of time Cain brought to the Lord an offering of the fruit of the ground, and Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of their fat portions. And the Lord had regard for Abel and his offering, but for Cain and his offering he had no regard. So Cain was very angry, and his face fell. The Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry, and why has your face fallen? If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door. Its desire is for you, but you must rule over it.” Cain spoke to Abel his brother. And when they were in the field, Cain rose up against his brother Abel and killed him” (Genesis 4:3-8) it can happen to any sibling, we must guide our children of what they doing, we should be aware of the feeling of our child to their brother or sister if we seen them, sound like they have a conflict, we must take an action before it too late. Favoritism….can cause also of Sibling rivalry, in the bible “Isaac who had a taste for wild game love Esau but Rebekah loved Jacob” (Genesis 25:28) because of this our children become clever, no respect for each other because of us parents like when Jacob steal the blessing of his father that must be for Esau, “When Isaac was old and his eyes were dim so that he could not see, he called Esau his older son and said to him, “My son”; and he answered, “Here I am.” He said, “Behold, I am old; I do not know the day of my death. Now then, take your weapons, your quiver and your bow, and go out to the field and hunt game for me, and prepare for me delicious food, such as I love, and bring it to me so that I may eat, that my soul may bless you before I die.” Now Rebekah was listening when Isaac spoke to his son Esau. So when Esau went to the field to hunt for game and bring it, Rebekah said to her son Jacob, “I heard your father speak to your brother Esau, ‘Bring me game and prepare for me delicious food, that I may eat it and bless you before the Lord before I die. ’ Now therefore, my son, obey my voice as I command you. Go to the flock and bring me two good young goats, so that I may prepare from them delicious food for your father, such as he loves. And you shall bring it to your father to eat, so that he may bless you before he dies.” But Jacob said to Rebekah his mother, “Behold, my brother Esau is a hairy man, and I am a smooth man. Perhaps my father will feel me, and I shall seem to be mocking him and bring a curse upon myself and not a blessing.” His mother said to him, “Let your curse be on me, my son; only obey my voice, and go, bring them to me.” So he went and took them and brought them to his mother, and his mother prepared delicious food, such as his father loved. Then Rebekah took the best garments of Esau her older son, which were with her in the house, and put them on Jacob her younger son. And the skins of the young goats she put on his hands and on the smooth part of his neck. And she put the delicious food and the bread, which she had prepared, into the hand of her son Jacob. So he went in to his father and said, “My father.” And he said, “Here I am. Who are you, my son?” Jacob said to his father, “I am Esau your firstborn. I have done as you told me; now sit up and eat of my game, that your soul may bless me.” But Isaac said to his son, “How is it that you have found it so quickly, my son?” He answered, “Because the Lord your God granted me success.” “Then Isaac said to Jacob, “Please come near, that I may feel you, my son, to know whether you are really my son Esau or not.” So Jacob went near to Isaac his father, who felt him and said, “The voice is Jacob’s voice, but the hands are the hands of Esau.” And he did not recognize him, because his hands were hairy like his brother Esau’s hands. So he blessed him. He said, “Are you really my son Esau?” He answered, “I am.” Then he said, “Bring it near to me, that I may eat of my son’s game and bless you.” So he brought it near to him, and he ate; and he brought him wine, and he drank.” (Gen 27:1-43)

For that reason Esau angry with Jacob, because of favoritism from our parents. or because we are favorite by our parent be become strong to fight our brother because we have a dependent, it should not be like this for the parent, we should refrain from favoritism, remember they are both our children.

We, parents are here to guide them to bring the to the love of God who is our real parents, we are just an instrument by God to take care his creation, we should not bring our children to destruction cause by our wrong manners of how we guide them in this world. they come here without knowledge or anything but life coming from God, we are the one who make them to become a man from infant until they become old, if they become bad we are the one who will be blamed.

We must have an Open communication…parents should be first to listen to the child, show them that we love them fairly how many they are. don’t show favoritism so they didn’t feel they are different from each other. they wont say, “my parents love my younger brother than me” always tell them to love each,, its not good if they fight each other, no one will help each other but they are only. build a strong relationship of sibling that even they have there own family they must still love each other, its natural that in our child there is a what we call black sheep and there’s also a good one, the important is show them that we are fair to all of them even one become bad he still their brother or sister.

Teach them that Sibling are forever… whatever happen they are sibling like Joseph even he trowed and sell by his brother to the stranger, Joseph didn’t keep a hatred to his brother, in time of trouble and his brothers suffered, Joseph help them and save them from famine, Joseph has all the chance to take revenge but instead he cry and come to them to help. “But Joseph said to them, “Do not fear, for am I in the place of God? As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today. So do not fear; I will provide for you and your little ones.” Thus he comforted them and spoke kindly to them. (ESV) (Gen 50:19-21) Joseph show that whatever happen they are sibling forever, they are family.

The parents are the one who make the child of what they become. there’s no sibling rivalry if we rise them in good and in proper way, let’s rise them with fear in God. lead them in a good way. have a family get together especially in prayer time, have a family devotional prayer and going to church together to worship our God, its build a strong relationship in the family as well as strong relationship to the Father God.

Cyber-Bullying

bully3colSOMETIMES, we didn’t notice we are actually bullies others in the WEB or we are already bullies by others. we hurt other by our post and comments. On time my niece come to me crying he told me that his friend posted a bad words in the web intended to her. it’s a clear cyber bullying. simple but it is.

Cyber-bullying is bullying that using electronic technology attached in the web or internet such as cell phones, computers, and tablets as well as communication tools including social media sites, text messages, chat, and website, rumors sent by email or posted on social networking sites, and embarrassing pictures, videos, websites, or fake profiled, harassing the intended person.

Kids who are being cyber-bullied are often bullied in person. kids have a harder time getting away from the behavior. it can happen anytime, any day as long as they are online and he or she is alone.

Not only the children has been bullied in the web, also the adult many are women bullied by their ex boyfriend or their friend. other people don’t want to joint in social media because they are afraid of bullying, like my friend i ask him to joint in one of the well know social media, but he refuse according to him there is too much bullying on the site i recommend to him, whatever i explain to him, he really refused me. this is one way if you are afraid of cyber bullying choose the site you want to join. you know, a simple not responding to you post that it is clear, that he is online and you post or mention him then he didn’t response is a simple form of cyber bullying because the requisite of bullying is there. In law, you can’t call a case like rape if there is no penetration, force or intimidation because the element of rape is not there, the same as bullying, the meaning, the element is their, so, it’s bullying and it create a little bit hurt to you, by ignoring you, but its not heavy, its bearable for us adult, by doing the same.

Social media sites can be used for positive activities, like connecting with friends and family, helping students with school and for entertainment. But these things or tools can also be used to hurt other people. Whether in person or through technology, the effects are similar.

Sometimes cyber-bullying can be easy to know, if your child shows you a text message, tweet, or response to a status update on Social media that is harsh, mean, or cruel. Other acts are less obvious. bad information, photos, or videos designed to hurt or embarrass another person.

Sometimes bullier are creating fake account to harass and bully a person or anyone online. The impersonal nature of text messages, one person’s joke could be another hurtful insult. it also a cyber bullying, but it can’t be use in the court because you can’t confirm if the person who text you was really a person who write a text you receive better to do is confront the one who sent a message to know the truth.

Cyber-bullying can affect the social, emotional, and physical health of a child. For these reasons, it is important that parents and guardians take steps to help their child deal with and respond to cyber-bullying.

Almost million of people use or engaged in the web, social media, all are prone to cyber bullying, for us adult we can handle it, we know what to do. but the young at age, even a little one engaging in the web, when it happened on my niece i told her to ignore it and delete it, then i confront her friend to stop bullying my niece, if not, i tell it to his parents. like this little one who didn’t know what to do, if I’m not there, maybe she will just cry. people who are weak are more prone in cyber bullying, like many young age our children who are eager to play in the web, mostly online game, We must guide our children, monitor their activity, sometime they didn’t tell us their feelings, they just simply cried or didn’t talk until we know that they have been bullied in the web. we should interact with them in the web, in social media let be friend with them, so, we can know their friend and activity, if someone posted a bad thing or word intended to them we can block it immediately.

Also tell our child not to respond to rude e-mails, picture, messages, and comments. Instruct our child to “block” bullies or delete our child’s current account and open a new one. Save the evidence by taking screenshots of the posted message or picture.

Contact your Internet service provider (ISP) Ask the website administrator or ISP to remove any Web page created to hurt your child.

If bullying happened via text from phone, change the phone number and instruct our child to only share the new number with trustworthy people. Also, check out phone features that may allow the number to be blocked.

Get our child’s school involved in the matter and urge administrators to take a stance against all forms of bullying.

Cyber bullying can be a crime under cyber crime law, if someone, let say, your enemy posted a message or picture that cause your life miserableness or any heavy circumstances that affect your life or a simple slander by writing, take a screen shot of the entire post or message then get two witness who saw or read the message then file it in the court.

For us who is in the right age, lets watch our moves, our post, our message and comments in social media or in cyber world. Web like a spider web it is good but very delicate, people are watching us in the web. if you feel something illegal has occurred, inform the proper authority or the law enforcement or agency who is specialist in the cyber bullying.

Dried fish with Tomato


Another simple menu for a simple budget, this one of my favorite, my wife and I   know how to cook it, this one was cook by my wife upon my request. here goes.

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Ingredient:

2 cups of dried fish (Shredded) , 1 kilo of tomatoes, 6 pieces of red small chili, 2 onion and 1 whole garlic, oil.

Procedure.

Take out the bone of the fish then shredded, make it into tiny pieces then set aside, cut the tomatoes,  onion, garlic and a 3 piece of red small chili, In the pan heat the oil, then put the garlic, follow by onion, then  the tomatoes,  mix it until the tomatoes become tender, put the dried fish, put the Chili, then mix together until it become tender and juicy, before you serve, put the 3 whole chili at a top while it hot,  taste it. it good with sunny side up egg and hot rice. it much juicer if it not hot anymore but with hot rice.

A short nutritional fact about Red Chili pepper and The Tomatoes  we know that the Fish is rich in Protein. 

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Red Chili Pepper.

Red chili peppers are a very good source of vitamin A, vitamin C and dietary fiber. They are also a good source of iron and potassium. also Fight Inflammation, Natural Pain Relief, Cardiovascular Benefits, Clear Congestion, Boost Immunity, Help Stop the Spread of Prostate Cancer, Prevent Stomach Ulcers, Lose Weight, can Lower Risk of Type 2 Diabetes and others nutrient found in Red Chili pepper.

Health benefits of Tomato

  • Tomatoes are one of the low-calorie vegetables containing just 18 calories per 100 g. They are also very low in any fat contents and have zero cholesterol levels. Nonetheless, they are excellent sources of antioxidants, dietary fiber, minerals, and vitamins. Because of their all-round qualities, dieticians and nutritionists often recommend them to be included in cholesterol controlling and weight reduction programs.
  • The antioxidants present in tomatoes are scientifically found to be protective of cancers, including colon, prostate, breast, endometrial, lung, and pancreatic tumors. Total -ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) in this vegetable is 367 µmol TE/100g.
  • Lycopene, a flavonoid antioxidant, is the unique phytochemical present in the tomatoes. Red varieties are especially concentrated in this antioxidant. Together with carotenoids, it can protect cells and other structures in the body from harmful oxygen-free radicals. Studies have shown that lycopene prevents skin damage from ultra-violet (UV) rays and offers protection from skin cancer.
  • The vegetable contains very good levels of vitamin A, and flavonoid anti-oxidants such as α and ß-carotenes, xanthins and lutein. Altogether, these pigment compounds are found to have antioxidant properties and take part in vision, maintain healthy mucus membranes and skin, and bone health. Consumption of natural vegetables and fruits rich in flavonoids is known to help protect from lung and oral cavity cancers.
  • Additionally, they are also good source of antioxidant vitamin-C (provide 21% of recommended daily levels per 100 g); consumption of foods rich in vitamin C helps the body develop resistance against infectious agents and scavenge harmful free radicals.
  • Fresh tomato is very rich in potassium. 100 g contain 237 mg of potassium and just 5 mg of sodium. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that helps controlling heart rate and blood pressure caused by sodium.
  • Further, they contain moderate levels of vital B-complex vitamins such as folates, thiamin, niacin, riboflavin as well some essential minerals like iron, calcium, manganese and other trace elements.
  • Zea-xanthin is another flavonoid compound present abundantly in this vegetable. Zea-xanthin helps protect eyes from “age-related macular related macular disease” (ARMD) in the elderly persons by filtering harmful ultra-violet rays.

Spare Ribs with Radish

isSpare Ribs with Radish, try this menu it can be soup or side dish it just simple and easy to cook.

Ingredient: Radish (slice), green chili, white onion, pepper, and Pork spare ribs.

Procedure: Choose a young pork spare ribs, cut it according the size you want, set aside, peel and slice the radish, set aside, put water in a casserole the best if you have a pressure cooker, boil spare ribs until it become soft and tender, put the slice radish and the green chili, add with salt then seasoning for you taste, boil it until the radish become tender, serve in hot, it can be a soup or eat with rice.

Nutritional Value:
Radish You probably think of bright red spheres when 
you hear the word “radish.” However, you can also find a type of radish that is long, white and slender — similar in appearance to a small white carrot, sometimes called icicle radishes. The taste is distinctively sharp, spicy and crisp.
Calories, Fat, Cholesterol and Sodium
1/2 cup of sliced white icicle radishes contains about 7 calories, with only about 0.05 g of total fat and virtually no cholesterol. The radishes also contain about 8 mg of sodium. .
Carbohydrates, Fiber and Protein 
The 1/2 cup of white radishes contains about 1.3 g of total carbohydrates, with about 0.7 g of dietary fiber. Fiber is important to help keep your body’s digestive system functioning smoothly. The radishes also contain a bout 0.55 g of protein, which your body uses to repair itself after exercise or injury.
Vitamins 
There is about 14.5 mg of vitamin C in 1/2 cup of white radishes. Your body needs vitamin C for several reasons, such as the creation of collagen.
Collagen is a major component of skin, ligaments, blood vessels and other parts of your body. Vitamin C also helps fight free radicals, which can contribute to such health conditions as heart attacks and cancer. The radishes also contain about 7 mg of vitamin B-9, or folate.
Minerals –
There are about 140 mg of potassium in the radishes. They also contain about 14 mg each of phosphorus and calcium, as well as 4 mg of magnesium. These minerals help maintain a healthy body by keeping your muscles and organs working correctly and your bones and teeth strong.
isliIf you like spicy foods, green chili may be a good   addition to your diet. Along with adding flavor to your recipes, green chili supplies a variety of nutrients that may be healthy for your heart. 
A green chili pepper has only 18 calories, so it can support a healthy weight to lower your risk for heart disease. It is free from saturated fat and cholesterol, which raise levels of unhealthy cholesterol in your blood. Green chili can be a heart-healthy alternative to salt for flavoring your food because each green chili provides only 3 mg sodium. A high-sodium diet can cause high blood pressure and an increased risk for heart disease, a green chili can be part of a balanced diet to lower your risk.
Some of the phytonutrients, or plant nutrients, in green chili are alpha-carotene, beta-carotene and lutein and zeaxanthin. These nutrients are carotenoids and they have antioxidant activities, Antioxidants protect the cells of your body against damage by chemicals called free radicals, and a diet high in antioxidants may lower your risk for heart disease.
Vitamin C 
A single green chili provides 109 mg vitamin C, or 182 percent of the daily value. Vitamin C is not only essential for a strong immune system and proper wound healing, but it is also an antioxidant, Green chili is healthiest for your heart when you eat it with other nutritious foods.

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White Onions – are very low in Saturated Fat, Cholesterol and Sodium. They’re also a good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin B6, Folate, Potassium and Manganese, and an excellent source of Vitamin C.
 




BUKLOD: TOWARD RESPONSIBLE PARENTHOOD

About BUKLOD 50th Anniversary

BUKLOD: TOWARD RESPONSIBLE PARENTHOOD

There is more to responsible parenting than the mere bringing forth of children. For although couples could not contain their delight in having brought a child into the world, such sheer jubilation is eclipsed by a far rewarding joy of having produced a responsible, God-fearing individual who is an asset to the society.

Iglesia Ni Cristo couples recognize the important role they play as parents. They are fully aware of the noble task God has entrusted them in molding the character and in ensuring the bright future of their offspring. They know that their children grow to be what they are depending on how they rear them. They cannot afford to fail for that may mean a life-long frustration for them and for their children, too.

BUKLOD: ‘THE KNOT WITH THE GOLDEN AIM’

In their fervent desire to establish their families solidly on the faith and teachings of the Lord as taught by God’s Messenger in these last days, Brother Felix Y. Manalo, Iglesia Ni Cristo parents and married couples have banded themselves together to what is now known as the Buklod (formerly Buklod ng Gintong Layunin).

Since its inception in December 15, 1962, the Buklod has been a potent working force behind many and varied Church activities. Of course, it readily acknowledges the support of the Church administration and the helping hand of God for every successful endeavor which it undertakes.

GOALS AND ASPIRATIONS

As embodied by the constitution and by-laws of the Buklod organization (approved and certified by the then Church’s Executive Minister, Brother Eraño G. Manalo, on July 4, 1963), Iglesia Ni Cristo parents strive to achieve the following goals:

  • To become models in their respective households by being strong in the faith and steadfast in their services to God.
  • To help in all Church activities especially in the propagation of the gospel.
  • To strengthen the brotherhood in the Church through mutual understanding and cooperation among the members in any manner not violative of God’s law.
  • To help the brethren to learn and engage in any noble and gainful occupation.

A LOOK AT THE BUKLOD

Having reached its golden anniversary, the Buklod is happy to have pioneered in the Church activities which are worthwhile such as family enrichment seminars focusing on topics like husband-wife relationship, parent-child relationship, love, courtship and marriage, and home management. One of the proofs of the effectiveness of the Buklod as a familial organization is the existence of families in the Church predicated on hope, faith and love. Time and again, the Church Administration recognizes deserving individuals and model families, which are shining testimonies of the efforts of the Buklod, nurtured in the words of God.

In the propagation of the gospel, the Buklod has equally proven to be an effective instrument in bringing the Good News of salvation to many people. In fact, Buklod members have been effective instruments in the conversion of their friends, acquaintances, and business associates into the Church.

Moreover, Buklod members fully realize that there are also other needs of the brethren in the Church which must be met. Hence, to foster the social needs of the brethren, the Buklod organizes noteworthy undertakings such as informal and formal get-togethers where the brethren come to know one another more closely. The Buklod also sponsors training-seminars on personality development, physical fitness, good human relations, and other related subjects deemed fit for the brethren in a particular place. Literary-musical groups are also organized, geared not only at tapping and honing the potentials of the brethren, but also of fostering brotherhood and harmony among them.

To promote the health and well-being of the brethren, the Buklod also undertakes trainings and seminars on health care in the home, basic nutrition, safety and sanitation and other subjects designed to safeguard the brethren’s welfare.

An empty stomach has caused many an individual to set aside the spiritual aspects of life. In view of this, the Buklod sets out to help many of its members to find gainful and honest employment. Livelihood training programs, occupational seminars, referrals, and actual hiring are among the varied services that the Buklod organization extends to its constituents. The Buklod organization undertakes all these and many more to help promote and foster Iglesia Ni Cristo families which are productive, law-abiding, and truly responsible as they believe that the family is the basic unit of any society.

TOWARDS A RESPONSIBLE PARENTHOOD

Varied though the roles of the Iglesia Ni Cristo parents maybe, they nevertheless cannot afford to neglect their children. God entrusted them to their care. The parents are very much aware that they should look not only after their children’s physical well-being, but after their spiritual welfare, too.

The father of every Iglesia Ni Cristo household fully understands that if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever (I Tim. 5:8).

This is why a father cannot afford to be lazy nor to indulge in dishonest labor. Fortunately, Apostle Paul constantly reminds him, thus: “Let him who stole steal no longer, but rather let him labor, working his hands what is good, that he may have something to give him who has need” (Eph. 4:28, New King James Version).

The wife has her own needs. The children have theirs, too. Not to mention those who may occasionally ask for assistance in the spirit of Christian brotherhood. All those needs are to be met through honest means.

Likewise, a mother who is worthy of her children’s as well as her husband’s respect and appreciation is one who is always busy and looks after her family’s needs (Prov. 31:27). As the husband cannot afford to be lazy, so can’t the wife.

Long before psychologists have written about parent-child relationships, and experts in behavioral sciences have come up with different solutions that hope to bridge the gap that at times exists between parents and children, the Bible, the repository of God’s words has already prescribed how parents ought to treat their children.

In promoting family solidarity, Apostle Paul advises parents not to treat their children as to make them angry. Instead, raise them with Christian discipline and instruction (Eph. 6:4).
These are but some of the duties and obligations that married couples are made to be aware of. Before their wedding, couples are made to undergo a series of seminars deigned to orient them of family life.

ONE HAPPY FAMILY

God so designs that His creation should live in peace and harmony. He wants man to live at peace with himself, his loved ones, and above all with his Creator. Along this divine purpose, the Buklod strives to see to it that all family members are properly guided by the words of God. From the wife, to the husband, and to the children, God’s admonition rings clear, thus: “Wives, submit yourselves to your husbands, for that is what you should do as Christians. Husbands, love your wives and do not be harsh with them. Children, it is your Christian duty to obey your parents always, for that is what pleases God. Parents, do not irritate your children, or they will become discouraged” (Col. 3:18-21, New King James Version).

If all the members of the family follow and keep their respective duties, then harmony and understanding will reign in the home. Broken homes shall be averted. No couple shall go their own separate ways. No children shall roam around unattended and uncared for. The home would truly be a haven of comfort and love.
.Through the years, the Buklod has persevered to strengthen the family, and its efforts have not been in vain. Its aspiration toward responsible parenthood has come to fruition.