Is Your Business Affected by the Pandemic?

Did you lose your source of income because of the lockdown and restrictions?

Perhaps, despite your vision and goals, you had to close your business, leaving you with no stable livelihood during the most difficult time of the year.

Jenny Diño knows exactly how you feel.She invested all of her savings in a business that did not survive.

Read further to know how the Lord turned her situation around.

After working for a long time as an OFW, Jenny and her husband saved up enough money to start their own business when they come home to the Philippines for good.

And with God’s help, they were able to put up a cafeteria. Before the pandemic, everything was going well, business-wise. They made enough profit to fund for their family’s needs and bills.

But when the lockdown and no dine-in rules were implemented by the government, their business suffered.

The food industry is one of the majorly affected sectors  during the pandemic.

While this might have not caused trouble for big food companies with delivery services, small-scale food hubs like Jenny’s cafeteria were greatly affected.

Cafeterias mainly served customers who dine in, like a restaurant. But with the no dine-in policy, Jenny lost her customers.

She could not make enough for her family’s living expenses anymore. They couldn’t even make enough to keep the business going.

Instead of being a source of income, the cafeteria became a part of their expenses along with the increasing debt they couldn’t pay anymore.

So, before going fully bankrupt, Jenny decided to let go and close the cafeteria for good.

This was not an easy decision for Jenny, and it was definitely a painful one.

Though devastated and clueless of what she could do next, Jenny still held on to her faith during this difficult time.

When Jenny realized that the Lord only let her borrow and be a steward of finances, she accepted that she should be able to let go of what was not hers in the first place.

“The money? It was not mine. It came from the Lord.” She said.

You would expect Jenny to focus on earning money only for herself and to bounce back from their huge financial loss. But she did not.

Despite the tight budget, she made it a point to donate to The 700 Club Asia.

Her mind was not swayed by her loss of finances, rather she continued being a blessing to others, even while she was struggling herself.

And just when her situation pushed her to decide to apply for a job abroad, a miracle happened.

She came to her friend, from whom she borrowed money, to explain that she was planning to work abroad to pay for her debts. Her friend’s answer was the Lord’s blessing.

“Don’t worry. Jesus paid for it. Don’t leave the country because your kids need you. I will loan you money so you can start over. Start a new business.”

Jenny’s heart cried with joy and gratefulness, declaring that it was God.

“It was the Lord who used my friend to help me.”

She didn’t have to leave the country anymore, she began a new business and God  blessed and prospered it.

With great thankfulness, Jenny says, “When you are in tandem with God in all your plans, things are easy. There may be times of fear, but the Lord can do it. He is with you.”

Every day, the Lord is teaching her new things and experiences that will be helpful to her journey of life and faith.

Jenny learned a lesson worth sharing to people who are struggling with her previous challenges: to not to worry and to ask for help when she’s overwhelmed with problems. The Lord is always willing to take over difficult situations.

1 Peter 5:7 says “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for us”.

Do you want someone to pray for you as you wait on the Lord for an answer to your business problem?

We are willing to be your prayer partner!

Just call us at 8-737-0-700 or visit CBN Asia Prayer Center.

If Jenny’s testimony moved you to bless others too and give to CBN Asia Family of Ministries, you can partner with us today.

3 Keys to Remain Hopeful Amid Challenging Season

Are you losing the reasons to keep going in your life?

Are you weary and feeling defeated from the seemingly never-ending series of challenges during the pandemic?

You are not alone.

Here are three tips to remain hopeful amid challenging times from Beyond Small Talk guest, Ruther Urquia who has also gone through rough patches in his own life this pandemic.

1. Trust God

Your situation today is not your final destination.

Keep on believing that God is using these challenges to lead you to the best destination. The roadblocks you are facing today are part of your journey towards a purpose-driven life.

“You should not measure your life with just a single episode. God is using all these events in your life to create His plan,” Ruther explained.

More than that, believe that these circumstances will eventually be part of a beautiful testimony of God’s faithfulness in the future.

2. Choose to thank God

“You can’t choose to be happy,” Ruther remarked.

And probably, you are in this season of your life when happiness is not in the offering, but there is always room for gratitude.

You can always choose to thank God for your life today regardless of your situation.

It may not be the breakthrough that you are expecting, but choose to thank God for the blessing of life and daily provision that He continuously provides for you.

3. Remain grateful to God

Amid the challenging season of your life, keep a grateful heart.

Remaining grateful to God every day will keep you grounded and hopeful that our all-knowing God can turn things around in His perfect time.

God will never abandon you even in this season of your life.

“Whatever you’re going through, God is with you,” Ruther encouraged.

So, the next time you will feel defeated, frustrated, and dismayed in your life, remember to fix your eyes on the Lord. You will receive the unshakable hope from Him even during your challenging season.

Have you been experiencing a tough time in your life lately?

Begin with your steps to peace today!

And if you need someone to talk to about these challenges in your life, let us pray for you. Call the CBN Asia Prayer Center at 8-737-0-700 or send your prayer requests to our Facebook page.

Stay tuned for the next webisode of Beyond Small Talk this Saturday, November 20, 2021, at 7:00 PM, on The 700 Club Asia Facebook page and YouTube Channel.

Happy watching!

Do You Believe that God Can Turn Your Sorrow into Joy?

What are the challenges in your life that bring you deep sorrow and sadness today?

God invites you to offer your brokenness to Him. Come and believe that He can turn your pain into purpose.

He can turn your bitterness into blessing.

He can turn your sorrow into joy.

He has the power to bring beauty from ashes the same way He did with Rodalyn Tecson.

Losing a loved one can be one of the most painful and difficult experiences you would ever have to live through.

Rodalyn knew that.

Lonely and depressed, she faced the death of her mother.

When you have lost a piece of your heart; it almost feels like it’s impossible to accept the reality that they are gone.

But God never left Rodalyn’s side. He brought CBN Asia Prayer Center to comfort and embrace her.

“I went through depression, but I thank God because I overcame it through the help of CBN Asia Prayer Center. They became my prayer partner. Through prayers, God brought back my joy,” she testified.

CBN Asia Prayer Center served as a friend she can lean on in her grief.

Aside from reaching out, one of the ways you can cope with loss is through honoring your loved one by sharing to others the beautiful memories you created with them.

By honoring and sharing her mother’s legacy through giving, Rodalyn experienced healing that sustained her during tough times.

“I admired my mother’s generous heart. She would always tell me that when you learn how to give, you will never lack,” she said.

While her mother was battling with sickness, she chanced upon The 700 Club Asia and followed the tug in her heart.

“I only had Php 1,000 that time, but I sowed that seed of faith because I was encouraged by the testimonies I watched. God is a giver of blessings and He can multiply whatever it is that you place in His hand,” she shared.

To her amazement, God turned her Php 1,000 to Php 100,000 to pay for her mother’s bills.

God showed how faithful He is through her grieving season, and He proved it again when another unexpected event occurred in her life.

She became pregnant out of wedlock.

Rodalyn was 2 months pregnant when her boyfriend left her. Despite what happened, God’s love and grace helped her raise her child.

God became her strong tower and fortress to overcome the struggles of being a single parent. Even though she encountered financial problems, she held unto her mother’s words and exercised her faith through giving.

“I may be a single mom, but it did not stop me from blessing other people. Every time I receive my paycheck, I automatically went to MLhuillier to send money to The 700 Club Asia. When I give, my heart overflows with joy,” said Rodalyn.

Because of her consistent act of faith in the God who provides and supplies, He turned her mourning into dancing when Rodalyn received a startling news.

One of her workmates messaged and pledged to sponsor her child’s education. How would you respond if you were in her position?

Rodalyn’s heart overflowed with gladness because God heard her prayers.

“I felt like I was in heaven because I prayed for this. I prayed for God’s provision, and He supplied. He used people to bless me more than I could ever imagine,” she exclaimed.

In every peak and valley, Rodalyn concluded, “Whatever it is you’re battling against, continue to be a blessing to others and it will be given back to you exceedingly. Unspeakable joy is what awaits you if you trust Him.”

Were you inspired by Rodalyn’s story?

Romans 8:18 in the ESV says, “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.”

You may be in a dark place now, but lift your head up! Your help comes from above. Turn your attention to the One who is unchanging because true and lasting joy comes from a life surrendered to Him.

If you are reading this and you want to know more about Jesus, click this to begin your steps to peace today.

Do you need a friend to talk to?

CBN Asia Prayer Center would love to pray for you. Feel free to call us at 8-737-0-700 if you are in Metro Manila. If you are outside Metro Manila, click this link so we can pray for you.

You can exercise your faith today by supporting CBN Asia. Visit this link to know how to donate.

Bangon, Batangas! Taal Survivors Receive Boats from Operation Blessing

For many people, a boat is just a means of transportation.

But for the fishermen of Laurel, Batangas, their entire livelihood depends on their boats. A simple fishing boat helps secure income for food and basic needs for their family.

So when the Taal Volcano erupted last year, followed by the debilitating pandemic and series of strong typhoons this year, many fisherfolks in Laurel struggled to make ends meet.

They are in a dire situation.

Their houses and boats were either buried in thick ash or destroyed by the huge floods. And with the loss of their main source of income, the fishermen wondered how they could get back on their feet.

That’s why it is a huge relief for them that Operation Blessing, CBN Asia’s humanitarian arm, continues its recovery efforts to help Taal survivors.

Through your faithful partnership with Operation Blessing, fishermen in Barangay Buso-Buso, in Laurel, Batangas received 12 boats that can help get them back on their feet. Your donation—with the support from the Local Government Unit of Laurel and our church partner—allowed our kababayans to experience God’s love and hope!

Operation Blessing has provided nonstop relief efforts for Taal survivors, but there is still a lot to be done. And through your help, we can make sure that no one is left behind!

Partner with Operation Blessing today and together, we will uplift our kababayans in Batangas.

No help is too small!

Feel free to donate any amount through Operation Blessing’s website, through GCash (Operation Blessing), or through the following bank accounts with account name: Operation Blessing Foundation Phils., Inc.:

Banco De Oro (BDO)

Peso Account: 003-000-055-279

Dollar Account: 103-000-11-3333

Swift Code: BNORPHMM

Union Bank of the Philippines

Peso Account: 00-216-072163-9

Dollar Account: 13-216-000170-0

Swift Code: UBPHPHMM

Metrobank

Peso Account: 270-3-27050273-4

Dollar Account: 270-2-27000282-4

Swift Code: MBTCPHMM

Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI)

Peso Account: 3001-0040-33

For more information on how to donate and make sponsorships, you may visit Operation Blessing’s Facebook page or contact 0939-921-5543 or 0918-906-7753.

If you wish to support the entire CBN Asia Family of Ministries, here are the ways to give.

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It’s 11.11! Make Christmas Extra Meaningful for Your Loved Ones this Christmas!

Christmas is a season of giving, but let us not forget that the real reason for it is Jesus! This year, give your children, pamangkins, and inaanaks gifts that would remind them about the real meaning of Christmas.

SuperGifts for Kids of All Ages

Are you still finalizing your Christmas shopping list? Don’t worry because we can help you with that! If you’re looking for Christ-centered and engaging gifts for the kids and adults alike, visit SuperGiftsPH on Shopee and Lazada! The best part? You can get these items for a minimum donation of 95 pesos only!

SuperGiftsPH offers many gift options for kids of all ages. You can find shirts and hoodies that are perfect for your holiday family matching outfits! Children will enjoy Superbook Activity and Coloring Books! There are also new Superbook Tracing Books to help younger kids practice their writing and drawing skills while having fun.

Also, during this pandemic, it’s essential to be extra careful in avoiding the virus to stay healthy. It’s a good thing that you can get Superbook face masks with inspiring messages for a gift of only 100 pesos!

Superbook DVDs are also available so the whole family can watch their favorite episodes anytime!

Perfect Time to Shop For Christmas Gifts

11.11 is the best time to shop for Christmas gifts! Because of the holiday rush, some shops take a while to ship items. But when you check out items on 11.11, you’d have enough time to receive them before Christmas! Did you know that you can also you can get your SuperGifts with zero shipping fee on 11.11?

What are you waiting for! Visit us on Shopee (https://shopee.ph/supergiftsph) and Lazada (https://www.lazada.com.ph/shop/supergiftsph/) to donate and get your SuperGifts just in time for Christmas.

Have a SUPER merry Christmas with Jesus!

3 Tips to Improve Your Mental and Emotional Health During the Pandemic

Have you been feeling really overwhelmed lately?

When we neglect our mental and emotional health, especially during these trying times, it can start to worsen – sometimes to the point that it becomes anxiety and depression.

Good news! There are ways to get our mental and emotional health back on track!

Here are three ways we can improve your mental and emotional health, from Licensed Clinical Counselor, Mental Health Advocate, and Beyond Small Talk guest, Dr. Tito Almadin:

1. Accept the reality

It is time to stop resisting reality.

The pandemic is real. The troubles we’re experiencing right now are actually happening. The changes might be hard to accept, but you can only move forward when you learn to accept that they are happening.

Acceptance isn’t a passive state of contentment. Psych Central says it’s good to practice radical acceptance. Radical acceptance means accepting life on life’s terms. Doing so helps you conserve emotional energy and gain clarity on what you need and how to get it.

Embrace the past and find ways on how you can move forward today!

2. Behave appropriately

“When is this pandemic going to end?”

If you’ve asked this question to yourself, you are not alone. Everyone deals with the uncertainty brought by the crisis, and many have spiraled into overwhelming panic.

Do your best to focus on what you can control, plan for what you can, and ease your “pandemic panic” by refusing to succumb to negative thinking.

As Dr. Tito puts it, “Let’s not panic. Let’s not be too paranoid and scared or think negative thoughts so that we don’t get discouraged.”

3. Commit to be better each day

You can make the changes you need to improve your mental health. But to be able to do that, you need to commit.

You need to commit to take steps to improve your condition. Seek help from loved ones and mental health professionals. Make a commitment to yourself that you will take care of yourself more.

You’re not stuck! Find support. Seek help. Seek God’s help.

“Adjust every day. Give yourself a chance to get better. Find people who can help you and talk to them about your feelings and struggles. Don’t keep your problems to yourself,” Dr. Tito encouraged.

Are you struggling with your mental and emotional health?

Begin your steps to peace today and allow us to encourage you through prayers. Call the CBN Asia Prayer Center at 8-737-0-700 or send your prayer requests to our Facebook page.

Stay tune for more tips about mental health! Watch the next webisode of Beyond Small Talk this Saturday, November 13, 2021, at 7:00 PM, on The 700 Club Asia Facebook page and YouTube Channel. 

See you there!

Are You Praying for Provision?

Adelina Carolino has the same prayer.

After 28 long years of working as a therapist in Kuwait, 60-year-old Adelina was forced to come home to the Philippines when the Kuwaiti government did not renew her work permit.

“Losing my job made me sad. That was my only source of income,” Adelina lamented.

It’s easy to panic and get frustrated when financial challenges come our way. Though losing a job could make anyone down and blue, Adelina chose to look at the brighter side. She prayed and trusted that God would provide for her retirement.

With her hard-earned savings, Adelina flew back to the Philippines and opened two beauty salons. Her business was booming at first—until her income dwindled down. She had to close her beauty salons. Once again, she was left wondering how to make ends meet.

Then something surprising happened.

Instead letting her financial challenges beat her down, Adelina longed to give. Her heart desired to bless those who are in need, even though she, too, was in need.

Adelina looked for a way to help her kababayans and found Operation Blessing Foundation Philippines, CBN Asia’s humanitarian arm, as a good soil to plant her blessings to.

“Whenever I watch The 700 Club Asia, I am changed. All the stories speak to me, especially how Operation Blessing helps people in need. So I prayed, ‘Lord, I want to be part of what Operation Blessing is doing,’” Adelina recalled.

She prayed, and prayed, and did not hesitate to give Php 10,000 to the ministry. She then spoke a simple prayer for someone to rent her small commercial space and believed that God will provide.

Like Adelina, have you also desired to bless others even in your lack? Are you praying for provision so you can help others, too?

Like how God saw Adelina’s heart, He sees yours too.

Adelina received God’s answer to her prayers when a money transfer services rented her space. She now has all her needs provided for and more—she was even blessed with a new car and a small food business!

As you pour your cup into others, you won’t run out. God’s provision overflows through you. Now, Adelina overflows with thanksgiving!

“I’m very thankful to God! All I have is daily gratitude to Him,” Adeline shared.

Debts, bills, job loss. All these financial struggles could make a person feel down and blue. Turn your eyes to Jesus, you will have the confidence that He will carry you through.

God will provide, because He cares for you.

“And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others.” (2 Corinthians 9:8 NLT)

Are you praying for provision?

Allow God to guide your steps and give you peace. We are also here to pray for you. Call the CBN Asia Prayer Center at 8-737-0-700 or send your prayer requests to our Facebook page.

6 Tips for Parents with a Child Struggling with their Mental Health

No parent ever wants their child diagnosed with a mental illness.

But the truth is, mental health disorders know no age. It could happen to anyone, even to young children, teens, and older adults. Knowing what to do to help their child struggling with their mental health is a big challenge for most parents.

If you’re wondering how you can support your child, Beyond Small Talk guest Paolo Punzalan shares 6 parenting tips to help your child on their mental health journey:

Tip #1: Make your home a safe space for your children

Everyone needs a safe place to flourish. To fully support your child, make sure that your home is a safe place to come home to – both physically and emotionally.

Assure your child that you are willing to understand and listen to their concerns. Start a conversation, and allow them to open up when they want to or when they’re comfortable.

“I tell my children that no matter what happens, they can always come home. Our home should be a place where they can be themselves. That doesn’t mean we won’t discipline or put boundaries. But it should be a safe space. So we listen, we validate. Sometimes we just hug them and not force them to talk,” Paolo shared.

Tip #2: Don’t take things personally

Does your child keep ignoring you? Do they seem rather irritated and a little less than friendly?

Don’t take it personally. Symptoms of mental illnesses differ from one another, but they all affect how your child respond to their environment. Use empathy, not argument.

Paolo recalled, “That became my problem, too. I took it personally. I’d tell them, ‘Why don’t you talk to me? I want to help you but you’re ignoring me!’ It was painful, but we just really need to be there. Those were some of the lessons I learned as my children went through different things during this pandemic.”

Tip #3: Turn to God

No matter how you try to carry everything on your own, you can’t do it all alone. There is no need to be overwhelmed. You can always pray and seek God’s strength, hope, and comfort for you and your child.

“If we love our children, God loves them more. We can surrender all our worries to God,” Paolo reminds.

Tip #4: Be very patient

Looking after anyone who is struggling with their mental health can be physically and emotionally draining. If you find your patience being tested, take the time to think about what your child is going through and remember to take care of your own mental health, too.

Paolo has a suggestion for you, “I know sometimes we want to question them why they wouldn’t talk to us or  even want to eat. But that’s not the time to correct them, it’s a time to be patient.”

Tip #5: Ask for help

It’s good to ask for help. Sometimes, people want to help you and your child, but they do not know how. Give people the opportunity to bless you however they can.

Likewise, Paolo encourages you to seek help from doctors and mental health professionals, “Mental health problems are treatable. I know there’s a stigma, but God can bring healing. If there’s a need to go to a professional, it’s perfectly okay to go to a counselor or a psychiatrist.”

Tip #6: Be present

Every parent should be intentional about “Present parenting.” It’s challenging, but don’t just find time—make time for your child. And whenever you’re together, it’s best to give them your undivided attention.

“More than anything, be present. Love them unconditionally. Tell them, ‘No matter what happens, anak, I’m here. I will love you.’

As you connect with your child, gently connect them to Jesus, too. Everyone—including you and your child—will go through challenges in life, and you can’t be around them 24/7, forever. But when they get to know God, He can guide them.

Be present, pray, and teach your child that they can turn to God every time.

Is your child struggling with their mental health?

Allow us to comfort you through prayers. Feel free to call the CBN Asia Prayer Center at 8737-0700 or send in your prayer requests to our Facebook page.

For more meaningful content, catch the brand new webisodes of Beyond Small Talk every Saturday, 7:00 PM, on The 700 Club Asia Facebook page and YouTube channel.

Why is Bayanihan Important in this Time of Pandemic?

There has never been a more important time to keep the bayanihan spirit alive.

During the pandemic, many people lost their lives and livelihoods, their health and well-being suffered, and it stalled our children’s education and even the global economy. Nearly two years on and the pandemic continues to wreak havoc on everyone’s lives.

So, if you are wondering why we need bayanihan imore than ever, here’s a quick answer: bayanihan saves lives. And through your donations to charities and organizations like the Operation Blessing Foundation Philippines, you help keep that Filipino spirit alive.

There are many more reasons to keep lending a hand, and here are a few more:

Bayanihan alleviates people’s suffering

Life was already difficult for many Filipinos, even before the pandemic. So when Severe Tropical Storm Maring—known internationally as Kompasu—ravaged the northern parts of Luzon last month, many of our kababayans had to rely on others’ help to get through the day.

Because of your bayanihan with Operation Blessing, we were able to give relief to families affected by the typhoon. The disaster response team visited Barangay Maynganay Sur in Sta. Maria, Ilocos Sur last October 28 and delivered much-needed food bags to help our starving kababayans.

Bayanihan sparks hope

Persons with disabilities are among the most vulnerable, and also often the most in need of support like medications and medical devices like wheelchairs.

Thanks to your help, Operation Blessing was able to give them the gift of mobility!

In partnership with the Local Government Unit of Piddig, Ilocos Norte and a local church partner, persons of disabilities received brand new wheelchairs last week. Through your support, we can  wheelchairs to more of our kababayans to so they could have freedom of movement and independence.

Bayanihan rebuilds lives

According to Philippine Statistics Authority, almost 4.14 million Filipinos lost their jobs during the pandemic.

Some of our kababayans in Mindanao are among the people struggling to make ends meet. And though are doing their best, most of them still have a hard time finding comfort, relief, and hope that they can rebuild their lives.

Your giving helps them get back on their feet! Last week, our brothers and sisters in Balagonon, Bansalan, Davao del Sur received lifesaving supplies and much-needed encouragement from Operation Blessing.

Through tangible relief and uplifting words and prayers, jobless and disaster-affected families in Davao del Sur were comforted and encouraged to rebuild their lives.

Why is bayanihan important in this time of pandemic?

Bayanihan is important because it shows the heart of Filipinos – a heart of generosity, unity, and compassion to deliver hope where it’s needed most.

Keep the bayanihan spirit alive by partner with Operation Blessing today!

You may give through Operation Blessing’s website or through the following bank accounts with account name Operation Blessing Foundation Phils., Inc.:

Banco De Oro (BDO)

Peso Account: 003-000-055-279

Dollar Account: 103-000-11-3333

Swift Code: BNORPHMM

Union Bank of the Philippines

Peso Account: 00-216-072163-9

Dollar Account: 13-216-000170-0

Swift Code: UBPHPHMM

Metrobank

Peso Account: 270-3-27050273-4

Dollar Account: 270-2-27000282-4

Swift Code: MBTCPHMM

Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI)

Peso Account: 3001-0040-33

For more information on how you can donate or sponsor, call 0939-921-5543 or 0918-906-7753.

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3 Questions to Ponder about All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day

It is the time of the year again when you, together with your family, traditionally gather at cemeteries to visit the grave of your loved ones.

In the Philippines, it is also the time when the working people have the 1st of November as a holiday from work while, with November 2 as a working holiday.

But apart from knowing All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day as events on your calendar, have you ever wondered about the origin, biblical perspective, and the proper Christian way of dealing with these holidays?

Here are 3 questions and answers to ponder about these holidays:

What is the difference between All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day?

According to an article on BBC, All Saints Day is a time for people to remember the known and unknown saints and martyrs in history. The holiday is also known as All Hallows Day or Hallowmas.

Encyclopedia.com defined All Saints’ Day for the West as the feast observed on the first of November. For the people in the East, it is observed on the first Sunday after Pentecost.

Meanwhile, All Souls’ Day according to Christianity.com, is the day when people commemorate the souls of those who died already.

Crosswalk.com explained that the Roman Catholic Church and Eastern Orthodox churches set November 2, a day after All Saints’ Day, for this observation.

The article continues that the observation of All Souls’ Day entails the Roman Catholic Church’s belief of praying for those faithful departed Christians who might need to undergo the process of cleansing before they can set foot in heaven.

What does the Bible say about All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day?

When you think of saints, you probably first thought of the statues of saints displayed in Roman Catholic Churches and of the fiestas celebrated in different places in our country.

But as mentioned earlier, All Saints’ Day is a day to commemorate all saints – known and unknown. Who are the saints?

It is you and the rest of the Christian believers.

“To the church of God at Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus, called as saints, with all those in every place who call on the name of Jesus Christ our Lord—both their Lord and ours.” (1 Corinthians 1:2 CSB)

Every believer who accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior and who trusts God alone is a saint in the eyes of God.

So, as you observe All Saints’ Day this November 1, remember that this celebrates the unity of Christian believers in Christ Jesus.

On the other hand, All Souls’ Day is a day to pray for the cleansing of your departed loved ones. This purification is set to help them enter heaven, known to be purgatory.

However, purgatory — or the concept of it — is not found in the Bible. For those who died, their destination is either hell or eternal peace with God in heaven.

It is only through Jesus Christ that you can attain the forgiveness of your sins and the assurance of being with God for eternity.

“My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.” (1 John 2:1-2 NIV)

To sum up, from the article by Compelling Truth, it is unbiblical for Christians to practice praying to for the souls of their dead or laying out food for them during All Souls’ Day.

So what could Christians do during these holidays?

All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day should not be a waste of your holiday time.

You can see these days as opportunities to worship God. Use this time to seek God and hear from Him.

Secondly, you can reach out to your grieving family and friends because of the death of a loved one. Your empathy and encouragement can go a long way for them.

Lastly, use these holidays to take part in the great commission. Share the gospel with someone. By doing this, another friend, relative, or even a stranger can find eternal security in heaven after death.

“Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:16-20 CSB)

Do you also want to spend eternity with the Lord after death? Begin your journey of faith today.

If you have any questions about the biblical perspective on these holidays, you may call the CBN Asia Prayer Center at 8-737-0-700 and we would love to guide you and pray for you!

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His love for you is endless. That’s the kind that never fades. He reminds us all of his love for us in Jeremiah 31:3you with unfailing kindness.

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The Fearless Life | God’s Word Today

His love for you is endless. That’s the kind that never fades. He reminds us all of his love for us in Jeremiah 31:3