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It is so wonderful to have a blessed family. Let me share with you how to do it. Read on

Objective:

Desire to have a righteous holy family that is pleasing to God

Experience God's wonderful blessings this way:

  1. Admit that you have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Rom. 3:23), believe that Jesus died for the penalty of your sins (Rom. 5:8), and accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior. (John 3:16) You now have eternal life. You are sure of a home in heaven (John 14:1-3)  Now that you are a child of God (John 1:12), you are ready to receive the greatest blessings in the world.
  2. Join a community of the followers of Christ called the "church."  Pray for and find a prudent, righteous, Christian wife. Love her with all your heart. (Eph. 5:25)
  3. Pray to have children. When the Lord gives, train them up in the way of the Lord. Inculcate in them the fear and love of God.
  4. Give at least 10% of your income to the Lord and save another 10%. Make the second 10% grow big and become capital accumulation. Avoid swindlers. Invest wisely. Pray to the Lord for protection.
  5. Pray for and establish a family business. Involve all your children in it.  Increase sales and decrease expenses.
  6. Have a foundation. Dedicate at least 10% of your business profits to it and give them all away to God's pastors, missionaries, and churches. Give scholarship to the poor. Obey the Lord Jesus' command, "Didote kai dothesetai humin" (Give and it will be given you)." You now have abundant life (John 10:10).
  7. Involve yourself in fulfilling the Great Commission of the Lord Jesus Christ in every way you can, either as a preacher, a prayer warrior or a provider.  Seek to be a blessing to the whole world.

Greatest News

 

Good day.  Let me share with you the greatest news in the world

 

God desires to bless us because He loves us.

 

But our problem is that “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”  I have sinned.  You have sinned.  All people have sinned. 

 

The only solution to our root problem is to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, because Jesus died for our sins.  He rose from the dead. He ascended to heaven.  He is now preparing eternal homes for us. He will return soon to take his followers to be with him forever.

 

Jesus is now inviting us to come to Him, accept Him as Lord and Savior, and receive His free gift of eternal life and abundant life.

 

Say to him, “Lord Jesus, I admit that I am a sinner. Thank you for dying on the cross for my sins.  I repent of all my sins and receive you as my Lord and Savior.  Thank you for my forgiveness.  Thank you for your free gift of eternal life and abundant life.  Amen.”

 

Did you pray that prayer sincerely?  If so, then congratulations!  You are now an inheritor of God’s eternal life and abundant life.  See you in heaven.

 

Rex

October 21, 2008

 My Legacy

By Rene S.L. Resurreccion


God is a God who gives inheritance to his children. The great men of the Bible gave inheritance to their children. This is the same pattern I want to follow. I believe that the best legacy anyone can leave to his children is to ensure that the Lord’s favor rests with them, long after I am gone. Psalms 112:1-2 says, “Praise the Lord. Blessed is the man who fears the Lord, who finds great delight in his commands. His children will be mighty in the land; the generation of the upright will be blessed.” The Lord has spoken; so shall it be. Thus, to the best of my ability, I seek to influence my children – Pepin, Nowa, Miki and Kara – to desire to be holy, righteous children, pleasing to God. I pray that by my loving him and keeping his commandments, the Lord will show love to my descendants up to a thousand generations, as he promised. I want my children to learn to fear God because this is the beginning of wisdom, which will see them progressively through old age.


I do not go far from Scripture in determining what heritage to leave to my children. Scripture says that a good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children. Thus, this early, I tell my children to pass on to their children the strong Christian traditions that my wife and I show them – church-going, seeking Christian spouses, Bible reading before every dinner, leading Bible studies to our employees, doing missionary work, practicing Biblical work ethics, tithing, etc.


The Bible says, “Houses and wealth are inherited from parents…” (Prov. 19:14) Thus, this early, my wife and I save money to buy some properties, which we can leave to our children in the future. For example, we bought a farm lot and built a house there and called it “Prayer Valley” to serve as our family vacation house. We already contracted our children, and they agreed, to allow us to teach Christian values to their children, in obedience to God’s command in Deut 4:9, “Teach them (God’s laws) to your children and to their children after them.” Paul says, “Children should not have to save up for their parents, but parents for their children.” (2 Cor. 12:14) Thus, we tell our children that they too must not be a burden to their children, but should save, so that in their old age, they may live comfortably and are able to pass on handsome inheritances to their children, consistent with the pattern followed by Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.


I influence my children to love their country. I tell them that it is part of their sacred stewardship duty from God. It is no accident that Jesus Christ, the Sower of good seeds, planted them in the Philippines. The Philippines is where they will raise their children. The Philippines is the only country of Filipinos; there is no other.


I pass on to my children my excellent ancestors’ progressive values – frugality and common sense. My ancestors were not big money earners, but they were intensely thrifty and hard working, and this paved the way for them and their children to become financially stable. Their conservative values regarding money matters enabled them to purchase prime real estate properties, which their descendants now enjoy. I teach my children to appreciate their family history. I interviewed the elders in my clan and wrote a book on my ancestors’ life stories so that my children may emulate their progressive behaviors. This will give them strong roots.


This early, I tell my children not to be satisfied with just being employed by others. I motivate them to become entrepreneurs. I repeatedly quote to them the Chinese proverb, which says, “One generation plants a tree under whose cool shade the next generation takes its ease” and interpret this to mean building a stable, profitable business and then passing it on to their descendants. This is why my children must inherit my business Passion for Perfection, continue it, and pass it on to their own children. I inspire them that our family line should become an entrepreneurial clan, which gives employment to our countrymen.


I want to leave a legacy that is greater than my life, and longer than my lifespan. I want my children to become the mighty in the land. And the starting point for this is for me to revere the Lord.

February 23, 2008

 

My Search for My God’s Best

By Rex Resurreccion

 

Introduction

 

Houses and wealth are inherited from fathers

But a prudent wife is inherited from the Lord

 

Let me tell you how I found my God’s best

 

 

PAST

 

As a small boy, I fell infatuated with my beautiful teachers – Ms. Navarro, Miss Gonzales or my young First Year HS Art teacher.  But of course, these were just trial love – puppy love that normal immature kids experience.

 

When I reached adolescence and felt the natural inclinations of manhood, I started getting interested in girls.  I looked around in Sta. Rita College, our neighboring school, for a possible girlfriend, but no one appropriate was there to be found.

 

I visited other schools and attended their college days and looked around but what I was looking for was also not there.

 

I saw a lovely girl from Real Village Number 1 named Bingbing and she danced Hawaiian dance.  She was graceful, sexy and beautiful, but she was just a mirage.

 

I finished HS just imagining about my dream girl but her image quickly vanished as soon as I wake up in the morning.

 

In UP, I met many beautiful, intelligent girls – Menchie, Julie, Djoh; but God said to me, “No.”

 

I became a member of CCC and my antenna went up sensing if there was anyone there for me.  But the proverbial thunder bolt I was waiting for did not hit me.

 

I became active in The Lord‘s Church, ABCOP camps, and interchurch fellowships.  The one I was looking for was still not there.  I felt no magical feeling in the presence of Emy, Erna, Dory V, or the others.  No one really met my expectation; no one really fully satisfied my image of my God’s best.

 

The Day Came

 

At the age of 22, I prayed hard to the Lord, “Please, show me my God’s best.” 

 

I just finished college and was aimless.  I did not know what to do.  Will I go back to Bible School or will I look for a job?  At the bus stop, my friend Ditas saw me and asked if I was looking for a job; she knew that UP ISSI was looking for a male psychologist and that I should call Joy Alvarez if I was interested.  That night, I called Joy and she said, “Yes, there is an opening for such a position in that office.  Look for Anji Bajaro.”

 

I went there in the morning of the next day.  I asked the guard where Anji Bajaro was.  He said I should go to the Entrepreneurship and Management Development Department (EMDD).  I went there and I asked a staff where Anji was.  She pointed me to a young, thin, be-spectacled, petite, pretty girl.  I thought, “Oh no, she looks pretty.  I hope she will not have a crush on me.” 

 

I approached her and asked, “Hi, are you Anji Bajaro?  I am a friend of Joy Alvarez.”  Our eyes met for the first time.  She gave me that beaming, sweet smile she is well-known for.  She asked me to sit down.  The first thing I noticed, she could not help stare at me.  When she spoke, she looked at me straight in the eyes; it could either mean complete sincerity or complete infatuation.  All along she maintained that sweet smile as she mostly listened to me.  I noticed that she had very nice looking teeth.  I don’t know, but something inside me told me, “She is the one.  She is the one.”

 

She asked me to stay in the Resource and Materials Development Center (RMDC) as she arranged for interviews with Patsy Diaz, Sonia Aquino and Director Pat Viloria.  Maybe because she was very popular and credible in that office, I passed the interviews quite easily.  They asked me to start work on July 16, 1979.  My first salary was P702 a month.  My first assignment was to work with Anji.  We implemented the Entrepreneurship Development Program (EDP) for the Delta Motors suppliers and subcontractors.  We conducted the program in romantic Caliraya.  Together with us were Patsy Diaz, Zeny Macaspac and Bert Capati. 

 

I immediately saw the contrast between Anji and the other UP staff.  Anji was more sincere, focused, polite, and professional.  In the office, she was also a huge contrast with the likes of Josie C, Marilen, Linda, Brenda, Adel O, and the others.  The others were loud, gossipy, backbiters, slanderers, quarrelsome, naggers, and absolutely irritating.  Anji stood out; she was one head and shoulder above the rest.  She was a comfort. She was sincere, she was genuine, she was friendly, she was sweet; she was a true sister in the Lord.  I could not help write a note to her, “You are like an oasis in the desert.” 

 

I had a trip to Bicol and I bought her that handicraft handbag that she still keeps somewhere in our home like a precious religious relic.  But she never used it.  Anji, another officemate named Loida Nario and I met together and we agreed to hold bible studies together.  I will be the main teacher and the two of them would invite those who would attend.  Those bible studies gave a big boost to my morale.  It gave me a feeling of importance.  I finally found something where I was good at – I was a good, creative teacher.  I have mastery of Bible doctrines.  I can command the attention of big audiences whose ranks were higher than mine.

 

UP ISSI implemented a Course Leaders Course with Anji as project manager and I was one of the participants.  My first real exposure to modern training techniques came from that. And apparently I excelled in that course.  When I reflect back – I realize that almost everything that I know in my profession, God used Anji to give it to me – my skill in training, my skill in SLE, my knowledge of entrepreneurship, my skill in CEFE, my knowledge of BMS.  Everything I use to earn a livelihood today really came from Anji. 

 

While all of these things were happening, suddenly the thunderbolt hit me.  I realized that I was growing in love with this girl.  So one lunch time, I just had to tell her. 

 

After lunch, I told her, “Anji, do you have time after lunch?  I just want to tell you something.”  She said yes.  I don’t know if she already felt what I was going to say.  But she seemed somewhat excited.

 

We went to the second floor balcony of UP ISSI. No one was there except the two of us.  Right below us was the wide green meadow of UP, a garden and some trees. 

 

Then I said to her, “What I will tell you, please don’t change your attitude towards me after I say it.  You see, I am growing in love with you.” 

 

She just kept silent.  I didn’t know what was going on in her mind.  But I was pretty confident that she would not reject my feelings because I already noticed clear signs of her fondness for me. 

 

A few days after that, on my way to the gym to do my daily fitness routine, a flash of inspiration came to me and I wrote down this poem:

 

Adorable is Just the Word

By Rex Resurreccion

 

Adorable is just the word

To describe this gem of the Lord

She’s sweet, cute and oh so gentle

A girl of dreams t’earth has settled

 

Never e’er have I encountered

Such kindness she always rendered

When all are in the mood for fun

You’ll find her give care to someone

 

Giggles are part of her being

Because she has a child's seeing

Say corny jokes; that won’t matter

I promise she’ll burst in laughter


Enchanted I’m when she’s around

T'her lips, her stare, her face I'm bound

Those lovely teeth I always see

When she gives that sweet smile to me

 

Little she is; perhaps that’s true

Her heart's big though, owned by just few

Gracious is she to all in need

Ask for her life; e’en that she’ll feed

 

I am amazed how so much wit

Into that head of hers can fit

The whole world seems so insecure

When they can’t find this girl demure

 

Terrible!” You might say to me

What I think of this girl to be

Exaggerate, I don’t want to

But shudder in fear I’ve to do

 

And now I’m sure you want to know

Who's this girl to whom I bow low

Just pick the first letter of each

Stanza and the name they will teach

- ANGELITA

 

End

 

To Anji:

 

I want to take this opportunity to thank you for many things.

  1. Thank you for being my friend when I was all alone, lost and traumatized by the nagging environment of UP ISSI
  2. Thank you for teaching me about entrepreneurship
  3. Thank you for teaching me Structured Learning Experience
  4. Thank you for teaching me CEFE
  5. Thank you for teaching me BMS
  6. Thank you for being a wise, prudent wife – with you, I am confident that our home and office are in good hands
  7. Thank you for giving me four lovely, intelligent children
  8. Thank you for excellently managing our office Passion for Perfection Inc.
  9. Thank you for supervising our office and home staff well
  10. Thank you for being my best friend and companion
  11. Thank you for being patient with my weaknesses and ugliness.  You realize that I am far from Christlikeness
  12. In other words, thank you for being my God’s Best, the girl that I have always been waiting for to come to my life.
  13. I thank God that you are my inheritance from Him
  14. Thank you that we can share this one life on earth together till death do us part or till the Lord comes to take us to heaven.

 

The Bible is so accurate when it said,

Houses and wealth are inherited from fathers

But a prudent wife is inherited from the Lord

 

Love

Rex

 

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Kenneth John Samuelson, my wedding godfather and model of Christian service

February 4, 2008

 

Dear godmother Valeda,

 

May God’s blessings of peace and grace be upon you.  I am sad to hear that my godfather and inspiration Ken is no longer with us on earth, but at the same time I rejoice that he is now in the presence of the Lord and enjoying bliss in his mansion in heaven.  I pray that the Lord will give you strength and spiritual joy now that your one flesh is with the Lord.  I pray that God will be with you to comfort and support you.  I wish I could come to you, be with you and give you my love, care and support.  If there is anything I can do to help you, please do not hesitate to inform me.  If I can do it, I will help.

 

I will always remember you and my godfather Ken because he was the one who gave me emotional and spiritual support when I decided to follow the Lord and everyone seemed to have abandoned me in 1978.  I may not be a full time pastor or missionary in the classic sense of the word, but I follow and serve the Lord full-time through my business Passion for Perfection Inc. and Floodgates of Heaven Foundation.  Ken inspired me.  Ken is my model – an example of persevering service to God despite all the odds.  Right now, I support more than 30 missionaries and churches through my Foundation.  My Christian orientation, focus and passion were all influenced by my godfather Ken.  I consider myself as your and Ken’s true son here in the Philippines.  Thank you for the short biography of Ken that you enclosed in your last mail.  I will read his biography to my children tonight.  I want my kids to realize and appreciate the sacrifices that Ken did for the Philippines.  I am touched by his deep love for the Filipino people despite all our ugliness, foolishness and inadequacies.  I pray that Ken’s faith in the Filipino people may not be disappointed.  I pray that the Filipino people will be truly God-fearing people, imbued with the wisdom of the Lord, and may we stand up in the world as champions of God’s Kingdom.  May all the sacrifices and faith of Ken bear fruit.

 

Just last week, I preached the gospel and prayed the sinner’s prayer to about 120 people of Rangtay sa Pagrang-ay NGO in Baguio City; two days ago, I preached the gospel and prayed the sinner’s prayer to 100 people of Lamoiyan Corporation; and last month, I preached the gospel and prayed the sinner’s prayer to about 150 people of Synergy Corporation.  I may not be an evangelist like Dr. Billy Graham.  I may be operating in the corporate world, but God has given me breakthroughs to share the gospel to secular and business people.  I lead the Kingdom Providers Group in church and I teach Christian business people to become generous givers.  I organized the Sons of Joshua community and inspire the 50 plus members to be excellent in service for the Lord. Everything I do, I attribute to the grace of the Lord Jesus and the example of my godfather Ken Samuelson.  Dear godmother Valeda, I will continue to serve the Lord with passion and keep the memory of you and Ken alive wherever I go.  I will forever be your faithful son here in the Philippines

 

Love,

Rene Resurreccion (with my family Anji, Israel, Hannah, Mikhael and Milcah)

 

BIOGRAPHY OF MR. KENNETH JOHN SAMUELSON

 

Kenneth John Samuelson, 88, Page, ND, died Wednesday, November 14, 2007, at Union Hospital, Mayville, ND.

 

Kenneth John Samuelson was born in Superior, WI on April 16, 1919, the son of the Jule and Emma (Halverson) Samuelson. He graduated from High school in Superior and from University of Wisconsin in Superior. He received a Bachelor of Divinity degree from Bethel Seminary in St. Paul, MN. He later went on to graduate from Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, MI with a Master of Education degree. On September 4, 1948, He married Valeda Jean Kenward.

 

Kenneth was the US Army in the Philippines during WWII. He and other GI’s were thankful for the Lord’s sparing them in the war and pledged in a prayer meeting to return to the Philippines after WWII and build a Bible School and Seminary because the one there had been bombed out. He and Valeda sailed on the California Bear freighter 21 days to the Philippines, ending with a storm at sea. At once he began teaching in the new Febias College of Bible, Biblical Hebrew, Biblical Greek, Hermeneutics, Life of Christ and other subjects.

 

On the weekends he led Bible students in nearby areas in evangelism and beginning a church. One man, Mr. Deato, told a student, Mr. Allocod, that he, Mr. Deato had a dream that an American soldier would come teach him how to know the Lord. Kenneth went and told Mr. Deato how Jesus died and rose again so those who believe Him could miss hell and go to heaven. Mr. Deato, as others, repented of his sins, believed and received Christ as Savior, personally. Bible meetings began in his home. Student Virgilio Oberes, Mr. Allocod and others helped teach.

 

After 10 years of prayer for the area, in 1971, Kenneth and Febias student Agapito Bernardo with others went to a tribal group between two mountains. They were the first to preach the word to those people. Today four cement churches with believers are there. The present President of Febias College of Bible, Dr. Anacleto Carag, first heard the Word then as a boy of 8 years.

 

After 31 years in the Philippines and retirement Kenneth went to Israel yearly. 18 times he went until 2000. One that he taught the Bible in English was a communist Russian young man, Danny, who also believed in Jesus. Kenneth taught young Filipino workers in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. Some of those in Tel Aviv formed a church of believers for Filipinos and others.

 

In North Dacota, after retirement, Kenneth also taught Filipino Bible Meetings (FBM) but poor health set in and his wife took over the FBM. He also was very much a part of FBM in Winnipeg, MB and started in Twin Ports, Duluth, MNSuperior, and WI area.

 

Green Bay Packers was his favorite team, which everyone knew. However, he missed the first Super Bowl when they won, by being in the Philippines at the time. He was near the TV for the November 4, 2007 Green Bay win, but unable to see it. Everything is better now.

 

He is survived by his wife, Valeda (Kenward) Samuelson; nephews, Thomas Leuma, Michael Leuma, and Donald Broeten; nieces, Jacque Haugen and Valorie Hoffmeister; nephew-in-law Evan Thomas; niece-in-law Esther Estrella; cousin Harvey Halverson; and their spouses, children, grandchildren and great-grand children; brothers-in-law, Donald (Frances) Kenward, Richard (Violet) Lee Kenward, James (Eloyce) Kenward and Joe (Mary) Kenward; and their children, grand children, and great-grand children.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers and one sister.

 

Blessed be the memory of Kenneth J. Samuelson

 

A happy new year to you and yours.

 

This is the year that Kenny went to be with the Lord.  His last illness was heart, lung and kidney failure.  He couldn’t squeeze the doctor’s hand.  My North Dakota brothers James and Joe Kenward, their families and friends have been with me and helped me physically and spiritually, so much at this time.  My brother Donald in CA andRichard in OR, their families and Ken’s help me.

 

November 13 at night Ken was brighter then I’ve ever seen him.  His eyes were so shiny and blue.  He was on oxygen and couldn’t talk.  I reminded him how he invited Christ into his life at 16 years old, how he was in WWII in the Philippines, met Christian GI’s in the Manila mortuary and sang “Jesus Saves.”

 

… How Kenny and others thanked the Lord for their lives being saved in war and vowed in prayer to build a Bible School & Seminary for Him, of different experiences there.  All the time his eyes were so bright.  I sang to him, “Beautiful, beautiful blue eyes” and his favorite hymns.  I think we had 2 or more hours like this but I didn’t know it was his last night on earth.  About 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, November 14, 2007, Kenneth John Samuelson went to be with the Lord at 88 years old.  “…Absent from the body…present with the Lord” (II Cor.5:6).  How I miss him.

 

Kenneth began Filipino Bible Meetings in 1986 at our retirement from Philippines work, and also taught many a Bible class to Filipinos and others in Israel 18 different years, until 2000.  We were always together in the work.  When he stopped, I continued, at the same time attending to him. 

 

New Address:

Valeda J. Samuelson

311 May Ave Apt 2A

Page, ND 58064

Tel # 701-668-2473

 

Filipino Bible Meeting Schedule:  December 8, January 12 & 26, 2008, February 9 & 23 & on Communication Schedule. Daily.