Live on Facebook! Worldwide Bible Exposition Debuts On Facebook Live

SOUTH KOREA (June 10, 2016) — Assistant Overall Servant Bro. Daniel Razon announced that the Worldwide Bible Exposition of the Members Church of God International (MCGI) will be live streaming via Facebook Live on Friday, June 10.

Assistant Overall Servant to MCGI Bro. Daniel Razon speaks from South Korea, inviting everyone to support the Worldwide Bible Exposition event to be broadcasted via Facebook Live on Friday, June 10, 2016.
Assistant Overall Servant to MCGI Bro. Daniel Razon speaks from South Korea, inviting everyone to support the Worldwide Bible Exposition event to be broadcasted via Facebook Live on Friday, June 10, 2016. (Photoville International/Vennzaar Paulo)

Bro. Razon, who traveled to South Korea to personally tend to the brethren’s needs, discussed how the Bible Exposition event of the Church can be more easily and accessibly shared through technology.

“Our upcoming activity will be our [Worldwide] Bible Exposition, and God willing, we will be broadcasting it on our Facebook channel so that we can reach and invite more people,” remarked Bro. Razon on Saturday, June 4.

“Those who can go to the Coordinating Centers, you may do so and bring your relatives, friends and acquaintances. But just the same, we are giving everyone other possible means [to be able to attend the Worldwide Bible Exposition], especially those who are in remote places, and in different countries,” added Bro. Daniel.

On Facebook Live and Youtube

The Church’s unique Q&A event format, also more popularly-known as “Itanong Mo Kay Soriano, Biblia Ang Sasagot” (Ask Bro Eli, The Bible Will Answer) will make its debut on Facebook Live this month, giving audiences from different parts of the world ready access to the worldwide event.

Meanwhile, the English version of the Bible Exposition catering to North American audiences has already debuted on Youtube earlier this year.

On both Facebook Live and Youtube, online audiences may interact with Bro. Eli by posting their questions and comments. Questions that may not be answered on the night of the Bible Exposition due to time constraints will be collected and answered on succeeding Bible Exposition events.

More commonly asked questions that have been previously answered By Bro. Eli will be given links to the answers from the Church’s official websites such as AngDatingDaan.org and TheOldPath.tv.

“We will leverage the portability of the technology that we have nowadays and use in reaching out to our fellowmen,” stated Bro. Daniel. “Bro. Eli no longer has to personally go to different places — now, he can be in one place and reach the whole world.”

Bible Exposition: Then and Now

Brethren and guests from the United Arab Emirates listen to Bro. Eli Soriano answer a biblical query during a Worldwide Bible Exposition event held on May 6, 2016. (Photoville International/Cristeto Gutas )
Brethren and guests from the United Arab Emirates listen to Bro. Eli Soriano answer a biblical query during a Worldwide Bible Exposition event held on May 6, 2016. (Photoville International/Cristeto Gutas )

MCGI’s Ang Dating Daan Worldwide Bible Exposition event is a venue where MCGI Overall Servant Bro. Eli Soriano answers questions of faith and spirituality from guests in different parts of the world.

The Bible Exposition started in 1993, and was a brainchild of Bro. Daniel Razon himself, when he together with Bro. Josel Mallari were the Church’s Officers-In-Charge assigned in Metro Manila.

“I told them, I think it would be great if we could bring back how Bro. Eli used to go to different towns to preach. [But what we did differently,] was we invited our friends to a gathering, where refreshments were served. And as part of the program, Bro. Eli spoke, and our friends were able to ask him their questions. That’s how it started,” recounted Bro. Daniel.

“With God’s help and mercy, the Bible Exposition has continued to prosper and has been fruitful. Thanks be to God.”

Today, through advancements in technology, Bible Expositions now cater to a worldwide audience through live streaming. Bible Expositions for Portuguese and Spanish-speaking audiences are done weekly.

“God is merciful. We trust that as we were all able to hear Bro. Eli’s preaching, we will be able to let our fellowmen hear our faith as well,” ended Bro. Daniel.

(Written by Sis Pauline Arellano)

 

Simultaneous MCGI Bible Expositions in English, Tagalog, Trend on PH Twitter

A visitor from Melbourne, Australia asks a question of faith to MCGI Overall Servant and Bible Exposition host Bro. Eli Soriano during the live English Bible Exposition on January 31, 2016. (Photo courtesy of Photoville International)
A visitor from Melbourne, Australia asks a question of faith to MCGI Overall Servant and Bible Exposition host Bro. Eli Soriano during the live English Bible Exposition on January 31, 2016. (Photo courtesy of Photoville International)

Apalit, Pampanga—Two consecutive Bible Exposition events of the Members Church of God International (MCGI) made waves on Twitter PH’s top trends.

Assistant to the Overall Servant to MCGI Bro. Daniel Razon announced the Twitter milestones during the Thanksgiving to God service on February 6.

“Thanks be to God, last night, during our [Worldwide Bible] Exposition, there was a simultaneous Twitter discussion wherein our live Bible Exposition reached the No. 1 spot of the Philippine trends, brethren,” said Bro. Daniel.

“This is why if we work together, works and endeavors that are of God will push through and progress, with God’s help and mercy,” added Bro. Razon.

The most recent between the two Bible Exposition events of MCGI was the monthly Worldwide Bible Exposition held on February 5, whereby the event’s real-time Twitter discussion hashtag, #TheLiveBibleExposition, immediately climbed the Top 10 of the Philippines Trends.

The #TheLiveBibleExposition discussion, which was joined in by netizens locally and abroad, helped propel the hashtag up fast from fourth, third, second to the No. 1 spot as of 7:27 p.m. that same evening.

MCGI’s official twitter accounts named after its award-winning religious program The Old Path, regularly host the live Twitter discussion during Bible Exposition events. Giving live updates of the events in English and Filipino, respectively, are @TheOldPathTV and @AngDatingDaanTV.

Set on an earlier date, the English Bible Exposition Twitter discussion also started strong at No. 2 spot on the Philippine Trends. The official hashtag which trended on January 30, at 7:50 a.m. PHT, was #AskBroEliTheBibleAnswers.

The English version of the Bible Exposition, which aims to answer queries from English-speaking audiences such as the United States, Canada, UK and Australia, was streamed live on The Old Path’s official Youtube channel.

The monthly worldwide Bible Exposition entertains questions of faith from guests in different corners of the globe, and is broadcasted in all MCGI Coordinating Centers in the Philippines and via satellite in six of the seven continents.

The most recent Bible Exposition included guests from the Middle East, Asia-Oceania, and far places in the Philippines such as Cotabato City, Northern Samar, La Union, Valenzuela City and even Antipolo City Jail in the province of Rizal.

(Written by Sis Pauline Arellano)

Bro. Eli: Pain is Essential in Life to Make People Stronger

An MCGI Locale Choir singing in Brgy. Putatan in Muntinlupa City, Philippines for the Worldwide Bible Exposition of February 6, 2015. They sing simultaneously with other MCGI choirs in different parts of the globe connected via satellite and the Internet. (Photo courtesy of Photoville International)
An MCGI Locale Choir singing in Brgy. Putatan in Muntinlupa City, Philippines for the Worldwide Bible Exposition of February 6, 2015. They sing simultaneously with other MCGI choirs in different parts of the globe connected via satellite and the Internet. (Photo courtesy of Photoville International)

Why do people need to experience physical and spiritual pain before knowing God?

To the question by one of the inquirers during the recent Worldwide Bible Exposition, Bro. Eli Soriano explained that just as pain is a part of life, it plays a vital role in a person’s life.

The multi-awarded Ang Dating Daan radio-television show host told the inquirer from Singapore, Ms. Baby Morales, that pain is very important in the life of a person. “It’s part of life. [Thus] pain signifies life.”

Using as example what people with diabetes feel in relation to pain, Bro. Eli explained that a diabetic person’s nerve endings have been destroyed by high sugar levels in their blood, incapacitating their feeling of pain.

Why God Allows Pain

Reading Ecclesiastes 3:10, Bro. Eli explained why God allows His children to suffer pain. The verse reads —

I have seen the travail, which God hath given to the sons of men to be exercised in it.

The international televangelist further added: “When you get used to difficulties, you’ll be able to bear them.”

Bro. Eli also cited passages from the acclaimed Filipino bard Francisco “Balagtas” Baltazar, who said that people raised up in pleasures are usually barren or wanting.

Balagtas wrote:

Ang laki sa layaw karaniwa’y hubad

Sa bait at muni’t sa hatol ay salat

Masaklap na bunga ng maling paglingap

Habag ng magulang sa irog na anak

[He who grew up in pleasures is usually wanting

In sense, in reflection, in judgment lacking

A bitter fruit of wayward caring,

(And) compassion of a parent to his beloved offspring]

Those who grew up in difficulties, however, have hope, and cited Lamentations 3:27-32. The Overall Servant of the Members Church of God International (MCGI) said that his experience making a living at an early age can attest to the advantages of growing up in adversity.

There are those who commit suicide for experiencing just a little hardship in life. The Old Path host said these people are the ones accustomed to revelings and luxuries. So when hardship comes and pain becomes unbearable, suicide seems to be the only solution to end their sufferings.

In an article published by TheRichest.com, “10 Countries With the Highest Suicide Rates in the World” (September of 2014), it mentioned a study by the World Health Organization that estimates that one person commits suicide every 40 seconds.

“It’s [thus] better that we feel pain and suffering. We need it to make us stronger, to develop resistance against all sorts of things that may come in our lives,” stressed Bro. Eli.

He pointed out that it is a reason why God allows people to experience both physical and spiritual pains. “The pain of the heart strengthens the heart. Pains and afflictions can edify conviction.”

The Worldwide Bible Exposition of the Members Church of God International is hosted by Bro. Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon, where its guests can ask the MCGI Overall Servants any question about faith live and for free.

During the event, more than 1,360 monitoring centers in the Philippines and abroad participate via Internet and satellite, along with MCGI’s Mobile Coordinating Centers.

For more information about MCGI’s upcoming events, please see MCGI’s online calendar, or email us at info@mcgi.org.

Source: 10 Countries with the Biggest Suicide Rates in the World

(Written by Rigor Arellano)

The Bible Exposed, Broadcast, and Blogged

Bro. Eli Soriano makes it a point to always be biblical in his teachings. Hence, his tagline "Basa" or "Read."
During Bible Expositions and Church services, biblical verses are displayed on big screens for all to see.

Good News is best shared.

MCGI’s dedication in sharing God’s words in the Bible to as many people as possible can be seen in the number of ways the Church uses the different mass communication channels of radio, television and the Internet. Under that light comes this blog about the organization’s live symposium-like service: the Bible Exposition.

Featuring questions from people and answers straight from the Scriptures, this blog aims to help those who might have missed the event or its live-blogging on Twitter via @AngDatingDaanTV and @TheOldPathTV.

In this blog, readers will find Q & As or topics culled from past Bible Expositions that can shed biblical light on problems or happenings in society today. The blog hopes to be in line with Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel’s goal to bring back Bible-reading in the lives of many.

From Local Birth to Global Broadcast

It was in 1993 when Bro. Daniel Razon’s idea to invite family and friends to a gathering where they can enjoy dinner together and have Bro. Eli Soriano entertain any question they may have about the Bible and its Author started.

Although Bro. Eli has been answering live queries of faith on radio and television since 1980, it was when the Bible Expositions took off that made many more people aware of the International Evangelist and his Tagalog program, Ang Dating Daan (The Old Path).

Leaving the rest to history, the Bible Exposition now caters to a global audience and is served in different languages. The MCGI Leaders’ rich collection of Bible Exposition material throughout the years plays over its 24/7 channels: TV Verdade (Portuguese), La Verdad TV (Spanish), and on the recently acquired Truth TV (English).

Online, Bro. Eli blogs the Bible’s reasons behind various happenings and realities in life through his award-winning Esoriano.wordpress.com. The multi-awarded evangelist also tweets the answers to small queries of faith via @BroEliSoriano.

(Written by Jay Cruz)

(Photography by Rovic Balunsay)

New Changes in Bible Exposition, MCGI Congregational Services Schedules

Bro. Eli Soriano at the Araneta Coliseum in the Philippines entertaining people's question and reading the Bible's answers live.
Bro. Eli Soriano at the Araneta Coliseum in the Philippines entertaining people’s question and reading the Bible’s answers live.

As August sets in, Members Church of God International will have an entirely different itinerary of activities. Changes in schedules were made for the Bible Exposition, Thanksgiving, and Worship services. In addition, a new Prayer Meeting schedule will take effect.

The Bible Exposition held Tuesdays each week will now be held on the first and last Fridays of the month beginning August 5. The adjustments were done in consideration of the requests to hold the Bible Exposition near weekends. After the new schedule takes effect, the mass indoctrination opens on August 8. This is for those who are either interested in membership or added doctrinal learning.

In the former setup, hotels, auditoriums, and large assembly halls in a region’s central suburb serve as focal point for receiving live broadcast feed. Under the new scheme, all coordinating centers with satellite receivers will be opened to those who are distant from the larger venue. Coverage is wider as more people are expected to benefit from the new system, without guests having to travel far from their places of origin.

With the changes made, regular Thanksgiving schedules during the first and last Saturdays will be moved to the following Sundays effective August 6. The afternoon of Saturday will be intended for the Worship Service.

In the new system, only the second and third week schedules remain in their original calendar.

The MCGI congregation also has a new Prayer Meeting setup. Once a month, a special prayer meeting will be held on Tuesdays, apart from the regular Wednesday and Thursday schedules. It is likely that the new set-up will be gradually adopted abroad.

Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon hope that the changes will bring more convenience to all concerned.

(Written by: Cecile Vizcaya)


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