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Known for his love of gadgets and technological innovations, Kuya Daniel Razon carries a great mission behind his savvy nature.

A 20-year veteran in broadcast industry, Kuya Daniel trails information and technology as it happens. He is a familiar face in various exhibits, whether of communication or broadcast facilities, where he keenly observes and acquires equipments and gadgets that can be used to further propagate the gospel. As Vice Presiding Minister of the Members Church of God International, his duty takes him to different places and occasions as he weaves his visions to the message behind the advancements. As a servant of God conscious of Biblical timetable, Kuya Daniel has technology for his watch.

A prophecy in the Holy Scriptures guides Kuya Daniel as he tracks the footprints of scientific and technological progress. In the Book of Daniel 12:4, the prophecy says –

But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.

The prophecy states that at the time of the end, “many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.” If there is a time in human history where knowledge is most increased, that is our time. Our present era, known as the Information Age, is a time where people can communicate at the opposite sides of the globe. We have the satellite, cell phone, internet, television and radio—everything to aid faster communication. People are also much more mobile today compared to people a thousand years ago. We have cars, buses, trains, airplanes, and even spacecrafts enabling us to go from place to place 24/7 at a much faster speed. Our time, as the prophecy perfectly describes, is the time where knowledge has increased—the time of the end.

Furthermore, in Daniel 12:9-10 the prophecy says –

And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end. Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand.

At the time of the end, it is not only human knowledge that shall be increased; more importantly, knowledge in the words of God in the Holy Scriptures. The Scriptures says, “For the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end.” This implies that at the time of the end, the closed up words shall be opened, and the sealed book shall be understood by the prophesied “wise.” It is through this understanding of the words of the prophecy that “many shall be purified, and made white, and tried.” This is the message of the Prophet Daniel written more than 2,000 years ago. This is where Kuya Daniel perceives technology on a higher perspective.

“Whatever innovation that I see, whatever technology, gadgets or whatsoever, the first thing that comes into my mind is how these can be beneficial to the brotherhood, how these can be beneficial to our fellowmen, how these can be used in the ministry, that is what immediately comes into my mind.” said Kuya Daniel in a regular Thanksgiving Day held last year in the Ang Dating Daan Convention Center.

Although Kuya Daniel’s zealousness in propagating the gospel is unquestionable, he does not work without guidance. His endeavors are engrafted in the one whom the Prophet Daniel was referring to as the “wise” who shall understand the sealed book at the time of the end, none other than MCGI Presiding Minister, Bro. Eli Soriano.

Following Bro. Eli’s lead, Kuya Daniel conceptualizes and puts into action noble, nonetheless, financially challenging projects designed to fill up spaces unreached by the current 24/7 global evangelization: from radio, television, internet, blog, newspapers, magazines and many other means of propagation, to using MP3 players that contain hundreds of Bro. Eli’s answers during his Bible Expositions around the world.

It is Bro. Eli at the palm of their hands; and it takes faith—more than brain and guts—to multiply the mouthpiece of God in this present time.

While sowing seeds of truth and righteousness in different continents is Bro. Eli’s current assignment from God, technology has a good reason for advancing. And through all of Bro. Eli’s endeavors and labors, there is Kuya Daniel to watch technology as it unfolds, to use it for the propagation of the gospel, all for the glory of God.

Pampanga, Philippines (24 April 2009) – In response to Bro. Eli Soriano’s call to create more songs of praises to the God of Israel, Members Church of God International debuts its mid-year A Song of Praise Music Festival this June.

The Regional Finals in Luzon Region is set to light the stage on April 26, Saturday evening in Ang Dating Daan Convention Center, while others will hold the event in their respective regions. One song shall represent each region in the Worldwide Finals Night.

Launched in 2004, ASOP Music Festival is designed to “provide the venue for the creation of thoughts, ideas and feelings through songs of praise.” Only bona fide members of MCGI are allowed to join the festival.

Last year, Bro. Eli awarded a total of PhP500,000.00 ($10,277.50) to the winners of the 5th Annual ASOP Music Festival to encourage the brethren to come up with even more beautiful and more intelligently written songs.

“I hope I could hear songs with intelligence, with logic, with convincing musicality and with recall.”

For this year, the “Song of the Year” winner shall bring home 1 million pesos ($20,555.00), courtesy of Bro. Eli.

Bro. Eli, MCGI Presiding Minister, once said that the aim of the event is not for the brethren to compete, but to express the faith.

“Let us not compete individually. This is not a competition. This is an expression of our faith. And this is our gratitude towards God. Combine those: the best in lyrics, the best in music, the best in interpretation and rendition, to come out with the best of songs.”

The Annual A Song of Praise Music Festival is organized by the Music Ministry Core. Music Ministry is a brainchild of Vice Presiding Minister, Bro. Daniel Razon.

Question: Good evening. I went here because I studied in a Bible School. I spent three years in a Bible School, and we have learned, and this was taught to us by the professor of the born again or Assembly of God, that man is composed of three things: body, soul and spirit. Now, our professor said that what came from God He will not punish. Isn’t the spirit from God? Isn’t breath from God? This is my question: Will God punish the spirit together with the body and the soul? That is my question.

Bro. Eli Soriano: For you to understand, brother, let us read the answer from the Bible. What will be punished in the place of punishment?

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Tanong: Magandang gabi po. Ako po ay sumadya at pumunta po rito dahil ako po ay nag-aral sa Bible School. Ako po ay three years sa Bible School, at napag-aralan po namin, at itinuro po ito ng propesor ng born again o Assembly of God, ang composition po ng tao ay tatlo: katawan, kaluluwa at espiritu. Ngayon, hindi ko po maunawaan sapagkat ang sabi nung propesor po namin na ang galing sa Dios ay hindi na Niya parurusahan. Di po ba’t ang espiritu ay galing sa Dios? Di po ba’t ang hininga ay galing sa Dios? Ang tanong ko po ito: kasama bang parurusahan ng Dios yon, kasama ng katawan at ng kaluluwa na parurusahan yung espiritu? Yon po ang katanungan ko po.

Bro. Eli Soriano: Para maintindihan mo kapatid, basahin natin sa Biblia ang sagot. Alin ba ang parurusahan sa parusahan?

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