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The Blessing That is I.B.I. by Sis. Ritchell Belda

To know God is to love God.
That, in a nutshell, is how I describe my IBI journey thus far.

So how did I begin to embark on this journey?
It began about 2 years ago when God awakened my husband and I from our deep slumber. Being born again Christians and serving God in church since we were teenagers in Manila, we thought we ‘knew’ it all. Such arrogance, you might say. Yes, we had loads of that. And as Christians, we all know what happens to the arrogant.

God brought our family to Cebu 3 years ago and attended Living Word Banawa as a favor to my dad. You see, we were back to being practicing Roman Catholics approximately 3 years prior to our move to Cebu. We arrived Cebu in our early 40’s, broken and shattered. Physically tired because of the battles we had to fight. Materially broke. Emotionally drained. And worse of all, we were spiritually confused.

On our first year in Cebu, my dad would bring my husband to the Men’s Small Group meetings every Tuesday. And again, as a favor to my dad, he would oblige. It was through this group that he met a brother who invited us to the Couples Fellowship. These meetings paved the way for us to long for these gathering of believers and study the Word of God. Before long, God began to open our eyes and hearts to the truth and relevance of His Word in our lives once again. This re-awakening brought my husband to Pastor Mel’s office one day where he was encouraged to enrol in IBI so he can be “on the same page” with Living Word. We took this advice to heart and never looked back.
IBI has reminded me of the many wonderful and awesome things in the Word of God. There is so much to learn from God’s Word. And as each story unfolds, we learn more of God’s character; the seriousness of His commands; the consequences of sin; His justice; His wrath; His unending mercy; His unwavering love. Everything we need to know about life is there. One would be surprised, it’s all there! It has never become out dated even to the Millennials. We have a constant God Who remains the same yesterday, today and forever!
This realization has brought me to my knees in repentance. The experience of being able to have a glimpse of how great and big our God is has truly humbled me.
IBI brought me back to my first love.
Thank You IBI! Thank You to our great and mighty King! All glory to You alone!

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