A month ago before Bishop Strong and I decided on the date of my ordination I became nervous because of my financial difficulties that I was having. I was thinking on how in the world will I get the money so that we could go through it. My family is having a hard time and we are having problems because our first house is facing a danger of for closure by the bank. Then here I am telling my family that I will be ordained and they also told me that where will I get the money for the celebration? I just prayed and ask the Lord what to do. I just said to God that if it is his will for me to be ordained then he should provide for me financially. Because we have to buy the necessary vestments for the ordination not to mention that a simple chasuble here in the Philippines costs around 2,000 Php! I was thinking what about the decorations, what about the food for the celebration, the transportation and also I will have to pay the driver because I don’t know how to drive. Many things were going through my mind but God led me to partially fast and pray for three days in preparation for my ordination.
WHEN GOD GIVES YOU A VISION HE WILL ALSO GIVE PROVISION
This was the message of Bishop Strong to me on my ordination. God didn’t fail me he provided every thing. I was talking to my friends in the US and two of them donated for the ordination. I was able to buy an alb for 1,000 pesos. I was able to design and print 3 designs for the tarpaulin that will be used as center for the altar. I was able to give my mother 2,000 pesos for the food for the visitors. I was able to give 1,000 pesos for the transportation, gasoline and payment for the driver. I just borrowed the red chasuble from IPL Art Ventayen praise God!!! MCCPhilippines also provided food and some of my special guests brought cakes. There was an over whelming of food on that day. We were able to give food for the care takers of that building that we rented for the ordination. IPL Egay also brought food, provided the fare of Pastor Myke from Baguio all the way to Manila and also he rented the place that we used. Brother Vinz helped with the music. Sis Gina helped me with the internet connection so that Bishop Strong might be connected via Skype. Bro. Mark donated 500 pesos and I used it for the gasoline payment. And Brother Van designed the table of the Lord with flowers that he bought also. IPL Art brought cake and so Atty. Angie. Brother Jed was our official photographer. Brother Val helped during the worship service. We also had 6 new visitors for that particular Sunday. All was happy and excited. Bishop Strong was right, when God gives you a vision he will also give you provision. Every thing was paid for. Every thing was accounted for. God did a miracle he provided for the ordination.
SPIRITUAL IMPORTANCE OF MY ORDINATION
1. My ordination tells me that Christ has already chosen me (John 15:16)
“Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you…”
2. Two denominations have affirmed my call to the ministry (John 8:17)
“It is also written in your law, that the testimony of two men is true…”
The Christian United Church and the Catholic Diocese of One Spirit Philippines have affirmed my call to Christ’s ministry. The Holy Bible tells us that the testimony of two men is true. By my application of this verse in my life, two denominations have affirmed my call it means my calling is true, my calling is from God, my calling is not from men and two testimonies is enough to established that fact.
3. God sent me according to his heart (Jeremiah 3:15)
“And I will give you pastors according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding…”
Bro. Val quoted this verse when he stood up for the encouragement on the offering. He told the congregation to bless the church and also to bless me. Praise God! He also quoted a verse in Matthew that when we honor a prophet people will also receive the prophets reward. And he testified on how I helped him to understand homosexuality and spirituality. IPL Lino wrote a letter on how I was used by God to feed MCC Philippines with God’s words and so is IPL Egay. This verse is one of my favorite verses in the Bible and I love the fact that I was one of those pastors according to the heart of God.
4. The Bible historically records the office of the Elders as ordained by the Apostles. (Acts14:23)
“And when they had ordained them elders in every church, and had prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord, on whom they believed…”
I was ordained to the office or order of Elder in the Christian United Church and a priest in the Catholic Diocese of One Spirit Philippines. Bishop Strong has a historic episcopate from the Old Catholic Church and Bishop Mickley is also a former Roman Catholic Priest and was consecrated a Bishop by Bishop James Burch who is also from the Independent Catholic Movement. All of them has a historical episcopate that will be traced back to the Apostle Peter. Historic episcopacy or some calls it apostolic succession is very important because it gives the ordained the authority to administer the sacraments and oversee the church with spiritual, moral and religious validity. And I praise God for this great blessing! To God be the glory and praise!!!
5. Division in the body of Christ is not an option. I Corinthians 12:12 (NIV)
“Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ…”
I would like to share to all of you what Bishop Jim Burch of the Catholic Diocese of One Spirit wrote to Bishop Strong of the Christian United Church on the occasion of my ordination.
Dear Bishop Strong,
It was a joy to be able to have Regen Luna ordained into our two denominations. I looked at your web page and just posted this there:
“We are in resonance with your beautiful expression of Christianity. We honor the joy and love which shines forth in your church, and are delighted that Rev. Elder Luna was ordained simultaneously as CUC Elder and CDOS priest by Bishop Richard Mickley in Manila with the direction and blessing of Bishop Strong. The Body of Christ is now better! Many blessings to you all!”
Perhaps this will be the beginning of a stronger bond between our so-similar expressions of Living Jesus.
6. God’s calling is irrevocable. Romans 11:39 (ESV)
When God calls you, he doesn’t change his mind. You cannot run and you cannot hide. Abraham wanted to run, so is Moses, so is Jonah but eventually they ended up doing God’s will. And I was running through the ritual of the ordination my life flashed before me and I was there getting married to Christ.
Two years ago people were trying to destroy me to the left and to the right. But in due time I waited for the hand of God and He vindicated me in his right time. There is a saying that life begins at 40 and in my case its 5 years earlier. I give back all the glory and all the praise to our Truine God, our Creator, Jesus the Christ and the Holy Spirit. I also thank the Christian United Church and the Catholic Diocese of One Spirit. And I thank all of my brothers and sisters at MCC Philippines, my family, my friends, my partner and everyone who joined and witness this new stage of my life. God bless us all.